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KOPKE Vintage Port 1945
Vintage Port Oporto
Estimate: 200-250

THE YEAR THE WORLD CHANGED - 1945 beginning and end of everything - A worthy tribute 

RED
0001
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged label, capsule damageCurrent Bid: $190
RED
0002
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $190
RED
0003
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $152

CULLEN Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2011
Cabernet Merlot Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

BEAUTIFUL PALATE - JH97 - An 80/12/4/3/1% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot; 18 months in French barriques (48% new). The bouquet is perfumed and very attractive, but doesn't prepare you for the sheer intensity of the quite beautiful palate, with gloriously juicy redcurrant and cassis cradled by fine tannins and integrated oak.

DAR
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $100

CULLEN Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2014
Cabernet Merlot Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

GREAT WINE - JH98 - 89% cabernet sauvignon, 4% petit verdot, 3% merlot and 2% each of malbec and cabernet franc blended after fermentation, hand-picked and sorted, destemmed (66% whole berries), wild-fermented in stainless steel, average 23 days on skins, matured in French oak (69% new) for 18 months. Right in the slot of the style established (with some polishing and refining) over the years. The complexity of the texture and structure is second to none, led by the born to rule cabernet. The might of the tannins is the key to this great wine.

DAR
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $100

CULLEN Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2019
Cabernet Merlot Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

40+ YEARS - JH9887% Cabernet sauvignon, with 7/3/2/1% merlot/cabernet franc/malbec/petit verdot. Matured for 15 months in barrique, 45% new. Cassis and red licorice on the nose, bay and saltbush, too. The palate is salty and fine with layers upon layers of spice and texture. The tannins are like finely textured gills, stacked as delicately as the folds in a mushroom. The length of flavour unfurls and extends across the palate, taking so long to fade that this entire tasting note is possible off one sip. The rest are just for pleasure. Drink it now, or in 40+ years from now… both will be possible.

XBW
3677
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $359
XBW
3678
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $359
XBW
3676
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $359

CULLEN Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot 2021
Cabernet Merlot Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

THE PERFECT COMBINATION - JH97 - Diana Madeline. The name evokes a lot of emotions, for what the woman stood for then and what the wine stands for now. The 2021 vintage equals 50 years of cabernet sauvignon plantings at Cullen. When released in early 2023, it was on what would have been her 100th birthday. It’s a wine that can come from nowhere else, so strong is its sense of place. Expect to swoon over aromas of roses, violets and mulberries doused in baking spices, a ferruginous quality as much as detailed if persuasive tannins. It’s complex, complete and structured. Gosh, what a wine. What a woman. The perfect combination.

XBW
3171
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $137
XBW
3170
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $137
XBW
3162
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $137

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1978
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

VERY SAVORY - RP91Medium brick-brown in color, the 1978 Hill of Grace reveals aromas of walnuts, espresso and tar with a whiff of game. A little leathery and meaty with very savory highlights and some nice spiciness to counter the fruit, it has lively acid, medium levels of chewy tannins and a long finish. It is mature. Lisa Perotti-Brown MW - 2013 

DOU
0037
1 BOTTLE Mid high shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $350
DOU
0038
1 BOTTLE Mid high shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $280

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1979
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

NICE CORE - RP91Deep brown-colored, the 1979 Hill of Grace is replete with coffee, treacle, licorice and dark chocolate aromas. It has a slightly dried-out and faded palate, though it retains a nice core of evolved flavors, a crisp acid line, a medium level of chewy tannins and a long finish. It is mature.- 2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

DOU
0041
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulder, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $350
DOU
0042
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulder, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $280

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1985
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

GENERALLY PLEASANT - RP85Deep brown in color and a bit cloudy, the 1985 Hill of Grace has sweaty saddles notes over dried cherries and menthol-laced / medicinal notes. Very tart, crisp and hard, it has chewy bordering on astringent tannins and barely any fruit left on the palate. I have scored it purely on interest factor and because it remains a generally pleasant glass, though it is past its best. 2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

MAH
0001
1 BOTTLE Label damageCurrent Bid: $480
MAH
0002
1 BOTTLE Label damage, slight corroded capsuleCurrent Bid: $480
MAH
0003
1 BOTTLE Into neck, slight corroded capsule, & label damageCurrent Bid: $360

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1986
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

GREAT GRACE - RP94Deep brick color, the 1986 Hill of Grace is a well-defined nose of dried mulberries and kirsch with hints of truffles, menthol, earth and cigar boxes. Medium-bodied with good fruit concentration and plenty of savory, spicy layers of flavors, it has bright acid, medium-firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. It is mature.  2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

