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Turkey Flat Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2012 $45-$50 This is the best Turkey Flat shiraz of their 25 vintages to date. The colour is deep red-purple and the bouquet reveals plum and raspberry, dark-cherry and spice aromas in a fruit-driven, subtly oaked style. A full-bodied red

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Moss Wood Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River 2011 $105 One of this region’s premier producers, Moss Wood is on top form in 2011, with a rich, savoury, concentrated wine showing all the fleshy suppleness that typifies the vineyard. Roasting-pan, black-olive and dark berry aromas. Lashings

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Tyrrell’s Vat 9 Shiraz, Hunter Valley 2011 $85 Vat 9 is a perennial favourite, and in great red years like 2011 it’s on a higher plane. Medium-full bodied with modest alcohol and yet great intensity, it has red cherry fruit allied with tarry, smoky regional

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Head Wines Head Red Old Vine Grenache Shiraz Mataro, Barossa Valley 2012 $26 Another winning entry-level blend from young Barossa winemaker Alex Head. Deeply coloured, shyly offering aromas of earth, spices, oak and dark-fruits. A big, solid, dense wine with licorice overtones, power and grip. It’ll also

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Yering Station Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley 2012 $38 Not every year produces great Yarra cabernet but this is one. Superb colour depth and hue; classic cabernet aromas of fresh blackberry; pinpoint ripeness. Concentrated but restrained in the mouth with a sinewy tightness, great focus and

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Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz, Barossa 2012 $100 2012 is a sensational vintage for this wine, smelling of tar and earth, pepper and graphite, with a delicious sub-stratum of sweet fruit. In the mouth, it’s gorgeously rich and soft, smooth and harmonious, with cassis-like overtones reminiscent

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Serafino GSM Grenache Shiraz Mataro, McLaren Vale 2011 $26 Deep red with a strong purple rim, this has a walnutty oak-influenced bouquet, the palate lean and savoury, with mellow developed flavours, and full-bodied, generous flavour that lingers well. A serious glass of full-bodied red, loaded

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Ceretto Bernardina Nebbiolo d’Alba DOC, Piedmont 2011 $39 This is just an entry-level Piedmontese nebbiolo, not a Barolo or Barbaresco, but it’s a very serious wine with firm tannins and considerable depth, and will age well. Maraschino cherry, dry-straw and brick-dust aromas; the firm handshake

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Meerea Park Terracotta Syrah, Hunter Valley 2011 $65 A single-vineyard wine from Leonard Estate, with deep, smoky, toasted-fruit Hunter regional shiraz bouquet. It’s smooth and supple with intense mellow flavour, lashings of tannin and a fleshy texture. Delicious flavour; very long carry. A serious, cellarworthy

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Majella Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 2011 $33 This is a major success from a troubled vintage, and maintains this vineyard’s highly distinctive style. Deep purple-red, it’s bright and youthful with peppermint, crushed-leaf and cassis aromas. It’s medium-bodied and crisp, with cool-grown but not unripe varietal cues,