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    2019 Best’s Great Western Bin No. 1 Shiraz
    Great Western, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $21. 99 Bottle
    $263.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Introduced due to the relative scarcity of Best’s Thomson Family and Bin 0 Shiraz wines, the Bin 1 Shiraz aims to provide an introduction to Great Western Shiraz style at a price point that gives the wine broader market access. Made predominantly from Best’s own vineyards it combines the varietals generosity with the region's cool climate elegance.

    Elegant yet flavour packed cool climate Shiraz.

    Totally opaque black dark red colour with a bright dark red hue. Expressive red to dark plum and liquorice scents are trailed by a mix of vanillin cedar, fennel, clove and peppered meats. Mid weighted, supple and amply endowed with rich red to dark fruits, delicious red to dark plum, liquorice and blueberry flavours meld into subtly smoked vanillin cedar, fennel and peppered dried meat characters. Very refined in its feel with polished tannins and a long spicy aftertaste brimming with freshness.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 14.5%

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    A spicy and super-fragrant, cool-climate shiraz that is packed with red and dark plums, raspberries and dark chocolate. Plenty of complexity inherent here. The palate is elegant, yet flavor-packed, delivering punchy, mouthwatering summer berries and plums. Wow! Drink over the next decade. Screw cap.
    95 points
    JamesSuckling.com

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    2021 Journeys End Naturist Chardonnay
    South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $17. 99 Bottle
    $215.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2022-2026)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Even though the majority of this wine was matured in neutral oak, with only a small proportion in new 'Vicard' French oak barriques, the end result is a rich, full bodied style of Chardonnay that will only fill out further with time. Winemaker Ben Riggs has added back an additional 10% of tank fermented juice to provide freshness and vibrancy to the final wine.
    Brilliant pale straw colour with a glimmer of green to the edges and a watery hue. Aromas of ripe peaches, crème brulee and light butterscotch fill the nostrils with some bacon fat and spicy nougat also evident. Mid weighted, rich peach and crème brulee flavours have a creamy textural feel. Also chiming in are subtle butterscotch, toasty oak and spicy nougat elements. Excellent intensity finishing with a nicely balanced freshness and long aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 13%

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    2017 A-Mano Negroamaro
    Puglia, ITALY
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2020-2024)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Stelvin

    A-Mano (meaning hand made) is the labour of love of the incredibly energetic and enthusiastic American winemaker, Mark Shannon, and partner, Elvezia Sbalchiero. Mark, a born and bred Californian, fell in love with Puglia and “after years of technical winemaking, had almost forgotten that the right way to make wine is with love”. Fruit is sourced from a single vineyard in Salice Salento in the very south of Puglia where the sandy soils are perfect for Negroamaro. No oak is used in the winemaking process, after fermentation the wine is aged in underground concrete tanks.

    A rich, chewy red that boasts a long, robust finish.

    Dense midnight black colour with a dark red black tinged hue. Heady aromas of dried cherries, liquorice and black plum rise out of the glass trailed by dried herbs, scorched earth and spice. Rich and plump, the full bodied palate is engulfed with black plum, dried cherry, liquorice and black cherry fruits which sit over scorched earth, dried herb and spice back drop. Ripe chewy tannins firm up the finish. The aftertaste long and robust.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 14%

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    2021 Ad Hoc Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir
    Pemberton, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $17. 99 Bottle
    $215.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2022-2027)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Sourced from the Pemberton region, the fruit for this Pinot was fermented using a combination of wild fermentation and selected yeasts. Maturation took place in 1-3 year old French oak barrels for 6 months.
    Deep dark red core with black shaded edges and a bright red purple hue. Possessing a perfumed like quality the nose offers up scents of violets, dark cherries and ripe strawberries. Subtle forest floor, dried herb and spice notes are also evident. Perfectly ripe and savoury the palate has an expressive fruit profile of dark cherry and strawberry fruits which overlay a back drop of dried clove, forest floor and cedar. Supple mid palate feel with a spicy finish, velvet smooth tannins, good power and a deliciously ripe aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 13%

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    2020 Ad Hoc Hen & Chicken Chardonnay
    Pemberton, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $17. 99 Bottle
    $215.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Hen & Chicken' is a disorder that's been linked to mineral deficiency. In wine-growing parlance, a chicken is a small, stunted berry, while a hen is a normal berry, one that will grow to luscious maturity and provide a burst of full-flavoured juice when it's squeezed. Evidently, winemaker Larry Cherubino, has spent some time on the sorting table for this wine! Aged in a combination of new and two year old French oak for a period of 6 month.
    Bright straw colour with a distinct glimmer of green running around the outskirts and a watery hue. Lifted white peach and nectarine scents are intermeshed with dried honey and hints of cinnamon which are trailed by lightly roasted almond and spice notes. Mouthfilling flavours of ripe nectarine and pear shaded by a touch of grapefruit overlay cinnamon, subtlety honeyed almond like characters and spice. Excellent concentration and drive. Rich, creamy like textural feel finishing fresh with a long highly delectable aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 13%

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    2019 Ad Hoc Avant Gardening Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec
    Frankland River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $17. 99 Bottle
    $215.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Sensational value given the depth of fruit on show.

    Sourced from The Riversdale vineyard planted in 1997, this excellent blend was matured for a period of 10 months in a combination of new and 1-2 year old French oak barrels.
    Inky black dark red core with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Elevated red to black currant, plum and mulberry scents intermingle with cedary tobacco, black olive and spice notes. Rich blackcurrant and plum fruits are dispersed evenly across the medium bodied palate and show an appealing textural generosity. Subtle cigar box, earthy black olive and infusions of bay leaf chime in on the back half. Excellent depth with sturdy yet fine grained tannins concluding with a long aftertaste that has a moreish quality to it.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 14.5%

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    This may be a value-for-money wine, but if you know the bright history of cabernet malbec blends from Frankland River (think Houghton Jack Mann), it should come as little surprise that the combination of region and blend here make perfect sense. Dense, concentrated fruit is packaged with fine, shapely tannins and really good length of flavour. This is a little pocket rocket. Highly recommended. Drink by 2028.
    93 points
    Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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    2020 Alban Roblin Sancerre
    Sancerre, Loire Valley, FRANCE
    $37. 99 Bottle
    $455.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2022-2025)
    ABV: 13.8%
    Closure: Cork

    Sourced from vines with an average age of 30 years old planted on a combination of Kimmeridgian limestone clay and Portlandian limestone. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then matured on fine lees for 6 months.
    Bright pale straw colour with a watery hue. Aromas of lime and green apple infused with fresh herbs mix with some grassy characters and stony mineral notes. Quite ripe, full and texturally rounded in the mouth, concentrated lime and green apple flavours overlay subtle herbaceous asparagus elements, fresh herbs and delicate flinty mineral characters. Finishes dry with lively acidity and a lengthy, nicely proportioned yet crisp aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
    Alc. 13.8%

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    2018 All Saints Estate Durif
    North East Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $29. 99 Bottle
    $359.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2028-2030)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Dense pitch black core with a deep dark red black hue. Heady black cherry and liquorice aromas fill the nostrils followed by vanillin oak, dark plum, graphite and pepper notes. Full bodied, robustly structured and powerful, rich morello to black cherry and liquorice flavours are backed by a firm tannin structure. Notions of vanillin oak, scorched earth and spice lie underneath. Opulent yet muscular in its feel with bright acidity and a long slightly grippy aftertaste.
    Cellar 6-8 years.
    Alc. 14%