NIK
0176
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & label damageCurrent Bid: $680

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1988
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

GREAT GRACE - RP89The 1988 Hill of Grace is medium deep brown in color and replete with earthy and leathery aromas marred by a touch of rancio /aldehydic notes that seem to recover after a few minutes and show some treacle and Indian spice hints. It is an interesting wine, though just a bit flat and tired on the palate with of medium level chewy tannins, crisp acid and a good length on what remains of the fruit. It is mature. 2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

STO
0094
1 BOTTLE Into neck, signs of past weeping, & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $540
NIK
0178
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $680

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

MUSEUM RELEASE - RP97Deep brown-brick in color, the 1991 Hill of Grace offers intensely scented notes of warm black fruits, Chinese dried plums, dark chocolate-covered cherries and licorice. It is very pure, full-bodied and rich in the mouth, with profound and seductive flavors, a great backbone of crisp acid and firm, finely-grained tannins through the long finish. It is mature now but no rush to drink. 2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

XBW
3743
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1214
XBW
3741
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1214
XBW
3742
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1214

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1992
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

HOLDING STRONG - RP93 - Deep garnet-brick colored, the 1992 Hill of Grace exudes aromas of dried mulberries, blackberry preserves, iron ore, menthol and lavender. Well-structured with medium-firm chewy tannins, crisp acid and muscular fruit, it has a long and earthy finish. It is mature and holding strong2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

ROB
0004
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $600
ROB
0005
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $600
ROB
0006
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $600

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1994
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

GREATEST GRACE? - RP98 -JH94

ONE OF THE BEST EVER VINTAGES - JH94 - Medium purple-red; vanillin oak is immediately evident on the bouquet, but without subduing the smooth supple fruit, showing none of the "sauvage" characters of the 1993. A lovely wine on the palate, although the oak is very evident, perhaps supporting, perhaps distracting from the fruit. A mild, dry summer with a slow start to vintage was followed by two weeks of hot weather, which ripened everything at once. Stephen Henschke described it as the year of the "black ferments", and regards it as having the potential to be one of the best ever vintages.

RP98- Deep brick-colored, the 1994 Hill of Grace offers notes of stewed plums, dried berries and baking spices with nuances of aniseed, vanilla and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied, it has great concentration and structure in the mouth, with crisp acid plus firm, grainy tannins, and is packed with layered, dried berry and spice flavors before finishing long with tons of remaining fruit. This wine still has many years to go. Drink it now to 2030+.2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

STO
0073
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $640
STO
0090
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $640
ROB
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

RP90Deep garnet-brick in color, the 1998 Hill of Grace has a medicinal nose of iodine plus warm plums, prunes, licorice and espresso. A bit hard in the mouth, it has crisp acid, medium to firm, chewy and somewhat astringent tannins through the long finish. Mature now, it should keep through 2020+2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

NIC
0021
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $570

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

MUSEUM RELEASE  - RP98Deep garnet in color, the 2002 Hill of Grace has an entrancing nose with profound aromas of warm black cherries, crushed blackberries and mulberries plus a touch of wild blueberries and hints of allspice, violets and toast. It is full-bodied, rich and seductive in the mouth, and yet it has lovely poise with a crisp acid line and a medium to firm level of fine-grained tannins plus great length. Delicious now, it will reward the patient and should drink to 2040+. 2013 Lisa Perotti-Brown MW vertical tasting

XBW
3731
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1069
XBW
3730
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1069

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2018
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

GREATEST GRACE? - JH99The 60th anniversary of what is widely considered Australia's finest single-vineyard wine. Sometimes you've got to pinch yourself and ponder what a lucky existence this wine hack stuff is, sitting here in the Henschke cellar door having just tasted 26 vintages of Hill of Grace spanning back to 1958. Grace by name, grace by nature, it is an elegant, beautiful wine, tannin–acid architecture on point, the fruit depth is just stunning, dotted with five-spice, sage, pepper, charcuterie, crushed quartz and the most lovely, kinetic tannin structure. Finishes with great sustain, harmony and grace. Voluminous and complex, with amazing fruit density and just a complete wine. A classic!

