Fox Creek Vermentino 2020£14.95
Pale straw with golden hues.
Lifted citrus of lemon and lime, hints of apple and pear combine with light floral notes of citrus blossom and potpourri.
Bright lime juice, grapefruit, lemon rind and nashi pear combine with focussed acid and a textural mouthfeel that provides a great accompaniment for many lighter dishes.
This wine is suited for early drinking and will retain fresh
fruit characters for the next year. This wine is made to be enjoyed whilst it is young.
Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 2015£43.95
Intense, deep garnet
Red cherry, raspberry and blood plum fruit aromas layered with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, fennel seed with hints of cedar and smoky toast
The full flavoured palate with plum, cherries, mulberry and raspberries, also has black cherries and dark chocolate filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, characterised by rich dark tannins framing the back of the palate and ending with firm, textural tannins. These tannins give the wine excellent structure and length, and will become richer and softer as the wine ages rewarding those who can cellar this release.
Drinking best at least up to 2032 and possibly a lot longer. This wine opens up and expresses the rich aromas and flavours if decanted for up to 2 hours prior to consumption. Our Shiraz is an exquisite accompaniment for full flavoured food but is sufficiently complex and satisfying to be savoured on its own.
Fox Creek Short Row Shiraz 2017£20.00
Fresh aromas of plums, black cherry, spit-roasted meats, supported by
clove and dark chocolate intertwined with cinnamon, nutmeg and roasted chestnut.
Rich and vibrant fruit driven front palate are jam-packed with plums, mulberries and black cherries. The mid palate is full of strawberries and cream with hints of dark chocolate. Fruit richness and luscious midpalate is the hallmark of this wine style, with sympathetic and balanced oak completing the traditional Shiraz flavour and structural profile. The youthful grape tannins provide a firm tannin texture and length that will soften and integrate with age.
Looking for an older vintage? Try the 2016 here.
FOX CREEK, ‘POSTMASTER’, GRENACHE, SHIRAZ, MOURVEDRE 2017£18.50
Bright cherry red
A lifted nose dominated by red cherries, raspberry, and strawberry with hints of dried flowers, cinnamon and clove.
A balanced, smooth palate bursting with bright fruits such as red cherry, raspberry, and strawberry combine with plum, cassis all supported by elegant silky tannins that lead to a long, persistent, and focussed finish. The Old Vine Grenache parcel delivers perfumed lift and juicy red berry fruits, with the Old Vine Shiraz parcel adding blackcurrant and strawberries on the mid palate. The old vine tannins provide the wine elegance and structure with the Mourvèdre tying the palate together with tannin volume and earthy texture. This is a classic McLaren Vale blend that shows off the varieties that do well. Fantastic with an array of foods.
While crafted for immediate appeal, this wine will mature well with at least 5-10 years cellaring in controlled conditions.
Looking for an older vintage? Try the 2015 here.
Fox Creek, ‘Arctic Fox’ NV£17.50
Fox Creek’s Arctic Fox is perfect for those seeking an alternative to Champagne.
A blend of three white varieties reflect all that is desirable from McLaren Vale’s climate and soils. Comprising of 55% Vermentino, 23% Verdelho, 22% Sauvignon Blanc.
The Vermentino’s crisp, structural and vibrant contribution is filled out by the Verdelho’s rich, tropical mid palate and yeasty lees stirred characteristics, while the Sauvignon Blanc twist gives the aromatics a lift and provides a herbaceous edge.
So how does it taste: A crisp and refreshing mix of lemon, lime, grapefruit and white nectarine flavours leading into a soft and fleshy mid palate of honeydew, green apple and lemon sorbet. The focused acidity combined with the voluminous mouth-feel finish the wine with crispness, persistence and length.
Suitable for vegans!
Sparkling Red Wine Mixed Case£38.90
Here at Tilley’s Wines, we’ve long had great success with sparkling red wines.
The first sparkling red wine we imported was Fox Creek’s Vixen which remains a year-long bestseller but it does come into it’s own at Christmas. It is made from Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and we like to describe it as our Black Forest Gateau wine.
