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  1. Valdemoreda Tempranillo 2018
    Valdemoreda Tempranillo 2018
    The Valdemoreda wines are produced by the team at leading family Rioja producer Bodegas Valdemar. They are fresh and modern in style, yet with an undeniable Spanish character, and demonstrate the exceptional value to be found in Spain. This pure Tempranillo red wine spends five months in oak and delivers complex, ripe fruit aromas well integrated with subtle spicy hints of vanilla and caramel. The palate is rounded, well balanced and with a full, long aftertaste. WINEMERCHANTS
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  2. Campo Flores Tinto 2019
    Campo Flores Tinto 2019
    The grapes sourced for the Campo Flores wines come from sun drenched, organically farmed vineyards in the centre of Spain. Each wine is handmade and reflects the personality of the land and terroir. Warning! This wine is immensely drinkable and we bet you will be hitting us up for more. It not the first time we have put it in a pack or floor stacked it in the store because it's just bloody delicious!

    Supple ripe strawberry and blackcurrant fruit leaps out of the glass with swirl of earthy licorice that gently lurks. Spiced cola and black pepper poke their heads in and the little dash of syrah just adds another dimension to the wine. Some fine tannins run through the supple fruit and this is altogether more serious then either the label or the price point would allude too.
    2018
    tempranillo
    Spain
    472
  3. Route du Van Dolcetto Shiraz 2018
    Route du Van Dolcetto Shiraz 2018
    A passion project for The Dexter clan (Todd and Debbie) and Bird (Ian and Ruth, David and Marie) families sourcing grapes from all over Victoria to put into this fun label. Winemaker Todd heads up the team in winery so if that is not enough to get you interested then I don't know what is. Great stuff all round from the label but we think this wine is the most fun and interesting out of the lot.

    King Valley/Alpine Valley
    51% Dolcetto
    47% Shiraz
    6% Sangiovese

    A juicy little number with that loveley blue fruit clove spice hit you get from Dolcetto. The shiraz throw in some more darker broody fruit and the earthy peppercorn element as well. This is such a fun little wine that is screaming drink me now! Plush and pretty its a crowd pleaser. PWS
    2018
    Dolcetto, shiraz
    Australia
    443
  4. Luccarelli Primitivo 2018
    Luccarelli Primitivo 2018
    The Terre di Sava winery was founded in 2008 and today produces a range of wines designed to celebrate the wine-making history of Sava, within Puglia (South East Italy).

    Located just to the west of Manduria (the town after which the Primitivo di Manduria DOC is named) on the Salento Peninsula, the “land of Sava” is the land of the gnarled old bush vines that produce the Primitivo grape destined for this rich and earthy expression of Puglia. MONDO IMPORTS

    Primitivo 100% - Salento,Puglia. Intense ruby red color with violet reflections; complex bouquet with lots of red fruits. Full-bodied, soft, quite tannic, harmonious.Ready to drink. Excellent with rich first courses, redmeat,game and medium-seasoned cheeses. LUCCARELLI
    2018
    Italy
    462
  5. Moss Wood Amy's Vineyard Cabernet 2019 375ml
    Moss Wood Amy's Vineyard Cabernet 2019 375ml

    5/13/7/5% cabernet sauvignon/merlot/malbec/petit verdot. Hand picked, matured for 14 months in seasoned French oak. The 2019 vintage in Margaret River was cool and wet, producing wines of concentrated, high aroma and vibrancy. This is all of that, with layers of nuance on the palate. It is very restrained and long; unfurling, petal by petal, rather than revealing itself all at once. Elegant and classy to the very end. A ripper. Buy it and cellar it with confidence, or drink its beauty tonight – both viable options. ERIK LARKIN, James Halliday

    2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Australia
    432
  6. Marcel Malbec 2018
    Marcel Malbec 2018
    STAGE 19 -  FLAT - CASTELNAU-MAGNOAC > CAHORS 188.5 KM

    Château du Cèdre is widely regarded as the leading estate in Cahors. Brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe, both qualified oenologists, can trace its history back to their grandfather Léon who left his native Flanders to settle in south-west France in the early 1900s. In due course Léon’s son Charles and his wife Marie-Thérèse started a mixed farm in 1958 and began planting one hectare of vines in three different plots every year.

