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WHITE WINES

2015 A.Rodda Smiths Vineyard Beechworth Chardonnay  Australian chardonnay of the highest level here. Crafted by the 2015 'Young Gun of Wine' winner Adrian Rodda and sourced from the celebrated Smith's Vineyard (planted in 1978), this mesmerising chardonnay is tightly wound, multi-dimensional and powerful; with a wonderful minerally spine running through a palate of prodiguous length. Absolutely delicious and a steal at the price.   $39.95 per bottle

2015 A.Rodda Willow Lake Yarra Valley Chardonnay    "White peach, melon and grapefruit are backed by complex wild yeast and barrel fermentation providing the background of funk. Intense and superbly balanced, it drives on and on with grapefruit pith and the finest of acid lines" - James Halliday, 96 points $39.95 per bottle

2016 Cannibal Creek Chardonnay     A delicious follow up to the magnificent 2015 vintage; very much in the same mould; "Generous in the mouth, with sweet fruit galore, and clean acidity to finish. A lovely wine, bright and lively" - Huon Hooke, 92 points  $29.95 per bottle

2016 Crawford River Riesling   "A wine that stops you in your tracks for it has intensity of flavour yet feels effortless. The silk thread of acidity down the middle keeping the fine palate in place right through to a finish that is luxuriously long" - James Halliday, 96 points   $39.95 per bottle 

2016 Crawford River Young Vines Riesling  "Beautiful bouquet. Bitter lemon and tonic to taste. Zesty tug of acidity drags long through the juicy palate, finishes with a mouthwatering slightly herbal twist. Feels jolted alive with zinging mineral character, so thirst crushing and yet elegant and driven. It's superb riesling" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points; James Halliday - 95 points; "It's intense yet also subtle, with a tickle of sweetness resulting in impeccable balance" - Huon Hooke, 96 points;    $28.95 per bottle 

2017 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc   $24.95 per bottle  

2015 Fighting Gully Road Chardonnay    TOP BEECHWOTH CHARDONNAY at the 2016 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge - 95 points; A top class chardonnay by any standard, it is beautifully crafted and composed, with wonderful varietal expression of white stone fruits, the balance of fruit and oak impeccable  $36.50 per bottle

2014 Flametree SRS Wallcliffe Chardonnay    Runner-up in the 2015 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge: Margaret River Regional Winner and 97 points (the second highest pointed wine in the Challenge); "Chardonnay to blind the weary drivers. Nothing else can set fire to this glass. Score is irrelevant. This wine is wonderful. Flavour and funk. Tropical fruit, grapefruit, white peach, pear. Struck match notes scorch over pristine, mouthwatering fruit. Length. Poise. Precision" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points; "The fruit density is very good, even though the alcohol is restrained, and layered complexity is achieved with ease, tangy grapefruit leading green apple, white peach and pear" - James Halliday, 95 points  $49.95 per bottle

2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Chardonnay    "What a belter. Phwoar. Parisian almond, lemon rind, grapefruit juice, faint wet slate notes. Saline tang to acidity, some light creaminess of savoury nuttiness though the mainstay is a core of blisteringly fresh tart fruit flavour underlying. Incredible velocity and freshness, character, complexity, nerviness. Beautiful, super thing" - Mike Bennie, 95+ points   $49.50 per bottle

2017 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay    "Light creaminess, has a fuller figure yet that's all corseted together with chalky puffs of 'mineral' feel and the belt of green mango acidity. Generous flavours, you could say, certainly stains the palate well, perhaps needing some time to all come together completely. Still, has mojo. Good chardonnay here" - Mike Bennie, 93+ points   $49.50 per bottle

2017 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay    "Palate is ample, juicy, almost fleshy but for the licks of minerally tartness of acidity. Has some white chocolate notes, almost the texture of just melted chocolate bar, soft and long, stains the palate gently, the finish perky and fresh. It's one of those lip-licking, moreish chardonnays, and will be hard to put down. Yep" - Mike Bennie, 94 points   $49.50 per bottle

2017 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Chardonnay    "Stellar new release. Chardonnay looks tops from 2017... Clatters through the palate, lively and refreshing, shows some leesy nuttiness, cool acidity staying perky and alert through the wine. Finishes with incredible velocity of acidity, tart and citrus rind feeling, with a faint stain of malty-nougat stuff. Live wire, interesting, good" - Mike Bennie, 94 points   $49.50 per bottle

2015 Henty Estate Chardonnay    "Given the cost of growing the grapes and the French oak, and the quality of the wine, the price borders on the unbelievable. It is classic ultra-cool-grown style, pink grapefruit the key" - James Halliday, 95 points  $26.95 per bottle

