Imaginary Chateau’s and Corporate Collapses

It is indeed a strange world, when the marketing gurus invent a non-existent Chateau at the same time as real vineyards are closing all around us. Last year we had some “Chateau Hoffman” shiraz which sold out pretty quickly – perhaps the easy drinking shiraz with the fancy name appealed to the famous “label drinker”! In fact there is no such Chateau in the Barossa – it was purely a figment of the imagination and as we said last year, it is a bit of fun uncovering such furphies! In any event, we just got a little bit more of the “Chateau Hoffman”, which is in fact a heavily disguised red from Peter Lehmann that is a delicious, easy drinking Barossa shiraz, and at only $13 a bottle there is no premium for the fancy moniker!
Back to the real world, this week we have a beauty from Dromana Estate, which is yet another winery group recently liquidated by the corporate undertakers (aka the Receivers). This was really sad as Dromana were doing lots of interesting things with Italian grape varieties such as Pinot Grigio and Arneis. Certainly their packaging was very smart but it did not do them much good on the shelves! However Mornington is one of the up and coming wine regions, 2010 was an outstanding year and their Pinot Grigio is excellent drinking, particularly at only $13 a bottle.  

We have also secured a bit more of the creamy smooth Makaraka 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir from Chile while our Bargain of the Week is an excellent white blend from Marienberg, another recently collapsed icon, at the remarkable price of only $9 a bottle. 

Lots of bad and strange news out there, but lots of goodies in this newsletter!

Chateau Hoffman 2010 Barossa Shiraz

46% off RRP of $24.00
After selling out 8 months ago, we have just obtained a little extra of this classic, easy drinking Barossa shiraz that comes from a near perfect vintage year. Smooth and soft in the mouth with a touch of old oak, this is a very nice, easy drinking wine with a touch of warmth and dryness to finish. It was available from one of Australia's biggest retailers at $17 a bottle, and at that price they described it a "fantastic value, easy drinking dinner wine" so at only $13 this really is excellent value. [NB cork closure]

Buy for $13.00 each

Dromana Estate 2010 Mornington Peninsula "i" Pinot Grigio

A bright pale straw in colour, it has lovely aromas of soft ripe fruit and white peaches. This wine is very light and smooth in the mouth, with nice freshness and a hint of lychee flavour. Smooth and crisp this is fresh, uncomplicated drinking with appealing flavours, and is perfect for hotter weather. At only $13 a bottle it is fantastic value. 

Buy for $13.00 each

Makaraka Chile 2012 "Reserve" Pinot Noir
We have secured more of this smooth and beautifully rich, almost creamy, pinot from Chile. Grown in the beautiful Central Valley region of Chile, this wine has an excellent clear, dark ruby colour, with a lovely fresh aroma combining ripe red fruit with a touch of cassis and spice. Medium bodied with rich, soft fruit, this is a deep and sweetly flavoured pinot with a gently dry finish. Deliciously rich and gentle drinking.



Bargain of the Week
Marienberg McLaren Vale 2012 "Limeburners Cottage" Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

50% off RRP of $18.00

Picked up from the wreckage of another vineyard collapse, and from an outstanding “10 out of 10” vintage, this clean and crisp white is ideal for the warm weather, particularly as it is quite light with only 11.5% alcohol. It has fresh, lemony flavours and is smooth and crisp with nice suppleness. At this weeks special price of only $9 a bottle, this delicious young wine is seriously good value.

Buy for $9.00 each

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 mixed red cases at only $120 a case. If you like, we can tailor the contents to your own preferences (for example, mainly shiraz, no merlot, young and fruity etc etc) and all of the wines we sell have been tested by us for both quality and value.

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. If you would prefer simply “reply” to this email or ring us on 0416 178 547 and tell us what you are looking for and we will do the rest and invoice you later.

All the best,
David and Hugh

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