Andrew Peace was the first to plant one of Italy's premium varieties, Sagrantino in Australia and now has the largest plantings in the country. The Australia Felix Sagrantino 2013 has a gorgeous nose of ripe red berries, black currant and cherry and hints of quality spicy oak. It is generous in the medium to full bodied palate with the lashings of fruit balances by textural acidity ending savoury. It is screaming out for a pasta or pizza or cured meats. Says Halliday; It rushes out with sweet fruit and then is pulled back by coffeed, earthen tannin. Breathe out, breathe in. Fruit is jubey and juicy; the overall shape and feel of the wine has...
WA 94+ The 2004 Emigre, a Rhone-based blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre as well as Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibits a sweet perfume of graphite, black fruits, sweet cherries, licorice, smoke, and background vanillin. Full-bodied, rich, textured, and impressively long, it should drink well for 10-15 years ... minimum. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 94/100 There are 2000 cases of 2005 Emigre, a blend of six grape varieties sourced from a range of Barossa sites designed to reflect a “palate” of the Valley. The blocks were cropped at 1 ton of fruit per acre. The composition of the blend is 30% Shiraz, 30% Grenache, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Mourvedre, with the balance Carignan and Muscadelle. The wine was aged from 18-20 months in new French oak. It offers a complex aromatic array of smoky oak, damp earth, pencil lead, clove, pepper, cassis, and blueberry. Supple-textured and very intense, the wine exhibits spicy red and black fruits, with hints of mint and chocolate in the...
Fifth Leg Shiraz Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Fifth Leg is the quirky off-shoot of renowned Margaret River winery, Devil’s Lair. Full of fun and larger than life, Fifth Leg has developed a reputation as somewhat of a ‘refined larrikin’ – serious about wine and the good things in life, but not at the expense of simple, easy-going fun and a good laugh. Grape Variety Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Maturation This wine spent nine months in French oak. Colour Vibrant purple with garnet hues. Nose Lifted ripe mulberries and spice with subtle berry fruit perfume and hints of vanilla. Palate A rich and luscious fruit filled palate of mixed...
"50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot from the Sexton Vineyard, fermented separately...blended Jan ’14 and matured in French oak (40% new) for 18 months. Pussyfooting with Cabernet and Merlot doesn’t pay off, especially where you have the depth and varietal clarity of the grapes here, the Petit Verdot providing a rock solid bridge between the two varieties." 95 points, James Halliday
~ Bottle Variance Amongst these Wines Now ~ We have tasted this wine several times since Sept 2016 and find it inconsistent, which is reflected in the heavily discounted price. Some bottles will be great, others not so good at all. We simply cannot tell. STRICTLY NO RETURNS/NO REFUNDS ON THIS WINE. Blue-Gold Award Winner, Sydney IWC 2008. "Darker fruit but with spicy cloves on the edge. It’s a rich mouthful of wine that might lend itself better to game bird or hard cheeses. It’s reasonable with the pork." Grant Burge Abednego completes the Icon trio from Grant Burge Wines; sitting alongside the highly awarded Meshach and Shadrach;...
~ Bottle Variance Amongst these Wines Now ~ We have tasted this wine several times since Sept 2016 and find it inconsistent, which is reflected in the heavily discounted price. Some bottles will be great, others not so good at all. We simply cannot tell. STRICTLY NO RETURNS/NO REFUNDS ON THIS WINE. Jeremy Oliver 93 points. Grant Burge Abednego completes the Icon trio from Grant Burge Wines; sitting alongside the highly awarded Meshach and Shadrach; Grant?s flagship Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon Wines. The wine is 100% Barossa with fruit sourced from Grant's own aged perfect vineyards, with average age of 110 years old. The old vines deliver...
James Halliday 97 points. Clare Valley – 300 dozen produced Fascinated by the art of blending, Jeff has trialled shiraz-based wines for years. This release is shiraz with just a small amount of nero d’avola which adds a touch of perfume and freshness, matured in French oak (30% new barriques) 24 months. The Grosset Nereus 2014 has complex brooding briary aromatics, and a supple fleshy palate that has generous brambly flavours with savoury overtones. It is medium-bodied yet has substantial weight and a gently firm tannin grip that is neatly balanced. It’s wonderfully drinkable now but can be cellared for the medium term. Ageing...
Clare Valley – 3200 bottles produced. Unrated at the moment. The 2014 was 97 points James Halliday. Fascinated by the art of blending, Jeff has trialled shiraz-based wines for years. This release is shiraz with just a small amount of nero d’avola which adds a touch of perfume and freshness, matured in French oak (35% new barriques) 18 months. The second vintage of this wine remains distinctively a cool Clare Shiraz blend and very different from the popular style of warm climate Australian shiraz. Much more savoury both in its fruit and the general feel of the wine: there’s a dry gentle grip on the finish which reflects the overall...
