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CLONAKILLA Shiraz Viognier 2004
Shiraz Viognier Canberra
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 97 points

Medium garnet in color and still quite youthful on the nose with plenty of black cherry and blackberry preserves aromas, anise and dark chocolate plus a whiff of lavender, the 2004 Shiraz Viognier has tons of sweet fruit in the mouth filled out by plenty of spicy layers and packed into a very pure, elegant package shaped by very fine, medium level tannins. It finishes wonderfully balanced and long. Drink it now to 2020+.

SYR
0305
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SYR
0306
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SYR
0307
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SYR
0308
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SYR
0309
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SYR
0310
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $101
SYR
0311
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $82
SYR
0312
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $85
SYR
0313
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $86
SYR
0314
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $88
SYR
0315
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $89
SYR
0316
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $88

CULLEN Vanya Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-340

Rating: 97+ points

Not to be made every year, the debut vintage of the 2012 Vanya is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Petit Verdot. Only 4,500 bottles of this wine were made. It spent 19 months in 50% new oak and possesses a deep garnet-purple color with a savory, yeasty and meaty nose redolent of red and black plums, cassis and cigar box, and a spicy undercurrent of lavender, bay leaf and rust. This multi-layered, taut, intensely flavored wine is beautifully elegant in the mouth, with incredibly ripe flavors and with silky tannins. It should cellar for 20-30 years or more. Vanya Cullen has so many new and exciting projects going on at her winery, I could have happily spent a week or more in her sagely company instead of my requisite three hours. 100% Biodynamic since 2004, Vanya makes no secret of her passion for purity and sustainability. Readers will note that I refrained from using the term "natural" here as this has sadly become something of a dirty word of late and it would be wrong for anyone to unassumingly tar this conscientious winery at the pinnacle of quality with the same brush. This said, Vanya has created a brand new orange wine (as in a white wine produced from extended skin maceration to such an extent that the phenolics oxidize, producing an orange color). I don't say this about many orange wines but "Amber" is very good indeed and well worth checking out. Vanya has also produced Fruit and Flower day harvested barrels of the 2014 "Legacy Series" Kevin John Chardonnay, which yield some evocative and, dare I say, pretty convincing differences for all the biodynamic unbelievers (see my tasting notes). Interestingly, Cullen Wines even uses biodynamic barrels, which means the wood is harvested only on fruit and flower days. When I raised my eyebrows about this, Vanya insisted that Tonnelierie Bordelais produce a certificate of authenticity for these barrels. Hmmm. Anyway, back to what's in the glass, the other major vinous treat for me was a preview of the new "Vanya" Cabernet Sauvignon label, which pushes the already high Margaret River Cabernet bar up just that much higher.

XBW
0549
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $250
XBW
0550
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $226
XBW
0551
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $226

GRANT BURGE Meshach Shiraz 1999
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-110

Rating: 98 points

Deep garnet-brick, the 1999 Meshach has an intense nose of evolved aromas spice and dried berry aromas: sandalwood, cinnamon stick, anise, cloves and fenugreek over dried plums, dried mulberries, prunes and figs with hints of soy and espresso. Concentrated, full bodied and layered in the mouth, it offers a medium-firm level of very fine tannins, enlivening acid and a very long finish. It makes a gorgeous glass right now, though it should continue to cellar to 2020+.

SYR
0179
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $66
SYR
0180
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $66
SYR
0182
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $66
SYR
0183
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $66
SYR
0184
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $66

HENRY'S DRIVE Reserve Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Padthaway
Estimate Per Bottle: 40-50

Rating: 96 points

Some might feel the 2001 Shiraz Reserve is too much of a good thing, but it is neither port-like, pruny, nor flat. It is simply crammed with concentrated blackberry and cassis fruit in an obvious but spectacularly textured style. It possesses considerable nuances. Loaded and thick, with low acidity and huge amounts of tannin, all concealed by lavish quantities of fruit and extract, this stunning wine can be drunk now, but should age effortlessly for 7-10 years, possibly longer. No one really knows for sure given the fact that these are young vines and moderately high tonnage.

