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THE BEST PRICE FOR THE NUMBER 1 AUSTRALIAN SPARKLING

Thursday, May 11, 2017


THE BEST PRICE FOR THE NUMBER 1 AUSTRALIAN SPARKLING

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TWO BIG PINOT NOIR RELEASES!

Thursday, May 04, 2017


TWO BIG PINOT NOIR RELEASES!

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WE HAVE TWO OF THE BIGGEST
PINOT NOIR RELEASES!

Hi Folks, we're not gilding the lily with the headlines, one pinot noir is considered perhaps New Zealand's greatest and the other is considered the best value in Australia.   

Let's start with Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015.  It's from New Zealand and I guarantee you if this was from Burgundy, you would not see change from $100.   We have limited stock's at just $79.85 and once current stock's of this wine are sold, you'll need to wait another year before buying more, and at a higher price I might add.  Already Raymond Chan has rated this wine 19.5/20 and wrote “"The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony"."  Locally Gary Walsh said it had " Personality plus' and suggested a few years in the cellar before it comes into its own.

Michael Cooper, NZ's version of James Halliday says Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is "One of the greatest of all New Zealand wines" and folks that's exactly what it is.  There's no need to explain Ata Rangi's reputation. Long time Cloudwine newsletter readers will remember past descriptions, so I won't re-invent the wheel.  Rather scroll down below to read the reviews and buy online.

 
HODDLES CREEK - FIRST TIME IN YEARS WE CAN FEATURE!
Welcome back Hoddles Creek!  Due to extreme limited stocks, back orders and overwhelming populariy, we haven't been able to feature Hoddles Creek for a number of years now, but today we can.  It will be available for about 4 weeks then after that you'll have to wait until May 2018 for the next release.  The current release is 2016 and in regards to the Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir 2016  Gary Walsh says "Hoddles Creek probably about the best $20 you can spend on Australian Pinot Noir. It’s almost ludicrous" Gary Walsh.  As for the Chardonnay, Campbell Mattinson said "Yes. Beautiful chardonnay. Score irrelevant. BUY if you like chardonnay. " 

A few years back Hoddles Creek were judged Best Value winery in Australia by James Halliday and nothing has changed with this 2016 release.  Get in quick as they will be sold out very soon.

 
As usual, thank-you for your support.
Chris, Geoffrey, Jeremy, Simon & Laura.


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Blue Poles Allouran Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014

GARY WALSH 94+ POINTS.  “Plum, dried cranberry, and raspberry, baking spices and Ginger Nut biscuits, polished wood, subtle floral and herbal perfume. Medium bodied, with a delightful churn of thick ripe tannin, depth and brightness to the fruit, clean acidity, a pleasing precision married to richness, black olive savouries and exotic spice: the Merlot and Cabernet Franc weave a lovely tapestry here. Finish is long, almost crisp, with a slurry of tannin to bring it home. Top shelf.”  Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
 
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Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2012

"It's all class and quality but the drinkability factor is extremely high"  James Halliday

JAMES HALLIDAY 97 POINTS!  "If price wasn't a concern we'd all just want to drink bucket loads of this. It's all class and quality but the drinkability factor is extremely high. It's like sitting with someone expert in the art of conversation; it makes you laugh and cry and lean in closer. Fruit, oak, texture, acidity, length: a hand full of aces, neatly arranged, trim and terrific."James Halliday Wine Companion, 2015
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Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir 2016

"Hoddles Creek probably about the best $20 you can spend on Australian Pinot Noir. It’s almost ludicrous" Gary Walsh.

Hoddles Creek probably about the best $20 you can spend on Australian Pinot Noir. It’s almost ludicrous.  It’s rosy, slightly peppery, red fruited, almost minerally, with spicy biscuit oak gently folded in. Light to medium bodied, fine sweep of emery board tannin, fine acidity, delicate flavour, bright and fine boned, with no annoying sweet and sour flavours, and a firm insistently tannic finish. Serious Pinot satisfaction here.  Rated : 93 Points.  Alcohol : 13.2%.  Drink : 2018 - 2026.  Gary Walsh.  The Winefront.
 

