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Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2013 - 6 pack

Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2013 - 6 pack

Kym Teusner still goes strong with their 10th vintage of Joshua.

2013 was a wonderful vintage for Barossa reds....quality of fruit as good as they could remember. The 70 year old Grenache (63%) grown in the sandy soils of the Riebke vineyard in Northern Barossa provides the back bone for this wine. Mataro (23%) is sourced from the harder red dirt around Williamstown in the south and Stockwell in the North and the blend is rounded out with about 14% Shiraz from the Koonunga sub district.

Wow one juicy wine that displays copious amounts of fresh red berry fruits (grenache) and dusty tobacco leaf, without the intrusion of oak influence. A splash of mataro adds to the earthy complexity, whilst a little shiraz is used for structure and weight. Decant this wine..

94 Points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front .. "Strikes me as a curious thing that the Barossa Valley’s ‘flagship’ wines are rarely blends. Straight Shiraz. Straight Grenache. Straight Mataro. Anyway, here we have ‘An age old blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz from ancient Barossa vines combining to create a complex wine with that touch of spunk…’ Cherry pip, raspberry, boysenberry, spice, coal, flowers – smells lively and the taste delivers on the promise of the nose. Medium bodied, juicy and savoury at once, with vigorous but well settled acidity and a carriage of dry shaping tannin. Length is excellent, and for heaven’s sake, it even seems ‘minerally’ on the finish. Vivacious and firm. Great follow up to the 2012."

93 points, Jeremy Pringle, "Wine Will Eat Itself" ..."Has rapidly become one of the releases I look forward to the most each year. I don’t rate this as highly as the superb 2012 expression but it is still very good drinking. Unoaked and unfettered. As much blueberries and plums as red fruits. Savoury earthen characters, florals, black spice and iron. Has a wiry and sinuous presence underneath the fruit flavour even though it isn’t a particularly structured wine. A slip of delightfully textured grape tannin to close. Not the same length as its predecessor. Happy times though."
RRP $32
**Only $22.50 a bottle when you buy as a straight 6 pack **

Price: $135.00

Freeman Corvina Rondinella 2002

Freeman Corvina Rondinella 2002

Brian Freeman in the NSW Hilltops of Young is the first in Australia to grow these grapes native to the Veneto (commonly used in valpolicella amarone). Brian, former wine science professor has done it differently to the Italians (100% dried grapes to give a very porty oxidized style )....he has used his solar powered prune dehydrator to dry only 5% of the blend because he prefers a cleaner fruit driven style. Complex flavour of dark cherries, plenty of power, massive tannins, good tangy acidity and a more-ish European savoury edge. Bring on the veal parmagiana. Every Australian wine writer gave this 2002 wine a huge write up. This exotic red has been carefully cellared to enjoy now !
RRP: $ 46.00

Price: $39.99

Sons of Eden Kennedy 2013

Sons of Eden Kennedy 2013

Sons of Eden co-owners, Corey Ryan ("cut his teeth" as winemaker at Henschke for 10 yrs) winemaker and Simon Cowham (ex-viticulturist Yalumba) have come up trumps again!

This wine is so damn good it reminds me why I love the wine business! A superb example of Barossa Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre blend - Named as a tribute to the legendary Barossa Vigneron's who pioneered the planting of the old treasured vineyards,which the Barossa enjoys today. The Grenache fruit is the 'soul' of this blend and is from an exceptionally low yielding 50+ year-old Light Pass vineyard. Originally planted by the Kennedy Family, with ownership eventually being passed onto the charismatic Leo 'Joe' KENNEDY who nurtured the vines for many years, selling his prized fruit to local winemakers.

54% Grenache, 29% Shiraz and 17% Mourvedre matured in seasoned French Hogsheads and Puncheons. 14.5% alcohol. It is a labour of love making this wine - 50 year old vines, minuscule yields of 1.5- 2 tons/acre (Light Pass, Nuriootpa, Seppeltsfield, Angaston), handpicking and traditional winemaking. Intensely concentrated dark cherry fruit, spice, tarry depth and silky tannins. A seamless velvety palate with more-ish spice, savoury complexity and terrific length of flavour.

Brand new release so unreviewed as yet ... it certainly lives up to the many award winning previous vintages!
RRP $25

Sons of Eden Kennedy 2013More Details
Accolades for the previous vintages:
2012 - 96 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015
2011 vintage - GOLD - 2013 Barossa Wine Show and Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor - Sons of Eden

Price: $19.99

Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Merlot Cabernet 2010 - LAST BOTTLES

Bird in Hand Two in the Bush Merlot Cabernet 2010 - LAST BOTTLES

The Two in the Bush range is the second label of highly regarded and awarded Adelaide Hills producer, Bird in Hand. Winemaker, Andrew Nugent says 2010 reds are their best yet which is a big call after the spectacular 2009 reds.
We think he is right- this 2010 offering is superb.

Lifted aromas of ripe red and black fruits, fleshy plums, ripe tannins and beautifully integrated french oak. Previous vintages have rated highly with James Halliday - '07 - 93 pts, '09 - 91 pts.
RRP: $23

Price: $16.99

Teusner Astral Series Moppa Mataro 2006

Teusner Astral Series Moppa Mataro 2006

Fruit from Stuart Roennfeldt's 65 yr old Mataro vineyard in Moppa has produced extraordinary wine…. matured in large 500L french oak barrels to minimize interference with the fruit.

Remarkable fragrance for such a muscular wine……blackfruits, blackberry, plums and black cherries with hints of roasted meats, five spice, eucalypt and a typical Mataro earthy streak. Superb concentration, balance and structure here on the palate- it demands time (up to 20 yrs) in the cellar....95 pts Halliday Very Limited RRP $130

Price: $119.99

Spinifex Indigene 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Spinifex Indigene 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers

'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

“Much deeper colour than Esprit; a profound wine in every way, obviously made from older, lower-yielding vines; here black fruits and licorice take centre stage, with a velvety texture and very long finish. Rating 96.” BEST OF THE BEST - SHIRAZ BLEND" James Halliday's 2011 Australian Wine Companion.

A blend of 53% Shiraz, 37% mataro, grenache 10% sourced from old vineyards in Barossa and Eden Valley. Handpicked fruit, wild yeasts, open fermenters, french oak. Striking aromatic complexity-dark plums, cherries, licorice, meaty, tar and earth. Rich palate with superb balance and structure...Peter Schell winemaker has done incredibly well here. This is a baby and needs cellaring 5 yrs for the layers of flavour to unfold. Decant for the afternoon before drinking. Recommend careful cellaring up to 10 years..Top Shelf. Limited

"Indigene is Spinifex’s top-level blend of shiraz, mataro and grenache. It’s a pearler. It tastes minerally and funky at first but given air, it’s a wash with delicious flavours of cedarwood, cloves, dark cherries, five-spice and probably a good many other things. It’s complex, smooth, and persistent. It has out-and-out sex appeal too. It’s very easy to review, because it’s very obviously excellent. 94 points". Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

Price: $59.99

Spinifex Papillon 2011 - SPECIAL STRIAGHT DOZEN PRICE!

Spinifex Papillon 2011 - SPECIAL STRIAGHT DOZEN PRICE!

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers

'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

A terrific value Rhone styled red made of a blend of lightly oaked Grenache and Cinsault Lifted (like a “papillon” – butterfly) and fragrant with aromas of crushed raspberries and spice, peppercorns, sandalwood and roses and a medium bodied personality in the mouth. This is bright and lively medium bodied red at its best. Winemaker, Pete Schell says .. "Bright and ruby hued. Very aromatic and lively, red cherry, raspberry, cassis and rose hip fruit aromatics and deeper spice and herbal notes - tarragon, aloe, sandle-wood, mace, pink pepper corn and musk. Fresh mid weight palate with a bright raspberry and bay leaf flavors on attack that turn darker and herbier on the finish – pomegranate, curry leaf, slate. Pulpy, snappy, fine chalky tannin. More-ish."

92 points James Halliday "Light but bright colour; how much the wine owes to winemaker Peter Schell's skills and how much to the (old) vines doesn't matter, for the wine has great vibrancy and energy to the red berry fruits of its grenache/cinsaut blend."

RRP: $30
Our price $24.50 when you buy as a straight dozen

Price: $294.00

Dalzotto Sangiovese 2012

Dalzotto Sangiovese 2012

Otto Dal Zotto in Victoria's King Valley has mastered sangiovese, the native grape of Tuscany. Great depth of fruit, spice and hint of leather/ earth here with typical zippy/freshness on the finish (Sangiovese naturally retains a higher level of acidity). These guys are up there with the best Sangiovese producers in Australia.

Price: $22.50

David Hook Reserve Barbera 2011

David Hook Reserve Barbera 2011

Winemaker, David Hook “cut his teeth” along side Murray Tyrrell, worked at Lakes Folly and widely as a flying winemaker in France and Spain. With 25 years experience, he makes exceptional wines with regional and varietal character to reflect the place of origin.

* Trophy & Gold Medal for Best Red from Italian or Spanish Varietal at 2012 NSW Small Winemakers Show *

This native grape of piedmont in Italy, was grown in a vineyard in the foothills of Mount Canobolas (near Orange). The cool climate and ancient volcanic soils combined produce high quality grapes with good intensity of flavour and high natural acidity. 2011 was a great season..the Hunter and Orange were spared the rain that came down in south australia and victoria. Classic varietal characters of dark cherry, prune and spice. This medium to full bodied red has good structure with firm velvety tannins balanced by good acidity (barbera and sangiovese naturally retain more acidity than shiraz and cabernet). This drinks beautifully - bring on the pasta and pizza.

90 Points James Halliday "Medium purple-red; a juicy red berry and mint light-bodied palate ...Drink now while it still has these seductive, supple red fruit flavours."

Chris Shanahan, Australian wine judge and writer, November 2012 ... ".. easily the best Australian expression of the style that I've tasted. The fleshy but not plump palate, and smooth, silky tannins make this a more complete, satisfying red without abandoning the varietal character."
RRP $34

Price: $26.50

Chrismont La Casa Rosso 2013

Chrismont La Casa Rosso 2013

What a find! This Italian-esque blend of Sangiovese and Merlot really surprised me - it is truly delicious and cries out for mediteranean fare (think Italian sausage, olives, lasagne and pizza!) Made by leading King Valley vigneron Arnie Pizzini (Christmont Wines), it sings with dark cherries, wild blackberries and a hint of aniseed…with depth and savoury complexity too. Rare to find a Sangiovese of this quality for such a silly price… Don't tell Arnie it is really a $20 plus wine! This is my new vino rosso de la Casa.
RRP: $14

Price: $11.99

Pulenta La Flor Malbec 2013

Pulenta La Flor Malbec 2013

Pulenta are a pioneering wine family of 3 generations working in Mendoza, Argentina (previous owners of internationally renowned Trapiche) with an intimate knowledge and understanding of their vineyards. Their wines have received high praise internationally including from Robert Parker.

All fruit sourced from Alto Agrello and Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza) and handpicked. Pre ferment cold maceration to extract colour and tannin. 6 Months maturation on old French oak. Concentrated aroma of red and black fruits with a whiff of floral lift balanced by spicy savoury tobacco characters on the palate. Full bodied red with firm powdery tannins. RRP $26

Price: $21.99

Chrismont La Zona Sangiovese 2011

Chrismont La Zona Sangiovese 2011

Chrismont wines were started by the Pizzini family in 1996 in the heart of Victoria's King Valley. The La Zona label celebrate their rich history of Italian heritage and showcases Chrismont's Italian and Spanish varietals.

La Zona Sangiovese engages you with its deep, vibrant red colour. A redolence of black cherries and spice on the bouquet are complemented with alluring lifted notes of violet. The acidity balances well with the generous round, fleshy front palate and velvety tannin structure that carries through to a dry, firm finish. A perfect food match for this wine is your favourite slow-cooked Italian dish.

92 points Nick Stock 2013 Good Wine Guide... "This has the bright, fragrant edge that makes sangiovese from the King Valley a really compelling proposition. Some fresh leafy notes here, cherries and a gentle oak thread add early complexity. The palate s nicely shaped and balanced, with really even tannin spread, juicy red fruit flavours and a cherry stone finish with a toasty oak edge."

91 points James Halliday ... "Light red-purple; has an exotic mix of red and black cherries, including morello and preserved cherries, plus spices and persistent savoury tannins. Cries out for Italian food. Very good outcome for the vintage."
RRP: $26

Price: $21.99

McHenry Hohnen Tiger Country Tempranillo 2005 - LAST REMAINING STOCK!

McHenry Hohnen Tiger Country Tempranillo 2005 - LAST REMAINING STOCK!

This leading Margaret River producer excels with tempranillo. Enjoy this treat that has benefited from some bottle age.

92 Points, Gary Walsh The Wine Front .. "Aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, raspberry, blood, violets, earth, mint and cedar oak. It is all happening here. On the palate medium bodied with red fruit, violet, mint and earthy flavours. Lovely dry fine firm tannins and fresh crisp acidity. Finishes with crunchy red fruit and dried herb flavours. This really builds up with some time in the glass so decant if drinking now. Intriguing and highly interesting."

Price: $29.99

Remondo La Montesa Rioja 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Remondo La Montesa Rioja 2008 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Alvaro Palacios is one of the "rock stars" of modern Spanish wine making best known for his work in revitalising the region of Priorat and his ultra-pricey "Grand Cru", L'Ermita. This though is from his family property in Rioja, where he has worked his magic in reinvigorating the old vineyards and bringing the winemaking up to the state of the art. The results are exemplified with La Montesa- His blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo from great old vines is aged in old French oak. Think intense blood plum, dark cherries, blackberries, wild thyme thru' to wood spice, tobacco and earth balanced by a lick of raspberry freshness. My favourite red of our Spanish tasting - elegant, savoury, long and beautifully stylish. Do not miss out on this spectacular Rioja!

RRP: $49

Price: $39.99

Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend 2012

Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend 2012

Top 100 Wines of 2014 and included in Best Reds Under $20 - James Halliday
2012 was a terrific season in the Coonawarra– blend comprises Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Merlot (43%) and Cabernet Franc (6%) from our Silage; Rise & Quarry vineyards. Maturation was for 16 months in seasoned french oak (30% new Dargaud & Jaegle). Love the elegance of Coonawarra cabernet and this 2012 blend is a ripper ... good intensity, balance, more-ish leafiness, fine grained tannins and great length.

Mid red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of wild blackberry and liquorice combined with delicate smoky-coffee French oak. The palate is medium bodied with a soft round Merlot mouth-feel and black fruit flavours. This wine will reward careful cellaring, and we recommend decanting before drinking.
95 points James Halliday ... "A 51/43/6% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Destemmed, and then berry-sorted prior to fermentation in state-of-the-art equipment, matured in French oak prior to bottling in Oct '13. The Blend has a long and proud history of over-delivering, but I can't recollect any vintage bettering this one. The colour is particularly bright, the flavours totally delicious, running through blackberry, raspberry, blackcurrant and even a little cherry; the tannins and oak do no more than complete the picture." 21 Nov 2014.
RRP$24

Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend 2012More Details
Balnaves are a small family owned wine company in the heart of the famous Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. First started in 1976, the vineyard has grown steadily and now covers a total of 56 hectares of Coonawarra Terra Rossa soil - the principal variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon, which accounts for 70% with the remainder taken up by Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Chardonnay. The vineyard is divided into small blocks of between one and two hectares, which take into account depth of soil, trellis design, vine clone and row direction. The quality of wine produced from these small blocks is evaluated each year and recorded. This practice proves the validity of the French concept of "terrior" or the effect that microclimate; geological features and other factors have on the quality of the wine produced. Such effects are clearly seen in the small Balnaves vineyard at Coonawarra.

Price: $19.50

Dal Zotto Sangiovese/Cabernet 2012

Dal Zotto Sangiovese/Cabernet 2012

Vivid purple, youthful hue; an absolutely text book combination of the two varieties that have proved their pedigree in Italy; the Sangiovese provides high notes of sour cherry and brambly character, while the Cabernet provides dark fruits in abundance; medium bodied with some structure and generous fruit, offering a gorgeous core of sweet red fruits, rolled tobacco leaf and fine powdery tannins to conclude; salami and roasted meats will wither before the precision of this wine.

RRP: $21

Price: $16.99

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2012- DOZEN BUY

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2012- DOZEN BUY

The Catena family arrived in Argentina, (“the promised land”) in 1898 and the family has had 4 generations of winemaking. Nicolas Catena is regarded as the godfather of modern winemaking (experimenting with clones) and in the 1980’s pioneered viticulture at high altitude - the key making premium wine in Mendoza .

Rich and polished, abounding in pure cassis and blackberry fruit on the palate with fragrance of spice and floral notes. Terrific length and supple fine grained tannins. Decant this fine malbec so it can open out….

"Smart Buy. A dark and jammy red, with enough acidity to propel the roasted plum and wild berry compote notes. Layers of smoke, toasted spice and espresso emerge on the rich finish." 91 points —Nathan Wesley, The Wine Spectator

RRP: $32

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2012- DOZEN BUY More Details
Review for the '10 ... "Such sophistication and class! Such a contrast to more souped-up examples. Lovely fluidity and freshness. Fully ripe, glossy fruit but not artifically sweet, nor aggresively potent. I know I have already recommended other vintages of this wine in the past but quality just cannont be ignored." Jancis Robinson, MW

Price: $275.88

Jed Limited Release Malbec 2011

Jed Limited Release Malbec 2011

This flagship wine comprises handpicked fruit sourced from low yielding vines from the higher/cooler sights of Uco Valley in Mendoza, Argentina -provided complex flavours and fine ripe tannins. Rigorous fruit selection has also contributed power and complexity to this powerful full bodied red with brooding rich dark berry fruit, tar, aniseed and hint of floral fragrance. Great concentration & length, fine grained tannins, beautifully integrated french oak and balance. doesn't hurt to decant this to reveal layers of flavour. This red is a treat -bring on the roast!
Their last 2009 release won Blue Gold at 2013 Sydney International Wine Show.
RRP $35

Price: $25.99

Bodegas Exopto Bozeto Rioja 2012

Bodegas Exopto Bozeto Rioja 2012

Bodegas Exopto is one of the new wave of modern winegrowers and quality wine makers in Rioja - Outstanding, well tended, cool vineyards on rocky soils, very old vines and low yields (the total opposite to the trend of mass produced, American oaked wine of the region).

Passionate artisan winemaker, Tom Puyaubert (in fact a Frenchman who married an Espanola!) is fanatical in his focus on their vineyard: 50-100 year old Tempranillo and 70 year old Garnacha vineyard located in Rioja Alavesa (600 metres altitude and the coolest in Rioja). He uses French oak and is producing small quantities of top quality vino (3000 cases – miniscule production for Rioja). Robert Parker’s right hand man, Jay Millar from Wine Advocate is a fan: “Exopto Cellars three new releases are all outstanding”. No doubt about it Exopto is a Riojan star in the making!

Bozeto ( means sketch in Spanish) and the 2012 is a blend of 50 per cent Garnacha, 30 per cent Tempranillo and 20 per cent Graciano. The Garnacha comes from a 60-year-old plot in the Monte Yerga sub-region and is fermented and aged in Nomblot concrete eggs to capture all of the bright, juicy charms on offer from this fruit. The Tempranillo comes from the mature Periquita vineyard in the cooler Rioja Alta and is fermented in old wood. The grapes see plenty of sunshine, but cool nights and a long growing season result in ripe fruit flavours balanced by vibrant acidity. The inclusion of the Graciano brings further freshness, savouriness and spiciness. The 2012 Bozeto is a perfumed, lip-smacking, medium-bodied red of wonderful energy and clarity-think high-grown Côtes du Rhône or juicy ripe cru Beaujolais with perhaps more complexity. This is a wine that is neither fined or filtered and the annual production is less than 2000 cases, which is pretty amazing given its modest price.
Winemaker Tom Puyaubert's tasting note .. "A deep red colour, dense and bright in appearance. Aromas of red fruits (cherry and strawberry) with mineral and floral touches. A luscious palate, strawberry and cranberry flavours supply a sweetness that contrasts with the pleasant acidity. Very elegant and a fruity, long finish."

Love this gorgeous rioja and its modest price!RRP: $27

Price: $22.99

Remondo La Montesa Rioja 2010

Remondo La Montesa Rioja 2010

Alvaro Palacios is one of the "rock stars" of modern Spanish wine making best known for his work in revitalising the region of Priorat and his ultra-pricey "Grand Cru", L'Ermita. This though is from his family property in Rioja, where he has worked his magic in reinvigorating the old vineyards and bringing the winemaking up to the state of the art. 2010 was an exceptional growing season in La Rioja described by Alvaro as one of " indescribable elegance and charm" The results are exemplified with La Montesa - a Garnacha dominant blend with Tempranillo, Mazuelo from great old vines ( single hillside vineyard on northeastern slopes of Yerga Mountains) is aged in old French oak. Think intense blood plum, blackberries, floral, wild thyme thru' to wood spice, tobacco and earth balanced by vibrancy and raspberry freshness. Elegant, savoury, long and beautifully stylish. Do not miss out on this spectacular Rioja!

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "...a blend of 75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo sourced from the family vineyard La Montesa del Monte Yerga in Alfaro, displays an attractive bright red ruby color, subtle notes of perfectly ripe red cherries, flowers, spices, flowers, wild herbs and some chalk sensations. It is extremely elegant. The palate is supple, sapid (umami?), vibrant, pure, balanced and long. Simply delicious and a great value. Drink 2014-2018. (12/ 2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar "100% tempranillo, aged in French and American oak for 12 months): Deep ruby. Expressive red fruit and floral scents are complemented by deeper-pitched notes of licorice and dark chocolate. Lively, open-knit cherry and black raspberry flavors show good energy and gain a smoky nuance with air. Finishes sweet and long, with supple tannins and a hint of bitter chocolate. Drinking well now." (10/ 2013)
RRP: $49

Price: $37.99

Roda Sela 2010 - 6 Pack Buy

Roda Sela 2010 - 6 Pack Buy

Often referred to as “the Grand Cru of Rioja”, Bodega Roda is a landmark in the old Riojan city of Haro. From the underground drives to the dedicated, floor-heated malolactic cellar, everything Roda does speaks of precision and fastidious attention to detail. Fruit from each of its 17 vineyards is vinified separately and only after a year in barrel are decisions taken about the wines' ultimate designation. Irrespective of this though, Roda's ground-breaking R&D work on the phenolic maturity of Tempranillo means that all their wines are famed for their ethereal balance, elegance and finesse. From Sela through to their flagship Cirsion, the wines progress from the red-fruit spectrum to the black, all the while increasing in concentration and complexity, while retaining that signature finesse and balance.

Fruit is from vineyards in excess of 30 years (some up to 80 years old), grown organically, aged in French barrels, neither filtered nor fined. Each vintage is made "on its merits" to reflect style of the vintage (rather than an application of a recipe).

Silky smooth, medium bodied, very fresh and well textured. The oak is hardly evident, with round, well integrated tannins, giving way to a lingering finish of seasoned red fruits that make it light and fresh. It showcases perfectly the quality of the 2010 vintage (2010 growing season heralded as vintage of a lifetime!) in this case adding youth and freshness to the depth and ripeness of the seasoned fruit so prevalent in this vintage. 89% Tempranillo, 11% Graciano from vineyards up to 30 years grown organically, aged in French barrels, neither filtered nor fined. Do not miss out on this spectacular Rioja!

RRP: $68 Our SPECIAL 6 pack buy

Price: $258.00

Don David Reserve Tannat 2010

Don David Reserve Tannat 2010

Michel Torino is a premium winery located in Cafayate in the Upper Calchaqui Valley of Argentina's northern region of Salta, home to the highest vineyards in the world at altitudes of 2300-3311 metres. Semi arid climate with warm days and cold nights is ideal for viticulture. Intense UV light with altitude results in thick grape skin development to protect against sun.
Lovely rich ripe fruit (Made with some carbonic maceration which gives the wine aromatic lift) fined grained tannins and a more-ish savoury tarriness with a hint of licorice. Gorgeous purity of fruit and length of flavour. Very different in style to a French madiran (south west France) where the tannat variety is traditionally made in a more tannic, astringent fashion. My favourite red from our recent Argentine tasting.
The '08 vintage was awarded BEST RED WINE IN THE WORLD in the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010 among nearly 7000 wines from 49 different countries. The 2010 release is a terrific follow up- the growing seasons are very consistent in Salta thanks to the Andes (which creates a rain shadow so no rain during harvest) RRP $34

Price: $29.99

Jed Malbec 2013

Jed Malbec 2013

Each year, Jed’s three young Australian winemakers travel to the Uco Valley in Argentina to craft wines that express the unique characters of this acclaimed alpine region. They were hugely impressed with the Uco Valley in Mendoza (450 year history of winemaking) as a unique place to make wine with its fresh snowmelt water (from the Andes), crisp mountain air, high altitude (1250 m) and pure UV light.

Mendoza is famous for producing the world’s finest Malbec but it is the cooler sites of Uco Valley that have recently been discovered as the best. This pristine environment produces naturally balanced wines which require minimal intervention in both the vineyard and winery. The cooler climate fosters the development of the bright cherry flavours in this wine and provides a fine tannin structure. Jed Malbec is made in a traditional medium bodied style. 70% aged in 2nd/3rd use French/American oak to showcase the trademark fine/ripe tannins of Mendoza Malbec.
This beautifully fragrant “vino tinto” has cascading flavours of bright cherries, wild blackberries and chocolate. Love the intensity of fruit on the palate and fine grained silky tannins. Beautiful balance in this fine medium bodied red. Sip on this and you will hear the accordion and feel the intensity and style of tango! Bargain.

*For 2012 Double Gold medal .. Best Malbec in Show, San Francisco Wine Show*

For 2012 Winsor Dobbin, Wine of the Week. Rating: 94/100
"This wine was created by three young Australians who venture to the Argentina each year to make a range of wines in the Uco Valley. The fruit is grown in the foothills of the Andes, giving the wines an undoubted exotic appeal but what I like most about this is its balance and downright dangerous drinkability factor. This is a delightful cooler-climate malbec, soft and supple with bright red berry and cherry characters and well integrated oak. This is medium-bodied, a lot of fun and the perfect partner for a steak."
Now under stelvin RRP $26

Price: $17.99

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2012 - SPECIAL PRICE!

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2012 - SPECIAL PRICE!

Alvaro Palacios is one of the "rock stars" of modern Spanish wine making best known for his work in revitalising the region of Priorat and his ultra-pricey "Grand Cru", L'Ermita. This though is from his family property in Rioja, where he has worked his magic in reinvigorating the old vineyards and bringing the winemaking up to the state of the art.

