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Castello del Poggio Moscato Provincia di Pavia
Castello del Poggio Moscato Provincia di Pavia
(search item no. 113109)
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PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $14.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Straw-yellow with golden reflections and a delicate mousse. Fruity and very inviting, with intense scents of peaches and exotic fruit. Fresh and pleasantely sweet with a taste that reveals its varietal characteristic.
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About Castello del Poggio:

The estate lies entirely within the Monferrato area in the Province of Asti, one of Piedmont’s finest wine zones. 80% of its vineyards are in the district of Portacomaro, whilst 20% are at Costigliole d’Asti. The Monferrato is quite unlike any other viticultural region: here the vineyards alternate with woodland and fields, and there is great variation in the zone’s hillsides, even in the colour of their soils.

It takes its name from the medieval stronghold that dominates it, and which once belonged to the noble Bunéis family. Its northern part is today still referred to, in dialect, as the Val del Temp (which means Valley of the Temple) because the Templars had properties there, as testified by the Codex Astensis, the only authenticated record of events in Asti during the Middle Ages. The last surviving member of the Bunéis family left the estate in his will to the Bishop of Acqui who often summered there in the 18th century.



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Bartenura Moscato 2011
Bartenura Moscato 2011
(search item no. 115177)
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PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Crisp and refreshing, semi sweet, with lingering pear, tangerine, nectar and melon flavors on the finish.

Perfect with dessert or fresh fruit, or sipping poolside.

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Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Other Australia    Australia   
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Redbank Fighting Flat Shiraz 2008
Redbank Fighting Flat Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 112561)
Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 85 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This deep red wine delivers aromas which are rich, bright and fresh, chock full of spicy berry fruits with hints of earthiness and cedary oak. A medium to full bodied wine with currants and plums in a fresh structured palate that finishes leaner with fine grainy tannins.

Enjoy this wine with pork loin, stuffed with wild mushroom and truffle served on creamy sweet potato.

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About Redbank:

Redbank captures the rugged essence of Australia's High Country of North East Victoria as well as the collaborative spirit of the early Australian pioneers. A small, select "family" of grape growers have come together for a common effort to produce the premium fruit for the wines of Redbank. Vineyards which are lashed by blizzardly cold winter winds and buried in snow for part of the year emerge at harvest with grapes of the highest quality that enable the Redbank winemakers to produce superb cool climate wines, infused with plenty of hard work and humor.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Clarendon Hills Bakers Gully Syrah 2006
Clarendon Hills Bakers Gully Syrah 2006
(search item no. 117769)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Black, deep midnight purple. Liqueur coffee edge with ‘Black Kat' licorice, tobacco leaf, lifted spicey leather, sweet earthiness and Kalamata skin. Superb clarity and brightness of traditional elements expected in a classic Australian Syrah. Black fruit and savory components mingle on a weighted, meaty structure. Expressive, bright characters are counter-weighted by restraint exhibited in this elegantly positioned and lineated example.
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About Clarendon Hills:

Clarendon Hills is a small family-run winery based in Clarendon, South Australia. The company was founded by biochemist, Roman Bratasiuk, in 1990. The story of Clarendon Hills is one of passion, dedication and commitment to exception wine. It all began when this biochemist and wine lover decided to produce his own wine. Though he'd never trained as a winemaker, Roman let himself be guided by his refined palate and scientific knowledge. Following his favorite producers and preferred styles, Roman sought to make a version of the wines he loved.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Yarra Valley    Australia   
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Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2008
Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2008
(search item no. 109433)
screw cap wine

Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 10/2/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Structured with precision and intensity. Lots of flavor and pristine fruit with classic Shiraz Viognier characters. Very long and focused.
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About Yering Station:

The first vineyard in Victoria, Yering Station was originally planted in 1838. Its acquisition in 1996 by the Rathbone family marked the beginning of a new era, with the construction of a state-of-the-art winery and award winning tourism complex (Winner: 2003-04 Australian Tourism Award for Tourism Wineries).

The winemaking team lead by Tom Carson (nominated for the Qantas Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year 2004) take a non-interventionist approach to allow full expression of the characteristics of this cool-climate region with particular emphasis on varietal flavours, structure and balance. The sub-regional variation between each of our sites throughout the valley allows the winery to successfully produce a diverse range of wines. When a grape variety performs exceptionally well throughout a season, a selection of the most outstanding parcels are released under our reserve label.

Through consistently producing a vast range of different wines, all with hallmark elegance, quality and distinction, Yering Station has built a reputation as one of the finest producers in the Yarra Valley and Australia.