RP98 -The Hill of Grace vineyard, in Eden Valley, comprises 13 separate blocks, six of which feed into the Hill of Grace Shiraz. The oldest block (0.56 hectares), known as "Grandfathers," was planted around 1860. The other blocks were planted in 1910 (0.33 hectares), 1951 (1.08 hectares), 1952 (0.7 hectares), 1956 (0.88 hectares) and 1965 (0.57 hectares). The 2018 Hill of Grace Shiraz was matured in a combination of new (20%) and seasoned (80%) oak hogsheads (83% French, 17% American) for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. On the nose, the 2018 vintage assists this wine in speaking clearly of its regional location: raspberry and licorice, coal dust, black tea and tobacco leaf. There are inflections of black truffle and bone broth, which always seem to emerge, however the wine is brighter and more focused than I have seen. It offers a beautiful, svelte display of fruit and tannin, with all things in harmony in the mouth. This is very long, as we would expect from the pedigree of this wine and the vineyard. It is concentrated and intense, sinewy, elegant and powerful—a wine for the future generation.

ACC
15682
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
ACC
15683
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
ACC
15684
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
ACC
15685
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
JIR
0015
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $1250
ACC
15965
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $749
ACC
15966
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $749
ACC
15967
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $749

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Museum Release Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1250-1350

MUSEUM RELEASE - RP99Medium garnet in color, the 2010 Shiraz Hill of Grace reveals a slightly reticent yet beguiling nose of kirsch, dried mulberries and plum preserves with nuances of star anise, potpourri, cloves, dusty earth and menthol. Medium to full-bodied with youthfully taut, mouth-filling perfumed berry preserves and exotic spice flavors, the fruit is well framed by rounded, polished tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with incredible length. It could still benefit from 2-4 years in bottle before entering its drinking window but is already stunning.

MBR
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $766
MBR
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $760
MBR
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $760

LEEUWIN Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

SUPER ELEGANT & REFINED - JH94A super-elegant and refined wine, with few of the flourishes that many of its regional counterparts exhibit; the fragrant, dark fruits of the bouquet are precisely replayed on the palate with its sombre flavours and tannins.

DAR
0007
1 MAGNUM Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $112

LEEUWIN Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 190-200

RESTRAINED & UNDERSTATED - JH95Vivid deep crimson; restrained and understated, the bouquet offers a tantalising glimpse of red and black fruits, cigar box and a little briary complexity; the palate is finely detailed, and while elegant, contains its inherent power and longevity with ease.

DAR
0008
1 MAGNUM Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $150

MOSS WOOD Cabernet Sauvignon 1986
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-280

6/10 - MOSS WOOD WEBSITE - The 1986 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon colour is bright red and quite dense. The nose is rich with mulberry or blackcurrant fruit character and has a pronounced herbaceous nose with nuances of spicy oak. On the palate, the wine has good acidity, round, rich, ripe fruit and strong tannins which at present are quite dominant. It is well-structured and has a finish of considerable length. The tannins as reminiscent of the 1981 vintage while the rich fruit characters remind us of the 1977 Cabernet. Although it has more tannin than the 1985, they see the wine as a typical, well-balanced Moss Wood Cabernet

KRY
0020
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulderCurrent Bid: $145

MOSS WOOD Cabernet Sauvignon 1993
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-190

7/10 - MOSS WOOD WEBSITE - The 1993 Moss Wood Cabernet has a bright red colour, redcurrant, black cherry, and scented oak aromas with hints of chocolate while the palate is lively with vibrant, redcurrant flavours and an underlying earthiness. The wine is supple, has medium depth, fresh acidity and fine grain tannins. Although quite closed, it is surprisingly attractive young and has the structure, acidity and tannins to be long lived. We believe that although the wine lacks the glorious opulence of the rich, fruity 1976 or 1985 cabernets, it will develop richness with cellaring. We see the 1993 as similar in style to vintages such as 1987, 1979, 1984 and 1981: although clearly less tannic than the 1981 and richer and more complex than the 1987. However, we believe that it will prove to be regarded as better than those fine vintages.

303
0044
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $130
303
0047
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $130
STO
0153
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $115

MOSS WOOD Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

INCREDIBLE POISE & LAYERING - JH96From 51yo vines, 88/8/4% cabernet sauvignon/petit verdot/cabernet franc. Matured for 29 months in French oak (15% new). The 2017 vintage is responsible for cabernets of incredible poise and layering. This is not a thundering power piece, rather an intricately detailed and mesmerising wine, with fine folds of flavour: bay leaf, raspberry, star anise, sage, hints of fennel, pomegranate and pink peppercorn. This is pure, floral, pretty, and very long. Moss Wood has proven its capability for graceful ageing and this will be no exception.

