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FAIVELEY 2019:

The World's best value Premier Cru has arrived! 

Happy Saturday Folks, I can rabbit on how good Burgundy 2019 is, but sometimes it's best to leave it to the world-wide authorities: 
"After tasting more than 700 Burgundy en primeur samples, Charles Curtis MW says 2019 is a hedonistic vintage"  Decanter Magazine

2019 will “perhaps rival 1865, the greatest vintage of all”. Bernard Hervet, former director of Faiveley and Bouchard

"In short, 2019............is a superb vintage, and these are wines that all Burgundy lovers are going to want to secure for their cellars." William Kelley

"2019 is potentially a grand vintage as it has everything it needs to be so described”  Allen Meadows, www.burghound.com
And I'll follow with a fact: one of the best producers in Burgundy have produced one of their best ever wines at a price that you just don't see in Australia anymore.  If you don't believe a salesman with an agenda, then consider one of the world's leading authorities on Burgundy with his reputation on line; William Kelley, Wine Advocate: 
“The 2019 vintage is a particular success here... Indeed, the 2019 portfolio is the finest set of Côte Chalonnaise wines I've ever tasted from Faiveley.” William Kelley, Wine Advocate
As you may have guessed, I'm trying point out 2019 is going down as one the greatest vintages you're likely to come across and one of the biggest and best producers (Faiveley) have also produced one of their best ever vintages.

If you would like a very good value play from a region known to be outrageously expensive, then today we have the wine for you.  It's Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru 'Le Clos du Roy' 2019 and it's $75!  Yes, a Premier Cru for under $100!  It's likely to be one of the cheapest Premier Cru Burgundies from a pedigree producer you'll see this year.  

Of all the 2019 Premier Cru Burgundy we have sold this year, none have been under $100 and none from a more famous producer.  More to the point, non-cru Burgundy (just plain old Bourgogne) are now commanding asking prices similar of this Faiveley and that's why we call this wine the best value Premier Cru Burgundy in Australia.  The local wine scribes often compare local pinots to that of premier Cru Burgundy, well here's you chance to buy the real deal without forking out the big bucks.
Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru 'Le Clos du Roy' 2019
“Aromas of plums, spices, incense and soil tones, framed by a touch of toasty new oak, introduce the 2019 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy, a medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety wine that's fleshy and concentrated, with fine, powdery tannins and lively acids. This is an enveloping, gourmand wine from a 2.6-hectare parcel.”  William Kelley, Wine Advocate
 
“A very serious wine for Mercurey, although the nose of forest berries with a rooty touch is only just beginning to open up. Tightly focused, medium-bodied palate with excellent tannin structure and a very long, fresh, mineral finish. Drink or hold.”  Rating: 94 Points.  James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com

 
Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru 'Le Clos du Roy' 2019 is $75 - Buy Now
Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 'Clos Rochette Blanc' 2019

The 2019 Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette bursts with aromas of pear, melon, fresh bread, citrus oil and hazelnuts. Medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with fine concentration and chalky structure, it concludes with a long, mouthwatering finish.  91 Pts William Kelley Wine Advocate Drink 2021-2031

100% chardonnay.  This wine reveals exceptionally complex aromas and a fresh nose offering white flowers and spices. The lively attack gives way to a smooth, oily palate thanks to its oak ageing. The flavours and aromas combine harmoniously resulting in a beautifully elegant wine.
Domaine Faiveley Mercurey  'Clos Rochette Blanc' 2019 is $54.99 - Buy Now
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Bargain Pinot Noir is very hard to find so pinot fans should track this wine down"
Harewood Great Southern Pinot Noir 2021 is one of the great bargains of 2021.  If you haven't come across this winery, it may surprise that it's been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by James Halliday for 14 consecutive years as well as won won 33 trophies. Yes, this winery is one of the most successful on the market and offers wines that represent brilliant drinking at the price. It should not be flying under the radar.

I remember the opening sentence Angus Hughson, (winepilot.com) used to open his review of that previous vintage: "Bargain Pinot Noir is very hard to find so pinot fans should track this wine down"  The 2021 vintage continues on from where the 2020 left off and again we've got it for $15.  A $15 pinot noir is very hard to come by these days, even more so when it's from a famed producer with a proven track record. Someone say hen's teeth?  

 
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Rieslingfreak No.4 Eden Valley Riesling 2021

 97 Points; Nick Stock
"A smart wine" Huon Hooke

This hits a new level in 2021, the finest release of this dry Eden Valley riesling to date. Aromas of sliced lemon and crushed stones with flickers of spice, too. The palate is finely detailed and has elegantly piercing lemon and ruby-grapefruit flavours that run so long and focused. Drink or hold. Screw cap. Rating: 97 Points; Nick Stock for JamesSuckling.com

Very light, bright yellow-green colour. Restrained but very charming and fresh aromas of dried flower heads, pot-pourri, hints of star jasmine. In the mouth, it has generous, rich flavour, notably fuller than some of the other 2021s. It's already showing its charms. The finish is dry but soft, cleansing and refreshing. A smart wine. Alcohol: 11%. Rating: 92 Points. Huon Hooke. The Real Review
Rieslingfreak No.4 Eden Valley Riesling 2021 is $22.99 - Buy Now
Bass Phillip 'Estate' Chardonnay 2019

"The style of the wine is complex in a Burgundy-like way" 
Huon Hooke

"Medium yellow colour with a faint brassy tinge, and the bouquet shows apricot and peach—more stone fruits than citrus—with a nutty, creamy, buttery background. There's a slight suspicion of botrytis. The palate is soft and round, gentle in acidity, with a medium-length finish, and there's a trace of tannin imparting 'chew'. The style of the wine is complex in a Burgundy-like way: a contrast to more fruit-focused Aussie chardonnays."  Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

A full, ripe chardonnay style with flavours in the rock melon, peach spectrum with just a hint of lemon peel and pineapple glacé. Succulent and juicy mid palate, laced with a core of fine acid that skates across the palate, finishing with poise and grace.
Bass Phillip 'Estate' Chardonnay 2019 is $69 - Buy Now
Cobaw Ridge Il Pinko 2020

"You’d put this in the top three Australian rose wines for sure, though, that being said, one of the great Australian wines overall anyway. "  Mike Bennie

You’d put this in the top three Australian rose wines for sure, though, that being said, one of the great Australian wines overall anyway. Our Tempier/Clos Cibonne/Lopez de Heredia, or something like that.

Sweet-sour cherry aromas, rose hip tea, pot pourri scents and flint/wet pebble mineral whiffs. The palate is taut, fine, brilliantly fresh with shards of crystal and licks of talc and pumice. More rose hip tea, some amaro-like bitterness, exotic spice, blood orange to finish. Impressive length, amazing texture, so much detail, a wine of serious pedigree in the style.  Rated : 95 Points.  Price : $42.00.  Closure : DiamDrink : 2021 - 2026.   Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.
Cobaw Ridge Il Pinko 2020 is $40 - Buy Now

Sidewood Estate Shiraz 2018

96 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2019 James Halliday 

“This is the complete package. Cold soak, wild yeast ferment with partial whole bunch, partial whole berry, matured in French oak (25% new) for 18 months. The result is a wine of great complexity to both texture and flavour, savoury black cherry, blackberry and forest notes. Skilled winemaking with 5-star success.”  96 Points & Top 100 Wines of 2019 James Halliday
Sidewood Estate Shiraz 2018 is $24.99 - Buy Now
Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz 2020
"Lovely. Chewy. Delicious." 
Gary Walsh, WineFront

The winery is smack bang in a middle of a purple patch.  They're a new winery and they've started with off on the right note.  In the Halliday Wine Companion 2017, Bondar was awarded Best New Winery.  They followed that up by taking out Best Shiraz and Best Single-Vineyard Shiraz at the McLaren Vale Wine Show.  Their 2018 shiraz rated 97 points and was included in last year's Halliday Top 100. 

