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The Aussie winemaker making a mockery of the Italians! 

Of course it's from the ex-Mount Mary wine maker!
Hi Folks.   There's no bigger name in Yarra Valley than Mount Mary.  Unfortunately at $100+ a bottle, it's out of reach for many.  But today we feature three wines made the winemaker that produced Mount Mary for a decade, made Jasper Hill for a few years, spent time at Italy's most famous Sangiovese producer. 

I'm talking about Mario Marson from Vinea Marson.  We've featured this winery before, but these are his new, brand spanking all conquering new releases.  If you haven't heard of Mario, then let me tell you, he flies under the radar while working for the country's best wineries and makes outstanding Italian varieties under his own brand, Vinea Marson.   Here's how James Halliday describes Mario/Vinea Marson:
Owner-winemaker Mario Marson spent many years as the winemaker viticulturist with the late Dr John Middleton at the celebrated Mount Mary. He purchased the Vinea Marson property in 1999, on the eastern slopes of the Mt Camel Range, and in 2000 planted syrah and viognier, plus Italian varieties, sangiovese, nebbiolo and barbera. Since leaving Mount Mary, he has undertaken vintage work at Isole e Olena in Tuscany, worked as winemaker at Jasper Hill vineyard, and as consultant and winemaker for Stefani Estate. JAMES HALLIDAY
I think it's fair to say, no other producer in Australian does better Mario's Vinea Marson.  The Sangiovese and Nebbiolo is outstanding.  The white blend named Grazia is one of the top rated wines in the Real Review this year.  And oh yes, the reds are from the famed 2016 Heathcote vintage, so with 6 years of age, they are spot on for drinking right now.

I loved what  Max Allan said about the previous vintages he tasted of the Nebbiolo and Sangiovese:

 
Put them in a top notch Neb and Sangiovese blind tasting with imported versions, and this would fit right in. I do guarantee you though, these two would be the best value in that blind tasting.

The white blend is one of the top rated wines this year by Huon Hooke.  Is it a surprise? These are wines are made by the winemaker that made Mount Mary for a decade.  There's a reason we're featuring Vinea Marson.  They're darn good wines and they're exceptionally priced for what they are.  Look at the reviews, look at the prices.  These are authentic Italian varietals made by one of the best winemaker's in Australia.  
 
Vinea Marson Grazia 2018 

"Seamless and concentrated, it’s a perfect example of the layered character that can be achieved by blending grape varieties...the price is a gift"  Huon Hooke
"This outstanding wine is a kind of ‘super Friulian’ blend, a mixture of pinot bianco, friulano, malvasia d’Istria and picolit. It has a medium to full yellow colour and an extremely complex bouquet of nuts, spices and various fruit aromas skillfully entwined with barrel-fermented characteristics. A little positive bottle-age is the icing on top. In the mouth, it’s very rich and multi-layered, the finish long-lasting, cleansingly dry and satisfying. Seamless and concentrated, it’s a perfect example of the layered character that can be achieved by blending grape varieties, adding a patina of winemaking inputs. And the price is a gift." (Screwcap) Score: 96 points, 5 Stars. Huon Hooke. The Real Review
Vinea Marson Grazia 2018 is $25.99 - Buy Now
Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2016

" An Italian-Australian's glorious ode to sangiovese."  Jeni Port, Wine Companion,
"Crushed, cold maceration for 7 days, inoculation and natural fermentation, 10% of juice was saigneed, fermentation and maceration over 30-40 days, maturation in French barriques (20% new) for 12 months, fined, filtered. An astonishing number of 13 clones employed, which bring an extraordinary degree of complexity and savouriness to the finished wine. Feel the sun and the earth, the black cherries, charcuterie, leather and earth. Sour cherry, cherry pip resonates on the palate which is taut, savoury and wild. An Italian-Australian's glorious ode to sangiovese." Drink by 2032.  95 points.  Jeni Port.  James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
Vinea Marson Sangiovese 2016 is $35.95- Buy Now
Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2016

"At six years old the tannins offer solid structure without dominating"  Nicole Bilson.  Wine Pilot.

"Glistening garnet highlights in the glass hint at the age but there’s still so much freshness – red plums, macerated strawberries, and compressed watermelon make up the fruit spectrum. There’s the ethereal aroma of pressed rose petals, and the earthiness of roasted beetroot and leather. It is rich with a lovely ripe-fruited weight, and mouthfilling spice. At six years old the tannins offer solid structure without dominating, fleshed out with baked rhubarb, an ironstone minerality, and meat jus umami. I drank this with a rich mushroom ragu pasta and the only thing I would change is to add some truffles on top.  Rating: 95 Points. Nicole Bilson.  Wine Pilot.
 
Vinea Marson Nebbiolo 2016 is $37.95- Buy Now
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Holm Oak Riesling 2022

"97 points.  A flawless riesling....The length is prodigious; the flavours linger for a seeming eternity." 
James Halliday

“A flawless riesling, the bouquet highly floral with white flower and apple blossom starting the conversation before the sheer power of the mouth-watering lime juice and Meyer lemon take control. The length is prodigious; the flavours linger for a seeming eternity.” – 97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
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Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2021

"A strong, firm, exciting young pinot. $40"  Jeni Port
"This is in lovely form."  Campbell Mattinson

"94 Points. Fermented with 30% whole bunches, matured in French oak for 9 months. In the dark and brooding class of pinot, with undergrowth, autumnal leaves, dark berries, woodsy spices and sage. The amount of whole bunches has been decreased from 2020, a good sign, bringing an element of added complexity rather than sharpness. A strong, firm, exciting young pinot. $40. 13.5% alc. Drink by: 2028. Screw cap" Jeni Port, winecompanion.com.au. 

"With a pedigree dating back over four decades, Ashton Hills has a well deserved reputation for its cool-climate Adelaide Hills pinots noir -and a change of regime has not diminished quality. The fruit for this appealing young wine was taken from six different blocks in the cool Piccadilly Valley and is just lovely. Think juicy, red-fruited goodness with some softness and style on the finish. I’d pair this with Chinese roast duck - a classic combo for excellent dining." Winsor Dobbin, Winsor's Choice. 

"93 Points. This is in lovely form. It tastes spicy and it feels well structured but the fruit is ripe and juicy. Cranberry into boysenberry and red cherry, florals and woodsy spice. It’s fairly light on its feet but it has enough insistence to make its quality clear. Oak, gently smoked, is so very well played here, so neatly tucked. It’s well played all around."   Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front. 
Ashton Hills Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2021 is $38 - Buy Now


Bleasdale Vineyards Tempranillo 2021
Top Gold - 2021 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
Made from a single parcel offered by a grower; destemmed, whole-berry fermentation, 2-day cold soak and 5-day fermentation, pressed to tank and used French puncheons for 5 months. Low SO2. The colour is bright through to the rim. A enticing bouquet of some complexity, with a red cherry and chocolate mix, the palate light–medium bodied with a positive texture and structure, all derived from fruit.  Rating: 93 Points.  James Halliday.  Halliday Wine Companion.

