Welcome to the year of the Horse, and more bargains!

Kung Hei Fat Choy to you

The year of the horse is probably more appealing than last years snake, with people born in “horse years” being likely to talk too much, to be cheerful and popular, and they love to be in the centre of a crowd. Sounds like our ideal customer! **

This week we release the Marienberg 2009 shiraz, an excellent, bigger style of red from the McLaren which we secured from yet another corporate wreck. We also have received fresh stocks of one of our most popular wines, the Whistling Duck cabernet and this week we have as our “Bargain of the Week” an excellent 2009 Hunter chardonnay. Finally, do try our Gomersal 2012 riesling and see for yourself why 2012 is regarded as the best year for rieslings in a generation – and it would be perfect for that Chinese meal!

Ursula Pridham was the first female wine maker in Australia and she was a real trail-blazer. Thus in 1976 the Age announced “Pridham sets another first” when she was the first and only woman invited to a long established wine tasting and judging event in Melbourne. She established her vineyard in 1966 and she made some excellent even if somewhat individualistic wines through the seventies and eighties. In 1991 she retired, selling her vineyard, and over the next decade some top-class wines were produced. Unfortunately the vineyard got caught up in the wine world’s corporate shufflings and financial turmoil and was finally sold up by the Receivers in 2013. We have managed to pick up some real bargains from the wreckage and this is the first of them. Unfortunately there was not a lot of this particular wine available but it is outstanding.

With the continuing heat, do try and chill your reds before drinking them – the ideal temperature to drink them is up to 20 degrees (and not “room temperature” up near 40 degrees!). They will taste dramatically better if you open them and then put them in the fridge for 20 or more minutes before trying them.

** People born in 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 and 2014 come under the Year of the Horse according to the Chinese horoscope, with 2014 being a wooden horse as distinct from metal etc. According to the Chinese, “Wood Horses are strong and stable and have a better ability to make decisions. Excellent at interacting with others, they are successful personally and professionally.” Maybe the Trojans were right, and wooden horses are the go !

Marienberg McLaren Vale 2009 "Reserve" Shiraz

From a great year in arguably the best region for shiraz in Australia, this is a serious and powerful wine. An excellent deep, inky-black in colour, it is big and warm, showing lovely dark fruit flavours overlaid with dark chocolate and spice. Importantly it shows none of the “jamminess” that big wines out of the McLaren often have. Warm and smooth, with gently drying tannins nicely balanced by the fruit acid, It finishes long and gently dry. Definitely one for those who look for the bigger, old style of shiraz. Limited stock.

Buy for $18.00 each

Whistling Duck Hilltops (NSW) 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

42% off RRP

Grown by the iconic Len Evans Family wine group in the cool climate hills of the Hilltops region of NSW (near Young) this cabernet was targeted at the export and the English restaurant market. However this wine is another casualty of the strong Aussie dollar and we have just picked up what is likely to be the last of it. Deeply coloured, it is medium bodied and supple with soft, ripe fruit and nice acid balanced by the fine-grained tannins. Perfect for cabernet lovers who like a softer style with a long and gently drying finish. With the new shipment we can offer it at the bargain price of only $11 a bottle.

Buy for $11.00 each

Hope Estate “Yengo” Hunter Valley 2010 Chardonnay

56% off RRP of $17

For those of you who enjoyed the 2009 “Yengo” semillon, this is its younger (chardonnay) sibling and it is also delicious drinking. This is another great (and dare we say, under-valued) effort from the former Rothbury Estate, being very smooth with a hint of richness but with refreshing fruit acid to finish. This is the wine for those looking for a chardonnay that is a bit more restrained in terms of wood and richness. If you can leave it alone for a few years it will gain more complexity and richness but can we suggest that you enjoy it now ! A bargain for this week at only $7.50 a bottle.

Buy for $7.50 each

Why not think about a monthly order?

If you have trouble making your mind up on which wine to buy, or perhaps often forget to order wine in time for dinner parties or informal gatherings, why not work out what you normally drink over a month, and let us send you a replacement case every month ? We can pack it to your preferences, and there is no on-going commitment or minimum period. To make it even easier, we will knock off 10%*** for all monthly orders for the next 3 months. It will save you heaps on those expensive, last minute purchases! Reply by return email or ring us and we will do the rest.

All the best,
David and Hugh

Hugh 0428 651 657
David 0416 178 547

*** excludes our famous $70 cases of “quaffers”


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