This is the summit, mofo. The ‘Best in Class’ of the wine world. Shiraz beloved by the experts and novices alike. The wines that turned even the haughtiest of critics into star-struck fanboys and girls who mysteriously ‘forget to spit it out’ during a high-brow tasting panel. The concept behind this pack is pretty simple; there’s only one condition to entry - a 95 point or higher award. The vast majority need not apply. We already separate the wheat from the chaff here at the ‘fo. This is the artisan stonebaked masterwork that results.
Each case contains ONE bottle of the following wines:
Adelaide Hills, SA
96pts Tyson Stelzer | 94pts Campbell Mattinson | 94pts James Halliday | 5 Red Star James Halliday Rated Winery
Adelaide Hills shiraz, especially one of this quality, can be the best of both worlds. You get all the dark fruits like black cherry and plum, but with herbal notes, some pepper and a hint of spicy oak. It’s shiraz through and through, but with a softer edge. Perfect for pleasing a crowd of folks that think they know how the variety should be. Give them all a glass of this and everyone wins!
YOU’D PAY $65 full price.
95pts James Halliday | Single Vineyard
This syrah is from the Victorian region of Upper Goulburn, one of the coldest spots in the state, perfect for growing grapes. This wine is a lovely medium-bodied drop - so lovely that Mr. Halliday himself gave the wine 95 points! It has a bright nose, with plums, blueberries and pretty flowers. On the palate it follows with more plums, soft tannins and a bit of spice. The small producer who makes this wine is known for their top-quality wines, so be prepared to be impressed when this 6-pack arrives at your door.
YOU’D PAY $55 full price.
95pts James Halliday | Five Star Halliday Rated Winery | Single Vineyard
Small production, single vineyard Heathcote shiraz that’s been given the Rolls Royce treatment. The fruit was hand-harvested from three small blocks on the vineyard, gently destemmed and pressed, then sent to a mix of old and new French oak barrels. The resulting wine is supremely layered with mulberries, blackberries, blood plum and anise on the palate. It’s drinking beautifully now or can be laid to rest for another dozen years. Absolutely stunning.
YOU’D PAY $50 full price.
95pts Wine Showcase
Lovers of classic Vale shiraz will adore this! It’s big (but not ponderous), rich, round and offers loads of deep, inky goodness to get lost in. There’s plush, chewy berries with hints of peppery spice and leather that float intriguingly across the palate. Plums, blueberries and juicy black cherries dominate the fruit spectrum, in that inimitable Vale dark coffee-cake profile. It’ll get even more interesting in a few years’ time, but I, for one, won’t be able to keep my hands off it.
YOU’D PAY $45 full price.
97pts Winestate | 5 Stars Winestate
Single vineyard shiraz wonder here. The vineyard is dry-grown, so nature is left with the reins in hand. We should know by now that it knows what it’s doing, too. This is bold and richly infused with flavour. Dark, juicy fruit, backed by coffee ground and vanilla pod from perfectly-judged oak treatment. It’s a ballsy wine, but it’s beautifully balanced and easy to drink in spite of the weight.
YOU’D PAY $40 full price.
Shiraz Blend 2017
Southern Fleurieu, SA
95pts James Halliday | Special Value Award - James Halliday | Five red star Halliday rated winery
This is actually a shiraz viognier blend, modelled after some of the legendary wines of the Northern Rhône. Southern Fleurieu’s unique Aussie terroir naturally has a hand in shaping the flavour, too. It’s deep, dense wine of multiple dimensions. It’s simultaneously deep and dense, but shows lift and aromatic intrigue. There’s floral notes alongside dark, juicy berries. There’s tobacco and leather next to crunchy herbaceousness and taut tannin structure. There’s the potential to age spectacularly, but we’re trying to find reasons not to crack it open every day of the week. Really great stuff.
YOU’D PAY $36 full price.
What is a Black Market deal?
Black Market deals are only made possible if we don’t reveal the maker’s brand on site. The wines are the genuine article – absolutely no cleanskins or fake brands, just dangerously good value. You won’t find out what it is until it hits your doorstep, but you won’t regret it. Just keep it on the down low.