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Red Tug O’ War: Barossa, Clare & McLaren Vale w/ an Italian Ref!

A stunning selection of the Tasting Panel’s current cream of the crop. 12 brilliant wines from the Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale, with an Italian in the referee chair. We’d humbly suggest you grab one of these packs for yourself and play along at home. The only ‘tug’ being to the heartstrings as you decide which of these wonderful wines to embrace first.
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Red Tug O’ War: Barossa, Clare & McLaren Vale w/ an Italian Ref!

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    Red Tug O’ War: Barossa, Clare & McLaren Vale w/ an Italian Ref!

    Here’s 12 cracking reds selected by our tasting team. From the Barossa, stunning 96 point Cab from Curator Wine Co., Sieben Klon’s ethereal 95 point Grenache made from 8 distinct clones and made by growers who have supplied fruit for Penfolds St Henri, Stonehouse’s super-premium, old vine, 97-point Shiraz which wine writer Kim Brebach has compared to Grange and Lone Palm Crossings’ beautifully rich Barossa Shiraz which already has a couple of scores of 95 in the bag.

    McLaren Vale brings us the Oliver’s Taranga Shiraz which is spiced and intensely fruited, Haselgrove’s premium Cab, rated 95 by James Halliday - varietal, intense and delicious, an incredibly rich and sumptuous Small Batch Grenache rated 95 points by Huon Hooke, who is noted for his often low scores, and, Pasha’s magnificent Shiraz which more than one customer has said is the best Shiraz they have had this year.

    From the Clare, a trio of wonderful and awarded Kilikanoon reds.

    Finally the referee of this colossal battle, Ca Botta’s Rubicondo, made from air-dried Corvina and Rondinella blended with a little Merlot. It offers black fruits and spice, cedar and fine tannins. It’s also smart enough to give up the reffing gig and sit on the sidelines watching the fight unfold. No doubt, more than enough quality claret will be spilled for it to enjoy as the contest plays out.

