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Lots in the current auction catalogue with 96-100 Robert Parker Wine Advocate Points

MONDAVI ROTHCHILD Opus One Cabernet Blend 2012
Cabernet Blend Napa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1100-1200

Rating: 96 points

The iconic 2012 Proprietary Red Opus One is a blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot and 2% Malbec aged 18 months in French oak. A classy, complex, suave and savory 2012 Opus One, with notes of toasty oak and cr�me de cassis. This Pauillac lookalike, made by the staff at Mouton Rothschild, is a beauty. They have continued to strengthen the quality of wine and seem to have produced a brilliant, world-class wine. I imagine the 2013 may even eclipse this, but this 2012 is one of their great ones, with a seamless integration of acidity, tannin, alcohol and wood all present in this beautiful, full-bodied wine that should drink well for 25-30 years.

XNE
0666
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $914
XNE
0667
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $914
XNE
0664
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $914

BILLECART SALMON Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008
Brut Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: 97+ points

Disgorged with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Ros� Cuv�e Elisabeth Salmon is one of the finest wines I've tasted from Billecart in recent years. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, mandarin oil, warm bread, red berries and petals, it's full-bodied, deep and vinous, with lovely mid-palate amplitude, terrific concentration and bright girdling acids. In what is quite a tightly wound vintage and from a house whose style is rather understated, this is a dramatic, fleshy wine that concludes with a long, flavorful finish.

ACC
15599
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $329

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Brut 1999
Brut Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 11000-12000

Rating: 98 points

One of the finest Champagnes I have ever brought to my lips, the 1999 Cristal bursts from the glass with fresh hazelnut and apple scents. Elegant, deep, and silky-textured, this medium to full-bodied beauty is immensely concentrated, pure, packed with apple flavors, and astoundingly long in the finish. Louis Roederer does not display a disgorgement date or consumer friendly lot number on its non-vintage Brut. This is regrettable as it has consistently been one of the finer bottlings in this category.

PET
0001
1 JEROBOAM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $5304

LOUIS ROEDERER Cristal Rose 2013
Rose Champagne
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 99 points

A candidate for wine-of-the-vintage honors in Champagne, Roederer's 2013 Cristal Ros� is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp orchard fruit, white flowers, red berries, stone fruit, freshly baked bread and tangerine oil. Full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, the vintage's bright girdling acids are amply cloaked in exuberant, expressive and notably concentrated fruit; so while this Cristal is as tensile and age-worthy as one would expect, it's also impressively fleshy and generous given the year. Concluding with an intensely sapid finish, the 2013 isn't as overtly structured as the muscular, tightly wound 2012: rather, it's the 2013's alliance of cut and flesh, precision and charm that's so compelling this year. This is another banner vintage for what I consider the reigning champion of the region's t�te de cuv�e bottlings, and it will be worth an effort to acquire.

XBW
2803
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2804
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2807
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2809
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2810
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764
XBW
2811
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $764

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2008
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 580-600

Rating: 99 points

Picked before the heat and weighing in at a reasonable 14.5% alcohol, the 2008 Astralis Syrah (tasted from magnum) is singing. Showing no bricking at the rim, scents of cracked pepper, mint, bay leaf, thyme, lavender and blueberries pour out of the glass, adding meaty notes and hints of espresso and black olive with air. Full-bodied, creamy-textured and supple on the long finish, this wine shouldn't be missed. If you've got one, open it and see for yourself.

JEL
0455
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $469

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2017
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 390-400

Rating: 97+ points

The 2017 Astralis Syrah is a very fine wine. It is not a big wine. Perhaps its reputation for being a big, extracted wine is a misnomer these days. It has intention and drive and clarity and length�and the length of flavor is so long that it allows reassessment over and over again. It has cassis and blackberry, raspberry pip and salted licorice. It is perfumed and balanced, and it takes time to develop. Unctuous. Satisfying. Supple. Attractive. Beautiful. Eminently balanced. A beauty.