SYR
0426
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $28
SYR
0427
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $28
SYR
0428
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $28
SYR
0429
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $28
SYR
0430
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $28
SYR
0431
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $28

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 1991
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-600

Rating: 97 points

Deep 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.

WIN
0033
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulderCurrent Bid: $285

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet with a hint of purple, the 2005 Hill of Grace offers a wonderful perfume of kirsch, red currant preserves and raspberry coulis with hints of cinnamon stick, cloves and orange peel. Medium to full-bodied, it is very elegant yet intense in the mouth with a lively acid line, medium-firm, very finely grained tannins, and a very long finish. Approachable now and should drink to 2040+.

GRE
0001
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $404
GRE
0002
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $369
GRE
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $461
GRE
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $461

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 720-750

Rating: 99 points

Medium 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.

WIL
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $580
WIL
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $640
WIL
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $585

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 1989
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 140-150

Rating: 99 points

Deep brick in color, the 1989 Shiraz The Armagh was an absolute treat to taste, with a beautiful floral and potpourri nose over a core of licorice, sandalwood, menthol and a huge helping of Christmas cake, plus an orange peel lift. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is opulently fruited with layers of Chinese five spice and dried fruits notes, with a solid structure and wonderful depth to the epic, long finish. This vintage in particular reminds me a little of Wedouree fruit with an Armagh twist.

WIN
0020
1 BOTTLE High shoulderCurrent Bid: $71
WIN
0021
1 BOTTLE Mid shoulderCurrent Bid: $52

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 96 points

Deep garnet in color with a touch of purple, the 2005 The Armagh Shiraz presents enticing smoked meat, black currant preserves and dried mulberries on the nose complemented by notes of charcoal, mocha, nuts and spices making it overall a little funky. Medium to full-bodied with rich, savory fruit concentration, it is framed by medium to firm, grainy tannins that lend a taut and muscular character to the long finish. Approachable now, it should be long lived and drink to 2025+.

GRE
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $165

JIM BARRY The Armagh Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Clare Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet with a touch of purple, the 2006 Shiraz The Armagh has an earthy, meaty, gamey nose with suggestions of yeast extract, beef drippings and Bovril over a core of dried mulberries, plum preserves and mincemeat pie filling. The rich, full-bodied palate has TONS of fruit with a firm, fine structure and very long finish.

GRE
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $141
GRE
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $150
GRE
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $150
GRE
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $150

PENFOLDS Bin 170 Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Kalimna
Estimate Per Bottle: 1650-1700

Rating: 98 points

Commemorating 170 years of Penfolds and made with grapes from vines around 100 years old, in particular the Kalimna 3C clone, which is a block that almost always makes it into Grange, the deep purple-black colored 2010 Bin 170 Shiraz Kalimna Vineyard Block 3C absolutely ?wows? with intense creme de cassis and mocha aromas that are quite meaty and nutty plus accented by some earthy undertones, hints of baking spices, mint and touches of violets. Very concentrated and complex on the medium to full-bodied palate, the firm, fine-grained tannins and vibrant acid lend support to the very rich, long and layered finish. Drink it now to 2025+.

STE
0035
1 BOTTLE IN LINLEY PRESENTATION BOXCurrent Bid: $1501

PENFOLDS Bin 620 Cabernet Shiraz 2008
Cabernet Shiraz Coonawarra Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

Rating: 98+ points

Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 Bin 620 Coonawarra Cabernet Shiraz (a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz) is a little restrained on the nose, presenting earthy, black truffle, moss covered bark and loam aromas over gentle notes of cassis, crushed blackberries, chocolate mint and pencil shavings, plus a fragrant whiff of cloves. Medium to full bodied, very ripe and rich in the mouth, the complex, layered fruit is densely packed and well supported by firm, finely grained tannins and very crisp acid. The finish is very long with a subtle hint of mint interspersed with warm berries, vanilla and baking spices. Consider drinking it 2015 to 2025+. Only about 900 cases were made of this wine.