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    Destemmed fruit crushed into 7t vats for inoculated fermentation. Hand plunged 3 times a day, basket pressed then matured 22 months in 1–4yo French oak barriques. All Saints Estate sees the beauty and elegance in the durif grape – yes, it most definitely exists – and produces a style that can overcome any varietal prejudice. With forest-floor notes, wild berries, violets, top spice nuances and vanilla, it's an arresting introduction. Smooth palate, yet retains the grape's robust nature and power. Sensitive handling and winemaking on show. Drink by 2028.
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    Jeni Port - James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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    2020 Allegrini Corte Giara Pinot Grigio
    Delle Venezie, ITALY
    $16. 99 Bottle
    $203.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now (2021)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    The Corte Giara range is an offspring of the famous Allegrini family in the Valpolicella region. Together with a few select winegrowers, they created a concept centred around modern and eclectic wines, representing great value for money, with international varietals through to Amarone, Recioto and other classic wines of the Veneto region.
    Bright pale straw colour with a faint tinge of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Delightful pear and red apple aromatics blossom out of the glass trailed by honeysuckle, hints of musk and stony notes. Slippery and well rounded in its feel, delicious pear and red apple fruits glide across the palate underscored by notions of honeysuckle. Showing excellent intensity and depth it has a stony underbelly, finishing dry and fresh with a long beautifully textured aftertaste.
    Drink now.
    Alc. 12.5%

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    2020 Amelia Park Cabernet Merlot
    Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $24. 99 Bottle
    $299.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with portions of Malbec and Petit Verdot adding complexity. Maturation took place in French oak for a period of 12 months. 2020 was a compressed and early vintage which combined with small yields resulted in some outstanding wines.
    Dense pitch black core with a deep bright dark red black tinged hue. Alluring blackcurrant and mulberry scents infused with a mix of bay leaf and black olives are followed by dusty vanillin cedar and spice notes. Rich blackcurrant, subtle liquorice and mulberry fruits decorate the mid weighted palate underscored by spicy vanillin cedar, subtle tobacco and infusions of bay leaf. Generous yet refined in its feel with a beautifully balanced tannin structure and long conclusion.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 14.5%

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    2020 Antonio Soave DOC
    Soave, ITALY
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now (2021)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Antonio Fattori is the third generation to grow vines and make wine at his family’s Terrossa estates. Made from fruit grown on the vineyards near Antonio’s home, he picks fruit early, close to a week before most, to retain freshness. Regarded as a near perfect vintage, 2020 saw no extreme weather events and a long, cool ripening season that produced fruit of exceptional quality.
    Brilliant water like core with a distinct greenish tinge running around the outskirts. Delightful scents of pear, red apple and lime jump out of the glass with some faint wet stone and spice notes ensuing. Delicious pear and red apple fruits have a moreish textural quality that’s round and supple. Excellent intensity of flavour with lime and delicate wet slate nuances lying underneath. Crisp, dry finish with a long refreshing aftertaste. Great everyday drinking.
    Drink now.
    Alc. 12.5%

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    2018 Arboleda Chardonnay
    Aconcagua Valley, CHILE
    $22. 99 Bottle
    $275.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Arboleda is the premium tier in the Eduardo Chadwick family of wines. The fruit for the Chardonnay is sourced from their Chilhue vineyard, a 1047 hectare property of rolling hills located just 12km from the Pacific Ocean which experiences similar conditions to that of Marlborough in New Zealand making it ideal for growing cool climate grape varieties.
    Brilliant water like colour with a distinct greenish tinge to the outskirts. Elevated nectarine, citrus and delicate white peach scents are followed by hints of grapefruit and gun flint. Fresh and impressive in their intensity are nectarine, lime and green apple fruits which are underpinned by delicate white peach and flinty mineral characters. Dry crisp finish with a vibrantly fruited aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
    Alc. 13%

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    The cooler 2018 resulted in 15% lower average temperatures in the Aconcagua Costa zone. The 2018 Chardonnay Aconcagua Costa was produced with grapes that saw a slow ripening to full flavors while keeping moderate alcohol and very high levels of acidity. The vineyards are 12 kilometers away from the Pacific Ocean and have a strong marine influence. It fermented with native yeasts in oak barrels, with only 40% of the wine going through malolactic fermentation. It matured in second and third use French oak barrels for 11 months. It's very clean, with a mixture if citrus, herbs and flowers, and it's aromatic without excess, with a medium to full-bodied palate with some restraint but not lacking volume. There is nice balance and freshness, and it ends with a salty twist. Drink 2020-2024.
    91+ points
    Luis Gutiérrez – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 

    A very mineral-driven chardonnay that gets going with flint, citrus, green apples and then cloves and schist. A very taut palate with edgy acidity, but good pear-drop undertones to keep it generous and balanced. Drink now.
    91 points
    JamesSuckling.com 

    Francisco Baettig has a magical touch with Chardonnay and this "Premier Cru level" example from a range of terroirs in the Aconcagua Costa region is wonderfully refined, its pale colour reflecting its elegance. Citrus, beeswax and fresh toast flavours combine enticingly here. 2020-25.
    93 points
    Tim Atkin

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    Ardbeg Corryvreckan Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
    Islay, SCOTLAND
    $170. 00 Bottle
    $2040.00 Dozen
    ABV: 57.1%

    Ardbeg's Corryvreckan replaced the discontinued Airigh Nam Beist.

    Unusually dry for Ardbeg, otherwise an utterly brilliant, unique expression of Islay.


    Tasting note: Dull gold colour with pale straw hue. quite an unusual nose for an Ardbeg. Rich chocolate, vanilla, lemon butter and spice above a smoky salty layer, the only evidence that it's Ardbeg is the end note of terracotta/clay/wet charcoal. With time in the glass, fresh smoky characteristics emerge, but do not dominate. The intense palate is initially rich and creamy, quite heavily peated, rich chocolatey flavours mingle harmoniously with the lemon butter before the unusually overt oak grips dry and the peat explodes - softly! The back palate is dry, firm, overtly oaky, and extremely spicy. Excellent balance at cask strength. Warm, tingly, spicy finish. Lemon, dry cocoa, strong spice and gentle smoke dominate the lengthy aftertaste. Austerely dry by Ardbeg standards but one of their best on record.57.1% Alc./Vol.