    This is made from fruit that doesn't make the estate range and also bought fruit from the greater southwest area. Sees no oak.

    This is the soft and juicy side of Malbec with mulberry and damson fruit flecked with violet and sweet spice. The usual Cahor tannins are melted away into the pluch fruit and this is made to drink young and in fron of a fire. Great examlpe of what the southwest can do at this level when given a little care and attention. PWS

    100% Malbec from purchased fruit grown on the 1st and 2nd terraces close to the river. The fruit is 100% de-stemmed and crushed, then the juice given a 3-4 day cold soak, to extract colour and a little tannin, before being pressed and cool-fermented in stainless steel. Matured in concrete tanks for 6-8 months. 'This shows the soft, juicy side of Malbec. No serious tannins here, just red berry fruit and fine acidity. That means it's ready to drink this winter.' Vintage & Vine
    2018
    Malbec
    France
    360
  7. Vinuva Nero d'Avola 2018
    Vinuva Nero d'Avola 2018
    Sicily a region blessed with consistent bright sunshine is perfect for Nero d'avola a native grape from the island. Grown on a calcareous soil this gives the wine an elegant lilt to the plush fruit. The nose presents with black and red berries and dried fruits with notes of chocolate underlying the vibrant fruit. This is a lovely bright expression of the Variety with a mouth-filling and juicy palate. 100% organic to boot! PWS
    2018
    Nero d'Avola
    Italy
    391
  8. Oakridge LVS Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018 375ml
    Oakridge LVS Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018 375ml

    Winemaker and CEO David Bicknell has proved his worth time and again as an extremely talented winemaker. JAMES HALLIDAY

    What is there to say about this superb Yarra Valley winery. Headed up by Dave Bicknell it feels like they can do no wrong. Everything they make from top to bottom is deftly put together and sourced from the Yarra's best vineyards. The quality is always outstanding and the LVS (local vineyard series) is some of the best value Pinot and Chardonnay around. PWS

    I’ve probably said it before, and anyone who knows me knows I’m prone to repeating myself, but what a lovely evocative name it is for a vineyard.

    It doesn’t need any styling products; there’s not a hair out of place here. White peach and lime, green melon, almond nougat, a whisper of struck match and spice. Smooth and flavoursome, a subtle viscosity interlaid with chalk and flint, some floral mouth-perfume, slight tweak to the finish with citrus rind and grapefruit tang. Right proper Chardonnay here. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2018
    chardonnay
    Australia
    506
  9. Marsilea Premier Bobal 2018
    Marsilea Premier Bobal 2018
    A family-owned winery and cellar; 60 hectares of vineyards around the small village of Sinarcas, on an 800-metre high plateau inland from Valencia and close to the border with Castilla-La Mancha, surrounded by a pine forest. Sebastian Mancebo makes terrific organic wines mostly from native Bobal, alongside alternatives like Gewürztraminer.

    Vines are typically more than 40 years old and planted at altitudes of 900 meters. The grapes are hand-sorted before the fermentation and the partially crushed grapes are then subjected to low temperature for the extraction of primary, fruit aromas. The fermentation is done at low temperatures (18ºC) in temperature with no oak.