2015 Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Chardonnay   "It has obvious complexity, and the extra length that the best Yarra Valley chardonnays have compared to that of other regions. Grapefruit juice, zest and pith are the anchor of the flavour, and also build the trajectory of the wine through to the finish" - James Halliday, 96 points & Special Value Wine; "It's subdued, nutty and savoury, yet pure of fruit too - like a flower waiting to open - tight grapefruity acidity, flinty texture and a cool almond and aniseed finish of impeccable length. Beautiful wine. Finesse, charm and fine tailoring all the way. Give it a couple of years in the cellar and you'll be rewarded handsomely" - The Wine Front, 95+ points;  $44.95 per bottle

2016 Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay  "It has length and flavour, and feels open for play straight away, though showed even better the next day. Like this a lot. Touch and go for 94 points" - Gary Walsh, 93+ points  $21.95 per bottle

2015 Hoddles Creek Estate Syberia Chardonnay  "This is flat out sensational chardonnay. So cool. So pure. So seamless... Fresh and precise on an energetic finish of superb length. All just so. Straight to the pool room" - Gary Walsh, 96 points  $59.95 per bottle

2015 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay  "The palate has bracing acidity and concentrated flavour, which is still latent and promising more in time... The wine is still remarkably young and has a great career in front of it" - Huon Hooke, 96 points  $99.95 per bottle

2016 Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Chardonnay  "Attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery has paid dividends: this combines elegance and intensity, balance and length. White peach and citrussy acidity soar on the finish, imprinting themselves permanently on the very long palate and aftertaste. All class" - James Halliday, 95 points; "$30 is rarely 'value' territory but this is excellent buying, even at that price. It just gets the pitch right. Lemon curd, marzipan, white peach and smoky oak characters sit hand-in-glove in the best of ways. The finish is slightly chalky; entirely positive. Lovely chardonnay" - Campbell Mattinson, 93 points  $24.95 per bottle

2013 Lightfoot & Sons Single Block Chardonnay  "This wine comes from a block within a single vineyard planted to the Dijon clone 96; wild yeast-fermented and matured in French oak, only 100 dozen made. It is a beautiful wine, full of the delicious white peach fruit, tempered by citrussy acidity, that this clone gives; the oak handling has been perfectly judged" - James Halliday, 96 points; "Excellent concentration of flavour. No lack of style. Green melon, white peach, a wealth of seductive/creamy oak, and a bit of dazzle dazzle to the finish. Gorgeous" - Campbell Mattinson, 95 points  $42.95 per bottle

2016 Mount Horrocks Riesling  "This is a stunning riesling. So dry, so slatey, so well fruited, so charming and so long. It's Clare to its back teeth. Lemon-lime, florals, spice and that characteristic bath salts character. The purity and the sheer deliciousness of the citrus flavours on offer here deserve a mention in the dictionary beside the word: gorgeous" - Campbell Mattinson, 96 points  $29.95 per bottle

2017 Narkoojee Lily Grace Chardonnay       $26.95 per bottle

2015 Penfolds Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay     "Intense grapefruit/white peach/melon aromas and flavours drive through the palate in a chariot of natural acidity, making French oak an incidental extra. When Tumbarumba has a good (ie dry) vintage, everything falls into place" - James Halliday, 95 points; "Tumbarumba Chardonnay in all its glory... This is a power-packed release. Grapefruit and toasty characters surge through the palate. Elements of funk, but in check. White peach: ripe, fleshy, controlled. Roasted, toasty, nutty aftertaste. Beautiful length. Beautiful balance. Beautiful chardonnay" - Campbell Mattinson, 94 points   $38.95 per bottle

2015 Penfolds Reserve Bin A Chardonnay     "A whirlwind of a wine... . This is really elemental, pared back and restrained - an infant of a wine with much to come in time. The palate has a core of very pure, deep-set, citrus-focused fruit that's really focused around grapefruit... It's also gently grippy, nicely layered and very long. There's measure and restraint for all the richness; it's a cleverly composed iteration of an outstanding Adelaide Hills vintage. Give this until 2019 to build in bottle. It's an outstanding wine" - James Suckling, 98 points; Over the past 10 years this wine has (I suspect) won more gold medals than any other Australian chardonnay... the magic lies in the fruit and ultimately barrel selection, and I can see no reason why this thrilling wine won't add to its medal collection. It has a diamond-like intensity and purity to the fruit flavours, natural acidity and new French oak observers from the wings" - James Halliday, 97 points; "The palate is tight and refined, reserved and delicate, subtle and barely ready to approach. It's a baby. Taut and nervy; amazing youth" - Huon Hooke, 95 points   $84.50 per bottle

