and happy Valentine’s Day to you for tomorrow!
Hello <<First Name>>,

We do tend to agree with all those who regard the 14th as only an excuse for peddling roses, chocolates and assorted wares. However it is also an opportunity to indulge in a drop of sparkling with the one closest to you. To assist in this noble cause we have reduced the price of what we think is a terrific alternative to French “champagne”. Our delicious Cremant Brut (ie dry) is also from France, and it is made under the same regulations as expensive  “champagne” but it is substantially cheaper. Goes well with expensive chocolate!
We also release a fresh young chardonnay from Blue Pyrenees which is ideal for this late-summer heat as well as another genuine bargain arising from the collapse of the famous Basedow winery. This week it is a 5 year old cabernet from the McLaren that while showing nice, gentle tannins, it is in a softer, richer style than traditional cabernets. Finally we have as our weekly Bargain a really easy drinking 5 year old shiraz from some of the oldest vineyards previously owned by Rothbury – at $7.50 a bottle it is exceptional value.
Apart from “things romantic”, the other thing to think about at this time of year is that red wine will generally taste awful if it is served at “room temperature” when it is 30 plus degrees outside – the ideal temperature for red is about 20 degrees, so if it is a hot day stick your red in the fridge for at least 20 minutes after you have opened it. The difference is dramatic.

Blason de Bourgogne Cremant de Bourgogne NV "Reserve" Brut

Reduced to only $24 a bottle to help you celebrate Valentine's Day, this is a terrific alternative to French champagne - it is a smooth, soft and lighter style with nice gentle acidity and is quite dry. From Burgundy, and made in exactly the same way as Champagne, this is a serious and lovely alternative to it, and it is substantially cheaper, particularly at this weeks special price of only $24 a bottle.    

Buy for $24.00 each

Basedow McLaren Vale 2009 "White Label" Cabernet Sauvignon

Another excellent and well-priced red secured from the collapse of the iconic Basedow winery. From a very good vintage year, and showing excellent ripe fruit, this supple and creamy-smooth red has lovely soft, fine grained tannins to finish. A softer style of cabernet, this is delicious and worth a lot more than the $12 we can offer it for. Do try and let it rest a while before opening it, and also try and drink it at a temperature of around 20 degrees.

Buy for $12.00 each

Blue Pyrenees “Leydens Vale” Pyrenees, Victoria 2012 “Reserve” Chardonnay  
This smooth, supple and crisp young white comes from one of Australia's very first "cool climate" sites established over 50 years ago. Originally owned by Remy Martin (owners of Krug etc etc) Chateau Remy is now known as Blue Pyrenees. This wine shows almost no oak but loads of lovely pure fruit acid and finishing fresh and crisp. Delicious, refreshing young wine perfect for the hot weather and a bargain at only $12.



Bargain of the Week
Sussex Ridge 2009 Hunter Valley Shiraz 

At only $7.50, it is less than half its RRP of $16
Grown in a superb vintage year, this lighter bodied, smooth and softer style of red is a real bargain at only $7.50. This well-made wine comes from one of the old Rothbury vineyards in the Broke - Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley. With touches of spice and warmth on the nose, this is smooth, quite fresh and has a good balance of flavours, tannin and fresh soft acid. Do not let the bargain price put you off - this is an excellent, easy drinking red.  

Buy for $7.50 each


If you would like to order any of these wines simply click the links underneath each wine or go to our website. Alternatively press “reply” to let us know by return email or give us a ring and tell us what you want and we will do the rest!

All the best,
David and Hugh

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