Bleasdale Wellington Road GSM 2020
Top Gold - 2021 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Crimson red wine with cherry and blackberry fruits supported by nutmeg, spice, white pepper and some savoury, earthy characters. A generous, opulent palate built around a core of finely textured tannins. A delicious drink in its youth, however this wine can be cellared for a number of years for those that have the patience and enjoy more savoury secondary characters.

Bleasdale Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2021
Top Gold - 2021 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
Bleasdale has been using cabernet franc in blends for over 25 years, but the ’21 vintage demanded this should be bottled as a 100% varietal. Destemmed for whole-berry open fermentation, pressed at 4 baumé, matured in used French puncheons and tank for 5 months. Low SO2 usage. Magenta-crimson hue, brilliant clarity. High-toned bursts of raspberries and flowers lead the way into a light-bodied, delicious wine that demands immediate consumption. Rating: 92 Points. James Halliday.  Halliday Wine Companion.

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Casalforte Amarone della Valpolicella 2017

97/100 Luca Maroni
Gold Medal, Mundus Vini
Gold Medal, Berliner Wine Trophy

"Light red with ruby-brown tints.  A mix of hazelnut, cacao, ash, stewed red fruits, spices and dried flowers on the nose.  Broad-shouldered palate honed by fine tannins.  Harmonious combination of fruit and oak influence.  The finish shows remarkable length."  94 points.  Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge

"Casalforte 2017 Amarone Della Valpolicella is full-bodied, rich and concentrated with sweet black cherry, dark berry, ripe red plum, fig, baking and cedar spice flavours plushy and vibrant on the palate.  Produced from 60% Corvina, 30% Corvinone and 10% Rondinella grapes.  Pour with a rich meaty pasta and tomato sauce dish."  91 points. Natalie Maclean

"A great wine with maximum authenticity in its sweet blackberry ripeness and the polished clarity of the fragrance reminiscent of a diamond, among the best Amarone, indeed among the best reds of Italy."  97 Points. Luca Maroni
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Deviation Road Altair Brut Rose NV

Top Rated: Sparkling Rosé - 2023 The Halliday Wine Companion Awards

"55/45% pinot noir/chardonnay. The base vintage is 2018 with reserve wines added; 40 months on lees. Disgorged October, 2021. 8g/L dosage. A finely beaded, salmon-pink sparkling that rates among Australia's best. Confidently presented with complexity and poise, Altair wears a delicate sheen of savoury autolysis with almonds, baked pastry, poached pear, bright red berries aromas. Layer upon layer of delicate flavour, texture and depth. Runs fine, long and so impressive. All class."  Rating: 96 Points.  James Halliday Wine Companion.
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Tornatore Etna Rosso 2018
''Just Beautiful. Perfect in its dawn-spider-web of delicacy, tension and translucency.'' JancisRobinson.com 

''Etna Rosso are among the best red wines in all of Italy.'' Tom Hyland, Forbes.com
''A medium-bodied, elegant red with raspberries, dried cranberries, tobacco and orange peel. Silky, ultra fine tannins. Delightful and refined finish.'' 93 Points, James Suckling

''Wild rose, red woodland berry, graphite and Mediterranean herb aromas mingle together in this elegant red.  The lithe, savory palate combines finesse and racy tension that surround juicy strawberry, sour cherry, star anise and cinnamon before a flinty close.'' 93 Points, Editor's Choice, Kerin O'Keefe, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

''Smells of rose hips. Elegant, slightly smoky, touch of tobacco leaf, the texture of chamois leather. Orange peel and rose petals infused in pomegranate juice. Tannins as delicate as paper-thin panes of stained glass. Just beautiful. Perfect in its dawn-spider-web of delicacy, light, tension, translucency.'' Tamlyn Currin,  JancisRobinson.com

''Mount Etna's terroir is rocky and mineral rich. These soils are fashioned from the succession of eruptions dating back millennia. What has made the red wines of Etna so appealing is their similarity in some ways to Pinot Noir and Burgundy. The tannins are quite silky and aromas of strawberry and cherry call to mind Pinot Noir.'' Joseph Micallef & Tom Hyland, Forbes.com
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Varvaglione Puglia Reds 3 Pack!
The highly respected Varvaglione Vigne e Vini estate from Puglia is one of the oldest and most awarded family run Southern Italian wineries.  We bring into the limelight 3 of the best wines Varvaglione Puglia produces.  With the consistent quality produced by Varvaglione right across their range and their consistent awards,  it was a challenging task to narrow it down to 3 select wines, but we did, with the Primitivo and the Negroamaro and of course we couldn't leave out their flagship, the mighty Papale Primitivo di Manduria, a great wine with 4 x Gold Medals and acknowledged by Luca Maroni as one of his favourite Reds from his 2020 edition of his Italian wine guide with one of his most inspired reviews I've ever seen.
Varvaglione Dodici e Mezzo Primitivo del Salento 2020
''A great value Primitivo del Salento from the Puglia wine region produced by the Varvaglione family. Look for ripe plum, cherry compote, dark chocolate and vanilla flavours on the palate in the smooth red.'' Natalie Maclean

Varvaglione Vigne e Vini Linea Oro 'Papale' Primitivo Di Manduria 2017
"The features of its most sumptuous consistency are first and foremost in the dense depth of its tint, in the opaque strength of its intense colour. Therefore, in the thickness and wealth of the perfume: successive levels of the overlapping flesh of berries, fused with strands of minty spice that hint at medicinal liniments, yet with deep notes of forest fruit. If the sense of smell is resinous, the touch is real cream. Cassis jam, made plump and pulpy from the tannin. And if the dosage of spices and the oenological sharpness of transformation give the complexity the balanced radiance of the whole, the last sign of its thick density is the unwillingness of its most soothing and minty fruit echoes to vanish. Among the best Italian reds of the year."  97 Points, Luca Maroni, Annuario Del Migliori Vini Italiani Awards 2020

Varvaglione Dodici e Mezzo Negroamaro del Salento 2020
Ruby red with shades of purple; the nose has fascinating scents of wild berries. The palate is marked by plums, vanilla, ripe fruits, with a long lingering finish and a velvety texture.
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G.D Vajra Dolcetto D'Alba 2020
''The G.D Vajra family is one of those rare wineries who excels at making wine with just about any Piedmont variety. They make one of the best Dolcetto D'Alba's.'' Ian D'Agata

''A world of sublime hand-crafted, artisan wines of the very highest level.'' Antonio Galloni

''This iconic Piemontese winery rarely fails to deliver.'' Christine Guilbert, Decanter Magazine
''The Dolcetto d’Alba is absolutely gorgeous. Bright red berry fruit, spice and floral accents all grace this energetic, vibrant, mid-weight Dolcetto D'Alba.'' Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

''The G.D. Vajra 2020 Dolcetto d'Alba is very fruit driven and bright. You can taste blueberry and raspberry flavours with hints of earthy tones and impressive intensity.'' Monica Larner, Wine Advocate Magazine

''Black cherry, rose and juniper aromas and flavors mark this Dolcetto D'Alba. Picks up a touch of earth on the finish, yet this is overall pure and full of finesse." Wine Spectator Magazine
G.D Vajra Dolcetto D'Alba 2020 is $34.95 - Buy Now
Domaine de la Bongran Viré-Clessé Cuvée E. J. Thevenet 2017

