‘Ave a Butcher at this Baker’s Dozen


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Winter can be sad and blue, but if you ask the Tasting Panel they’ll give you a different story. 12 Winter Reds twinkling with bling coming your way from Monterra, The Hidden Sea, Erin Eyes, Martins Vineyard, Richard Hamilton, Kangarilla Rd, Rusden, Zonte’s, Jericho and Rolf Binder. Plus, we've squeezed in a 95 point rated Turkey Flat Butchers Block Shiraz.

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It’s the usual story with this line-up, a quality selection of cellar-worthy reds that have hit our tasting bench in the last little while. A couple of award winning Shiraz from Monterra from the Barossa and the Vale. Plenty of bright blue and red fruits here with a lush and inviting length made by ex-Grange producer, Mike Farmilo. A double gold from The Hidden Sea with not-so-hidden black forest fruits and some garden herb notes with their Shiraz Cab blend. A new vintage from Erin Eyes with their Ballycapple Cabernet. Blue fruits present in this Clare Valley number with black olive, plum and perfume on the nose. It’s drinking well now but will cellar for 10-15 years. Rolf Binder’s Heysen Shiraz has already got 6 years and 94 points under its belt and is sitting in a pristine drinking window but will go another 10 happily. Regal Barossa fruit richness in this drop with generous oak too. Best to splash this one about in the decanter before pouring. Martins Vineyard Shiraz is mighty fine, offering a mating of vibrant and perfumed red and black fruit but also superb concentration from old vines. From Richard Hamilton, their latest vintage of the Centurion is brilliantly concentrated, with previous scores of 97, 97, 95... you get the picture. Kangarilla Road’s Cabernet is also a classy treat, with lifted red fruits and hints of black olive on the nose followed by blackberries on the palate. Down the road, Jericho’s Single Vineyard Shiraz is big and chocolatey with plum and good acid, making a great food match - similar to Zonte’s quad-gold medal Lake Doctor Shiraz which is equally chocolatey. Perfect for winter! From Rusden in the Barossa, their Grenache is cracking. This 2015 vintage from old vines shows blackberry, cherry, cola and star anise. Their Malbec Cabernet blend is also fantastic, offering plenty of smoky liquorice and dark chocolate, sliding into caramel, whilst showing juicy Malbec fruits. Gobble, gobble, we've managed to shoehorn in a Turkey Flat Butcher’s Block Shiraz which is decorated with raspberry and chocolate, with some spice from quality oak too - 95 from James H for this one. As you can see, there are many exciting reasons to give winter a slurpy high-five - 13 in fact!.


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