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The Curmudgeon

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
We have this new wine, The Curmudgeon, however we have been sworn to absolute secrecy as to what is actually in the bottle. I have asked Martin to provide us with some very subtle clues as to what it is…. If what is written  below is meaningless, just trust us on this one, this bottle of wine is the bargain of the century and you would be mad to miss out!!

This is the wine lurking in our warehouse!

This is the must have bottle of the year – no, we’re not overstating it!
It’s made by one of the four superstar winemakers in Australia at present, and it’s not Ben Riggs, Ben Glaetzer or Roman Bratasiuk!
He may be responsible for the wines of Greenock Creek and also may consults at Rockford as well as making Australia’s number 1 cult wine – let’s just say “a few streams” – his name? We’re not allowed to say, but maybe “Jesus H. blank” from a “country of circles” might tune you in if you still need help?
Anyway, it’s sourced from mainly the Ebeneezer sub-region of the Barossa Valley, and is bursting with spicy black fruit, great concentration and fresh acidity with plenty of backbone to balance the gobfuls of fruit.

Fruit was harvested when determined ripe by taste and fermented on skins for a period of 5-6 days with pump-overs 4 times daily. At pressing the more astringent pressings fractions were separated off to maintain a soft well rounded palate. Matured for a period of 18 months some components being aged in French and American hogsheads, whilst striving to maintain fruit freshness and allow the vineyard expression to show through.

Initially burly and formidable, with just a little time this wine simply explodes with weighty, concentrated jet black fruit swathed in firm, oaky tannins and a long powerful finish.

Suck on that!

We Have Our Very Own Critic!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Over the past few months we have been on the hunt for our very own wine critic. We wanted someone who wasn’t going to confuse our customers with ridiculous simile and metaphor. Someone who was going to say it straight, keep it simple and keep it fun!

Unfortunately Alan Sugar was not available to work as our wine critic so instead we decided to launch a competition amongst our customers to find one. With the promise that they would receive all our new wines for free for review. It is truly remarkable how many more people read my my emails when it involves giving out free wine!

As mentioned in the previous blog, they were each to receive bottle of The Opportunist Shiraz, share it with some friends and review it as if their life depended on it! Some of the results are posted on our Facebook Fan Page wall ( did I mention, if you  “like” us you get chance to win a free case a month!). Click here to read some of the reviews and see how attractive our customers are! It is also remarkable how many of our customers seem have their own wine blogs!

After some painful deliberations we have finally chosen our winner…. Richard Saxton from Birmingham, a lawyer by day and demon wine reviewer by night!

You will have plenty of chance to read his work over the next 3 months as he sets about reviewing our latest offerings on this blog. In the mean time you can check out his stuff on his own blog here

So there it is, our experiment is underway, is a wine consumer far capable of successfully recommending wine than a professional critic. The proof will be in the pudding or the writing! You will be his judges!!!

Watch this space to see him at work.