2015 Singlefile Porongurup Riesling     "Minerally acidity forms the backdrop for a wine of great fruit intensity and persistence, citrus in the vanguard, a wisp of fresh-cut apple in the rear. Top stuff" - James Halliday, 95 points    $22.95 per bottle

2014 Starborough Marlborough Pinot Gris   "The palate is elegant in proportion with bright and intense flavours of white florals and white stonefruits. The mouthfeel is fine-featured and enlivened by refreshing, lacy acidity. This has good linearity and a driven core that leads to a long, sustained finish with rich fruit and exotic floral, and refreshing herbal nuances. This is an elegant, focussed and pure dry Pinot Gris with subtle florals and stonefruit flavours" - Raymond Chan, 18.0 points out of 20 ****   $24.95 per bottle

2015 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay    "A fragrant and pure bouquet leads into a supremely elegant, understated palate that departs from Mornington Peninsula orthodoxy by preventing mlf and relying on natural acidity, steps that will underwrite the longevity of the wine" - James Halliday, 96 points   $39.95 per bottle

 

RED WINES

2015 Abel's Tempest Pinot Noir    "An aromatic bouquet with cherry and plum fruits coupled with spicy nuances, the medium-bodied palate flavours following on directly from the bouquet; excellent persistence of the fruit, line, length and balance tick all the boxes. Tasmania is as Tasmania does" - James Halliday, 95 points      $27.95 per bottle

2015 Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir    "Everything a young vine Pinot Noir should be - fresher, lighter, more accessible... The fruit flavours of dark-red berry fruits are fresh, vibrant, ripe and bright, with nuances of fresh herbs. This has wonderful primary fruit lift and fragrance. On palate just so juicy and succulent, with plush and vibrant dark red cherry and berry fruits... The wine has linearity and seriousness at the core. But it is just delicious" - Raymond Chan, 18.5+ points out of 20; "New Zealand's best-value pinot noir, hands down... The really pure red cherry and boysenberry pinot fruits come complete with a subtle twist of spice and are evenly ripened and nicely caught. The palate has a gently rainy tannin texture and some bright and tart cherry fruits. Nice and juicy, super bright, upbeat and fresh" - Nick Stock, 93 points      $32.95 per bottle

2015 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir  "Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and succulently sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with black fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. Suggestions of spice and oak emerge. The flavours are beautifully precise, detailed and harmoniously balanced, and the mouthfeel very supple and fine-textured with flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is integrated and provides vitality for the refined core and line. The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony, with succulently sweet fruit and refined structure, enabling accessibility, and showing completeness" - Raymond Chan, 19.5+ points out of 20   $79.95 per bottle

2016 Bannockburn 1314 A.D. Pinot Noir    This the most interesting and complex pinot I've tasted for under $30. Dark cherry fruit, spice and sap combine to make-up a lip smacking pinot that is moreish and easy to drink; "You would be hard pressed to find a better value for money Pinot, the 1314 release is made in similar style to the Estate wine with definitive whole bunch character (20%), lip smakingly expressive fruit and oak treatment that you rarely find on a wine sub $30... The 1314 is still a well kept secret, it's worth hunting some down" - Winereviewer.com.au, 94 points; "Stylistically, this taps into the very best of the Bannockburn styles, with still the same sappy, ripe and very Pinoty nose. This is Geelong Pinot mate, and it smells unlike Burgundy (terroir at work). Importantly, this has a length of sappy, almost stewed (but not in an overripe sense) fruit, and some late bitterness for backbone. The stems are there, but so is that fruit too, in a not-delicate-but-delicious style. I've tasted a bit of Burgundy recently, and know that if you slipped this into a blind lineup of village level wines, it would smash many... Substantial wine for the dollars. Would I buy it? Yes" - Australian Wine Review, 93 points    $27.95 per bottle  

2015 Bass Phillip Estate Pinot Noir     "Long, gentle and fine-grained, this deeply floral young pinot has a brightly perfume of red cherries, blood plums, redcurrants, musky spices and fiery, earthy undertones. It's pristine and evenly paced, with a fleshy, sweet fruited and almost fatty palate" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points; "Medium bodied at most, sappy and animated, redcurrant and pomegranate, fine burr of kitten's tongue tannin, pleasing sense of delicacy, and pretty fine length. Delicious" - Gary Walsh, 94+ points  $74.95 per bottle

