Wine Inventory

2017 Hoddles Creek 1ER Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley) – Sold out

James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines of 2018

From nominated Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year Franco D’Anna, this spends 6 months longer in oak than the standard label. And has approx 35% new oak with firm tannin, bright floral and red berry nose. In the winery, this has the same treatment as the Estate Pinot Noir except for the inclusion of twenty per cent whole bunches. This makes the tannins a little more finer and gives structure to the wine for further aging. The wine spends eighteen months in cask. The wine is not filtered, not fined, or stabilized before bottling.

James Suckling – Rated 95 Points
“Large format oak for six months and then barriques. A winter in tank to finish. The spicy and fragrant playfulness is exaggerated with a portion of whole bunches used in the fermentation. The deep-set palate delivers an exceptionally long, smooth and supple layer of tannins, carrying long and deep into the finish. Stunning tannin quality here.”

 

2013 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg GC (Burgundy) – Sold out

The Wine Advocate (Neal Martin) – Rated 96 Points
“The 2013 Richebourg Grand Cru was harvested on the afternoon of October 9 and then the following day at just 16.5 hectoliters per hectare, the second lowest after the Echézeaux. It is clearly the elder brother of the 2013 Romanée-Saint-Vivant with intense dark cherry, black plum, tayberry and crushed violet aromas (the latter, perhaps a nod to the Romanée-Saint-Vivant). As with all the domaine’s wines this year, it is beautifully defined with beguiling transparency. The palate is medium-bodied, but there is serious weight and presence here. It is struck through with sorbet-like freshness, hints of blood orange tincturing the vibrant red fruit, seguing into a finish with great conviction and confidence, a Richebourg self-aware though not preening about its status. This is a Richebourg to cellar for several years and to enjoy over the next 20 to 25 years (or more). Production is 551 cases.” Tasted February 2016.

Vinous Media (Stephen Tanzer) – Rated 95 Points
“Healthy bright red. Explosive aromas of raspberry, blackberry, smoked plum, mocha, coffee, spices and truffley underbrush; this one hits most of the major red Burgundy food groups. At once tight-grained and wonderfully sweet and generous; the most vibrant of these 2013s to this point, with highly concentrated red fruit and spice flavors staining the palate and building on the aftertaste. Wonderfully sexy wine, but it’s hard to imagine that this won’t shut down in the bottle.”

1 bottle Available

2010 Penfolds ‘Bin 707′ Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia) – Sold out

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 97 Points
“A towering Cabernet, tightly wrapping its supple, expressive core of currant and boysenberry with subtle hints of cream, espresso and dried herbs, flowing seamlessly into the long and vivid finish. Offers depth and power without apparent weight. A knockout. Best from 2015 through 2030.”

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 95 Points
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon is an earthier style displaying classic aromas of cassis, plum and pencil shavings with some earth, olives, spice box and cloves. Very structured by firm, grainy tannins, it is concentrated and muscular with good acid freshness through the long and layered finish. It… will drink to 2030+.”

The Wine Enthusiast Magazine USA – Rated 95 Points
“Full-bodied and lushly textured, this standout Cabernet showcases huge, superripe fruit, lashings of creamy, vanilla-laden oak and a long finish. It’s still embryonic in terms of its development, but lovers of big New World Cabernets will find it enjoyable already.”

1 bottle Available

2009 Château Montrose (Bordeaux) – Sold out

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Always powerful and backward, Montrose is one of the great traditional names of Bordeaux and is regarded as having one of the finest terroirs of all Bordeaux – the Latour of St Estephe. Winemaking in the past has not exactly been “state of the art” and the property had a reputation of making truly great wine only when nature allowed (eg 1982, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2003 and 2005). Montrose has recently changed hands and the new owners know that they are buying a vineyard with the potential to regularly make one of Bordeaux’s greatest wines. The legendary Jean-Bernard Delmas (formerly of Haut Brion) is now in charge of winemaking and believes this to be one of the greatest wines that he has ever made – and remember that he was responsible for 1989 Haut Brion! M Delmas compares it to Montrose 1961 and 1982. Less fleshy and more precise than the great 1990 and 2003. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. It was felt that it was important here not to pick too late to preserve the freshness. A big black, inky colour, thick, dense and powerful with succulence and flesh yet classic structure and some very good, strong tannins balancing the richness of the fruit. Huge concentration but with a great backbone of tannin. Not in the style of 2003, this is 2005 plus. Classic Bordeaux. Potentially great. “Paris not Las Vegas.”

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 100 Points
“A colossal effort, the 2009 Montrose represents a hypothetical blend of the monumental duo of 1989 and 1990 combined with the phenomenal 2003. With 13.7% alcohol (an all-time high at Montrose), it is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and the rest tiny quantities of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Some structure and minerality can be detected in the background, but the overall impression is one of massive blackberry, black currant and mulberry fruit intermixed with forest floor, damp earth, crushed rocks and a hint of spring flowers. Full-bodied with sweet but abundant tannin, Jean-Bernard Delmas believes this is the greatest wine he has made during his short tenure at Montrose since retiring from Haut-Brion. This wine will undoubtedly shut down for a decade, then unleash its power, glory and potential perfection. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2050+.”

James Suckling – Rated 100 Points
“Blueberries, currants and Indian spices on the nose follow through to a full body, with ultra-fine tannins and a lovely finish. It’s intense and refined. A beauty. It goes on for minutes. Speechless. Better and cleaner than the great 1990. Try in 2022.” Tasted February 2012

2 bottles Available (Mint Condition)

2014 Domaine Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée (Burgundy) – Sold out

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The domaine holds (since 2006), 0.7260 hectares of vines, from 5 separate parcels around the village – two high on the hill and three below the village. The soils naturally vary! In 2014 30% of the vines were 90 years-old, 30% 70 years-old and the remaining 40% were 50 years old. The annual production is around 3,300 bottles.

The nose is engaging with some smoke, freshly grated ginger and cola as well as perfectly ripe red and black fruits. It is super silky in the mouth with volume that belies its village level. It fans out on the finish.

2 bottles Available (Mint Condition/Tissue Wrapped/Cork Closure)

2010 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – $899 (JS100/WA99/JH99/WS98)

James Suckling – Rated 100 Points
“The 2010 Grange arrives with much expectation and does not disappoint. This is a powerhouse, structurally superior to both the 2009 and 2008 vintages and breathtakingly dense, long and precise. The nose has cola, blackberry, vanillin, hard brown spices of all kinds, coal smoke, meaty charcuterie elements and a strong tarry, savory note that speaks of the 85% Barossa Valley componentry. The palate has super deep tannins that fan out through flavorsome black fruits. These are purposeful tannins; they bristle on the palate, tantalizing and assertive yet playful, strong not aggressive. The power here is the thing; this has mouth-coating density and terrific drive, so tightly coiled, it gives enough away to suggest a very, very long cellaring wine is here. This is a classic Grange that will please the serious collectors. A wine of genuine pedigree. Better in 2026.”

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 99 Points
“The core of this wine is Barossa Valley Shiraz (85%) the remaining 15% shiraz (and 4% cabernet sauvignon) from the Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate. In time honoured fashion, it finished its fermentation in 100% new American oak hogsheads, where it spent the next 17 months. It has exceptional hue and depth to the colour; the smoky complexity to the black fruits (no red or blue) of the bouquet also offers licorice and earth aromas; only a great Burgundy could have more nuances defined each time you revert to the bouquet. You could lose yourself, Narcissus-like, looking endlessly into the reflection of the palate; for all its power, there is not a hair out of place, the tannins outstanding. There is not the slightest question this will be one of the greatest Granges in the pantheon of ’52, ’55, ’71, ’96 and ’06.”

2007 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – $699 (WE97/WA95/WS94)

Blend: 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet

The Wine Enthusiast (USA) – Rated 97 Points
“This is dark and concentrated, as you might expect from Australia’s most heralded wine. Oaky scents of maple syrup and vanilla frame hints of mint and superintense dark fruit. On the palate, it’s a huge, tannic behemoth that needs 10 years of cellaring, but it delivers plenty of pleasure now in its ultraclean flavors of blackberries, baking spices and vanilla.”

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 95 Points
“The 2007 Penfolds Grange is comprised of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon coming predominately from Barossa vineyards with smaller proportions from Magill Estate and McLaren Vale. It was matured for 21 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep garnet-purple in color, the nose is intensely scented of vibrant blueberry preserve, mulberry and kirsch aromas over hints of cedar, mocha, vanilla and anise. The full bodied palate is richly fruited with pure black berry and baking spice flavors offset by crisp acidity and a firm level of velvety tannins, finishing long. This is quite an opulent, forward Grange, which is very tempting to drink now, though of course will reward at least 5-10 years of cellaring and should keep to 2030+.”

2011 Château Latour ‘Les Forts de Latour’ (Bordeaux) – $319 (WE93/WA92)

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First produced in 1966, this is not really a second wine as it is produced from separate parts of the vineyard which contain many old vines, as well as from some vats that are not quite up to the standards of the Grand Vin de Château Latour. Grapes from the vineyard’s young vines do not go into Les Forts de Latour but are used for a generic Pauillac third label. Clearly the equivalent of a top classed growth. Under Frédéric Engerer’s management, Les Forts de Latour has continued to improve in quality and recent vintages have been at “super-second growth” levels. This year it is 43% of Latour’s production with a further 23% going into the generic Pauillac. 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc. In 2011 nearly 25% of the grapes in the enclos of Chateau Latour (especially Merlot) were relegated to Les Forts de Latour. This is a serious and impressive Pauillac with great balance between the black fruit and firm but ripe tannins. Complex with creme de cassis notes on the mid palate, silky texture and a long finish. Very impressive indeed.

The Wine Enthusiast (USA) – Rated 93 Points
“This wine is characterized by both structure and rich fruitiness. A dark, smoky character brings out the solid tannins that underlie the black currant fruitiness and the balance. Although it doesn’t have power, an intensity gives a flavor that lasts in the mouth. Drink this wine from 2018. Cellar Selection.”

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 92 Points
“One of the finest second wines now being made, Les Forts de Latour comes from the same parcel every year. The 2011 is composed of 61.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38.5% Merlot. Forty-three percent of the Latour production was relegated to this cuvee. Its opaque purple color is accompanied by a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, underbrush, licorice and incense. Medium to full-bodied, deep, fleshy and already appealing, this 2011 should gain complexity over the next 5-7 years, and last for 15-20.”
Tasted Issue #200 April 2012.

2 bottles Available (Mint Condition/Cork Closure)

2015 Rockford ‘Rifle Range’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

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Most people would be unaware that Cabernet Sauvignon has been planted in the Barossa since at least 1888. Barossa Cabernets are rich, full flavoured wines and are a perfect fit into the Rockford stable. The fruit for this wine comes predominantly from vineyards along Rifle Range Road. The ‘Biscay’ soil of these vineyards is heavy clay, lending the wine its full flavour and earthy tones. The perfect wine to hide in your cellar, for as long as you are able.

2013 Penfolds ‘RWT’ Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

James Suckling – Rated 96 Points
“This is quite closed on the nose, the oak (57% new French) has it locked down in cedary armour, below sits ripe blackberry and red plum fruit aromas, some aged proscuitto meaty notes, orange zest and praline. The palate has intensity, richness, depth and rich blackberry flavor all riding on velour-like tannins, attractive texture, a little thread of Aperol-like flavor, this is dense yet plush. Best from 2018.”

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 95 Points
“Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz RWT Barossa Valley has a youthfully mute blackberries and black cherries-scented nose with hints of cedar, toast, cracked pepper and Provence herbs. While the oak is still standing out slightly in the mouth, this is backed up by tons of rich, seductive, mouth-coating fruit and firm, rounded tannins, with just enough acid in the very long finish. This is a truly great RWT!”

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2015 Rockford ‘Basket Press’ Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

Rockford 'Basket Press' Shiraz 2012 (Barossa Valley)

Produced with selected small parcels of old, dry grown Barossa Shiraz from nearly 30 of the Barossa’s finest grape growing families. The vineyards are situated in different sub-regions throughout the Barossa, which adds to the complexity and depth of flavours. The wine is hand made using equipment from the turn of the last century, then aged in American and French oak for two years. All this contributes to our objective to make the very highest quality traditional, soft, deep coloured, earthy Australian red wine which will bottle age.

 

2016 NOON ‘Reserve’ Shiraz (McLaren Vale) – $99 (NEW)

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Another great vintage (2016) for Noon Wines.
Grapes for the Reserve Shiraz are sourced from a l.6 hectare 50-yr-old+ Langhorne Creek vineyard that is cropped at three/tonnes per acre. Everything here is produced by hand and as natural as possible, with open ferments & basket pressing. The Reserve Shiraz is aged in a mix of French & USA oak barrels (40% new) for 18-months.

Robert Parker on NOON Wines (The World’s Great Wine Estates)
“Life is too short not to be drinking the wines of Drew and Rae Noon… With their incredible perfume, extraordinary purity and layers of fruit, these are attention-getting wines but there is a restraint, balance and complexity that is remarkable.”

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2015 Domaine Saint Préfert Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Southern Rhone) – $89 (WS94/WA93+)

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“This is a truly sensational vintage that should not be missed by any Rhône lover out there. Let me say that one more time: 2015 is a truly sensational vintage.”   – Jeb Dunnuck The Wine Advocate.

Isabel Ferrando aka (The Queen of Châteauneuf-du-Pape) is the owner, winemaker and driving force behind Domaine St Préfert. In 2013 she celebrated her 10th anniversary at Domaine Saint Préfert, a property that she has taken to the very top of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape pyramid, with her highly sought after bottlings – a great achievement in such a short time. In the 2015 vintage her top cuvee ‘Charles Guirard’ rated a massive 99pts with The Wine Spectator. We are offering the 2015 Classique bottling which is a blend of 85% Grenache and 5% each of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault & offers a textbook introduction to the house style: silky raspberry, pepper and shiso leaf notes with a long, supple finish.

The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck) – Rated 93+ Points
Hold onto your hats with these latest releases from proprietress Isabel Ferrando, as they’re easily some of the most badass 2015s I was able to taste. If fact, they resemble a hypothetical mix of the 2007 and 2010.

Under the guidance of Isabel Ferrando, who burst onto the scene in 2003, Domaine Saint Préfert has leapt into the handful of top estates in Châteauneuf du Pape. While the style has shifted slightly since 2009- when she started including more stems and I think pulling back a touch on ripeness- her wines still have sensational levels of fruit, beautiful purity and overflowing Provençal charm. The stunning 2015 Châteauneuf du Pape is a wine to buy a case of as it has beautiful concentration and depth, as well as the elegance, purity and finesse that’s the hallmark of the estate.”

The Wine Spectator (James Molesworth) – Rated 94 Points
“This energetic red offers a big ball of kirsch wound tightly with licorice, graphite and raspberry coulis notes. Shows lots of bright spice accents through the finish, which is carried by finely beaded acidity. Offers serious latent grip. Best from 2020 through 2035.”

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2013 Domaine Armand Rousseau Gevrey ‘Les Cazetieres’ PC (Burgundy) – Sold out

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From a 0.5 Hectare Parcel of 50+ Year Old Vines

Vinous Media (Antonio Galloni) – Rated 93 Points
“Violets, lavender, menthol and blue/purplish-hued fruits emerge from the 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers. Deep, pliant and exceptionally polished, the Cazetiers comes across as impeccably balanced today. Lifted aromatics balance the sumptuous fruit in an expressive, textured Cazetiers long on finesse.” Tasted April 2015.

Burghound (Allen Meadows) – Rated 92 Points
“This is more deeply pitched still with an exceptionally fresh nose that is classic Gevrey with its array of animale, dark berry, humus and pungent earth scents. There is that lovely sense of underlying tension adding lift to the mineral-inflected, muscular and powerful middle weight flavors that deliver very fine length on the more structured finish. This isn’t necessarily better or more interesting than the Lavaut but the texture is definitely different as it’s more robust. A qualitative choice.”

