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  1.   Elefante La Mancha Garnacha

    Elefante La Mancha Garnacha

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    .... it jumped out as irresistible. Not difficult to see why.  If you like the mainstay of Australian grenache, you will like this Spanish version. Sweet fruit, minerally tannin, dry finish. Gunsmoke. Obviously accessible but the fruit has character and class. Black and red licorice. Beautiful freshness. Energetic wine from go to whoa. You just want to drink it. Under $15? Excellent buying.  89 Points Screwcap Drink : 2013 – 2015 . Campbell Mattinson.  www.winefront.com.au
    ..... The big news is that it's even better than Spain's top-selling red wine in this country. It's an authentic and structured grenache which sets a dynamic contrast between blackberry, plum and liquorice fruit, subtle herbal complexity and firm, fine rustic tannins. This is declassified Campo de Borja from north-eastern Spain, not classified, because that would only make it more expensive.  90 points. Tyson Stelzer. Wine Taste Special Edition 108
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  2. Adelina Eternal Return Nebbiolo 2015

    Adelina Eternal Return Nebbiolo 2015

    Regular Price: $28.00

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    "In the scheme of Australian nebbiolo, currently, this is sensational value. More kudos to the whip smart winemaking nous of braniacs Colin McBryde and Jennie Gardner, and of course, the wonderful grapes grown on the Gardner estate (though this isn’t grown there).


    This has charisma. Old rose petals, sweet pot pourri, pepper, Chinese five spice, dark cherries. Great bouquet, evocative and enticing. Palate is juicy, deep in flavour, richer than expected but tied down on peeling waves of building, puckering, suede tannins. Has a sexy brushed velvet feel to it across it’s huge length. Antipasto watch out. Sensational drinking." Rated : 93 Points Winefront.com.au

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  3. Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Rosso Dei Dardi 2015

    Alessandro e Gian Natale Fantino Rosso Dei Dardi 2015

    Regular Price: $33.00

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    As low as: $30.00

    This is a primal, untamed expression of pure Nebbiolo fruit


    Dark cherry, liquorice, violet and dried rose perfume. Medium bodied, fleshy and ripe, with layers of meaty and silky tannin, clean acidity, and an almost bubblegum perfume in the aftertaste. It's good fun now, though I reckon it will be much better with a couple of years in the cellar to let it settle down. What a bargain! 


    Rated : 93 Points Winefront.com.au

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  1. Alternatus Tempranillo 2014

    Alternatus Tempranillo 2014

    Regular Price: $25.00

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    An emerging variety that matches so well with food. Bright, although relatively light, crimson-purple. A lifted nose of dark cherries, raspberries and sandalwood. The palate has luscious cherry flavours, delicate spice and delicious soft tannins.


    Have it with...Spanish styled food or rich meat dishes.


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  2. Babo Nero d' Avola 2013

    Babo Nero d' Avola 2013

    Regular Price: $24.50

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    Sicily can be such a happy hunting ground for wines that combine drinkability, interest and good value. There’s three ticks here. This is savoury and minerally, but lush with dark cherries, spice, floral top notes, and maybe a few of the old cheeky black jellybeans. Love the smooth silty tannin, pitch perfect acidity, and the light spiciness to finish. It’s only just medium bodied, almost delicate for a Nero, but gee this is good drinking.
    So sophisticated at the price. 
    Rated : 93 Points   Winefront.com.au    

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  3. Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2015

    Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2015

    Regular Price: $33.00

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    It’s a very young and slightly raw wine, and while it’s probably meant to be enjoyed young, I’d either throw it into a decanter for a couple of hours, or pop it in the cellar for another couple of years: it makes a big difference. Anyway, as at now, it’s red fruited and perfumed, showing some sweet aniseed and spice, along with a whiff of new leather. Medium bodied, brightly lit and vibrant, with red cherry and red berry flavours, light chalky tannin, and a long gently sweet finish that’s perfumed and very fine. Remarkable wine for the money. 93+ points Winefront.com.au

    Learning about Barolo, the PERFECT place to start! Let me know if you'd like some, but be quick. Won't Last!

