Top Tipples with a Truckload of Tinsel


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The Tasting Panel are thrilled to be offering this belter of a Christmas dozen, full of reds with gold medals, trophies and points of 93 and higher. Shiraz from Howard Vineyard, Colab & Bloom, Mr. Riggs, Martins Vineyard, Richard Hamilton, Monterra, Heirloom, Bird in Hand and Berrigan. Cabernet from Richard Hamilton Hut Block and blends from Alpha Crucis and Kilikanoon. This collection of producers alone should help charge your festive spirit, not to mention the superior quality and cellaring potential of the wines on offer.

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We’ve done our best to assemble a Christmas-cracking December edition of the Tasting Panel pack. Howard Clover gold medal Shiraz is fine drinking with cooler blue fruits, cherries and chocolate from their Adelaide Hills sites. Colab & Bloom’s double gold Barossa Shiraz is rich, smooth, full bodied and classic Barossa drinking. This is made by Jimmy Watson winner, Mike Farmilo as is the beautiful Monterra Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz (94 points). Mr Riggs' 4x gold medal winning ‘Scarce Earth’ is made from a single site near Clarendon on sandy soil. It’s sensual, vibrant and wonderful with plums, violets and blackberry. Martins Vineyard Shiraz is also a vibrant number - black and blue fruits with no overripe characters - 95 from Halliday and 97 from Sam Kim. The Centurion is a release from Richard Hamilton that we adore... excellent concentrated fruit purity with new French oak treatment. Previous vintages have scored 97 from Halliday (with this vintage yet to be rated). Heirloom’s 2016 Barossa Shiraz is smooth, polished and rich with black and blue fruits. Delicious already, it has the legs to cellar for a decade or more. Bird in Hand Syrah has 20% whole bunch to give structure and depth of complexity. Halliday gave it 95 points and we think it’s a great addition to a Chrissie charcuterie plate. Berrigan’s Shiraz is expressive and medium bodied made from Mount Benson fruit. Violets, blueberries, pepper and liquorice are all part of this parcel. The Richard Hamilton Hut Block Cabernet is gorgeous old vine material. Little wonder it’s already won four gold medals and the second place for the McLaren Vale Wine Show. Here we found vanilla, blackberries, chocolate and velvety tannins. Kilikanoon Meymans Shiraz Cabernet is a cracker of an Aussie dry red. Plenty of black and blue fruits here with nuts and chocolate in a big Clare Valley finish. From Alpha Crucis, a Grenache Tempranillo blend we’re loving. It’s fruitful, floral and supple in a light to medium bodied setting - get your hands on this before it disappears in staff orders. Our version of the twelve days of Christmas, just better tasting.


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