Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Chalice Bridge 2005 Margaret River Shiraz

Back in August we offered the final stocks of the 2004 Chalice Bridge Margaret River Shiraz. It was a wine that justly deserved rave reviews from Halliday and Hooke. We sold out within 24 hours and most of you who got some emailed me looking for more. It was just that good and an outstanding under $20 red.
We tasted the 2005 at the same time about a week after it was bottled. I don't whether you know about the concept of bottle shock but this was a classic example. A wine you just wouldn't bother with.
We tasted it again last week and it was a different wine - virtually identical to the 2004. A superbly balanced, elegant red that is up there in the $30 category. Highly recommended even though it hasn't won a trophy as far as we know.

Our Price: $18 per bottle by the doz


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tyrrell's 2004 Stevens Vineyard Hunter Semilon

Tyrrell's cleaned up at the latest Hunter Valley Wine Show which is a regular habit of theirs. They won all sorts of trophies but for me this was the standout both in terms of sheer quality and outstanding value. It won four trophies including the BIG ONE of Best Dry White Wine of the Show. Incidentally previous vintages have won that trophy in 5 of the last 6 years. Which tends to support our view that it is consideraby better value than its Vat 1 big brother and anything else for that matter. If you enjoy Hunter Semillon you can't wrong with it to drink now or cellar.

Our Price: $ 21 per bottle by the doz


Monday, November 24, 2008

The USB Wine Device

A very clever man I once worked with had the idea for this 7 years ago. If we'd had the money we'd have launched it the day after March 31, 2001.
Now, sadly the French have beat us to it. Thank god for the Rugby!

Our Price: $


Deen De Bortoli 2006 Vat 9 Cabernet Sauvignon

Bagpipes, Toukley RSL and a Captivating Cabernet
When Toukley holds a Highland Gathering, they know how to party. Which is how we found ourselves on a recent Saturday night at the glittering Toukley RSL being entertained by the Lithgow City Pipe Band. While most of the lasses and laddies were more than content with whisky and beer I was sent forth to find a bottle of red wine.
Which was how I met Cheryl the barmaid. She was a gem. Not only did she keep a straight face when I asked to see the wine list, she also knew that there were only two bottles of the only possible decent red in the place. She wasn't quite sure where the second bottle was but when I explained there was every possibiity we may require it, she made it her "mission possible" to make sure it woud be ready when we were.
And so it transpired that Toukley RSL ran out of their "premium" red that night and bad luck if they tried to order anymore now. I rang De Bortoli who told me they had 50 dozen left and I said we'd take the lot.

Our Price: $ 9 per bottle by the doz