Thursday, February 21, 2013

Richland 2015 Pinot Grigio

The Calabria family just seem to be going from strength to strength. The 2012  picked up a gold medal at Royal Melbourne as well as Blue Gold and a place in the Top 100 at the Sydney International Wine Competition.  The 2014 scored a Gold Medal at Royal Adelaide.  This latest release is every bit as impressive  and is what this variety should taste like: a dazzling crisp dry white with a delicious flavour profile. Impossible to recommend highly enough.

Our Price: $9 per bottle by the dozen


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Credaro Family Estate 2010 Margaret River Shiraz

You'd have to be well pleased with yourselves. You open your winery in 2003 and at the 2012 Margaret River Wine Show you pick up the Trophy for best Cabernet which also cleans up as BEST RED of SHOW.

And then just to finish off, this wins BEST SHIRAZ of SHOW.

How good is that!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Price: $30 per bottle by the dozen


Credaro Family Estate 2009 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Introducing Credaro Estate, a new star from Margaret River that's already scored Halliday's top 5 star ranking.

This Northern Italian family arrived in Margaret River in the early 1920s. They finally got around to commercial grape growing in the 1980s with their winery opening in 2003.

In 2011 they won the Perth Wine Show Trophy for most successful exhibitor scoring the highest average points per entry of the 371 wineries that entered.

At the 2012 Margaret River Wine Show this won the Trophy for Best Red of the Show and not surprisingly best Cabernet Sauvignon. We have a small quantity.

Our Price: $30 per bottle by the dozen


The Brass Razu 2013 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This is spot on crisp, clean and lean, dry, flavoursome Marlborough sauvignon blanc. At this price it doesn't come any better but why, oh why, do they come up with these names. And then waste an entire back label waffling on justifying the name? Biggest load of rubbish ever. Trees deserve more respect.
If I had more time I'd retype it here but I'll leave you to comment when you buy, sip and read.

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the dozen


Friday, February 8, 2013

Allandale 2011 Hunter Chardonnay

While the Hunter Valley is justifiably famed for its semillon, it also regularly produces some damn fine chardonnays. Here's one that easily justifies a $25 price tag.

And sometimes the winemaker really nails it with their back label notes:
 "VITICULTURE: Fruit was sourced from the old established Trevena Vineyard on Hermitage Road. WINEMAKING: Cold fermented in stainless steel, finished in high quality French oak, gaining complexity for a further six months. PALATE & BOUQUET: Stone fruit and fig aromas dominate, complemented by cashew nut from new French oak. Extended ageing on yeast lees adds a creamy/bready weight to the palate."

Our Price: $16 per bottle by the dozen


Victory Point 2009 Margaret River Chardonnay

James Halliday rated 96 points:
"Gleaming, bright green-straw; made using Burgundian clones 76, 95, 96 and 277, plus the Mendoza clone, a distinguished assemblage that has duly produced a distinguished, finely drawn and structured wine of great length and intensity; will be long lived."
 RRP is $40 and I reckon it's even a bargain at that price. Apparently Halliday also rated the previous two vintages the same. Fruit is from vines that have never been irrigated and  small French oak has been used.

RRP: $40

Our Price: $28 per bottle by the dozen


Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Accomplice 2014 Chardonnay

It's been our biggest selling chardonnay for a number of years and clearly the price has a bit to do with that but it's the quality that keeps everyone coming back.
In fact it's so much better than those wellknown brands that you see everywhere around the $10 to $12 mark.

Our Price: $5 per bottle by the dozen


Outstanding Wines 2011 Margaret River Chardonnay

Another one of our quality unlabelled finds that with its maker's label is available at twice the price. This is the new age style chardonnay that combines vibrant fruit, crisp acidity and oak without any hint of butter. It's got all the essential ingredients to hold its head high in any company.

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the dozen


Haselgrove 2007 Vincent's Breeze Chardonnay

This is a McLaren Vale/Adelaide Hills blend that we grabbed a truckload of, sometime ago. So how's a 6 year old white holding up? Brilliantly!
The clue was always in the high acid level when we tasted it. There's only 12.5% alcohol yet plenty of fruit that has now integrated with the oak to create a superb bottle aged little gem. The wine will live for quite awhile yet and it's in much better condition than our supplies which are close to an end.

Our Price: $10 per bottle by the dozen


Haselgrove 2010 Bella Vigna Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

We don't usually quote "Recommended Retail" prices. They're often used to falsely exaggerate savings. If a wine's not worth the rrp than "HALF PRICE" is a pretty meaningless claim.
But this one is as good as it gets as far as bargains go.

For many winemakers chardonnay is their favourite variety. It's the grape that lets them experiment with all their tricks of the trade and really apply their signature to the finished wine. Well, this one has had the works and it has worked beautifully.
There's lashings of everything: rich, buttery fruit, quality wood and enough acid to hold it together over the next couple of years.

Why so cheap? I have absolutely no idea. We tasted the wine, were offered a price and grabbed the quantity on offer. I wish we had more.
RRP: $25

Our Price: $12 per bottle by the dozen


Gotham 2010 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

A negociants label that I made a big mistake on. I should have bought less and charged twice the price at the cellar door. It's worth it. There's plenty of everything with acid, fruit and wood in the first stage of compromise with plenty of cellaring potential to look forward to.

Our Price: $11 per bottle by the dozen