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  1. Bleasdale Generations Malbec 2013

    Bleasdale Generations Malbec 2013

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    93 points - "Small parcels from estate blocks vinified separately from start to finish in new and used French oak. Convincing colour, and at the heavyweight/top end of the malbec scale, with loads of earthy plum and black fruits; the fruit has swallowed the oak, and the tannins are in balance. Deserves time. 13.5% alc. To 2035." James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2016, 27 July 2015

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  2. Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec 2014

    Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec 2014

    Regular Price: $20.00

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    This wine shows vibrant primary fruit flavours of plums, red berries and spices. Finishing soft and round with velvety smooth tannins. Malbec is rarely seen as a varietal wine but here at Bleasdale and in Langhorne Creek it stands on its own two feet and performs well enough to earn its stripes.

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  3. Bodega Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec

    Bodega Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec

    Regular Price: $19.50

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    The Catena Zapata Malbec shows a saturated dark violet color; the nose offers cassis, mocha and clove, along with a strong suggestion of soil tones. It combines density and sweetness on the one hand, with gripping flavors of tobacco, dark berries, spices and minerals; a palate-staining finish dominated by sweet black and blue fruits.

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  1. Bodega Zapata Catena Malbec

    Bodega Zapata Catena Malbec

    Regular Price: $26.00

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    A blend of four vineyards - vineyards are divided into lots that are harvested at different times. Ripe plum fruit flavors and silky texture. Dark fruit character, dense mid-palate and pepper notes. Black cherry aromas and excellent structure. Explosive floral aromatics and full, concentrated mouthfeel.
    International Wine Cellar -  91 points - Bright red-ruby. Raspberry, licorice and fig aromas lifted by sexy oak tones. Vinous and refined on the palate, with dark raspberry, currant and fig flavors complicated by a saline nuance. Nicely balanced and not at all overly sweet. ... Finishes with firm, fine, building tannins and excellent length.

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  2. Calo Rioja Tempranillo

    Calo Rioja Tempranillo

    Regular Price: $18.50

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    Third vintage release of the affordable Calo tempranillo and it’s another goodun’. Value plus. It probably needs another 6-12 months in bottle but it’s bonza drinking once again. Glossy vanilla and bueberry. Soft. Has a bit of tannin to it. A bit of chew. Smoky, bacony, chicory length. Bloody good drinking. Gorgeously medium-weight and food friendly. 90 points Winefront

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  3. Chaffey Bros Pax Aeterna Old Vine Grenache 2016

    Chaffey Bros Pax Aeterna Old Vine Grenache 2016

    Regular Price: $26.99

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    PAX AETERNA* {Eternal Peace} Single vineyard old (survivor) vine GrenacheNouveau style with 25% whole bunch. This is bare Barossa beauty. The grower, Kevin Schild, is the custodian of these 82 year-old vines from Light Pass, Northern Barossa (GPS coords: 34° 29'07" S 139° 00'57"). Unfixed & unfiltered. 467 Doz. made


    Bang on. Both fresh and characterful. Not at all overdone – indeed it’s only light- to medium-weight – and yet there’s enough power to the fruit to make an impression. It’s made to be fresh and accessible and yet it pays homage to the age of the vines; it lets tension in through the front door. Sand, red and black cherry, graphite, cloves and rusty dry spices. A leathery, licoricey kick to the finish. Just enough tannin.
    Poise, presentation, the lot." &nb

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  1. Cigliuti Langhe Nebbiolo 2015

    Cigliuti Langhe Nebbiolo 2015

    Regular Price: $50.00

    Special Price: $47.00

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    There’s talk that 2015 is one of the best vintages in Piedmont for quite some time, and that 2016 is even better. Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”


    Black cherry, liquorice root, baking spices and potpourri. Medium bodied, supple and fleshy, almost juicy, then the Nebbiolo tannin extends its friendly and reassuring grip, slips in some savoury stuff like new leather, and closes with perfume and strong black tea flavour and texture. It needs some time in the decanter as a youngster, but still delivers
    a gorgeous hit of affordable Barbaresco should you fancy going in early. Rated : 93 Points Winefront.com.au

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  2. Cirillo Estate the Vincent Grenache 2016

    Cirillo Estate the Vincent Grenache 2016

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    96 Points. A concentrated and deeply flavoursome Grenache from the sandy Vine Vale soils, this has attractive spicy red and purple berry fruits with some gently stony, almost flinty edges and hints of wild roasting herbs. The palate's beautifully fresh and lithe, really nicely honed in terms of tannin, and vibrant and succulent. Red-plum and dark-cherry flavours snap fresh through the finish.
    Superb wine. Drink now and for 10+ years."- Nick Stock, jamesuckling.com. 96 points