“The Cuvée E.J. Thevenet, which ranks as one of Burgundy's greatest wines"
  William Kelley, The Wine Advocate

This is superb - a Viré-Clessé with genuine substance and longevity.   Neal Martin, Vinous.com
 
“...The Cuvée E.J. Thevenet, which ranks as one of Burgundy's greatest wines. What's more, its longevity is legendary: even in challenging vintages such as 1984, the Thevenets' humble Mâcon is still cruising along in the cellar, while most of the Côte de Beaune's grandest whites are already senescent” - William Kelley, The Wine Advocate (click here to see full review)

The 2017 Viré-Clessé, which will be bottled at the beginning of 2022, has a killer nose with an almost Germanic feel, intense nectarine, melon and damp earthy scents with just a hint of petrol. The palate is beautifully balanced with a line of acidity keeping everything taut and linear. The 2017 is a little waxy in texture with orange rind, stem ginger and white pepper furnishing the very persistent finish. This is superb - a Viré-Clessé with genuine substance and longevity. 92-94 Points. - Neal Martin, Vinous.com
Domaine De La Bongran Viré Clessé 2017 is $110 - Buy Now
Caillard Mataro 2017 
"It takes some talent to craft mataro that can fly solo as confidently as this."  Tyson Stelzer.

"A succulent, delicious and classy red of strong regional character. A delight."  Mike Bennie.
"Rich, savoury red of medium weight, fine grip and general sense of vitality. Redolent of dark berries, char and pot pourri with faint game meat notes wafting around. The palate is brighter than expected from that sweet earthy hit of perfume, lifted on blood orange acidity and cinched with a web of fine and firming, feathery tannins. It’s deeply flavoured yet filigreed and fresh. A succulent, delicious and classy red of strong regional character. A delight." Rated : 95 Points.  Mike Bennie.  The Wine Front.

"Dorrien and Shiller vineyard, Light Pass; partial whole bunch fermentation; regular pump overs and pigeage; 10 days' post-ferment maceration; 18 months' maturation in 11% new French oak barriques. It takes some talent to craft mataro that can fly solo as confidently as this. The cool '17 season heightens fragrance and red berry fruit tang, framed by fine, confident tannins and vibrant acidity that promise great potential."  Tyson Stelzer.
It's a compelling offer by any standard.  A rare stand-alone variety by specialist Mataro produce with good reviews and a 40% discount.  

Please note, this wine is expected to arrive in-store Friday and shipments will be posted once they arrive.
Caillard Mataro 2017 is $29.99 - Buy Now
Philippe Bouchard Beaujolais Gamay 2019
''2019 is probably the most consistently exciting vintage for Beaujolais since 1976. Renowned for classic lively acidity and vibrant aromas with lots of floral, spice and licorice notes.'' James Suckling
If you want a low cost risk free entry to Beaujolais, I'm sure it does not get any better than this.  There's a thing about great vintages - that wines from the top of the class to the most inexpensive are inevitably good and this rings true with Philippe Bouchard Beaujolais Gamay 2019.

And 2019 was one of the great Beaujolais vintages.  James Suckling wrote: ''2019 is probably the most consistently exciting vintage for Beaujolais since 1976. Renowned for classic lively acidity and vibrant aromas with lots of floral, spice and licorice notes.''

Rusted on Cloudwine folk may have noticed real and proper Beaujolais has been a big thing in the industry this year.  But we've never in 20 years offered a Beaujolais for less than $18.  Not many retailers have.  I'll say now, this is not a $40 Beaujolais, but boy do you get a whole lot of juicy Beaujolais, especially after a 2 hour decant. 
Philippe Bouchard Beaujolais Gamay 2019 is $16.95 - Buy Now
Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir 2020

"Destemmed fruit off the South Leongatha vineyard and some from Leongatha, wild fermented, left 14 days on skins then pressed off to French oak (63% new). A best-barrel selection. It's a sterling wine. Incredibly savoury with charcuterie, dried herbs and wafts of earth and autumn leaves with the oak both etched into and bolstering the palate. Fuller bodied but not weighty. This feels quite effortless, as the plush tannins and refreshing acidity work towards a lingering, very long finish. Quite a beauty."  97 Points. Jane Faulkner. Halliday Wine Companion
 
"Medium to deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is rich and intense smoky dark-cherry aromas, which leads into a gorgeously flavoured and balanced palate of intensity and supple texture, the tannins of the highest quality. The fruit sweetness in the mid-palate is delicious, the silky texture persisting right to the end of the last aftertaste. There's a wonderful elegance about it." Rating: 96 Points.  Huon Hooke.  The Real Review.
Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir 2020 is $249.99 - Buy Now

Bass Phillip 'Estate' Pinot Noir 2020

Beautifully expressive red and dark berry fruits with a brambly undergrowth and complexing black tea notes. A very pure expression of Pinot Noir. The palate is just perfection...sweet, lush, sweet berry. Lovely fine tannins holding it all together and flavours echoing the nose that crescendo to the finish.

"Medium to deep red/purple hue, an excellent colour for a two-year-old Aussie pinot, the bouquet irresistibly attractive, with 'forest floor' and sappy overtones to dark-cherry fruit intertwined with smoky oak resulting in a complex smoked-charcuterie touch. The wine is medium-bodied at most, softly textured—even glossy—in the mouth, the tannins quite smooth but with the faintest gritty, bitter aspect in the aftertaste. A very smart pinot."  Rating: 93 Points.  Huon Hooke.  The Real Review.
Bass Phillip 'Estate' Pinot Noir 2020 is $99.99 - Buy Now
Finestra Yarra Valley Shiraz 2021

 "Beautifully made, and has an Italianate feel to it, which is something of a signature underlining these 2021 releases."  Gary Walsh

"Older oak, 10% whole bunch. I’ve not yet met Bruce Lang, because I don’t get out much.  Aromatic, some cracked pepper, hazelnut, blue and purple fruit. Medium-bodied, nutty and spicy, particularly good feel to the tannin here with a slate and Turkish coffee feel, all that healthy silty stuff, anyway, dried flowers, a distinct ‘mineral’ feel, and cool fine acidity, all the grip and perfume on a long finish. Beautifully made, and has an Italianate feel to it, which is something of a signature underlining these 2021 releases."   Rated : 94 Points.  Gary Walsh.  The Winefront.
Finestra Yarra Valley Shiraz 2021 is $24.99 - Buy Now
Finestra Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2021
 
"No doubt it’s Chardonnay, but has a certain Italianate quality to it, which I really like, kind of like a good Timorasso! So lovely."  Gary Walsh.
"Over the years, I seem to vary the capital letters in the name of this producer. Anyway, older oak, three barrels produced, one of them went through malo. It’s from a vineyard in the Upper Yarra, not the home turf.   Melon, a little nougat, white peach, subtle fennel  perfume and spiced top notes. It’s soft and flavoursome, almond meal, a lovely glycerol glide, but fresh in acidity too, a slight grapefruit bitterness, fine chalky texture, with lime and slightly tropical flavours on a long firm finish. No doubt it’s Chardonnay, but has a certain Italianate quality to it, which I really like, kind of like a good Timorasso! So lovely."  Rated : 94 Points.  Gary Walsh.  The Wine Front.
Finestra Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2021 is $24.99 - Buy Now
GH Von Mumm '50th Parallel' Trocken Riesling 2019
This Riesling is the real deal.  It's produced in Rheingau, one of Germany's top wine regions, by a producer with a 200 year history and from the best vintage in 40 years. 
 