Ravishing Rioja is a blend of 50% Garnacha,50% Tempranillo. 2012 was a very good vintage in La Rioja (drought year..driest in 60years!). Alvaro calls it a "year of character" and produced a wine "..concentrated and vigorous, but with finesse.. elegance .." It's mid-weight, utterly complete, ravishingly spiced and with great harmony of tannin, acid and perfume. Alvaro’s precise-yet-barely-tutored wines always speak gently but unfailingly of the earth in which they grow, and this hallmark’s in spades here. Red-black fruits in red dirt bespeak this, the jewel vineyard of Rioja Baja. Awesome, softly gloving fruit tannin is the heart from which ever-so-pleasant fruit radiates a warm glow. Gentle, earthily-fruited, classy,more-ish, delicious. RRP $33

Palacios Remondo La Vendimia 2012 - SPECIAL PRICE!More Details
This is the family estate of Alvaro Palacios. It’s the star property of Rioja Baja, quite high up at 550metres, devoted to Garnacha-led blends and all about the smell, taste and texture of the red clay dirt and local herb influence. Predominantly Garnacha, then Tempranillo with Graciano and Mazuelo.

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Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof Lagrein 2011

Tiefenbrunner Castel Turmhof Lagrein 2011

This is very smart Lagrein made by one of the leading producers in Alto Adige in the far north of Italy close to the Austrian border. What spectacular alpine countryside! Stylistically, it is comparable to the medium bodied red wines of Savoie, made from the Mondeuse variety. This medium bodied red, has great length of flavour, fine grained tannins and gorgeous balance. Salute!

James Halliday reviewed their 2009 in The Australian on 12 November 2011 : "Tiefenbrunner is regarded as one of the best producers in the Alto Adige, so the quality of this wine was no surprise. Bright, clear crimson-purple, the bouquet has a highly fragrant black cherry core, the palate with terrific texture, mouthfeel and length, the tannins fine and ripe. 95 points; drink to 2019" RRP $36

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Giacomo Conterno \'Cascina Francia\' Barolo 2006

Giacomo Conterno 'Cascina Francia' Barolo 2006

There is no greater traditional Barolo producer than Giacomo Conterno!

"As with so many 2006 Barolos, time is going to be an essential ingredient as these youthful wines are tight, muscular, super tannic and powerful. Only time mellows all that ...Lurking beneath its imposing structure and weighty tannins, is Cascina Francia's tell-tale spice notes - anise, loicorice, tar and roses melded with cleansing acidity, savoury too with a persistent, long finish. Still sleeping so give this time ad consider it a cellar addition for up to 20 plus years. And if there is a Barolo that can sway people to the beauty and majesty of nebbiolo, (this) is it." Jane Faulkner Oct 2010.

Huon Hooke - 18.5 points..."Very fragrant and complex bouquet. Very tight tannin palate. Lean, angular, finely structured, with superb pure-fruit flavour and structure .. firm and yet supple tannins. Very rich and complex; no need for barriques to build more complexity into this wine. Great line and length; superb vino."

RRP: $350

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Spinifex Tabor 2009

Spinifex Tabor 2009

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers

'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson

“Wow what an impressive newcomer this is, owned by New Zealand-born Peter Schell and French-born wife Magali Gely. After graduation from Roseworthy they worked for four vintages in the south of France, and when they established Spinifex, it was only natural to focus on Mourvèdre, Grenache, Shiraz and Cinsault. Great wine and immaculate packaging is a heady mixture... So far as I am concerned Spinifex out-Torbrecks Torbreck.” James Halliday

"2009 sees the return of Tabor. Sounds like an Arnie film circa Conan. Anyway, this is the 100% Mataro from winemaker Pete Schell. Meaty, gamey, feral aromatics, with a little ironstone and something earthy. The palate feels, lively and light, surprising for the inherent concentration; a welcome anomaly. Fresh red berries follow with hot spice and bitter herbs, then forest berries - it flows. It has a formed, slippery feel but there is chiaroscuro of fruit, spice and acidity throughout the wine. Savoury, then tobacco and earthy notes finish the wine with a sprinkle of pepper for good measure. Throws interesting shapes, drinks superbly, will live for a while too."

94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

A single-site Mataro that is a very grounded and composed young wine: dark plums, some cassis, orange zest, dry loamy, earthly aromas and wild herbs too. The palate's nicely laced up with a core or red- and purple-berry fruits - very smooth - and lazy tannins, laid-back, soft and even, and gently nutty through the finish. Plenty of charm and concentration here. 96 points. Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide, 2012.

Price: $94.99

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008 - STRAIGHT CASE BUY

Chateau Mont-Redon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2008 - STRAIGHT CASE BUY

65% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, 5% Mourvedre and 5% Counoise, Muscardin and Vaccarese aged half in Barrique and half in vats.
A fabulous debut in the first vintage produced by the new winemaker Pierre Fabre. This seamless wine shows depth and classic Chateauneuf character in abundance. Elegantly structured with impeccable balance and fine tannins this wine drinks magnificently already. A brilliant wine and great drink.
RRP: $64

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Girlan Lagrein 2010 -Very Limited

Girlan Lagrein 2010 -Very Limited

Lagrein is generally the most impressive red grape of the spectacular Alto Adige region in the far north of Italy (close to Austrian border ) when yields are controlled (which they are at Girlan). This variety is deeply coloured and can have fruit character reminiscent of dark cherries.

Thanks to careful vineyard selection, low yields and subtle oak handling, Girlan producers a dark, richly aromatic red with fine tannins and real freshness. Stylistically, it is perhaps most comparable to the medium bodied red wines of Savoie, made from the Mondeuse variety. On the other hand this wine is unique in an almost pinoesque kind of way! Girlan’s 2010 has a really vibrant personality to match its intense purple colour. This wine is full of life.. it’s bright and crunchy with perfumed cherry, fresh tobacco, wild berry aromas and flavours. Enjoy this !
RRP $33

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Hamelin Bay Merlot 2011

Hamelin Bay Merlot 2011

Hamelin Bay is in the (cooler) Karridale sub-region, in the southern parts of the Margaret River region. The estate is owned by the Drake-Brockman family who have long pioneering roots in the area dating back to early settlement by the Bussell family in 1830.

This newly released merlot is all dark chocolate, blood plum, black fruits and liquorice. Lovely to drink now but with great potential for mid term cellaring. Already picked 2 gongs at the 2012 Perth Royal and Qantas WA Wine shows and 2 silvers at Royal Melbourne and Margaret River Wine Shows. Follows on from highly regarded 2009 vintage (Top rated Merlot in WA and classed "Best Of the West" in Ray Jordan's 2012 WA Wine Guide, the leading authority on WA Wine.)
RRP $24

Price: $19.50

Teusner Righteous Grenache 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

Teusner Righteous Grenache 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

It was the remarkable quality of the old vine Grenache from this single vineyard in the Western Barossa sub-region of Greenock that kick started the whole Astral Series/Righteous project in 2005. Four years on and Grenache has had another blinder in the Barossa in 2009. The 80-year-old bush vines in this vineyard sit at around 300m ASL with an easterly aspect. They lie on deep sand over red clay with ironstone rocks scattered throughout the vineyard.
The fruit was picked by hand, gently crushed and fermented in open fermenters with regular pump-overs. After pressing, the wine spent two years in 40% new French puncheons with the balance going into a mix of old French and American oak barrels between 3 and 6 years old. As with the Mataro, it is bottled without fining or filtration and with minimal sulphur.

96 points James Halliday ... "Small single vineyard productions released in macho bottles of incredible weight; excellent crimson colour sets the scene for a grenache seldom found in the Barossa Valley; spicy, savoury notes frame the core of perfectly ripened red fruits, giving no hint of alcohol, and certainly no confection."

95 points Gary Walsh The Wine Front ... "From 80 year old vines in the Greenock sub-region of the Barossa Valley. And so far, I'm liking what I see of 2009 in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. A touch oxidative in style with nutty oak, creamed raspberry, a fly spray-like perfume (best I can do) and some mint. It's supple, medium weight, with no heat and super fine grained tannin. Fluid and long - the length of palate is remarkable. Light vanilla wood flavours in there too, and as a young wine the sweet and juicy charm of it is beguiling. With age it will be something different again. Also to be noted is that while it has fruitiness, it's not confectioned or jammy. Top end." Limited!

Price: $138.99

Teusner Righteous Mataro 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

Teusner Righteous Mataro 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

This is just the second Teusner Mataro to make it to this top-level - the first being from 2006. The fruit derives from an old "fruit salad" (mixed planting) vineyard in the Marananga sub-region. Planted in the 1930's on red-brown loams over clay, the 0.3ha Roennfeldt Dirks Block vineyard lies in a fairly flat section with a north-south orientation. The Teusner boys noticed about every fourth vine had slightly different coloured leaves and stood up straighter than the others and these vines turned out to be Mataro. The Roennfeldt family now hand pick these vines separately for Kym and Michael. The fruit goes through fermentation in open-vats before being aged for two years in oak - 30% new (50% French/50% American).

96 points from Gary Walsh The Wine Front .. "Great to see Mataro/Mourvedre/Monastrell being given the respect it deserves. It takes old vines and low yields, but there’s a strong argument to be put forward that it’s the Barossa’s best and most expressive grape. 100 dozen made.
Pwhooar – there’s plenty going on here for such a young wine – earth, bitter chocolate and peel, liquorice, minor coffee oak, blood plum etc. It’s a big wine but it’s not a heavy one and shows no sign of alcohol heat or awkwardness – expressive and balanced with perfect acidity and fine tannins that came up and made themselves known only after a day. Long finish with a twist of dried herb and bitter chocolate so typical of the variety. Just terrific."

96 points Nick Stock Good Wine Guide 2012 ... "It's no secret that Teusner and Mataro are great mates, and this ultra-dark and ripe hero in their range is an impressive wine indeed. It carries aromas of seaweed, iodine and dark plums, blackened roasting herbs, some liquorice and a wealth of sweet earth and spice. The palate adds a peppery edge to the mix, with the same wealth of black fruits. Deeply ripe and juicy tannins scoop through with impressive depth and length, finishing spicy and exotic. The pick of the three Righteous wines, for sure."

94 points James Halliday "deep, dense purple-red heralds a massively full-bodied mataro, with strong black fruits, tar, earth and a touch of bitter chocolate; while the overall extract is extreme, the tannins are in balance; will outlive its cork by decades."

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Pulenta Estate Malbec 2010

Pulenta Estate Malbec 2010

The Pulenta family is a pioneering wine family of 3 generations working in Mendoza (previous owners of internationally renowned Trapiche) with an intimate knowledge and understanding of their vineyards. Their wines have received high praise internationally.

100% handpicked estate grown malbec from Alto Agrello and Lujan de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. Fermentation and maturation in French oak. Very classy malbec balancing power and elegance.

“The nose offers a fine mix of floral berry, dusty earth, and classic malbec richness, while the palate is juicy, balanced and tastes of cassis, blackberry, fresh plum, cracked pepper and baking spices. Full and long on the
finish; right where you want it to be.” 92 POINTS for the 2007. TOP 12 MALBECS Wine Enthusiast (USA) Decant this wine RRP $45

Price: $37.99

Spinifex Esprit 2012

Spinifex Esprit 2012

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers

'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson

This 2012 release has trumped us all ! Terrific long growing season in the Barossa has delivered the goods in this fine blend of Mataro, Grenache, Shiraz, Carignan and Cinsault. Complex aromatics of red currents, sour cherry, pomegranate and hints of freshly roasted coffee. Medium to full bodied, fresh dry palate with layers of intense red fruit, dried herbs and spice flavours. Lingering finish with a firm tight structure. At a previous tasting, Pete Schell, winemaker, declared that if he could only ever make one wine again, this would be it, he’d “die a happy man”. Like the name says, it has truely captured his “spirit”.

Mike Bennie from The Wine Front reviewed the 2010 .. “Pete Schell is a hell of a solid winemaker, one of the more exciting to step out of the ‘new gen’ of producers who source widely, seeking verity from older, finer sites. More purity and finesse in these wines than many many from other Barossa producers."

95 points James Halliday for the 2010 "A blend of mataro, shiraz, grenache and cinsaut that joyously reflects the '10 vintage with its cascade of red cherry, raspberry, strawberry - plus any other berry you care to name - and a long finish that is at once silky and savoury."

94 Points Campbell Mattinson for the 2010, The Wine Front "Cracking wine, this 2010. Beautifully well managed. Tastes fresh and lively and yet has leathery, earthen notes – to complement the wine’s bursts of cherried, plummy, smoky fruit. As with all the 2010 Spinifex reds, it benefits from a stint in the decanter. It’s a little reductive and ferrous and some of these aspects blow off with air, but thankfully not all of them. Ripe, integrated, meticulous tannin. A ripping wine in its style."

94 Points Nick Stock 2013 Good Wine Guide for the 2010; "A beautiful vintage for this reliable, modern classic of blended Barossa red wine. This delivers beautiful and precise fruit purity across a spectrum of red and dark berry characters, showing verve and freshness, and tarry, savoury notes at the edge. The palate is beautifully struck, with focus and concentration both a feature; dark and red berry flavours run amid some chocolate and spice, lovely drive and freshness - superb."

94 Points Tyson Stelzer for the 2010; - “There’s not a ripple or crease to delineate each of the varieties in this consummately crafted blend of mataro, shiraz, grenache and cinsault. The florals and spices on display here are exotic and captivating: dried flowers, red cherries, greengage plums, mixed spice and pepper. The delight of the bouquet flows all the way through the palate, carried by a finely structured, silky backbone of carefully textured tannins.
RRP $36

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Vissoux Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches 2010 - LAST BOTTLES!

Vissoux Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches 2010 - LAST BOTTLES!

“Pierre Chermette has become one of the beacons of Beaujolais quality..” David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, August 2008
The Chermette family were the first to embrace sustainable agricultural practices in Beaujolais. Cru beaujolais is a remarkable medium bodied red made from the Gamay grape, fragrant and juicy with succulence, depth and savoury length. Vissoux is the top rated Beaujolais producer in leading french guide, "Les Meilleurs Vins de France".

Moulin a Vent is the Cru renowned for brooding, fuller bodied reds with power- more reminiscent of the northern Rhone. This is Vissoux top cuvee - it's concentrated, profound and deep with more-ish ripples of smokey tariness. Fruit sourced from 3 plots: Rochegres for finesse;Roche Noire for fruit and Rochelle for power. After a couple of years in bottle this is wildly attractive medium bodied rouge. This top shelf bargain will not dissappoint !

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate got excited: ".. dark cherry and cassis with saliva-inducing salinity, pan-scraping meatiness, and fine-grained tannic chew in an expansive yet sharply-defined, tenaciously persistent, downright vibratory palate performance. This will intrigue and invigorate for at least half a dozen years." 91 points, The Wine Advocate.
RRP: $50

Price: $42.99

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Elio Grasso Barolo Vigne Ginestra Casa Mate 2009- VERY LIMITED

Elio Grasso Barolo Vigne Ginestra Casa Mate 2009- VERY LIMITED

Honest expressions of the terroir of Monforte d'Alba, which generally produces a bigger, more tannic style of Barolo than those from La Morra or Barolo itself. Without doubt, Elio & Gianluca Grasso are one of the great producers of Piedmont. Pedigree and class here. 3 Bicchieri Gambero Rosso 2010 - the Italian Wine Bible. Nebbiolo is all lampia clone. Cold soaked pre ferment to bring to the fore more primary fruit/ floral characters.

A masculine wine, ripe fragrant fruit, tar and leather. A very long and intense wine. 100% Nebbiolo from the Casa Mate site within the Cru of Ginestra in Monforte d’Alba. 30 days on skins in stainless steel, followed by 30 months in large old Slavonian oak.

After their 2008 wines topped the charts of Antonio Galloni’s highly anticipated Barolo Report ( “Case Mate” the top rated wine and “Chiniera Gavarini” 3rd top rated wine out of 250 Baroli and all the other top 10 rated wines were 2 or 3 times the price! ) resulted in huge global demand; and coupled with the 2009 yields being down 20% has meant his wines unfortunately are presold before they land on our shores! We were thrilled to be offered a small allocation of their 2009 Barolos. The thing we love about these 2009 Barolos is that they are sumptuous, generous wines reflecting the warm season. They are approachable and can be enjoyed now for up to 10 years rather than having to cellar them for 15 or 20 years in classic vintages like 2008 which requires a lot of patience! Grasso’s nebbiolo wines represent great value for top shelf Barolo.

“The 2009 Barolo Ginestra Vigna Casa Mate come from 35-year-old vines planted at 350 meters above sea level on mixed sand and clay soils. Gianluca says this is always the first vineyard to flower each year. This expression is without a doubt the more masculine of the two, with bold lines filled tight with black fruit, plum, licorice, tobacco and leather. However, the wine is not all muscle and brawn. It, too, offers a beautiful floral note of pressed red rose that lingers long on the finish.” Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. 94 points The Wine Advocate (6/2013)”
RRP $155

Price: $139.99

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2007 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2007 - LAST BOTTLES LEFT!

Achaval Ferrer sits ‘at the summit of Argentina wine producers’, to quote Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s right hand man. A group of friends from Argentina and Italy, Santiago Achaval Becu and Manuel Ferrer joined forces in 1998 with Italian winemakers Roberto Cipresso and Tiziano Siviero to explore the terroirs and old vineyards of Mendoza. Starting at Finca Altamira, an 87 year-old vineyard about one hour’s drive to the south in the Uco Valley at La Consulta, the 102 year-old vines of Finca Bella Vista at Perdriel were added in 2002. Malbec is of course the star here and Archaval Ferrer’s wines are all about finesse and balance not the big, tannic styles widely seen. Their hallmark is their silky mouthfeel and seamless palate Old vines produce miniscule yields of intense, perfumed, complex fruit balanced with the use of new oak.

Take Jay Miller’s advice ... “the best way to discover the pleasures of Achaval Ferrer are through the entry-level Malbec” Sourced from 3 vineyards, this is the benchmark regional expression of Mendoza Malbec. Dark fruit and spice, mouthfilling, elegant and long.

Decanter.com ... "Very expressive on the nose and packed with black fruit and hints of chocolate. Smooth on the palate with rich fruit characters but with a clean and fresh acidity to support the fruit concentration; soft tannins with a long lingering finish."

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Bodegas y Vinedos Arnaldo âPSIâ 2009 -VERY LIMITED

Bodegas y Vinedos Arnaldo ‘PSI’ 2009 -VERY LIMITED

PSI is the brainchild of Peter Sisseck, founder of Dominio de Pingus -arguably Spain most famous wine.

The idea is to utilise some neglected, but potentially great old assets, human and vinous, of Ribera del Duero. In short, they are the old bush-vine holdings ( 80 years old) of the senior citizens ( some octagenarians amongst them!) of Ribera del Duero, old peasant guys in the main, who have been growing fruit to sell off for decades.

In the main, despite the great age and quality of the vineyards, the resultant material and commercially realised wines have been uninspiring. In conjunction with Pablo Rubio (winemaker at Dominio de Pingus), Peter has re-fashioned the viticulture of these old vines, and rejuvenated the old guys’ relationship with their beloved gnarled old plots. PSI is organic and biodynamic Tinto del Pais (local clone Tempranillo) from old bush-vine plots at around 900m altitude in the valleys of Gromejón and Perales, from 4 principal locations: Pedrosa de Duero, La Aguilera, Gumiel de Izan and Peñaranda de Duero. This is similar territory to Cillar de Silos, to the north of Aranda del Deuro in the central zone of RdD.
First vintage, 2007. ‘Arnaldo’ is a lovely tract of land near Peter’s home, and mere namesake of the project, not its location. PSI is the 23rd letter of the Greek Alphabet (and also the initials P and Si of the maker, señor Sisseck).

Smoky purple fruits, lifted red cola over meat glaze and deep woodily-wizened aromas of old vines. Beautifully earthy to smell and taste, full and bright, laden with dark cherry fruit. A fine, elegant and polished Ribera.

Smoky purple fruits in a meat’n’beet register, lifted red cola over meat glaze, with a pink peppercorn lift and the deep woodily-wizened smell of old, gnarly vines. Gently, beautifully earthy to smell and taste, densely fruited, it’s full and bright, not heavy, laden with dark cherry fruit - a fine, elegant and polished Ribera. Stylistically straddling Burgundy and Barolo - soft and juicy at front leading into wonderful old-vine fruit tannin, with gentle acid/spice closure at palate’s end. Beautiful deep, subtle palate, with wonderful fruit tannin, spice and the expression of vine age. 2009 is a warm vintage of great quality; in the sensitive hands of someone like Peter Sisseck we get wines combining power, complexity and deftness. Dry and hot from July on, September rains cooled and slowed things, and then the fruit was left to hang and harmonise quite late, being harvested in mid-to-late October. To obtain a softer extraction, the grapes of ‘PSI’ are vinified in large traditional concrete vats. The wine then spends a further 17 months ageing in a combination of concrete and wooden vats and oak barriques, all of which nurture and gently extract the wine’s complexity and natural aromas. Winemaking (to the extent it’s discernible) is incredibly dab-handed, judicious, beautiful. Old vine material overly handled gets too dry and abstract, but this has been lightly handled and retains juicy deftness along with the old vine depth, extract and character. Stylish indeed, the palate is self-assured, composed, deeply-rooted in its sense of place. This is top shelf RRP $100

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Benjamin Leroux Savigny-Les Beaune 2010

Benjamin Leroux Savigny-Les Beaune 2010

“You may remember that when I asked Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, on this video who he thought might be a natural heir to the late great Henri Jayer of Burgundy, one of the two people he cited was young Benjamin Leroux of Domaine Comte Armand.” Jancis Robinson, Jan 2009, www.jancisrobinson.com

“Leroux’s passion, ambition and sheer talent have already resulted in a number of stunning, beautiful wines, but my sense is that the best is yet to come.” Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 194 May 2011

“Benjamin Leroux is quiet and unassuming, but his wines more than speak for themselves. I tasted a wide range of 2010s, but was only able to revisit a handful of 2009’s as production is just a barrel or two for most wines. These are some of the most interesting wines being made in Burgundy today.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

As the Jancis Robinson/Burghound quote above makes clear, Leroux is considered one of the most gifted and knowledgeable wine growers in the whole Cote d’Or. You just have to ask any serious Bourgogne producer about Leroux to understand the respect he has garnered amongst his colleagues in the region. He was always considered a prodigy, studying at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune from the age of 13 and taking the reins at the esteemed Domaine Comte Armand when he was only 26. Leroux’s success with the Domaine’s wines over the last decade has well justified the decision to appoint such a young man to run the show. He will continue to manage Comte Armand despite now having his own range of wines (another sign of how well respected he is). The range is fine tuned – several grand cru wines are now in barrel for example – and new vineyard acquisitions will add to the offering, however Leroux is determined only to work with vineyards that have been well managed and produce outstanding fruit, regardless of whether or not they have famous names. He actually champions lesser known regions in Burgundy which is refreshing. This makes sense, Leroux’s knowledge of Burgundy is encyclopedic and producers like him are waking up the wine world to the fact that the reputation of many Cote d’Or vineyards has as much to do with the producers who work them than any intrinsic qualities of the sites themselves.

This is a blinder of a Savigny village with plenty of red berries and fresh cherry fruit, hints of
forest floor and a tangy, racy close. In 2010 this is entirely from declassified 1er Cru! We forgot to ask if this is solely from Hauts Jarrons 1er Cru or from a blend of 1er cru parcels. No matter, we'll ask him later this week when he's in Australia and either way this is, once again, a very 'Leroux' expression of Savigny; suave and succulent, fine and perfumed with a seamless, fragrant transition from nose to palate to lingering finish. You’ve heard of nose to tail eating? Well this is nose to throat drinking!
"The 2010 Savigny-les-Beaune (from tank) shows remarkable intensity and depth at this level. Layers of dark red fruit flow through to the textured, inviting finish. This is all declassified 1er Cru fruit.” (87-88) points, Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #199
RRP $78

Price: $69.99

Roda Reserva Tempranillo Graciano Rioja 2008

Roda Reserva Tempranillo Graciano Rioja 2008

Often referred to as “the Grand Cru of Rioja”, Bodega Roda is a landmark in the old Riojan city of Haro. From the underground drives to the dedicated, floor-heated malolactic cellar, everything Roda does speaks of precision and fastidious attention to detail. Fruit from each of its 17 vineyards is vinified separately and only after a year in barrel are decisions taken about the wines' ultimate designation. Irrespective of this though, Roda's ground-breaking R&D work on the phenolic maturity of Tempranillo means that all their wines are famed for their ethereal balance, elegance and finesse. From Sela through to their flagship Cirsion, the wines progress from the red-fruit spectrum to the black, all the while increasing in concentration and complexity, while retaining that signature finesse and balance.

Fruit is from vineyards in excess of 30 years (some up to 80 years old), grown organically, aged in French barrels, neither filtered nor fined. Each vintage is made "on its merits" to reflect style of the vintage (rather than an application of a recipe). ...Aromatic, fresh red berry thru' to black fruit, some dark chocolate and tar/roast meat underneath with fine silky tannins. Ooodles of class and sophistication in their fine reds.

The team at Roda are not merely dedicated, they are detail-obsessed. Perhaps the most impressive (mahogany-scented) winery you will ever see; everything is about the production and retention of grape quality - the modern approach to wine through viticulture is nowhere given more commitment. All of the fruit is off vineyards in excess of 30 years (some up to 80 years old), grown organically. Fermentation in foudre, and aged in French barrels, with a minimum of oxidative handling, and neither filtered nor fined. Significantly, each vintage is made "on its merits" - work levels, style, etc are responses to vintage realities - not applications of a recipe.

The red+black fruits palate continues with amazing freshness and balance….forest floor, roast meat, tobacco, violets, … a nice sense of crispness works into the back stretch where fine oak, natural acid, a long mineral flourish, Roda's trademark amazing velvet fruit tannins and a boof of purple florals all feature in a quiet riot. Composed, sensual and taut, packed with complex flavour and textures, it's a supremely delicate and deft wine with depth concentration and more pronounced oak influence. 97% Tempranillo and a little Graciano from 35-80 yr old vineyards. All class and sophistication in this fine wine.
RRP $115

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Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo 2005 - VERY LIMITED

Bruno Giacosa Falletto Barolo 2005 - VERY LIMITED

Bruno Giacosa is arguably the greatest producer in Piedmont.

“The Giacosa tradition is that of a commerciante on the highest level” Nicolas Belfrage, Barolo to Valpolicella.

“His genius lies in selecting the finest grapes, a talent learnt from his grandfather Carlo.” Garner & Merritt, ‘Tar and Roses’.

From the winery ... "Garnet red colour with orange reflections. Ample and complex bouquet with notes recalling truffle and liquorice. In the mouth it feels dry, full and velvety, unfolding a great personality."

