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James Halliday Top 100

Wednesday, November 08, 2017


James Halliday Top 100

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Hi Folks, It's the most anticipated "Best of Year" wine list in Australia and it was released last Saturday.  This year there were over 1,000 wines submitted for the James Halliday Top 100 selection and of course, 100 were selected.  As we do, Cloudwine has picked the eyes out of the list, selected 6 different wines and bundled them into a Red 6-pack for $110.  You'll be pleased to know you can buy some of the wines individually as well. Some wines are so limited, they're not available for individual sale, just in the 6pack.

Now here's a question: Is there any need to offer extra wines when we've got the James Halliday Top 100 Reds 6-Pack for $110 leading?  Probably not, however you are reading the Cloudwine newsletter so we've done just that.  We have one of New Zealand's most awarded Pinot Noirs - Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2015 which was awarded Trophy Champion Pinot Noir at the Sydney International Wine Show.  We also have 
Lightfoot and Sons Home Block Gippsland Chardonnay 2015 which received 97 Points and was also included in the Top 100 Wines of the Year 2017 by James Halliday.  For this wine and others, scroll down below.

 
Thanks for supporting a small independent wine store!

Chris, Geoffrey, Jeremy, Simon & Laura.
 
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French Riesling And The Best Organic Wine At Royal Melbourne

Thursday, November 02, 2017


French Riesling And The Best Organic Wine At Royal Melbourne

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Hi Everyone, I'd take a guess and say most readers are familiar with Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, but perhaps are unaware of the 4th great region - Alsace.  As Jancis Robinson puts it " Alsace is one of the great, under-appreciated treasures of the wine world" which means great bargains can be had, just like the Trimbach Riesling 2014 we offer today.  Alsace Riesling reminds me of Clare Valley's international reputation - drinkers are just starting to realise the Clare Rieslings are world class.  And with comments like that above from Jancis Robinson, drinkers are waking up to Alsace Riesling.

What makes this riesling so special is the texture - it's rich and very textural and has an oh so charming lick of fruit sweetness but remains clean & dry.  It's something that isn't made in Australia and is what makes Alsace rieslings unique.
 
If you haven't come across Trimbach, rest assured this is isn't some made up name brand a big box retailer invented, rather quite the opposite; it's one of the most famous riesling producers in France, was established almost 500 years ago and includes several Grand Cru wines worth hundreds of dollars.

A quick search of Trimbach Riesling 2014 will reveal our competitors selling this wine up to $34, but this is the Cloudwine newsletter you're reading and you enjoy a bargain.  So not only is the $24.99 price tag about as low as Alsace Riesling gets in Australia, especially for a big name producer like Trimbach, it's also one of the best value rieslings in the country.  

 
THE SHIRAZ NAMED BEST ORGANIC WINE AT ROYAL MELBOURNE
The 2016 Pig in the House Shiraz has been awarded the highest honours for an organic wine at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Show.
 
The wine was awarded the Trophy for the Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine of Show, along with a Gold Medal (96/100) in its class. It was also short listed for the top wine in show, not bad considering it was up against some major winery’s in Australia.The wine was also short listed for best shiraz in show and was up against wines that retail for $100 a bottle.  You can buy this wine for a tick under $20, talk about a bargain.  See below for more details.
 
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Chris, Geoffrey, Jeremy, Simon & Laura.
 
www.cloudwine.com.au / Phone: 03 9699 6700  / Join Our Wine Club

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It’s affordable, it’s boutique and it’s been named best pinot noir in Australia

Thursday, October 12, 2017


It’s affordable, it’s boutique and it’s been named best pinot noir in Australia

Yes Said the Seal Pinot Noir 2016 has been named the Best Pinot Noir in Australia at the 2017 Australian Pinot Noir Challenge.  It was awarded 98 points by judges, beating more than 250 pinot noirs, all from Australia.  There were many fancy, higher priced wines in the show, but it's always good when a small winery with affordable prices wins such awards.