There is an abundance of classic white flowers, crushed white currants, stone fruit, lemon zest, white nectarines accompanied by chalky minerality. There’s mouth-watering character ofacidity and minerality through the midpalate, ending with a lingering citrus-immersed profile.'' Gil Lempert-Schwarz,  Las Vegas Review Journal

If you enjoy German Riesling made in a dry style but don't want to pay the "going rates" for 2019's then this will be your last chance to experience one at the very friendly price of just $24.99.  It's fhe best value German riesling on the market.
G.H Von Mumm 50th Parallel Riesling Trocken 2019 is $24.99

Torzi Matthews Francesca Grillo Collina Calcarea Syrah 2021


"Yes. Special wine. Outstanding.”  95+ Points & Top Value
Gary Walsh

"This beautiful, slurpy dark fruitedness bolstered by blood orange acidity. Brilliant wine" 
Mike Bennie

"So purple. So vital. Grilled meat, spicy, blueberry and fresh blackberry, violet perfume. Medium-bodied, savoury, meaty and spicy, but pure of intense black fruit – blackcurrant, raspberry,  sage, succulent, yet tight. So fresh, hazelnut and fine-grained silty tannin, a graphite feel to it, maybe even some liquorice and Averna-like richness. Finish is long, clean and focussed. Yes. Special wine. Outstanding.”  95+ Points & Top Value Gary Walsh.  Winefront.

"Second look at this wine. Fantastic. Savoury, dark fruited, spicy as. Tannin in this web of fine, lacy, firm, graphite-like pucker. Charcuterie, hazelnuts, alpine herbs. So inky too, this beautiful, slurpy dark fruitedness bolstered by blood orange acidity. Brilliant wine. 95 points easy."  Mike Bennie
Torzi Matthews Francesca Grillo Collina Calcarea Syrah 2021 is $29.99 - Buy Now
99 Points -  Andrew Caillard MW
97 Points -  Ray Jordan
97 Points - Angus Hughson
"Deep crimson. Classical blackcurrant cedar aromas with lifted espresso, roasted chestnut notes. Inky deep and beautifully concentrated wine with dense blackcurrant, dark plum, dark chocolate flavours, fine grainy/chocolaty tannins and perfectly integrated cedar oak. A superb grainy firm finish and mineral length. A great Leeuwin Estate Cabernet. The foundation vineyard of Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet is the 1975-planted Block 8. The vineyard is meticulously managed to promote the development of high intensity fruit and fine classical grainy tannins. Although the growing season and maritime climate are similar to Bordeaux, the atmospheric conditions, lateritic soils, Karri forests and bush-garrigue bring a very different and highly particular set of challenges." Rating 99 Points.  Andrew Caillard MW

"One of the last wines released from the great 2018 Margaret River vintage, this has to be one of the finest cabernets yet from Leeuwin. Supremely balanced and poised with stylish lines through to a very long finish. Scented aromas of cedar and leafy blackcurrant with a trace of oyster shell. The palate is quite brilliant with the distinct chalky tannins and super fine grained oak holding the fruit gently to its extended finish. Great wine here. Rating: 97 Points; Ray Jordan. Wine Pilot

"Leeuwin Estate is for me one of the most Bordeaux like of Margaret River's top line cabernets. Aromas of red currant, blackcurrant, woody asparagus stems, cedar and cassis with a solid backbone of new oak. There is then great density of fruit to the palate, again not bold but reserved and full of energy; a young, tight ball of vibrant, stylish and youthful flavours exceptionally well balanced with manicured tannins which support an incredibly long, elegant finish. Super impressive and a new benchmark for this label. " Rating: 97 Points.   Angus Hughson.
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is $79.50 - Buy Now

Beechworth Estate Chardonnay 2019


Beechworth's best value Chardonnay
by a country mile.

Some of Australia's best Chardonnay is produced in Beechworth.  Name dropper alert: Giaconda, Domenica, Savaterre, Golden Ball, the list goes on.  The only problem with Chardonnay from the region is the price, they're usually $50+.   That's why we offer Beechworth Estates Chardonnay 2019 today.  You get that Beechworth feeling without breaking the bank.  This Chardonnay has undergone traditional barrel fermentation, matured on lees for ten months. The wine is aromatically complex with notes of oatmeal, nectarine and white peach. The palate is intensely citrus with a fine textured structure that provides a great length. A classic Beechworth style, enjoy now or cellar up to 7 years.  Excellent value for money given the typical prices for Chardonnay in Beechworth.
Beechworth Estate Chardonnay 2019 is $25.50- Buy Now
Head Wines Heart & Home Dry Red 2020

"Bargain on a grand scale." James Halliday
"seriously good-value pricing." Stuart Knox

"79/21% cabernet sauvignon and shiraz; small open fermenters; wild yeast; 2-week ferment; matured for 10 months in French oak (10% new). This is all about cabernet sauvignon kicking up its heels in the Barossa Valley and making no apologies for doing so. There is an edge of authority to its expression provided by the firm tannins, shiraz ending any suggestion of excess force. Bargain on a grand scale."  94 Points.  James Halliday Wine Companion

"Deep and intense ruby core to a dark purple rim. Blackberry, olive, and dark slate aromas. A solid and dark core that fills the mouth without over-running. Dark slate and meaty savoury notes add character whilst a fine, yet persistent tannic framework focuses the finish. A remarkable exercise in controlled power at seriously good-value pricing."   93 Points.  Stuart Knox, The Real Review. The Real Review.

"This blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz is made in a very accessible style and offers fresh yet hearty aromas and flavors of purple plums, blackberries and some earthy, spicy overtones. The palate is generously fleshy and very drinkable now."  jamessuckling.com
Head Wines Heart & Home Dry Red 2020 is $19.90 - Buy Now
Main & Cherry Grenache 2021

96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
Gold Medal – Grenache Challenge


"An excellent grenache"  Huon Hooke

An early hand picked parcel from the iconic Brini vineyard in Blewitt Springs. 100% Grenache, grown on ancient sandy soils. Partly fermented in locally made terracotta pots, gently hand plunged with extended time on skins. Basket pressed and matured for 6 months in seasoned French oak. A fresh, bright style.