Price: $245.00

Ceretto Dolcetto d\'Alba DOC Rossana 2011

Ceretto Dolcetto d'Alba DOC Rossana 2011

Ceretto is a third generation family wine enterprise that was founded more than 70 years ago in the wonderful Piedmont region of north west Italia. It has built up its impressive international reputation going by the motto of achieving excellence in wine, and by acting as an ambassador for Piedmont and Italy throughout the world.
Love this medium weight wine for its freshness, juiciness and more-ish depth. Salute! Drank another bottle with pizza and friends and this vino rosso received applause!
RRP $35

Price: $28.99

Chateau Beaucastel chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2006 - LIMITED STOCK

Chateau Beaucastel chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2006 - LIMITED STOCK

95 POINTS ... Robert Parker’s review from the Wine Advocate ..
“ As I stated last year, there is no hommage a Jacques Perrin in 2006, but Beaucastel’s 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Its dense plum/ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet perfume of black truffles, camphor, earth, incense, new saddle leather, and loads of peppery, blackberry, and herb-infused, meaty, black cherry fruit. Deep, full-bodied, and dense, with sweet tannin, this explosively rich Chateauneuf is a stronger effort than the 2005, 2004, or 2003. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2028."

Review by Gary Walsh from Winefront ..
“Beaucastel are big believers in Mourvedre and I am too – it’s the X-Factor grape. Dark, brooding and savoury – a wine of rugged mystery and complexity. Dark chocolate, earth, orange peel, blackberry with some raspberry, earth, licorice and pepper are the flavours – though possibly I’ve listed too many – it’s the ‘idea’ of it that’s important. Full bodied and dense, not fruity, but with plenty of weight and flavour…and it’s clean too. Some dried herb on the long and admirably sweet finish. Looked fresher and more vibrant after being open for a day. A wine of charisma and character. “
RRP $190

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Robert Parker .... "Beaucastel and its subsidiary wines marketed under the Perrin et Fils moniker are consistently among the bright shining stars of France. I have been visiting this estate for nearly thirty years, and over that time I have seen all the elements of what makes wines great – an incredible respect for the vineyards, a conscientious, uncompromising work ethic, and extraordinary passion for gentle handling of fruit from their sites. Brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin seem to be gradually inching closer to retirement as their sons take more and more of a front row seat in the running of this outstanding estate. This is a marvelous portfolio of wines, from the extraordinary values, to the top-end world classics. While one could say this is as traditionally run estate as can be found in western Europe, the Perrins are remarkably flexible if they sense that quality can be improved. Quality rises dramatically with the Perrin et Fils cuvees. The Cotes du Rhone Reserve wines are produced primarily from the estate vineyards at Grand Prebois and Vinsobres, with some purchased fruit from such Cotes du Rhone appellations as St.-Gervais. Marc Perrin, who is responsible for winemaking at Perrin et Fils, seems to go from strength to strength with this line of wines, which includes negociant bottlings as well as some from estate vineyards in Vinsobres.”

Price: $149.99

Ernesto Catena Siesta Malbec 2011

Ernesto Catena Siesta Malbec 2011

Ernesto Catena is the eldest son of Nicolás Catena of Catena Zapata, Argentina’s largest and most respected winemaking families. Considered a ”bit of a rockstar” of modern Argentinian winemaking. His access to the finest old vine material (thanks to the catena empire has produced the goods), Siesta wines are a tribute to the ancient Inca civilization and their respect for the land. The Incas would often bury offerings to the land so that it would remain healthy and fertile. Following this ancient tradition, every year they bury in the Vistaflores vineyard a few bottles of their best wines, hoping that while sleeping their endless “Siesta”, they will protect the vines, people and harvest.

Malbec fruit for this powerful, robust wine is sourced from several prime vineyards (high altitude vineyards at 40 yrs of age). Maturation 100% French Oak (25% new) to add a savoury dimension.

I now understand why the best restaurants in Buenos Aires clamour to list his wines! This is a rich wine balanced by taut, savoury tar & licorice characters. 2011 was a classic vintage with terrific depth of fruit and structure. Decant this wine so it opens out.. Si senor - this absolutely over delivers quality for the price.

91 points Wine & Spirit (for the 2010) Magazine "Exceptional. “A pure expression of malbec, without any interference from oak or excessive extraction, this saturates every corner of the palate with ripe fruit. Ready to pour with lamb chops seasoned with rosemary.”
RRP $42

Price: $34.99

Noemia A Lisa 2012

Noemia A Lisa 2012

This leading Patagonia winery is located in Rio Negro Valley, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires in the middle of the desert of Patagonia, Argentina. The climate is bone dry with just seven inches of rain each year. The dry climate with a maximum humidity of 30% keeps the area free of disease; the atmosphere is pristine, pure and unpolluted. Winemaker, Hans Vinding-Diers (Danish, Bordeaux-trained, cousin of Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame in Espana) is fanatical as far as attention to detail goes- biodynamic viticulture, hand harvesting and gravity driven vinification. He joined forces with italiana Noemi Marone- Cinzano (part of the Cinzano family) in this exciting venture.

The hallmark of this bodega is "elegancia" , a seamless palate and balance- not big tannic blockbusters often typical of Mendoza.

Fruit is sourced from three different vineyards all 50 yrs of age. This red blend comprises 90% Malbec, 9% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot and was matured 10 months in second year French oak. Deep purple colour with aromas of spice, currants and a hint of violets. Full-bodied and signature elegance in this wine- more savoury fruit spectrum than malbec from mendoza with lots of blackberry and dark cherry fruit and silky fine grained tannins and a lick of raspberry. This 2012 is even more focused and velvety. Do not miss out on this gorgeous wine...

Decanter 5 stars 19/20 points for their 2010 .. "Dark berry fruit - fresh and young with spicy notes. Bright and juicy palate, ripe yet elegantly structured tannins. The 1% Petit Verdot adds green peppery notes. Great cellaring potential."

93 points Wine & Spirits Magazine, Feb '14

Wine Spectator .. "This red mixes crushed black cherry and dark plum with overtones of game, grilled herb and olive. Ripe and savory."
RRP $58

Price: $45.99

David Hook Reserve Barbera 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

David Hook Reserve Barbera 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Winemaker, David Hook “cut his teeth” along side Murray Tyrrell, worked at Lakes Folly and widely as a flying winemaker in France and Spain. With 25 years experience, he makes exceptional wines with regional and varietal character to reflect the place of origin.

* Trophy for Best Red from Italian or Spanish Varietal at 2012 NSW Small Winemakers Show *

This native grape of piedmont in Italy, was grown in a vineyard in the foothills of Mount Canobolas (near Orange). The cool climate and ancient volcanic soils combined produce high quality grapes with good intensity of flavour and high natural acidity. Classic varietal characters of dark cherry, prune and spice. 2011 was a great season..the Hunter and Orange were spared the rain that came down in south australia and victoria. This medium to full bodied red has good structure with firm velvety tannins balanced by good acidity (barbera and sangiovese retain more acidity than shiraz and cabernet).
This drinks beautifully -Bring on the pasta and pizza. Salute!

ONLY $25 a bottle WHEN YOU BUY AS A STRAIGHT DOZEN !

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Review by Chris Shanahan, Australian wine judge and writer, November 2012 ... ".. easily the best Australian expression of the style that I've tasted. The fleshy but not plump palate, and smooth, silky tannins make this a more complete, satisfying red without abandoning the varietal character."

Price: $300.00

Spinifex Le Chemin 2009

Spinifex Le Chemin 2009

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers

'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson

‘Le Chemin’ meaning ‘The Path’ or ‘The Way’ – is a co-fermented blend of Grenache, Mataro, Shiraz, Carignan and Cinsault fruit exclusively sourced from very old vineyards. The fruit quality in 2009 vintage was so good it provided an opportunity for a rare bottling: to co-ferment these varieties together in a single tank as the mild and long season presented a window where all five varieties were at an optimal and appropriate maturity to generate such a blend.

Following fermentation the wine was matured in a single large old French oak cask or “foudre” (2500ltrs) for 20 months. A wine of refinement and purity. Aromatically complex, perfumed with high-toned spice, red fruits and ethereal dried flower, herb, earth and gamey complexity. A clear demonstration of the magic and innate complexity of old vine fruit, it is startling in its clarity, purity and restraint. Pure and fresh with herb laced red fruits on attack that evolve into earthier dried and woody spices. Has a supple and open front palate that gains focus, freshness and line as fine, firm tannin and ripe acids draw the palate out. Fine, dry, lingering finish" Very Limited

Price: $83.99

The Wendouree 2001 Museum Release 6 Pack - LIMITED STOCK!!

The Wendouree 2001 Museum Release 6 Pack - LIMITED STOCK!!

In the Wendouree 2001 Museum Release 6 pack you will receive the following:-

1 x 2001 Shiraz
2 x 2001 Shiraz Malbec
2 x 2001 Shiraz Mataro
1 x 2001 Cabernet Malbec

Stock is Limited. Bargain! Be quick here.

Price: $550.00

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Domaine Saint Damien Cotes du Rhone Vielles Vignes 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY

Domaine Saint Damien Cotes du Rhone Vielles Vignes 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN BUY

The Saurel Family have run this biodynamic vineyard for 4 generations (since 1821) - Joel & Aime now run the Domaine - 42 acres including 30 acres in Gigondas. Prime focus on terroir & organic vineyard practices thanks to Joel's father Clovis Saurel and his passion for the land. Since star chateauneuf winemaker consultant, Philippe Cambie came on board in 1998 wine quality has soared - meaning much deserved attention from the international wine crits and paparazzi!

Average age of 50 years old low yielding vines in Gigondas. Incredibly complex geology/soils translates to terrific results.

Comprises of 80% Grenache, 15% Carignan and 5% Mourvèdre. Fruit is sourced from the lower terraced parcels of the Plan de Dieu lieu?dit, in the commune of Violès. Grenache and Carignan vines are over 60 years old and the Mourvèdre 30 years. Delightful concentration and multilayered Cotes du Rhone thanks to depth of fruit from the old vine material. A winner!
**Only $27.99 when you buy as a straight dozen**

Price: $335.88

Agnes de Cervera \'La Petite Agnes\' Priorat Garnacha 2012

Agnes de Cervera 'La Petite Agnes' Priorat Garnacha 2012

Agnes de Cervera is a family-owned property in the centre of Priorat, famed Spanish wine region just outside Barcelona. The Cervera family have spent the last decade acquiring and planting over 250 acres of land in several villages, of which about 90 acres are vineyard. The project is named after Agnès, granddaughter of owner, Miguel Jimènez de Cervera who dedicated this project to Agnès to show her his love. She’s ten years old and grows up around the vineyards, sharing with all her family a great passion for wine!

This is delicious (typical Priorat) medium bodied comprises 85% Garnacha and 15% Samsó spanish name for carignan followed by a brief maturation in French barriques). Juicy red wine brimming with purity of fruit…plush black cherries, plums, framed by classic refreshing raspberry and characteristic terroir mineral tariness ( thanks to the schist rock known as ‘licorella’ soil in the area). Terrific value here- Viva Espana!

RRP $34 Special price $27.99

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San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva âLe Baroncoleâ 2011 - VERY LIMITED

San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Le Baroncole’ 2011 - VERY LIMITED

San Giusto A Rentannano are up there with Italy’s top growers - they are all about purity of sangiovese fruit, elegance (almost feminine for super Tuscan), beautiful aromatics, and superb freshness …Percalo a selection of Sangiovese from six cru vineyards that form the best expression of the terroir of San Giusto multilayered, firm tannins and beautifully integrated French oak but they do not over do the oak. Powerful wine- cellars well up to 20 yrs They certified organic in 2008 vintage

Set in the far south of the Chianti Classico zone, San Giusto a Rentennano started out as a medieval Cistercian monastery and currently owns about 40 hectares of vineyards – a small landholding compared to some of big Tuscan names and a feature that means they produce small quantities of wine.

Terrific fruit selection/depth of fruit ... powerful strident wine but needs time. Again oak is not overdone (a lot of Riservas can be over oaked). Le Baroncole is made from 97% Sangiovese and 3% Canaiolo grapes. The initial stages of its production are the same as Chianti Classico but it is then aged in barriques for between 16 to 20 months, bottled unfiltered and held for a further six months prior to release. There are dark cherries, floral notes, spice, licorice and menthol and the tannins build impressively on the finish. Le Baroncole blends power, richness and freshness with outstanding balance, gaining complexity with time in the bottle.

Accolades galore from the wine scribes like Parker, Tanzer, Wine Spectator etc… A couple of quotes

"I can’t think of too many growers who would show the humility to say “I could have done better” when talking about one of his highly acclaimed wines from a few years ago. It is precisely that quiet drive to continue to improve which makes Luca Martini di Cigala and San Giusto a Rentennano one of Italy’s top producers." -- The Wine Advocate, June 2008

“…enjoy yourself with one of the greatest Super-Tuscans of them all, the 100%-sangiovese Percarlo, made from a selection of the best grapes of the property, and the 100%-merlot La Ricolma, a cult wine that is now back in top form…” – International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 07

“San Giusto a Rentennano is one of Italy’s leading estates. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala are quiet and unassuming. They prefer to let the wines speak for themselves, which they do with great eloquence...From top to bottom, these remain some of the most reasonably priced wines in the world considering the pure quality of what goes into the bottle.” Antonio Galloni
RRP $97

San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Le Baroncole’ 2011 - VERY LIMITEDMore Details
Review for '09 release ... 92 pts Antonio Galloni "...caresses the palate with layers of sweet red berries, flowers, mint and spices. As is often the case when the Baroncole is young, the French oak is just a bit intrusive. That should be less of an issue as the wine ages. I don’t see the 2009 being a long-term wine, but then again, I have often been surprised by the ageability of these Chiantis. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021."

Price: $82.99

San Giusto A Rentannano Percarlo 2010 - VERY LIMITED

San Giusto A Rentannano Percarlo 2010 - VERY LIMITED

San Giusto A Rentannano are up there with Italy’s top growers -they are all about purity of sangiovese fruit, elegance, almost feminine for super Tuscan), beautiful aromatics, and superb vibrancy and freshness …Flavour spectrum more red fruits rather than brooding black fruits.
Percalo a selection of Sangiovese from six cru vineyards that form the best expression of the terroir of San Giusto multilayered, firm tannins and beautifully integrated French oak but they do not over do the oak. Powerful wine - cellars well up to 20 yrs They became certified organic in 2008 vintage.

Set in the far south of the Chianti Classico zone, San Giusto a Rentannano started out as a medieval Cistercian monastery and currently owns about 40 hectares of vineyards – a small landholding compared to some of big Tuscan names and a feature that means they produce small quantities of wine.

Their Percarlo is made from 100% estate Sangiovese, organically grown from the finest vineyards. Yields are exceptionally low – around 1kg of grapes per vine – and the vines sit on a complex combination of mineral rich soils, imbuing the grapes with exceptional acidity and fruit purity. A near perfect microclimate offers cool nights which slows the ripening process and increases complexity, and long warm days which allows the Sangiovese to reach complete ripeness. They are then hand picked and rigorously sorted (up to 50% of grapes can be discarded if they don’t reach stringent quality standards) as late as possible. Combined with a use of natural yeasts and unfiltered bottling, this is a truly unique and memorable expression of Sangiovese.

Accolades galore from the wine scribes like Parker, Tanzer, Wine Spectator etc… A couple of quotes:

98 pts, Antonio Galloni, Vinous - Aug 2013 – “The 2010 Percarlo is shaping up to be one of the elite wines of this great Tuscan vintage. Even today, the 2010 is remarkably seamless, balanced and integrated, with fine tannins, beautifully delineated fruit and exceptional overall balance. Layers of dark fruit, graphite and exotic spices build to a crescendo of aromas and flavors that captivates the senses. Although it is early, it certainly looks like the 2010 Percarlo is set to take its place as one of the greatest wines ever made at San Giusto. Drinking window: 2018 - 2030. ”

"I can’t think of too many growers who would show the humility to say “I could have done better” when talking about one of his highly acclaimed wines from a few years ago. It is precisely that quiet drive to continue to improve which makes Luca Martini di Cigala and San Giusto a Rentennano one of Italy’s top producers." -- The Wine Advocate, June 2008

“…enjoy yourself with one of the greatest Super-Tuscans of them all, the 100%-sangiovese Percarlo, made from a selection of the best grapes of the property, and the 100%-merlot La Ricolma, a cult wine that is now back in top form…” – International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 07

“San Giusto a Rentennano is one of Italy’s leading estates. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala are quiet and unassuming. They prefer to let the wines speak for themselves, which they do with great eloquence...From top to bottom, these remain some of the most reasonably priced wines in the world considering the pure quality of what goes into the bottle.” Antonio Galloni

Price: $169.99

Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge 2010 - VERY LIMITED

Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge 2010 - VERY LIMITED

“You may remember that when I asked Allen Meadows, aka Burghound, on this video who he thought might be a natural heir to the late great Henri Jayer of Burgundy, one of the two people he cited was young Benjamin Leroux of Domaine Comte Armand.” Jancis Robinson, Jan 2009, www.jancisrobinson.com
“Leroux’s passion, ambition and sheer talent have already resulted in a number of stunning, beautiful wines, but my sense is that the best is yet to come.” Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 194 May 2011
“Benjamin Leroux is quiet and unassuming, but his wines more than speak for themselves. I tasted a wide range of 2010s, but was only able to revisit a handful of 2009’s as production is just a barrel or two for most wines. These are some of the most interesting wines being made in Burgundy today.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

As the Jancis Robinson/Burghound quote above makes clear, Leroux is considered one of the most gifted and knowledgeable wine growers in the whole Cote d’Or. You just have to ask any serious Bourgogne producer about Leroux to understand the respect he has garnered amongst his colleagues in the region. He was always considered a prodigy, studying at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune from the age of 13 and taking the reins at the esteemed Domaine Comte Armand when he was only 26. Leroux’s success with the Domaine’s wines over the last decade has well justified the decision to appoint such a young man to run the show. He will continue to manage Comte Armand despite now having his own range of wines (another sign of how well respected he is). The range is fine tuned – several grand cru wines are now in barrel for example – and new vineyard acquisitions will add to the offering, however Leroux is determined only to work with vineyards that have been well managed and produce outstanding fruit, regardless of whether or not they have famous names. He actually champions lesser known regions in Burgundy which is refreshing. This makes sense, Leroux’s knowledge of Burgundy is encyclopedic and producers like him are waking up the wine world to the fact that the reputation of many Cote d’Or vineyards has as much to do with the producers who work them than any intrinsic qualities of the sites themselves.

"Once again Leroux's amuse-bouche red is a blend of declassified Santenay Villages and 1er cru la Comme. Leroux declassifies these wines because otherwise he would have no Bourgogne to sell! The origin of the wines and the startling quality, make it an absolute steal, punching well above its generic level. Fleshy and deep with dark cherry and floral-scented fruit along with powdery tannins that show that the wine will clearly age. Wonderful depth and character, it is a ripe, powerful, Côte de Beaune rouge and simply too good for the Bourgogne appellation it misleadingly wears on its label. "The 2010 Bourgogne Rouge (from tank) is a fleshy, supple wine laced with floral red fruits, best suited for drinking over the next few years. Leroux’s Bourgogne is made from declassified fruit from the Santenay 1er Cru La Comme and a 1er Cru fruit from St. Aubin." (87-88) points, Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #199
RRP $58

Price: $49.99

Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier 2007 - BACK VINTAGE SPECIAL!

Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier 2007 - BACK VINTAGE SPECIAL!

Turners Crossing, planted by Paul Jenkins in 1999 and named after the local farmers crossing at Loddon River in Victoria's Bendigo in the late 1800s. Much celebrated and zealous winemaker, Sergio Carlei was so impressed with the consistent quality and balance of fruit produced on the vineyard (warm days to ripen fruit and cool nights impart vibrancy/freshness and savoury more-ish leather/tarriness in the flavour spectrum) that he was quick to strike up a business partnership with Paul to create Turners Crossing wines. The vineyard's unique red sandy clay soils over limestone (like the Coonawarra) provide great drainage and high ph ideal for vines to access all the trace elements and minerals needed in the soils which translates to consistency of quality. Low yields and much care and attention - use of organic fertilisers and dry mediteranean summers means minimal disease pressure and no need for chemical sprays in the vineyard.

Sergio employs long maceration, wild yeast co-fermentation of 95% shiraz and 5% viognier followed by 24 months maturation in French oak. 2007 was a drought year (yields were down 40%) producing concentrated, muscular/structured wine that needed time. After 6 years bottle age in the wineries cellar ... Eureka! This fine wine has come into its own!

Gorgeous synergy of rich black fruits, spice, complexity, finesse with great power/length, firm, silky tannins balanced by raspberry freshness on the finish. This back vintage beauty is drinking magnificently now with another 3 or 5 years cellaring potential. We tasted this alongside their newly released 2010 (96 points and listed in Best of Best in Halliday's latest book) and preferred this 2007. Yum and joy to bottle age! This bargain is our quality and value wine of the year! Do not miss out here!

Halliday rated this 94 points: "Incredibly ripe redcurrant and blackberry bouquet with a suggestion of bay leaf in the background; very warm on entry, there is a generous quality to the fruit; the tannins sit apart at this stage, but given the dimensions of the wine, time will be of great assistance." March 2009.
RRP $28

Price: $19.99

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Colome Estate Malbec 2011

Colome Estate Malbec 2011

Established is 1831, Bodega Colome is one of Argentina’s most esteemed and oldest producers located in Argentina's region of Salta in the Upper Calchaqui Valley, home to the highest vineyards in the world at altitudes of 2300-3311 metres. Semi arid climate with warm days and cold nights is ideal for viticulture. Intense UV light with altitude results in thick grape skin development to protect against sun. The Hess Family bought this estate in 2001.

100% biodynamic vineyard from high in the mountains of Salta (vineyards are between 2400 and 3000 metres above sea level) bulk of fruit comes from estate vineyard (150 yrs of age at 2400 metres-trunks of these incredible ancient gnarly vines remind me of olive trees!)

Delicious malbec 85% with a splash of tannat, cabernet sauvignon, syrah & petit verdot, 15 mths maturation in french oak with depth of fruit, and beautifully ripe tannins. It's all about alpine freshness and purity of fruit in this delicious vibrant medium bodied malbec.... RRP$55

Price: $44.99

Spinifex Miette Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2012

Spinifex Miette Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2012

Second label from Barossan cult producer, Spinifex. Known for their attention to detail, hands on winemaking and precision for blending their wines are all about finesse and complexity. Made from the same parcels of fruit that go into the Spinifex wines, Miette is made in a more forward, open style meaning they are approachable right now! As winemaker Pete Schell says .. "the wines are all about freshness, purity and balance. Wines made for food, family and friends.”

The fruit for this wine is 100% Barossa, handpicked from old, dry-grown sites. Winemaker Pete Schell .... "A spicy, fragrant and full-flavoured red. Alluring aromatics of warm, exotic spice and red fruits. Fresh mid weight palate with strong cherry, leather and cocoa and dried herb flavours – bright and alive on the palate –fine drying tannins." Incredible value here.
RRP $25

Price: $19.99

Spinifex Miette Mataro 2012

Spinifex Miette Mataro 2012

Second label from Barossan cult producer, Spinifex. Known for their attention to detail, hands on winemaking and precision for blending their wines are all about finesse and complexity. Made from the same parcels of fruit that go into the Spinifex wines, Miette is made in a more forward, open style meaning they are approachable right now! As winemaker Pete Schell says .. "the wines are all about freshness, purity and balance. Wines made for food, family and friends.”

Mataro - aka Mourvèdre - has to be the most underrated black grape grown in Australia but with its thick skins, naturally balanced acidity and late ripening characteristics, the variety is ideally suited to Australian conditions, particularly to the warm chocolaty rich soils of the Barossa Valley. The inaugural Miette Mataro showcases the more elegant side of this variety. Fruit for this comes from select old vines in Kalimna and Tabor, east of Tanunda and is used in Spinifex's flag ship Mataro, Tabor. Lovely savoury notes here .. . aniseed and red fruits. Deliciously smooth and vibrant sweet/savoury cherry and plum fruit, and long finish. Delivers so much for the price.
RRP $25

Price: $19.99

Teusner Avatar GSM 2012 - SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY!

Teusner Avatar GSM 2012 - SPECIAL 6 PACK BUY!

Kym Teusner was crowned king by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine as Young Winemaker of the Year in 07. He has produced extraordinary wine here!! Often referred to as the big brother to their un-oaked Joshua GMS. The 2012 Avatar has a little more Shiraz in the blend than other recent vintages and is considered to be their stand out wine of the vintage. Grenache still dominates the blend with spice and red-fruited lift and Mataro adds earthiness and some resounding bass notes ... 40% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, 30% Mataro.

95 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - "..Well if the 2012 Joshua was the best they’ve yet made, then I reckon this might be too ... This may well be about as good as Barossa GSM gets? Strong colour leads into a deliciously aromatic and tasty wine. Hazelnut, floral notes, iron, boysenberry, cherry pips and a hard-to-describe-sensibly sensation of what might best be called ‘stony’. Medium bodied with bell clear fine acidity and equally fine tannin. Serious length. And for all those serious bits, still just so irresistibly yum. You’re having your cake and eating it here."
RRP $35
Only $24.50 when you buy as a Straight 6 PACK!

Price: $147.00

Fontodi Casa Via Syrah 2007  - VERY LIMITED!

Fontodi Casa Via Syrah 2007 - VERY LIMITED!

“A maniacal attention to detail in both the vineyards and cellar sets Fontodi apart as one of Italy’s most inspired producers.” Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Fontodi Estate is one of the most highly regarded Chianti classico producers and is located in Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Owner Giovanni Manetti (whose family purchased the estate in 1968) has 70 hectares of biodynamic vines referred to as Conca-D’oro “golden shell” for its heat-trapping amphitheatre shape perfect for ripening grapes. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard and winery sets this estate apart!

The Casa Via Syrah is ranked as one of Italy's top examples of the variety, and is a stunning Northern Rhone lookalike. Wine Spectator has referred to it as "La Turque" of Italy, such its elegance and proximity to the Guigal style.
“The 2007 Syrah is gorgeous in its dark varietal fruit. In this vintage the oak is a touch prominent, while slight elements of heat come through on the finish. If this settles down over the next few years it could easily merit a higher score. From a textural standpoint it is impeccable and totally finessed. The substantial finish bodes very well for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2027.” 92 Points Wine Advocate # 191
RRP $99

Price: $79.99

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2010

Fontodi Chianti Classico 2010

“A maniacal attention to detail in both the vineyards and cellar sets Fontodi apart as one of Italy’s most inspired producers.” Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Fontodi Estate is one of the most highly regarded Chianti classico producers and is located in Panzano in the heart of the Chianti Classico region. Owner Giovanni Manetti (whose family purchased the estate in 1968) has 70 hectares of biodynamic vines referred to as Conca-D’oro “golden shell” for its heat-trapping amphitheatre shape perfect for ripening grapes. 2008 was the first vintage to be certified organic although organic vineyard practices go back to 1990. Free draining soils called ‘galestro” (schist rock with marl and clay) suits sangiovese perfectly. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard and winery sets this estate apart!