 
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Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2016

"Yes. Beautiful chardonnay. Score irrelevant. BUY if you like chardonnay. "  Campbell Mattinson

"A warmer year in a cooler site is often a winning combination. No 1er made this year, as I understand it.  Ripe grapefruit, peach, almond nougat, fennel, a dusting of spice, slight struck match. Light and fresh, good burst of peach and citrus, crunch of limey acidity, some flinty texture, and a gently viscous and nougat tinged aftertaste. It has length and flavour, and feels open for play straight away, though showed even better the next day. Like this a lot. Touch and go for 94 points.  Rated : 93+ Points.  Drink : 2018 - 2026." Gary Walsh.  The Winefront.
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Rating: 19.5+ points Raymond Chan!

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2015

"The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony" Raymond Chan

Full, very dark, deep, ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a deep, dense core of well-ripened dark-red cherry and berry fruit seamlessly melded with subtle dark-red florals, dark herbs, spices and oak elements, unfolding black-berried fruits. The aromatics are exceptionally harmonious and integrated, and the nose is quite complete. Medium-full bodied, the palate features rich and succulently sweet flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruits along with black fruits lifted by dark-red and violet florals and subtle notes of dark herbs. Suggestions of spice and oak emerge. The flavours are beautifully precise, detailed and harmoniously balanced, and the mouthfeel very supple and fine-textured with flowery tannin extraction. The acidity is integrated and provides vitality for the refined core and line. The wine flows seamlessly to a long and sustained, complete finish. This is a beautifully rich and multi layered and detailed Pinot Noir of precision and harmony, with succulently sweet fruit and refined structure, enabling accessibility, and showing completeness. It will develop fine complexities over the next 7-10 years. Rating: 19.5+ (20.0); Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
 

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HALF PRICE CABERNET!

Thursday, April 27, 2017


HALF PRICE CABERNET!

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HALF PRICE AGED CABERNET &
BRAND NEW 99 POINT CABERNET

 
Hi Folks, it's Friday morning so lets keep it simple.  Today we have an 11 Year Old Heathcote Cabernet at HALF PRICE plus the brand new, 99 point Moss Wood Cabernet!

The half price Cabernet is Ada River Heathcote Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 and I'll start by saying there's an irresistible velvet glove-like appeal that leads to an elusive x-factor that can only come with age.

Dare I say, if it was from Margaret River, the asking price would be somewhat higher.  But it's not, it's from Heathcote and despite this being 11 years old, the wine is rich and complex with great length and balance; a superb Cabernet which is drinking really well now.  We've been selling this for $28 for the last few years, but the winery now has 11 years of back vintages and wants to clear this.

For me, it's the palate that really hits the home run for this wine.  The palate entirely avoids fruit overkill; the mix of tannins and fruit is spot on and the lashings of dark chocolate and hints of liquorice are just a bonus.  It’s a wine that exceeds it's purpose and proves you don't need to spend more than $20 to get a quality cabernet.

It’s incredible to think we can still obtain 2006 cabernet, let alone pay $13.75 for it.  Ask yourself, when was the last time you purchased an 11 year-old Cabernet that's drinking at it's peak for a lazy $13.75.   You'll kick yourself you didn't buy more of this one when you drink the last bottle  

 
As usual, thank-you for your support.
Chris, Geoffrey, Jeremy, Simon & Laura.


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HALF PRICE!!
Ada River Heathcote Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

 There's an irresistible velvet glove-like appeal that leads to an elusive x-factor that can only come with age.
 
Despite the age, this wine is still rather fruit driven and not overly savoury.  It's medium bodied and has velvet-like tannins and while the fruit is dark and concentrated, it's certainly not dominant.  Overall, there's an irresistible velvet glove-like appeal to this wine and if you purchase a dozen, you probably have 12 months or so to enjoy this wine in this fantastic stage.  And with all due respect, I think this is how the wine maker would have liked this wine to be drunk - mature, yet still showing fruit.

Just last week we were selling this at $28 per bottle and customers came back for more.  At $13.75 it might turn into our biggest selling cabernet of 2017!