"Sourced from old, dry-grown vines in Blewitt Springs; hand-picked, wild yeast fermented and basket-pressed before a brief stay in used French oak. Neither fined nor filtered; gloriously spicy red fruits create the same magic as young, high-quality pinot noir. Truly delectable."  Rating: 96 Points. James Halliday. The Weekend Australian May 2022

 
Main & Cherry Grenache 2021 is $25.95 - Buy Now
Best's Great Western Pinot Noir 2021 
"At $25 I’m firmly of the opinion that this is fantastic value." 
Campbell Mattinson


"‍Extraordinary value here"  
Mike Bennie

"Packs a lot of flavour intensity into its medium-bodied frame" 
Jeni Port
"‍Extraordinary value here, it seems. A wine packed with depth of fruit, savouriness, peppery spice and a malty-woody seasoning underpinning it all, with bouquet and palate in synch with these characters. Depth and grunt are two good words, but it never forgets a sense of lively pinosity, too. Is there something old school about the wine? Sure, and it also delivers satisfaction in spades.  Mike Bennie.  Gourmet Traveller Wine 

"It’s made from vines planted in 1980 and 1987 in the Concongella vineyard, and from 1997 plantings in the vineyard at Rhymney.  Despite its asking price this Pinot Noir will drink at its best after a few extra years in bottle. The flavours sit back in the palate, not so eager or in a hurry to please. Given time to breathe though there is yet good drinking to be had now: its cherried fruit comes earth-strewn and macerated, its beet-like flavours laced with woodsy/smoky herb and oak notes. It’s varietal, it’s well balanced and made, it feels settled and composed, with perfectly-judged tannin drawing back through the finish. At $25 I’m firmly of the opinion that this is fantastic value."  Campbell Mattinson

"Packs a lot of flavour intensity into its medium-bodied frame, together with a strong Aussie bush signature. Delightfully aromatic aromas in dark cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb, bay leaf and violet. Gentle oak spice on the palate introduces a detailed, deeply flavoured and creamy palate wrapped in close-knit tannins. A good pinot is a rare beast in these parts and one to be enjoyed".  Jeni Port.  The Wine Companion.
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Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2020

"Close your eyes, and this shiraz will give you a magic carpet ride to the upper reaches of the Rhone Valley"
97 points. James Halliday

"An elegant and stylish shiraz."  Huon Hooke.

"A wine of towering richness and complexity, black cherries, licorice, black pepper. Close your eyes, and this shiraz will give you a magic carpet ride to the upper reaches of the Rhone Valley. Most remarkable is the freshness of the wine, and the dark spices of a night time drink. 14% alc, screwcap 97 points, drink to 2040."  James Halliday, The Weekend Australian.

"Deep red with tints of purple and a sweetly jammy blackberry and squishy mulberry aroma, plus a slight meaty overtone. The wine is lean and sinewy on the tongue with tense tannins, a trace of bitterness, and is medium bodied with moderate length. There's a Rhône-ish note to the nose. An elegant and stylish shiraz." 92 points.  Huon Hooke - The Real Review 
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Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2021

"This is a polished release" 
Campbell Mattinson

"Already a seriously complex pinot"  97 points
 James Halliday

"Already a seriously complex pinot, high-strung aromas of spice and forest floor providing the parameters of a palate that builds intensity as it moves from red and blue fruits towards the triumphant peacock’s tail finish. 13.5% alc, screwcap 97 points, drink to 2031."  James Halliday, The Weekend Australian.

"Love the tannin structure of this wine. It feels both perfumed and inlaid with fruit, but more impressively it sheets across the wine in a wide spread, integrated and balanced while at the same time being assertive. It gives the wine a bit of class, not that it lacked it in the first place. This is a polished release, with varietal red berries fruit flavours splashed with earth, chicory and dry spice. It’s ultra primary now, as you’d expect, but it feels settled, and so it’s already drinking well. Fruit and the formation of tannin here though are its main quality markers. 93+ Points. Campbell Mattinson.   The Wine Front
Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2021 is $49.99 - Buy Now
Shaw + Smith M3 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2021

97 points - James Halliday
 
"super vintage for one of the country’s most consistently concise and high quality Chardonnay wines."  Andrew Graham


"Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, fermented and matured in French oak. Its crystal clear quartz-green hue signals the ’21 vintage in all its glory, the bouquet and palate a seamless array of nectarine, grapefruit and cashew. The feel and flow of the aftertaste implore a second glass. 13% alc, screwcap 97 points, drink to 2030."  James Halliday, The Weekend Australian.

“Its impeccable self. Flavours of pear and quartz, nectarine and cedar, a gentle floral element, a subtle lactose note. It feels powerful, taut and refined at once. This is not a smack-you-in-the-eyes chardonnay and yet its quality and intensity are clear. As with many of the finest Australian chardonnays now, this will need a year or three from release to start showing its best self.”  95 Points Campbell Mattinson, Winefront

"Released too early, which is the only blight. Otherwise, this is another super vintage for one of the country’s most consistently concise and high quality Chardonnay wines. Sliced white peach, a lemon cordial acidity thing, then acidity that is mouthwatering. Clay powder oak, lemon citrus. Power. Very firm. Very classic. It feels graceful if pre-pubescent, and that’s the only thing sliding it from top gold to just gold. Come back next year for the full kit and kaboodle of flavours as this is an A1 vintage. It just needs patience."  Andrew Graham.  The Real Review.
Shaw + Smith M3 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2021 is $49.99 - Buy Now

Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2021

"A wine of real gravitas and presence."  
95 points, Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion

"This is a beauty."
 94+ points, Campbell Mattinson

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

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

Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2021 is $59.99 - Buy Now

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2021

"True to the Bannockburn style which offers both power and finesse."
 95 points, Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion

"This is an excellent release; it’s good for drinking now but it has many years up its sleeve.”  
94 points, Campbell Mattinson

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

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

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2021 is $59.99 -Buy Now

Mayford Tempranillo 2019

"This is a very serious example of Australian tempranillo" 
Angus Hughson.


"This wine is definitely heading in the direction of super-complexity." 
Jeni Port.


Trophy  – Best Tempranillo
Winewise Small Vignerons Awards 2021

"Winemaker Eleana Anderson is among a handful of leading tempranillo producers in this country forging ahead with the grape. This is a smart tempranillo, delivering a fine-grained elegance. Ripe, dark fruits lead by black cherry envelope the senses. Red licorice, violets and herbs add a fragrant touch on the palate, nicely entwined by savoury tannins. This wine is definitely heading in the direction of super-complexity. Keep it ageing a little longer, if you can."  95 points, Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion

"There’s plenty of bold flavour here though there’s a firm undertow of tannin and it feels seamless throughout. In fact overall integration here, particularly of oak and fruit, is excellent. Coffee, cola, black cherry, sweet herbs and roasted meat notes. It feels up-front and generous at first but then the finish trails out beautifully."  94 points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front

"Mayford have over the last decade risen up and are now considered one of the leading producers of tempranillo in the country, while at the same time also helping the Alpine Valleys region to build a name for itself with alternative grape varieties. Attention to detail is high with 14 parcels of fruit handpicked over 18 days, which is a hell of a lot for what is a small production wine, with some whole bunches also used in the ferment. It has produced quite an unusual style of Australian tempranillo, almost sangiovese like with its combination of bright acidity and firm tannins. It’s embryonic and would up tight with fleshy dark berry fruits plus a dusting of tobacco and stalky spice. It’s so juicy, but also muscular with deep set tannins and balanced but visible oak helping to drive a long, acid driven finish. This is a very serious example of Australian tempranillo built for the long term. But if you want to drink it young, make sure you match it up with slow cooked lamb shanks."  Angus Hughson.  The Wine Pilot

Mayford Tempranillo 2019 is $38.50 - Buy Now
Tenuta Ulisse Terre di Chieti Pecorino 2021

