Three Rings Shiraz
10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barossa Valley, Australia
are 14,000 cases of the 2006 Shiraz, a wine sourced from three Barossa
vineyards. The wine was aged in seasoned American oak. Opaque purple
colored, it offers up a jammy perfume of cedar, spice box, violets,
blueberry, and blackberry. This leads to a medium to full-bodied wine
made in a surprisingly elegant style. Supple-textured, full-flavored,
with well-integrated tannin, this hedonistic effort will evolve for
three to five years but can be enjoyed now and over the next ten years."
South Australia's Chris Ringland (Winemaker), David Hickinbotham (grape
grower) and Californian Dan Philips (importer) have created this fine
wine; a hard act to follow. 100 percent Barossa from several old vine
vineyards blended beautifully by Chris Ringland.
-- Wine Advocate
Average Price: $30
Find it at WestGate Wine
Tait "The Ball Buster"
TAIT created “The Ball Buster” to fill a niche market in the USA for a Barossa Valley Shiraz based wine. The focus was on getting a quality wine in the bottle for that particular price point.
down with our neighbors, a thesaurus and the wine in our glasses, we
brainstormed many ideas for the wine and back label. We laughed how the
wine industry can ‘bust your balls’ and cause blood, sweat and tears.
So, with our ideas in mind, the discussions with our US importer and our
US agent’s brilliant word-play ability, ‘The Ball Buster’ was created.
Average Price: $24
Paul Cluver Chardonnay
Elgin, South Africa
wine was 100% wild fermented in a selection of French oak barrels. (40%
new, the rest 2 3 and 4 fill.) Lees stirring and barrel rolling was
implemented, but to a much lesser degree than previous years. The wine
remained on the lees for a total of nine months without any Sulphur
addition. Limited malolactic fermentation occurred (less than 15%), all
without inoculation. After tasting and blending trials, the wine was
assembled from the best barrels, stabilised and prepared for bottling.
Average Price: $16.99