Lucky Dip - Black Friday Reds Edition (6pk)
The Black Friday Lucky Dip Case! The first time we did this case, we broke the internet. This time we’ve bubble-wrapped the servers because they’re in for another beating.
Every case contains the same 5 wicked wines, including some of our absolute faves here at the ‘fo. More info on them below, and they’re all good things. All mofo standard - i.e. nothing we haven’t enjoyed ourselves.
Then there’s the added excitement of seeing which one of these world-beater wines you will receive as your sixth.
The sixth wine is the wildcard and could be any one of these:
An iconic Penfolds Grange 2017 worth $1000 (1 in 100 chance)
An old-vine Barossa Valley shiraz worth $75 (1 in 25 chance)
A 94pt Clare Valley shiraz cabernet worth $45 (1 in 10 chance)
A 95pt Western Australian shiraz worth $32 (at a minimum!)
Each box contains one of these epic wines. The odds vary per wine, but each one is a centrepiece wine, worthy of some truly special occasions.
We should say up front: there are no returns on this - click here for case terms and conditions. As it’s a Lucky Dip, it would be unfair to other mofos running in the draw.
The easiest way to guarantee to get a bottle of Grange is to go out and buy one for yourself. If you, like me, don’t have $1000 handy, this is definitely your best (and cheapest) option! Heard enough already? Pop that case in the cart and cross your fingers and toes! Otherwise, read on for a bit more info on all those lovely wines:
The Wild Card Wines
Wild Card Wine #1
Penfolds Grange Shiraz 2017
98pts Wine Spectator | 98pts Huon Hooke | 96pts Robert Parker
Very deep, dark, dense colour with plenty of purple in the rim. The bouquet is classic Grange, loaded with toast-smoky-oaky scents of smoked-meats and toasted barrels, dried herbs adding an extra fragrance, and hints of five-spice, especially star anise. It’s very full-bodied and concentrate, powerful and long-lasting, but the tannins are beautifully crafted and supple, harmonious, and avoid any suggestion of astringency. The core of the wine is lusciously fruit-sweet and delicious, the robe of tannin complementary rather than domineering. The finish is tremendously long and satisfying. I can enjoy drinking this now: not usual with a new Grange release. A quite magnificent wine and a great Grange. - Huon Hooke
Strongly marked - as always - by its 100% American oak elevage, the 2017 Grange backs up the cedar and vanilla notes with ample blackberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, ripe and almost decadently creamy in the mouth, it’s loaded with substance, concentrated and rich, yet- in the context of Grange - relatively light and elegant-seeming on the finish. Only the seventh-ever Grange to be exclusively Shiraz, it originates from Barossa Valley (86%) and McLaren Vale (14%): Shiraz from the other growing regions in South Australia failed to make the grade this year. - Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Memorable, complex, aromatic and explosively deep, with a mix of palo santo, dark chocolate, black olive, espresso and hazelnut butter. The pure fruit at the core is a mix of ripe huckleberry, boysenberry and wild blackberry, with dense but polished tannins. Savory notes of dried rosemary and sage, cigar box, dried apricot and sandalwood linger on the epic finish. Drink now through 2045.“ - Wine Spectator
YOU’D PAY $1,000 full price.
Wild Card Wine #2
Sorby Adams The Reverend Canon Shiraz 2017
Barossa Valley, SA
Old Vine | Single Vineyard | Top Wineries 2022 - The Real Review
This Barossa shiraz speaks of the powerful Barossa terroir and the master crafters who made it. It’s powerful and opulent but maintains a certain grace that keeps everything in balance. There are no surprises here with the flavour profile, an expression of blackberry, plum, chocolate, spices and cedar from the use of 30% new French oak. After five years in bottle, it’s drinking beautifully now but has another decade of prime left in it for those patient types.
YOU’D PAY $75 full price.
Wild Card Wine #3
Kilikanoon Golden Hillside Shiraz Cabernet 2018
Clare Valley, SA
94 Points – Wine Orbit | 5 Stars – Wine Orbit | 5 Red Star Halliday Rated Winery
This wine needs almost no introduction. Last vintage hundreds of cases sold out in record time, and once you try it, you’ll understand why. This is legendary Clare Valley shiraz cab. Black fruit and liquorice over earthy and spicy undertones, held together with a lashing of toasty oak that melds into the wine seamlessly. It’s a classic style that changes minimally from vintage to vintage, and it’s bloody great. It’s got the same supreme freshness as a feature, with depth and darkness, and just a touch of mint. There’s no questioning the impeccable quality of these wines.