 

2016 Dappled Wines ‘Appellation’ Pinot Noir (Yarra Valley) – Sold out (Winner Of James Halliday Best New Winery 2017/2018)

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“Of all the winners at James Halliday’s Wine Companion awards, Shaun Crinion is the most unlikely. Winner of the Best New Winery category with his label Dappled, Shaun is a stay-at-home dad and part-time winemaker. Pretty much everything I do, I do myself – I hand bottle everything, I hand label everything.”
The winemaking details: “The 2016 ‘Appellation’ Pinot is sourced solely from the upper Yarra valley. The fruit sourced for this wine was from mid-80s plantings of MV6 (50%) and early to mid-90s plantings of 114 (20%) and 115 (30%). The fruit was handpicked into 250-kg bins to minimise bruising. The fruit was cooled to 10°C overnight before being sorted. 70% of the fruit was de-stemmed but not crushed, and the rest was left as whole bunches. The fruit was cold soaked for 5 days before being fermented in 1-tonne fermenters, employing only wild yeast and with no additions. The ferments were gently foot stomped daily for 1 week and then plunged twice a day, with 3 weeks total time on skins. The wine was pressed straight to oak with all solids. Oak was a mixture of puncheons and barriques, with 15% being new. The wine spent 10 months in oak with a natural MLF occurring in spring, after which SO2 was added. The barrels were then racked off lees straight to the bottling tank. The wine was then hand bottled via gravity.”

3 bottles Available

2014 Bests ‘Thompson Family’ Shiraz (Grampians) – Sold out

Individual Numbered Bottles # 660 & 670 of 2,200 bottles Produced.
2014 Thomson Family Shiraz Wins James Halliday Wine Companion Wine of the Year
By Justin Purser

Winning the Halliday Wine Companion Qantas Epicure Wine of the Year with our 2014 Thomson Family Shiraz and attaining a score of 99/100 was a fulfilling moment for the entire team at Best’s. The rarity of this wine means that it is never entered into wine shows and is rarely reviewed by wine critics, so to have a critic of James’s calibre reward it with such high praise gives credence as to why this wine is so special.

Made from the 15 rows of old Shiraz vines planted in the 1860s, the Thomson family has nurtured and protected these dry-grown gnarly old ladies for four generations and the Best family for two generations before that. This award is a fine acknowledgement of the tireless efforts of the Thomsons, the Bests and the generations of workers in the vineyards and the winery – their acute focus has compelled the Halliday team to hail this Great Western expression as the greatest Australian wine out of the 9000-odd that are reviewed for the Halliday Wine Companion.

Not only is it a fitting tribute to the resilience of these vines and of a small family business, it is also a testament to the history and success of Shiraz in Victoria. If it was possible to capture the Victorian wine history in a glass, the Thomson Family Shiraz would be it. This wine, we believe, has a special character that goes beyond turning grapes into wine, an ‘x factor’, if you like. The team at Best’s works very hard to ensure all our wines, but this one especially, are given every chance to fully achieve the quality levels attainable in Great Western, to capture the essence of the vineyards and to develop that x factor. We applaud them for their efforts and congratulate them on achieving such levels of quality.

With the length of the 2014 harvest (it progressed right until the end of April) we already had an inkling of the quality of the 2014 Shiraz wines. This protracted season enabled the grapes to achieve lots of layers of flavour. We knew we were onto something post-blending in mid-2015 when the wines began to unveil their charms presenting succulent, rolling flavours in the mouth combined with great balance and persistence. We believe that all the 2014 red wines will continue to get better with cellaring and hopefully will be looking good in 30 years’ time – if you can wait that long.

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2008 Château Latour ‘Les Forts de Latour’ (Bordeaux) – Sold out

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First produced in 1966, this is not really a second wine as it is produced from separate parts of the vineyard which contain many old vines, as well as from some vats that are not quite up to the standards of the Grand Vin de Château Latour. Grapes from the vineyard’s young vines do not go into Les Forts de Latour but are used for a generic Pauillac third label. Clearly the equivalent of a top classed growth. Under Frédéric Engerer’s management, Les Forts de Latour has continued to improve in quality and recent vintages have been at “super-second growth” levels.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 93 Points
“The second wine seems to have picked up most of the Merlot from the Latour vineyards (31.5% Merlot and 66.5% Cabernet Sauvignon dominate the blend). The 2008 Les Forts de Latour is a forward, pure wine displaying remarkably sweet tannins along with aromas of black currants, forest floor, and a hint of underbrush. Opulent, round, and generous, it should drink well for 15-20 years, possibly longer given the fact that the 1982 Les Forts de Latour is still a beautiful wine, and it’s “only” 27 years of age!”

2004 Penfolds RWT Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

Penfolds 'RWT' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2006

The Wine Advocate (Jay Miller) – Rated 95 Points
“The 2004 Shiraz RWT was barrel-fermented and aged for 14 months in 69% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive nose of smoke, leather, grilled bacon, game, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied, it is dense, ripe, and layered as well as opulent. More forward than the Magill Estate, this hedonistic Shiraz can be enjoyed now but will continue to evolve for another 8-10 years.”
Issue #173 2007.

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2006 Penfolds RWT Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

Penfolds 'RWT' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2006.. Bottle Shot

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 96 Points
2006 Penfolds ‘RWT’ Shiraz (Barossa Valley)- “Great colour; oozes blackberry and licorice from the bouquet, and then improbably gains greater impact on the dense, plush palate; just when you think that is it, the freakishly vibrant and juicy finish and aftertaste take over.”

Jeremy Oliver – Rated 95 Points
2006 Penfolds ‘RWT’ Shiraz (Barossa Valley)- “A richer, plumper and more concentrated RWT which manages to retain its customary elegance and charm. Its sweet, heady bouquet of violets, jujube-like blueberries, blackberries and cassis is backed by cedar/chocolate vanilla oak, while its luscious, silky-smooth palate of fine length and full to medium weight reveals a full spectrum of ripe and just slightly meaty and raisined fruits. There’s plenty of richness, weight and presence, with a lingering impression of juicy flavour and harmony.”

The Wine Advocate (Jay Miller) – Rated 95 points
“The 2006 RWT Shiraz was aged for 14 months in 70% new French oak hogsheads. The winery describes its style as opulent and fleshy compared to Grange’s muscular and assertive personality. Opaque purple in color, it offers aromas of Asian spices, beef juice, toast, blueberry, and licorice. Rich, fleshy, and round, it has plenty of underlying tannin, impeccable balance, and a long, pure finish. It will deliver prime drinking from 2014 to 2030.”

5 bottles Available

Also Available:
4bts x 2002 Penfolds RWT Shiraz  @$170 per bottle
4bts x 2004 Penfolds RWT Shiraz  @$160 per bottle

2013 Michael Hall ‘Flaxmans Valley’ Syrah (Eden Valley) – $55 (JS98/JH96)

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An impressive micro-negociant who has worked stints in Australia with Cullen, Giaconda, Henschke, Shaw + Smith, and in France with Domaine Leflaive, Meo-Camuzet, Vieux Telegraphe .
The fruit for Michael Hall ‘Flaxman’s Valley’ Syrah (a more floral Shiraz, a nod to Northern Rhône, hence ‘Syrah’) comes from the Naimanya Vineyard, which lies on the south-western lee of the tiny subregion of the Eden Valley called Flaxman’s Valley. This impeccable fruit is grown by Leon and Christa Deans and I’ll always be grateful to Kym Teusner for introducing me and sacrificing his claim to the grapes. North-west facing at 525 metres, it’s one of the highest Shiraz vineyards in the Eden Valley, the wider Barossa region and indeed South Australia. This combined with the soil profile of sandy loam, gravel and quartz over clay make for characteristic spice and floral aromatics.

James Suckling – Rated 98 Points
“A floral, exuberant, purple-fruited style that has deep plum and mulberry notes along with fine spices and pepper, a heap of graphite and really fragrant, stony elements. Belies its place. The palate is neatly cut into shape with crisp, smooth, layered tannins that deliver ripe, juicy dark-plum and red-fruit flavors. The fruit shines bright through the finish, and the tannins run straight, deep and long.”

3 bottles Available

2009 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou (Bordeaux) – $495 (WA100/JS99)

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Ducru is on top form these days. Bruno Borie has made some very serious wines at Ducru in recent vintages with many vats previously destined for the grand vin now being used for the second label. Ducru is clearly back where it belongs at the top of the super-second league. Classically structured, Ducru 2009 is made from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Merlot. 90% new oak. 45 hl/ha. This is turbo-charged and super-concentrated. Classic black cassis with a firm structure. Lots of black fruit on the palate with good balancing tannins. A blockbuster but not forced. Complex, balanced and long. Classy, serious and built for the long term.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 100 Points
“The 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou will eclipse the brilliant wines produced in 2005, 2003 and 2000. It will be interesting to see how the 2009 fares against the 2010 after twenty years of aging, but my money is on the 2009. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, this inky purple, unctuous wine possesses classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, blueberries, violets, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied and intense with Ducru’s inimitable elegance and purity, it should firm up in the bottle after 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 40-50 years. Magnificent! ” March 2012.

James Suckling – Rated 99 Points
“This has an impressive powerful and hearty structure, with seductive floral, currant and licorice aromas and flavors, showing powerful tannins at the end. This sneaks up on you at the end. Structured and very, very powerful. The blockbuster tannins are sweet and fruit-coated. This is a classic, powerful style of Ducru. May be best yet. Wow.”

1 bottle Available (Cork Closure/Mint Condition)

2017 Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir (Mornington Peninsula) – Sold out

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Grapes hand-harvested mid-February to mid-March and, on arrival at the winery, 100% destemmed. A 4-7 day pre-ferment maceration preceded a 100% indigenous yeast fermentation with manual plunging throughout, followed by a short post-ferment maceration (a total of 15-23 days on skins). Following pressing and a short settling period the wine was transferred to 15% new French oak barriques. After a natural 100% MLF with the onset of warmer temperatures in spring, the wine was then bottled unfined and filtered following a total of 10 months of oak maturation.

This is a Pinot that punches above its weight. Surprisingly restrained and elegant for what was a warm ripening season. There are layers upon layers of complexity here. Lifted aromatics of tart cherry, fresh tobacco leaves and candied ginger, the palate is supported by a fine acidity, gentle tannins & alluring savoury characteristics of dried red earth, leather and pencil shavings. Quintessential, on point, game Pinot Noir.

2014 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin VV (Burgundy) – Sold out

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Over the past decade, the wines from Domaine Fourrier of Gevrey-Chambertin have become so allocated that some restaurant wine programs might only receive a few bottles each year—many don’t even get the opportunity to purchase. This special bottling is sourced from vines with an average age of 80 years—many were planted as far back as 1929. Fourrier’s legendary wines are a pure expression of place with incredible energy and balance rarely found in other wines.

The Wine Advocate (Neal Martin) – Rated 90-92 Points
“The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes has a pure and fragrant bouquet with red rose petals infusing the vivid red cherry and fresh strawberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, quite tight and reserved on the entry with a keen line of acidity, correct and linear towards the fresh finish that is uninteresting in giving much away at the moment. Afford this 3-4 years in bottle to get the most from it.”

Burghound (Allen Meadows) – Rated 89-91 Points
(from Les Champs Perriers in Brochon) “There is enough reduction to mask the fruit but there is good freshness and verve to the more intense, mineral-driven and muscular flavors that possess a sleek mouth feel thanks to the relatively fine-grained tannins. I very much like the overall depth as well as the fine persistence on the well-balanced finish. Recommended. Drink: 2022+ “

Vinous Media (Stephen Tanzer) – Rated 89-90 Points
“Medium-deep red. Deep plum and red cherry aromas are lifted by spice and mineral nuances. Juicy, shapely and deep; more delineated and filled in than the Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Echézeaux, which nearly every vintage strikes me as more Chambolle in character (these vines are situated on the southern edge of Gevrey-Chambertin). Finishes with firm, integrated tannins and very good length.”

6 bottles Available (Cork Closure)

2015 NOON ‘Eclipse’ Grenache (McLaren Vale) – $59 (NEW)

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Blend: 91% Old-Vine Grenache; 9% Graciano, Shiraz:
Drew Noon described the 2015 ‘Eclipse’ as the best he’s produced, from an outstanding vintage.

6 bottles Available (Stelvin Closure)

2010 Château Cantemerle (Haut-Medoc) – $99 (WA94+/JS94)

For me this is easily one of their best ever wines, totally living up to its fifth growth billing.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 94+ Points
“The wine needs a good 7-10 years of cellaring and should keep for 30 more years, but this is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages (dating back 34 years now). Stunningly deep ruby/purple, with a beautiful nose of spring flowers intermixed with perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes, it exhibits a sort of cool-climate character. Broad, rich and intense on the palate, the wine has plenty of tannins, but they are sweet and well-integrated. Everything is delicately entwined into this beautiful, medium to full-bodied, dense purple wine, which shows stunning character and a prodigious potential for development. This is definitely a major sleeper of the vintage and even better than I thought from barrel. Drink 2020-2050.
With its 2010, this classified growth located in the southern end of the Medoc may well have made a modern-day version of their legendary 1949.”

“Very dark purple. Big and raw and blustering. Quite a bruiser! Very sweet and lively and classy with marked mulberry fruit. Very powerful with masses of tannins hidden away underneath too. Well-integrated nose with both concentration and vivacity.”

12 bottles Available

2011 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany) – $79 (WA93/JS93)

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Currently Argiano is volume wise, the third highest traded Italian wine on the Liv Ex Index behind only Sassicaia.
That’s probably as Argiano make regal Brunellos, utilizing traditional and modern techniques in both the vineyard and the winery. Vineyard lots are fermented seperately, and aged in a mix of French barriques (for structure) and then in older casks (for balance) for a minimum of two years.
The best 2011 Brunellos are racy, open-knit and seductive, all qualities that make them well-suited for near to medium-term drinking.
Argiano offers great value/high quality and is an honest representation of the terroir and Sangiovese grape. It’s spot on ideal for both drinking now or cellaring for 5-10 years. We are now selling our final stocks, this is definitely worth the buy!

The Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) – Rated 93 Points
“Argiano is among the top producers in Tuscany and the estate’s 2011 Brunello di Montalcino offers a glimpse into its formula for success. This is a balanced and forthcoming wine that puts equal emphasis on primary aromas of fresh berry and secondary aromas of oak spice and smoke. The two components suggest careful work in both the vineyard and the winery in what was not always an easy vintage. If Argiano experienced any hardship in 2011, you most certainly would not know, judging from this spectacular wine. I also would like to point out the quality achieved with the tannins and the brightness of the acidity. These characteristics suggest that this wine should hold longer than many of its peers. ” Cork 14.5%-ABV

James Suckling – Rated 93 Points
“Lots of earth, spice and plum aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, soft and round. Lovely savory finish. Hints of smoky oak and ripe fruit on the finish. Nice successor to the great 2010.”

1 bottle Available

2010 Rockford ‘Basket Press’ Shiraz 1.5LT (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

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The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 96 Points
“Deep garnet with a purple hue; this benchmark wine from an iconic producer is laden with vibrant purple and black fruits, floral notes, earthy complexity and well executed oak handling; the palate is juicy, direct and layered, with fine-grained tannins providing an armchair ride for the vibrant and plush fruit that is on board. This will age tremendously well, but many will enjoy it without giving it that chance. Drink by 2030″

1 Magnum (Packaged in Original Timber Box)

2013 Antinori Tignanello (Tuscany) – Sold out

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Wine #8 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016
“Intensely ruby red in color with purple highlights, the 2013 Tignanello shows an intense nose of ripe red fruit in additionto notes of vanilla, chocolate, and leather imparted from the oak. Spicy and balsamic sensations give additional complexity in the layers of aromatics. The wine is ample and enveloping on the palate with supple tannins and a savory freshness that fullyrespects the character and personality of the Sangiovese grape. The balance between acidity and tannins is excellent and thefinish and aftertaste are of a lovely length and persistence.”

