Wine Suggestions

Here are some suggestions of wine to choose with your Gift Box.

Leconfield Syn Sparkling Coonawarra Shiraz

Region:  Coonawarra, SA

Made from Shiraz, this is a punchy, richly fruited fizzy red. With a bit of oak and liqueur to give it cream and balance, very good to drink today.

A rich, velvety sparkling red wine you can enjoy on its own or with the Sunday roast.

 

Leconfield Syn Cuvee Blanc NV

Region:  McLaren Vale and Coonawarra, SA

A remarkably fresh sparkling wine with a lively creamy mousse and a full supple body. Enjoy it now in all its youthful glory as an aperitif, or with a bit of caviar and cream cheese.

Syn(ful) indeed!

 

Howard Vineyard Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2018

Region:  Adelaide Hills, SA

Exceptional value for money here in this Pinot Chardonnay from Howard in the Adelaide Hills.

Strawberry, cherries and florals lead to bready aromas. There’s good depth of fruit and just a hint of sweetness too.

 

 

Bleasdale Sparkling Shiraz NV

Region:  Langhorne Creek, SA

All about the red fruits and plum here, in a fluffy, lush, cuddly, generous and bubbly setting. There’s Christmas cakey spices and a hint of quince paste to boot.

Lip smackingly delicious.

 

 

Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz

Region:  McLaren Vale, SA

Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz is serious splurgundy, full bodied and layered with red and black fruits, tightly structured and finished with a responsible addition of sugar.

Ben Riggs at his brilliant best.

 

Bernard Remy Grand Cru NV

Region:  Champagne, France

Rich and decadent with a hard cheese nuttiness. There’s truffle, fig, and white blossoms here along with lemon and just a waft of lavender. This is serious kit from one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sub region of Champagne, Le Mesnil.

Take your time with this one as it opens up long after opening.

 

Bernard Remy Carte Blanche

Region:  Champagne, France

The nose offers mushroom and truffle, shortbread and stonefruits too. The palate offers all of the above and a meatiness from the Pinot Noir component. As the wine opens there is also nectarine and apple. Persistence of flavour and intensity are exceptional.

A stunningly complex Champagne.

 

 

 

Bernard Remy Blanc de Blancs

Region:  Champagne, France

Crisp and tight with honeydew melon and lemon on the nose. Lemon zest, apples and a hint of jasmine on the palate with amazing intensity and length. The crescendo is particularly intense.

Great food wine.

 

Blue Pyrenees Midnight Cuvée 2014

Region:  Pyrenees, Vic

Blue Pyrenees has been around for 50 years and is pretty much the best known producer in the Pyrenees region.

Although handpicked fruit is desirable for the production of premium sparkling juices, daytime temperatures in most Australian wine regions mean that hand-picked fruit is often too warm when received into the press. So in 1992 the team at Blue Pyrenees decided to experiment with hand picking at night, under lights, to optimize both fruit condition & temperature. The results were an amazing improvement — crisper cuvée (free drained) juices of outstanding quality, with higher natural acidity. The Midnight Cuvée was born!

 

Bird in Hand Sparkling

Region:  Adelaide Hills, SA

A sparkling wine with delightful strawberry and cherry aromas accompanied by a floral lift. Clean, vibrant strawberry flavours are enhanced by the very fine, persistent bead. The fruit sweetness is elegantly balanced by the crisp acid and long, clean finish. To be enjoyed chilled and while young.

Bird in Hand was established in 1997 when viticulturist and winemaker Andrew Nugent left Tatachilla and planted the family vineyard at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills, near the historic goldmine of the same name. Along with another vineyard in the notable Clare region, the great fruit and skilled work of this winemaker come together in a stellar range of wines.

 

Bird in Hand Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Region:  Adelaide Hills, SA

A classic mix of gooseberry along with passionfruit on the nose.

Same again Sam on the palate which is passionfruity, layered with greenery, stonefruits and a little lemon curd.

