Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wither Hills 2008 Pinot Noir

Apparently there have been serious question marks over the quality of the 2008 vintage. In which case this is a classic example of why each wine should be judged on ITS merits rather than grouped with others from a vintage which may have been less than perfect.
This is a pinot noir of enticing flavour and perfect balance with an unusually deep intense colour for the variety. It's picked up a few Gold Medals and easily delivers quality in the $30+ realm.

I particularly love this quote from Ben Glover, Wither Hills Chief Winemaker

For me, making Pinot is the holy grail! It's the prince of all the classic varieties. It is notoriously fickle, yet worth all the blood, sweat and tears when you get it right. New Zealand Pinot Noir is the next global star and Marlborough will be at the forefront of this assault.


RRP: $27

Our Price: $22 by the mixed or straight dozen


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Zema Estate 2005 Family Selection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

It only scored 94 points in Halliday and I'd tell Jim he was dreaming. This has got to be 99. There are so many layers of flavour in this that every sip is an adventure. Given that many flagship wines are in the $100+ realm this is a joke at this price. It's the most exciting cabernet I've tasted in years.

And interesting to note that the winemaker is Greg Clayfield who was the prodigy behind brilliant Lindemans' Coonawarra's of the '80s, before the winery was taken over by a brewery.
Sad that, but this wine more than makes up for it.

Our Price: $39 by the mixed or straight dozen

Buller Wines Victoria Muscat

The deservedly esteemed Jancis Robinson once claimed that there were three unique Australian wine creations: Hunter Semillon, Sparkling Reds and Rutherglen fortified muscat.

So here's a bargain intro to the third.

Once again this delivers well above its price with an intense raisin flavour that you'll just want to sip and savour
Our Price: $10 per bottle by the mixed or straight dozen

Buller Wines Victoria Tokay

Like all the other wines in this range this is exceptional value and a truly economical introduction to the joys of this Rutherglen treasure.And it's hard to go past their own tasting notes:

"Colour/appearance: amber with orange tints.
Aroma/bouquet: scents of toffee, caramel and malt form a harmonious bouquet.
Palate: the sweet taste of toffee fills the mouth, followed by honey and malt flavours. Viscous, smooth and mellow.

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the mixed or straight dozen

Buller Wines Victoria Tawny

When it comes to fortified wines the Buller family of Rutherglen have consistently over delivered. This comes from their entry level range and is as good a "what we used to call port", under $15, as you're ever likely to sip

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the mixed or straight dozen