STE
0033
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $850
STE
0034
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $850

PENFOLDS Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 2400-2500

Rating: 97 points

Its not known exactly when the Kalimna Block 42 was planted but there are suggestions that the vines existed during the latter part of the 19th Century. They could be the oldest Cabernet vines in the world, although the famous Metala Cabernet vineyard in Langhorne Creek was known to have been planted in 1891 so could very well pre-date Kalimna. Regardless, Ive been there and the vines are truly old. Only very rarely does Penfolds release this as a single vineyard wine, when the Cabernet is so fabulous it cant possibly be blended. The 2004 Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon was such a vintage. Matured in 100% new American hogsheads for 13 months, it displays a very deep garnet-purple color and profoundly earthy / gamey aromas over black cherry preserves, creme de cassis plus scents of leather, pencil shavings, Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins, very high acid and a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should continue to evolve and drink to 2025+.

STE
0039
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1761

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98+ points

A wine that flirts with perfection, and should rival the 1986 as one of the legendary Granges produced, the 1998 has one of the highest alcohol contents (nearly 15%) as well as one of the highest percentages of Shiraz in the blend (97%). Its stunning purple color is accompanied by exceptionally sweet aromas of blackberry liqueur intermixed with barbecue spices, an endearing, smoky earthiness, pepper, roasted meats, and coffee. Huge, massive, unctuously textured, and extraordinarily youthful, this impressive wine is a candidate for perfection. It should continue to evolve over the next three decades.

POP
0486
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $500
POP
0487
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $473
POP
0489
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $472
POP
0490
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $472
POP
0491
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $535
STE
0037
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1000

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 98+ points

It is always a treat to taste Australias most famous wine, Penfolds Grange cuvee (the word Hermitage has been dropped because of legal issues). The 2001 Grange is one of the few vintages of this cuvee to be composed of 100% Shiraz (the others being 1951, 1952, 1963, 1999, and 2000). Aged 17 months in 100% American oak, and tipping the scales at 14.5% alcohol, the 2001 is undeniably one of the top examples of this wine. At this stage, it appears to eclipse the 1998 and 1996. Inky/blue/purple to the rim, with a stunning perfume of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, graphite, and earth, it boasts good acidity, huge tannins, magnificent concentration, and a multilayered, textured mouthfeel. It is a big, but impeccably well-balanced Shiraz that should shed some of its structure and tannin over the next 4-5 years, and be at its best between 2010-2030+.

PHO
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $443
PHO
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $426
PHO
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $426
PHO
0005
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $426
PHO
0006
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $432
POP
0330
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $429
POP
0331
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $429
POP
0332
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $429
PHI
0228
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $444
PHI
0229
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $444

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-700

Rating: 98+ points

Deep garnet with a touch of brick, the 2002 Grange is locked in a time capsule, like many of the 2002s, yielding a very youthful nose of red currants and red cherries, kirsch and violets with some lovely exotic spices in the background. Quite perfumed and pretty in terms of fruit expression in the mouth, the structure is rock solid, with a lively backbone cutting through the muscular fruit and great purity to the finish. If youre looking for that real "Grange" experience, best to keep cellaring it another 5-10+ years.

PHI
0253
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $507

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2005
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-650

Rating: 97 points

Containing just a dollop of 4.1% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2005 Grange is about 85%+ Barossa fruit with the remaining proportions coming from McLaren vale and Coonawarra. It was aged for 18 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. The nose begins a bit animal with some smoked game, mincemeat and bacon notes emerging over the freshly crushed, sun-warmed blackberries, black currant cordial, earth, black truffles, anise and allspice. Rich and full with very firm very fine tannins and very crisp acid, it gives a long finish layered with coffee, mincemeat and toast. Drink it 2013 to 2025+.

POP
0103
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
POP
0104
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
POP
0105
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
POP
0106
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
POP
0107
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
POP
0108
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-600

Rating: 98+ points

Made from fruit coming predominantly from the Barossa Valley this year (97%) and containing 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 Grange has been added to my list of favorite recent vintages. Deep garnet-purple colored, its still a little youthfully mute, offering notes of warm cherries, black currants, anise, coffee and toast with underlying hints of soy, yeast extract, black olives and Indian spices. Tight-knit and solidly structured on the medium to full bodied palate, the concentrated fruit is densely coiled around the firm grainy tannins and very crisp acidity at this stage, but promises something very special in the years to come. It finishes very long, complex and layered with the cedar poking though the fruit purity. Patience is required for this vintage; it should begin opening out around 2016 and drink to 2030+.