Yes Said the Seal is located just outside of Geelong on The Bellarine Peninsula and while it's a relatively new winery, its winemaker Darren Burke is no stranger to fame, his sparkling wines under Leura Park brand have been voted as Australia's best.  But back to pinot noir; just 290 dozen was made and on previous vintages, James Halliday noted "A pinot for pinot devotees" and that quote remains for this vintage.  It's full of soft red fruits, has a luscious mid palate with ever so elegant tannins.

What I also like is the price - $39.90.  Despite winning Best Pinot Noir in Australia, Yes Said the Seal is keeping their wine affordable and that should be applauded. If you want to drink the pinot noir voted the best in Australia, you can by clicking that buy now button below.

 
A BIG RANGE OF BIG NAME MAGNUMS
Today we offer the flagship wines from Australia's flagship wineries, in magnums!!!  The long list includes the very rare Penfolds Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 2008 Magnum and the Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir 1999 Magnum and as far as I can tell, you won't find these for sale anywhere else in Australia.  All wines are in pristine condition - necks are high, labels in mint condition and the wines are in the original packaging.  They were sourced from one of the great Australian cellars.  See below for the list.
 
Thanks for supporting a small independent wine store!

Chris, Geoffrey, Jeremy, Simon & Laura.
 
www.cloudwine.com.au / Phone: 03 9699 6700  / Join Our Wine Club
98 Points & Best Pinot in Australia
Australian Pinot Noir Challenge 2017

Yes Said the Seal Pinot Noir 2016

Yes said the Seal has been awarded Best Pinot in Australia at the inaugural Australian Pinot Noir Challenge.  It was awarded 98 points by judges and was the clear winner amongst more than 250 Pinot Noirs from all around Australia.

This Pinot Noir is made using handpicked picked fruit only.  A small portion of the juice ferments in new French oak barrels to bring more complexity and layers to the wine.  just 290 dozen was made and on previous vintages, James Halliday noted "A pinot for pinot devotees" and that quote remains for this vintage.  It's full of soft and red fruits, has a luscious mid palate with ever so elegant tannins.

 
 Is this Australia's Best collection of Magnums you've ever been offered?
 
As explained above, today we offer the flagship wines from Australia's flagship wineries, in magnums!!! 

All wines are in pristine condition - necks are high, labels in mint condition and the wines are in the original packaging. The were sourced from one of the great Australian cellars.  To place your order, please reply email or telephone the store on 03 9699 6700.


Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir 1999 Magnum $999
Giaconda Chardonnay 2012 Magnum $350
Giaconda Chardonnay 2015 Magnum $350
Henschke Hill of Grace 1995 Magnum $1200
Hentley Farm Clos Otto Shiraz 2010 Magnum $399
Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock 2007 Magnum $199
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Magnum $275
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Magnum $275
Mount Mary Quintet 2014 Magnum $345
Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2002 Magnum $315
Mount Mary Pinot Noir 2005 Magnum $315
Yarra Yering Dry Red #1 2004 Magnum -$260
Yarra Yering Dry Red #1 2006 Magnum -$230
Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2007 Magnum -$288
Torbreck Run Rig 2009 Magnum -$370
Yeringberg Yeringberg (Cabernets) 2013 Magnum $150
Penfolds Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz 2008 Magnum - $2,588

Please reply email or telephone the store (03 9699 6700) to secure your order.
Australia’s first 97 point Grüner Veltliner!