Now enter the 2020 vintage: "Dutch liquorice, dried flowers, blackberry, dried herb and rock salt. Blackberry, blueberry, rich silty tannin, earthy and ferrous things, spice and dried mushroom. fleshy and long, with a bit of eucalypt perfume running on a long red and black fruited finish. Lovely. Chewy. Delicious."  94 points – Gary Walsh, The WineFront
Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz 2020 is $27.99- Buy Now
Bondar Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2020
"this is exceptional chardonnay from the Hills. Riveting!" 
Ned Goodwin. 

”Wild-yeast fermentation in (25% new) barrels, spontaneous malolactic and lees work, sans stirring in lieu of the low-yielding hot year. While I find the array of Mediterranean varieties at this estate compelling, this is exceptional chardonnay from the Hills. Riveting! A core of nougat, cashew, vanilla pod and oatmeal cream, with rims of mineral pungency and a frame flecked by stone-fruit references, sweet and savoury/sour. A thrilling tussle between extract, energy and structural binds."  Rating: 95 Points.  Ned Goodwin.  (Halliday Wine Companion 2022)
Bondar Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2020 is $29.99 - Buy Now
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2018

"This is a merlot that makes quite a statement."  Ray Jordan

 "A beautiful wine."  Erin Larkin.
 

"Lovely balance. All just so. Svelte. Polished. Really good."  Gary Walsh


"wonderfully long and delectable"  Sam Kim

"A vintage that produced some spellbinding wines and this is right up there with some of the best. This is high-class merlot displaying power and poise. The structure and combination of oak fruit and tannin is excellent. Leafy fruit with a trace of black fruits and dark plum. The palate has a grainy texture accentuated by the chalky tannins. Moss Wood has put a lot of time in managing this vineyard which they bought some years ago, with a particular emphasis on tannins. This is a merlot that makes quite a statement."  Rating: 96 points.  Ray Jordan

"There’s 5% Cabernet Franc in the mix, and a modest 15% new oak. New labels too, which are what you might call Margaret meets Bordeaux in style. I like them, as an aside. Well, this is a good expression of Merlot, to be sure. Red and black fruits, coffee bean, a sort of honey/floral perfume, and a bit of tar. It’s medium-bodied, has some savoury tobacco and black olive character in with red berries and plum, tannins is fine and powdery, dense and perfectly ripe, some cedar and subtle mint and seaweed flavour comes through on a long finish. Lovely balance. All just so. Svelte. Polished. Really good."  Rating: 94 Points.  Gary Walsh.  The Wine Front.

 
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Merlot 2018 is $56.90- Buy Now
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 

"Epic. Will live as long as you do". 
Erin Larkin, 

"Outstanding wine from an outstanding vintage. In fact, might well be the best cabernet yet from this vineyard"  Ray Jordan
 
"With 2% each of merlot and cabernet franc. 27 months in French oak (16% new). We live in hallowed times: the '18 cabernets from Margaret River are being released into the wild ... there's never been a better time to be alive. Concentrated, fine, pedigree cabernet with explosive, low-down torque that drags the flavours over the palate into the interminably long finish. Epic. Will live as long as you do. Drink by 2050."  97 points.  Erin Larkin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 

"Such a beautifully balanced cabernet. The key to this vineyard has always been tannin management. This is spot-on. Sure, there are tannins, but you want that with cabernet, right? There’s a minerally, slightly ironstone character threading through it with leafy blackcurrant and, slightly, back olive nuances. Dry savoury finish with a touch of bay leaf. Outstanding wine from an outstanding vintage. In fact, might well be the best cabernet yet from this vineyard".  96 points.  Ray Jordan.  The Weekend West Australian


"I should imagine the estate Cabernet Sauvignon should be pretty strong in 2018, based on this showing. Dark and brooding style of Cabernet with deep black fruit, some red ones peeping up, walnut, liquorice and new leather, with a subtle dried rose floral thing, and light biscuity oak. Full-bodied, dark chocolate and orange, savoury earthy flavours, ripe and dense tannin, and a bright finish of excellent length. Shows the house style to full effect. It’s an excellent release."  Rating: 94 Points.  Gary Walsh.  The Wine Front.
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is $59.99 - Buy Now
Turkey Flat Rose 2021

Trophy – Best Rose of Show
Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2021

Trophy – Best Rose of Show
Barossa Valley Wine Show 2021

97 Points - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2021
96 Points - Barossa Valley Wine Show 2021
95 Points - QWine reviews
94 Points - Gary Walsh

“Super classy....A simply glorious wine..." QWine reviews

" Outstanding.”  Gary Walsh, Winefront

Hi Folks, today we have one of the best Rose offers you'll receive all year.  It's the Turkey Flat Rose 2021.   There is no other Rose in Australia like this.  No other rose this year has won this many trophies, received such high scores and been described so well.  Simply, it's the Australian Rose of the Year!

With such glowing reviews, there is no way I'm not going highlight them, take a read and tell me you're not interested this this wine:
"Super classy. This sits atop the Barossa Rosé podium. So sexy on the eye, gorgeous perfume diffuse from the glass with absolute ease. A belter for 25 bucks! A glorious creaminess floods the mouth on the back of red fruits and berries which do nothing but charm. Fine spices sizzle and reach long with a crunchy factor on close. Gallons of pleasure awaits. A simply glorious wine made from that equally glorious variety – Grenache.” 95 Points. QWine reviews.

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Pale but bright pink colour. There’s a little spicy, flinty, gently smoky funk over redcurrant and white cherry. Fresh and lively, just enough flavour, tight and focussed with superb fine chalky grip and engaging texture. Pink grapefruit too. And the finish is excellent, offering mouth-watering crunch, juiciness and tweak of tannin. Outstanding."  94 Points.  Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
Turkey Flat is an outstanding and important producer.  It's one of the original wineries in Australia, founded about 174 years ago.  But what I really like?  They are in full flight.  Their wines have never been better.  Their Grenache, their Shiraz are at the very top in Australia in terms of quality.  But let's talk about this Rose.   Too often these days I'm left scratching my head wondering why so many wineries can't make beautiful Rose?   This Rose should serve as a wake-up call to those who simply make boring rose.   This has everything going for it plus a keen price of $21.99, which screams value.  Two trophies, high points, great reviews: Australia's best rose of 2021?  I think so.
 
Turkey Flat Rose 2021 is $21.99 - Buy Now
Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
 
 
 96 Points & Gold Decanter World Wine Awards 2021
96 Points & Special Value Wine Erin Larkin
95 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke
95 Points Gary Walsh
 
"What a gloriously seamless wine, continuing the proud legacy of Parterre”
Erin Larkin for Halliday’s Wine Companion

 
"an excellent wine.”
Gary Walsh
 

“Blackberry and boysenberry, sage and mint, fetching floral perfume, baking spice and vanilla custard oak. It’s medium-bodied with pleasing density of fruit, plenty of fine grained graphite tannin, cool acidity, so svelte and composed, with a long pencilly finish. Needs a little more time for the oak to integrate, but the feel of it, its balance and shape, mark it out as an excellent wine.”95 Points Gary Walsh. Winefront.