    A brilliant cherry-red colour, of medium intensity and purplish highlights. It has a bouquet of wild flowers and a salty minerality, typical of the regions' soils. Forceful yet velvety on the palate. Fruity with notes of blackberries, it hides a slight bitterness that balances the fruit, with a persistent and long finish. PWS
    2018
    Spain
  10. Stadt Krems Lossterrassen Gruner Veltliner 2020
    Stadt Krems Lossterrassen Gruner Veltliner 2020
    A very attractive, fruit-driven gruner veltliner, rippling with white-apple, white-peach and pepper aromas. Juicy and polished with lively acidity that’s already beautifully integrated. Good length. Drink now. Screw cap. JAMES SUCKLING

    With more than 550 years of history, Weingut Stadt Krems is one of the oldest wine-producers in Austria, even in the whole of Europe. Fritz Miesbauer and the team cultivate 31 hectares of vineyards on the estate, whose holdings are exclusively on the best terraced locations of the city of Krems. The results are dynamic and modern wines, with lovely purity and a wonderful sense of place.
    2018
    Riesling
    Austria
  11. Roche de Bellene Bellenos Rouge 2018
    Roche de Bellene Bellenos Rouge 2018
    The Bellenos Cuvée Rouge is primarily from the Beaujolais area in the south of Burgundy, where fruity, mineral-inflected Gamay Noir is grown on granite soils. It is blended with finely structured Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or in northern Burgundy. The result is a fresh, fruit-forward “Vin de Plaisir” — a deliciously expressive wine for everyday enjoyment.
    Grape varieties: 80% Gamay Noir and 20% Pinot Noir
    2018
    Gamay, Pinot noir
    France
    358
  12. Roche de Bellene Bellenos Blanc 2018
    Roche de Bellene Bellenos Blanc 2018
    The Bellenos range sit under the newly created Coteaux Bougignons (Hillside Burgundy) appellation. This new appellation was created was created in 2011 to allow producers in the region more freedom to blend wines, among varieties and throughout a larger designated area. It is designed to promote Burgundy that is of real quality but perhaps fits outside the traditional constraints of AOC regulations. It extends from Cote d’or in the north to Beaujolais in the south.

    The blanc is a blend of mainly chardonnay sourced from a cluster of southern Burgundy and northern Beaujolais sites. A touch of aligoté is also blended in to provide a little extra zip and vigour to the wine. Fermentation is all done in stainless steel tank with about 8 months in larger old barrels and aging on fine lees to provide a little extra texture and weight. PWS
    2018
    chardonnay
    France
    358
  13. Amen Break Pinot Noir 2018
    Amen Break Pinot Noir 2018
    A collaboration between Matt Harrop and his brother Steve. Steve is a musician and record producer- he bought his vintage analogue Soundcraft 2400 desk from U2 in Dublin. He also grows his own Pinot Noir in the Waitaki Valley under the Sublime Label.

    Since 2016 the Amen break Pinot Noir has been grown at the extraordinary Zebra Vineyard in Bendigo. Soil here is very weak, loessial and alluvial river terraces.

    The ambition with the Amen Break Pinot has been to produce wines with lifted aromatic, textured mid palates and refined, lithe tannins. Hand harvested and naturally fermented. A mixture of clones that are both destemmed whole bunch pressed with no new wood.

    Lovely lifted red fruits, some pomegranate seed, lovely textured mid palate and long fine extract at the end. Evenly ripened, beautifully poised wine. Noticably absent is the heaviness of extract or overburden of wood. Pure, delicious Pinot for drinking now or into the future. PWS
    2018
    Pinot noir
    New Zealand
    373
  14. Warramate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Warramate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    This cabernet lures you in with graphite and violets, the palate rolling into a velvety ball of black fruits, spice and subtle tertiary tones of earth. There's dimension and a fine framework wrapped around a flavoursome core of fruit. This is great value for the money, there's a luxuriant richness which hints towards a wine of pedigree. ALEX WILCOX, PWS
    2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Australia
    506
    Special Price $27.00 Regular Price $32.00
  15. Chateau du Cedre Cahors Heritage 2018
    Chateau du Cedre Cahors Heritage 2018
    STAGE 19 -  FLAT - CASTELNAU-MAGNOAC > CAHORS 188.5 KM

    Château du Cèdre is widely regarded as the leading estate in Cahors. Brothers Pascal and Jean-Marc Verhaeghe, both qualified oenologists, can trace its history back to their grandfather Léon who left his native Flanders to settle in south-west France in the early 1900s. Today, Château du Cèdre comprises 27ha of vineyards planted at 4000-5500 vines per hectare on some of the most prized terroirs in Cahors

    90% of the vineyard is planted to Malbec (known locally as both Cot and Auxerrois), with 5% Merlot (now known to be a half-sibling of Malbec) and 5% Tannat. After a disastrous hail storm in 1995, the brothers decided to re-evaluate their mode of operation in the vineyard and by 2002 they had eliminated all chemicals from the estate and by 2012 Château du Cèdre was certified organic.

