The weather has started to turn and with the cooler temperatures we were ready this past Saturday night to ramp up the heat with some delicious warm tasting reds. Here’s the lineup for our tasting.

We started off with a lovely “palate cleansers”, a lovely refreshing Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc from Moss Wood, our favorite Margaret River producer.

Moss Wood Semillon Sauvignon 2011

Exclusive to Kensington Wine Market! Ribbon Vale is located on an uniquely shaped estate which is only 150 metres wide and 1.5 kilometres long — hence the name Ribbon Vale!

87 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2011 Ribbon Vale Vineyard Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc gives subtle notes of lemon peel, sliced apple and lime leaves with hints of dill seed and grass. The medium-bodied palate offers a good amount of citrus fruit with crisp acid and a medium to long finish.”  $28.99

With Thanksgiving just around the corner it isn’t too soon to be thinking about turkey dinner! This one was a real hit and would make a perfect turkey partner.


Moss Wood Mornington Pinot Noir 2010

Exclusive to Kensington Wine Market, and 90 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

The review is mouthwatering: “Aromas of ripe cherry and strawberry with hints of underbrush, truffles, mace and chocolate. Medium-bodied with soft tannins and a long finish. Drinking now, it should continue to give pleasure to 2016+.” $47.99

One of the bet values of the night was Rof Binder from The Barossa Valley.


Rolf Binder Halliwell Shiraz Grenache 2007

92 points from Robert Parker, who calls this a “sexy knockout” of a wine. Full-bodied with juicy, concentrated flavors, supple tannins and a velvety, opulent finish.

And what a brilliant price for that kind of score! $29.99

A longtime customer favorite and a terrific little cabernet for BBQ or just sipping.


Reschke Vitulus Cabernet 2009

Easy to drink and a great price!

‘Vitulus,’ Latin for bull-calf, reminds us of the Reschke family’s cattle grazing heritage. And 89 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! The review: “Deep garnet color, the 2009 Vitulus Cabernet Sauvignon shows evolving notes of creme de cassis, mocha and cigar boxes with hints of aged meat and cloves. Medium-bodied, it gives a good concentration of expressive blackcurrant and clove-laced flavors along with a medium level of fine-grained tannins and balanced acid before finishing with good persistence. Drink it now to 2017+.” $26.99


Reschke BOS Cabernet 2005

Here’s the big brother to the Vitilus and he is definitely the BOS!

Reschke Wines has rounded up Coonawarra’s finest fruit for its new Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Bos.’ Latin for bull, Bos reminds us of the  family’s cattle grazing heritage, which dates back to 1906. Rich and intense, this Cabernet is what Coonawarra is all about. The fruit, primarily sourced from Reschke’s older low-yielding vines, has an elegant structure and complexity. This one is special. $38.99

If you like em big, but classy, then the next two are for you. Hands down faves for the night.

Greenock Creek Alice 2009

92 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate!

The review: “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Alices Shiraz gives a pronounced nose of black cherry preserves, crushed blueberries and warm blackberries with hints of oolong tea, black licorice, Indian spices and loam. Medium to full bodied, the palate is nicely balanced offering mouth-filling ripe berry flavors, lively acid and a medium to firm level of rounded tannins. The finish is long and pure. Approachable now, it should drink to 2019.” $55.99

Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2010

94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate!

The review: “The 2008 Block 6 Shiraz has a very deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of tar and anise over warm blueberry and bramble preserve aromas plus hints of cedar, earth, coffee beans and smoked meat. Very crisp, full and rich with good structure, medium-firm fine-grained tannins and a long finish, this is a great effort for this difficult vintage in the McLaren Vale. It’s approachable now but is better broached in a year or two and should cellar to 2020+.” $78.99


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