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2012 Penfolds "Bin 128" Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
Review Date: 4-8-2014
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A beautifully perfumed Shiraz with classic aromatics of spicy plush red fruits, some Cassis, sweet plums, crushed mint and sandalwood. On the palate the wine is perfectly polished and pure with fine elegant tannins, bright but juicy berry fruits and some subtle fresh picked herb characters. The fruit profile perfectly plays the edge of rich soft red fruit with some darker, riper fruit edges complimented by that fresh crushed herb / garrigue fragrance. Pretty serious Shiraz in a very sleek attractive style.
Drink from 2013 to 2023
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart JS 93 BC 0

2012 Giuliano "Terre di Chieti" Pecorino
Review Date: 4-8-2014
Quite a ripe nose of tropical fruits, Mango and Lilikoi with a fresh floral note. The palate is soft and broad with nice concentration and texture. The wine has a stoney, even slight chalky mineral character towards the finish that helps give a little more length and balance to some of the exuberance of the fleshy fruit on the mid palate. Good value!
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart GR 2 BC 0

2010 Sons Of Eden "Romulus" Barossa Valley Shiraz
Review Date: 4-7-2014
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Not sure how to really explain this wine's quality...perhaps I should just start off by saying that for me these two bottlings (Romulus and Remus) are two of the greatest young bottles I have tasted in many years. They are quintessential Barossa wines combining power, purity, balance and authenticity. The concept of doing these two bottlings shows exactly how well The Sons of Eden understand their craft, respect their history and are pushing on with pride into a new era of compelling Australian wines. The Romulus is a big concentrated wine brimming with ripe, dark red fruits, terrarossa warm earth, sweet spice, mocha and toasty oak. The wines breadth and power is kept in balance by a surprising brightness and acidity given the wines ripeness and concentration. It wears its oak very well and will certainly continue to integrate this even further as it reaches adolescence. This wine is so rich and decadent now it is hard to imagine restraining ones self from drinking it, yet I believe keeping this a few years, maybe even 10, will only reward the strong willed. Seriously impressive wine that I would pit against any other Shiraz at any other price point, this is the real deal.
Drink from 2014 to 2022

2010 Sons Of Eden "Remus" Eden Valley Shiraz
Review Date: 4-7-2014
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Not sure how to really explain this wine's quality...perhaps I should just start off by saying that, for me, these two bottlings (Romulus and Remus) are two of the greatest young bottles I have tasted in many years. They are quintessential Barossa wines combining power, purity, balance and authenticity. The concept of doing these two bottlings shows exactly how well The Sons of Eden understand their craft, respect their history and are pushing on with pride into a new era of compelling Australian wines. The Remus is more high-toned than the Romulus on the blue and black fruit spectrum. Think Blackcurrant and cassis, add crushed mint, purple flowers and a lovely pencil shaving and cedar note from the French oak and you have a really lovely wine. The perfect contrast in expression to its more muscular, but equally impressive brother. There is no lack of concentration here, all the intensity is just more linear and focused. A really lovely wine that shows the special qualities of Eden Valley. I suspect this wine will outlive the Romulus and might well see its 20th birthday still in fine form.
Drink from 2014 to 2030

2012 Cypress Syrah Hawke's Bay
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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Ummmm such a great rendition of really juicy, spicy gravelly Hawke's Bay Syrah. For me this is one of the most distinctive varietal / region flavor profiles in the world. This wine has all that regional character and then some. The nose suggests cracked black pepper and spicy red berries. On the palate the flavors readily agree with a nice juicy mid-palate and mouthwatering acidity. There is a lovely gamey, pepper crusted steak quality here that complements the ripe berry fruits. Reminds me of the magic combination of Venison and Huckleberry sauce. What a steal for a wine of this quality. A must try for all lovers of Syrah.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart JS 91 BC 0

2011 Sons of Eden "Kennedy" GSM Barossa Valley
Review Date: 4-6-2014
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The answer to many critics and even some winemakers who have written off the 2011 vintage in South Australia. The vintage was one of the coldest and wettest on record with weather more like Seattle than Adelaide! However Simon and Corey have crafted a wine that is a shinning representation their grape growing / wine making skills and the ability of Barossa to produce incredibly delicious wines that are fresh, vibrant and a million miles away stylistically from the jammy, sweet fruit bombs that people often associate with the region. Never ones to make over-the-top wines anyway, the cards that mother nature dealt Simon and Cory in 2011 made them focus on purity and balance over bulk and brawn. This wine has fantastic purity of fruit and lovely ripe berry flavors, bramble fruit, loganberry. It also has sweet spice, black pepper and hint of charred steak. The wine is so supple and silky on the palate with super fine tannins and bright but soft acidity. The old vine (50+ yrs) origins of this wine show up on the finish with a lovely rocky, soil driven complexity adding yet another element to this complex wine. This has all the purity of fruit I want from Barossa with the layers and complexity I seek in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A really great bottle I implore you to try.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $28.99 Add To Cart

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2011 Framingham "Classic" Riesling Marlborough
Review Date: 4-5-2014
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Ummmmm I am a sucker for this style of off-dry, juicy, concentrated, pure Riesling. Preserved lemon, fresh peeled tangerine, a drop of lime juice. It's a play on sweetness and acidity all underpinned by Framingham's characteristic racy acidity that lends freshness and drive to the wine. Many believe these guys to be at the top of New Zealand's Riesling pecking order. They certainly know what they're doing and are making some stellar wines. In my top five for sure!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 93 JS 90

2011 Te Mata "Awatea" Bordeaux Blend Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 3-3-2014
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An exceptional value for a serious and structured wine of really high quality. The second wine to the legendary Coleraine the Awatea is a classic Bordeaux blend that is made in a slightly more soft and generous style. Lovely rich dark red fruits, plum, currant, bitter-sweet chocolate, subtle barrel spice an a hint of cigar box. A very good partner for red meat. I think this wine really appeals to people that like a more classic style of old school Napa Cab.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Riesling "D" Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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TWR is known across NZ for their amazing aromatic wines. This is their "D" bottling meaning "Dry". The wines is so fresh and zesty. Fresh lime, citrus blossom, tangerine. The acidity is racy but not austere. They work very hard to work with the lees contact to give the wine a lovely texture and elegance on the palate. This for me is lovely dry Riesling without being too lean and harsh.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A spectacularly exotic Syrah from Te Mata. This wine has endless silky dark fruit, Asian spice and a touch of bitter-sweet chocolate. There is just a hint of old school earthy quality here to stop the ripe qualities taking over. A real classic wine that truly deserves it's reputation as one of the most iconic bottles in NZ.
Drink from 2014 to 2025
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 97 JS 90

2010 Denbies Estate "Cubitt Reserve" Surrey, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A rich, creamy texture and lots of toasty richness. A round, soft mouth feel and fine bubbles with but with lots of underlying minerality and fresh acidity. This bottling shows why Denbies Estate is one of the big players in English sparkling wine. They have a great south facing chalky site that allows them to bring big, powerful Pinot Noir based wines to the table like few others in England can achieve. This is a crowd pleaser.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 0

2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A savory wine with intense lees character from the extended ageing on the yeast. Toasty, nutty flavors dominate but the wine also has a bright core of crunchy pear and zesty citrus acidity. A wine showing a lovely element of development and elegance from its time in bottle. This is very hard to pick from great Champagne and has beaten many such Champagnes in blind tastings internationally (Bollinger for one on the BBC’s “12 Drinks of Christmas”) I can definitely see why!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Wiston Estate "South Downs Brut Rosé" West Sussex England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Another standout wine from Wiston Estate. This magnificent rose is all about purity and elegance. A fresh nose of rose petals and spice with hints of Strawberry carries through on to the wonderfully soft, fine textured palate with Alpine Strawberries and fresh cream on brioche. A perfect expression of Rose for me. Lovely focus and precision with a softness and elegance that is very hard to achieve. Top notch stuff. 8g/l dosage. If it matters to you, (and sometimes with “Champagne” it does) these guys also got the packaging right, a very stylish and eye catching bottle, enough to land them on the Forbes' list for coolest wine labels of 2013!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Syrah Marlborough
Review Date: 12-10-2013
Unbelievably good Syrah. Marlborough is definitely a very marginal place to grow Syrah. Most people wouldn't bother with it as it's way to late ripening for a place as cool as this. However, when you just happen to have some amazing old vines in the heart of Renwick and you are passionate about making interesting wines that speak of terroir, purity and elegance then you might just go the extra mile to make a wine like this!
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 d'Arenberg "High Trellis" Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale South Australia
Review Date: 11-30-2013
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Seriously good Cab for a tiny price! From very old vines in McLaren Vale, this wine has great power and concentration with lush dark fruits, blackcurrant, cassis, crushed mint, sweet tobacco and new leather. Med-full bodied with a nice grip to the tannin supporting the dense fruit. As with all of Chester's wines it has a lovely earthy component and vibrant acidity that sets it apart from pretty much all other challengers in this price point by adding an additional layer of complexity and intrigue. A stunning hearty red as we head into the depths of winter. A very crowd pleasing style of Cabernet at a pocket book pleasing price!
Top Value!

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