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James Halliday 95 Point Outstanding Red 6 Pack

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Our Price: $20.00 / bottle (RRP: $31.66) Case: 6 x 750ml

A cracking six pack of reds, all featuring outstanding wineries at the top of their game and with wines that have scored 95 Points from James Halliday
95 Points - James Halliday

  • The well is running dry. In days gone past, it was a piece of cake to find a cracking James Halliday rated red wine for well under $20 a bottle. But nowadays, not so much.

    It seems that while the quality of Australian wine has been on a steady increase as of late, so to has the increase in price. Find me a tasty little 95 point Shiraz or Cabernet from South Australia for under $20, and I will show you a whole lot of empty shelves where that wine used to be. When people do find a wine that hits this near-impossible threshold, it is usually sold out before you even know it.

    That's why we are super proud to put together this brilliant six pack. Featuring six extraordinary wines, all with 95 points from James Halliday's Wine Companion, and all landing for under $20 a bottle. How'd we do it? Well that would be revealing a little too much of our secrets! All that we'll say is this case contains $190 worth of wine, from a broad array of producers, regions and vintages, and all for a price that many would say is a steal! Each case will contain the one bottle of the following six wines:

    2012 Crabtree Watervale Shiraz   (Clare Valley, SA)
    2015 Glaetzer Bishop Barossa Valley Shiraz   (Barossa Valley, SA)
    2013 Thomson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon   (Margaret River, WA)
    2015 Riposte by Tim Knappstein The Cutlass Shiraz   (Adelaide Hills, SA)
    2015 Ironcloud Rock of Solitude Purple Patch GSM  (Geographe, WA)
    2015 Woods Crampton Graciano    (Barossa Valley, SA) 

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    2012 Crabtree Shiraz   (Clare Valley, SA)

    With lifted berry fruit flavours of mulberry and plum skin, this shiraz shows lifted spicy aromatics with a bold and concentrated structure.The handpicked fruit was open fermented and basket pressed using traditional methods and matured in a blend of one year old and two year old French oak barriques for 14 months. Serve with rich beef ragu and crispy skinned potatoes

    2015 Glaetzer Bishop Barossa Valley Shiraz   (Barossa Valley, SA)

    Vineyards - Exceptional old vine fruit was sourced from the famed Ebenezer sub district at the northern tip of the Barossa Valley. Vine age 35 ­ 120 years old. Yield 3 tonnes per hectare.

    Vintage - Above average winter rain followed by warm spring temperatures resulted in healthy vines showing significant early bud growth. Mild temperatures during December and January coupled with good end of January rain set up the vines nicely for the ripening period. Harvest started early on 14 February and was completed on 15 April consistent with the normal finishing time. The resultant 2015 vintage wines have deep, vibrant colours with savoury tannins and rich, seductive flavours.

    Winemaking - Fermented in 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters. Extended maceration was employed to enable good tannin development so the wine is soft and approachable early. Matured for 16 months in a mix of 40% new oak and 60% 2 ­ 3 year old oak hogshead barrels (90% French / 10% American).

    Colour - Deep purple. Aroma - Layers of violets and cloves on the nose with hints of mulberry and dark chocolate. Palate - Purity of dark fruits and cut plums on the palate with firm, savoury tannins, impressive depth and harmony. Peak Drinking - Great drinking now but this wine will also benefit from 10 ­to 12 years of careful cellaring. Alc/vol - 15.0%



    2013 Thomson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon   (Margaret River, WA)

    The fruit was gently machine harvested and processed into red fermenters where they are tenderly pumped over 3 times a day during fermentation to maximize colour extraction. When fermentation was complete, the wine was left on skins for an additional 7 days to develop some extra complexity before being transferred to a selection of fine French barriques and matured for 18 months. 

    Deep crimson red with a slight purple edge. A complex display of rich chocolate, mocha, dark cherry and black currant characters upfront, subtle sweet cinnamon oak spice and savoury dried herbs adds an extra depth of intricacy. Medium to full bodied wine with elegant, well integrated fruit flavours fill the palate followed by a succulent, fleshy but firm tannin structure. Juicy red berry fruit flavours persist endlessly with a hint of dark chocolate on the finish. 