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    n23.5 excellent, thick, not entirely un-penetrable - but close - nascent smoke and a vignette of salty, coastal references save the day; t24.5 amazing; here we have Ardbeg nutshelled. Just so many layers of almost unaccountable personalities with perhaps the citrus leading the way in both tart and sweet form and then the oak, in vanilla form, in close proximity. The peat, almost too dense to be seen on the nose, opens out with a fanfare of phenols. it is slumping-in-the-chair stuff, the enormity of the peat taking on the majesty of Cathedral-esque proportions, the notes reverberating around the hollows and recesses and reaching dizzying heights; such is its confidence, this is a malt which says: 'I know where I'm going...!'; f24 long, outwardly laconic but on further investigation just brimming with complexity. Some brown sugary notes help the barley come up trumps late on but it's the uniquely salty shield to the mocha which sets this apart. Simply brilliant and unique in its effortless enormity...even by Ardbeg standards; b25 as famous writers - including the occasional genius film director (stand up wherever you are my heroes Powell and Pressburger) - appear to be attracted to Corryvreckan, the third most violent whirlpool found in the world and just off Islay, to boot, I selected this as my 1,500th whisky tasted for the historic Jim Murray Whisky Bible 2009. I'm so glad I did because many have told me they thought Blasda ahead of this. To me, it's not even a contest. Currently I have only a sample. Soon I shall have a bottle. I doubt if even the feared whirlpool is this deep and perplexing. 57.1% 5000 bottles
    96.5 points
    Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2009

    Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning!
    96 points
    John Hansell - The Malt Advocate

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    2021 Artigiano Grillo
    Sicily, ITALY
    $16. 99 Bottle
    $203.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2022-2024)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Grillo is a grape variety native to Sicily which traditionally was used for the production of Marsala. It’s a late ripening varietal, typically grown on bush vines, and needs a warm to hot climate to prosper – it is therefore no surprise that it has thrived on the sundrenched hills of Sicily for over 2000 years. More recently its potential for creating refreshing dry whites bursting with flavour has come to the fore.
    Brilliant pale straw colour with subtle flashes of green around the edges and a watery hue. Lifted ripe pear and dried honey aromas mix with hints of lime, fresh herbs and spice. Intense fleshy pear and lime fruits have a mouthfilling texture underpinned by crunchy green apple, infusions of fresh herbs, quince and wet slate. Finishes dry with crisp acidity and a long moreish aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 1-2 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

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    2019 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir
    Martinborough, NEW ZEALAND
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 10 - 12 Years (2032-2034)
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Only fruit, from the oldest parcels of vines at Ata Rangi makes it into this wine. The fabled Abel clone, allegedly smuggled from Burgundy in the mid-70s, makes up 40% of the blend. Incorporates 35% whole bunch fruit with maturation taking place in French oak (35% new) for a period of 11 months.
    Deep dark red colour with black shaded edges and a vibrant red to dark red hue. Alluring scents of violets, red to dark cherries, strawberries, red plum and anise sail out of the glass with fresh herb, light forest floor and spicy cedar notes ensuing. Rich and intense in its flavour yet light, tense and focused, the palate sees an expansive wave of delicious red to dark cherry, strawberry and plum fruits fan across it like a peacocks tail. Notions of crushed rock, forest floor, infusions of fresh herbs and spicy cedar lie underneath. Still youthful and tightly coiled, lively fresh acidity and a well integrated yet muscular tannin structure form the framework.
    Superb power and depth yet simultaneously showing great restraint, this will slowly evolve over the years into what should be one of Ata Rangi’s best Pinots yet.
    Cellar 10-12 years.
    Alc. 13.5%

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    A complex wine from the outset with gently reductive notes and modern oak spice threading into fresh cherry, spiced bread, rose, forest wood and blood orange, as well as darker cherry notes. The palate tells the full story. This displays real power and definition with clear-cut and powerful tannins. The intensity of the red-cherry fruit is impressive and the way it occupies the finish with length and uplift is the thing that defines great pinot noir per se. Strong vintage. Drink over the next decade.
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    98 points
    JamesSuckling.com

    Ata Rangi's 2019 Pinot Noir is the whole package. It has a piercing, focused nose, offering clarity of fruit and the backing support of lightly spiced French oak. Reminiscent of fresh yet sweet cherry fruit and woody herbs on the palate, it also reveals a savory tobacco and game note that's oh-so-Martinborough. The wine sits comfortably in your mouth, like a ball being gently cupped. It delivers excellent concentration, and the fine, powdery tannins coat the palate, leaving you licking the inside of your mouth and experiencing the texture of river stones. The finish is long, fresh and fragrant. Drink 2023-2036.
    97 points
    Rebecca Gibb MW – Vinous

    The 2019 vintage was a great year for New Zealand Pinot Noir, and this is a knockout. Here, whole-bunch fruit gives a strawberry liquorice approachability but there is an elegant structural frame to support its development. Aromas of red cherry and incense linger through a concentrated yet ethereal palate of grenadine, rosehip and tart plums, enlivened by deft oaking, mouthwatering juiciness and supple tannins. Drinking Window 2022 – 2030.
    97 points
    Decanter

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    2021 ATR Wines Chockstone Grampians Riesling
    Grampians, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Brilliant water like core with greenish tinged edges. Intense lime juice, lemon and orange rind scents flow from the glass with some wet steel and minerally notes also evident. Mouth tingling lime, lemon and orange rind flavours flood the mouth underpinned by a vein of racy acidity. Superb concentration and power with notions of faint honeysuckle, chalky talc and steely mineral characters lingering on the back half. Dry crunchy finish with a long scrumptious aftertaste that’s delivered with great precision.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 12%

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    Wild-yeast fermentation, leaving a touch of residual sugar. Riesling is the winemaker's great strength and passion and it shows clearly each vintage. You could drown in the aromatic beauty of the scent: white flowers, lime, green apple, lemon zest, spice and musk. Dry and stylish acidity (it's the only word to describe the combination of bright and soft acidity) caress the palate, mouth-wateringly so. A touch of barely there sugar helps amplify the depth of fruit. A delight. Drink by 2033.
    96 points
    Jeni Port - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion

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    2018 Atze’s Corner Opulent Shiraz
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Atze's Corner is owned by sixth generation Barossa Valley vigneron, Andrew Kalleske. At the heart of the project are low-yielding 1912 and 1951 Barossa Valley Shiraz vines planted adjacent to the locally-known Atze's Corner, in an unassuming plot of land to the east of Nuriootpa on the valley floor. Fruit is also sourced from several other vineyards, also owned by the Kalleske family. Two of the Barossa Valley's prized sub regions make up 100% of the Shiraz in this wine - Ebenezer and Koonunga. As with all Atze’s wines, this Shiraz has been made using the traditional artisan approach - destemmed without crushing, delicately moved to the fermenter to keep the grapes intact, hand pumped over and basket pressed to create a pure and expressive wine.

    Rich, plush and highly moreish Barossa Shiraz.

    Winemaker Andrew Kalleske states ‘2018 will go down as one of the greatest Barossa vintages in recent history’ and from what we’ve seen so far we have no reason to disagree. Maturation takes place in a combination of American and French oak barrels for a period of 12 months. Saturated inky black in colour with a very deep dark red black hue. Wafting from the glass are heady scents of dark plum, blackberry and liquorice which meld into vanillin oak, subtle earthy fennel notes and spice. Living up to its name the rich, velvety palate is layered with opulent dark plum, blackberry and liquorice fruits which are underscored by vanillin oak, earthy fennel and pepper characters. Deep and long it finishes with silky smooth tannins and a well endowed plush aftertaste. Fantastic value.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 14.5%

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    2019 Auld Family Wines Strawbridge Shiraz
    Barossa, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $22. 99 Bottle
    $275.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
    ABV: 15%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Auld Family wines is the personal project of industry heavyweight John Auld and his two sons Jock and Sam. The family have a long history in the wine industry beginning with Patrick Auld who migrated to Australia in 1842. After trading as a publican and a wine and spirits merchant, Patrick planted the first vines at the Auldana vineyard in Magill then went on to open an office in London making him one of the first exporters of Australian wine. John himself has had a long and storied career in the wine industry spanning some 33 years working with the likes of Saltram, Yalumba (where he was one of the signatories for the 2004 Yalumba Signature) and Jim Barry where he’s currently a director.
    The 2019 Strawbridge Shiraz is sourced from two separate vineyards in the Barossa Valley with 30 plus year old vines. 2019 saw lower yields but very high quality fruit, with a dry start to the season continuing through to harvest. Maturation took place in 100% French oak over 24 months, with 25% new Treuil fine grain French used.

