Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chalkers Crossing 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon


Chalkers Crossing Tasting Notes
Colour: Deep red with purple tints
Nose: Fresh cassis/blackcurrant and mint aromas
Palate: Complex palate with red berries flavours and fine,silky tannins
Style: Full bodied wine matured for 12 months in 100%
French oak barriques
Complement: Red meat, smoked meat, gamey meat and strong cheeses
Best drinking: Now to 2021
Closure: Screw cap
Awards  Gold and Trophy of Best Cabernet - 2010 Cowra WineShow
 Gold and Trophy of Best Cabernet - 2010 NSW Small
Winemakers Wine Show
 Served in the International Qantas Business Class

"Dark red-purple, it has intense varietal blackcurrant and
cassis with a cool-climate twist of herb and olive, which add
to rather than detract from this Bordeaux-style bargain."
93/100 James Halliday’s 2009 Australian Wine Companion
Our Price: $22 per bottle by the dozen

Friday, January 7, 2011

Tyrrell's 2005 Belford Semillon

With Vat 1 now wholesaling near twice this price I think the Belford has moved into bargain basement territory. This is Hunter semillon at its glorious best and the show judges agree with 3 Trophies and 7 Gold Medals. We found some great whites in 2010 but this is the best with so many layers of flavour that every sip is an adventure.
Cellar if you like but for me this is a special occasion white to celebrate with over the next few years which is what I'll be doing with my Christmas treat to my personal cellar.
There's sadly not a lot.

Our Price: $27 per bottle by the dozen


Haselgrove 2007 Il Padrone Sparkling Shiraz

This is a full on serious dry sparkling shiraz that easily justifies its regular $30+ price tag. The juice spent nine months in new and one year old French and American oak as well as 18 months on yeast lees. It's the perfect red for summer but just don't chill it too much.
If, like me, you love quality sparkling reds you should probably think about two 6 packs so we can bind them together for delivery purposes. And the reason we're only offering it in 6 packs is the bottle shape. Very difficult to repack in mixed dozens.

Our Price: $150 a 6 pack

Ridgecrop Estate 2006 Trophy Chardonnay

We picked up a parcel of this to put under our label.
It won a gold medal and Trophy at the 2009 Mudgee wine show in the premium chardonnay class. It's a 2006 vintage that is in brilliant condition as evidenced by winning a trophy not so long ago. We road tested it over 3 days and it just kept improving which didn't surprise us. There's 14% a/v, lashings of rich buttery fruit, barrels of wood and most importantly plenty of acid.
This will last forever and the price is a joke. Should be $20+


Our Price: $10 per bottle by the doz


Berton Vineyards 2008 Coonawarra Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

This deservedly shone in the Nov-Dec 2010 issue of Winestate magazine with their top 5 star rating. First of all in the Coonawarra tasting that prompted one judge to observe it was the classiest flight of wines he's seen in years and then it romped into the best red buys under $20. Their review nailed it as "huge, dark,dense, inky wine with an "impenetrable" crimson colour. Dusty oak mingles with blackberry fruit aromas and the palate shows lashings of blueberry fruit. Quite tannic but it's balanced."
An extraordinary bargain, grossly underpriced by the maker.

Our Price: $15 per bottle by the dozen


Odd Socks 2013 Shiraz Cabernet Merlot

Twenty years ago the SCM triple blend was the trend with makers and drinkers alike. Not sure why, maybe it just sounded like you got more for your money. "Wow! Look at this - all these grapes in just one bottle." But I CAN see a reason for this. Nicely balanced this offers some rich fruit with enough tannin and acid to keep it interesting. Just don't tell anyone who congratulates you how much you paid for it.

Our Price: $5 per bottle by the dozen


Odd Socks 2013 Semillon Chardonnay

There is just absolutely nothing to dislike about this wine and while that may seem like a backhanded compliment it's not meant to be. It's just a perfect little blend that overrides any varietal impact to create a  dry unwooded white of crowd pleasing proportions. If I had to cater for a large function in the next 6 months, this would be the amongst the candidates.
[btw they've dropped the chenin blanc from the mix]

Our Price: $5 per bottle by the dozen


Berton Vineyards 2011 The White Viognier

You've probably worked out by now that I'm not a huge fan of pinot grigio, the occasional pinot gris interests me but I love VIOGNIER.
Last year we tasted a new one from Bob Berton and it was strangely, simply called The White Viognier with one of those weird metal labels popularised by Tempus Two as well as a crazy 14% a/v. With those negatives I wasn't expecting to be impressed but WOW what an absolutely delicious mainstream wine.
The 2011 is a superb follow up with the only apparent difference of a declared alcohol of 13.5%
This is all about sheer drinkability and I just can't imagine anyone not enjoying it. It combines rich mouthfeel with a vibrant zing. Is it an alternative to chardonnay or sauvignon blanc? The back label reckons chardy and I understand why but with no apparent wood exposure I reckon this would appeal to any dry white drinker. VERY, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the doz


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Juniper Crossing 2008 Merlot

Many of you enjoyed the 2007 vintage and we reckon this is every bit as good. It's a merlot with grunt and very highly recommended.


2010 Perth Royal Wine Show -Trophy and Gold Medal
2010 Royal Melbourne Wine Show - Silver Medal
2010 Australian Small Winemakers Show - Bronze Medal
2010 WInewise Small Vignerons Awards - Bronze Medal
2010 Royal Adelaide Wine Show - Bronze Medal
2010 Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show - Bronze Medal
Fine value from Margaret River. Took me by surprise. Some gum leaf fragrance and regional gravel over red fruit and plum with a touch of coffee oak in the background. It's medium bodied, supple and engaging, with good flavour and texture. Finish is excellent. A pleasure to drink."
Rated: 91 points, Tasted Nov 10, Alcohol: 14% Price $21, Closure: Screwcap, Drink: 2010 -2014
By Gary Walsh, Margaret River, Merlot Et Al, 17 November 2010
'Gee, a merlot with some spine. Now I've seen everything. This wine won a trophy at the Perth Show. It's a more powerful and assertive merlot that you expect but still has that unmistakable fleshy wrap. It's medium weight with a spicy plum influence and a light cedary oak character neatly and seamlessly infused. Very nice wine. 92/100.'
Ray Jordan, Fresh, The West Australian, 28 October 2010.
Our Price: $18 per bottle by the dozen

Juniper Crossing 2011 Tempranillo

Here's an impressive follow up to the 2009 vintage which earnt these raves, reviews and medals:
"Just buy some - it's that good. This is a truly exciting red with so much happening in every sip. Elegant, medium weight but with glorious spicy fruit and balancing tannins. Probably the best Oz Tempranillo we've ever tasted as well as one of the reds of 2010.

But don't just take our word for it

2010 Royal Perth Wine Show - Trophy and Gold Medal
2010 Winewise Small Winemakers Awards - Gold Medal
2010 Rutherglen Wine Show - Top Gold Medal
2010 Qantas Mt Barker Wine Show - Silver Medal
'A beautifully subtle and supple expression of this Spanish variety. Lifted spice and blackberry notes on the nose with a savouriness that is appealing. The palate has a dry tannin thread but with some sweet fleshy fruit. It's medium weight and displays excellent palate persistence. Great wine with food. Trophy winner in Perth. 94/100'
Ray Jordan, Fresh, The West Australian, 28 October 2010

Another fine example of Tempranillo! As well as its varietal redberry / blueberry aromas, there's a considerable depth of fruit on the palate which is vibrant and long. This is a wine of finesse and balance to be enjoyed in the short term. Excellent Value.
Highly Recommended
Gold Medal
WINEWISE Vol 26 Number 3 August 2010"

Our Price: $18 per bottle by the dozen

Brokenwood 2009 Cricket Pitch White Blend


The blend is made up of 59% sauvignon blanc and 41% semillon. Not surprisingly the Hunter Valley contributed most of the semillon with sauvignon blanc coming from the King Valley, McLaren Vale, Orange and Cowra.
It's a fresh lively blend that offers zing along with substance on the palate.

Our Price: $12 per bottle by the dozen


Brokenwood 2009 Cricket Pitch Red

It's not quite as stunning as the 2008 vintage which we zoomed through in just a few months but it's still very smart - particularly at the price.
It's a hide wine to tag as it's multi varietal, multi regional and even multi state. But it is a Hunter winery and there is shiraz in the blend so that will do for now.

Our Price: $12 per bottle by the doz


Peel Estate 2011 Verdelho

Tasting notes from the Peel Estate website
"Verdelho's great virtue is its intense fruit flavour - it makes some of the fruitiest white wines in Australia. Peel's Verdelho is dry, even though its rich fruitiness can sometimes make it taste quite sweet.
The pale straw colour is shot with green tints, always a good sign in Verdelho.
On the nose there’s pungent tropical fruit aromas, full of mango and guava. The palate is full and rich with loads of sweet fruit flavours, but finishing very dry. There’s also heaps of spice on the finish, which makes the wine complex and satisfying."
Our view: Apart from totally agreeing with Will Nairn's notes we'd just like to add that this is a truly fascinating wine. Wonderful complexity and zing on the palate and a whopping 14+% a/v which is only detectable on the back label. Very highly recommended if you're looking for something just a little different that we're confident will impress.

Our Price: $15 per bottle by the dozen