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Serrat Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2016


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.




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

***************2016 PN



Mayer Yarra Valley Cabernet 2014


Timo Mayer doesn’t do mainstream. Never has, never will.

He believes that this is the only 100% whole bunch Cabernet made anywhere in the world. But as Halliday says, maybe Timo is the only person who can pull it off.

Richard Hemming from jancisrobinson.com gave it 17.5 points (“superior +” according to their rating scale).

If you’re after the safety of Margaret River or Coonawarra for your cabernets, then maybe this wine is not for you. If you’re happy to venture off the beaten track, give it a go!

The Wanderer Yarra Valley Syrah 2015


Andrew Marks is one of the quiet achievers of the Yarra Valley. He works with Timo Mayer on his family’s Gembrook Hill range of wines, but sources grapes for his own The Wanderer label from vineyards throughout the Yarra Valley. He also does an excellent Carignan during his annual pilgimage to Catalunya. And in his spare time, makes and markets gin under The Melbourne Gin Company label.

This 2015 Syrah is a brand new release, with just 18 bottles collected by me from the winery on Thursday. Two bottles are going into my Singapore cellar leaving 16 for retail.

It’s missed this week’s airfreight so if ordered will be in Singapore in the second week of January.

It’s safe to say you won’t see this wine much outside of Australia.


Thick as Thieves “Levings” Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2015


I called in to see Syd Bradford a couple of months ago at his Yarra Valley vineyard off the very Australian sounding Healesville – Koo Wee Rup Road. The vineyard’s not easy to find – no signs, closed gate and the house set well back from the road.

At that time I was collecting some of Syd’s “Driftwood” Pinot Noir Gamay when he said “come and have a look at my new tasting room”. It’s a gem. Gravel floors, lots of tin and a wall lined in used oak staves (not Syd’s I might add). Lot’s of earthy, winery character and being quite small, a cosy place for a small group to taste some of his wines. Let me know if you are down that way and I’ll introduce you.

I was just about to leave when, with obvious pleasure, Syd passed me a bottle of the 2015 Levings Pinot Noir and said “try this, it’s the first Pinot we’ve made off our own vines.”

Hence the name Levings, which was the name of the property when Syd originally acquired it.

I carted the bottle back to Singapore and finally tried it a few weeks ago, and I was impressed. Great body but a smoothness to it even at this very young age. It oozes quality and finesse. Halliday agrees giving it 96 points. 36 bottles are now sitting in Victoria waiting to come up. Four bottles have already been allocated to the Boxall cellar in Singapore and the remaing 32 are ready to come up in early October if you’re interested.


David Boxall

2015 TAT Levings PN