    Wines In This Pack
    1 x Pasha McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 (RRP $100.00)
    McLaren Vale, SA
    Gold Medal, 96pts Winestate, 95pts Ned Goodwin, 95pts Kim Brebach, 96pts Sam Kim, 93pts James Halliday
    This is thrilling! It’s old-school but perfectly balanced. ‘Tis packed with uber ripe, suppurating black fruits, dark cherry, compote, notes of furniture polish and spice, black pepper, chocolate, tobacco, and leather. The richness is tamed with good acidity, providing a backbone for all that expressiveness to hang on to and in so doing, show to best effect. Stunning!
    Barossa Valley, SA
    97pts Kim Brebach, 97pts Sam Kim, 95pts Wine Pilot
    Handpicked grapes from an 80-year-old contoured vineyard in Gomersal. Long slow fermentation including 10% whole bunch over 10 days before basket pressing into 30% new French and 70% older oak. A spicy and brightly fruited nose leads to a palate with exceptional concentration and structure. Red fruits, black fruits, compote, coffee grounds, plum, star anise, cocoa powder, black tea and fine, powdery tannins to finish. Really beautifully balanced.
    McLaren Vale, SA
    95pts Huon Hooke, 95pts Sam Kim, 94pts Kim Brebach, 92pts The Real Review
    Produced from 120-year-old bush vines, this is an exceptionally concentrated wine. Dark fruits are bolstered with red as the wine straddles the line between confection and good black stuff and the wine finishes with super fine tannins. Superb.
    Barossa Valley, SA
    95pts Sam Kim, 95pts Kim Brebach, 93pts Wine Pilot
    The fruit is hand-picked, hand plunged and basket pressed before spending 14 months in mostly old French oak resulting in a wine that is black, rich, and full. Cedary and spiced with deep dark berries.
    Barossa Valley, SA
    96pts Sam Kim, 93pts Wine Front
    This powerful Marananga Cabernet was matured in 60% new French oak and was bottled unrefined and unfiltered. Its expressive nose offers violets, plum and cassis, the palate is rich long and seamless, again offering plum plus cassis. Plenty of fine tannins to finish.
    1 x Ca'Botta Rubicondo 2019 (RRP $55.00)
    Valpollicella DOC, Italy
    92pts Luca Maroni, 90pts Wine Pilot
    Black, rich, concentrated and savoury, this wine is made from 14-day air dried, traditional regional grapes Corvina and Rondinella softened by Merlot. It offers black fruits, spice and cedar. The fruit sweetness is excellent and well balanced by savory touches. An absolute bargain.
    Barossa Valley, SA
    95pts Sam Kim, 93pts Wine Pilot
    The Lienert’s have been farming in the Barossa for 150 years and decided to add some vines to their property about 20 years ago. The first fruit from 2004 and 2005 vintages went straight to the pool room, aka into Penfold’s St Henri. Funnily enough they then planted a lot more vines and introduced many more clonal variations of Shiraz and Grenache. This Grenache is a brilliant amalgam of fragrance and grunt, thanks to the careful clonal selection and extensive blending trials undertaken before settling on the final ‘just right blend’. Whilst called Sieben Klon (Seven Clones) the Grenache actually includes 8 separate clones... as follows. BVRC38 – This is one of the nursery clones and has proved to be a great backbone, a bit of a goldilocks, Just right. Lovely red fruits, balance, mid weight and acidity. Simple and clean, not overly complex but blends well with everything... 30% of this clone was whole bunch fermented. Vine Vale Ancestor 1854 – This one is a bit more beastly, darker fruit spectrum and fuller richer palate, still plenty of subtlety but with some beautiful earthen tones. McLaren Vale High Sands – Without picking favourites this one is a beauty, lifted aromatics, mid weight, fine tannins, complex and saline edge, ocean mist. Ethereal Greenock Moppa Selection – Cuttings were taken from the Moppa foothills behind the town of Greenock. This clone is quite unique in its structure as well as noticeably darker colour than most, while still retaining a vibrant fruit character. Ebenezer Selection –This clone is elegant and complex, with a finely tuned tannin profile and lifted red fruit. Langhorne Creek Selection– This clone retains wonderful acidity and has a piercing fruit and aromatic profile, the odd one out as picked much earlier ~1.5-2 weeks before the others. Krondorf Selection– High end lifted fragrance and bouncy jubey fruit, as well as an underlying savouriness which rounds out the palate nicely.
    Clare Valley, SA
    95pts Kim Brebach, 95pts Sam Kim
    Intense and velvety black and blue fruit here, along with loose leaf black tea and spices. The acid is fantastic, playing the perfect underscore to the fruit and giving this wine excellent lift and length. Tannins are fine and firm. Superb to drink now and for the next decade.
    McLaren Vale, SA
    95pts Sam Kim, 95pts James Halliday
    A beautifully balanced and fruit precise Cab that is fabulous from the get go and even better 24 hours after opening. Delicious varietal fruit is “protected” by robust, waxy and plentiful tannins. Double decant it an hour before drinking and you might find mocha, spice, chocolate, violet, plums and other loveliness to boot.
    Clare Valley, SA
    94pts Wine Pilot
    A varietally fragrant, medium-bodied, and intensely fruited Cabernet from the Kilikanoon stable. Violets, black cherries, and blackcurrants announce themselves on the nose and then invite themselves in to lie on a plush bed of tannin fluffed atop a selection of gorgeous cedar. A superb Cab from perhaps the Clare Valley's finest producer.
    Clare Valley, SA
    94pts Ray Jordan, 93pts James Halliday
    Kilikanoon’s Covenant is created from fruit from Kilikanoon’s best vineyards and their top growers. It is a concentrated and poised wine offering plum, blue fruit, chocolate, liquorice, and herbs. This already drinks well and should improve for a decade.
    1 x Oliver's Taranga Shiraz 2020 (RRP $30.00)
    McLaren Vale, SA
    95pts Ken Gargett, 94pts Jeni Port, 91pts James Halliday
    A beautifully silky Shiraz with all the trimmings. Bramble and succulent dark fruits, interlaced with trademark Vale chocolate hits are pinned together with delicious savoury herbs and spices that are all finished with fine tannins and perfect length.
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