Monday, June 18, 2012

Totino Estate 2008 Adelaide Hills Shiraz

They squeezed a bottle and a half of flavour into this one with so much going on in the glass you'll have trouble concentrating.
If you're a little bit jaded with perfectly pleasant, verging on bland red wines this is the one for you. It's a big, rich red with the oak that St Henri missed out on and the fruit to balance it. This is an extreme bargain. Also picked up a Highly Commended gong at the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition.
The bad news is that there wasn't much to begin with and sadly we scored the last 5 dozen.

Our Price: $17 per bottle by the dozen

Ballast Stone 2010 Steeple Jack Shiraz

Picked up a Blue-Gold medal at the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition for wines matched with food.
The fruit is probably, largely McLaren Vale and this is a wine that punches far above its weight. Lovely supple juicy red, medium weight with everything in balance. Strange name, garish red label but as always it's the stuff inside that counts. Within a day of first sales cellar door customers were already returning for repeat purchases.

Our Price: $9 per bottle by the dozen

Tyrrell's 2009 "Lunatiq" Heathcote Shiraz

This is Tyrrell's non-Hunter flagship red and it is an absolute beauty.
Our cellar door single bottle price is $35 and as I tell everyone it's the best value red we have. Easily $50+ quality. It was the star during a short break at Hamilton Island in 2011 and I've put a dozen aside to enjoy over the next decade.
For Heathcote alcohol is a sensible 13.9% and while there's plenty of opulence there are glorious tannins and balancing acid. The excitement of every sip is that it reveals a new aspect of its complexity. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Our Price: $29 per bottle by the dozen