Lucky Dip Case 3.0
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 one of these world-beater wines you will receive. The twelfth wine is the wildcard and could be one any one of these:
A 98pt iconic aged Penfolds Grange 2014 worth $900 (1 in 100 chance)
A 96pt winning Adelaide Hills shiraz worth $65 (1 in 10 chance)
A mofo fave Barossa Valley 2016 shiraz worth $40.
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 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 2014
98pts Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate | 98pts Tony Love | 98pts Huon Hooke | 97pts James Halliday | 97pts Anthony Rose, Decanter | 97pts Andrew Caillard MW | 97pts Tyson Stelzer | 96pts Campbell Mattinson | 20/20 Matthew Jukes | 18.5/20 Jancis Robinson
“Rich, concentrated and intense, the 2014 Grange delivers exactly what we’ve come to expect from this Penfolds icon wine. It’s full-bodied, velvety in feel and loaded with plummy fruit, framed in vanilla and cedar. Dense, powerful and tannic, it should prove to be long lived, even by Grange standard.” - Wine Advocate
“Undeniably Grange in its approach from start to finish, a powerful band of 98 per cent shiraz and 2 per cent cabernet from six SA regions that has spent 20 months in 100 per cent new American oak hogshead barrels. It’s all rich, black fruit flesh seasoned with savoury dark spices and notes of cut down olive bushes and sage in the flavour zone. It’s solid gold Grange in body as well as soul, yet chamfered and measured, even subtly minerally but with no hard edges. It’s a waiting game now like always — drink now in an hour of power or for a special celebration in 10-25 years.” - Tony Love
“98% shiraz, 2% cabernet sauvignon from the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Wrattonbully, Coonawarra, Clare Valley and Magill Estate, matured for 20 months in new American hogsheads. Excellent colour for age; the ultra-fragrant and expressive bouquet implacably draws you in; a great deal of work must have gone into the blending of the components and drawing them seamlessly. An aristocratic Grange with all the components in utter harmony.” - James Halliday
“Taking bets now on when the Grange RRP will hit a grand. This release of Penfolds Grange was sourced from a number of South Australian regions and saw, of course, 100% new American oak. This 2014 Grange includes 2% cabernet sauvignon. I won’t go into the details but the press release includes tasting notes and, appropriately enough, the tasting note provided includes its fair share of exclamation marks. This one was my favourite (in context): “Until the next sip!” My daughter loves baking cakes and as a result I love crushing ants. One sniff and I was in my kitchen with my daughter. There you go. It’s archetypal Grange, smooth, svelte, aristocractic, bright and dense at once, the pride of South Australia and the entire Penfolds red wine line-up all rolled and synergised into one. I see soy and I see spice, I see vanilla and various things nice, but mostly I just see quality nipped and tucked, gathered and applied in such a way that it’s perfect. I didn’t spit it out and I don’t regret it. For a second I was a better man. I read recently that the Richmond football club, on winning the 2017 AFL grand final, went to Rockpool in Melbourne and drank Grange. In fact it was the tattooed-head-to-toe-bad-boy Dustin Martin who related this story. Bay Boy Dustin Martin drinks Grange. I thought of this as I put my glass down. The cliched elite are in for a treat. 2014 Grange will not let anyone down.” - Campbell Mattinson
“Deep, dense youthful red/purple colour. The bouquet is a riot of preserved plums, mocha, smoky toasty oak - less obvious than the Granges of yore - with hints of tar and graphite. The wine is full-bodied but it’s not a blockbuster. It’s dense and concentrated, but not overpowering. Indeed, the wine is superbly balanced and has even a touch of elegance. The tannins are certainly abundant, with a touch of traditional Grange firmness, but it’s a very easy Grange to understand and enjoy. Less likely to intimidate! (2% cabernet sauvignon).” - Huon Hooke
“Deep colour. Beautiful crushed blackberry, mulberry aromas with roasted chestnut, marzipan, mocha oak and liquorice, crème de caramel nuances. Richly flavoured velvety textured wine with dense blackberry, mulberry, dark plum fruits, fine plentiful chocolaty but vigorous tannins, abundant roasted chestnut, mocha, nougat oak. Finishes chocolaty firm with bitter sweet notes, and sustained mineral length. Impressively balanced wine with lovely density, energy and meaty complexity. A classic example of exceptional multi-vineyard sourcing including Wrattonbully for the very first time. Penfolds winemaking philosophy is the ascendant star in this wine. While in the shadow of three successive great years, this “sleeper” Grange vintage has the potential to surprise. 97 points Drink 2025-2060.” - Andrew Caillard
“An erratic season with heat spikes and rain events, saved by cooler conditions from mid-autumn, 2014 is no blockbuster Grange, but unashamedly celebrates a more understated, spicy and structured style. Black cherry and satsuma plum fruit is supported masterfully by a firm, fine chassis of long-enduring tannins. This is no inky, brooding Grange, but rather a vintage that celebrates space and refinement. It’s none the less for it, and lacks nothing in consummate line and unrelenting persistence. It won’t make headlines but it will make for a great drink, and for that I admire it greatly. Drink 2034-2044.” - Tyson Stelzer
YOU’D PAY $900 full price.