“Aromas of mulberry, brambles, dried herbs, black olives and lead pencil. Mid-weighted and layered flavours of blackcurrants, cedar, spice and integrated, creamy oak. Long, complex and layered, the tannins offer up plenty of grip and structure and build the palate nicely. Fruit-depth and concentration is first-rate as is the length of flavour”  95 Points & 5 Stars. Huon Hooke

"Assured and poised, with hints of truffle within the spiced dark fruits and brambly berries. The tannins are fine and the oak spice wonderfully integrated, while the long finish is pretty much perfect.”  96 Points & Gold.  Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

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

 
Fraser Gallop Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is $39.95 - Buy Now
WAS $25, NOW $19.99
Ricca Terra Fiano 2021
Trophy - Best Alternative Wine in Show'
 
2021 Riverland Wine Show

Trophy - 'Best Single Vineyard'
 
2021 Riverland Wine Show

There is one grape variety that is quickly building a reputation for being tough, pretty and fully of flavour.  That variety is Fiano. For a number of years Ricca Terra has grown Fiano and sold it to some of Australia’s most progressive winemakers. But the 2021 Vintage saw the best block allocated to the creation of the Ricca Terra Fiano.

Hand pruned and hand picked helps take wine quality from good to great. Once in the winery, the natural yeast found in the vineyard kicks off the fermentation process, which occurs in aged French oak. The use of aged barrels ensures that delicate flavours are not overpowered and masked by oak.
Ricca Terra Fiano 2021 is $19.99 - Buy Now
WAS $25, NOW $19.99
Ricca Terra Nero d’Avola 2020

"The Top Nero d’Avola in Australia"
  Young Gun of Wine


"The palate also is a powerhouse of red fruits and flowers, complemented by refreshing acidity balanced with alcohol and dusty tannic structure"  Young Gun of Wine

"A whorl of gorgeous dark cherries and pips – a distinctive character of the variety – pops out first, followed by cinnamon and woodsy spices. Perky acidity matches its lighter frame alongside grainy tannins. There's a touch of sour morello cherries in the mix, too."  Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

"This was rated highly by five tasters, with it just missing out on top spot from three panellists, while Dyer declared it his wine of the day. “Another very vibrant style is unleashed here,” he wrote. “Squeaky cherry fruits dominate… After a minute the nose starts to open up, yielding some choc and cola interest. Its exotic perfume really goes to your head. A herbal, pure style that has lots of zip and cut on the palate.” “Savoury nose, slight salty note, cherry and earthy aromas too,” noted Chalmers. “Bright palate backing up the same notes… powdery mouth-watering fine tannin, almost chalky. Very front palate focused, mid-weight but good density… in balance with high acidity.” Mosele called it, “Vibrant, clean and expressive, with lovely savoury and saline characters – a very interesting drink.” Cardelli also had it towards the top of her list. “A concentrated example of red cherries and strawberries… rose petals, touch of minerality, some exotic spices,” she wrote. “The palate also is a powerhouse of red fruits and flowers, complemented by refreshing acidity balanced with alcohol and dusty tannic structure. There is a bright, juicy and fruity/spicy feeling here.” “The fruit throughout this wine is vibrantly purple, almost neon in character,” noted Szyman, “think cherries, blackberries and mulberries about to burst with juice. The tannins were lovely and powdery, with some bracing acidity and a nice ripeness to the fruit on the palate. A really drinkable style, could possibly be served a little chilled on those hotter days.”  Young Gun of Wine.
Ricca Terra Nero d’Avola 2020 is $19.99 - Buy Now
Rockburn Pinot Noir 2018

98 Points - Michael Cooper for Winestate Magazine
"A magnificent offering"
  Sam Kim
 
Lifted, quite floral aroma with violet, cherry, wild thyme, anise and a hint of fresh herbs on the palate. A bright, vibrant wine in a classical Rockburn fruit-forward style. Good now but should benefit from bottle age.  95 points. Bob Campbell.  The Real Review. 

A magnificent offering; the gorgeously complex bouquet shows dark cherry, vanilla, thyme, dark mushroom and warm spice aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that's richly textured and expansive. The wine offers terrific fruit purity and power, while remaining elegant and harmonious, making it hugely appealing.  Same Kim - Wine Orbit.
Rockburn Pinot Noir 2018 is $39- Buy Now

148 Browns Road Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020

 
Single Vinyeard, Estate Grown & family owned.  Do not be fooled by the price.

It's soft and supple with lovely texture. There's gentle oak framing red berry fruits, finishing with zippy acidity and generous length. It's clean, fresh and very more-ish. And at $13.95, it certainly delivers in spades!  Have a great Sunday and be sure to back up the you know what...you can buy this with confidence.
148 Browns Road Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2020 is $13.95 - Buy Now
6 Regions, 6 Shiraz, 6-Pack!

Variety is the spice of life and if you enjoy shiraz, life doesn't get better than this.  We've selected 6 Shiraz from 6 different regions across Australia, put them in a 6-pack and knocked a few dollars off the price.  Talk about convenient and good value!  So if you enjoy Shiraz from Barossa, Heathcote, Langhorne Creek and more, we have you covered.  And it's reassuring to know we have really thought about the selection, take a look at each wine below and I'm sure you'll agree, it's a mighty fine selection!  You'll receive one bottle of each when you purchase this 6-pack,

Gibson Dirtman Barossa Shiraz 2019
Lake Breeze Section 54 Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2019

Lerida 'Estate' ACT Shiraz 2019 (Trophy - Best Shiraz - NSW Wine Awards '20)
Tellurian Heathcote Pastiche Shiraz 2019 (3 Trophies- Heathcote Wine Show)
Salomon Estate Wildflower Syrah V 2018
Mt Avoca Pyrenees Shiraz 2019
The 6 Regions Shiraz Pack is $143 - Buy Now

Orin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay 2018

A Powerhouse Californian Chardonnay

"Winemaker of the Year 2019" 
Wine Enthusiast

"One of the most talented winemakers of our time"
Robert Parker

"One-hundred percent barrel fermented and aged for eight months in French oak barrels (32% new), the 2018 Chardonnay Mannequin offers spiced apples and poached pears notions with nuances of baking bread, toasted almonds and honeycomb. Full-bodied, the palate reveals expressive apple and pears flavors with a satiny texture and plenty of baking spices coming through on the finish."  Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate)

"Creamy honeysuckle notes accent the baked pear and apple pastry flavors. Smoke and spice details linger on the broad finish. Drink now. (KM, Web Only-2020)"  Wine Spectator

 
Orin Swift Mannequin Chardonnay 2018 is $73.99 - Buy Now
Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

"packed with ripe black berry layers, framed by velvety tannins and a lively line"  Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate)

"Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Palermo gives up gregarious scents of kirsch, Black Forest cake and warm cassis with hints of dried mint, dark chocolate and rose hip tea plus a waft of unsmoked cigars. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with ripe black berry layers, framed by velvety tannins and a lively line, finishing long and fragrant." Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate)

 
Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is $99.99 - Buy Now

Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel 2018

"Composed of Zinfandel with Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache, the 2018 Red Blend 8 Years in the Desert was aged for eight months in American oak barrels (37% new). Deep garnet-purple colored, it comes roaring out of the glass with notions of baked black cherries, raspberry preserves, blueberry tart and potpourri plus hints of garrigue, tobacco leaf and cinnamon stick. Full-bodied, the richly fruited palate has a pleasantly chewy texture and loads of savory layers coming through on the finish." (LPB) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"Ripe and plump, offering bold flavors of huckleberry, licorice and smoked pepper that finish with succulent tannins." (TF)  Wine Spectator
Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel 2018 is $89.99 - Buy Now
Here it is, our very popular Aussie Oaked Chardonnay 6-Pack, updated with a mixture of new chardonnays together with annual favourites.  This is a 6-pack for Chardonnay drinkers containing chardonnays people want to drink, not the unoaked, "natural" wines that stuffy sommeliers offer at restaurants.  For me, each wine in this 6-pack has everything a chardonnay should have - they all ooze creaminess that smooths the middle palate; have an oak influence that while present, doesn't overpower and displays a fresh dose of fruit that makes you think this is a chardonnay, but a darn good one.

