On the Vine   Wine Panel (L-R): Steve Perry, Grattan Joyce, Stef Biagi, Anthony Cooper, Rod Properjohn (seated), Terry Stoner, Michael Dickson, Jo Cammack

On the Vine Wine Panel (L-R): Steve Perry, Grattan Joyce, Stef Biagi, Anthony Cooper, Rod Properjohn (seated), Terry Stoner, Michael Dickson, Jo Cammack

On the Vine - Your Premium Wine Guide

Every fortnight, the Liquor Barons wine panel meets in the cellar of the Liquor Barons Swanbourne store, to look through 30-40 wines. This is conducted totally masked, and is an exhaustive process. The wines are discussed after each bracket and all points are shared and recorded. In this way, the best wines are selected on their merits - not their labels - and are then presented to you each quarter. Consider us your personal wine buyers.

Wine expert Rod Properjohn leads this effort, with his wealth of wine knowledge and experience he presents you with tasting notes for each wine, enjoy!


It’s that time of the year again; there are not too many sleeps till Christmas and family and friends will be swinging by, hanging out for a beverage or two. Gracious hosts always have a handy selection of drinks to offer and we suggest you take advantage of our On the Vine summer selection of wines. We are particularly impressed by the value of these wines especially for the quality they offer. There are some brilliant whites for the warm days ahead and stunning red wines that will complement your evening barbecues and if you are after a few bottles of bubbles, see our On the Vine sparkling review and you won’t be disappointed. Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Rod Properjohn

 Ask for the   On the Vine   wine guide at your local Liquor Barons

Ask for the On the Vine wine guide at your local Liquor Barons

 

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ROSé

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Victory Point 2018
Margaret River Rosé

Consistent well-made local rosé, it has a bright copper pink colour, aromas of Turkish delight and yet is savoury and dry in the mouth. It’s fine and long with a cleansing finish. A wine to take down to the local Chinese, it works well, especially with Cantonese cuisine  

$19.99 in any six pack
$21.99 each

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Triennes 2017
Méditerranée Rosé (Fr)

From the warm south, this wine exemplifies the French style - light and invigorating. The colour is the palest of apricot, there are fresh lively citrus aromas and the palate is dry and crisp. Perfect summer drinking with fun foods and fun people. Voilà. 

$23.99 in any six pack
$23.99 each

WHITE

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Apostrophe 2017
Stone’s throw

A different blend here with the purity of the lemon/lime riesling diluted by the musky spice and zest of traminer and pinot blanc which is a minor contributor. This Great Southern wine by Larry Cherubino is easy drinking with a dash of residual sugar and soft acidity. Suits Thai cuisine.

$15.99 each in any six pack
$17.99 each

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Clairault 2017
Sauvignon Blanc Semillon  

A Margaret River blend where the majority of the crush is fermented in stainless steel and the remainder, about 20%, in French oak. This gives the wine some interest. Time on yeast lees then adds creaminess and complex flavours to the original varietal citrus, stone fruit and passionfruit. Enjoy over the next three years.  

$16.99 each in any six pack
$18.99 each

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Forest Hill 2018
Highbury Fields Sauvignon Blanc

Like many clever winemakers nowadays, Great Southern’s Forest Hill partially barrel ferments its sauvignon blanc to add structure, texture and complexity to the wine. It’s immediately apparent by a whiff of smoke and then some grip and fullness on the palate. The varietal herbal characters are still there, they’re just subdued. 

$16.99 each in any six pack
$19.99 each

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Fraser Gallop 2018
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

A little different from the normal Margaret River blend, this is semillon first and sauvignon blanc second. The semillon provides lemony fullness and the sav blanc a lifted passionfruit and grassiness. Then there is a waft of oak smokiness that adds complexity. Drinks well now, but will be better in another six months.

$19.99 in any six pack
$21.99 each

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Soumah 2018
Yarra Valley Pinot Grigio

For the grigio lovers, this is a straw colour with poached pear and citrus bundled up in a medium weight package with cleansing acidity. The variety requires a cool climate to grow well and this Yarra Valley single vineyard certainly obliges here. Serve as an aperitif or with white sauce pasta dishes.

