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Maritime Bordeaux in the west of France is a large producer of quality wines. Although saying that there's a large gap between the top few who produce ultra-premium wines with hefty price tags (Lafite, Margaux, Y'Quem, Petrus….) and the rest of the field.

The Left Bank with its gravelly composition of soils is more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon while the Right Bank is made up more of clay and this is where Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominate (as they are earlier ripens and don't mind getting their feet wet). In the middle, the Entre Du Meurs provides a slew of whites and reds made for early drinking.

On the right bank outside of St Emilion and Pomerol, there are a lot of well-priced merlots made that are more for early consumption. These come from the satellite Bordeaux regions.
The English built up a thirst for the better Bordeaux reds which they have coined 'clarets'. These are often tucked away for a while in their cellars to age and drunk with a few years under their belts. But not all Bordeaux is built for aging, so choose wisely.

Styles
For whites, there are the crisp and easily quaffed whites from Entre De Meurs, or the more ambitious oak-aged Semillion Sauvignon blends from Pessac Legonan. The queen of dessert wines, Sauternes can also call Bordeaux home. French oak maturation is a common thread amongst the elite reds, whites and sweet wines.

Grapes

White:Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
Red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot

Some of the most highly rated recent vintages are 2005, 2009, 2010, 2016 and 2018.

Favourite Producers
Montrose, Pichon Lalande, Poitevin, D'Yquem, Coutet,
 


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  1. Handorf Hill Rose 2021
    Handorf Hill Rose 2021

    36/23/21/20% pinot noir/tempranillo/merlot/trollinger. Hand-picked fruit, gently crushed. Free-run juice fermented in stainless steel with cultured yeasts. Delicate is the middle name of this breezy, summery rosé with its dusty strawberry scent, honeydew melon and mandarin skin aromas. Walks a fine, straight line of soft, juicy acidity across the palate. JENI PORT, The Wine Companion

    2017
    Gruner Veltliner
    Australia
    340
    Special Price $22.00 Regular Price $27.00
  2. Jericho Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2020
    Jericho Adelaide Hills Tempranillo 2020
    Jericho Wines is brought to you by the Jericho family: Neil, Kaye, Sally, Andrew, and Kim. Neil and Andrew have crafted the wines, with 50 years of wine making between them. Kim, the graphic artist has designed the labels, with Sally and Kaye support the family business and administration.

    The label takes inspiration from grape grower Vic Jericho, Neil's father. Vic loved woodcraft and took great pride in his farm tools and his handmade farm furnitureAs a statement of ownership and authenticity, Vic would sign his name on all of these items in his distinctive cursive styled. The Jericho Family Wines labels continues the tradition, featuring Vic's signature - a mark of family pride and respect. PWS

    Love the texture of this. The polish. Red and darker berry fruit flavours with inputs from graphite and clove. It’s suggestive of woodsmoke and fire, in a complexing way. But the really lovely thing here is the feel of the fruit and indeed the feel of the tannin, both of which feel fine and meticulous. The jubey nature of the fruit is pretty delicious too. It’s a complex wine but it’s very, very easy to drink/like. CAMPEBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front
    2020
    tempranillo
    Australia
    340
  3. Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2018 375ml
    Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2018 375ml

    Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay is a wine of note. It’s a wine with a view, as in we all have one of it. It’s come a long way over the years.

    I like my flint and funk but when I first opened this it was alarming. It was a matchbox factory. Some chardonnays need a decant and a wait. Give this time and it shows both power and poise, its grapefruit, custard apple and stone fruit flavours woven expertly with cedar, oatmeal, almond milk and matches. It has a quartz-like aspect, a bristle to its brilliance. It’s narrow but it’s not lean; there’s more than enough power to its fruit. It should drink quite sensationally, from appropriate glassware, in another 2-4 years. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    2018
    chardonnay
    Australia
    340
  4. Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2017 375ml
    Shaw & Smith Shiraz 2017 375ml

    It’s from such an unusual/cold/late season that shiraz was picked four weeks later than average.