"has a power of aroma and a spectacular allure. Supreme.'' 97 Points
Luca Maroni, Annual Italian Wine Guide

''No Italian white boasts and reveals an aromatic integrity as crystalline as that of a glass of Tenuta Ulisse Terre di Chieti Pecorino. The varietal aromas stand out with a clearness and a fragrance that make them absolutely shine.  With their native perfumes displaying aromatic results that excite the senses. This is a wine of maximum value: the dense grape, perfectly ripe and clear as in nature, has a power of aroma and a spectacular allure. Supreme.'' 97 Points, Luca Maroni, Annual Italian Wine Guide 

''Pecorino is beautifully balanced by fine acidity and complex minerality making it a prime candidate for age-worthy wines. But the other beautiful thing about Pecorino is its character, noticeable terroir, a rich flavor profile; soft fruits, florals, dry herb, minerality, all balanced by freshening acidity. Put simply, Pecorino is tremendous bang-for-your-buck.'' Emily Bell, Vinepair.com

If this is your first time trying the Terre di Chieti Pecorino from this brilliant winery than how lucky are you!  Given its credential's, a Gold Medal Winning Vintage, Rated 97 Points, recognised as one of the Top White wines from Luca Maroni's Annual Italian Wine Guide  and its only $25.95!  (Crazy value!) 
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99 Points & Best Italian Red Wine
Luca Maroni - Annuario Italiani Awards 2021

Plus 7 Gold Medals

Let me introduce you to San Marzano Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria 2017Luca Maroni's Best Italian Wine from the 2021 edition of his Italian Wine Guide (Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani).  Luca Maroni is Italy's answer to James Halliday.  He tastes more and rates more wine than any other person in Italy.  This is a big deal.

Should it come as no surprise?  San Marzano is one of our favourite Italian producers I'd say Italy's most awarded producer.  Just this year, Gambero Rosso, Italy's most respected food and wine magazine, have awarded San Marzano as their Italian Co-operative of the Year for 2022.

In addition to Luca Maroni's 99/100 rating, this wine also received Gambero Rosso's highest possible rating (3 glasses) as well as receiving 7 gold medals (including 2 double golds) at international wine shows across Europe, Asia and closer to home in New Zealand.
San Marzano Sessantanni Primitivo di Manduria 2017 is $55 - Buy Now
Sunshine Creek Yarra Valley Block X Cabernets 2017

$32 direct from the Winery or
$15.95 from Cloudwine

 
"Complex and nicely lifted, the bouquet shows ripe plum, cherry, toasted spice and dried herb characters, leading to a fruity palate that’s smooth and rounded. The wine offers appealing juicy flavours with chalky tannins, making it immediately drinkable."  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
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Moss Wood Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

99 points - Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
98 points -Sam Kim, WineOrbit.com
96 points- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

 

"96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is elegance personified. A low yielding and slightly cooler vintage, the grapes went into small open tanks for fermentation, with thrice-daily hand-plunging. 15 days on skins and then pressed to tank before it was racked to French oak, 15% new. Over two years maturation. As mentioned, elegance personified. A silky combination of coiled power and finesse, this is a glorious Cabernet. Blackberries, spices, tobacco leaves, kid leather, violets, cigar box notes, aniseed and delicately integrated oak. There is a gossamer-like web of complexity weaving through the wine. Seamless, great length and cashmere tannins. This is a brilliant wine. Ten years, twenty years? How long have you got? If you are serious about great Australian Cabernet, this is a must for your cellar."  99 pts - Ken Gargett., Wine Pilot.

"Gracefully powerful and exquisitely expressed, the wine shows blackcurrant, dark cherry, cedary oak, green olive and warm spice aromas on the nose. The concentrated palate delivers outstanding fruit purity and intensity, combined with finely textured mouthfeel and beautifully pitched grainy tannins, finishing with a great line and length. Impeccably detailed, precise and undeniably classy."   Rating: 98 Points.  Sam Kim. WineOrbit.com

This needs a swirl or two, it's a little shy from the outset. Then suddenly a whirl of roses, black plums and subtle sweet baking spices emerge. The fruit is poised and wonderfully fresh and there's a graceful air to the palate. It flows across the palate with some pleasing amaro tannins guiding the way. This is an elegant cabernet with a fine yet youthful structure. Its full-bodied warming core has years ahead of it.  96 points.   Bob Campbell.  The Real Review. 


"Generally, contrary to many, I tend to favour 2019 Margaret Cabernet over 2018. I bit more brooding, dense, tight, ‘minerally’, and all that.  Powerful, compact, brooding sort of style, but tight too, all black fruit, dark chocolate, a seasoning of bay leaf and baking spice, some floral notes peeping over the top. Tannin is earthy and dense, but smooth and layered, boysenberry and dark raspberry, firm acidity set neatly inside, and a tobacco and black olive savoury finish of length and intensity. A very strong release, indeed maybe the best in the last decade. High drinkability, even early."  Rated : 96 Points.  Drink : 2027 - 2043+.  Gary Walsh. The Wine Front.

Moss Wood Cabernet Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is $127 - Buy Now
The San Marzano Red 6-Pack
Italian Producer of The Year - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2017
European Producer of The Year - Sommelier Wine Awards 2017
Best Italian Producer - Mundus Vini 2017 
Best Cooperative Italy - Berliner Wein Trophy 2017 

 
Italy's #1 winery is San Marzano.  They're the current Cooperative of the Year in Italy's leading wine guide, Gambero Rosso.  They've been Italian Winery of the Year more than once at more than one awards night,  They've produced Edda Bianco, Luca Maroni's #1 Italian White Wine.  Never before has anyone in Australia offered a 6-pack of their red wines until today.

This 6-pack contains one bottle each of the following wines:

Il Pumo Primitivo 2019
94/100 Luca Maroni
Gold Medals at 4 x International Wine Shows
Mundus Vini 2020 - Best of Show Salento


Il Pumo Sangiovese 2019 
It's a standout and fits the bill for drinkable Sangiovese to a tee. It's medium bodied with a melody of ripe red plum and cherry flavours, there's a backbone savoury tannins which integrate superbly.

F Negroamaro 2019
98/100 & 1st Best Red Wine of Italy - Luca Maroni, Best in Show - Mundus Vini
Gold Medals at 5 x International Wine Shows


Manoro Montepulciano 2019
One of the best value examples of the variety in Australia;

Talò Primitivo 2019 
94/100 Luca Maroni
Gold Medals at 4 x International Wine Shows


Cinquanta Primitivo Negroamaro Malvasia Nera +4 
97/100 Luca Maroni,
Gold Medals at 7 x International Wine Shows

San Marzano Red 6-Pack is $179 - Buy Now
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2019

"La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir is one of the most popular wines in the world."
Scott Butterfield

"La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir is one of the most popular wines in the world. It’s been instrumental in creating a market for this grape that eventually overtook Cabernet in the marketplace. Such a monumental shift took place, in part, through crafting single-vineyard wines with impeccable fruit. Although headquartered in the Russian River Valley, La Crema has a major presence in vineyards up and down the Sonoma Coast. And there’s enough soil variety here to rival all of France. 

