StarDozen – WineStar Beginners Pack
Want to learn about wine and kick start your wine drinking experience without breaking the bank? We’ve got you covered with this selection of Reds & Whites which not only has scored 93 Points or better from Australia's leading Wine Critics but serves to highlight that good wine does not have to be expensive.
3 bottles West Cape Howe Cabernet Merlot 2014
3 bottles Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2014
3 bottles Xanadu Next of Kin Chardonnay 2014
3 bottles Sidewood Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014
West Cape Howe Cabernet Merlot 2014
80% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot with a simple WA GI; basic vinification: cold soak and 12 days on skins, portions aged separately in new and used French oak for 12 months. The colour is excellent - as is everything else about the wine; black and redcurrant, bay leaf and black olive hop into bed with each other, and snuggle under the covers, the French oak and tannins left to their own devices. The value transcends belief. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2025; Price: $17.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2015; Alcohol: 14.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion
Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2014
The Mike Press Shiraz has developed a loyal following of customers and along the way has collected trophies and medals. These vines were cloned from now 90 year old vines situated at Springton, and are now 17 years old. The conditions of 2014 vintage have produced another great Shiraz. Loaded with intense fruit flavours, it is drinking well now but will age gracefully for years to come.
Xanadu Next of Kin Chardonnay 2014
Wild-fermented and apparently unoaked; an exercise in laser precision and attention to detail in the vineyard and winery alike. Pink grapefruit and nectarine fruit sits in the box seat, vibrant acidity an integral part of the wine's profile. Xanadu does it again. Rating: 93 Points; Drink by: 2020; Price: $18; Date Tasted: Sept 2015; Alcohol: 13%; Top 100 Wines of 2015 - James Halliday; Weekend Australian
Sidewood Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Hand-picked over a number of days looking for complexity, chilled overnight before whole bunch pressing and cool fermentation in stainless steel. An unusually elegant wine with ripe citrus and gooseberry fruit to the fore. Gold medal Cowra Wine Show '14. Rating: 94 Points; Drink by: 2016; Price: $20.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2014; Alcohol: 13%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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