HKW
3603
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $100
HKW
3604
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $100

MOSS WOOD Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

ANOTHER GREAT - JH97This is a masterclass in refinement. It is svelte and streamlined, the cool, mineral spool of flavour across the tongue is what the 2019 vintage can look like at its most restrained and harnessed. The length of flavour basically flutters out over the finish, so weightless and enduring. The 2018 that came before it had a thundering, legendary quality - legs widespread, hands on hips, power pose. This is the creative in the family, the quiet guy. It's intriguing and intelligent and thoughtful ... poignantly red fruited, spicy and super-supple. I'm descending into hyperbole. It's unnecessary. This is another great Moss Wood release.

HKW
3662
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $81
MEM
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $84

MOSS WOOD Wilyabrup Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

PULSATING - JH98 - Pulsating with sweet fruits and velvety mouthfeel, it only takes a split second for this wine to establish its greatness in the pantheon of cabernet sauvignons grown around the world. The unusual decision to include 7% petit verdot picked at 15.2˚ baume (cropped more heavily than the cabernet and picked over a week later) doubtless played its part, but its synergy with the cabernet (and a soupçon of 3% cabernet franc) must have given much pleasure and justified pride. Nature being what it is, the cabernet sauvignon yield was 40% down at 4.5t/ha. All in all, though, this is a cabernet to melt a pinot noir addict's heart.

HKW
3663
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80

PENFOLDS Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 1964
Cabernet Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1400

BABY GRANGE 60th BIRTHDAY BONUS 

NIK
0202
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulder, label damage, corroded & damage capsuleCurrent Bid: $960

PENFOLDS Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 1965
Cabernet Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1400

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

NIK
0146
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine 2010 Clinic & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $800

PENFOLDS Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 1966
Cabernet Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

NIK
0204
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1994, label damageCurrent Bid: $1040

PENFOLDS Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 1971
Cabernet Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

NIK
0148
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $960

PENFOLDS Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz 1979
Cabernet Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-600

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

TAP
0007
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2000/2001, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $320

PENFOLDS Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1983
Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

NIK
0108
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2014, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $400
NIK
0109
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2014Current Bid: $400

PENFOLDS Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon 1984
Cabernet Sauvignon South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

FORTY YEARS CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

NIK
0128
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2012, severe label damageCurrent Bid: $400
STO
0151
1 BOTTLE Penfolds re-corking clinic 2004, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $400
NIK
0191
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2004, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $400

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1990
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1400

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence PENFOLDS FIVE STAR - Rewards of Patience - Drink now to 2060  Medium-deep crimson, intense blackberry, dried plum, grilled nut, shellac, walnut panforte, cherry liqueur and chinotto aromas with roasted chestnut and vanilla notes. Generous ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, panforte, grilled nut and shellac flavours with chocolaty tannins, mocha vanilla spice and oak notes with beautifully balanced acidity. Finishes chocolaty firm with plenty of mineral length and freshness. A decadent and hedonistic wine with extraordinary fruit density and attack. One of the greatest. 95 percent shiraz, 5 percent cabernet sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Coonawarra. Voted Red Wine of the Year by Wine Spectator magazine in December 1995. “A famous vintage and wine. Everything is laid out with infinite precision finesse and length. At the peak of perfection.” (JH) “Fresh, vibrant and voluminous with layers of cedar, spice and mulberries and underlying but animated tannins.” (FW)

SCF
0001
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016Current Bid: $792

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

MIGHTY & MARVELOUSPENFOLDS FIVE STAR - Rewards of Patience – Drink 2036 to 2060    Deep crimson. Intense pure elderberry, blackberry and liquorice aromas with roasted chestnut, vanilla and camomile notes. Plush and densely packed with elderberry, blackberry liquorice flavours, plentiful fine chalky tannins and underlying  mocha, vanilla and roasted chestnut oak notes. Finishes chocolaty firm with abundant sweet fruits. Classical, powerful and expressive Grange with superb density, richness and balance. Still needs time to unfold. 96 percent shiraz, 4 percent cabernet sauvignon.  Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate (Adelaide). “Expressive blueberry kirsch dark chocolate notes. Beautifully proportioned palate with lovely density and richness. Best to step back from this.” (NB) “Watch this wine closely because it’s a very special and important Grange!” (PG)

DEB
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DBA
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $632
DEB
0047
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0048
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0049
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
DEB
0050
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
PHO
0001
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1600

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1964
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 4500-5000

 PENFOLDS INTERVENTION - Buy with confidence - Replacement capsule – Red Zinc embossed PENFOLDS GRANGE HERMITAGE (post 1985) – “likely” a Penfolds Museum Cellar release – “likely” recorked – NOT a Penfolds recorking clinic graduate (first in 1991) – NO certification back label

LAY
0001
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & cellar damaged label, Penfolds Grange Hermitage stamped red zinc replacement capsuleCurrent Bid: $2620
NIK
0215
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006, label damageCurrent Bid: $3200

