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Tremendous Sale on Aussie All-Stars - 09/25/2009 - Australia

Australia has long represented the source of some of the best values in the wine world. So when some of the country's top wines go on sale - up to half off - it's pandemonium. This trio will sell out quickly. Don't wait.

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2006 The Colonial Estate "Evangeliste" Reserve Chardonnay (Elsewhere $25) ($14.99)

90 points from Stephen Tanzer's IWC for this beautiful Adelaide Hills Chardonnay: "Greenish straw. Smoky, lees-accented orange and white peach aromas display exotic nuances of bacon, dried flowers and minerals. Chewy pit fruit flavors are dense and ripe but nicely braced by energetic minerality, which carries through the long, juicy finish. Gains weight on the back without losing focus. This is drinking beautifully right now." 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2006 Evangeliste Reserve Chardonnay saw one-third of the wine aged in new French oak for 6-7 months with no malolactic fermentation. It is light gold colored with toasty, tropical aromas, particularly pineapple. Broad on the palate with adequate acidity, the wine offers some finesse as well as ripe, tasty flavors and a medium-long finish."

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2006 The Colonial Estate "Explorateur" Barossa Shiraz (Elsewhere $28.99) ($14.99)

92 points from Stephen Tanzer's IWC: "(a 90/10 blend of shiraz and cabernet) Inky ruby. Smoky, deep aromas of spicy black and blue fruits, espresso and lively licorice. Chewy bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors are firmed by chunky tannins and given bite by a late mineral quality. Gains power and structure with air but retains sweetness and clarity. This is pretty serious." 90 points from Wine Spectator: "Lush in texture, but subtle in flavor, with black olive and meat notes adding interest to the dark berry and licorice flavors, lingering with finesse on the silky finish. Drink now through 2016. 8,500 cases made."

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2005 Pirathon (Kalleske) Barossa Shiraz ($27 Elsewhere) ($19.99)

93 points from The Wine Enthusiast and number #13 in their Top 100: "There’s no doubt this is done in what some critics might call a fruit-bomb style. But boy is it gorgeously made. The creamy-smooth mouthfeel and lush layers of flavors effortlessly carry palate-saturating notes of licorice and plum. Long on the finish, with a surprising degree of elegance. A blend of various growers’ fruit vinified by winemaker Troy Kalleske. Drink now thru 2015." (11/07) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pirathon is a new brand owned by wine enthusiast Stephen Ho and winemaker Troy Kalleske. The fruit is sourced from the Greenock Creek area to make this regional Shiraz. The 2005 Pirathon is opaque purple with an expressive perfume of toast, mineral, plum, and blueberry. Full-bodied, it offers layered sweet fruit, a firm mid-palate, good balance and excellent length. It has several years of aging potential but can be enjoyed now. It is an excellent value in Barossa Shiraz." (10/07)

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