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About bastardboxwine

An unashamed wine quaffer who tries to grow his own wine in Australia and tries to shop sensibly for downunder wines in Singapore

Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2015

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95+ Gary Walsh (The Wine Front); 91 Huon Hooke…”what a drink!”

I bought way too much of this a little over 4 years ago, if there’s such a thing as way too much Luke Lambert. His wines are typically gone within days of allocation. A quick look on WineSearcherPro revealed none for sale anywhere else at the moment and the last sale in Australia (2018) was at A$64, which is quite a tick up from its release price of A$34. Luke does have his following.

I’m down to my last bottles now so this might be the “last chance to see” as Douglas Adams would say.

I’ve got 5 BOTTLES in MELBOURNE, they can be here mid-May if ordered. No minimum purchase.

You might also like to try the 2014 vintage…S$57, 9 btls in Melbourne, Gary Walsh 95.

The Wanderer Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2013

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The current vintage for this label is 2018 so you can see that I’ve been sitting on this for a while. No matter, as it’s been stored in temperature control and there’s 2 to 4 years of life left in it according to the raters. Great opportunity to try a Yarra pinot with 7 years under its belt.

I’ve got 5 BOTTLES IN MELBOURNE

Freycinet Vineyards East Coast Tasmania Pinot Noir 2017

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Halliday 96, James Suckling 95, Huon Hooke 93, Gold Medal 2020 Tasmania Wine Show…“Freycinet at its best”

A perennial favourite with my clients and also with me.

Here’s what owner/winemaker Claudio Radenti says about his wine:

“The 2017 vintage is proving to be one of the classic great years alongside 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009. The season was characterised by a cooler, wetter first half which then tapered off into a warmer, drier second half. Overall ripening was delayed by 10 to 12 days which facilitated the development of remarkable flavour and colour intensities. The vineyard’s blood line and pedigree are umistakeable in this classic Freycinet Pinot Noir. Typical hallmarks of power, concentration, fruit purity and complexity all feature in abundance. The wine provides thorough drinking enjoyment as a young wine (decanting and allowing the wine to breathe recommended) but will become truly special when aged in a cool cellar over 5 to 15 years.”

I’ve got 6 bottles in Singapore (4 bottles went straight to my own cellar) and 24 bottles in Melbourne which can be here mid-late January if ordered. Store price was A$75 downunder but it was A$65 for a six-pack at Freycinet’s on-line cellar door.

It’s going out here in Singapore at S$80 all up, no minimum purchase.

The Wanderer Yarra Valley Syrah 2016

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93 James Suckling, 93 Halliday…”racy and vivid”

This might surprise but at 2016, this is a current release. Andrew Marks (also winemaker at Gembrook Hill) makes two wines from the same vineyard and from the same variety…shiraz. This one is labelled syrah so that’s a hint that you should expect a lighter, perhaps more savoury, earlier drinking style than the shiraz of the same vintage and vineyard.

I’ve go 5 BOTTLES IN SINGAPORE

You might also like to make the comparison by trying the 2016 Shiraz ( 6 btls in Singapore, S$58, Jeremy Oliver 94)

Enjoy!

David Boxall