Mayer Yarra Valley Syrah 2016


2016 Syrah 3


Eldridge Estate Mornington Peninsula Fume Blanc 2015


As a general rule, I recommend that sauvignon blanc be drunk within 2 years of its vintage date. That explosive freshness that comes with a new release sauvignon blanc can drop away very quickly after a couple of years. No surprise that you’ll see 2014 and 2015 vintages hitting the bin-ends in the stores right now.

The exception to that rule is sauvignon blanc that gets oak treatment, as time in the barrel (as compared with time in stainless steel) adds complexity and longevity. A couple of great examples of oaked sauvignon blanc, are Cloudy Bay’s “Te Koko” and Domaine A’s “Lady A”. The latest release Lady A is 2014 and it’s expected to last until at least 2024.

I’ll leave you to Google the derivation and application of “fume blanc” but at least in Australia, fume blanc is typically used to denote a sauvignon blanc that is oaked, in the same way that in Australia, the use of syrah tells the buyer that the wine is not your typical jammy shiraz even though they are the same grape.

So, here we have Eldridge’s 2015 Fume Blanc. Not your typical Kiwi tropical fruit bomb. Actually, the first time I met David Lloyd, he described sauvignon blanc (as quite a few other winemakers do) as a weed. Time has softened his stance. Here’s his response to Mike Bennie’s comments (see the attached promo):

“I have not shown my sauvignon blanc to wine writers for about 15 years. 8 years ago I started making the Fume style at the suggestion of Merry Edwards in California. I have two clones, one gives tropical flavours and the other the more typical grassy aromas. Dave Bicknell encouraged me to pick earlier and the fruit is there. All the fruit is airbag pressed before fermenting in French Oak barrels, 20% new. Even I can enjoy sauvignon blanc made this way so I am coming out of the sauvignon blanc closet.” – David Lloyd, November 2015

Halliday says drink by 2017 like typical un-oaked sauvignon blanc. Mike Bennie and Huon Hooke give more emphasis to the oak treatment and suggest drinking to 2020 and 2021 respectively.


David Boxall

2015 Fume Blanc 2

Tiger Wines latest price list, new wines and a suggestion.


Tiger Wines latest pricelist is attached. Please note that stock levels change daily.

Next airfreight is scheduled for March with wines expected to be ready for delivery in Singapore in week beginning 19 March. Last orders 12 March.

Check the link below to access the list.

What’s new on the list?

The full range of Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard for the 2015 vintage has been added. There’s a Silver Medal winning Riesling from Laurel Bank, and the 2017 releases from Two Tonne Tasmania are ready for pre-order. There’s also a couple of 2013s from Craiglee and a great Shiraz from Provenance in Geelong.

What’s not on the list but will be coming soon is a new and expanded range of Jackson Family Wines including very small quantities of La Jota and Mt Brave Cabernets from Napa Valley, and some new Oregon Pinots from Gran Moraine and Penner-Ash.

It’s probably timely to explain a little more about how Tiger Wines works.

Well, more like a wine club than a typical on-line retailer. Loyal clients get first look at wines that are in short supply and heavy demand. If I only get 6 bottles of that 99 point wine, then my best clients are going to get first chance to buy, and that means that if you are only a subscriber to the website, you’ll never see those wines. So…if you live in Singapore (I can only sell wines in Singapore) and are happy to get a direct email about once a week, then send an email to ‘tigerwines’…using the address with PLEASE ADD in the subject. You can unsubscribe at any time and personal data is not shared with anybody.


2018-02-12 Pricelist by winery