XWA
1580
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $314
XWA
1551
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $314
XWA
1574
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $314

CLARENDON HILLS Astralis Syrah 2018
Syrah McLaren Vale
Estimate Per Bottle: 500-550

Rating: 98 points

If you could drink this 2018 Astralis Syrah all day, by god you would. I mean, I would. The oak feels imperceptible, which I discover is adapted depending on the concentration of the year. This 2018 was matured in 40% new oak, and you wouldn�t know it. The tannins are chewy and pliable, and the fruit that resides within it is striking. A wine of poise. Clarity. Delicacy.

XWA
1594
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $429

GIACONDA Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2012
Chardonnay Beechworth
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1250

Rating: 97 points

The 2012 Chardonnay offers up a gorgeous nose of ripe peaches, honeyed toast, cashews, yeast extract and orange blossoms with a hint of clotted cream. Full-bodied and packed with savory and stone fruit flavors that are beautifully complimented by a satiny texture, it has just enough freshness to lift the long, rich, multi-layered finish. Superb.

LEE
0062
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $660

GIACONDA Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2013
Chardonnay Beechworth
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1250

Rating: 98 points

The 2013 Chardonnay has a youthfully reticent nose of ripe apricots, grapefruit and crushed cashews with ginger, cedar, struck match and orange blossoms in the background. The palate is a medium to full-bodied powerhouse, possessing a satiny texture, many layers

LEE
0063
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $660

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

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.

XBW
3470
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1214
XBW
3471
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1214

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

Rating: 98 points

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+.

STO
0073
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $612
SRF
0005
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $480
SRF
0006
1 BOTTLE Into neck & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $500

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2008
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 96 points

According to Stephen Henschke, the 2008 Hill of Grace Shiraz was among the earlier picks that vintage, avoiding the worst of the heatwave that followed. It was never the most elegant or perfumed vintage, but its rich and creamy, loaded with mocha and blackberry flavors. Full-bodied and intense, it remains rather big and muscular, with a slightly coarse but tremendously long finish. It could go another 20 years in a cool cellar.

XBW
3612
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $879
XBW
3616
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $879
XBW
3617
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $879

HENSCHKE Hill of Grace Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

Rating: 97+ points

The original circa-1860 plantings are supplemented by centenarian vines and some other old vines (at least 35 years of age), but all on their own roots from the original vineyard. Despite massive expectations and perhaps a more challenging vintage, the 2017 Hill of Grace Shiraz doesn't disappoint, delivering ample weight, richness and expansiveness on the palate, coupled with impressive structure and length. Complex scents of camphor, raspberries and mulberries appear on the nose, alongside hints of sage, black olives and licorice, while the tannic, softly dusty finish lingers, suggesting plenty of longevity�20-plus years should be no problem for this beauty.

XBW
3611
1 MAGNUM Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $1699

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

Rating: 98 points

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. Henschke is one of two Australian wineries awarded the Green Emblem award, which recognizes their leadership in sustainability, toward long-term environmental health and biodiversity. The wines are of exceptional quality and regional specificity across the board, and the release of the 2018 Hill of Grace Shiraz (and the other top-tier reds from the same exceptional vintage) is a cause for excitement for writers and collectors alike. This year, due to pressing travel commitments, I sadly missed the 60th anniversary celebration hosted at the winery, where 26 vintages of Hill of Grace were opened, with bottles from all six decades of its production. It was a devastating blow to miss the tasting, but I'm fortunate to have tasted this wine many times over the years from various decades, and I am convinced that it evolves into a graceful wine of expressiveness and "sense of place." The 2018 vintage was a beauty: warm, largely free from disease pressure and responsible for a suite of wines across the region that still today speak of vitality, energy and grace. It will go down as one of the greats of the past decade and likely more and, for me, is on par with the great 2015.

