Mid week Shiraz buys – a 96 pointer for S$38

Reviewed 4 wines on offer by The Cellar Door, and Wine Exchange Asia


Glad to see some Shiraz back in the limelight. Thought we’d lost it there for a while. Have a look at the Tasmania Update for an exclusive opportunity to obtain an award winning wine that almost no-one else in Australia will get a chance to try.


2009 / Desert Heart / McKenzies / Central Otago / Pinot Noir / S$49 from Wine Exchange Asia – A solid rather than spectacular wine (Bob Campbell 85 points) but it’s definitely at the right price. Retails for NZ$45 so offer here is terrific buying.

2005 / Shadowfax / Landscape / Heathcote / Shiraz / S$41.30 at The Cellar Door – Another solid wine at 89 points from James Halliday. Some confusion over the region though. The Cellar Door says Heathcote and Halliday says Geelong. I’m with The Cellar Door on this one. Drinking to 2014 and with a RRP of A$29, the buying here is pretty good.

2005 / d’Arenberg / The Dead Arm / McLaren Vale / Shiraz / S$70, $65 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – Well, isn’t this a turn up for the books. Firstly, before we get into discussing quality, the pricing is great. I’ve seen this vintage a lot higher down under. So, to the quality……well, it depends who you believe. If you’re a fan of Wine Advocate, you’ll take comfort in their 95 point rating. If you’re a fan of Jeremy Oliver, you’ll know that 90 points isn’t great, but it’s not shabby either. But if you’re as fan of Wine Spectator, you’ll run a hundred miles. They gave it 77 points and found it bitter. Halliday also found it a little bitter and gave it 89 points but that’s still a long way from 77. You make the call. Parker at 95 or Spectator at 77?  I’ve made my call – I’ve got some.

2010 / Teusner / The Riebke / Northern Barossa Valley / Shiraz / S$40, S$38 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – This has to be close to the bargain of the decade down under. A 96 point Halliday shiraz at under $20 bucks Aussie. Doesn’t come much better than that. This is the price point where the Singapore alcohol tax takes most of the margin so the price here, especially if you buy 6 or more at S$38, is quite good too.

So, where does Bastard Box stand today? Actually quite illogically.  The best comparative value is the Desert Heart followed by the Shadowfax. But it’s such a close call across all four wines that the pick today is going to the Teusner and then the d’Arenberg. Time for some shiraz with teeth.



You will recall that about a month back, I congratulated Peter Cameron and Jennifer Baird on their great result at the 2011 Canberra International Riesling Challenge. Just to recap, their 2009 Waterton Vineyards Riesling from Rowella in Tasmania won “best Riesling from Tasmania”, then “best Riesling in Australia” and then finally “best wine of the Challenge”.  More than 440 wines from 10 counties were tasted and the Waterton Riesling came out on top.

And here’s the clincher. You can be the only people in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD outside of Australia, hell, almost the only people outside of Tasmania, to get a chance to try this award winning wine. I can say that confidently because Waterton only make 300 cases of wine a year and they’ve never exported before. They don’t even have a website! But with true Tiger tenacity, we’ve managed to get some to Singapore. Not a lot mind, but there’s not a lot to start with.

Here’s what the winery says: “Waterton Vineyards are located at Waterton Hall, Rowella, on the west bank of the Tamar River. The vineyards comprise one hectare of Riesling vines and one hectare of Shiraz vines. The 2009 Riesling is a beautifully balanced wine with smooth lime and citrus flavours of very good length. Top Gold Tasmanian Wine Show 2011, Gold and 4 Trophies at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2011.”

James Halliday gives it 96 points, and says that it’s drinking to 2019.  11.00% alc.

It did retail at around A$24 but that’s jumped quickly to A$33+ with the show success and limited supply.

Tiger Wines has just 47 bottles in stock and we’re offering them at S$56 each. A small price to pay for the ultimate in exclusivity and undoubted quality.

2009 / Waterton Vineyards / Tasmania / Riesling / S$56 (incl gst)

Order from tigerwines@singnet.com.sg


“In Australia, red wine has increased in alcohol content by a whopping 1.4 percentage points over the past 18 years: it’s pretty much an entirely different drink, now, to what it was as recently as the mid-90s” – Felix Salmon writing for Reuters, 21st June 2011



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