Pity the poor investors, but you benefit – Meshach in the bargain bin.

Reviewed wines on offer from Artisan Cellars, Cornerstone Wines, The Cellar Door, Underground Wines, Wine Exchange Asia


I know the Sydney Royal Wine Show has been over for a few weeks now but did you pick up that the 2010 Peter Lehmann Art Series Shiraz Grenache won a top gold? What makes that so special is that it retails in Australia for A$12! Wonder if we’ll ever see it here, and at a decent price? Bottles & Bottles is the distributor so let’s keep our eyes open.


Let’s do the the Kiwis first and in ascending order of value:

2010 / Villa Maria / Private Bin / East Coast / Chardonnay / S$32.90 at The Cellar Door – The pricing on this is OK, it’s the rating that holds down the comparative value. Michael Cooper gives it 3 stars which is “good”. Just up against stiffer competition today.

2009 / Pyramid Valley / Kerner Estate / North Canterbury / Pinot Blanc / S$53.50 at Artisan Cellars – Yes, that’s right – Pinot Blanc. Also a Burgundy (white) but rarely seen, even there. Michael Cooper gives it a resounding “excellent” and the winemaker, Mike Weersing says that it has “intimidating power and presence”. Looks like it retails for around NZ$36 so the pricing here is about where the BBI (Bastard Box Index) would expect it to be. Go on, experiment.

2009 / Jackson Estate / Widow / Marlborough / Pinot Noir / S$49, S$45 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – The ratings are getting better all the time, this one 5 stars from Michael Cooper making it “outstanding”.  Drinking to 2020 apparently and retails for NZ$35. That makes it a good buy here.

2010 / Rock Ferry / Rapaura / Marlborough / Sauvignon Blanc / S$26.50 at Underground Wines – Almost anything in the $20 range will score comparatively well if it’s half decent. This gets a rating from Michael Cooper somewhere between “very good” and “excellent” so at S$26.50, it gets the value award today for the Kiwis. Don’t sit on it though. Drink before the end of next year.

Let’s talk shiraz and let’s talk real value:

The Grant Burge for sure comes from a distressed investor, maybe the Schubert too, but either way, you get to be the beneficiary.

2001 / Grant Burge / Meshach / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / S$80, S$75 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – You know enough about Meshach that I don’t have to tell you any more. Just two numbers: Last seen at A$85 in Australia, showing here at S$80. No brainer.

2002 / Grant Burge / Meshach / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / S$85, S$80 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – A$110 versus S$85. Need any more convincing?

2005 / Schubert / Goose-Yard Block / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / S$60, $50 by the case at Cornerstone Wines – Halliday 94 pts, drinking to 2025 (still a pup then) and 15% alcohol. Last seen at A$65 down under. A bargain if you like your reds big.


WINESPEAK 101 – How to waffle with the best of them – Today’s words GLACE CHERRY

Glace cherry nose, medium bodied but ripe and lively

I like this one because I think it captures exactly what, to my nose, many syrahs are like.


“If you ask me to give you, quickly, the mark of civilization in Europe, I would as quickly reply: The Vine. Wine adorns the pages of the Old Testament; the Greeks sang of it lovingly; the Romans, who should have known better, drank it from pitchy skins (although Horace had a Falneros and Virgil a Fruity Dry White from the Sabine Hills that sends an ache of longing to taste through us who live today); Caesar crowned his conquests, even of Britain, by planting the grape; from the so-called Dark Ages (which were not as dark as they are painted) to the bursting, fruiting glory of the Middle Ages, the Vine made Europe, and most everything we have we owe to that source. Were our source to fail and disappear, we, who were made, would also fade and disappear.”  – The Aesthetics of Wine, March 1946


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

“The unexacting palates of the masses…are content to ask no question [on origin] so long as a florin or half-a-crown will purchase a roomy flagon of strong , full-bodied, fruity wine” – CE Hawker writing in 1907