French ban flying saucers at Chateauneuf-du-Pape!


On one day of the year the airwaves and student colleges resound to a large number of pranks and assertions that do, and should, defy all reason. They generally all end with a loud “April Fools” to the unfortunate recipient. While we are almost exactly a month late, over the last four weeks we have seen a number of wine related items that should certainly qualify for inclusion next year.

How about a French law enacted in 1954, and which still stands, stating that no flying saucers may fly over, take off from, or land on the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape? The French are not renowned for their sense of humour or fun, and so, unsurprisingly, this law is not a joke but does actually exist.

Thirsty students, however, are a different story – recently a law student at Trinity College walked into an exam wearing a sword and demanded a glass of wine. Normally that would result in a long conversation with the police. However under the by-laws of the university, and only because he carried a sword, he had to be, and was, served a glass of wine. Sadly, this happened in Dublin, not Melbourne University.  

Then there was the restaurant that told a friend making a phone booking that it charges $150 corkage per bottle. Unfortunately it was no Aprils Fool joke, so check carefully next time you want to BYO in the Napa Valley.

Finally, did you know that Beethoven, a noted drinker, probably went deaf due to the wine he drank? Sounds like an early April special, but at the time, the wine in Austria was so bad that lead was regularly added to wine to make it palatable – and Beethoven died with abnormally high lead levels. True story, so be careful if anyone offers you a bottle of very old Austrian wine!

There is no lead in any of our wine, and you do not need to be wearing a sword to get access to it!  What our wines will do is save you a lot of money, whether dining at home, or restaurant (provided of course the corkage is not $150 a bottle!).

This week we release for only $12 a bottle a nicely balanced and deliciously clean and fresh Victorian shiraz from Blue Pyrenees from the outstanding 2012 vintage. We also release a fresh and crisp white from Margaret River, the 2011 Briarose Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, also only $12 a bottle. Our bargains this week are real value, being the smooth and nicely rich 2009 Wollemi Hunter Valley chardonnay from the outstanding 2009 vintage for just  $9, and a rich and fragrant Grenache from the Barossa Valley, reduced to a generous  $10 a bottle.

Blue Pyrenees (Victoria) 2012 “Leydens vale Reserve” Shiraz

This vineyard was originally owned and planted by Remy Martin (owners of Krug etc etc) some 50 years ago in western Victoria and is one of Australia's very first "cool climate" sites. Relatively light, it has good balance, delicious soft fruit and is a fresher, cleaner style as befits the cool climate from where it came. Good wine from an outstanding vintage, and great value at only $12 a bottle.

Briarose Estate Margaret River (WA) 2012 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

37% off RRP of $18.99

This delicious young white comes from near Cape Leeuwin at the southern end of the Margaret River region and this cool climate region produces clean and fresh whites in great vintages such as 2012.  Very pale gold in colour, this wine is smooth and supple, with a touch of oak and nice fruit acid providing excellent balance. Outstanding wine from a region renowned for this blend - simply delicious and terrific value at only $12.
Bargains of the Week!

Wollemi Hunter Valley (NSW) 2009 Chardonnay

47% off RRP of $17.00

From one of the greatest recent vintage years in the Hunter, this is a lovely Hunter showing good complexity balanced with nice, gentle acid. With a few years age the lemony flavours have softened and now show added richness and complexity. This white is perfect for those who love richer, older-style chardonnay, and at only $9 a bottle, perfect for those who love a bargain! 

Pioneer Road Estate Barossa Valley (SA) 2012 Grenache

47% off RRP of $18.99

The Barossa Valley, along with McLaren Vale, are two of the best regions in Australia for growing grenache, and in outstanding vintage years like 2012 the results are terrific. Smooth and rich, it shows touches of spice and cinnamon and finishes gently long with no evident tannins – this is a very nice, and richly satisfying red which is also great value at this weeks bargain price of only $10 a bottle. 

After an Assorted Selection of Wine?

A lot of people prefer to drink a range of wines but often find it difficult to make a selection from the numerous labels in the bottle shops or on line. If this is you why not try a range of different wines, such as our premium “Bin End” mixed white cases at only $120 a case or our “quaffers” at only $70 a case. If you like, we can tailor the contents to your own preferences (for example, mainly chardonnay etc etc) and all of the wines we sell have been tested by us for both quality and value. It’s hard to go wrong at these prices!

If you would like to order any of these wines simply log onto our website where you can also see and select from our full range of well-priced, quality wines.

All the best,
David and Hugh

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