Monterey is Pinot Noir’s dreamland, planted on south facing slopes of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The grapes here, on average, enjoy an extra forty-five to sixty days of development on the vine compared to other northern viticultural areas. Its distinctive physical geography, which includes cooling fog and natural wind tunnels, gives it one of the longest growing seasons in the world."  https://halleckvineyard.com/la-crema-monterey-pinot-noir-review/
La Crema Monterey Pinot Noir 2019 is $38.99 - Buy Now
Domenica Chardonnay 2021
"All very nice." Gary Walsh.

"I saw the new Domenica wines being offered in an EDM from the distributor (World Wine Estates) so I hit them up for some samples. A very good producer in my opinion.  A discreet style of Chardonnay here, with everything set to sotto voce. I minor amount of matchstick, ripe grapefruit and white peach, a little nutty, a light application of spicy ginger oak. Subtle chalky texture, a little spice and citrus, but again somewhat nutty and saline, with a zesty finish of good length. All very nice." Rating: 94 Points.  Gary Walsh.  The Wine Front.
Domenica Chardonnay 2021 is $49.99 - Buy Now

Domenica Nebbiolo Rose 2021

"This is outstanding. Yum."  Gary Walsh

"Nebbiolo is a wonderful grape variety for rosato, and I often wish more producers from Piedmont would make one, though I ask and they kind of say, to paraphrase “Nebbiolo is for red wine, we have white wine for drinking if you want something lighter or cooler (you idiot).”

Such balance, wonderful fine powdery texture, a little floral and aniseed perfume, red cherry and blood orange, fresh acidity but softness in the mouth, with a long faintly spicy finish. This is outstanding. Yum." Rating: 95 Points.  Gary Walsh.
Domenica Nebbiolo Rose 2021 is $27.99 - Buy Now

Wickhams Road Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021

"Lovely."  
Gary Walsh 

"‍I’m often asked to recommend a ‘value for money’ pinot noir. My instant reply is: “Wickhams Road."  Peter Bourne, Gourmet Traveller Wine

"It’s looking like a good vintage in many places. Fine bones, but with flavour. Strawberry, raspberry, some spice and dried rose perfume. Medium-bodied, crisp and bright, has a bit of a sap and semi-dried tomato flavour in the mix, fine chalky tannin, and a finish of good definition and solid length. Still pretty young as at now, and I suspect it has more to offer. Lovely."  Gary Walsh.  The Wine Front.
Wickhams Road Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021 is $18.99 - Buy Now
Oakridge Vineyard Series Henk Chardonnay 2020
 
"They all completely over-deliver for the price, too.” 97 points.
Philip Rich


"It has all the line and length you could wish for."
Campbell Mattinson

“From a single vineyard in Woori Yallock, from 2008 plantings of 95 clone.  Hand picked and whole-bunch pressed to puncheons for maturation and fermentation.  A bright green gold, this is immediately engaging and open with its aromas of white peach, white flowers and preserved lemons.  With its superb purity of fruit, I love the way the acidity cuts through the wine, giving it backbone and length.  All the 2020 Vineyard Series chardonnays are subtle variations on a theme, with the Henk being my pick today.  They all completely over-deliver for the price, too.”  97 points, Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion

"This is a piercing release with green pineapple, cedar, oatmeal and lime flavours bursting through the palate.  Indeed it’s a wine that just seems to go on and on.  It’s lean and daring but it has enough flavour to carry it and then there’s that finish, which is impressive to say the least.  What this wine needs is time, to flesh out.  It has all the line and length you could wish for."  93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Oakridge 'Henk Vineyard' Chardonnay 2020 is $34.50- Buy Now
Oakridge 'Yarra Valley Series' Pinot Noir 2019

"Lively and fresh.  Get into this now." 
94pts, Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion

"This is a $30 Pinot Noir with quality written all over it." 
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

"That red fruit core is pretty handsome for this price.  Definitely recommended." 
Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review

95 points and Gold Medal at the 2020 Yarra Valley Wine Show

“A similar feel or DNA to the Light Dry Red and you know what that means?  It's a delicious drink.  Full of bright, juicy cherries and pips, laced with woodsy spices and a dash of Angostura bitters.  Smoky and sultry, too. Just shy of full bodied, textural and plush, with slightly grainy tannins. Lively and fresh.  Get into this now.”  94 points, Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion

"This is a $30 Pinot Noir with quality written all over it.  It’s drinking beautifully right now and there’s nothing really to suggest that it won’t maintain the charm offensive for a good few years. It feels both dry and polished, savoury and sour, but it’s the swish, ripe, red berried fruit and the seamless integration of smoky oak that has it feeling both certain and seductive.  It’s an A Grade Drink Now Pinot Noir, with the attributes to hold and mature."  93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The WineFront

"Youthful and bright in the glass. Aromas of raspberry, cherry, sap, spice and dried herbs.  Fresh and bright in flavour, cherry, redcurrant, woodsy, spice and brambly.  The tannins shape the wine and the acidity is crunchy and gives plenty of freshness and drive."  92 points, Aaron Brasher, The Real Review


"Arguably a little serious for this list and the finish is a bit drying, but it’s also very drinkable.  It’s the mezzanine level Pinot for Oakridge, after the Over The Shoulder entry point, but the lines are classic Yarra Valley Pinot.  Generous, sappy, and full of red fruit, the mid-palate chugs along with great raspberry plum generosity, then with a firmer-than-expected tannin handshake to finish.  That red fruit core is pretty handsome for this price.  Definitely recommended."  92 points, Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review

Oakridge 'Yarra Valley Series' Pinot Noir 2019 is $23.99 - Buy Now
Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

The Cheapest 97 Point Cabernet in the 2022 Wine Companion!

"The epitome of signature Langhorne Creek cabernet. The quality of the fruit is in evident from the outset. It's matured for 20 months in French oak, 40% new, yet this is subservient to the black/blueberry aromas and flavours, some regional dark choc-mint adding a tiny whiff behind. Everything knits together perfectly and the varietal tannin structures lie in exact tune with the whole. When it works so well, wines like this just come alive."  Rating: 97 Points.  The Wine Companion.
Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 is $24.90- Buy Now
Nick O'Leary Riesling 2021
 
Winner of 4 trophies at the 2021 Canberra & Regions Wine Show:
  • Best Canberra District Riesling
  • Best Riesling
  • Best White Wine
  • Champion Wine of Show
Aromatics of white flowers, apple blossom and citrus. The palate is generous with a powerful mix of Granny Smith apple and freshly squeezed lime. The mouth-watering natural acidity leads to a pristine palate of balance and length.
Nick O'Leary Riesling 2021 is $22.50 - Buy Now
Longhop Shiraz 2020

"This is the pick of the current Longhop crop of reds, well, this and that excellent 2020 Barossa Merlot"  Gary Walsh.

