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Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2000

$200.00 Opened Sunday 11 December 2016. Produced only in excellent years. Every now and then you get to taste a wine that just blows you away this Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2000 was such a wine. This was an exceptional vintage Drink 2005 to 2030 as I was told by Ian Riggs at a BBQ and cricket match in Carlton park some...

Upton Run Reserve Single Vineyard Shiraz 2008 Strathbogie Ranges $80.00

Not widely available I have been lucky in my wine drinking life to have tucked away the odd bottle of wine, that when opened brings nothing but joy and a smile that wont go away for days. This was such a wine The 2008 Upton Run Reserve Single Vineyard Shiraz from The Strathbogie Ranges. Once again I state The Strathbogie...

Cannibal Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 $34.99

Tynong North, Vic Sunday night and I'm diving into the cellar again. Roast lamb with all the trimmings so what do I drink? A cabernet sauvignon of course something with a bit of age eight years old, that should do the trick. The wine showed an aged brick red cabernet colour around the rim. On the nose some bay leaf aged...

Elk Cove 2001 Riesling Late harvest

Willamette Valley USA $44.50 (original price tag) 750ml The beauty of having a cellar (Define Cellar; a small room or hallway broom closet or just tucked under the bed) A space set aside for the purpose of ageing wine until that special accession arrives and you finally decide to open and enjoy said bottle of wine. That time for me came about...

LUKE LAMBERT SPARKLING CHARDONNAY 2011

This Sparkling Chardonnay, comes from the Yarra Valley its had wild yeast fermentation, wild malolactic fermentation, no temperature control and stored on lees in old French oak barrels prior to secondary fermentation in the bottle. No fining or filtration. Tiraged July 2012. This means basically, the wine is mixed with an active yeast culture and a specific quantity of sugar...

No Name Nebbiolo Italy – Piemonte $60.00 – $70.00

 Friday night and I am drinking a No Name Nebbiolo from Barolo In reality its a declassified Barolo. No its not from a poor vintage, this has been done as a silent protest aimed at the Italian wine authority because for years the winemaker has been at logger heads to get this vineyard classified, in the end he just...

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir Central Otago 2011

The Reason this Pinot Noir is called two paddocks is simple enough it comes from two paddocks or something along those lines. Winemakers Notes: In 2011, this wine was an assemblage from our Gibbston First Paddock and the Earnscleugh Last Chance and Red Bank vineyards. Again, each block and clone was picked and fermented separately, with the final blending taking...

Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir

Waitaki River, Otago 2011 $60.oo The seductive perfume of red and black fruit, dry spice and cherry fill the nostrils. For me this wine shows more style and elegance than most NZ Pinot Noir's which I find to big and in your face. The 2011 vintage was blessed with a long warm growing period producing some ripe balanced and well flavoured wines. Also may I point out...

Alain Gautheron Chablis

2013 $39.00 $39.00 is cheep when you taste what is in the bottle. This is what I look for and remember my first Chablis to taste like. With all that green fruit and cool minerals on the nose that follow through to the sharp and flinty finish on the plate. This is quite sharp and green and may not appeal to...

Kelvedon Pinot Noir 2013

  $39.95 Tasmania In the glass this wine was dark and dense with a shimmering cherry glow emanating from the middle of the glass. Giving you a hint of the power that waits. The nose shows sweet black cherry and plum. That follow through to the plate gaining complexity as it opens to show herbs with a meaty bacon side unfolding...

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