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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017

ELDERTON BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2014

Barossa, South Australia

(The Ashmead Family)

TASTING NOTE: This would blow your hair back. It

offers a whoosh of syrupy soft flavour. It’s all plums

and cloves and smoky oak; twist the top and the

scents and flavours are at you at a rate of knots, like

they have pleasure to sell and the faster the deal

is sealed, the better. It will cellar, but there’s no need

to. Drink by: 2026. Score:

94

(Campbell Mattinson,

winecompanion.com.au

, Oct. 6, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

713024

(XD) 750 mL

$24.95

2

ELDERTON ODE TO LORRAINE 2014

Barossa Valley, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: A lot to love about the slick,

smoothly rendered tannins that carry impressively

struck ripe summer berries, plums, cherries and

cassis fruits. This is terrific. Blend of 56% cabernet

sauvignon, 37% shiraz and 7%merlot. Drink now.

Score:

94

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

,

July 17, 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

976423

(XD) 750 mL

$39.95

1

GEMTREE UNCUT SHIRAZ 2015

McLaren Vale, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: A phalanx of forceful dark mottled

fruit flavours are melded to toasty French oak,

following a period of maturation for 18 months. This

is a take-no-prisoners expression of unbridled,

heady McLaren Vale shiraz: chocolatey, warm and

packed full of dried fruit flavours macerated in anise

and boozy spice. Drink by: 2020. Score:

91

(Ned

Goodwin,

winecompanion.com.au

, Aug. 1, 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

627844

(XD) 750 mL

$28.95

2

4

Organic & biodynamic product

PRIMUS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Maipo Valley

TASTING NOTE: Aromas of currants and blackberries

plus hints of mint and spearmint. Full body, fine and

silky tannins, and a fresh, clean finish. Pure cabernet

that’s harmonious and delicious now. Score:

92

(James Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, July 5, 2015

Full-bodied & Smooth

486043

(XD) 750 mL

$19.95

2

VIÑA TARAPACÁ GRAN RESERVA

CARMENÈRE 2015

Maipo Valley

TASTING NOTE: Lip-smacking flavors of plum tart,

cherry and kirsch feature some floral accents. Offers

lively acidity, with a finish that lingers with notes

of black olive and fresh-roasted coffee bean. Drink

now through 2020. Score:

90

(Kim Marcus,

wine

spectator.com

, July 31, 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

057513

(XD) 750 mL

$17.75

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AUSTRALIA

– REDWINE

CLAYMORE LONDON CALLING

CABERNET MALBEC 2015

Clare Valley, South Australia

TASTING NOTE: This is a 75-25 blend and works

wonderfully. It’s full of up-front fruit, as so often the

Claymore wines are, but it’s far from fur coat and

no knickers. There is plenty of elegant silk and satin

underpinning the fruit. Score:

94

(Tony Keys,

thekeyreport.com.au

, Feb. 16, 2017)

Full-bodied & Smooth

522110

(XD) 750 mL

$21.95

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