Wines from Kangaroo Island and Baroota. From where? !!

The 2014  24th Tasmanian Wine Show results are out and here’s how some of the brands that Tiger Wines brings to Singapore performed:


I don’t represent Arras (it’s part of the Accolade group) but I do occasionally bring up some of their wines.

Grand Vintage 2004Trophy for Best LD MV Sparkling Wine, Trophy for Best Wine of the Show. I have a very few bottles of this @ $88.

EJ Carr Late Disgorged 2000Top Gold Medal. Very few in stock @ $188.


Pinot Gris 2013 – Bronze Medal

Chardonnay 2011Gold Medal

Chardonnay 2012 – Bronze Medal

Pinot Noir 2011 – Silver Medal


Radenti Sparkling 2002 – Silver Medal

Riesling 2013 – Silver Medal

Chardonnay 2005Gold Medal

Chardonnay 2012Gold Medal. Coming up in March, $49.

Pinot Noir 2012Gold Medal. A few in Singapore, more coming up in March, $77.


Nouveau Pinot Noir 2013 – Bronze Medal. Coming up in March, $37.

Reveur Pinot Noir 2012 – Bronze Medal. I have the 2010 (Gary Walsh 94) @ $65.

Mon Pere Shiraz 2012 – Silver Medal


Chardonnay 2012 – Bronze Medal

Pinot Noir 2012 – Bronze Medal


The Wizard Pinot Noir 2012 – Bronze Medal


Riesling 2013 – Silver Medal

Pinot Noir 2011 – Silver Medal


Chardonnay 2011 – Bronze Medal

Pinot Noir 2011 – Silver Medal

Pinot Noir 2012 – Bronze Medal


Trophy for Most Successful Exhibitor

R0 Riesling 2007Gold Medal

R0 Riesling 2011Gold Medal

R0 Riesling 2012 – Silver Medal. Coming up in March.

R0 Riesling 2013 – Bronze Medal

R9 Riesling 2011 – Silver Medal

R9 Riesling 2012Trophy for Best Riesling, Top Gold Medal

R9 Riesling 2013 – Bronze medal. Coming up in March.

R69 Riesling 2009Gold Medal

R69 Riesling 2010Gold Medal. Coming up in March.

R69 Riesling 2011 – Silver Medal

R69 Riesling 2013 – Bronze Medal

R139 Riesling 2008 – Silver Medal

R139 Riesling 2009 – Silver Medal. Coming up in March.

R139 Riesling 2010 – Silver Medal

Pinot Noir 2007 – Bronze Medal

Pinot Noir 2011 – Bronze Medal. Coming up in March.


Botrytis Riesling 2010 – Bronze Medal

Riesling 2012 – Bronze Medal

Riesling 2013Trophy for Best 2013 Vintage Wine, Top Gold Medal,

Dessert Riesling 2007Gold Medal

Shiraz 2012Trophy for Best Other Wine, Top Gold Medal

Please let me know on if you’ve interest in any of the wines and I’ll give you a price and availability. Also, have a look at to see other vintages of most of the wines above.


How’s the buying looking for 2014? Pretty good actually, if this lot is representative of the deals to come. All of them are fairly priced with some being real bargains.

2011 / Sandalford / Margaret River / Shiraz / $39.90 at Eve Spirits – With a RRP of A$20, this is right in quaffing territory and that’s where it sits ratings-wise too. 87 points from James Halliday means “above average, fault free”. Should still drink for another year or two. Solid but unspectacular. BBI ♥♥♥

2012 / Akarua / Rua / Central Otago / Pinot Noir / $35 at Underground Wines – Bob Campbell gives it 85 points, “above average” so make of that what you will. RRP of NZ$25 which Bob called terrific value so pricing here is keen. BBI ♥♥♥♥

2012 / Akarua / Central Otago / Riesling / $35 at Underground Wines – Another “above average” wine according to Bob Campbell, slightly higher RRP of NZ$27 so slightly better comparative value, but its marginal. Bob calls it a pretty wine. BBI ♥♥♥♥