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1965
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 3800-4000

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

NIK
0192
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1994, slight label damage, very high shoulder, label damageCurrent Bid: $2400

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1966
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 5000-6000

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

STO
0024
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged label, Penfolds Red Wine Clinic Series V - 1998Current Bid: $2400

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1967
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 3500-4000

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence

NIK
0160
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2000/2001, & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $2400

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1968
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2800-3000

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence

NIK
0161
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2018, & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $2000
STO
0155
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2012, slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $2000

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1975
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1400-1500

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence

NIK
0201
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2022, label damageCurrent Bid: $1040
RAN
0013
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1600
RAN
0014
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016& cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1600

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1976
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

A LEGEND - AWESOME - RP100Consistently one of the most awesome wines ever made at Grange, this blend of 89% Shiraz and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon (13.9% alcohol) was the first Australian wine to cost $20 upon release. I have had this wine six separate times, every time rating it between 96 and 100. It had a phenomenal showing at Penfolds' Magill estate. The color is an opaque purple, the wine massive, full-bodied, and to me, the quintessential Grange. Notes of blackberry liqueur intermixed with cassis, charcoal, new saddle leather, and underbrush resonate from the glass. Huge, thick, unctuously textured, with extraordinary concentration but perfect harmony among all of its elements, this is a prodigious Grange that is still not fully mature. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2020. A legend for sure!

KRY
0007
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1400
KRY
0008
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1400
KRY
0010
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1400

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1977
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1800

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006, severe label damageCurrent Bid: $580
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1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1280
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1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 1994, high shoulder, cellar damaged label, signs of past weepingCurrent Bid: $720

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1500

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence 

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $800
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1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $800

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1983
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1400

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence - PENFOLDS FIVE STAR - Rewards of Patience - Drink now to 2040 - Medium-deep crimson. Intense dark chocolate, blackberry shellac, hazelnut and herb garden aromas with cola, dust and graphite notes. Inky textured but substantial with developed dark chocolate, blackberry, hazelnut and crème brûlée flavours and red liquorice notes. Plentiful fine lacy textures, attractive inky complexity and extra-fine acidity. Finishes chalky with apricot and graphite notes. 94 percent shiraz, 6 percent cabernet sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Magill Estate and Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide). “Powerful and expressive with smoky dried cherry, blueberry, espresso aromas, superb richness, spicy sweet oak notes and fine persistent tannins.” (JR) “Lovely lifted spice nose and a graceful elegant palate with many layers of spice cake, mulberry, coffee and cocoa.” (FW)

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & label damageCurrent Bid: $720

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1986
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2200-2500

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence PENFOLDS FIVE STAR - Rewards of Patience - Drink now to 2045 - Deep crimson. Evolved blackberry and dark chocolate aromas with mocha, roasted chestnut, liquorice notes and herb garden nuances. Richly concentrated, dense and powerful with pronounced dark chocolate, mocha, blackberry liquorice flavours, fine muscular tannins, meaty dried herb complexity and underlying roasted chestnut and vanilla oak notes. Firm chocolaty graphite finish with an attractive inky plume. A landmark Grange vintage. 87 percent shiraz, 13 percent cabernet sauvignon. Kalimna Vineyard (Barossa Valley), Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale and Modbury Vineyard (Adelaide). Don Ditter’s last Grange. “Evolved, concentrated dark berry and slightly caramelised fruit with grippy unresolved tannins.” (NB) “A savoury, meaty, earthy wine with sweet brambly fruit poking through. An ironstone spine and sternfirmness.” (NR)

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1 MAGNUM BOXED Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2010Current Bid: $1200

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 1972
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1800-2000

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2018 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $320

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 1979
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-450

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds red wine clinic 1996, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $280

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-800

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2002 & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $200

PENFOLDS St Henri Shiraz 1984
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

CLINIC CERTIFICATION - Buy with confidence

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1 BOTTLE Penfolds re-corking Clinic 1997, very high shoulder, slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $400

ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

CLASSIC - RARE & HIGHLY SORT AFTER

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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $190

ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

PERFECT BALANCE & STRUCTURE - JH95Strong red-purple; right in the mainstream of the Rockford Basket Press style, with blackberry, plum and a hint of mocha driving the bouquet, and the smooth, supple palate; you absolutely know the wine is idling along, unused power under the bonnet; perfect balance and structure.

