The Boss - Premium Selection
This case is decorated with more gold medals than Michael Phelps or Usain Bolt. Taking out all its competitors in one foul swoop, this is where you want to be looking if you’re searching for the best-in-class. Not only have we pulled together 5 overachievers from stellar regions around the world, we’ve gone one step further and brought in one wine to rule them all. That’s right- The Boss is in town, and it’s arrived in style.
Chateau Yaldara 1847 First Pick Shiraz 2017
94pts Halliday Wine Companion | Old Vine
Nestled at the foot of the Barossa Ranges in the small, premium sub-region of Rowland Flat, you’ll find Chateau Yaldara- a pioneering Barossa winery founded in the 1940’s by one of Barossa’s first boutique winemakers. If you’ve been searching for that special wine to keep in your cellar for years to come- here it is. Like a fine Barolo, a Hunter semillon, or a good Rhône red, this wine will repay your patience in multitudes. From the cool yields of the 2017 vintage came some surprisingly stunning shiraz, which is what you get right here. Brimming with chocolatey, cedary, spicy notes and the darkest, juiciest plums you can imagine. Just wait and see what this wine will do with another decade in the bottle.
YOU’D PAY $480 full price.
The Other Mates
Brand & Sons Family Reserve Cabernets 2016
96pts Sam Kim | 96pts National Liquor News, Geoff Bollom | 95pts QWine | 95pts Ken Gargett | Blue Gold 2019 Sydney International Wine Competition | Gold Medal 2018 Hobart Wine Show | Gold Medal 2018 Limestone Coast Wine Show | 94pts Huon Hooke | 94pts Campbell Matheson | 94pts James Halliday Australian Wine Companion | Top of Class 2018 Hobart Wine Show | Top of Class 2018 Limestone Coast Wine Show
Honestly folks, if there were any more medals around the neck of this bottle, it would collapse from the weight. Inspired by the blends of Bordeaux, the powerhouse producers at Brand & Sons have combined cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot into something that has clearly delighted the wine critics and judges. It’s immensely complex, expressing an array of blue and black fruits along with violets, earthiness, herbs, chocolate and mint. There’s so much happening all the way through the finish, finally rounding out with fine-grained tannin and a touch of spice. Coonawarra doesn’t get much better than this.
YOU’D PAY $85 full price.
Massena Stonegarden GSM 2018
Eden Valley, SA
95pts Sam Kim | 5 Stars Sam Kim | Vegan-Friendly | Single Vineyard | Boutique Producer
Massena are a boutique producer, and although their wines are new to the ‘fo we are super pumped to have them. This small batch GSM is from one of Eden Valley’s best vineyards, grapes grown on old bush vines. We’re not certain of the breakdown of varieties, but can say it’s a bit more serious that your average, easy-going GSM. It was fermented with whole bunches, which has resulted in earthy tannins and a wonderful perfume. It’s a nod to the Rhône, with both feet firmly planted in the power and richness of SA.
YOU’D PAY $75 full price.
Mitolo Cantiniere Shiraz 2018
McLaren Vale, SA
96pts Sam Kim | 5 Stars Sam Kim | Vegan-Friendly
Mitolo’s Cantiniere is back! When I was part of the Dealer Team, chatting directly with mofos on the phone, this was without doubt one of the top 3 wines people asked for more of. It’s as intense, as complex, as high quality, as powerful as it is deeply, unendingly and immeasurably satisfying. A fanfare of Black Doris plum, blackberry, roasted nuts and spices, and super dark chocolate bursts onto the palate with the first sip. A cascade of supple tannin enhances the larger-than-life mouthfeel, with a bright flash of lively acidity to accompany. It’s sumptuous, opulent, decadent and however many other plush adjectives you care to throw at it. Plus it’ll cellar for a decade, easy. If you’ve not experienced it yet, you’re in for a wild ride!
YOU’D PAY $69 full price.
Legón Crianza 2017
Ribera del Duero, Spain
95pts Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Sourced from 50 year old vineyards in the epic Ribera del Duero region of Spain, we welcome Legón, from Bodegas Vilano. This is their delicious, true to form Crianza with elegance, flair and va-va-voom. Rich and full-bodied, with lively notes of dark, spicy cherry and plum combined with a handful of dried herbs, black pepper, muted oak and firm, grippy tannins create an exciting red that’s ready to be enjoyed. Aged for 14 months in French oak, rested in bottle and shipped to our thirsty shores - this one is ready to go.
YOU’D PAY $58 full price.
Indómita Duette Cabernet Carménère 2019
Maipo Valley, Chile
96pts DWWA 2021 | Gold DWWA 2021 | 93pts James Suckling
We haven’t had a wine from Chilean producer Indómita since the 2015 vintage. Not sure why, it just kinda happened that way. But there’s nothing like a Gold medal and 96 point score from Decanter to remind you that it’s time to reignite that relationship! This 50/50 blend of cabernet sauvignon and carménère (the unofficial national grape of Chile) is an absolute stunner. Carménère serves in the same role as merlot (some argue they are potentially the same genetically) in making what shapes up to be an exceptional Chilean take on a Bordeaux-style red blend. It’s dark, spicy, full of fruit, framed with structure, and given to an incredibly lengthy finish. Welcome back, Indómita!
YOU’D PAY $45 full price.