    Marries Barossa’s hallmark opulence and power with a muscular structure.

    Dense midnight black colour with a deep dark red black hue. Pronounced liquorice and black cherry aromas are followed by some toasty vanillin cedar, fennel and peppered earth notes. Rich black cherry, liquorice and blackberry fruits flood the mouth showing both opulence and muscle. Vanillin cedar, earthy fennel and blackpepper characters then chime in. The powerful fruit framed by a sculptured tannin structure which leads into a long black fruited aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 15%

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    This wine is a bit of a step back in time, in a good way. You see lots of modern Barossa Shiraz which have this juicy upfront lusciousness that is addictive, and completely irresistible. But the Strawbridge is a bit more reserved, not tricked up, but simply offering an honest and pure expression of the Barossa.
    Bright deep ruby, it offers up a smorgasbord of blackberry compote, baked earth and black pepper with toasty, balanced oak well balanced. The rich, muscular fruit continues on the palate and it takes on a more savoury, and earthy feel over hearty dark berry and leather fruit flavours. Tannins are well integrated, but they are there, supporting significant flavour with soft acidity fitting in nicely. It’s long too which completes what is a delicious package. Drink: 2024-2035.
    95 points
    Angus Hughson – Winepilot

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    2021 Babich Sauvignon Blanc
    Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND
    $13. 99 Bottle
    $167.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 1 Years (2021-2022)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin

    An excellent year for Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc, 2021 delivered light crops with a long ripening season resulting in concentrated wines. An impending shortage of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc means that supplies are likely to run dry much earlier than usual so get in quick to grab this bargain.
    Brilliant pale straw colour with a watery hue. Leaping out of the glass are pungent scents of herbaceous gooseberries and passionfruit followed by some green apple and grassy asparagus like notes. Possessing terrific intensity and a mouth watering flavour profile of ripe gooseberry and passionfruit over subtle asparagus and herbaceous grassy elements, the palate well and truly over delivers for its price point. Finishes dry with crunchy acidity and a long, super scrumptious aftertaste. Outstanding value.
    Drink now to 1 year.
    Alc. 13%

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    2021 Bannockburn Pinot Noir
    Geelong, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $56. 99 Bottle
    $683.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    The 2021 Estate Pinot Noir was sourced from Bannockburn’s entire spectrum of vineyards (planted in 1976, 1997 and 2007), including fruit from the iconic, close-planted blocks. All the sites have volcanic loam and dark clay over a limestone base and are planted to a wide variety of clones, mainly MV6 with a smattering of the Dijon (or Bernard) clones 114, 115 and 777. This year, much of the fruit was destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeast, and just 20% whole bunches were used. Élevage played out for 10 months, primarily in Tronçais hogsheads, 25% of which were new.
    Semi translucent dark red colour with a light red hue. Red to dark cherry, rhubarb and strawberry aromas mix with some clove, stalky cedar, game, forest floor and spicy dried herb notes. Delicious red cherry and rhubarb flavours make a supple entry onto the palate with complexing elements of dried herbs, game meats, forest floor, subtle stalk, smoky cedar and spice chiming in on the back half. Velvet smooth tannins with a delicate tang to the acidity. Concludes long, highly complex and silky.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 13.5%

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    Bannockburn has never really been out of form but I get the feeling that winemaker Matt Holmes and team have the ship about where they want it to be, now.
    This is a beauty. Fragrant and attractive from the outset but then expansive on the palate as well. Earth, twigs, root vegetables and cherries with woodsy spice notes rippling throughout. Tension and flow, texture and tannin. There’s a smoky meatiness to the aftertaste, mixed in with decaying red roses, and it’s most attractive way for the wine to sail out. Drink it now, drink it later; it will deliver. Drink 2023 - 2030+
    94+ Points
    Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (April 2022)

    Batches of pinot noir from different blocks, wild fermented with 20% whole bunches. Matured 10 months in French hogsheads (25% new). A wine of real gravitas and presence, the '21 reflects a most impressive year. Abundant, enticing aromas in pristine red fruits, maritime herbs, humus and dusty beets. The palate fairly bristles in fruit freshness and energy, the tannins pricking the tastebuds and laying the foundation for a long life. Oak? Yes, it's evident in the texture and the binding but totally integrated. Drink by 2033.
    95 Points
    Jeni Port - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (February 2022)

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    2021 Bannockburn Chardonnay
    Geelong, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $56. 99 Bottle
    $683.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 13.4%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Fruit for this Chardonnay was drawn from three of Bannockburn’s vineyards – Olive Tree Hill (planted in 1976), Winery Block (planted in 1981) and the more recently planted Kelly Lane. The juice was wild fermented in mainly 500-litre French oak hogsheads (20% new), with 70% undergoing malolactic fermentation, the resultant wine then matured for 10 months on lees with no stirring.
    Brilliant pale straw colour with distinct highlights of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Nosing offers up a complex aromatic profile of white peaches, dried honey and roasted almonds which are married to citrusy nougat, subtle crème brulee and spice notes. Concentrated white peach, nectarine, dried honey and nougat flavours impart a gentle creaminess whilst notions of roasted almonds, light crème brulee and spice linger in the background. Finishes with ample freshness and a long refined aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 13.4%

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    Grown on a range of vineyards across the Bannockburn holdings, from 1976 plantings through to the most recent (2016). 20% new oak, with 70% of the final wine going through malo.
    Bannockburn chardonnay is never short of flavour and so to this release, though the fresh zing of the finish brings a more modern twist, arguably. Pear, grapefruit, peach, cracked wheat and cedar flavours come strong and convincing, aided by citrus and fennel notes, the latter especially notable on the finish. The flavour of tinned pear here is as strong as it is delicious, it must be noted. This is an excellent release; it’s good for drinking now but it has many years up its sleeve. Drink 2023 - 2030+
    94 Points
    Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (April 2022)

    Whole-bunch pressed, fermented wild in French hogsheads and puncheons (20% new), 10 months on lees, partial mlf. True to the Bannockburn style which offers both power and finesse. The former is set in structure and solid in body. The latter is all about a world of marvellous fruit and oak flavours: mandarin skin, nectarine, white peach, buttered toast, almond bread, quince paste. It's dense, lifted by a citrusy acidity that is just so cleansing, so right. Drink by 2031.
    95 Points
    Jeni Port - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (February 2022)

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    2018 Barking Mad Watervale Shiraz
    Clare Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $14. 99 Bottle
    $179.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2020-2025)
    ABV: 15.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Estate grown at Reillys St Clare vineyard in Watervale, the resultant wine was matured in French oak hogsheads for 18 months. Impenetrable inky black heart with a deep dark red black hue. Wafting from the glass are heady liquorice and ripe blackberry scents followed by some black cherries, vanillin cedar, scorched earth and pepper notes. Boasting imposing size and density for its price, rich liquorice, black cherry and blackberry fruits are underscored by a robust tannin structure. Toasty vanillin oak, earth and pepper elements ensue. Slightly grippy finish with an opulent but chewy aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 15.5%

