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Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2010

The nose has a lovely balance between sweet fruits and earth/spice characters (a hallmark of all the standout Mount Mary Pinots). It shows red fruits of strawberries and cherries underpinned by some less obvious aromas of rose petals, clove and mushroom. These red fruits show through on the palate along with spiced plum and quince. There are some firm but silky tannins giving this wine a great structure but allowing a clean, elegant finish. The oak is present but never at the forefront. This wine will continue to improve and gain complexity for many years to come.

Beautiful limpid crimson; a fragrant, perfumed bouquet of red fruits leads into a glorious palate that effortlessly caresses the mouth with its display of red fruits in a silken web in no way dependant on oak, just the finest tannins. Drink by: 2020; Rating: 97 points; James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
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Price: $139.99


Mount Trio Porongurup Pinot Noir 2012

We aim to make a well flavoured and textured wine with the distinctive varietal characters typical of the Pinot Noir grape. This is a finely structured Pinot Noir with the smoky cherry fruit flavours balanced by the beautiful tannins picked up during fermentation and maturation. It is quite restrained in style with good length of flavour with a lovely persistent finish.
 
Good colour; a potent and powerful pinot with plum fruit in the ascendancy, but black cherry also contributing; despite this wealth of fruit, there are some savoury/forest floor characters to add complexity. Porongurup continues to gain recognition as a significant pinot noir region. Terrific value. Drink By: 2020; Price: $19.50; Date Tasted: 25 Jan 2014; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 93 Points; James Halliday Wine 
 
From the chilly climes of the beautiful Porongurups, this pinot is a shining example of the kind of bright, fresh, savoury reds the Great Southern does best. Upfront sour cherry notes, with a rustic, earthy forest-floor quality sneaking in make it irresistible with duck or grilled portobello mushrooms. Perfect in the autumn. Scoop Magazine, Autumn 2014
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Price: $15.99

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O'Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2012

The pinot was planted in 1990, and has the best, albeit oldest clone, the MV6. Good hue and depth; a surprise packet with great depth and complexity. There is impeccable varietal expression courtesy of its black cherry, plum, spice and oak suite of aromas and flavours; it has excellent balance, its best years are to come. Rating: 95 Points; Best Drinking: To 2020; James Halliday; Wine Companion

I really enjoyed this wine. It's very approachable and ready to drink now. Well weighted and not as light as some. Perhaps that little extra body is what drew me to it more and more. A hit of strawberry jam on toast first up got my attention. A few more swirls of the glass and classic Pinot traits rolled through; buckets of dark cherries with a hint of pepper. Well balanced with good fruit, it was still drinking very well on the third day I had it open. Interestingly the aromatics seemed to grow another leg at this stage and they developed in a berry basket type. A moreish length capped off a well made wine. An easy drinking type which can be pleasantly enjoyed on its own. QWine
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Price: $19.99

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Oakridge Over The Shoulder Yarra Pinot Noir 2013

Overall the impression is of a bright, juicy Beaujo-esque wine that is both easy to drink and refreshing at the same time. Dark bright red. Summer pudding nose - cherry, wild strawberry and red currants with the faintest hint of vanilla pod. Full flavoured with black cherry, pomegranate, plums and spice. It has depth and weight but also structured with sappy-satiny tannins and a pleasant savoury texture. 

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Price: $17.99

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Paringa Estate Peninsula Pinot Noir 2012

Schoolteacher-turned-winemaker Lindsay McCall has shown an absolutely exceptional gift for winemaking across a range of styles, but with immensely complex Pinot Noir and Shiraz leading the way. The wines have an unmatched level of success in the wine shows and competitions Paringa Estate is able to enter, the limitation being the relatively small size of production. His skills are no less evident in contract winemaking for others. Winery Rating 5 stars. James Halliday

This wine is a fruit driven style that has genuine ripe pinot characteristics with considerable depth and flavour. The bouquet and palate has dark cherry fruit flavours and aromas, some spice and subtle oak characters. An excellent current drinking pinot, will reward short-term cellaring of 3 to 5 years.

