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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2017

PEPPER TREE

ELDERSLEE ROAD RESERVE

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Wrattonbully, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: 2-day cold soak, 7-day ferment,

18-20 C, matured in French oak for 15 months.

Good hue; this is a high quality cabernet with very

clear varietal expression, its deep blackcurrant fruit

set in a pool of bay leaf, black olive and quality

French oak, rimmed by appropriately firm tannins.

Drink By: 2033. Special Value. Score:

96

(James

Halliday,

winecompanion.com.au

, July 27, 2015)

Full-bodied & Firm

522102

(XD)

750 mL

$39.95

2

TWO HANDS BELLA’S GARDEN

SHIRAZ 2015

Barossa Valley, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: Dark and dense, with blackberry and

licorice-scented plum flavors, accented by details

of espresso, cacao, sage and clay. A distinctive juicy

thread runs through the core. Firm finish. Drink

now through 2030. Score:

93

(MaryAnn Worobiec,

winespectator.com

, July 31, 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

636407

(XD)

750 mL

$64.95

2

WAKEFIELD JARAMAN SHIRAZ 2015

Clare Valley/McLaren Vale, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: Opaque color. Aromas and flavors

of ripe mulberries and blackberry cream, planked oak,

black pepper, and turned earth with a crisp, dry full

body and a compelling, swift finish with earthy, woody

tannins and moderate oak. An excellent example.

Gold Medal. Exceptional. Score:

91

(

tastings.com

,

Oct. 18, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

377036

(XD)

750 mL

$24.95

2

AUSTRALIA

– REDWINE

CHÂTEAU TANUNDA

NEWCASTLE SHIRAZ/

GRENACHE/MOURVÈDRE/

CINSAULT 2014

Barossa, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: ... each component made and

matured separately in an assemblage of various

oaks for 19 months before blending and bottling.

Clever winemaking has produced the maximum

result, with a suite of predominantly red fruits on a

palate notable for its freshness and drinkability.

Special Value. Drink By: 2025. Score:

94

(James

Halliday,

winecompanion.com.au

, Oct. 6, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

522334

(XD)

750 mL

$22.95

2

HOWARD PARK MIAMUP

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014

Margaret River, Western Australia

TASTING NOTE: Solid cabernet out of Margaret River.

It scratches the cabernet itch. Indeed it’s slightly

better than that. The fruit has power, it feels good in

the mouth, there’s an overall sense of balance. Black-

currant, bay leaves, cocoa powder, and both briar

and resin characters. It drives through the palate and

finishes well enough. There’s a slight mid-palate dip

but as they say in the varietal classics, you get that.

And anyway, I’d imagine it will develop tidily mid-term.

Drink: 2017-2024. Score:

90

(Campbell Mattinson,

winefront.com.au

, Nov. 27, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

410019

(XD)

750 mL

$22.95

2

MOLLYDOOKER CARNIVAL OF LOVE

SHIRAZ 2016

McLaren Vale, South Australia

“Mollydooker” is Aussie slang for left-handed.

Though the 2016 vintage has yet to be reviewed,

this Shiraz is a perennial high-scorer, enjoying a

regular diet of scores in the mid-to-high 90s from

many of the world’s top wine press. The 2012

vintage was ranked #2 on the 2014

Wine Spectator

Top 100, and the 2014 ranked #30 on the 2016

list. This is typically a smoky, complex wine with

impressive depth and concentration that will reward

a decade or more in your cellar.

Full-bodied & Smooth

242743

(XD)

750 mL

$89.95

2