Welcome to the club, Orange

No, we are not talking about the Orangemen, the Protestant organisation founded in Belfast in 1796. This is the group that continue to irritate Catholics as they celebrate the victory of King William of Orange over James II at the Battle of the Boyne over 300 years ago. Talk about long memories – however no politics in this email!

We are in fact referring to the picturesque town of Orange, 3 hours drive west of Sydney. It is a bit of a surprise that Orange is regarded as one of the three best regions in Australia for growing sauvignon blanc. Thus James Halliday states that " they produce some of Australia’s best sauvignon blanc, wines with real structure and authority. Two regions, the Adelaide Hills and Margaret River stood in front of all others until recently joined by Orange."  While this particular wine is unlikely to win a trophy, our $8 “Bargain of the Week” is delicious and well-made, and no sign of any “Troubles’ in this bottle!

We recently released a rosé from Hawkes Bay and one from the Barossa. With the return of cold and rain to many areas it seems that we may have been a bit premature in believing that summer had arrived for good. This week we thus release some nice, warming shirazs that will tide you over until the weather starts behaving itself – both are at a 50% discount to their RRP and at these prices will certainly help off-set the soaring price of heating.

Christmas is now less than 6 weeks away and if running short of gift ideas, a six pack of wine is easy and affordable and generally well appreciated !  We can also write a card to go with the wine. Ring or return email us and we will do the rest. For drinks parties or for that wedding or birthday party, do remember our cases of quaffers at only $70 for 12 bottles – perfect for the young who drink for effect, not the taste!

Bargain of the Week

Orange Valley Estate Orange (NSW) 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

50% off RRP of $16.00

From vineyards owned by the largest contract bottler in the west, this fresh, uncomplicated wine is pale straw in colour, with a clean, fresh aroma of gooseberry and soft fruits. Medium bodied, and very well made, it shows refreshing pure fruit-acid reflective of green apples and a touch of citrus overlaid with gentle floral flavours. Easy drinking at only 11.5% alcohol, it is also a bargain at this weeks special price of only $8 a bottle.

Buy for $8.00 each

Hill & Jacobs "The Griffin" 2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz

50% off RRP of $23.95

This is a smooth, and very affordable, shiraz from a great vintage and an area renowned for this variety. Made by Chris Hill, this deep-plum coloured wine shows the classic McLaren features of warmth and spice. It is a medium to full bodied wine with nice richness and a touch of peppery spice – well balanced with big fruit, fine-grained tannins and good fruit-acid, this wine will live for some years but is very good drinking now. At half its RRP it is also a bargain.

Buy for $12.00 each

Hickinbotham "Finniss River" Fleurieu Peninsula 2012 Shiraz

50% off RRP of $18.00

Grown by the famous Hickinbotham wine family, and with an edgy label designed for the American market, we have obtained another load of this young but already smooth South Australian shiraz. Lighter bodied and well balanced with a nice touch of dryness to finish, this is affordable, easy drinking and a real bargain at only $9, thanks to another cancelled export order. It is young so try and give it time to breath a bit after you open it.

Buy for $9.00 each

Why not try a mixed case?

If you get bored regularly drinking the same wines or are not sure what to choose, why not order a mixed case for $120? Simply let us know the styles of wines you have previously enjoyed, and we will ship you a case packed with a range tailored to your preferences. If you are having a party we can also provide beer and soft drinks in the Sydney and Melbourne city area plus the Mornington Peninsular, and we have glasses and ice bins available at no charge.

If you would like to order any of our wines simply log onto our website at www.winemarshalls.com.au to see our full range. Alternatively reply by return email with what you want and we will do the rest.

All the best,
David and Hugh

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