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Aussie Wine Guy Christmas Auction at Langton’s

ATTENTION wine enthusiasts and collectors!

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The Aussie Wine Guy cellar is up for auction.

Click on the home page to see the latest info.

This is a personally hand-picked selection of some of the most rare and sought after wine in Australia and abroad.   The bottles have been collected and stored under strict temperature controlled conditions for around 10 years.  The reserves on the bottles are quite low, so here’s a remarkable opportunity to pick up highly regarded and world-class quality wine at exceptional prices.

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The pictures on this page are of the actual bottles up for auction, which have been carefully stored (over time) in temperature controlled locations, such as Wine-Ark in Brisbane and in my 166-bottle wine fridge.  In some cases, the bottles were sourced directly from the cellar door and went straight into a controlled environment.

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Closes 16/12/2018 at 7pm

 

DOMAINE DES LAMBRAYS CLOS DES LAMBRAYS GRAND CRU, MOREY-ST-DENIS 2002PRICE REDUCTION

Have you ever enjoyed a bona-fide Burgundy Grand Cru?  This is the genuine article and is not often found especially aged and ready for consumption.
Don’t miss your chance to add this superb and well regarded label to your collection, just in time for Christmas.  Pinot doesn’t get better than this, period.

https://www.langtons.com.au/product/18151/1/2002/domaine-des-lambrays/clos-des-lambrays-grand-cru,-morey-st-denis?auction=3922&lot=925

Auction IV – Penfolds: Rewards of Patience
Live Now – Closes 16/12/2018 at 7 PM

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PENFOLDS ST. HENRI SHIRAZ, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2003 (QTY 2)

 

A superb wine with a dedicated fan base.  Why pay retail and wait to enjoy this mainstay of the Penfolds lineup?

At these prices, you’re paying well under retail (as at 10/12 at 7pm).

https://www.langtons.com.au/product/10354/1/2003/penfolds/st-henri-shiraz,-south-australia

 

PENFOLDS BIN 95 GRANGE SHIRAZ, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2006

Does Grange really need to be introduced?

Price point here is outstanding value (well under current Grange RRP as at 10/12 at 7pm) for a bottle which has been carefully temperature controlled since original purchase.

https://www.langtons.com.au/product/10315/1/2006/penfolds/bin-95-grange-shiraz,-south-australia?auction=3604&lot=1108

 

PENFOLDS BIN 95 GRANGE SHIRAZ, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1999

Does Grange really need to be introduced?

Price point here is outstanding value(well under current Grange RRP as at 10/12 at 7pm)  for a bottle which has been carefully temperature controlled since original purchase.

Why not add the ‘98 Grange’s brother to your collection..

https://www.langtons.com.au/product/10315/1/1999/penfolds/bin-95-grange-shiraz,-south-australia?auction=3604&lot=1047

 

PENFOLDS BIN 95 GRANGE SHIRAZ, SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2004

Does Grange really need to be introduced?  This bottle is selling currently at an insane price.  If you want a late Christmas bargain, look no further (12/12 at 11pm).

Price point here is outstanding value(well under current Grange RRP as at 10/12 at 7pm)  for a bottle which has been carefully temperature controlled since original purchase.

https://www.langtons.com.au/product/10315/1/2004/penfolds/bin-95-grange-shiraz,-south-australia?auction=3604&lot=1091

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Historical

Auction I – CLASSIFICATION VII

Closed

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HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone

Shiraz, Eden Valley 2004

SOLD
JASPER HILL

Georgia’s Paddock Shiraz, Heathcote 2004

SOLD
ST HALLETT

Old Block Shiraz, Barossa 2004

SOLD
D’ARENBERG

WINES The Dead Arm Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2004

SOLD
WYNNS

COONAWARRA ESTATE Michael Shiraz, Coonawarra 2004

SOLD
CLONAKILLA

Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District 2012

SOLD
CLONAKILLA

Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District 2011 (currently $9 below reserve!)

