Grant Burge Meshach at A$55!

Champagne can only come from Champagne right? Burgundy can only come from Burgundy right? Wrong.

An article in the March issue of Decanter talked about how the listing of the wine served at President Obama’s election-win banquet had to be changed from Korbel’s Russian River Champagne, California to Korbel’s Russian River California Champagne to placate the “Champagne Bureau”. How can the Americans call it Champagne?

Seems that under a US-EU ruling, wineries using the name prior to 2005 could keep using it but any newcomers after 2005 couldn’t. There were just two. Korbel’s Russian River California Champagne and Gallo Hearty Burgundy. Yes, you can still buy it.

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Reviewed  17 wines offered by Cornerstone Wines, Eve Spirits, Le Vigne, Straits Wine Company, Underground Wines, Wine Directions, Wine Exchange Asia, Winelah! and comment on 9 of them.

Wine Exchange Asia walloped everybody, and I make no apologies for listing them here. They are one of the main players in dispersing the wine-ocean that is distressed investor stock in Singapore.  Other retailers/distributors might not like that situation, as these “dumped” stocks are screwing up the retail market but this blog is for the consumer, and I say again, consumers have never had it so good.

2010 / Mitcham Estate / McLaren Vale / Cabernet Sauvignon / $29.90 at Eve Spirits – Pricewise, this is actually OK but unfortunately the only rating I could find was 78 points from Huon Hooke. Tough to shine in those circumstances. BBI 1.5 stars – 

2007 / Bald Hills / Single Vineyard / Central Otago / Pinot Noir / $79.20 at Le Vigne – I like this wine a lot, in fact I had one during the week. It’s even richer in that Central Otago way than I had remembered. Michael Cooper puts it in the “excellent” category and it should run for a few more years yet. RRP of NZ$44 on release but very tough competition today so BBI 3.5 stars – ♥♥♥

2009 / Pikes / The Dogwalk / Clare Valley / Cabernet Merlot / $30 at Wine Directions – Jeremy Oliver didn’t like this at all giving it just 84 points so I’ve relied on Nick Stock’s rating of 91.  RRP of A$19 so the pricing’s good and overall BBI 4.5 stars – ♥♥♥♥

2011 / Pikes / Traditionale / Clare Valley / Riesling / $31 at Wine Directions – Always like to see a Riesling doing well and this one’s no slouch at 94 pts from Jeremy Oliver.  It’s got a long life ahead of it and with a RRP of A$23, the deal today gets it BBI 4.5 stars –  ♥♥♥♥

To borrow from the sporting channels, if you don’t want to see the result (or the name Wine Exchange Asia)…look away now.

2005 / Grant Burge / Abednego / Barossa Valley / Shiraz Grenache Mouvedre / $85 ea, $79 by 6 at Wine Exchange Asia – Jeremy Oliver likes this wine (92) but James Halliday loves this wine (97) calling it world class. No quibbles about the quality, so how’s the price? With RRP of A$65, it’s priced about right, especially in the six pack.  BBI 4.5 stars ♥♥♥♥

2001 / Grant Burge / Meshach / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / $75 ea, $70 by 6 at Wine Exchange Asia – The 2001 Meshach is winding down to the end of drinking window; that means this year if you follow Jeremy Oliver, 2016 if you follow James Halliday.  Oliver 88 pts, Halliday 95. On release, it was A$99, but the last sale at Langtons (Jan 2013) showed A$122. I’ll do the conversion for you – S$156. You can buy 2 bottles in Singapore for that and still have change to shout 4 serves of laksa.  BBI 5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥

2005 / Warrenmang / Black Puma / Pyrenees / Shiraz /  $55 ea $49 by 6 at Wine Exchange Asia – 94 pts from James Halliday and Campbell Mattinson and they both reckon it’ll last to 2020. The 15% alc. might help. It retailed at around A$80 on release but look like it’s drifted a fair bit lower since but even so, the pricing here is still pretty exceptional. BBI 5 stars. ♥♥♥♥♥

2002 / Grant Burge / Meshach / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / $80 ea, $75 by 6 at Wine Exchange Asia – Well, what to say. It probably makes no difference for me to say that I’m not a big fan of Meshach. My opinion doesn’t matter. What matters is that Jeremy Oliver gives it 95 and James Halliday gives it 96. It’ll go for another 10 years according to both. It retailed at launch at A$100 but if you saunter down now to Dan Murphy’s in Australia you’ll see it there for A$150. So we’re talking a huge, huge discount for Singapore buyers. BBI 5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥

2006 / Grant Burge / Meshach / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / $90 ea, $85 x 6 at Wine Exchange Asia – I’m not sure where the initial retail price on this wine was but around the A$140 mark (S$179). You’ll buy it here in Singapore for half-price. Which price is correct only time will tell. What is not in dispute is the rating. 96 by Halliday, 95 by Campbell Mattinson. BBI 5 stars ♥♥♥♥♥

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It grows like a triffid and a lot of people think its wine smells and tastes like weeds too. Other perjoratives include ‘cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush’ and ‘sweaty gymnasium’.  – Huon Hooke writing on Sauvignon Blanc (actually New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc) in The Food Issue.

 

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