2015 Bass Phillip Premium Pinot Noir    "It's full-bodied and dense, high-extract, loaded with tannin and lush in spicy flavour. The fruit is lavish as are the tannins. A wholly impressive pinot, which will surely soar in a high trajectory over the next few years. The density, concentration and fleshy extract are mightily impressive, as is the prodigious length" - Huon Hooke, 97 points; "A true Australian grand cru pinot, seamlessly weaving red berry and cherry fruit through floral, spicy, foresty complexities and perfectly applied oak. Soft, finely structured, silky, poised and lingering in the mouth. Superb" - Ralph Kyte-Powell, 97 points; "So sure-footed and confident, it almost has a swagger. Cherry, sweet cinnamon and cedar oak, dried flowers, a little earthy bass. Medium bodied, silky and precise, with delectable savoury and fruit sweet switching, layered and complex already, laced up tight with ultra-fine pixel tannin, and long smashed strawberry and spice finish. A delight. Really needs a few years" - Gary Walsh, 96 points; "Long and stylish, with a spicy, gamey fragrance of red cherries, redcurrants, minerals and cola backed by nuances of dried herbs and cedary oak, this medium to full-bodied pinot is laced with scents of red flowers and stony, earthy undertones. It's supple and sappy but piercingly intense, with penetrative flavours of small red berries and cherries supported by a firmish spine of fine, powdery tannins, finishing with lively acids and a hint of mineral" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points    $210.00 per bottle

2014 Bests Family Thomson Shiraz    JAMES HALLIDAY WINE OF THE YEAR 2017: "This is a ravishing wine with a velvet and satin mouthfeel, and a rainbow of black, purple and blue fruits. Supple tannins are somewhere in the mix, likewise French oak, but don't bother dissecting what is an exquisite wine. As a point of principle, I'm not going to give 100 points for a table wine, but if I were, this would get the nod. Drink by 2054" - James Halliday, 99 points  $345.00 per bottle

2015 Brown Magpie Single Vineyard Geelong Shiraz      "A shiraz with great flavour, texture, intensity and complexity. Its length and balance are also of a high order. Red and black cherry, spice, licorice and espresso coffee join with the tannins and oak of a great win" - James Halliday, 96 points    $29.95 per bottle

2014 Buckshot Vineyard Heathcote Shiraz  A brilliant follow-up to the all conquering 2013 vintage. An extremely compelling wine for the moderate price, the medium-bodied palate with exceptional balance and length. Blackberry, licorice, chocolate and earthy flavours meld beautifully together with the oak and tannins; lovely mouthfeel and texture complete a very harmonious package  $27.95 per bottle

2015 By Farr Farrside Pinot Noir    "The palate is fruit-sweet and succulent, deliciously flavoured and lush, with softness and charm to burn. An utterly gorgeous wine. Long finish - real concentration. Balance and texture are its highlights" - Huon Hooke, 96 points; "Finesse to the max. Svelte, elegance, understated. Delicious, moreish fruit, spice and mineral flavours. Wonderful lingering flavours and aromas. Idiosyncratic in the best possible sense. This is an outstanding wine" - Mike Bennie, 95 points     $74.95 per bottle

2015 By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir    "The palate is profound, powerful and concentrated, with a fleshy softness that is delicious. A lovely wine with a big future. Great structure and power. Magnificent now but cellar a year or two for best results" - Huon Hooke, 98 points; "Deeply coloured, depth and savoury complexity the cornerstones of great pinots. Spices from an Arabian bazaar intermingle sinuously with vibrant berry fruits, a skein of refreshing acidity adding another dimension to a wine that continuously draws saliva from the mouth. It is already a complete wine, its future measured in decades, not years" - James Halliday, 97 points; "Brilliant release from the Geelong stalwart... Evocative scents from the glass, takes you to butcher's shops and florists. Soft in the palate, spreads on sheets of fine tannin, mouthwatering acidity, spritely to finish. A quilt caught on the line in a southerly wind. Beautiful sweet-sour-savoury fruit flavours, pitch perfect spice and herbal nuance. Unreal feel here, so unique in its way. Savour it" - Mike Bennie, 95 points     $74.95 per bottle

2015 Curly Flat Pinot Noir    "It's the sternest, crunchiest, most brooding Curly Flat Pinot Noir I can recall. It's routinely a wine of heft, and cellarworthinecs, but this release is a rock. Tannin, acid, fruit and oak all combine to powerful effect. It's simultaneously slippery smooth, creamy in fact, and surly; it's like an approaching cold front: beautiful, intense, intimidating" - The Wine Front, 95 points"    $51.95 per bottle