WA 91-94. Haan’s flagship offering, the 2003 Wilhelmus, is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, and the rest Malbec and Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in oak. Its dark ruby/purple color is followed by fragrant aromas of lead pencil, black currants, licorice, and spice box. With serious richness, a medium to full-bodied, layered mid-palate, a persistent finish, and moderate tannin, it is a European-styled, yet authoritatively flavored proprietary red that is already remarkably complex. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.RPJ Oct 2005.
WA 89, WS 89, JH 89. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Pillar Box Red offers warm cassis and blackberry notes intermingled with more delicate hints of violets, dried mint and roses. Rich and well balanced, this full-bodied wine is nicely textured with medium levels of velvety tannins, a solid acid backbone and a long finish. Drink it now to 2019+. LPB Mar 2013. "Indicative blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Ownership: Henry's Drive Tasting note: Solid purple-red colour; reflects the good vintage with its array of red and black fruits, oak and tannins merely the postmen. Compelling value for now or later casual drinking....
~ Buy Six and Pay $69 net~ “A blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc which says more about the vineyard and the Henschke winemaking expertise than the fruit composition. All the flavours are, as usual, fused together, oak and tannins providing context.” James Halliday Wine Companion,October 2016 95/100
JH 97. Tasting note: Light, clear crimson; given the medium-bodied weight of the wine, the intensity and length of the wine is prodigious; unlike the '08, red fruits are the main theme, rather than black, on the aromatic bouquet and through the palate. Made from very old vines, and comes with a 20-year cellaring guarantee; French oak and fine tannins complete the story of its ultra-limited production. (05-Sep-2011) [James Halliday]
JH 96. Purple-crimson; it's not hard to understand why Dean Hewitson boldly puts 'cellaring potential 20 years' on the front label, for this complex and intense wine coming, as it does, from exceedingly old vines; satsuma plum, liqueur cherries, spice and fruitcake fill the palate from start to finish, the tannins fine and ripe, oak merely a vehicle. (28-Aug-2012) James Halliday. WA 93+. Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 Private Cellar Shiraz, Mourvedre shows off pronounced cassis, macerated blackberry and black plum notes over lavender, damp earth, black olives, sage and black pepper nuances. Medium-bodied, it is nicely poised in the...
Buy 6 or more and pay 49sgd per bottle. Cellar door price 88aud. Jeremy Oliver 95 points. A beautiful wine of sensual perfume and charm. An earthy bouquet of dark plums, prunes,baked earth and animal hide lifted by scents of red flowers, cinnamon and exotic spice has a pinot-like appeal.Silky and refined,with a delightful depth and brightness of pure,succulent fruit underpinned by fine,loose-knit tannins,it finishes with genuine length of flavour, meaty and savoury qualities plus a refreshing acidity. Jeremy Oliver The Australian Wine Annual 2014. The Old Garden vines were planted in 1853 and are the oldest mouvedre vines in the world. They...
~ Buy Six and Pay $45 net each~ JH 96 Tasting note: Deeply coloured; blackberry and dark chocolate aromas and flavours....; fruit, oak and tannins in complete harmony and balance in a full-bodied frame. (06-Oct-2005) James Halliday
Powerful, yet very well-balanced, the two varieties reacting synergistically; a mix of plum, black cherry and blackberry, with fine but persistent tannins; has swallowed 20 months in French oak; 20-year cellaring ex the label conservative. Only available in magnum. James Halliday 94/100 Drink to 2040
James Halliday 96 points. "Outstanding texture and structure....precisely controlled."
JH 96 Good colour to a wine highlighting the synergy between old vine shiraz and mourvedre; the bouquet has an array of sultry black fruits which the palate builds on with its complex flavour, texture and structure all harmoniously interwoven; perfect line, length and balance; the 20-year cellaring suggestion on the label is conservative. (09-Jan-2011) James Halliday WA 94+ "garnet-purple in color, 2008 Private Cellar Shiraz Mourvedre has a pronounced earthy / meaty nose over a core of warm black cherries, blackberries and mulberries plus wilted roses, chocolate and allspice. The palate is medium to full bodied and packed with dense flavor...