Furthermore, this 6-pack explores regions and styles and is a great introduction the wonderful world of oaked chardonnay.  This 6-pack contains the following wines:

Mount Macleod Gippsland Chardonnay 2020
Trevelen Farm Great Southern Chardonnay 2018
Beechworth Estates Chardonnay 2019
Bellvale Gippsland Chardonnay 2019
La Curio Suffragette McLaren Vale Chardonnay 2021
Castelli The Sum Great Southern Chardonnay 2021
The Aussie Oaked Chardonnay 6-Pack is $132 - Buy Now
Hahndorf Hill Rose 2020

Trophy – Best Rose of Show
Australian & NZ Boutique Wine Show 2020

Gold – Melbourne International Wine Competition 2020
96 Points & Gold – Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020
Gold – Australian & NZ Boutique Wine Show 2020
Gold – Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2020


95 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke

“Light to medium, fresh salmon-pink colour with vestiges of purple tint. The aroma is spicy and berry-like, with discreet blackberry pastille nuances, the palate soft and finely-textured, balanced and readily accessible, without obvious sweetness nor obtrusive acidity. Great harmony and heaps of charm. A lovely wine to drink on its own but would also be versatile with food.’ 95 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke
Hahndorf Hill Rose 2020 is $23.90- Buy Now
Sons Of Eden Freya Eden Valley Riesling 2021
Trophy - Best Riesling
2021 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards.

"Classic Eden stuff here" Gary Walsh
"This is quite the classic release"  Angus Hughson

"This is a pristine varietal wine that shows the classic floral/lime aromas of Eden Valley. It’s a dry nstyle that’s crammed with flavour and built on a long acid line. Delightful drinking now, but will cellar. ($25.00) ★★★★★"  2021 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards.

"Classic Eden stuff here. Lemon/lime, flowers, stony things. It’s tight, pure-feeling, has crunch and gentle chalky grip, and a long zesty finish with slightly juicy citrus flavours. In short, it’s very good. Tasted: July 2021; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $25; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2034+; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh. The Wine Front

"The 2021 Eden Valley vintage rolls on and it is fantastic to see a return to form to the finer riesling style that Eden Valley does so well. This is quite the classic release – its seems at first a picture of restraint but then that understated power unfurls to whack you between the eyes. Super pale in colour before roses lime, pear and bath salt aromas – all tight and focussed. The palate then carries quite a punch – a powerful core of stony, citrus fruits plus fresh yet silky acidity which drives a long and thirst-quenching finish. Delicious and ready to drink now but will sing for a while yet."  Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot
Sons Of Eden Freya Eden Valley Riesling 2021 is $19.95 - Buy Now
Longboard Pinot Gris 2018
"...has been handled deftly!"  Stuart Knox, The Real Review
94 points + Special Value  James Halliday

"This is a grapefruit with 750ml of attitude. It has power and intensity that spans all the non-aromatic varieties, the fruits of pear, peach and nectarine" 94 points + Special Value.  James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

"Sawdust and orchard fruits. There's more smoke and savoury notes on the palate balanced with stone fruits and honeysuckle. Good length and drive, more worked than most of this variety but has been handled deftly!"  Stuart Knox, The Real Review
Longboard Pinot Gris 2018 is $23.99 - Buy Now
Mount Avoca Moates Lane Shiraz 2019

"A wine that is appealing now and also keeping something reserved in the tank"
Jeni Port.  James Halliday Wine Companion 2022
 
"A wine that is appealing now and also keeping something reserved in the tank. Deep, dense purple hues. Toasty oak plays among the blackberries, spice and bush mint. Supple and even across the palate with smooth tannins. Plenty to like."  Jeni Port. James Halliday Wine Companion 2022

Sourced from 30 plus year old Pyrenees Shiraz Vineyards.   Full-bodied flavours of fresh blackberry and ripe strawberry over a subtle peppery oak background.
Mount Avoca Moates Lane Shiraz 2019 is $15.95 - Buy Now

Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Chardonnay 2020

"It’s a beautiful chardonnay, hands down."

Campbell Mattinson.  The Wine Front.

"Chardonnay yields were 65% down on the average. That’s some hit.    Again it’s the extra burst of flavour through the finish; it sets it apart. This has taken on a fair amount of oak and it shows but both the quality of the fruit and its character mean that it’s no concern at all. This really does have the quartz meter jumping. Fleshy white peach and citrus with flashes of grapefruit and cedar. The way it kicks up a gear on the finish is quite something.  It’s a beautiful chardonnay, hands down".Rated : 95 Points.  Campbell Mattinson.  The Wine Front.
Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Chardonnay 2020 is $54.99 - Buy Now
Jules IGP d’Oc Rosé 2019

"So smashable and nice to drink."
Gary Walsh, Winefront

A first rate introduction to French rosé. Made and priced to over-deliver. From a riper vintage, this release is a little more fruit forward than usual, and that’s no bad thing. Full in the mouth and with an extra layer of juicy zestiness, classic strawberries and cream with a drop of mandarin juice, and a bittering, complexing finish.

"Textbook pale dry rosé. It’s got crunch, red currant, tangerine, fennel and herb, a little chalky texture, a minor amount of sweetness, and good finish. So smashable and nice to drink.”  91 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront

 
Jules IGP d’Oc Rosé 2019 is $16.99 - Buy Now
RANKED #2 of 22
2019 Nebbiolo from Australia

The Real Review


"It’s super impressive and also has the structure to drink well over the medium term."
Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot)

"I’m quite fussy about Nebbiolo, and I love this wine"
Gary Walsh (The Winefront)

"Frisky and fresh, almost into an alpine Nebbiolo style here, which I like. It’s fragrant, rosy, flowering basil/aniseed thing, cherry, red fruits and almond. Medium-bodied, crisp, fresh acidity, energetic and vibrant style, a little sweet spice in the mix, and maybe liquorice, light dusty almost peppery feel to tannin, and plenty of bright sweet cherry on a long cool finish. Delightful, beautifully made too, and not trying too hard. Absolutely worthy, classic and fine-boned Nebbiolo of character and interest. Likely more to come, too. Recommended."  Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

"Light ruby-red colour with a crystalline brightness. Cherry and rosemary flower aromatics. Deep cherry fruits open the palate, then it rolls into a savoury-earth and mountain herb complexity. It flows long and deep with a weight and drive that is balanced to a slippery tannin structure. A very good example of local nebbiolo"  Stuart Knox. RANKED #2 of 22.  2019 Nebbiolo from Australia. The Real Review
Longview Saturnus Nebbiolo 2019 is $39.99 - Buy Now
Clarnette & Ludvigsen Wines Le Grampian Chardonnay 2019


A full-on style of chardonnay with loads of flavour

"an excellent example of the region's generous style"
Jeni Port (James Halliday Wine Companion)

"Full barrel fermentation with indigenous yeast, mlf, 10 months in French oak puncheons. Leigh Clarnette gives some top-class treatment to a block of grapes planted to different clones and held in esteem by business partner, Kym Ludvigsen. The fruit is ripe, the flavours generous. Peaches, nectarine and pear fruit, mango skin. Acidity is primed and works clean with the wine's texture to deliver an excellent example of the region's generous style." Jeni Port (James Halliday Wine Companion)
Clarnette & Ludvigsen Wines Le Grampian Chardonnay 2019 is $28.99 - Buy Now
Jim Barry Assyrtiko 2020
According to Decanter‘s ‘tasting notes decoded’ series, Assyrtiko has some floral notes, like orange blossom and jasmine, plus some spicy, like ginger. Several tasters also noted a salty streak in some of the wines.  But the good news is, we have local trusted wine scribes to tell you how good this wine is: 
"Delicate aromatics at first. A puff of Mediterranean herbs and lemon blossom, but of course all the action is on the palate. Steely, tight and linear, with wet stone and lime juice. The acidity is pure talc and the finish pristine. Lip-smacking and delicious."  Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

