Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ringbolt 2010 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

The respected auction house Langtons has stamped its authority on the wine market with its Classification System that rates wines as Exceptional, Outstanding [GOT TO LOVE THAT ONE!], Excellent and Distinguished. It's a fine system in that it continually evolves and this link is a worthwhile read.

The usual suspects are featured in the highest categories but I wonder how long it will be before Ringbolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon charges up the Classifications. I believe the first vintage was 2001 and it's chalked up a dazzling show record since then. Akin to one of these TV talent shows [Wow, what a voice and you're only 16] this is "what a wine and it's only $20!" It regularly outscored wines many times its price such as Penfolds flagship cabernet 707.

This is an outstanding example of Margaret River Cabernet without the inflated price tag. You can read all about it here
Sensible 13.5% a/v and plenty of acid suggest a long and rewarding cellar life - ie it needs a fair bit of breathing right now. It showed up best on the reliable Kitchen Bench Test on day four.

Wholesale is just under $19 so the days of being $20 should be long gone. BUT NOT YET!

Our Price: $18 per bottle by the dozen  


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Three Tales 2014 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

"The BEST sauvignon blanc buy we've ever offered?????

It's a big call but one I'm very, very comfortable with.
The sign outside the cellar door reads "As good as Cloudy Bay and only $14.99" which is a bit misleading as it's quite possibly better and a mere $12 per bottle by the dozen.

"For someone who is just about "over" sauvignon blanc I reckon I probably rejected a tasting bottle from the rep sometime late last year with words like "It's too expensive and I've got the stuff coming out of every orifice." What's the point of tasting yet another one and rejecting it because we already have plenty of that style.
So I'm very grateful to the lads who brought a bottle in for me to taste last week. They were so enthusiastic that I just had to try it and they were spot on - sensational stuff. They were buying it from another source so I was happy to beat that price and share it with everyone else as long as you realise that $12 is an extremely sharp price.

And the wine? Well it's got just about everything. There's lashings of the popular, fashionable tropical fruit salad balanced beautifully with more traditional herbaceous, grassy characters. Every sip reveals a new layer of flavour so every bottle is a really exciting experience as opposed to so many that show all with the first sip.Add to this an equally balanced palate weight and texture and I reckon you're close to the perfect wine of this style. And it's only 12.5% alcohol!
Sadly it's pushed aside my previous favourite, Wither Hills and as far as I'm concerned it wipes the floor with Oyster Bay."

Those were the notes for the 2011 vintage. Three vintages later, nothing has changed.

Our Price: $12 per bottle by the dozen:  


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Haselgrove HRS 2009 Adelaide Hills Reserve Viognier

They'd be pretty close as they describe this gem of a wine perfectly:
"Our 2009 Reserve was produced from a single vineyard. The grapes were half fermented in tank and then transferred to three and four year old French oak barriques for completion. The wine was then lees stirred for 5 months. The winemakers have successfully preserved varietal distinction whilst developing multiple layers of flavour. The wine displays intense varietal aromas of peach and apricot. This combines with mineral characters on the palate to produce a flavoursome wine with a balanced lively finish with creamy toasty notes. Styles as a food wine it is best served fresh and slightly chilled with baked fish and white meat."

The key is layers of flavour in a wine that is still fresh and vibrant. $10 is a joke of a price for a wine of extreme quality and drinkability.

RRP: $20 -$18

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the dozen