Bondar Wines, ‘Violet Hour’ Shiraz, 2014£20.95
What’s in the name:
“This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations grow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at ant moment we may see the unicorn.” – Bernard DeVoto, “The Hour”.
How about the wine:
Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on Andre Bondar’s Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. He used a proportion of whole bunches, which helps to create that lightness, and adds dimensions of flavour and a silky mouth feel. Aged in mostly older French oak, Violet Hour should improve nicely over the next five years or so and will suit lighter meat dishes and pasta beautifully.
Claymore ‘Nirvana’ Reserve Shiraz, 2012£27.95
This is the icon of legendary Claymore wines portfolio. You will never view a Shiraz in the same way.
This is a wine of elegance, finely structured and delicately balanced. Big juicy fruits are balanced by savoury, spicy elements in the mouth. Lusciously rich plums, blackberries and liquorice are wrapped in gently charry oak brought into line with crisp acidity. We only have a little left of this excellent 2010 vintage which we reserve for our private customers.
Claymore Dark Side Of The Moon, 2014£16.95
Made with selected parcels of estate grown fruit from Claymore's Watervale and Penwortham vineyards, the 2014 Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz proves again the exceptional quality of their low yielding non-irrigated vines.
Maturation on oak barrels complements juicy dark berry fruit in this full flavoured wine – rich and generous with a soft, lingering finish. You are invited to explore the 'dark side' – now or after 6+ years in the cellar.
Claymore, You’ll Never Walk Alone, 2012£14.95
All those vibrant fruits shine on the palate, which is surprisingly soft and round. Soaked plums and dark jammy flavours are balanced by savoury all-spice and bitter chocolate; the wine finishes with a warm tickle.
Dowie Doole Hunt Shiraz, 2014£9.95
Hunt is a label from the established winery Dowie Doole from a premium wine growing area, McLaren Vale.
Deep red in colour. Expect red berry and liquorice aromas with cedar and wood smoke. Spicy plum and mocha flavours are enhanced by French Oak maturation. The wine has excellent balance with a lingering finish.
Dowie Doole, Second Nature Red, 2010
Rich deep crimson. A beautiful bouquet of dark berries, liquorice and spices. The palate is long and flavoursome exhibiting blackcurrant and dark chocolate flavours complemented by spicy, vanillan oak. The tannins are fine, long and soft making it ideal for early drinking.
Dowie Doole, Shiraz, 2013£15.45
The palate reveals a fine integration of rich, dark fruits and smoky, spicy oak. Excellent structure with complex flavours of dark chocolate, blackberries, vanilla and liquorice. The wine is wonderfully balanced with silky, ripe tannins and excellent acidity.
Down The Rabbit Hole Shiraz, 2015£16.95
Down the Rabbit Hole Shiraz fills your mouth with rich red berry flavours and peppery undertones which are augmented by the maturation in small French oak. The wine is juicy, soft and velvety with a long smooth finish.
The Shiraz is a real standout variety from this vintage, exhibiting an abundance of vibrant red fruits and spice, with exceptional colour, richness and balance.
The Shiraz was harvested in stages commencing on the 17th February. The blend comprises of 7 batches harvested over a period of 3 weeks. The grapes were crushed gently and then transferred to 10 tonne open top fermenters. Each parcel was pressed and racked into oak hogs heads (300L barrels) – a mixture of new and seasoned, French and American – to complete primary and malolactic fermentation. The wine is matured in oak for 12 months before final blending took place.
Deep red/purple with crimson hues
Dark red berries, nutmeg, white pepper, subtle oak and complex barrel ferment characters showing through.
Mouth-filling, elegant, flavoursome, red berries, integrated oak, but above all; soft and velvety. Palate lingers well after the wine has been swallowed.
Five Geese “Old Vine” Grenache Shiraz 2012£16.45
The 2012 Five Geese Grenache Shiraz is their signature wine and only released when the season has been kind. And as the name states, these wines are seriously old at over 80 years now.