POP
0113
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $462
POP
0114
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $462

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1600-1700

Rating: 100 points

Very deep garnet-purple in color the 2008 Grange reveals a truly decadent nose with tons of spices, fruit cake and black & blue fruit compote notes along with nuances of chocolate and potpourri. The full and rich, multi-layered palate has a little oak still showing, it is going through a little bit of a structural stand-out stage, but it doesnt detract on the long and complex finish. It still needs a good few years to develop, though this very opulent, expressive Grange shows the very best of this vintage and the vineyards it hails from.

STE
0044
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1250
STE
0045
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0046
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0047
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0048
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200
STE
0049
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1211

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2010
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 99 points

The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage.

PHO
0014
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $520
PHO
0016
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $520
PHO
0017
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $520
PHO
0018
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $520
PHO
0019
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $520
FAN
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $523

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1500-1800

Rating: 96 points

Medium brick colored, the 1971 Grange opens with touches of aldehyde / bottle-stink to begin over a core of fruit cake, leather, potpourri, game and sandalwood. With an elegant light to medium-body, the palate blossoms into incredible spice box, anise and mincemeat notes - wonderful multi-layered flavors ? supported by a good backbone of remaining fine-grained tannins and lively acid. Its a classic Grange in terms of construction, though a little atypical considering its pretty rather than powerful nature.

STE
0019
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged label & Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2016Current Bid: $1201

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 600-640

Rating: 97 points

The 1981 stood out as slightly superior. Winemaker John Duval always felt this was a tannic style of Grange, but the wine has shed its tannins, and this is one of the few vintages where the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon was above 10%. Sweet notes of creme de cassis, cedarwood, charcoal, and barbecue spices are followed by a full-bodied, opulent wine displaying heady amounts of alcohol, glycerin, and density in its full-bodied, skyscraper-like texture. I was drinking this wine with great pleasure in the mid-nineties, yet here it is nearly 15 years later, and the wine does not appear to have budged much from its evolutionary state. This is a testament to how remarkably well these wines hold up, and age at such a glacial pace.

JUS
0001
1 BOTTLE Into neck & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $601

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2003
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 165-175

Rating: 98 points

The 2003 Les Amis is a 300-case cuvee of 100% Grenache from a vineyard planted in 1901. I have had a lot of fun serving the 2002 blind to guests, and for my taste, this cuvee is the reference point for old vine Grenache produced in Australia. It is extraordinarily elegant for a wine of such power, richness, and intensity. Amazingly delineated, with a dense ruby/purple color as well as a gorgeously sweet nose of smoke, spice box, black cherry liqueur, creme de cassis, licorice, and lavender, it offers impressive balance, purity, opulence, and persistence. This phenomenal wine is both powerful and refreshingly elegant. A magnificent achievement for Torbreck, it should drink well for 15+ years.

XTO
0533
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $116
XTO
0534
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $116
XTO
0536
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $116
XTO
0537
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $116
XTO
0538
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $116

TORBRECK Les Amis Grenache 2010
Grenache Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 160-170

Rating: 97+ points

Medium deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Les Amis displays gorgeous kirsch and raspberry compote notes accented by potpourri and roses, baking spices, cloves and some meatiness with pepper. Ripe and rich, medium-firm, silky tannins frame a concentrated and layered palate through a long and refreshing finish. Seductive in its youth, it should drink best from 2014 to 2024+.

XTO
0656
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XTO
0657
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XTO
0658
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XTO
0659
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XTO
0660
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XTO
0661
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 99 points

The youngest Run Rig, the 2001, should equal the 1998 as it is almost a clone aromatically, texturally, and flavor-wise, just much younger. This opaque purple-colored beauty should flirt with perfection over the next 10-15 years.