ACC
15965
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $749
ACC
15966
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $749
ACC
15967
1 BOTTLE BOXEDCurrent Bid: $749
ACC
16426
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
ACC
16427
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2013
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 280-300

Rating: 96 points

Still a bit tight and cedary, the 2013 Mount Edelstone Shiraz could use a couple of more years to flesh out and round into form. Sage and blackberry notes predominate in this full-bodied, concentrated and richly tannic offering. It still comes across as slightly drying on the finish, but its velvety, and the fruit comes through at the end, so dont hesitate to hold onto this for a decade or more.

XBW
3624
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $219
XBW
3623
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $219
XBW
3622
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $219

HENSCHKE Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Eden Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 220-225

Rating: 96 points

The 2016 Mount Edelstone Vineyard Shiraz is steeped in complexity, with aromas ranging from camphor, bay leaf and sage to smoke and grilled beef and from blueberries and blackberries to plums laced with spice. Full-bodied, rich and intense, it's ripe and velvety textured, with a long, licorice-tinged finish and dusty tannins that bode well for the cellar. From vines planted in 1912, I suspect this will come close to the quality of the Hill of Grace at a fraction of the price. Tasted again the following day from the open bottle, this was even better, seamless, flowing and harmonious in the mouth.

ACC
10081
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $169
ACC
10079
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $169

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 1998
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

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.

DMU
0035
1 BOTTLE Slight label damageCurrent Bid: $528
SPA
0013
1 BOTTLE Scuffed capsuleCurrent Bid: $473

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2001
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 950-1000

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+.

106
0830
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $703
BRE
0095
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
BRE
0096
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
BRE
0097
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
BRE
0098
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $799
BRU
0131
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $552
DMU
0036
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $476
KPJ
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
KPJ
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2002
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-950

Rating: 98 points

Last but not least is Australias most famous wine, the 2002 Shiraz �Grange�. The 2002 version was sourced from 77.5% Barossa Valley and 22.5% from McLaren Vale. Included in the blend is 1.5% Cabernet Sauvignon. It spent 17 months in 100% new American oak. Opaque purple, it gives off an ethereal bouquet of violets, saddle leather, blueberry, blackberry, pencil lead, and chocolate. This is followed by a full-bodied wine with tremendous concentration, multiple layers of flavor, ripe tannins, and great balance. Thick and rich, with a 60-second finish, it will slowly blossom over the next 15-20 years and provide pleasure through 2050. It is a legend in the making!

106
0833
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $679
BRE
0100
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $850
BRE
0101
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $850
KPJ
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
KPJ
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
HOL
0597
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
HOL
0598
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2004
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 99 points

The 2004 vintage was outstanding in Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Magill, the regions where the grapes were sourced for the marvelous 2004 Grange. It contains 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 16 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays a superb nose of wood smoke, Asian spices, incense, game, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Medium to full-bodied, satin textured, with deeply layered, succulent blackberry, plum, and chocolate flavors, it has the structure and complexity to merit extended cellaring of a decade and more. The winery estimates a drinking curve of 2016 to 2050; Id be a bit more conservative on the long end of the range. It will ultimately be seen as one of the great vintages of Grange.

BRE
0102
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0103
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0104
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
BRE
0105
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $749
KPJ
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
KPJ
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2006
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

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+.

DRS
0019
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $560
HOL
0599
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1200

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2008
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1700-1800

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.

ADR
0013
1 MAGNUM BOXED Slight rear label damageCurrent Bid: $1333

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

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.

DEB
0043
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $680
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
DEB
0051
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $600
PHO
0001
1 MAGNUM BOXEDCurrent Bid: $1440
KPJ
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $580
KPJ
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $580

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2012
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 1000-1100

Rating: 99 points

The 2012 Grange comes from just two sub-regions of South Australia this year: Barossa Valley (the majority) and McLaren Vale. This makes a lot of sense since 2012 was a cracking year in both of these areas, producing a number of extraordinary wines. As usual, this Grange contains a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon, just 2%. Very deep purple-black in color, it opens on the nose with complex earthy/meaty/savory notes, soon giving way to baked blackberries, plum preserves, hoisin and Chinese five spice with dabs of sandalwood, licorice, menthol and vanilla. The palate reveals a surprisingly open, rich, full-bodied expression exuding a powerhouse of velvet-lined decadence. Still, it characteristically possesses that rock-solid

MDW
0002
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $701
MDW
0004
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $700
EST
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $768

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2013
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 100 points

Remember that old Heinz Ketchup �anticipation� ad from the 1970s? The palate of this 2013 Grange does just that. It makes you wait with so much delicious promise being drip fed into the mouth at first�and then it bursts forth and delivers!

