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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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        2020 Ad Hoc Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir
        Pemberton, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
        $17. 99 Bottle
        $215.88 Dozen
        Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
        ABV: 13%
        Closure: Stelvin

        Sourced from several locations in the Great Southern 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. Following on from the 2019 vintage, 2020 was another very low yielding year, the Great Southern region experiencing its driest winter and spring in 100 years. These dry conditions continued throughout Summer until good rainfalls in February provided much needed moisture. Compensating the low crop levels was fruit of exceptional quality.

        Ad Hoc’s Cruel Mistress continues its run of hot form, making it one of the best value Pinots out there.

        Semi translucent dark red colour with black tinged edges and a bright light red hue. Alluring and highly fragrant the nose offers up aromatics of violets, dark cherry and strawberry which intermingle with hints of anise, forest floor and spicy cedar. Making a supple entrance onto the palate are delicious dark cherry and ripe strawberry fruits which are carried by an excellent power wave. Notions of anise, vanillin cedar, forest floor and spicy dried clove flow onto the back half. Silky tannins combine with ample freshness to form a long intensely flavoured finish.
        Drink over the next 4-5 years.
        Alc. 13%

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          2006 Ada River Heathcote Reserve Shiraz Museum Release
          Heathcote, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
          $44. 99 Bottle
          $539.88 Dozen
          Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
          ABV: 14%
          Closure: Stelvin

          A magnificent example of aged Heathcote Shiraz that’s holding onto its fruit superbly.

          Aged in new French oak barrels. Dense inky black core with a very deep dark red black hue. Potent scents of ripe blackberry, black cherry and liquorice engulf the nostrils with vanillin oak, dark plum, subtle earthy leather and spice notes in hot pursuit. Full in body, the palate boasts tremendous richness and a lavish texture with voluptuous liquorice, blackberry and black cherry fruits reigning supreme over toasty vanillin cedar, earthy fennel, new leather and blackpepper fragments. Exceptional power and concentration. The tannin structure sturdy yet velvety with a very long and intense aftertaste that lingers well after the wine has been swallowed.
          Drink over the next 2-3 years.
          Alc. 14%

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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 Angove Family Crest Tempranillo
              McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
              $19. 99 Bottle
              $239.88 Dozen
              Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
              ABV: 14%
              Closure: Stelvin
              Sourced from a vineyard located on the outskirts of the Willunga township, this great value Tempranillo was aged for 14 months in new and seasoned French and American oak barrels.
              Very deep black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Rising out of the glass are elevated scents of black cherries, liquorice and dark plum which intermingle with subtle vanillin cedar and spicy earth like notes. Generously weighted the palate is bestowed with rich dark to black cherry, liquorice and dark plum fruits which have an opulent feel. Vanillin cedar, earth and spice characters lie underneath. Ripe chewy tannins with a long aftertaste that shows plenty of flesh.
              Drink over the next 4-5 years.
              Alc. 14%
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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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                  2020 Aphelion Confluence Grenache
                  McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                  $32. 99 Bottle
                  $395.88 Dozen
                  Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                  ABV: 14.2%
                  Closure: Stelvin

                  Only recently founded, Aphelion Wine Co. has burst onto the scene, specializing in Grenache this once tiny part time venture has grown in the space of just six vintages to become one of the hottest names in Grenache. The superb 2020 Confluence is sourced from 85 year old Blewitt Springs bush vines with 35% whole bunch fruit included in the ferment and maturation taking place in neutral 500 and 2400 litre French oak barrels for a period of 10 months.

                  Bursting with self-confidence and succulence this is one super delicious Grenache.

                  Dark red in colour with black tinged edges and a bright purple red hue. Potently scented the nose offers up a mix of red to dark raspberries and dark cherries infused with dried herbs which are trailed by hints of red liquorice, vanilla and spicy pepper notes. Rich, succulent red to dark raspberry, red liquorice and dark cherry fruits glide across the expansive palate with a silky feel. Lying underneath are dried herb, scorched earth and spice elements. Boasting outstanding power it concludes with excellent freshness, a sleek tannin structure and long moreish aftertaste.
                  Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                  Alc. 14.2%

                  Other Reviews….
                  A really strong edition of this grenache, packed with ripe raspberry and red-plum aromas, as well as toasted spices, berry pastry, some wild herbs and terra cotta. The palate has such impressive depth and purity of red-plum and raspberry flavor. Such ripeness and freshness with real depth and drive. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
                  96 points
                  JamesSuckling.com

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                    2019 Apsley Gorge Vineyard Chardonnay
                    Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
                    $64. 99 Bottle
                    $779.88 Dozen
                    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                    ABV: 14%
                    Closure: Stelvin

                    Established in 1988 this tiny vineyard is planted to Pinot Noir (5.5 hectares) and Chardonnay (1 hectare) and is located several kilometres inland from the coast near the entrance to the Apsley Gorge national Park north-west of Bicheno. The vineyards unique location near the entry to the gorge brings breezes in the afternoon which have a distinct cooling effect. As a result this vineyard is typically one of the last to harvest in Tasmania, usually being around the first week of May.
                    Always aiming for full phenolic ripeness the style of wines produced are rich and intense characterised by fully ripe fruit made using Burgundian know-how with texture, finesse and excellent natural acidity. Only a small percentage of new oak is used.