"Salty seaside tang, lemon peel and lemon water, a smattering of green herbs too. It’s tight and tangy, very fresh and chalky in texture, not a great deal of flavour in a way, yet still lovely to drink. Has line and length and plenty of energy. Grip and zesty bitter lemon appeal."  Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
If you want a wine that's delicious and you've never had before, then this is it.  It's a one-of a kind in Australia, made by a famous winemaking family named Australia's #1 winery of 2020.
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Pitchfork Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2018

 "A very appealing, fruit-driven young cabernet at a great price" The Real Review - Huon Hooke

"Outstanding, dazzling, stellar value for money. Don't walk past it"  Rating: 92 Points. Erin Larkin


"Sourced from several vineyards within Wilyabrup. The brilliant 2018 vintage has produced this juicy, spicy and bouncy little number. Outstanding, dazzling, stellar value for money. Don't walk past it."  Rating: 92 Points.  Erin Larkin. James Halliday Wine Companion

"Medium to deep red colour with a tint of purple. The aromas are flowers and violets, cassis and blueberry, a suggestion of leafiness, the palate bright and fresh with lively mouth-feel and great vitality. The fruit is rich, ripe and sweet in the middle,  possibly due in part to a touch of residual sugar. It has intensity and persistence. The tannins are fine but assertive. The finish is very refreshing. A very appealing, fruit-driven young cabernet at a great price." The Real Review - Huon Hooke.

Pitchfork Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2018 is $14.95 - Buy Now

Marc Bredif Vouvray 2020

The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes of grapefruit on the lingering finish. It is a lovely wine, ripe and refreshing.

Complex notes of flowers, quince, lanolin, apples, and citrus are all integrated in wines that have refreshing acidity which aids their slow evolution. The wine is a brilliant pale gold. On the nose, there is a fine bouquet full aro mas of white flowers and yellow fruit such as pears. One finds citrus notes such as grapefruit. The attack is gentle with a lovely vivacity where one finds agreeable notes of grapefruit on the lingering finish. It is a lovely wine, ripe and refreshing.
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YOUR LAST CHANCE ON THIS 99 POINT, BEST BOTTLE EVER OF MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ!
Bekkers McLaren Vale Syrah 2018

99 Points - A truly great McLaren Vale syrah - James Halliday 
"Best bottle of McLaren Vale Shiraz in my life" - Rob Geddes MW

"99 Points. Hand-picked, the vinification very gentle to avoid extraction of aggressive tannins, matured in French puncheons (58% new) on lees with minimal additions until Dec '19. A truly great McLaren Vale syrah, as smooth as velvet, yet with layer upon layer of purple and black fruits that are hypnotic in their perfection. 14% alc. Drink by 2043" James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2021. 

"Best bottle of McLaren Vale Shiraz in my life. This is a remarkable wine and cheap at $120. The understated wine making relies on vineyard or vine selection and elegant use of whole bunch. The tannins are very fine and the fruit length means you linger over sip the last glass as you don’t want it to end. Rare job, class act and a delight to know we are still getting better as a wine making country. Thanks Emmanuelle and Toby" Rob Geddes MW. 
Bekkers McLaren Vale Syrah 2018 is $116 - Buy Now
Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

"what a gorgeous wine....Ridiculous price." Erin Larkin 
 "Very good Cabernet....Top value." Gary Walsh 

"A very good vintage for reds in Margaret River.  Very good Cabernet. Perfume of bay leaf, blue fruit, sage and dark chocolate. Medium-bodied, ripe blue and red fruit, savoury olive and tobacco things, good chew to the tannin, and a satisfying finish. Top value."  Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

"12 months in French oak. Perfect weather and yields in '18, the resulting wines standing on the shoulders of their predecessors. The nose here is tempting to say the least - cassis, raspberry and fields of violets and sage. The palate follows obediently, the acidity being the last thing that swoops in and cleans everything up... what a gorgeous wine. Testament to the year, the hands and the vineyards. Ridiculous price." Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)

 
Domaine Naturaliste Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is $21.99 - Buy Now
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2018

99+ Points Ray Jordan
98 Points & Special Value Wine Erin Larkin
96 Points Campbell Mattinson
"Stellar wine from a stellar vintage. The remarkable thing is that this is a wine that gets 100% barrel fermented in new French oak barriques with regular lees stirring for 11 months – and it certainly doesn’t taste excessive, or even slightly oaky. It has such hi-fidelity purity with complex seductive aromatics of vanilla bean and light oatmeal with a cutting minerality. But the palate, oh, the palate. This is where things start to explode and go crazy. Power, poise, and persistence with a dry savouriness balancing the intense ripe fruit. It is such a long finish with a slightly, ever so slightly charry touch completing a remarkable wine" 99 Points. Ray Jordan.

"The first thing I noticed here was the intensity. The fruit intensity. It’s a striking wine, explosive in a refined way, elegant and textural at once, persistent. Its presence and power can be admired and enjoyed now but wow does this have a future, and a long one. White peach, citrus, pear, sweet cedar and almonds. The whole is more than its parts. It’s beautiful, pure, exemplary.” 96 Points. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, February 2021.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2018 is $118.99 - Buy Now
Sauvignon Blanc of the Year
James Halliday Wine Companion

 #1 2019 Sauvignon Blanc from South Australia

The Real Review

 Top 100 Wines of 2020
James Halliday

“Australia’s finest Sauvignon Blanc” 
 Stuart Robinson

“More in common with oak-aged Sancerre than classic New World Sauvignon, this builds from the mid-palate with its texture and insinuating depth, as opposed to dazzling, upfront aromatics. Seamless layers of white peach, ripe grapefruit, perfumed green apple, dried herbs, pastis, marrowfat peas and earth unfold on the long, lingering palate, with savoury lees and supple lime acidity. Fermented and lees-aged in old French oak demi-muids.” 94 points." Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine

"Pale yellow hue. Fragrant ripe-fruit aromas of gooseberry, kiwi fruit, lemon, and a patina of creamy lees, but no herbaceousness. Oak is not visible: barrel maturation has been very subtly done. The wine is intense, focused and long on the palate. Good fruit concentration. It's still youthfully restrained but the power is obvious. A superb drink now and will reward several years of cellaring."  Huon Hooke.  The Real Review.

"Cold-settled for 2 months, a technique developed by Brian Croser, but rarely duplicated. Fermentation in used 600L demi-muids, then matured on full lees for 8 months. The result is very complex, but the fruit is undaunted, with layers of lemon curd, citrus and a whisper of honey."  Sauvignon Blanc of the Year. James Halliday Wine Companion 202
Terre a Terre 'Crayeres Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is Buy Now is $38.99 - Buy Now
Lake Breeze 'Arthur's Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec 2018

"You won't find many wines of such traditional style and excellence at this price – anywhere."  Tony Love

"A grand juxtaposition of the power, endurance, energy and even elegance of Langhorne Creek."  Tyson Stelzer 

"The best 12 barrels of cabernet sauvignon, with 5/2% malbec/petit verdot. Such a dark, powerfully layered wine with thick, plush tannins across the palate. Fruit and oak, which (at 90% new French), plays its part with great respect to everything else around it, finding a fulfiling harmony. You won't find many wines of such traditional style and excellence at this price – anywhere."  Tony Love.  Rating: 95 Points.  James Halliday Wine Companion 2022

“A grand juxtaposition of the power, endurance, energy and even elegance of Langhorne Creek. Brilliant blackcurrant and blackberry fruit is backed with fresh liquorice and dark chocolate oak. An intricately assembled framework relies equally on bright acid line and fine-grained tannins, making for a cellaring special.”  Rating: 96 Points.  Tyson Stelzer   Wine Business Magazine

 
Lake Breeze 'Arthur's Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec 2018 is $42.95- Buy Now
Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2015

"A most accomplished and complex nebbiolo" Jeni Port
" translucent, fine and harmonious"  Max Allan
"Ultimately a gorgeous drink" Huon Hooke.