AND
0001
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

PENFOLDS Grange Shiraz 2015
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 98+ points

The nose of the 2015 Grange features the wine's characteristic lifted aromas, joined by pronounced American oak influence and bold blackberry fruit, plus hints of red meat, raspberries, asphalt and vanilla. It's dense and concentrated on the palate, full-bodied yet balanced and firm, with a rich, velvety texture and long, plush finish. Dont expect great complexity at this stage-it's much too young to show much more than the primary fruit and oak elements-but this is a Grange that should easily go three or four decades.

It's always a treat to sit with Chief Winemaker Peter Gago and taste through the latest releases from Penfolds. Despite losing one of his suitcases (thankfully, not the one with the newly bottled 2019 Bin 51 Riesling), he was in good humor, having just gone on a Manhattan clothes-shopping spree. The bulk of this year's wines come from the challenging 2017 vintage, but with the wide net Penfolds casts to source fruit, the winery seems capable of maintaining a remarkable degree of consistency. There are always a few wines from years on either side as well. Standouts this year include the dense, age-worthy 2016 St Henri Shiraz. This is a wine that never sees new, small-format oak, as it is aged in large oak vats. The 2017 RWT Shiraz (all Barossa Valley, all French oak) is a perennial favorite of mine, and it is reassuringly excellent. These wines differ stylistically from one another and from the flagship Grange, which is aged in new American oak hogsheads. This year's Grange release is the 2015, another strong effort. The biggest splash among this year's lineup is the debut of a new $1,700 Shiraz. The 2016 Bin 111A Shiraz is a blend of Clare Valley and Barossa Valley fruit previously ticketed for Grange, aged 18 months in new French hogsheads. It would be easy to dismiss it as another cynical marketing ploy, but it's yet another unique expression of Shiraz and the quality lives up to the lofty price tag. For the one-percenters lucky enough to snare a bottle or two, it'll provide immense pleasure for decades to come.

ADR
0007
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $549
ADR
0008
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
ADR
0009
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
ADR
0010
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
ADR
0011
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589
ADR
0012
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $589

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1971
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 2000-2200

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.

NIK
0068
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder, slight capsule damage, cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $1080
NIK
0071
1 BOTTLE Into neckCurrent Bid: $1120

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

Rating: 100 points

Production: 9,380 cases Blend: 89% Shiraz/11% Cabernet Sauvignon

KRY
0007
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1376
KRY
0008
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1376
KRY
0010
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006 & slight label damageCurrent Bid: $1376
NIK
0164
1 BOTTLE Cellar damaged label, handwritten notes on labelCurrent Bid: $1280
PET
0001
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2000/2001Current Bid: $2200

PENFOLDS Grange Hermitage Shiraz 1981
Shiraz South Australia
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-900

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.

OSC
0001
1 BOTTLE Base of the neckCurrent Bid: $403
KRY
0002
1 BOTTLE Penfolds Red Wine Clinic 2006, slight label damageCurrent Bid: $780
KRY
0003
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $580
OSC
0002
1 BOTTLE Base of the neck, slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $404
OSC
0003
1 BOTTLE Base of the neck, slight cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $400

POWELL & SON Kraehe Marananga Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 99 points

From a tiny, one hectare, 110-year-old vineyard in Barossa Valleys Marananga subregion, the 2015 Kraehe Shiraz (pronounced kray) has a deep garnet-purple color and profoundly scented nose of blackberry and blueberry preserves, dried plums and mulberries with salami and fertile earth undertones, plus hints of marmite toast, asphalt and licorice. The full-bodied palate packs in the flavor layers with the voluptuous fruit superbly framed by firm, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with epic length. Give this sexy Shiraz another 2-3 years in bottle and drink it over the next 25+ years. 155 cases were made.