Peninsula Series: Fruit for these wines comes partly from our Estate managed vineyards at Red Hill plus fruit purchased from a number of carefully selected vineyards from other sub-regions of the Mornington Peninsula. “The quality of these wines are often equal to many other vineyards best” (James Halliday)

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Price: $24.99


Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2010

Schoolteacher-turned-winemaker Lindsay McCall has shown an absolutely exceptional gift for winemaking across a range of styles, but with immensely complex Pinot Noir and Shiraz leading the way. The wines have an unmatched level of success in the wine shows and competitions Paringa Estate is able to enter, the limitation being the relatively small size of production. His skills are no less evident in contract winemaking for others. Winery Rating 5 stars. James Halliday
 
This wine has Paringa’s typical complex bouquet of dark cherries, spice and subtle savoury new oak characters. On the palate there is powerful dark cherry/black fruit flavours well integrated with the spicy savoury French oak characters. The fine grain tannins provide weight and structure to the wine. This is an elegant Paringa pinot that will reward careful cellaring.
 

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Price: $54.99


Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir 2010

This was an excellent vintage pinot noir with modest crop levels of beautifully ripened fruit, which has given the wine excellent depth and concentration. It was made entirely naturally using traditional Burgundian methods, without the addition of any micro-organisms. It was matured in French oak barriques for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. Prima Donna is made only in special years and it is a selection of barrels which best reflect the vineyard and the vintage.  Typically it comes from vines of at least 25 years of age.
 
On release the wine is a deep crimson shot with lingering hints of purple. It is redolent with suggestions of ripe red-berry fruits, wild cherries and blueberries. These intertwine with whiffs of barbequed meats, grilled mushrooms, wood-smoke, dark chocolate and vanilla pods. Although the entry is soft it seems to rapidly expand in the mouth to become rich, powerful and muscular. In spite of this it retains refinement and poise with a long robe of velvety tannins, which flow through the palate and help draw out its lingering, spicy, tangy after-taste.

Prima Donna is made only in special years and it is a selection of barrels which best reflect the vineyard and the vintage.  Typically it comes from vines of at least 25 years of age.

It’s a wine of power and intensity, though not in a painfully intense sort of way, more towards a tingling frisson of pleasure kind of intense.  Perfumed cedar oak, cloves and exotic spice, black cherry, dark chocolate – dark and sexy. It’s medium bodied but packed and flavoursome with tangy cherry pip acidity, subtle earthiness and dried herb, along with silky silty tanin. Length plus some. It unpacked and evolved beautifully in the decanter and really needs time in bottle to show its best. So distinctive and tasty. Great NZ Pinot. Rated : 96 Points Tasted : Apr13 Alcohol : 14% Price : $105 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2015 - 2024+ Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

Glance at the NZ Pinot Noir leaderboard over the the last decade, and one name you ll consistently see in the top five is Pegasus Bay s superb Prima Donna. Beautifully detailed spiced cherry fruit, perfectly poised with great balance and a silky, supple texture across the palate, the 2010 is a lovely wine that manages to capture all that is good about the variety in Waipara. Drinking: 2015; Rating: 96 Points; Nick Stock; Good Wine Guide

The Waipara Valley will be hailed in years to come as one of the greatest sources of pinot noir in the southern hemisphere, and Pegasus Bay Prima Donna is already one of its unsung heroes. A barrel selection from twenty-seven-year-old vines, this is a voluptuous yet intricately structured pinot noir. Impressive depth of black cherry and liquorice fruit is honed with very fine, mineral tannins from roots plunging deep into river gravel terraces. Drink: 2018-2025; Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste
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Philippa Farr Pinot Noir 2012

Philippa Farr grew up at Bannockburn in southern Victoria, “surrounded by people whose lives revolved around vineyards”. You get the sense that she was keen to forge her own path. She did vintage at Brokenwood in 2003, 2004 and 2005 but then pursued a farming career for the following few years. This career took her to Gippsland in Victoria, though through these years she did vintage at Bellvale, Bouzeron, Domaine Dujac, By Farr and Purple Hen. She had the pedigree, the understanding, the appreciation and the knowledge. She was living in a prime pinot noir region. It seems now inevitable that a wine under her own name would follow. This was grown on a vineyard planted at 6000 vines per hectare.

