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    Wines & Sprits which represent the best in class - Luxury products.

    Our Fine Wine experts specialise in the selection of the world's finest and rarest wines offering you expert advice, up-to-date wine investments and the opportunity to start your own Cellar.

    Here you can find up-to-date lists of the latest vintages offered from our Museum Releases and from time to time also en primeur as well as all the top wines from the great classic regions.

    Robert Parker's rating system employs a 50-100 point quality scale (Parker Points®). It is his belief that the various twenty (20) point rating systems do not provide enough flexibility and often result in compressed and inflated wine ratings. The Wine Advocate takes a hard, very critical look at wine, since I would prefer to underestimate the wine's quality than to overestimate it. The numerical ratings are utilized only to enhance and complement the thorough tasting notes, which are his primary means of communicating his judgments his readership. (Wine Advocate)

    96-100:

    An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.

    Criteria

    Wines must be at least 10 years old or rated above 96 points from Robert Parker Jnr, 18 Points Jancis Robinson or alike

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    Picture of Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 3L

    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 3L

    521
    The 2004 Descendant is by far the most impressive release of this wine, the colour making that immediately apparent; completely black/purple with healthy, vibrant magenta hues. A pure, wild, powerful nose of blackberry and tar is complimented by a gentle floral lift of lavender and violets. Fullbodied with great concentration, silky tannins and perfectly judged extract, this vigorous and suave young wine has a long, long future ahead of it.
    Picture of Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2004 3L

    Torbreck The Factor Shiraz 2004 3L

    534

    Our homage to the great old vines of the Barossa Valley, this wine is composed of 100% Shiraz. Complex and concentrated, the wine is cloaked in velvet tannins that will continue to develop for another 10 at least. The Factor is all that you would expect of a pureblood Barossa Shiraz.

    Picture of Torbreck RunRig Shiraz 2003 6L

    Torbreck RunRig Shiraz 2003 6L

    559

    The 2003 is completely opaque, right to the rim of the glass. The nose is also imposing with magnificent notes of lifted spice. Closer investigation reveals wonderfully multi-dimensional but very condensed aromas at this early stage. A dark, rich and concentrated palate displays the up front flavour of apricot nectar, and flows into brooding cassis, anise and tar.

     

    This wine possesses a multitude of different facets and nuances that will constantly change and evolve.

     

    Torbreck

    Picture of Buller Calliope Muscat NV 375mL

    Buller Calliope Muscat NV 375mL

    8

    This blend represents the newest bottled offerings from this Rutherglen producer, an area that produces spectacular fortifieds, especially the Muscats and Tokays (actually Muscadelle). Its freshness, good acidity, soaring aromatics, and unctuous flavors must be tasted to be believed. Drink now or cellar.

     

    Picture of Burge Family Winemakers-Wilsford-Muscat-NV-500mL

    Burge Family Winemakers-Wilsford-Muscat-NV-500mL

    16

    Until 3-4 decades ago, many Australian wineries were better known for their fortified than dry table wines. For whatever reason, many of these fortifieds fell out of favor in Australia, and have never received the respect they deserve given how spectacular many can be. Rick Burge's ancestors always made fortified wines, and kept the soleras active during their lifetimes. No one will be disappointed in this spectacular non-vintage fortified. Drink now or cellar.

    Picture of Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2002 750mL

    Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2002 750mL

    239

    The prodigious 2002 Shiraz Apricot Block was produced from fruit cropped at 1.5 tons per acre. Its big, peppery, floral, blueberry, blackberry, pen ink, and vanillin-scented bouquet is followed by a wine with a nervous energy that is totally in keeping with the cool 2002 vintage. Dense, with great purity of fruit, a fabulously multi-layered, full-bodied palate, and an inky finish with enormous concentration, sweet tannin, and superb overall balance, this young, unevolved Shiraz should begin to strut its stuff in 3-4 years, and last for two decades.

    Picture of Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 1997 750mL

    Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 1997 750mL

    248

    Greenock Creek Wines is situated at Seppeltsfield in the rolling hills between the hamlets of Greenock and Marananga, on the western edge of the Barossa Valley. The winery's first release was in 1988, when it sold a 1986 Shiraz and a 1988 Chardonnay from its tiny cellar door situated beneath the Waugh's 150 year old stone cottage.

    Picture of Hobbs Gregor Shiraz 2005 750mL

    Hobbs Gregor Shiraz 2005 750mL

    297

    The fruit for Gregor Shiraz is sourced from Shiraz vines planted in 1988 on our home block high in the Barossa Ranges. The soils are rocky, yellow podzolic matter over clays.