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  3. Coriole Barbera 2015

    Coriole Barbera 2015

    Regular Price: $28.00

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    "It's easy to see why barbera is Italy's most prominent red variety: this stuff makes you crave pasta. This is tight, unforgiving, very dry red, with powerful, persistent, fine-grained tannin that sets the whole mouth puckering for tucker. It is not, what you say, fruit driven, or juicy. But feed it pure spaghetti bolognaise, or paste with lots of black olive and fresh herbs, and you're away. It will cellar for a decade." Philip White - Adelaide Advertiser

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  1. Coriole Nero d'Avola 2016

    Coriole Nero d'Avola 2016

    Regular Price: $28.00

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    2016  Gold Medal- McLaren Vale Wine Show, Gold Medal- AAVWS, Trophy Best Nero d'Avola- AAVWS, Trophy Best Italain Red - AAVWS, Trophy Best Red Wine- AAVWS, Trophy Dr Rod Bonfiglioni Best Wine Of Show - AAVWS, 


    " ... Hazelnuts dipped in chocolate, spice, boysenberries, sage and black jelly beans. Or something like that; I’d hate to be too specific. It’s medium bodied, has fine grained tannin, and combines a savoury dimension with supreme slurpability. Tannin rolls on the finish and cleans everything up. Oh, has some dried flower perfume too. 
    They’ve turned out a beauty in 2016. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this. " Rated : 93 Points Winefront.com.au


     

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  2. Coriole Sangiovese 2015

    Coriole Sangiovese 2015

    Regular Price: $28.00

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    McLaren Vale winery Coriole was the first to plant sangiovese in Australia, and have a strong Italian connection to this day, with Barbera and Nebbiolo also in their range. This is my pick from the current releases, just ahead of the Barbera. There's leathery dark fruit, with some sour cherry and chocolate flavours. Good on its own but even better with food. Top value. Rick Allen - Parramatta Advertiser


     


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  • Elefante Tempranillo Shiraz

    Elefante Tempranillo Shiraz

    Regular Price: $15.99

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    Youthful, bright and perfumed, this highly enjoyable Spanish red is packed with dark plum, blueberry, spice, raspberry coulis and floral notes. The palate delivers excellent fruit intensity, beautifully supported by silky texture and smooth mouthfeel. A fabulous medium-full-bodied red offering loads of tasty flavours. At its best: now to 2018. Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz

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    1. Enrique Mendoza 'La Tremenda' Monastrell 2011

      Enrique Mendoza 'La Tremenda' Monastrell 2011

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      has a strong and savory bouquet of mixed red and black fruit, lots of dried herbs and a dash of leather. Tasting the wine reveals jammy mixed berries, dried herbs, and some good prominent tannins. (Prominent, but not overdone by any means.) This is a very good, rich wine with some savory smoky notes. The finish is long, dry and spicy with a bit of mocha, some earthiness and a little dark berry. Viva la Monastrell!

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    2. Express Winemakers Tempranillo 2015

      Express Winemakers Tempranillo 2015

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      Sourced from one of Plantagenet’s vineyards. There’s rumour that it is one of the original new wave tempranillo plantings of the variety in Australia, potentially. Planted 1999 or so.


      Has some flesh, has lots of charm. Indeed, this is one of the great tempranillos of Australia. It’s packed with sinewy tannin, shrewd in dark fruit, coal and spice character through and through. Hugely aromatic, funk and wildness, a sip and it’s almost aggressive with you, yet it is deeply satisfying. No faking it’s worth or intent.

      Rated : 94 Points Winefront.com.au

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    3. First Drop Under the Gun Barbera 2012

      First Drop Under the Gun Barbera 2012
      $25.00

      Vibrant, spicy and ruthless!

      Barbera is back in action! Mixing puncheons, hills, danger and spills. Vibrant, spicy and ruthless! Vinified on location. Stirred, not shaken. Bottled unfiltered. Licensed to thrill.