As debut wines go, this takes the cake. It’s a stunner. It’s rowdy with facets and layers and matters to pique your interest. Earth, cranberry, forest floor, meaty tannin. Smoky dried herbs. Sweetness and savouriness, bright seduction in a tethered, firm, disciplined environment. The finish is balanced, juicy, satiny. It’s built for the moment; unafraid of its youth, but ready for the future. Needless to say, the bottle was finished all too quickly. Rated : 94 Points Alcohol : 13% Price : $45 Closure: Cork Drink : 2014 - 2020; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

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. A lovely drink and a character-laden pinot. Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke
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Price: $42.99


Pimpernel Vineyards One Pinot Noir 2012

Pimpernel Vineyards is a family business, and the realisation of our long held dream to develop an iconic Yarra Valley vineyard, capable of producing outstanding individual wines.

Pinot Noir One – is an elegant wine showing classic pinot perfume and fruit flavours. The structure is delicate but definite with firm acidity and long flavor persistence. A charmer. Tuna, pasta, veal, on its own! Alcohol 13.5%

 

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Port Phillip Red Hill Pinot Noir 2012

Port Phillip Estate is located at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. The maritime climate and southerly latitude combined with the estate’s deep red loam soils are ideal for cool climate viticulture. The vineyard is set in a sheltered natural amphitheatre with north and north-east facing slopes providing excellent drainage and exposure to sunlight.

A bright, light ruby colour. The nose shows pretty and juicy red forest cherry fruits, interwoven with savoury meat notes and crushed meadow herb over a cool earthen base. The palate is bright and savoury but ripely red-fruited, again with the cadences of fresh herb, roast pan juices and iron-rich earth. Spice notes and a lively tannin profile draw the appropriately ripe palate out to length.

Similar to the Balnarring Pinot; here wood spice and a hint of charcuterie come through on the bouquet, the palate with savoury, darker fruits; the fine-grained tannins and bright acidity lift and lengthen the finish. Drink By: 2022 Price: $40.00 Date Tasted: 12 Mar 2014 Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

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Riposte The Dagger Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2013

In 2006 as a response to personal vicissitudes and the inability to use his own name as a brand Tim launched the Riposte label, a small portfolio of complex and striking cool climate wines from the Adelaide Hills. Riposte is a fencing term meaning a quick reply or counterthrust and is Tim’s personal reply to the increasingly corporatised world of wine making. Tim’s driving passion is to create the finest wines possible from premium Adelaide Hills vineyards. A true family enterprise from its inception. Riposte is wholly owned and run by Tim with his wife Dale and son Nick. 
 
The Dagger has been honed to create a vibrant, rich, earlier drinking wine displaying all of the hallmark aromas and flavours of Pinot Noir. Lush dark berry fruit with striking floral edges combine on the nose of the Dagger Pinot Noir to create a fresh yet complex attack on the senses.  Lifted rich fruit and spice parry along the palate to a finish of fine-grained tannin and bright acidity.
 