Spend $500 Anywhere on the Site and Get One of These Magnums Absolutely Free ... Offer Ends Friday 28 July at 17h00. Tasting note: Light, clear crimson; given the medium-bodied weight of the wine, the intensity and length of the wine is prodigious; unlike the '08, red fruits are the main theme, rather than black, on the aromatic bouquet and through the palate. Made from very old vines, and comes with a 20-year cellaring guarantee; French oak and fine tannins complete the story of its ultra-limited production. (05-Sep-2011) [James Halliday]
Buy 6 or more and pay 36sgd per bottle. WA 90. A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and Cabernet Franc 5%. The nose is a little more muted compared to the 2002. Broody black fruits, just a hint of shoe-polish. Full-bodied, firm tannins, quite muscular and slightly dry on the finish. Certainly the increase in merlot from the ensuing vintage has benefitted this wine. Touch of mulberry on the finish: quite a stoic, conservative wine but good breeding. Drink 2010-2020. 90 points Neil Martin for Robert Parker Jr. Wine Advocate - October 2007 2001 Highbank Coonawarra Proprietary Red A fresh minty note on the nose, then pure and stylish...
Established as a collaboration with the Hahn family in 1997, today Barossa winemaker Rolf Binder continues to produce the wines under the same label, with the JJ Hahn range now available in many countries. These are classic Barossa reds that represent exceptional drinkability and value. A full-bodied, full-flavoured classic is the promise behind the very deep brick red colour. Notes of tea leaf, cedar, sweet berries, spice, chocolate and cigar box aromas fill the glass. Ripe black forest fruits and spice are balanced by rounded tannins and seamless structure. The palate reflects the nose with flavours of cedar, stewed fruit and cigar box....
The finest and most elegant of the Majella wines with lower alcohol, though this is partly a function of the season. Undoubtedly a wine for the purist; watch for the '05. (05-Aug-2007) James Halliday
JH 91. The colour is vibrant deep ruby red with a garnet hue. The wine itself is seductive, smooth and fruit driven with dark, perfumed berry fruits with hints of mint and Eucalyptus, supported by subtle soft tannins that give excellent balance.
~ Buy Six Bottles and Pay $69 per bottle net - WA 94 The 2006 Shiraz (66%) – Cabernet Sauvignon (34%) “Enchanted Path” was made entirely from McLaren Vale fruit. Opaque purple-colored, the wine has a fragrant bouquet of pain grille, leather, smoked meat, game, blueberry, and blackberry. This is followed by a structured wine with intense, spicy black fruit flavors, full-body, and superb balance. It is still tightly wound and will benefit from 6-8 years of cellaring. This promising effort should drink well through 2030. JM Oct 2007.
JO 93/ JH 90 Light colour; very savoury and slightly minty overtones to the red berry fruits; surprisingly light-bodied for the vintage. (20-Feb-2011)James Halliday
WA 93 The 2005 Heinrich, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Shiraz (15%, 30%, and 55% respectively), reveals a dark purple hue along with a sweet perfume of crushed rocks, blueberries, creme de cassis, creosote, vanilla, and spice. It is a full, earthy effort to consume over the next 7-8 years. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 94 The 2005 Shiraz (65%) – Mataro (35%) “Hubris” was aged in French and American oak puncheons, 50% new. It delivers aromas of spice box, clove, damp earth, pencil lead, black cherry, and blueberry. This is followed by a ripe, layered, structured wine with superb length. It merits 6-8 years of further cellaring and will drink well through 2025. JM Oct 2007.
Only 500 dozen produced. 96 points James Halliday, AWC 2016. "85/15% blend matured in French oak (90% new). The first thing you notice is the liveliness of it, the second is the easy-going complexity, third is the long chain of tannins. Tobacco and earth run through boysenberry and blackcurrant, smoky oak plays a subtle role."
The Butchers Block is a traditional Barossa blend made with grapes selected from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some from the original old vine plantings. It is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvédre (Mataro), with the proportions of each variety varying from vintage to vintage. Included in Jane Thomson's (of the Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society) Top 25 under $25 list for 2016. "It’s right in the zone. It’s an attractive blend of red and black berried fruit flavours, teamed beautifully with anise, leather and those dried, almost rusty spice characters so common in Barossa reds. It’s balanced, it’s ripe, it’s warm but not...
~ Buy Six and Pay $35 net Each ~ 5 stars Epicure 5 stars JH Dense purple with ruby hues, aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and dark cherry fruits with a hint of eucalypt and spice and cedar oak barrel complexity. From exceptional vintages over the last decade Warrenmang has kept aside the robust and powerful basket pressings of Pyrenees Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. With their fortress-like tannin structures when young, these wines have mellowed with the years to become the basis of a palate that is rich and mouth filling. By carefully selecting and blending the best of the barrels this wine has been assembled to exhibit immense power...
~ Buy Six Bottles and Pay $45 net ~ Outstandingly rich and powerful red blend made in honour of the founder. Only made once. The best parcels of fruit were taken for the final blend which consists of: Shiraz 41%, Cabernet Sauvignon 36%, Cabernet Franc 13%, Merlot 10%. James Halliday 95 points. "Dense purple-red, the wine encased in a massive bottle; a core of delicious blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, then a display of fine, ripe tannins (plus oak) on the finish."(02-Mar-2008) James Halliday.
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