Mount Mary Quintet

Australia's premier cool climate Cabernet. It was John Middleton's dream to create such a wine and purchased the Mount Mary property in the Yarra Valley in 1971 to persue this dream. Quintet is his dream realised and is a blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.

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Lake's Folly Cabernets

Australia's first boutique winery, Lake's Folly Cabernets is an Australian wine treasure. More Bordeaux in nature than most, the Cabernets is a wine of pristine purity and elegance. With a sense of place that can be tasted in every bottle across all vintages, Lake's Folly Cabernets is a must have for all serious wine collectors and lovers. The 2010 is a young, robust version that will require some time in the cellar to really show its complex characteristics and refined palate.

Petaluma Coonawarra

A stylish blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a touch of Shiraz and Petit Verdot, from low yielding vineyards have produced another wine of elegance and class. Blackberry, mint and tobacco flavours are framed by fine tannin. The Shiraz adds some supple softness and the Petit Verdot adding aromatic lift. Another triumph!

Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Franc

Jasper Hills Emilys Paddock is mostly shiraz - with a defining splash of cabernet franc. A lot has been made over the years of the terroir difference between Jasper Hill Emilys and Georgias, but its the cabernet franc that really differentiates them. Wonderfully fragrant and lifted on the nose, Emily's Paddock is not only wonderful upon release, the wine will age gracefully over many years in the good cellar.

Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2

From some of the earliest plantings of Shiraz in the Yarra Valley with vines dating back to 1969. Shiraz (96%) co-fermented with small parcels of Viognier, Marsanne and Mataro aged 12 to 18 months in 50% new French oak barrels produces a wine that is perfumed and feminine with the tannins and acidity as integral to the wine as the fruit. Proven to age for 25+ years, Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2 was the first Cote Rotie style blend made in Australia

M Chapoutier Les Greffieux Ermitage

The Chapoutier Estate has been present in the Rhone Valley since 1808, always on a quest to find different tastes and expressions of terroir, or sense of place. Hermitage is regarded by some as the greatest expression of Shiraz from anywhere in the world. If you're a Shiraz lover and haven't yet explored the wines of the Northern Rhone, you're simply missing out.

Château Trottevieille Saint-Émilion

Château Trottevieille is a rare story in the appellation of St-Émilion where a Bordeaux négociant owns the premier grand cru. The property is set apart from most of the vineyards in St-Émilion, on the far eastern edge. The wines of Trottevieille are ones that require a bit of time in the bottle to show their true elegance and blackcurrant richness, but in early drinking years like the 2008, one doesn't have to wait as long.

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière Saint-Émilion

Château Canon-la-Gaffelière lies on flat, sandy soil on the road that runs from the Libourne-Bergerac road to Saint-Émilion. In the past the wines of the Château often seemed oaky and out of balance, but now are denser, richer and more textured. Through experimentation and experience in the vineyard, Canon-la-Gaffeliere goes from strength to strength. The proof which can be tasted in the quite extraordinary 2009 wine which has a higher than normal proportion of Cabernet Franc. Luxurious tannins along with ripe, velvet like fruit come together magnificently in a wine that will be supremely enjoyable over the next 20+ years.

Château Clinet Pomerol

Château Clinet is a rising star in the small Right Bank region of Pomerol. With its gravely soil mixed with sand, Château Clinet has gradually increased the Merlot component of the wine to produce a voluptuous, smooth and yet still complex red wine that is both pleasing upon release and turns into a read star with a few years in the cellar.

Château Canon Saint-Émilion

Château Canon is a beautiful property that sits just outside the walls of the town of Saint-Émilion. The Château has 13 hectares of it's total of 21 inside a Clos (walled) vineyard. Fantastically perfumed and elegant wines due to the fragrant blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc being the Château's style. 2009 is considered to be one of the greatest Canon's in recent memory, harnessing the great qualities of the vintage perfectly. The tightrope of plush fruit, integrated oak and dusty tannins are all walked with utmost perfection.

Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac

Château Pontet-Canet is a classic large Pauillac property that adjoins the Mouton Rothschild vineyards that in the past has struggled to get fruit richness into their wines until Michel Rolland was called in. The wines of the past 15 years have produced lovely, voluptuous reds with ripe fruit and brilliant balance. The 2009 is quite simple a stunning incarnation of Pontet-Canet and quite possibly their best wine ever produced! A 'tour de force' of the highest standard, layers of concentrated fruit along with sublime oak integration see this biodynamically farmed vineyard reach Bordeaux perfection. Will age comfortably for the next 50 years.