                    From a warmer year, this superb wine draws comparisons to top flight Californian Chardonnay.

                    Deep straw in colour with pale gold edges and a watery hue. Soaring out of the glass are hedonistic aromatics of ripe yellow peach, nectarine, honeycomb and lemon butter which are trailed by roasted almond, butterscotch and spicy nougat notes. Rich and opulent in its textural feel, the palate boasts superb concentration and power delivering an expansive flavour profile of luscious peaches, honeycomb, crème brulee and butterscotch. Elements of oily cashew, bacon fat and spice fill out the back half. Fat and heavy but beautifully counterpointed by balanced lively acidity, it finishes fresh yet creamy with a very long and decadent aftertaste.
                    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                    Alc. 14%

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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%

                    Other Reviews….
                    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 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                      Islay, SCOTLAND
                      $84. 99 Bottle
                      $1019.88 Dozen
                      ABV: 46%

                      Perched on a wave washed, rocky headland, the Ardbeg distillery was founded in 1815 by the MacDougalls of Ardbeg. The distilleries scattered white washed buildings are reminiscent of a Dutch settlement and add to the dramatic coastal landscape. Ardbeg has had a chequered history and in recent times had been closed down for many years. Glenmorangie acquired Ardbeg in 1997 and has set about restoring the distillery to its former glory. Despite the turbulence of its past, none of Ardbeg’s qualities have been diminished. All of the time worn traditions have been carefully preserved and passed on to today’s craftsmen. The Ardbeg 10 Year Old is clear testimony to this. In his 'Complete Book of Whisky' Jim Murray said of it: 'If perfection on the palate exists, this is it.'

                      Other reviews… Ardbeg 10 - (97)
                      n24 more complex, citrus-led and sophisticated than recent bottlings, though the peat is no less but now simply displayed in an even greater elegance; a beautiful sea salt strain to this;
                      t24 gentle oils carry on them a lemon-lime edge, sweetened by barley and a weak solution of golden syrup; the peat is omnipotent, turning up in every crevice and wave, yet never once over-stepping its boundary;
                      f24 stuuningly clean, the oak offers not a bitter trace but rather a vanilla and butterscotch edge to the barley. Again the smoke wafts around in a manner unique in the world of whisky when it comes to sheer elan and adroitness;
                      b25 like when you usually come accross something that goes down so beautifully and with such a nimble touch and disallarming allure, just close your eyes and enjoy... 46% -Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013

                      ...Nose: Astoundingly smoky, yet delicate with subtle tarry notes behind. With water the smoke dies a little and raisin and caramelised apple notes emerge. Palate: An immediate waft of peat smoke. Full, robustly flavoured with turf and lapsang souchong tea. Finish: Salty, long and filled with fragrant peat reek. Comment: A punch in the chops from a stroppy Islay middleweight. Flavour-packed yet delicate.
                      Rated: 9/10
                      - www.whiskymag.com

                      Cocktail: The Smoky Martini

                      This is an unusual combination that works surprisingly well. Some people use less peaty whiskies, however the true Smoky Martini requires the likes of Ardbeg or Laphroaig – Single Malts which lend their peaty, textured flavour to the creamy character of a good vodka.

                      Method: Rinse a chilled martini glass with Ardbeg Malt Whisky and pour out any extra. Shake 60ml of Premium Vodka in a shaker filled with large ice cubes and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon and orange twist.
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                        Ardbeg Corryvreckan Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
                        Islay, SCOTLAND
                        $165. 00 Bottle
                        $1980.00 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.

                        Other Reviews....
                        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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                          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%

                            Other Reviews….
                            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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                              2015 Auld Family Wines Wilberforce Cabernet Shiraz
                              Barossa, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                              $17. 99 Bottle
                              $215.88 Dozen
                              Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2019-2023)
                              ABV: 14.5%
                              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.

                              Wilberforce is a great value introduction to the brand named after William Patrick Auld’s (Patrick Auld’s son) workhorse which led him on many successful expeditions across Australia.

                              A rich Cabernet dominant blend that delivers impressive value.

                              Matured in a mixture of American, new French and Hungarian oak for 14 months. Totally opaque black dark red core with a deep dark red hue. Pronounced aromatics of blackcurrant and liquorice laced with bay leaf merge with cigar box, earth, black olive and spicy dried herb notes. The palate impresses with its rich blackcurrant flavours delivering excellent concentration and length over a backdrop that has traces of liquorice, cigar box, black olives, bay leaf and spice. Generous, supple mid palate feel finishing with slightly drying well structured tannins and a long blackcurrant, cigar box, black olive, bay leaf and spice aftertaste.
                              Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                              Alc. 14.5%

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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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                                  2019 Babo Pinot Grigio
                                  Friuli, ITALY
                                  $19. 99 Bottle
                                  $239.88 Dozen
                                  Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2020-2022)
                                  ABV: 12.5%
                                  Closure: Stelvin

