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Why do we love this case?

Shiraz. Grenache. Cabernet. Sangio. A mix of moderate to warm climates. Medium-bodied plus. Check, check, check, check and check. This is the pack for lovers of out-and-out flavour, but plushness, freshness and balance too. You even get TWO of each of the following bottles in this impressive mix of wines that are anything but simple.

Red
Sangiovese
Heathcote

D'Sas Sangiovese 2017
Plum
Savoury
Spice
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated

Soft red cherry, red apple, black plum. Sweet-fruited palate but savoury texture, not intense, instead it’s refreshing and enjoyable. I’d say light to medium bodied. And then, the bottle was gone. It’s not my fault. It was just too damn drinkable, sharable and delicious. Look, here are some ‘key selling points’, as they say in the trade: last vintage got 95 points, D’Sas scored ‘Dark Horse Winery of the Year’ from Halliday, and this is a single vineyard sangio from the famed Greenstone vineyard in Heathcote. You do you, but I’m just gonna see if there’s another bottle lying around.

You'd pay $40.00 full price

Red
GSM
Barossa Valley

Maverick Twins Barrel Select GSM 2017
Black Cherry
Blackberry
Spice
Full-bodied
Fresh
Concentrated
5 red star winery

Maverick don’t f*ck around when it comes to GSM, with old vines of all three varieties in both the Eden and Barossa valleys. The results are less brash and strident than typical Barossa grenache blends - rich and ripe, but soft and elegant too. It’s spicy with loads of red fruit and plush earthiness. There’s some anise and black fruits that follow later, lending depth and a particular prettiness to the wine. Pretty, and pretty damn drinkable red, to sum up.

You'd pay $29.00 full price

Red
Shiraz Blend
Clare Valley

Annie's Lane The Locals Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Cocoa
Plum
Tobacco
Full-bodied
Smooth
Rich

This smells immediately warming, in that clean-cut, bygone era kind of way. By ‘bygone’, I mean about 10-15 years ago. When wines had moved from ‘let’s pick early for balance’ but before they got to ‘let’s oak the f*ck out of everything’. In that sweet spot, where oak met fruit, shook hands, had a lovely civil night, and everyone went home friends. I guess that’s a long-winded way of saying that this’ll please crowds, from fathers-in-law through to mums or cranky siblings. Smooths everything over. It’d be the wine that’d come home, say soothing words, cook you dinner and tuck you up in bed. If only wines did that. I digress somewhat. There’s rich plum, dark cocoa, tobacco leaf and fresh sage. The palate is inky and textural, with tomato-like acidity that doesn’t poke out in any way but just lifts the whole procession along. Fruit carries it a long way, then the end is savoury and satisfying. Just as you’d expect from such a classic. Aussie through and through. Throw another shrimp on the barbie. Yeah, right.

You'd pay $22.00 full price

Red
Cabernet Sauvignon
Languedoc-Roussillon

Fortant Terroir Littoral Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Blueberry
Spice
Violets
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Gilbert & Gaillard 2018

Powerhouse of southern France does cabernet. The results aren’t shit. Since the marriage of the Boisset and Skalli families in 2011, Fortant have emerged from the relative shadows and are flexing muscles in areas they know best. Cabernet is one such area, and this is the wine that intends to make you want to scale up into their higher tiers of wine. It does that. Blueberries and violet meet a smoked dark chocolate flavour, while the palate is abidingly fresh and fruit-driven, with well-weighted texture and latent, spiced herbaceousness. A wine that’s as easy to talk about as it is to Google why quarternary soils are relatively youthful in the context of global epochs. Makes you feel big and small, all at once. No mean feat.

You'd pay $22.00 full price

Red
Shiraz
Mount Benson

Two Blues Shiraz 2017
Blueberry
Pepper
Strawberry
Medium-bodied
Fresh
Elegant

This is as soft and approachable as it sets out to be, with a full mid-palate of juicy fruit and enough tannin to keep things interesting. When you want a crowd-pleaser, this is it. No hard edges. Loads of blueberry, plum, raspberry and blueberry with just a touch of licorice, a dusting of cocoa plus a bit of black pepper and classy tobacco leaf to spice things up. We’re currently “tasting” this after hours at Mofo HQ and the feedback was “that’s really good!” and “I really like it - really nice colour”. This from mofos who have strong opinions and have been coddled with pretty swanky reds of late. Huh. Should have read my notes. It all makes more sense now. One of the Kreglinger (Pipers Brook et al) projects, now headed up by Jim Chatto. His golden touch is evident. I’m loving this. Just texted Charlotte, the Mofo Wine Buyer behind this wine, and told her: “Get more. This’ll fly.” Prove me wrong, mofos.

You'd pay $22.00 full price

Red
Shiraz
Limestone Coast

Hollick The Bard Shiraz 2015
Blackberry
Plum
Spice
Medium-bodied
Mellow
Bold

This is unexpected. Coffee bean, raspberry-chocolate, earthy and rich. Ripe and warming, piles of dark fruit on the palate, but not overworked with too much oak. Sweet-fruited, but its fullness is all about savoury tannins, a confident density borne of equally confident grape-growing and winemaking. Good stuff.

You'd pay $20.00 full price
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