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    2013 Bauchet Saint Nicaise Vintage Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Champagne
    Champagne, FRANCE
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Named after the 11th Bishop of Reims, Saint-Nicaise is Bauchet’s flagship Champagne. A 100% Chardonnay blend sourced from Premier Cru vineyards in the Cote des Blancs (Grauves) and the Montagne de Reims (Bisseuil), it’s aged for a minimum of 5 years before disgorgement.
    Pours with a frothy white mousse that holds well over a pale straw, pale gold tinged base that has a fine persistent bead flowing through it. The nose presents a classic Champagne sniff with alluring scents of baked bread, yeast lees and toasty citrus like notes engulfing the senses. Brioche and subtle dried honey aromas ensue. Sculptured yet rich, citrus, yeast lees and baked bread characters form the core of the flavour profile which is underpinned by a spine of vivid acidity that lends tension to the long brisk finish. Adding complexity are notions of roasted almond, faint honeyed characters and a chalky oyster shell like salinity. Concludes long, crisp and chiselled.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

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    Bauchet Contraste Blanc de Pinot Noir Extra Brut Champagne
    Champagne, FRANCE
    $59. 99 Bottle
    $719.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2019-2024)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Made with a low dosage from 100% Pinot Noir, 25% being reserve wines, Contraste sees a minimum of 24 months ageing before being disgorged. Good foamy mousse with a pale straw, pale gold coloured base finely threaded by a very persistent bead. Rich, toasty yeast lees aromas merge into baked bread notes with subtle winter strawberry, citrus and brioche also evident. Slightly tighter and leaner as well as drier than the Origine, the palate features a complex flavour profile of oily baked bread, yeast lees, citrus, subtle toasty characters and pear within an elegant airy mouthfeel. Very dry, racy and tightly knit finish with a sculptured medium to long aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

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    2013 Bauchet Memoire Vintage Brut Premier Cru Champagne
    Champagne, FRANCE
    $76. 99 Bottle
    $923.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork
    A blend of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir sourced from Premier Cru vineyards in the Cote des Blancs (Grauves) and the Montagne de Reims (Bisseuil), it’s aged for a minimum of 5 years before disgorgement. A fluffy mousse sits atop a light pale gold coloured base that has a fine and persistent bead coursing through it. Aromas of ripe pear, yeast lees and baked bread are married to oily toast like notes and subtle almond. Full, rich and possessing a creamy like mouthfeel the palate is filled with baked bread, oily toast like characters, yeast lees and citrus with traces of dried honey and almond on the back half. Finishes dry with crisp refreshing acidity and a long generous yet refined aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 12.5%
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    2021 Beechworth Wine Estates Pinot Gris
    Beechworth, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $22. 99 Bottle
    $275.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2021-2023)
    ABV: 12.8%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Beechworth Wine Estates was established in 2003 by John & Jo Iwanuch. The property comprises 53 acres located adjacent to the Everton to Beechworth Rail Trail.
    Forty percent of the wine was fermented in old oak, the balance in tank, and matured on lees for 6 months to add texture. Brilliant pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. The nose sees elevated pear and red apple scents meld into subtle dried honey and spice notes. Delicious ripe pear, red apple and dried honey flavours slide across the palate showing a texturally supple quality. Superb richness, intensity and drive finishing fresh with a dash of spice on the long luscious and captivating aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 1-2 years.
    Alc. 12.8%

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    2021 Best’s Great Western Riesling
    Great Western, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $21. 99 Bottle
    $263.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 11%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Riesling vines were first planted as part of Henry Best’s ‘Nursery Block’ vineyard in the 1860s. Subsequent plantings followed in 1944 (since removed), 1978 and 1998. Always very flavoursome and very age worthy, the Best’s Great Western Rieslings are renown for their beautiful balance, texture and aromatics.
    Brilliant water like core with a distinct glimmer of green around the outskirts. Intense lime zest, red apple and orange blossom scents fill the nostrils. Notions of mandarin, talc and minerals also chime in. Zippy lime, lemon and orange rind flavours race across the palate underpinned by zesty acidity. Tangy mandarin and flinty mineral elements lend further interest. Finishes dry with a long racy aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 11%

    Other Reviews….
    A super-fresh riesling with lightly spicy edges to the lemon and sliced-pear fruit. There’s green apple on the palate and a dry, crisp run to the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink this young.
    94 points
    JamesSuckling.com

    As ever, a very distinguished riesling, its fluid power and the insistence of the palate results in exceptional length, crackling minerally acidity, married with lemon and lime fruit. Bargain. Drink by 2036.
    96 points
    James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion

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    2019 Best’s Great Western LSV Shiraz
    Great Western, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $29. 99 Bottle
    $359.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2028-2030)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Inspired by the great Shiraz wines of the Northern Rhone in France, this wine contains Shiraz from the best elevated vineyards in Great Western and is co-fermented with a small amount of Viognier (4%). The viognier helps brighten the colour, lift the aromatics and polish the Shiraz flavours on the palate.

    Plush, refined and silky yet beautifully structured.

    Impenetrable midnight black heart with a deep dark red black hue. Soaring out of the glass are intense aromatics of dark plum, liquorice and black cherry which are followed by some subtle scorched earth, fennel and pepper. A faint whiff of apricot is also evident in the background. Rich spicy dark plum, liquorice and blueberry fruits cast a plush feel across the medium to full bodied palate with notions of earthy fennel, vanillin cedar, faint black olive and blackpepper lying underneath. Nicely judged acidity with firm, slightly chalky tannins providing plenty of structure. Concludes long and concentrated with lots of spice and pepper.
    Cellar 6-8 years.
    Alc. 14%

    Other Reviews…..
    Co-fermented with a small amount of viognier, elevating this wine into deliberate Rhône-like territory, the maker admitting to be inspired by the wines of the Old World. This is one decadent, spiced-up, juicy, red-hearted shiraz, pulsing in energy. Bush mint, pepper, anise, red and black cherry, dried raspberry aromas. A light savouriness enhances what is one impressive wine. Drink by 2032.
    95 points
    Jeni Port – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

    The instantly recognizable, fragrant kick of viognier adds ginger and orchard fruit to the peppery, shiraz red berries on offer here. Real cool-climate style and very expressive. The palate is beautifully round and expansive and delivers red plums and dark peaches in a fresh, succulent frame of tannin. Drink over the next seven years. Screw cap.
    94 points
    JamesSuckling.com

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    2018 Best's Great Western Sparkling Shiraz
    Great Western, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $29. 99 Bottle
    $359.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Crown Seal

    Sparkling Shiraz is a unique Australian wine that’s synonymous with the Great Western region having been in production since the early 1900’s. The base wine for this cuvee is left on yeast lees in bottle for 24 months or more and disgorged in the traditional method. The dosage liqueur contains a small quantity of very old Best’s Liqueur Muscat.
    An exuberant frothy dark red tinged mousse slowly subsides to reveal an inky black dark red core that’s finely threaded by a steady stream of tiny bubbles. The olfactory senses are engulfed by heady ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark chocolate aromatics followed by lightly toasted vanillin oak, dark plum and spice. Rich dark plum, blackberry and liquorice fruits are delivered with terrific concentration and power. Lying underneath is subtlety toasted vanillin oak and traces of earthy dark chocolate. Luscious mouthfeel finishing dry and vibrant with a long fruit laden aftertaste.
    Limited stocks – this normally sells out prior to Christmas.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 14%

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    2017 Best's Great Western Bin 0 Shiraz
    Great Western, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $76. 99 Bottle
    $923.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 8 - 10 Years (2027-2029)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Best’s Bin 0 Shiraz is produced from the four original Shiraz plantings in the low yielding blocks of the historic Concongella vineyard at Great Western. This includes nineteenth century and mid twentieth century plantings of Shiraz.