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0414
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
XPO
0362
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0363
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0365
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0368
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0367
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

POWELL & SON Steinert Flaxman's Valley Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97+ points

Coming from a small (two=hectare) single vineyard with more than 120-year-old vines in the Flaxman Valley area of Barossas cooler Eden Valley, the 2015 Steinert Shiraz offers a deep garnet-purple color and very pretty red currants, black cherries and black raspberries notes, with touches of pepper and spice box plus fleeting wafts of roses. The medium to full-bodied palate is seriously intense, delivering ripe red berry and spice layers with a very long, perfumed finish. 200 cases were made.

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0416
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0415
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0672
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0671
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0670
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533
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0668
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $533

TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz 2014
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 97+ points

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Run Rig opens with a bang, delivering intense fruits of the forest and blackberry preserve notes with hints of sandalwood, cardamom, dried Provence herbs, Indian spices and garrigue. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and oh, so satisfying, the beauty ticks all the great Barossa Shiraz boxes and then some. It is still relatively primary, so Id recommend giving it another 2-3 years at least in bottle and drink it over the next 20+.

XTO
0472
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $280
XTO
0471
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $280
XTO
0470
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $280
XTO
0469
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $280

TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 98 points

Who wouldve thought that in the context of Barossa Shiraz, the 2015 RunRig would seem like a relative bargain? Its certainly much less expensive than Grange or Hill of Grace will be when theyre released. Its also more approachable in its youth, with enormously appealing aromas of grilled fruit, savory complexities and rich, velvety tannins. Of course, its full-bodied and concentrated, with the stuffing to age for up to a couple of decades, and it has a long, licorice-tinged finish. Winemaker Ian Hongell, who joined Torbreck from Peter Lehmann, may not have made this wine, but he deserves a lot of credit for the blending and finishing of this tour de force.

XTO
0498
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $272
XTO
0489
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $272
XTO
0478
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $272
XTO
0473
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $272

TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz 2016
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 100 points

A blend of 98% Shiraz and 2% Viognier made just prior to bottling, the 2016 RunRig is a complete masterpiece. It kicks off with elegant notes of pencil shavings accenting blueberries and blackberries on the nose, then shows incredible, palate-staining intensity of fruit in the mouth. It's full-bodied, plush and velvety without being unstructured and manages to be fruit-forward yet savory on the long-lasting finish, where it picks up hints of mocha and black olives. This should be drinkable with pleasure throughout its entire two-decade life (it may live longer from cold cellars or in larger formats), but if I were lucky enough to have a bottle or two, I'd try the first one about 10 years out. Scheduled for June 2019 release.

XTO
0538
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
XTO
0537
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
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0536
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
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0532
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
XTO
0531
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289
XTO
0500
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $289

TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz 2017
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 98 points

As usual, the 2017 RunRig is approximately 2% Viognier. It spent almost 30 months in oak, 40% of which was new. Hints of peach or apricot appear on the nose, alongside notes of hickory smoke, cherries and baking spices. It's full-bodied and concentrated but supple and silky enough to seem lighter in the mouth, showing tremendous length and elegance on the finish, where it adds nuances of cinnamon and coco

XTO
0539
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $240
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0544
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $240
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0542
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $240
XTO
0543
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $240

TORBRECK RunRig Shiraz 2018
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 400-420

Rating: 99 points

Torbreck's 2018 RunRig needs a bit of air right now, as the nose and palate truly open up and expand after a while in the glass. Unlike some vintages, it's rather tight and cedary upon first pour, then relaxes to reveal hints of stone fruit, blueberries, cherries, pastry crust and baking spices. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and concentrated, richly textured and marked by ripe tannins, which leave behind a velvety, mouth-coating finish tinged with licorice and dark berries. While approachable now�and even damn enjoyable�it deserves another several years in the cellar. Drink the 2018 Descendant while waiting.

