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  • Dewey Station Graciano 2019

    Dewey Station Off the Beaten Track Graciano 2019

    $25.00in any six

    $29.00 per single bottle

    Dewey Station make this fantastic Off the Beaten Track Graciano from the Rioja varietal that grows with flair in the Barossa Valley. Bright florals and violets leap from the glass. Followed by strawberry, blackcurrant jelly crystals, orange peel and sweet earth aromas. This is a seductive, food friendly wine. Excellent value! Click here for our […]

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  • Mengoba Bierzo Brezo Mencia 2017

    Mengoba Bierzo Brezo Mencia 2017

    $26.00in any six

    $30.00 per single bottle

    It’s business as usual for Gregory Perez’s entry-level Mencía, which again offers crazy value. Juicy and tangy, this is just a glass of deliciousness with loads of racy, cherry, peppery fruits. Think of quality Beaujolais villages but with more interest, and you’ll be coming close. This comes from multiple parcels of 30-60-year-old vines dotted around […]

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  • Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez Gourmets 2018

    Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez Gourmets 2018

    $29.00in any six

    $31.00 per single bottle

    This first cuvée from vines planted on granitic soils, is the Cuvée des Gourmets. These vines were planted by Maxime’s grandfather Paul Verdier during the 1960s and are some of the oldest on the Verdier-Logel domaine. Bright red in colour with a perfumed nose of redcurrant and raspberry. The fruit sees just ten days of […]

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  • Coriole Nero d'Avola 2018

    Coriole Nero d’Avola 2019

    $27.00in any six

    $31.00 per single bottle

    “No fiddling about here. Purple, stony, floral, spicy, dark chocolate almond. Medium-bodied, distinctly ‘mineral’ feel here, good fruit, but not specifically fruity, with a raft of other more savoury flavours in the mix. Finish is gently chalky in tannin, with an ‘inky’ aftertaste. Wonderful. Very highly recommended.” – 93 Points Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, […]

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  • Spinifex Aglianico 2017

    Spinifex Aglianico 2017

    $30.00in any six

    $32.00 per single bottle

    Italianate scents of orange rind and Amaro combine with blackberry, blueberry and leather. The palate is vivid and sinewy, subtly perfumed with blue-black fruits tempered by stacked, ripe tannins and juicy freshness permeating through to the finish. Pete Schell’s Aglianico is drawn from vines rooted in the quartz shot clay and granite of Caj Amadio’s […]

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  • Le Petite Mort The Monte 2017

    La Petite Mort ‘The Monte’ 2017

    $30.00in any six

    $35.00 per single bottle

    2017 La Petite Mort The Monte (Montepulciano) has beautiful proportions, a lovely figure, plush and round. This is foot trod, so although tannins are extracted, they aren’t firm. I’m uncertain as to the vessel for aging, though it isn’t Amphorae. Hazarding a guess, old French oak, probably some new. Wonderful to drink an Italian variety […]

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  • Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Le Braucol 2016

    Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Le Braucol 2016

    $34.00in any six

    $37.00 per single bottle

    Braucol is more commonly known in the south-west of France as Fer Servadou (or Mansois in Marcillac). This comes from a parcel of 30-35 year old vines grown on clay and limestone soils. Think of it as a Gaillac Pinot or Beaujolais with some sappy stems. But of course, it has its own irresistible personality […]

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  • Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez Volcanique 2018

    Verdier-Logel Cotes du Forez Volcanique 2018

    $35.00in any six

    $37.00 per single bottle

    The 2018 Volcanique from Verdier-Logel is a beautiful, deep red colour. This wine has character. Minerals and spicy notes reveal an amazing expression of the terroir from which it comes. Both concentrated and harmonious. La Volcanique comes from basalt soils and the wine sees a maceration lasting three weeks, giving it more structure, substance and […]

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  • Songs from Mars The Shoe Nero 2019

    Songs from Mars The Shoe Nero d’Avola 2019

    $34.00in any six

    $38.00 per single bottle

    This Nero is great – part of the fruit was affected by frost so it became dehydrated and concentrated. The other half was pristine so while it has a super ripe varietal nose, the palate is balanced and savoury with heaps of acid. It’s very, very good chilled! Half whole bunch, half de-stemmed. From Greenock. […]

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  • Hughes and Hughes Dornfelder 2019

