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VintageDescriptionRegionRatingPrice 
NVMorgans Bay Sparkling Cuvee
This sparkling cuvee is made from a blend of varietals perfect for sparkling wine. A great match to any meal
Mildura Vic89/100$30.00
NVTaylor Ferguson Premimum Brut Cuvee
Lively bouquet, fresh fruity characters on the palate. Crisp and clean with a dry finish.
South Eastern Aust89/100$30.00
NVSalinger Premium Cuvee
Light to medium straw colour with a brassy tinge. The bouquet is quite complex and shows some tirage age. It's nutty, lightly toasty and savoury, with meringue and rich smoky pinot aromas, to which a touch of strawberry is added when the wine is in the mouth. It's a little confectionery-like also. The acidity is well-balanced and the finish is nicely weighted, with low phenolics.
Great Western Vic92/100$40.00
2011Salinger Henty Vintage Cuvee
Light to medium straw colour with a brassy tinge. The bouquet is quite complex and shows some tirage age. It's nutty, lightly toasty and savoury, with meringue and rich smoky pinot aromas. The acidity is well-balanced and the finish is nicely weighted, with low phenolics.
Great Western Vic93/100$45.00
NVBleasdale Sparkling Shiraz
Deep red colour with the last vestiges of purple tint. Ripe plummy bouquet, clean and fresh, and not shrill or simplistic. A tinge of spice, earth and faint chocolate. The palate is full, and round, soft and smooth, balanced and clean on the finish with a touch of cleansing tannin. There's plenty of sweetness mid-palate, then a clean, drying finish.
Langhorne Creek SA91/100$45.00
NVDomaine Chandon Brut
Bright green-straw, tangy chardonnay prevailing over the softer pinot, some brioche/nougat notes, long, clean finish. Like all domaine sparkling wines, is a methode traditionelle.
Yarra Valley Vic93/100$50.00
2004Yellowglen Exceptional Vintage Piccadilly
Pale straw-green, the mousse good; remarkably fresh, fine and focused, given its seven years on yeast lees; apple, citrus and yeasty brioche aromas are followed by a supple, long and balanced palate, bringing together all the elements of the bouquet. Traditional method used for this 66/34% blend of pinot noir and chardonnay.
South East Victoria93/100$60.00
2010Domaine Chandon Vintage Brut
Has an elegance and lightness of touch that stems from its faultless balance and seamless flow along the palate, with stone fruit and citrus perfectly counterpoised to more nutty/yeasty nuances.
Yarra Valley Vic95/100$60.00
2009Domaine Chandon Vintage Tasmanian Cuvee
Very light to pale yellow colour, good cordon of bubbles. Lovely honeyed overtones to the bready, yeast-developed bouquet, with some toast elements and a creamy, lemon citrus tang on the finish. Clean, dry, tart and appetising.
Yarra Valley Vic94/100$60.00
2009Domaine Chandon Vintage Blanc de Blanc
Light to medium bright yellow colour. Lightly bready bouquet, elements of beeswax and honey. Fresh and clean, creamy yeasty. Soft in the mouth with a creamy texture, gentle and fruity, dry and soft and savoury, not grapy. Very good style, ultra-dry and food friendly.
Yarra Valley Vic94/100$60.00
NVMoet Chandon Imperial
A complete, generous and dynamic champagne made of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.
Epernay Champagne France94/100$75.00
2001Freycinet Radenti Chardonnay Pinot Noir
Bright green-straw a 60/40% blend, fermented in the bottle and spent over eight years on yeast lees. Despite the resultant multilayered complexity and richness, also has elegance
East Coast Tas97/100$90.00
NVPol Roger Brut
Light, bright straw-green in colour, it has good mousse, and a clean and vibrant bouquet; the flavours run in a green apple, pear and citrus spectrum, with a long, lingering finish.
Epernay Champagne France93/100$110.00
2002Bollinger La Grande Annee
The palate is concentrated, dense and structured with very fresh citrus fruit dominating at the moment. Still primary, with grapefruit pith freshness. Really pure and with plenty of potential for further development.
Reims Champagne France97/100$220.00
2003Dom Perignon
A highly concentrated vintage only wine. Paradoxically concentrated, yet creamy. A magnetic, still elusive wine that fully reals the dual nature that it is famous for.
Epernay Champagne France97/100$250.00
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NVMorgans Bay Sparkling CuveeMildura Vic89/10030
This sparkling cuvee is made from a blend of varietals perfect for sparkling wine. A great match to any meal
NVTaylor Ferguson Premimum Brut CuveeSouth Eastern Aust89/10030
Lively bouquet, fresh fruity characters on the palate. Crisp and clean with a dry finish.