The grapes come from the Charleston and Gumeracha districts of the Adelaide Hills, the clones being MV6 and 777; deliberately made as an early drinking style. Excellent crimson colour; the fragrant, floral bouquet floats on bright red cherry and spice aromas, the beautifully framed and balanced palate simply reinforcing the red berry fruits of the bouquet courtesy of persistent, but supple, tannins oak a bystander watching the sword play. Top class Adelaide Hills pinot noir. Outrageous value. Rating: 95 Points; Drink by: 2018; Price: $20.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; James Halliday Weekend Australian
 
 
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Price: $17.99

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Scorpo Pinot Noir 2012

Hand-picked fruit and wild yeast-fermented for 22 days, then taken to French oak (25% new), bottled without fining or filtration 16 months later. The colour is fractionally lighter than the '13 Noirien, as is the mouthfeel; the considerable upside is the greater elegance, finesse and length of this wine; the vivid red and black fruits are given shape by some foresty/savoury tannins and, of course, the new oak. Price: $49.00; Drink: To 2022; Alcohol: 14%. Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

I’m often taken aback by the impact of new oak in great young Burgundies, but think little of it as the wines will find their balance in the fullness of time. The overt oak presence extracted from just 25% new oak took me by surprise here. But in the context of longevity, perhaps it should not have. It’s classy oak, to be sure, and it has the fine, firm tannin confidence and fruit length and presence to go the distance. Excellent black cherry fruit, lifted rose petal fragrance and bright acid structure are all there to be enjoyed right away, but the true rewards await those who treat it like a Burgundy and hide it for a decade. Drink: 2017-2027; Rating: 94 Points; Tyson Stelzer

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Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir 2012

Scotchmans Hill Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir has a deep garnet appearance. The bouquet is rich and complex nose displaying ripe plum and cherry fruits, savoury notes, spice, beetroot with cedar oak. Scotchmans Hill Bellarine Peninsula Pinot Noir is full bodied palate with cherry and plum fruits, savoury mid palate with beetroot and earthy flavours rounded out by cedar oak on the back palate. The wine has full ripe tannins and firm acid giving the wine great structure. Enjoy and cellar over the next 5 to 7 years. 
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Price: $26.99


Seppelt Drumborg Pinot Noir 2012

The vines were planted in '64, the only older commercial planting of pinot noir in Australia is at Best's. The bright, clear crimson-purple colour introduces a fragrant, red berry bouquet and a finely detailed and focused palate, the red fruits with a silky gauze of fine tannins, French oak perfectly judged for the weight of the fruit. Alcohol: 13%. Date tasted: Aug 2013. Drink by: 2022. Price: $44.99. Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
 
Trophy - Best Pinot Noir ~ Royal Sydney Wine Show 2013
Gold Medal ~ Royal Sydney Wine Show 2013
 
Interesting wine for certain out of Seppelt Drumborg vineyard in the Henty region. Brooding black fruits. Lively acidity. Smoky, reductive notes. Even tempered, well mannered, well balanced and varietal. Gets it right from a lot of angles. Strict tannin becomes increasingly insistent as it breathes. Asian spice notes. Spend some time with this wine and it's hard not to come away impressed. Layers of interest. The way the tannin unfolds with air is of particular note. Closure: screwcap. Drink: 2016-2021. Rating: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
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Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir is the most temperamental of varieties and remains the ultimate challenge for many winemakers – Shaw + Smith has joined the quest albeit in a ‘small batch’ way. Site selection, the right clonal mix, miniscule yields and fastidious vineyard management are essential to success.

The light colour belies the intensity of this wine. Red fruit aromas in the red cherry and redcurrant spectrum carry through onto the palate. A medium bodied style, with some savoury elements, and a firm, grippy finish, with tautness and strictness that bodes well for cellaring. 

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Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir 2012

Pinot Noir is the most temperamental of varieties and remains the ultimate challenge for many winemakers – Shaw + Smith has joined the quest albeit in a ‘small batch’ way. Site selection, the right clonal mix, miniscule yields and fastidious vineyard management are essential to success.

The light colour belies the intensity of this wine. Red fruit aromas in the red cherry and redcurrant spectrum carry through onto the palate. A medium bodied style, with some savoury elements, and a firm, grippy finish, with tautness and strictness that bodes well for cellaring. 

