Country Club Semillon Riesling aged in oak

Reviewed four wines today from Wine Exchange Asia and Underground Wines

2011 / Forrest / Marlborough / Pinot Noir / $38.50 at Underground Wines – Haven’t seen a rating for the 2011 but if it’s on par with the most recent vintages, (risky assumption I know) then it’ll be around the 85 pt Bob Campbell, 3.5 star Michael Cooper mark making it still pretty good. Looks like a RRP around NZ$30 so on that basis, good pricing – BBI ♥♥♥

2006 / Massena / The 11th Hour / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / $55 ea or $49 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – A wine by Dan Standish which means a rating from Wine Advocate. Yep, 94 pts and drinking to2024. Retailed around A$35, good pricing again so…BBI ♥♥♥♥

2004 / Wild Duck Creek / Springflat / Heathcote / Shiraz / $55 ea or $49 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – Do you believe in the inevitability of inflation? Apparently the team at Wine Exchange Asia don’t as this wine was listed at this same price back in 2011. It was a good deal then and it’s a good deal now. Halliday 92, drinking to 2024 and a lip-smacking 15% alc. (if that’s your thing). BBI ♥♥♥♥

2004 / Kalleske / Greenock / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / $55 ea or $49 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – Another biggy at 15% alc. Well, it is Barossa Valley and Greenock at that. 94 pts from Halliday and drinking to 2019 so right in its window. The best value/quality combo here today but only by a whisker. BBI ♥♥♥♥



1979 Country Club2

It says Semillon Riesling which in those days means it might have been neither Semillon nor Riesling. Still, the oak carton is nice touch – the fake finish is about as close to real oak as some of the stuff that goes into today’s cheaper wines.


“…’s horrible – horrible – going to a cellar door unless you’re a wine wanker. I say this as someone who is a wine wanker himself, so I’m not having a go at wine wankers, I’m just saying that there is a hell of a lot of talk of wine tourism, but almost all of it is geared at the wine wanker, and that alienates about 95 per cent of the market.” – Phil Sexton from Giant Steps speaking in Gourmet Traveller Wine, July 2007


1 Response to “Country Club Semillon Riesling aged in oak”

  1. 1 Clark, Chris June 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    But you’re not a wine wanker are you?!

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