Hahndorf Hill GRU Grüner Veltliner 2016

"97 Points...It has electric vibrancy and drive, capturing your senses without warning"  James Halliday

Six clones, handpicked at various baumes, each batch treated differently, some cool, some warm-fermented in stainless steel, 30% wild-fermented in old barriques with extended lees contact. The exceptionally complex vinification puts most winemakers of chardonnay to shame. It has electric vibrancy and drive, capturing your senses without warning. Its combination of delicacy, attention to detail and intensity is amazing. Gold medal Adelaide Wine Show '16. Drink By: 2026; Price: $28.00; Alcohol: 12%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; Wine Companion

93 points. “Employs a variety of different picking dates, fermentation vessels, temperatures and yeasts. The kitchen sink. Numbers: TA 6.3g/L, pH 3.19, RS 2.1g/L. Water clear. This has cool ferment aromatics and some great varietal intensity, but with weight too. Green apple and celery Gruner character aplenty. Dry, crisp and tangy apple juice laden palate with superb acidity – this has a real tang to it! Long too. Such a pure wine, and has excellent acidity this year. Very good, with layers of flavour to have you coming back for more. Would I buy it? Yes.”Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)


It’s treated in many and varied ways in both the vineyard and winery, with various clones employed and divergent picking times. It sees stainless steel, old oak, inoculation, wild fermentation, cool (ferment) temperatures and warm. You name it. No amount of fuss is too much. It’s more textural than crisp, though it still feels cleansing and/or refreshing. It feels seamless, svelte, inherently complex but not in a try-hard way. It’s flinty, peppery, savoury and then fruity. It sits in the glass and broods, at first, but then slowly unfolds. It has a rocky, quartz-like minerality. An earthen quality too. You have to slow down to appreciate it; it’s not really a wine of fireworks. But the quality is very high. Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $28; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017 - 2022; Rated: 94 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

Hahndorf Hill GRU Gruner Veltliner 2016 is $27.99 - click here to buy online

Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Merlot 2015

"Very good Cabernet at a fair price."  Gary Walsh
"Very good Cabernet at a fair price. Blackberry and dark chocolate, a little dusty cedar oak, mint and tobacco. Medium bodied, cool, calm and composed, rich with dark fruits mainly (some red) and savoury flavour, but light on its feet. Gentle drag of tannin, fine acidity, and a grainy and gently sappy finish of excellent length. You’re laughing here. Rated: 93 Points.Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2025+" Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
 

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AUSTRALIA'S BEST ITALIAN VARIETAL PLUS HALLIDAY'S EQUAL HIGHEST RATED ROSE EVER

Wednesday, October 04, 2017


AUSTRALIA'S BEST ITALIAN VARIETAL PLUS HALLIDAY'S EQUAL HIGHEST RATED ROSE EVER

 
Hi Folks, when we say it's the number 1 Italian variety in Australia, we mean it, it's not sales spin.  The wine is Atze's Corner The Mob Montepulciano 2015 and it's got the silverware in the bag.  I should point out there are now truck loads of wineries producing Italian varietals in Australia, so picking up this many awards really says something about this wine. 

It was named Montepulciano of The Year at the Melbourne International Wine Comp 2017 and also awarded the Top Gold at the Australian Small Winemakers Show.  It was rated Best in Class in Winestate Magazine.  But that was just the beginning, more recently it was awarded Best Red Wine, Most Exciting Wine and Champion Wine at the Italian Varietals Wine Show 2017.

So my thinking is, if you're tired of the usual suspects of shiraz, cabernet and merlot and want to sample an outstanding red from a smaller producer, then Atze's Corner The Mob Montepulciano 2015 is your wine

This Montepulciano is unique, it has all the characteristics of top Montepulciano such as leather, cured meat and spice, but it's the explosive fruit that sets it apart and makes it the best Italian varietal in Australia.  Buy quickly before it's all gone
 
EQUAL HIGHEST RATED ROSE BY HALLIDAY - AND ONLY $22!
If being named Rose of the Year by Winewise wasn't enough, then being the equal highest pointed Rose ever by James Halliday should compensate.   In terms of Rose, Hahndorf Hill Adelaide Hills Rose 2016 is as good as it gets in Australia and now that we're entering Rose season, now is time to test this dry rose out.   This will sell out before Christmas, so jump in before the stocks have sold out, it wont disappoint.
 