James Suckling – Rated 97 Points
“The 2013 Tignanello is the best I have tasted ever.This is amazing on the nose with blackberry, black truffle, dried cherry and hints of tobacco. So complex on the nose. Almost no need to taste it. Full body, soft and velvety tannins, and a persistent, fabulous finish. The mouthfeel is magic. 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink or hold.”

Vinous Media (Antonio Galloni) – Rated 95+ Points
“The 2013 Tignanello is a real knock-out. Rich and intense, but also linear in style, the 2013 is endowed with superb energy from start to finish. In this vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc character is especially evident, especially in the aromatics. Today, the 2013 is tightly wound and not ready to show all of its cards. Readers will have to be patient with the 2013, but the wine has plenty to say. Above all else, this is a remarkable level of quality for a wine with Bordeaux First Growth production

Rockford ‘Black Sparkling’ Shiraz Disgorged 2017 (Barossa Valley) – $125

Rockford Sparkling Black Shiraz > Disgorged 2014 w/ KIKKI.K Backing... a/ Hotel Newmarket (St.Kilda)

Rockford Shiraz with Bubbles!

5 bottles Available

2011 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge (Northern Rhone) – Sold out

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Decanter Magazine April 2004
The parcels of vines are located in eight different sites, or climats, on the hill of Hermitage, each with a different aspect and soil type, giving varying nuances to the wine. ‘Blending grapes from these different sites is part of the history of Hermitage,’ says Jean-Louis.
Of the principal climats where the Chave family has vines, the granite soils of Les Bessards provide power, intensity and structure for the long-ageing red Hermitage; the stony moraine of Le Méal an exuberant fruit and spice fragrance; the silty loess of L’Hermite vivacity; and pudding stone-covered Beaume a tight but fine tannic frame.

The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck) – Rated 98+ Points
“The 2011 Hermitage (also still in barrel), in comparison, is more focused and straight, with a slightly more serious feel to its tannin profile and overall structure. All of the samples (again, tasted in individual components) were beautifully perfumed, with the Les Bessards (which will make up the bulk of the blend) showing surprising density and concentration in a vintage that generally produced more up-front and supple wines. A serious 2011 that will certainly be one of the stars of the vintage, it should be reasonably approachable on release and have an easy two decades of longevity. One of the highlight visits during my time spent working in the Northern Rhone, Jean-Louis Chave (who is often called ‘The Pope of Hermitage’ by others) makes some of the most profound wines in the world today….Despite the notoriety here, Jean-Louis remains one of the most humble and straight talking winemakers out there, and his wines deserve a place in any wine lover’s cellar.” December 2013.

Jean Louis Chave Selection Hermitage ‘Farconnet’ 2012/2013 Available to Order @$125 per bottle (Note this is a Negociant bottling made from Sourced Grapes

2002 Château Haut Brion (Bordeaux) – Sold out

 

Chateau Haut Brion 1ER CRU 2002

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 92-94 Points
“Whether it’s a coincidence, or because in relatively cool years the first-growth terroirs are brilliant, Haut-Brion has turned out a beautifully classic, medium-bodied, precise and focused 2002 boasting a deep ruby/purple color as well as strikingly elegant aromatics (crushed stones, plums, black cherries, currants, figs, and earth). The wine possesses impressively measured power and elegance offered in a medium-bodied, nicely-structured, exceptionally pure format. It is unusual for Haut-Brion to dominate La Mission Haut-Brion at such a young age, but it certainly does in the 2002 vintage.” Anticipated maturity: 2010-2024. Issue # 149 October 2003

2015 NOON ‘Reserve’ Shiraz (McLaren Vale) – $95 (WA97)

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The 20 Rows Shiraz block was planted in 1962,and are quite low yielding for the area at around 3tons/acre. They are growing on their own roots as the region is free of phylloxera. The soil in this vineyard is a deep alluvial clay loam with an almost shimmering quality about it which produces small, black-coloured and perfectly formed Shiraz berries, packed with flavour.

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 97 Points
“Even more concentrated than the impressive 2014, the 2015 Shiraz Reserve is almost painfully intense—in a good sense. Dark berries, culinary herbs and roasted meat notes combine in a mouthwatering nose, which leads into a dense, creamy-textured palate. While most Noon wines can be drunk on release, I would suggest holding this one for a couple of years and drinking it over the next decade.”

3 bottles Available (Stelvin Closure)

2012 Penfolds St.Henri Shiraz (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds 'St.Henri' Shiraz 2012 (OWC)

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 96+ Points
“The 2012 Shiraz St Henri is very impressive with its elegant, sophisticated and well-crafted expression of this superb vintage. As always, there is no new oak employed here, simply 50+ year old large oak vats. This vintage has a dollop (3%) Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing a lovely cassis lift to the heady perfume. Deep garnet-purple colored, it displays a gorgeous nose of commendable purity and intensity with notes of red and blackcurrants, freshly crushed blackberries, menthol, cinnamon stick, bacon fat and cloves. Rich and already expressive on the palate, it is nonetheless built for the long haul with firm, ripe and grainy tannins carrying the fruit to a long and layered finish. This should be a long-lived St Henri that should cellar gracefully for at least 2 decades.” Tasted June 2015

 

2009 CHAPOUTIER Ermitage Rouge ‘Le Pavillon’ (Northern Rhone) – Sold out (WA100/WS97)

CHAPOUTIER 'Le Pavillon' Hermitage 2009 (Robert Parker 100 Points)

Unlike Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rhône does not have an official cru (vineyard) classification system. There are, however, lieux-dits, “named places” or place names that denote vineyard sites and plots within each appellation. Chapoutier owns some of the most famous plots in the Rhône, including 34 hectares within the tiny Hermitage appellation. This collection of highly sought after wines is coined “Selections Parcellaires”. These exceptional wines are created organically and biodinamically.
Ermitage Red “Le Pavillon” – 9.88 acres, 100% Syrah -This wine comes from “lieu-dit’ (named place) Les Bessards, a fine layer of sediment lying on granite slopes. Its 65 year old vines are positioned at a lower altitude band of Hermitage hill, at approximately 130 metres, above the ruins of a stone house that gives it its name. With tiny yields (20 hl/ha), this is perhaps the most complex of the various Ermitage selections. Le Pavillon is characterised by great length on the palate, and liquorice and tobacco aromas.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 100 Points
“A perfect wine, the 2009 Ermitage Le Pavillon (1,093 cases) boasts a black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of acacia flowers, blackberries, blueberries, roasted meats, creme de cassis, truffles, graphite, powdered rock and new saddle leather. Extremely dense, noble and pure, this monumental Ermitage is built for 50-100 years of cellaring.” Tasted December 2011.

The Wine Spectator – Rated 97 Points
“This has a very alluring ganache edge, which melds nicely into the core of crushed plum, blackberry and currant notes. Lots of anise and briar emerge on the back end, along with ample toasted spice and incense. The very long finish has riveting acidity, while the fruit and ganache notes echo on and on. Dense but precise. Best from 2015 through 2035. 1,093 cases made.” Tasted July 2012

 

2010 Wendouree Shiraz (Clare Valley) – $195 (Limited)

Wendouree Shiraz 2013

3 bottles Available (WAK Screwcap Closure)

2004 Carruades de Lafite (Bordeaux) – Sold out

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Chateau Lafite’s second wine Carruades de Lafite has improved in quality enormously in recent years thanks to ruthless selection processes in the production of the Grand Vin. Many vines that could easily produce fruit for Lafite are now allocated to the Carruades. Not surprisingly this is where the bulk of Lafite’s Merlot has been used with an assemblage of 47% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Very different from Lafite this year, this is an attractive Carruades that should drink quite early. A smoky red cherry nose is followed by a plump, polished palate with plenty of glycerol, toasty oak and vanilla. It is supple and smooth with a gentle finish.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 90 Points
“Lafite’s second wine has become stronger over recent vintages as the selection for the grand vin has become Draconian under administrator Charles Chevalier. The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Carruades de Lafite (48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) exhibits sweet, crunchy, savory, black cherry, and raspberry fruit along with hints of road tar, spring flowers, and a touch of minerality. Give it 1-2 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 12-13 years.” Tasted June 2006.

2012 Antinori Tignanello (Tuscany) – Sold out

Antinori Tignanello 2012 Super Tuscan!

Tignanello production in 2012 is down by 25%. The malolactic fermentation is carried out in French oak and then transferred to French barrique for 14 months, followed by a year in bottle. This harmonises flavours and creates greater complexity. In fact, Tignanello was the first Sangiovese based wine to be aged in small French oak barrels. Tignanello offers an expression of Sangiovese quite unlike any other wine. It is a blend of 80% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It is vinified in a Bordeaux style, adding Tuscan flamboyance, hence creating a wine of super complexity and incredible ageing potential.

James Suckling – Rated 96 Points
“Aromas of blackcurrants and blueberries with hints of lavender and violets. Full body, chewy and polished tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A beautifully linear and polished red. Give it time to show it all but this is already a beauty. The depth and class to this are indeed impressive. Better in 2017.”

The Wine Enthusiast Magazine – Rated 95 Points
“Here’s a structured red with lots of finesse. It opens with alluring aromas of fragrant blue flowers, red berries, baking spices and exotic herbs while the firm, vibrant palate delivers black cherry, crushed raspberry, clove, orange zest, licorice and a sprinkling of white pepper. It’s still young but well balanced, with tightly woven but polished tannins and fresh acidity. Drink 2017–2024.”

2005 Le Petit Mouton de Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac) – Sold out

Le Petit Mouton Rothschild 2005

This is the second wine of Mouton Rothschild. In 2005 only 60% of Mouton’s production was used for the grand vin with 20% going into Petit Mouton and a further 20% being sold off in bulk. In previous vintages grapes that made this wine would have been used for Mouton itself. It is made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc (just about all Mouton’s Cabernet Franc production this year) and 20% Merlot. It is being elevaged in 60% new oak and has an impressive black colour and lots of cassis fruit, Very much a junior version of the great Mouton Rothschild itself.

2012 Torbreck ‘RunRig’ Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

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The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti Brown) – Rated 97+ Points
“Torbreck RunRig Shiraz 2012- Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2012 RunRig offers a nose of baked cherries and raspberry preserves with suggestions of violets, cinnamon toast, aniseed and vanilla. Full-bodied with characteristic elegance and poise in spite almost of its power, it has a solid backbone of very finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing with great length.” Cork 15.5%-ABV : Tasted July 2015

Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines -
“RunRig is always an impressive wine. It is powerful, Churchillian and indulgent. Every so often though a vintage comes along which takes me back to the first ever wine which I bought from this world famous estate-1996 RunRig. This was a wine so courageous and unflinching it took people’s breath clean away. 2012 is, once again, just such a wine. I was amazed at the sublime aromatics, coupled with density of flavour and fearless spice. This is an expensive wine, but it makes such an impression it is unlikely you will ever forget it just like I have never forgotten the1996.”

 

 

 

2010 Chateau Cantenac-Brown GCC (Margaux-Bordeaux) – Sold out

Chateau Cantenac-Brown 3eme Cru Classe 2010 (WA94)

A 3ème Cru Classé – with 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot. The Average age of the vines is 35 year old. Vine Density 8,500-to-10,000 vines/ha. After fermentation, the wine is aged for 12 to 15 months in French oak barrels.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 94 Points
“The greatest Cantenac Brown I have ever tasted, the 2010 is one for the ages. Dense purple, with an extraordinary nose of sweet forest floor, blackberry jam, pen ink and graphite, this wine soars from the glass, giving it an aromatic dimension and intensity I have never seen from this estate. The tannins are present, as they are in most Cantenac Browns, but the wine’s sweetness, broad, skyscraper-like mouthfeel, dense, purple color and spectacular length (close to a minute) make this a giant classic and a fabulous sleeper of the vintage that still remains under-priced, considering how great its potential may be. This is a wine for those with cold cellars and youthful DNA. It is going to need at least a decade of cellaring and should last for 20-40 years. A classic! ” Tasted March 2013. The wines will enjoy “astonishing longevity” on the back of high alcohol, fresh acids, lower pHs and huge tannins.

James Suckling – Rated 94 Points
“A wine with firm tannins that are polished and reserved yet there’s an underlying richness of fruit. Plums, blueberries and citrus character. Some tar too. Juicy and delicious to taste. Try in 2016.”(Cork Closure)

2010 Mollydooker ‘Velvet Glove’ Shiraz (McLaren Vale) – Sold out (WA97)

MOLLYDOOKER 'Velvet Glove' Shiraz Vertical 2010,2011,2012 w/ Velvet Labelling!

The Wine Advocate  (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 97 Points
“Very deep purple-black in color, the 2011 Velvet Glove is chock full of ripe and spicy blackberries, fresh blueberries and creme de cassis aromas that are accented by Chinese five spice notes and hints of chocolate, vanilla and some tar. Full-bodied, it is ripe and rich with a nice line of acid and medium-firm, fine-grained tannins. Concentrated and persistent on the finish, it shows beautiful elegance and freshness and is a nicely delineated and expressive example of the varietal and its regional home. However, it needs another year or more in bottle. Drink it from 2015 to 2025+. “
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 96 Points
“Rich, supple, complex and expressive, this is dense with smoky blackberry, wild blueberry, tomato leaf and exotic spice complexity, finishing seamlessly with refined tannins and just enough acidity to keep it all together. Shows tremendous presence.”

 

2010 Chateau la Croix de Beaucaillou (Bordeaux) – Sold out

Chateau Croix de Beaucaillou (St.Julien) 2010 (Bordeaux)

Jade Jagger designed the latest label .The new label will be on all bottles from the 2010 vintage onwards, with a limited edition for the 2009 vintage.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 90-92 Points
“This represented 55% of the production and now, under Bruno Borie, comes from the same vineyard almost every year. (The vineyard is on the other side of the Route du Vin, separating Beaucaillou from estates such as St.-Pierre, Branaire-Ducru and Gloria.) Sweet mulberry and boysenberry fruit intermixed with licorice, forest floor and earth are followed by an opulently textured, fleshy wine that is dense and outstanding. I joked with Bruno Borie that the second wine is probably better than many of the Ducru Beaucaillou’s produced in the 1970s. It should drink well for 10-15 years.” Tasted May 2011.

The Wine Enthusiast USA – Rated 93 Points
“No longer a second wine of Ducru-Beaucaillou, but a wine from its own separate vineyard, Croix de Beaucaillou is impressive. Firm while also rich, it is firmly tannic, superripe and packed with great dark plum and berry fruits. Fruit and structure well balanced together.” Tasted March 2011.

1999 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia ‘Masseto’ (Bolgheri) – Sold out

Ornellaia Masseto Merlot 2010

Vinous Media (Antonio Galloni) – Rated 96 points
“The 1999 Masseto is a cool, inward wine graced with exquisite finesse, but it still needs a few years in bottle to show its potential. That said, it is pretty spectacular even today. This is a vintage that will appeal to readers who enjoy firm, structured wines. Drinking window: 2012-2024.”

The Wine Spectator – Rated 95 Points
“Beautiful violet, berry and raspberry character. Very fruity and pretty. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a long, long finish. This is seductive and modern. It shows excellent potential for aging.”

 

2008 Penfolds ‘Bin 707′ Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia) – Sold out

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The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“Deep, dark red, the wine has an extremely complex and varietally expressive bouquet, its fragrant scents having a pinot noir-like allure, drawing you back repeatedly. The blackcurrant and cassis palate is a seamless extension of the bouquet, with extreme length and such impeccable balance it hovers on the edge of outright elegance. Drink by 2040.”

