I can't help but wonder if Turkey Flat has fallen from the Barossa 'cool kids' list but there is no way is should have given the incredible vineyard assets and ultra consistent winemaking. The 2019 Grenache ($39.99) is a great case in point; 100yr+ vineyard material and reviews to die for!
"97 Points. Primarily produced from 100+yo estate vines, it is a model of consistent style, quality and supreme value. Its balance is marvellous, appropriate for a wine that makes its statement of juicy red berries." James Halliday, Top 100 Wines 2020.
"94+ Points. It has a lovely perfume that’s kind of warm and comforting. It smells of brown spices, dried flowers and herbs, golden fruitcake, raspberries and poached strawberries. It’s juicy and ripe in fruit, but earthy and shot through with sweet spices and orange peel. Tannin is a little gritty and grippy, and the finish is long, saline and stony. It’s a really good wine. It will be better with a few more years under its belt." Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.
And speaking of 'underrated' how about poor old Langhorne Creek in SA? Home of some of the best value reds in the country that also happen to specialise in 'plush' and 'uber friendly'. We were very impressed with a recent tasting of Bleasdale's 'Frank Potts' 2017 Cabernet Blend ($27.00, Halliday 96pts) and whilst there's more attention paid to structure and long living fruits, it remains eminently drinkable.
At face value McLaren Value juggernaut Yangarra is not the producer you'd think would go all 'wellness' with its wine but it just so happens to be certified both Organically and Biodynamically (rare in Australia) and is Vegan Friendly to boot. They cover the $28 - $35 segment very well with some cracking old vine Shiraz and Grenache offerings (& not to mention the much heralded Ironheart and High Sands reds at $110+) but they have also just released a very decent Preservative Free Shiraz at just $20 a bottle. To be honest PF reds can be a bit 'hit & miss' but this one is very good.
Southern Rhone's Mont Redon is well known to an increasing large group of Australia wine lovers through their ability to deliver amazing well-priced 'Cote du Rhone' blends at prices that prove challenging for most local producers. Unfortunately the Blanc is now sold out but still good stocks available of the 2018 Grenache/Shiraz-led blend ($22.00). Great introduction to the style.
Old Tassie fave Stefano Lubiana has just released the 2020 Primavera Chardonnay ($31.00)and we are happy to report it continues to prove to be an exceptionally classy early drinker. It's light and fresh but not dumb. Single vineyard and Certified Biodynamic.
We continue to roll out the surprises. Cloudwine has never before advertised a Brown Brothers wine (as you know we tend to steer clear of larger wineries) but we're making one exception, and only one exception. It's for one of the best Chardonnays to hit the market in a long time. It's Brown Brothers Patricia Chardonnay 2018 ($39.50) and I can tell you, it certainly is doing the rounds. Winning wine shows, picking up glorious reviews (95pts Halliday, 94+pts WineFront). It's a stunning chardonnay from Tasmania.
In fact, it cleaned up at the Tasmanian Wine Show, winning 3 trophies including:
Another Cloudwine bulk-buy special. We bought the remainder of Golden Ball's very classy 'Cherish' Rose from the 2017 vintage and this means we can offer to you at just $20.00, well short of the typical $30.00 asking price.
The grapes are whole bunch crushed, basket pressed and left to wild ferment in 3 & 4 year-old French barriques for nine months. The wine is barrel stirred for texture and mouth feel. This all sounds like a $50+ Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir, but it's not, it a first class Beechworth rose made very much in the style of Provence Rose.