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  1. Forester Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Forester Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

    Regular Price: $26.50

    Special Price: $24.99

    Sitting where I sit, it’s easy lately to forget that wines like this exist. This is really clean crisp Cabernet from one of the places on Earth it grows best.


    It’s all coffee and cocoa and mocha, cedary oak and blueberries, musk and faint lavender and violets, clean as a whistle and ready to swell and turn and glower with a decade in a good cellar. Once again made after the old (1950s) Penfolds open fermenters/temperature control/pumpover method, it delivers a similar result at just a bit of the price of their best.


    As it plays around in your mouth, its slender and sinuous form does that magical transformation from silky and elegant viscosity to velvet, with the right level of acid and drying fine-grained tannins sorting all the slick stuff out, letting them all trickle through the organoleptic division in the right order at the right pace.


    Right now I’m loving it with crumbly sheep’s cheese, lemon juice, basil and black pepper on dark rye. I could drive myself nuts dreaming of having it with simply grilled lamb cutlets, pink and dribbling, and mash. It makes your cheeks leak; opens the salvaries till they gush.


    Maybe too clinically bright for the dirty-arse funkster fanatics, it’s a damn good reflection of the noble Cabernet at its arrogant, aromatic best. Regardless of the politics, I can’t imagine anybody refusing a glass." 93+ Points

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  2. Woodlands Margaret Cabernet 2012

    Woodlands Margaret Cabernet 2012

    Regular Price: $43.00

    Special Price: $39.99

    As low as: $34.99

    ..... It has the full array of cassis, redcurrant, olive and earth expected of this invariably distinguished wine; just let the tannins relax for a year or two. 95 points James Halliday
    Lovely aromatics here – seaweed, violets, sweet rubbed spearmint with chocolate, blackberry and cedar/pencil oak in support. Medium to full bodied, ample red and black fruits, chocolate, nuts and tobacco, spiced oak – seductive style, though not bold or too showy – composed and impeccably balanced. Fine grained tannin draws the finish long. Classic Cabernet. 94 points Winefront.com.au"

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  3. Twelftree Grenache Mataro 2012

    Twelftree Grenache Mataro 2012

    Regular Price: $33.00

    Special Price: $31.50

    As low as: $30.00

    Ripened to within an inch of its life but it remains bright and lively. Whole bunch influence adds a smoky, twiggy savouriness to the sweetness of the fruit. Licorice and raspberry fruit flavour laid on.
    Web-like tannin. Delicious style. 93 points Winefront.com.au

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  1. Crabtree Watervale Cabernet 2013

    Crabtree Watervale Cabernet 2013

    Regular Price: $25.99

    Special Price: $23.39

    As low as: $22.99

    "Rugged with tannin but the fruit here seems up to the task. A good stint in the cellar is certainly going to be required. Blackcurrant, eucalypt, gravel and swish, polished, cedar oak. Brilliant value for the patient. 94+ points Winefront.com.au"
    Wine Companion tasting note. Rating: 95 points price $28.00 Date Tasted: 01 Dec 2014 Alcohol:13.5%
    Deep dark colour, plenty of flavour, feels gutsy throughout but not in any way loose or undisciplined. Impressive wine. Cassis, eucalypt, smoky/cedary oak and various floral characters. Assured through the finish. Tannin builds up a head of steam; cellar time is required but the quality is there.
    95 Points James Halliday Wine Companion

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  2. Balnaves Coonawarra the Blend 2013

    Balnaves Coonawarra the Blend 2013

    Regular Price: $20.99

    Special Price: $19.50

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    Dark red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of mulberry, wild blackberry and liquorice combined with delicate smoky-coffee French oak. The palate is medium bodied with a soft round Merlot mouth- feel, black fruit flavours and a touch of dried herbs. This wine will reward careful cellaring, and decant before drinking.

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  3. Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2013

    Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2013

    Regular Price: $28.00

    Special Price: $26.50

    As low as: $25.00

    Whole berries. Whole bunches. Wild yeast. All French oak, only 20% new. ... Deep flavour. But lively. This is terrific drinking. Rich and generous but honed and architectural. Plums, blackberries, saltbush and a swoosh of cedarwood. A touch of red-fruited brightness. Cracking wine. 95 points Campbell Mattinson Winefront.com.au
    96 points & special value star. “12 vineyard blocks; 50% whole berries, 20% whole bunches, open-fermented. Deep, but bright crimson-purple; this is full-bodied McLaren Vale shiraz at its very best, not the least extractive or clumsy, simply complex, the result of top quality fruit and highly intelligent winemaking.” - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)



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  1. Yangarra Estate Vineyard GSM 2013

    Yangarra Estate Vineyard GSM 2013

    Regular Price: $28.00

    Special Price: $27.50

    As low as: $25.99

    James Halliday 95 Points
    A 49/29/22% blend of grenache, shiraz and mourvedre. Hand-picked, mechanically sorted, 50% whole berries, cold soak, open fermenters, plunged, wild yeast-fermented, kept on lees in 100% used French oak for 9 months. Brilliant hue; the wine effortlessly communicates its distinguished breeding, the medium-bodied palate with a silken line of fruit, then a thin coat of fine, savoury tannins. Drink By: 2028

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  2. Kalleske Johann Georg Old Vine Shiraz 2012

    Kalleske Johann Georg Old Vine Shiraz 2012

    Regular Price: $119.99

    Special Price: $114.99

    As low as: $110.00

    “Yes, it’s tremendous. Best since the 2005. .... Saltbush. Essence of Barossa Shiraz, without being overblown or overdone”.
    96 points Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
    ......wrapped up in weight and warmth. Distinctive, smooth and a good choice to cellar”.
    94 points Shaun Viljoen, Wine Jury... Sourced from Kalleske’s oldest, dry-grown vineyard, it shows a dynamic and vitality often missing from top-tier Barossa Valley wines”. Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine
    Monumental in some ways, seamless in others. ....a long, supple, well-mannered and even-tempered finish. 
    Brute in a tuxedo. Quite exemplary. 96 points James Halliday


     

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  3. Bleasdale Frank Potts Cabernet Blend 2012

    Bleasdale Frank Potts Cabernet Blend 2012

    Regular Price: $31.00

    Special Price: $30.00

    As low as: $29.00

    .....Bright crimson-purple; has absorbed the oak while preserving the cassis fruits and softening the tannins; good length and balance. Drink to 2027." 94 points James Halliday, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015, 1 August 2014
    ..... Langhorne fruit exuberance, all blackberried and blueberried, but with grainy, smoky, gum leafy tannin keeping it firm and strict and proper. Full-bodied but not overdone. Sound, fruit-filled length. Oak as a complement but not in an overt and dominant manner. Will keep developing in the cellar over a good number of years. 93+ points Winefront

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