                                  Friuli, in the far northeast of Italy, has a reputation for making the country's best white wines. Winemaker Justin Bubb explains, "The key to this region is the difference in diurnal temperature. In the growing season the days are very warm but the nights freezing. This allows a nice, long ripening and wonderful aromatics for the white wines".
                                  From a 30-year-old site in San Martino al Tagliamento, near Pordenone, the vineyard sits at the base of the Alps and the soils are a mix of clay and alpine gravel from alluvial deposits.
                                  Brilliant pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Fresh pear and red apple scents mix with hints of dried honey and wet stone. Supple and nicely rounded texturally, the palate is layered with pear and red apple fruits which overlay a back drop of subtle dried honey, wet stone and light spice. Finishes dry with a lick of fresh acidity and a lingering aftertaste.
                                  Drink over the next 1-2 years.
                                  Alc. 12.5%

                                  Other Reviews….
                                  Friuli, 28 year old vines.
                                  Gee, they’ve done very well here. Green melon, pear, cut fennel. Cool feel, a subtle raw almond flavour, fine chalk dust texture, a smattering of perfumed green herb, and a long and lightly grippy finish. Top shelf. Drink 2020-2024.
                                  93 points
                                  Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

                                   

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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 Origine Brut Champagne
                                    Champagne, FRANCE
                                    $49. 99 Bottle
                                    $599.88 Dozen
                                    Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2019-2023)
                                    ABV: 12%
                                    Closure: Cork

                                    A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay (25% of which are reserve wines), it spends a minimum of 24 months on lees before being disgorged. A very frothy mousse sits atop a pale straw coloured base that possesses an exceptionally fine bead and persistent bead. Aromas of pear and yeast lees meld into baked apple and bready cashew like notes. Rich pear, bready characters and yeast lees have a creamy feel with cashew and subtle baked apple characters ensuing. Dry refreshing finish with a bready yeast lees, citrus, apple and cashew aftertaste. Great value.
                                    Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                    Alc. 12.5%

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                                    Bauchet Signature Brut Champagne Premier Cru
                                    Champagne, FRANCE
                                    $54. 99 Bottle
                                    $659.88 Dozen
                                    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2019-2024)
                                    ABV: 12.5%
                                    Closure: Cork

                                    Established in 1920 the Bauchet family estate covers 34 hectares spread out on 7 different terroirs. The vineyards are located in the Côte des Blancs, the Montagne de Reims and in the Côte des Bar. These direct imports are a great alternative to the big houses of Veuve Clicquot, Moet & Chandon and the like, with their distinctive packaging, quality and this special pre-arrival pricing making them exceptional value for Premier Cru Champagne.

                                    A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir (of which 20% are reserve wines) sourced from Bauchet’s premier cru vineyards located in the Cotes des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. The wine is aged for a minimum of 36 months on lees before being disgorged.

                                    Fluffy white, the mousse shows good hold over a pale straw coloured base that has tinges of pale gold around the edges. Very fine and persistent bead. The nose dispels top notes of yeast lees and citrus, with baked bread, light pear and traces of apple also chiming in. Graceful with a light oily feel, flavours of baked bread and yeast lees dominate over pear, citrus and faint cashew. Finishes dry and crisp with a lengthy aftertaste.
                                    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
                                    $56. 99 Bottle
                                    $683.88 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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                                    2018 Best's Great Western Bin No. 1 Shiraz
                                    Great Western, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
                                    Reduced from $21.99
                                    $19. 99 Bottle
                                    $239.88 Dozen
                                    Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2020-2028)
                                    ABV: 14%
                                    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.
                                    Inky black in colour with a deep dark red black hue. Pronounced plum, liquorice and blackpepper scents have a gentle clove overlay with notions of vanillin cedar, earth and spicy fennel also evident. Medium to full bodied, rich dark plum, liquorice and ripe blueberry fruits have a refined meaty like feel over a backdrop of clove, spicy vanillin cedar, earth and blackpepper. Slightly dryish fine grained tannins provide good structure. Long spicy blackpepper infused blue to dark fruited aftertaste.
                                    Drink over the next 6-8 years.
                                    Alc. 14%

                                    Other Reviews…..
                                    Picked by hand and by Opti sorter/harvester, whole berry fermentation with 5% whole bunches. Wine show success is no surprise. Typical Great Western wine with high quality intensity, focus and length to its spicy/peppery black forest floor fruits, at only 14% alcohol. Drink by 2038.
                                    95 points
                                    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

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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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                                        2018 Bleasdale Frank Potts Cabernet Blend
                                        Langhorne Creek, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                        $26. 99 Bottle
                                        $323.88 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%

                                        Other Reviews….
                                        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%

                                          Other Reviews….
                                          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
                                            $18. 99 Bottle
                                            $227.88 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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                                              2013 Bobby Dazzler Shiraz
                                              South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                              $14. 99 Bottle
                                              $179.88 Dozen
                                              Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2019-2022)
                                              ABV: 14.5%
                                              Closure: Stelvin

                                              Rich and plush this Shiraz punches well above its weight to deliver fantastic value.

                                              Inky black core with a very deep dark red black tinged hue. Elevated liquorice allsort aromas mix with blackberry, vanillin oak, confectionary, faint earth and distinct blackpepper end notes. Rich with a smooth as silk feel, succulent liquorice, ripe blackberry and dark plum fruits bound across the palate underpinned by toasty vanillin oak, subtle earth and blackpepper. Perfectly integrated, velvety tannins. Excellent power concluding with a long moreish liquorice, blackberry, dark plum, toasty vanillin oak and earthy blackpepper aftertaste. The extra bottle age seals the deal on a great buy.
                                              Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                              Alc. 14.5%

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                                              Cuesta Pedro Ximenez Sherry (750ml)
                                              Jerez, SPAIN
                                              $29. 99 Bottle
                                              $359.88 Dozen
                                              ABV: 17%
                                              Closure: Cork

                                              'Cuesta' is a brand owned by the prestigious Sherry house, 'Lustau', produced and bottled from a selection of butts in the Lustau Bodega. The concept is to offer high quality sherries under a separate brand in markets where Lustau is already represented. Yet given the exceptional standard set by the Cuesta PX, one has to wonder whether they've shot themselves in the foot. Aged for a minimum of ten years, this superb solera is produced from sun dried Pedro Ximenez grapes.

                                              A seriously good example of PX and an absolute steal at this direct import price.

                                              Pours a viscous sienna brown colour with a deep green olive tinged hue. Potent scents of raisins, honey and Christmas cake engulfs the nostrils with hints of toffee, marmalade and walnut also present. Exceptionally concentrated and rich, a thick luscious dollop of raisin, honey and Christmas cake like flavours are draped across the palate with notions of marmalade, toffee and subtle dried nuts the back drop. Warm, mellow spirit with an oil like consistency to the mouthfeel. Long sweet, textured aftertaste. An ideal match with vanilla ice cream and Christmas pudding.
                                              Alc. 17%

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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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                                                    Bollinger Rose Champagne
                                                    Champagne, FRANCE
                                                    $120. 00 Bottle
                                                    $1440.00 Dozen
                                                    ABV: 12%
                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                    Produced from a blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay, 14% Meunier with only 5-6% red wine added. Over 85% coming from Grand and Premiers Cru vineyards.

                                                    Other Reviews….
                                                    Bollinger's rosé has a very attractive pinot-esque thread to the nose with bright ripe red cherry fruit aromas, dried roses and gently toasty nuances. The palate adds yellow peach to the equation. Extremely luscious and exuberant style. Drink now.
                                                    93 points
                                                    JamesSuckling.com

                                                    There's a briny, mineral-tinged waft of seashore adding complexity to flavors of black cherry, grilled plum, pastry, graphite and almond cream in this vibrant rosé, which offers mouthwatering acidity and finely detailed texture. Drink now through 2020.
                                                    93 points
                                                    Wine Spectator

                                                    The NV Brut Rosé, which was first introduced in 2008, offers classic, slightly tertiary notes of spiced cherries, dried strawberries, and rose petals. Clean, crisp, and chiseled on the palate, it’s much more firm and tight than the Special Cuvée, yet has a great finish, impeccable balance, and bright acidity. A blend of 62% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Meunier, with 30% vinified in barrel, it spent 30 to 36 months on lees. Give it a year or so.
                                                    92+ points
                                                    JebDunnuck.com

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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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                                                        2019 Bouchard Pere & Fils La Vignee Bourgogne Chardonnay
                                                        Burgundy, FRANCE
                                                        $29. 99 Bottle
                                                        $359.88 Dozen
                                                        Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                                        ABV: 12.5%
                                                        Closure: Stelvin

                                                        Fruit for this Chardonnay was purchased from a variety of growers located throughout Bourgogne who meet the Domaine’s strict quality criteria. Maturation is typically 25% in barrel and 75% in stainless steel vats for a period of 7 to 8 months.
                                                        Brilliant pale straw colour with a distinctive greenish tinge to the edges and a watery hue. Aromas of peach, ripe pear and dried honey are interwoven with citrusy nougat, biscuit and light gun flint notes. Round, silk like entry with mouthfilling flavours of peach, ripe pear, dried honey, light cream brulee and spicy nougat. Cream tinged finish with some subtle cashew elements rolling onto the lengthy conclusion. Great entry level drinking.
                                                        Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                                        Alc. 12.5%

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                                                        2018 Bouvet Saphir Brut Vintage
                                                        Saumur, Loire Valley, FRANCE
                                                        $19. 99 Bottle
                                                        $239.88 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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                                                        Bouvet 1851 Sparkling Brut
                                                        FRANCE
                                                        $16. 99 Bottle
                                                        $203.88 Dozen
                                                        Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2019-2021)
                                                        ABV: 12.5%
                                                        Closure: Diam Cork

                                                        A new entry level sparkling from Bouvet that delivers great value. A fluffy white mousse sits atop a pale straw coloured base that has a very fine and persistent bead. Baked pear and spicy apple aromas show good intensity. Light toast, citrus and baked bread aromas ensue. Refreshing pear and ripe apple flavours fill the mouth giving it a lightly creamed feel. Subtle honeyed toast and citrus nuances are also evident. Dry crisp finish. Surprisingly good length and a medium to long aftertaste. Hard to beat at this price.
                                                        Drink over the next 1-2 years.
                                                        Alc. 12.5%

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                                                        Bouvet Saphir Saumur Brut Vintage Double Magnum (3000ml)
                                                        Saumur, Loire Valley, FRANCE
                                                        $150. 00 Bottle
                                                        $1800.00 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 12.5%
                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                        Bouvet Ladubay is regarded by many wine lovers as the finest expression of sparkling wine from the Loire Valley. The house was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet, the son of a vigneron-sommelier who encouraged the young Bouvet in the wine trade. Recognizing the Loire's terroir to be extremely well-suited to the production of sparkling wines, he settled on the bank of the Loire River just outside the town of Saumur. Ms. Ladubay, Etienne’s accountant, soon became his wife, and the firm was christened “Bouvet-Ladubay”. 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.

                                                        The grapes for the Bouvet 'Blanc' methode champenoise are predominantly Chenin Blanc, a varietal which has been grown in the Loire Valley prior to the Roman conquest of France. Bouvet source their grapes from 120 properties around Saumur - spread over an area of 15 x 30 kilometres. The notion of using such a diversity of vineyard sites is to provide complexity to the base wines. Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley employ a similar process. These 120 micro climates each provide the wine maker with base material that when blended together will create the sensation of considerable complexity. The art of blending is critical and at Bouvet the third generation of blenders from the same family are in charge - in fact they have been creating the blend for the last 60 years. State of the art, temperature controlled stainless-steel fermentation tanks, computer-regulated 'gyropallets,' or riddling machines, highly advanced freezing and disgorging equipment and micro-wave cork heaters have brought Bouvet’s vinification facility to the technical forefront. The winery itself however, remains an impressive monument to the region’s history with the wines spending their final maturation period within freestone cellars built by Saint Florent monks around 1040 AD. These tunnels cover some 2.6 hectares with eight kilometres of subterranean cellars - storage capacity for some 7,000,000 bottles!

                                                        Tasting notes: Our new shipment of Bouvet Saphir has arrived. The wine delivers creamy white mousse, with fine bead of moderate persistence. Straw coloured base wine. The nose has more pronounced lift than that of previous vintages, hints of toast, lees, baked apple and biscuit emerge. Full bodied palate, with excellent flavour profile. Creamy texture, flavours of baked apple over hints of toast, biscuit and citrus. Fresh, crisp acid finish, followed by a long lemon, biscuit and baked apple aftertaste. Cellar 3-4 years Alc/Vol: 12.5%  Very Limited Stocks of the Double Magnum bottlings.

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                                                        Bouvet Saphir Saumur Brut Vintage Methuselah (6000ml)
                                                        Saumur, Loire Valley, FRANCE
                                                        $325. 00 Bottle
                                                        $3900.00 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 12.5%
                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                        Bouvet Ladubay is regarded by many wine lovers as the finest expression of sparkling wine from the Loire Valley. The house was founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet, the son of a vigneron-sommelier who encouraged the young Bouvet in the wine trade. Recognizing the Loire's terroir to be extremely well-suited to the production of sparkling wines, he settled on the bank of the Loire River just outside the town of Saumur. Ms. Ladubay, Etienne’s accountant, soon became his wife, and the firm was christened “Bouvet-Ladubay”. 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. 

                                                        The grapes for the Bouvet 'Blanc' methode champenoise are predominantly Chenin Blanc, a varietal which has been grown in the Loire Valley prior to the Roman conquest of France. Bouvet source their grapes from 120 properties around Saumur - spread over an area of 15 x 30 kilometres. The notion of using such a diversity of vineyard sites is to provide complexity to the base wines. Domaine Chandon in the Yarra Valley employ a similar process. These 120 micro climates each provide the wine maker with base material that when blended together will create the sensation of considerable complexity. The art of blending is critical and at Bouvet the third generation of blenders from the same family are in charge - in fact they have been creating the blend for the last 60 years. State of the art, temperature controlled stainless-steel fermentation tanks, computer-regulated 'gyropallets,' or riddling machines, highly advanced freezing and disgorging equipment and micro-wave cork heaters have brought Bouvet’s vinification facility to the technical forefront. The winery itself however, remains an impressive monument to the region’s history with the wines spending their final maturation period within freestone cellars built by Saint Florent monks around 1040 AD. These tunnels cover some 2.6 hectares with eight kilometres of subterranean cellars - storage capacity for some 7,000,000 bottles!

                                                        Tasting notes: Our new shipment of Bouvet Saphir has arrived. The wine delivers creamy white mousse, with fine bead of moderate persistence. Straw coloured base wine. The nose has more pronounced lift than that of previous vintages, hints of toast, lees, baked apple and biscuit emerge. Full bodied palate, with excellent flavour profile. Creamy texture, flavours of baked apple over hints of toast, biscuit and citrus. Fresh, crisp acid finish, followed by a long lemon, biscuit and baked apple aftertaste. Cellar 3-4 years (2009-2010) Alc/Vol: 12.5%   Very Limited Stocks of the Imperial bottlings.