    This is a beautiful example of Cahor with sweet mulberry fruit and a dark broody edge that's so enticing. A touch of peppercorn spice, clove, sage and sweet aromatics lace the dark, glossy fruits. This holds it weight well and comes off as a bit of a chameleon with rich tannins and some grunt but nicely poised and balanced at the same time. Long and satisfying with an earthy edge.
    2018
    Malbec
    France
    360
  16. Honorio Rubio Tremendus Clarete 2018
    Honorio Rubio Tremendus Clarete 2018
    Honorio works in a specific sector of Rioja - the Najerilla Valley, which favours high quality Garnacha. He is both a conservator of marginal historical styles, notably the Clarete pinks of which he is the leading proponent, and also an innovator working at the margins of textural enhancement in both Viura whites and Claretes.

    Claretes have been extremely important wines in Spanish history - most of Ribera del Duero, nearly all of DO Cigales and a lot of Rioja and Bierzo has been about the production and consumption of Claretes (historically, red and white grapes co-fermented in open concrete vats and aged for as much as a year in caves). However, contemporary appellations no longer have a legal definition/classification available for such a style.

    50/50 Viura i Garnacha, the look is vibrant see-through ('Clar' or clear being Clarete's defining thing!) raspberry pink. There are red rose petals, ruby grapefruit and a whack of chalky builder's lime soil aroma. There's a big hit of Saké, like polished rice washed with wild strawberry. The palate is full, open and soft on entry then a blood orange skin tannin-acid brings the zap and tang. The phenolics tuck in the middle and a squeak of builder's lime comes to finish the job. Texture yields to a wildly exciting, flavourful-perfumed acidity. PWS
    2018
    Blend
    Portugal
  17. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2018
    Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2018

    I'm always amazed at the quality this estate gets in the Côtes du Rhône, especially at the quantities produced. Their 2018 Côtes Du Rhône is well worth seeking out and has a medium-bodied, round, silky style as well as textbook peppery herbs, violets, bouquet garni, and both red and black fruits. It shows the supple, charming, forward style of the vintage and is ideal for drinking over the coming 4-5 years. JEB DUNNUCK

    Looking more complex and complete than the 2017 at this point, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone still has a year or so of élevage ahead of it. It has a slightly herbal, briary note, dark berry fruit and hints of mocha on the full-bodied palate. Round and fleshy, it finishes smooth and velvety. WINE ADVOCATE

    2018
    Rhone Blend
    France
    467
  18. Julien Mingot Le Petit Comptoir Rouge 2020
    Julien Mingot Le Petit Comptoir Rouge 2020
    Vignoble Mingot is a third generation family operated winery, on the right bank of Bordeaux in the area of Savignac-de-l'Isle. Julien Mignot heads up the operation and winemaking and this along with there Rendez-Vous Malbec is a great entry to point the estate but made in a no fuss, easy going style. The Le Petit Comptoir is made up of mostly organic Cabernet Franc (young vines) and Merlot (converting to organic) All estate fruit but made with little or no intervention.

    Wonderfully done here and so much energy and verve here that delivers a swather of sweet, soft black and red fruits with aplomb. A touch of white pepper here, a smack of sweet cherry and black currant fruit there, and hit of clove over there. It's a mid-weight style that packs in the flavour but doesn't feel heavy or overdone. Great little drop!
    2018
    Malbec
    France
    360
  19. Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2020
    Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2020
    Schwarz Wine Co has for some time been at the forefront of contemporary Barossa winemaking, crafting site and vintage transparent wines of perfume, structure, and finely etched detail. The family vineyards provide the backbone of the label, though Jason Schwarz's relationships with talented growers are paramount to an enviable cache of old vine fruit sources. Touch the fruit lightly, don't pick too late, keep oak use in check - the house style here is pure, vibrant and we love it!