This fine chianti classico is the estate’s main wine - 100% Sangiovese (up to 20% of other varieties is permitted in the blend however they are purists), wild yeasts, meticulous fruit selection followed by 12 months in old French oak. 2010 was a dream growing season in Tuscany, some heralding at as one of the all time greats! ... ‘Giovanni Manetti's 2010s will one day be regarded as some of his greatest wines. From top to bottom, the Fontodi 2010s are superb....’ Antonio Galloni, August 2012

Relish the beguiling delicacy and complexity of aroma (black raspberry, cherry, chargrilled meat, leather) despite the power and thrust of this medium to full bodied vino italiano. Recommend decanting. This fine vino rosso cries out for roast meat. Salute!
93 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media "..boasts striking inner perfume, but is otherswise very shut down. Today, the 2010 seems to combine the finesse of the 2004 with some of the structure of the 2006. Clean veins of 2010 acidity support the brilliant, sensual finish. The 2010 is a gorgeous wine with a bright future, although readers will need to be patient. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.’
RRP $60

Price: $52.99

Spinifex Indigene 2012

Spinifex Indigene 2012

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers.
'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

As always, Indigene is based on the Barossa's wonderful resource of old-vine Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) sourced from tiny pockets of vines on the region’s eastern fringes. The final cut was drawn from five parcels of Shiraz and two of Mataro. The three Barossa sites, Moppa’s quartz shot clay, Bethany and Eastern foothills, bring opulent ballast counterbalanced by the fragrance and freshness of the Eden Valleys component (drawn from the High Eden at 550 metres and Moculta, see below for more details on this site). The Mataro comes from two sites including old vines rooted in the deep sands of Vine Vale and from Ebenezer. Across these sites, vines range from 20 to 90 years old, with an impressively high average of 70 years. Each variety is treated separately; the Mataro is fermented with foot-crushed bunches and raised in large format oak to preserve its subtle aromatics. The Shiraz sees 20 per whole bunch, some mature barrique and a single 600 litre demi muid. The final blend is bottled without fining or filtration.

Pete rates this as the “most elegant Indigene we have knocked out.” Right off the bat it’s amazingly aromatic with lots of savoury, fresh meat, and iodine notes on the nose. The palate is super pure with pristine raspberry, anise, crushed poppy seeds, pepper, and cedar notes. Again those hints of fresh, clean meat in the background. Lovely rocky tannins. Another unbelievably classy and elegant wine. It's ripe, but very fresh and without any alcohol sweetness, reflecting the balance of the 2012 vintage. Supple and pulpy texture, with notes of red fruits and wild herbs, fine tannins and a perfumed finish. More feminine than the 2010 – that is, more perfumed, cooler and graceful. Just a wonderful wine.

95 points Mike Bennie, The Wine Front .."“For me 2012, the tannin maturity was really good, good flavour depth, you could do what you want, some went for lusciousness, but in 2012 something strange happened, and the Indigene was much more delicate than usual. I got a bit twitchy after 2011 and picked earlier than expected, without sacrificing anything I feel”, says winemaker Pete Schell, “the tough years teach you about the good years anyway”. This is a blend of mataro and shiraz. Larger format wood and concrete vats have been the (r)evolution, “put delicate fruit, earlier picked fruit in barrique and it will rip the guts out of it”, offers Schell, “the larger format helps hold the tannin, works better with finer fruit characters”. This wine wasn’t made in 2011.
Spritely perfume, rose petal, exotic spice, meaty characters. Firm texture, racy in red and black fruit, composed – certainly shows the crisp acidity and freshness of the winemaking, but also a depth of vinosity that says something more is happening here. Impressive in form and length, this really is a super wine, in vogue of the ‘lighter side of Barossa’ but with detail, precision and finesse in tow. What a wine."
RRP $68

Price: $58.99

Teusner Avatar 2013 - 6 pack price

Teusner Avatar 2013 - 6 pack price

Kym Teusner was crowned king by Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine as Young Winemaker of the Year in 07. He has produced extraordinary wine here!! Often referred to as the big brother to their un-oaked Joshua GMS. The 2012 Avatar has a little more Shiraz in the blend than other recent vintages and is considered to be their stand out wine of the vintage. Grenache still dominates the blend with spice and red-fruited lift and Mataro adds earthiness and some resounding bass notes ... 40% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, 30% Mataro.

95 points Gary Walsh for the 2012, The Wine Front for the 2012 - "..Well if the 2012 Joshua was the best they’ve yet made, then I reckon this might be too ... This may well be about as good as Barossa GSM gets? Strong colour leads into a deliciously aromatic and tasty wine. Hazelnut, floral notes, iron, boysenberry, cherry pips and a hard-to-describe-sensibly sensation of what might best be called ‘stony’. Medium bodied with bell clear fine acidity and equally fine tannin. Serious length. And for all those serious bits, still just so irresistibly yum. You’re having your cake and eating it here."
RRP $35
(see also our special 6 pack price)

Price: $168.00

Rutini Coleccion Malbec 2010- 6 pack buy

Rutini Coleccion Malbec 2010- 6 pack buy

Rutini is a leading Argentine winery with a long winemaking history. Coleccion is the super premium range of wines made by Rutini. Malbec s 100% Estate grown fruit : 50% from Tupungato., 50% from La Consulta in the Uco Valley, Mendoza in Argentina; 12 mths in 80% New French Oak & 20% New American Oak.

Big rich sweet fruit, powerful wine terrific depth of fruit, cascading layers of flavour, texture and fine grained tannins. Delicious wine that cries out for roast meat !
RRP $70 Special 6 pack offer $359.94

Price: $359.94

Teusner The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012

Teusner The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012

“The irony of independence - you rarely achieve it standing alone” ... so the slogan says on this fine blend of Barossa Shiraz (50%) and Mataro (50%) - a reference to the grape growers who have helped Teusner achieve greatness. The fruit was sourced from low yielding, ancient vines in the Northern Barossa – Ebenezer, Kalimna and Moppa.

Kym Teusner says “As always the winemaking is hands off and we let the fruit tell its own story. The result is a brooding, complex wine that sings of the earth from where it came and the toil of our growers that tend the vines....two things that we at Teusner are very proud of.”

Dark plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit flavours, exotic spice, licorice, beef consomme, dried flowers, white pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf and rich Barossa earth. The wine displays plenty of energy thanks to a vibrant line of acidity and a raft of ripe, fine grained tannin provides ample structure on the lingering finish." Superb value for money here in this new release! How does he make wine of this calibre for this silly price?!

"What ho! It's a spicy one, that's for sure. Dark chocolate, orange peel, liquorice, pepper, cloves, black fruit - feel the blackness and loneliness of Independence! And then rejoice. Flush and full in the mouth, sweet ripe dark fruit but laden with bitter chocolate and spice, juicy orange acidity - but in a good way here - and silty tannin pushing the wine along. For $25 bucks, you're in for a lot of flavour, good structure and a pretty good time. Fine release." 93 points, Gary Walsh, The Winefront
RRP $25

Price: $17.99

Toro Albala Don PX 2008 (375ML)

Toro Albala Don PX 2008 (375ML)

Toro Albala is arguably the best producer of Pedro Ximenez (PX) in the world today with the finest vineyards in Montilla (the region for Pedro!) in Spain. The Don P.X. wines are the youngest vintage wines from Toro Albalá. The carefully selected grapes are hand harvested from the oldest Pedro Ximénez and are then left to dehydrate under the sun for up to two weeks, concentrating the grapes sugars. The grapes are then lightly pressed and tipped into fermentation vessels. When the perfect balance between sugar, alcohol and acidity has been reached, the fermenting must is 'stunned' with argudiente (clear local brandy). The resulting wine is then decanted into stainless steel and the local cone-shaped Tinajas tanks to naturally settle (due to the richness of the wine it cannot be filtered) before being bottled straight from the holding vessel. As these early release wines are not barrel aged or blended, they are wonderfully pure, fresh, grapey examples of Pedro and capture all the delicious tanginess of the style before rancio sets in. The Don PX smells wonderfully of rum and raisin ice cream with liquorice drops thrown in. It is sweet and viscous yet the honey textured palate is beautifully balanced by citrussy freshness. The palate glows with concentrated toffee, caramel and dried fruit notes and finishes with a warm, lingering flourish. 17% alcohol [From the importer]

Price: $32.99

Mamete Prevostini \"Botonero\" Nebbiolo 2013

Mamete Prevostini "Botonero" Nebbiolo 2013

Spectacularily breathtaking scenery and vineyards clinging to mountains at altitudes up to 1000 metres, the Prevostini family (planted vines 70yrs ago) has risen swiftly since winemaker Mamete took over in 1988 to become a leading winery in the alpine region of Valtellina ( 100 kms from Milano in Lombardia close to the swiss border). The Ligurians (contemporaries of the Etruscans) terraced hillsides and planted vines in the region. According to Gambero Rosso, “Mamete Prevostini has a knack of interpreting the trends that are constantly sweeping through the wine world. It enables him to see the way forward, for example by eliminating some excesses in the cellar such as the muscular wines so much in vogue a few years ago.” We love Prevostini wines for their elegance with gorgeous perfumed aromatics, refined delicious flavour on the palate and superb balance. Most of their wines are made from the noble Nebbiolo grape, called Chiavennasca in Valtellina and Mamete Prevostini wines in Valtellina with nebbiolo rival the expressions in Barolo and Barbaresco regions of Piemonte. Their flagship wine Albareda Sforzato has won numerous tre bichierri awards in Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.

100% Nebbiolo sourced from Alpi Retiche zone of Sondrio province. Loved the juicy purity and vibrancy of this fine medium bodied rosso, supple round fruit with hint of the "tar and roses" hallmarks of Nebbiolo. This rosso offers sheer delicousness and versatility with food. Reminiscent of red burgundy with its juiciness, spice, plums, dried cherry and more-ish finish of leather and earth. Yum !
RRP $40

Price: $33.99

Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2010 - Limited

Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi 2010 - Limited

Alvaro Palacios, whose family owns the prestigious Rioja Bodega, Palacios Remondo, spent 2 years at Château Pétrus before setting up on his own in Priorat in 1989. From the outset, he set out to produce world-class wines by using fruit from extremely low-yielding old vines and by applying ultra-modern winemaking techniques. He is now considered one of the "rock stars" of modern Spanish wine making best known for his work in revitalising the region of Priorat and his ultra-pricey "Grand Cru", L'Ermita.

Alvaro Palacios acquired his first vineyard, Finca Dofí, in 1990. Then, in 1993, he located what is now regarded as the crown jewel property in Priorat, a precipitous, northeast-facing Garnacha vineyard on well-drained schist that had been planted between 1900 and 1940. Alvaro named it for a small chapel, or hermitage, that sits atop the hill. In 1995, the flow of critical praise began for Alvaro's L'Ermita however just as compelling in its own rights is Finca Dofí. Palacios describes Finca Dofi as “like a ball of stone dressed with velvet”.

Alvaro Palacios was one of the ‘pioneers’, who vivified and re-interpreted Priorat after the Franco era de-planting. From the ‘30s, during and after the industrialising era under Franco, Garnacha was largely ignored in Priorat, and the trend in the region was a combination of de-population, as the youth went to the city looking for work, deplanting and/or over-planting with the more reliable workhorse variety Samsó, yielding more wine more easily, strong wine with good colour, but not the nobility possible with the local Garnacha. In 1989 when the likes Alvaro Palacios went into Priorat, there were just 800 ha of vines planted (80% of which was Samsó), compared to the pre-war peak of 17,000 ha, largely Garnacha! Now, after 20 years, Alvaro sees it was clearly a mistake, and as his commitment is to the nobility of the local Garnacha he is reverse-engineering the French varietals (such as Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah) out of his Priorats as quickly as he can. Without doubt he is the finest producer in one of the most unique terroirs of world wine, working with indigenous old strains of Garnacha.

Finca Dofi is one of the defining wines from Priorat and the new vintage is no exception:-

94 points Stephen Tanzer IWC, "Suave, highly perfumed nose offers fresh raspberry, minerals, candied flowers and Asian spices. Sappy and minerally, offering intense, spice-accented red fruit and floral pastille flavors with superb clarity. Wonderfully supple in texture, with outstanding finishing persistence and only a hint of sweet tannins."

93 points Wine Advocate, "The aromatics are still defined by that carapace of new oak, although underneath lies some fine dark cherry and raspberry fruit interlaced by Chinese five-spice, lavender and wild heather. The palate is powerful and full-bodied with a very intense entry of pure dark berries intermingled with balsamic and Asian spices, a core of ripe black currant and a dense, grippy finish. It displays impressive length and persistency, though it will remain impenetrable for the first 5-6 years of its life."

Price: $169.99

Beaucastel chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

Beaucastel chateauneuf du Pape Rouge 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

“The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate’s classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provencal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years.

Brothers Jean-Pierre and Francois Perrin as well as their four sons, Thomas, Marc, Pierre and Mathieu, have quickly become the dominate wine producers of the entire southern Rhone Valley. They have expanded their operation even further by partnering with the Jaboulets. Now having over 1,200 acres in vine and extensive contracts, this is a high quality locomotive, great news for consumers seeking a range of top quality red and white wines in all price ranges. The Perrins’ greatest success is undeniably their enormous quantities of high quality, inexpensive wines called La Vieille Ferme, a white from the Cotes du Luberon and a red from the Cotes du Ventoux. The Perrins are now the top producers of wines from the cool climate southern Rhone appellation of Vinsobres, located in the northern sector of the region and meaning “sober wine.” In 2008, the Perrins purchased one of the better estates in Gigondas, Clos des Tourelles, a 25 acre property located at the southern end of the village from which they make two cuvees. True stars in the Perrin portfolio are the white and red Cotes du Rhone from their estate called Coudoulet which is adjacent to the appellation of Chateauneuf du Pape. As longtime readers know, Chateau de Beaucastel makes two of the great white wines of the southern Rhone, although in Chateauneuf du Pape the rather dramatic amelioration of quality that has taken place with white winemaking has given them more competition than they had a decade ago.” 94 pts

Price: $159.99

Coates âThe VPâ Langhorne Creek Touriga Nacional 2008 (375ml)

Coates “The VP” Langhorne Creek Touriga Nacional 2008 (375ml)

Duane Coates is one of the quiet achievers of the Australian Wine Scene (Masters in Oenology and an MBA from Adelaide University & soon to become a Master of Wine). His winemaking philosophy is simple: the highest quality fruit from sustainable vineyards (some organic), harvest when properly ripe and a natural winemaking approach (minimal intervention - wild yeasts, unfined, no additions of tannin, enzyme and acid).

Huon Hooke said: “ Every wine I’ve tasted of McLaren Vale’s Duane Coates has been excellent…” Highly impressive wines – a style that bridges the gap between fruit driven Australian style and savoury complex wines of old world Europe. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, from leading international website erobertparker.com said - "..a breath of fresh air in this area where a lot of producers seem to be following the herd down that incredibly ripe and sometimes over-ripe path that has caused not a few producers to come unstuck in heat-wave and drought conditions. These are superbly-crafted, well-priced wines that are wholeheartedly recommended’.

Duane's love of Vintage Port is no secret. He did a sabbatical in Portugal at The Fladgate Partnership in vintage 2003 which gave him an insightful look into Port production at Quinta de Vargellas (Taylors), Quinta do Roeda (Delaforce, Croft) and Quinta do Panascal (Fonseca) and Taylor’s Quinta do Nogueira.

Fanatical attention to detail every step of the way - flavour, tannin and sugar ripe grapes were picked at 13.5 Baume to retain vibrancy and acidity. A three-hour ‘Corte’ of foot treading in the Portuguese tradition was performed to extract colour, flavour and fine tannins. Natural yeast fermentation followed by pressing and fortification with a blend of white Brandy spirits selected to add character and compliment the base wine. Maturation for 24 month in seasoned French oak

There is poise, delicacy and harmony here in this extraordinary nectar RRP $36

Price: $27.99

Sons of Eden Pumpa Cabernet Shiraz 2011

Sons of Eden Pumpa Cabernet Shiraz 2011

Named as a tribute to Len Pumpa, a pioneering Eden Valley grower back in the 1920s who preserved the vineyards that they are custodians of today. Co-owners, Corey Ryan (cut his teeth" as winemaker at Henschke for 10 yrs) winemaker and Simon Cowham (ex-viticulturist Yalumba) have weaved their magic with this new release.

A fine blend of Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Shiraz (47%) and Tempranillo (5%) varieties (50 odd yr old vineyard with minuscule yields 1- 2 ton per acre) followed by 15 months in predominantly French oak.... Plush aromatic dark cherry fruit complemented by cassis, cedar and wintergreen notes of cabernet sauvignon and a touch of tempranillo which adds a savoury undertone and softens the fine grained and textured tannins. A soft velvety texture with great length of flavour is a reflection of how well these varieties from Eden Valley marry together.

2011 was a cooler vintage, creating perfect conditions for late ripening and moisture resistant cabernet. Cabernet fruit from northern Eden Valley grown on terra rossa soils produced delicious cassis cabernet characters with the long slow ripening season. Shiraz came from Moculta in Eden valley and 5% Tempranillo create delicious savouriness to the palate. This is very classy cabernet-esque rouge!

*Gold Medal -2013 Barossa Wine Show & Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor*

RRP $29

Price: $24.99

Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1983 (750ml) - LIMITED STOCK!

Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1983 (750ml) - LIMITED STOCK!

Toro Albala is arguably the best producer of Pedro Ximenez (PX) in the world today with the finest vineyards in Montilla (the region for Pedro!) in Spain.

Toro Albalá reserve select lots of their best vintage wines for the Gran Reserva label. These unusually rich Pedro Ximénez wines are destined for a very long aging in oak barrels. After filling and sealing, these barrels are left for decades in their single-vintage state. It's during this slow maturation that the wines undertake their delicious, savoury, rancio transformation (though controlled exposure to oxygen) which brings a kind of nutty, iodine character that infinitely complexes the wine but also gives it added freshness. Naturally as the wines concentrate in flavour and texture the colour darkens and mouth-feel develops accordingly. After a minimum of 25 years in barrel, vintages are selected for release only when they have attained these classic hallmarks of aged P.X. This 1983 has the same lustrous, black mahogany colour of the popular 1985. The nose is sweetly radiant, saturated with all kinds of evocative smoke, raisin, and savoury aromas; blond tobacco, liquorice and even rosemary. The palate is chock full of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, smoke and rum lace, fruitcake flavours yet there is a wonderful, bitter-sweet tang of Turkish coffee and fresh acidity that hems in the wines shape and freshness. One sip of this and you will understand why Toro Albala is one of the highest-regarded producers of sweet wines in Spain!

Don PX Gran Reserva (1983) - "The 1983 Don PX Gran Reserva has been aged in old oak barrels until bottled in 2012, and is several steps up in age and complexity. Here the dominant notes are tar, graphite, smoke, roasted coffee and dark chocolate. It's extremely concentrated, dense and sweet, ends very spicy with curry notes and stays in your mouth for minutes. Drink 2013-2025."

This is extraordinary nectar....will last for months after opening if you somehow can resist finishing it in one sitting!)


RRP $84

Price: $69.99

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2005 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

Achaval Ferrer Malbec 2005 - LAST BOTTLES REMAINING!

Achaval Ferrer sits ‘at the summit of Argentina wine producers’, to quote Jay Miller, Robert Parker’s right hand man. A group of friends from Argentina and Italy, Santiago Achaval Becu and Manuel Ferrer joined forces in 1998 with Italian winemakers Roberto Cipresso and Tiziano Siviero to explore the terroirs and old vineyards of Mendoza. Starting at Finca Altamira, an 87 year-old vineyard about one hour’s drive to the south in the Uco Valley at La Consulta, the 102 year-old vines of Finca Bella Vista at Perdriel were added in 2002. Malbec is of course the star here and Archaval Ferrer’s wines are all about finesse and balance not the big, tannic styles widely seen. Their hallmark is their silky mouthfeel and seamless palate Old vines produce miniscule yields of intense, perfumed, complex fruit balanced with the use of new oak.

Take Jay Miller’s advice ... “the best way to discover the pleasures of Achaval Ferrer are through the entry-level Malbec” Sourced from 3 vineyards, this is the benchmark regional expression of Mendoza Malbec. Dark fruit and spice, mouthfilling, elegant and long.

"Darkruby/ purple in color, it offers up an enticing perfume of toasty oak, milk chocolate, coconut, black cherry, and blackberry, leading to a medium-bodied wine with ample ripe black fruits, excellent balance, and nicely concealed soft tannins. The wine will evolve for several years .." Jay Millar, The Wine Advocate

Price: $65.99

Mengoba Brezo Mencia Tinto 2011 ..Last Bottles

Mengoba Brezo Mencia Tinto 2011 ..Last Bottles

“a name to watch!" ...says Jesús Barquín one of the most influential wine critics in Spain who co-authored the wine bible “The Finest Wines of Rioja and North West Spain”.

Mengoba's wild, rural vineyards are at nose-bleed altitudes of up to 2500 ft above sea level. This is stunning country; a landscape of wild, natural beauty - a quality that is mirrored in the Mengoba wines. The patches of old, goblet vines here are strewn across small, isolated pockets, nestled amongst the densely forested high country.

Bierzo is a region that totally missed the industrialisation that so much of Europe went through post WW2. It was too difficult to mechanise and there was simply no interest in the area until a clutch of winemakers realised the remarkable potential of the high altitudes, old vines and quartz and slate rich soils. French winemaker Gregory Pérez was one of those drawn to the area by the sheer potential of the remarkable terroir as well as the two principal, indigenous grape varieties of Bierzo: Godello (white grape) and Mencia ( red grape).

Mengoba has fast established itself as one of the region’s benchmarks.The vineyard work is absolutely artisanal; the vines are grown according to organic principles and Perez’s highest plot remains one of the Spain's few quality producing vineyards still ploughed by cow!

We don’t know how Señor Pérez has produced a handcrafted wine of this quality and shipped to us in Australia for this price! The source of this Mencía is Horta and Villafranca — sandy and clay sites at an elevation of 550m. It’s high enough for cool nights and thus the retention of cleansing acidity in the grapes. After a sorting, the fruit was mostly destemmed, crushed and left to ferment in stainless steel. Pérez worked with around 15 per cent whole bunches this year to impart more structure and there is also the addition of a small amount of Alicante Bouschet (one of the rare teinturier varieties; a grape with red flesh). This latter addition brings freshness, purple hints and perfume. The liquid that results from all of this is deep purple with a generous, lifted nose of smoky, jubey fruit and a silky, spicy mouthful of deliciousness. The great achievement here is that the striking fleshiness of fruit is finely balanced by the bright, fresh structure that comes with the high altitudes and warm days followed by cold nights. Yum this was a huge hit at our recent Spanish tasting which means stock is limited...
$25

Price: $19.99

Tenuta Di Capezzana Villa Di Capezzana DOCG 2007

Tenuta Di Capezzana Villa Di Capezzana DOCG 2007

“Count Ugo Contini Bonacossi, now in his 70’s, is undoubtedly one of the most significant figures in Tuscan and indeed Italian viticulture of the twentieth century.” Nicolas Belfrage, Brunello to Zibbibo.

“This was a truly inspiring range with the 1931 (yes, 1931) in great condition.” Jancis Robinson, Capezzana of Carmignano – 2004 back to 1931.

Carmignano is today one of Tuscany’s most exciting, up and coming wine regions with an ancient history of quality wine growing that goes back to 800 AD!
Distanced from the maddening bustle of Chianti Classico, the Tenuta di Capezzana is the vanguard Estate (organic vineyard practices) in this small zone west of Florence, specialising in wines of ineffable elegance and style. A fine blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, dense fruit, gorgeous aromatics of red berries, cinnamon and black pepper with vibrant juicy cherry and redcurrant flavours. Beguiling elegance, density and structure in this delicious tuscan offering.

"At 150-200 metres above sea level, lower lying than the Chianti norm, Carmignano can ripen Sangiovese a full fortnight earlier than Chianti and has no trouble ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. This latter variety is no newcomer to Carmignano. The tradition of blending small quantities of Cabernet with Sangiovese began in this area in the 1700s! Carmignano was also the first recognised region in Italy to have Cabernet and Merlot incorporated in to the DOCG. In fact, it is the only region where Cabernet must make up at least 10% of the blend. Legend has it that Capezzana's vines were sourced directly from a little known Pauillac vineyard called Lafite! Regardless, the best wines of the region bear no resemblance to the Super-Tuscan style. On the contrary, they are a lesson in how judicious blending can assist in bringing out the personality of local vineyards, as opposed to the other way around. The 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon blend for this wine has been in place for well over a decade with previous blending of Canaiolo now used solely in the Barco Reale.
This wine is matured for 14 months into 3.5 hectolitre botti, followed by 6 months in bottle before release. Along with the fellow Florentine village Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Carmignano was one of the chief beneficiaries of the fine 2007 vintage. Rainfall in August helped take the edge off the pre-harvest heat wave and resulted in fantastically balanced Sangiovese-based wines, with density of fruit , excellent aromatics, freshened further by fruity, tangy acids and refreshing tannins. The wine is both classic Capezzana and classic Carmignano. Fresh aromas of red berries are complimented by cinnamon and black pepper on the nose. It's very lively and bright in the mouth with cherry and wild redcurrant flavours, offering juicy persistence and a suave texture. " Importer's notes

"Floral, interesting nose with sweet cinnamon spice. Well-made, juicy, elegant and aristocratic style with a smoky finish." 4 stars. Decanter Magazine

91 points, Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #196

RRP $57

Price: $49.99

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Exopto Horizonte de Exopto 2010

Exopto Horizonte de Exopto 2010

Bodegas Exopto is one of the new wave of modern winegrowers and quality wine makers in Rioja - Outstanding, well tended, cool vineyards on rocky soils, very old vines and low yields (the total opposite to the trend of mass produced, American oaked wine of the region).

Passionate artisan winemaker, Tom Puyaubert (in fact a Frenchman who married an Espanola!) is fanatical in his focus on their vineyard: 50-100 year old Tempranillo and 70 year old Garnacha vineyard located in Rioja Alavesa (600 metres altitude and the coolest in Rioja). He uses French oak and is producing small quantities of top quality vino (3000 cases – miniscule production for Rioja). Robert Parker’s right hand man, Jay Millar from Wine Advocate is a fan: “Exopto Cellars three new releases are all outstanding”. No doubt about it Exopto is a Riojan star in the making!

