Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Wine Men of Gotham 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

One of the most bizarre labels of all time [sorry Bruce] sets a new benchmark for quality, quaffable, super cheap Sauvignon Blanc. Very highly recommended and make sure you read the back label - what were they thinking? [sorry again Bruce]

Our Price: $7 per bottle by the dozen


Stephendale 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Griffith's Warburn Estate is at it again with a new label that has taken anonymity to the extreme. We've put them on the retail shelves and I have trouble finding them. There's a big S which makes sense when any other inspiration fails and a small illustration of a rural gate which is hardly going to have retail buyers [who can never remember names of wines] rushing back to buy the wine with the gate on the label.
But the stuff inside is sensational.
There are two Barossa reds which are both chunky fruit driven numbers ready to drink now and over the next couple of years. A/v on both is $13.5%. There is also a ridiculously quaffable NZ sauvignon blanc. It's not regional specific and I suspect bulk juice is shipped here for bottling. Makes sense if they can do a wine of this quality at the price..

Our Price: $8 per bottle by the dozen


Stephen John 2009 Basket Pressed Clare Valley Shiraz

The 2006 and 2008 were both favourites with all of us and we now have our second load of the even better 2009. Stephen's cellar door price is $25 and I reckon that's seriously undervalued. This should be $40+.
Full bodied, complex, elegant, multi-layered this is a truly outstanding red wine.
Our Price: $20 per bottle by the dozen 


Sutherlands Creek Pinot Noir

If there is a better quality, lower priced Pinot Noir in Australia I haven't tasted it. It's Geelong fruit, apparently quite close to Bannockburn, but a fraction of the price. Alcohol is just 12.5%a/v but it's bursting with varietal fruit on a superbly balanced palate. Highly recommended for bargain hunters and pinotphiles.

Our Price: $12 per bottle by the dozen