NVSalinger Premium CuveeGreat Western Vic91/10040
Classic Salinger, contrasting crisp, primary lemon and red apple fruit with a honeyed dosage and creamy bead. Fruit integrity and persistence
take the lead in this youthful and primary blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and meunier
2011Salinger Henty Vintage CuveeGreat Western Vic93/10045
Light to medium straw colour with a brassy tinge. The bouquet is quite complex and shows some tirage age. It's nutty, lightly toasty and savoury,
with meringue and rich smoky pinot aromas, to which a touch of strawberry is added when the wine is in the mouth. It's a little confectionery-like
also. The acidity is well-balanced and the finish is nicely weighted, with low phenolics. It's clean and refreshing,
NVBleasdale Sparkling ShirazLanghorne Creek SA91/10045
Deep red colour with the last vestiges of purple tint. Ripe plummy bouquet, clean and fresh, and not shrill or simplistic. A tinge of spice, earth and
faint chocolate. The palate is full, and round, soft and smooth, balanced and clean on the finish with a touch of cleansing tannin. There's plenty of
sweetness mid-palate, then a clean, drying finish.
NVDomaine Chandon BrutYarra Valley Vic93/10050
Bright green-straw, tangy chardonnay prevailing over the softer pinot, some brioche/nougat notes, long, clean finish. Like all
domaine sparkling wines, is a methode traditionelle.
2004Yellowglen Exceptional Vintage PiccadillySouth East Victoria93/10060
Pale straw-green, the mousse good; remarkably fresh, fine and focused, given its seven years on yeast lees; apple, citrus and yeasty brioche
aromas are followed by a supple, long and balanced palate, bringing together all the elements of the bouquet. Traditional method used for
this 66/34% blend of pinot noir and chardonnay.
2011Domaine Chandon Vintage BrutYarra Valley Vic95/10060
Has an elegance and lightness of touch that stems from its faultless balance and seamless flow along the palate, with stone fruit and citrus
perfectly counterpoised to more nutty/yeasty nuances.
2009Domaine Chandon Vintage Tasmanian CuveeYarra Valley Vic94/10060
Very light to pale yellow colour, good cordon of bubbles. Lovely honeyed overtones to the bready, yeast-developed bouquet, with some toast
elements and a creamy, lemon citrus tang on the finish. Clean, dry, tart and appetising.
2009Domaine Chandon Vintage Blanc de BlancYarra Valley Vic94/10060
Light to medium bright yellow colour. Lightly bready bouquet, elements of beeswax and honey. Fresh and clean, creamy yeasty. Soft in the mouth
with a creamy texture, gentle and fruity, dry and soft and savoury, not grapy. Very good style, ultra-dry and food friendly.
NVMoet Chandon ImperialEpernay Champagne France94/10075
A complete, generous and dynamic champagne made of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.
2001Freycinet Radenti Chardonnay Pinot NoirEast Coast Tas97/10090
Bright green-straw a 60/40% blend, fermented in the bottle and spent over eight years on yeast lees. Despite the resultant
multilayered complexity and richness, also has elegance
NVPol Roger Brut Epernay Champagne France93/100110
Light, bright straw-green in colour, it has good mousse, and a clean and vibrant bouquet; the flavours run in a green apple, pear
and citrus spectrum, with a long, lingering finish.
2002Bollinger La Grande AnneeReims Champagne France97/100220
The palate is concentrated, dense and structured with very fresh citrus fruit dominating at the moment. Still primary, with
grapefruit pith freshness. Really pure and with plenty of potential for further development.
2003Dom PerignonEpernay Champagne France97/100250
A highly concentrated vintage only wine. Paradoxically concentrated, yet creamy. A magnetic, still elusive wine that fully reals
the dual nature that it is famous for.
Something Sweet
NVRosemount Encore Moscato Muriootpa, SA88/10030
Green apple and tropicals on the nose lead into a sweet but not too sweet tropical fruit palate, clean and refreshing.
2007Amberley Noblese (375ml) Margaret River WA93/10040
Brilliant, deep golden colour. A complex nose of brandied raisins, citrus rind and warm spices with a rich viscous palate of stone
fruit, golden delicious aples and baked quince.
2011Elderton Botrytis Semillon (375ml)Barossa Valley SA93/10045
Glowing green-gold masses of juicy cumquat and mandarin flavours.
Chardonnay
NVMorgan's Bay ChardonnayMildura Vic92/10030
Lightly oaked chardonnay delivers white peach and green melon fruit with a cleansing citrus kick on the finish
2014Dragonfly ChardonnaryGeographie WA92/10040
Light colour; smoky sulfide/reduction, attractive wine, very savoury, quite crisp, dry and leanish in profile.
Clean finish. It's a touch hollow. Needs time for the bottling sulfur to dissipate.
2014Domaine Chandon ChardonnayYarra Valley Vic94/10045
Medium yellow colour, with a toasty, oaky bouquet. Lively and fresh, clean and vital, with toasted cashew and stone fruits adding up to an
attractive nose. It shows slight forward-development. It's rich and medium to full-bodied, smooth and intense with appealing balance.
palate, subtle oak totally integrated.
