To Thine Own 12 Be True


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Old mate Bill Shakespeare penned many a world-changing word in his lifetime. He was also a fan of a tipple and would no doubt thoroughly commend this here dozen featuring a noble selection of Shiraz from Monterra, The Hidden Sea, Turkey Flat, Tim Adams, Martins, Richard Hamilton, Dandelion and Purple Hands, together with Cabernet from Dandelion and Finniss River and Grenache from Rusden and Heirloom. Sweets to the sweet, laden with trophies, gold medals and high points aplenty... to buy or not to buy may be the question... you know the answer... to thine own 12 be true.

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The Tasting Panel loves it when a few new bottles make their way onto the table. As usual, there's method to our madness - a few to drink now and a few to throw in the dungeon for safe keeping and later sipping. Journey through a Shiraz selection from the Barossa to the Vale. From Monterra, a Platinum winning Barossan with super bright fruit intensity made by ex-Grange winemaker and 2 time Jimmy Watson winner Mike Farmilo. Turkey Flat have offered us their 2015 vintage and it’s already cracked 95 points, with intense tannins, liquorice and plum spice – pop this one away for years to come. Tim Adams from the Clare Valley offers perfumed cool fruits on the violet spectrum. With six years on the dial, run this through the gurgler to let the fruit creep forward. Martins Vineyard Shiraz is delicate but still packed with blue and black fruit intensity. We've championed Richard Hamilton’s Centurion for years now and it never fails to deliver with recent scores of 95, 96 and 97... this vintage will certainly follow suit with its intensity and concentration. It will cellar for 30 years plus. Purple Hands Shiraz is complex and flavourful with bold fruit, anise and spice over savoury oak and silky tannins, give this 2015 a rip through the decanter. The only blend in this dozen is a Shiraz Cabernet from The Hidden Sea. Sticky black cherries, blackberries and loose leaf tea meet subtle greenery. Dandelion’s Lioness Shiraz wields a whopping 7 gold medals, with rich dark plum and spice flavours and cedary oak. Their 94 point Pride of the Fleurieu Cabernet is here too, with an array of chocolate and violet flavours and a mean green streak below the surface. Compare this with the triple gold from Finniss River, with plenty of blackcurrants, dark chocolate and fine tannins. Rounding out, a couple of top-shelf Grenache additions from Rusden and Heirloom, sporting superb red fruit confection and complexity over that savoury dimension that makes Grenache such a great food companion. There's nothing rotten in the state of Denmark - just a fine wine collection if we doth say so ourselves.


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