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Atze's Corner The Mob Montepulciano 2015

Trophy - Best Red WineItalian Varietals Wine Show 2017
Trophy -  Most Exciting Wine  Italian Varietals Wine Show 2017
Trophy - Champion Wine 2017 Italian Varietals Wine Show 2017
Montepulciano Of The Year - Melb. International Wine Comp 2017
4.5 Stars & Best In Class - Winestate New Release Special Ed. 2016 
Gold Medal -  WineWise Small Vigneron Awards 2016 
Top Gold - Australian Small Winemakers Show 2016
96 Points, Gold Medal - Wine Showcase Magazine
Gold Medal  2017 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show

The Mob is a single vineyard Montepulciano from the Barossa Valley. Montepulciano, originally from the east of Italy has found a home from home in Atze’s vineyards. Deeply coloured, as we all love our Barossa reds to be, with brisk acidity and fine, savoury tannins and  the grape’s characteristic cherry and bramble fruit. This is a red which is made to be enjoyed with umami-rich foods; think pizza Margherita and mushroom risotto.  Drink now until 2020.Phillip Reedman, Master of Wine
 

THE EQUAL HIGHEST RATING FOR A ROSE BY JAMES HALLIDAY!

Hahndorf Hill Adelaide Hills Rose 2016


Trophy & Gold Medal - Winewise Small Vigneron Awards 2016
96 Points - James Halliday, The Australian
Gold Medal - Australian & NZ Boutique Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2016


96 points. “39% trollinger, 36% pinot noir, 25% merlot picked and crushed together. The perfumed rose petal, spicy bouquet has the keys to open the door of a palate with exceptional drive to its mouthwatering array of all things red. It is dry and delicate yet totally intriguing, and perfectly balanced.”  - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

Uniquely made from the Germanic red grape, Trollinger, and other selected Adelaide Hills red varieties. The juice from these grapes was fermented dry and crisp in stainless steel tanks. The wine has a beautiful watermelon juice colour and is fresh, light and dry on the palate with loads of cherries, quince and strawberry flavours. It has excellent structure which allows the wine to be the perfect match with all seafood, Thai or chilli-based cuisine.

 

"flavors and textures as this dazzling, explosive Barolo..." Antonio Galloni.

Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana 2010

95 Points - Antonio Galloni
95 Points- Gary Walsh
17/20 Points - Jancis Robinson

"The 2010 Barolo Baudana bursts from the glass with tons of energy and intensity. Black cherries, smoke, wild herbs, licorice and tar form a compelling backdrop of aromas, flavors and textures as this dazzling, explosive Barolo opens up in the glass. The huge, searing tannins are going to require time to settle, so readers need to be patient. This is a classic Serralunga Barolo built on power and structure. Hints of rose petal lavender and crushed rocks add nuance on the finish."95 Points.  Antonio Galloni

Serralunga d’Alba is the sub-region, such as it is. Kind of more complex than Burgundy, in many ways, is Piedmont. Importer: Enoteca Sileno. Biscotti, almost a nori perfume, some spices, sweet cherry in the back. Medium to full bodied, tannin is well massaged and ripe, shows a little old oak seasoning, but acidity is spot on and the finish rolls on in a most impressive manner. Muscular kind of wine, but lithe too – the way the best Nebbiolo often is. Much more to come here. Drink : 2020 - 2040 Rated : 95 Points.
Gary Walsh. The Winefront.

