Lucky Dip Case 2.0
The Lucky Dip Case is back! Last time we did this, we broke the internet. This time we’ve bubble-wrapped the servers because they’re in for another beating.
Every case contains 11 wicked wines, including some 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 of these world-beaters you won. The odds of scoring change, but each one is a centrepiece wine, worthy of some truly special occasions.
The twelfth wine is the wildcard and could be one of these three wines:
An iconic aged Penfolds Grange 1997 worth $900 (1 in 100 chance)
A 96pt winning Adelaide Hills shiraz worth $65 (1 in 10 chance)
A 95pt winning McLaren Vale 2019 shiraz cabernet worth $40.
We should say up front: there are no returns on this - click here for case terms and conditions. The chance involved would make this unfair for all. But rest assured there are no fillers here. I can tell you the mofos around HQ have their fingers on their keyboards, waiting for this offer to go live. So it’s mofo a mofo, mano a mano, dog eat dog.
The easiest way to guarantee getting a bottle of Grange is to go out and buy one for yourself. If you, like me, don’t have $900 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:
Wildcard Wine #1
Penfolds Grange Shiraz 1997
95pts Flagstaff Magazine | 95pts Jeremy Oliver | 94pts James Halliday | 94pts Robert Parker
“The 1997 Grange (a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon) looks to be a classic Grange, although slightly softer and more forward than the backward 1996. The saturated purple-colored 1997 offers a gorgeously sweet nose of blackberry liqueur, cherries, camphor, chocolate, plums, and mocha. The wine is opulently-textured, extremely soft, layered, and seductive, with Grange’s tell-tale personality well-displayed, but in a seamless, seductive style. This is a superb Grange that can hold its own against the more heralded 1996. 94 Points/Drink 2005-2022” - Robert Parker
“I have tasted every vintage of this wine since the 1989, and several older bottles too. Typically huge nose: a powerhouse of thick vanillin aromas, sweet and coconutty with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and vanilla-pod depth. The fruit is ripe and lush, with lots of tarry, meat-stock aromas too and thick black fruit. The palate is concentrated with a sweet core of dense black fruit. For the moment this is a muscular concentration of power: Oxo cubes, blood and black fruit are densely layered. Bolstered by warming, toasty oak and good tannin/acid structure, this finishes with ripe, creamy quality and good length. Penfolds have really pulled a fine Grange out of the bag in a moderate vintage.” - Tom Cannavan, Wine Pages
YOU’D PAY $900 full price.
Wildcard Wine #2
Adelaide Hills, SA
96pts Tyson Stelzer | 94pts Campbell Mattinson | 94pts James Halliday | 5 Red Star 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.
Wildcard Wine #3
Shiraz Cabernet 2019
McLaren Vale, SA
95pts Sam Kim | 95pts Wine Showcase | 5 Stars Sam Kim
It’s safe to say this wine is a ‘shoe-in’. Multiple vintages of this exact vino have rushed into our warehouse and zoomed straight back out and to your front door faster than you can say ‘shiraz blended with cab sav and a splash of cab franc’. It’s so SO popular with our thirsty mofo members. At its core, we have all the plush dark berries, plums and chocolatey goodness that you’d expect from Mclaren Vale. But the blend of cabernets is what lifts this drop way above entry level, firm tannins and a liveliness on the back palate provide wonderful length and serious structure; perfect to pair with your good old fashioned Sunday roast lamb with all the trimmings.
YOU’D PAY $40 full price.
The Other Wines
Riesling 2020 - 2 bottles
Clare Valley, SA
When we find a treasure that our mofos love, we keep going back for more. Here’s the third vintage of this Clare riesling that we’ve featured and the first two were a roaring success. It comes from one of the rising stars of the region and hits all the notes you’ve come to expect. It’s bursting with citrus, minerality and texture. Riesling from Clare is renowned for it’s bracing acid line carried forth with vivid fruit. This one delivers all that and then some. Load up the cellar before it’s gone!
YOU’d PAY $27 full price.
Sauvignon Blanc 2020 - 2 bottles
Margaret River, WA
5 Red Star Halliday Rated Winery
Welcome to the big wide wine world vintage 2020 and what a super way to kick things off with a 5 red star mofo favourite. 2 words that describe WA vintages? Consistently consistent. This Pemberton savvy bee displays lifted aromas of white florals, your recognisable splash of passionfruit and a long, driving citrusy acidity that provides simultaneous length and balance. Find a grassy spot in the afternoon sun and put your feet up with your favourite book and sip on this nice and chilled and quench that thirst.
YOU’d PAY $27 full price.
Pinot Gris 2019 - 2 bottles
King Valley, VIC
Another year and we are yet again gobsmacked at the consistent value this pinot gris provides. Let’s just lay out the virtues; mature vines, fantastic high altitude vineyard site, thoughtful and precise winemaking and a low price tag.
While you’re collecting your jaw from off the floor, let me tell you what all of the above contributes to the wine. We see an intense palate of fresh cut pear, green apple and subtle spice on the finish. It walks the tightrope of providing plenty of flavour while also being dry and crisp, right in the zone for Aussie gris.
This has become the go to gris for many a mofo over the years so if this is your first run-in with this runaway success, welcome. If you’re already aware of this gregarious gris, you probably already hit BOOM. I’ll see myself out...
YOU’d PAY $26 full price.
Malbec 2019 - 2 bottles
I.W.C Winemaker of the Year
This Argentinian beauty in a bottle is rich, ripe and robust, delivering plenty of bang for your buck. It’s the perfect weeknight quaffer - one that’s going to pamper you on the palate - not punch you in the hip pocket.
YOU’d PAY $22 full price.
Shiraz 2019 - 1 bottle
Langhorne Creek, SA
93pts Sam Kim | 91pts Huon Hooke | Vegan Friendly
Hello amazing value South Aussie shiraz! If you are a shiraz lover, keen on the generosity and flavour-power of the South Australian style... keep reading. This wine is from one of the leading (warmer) regions and a producer who really knows what they are doing in the vineyard and winery. It’s classic full-bodied shiraz with fruit aplenty - rich plums, dark cherries and fresh dates. The nose is full of spice, which continues on the palate, which is plush and full of soft smooth tannins.
YOU’d PAY $22 full price.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 - 2 bottles
Mt Benson, SA
Hugging the rugged South Australian coastline, ringed by white, sandy beaches and near-perfect terra rossa soils, the grapes for this cabernet have been sourced from 180 hectares of lush Mount Benson territory. And it makes for a very tasty wine. It has a super-aromatic nose of cassis fruit and just a touch of mint and bramble, followed by a heady palate of ripened forest berry, this is a cracking red that only gets better with its creamy oak and soft, lingering, chalky tannins. Great drinking cabernet!
YOU’d PAY $19 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.