2014Ironcloud ChardonnayGeographie WA96/10045
Bright medium-full yellow; nicely harmonised bouquet of mealy, nutty, butterscotch and background stone-fruit aromas. Medium-bodied and
soft, but very intense in the mouth: smooth and rich in an understated way; mellow and drinking very well now. Superb intensity and
concentration of grapefruit flavour - but also refinement and impeccable harmony.
2013Xanadu DJL ChardonnayMargaret River WA95/10045
Bright, light yellow hue, and a subdued but pleasant aroma of lightly toasted cashew nut and pear. It's fine and focused in the mouth, with good
intensity and drive, the acidity powering it along and the finish and aftertaste pleasingly dry.
2012Balnaves ChardonnayCoonawarra SA96/10050
Light bright yellow colour, with a complex hazelnut and honey aroma, lovely fresh oak and cashewnut and some yeast lees - very clean and bright,
fresh and complex. The palate is likewise: lots of honey and stone-fruit flavours, plus nougat. It's rich and intense with many layers of character.
2012Bream Creek ChardonnayTasmania96/10050
Light to medium yellow colour. Lovely nutty toast and smoky bouquet with some nougat hints, the palate rich and fleshy, smooth and soft, with
lots of flavour and supple sexy texture, as well as great depth of flavour.
2013Goaty Hill ChardonnayTasmania97/10055
Light yellow colour; the bouquet fresh and youthful with a tight, restrained palate and a very clean, dry finish. A superb wine in a more subtle,
restrained, latent style. Very long, powerful palate.
2013Seppelts Drumborg Vineyard ChardonnayGreat Western Vic97/10060
Light, youthful, bright yellow colour. The bouquet is restrained and fine, with straw and hay like notes, restrained and promising. Grapefruit,
a trace of honey. The faintest hint of complexing sulfide. Very fine, reserved, long and distinguished in the mouth.
2012Freycinet ChardonnayBicheno Tas96/10060
Light, bright yellow-green colour. The bouquet shows some oak, with confectionery and vanilla notes, plus toasted nuts. The palate is very frisky
and alive with excellent acidity and nerve. Grapefruit flavours, penetrating and lively: a superb wine of great energy
2011Curly Flat ChardonnayMacedon Ranges Vic97/10065
Bright light yellow colour. Very subtle restrained aromas, fresh and citrusy, clean and bright, oak is almost invisible. The palate is precise and fine,
long and refreshing.
2012Heemskerk ChardonnayCoal River Tas96/10065
This is pure Tasmania, acidity woven through the wine from go to whoa, oak and extended lees contact have provided a gloss
of creamy/nutty nuances, to a wine of extreme purity, drive and length.
2014Shaw & Smith M3 ChardonnayAdelaide Hills SA96/10065
Light, youthful, restrained colour and a lovely fresh, clean, precise aroma of fruit, with early-picked stone fruit and pome fruit (pear) to the fore.
Oak is invisible. But there is underlying nutty, nougat-like complexity. The palate is very delicate, long and stylish.
2010Seville Estate Reserve Chardonnay Yarra Valley Vic96/10070
Vibrant green hue, this is rich, ripe, opulent and oaky at this early stage. Powerful wine.
2010Galli Estate Pamela ChardonnaySunbury Vic97/10075
Fermented with wild yeast in a dedicated cool room in a mix of French oak. Great complexity and drive. One out of the box.
2010Xanadu Reserve ChardonnayMargaret River WA97/10085
Great intensity and utterly exceptional length. There is a seamless union between the pink grapefruit and white peach fruit, quality French oak
and citrussy/minerally acidity; it is that acidity that draws out the extreme length of the palate.
Sauvignon Blanc
NVMorgan's Bay Semillon Sauvignon BlancMildura Vic90/10030
Savoury cut grass aromas with hints of citrus, up-front tropical notes with elements of kiwi and passionfruit
2014Upside Down Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough NZ93/10035
Light gooseberry and kaffir lime nose with herbal notes. Clean refreshing palate, hints of passionfruit, lemon and lime and a crunchy apple finish.
2014Mt Riley Sauvignon BlancMarlborough NZ95/10035
Palish yellow colour. Very fragrant fresh lime juice and passionfruit aromas, clean and vibrant and inviting. Very fresh, clean and alive on the
palate. Light and crisp, refreshing and balanced with good acidity not overdone, and a clean finish without obvious sweetness
2014Dragonfly Sauvignon Blanc SemillonGeographie WA95/10040
It has intense, piercing flavours reaching out to citrus/grass on one hand, tropical on the other, but also given an extra measure of texture
and structure by a portion of barrel fermentation
2013Howard Park Sauvignon BlancGreat Southern WA96/10045
Light yellow colour. The bouquet is subdued and faintly muffled, but savoury and more than just simple varietal fruit - although it has that too.
Some barrel involvement, but it's not obvious. The palate is clean and intense, smooth and full of interesting flavours.