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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $168

ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 260-280

LOST TO FAME - Too sexy for Milan, New York & Japan - Dont need ratings 

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168

ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz 2018
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 250-260

LOST TO FAME - Too sexy for Milan, New York & Japan - Dont need ratings 

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $168
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152
BRU
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152
BRU
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $152
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $158
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $158
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $158
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $158
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $158
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $158
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121

ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz 2019
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

LOST TO FAME - I do my little turn on the catwalk - Dont need ratings 

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
MIC
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $159
MIC
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $159
JOE
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140
JOE
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $140

ROCKFORD Basket Press Shiraz 2020
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 240-250

LOST TO FAME - I do my little turn on the catwalk - Dont need ratings - The show goes on - Latest episode!

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160

ROCKFORD SVS Flaxman Valley Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 350-360

CUT ABOVE CLASSIC - RARE & HIGHLY SORT AFTER - SVS - the best Rockford single vineyard they could make from the best vintages 

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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $300

ROCKFORD SVS Pressings Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

CUT ABOVE CLASSIC - RARE & HIGHLY SORT AFTER - SVS - the best Rockford single expression they could make from the best vintages

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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $250

TURKEY FLAT The Ancestor Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-180

IMPECCABLE LENGTH & BALANCE - JH98 - Estate-grown, open-fermented, matured for 12 months in French hogsheads (50% new), plus a further 12 months in bottle. A beautiful wine, made with all the respect the vines' fruit deserves. Impeccable length and balance.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120

VASSE FELIX The Heytesbury Cabernet Blend 2009
Cabernet Blend Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

VERY GOOD EXAMPLE - JH96 - A 69/16/15% blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and malbec that spent 18 months in 62% new French oak. The tannins resulting from the 30 days post-fermentation maceration of 60% of the blend are in perfect harmony with the dominant blackcurrant fruit on the long palate. A very good example of a great style.

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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $80

VASSE FELIX The Heytesbury Cabernet Blend 2011
Cabernet Blend Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

ICONIC - JH97A blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and malbec, cabernet sauvignon having the lion's share; spends 18 months in French oak (around 60% new). It purrs like an idling V8 engine in a very expensive car, with ripe cassis, blackberry, mulberry and cedar aromas and flavours, tannins hiding until the accelerator is flattened. No one can doubt the quality or the longevity of this iconic wine.

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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $90

VASSE FELIX The Heytesbury Cabernet Blend 2012
Cabernet Blend Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

ICONIC - JH97A blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and malbec, cabernet sauvignon having the lion's share; spends 18 months in French oak (around 60% new). It purrs like an idling V8 engine in a very expensive car, with ripe cassis, blackberry, mulberry and cedar aromas and flavours, tannins hiding until the accelerator is flattened. No one can doubt the quality or the longevity of this iconic wine.

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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $80

VASSE FELIX Tom Cullity Cabernet Malbec 2013
Cabernet Malbec Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

EXCEPTIONAL - JH98Wild-fermented with 28-35 days on skins, matured in French oak (61% new) for 18 months. Don't pay any attention to the slightly light colour, but certainly dwell on the gloriously fragrant bouquet and the intensity of the cassis-accented palate. This is a truly sophisticated blend of 76% cabernet sauvignon, 20% malbec and 4% petit verdot, with exceptional texture, length and aftertaste.

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1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $110

VASSE FELIX Tom Cullity Cabernet Malbec 2014
Cabernet Malbec Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

EXPLOSIVE - JH97The ship slowly turns and sets sail for the future. It's not the deepest or darkest of wines at first but give it time to breathe and the reach and power is something to behold. It tastes of blackcurrant and camphor, bay leaves and black olives, smoky oak applied as an infusion rather than as anything terribly overt. Flavour: most certainly. Tannic power: oh yes. Explosive length: most definitely. Time will be this wine's friend.

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1 BOTTLE stained labelCurrent Bid: $91

VASSE FELIX Tom Cullity Cabernet Malbec 2015
Cabernet Malbec Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

DEMANDS PATIENCE - JH96 - A noble blend of 78% cabernet, 20% malbec and a dollop of petit verdot, conferring ample richness and an authoritative spine: saline maritime acidity and detailed grape tannins, moreish and ripe, attesting to an extraction regime of courage and confidence. Together with extended maturation in French barrique (18 months, 50% new), the structural attributes are impressive. While this full-bodied wine demands patience, one can already detect cassis, lead, cedar, graphite, a herbal potpourri, a swab of black olive and a bay leaf linger, across cedar oak beams.

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1 BOTTLE Stained labelCurrent Bid: $104

VASSE FELIX Tom Cullity Cabernet Malbec 2016
Cabernet Malbec Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

ELEGANCE - JH97 - It's a pleasure to spend time with Tom Cullity. This is all about refinement. It has a presence and a whole lot of detail. The fruit savoury and sweet, the iodine and graphite character of the malbec infused into the DNA. There are also finely chiselled tannins, lively acidity and a length like no tomorrow. Sure there's a power and energy, but the wine's defining feature is elegance.