SOLD

Auction II – Hot off the Press – $$$

Closed

All close 25th Nov 18 at 7 PM
BROKENWOOD WINES Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley 2000
SOLD
CLONAKILLA Murrumbateman Syrah, Canberra District 2006 (QTY 2)
SOLD
CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District 2008 (QTY 4)
SOLD
HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley 1996
Second Chance

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HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley 2002
SOLD
TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2004

 

SOLD
DOMAINE DES LAMBRAYS Clos des Lambrays Grand cru, Morey-St-Denis 2002
Second Chance
CHATEAU GRUAUD-LAROSE 2me cru classe, St-Julien 2003
SOLD
CHATEAU PONTET-CANET 5me cru classe, Pauillac 2005 (Half – Great Year)
SOLD
CHATEAU GRAND-PUY-LACOSTE 5me cru classe, Pauillac 2004
SOLD

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CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er cru classe, Graves 2001
SOLD
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CHATEAU LAFITE-ROTHSCHILD 1er cru classe, Pauillac 2006

SOLD
CHATEAU MARGAUX 1er cru classe, Margaux 2004 (Half)
SOLD

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CHATEAU PALMER 3me cru classe, Margaux 2004
SOLD

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CHATEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE LALANDE 2me cru classe, Pauillac 2004
SOLD
CHATEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE LALANDE 2me cru classe, Pauillac 2009
Second Chance
CHATEAU PICHON-LONGUEVILLE BARON 2me cru classe, Pauillac 2011
SOLD

1996 Brokenwood HBA Shiraz

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Aussie Wine Guy, we hope that you are welcoming 2013 in style.  We had a bit of a break over the holiday season, enjoying the odd premium label as the days passed by.

Stay tuned for a number of new tasting notes, but we’ll start with this one.. behold a special label from the Hunter Valley’s Brokenwood wines.  This release, a cellar door only wine, was purchased a few years back (possibly in 2007) during one of our many journeys to the region.

Tasting Notes

The 1996 Brokenwood HBA Shiraz is a really fine wine.  Made from a blend of the best from Brokenwood’s Graveyard block (in the Hunter Valley) and from the best of the Rayner block (in McLaren Vale), the wine was bottled in 1997 and then held for over a decade at the vineyard – constituting a museum release.  Incidentally, the ‘HBA’ stands for the first initial of the surname of the three original partners of Brokenwood – James Halliday, John Beeston and Tony Albert .  The blending was inspired by some of the great regional blends of the early heydays in the region, particularly from the 40s, 50s and 60s.

1996 Brokenwood HBA Shiraz Brokenwood HBA Shiraz

Our tasting began on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2012.  The wine was opened and the cork extracted carefully – the cork broke, but the remainder was extracted without corking the wine.  The wine was decanted into a Riedel decanter (as pictured) and then poured back and double decanted as there was a fair amount of very fine sediment – almost too small to be filtered.  You can see the sediment on the picture of the decanter – it is very, very fine.

The wine was left to breathe for several hours before being presented at the Christmas Eve dinner, where it was faithfully poured into Riedel vinum Shiraz glasses (why not?).  Brokenwood’s website lists the 1996 HBA Shiraz as a ‘good to outstanding aged style’ however, based on our experience the wine is brilliant at this age.  Provided the bottle has been carefully cellared (as this one had been) it should be drinking at its peak.

Brokenwood HBA Shiraz Brokenwood HBA Shiraz

The bouquet was simply outstanding, an array of delicate flavours resembling something of a well cared for Burgundy.  The extended hours breathing in the decanter really brought out the full complexity of the wine, the initial sips revealed something of a velvety texture; finely crafted and lush with an array of tastes from spices (slight cloves, etc.) to a silky oak flavour.  The wine finished with a long, but subtle aftertaste which resonated for quite a while between sips.

To say that this experience set the standard for our holiday break would be an understatement.  What struck me is that the wine has been so masterly crafted – the blend from the tighter, more complex nature of a McLaren Vale Shiraz coupled so perfectly with the softer ‘all-round’ nature of Hunter Valley Shiraz is simply inspiring! The extended bottle maturation obviously has something to do with the success of this wine – this is not something we’ve encountered regularly.

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Stay tuned for more – new tasting notes coming soon.

[ Links ]

Brokenwood Vintage Chart    – http://www.brokenwood.com.au/wines/vintageChart/

Brokenwood’s Tasting Notes – http://www.brokenwood.com.au/wines/productRange/default.asp?emp=86

Further Reading about the HBA – http://www.theage.com.au/executive-style/top-drop/the-valley-of-the-kings-20110125-1a3jr.html