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Bannockburn – Ah, variety, the spice of life

Went searching for Bannockburn in Singapore and found it listed in at least three places being Island Wines, Crystal Wines and Wine Exchange Asia. A quick check of Island Wines’ website showed they’ve sold out, leaving Crystal and Wine Exchange as follows:

2006 / Bannockburn / Geelong / Chardonnay / S$78 (S$74.10 member price) at Crystal Wines – Halliday has no doubt with the quality of this wine rating it at 96 points, drinking to 2015 with a RRP of A$51. My BBI puts that at about S$60 into Singapore so the Crystal Wines asking price of S$78 looks a bit exxy for me.

2005 / Bannockburn / Geelong / Pinot Noir / S$56 at Wine Exchange Asia – Wow, this one brings out a difference of opinion. James Halliday rates this wine at 94 points, drinking to 2015. Jeremy Oliver doesn’t like it at all and thinks it’s close to past it. He gives it 80 points and drinking 2007-2010. Who’s right? Don’t ask me, I’m just the messenger! What I can tell you is that the RRP is A$55 which translates through the BBI to roughly S$63, so at S$56 on sale at Wine Exchange Asia, it’s either a fine wine bargain or an expensive dud depending on who you believe.

2005 / Bannockburn / Geelong / Serre / Pinot Noir / S$99 at Wine Exchange Asia – Are three opinions better than two? At least these three are in agreement – Gourmet Wine Traveller and Epicure both give this wine 5 stars, whilst Halliday gives it 4.5 stars (94 points). Pricing is less certain but a mid-point looks about A$110 with drinking to 2013. That translates into a Singapore price of S$107, so the listing at Wine Exchange Asia for S$99 again looks like a good deal.

Crystal Mega Sale – 15th May at Delta House 10:00 to 20:00

I’m travelling at the moment but it would be remiss of me not to cast a quick eye over Crystal’s offerings. There’s just short of 100 Australian wines on offer and I can’t possibly list them all for good/bad value so I’m concentrating on those wines that (according to my data) rate 95 points or better and fall within my price tolerance as comparative value with their Australian retail price. So if you read between the lines, you’ll understand that not all wines meet that price threshold.

Here’s what I found:

2008 / Clonakilla / Canberra / Shiraz Viognier S$83.30 – Epicure rates this wine at 5 star and RRP A$95 drinking 2015, Halliday rates it at 97 points RRP A$90 and drinking 2015-2025, and Gourmet Traveller Wine rates it 96 points also drinking 2015-2025, so no doubting its quality then. Its one of my favourites too, but I must admit that I’ve been buying it at around this price on a regular basis, so not sure about the “mega discount”. That having been said, it’s a good wine at the right price so if you want to try what is arguably Australia’s best shiraz viognier, give it a go.

2007 / De Bortoli / Estate Grown / Yarra Valley / Cabernet S$44.10 – Halliday rates this 5 stars and it sells RRP for A$35.

2004 / De Bortoli / Reserve / Yarra Valley / Chardonnay S$51.10 – Another Halliday 5 star wine (95 points) that sells for A$40.

2008 / Frankland Estate / Isolation Ridge / Frankland River / Riesling S$36 – Epicure liked it giving it 5 stars, drinking 2011-2019, Gourmet Traveller Wine liked it too giving it 92 points, suggested retail at A$28.

If the wine you want is out of stock, just make sure you know when it’s going to be delivered.

If there’s a wine on Crystal’s list that you’d like some data on, send me an e-mail at , and if I can help, I will. If you send it tonight, you should have an answer in time for the sale tomorrow.

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