 

2009 Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf du Pape (Southern Rhone) – Sold out

Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 Red!

The red standard cuvée consists of 70% Grenache, 10% each of Syrah and Mourvèdre, 4% Cinsault, and 6% of Counoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir und Vaccarèse. The grapes are completely destemmed, partially crushed, and the various kinds are fermented together. The varieties are poured into the fermentation vat in the same order in which they were harvested. Up to two weeks can go by between the Syrah grapes, which ripen early, and the Mourvèdre grapes, which take their time to ripen. Alcoholic fermentation takes place during a period of 15 – 31 days, traditionally in steel tanks and a few wooden vats. The skins are punched down periodically. When alcoholic fermentation is finished, the wine is poured for malolactic fermentation into foudres and barrels, after which it ages for 9 – 18 months on the grape skin cap in 30 hl foudres and 80 hl truncated conical oak vats. One part of this domaine’s standard wine is also aged in small oak barrels, 5% of which are new each year.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 92 Points
The dense ruby/purple-colored 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is a blend of 70% Grenache and the rest Syrah, Mourvedre and tiny dollops of Cinsault, Counoise, Muscardin, Terret Noir and Vaccarese, and spends 12-15 months in large, conical oak vats. It offers up notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco, roasted herbs, spice box, black currants, raspberries and cherries. Medium to full-bodied and luscious, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade.
One of the great old families of Chateauneuf du Pape, the Coulons have been biodynamically farming their vineyards for decades, which can’t be easy given the fact that they own over two dozen parcels spread throughout the appellation. The 2009s performed even better this year than they did last year prior to bottling.

 

2013 NOON ‘Reserve’ Shiraz (McLaren Vale) – Sold out

NOON 'reserve' Shiraz 2013 (latest cult release)

Grapes for the Reserve wines are sourced from a l.6 hectare 50-yr-old+ Langhorne Creek vineyard that is cropped at three/tonnes per acre. Everything here is produced by hand and as natural as possible, with open ferments & basket pressing. The Reserve Shiraz is aged in a mix of French & USA oak barrels (40% new) for 18-months.
The sugar levels in all the grapes at maturity this year (2013) were high,resulting in wines that are rich, ripe and full of flavour, with a generous but well-structured personality.

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perrotti-Brown) – Rated 97 Points
“Medium to deep garnet/purple, the Shiraz Reserve has a youthfully mute nose exuding crushed blackberries and wild blueberries dotted with notes of cloves, pepper and anise. Big, voluptuous and full-bodied in the mouth, it has tons of spice, black fruit and savory flavors that are shaped by firm, grainy tannins and a long finish.” Drink 2017-2032 Issue #220 August 2015.

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 94 Points
“Dark and dense, with expressive flavors of licorice-accented dried blueberry and dark chocolate that slide enticingly into a long, ripe finish. Drink now through 2025.”

 

2 Bottles Available (Stelvin Closure)

2008 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out (WA100/WS100)

Penfolds Grange 2006

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 100 Points
“An utterly majestic Shiraz, sleek and seamless, brimming with ripeness on a framework that allows for grace and expressiveness in equal measure. The intensity of fresh blueberry and plum fruit holds attention until the nuances kick in, offering glints of exotic spice, coffee, cocoa, bay leaf and mint. Shows tremendous presence without a lot of weight, the tannins present but not even close to getting in the way. A great wine now, with plenty of room to grow. Drink now through 2040.”

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 100 Points
“Deep purple-black in color, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, taut and very spicy in the mouth, it shows touches of sandalwood and Chinese five spice complementing the layers of dark fruit flavors. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+.”

1996 Penfolds ‘Block 42′ Cabernet Sauvignon (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

2 bottles Available Very Rare Bottling.
Exceptional vintage conditions in the Barossa Valley in 1996 presented Penfolds winemakers with the opportunity to make this one-off, special bin wine in the tradition of the legendary Bin 60A, Bin 7 and Bin 90A. Penfolds Kalimna Block 42 was made from a single block – Block 42 – of the renowned Penfolds Kalimna vineyard, the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Australia. The wine was made from the same 110-year-old patch of vines from which came Max Schubert’s 1953 Grange Cabernet. Penfolds Block 42 is a captivating example of a single block of high-quality Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon, featuring concentrated varietal flavours, complexity of balanced oak and a fine tannin finish. Made from the 1886 vines, all American oak. Opens with a very ripe cassis jam, blackberry, coffee and leather nose with mint, lanolin and pepper. The texture is very ripe and round but extremely supple, perhaps a bit too soft. However, the flavour intensity is fine with blackberry jam, spicy mint, orange rind and tobacco flavours.

 

 

1997 Penfolds ‘Bin 707′ Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds 'BIN 707' Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Vintage Label!

What would make the 707 great in my opinion would be a judicious injection of small quantities of other varieties to add complexity. This is because there is arguably a limit to how much complexity you can achieve with 100% Cabernet and 100% new American oak. That is the difference between Pichon Lalande – and Latour – and Bin 707.

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 92 Points
“Dark purple-red; a wine which continues that high-toned, lusciously aromatic fruit of the ’96, with some cedary oak. There is plenty of weight and stuffing to the palate, where cassis and vanilla intermingle, rounded off with lingering tannins.”

1 bottle Available (Mint Condition/ Cork Closure)

2012 ‘Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia’ (Bolgheri) – Sold out

COURTESY OF PUBBLICATO DA ORNELLAIA-
Last month’s news event that attracted the world’s media attention was certainly the ultra-glamour wedding between Hollywood’s George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, which took place in Venice on 29 September. The iconic super-star not only choose a location in the ‘Bel Paese’, but showcased “Made in Italy” at the wedding banquet as well, where his VIP guests savoured Italy’s nec plus ultra of culinary expressions, with wine, of course. Inspired” by the great Ornellaia’s Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia was liberally poured for the guests.The wine was matched with Tagliato (fillet) of chianino beef with porcini mushrooms, anna potaotes & green figs.

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2012 LE SERRE NUOVE dell’ORNELLAIA/BOLGHERI D.O.C. ROSSO- $95 per bottle (Limited Stocks)
45% Merlot – 41% Cabernet Sauvignon – 9% Petit Verdot – 5% Cabernet Franc
James Suckling – Rated 93 Points
“Lots of ripe-blackberry, mineral and dark-chocolate character. Hints of rosemary and dark licorice as well. Full body with a dense, chewy mouthfeel and a long finish. It’s very structured and powerful. Hints of walnut and chocolate on the aftertaste. Second wine of Ornellaia and what a wine. Try after 2019.”

Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at temperatures between 26° C and 30° C for one week,followed by 10 days of maceration on the skins. The malolactic fermentation, which began in the steel tanks,was completed after the wine was racked into barriques (25% new and 75% a year old). The wine remained in barriques in Ornellaia’s temperature-controlled cellars for about 15 months.After the first 12 months the wine was assembled, and then returned to the barriques for an additional 3 months of aging. After bottling, the wine aged a further 6 months prior to release.

2011 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard ‘Bâtard-Montrachet’ GC (Burgundy) – Sold out

2011 Domaine Fontaine-Gagnard ‘Bâtard-Montrachet’ GC (Burgundy)

A 0.3ha site with vines that range from 30-80 years old, straddling the boundary of Puligny and Chassagne. Batard is one of five Grand Crus on the Montrachet hill, bordering the Grand Cru vineyard of Montrachet in the west and Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet in the south. It spends 12 months in barrel (appx. 30% new) Annually 1,500 bottles are produced, with both ‘Le Montrachet’ & ‘Batard-Montrachet’ being collectible on release, such is demand!

Burghound (Allen Meadows) – Rated 94 Points
“There is a trace of exoticism here as well with a similar set of aromas though here the floral elements are more pronounced and the overall complexity is enhanced relative to that of the Criots. There is excellent precision and punch to the broad-shouldered, concentrated and very serious flavors that are shaped by a firm acid spine on the linear, explosive and markedly saline finish. This is terrific and possesses outstanding development potential. In a word, impressive.”

The Wine Advocate – Rated 94 Points
“The palate is struck through with superb tension and grace, delicate touches of citrus peel, finely poised with an intense and penetrating finish.”

2010 Gaja ‘Pieve Santa Restituta’ Brunello Di Montalcino (Tuscany) – Sold out

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Grape Variety: 100% Sangiovese Grosso.

Originally, Angelo Gaja’s Pieve Santa Restituta had two major Brunello releases, Rennina and Sugarille; however, in 2005 Angelo decided to bottle a third release–a cuvee deriving from across the estate’s top growing sites that include Sugarille, Santo Pietro, and Castagno–that’s a younger, fresher, more approachable Brunello to consume while the sibling Sugarille and Rennina age. An expressive, vibrant Brunello, a great value, and an Angelo Gaja bottling, this ’07 Brunello offers a scintillating palate of wildflowers, brambly fruit, herbs, spices and telltale Montalcino terroir, making it not just outstanding, but a standout Brunello value. Four weeks in stainless-steel vats followed by 12 months in barrique (first-, second-, and third-passage casks) and a further 12 months in botti (large thirty-year-old casks).

James Suckling – Rated 97 Points
“Fabulous aromas of plums, prunes, Christmas pudding and berries. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a long and intense finish. Polished and refined. Give this wine two or three years to soften.”

The Wine Advocate (Monica Larner)
“Angelo Gaja and his family have released two masterpieces from their Montalcino cellars. These are amazing wines that stand out in a blind tasting thanks to their infinite extract, density and all-round excellence.”

Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media)
“The quality of Angelo Gaja’s Brunelli are beyond question, and the 2007 vintage is superlative. His wines from Pieve Santa Restituta are incredibly elegant with attractive aromas, concentrated flavours and the capacity to age for many years. Now widely acknowledged as one of the greatest vintages in recent years, 2007 saw a warm, dry winter followed by a warm spring and summer with a particularly hot month of July. Fortunately lower temperatures in August slowed the development of the vines and allowed them to work evenly throughout the entire growing season yielding beautifully ripe and healthy grapes. Harvest started at Pieve Santa Restituta on September 20th and ended on October 1st under perfect climate conditions. “

2012 Penfolds ‘Bin 389′ Cabernet & Shiraz (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds 'BIN 389' Cabernet + Shiraz 2012 (New Label Design)

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“Deep, dense crimson-purple; the profound bouquet offers every kind of black fruits imaginable, large and small, yet somehow leaves a space and air in the mix for more complex secondary characters to emerge given time – lots of it. The palate takes all this, and adds to it with barrel ferment characters introducing licorice and touches of wild herb. This wine fully lives up to the great expectations held of it (and the vintage).”
Arguably the bargain of the release!

 

2012 Penfolds ‘Bin 707′ Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia) – Sold out

OWC! Penfolds 'Bin 707'  Cabernet 2012 Six Pack.

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 98 Points
“Sourced from Coonawarra, Padthaway, Barossa Valley, Wrattonbully and the Adelaide Hills; the fermentation is completed in new American oak hogsheads, whereafter it is matured in those hogsheads for 14 months. There is amazing depth to the purple-crimson colour. Its full-bodied colours are nailed to the mast immediately the wine enters the mouth; it’s strange how the Cabernet of this wine marries with the American oak, providing the ultimate Christmas cake of aromas and flavours; one of its great strengths is the tannin structure that gives the wine its exceptional length (and mouthfeel along the way). Not made in ’81, ’95, ’00, ’03 and ’11.” Drink Now-2040 Cork Closure

 

2011 Tenuta San Guido ‘Sassicaia’ (Bolgheri) – Sold out

Sassicaia 2011 (Bolgheri)

How can a wine made from 85% Cabernet Sauvignon – the remainder is 15% Cabernet Franc – be this velvety, delicate and harmonised at such a young age?

The Wine Spectator – Rated 95 Points
“Ripe black cherry and blackberry flavors pick up accents of rosemary, mineral and spice in this red. Concentrated and intense, fresh and focused, leaning toward black currant and cedar notes on the solid finish. Racy midpalate. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. “

James Suckling – Rated 94 points
“Wonderful aromas of freshly sliced coastal rosemary and currants follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fine finish. This shows so much finesse and beauty. But there is a solid backbone of tannins and length. Reminds me of some of the underrated Sass of the 1980s such as 1982, 1983 or 1987. Try after 2018.”

 

2004 Penfolds ‘Bin 707′ Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds 'Bin 707' Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 (Cork Closure/Tissue Wrapped)

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 95 Points
“The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon “Bin 707” is one of the Penfolds’ flagship wines. It was aged for 15 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple/black, it exhibits a classic Cabernet nose of cedar, tobacco, spice box, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. Medium-bodied (13.5% alcohol) but dense and concentrated, with tons of black fruit flavor, the wine is tightly knit, structured, beautifully balanced, and very promising. It needs a minimum of 10-12 years of cellaring and should provide pleasure through 2040. Penfolds, arguably Australia’s most famous winery, continues to perform at a high level under the leadership of Head Winemaker, Peter Gago.” Issue#173 October 2007.

2009 Penfolds ‘Bin 169′ Special Bin Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra) – Sold out

Penfolds 'Bin 169' Special Bin Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra) 2009 Vintage!

The pinacle of Penfolds’ Coonawarra Cabernet. Sourced from Penfolds’ best Coonawarra vineyards, including Blocks 10 and 20, all located on classic terra rossa soils. Fermented in static fermenters with wooden header boards at Nuriootpa. Some components vinified in open fermenters with wax-lined header boards at Magill Estate. All components complete fermentation in barrel.Matured for 15 months in mostly new French oak hogsheads. Created to reflect Penfolds contemporary winemaking approach, emphasising both regionality and maturation of Cabernet Sauvignon in fine grained French oak. A style that is immediately Penfolds, whilst simultaneously illustrative of its ongoing search for diversity and style separation. An honest reflection of the region and a testament of Penfolds longstanding commitment to the vineyards of Coonawarra.

The Rewards of Patience (Seventh Edition)
2009 Penfolds ‘Bin 169′ Cabernet Sauvignon (Coonawarra) ***** (Rated a 5 Star Penfolds Vintage)
“Deep crimson. Elemental dark berry, elderberry,liquorice,aniseed aromas with vanilla,dark chocolate, cedar,soice notes.Lovely concentrated, generous and buoyant palate with juicy elderberry, dark berry, chinotto/cola notes,rich chocolately tannins and integrated vanilla,ginger notes.The palate is tightly coiled with a wall of tannins.Monumentally structured with enduring potential.A classic ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’! matured in 60% New French oak. Screwcap Closure.

2010 Torbreck ‘RunRig’ Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

Torbreck Vintners 'RunRig' 2010 Shiraz (Wine Advocate 100 Points)

2010 Torbreck ‘RunRig’ Shiraz-Monogram Tissue Wrapped & Packaged in Original Wooden Six Pack Cases;

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 100 Points
“Deep garnet-black with a hint of purple to the colour, the 2010 RunRig taunts at first with a slightly closed nose before it engages with subtle kirsch, preserved plum, dried mulberry and Christmas cake notes intermingled with hints of violets, cinnamon stick, mocha and game. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly concentrated, the palate astonishes with incredible poise for such a big style as it perfectly balances the wine’s generous fruit flavours with firm, velvety tannins and seamlessly vibrant, lively acid. It finishes with incredible persistence. Delicious now.” Drink: 2016-2028+ Date Tasted Feb 14 2014. Cork Closure.

