The Wines listed below are all Wines that I've tasted with my own personal reviews
Ratings are related to taste and value for money and are out of 5 goblets

almost undrinkable
just drinkable
drinkable
get another bottle
for that special occasion

THIS WEEK'S GREAT BUY


Scotchmans Hill
Pinot Noir
2012
Bellarine Peninsula

What a delight. I'm always looking for a great Pinot Noir. Currently selling for just over $30 you can not go wrong.

Look for their other Pinot Noir, more expensive, however the 2012 will not disappoint.

 

 


 

Pepperjack
Shiraz
2012


Just a great South Australian Shiraz. Voted best Shiraz in Australia from more than 300 entries by the prestigious 2013 Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge Trophy.

If you've never tried it before and you're looking for a great red quaffer, this is it. You will not be disappointed.

Wine maker Richard Mattner continues to produce outstanding wine at a very reasonable price.

 

 

 

 


Rockridge
Cellar Release
2012
Shiraz



This full bodied, fruit driven Shiraz has been created using selected parcels of grapes from the Rockridge vineyard in Watervale.

The winemaker has retained the integrity of the fruit, using traditional methods of open fermentation before maturing in French oak hogsheads for 18 months

Only available from your local Cellarbrations, Bottle-O or IGA Liquor store.

 


Rockridge
2013
Riesling



From the Watervale vineyards in the Clare Valley. The fruit is picked at optimal ripeness in the early hours of the morning when the fruit is at the perfect temperature.

Perfectly balanced acid gives a juicy and lingering finish.

Enjoy with any Asian or seafood dish.

94 POINTS, James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au
"Considerable colour development, but healthy; the blossom-filled bouquet has apple, citrus and jasmine aromas followed by a commanding palate with a punchy finish; some may suggest it's phenolic, but the juicy flavours more than balance this. Exceptional value, ready right now."

BRONZE MEDAL 2013 Clare Valley Wine Show

5 STARS, Winestate Magazine, New Releases Sept/Oct 2013 issue
"Very attractive citrus blossom aromas with a bright perfumed lift and some minerally elements. Great length of tight mineral-like flavours with lovely fruity citrus notes."


 


 

 

Parkers Farm
Chardonnay Pinot Noir
2009


Made using the Methode Traditionelle process, Parkers Farm champagne-style sparkling wine is a blend of the 3 classic grape varieties - Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Made by Woolworths.

I've read reviews giving this a bad rap. The price has ranged from $6 to $8, so what do you expect for that price?

As a quaffer with friends around it's absolutely fine, and yes, for around this price you could also try Jacobs Creek or a Wolf Blass. However. a bubbles with a crown seal and using the Methode Traditionelle process definitely wins me over with it's novelty factor and taste.

Available at Dan Murphys.


Côté Mas Rouge Intense
Red Blend
2012


A blend of Grenache and Carignan from the south of France. For $8.90, this is not too bad. It's selling for twice this price in the UK.

It's one of those wines you'd bring out when having lots of people around and you need a quaffer that's not going to break the bank.

The label won me over of course. It'll look great on any table and provide a talking point.

It was given a score of 86, however, I would not want to try anything that got 80 or less.


Rolling Stones
Shiraz
2012



A limited edition McLaren Vale Shiraz has been crafted to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the band. Is it destined to become a collector's item? Probably only for die hard fans.

Produced by the same folk who did the AC/DC Shiraz which was terrible.

On my first tasting of this, I was quite impressed as I was expecting some quite undrinkable. Maybe they have learned from the AC/DC fiasco?

Novelty factor? 100. The actual wine is drinkable but as for value for money, when buying wine at $15.70, not great.

If you want something collectable then go ahead although for the same amount of money you can buy a much better wine.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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