ACC
1363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $150
ACC
1364
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1365
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1366
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1368
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2002
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 99 points

The 2002 Run Rig (97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier aged in 100% new French oak) represents the essence of old vine Barossa fruit. Extraordinarily opulent and rich, but playing it closer to the vest than the 2001, it gets my nod as one of the most remarkable wines made in either the Southern or Northern Hemisphere. An inky/purple color is accompanied by a sumptuous bouquet of apricots, honeysuckle, black raspberries, blackberries, licorice, and a hint of roasted meats. The wood has been soaked up by the wines extraordinary concentration. Fashioned from four sectors of Barossa (Maranaga, Koonunga Hill, Moppa, and Greenock), it spent 30 months in primarily new oak, and was bottled without fining or filtration. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2020+.

ACC
1062
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
1064
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
1065
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
ACC
1066
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148
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1070
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $148

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 210-220

Rating: 98+ points

Torbrecks flagship is the 2005 Run Rig, a 97% Shiraz cuvee sourced from 120- to 160-year-old vines with 3% finished Viognier added before bottling. It spent 30 months in 60% new French oak. Opaque purple/black in color, it has a kinky, exotic bouquet of fresh road tar, smoke, lavender, black pepper, game, blueberry, and black raspberry. Full-bodied and opulent on the palate, the wine is dense, packed, and unevolved. It will continue to open up over the next 10-12 years and drink well through 2040 in the style of a Chapoutier Hermitage. If it develops as I think it will, it will be a candidate for perfection down the road.

XTO
0497
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
XTO
0498
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
XTO
0499
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160
XTO
0500
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $160

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2006
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 96 points

The flagship 2006 Run Rig is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier. A saturated purple color, it sends up a complex bouquet of cigar box, Asian spices, incense, bacon, plum, and blueberry. On the palate it admirably combines power and elegance. Layers of succulent fruit are nicely complemented by the wines generous framework. Another 4-6 years of cellaring should fill it out with style.

XTO
0585
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
XTO
0587
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
XTO
0588
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
XTO
0589
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
XTO
0591
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
XTO
0592
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2009
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 99 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 RunRig opens with wonderful perfume, and though this label usually contains a splash of Viognier, which could account for the fragrant nose, it has none this vintage. Redolent of violets and blueberries it is very spicy with an undercurrent of anise and Indian spices muddled with mulberries. Taut and elegant on the palate, it gives plenty of concentrated fruit flavor with crisp acid and firm, fine tannins. It finishes long. Drink it from 2016 to 2030+.

ACC
1246
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1247
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1248
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1249
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143
ACC
1250
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $143

TORBRECK Run Rig Shiraz 2012
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 170-180

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Run Rig offers a nose of baked cherries and raspberry preserves with suggestions of violets, cinnamon toast, aniseed and vanilla. Full-bodied with characteristic elegance and poise in spite almost of its power, it has a solid backbone of very finely grained tannins and refreshing acidity, finishing with great length.

TST
0070
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $119

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2001
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-120

Rating: 98 points

The 100% Shiraz offering, the exquisite 2001 The Factor, aged 24 months in French oak (30% new), possesses a roasted, Cote Rotie character than its Shiraz siblings. Blackberry, blueberry, espresso roast, smoke, and a roasted component are found in this intense, rich effort along with considerable structure, fabulous density, and a broad, deep, profound palate.

ACC
1272
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75
ACC
1273
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75
ACC
1274
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $75

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2005
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 200-220

Rating: 97 points

The 2005 The Factor is 100% Shiraz sourced from dry grown vines from six sub-regions of Barossa. It spent 24 months in 30% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it delivers an expressive bouquet of pepper, smoke, espresso roast, blackberry, blueberry, and licorice. Full-bodied and voluptuous on the palate, nuances of saddle leather and mineral emerge to complement the layers of spicy blue and black fruits. The wine is beautifully integrated with enough well-concealed tannin to keep this wine evolving for a decade. The pure finish lingers for 60+ seconds to complete the experience of a totally hedonistic turn-on.

ACC
1278
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $152

TORBRECK The Factor Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 120-130

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple color and a 100% Shiraz wine aged in predominately older oak, the 2010 The Factor reveals a stunningly beautiful nose of creme de cassis, plum pudding and blackberry coulis with intriguing flourishes of licorice, dark chocolate, cloves and peppered salami. Big and voluptuously fruited in the full-bodied mouth, this is a full-on, complex Shiraz possessing a great foundation of firm, rounded tannins and an energized acid backbone to bring everything to a finish with outstanding length and harmony. Approachable now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+.

