Under $140 World’s Best Reds - 6 Pack Value
This is great……and here’s why!A mixed value pack doesn’t get any better than this. All highly rated and acclaimed wines. 6 red-carpet Reds, all from the world's best wine-growing regions.
1 x Brokenwood Quail Shiraz 2015 ~ Hunter Valley NSW and McLaren Vale SA, Australia
95/100 James Halliday
93/100 Bob Campbell
91/100 The Wine Front
5-star winery James Halliday
James Halliday "A very complex full-bodied wine; the heavy lifting - and boy is it heavy - is done by the McLaren Vale Wade Vineyard."
James Halliday "A deservedly fashionable winery producing consistently excellent wines. Its big-selling Hunter Semillon provides the volume to balance the limited quantities of the flagships ILR Semillon and Graveyard Shiraz. Brokenwood purchased the Graveyard Vineyard from Hungerford Hill in '78 and has been working to totally rehabilitate the vineyard over the ensuing decades. It's been a vine by vine exercise, with a degree of experimentation of rootstocks and clonal material from other, even older vineyards. Next there is a range of wines coming from regions including Beechworth (a major resource is the associated Indigo Vineyard), Orange, Central Ranges, McLaren Vale, Cowra and elsewhere. In 2017 Iain Riggs celebrated his 35th vintage at the helm of Brokenwood, offering a unique mix of winemaking skills, management of a diverse business, and an unerring ability to keep Brokenwood's high profile fresh and newsworthy. He has also contributed a great deal to various wine industry organisations."
1 x Chateau Maucoil Chateauneuf-du-Pape Esprit 2012 ~ Southern Rhone, France
91/100 Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
91/100 Wine Enthusaist
17/20 Jancis Robinson
Wine Enthusiast "From the oldest vines of the estate, this is a lush, luscious wine. Vanilla and cedar notes complement bold cherry fruit, while hints of cinnamon, clove and allspice lend nuance."
Jancis Robinson 'Vineyard soil: galets. 12 months in barrique.... fine tannins and ripe fruit underneath. Blackberry compote notes.'
Château Maucoil has been under the care of several different illustrious wine growing families over the centuries, but it is now owned and managed by the talented winemakers Frederic and Benoit Lavau. With the consulting advice of famed French winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, the Lavau brothers have been making stellar and highly awarded wines and today are one of the few producers to continue to cultivate all 13 permitted grape varieties permitted by the Châteauneuf-du-Pape regulations.
1 x Conterno Fantino - Barolo Vigna del Gris 2016 ~ Piedmont, Italy
96/100 Robert Parker
96/100 Wine & Spirits
95/100 James Suckling
95/100 Wine Spectator
Robert Parker "The Conterno Fantino 2016 Barolo Ginestra Vigna del Gris comes from a site in Monforte d'Alba that has a big component of loose sand in the soils. These well-draining conditions add to the softness and concentrated aromatic intensity of Nebbiolo. In fact, the bouquet here brings us a medley of red and purple fruits with some ripe blackberry and plum. It shows a hint of pretty cherry sweetness with spice, tobacco and candied licorice. The mouthfeel is full and generous, and this supple Barolo wraps smoothly and luxuriously over the palate."
James Suckling "Extremely perfumed with ripe strawberries and hints of dried flowers. Hints of hazelnuts. It’s full-bodied with a solid core of ripe fruit and ripe, polished tannins. Tight center palate. Very persistent. This is reserved now, but shows beautiful potential. Try after 2023."
Founded in 1982, Conterno Fantino testifies to the talent and vision of viticulturist Claudio Conterno and his partner, oenologist Guido Fantino. These great wines start in exceptional vineyard sites in Monforte d’Alba. Conterno Fantino’s historical nucleus is Ginestra, one of Monforte’s historical crus documented as far back as the 1800’s. is based on a hillside close to the village of Monforte d'Alba. The focus of the estate falls to four key grape varieties: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto and Chardonnay.
1 x Dry River Pinot Noir 2017 - Martinborough, New Zealand
96/100 The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
95/100 Bob Campbell (2015 vintage)
94/100 Jamie Goode (2015 vintage)
94/100 Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (2015 vintage)
93/100 James Suckling (2015 vintage)
Gary Walsh - "Gee this is very good. It’s dense, throaty and deep in tannin and flavour, but not heavy or clumsy. Dark cherry, layered with sweet spice and dried herb, an almost ferrous thing going on, which you could call ‘minerally’, if you’d like, rich grainy tannin, cool blood orange acidity, and a very long finish, spiced and pimped up with a delicious Chinotto bitterness. Superb. A wine of charisma, integrity and intrigue. Hard not to fall in love with it."