    Hughes and Hughes Dornfelder 2019

    $34.00in any six

    $40.00 per single bottle

    Delicious! Ballistically so. Sluice of sweet cherry, red vermouth-like characters, minty notes and floral things. Has amazingly fresh and frisky acidity, some slick and pull to tannins, juiciness then a squeaky finish with loads of spice and a touch of smoky-slatey minerality. So much deliciousness. Moreish, amazing thing. 94 points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront […]

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  • Albino Rocca Dolcetto D'Alba 2018

    Albino Rocca Dolcetto d’Alba 2018

    $35.00in any six

    $40.00 per single bottle

    Albino Rocca’s Dolcetto d’Alba is drawn from a single vineyard in Barbaresco, a very serious location with a first-rate, east to south-east exposure for the most part. The vines are 30-40 years old, and thanks to their maturity and the sensible yields they offer, this wine displays more intensity and texture than many a garden-variety […]

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  • Scion Durif 2016

    Scion Durif 2016

    $38.00in any six

    $42.00 per single bottle

    Game changer. There are not many wines that can redefine our perception of a wine region. Especially something as iconic and solid as Rutherglen Durif. Scion’s 2016 Durif is just one of those wines, and in the best possible sense.  Elegant, pure and fresh. Makes you wonder why no one from the Rutherglen had made […]

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    $38.00in any six

    $42.00 per single bottle

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  • Frederick Stevenson Montepulciano 2018

    Frederick Stevenson Montepulciano 2018

    $38.00in any six

    $42.00 per single bottle

    Fruit sourced from Tim Fechner’s property, just north of Angaston. Stewed plum, orange peel, bay leaves, liquorice straps and amaro (vecchio amaro del capo – personal favourite) is pretty predominant on the nose. Round and plush mouthfeel upfront, with the characters from the nose carrying through to the palate, to fine grained/tightly woven tannin centred […]

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    $38.00in any six

    $42.00 per single bottle

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  • Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Contre Pied 2016

    Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Contre Pied 2016

    $41.00in any six

    $44.00 per single bottle

    To be ‘Contre-Pied’ is to be diametrically opposed to something. In this case, this organic, carbonic Duras is the opposite of the rustic, sleepy winemaking associated with this variety, and plenty of Gaillac rouge in general. This wine originates from a block of clay and limestone soil in Cahuzac-sur-Vère belonging to a family friend of […]

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    $44.00 per single bottle

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  • La Petite Mort Saperavi 2017

    La Petite Mort Saperavi 2019

    $40.00in any six

    $44.00 per single bottle

    2019 La Petite Mort Amphora Saperavi is a different beast entirely. Destemmed, whole berries are placed in Amphorae and left to do their thing for 193 days. Incredible really. Although the wine has plenty of colour, it’s not impenetrable and the tannins are lovely. Chewier than the Shiraz Viognier, but silky nonetheless. Full-ish body and […]

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  • Cavallotto Dolcetto D'Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2016

    Cavallotto Dolcetto D’Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2016

    $40.00in any six

    $46.00 per single bottle

    Cavallotto’s single vineyard Dolcetto D’Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2016 hails from 2.3 hectares of 30 year-old vines located within Castiglione Falletto’s legendary Monprivato cru. These Dolcetto vines face east, meaning it is cooler and later ripening. On these great soils, the mature vines, low yields and traditional winemaking result in a layered, deep and remarkably […]

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  • Cavallotto Dolcetto D'Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2016

    Cavallotto Dolcetto D’Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2017

    $41.00in any six

    $47.00 per single bottle

    Cavallotto’s single vineyard Dolcetto D’Alba Vigna Scot DOC 2017 hails from 2.3 hectares of 30 year-old vines located within Castiglione Falletto’s legendary Monprivato cru. These Dolcetto vines face east, meaning it is cooler and later ripening. On these great soils, the mature vines, low yields and traditional winemaking result in a layered, deep and remarkably […]

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  • Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Duras 2015

    Robert and Bernhard Plageoles Duras 2015

    $46.00in any six

    $50.00 per single bottle

    Duras is a variety of France’s south-west that almost disappeared during the 1960s, and today is found pretty much exclusively in Gaillac, bar two small parcels found further up the river Tarn. If it weren’t for the Plageoles’ resuscitation of Prunelart and Mauzac Noir, Duras would certainly be the oldest vine variety still grown in […]

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  • Domaine Gramenon Cotes du Rhone Rouge MRVD 2018

