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 EXQUISITE PINOT NOIR

2010 MOUNT TERRIBLE PINOT NOIR - $39.95

Very occassionally one comes across a wine from a hitherto unknown winery that blows one off one's feet. Such a wine is the 2010 Mount Terrible pinot noir from 20-year-old vines on a miniscule 5 acre plot at a thousand feet above sea level in the stunningly beautiful Jamieson Valley. John Eason, the winemaker, strives to produce a pinot noir in the style of the great French Burgundies, and has gone a long way to achieving his goal with the release of the exquisite 2010 pinot.

Fresh, tangy, savoury cherry and plum fruit, spice and briar aromas are mirrored in a vibrant and intense palate that is beautifully structured, long and lingering. The oak handling is impeccable. Oozes class, but with the best years in front of it. Only 280 dozen produced.

"From four estate-grown clones (114, 115, 777 and MV6), cold soaked (with 20% whole bunches) for five days before open fermentation, then 18 months in French oak. Has excellent colour and clarity, this is a serious pinot noir, the whole bunches contributing to but not dominating the texture and structure of the wine; bright red fruits merge into a gently savoury/foresty backdrop, tannins perfectly pitched. Drink by 2018." James Halliday - 94 points

"Frosts and bushfires have meant releases from this winery in the valley of the Jamieson River in the foothills of Mount Terrible have stuttered in recent years. This one is perfumed, with aromas of plum, strawberry, rhubarb, spice and raspberry plus stalky, sappy and earthy characters. The perfume flows through the mouth, along with a darker set of berry flavours and stewed plum, with prune-like intensity. Intensity builds and builds and there's a nice grip and fresh berry and plums on the finish. " Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review

"Clear garnet, complex red fruit bouquet, intense juicy fruit on the palate seamlessly integrated with lingering fine grain tannins. The best wine so far from Mount Terrible." Winery Notes




 CLASSIC YARRA VALLEY CHARDONNAY

2012 FRATELLI YARRA VALLEY CHARDONNAY - $19.95

The 2012 Fratelli Yarra Valley chardonnay is a deliciously vibrant wine from the Langbrook Vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley. It aptly demonstrates that high quality wines can be made at moderate prices in the right hands - in this case Andrew Fratelli, who has over 10 years experience making wines in Oregon, the Margaret River and the Yarra Valley. The palate is long and unctuous, with juicy stone fruit and citrus aromas and flavours; the high quality French oak absorbed by the lovely display of varietal fruit. A beautifully balanced wine that displays great fruit purity and exceptional natural acidity. A bargain.

Review of 2011 Vintage:
"A vibrantly zesty chardonnay sourced from the Upper Yarra Valley, with grapefruit and white peach aromas and flavours soaring across the palate, oak irrelevant to the expression of the fruit. Terrific value from this vintage, which produced such good chardonnays. Drink by 2019. $24.00." James Halliday - 93 points

 

A DELICIOUS PINOT NOIR AT A BARGAIN PRICE!

2010 KIRITEA PINOT NOIR - $24.95

The second label of Te Hera Estate and an absolute stunner for the price. Situated on the alluvial gravels of Martinborough where Te Hera Estate practice minimal intervention wine making (low environmental impact and biodynamic practices). Stands up tall against much more expensive pinot noirs from Martinborough (my favourite pinot noir region in New Zealand). Very approachable, very morish; brimming with sweet, juicy fruit on a well-structured savoury spine. Delicious, a veritable bargain.

"From Te Hera Estate, this bargain-priced red shot straight to a five-star rating on all score-sheets. Poised and youthful, it is weighty, finely textured and deeply coloured, with vibrant, concentrated flavours of cherries, herbs and spices, showing good complexity. 'Lovely density', wrote one panellist.'" Winestate *****





SONS OF EDEN TRIUMPHS AGAIN  

2011 SONS OF EDEN 'ZEPHYRUS' SHIRAZ - $27.50

An absolutely delicious wine from my favourite Barossa Valley/Eden Valley winery, showing that wonderful wines can come out of the tough 2011 vintage - in this case due in part to the addition of fruit normally reserved for the Romulus & Remus labels.

A highly aromatic bouquet of spicy black fruits, leads into a medium-to-full bodied palate wine bursting with vibrant, opulent fruits and supported by silky tannins on the long finish; the supple and velvety texture due in part to the addition of the small component of viognier. Lip-smacking from the first sip.

"Co-fermented shiraz and viognier (2%) has worked to give the wine better depth and crimson-purple hue than expected from the vintage; it was cool-fermented before spending 16 months in new and used oak, the flavours ripe (blackberry, black cherry and licorice) as are the tannins. Drink by: 2026." James Halliday - 93 points

PINOT GRIS AT ITS BEST 

2010 CAVE DE BEBLENHEIM PINOT GRIS RÉSERVE PARTICULIÈRE - $26.95

Ideally situated in the village of Beblenheim, the co-operative was formed in 1952 and has its own production area of 250 ha with growers in and around the villages of Beblenheim, Mittelwihr, Riquewihr and Zellenberg. There are many co-operatives throughout Alsace producing correct day to day wines, however Caves du Beblenheim stands out amongst them with it's very modern winery with the latest technology - pneumatic presses, temperature controlled fermentation vats and undoubtedly much higher aims of quality. The key issue to quality Alsace wine is yields, with all the growers of Caves du Beblenheim dedicated to lower yields, with the resulting wines exhibiting pure varietal character and the Alsace terroir.

The 2010 Cave de Beblenheim Pinot Gris is a wonderfully seductive example of the genre. The nose is lifted, with fragrant floral notes; the palate is pure and focussed, with long and spicy pear nuances. While not as rich as many from Alsace (a positive in my mind), the wine is impeccably made, feminine and beguiling, has great line and length with a lovely backbone of refreshing acidity. Outstanding value.


THE ESSENCE OF BAROSSA VALLEY

2009 CAHOOTS BAROSSA VALLEY SHIRAZ - $18.95

Produced by the formidable team of Corey Ryan and Simon Cowhan (the winemaker and viticulturist behind the Sons of Eden venture), the 2009 Cahoots shiraz is a testament to what two incredibly skilled individuals can produce for less than $20 from parcels of fruit specially selected from the Barossa Valley & Eden Valley.

A ripper of a Barosssa shiraz with elegance and power seamlessly combined. Ripe, lush and intensely focussed black fruits on the full-bodied palate have great depth and complexity for such a modestly priced shiraz; the finish is lively, fresh and supple, due no doubt in part to the Eden Valley component. Wonderful value. Back-up the truck.







 

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•    2011 Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz:   42 cases available
•    2010 Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz:   33 cases available
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•    2011 Penfolds Bin 138 Old Vine Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre:  128 cases available
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•    2010 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz:   610 cases available
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