What’s this? – An unrated recommendation from Bastard Box

It doesn’t (and won’t) happen often, but occasionally there’s a wine that I like enough to recommend to you even though it’s unrated, at least by my regular sources. I can’t find a rating by James Halliday, Jeremy Oliver, Campbell Mattinson, Gary Walsh, Ralph Kyte-Powell, or others. As far as I can tell, the winery only gets mentioned once in Halliday’s Wine Companion, and that’s a short entry about the beginning of Small Gully a decade ago. I stumbled on to this wine by seeing it reviewed by Gary Vaynerchuck on his video blog and he was enthusiastic (well, he’s always enthusiastic, but he was enthusiastically positive). His description of it being a mouth-filling fruit bomb has stuck with me ever since, because that’s exactly what it is. A full on fruit bomb that I suspect you’re either going to love or hate because this wine has alcohol. Oh yes, 15.9% of it.

Here’s the details:

2005 / Small Gully / Mr. Black’s Concoction / Barossa Valley / GSM

2006 / Small Gully / Mr. Black’s Concoction / Barossa Valley / Shiraz Viognier

Personally, I prefer the GSM over the shiraz viognier but get some of each and alternate.

You can get it through Wine Directions run by Arjen Blom (www.winedirections.com) and is currently listed at S$35 a bottle. I have no idea whether that’s a good comparative deal or not but it’s certainly acceptable to me.


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