2015Bleasdale Sauvignon BlancAdelaide Hills SA94/10045
A remarkably fragrant and beguiling sauvignon blanc. It's fresh and clean, crisp and lively, and only faintly yeasty at this tender age. It's fine
and delicate, and long on the palate.
2014Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough NZ94/10050
Very nettley, spicy, dried herb and peppery aromas, oddly reminiscent of gruner veltliner. The palate is delicate and fresh, crisp and clean, with
a lean racy profile and a crisp, properly dry finish. Intense and lingering.
2014Shaw and Smith Sauvignon BlancAdelaide Hills SA96/10050
Pale straw-green, the bouquet offers passionfruit, kiwi fruit and citrus aromas that set the scene for the palate.
2013Leewin Estate Sauvignon BlancMaragret River 96/10055
Palish hue and a lime and lemon aroma, which has no signs of green herb, grassiness or vegetal nuance. Fully ripe fruit, sensitively barrel-
fermented (and not showing oak), then a very refined, long, lingering palate of impeccable poise.
2015Cloudy Bay Sauvignon BlancMarlborough NZ96/10055
Very light yellow colour; pungent bouquet of passionfruit, citrus aromas, clean and vibrant. Tight, delicate, intense and yet restrained on the
palate, dry-finishing, crisp and beautifully balanced. An outstanding example of young Marlborough savvy.
2014Catalina SoundsMarlborough NZ96/10055
Discreet but perfumed aroma, fresh and vital, with juicy peppermint overtones to the citrus, herbal and tropical fruit flavours. Very intense,
clean, precise palate with focused flavour of great charm and pristine freshness. The finish lingers long.
Other
2015Tahbilk RieslingNagambie Lakes Vic90/10035
Clean and vibrant, showing lemon zest and nice texture on the finish;
2014Howard Park Mt Baker RieslingGreat Southern WA97/10045
A pristine wine, pale hued and superbly fresh, the aromas bright, floral and primary, the palate flavours very fruity, rich and soft, with a tickle
of sweetness which adds to its charm.
2014Bream Creek RieslingCoal River Tas96/10050
Medium-depth yellow colour, with a peach fuzz aroma, soft and round on the palate, with very gentle acidity. A more accessible style of Tassie
riesling, which has developed excellent lime and lemon aromas and flavours. A wine of concentration and length
2015Clos Clair Watervale RieslingClair Valley SA96/10055
Very light almost pale yellow green hue. The aroma is very fresh and attractive with lime and gardenia fruit, while the palate is very delicate,
restrained and unready, with crisp acidity and very delicate flavour
2014Andrew Thomas Braemore SemillonHunter Valley NSW97/10055
Palish green/yellow colour. The aroma is fresh and vibrant, with a creamy yeasty note. It's tangy, fresh, lively and its profile has a scintillating
line and refined texture. Very delicate yet very intense, the finish clean, dry and gossamer-fine. A masterpiece of finesse.
2014Nine Degrees Pinot GrisMarlborough NZ89/10035
Made in a medium style this wine has attactuive nectarine and ripe pear aromas leading to full fruit flavours
2016Tar and Roses Pinot GrigioCentral Vic92/10040
Full copper-pink colour like a rose. Spicy and strawberry aromas. The palate is full and generous, dry and savoury, with plenty of flavour
and character.
2015Punt Road Napoleone Vineyard Pinot GrisMornington Penninsula Vic93/10045
Excellent mouth feel and complexity. Subtle spice delivers a long and beatifully textured palate
2014Pike & Joyce Pinot GrisAdelaide Hills SA93/10045
Pale straw colour. Fine and fragrant aroma, clean and ethereal. The palate is again very fine as well as intense, deep and lovely. A trace of
yeastiness. The palate is deliciously fruity and enhanced by a trace of sweetness.
2014Riposte "The Stiletto" Pinot GrisAdelaide Hills SA93/10045
Medium rose-gold colour; the bouquet rich, ripe and spicy, with some complexities from barrel and lees. Traces of honey and apricot.
The palate is full and rounded, soft and flavoursome, with ample character and length. Resonant finish; very satisfying.
2014Nine Vines Grenache Shiraz RoseRenmark SA92/10035
Bright, medium to full purple/pink hue. The aroma is very shy and reticent.
2014Domaine Chandon RoseYarra Valley Vic92/10045
Bright, light pink, the bouquet has strawberry and spice, the palate is long, crisp and fresh, with a juicy but dry finish.
Shiraz & Blends
NVMorgans Bay Shiraz CabernetMildura Vic90/10030
Notes of spice and plum, hints of cassis with lingering soft tannins providing excellent structure
2012Rosemount Little Berry ShirazMcLaren Vale SA94/10040
Deep colour, plumy and Juicy blackberry characters and hints of spicy choclate.
