Three 90+ pointers at less than $30 bucks

Wine Directions has a sale on this weekend (Saturday 28th August, 1:00pm – 5:30pm) at Extra Space, 301 Boon Keng Road, Kallang. If you punched “favourite” into my GPS, it would take you straight there as I’ve been a regular visitor to Extra Space for Wine Exchange Asia who are also there.  But I digress. I’ve bought from Wine Directions before and found their service pretty reliable. Here’s my first cut of what they’ve got on offer:

2008 / TarraWarra  Estate / Yarra Valley / Pinot Noir / S$27 – That’s a pretty good price for this wine. James Halliday rated it 92 points (4.5 stars) and suggested drinking now to 2014. Gourmet Traveller Wine were not quite so keen giving it 4 stars as did Wine Front, and drinking to 2012, but overall I reckon it’s a safe bet and the pricing is good. RRP is A$22. 14% alc.

2008 / Torzi Matthews / Schist Rock / Eden Valley / Riesling / S$25 – I won’t harp on about the great value that Australian Rieslings are so let’s just have a look at the ratings. Seems just about everyone thinks this is a pretty good wine. Wine Spectator gave it 91 points, James Halliday 92 points, and Epicure 4.5 stars. Common agreement that this is not a stayer (many rieslings are) with recommended drinking now to 2012. For the record it’s 12% alcohol. RRP is A$15-16 so the pricing is keen too.

2010 / Shottesbrooke / Adelaide Hills / Sauvignon Blanc / S$28 – Couldn’t have been in the bottle long! But hey, that’s the way to drink sauvignon blanc. I personally made the mistake of losing a 2002 Vavasour sauvignon blanc in the depths of my cellar (impressed?) and it went down the sink last night. Bugger. Wine Front are first off the block in rating this wine and they give it 90 points with drinking to 2012. With a RRP of A$20, it’s solidly within my BBI. 13% alc.

“The best accompaniment for a bottle of Grange are the pies and pasties from Linke’s bakery in Nuriootpa [in the Barossa Valley]” – attributed to Max Scubert of Grange fame.

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"A good bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world" - Louis Pasteur

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