Horizonte - the Horizon - is predominantly old-vine Tempranillo (alongside 10% Garnacha and 10% Graciano) sourced from eight tiny parcels that total 2.45 hectares. Only around 850 cases are produced each year. Much of the Tempranillo comes from two excellent old-vine plots in the Rioja Alta; Las Abejas and Chulato. Here the old vines - 50-90 years age - and cool limestone soils combine to ensure ripe intensity yet elegant fruit and fresh acidity. The grapes are harvested by hand and fermentation takes place in small 3,200-liter cement tanks utilizing the indigenous yeasts of the grapes. The oak handling - which utilizes both new and used 225-litre French oak barrels - is expertly handled, softening out any harder edges and complementing rather than dominating the wine's bright fruit. The result is a dark, earthy, spicy and complex wine with great tannin structure. A considerable step up from the Bozeto in terms of concentration, depth of fruit, structure along with power, juiciness, elegance. This is bloody magnificent!

RRP $44 Our price $36.99

Price: $36.99

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Vissoux Les Griottes Beaujolais Villages

Vissoux Les Griottes Beaujolais Villages

“Pierre Chermette has become one of the beacons of Beaujolais quality..”
The Chermette family were the first to embrace sustainable agricultural practices in Beaujolais. Cru beaujolais is a remarkable medium bodied red made from the Gamay grape, fragrant and juicy with succulence, depth and savoury length. Vissoux is the top rated Beaujolais producer in leading french guide, "Les Meilleurs Vins de France".

Les Griottes means "small cherries"; exactly the kind of fruit character that you will find in spades in this juicy wine. Produced from 15-35 year old vines grown on dark granite soil in Saint Vérand area (of Southern Beaujolais), here we have yet another convivial, lip-smacking, ultra pure stunner from this benchmark grower that La Revue du Vin de France recently described as "...a reference for 30 years." On the palate you find the subtle sense of creaminess offset by crunchy raspberry seed, the fruity acidity that we have come to love in the Chermette's entry level bottling. Flavours of mixed, fresh berries, red cherries, and bay leaf hints abound in this stylish and refreshing wine. Simply, a deliciously fleshy, jubey, fresh & light red that can't help to evoke Eric Asimov's quote in the New York Times a few years ago; "Few wines can induce joy the way Beaujolais does...".
RRP: $29

Price: $25.50

Noemia J Alberto Malbec 2012

Noemia J Alberto Malbec 2012

This leading Patagonia winery is located in Rio Negro Valley, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires in the middle of the desert of Patagonia, Argentina. The climate is bone dry with just seven inches of rain each year. The dry climate with a maximum humidity of 30% keeps the area free of disease; the atmosphere is pristine, pure and unpolluted. Winemaker, Hans Vinding-Diers (Danish, Bordeaux-trained, cousin of Peter Sisseck of Pingus fame in Espana) is fanatical as far as attention to detail goes- biodynamic viticulture, hand harvesting and gravity driven vinification. He joined forces with italiana Noemi Marone- Cinzano (part of the Cinzano family) in this exciting venture.

The hallmark of this bodega is "elegancia", a seamless palate of balance and finesse - not big tannic blockbusters often typical of Mendoza.

Fruit is sourced from their Patagonia vineyard planted in 1955, Minuscule yields imparting intensity, depth of fruit and velvety mouthfeel followed by maturation in French oak. This top shelf 'tinto' (95% Malbec, 5% Merlot) displays extraordinary purity of fruit, pin point focus, depth that flows seamlessly, fine grained tannins and gorgeous integration of oak. Halleluia to this fine wine, one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Argentina! RRP $95

Wine & Spirits magazine - TOP 100 wineries in the world, Sept 2013.
94 points, Tim Atkin MW - "Unfined and unfiltered, it is a scented, sensuous, appealing wine with clove and violets on the nose. The palate is elegant and refined, with subtle oak ... and a lift of refreshing acidity. The restrained alcohol contributes to the success of the wine. Drink: 2014-­20"

91 points, Nathan Wesley, Wine Spectator .. "This racy red sports crushed cherry and raspberry notes, supported by juicy acidity. The palate unwinds with floral, spice and mineral hints. Drink now through 2018. 1,600 cases made."
92 Points Wine & Spirit Magazine "This is bright and lush, elegant in its line of cool, zesty fruit. It’s a malbec of refinement rather than weight, with fresh tannins that will sustain it in the cellar." Oct '13 RRP $96

Price: $76.99

Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec 2012

Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec 2012

The Catena family arrived in Argentina, (“the promised land”) in 1898 from Italy and the family has had 4 generations of winemaking. Nicolas Catena is regarded as the' godfather' of modern winemaking (experimenting with clones) and in the 1980’s pioneered viticulture at high altitude - the key to making premium wine in Mendoza . They are the largest and most respected winemaking familiy in Argentina.

Extraordinary quality packed into their "entry level" red at an unbeatable price! Handpicked malbec, blended with small parcels of Syrah and Bonarda meld with layers of deep dark cherry and blackberry flavours with hints of blackpepper, spice and vanilla. Great finish, firm tannins, soft and silky with that trademark Argentinian bright acidity. Do not miss out on a case of this fine 'tinto' for winter roasts and bbqs!! RRP $22

Price: $16.99

Colome Lote Especial Tannat 2010

Colome Lote Especial Tannat 2010

Established is 1831, Bodega Colome is one of Argentina’s most esteemed and oldest producers located in Argentina's region of Salta in the Upper Calchaqui Valley, home to the highest vineyards in the world at altitudes of 2300-3311 metres. Semi arid climate with warm days and cold nights is ideal for viticulture. Intense UV light with altitude results in thick grape skin development to protect against sun.

100% biodynamic vineyard from high in the mountains of Salta- This special batch "tinto' is made from tannat (a highly tannic red grape with a long history in Madiran, in the south west of France) sourced from the Finca La Brava vineyard in Cafayate at 1700 metres altitude. Maturation in French oak. This big, rich & robust tinto is delicious with a touch of bottle age complexity balanced by vibrant raspberry freshness on the finish. Fire up the barbecue.. Ole !

Silver Medal Decanter Wine Awards "Lots of black treacle, tea, coffee and jasmine aromas. A lovely Tannat with firm and dry, finely grained tannins. Massive yet balanced. 4 Stars" Decanter

RRP $56

Price: $47.99

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2012

Barone Ricasoli Chianti 2012

Barone Ricasoli is one of Chianti’s most important producers - certainly the most important historically, with a remarkable story that goes back well beyond the 12th century. The most historic of wine castles – Castello di Brolio and its remarkable 250 hectare Chianti Classico vineyard - has been the home to the Ricasoli family since 1141. A major revamp and modernisation of the vineyard and winery was undertaken in 1993 ... the wines are not only considered amongst the finest in Tuscany but deliver extraordinary value.

This is a rich, vibrant and brilliantly priced medium bodied Chianti ( predominantly Sangiovese) from top notch vineyards and made with fine craftsmanship. Lively and upbeat, it's awash with succulent dark cherry, red and black fruits with a nip of tannin for backbone and elegant acidity for freshness. Up there with the best quality and value chianti that we have seen! Do not miss out here RRP $29

Price: $22.50

Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas La Louisiane 2010

Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas La Louisiane 2010

The Saurel Family have run this biodynamic vineyard for 4 generations (since 1821) - Joel & Aime now run the Domaine - 42 acres including 30 acres in Gigondas. Prime focus on terroir & organic vineyard practices thanks to Joel's father Clovis Saurel and his passion for the land. Since star chateauneuf winemaker consultant, Philippe Cambie came on board in 1998 wine quality has soared - meaning much deserved attention from the international wine crits and paparazzi!

80% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 5% Cinsault and Syrah. This wine is sourced from the early red alluvial gravel parcels that are located on the steeply terraced hillsides in the lieu-dit Louisiane. The vines are more than 80 years old and yield a tiny 20hl/ha. The wine undergoes extended maceration and fermentation (6 weeks) before spending 12 months in foudre.
“…displays crisp, tart acids that set it apart from the 2009 or 2007 La Louisiane. It also possesses good minerality, medium body, and while not as dense as previous vintages, it remains impressively endowed with excellent balance, crisp acidity and the precision and freshness that are hallmarks of this interesting vintage. Enjoy it over the next decade.” Robert Parker—The Wine Advocate RRP $66

Price: $57.99

Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco 2010 - LIMITED STOCK!

Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco 2010 - LIMITED STOCK!

For the past four generations, the Vietti family has been producing wine in Castiglione Falletto, a small village in the heart of the Langhe region of Piedmont, from their vineyards located across the five communes designated for the cultivation and production of Barolo. Over recent years Luca Currado-Vietti had taken over the winemaking direction from his late father Alfredo. The overall objective, to produce the highest quality wines, whilst retaining respect for the traditions of the specific appellations.

2010 was an extraordinary season in Piedmont. The Perbacco is made from 100% Nebbiolo .... parcels all planted in the Barolo region from vines average 35 years old from Barolo sites : Bricco Boschis, Liste, Brunella, Rocchettevino, Pernanno, Ravera di Monforte and Scarrone..... fruit selected here as more open and approachable than Barolo followed by 2 years maturation in cask. The work in the vineyards, the yield/hectare, the vinification system and the aging period for the Perbacco are the same as for our Barolo Castiglione.

This 2010 release is stunning baby Barolo which overdelivers for quality and price. Do not miss out here. Will cellar for 5 to 10 years

Huon Hooke 94 points “This a junior Barolo for a fraction of a Barolo’s price. A terrific nebbiolo smelling of smoky red fruits and violets, and in the mouth, very elegant and a little lean perhaps, but building flavour as you sip. Impressive length and fine structure, and the fruit does all the talking. Now to 12 years. 14 per cent alcohol.”
RRP $58

Price: $49.99

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Vietti Barbera d\'Asti Tre Vigne 2010 - LIMITED STOCK

Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2010 - LIMITED STOCK

Luca Currado took over as winemaker at Vietti from his late father Alfredo (married Luciana Vietti whose family grew grapes, made wine and had winery in Castligione Falletto) and Luca’s brother-in-law Mario Cordero is responsible for sales and marketing. Luca’s wife Elena Penna assists with administration and public relations. Each family member is closely linked to the overall objective, to produce the highest quality wines, whilst retaining respect for the traditions of the specific appellations. Vineyard acquisitions primarily during the 1980s and 1990s, across the Barolo communes and in Asti, have seen the total Vietti holdings grow to 32 hectares. Luca Currado-Vietti is not looking to increase production, but rather to achieve better control over fruit quality, and over winemaking and with their new winery.

This is the oldest family owned winery in Barolo (located in mediavel town of Castiglione Falletto) that goes back 5 generations with their first wine going back to 1873 and Luca pays tribute to his father Alfredo Currado for his foresight in acquiring the top vineyard sites because he says now prices of prime vineyard are ridiculous ! They have an extraordinary 15 out of total 20 Grand Cru sites in all 12 Communes of Barolo which is key to the extraordinary quality of their wines including their entry level Perbacco which could be labelled Barolo and is as good as many producers serious Barolo at twice the price! . The charming Luca is a seriously talented winemaker.. he is passionate, dedicated and was one of the first to experiment with pre ferment cold maceration on Nebbiolo and barbera and also with batonage “ lees stirring by hand in red wines”. His style of winemaking is modern traditional and as Nicholas Belfrage MW coins ‘ Vietti: Enlightened Traditionalism..” saying “ the series of labels on the Vietti wines seem to promise something old but new, rustic yet sophisticated with a gentle sense of humour”

2010 was a great season in Piedmont- heralded as the vintage of a generation 100% Barbera from vineyards in Aglioni in Asti, 4800 vines per hectare. Maturation in French and Slovenian oak for 14 months.

“The 2010 Barolos will go down as some of the greatest wines ever made at this historic property. Wine lovers will not want to miss Vietti's 2010s...
they are stratospheric.”—Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, the voice & leading authority on Barolo.

This is absolutely stunning medium to full bodied barbera: gorgeous aromatics, depth of fruit balance, vibrancy, complexity. Do not miss out on this ! RRP $58

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Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013 review "Impressive wine, very concentrated for a Barbera d'Asti, and already showing abundant damson plums and red fruits, some very, very powerful fruit with immense charm here. The palate is fresh, lively and juicy, oak already nicely integrating, and the tannins are juicy and even, very crunchy. Superb. Will age too.

Price: $49.99

Bodegas Exopto Bozeto Rioja 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Bodegas Exopto Bozeto Rioja 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Bodegas Exopto is one of the new wave of modern winegrowers and quality wine makers in Rioja - Outstanding, well tended, cool vineyards on rocky soils, very old vines and low yields (the total opposite to the trend of mass produced, American oaked wine of the region).

Passionate artisan winemaker, Tom Puyaubert (in fact a Frenchman who married an Espanola!) is fanatical in his focus on their vineyard: 50-100 year old Tempranillo and 70 year old Garnacha vineyard located in Rioja Alavesa (600 metres altitude and the coolest in Rioja). He uses French oak and is producing small quantities of top quality vino (3000 cases – miniscule production for Rioja). Robert Parker’s right hand man, Jay Millar from Wine Advocate is a fan: “Exopto Cellars three new releases are all outstanding”. No doubt about it Exopto is a Riojan star in the making!

Bozeto ( means sketch in Spanish) and the 2012 is a blend of 50 per cent Garnacha, 30 per cent Tempranillo and 20 per cent Graciano. The Garnacha comes from a 60-year-old plot in the Monte Yerga sub-region and is fermented and aged in Nomblot concrete eggs to capture all of the bright, juicy charms on offer from this fruit. The Tempranillo comes from the mature Periquita vineyard in the cooler Rioja Alta and is fermented in old wood. The grapes see plenty of sunshine, but cool nights and a long growing season result in ripe fruit flavours balanced by vibrant acidity. The inclusion of the Graciano brings further freshness, savouriness and spiciness. The 2012 Bozeto is a perfumed, lip-smacking, medium-bodied red of wonderful energy and clarity-think high-grown Côtes du Rhône or juicy ripe cru Beaujolais with perhaps more complexity. This is a wine that is neither fined or filtered and the annual production is less than 2000 cases, which is pretty amazing given its modest price.
Winemaker Tom Puyaubert's tasting note .. "A deep red colour, dense and bright in appearance. Aromas of red fruits (cherry and strawberry) with mineral and floral touches. A luscious palate, strawberry and cranberry flavours supply a sweetness that contrasts with the pleasant acidity. Very elegant and a fruity, long finish."

Love this gorgeous rioja and its modest price!

RRP: $27
Only $21 a bottle when you buy a straight dozen of this wine.
Our Price $252 a dozen

Price: $252.00

Mamete Prevostini Albareda Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG 2007

Mamete Prevostini Albareda Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG 2007

Spectacular /breathtaking scenery and vineyards clinging to mountains at altitudes up to 1000 metres, the Prevostini family (planted vines 70yrs ago) has risen swiftly since winemaker Mamete took over in 1988 to become a leading winery in the alpine region of Valtellina ( 100 kms from Milano in Lombardia close to the swiss border). The Ligurians (contemporaries of the Etruscans) terraced hillsides and planted vines in the region. According to Gambero Rosso, “Mamete Prevostini has a knack of interpreting the trends that are constantly sweeping through the wine world. It enables him to see the way forward, for example by eliminating some excesses in the cellar such as the muscular wines so much in vogue a few years ago.” We love Prevostini wines for their elegance with gorgeous perfumed aromatics, refined delicious flavour on the palate and superb balance. Most of their wines are made from the noble Nebbiolo grape, called Chiavennasca in Valtellina and Mamete Prevostini wines in Valtellina with nebbiolo rival the expressions in Barolo and Barbaresco regions of Piemonte. Their flagship wine Albareda Sforzato has won numerous tre bichierri awards in Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.

Estate’s flagship wine premium fruit sourced from Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G. Sassella and Grumello.
Grape: Nebbiolo, 100% dried followed by maturation 18 mths in oak. Considerable step up the ladder in terms of concentration of flavour, complexity and finesse in this prestige wine.
RRP $170

Price: $154.99

Mamete Prevostini Corte di Cama Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG 2007 - VERY LIMITED

Mamete Prevostini Corte di Cama Sforzato di Valtellina DOCG 2007 - VERY LIMITED

Spectacular /breathtaking scenery and vineyards clinging to mountains at altitudes up to 1000 metres, the Prevostini family (planted vines 70yrs ago) has risen swiftly since winemaker Mamete took over in 1988 to become a leading winery in the alpine region of Valtellina ( 100 kms from Milano in Lombardia close to the swiss border). The Ligurians (contemporaries of the Etruscans) terraced hillsides and planted vines in the region. According to Gambero Rosso, “Mamete Prevostini has a knack of interpreting the trends that are constantly sweeping through the wine world. It enables him to see the way forward, for example by eliminating some excesses in the cellar such as the muscular wines so much in vogue a few years ago.” We love Prevostini wines for their elegance with gorgeous perfumed aromatics, refined delicious flavour on the palate and superb balance. Most of their wines are made from the noble Nebbiolo grape, called Chiavennasca in Valtellina and Mamete Prevostini wines in Valtellina with nebbiolo rival the expressions in Barolo and Barbaresco regions of Piemonte. Their flagship wine Albareda Sforzato has won numerous tre bichierri awards in Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.

Fruit is sourced from Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G. within the regions of Sondrio, Berbenno and Montagna. 100% Nebbiolo some drying of grapes followed by 15 mths maturation in oak barrels. Considerable step up in terms of concentration of flavour, finesse and sophistication.
RRP $125

Price: $109.99

Mamete Prevostini Sassella Valtellina Superiore 2010

Mamete Prevostini Sassella Valtellina Superiore 2010

Spectacular /breathtaking scenery and vineyards clinging to mountains at altitudes up to 1000 metres, the Prevostini family (planted vines 70yrs ago) has risen swiftly since winemaker Mamete took over in 1988 to become a leading winery in the alpine region of Valtellina ( 100 kms from Milano in Lombardia close to the swiss border). The Ligurians (contemporaries of the Etruscans) terraced hillsides and planted vines in the region. According to Gambero Rosso, “Mamete Prevostini has a knack of interpreting the trends that are constantly sweeping through the wine world. It enables him to see the way forward, for example by eliminating some excesses in the cellar such as the muscular wines so much in vogue a few years ago.” We love Prevostini wines for their elegance with gorgeous perfumed aromatics, refined delicious flavour on the palate and superb balance. Most of their wines are made from the noble Nebbiolo grape, called Chiavennasca in Valtellina and Mamete Prevostini wines in Valtellina with nebbiolo rival the expressions in Barolo and Barbaresco regions of Piemonte. Their flagship wine Albareda Sforzato has won numerous tre bichierri awards in Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.

100% Nebbiolo grown on from Valtellina region west of Sondrio followed by 12 mths maturation in oak casks. Tasted this alongside many piedmont’s nebbiolos and loved its round fruit, focus and presence on the palate. Delicious vino!
RRP $61

Price: $55.99

Teusner Dr Franks Big Black One Durif 2012

Teusner Dr Franks Big Black One Durif 2012

Fruit all sourced from the Barossa and again the dream 2012 season over delivers. This is one black inky wine... Durif is reknowned for it's brooding tannin but the thing we love about this wine apart from it's brooding power is it is fairly light on it's feet, elegant and deliciously drinkable...
Gold Medal Adelaide Wine Show 2013
94 points by Wine Will Eat Itself .. "This is full-bodied and inky but it’s not hot, thick or soupy. It’s a generously proportioned table wine. Complex and layered with admirable form and shape. Satsuma plum, dark chocolate and vanilla, jubey red and black currants, baking spice and ferrous train-track tannin. Really good reach. Some warmth but it never breaks the line. It’s tarry and fascinating. I’ve got big wraps on this."

Stock is Limited RRP $35

Price: $29.99

Yangarra GSM 2011

Yangarra GSM 2011

This cutting edge McLaren Vale producer is making delicious energetic estate grown wines from it's biodynamic vineyards. We were bowled over by every wine in their line up of a tasting recently ( a rare occurrence). Very smart GSM produced here...

"Venerable vines, fastidious viticulture and cutting-edge winemaking kit. It’s a killer combination, and the reason why Yangarra is producing some of the best wines in the Vale right now.” – Max Allen, The Weekend Australian, March 2013

"Yangarra Estate is in the Blewitt Springs locality of McLaren Vale where the Rhone Valley grape varieties thrive on the poor, sandy soils. The big gun is a magnificent pure grenache called High Sands, but it’s $110 a bottle, which makes this look even better value.

With a deep red-purple colour, it expresses very ripe, bold, sweet fruit. The sweetly ripe plum aromas seem slightly shiraz-dominant while the body weight is medium-full. The tannins are emphatic yet supple, the balance is impeccable and the flavours irresistible. A great success, especially considering the wet 2011 vintage. Best now to 2026. 14 per cent alcohol. 93/100 (Huon’s Wine 360)

Price: $27.99

Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2006

Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2006

“If you asked me to name just one producer from Rioja that you should buy, it would be Valenciso ... A small treasure in the great sea of Rioja.” Jesús Barquin one of the most influential wine critics in Spain who co-authored the Spanish wine bible “The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain.” This tiny Domaine, run by Luis Valentin (Valen…) and his partner Carmen Enciso (...ciso), make one, single red, a Rioja Reserva from old-vine Tempranillo grown in the Rioja Alta from mature, low-yielding vineyards and aged exclusively in French oak. Valenciso is all about aromatics in the manner of French Burgundy and the greatest Riojas of the past. The wine is much sought after by the top restaurants in Spain - El Bulli no less – and across the world. This Fine Rioja is refined, multi layered and complex.. extraordinary for quality and price.

This is a highly perfumed wine, filling the glass with redcurrant, cherry and smoky cedar aromas. On the palate it is both succulent and seamless with energetic and lifted red fruits, cola, an umami soy-like twist and deeper notes of liquorice and spices. It finishes long and strong with a hint of smoke, outstanding, high-grown freshness and ripe, finely grained tannins. It is such a well balanced wine with a very real sense of harmony. “ Decanter magazine

“The 2006 Reserva has a classic, very pure bouquet of warm leather, dried herbs and dark berry fruit, and it offers scents of melted tar with continued aeration. The palate is very harmonious with succulent red cherries, mulberry and dried fig, with subtle white pepper notes sprinkled over the finish. This constitutes a worthy follow-up to the superb 2005 and will have the same propensity to age. Drink now-2025." 93 points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate.
RRP $65

Price: $58.99

Fattoria Di Felsina Chianti Classico 2010- Limited

Fattoria Di Felsina Chianti Classico 2010- Limited

"Just when I thought I was familiar with the wines of Felsina, the estate comes through with one of the very best sets of new releases I have ever tasted. From top to bottom, these are marvelous wines that deserve serious attention." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Fattoria di Felsina in the hills northeast of Siena is on the southern tip of the Chianti Classico region. Founded in 1966 by Domenico Poggiali, Fèlsina was the Etruscan name for this viticultural terroir nearly 3000 years ago. The estate at the southern border of Castelnuovo Berardenga remains one of Tuscany’s finest terrains. Today, Beppe Poggiali, Giuseppe Mazzocolin and superstar winemaker Franco Bernabei form an awesome team that has overseen 25 years of extensive research and clonal selection of sangiovese to achieve an incredible combination of complexity, structure, power and finesse. They are traditional producers, ( organic practices in their vineyards) who solely grow sangiovese and always avoided the temptation to grow cabernet and merlot make "new age" wines from their Chianti vineyards. They have championed the sangiovese grape (native to Toscana) and are renowned for elegant and yet intensely flavoured chiantis (deep and black fruited, smoky tones from the soils and deft touch of new oak). Fèlsina has been awarded Tre Bicchieri every year since the first publication of Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia in 1988, and in 2009 they were named Winery of the Year. Rancia, the estate’s single vineyard Riserva, is simply superb; ripe and racy fruit balancing spice, game, and mineral notes with layered, lingering flavours. Decanter magazine included Rancia recently in the 50 Great Italian wines of all time. Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese from 3 vineyards , 1 located just inside and the other 2 just outside the Chianti Classico border and is renowned for its structure, concentration, intensity and depth. The Riserva wines here are powerful and fleshy thanks to older vineyards in excess of 50 years and excellent exposure of the vineyards, where the sangiovese grapes always achieve full ripeness.

Highly sought after and imported into Australia in limited quantities we expect our allocation of this 100% Sangiovese Chianti Classico from the outstanding 2010 vintage to sell out quickly!

91 points - Antonio Galloni “... beautiful, pointed and articulate. Sweet red berries, anise, flowers, spices and licorice are some of the many notes that flow from this gorgeous Chianti. The freshness and vibrancy are pure 2010."

90 Points” Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar “...Suave, silky and dry, offering plenty of red fruit and floral flavors without obvious weight. A refined, outstanding entry-level Chianti that lingers impressively on the smooth finish."

RRP $60

Price: $49.99

Tim Smith Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2013

Tim Smith Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2013

We were impressed with Barossa vintner, Tim Smith's whole lineup when we tasted with him recently-depth of fruit, balance and elegance galore in his delicious Barossa wines! He has worked 20 odd vintages as winemaker at Yalumba, Chateau Tanunda and now works closely with 16 growers in Eden and Barossa. He certainly knows what his stuff and his passion for the mataro grape shines here.

Highly recommend this blend: 65% Mataro, 25% Grenache, 10% shiraz sourced from old vineyard in Barossa and Eden Valley.
RRP $30

Price: $24.99

Marcoux Châteauneuf Du Pape 2010

Marcoux Châteauneuf Du Pape 2010

"Such vintages are rare: I place 2010 in the top three of my 40 years covering the Rhône, alongside 1978 and 1990...Could 2010 be the year when growers woke up and realised that wines not dosed with extreme, nearly overripe grapes, are actually fun to drink? I hope so...The wines in 2010 dance with pleasure, are cool and expressive..." John Livingston-Learmouth, Decanter, May 2012
“The talented team of sisters Sophie and Catherine Armenier are gracefully carrying on the heritage of the Armenier family, which has been making Châteauneuf du Pape for only 700 years!... [the Vieilles Vignes] can be one of the greatest wines made in the world (the 1998 and 2000 for example), if not the single most phenomenal wine in Châteauneuf du Pape. The regular cuvee of Marcoux is no wimpy wine either. In top vintages, it is a powerful Châteauneuf du Pape that is given the same élevage and…is bottled without fining or filtration.” Robert Parker, The World's Greatest Wine Estates.