    2015 Riposte by Tim Knappstein The Cutlass Shiraz   (Adelaide Hills, SA)

    The grapes for this wine are from the vineyard of Carmine and Marina Pepicelli, near Lobethal in the Adelaide Hills. At 480 metres this is one of the highest Shiraz vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. In a quest for complexity, the grapes were fermented in two batches. One featured 50% whole bunches with normally crushed fruit as the balance while the other contained 50% whole berries. These two wines were matured separately in 35% new French barrels before blending.

    Rich and flavoursome the Cutlass shows thick cuts of red berry and juicy dark plum with some whole bunch derived spice. The palate is long and persistent with complex fruit flavours overlaid with fresh toasty French Oak.

    2015 Ironcloud Rock of Solitude Purple Patch GSM  (Geographe, WA)

    The Rock of Solitude is a special place in the Ironcloud vineyard, a single flat rock facing west, overlooking Geographe Bay. In the quiet of the early morning and evening this is the perfect place to seek seclusion and regain energy from the earth.

    A traditional Rhone blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. Vibrant aromas of red berries and sweet spice. A balanced, medium bodied elegant wine with flavours of strawberry and dark cherry supported by sweet spice and silky tannins with a lingering finish.

    2015 Woods Crampton Graciano    (Barossa Valley, SA) 

    The Woods Crampton Graciano, made from the native Spanish varietal bearing the name of the town from where it originally came, is prized for its spiciness, acidity and tannin. The colour is also rich, and it shows on this wine. Plums, smoked meat and an undergrowth character all add to the richness and delight that is trying something a little more left-field.

    A significantly riper and richer wine than previous years. The nose is dark berry and plums with notes of forest undergrowth and exotic spice. The palate likewise opens with blackcurrant, plums, meat and exotic spice balanced within a framework of whole bunch twang and graphite tannins. Bright acidity keeps the wine light on its feet. A wine that is equal parts Graciano and Barossa Valley in style.


  • REVIEWS

    2012 Crabtree Watervale Shiraz   (Clare Valley, SA)

    'Hand-picked grapes, open-fermented, basket-pressed, matured in new and used French barriques for 18 months. Bright crimson-purple; the effusive bouquet has spicy black fruits and neatly integrated oak, a pattern repeated on the vibrant, medium-bodied palate; the fruit flavours have hints of licorice and pepper, and fine tannins mark a particularly good finish.'
    95 Points - James Halliday


    2015 Glaetzer Bishop Barossa Valley Shiraz

    'In classic Glaetzer style, full-bodied and taking no prisoners. Black fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, ripe tannins and oak are woven together so tightly it's hard to tell where one starts and/or another finishes. It's not my style, but it's hard to deny the quality.' 
    95 Points - James Halliday


    2013 Thomson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon   (Margaret River, WA)

    '85% cabernet sauvignon, 5% each of malbec, cabernet franc and merlot, 7 days post-ferment maceration, matured for 18 months in French barriques. Good hue; this is pure cassis, not blackcurrant per se. This fruit fruit is given another dimension by its oak and silky tannins.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    2015 Riposte by Tim Knappstein The Cutlass Shiraz   (Adelaide Hills, SA)

    'Tim Knappstein has had a lifetime of practice, and his wines continue to reflect both his technical skills across a range of varieties and his abiding belief in reflecting terroir. This wine starts with dark cherry before moving into spiced dark plum fruit with an oompapah beat of ripe tannins.'
    95 Points - James Halliday


    2015 Ironcloud Rock of Solitude Purple Patch GSM  (Geographe, WA)

    'Bright crimson colour; juicy, spicy, peppery red fruits of a cool grown GSM create a new field of opportunity radically different to that of SA. The alcohol simply doesn't impact, it's a number without significance. This really hums with its energy, captivating your palate as it swoops by.'
    95 Points - James Halliday


    2015 Woods Crampton Graciano    (Barossa Valley, SA) 

    'Includes 5% tempranillo, 50% whole bunches, wild yeast open-fermented, 20 days on skins, hand-plunged daily, pressed to two used French puncheons, matured for 15 months. Graciano can be a miserable handful, and I wondered how the whole bunch stem characters would play with it, but it has worked, with spicy, savoury stemmy notes dancing on the tongue, red fruits in the lead. Woods Crampton has got the game tied up when it comes to value for money linked with varieties and old vines of great worth'
    95 Points - James Halliday



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