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2008 Pewsey Vale "Contours" Museum Reserve Riesling Eden Valley South Australia
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Dry Riesling is one of the jewels of the Australian wine industry, and probably the least known. I have been lucky enough to have sat in this unique vineyard (drinking the wine of course) which is shown on the label as well as tasting the 1973 last year at a very special event where Robert Hill Smith generously went deep into the Yalumba cellars for a snapshot of the Aussie wine history. The Contours is a "Museum Reserve" version of the regular Pewsey Vale Riesling that always has 5 years of bottle age for the current release. So, if you don't have the patience, they do the waiting for you for a bit of an up charge so you can experience the secondary character that time will develop. The nose shows notes of biscuit, lime blossom, nectarine, apricot and lanolin. On the palate, the wine is still very youthful with great texture, balance and a long finish. And oh yeah...NOT all Riesling is sweet!

2013 Riposte "The Dagger" Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills South Australia
Review Date: 9-2-2014
The "Dagger" is a good name for this wine as it has good cut and gets to the point! The bouquet is bright and lifted with raspberry, ripe cherry, earth and a white pepper spice note. On the palate there is fine definition and focus with a fleshy mid-palate and juicy acidity that leads to a long persistent finish. This is a delicious Pinot from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia and great value.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart JH 95 BC 0

2010 Sittella Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River Western Australia
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Margaret River Cabernet for $20? Wow, this wine surely punches above its weight! The nose is expressive with black currant, blueberry, cassis, violets, light sage and a chocolate note. There are just enough supple silky tannins on the palate to give a more serious edge to the wine which is beautifully balanced and delivers a long finish. Bravo!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2013 Mount Trio Sauvignon Blanc Great Southern Western Australia
Review Date: 9-2-2014
Usually you expect to find Semillon added to Sauvignon Blanc in Western Australia, but not so here. The nose offers notes of lemon-lime pith, crunchy pear and a hint of tarragon. On the palate there are more tropical accents of melon and mango with a fleshy texture. This is all supported by good acidity leading to a long finish. Drink this wine chilled, but not too cold or you'll lose complexity.
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart JH 92 BC 0

2013 Muddy Water Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley
Review Date: 9-2-2014
This is NOT your average Kiwi SB. First, it's not from Marlborough. Second, it's farmed organically and uses native yeast for fermentation. And third, it's 90% barrel fermented with more neutral than new oak. The bouquet opens with a flinty and leesy note along with more stone fruit character of white peach and nectarine. On the palate there is good weight, with a figgy richness and creamy texture. Good acidity keeps it juicy and long on the finish.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 91

2010 Mount Langi Ghiran "Billi Billi" Shiraz Grampians Victoria
Review Date: 8-12-2014
The Billi Billi is a screaming deal for $10! The bouquet is packed with dark plum, blackberry, blueberry, violets and a hint of chocolate. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with good balancing acidity keeping it bright, fresh and juicy. The perfect house red to keep on hand. Buy a case!
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart JH 93 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Pinot Noir Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
The wines from Te Whare Ra have been turning heads since we've brought them into our New Zealand category, and the 2013s may be the best to date. The Pinot shows lovely dark plum, strawberry, cherry, light toasty oak, earth/clay notes, a hint of rose petal, tea bag and spice. On the palate, the wine has soft supple tannins that are balanced and harmonious with a long, persistent finish.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Review Date: 7-16-2014
The TWR savvy is bright with aromas of white grapefruit, passion fruit, gooseberry and a hint of tarragon. On the palate there is good texture and vibrant acidity that lead to a snappy, zesty finish with fine length. As good as it gets in a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 7-7-2014
Beringer, which is located in Napa Valley, has been producing this wine from Sonoma County's Knights Valley appellation for some time now, and it has always remained a consistent value in California Cabernet. The vineyard lies at a higher elevation than Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, and manages to combine the suppleness of that AVA with the fine tannin structure of Knights Valley. The bouquet offers black cherry, dark plum, cassis, earth and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. On the palate, there is the previously mentioned supple tannins blended with a fine dusting of cocoa powder, bringing the finer-grained, firmer tannin structure. It's all framed by lightly toasted oak that is well-integrated, with good length.

2010 Henry's Drive "Pillar Box Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon Padthaway
Review Date: 6-17-2014
The Pillar Box Red was a standout value from the beginning, which was about 10 years ago. They now do reserve bottlings of Shiraz and Cabernet as well. I ran into Kim Longbottom, the owner of Henry's Drive where this wine is part of that portfolio last year in Australia, and could taste a shift in style coming on. There is more freshness and balance and less extraction and wood to be found. In doing this, I think they have also found a greater expression of their location in Padthaway on the Limestone Coast. The bouquet shows notes of dark plum, red currant, brambly boysenberry, iron, spice and a hint of tobacco leaf. On the palate there are fine supple tannins with a dusting of cocoa powder on the back end, with a elegant and balanced finish with good length. A fine Cabernet value.

2012 Quartz Reef Pinot Noir Central Otago (Biodynamic)
Review Date: 6-11-2014
Austrian-born winemaker Rudi Bauer is something of a pioneer in Central Otago, with almost 30 years under his belt making wonderful Pinot Noir and superb sparkling wine in this region. I have to say, the 2012 is one of his best in recent memory and a deal at $30. The bouquet is bright and lifted, offering notes of raspberry, cranberry,cherry, Asian spice, earth, dried tangerine peel and a hint of toffee. On the palate there is terrific balance and focus with a beautiful dance between power and elegance supported by lively acidity. The finish is long, complex and layered that fans out like a peacock's tail.

2013 Grey's Peak (Greystone) Sauvignon Blanc Waipara Valley
Review Date: 5-21-2014
The Grey's Peak Savvy from Waipara shows a different side to this country's famous wines from Marlborough. The nose shows more citrus and a floral powdery note. On the palate the wine is richer and more round yet still has great supporting acidity and texture with a long, refreshing finish. You'll want to spend some time this summer with this baby!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart JS 92 BC 0

2012 Penfolds "Bin 8" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz South Australia
Review Date: 4-22-2014
Besides the great classic blends of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre in Australia, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz is the other as you just don't see alot of Merlot in Oz. One of the great wines that I have lucky to taste was the 1976 Bin 389 Cab-Shiraz about 6 years ago and it was amazingly complex and very much alive. This new Bin 8 in the Penfolds portfolio is an excellent entre to the style of Bin 389 at half the price. The nose shows notes of plum, mullberry, black currant, cedar and a nuanced oak toast. On the palate there are fine tannins with a juicy mouthfeel and very nice length. This is pretty serious wine for the money from one of Australia's greatest producers.

2012 Penfolds "Bin 138" Old Vine Grenache-Shiraz-Mataro Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-22-2014
The Bin 138 is a blend of 66% Shiraz, 23% Grenache and 11% Mataro (Mourvedre)that belongs in the hands of anyone whois a fan of these classic Aussie blends or wines from the Southern Rhone Valley. The nose is lifted with blueberry, black raspberry,pepper, leather, roasted grains, damp earth, bittersweet chocolate and a light pencil lead/graphite note. On the palate the wine is polished and refined with fine grained tanninns, good structure and a long persistent finish. A few years in the cellar will only reward or decant for an hour or two in the near term.

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 4-10-2014
Here's the "little brother" to the Coleraine and one that you can enjoy on the earlier side. Showing a similar core of fruit with plum, cherry and minerals, it is more medium bodied with a hint of savoury herbs as well. There is still fine grained tannins, but with a softer edge to the structure.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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