This tiny, artisanal Domaine is one of the pioneers of biodynamic viticulture – in fact they were the first in Châteauneuf to convert to biodynamics some 22 years ago. Since this time, and especially since 1996 when the Armenier sisters took full control of the Estate, Domaine de Marcoux has been on a steady path to becoming one of the true greats of the region. Yet they are so small, only producing between two to four thousand cases for the world (roughly half the production of DRC and something like 1/10th of Beaucastel) that for many, they remain a hidden treasure. Perhaps this is a good thing as there isn’t enough to go around as it is! In the winery the sisters interfere as little as possible with the natural processes. No yeast additions, no fining, no punch downs. On the other hand, the absence of manipulation does not mean the Sisters Armenier do not search for perfection. They declassify a significant portion of fruit and wine most years (roughly 1/3 of the harvest was thrown out or sold off in 2011 for example) which explains the outstanding quality that they are able to achieve in more challenging vintages like ’08 & ’04. The Armeniers firmly subscribe to the fruit-equals-terroir school of thought. They love purity, clarity, perfume and seduction. Biodynamics, with its fresher acidities, helps in this cause as does the stringent fruit selection, gentle handling and large format maturation vessels (concrete & foudre). This is a timeless Estate whose delectable wines capture in Stephen Tanzer’s words,“…the essence of Chateauneuf du Pape”.
Marcoux has 17.5 hectares of bio-dynamically farmed vineyards in total, broken into 13 parcels across the appellation. They are, therefore, blessed with a cross section of Châteauneuf terroir, from the iconic alluvial stones, to sand, gravel, clay and limestone. There is an excellent map on Marcoux’s fabulous website if anyone is interested to know more. The average age of the vines that supply fruit for this wine is 50 years old with the oldest being 110 years. In 2011 the blend is 80% Grenache, with 10% Syrah, 7% Mourvèdre and 3% Cinsault. The grapes are harvested according to maturity, which of course varies from one vineyard to another. The harvest and elevage here is as simple as it is intuitive. Harvesting is by hand into 50kg crates, and the grapes are sorted both in the vineyard and on a sorting table at the cellars. The grapes are destemmed, crushed and cooled off which means there is a short cold soak (2-3 days) before the indigenous yeast ferment takes off. In total, the wine stays in contact with its skins for 2 to 3 weeks. The wine matures for approximately 18 months in concrete vats, large foudres and the odd, used, 350L casks. The wine is not fined.
From a late harvest that delivered draconian yields of 12 hl/ha, the 2010 classique is a profound, in-the-zone Châteauneuf. There is inspiring freshness to balance its undoubted low-yield, old-vine concentration, a radical contrast to the more voluptuous 2009. Even by the Domaine’s high standards, it’s the striking, red-fruited purity and perfume, as one guest put it this week, that makes this such a seductive, eye-opening illustration of what is possible when a perfectly balanced vine ‘puts out’ in a perfectly balance vintage. It's a study silky refinement. We counsel not to hesitate. Demand for this will far exceed supply and anyway, you'd never forgive yourself if you missed out! As with any more elegant years in Châteauneuf, the American critics are grossly understating the quality of these wines.
(91-93) Robert Parker Wine Advocate #197 ... “The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape (80% Grenache, 7% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah and 3% Cinsault aged two-thirds in cement tanks and one-third in wood foudres) has a dense ruby/purple color, a sweet nose of floral-infused blueberry liqueur, a striking minerality, impressive concentration, and a solid, dense core of fruit and glycerin. This is a classic and potentially long-lived Marcoux that should drink well for 15 or more years."
91-93 points, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 12 ... "Bright purple. High-pitched aromas of black raspberry, candied flowers and spicecake, with a mineral overtone.Juicy, focused and pure, offering tangy red and dark berry flavors that turn spicier with air. Finishes with impressive energy and cut, leaving floral and spice notes behind."

RRP $125

Price: $104.99

R. Barbier Manyetes Clos Mogador Priorat 2009 - VERY LIMITED

R. Barbier Manyetes Clos Mogador Priorat 2009 - VERY LIMITED

“…stunning examples of what Spain can produce but so rarely does.” Robert Parker

"Gratallops wines are amongst the most stunning in all of Spain. The 'Gratallops pioneers' proved beyond doubt that garnacha and cariñena are perfectly capable of producing highly complex, quality wine - as long as yields are low. The result is that Gratallops wines are amongst the most stunning in all of Spain: their concentration and character are outstanding as is their price." John Radford, The New Spain

Rene Barbier is a living legend in Priorat, and greatly responsible for the rebirth of the area. His Clos Mogador and Clos Manyetes are unquestionably two of Spain’s greatest wines. They are powerful yet stylishly elegant reds, offering amazing consistency and class year after year.

When drinking a Clos Mogador or Clos Manyetes, you're drinking the very land where the vines grow. Here, terroir reigns supreme over variety and over man. What drew Barbier to the region was the abundance of old vines and the remarkable terroir. The soil, except on the fringes of the region, is pure slate or schist, known locally as llicorella, with virtually no topsoil. Despite the dry, rocky soils, there is no shortage of subterranean water; so even though the vines’ roots must descend many metres, they can always find sufficient moisture to keep them alive. They are, in essence, mining llicorella, which feeds mineral rich liquid into their thirsty root systems. These are wines of intense, complex fruit, rich texture and velvety tannins, freshened by llicorella (slate) driven minerality. Rene Barbier's Priorat, Clos Mogador, is now firmly established as one of the greatest wines of Spain. With age, Clos Mogador wines develop the kind of elegance and deliciousness that is normally associated with the finest mature Bordeaux or Barolo.

Less well known (perhaps because only 750 cases are produced) is that Barbier produces another red Priorat from an ancient vineyard called Clos Manyetes. While the wine comes from a separate vineyard, it is made side by side with its sibling at Barbier’s Clos Mogador winery. Perhaps the biggest differences are the age of the vines and the blend of grapes: Manyetes is a more traditional blend of native varieties - mostly Cariñena (Carignan), typically 70% and the balance is Garnacha, all from 80+ year old vines. Some would argue this classic Mediterranean blend is a more authentic expression of Priorat. It is certainly more traditional. The old vine Carignan brings its expressive and distinctive inky, savoury fruit and fresh tannins, the Garnacha providing a long, gently perfumed finish. Absolutely delicious, this is a stunning, highly authentic Priorat of the highest order.

Both wines are considerably more refined than just about all other Priorat’s and after 30 years of vineyard work and 20 yrs making wines they are beginning to understand their vineyards and are making subtle changes such as larger burgundian coopered oak, longer pre and post ferment 50% whole bunch ferment, wild yeasts and no racking until bottling etc. Today, Rene’s son, René Barbier Jr, is working very closely with his father and this has had an immediate impact. How much this has specifically to do with Rene Jr’s involvement is not sure, but this highly intelligent and passionate young man has clearly brought additional energy and creativity to his family’s Domaine.

The devotion and care that goes into the production of Mogador is also lavished on Manyetes (hence Barbier sells it for a similar price). While the wine comes from a separate vineyard, perhaps the biggest differences are the age of the vines and the blend of grapes: Manyetes is a more traditional blend of mostly Carinena (Carignan), typically 70% and the balance Garnacha, all from 80+ year old vines.. These wines need time at least 5 yrs to mature

"The 2009 Manyetes is a blend of 90% Carinena and 10% Garnacha from hot, south-facing slopes and comes under the “Vi de Villa” denomination mentioned in the introduction. It has a lifted bouquet with dark cherries, sloes, lavender and a touch of white pepper with fine delineation, all wrapped in a touch of warm alcohol. The palate is full-bodied with smooth, rounded tannins, layers of precise, peppery red fruit cut through with fine acidity. It has a firm tannic backbone and is quite masculine and tertiary, with an edgy, mineral-rich finish. This is very expressive of the grape variety, a Carinena full of personality and charm, though I would not touch a bottle for 5-6 years."
92 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, Issue #200
RRP $170

Price: $159.99

R. Barbier Clos Mogador Priorat 2010 - VERY LIMITED!

R. Barbier Clos Mogador Priorat 2010 - VERY LIMITED!

“…stunning examples of what Spain can produce but so rarely does.” Robert Parker

"Gratallops wines are amongst the most stunning in all of Spain. The 'Gratallops pioneers' proved beyond doubt that garnacha and cariñena are perfectly capable of producing highly complex, quality wine - as long as yields are low. The result is that Gratallops wines are amongst the most stunning in all of Spain: their concentration and character are outstanding as is their price." John Radford, The New Spain

Rene Barbier is a living legend in Priorat, and greatly responsible for the rebirth of the area. His Clos Mogador and Clos Manyetes are unquestionably two of Spain’s greatest wines. They are powerful yet stylishly elegant reds, offering amazing consistency and class year after year.

When drinking a Clos Mogador or Clos Manyetes, you're drinking the very land where the vines grow. Here, terroir reigns supreme over variety and over man. What drew Barbier to the region was the abundance of old vines and the remarkable terroir. The soil, except on the fringes of the region, is pure slate or schist, known locally as llicorella, with virtually no topsoil. Despite the dry, rocky soils, there is no shortage of subterranean water; so even though the vines’ roots must descend many metres, they can always find sufficient moisture to keep them alive. They are, in essence, mining llicorella, which feeds mineral rich liquid into their thirsty root systems. These are wines of intense, complex fruit, rich texture and velvety tannins, freshened by llicorella (slate) driven minerality. Rene Barbier's Priorat, Clos Mogador, is now firmly established as one of the greatest wines of Spain. With age, Clos Mogador wines develop the kind of elegance and deliciousness that is normally associated with the finest mature Bordeaux or Barolo.

Less well known (perhaps because only 750 cases are produced) is that Barbier produces another red Priorat from an ancient vineyard called Clos Manyetes. While the wine comes from a separate vineyard, it is made side by side with its sibling at Barbier’s Clos Mogador winery. Perhaps the biggest differences are the age of the vines and the blend of grapes: Manyetes is a more traditional blend of native varieties - mostly Cariñena (Carignan), typically 70% and the balance is Garnacha, all from 80+ year old vines. Some would argue this classic Mediterranean blend is a more authentic expression of Priorat. It is certainly more traditional. The old vine Carignan brings its expressive and distinctive inky, savoury fruit and fresh tannins, the Garnacha providing a long, gently perfumed finish. Absolutely delicious, this is a stunning, highly authentic Priorat of the highest order.

Both wines are considerably more refined than just about all other Priorat’s and after 30 years of vineyard work and 20 yrs making wines they are beginning to understand their vineyards and are making subtle changes such as larger burgundian coopered oak, longer pre and post ferment 50% whole bunch ferment, wild yeasts and no racking until bottling etc. Today, Rene’s son, René Barbier Jr, is working very closely with his father and this has had an immediate impact. How much this has specifically to do with Rene Jr’s involvement is not sure, but this highly intelligent and passionate young man has clearly brought additional energy and creativity to his family’s Domaine.

Clos Mogador is situated on a ridge near the village of Gratallops, in the heart of the Priorat hills. The vineyards are planted on very steep terraces forming a gigantic natural amphitheatre above the Siurana river, with an average altitude of 450 metres above sea level. The soil here is pure licorella (slate). There is a range of vines planted in the vineyard and the exact blend varies with the vintage. It is always a dominant proportion of Garnacha, Cariñena, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. There are also small parcels of Pinot Noir, Merlot and Mourvedre that can also make their way in to the blend. The Garnacha vines are 80+ years old while the other varieties were planted in the 80's. The poor soils, and the fact that the vineyard is dry grown, results in staggeringly low yields of 9hl/ha. This 2010 is elegant with extraordinary pin point precision and power…2010 was a terrific season (heralded as vintage of a generation so definitely one of the finest Mogador's produced to date and will comfortably live and evolve for 15-20 years, and beyond.

"Rene Barbier (Junior) kindly put together a blend of the five barrels that will go to constitute the 2010 Clos Mogador. It has a stricter, fresher bouquet than the 2009, with great minerality and sparkling precision. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins and wonderful purity. It exhibits notes of dark cherries, crushed stone, slate and touches of thyme and white pepper towards the finish, which has immense precision and focus. This is going to be a razor-sharp Clos Mogador - do not wait to place your order!" (94-96) points, Neal Martin, Wine Advocate #200 Apr 2012.

RRP $190

Price: $159.99

Ravensworth Murrumbateman Shiraz Viognier 2012 - LAST BOTTLES!

Ravensworth Murrumbateman Shiraz Viognier 2012 - LAST BOTTLES!

Winemaker, Bryan Martin has a day job working at Clonakilla as Tim Kirk’s right hand man. Ravensworth is his own label and I love this shiraz because it has it all! Juicy rich fruit, black cherries, violets, rose petals, savoury earthy depth and freshness…It is the continental climate of Murrumbateman (hot days followed by cold nights and mornings) which means the shiraz ripens fully producing natural raspberry freshness with a savoury liquorice, tarriness and spice. It is medium bodied and reminds me of the wines from Cote Rotie in France…

Gold Medal 2013 Canberra Wine Show.

94 points James Halliday ... "First hail, then rain, endeavoured to destroy the crop, but only succeeded in sharply reducing the yield. It is strikingly fragrant, with spice, red fruits and the often talked about, but rarely seen (by me), violets. The polished, medium-bodied palate picks up the flavour cues of the bouquet, and tops and tails them with some very attractive savoury nuances."

92 points Chris Shanahan, Good Food and Wine ... "Winemaker Bryan Martin says a small crop of shiraz survived ‘‘the hail and biblical downpour of the 2012 vintage’’. Small, perhaps, but the surviving fruit made a terrific wine. On first opening, heady floral aromas dominate and are reflected on the palate. But after a good splash, the aromas expand to include spices, pepper, ripe-red berries and a light stalky-stemmy character. These are all consistent with high-quality, cool-grown shiraz co-fermented with viognier – and in contact with whole bunches (and hence stems). The flavours on the medium-bodied palate reflect the aroma, while fine, persistent tannins add grip and length to the smooth, deeply textured palate. It’s a fragrant, elegant, fine-boned shiraz with good medium-term cellaring potential."

90 points Rob Geddes MW ... "Excellent colour with a bright ruby rim. Blackberry,floral, apricot and spice notes with a peppery savoury edge. The palate has good construction of just ripe fruit flavours with a viognier lift and the tannins are firm in the middle palate and need a little time to soften and unlock the black berry fruit. Drink after 2015."
RRP $33

Price: $25.99

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Zaccagnini Montepulciano d\'Abruzzo 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL

Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL

Founded in 1978 under the name Fattoria Zaccagnini in the village of Bolognano. Back then, only one thousand bottles of wine per year was the average production. A growing reputation led to the need for expansion, and in 1984 the winery moved their operations to Contrada Pozzo in the centre of the Zaccagnini estates. Annual production is now 500,000 bottles. Marcello Zaccagnini, the dynamic director of the operation, together with his father Ciccio, have been protagonists in renovating wine making in Abruzzo. With over 80 hectares of vineyards, Zaccagnini is the pride of the wine-making sector in Abruzzo. They are fertile, sun-drenched lands at about 200 metres above sea level with winds blowing in from the gorges of Popoli. All of these factors combined with the complete lack of humidity and fog provide the perfect conditions for growing the indigenous varieties.

This dry, red wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy is noted for its deep reddish-purple hues and subtle nose with clear aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. The wine smells like Tiramisu in a glass. They are wines of medium body with silky tannins and a pleasant mouth feel and a subtle finish, very fresh, and fruity.

Zaccagnini are one of the most respected producers of this grape variety, making a wonderful tier of wines from this distinctive grape. Each bottle of Zaccagnini Montepulciano wine has a small piece of the grape vine around its neck as a “tralcetto”, or necktie.

91 points James Suckling, international wine writer and specialist in Italian wine ... "This is a soft and fruity red with dried berries and hints of fruit cake. Full body, ripe tannins and a delicious finish. An opulent and pleasing wine. Drink now." Dec 2013

***ONLY $23 a bottle when you buy as a straight dozen! ***

Price: $276.00

Zaccagnini Montepulciano d\'Abruzzo 2011

Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011

Founded in 1978 under the name Fattoria Zaccagnini in the village of Bolognano. Back then, only one thousand bottles of wine per year was the average production. A growing reputation led to the need for expansion, and in 1984 the winery moved their operations to Contrada Pozzo in the centre of the Zaccagnini estates. Annual production is now 500,000 bottles. Marcello Zaccagnini, the dynamic director of the operation, together with his father Ciccio, have been protagonists in renovating wine making in Abruzzo. With over 80 hectares of vineyards, Zaccagnini is the pride of the wine-making sector in Abruzzo. They are fertile, sun-drenched lands at about 200 metres above sea level with winds blowing in from the gorges of Popoli. All of these factors combined with the complete lack of humidity and fog provide the perfect conditions for growing the indigenous varieties.

Zaccagnini are one of the most respected producers of this grape variety, making a wonderful tier of wines from this distinctive grape. Each bottle of Zaccagnini Montepulciano wine has a small piece of the grape vine around its neck as a “tralcetto”, or necktie.

This dry, red wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy is noted for its deep reddish-purple hues and subtle nose with clear aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. This delicious medium bodied red is juicy with more-ish savoury complexity cries out for Italian food ! Viva Italia


91 points James Suckling, international wine writer and specialist in Italian wine ... "This is a soft and fruity red with dried berries and hints of fruit cake. Full body, ripe tannins and a delicious finish. An opulent and pleasing wine. Drink now." Dec 2013 RRP $32

Price: $24.99

Braida Barbera d\'Asti \'Bricco dell\'Uccellone\' 2011

Braida Barbera d'Asti 'Bricco dell'Uccellone' 2011

“If anyone put Barbera on the map as a potentially great wine-grape it was the late Giacomo Bologna of Braida ” : Nicolas Belfrage - ‘Barolo To Valpolicella The Wines Of Northern Italy’.

Giacomo Bologna - known as ‘Braida’ – inherited his love of barbera from his wheelwright father’s small plot of the grape in the town of Rocchetta Tanaro in Piedmont. He determined he would use it to create wines as subtle and complex as the best pinot noir and nebbiolo and succeeded. Along the way, the world stood up and took notice and now Braida wines such as the Bricco dell’Uccellone and Ai Suma are renowned for their elegance and suitability for ageing.

The estate, owned by the Bologna family since 1961, is run today by Anna Martinengo and by Giacomo's children, Giuseppe and Raffaella Bologna. It stands on an overall area of 70 hectares of which 40 are vineyard and 30 occupied by meadows, woodland and sown crops.
Uccellone is one of the best vineyards on the hilltops of Rocchetta Tanaro. This wine takes its name because once upon a time, in a house adjacent to the vineyard, lived an old lady who always dressed in black and was nicknamed "l'uselun" in Piedmont dialect meaning the big bird (l'uccellone). 100% Barbera, the grapes ferment on skins for 20 days then aged for 15 months in french oak barriques of various ages. It is bottled the following summer and aged in bottle a further 12 months.
Intense ruby red and garnet in colour, with rich red fruit aroma, mint and toasted notes of French oak. The bouquet is rich, aromatic and complex with a remarkable intensity and multilayered concentration. On the palate, lively and bold flavours of wild berries, liquorice, tar and rich plum fruit that finishes clean with Barbera's classic acidity. A voluptuous and full bodied style, perfectly balanced with a persistent long finish. Capable for cellaring for 15 years or more.
On the 2011 vintage in Piedmont, Antonio Galloni of Vinous said "For Barbera, the vintage was very positive, thanks to the heat at the end of August and September, there was a reduction in the variety’s typical acidity, while the sugar content increased only slightly resulting in wines of exceptional structure and balance."

93 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front "..Dark chocolate, sweet cherry, licorice, some creamy oak spice over the top. Medium to full bodied, layers of silty open weave tannin, bitter almond and chocolate, minor level of warmth, but so plush and succulent. Significantly dangerous booze."

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Don David Reserve Malbec 2010

Don David Reserve Malbec 2010

Michel Torino is a premium winery located in Cafayate in the Upper Calchaqui Valley of Argentina's northern region of Salta, home to the highest vineyards in the world at altitudes of 2300-3311 metres. Semi arid climate with warm days and cold nights is ideal for viticulture. Intense UV light with altitude results in thick grape skin development to protect against sun.

This full bodied malbec has the goods - depth of fruit, gorgeous balance and refreshing finish. RRP $36

Price: $29.99

Braida Barbera d\'Asti \'Bricco della Bigotta\' 2010

Braida Barbera d'Asti 'Bricco della Bigotta' 2010

“If anyone put Barbera on the map as a potentially great wine-grape it was the late Giacomo Bologna of Braida ” : Nicolas Belfrage - ‘Barolo To Valpolicella The Wines Of Northern Italy’.
Giacomo Bologna - known as ‘Braida’ – inherited his love of barbera from his wheelwright father’s small plot of the grape in the town of Rocchetta Tanaro in Piedmont. He determined he would use it to create wines as subtle and complex as the best pinot noir and nebbiolo and succeeded. Along the way, the world stood up and took notice and now Braida wines such as the Bricco dell’Uccellone and Ai Suma are renowned for their elegance and suitability for ageing.

The estate, owned by the Bologna family since 1961, is run today by Anna Martinengo and by Giacomo's children, Giuseppe and Raffaella Bologna. It stands on an overall area of 70 hectares of which 40 are vineyard and 30 occupied by meadows, woodland and sown crops.

The Bigotta is another one of the best vineyards in Rocchetta Tanaro.
This wine takes its name; Bigotta meaning over-devout, from an old lady who once lived nearby and who was more interested in the external practices of religion rather than the spirit of religion itself. Bricco della Bigotta is one of their top 3 crus ... this is a more classic wine in some ways. Average yields are a bit higher and it spends a few additional months in oak. Grapes from the cru Rocchetta Tanaro vineyard are picked and after crushing are allowed to macerate on the skins for 20 days during fermentation. Ageing takes place in barrels for 18 months followed by one year in the bottle. On the nose .. rich, intense and persistent buoquet, fully developed with sensations of licorice, violets, plum and vanilla A mix of fruit and spices, from roasted to decidedly spicy, very well balanced and intense. The main flavour component is that of mature prunes, which work well with the smoothness and power of the wine.

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Braida Montebruna Barbera 2012 - Limited

Braida Montebruna Barbera 2012 - Limited

“If anyone put Barbera on the map as a potentially great wine-grape it was the late Giacomo Bologna of Braida ” : Nicolas Belfrage - ‘Barolo To Valpolicella The Wines Of Northern Italy’.

Giuseppe Bologna was a wheelwright by trade and owned a large Barbera vineyard at Rocchetta Tanaro and made a little wine for himself and his friends. Giuseppe’s son Giacomo inherited the vineyard and named the vineyard after his father’s nickname, Braida (because of his passion for Stretch ball popular piedmontese ball game) In 1982, after a study tour of Californian wineries, Giacomo drastically decreased his harvests with pruning and began to mature wine in small barrels barriques rather than large oak casks “ botti”. This produced stunning Barbera with more complex and elegant structure, beautiful acids and lower levels of tannins. Giacomo Bologna’s love of the land, wine and life produced a superb Barbera (previously used for cheap local wine) which catapulted it into the arena of great wines known all over the world. He was determined he would use it to create wines as subtle and complex as the best pinot noir and nebbiolo and succeeded. Now Braida wines such as the Bricco dell’Uccellone and Ai Suma are renowned for their extraordinary elegance and longevity.
In 1990, after Giacomo’s premature death, his wife Anna carried on the projects she had created with him. Nowadays, their daughter Raffaella manages sales, while their son Giuseppe (Beppe) is in charge of growing and production. The Braida winery is truly a family affair and wine is the family’s life. The production of superb wine is far more important than exponential growth. The family works enthusiastically for wine, its culture and the land on which it grows.
Rocchetta Tanaro is a small town of around 1400 people in the Piemontese province of Asti. It is on the Asti Wine Road, which runs along a small hilly area between the right bank of the Tanaro River and the Apennine Mountains. Vines are cultivated between 250 and 450 metres above sea level. The continental climate offers hot summers, warm springs and autumns, and cool winters. The river valley offers ideal sun exposure for grape growing. The climate and vegetation form a bridge between the Langhe region, with its Mediterranean landscape, and Turin’s hills, with their Alpine influence.

The message that spurred on the Montebruna project was one that would define a 'land that speaks'. The letters of the name of this wine represent the numerous plots of land purchased by the family to reestablish the heritage that Montebruna possesses. Each letter is also reminiscent of rows of vines designed calligraphically, from words of poems, stemming from the emotions aroused in the poets who wrote them. In this way, by using a natural process of identification between the vineyard and the verses written, a voice has been given to a land; one which has plenty to tell and gives shape to this wine from its earth.

The grapes are hand-harvested in two distinct phases and fermented separately in stainless steel tanks at a constant temperature for a duration of two weeks. The wine is then blended and placed in barrels of 20, 35 and 55 hl capacity where malolactic fermentation occurs. After ageing for approximately 12 months in barrels, the wine is bottled resting a further 3 months before release.

Intense and brilliant ruby red in colour with distinctive aromas of black cherries, smoke and earth. The palate is dry, compact and robust with black cherry, blackberry, spice and graphite. Smooth, persistent finish and moderate length. Will cellar well for 5-10 years.
92 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front .. “Montebruna is the youngest vineyard in the Braida Barbera universe – sweet 16 years. Raised in stainless steel and big old oak. Dark cherry, plum, Xmas spices – especially cloves – chocolate and plum duff. Medium bodied, very fine tannin, succulent – delicious flavours and texture – sweep of sweet tannin and a very long clean finish – tiny amount of warmth.”
RRP $71

Price: $45.99

Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2010 - LIMITED

Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2010 - LIMITED

“The 2010 Barolos will go down as some of the greatest wines ever made at this historic property. Wine lovers will not want to miss Vietti's 2010s... they are stratospheric.”—Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media

Nebbiolo fruit from estate vineyards (average 30 yrs of age on calcareous soils) across communes of Castliglione Falletto, Monforte, Barolo and Novello. Each parcel is vinified separately and aged 24 mths in large Slavonian oak.

“The 2010 Barolo Castiglione is beautiful in the way it brings together the vibrancy of the year with a soft, inviting textural presence. Freshly cut flowers, mint, sweet spices, anise and red berries are all woven together nicely in the glass. With time in the glass, the wine blossoms with exquisite finesse, floral aromatics and exquisite overall balance. Ripe, silky tannins support the exquisite finish. An insanely beautiful wine, the 2010 will give readers a good idea of just how great the 2010 vintage is at Vietti. This is firstclass juice. 94 points —January 2014 ” Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media

This offering is fragrant, mouth-wateringly long, fine, balanced… This is the wine for kings.. yes it has the goods but is tight on opening now and needs time alternatively a good decanting !! STOCK IS VERY LIMITED!! RRP $145

Vietti Barolo Castiglione 2010 - LIMITEDMore Details
2010 Barolo Vintage Commentary by Antonio Galloni:

“Simply put, 2010 is the greatest young Barolo vintage I have tasted in 18 years of visiting the region and a lifetime of buying, cellaring and drinking these wines.
The 2010 Barolos have all of the attributes of a cool, late-ripening vintage; expressive aromatics, chiseled fruit, plenty of site-specificity and the potential to develop beautifully for years and decades in bottle. At the same time, the wines have gorgeous depth and richness, perhaps a result of the high temperatures in July.... " Antonio Galloni of Vinous Media

Price: $137.99

Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco 2011 - LIMITED STOCK

Vietti Nebbiolo Perbacco 2011 - LIMITED STOCK

I can't think of too many estates in Piedmont that have raised the bar higher than Vietti has over the last decade or so. Virtually every wine that emerges from these cellars is outstanding, and many are profound ... an unprecedented level of consistency and quality across their entire range.” ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous Media

The Perbacco is made from 100% Nebbiolo parcels all planted in the Barolo region from vines (average 35 years old) from Barolo sites : Bricco Boschis, Liste, Brunella, Rocchettevino, Pernanno, Ravera di Monforte and Scarrone. Fruit selection here was more open and approachable than that selected for Barolo followed by 2 years maturation in cask. Luca gives this extraordinary Perbacco all the love and attention in the vineyard with the same yields, vinification and aging period as for their Barolo Castiglione.

Serious bargain 'baby Barolo' which overdelivers for quality and price. Decant this for a good hour .. buonissimo ! Will cellar for up to 7 years.

".. is easily as good as many other producers' serious Barolos at twice the price; entrancing floral red fruit and brick-dusty tannin." Max Allen, The Australian 26 July 14


RRP $58 Special price $39.99

Price: $39.99

Vietti Barbera d\'Asti Tre Vigne 2011 - LIMITED STOCK

Vietti Barbera d'Asti Tre Vigne 2011 - LIMITED STOCK

"I can't think of too many estates in Piedmont that have raised the bar higher than Vietti has over the last decade or so. Virtually every wine that emerges from these cellars is outstanding, and many are profound ... an unprecedented level of consistency and quality across their entire range.” ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous Media

100% Barbera from vineyards in Aglioni in Asti, followed by maturation in French and Slovenian oak for 14 months. 2011 was actually a great season in Piedmont for Barbera (better than 2010 , dream season for Nebbiolo). This juicy rosso has serious structure and cries out for food! Decant this wine to relish the layers and dimensions of this fine wine ...

"Clotted creamy, blueberry deep smelling with raisin sourdough also. Tastes super slinky with that creaminess again, with a bitter sharp plum crumble edge to it. Has width and beautiful lingering red cherry tart fruit. Silky but with cut 93pts." Tim White AFR 13 July, 2014

RRP $58

Price: $44.99

Monte Antico IGT 2009  - LIMITED!

Monte Antico IGT 2009 - LIMITED!

Neil and Maria Empson, together with friend and star oenologist Franco Bernabei, work closely with a number of growers to style a compact range of wines representing the best of their terroir and price range. Their combined experience and expertise gives them access to a cross-section of Tuscany’s finest vineyards and the merits of chosen locations, combined with strict quality parameters, ensure consistent excellence with each vintage. The result is a range combining fruit, finesse and value that makes these wines particularly food-friendly and versatile.

A blend of 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Cabernet, aged for 1 year on oak (80% Slavonian barrels, 20% in barrique). The colour is dark ruby with a bouquet of leather, earth, herbs, black cherries, liquorice and plums. The palate is medium bodied; round, spicy, elegant, attractively fruity and extremely versatile with any fare from pasta to meat, fowl and cheese. “The 2009 Monte Antico, a Sangiovese/Merlot/Cabernet blend, is fabulous. Juicy, rich and expressive, the 2009 boasts gorgeous depth and radiance. Sweet red berries, tobacco, flowers and spices wrap around the finish. This is a great version of one of the perennial great values in Tuscan wine. 87 points, Antonio Galloni.”
RRP $24

Price: $18.99

Speri Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 2011 - LIMITED!

Speri Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 2011 - LIMITED!

The Speri’s presence in this winemaking heartland goes back to 1874, though the original homestead and cellars are even older - 1580. From generation to generation for well over a century, the Speri family have handed down a heritage of pride in their land and passion for its fruits. The family operation now comprises of Carlo (pr/admin), vineyardists Eliseo, Marco and Giampietro, winemakers Paolo and Alberto, marketing manager Giampaolo, and the fifth generation Luca and Chiara Speri.

The family now have 60 hectares of autochtonous vines in the finest Classico districts, divided into three distinct crus; La Roverina, Sant’Urbano and La Roggia. In these hills the vines enjoy a mild climate that you would not expect at this northerly latitude and are planted at a much higher density than the appellation’s average using organic farming methods.

Ripasso means to ‘go over again’ and is one of the appellations most ancient traditions, and also a little confusing. At Speri it is made by refermenting Valpolicella (native red grape varieties – Rondinella, Corvina and Molinara) on the vinacce (marc) from the Amarone. Valpolicella completes its fermentation in cement and then in March, following the first pressing of the Amarone, it is refermented on 30% of the Amarone vinnace for 8 days. Then it’s back into cement for the second alcoholic fermentation before maturation in large oak for one year. The wine is a deep plum colour, aromatic with a solid core of fruit, balancing the richness found in Amarone with the assertiveness of Valpolicella. Notes of red fruits, spice, fruitcake and chocolate, the palate is rich and mouthfilling with a long finish.
RRP $70

Price: $39.99

Conterno Fantino Barbera DâAlba 2009  - LIMITED

Conterno Fantino Barbera D’Alba 2009 - LIMITED

Founded in 1982, Conterno Fantino testifies to the talent and vision of viticulturist Claudio Conterno and his partner, oenologist Guido Fantino. These great wines start in exceptional vineyard sites at Monforte and are lovingly nurtured in their state of the art winery at Bricco Bastia. This location is scenically set, overlooking the most ancient part of Monforte with a sweeping view of the majestic Alps. Conterno Fantino’s historical nucleus is Ginestra, one of Monforte’s historical crus documented as far back as the 1800’s. Conterno Fantino’s vineyard is planted to 4500 vines per hectare at an average altitude of 350 meters. The marly, calcareous terrain is conducive to remarkable structure and cellar life and though their Barolos are considered somewhat ‘new’ in style, they always reflect the terroir. The three Barolos are made in the same way with a 7-10 day maceration, temperature controlled fermentation at 28°C and 24 months ageing in new barriques.

From a selection of Monforte’s finest vineyards: Ginestra, Mosconi, Pajana, Bussia and Ornati. Some of these are old vineyards, with most replanting taking place in the early 1990’s. Barbera is given prime vineyard location, mostly on windswept crests at about 280 metres on sand/silt soils. Aged 10 months in second use barriques, the wine is a deep purple with an intense nose of violets and cherries; a seductively fruity palate with marked acidity, a hint of new wood and a long finish.
RRP $60

Price: $47.99

Spinifex Old Vine Moculta Grenache 2012 - VERY LIMITED!

Spinifex Old Vine Moculta Grenache 2012 - VERY LIMITED!

'Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.' Max Allen, The future makers.
'It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.' Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

In 2012 Pete noted a particularly strong personality in his Grenache component – one that didn’t necessarily work in the Esprit – so decided to syphon off a couple of barrels-worth to bottle as a Grenache. Pete worked with 60% whole bunch and the wine was matured exclusively in thick staved, 600-litre demi muids. This is just all class. None of the tutty-fruity characters associated with new world Grenache, but rather a beautifully balanced, compact wine with aromas and flavours of crushed, squishy blackberries, strawberry, grenadine, with hints of anise, smoke and dried herbs. Beautiful texture across the palate and then some rocky, mineral tannins kick in to clean up the finish. Great finesse yet deep. Clearly a wine that will age very well and will impress lovers of more elegant styles of Châteauneuf-Du-Pape (Marcoux/Clos des Papes). Superb. In fact, if this had ‘Châteauneuf-Du-Pape’ on the label, we would be chasing this producer with all of our energy!

94 points Mike Bennie The Wine Front “The point of wine isn’t the single vineyard, but the character of the wine. 2012 was a good year for grenache, and I found a parcel that was profound. You can find such parcels each year, but you have to be protective of your core wines. This was something nature gave us outside of it”, offers winemaker Pete Schell of this wine. The wine sees an inclusion of 60% whole bunch and goes into older, large format wood. Vibrant pop of fruit from the glass – dried herb and just ripe berry scents, some sweeter musk and a whiff of pot pourri dried flowers. Pretty darn attractive. Cool flow of fruit across the palate, quietly sweet, red fruit personality, fine sandy tannins, very trim, taut presence in the mouth. Good length of flavour here, very sleek but with some pliancy that gives the wine freshness and bounce. A puff of spice lingers in the finish. Sophisticated, controlled, elegant wine."
RRP $57

Price: $52.99

Domaine la Remejeanne Un Air du Remejeanne 2012

Domaine la Remejeanne Un Air du Remejeanne 2012

“No one... ever paid much attention to the wines of the out-of-the-way village of Sabran – until a careful, thoughtful winemaker like Rémy Klein came along.” Andrew Jefford, The New France

“Proprietor Rémy Klein is one of the most consistently top-flight winemakers among the Côtes du Rhone producers.” Robert Parker, The erobertparker.com

Rémy Klein (makes wines that proudly speak of their place, Sabran) high up in the hills with soils comprised of sand and limestone. He picks his fruit a bit earlier than most resulting in a range of fresh, highly refined Côtes du Rhône wines brimming with fruit and character. There is a purity and freshness (cooler temperature/more natural acid resulting altitude) in his wines quite distinct from many of the Côtes du Rhones produced at lower altitudes and on alluvial soils.

"The blissfully simple 2012 'Un Air de Réméjeanne' Côtes du Rhône is in bottle already: strawberries metamorphosed into wine." Andrew Jefford, decanter.com

"The palate has the ease of the Gard département in it, a sympa Grenache roundness that is totally unforced, so it achieves a natural Grenache elegance. It is stylish, pretty naked, and the finale is aromatic. Will go down very well with Vin Nature lovers." John Livingstone-Learmonth, drinkrhône.com
RRP $30

Price: $24.99

BK Wines Sparks Grenache 2013

BK Wines Sparks Grenache 2013

BK Wines from the Adelaide Hills is Brendon Keys, a freethinking frontier artisan wine-maker. His wines are cutting edge, yet they are the very definition of modern Australian quality wine making. Brendon does things a bit differently but always with great control and purpose. BK Wines are single vineyard, hand picked wines ... organically grown using biodynamic practices, minimal intervention (including wild yeasts, no fining or filtering). Brendan's makes wines of great character and finesse - not overblown and alcoholic and because of his fanaticism in the vineyard his wines give a true sense of terroir and the individual site, making each wine unique. BK wines are highly sought and sell out upon release. 2013 Awarded one of the Top Ten Dark Horses in the James Halliday Wine Companion and 5 Stars.

RRP $53

BK Wines Sparks Grenache 2013More Details
Evocative notes from winemaker Brendon Keys ... "In 1985, when French artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude swathed the Pont-Neuf in miles of pleated, shimmering silk, the bulk and geometry of the great, stony bridge beneath was at once softened and emphasized. The wrapping had not obscured the magnificent structure, but rather brought into relief the solid, imposing force and historic importance of this stunning monument to Parisian prowess. Like silk over stone, Sparks 2013 Grenache, gently extracted from 100% whole-bunch fruit, is a gripping, full-throated wine which pays ample tribute to a vineyard long on tannic scaffolding. Feminine floral radiance and a sweet, attractive, plush exterior belie the full impact on the palate. The beguiling grin of a sly dominatrix before a memorable thwack across the cheek."

Price: $42.99

John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012

John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012

5 Red Star Winery James Halliday Wine Companion "John Duval is an internationally recognised winemaker, having been the custodian of Penfolds Grange for almost 30 years as part of his role as chief red winemaker at Penfolds. In 2003 he established his eponymous brand, and providing consultancy services to clients in various parts of the world. On the principle if not broken, dont fix, he is basing his business on shiraz and shiraz blends from old-vine vineyards in the Barossa Valley. The brand name Plexus denotes combining the different elements of shiraz/grenache/mourvedre into a coherent structure."

John Duval ... "My aim with Plexus is express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish.
Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have medium term cellaring potential for 8-10 years."

93 points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front ... "Milk chocolate, brown bread, ripe red and black fruit. Medium bodied – freshening acidity sits a little high in the wine, but should settle – fine grained tannin good length. Control and lack of confection. Should age well and develop further interest."

Price: $31.50

Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 - VERY LIMITED!

Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2009 - VERY LIMITED!

"Just when I thought I was familiar with the wines of Felsina, the estate comes through with one of the very best sets of new releases I have ever tasted. From top to bottom, these are marvelous wines that deserve serious attention." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Fattoria di Felsina in the hills northeast of Siena is on the southern tip of the Chianti Classico region. Founded in 1966 by Domenico Poggiali, Fèlsina was the Etruscan name for this viticultural terroir nearly 3000 years ago. The estate at the southern border of Castelnuovo Berardenga remains one of Tuscany’s finest terrains. Today, Beppe Poggiali, Giuseppe Mazzocolin and superstar winemaker Franco Bernabei form an awesome team that has overseen 25 years of extensive research and clonal selection of sangiovese to achieve an incredible combination of complexity, structure, power and finesse. They are traditional producers, (organic practices in their vineyards) who solely grow sangiovese and always avoided the temptation to grow cabernet and merlot to make "new age" wines from their Chianti vineyards. They have championed the sangiovese grape (native to Toscana) and are renowned for elegant and yet intensely flavoured chiantis (deep and black fruited, smoky tones from the soils and deft touch of new oak). Fèlsina has been awarded Tre Bicchieri every year since the first publication of Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia in 1988, and in 2009 they were named Winery of the Year.

Rancia, the estate’s single vineyard Riserva, was included by Decanter magazine in the 50 Great Italian wines of all time. 100% Sangiovese aged in French oak barrels; Made from the Rancia vineyard, a high-altitude site in the south of the Chianti Classico appellation, combines power and elegance with an aging potential of 20-30 years.

Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate, 94 points.
"... more than holds its own in this complete vertical. It shows elements of both a cold year in its mid-weight structure and a warmer vintage in its radiant fruit, a combination that represents an attractive stylistic middle ground. I very much like the sense of energy and intensity here. Bright acidity and youthful tannins frame the supple fruit. It will be interesting to see whether the 2009 develops along the lines of the cooler vintage Rancias, or whether the juiciness of the fruit will ultimately prevail in the wine’s balance. Either way, the 2009 is yet another terrific Rancia from Felsina. "

93+ points The International Wine Report "The 2009 Chianti Classico Riserva 'Rancia' offers wonderful aromas of blackberry and wild cherry layered with charcoal, smoke, licorice, mineral and pretty floral. This demonstrates excellent structure and focus backed by gorgeous mouthwatering acidity. The finish is long, fresh and chewy leaving behind a mouthful of fresh fruit. So delicious now, but this is really built for the long haul. This is a top house for Chianti Classico and the 2009 is a strong showing. (Best 2015-2027" RRP $125

Price: $109.99

Felsina Fontalloro 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

Felsina Fontalloro 2009 - LIMITED STOCK!

"Just when I thought I was familiar with the wines of Felsina, the estate comes through with one of the very best sets of new releases I have ever tasted. From top to bottom, these are marvelous wines that deserve serious attention." Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Fattoria di Felsina in the hills northeast of Siena is on the southern tip of the Chianti Classico region. Founded in 1966 by Domenico Poggiali, Fèlsina was the Etruscan name for this viticultural terroir nearly 3000 years ago. The estate at the southern border of Castelnuovo Berardenga remains one of Tuscany’s finest terrains. Today, Beppe Poggiali, Giuseppe Mazzocolin and superstar winemaker Franco Bernabei form an awesome team that has overseen 25 years of extensive research and clonal selection of sangiovese to achieve an incredible combination of complexity, structure, power and finesse. They are traditional producers, (organic practices in their vineyards) who solely grow sangiovese and always avoided the temptation to grow cabernet and merlot make "new age" wines from their Chianti vineyards. They have championed the sangiovese grape (native to Toscana) and are renowned for elegant and yet intensely flavoured chiantis (deep and black fruited, smoky tones from the soils and deft touch of new oak). Fèlsina has been awarded Tre Bicchieri every year since the first publication of Gambero Rosso’s Vini d’Italia in 1988, and in 2009 they were named Winery of the Year. Rancia, the estate’s single vineyard Riserva, was included by Decanter magazine in the 50 Great Italian wines of all time.

Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese from 3 vineyards, 1 located just inside and the other 2 just outside the Chianti Classico border and is renowned for its structure, concentration, intensity and depth.

93 Pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous "The 2009 Fontalloro is 100% Sangiovese from three vineyards; Fontalloro in Chianti Classico and Casalino and Arcidossino, both in the Chianti Colli Senesi appellation. Here too, the vineyards are over 50 years old. Sweet red cherries, tobacco, flowers and spices meld together beautifully in this deep, resonant Fontalloro. This is a more immediate, round style than the Rancia. Ripe, silky tannins frame the long, polished finish. Today the Fontalloro isn't as expressive as the Rancia, but it generally has a shorter drinking window."

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, "Bright red. Captivating aromas of red cherry, raspberry, licorice and sweet spices. Juicy and tightly wound but essentially pliant, with smooth red fruit and licorice flavors complicated by aromatic fresh herbs. Finishes with supple but mouthcoating tannins. Needs time." RRp $145

Price: $125.99

Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini 2012

Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini 2012

Honest expressions of the terroir of Monforte d'Alba, which generally produces a bigger, more tannic style of Barolo than those from La Morra or Barolo itself. Without doubt, Elio & Gianluca Grasso are one of the great producers of Piedmont. Their style is somewhere between classic traditional and modern expressions of Barolo. Antonio Galloni, Robert Parker’s right hand man writes a little about them: “Elio Grasso’s wines are made in a unique, crisply articulated style that highlights balance and harmony over sheer power … The Barolos are fermented using the traditional submerged cap method and see a full month of maceration on the skins … Despite all of their success, Elio, Marina, Gianluca and Francesca Grasso, along with their cellarmaster Enrico Marchisio, remain some of the most unassuming, humble and classy people readers will meet in Piedmont.”

From younger vines (1.2 Ha) within Gavarini. Made in a modern style with partial whole-bunch ferment and some micro-oxygenation, to produce a plush, earlier drinking expression of Nebbiolo. Matured in stainless steel. Very smart offering This a beautifully juicy offering with plenty of allure and character.

89+ points Mike Bennie The Wine Front "...Ripe blackcurrant and red berry fruit perfume, tinged with vanilla and nougat. Juicy, richer fruit profile to taste, concentrated and showing plush tannins that roll to a light, washy, sour acid finishing finish. It’s pretty four-square kind of nebbiolo with rippling, muscular feel, but still reveals cues for the variety in spice, herbal notes and tannic grip."

Price: $44.99

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 - LIMITED STOCK

Barone Ricasoli Rocca Guicciarda Chianti Classico Riserva 2010 - LIMITED STOCK

Barone Ricasoli is one of Chianti’s most important producers - certainly the most important historically, with a remarkable story that goes back well beyond the 12th century. The most historic of wine castles – Castello di Brolio and its remarkable 250 hectare Chianti Classico vineyard - has been the home to the Ricasoli family since 1141. A major revamp and modernisation of the vineyard and winery was undertaken in 1993 ... the wines are not only considered amongst the finest in Tuscany but deliver extraordinary value.

Rocca Guicciarda is one of Barone Ricasoli's most storied vineyards. What we love about this wine is that it is so classic (fresh, sappy, graphitey) yet contemporary in the best sense (clean, pure, textured)... It is tight on opening tasted May 2014 but day 2 it brought the house down ! So this wine needs time in cellar or alternatively a good decant. From a terrific vintage in Tuscany, the 2010 Rocca Guicciarda was matured for 15 months in a mixture of French barriques and Slovenian tonneaux. It's a first-rate example; silky and sweet with subtle oak and notes of dried tea, raspberry and cherry-pit outlined by fine, polished tannins. The finish goes long on lingering flavours of mineral and tobacco. Francesco Ricasoli is obsessed with producing an outstanding Riserva style under this label. This wine overdelivers and we love the price ! RRP $58

Price: $48.99

Yalumba \'The Strapper\' GSM 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Yalumba 'The Strapper' GSM 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Stunning effort here from this new label from Yalumba ... comprises 40% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 25% Mataro, fermented separately then aged in new French and old Hungarian oak for texture and complexity. This wine opened out beautifully after day 2. No doubt about it 2012 was a dream growing season in the Barossa. This has to be the classiest GSM in the market for quality and value! Do not miss out on a case of this! Not surprisingly medals and accolades galore.

BLUE-GOLD 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition

Silver 2013 Melbourne Wine Show

91 Points - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator 21 Feb 2014 ... "Rich, ripe and velvety, this is dense without being heavy-handed, with cherry, blackberry, pomegranate and spice flavors that dance through the vigorous finish."

92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front ... "Yalumba has long been a master of medium-bodied, well-ripened, well-balanced red wines. It’s never been part of the over the top brigade. This one is juicy, seedy, aniseedy. Earth and blackberry. A beautiful medium bodied Australian burgundy style, and yet thoroughly modern at the same time. Bright, smoky, a little reductive, fine web of tannin. Balance of various components, and the overall polish, is immaculate."

4 Stars - Chris Shanahan, The Canberra Times 13 Nov 2013 ... "After the leaner, lighter 2011 vintage reviewed in July, The Strapper 2012 returns to its opulent Barossa best. The floral, sweet, enticing aroma of grenache leads to a full, round, juicy palate with the body of shiraz and spicy, tannic character of mataro ..."

94/100 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian 6 Feb 2014... "... a beautiful spicy and effortlessly long light-of-touch example of this famous Barossa blend. Has good tannin structure supporting the medium-weight fruit which holds a steady controlled line to the long finish. It has a succulent palate with fine grainy tannins in support along with a judicious use of French oak. Complex and compelling, a super example of this blend from a stunning vintage in the Barossa."

Only $16.99 when you buy a straight dozen.

Price: $203.88

Yalumba \'The Strapper\' GSM 2012 - HOT PRICE!

Yalumba 'The Strapper' GSM 2012 - HOT PRICE!

Stunning effort here from this new label from Yalumba ... comprises 40% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 25% Mataro, fermented separately then aged in new French and old Hungarian oak for texture and complexity. This wine opened out beautifully after day 2. No doubt about it 2012 was a dream growing season in the Barossa. This has to be the classiest GSM in the market for quality and value! Do not miss out on a case of this! Not surprisingly medals and accolades galore.

(*also available in a Straight Dozen Special price.. See below ..)

BLUE-GOLD 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition

Silver 2013 Melbourne Wine Show

91 Points - Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator 21 Feb 2014 ... "Rich, ripe and velvety, this is dense without being heavy-handed, with cherry, blackberry, pomegranate and spice flavors that dance through the vigorous finish."

92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front ... "Yalumba has long been a master of medium-bodied, well-ripened, well-balanced red wines. It’s never been part of the over the top brigade. This one is juicy, seedy, aniseedy. Earth and blackberry. A beautiful medium bodied Australian burgundy style, and yet thoroughly modern at the same time. Bright, smoky, a little reductive, fine web of tannin. Balance of various components, and the overall polish, is immaculate."

4 Stars - Chris Shanahan, The Canberra Times 13 Nov 2013 ... "After the leaner, lighter 2011 vintage reviewed in July, The Strapper 2012 returns to its opulent Barossa best. The floral, sweet, enticing aroma of grenache leads to a full, round, juicy palate with the body of shiraz and spicy, tannic character of mataro ..."

94/100 - Ray Jordan, The West Australian 6 Feb 2014... "... a beautiful spicy and effortlessly long light-of-touch example of this famous Barossa blend. Has good tannin structure supporting the medium-weight fruit which holds a steady controlled line to the long finish. It has a succulent palate with fine grainy tannins in support along with a judicious use of French oak. Complex and compelling, a super example of this blend from a stunning vintage in the Barossa."

RRP $23 Special Price $17.99

Yalumba \More Details
What Yalumba says about this wine ... "The Strapper in thoroughbred parlance is the reliable and trustworthy member of the team - not generally in the limelight. The Strapper, Barossa Valley GSM is not the showy type, rather the wine that the winemakers drink, when they're not having a Riesling or an ale. "

Price: $17.99

Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2012

Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2012

This cutting edge McLaren Vale producer is making delicious energetic estate grown wines from it's biodynamic vineyards. We were bowled over by every wine in their line up of a tasting recently (a rare occurrence). Gnarly old bush vines planted in 1946 in Kangarilla, Mclaren Vale, handpicked, rigorous selection, sorting table, wild ferment with portion of whole bunch followed by 12 mths maturation in old French oak. This old vine grenache is seriously darn delicious! Purity of plums, dark cherries with intensity and depth of fruit more-ish complexity and minerality. Layers of earthiness, aniseed, spice, tar, roast meat are revealed on the palate after decanting…

“Venerable vines, fastidious viticulture and cutting-edge winemaking kit. It’s a killer combination, and the reason why Yangarra is producing some of the best wines in the Vale right now.” – Max Allen, The Weekend Australian, March 2013

92 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front ... “There’s both varietal and regional integrity dripping from this wine’s pores. It has a jubey-fruit-filled centre but it’s otherwise dry and minerally and blessedly pure. It’s like munching on the dense-flavoured Grenache grapes themselves. It also tastes of brine, liquorice and earth and rumbles with tannin through the finish. Terrific wine growing and making, and therefore drinking.” – 19 May 2014

92+ points Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself ..."Muscular, ferrous tannin flexes underneath a veneer of silkiness. It remains meaty, earthen, peaty and primal but all those savoury traits that anchor the wine are lit up by dark cherries, potpourri and sweet-salty licorice. This is Grenache that goes beyond the idea of juicy primary fruit into true vinous engagement and provocative structural edifice.

90 + Points Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate ... "Medium garnet-purple in color and redolent of warm black cherries and ripe black raspberries alongside nuances of black and white pepper and a touch of anise, the medium to full-bodied 2012 Grenache offers plenty of mouth-filling black and red berry preserves flavors, it has a good backbone of medium level, sandy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing long and peppery. Drink it now to 2018+."

Price: $28.99

Dominio do Bibei Lalama 2010  - VERY LIMITED

Dominio do Bibei Lalama 2010 - VERY LIMITED

From the spectacular mountain region of Ribeira Sacra in Galicia, Spain just north of Portugal, this area is a far cry from the hot summers and bull fights of southern Espana. It is cool, green mountainous with flowing rivers- the influence coming from the Atlantic and the steep terraced vines grow in slate and granitic soils at up to 650 metres on the banks of the river Sil and the upper sections of the Miño, the river that goes on to form the border between Spain and Portugal.

