Here is a selection of some of the secret deals we've offered our subscribers recently. Why the secrecy? Why can't we just tell you what the wine is?
We often get asked this and understand that it can be frustrating as a punter to see offers like these... but it means we can offer you wine at an even better price than usual so it's worth it we reckon...
Sometimes we get access to wine at a particularly sharp price. Maybe the winery wants to release their new vintage and needs to clear the previous one, or an anticipated big order hasn’t come through... whatever the case, if the wine gets the thumbs up from the WD tasting panel, and the price is especially good, we can offer it to you at a price substantially below what it is usually sold for.
Understandably the winery doesn’t want to see their wine flogged off at a silly price – which is where the ‘Secret’ comes in – giving us the opportunity to offer you great quality wine at a fantastic price.
So, you see, without the secrecy, we wouldn't be able to offer you amazing deals like this one... and of course, if you're still not convinced, you can always get in touch with us…
What do we need to say? Three words: McLaren, Vale, Cabernet. That should be all, right? But for the fact that there’s so much going on in this secret drop of grapey goodness. The colour is striking with a shining purple hue, deep and velvety. Blueberries and red fruits of strawberry and raspberry appear on the nose, soaked in chocolate and baking spices. The palate draws plenty of attention... Learn More
So... the 2015 edition of this flew out the door much faster than expected - mercifully we have been able to roll onto the 2016 which is an absolute belter and has nabbed a 94 from Sir James and 96 from Sam Kim. This is a crackingly good drop off old McLaren Vale vines, packed with concentrated blue and black fruits. Powerful and graceful at the same time. The silky fruit is... Learn More
Hooley-Dooley who would have thought that Sauv Blanc could taste this good! A savvy blanc with 95 points from James Halliday, well there you go! Not your cut grass, asparagus and peas type savvy this, rather a more subtle and refined showing of gooseberries, lime and a smidge of passionfruit with a zesty zing to it. There’s minerality too. Delish!
The Adelaide Hills produce superb, world-renowned Sauvignon Blanc. So, when a wine producer manages to tackle the big boys and girls of that special neighbourhood to win the Top Gold and Trophy at the Adelaide Hills Wine Show, beating the likes of Shaw & Smith and Bird in Hand, we know it is seriously good stuff. Pale straw in colour with aromas of fresh apple, herbs, passionfruit and snow pea.... Learn More
To be honest, most of us here at winedirect.com.au don't drink buckets of Sauv Blanc. However every now and then a Sauvy like this comes along so delicious that staff orders start smelling of passionfruit and cat spray. Racy, refined and power packed, this trophy winning SB offers up a brilliant mix of passionfruit, cut grass and snow pea (and sure, a little cat spray). Sauv Blanc lovers will... Learn More
There are bubbles, then there are bubbles. In Australia, there are only a select number of wineries that produce Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines. In this case, yeast cultures are added to the base wines and secondary fermentation occurs in the bottle. This is when the gorgeous complex nutty and doughy characters develop. Keeping the wines in the cellar for a number of years means that... Learn More
It is a lovely crisp yet textural Savvy which picked up 93 points from Kim Brebach a few months ago, he has just raised his score to 94 " because this savvy has so much going for it". There’s gooseberries, snow peas and cut grass softened by passionfruit and a mouthfilling texture. A delicious savvy blanc packed with flavour. Drink any time over the next 12 months by itself, with seafood,... Learn More
We see plenty of Barossa Valley Shiraz and this is right up there with the best of them. 5 gold medals, a trophy and 93 points from James Halliday says significantly important others agree! Produced from stunning old vineyards, this Shiraz shows black and blue fruits, velvety tannins and subtle oak nuances in a rich, polished and smooth setting. The seventh vintage we’ve stocked from this... Learn More
This is one of our all-time favourites... 70+ year old vine Barossa Grenache from a winery rated 5 red stars by James Halliday and with a score of 95 from James as well. Beautifully pure fruits here, almost ethereal with good acid pulling that lovely fruit right the way along the palate. A great start to a meal and/or with a big antipasto... Learn More
Powerhouse McLaren Vale Shiraz this with a price-tag of $150 a bottle and a 95 point from James Halliday. Fruits are blues and blacks, the fruit intense, tannins fine and plentiful. Grab a 6 pack to enjoy over the next year or 2 and a 6’er to lay down for a decade or more. Super shiraz here at a silly... Learn More
We are not alone in believing that McLaren Vale produces the best Grenache in Australia and some of the best in the world. Here’s your chance to enjoy a stunning 2016 McLaren Grenache which retails for $80 for just $30 a bottle. It has picked up a trophy and 5 golds already and offers wonderfully intense fruit and spice and an ethereal fragrance. There really is an element of magic in this... Learn More
This is proper quality old vine Barossa Shiraz and with a whopping ten gold medals, who are we to argue? Plenty of silken savoury notes on the nose moving to chocolate, plum and dark berries, followed up with a hint of minty earthiness. This could well be a crunchy chocolate plum pudding smouldering in terracotta over an open fire tended by men with deep voices and big thighs... but it’s not.... Learn More
Stunning value for money in this rich, thick, full-bodied Shiraz showcasing liquorice, coffee, chocolate and blackcurrant. Great fruit intensity and sweetness, this finishes with fine, oaky tannins. You'd pay much more for a bottle of red of this quality at your local bottle shop, this is staggeringly good value for a tenner a bottle in this secret... Learn More
This one has just picked up a gold at a capital city wine show. It was the only gold winner judged and one of only 2 gold medals awarded to a field of 70 wines submitted. It is a cracker! As blossoms fill all of the beautiful trees during spring, we love to fill our fridges with beautiful whites. This 2018 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc from a stellar producer is spring time drinking personified.... Learn More
A perennial fave at winedirect.com.au, this super premium McLaren Shiraz has picked up 94 points from Halliday. Its RRP is $70 per bottle, however in today’s secret, you have access to it for just $20 per bottle. This is definitely a go-to wine when we submit for corporate gifts because it offers such exceptional value for money when you are picking it up for this price. Black fruits dominate... Learn More
Here’s a ripping Shiraz from a Halliday five red star winery made by Clare winemaking royalty. The lion’s share of this fruit is allocated to their $100+ flagship shiraz but we’ve managed to cull some of this single vineyard goodness and here it is ready to impress. There are rich velvety fruits here as cherry morphs with chocolate, loose leaf black tea and spices. Tannins are firm on... Learn More