    Totally opaque black dark red core with a bright dark red hue. Elevated spicy fresh plum, ripe dark cherry and liquorice aromas intermingle with meaty clove like characters, light smoky cedar and white pepper notes. Medium bodied with a supple, elegant feel, there’s an abundance of richness to the juicy blackberry, dark plum and dark cherry fruit. Elements of liquorice, clove, smoked meats, spicy vanillin cedar and pepper then move in. Excellent concentration and power with velvety tannins and a long savoury aftertaste that’s bursting with rich dark fruit.
    Cellar 8-10 years.
    Alc. 14%

    Other Reviews….
    Sweaty, meaty, reductive aromas at first; youthful and bold, fresh and undeveloped. The wine is intense and firm, with a little (pleasant) bitterness in the tannins, bright and bold, youthful and quite solid, in need of some cellar-time. It has very good depth and intensity of flavour. There's a sweet-fruit middle and considerable elegance. It showed more fruit and complexity with airing, including some pepper and a slight balsamic-herb bunchy note. Potential plus. A superb wine in the making.
    97 points
    Huon Hooke

    From vines planted 1868, 1966, '70 and '92, hand-picked, sorted, fermented with 25% whole bunches, the remainder whole berry, matured for 17 months in French barriques and hogsheads (20% new). The deepest colour and largest build of the Best's Shirazs, here black and blue fruits have fine, but not apologetic tannins running alongside the fruits - which don't give it (the fruit) even a passing glance). Drink by 2037.
    96 points
    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

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    Billecart-Salmon Reserve Brut Champagne
    Champagne, FRANCE
    $79. 99 Bottle
    $959.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2020-2024)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Diam Cork

    Billecart-Salmon’s ever reliable Reserve Brut is made from a blend of 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Meunier and spends 30 months ageing on its lees. 50-60% of the blend is made up of reserve wines.
    Buoyant and frothy upon pouring, the mousse fades into a pale straw coloured base that has flecks of pale gold to the edges and an extremely fine and persistent bead flowing through its core. A classic sniff of yeasty baked bread characters is followed by pear, cashew, hints of dried honey and brioche. The delicious palate has a satiny and airy like feel to it and features a flavour profile of baked bread, pear, yeast lees, subtle cashew, citrus and brioche. Dry crisp chalked tinged finish with a long and delicately creamy aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 12%

    Other Reviews...
    An uncommon blend of 40% pinot meunier and 30% each of pinot noir and chardonnay, with 40% reserve wines, fermented in a mix of tank and use of aged oak barrels. Deliberate choice of meunier is the key to its drink any time soon style, combining elegance, finesse and great length.
    95 points
    James Halliday - Top 100 Wines of the Year 2019

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    Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne
    Champagne,
    $140. 00 Bottle
    $1680.00 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2013-2016)
    ABV: 12%
    Closure: Cork

    Billecart’s Non Vintage Rose Champagne pours well with a white frothy mousse that displays good hold. Light salmon pink base wine colour with a very fine bead that shows excellent persistence. The nose exhibits scents of winter strawberry, subtle rose petal and delicate raspberry followed by some light confectionary and yeast lees nuances. On the palate delicate winter strawberry and raspberry flavours are overlaid by some yeast lees characters and a touch of biscuit. Excellent finesse. Clean crisp dry finish with creamy like mouthfeel. Long aftertaste of yeast lees and winter strawberry.

    Drink over the next 2-3 years (2013-2016)
    Alc 12.0%

    Notes from the House of Billecart-Salmon:
    This cuvee is now considered a flagship of the range of Billecart-Salmon Champagnes. It is the result of a white vinification of the best crus of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. A small percentage of still red from our vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Ay is also included within the Pinot Noir content. This method dates back from the earliest days of our House. It gives the wine its original pale pink colour with a hint of gold. The secret of its success has been handed down through six generations.

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    Billecart-Salmon is one of my favorite Champagne houses, and their non-vintage Rose (Lot #L85547401905M) is a consistent winner. A delicate pink color is accompanied by gorgeous sweet cherry, strawberry, and mineral-like scents, assertive medium-bodied flavors, a delicate, crisp personality, and surprising depth as well as persistence. A beautiful berry character in the finish adds to this impeccable rose’s captivating style.
    94 points
    Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #162 (Dec 2005)

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    2018 Bleasdale Frank Potts Cabernet Blend
    Langhorne Creek, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $29. 99 Bottle
    $359.88 Dozen
    Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2027-2029)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Stelvin

    The founder, the highly inventive, industrious and resourceful Frank Potts (1815 - 1890), to whom this wine is dedicated, is a 19th century genius, and a pioneer who has been described as being “made of the right stuff and well worthy of the grand old land that gave him birth.” He arrived in Australia as a 21 year old, having set sail from Plymouth England, and landing late in 1836. By the 1860’s, he had planted the original 30 acres of vineyard on the banks of the Bremmer Creek. Potts was highly admired - “One meets with extraordinary characters through life, but I doubt whether his equal could be found. In appearance a stranger would take him to be a poor labourer, with a thin, spare figure and long unkempt hair and invariably wearing his shirt sleeves tucked up. Although a most uncouth-looking person, and yet this man is a perfect genius! There is not a single thing mechanical or otherwise undertaken by him which he does not succeed in...” So remarked Inspector Tolmer, who was later to become Commissioner of Police, South Australia. Frank was one of the first to recognise the benefits of red gum. After building several houses for himself, he made tools and a bullock dray to cut down and haul these massive timbers in order to construct a gigantic twin wine press and several enormous wine vats. He also created the irrigation system that's still in place today. What little spare time he might have had was spent building a piano and various race winning yachts!

    Rich and amply fleshed with a complexing backdrop.

    A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 5% Malbec, with maturation taking place in French oak puncheons and hogsheads (25% new) for a period of 12 months.

    Midnight black in colour with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Pronounced blackcurrant and plum scents are accompanied by mint, vanillin cedar, subtle earthy tobacco notes and spice. Rich and showing plenty of flesh, the medium bodied palate is layered with ripe blackcurrant and dark plum fruits which meld into a complexing back drop of tobacco, mint, spicy vanillin cedar and earth nuances. Sturdy but polished tannins are well integrated with the fruit. Finishes with a youthful vibrancy and long concentrated aftertaste.
    Cellar 6-8 years.
    Alc. 14%

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    The aromas soar with violets, blackberries and exotic spices although the medium-bodied palate is somewhat reticent. Tannins are neatly poised although there's a slight green-walnut edge to the oak; this has already found its groove. Drink by 2028.
    95 points
    Jane Faulkner – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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    2019 Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec
    Langhorne Creek, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $16. 99 Bottle
    $203.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
    ABV: 14%
    Closure: Stelvin

    This deliciously fresh, juicy Malbec was matured for 9 months in a mixture new (10%) and seasoned French oak puncheons and hogsheads for 10 months. Midnight black at its core with a bright dark purple rim. Fragrant violet, ripe blueberry and dark cherry scents intermingle with hints of red liquorice, vanillin cedar and fresh herbs. On the palate juicy ripe cherry, blueberry and liquorice fruits meld into inky earth, dried herb and spicy vanillin cedar elements. Supple yet fresh in its feel with polished tannins and a long delicious blue fruited aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 14%

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    Bleasdale can't put a foot wrong with malbec at whatever price point it chooses. This is flooded with plum varietal fruit, but also has the texture and back-palate structure that many malbecs miss out on. Winemaker Paul Hotker is a wiz. Drink by 2027.
    95 points
    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

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    Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz
    Langhorne Creek, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $19. 99 Bottle
    $239.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2020-2025)
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Diam Cork

    A multi vintage Sparkling Shiraz that contains reserve wines going back to 1997, Bleasdale freshening up the base blend every Spring by adding a portion of new vintage Shiraz to it. Fermentation takes place in open vats before maturation in a mixture of seasoned oak barrels and stainless steel tanks.

