04 Apr Awesome Aussies!
This collection represents some of the finest producers in Australia, if not the world. Australian winemakers are building traction worldwide with their quality work, particularly with Shiraz (the Australian name for Syrah). And from the most famous winery in the country, we have the Penfolds Riesling, a truly exceptional bottling that should not be overlooked. All are in stock now; quantities limited!
2013 John Duval Eligo Shiraz, Barossa Valley
On Sale $81.99
Very deep purple-black in color, the 2013 Eligo has an intoxicating nose of creme de cassis, blueberry tart and violets with underlying menthol, cloves, fenugreek, licorice and dark chocolate hints. The medium to full-bodied palate is youthfully restrained, with taut, muscular blackberry and exotic spice flavors supported by fine-grained, firm tannins and lively acid, finishing with excellent length. This is a very classy 2013 Shiraz!
98+ Points, The Wine Advocate
2012 John Duval Plexus Red (Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre), Barossa Valley
On Sale $29.99
Duval’s regional red, which melds shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre together seamlessly, is a stunning rendition in the 2012 vintage. The Barossan origin is strong in all aspects of the wine, which shows deep blackberries and other red fruits on the nose in addition to some gently earthy and tarry meat accents, hints of nutty oak and a sense of vibrant ripeness. The palate delivers redder than expected fruit flavors. Grenache speaks strong here. Tannins are soft, supple and layered, and the wine occupies every corner of the mouth. Starts bright, builds full, finishes long, fades slow. Drink now.
94 Points, James Suckling
2012 Glaetzer Shiraz-Cabernet “Anaperenna,” Barossa Valley
On Sale $54.99
A blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 Anaperenna is profoundly scented of creme de cassis, blueberry compote and black cherry pie with hints of aniseed, pepper, chargrilled meat and underbrush. Big, full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, the generous blend of blackberry and meaty, savory flavors is structured by a solid backbone of firm, grainy tannins and refreshing acid through the very long finish. Drink it now to 2024+.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate
2008 Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No. 2, Yarra Valley
On Sale $73.99
Opaque ruby. Exotic, spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry-vanilla, potpourri and black pepper, along with a hint of mocha. Lush and creamy on entry, then more taut in the middle, offering sappy red berry and candied violet flavors and an overtone of vanillin oak and spices. Deeply concentrated but energetic as well, finishing with excellent clarity and sweet, floral persistence. This wine, which is made from 95% shiraz, 2% each of viognier and mataro and 1% marsanne, benefits enormously from aeration.
93+ Points, Stephen Tanzer
2015 Penfolds Riesling Bin 51, Adelaide Hills
On Sale $35.99
A stunning vintage for the Eden Valley and this has beautiful aromatic purity, bathed in lime and lemon, some riper stone fruit aromas too, all wrapped in fragrant floral perfume. The palate has a striking mix of power and flesh, the concentration is impressive, it has layers and layers of powerful fruit. The finest Bin 51 to date! Drink now or cellar, tuck it away and return after 2020.
96 Points, James Suckling