 

 

 

Leconfield Coonawarra Chardonnay 2017

Region:  Coonawarra, SA

Lots of peach and almond meal here. Quality French oak too and plenty of the cheesy creamy quality which comes from lees stirring while the wine is in barrel. Good acid too.

Has the zip and cut to match most foods now.  As it ages it should become more textured and buttery.

 

 

Leconfield Coonawarra Old Vines Riesling 2017

Region:  Coonawarra, SA

A great Riesling offering with fresh Tahitian limes, fresh citrus zest and minerality.

The palate is zingy and zippy but also has bags of flavour, again in the lime/citrus spectrum along with a touch of lavender, honey and blossoms.

 

 

 

Paracombe Pinot Gris 2017

Region:  Adelaide Hills, SA

Brilliant pale straw in colour. Mouthwatering aromas of ripe pear and musk on the nose. Flavours of ripe pear, confectionary and spice lead to a very clean, drying finish.

Ripper Gris.

 

 

Parker Favourite Son Chardonnay 2017

Region:  Coonawarra, SA

A gorgeously textural Coonawarra chardy from a producer rated 5 red stars by James Halliday. Creaminess and stonefruits agogo here along with a gentle insertion of French oak and a squeeze or two of grapefruit.

Perfect with seafood.

 

 

Richard Hamilton Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris 2018

Region:  Adelaide Hills, SA

A delicate and quite fragrant wine offering stone fruits of nectarine and peach along with a serve of crunchy pear.

Structure and fruity crunch is good here, you can probably drink over the next 3 or 4 years as the wine gains toasty complexity.

 

 

Richard Hamilton Signature Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2015

Region:  Adelaide Hills, SA

Lots of stonefruits here along with a little green apple and vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel is voluptuous and creamy and the acid pulls it all together leading to a lovely dry finish with excellent persistence and intensity.

 

 

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2016

Region:  Eden Valley, SA

Textural, velvet, apricot, lingering are four words that describe this Viognier from Yalumba’s Eden Valley estate. Sealed with a zesty freshness, this complex wine shows white florals and a hint of ginger on the palate.

We reckon it will improve with age too, so leave it on the shelf for a few years. Try it with some Moroccan fare to let those flavours come out to play.

 

 

Bethany Shiraz 2015

Region:  Barossa Valley, SA

Deliciously rich and ripe Barossa shiraz produced from 80-100 year old vines.

Fruit is vinified in open fermenters and then matured in French oak for close to a couple of years before bottling. Plenty of fruit generosity here, excellent length and fine tannins to finish.

 

 

Bleasdale Bremerview Shiraz 2013

Region:  Langhorne Creek, SA

This is a beautifully balanced medium bodied Shiraz. Lifted fruits and fruit perfume lead to sour cherries and blue fruits, refined cool climate spice and a fine but grippy tannin finish.

So easy to drink right now and will cellar very well too.

 

 

Coriole Redstone Shiraz 2017

Region:  McLaren Vale, SA

A clever blend of vines planted in 3 distinct sub regions of McLaren Vale. Vivid and lifted red fruits from Blewitt Springs plantings, structure, meatiness and other savouries from the Estate vineyard and richness from Coriole’s plantings in Willunga. Easy drinking meet complexity.

Drink now or over the next 5 years.

 

 

Crabtree Watervale Shiraz 2016

Region:  Clare Valley, SA

Cool climate blue and black berry fruits with cedary French Oak. Excellent clean balance of tannins with a dark chocolate finish, followed by even more fruit purity.

A cracker to enjoy with a variety of dishes.

 

 

 

Curtis Family Vineyards Cavaliere Shiraz 2016

Region:  McLaren Vale, SA

Big and bold McLaren Shiraz fashioned from 60 year old vines, with extraordinarily vivid fruit which is in part bright and in part deep, dark and mysterious.

Finishes with plenty of fine tannins and while it is a joy to drink now should improve for more than a decade.

 

 

Irvine Estate Eden Valley Shiraz 2016

Region:  Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, SA

Deep purple fruits, cherry and coffee spice shine right through this Eden Valley Shiraz. Some new French oak carries a mild vanilla undertone buried in deeper blackberry on the generous palate.