Torbreck Vintners
Here Shiraz from old dry grown vineyards (60-140YO) is blended with viognier,complementing the strengths and complexities of these individual parcels of fruit, whilst giving the resulting wine a further dimension.
Each of the eight parcels of fruit were gently destemmed into both wooden & concrete open top fermenters where they were carefully nurtured for 6-7 days on skins. After basket pressing the wine was run directly into both new and old French barriques where they spent 30 months with one racking.
Possessing a dense, saturated, almost ink like hue, the aromas of black raspberries, crème de cassis, smoke, graphite and melted tar soar from the glass. Full bodied with great intensity, amazing freshness and extraordinary concentration, the multi-layered palate displays the fruit purity that only the most fastidious farming can achieve.Tissue Wrapped,Cork Closure. (15.5% ABV)

One of the things that I most look forward to every year is putting together the final blend for RunRig. It’s our flagship wine that contains some magical fruit from 8 old (and ancient) vineyards located in the Southern, Western and Northern Barossa.
Contrary to popular belief, RunRig is not the ‘biggest’ wine we produce. In fact, as young wines, Descendant has more tannin and structure, and The Factor has more weight and body but neither has the detail and exquisite balance that is the hallmark of RunRig. It is a ‘Tête de Cuvée’ if you like; a barrel selection of our finest.
I have long believed in the viticultural resources in the Barossa Valley; certainly home to some of the world’s greatest vines and, due to the absence of Phylloxera, some of the most valuable clonal material too. We’ve come a long way since the first release of 140 cases in 1995 and in many ways RunRig is my tribute to the natural resources of the Barossa. Like all truly great wines it is authentic and a wine of origin that could not be made elsewhere.
It gives me great personal satisfaction that RunRig has been lauded by many of the world’s leading critics. Indeed, the world’s most influential critic, Robert Parker Jr recently gave RunRig 2003 a perfect score (100 points) during his recent visit to China.

The vineyard components of RunRig are those below:-
Hillside Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1890’s Lyndoch (Southern Barossa)
Phillipou Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1891 Rowland Flat (Southern Barossa)
Fowler Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1960’s Gomersal (South Western Barossa)
Renshaw Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1960’s Seppeltsfield (Western Barossa)
Helbig Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1950’s Marananga (North Western Barossa)
‘Moppa’ Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1890’s Moppa (Northern Barossa)
Schulz Vineyard – Oldest Vines 1950’s Kalimna (Northern Barossa)
Hoffmann Vineyard – Old Vines  Ebenezer (Far Northern Barossa)

 

2012 Ochota Barrels ‘The Shellac Vineyard’ Syrah (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

Ochota Barrels 'The Shellac Vineyard' Syrah 2012 (Barossa Valley)

“We wanted to make wines that were more European in style, and had no nasties in them, just because they were the sorts of wines we liked to drink.” Taras Ochota.

The Shellac Vineyard, named for an obscure hardcore punk band, is located two tractor widths from Torbreck’s famed ‘Decendent’ block to the east and Greenock Creek’s block to the west on Roennfeldt Road. The vineyard had crossed the work schedule of Taras and he eventually sourced fruit for his own means – but opted to pick a fair way earlier than others also sourcing from the same site. The wine sees 44 days on skins, with some Viognier skins tossed in for good measure. 30% of the ferment is whole bunch. The wine is basket pressed to French oak for 16 months, and gravity racked before final bottling without filtering or fining. With all bottles of this cult classic being individually numbered, we have bottles including # 1,000.

The Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“To make life a little easier, 1788 bottles is 149 dozen, and this was bottle no. 753. It has spectacular crimson-purple colour, wonderful black fruits, licorice and quality oak on the palate, bolstered by perfect tannins on the very long and beautifully balanced finish. A truly exceptional wine, which will give pleasure whenever it is opened.”

 

2010 Henschke ‘Mount Edelstone’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out (WA97+JH97)

Henschke 'Mount Edelstone' Shiraz 2010 (Eden Valley) Outstanding!

Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines 2014/2015
2010 Henschke, Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz, Eden Valley, SA £68
The 2009s are slower out of the blocks than the 2010 Henschke, Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz is another awe-inspiring wine from this legendary winery. The vines are 98 years old in the Mount Edelstone vineyard and they are making some of the best fruit of their lives. The nose is a stunning amalgam of liquorice, blackcurrant coulis and bouquet garni.
The texture is shot silk, like the gown Katniss Everdeen wore on the chariot when it burst into
flames. The fruit comes in waves, rolling rhythmically across the palate in perpetual harmony.
This wine is so luscious and so elegant that it defies convention. It is as close to perfection as
any Henschke wine I have tasted. Bravo.”

The Fine Print
The Mount Edelstone vineyard was planted in 1912 and is still on original rootstocks.
Yields range from 0.5 tonnes/2-tonnes per Acre.
The vineyard is managed with organic/biodynamic practices.
The higher altitude Eden Valley vineyard has leaner, rockier soils, and lead to energy, elegance and restraint in this Shiraz.
Aged for 2-years in a mix of 65% French – 35% USA Oak with 90% being new.
Previous vintages have received 97+ Point ratings with The Wine Advocate.

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 97+ Points
“Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Mount Edelstone is a single-vineyard Shiraz showing a little reticent at this youthful stage, though it gives delicate black and red fruit aromas that fan out with air to reveal kirsch, red currant jelly, mulberries and Chinese Five Spice notes alongside hints of dusty earth and potpourri. The palate is led by its commendable structure at this stage, with firm, grainy tannins and very lively acid to support the tight-knit fruit. It finishes long and layered. Consider drinking this 2016 to 2026+.” 14.5%ABV Stelvin Closure Tasted March 2013.

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 97 points
“The vineyard was planted in 1912 and Mount Edelstone was the first vineyard release in 1952. Bright crimson-purple, perfectly balanced and composed, its latent power may not be realised; black and red cherry fruits at its heart with lesser plum and blackberry notes. Superb tannins, and high-quality oak totally integrated on the long, silky finish. Outstanding medium bodied shiraz.” 14.5% alc; Vino-Lok .Tasted March 2013

TOP DROPS OF THE MONTH – MAX ALLEN (GOURMET TRAVELLER AUGUST 2013)
“Yes, I know the Hill Of Grace is the flagship-icon Shiraz. It’s also $650. And you know what? as impressive as the Hill of Grace is, I honestly prefer this; The 2010 Mt.Edelstone is particulary exciting, with sinewy dark fruit, damp black earth and great vitality.”

2bts Available (Mint Condition/Screwcap Closure)

2003 Sine Qua Non ‘Papa’ Central Coast Syrah (California) – Sold out

Sine Qua Non 'Papa' Syrah 2003 (Wax Capped) Rated 98 points!

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 98 Points
There are 860 cases of the 2003 SQN Papa, a blend of 97% Syrah, 2% Mourvedre, and 1% Grenache sourced from six different vineyards. An old black and white photograph of Manfred Krankl’s father holding a baby with a head the size of a large watermelon (presumably Manfred) serves as the label for this wine, which has just about everything one could want in a great Syrah. It exhibits extraordinary power and richness along with large quantities of sexy, seductive cassis, black cherries, and a chocolaty undertone. Unctuously textured, rich, and full, it will provide amazing drinking over the next 10-15 years.

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“Now that Krankl has reached the apex of a kind of insider-y fame–it’s got to give you a warm feeling when the definitive wine critic, Robert Parker, dubs you “One of the most creative and multidimensional winemakers on Planet Earth”–his comfort level with all the weirdness has taken on the afterglow of shrewd marketing jujitsu. Make your wine in a warehouse in a rundown suburb of Los Angeles? That’s…authentic! Refuse to expand production beyond the 3,500 cases you can personally make and shepherd along? Cunning dog…create scarcity! And the doozy: Give each new bottling, in each vintage, a completely new name (“Imposter McCoy,” say, for a 1997 Syrah, or “Poker Face” for a 2004 Syrah) and a new label design with your own sly, often psychologically dark, artwork. That’s…well, that’s confusing.
The Syrah blends, in particular, have triggered collectors’ feeding instincts. The Wine Spectator‘s Auction Index, which tracks 32 trophy wines, showed Sine Qua Non’s Syrahs trading at between $300 and $2,000 a bottle in early 2008. While the overall Index for these wines had climbed 128 percent since 1999, Sine Qua Non Syrahs had gone up 163 percent.
But these wines are originals, and people obviously cherish special feelings for them. Divorcing customers have wrangled over who gets the slot on Krankl’s buyers’ list, and one man who believed he had been skipped over on the waiting list recently had his attorney threaten Krankl with legal action. Even the modest amount of his wine that makes its way into restaurants may prove elusive. A New York sommelier once confided to me that he steered diners he deemed unworthy–too much money, too little soul–away from his small allocation of Sine Qua Non.
These Syrahs–like all of Krankl’s wines–are unapologetically Californian, generally high in alcohol and made from very ripe fruit, but Krankl says, “I have never had a desire to make the biggest wine. There is no art to that.” What he wants instead is “…a wine that is not purely intellectual, that has sex appeal to it, that is juicy and full-bodied but does have a certain liveliness and agility and grace, that isn’t a fruit bomb–I don’t know if that constitutes a philosophy.” He imagines his wines occupying a middle ground on the continuum between the superdense, color-saturated artisanal Shirazes of Australia and the layered, leaner reds of the northern Rhône Valley and Châteauneuf-du-Pape.”

2010 Antinori ‘Solaia’ IGT (Tuscany) – Sold out (Italian Wine of the Year In 2013)

Antinori 'Solaia' in Orange Tissue Wrap Vintage 2010!

The Wine Advocate (Monica Larner) – Rated 97 Points
“The 2007 Solaia saturates the palate with a heady array of super-ripe black cherries, plums, cassis, mocha and sweet French oak. There is an exotic quality to the Solaia I find totally irresistible. Despite its considerable ripeness and opulence, the 2007 Solaia is never heavy, rather it impresses for its extraordinary finesse and balance. Minerals, graphite and crushed rocks frame a long, seductive finish. This is a wonderful Solaia loaded with vintage and vineyard character. The 2007 Solaia is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese and 5% Cabernet Franc, aged in 100% new oak. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027. “

James Suckling – Rated 97 Points
“This is a subtle and racy wine. Balanced, with vibrant fruit and bright acidity and chocolate and spices. Full and racy. Very long. Austere. Fascinating. Very closed right now. Give it five or six years minimum now. Winemaker Renzo Cotarella says that Solaia is more reserved in character than the Antinori’s Guado al Tasso from Bolgheri, which is more flashy. Makes me smile.”

Vinous Media (Antonio Galloni) – Rated 97 Points
“Soft contours, silky tannins and textural volume are the hallmarks of the 2007 Solaia. A riper, denser version of the 2004 with the richness of the 1997, the 2007 will please readers with a long drinking window of pure pleasure. The style is intense and bold. Readers who prefer more subtlety will find that in other vintages, as the 2007 is a voluptuous, racy, turn-on with tons of immediacy but less in the way of detail or nuance.Drinking window: 2015-2037.”

2010 Penfolds ‘Special Bin 170 Block 3C’ Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – Sold out

Penfolds 'BIN 170' Shiraz 2010 - (Special Release to Commemorate 170 years since establishment)

In 1973, Penfolds crafted an experimental Bin 170 sourced entirely from the nineteenth-century
Kalimna Vineyard in the Barossa Valley. 100% Shiraz, all of the grapes were picked from Block 3C –
a venerated parcel that is often included in the Grange blend. In 2010, the Penfolds winemakers kept
Block 3C separate, realising they had the potential to re-create a Penfolds classic. Our Price $1,689 (WA98+)

Read More At     http://thewineczar.com.au/peter-gago/

 The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 98+ Points
“Commemorating 170 years of Penfolds and made with grapes from vines around 100 years old, in particular the Kalimna 3C clone, which is a block that almost always makes it into Grange, the deep purple-black colored 2010 Bin 170 Shiraz Kalimna Vineyard Block 3C absolutely “wows” with intense creme de cassis and mocha aromas that are quite meaty and nutty plus accented by some earthy undertones, hints of baking spices, mint and touches of violets. Very concentrated and complex on the medium to full-bodied palate, the firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acid lend support to the very rich, long and layered finish. Drink it now to 2025+.”

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 98 Points
2010 Penfolds ‘Special Bin 170 Block3C’ Shiraz (Barossa Valley) – “Early in its fermentation in 2010 it was clear this would be an utterly exceptional shiraz, and a hasty decision to complete its fermentation in French (not American) oak was taken, then 16 months in 55% new hogsheads. The aromas are hyper-fragrant, the silk and velvet palate of extreme length and finesse. drink to 2055;” 14.5% ABV; Cork.

Decanter Magazine UK – Mark O’Halleron 2014 – 
“In a recent tasting spanning almost every vintage of penfolds top red wines of the past seven decades, the 2010 drew unanimous superlatives. This was simply a marvellous season, but equally important is that it fell at a high point in Penfolds history. A dilligent regime of attention to detail in fruit selection and batching, greater attention to picking time to capture brighter fruit character, a move to ‘Bag Presses’ since 1998, earlier bottling to capture fruit definition, and stringent selection of more refined oak barrels have all conspired to elevate virtually every cuvee in the portfolio.

2010 Penfolds ‘St.Henri’ Shiraz (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds 'St.HENRI' Shiraz 2010 - Released May 1st 2014! & Rated 97+ Points by Lisa Perotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate.. Note wine packaged in Original Wooden 6 Pack Cases.

Matthew Jukes - www.matthewjukes.com Tasting notes from the Penfolds 170th Anniversary Launch
“2010 St. Henri Shiraz – I felt palpably nervous before tasting this wine. To my mind, it was the most important wine of the whole event. I have been waiting for this taste for four years. Harvest conditions meant that this had to be a great vintage for St. Henri. But how great? That was the only question. I never will wines to win 20s in my notes. They just happen without me questioning it. Perfect wines don’t have to try too hard. For me, this is the finest young St. Henri I have ever tasted. It is phenomenal in every way. I cannot imagine how it could be bettered. I like it more than the fêted 1990 and 1971. It is 100% Shiraz and it draws on fruit from all corners of the State. The clarity of message from start to finish is arresting. Gago picked out a few vineyards in the Adelaide Hills to try to explain just how this wine has benefited from the aromatic purity of the fruit from these parts – Waterfall Gully, Rostrevor and Paracombe. They add wistful spice and heavenly floral notes to the already majestic drive and intensity of fruit. The tannins are awesome and you already know that the oak is old! It provides the wooden stage for this heavenly beauty to entrance your whole being. Dense damson and blueberry notes cavort – the whole experience is almost transcendental. Epic and thrilling I couldn’t spit it out. I couldn’t whiplash it out of my mouth even if I was crashed into at speed while waiting for a red light to change. Weirdly it wasn’t swallowed either – it was subsumed into my soul.Perfect 20/20 ++ March 2014.

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 97+ Points.
“Very deep purple-black in color and showing an attractive nose of warm blackcurrants, blueberries and licorice with a complex undercurrent of mocha, cedar, menthol and grilled meat, the full-bodied 2010 St Henri Shiraz is relatively rich in the mouth, offering tons of fruit structured by firm, fine tannins and refreshing acid. It finishes with great persistence. Drink it 2015 to 2030+ “Cork Closure. Tasted February 2014.

2004 Penfolds ‘Bin 60A’ Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz ssa) – Sold out (JS100/WA99+)

PENFOLDS 'special bin 60a' Coonawarra Cabernet & Barossa Valley Shiraz 2004 - Rated 100 Points James Suckling  & 99+ Points by The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown)

Bottle No # 05122, of 10,800 Comes In Individual Silver Luxe Penfolds Gift Boxes with felt lining and Penfolds Tissue. Very Rare 900c/s Produced.The 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A, is considered by many to be the greatest Penfolds red too date.This remodel made from the 2004 vintage is sure to be a classic with a 40-50-year drinking window.

