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Kick things off with a Tassie sparkling, follow up with some rizza, grüner, savvy, gris and chardy. Finish up with a few cabs and shiraz, and you just had a pretty darn good day of drinking just there. I hope you brought enough friends to appreciate the glorious value of the vinos herein (and enjoy responsibly, obviously). Keep our secrets and reap the rewards, mofo.

Each Black Market mix contains a bottle of each of the following wines:

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Shiraz Cabernets 2017

McLaren Vale, SA

5 red star Halliday rated winery | Halliday dark horse winery award

From a maker who can do no wrong, this shiraz-cabernet has all the things we love in a classic McLaren Vale red. Dark fruits, chocolate, spice and herbal hints with wonderful length and drive, this is an absolute cracker of a blend. We already know you love it just as much as us.

YOU’D PAY $40 full price.

BLACK MARKET Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Margaret River, WA

94pts Wine Showcase | 93 pts Sam Kim | Gold Medal Wine Showcase |  5 red star Halliday rated winery

In the words of Eddie the Wine Guy: “There are lovely aromas of blackcurrant, a little bit of spice and tobacco. I’d probably go for a lamb roast, or maybe even a beef roast, because it has lovely drying tannin. It’s going to go really nicely with a bit of hearty protein that’s been shoved in the oven for a couple of hours. Medium-bodied, drinking beautifully now, but it will age five, maybe ten years if you really want it to.”

YOU’D PAY $33 full price.

BLACK MARKET Sparkling Rosé NV

Tasmania, AU

5 star Halliday rated winery

This wine walks the line of wonderfully expressive cleanliness - I know, a juxtaposition, you’d think. Everything natural you’d want and everything crisp and cleansing too. Lots of gewürz notes for something that professes only to have chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot meunier and moscato in there, but maybe it’s the moscato speaking. Grapiness for sure now that you mention it (hallmark moscato), followed up by Turkish Delight, rosewater and melon (hello chardonnay). On the very edge of being qualified as a rosé, but let’s be honest - it doesn’t matter. It’s a super aromatic nose, very interesting and a little bit sweet, but finishes dry enough to please all, with fine bubbles and a fun vibe. 

YOU’D PAY $25 full price.

BLACK MARKET Shiraz Blend 2015

Languedoc-Roussillon, FR

96pts International Wine Challenge | Gold medal International Wine Challenge | Caramany Red Trophy International Wine Challenge

“What’s in it?” you ask… well, it’s got hyper aromatic, brambly black and red fruit - it’s a meaty, velvety red with fruit driven through a long journey thanks to exquisite tannins and wonderful acid. Oh, you just meant varieties. Ok, it’s shiraz, grenache, with some carignan sandwiched between. It impressed at the International Wine Challenge, which means it’s got an exuberant personality. And with this swanky bottle on the table, no one will believe you paid south of $45. Don’t tell them otherwise, just enjoy the kudos. 

YOU’D PAY $30 full price.

BLACK MARKET Shiraz 2017

Frankland River, WA

5 red star Halliday rated winery

Rich and spicy cherry, plum and dark berries fill the glass, with licorice, black pepper and earth providing an alluring, inky depth. The palate is full and soft, driven by dark, pillowy fruit.

YOU’D PAY $29 full price.

BLACK MARKET Riesling 2018

Clare Valley, SA

95pts Sam Kim |  5 red star Halliday rated winery

This Watervale riesling is from 100% free run juice - i.e. only the best bits. Lemons, limes - sure. But it’s the tight little palate that sets this riesling apart. Zesty and fresh, dry and crisp, with florals and a softly mineral richness thanks to gentle lees-stirring. It screams classic Watervale riesling, and we’re happy to be shouted at if it ends up tasting this good. Scream away, little rizza.

YOU’D PAY $27 full price.

BLACK MARKET Pinot Gris 2018

King Valley, VIC

This is a brand spanking release from a mofo fave maker, who nail gris and grigio from the King Valley in all its forms. This is elegant, fresh, full of juicy pear and apple puree with a citrus twang and just the right amount of saline minerality, like a lightly salt-rimmed margarita. Just as flavourful and thirst-quenching, too. But more style, obviously.

YOU’D PAY $26 full price.

BLACK MARKET Grüner Veltliner 2016

Adelaide Hills, SA

Exactly what grüner sets out to be for a drink-now style, this has riesling’s citrus all over with a flinty, white pepper kick. Because it’s from the Hills, it has green apple, peach and a little rockmelon in the mix, and some depth and texture that comes with skin contact.  If you’re new to grüner, it’s Austria’s most prolific grape variety. Depending on terroir, they range from spicy riesling-esque wines (like this one) to rich and round white Burgundy challengers. Start here and go forth. 

YOU’D PAY $25 full price.

BLACK MARKET Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Adelaide Hills, SA

Silver medal Royal Queensland Wine Show 2018 | Bronze medal Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018

If you’re an Adelaide stalwart, the Tolley name will be synonymous with brandy from way back. Simon’s Great, Great… GREAT Grandfather Albion Tolley did indeed start a wine and spirit trading business in 1874, so descendant Simon has the fire in his blood. Graduating as a viticulturalist himself in 1999, his wine truly is made in the vineyard. His vineyard consultancy came first, followed by 27ha of Adelaide Hills vines, and in 2015 his own wine label was launched. This is a natural and considered progression to the glass, in my mind. The savvy vines are clones of those from the famous Château d’Yquem, but here expressed as a dry white wine. The result is a lime-meets-tropical, fresh and layered savvy that is completely self-assured. Impeccable balance, weighted by history and styled to modernity. Fashionable or not, it’s a lovely drink.

YOU’D PAY $25 full price.

BLACK MARKET Chardonnay 2016

Yarra Valley, VIC

This is from a relatively new producer who’s kicking goals, scoring ‘Newcomer Winery of the Year’ from James Halliday to name just one achievement. But you get chardy here that tastes like it’s from the Yarra establishment, at upstart prices. It’s a minerally style, fresh and forthright. 2016 was warm in the Yarra so you’re seeing ripe fruit on top of that, which makes this refreshing style fleshier than you might expect, and so very slurpable. There’s slate, melon, lime, pear and white peach - it’s almost like a much more complex blini. Makes me want to brunch, and to pretend it’s Sunday. And sometimes you’ve just gotta let your heart have its way.

YOU’D PAY $24 full price.

BLACK MARKET Shiraz 2013

South Australia

94pts Q Wine | 92pts Nick Stock | 90pts James Halliday | Gold Medal Limestone Coast Wine Show | 5 star Halliday rated winery

This unmentionable region’s not renowned for its shiraz, but I’ve said before and I will again - it should be. The kind of cool, but actually warm, region gets the best of both worlds of shiraz and ties them together, typically - as in this classic case - with some judicious old and new French and American oak. And if you’re lucky - which you are again in this case - you get a few years in bottle for everything to knit together. 

And after those five years, you have an elegant, fine-boned but fleshy and flavoursome shiraz that makes the most of its mottled climate, thanks to an excellent vintage. It’s fruity, meaty, the tannin fine-grained and subtle, overlaid with brightly spiced and earthy juiciness. It’s quite a light-footed palate and better for it, as it makes the intensity of flavour really sing.

YOU’D PAY $20 full price.

BLACK MARKET Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Clare Valley, SA

93pts Wine Showcase | Boutique Producer

From one of the great Clare vintages comes this diminutively priced cabernet, from dry-grown wines in the dark soils of the Armagh Valley. With six years under its belt, this sturdy little number punches well, well above its price point. Classy aged cabernet you can afford to have every lunch time.

YOU’D PAY $20 full price.


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.

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