XTO
0668
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79
XTO
0669
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79
XTO
0670
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $79

TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz 2010
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 98+ points

Very deep purple-black colored, Torbrecks 2010 The Laird offers an extraordinary perfume of Chinese five spice, sandalwood, rose petals, espresso and licorice over a core of prunes, dried mulberries and blackcurrant preserves plus a touch of cloves. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and packed with dried black fruits and exotic spice flavors, the generous fruit is structured with velvety tannins and just enough freshness. It finishes with commendable persistence.

XTO
0683
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
XTO
0684
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $552
XTO
0685
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $552
XTO
0686
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $552
XTO
0687
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $552
XTO
0688
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $552
XTO
0689
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $960
XTO
0690
1 MAGNUMCurrent Bid: $960

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 1998
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 100-120

Rating: 97 points

The 1998 Shiraz Octavius is undoubtedly controversial given its volatile acidity. Nevertheless, it is a loaded, intense, rich, classic example of full-throttle and full-bodied old vine Barossa Shiraz. All the Octavius fruit is sourced from vineyards ranging from 70 to 100 years of age.

SYR
0333
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $80

YALUMBA The Octavius Shiraz 2004
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 80-100

Rating: 96 points

The 2004 The Octavius is 100% Shiraz aged for 22 months in American and Hungarian oak, much of it new. Inky black/purple, it coats the glass with legs. It has an alluring perfume of toasty oak, plum, licorice, blueberry, bacon, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate. Voluptuous and youthful, it has intense flavors, plenty of well-concealed structure, and a 60-second finish. Cellar it for 8-10 years and drink it through 2035.

GRE
0013
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $56
GRE
0014
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $56

TAITTINGER Comtes de Champagne Blanc De Blancs 2004
Blanc De Blancs
Estimate Per Bottle: 300-350

Rating: 96 points

Its fascinating to taste the 2004 Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne after the 2002, something I have been able to do on a few occasions. The 2004 is all about minerality, precision and tension. It doesnt have the sheer richness or power of the 2002, but it makes up for that with its crystalline purity and sheer energy. Bright hints of lemon oil, white flowers and crushed rocks are layered into the pointed, vibrant finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.

R.C
0105
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $215
R.C
0106
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $215

CHATEAU CLIMENS 1er Cru Classe 2007
1er Cru Classe Barsac
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 98 points

Tasted single blind against its peers. Chateau Climens always tends to go into its shell after bottling, which is probably why I was not dishing out an even higher score to this still, spellbinding Barsac. The 2007 is endowed with a lovely bouquet: very pure with honey, a touch of orange-blossom and a touch of quince. The palate is very well-balanced with great purity and a dash of spice as well as a lovely viscous, botrytis-laden finish that possesses awesome weight and persistency. This is a slice of heaven in a glass, but it definitely needs time to reveal its true potential. Tasted January 2011.

XRE
0022
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XRE
0023
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XRE
0024
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XRE
0020
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XRE
0025
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114
XRE
0026
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $114

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2001
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1200

Rating: 100 points

You may ask: what is the point? Another perfect score for the 2001 d'Yquem. Oh well, why not? This bottle, served blind, reinforced the sheer unadulterated brilliance of this legendary Sauternes now at 15 years old. Doesn't time fly. It seems to be aging at a glacial pace, hardly changed since I last tasted it. The nose is like the throbbing engine of an Aston Martin Vantage, ready to go. It is so packed with intensity, perhaps a little more resinous than I recall, but with almost crystalline delineation. The palate is perfectly balanced and laden with botrytis, not as unctuous or as rich as say, the 2009 d'Yquem, yet with heavenly focus and a crescendo of flavors that take your breath away: acacia honey, yellow plum, white peach and orange sorbet. The startling things is ... this is just the opening act. Tasted September 2016.

