The wine landscape in Australia and throughout the globe has been shaken to its core over the last 30 years.
Wine is now a game that is dominated by 2 extremes. At one end of the spectrum, we have major wineries, who are owned by families and conglomerates (in Australia 75% of the wineries are owned by only a handful of players), meanwhile at the other end, we have micro-wineries, kitsch players keen to live out a passionate pursuit of creating wine, simply for the love of it.
Deciphering what is genuinely good wine is hard as there's this tension between those that want to maximise profit vs. those that in their own way are attempting to put a "spin" on old styles.
This makes it hard to decide whether you like Old World wine or what New World wine is worth drinking or letting age for that matter?
So do we actually know what is good anymore? Or are we just drinkers who are lost in a fragmented market, made to believe through clever branding or stalwarts in the industry that this is what we should be paying to drink?
We've spent some time searching through many wines to find really what is quality and what we think will deliver you that value for your cellar and your palate.
This 5 wines are from near and afar. Wines that are those special ones. Wines that when you go into the bottle shop, they are usually in the back room or hidden in a cellar somewhere.
We wanted to show you an exclusive selection, so please enjoy reading through and deciding whether to "wet your whistle" with one of these for your next special occasion.
- 2015 Chateau Langoa Barton 3me G.C.C, 1855, this is an amazing Bordeaux, and highly recommended for the Margaret River or Coonawarra Cabernet drinker. This one is big and bold and blows wines like the '14 Tom Culity and '16 Diana Madeline out of the water and is similar in price point. Sitting at RRP of $159. We have it in a 6pack for $133 and for a 3rd Growth Bordeaux, that is value for money.
- 2014 Tim Adams 'Aberfeldy' Shiraz, A true flagship Shiraz, South Australian, born and bred and it delivers year in, year out. Absolutely bloody sensational wine and a must for any serious Shiraz collector. RRP 60 per bottle. Our TVH price, is $48.50 in a 6pack.
- 2017 Domaine William Fevre Chablis. This is Chardonnay from another mother. Hailing from Chablis in France, this is every-bit as good the Chardonnays we are seeing made her in Australia. The balance is effortless here and as we love the Rolls Royce oak, from Margaret River and the Ferrari-flintiness of the Yarra, it's definitely time to try the Bugatti power and sophistication that Chablis produces. RRP. $55, our price, $47.95.
- 2017 Dalrymple Pinot Noir. A classic Pinot Noir from Tasmania, that we have to rank in the rarified air as one of the best. It carries those hints of earthiness alongside the savoury characters, creating the foundation for a spectacular Pinot Noir. RRP. $38.00, the TVH Price, $31.95
- 1999 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill. This is the LAST 6 PACK in AUSTRALIA. It is a sensational drop. Pushing now 20 years old and represents an exceptional Vintage Champagne for that special occasion. 1999 was a beautiful vintage and particularly gave the Pinot Noir produced for this bottle an elegance and backbone, not seen in many other vintages. RRP. $690, but our price $550 in the 6pack.
Cheers and Happy Drinking,
Tom & Toby