2012 was a terrific vintage. Beautiful weather, without extremes of temperature, produced pristine fruit with great flavours. The only downside was that crops were lower than expected, but a price we were more than happy to pay for great quality. From the block behind the Shaw + Smith winery at Balhannah. This north-facing block was planted to MV6 and 777 clones in 2000. Crop restricted to less than 1.5 tonnes per acre (1.5kg per vine). Matured in a combination of new, one and two year old French oak barrels. Cellaring Ideal drinking from 2015 - 2018.
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Spring Vale Estate Pinot Noir 2010

Ruby violet colour. Toasty oak, spicy black cherries, licorice, dried herbs and earth. Seamless, flowing palate with upfront punch and creamy, yet juicy palate. Velvety tannins with impressive length. There are no corners cut in the vinification at Spring Vale. Space permitting, all parcels are plunged by hand. When there are no more open pots left, larger open fermenters are employed which are gently irrigated. The final wine is made up of approximately twenty individual components, all of which represent different clones, different blocks, different parts of blocks, different yeasts, different fermentation temperatures and different oak. Now with twelve months in bottle, it is beautifully integrated and soft, full bodied and richly textured. Such is the devotion of the winemaker to creating an artisanal Pinot Noir, that a reserve of two hundred cases is held back to re-release at five years from vintage. Scarlet in colour. Characters of dark plums, violet and spicy oak. A rich, soft palate with great length of flavour and an abundance of soft tannins.
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StarDozen – 2012 Pinot Noir (Critics Choice)

3 x TarraWarra Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012 (95 Points ~ James Halliday)
3 x Ingram Rd Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012  (93 Points ~ James Halliday)
3 x Last Horizon Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2012 (Trophy, Top Gold & 96 Points ~ Royal Queensland)
3 x Mount Trio Porongurup Pinot Noir 2012 (93 Points ~ James Halliday)

Over $320 retail value for $210!

TarraWarra Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012
100% MV6 clone, and minimalist handling, with no cold soak, no post-ferment maceration. Bright and clear crimson-purple; the fragrant red berry bouquet flows into a seamless palate, medium bodied in pinot terms, with a seductive array of cherry and plum fruits. Fine tannins provide just the right amount of support on the long palate. Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday; The Weekend Australian

Ingram Rd Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Excellent depth and hue; this is a seriously good pinot at any price; at $19 the value for money is exceptional, its flawless varietal expression of red and black cherries is backed by precisely judged texture and structure. And by all means cellar some. RRP $19 / Drink to: 2020 / Rating: 93 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

Last Horizon Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2012
Trophy ~ Best Pinot Noir of the Show ~ Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013
Top Gold Medal ~ Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013
96 Points ~ Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013

Mount Trio Porongurup Pinot Noir 2012
Good colour; a potent and powerful pinot with plum fruit in the ascendancy, but black cherry also contributing; despite this wealth of fruit, there are some savoury/forest floor characters to add complexity. Porongurup continues to gain recognition as a significant pinot noir region. Terrific value. Drink By: 2020; Price: $19.50; Date Tasted: 25 Jan 2014; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 93 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion 

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Price: $17.49

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StarDozen – Best of the Best: Sauvignon Blanc

3 bottles x Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (96/100 ~ James Halliday)
3 bottles x Ferngrove Frankland River Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (94/100 ~ James Halliday)
3 bottles x Terre a Terre Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (96/100 ~ James Halliday)
3 bottles x The Lane Vineyard Block 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (94/100 ~ Tyson Stelzer)

Over $320 retail value for $210!

Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Yes, this is the epicentre of Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc, but its has the X factor big time. The fruit aromas and flavours are largely tropical, but there is an almost glossy mouthfeel on the tip of the tongue, the fruit flavours kicking in on the back-palate and finish, And yes again, it has nothing to do with Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Drink by: 2015; Price:$27.00; Alcohol:12.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Top 100 Wines for 2013; James Halliday

Ferngrove Frankland River Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Light straw-green; the aromatic bouquet has tropical fruits in abundance, as does the palate, with passionfruit to the fore, backed by citrus; the intensity, texture and length of the wine lift it well clear of the ruck, aided by crisp acidity on the finish. Drink By: 2014; Price: $19.99; Rating: 94 Points; Alcohol: 14%; James Halliday; 2014 Wine Companion

Terre a Terre Down to Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Pale-straw green; an intense, focused wine Fermented in French oak barrels of various sizes and ages, purely a means of investing the wine with its extra structural dimensions and in no way inhibiting the display of lychee and ripe citrus/pineapple fruit. Top tier stuff. Drink By: 2014; Price: $26.00 Date Tasted: 28 Aug 2012 Alcohol: 13.9%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion & Top 100 Wines of 2012

The Lane Vineyard Block 5 Sauvignon Blanc 2012
The refinement of the 2012 whites from The Lane is something to behold, and sauvignon blanc is beautifully graceful and immaculately crafted. Refreshingly understated nashi pear and kaffir lime leave space for lees-accented, deep, mouthfilling texture and long-lingering energy. Rating: 94 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste Edition 115

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Price: $18.25

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StarDozen – Six Nations, Six Bargain

2 bottles x Italy - La Braccesca Sabazio Montepulciano 2010
2 bottles x Argentina - Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2012
2 bottles x France - Les Courtilles Cotes Du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2012
2 bottles x Spain - Calo Tempranillo Rioja Reserva 2007
2 bottles x Chile - Vina Ventisquero Reserva Carmenere 2011
2 bottles x Lebanon - Musar Jeune Rouge 2011

Over $330 retail value for $250!

La Braccesca Sabazio Montepulciano 2010
A beautiful rosso, with lots of bright cherry and plum fruit character and orange peel undertone. Full and fruity. Delicious. Drink now. Rating: 90 Points; James Suckling

Catena Zapata Catena Malbec 2012
Smart Buy. A dark and jammy red, with enough acidity to propel the roasted plum and wild berry compote notes. Layers of smoke, toasted spice and espresso emerge on the rich finish. Rating: 91 points; The Wine Spectator 

Les Courtilles Cotes Du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu 2012
I would call it bang on the money but it’s better than that. Polish, flavour, tannin, length – everything is in excellent order. Plums, sour cherries, smoky/chocolatey oak and dried herbs. It tastes both harmonious and delicious. Sure it will age but there is no reason to wait.  Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2014; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 93 Points; Drink: 2014-2018+; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

Calo Tempranillo Rioja Reserva 2007
Mature colour, with no purples. Complex aged bouquet with toasty notes and meaty, roasting pan aromas. Hint of raisin. Lots of oak has been used here, but it's mellowing out nicely. Some richness and the palate is smooth and savoury, elegant and long. Tinges of dark plum and aniseed. Lovely array of flavours. Balance is excellent. Rating: 92 Points; Huon Hooke; Sydney Morning Herald

Vina Ventisquero Reserva Carmenere 2011
Not shy about the herbal identity of carminère, or about using that to the wine’s advantage, Felipe Tosso lets this young red start out green before the aromas coalesce into a rich scent of pipe tobacco, sage and clove. The luscious texture of the variety is backed up by that herbal freshness, edging it in firm tannins. In the end, it’s a dark red fruit flavor that lasts. Suited to long aging. Rating: 92 Points; Wine Enthusiast

Musar Jeune Rouge 2011
Deep coloured and bursting with black fruits and hints of black pepper and vanilla. Rich and full, yet with fine elegant tannins and a rounded, smoky spicy finish.