    The fruit is handpicked before being placed on racks and semi dried in the style of the famous Amarone wines of Italy. The grapes are then naturally fermented in open vats before being aged in new French Oak 1350L vats and puncheons for a period of 24 months. Bottled unfiltered.

     

    Tasting notes: Wonderfully rich textured with a smooth character and good concentration. Complex red fruits with some spiciness. A very interesting wine.

    Picture of Hobbs-Gregor-Shiraz-2005-1.5L

    Hobbs-Gregor-Shiraz-2005-1.5L

    298

    Wonderfully rich textured with a smooth character and good concentration. Complex red fruits with some spiciness. A very interesting wine.

    Picture of Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz 2002 750mL

    Kaesler Old Bastard Shiraz 2002 750mL

    305

    Purple and maroon with a dense, youthful edge. Blackberry, raspberry, plum, blueberry, with lifted mocha and spice complexity. Secondary aromas of vanilla, coffee and charred oak offer added complexity. Due to the season the palate is fine and textured. Tight tannins grip well but are nicely balanced with glycerol sweetness from the old vines. Finish is firm with excellent persistence in flavour.

    Picture of Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 1.5L

    Torbreck Descendant Shiraz Viognier 2004 1.5L

    520

    The 2004 Descendant is by far the most impressive release of this wine, the colour making that immediately apparent; completely black/purple with healthy, vibrant magenta hues.

     

    A pure, wild, powerful nose of blackberry and tar is complimented by a gentle floral lift of lavender and violets. Fullbodied with great concentration, silky tannins and perfectly judged extract, this vigorous and suave young wine has a long, long future ahead of it.

     

    Picture of Torbreck RunRig Shiraz 2002 750mL

    Torbreck RunRig Shiraz 2002 750mL

    554

    The RunRig has often drawn comparison with the beautifully fragrant & tautly structured wines produced from the steep slopes of the Northern Rhône Valley’s Appellation of Côte Rôtie.

     

    The RunRig is a structured, muscular wine with phenomenal density, dry vintage port-like concentration, and magnificent notes of smoke, blackberries, cassis, leather and coffee. A hint of viognier’s sweet marmalade character comes through as the wine sits in the glass.

    The Highland clans used a “RunRig” system to distribute land amongst their clansmen in a series of widely dispersed holdings.

    The emphasis not on any one farm, but rather the communal element of the whole. Shiraz from old dry grown vineyards is blended with viognier, complementing the strengths and complexities of these individual parcels of fruit, whilst giving the resulting wine a further dimension..

     

    Picture of Torbreck RunRig Shiraz 2003 750mL

    Torbreck RunRig Shiraz 2003 750mL

    556

    The 2003 is completely opaque, right to the rim of the glass. The nose is also imposing with magnificent notes of lifted spice. Closer investigation reveals wonderfully multi-dimensional but very condensed aromas at this early stage.

    A dark, rich and concentrated palate displays the up front flavour of apricot nectar, and flows into brooding cassis, anise and tar. This wine possesses a multitude of different facets and nuances that will constantly change and evolve.

    Picture of Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 2001 750mL

    Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz 2001 750mL

    751

    Made from half-century old vines, the Roennfeltd Road Shiraz is Greenock Creeks top of the line Shiraz wine. 

     

    Greenock harvest

    Picture of Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz 2008 750mL

    Clarendon Hills Astralis Shiraz 2008 750mL

    1561

    This is Clarendon Hills’ flagship wine. It is a member of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Grand Cru’ classification. Every year, the Astralis vineyard produces the most beautiful wine in our cellar. Despite its non-differentiated treatment in the cellar, it always reveals the most rounded, sublime and seamless expression of syrah which ages like a rock. This is a wine that is always the most beautiful in our cellar.

     

    "The exotic, highly perfumed, concentrated, massively structured, rich and complex single vineyard Clarendon Hills Astralis (“pertaining to the stars”) derives from 35 to 70 year old dry grown vines planted on a complex mixture of clay, ironstone and gravely soils. A laissez-faire wine making philosophy is central to style allowing the wine to speak of its origins. Fermentation takes place with natural yeasts in an open stainless steel tank. The wine is matured in 100% new French oak barriques for around 18 months before bottling without filtration. This is a contemporary Australian classic with strong regional definition and long term cellaring potential. In recent times it has transcended the cult wine scene bringing extra dimension to the Australian ultra-fine market." Andrew Caillard MW

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