This gold medal wine will cellar happily for another 6-8 years but slurps back nicely now. Drink with your favourite hunk of meat.

 

 

Bethany Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Region:  Barossa Valley, SA

Deliciously spicy and complex medium bodied Cabernet here. Lifted plum and other red fruit fragrances floating around too. Length of flavour is excellent. A good one to crack by itself and will work really well with food too.

Drink any time over the next 10 years.

 

 

Crabtree Watervale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Region:  Clare Valley, SA

Sticky plum jam with a rich swirl of blackberry confection, overlapping a toasted spice direction, a kick of Kalamata olive and a lovely savoury finish.

Pop it away for 5 years or 15 even if you like, but it’s absolutely approachable now after decanting.

 

 

Curtis Family Vineyards Cavaliere Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Region:  McLaren Vale, SA

A superb first release Cabernet under the Curtis Cavaliere label and as good as you’d expect if you’ve had the Shiraz previously. Lots going on here, with chocolate, spice, cedary oak and lots of fine tannins.

Decant for an hour or so if you want to try it now or stick it in the broom closet for up to 10 years.

 

 

 

Parker ‘Favourite Son’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Region:  Coonawarra, SA

Juicy, rich, black and delicious describe this wine succinctly. In amongst the succulent fruits are strewn a little greenery, graphite and a hint of iron filings, all classic Cabernet fodder.

Lovely now and you can drink this one any time over the next 5-8 years.

 

 

Richard Hamilton Hut Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Region:  McLaren Vale, SA

There’s something very special about old vine McLaren Vale Cabernet. Little surprise it picked up a gold and was the second highest pointed Cab at the 2017 McLaren Vale wine show. This edition is soft and fluffy on opening, but with air starts to show vanilla, blackberries, chocolate, fine grained tannin and a good backbone of acidity.

A bit of a sleeper too, we suspect. Whilst it is cuddly, we reckon it will age and improve for up to ten years.

 

 

 

d’Arenberg ‘The Galvo Garage’ Cabernet Blend 2013

Region:  McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills, SA

This is an extremely powerful Cabernet blend. It is intense, commanding and in need of a slab of meat to tame its intensity and tannins. It offers spice, chocolate, black fruits, assertively angular acidity and a truckload of fine tannins.

Definitely needs decanting or a sleep for 10 years.

 

 

 

d’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2014

Region:  McLaren Vale, SA

This is rich, chewy, dense and quite generously flavoured. There’s black fruits, pepper, coffee, liquorice and apricots.

It’s complex, easy to drink and has the d’Arenberg trademark acid drive and fine tannin finish.

 

 

 

Kilikanoon Meymans Shiraz Cabernet 2015

Region:  Clare Valley, SA

This is a mighty big Shiraz Cab blend – Kilikanoon seem to have a knack of producing reds that are bigger than the average Clare bear. The fruit here is stunning, with black and blue berries, chocolate and nuts all wrapped up in a gloriously silken texture.

Big, polished, silky and great drinking now, this should also cellar for up to 10 years

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Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2016

Region:  Coonawarra, SA

Chocolate and mint here, along with blackcurrants and plum. It is medium bodied but packed with flavors of plum and dark chocolate and finishes with plenty of silky, fine grained tannins.

It’s shy but welcoming to begin with and definitely worth decanting.

 

Richard Hamilton Colton’s GSM 2016

Region:  McLaren Vale, SA

A delicious, crunchy and bright wine made slippery and decadent with its silken, gossamer like tannins. Quite a fruit bomb but in no way stewy, rather it is vibrant and intense showing raspberries, liquorice, cinnamon and black fruits.

It definitely has the stuffing to cellar but is so delicious right now as to make such considerations pretty much irrelevant.

 

 

 

Bird in Hand Pinot Noir Rose 2018

Region:  Adelaide Hills, SA

Strawberry and maraschino cherry on the nose and palate here. The nose is beautifully perfumed with red fruits, the palate just off dry with lovely length and bite.

A beautiful wine with Antipasto.