YOU’D PAY $45 full price.
Wild Card Wine #4
Peos Estate Four Kings Shiraz 2019
95 Points – James Halliday | Gold, Southern Forests Wine Show
Hailing from where the wild things grow, this is an incredibly peppery crimson-coloured shiraz, where the coastal breezes cool the evenings and allow all that cracked pepper character to flourish. From a prized truffle and wine-growing region steeped in ‘cool-climate’ quality, stylish shiraz like this is a discovery. Like the moment you realise your signature perfume or cologne. Blood and dark plums flesh out a vibrant, spice-laden shiraz, so flavour-filled and generous; you’ll see how well handled it is, with 16 months in French oak... no doubt you will too agree this is ‘bloody plum’ good. Elegantly earthy, well-balanced, coastal shiraz. Worth every penny.
YOU’D PAY $32 full price.
Watkins Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Currency Creek, SA
98 Points – Winestate | Gold, Wine Showcase Magazine | 93 Points – Wine Showcase Magazine | Five Stars Winestate Magazine
Watkins might be a new name to some, but their time in the industry goes way back. As evidenced by this cellar selection, they’ve honed the art of crafting wines that stand the test of time. This is an all-family affair, with the new generation stepping in to take the reigns. They’re finally releasing some beauties from their back vintages, and we were quick to jump in and bring our mofos that aged goodness. Cabernet off their Currency Creek vineyards gave this wine the confidence to see it through the last 6 years, with more still to come. This is the kind of wine that greets you like an old friend. Instantly familiar and merry, sure to entertain you for hours.
YOU’D PAY $35 full price.
Viveur LiCo Shiraz 2021
Limestone Coast, SA
A friendly drink, and like a good mate it’s not only good company, but has layers. Subtle spices, and a savoury complexity from the winemaker’s magic touch. Single vineyard, basket pressed, quality French oak... but all that magic aside, its medium-bodied fruit shows blackberry, plums and red cherries peppered with a touch of regional hillside spice. Perfect with a simple cheese and salami platter! Good company and good spice. Just nice.
YOU’D PAY $35 full price
Daschbosch The Gift Red Pinotage Shiraz Petit Verdot 2020
Ah, the old shiraz petit verdot blend. Not one you find commonly around the world, although it seems to have been made for the Aussie appetite. Having said that, this wine comes from the point of Breedekloof in South Africa’s Western Cape. An absolutely heavenly area of the world, enveloped by towering mountains and labyrinths of lakes and rivers. Much like a pot on a low flame, the climate provides a long and slow development of fruit to get a depth of flavours penetrating in every berry. The duo in this blend come together in a show of inky-deep colour, lifted floral nose, and a palate that’s as rich as a chocolate cake. How’s that for one neat little package- or should we say gift?
YOU’D PAY $27 full price
CW Wines Winemaker Series Reserve Shiraz 2020
Limestone Coast, SA
94 Points – Wine Orbit | Five Stars – Wine Orbit
When looking at a deal at this price, the question could be raised “yes that’s a great deal but what about the quality?” Well, we love it but don’t take our word for it. With strong reviews and the consistency CW Wines is known for, be assured you’ll be just as happy with the quality as you are with the price. Wonderfully ripe and inviting, the perfumed bouquet shows dark fruit intensity combined with violet, vanillin oak, cocoa and subtle spice notes, leading to a concentrated palate that’s opulent and persistent. The wine is powerful and richly textured with excellent fruit purity, seamlessly framed by silky tannins. Drink now, it’s good to go!
YOU’D PAY $27 full price
Casaponte Chianti DOCG 2020
Bright and crunchy, this is the cheeky upstart Chianti that could. Loads of red cherry and plum, juicy and lifted. This is on the lighter side for a Chianti, and sings all the right tunes: a little chalkiness, fruit fullness and the right amount of indifferent, upstart attitude. But unlike that adorable train from the classic children’s story, this is for adults only.
YOU’D PAY $25 full price