The Boss - Premium Selection 2.0
It’s back! 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 back in town, and it’s back in style.
Every case contains ONE bottle of the following:
Chateau Yaldara 1847 Grand Pappy Cabernet Shiraz 2017
Barossa Valley, SA
93pts James Halliday | Old Vine
Nestled at the foot of the Barossa Ranges in the small, premium sub-region of Rowland Flat, you’ll find this pioneering Barossa winery founded in the 1940’s by one of Barossa’s first boutique winemakers. 2017 was a cooler vintage by Barossa standards, and for quality winemakers the longer ripening season meant more complexity, elegance and poise. This wine serves as a testament to all of that. Its intense ripe plum aromas and eye-catching purple colour are enough to take your breath away... and that’s before you’ve even tasted it! The sophisticated palate is soft, silky and rich with notes of cherry, redcurrant, dark chocolate, toasty oak and a touch of black pepper. Its lively acidity provides energy and lift, while fine grained and delicately interwoven tannins hold everything in place. An absolute showstopper built to impress – whether it be this year or ten from now!
YOU’D PAY $320 full price.
Domaine Raymond Usseglio Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2019
94pts Jeb Dunnuck | French Import
Wine writer Jeb Dunnuck calls Domaine Raymond Usseglio the “next superstar estate in Châteauneuf du Pape”. This is the fourth vintage of Raymond’s CNP that we’ve sold and can say that it’s a rock solid mofo fave. Francophiles love this wine and with bold fruit, big tannin and a full-bodied profile, many a South Aussie big red drinker are getting on board too.
The 2019 has everything you could want from the famous wine - layers of brooding dark fruit, herbaceous complexity and tannin that is going to help in ageing for a decade or more. See more about what to expect in Jeb Dunnuck’s review below. We can confidently advise that this wine will not stick around long, so, if Chateauneuf-du-Pape is your jam, and you have a bit of room in your cellar - press that button!
YOU’D PAY $100 full price.
Rosenvale Vineyards Greenock Road Shiraz Cabernet 2020
96pts Wine Orbit | 5 Stars Wine Orbit | 4.2 Vivino | Single Vineyard | Old Vine
This Barossa gem, from one of the best subregions, is an absolute winner with a luxurious style - there’s sheer brute power, veiled by a catlike grace. It lopes around on the palate like a panther, exuding cassis, ripe black cherries, and an aromatic whiff of cigar box just creeping in. There’s a generous helping of oak, too, providing a creamy vanillin backbone as well as plenty of grippy tannin. Drink now after a good spell in the decanter, or pop it down for a few years. When it’s ready, it’ll dust itself off, have a stretch, and show you the energy it was always destined to have. A firecracker of a wine.
YOU’D PAY $85 full price.
Maverick Eden Regained Shiraz 2020
Barossa Valley, SA
96pts Wine Orbit | 95pts Halliday Wine Companion | 5 stars Wine Orbit | Certified Biodynamic | Old Vine
Maverick Wines tends 75 acres of vineyards spread through the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Many are well over 100 years’ old with some dating back as far as the 1840s. Their winery is Certified Biodynamic and all of their vineyards are either Certified Biodynamic or biodynamic in practice. Dry farming plays a huge part in their grape growing as well, promoting incredible concentration of flavour. Everything is hand harvested and only their own fruit is used. It’s no surprise that Ron Brown, the man behind Maverick, was recently shortlisted for James Halliday’s Viticulturist of the Year Award.
Eden Regained is a serious shiraz that asks a playful question - what if it was the noble grape rather than apples and figs in the story of Adam and Eve? We’re not going to comment one way or the other on this biblical tale, but we will say that this shiraz is complex, vivid and extremely lovable.
YOU’D PAY $80 full price.
Alta-Yarí Gran Corte Cabernet Blend 2019
97pts Tim Atkin MW | 96pts Descorchados | Best Red Blend Descorchados | 96pts IWC 2021 | Trophy Argentine Red Wine IWC 2021 | Trophy Mendoza Red Blend IWC 2021 | Gold Medal IWC 2021
This one means a bit more to me than the average wine. About two years ago (and what feels like a lifetime ago), I was lucky enough to be hosted in Mendoza by Hervé and Diane Joyeaux Fabre, the couple behind Viñalba and Fabre Montmayou. After a memorable day spent walking their vineyards in the Uco Valley with a backdrop of the towering Andes Mountains, we headed over to the winery to do a bit of tasting. Amongst new vintages of all of their great wines was something I’d never seen before, a first taste of the previously unreleased Alta-Yarí Gran Corte.
Alta-Yarí is a newer project for the Fabre’s, sourced from their high-altitude vineyard in Gualtallary. Gran Corte is the flagship wine for this brand and it represents a more contemporary blend than what is often found in Mendoza. Cab franc is the primary grape with smaller portions of malbec and cab sav. It starts with hand harvesting, followed by selection of first the bunches and then the individual grapes. The wine then sees 16 months in French oak.
The finished wine is so compelling, so complex and so intensely delicious. The high-altitude vineyard provides minerality, structure and layering to deep, dark fruit flavours like blackcurrant, plum and cassis. Behind this are fine tannins and hints of graphite all leading to a velvety finish. It’s a little spicy, very aromatic and certainly built to age for a long time. Upon this wine’s release, Gran Corte was so clearly a triumph that leading South American wine reviewer Tim Atkin MW gave it a 97 point score. I’d say that’s pretty spot on.
YOU’D PAY $80 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.