Monthly Archives: January 2020

Poonawatta ‘The Eden’ Eden Valley Riesling 2018 / Holyman ‘Project X’ Tamar Valley Pinot Noir 2012 / Mayer ‘Bloody Hill’ Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013


Great news from Bangor Estate near Dunalley in southern Tasmania

The BANGOR ESTATE ‘CAPTAIN SPOTSWOOD’ PINOT NOIR 2018 picked up three trophies at the recent 2020 Tasmania Wine Show, being for “Best Pinot Noir’, ‘Top Gold 2018 Pinot Noir’ and ‘Champion Wine of Show’. Their BANGOR ESTATE VINTAGE BRUT 2015 also collected ‘Top Gold for Vintage Sparkling by Traditional Method’ and ‘Trophy for the Best Vintage Sparkling’

It’s a great result for an up and coming vineyard that I’ve had my eyes on for some time. I visited there twice over the last few years to meet with Matt Dunbabin who is the enthusiastic owner and grower at Bangor Estate. The wines are made at Winemaking Tasmania.

Needless to say the wines are under big demand. The pinot noir is sold out at some retail outlets in Australia but as of yesterday still available online at cellar-door.

Naturally I’ve got a small parcel for Singapore – 36 bottles of the pinot and 18 of the sparkling which will retail here at $58 and $65 respectively. I won’t get the wines into my store in Melbourne until late in February or even March. If you’re interested, please let me know and I’ll put your name on the waiting list.

Other trophy winners at the show from producers in my portfolio are:

TROPHY – BEST RIESLING – Pressing Matters R0 Riesling2017 – 8 btls available @ S$50 ea.
TROPHY – BEST SWEET WINE – Pressing Matters R69 Riesling 2017
TROPHY – BEST MUSEUM WINE – Freycinet Chardonnay 2010
TROPHY – CHAIRMAN’S SELECTION – Home Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2018 – limited, enquire
TROPHY – RESERVE CHAMPION WINE of SHOW – Pressing Matters R69 Riesling 2017

Other medals from vineyards in my portfolio are:

GOLD – Home Hill ‘Kelly’s Cuvee’ Vintage 2015
GOLD – Radenti R3 Sparkling NV – 8 btls avail @ $71 ea.
TOP GOLD – Freycinet Riesling 2018
GOLD – Pressing Matters R9 Riesling 2014
GOLD – Freycinet ‘Wineglass Bay’ Sauvignon Blanc 2018
TOP GOLD – Stefano Lubiana ‘Estate’ Chardonnay 2018
GOLD – Freycinet Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc 2016
GOLD – Home Hill ‘Estate’ Pinot Noir 2018 – see above
GOLD – Freycinet Pinot Noir 2017 – 44 btls @ $75 ea.
GOLD – Stefano Lubiana ‘Vintage Brut’ 2009 – 12 btls on order
GOLD – Freycinet Chardonnay 2010


Todays’s wines:

Gold Medal 2019 Australia & New Zealans Boutique Wine Show, Halliday 95…”it is very good”

A bit off-piste from my usual Tasmanian or Victorian wines but I’m a sucker for good Riesling. If you’re a fan too, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one and if you’re not generally a fan of Riesling, then maybe this one will convert you. Have a look at the attachment for the Halliday 95 rating.

Just S$47, and I’ve got 11 bottles in Melbourne ready to come up in late February if ordered.

James Suckling 96, Gary Walsh 95+, Halliday 94…”one for real contemplation”

There’s two quite different “drink by dates” or this, Halliday 2020 and Gary Walsh 2025+. Either way your on safe ground at the moment. I bought 4 cases of this back in November 2014 so it’s had a little over 5 years of ageing in my commercial cellar in Australia and all the better for it.

Just 8 bottles left now going out at S$98 against its RRP of A$90 on release downunder. Can be here late February if ordered.

Jeremy Pringle 88

I pulled this wine from my list some time ago as I felt it was too lean, too acidic to derive much pleasure from it. I revisited this wine in Australia yesterday and there’s been a definite improvement over time. Where the wine was once almost clear, there’s now a tinge of lemon yellow and there’s flavour on the palate that wasn’t there before. It’s still a very lean style so lovers of buttery malo chardonnay won’t find joy here, but I’m happy enough with it to put it back on offer, albeit at a reduced price.

7 bottles in Melbourne can be here late February if ordered, going out at S$32 all up


David Boxall

2018 The Eden Riesling2012 Holyman Project X PN 42013 Bloody Hill Chardonnay 3

Dawson James Tasmania Pinot Noir 2015


Not a lot to say about this wine other than it’s another personal favourite, it’s very well rated, it’s not the easisest to get even in Australia…and that it is only exported to Tiger Wines in Singapore and to the UK.

Have a look at the Winemaker’s notes below for a comprehensive description.

24 bottles in Melbourne, can be here late February if ordered.

You might also like to try:

2014 Dawson James Pinot Noir – S$86 – Halliday 97, Huon Hooke 95, Double Gold 2016 Six Nations Challenge, Gold 2016 Melbourne Wine Show


David Boxall

2015 PN 2Winemaker Notes