XTO
0568
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $229
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0557
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $229
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0556
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $229
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0546
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $229
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0547
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $229
XTO
0545
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $229

TORBRECK The Laird Shiraz 2015
Shiraz Barossa Valley
Estimate Per Bottle: 700-750

Rating: 97 points

Torbreck's 2015 The Laird boasts explosive aromas of Christmas spices, ripe plums, vanilla, hickory smoke and maple syrup. It's a big wine, loaded with fruit and oak, full-bodied, rich and velvety, adding hints of toasted coconut and cinnamon streusel on the long, almost dessert-like finish. For a more savory experience, age it a decade or so before pulling a cork.

ACC
12298
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $639

ISOLE E OLENA Cepparello 2018
Toscana
Estimate Per Bottle: 180-200

Rating: 96 points

A pure expression of Sangiovese, the 2018 Cepparello is a beautiful expression that speaks to the classic and most exemplary side of this versatile and deeply expressive grape. This vintage is especially bright and ethereal with a true sense of luminosity and clarity that radiates from both the wine's appearance and its fragrant bouquet. Tart cherry and cassis segue to balsam herb and wild violets. To the palate, the wine shows muscle and determination with sweet tannins and impressive depth of favor. Cepparello remains true to its unique identity in this vintage. Production is 42,000 bottles.

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1920
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $144
XSA
1919
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $144
XSA
1918
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $144

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 1976
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1300-1500

Rating: 96 points

Tasted blind in Bordeaux, the 1976 Chateau d'Yquem reaffirms its reputation as one of the great wines of the decade, although I would suggest that that 1971 and 1975 are the true pinnacles. However, in no way do I wish to slight this Sauternes. Deep and slightly burnished in color, it offers dried pineapple, barley sugar, almond and a cheeky puff of caf� latte. There is wonderful definition here. The palate is underpinned by nigh on perfect acidity with orange rind, mango, cr�me br�l�e and minerals. As it fans out towards the finish, there is a tang of Seville orange marmalade, and though it does not quite possess the persistence of the 1975 Yquem, you will be craving for the next sip. At its peak now, enjoy this great Yquem over the next 20-30 years. Tasted April 2016.

KNS
0406
1 BOTTLE Into neck & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $672
KNS
0407
1 BOTTLE Very high shoulder & cellar damaged labelCurrent Bid: $592

CHATEAU D'YQUEM 1er Cru Superieur 2007
1er Cru Superieur Sauternes
Estimate Per Bottle: 1200-1300

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.

ACC
11950
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $949

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2012
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: 99 points

The wine of the vintage is the Perrin�s 2012 Ch�teauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin, and it will most likely merit a perfect rating in another couple of years. Full-bodied, massive and layered on the palate, with awesome purity and freshness, it delivers incredible aromatics of beef blood, truffle, graphite, iron and black and blue fruits. Given all of the fruit and texture, you almost have to hunt for the structure here, but trust me, it�s there. The tasting at Beaucastel took place a 9 a.m., and even then, this is one wine I found impossible to spit. It�s a tour de force that will have 3-4 decades of life.

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0142
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
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0143
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
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0146
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2013
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 800-850

Rating: 96+ points

The 2013 Chateauneuf du Pape Hommage a Jacques Perrin is a beast of a wine that�s shed most of the baby fat it showed from barrel. A normal blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, and the rest Syrah and Counoise, this tiny production release has incredible minerality to go with searing black and blue fruits, forest floor, smoked earth and leather. Full-bodied, inky, concentrated and backwards with a serious kick of tannin, it will need a decade of cellaring to be approachable. I suspect it will have 2-3 decades of longevity.