2014 Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir  "This has a bold, voluminous, aromatic nose with red fruits, subtle herbal and whole bunch aromas, all quite in context and balance, lovely floral detail and emerging undergrowth complexities. Rich and lush on palate, the red fruit flavours are sweet and juicy. Bright acidity lifts the fruitiness and enlivens the mouthfeel. This is supple and elegant with its richness. Quite exuberant for its relatively stylish and elegant size" - Raymond Chan, 19.5- points out of 20; "A little reticent and broody at this youthful stage, with faint notes of pomegranate, red cherries and raspberry leaves plus a touch of forest floor. Light to medium-bodied, it offers restrained red berry, floral and earth laced flavors with very finely grainy, silky tannins and lovely freshness, finishing with great length" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate, 93+ points  $115.00 per bottle

2015 Felton Road Pinot Noir   $69.95 per bottle

2017 Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir    "Acid driven, light and fragrant style, has that sense of sleekness from fine pinot tannins yet is tightly wound, coiled and precise as it rolls through the palate... Balanced, lithe, very finely wrought. Such elegance, and, importantly, incredible sense of energy in the wine. Now we can use the word outstanding" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 96+ points     $57.95 per bottle   

2017 Giant Steps Sexton Vineyard Pinot Noir    "Sets itself off on a darker, fuller path for pinot. Plush in the palate, dark chocolate and amaro, red berries, fine bitterness to finish with a smudge more bitter-dark chocolate. Mouthwatering, hunger-setting stuff. Fuller figured here. Breathy even. Nice though. Real nice. The 'generous one'" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 93 points     $57.95 per bottle   

2017 Giant Steps Wombat Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir    "Sets itself off on a darker, fuller path for pinot. Plush in the palate, dark chocolate and amaro, red berries, fine bitterness to finish with a smudge more bitter-dark chocolate. Mouthwatering, hunger-setting stuff. Fuller figured here. Breathy even. Nice though. Real nice. The 'generous one'" - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 93 points     $57.95 per bottle   

2012 Greystone Waipara Pinot Noir    BEST NEW ZEALAND PINOT NOIR; "Opulent and powerful" - Judges at 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards; 2013 - Air New Zealand Wine Awards; "Silken-textured pinot noir with dark cherry, black-fleshed plum, subtle spice and nutty oak flavours. Elegant, ethereal wine showing surprising power and length. Distinctive and appealing" - Gourmet Traveller Wine, 96 points; "Medium-full bodied, well-concentrated flavours of red and black fruits unfold layers of complex savoury dark herb and earthy nuances entwined with sweet aromatic floral notes. The mouthfeel shows a dense core that unfolds smoothly with a seamless flow, and the palate is supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction. The richness and fruit sweetness is enlivened by fine acidity, and the flavours lead to a very long, sustained finish of savoury dark berry fruits. This is a richly concentrated, complex-nuanced, seamless Pinot Noir" - Raymond Chan, 19.0 points out of 20; "This is the wine that was awarded the Trophy for best pinot noir in last year's Air NZ judging - a correctly awarded Trophy if ever there was one... Bouquet epitomises what the grape variety pinot noir is all about, sweet haunting even caressing florals touching on violets, roses and boronia, then clear cherry fruit and gentle near-invisible oak. Palate emphasises the caressing thought, soft, velvety, seductive even... The fruit ripeness is pinpoint, red grading to black cherry with attractive acid balance. Total style is unarguably Cote de Nuits, and this wine is a real charmer. It is so rich that the fruit sweetness continues right through to the tail, and the wine thus seems sweet to the finish... in both practical terms and classical European analysis terms this Greystone is for the moment the definitive New Zealand pinot noir" - Geoff Kelly, 18.5+ points out of 20; "Wonderfully attractive aromatics - fruity yet funky in an exciting and evocative way. Full bodied and creamy with black cherries and rose petals underpinned by a deep earthy savouriness and tannins that are remarkably silky and fine. Such a gorgeous texture to this wine" - Sue Courtney, www.wineoftheweek.com    $36.95 per bottle   

2014 Grove Estate Cellar Block Shiraz Viognier    Awarded the Peter Robertson Trophy for the HILLTOPS WINE OF THE YEAR at the 2015 Hilltops Wine Awards; The judges comments were: "This is a delightfully perfumed wine showing an aromatic combination of red fruits, spices and black pepper. The palate is long and opulent, balanced with fine tannins. A gorgeous wine"     $29.95 per bottle

2012 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz   "This is a blue-blood aristocratic shiraz, certain in its supreme power, length and balance, and not going out to prove anything. If anyone doubts its quality now, the scales will fall from their eyes over the decades ahead, as it will be recognised by all and sundry as one of the greatest Mount Edelstones" - James Halliday, 98 points; "It’s a veritable smörgåsbord of flavours... Medium to full bodied, lashings of fine grained powdery tannin and ripe but fresh mixed berry fruit with a briny savoury edge. It’s a quiet storm of a wine, rolling through the mouth without too much noise and flashing, just confidently doing its thing without much of a care. Rumbles long into the distance after you swallow. As far as Mount Edelstones go, it’s a pretty bloody good one" - The Wine Front, 96 points    $185.00 per bottle