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 99+ Points
2004 Penfolds ‘Bin 60A’ Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz (Coonawarra/Barossa) – “Only 900c/s produced, this is a legendary bottling! The release of the 2004 Bin 60A following the epic 1962 Bin 60A is old news now, but the wine was looking very fine indeed when I tasted it so I thought I’d add a note. Blended of 56% Coonawarra Cabernet from Block 20 and 44% Barossa Shiraz from Koonunga Hill Block 56G and Kalimna Blocks 4 and 14, the wine was matured in 100% new American oak hogsheads for 13 months. Very deep purple-black in color, it offers restrained notes of game, smoked meat, earth, blackberry and black currant liqueurs, yeast, marmite-toast plus whiffs of dried lavender, cedar and bark. Very crisp, very tight and very firm, this taut medium-bodied wine is still all structure at this stage, going very long and earthy in the finish. Give it time and consider broaching it from 2014. It should drink well into the 2030s if not beyond.” Issue # 192 December 2010.

The Rewards Of Patience Seventh Edition – 
“Amazingly youthful considering it’s immense core of primary blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, dark chocolate, coffee notes, perfectly matched oak and waves of firmly, structured mouth coating tannins. It’s fruit presence and sheer persistence are relentless. It will take a lifetime to fully unravel.Like Penfolds Grange the Bin 60A completed fermentation in 100% new oak barriques before assemblage and bottling.”

2008 SINE QUA NON ‘B-20′ Syrah (California) – Sold out

SINE QUA NON ' b20' Syrah 2008 - Cult Wine w/ Nudie Backing!

The SQN label is the brainchild of Manfred Krankl winemaker/owner / (dark) artist of this cult Californian garagiste winery. On no less than seven occasions The Wine Advocate has given Sine Qua Non a perfect score for it’s Rhone inspired reds. To put that in perspective, even the great/famous Chateau Lafite-Rothschild has only managed four perfect scores.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 94-96 Points
(91% Syrah, 6% Grenache, and 3% Viognier) will probably spend 24+ months in barrel. (…) this 2008 requires introspection. Its opaque purple color is followed by tightly knit aromas, but like the 2008 Grenache, it unfolds incrementally in the mouth. There is abundant freshness as well as tremendous intensity and richness, but everything is tightly coiled in the mouth, and this wine begs for more barrel aging. This loaded, intense red will be one of the finest 2008s made in the Central Coast, and again, will confirm Krankl’s obsessive decision to pick in late November in order to achieve perfect ripeness.”

2008 SINE QUA NON ‘b20′ Syrah (California) – “The 2008 Syrah B-20 is a cool, inward wine graced with layers of beautifully delineated, chiseled fruit. This is a distinctly mineral, precise style relative to the more outgoing 2009, but both are striking. Floral notes add lift as the finish turns explosive with a burst of dark fruit, tar, licorice and crushed rocks. This is one of the more understated wines readers are likely to come across from Sine Qua Non. It is gorgeous when given the time to open up. The B-20 is predominantly Syrah, with 6% Grenache and 2% Viognier. About half of the Grenache was fermented with whole clusters and the wine was aged in French oak (60% new) for 26 months.” Tasted August 2011

1 bottle Available (A Cut to the Wax Capsules/Cork Closure)

2006 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds Grange 2006

98% Barossa Valley Shiraz & 2% Cabernet Sauvignon 

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti Brown) – Rated 98+ Points
2006 Penfolds ‘Grange’ Shiraz – “Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (98%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, it’s still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.

The Robb Report Best of the Best 2012: International Red Wines:    
“Peter Gago, chief winemaker since 2002, has rendered another oenological tour de force with the Penfolds Grange 2006, an, inky yet elegant elixer that evokes flavours of red cherry, blackberry, bittersweet chocolate, rosemary,curry, and mint.”

2009 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out

 

 

Henschke 'Hill Of Grace' Shiraz 2008 A Vintage Graced by Resilience! Australia's Greatest Single Vineyard Wine...

Click on the link: For tasting notes/ratings from the 50th anniversary retrospective tasting of ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz.
http://thewineczar.com.au/henschke-hill-of-grace-ratings-1990-2009/

2009 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz
“Late January brought a record six days over 40C, not seen since 1908, causing vine stress, exacerbated by drought conditions and empty dams, followed by another week of hot weather culminating in a 46C day on Black Saturday on February 7. Fortunately subsequent weather was mild and dry, with perfect ripening weather from March 1st.
Deep red with crimson hues. Complex aromas of red currants, blackberry and marzipan with hints of five spice, dried herbs, black pepper, smoked charcuterie and layers of fine French oak. The palate is deep, rich and textural with a beautiful expression of berry fruits and spice, finishing with long, fine velvety tannins.”
Drink Now – 2029+  (14.5% ABV)  Rating: Excellent Vintage

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 97+ Points
2009 Henschke ‘Hill Of Grace’ Shiraz – “Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the nose on the 2009 Hill of Grace is a little closed, though it reveals notes of warm black plums, blackberry coulis and cloves with subtle nuances of dried Provence herbs, forest floor and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it possesses layers of medium to full-bodied black fruit and earth-laced flesh elegantly structured by a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins, nicely balanced acid and a long finish.” Drink 2014-2026+

 

2008 Penfolds ‘Bin 620′ Cabernet & Shiraz (Coonawarra) Sold – Subscribe for Interest

Bottle # 7221 - Penfolds 'bin 620' Cabernet + Shiraz 2008 - Gift Boxed & Tissue Wrapped

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti Brown) – Rated 98+ Points
“Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz (a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz) is a little restrained on the nose, presenting earthy, black truffle, moss covered bark and loam aromas over gentle notes of cassis, crushed blackberries, chocolate mint and pencil shavings, plus a fragrant whiff of cloves. Medium to full bodied, very ripe and rich in the mouth, the complex, layered fruit is densely packed and well supported by firm, finely grained tannins and very crisp acid. The finish is very long with a subtle hint of mint interspersed with warm berries, vanilla and baking spices…98+” WA Tasted 02/12

James Suckling www.jamessuckling.com- Rated 98 Points
“An impressive red with loads of currants and fresh mint. Full-bodied, with muscular tannins and intense fruit. This is so toned and structured. Lasts for minutes on the palate. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz. Aged in 57% French and 43% American. 100% new. Twelve months. Needs five years.”

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 98 Points
“Excellent purple-crimson colour; the seamless bouquet is already showing elegance, complex cedar, cigar box aromas entwined with perfect ripe fruit characters. The palate has great drive, length and line; outstanding tannins give the wine great balance, texture and a certain authority; this is not a fruit bomb style. By far the best three-year-old Penfolds red wine I have tasted.”

2009 Jasper Hill ‘Georgia’s Paddock’ Shiraz (Heathcote) – Sold out

Jasper Hill 'Georgia's Paddock' Shiraz 2009 (Heathcote)

James Suckling – Rated 100 Points 
The 2009 Jasper Hill ‘Georgia’s Paddock’ Shiraz (Heathcote) – “Intense aromas of licorice and dark berries with hints of tar. Graphite too. Full bodied, with a beautiful core of fruit. Ultra-fine tannins. All there. This is breathtaking with laser guided focus. So long and balanced. Wonderful. Better in 2014.”

2010 Tenuta Dell Ornellaia ‘Ornellaia’ (Bolgheri) – Sold Out

2010 Ornellaia e Sassicaia  (Super Tuscan)

To mark the 25th Anniversary Bottling of Ornellaia, artist Michelangelo Pistoletto design was Silk Screen printed directly onto the glass.In Europe this bottling has already sold out & is now considered to be collectors item. A Blend of : 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot

Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media) – Rated 97 Points                                                                          “One of the highlights of the vintage on the Tuscan coast, the 2010 Ornellaia is dazzling. A tightly wound, powerful wine, the 2010 is going to need a few years in the cellar to show the full breadth of its potential and class. Still, it is impossible to miss the wine’s pure pedigree and class. Freshly cut flowers, mocha, tobacco, grilled herbs and plums burst from the glass in this beautifully layered, polished Ornellaia. The 2010 is vivid, nuanced and precise from start to finish. I can’t wait to see how it develops over the coming years. Today, the 2010 is all about precision, vibrancy and saline-infused energy. I very much like the way the wine continues to open up in the glass. In 2010 winemaker Axel Heinz increased the Merlot quite a bit in order to give the wine a little more richness, while Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, both challenged by the weather, were used sparingly. The 2010 is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.”

The Wine Advocate – Rated 97+ Points
“Poured from the special anniversary bottle, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Ornellaia is a truly outstanding wine that leaves a lasting memory for those who are lucky enough to enjoy it. What stands out is the absolutely seamless-seamless-seamless (yes, it’s worth repeating three times) integration of its many moving parts. The wine magically transitions from cherry, spice, chocolate and espresso in one melodic and continuous loop. It exudes balance and elegance over long, delicious minutes. It is profoundly impressive. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030. Of all the grapevines planted on the Ornellaia estate, the 2010 vintage showed best results with Merlot, says Leonardo Raspini. Because the harvest was later than usual, the early-ripening grape enjoyed a slow and steady evolution.”

 

2010 Tenuta San Guido ‘Sassicaia’ (Bolgheri) – Sold Out

Sassicaia, Tuscany Wine Tour

(Tenuta San Guido – Sassicaia Barrique Bolgheri -Tuscany)

In a Tuscan State of Mind – By Antonio Galloni (August 2013)
http://vinousmedia.com/articles/in-a-tuscan-state-of-mind-aug-2013

“In my view, 2010 will go down as one of the great all-time vintages in Tuscany. The wines show beautifully delineated aromatics, punchy fruit and vibrant, mouth-watering acidity, a combination I personally find very appealing, especially at the dinner table. Although 2010 is a vintage for classicists, the entry-level wines are drop-dead gorgeous, so there is no need to delay gratification. Stylistically, the 2010s remind me of the 2004s, but with more fruit and overall depth. The finest wines should age gracefully for years, and in some cases, decades.”

Vinous Media (Antonio Galloni) – Rated 96 Points
“The 2010 Sassicaia is intensely saline, savory and energetic. Rosemary, sage, plums and black cherry notes meld into graphite, crushed rocks and a host of other more mineral-inflected nuances. Beautifully persistent and chiseled in the glass, the 2010 is ultimately all about energy. This is going to be a fascinating vintage to follow.” -

The Wine Advocate (Monica Larner)  – Rated 96 Points
“The 2010 Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia brings back some of the brambly rosemary and wild Mediterranean brush that was missing in 2009. This will greatly appeal to enthusiasts of Sassicaia’s trademark elegance. The wine shows extreme purity that brings its many beautiful aromas into startling focus and clarity. Lingering tones of black fruit and Oriental spice add subtle shades at the back. The wine mostly certainly shows its pedigree in the exciting and beautifully balance manner it evolves in the glass: It tells a new story each time you return to observe the bouquet. This is the harbinger of cellar longevity. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040.”

2010 Antinori ‘Tignanello’ (Tuscany) – Sold Out

Antinori Tignanello 2010 - The Super Tuscan

The best value of the big five ‘Super Tuscans’ a blend of 80% Sangiovese – 15% Cabernet Sauvignon & 5% Cabernet Franc. Last stocks from the spectacular 2010 vintage in Tuscany,with the 2011 now being released.

Antonio Galloni (Vinous)- Rated 96 points
“Antinori’s 2010 Tignanello is stunning, as it has been since I started tasting the component wines in 2011. Firm yet sweet, silky tannins form the backbone for this gorgeous, vivid wine. Dark red cherries, plums, cloves, mint and sage inform a Tignanello that impresses for its delineation, nuance and power. Clean, saline notes support the mineral-drenched finish. The 2010 isn’t huge, but rather is a vertical wine endowed with tremendous energy and vibrancy. I can’t remember a Tignanello with this much crystalline tension and pure energy. Simply put, the 2010 Tignanello is a magnificent, towering wine from Antinori.” Drink 2016-2030

James Suckling – Rated 96 points
“One of the best Tignanellos ever made. Aromas of currants and blueberries with hints of flowers. Full body with fine tannins and a refined finish. A red that delivers balance and beauty. Rich and gorgeous. Blend of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon. Better in 2015.”

1996 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – $799 (JH97/WS95)

Penfolds Grange 1996 (South Australia)

The World of Fine Wine Magazine (Neil Beckett) – Article Penfolds Top Reds 1952-2006
1996 Black/purple. An intense, finely focused nose, fresher if less rich than the great 1998. Elegant entry, instantly recognizable as a beautifully detailed, carefully extracted, classically styled wine. Still very youthful, but exquisitely made, with the precision and tension of a top Bordeaux or Northern Rhône (Latour or Chave) in a great vintage. A real thoroughbred. Drink to 2040.” 18.5/20

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“Medium to full red-purple, still bright after five years, vibrant cherry and plum fruit aromas more than handle the oak on the bouquet; the palate is sumptuous, but not heavy, the cherry and plum flavours tracking the bouquet. The wine has a very long finish, with fine, integrated tannins. Destined to become one of the great Granges.” Drink-2026

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 95 points
“A massive wine, with cascades of potent plum, cherry and blackberry fruit swirling around wafts of black pepper, bay leaf and exotic spice, which last and last on the finish, hinting at smoky, meaty notes. It’s all packed in tightly, suggesting this should evolve spectacularly with age!”

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker)- Rated 93 Points
1996 Penfolds ‘Grange’ Shiraz (South Australia) – “This dark purple-colored wine exhibits notes of sweet plum, blackberry, and cassis intermixed with some licorice, chocolate, and espresso. It is a blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon that tips the scales at 14+% alcohol. The wine is layered, unctuously textured, full-bodied with tremendous intensity, moderately high tannin, and a 40-second finish. The wine needs a good 4-5 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025. This Grange should ultimately merit a higher score when it is closer to its plateau of drinkability.” Tasted February 2002

 

1998 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – $799 (WA99/WS97)

Penfolds 1998 Grange - One of the Greatest Vintages (RP99)

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 99 Points
“Very deep garnet in color, the 1998 Penfolds Grange has shut itself away into a closed stage at this time, offering a subdued core of blackberry preserves and blackcurrant cordial with nuances of smoked bacon, black olives, sandalwood and sweaty leather. The full bodied, taut, muscular palate is firmly structured with chewy tannins and enlivening acidity, finishing long and savory. Consider drinking it 2016 to 2030+”

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 97 Points
“A wine of surprising subtlety for the vintage, playing its ripe cherry, red plum and herb flavors against firm tannins that have a bit of grit to them. But those lively cherry and raspberry flavors burst through, and there’s a nice hint of green herbs lingering around the finish, which doesn’t subside easily.”

The World of Fine Wine Magazine (Neil Beckett) – From Article Penfolds Top Reds 1952-2006
“1998-Black/purple. Balanced, composed, and concentrated, with brambly fruit and great mocha richness to smell. Effortless across the palate, elegant, refined, racy, smooth, and supple. The superb quality is already apparent, but this will clearly grow and grow. Drink 2010-50.” Rated 18.5/20

2010 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Rouge (Northern Rhone) – Sold out

Parker Perfection Bottle No# 3582: JL CHAVE Hermitage 2010 (RP100).. Another Happy Customer

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) 100 Points
2010 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage (Northern Rhone) – (WA100) “I have had the privilege of tasting at this brilliant family-owned estate for over 30 years. During that time, I have seen first-hand the glory of a true evolution from father Gerard Chave to his son, Jean-Louis, and of course, the Chave family has been doing this since 1472. It is one of those small but world-class wine enterprises that is truly inspiring. -Pure perfection, the 2010 Hermitage reminds Jean-Louis Chave of their 1990. It appears to be a richer, fresher example of what I remember the 1990 tasting like in 1992. The wine exhibits an opaque purple color along with an extraordinary bouquet of sweet blackberry fruit intermixed with creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, bouquet garni, meat and crushed rocks. Full-bodied and stunningly rich with laser-like precision, this is a powerful, massive yet exceptionally well-balanced wine that should be forgotten for a decade and drunk over the following 30-40 years.” -

1999 Penfolds ‘Bin 707′ Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds 'Bin 707' Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 94 Points
“Medium to full red-purple; ripe blackberry/earthy varietal character on the bouquet, then a palate with great depth and power, supported by controlled, savoury tannins and lingering blackberry fruit. The oak handling throughout cannot be faulted.” Cork Closure.