GRA
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $737

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2007
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 98 points

Tasted single blind against its peers. Under blind conditions, the Yquem 2007 shines like a diamond. Nevertheless, it is initially rather taciturn on the nose, eventually opening up beautifully with touches of lemon curd, Mirabelle, and clear honey. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine definition and there seems to be a great deal of energy and vigor dispensed for your pleasure. There is such race and nervosity, and then that finish just purrs with harmony and focus. This Yquem feels just so alive and vivacious, yet there is an effortless quality here that is unmatched by its peers. Tasted January 2011.

XNE
1576
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1577
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1578
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1574
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1575
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450
XNE
1573
1 HALF BOTTLECurrent Bid: $450

DELAS FRERES Les Bessards 2006
Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 150-160

Rating: 97 points

One of the wines of the vintage is unquestionably the 2006 Hermitage les Bessards, which comes from one of the greatest terroirs for Syrah in the world. Still youthful and vibrant, with those classic graphite and crushed rock characteristics that define this cuvee, as well as loads of black fruits, toasted spice and dried flowers, this beauty is full-bodied, uber-concentrated and gorgeously pure. Its still 4-5 years away from full maturity, and is going to keep for 2-3 decades.

ACC
1167
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $125
ACC
1168
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $125
ACC
1169
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $125

CHATEAU BELLEVUE MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2009
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 620-650

Rating: 100 points

The inky/blue/purple-colored 2009 Bellevue Mondotte offers aromas of creme de cassis, mulberries, licorice, white flowers, forest floor and candied cherries. Extremely thick, rich and full-bodied, it is nearly overwhelming in its textural richness, colossal concentration and mind-blowing finish that lasts nearly a minute. Undeniably massive and over-sized, but perfectly balanced, it is made for those looking for something to put away for 30-50+ years. One has to admire a proprietor who is making a wine for the history books, not for near-term gratification.

XNE
1566
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
XNE
1563
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436
XNE
1564
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $436

CHATEAU HAUT BRION 1er Cru Classe 2006
1er Cru Classe Pessac Leognan
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London. The 2006 Ch?teau Haut-Brion has a more ostentatious bouquet than the comparatively reserved La Mission: quite feisty blackberry, briary, kirsch and red plum scents, hints of leather and sage tucked just underneath. This is a bouquet determined to make an impression! The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, well-judged acidity, a gentle build to a concentrated, earthy, truffle-tinged finish that lingers long in the mouth. This seems to have the upper-hand over the La Mission and probably has a longer future. A thoroughbred from Jean-Philippe Delmas and his team. Tasted January 2016.

XNE
1495
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1496
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1497
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1498
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1499
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727
XNE
1500
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $727

CHATEAU MONTROSE 2me Cru Classe 2010
2me Cru Classe Saint Estephe
Estimate Per Bottle: 450-500

Rating: 99 points

Tasted at the Montrose vertical in London, the 2010 Montrose was the youngest vintage by some 115 years, but it is undeniably one of the best. It is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot picked from 27 September until 15 October. Deep, almost opaque in color, it has a tightly wound, arresting nose of blackberry, bilberry, crushed violets and graphite all with quite brilliant delineation. The palate is medium rather than full-bodied, laden with plenty of fruit, grippy like many 2010s with a structured, masculine and tannic finish that wards you away for another 10-15 years. However, it is still possible to admire the purity and delineation of this long-term Montrose, a wine that comes with a compulsory cellaring. Patience will be handsomely rewarded. How long can you wait? Tasted June 2016.

GRA
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $310
GRA
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $310
GRA
0027
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $310

CHATEAU PALMER 3me Cru Classe 2009
3me Cru Classe Margaux
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-560

Rating: 97 points

One of the all-time great Palmers (along with the 1961, 1966, 1970, 1989, 2000 and 2005), the 2009 Palmer is a blend of 52% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon and a whopping 7% Petit Verdot that came in at close to 14% natural alcohol. An opaque blue/black color suggests a wine with thrilling levels of concentration and intensity, and Thats exactly what a taster gets. Subtle smoke, incense and Asian spice (soy?) notes interwoven with graphite, blueberry, blackberry and cassis characteristics lead to a full-bodied, phenomenally concentrated, viscous, opulent wine with plenty of sweet tannin. This sensational Palmer reveals even more floral notes than vintages such as 2005 and 2000. It should drink well for 50 years.

XNE
1493
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $423
XNE
1494
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $423