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      2020 Clarence House Estate Pinot Noir
      Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
      $29. 99 Bottle
      $359.88 Dozen
      Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2022-2028)
      ABV: 13.3%
      Closure: Stelvin

      Clarence House Estate’s small vineyard is located just north of Hobart on a perfectly positioned north-east facing slope. The talented Anna Pooley from Pooley wines the contracted winemaker. 2020 was a classic Tasmanian vintage, a long, dry, cool growing season saw fruit picked at optimal physiological ripeness.  The Estate blend comprises fruit from all three pinot blocks, utilizing five different clones with harvest occurring over two weeks. Wild fermented with a small portion of whole bunch (5%), the wine was aged in a combination of new (10%) and old French oak barriques and puncheons for a period of 10 months.

      A delicious Tassie Pinot that’s light, lithe, energetic and powerful.

      Semi translucent red to dark red colour with a bright purple red hue. Captivating the olfactory senses are enchanting aromatics of violet, cherry, strawberry and wild herbs that show a perfumed like intensity. Hints of incense, forest floor and spice also chime in to add further nuance. Charming the palate is a cascading wave of delicious ripe red cherry and strawberry fruits. Light in body but not lacking in power, it has a slippery feel with infusions of wild herbs, forest floor and subtle spicy cedar presenting themselves on the back half. Polished tannins with fresh acidity lending energy to a long-finessed conclusion.
      Drink over the next 5-6 years.
      Alc. 13.3%

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        2021 Clonakilla Riesling
        Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, AUSTRALIA
        $29. 99 Bottle
        $359.88 Dozen
        Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
        ABV: 12%
        Closure: Stelvin

        A near perfect vintage along with Murrumbateman’s well suited terroir has produced a stunning Clonakilla Riesling.
        Brilliant water like core with greenish tinged edges. Aromas of lime, orange zest and lemon mix with chalky talc like notes and a subtle steeliness. Showing great precision the palate is bursting with intense lime and lemon flavours which are underpinned by searing acidity. Green apple, delicate orange rind, wet steel and flinty mineral characters present themselves on the back half. Outstanding power finishing dry with a long sharply focused aftertaste. Superb.
        Drink over the next 6-8 years.
        Alc. 12%

        Other Reviews….
        One of Australia’s finest rieslings; a benchmark riesling for me.
        Loads of floral perfume, preserved lemon, pretty talc scents, a bit of warm river pebble, lime juice. Delicate in the palate, more lime juice here, tart and with great energy, crispness, cool herbal notes, some chalky pucker and endless mouth-watering length. Tightly wound but slightly juicy, if you get the drift. Beautiful expression, high toned saline mineral acidity, refreshing now to the max, will last a generation. Drink 2021-2040+
        96 points
        Mike Bennie – The Wine Front

        A seriously good, young dry riesling with a striking mineral edge to the nose of fresh lime juice, wet stones and gentle herbal notes. The palate has real intensity and depth with a vivid citrus and white-peach fruit drive. Snaps dry and the flavors hold pure and long. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
        96 points
        JamesSuckling.com

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          Cloudy Bay Pelorus Brut
          Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND
          $32. 99 Bottle
          $395.88 Dozen
          Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2016-2020)
          ABV: 12.5%
          Closure: Diam Cork
          This is an impressive style showing considerable refinement

          A new disgorgement with the 2012 vintage making up 60% of the base wine produced from a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir aged for 30 months on lees.

          Good creamy white mousse with a very pale gold base wine colour and a fine profuse bead. The nose shows good intensity with scents of toasted honey, yeast lees, pear, roasted almonds and oily baked bread end notes. The palate is quite rich and full, yet fresh with a developed toasty flavour profile and oily mouthfeel. Toasty dried honey, pear and baked bread characters are intermixed with yeast lees and cashew. Clean dry finish with an aftertaste of yeast lees, toast, subtle pear infusions and cashew.
          Drink over the next 3-4 years.
          Alc 12.5%

          Retasted: November 2014
          Produced from predominately Chardonnay along with a small amount of Pinot Noir this blend is given 2 years bottle age on lees. Good white frothy mousse which dissipates to reveal a pale straw gold coloured base. Very fine bead showing excellent persistence. On the nose aromas of baked bread, citrus, subtle cashew, toast and yeast lees are present. Light and fresh the palate has flavours of citrus and baked bread over a background of toast and yeast lees. Clean crisp dry finish. Medium to long aftertaste of yeast lees, toast and baked bread. A very good aperitif style sparkling.
          Drink over the next 3-4 years
          Alc 12.5%
          93 points 

          Retasted: December 2008
          Produced from predominately Chardonnay grapes this wine spends a minimum of 2 years ageing on yeast lees. The wine pours with a creamy white mousse with good head and shows very good hold. Bright straw pale gold base wine with very persistent and exceptionally fine bead. Baked bread and yeast lees top notes are followed by some delicate cashew and biscuit aromas. The palate displays a very creamy texture with flavours of yeast lees, brioche and biscuit with a light citrus overlay. Clean crisp dry finish with aftertaste of yeast lees and citrus.
          Drink over the next 2-3 years
          Alc 12.5%
          92 points

          First Tasted: October 2004
          Creamy mousse with medium to fine persistent bead. The base wine is straw colour with refined nose of yeast lees, a hint of freshly baked bread and biscuit. Creamy palate texture with very good length and persistence of flavour. Flavours of citrus over biscuit with clean finish, perfectly balanced, long aftertaste of biscuit and yeast lees.
          Cellar 2-3 years
          Alc/Vol 12.5%
          93 points

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            Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvee Brut
            Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
            $32. 99 Bottle
            $395.88 Dozen
            Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2013-2017)
            ABV: 12.5%
            Closure: Cork

            Clover Hill is a Tasmanian success story, established in 1986, on the site of an old dairy farm in north-east Tasmania. It continues to be run by the Goelet family using traditional French methodology. Their now 66-hectare property overlooking Bass Strait was principally selected for its climate, which is similar to that of Champagne. It affords long ripening periods, which allows the fruit to accumulate flavour intensity balanced with fine acidity.

            Their latest entry level cuvee immediately impresses with its white creamy mousse followed by a pale straw colour with pale gold edges and exceptionally fine bead showing great persistence. Good lift on the nose with aromas of pear and a touch of baked apple followed by some toast and yeast lees. The palate displays bready baked apple flavours followed by some subtle toast and yeast lees characters. Clean dry finish with an almost creamy like mouthfeel. Long aftertaste of baked apple, toasty bread and yeast lees.
            Drink over the next 3-4 years
            Alc 12.5%

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              2020 Conde Valdemar Blanco
              Rioja, SPAIN
              $17. 99 Bottle
              $215.88 Dozen
              ABV: 12.5%
              Closure: Stelvin

              For 124 years, five generations of the Bujanda family have produced wines in the Rioja region. This delicious white is a blend of 60% Viura, 25% Tempranillo Blanco and 15% Malvasia grapes with fermentation taking place in stainless steel tanks followed by fine lees aging. Brilliant pale straw colour with a faint glimmer of green around the edges and a watery hue. Aromas of pear and lime are followed by some green apple and stony mineral notes. Crunchy pear, lime and melon and green apple fruits have a stony back drop. Finishes dry with racy acidity and a mineral infused aftertaste.
              Drink over the next 1-2 years.
              Alc. 12.5%

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                2019 Coombe Pinot Noir
                Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
                $24. 99 Bottle
                $299.88 Dozen
                Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                ABV: 13.8%
                Closure: Stelvin

                The 120 acre Coombe vineyard is one of the oldest in the valley, having supplied fruit to some of Australia’s most recognised producers, an increasing portion now being grown and selected specifically for their own brand.
                Semi translucent dark red in colour with tinges of black to the edges and a light red hue. Intensely perfumed the nose sees violet, red to dark cherry, strawberry, anise, forest floor, some meaty notes, spicy cedar and fresh herbs blossom from the glass. Expanding across the palate like a peacocks tail are delicious red to dark fruits which show some spice. Supple mouthfeel with subtle anise, forest floor and spicy cedar elements also chiming in. Finishes with lovely balance and freshness, silky smooth tannins melding into a long seductive conclusion.
                Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                Alc. 13.8%

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                  2018 Coriole Cabernet Sauvignon
                  McLaren Vale, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                  $26. 99 Bottle
                  $323.88 Dozen
                  Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
                  ABV: 14.5%
                  Closure: Stelvin

                  Long considered one of the leading producers of McLaren Vale, Coriole was founded by the Lloyd family in 1967 who pioneered the planting of many Italian and French varieties. Long before it was fashionable Mark Lloyd developed vineyards of Sangiovese, Picpoul, Chenin Blanc and Nero d’Avola. Coriole’s Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from estate vineyards that are approximately 30-40 years old. Soils are terra rossa – red, brown earth over limestone, which have proven to be ideal for growing cabernet in McLaren Vale. 2018 was an exceptional vintage delivering reds that are concentrated, structured and complex.

                  A classic McLaren Vale Cabernet, generously fruited yet also refined.

                  Matured in French oak for 18 months. Dense inky black colour with a deep dark red black hue. Intense blackcurrant top notes are trailed by liquorice, dried herbs, cedary tobacco characters and subtle spicy black olives. Medium to full in body the palate is engulfed with rich blackcurrant and liquorice fruits. Infusions of dried herbs, vanillin cedar, delicate black olive and spicy tobacco characters flow through onto the back half. Beautifully integrated fine grained tannins provide a sturdy structure. Generous yet also refined finishing long and pure.
                  Drink over the next 6-8 years.
                  Alc. 14.5%

                  Other Reviews….
                  I like cabernet from the Vale. I really do. Despite the inherent generosity and warmth, there remains a transparent connection to varietal personality that too often, warmer regions and their morass of flavour, tend to obfuscate. This exudes cassis, dried sage, spearmint and bitter chocolate notes, rounded up by a plume of savoury tannins, pliant and moreish. Drink by 2032.
                  94 points
                  Ned Goodwin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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                    2020 Corymbia Rocket's Vineyard Chenin Blanc
                    Swan Valley, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
                    $29. 99 Bottle
                    $359.88 Dozen
                    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                    ABV: 12.5%
                    Closure: Stelvin

                    A fabulous example of Chenin Blanc that’s intensely flavoured, powerful and textural.

                    A portion of the wine was fermented and matured in seasoned French oak barriques for seven months. Brilliant very pale straw colour with flashes of green to the edges and a watery hue. Nosing offers up aromas of pear, lime and quince which mix with hints of musk and faint honeysuckle. Rich, intense and beautifully rounded in the mouth, the palate is engulfed with ripe pear, musk and red apple fruits which interact with traces of spicy quince. Dry and refreshing it finishes with vibrant acidity and a long scrumptious aftertaste.
                    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                    Alc. 12.5%

                    Other Reviews….
                    Fruit from Rocket's vineyard. This is pure, pristine, texturally edgy, and layered with all the good things: sheepy lanolin, beeswax, apricots at the height of summer, green apple, crushed limestone and saline acidity. It has rivulets of flavour that course over the tongue ... it's brilliant. Finesse and poise from such a warm part of town, very impressive. Drink by 2036.
                    95 points
                    Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 

                    Preserved lemon, lemon barley, pear and spice. Tight, juicy, pear skin and lemon peel, bright acidity, powdery with a talc-like perfume, saline and fresh, with a dusty chalky finish of fine length. Hot climate wine, from a hot vintage, laying it on cool. Excellent. So excellent.  This is a banger. Drink 2021-2029+
                    93+ points
                    Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

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                    • Certified Organic
                    2019 Cullen Dancing in the Sun White
                    Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
                    $22. 99 Bottle
                    $275.88 Dozen
                    Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                    ABV: 13%
                    Closure: Stelvin

                    A certified organic blend of 54% Sauvignon Blanc, 38% Semillon and 8% Verdelho. Brilliant very pale straw colour with a greenish tinged outskirts and watery hue. Herbaceous gooseberry and citrus scents show good lift out of the glass mixing with some passionfruit, grassy asparagus notes and hints of capsicum. Displaying wonderful intensity and texture, the palate features a combination of herbaceous gooseberry, pear and passionfruit flavours which overlay a grassy asparagus and capsicum back drop. Finishes dry and crisp with a deliciously long aftertaste.
                    Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                    Alc. 13%

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                      2018 Cullen Wines Grace Madeline
                      Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
                      $34. 99 Bottle
                      $419.88 Dozen
                      Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                      ABV: 13%
                      Closure: Stelvin

                      Certified organic, the wine is a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon with the Sauvignon Blanc component matured in 75% new French oak for 3 months. Brilliant pale straw colour with greenish tinged edges and a watery hue. Lifted citrus, green apple and subtle passionfruit scents are complexed by light pencilly cedar, herbaceous grassy notes and spice. Vibrant and energetic yet beautifully rounded texturally, the palate is layered with passionfruit, lime and green apple fruits that have some subtle herbaceous overtones. Delicate pencilly cedar and stony mineral characters lie on the back half. Finishes dry with a pinch of spice and long textural aftertaste.
                      Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                      Alc. 13%

                      Other Reviews….
                      The first vintage of this naming.
                      Concentration and energy to burn. A wine of complexity, velocity and depth yet scintillating freshness. Incredible persistence. Green apple, fennel, alpine herb, sea spray. Complexity for days. Amazing texture. Love this. Drink 2021-2028+
                      96 points
                      Mike Bennie – The Wine Front 

                      A barrel-matured blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon, this is very elegant and piercingly fresh. The aromas of lemon curd, green mango, grasses and passion fruit lead to a gently creamy palate that carries seamless tropical and lemon flavors in a bright, vibrant mode. Drink now. Screw cap.
                      96 points
                      JamesSuckling.com

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                        2019 Cullen Wines Diana Madeline
                        Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
                        $135. 00 Bottle
                        $1620.00 Dozen
                        Cellar: 10 - 15 Years (2031-2036)
                        ABV: 13.5%
                        Closure: Stelvin

                        Certified organic this wine is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot that was matured in 45% new French oak for 15 months.
                        Magnificent pitch black colour with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Delightful red to black currant and mulberry scents have a faint violet overlay with subtle tobacco, dusty cedar, black olive and bay leaf notes tailing off into the distance. Rich and youthful yet showing great poise and finesse, the sculptured palate is brimming with red to black currant and mulberry fruits. Firms up on the back half with structured graphite like tannins imposing themselves. Elements of dusty cedar, light tobacco, faint black olive, bay leaf and spice lie underneath. Beautifully balanced fresh acidity with a long refined and elegant aftertaste that typifies Diana Madeline.
                        Cellar 10-15 years.
                        Alc. 13.5%

                        Other Reviews….
                        87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec with 45% new oak. 2,350 dozen made.
                        Incredible power and concentration here, and yet, still lithe and so finely wrought. It’s ultra-mineral in feel with iron and dense graphite tannin, but perfumed and spice-laden too. The quality and feel of tannin here is something quite extraordinary. Plum and dark cherry, dark tobacco, whiff of empty chocolate box, superb length of flavour. Essence of Cabernet. Essential Cabernet. We’ve never had it so good. Drink 2026 - 2050+.
                        98 points
                        Gary Walsh – The Wine Front (February 2021)

                        Cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, malbec and petit verdot; matured for 15 months in French oak (45% new). Superb colour, the bouquet a wondrously complex mix of cassis, earth, tapenade and black olive, all fused into a magically woven palate with tightly furled tannins.
                        98 points
                        James Halliday's Top 100 2021

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                          2019 Curly Flat Chardonnay
                          Macedon Ranges, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
                          $49. 99 Bottle
                          $599.88 Dozen
                          Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                          ABV: 12.7%
                          Closure: Stelvin

                          Matured for 14 months on lees in French oak (35% new) with 65% of the wine going through malolactic fermentation. Brilliant pale straw colour with subtle flecks of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Refined aromatics of white peach, nectarine and subtle dried honey build in intensity as the wine warms in the glass, complimented by biscuity nougat, citrus, cashew and spice notes. Mid weighted the palate is a marriage of elegance and understated power with generous white peach and nectarine fruits showing good flesh over a dried honey, biscuity oak, citrusy nougat, light cashew and spice back drop. Finishes fresh and focused yet gently creamed with a long aftertaste that’s all class.
                          Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                          Alc. 12.7%

                          Other Reviews….
                          One of my favourite breakfasts, is a Portuguese tart and an espresso. It used to be a staple for me, when I was living a more healthy lifestyle.
                          Portuguese tart, spice, grapefruit and lemon zest, maybe some nectarine. It’s a wine characterized by its creamy gloss and nougat, but with a ripcord of electric citrus acidity and tight juicy flavour. Creamy, cinnamon pastry, all the zest and tang, flecked with aniseed, and flinty river pebble things on a long finish. It’s really good, albeit very intense. Drink 2021-2026+
                          95 points
                          Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

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                            2019 Dandelion Vineyards Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro
                            Barossa, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                            $19. 99 Bottle
                            $239.88 Dozen
                            Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                            ABV: 14.5%
                            Closure: Stelvin

                            This highly appealing blend of 70% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 5% Mataro was matured in old French oak barriques for 12 months. Black opaque colour with a dark red black tinged hue. Sailing through the nostrils are elevated dark raspberry, ripe plum and liquorice scents with subtle herb du Provence and vanillin confectionary notes also present. Plump and juicy the palate is awash with a mix of rich dark raspberry, liquorice and blueberry fruits which overlay vanillin confectionary characters, light earth and subtle spice. Silky smooth tannins showing excellent drive right through to the long plush aftertaste.
                            Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                            Alc. 14.5%

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                              2018 De Bortoli Deen Master's Blend 184
                              AUSTRALIA
                              $12. 99 Bottle
                              $155.88 Dozen
                              Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2020-2023)
                              ABV: 14.5%
                              Closure: Stelvin
                              De Bortoli have long had a reputation for producing bargain priced reds under their Deen label that massively over deliver. The Deen Master’s Blend 184 is a multi regional wine that sources Shiraz from Heathcote and Gundagi, Durif from Rutherglen and Riverina as well some cool climate Cabernet from the Hilltops region. A small portion of the wine was matured in stainless steel with remainder in new and older French and American hogshead barrels for 12 months.

                              ‘Flooded with an abundance of lush black fruits this bargain priced beauty delivers great body weight and fruit concentration for the price.’

                              Deep inky black core with a bright dark red black hue. Lifted aromas of liquorice blend with ripe black cherries and an overlay of smoky vanillin oak followed by some blackpepper notes. Rich juicy liquorice, blackberry and luscious black cherry fruits show exemplary concentration over a toasty vanillin oak and spice back drop. Plush mouthfeel with sturdy yet velvet like tannins. Drenched in black fruits it concludes with a medium to long aftertaste.
                              Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                              Alc. 14.5%
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                                De Bortoli Show Liqueur Muscat (500ml)
                                Riverina, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
                                $22. 99 Bottle
                                $275.88 Dozen
                                ABV: 18%
                                Closure: Stelvin

                                Aged for 8 years in oak this excellent liqueur Muscat opens with a deep sienna brown colour with a green olive hue. Exhibiting aromas of honeyed raisins, Christmas cake, toffee, light marmalade and rancio characters, the nose displays great intensity. Rich and mouthfilling the palate possesses luscious flavours of honey raisins, toffee, caramel and marmalade that coat the palate with an oil like viscosity followed by some Christmas cake and rancio characters. Well integrated spirit with a very long honeyed raisin, toffee, marmalade, Christmas cake and rancio aftertaste. Trophy winner at the 2015 International Wine Challenge.
                                Alc 18%

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                                  2018 Delas Saint-Esprit Cotes du Rhone
                                  Cotes du Rhone, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                  $19. 99 Bottle
                                  $239.88 Dozen
                                  Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2020-2025)
                                  ABV: 14%
                                  Closure: Cork
                                  Produced from predominately Syrah with a good dollop of Grenache also included. Totally opaque black dark red colour with a deep bright dark purple hue. Peppered raspberry, red cherry and red liquorice aromas intermingle with scorched earth and spicy dried meat notes. Boldly flavoured, the medium bodied palate is redolent with dark cherry and liquorice fruits which overlay a back drop of dried meats, scorched earth and pepper infused herbs. Bright finish with ripe slightly chewy tannins and a long delicious aftertaste.
                                  Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                  Alc. 14%
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                                    2020 Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
                                    Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND
                                    $24. 99 Bottle
                                    $299.88 Dozen
                                    Cellar: Drink now (2021)
                                    ABV: 13%
                                    Closure: Stelvin

                                    From certified organic vineyards 2020 was one of the best vintages Marlborough has experienced in recent years. A portion of the wine was fermented using indigenous yeasts with aging taking place in stainless steel tanks for 4 months. Brilliant water like colour with a light tinge of green around the edges. An intense mixture of gooseberry, passionfruit and grapefruit scents leap out of the glass with trailing herbaceous asparagus, green apple and grassy gun flint like notes. Racy and possessing terrific concentration, mouth watering flavours of passionfruit, citrus and herbaceous gooseberries burst across the palate. Finishes with elements of green apple, a subtle grassiness and a flinty mineral edge. Fresh, crunchy acidity concluding long and powerful. Outstanding.
                                    Drink now.
                                    Alc. 13%

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                                      2019 Domaine Chalmeau Bourgogne Aligote
                                      Burgundy, FRANCE
                                      $32. 99 Bottle
                                      $395.88 Dozen
                                      Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                      ABV: 12.5%
                                      Closure: Cork

                                      Domaine Chalmeau is owned and operated by Patrick Chalmeau, wife Christine and daughter Elodie, the family has been making wine on the property, since Patrick’s grandfather established the estate after the second world war. Located between Auxerre and Chablis, in the charming village of Chitry, the domaine produces Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne Chitry Rouge, Bourgogne Chitry Blanc, Chablis and Chablis Montmains 1er Cru.
                                      Bright pale straw to straw colour with a watery hue. Lifted scents of ripe pear, lime and bees wax mesh with honeyed almond and slate notes. Generous ripe pear, lime and dried honey flavours have a rounded feel with elements of spicy almond and slate echoing through on the back half. Finishes very dry with crisp like acidity and a long finely tuned aftertaste.
                                      Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                      Alc. 12.5%

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                                        2019 Domaine Charvin Le Poutet Cotes Du Rhone
                                        Cotes du Rhone, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                        $37. 99 Bottle
                                        $455.88 Dozen
                                        Cellar: 5 - 6 Years (2026-2027)
                                        ABV: 15%
                                        Closure: Cork

                                        Run by Laurent Charvin this small family estate has vineyard holdings of 8 hectares in Chateauneuf du Pape and 13 hectares in Cotes du Rhone. Certified organic the average age of the vines is over 50 years old. These Grenache based wines follow traditional winemaking techniques with no de-stemming and all aging takes place in cement takes. Charvin’s Côtes du Rhône is regularly rated as one of the very best from this area and perhaps it is not surprising as the vines for this cuvee border directly on to the appellation for Chateauneuf du Pape in the northern sector where they are located.

                                        A knockout Chateauneuf du Pape look a like that boasts explosive power, richness and a muscular structure.

                                        Produced from a blend of 81% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan and 7% Syrah. Deep black dark red in colour with a dark red hue. Aromatics of black raspberry, liquorice and black cherry sail out of the glass followed by notions of herbs du Provence, subtle incense and peppered meat notes. Showing superb power and intensity, an explosion of rich black fruit saturates the palate with black cherry, black raspberry and liquorice leading the charge. Lending some firmness to what is an otherwise opulent feel are ripe chewy tannins. Dried meats, infusions of herbs du Provence and scorched earth lie beneath. Finishes with a burst of blackpepper and a long ripe yet muscular aftertaste.
                                        Cellar 5-6 years.
                                        Alc. 15%

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                                        2013 Domaine Clarendon Syrah
                                        Clarendon, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                        Reduced from $54.99
                                        $32. 99 Bottle
                                        $395.88 Dozen
                                        Cellar: 6 - 11 Years (2021-2026)
                                        ABV: 14.7%
                                        Closure: Cork

                                        Domaine Clarendon is the ambitious project of Clarendon Hills winemaker Roman Bratasiuk and his son Alex. Planted in 2006 using Astralis cuttings the vineyard is dry grown with yields at less than 1 tonne per acre. The vineyards soil structure is solid rock (the vineyard cultivator broke two 'industrial-as' Caterpillar row rippers on rocks the size of houses) and it is located 315 metres above sea level - the highest altitude vineyard in Clarendon and also McLaren Vale.

                                        A rich, densely concentrated Syrah that possesses great underlying structure. The pedigree and bottle age of this wine alone make it a superb buy.

                                        Magnificent colour density displaying an impenetrable inky black core and an equally deep black dark red hue. Heady aromas of ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum engulf the nostrils with hints of mocha, vanillin cedar, subtle earthy leather and spice notes then chiming in. Full in body, rich blackberry, liquorice and black cherry fruits take on a plush, opulent textural feel. Whilst still lurking underneath is a sense of firmness, the tannins have become far more polished since our initial tasting approximately 5 years ago. Moving in on the back half are complexing elements of vanillin cedar, earthy leather and spicy pepper. Excellent concentration and power with a lick of freshness shining through on the finish indicating this wine still has plenty of life left in it. The aftertaste long and seductive yet also sturdy.
                                        Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                        Alc. 14.7%

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                                          2017 Domaine de la Vieille Julienne Lieu-Dit Clavin Cotes du Rhone
                                          Cotes du Rhone, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                          $49. 99 Bottle
                                          $599.88 Dozen
                                          Cellar: 5 - 6 Years (2024-2025)
                                          ABV: 14.5%
                                          Closure: Cork

                                          Since taking over the estate from his father in 1992, Jean-Paul Daumen has become one of the most talented and revered winemakers in all of France regularly producing some of the top wines of the vintage. Made from a blend of 75% Grenache, 10% Cinsault, 5% Syrah, 5% Mourvedre and 5% others, the Lieu-Dit Clavin vineyard is located 3 metres away from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation boundary.

                                          Totally opaque dark red black colour with a bright dark purple hue. Enticing aromatics of black cherries, liquorice and black raspberries sail out of the glass trailed by scorched earth, herbs du Provence and spice. Boasting superb depth and concentration the palate is awash with opulent black cherry, black raspberry and liquorice fruits which are backed by sturdy, slightly chewy tannins. The lavish fruit is complimented by elements of dried herbs, scorched earth, spicy dried meats and pepper. Finishes with some grip on the long, richly fruited aftertaste.
                                          Cellar 5-6 years.
                                          Alc. 14.5%

                                          Other Reviews…..
                                          Moving to the 2017, and more structured and tannic, the 2017 Côtes Du Rhône Lieu-Dit Clavin reveals a deep purple color as well as classic notes of black licorice, blackcurrants, ground pepper, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, with plenty of tannins yet beautiful fruit, it needs 2-4 years of bottle age, but it’s beautiful stuff and I’d wager one of the best Côtes Du Rhône out there. Drink 2021-2031.
                                          92+ points
                                          JebDunnuck.com

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                                          2018 Domaine des Escaravailles La Ponce Rasteau
                                          Rasteau, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                          $29. 99 Bottle
                                          $359.88 Dozen
                                          Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                                          ABV: 15.5%
                                          Closure: Cork

                                          Rasteau's 880 hectares of vines are planted on marl and red and yellow clay soils over sandstone with rounded stones covering some sectors, which in heatwave vintages act like health insurance against hydric stress. By law, the Grenache component in the dry red blends must be 50% minimum, with Syrah and/or Mourvedre 20% minimum and other grape varieties of the appellation tolerated up to 20%. In 2010 the Rasteau AOC was created allowing the wines to be named after the village, dropping the Cotes-du-Rhone tag and joining the likes of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas at the pinnacle of the wine hierarchy in the Southern Rhone.
                                          Part of the success of Domaines Des Escaravailles is due to the input of French oenologist, Philippe Cambie. As well as acting as a consultant winemaker for other Southern Rhone estates like Domaine Grand Nicolet, Cambie also consults to many of the top wines in Chateauneuf du Pape, including Pegau and Vieux Donjon.

                                          A rich, pleasure-bent Rasteau.

                                          A blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah sourced from vines over 60 years old and 40 years old respectively. The Syrah component is aged in 225 litre barrels whilst the Grenache is aged in concrete vats for a period of 12 months. Midnight black in colour with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Headlining the nose are elevated black raspberry and liquorice aromas followed by peppered meats, light scorched earth and provincial herb notes. Rich, concentrated black raspberry, black cherry and liquorice fruits power across the opulent, large scale palate leaving in their wake a backdrop of meaty characters, scorched earth and peppered herbs. A sturdy tannin structure takes on a velvet like appearance beneath the wall of fruit. Long, slightly muscular yet overwhelmingly hedonistic finish.
                                          Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                          Alc. 15.5%

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                                          2018 Domaine des Escaravailles Le Ventabren Cairanne
                                          Cairanne, FRANCE
                                          $26. 99 Bottle
                                          $323.88 Dozen
                                          Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                          ABV: 15%
                                          Closure: Cork

                                          Domaine des Escaravailles Le Ventabren is typically a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan that is aged in concrete vats for 9 months. The Grenache and Carignan vines are 60 years old whilst the Syrah comes from 30 year old vines.
                                          Dense inky black heart with a deep dark red hue. Filling the nostrils are pronounced scents of black cherry and liquorice followed by hints of dried meats, scorched earth and peppered herbs. Rich black raspberry and black cherry fruit swamps the palate with liquorice, scorched earth, meaty characters, infusions of herbs du Provence and pepper flowing onto the back half. Ripe, slightly chewy tannins counterpoint an otherwise fleshy mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a long pepper infused aftertaste.
                                          Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                          Alc. 15%

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                                            2019 Domaine des Hates Petit Chablis
                                            Chablis, FRANCE
                                            $32. 99 Bottle
                                            $395.88 Dozen
                                            Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                            ABV: 12.5%
                                            Closure: Stelvin

                                            Located in the north-west sector of Chablis in the village of Maligny, Pierrick Laroche runs this family estate which was established by his father in the 1970s. After getting a degree in oenology from Beaune and after graduating Patrick travelled the world, doing various internships to gain experience before returning home to start making wine and take over the family vineyards for himself. In 2010 he ceased selling grapes to the local co-operative and produced his first vintage to great acclaim.
                                            The domain has nearly 12ha of Petit Chablis, classified as such because the limestone tends to be the younger Portlandian rather than the older Kimmeridgian, and as such typically occupies higher sites (Portlandian overlies Kimmeridgian) and has less clay. Pierrick is convinced that his largest parcel of Petit really ought to be classed as Chablis; it makes wine like Chablis and indeed is surrounded by AOC Chablis vines.

                                            A delicious Petit Chablis that combines intensity and tension with a stony mineral laced finish.

                                            Brilliant pale straw colour with a subtle glimmer of green to the edges and a watery hue. Distinct pear and lime scents show good lift out of the glass with faint dried honey, wet slate and delicate oyster shell notes enhancing the aromatic profile. Beautifully proportioned, there’s plenty of moreish appeal to the palate with pear and lime fruits layered across a slatey back drop. Infusions of oyster shells and fresh herbs also chime in. Finishes with brisk acidity, a delightful pebble stone like mouthfeel and long scrumptious aftertaste. Petit Chablis doesn’t get much better than this.
                                            Fantastic drinking over the next 3-4 years.
                                            Alc. 12.5%

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                                              2019 Domaine des Hates Chablis
                                              Chablis, FRANCE
                                              $39. 99 Bottle
                                              $479.88 Dozen
                                              Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                              ABV: 13%
                                              Closure: Diam Cork

                                              Located in the north-west sector of Chablis in the village of Maligny, Pierrick Laroche runs this family estate which was established by his father in the 1970s. After getting a degree in oenology from Beaune and after graduating Patrick travelled the world, doing various internships to gain experience before returning home to start making wine and take over the family vineyards for himself. In 2010 he ceased selling grapes to the local co-operative and produced his first vintage to great acclaim.
                                              Bright pale straw to straw colour with a watery hue. Streaming from the glass are aromas of pear, lime and subtle dried honey which mix with hints of wet stone and oyster shell. Intensely flavoured the palate is shaped by a beautifully rounded feel and brisk acidity. Generous pear and dried honey flavours overlay a back drop of lime, stony mineral characters and oyster shell. Finishes dry and crisp with a long textured aftertaste.
                                              Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                              Alc. 13%

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                                              2018 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve Magnum (1500ml)
                                              Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                              $250. 00 Bottle
                                              $3000.00 Dozen
                                              Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
                                              ABV: 14.5%
                                              Closure: Cork

                                              Totally opaque black dark red colour with a deep dark red hue. Amply powered scents of black raspberry and liquorice are tied to scorched earth, dried herb, leather, spice and peppered meat notes. Striking black cherry, black raspberry and liquorice flavours are delivered with both weight and intensity as they morph into dried meat, scorched earth and peppered Provincial herb elements on the back half. Polished yet ripe and chewy, the tannins provide a sturdy structure. Excellent power, the long rich, black fruited conclusion complexed by earthy leather characters.
                                              Drink over the next 6-8 years.
                                              Alc. 14.5%

                                              Other Reviews….
                                              Brilliant ruby. Smoky, mineral-tinged aromas of raspberry, cherry preserves, garrigue and exotic spices show excellent clarity and acquire a gamy nuance as the wine opens up. At once rich and energetic in character, offering well-concentrated red berry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors and a sweetening touch of candied lavender. Shows fine definition and finishes gently, spicy and impressively long, with repeating florality and steadily building tannins. Drink 2025 - 2035.
                                              95 points
                                              Josh Raynolds - Vinous

                                              The 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée is full-bodied but quite approachable and easy to drink, loaded with black cherries and plummy fruit and tinged with licorice. A blend of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 10% other permitted varieties, it finishes long and silky. Drink 2020-2030.
                                              92-95 points
                                              Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

                                              Grown on varied lieux-dits around the appellation on a mix of soils, this was fermented in concrete then aged for 24 months in foudre. All whole bunch, which is evidenced by the pleasantly stemmy aromatics. Very full-bodied and concentrated, savoury despite the oak, with bay leaf and thyme. Very tannic, quite hard on the palate in fact. It's well balanced despite the alcohol, thanks to its concentration and intensity. It's an outlying style due to its darkness, hardness and brooding character. It will be fantastic in time however. But wait. Drinking Window 2026 - 2037.
                                              96 points
                                              Decanter

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                                              2018 Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve
                                              Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                              $119. 99 Bottle
                                              $1439.88 Dozen
                                              Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
                                              ABV: 14.5%
                                              Closure: Cork

                                              Even though technology has invaded many wineries in the Rhone, Laurence Feraud and her father Paul, of Domaine Pegau have earned a reputation as 'Traditionalists'. The Cuvee Reservee is an illustration of just this stance. Hand harvest and hand sorting, no destemming and the different varietals of the cuvee co fermented together by indigenous yeasts in concrete tanks without temperature control.

                                              Laurence Feraud's influence on the estate is increasingly palpable, however there is no doubt that Paul stays on as the inspiration for everything that happens in the vineyards and winery. All up, it makes for a winning father and daughter team that Chateauneuf fans can embrace.

                                              Domaine du Pegau Reserve is produced from 85% Grenache, 9% Syrah and 4% Mourvedre, Counoise and other varieties. The grapes are not destemmed, and the natural yeast fermentation is completed in traditional, cement vats before ageing an average of 24 months in old foudres.

                                              Totally opaque black dark red colour with a deep dark red hue. Amply powered scents of black raspberry and liquorice are tied to scorched earth, dried herb, leather, spice and peppered meat notes. Striking black cherry, black raspberry and liquorice flavours are delivered with both weight and intensity as they morph into dried meat, scorched earth and peppered Provincial herb elements on the back half. Polished yet ripe and chewy, the tannins provide a sturdy structure. Excellent power, the long rich, black fruited conclusion complexed by earthy leather characters.
                                              Drink over the next 6-8 years.
                                              Alc. 14.5%

                                              Other Reviews….
                                              Brilliant ruby. Smoky, mineral-tinged aromas of raspberry, cherry preserves, garrigue and exotic spices show excellent clarity and acquire a gamy nuance as the wine opens up. At once rich and energetic in character, offering well-concentrated red berry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors and a sweetening touch of candied lavender. Shows fine definition and finishes gently, spicy and impressively long, with repeating florality and steadily building tannins. Drink 2025 - 2035.
                                              95 points
                                              Josh Raynolds - Vinous

                                              The 2018 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée is full-bodied but quite approachable and easy to drink, loaded with black cherries and plummy fruit and tinged with licorice. A blend of 80% Grenache, 6% Syrah, 4% Mourvèdre and 10% other permitted varieties, it finishes long and silky. Drink 2020-2030.
                                              92-95 points
                                              Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

                                              Grown on varied lieux-dits around the appellation on a mix of soils, this was fermented in concrete then aged for 24 months in foudre. All whole bunch, which is evidenced by the pleasantly stemmy aromatics. Very full-bodied and concentrated, savoury despite the oak, with bay leaf and thyme. Very tannic, quite hard on the palate in fact. It's well balanced despite the alcohol, thanks to its concentration and intensity. It's an outlying style due to its darkness, hardness and brooding character. It will be fantastic in time however. But wait. Drinking Window 2026 - 2037.
                                              96 points
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                                                2018 Domaine Jean Collet & Fils Chablis
                                                Chablis, FRANCE
                                                $49. 99 Bottle
                                                $599.88 Dozen
                                                Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                                ABV: 12.5%
                                                Closure: Cork

                                                Romain Collet represents the fourth generation of winemakers of this Domaine. Their parcels are located on the best slopes on either side of the Serein river, with best exposure to create focussed and mineral wines in a classic style. Today the Domaine covers around 40ha from Petit Chablis, village, premier cru and grand cru holdings – Romain has already converted the entire cru production over to organic farming and intends to increase this ratio to 100% in the coming years.
                                                Bright pale straw colour with a watery hue. Scents of pear, lime and green apple meld into subtle dried honey and wet slate notes. Mouthfilling flavours of pear, lime and green apple show terrific intensity over a back drop of wet stone, infusions of fresh herbs and an oyster shell like minerality. Brisk acidity counter pointing a round voluminous mouth feel. Long mouth watering slatey mineral like finish.
                                                Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                                Alc. 12.5%

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                                                  2018 Domaine Pichot Clos Berger Vouvray Demi Sec
                                                  Vouvray, Loire Valley, FRANCE
                                                  $27. 99 Bottle
                                                  $335.88 Dozen
                                                  Cellar: Drink now - 4 Years (2021-2025)
                                                  ABV: 12%
                                                  Closure: Stelvin

                                                  Domaine Pichot is a 24Ha family estate in Vouvray on the right bank of the Loire, where vignerons dedicate their time to the cultivation of Chenin Blanc, locally coined ‘Pineau de la Loire’, to produce dry, sweet and sparkling whites.
                                                  Demi-sec Vouvray is, after sparkling Vouvray, the most popular wine of the appellation and perhaps the most typical showing Chenin Blanc at it most perfumed and expressive with just a delicate sweetness balancing the lively acidity.
                                                  Brilliant pale straw colour with subtle flecks of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Spicy pear, baked apple and quince scents have a subtle honeysuckle overlay with some light wet stone notes also evident. The palate beautifully counterpoints a delicious fruit sweetness against fresh acidity, pear and quince flavours laced with honeysuckle overlaying a red apple and delicate spice back drop. Fresh, off dry finish with a long juicy aftertaste.
                                                  Drink over the next 3-4 years.
                                                  Alc. 12%

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                                                    2020 Domaine Pichot Coteau de la Biche Vouvray Sec
                                                    Vouvray, Loire Valley, FRANCE
                                                    $27. 99 Bottle
                                                    $335.88 Dozen
                                                    Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                                                    ABV: 13%
                                                    Closure: Stelvin

                                                    Domaine Pichot is a 24Ha family estate in Vouvray on the right bank of the Loire, where vignerons dedicate their time to the cultivation of Chenin Blanc, locally coined ‘Pineau de la Loire’, to produce dry, sweet and sparkling whites. The Coteau de la Biche is the only vineyard of the estate, planted on silex layered over limestone slopes. It is the spot of choice to make dry whites of great class, displaying the richness of ripe Chenin with a minerality that can rival that of the grandest Chablis. The la Biche undergoes a combination of ferments in both stainless steel and 400 litre barrels. 2020 was an exceptional vintage for Vouvray yielding wines of perfume, finesse and lip-smacking freshness.
                                                    Brilliant very pale straw colour with a faint glimmer of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Aromatics of red apple skin, pear and quince are expelled from the glass followed by hints of musk and wet slate. Mouthfilling pear, red apple and honeysuckle flavours show excellent intensity over a back drop of musk and quince. Plenty of textural volume finishing dry with brisk acidity and a long flavoursome aftertaste.
                                                    Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                                    Alc. 13%

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                                                      2018 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes
                                                      Gigondas, Southern Rhone, FRANCE
                                                      $46. 99 Bottle
                                                      $563.88 Dozen
                                                      Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                                                      ABV: 15%
                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                      Domaine Saint-Damien is run by Joel and Amie Saurel whose family has been tending vineyards for four generations, dating back to 1821. Until relatively recently they sold all of their grapes to negociants. In 1998 they brought on consulting winemaker Philippe Cambie and haven’t looked back. Of the estates 42 acres of vineyards, 30 acres are in Gigondas with vines that have an average age of 50 years.
                                                      Totally opaque black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Leaping out of the glass are heady aromatics of black raspberry, liquorice and black cherry followed by notions of herbs du Provence, incense, subtle scorched earth and spicy pepper. Opulent, chewy and full bodied, the palate is layered with rich black raspberry, black cherry and liquorice fruits which sit over scorched earth, dried herbs, infusions of incense, leather and pepper. Ripe muscular tannins firm up the finish a touch. The aftertaste long, chewy and rich.
                                                      Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                                      Alc. 15%

                                                      Other Reviews…..
                                                      The base Gigondas, the 2018 Gigondas Vieilles Vignes is a blend from both the La Louisiane and Pigière lieux-dits near the estate (due to the dismal yields, there’s no Souteyrade cuvée in 2018) and is 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah brought up in foudre. It has a wonderful flowery incense and blue fruit quality as well as medium to full body, a ripe, rounded mid-palate, and a great texture. It’s a more forward, charming, sexy wine that’s going to drink nicely in its youth yet also evolve gracefully.
                                                      92-94 points
                                                      JebDunnuck.com

                                                      Deep, glistening ruby. Expansive aromas of ripe red/blue fruits, potpourri and licorice are complemented by bright mineral and exotic spice nuances that emerge with air. Juicy, penetrating raspberry, bitter cherry and candied violet flavors become sweeter with aeration and show a surprisingly delicate touch. Velvety tannins lend subtle grip to an impressively long, spice-laced finish that emphatically echoes the red fruit and floral notes.
                                                      91-93 points
                                                      Josh Raynolds – Vinous

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                                                        2021 Duke's Magpie Hill Reserve Riesling
                                                        Porongurup, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                        $39. 99 Bottle
                                                        $479.88 Dozen
                                                        Cellar: 6 - 8 Years (2027-2029)
                                                        ABV: 11.8%
                                                        Closure: Stelvin

                                                        A brilliant water like core is surrounded by shimmering green tinged edges. Intense lime, granny smith apple and lemon scents are trailed by subtle orange rind, wet steel and talcy mineral notes. Leaner and steelier than previous releases, the palate has a laser like precision with snappy lemon, granny smith apple and lime juice flavours underpinned by razor like acidity. Tense and sculptured it finishes dry and very crisp with notions of wet steel, flint and chalky mineral characters shining through on the back half. Long racy, tightly wound aftertaste.
                                                        Cellar 6-8 years.
                                                        Alc. 11.8%

                                                        Other Reviews….
                                                        From a single vineyard, whole-bunch pressed and fermented solely in tank to preserve the pristine freshness endemic to the rieslings from the area. A super-floral nose leads into a tense and citrus-driven palate. The acidity is saline and omnipresent, curling and flicking around the fruit, shaping it all through the long finish. This has already developed and grown so much in the bottle between this glass and the last (a couple of months prior), that it surely has a very long road ahead of it. White pepper, lime flesh and laser-like precision through the finish. Layered and dappled – gorgeous. Drink by 2041.
                                                        97 points
                                                        Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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                                                          2018 Elderton Barossa Shiraz - Last Stocks
                                                          Barossa, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                          $24. 99 Bottle
                                                          $299.88 Dozen
                                                          Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                          ABV: 14.5%
                                                          Closure: Stelvin
                                                          One of Barossa’s benchmarks for highly slurpable, rich, ripe Shiraz the 2018 vintage ticks all the boxes once again. Fruit is sourced from the Barossa sub districts of Greenock (45%), Nuriootpa (35%) and Craneford (20%) with vines aged between 25 and 124 years old. Maturation took place in predominately second and third fill American oak puncheons for 24 months.
                                                          Inky black in colour with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Heady scents of dark plum, liquorice and dark cherry drift from the glass followed by vanillin oak, hints of dark chocolate and spice. Rich and plump the mouth filling palate is flush with dark plum, liquorice, blackberry and blueberry fruits which are intermeshed with vanillin oak, a touch of earth and spice. Opulent textural feel with silky smooth tannins. Showing excellent power and concentration it concludes with a long lavish aftertaste.
                                                          Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                          Alc. 14.5%
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                                                            2017 Elderton Command Single Vineyard Shiraz
                                                            Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                            $110. 00 Bottle
                                                            $1320.00 Dozen
                                                            Cellar: Drink now - 10 Years (2021-2031)
                                                            ABV: 14.9%
                                                            Closure: Stelvin

                                                            Since the inaugural 1984 vintage Elderton Command Shiraz has established a formidable international reputation. Planted in 1894 the Command vineyard is located on the southern edge of the Nuriootpa township and planted on deep alluvial silt over red and brown earth and limestone. The majority of the rows are orientated east-west (as opposed to the more common orientation of north-south). This enables cooling breezes from the Barossa Ranges to flow through the rows of vines rather than against them. Maturation takes place in a combination of new American and French oak puncheons for 30 months, the wine is then given a further 12 months bottle age before being released.

                                                            Satiny, seamless and opulent, decadently rich fruit is delivered with monstrous power.

                                                            Dense inky black heart with a bright dark red black tinged hue. Potent scents of ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum engulf the senses followed by vanillin oak, mocha, light earth and spice. Decadently rich and voluptuously textured the palate is drenched in lavish blackberry, liquorice and dark plum fruits which overlay a back drop of medium toasted vanillin oak, earthy mocha and spice nuances. Satin smooth with magnificent power and intensity, velvety tannins lead into an exceptionally long and highly seductive aftertaste. Command in top form.
                                                            Drink over the next 8-10 years.
                                                            Alc. 14.9%

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                                                              2016 Eldridge Estate Pinot Noir
                                                              Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
                                                              $54. 99 Bottle
                                                              $659.88 Dozen
                                                              Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2021-2024)
                                                              ABV: 13.5%
                                                              Closure: Stelvin

                                                              Located in a shaded valley in the Mornington Peninsula hinterland, Eldridge Estate is one of the coolest vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. From vines mostly planted in 1984 the grapes are grown in a single plot of 3 hectares.
                                                              Aged in French oak barriques for 16 months. Semi translucent dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light red hue. Aromas of sour to red cherries and strawberries are complexed by notions of forest floor, game, dried herbs and spicy cedar. Rich, supple and powerful, this is in its peak drinking window. Delicious dark cherry, ripe strawberry and anise flavours engulf the mouth supported by a silky smooth tannin structure. The back half picks up ascents of dried meat, forest floor, dried herbs and spicy cedar. Superb power concluding long and highly moreish.
                                                              Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                                              Alc. 13.5%

                                                              Other Reviews….
                                                              Seven clones of pinot noir as a starting point. Wild yeast, 100% whole berries, 25% new oak, three different coopers. Poached strawberries, Turkish delight, red cherry and fistfuls of meaty spice. It has personality and difference within a taut, disciplined frame. It gives up plenty, even this young, but everything suggests there are more delights tucked into its flamboyant sleeves. Drink by 2026.
                                                              95 points
                                                              Campbell Mattinson – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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                                                                2018 Elgee Park Chardonnay
                                                                Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
                                                                $44. 99 Bottle
                                                                $539.88 Dozen
                                                                Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                                ABV: 13.2%
                                                                Closure: Stelvin

                                                                Elgee Park is situated amidst the protected gentle hills of Merricks North and is considered one of the Peninsula’s warmer sites. Established in 1972 by Baillieu Myer and family, the 4.5 hectare vineyard was the first in a new era of Mornington Peninsula vineyards. 
                                                                Matured in French oak for 11 months. Brilliant pale straw colour with a greenish tint to the edges and a watery hue. Elevated scents of white peach, ripe nectarine and dried honey meld into cashew, biscuity oak and spicy nougat notes. Rich, fleshy white peach, nectarine and dried honey flavours show both terrific intensity as well as refinement overlaying a back drop of cashew, biscuity nougat characters and spice. Texturally creamy in its feel, it finishes dry with good balance and a long persistent aftertaste.
                                                                Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                                Alc. 13.2%

                                                                Other Reviews….
                                                                Hand-picked, wild-fermented, matured for 11 months in French barriques. Gleaming quartz-green hue; lemongrass, citrus and Meyer lemon juice flavours have an umbrella protecting them from the sun. A complex wine with strands pulling in numerous directions. Drink by 2028.
                                                                95 points
                                                                James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

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                                                                  2019 Epsilon Shiraz
                                                                  Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                                  $19. 99 Bottle
                                                                  $239.88 Dozen
                                                                  Cellar: Drink now - 5 Years (2021-2026)
                                                                  ABV: 14.5%
                                                                  Closure: Stelvin

                                                                  Epsilon is the project of Aaron and Julie Southern (Julie is a member of the Kalleske clan) who own vineyards in the Northern part of Barossa. As the familiar story goes with so many growers they sold off their fruit to larger wineries until a chance meeting with the Massena boys Dan Standish and Jaysen Collins. Under their guidance they convinced them to start up their own brand in 2004 and build a winery on the property. Sourced from a single vineyard, 2019 was a very low yielding vintage with small berry size resulting in wines with outstanding colour and concentration. Maturation takes place for approximately 12 months in seasoned French and American oak hogsheads with only the best batches making the final blend.

                                                                  Velvety and voluptuously fruited, this is a dangerously drinkable Barossa Shiraz.

                                                                  Dense inky black in colour with a very deep black dark red hue. Streaming through the olfactory senses is an intense bouquet of dark plum, liquorice and blackberry aromatics which intermingle with hints of graphite, spicy vanillin cedar and dried herb notes. Rich and plush with a more than ample power wave of flavour, opulent dark plum, liquorice and blackberry fruits are draped across the palate. Beautifully balanced it has velvet smooth tannins with elements of vanillin cedar, fennel, earthy dried herbs and spice underscoring the voluptuous fruit. Concludes long and sumptuous.
                                                                  Drink over the next 4-5 years.
                                                                  Alc. 14.5%

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                                                                  2019 Errazuriz Chardonnay
                                                                  Aconcagua Costa, CHILE
                                                                  $32. 99 Bottle
                                                                  $395.88 Dozen
                                                                  Cellar: Drink now - 3 Years (2020-2023)
                                                                  ABV: 13%
                                                                  Closure: Cork

                                                                  Sourced from Errazuriz Aconcagua Costa vineyard, the juice was fermented in used French oak barrels for between 15 to 20 days, and then underwent 45% malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 11 months in used French oak barrels.
                                                                  Brilliant pale straw colour with a faint greenish tinge around the edges and a watery hue. Intense aromatics of white peach and tropical fruits jump out of the glass followed by some melon, subtle dried honey and spice notes. Rich, fleshy and vibrant the palate is engulfed with white peach and melon fruits which sit over a back drop of dried honey, faint cashew and spice. Finishes with a burst of citrus freshness on the medium to long mineral laced aftertaste.
                                                                  Drink over the next 2-3 years.
                                                                  Alc. 13.0%

                                                                  Other Reviews.....
                                                                  A round, flavorful white with citrus and dried fruit, such as peaches and apples. It’s medium-bodied with dried fruit, creamy texture and linear, vibrant acidity at the very dry finish. Drink or hold.
                                                                  93 points
                                                                  JamesSuckling.com

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                                                                    2018 Erste & Neue Pinot Bianco
                                                                    Alto Adige, ITALY
                                                                    $32. 99 Bottle
                                                                    $395.88 Dozen
                                                                    Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2020-2022)
                                                                    ABV: 13.5%
                                                                    Closure: Stelvin

                                                                    Made in a very similar vein to the Pinot Grigio and picked at the same time (at a similar altitude) to help retain vibrancy. Post fermentation, the pressed juice spends 3 to 4 months in steel with around 10% on solids to add a touch more texture and palate weight.
                                                                    Brilliant very pale straw colour with distinctive highlights of green around the outskirts and a watery hue. Aromas of pear mix with green apple and lime over a spicy back drop. Fresh pear and lime zest fruits are backed by crunchy green apples with a back drop of slate and flinty mineral characters. Dry zesty finish with some tang to the long focused aftertaste.
                                                                    Drink over the next 1-2 years.
                                                                    Alc. 13.5%

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                                                                      2020 Estandon Heritage Rose
                                                                      Provence, FRANCE
                                                                      $19. 99 Bottle
                                                                      $239.88 Dozen
                                                                      Cellar: Drink now (2021)
                                                                      ABV: 13%
                                                                      Closure: Stelvin

                                                                      Produced from a blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes, this delicious Rose is sourced from some of the best terroirs in the Cotes de Provence.
                                                                      Translucent pale salmon pink colour. Aromas of peach and strawberry fill the nose followed by some musk and distinct wet stone notes. Delicious peach and strawberry fruits roam the palate underscored by infusions of musk and wet stone. Supple textural feel finishing dry with crisp acidity and a long intensely flavoured aftertaste.
                                                                      Drink now.
                                                                      Alc. 13%

                                                                        Four Pillars 2021 Australian Christmas Gin (700ml)
                                                                        Yarra Valley, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
                                                                        $99. 99 Bottle
                                                                        $1199.88 Dozen
                                                                        ABV: 43.8%

                                                                        As with previous editions, Four Pillars Christmas Gin starts by distilling Christmas puddings. The gin is then aged in one hundred year old Muscat barrels and a slight tweak of Muscat is added to finish. What you get are aromatics of classic juniper and a hint of cinnamon, backed up with a rich, luscious palate. There's a mild sweetness from the Muscat and extended barrel ageing too. More than ever, it smells like gin and tastes like Christmas! Sip it on ice (it’s dangerously drinkable), mix it with ginger ale or beer, or try it in some great cocktails like the Christmas Cobbler (below). 43.8% Alc./Vol.

                                                                        INGREDIENTS

                                                                        • 50ml Australian Christmas Gin

                                                                        • 25ml fresh lemon juice

                                                                        • 15ml Fino Sherry or dry vermouth

                                                                        • 10ml sugar syrup

                                                                        METHOD

                                                                        • Add ingredients over ice in a Collins glass

                                                                        • Garnish with a mint sprig, orange, berries and lightly dust with icing sugar

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                                                                          2018 Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                          Margaret River, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                                          $39. 99 Bottle
                                                                          $479.88 Dozen
                                                                          Cellar: Drink now - 10 Years (2021-2031)
                                                                          ABV: 14%
                                                                          Closure: Stelvin

                                                                          Fraser Gallop’s Parterre Cabernet takes its inspiration from some of the great wines of Bordeaux displaying their finesse and structure whilst still allowing the Margaret River fruit to shine. The outstanding 2018 vintage is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc matured for 18 months in a combination of new and second use French oak.

                                                                          Powerfully fruited yet seamless and elegant, this is quintessential Margaret River Cabernets

                                                                          Totally opaque black dark red colour with a bright dark red hue. Expressive aromatics of red to black currant and mulberry flow from the glass followed by cedary tobacco notes, hints of earth and bay leaf. The medium bodied palate is layered with rich red to black currant and ripe mulberry fruits that show both terrific drive as well as finesse. Subtle vanillin cedar, tobacco, earth and spicy bay leaf characters seamlessly chime in on the back half. Calm and smooth in its feel it has polished fine grained tannins which lead into a long elegant finish.
                                                                          Drink over the next 8-10 years.
                                                                          Alc. 14%

                                                                          Other Reviews…..
                                                                          86/6/4/3/1% cabernet sauvignon/petit verdot/malbec/merlot/cabernet franc. Reaching heights of near perfection, '18 was a vintage responsible for wines just like this. Supple intensity, concentration of flavour without a gram of weight, the length of flavour possessed only by very healthy, perfectly ripe and balanced grapes. What a gloriously seamless wine, continuing the proud legacy of Parterre. Drink by 2041.
                                                                          96 points
                                                                          Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 

                                                                          Sporting a slightly different label now, with the house in a fetching sort of purple. The splash of colour works well. Here we have 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc all grown on the estate at Wilyabrup.
                                                                          Blackberry and boysenberry, sage and mint, fetching floral perfume, baking spice and vanilla custard oak. It’s medium-bodied with pleasing density of fruit, plenty of fine grained graphite tannin, cool acidity, so svelte and composed, with a long pencilly finish. Needs a little more time for the oak to integrate, but the feel of it, its balance and shape, mark it out as an excellent wine. Drink 2023-2033+
                                                                          95 points
                                                                          Gary Walsh – The Wine Front

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                                                                            2020 Freycinet Vineyard Riesling
                                                                            Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
                                                                            $27. 99 Bottle
                                                                            $335.88 Dozen
                                                                            Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2021-2029)
                                                                            ABV: 13%
                                                                            Closure: Stelvin

                                                                            Established in 1979 by Geoff and Susan Bull, Freycinet was the first commercial winery on the East Coast of Tasmania. Today daughter Lindy and partner Claudio Radenti who both have extensive winemaking experience from their travels around the world carry on the tradition.
                                                                            Brilliant water like colour with a vibrant green tinged outskirts. Intense lime and citrus scents mingle with mandarin, hints of bees wax, a faint oiliness and flinty mineral notes. Scrumptious lemon and lime fruits create a zippy tension with piercing acidity driving through the wines core. Finishes dry and long with notions of orange rind, wet steel and flinty mineral characters also chiming in. Concludes with great precision and zest.
                                                                            Drink over the next 6-8 years.
                                                                            Alc. 13%

                                                                            Other Reviews….
                                                                            Matured in French oak casks with bâtonnage. Tasmania showcases riesling's wonderfully exotic side and its high-tensile endurance, but rarely are these united as effortlessly as this. Low yields made for impressive concentration of star fruit, wild lemon and golden kiwifruit. Honed by gloriously crystalline acidity, it glides with consummate control, precision and endurance. One of the greats, it will live forever. Drink by 2040.
                                                                            95 points
                                                                            Tyson Stelzer – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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                                                                              2019 G.D. Vajra Luigi Baudana Dragon Langhe Bianco
                                                                              Piedmont, ITALY
                                                                              $37. 99 Bottle
                                                                              $455.88 Dozen
                                                                              Cellar: Drink now - 2 Years (2020-2022)
                                                                              ABV: 13%
                                                                              Closure: Stelvin

                                                                              Dragon is a unique white blend from the Langhe. Originally produced by Luigi Baudana during the 1980’s with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, it has evolved to embrace Nascetta, the most exciting white heirloom varietal of the Langhe, and a tiny amount of Riesling.
                                                                              Brilliant very pale straw colour with a greenish tinged rim and watery hue. Aromas of pear, spicy lime and green apple mix with fresh herbs and hints of slate. Delicious fresh pear, lime and green apple fruits are underpinned by bracing acidity with infusions of fresh herbs and wet stone chiming in on the dry crunchy finish. Excellent intensity with a long slatey mineral infused aftertaste.
                                                                              Drink over the next 1-2 years.
                                                                              Alc. 13%

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                                                                                2019 Glaetzer Wallace Shiraz Grenache
                                                                                Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA
                                                                                $18. 99 Bottle
                                                                                $227.88 Dozen
                                                                                Cellar: Drink now - 6 Years (2021-2027)
                                                                                ABV: 14.5%
                                                                                Closure: Stelvin

