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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

MR. BLACK’S CONCOCTION

GSM 2015

Australia

(Small GullyWines)

TASTING NOTE: With a name like something right

out of

Reservoir Dogs

, this blend of Grenache, Shiraz

and Mataro delivers big strawberry, mint and vanilla

character and tons of concentration. Good richness,

expansiveness and length. A great first-time wine from

a sought-after winery. Debut it at your next gathering

alongside slow-cooked beef tips in a red-wine-and-

mushroom gravy. (Vintages panel, April 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

520775

(XD)

750 mL

$24.95

2

PEPPER TREE MERLOT 2014

Estate grown, Wrattonbully, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: While the wine is no more than

medium-bodied, it has life and lift that immediately

grab attention, allied with a seductive mix of red and

blackcurrant fruit, oak spice and dried bay leaf. Even

the tannins are warm and inviting, the finish leaving the

mouth in a good frame of mind. A surprise packet in

every way. Drink By: 2024. Special Value. Score:

94

(James Halliday,

winecompanion.com.au

,

Nov. 3, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

520528

(XD)

750 mL

$22.95

2

ROBERT OATLEY SIGNATURE SERIES

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Margaret River, Western Australia

TASTING NOTE: Gee this range punches above its

weight, the region stamped so clearly from its dark

purple-black colour and cassis, mulberry fruits and

gum leaves. Refreshing on the palate just medium-

bodied with well placed tannins. Drink By: 2026.

Score:

92

(Jane Faulkner,

winecompanion.com.au

,

Aug. 1, 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

323741

(XD)

750 mL

$19.95

2

FOWLES STONE DWELLERS SHIRAZ 2015

Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria

TASTING NOTE: Impressive purple-black hue and

appeals from the first whiff of macerated cherries and

plums laced with black licorice, cedar and patchouli

with some more savoury, earthy tones. Oak a main

player but has started to melt back into the wine, the

palate full-bodied and succulent with velvety, power-

ful tannins. Drink By: 2025. Score:

92

(Jane Faulkner,

winecompanion.com.au

, Aug. 1, 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

265967

(XD)

750 mL

$19.95

2

MOLLYDOOKER THE MAITRE D’

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016

McLaren Vale, South Australia

The termMollydooker is Aussie slang for “left-hander,”

but no worries, there’s nothing sinister going on in

this exceptional Cabernet or its notes of strawberry,

cherry and blackcurrant. Ripe and rich, this is always

a popular choice for heartywinter fare.

Full-bodied & Smooth

246629

(D)

750 mL

$33.95

2

MONTERRA ADELAIDE HILLS

PINOT NOIR 2015

Adelaide Hills, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: The cool-climate Adelaide Hills is

one of Australia’s best regions for growing Pinot

Noir. This wine has a nice earthy-and-floral nose and

a palate showing spice, red fruit and a touch of olive.

Nice intensity and balance. Serious value. Pour

with beef-and-mushroom stew and beetroot salad.

(Vintages panel, April 2017)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

522094

(XD)

750 mL

$19.95

2