Luigi Baudana Barolo Baudana 2010 is $143 - click here to buy online

PREVIOUS OFFERS STILL AVAILABLE

Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec 2015

Trophy - Royal Perth Wine Show 2016
Trophy - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2016
Trophy - Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2017

Gold Medal - National Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal - Royal Perth Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2016
Gold Medal - Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Royal Queensland Wine Show 2017

96 Points & Special Value Star - James Halliday; Wine Companion

Picked from 7 Mar to 15 Apr, destemmed, 15% whole berries, 2-3 days cold soak, open-fermented, 9-12 days on skins, matured for 12 months in French oak (10% new). Deep crimson-purple; a lavish, full-bodied dark plum-laden wine, Langhorne Creek malbec's home away from home. Will coast serenely along through to the mid '20s. Has collected three trophies and six gold medals as at May '17. Drink by: 2025; Price: $20.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion
 

Bleasdale Second Innings Malbec 2015 is $16.50 - click here to buy online

TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT NOIR
2017 Sydney Royal Wine Show

Meadowbank Pinot Noir 2016
 
"Straight into excellent territory here."  Campbell Mattinson
"the silky or satin like tannin-structure is first rate" James Halliday

 
94 points. “Straight into excellent territory here. This is why we’re so lucky in Australia: we get this level of pinot noir for $55, which isn’t cheap in general terms but in a world pinot noir context is a steal. So complex, so satiny, so well framed, so persistent. Woodsmoke, sulphur, tangy red/black cherry, super-fresh strawberries and fistfuls of dry spice. Sinewy and satiny simultaneously. It will develop beautifully but personally I wouldn’t be able to resist right now.”  Campbell Matinson,  The Wine Front

"There is a slight lift on the bouquet from partial barrel fermentation and long lees contact. This is a fitting complement to the power of the primary fruit flavours of strawberry and fresh berry compote. There is a softness to this Pinot Noir, the silky or satin like tannin-structure is first rate, with just enough back-palate weight from stalk use and light French oak, to hold its length.Rating:95. James Halliday.
First Foot Forward Chardonnay 2015

"Impeccably crafted. No hesitation in recommending this"  Campbell Mattinson

"Lovely wine. Bargain!"  Gary Walsh

From The Patch – yes, it’s a suburb name in the Dandenongs – in the Yarra Valley region. Wild ferment in two puncheons. “One was sulphured straight after primary ferment whereas the other was lees stirred until malo was complete. Natural acidity.”  Positives abound. Straw-green colour, mealy complexity, plenty of pear-and-citrus fruit, a burst of stonefruit to the mid-palate before a steely, mouth-watering finish. Some grapefruit to the aftertaste perhaps; certainly a bit of kick; a gentle piney creaminess from oak comes forward with air. Impeccably crafted. No hesitation in recommending this.Rated : 93 Points. Drink : 2017 - 2021. Campbell Mattinson. The Winefront.
 
Yeringberg Viognier 2014

"One of the best viogniers around " James Halliday
"Standout Viognier" Andrew Graham 

94 points. “Crushed and destemmed, wild-fermented in barrel, no mlf, matured for 10 months, 213 dozen made. One of the best viogniers around (after Yalumba, of course). It is very complex and rich, with both barrel ferment and varietal fruit (apricot and fresh ginger) to the fore, the force of the finish and aftertaste unique to Yeringberg, seeming to be alcohol warmth, but it can’t be.” James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion.
 
92 points “Single vineyard, tiny production, fermented wild in oak etc. Powerful viognier, crackling with mineral and spice. Indeed while there’s plenty of stonefruit and ginger-like flavours/aromas it’s the smoky, flinty, quartz-like characters that really capture your attention. The end result is a full-bodied white with plenty of push, personality and persistence.” Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
 
93 points “Historically, Yeringberg has picked a portion of this early and another portion ‘late’ in a bid for complexity, although the ‘late’ portion is now larger (1/3 of the blend) which Sandra believes helps flavour. This ’14 has lovely varietal expression too – it’s full, but the acid is chalky and fine. A lovely balance of flavours, with the stonefruit giving weight, complete with hints of ginger. Standout Viognier.”  Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review

 
LAST DRINKS!!  5 DOZEN AVAILABLE

Tellurian Wines Heathcote
Pastiche Shiraz 2014


"Immensely drinkable, well-priced and utterly delicious." Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review

