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Critic's Picks

Critic's Picks
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Australian wine drinkers are incredibly fortunate to be able to reference and rely on the opinions of three exceptionally experienced wine commentators. James Halliday, Huon Hooke and Tony Love have each been tasting, reviewing and sharing their thoughts on Australian wine for well in excess of 30 years. In that time they have tasted thousands of wines each year and accumulated an encyclopaedic knowledge on the subject. As a wine lover presented with an incredible array of choice from nearly 3,000 Australian wineries, those with ratings of 90 points or more are a valuable pointer to the best of the best.
This week we’re featuring a six pack containing three wines that have each garnered the praises of Halliday, Hooke and Love, with accompanying 90+ point scores. Each six pack contains two bottles each of three Barossa wines highly rated by these seasoned wine critics, and is offered to our Friends of Artisans for just $165, saving you 25% off the normal cellar door price of $218. In addition, you take advantage of our Freight Cap Guarantee ensuring you pay no more than $10 for freight on any order delivered to any address in Australia.

Schwarz Wine Co. ‘Thiele Road’ Barossa Valley Grenache 2017 (rrp $46)
Barossa Grenache continues to assert its presence amongst show judges, with a Jimmy Watson Trophy 2017 for Turkey Flat, and consecutive trophies for Best Red at the Barossa Show for Bethany and St John’s Road. The critics are also singing the praises of a new generation of exciting, juicy and spicy medium weight wines. Huon Hooke is one of Australia’s most seasoned wine commentators, and he ranks this wine as his second highest pointed 2017 Barossa Grenache from 33 tasted.

“An unusual and utterly charming interpretation of Grenache. Succulent sweet fruit: truly a Barossa pinot.” 95 points, Huon Hooke

Massena ‘Moonlight Run’ Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2017 (rrp $33)
Blending portions of Grenache (14%) and Shiraz (13%) makes this an immensely drinkable (or ‘slurpable’ in Massena speak) wine, bringing juiciness, spice and plumpness to the dark fruits and savoury tannin lines of the old vine Barossa Valley Mataro. A brilliant example of the art of blending applied to classic Barossa red grape varieties with the sole intent of creating a delicious drink.

“Stacked full of luscious red and purple fruits, yet not heavy. A particularly good Mataro”. 95 points, James Halliday – May 2019

Purple Hands Barossa Valley Mataro 2015 (rrp $30)
2015 was an exceptional vintage for Barossa Mataro, and Craig Stansborough reserved a parcel of Mataro that was destined for a GSM blend, and released it as a single varietal. The decision paid off, with the wine winning a prized spot in Tony Love’s Top 100 wines in 2017, along with his praise and thanks!

“Most Mataro (aka mourvedre) we see is the minor third in GSM blends, or hidden away in trad’ Barossa shiraz. This edition was destined for the former but impressed its winemakers so much they gave it a solo gig — a big thank you for that is in order. This is a ripper, with earthy/sandy smells priming the nose for dark spices and rich, meaty flavours, pomegranate and plum juices for a bit of lift, all finely coated in smooth, rich, black tea tannins. Excellent.” Tony Love, 94 points, The Advertiser Top 100 Wines 2017

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