2015 Hoddles Creek Estate 1er Pinot Noir    "The bouquet is gloriously fragrant and flowery, the red and blue fruits immediately picked up by the palate which then moves on with its vibrant spicy whole bunch notes adding more layers to its seemingly endless finish" - James Halliday, 97 points & Special Value Wine; "This has clarity, precision and fairly glides through the palate. Red cherry, raspberry, dried roses, fine spicy biscuitty oak, clean earthiness, and almost a liquorice root succulence too, but throughout its signature is restraint and subdued power. Ultra-fine tannin shapes the wine surely like the firm stroke of an emery board, the acidity so pure and clean, and the finish long, crisply ironed and perfumed" - The Wine Front, 96+ points; "The wine is rich and fruit-sweet, ripe and concentrated with generous black cherry flavours, which are not that detailed as yet. It needs time to show its best, and has great potential" - Huon Hooke, 96 points   $55.00 per bottle

2017 Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir    "Medium-bodied, beautiful weight and precision, the delivery of flavour comes with a quiet confidence, fine graphite tannin, clear acidity, and satisfying length. Complete and sophisticated, yet still so young. Go on" - Gary Walsh, 94 points; "The palate offers impressive depth of flavour and authentic cherry fruit. This has some weight and substance. And a sweet fruit core. A very good pinot that's a touch muted at present and just cries out for a little cellar time to mellow and build" - Huon Hooke, 92 points   $23.95 per bottle

2016 Koltz Dog Day Shiraz    "Medium bodied, rich blueberry with some dried herb, tanin sits in the wine nicely, fresh and spicy finish of clean length and lip smacking satisfaction. Vibrant and almost fresh-faced expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz" - The Wine Front, 93 points  $19.95 per bottle

2014 Koltz The Pagan Shiraz    "Suspense be damned, I rated it Excellent+++. I'm always a little hesitant to rate a wine that highly, it leaves no room if I think a future vintage/wine is better. What I can say, with less hesitation, is that the 2014 Pagan leaves me unable to imagine how a wine could actually be any better... Ironstone, cedar, star anise and a hint of cloves by day 3. A wonderful earthy savoury character around a balanced complex fruit core, the morello acid is still there but blending in so well you really only find it bobbing up occasionally in those big flavour waves... It's actually a hard wine to describe well, yes it's big, and yes it's a sipping wine, but it just gently rocks you, and reminds you life is very, very good" - Gavin Scarman, Excellent+++  $49.95 per bottle

2016 Koltz The Wizard Shiraz    $37.95 per bottle

2016 Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Pinot Noir    "This complex vinification has resulted in a very complex pinot, with red and purple fruits, abundant spices and savoury/earthy fine-grained tannins. This in turn leads to good length and texture" - James Halliday, 94 points; "This Gippsland vineyard clearly grows good pinot noir. The complexity is there. It just needs time to build and grow and mature... If you cast a wide net you'll reel in a wide variety of flavours and scents. Plenty of tang. Assorted goings on. It's like flicking through a pinot diary" - Campbell Mattinson, 91+ points   $24.95 per bottle

2015 Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Shiraz     The bouquet is positively fragrant with red fruits and spices, the elegant light to medium-bodied palate a silk tapestry of red and purple fruits, superfine but persistent tannins and perfectly balanced and integrated French oak. A lovely shiraz for pinot noir devotees looking to the occasional alternative" - James Halliday, 95 points; "Here's one for the ultra savvy 'cool climate shiraz brigade'. All power to them. This has plenty of get-up-and-go. It's aflame with white pepper and leafy spice, both the nose and the palate bursting to show their savoury wares. The fruit comes ripe, well polished and svelte; it tastes of assorted berries and plums, garden herbs and woodsmoke, the perfect complement to the pops of spice. Tannin is then supple and well-formed. It's not a big wine, naturally, but it refuses to be easily dismissed. It's pretty with personality. This is a goodun" - Campbell Mattinson, 93 points    $24.95 per bottle