2013Dragonfly ShirazGeographie WA94/10040
Bright crimson-purple; the bouquet is immediately appealing, totally seductive array of juicy blood plum, blackberry and licorice flavours,
then a garland of finely balanced and integrated French oak
2014Angoves Family Crest ShirazMcLaren Vale SA94/10040
Deepish red/purple hue. The bouquet is spicy and meaty, appealingly scented, with a balanced and fleshy, nicely flavoured and shaped palate
that really appeals. Rich and plush, with the right amount of fruit sweetness.
2013Moppity Vineyard ShirazHilltops NSW96/10045
Deep red/purple colour and a spicy, peppery, leathery, cool-grown aroma with pepper leading the way. Star anise and violet too. It's intense
and focused, lively and firm, vigorous and deliciously flavoured. The palate is tremendously compact and fine, focused and piercing, with great
flavour in the spicy spectrum and terrific length.
2013Ellis Wines Signature Heathcote ShirazHeathcote Vic95/10045
Deep red colour with a purple tint. Blackberry, black plum, dark chocolate and tar aromas, the palate rich and deep, full-bodied and smooth
and plush, very dense and fleshy and concentrated, with lovely flow and evenness across the palate.
2012Gemtree Vineyard Uncut Organic ShirazMcLaren Vale SA95/10045
Deep crimson; estate-grown and matured in French oak, this is a McLaren Vale powerhouse, with great depth to its layers of velvety black fruits,
adorned by splashes of dark chocolate, licorice and cedar, the tannins perfectly balanced.
2013Mitolo Angela ShirazMcLaren Vale SA95/10050
Deep, dark red/purple colour. Intense plummy and chaffy aromas, the palate is rich and succulent, smooth and fruit-sweet, with excellent refined
texture. It has real depth and persistence.
2013Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna ShirazBarossa Valley SA94/10050
Deep red with a purple rim; very chocolaty aroma with some ironstone and vanilla touches. The palate is soft and rich, round and quite oaky
tasting, with a trace of bitterness at the end and decent persistence. The tannins are very soft and easygoing.
2012S.C.Pannell Adelaide Hills SyrahAdelaide Hills96/10050
Hand-picked grapes were fermented with 25% whole bunches, the wine matured for 12 months in large French oak vats and puncheons. Vivid
purple-crimson colour; the exceptionally fragrant bouquet leads into a palate with great texture from fine tannins, and black cherry fruit
from the vineyard and vintage.
2012Bleasdale Generations ShirazLanghorne Creek SA96/10050
Superb ripeness and balance, married to marvellous softness, are the hallmarks of the new generation of Bleasdale reds, and this is a top
example. Rich, fleshy and supple in texture; ripe and yet bright, fresh fruit. Dense, full-bodied, rich and plush.
2013Parker Coonawarra Estate ShirazCoonawarra SA96/10050
Deep, dense purple/red colour; deep, dense, very ripe essency aromas with a lacing of pepper, but generally very ripe lush, almost decadent
aromas and flavours. It's fleshy, rich and full-bodied, but the balance and superb texture are the key features.
2011DogRock Single Vineyard ShirazPyrenees Vic96/10050
Deep red/purple colour. Intense spice aromas with pepper leading the way. profound palate flavour, lively and tight, compact and penetrating.
Refreshing, frisky wine, clean and invigorating with intense red fruit and spice flavours, and fine-grained tanninins. Very elegant.
2012Ellis Wines Premium Heathcote ShirazHeathcote Vic97/10055
Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is fresh and fruit-driven, with mint and raspberry aromas, fresh and lifted and aromatic. In the mouth it's
medium to full-bodied and again the fruit does the talking. It has fresh, clean acidity and measured tannin on the finish. A pristine wine.
2012Hewitson Ned & Henry's Shiraz MourvedreBarossa Valley SA96/10055
The wine was matured in used French oak. The vivid colour of the wine attests to its moderate alcohol, as does the joyful display of red and black
fruits; the tannins are supple, the oak subtle but evident.
2011Lindeman's Hunter Valley ShirazHunter Valley NSW95/10055
Bin 1103. Light to medium crimson-purple; estate-grown on the historic Ben Ean Vineyard; a fresh and fruit-driven wine reflecting part maturation
in stainless steel and part in used French oak for 12 months
2012Yangarra Estate Whole Bunch ShirazMcLaren Vale SA97/10060
So polished, so poised, so well fruited. The flavours come in waves, the acid keeps them moving, the tannin gives them traction. Various
dark-berried fruits, coffee grounds, spicy oak and sweet, perfumed herbs. Precision is its middle name.
2013Clonakilla O'Riada Shiraz Canberra Districts ACT96/10060
Medium to full red colour with a purple tint. The bouquet is peppery, spicy and perfumed, with great charm and fruit complexity. The floral note
raises the question of viognier. The palate is elegantly proportioned and finely textured, soft and easygoing, with superb balance and length.
There is a core of fruit sweetness and then a wash of powdery tannins.
