A surprise – Trentham Estate

Trentham Estate’s not a winery that catches my eye very often – good value for sure, but often at the “riverland” end of the market to which I have a distinct negative bias. Every once in a while though a wine does pop up and grabs my attention and today it’s a shiraz available at Wine Directions (to get the price I’m quoting, minimum order 12 bottles of anything)

2006 / Trentham Estate / Heathcote / Shiraz / S$33.50 – James Halliday rates this wine at 94 points, drinking 2010-2016. It has RRP of A$30, which means that it could sell in Singapore for up to S$43 and still fit within my BBI for value. At S$33.50, it’s a comparative bargain. Take 6 of these, and 6 of the Small Gully and enjoy drinking sub -$35!

Announcing the Bastard Box Worst Price Award

The Financial Times has an award for the worst team at the World Cup and despite a strong effort by North Korea, it went unsurprisingly to France. In the same vein, Bastard Box will be awarding a “worst price award” for 2010. I thought we’d kicked it away with the pricing of a 2002 Craneford John Zilm Barossa Valley Merlot , but alas, no. It’s for sale at The Red Wine Shop in Australia at A$32.95, but at one stage a magnum was for sale in Singapore at S$214. Maybe it was a typo as the price has now been halved to S$107 so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. But having established the principle of the award, I’ll be keeping my eyes open for truly horrendous pricing in Singapore and you can help by doing the same. I’m sure there are some players out there that are just busting to win.

And finally, having got as far as “M”, I won’t be reviewing any more of Denise’s GSS specials. Went to the local store on three different occasions to buy some of my own recommendations only to be told on each occasion “out of stock”, “out of stock”, “out of stock”.

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