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Stefano Lubiana “Estate” Tasmania Chardonnay 2014

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It came as a surprise to me that the last Stefano Lubiana Estate Chardonnay that I did a formal promotion on was for the 2008 vintage.

Why is this so? Well, one of the reasons is that Stefano Lubiana’s Estate Chardonnay often sells out before it gets a promotion done on it by me.

For this vintage, the 2014, I brought up a little more than usual for a proposed event that didn’t eventuate. Such are a retailer’s risks.

But, it’s the way it sold out downunder that also accounted for the fact that I can find no rating on this wine. Except one that matters. Although not strictly a rating in the normal sense, this wine was awared Gold Trophy at the 2016 International Organic Wine competition in Germany. That makes it the equivalent of 95 points in their score. Stefano Lubiana’s Pinot Noir from the same vintage was given “best biodynamic wine in the world” at the same show.

So, a special wine and a personal favourite.

2014 Estate Chardonnay

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Kate Hill Tasmania Riesling 2015

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I’m a big fan of Kate Hill’s rieslings.

This 2015 is the current release and was just given 95 points in the latest Halliday Wine Companion.

The wines are produced at the small winery in the Huon Valley (a formerly disused apple packing shed), a total of about 1,000 cases across riesling, pinot noir and sparkling.

Only 12% alcohol and even once opened, you can drink it over several nights. What’s not to like about that?

Only exports to Tiger Wines so you won’t see this anywhere outside Australia except here in Singapore.

Enjoy!

David Boxall

2015 Riesling

Holyman Tasmania Chardonnay 2014

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The wine is produced by Joe Holyman at his Stoney Rise vineyard on the west bank of the Tamar River near Launceston. He uses “Stoney Rise” as the label for his entry-level wines, and just “Holyman” for his premium label, but you’ll see it listed and referred to as both Stoney Rise Holyman Chardonnay and just Holyman Chardonnay.

It was released at A$50 in late 2015 and immediately sold out at the winery. I managed to get 4 cases, did a promotion back in November 2015, sold a few bottles but since then it’s been hiding down the back of the coolroom escaping my attention. Time to remedy that.

I’ve got about 2 cases in Singapore and a case in Melbourne so you can choose to have it delivered now or wait until my next airfreight due mid-October.

Enjoy!

David Boxall

2014 Holyman Chardonnay 2

Domaine A Tasmania Pinot Noir 2008

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I have to say right up front that this is not my preferred style of pinot. There’s a common factor running through most of the rater’s notes – big, dense, powerful. Not characteristics that I seek out in pinots that I drink, but that’s a matter of personal preference.

There’s a huge amount of variance in the recommended drinking dates.

Lisa Perotti-Brown of robertparker.com recommends drinking “2012-2015+”, Huon Hooke says “2013-2020”, Halliday says “by 2020” and Jeremy Oliver says you shouldn’t even think about it until 2020, saying “2020-2028+”. I’ll have to leave it to you to make your own call.

This wine was released at A$70 but at some stage during its retail life, the price was lifted to A$90 which is where the current release pinot (2010) sits.

Enjoy!

2008 Pinot Noir

Freycinet Vineyards Tasmania Cabernet Merlot 2013

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The back label of this wine says it goes with “roast lamb, BBQ steak, hearty casseroles and strong cheeses”.

I had it last night with home made pizza (our home made pizza is about as healthy as kaya toast, only there’s more of it) and the cab merlot was a great match. It’s full-bodied enough to cope.

Depending on who you follow, it should be drunk now, right now, or before 2027. Hmm.

Richard Hemming of jancisrobinson.com says drink it now…

He also shows it as 50% Cabernet / 50% Merlot which is what it says on the Freycinet Vineyards website.

I’m sticking with the 84/16% that it says on the back label. I’ll be seeing Claudio in a couple of weeks so I’ll get the good oil then.

Halliday says drink it by 2028 (as does Claudio Radenti) and Huon Hooke by 2027. You’ll have to be your own judge.

See below for the Halliday and Huon Hooke ratings.

Cheers!

David Boxall

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NEW ARRIVALS!

KATE HILL Tasmania Sparkling 2011 – 12 btls – S$60 – not yet rated

LA VIOLETTA “Almirante y Obispo” Great Southern Grenache/Mataro/Tempranillo 2015 – 18 btls – $82 – not yet rated
LA VIOLETTA “Bilingue” Great Southern Grenache/Mataro/Shiraz 2015 – 12 btls – $59 – Mike Bennie 93+
LA VIOLETTA “La Ciornia” Great Southern Shiraz 2010 – 12 btls – $75 – Jancis Robinson 18, restocked
LA VIOLETTA “La Ciornia” Great Southern Shiraz 2011 – 12 btls – $75 – Mike Bennie 93
LA VIOLETTA “Le Rayon V” Great Southern Cabernet Malbec 2013 – 18 btls – S$77 – Mike Bennie 93, restocked

STARGAZER Tasmania Pinot Noir 2016 – 12 btls – $70 – not yet rated

SERRAT Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2016 – plenty – $68 – not yet rated
SERRAT Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016 – plenty – $68 – Halliday 95
SERRAT Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier 2016 – plenty – $68 – Halliday 97
SERRAT Yarra Valley Grenache Noir 2016 – limit 1 per customer – $68 – Halliday 95

CHANDON Yarra Valley Sparkling Pinot Noir Shiraz NV – 6 btls – $59 – Halliday 91
LEASINGHAM “Classic Clare” Sparkling Shiraz 1998 – 6 btls – $129 – Jeremy Oliver 96
RUMBALL “SB19″ Sparkling Shiraz NV – 6 btls – $49 – not rated
SEPPELT “Original” Sparkling Shiraz 2014 – 6 btls – $48 – Mike Bennie 90

NEXT AIRFREIGHT CLOSES MONDAY 21 AUGUST

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2013 Cabernet Merlot

Stoney Rise Tasmania Chardonnay 2013

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Sometimes you just have to move on…

I did a promotion on this wine at S$49 a little over 12 months ago (see attached below) and you’ll see that back then, I had 22 bottles left.

Well, I’ve still got 19 left so time for it to make way for new releases.

It’s going out now @ S$37 all up which is what it cost to get it here.

Enjoy!

David Boxall

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NEW ARRIVALS

Bangor Estate “Abel Tasman” East Coast Tasmania Pinot Noir 2014 – 12 bottles – S$63 – Huon Hooke 94, Silver 2016 Tasmania Wine Show

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