    A plush, richly flavoured sparkling Shiraz.

    A frothy purple tinge mousse shows good hold over a black dark coloured base wine that’s finely threaded by a nibble stream of tiny bubbles. Lifted blackberry, dark chocolate and liquorice scents combine with vanilla, light toast and traces of earth. Rich, full and satiny, the palate is awash with blackberry and liquorice fruits which create a luscious textural feel. Vanillin oak, subtle dark chocolate and earth elements also chime in. Excellent depth and concentration with a long succulent aftertaste. A great match for the Christmas Turkey.
    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
    Alc. 13.5%

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    2010 Boll & Cie Grand Cru Extra Brut Champagne
    Champagne, FRANCE
    $150. 00 Bottle
    $1800.00 Dozen
    Cellar: 5 - 6 Years (2023-2024)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    A Blanc de Blancs Champagne sourced from Grand Cru vineyards located in Oger and Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger. Spends a minimum 5 years on lees. A generous lacy white mousse sits over a pale straw to straw coloured base wine that has pale gold edges. Exceptionally fine bead showing great persistence. Pronounced yet refined aromas of baked bread and yeast lees tied to citrus and brioche hold sway over oily toast like characters and hints of honeyed cashew. Richly flavoured with an oily like textural feel yet simultaneously refreshing and vibrant, the palate is filled with oily baked bread and yeast lees characters underscored by subtlety honeyed toast, citrus and roasted almonds. Dry crisp finish. Superb length with a long oily baked bread, yeast lees, honeyed toast and roasted almond aftertaste.
    Cellar 5-6 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

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    Boll & Cie Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut Champagne
    Champagne, FRANCE
    $99. 99 Bottle
    $1199.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2018-2024)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    A Blanc de Blanc (100% Chardonnay), multi-parceled Champagne from 3 different vineyards: Montgeux, Vindey and Mesnil sur Oger that spends a minimum 5 years on lees.
    A fine, plentiful white mousse shows excellent hold over a pale straw, pale gold edged base wine that’s finely threaded by an exceptionally persistent bead. Wonderfully rich aromatics of oily baked bread, citrus and yeasty lees flow out of the glass followed by cashew, notions of dried honey and toast. The richness of the nose is reflected in the mouth with concentrated flavours of baked bread, yeast lees and citrus sitting over dried honey, brioche and roast nut like elements. Oily, creamy like textural feel finishing dry with refreshing acidity. Excellent power with a long oily baked bread, yeast lees, cashew, dried honey and roasted almond aftertaste. A rich, creamy Blanc de Blancs Champagne.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

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    2020 Bortoluzzi Pinot Grigio
    Venezie, ITALY
    $29. 99 Bottle
    $359.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 1 Years (2021-2022)
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Diam Cork

    Winemaker Giovanni Bortoluzzi uses a variety of clones (French, Italian and German) to produce a richer, weighty style of Pinot Grigio whilst still retaining the varietals signature freshness.
    Bright pale straw colour with a watery hue. Fabulously scented the nose offers up pear and red apple fruits over dried honey with some gentle wet stone notes in the background. Intense ripe pear and red apple flavours engulf the mouth with notions of dried honey, subtle dried nuts and wet slate lying underneath. Finishes dry and fresh showing terrific depth with an incredibly persistent and sleek aftertaste.
    Drink now to 1 year.
    Alc. 13.5%

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    • Nick's Import
    2018 Bouvet Saphir Brut Vintage
    Saumur, Loire Valley, FRANCE
    $22. 99 Bottle
    $275.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
    ABV: 12.5%
    Closure: Cork

    Outside of Champagne, Bouvet is the most awarded Sparkling Wine House in France, garnering praise from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Decanter Magazine and others. After many years of ownership by Champagne Taittinger, Bouvet Ladubay is once again fully owned by the Monmousseau family who have continuously run the business since their purchase in 1932. Bouvet Ladubay employs precisely the same wine making process as Grand Marque Champagne, delivering French sophistication at an everyday price.

    As good as ever, this is without a doubt one of the best value sparklings on the market today.

    An exuberant mousse slowly dissipates to reveal a pale straw coloured base that’s finely threaded by a stream of tiny persistent bubbles. Filling the nostrils are aromatics of pear, baked apple and bready yeast lees notes which are followed by some quince and faint toast. The mouth watering palate is layered with pear and apple fruits which meld into notions of yeast lees, citrus and delicate baked bread characters. Finishes dry and crisp with an appealingly scrumptious aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 12.5%

    Other Reviews….
    The 2018 Bouvet Saphir Saumur Brut Vintage is a sparkling blend of 90% Chenin Blanc and 10% Chardonnay, both vinified in stainless steel. Aged on the secondary lees for two years, the wine exhibits a radiant citrus color along with delicate bread and pure chalk and lemon aromas that come along pretty expressive after some minutes in the glass. It is round and fruity on the palate yet also firm and mineral, with a chalky/lemony expression that is balanced by roundness (from the dosage). Drink 2021-2026.
    92 points
    Stephan Reinhardt – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

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    2021 Bream Creek Sauvignon Blanc
    Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
    $26. 99 Bottle
    $323.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 1 Years (2021-2022)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Superb power with a mouthfilling texture and scrumptious flavour profile.

    Planted in the early 1970's Bream Creek is amongst the earliest commercial vineyards planted in Tasmania. Brilliant very pale straw almost water like colour with a subtle tinge of green around the outskirts. Intense gooseberry and passionfruit scents mix with green apple, distinct herbaceous grassy and capsicum notes. Crunchy and exceptionally concentrated the palate is engulfed with mouth watering passionfruit, gooseberry and lime fruits which overlay a herbaceous grassy back drop. Finishes dry and crisp with mineral infused acidity lingering right through to the long scrumptious conclusion.
    Drink over the next year.
    Alc. 13%

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    2019 Bress Chardonnay
    Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $24. 99 Bottle
    $299.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    The name Bress originates from the well regarded ’Poulet de Bresse’ of Eastern France. These chickens are highly prized for their succulent flesh and impressive size. Fruit for this wine was sourced from three different vineyards in the Yarra Valley all at different altitudes. Low yields of between 1.5 to 2 tonnes per acre have produced a Chardonnay of excellent concentration. Fermented and matured in a mix of stainless steel and French oak hogsheads (40% new) with the tank component spending 6 months on lees.
    Bright straw colour with a touch of green to the edges and a watery hue. Pronounced ripe peach, honeycomb and apricot aromas jump out of the glass complexed by notions of bacon fat, butterscotch and crème brulee. Rich, full and very concentrated the palate is engulfed with luscious peach and apricot fruits which are accompanied by notions of honeycomb, bacon fat and crème brulee. Spicy finish with nicely balanced acidity complimenting the rich creamy texture. Medium to long spicy aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
    Alc. 13.5%