Wildcard Wine #2
The Lane Vineyard Reunion Shiraz 2015
Adelaide Hills, SA
96pts Tyson Stelzer | 94pts Campbell Mattinson | 94pts James Halliday | 5 Red Star Halliday Rated Winery
This five year old Adelaide Hills shiraz from legendary producer The Lane, is simply the best of both worlds. From a single vineyard in the cool, high region, you get a wine that is both powerful and elegant. There are mouthfuls of dark fruits like black cherry and plum, but with herbal notes, some pepper and a dark chocolate finish. It’s shiraz through and through, but with a little more finesse. Pop this wine in a decanter and watch it unfold with layers of flavour and nuance.
YOU’D PAY $65 full price.
Wildcard Wine #3
Maverick Silk Road Shiraz Shiraz 2016
Barossa Valley, VIC
94pts Sam Kim | 5 Stars Sam Kim | 5 Star Halliday Rated Winery
2+2=4. Barossa shiraz + talented producer = amazing wine. It really is a simple equation. Maverick Wines knows exactly what they are doing with their fruit and the end result is always a smashing wine. This shiraz has a few years of age on it, which has served to soften it a touch whilst still maintaining that oomph that makes the Barossa style so distinct and popular. The fruit is concentrated in the form of blackcurrant and plum, and there is a touch of earthiness underneath it all. On the finish, it’s a display of fine tannins and length, rounding out an easy-drinking wine that’ll please anyone who digs luscious shiraz.
YOU’D PAY $40 full price.
The Other Wines
Pinot Gris 2020 - 2 bottles
Limestone Coast, SA
94pts Sam Kim | 5 Stars Sam Kim | Single Vineyard
This is our first taste of the 2020 vintage and wow it’s impressive! Thankfully the limestone coast region missed many of the challenges faced by Australian wine regions this year and they’re racing to get wines into bottle to show them off. Beautifully perfumed, gorgeously lifted and wonderfully fruity. A cool, elegant acidity drives the experience with poise and grace. The finish is long and lingering. It’s miraculous winemaking for your money, and we’re totally in love.
YOU’D PAY $27 full price.
Certified Organic | Boutique Producer
This certified organic chardonnay is from a boutique producer in Victoria’s massive Gippsland region. It’s a place that people are getting excited about for both chardonnay and pinot noir, and when you try this wine, you’ll know why. This chardonnay is a bit of a crossover hit - country and western - with enough weight and texture for the full-flavour lovers, but also enough acid for the chablis fans. It’s in a lovely drinking window and there is a leesy element after a few months spent in old french barrels, which have also added to the texture. Look out for stone fruits, a touch of jasmine and a citric finish on this wonderful wine.
YOU’D PAY $25 full price.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 - 2 bottles
Mighty Mendoza has muscled its way into the hearts of wine-lovers the world over, thanks to its plush-but-lively reds. This cab won’t let you down. Boisterous blackcurrant and bay leaf, tingling tannins and awesome acidity make this the perfect foil for your Sunday roast. Cellar for a decade, or decant for an hour tomorrow.
YOU’D PAY $22 full price.
Grenache Syrah 2019 - 2 bottles
This fine drop is a 60/40 blend of grenache and syrah from Minervois, one of the top areas in the region. It’s medium-bodied with soft tannins, a smooth palate and an energetic burst of bright red fruits. Simply enjoyable, gluggable and relax-on-the-deck-able wine.
YOU’D PAY $22 full price.
Sauvignon Blanc 2019 - 2 bottles
Adelaide Hills, SA
94pts James Halliday | 92pts The Real Review | 92pts Wine Orbit | Halliday Special Value Award | Vegan Friendly
An absolute classic out of the Adelaide Hills, aromatic on the nose, smelling of a fresh spring morning, with clean lemon pith and grapefruit citrus searing through. This wine offers a breath of fresh air after a day swimming in the sun at the beach - keep this one in your esky, ice cold to enjoy as you watch the sun go down, with your fish and chips. Watch out for those seagulls, they will be wanting a glass of this to go with those chips!
YOU’D PAY $20 full price.
Shiraz 2016 - 1 bottle
Limestone Coast, SA
It’s appropriate that I want to wax lyrical about this wine, isn’t it? It kinda reminds me of my wedding chocolates: a dark raspberry ganache from Koko Black, with a crisp-cracking exterior and a velvet-smooth core. Add in some earthiness and black fruits, plus a few seeds of vanilla bean and we’re getting pretty close. It’s a hearty wine for celebrating life, effortlessly matching savoury to silky; yin and yang in a playful package of delicious mirth, embodying the spirit of the bard it pays tribute to.
YOU’D PAY $20 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.