2006 Sine Qua Non ‘Raven Series # 3′ Syrah (California) – Sold out

Sine Qua Non 'Raven No.3' Syrah (California) Rated RP 96-99 Points..

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 96-99 Points
“The 2006 SQN Syrah Raven Series # 3 (93% Syrah, 5% Grenache, and 2% Viognier) is primarily from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard with small quantities from the Bien Nacido and White Hawk vineyards. It will be bottled after spending 22 months in oak casks. Aromas of sweet black and blue fruits, forest floor, lead pencil shavings, and spring flowers emerge from this remarkably elegant Syrah. With great fruit intensity, a stunning texture, and an opulent mouthfeel, this is a gentle, gracious, large-scaled wine displaying extraordinary finesse and elegance for its size. It will drink beautifully for 12-15+ years.” Issue #184 August 2009.

 

2008 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out (JH98/WS97/WA96+)

Henschke 'Hill Of Grace' Shiraz 2008 (Eden Valley)

The World of Fine Wine Magazine Q3: 2013 Issue 41
“Very deep,dark red-purple colour, the bouquet an expression of mocha, vanilla, toasty oak, super-ripe blackberry and violets. The oak still shows as much as it ever does in the ‘Hill of Grace’ which isn’t much. Very intense, powerful, full-bodied, and long. A big wine, but all the components are in great harmony. Quite a youthfully firm texture, it needs time and will be a great ‘Hill Of Grace’. Now until 2048 – Rated 19/20.
Other star vintages from this vertical tasting were:

1986 (19/20 Exceptional)

1994 (19/20 Exceptional)

1998 (19/20 Exceptional)

2002 (19/20 Exceptional )

2004 (19.5/20 Exceptional)

2005 (19.5/20 Exceptional)

2006 (19.5/20 Exceptional)

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 97 Points
“The current vintage, is simply a majestic wine, already showing the suppleness and balance that it took previous vintages years to attain. A sensuous wine that snakes through the palate, leaving behind clouds of cherry, licorice, exotic spices and bitter chocolate notes.” Tasted November 2013.

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 98 Points
“Deep purple-crimson, even after five years. Explosively rich and decadent, with sumptuous black fruits that have soaked up the new and used French oak and carry the alcohol with ease. The grapes were picked early between March 9 and 13 before the heatwave ended. Each block was separately made and matured, and the final blend is not made until shortly before bottling.” Tasted March 2013

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 96+ Points
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Hill of Grace has a slightly closed nose before giving subtle notes of ripe black cherries, blackberries and violets with hints of cedar, pepper, green tea and cumin. There-s a slight raisin character on the full-bodied palate with crisp acid, dense fruit and firm, grainy tannins, finishing long. Drink it from 2017 to 2035+”

3 bottles Available (Packaged in Individual Wooden Boxes)

2010 Penfolds ‘Bin 389′ Cabernet & Shiraz (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds 'Bin 389' Shiraz + Cabernet 2010 (Baby Grange)

Decanter Magazine World Wine Awards 2013 – Australian Red Trophy Winner

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 96 Points
2010 Penfolds ‘Bin 389′ Cabernet & Shiraz – “Matured for 14-months in American oak hogsheads (40% new).Shares the exceptional depth of purple-crimson colour with the other Penfolds superstars of the vintage.It is full-bodied,with layer-upon-layer of flavour,yet has a plush,welcoming character.The perfectly ripe blackcurrant and blackberry fruit has a coat of Belgian chocolate,the oak already submerged under the fruit. Drink Now-2045 Screwcap Closure.

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 92+ Points
A Blend: 51% Cabernet, 49% Shiraz -
“Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz displays pure cassis and black cherry cordial aromas underlying notes of aniseed, violets, pepper and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is voluptuous and wonderfully balanced between vibrant acid and a medium level of fine tannins. It finishes long and spicy and shows ageing potential. Drink it from 2014 to 2022+.ABV14.5%

 

 

2010 Delas Frères Hermitage ‘Les Bessards’ (Northern Rhone) – Sold out

DELAS FRERES 'Les Bessards' Hermitage 2010 (Robert Parker 100 Points) Perfection!!!

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 100 Points
2010 Delas Frères Hermitage Les Bessards – “The brilliant Jacques Granges remains in control of all winemaking at Delas Freres, and he has produced some of his greatest wines in 2009 for the northern cuvees. Moreover, this is a firm that has surged ahead in quality over the last 15 years, and their southern Rhone selections are increasingly impressive, including some excellent bargains. Between 900-1,000 cases produced.
The uber-impressive 2010 Hermitage Les Bessards ranks alongside the perfect 2009. The strikingly intense powdered stone/granite minerality is apparent in this wine of great intensity, prodigious, almost skyscraper-like texture, massive body and high tannins. It is only for true connoisseurs who have a cold cellar as well as the patience to wait a minimum of a decade for it to round into drinking form. Filled with potential, it is one of the single greatest Hermitages I have ever tasted. There is no hint of its 100% new oak aging!”

2012 vintage now available please enquire.

2000 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds Grange 2000 (Millenium Vintage)

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 95 Points
“Penfolds’ renowned 2000 Grange is only the fifth vintage to be made from 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, and 1999). It is also, atypically, 100% Barossa fruit. While it is not considered to be one of the great Granges, the 2000 exhibits outstanding potential, and is much more accessible than usual. One of the top wines I tasted from this vintage (which has had to take a back seat to subsequent years), its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of blackberries, cherries, chocolate, and earth. With decent acidity, ripe, silky tannin, superb intensity, wonderful equilibrium, and a more open-knit, softer, accessible style than usual, it can be drunk now or cellared for 15-16 years. While this is no wimpy wine, it is an ideal example for readers who are unwilling to invest the patience required for the big, blockbuster Granges.”Tasted November 2005

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 96 Points
“Good depth to the colour; seamless blackberry fruit and vanilla/cedar oak; abundant power and concentration; sultry blackberry, dark chocolate and spice; persistent but balanced tannins. Exceptional outcome for an ordinary vintage; obviously strict selection criteria used. Stained cork broke on extraction.” March 2005

2010 Château St.Cosme Gigondas (Southern Rhone) – Sold out

CHATEAU DE SAINT COSME Gigondas 2010 [Wine #2 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2012]

Ranked Wine #2 in The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2012 – Rated 95 Points

2010 Château St.Cosme Gigondas- “This mouthwatering red is sourced from 37 acres of vines averaging 60 years old that surround the château, on a property that has been in winemaker Louis Barruol’s family since 1490. Barruol, who took over from his father in 1995, is the 14th generation. For the 2010 bottling, he blended 60 percent Grenache with equal parts Syrah and Mourvèdre. The 2010 vintage produced classic quality throughout the Southern Rhône.”This is jam-packed with dark blackberry, currant and boysenberry fruit, but cuts like a knife, thanks to riveting acidity, a blaze of singed iron and a long, charcoal-studded finish. A lovely lingering note of singed bay leaf adds a mouthwatering echo. Best from 2015 through 2030.”

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 93 Points
2010 Château St.Cosme Gigondas- “The black/purple 2010 Gigondas, which in this year is a blend of 60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 17% Mourvedre and the rest Cinsault, has loads of sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with camphor, barbecue smoke and scorched earth. Lots of tannin, very good acidity, and a massive mouthfeel make for a real vin de garde for Louis Barruol’s 2010 Gigondas. This wine will need 3-4 years of cellaring and keep for at least 15 years.

The Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck) – Rated 94 Points
“Even better than the brilliant ’07, the 2010 Château de Saint-Cosme Gigondas is a classical blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 18% Mourvedre, and 2% Cinsault that is aged in a combination of old oak barrels and concrete tank. Elegant and yet powerful, with knockout aromas of licorice-laced black fruits, big minerality, garrigue, and pepper, this medium to full-bodied Gigondas has an old vine sappiness to its texture, as well as formidable tannin structure, fresh acidity, and fantastic length. Textbook stuff that needs bottle age; give it 3-4 years, and then drink over the following 15+years.”

 

2008 Château Duhart-Milon Rothschild 4eme Cru (Bordeaux) – Sold out

2008 Chateau Duhart-Milon - domaines barons de rothschild 4eme Pauillac  (Bordeaux)

Château Duhart Milon 4eme Pauillac is owned by its very illustrious neighbour Château Lafite-Rothschild, with whom it shares a vineyard management and wine making team.It’s vineyards neighbour Châteaux Lafite Rothschild and Châteaux Mouton Rothschild in this northern part of Pauillac.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 94 Points
“A magnificent sleeper of the vintage, the 2008 Duhart Milon is the shrewd consumer’s wine to purchase by the case as prices do not yet reflect its qualitative resurgence. Composed of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon and 27% Merlot that came in at 13.09% alcohol, it is a surprisingly intense effort displaying a marvelous texture, plenty of black currant, licorice, unsmoked cigar tobacco and earthy characteristics, a full-bodied mouthfeel and stunning purity as well as density. Enjoy this top-notch 2008 over the next 20-25 years.” Tasted May 2011

Jancis Robinson – Purple Pages – Rated 17/20
“Purple. Extremely deep colour – deeper than Lafite! Fine, scented, aromatic and flattering on the nose. Lovely texture. Rather forward and fine tannined. Powdery texture. Lots of Cabernet (73%) but very ripe Cabernet. Very fine and neat – truly baby Lafite, except that of course it tastes much less embryonic in terms of development than its stablemate Lafite. A very successful seductive Duhart-Milon. Great balance.”

2005 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – $629 (WS97/WA97)

The REWARDS of PATIENCE 7th edition 2013- Note the laser etched code on the glass as a mark of authenticity!

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 97 points
2005 Penfolds Grange Shiraz – “Containing just a dollop of 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Grange is about 85%+ Barossa fruit with the remaining proportions coming from McLaren vale and Coonawarra. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The nose begins a bit animal with some smoked game, mincemeat and bacon notes emerging over the freshly crushed, sun-warmed blackberries, black currant cordial, earth, black truffles, anise and allspice. Rich and full with very firm very fine tannins and very crisp acid, it gives a long finish layered with coffee, mincemeat and toast. Drink it 2013 to 2025+.”

The Wine Spectator – Rated 97 Points
“Supple, refined and focused, this is generous with its ripe currant, blackberry jam and fresh cherry flavors playing against grace notes of coffee, tar, white pepper and molasses. The finish keeps hovering and gets richer with each sip. Lip-smackingly good. Best after 2014.”

3 bottles Available

2003 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds Grange 2003

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 94 Points
2003 Penfolds Grange – “Supple, ripe and generous with its blueberry, plum and mocha flavors, riding easily over finely wrought tannins and extending into the long, expressive finish. Rich, complex and evocative, this has plenty of flavor packed into a beautifully balanced package. Drink now through 2020.” Tasted October 2008

Jeremy Oliver – Rated 96 points
“A very ripe, assertive, profoundly structured and traditional warm year Grange whose dark, brooding and brambly fruit and lavish oak are supported by drying, firm and chalky tannin. It’s still a bruising young wine, with a surprisingly floral and heady, jasmine-like bouquet and dense layers of blackberries, blueberries, cassis and dark plums backed by smoky, meaty, dark chocolate and cedary influences. As it opens further, nuances of treacle, aniseed and graphite slowly emerge. Firm and dense, its palate simply drips with concentrated flavour, finishing with the length and balance expected of this label.”

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 92+ points
“Penfolds- iconic 2003 Grange is Shiraz blended with 3.5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra. It was aged for 15 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up aromas of cedar, cigar box, leather, Asian spices, and blueberry. On the palate it is layered but a bit short on depth and grip with only moderate length. It will evolve for 5-7 years and drink well from 2014 to 2030.” Tasted September 2009

2002 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out (WA98/JH97)

Penfolds Grange 2002 - Mint Condition Tissue Wrapped!

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 98 points
2002 Penfolds Grange – “The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making! Penfolds, arguably Australia’s most famous winery, continues to perform at a high level under the leadership of Head Winemaker, Peter Gago.”

The Australian Wine Companion 2008 (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“As hoped and expected; beautiful colour; a wonderful bouquet, with black fruits or various kinds the engine, oak in tow. Impeccable texture and balance in the mouth; again, a wonderful array of seamless blackberry, licorice and high-quality oak; destined to become recognised as one of the great Granges.” Cork (14.5%ABV) – Drink Now To 2050

 

2001 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out

Penfolds Grange 2001 (Mint Condition/Tissue Wrapped)

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 98+ points
“The 2001 Penfolds Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+.”

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Penfolds Grange 2001
“Black/purple. Blueberry hill nose (the authentic signature, according to Gago, of Barossa Shiraz, and this is 100% Barossa Shiraz, half from the Kalimna vineyard), but much more complex than fruit alone, with an all-enveloping spice and well-integrated wood. Deceptive scale, so effortlessly is it conveyed. Dry but fresh, with a long and harmonious finish that should fill out very well over many years. Hugely promising. Drink 2010-40.” Neil Beckett Rated 18/20.

The Australian Wine Companion 2007 (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“It is extraordinary how this wine has gained power, weight and complexity since first bottled; now majestic black fruits, licorice and chocolate / mocha notes run through the palate. Great tannins sustain and support the back-palate and finish.”

1999 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – $699 (WS94/JH95)

Penfolds Grange 1999 Cork Closure (Mint Condition)

Penfolds Rewards Of Patience Sixth Edition 2012 – **** A very fine Penfolds vintage.
“Impenetrable deep red/purple; blackberry and blueberry fruit interwoven with perfectly tuned malty, savoury oak with liquorice and anise notes hovering above. Upon sitting there is a whirling aromatic shift, the wine becoming more complex, deeper, richer and darker. Layers of fruit, with blackberry and blueberry to the fore, as suggested by the nose. An underlying tarriness and new oak are seemlessly absorbed. A mass of fine grained tannins court a firm, tight finish of great length. The wine possesses the essential ingredients of the marque, richness, harmony and balance. A fitting Grange release to end the 1900’s, with decades of life ahead.”

The Wine Spectator – Rated 94 Points
*Collectibles* …Tremendously classy, offering smoky, earthy blackberry, plum and currant fruit that compete effectively against cedary oak on the long finish. The flavors gain with each sip, fanning out impressively. It’s tight now, but it could age beautifully. Tasted September 2004.

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 95 points
“Concentrated blackberry and licorice fruit, the oak perfectly integrated. A powerful, masculine style, a touch more austere than the ’98.” Tasted July 2003.

1997 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out (JH96/WA94)

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 94 Points
“The 1997 Grange (a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) looks to be a classic Grange although slightly softer and more forward than the backward 1996. The saturated purple-colored 1997 offers a gorgeously sweet nose of blackberry liqueur cherries camphor chocolate plums and mocha. The wine is opulently-textured extremely soft layered and seductive with Grange’s tell-tale personality well-displayed but in a seamless seductive style. This is a superb Grange that can hold its own against the more heralded 1996. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2022.” Tasted October 2002.

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 96 Points
“Medium to full red, with just a touch of purple remaining; powerful, complex dark fruits, chocolate and savoury lemon/vanilla oak on the bouquet, then a similarly powerful palate where earth and chocolate join the chorus of flavours promised by the bouquet; persistent tannins, of course. It’s hard to suggest this will be regarded as a great Grange in 20 years or so, but it is nonetheless in the mainstream of Grange style.”

