Tasting Panel Picks incl. Turkey Flat's 98pt Shiraz


Price as configured: $275.00

We've seen a staggering line up of wines on our the tasting bench recently, with these being the selection that emerged as our current picks. Shiraz from Howard Vineyard, Colab and Bloom, Martins Vineyard, Richard Hamilton and Berrigan plus Turkey Flat’s 98 pointer. Organic Shiraz Grenache and Tempranillo from Paxton in the McLaren Vale, Reserve Cabernet from Monterra and Heirloom's sublime Coonawarra offering, an SGM blend from Turkey Flat and a nice new addition to our Pinot Noir collection from Knappstein’s Riposte label.

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The Tasting Panel love putting these packs together and it’s always a cut throat race to the finish line. Howard Vineyard Clover Shiraz is beautiful and elegant drinking from a cooler Adelaide Hills climate. We found a fine line of red and blue fruits, cherries, chocolate and fine tannins. Colab and Bloom, made by Mike Farmilo, epitomises true full-bodied Barossa Shiraz, already with two golds and a trophy to its name. Powerful and poised with lush plums, chocolate and some spice. Martins Vineyard Shiraz has scores of 97, 95 and 94 and is one clever drop, somewhere between the fresher drinking reds of now and the fruitful monsters of yester-year. Plenty of blue and black fruits with no overly jammy qualities; it’s drinking nicely now but will cellar well too. The Centurion from Richard Hamilton is one to throw into the dungeon for as long as you can to let it unfold over time. This 2017 vintage is on par, if not a smidge better than previous vintages which have averaged 96 points from Halliday over the last decade. Berrigan Shiraz has also picked up a gold medal in recent times. Medium-bodied in style, there are expressive fruits, violets, blueberries, pepper and a hint of anise. Barossa legends Turkey Flat have received a whopping 98 points from James Halliday for their stunning 2016 Shiraz, something we don’t see everyday… This will easily cellar for 20+ years, so decant if drinking now. Cassis, pepper, cedar, dark fruits and fine tannins are all here from these supreme old Barossa Shiraz vines. Also from Turkey Flat we have their eminently slurpable Butchers Block SGM which Halliday awarded a very respectable 94 points. Paxton have been on an organic and biodynamic journey for some years now and their AAA Shiraz Grenache is great stuff. Cinnamon and pepper on the nose followed by explosive fruit in the form of blueberries, sour cherry, plum and liquorice. Their sublime Tempranillo is a bit lighter in style, with youth and vibrancy, showing tobacco, cherry, raspberry and lavender. Monterra Reserve McLaren Vale Cabernet was our favourite out of a 30 bottle line up. Black and blue fruits, cedar and fine French oak tannins. Stunning. Compare this with the trophy and six gold medal winning Heirloom Coonawarra Cabernet. Here we found red fruits such as mulberries as well as bramble, olive and some savoury dried herbs along with French oak. Powerful and intense, what we all love about good Coonawarra Cabs. A recent addition to our Pinot Noir series is The Dagger from Knappstein’s ‘Riposte’ label. Made from the famed MV6 clone and 777 clones, there is plenty of deep cherry and plum fruit on some soft tannins. $280 for this very impressive collection, with $0 freight costs.


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