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                                                        Bouvet Rose Excellence
                                                        Saumur, Loire Valley, FRANCE
                                                        $19. 99 Bottle
                                                        $239.88 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 12.5%
                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                        Bouvet Ladubay is regarded by many wine lovers as the finest expression of sparkling wine from the Loire Valley. 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. 

                                                        Delightful pale salmon pink coloured base wine with good creamy mousse and very fine and persistent bead. The nose displays attractive notes of winter strawberries and light raspberry followed by subtle lees characters and confectionary. Creamy in texture the palate boasts a delicious flavour profile of winter strawberries and delicate raspberries intermixed with some yeast lees and confectionary. Clean dry finish. Excellent length with long winter strawberry infused raspberry, lees and confectionary aftertaste. A superb sparkling rose, perfect on a long summers day.
                                                        Drink over 1-2 years.
                                                        Alc 12.5%

                                                        Re-Tasted, 13th November 2007: The wine pours with a creamy mousse which displays moderate persistence and is supported by a fine bead. The base wine is a delightful salmon pink with damask hues. The nose is delicate with nuances of strawberry, yeast lees and raspberry. Creamy palate texture, with flavours of yeast lees, ripe strawberry and ripe raspberry. Mouthfilling clean finish with aftertaste of strawberry, yeast lees and raspberry.
                                                        Cellar 2-3 years (2009-2010)
                                                        Alc/Vol: 12.5%

                                                        Re-Tasted, 23rd March 2004: The superb, translucent damask pink colour, over laid by salmon pink and mauve hues makes this wine a winner right from the start. Made from Cabernet Franc, the bead of this wine is the finest and most persistent. Subtle aroma of raspberry, winter strawberry and biscuit are evident on the nose. The palate flavours are refined, with strawberry and raspberry fruit flavours again appearing. Creamy texture followed by a long raspberry, lees aftertaste. A sparkling rose of great delicacy and perfect for watching the sun go down.
                                                        Cellar 2-3 years (2006-2007)
                                                        Alc/Vol 12.5%
                                                        94 points

                                                        First Tasted, 1 September 2003: Magnificent pale salmon pink colour. Excellent mousse with very fine persistent bead. Delicate notes emerge from the nose with subtle yeast lees and raspberry flavour. Creamy palate texture with clean acid finish and long creamy raspberry lees aftertaste.
                                                        Cellar 2-3 years (2005-2006)
                                                        Alc/Vol: 12.5%
                                                        94 Points

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                                                        Bouvet 150th Anniversary Sparkling Chardonnay Brut
                                                        Saumur, Loire Valley, FRANCE
                                                        $19. 99 Bottle
                                                        $239.88 Dozen
                                                        ABV: 12.5%
                                                        Closure: Cork

                                                        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.

                                                        An excellent aperitif style.


                                                        Re-tasted: December 2015
                                                        This wine commemorates Bouvet's 150th anniversary in the Loire Valley wine trade with a special release produced from 100% Chardonnay. Pours with a white frothy mousse that dissipates relatively quickly to reveal a pale straw coloured base wine with pale gold edges. Very fine bead showing excellent persistence. Nosing reveals aromas of pears and subtle baked apple characters overlaid by toast with yeast lees and quince also evident. Fresh and vibrant the palate is filled with pear and baked apple characters followed by some toast and yeast lees. Clean dry finish with an aftertaste of pears, baked apples and yeast lees.
                                                        Drink over the next 1-2 years.
                                                        Alc. 12.5%

                                                        Re-tasted: November 2012
                                                        Excellent white creamy mousse with a pale straw pale gold edged base wine. Exceptionally fine bead showing excellent persistence. On the nose baked bread and toast top notes are followed by some subtle pear and citrus aromas. This is the driest of the Bouvet collection and also the most Champagne like delivering flavours of pear and citrus overlaid by yeast lees and some toast. Dry finish with moderately creamy texture. Good length with aftertaste of pear, yeast lees and baked bread.
                                                        Drink over the next 2-3 years (2012-2015).
                                                        Alc 12.5%

                                                        First Tasted : August 2008
                                                        This wine commemorates Bouvet's 150th anniversary in the Loire Valley wine trade with a special release produced from 100% Chardonnay. A fresh shipment of our biggest selling sparklings has just arrived. The wine pours well, with good creamy mousse, fine bead with good persistence. Straw colour base wine. Delicate citrus top note followed by yeast lees & hazelnut. Creamy palate texture. Mouthfilling palate with excellent length. Flavours of hazelnut, cream and just a hint of lemon and sherbet. Long aftertaste of lemon & sherbet.
                                                        Cellar 3-4 years (2011-2012)
                                                        Alc/Vol: 12.5%

                                                        Oct2008Sparklings

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                                                          2019 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Shiraz
                                                          Coonawarra, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                          $29. 99 Bottle
                                                          $359.88 Dozen
                                                          Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
                                                          ABV: 14.7%
                                                          Closure: Cork

                                                          Still family owned and operated, this small Coonawarra vineyard has been evolving over the past 40+ years and now involves their daughter, Emma who has taken on the winemaking role whilst Doug is looking after the viticultural side of things. The Estate consists of 33 hectares of vines planted on the prized Coonawarra Terra Rosa soils. Established in 1972, the first vintage in 1975 was greeted with considerable enthusiasm.
                                                          Bowen Estate are capable of producing Shiraz that rival some of the best from more renowned Shiraz producing regions such as McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley. Typically they are big and powerful gleaming with rich seductive black fruit.

