Friday, August 31, 2012

Haselgrove 2009 Bella Vigna Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

As Haselgrove reposition themselves as a McLaren Vale/Adelaide Hills producer this Coonawarra gem appears to be surplus to their needs.
Don't think too much about this one, just grab a bottle or twelve taste it and order more before we run out

RRP: $25 Our Price: $15 per bottle by the dozen


Cruickshank 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

How do you make an old fashioned Hunter Shiraz style red wine from Cabernet Sauvignon? Simple, get the Cruickshanks to make it. This is upper Hunter fruit which has soaked up plenty of lower Hunter terroir. It's earthy and fruit driven at the same time. There's so much flavour it's almost a meal on its own with a sensible 13.5% alcohol. It's so different to the squeaky clean reds from the southern states and in its own right so much more exciting.
This is not a red for everyone [although it should be] but it will be one of the great buys of the year for all of you who understand what I'm on about.

Its feral and funky, a tad barnyardy and very highly recommended.

Our Price: $14 per bottle by the dozen


Crate 31 Cabernet Merlot

This is a red with serious grunt from the same people that make the YellowTail wines. Nose, colour and palate all indicate a wine well above $10. Absolutely sensational at this price and not surprisingly one of our biggest selling reds.

Our Price: $5 per bottle by the dozen


Haselgrove 2009 Vincent's Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon

You never quite know what's going to happen with Haselgroves. What I do know is that for the last few years we've offered some truly outstanding bargains under their Vincent's Breeze label. This one is McLaren Vale fruit that really overdelivers at a mere $10. We have the final stocks of this vintage and who knows whether there will be a 2010 release.

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the dozen


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cruickshank 2011 Verdelho

I like dealing with the Cruickshanks. John must be well into his 80s by now and young Andrew is a tad older than me. Father and son represent the quintessential hands-on small Australian producer that WE ALL must support.
Andrew even delivers the wine as he did yesterday, proudly photographed by his recently acquired $5 delivery van.
They make their whites like their reds with lashings of flavour. Made from upper Hunter Valley fruit this just about sums up the style of verdelho that I really enjoy. Plenty of palate weight leading to a clean fresh acid finish with volumes of layered tropical fruit flavour that doesn't taste like sauvignon blanc..

Our Price: $11 per bottle by the dozen