Monday, June 28, 2010

Kilikanoon Killerman's Run 2006 Clare Valley Shiraz Grenache


In a little over 10 years Kilikanoon has established itself as one of the finest producers in SA's Clare Valley. Halliday rates it as THE best and Parker of the Advocate loves Kevin Mitchell's work as well.
This is final stock from a cancelled UK export order and you've got to wonder what those silly poms were thinking.
But their loss is our gain particularly as we can offer it to you under our regular wholesale price. Why? Because it has the UK export label on it which doesn't declare Standard Drinks.
I know some of us get a little nervous with grenache. It can sometimes have a stalky character which, if too pronounced, can make the wine disjointedly unattractive. But this has none of that. In fact this is a superbly balanced seamless midweight red that delivers well over the $20 mark.
The dazzling vibrant colour hints at definite cellaring potential and this was confirmed by our three days of enjoying the tasting sample. Alcohol is 14.5% [about 8.7 standard drinks] and it's not overt because it is just so well balanced. There's plenty of spicy fruit kicking along throughout the palate supported by some nice little tannins. One of those reds that I couldn't imagine anyone not enjoying. Extraordinary value.
Cellar Door: $17
Our Price: $14 per bottle by the dozen


2009 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.

Our Price: $6 per bottle by the doz


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kirrihill 2009 Clare Valley Cabernet

Like the Kirrihill shiraz it's a bargain and is composed of fruit from a variety of vineyards. In fact the back label makes an interesting point that the Clare Valley shouldn't be regarded simplistically as a single region as it contains 5 distinct sub districts with quite different profiles.
Like the shiraz this is a rich, rounded fruit driven red that's only spent a mere 6 months on a mix of French and American oak.
Cellar for 5 years or so by all means but this one is ready to enjoy now.
Our Price: $13 per bottle by the doz


Grandin 2006 Cremant de Loire

The Loire is acknowledged as France's next best sparkling wine area after Champagne and the very best offer champagne quality and a much lower price. This has all the yeasty complexity and balance that we look for in champagne at a fraction of the price. And even at 6 years old it retains a freshness that indicates a few years yet

Our Price: $20 per bottle by the dozen


Red Hill 2006 Blanc de Noirs


Red Hill's Website notes:
"4 stars / 87 points - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010
This wine aims to emphasise fruit richness and softness. The nose features classic strawberries and cream with touches of rhubarb and bread. The wine enters the mouth with a swirl of delicious fruit. The strawberries also have light touches of cherry and yeasty complexity with a finish that is both soft and dry. This wine is perfect with trout mousse or salmon pate
Cellar Door: $35
Our Price: $26 per bottle by the dozen