 
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RAY JORDON: 99 POINTS!!
Moss Wood Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

“I’ve always maintained Grange is Australia’s greatest wine but it’s not necessarily our best,” Jordan said. “To me, Moss Wood cabernet encapsulates everything that’s Margaret River and this one just absolutely nailed it.”  Ray Jordon

 "A truly great wine and the best ever to come out of this magical region"  Ray Jordan

This exquisite wine from Margaret River is as close to perfect as any Margaret River has produced – and it gets my highest-ever score.  Moss Wood’s Keith Mugford reckons that if he couldn’t make a good wine from the 2014 vintage he might as well give up.  Well, he and wife Clare sure have made a great wine – the best Moss Wood cabernet yet and a drop that I award my highest-ever score.

In what was a brilliant growing season, Mugford has created a near-perfect wine. He has captured all that is exceptional about Moss Wood cabernets: ethereal perfumes and refined palate profiles.

With the first sniff of the 2014, I was taken back to the 2001 and 2005, and the more distant 1975 – Moss Wood vintages that are among the greatest.  But this new release stands alone.

The wine follows the usual combination of predominantly cabernet sauvignon, with small amounts (4 per cent) of petit verdot and cabernet franc. Just 17 per cent of the French oak is new, showing that when you have great fruit sometimes less new oak is more.  And like most recent vintages, the slightly earlier picking dates have allowed Mugford to produce wines of slightly less alcohol, which contributes to the overall elegance and refinement.

So, my dilemma was: would I push my points to a score I have never given – a huge 99 out of 100.  I paced the room, arguing with myself. Eventually I said: “Stuff it, Jordan; be brave.” So, if you are at all serious about your cabernets, then this, even at $128 a bottle, is essential buying.

This is such a classic Moss Wood. As elegant and stylishly poised as any I have tasted through the years. Red berry and violets, with distinctive mulberry and cedar perfumes on the nose and that little oak influence. Such gorgeous perfume, which really makes this wine. The palate is balanced and refined with an elegance you only get in the very best of these wines. Wonderful integration of fine-grained, understated oak and fine, chalky tannins. Almost impossible to fault. A truly great wine and the best ever to come out of this magical region. 99/100 (Best drinking: 2020-50. Alc: 14%).  Ray Jordon.

 

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The $30 Pinot Noir you can have for $19.90

Friday, February 03, 2017


The $30 Pinot Noir you can have for $19.90

The $30 Pinot Noir you can have for $19.90 plus the
 2015 Vintage Beechworth Chardonnay for $24.75

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**THE WHITE WINE VOTED ITALY'S BEST**

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


**THE WHITE WINE VOTED ITALY'S BEST**

**THE WHITE WINE VOTED ITALY'S BEST**

PLUS THE ROSE VOTED THE BEST FROM PROVENCE!
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Anyone for an aged Clare Valley Riesling?

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Anyone for an aged Clare Valley Riesling?

ANYONE FOR AN AGED  
CLARE VALLEY RIESLING?

Hi Folks, 2010 was a great vintage for Clare Valley Riesling and with 6 years of age, many are now just hitting their stride.   This fact makes our offer today just that little extra special.   The wine is Tim Adams Reserve Riesling 2010 and you'll be hard pressed to find a better 2010 available for sub-$30.   What I like about this wine is that Tim Adams is a household name, his 'standard' riesling is known to be among the best value for money offerings in Australia and over the last 30 years, has only released 4 reserve rieslings, this 2010 is the latest to be released.   Campbell Mattinson tasted this wine last year and wrote 

"This wine though justifies the (reserve) tag and the (hold back from release) treatment."  Campbell Mattinson

While some producers put absurd prices on reserve wines, especially those with age, you can buy this reserve riesling from the 2010 vintage for just $28.90.  I bet you couldn't name another producer who does this.  As James Halliday writes, this wine is 

"Irresistible, especially at this price. 96 points."  James Halliday


This wine is made by a stalwart of the industry and designed to be opened with at least 5 years of age on it.  It will live for another 20, but why wait, it's really signing now and with a $28.90 price tag, you can stock up. Both Campbell Mattinson and James Halliday have tasted this wine over the last 12 months or so and published glowing reviews, which can be seen below.