2014 Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir    RANKED NUMBER OUT OF MORE THAN 170 PINOT NOIRS FROM ACROSS NEW ZEALAND - Decanter Magazine, 96 points (Outstanding); TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT NOIR - Sydney International Wine Competition 2016; "A mightily impressive and complex Pinot in an admirably understated, fresh and vivid cool-climate style. Gloriously bright with wonderful farmyard nuances and a distinct mushroom edge. Complex, savoury layers. Truly beautiful. Generous without being rich, and stylish without being showy - Phillip Tuck MW, 96 points; "An intensely perfumed, succulent wine... Very supple texture. The distinctly silky texture is a hallmark of this sub-region" - Christine Parkinson, 96 points; "Lovely cool-climate fruit - fresh and vivid. Very pure with unforced concentration. Fantastic complexity with great length" - Melanie Brown, 96 points; "How good is this. Seductive, powerful, refined and opulent at the same time. Gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, truffle, cedar, dried herb and roasted beet lead to a concentrated palate that delivers layers of delicious flavours. It is richly textured and generously flavoured, while remaining elegant and poised, and finishes superbly long and velvety. Wonderfully expressive and hugely appealing" - Wine Orbit, 96 points; "It is fragrant, sweet-fruited and concentrated, with deep, ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity, and fine-grained tannins. Still youthful, it's an age-worthy, very harmonious wine" - Michael Cooper*****; "The fruit is softly rich and luscious, and flows effortlessly, supported by fine-grained, supple tannin extraction and a refined structure. The acidity is integrated and the balance of the wine is impeccable as it leads to an elegant, sweet and aromatic finish. This is an elegant and seamless Pinot Noir with harmonious dark red fruit, an array of floral and complex herbal layers and a supple mouthfeel" - Raymond Chan, 19.0 points out of 20  $47.95 per bottle

2015 Mayer Close Planted Pinot Noir    "Concentrated and powerful in the palate, has ripe herbal-stalkiness, juicy ripple across the palate, firm slaty tannins. Tannins a big part of the wine, the architecture is pretty epic. Depth, interest, structure. Seriously good" - Mike Bennie, 95 points; "Bright cherry fruit, not obviously stemmy, with lovely clean, ripe cherry, raspberry flavour, finely textured and nicely balanced by supple, drying tannins. Superb wine" - Huon Hooke, 95 points    $67.95 per bottle

2015 Monchiero Langhe Nebbiolo     "Lovely perfume here... Medium to full bodied, fresh and red fruited, plenty of open-weave grainy tannin with a fine sandy grip on the long finish. Good now, though I suspect it has a little bit more to offer" - The Wine Front, 92+ points   $44.95 per bottle

2013 Monchiero Rocche di Castiglione Falletto, Barolo DOCG     "Medium bodied, but dense and powerful, with packed down stony tannin, fresh acidity, layers of spice and amaro herbs, cherry and red fruits, and this soaring precise finish dusted with smashed rock tannin. Great wine. Transparent. Will age for decades" - The Wine Front, 96 points   $119.95 per bottle

2013 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz     "This 2013 Shiraz St Henri follows in the blockbuster footsteps of the 2010 and 2012... The medium to full-bodied palate reveals lovely, understated elegance and depth with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and many fruit and spice layers emerging on the finish. This is one for the long-long haul and, at a fraction of the price of Grange, should be where the smart money goes for stocking the cellar" - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate), 97 points; "This is a very tidy and neatly framed edition of St. Henri, offering a sense of elegance married with deep-set concentration and rich fruit flavors... The palate has super-deep, rich and balanced style to it, making this one of the most complete wines in the collection. A plethora of dark berries, dark plums and ginger biscuits come to the fore as this closes off. What a delicious long, deep and slate-like finish. Balanced enough to broach now, but this will hit a magic drinking window from 2025 through to 2035" - James Suckling, 96 points; "One of my favourite Penfolds styles... boasts a seductively sweet fragrance of herbs and spices followed by a full-bodied blueberry-like opulence" - Decanter.com, 94 points $95.00 per bottle

2012 Podere Ruggeri Corsini Barolo ‘Bricco San Pietro’ DOCG     "Medium to full bodied, plump and tannic, yet with succulence of cherry fruit and almost a chocolate almond thing going on, freshness and a touch of orange peel, slick of sticky tannin on a long finish. Power with restraint. This is a very good bottle of Barolo" - The Wine Front, 93+ points   $84.95 per bottle

2013 Podere Ruggeri Corsini Langhe Nebbiolo DOC     "It's a bit of a brute, for sure, but gee you're getting a lot of Nebbiolo for your money here. Dark cherry, liquorice, dusting of pepper and sweet spices, new leather, dried mint and flowers. It's full bodied, packed with spiced red and black fruit and inky black tea tannin, keeps fresh and tight, even more so with clean minerally acidity, and finishes long with strawberry, cherry and that potpourri perfume. And of course a mudslide of delicious grainy tannin. Throw it into a decanter now, or leave it for up to a decade. It's rugged, but very good" - The Wine Front, 93 points   $42.95 per bottle