2012Heartland Directors Cut ShirazLanghorne Creek SA96/10060
Deep, dense crimson-purple; this really is built for the long haul; cedary/spicy French oak is the first aroma encountered on the bouquet and is
never far away, but there are waves of blackberry, plum and dark chocolate fruits, then round tannins to conclude.
2010Audrey Wilkinson The Lake ShirazHunter Valley NSW96/10060
Vibrant deep magenta, fine French oak, multi-layered and generous wine, the freshness of acidity is the perfect foil for
this deeply fruited, finely textured and extraordinarily long shiraz.
2010Angoves Warboys McLaren Vale ShirazMcLaren Vale SA96/10060
Deep purple-crimson, bouquet of black fruits, spice and dark chocolate, the palate has exceptional mouthfeel, soft tannins
and a lingering finish.
2011Best Great Western Bin No1 ShirazGrampians Vic95/10060
(Jimmy Watson Trophy Winner 2012)
2009Howards Park Scotsdale ShirazGreat Southern WA96/10060
Deep purple-crimson aromatic bouquet the palate is intense and focused, the flavours reaching every corner of the mouth.
2010Shaw & Smith M3 Shiraz Adelaide Hills SA96/10060
Vivid crimson hue, red and black fruits, spice and ironstone complexity, the medium to full bodied palate is fleshy, silky, rich
long, languid and beautifully detailed from start to finish.
2012St Hallet Blackwell ShirazBarossa Valley SA97/10065
Deep, vivid crimson-purple; has taken full advantage of everything the '12 vintage had to offer; gloriously full, but supple and velvety/juicy red and
black fruits, the tannins and oak joining with the fruit on the full-bodied, perfectly balanced, palate.
2012Shottesbrooke Single Vineyard Blewitt Springs ShirazMcLaren Vale SA97/10065
Vivid crimson-purple; the expressive bouquet tells of the concentrated blackberry fruit of the medium to full-bodied palate, with layered foresty
black fruits, bitter chocolate and quality oak; has prodigious length and aftertaste.
2012Turkey Flat ShirazBarossa Valley SA97/10065
Deep, bright, red/purple colour; very good, and the bouquet is superbly fresh and clean, bright and youthful, with plum and raspberry, dark cherry
and spice notes, very much a fruit-driven and primary style, but not strident or simplistically raw-fruity. Same in the mouth: a very intense, bright,
full-bodied wine of real purity, poise and harmony.
2008Gemtree Vineyard Obsidian ShirazMcLaren Vale SA96/10065
Three years in new French oak. The hue is remarkable, still crimson-purple, and the wine is crammed full of flavour, blackberry
fruit with its McLaren Vale signature of dark chocolate.
2010Mount Pleasant OP&OH Hunter Vally ShirazHunter Valley NSW97/10070
Medium to deep purple/red; very good colour. Very smoky, char-oak and Hunter regional character its red fruits are cradled by fine tannins
and just a hint of new oak
2012Jamsheed Great Western Garden Valley ShirazGreat Western Vic97/10070
Deep red/purple colour, with a dry spice and brazilnut aroma, Great Western? Lots of graphite, ironstone and charcoal characters; plenty of
mystery here. Very full-bodied: it's massively framed, firmly tannic and gripping, with impressive attack and tremendous length. Serious wine.
Great power, amplitude and length, augmented by frisky acidity and ample alcohol.
2010Thorne-Clarke William Randell ShirazBarossa Valley SA97/10075
Inky purple-crimson, saturated with every manner of black fruits and bitter chocolate; despite this, it has an open-weave texture keeping
it light on its feet, and allowing a farewell of juicy fruit finding its way through the high quality oak and fine tannins. An exceptional shiraz
2012Bleasdale The Powder Monkey ShirazLanghorne Creek SA97/10080
This is an extraordinary wine with untold layers of decadent, inky, black fruits all kept in an envelope of 14% alcohol; the way it continues to express
itself through the finish and well into the aftertaste is mind-blowing.
2009Dalwhinnie Moonambal ShirazPyrenees Vic95/10080
Highly polished blueberry and blackberry fruit bouquet, integrated toasty oak, Asian allspice, game and vivid mineral complexity,
the palate is layered with vibrant red fruits and crunchy acidity and silky fine-grained tannins.
2010Peppertree Random Acts of Winemaking ShirazHunterValley/Grampians97/10085
Brainchild of Jim Chatto and Dan Buckle at Mount Langi Ghiran a blend of two estate vineyards, the Hunter providing the depth
and savoury elements, the Grampians the very obvious spice and floral lift. A high class, long-lived wine.
2009Tyrrell's Vat 9 Hunter ShirazHunter Valley NSW97/10095
Clear, inviting crimson with an amazing purity of fruit flavour coming from ancient vines on red soils.
2010McWilliams Mt Pleasant O'Shea ShirazHunter Valley NSW97/100105
Clear red-crimson great balance struck between oak, tannins, fruit and acidity. Generously textured with dark berry and spicy
chocolate notes supported by it beautiful French oak. Its a stand out vintage.
