Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Tasting Panel rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2012 Tasting Panel rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft, fleshy-textured Shiraz displaying blueberries and spice, supple tannins and stylish French oak influence.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Margaret River    Australia   
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Robert Oatley Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Robert Oatley Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
(search item no. 121207)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A full-flavored yet finely structured Cabernet of great appeal: black berries, dried leaves and fine gravelly tannin, reflect an outstanding year.
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About Robert Oatley:

Famed Australian Vintners, Bob and Sandy Oatley, founders of Rosemount Estate, began their next wine venture to pay homage to the many terrific regions of Australia and the grapes most suited to the terroir.

Wherever he makes wine, Bob Oatley's underlying philosophy is to find the right vineyard with the right soil and match it to the right variety.

With the guidance of winemaker, Larry Cherubino, Robert Oatley Vineyards shares the expression of regions, such as Margaret River, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Great Southern and Central Ranges.



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)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $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.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 99112)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The color of this wine is pale gold with green tints. The nose displays lifted citrus zest and fresh quince with subtle notes of white nougat and toasted almonds. Finely structured and seamless, the palate is all about texture. Creamy nougat, citrus and hints of white nectarine combine elegantly with the subtle nuances of French oak and a restrained citrus acidity for a lingering finish.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


White Wines    Semillon    Hunter Valley    Australia   
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Brokenwood Semillon 2010
Brokenwood Semillon 2010
(search item no. 107903)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2013 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2013 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2012 Australian Wine Companion rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

As always, a beautiful color with luminous greens. Distinctive Hunter lemongrass/straw aromas as a young wine. Sweet fruit flavors initially on the palate indicating perfect ripeness at harvest and in fact a bit riper than usual. Excellent acid structure, long flavors of lime and apple blossom. Perfect in its youth and a wine that will bottle age gracefully.
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About Brokenwood:

Although based in Hunter Valley, Brokenwood’s practice of multi-district blending has been a major part of the company's philosophy since fruit from other regions was first sought in 1978. This unique approach and the resulting quality wines have cemented Brokenwood's place as one of Australia's most revered and consistent labels.

Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia's most reputable wine labels. Brokenwood was established by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors who then paid a record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block, initially planned as a cricket round for the local community, was planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and later Shiraz. The first vintage picked in 1973 yielded plenty of praise and a loyal following that eventually led to increased production and the creation of a new winery just two years later.

Growth was steady until 1978 when six new partners joined allowing for the purchase of the Graveyard Vineyard the vineyard that produces the winery's flagship wine. When in 1982 Brokenwood decided to diversify into white wines, they appointed Iain Riggs as winemaker and managing director. Just a year after diversifying into white wine production, Brokenwood's output was 70 percent white.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Hewitson Ned and Henrys Shiraz 2010
Hewitson Ned and Henrys Shiraz 2010
(search item no. 117283)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 95 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage provided perfect conditions for Ned & Henry's. The color of the 2010 Ned and Henry's is very deep red with a purple hue. The aroma is distinctively Barossa Valley: black and red, ripe fruits and a dried herb spice influence by Mourvèdre. The seamless class of perfectly ripe fruit and French oak is a stand-out here. The palate structure of Ned and Henry's delivers in every aspect of the brief. The fruit flavors of red-fruits, dark cherry and dark-earth characters are full and concentrated yet soft and supple. The tannins are gentle yet persistent. Ned and Henry's is most definitely full-bodied, yet the wine has great balance and poise and carries that signature called 'drinkability.'
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About Hewitson:

Dean Hewitson is driven by passion. His creation of individual, exquisite wines from the ancient vineyards of South Australia is for your indulgence.

Dean Hewitson has been indeed very fortunate to be tutored by some of the best wine makers and wine scientists in the world. Having completed his degree at Roseworthy, he worked at one of Australia's best wineries, visited some of the world's best wineries experiencing fifteen vintages worldwide, and spent two years at UC Davis, California, where he completed his Masters. Through all of this, to be guided through wine evaluations and wine making techniques of the great wines by the masters themselves has certainly been a privilege and a wonderful opportunity for him. He therefore is able to draw on a very wide spectrum of ideas, practices, philosophies and experiments. These are encapsulated in his wines.

Hunting down the right varieties in the right vineyard in the right region was the next step. Each variety has been selected on the basis of being able to produce a wine of world class that, in particular, the old vineyards of South Australia are able to produce. Geographical isolation and in part a fluke of human non-intervention have preserved pre-phylloxera vineyards that are more closely linked to the original clones from Europe than anywhere on earth.



Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    Barossa Valley    Australia   
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Yalumba Eden Valley Shiraz + Viognier 2008
Yalumba Eden Valley Shiraz + Viognier 2008
(search item no. 107777)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The concept of blending Shiraz and Viognier is not new. It is derived from the great French wine region of Northern Rhone, in particular, the Côte Rôtie area. Côte Rôtie has often been described as one of France's finest and most perfumed red wines.