2014 Rosemount Estate Little Berry McLaren Vale Shiraz       "Has a particularly complex bouquet, the full-bodied palate a mirror image of the bouquet, adding emphatic, savoury tannins to a wine bristling with attitude and energy. Will live for decades" - James Halliday, 95 points  $22.95 per bottle

2015 Seville Estate Pinot Noir   "The bouquet and palate both throw down the gauntlet with a riveting display of black cherry, spice and a (pleasantly) stalky/vegetal background. Makes a convincing claim for more time in bottle" - James Halliday, 95 points     $32.95 per bottle

2015 Shaw & Smith Adelaide Hills Shiraz   "The bouquet full of red fruits, darker fruit notes and delicious pepper and spice nuances. These characters flow through to the medium-bodied palate of Shaw + Smith's most consistently outstanding wine, the '15 vintage making it seem so easy" - James Halliday, 97 points; "Once again this time-proven shiraz rises to the top of a Winewise tasting. It has to be the best example yet - red, rather than black, berry aromas greatly enhanced by whiffs of whole bunch inputs and new oak. The palate is long and supremely fine - seamless really. Don't miss out" - Winewise *****(Outstanding); "The best shiraz yet under this label: deliciously intense with blood plum, raspberry, black cherry aromas laced with subtle pepper and spice nuances. Marvellous richness and a seamless, soft-textured palate which is fruit-driven, with barely perceptible oak" - The Real Review, 95 points; "Excellent intensity of flavour, soft texture, seamless, with smooth gentle tannins and early accessibility. Oak is barely perceptible. A delicious wine in a modern, fresh, fruit-driven style. I'd love to see this again in a few years" - Huon Hooke, 95 points     $39.95 per bottle

2015 Six Acres Yarra Valley Syrah      "A soft, gentle, Rhône-ish spice bouquet, which is really delightful. It's quite peppery, floral and very elegant. The wine is medium-bodied at best, with soft, light, gentle but present tannins, and a charming harmony. It doesn't have great power or concentration, but is a beautiful light to medium-bodied shiraz. Very gorgeous and very immediately drinkable" - Huon Hooke, 95 points $24.95 per bottle

2015 Sons of Eden 'Kennedy' Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre   "Avoids confection/sweet fruit flavours, and does so with panache, ringing red, purple and black fruits into the very complex medium to full-bodied palate, cherry/plum and blackberry flavours welded together with a savoury, spicy subtext" - James Halliday, 95 points & special value wine; "Kennedy pretty much delivers year on year... Medium bodied, soft and silky, plump fruit with a savoury olive tapanade thing at its core, clean acidity, and fine powdery tannin on a supple creamy berry finish. Fine style. Not a hair out of place" - The Wine Front, 93 points    $19.95 per bottle

2014 Sons of Eden Zephyrus Shiraz      An absolutely delicious wine wine bursting with vibrant, opulent fruits and supported by silky tannins on the long finish; "A beautifully wrought and detailed palate, so supple it literally glides through to the finish and aftertaste without even a momentary pause for thought. Will live for decades, but can also be consumed tonight" - James Halliday, 96 points; "Juicy forest berries with a jasmine perfume, spice, dried herbs, choc-mint fondant. Medium to full bodied, bitter chocolate and juicy dark berries, silky glossy feel with fine grained tannin that provides traction on the finish, to tighten it up. Feels fresh, but not forced, and the oak is beautifully taken up. Effortless Shiraz of polish and high drinking appeal" - The Wine Front, 93 points  $32.95 per bottle

2013 Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz      The best Tatiarra Cambrian Shiraz to date. A perfect expression of Heathcote shiraz, with the potential to evolve into something very special. Layers of pure blackberry and dark plum fruit, a wonderful expression of conrolled power; "Wow and ouch. Wow because 2013 blends are crazy good and ouch cause geeze that's a hard tasting, so concentrated and awesome" - Ben Riggs, Winemaker    $32.95 per bottle

2013 Tatiarra Culled Barrel Shiraz     A stunning wine for the price and a veritable bargain in the Heathcote landscape. The palate fairly ripples with juicy, blackberry and plum fruit, spice and peper. Powerful and seductive; "Wow and ouch. Wow because 2013 blends are crazy good and ouch cause geeze that's a hard tasting, so concentrated and awesome" - Ben Riggs, Winemaker    $21.95 per bottle

2016 Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Syrah      "5% whole bunches wild-fermented in oak cuves, matured in French oak (15% new) for 11 months. The vintage was challenging for pinot, but not for shiraz. Both the bouquet and medium to full-bodied palate have a smoky/savoury/spicy undertow easily dealt with by the black fruits and generous tannins" - James Halliday, 96 points & Halliday's Top 100 Wines 2017    $32.95 per bottle