      Deep ruby, Lifted cherry and raspberry fruit, with a hint of orange peel. A soft round palate of berry fruit with refreshing acidity and a spicy finish

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    1. Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

      Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

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      An affordable, authentic Langhe Neb under screwcap. Importer: Fourth Wave Wine Licorice root, perfumed and red fruited with almond in the background. Medium bodied, fresh, very pure and clear, shape and length is very good. Light tannin.
      Approachable and very enjoyable, and while it comes up in the glass beautifully, I don't think it's a cellaring style. 92 points Winefront.com.au

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    2. Graci Etna Rosso 2014

      Graci Etna Rosso 2014

      Regular Price: $43.00

      Special Price: $40.00

      This fragrant red offers alluring scents of rose, red berry and cake spice. The radiant, structured palate is endowed with finesse, offering ripe black cherry, raspberry, licorice and flinty mineral. Firm, refined tannins and bright acidity provide the framework.
      Drink 2020 through 2025. 93 points Wine Enthusiast


      High toned with purple flower and almost Syrah-like Leather and spices on the back palate which donate richness and structure to the wine.
      Really stunning! 93 points Decanter Magazine

       

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    3. Gran Sasso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC (full case buy only)

      Gran Sasso Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC (full case buy only)

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      Interesting wine, in a good way. Smells of honeycomb, spice, sweat, dried herbs and rich dark berries. Medium bodied, rich fleshy texture with plump tannin, plum, dried cherry and sarsaparilla flavours, clean acidity and a savoury and fruit sweet finish of good length.
      Delicious. Load up. 90 Points Winefront.com.au

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    1. Guilty By Association Preservative Free Nero d'Avola 2015

      Guilty By Association Preservative Free Nero d'Avola 2015

      Regular Price: $21.00

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      Preservative-free and vegan-friendly are just two extra-ordinary features of this delicious wine.


      Probably our favourite current release from this producer. Smells like Nero, all the blood plums, cherry and liquorice, but with a saline edge, and maybe a little mint. Medium bodied, fleshy, cherries, fine grained tannin, some brine, spice and a pretty convincing finish. Not guilty of being ordinary, is the verdict. Gary Walsh, Winefront 91 points

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    2. Head Wines the Blonde 2015

      Head Wines the Blonde 2015

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      This, for me at least, is textbook Barossa Shiraz. It’s perfumed and rosy, smooth with milk chocolate, raspberry and plum, light spicy oak framing the fruit beautifully. Medium bodied, silky and fine, melts on the palate and lays the charm on thick throughout. Turkish delight and gossamer fine tannin trails on a long fresh finish. Delightful."
      Rated : 95 Points Winefront.com.au

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    3. Head Wines the Brunette 2015

      Head Wines the Brunette 2015

      Regular Price: $53.99

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      Fresh blackberry and boysenberry, spice, liquorice, tar and dried herbs. Medium bodied, juicy bramble fruits, crisp boysenberry acidity, salted beef, firm but fine grained drying tannin, and a long fresh meaty herb infused finish. Has a bit of X-Factor, but needs time to settle into its stride.
      Rated : 93+ Points Winefront.com.au

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    1. Head Wines the Contrarian Shiraz 2015

      Head Wines the Contrarian Shiraz 2015

      Regular Price: $34.99

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      "Krondorf. 100 % Shiraz (BVRC30 clone). 50% new French oak foudre (2250L) woo hoo! 20% whole bunches.


      Has perfume and spice laid on thick, and also this kind of ferrous thing going on that’s quite intriguing. Bramble fruit, grilled meat, very subtle cinnamon oak, medium bodied, lively and slightly sappy, fine emery tannin, with plenty of spice on a long cool finish. Savoury and lithe expression of Barossa Shiraz, and very nicely done too."
      Rated : 94 Points Winefront.com.au

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    2. Head Wines ‘NOUVEAU’ Pinot Noir Touriga Montepulciano  2016

      Head Wines ‘NOUVEAU’ Pinot Noir Touriga Montepulciano 2016

      Regular Price: $21.00

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      The 2016 ‘Nouveau’ represents new ideas about approachability & drinkability of wine styles in the Barossa Valley. Essentially an un-oaked blend of Pinot Noir's savory charm, Montepulciano's fresh cherry vibrancy and Touriga Nacional's violet tinged aromatics. All things combined it has produced a delicious, easy drinking red wine for all year round. Light weight bottle, recycled cement label and low in sulphur. Chill & Enjoy!


       

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    3. Hither & Yon Nero d'Avola 2016

      Hither & Yon Nero d'Avola 2016

      Regular Price: $25.99

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      Dark cherry red, light purple rim. Black cherry, toasted pinenut and thyme. Dark cherries, blackberry, raspberry licorice. Light fruit weight, quite tart, with woody herbs, a hint of aniseed, fine tannins and red earth. This is a young style, which is clean, juicy and simple. There is just enough sweetness, making it very food friendly.

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