After the “cheap and cheery” wines of last week, this week we have a couple of more serious ones. We have managed to get our hands on a small parcel of a lovely mature wine from Coonawarra – the 1999 Balnaves Cab-Merlot has been perfectly stored at the winery since bottling and this smooth, rich wine is a beauty and ready to drink. With flavours of blackberry and chocolate and a long, gently drying finish, at $24 it is cheaper than what Dan Murphy's is selling the 2009 vintage for.

Our 2012 Clare riesling has now sold out but we have an excellent replacement from the Eden Valley, long regarded as the leading area in Australia for that variety.

If you like older wines, but have never had a cellar or a place to store them, there are a number of mature beauties on our website – for example the Virgin Hills 2005 cabernet, the 2005 Oceans Estate cab-merlot, the Chris Hill 2005 GSM and the Geoff Merrill 2006 chardonnay are all excellent wines and drinking beautifully. If you have a problem with any of these wines, then as always we stand ready to replace them so why not give them a go and impress your friends !

Balnaves Cab-Merlot

Balnaves 1999 Coonawarra (SA) Cabernet Merlot

Balnaves is rated a 5 star winery by Halliday, and has been for over a decade while its $100+ flagship cabernet is regarded as one of the great Coonawarra wines. This cab-merlot shows why this family owned winery is so highly rated. With the 2009 version for sale at Dan Murphy's for $28 this 14 year old wine is also great value at $24.

Perfectly cellared at the vineyard since bottling this is a lovely, fully mature wine. From an outstanding year, it is deep red in colour and shows aromas of blackberries and a hint of chocolate. It is medium bodied with a lovely balance of fruit sweetness and fresh acidity. Supple and smooth, it has delicious rich flavours of dark plum and a touch of chocolate balanced by still fresh acid and fine grained tannins that lead to a long, gently drying finish. This wine should be decanted to show everything it has - it is a beauty ! LIMITED

Buy for $24.00 each

Garage Wines Riesling

Garage Wines “Pan Terra” 2010 Eden Valley Riesling

From a great vintage in arguably the premier region for riesling, this still young wine is beautifully balanced with citrus and green apple flavours generating a long, fresh finish. Outstanding wine and a bargain at only $12.

Buy now for $12.00 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 chardonnay etc etc) and all of the wines we sell have been tested by us for both quality and value. Give it a go, and go exploring !

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.

All the best,
David and Hugh

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