"A powerhouse, but not overdone; excellent texture and structure" James Halliday

This medium-bodied red is showing pleasing restraint on the nose. The palate has fabulous bright fruit – red plums, just ripe mulberries – and the tannins are very soft and integrated. Great fruit purity and integrity; beautifully expressive of the Heathcote region. Immensely drinkable, well-priced and utterly delicious".Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review

"95 Points. A powerhouse, but not overdone; excellent texture and structure ex high quality, ripe, but fine, tannins; considerable length. Gold medal Victorian Wines Show '15. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating: 95. To 2039. $27. Special Value" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2017. 

 
Rated 99 Points & Best Italian Red Wine

"Among the best Montepulciano D’Abruzzo ever, a champion of analytical and sensory quality simply unattainable and dazzling."
 

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"The depth of its impenetrable purple-bluish are visually staggering...The extract is maximally concentrated, and its majestic, dense, tannic apex is balanced by the softness, the vivid gustatory acidity and the pulpy native grape, able to compose a flavour of perfect roundness and souplesse. The aroma and taste integrity is absolutely shining, as well as the gloriously juicy and archetypically considerable raw material. Certainly, among the best Montepulciano D’Abruzzo ever, a champion of analytical and sensory quality simply unattainable and dazzling". Rating: 99 Points & Best Italian Red Wine; Luca Maroni; Annuario Dei Migliori Vini Italiani (Best Italian Wines Annual 2016)
 

Amaranta Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2014 is $29.99 - click here to buy online

The equal highest ever scoring
Pinot Gris on The Wine Front


Stefano Lubiana Biodynamic Pinot Gris 2016

"Gran
d cru feel to the wine, so to speak. Epic gris" Mike Bennie

"There’s some good colour to this wine, a touch of sienna in the glossy yellow, it says something about the shift in winemaking/growing at Stefano Lubiana. Geez, there’s been some wind in the sail on their estate in southern Tasmania. This is top notch stuff right here. Biodynamic farming underpins the winery stuff. Go Steve, go!

Texture, energy, freshness and detail. It’s got everything any fine white wine lover could want. Green apple, nashi pear, musk and rose petal kick off the drinking – a vibrant, fragrant bouquet. The palate is a tight swoosh of firm-fleshed white pear hemmed in with powdery texture and a sluice of gentle spice. It’s long as, fine as, imbued with layers. Sheesh, this sits you back. Grand cru feel to the wine, so to speak. Epic gris.” - 95 points. Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
 

Stefano Lubiana Biodynamic Pinot Gris 2016 is $29.99 - click here to buy online

"Put these alongside Burgundies at twice the price and they won’t yield any ground" James Halliday

Toolangi Block E Pinot Noir 2015

98 Points- one of the highest Rated Pinot Noir this year!

"A glorious salute to the vintage, and the very best grapes from the estate"  
James Halliday

 
The Toolangi Pinots are all MV6 clone and matured in French oak, this with one-third each whole berry, whole bunch and crushed/destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 18 months with 30% new oak. This takes a millisecond to imprint the bouquet and palate with its sheer intensity, complexity and length. Its siblings are very, very good (and very different), but this is in a league of its own. Spices and savoury, foresty notes are all important, but don't imperil the fruit. A glorious salute to the vintage, and the very best grapes from the estate. Rating 98.  James Halliday 
 
Best's Great Western Bin 1 Shiraz 2015 

"a lovely, dirt cheap shiraz.”  James Halliday

"The combination of quality, style and price make this a no-brainer. You can buy this with absolute confidence."  
Campbell Mattinson

95 points “Bright crimson-purple; fragrant spice, fruit and oak nuances are all on parade from the first whiff. The elegant, medium-bodied palate throws additional light on the complex array of cherry, plum, licorice and oak flavours; supple texture and silky tannins tie the bow on a lovely, dirt cheap shiraz.”  - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

