AUSTRALIA

In 1788 the first vine cuttings from the Cape of Good Hope arrived at the penal colony with the First Fleet. It took over 40 years successfully to launch domestic production but things moved on apace. Nowadays Australia is the world's fourth biggest exporter of wine with 60% of production going overseas.

There are over 60 designated wine making regions across the country, and a total of over 160,000 hectares under vine. The vineyards are predominantly, and unsurprisingly, found in the cooler southern parts of the country. The climate though is still a significant challenge with serious drought an ongoing problem and the risk of bushfires sweeping the land an ever present threat.

All the major varieties are grown, and a large factor in the country's boom and continued success is the predominance of clear, varietal labelling appealing to english and non-english speakers alike, in a very congested and sometimes baffling market.

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A vibrant bouquet of spice box, cloves, smoky oak, black cherries and ripe plums. The palate reveals a fine integration of rich, dark fruits and smoky, spicy oak.

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2015 Marsanne, Tahbilk

Bottle 75cl £12.10

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2015 Viognier, Tahbilk

Bottle 75cl £12.10

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A beautiful Cabernet bouquet of blackcurrant and mint with dark berried, spicy Shiraz and soft red fruIt's from the Merlot. The palate is soft and juicy exhibiting flavours blackcurrant, blackberry and plum with a touch of nutmeg spice. The tannins are fine, long and soft making it ideal for early drinking or short term maturation (3-5 years).

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2014 Hooley Dooley, Dowie Doole

Bottle 75cl £11.65

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“Marsanne has many things in common with Semillon: fragrant and lively in its youth, transforming itself with time in the bottle to rich complexity, acidity one constant, the need for a screwcap the other. Here Meyer lemon, a whisper of honeysuckle a promise of things to come. 92 Points”

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2014 Marsanne, Tahbilk

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The fruit for the ESP 'reserve cuvee' Cabernet is mainly sourced from vines dating back to 1949. Darker fruits on the nose and palate than the Estate Cabernet, the ESP has a richer palate spectrum with more poise and power. Intense black fruits, coffee, black olives and more spice with excellent concentration of fruit on the finish. A wonderfully impressive...

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2006 ESP Cabernet, Tahbilk

Bottle 75cl £35.15

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Very deep, rich crimson in colour with crimson hue. Notes of blackberried and black cherry fruits, spice box and a little pepper that carry through onto the rich, velvety, long and slightly sweet but not cloying palate.

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2011 Marsanne

Tahbilk

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Bottle 75cl £11.14

Case of 6 £66.78

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Lively aromas of white peach, apricot, orange blossom and a touch of honeysuckle. Mouthwatering tropical fruits on the palate with notes of citrus, marmalade and honey, underpinned by delicate minerality and a lovely crisp, linear acidity running through the core. Complex, mouthfilling and delicious, with a very long length.

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2011 Marsanne, Tahbilk

Bottle 75cl £11.13

2015 Marsanne

Tahbilk

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Bottle 75cl £12.10

Case of 6 £72.60

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2015 Marsanne, Tahbilk

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2014 Marsanne

Tahbilk

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Case of 6 £72.60

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“Marsanne has many things in common with Semillon: fragrant and lively in its youth, transforming itself with time in the bottle to rich complexity, acidity one constant, the need for a screwcap the other. Here Meyer lemon, a whisper of honeysuckle a promise of things to come. 92 Points”

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2014 Marsanne, Tahbilk

Bottle 75cl £12.10

2015 Viognier

Tahbilk

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Bottle 75cl £12.10

Case of 6 £72.60

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2015 Viognier, Tahbilk

Bottle 75cl £12.10

2013 Viognier

Tahbilk

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Bottle 75cl £13.14

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Lively floral and peach notes on the nose. The palate has mouthwatering stone fruit, apricot and white peach flavours, supported by zesty citrus acidity and a long finish. This is a more delicate and elegant expression than many of the mainstream oily, rich examples of Viognier – it has wonderful freshness and lots of personality.

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2013 Viognier, Tahbilk

Bottle 75cl £13.13

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tahbilk

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Bottle 75cl £15.10

Case of 6 £90.60

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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Tahbilk

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2010 Tahbilk Cabernet

Tahbilk

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Bottle 75cl £15.80

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2010 Tahbilk Cabernet, Tahbilk

Bottle 75cl £15.80

2013 Motley Bunch GSM

St John's Road

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Bottle 75cl £16.10

Case of 6 £96.60

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Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre) and Shiraz are three of the great red grape varieties that are the cornerstone of the Barossa's red winemaking pedigree. This classic blend combines bright red fruit and spice from the Grenache, savoury and gamey dark fruit from the Mataro and brooding dark plums and chocolate from the Shiraz. Complex and harmonious, gentle savoury tannins and a...

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2014 Line & Length Cabernet Sauvignon

St John's Road

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Bottle 75cl £16.10

Case of 6 £96.60

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2015 Watervale Riesling

Vickery

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Bottle 75cl £16.10

Case of 6 £96.60

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2015 Watervale Riesling, Vickery

Bottle 75cl £16.10

2014 Peace of Eden Riesling

St John's Road

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Case 6 x 75cl £96.60

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Peace of Eden comes from two low-yielding vineyards on the Eastern facing slopes of the Barossa Ranges. Crystalline purity is the hallmark of this Riesling whose bright citrus-lime fragrance leads to a palate that is dazzlingly crisp and full of Granny Smith apple, pithy lemon and flecked with subtle petrol notes. A delicious, sinewy Riesling that deserves some serious attention.

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2013 Blood & Courage Shiraz

St John's Road

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Bottle 75cl £16.10

Case of 6 £96.60

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The 2013 vintage was a terrific year for high quality Barossa Shiraz. Yields were low due to a low crop-set, but ripening conditions were near perfect and the Shiraz grapes achieved beautiful ripeness, vivid colour and superb flavours. This is vibrant deep Barossa Shiraz in all its glory! Brooding dark plum, liquorice and chocolate combine with a fresh and vivid...

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