This project is the brainchild of Javier Dominguez whose passion is to rebuild this once grand estate. Old terraces are being restructured and new vines are being planted. Dominio do Bibei is a 125 hectare estate with approximately 45 hectares planted today.

19/20 (96/100pts) Decanter and ‘34 great wines to start the New Year’ ... “Located on the banks of the Bibei River where Romans once found large deposits of gold, this Mencía blended with Garnacha, Brancellao and Mouraton displays plenty of vibrant red cherry characters with spice. The palate is nicely textured with fine acidity and freshness on the finish. A fantastic wine.” 19/20 points

Made from low-yielding Mencía – with 10 per cent from Garnacha, Brancellao and Mouraton –this is an enchanting Lalama tinto (red) and the most stirring to date. It comes from a range of small terraced plots (home to vines aged between 10 and 100 years) on fragmented slate at altitudes varying from 300 and 750 meters above sea level. The wine is naturally fermented in open wood fermenters and aged on its lees in old puncheon (500 litre) for 13 months and then a further 7 months in larger foudres. It’s bottled without fining or filtration. Like Côtes de Nuits meets the Northern Rhône; its all fluid raspberry and redcurrant succulence bound by filigree, velvet tannins with crunchy, juicy freshness tethering all of the elements together. This is top class, graceful and atmospheric Galicia.
$59

Price: $48.99

Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera 2009 - VERY LIMITED

Elio Grasso Barolo Gavarini Chiniera 2009 - VERY LIMITED

Honest expressions of the terroir of Monforte d'Alba, which generally produces a bigger, more tannic style of Barolo than those from La Morra or Barolo itself. Without doubt, Elio & Gianluca Grasso are one of the great producers of Piedmont. Pedigree and class here.

After their 2008 wines topped the charts of Antonio Galloni’s highly anticipated Barolo Report ( “Case Mate” the top rated wine and “Chiniera Gavarini” 3rd top rated wine out of 250 Baroli and all the other top 10 rated wines were 2 or 3 times the price! ) resulted in huge global demand; and coupled with the 2009 yields being down 20% has meant his wines unfortunately are presold before they land on our shores! We were thrilled to be offered a small allocation of their 2009 Barolos. The thing we love about these 2009 Barolos is that they are sumptuous, generous wines reflecting the warm season. They are approachable and can be enjoyed now for up to 10 years rather than having to cellar them for 15 or 20 years in classic vintages like 2008 which requires a lot of patience! Grasso’s nebbiolo wines represent great value for top shelf Barolo.

From the Chiniera vineyard (3 ha) within Gavarini this is more feminine, fragrant, perfumed and fine in style. A month on skins in stainless steel, followed by 30 months in large old Slavonian oak.

“The 2009 Barolo Gavarini Vigna Chiniera is a beautifully delicate and elegant wine with fruit sourced from 35-year-old vines at 400 meters above sea level. Those higher elevations have helped to shape finely detailed aromas, despite the warmer vintage. Bright notes of pressed rose, violets, licorice, spice, tar and plum all call out your attention. Solid tightness in the mouth slowly relaxes to reveal nuanced flavors of bright cherry, spice and leather. Each time you return to the glass, the wine offers yet another dimension.” Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035. 95 points The Wine Advocate (6/2013)”
RRP $150

Price: $139.99

Longhop Grenache 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Longhop Grenache 2012 - STRAIGHT DOZEN SPECIAL!

Longhop is a winemaking venture between 2 high school friends, Tim Freeland and Dominic Torzi (of leading Eden Valley winery, Torzi Matthews) and these guys continue to shake things up as far as the quality to price wine ratio goes…this wine (sourced from 3 Adelaide Plains vineyards) is extraordinary for the price.

Lovely ripe and concentrated raspberry and black fruits, but balanced with complex spice and silky smooth tannins. Matured for 22 months in seasoned French and American oak, the flavours linger long in this delicious number that defies the price.

Lovely ripe and concentrated raspberry and black fruits balanced by complex spice and silky smooth tannins. Low yielding fruit from 50 yr old vines( planted on limestone and quartz from Hillier on banks of Gawler River) offer this gift from mother nature !

Whole bunch ferment, minimal handling. Matured for 22 months in seasoned French and American oak. Gorgeous depth of fruit and long finish in this delicious number defies the price. Calling all Rhone rangers - decant this wine to appreciate best this delicious offering!

94 points Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front "This is classy. It’s warm with alcohol but it gets away with it. It’s flush with sweet raspberry, leather, chicory, deeper blackberried notes and an array of dried Italian herbs. Texture and fruit oomph it has nailed. And its tannin curls out deliciously through the finish. It is a ripper release."

92 points Phillip White "It certainly has the attitude and chassis for the longer haul."

Max Allen, The Australian ".. it revealed layers of exotic spicy flavour after 24 hours breathing. This is a bargain red..."
RRP $23

Price: $203.88

Cuilleron Saint Joseph L Armarybelle Syrah Vieille Vignes 2011 - VERY LIMITED

Cuilleron Saint Joseph L Armarybelle Syrah Vieille Vignes 2011 - VERY LIMITED

“Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône” thewinedoctor.com

In 1987 Yves took over his family wine estate (after 4 generations) located in Verlieu (in the town of Chavanay) and since that time he has built an entirely new winery. He has acquired additional vineyards (domaine is now 52 hectares) that cover appellations, including Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, Cornas, Condrieu, Saint Péray and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes.

His philosophy in the vineyard is simple and very much a sustainable approach, no insecticides/pesticides only organic ones, majority is high density planted (competition between vines enhances fruit quality), handpicked fruit (much of vineyard is on terraces). Similarly in the winery a natural approach: wild yeasts, no additions, open fermenters (temperature controlled), maturation in french oak barriques and foudres (his wines are more about purity of fruit and he goes easy on the oak).

Vines from 20-40 years old, grown on steep terraces of shallow sand over granite.
90 Points – Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Apr. 14) ‘Inky ruby. Ripe, pepper-accented cherry and plum on the deeply perfumed nose and in the mouth. In a lush, round, distinctly ripe style, especially for the vintage. Closes smooth and long, with slow-building tannins and a whiplash of rich dark fruits and spices.’
RRP $73

Price: $66.99

Yangarra Mourvedre 2010

Yangarra Mourvedre 2010

This cutting edge McLaren Vale producer is making delicious energetic estate grown wines from it's biodynamic vineyards. We were bowled over by every wine in their line up of a tasting recently (a rare occurrence). This is a very smart medium to fullbodied red offering

“Venerable vines, fastidious viticulture and cutting-edge winemaking kit. It’s a killer combination, and the reason why Yangarra is producing some of the best wines in the Vale right
now.” – Max Allen, The Weekend Australian, March 2013

Lisa Perrotti Brown From Wine Advocate review:
" The 2010 Mourvedre has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and an earthy / meaty nose over a good core of ripe black fruits and a whiff of black olives. Full-bodied, rich and savory in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of chewy tannins making for a more structured style, which the finish is long with some peppered notes coming through. Drink it now to 2017+. 90 Pts' RRP $35

Price: $25.99

Ca Rome Barolo Vigna Cerretta 2010 - LIMITED STOCK

Ca Rome Barolo Vigna Cerretta 2010 - LIMITED STOCK

Ca’ is short for casa – home. Ca’Romé is both home to winemaker Romano Marengo and family and to classic Piedmontese red wine-making at its finest. Located at the top of the Rabajà hill, Barbaresco’s historical cru, the house overlooks an endless vista of gently sloping Langhe country. The wines of Ca’Romé have impressive structure, body and cellar life and exquisitely fine perfume, elegance and balance. More traditional stylistically - predominantly large oak “botti”. The vineyards span five hectares, partly in Barbaresco, partly in Serralunga d’Alba in Barolo territory, and the average annual production is 2500 cases.
Their Barolos – Rapet and Cerretta – are both from Serralunga, where the wines’ magnitude and structure is conferred by the iron-rich soil. Cerretta is one of Serralunga’s designated crus, and the vines – planted in 1961 – yield a very low crop. It offers excellent concentration of rich, dark fruit with notes of tobacco, licorice, roses, violets and vanilla. The palate is long and persistent with smooth, velvety tannins and great structure for decades of cellaring.
93+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media “The 2010 Barolo Vigna Cerretta floats on the palate with an attractive melange of sweet red cherries, savory herbs, wild flowers and fennel. The Vigna Cerretta is darker and more vibrant than the Rapèt, but, it, too is impeccable in its balance. Hints of dark cherry, plum, tobacco and menthol flesh out on the finish. Overall, this is a fairly delicate style for Cerretta and Serralunga, but it all works.
RRP $190

Price: $159.99

Kir Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro 2010

Kir Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro 2010

Kir Yianni is the cutting edge winemaker in the modern Greek wine scene. In the 90’s Yianni Boutari sold his share in Boutari the oldest and most established wine name in Greece. Over the decades Yianni acquired his own prime vineyards. In 1994 they released their first wines and with his son Stellios they have championed "Xinomavro" the red grape of Greece grown in Naoussa (Alpine county of Macedonian Greek mountains) . They have done extensive research & development, clonal selection with ‘xinomavro” and they have gone from strength to strength. This grape is regarded as the “Pinot” or the “Nebbiolo” of Greece for its fragrance, freshness and tannin profile.

This wine hits the spot!! Terrific fragrance, depth of fruit, length of flavour, vibrancy and the more-ish tannins that creep up on the finish in this wine. This was a stand out of greek xinomavro tasting and drank it with relish at a greek restaurant recently with slow cooked lamb. Wow so good it demanded another bottle!! This is absolutely delicious in every way. It kind of reminds me of a fine Italian nebbiolo … it overdelivers quality in spades! Do not miss out on this. Seriously it is that darn good!

–“..Perfume – vanilla, spice, ripe tomato, red fruits, smoke. Light to medium bodied, very firm acidity and tannin, grippy and mouth-coating – but long. Strict wine, but the shape and stuffing is good.
Rated : 90+ Points Tasted : Jun-14 Closure : Cork Drink : 2015 - 2020+” Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
RRP $40

Price: $33.99

Tapanappa Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc 2009 - VERY LIMITED

Tapanappa Whalebone Merlot Cab Franc 2009 - VERY LIMITED

Brian Croser really needs no introduction. Having founded the iconic winery Petaluma in the 70's, Brian is recognised as Australia's leading exponent of terroir driven wines. He has been awarded the Order of Australia, Decanter Wine Magazine 'Man of the Year' and many other accolades for his life long contribution and service to the Australian wine industry. Having sold Petaluma in 2001, the Croser family, along with their business partners the Bollinger Champagne family set up Tapanappa Wines on some of the countries most distinguised vineyard sites; 30 year old Tiers Vineyard, Piccadilly Valley, Adelaide Hills; 35 year old Whalebone Cabernet/Shiraz vineyard in Wrattonbully and pioneering Foggy Hill Pinot Noir Vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.
Floral and briary aromas attributable to Cabernet Franc combined with the plum-sauce aromas of cool grown, fully ripe Merlot. The flavours are intense but refined with the freshness and vibrancy of Cabernet family blackcurrant and spice accentuated by the smoky and minty hallmarks of the Whalebone terroir.
The most endearing aspect of this cool vintage wine is the beautiful and significant tannin structure folding into an even mouth coating savoury finish. 2009 was a great vintage at the Whalebone Vineyard and the wine will reward cellaring for at least two decades.
94 points James Halliday ... “A 64/36% blend matured for 22 months in 70% new French oak. Bright, light hue, still youthful; a complex wine from start to finish, the bouquet expressive, the medium-bodied palate with many messages of savoury red fruits, black olive and briar, corralled by fine, but persistent, tannins.”
17 points Jancis Robinson
RRP $92

Price: $69.99

Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose 2010  - VERY LIMITED!

Poderi Colla Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose 2010 - VERY LIMITED!

The Colla family has a rich history of winemaking in Piedmont, dating back to 1703. Beppe Colla steered the Prunotto winery to stardom and was one of the founding fathers of the Alba DOCs in the 1960s. Younger brother Tino joined with Beppe’s daughter Federica to establish Poderi Colla (literally, the Colla farms). Their property is made up of three distinct properties: Cascine Drago in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio near Alba, also home to the winemaking; Tenuta Roncaglia, which takes its name from the historic Barbaresco cru and; Tenuta Dardi Le Rose, forming part of the renowned Barolo Bussia cru in Monforte. The Colla’s loyalty to the roots of classic Piedmontese viticulture comes from a family heritage going back many generations. Tino perfectly sums up their winemaking philosophy:- Classic - not traditional .. to enhance their continuity with great wines of the past; Original - the characteristics of the variety and area are uppermost; and Natural - from vineyard to bottle, from grape to wine, with the least possible technological intervention, manipulation or additions. Oak regime is traditional predominantly maturation in large oak ‘botti”
Federica’s words perfectly summarise the Colla philosophy: “Our wines are not ‘high-tech’. They are man-made, with a strong human element, outstanding natural concentration thanks to terroir and fruit and very well balanced components”.
This 7 hectare vineyard at Dardi is one of the sub-zones (soprana) of the prestigious hillside cru of Bussia, located outside the village of Monforte d’Alba. Bussia is renowned for Barolo of great depth and concentration with mineral and animal notes. Typically, this has brooding aromas of scorched earth, spices and tobacco that lead to rich, complex layers of dried figs, plums and prunes that gradually open on the palate, finishing long and sweet. Always approachable in youth, always rewarding with long term cellaring.
92+ points Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media “The 2010 Barolo Bussia Dardi/Le Rose from Poderi Colla emerges from the glass with dried rose petals, licorice, tobacco, mint, dried cherries, plums and coffee beans, all super-classic Nebbiolo scents. Beguiling and layered in the glass, the 2010 continues to open up beautifully over time, I can’t wait to see how it ages. At the same time, the 2010 is medium in body and surprisingly supple. Will it put on weight in bottle? Only time will tell. Today, the 2010 is young, young, young.

Antoni Galloni, the world’s leading authority on Barolo describes the 2010 vintage: “Simply put, 2010 is the greatest young Barolo vintage I have tasted in 18 years of visiting the region and a lifetime of buying, cellaring and drinking these wines. The 2010 Barolos have all of the attributes of a cool, late-ripening vintage; expressive aromatics, chiseled fruit, plenty of site-specificity and the potential to develop beautifully for years and decades in bottle. At the same time, the wines have gorgeous depth and richness, perhaps a result of the high temperatures in July."

RRP $160

Price: $129.99

Conterno Fantino Vigna del Gris 2010 - VERY LIMITED

Conterno Fantino Vigna del Gris 2010 - VERY LIMITED

Conterno Fantino is the benchmark/leading traditional Barolo producer – huge talent and vision of viticulturist Claudio Conterno (formerly of Giacomo Conterno) and his partner, oenologist Guido Fantino.
Founded in 1982, Conterno Fantino testifies to the talent and vision of viticulturist Claudio Conterno (formerly of Giacomo Conterno) and his partner, oenologist Guido Fantino. These great wines start in exceptional vineyard sites at Monforte and are lovingly nurtured in the state-of-the-art winery at Bricco Bastia. This location is scenically set, dominating the most ancient section of Monforte and overlooked by the majestic sweep of the Alps.
Short maceration on skins, vinified in rotary fermenters and aged two years in French oak barrels from coopers Taransaud, Boutes and Quintessence, followed by 12 months in the bottle. Vigna del Gris, from Ginestra at 300m, is on a sandier portion of vineyard that faces south-east and favours delicacy and elegance.

This Vigna Del Gris is my favourite Conterno Fantino Barolo .. it is a pretty wine, so long and so elegant.. floral, roses, ripe plums, aniseed, tobacco leaf. Delicious recommend decanting this to see all the colours of this gorgeous wine

94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: “The 2010 Barolo Vigna del Gris is beautiful, layered and expressive. Sweet tobacco, mint, licorice, crushed flowers and plums meld together in a supple, gracious wine for the year. Sweet rose petals and mint add an attractive upper register of trademark aromatics and perfume as the wine opens up in the glass. The 2010 remains dense and compact, but it is impossible to miss that the tannins here are more refined than has typically been the case with the Gris in the past, which is probably the result of vines getting older. The 2010 needs time to unwind, but it is quite pretty and full of potential. Conterno Fantino gave the 2010 a year in 100% new French oak, followed by a year in a combination of equal parts barrique and cask. “

Antoni Galloni, the world’s leading authority on Barolo describes the 2010 vintage: “Simply put, 2010 is the greatest young Barolo vintage I have tasted in 18 years of visiting the region and a lifetime of buying, cellaring and drinking these wines. The 2010 Barolos have all of the attributes of a cool, late-ripening vintage; expressive aromatics, chiseled fruit, plenty of site-specificity and the potential to develop beautifully for years and decades in bottle. At the same time, the wines have gorgeous depth and richness, perhaps a result of the high temperatures in July."
RRP $190

Price: $163.99

Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2010

Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve 2010

‘Giovanni Manetti's 2010s will one day be regarded as some of his greatest wines. From top to bottom, the Fontodi 2010s are superb....’ Antonio Galloni, August 2012

Fontodi is a certified organic estate located in the heart of Chianti Classico precisely in the valley which lies south of the town of Panzano and is called the “Conca d’Oro” (the golden shell) because of its amphitheatre shape. This genuine Terroir has been famous for centuries for its tradition of quality wine cultivation, thanks to a unique combination of high altitude, calcar clayschist soil, lots of light, and a fantastic micro-climate – warm and dry with a marked difference in day and night- time temperatures.

100% Sangiovese
‘Fontodi’s Giovanni Manetti has released one of the top Italian wines of 2010. His Flaccianello della Pieve (assembled from the best parcels of Sangiovese) is an expression of profound beauty and elegance. I tasted this wine early in my work for this issue and found myself returning to my note over and over again, comparing the other great wines of 2010 to Flaccianello. It became my benchmark for the vintage. Now to a superstar of Italian enology: The 2010 Flaccianello della Pieve will take your breath away. This is a seriously beautiful Sangiovese-based wine with the kind of intensity and aromatic purity you only experience every 1,000 wines or so. There’s a lot to say here. First, the wine’s beautiful appearance shows dark garnet colors with highlights of ruby and purple gemstone. The bouquet delivers a steady and seductive evolution with dark cherry, chocolate, spice, tobacco and sweet almond all seamlessly balanced one against the other. Its texture and inner fabric is rich, velvety and firm. There’s a brilliant spot of acidity that hits you at the back of the mouth and helps the wine from feeling too heavy or dense. In fact, outstanding elegance is what ultimately sets it apart. The temptation to drink it now is huge, but those still young tannins definitely need a few more years to unwind’. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035’ 97+ Pts Monika Lerner Wine Advocate #208


‘Dark, rich and powerful, the 2010 Flaccianello wraps around the palate with serious depth and density. The aromas and flavors are totally alive in the glass. Smoke, tobacco and savory herb notes add complexity over time. Initially quite muscular, the 2010 finds quite a bit of finesse with time in the glass. The 2010 Flaccianello is exceptional, but the competition is tough this year at Fontodi! Still, the sensation of tannin is virtually nonexistent in a Flaccianello that is all about elegance and pure refinement Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030.’ 96+ Pts - Antonio Galloni, Aug 2013
RRP $191

Price: $179.99

Vietti Scarrone Barbera 2010 - LAST BOTTLES OF THIS VINTAGE!

Vietti Scarrone Barbera 2010 - LAST BOTTLES OF THIS VINTAGE!

For the past four generations, the Vietti family has been producing wine in Castiglione Falletto, a small village in the heart of the Langhe region of Piedmont, from their vineyards located across the five communes designated for the cultivation and production of Barolo. Over recent years Luca Currado-Vietti had taken over the winemaking direction from his late father Alfredo. The overall objective, to produce the highest quality wines, whilst retaining respect for the traditions of the specific appellations.

For some years now, as Vietti have extended their Scarrone vineyard plantings, on the slope immediately below the Vietti Cantina in Castiglione Falletto, they have been producing two Barbera d’Alba wines. The Barbera d’Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia is, as its name suggests, from the older vines, average 80 years of age. The newer plantings (between 10 and 60 years of age), go into the Barbera d’Alba Scarrone followed by 14 mths in cask old Slovenian. Gorgeous wine… need a little time and plenty of air if drinking now

"Italian barbera rarely betters this. Summer berry pudding nose, juicy and inviting, yet complex with tar, caramel and spice. Intense savoury and ripe flavours are dressed in vibrant acidity and fine tannins. Delicious. Food ideas: Braised veal shank; pasta with shredded duck meat.94pts" Ralph Kyte- Powell SMH Spectrum Food & Wine Nov 2013

Price: $89.99

Vietti Scarrone Barbera 2011 - LIMITED STOCK

Vietti Scarrone Barbera 2011 - LIMITED STOCK

For the past four generations, the Vietti family has been producing wine in Castiglione Falletto, a small village in the heart of the Langhe region of Piedmont, from their vineyards located across the five communes designated for the cultivation and production of Barolo. Over recent years Luca Currado-Vietti had taken over the winemaking direction from his late father Alfredo. The overall objective, to produce the highest quality wines, whilst retaining respect for the traditions of the specific appellations.

For some years now, as Vietti have extended their Scarrone vineyard plantings, on the slope immediately below the Vietti Cantina in Castiglione Falletto, they have been producing two Barbera d’Alba wines. The Barbera d’Alba Scarrone Vigna Vecchia is, as its name suggests, from the older vines, average 80 years of age. The newer plantings (between 10 and 60 years of age), go into the Barbera d’Alba Scarrone followed by 14 mths in cask old Slovenian. Gorgeous wine… need a little time and plenty of air if drinking now

“The 2011 Barbera d'Alba Scarrone is drop- dead gorgeous. Powerful, rich and intense, the 2011 flows across the palate with layers of dark, mineral-infused fruit. Smoke, tar and licorice all flesh out in a Barbera that impresses for its pure drive and pedigree The 2011 Scarrone brings together the fabulous depth and opulence of the year, but with a marvelous sense of restraint. This is a terrific showing from Vietti. 2015- 2026. 92+ “Antonio Galloni of Vinous (reviewed oct 2013).

On the 2011 vintage in Piedmont, Antonio Galloni of Vinous said "For Barbera, the vintage was very positive, thanks to the heat at the end of August and September, there was a reduction in the variety’s typical acidity, while the sugar content increased only slightly resulting in wines of exceptional structure and balance." Luca from Vietti commented that 2011 was an even better growing season for Barbera than 2010, for nebbiolo the opposite. Import manager for Vietti says the 2011 Scarrone Barbera is amazing -it’s more structured, concentrated wine than the 2010 and will live longer.
RRP $100

Price: $89.99

Cuilleron Saint Joseph \'Les Pierres Sèches\' Syrah 2011 - LAST BOTTLES!

Cuilleron Saint Joseph 'Les Pierres Sèches' Syrah 2011 - LAST BOTTLES!

“Yves Cuilleron is a superstar of the Northern Rhône” thewinedoctor.com

In 1987 Yves took over his family wine estate (after 4 generations) located in Verlieu (in the town of Chavanay) and since that time he has built an entirely new winery. He has acquired additional vineyards (domaine is now 52 hectares) that cover appellations, including Saint Joseph, Cote Rotie, Cornas, Condrieu, Saint Péray and a series of Vin de Pays from the Collines Rhodaniennes.

His philosophy in the vineyard is simple and very much a sustainable approach, no insecticides/pesticides only organic ones, majority is high density planted (competition between vines enhances fruit quality), handpicked fruit (much of vineyard is on terraces). Similarly in the winery a natural approach: wild yeasts, no additions, open fermenters (temperature controlled), maturation in french oak barriques and foudres (his wines are more about purity of fruit and he goes easy on the oak).
89 Points – Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Apr. 14) ‘Bright ruby. Spice-accented red fruits and fresh flowers on the high-pitched nose. Lively and precise, with a peppery element adding lift to the plump raspberry and cherry flavors. Shows good energy and focus on the finish, with the floral and pepper notes repeating. There's something appealingly pinot-like here.’
RRP: $57

Cuilleron Saint Joseph \More Details
"Since I can remember, I've always loved tastings and good food. Wine has been part of my family's history for four generations. The estate wasn't destined for me, but my passion for winemaking drew me back to my roots, and in 1987 I took over my father's estate." Yves Cuilleron
“In the space of a decade, Yves Cuilleron has established himself as one of the leading lights of France’s Northern Rhône region. He’s a modernist, but not overly so: his wines straddle neatly the divide between traditionalists and the new-wave, in the sense that they retain their sense of place, but express their site in a slightly more approachable, immediate way. There's purity to the fruit, and where new oak is used it isn't excessive.” Wineanorack.com

Price: $39.99

San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico DOCG 2012 - VERY LIMITED

San Giusto A Rentennano Chianti Classico DOCG 2012 - VERY LIMITED

San Giusto A Rentannano are up there with Italy’s top growers - they are all about purity of sangiovese fruit, elegance (almost feminine for super Tuscan), beautiful aromatics, and superb freshness …Percalo a selection of Sangiovese from six cru vineyards that form the best expression of the terroir of San Giusto multilayered, firm tannins and beautifully integrated French oak but they do not over do the oak. Powerful wine- cellars well up to 20 yrs They certified organic in 2008 vintage

Set in the far south of the Chianti Classico zone, San Giusto a Rentennano started out as a medieval Cistercian monastery and currently owns about 40 hectares of vineyards – a small landholding compared to some of big Tuscan names and a feature that means they produce small quantities of wine.

Accolades galore from the wine scribes like Parker, Tanzer, Wine Spectator etc… A couple of quotes

"I can’t think of too many growers who would show the humility to say “I could have done better” when talking about one of his highly acclaimed wines from a few years ago. It is precisely that quiet drive to continue to improve which makes Luca Martini di Cigala and San Giusto a Rentennano one of Italy’s top producers." -- The Wine Advocate, June 2008

“…enjoy yourself with one of the greatest Super-Tuscans of them all, the 100%-sangiovese Percarlo, made from a selection of the best grapes of the property, and the 100%-merlot La Ricolma, a cult wine that is now back in top form…” – International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 07

“San Giusto a Rentennano is one of Italy’s leading estates. Brothers Luca and Francesco Martini di Cigala are quiet and unassuming. They prefer to let the wines speak for themselves, which they do with great eloquence...From top to bottom, these remain some of the most reasonably priced wines in the world considering the pure quality of what goes into the bottle.” Antonio Galloni

95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, aged in old cask and tonneaux for 10-12 months. Generous red berry and cherry fruit with perfumed floral notes, freshness and elegance in this classy Chianti ... reminiscent of Burgundy. This is the most elegant expression of Sangioverse .. not surprisingly it sells out before it arrives!
RRP $57

Price: $49.99