No need to be scared, mofo, unless you miss out on the boneshaking value that lies herein. With a 98-pointer worth $31, and an $88 Barolo, that means you’re getting the other 10 brilliant wines for only an extra $70. That’s how you make sure you suck the marrow out of life.
Each rib-tickling dozen contains a bottle of each of the following wines:
[SECRET] Nebbiolo 2012
RRP $88 | Barolo, Italy | 94pts The Wines of Veronelli | 93pts James Suckling | 92pts Wine Spectator
One of the best value Barolos on the market, but from the top tier of appellations within Italy. Tar and rose, plum and orange peel, very elegant with a little leathery delight sneaking through. The producer owns vineyards in 8 of the 10 Barolo Crus so this is like their field blend, and is a harmonious creation.
[SECRET] Sauvignon Blanc 2016
RRP $31 | Adelaide Hills, SA | 94pts Tony Keys | 92pts Sam Kim
From one of our favourite producers peddling their goods out of South Aus, this savvy b is fresh off the back of an excellent vintage and sporting the regional love and varietal spice and all things nice we’ve come to expect from these vino professionals. Packed full of subtle gooseberry and fresh lime characters, this sauv blanc is gonna have you headed for the hills….the Adelaide Hills.
[SECRET] Sangiovese 2016
RRP $31 | Tuscany, Italy | 98 pts Annuario dei Migliori Vini Italiani |Bronze Medal International Wine & Spirit Competition
Two vintages in a row of this wine have scored 98 points and we’re stoked for another crack at this primo vino. An 80/20 blend of sangiovese and merlot, it’s a velvety, versatile juice that does equally well on its own or with food. Conceived by the producer “as an attempt to surprise and delight with new flavours, tastes and aromas”, this toscana is all about intense, ripe fruits, primarily red and black cherries. You know the deal with sangio: pair it with your Italian favourite. Pasta and pizza reign supreme, just make sure you have lashings of tomato sauce and lashings of this ’16 juice to complement it.
[SECRET] Riesling 2017
RRP $30 | Clare Valley, SA
A fresh, jubilant Watervale riesling with all the juicy Jonagold apple crunch, meyer lemon, a burst of pink grapefruit dipped in raw sugar as you push the spoon in, and the unexpected delight of jasmine as you’re walking along, lost in thought. Everything harmonious, approachable, simple on the surface but as deep as you like because nothing’s out of place. Like looking at yourself in a mirror reflecting into a mirror, it’s endless purity. Even if you’re not that pure, this will set you on the path.
[SECRET] Shiraz 2016
RRP $29 | Clare Valley, SA | 93pts Tony Keys
This famous brand makes a super tasty shiraz and you can pick it up right now for a super savvy discount. The first 320 cases of this 93 point beauty flew off the proverbial shelves (warehouse floor) and we’re tipping that our latest allocation will do just the same. This 5 red star producer is working tirelessly out of the Clare Valley to bring you bold, beautiful vino like this new ‘16 shiraz. Decades of experience can’t be wrong, right?
[SECRET] Merlot 2015
RRP $29 | Bordeaux, France | Gold Medal Concours de Bordeaux 2017 | Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
From the vine-covered rolling hills that rest above woods that are perfect for hunting, fishing and foraging comes the solution to the spoils of all these activities: good wine that goes with everything hand-caught or home-grown. This is wonderfully rounded, the stuff that you want to crack open at the big, rustic dining table to go with rough-hewn hunks of cheese and something slow-cooked that’s just come off the stove, resting straight on the table in a well-used Le Creuset. Goes well with family, friends and laughing.
[SECRET] SBS 2016
RRP $28 | Margaret River, WA | 92pts James Halliday
This SSB comes from a big brand operating out of WA and, with 92 points from James Halliday, is fresh, clean and dry like freshly pressed linen. What, linen doesn’t excite you? Grow up. Light bodied with a long ol’ finish, it’s super crisp with notes of guava and citrus and is awesome value (and tasting) at under nine bucks a bottle.
[SECRET] Rosso 2014
RRP $27 | Piemonte, Italy | x3 Gold Medals
This vino was created by blending eight different grapes: barbera, dolcetto, freisa, bonarda, albarossa, merlot, syrah and cabernet sauvignon. That’s a lot to take in, but all you mofos need to know is it’s won three gold medals for a very delicious reason. Ruby red in colour with red fruits, vanilla and spice, it’s a soft, mellow wine that’ll caress your tongue into harmonious submission.
[SECRET] Chardonnay 2014
RRP $26 | Victoria, Australia
These folks have been making quality wine for years and this ’14 chardy is absolutely no exception. Stonefruits – peaches, nectarines – interspersed with French oak makes a fruity, toasty, classy drop that is quality drinking any day of the week, and with only a few cases available it won’t be around long.
[SECRET] Chardonnay 2016
RRP $26 | France | Gold Award Mâcon Wine Show
This has been styled as a Burgundy from very high quality hands, with fruit from the slightly warmer south of France. It’s a seamless exercise in filling a market gap, because I’d like to see you try to find Burgundy at this price. Plus it has the added bonus of a bit more fruit to match the richer style, while maintaining it’s French sense of poise.
[SECRET] Grenache 2016
RRP $24 | Spain | 94pts Guía del Vino 2017 | Gold Award Wines Land of Quixote 2017 | Gold Award MonoVino 2017
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Spain makes the best value, top-tasting vino in the world. I can’t get enough of it. Take this grenache, for example, with 94 points, two gold medals and a price tag of just $9 a bottle. It’s like Spanish Christmas every day – no siesta, just fiesta. Slightly acidic with dark blackberry and cherry fruits, this vino unfolds in the mouth and is perfectly suited to all your meaty, cheesy needs. Think Spain: hunks of bread and cheese, slices of jamon and very long nights. What could go wrong?
[SECRET] Pinot Grigio 2015
RRP $22 | Italy
Here comes the Tuscan sun, like a Beatles song meets Italian vines. Crafted by Sensi, the venerable vino artisans who have been creating iconic wines for well over a century, this pinot grigio is pure class. In fact, we think it’s one of our greatest imports to date, here at the ‘Fo. Brimming with notes of cut pear and fresh green apple on the nose, followed by a bright palate with delightfully fresh acidity, this white will take you to Tuscany and back again with just one sip. Saluti, mofos!