Archive for October, 2013

Champagne at $3.99 a bottle


Just had a look at Langtons for the auction prices for past vintages of Domaine A Tasmania Cabernet Sauvignon and see that the 2000 vintage is far and away the most sought after with the latest sale being at A$116. Interestingly, a magnum of 1998 has been sold for A$352. The 1995 is also holding up at A$83.

I’ll be offering a very limited number of 1995, 1998 and 2000 vintages through Tiger Wines in the near future.


A great write-up by Nick Stock in the latest Gourmet Traveller Wine on Tasmanian pinot noir. He singles out the 2012 Holyman, Bream Creek and Pooley pinot noirs, and also the 2012 Stefano Lubiana Estate Pinot Noir (we’re getting some ) which he describes as “one of its finest releases”. Nick describes the 2012 Freycinet Vineyards Pinot Noir as “shaping up to be the best Freycinet pinot ever” and yep, we’ve got some on the way to Singapore.

He makes an honourable mention of Holm Oak, Kelvedon Estate, Glaetzer-Dixon and Spring Vale. We’ve got all of those brands and if we don’t have the 2012’s yet, we soon will!

And whilst we’re on reviews, the 2011 Goaty Hill PInot Noir just received 90 points from Huon Hooke calling it a “well-priced Tassie pinot of  quality and character.” This comes on top of Wine Advocate’s 90 point rating this month putting the wine into its “outstanding” category.  In stock and yours for $55 (incl GST) at Tiger Wines.


Looked at eight wines today, researched seven and am writing on just four. But don’t be disheartened, there’s four good deals here.

2011 / Fairhall Downs / Single Vineyard / Marlborough / Sauvignon Blanc / $29 by the half case, $27 by the case at Wine Directions – This gets into Michael Coopers “excellent/silver medal” category and he calls it fine value. Bob Campbell says it’s a “strong juicy Sauvignon Blanc” and gives it 89 points. RRP NZ$20, so pricing here is very attractive and all around a good buy – BBI ♥♥♥♥

2010 / Rippon / Emma’s Block / Central Otago / Pinot Noir / $95 at Artisan Cellars – With a RRP of NZ$82, the pricing here is spot on. Lisa Perotti-Brown of Wine Advocate gives it 92+ points (“outstanding”) and Gary Walsh of Wine Front doesn’t hold back giving it a very solid 96 points. Should be drinking well for another 5 or so years . BBI ♥♥♥♥

2005 / Wild Duck Creek / Springflat / Heathcote / Shiraz / $55 or $49 by the half case at Wine Exchange Asia – This wine keeps popping up in Singapore. I last reviewed it in November 2010 on offer by Wine Exchange, same wine, same vintage, same pricing – who said everything must go up. It gets Halliday’s  “outstanding” gong at 94 pts and should still drink to 2018+. Last seen at Langton’s this year for A$44 so pricing is great.BBI ♥♥♥♥

2010 / Rippon / Tinkler’s Field / Central Otago / Pinot Noir / $105 at Artisan Cellars – It’s a toss up between this and Emma’s Block so why not get both? Also 92+ from Wine Advocate and 94+ from Gary Walsh. RRP of NZ$95. If I wasn’t so long Pinot Noir, I’d be ripping into this myself. BBI ♥♥♥♥



We could call it “champagne” then. It’s now called Seaview Sparkling Grand Cuvee and it’s now $7.59 a bottle. That’s inflation for you!

1989 Champagne


If taken seriously wine drinking becomes a hobby of rare fascination. After you’ve tried wines arrayed alongside each other the fascination grows. Normally of course a wine drinker doesn’t order many types of Burgundy with his chop, but as an educational lark, two or three fellows (or girls) might order several pint bottles of red wines (or white) and genuinely enjoy tasting them and learning their differences.”- Wine Talk, Mrs Rada Penfold Russell, Penfolds Advertising Director approx 1978

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