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Stefano Lubiana Estate Pinot Noir 2012

The Estate Pinot Noir is intensely aromatic and flavoursome. Medium density black cherry/crimson, with intense fuchsia purple highlights. Attractive melange of red and black cherry aromas, suggesting summer fruit pudding. Hints of rose petal fragrance. Rich concentrated palate. Deeply flavoured with cherry characters supported by nutty/hazelnut overtones derived from oak maturation. Ripe rather than overripe fruit. Medium/firm tannins and vibrant natural acidity. The palate is flooded with flavour, giving the wine great persistence and majesty. An iron fist in a velvet glove. Plush. Regal. Bold fruit concentration and great natural acidities indicate great potential for long-term ageing. Matches well with rare fillet of King Island beef or Tasmanian venison, or pan-seared crispy skin duck breast with a savoury black cherry sauce. Notes provided by Stefano Lubiana.

It’s never expressed in so many words – and there are higher priced releases – but the Estate Pinot Noir is the flag bearer of the Lubiana range. This is perfumed and silken but deeply flavoured. It’s still resolving itself but the seduction has started. It tastes of plums, mint, violets, beetroot, garden herbs and liquorice root. Acid does not poke out and yet it’s a key aspect of the wine; it offers a washing freshness. Texture though, so soft and tongue-hugging, provides the chief charm. It’s a wine that is going places. Rated : 93+ Points Alcohol : 14% Price : $45 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2016 - 2023+ Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

Bright purple-crimson; immediately proclaims its variety and its place with a compelling display of highly aromatic red and black fruits on the bouquet, and a supple palate, with utterly seductive fruit tempered by superfine tannins and well-balanced and integrated French oak. Screwcap. Drink: To 2022; Price: $50.00; Alcohol: 14%. Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

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Stefano Lubiana Primavera Pinot Noir 2012

Stefano Lubiana is a fifth generation winemaker who left his family home in the Riverland of South Australia in search of cool climate vineyards from which he could handcraft mostly Burgundy and Northern Italian varieties, he settle just north of Hobart where he is creating some really impressive wines.

When we first started making Primavera Pinot Noir the wine was young and fruity with good Pinot Noir characteristics, smooth and very drinkable. Every year since Steve has worked hard to improve the structure and flavour of this wine. Today our ‘Primavera’ Pinot Noir has evolved into a wine that is heading in the same direction of our Estate Pinot Noir, made possible through better vineyard management, a reduction in cropping levels plus a delay in release dates (in more recent years) that has allowed this wine more time in French oak barriques. All these improvements have been achieved without compromising the balance and drink ability of this wine. It continues to be very popular and is now selling out within 6 months of release.

The most attractive characteristics of this wine are its fruitiness, vibrancy, juiciness and tangy dry finish. It’s laced with fresh elegant strawberry and cherry flavours, reminiscent of our earlier versions of this wine. Perfect cool, yet dry growing conditions, have contributed to this wine’s natural power, length, complexity and texture. Seasoned oak has been used so as not to dominate the overall feminine structure making this wine truly drinkable.

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Stefano Lubiana Sasso Pinot Noir 2008

Vintage is always a memorable time of the year for Monique and I. Whenever we taste fruit from our organically-managed vineyard above the river, we’re often reminded of the purity and intensity of fresh flavours we discovered in this island’s small berry farms when we honeymooned here in 1988. They were the life-changing moments that first sparked our passion for making wine in cool climate Tasmania. Twentieth anniversaries are always special. Even so, there’s no doubt the wine gods were smiling down on us in 2008. The vintage’s warm, dry summer and bright autumn sunshine provided us with plenty of perfectly-formed berry fruit for winemaking.

This 2008 Sasso represents the second release of super premium Pinot Noir, sourced entirely from our 18ha Granton Vineyard outside Hobart. In creating it, we have taken our production standards to another level of quality by directing small parcels of unfinished wine into a rigorous wood maturation program based upon 55 percent new French oak. Its intention is to set up our precious Sasso for the long haul through time. The wine is essentially a ‘best of the best’ assemblage, derived from a diverse collection of vineyard blocks, rows and clonal selections. Six winemaking lots contributed to its make-up, with the first being handpicked in mid-March.

