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Serrat Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016

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Getting access to wines from boutique producers in Tasmania and Yarra Valley is getting harder as they try and retain as much retail margin as they can (and who could blame them – roughly 89% of Australia’s vineyards run at a loss).

It’s one of the reasons that I visit the winemakers as often as I can – relationships are everything.

With Serrat, the tiny Yarra Valley vineyard of Tom Carson and Nadege Sun, my allocation of the 2016 Pinot Noir is generous indeed so no need for bottle limits this time around. That having been said I do have a one bottle limit on the 2016 Grenache Noir but that’s a story for another day.

What can I say about Serrat?

How’s this for starters?

…in Tom Carson’s current role as winemaker for Yabby Lake, he produced the first Pinot Noir to ever win the Jimmy Watson Trophy.

…Serrat’s 2014 Shiraz Viognier won Halliday’s Wine of the Year in 2016 at 99 points.

…Serrat’s 2015 Chardonnay was one of only six wines to achieve 98 points, the highest rate for Chardonnay in Halliday’s 2017 Wine Companion.

My next airfreight closes 18TH AUGUST and it’s rapidly filling. Once it’s full the next airfeight will be in mid October so if you are thinking of ordering this wine, please let me know if you’d definitely like it by late August or are happy to wait.

I still have 13 bottles of the 2015 Pinot Noir downunder too (Halliday 96) @ $65.

See the 2016 details attached.

Enjoy!

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NEW ARRIVALS

GALA ESTATE Tasmania Pinot Noir 2014 – 12 btls – S$78 – Gold 2017 Tasmania Wine Show, Huon Hook 95, Halliday 95

The Oregon pinots from Jackson Family Wines have arrived in Singapore! Just landed from Willamette Valley:

PENNER-ASH “Estate” Yamhill-Carlton 2015 – 26 btls – S$91 – cellar door price US$65
PENNER-ASH “Shea Vineyard” Yamhill-Carlton 2015 – 30 btls – S$91 – cellar door price US$65
ZENA CROWN “Conifer” Eola-Amity Hills 2014 – 12 btls – S$108 – cellar door price US$75
ZENA CROWN “The Sum” Eola-Amity Hills 2014 – 12 btls – S$108 – cellar door price US$75
ZENA CROWN “Slope” Eola-Amity Hills 2014 – 6 btls – S$150 – cellar door price US$100

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Ashton Hills “Reserve” Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2013

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I bought this wine back in May 2014, long before Ashton Hills came under the ownership of Wirra Wirra. It’s a personal favourite.

Halliday showed it at A$90 retail but that looks incorrect. Real retail was A$70-A$75 so the price here of S$76 is good value IMHO.

Just coming in to its drinking window so an ideal time to try.

Enjoy!

David Boxall

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NEW ARRIVALS IN MELBOURNE

2016 Luke Lambert “Crudo” Yarra Valley Rose – 22 btls – $47 – Gary Walsh 91
2016 Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Chardonnay – 11 btls – $54 – Gary Walsh 94
2016 Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Syrah – 9 btls – $59 – Gary Walsh 95
2015 Luke Lambert Yarra Valley Nebbiolo – 17 btls – $69 (RRP A$60) – Gary Walsh 94+

 

Grey Sands Tasmania Pinot Noir 2010

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Yes, Grey Sands only released this vintage in the second half of last year and it remains their latest offering.

Bob and Rita Richter purposely hold back their wine until the wine has had time to develop in the bottle. I guess that’s the luxury of a small independent vineyard.

If you are making a visit to Tasmania, this is a vineyard to put on your “must visit” list. It’s not flashy, in fact quite the reverse. If the weather is foul, you may very well end up in the Richter’s kitchen. If the weather is fine and the season is right, you’ll end up sampling your wine in one of northern Tasmania’s finest gardens.

They’re not open every day so best to call Rita beforehand and make an appointment. Check the website for details: http://www.greysands.com.au

A low profile winery but with a very strong following from loyal customers.

Cheers

David Boxall

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Eldridge Estate “PTG” Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir Gamay 2015

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There are times when you’re not looking for a heavy red over dinner, but not looking for a white either. Or maybe you’re just sitting around on the balcony or next to the pool contemplating life.

This may be a wine for those occasions. As Huon Hooke says “a nice quaff”. Nothing too serious.

10 bottles only.

Cheers

David Boxall

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