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    2021 Briar Ridge Dairy Hill Single Vineyard Semillon
    Hunter Valley, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
    $34. 99 Bottle
    $419.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 11.8%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Briar Ridge’s Dairy Hill vineyard consistently produces their best Semillon every year. A brilliant water like core is surrounded by a greenish tinged outskirts. Pronounced lime and green apple scents mix with wet slate, fresh herb and flinty mineral notes. Intense lime and green apple fruits dance across the lively palate with notions of wet slate, herbs and smoky minerals lying underneath. Outstanding power finishing dry with crisp acidity and a long crunchy aftertaste that has a snappy feel to it.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 11.8%

    Other Reviews….
    From the southeast-facing Dairy Hill site. Thinned, green harvested, hand picked and rigorously sorted, the result 37% down on usual volumes. Wild-yeast fermented warmer than the regional standard, all radical in these parts. Left on lees for 4 months post-ferment. I adore the sentiment behind this, but the textural build has been pushed radically. Watch the neighbours! But, I love this. A sign of the future rather than the past. A bright one! Scents of tatami, porcini, lanolin, citrus peel, glazed quince and gin and tonic. White pepper, again. Delicious. Rich for the idiom. Palate-staining finish. Thoroughly impressive. Drink by 2033.
    97 points
    Ned Goodwin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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    2021 Brokenwood Semillon
    Hunter Valley, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
    $22. 99 Bottle
    $275.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 11.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    Established in 1970 by Tony Albert, John Beeston and wine critic James Halliday, Brokenwod has evolved from a weekend venture for hobby winemakers into one of the Hunter’s leading estates renown for producing some of Australia’s most long lived Semillons.
    Brilliant water like colour with a faint greenish tinge to the edges. The nose displays punchy aromas of lime zest, lemon and Granny Smith apple followed by some flinty mineral notes. Crunchy lime and green apple fruits are underpinned by crisp, lemony acidity with wet steel and mineral characters flowing onto the zesty aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 11.5%

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    2019 Bud Burst GSM
    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $17. 99 Bottle
    $215.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    A blend of 46% Grenache, 44% Shiraz and 10% Mataro sourced from low yielding Barossa Valley vineyards. Each variety was fermented separately and then matured in a combination of new and seasoned oak hogsheads. Totally opaque dark red black colour with a dark red hue. Elevated dark plum, raspberry and liquorice aromas intermingle with dark chocolate and vanillin spice. Rich dark raspberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits have a plush feel with notions of earthy dark chocolate and spicy vanillin oak lying underneath. Good depth and power with velvety tannins and a long opulent conclusion.
    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
    Alc. 14.5%

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    Cadenhead's Old Raj Dry Gin (700ml)
    $120. 00 Bottle
    $1440.00 Dozen
    ABV: 55%
    Closure: Screw Cap

    Cadenhead's Old Raj Dry Gin is one of the most intensely flavoured Gins available on the market today. Gin lovers note, while Old Raj is bottled at 55%, and carries some heat, it is in harmony with the extra flavour that Raj offers. No doubt it will be too much for some.

    "What's so impressive about this breathtaking gin is that from start to finish, the 110 proof acts only as a sublime foundation for the botanicals rather than as a star performer; as delicious and comely as I could ever imagine British gin".- F.Paul Pacault - 5 Stars, The Highest Recommendation.

    Tasting note: Distinctive, yet very pale straw coloured tinge. Heavy, penetrating aromas exude out of the glass offering an exotic amalgam of coriander seed, saffron, white pepper, tumeric and clove with some citrus zest notes adding freshness. A rich, clean, oily mouth feel delivers an enormous attack of saffron, coriander seed, aniseed and lemon tart carried by a spicy power wave, with the flavour profile reverberating into an exceptionally long, off-dry aftertaste of indian spices and lemon tart. This extraordinary offering guarantees a stunning Gin experience. 55% Alc./Vol.

    Other reviews... This is the lower-proof version of the classic Old Raj. Lovely, complex gin bouquet offers aromas of coriander, juniper, anise, orris root, ground pepper, lemon peel, lead pencil, earth and tree bark. Palate entry is creamy, fruity, spicy and minty; midpalate offers layers of botanical complexity over the core juniper taste. Finishes with a wonderful rush of mint and baking spice. Fabulous. (2/1/2009)
    96-100: Classic/Highest Recommendation - www.wineenthusiast.com

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    2021 Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir
    Adelaide Hills, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
    $49. 99 Bottle
    $599.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2022-2030)
    ABV: 13.5%
    Closure: Stelvin

    From the terrific 2021 vintage, fruit was sourced predominately from Shaw & Smith’s Lenswood vineyard which was planted in 1999. Fermented with 30% whole bunch fruit and matured in French oak.
    Dark red in colour with black shaded edges and a bright red purple tinged hue. Perfumed like scents of violets, strawberries and red to dark cherries intermix with hints of anise, fresh herbs, light forest floor and spicy cedar. Delicious red cherry and strawberry fruits combine with some anise over a back drop of forest floor, infusions of fresh herbs and spicy cedar. Polished tannins. Concludes vibrant and fresh with a long juicy red fruited aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
    Alc. 13.5%

    Other Reviews….
    Love the tannin structure of this wine. It feels both perfumed and inlaid with fruit, but more impressively it sheets across the wine in a wide spread, integrated and balanced while at the same time being assertive. It gives the wine a bit of class, not that it lacked it in the first place. This is a polished release, with varietal red berried fruit flavours splashed with earth, chicory and dry spice. It’s ultra primary now, as you’d expect, but it feels settled, and so it’s already drinking well. Fruit and the formation of tannin here though are its main quality markers. Drink 2023-2029+
    93+ points
    Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front

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    2017 Castagna La Chiave
    Beechworth, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
    $74. 99 Bottle
    $899.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
    ABV: 14.5%
    Closure: Diam Cork

    A world class Sangiovese that’s rich, deep and savoury.

    Biodynamic certified estate grown Sangiovese. Deep black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Emanating from the glass are spicy red currant and dark cherry scents which are complimented by earth, dried herb and leathery tobacco like notes. Rich and intensely concentrated with plenty of volume in the mouth, red to black currant, subtle liquorice and dark cherry fruits engulf the palate. Earthy tobacco, dried herb and spicy cedar characters ensue. Excellent drive with fresh acidity and a sturdy yet well integrated tannin structure lending a subtle chewy feel to the long expressive aftertaste.
    Drink over the next 5-6 years.
    Alc. 14.5%

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    2020 Caves d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose
    Provence, FRANCE
    $39. 99 Bottle
    $479.88 Dozen
    Cellar: Drink now (2021)
    ABV: 13%
    Closure: Cork

    Made from a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah and Tibouren, Whispering Angel is one of Provence’s leading producers of Rose. Translucent pale salmon pink in colour. Delightful white peach, strawberry, raspberry and musk scents stream out of the glass with notions of pomegranate also shining through. Light and supple across the palate delicious peach and spicy strawberry fruits intermix with infusions of musk over a stony back drop. Finishes dry with crisp acidity and a long elegant aftertaste.
    Drink now.
    Alc. 13%

    Other Reviews….
    Very pale apricot-pink color. Delicate aromas of sliced apple, pink grapefruit, peach, cream and stones follow through to a medium body and crisp acidity. Deliciously creamy and smooth. Drink and enjoy.
    92 points
    JamesSuckling.com

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