    A fresh and perfumed nose, violets the leading impression over musk and blue fruit.  The palate is rounded with great shape and feel in the mouth, and while the acid profile adds freshness and a precision to the flavours, the wine is by no means austere or lacking generosity.  Flavour-wise it's pretty classic Barossa Shiraz, full of black fruits, dried herbs and earth.  Works as a young drinker or will certainly reward a few years down.
    2018
    shiraz
    Australia
    349
  20. 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
  21. Buccia Nera Chianti 2018
    Buccia Nera Chianti 2018
    Buccianera winery is located on the hills beyond the city of Arezzo, in the heart of Tuscany. The winery counts about 60 hectares of vineyards and olive yards extended from 200 mt to 500 mt on the sea level. The name  "BUCCIANERA" means "BLACK SKIN" and comes from the Mancini family's nickname. The grandfathers were called 'Buccianera' for the dark colour of their skin - they were so tanned from working in the vineyards under the sun every day.

    The owners Anastasia, Alessia and Roberta manage Buccianera with great passion for nature and respect for the land. The vineyards are organic from 2002.

    The wine is 80% Sangiovese with a blend of approx. 20% other traditional varieties. Winemaking is all in steel tank with about 3 months of oak ageing just to give the wine a little kiss of oak. The result is a pure and floral Chianti with a lovely mineral note meshed with red berry fruits. The mid-weight palate carries with a crush of dark fruit and red cherry with fine, grainy tannins and a minerally fresh lick of acidity at the finish that leaves your mouth ready for the next sip. Delicious Chianti with a modern framework that doesn't stray into the oaky and heavy trap. Well done. PWS
    2018
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
  22. Casa da Passarella a Descoberta Dao Tinto 2018
    Casa da Passarella a Descoberta Dao Tinto 2018

    Made in stone lagars and aged in cement tanks along with some large old wooden vats, it's a very typical DÂ o blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (elsewhere, Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro and Jaen (aka Mencia). 13.5% a/v, ta 5.96 ph 3.60. A Descoberta means 'to be discovered' and the somewhat mystical label, a box tagged 1942 is a folkloric reference to an early version of a time capsule a box hidden in the stone walls of the house of Passarella containing a will to be opened 50 years hence and directing the riches of the box be re-distributed to the poor. The box was empty. Enrichment comes from the intangible not the material, it seems.

    A lovely wine supple, fleshy and spicy, with extra delicate tannin and oak. From lead-off, the cherry-chocolate fruit really shows the Dao granite, and is laden with wiry dark herbs. In the mouth, it's fleshy-meaty and mineral fresh - round with good movement and fruit-earth interplay. It has excellent presence in the mouth but is not reliant on weight for the show. Wonderfully composed, it sits and radiates, effortless in affect. Gorgeous delicate tannin is the frame, rimming the mouth and allowing the fruit and spicy acid to radiate delicately. A wonderful advertisement for varietal blends.

    2018
    Blend
    Portugal
    384
  23. Beyond the Pines “Viceroy” Syrah 2020
    Beyond the Pines “Viceroy” Syrah 2020
    This little gem comes from a mate and ex-employee Matt Keoghan and sourced from his family property in the Adelaide Hills. The family have been in the business for ages so know what they are doing when it comes to putting out quality fruit and this certainly delivers.

    This sees about 40% whole bunch and ten months in old oak with no additions and just a touch of sulphur at bottling.  It's the kind of syrah we love, elegant in style that ties in pretty, violet florals, dark berry and mulberry fruit with a dash of green herbs and olive. Judicial oak frames the sweet fruits nicely, Succulent and soft but doesn't shy away from being a little bit serious too.
    2018
    shiraz
    Australia
    340
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