Nothing over $50! And a 96 pointer in there too.

Isn’t it always the way? You’re coming out of the newsagent which shares its entry with the adult bookshop upstairs when you bump into your boss from the office. Today, I was killing time browsing in one of those giant supermarket liquor sections when who should see me but a fellow Table member. I guess I could have asked what was HE doing there?

I haven’t been in a supermarket’s in-house wine section for a long time, and yet, this is the sight that greets most expats when they first arrive in Singapore. No wonder they despair. I’ve always said that buying Australian (and New Zealand) wine in Singapore doesn’t have to be a nightmare – you just need to know where to look, and you need to do your homework, or let others like Bastard Box,  do it for you.

So, here’s the homework done for today.

2011 / Tin Shed / Eden Valley / Rose / $38.50 at Essential Fine Wines – I don’t have a rating on it, so I’m going to assume it’s OK. Retails at around A$16 so the pricing here isn’t too bad but left way out in the cold by today’s other choices. BBI ♥♥♥

2011 / Old Plains / Longhop /  Adelaide Plains / Shiraz / $36.50 at Essential Fine Wines – Wine Advocate gives it 88+ so that translates to “very good” and it’ll be drinking for a few more years yet. Looks like it retails around the A$13 mark so pricing here is OK. BBI ♥♥♥

2011 / Yellow Tail / Riverina / Pinot Grigio / $24.99 at NTUC Fairprice – No. I’ve never had this wine so I’ll have to rely on the opinion of others. James Halliday gives it 87 pts which puts it into the “recommended, fault free” category,. A quaffer, then. Retails downunder at about A$6 – A$7 so you know where it’s pitched.  If you must. BBI ♥♥♥♥

2011 / Yellow Tail / Riverina / Semillon Sauvignon Blanc / $24.99 at NTUC Fairprice – This one gets a Wine Front rating of 87 (“happy with it”) and a year to drink it by. Retails a tad under A$8 so….BBI ♥♥♥♥

2011 / Yellow Tail / Riverina / Shiraz / $24.99 at NTUC Fairprice – A quaffer. Under A$8 downunder. If it rings your bell…..BBI ♥♥♥♥

2006 / Norfolk Rise / Dai Gum San / Limestone Coast / Shiraz / $29.55 at Le Vigne, cash & carry – Gets a “recommended” from Halliday, drinking for another year, and great pricing. BBI ♥♥♥♥

2009 / West Cape Howe / Zeepard / Mount Barker / Shiraz / $24.20 at Le Vigne, cash & carry – 88 pts from Wine Advocate at under $25 bucks? Yep, you heard it right. Still drinking for a couple of years so get into it. BBI ♥♥♥♥

2010 / Rockburn / Central Otago / Pinot Gris / $29 at Wine Exchange Asia – Had to stop myself from typing Pinot Noir after typing Central Otago. But no, it’s a Pinot Gris. Bob Campbell gives t 85 points as calls it a “rich, robust wine”. Retails for about NZD25, so pricing here is very good. BBI ♥♥♥♥

2009 / Plan B! / Frankland River / Shiraz / $32.30 at Le Vigne, cash & carry – Into the 90’s pointswise now and drinking a bit longer too, out to 2020. A good all-round shiraz that retails at about A$20. Nice pricing here make it….BBI ♥♥♥♥

2010 / Robert Oatley / Finisterre / Margaret River / Chardonnay / $48 ea or $40 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – Now we’re talking. Halliday 96.  Will go to 2020+ and retails in Australia at A$38. This is a great deal. Frankly, I’d rather have one bottle of this at $48 than 2 bottles of well., you know what. BBI ♥♥♥♥♥

2005 / Clarendon Hills / Old Vines / McLaren Vale / Grenache / $50 at Wine Exchange Asia – Those “in the know” like this wine. Halliday 95 and Wine Advocate 92. Still plenty of years left in it. A$75 on release. Go figure. BBI ♥♥♥♥♥





No situation can possibly be better [for winegrowing] than the slopes of the hills enclosing the Adelaide plain”. – Henry Watson writing in The Register, October 1840


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