Clare Valley

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The Clare Valley is one of the few regions in the world that can boast of producing great Riesling as well as great Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grown on slate and limestone soils, Clare Valley Rieslings are firmly dry with notes of lime and minerals. Cabernet and Shiraz from Clare Valley is smooth and rich, but with good acidity from the cool nights at altitude.

Kingston Estate 2018 Shiraz 750ml


Bouquet: Concentrated dark spicy fruits with hints of pepper and apparent toasty oak.  Palate: Ripe fleshy dark fruits are integrated with soft silky tannins to give a velvety textured finish.  Pair With: Slow cooked pork shoulder with fennel...

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Jim Barry 2018 Assyrtiko 750ml


Garrique bush and flowers bouquet; the vines have grown another dimension, as has the flavour intensity, which is almost shocking - sour lemon, fresh-cut herbs, red apple. Score: 94 points -- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion, 2019

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Jim Barry 2019 Watervale Riesling 750ml


Plump and peachy, the 2019 Watervale Riesling includes approximately four grams per liter of residual sugar and includes some purchased fruit. It's medium-bodied and richly textured, then finishes with lime flavors and noticeable softness. Drink it young...

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Jim Barry 2013/2015 McRae Wood Shiraz 750ml


Deep garnet purple in color, the 2013 The McRae Wood Shiraz has a profound nose with black plums, berries and cherries, alongside spice box, violets, cedar and toast. Full, rich and chewy, though with slightly astringent tannins, the oak is poking out a...

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Jim Barry 2015 Lodge Hill Shiraz 750ml


A full-bodied wine with both regional and varietal characters on display on the bouquet, then a powerful palate with blackberry, dark chocolate, vanillan oak and abundant tannins. Needs, and will repay, those with patience. Score: 90 points -- James...

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Koerner 2019 "The Clare" Red Blend 750ml


The Koerner brothers like to show a neoclassic view of their home, Clare Valley, and it's wines like this, The Clare, that typify their MO. This is their take on a Bordeaux blend. Half cabernet sauvignon, the remainder is malbec, grenache, and cabernet...

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