93+ points. “The combination of quality, style and price make this a no-brainer. You can buy this with absolute confidence. It’s fresh-faced and fruit driven but notes of cloves, gum leaves, undergrowth and toasty oak add various other angles and perspectives. There’s a silken, almost creamy aspect to the texture but the fruit remains vigorous; it has the liveliness of nerves. Balance is spot on, so too tannin and length. Go forth. Prosper. Drink well.”  -
Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

 

Oakridge Over The Shoulder Pinot Noir 2016
 

"Excellent value; this was a great pinot vintage.” 
James Halliday

“This one goes straight into the ‘buy’ column.... all I noticed was how much I wanted to keep going back for more.”
Campbell Mattinson

94 points “Sourced from vineyards at Gladysdale, Woori Yallock and Coldstream. The perfumed red fruits of the bouquet are enticing, the fresh light to medium-bodied palate likewise. While intended for early consumption, 4-5 years’ cellaring will see a burst of spices and dried flower petals appear. Excellent value; this was a great pinot vintage.”James Halliday

91 points. “This one goes straight into the ‘buy’ column. It’s not overly expensive but as soon you put it near your nose/mouth all thoughts of price go out the window. It smells and tastes real, varietal, inviting and more. It’s sweet-sour, slightly herbal, smoky, sinewy. It’s light in a good way. It rushes through the mouth but then lingers through the finish. The stated alcohol seems high but I didn’t notice it in the wine; all I noticed was how much I wanted to keep going back for more.” - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

Oakridge Over The Shoulder Pinot Noir 2016 is $17.99 - click here to buy online

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016


New Zealand's Highest Ever
Rated Sauvignon Blanc - 3 times over!


98 Points - Cameron Douglas MW
98 Points - Bob Campbell MW
98 Points - Melanie Brown
 
'Classis mix of fresh and dried herbs, fine citrus and tropical passion fruit and peach hints. Encapsulates what's at the heart of Marlborough's Sauvignon Blanc message - energy, precise attack and flavours that last. Classic." 98 Points - Cameron Douglas MW

'Beautifully poised and extravagant: gooseberry, green grass and elderflower, crunch acid and harmonious, good length. Yum!.' 98 Points - Melanie Brown

'Weighty, quite intense red capsicum, gooseberry and nectarine flavours, also showing impressive purity and length. Rich and flavoursome with typical weight and concetration for a wine from this clay-rich-sub-region. Tropical fruit, passion fruit, guava and apricot flavours plus a seasoning of brioche. It's quite a mouthful.' 98 Points - Bob Campbell MW

 
Dukes Magpie Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

‘Bordeaux would be happy with this’
96 Points and Special Value Wine James Halliday

“A more autocratic wine than the single vineyard, which befits its status. The colour is superb, the fruit carrying an earthy edge right from the outset, yet the flavours are unequivocally ripe, blackcurrant cassis to the fore. Bordeaux would be happy with this” – 96 Points and Special Value Wine James Halliday

Duke’s has been named in the Top 100 Australian Wineries for the past 4 years and Rob Diletti was the 2015 Australian Winemaker of the Year.
Duke's Vineyard Magpie Hill Reserve Shiraz 2015

"the length prodigious. 97 Points"  James Halliday

"Tank-fermented with oxygenation, 5-6 days on skins, matured for 18 months in French oak (35% new). Deep crimson; doubles the intensity and layered richness of the Single Vineyard Shiraz, the length prodigious. On the way through blackberry, black cherry, licorice and spice all compete for attention, tannins significant, but balanced.'  97 points.  James Halliday.

Top ratings, flagship wines, Winemaker of the Year Award and still under $35. Over the last 18 years of selling wine, I'd expect these to be price over $50, not under $35.
 
Fratin Brothers Grampians Tempranillo 2016

With only 34 dozen produced, they probably hope the word doesn't get out how good this is!