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1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $104

VASSE FELIX Tom Cullity Cabernet Malbec 2017
Cabernet Malbec Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

REMARKABLE - JH97 - 82/17/1% cabernet sauvignon/malbec/petit verdot, from a single vineyard harvested April 2017. Whole berries, wild-yeast ferment, matured in French oak for 19 months (61% new, 39% 1–4yo). On skins 12–33 days. TA 6.1g/L, pH 3.52. Bottled Feb 2019. This wine is undoubtedly one reason why Margaret River has such a powerful reputation for cabernet: concentration without weight, savoury statuesque tannins and layers upon layers of exotic spice, laid on a bed of ripe fruit. Coursing through the very heart of it is a steady beat of cool-vintage saline acid, pulling it over the coals of the tongue, through to the very long finish. Remarkable.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120
DAR
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120
DAR
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120
DAR
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $120
DAR
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $121

TENUTA DELL ORNELLAIA Il Charisma 2015
Bolgheri Superiore
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

IL CHARISMA - Ornellaia Vendemmia d'Artista Special Edition Bolgheri Superiore - 2015 is certainly one of the great Ornellaia vintages. The usual intense colour indicates a wine of great texture and intensity, followed by a fruity scent that is ripe and fresh at the same time, emphasized by classic balsamic and spicy hints. On the palate, it is rich, dense, and full-bodied, with an exceptional tannic texture, dense and velvety, of great refinement, that extends throughout the mouth. The long finish concludes with a feeling of firmness and finely spiced hints.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $360

TENUTA SAN GUIDO Sassicaia 2016
Bolgheri
Estimate Per Bottle: 650-700

SOARING ACHIEVEMENT - RP100 - The 2016 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a wine of soaring achievement. I tasted this wine several times during the course of its creation in both barrel and bottle, and the highly deserved 100-point score you see here was enthusiastically assigned at the conclusion of a mini vertical in which I tasted and compared the 2016 vintage against 2015 (which I scored 97 points). It makes perfect sense to present these two excellent vintages in back-to-back comparison fashion because they are two of the best to emerge from Bolgheri, and indeed Tenuta San Guido, in recent memory. These are very similar vintages with long, hot summer months that fueled a long growing season. There was a bit more rain in 2016, and in analytical terms this vintage has a tad more acidity. However, the results in the glass are extraordinarily different. The 2015 vintage is exuberant, round, succulent and immediate, whereas the 2016 vintage shows pinpoint sharpness and precision (with similar grit and texture at the back). That acidity will carry it long into the future as the wine completes its slow evolutionary course. This wine is chiseled and sharp with blackberry, ripe cherry, grilled herb and barbecue spice. The aromas flow from the glass in a continuous stream and are all marked by radiant intensity. The mouthfeel is long and powerful. The crisp linearity of the wine's tannic backbone is perfectly measured to the volume and depth of the fruit flavors. To my mind, the 2016 Sassicaia stands tall next to the epic 1985 vintage that set the ultimate benchmark for vino italiano.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $480