2010Seville Estate Dr McMahon ShirazYarra Valley Vic97/100110
A full throttle wine to celebrate an icon of the Yarra Valley, Dr Peter McMahon. The colour is as vibrant as the spicy, whole
bunch and new oak bouquet as the palate is scintillating in its precision and depth.
2010Clonakilla Murrumbateman Syrah Canberra Districts ACT97/100130
Bright, clear colour, the bouquet is silky with exceptionally intense and energetic flavours of spice, red berries, blackberry and black pepper
the texture is outstanding, fruit, oak and tannins all harmoniously contributing.
2009Wynns Michael ShirazCoonawarra SA96/100130
Good purple-crimson, the excellent bouquet is a classy opening, but this wine is all about structure, mouthfeel and length.
The blackberry, plum, spice and mulberry flavours are folded in quality French oak. Will be a classic.
Cabernet Sauvignon & Blends
NVMorgan's Bay Cabernet MerlotMildura Vic90/10030
Up-front dark berry flavour and cassis. Fleshy merlot fills the mid-palate, subtle oak influence to finish
2013Blue Pyrenees Cabernet SauvignonPyrenees Vic95/10040
Deep red/purple colour, bright and youthful. The bouquet is very attractive, showing violets and both red and blue berries, the palate intense
and focused, concentrated but not overly big-boned, with a beautifully elegant, lingering palate of model line. The tannins are fine and subtly
firm, doing their job by gentle persuasion rather than brute force. The structure is well controlled and impeccably balanced.
2012Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon Langhorne Creek SA95/10045
The grapes come from 40-year-old estate vines, which have provided a wine with clear-cut varietal character; bright and lively cassis fruit runs
as a pure stream of flavour through the length of the medium-bodied palate; oak and gently savoury tannins tie the parcel up to perfection.
2011West Cape Howe Book Ends Cabernet SauvignonMt Barker WA96/10045
Deep, dark red with a tinge of purple; very good colour. Subdued bouquet with a dusty note at first, evidence of lots of oak, and nicely ripe black
fruits predominating. The wine has richness and flesh, density and grip, the tannins ripe and smooth as well as abundant.
2012Wynns Black Label Cabernet SauvignonCoonawarra SA96/10050
Deep, dark red/purple, excellent colour for its age. Superbly fresh, clean perfume aromas, dark berries, violets and spices. Some dried herbs. The
palate is also loaded with sweetly ripe, delicious dark berry cabernet flavour. The tannins are light but firm and fine.
2010Hay Shed Hill Cabernet SauvignonMargaret River WA95/10050
Deep red colour, slight purple rim. Toasty oak-saturated bouquet with black fruits and smoky black olive notes. Rich, fleshy, dense and smoothly
balanced. Full-bodied and compact with smooth, ripe, rounded, ample tannins. This has density as well as elegance.
2012Bests Great Western Cabernet SauvignonGrampians Vic95/10050
Good hue; a near-perfect expression of cabernet sauvignon, the region, the vintage and the winemaking all contributing to the finely structured
and textured blackcurrant fruit, itself given shape by the fine-grained tannins on the long, medium-bodied palate
2012A Rodda Cuvee De ChezCabernet SauvignonBeechworth Vic96/10055
Deep, vibrant, red/purple colour and a clean, bright aroma of black fruits and a hint of briar, with excellent blackberry and cedar cabernet
aromas of quality and perfect ripeness. The palate is medium to full-bodied and smoothly texture, with good tannins in abundance; balanced,
vibrant and long.
2009Kerrigan + Berry Cabernet SauvignonMt Barker/Marg River WA96/10060
A 50/50% blend, with excellent colour, a vividly fragrant bouquet and intense medium-bodied palate bringing together
the strength and fleshier black and redcurrant fruit flavours.the tannin and oak contributions precisely calibrated.
2012Flametree S.R.S Wilyabrup Cabernet SauvignonMargaret River WA97/10065
The immediate and striking strength of the wine is its extreme length and purity, a siren allure that may lead many to drink it long before it
reaches its plateau of ultimate perfection; high quality grapes have been handled with admirable sensitivity by winemaker Cliff Royle.
2009Voyager Cabernet Sauvignon MerlotMargaret River WA96/10070
Deepish red colour with a purple tint. Crisp, crushed mulberry and dusty cedary aromas. This is more black fruits and richly ripe flavour than the
Voyager Project cabernet. Full-bodied, weighty, and deep, with amplitude, length and generosity.
2011Lueewin Estate Art Series Cabernet SauvignonMargaret River WA97/10080
Deep red/purple hue. Marvellous smoky, toasty barrel and blackberry fruit aromas neatly entwined, a trace of charcoal, and briar, while the
palate is singularly impressive, with great power and length and superbly lavish, supple tannins.
2012Xanadu Cabernet SauvignonMargaret River WA97/10085
Deep red/purple colour; bright and youthful. Dusty young bouquet with subdued but slowly emerging blackberry and blackcurrant fruit. It's
powerful and very strongly structured on palate; the fruit is classic dark berries and violets, backed by firm high-quality tannins. It all lingers with
great persistence.
2009Vasse Felix Heytesbury Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River WA97/10090
Deep purple/red colour. Dense, rich black fruit aromas and flavours; sublime, seamless fruit and tannin integration, tremendous structure
and length. Very young and promising, but also remarkably approachable now. A top vintage.
2010Houghton Gladstones Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River WA97/100100
Bright, clear crimson; as befits its name, a very distinguished and expressive wine from the first whiff of its bouquet through to the finish with
ultra-classic cassis and redcurrant fruit that easily carries the fine-grained tannins and high quality oak
2010Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Sauvignon MerlotMargaret River WA96/100125
Vanya Cullen has taken a gentle approach with all aspects of the wine. It is medium-bodied, but is perfectly balanced and its array of
blackcurrant, redcurrant, earth and spice fruit flavours, its medium-bodied elegance setting it in a league of its own.
2009Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra SA96/100125
Strong colour, a very potent, deeply layered, full-bodied wine in which all of the expected Coonawarra cabernet characters
of blackcurrant, blackberry, mulberry, earth and mint, very classy oak and fine, ripe tannins.
Pinot Noir & Other
2012John Luke Pinot NoirMornington Penninsula Vic92/10035
Wild fermented in French oak, a bouquet of cherry and dried herbs. A silky palate and fine tannins complement the finish.
2013Domaine Chandon Yarra Valley Pinot NoirYarra Valley Vic94/10050
An elegant wine distinguished by a rich structure of firm, silky tanins
2012Bream Creek Pinot NoirTasmania96/10055
Deep colour with a tinge of purple; the bouquet is charry, smoky and smacks of smoked charcuterie. Sweet dark cherry fragrance later.
Some sappiness. The palate is big, bold and solid, with ample tannin, and is very attractive. Deep fruit, good concentration
2013Helen's Hill Long Walk Yarra Valley Pinot NoirYarra Valley Vic97/10060
The colour is even deeper than that of its Ingram Rd sibling; it is packed with luxurious dark cherry and plum fruit running in an unbroken stream
through the bouquet, palate, finish and aftertaste.
2012Scorpo Single Vineyard Pinot NoirMornington Penninsula Vic96/10060
This wine has considerable elegance, finesse and length; the vivid red and black fruits are given shape by some foresty/savoury tannins.
2012Philippa Farr Pinot NoirGippsland Vic96/10070
Light to medium ruby-red colour with the slightest tinge of purple. The bouquet is exceedingly complex and loaded with stemmy whole-bunch
ferment characters. It's intense and packed with a superb array of flavours: leather, tobacco, cherry and fresh earth aromas.
2012Dog Point Pinot NoirMarlborough NZ97/10070
Very deep red/purple hue. The bouquet is impressive and loaded with rich, ripe, black cherry fruit, the palate likewise rich and concentrated,
full-bodied and sweetly-fruited, but it's all balanced by good tannins and excellent structure. A glorious wine, very Burgundy-like.
2012Coldstream Hills The Esplanade Pinot NoirCoal Valley Tasmania97/10070
Deepish red colour with purple tints, and a meaty, charcuterie bouquet of considerable complexity. Rich and fleshy in the mouth, it's deep and
layered with excellent texture and lots of extract. A lovely full-bodied, profound pinot with a fruit-sweet core and very good structure for keeping.
2012Freycinet Pinot NoirBicheno Tas97/10080
Excellent vibrant colour. Very good fresh and vibrant aromas of dark cherry and spices, rich and full. Tannins are assertive and ripe, the harmony
is good and it's very long.
2013Farrside by Farr Pinot NoirGeelong Vic98/10085
Full red colour with a tinge of purple; the bouquet sweetly ripe red fruits without excessive stalky herbal notes. Very perfumed, alluring, complex.
The wine is very rich and fruit-sweet on the tongue, full-bodied and intense, powerful and very long in its aftertaste. A superb, delicious wine;
brandied cherries; good soft and fleshy tannins and a tremendously long, satisfying finish.
2013Blue Pyrenees MerlotPyrenees VIC91/10040
Matured for 16 months in French and American barriques. A robust, full-flavoured, full-bodied red
2012Leconfield MerlotCoonawarra SA94/10045
Bright red-crimson, an elegant, medium-bodied wine, it has fresh redcurrant and mulberry fruit running throughout the
bouquet and palate, supported by very fine, persistent tannins; a merlot that doesn't rely on plum
2012Turkey Flat Butchers Block GSMBarossa Valley SA94/10040
This is one of the best Barossa Valley blends of this ilk, shiraz providing both structure and depth to the seductive array of red and black fruits on
the bouquet and medium-bodied palate.

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