Oakridge LVS Willowlake Chardonnay 2015 ($38) – Brightness and depth, this is one very good Chardonnay and comes highly recommended by us….. and Sir James – 97 points James Halliday
Oakridge LVS Willowlake Pinot Noir 2015 ($38) – If I could drink Dave Bicknell’s Pinot every day of the week, I’d be a very happy man. This one is crazy good, has all the right dark and light fruits and is just soooooo pinot yummy – 96 points James Halliday
Oakridge LVS Shiraz 2014 ($38) – Beautiful, supple and perfumed shiraz made in true cool climate style by a winemaker who specialises in Pinot and Shiraz. Subtle and elegant show stopper – James Halliday 94 Points
Paynes Rise – a real up and comer in the Valley making stellar quality wines at great prices across the board. James Halliday 5 star winery and a gorgeous little cellar door. Check out the mixed 6 here – EXCEPTIONAL value.
Payne’s Rise Mr Jed Pinot Noir ($30)- Juicy and fresh, this pinot is just perfect for immediate consumption…. not to say it won’t age, just that it’s kind of ace just as it is…. and a great price point too – 95 points LH
Payne’s Rise Cabernet Sauvignon ($30)- I’m just loving Yarra Cabernet at the minute. Less dusty and serious than it’s Margaret river and Coonawarra siblings, these Yarra wines tend more towards the elegant blackcurrant and fruit forward style. Generous, full of flavour and just a great drink . 94 points LH
Best’s – An absolute iconic winery and one of the oldest in Australia. Just going from strength to strength and another one where a mixed case is never ever going to disappoint. I love the sparkling shiraz, the riesling and of course all of the shiraz.
Best’s Bin 1 Shiraz 2015 ($25) – Now, many of you would know that I have a long history with Best’s of Great Western. I grew up in the area and have seen a lot of their wines (and winemakers) through our family restaurant in Halls Gap. Now, what I can say is that I know a great Best’s wine when I see one….. and this is seriously one of the better young wines I have ever tasted out of Best’s. Now mark my words when I say that this wine will win a LOT of accolades. It’s just soooooo distinctive. It’s just soooooo Great Western…… it’s just SOOOOOOO delicious. Unfortunately, this one isn’t released yet (they are still getting through the 95 James Halliday pointed 2014) but look out for it when it is, it’s gunna fly off the shelves – 96 points (maybe even more)
Crittenden Estate – The range of wines on offer across a large range of prices and styles at Crittenden is just awesome. From the fun and forward Pinocchio range through the traditional Geppetto series to the more serious Estate range there is great wine across the board here. The Vic100 winning wine came from the flagship “Zumma” Chardonnay, a great buy when compared to european versions at this style and quality level.
Crittenden Estate ‘Zumma’ Chardonnay 2014 ($57) – For those who like a long and fine Chard, this takes some serious beating. I love the raw and unbridled tension in this wine and the perfect oak treatment. Will get better and better for 5-7 years I’d expect. 94 Points now….. but I expect this to hit 96 at it’s best.
Grampians Estate – Proud owner of the ancient Garden Gully vineyard in Great Western which was rescued by a group of incensed winemakers who stepped in when Southcorp (Fosters/Rosemount) decided to pull out a whole bunch of very old vines because they were too unproductive (read very low yielding). These old vines struggling in an area that they probably shouldn’t be growing in, are at the centre of a great lineup of spicy and luscious shiraz that always gets better with age.
Grampians Estate Rutherford Sparkling Shiraz 2013 ($35) – If you know me even a little, you know that I’m a BIG fan of sparkling shiraz. Now when it comes to wine I’m an awful hoarder… in fact it could be said that I have a problem… but when it comes to sparkling shiraz, I find it really hard to keep my hands off the stuff; case in point right here. This is one of the best (and highly awarded) sparkling shiraz out there mark my words! 96 points LH
… and a few little gems for immediate consumption
Five Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($37) – for those of you who just don’t get delayed gratification AT ALL, this ticks all the boxes. It’s Cabernet from a warm region and it’s just DELICIOUS! – 96 points James Halliday
Sam Miranda Prosecco NV ($20)– looking for something fresh, crisp and cold to go with your Spring fun? Sam Miranda of the King Valley will have you sated in no time. This has to be one of the finest versions of Australian Prosecco going around so if you’re into the bubbly stuff and like a bit of pear and apple notes in said drink, look no further, this one will last about as long as your money at the races.
A ripping bunch of award winning, classic Victorian wines where all your money goes straight to the producer… and all with free shipping on orders over $150. So get on board and support these local producers – Lloyd
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