Black Market wines not to be missed
Our Black Market - deals the give you exceptional value, only made possible if we don’t reveal the maker’s brand.
Wines that are bona-fide, 100% the genuine article. You just don't know what they'll be until they turn up.
But we can tell you a few things. Important stuff like what they taste like, when they were made and what from. And also what they've been scored by critics too.
Here's five deals we think you can't afford to sleep on, because they've all been scored 95pts or higher(!) by Halliday, and they won't stick around for long.
Nervy and precise. Mineral and complex. 96pts from Halliday. The little bit of age on this wine has allowed some richness and fullness to further develop, but it's the freshness and zeal that steal the show. Gun smoke, slate, river-rock notes with just the suggestion of salinity lurking in the shadows. The fruit profile is distinctly Mediterranean; whole lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine drive the wine. The acid is (as it should be with chardonnay) the beginning, middle, and end of this story - exciting and zippy, ushering the fruit along without ever overpowering it. It's more ever-present undertone than overture, and that's just one of the tiny details that make this wine a triumph. Buy it. Drink some. Cellar some. Enjoy it all.
Rarely do we see a wine that is so unanimously adored. When it comes to aged cabernet our of Margaret River, this is truly raising the bar - 96pts from a Halliday top 100 winery. The 2017 vintage had it's challenges, but this wine and this producer bucked the trend entirely. This is a masterfully crafted, elegant-yet-powerful (thanks to that slightly higher ABV), age worthy Cab. We can't get enough of it (literally, we bought everything we could get our hands on and it won't be enough). Varietal in all the right ways; long, herbed, a touch twiggy, a lot brambly. Where it steps outside the mould a little, though, is in the density of the fruit. It borrows somewhat from the powerful fruit profiles of Coonawarra, but it doesn't shed its Margaret River finesse in doing so.
95pts from Halliday - and according to our buyer Tully "top of my list of the most exciting Barossa shiraz that I have drunk in my career. It's complex, it's intriguing, and it's just bloody delicious". A richly dark and complex wine. Chocolate and dark, ripe fruit, a little Christmas cakey in parts. The tannin profile is broad and ripe, grappling with the gums but not leaving them dry and wanting. The dense fruit core drives up the centre of the palate and lingers on through the length of the finish. Blackberry, tobacco, earth, fruit leather, orange peel. This is a prime example of how premium wine can look so good in relative youth - there's still a tightness to the palate, but its focused and direct. Should you wish to cellar it, it'll reward patience. A drink some now, drink some later wine if we've ever seen one. Every critic under the sun gave this wine a rave review, and we can see why.
This is one of those bottles where sampling the wine turns into having the whole bottle over dinner. It’s THAT good - Halliday thought so too, awarding it 95pts. One of Margaret River’s best producers, one of the best vineyard sites in the region, and one of the best cabernets we’ve tasted in ages. Everything adds up to one absolutely spectacular wine. The fruit profile is spot on with cassis, mulberry and blueberry. Secondary characteristics abound like chocolate, mint, cedar and graphite. There’s a confident structure, finesse on the palate and an extremely fine tannin profile on the prolonged finish. It’s just one of those wines where it’s too good to do justice in words, so we think you’re better off trying it yourself.
95pts from Halliday and sourced from a single vineyard in Barossa Valley, "opulent" and "luscious" are the words of the day with this wine. It strikes the fresh jam cord perfectly (and it's a hard chord to play); the trick is to find developed fruit flavours without falling into overly unctuous and too-ripe territory. When winemakers get it right the results are outstanding - this is one such wine. Spiced, herbacious, and delivering a long fantail finish that ties the wine neatly together and has you (almost unconsciously) lifting the glass back to your lips. I will tell you to cellar this (and you will be rewarded if you do) but it's hypocritical of me, because I've already consumed my modest allocation.
That was five with the Halliday points to back them, but there's plenty more hidden gems to discover in the full Black Market range.
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