                                                          A benchmark in Coonawarra Shiraz.

                                                          Impenetrable inky black colour with a deep dark purple black hue. An amalgam of blackberry, liquorice and black cherry fruits sail out of the glass followed by trailing vanillin oak, subtle earthy graphite and blackpepper notes. Rich, plush blackberry and liquorice fruits glide across the full bodied palate with elements of black cherry, a dash of blueberry, spicy vanillin oak, subtle notions of scorched earth and blackpepper chiming in on the back half. Not quite as dense as some previous vintages but lacks nothing in terms of power. Balanced acidity with velvet like tannins possessing a sturdy underbelly. The aftertaste long and opulent yet also fresh and some what refined in its feel.
                                                          Drink over the next 6-8 years.
                                                          Alc. 14.7%

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                                                            2019 Bowen Estate Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                            Coonawarra, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                            $29. 99 Bottle
                                                            $359.88 Dozen
                                                            Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2027-2029)
                                                            ABV: 14.7%
                                                            Closure: Cork

                                                            Still family owned and operated, this small Coonawarra vineyard has been evolving over the past 40+ years and now involves their daughter, Emma who has taken on the winemaking role whilst Doug is looking after the viticultural side of things. The Estate consists of 33 hectares of vines planted on the prized Coonawarra Terra Rosa soils. Established in 1972, the first vintage in 1975 was greeted with considerable enthusiasm.
                                                            Impenetrable inky black heart with a very deep dark red black hue. Drifting from the glass are delightful aromatics of ripe blackcurrant, liquorice and subtle bay leaf which are trailed by spicy vanillin cedar, light earth and subtle black olive notes. A rich expression of Coonawarra Cabernet, the palate sees ripe blackcurrant and liquorice fruits overlay a toasty vanillin cedar, dried herb and spicy black olive back drop. Sturdy, finely built tannins provide the framework. Excellent power with a long, relatively refined finish. Requires some patience to allow the oak to fully integrate.
                                                            Cellar 6-8 years.
                                                            Alc. 14.7%

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                                                              2020 Brave Souls The Whaler Shiraz
                                                              Barossa, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                              $21. 99 Bottle
                                                              $263.88 Dozen
                                                              Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                              ABV: 14.5%
                                                              Closure: Stelvin

                                                              Julia Weirich in collaboration with the Sons of Eden boys, has produced another superb Shiraz under her Whaler label. Julia is German in heritage but gypsy at heart, having worked all over the world, honing her skills in wineries including Bass Phillip in Australia, Yealands in New Zealand, Le Grappin in Burgundy and Mulderbosch in South Africa. Upon returning to Australia she set about making wine for herself with the help of the well-known dynamic team behind Sons of Eden.
                                                              Fruit was sourced from the Barossa Valley (65%) and Eden Valley (35%) with a small portion of whole bunch inclusion. Each vineyard parcel was fermented and matured separately with aging taking place in a range of new and seasoned oak barrels for a period of 14 months.
                                                              Opens with magnificent colour, impenetrable inky black heart with a very deep dark purple black hue. Wafting out of the glass are exotic scents of spicy dark plum, liquorice and blueberry which are complimented by vanillin cedar, fennel and pepper. Rich dark plum, liquorice and blueberry fruits have a juicy feel and are underscored by smoky vanillin cedar, spicy fennel and blackpepper characters. Bright acidity underpins the fruit which is backed by a sturdy yet velvet like tannin structure. The long dried herb infused conclusion loaded with succulence.
                                                              Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                              Alc. 14.5%

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                                                                2018 Brave Souls The Able Seaman Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre
                                                                Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                                $19. 99 Bottle
                                                                $239.88 Dozen
                                                                Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2020-2026)
                                                                ABV: 14.5%
                                                                Closure: Stelvin

                                                                Winemaker Julia Weirich in collaboration with the Sons of Eden boys, has produced a superb GSM from the brilliant 2018 vintage. Julia is German in heritage but gypsy at heart, having worked all over the world, honing her skills in wineries including Bass Phillip in Australia, Yealands in New Zealand, Le Grappin in Burgundy and Mulderbosch in South Africa. Upon returning to Australia she set about making wine for herself with the help of the well-known dynamic team behind Sons of Eden.
                                                                Fruit was sourced from three different sub regions of the Barossa Valley, the Grenache from Rowland Flat, the Shiraz from the Western Ridge and the Mourvedre from the Light Pass district. The Grenache portion seeing a 20% whole bunch inclusion. Each vineyard parcel was fermented and matured separately with aging taking place in a range of seasoned oak barrels for a period of 10 months. The final blend 46% Grenache, 29% Shiraz and 25% Mourvedre.