Yalumba is excited to release this magical wine. Using only the best Barossa fruit, the Yalumba Hand Picked Shiraz Viognier is both unique in style and rich in concentrated fruit flavour.

This Shiraz Viognier wine is full depth red in colour with purple hues, and shows violet, wild berry and dark cherry aromas, meaty and spicy with black pepper hints. The palate is medium- to full-bodied with beautifully defined fruit, juicy right in the middle with a long, intense and elegant palate with black espresso-like tannins to finish.

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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1949 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.


Red Wines    Syrah/Shiraz    McLaren Vale    Australia   
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d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2009
d'Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2009
(search item no. 114519)
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Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 87 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The nose is full of the fresh berries and spice synonymous with McLaren Vale, with a slight eucalypt lift. Secondary characters of sarsaparilla, cinnamon and clove which are expressed more completely as the wine opens up. The palate is mouth coating and plush with red and purple fruits mingling with orange peel and earth. There is a welcomed kick of five spice on the back palate. The lifted and fine fruit tannins provide structure and pull the wine together nicely. The Footbolt Shiraz has proven to cellar well for at least a decade.
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About d'Arenberg:

One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth-generation winemaker, Chester Osborn. By maintaining a focus on traditional winemaking and nurturing their old-vine material, the Osborn clan has successfully established themselves as one of the country's leading producers of concentrated wines that are full of character.


Red Wines    Rhone Red Blends    Cotes du Rhone    France - Rhone   
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Michel Gassier Cercius Rouge 2010
Michel Gassier Cercius Rouge 2010
(search item no. 112750)
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cercius is a profound ruby color. The nose is intense and complex, with aromas of dark berries, licorice, and garrigue herbs. Opulent and velvety, without being heavy, this wine's fruity finish has an aerial expression of ripe tannins.

Pairs well with various meats and cheeses including wine-braised beef, raviolis with cepe mushrooms, roasted duck, veal chops with radicchio, white beans, grilled leg of lamb with thyme and allspice, brie, and for the more adventurous, epoisses, livarot, maroilles, or munster.

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About Michel Gassier:

In the northern Vaucluse, on the right bank of the Rhone river lies the village of Visan where the legendary mistral winds of Provence sweep over the vines. The Latin name for these north-northwest winds is CERCIUS – the defining feature and raison d'etre for partners Michel Gassier, Philippe Cambie and Eric Solomon to launch this new project. Between the brisk winds and an elevation of 400 meters, the grapes' freshness is protected and then preserved during vinification in concrete tanks.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Other Spain    Spain   
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Bodegas Godeval Vina Godeval Blanco 2010
Bodegas Godeval Vina Godeval Blanco 2010
(search item no. 111357)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

#71 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2011

Green tinged color with nacreous glints, freshly attractive to the eye. It possesses an excellent and powerful bouquet. It is deep, elegant and reminiscent to fruit tree. On the palate it is light, soft and pleasant. The sharp and sweet touch of this wine makes it very personal and balanced, with a marked structure.

This wine can be enjoyed with seafood, fish, low seasoned meat, mushrooms and mild cheeses.

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About Bodegas Godeval:

In 1974 a group of viticulturists, in conjunction with the Agriculture Research Department of the Ministry of Agriculture in Spain, created the program Revival (Valdeorras Vineyards Restoration). Since the very first moment, Godello has been thought to be the best grape of the appellation. In 1985, two of the researchers, Horacio Fernandez and Jose Luis Bartolome, and other partners created Bodegas Godeval, releasing the first 100% Godello wine in Galicia . Bodegas Godeval is one of the first estate-bottled wineries in Galicia . This truly pioneering winery deserves respect for recovering this grape for Spanish winemaking, in an area in which wine has been made since the times of Roman occupation. The winery is located in the surroundings of the 13th-century monastery of San Miguel of Xagoaza, in the mountains next to El Barco de Valdeorras, in the province of Orense (Galicia), in the northwest of Spain . They own 38.4 acres (16 ha) of Godello grapes, in different parcels on the hills surrounding the winery, with good exposure to midday sun. The vines are trellistrained. Average production is 6000 kg/ha, or 44 hectoliters per hectare, half of the local maximum allowed. The vineyards are located on the mountain slopes, and are therefore in terraces. The composition of the soil is of metamorphic slate, although you could find granite in other vineyards of the appellation. Planted at 1,350-1,650 feet (450-550 m) above sea level. Bodegas Godeval was the first producer to plant on the mountain slopes in modern history. The climate is continental with a great Atlantic influence; approximately 40 inches of rain a year. The appellation is located on the banks of the Sil River, and in general, most of the vineyards have a north-to-south orientation.