A very attractive deep crimson red, with a slight purple hue. This wine exhibits the distinct Grenache perfume. There are concentrated rose petals, plum and black currant and there are hints of chocolate and liquorice. The nose is both complex & interesting & there are signs of barrel maturation without any obvious oak.
There are ripe red berry flavours with the warmth of the dry grown Grenache showing as plum and liquorice with cumin & pepper spices. The palate is long and lingering and the Shiraz integrates seamlessly with the Grenache The tannins are soft and there is a good mouth feel.
Five Geese Reserve Shiraz 2010£58.45
James Halliday 2013 edition, “The grapes come from the 50 year old vines surrounding Sue Trott’s house in Blewitt Springs. It has wonderful crimson-purple colour, a great dark berry bouquet, and a glorious palate, with layer-upon-layer of plum and dark chocolate fruit accompanied by velvety tannins, oak somewhere in the background.”
Five Geese Shiraz 2006£15.95
A delicious medium-bodied wine which shows fully ripe (though not jammy or dead) fruit can be achieved in McLaren Vale; the red fruit flavours fill the mouth, vanillin oak entirely in tune with the fruit.
This wine was picked by James Halliday to appear in his top 100 wines in The Weekend Australian Magazine, November 2010.
Five Geese, “The Pippali”, Old Vine Shiraz 2012£18.95
Appearance: Attractive deep red-black colour.
Nose: Complex, spicy; typical of Blewitt Springs characters, even slightly black pepper.
Palate: More savoury palate with plenty of spice up front, and nice fruit sweetness in the middle. Soft tannin on the finish. Flavoursome and robust; definitely a food wine!
Cellaring: Drinking well now, but has the capacity to develop and soften with further time in the bottle. A very reliable wine from an exceptional vintage in McLaren Vale.
Snippet from James Halliday’s review, August 2016:
“…Quality written all over it. Value almost goes without saying. Blackberry, earth, saltbush and smoky oak. Excellent integration of the various components. Tannin comes in a block but the fruit is up to the task.”
Fox Creek ‘Red Baron’ Shiraz, 2013£14.45
Fox Creek’s eye-catching Red Baron’ Shiraz is a very easy drinking and made in a young, fresh and fruity style so it is approachable and ready to crack open.
Plum and black cherry aromas jump out of the glass supported by blueberry muffin characters with a hint of cinnamon spice.
Rich front palate of plums and black cherries lead into the coffee and cream mid palate which is complemented by hints of roasted nuts and dark chocolate (you’ll know this wine is from McLaren Vale). The youthful tannins complete the vibrant experience with an injection of subtle structural oak on the finish.
AWARDS (just a few!)
Double Gold Medal, China Wine & Spirits Awards 2014
Gold Medal, AWC Vienna 2014
Gold Medal, Spiegelau International Wine Competition (New Zealand) 2014
Gold Medal, International Wine Guide (Spain) 2014
Gold Medal, China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2014
Silver Medal, Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
Silver Medal, International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014
Bronze Medal, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2014
Bronze Medal, Japan Wine Challenge 2014
Commendation, Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014
4 Stars, World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge Tasting Winestate Magazine
September / October 2014
Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 2013£43.95
We didn’t think the 2012 could have been bettered but then comes along the current vintage 2013.
This has been Fox Creek’s most celebrated wine, first made in 1994. The Reserve has an extraordinary range of flavours with blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and dark chocolate. The wine has a rich sweet fruit mid palate and the finish is long. While approachable when young, it is best cellared and drinks best to 2028.
Intense, deep burgundy.
Red cherry and plum fruit flavours layered with cinnamon and nutmeg, dark chocolate and liquorice with hints of rhubarb and buttered toast.
The full flavoured palate with plums, black cherries, rhubarb and strawberries, with liquorice and milk chocolate filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, and is characterised by rich dark chocolate, roast nut, vibrant acidity and firm structural grape tannins. These tannins give the wine excellent length and will become richer and soften as the wine ages, and will reward those who can cellar this release. We also recommend decanting this wine up to two hours before savouring.