   
What the critics say:
From the Jenner Vineyard, only free-run juice (500l per tonne) used, traditional vinification with neutral yeast, cool fermentation and early to bottle. Still in its primary phase, fresh and vibrant, still pale in colour; that said, it has intensity and prodigious length. There can be no question about its future, with some honey just peeping around the corner, toast still far away. Irresistible, especially at this price.Rating: 96  Drink By:2030 Price:$29.00 Date Tasted:Dec 2015 Alcohol:11%  James Halliday Wine Companion

Released as a five-year-old. I find most “museum releases” of Australian riesling quite disappointing, on the whole, which I understand is not part of the accepted or common wisdom. This wine though justifies the (reserve) tag and the (hold back from release) treatment. It’s alive with scent, feels textural and (relatively) rich, and has a tonne of sizzle though the finish.  
Rated : 94 Points Tasted : Oct 2015 Alcohol : 11% Price : $29 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2015 - 2021.  Campbell Mattinson.  The Winefront.
 
As usual, thank-you for your support.
Chris, Geoffrey, Jeremy, Simon & Laura.


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The Best Ever Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

Thursday, October 27, 2016


The Best Ever Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier

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THE BEST EVER CLONAKILLA SHIRAZ VIOGNIER,
PLUS A SUB $15 PINOT NOIR FROM MORNINGTON

Hi Folks, finally, a big name that lives up to the hype and reputation.  Today we commence taking orders for one of Australia’s greatest Shiraz, the Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier. The vintage is 2015 which is considered to be one of the all time best vintages for the Canberra District and this Clonakilla is also going down as one of their best.  This wine rates on a world scale and as James Halliday once said about a previous vintage, "Put this in a blind tasting with top–end Cote-Rotie wines of the Rhone Valley and it would be a bargain, easily outpointing wines costing far more.”  I'm tired of seeing the big names produce wines that are good, but not special and as Nick Stock writes, this "is every bit as great as it should be"  Here are some scores from the critics:     
 
98 Points James Halliday
97 Points Mike Bennie 
99 Points Nick Stock

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, despite the mid-$90 price tag, is perhaps the most affordable of the big, iconic wines in Australia and this is perhaps the best wine they've ever produced.  If your cellar needs a special wine, then look no further and consider Clonakilla.  If you drink this is 10 years time, you'll be kicking yourself you didn't buy more.
 
MORNINGTON'S CHEAPEST PINOT NOIR - JUST $13!
What a very drinkable, very quaffable, very inexpensive pinot noir this is!  The Wine is 148 Brown's Road Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2015 and seeing is believing.  It’s a pinot noir that tastes and smells very much like a pinot noir, but one you'd never pick as just $13 in a blind tasting.  I'll also point out this is a fully fledged, single vineyard winery branded wine from the Mornington Peninsula.  I'll go further and say I don't think there is a cheaper Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir available on the market today and there certainly isn't one that's better at $13.  See below for tasting notes and details of how to buy online.
 
As usual, thank-you for your support.
Chris, Geoffrey, Jeremy, Simon & Laura.


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DISCOUNTED CLARE VALLEY RIESLING WAS $20, NOW $14.95

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


DISCOUNTED CLARE VALLEY RIESLING WAS $20, NOW $14.95

The riesling is Gaelic Cemetery Celtic Farm Clare Valley Riesling 2013 and in the year of release, Gourmet Traveller WINE put it in their Top 100 New Releases (June 2013) and Chris Shanahan in the Canberra Times named it Wine of The Week (March 2013).  Gary Walsh slapped 93 Points on it and 92 points came from Tyson Stelzer.  You would not expect such a wine to be $14.95, but today it is and will be until we sell our stocks.

It's made by the famous Clare Valley winemaker Neil Pike and it's from a fantastic vintage.  At the moment, this wine is drinking really well; the palate is full of lovely lime and lemon flavours that are most definitely Clare Valley Riesling and definitely from an excellent producer.  It's aged, but it hasn't turned oily or kerosene-like; that will come in maybe 5 years if you can wait that long.  If you enjoy Clare Valley Riesling with a few years age you will love this.    ..

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Hints of Rosé

Friday, July 15, 2016


Hints of Rosé

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