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Like a Toyota ad, when I first sipped this wine - "Oh what a feeling"- I had a moment of clarity, enjoyment and revelation! The Water Wheel Shiraz+ 2012 represents a stand out, sit down and take notice ripper of a vintage! It has produced a luscious, goddess of a wine, AKA Sophia Loren; bold & rustic dark red in the glass with a delicious spiced cherry, rhubarb and berry nose. The Shiraz exquisitely blends spice, plums and red berries with a regional touch of cinnamon. Fine tannins see the wine provide depth and loving length without overstaying their welcome. A gorgeously well crafted wine from a vintage renowned for its big fruit flavours. This is trademark Bendigo.
WBW rating 93/100
$9.99 per bottle by the dozen (save 55%)
$11.99 per bottle individually
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Water Wheel Shiraz + 2012
Mt Monster The Back Block Shiraz 2011
Throw some of this Monster into a glass and it will reveal a deep purple colour. A swirl or two and the vibrancy comes through; sprinkles of red brick flicker through, dancing around under the light. A quick sniff and the aromas are lifted dark cherry, black pepper and spice with floral notes with ripe blackberry and plums coming together in a crescendo of flavour and aromatic heaven.
It is Limestone Coast at is fullest, and that comes through on the palate as well, displaying the stereotypical fruit driven style that this region is famous for. There are forest fruits coupled with spice and a touch of tannin that caresses the sides of the mouth. These soft tannins are a great compliment to the fruit and come to a crescendo on the finish, leaving the mouth feeling full and satisfied with a generous finish.
WBW rating 94/100
$10.99 per bottle (save 42%)
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The people down at Jip Jip are dedicated to creating wines that express regional character, varietal flavour and style. Wines under this label have great appeal due to the intense fruit definition, palate structure and generosity of flavour. They consistently receive international acclaim, and have pretty impressive collection of trophies.
Green tinges through a very light golden straw liquid. The aromas and fleshy and ripe with peach at the forefront. Melon and jasmine florals round out the upfront bouquet nicely. But there are some subtleties here too. A gentle touch of anise, pineapple and custard apple seem to float up if given time. The palate has a beautiful custard apple thing going that matches its surrounding flavours of pineapple, fresh lime, impossibly crisp apple and rockmelon. The finish lingers with the custard apple and a nice creaminess that is enhanced by crisp, fresh acidity.
WBW rating 92/100
$18.99 per bottle by the dozen (save 64%)
$8.99 per bottle individually
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Jip Jip Rocks Chardonnay 2008
Seppelt Mount Ida Shiraz 2012
Campbell Mattinson: 93. "When I was a young wine lad Mount Ida Shiraz was quite a figure in Australian wine, or at least in Victorian circles it was... It was matured in a good deal of new French oak. The oak is obvious and too prominent as a young wine but the fruit beneath is substantial. We’re talking sweet, gluey, cedary/smoky oak – sexy oak you could even call it – as a foreground rather than a background influence. Plum, clove, eucalypt and red liquorice flavours plump out the palate and while tannin is largely swamped by fruit and oak, there’s enough here to suggest that this will age well over a good many years. It’s probably been released too early and it’s probably seen too much new oak, but I still think it’s very good."
It would appear that the Mount Ida label, as a stand alone wine, has now come under the Seppelt marketing umbrella. Opaque black purple colour with black purple hue, showing excellent cling to the glass walls. Aroma of liquorice, spice, blackberry and vanilla followed by a ripe plum end note. The palate delivers weight and mouthfeel with flavours of liquorice allsorts, blackberry and black pepper delivering a classic Heathcote palate. Fine dry and persistent tannins. Aftertaste of black pepper, vanilla and plum, with fine dry tannins persisting.
WBW rating 93/100
$43.99 per bottle (save 20%)
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James Halliday: 90. "Vibrant and clearly defined cassis fruit, framed by mint and olive; the palate is quite seriously firm and tannic, and needs a little time to soften; the fruit purity is satisfying and the finish long and even."
Mitchell Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic Clare Valley wine. It shows strong 'berry' flavours on the nose, with overtones of dusty new French oak aromas. The palate is very full flavoured and the wine has a firm tannic finish. When seen as a young wine it is the potential of the structure which stands out. The essential ingredients - fruit, oak, acidity and tannins - are present in the right proportions. All that is needed is 5 to 10 years (or more) in the cellar to allow these components to harmonise. The result is an elegant wine of great power.
WBW rating 90/100
$23.99 per bottle (save 14%)
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Mitchell Sevenhill Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
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Riesling is the new ‘in’ wine for 2014! Excellent aromatics, a veritable feast for the palate and smashing accompaniment with all sorts of food.

CLICK HERE to mix a dozen of your own favourite Rieslings from over 100 available - Australia, Germany and many more countries around the world. A dinner party, afternoon with the paper or just a game of scrabble is so much better with a cool bottle of premium Riesling. Less alcohol, clean vibrant flavour and much less cost than you think!

James Halliday: 95 "A single vineyard, single block chardonnay (Gingin clone), hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild yeast fermentation in French oak (35% new), partial MLF and nine months on lees. The Gingin clone is particularly obvious on the bouquet, less so on the very fine, long and intense palate, tangy acidity drawing out the finish and aftertaste."
Pale green in appearance with hints of straw. Weighty and woolly – it’s a pretty big mouthful of quince, exotic tropical fruits and soft, ripe stone fruits to start. Like the nose, the palate fines up and becomes more citrus focussed in both flavour and feel as the wine breathes. The mid-palate has some yoghurt creaminess and the finish has a little oatmeal tannin and is highlighted by a twist of limey acidity. Cellar for up to 6 years.
WBW rating 95/100
$23.99 per bottle (save 29%)
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Willow Bridge GI10 Chardonnay 2012