"This is the pick of the current Longhop crop of reds, well, this and that excellent 2020 Barossa Merlot.  Blackberry, dark chocolate, liquorice, toast and spice. Full-bodied, full of dark fruit and dark chocolate, but also, imagine, some black pepper! Tannin is firm and grainy, it’s warm and generous, but keeps itself tidy all up, and has a fleshy finish of good length. Hearty and full of character."  Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
Longhop Shiraz 2020 is $17.99 - Buy Now
Longhop Pinot Gris 2021
"Excellent"  Rating: 92 points.  Gary Walsh
 
"From a dolce sedicenne year old vineyard in Forreston, Adelaide Hills.  Attractive pink tinge here. Musk and nashi pear, fine powdery and pear skin texture, fair bit of perfume, gentle charm and blanched almond flavour on clean finish of fine length. Excellent."  Rating: 92 points.  Gary Walsh
 
"Light bronze wine with lovely aromas of pears and delicate varietal fruit flavours with bright acidity."  Winestate Magazine.
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Longhop Merlot 2020

"Interesting. Bold. Strangely attractive. I like it."  Gary Walsh

"Great value here"  Stuart Knox. The Real Review

"excellent 2020 Barossa Merlot"  Gary Walsh.

 
"A new wine from Longhop, and a Barossa Valley Merlot, no less.  Chocolate, hazelnut, dried herbs, mocha and vanilla, black fruit. It’s thick and full-bodied, dried raspberry and chocolate, a pleasant bitterness to it, thick tannin, plenty of chew and grip, and a panforte spicy finish of good length. Interesting. Bold. Strangely attractive. I like it."  Gary Walsh.  The Winefront.

"Medium intense ruby-red colour with a purple rim. Plums, rosemary, and iodine aromas. A full-bodied red that shows good dark fruit concentration matched to dark earthy savoury notes. Firm, sandy tannins control the fruit well and provide good focus to drive quite a long finish. Great value here"  Rating: 92.  Stuart Knox. The Real Review.
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West Cape Howe Regional Range Tempranillo 2020

Ranked #6 of 39 2020 Tempranillo from Australia
The Real Review


"An impressive tempranillo and well priced."  Huon Hooke.

"Deep, dark, brooding purple/red colour, the bouquet very rich, ripe and dark-fruited. The same flavours carry through to the mouth, where it's full-bodied and firm but balanced in the tannin department, the finish long and seriously structured. An impressive tempranillo and well priced." Top Value.  Huon Hooke.  The Real Review.
West Cape Howe Regional Range Tempranillo 2020 is $19.99 - Buy Now

Wickhams Road Gippsland Pinot Noir 2021


#1 of 17 2021 Pinot Noir from Victoria.  The Real Review

"a very complete, complex wine that is outstanding value." Aaron Brasher.

"Really good. "  Gary Walsh
 
"Bright and youthful in the glass. Aromas of dark cherry, raspberry, sap, spice and brambly fruit. Textured, layered and long, plenty of dark cherry, earthiness and spice. There’s real weight and flesh to the fruit flavour. Textured, chalky tannins and lively acidity make for a very complete, complex wine that is outstanding value."  Aaron Brasher.  #1 of 17 2021 Pinot Noir from Victoria.  The Real Review

"Cherry and spice, a little sweet earthiness, and a pleasing amount of fragrance. Medium-bodied, cherry and raspberry, fine dense powdery tannin, a gentle sort of succulence and long fleshy finish. Really good."  Rated: 92 Points. Gary Walsh. The Wine Front
Wickhams Road Gippsland Pinot Noir 2021 is $18.95 - Buy Now
Whispering Angel Rosè 2020

"The results are truly staggering. It appeals from the moment it is poured into your glass...'' Matthew Jukes

"Deliciously creamy and smooth. Drink and enjoy."  
James Suckling

"The wine is ripe, full of strawberry flavors and crisp acidity. A tangy, zesty texture brings in citrus and a touch of minerality. This is an immediately attractive wine to drink now."  Wine Enthusiast Magazine 

 "Very pale apricot-pink color. Delicate aromas of sliced apple, pink grapefruit, peach, cream and stones follow through to a medium body and crisp acidity. Deliciously creamy and smooth. Drink and enjoy."  James Suckling
Whispering Angel Provence Rose 2020 is $38.99 -Buy Now
SUPER REDS HALF BOTTLE 6-PACK
This Reds Half Bottle 6-Pack contains one bottle each of the following wine

Yabby Lake Red Claw Pinot Noir 2019 

Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz 2016
Salomon Estate Finniss River Shiraz 2016 
Cascina Chicco Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 2019 

Chateau Teyssier Saint Émilion Grand Cru 2018
Moss Wood Amy’s 2019 

 
Super Reds Half Bottle 6-Pack is $127.99 - Buy Now
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021

"Delicious right out of the gate, this medium-bodied and refreshing wine will age well too."  Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion

"Red fruit, spice, a little pepper, something of a blood orange/ Campari character too."  Gary Walsh, WineFront

"A very bright, light–medium crimson red.  A gentle waft of fresh raspberries and cranberries, with just the right amount of spice-rack spices.  Delicious right out of the gate, this medium-bodied and refreshing wine will age well too.  The perfect introduction to modern Yarra pinot."  96pts, Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion

"Red fruit, spice, a little pepper, something of a blood orange/Campari character too. It’s slightly sappy, red cherry and spiced strawberry, again that blood orange flavour and some savoury ‘autumnal’ character. Tannin has light emery grip, and the finish is juicy/sweet/sour and slightly bitter, offering solid length. Good drink. Better again with a little more time in bottle."  93pts, Gary Walsh, WineFront

Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2021 is $34.90 - Buy Now
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2021

"Flavour, crunch, gloss, and all up a Chardonnay of fine balance and appeal"   Gary Walsh, WineFront
 
2021 was a terrific vintage for both vineyard quality and quantity, a wet spring followed by a healthy amount of sunshine and some well timed rain in January, leading to large green healthy canopies.  The overall temperature during the growing season was lower than average which led to a long slow ripening period and great concentration of flavours and natural acidity.

"A blend of Sexton, Tarraford, Applejack, Primavera and Wombat Creek vineyards. 15% new oak (puncheons). About 10% malo.  Flavour, crunch, gloss, and all up a Chardonnay of fine balance and appeal. White peach, almond, a little fennel and lime, fine acidity, flinty texture, a cool cucumber thing happening, and clean, with a well-defined finish of excellent length. Very good in 2021."  94pts, Gary Walsh, WineFront
Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay is $34.90 Buy Now
San Marzano Edda Bianco 2020

Absolute Best Italian White Wine
 Luca Maroni - Annuario Italiani Awards 2021

99 Points
Luca Maroni - Annuario Italiani Awards 2021

Old school Chardonnay lovers, here is your drink. This is a blend of  80% Chardonnay, 15% Moscatello Selvatico, 5% Fiano.  It spent 4 months in oak, which is just enough to give it that old world charm without the harshness so many producers released in the 80's.  This unqiue blend also has unique fully-ripened peach and floral aromatics, which are interwoven with delightful hints of freshly squeezed lime, mint and herbal complexity. Beautifully balanced, the rounded palate is beautifully styled and will be enjoyed by many chardonnay drinkers.
San Marzano Edda Bianco 2020 is $33.99 - 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
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 2021
Trevelen Farm Great Southern Chardonnay 2021
Beechworth Estates Chardonnay 2019
Bellvale Gippsland Chardonnay 2019
La Curio Suffragette McLaren Vale Chardonnay 2021
Castelli The Sum Great Southern Chardonnay 2021
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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

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
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
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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