De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon 375mL

Celebrating its 30th birthday last year, Noble One holds its position among benchmark Australian botrytis semillon, and the 2009 release is outstanding. Its bright, golden honey hue announces glorious aromas of cumquat marmalade, apricot jam and vanilla, with just a hint of savoury reduction. The palate is unctuous, with toffee, crème brûlée and apricot jam, […]

Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir

Pegasus Bay builds pinot noir of proper structure and longevity of international standards. Berry cherry fruits are impeccable, not unusual for New Zealand, but its a beautifully defined mineral tannin structure that really sets it apart. Forty percent new French oak amplifies its mouthfeel and guarantees to sustain it very long. $50 at WineStar and […]

Lakes Folly Cabernets

Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the legendary vineyard of Lake’s Folly is an oasis of exceptional cabernet (and friends) in a region of shiraz and semillon. 2011 is one of its great expressions, leaping out of the glass with a beautiful bouquet of lifted violets, dark berry compote and liquorice. The palate melds deep […]

Pfeiffer Seriously Nutty Apera 500mL

Chris Pfeiffer commenced his apera 28 years ago when he first began in Rutherglen, back when the style could still be called sherry. Today it boasts an average age of 25 years, infusing a golden honey hue and aromas of walnut and burnt butter. The palate is balanced, persistent and intense, retaining the freshness of […]

Morris Cellar Reserve Grand Liqueur Tokay 500mL

In the Rutherglen hierarchy, the biggest leap in colour, viscosity and power comes in ascending from Classic to Grand, and Morris Tokay exemplifies this by almost doubling the average age to fifteen years. The complexity that has built over this time is beguiling, layered with great intensity of fig paste, fruitcake, marmalade, dark chocolate and […]

Charcoal Gully Pinot Noir

Big and black, just like its label, this is a Central pinot of full, vibrant purple hue and well-composed balance, offering unusual value for money for this part of the world. Its bouquet is adorned with expressive and intense aromas of dried flowers, spice, violets and black fruits of all kinds. The palate continues the […]

Xanadu Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Another star in the lineage of Xanadu, this is a cabernet sauvignon intricately tweaked with each of the other four Bordeaux varieties in tiny quantities of never more than 5%. It’s an impressive accord, building an intense blackberry, blackcurrant and black jube profile that contrasts with crunchy redcurrants and dark chocolate French oak. Finely textured […]

Martinborough Vineyards Burnt Spur Pinot Noir

The fleshy personality of ten-year-old vines rooted in clay soils makes for an endearing expression in the second label pinot of one of Martinborough’s top players. It’s persistent and fruit-focused, with black fruit expression and high cocoa dark chocolate notes. Lovely fine tannins and excellent poise carry through a long and fruit-accented finish. $28 at […]

Hungerford Hill Tumbarumba Chardonnay

A sophisticated and skilfully crafted Tumbarumba chardonnay that juxtaposes the cool, crunchy lemon, apple and white peach of the region with well-gauged complexity of struck flint and gunsmoke. It carries a cool, fine undercurrent of mineral structure, well balanced acidity, supportive oak and excellent persistence. $24 at Dan’s.

Mayhem & Co Eden Valley Riesling

A tiny production riesling of just 260 cases, retaining wonderfully youthful lime zest, kaffir lime spice and lime drop intensity more than a year after harvest. Fine, mineral mouthfeel is accented by wild fermentation and two months on yeast lees. A refined style of taut Eden Valley acidity, good fruit concentration and excellent persistence, punctuated […]