James Suckling - "Super dark fruits, super ripe and super-concentrated, this is pinot noir taken to several extremes all at once. The nose is in the ripe dark plum, graphite, plum pudding and spiced panforte zone. The palate has a very strong core of tannins of unquestionable power but which have pastry-like, ripe smooth edges. The dark plum fruits run deep. Super concentrated and slightly sinewy, this wears the scars of a low-yielding and dry vintage."
Dry River is one of New Zealand’s most iconic pioneering wineries, established in 1979 by Dr Neil and Dawn McCallum considered amongst New Zealand's best vignerons. The combination of low yields, non-irrigated vines, organic vineyard techniques and a desire to make long-lived wines are at the forefront of this esteemed winery.
1 x Swinney Farvie Frankland River Grenache 2018 ~ Great Southern, Western Australia
98/100 - Ray Jordan
97/100 - Huon Hooke
97/100 - Jeremy Oliver
95/100 - Decanter World Wine Awards
18/20 - Jancis Robinson
Gold - Decanter World Wine Awards 2020
#6 Top Wineries of Australia 2020 ~ The Real Review
Nick Ryan "...This wine has emphatically inserted itself into the conversation around the best Grenache wines on the planet. It delivers the bright berry and exotic spice characters often associated with the variety — think wild raspberries, dark cherries, star anise and mace — but within a tight, coiled and tensile structure that stamps this as grenache of the utmost seriousness......This wine is one that actually adheres to the notion that great wine is made in the vineyard, with each vine picked and sorted in situ, and only the very best bunch or two from each vine, those sitting in the optimal spots in the vine’s architecture, being set aside for Farvie.....Grenache is a rare beast in Western Australia; Grenache has grown on untrellised bush vines even more so. But the masochism required to follow such a labour-intensive and low-yielding practice is something Swinney clearly has in spades."
Huon Hooke "...A stunning wine...The bouquet is superbly aromatic, with an array of spice nuances, fruit-driven and beguiling. The palate has great intensity and drives, elegance and charm, with a deep core of sweetly ripe berry flavours and substantial tannins drying the finish and aftertaste. The tannins are abundant and ripe, the finish very long-lasting. A modern grenache style that exhibits elegance and lightness of touch seldom seen in grenache in Australia."
John Jens "Quite simply the greatest Australian grenache or grenache blend that I have seen."
The Swinney family have been the go-to growers for many years supplying grapes to some of the most famous wines in Western Australia. Since 2012, they have kept back some of the best parcels of fruit and produced premium wines under their own label....and what a success its been with many awards and successive high scores from Australia's wine critics since.
1 x Jasper Hill Emily's Paddock Shiraz 2017 ~ Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
96/100 - James Halliday
95/100 - The Wine Front
James Halliday 5 Star Winery
The Wine Front - "...Excellent wine.... Mellow fog of perfume, dark cherries, faint lavender, warm forest berry compote, faint mint and fennel and a whiff of clove. Moody, lovely perfume. Fleshy textured but with defined ribbons of tannin, flavours dark, brooding, earthy, and drawn long. Seamless flow, superb ‘seasoning’ of oak, velvety but with enough grip to tune the palate."
Ned Goodwin - "...this powerful wine is superbly balanced. Hats off, too, to dry-grown fruit and transparent, minimalist winemaking. Aromas of currant, anise, mint and each and every dark fruit reference teem from the glass. Yet what marks this wine is the well wrought tannins, ferrous, implacable gatekeepers of all that matters: whether one reaches for a second glass and third and... Long, lustrous and unforced."
Jasper Hill is a winery of iconic status and considered of benchmark status in the Heathcote region of Victoria, Australia. The first vineyards were planted in 1975 and the first vintage was in 1982. Jasper Hill is best known for producing concentrated Shiraz from ungrafted vines planted deep into ancient basaltic rock soils. The estate has a total of 24 hectares (60 acres) of vineyard land split between three properties – Emily's Paddock, Georgia's Paddock and Cornella Vineyard. These are planted to a range of varieties, including Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Nebbiolo, Semillon, Viognier, and Grenache. The vineyards are farmed organically, biodynamically, and with no irrigation.