TENUTA SAN GUIDO Sassicaia 2017
Bolgheri
Estimate Per Bottle: 1150-1200

TUG OF WAR - RP94 - The 2017 Bolgheri Sassicaia is a fascinating wine that symbolizes a never-ending tug-of-war between vintner and vintage. The question is who comes out on top? In this case, my money is on the vintner. The 2017 vintage, characterized by scorching heat and drought across much of Italy, was not an easy one. However, vintners had ample time to prepare because those climatic challenges had already played out midway through the summer season. Vintners with experience such as that amassed at Tenuta San Guido (now on the eve of Sassicaia's 50th birthday celebration) knew exactly how to handle the tricky 2017 growing season. Fruit was harvested early to avoid any jammy sensations, and a strict selection process was employed in order to preserve the best clusters. This Sassicaia represents 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, with most of the fruit coming from the Tenuta's historic vineyards Castiglioncello, Quercione and Doccino. These plots are all located on the back hill of Bolgheri at slightly higher elevations where they enjoy cooler nighttime temperatures. Old vines also have a deeper root system that is key to braving dry and hot summers. You can absolutely taste those choices here thanks to the wine's aromatic profile that offers more variety-driven green highlights of wild berry, forest floor and bramble than I would have expected. With time, as the wine takes on more air in the glass, you get a hint of summer plum or cherry cough drop, and this, to my surprise, is the only subtle reminder of the hot vintage encountered. I found the aromas here to be authentically "Tuscan" in character, more so than other vintages, with balsamic and Mediterranean elements that borrow directly from the Sangiovese playbook. I left the wine in my glass over the course of a day, checking back periodically, to find a growing mineral profile of rust or metal that recalls the high concentration of iron and manganese found in these Bolgheri soils. Another vintage-specific adjustment made in 2017 was shorter overall maceration times in steel tanks (from 10 to 12 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon and eight to 10 days for the Cabernet Franc). However, pump-overs and délestages were almost doubled in order to introduce more oxygen to the yeasts during fermentations at lower temperatures. Based on my understanding of fermentation kinetics, this means the 2017 Sassicaia would have achieved the same amount of extraction in about half the time. This process champions the cool-temperature fermentations that are a hallmark of Tenuta San Guido, despite the heat of the vintage. This puts more emphasis on aromatic elegance and minerality, rather than mouthfeel texture or creaminess per se. In fact, the 2017 Sassicaia is much shorter in the mid-palate compared to 2015 or 2016. In terms of oak, Tenuta San Guido takes advantage of the softer tannins found in Allier and Tronçais oak. The 2017 vintage saw a greater percentage (from 20% to 30%) of third and fourth passage barrique during the first 10 months of aging. The decision to use more neutral oak favors the reduction of oxygen and softens the tannic profile. Although the wine does end with a hint of bitterness, it took on noticeably more volume and soft richness the longer I kept my sample in the glass. To recap my assessment, and with the memory of the 100-point 2016 vintage so fresh in my mind, I would give this wine a seven out of 10 in terms of aromas, a five out of 10 in terms of mid-palate, and an eight out of 10 in terms of structure. Another way to read those conclusions is as follows: The 2017 Sassicaia was expertly built to withstand a long aging future, yet only time will tell if the beauty of the bouquet will evolve at the same pace. This fascinating wine magically captures the hallmarks of cool-temperature winemaking in one of the hottest vintages in recent years. Vintners, not vintage, won this round

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1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $880
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $377

TENUTA SAN GUIDO Sassicaia 2018
Bolgheri
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

CLASSIC VINTAGE - RP97+ - This is a classic vintage of an Italian icon now celebrating its 50th vintage. The Tenuta San Guido 2018 Bolgheri Sassicaia lays out a familiar blueprint that borrows from the proven track record of this landmark estate that extends into the hills just beyond the Tyrrhenian shores of Tuscany. This vintage is crystalline and pure in its delivery, and if you are familiar with previous editions, it is impossible to mistake this wine for anything but Sassicaia. The growing season started off cool and wet but turned to warm and dry conditions comfortably before the harvest. Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc in a supporting role deliver a graceful mid-weight texture that holds back style-wise in terms of phenolic density. The wine's careful balance is achieved thanks to the nuanced character of the fruit, the present acidity, the well-managed structure and the contained alcohol. The palate is lifted and bright, the finish is polished and long, and the wine skips over any heaviness on the mid-palate. The bouquet is especially intriguing with a very lively plummy fruit element that is enhanced by baker's chocolate, pepper spice, iron ore, caramel and pie crust. There is also a green character that adds positively to the bouquet with aniseed, tea leaf, soya, menthol rub and black olive. The fruit maturity is spot-on with no elements that feel over or underripe. Overall, the 2018 Sassicaia weighs in with a svelte frame and long persistence. Moreover, it is distinguished by the archetypal elegance and pedigree of the classic vintages of the past. This new release gives you much pleasure to await.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $440
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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $401

TENUTA SAN GUIDO Sassicaia 2019
Bolgheri
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

ETHEREAL - RP98 - The latest release from Tenuta San Guido is the 2019 Bolgheri Sassicaia. The bouquet is up front and very expressive from the get-go. It offers a generous display of crunchy, dark cherry that hints at the extra concentration and fruit weight obtained in the 2019 growing season. This vintage will be remembered for the crisp richness of the fruit and its important textural imprint. It also shows fine elegance, bordering on the ethereal, with berry aromas, tarry earth and brushes of balsam herb or grilled rosemary. Sassicaia always shows an almost-glossy finely knit quality to the polished mouthfeel, and I find it again here next to fresh acidity and firm tannins. Mouthfeel in 2019 is the wine's strongest suit. The 2019 is one of the prettiest and most balanced editions of Sassicaia we've seen this past decade, along with the back-to-back duo of 2016 and 2015. The 2019 marries the precision of the 2016 with the rich fruit weight of the 2015.

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1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $401