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Major Grape/Wine Styles

Cabernet Sauvignon - full flavoured with berries [especially black currants] & chocolate hints. Best is grown in medium to cool regions. Coonawara [terra rossa soil, Margaret River area & Yarra Valley predominate. Its tannic wine benefits from some bottle age.

Grenache -  rustically luscious cherry ripeness with raspberries. Best grown in warmer regions & are high in alcohol & low in tannins.

Malbec - usually blended to add a deep colour, ample tannin and a particular plum-like complexity.

Merlot - soft, dry plush plum-like in warmer regions, more savoury with firmer tannins in cooler areas.

Mourvedre - fabulously rich & spicy with liquorice hints. Mainly grown in Barossa & McClaren Valleys.

Pinot Noir - in its youth delicate strawberry & raspberry flavours predominate, with age it is more savoury [mushroom]. It is grown in the coolest regions.

Shiraz - [known as Syrah in the Rhône] it is Australia’s premier grape. In general a cedary, mulberry, spicy & “wild” flavour although its style varies markedly region to region - in Victoria’s cool climate it is elegant & peppery, in Coonwarra & Margaret River more spicy, in Clare Valley powerful & minty, in McLaren Vale sweet & chocolaty, in the Barossa Valley muscular & ripe & finally in the Hunter Valley rich leather.

Chardonnay - formerly considered to be “oaky” & obvious, it is now better made with usually a hint of vanilla oak. The warmer inland areas show peach & tropical fruit flavours whilst the cooler regions exhibit more subtle citrus [grapefruit & lime] aromas.

Columbard- often blended with Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc, on its own it produces a full-bodied wine with tropical-fruit overtones & good acidity, i.e. good with seafood. It favours warmer regions.

Gewurtztraminer [Traminer] - usually pungent spicy lychee, Turkish delight &/or perfumed floral flavours predominate. Grown mainly in Clare Valley, Hunter Valley & Tasmania.

Marsanne - powerfully flavoured with honey, lemon, peach & lemon. Grown primarily in Victoria.

Muscat - electrifying ambrosial sweet nectar raisins from the Rutherglen district of Victoria.

Semillon - whilst generally warm, creamy & peachy its style varies as Shiraz’s. In the Barossa it is a luscious deep yellow with mangoes & peaches often wood-aged, around the Hunter Valley it is lean & flinty at first but matures into a honey, nutty, complex classic whereas Margaret River produces a fine balance between the two. It ages well. Botrytis Cinerea, the noble rot, produces intensely sweet wine.

Viognier - hard to grow but increasingly blended with Shiraz to add perfumed aromas & softer tannins.

 

Amon-Ra Barossa Valley

Bin No.
 
£

RP

WS

433.
Unfiltered Shiraz  Ben Glaetzer  2005 14.5%
146
96
92
434.
Unfiltered Shiraz Ben Glaetzer  2012  15%
135

97+

d’Arenberg McLaren Vale

435.
Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre The Ironstone Pressings 2002 14.5%
62

93

87

436.

Cabernet Sauvignon   The Coppermine Road  2003  14.5%

62

94

83
437.
Shiraz   The Dead Arm  2003  15%
89

95

86

438.

Shiraz Viognier  The Laughing Magpie  2006  15%

43

92

85
439.
Shiraz Viognier  The Laughing Magpie  2007  14.5%
42

92

87

 

De Bortoli  New South Wales

440.

Bortrytis Semillon  Noble One  2002  11.5%

1/2

47

 
 

 

Brown Brothers  Milawa
441.
Moscato  2008 5.5%
 
14
 
 

Capercaillie  Hunter Valley

442.
Semillon  The Creel  2002  10%
 
24
 
 
443.
Dessert Style Gewurztraminer  2003  10%
1/2
21
 
 

 

Domaine A  Tasmania

444.

Pinot Noir  Domaine A  H Peter Althaus  2005  13.5%

 

109

91

445.

Sauvignon Blanc  Lady A  H Peter Althaus  2008  14%

 

101

 

 

 

Henry’s Drive Padthaway South Australia

446.
Shiraz  2003  16%
59

94

90

447.

Shiraz  Dead Letter Office  2010  14.5%

 

32

 

89

 

Henschke Eden Valley South Australia

448.

Shiraz  Hill of Grace  2001  14%

629

94

95

449.
Shiraz  Mount Edelstone  2005  14%
128

97

92

450.

Semillon  Louis  2005  13%

 

62

90

87

451.

Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay  Tilly's Vineyard  2007  12.5%

 

32

89

88

 

Ingleburne McLaren Vale

452.
Shiraz  Penny’s Hill  2002  15%
59

92

 

Knappstein Lenswood Adelaide Hills

453.
Cabernet Merlot Malbec  The Palatine  1998  13.5%
62

92

83

454.

Pinot Noir  2000  14%

45

86

455.
Chardonnay  2001  14%
28

 

 

456.
Gewurztraminer  2001  13%
29

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitchelton Central Victoria

460.
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot  25th Anniversary  1990  13.5%
69
461.
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot  25th Anniversary  1991  13.5%
69
462.
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot  25th Anniversary  1992  13.5%
69
 
 
 

 

 

Moss Wood  Margaret River

463.
Cabernet Sauvignon  2006  14%

 

66

 

90

464.

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc  Ribbon Vale Vineyard  2010  14%

 

19

 

 

465.
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc  Ribbon Vale Vineyard  2011  13%
 
23
87
87

466.

Semillon  2011  13%

 

27

89+

 

467.
Sémillon Sauvignon Blanc Ribbon Vale Vineyard 2012 13%
 
26
88
 

 

Parker Coonawarra Estate

468.
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc  First Growth Terra Rossa  1999  14%
98

92

469.
Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot  First Growth Terra Rossa  2001  14%
89

92

90

 

Pauletts Clare Valley  S. A.

470.
Riesling   2006  12.5%
30

 

Penfolds South Australia

471.
Shiraz Grange  1981  12.5%
596

97

89

472.
Shiraz Grange  1999  14%
350

92

94

473.
Cabernet Shiraz  Bin 389  2001   14%
89

 

88

 

 

 

 

 

Tahbilk  Nagambie Lakes,  Central Victoria

474.
Shiraz  1860 Vines  2001  13.5%
101

 

Torbreck Barossa

475.
Shiraz   The Struie  2012  15.5%
 
75
92
92
 
 

 

 

Two Hands  Barossa Valley

476.

Shiraz  Bad Impersonater  2003  15%

59

93

90

477.

Shiraz   Bella's Garden  2003  15%

77

95

94

 

 

 

 

 


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