Life in monochrome, mofo. The blackest of Black Markets. The whitest of white wines. This high-contrast box of fun offers incredible value and unbeatable deliciousness in equal measure. If you like your wine light on the pigment, but heavy on the savings, look no further. Should you buy this case? It’s black and white, mofo.
Each case contains TWO of the following wines:
Barossa Valley, South Australia
92pts | Old Vine | Single Vineyard | Hand-picked
The Barossa Valley is sneaky-good with semillon. It doesn’t get the same attention as those from the Hunter, but they are often just as good. This one comes off of I-kid-you-not 80 year old vines. Everything is done by hand with a natural ferment taking place in oak barrels, followed by extended contact on lees. This brings out texture, herbaceousness and ageability. It’s a wine for food, so grab some prawns or fish, cook them up to your liking, and pair them with a bottle of this. It’s the side of Barossa you don’t often see.
YOU’D PAY $40 full price.
94pts Bob Campbell | 94pts Sam Kim
In Marlborough, chardonnay is sometimes overshadowed by its louder sibling sauv blanc. Honestly, that’s a crying shame. Marlborough chardy, especially from a top producer such as this one, has depth, complexity, length and drive. This one is a bit creamy, with nectarine and lemon custard on the nose prefacing a palate of white peach, oatmeal and vanilla riding a wave of enticing minerality. Sometimes it’s the quiet ones you gotta watch out for.
YOU’D PAY $35 full price.
Coonawarra, South Australia
96pts Winestate | Gold medal Australia Boutique Wine Show
Everyone needs white wine in the house that they can crack whenever someone pops round. Whether its Terry, Cheryl or Postman Paul, everyone’s gonna love this one (if you don’t smash it all yourself first!). The riesling for people who don’t yet realise they like riesling. Floral on the nose, apple on the palate, and a long, rich finish without the aggressive citrus of a Clare Valley riz. Give it a go, you won’t regret it! – Anton, Wine Dealer
It’s ok, mofo, we get it. A dual-region riesling is not the most common arrangement. But to not try it once in your life is to miss out on wonderful cool minerality, juicy, vibrant lime and glorious floral notes of jasmine and acacia. Besides, a winemaker of this calibre definitely knows what they’re doing. Riesling expresses terroir like no other white, and this one is a magnificent mosaic blend of two of the finest. Turn your nose up at your peril. This is a bottleful of magic.
YOU’D PAY $25 full price.
Pinot Gris 2018
Hilltops, New South Wales
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
Hilltops isn’t a mythical land between Lilliput and Hobbiton. But it is a mythical land of magical pinot gris. And this is one of them. Bright, popping citrus and juicy stonefruit are the order of the day. The palate is subtly textural, with a lovely soft pear-skin grip to it. Lees maturation adds a gently briochey richness and luxuriously creamy finish.
YOU’D PAY $24 full price.
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
Margaret River, WA
94pts | James Halliday Special Value | James Halliday 5 Star Winery
Margaret River’s classic white blend made by one of it’s most revered wineries. It’s about two-thirds sauv blanc, providing aromatic lift, bright fruit and driving acidity. The remaining third of semillon fills out the palate with citrus and herbal notes, resulting in a wine that is beautifully balanced and downright delicious. Oh yeah, and that semillon component allows for the wine to develop well with a bit of age. It’s ready to drink now, so crack one open and take a journey to Margs.
YOU’D PAY $24 full price.
Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
93pts | Mofo Favourite
This fresh and vibrant sauvignon blanc comes from one of the masters of Hills whites. They have a vineyard covering all sorts of varieties, from which they make vibrant wines with care and precision. You can almost feel those fresh Hills mornings spring out of the glass as you pull the bottle from the fridge and pour this wine. Zesty acidity and crisp green apple is balanced by passionfruit and floral notes. The wine is super-approachable and just what you’d expect from such a great producer.
YOU’D PAY $22 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.