"A most accomplished and complex nebbiolo. There's incredible depth of fruit flavour and layers of winemaking on show. But first to the perfume: rose petal, musk, sour cherry, anise and tobacco leaf. Tannins and acidity under control but lurking, a sheen of herbs and spiced-infused red berries. Come back to it and it has changed in the glass, a chameleon.’ 96 Points.  Jeni Port - 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

Rather pale, tawny/brick-red colour, looking much older than it is. Lovely complex bouquet of mature nebbiolo: 'roasting pan' aromas, earthy undergrowth an tobacco nuances, dried flowers and herbs, the palate unexpectedly intense, penetrating and powerful, with great flavour that is mellow and multi-layered and very long-lasting. Vibrant acidity cleanses the aftertaste. A left-field style of wine in some ways, but ultimately a gorgeous drink. " Huon Hooke. The Real Review.

Yes, Heathcote is famous for its shiraz, and I tasted some great examples when I visited recently (I’ll write about them next week), but some of the most outstanding wines I tried were made from the Italian grape nebbiolo, particularly those from Jasper Hill, Tar & Roses, and this one from Vinea Marson: intensely, entrancingly aromatic (classic chestnut and truffle) and tongue-huggingly tannic, but also translucent, fine and harmonious. Already six years old, but also a wine for the cellar: the 2008, also tasted on my trip, is in a sweet spot for drinking right now.  Max Allan. AFR.

 
Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2015 is $36.95 - Buy Now
"Kumeu River has a reputation for producing consistently good chardonnays from their various Kumeu vineyards but in a stellar vintage such as 2020, quality received an extra boost."   Bob Campbell, The Real Review.
Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2020

"It's all about texture, and drinkability" STEVE BENNETT MW

"Surprisingly rich nose. Fine, appetising, crisp palate with just a little chewiness still evident at this point. There's a suggestion of sweet grapefruit juice. Really clean, fresh and long. Rating: 16.5/20 points."  Jancis Robinson

"This has a very appealing, clean, fragrant bouquet with subtle yet zesty lemon, and crisp, gala apple characters, complexed by aromas of lees, brioche, creme brulee, and wet stones. A restrained but very well-constructed wine with great harmony, balance, and poise and a salivating acid structure. It's all about texture, and drinkability. A wine that builds with time in the glass, and the palate goes on and on."  Steve Bennett MW.
  NZ Wine Rater
Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2020 is $19.90 - Buy Now
Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2020

"This really is the complete package."  STEVE BENNETT MW
 
"Lightly but not excessively reductive on the nose. Already quite expansive on the nose with beautiful impact on the palate: citrus, blossom and really neat acidity without much astringency. Elegant and racy – almost lightweight on the mid palate and then it is impressively persistent. A thorough delight already." 17/20. Jancis Robinson

"This wine has a very stylish, complex, alluring bouquet.There are appetizing aromas of green fig,red apples, and grapefruit with integrated white pepper, lees, and creamy malolactic influence. Delicious citrus fruit flavours persist on the palate, and the crisp acid is in perfect harmony. There is a wonderful energy to the palate which sings from whoa to go. This really is the complete package."   Steve Bennett MW.  NZ Wine Rater
Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2020 is $38.99 - Buy Now
Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2018

"This is a really authentic and beautiful Chianti Classico"  JamesSuckling.com 

"This is a really authentic and beautiful Chianti Classico, offering cherries, orange peel and light undertones of nuts and bark. It’s medium-bodied, very polished and integrated with a fresh, juicy finish. Drink now.  93 points"  JamesSuckling.com 

"Besides a healthy dose of Canaiolo Nero, proprietor Paolo De Marchi blends in a dash of Syrah to give backbone, especially in lighter vintages - he believes it to be less invasive than other international varieties. Fragrantly expressive, enticing notes of aromatic herbs, rose, fennel, clove and fresh forest floor greet the nose. While wonderfully medium in weight, this packs a lot in, especially tangy blackcurrant. Chalky tannins are subtly assertive and will carry the wine through the midterm. Drinking window 2022-2030.  92 points."  Decanter.com

Isole e Olena Chianti Classico 2018 is $42.99 - Buy Now
Winestate Wine of the Year 2020

Trophy - Winestate Cabernet of the Year 2020
Trophy - Winestate Wine of the Year 2020
Trophy - Best 1 Year Old Red - Rutherglen Wine Show 2019
Trophy - Best Small Winemaker Wine - Rutherglen Wine Show 2019

Gold Medal National Wine Show of Australia 2019
Gold Medal - Limestone Coast Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019
Gold Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show 2019

The 2018 Musician has a vibrant colour with a bright ruby hue. Fresh mint, eucalyptus and spice make up the lifted nose. The palate is soft and well balanced, with blackberries and cassis flavours, soft tannins keeping it light & easy drink now....A bright fresh and well made blend with lovely crimson hues and nice minty lift to the black fruit nose. The palate is, "Vibrant, alive and sings with juicy fruit intensity! Value. January 2021. Winestate Wine of the Year 2020

"This may well be pre-release, not sure. It has remained remarkably steady in price over the years.  You have to admire the balance of this wine. It has texture, tannin and curranty fruit flavour and while it’s not a team of champions it tastes like a champion team. All the flavours and components, as light-ish as they are, pull together in harmony. Value drinking at its best." Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz 2018 is $16.99 - Buy Now
Collector Tiger Tiger Chardonnay 2018

97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
95 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke


"An exceptional wine" James Halliday

“Light, bright yellow colour, with a gently smoky reductive bouquet, a hint of Parmesan cheese (attractive). It’s a more complex style within the Tumbarumba paradigm. Good fruit concentration and depth, a lingering aftertaste and the flavour has detail and dimension. Excellent chardonnay”  95 Points & 5 Stars Huon Hooke

“Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented and matured in French oak (30% new) for 11 months.  An exceptional wine, harmonious and simple.  White peach, pear and grapefruit all have something to say on the perfectly balanced and very long palate.  The ’16 and ’17 are equally outstanding”  97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday

 
Collector Tiger Tiger Chardonnay 2018 is $32.95 - Buy Now
Bass Phillip Estate Chardonnay 2019

A full, ripe chardonnay style with flavours in the rock melon, peach spectrum with just a hint of lemon peel and pineapple glacé. Succulent and juicy mid palate, laced with a core of fine acid that skates across the palate, finishing with poise and grace.
Bass Phillip Estate Chardonnay 2019 is $72- Buy Now
WINNER
Best Shiraz in Aust & NZ
Winestate Wine of the Year Awards
"Very intense, almost glass-staining purple/red colour. The bouquet is also concentrated, smelling extractive and dense, with lots of grip and gravitas. The tannins are abundant and slightly chewy. A solidly built shiraz with a future. Big and bolshie now, but not without elegance. Better in a year or two." Huon Hooke. The Real Review.

"This beauty won the Best Shiraz 2020 in Australia and NZ from Winestate Magazine!  And from I can taste, this one is only going to improve over time too  It's one to pop a few bottles in the cellar to see how it develops over the coming years.  In fact the winery suggests up to 2030!