What you get with this wine is the most crowd pleasing tempranillo you'll buy this year and its worth every cent of our $22 asking price.

This wine is a young, fruit driven tempranillo with tannins out of this world - they're smooth, they're silky and they give off a mouthfeel like no other tempranillo in Australia. The wine is new, it's lively and it's very easy to drink.  The family have history, they know what works as seen with Mount Langi and now they're doing it with Fratin Brothers.  Get in quick, be one of the first to discover this new wine that is destined to go places.  Do yourself a favour, buy this wine, you won't be disappointed.
 
Lightfoot & Sons Myrtle Point Chardonnay 2016

"$30 is rarely ‘value’ territory but this is excellent buying, even at that price."  Campbell Mattinson

"95 Points. Picked over 2 weeks, reflecting different ripening clones/vineyard blocks, free-run juice and light pressings fermented in French oak (15% new) with a mix of wild and cultured yeast, a small portion undergoing mlf. Attention to detail in both the vineyard and winery has paid dividends: this combines elegance and intensity, balance and length. White peach and citrussy acidity soar on the finish, imprinting themselves permanently on the very long palate and aftertaste. All class. Drink by: 2028 Date tasted: 13/Jan/2017 Price: $28.00 Alcohol: 13.2%" James Halliday.

"$30 is rarely ‘value’ territory but this is excellent buying, even at that price. It just gets the pitch right. Lemon curd, marzipan, white peach and smoky oak characters sit hand-in-glove in the best of ways. The finish is slightly chalky; entirely positive. Lovely chardonnay. Rated: 93 Points Tasted: Apr17 Alcohol: 13.2% Price: $30 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2017 - 2022" Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

 

Knight Granite Hills The Gordon 2010

There's an irresistible velvet glove-like appeal that leads to an elusive x-factor that only comes with age.

I can't believe this is the current release and it's still available!  The 2009 vintage was  cheapest 97 point Cabernet Blend rated in James Halliday's Wine companion 2017 and this 2010 vintage starts where the 2009 left off!.

It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Cabernet Franc (30%) Merlot (25%) made from hand picked grapes grown on old vines.   

It's from one of the best vintages in recent times, this wine leads with the ripe fragrance of Cabernet Franc followed by the deeper blackcurrant fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon and warm spicy cedar oak.

The palate is full and softly textured, with ripe berry fruit and chocolate flavours, framed by smooth mature tannins.  Buy a dozen and drink over the 5 years, you won't find a better cabernet blend for the price.

 
By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2015

Sangreal is the most famous pinot noir produced by one of Australia's best pinot producers.   But it gets better, the 2015 vintage in Geelong was one of the best ever, rated 10/10 by James Halliday and By Farr didn't let the team down, their 2015 Sangreal is  breathtaking.

It's a pinot lover's pinot - it's unfined and unfiltered in order to retain its natural flavour and bouquet.   It's seductive, perfumed, seamless balance and moreishThe alluring characters of this vineyard, combined with red fruits, whole bunch, acidity and oak, have produced a beautifully interwoven expression of site and vintage. That’s what pinot is all about.  We have a limited allocation of this wine, so buy it why you can.  

By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2015 is $74.90 - click here to buy online
Bellvale Gippsland Pinot Grigio 2016

94 points. “It’s a cracking grigio" 

Campbell Mattinson

“The Bellvale vineyards are high-density planted and grown without irrigation. This pinot grigio spent a short period in old oak. It’s a cracking grigio. Weighty and flavoursome but flushed with refreshing acidity. It hits you up and then sails out through the finish. Lime, nashi pear, crunchy apples and dry, chalky spice. Lovely dry finish too.” Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

The wine is well balanced with very good length, some complexity and a fully defined palate. There are subtle, subdued flavours with deliciously fresh acidity. Due to the warm and very dry end to the season there’s more weight to this one, resulting in the best Pinot Grigio out of Bellvale in several years. 

 

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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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