ACC
10638
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $739
XNE
0147
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0149
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0170
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

CHATEAU DE BEAUCASTEL Hommage a Jacques Perrin 2014
Chateauneuf du Pape
Estimate Per Bottle: 850-900

Rating: (94 - 96) points

Probably the wine of the vintage (I feel like I say that every year for this cuvee), the 2014 Ch�teauneuf du Pape Hommage A Jacques Perrin is a substantial, full-bodied, shockingly concentrated 2014 that gives up classic notes of blackberries, blueberries, forest floor, beef blood and licorice. Mouth-coating and rich with building tannin, it will be approachable at an earlier age than most vintages, yet will still need 5-6 years of cellaring.

XNE
0171
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
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0176
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749
XNE
0174
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $749

E. GUIGAL La Mouline 2014
Cote Rotie
Estimate Per Bottle: 900-1000

Rating: 97 points

Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great purity and a supple, silky, classic feel. It's built more on elegance and complexity than power, with those floral, herbal notes leaving a long, silky impression on the finish.

KEV
0020
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520
KEV
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $520

M. CHAPOUTIER Ermitage de L'Oree Blanc 2018
Blanc Hermitage
Estimate Per Bottle: 380-400

Rating: (96 - 98) points

Classy hints of pencil shavings accent the pear, nectarine and melon fruit in the full-bodied, voluptuous 2018 Ermitage de l'Or�e. Despite the wine's ample richness and weight, it's surprisingly fresh and zesty, with hints of citrus zest and brine lingering on the finish.

ACC
12702
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $339

DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI Grand Cru 1999
Grand Cru La Tache
Estimate Per Bottle: 14000-16000

Rating: 100 points

Tasted at the La T�che vertical at The Square. Having not tasted the La T�che 1999 since it had been bottled, I was intrigued to see how it was developing. Monumentally, is the correct answer. First and foremost this is a seriously long-term La T�che that is maturing at a glacial pace. Indeed, I left most in my glass and waited for it to open. An hour later and it was firing on all cylinders. It is blessed with an incredibly intense, powerful nose that loses its broodiness with aeration and eventually unveils a crystalline set of mineral-soaked aromatics that sport a decadent, almost exotic floral note-wilted violets and potpourri. The palate has a quite astonishing structure, but it is more the symmetry that makes this one of the greatest vintages of recent years. It unfolds with daring passion to reveal layers of plush but focused dark plum and cassis fruit that just seem to flow and flow on the never-ending finish. It is a multifaceted, multidimensional masterpiece that really needs another decade in bottle.

BOY
0005
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellar - Label damage, bottle number : 04714Current Bid: $10400

CHATEAU LA MONDOTTE Grand Cru 2003
Grand Cru Saint Emilion
Estimate Per Bottle: 550-600

Rating: 96 points

A killer wine (Im so sorry I didnt buy any), the 2003 La Mondotte is clearly one of the superstars of the vintage. An intriguing perfume of licorice, Asian soy, black currant jam, ripe cherries and subtle toast emerges from this extravagantly rich, voluptuously textured, opulent, full-bodied St.-Emilion. Just coming in to full maturity, it is pure, rich and full. Drink it over the next decade or more.

XDW
0158
1 BOTTLE Ex-cellarCurrent Bid: $449

CHATEAU LEOVILLE LAS CASES 2me Cru Classe 2006
2me Cru Classe Saint Julien
Estimate Per Bottle: 750-800

Rating: 96 points

Tasted at Bordeaux Indexs annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then blind at Farr Vintners horizontal, the 2006 Ch�teau L�oville Las-Cases has a very complex bouquet with heady scents of blackcurrant, kirsch, crushed violets, rock salt and just a hint of cassis. It is backward and can barely contain its energy. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very symmetrical and poised, a fine line of acidity interwoven through the black fruit, touches of citrus fruit developing towards the poised and tensile finish. This is a beautiful wine from Jean-Hubert Delon, but it needs several years in bottle. Tasted April 2016.

DAR
0021
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $238
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0073
1 BOTTLECurrent Bid: $440