I loved it right from the deep purple-red colour in the glass.  It has a lovely perfume of violets, spice and cherries, a sprinkling of ground pepper and there's some plum and a hint of cigars in there too.  I think maybe my most favourite part of this wine is the velvety smooth texture which makes it super easy to consume.  The tannins are the giveaway fact that the wine will age, however if you decant/aerate, it is drinking beautifully right now too."
Casey Bryan.  Travelling Corkscrew
Mount Avoca Estate Shiraz 2019 is $19.99 - Buy Now
Lightfoot & Sons 'Myrtle Point' Pinot Noir 2018

Trophy - Best Pinot Noir - Gippsland Wine Awards 2019
Trophy - Best Red - Gippsland Wine Awards 2019

 
"Sturdy, almost beefy, with macerated cherry and woodsy spice characters pushing through. It's a somewhat backward, earthen, more-bassthan-treble wine with sweet, toasty, malty characters as highlights and good momentum through the finish Again you'd bet that it will age well." 94 Points.  Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion 

'Ten Dark Horses' Winery Award - James Halliday - Wine Companion
Lightfoot & Sons 'Myrtle Point' Pinot Noir 2018 is $26.95 - Buy Now

Tahbilk '1927 Vines" Marsanne 2014

"Moreish and mouth-watering...so delicious"  Mike Bennie 

“A benchmark, of course, here from 2014. Matured gracefully. Tart and tangy acidity is a strong feature, so too the soft, mellow like texture around it. Lemon balm and curd, green apple, grapefruit pulp and a general sense of talc-chalk minerally character. Moreish and mouth-watering here, fresh yet in an early stage of maturity. So delicious. 94 Points” Mike Bennie.  www.winefront.com.au

"Stylistically akin to the best Hunter Semillon, this Tahbilk 1927 Vines Marsanne 2014 is a fascinating piece.  Sourced from a patch of Marsanne vines that dates back to 1927 (who knew!) it’s even built in a Hunter Semillon mode – early picked fruit, cool fermentation, released with some bottle age. The Tahbilk soil types are sandy loams too – it’s all meant to be.

At six years old, this is just entering its peak drinking window. Waxy, lanolin edged palate combines understated, gently honey edges, with pithy, grapefruit and apple through the middle, the finish lightly toasty and gently powerful. That last part is important – it’s much firmer, deeper and more powerful than you realise, almost chewy. That whisper of Marsanne honeysuckle is the counterpoint to the acidity too. It all adds up to pleasure and charisma that will be delivered for decades. I’m a big fan.

Best drinking: honestly I’d wait until early next year and then drink over the next ten years plus. 18.5/20, 94/100. 11%, $46.30. Tahbilk website. Would I buy it? Yes. A bargain given the easy cellarability."  Andrew Graham.  Oz Wine Review

“Light yellow colour, with a herbal, wet cement, straw-like, dried lemon-peel bouquet that is youthful for its years and yet to develop much toastiness. A hint of fresh quince. The palate is delicate, refined and intense, tightly wound and yet smooth and soft, with balanced acidity and lovely flavour, not austere as these wines can be but possessing plenty of drinkability. In typical form, it’s very like a middle-aged Hunter Semillon in the traditional early-picked style.” Huon Hooke. The Real Review 
Tahbilk '1927 Vines" Marsanne 2014 is $39.99 -Buy Now
Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Chardonnay 2019
"An Australian Chardonnay of the highest order" 
Patrick Eckel

#1 of 58 2019 Chardonnay from Yarra Valley
The Real Review
Bright, light colour, with a cashew nut aroma, attractive underlying complexities which continue through the palate. Intense and refined, precise and direct with long-lasting flavour and real finesse. A delicious wine. Pure fruit drives the wine magnificently. Great line and length. My pick of the 2019 Oakridge chardies.  Drink: 2021 to 2029.  Rating: 97 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review

"The masters of Chardonnay are at it again, Henk is fast becoming one of the icons of the Yarra Valley.  As always the interplay between fruit and winemaker influence is a compelling back and forth with white peach, taut nectarine and grapefruit meeting struck flint and almond meal on the nose. 

The palate has generous stone fruits set against a backdrop of citrus and restrained grapefruit, a weave of spice and mealy richness builds before green apple and peach give contrast. The finish has a flint like impact to lemon edged white peach, the length is excellent.

An Australian Chardonnay of the highest order. Rating: 97 points".  Patrick Eckel
Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Chardonnay 2019 is $32.90 - Buy Now
Tellurian Pastiche Shiraz 2019

Trophy - Best Shiraz - Heathcote Wine Show 2020
Trophy - Best Young Shiraz - Heathcote Wine Show 2020
Trophy - Best Single Vineyard Wine - Heathcote Wine Show 2020

In addition to winning 3 trophies at the recent Heathcote Wine Show, what I also really like about this wine is its pedigree.  Tellurian are a family owned, certified organic vineyard & winery, intent on crafting solely 100% Heathcote wines.  They have previously won Best Shiraz at the Heathcote Wine Show for their Redline Shiraz.  They also like to keep their prices in check, you don't need to pay $100 a bottle like some more established Heathcote producers from the region will ask you for. 

We'll avoid advertising the likes of whom this wine out-performed in order to receive these awards (I've received feedback they don't like this published), however we will talk about price because it's rare to see a Heathcote shiraz priced under $30.  This Tellurian Pastiche Shiraz is excellent value and we all like value.

"Yet another classy red from Tellurian. The plum, mulberry and spice characteristics have considerable appeal, as do the savoury tannins."

Those words above are from a Winewise Magazine tasting and they're spot on.   This is a richer style of wine, just like Heathcote is famous for and Cloudwine "best in Australia" price of $26.99 means you can stock up. 
Tellurian Pastiche Shiraz 2019 is $26.99 - Buy Now
Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Trophy-  Wine of Show - Margaret River Wine Show
Trophy -  Red Wine of Show - Margaret River Wine Show
Trophy -  Best Cabernet Sauvignon - Margaret River Wine Show

"This is probably the finest cabernet yet released from Xanadu. It’s a blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon with small amounts of malbec and petit verdot. It’s a powerhouse loaded with concentrated dark fruit and supported with typically chalky tannins and a decent hit of oak, of which 45% was new French. It’s dense and engaging, yet there is that life and energy that stamps these wines with another dimension. It has many years ahead of it.  Rating: 99 Points.  Ray Jordan

"The 2018 Reserve Cabernet excelled on the show circuit, taking out Wine of Show at the Margaret River Wine Show in 2020 – an excellent accomplishment considering the strength of cabernet sauvignon in the 2018 vintage. Oh my. Just incredibly beguiling from the start – black olive, thyme, cassis and dark chocolate leaping out of the glass. Insane concentration of flavour here – densely packed with rich mulberry fruits and buoyed by silky fine-grained tannins. I love the distinct southern Margaret River feel of this wine – it’s ripe yet refreshing with beautiful pitch and tone. Harmonious and charming – I can’t say enough great things about this cabernet, it is just so appealing. Buy some immediately."  Emma Farrelly.  Wine Pilot. 
 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is $94.95 - Buy Now
INEXPENSIVE, DELICIOUS. ITALIAN. WHITE.

Pasqua Soave DOC 2019

Whoa, what a surprise packet this wine was.  It must be the cheapest Soave in Australia, but don't let the price mislead you, this is one very good value wine. Soave  is an Italian white wine made from Gargenega grapes grown in you guessed it, the region of Soave in Northern Italy.

The bouquet is reminiscent of yellow-fleshed fruits such as Golden Delicious apples and white peaches and also displays delicate hints of white flowers. On the palate this wine is fresh, tangy and well-balanced. Serve with anti pasti, risotto and seafood dishes.