2006 / Mr Riggs Wine Company / McLaren Vale / Shiraz / $99.99 for a magnum at Cornerstone Wines, or $89.99 if you buy 12 magnums (gulp!). Always getting into dangerous territory when trying to assess fair value on magnums as often there’s not quite the guiding secondary market in these bigger bottles. I see that a 2006 magnum went for A$65 at Langtons but that was 3 years ago now. So, taking a deep breath and espousing every known caution and caveat known to man, I’ll say that the pricing on this is “about right”, maybe even “spot-on” for the 12 bottles price, but really, unless you’ve got more friends than me (quite likely), do you really need 12 magnums?  The 95 points from Halliday might sway your decision and FYI the bottle was expected to drink to 2020. BBI ♥♥♥♥

2012 / Seifried / Neslon / Pinot Gris / $28 cash & carry at Le Vigne – Another 85 point wine according to Bob Campbell, “perfectly balanced” according to him. With a RRP 0f NZ$24, the pricing here is pretty keen, in fact on a pure price comparison basis for a single bottle, it is the best price here today.  An “above average” wine for $28? Takes some beating. But there’s more than price to the BBI stars so…BBI ♥♥♥♥

2010 / Sandalford / Estate Reserve / Margaret River/ Shiraz / $39.90 at Eve Spirits – 95 points from Halliday, say no more. Drinking to 2030 so no need to rush. RRP A$34 so pricing’s good. BBI ♥♥♥♥

2004 / Hazyblur / Baroota / Southern Flinders / Shiraz / $45 or $39 for six at Wine Exchange Asia. OK, so this is what can be called a BIG wine. The 92+ rating from  Robert Parker comes with the not so subtle note of “not meant for consumers who enjoy a more European-styled finesse-filled elegant shiraz…”. Downunder, we’d call that a bloke’s wine, and trust me, many women will drink a bloke’s wine (and his beer). So, you know what you’re in for then and elegant it’s not. On release it retailed for A$40 but it looks like on the secondary market in Australia, bloke’s wines are out of favour. No matter, this looks like a fair price, so…BBI ♥♥♥♥

2004 / Charles Cimicky / Autograph / Barossa Valley / Shiraz / $52.48 at Crystal Wines or $33.28 if you buy 24 or more. Yep, that’s right, there’s nearly a 20 buck difference per bottle if you buy in bulk.  Let’s get the details out of the way first. 92 points by Robert Parker, drink now to 2020, retailed for US$42.  So, what to do? 24 bottles is a lot to buy on price if you hate the stuff. I’ll leave that dilemma to you but as a single bottle purchase it gets 4.5 stars, and as a bulk buy, 5 stars. BBI ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

2004 / Cape D’Estaing / Kangaroo Island / Shiraz / $47.56 at Crystal Wines, or $30.16 if you buy 24 bottles.  Yes dear readers, there is a Kangaroo Island in Australia (surprise!), in fact it’s in South Australia sort of off the coast and a bit south of Adelaide. And yes, they do make wine there. Same story as the Autograph, same Robert Parker rating, almost the same US$ retail price. BBI ♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥


WINESPEAK 101 – How to waffle with the best of them – Today’s word COFFEE

Dense and brooding, with coffee-accented cherry, boysenberry, roasted meat and licorice notes that meld together harmoniously”

“Rich and supple, brimming with complex coffee, tobacco and dusky spice-accented ripe blueberry, dark plum, and slow flavours”

If you picked the wine as Shiraz, go straight to the top of the class.


In general, we find consumers much more open to the use of screwcaps than perhaps the gatekeepers, i.e. sommeliers, importers, retailers. For take-home consumers in new Asian markets, screwcaps are going to become an imperative as most Asian households do not own a corkscrew.” – Bruce Tyrrell of Tyrrell’s Wines  quoted in Wine & Viticulture Journal, Mar/Apr 2012




1 Response to “Wines from Kangaroo Island and Baroota. From where? !!”

  1. 1 Watson, Lisa (PPS APJ GSB) January 22, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I can hardly wait to say ‘on the palate, I get coffee’!!!

    I’d like to take a couple of bottles (4) of the Cape Bernier Chardonnay 2012 when it comes in. Also we’d like 2 bottles of that great sticky we had at your house (2009 Urlar Wairarapa (New Zealand) Noble Riesling in 375ml bottle). Do you still have any?

    Great to see you on Sunday – we should do that more often ☺




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