Quite different to the Vixen is our lighter Italian sparkling red wine, 47 AD Marsecco, Frizzante Marzemino. We lord this up as an ultimate party wine, guaranteed to convert any non-believer.
Cantina di Soliera Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro DOC, Sweet (8%) NV is a traditional off-dry style produced from the Grasparossa grape – widely considered to be the highest quality of the Lambrusco varieties, with thicker skin and ripe tannins. It has lashings of vibrant cherry and berry fruit.
The case price of £38.90 includes a 5% discount of the RRP case price of £40.95 selection is as follows:
Fox Creek Wine Mixed Case£99.50
Fox Creek brings a little bit of the past into the future. It’s a fine balance of old and new. The nineteenth century stone cottage, home to their Cellar Door is just 400 metres away from the state-of-the-art winery complex.
Their wines are not mass-produced. It is more about a discovery of a wine that they honestly care about—deeply and unswerving. Every one of their countless decisions is dedicated to a single-minded result and you can taste the passion in every bottle, every variety, from every vintage.
The 6-bottle case price of £100 includes a 5% discount off the RRP Case price £105.75. Price includes sale prices.
The selection is as follows:
Fox Creek ‘Red Baron’ Shiraz, 2016£14.50
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.
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek, “Three Blocks Cabernet”, 2014£21.95
Deep cherry red.
Fresh leafy lifted cinnamon and cigarbox, overlaying red berry fruits, dark chocolate, roast chestnuts and black cardamon.
Fleshy blackcurrant, black cherry and mulberry flavours lead into a blueberry muffin and milk chocolate mid palate. The crunchy, savoury and linear grape tannins integrate with elegant oak tannins to give the wine fantastic length, finesse and balance.
As the name implies, ‘Three Blocks‘ is sourced from three very different premium McLaren Vale vineyards each featuring different soil types;
One vineyard has well drained sandy loam soils over silica sand and clay formation, the second, grey sand over North Maslin sandstone and the third featuring black Biscay clay over Pirramimma sandstone.
The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night between March 12 – 28 when fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids all reached maturity and balance. Fermentation on skins was for 8 – 10 days with all of the wine completing barrel fermentation. Considered maturation of each vineyard batch in oak specifically matched to these Cabernet vineyards from a range of French coopers. The batches were shifted between different oak types to impart layers of flavour and enhance the structure during the wine’s 18 month maturation in new to four year old oak barrels. The final blend used different percentages of each of the vineyard parcels to achieve the layers of flavour and tannin profile we desired when initially creating the blend.
This will reward the patient drinker who has the willpower to cellar this wine up until 2025.
Blue Gold Medal, Sydney International Wine Comp 2017
Gold Medal, AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2016
Silver Medal, International Wine + Spirit Competition 2016
96 points James Halliday (high!)
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek, Jim’s Script, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, 2013£17.95
Jim Watts, an eminent professor of surgery, purchased the bare land that is now Fox Creek vineyards with his wife Helen in 1984. A lover of wine, Jim and his four children planted a selection of grape varieties and made their first wine under the Fox Creek label ten years later.
Three decades following Jim and Helen’s vision to plant grapes certainly stopped the critics who mooted the land was not suitable. It is deserving that Jim has a wine named after him. The Jim’s Script is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is full of black fruit flavours and long elegant tannins. This wine has a vibrant and rich palate with seamless integration between the varietal flavours and tannins, finishing with crunchy acidity and an earthy texture.
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek, ‘Postmaster’, Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre 2015£17.45
Background and Winemaking
First produced in 2013 Postmaster GSM is a luscious, elegant, mid-weight wine that displays great flavour and balance, with a medium bodied nature that complements our food, lifestyle and climate. Grenache thrives in McLaren Vale’s warm maritime climate and diverse soil structure where it develops rich, balanced fruit flavour. Traditionally grown for producing fortified wines, the old vineyards contribute flavours and complexity that cannot be matched by younger vines.