    Domaine Gramenon Cotes du Rhone Rouge MRVD 2018

    $65.00in any six

    $69.00 per single bottle

    The 2018 MRVD is a brand new wine from Maxime Francois Laurent, son of Michelle Laurent, founder of Domaine Gramenon. 100% Mourvedre. As usual the first thing you notice is the glorious vibrant purple/crimson colour. Aromas of cassis, rocks, hearth, licorice and garrigue waft out of the glass in perfume. It’s got great proportion, like […]

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    $69.00 per single bottle

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  • Domaine de la Pinte Poulsard Ami Karl 2016

    Domaine de la Pinte Poulsard Ami Karl 2016

    $70.00in any six

    $81.00 per single bottle

    One of my favourite wines this year. A Paradox of bright fruit and spice vs deep complexity, the 2016 Poulsard Ami Karl from Domaine de la Pinte is aged for 18 months, topped up in old foudre. All Domaine de la Pinte reds are de-stemmed and macerated in concrete for a long time, up to […]

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    $70.00in any six

    $81.00 per single bottle

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  • Domaine de la Pinte La Capitaine 2016

    Domaine de la Pinte La Capitaine 2016

    $70.00in any six

    $81.00 per single bottle

    The holy red trinity of the Jura – Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir – Domaine de la Pinte’s La Capitaine 2016 is aged 18 months and topped up in old foudre.All Domaine de la Pinte reds are de-stemmed and macerated in concrete for a long time, up to 3 months sometimes. They are then pressed […]

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    $70.00in any six

    $81.00 per single bottle

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  • Tissot Singulier Trousseau 2017

    Tissot Singulier Trousseau 2017

    $76.00in any six

    $82.00 per single bottle

    Made from 5 vineyards grown on limestone and clay soils, from vines up to 80 years old. The grapes are destemmed and then fermented in cone shaped vats. Matured in 600 litre demi-muids for 1 year, 10% new. The 2017 Singulier Trousseau from Tissot has a stunning and expressive nose of plums, cherries, red and […]

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    $76.00in any six

    $82.00 per single bottle

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  • Exopto Rioja El Espinal 2017

    Exopto Rioja El Espinal 2017

    $76.00in any six

    $88.00 per single bottle

    El Espinal is a fascinating wine which evolved in the glass and came up with totally unexpected flavours and textures. Very dark colour and surprisingly open on the nose. The texture is of luxurious – soft and plush with plenty of laced tannins. Pastile fruits of blackcurrant, nuances of cherry cola, blueberry and licorice root. […]

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    $76.00in any six

    $88.00 per single bottle

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  • Best's Old Vine Pinot Meunier 2019

    Best’s Old Vine Pinot Meunier 2019

    $100.00in any six

    $122.00 per single bottle

    Translucent red colour with clear edges. A distinctly fragrant nose of rose petals, musk, red and black cherries. So much to love. Time open does it no harm. An earthy, anchoring note ticks in with several swirls of the glass – dried herbs and aniseed. Ethereal and haunting, red fruits continue to unfurl, with acidity […]

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    $100.00in any six

    $122.00 per single bottle

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  • Sadie Family Swartland Treinspoor 2018

    Sadie Family Swartland Treinspoor 2018

    $108.00in any six

    $123.00 per single bottle

    “Treinspoor comes from a vineyard close to the railway line on the Darling side of the Swartland. It was especially crucial to get the picking date right in 2018, according to Paul Jordaan, but he and Eben Sadie nailed it. Showing the classic grip and square-jawed gruffness of Tinta Barocca, but with intense, savoury damson […]

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    $108.00in any six

    $123.00 per single bottle

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  • Sadie Family Swartland Pofadder 2018

    Sadie Family Swartland Pofadder 2018

    $108.00in any six

    $123.00 per single bottle

    “Dry farmed on the schist soils of the Kasteelberg, this is the latest in a run of superb Cinsaults from Eben Sadie. The vines are between 40 and 50 years’ old, producing a delicate yet energetic and intense wine with some whole bunch spices and structure, raspberry and red cherry fruit and lacy, detailed tannins.” […]

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    $108.00in any six

    $123.00 per single bottle

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  • Exopto Rioja La Mimbrera 2016

    Exopto Rioja La Mimbrera 2016

    $148.00in any six

    $170.00 per single bottle

    Impenetrable, and one of the darkest pitch Tempranillo’s I have tasted. Dark, dark fruits, licorice and very tight. There are glimpses of morello cherries, which really lifts the wine and points to a compelling, mysterious evolution. Exotic notes kick in after you leave the wine for a few minutes. Thyme, lavender, grenadine and blood orange. […]

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    $148.00in any six

    $170.00 per single bottle

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