Sourced from premium selected McLaren Vale vineyards blocks with a range of soil types contributing structural and flavour complexity. Soils include Bay of Biscay, grey loam, and red gravels. Harvest took place when the individual vineyard fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids all reached maturity. 2013 was a warm and compact vintage with mild nights and to warm days during the ripening period. This meant the fruit flavours were rich and intense and the tannins were big and firm. The Shiraz harvest began mid February and finished in mid March, with most of the components for this wine came in late February and early March. Fermentation on skins was for 8 – 10 days, with all wine completing fermentation in barrel for added texture and to advance the integration of oak and grape tannins. During maturation the wine from each vineyard batch was targeted with appropriate oak styles to maximise its potential and produce the most complex and complete wine bases possible prior to blending. Our oak barrels are sourced from coopers in France, USA and Australia and are seasoned for 3 years. Maturation was for 21 months in both new and one year old oak barrels. Barrel by barrel selection took place during all stages of fermentation and barrel maturation to ensure only the best Shiraz barrels were selected for the final blend. Final blend proportions were determined purely by quality, balance and style.
Excellent Classification, Langtons Classification of Wine VI
Best of Show Australia Red; ProWein, Mundus Vini Spring, Germany 2015
Double Gold Medal, China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015
Great Gold Medal, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, Spain 2015
Great Gold Medal, Mundus Vini Spring, Germany 2015
Gold Medal, Mundus Vini Summer 2015
Gold Medal, AWC Vienna 2015
Gold Medal, Les Citadelles Du Vin France 2015
Gold Medal, Selections Mondiales des Vins, Canada 2015
Gold Medal, Berlin Wine Trophy, Germany 2015
Gold Medal, DWM Asia Wine Trophy 2015
Gold Medal, DWM Portugal Wine Trophy 2015
Gold Medal, Berlin Wine Trophy 2016
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge – Tranche 1 2016
Silver Medal, Syrah du Monde, France 2015
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge : Tranche 2, England 2015
Silver Medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium 2015
96 points ‘Outstanding’ : James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition
Fox Creek Short Row Shiraz, 2009£17.95
Lashings of bright fresh plums, raspberries, blackberry and black cherry flavours are complemented by the creamy vanilla oak and fine grained tannins. The warm round luscious ball of flavour in the mid palate is the signature of this wine and is framed by earthy tannins that are firm in their youth, but will become elegant and soften with age.
Drink now or drink by 2024.
Fox Creek Vixen Shiraz (sparkling red)£17.95
A powerful wine rich & soft in texture. The silky palate oozes sweet mixed berry conserve, ‘rum and raisin’, white chocolate & spicy vanillin oak finished with a balanced explosion of spice, crisp acid and soft elegant tannin length.
With regards to food matching, we’d drink this and only this with our turkey on Christmas Day.
Fox Creek, ‘Postmaster’, Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre 2015£17.45
This wine was named in honour of Henry Malpas, father of James Stanley Malpas (JSM), who was the first owner of the plot of land that is now the home of Fox Creek. As well as building the beautiful Willunga House in 1849 (which still stands magnificently in St Peters Tce, Willunga) he opened a General Store and took over the Mail duties from the local police in 1852. His role as Willunga’s first Postmaster, and the punishing schedule that came with it, continued until 1873 when the new post office was built.
Bright, cherry red appearance. A nose of raspberry and cherry, hints of strawberries and cream, ginger nut biscuits with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
A luscious palate dominated by mulberry, raspberries and red cherries leading into a plum, strawberry and crème caramel mid palate. The wine has well integrated oak, balanced and elegant tannins with a silky, persistent finish. The Old Vine Grenache delivers the perfumed lift and juicy red berry fruits, with the Old Vine Shiraz adding the fleshy plum and strawberries on the mid palate. The old vine tannins give the wine an elegance and structure with the Mourvedre tying the palate together by adding tannin volume and some earthy, gritty texture. This is a classic regional blend that shows off the varieties that do well.