Like its sister wine, the 2008 Estate, our new Sasso reflects the warmth of the season in the richness of its colour. For a young wine not long out of oak, it is already very aromatic, with plenty of ripe dark berry fruit showing on the nose. Look beyond the immediate and you will find the floral/rose petal and dark bitter chocolate fragrances that are typical of our property’s estate-grown pinots. I like this latest Sasso. It is not a dense blockbuster intended to club the senses into submission. Rather, it is a complex story that captures the imagination like a good movie, and yet finishes with a certain completeness. Importantly, it also contributes a harmonious mix of savoury fruit and fine ripe tannins to the palate. Enjoy it now if you will, it will look even better in another 8-10 years. Salute! Steve Lubiana

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Stonier Pinot Noir 2012

Stonier Pinot Noir is sourced from a select group of hand tended vineyards located amongst the rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsula. The Peninsula’s unique geography and cool maritime conditions contribute to a highly distinctive expression of Pinot Noir, typically showing flavours of vibrant cherry to savoury plum within a fine tannin structure.

Bright ruby red hues. Lifted myriad red fruits with cherries and raspberries to the fore. There is also some ginger spice with richly scented roses. The palate is vibrant with a determined structure driving it long. There is some lovely fresh raspberry with blackberries and Satsuma plum and a hint of earthy liquorice starting to infiltrate the mid-palate. There is a lot of fruit packed into this wine which will reveal increasing complexity with bottle maturation.

Light, bright colour; the fragrant bouquet of spicy red fruits flows through seamlessly into the palate; it achieves length notwithstanding the low tannin profile, and is ready to enjoy here and now. Rating: 94 Points; Drink By: 2020; Price: $28.00; Date Tasted: 01 Sep 2013; Alcohol: 13%; James Halliday Wine Companion

Stonier is a household name in the pinot noir world, all thanks to this wine and its perpetual availability and frequent discounting. Very few wines at this price deliver pure pinot fruit of such exuberance: strawberries, cherry kernel, berry compote and a background note of savoury brambles. A firm, fine structure and impressive persistence make this a vintage to age, so be sure to pop a few bottles in the cellar. Rating: 92 Points; Tyson Stelzer

The Stonier vineyards are consistent sources of high-quality Mornington Peninsula pinot noir. This has a pretty floral overtone to strawberry shortcake, spice and briary aromas. A mouthful shows juicy intensity, seamless silky texture and long flavour, finely framed in light tannins. Rating: 4.5/5.0 Stars; Ralph Kyte-Powell

This 2012 Estate Pinot is going to win lots of fans too - it's positively luscious. Luscious, seductively generous and full of fruit, with just a dash of stem tannins to finish. I actually picked this as closer to 14.5% alcohol than 13%, such is the volume and surprisingly warmth, but it doesn't quite derail things. You'd perhaps like a little more complexity, but that's probably not going to happen for these dollars. A winner. Drink: 2013-2015; Ratings: 91 Points; Andrew Graham; Oz Wine review

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TarraWarra Reserve Pinot Noir 2012

Still closed up and unevolved, this wine is made in an assured style that takes best advantage of the 30-year-old pinot block at the heart of TarraWarra's beautiful estate. Strawberry, raspberry eau-de-vie and floral aromas introduce it, along with the subdued complexity of top-notch oak. It has gorgeous concentration that gives it a velvety feel, and there's excellent varietal intensity, length and palate structure. Rating: 95 Points; The Age Epicure, Wine of the Week

The varietal sibling is as impressive as one might expect from this great pinot noir Yarra Valley vintage, but this wine is another step up the quality ladder. It has the tension and fusion one sees in young burgundies in top vintages; an Aladdin's Cave of flavours will open up as the wine approaches maturity. Rating: 97 points; drink to 2025; James Halliday; The Weekend Australian

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Price: $49.99


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