1995 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – $699 (WS97)

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman)- Rated 97 points
1995 Penfolds Grange Shiraz – “A massive wine, majestic in its proportions,combining power and grace in equal measure. Flavors of plum, blackberry, chocolate and pepper, with hints of cedar, licorice and mint, swirl through the exotic finish. Tannins swarm but don’t overwhelm the finish, which echoes all day and night. Best from 2004
through 2020.”

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 95 Points
“In the manner of all great stayers, has picked up pace markedly over the past year. Deeply coloured, ripe cherry, spice, vanilla and a hint of licorice rumble through the bouquet; the palate is powerful and sustained by sweet tannins, the plum and black cherry fruit providing the core for the future. 95 Points/Drink by 2020″

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 92 Points
“An impressive Grange that may ultimately prove to be underrated, like many wines from this vintage, the 1995, a blend of 94% Shiraz and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits a saturated plum/purple color and a sweet blackberry liqueur nose intermixed with cassis, licorice, and new oak. The wine is textured, jammy, full-bodied, with impressive levels of extract, glycerin, and black fruit flavors. It is long, ripe, with unobtrusive acidity and tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2018″ Tasted February 2002

1992 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out (JH96/WA93)

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 96 Points
“Outstanding dense but bright purple-red; a powerful, concentrated bouquet with blackberry, mulberry and licorice aromas, and the oak seemingly more restrained than is usual. A powerful but impeccably balanced and structured wine, redolent of black cherry, licorice and mulberry fruit flavours; oozing class, breeding and staying power. It will be very interesting to watch the development of this wine versus the much-vaunted ’90 and ’91 vintages.” Drink by 2022″

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 93 Points
“The opaque purple-colored 1992 Grange exhibits an unevolved, grapy nose of sweet toasty oak, ripe prunes, black raspberries, and cassis. Full-bodied, with lavishly-displayed oaky notes, this formidably endowed, large-scaled wine should develop into an impressive example of Grange, although my instincts suggest it will not be quite as good as the 1990, 1986, or 1982. Issue #115 Drink 2000-2022″

The World of Fine Wine Magazine (Neil Beckett) – Article Penfolds Top Reds 1952-2006
“1992- Very deep, black/ruby; opaque. Intense, spicy, tangy nose, but black-fruited and cool; altogether more reminiscent of great young Hermitage. Great harmony on the palate, richly silky, with drippingly succulent, strikingly vivid fruit and suave tannins. Excellent length. Although the 1990 and ’91 are generally more highly regarded vintages, I find the former wine difficult to understand, a bit like much modern art, and find the 1992 better balanced and more elegant, less hard and strident. The others may settle and soften, but certainly at this stage, and for several years yet, I would find the 1992 more tempting. Drink to 2020.” 17.5/20

1971 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out

It was the legendary Grange that Max Schubert declared as his greatest triumph!
Now, more than four decades later, the legendary Penfolds 1971 Grange has topped a tasting of the world’s greatest wines of the 1970s, beating some of France’s most famous wine estates on the way.
Wines worth in excess of $500,000 were sourced from around the world, at a special event commissioned by European luxury magazine publisher FINE and website tastingbook.com. Judges from nine different countries were on hand to assess and score the wines. Penfolds 1971 Grange topped the list, scoring 98.5 out of a possible 100 points.

1994 Penfolds Grange (South Australia) – Sold out

The Australian Wine Companion (James Halliday) – Rated 97 Points
“Penfolds Grange 1994 – Dense red-purple; the typically rich and powerful bouquet has layers of dark berry fruit and integrated and balanced oak. What makes it unusual is the distinct hint of chocolate, which appears again on the silkily powerful palate. Here there is an array of all of the fruit flavours one could possibly expect, but once again that touch of dark Swiss chocolate adding an intriguing note. The oak balance and integration is better than any five-year-old Grange I can remember, the tannins perfectly balanced into the bargain. Drink 2014 to 2024.”

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 96 Points
“A magnificent edifice of a wine, elegant and refined in structure but dripping with flavor–a virtual cascade of plum, black cherry, blackberry, anise, pepper and exotic spices that lingers on the finish; this just doesn’t quit.” Tasted October 1999.

2006 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out (WS98/WA97+)

Henschke 'Hill Of Grace' Shiraz 1999 {Cork}

The Fine Print
The legendary Hill Of Grace Vineyard was planted in the 1860’s to 4 hectares of pre-phylloxera genetic Shiraz vines.
The vineyard is managed along organic/biodynamic practices.
Cropped at a miserly 1-tonne/acre, usually only 700 cases (dozen) are produced annually.
Vintages like 1974, 2000, 2003 & 2011 no ‘ Hill of Grace’ was produced for commercial sale.
Previous vintages have consistently rated 99 Points with both The Wine Advocate & Wine Spectator Magazines.

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 98 Points
“A gorgeous wine, smooth, polished, silky and seductive, teeming with licorice- and exotic spice-tinged blackberry, cherry and roasted meat flavors. Exquisitely balanced, sporting a finish that keeps undulating for minutes on end. Magnificent stuff. Shiraz. Drink now through 2020.”

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown)- Rated 97+ points
“Hill of Grace is 100% Shiraz from pre-phylloxera material brought from Europe by the early German settlers in the mid 1800s and grown in the Eden Valley. Some of the original vines are over 145 years old. Matured in new French (65%) and American (35%) hogsheads for 21 months, the deep garnet purple colored 2006 Hill of Grace presents an incredibly perfumed, ethereal nose of warm crushed blackberries, rose petals, kirsch, violets, cinnamon stick, mace, fennel seed, eucalypt and damp earth. Very crisp and rich in the mouth with medium-firm velvety tannins and tons of fleshy fruit, it displays opulent layers of warm berries and spice in the finish. This is staggeringly beautiful wine and delectably approachble even at this very early stage. I anticipate this great vintage will cellar to 2025+.”

2 bottles (Packed in Individual Wooden Boxes)

2005 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out

Henschke 'Hill of Grace' Shiraz 2005 (OWC)

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 99 Points
“Deep garnet with a hint of purple, the 2005 Hill of Grace offers a wonderful perfume of kirsch, red currant preserves and raspberry coulis with hints of cinnamon stick, cloves and orange peel. Medium to full-bodied, it is very elegant yet intense in the mouth with a lively acid line, medium-firm, very finely grained tannins, and a very long finish. Approachable now and should drink to 2040+.”  Tasted April 2013.

1 bottle Available (Screwcap Closure/Packaged in Individual Wooden Boxes)

 

2004 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out (WA99/WS97)

Henschke 'Hill of Grace' Shiraz 2004 (OWC)

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 99 Points
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“The flagship 2004 Hill of Grace (100% Shiraz) was sourced from vines ranging in age from 56 to 148 years. It spent 18 months in 100% new French oak. Purple-colored, it reveals a breathtaking aromatic array of violets, pepper, leather, smoked meat, game, blueberry compote, and black cherry. It splendidly combines elegance with power in a spicy, savory amalgam along with that extra dimension that can only be provided by old vines and a great site. Drink this hedonistic Shiraz from 2015 to 2040.”

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 97 Points
“Ripe, supple and seamless, this is marked by delicious pepper and dark chocolate nuances to the focused cherry, plum and fresh orange peel flavors, making for a lush mouthful that lasts and lasts on the creamy-textured finish. Shiraz. Drink now through 2020. “

3bts Available (Screwcap Closure – Individually Packaged In Wooden Boxes)

2001 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out

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The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Rated 94 Points
“Deep garnet colored the 2001 Hill of Grace offers aromas of warm red currant black cherry compote blackberries and dried Provencal herbs with an earthy undercurrent. Full rich and well-structured in the mouth it has crisp acid and a medium to firm level of rounded tannins and finishes long with up-lifting herbal notes. Drink this one now to 2025+.”   Tasted April 2013.

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman)- Rated 95 Points
“Supple, round and distinctive for the way it balances gamy, meaty notes with rich fruit and spice. Offers black cherry, dark plum and clove character in abundance, while keeping its elements in harmony. Really stretches the flavor spectrum. A very special wine. Best from 2010 through 2025.”

1999 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out (WA98)

Henschke 'Hill of Grace' Shiraz 1999 Boxed in Wooden Cases!

The Legendary Hill Of Grace Vineyard was planted in 1860, 4-hectares of which are Shiraz plantings. Cropped at 1tonne/acre, production is approx 700c/s in a regular vintage. An Australian Red of ‘First Growth’ status & highly collectable.

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 98 points
“The prodigious 1999 Shiraz Hill of Grace is a magnificent Eden Valley Shiraz, fashioned from vineyard blocks ranging between 52-144 years of age. Its inky/ruby/plum/purple color is followed by a fragrant perfume of black fruits intermixed with underbrush, dried herbs, vanilla, and spring flowers. Full-bodied, magnificently concentrated, pure, and delineated, this gorgeous, still young, compelling Shiraz is another example of a vintage that more and more appears to be underrated. It should hit its prime in 2-4 years, and last 15-20.”

The Wine Advocate (Lisa Perotti-Brown) – Henschke 50 Year Tasting 2013
“The 1990s presented an incredibly exciting decade’s line-up for me. The 1990, 1991, 1994 and 1999 are benchmark wines for this vineyard, demonstrating a power that comes from intensity rather than weight, exquisitely framed and with all the perfume and complexity one comes to anticipate of this remarkable place. A faint touch of brett characters came through on a couple of the wines, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to scream ‘fault!’ in these cases, the presence did come across as a distraction, especially alongside other examples of jaw-dropping purity.”

Bottles in Individual Wooden Boxes – Cork Closure / Fill In Neck Perfect / Label Mint Condition.

1998 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out

Henschke 'Hill Of Grace' Shiraz 1998 -Benchmark Vintage!

The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 97 points
“It is hard to find a more compelling red than Henschke’s 1998 Shiraz Hill of Grace. Made from 100% Shiraz (from vines averaging 52-144 years of age), and aged in primarily new American and French oak for 18 months, it is unquestionably profound. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a gorgeous perfume of blackberries, graphite, and subtle wood. Dense and full-bodied yet extraordinarily well-defined and layered, it remains young and backward, with tremendous potential. It is the finest Hill of Grace I have ever passed over my palate and down the gullet.”

Decanter Wine Legends – Wine #8 Henschke ‘Hill Of Grace’ Shiraz 1998

The reaction

When the wine was very young, Australian critic Jeremy Olivier wrote: ‘Pure, concentrated, bright, almost essential expression of vibrant, youthful Shiraz, that should develop especially well.’ US critic Robert Parker said: ‘A gorgeous perfume of blackberries, graphite and subtle wood. Dense and full-bodied yet extraordinarily well-defined and layered. Tremendous potential.’ Another US critic, Stephen Tanzer, found ‘explosive if idiosyncratic aromas. Pungent and penetrating, with compelling flavours of raspberry, tobacco, black olive, dried rose, mocha, herbs and spices, plus a strong underlying minerality. (I was variously reminded of Lafite, Haut-Brion and Ausone!)’

The more fastidious Australian critic Huon Hooke noted in Decanter: ‘Quite vegetal/spicy Eden Valley Shiraz aromas, attractive. Elegant but powerful, ripe palate with spicy/plummy fruit, hint of liquorice/anise, and fine tannins. Palate structure is smooth and quite lovely. A magical wine with a great future.’ Australia’s leading wine writer James Halliday was enthusiastic too, noting that it has ‘an indefinite life in front of it’.

The facts

Number of bottles produced n/a
Composition 100% Shiraz
Yield (hl/ha) 17hl/ha
Alcohol content 13.7%
Release price AU$288 (released in 2003)
Price today £397–£495 per bottle

2 bottles Available (Mint Condition/Cork Closure)

1997 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out

Henschke 'Hill Of Grace' Shiraz 1997 (Eden Valley)

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 95 points
“Explosively aromatic and extraordinarily long, this well-balanced wine doesn’t show its muscle as much as does its structure to propel the gorgeous flavors. Cherries, berries, earth and mineral notes mingle enticingly, wrapped in a gentle buzz of tannins. A stylish wine that should age well.”

Edited notes From Jancis Robinson MW (Purple Pages)
www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a201303203.html
“In our line-up of 48 giant Riedel glasses apiece the Hill of Grace wines really took off from 1986 and the wines of the 1990s were seriously impressive – savoury with flavours of dried herbs yet much fresher than the Australian Shiraz norm. The wines made this century continue to demonstrate the fine-tuning process in both cellar and vineyard but are still very youthful. I was convinced at the end that Hill of Grace deserves its pinnacle, and that it could not be in more appreciative hands.”

Bottled under Cork

1996 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out

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The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 98 Points
“Ripe, complex and tremendously expressive, with a meaty character weaving through the gorgeous blackberry, mulberry, plum and exotic spice aromas and flavors, which form up into a harmonious chorus and keep singing gloriously on the long, refined and open-textured finish.–Australian reds blind retrospective. 500 cases made.”

 

2002 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – $849 (WA98/WS98)

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The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) – Rated 98 Points                                                                 

“One of Australia’s legendary icons is Henschke’s Shiraz Hill of Grace. The 2002 is 100% Shiraz aged 18 months in 100% new French and American oak. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as extraordinary uplifted aromatics of acacia flowers, ground pepper, espresso roast, blackberries, cassis, chocolate, and smoke. This stacked and packed, full-bodied Shiraz possesses formidable concentration, moderately high but silky tannin, and a finish that exceeds one minute. A modern day legend, it should easily evolve for 20-25 years.”

Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 98 Points
“A lavish mouthful of red cherry, blueberry, currant and sweet spice flavors that linger on the creamy-textured finish. Has great style and amazing balance, letting its flavors soar. Shiraz. Drink now through 2020. 12 cases imported.”

3 bottles Available (Packaded in Individual Wooden Boxes)

1990 Henschke ‘Hill of Grace’ Shiraz (Eden Valley) – Sold out

Henschke 'Hill Of Grace' Shiraz 1990 (3 Pack - Poly Wine Shippers ready for Export to the USA)

The Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman) – Rated 98 Points
“Firm and expressive, the 1990 (98 points) was juicy with bright red and black fruits, harmonious on the finish, finishing with a real tang of acidity. It has wonderful spice notes on the finish to go with magnificent balance and intensity without great weight.” Tasted November 2013

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“Vines on the Hill of Grace were planted sometime in the 1860s and was later purchased by Henschke’s German ancestor, who settled in the Eden Valley of South Australia. The eight-hectare vineyard sits at an altitude of 400 meters, and has an average rainfall of 520 millimeters. The grapes are picked early-to-mid April at a sugar level of around 24°Brix. There is always a good acid/pH balance from this vineyard. The anthocyanins (color pigments) in the berries are also very high, which perhaps offer a clue to the very high quality of the Hill of Grace shiraz.

Aficionados point to other aspects in the making of Hill of Grace. Firstly, meticulous vineyard management from controlling the growth of the vines leaves to using organic matter and mulch to maintain soil fertility and moisture.

Secondly the amount of grapes produced by the vineyard (Average yield: 5 tonnes/hectare or 2 tonnes/acre) is very small, thereby implying high quality. The grapes are separated into parcels and vinified separately to maximize blending options. Vinification takes place in open-headed down fermenters with regular pumping over. Towards dryness the wine is drained and pressed. Partial barrel fermentation in a combination of new American and French oak enables good integration oak. The wine is then allowed to mature in the same oak for a period of about 18 months before bottling and further maturation.
Henschke wines are the loving creation of the husband and wife team. Prue is the viticulturist whilst fifth generation Stephen Henschke is the winemaker. Henschke Hill of Grace is often compared to Penfolds Grange as the two icons stand alongside each other as testament to Australia’s best Shiraz.
Wonderful nose of blackberries, vanilla, chocolate, liquorice and spice. Outstanding palate flavors, rich ripe blackberry and plum flavors. Velvety smooth tannins, and a very long aftertaste.”