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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: $25.00

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    Simply put, The Eternal Return is declassified Adelina Nebbiolo. All the fruit hails from the Bowe Lees vineyard, at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. This vineyard, also the source of Adelina's Arneis, lies on sandy brown & grey loams at 390 metres above sea level and was planted between 1998 and 2002. More recently, the vineyard has started moving towards biodynamic practice. Col fills in the winemaking specs, thus: fruit was handpicked, destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeast. Maceration for days on skins. Post pressing, the wine was racked to barrel for 18 months for malo (indigenous) and maturation. Well-grown Nebbiolo fruit ain't cheap so this qualifies as a flat-out bargain.

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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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    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. Balnaves Coonawarra the Blend 2013

    Balnaves Coonawarra the Blend 2013

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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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  1. Battle of Bosworth Cabernet 2014

    Battle of Bosworth Cabernet 2014

    Regular Price: $23.99

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    The wine has a bright rich red colour, with a purple rim. On the nose, there are bright pretty blue fruits, with violets and red currants too. The wine has a fresh and even palate with red fruits and a hint of varietal mintiness. There are fine tannins and a very good length. Go old-school with food and wine matching, and have it with roast lamb

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  2. Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 Number 3 Pack

    Benevelli Piero Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 Number 3 Pack

    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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  3. 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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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  1. Bondar Wines Junto GSM 2016

    Bondar Wines Junto GSM 2016

    Regular Price: $28.00

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    “Grown mostly on the Rayner vineyard in McLaren Vale. 43 year old grenache vines; 65 year old shiraz vines; mataro from nearby. Some whole bunches, mostly with the mataro. All old oak. Bottled unfined/unfiltered. Another fantastic release from Bondar. Just the right mix of structure, flavour and interest. This is a savoury, sinewy wine first and foremost though flavours of graphite, woodsmoke, black cherry and fennel mean that there’s plenty else going on. Those strains of spicy tannin though; those fistfuls of smoked twigs and spices; they really set the scene. It twirls and twists through the mouth like it’s mapping out genes. A light-but-exquisite red wine.” 93 points, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au

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  2. Bondar Wines Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2016

    Bondar Wines Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2016

    Regular Price: $35.00

    Special Price: $33.99

    “Grown on a tiny block of (43 year old) McLaren Vale grenache. Hand picked/selected from the lowest yielding vines. 75% spent 35 days on skins. The remainder spent nine days on skins and was fermented cool. 120 dozen made. It’s a marvellous grenache. It has a bit of beef, a bit of flesh, and yet it promotes dryness, spice and structure ahead of fruit. It’s not thick or massively intense but it’s convincing and indeed powerful, by its own design. Licorice, graphite, flings of dried herbs and bushes, a campfire smokiness. It’s textural, it’s aromatic, it’s a treat. The linger of tannin and flavour here is quite superb. Your best glassware, please.”
    93 points, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au

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  3. Calo Rioja Tempranillo

    Calo Rioja Tempranillo

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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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  1. Castelli Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

    Castelli Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Sourced from Frankland River, the 2013 Castelli Cabernet Sauvignon shows the purity and elegance this region is famous for. This is a medium-bodied wine, packed with impressive blackcurrant and chocolate flavours supported by fine tannins and impeccable structure. A super impressive Western Australian Cabernet, particularly at this price.
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  2. 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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  3. Clonakilla O'Riada Shiraz 2015

    Clonakilla O'Riada Shiraz 2015

    Regular Price: $40.00

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    It takes time to open up but once it has it’s a pearl. It’s full of black pepper and five spice character and, indeed, it’s smoky and reductive and a touch stinky. Be warned. It’s that style of wine. But it combines elegance and power, juicy fruit and a taut run of tannin, and in the end it sings long and harmonious. Did I mention nuts? And peppers? And herbs? It’s beautiful now, and it’s going to mature deliciously."
    Rated : 95 Points Winefront.com.au


    A strikingly fragrant and perfumed effort from Clonakilla, this wine captures you instantaneously. It is superbly constructed, aromatically fragrant, perfumed and darkly fruited; on the palate spice, superfine tannins and then the finish that just lingers and expands.
    97 points James Halliday

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  1. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2015

    Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2015

    Regular Price: $105.00

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    I’m taken. Gorgeous, silky texture, a symphony of character in fragrance, game meats, herbs, red berries, clove, sweet spice. The palate is incredible – supple, pliant, long, satiny yet etched with the finest tat-work of lacy tannin. It’s savoury, fruit driven, pure-feeling but lifted on fine spicy oak and glossy acidity. In essence, it drinks utterly superbly. It’s next level. It’s a new classic for Clonakilla. Glory be. Rated : 97 Points Winefront.com.au


    Wine Companion tasting note. 


    James Halliday - Published on 03 Nov 2016


    Tim Kirk's Socratean dissatisfaction has led to changes in the vineyard and winery alike. One particular change is the increase in the percentage of whole bunches, resulting in even greater perfume and more texture, yet leaving the mouth fresh. Spices are embroidered on the red fruits with unequalled attention to detail.
    98 points James Halliday


     
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  2. 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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  3. Coriole Nero d'Avola 2015

    Coriole Nero d'Avola 2015

    Regular Price: $28.00

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    ..... the fragrant fruit totally delicious, tannin and oak ghosts behind that fruit. Full of promise. - 93 points James Halliday Wine Companion
    .....It's fresh, abounds with acidity and will have have you emptying your glass quicker than you can say: "by Jove, that's a tasty wine". Such great drinking. 93 points The Vinsomniac
    Winemaker Alex Shirrah fermented these whole berries in “small beeswax-lined vats”. Whatever he did worked magic. If these are typical of what Mark Lloyd is calling Coriole’s “New Australian Collection”, bring in those new Australians quick-smart. Nero d’Avola speaks no English; writes no latin. But it rocks. Give ’em a go." Phillip White


     


     

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  1. 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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  • 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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    1. 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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    2. Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

      Fontanafredda Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

      Regular Price: $30.00

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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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    3. Forester Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

      Forester Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

      Regular Price: $26.50

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    1. Glaetzer the Wallace GSM 2014

      Glaetzer the Wallace GSM 2014

      Regular Price: $21.99

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       Glaetzer Wallace takes on the traditional Barossa Valley blend of Shiraz and Grenache in a thoroughly modern way.

      Overt dark cherry, cracked pepper anad raspberry notes are lifted and fragrant on the nose. Dark fruit lushness on the palate counterbalances a spicy suppleness and focus. Flavours of blackcurrant, blueberry and crushed spice provide depth and complexity. Very approachable in it's youth and will develop great complexity as it ages.

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

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

      Regular Price: $13.99

      Special Price: $13.50

      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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    3. 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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