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Balnaves Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter ( in their April 2017 edition review of New World Cabernets (see blue link below).


Balnaves Coonawarra Cab Sauv 2011 - April 2017 Decanter review


Deep rich red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of ripe cassis, liquorice, and some spicy leather notes, combined with fine smoky French oak. The palate is solid and structured with a fine tannin finish.


Balnaves 'The Tally' Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (1 x 75cl)

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter ( in their December 2016 edition review of 'Langton's Classification' (Australia's finest bottles) (see blue link below).


Balnaves Tally Cab Sauv 2008 - Dec 2016 Decanter review


The Balnaves family vineyard is situated at the southern end of the famous Coonawarra 'Terra Rossa' strip. Planted in 1975, the vineyard is 48 hectares in size and has been in the family for three generations. The predominant variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Pete Bissell was the Qantas Winemaker of the Year 2005 and Balnaves was James Halliday's Winery of the Year in 2008.


Doug Balnaves was a shearer of Merino sheep. A shearer in Australia is paid by the number of sheep he shears. Counted every two hour period, the Tally is recorded in the Tally book. The higher the Tally, the greater the recognition among his peers for skill and hard work. As an expression of this tradition, the Balnaves family see the wine 'The Tally' as the ultimate achievement for their company.


The nose is lifted with perfumed red berries, violets and wild blackberry fruit coming from the Petit Verdot. The palate is medium bodied and restrained in style with tight dense fruit and a modulated structure showing balance and depth of fruit, flowing onto a long finish of chewy tannins. This is a compact but deeply flavoured Tally.


Battle Of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz 2016 (6x 75cl)

Battle of Bosworth is one of the most exciting producers from the McLaren Vale, owing its fame to a series of outstanding single-vineyard wines made from estate-grown fruit. Owner, Joch Bosworth, is regarded as a brilliant organic farmer as well as a top class winemaker, and the Bosworth vineyards are among the most beautiful we have ever seen. Joch plays down his impeccable green credentials, arguing that he is doing nothing new: ‘A lot of what we do in the vineyard is simply old-fashioned grape growing; essentially, our vineyards are run as they would have been 50 years ago before synthetic pesticides and fertilizers became available.’

A pretty little flower called the soursob is Joch’s partner in crime to combat weeds. So important is the soursob that it features on the Battle of Bosworth labels, too.

They have modelled the Puritan on the young Tempranillos that come out of Rioja in Spain. Puritan spends no time in oak and is bottled as soon as it has gone through malolactic fermentation, which occurs after the sugar to alcohol primary fermentation. They have shamelessly copied this model, except with ‘Puritan’ where the wine is bottled without any added preservatives, so it’s as fresh as a daisy, with nothing added. It is made from Shiraz.

The 2016 Puritan is bursting with life, as it should be, given it has barely time to turn around from being picked, fermented and then put immediately to bottle. There are soft plums on the nose and the palate is utterly delicious with black and red fruits, soft tannins and a wonderful finish. Drink alone and enjoy Puritan’s ‘joi de vivre’ or have with a juicy steak.


Berton Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2014 (1x75cl)

The (later, but currently unavailable - see below) 2015 vintage has been awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards ( see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).

Berton Reserve Shiraz 2015 - August 2017 Decanter review

Following many enquiries re the 2015 vintage, let us explain...

At present, the 2015 is not available in the UK, and may not be for some months: it is the intention of both producer and UK sole supplier to sell through the 2014 first. Exel discussed the relative merits of the 2014 and 2015 vintages with Berton owner, Bob Berton, in person, a few weeks ago at the London Wine Fair. It is Bob's view that the 2014 is the equal of the 2015 but was simply not submitted for review at the previous DWWAs.

We now have a waiting list for the 2015 - see product page for that vintage.

The Reserve Shiraz is deepest dark red with a very youthful and vibrant garnet hue. The aromas are powerful and complex with a wealth of fruit ranging from ripe black cherries and blackberries with hints of eucalypt and spice. The rich and full palate displays soft flavours of plum skin, mulberry and hints of vanilla and blackberry, These abundant flavours are underpinned by fine vanilla from the oak and defined by exciting spicy tannins.


Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 96 points and a rare Outstanding status by Decanter ( in their April 2017 edition review of New World Cabernet Sauvignons (see blue link below).

Berton Reserve 2014 - April 2017 Decanter review

Sourced from vineyards in the prized Terra Rossa region of Coonawarra: here the warm days are moderated by offshore breezes and the rich red loam over well-draining limestone soils are the foundations for Coonawarra's justified reputation for producing premium-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

This Coonawarra beauty has an intense, ripe berry bouquet with hints of chocolate and liquorice. The palate is brimming with crushed blackcurrant fruit flavours enhanced by subtle eucalyptus and mint notes characteristic of this region and is beautifully complemented by elegant French oak notes.



Berton Winemakers Reserve The Black Shiraz 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter ( in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz  (see blue link below).

Berton Reserve The Black Shiraz 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

The vibrant dark cherry fruit typifies the area that this wine is from in Padthaway, South Australia and is the backbone of this wine. Blackberry, plum and mocha are also evident, creating a palate that is rich and soft.  This wine was matured in French oak for approximately 4 to 6 months before being filtered and blended for bottling.  It is a wine that has been made to drink now but will cellar for around 5 years.


Bonsai Shiraz Cabernet High Eden Berton Vineyard 2013 (12x75cl)

This intense, rich and full flavoured Shiraz blend with well integrated oak, shows lovely plum fruit, coffee, chocolate and white pepper on the palate. The flavours are supported by juicy soft tannins to create a beautiful layering of texture and taste, that continues to a long lingering finish.


Bonsai Shiraz Cabernet High Eden Berton Vineyard 2015 (1x75cl)

This intense, rich and full flavoured Shiraz blend with well integrated oak, shows lovely plum fruit, coffee, chocolate and white pepper on the palate. The flavours are supported by juicy soft tannins to create a beautiful layering of texture and taste, that continues to a long lingering finish.


Brokenwood Cricket Pitch Red Blend 2014 (1x75cl)

Medium colour and density. Aromas of red cherry, spice and sweet oak. Mid-weight palate with Cabernet Sauvignon cedar up front leading to soft Shiraz richness. Some vanillin on both nose and palate with a long sweet finish. Excellent fruit flavours and balance being the features that will be maintained under the screw cap packaging.
A drink now style that will further soften with medium term bottle maturation.


Charles Melton Nine Popes 2013 (1x 75cl)

Very complex spicy nose. Sweet cedary notes from the hint of new oak used mingle with a hint of liquorice. The mid-palate is plump with rounded tannins and complex layers of flavour. The finish is long and rewarding.

Charles Melton Voices of Angels Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2013 (1x 75cl)

Rich and deep in colour. Its softly perfumed nose illustrates the characters that come from a cool climate fruit source. A gentle structure, it balances the house style richness within a more nimble framework, retaining sweetness but holding back on ‘bigness’. A touch of stalky/whole bunch flavour adds another layer. A rich, deep but elegantly structured wine.

Chateau Tanunda Barossa Shiraz 2012 (6x 75cl)

This fantastic Shiraz offers up lifted aromas of blackberry, plum and black pepper. This is all accompanied by spicy, dark berry fruits on the palate.

Chateau Tanunda Newcastle SGMCC 2014 (6x 75cl)

The nose displays notes of blueberry, kirsch, marzipan and liquorice spice. The wine is multi-layered, yet still retains elegance and softness as well as a textural purity.
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