                                                                                A blend of 78% Shiraz and 22% Grenache sourced from vines between 50 to 100 years old. The Shiraz component which is matured for 16 months in 2-3 year old French (80%) and American oak (20%) barrels lends backbone, flesh and body to the wine. Whilst the Grenache which sees no oak contact brings a soft, vibrant juiciness.
                                                                                Dense inky black in colour with a deep bright dark red purple hue. Alluring scents of blackberry, liquorice and dark raspberry are more than ample in their intensity out of the glass with some following vanillin oak and spice notes. Rich dark plum, liquorice and dark raspberry fruits possess both freshness and succulence. Notions of spicy vanillin oak, subtle infusions of fresh herbs and light pepper also make an appearance. Velvety tannins with a long juicy finish that has an energetic feel to it.
                                                                                Drink over the next 5-6 years.
                                                                                Alc. 14.5%

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                                                                                  2016 Glaetzer Eye of Ra Shiraz
                                                                                  Barossa Valley, AUSTRALIA
                                                                                  $650. 00 Bottle
                                                                                  $7800.00 Dozen
                                                                                  Cellar: 10 - 15 Years (2031-2036)
                                                                                  ABV: 15.5%
                                                                                  Closure: Cork

                                                                                  The first release of Ben Glaetzer’s ultra premium Shiraz, Eye of Ra is only produced in extraordinary vintages when the quality is deemed to be beyond exceptional. Fruit was sourced from four outstanding vineyards out of the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa  Valley with vines aged up to 110 years old. Maturation took place in 100% new French oak hogsheads for a period of 16 months.
                                                                                  Magnificent density of colour featuring an impenetrable inky black heart and an equally deep dark red black hue. Powerful aromatics of ripe blackberry, liquorice, dark plum and dark chocolate waft out of the glass with notions of vanillin oak, mocha and spicy earth ensuing. Exceptionally concentrated, deep and structured the palate is engulfed with wave upon wave of blackberry, liquorice and black plum fruits which are backed by a stern, muscular framework of tannins. Chiming in on the back half are notions of toasty vanillin oak, boot polish like characters reminiscent of Penfolds Grange, earthy mocha and spicy pepper. Superb drive and torque with an exceptionally long, firmly built finish.
                                                                                  Cellar 10-15 years.
                                                                                  Alc. 15.5%

                                                                                  Other Reviews….
                                                                                  Bottled but not yet labeled, with a possible release set for mid-2019, Glaetzer's 2016 The Eye of Ra Shiraz boasts classy notes of pencil shavings and dark, plummy fruit. From 85-year-old vines, it's full-bodied, rich and creamy, loaded with vanilla-tinged French oak but balanced by blueberries and blackberries and ending with lasting hints of mocha and licorice. It returns Glaetzer's traditional Barossa winemaking to a new level of quality and elegance without sacrificing power or guts. Drink 2020-2035.
                                                                                  98 points
                                                                                  Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

                                                                                  2016 The Eye of Ra is a 100% Shiraz, using 100% French oak and all of the fruit comes from Ebenezer. This wine is made from the finest parcel of fruit that Ben has ever seen in his vineyard. Outstanding aromatics lead the way and the palate is nothing short of spellbinding. The finish has epic freshness and the tannins are like nothing I have encountered  before from the great Glaetzer portfolio. The Eye of Ra is all about power countered with impeccable restraint and I can still recall all of its flavours several weeks later. It is one of a number of wines that I have seen lately which signal a new and fascinating epoch for Barossa Shiraz. I followed this wine over three hours that evening and it never stopped evolving in the glass. This celestial wine made a huge impression on me and it is hard for me to see how this wine can be bettered and so I am overjoyed to give it a perfect score.
                                                                                  20+/20
                                                                                  Matthew Jukes

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                                                                                    2019 Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz
                                                                                    Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                                                    $84. 99 Bottle
                                                                                    $1019.88 Dozen
                                                                                    Cellar: Drink now - 15 Years (2021-2036)
                                                                                    ABV: 15.5%
                                                                                    Closure: Cork

                                                                                    Amon Ra is Ben Glaetzer’s flagship Shiraz named after an Egyptian God who was considered to be the King of all Gods. According to Ben Glaetzer the key to Amon Ra Shiraz is balancing the fruit and tannin extraction rather the maximising it – “the fruit has such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the vineyard rather than dominate them.” Fruit was sourced from a range of vineyards, aged between 50-130 years old, with a strong emphasis on fruit quality, rather than simply selecting parcels of fruit because they were from old vines. The wine was matured for 16 months in 100% new oak of which 5% was American and 95% French. It was bottled unfiltered. According to winemaker Ben Glaetzer, the sheer quality and balanced concentration of the fruit from the 2019 vintage was astounding.
                                                                                    Magnificent colour, impenetrable inky black at its heart with an exceptionally deep dark purple black hue. Intoxicating the olfactory senses are potent aromatics of ripe blackberry, liquorice and fresh dark plum followed by some ripe blueberry, vanillin oak, subtle dark chocolate and spice notes. Super rich, densely textured and ultra concentrated, the palate is a power house of dark plum, blackberry and liquorice fruits which then shift into vanillin oak, blueberry, subtle dark chocolate and spicy pepper characters on the back half. Monumental in its size and structure with firm yet velvety tannins melding into an exceptionally long and luxuriously decadent finish.
                                                                                    Drink over the next 10-15 years.
                                                                                    Alc. 15.5%

                                                                                    Other Reviews….
                                                                                    The 2019 Amon Ra Shiraz is 100% Shiraz and 100% from the 2019 vintage, as Ben Glaetzer felt it—unlike many previous vintages—didn't need to be freshened with a small proportion of younger wine. From old vines in the Ebenezer district of the northern Barossa Valley, it offers classic notes of blackberries and spice, framed by hints of cedar and vanilla (it's aged in 100% new oak hogsheads, mostly French). It's full-bodied yet crisp, supple but tight and really long. Offering lovely dark fruit, hints of espresso and black olive, it finishes mouthwatering and firm. Give it some time in the cellar and drink it from 2025 – 2040.
                                                                                    96+ points
                                                                                    Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

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                                                                                      2019 Glaetzer Anaperenna Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
                                                                                      Barossa Valley, South Australia, AUSTRALIA
                                                                                      $46. 99 Bottle
                                                                                      $563.88 Dozen
                                                                                      Cellar: 10 - 15 Years (2031-2036)
                                                                                      ABV: 15.5%
                                                                                      Closure: Cork

                                                                                      A blend of 84% Shiraz and 16% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Shiraz vines are aged between 30 and 100 years old, and the Cabernet between 30 and 130. Yields are 2.5 tonnes per hectare with the fruit fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters and hand plunged 3 times daily. Matured for 16 months in 100% new oak hogshead barrels (92% French and 8% American). Ben Glaetzer comments that the sheer quality and balanced concentration of the fruit from the 2019 vintage was astounding. The resultant wines showing dark and vibrant colour, terrific aromatic lift and freshness with tight yet approachable young tannins.
                                                                                      Magnificent depth of colour featuring an impenetrable inky black heart and a very deep dark purple black hue. The captivating nose offers up intense blackcurrant, liquorice and blackberry aromatics with a whiff of violets also chiming in. Ensuing are vanillin cedar, subtle black olives and spice. Exceptionally rich and concentrated the palate is saturated with inky blackberry, liquorice and cassis fruits which meld into dark plum, vanillin oak, traces of dark chocolate, fennel and spice. Bright acidity and a sturdily built, tightly grained tannin structure complimenting the opulence of fruit. Power packed it concludes very long with a youthful decadence.
                                                                                      Cellar 10-15 years.
                                                                                      Alc. 15.5%

                                                                                      Other Reviews….
                                                                                      The 2019 Anaperenna Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon is an 84-16 blend, all sourced from the northern end of the Barossa Valley. Bottled in October 2020 and scheduled to be released in October 2021, it features lovely lift and delicate herbal nuances on the nose, plus hints of red and black currants and blackberries. Full-bodied and supple, it's also crisp, long and velvety on the finish, picking up delicious nuances of vanilla, dark chocolate and bright, fresh fruit. Drink 2023-2035.
                                                                                      95 points
                                                                                      Joe Czerwinski – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 

                                                                                      84/16% shiraz/cabernet sauvignon from Ebenezer; 30–100yo shiraz; 30–130yo cabernet sauvignon. Matured 16 months in new (92% French and 8% American) oak hogsheads; unfiltered. Ben Glaetzer's superpower is upholding glossy brightness and freshness even in the wake of considerable ripeness, all the more impressive in warm drought seasons in the generous northern Barossa. Anaperenna is a showpiece for the modern great Australian blend, brimming in bountiful red and black fruits, backed generously with dark chocolate and coffee-bean new oak. It holds its proportions and considerable alcohol with astonishing confidence, thanks most of all to a bright flash of pure, fresh acidity. Drink by 2029.
                                                                                      95 points
                                                                                      Tyson Stelzer – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

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