    It’s a peppery, twiggy, bunchy shiraz. It smells, feels and tastes like the result of a cool season. This wine will split drinkers down the middle. It’s smoky, herbal, berried, smooth-skinned and stringy at once. It both walks the tightrope and is one. There are menthol, alpine herb, walnut and peppercorn characters here in abundance. There are also substantial ropes of well-placed tannin. It’s a medium-bodied wine with a great deal to say. CAMMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    What can we say about this wonderful producer? Nothing that hasn't already been said. The consistency and quality is really quite astonishing and with Adama Wadawitz at the winemaking helm this a trend that will continue its upward trajectory. Their secret has been to continually improve and tweak the operations and that shows in every bottle. One of Australia's great estates. PWS

    2017
    shiraz
    Australia
    340
  5. Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2019 375ml
    Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2019 375ml

    haw & Smith can seem to do no wrong. I know you have probably heard us use that line before but when we say it, we say it for a reason. Shaw + Smith was established in 1989 by cousins Michael Hill Smith MW and Martin Shaw and have continued to build a formidable team including Master of Wine David LeMire, Senior Winemaker Adam Wadewitz, Business Manager Grant Lovelock and Group Viticulturist Murray Leake.

    Certainly Adam Wadewitz has been a driving force and even as the wines continue to change and evolve there is no doubt to the talent that he brings to the game. This is possibly one of the best release of M3 and continues to be one of Australia's great Chardonnay's. PWS

    Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay is in quite exceptional form.

    Brilliant release. Great intensity both to the palate and the finish and with plenty going on besides. Flint, smoke, grapefruit and stone fruit characters but it’s the emphatic energy of the finish that really sets it apart. One sip and I was hooked, convinced, and in its thrall. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    2019
    chardonnay
    Australia
    340
  6. Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    Chai Saint Etienne Tradition Rouge 2016
    60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 20% Côt
    The Coteaux du Quercy AOC is one of France smallest wine region with only 400 hectares and less than 20 growers. It lies between Cahors & Gaillac. After the Phylloxera, the Quercy, once 50 000 hectares was almost destroyed. Roger Gisbert and his brave mates started their appellation from scratch. With high draining slopes of white clay and limestone soils, Cabernet Franc was chosen to blend with the Merlot, and off course the Cot (aka. Malbec) replanted on the rocky soils. The grapes are harvested and sorted, then fallow slow and gentle traditional fermentation.
    2016
    Cabernet Franc, Merlot
    France
    356
  7. Murdoch Hills Sulky Rouge 2016
    Murdoch Hills Sulky Rouge 2016
    50% Syrah, 25% Pinot Noir 25% Merlot Syrah from an early harvest sourced from our estate vineyard in Oakbank, spontaneous ferment with varying levels of whole bunches combined with a gentle extraction to keep the wine vibrant and delicate. Merlot made in the same technique from a vineyard in Lenswood giving a lush soft red/blue-fruit spectrum, whilst a selection of Pinot Noir from Piccadilly Valley provides exotic spice and a savory edge. Overall a vibrant red-fruited wine with gamey meaty qualities that show bright cherry fruits and underlining spice, the juicy fruit flows on the palate to a fine grainy tannin profile. Only a short maturation in older French oak to retain freshness and purity of fruit, sent to bottle without filtration or fining. MURDOCH HILL
    2016
    Merlot, Pinot Meunier, shiraz
    Australia
    340
  8. Gentle Folk Vin de Sofa Red 2021
    Gentle Folk Vin de Sofa Red 2021
    Gareth and Rainto Belton are the faces behind the Gentle Folk label based out of the Basket ranges in the Adelaide Hills. Gareth farms their three vineyards working organically and shying away from additions as much as possible in the winery.

    The Vin de Sofa is a pun on the French wine term Vin de Soif - an easy drinking, don't think too hard and just enjoy the wine term. Each vintage the wine changes depending on season and whims.
    This year is a blend of Adelaide Hills vineyards, with pinot noir bunches in neutral French barriques, pinot gris pressed into stainless steel, and syrah and sangiovese destemmed and left on skins.

    Its open and sweetly perfumed with spicy red fruits and black raspberry wrapped in wild meadow herbs and dry bay. Its soft and juicy in the mouth with succulent fruit. The sangiovese adds a lovely drop of savoury tannin that gently lines the pallet and carries it along giving a mouth-watering and more-ish edge to the wine. You could chill it lightly if you were so inclined but whatever way you have it, it is straight-up delicious.
    2020
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    340
  9. Scout Wines Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017
    Scout Wines Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2017

    No details to hand and a new outfit on me, but the wine is very good. Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills.

    Here we go. This has the crackle of quality. It's well fruited, is bursting with spice, has flint tucked into its shirt and fig slung around its neck. Acidity tears through the wine like a kid at a new bike. Flavour chases right on after it. This is one of those 'all we have learned' wines. You can feel history past and present informing its every step. I'm not mentioning value. The wine does it for me. (95) CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front 

    2017
    chardonnay
    Australia
    340
  10. Sidewood Pinot Noir Abel 2018
    Sidewood Pinot Noir Abel 2018
    Legend holds that the Abel clone first travelled from one of the best vineyards of Burgundy by way of a gumboot. Making its way to New Zealand in 1975, the ‘Gumboot Smuggler’ was caught by a NZ Customs’ officer, Malcolm Abel, who incidentally was the first to plant the mythical cutting on his vineyard. Our Abel Pinot Noir was handpicked from SA’s first plantings of the clone. Wild yeast and small batch ferment, followed by maturation in French. SIDEWOOD
    2018
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    340
  11. Sidewood Pinot Noir Oberlin 2018
    Sidewood Pinot Noir Oberlin 2018
    Sidewood’s first single clonal release of the Burgundian (Dijon) clone of ‘Oberlin’. Sourced from only 9 short rows of Oberlin Pinot Noir from our Mappinga Road, Oakbank Vineyard. The grapes were wild yeast fermented in small batches using 100% whole-bunch fruit. The wine was then matured in older French oak barrels, with 85% of the parcel being blended into our Estate Pinot Noir. SIDEWOOD
    2018
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    340
  12. Murdoch Hill Tilbury Chardonnay 2019
    Murdoch Hill Tilbury Chardonnay 2019
    There’s gold in them thar hills. A little struck match, lime and white nectarine, almond, white flowers and spicy biscuits. It’s cool and precise, with just the right amount of flavour to match its fine structure. Feels good, and lightly chalky, bright and very long. Superb modern Hills Chardonnay here. (95) GARY WALSH, The Winefront

    A very enticing nose of white peaches, lemon juice and grapefruit peel with crushed stones, wet chalk and flint, as well as attractively integrated, hazelnutty oak. The palate has a very succulent, fresh and fleshy feel with a beautiful core of concentrated lemons and peaches. So intense and so balanced, the succulent, lemon and grapefruit finish is impressively pure and powerful. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (96) NICK STOCK, Jamessuckling.com

    More tightly woven, restrained and nascent than the estate chardonnay, although jittering with an energy that only patience, time, or an aggressive decant will unspool. Confident, unfettered and finely tuned. Nothing astride or unnecessary. Curd, apricot pith, grapefruit pulp and nectarine lurk beneath a veneer of classy oak. The intensity written. The finish long. (95) NED GOODWIN Winecompanion.com.au
    2019
    chardonnay
    Australia
    340
  13. Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Mazeris Canon-Fronsac 2016
    Shows ripeness and power on the nose with ripe dark berries and volcanic salt. Full body, soft and rich tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Drink in 2022. (91) JAMES SUCKLING

    One of the best things agbout the Bordeaux 2016 vintage was the stregth of the satellite appelations - this Canon Fronsac is a freat example - situated on the right bank but with a lot of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon you could easly see this as more left bak in style - it is everything a good claret should be dense dark with chewy tannis and cool clean fruit - absoultly delicous and a great price. ALEX WILCOX


    2016
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  14. Senejac 2018
    Senejac 2018
    36 Bottles available at time of offer

    The 2018 Sénéjac has an attractive bouquet of blackberry and raspberry fruits, touches of graphite and pressed flowers. I admire the precision of this Haut-Médoc. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, well-judged new oak (25%) and a touch of dark chocolate toward the finish. This has real panache and class and comes highly recommended. NEAL MARTIN
    2018
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
  15. Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml
    Chateau La Vieille Cure 2017- 375ml

    Fronsac

     74% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon.

    An utterly delicious red with crushed berries, cappuccino and hints of black olives. Medium-bodied, compact and very soft. Really creamy texture. A blend of 75% merlot, 22% cabernet franc and 3% cabernet sauvignon. Hard not to drink now. So do it! JAMES SUCKLING

    The 2017 La Vieille Cure is deep, fleshy and delicious. In 2017, La Vieille Cure is a bit less dense than it often is, but it still packs a pretty serious punch. Dark red cherry, plum, cinnamon, chocolate and floral notes shape this racy, inviting Fronsac. ANTONIO GALLONI

    The 2017 Vieille Cure has a tightly-packed black cherry and cassis scented bouquet that feels as if it could be more intense once in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with a candied, pastille-like opening: blackcurrant, crème de cassis and vanilla, lower in acidity than its Fronsac peers but smooth as silk towards the finish. NEAL MARTIN

     

    2017
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
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