This is a standout wine that represents brilliant drinking.
Pasqua Soave DOC 2019 is $15.95 - Buy Now
Chateau Loirac 2015
6 YEAR OLD BORDEAUX
GOLD MEDAL WINNER
FROM FAMOUS VINTAGE

This is a brand name, 6 year old, gold medal winning Bordeaux from a dress-circle area (Medoc) for less than $40.  It's becoming increasing difficult to find Bordeaux from 2015; the vintage was one of the best on record and international wine drinkers have snapped most of them up, but this has flown under the radar, until now.

“2015s are wonderfully sensual, exotic wines that should drink well relatively early and also reward aging”  Antonio Galloni.

One sip and you'll know what you're drinking- good quality aged Bordeaux.  It's medium bodied,  not plush and with soft tannins that only good years like 2015 produce.

Here's what the reviewers are saying:

"This fruit-driven wine also has a firm, dry structure. The 29-acre vineyard is dominated by 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, which is reflected in the wine. Black currants are backed by a dry core of tannin from the fruit as much as wood. Drink this wine from 2022". Roger Voss.  Wine Enthusiast 
 

''This has a ripe complex bouquet of sweet red and black fruits, spice and vanilla notes. With a charming, medium bodied, impressively elegant style, fine tannins, and a good balance.'' Jeb Dunnuck

Gold Medal Awarded: Concours de Bordeaux 2018
Chateau Loirac 2015 is $34.95 - Buy Now
Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2018
"is intensely pleasing"  James Halliday
"It’s captivating. It has serious length too."  Campbell Mattinson

"In short it’s a class act. Everything is in sharp focus and yet it feels silky. It tastes of earth, undergrowth, red/black cherries and twiggy/sweet spice notes, though there’s a a garden aspect here too, like green succulent leaves, evident in its perfume. I can’t remember what I had for dinner; all I can remember is the wine. It’s captivating. It has serious length too."  Rating 96 Points. Campbell Mattinson. The Wine Front.

"Sarah Crowe continues to find new features to the Yarra Yering wines. This is a subtle expression, with no thumping of drums, but is intensely pleasing. The bouquet fills all the senses with red fruits to the fore, the palate seamlessly taking on the theme. The length and balance mean this wine will seem ageless as the years go by.  All this from a year in which many Yarra Valley pinot makers had to work hard."  Rating: 97 Points.  James Halliday.  Halliday Wine Companion
Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2018 is $99.99 - Buy Now
RANKED #1 of 57
of 2019 Pinot Noir from Mornington Peninsula. The Real Review.
Dexter Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2019

"Excellent release...It’s a lovely drink now but it will age" Campbell Mattinson,
"An absolutely delicious pinot"  96 points.  Huon Hooke

"Medium to full red/purple colour. Complex aromas of smoked-charcuterie, red berries and spices, a very attractive array of flavours, fruit driving the wine, and a coating of fine-grained tannins providing the structure. Good length and harmony. Sweet core of succulent fruit. An absolutely delicious pinot"  96 points.  Huon Hooke

"94 Points. Excellent release. Firm, spicy and a touch meaty, in a positive way, with graphite and succulent poached strawberry flavours putting on a confident display. There are mint notes here and a touch of warmth too, along with plum, along with roasted nut. Balance here is key; everything here feels poised and placed with care. It’s a lovely drink now but it will age. Tasted: Mar21 13.5% alc. $60 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2031"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
Dexter Pinot Noir 2019 is $49.99 - Buy Now
FRENCH ROSE 6-PACK
Hi Folks, Our new and improved French Rose 6-pack is now ready to purchase!  For many customers that previously purchased this six pack, you'll be excited to know this new 6-pack includes a mixture of new wines as well as some old favourites.  For new customers to Rose, then please consider just as Champagne is considered to be the pinnacle of sparkling in terms of quality and style, so too is Rose from France.  If you have only ever sampled Australian Rose, then you will be blown away by the contrasting style of Rose from France.
 

Chateau Riotor- Cotes du Provence 2018
St Max Provence Rose-Cotes du Provence 2019
Le St Andre Rose IGP 2018 
Gueissard Le Petit G IGP Mediterranée Rosé 2019
Jules Rose 2018 
Domaine De Triennes Rose 2019 

Our 6-pack today is still a one of a kind in Australia and at $133, is priced to sell like hot cakes.
French Rose 6-Pack is $133 - Buy Now
M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone ‘Belleruche’ White 2017

This is made by Rhone's leading producer and we think this wine is wizz bang, so much so we've made a scoop purchase and can offer this wine at Australia's cheapest price, yes we have it for $17.99 per bottle, which is about 20% off the going rate.

Although Rhône is most famous for it's reds, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, made from Grenache Blanc (White Grenache) has long graced the lunch and dinner tables of French families.  Yes, it's the type of wine the French drink. White Grenache, has refreshing flavors of floral, citrus, herb and anise.  It reminds me of a well rounded and very creamy Chardonnay.

It's not just your friendly Cloudwine folk raving on about this wine, Wine Advocate wrote "the 2017 Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc is a top-notch example of this cuvée"

Wine Enthusiast have also got in on the act and wrote:  "Crushed stone and bright yellow apples introduce this full-bodied white blend. It's an elegant wine with a broad, satiny palate brightened by sunny tangerine acidity. A delicate bite of tea tannins marks the finish. Enjoy now–2022"

So this is your chance to buy a fantastic white blend from one of Rhone's most prestigious estates.  You struggle to see Australian producer's making such wines for less than $20 and dare I say many of those more expensive offerings from Australia won't get close to this one.  Grab a few bottles, you won't be disappointed, it's a fantastic French white! 
M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone ‘Belleruche’ White 2017 is $17.99 - Buy Now
RIESLING OF THE YEAR TROPHY
Winestate Wine of the Year Awards


Reillys Watervale Riesling 2018

What a perfect time it win RESLING OF THE YEAR TROPHY!    That's right, the Reillys Watervale Riesling 2018 has been awarded Best Riesling at the Winestate Wine of the Year Awards! This is on top of the 96+ Rating and Elite Gold it was awarded at the 2019 Canberra International Riesling Challenge.  To win one award maybe a fluke, to wine another means you know this riesling is the real deal.  We'll point out the price is a tick under $20, making it a great buy for the warmer months.

"Juicy riffs of quince, candied citrus zest and orange blossom are helped by a judicious dollop of fruit sweetness across the wine's aft to galvanise flavour while toning the high acidity of the variety. Long and plenty energetic". Ned Goodwin.  winecompanion.com.au

“This is extremely perfumed with lime-peel and flint aromas. Medium-bodied, round and compact. Tangy finish. Drink now.”James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com
Reillys Watervale Riesling 2018 is $19.99 - Buy Now
Barking Mad Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 

BEST VALUE BUY
 Winestate Magazine, July/August 2018

Estate grown at Reillys St Clare vineyard, Watervale.  This classic Clare Valley Cabernet shows layers of dark fruit with blackcurrant on the palate and finishes with mint and dark chocolate. It has generous tannins with a velvety mouth feel.

"This has been a very successful venture for Adelaide cardiologist Justin Ardill and wife Julie, beginning as a hobby in 1994, but growing significantly over the intervening years. They now have vineyards at Watervale, Leasingham and Mintaro, growing riesling, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, grenache, tempranillo and merlot"   James Halliday Wine Companion.

 
EUROPEAN WINE - THE LARGEST COLLECTION IN AUSTRALIA?

Here's an interesting fact you may not know about, Cloudwine has a sister store located behind our store in South Melbourne called European Wine Store.  Not only is it Australia's only store that sells European wine exclusively, but with around 1000 wines, it also has one of the largest selection of European wines in Australia.   We're pleased to announce it has a new website, check it out here: europeanwinestore.com.au
 
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We have a European Wine Store! Click here to visit.
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