                                                                Rich, fleshy and powerful, this is an uber delicious GSM.

                                                                Black as night core with a dark red black tinged hue. Streaming out of the glass with great potency are ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark raspberry aromatics trailed by subtle vanillin cedar, light scorched earth, dried herb and pepper notes. Medium to full bodied the wine possesses a deep well of fruit that shows tremendous richness and intensity. Plush in its feel the palate is flooded with waves of succulent dark raspberry, liquorice and blackberry fruits. Lying underneath are nuances of blueberry, faintly toasted vanillin oak, earthy dried herbs and spicy pepper. Finishes with a nicely balanced freshness, silky smooth tannins and a long moreish aftertaste that will surely seduce you into pouring another glass.
                                                                Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                                Alc. 14.5%

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                                                                  2018 Bream Creek Reserve Old Vine Riesling
                                                                  Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
                                                                  $34. 99 Bottle
                                                                  $419.88 Dozen
                                                                  Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                                  ABV: 12.6%
                                                                  Closure: Stelvin

                                                                  Produced from a vineyard planted in 1974 believed to be amongst the oldest Riesling vines in Tasmania, this wine is only produced in top vintages. Brilliant water like core with distinct highlights of green coursing around the edges. Intense aromas of lime juice meld into orange blossom, faint honeyed notes and some smoky minerality. Nicely rounded in the mouth, the palate is bursting with ripe lime, red apple and citrus fruits. Infusions of orange blossom, light honeysuckle and subtle smoky mineral characters flow onto the back half. Dry to off dry finish with crisp acidity enhancing the long scrumptious aftertaste.
                                                                  Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                                  Alc. 12.6%

                                                                  Other Reviews….
                                                                  Comes from Bream Creek's 44yo riesling vines, believed to be the oldest in Tasmania. It is already flaunting its wares with titratable acidity of 8.2g/l and residual sugar of 7.3g/l. It simply ratchets up the power of all in the inputs, and will give pleasure when very young or very old - and any point along the way. Drink by 2038.
                                                                  96 points
                                                                  James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

                                                                  Bream Creek has been around since the 1970s and the Reserve Old Vine Riesling is made from the first plantings in 1974.
                                                                  Older vines should bring intensity and focus and that is exactly what is happening here. The green apple is a focused Bramley apple, lemon zest, sherbet, grapefruit curd, lemon blossom and fresh limes all are precise and intense. There is a hint of maturity in the kerosene and a silky richness to the vanilla notes but ultimately this is still so youthful with many years to come.  Quintessentially Tasmanian, this is a wine with a glorious sense of place and sense of self, delightful. Drink 2021-2031.
                                                                  95 points
                                                                  Curly Haslam-Coates

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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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                                                                      2020 Brokenwood Pinot Noir
                                                                      Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
                                                                      $29. 99 Bottle
                                                                      $359.88 Dozen
                                                                      Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                                      ABV: 13%
                                                                      Closure: Stelvin

                                                                      This wine is normally produced from Brokenwood’s Indigo vineyard located in Beechworth, however, the bushfires of 2020 meant that the fruit was smoke tainted and nothing could be picked. Fortunately, Brokenwood was able to source parcels of fruit from premium growers in Tasmania. Twenty five percent whole bunch fruit was included in the ferment with maturation taking place in French oak barriques for a period of 10 months.
                                                                      Semi translucent bright dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light crimson hue. A fragrant mix of violets, sour to red cherries and winter strawberries mesh with forest floor, dried herb and spicy cedar notes. Light but powerful and highly moreish, the palate is filled with ripe red cherry and strawberry fruits which are cast against a back drop of fresh herb infusions, forest floor and spicy cedar. Very polished in its feel with a super fine tannin structure it finishes fresh with a long, savoury aftertaste.
                                                                      Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                                      Alc. 13%

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                                                                        2020 Brokenwood Chardonnay
                                                                        Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                                        $22. 99 Bottle
                                                                        $275.88 Dozen
                                                                        Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                                                                        ABV: 13.5%
                                                                        Closure: Stelvin

                                                                        Due to the bushfires on the east coast of Australia in 2020 Brokenwood was unable to pick any fruit from their Beechworth Indigo vineyard. As a result fruit was sourced from Margaret River and South-West Western Australia to produce this wine with maturation taking place in French oak barriques. Brilliant very pale straw colour with a subtle tinge of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Rising out of the glass are elevated scents of white peach, ripe nectarine and dried honey followed by some citrusy nougat characters and light biscuity oak notes. Possessing terrific intensity and a nicely rounded feel, driving the palate are rich fleshy white peach, nectarine and dried honey flavours with citrusy nougat characters, faint cashew and spice flowing onto the back half. Excellent freshness with a long textured aftertaste.
                                                                        Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                                                        Alc. 13.5%

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