Combined with the rich, ripe Shiraz and earthy, textural Mourvèdre, the combination of flavours and tannins deliver exotic gamey notes along with elegance, structure and longevity to the final blend. The 70-year-old Shiraz batch is matured in 2, 3 and 4-year-old French and American oak, barrels were selected for their spice, character and sweet tannin profiles. The 60 and 80-year-old Grenache is matured in older French and American puncheons and selected for the perfumed lift and tannin elegance and power. The Mourvèdre spends time in new, 1 and 2-year-old French and American oak puncheons and was selected for its earthy texture and ability to tie the blend together.
Bright, cherry red.
Perfumed confectionery lift with aromas of raspberry, mulberry, cherry, hints of musk, gingernut biscuits, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove.
Mulberry, raspberry, red cherry, strawberries, hints of chocolate éclair. The wine has focused and elegant tannins, well integrated oak, with a silky persistent finish.
Grenache delivers perfumed lift, juicy red berry fruits, Shiraz adds fleshy plum and strawberries, Old vine tannins provide elegance and structure. Mourvedre ties the palate together as it adds tannin volume and earthy texture. This is a classic regional blend that shows off the varieties that do well and is also fantastic
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011£35.95
Blackcurrant and blackberry flavours lead into a creamy dark chocolate mid palate. The long soft structural grape tannins integrate well with the firm but elegant oak tannins to give the wine fantastic finesse and balance. A vibrant and elegant wine which will drink well from mid 2013 onwards and will reward careful cellaring till at least 2024 and beyond.
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek Vixen Shiraz (sparkling red)£17.95
The majority of our customers have discovered Tilley’s Wines through their search for the Vixen! This sparkling red has a huge following in the UK and of course in its homeland Australia.
It is made in the same way as Champagne with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. This is no cheap fizzy plonk but a serious game changer when it comes to sparkling wines.
We like to always include the Vixen on tastings to see how many sparkling red converters we can make and we have a near 100% success rate.
By way of a tasting note it is a powerful wine rich and 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. We also think it’s a cracking match with Stilton cheese and Christmas pud! We also think its bubbles give good cause to opening it for any celebratory occasion!
Suitable for vegans!
Please note the Vixen does not fit in our wooden gift boxes.
Fox Creek, JSM, 2012£14.95
JSM is named after decorated army Captain, James Stanley Malpas who was born in Willunga in 1873. His family lived in what is now Fox Creeks Cellar Door cottage. James, the youngest son of Henry and Mary Malpas made his mark early. In 1891 at the age of 18, he carved his initials in the stone lintel above the front door. James studied at Roseworthy Agricultural College where he graduated as a Gold Medalist. In 1915 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and was posted to Gallipoli where he was promoted to Captain.
James was awarded the Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry in action’ after displaying great resourcefulness and dash in getting his company out of an almost impossible position in the trenches in Gallipoli.
A fruit driven mid palate is laden with red cherry, plums and raspberries. The wine has a long, crisp and refreshing finish due to the Cabernets firm and youthful grape tannin framed with elegant and spicy oak. A great drinking wine of complexity and substance.
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek, ‘Short Row’ Shiraz, 2016£19.50
First produced in 1999, Short Row Shiraz acknowledges the traditional McLaren Vale Shiraz style that has brought the region the recognition and standing amongst the great wine regions of the world. A style based on a powerful fruit driven front and mid palate, with rich ripe tannins requiring significant new oak influence to be brought back into a semblance of balance.
This big and rich Shiraz has been tamed slightly over the years to enhance its drinkability and poise in the glass but it still packs a punch on the palate. The original incarnation was from the short row vineyard, which is characterised by a magnificent big ball of fruit on the mid palate. We also select parcels from two other vineyards that exhibit similar flavour and tannin profiles.
Plums, black cherry, raspberry, clove, dark chocolate. Intertwined with nutmeg, cinnamon, and roasted vanilla bean.
Fruit driven front palate of plum, strawberry, black cherry, mid palate of strawberry and cream with hints of dark chocolate. The youthful grape tannins provide a firm texture and length that will soften and integrate with age.
Drink now but this will reward with careful cellaring until 2020.
GOLD Medal Mundus Vini 2018
GOLD Medal CWWSC 2018
GOLD Medal Berlin Wine Trophy 2018
GOLD Medal “Sakura” Japan’s Woman’s Wine Awards 2018
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 2013£44.95
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
Suitable for vegans!