$19.99 in any six pack
$21.99 each

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Poacher’s Ridge 2018
Terroir Driven Riesling

From the Great Southern, this is a pale straw colour and is perfumed with light lime blossom. The palate is packed with citrus fruit and a dry crunchy minerality, which lead to a cleansing acidity on the finish. Will flourish with a few years in the bottle, or drink now if you wish.

$22.99 in any six pack
$24.99 each

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Head Riesling 2018
Eden Valley Barossa

SA is fighting back. Once the undisputed Australian champion of riesling, the Great Southern region of WA has been giving it some competition lately. This wine from the Eden Valley is a purler. Lots of lemony perfume lifts from the glass and a citrus-driven palate, mineral texture and dry acid finish are thirst quenching.

$22.99 in any six pack
$24.99 each

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First Drop 2017
Vivo Arneis

The variety arneis is Italian, but this wine tastes more of a combo of German and French or riesling and sauvignon blanc, to be specific. There’s the lime fruit and green apple of riesling and grassiness of savvy. Lovely light dry zesty wine from the Adelaide Hills that will give you a buzz when eaten with seafood.

$22.99 in any six pack
$24.99 each

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Marq 2017 Wild Ferment
Margaret River Chardonnay

Winemaker Mark Warren allows spontaneous natural fermentation of the grape juice to occur in French oak barrels and then stirs the yeast lees for ten months before bottling. This work adds to the varietal citrus and stone fruit characters and the wine finishes with bracing flintiness and acidity. Modern style.

$23.99 in any six pack
$25.99 each

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Castelli 2017
Pemberton Chardonnay

Although Pemberton chardonnay is generally on the lighter side, Castelli packs some punch into this wine. Ripe stone fruit, roasted nuts, smoky gunshot, spicy oak and mineral crunch on the finish will endear this to the ‘big chardonnay’ lovers. Perfect with a crisp roasted chicken and all the traditional accompaniments.

$26.99 in any six pack
$29.99 each

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Ministry of Clouds 2018
Clare Valley Riesling

Clean crisp fruit is harvested and part of the juice is fermented by wild yeast and left on solids and the rest is simply cold fermented in stainless steel to preserve freshness. When blended, you have this youthful flinty wine of stone fruit, citrus and honeydew melon with crunch and drinkability.

$29.99 in any six pack
$32.99 each

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RED

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Elderton 2016
E Series Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon

A Barossa red at an amazing price. There’s a generosity of fruit flavours including plum, blueberry and cherry supported by vanilla oak and rounded soft tannins. A light herbal character adds lift. Chill slightly and drink over the summer months with char-grilled beef ribs.

$14.99 in any six pack
$16.99 each

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El Payador 2017
Malbec Mendoza Argentina

As expected, this is a deep crimson colour and has a lovely juicy-fruited nose with licorice. The medium-bodied palate is long and savoury and driven by red berries and rounded tannins with oak playing a minor part. The Argentineans would eat half a cow with this; you’ll probably be a little more circumspect.

$14.99 in any six pack
$16.99 each

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Pertaringa 2017
Understudy McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon

A firm young cabernet from warm climes just south of Adelaide. It does have a little help from some petit verdot and malbec, which add strength and middle palate fruit, respectively. Black berries, a distinctive mintiness and dry dusty oak add to the picture. You’ll need a corkscrew to open this wine, fashioned by Geoff Hardy.

$19.99 in any six pack
$21.99 each

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Fraser Gallop 2017
Margaret River Cabernet Merlot

Cleverly crafted, this bright ruby-coloured blend combines blackcurrant and morello cherry characters which deliver an attractive savouriness. Oak plays a subordinate role in the medium-weighted wine and the fresh primary fruit flavours linger to a lively acid climax. Great balance here, we love the style.

$19.99 in any six pack
$21.99 each

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The Pawn 2016
En Passant Tempranillo Montepulciano

A blend of Spanish and Italian is offered here, but the wine is not as fiery as we imagined. There are wild berries, blackberry and cherry married to spice, anise and earthiness with a smidge of tobacco leaf. Allow breathing before drinking – it’ll open up the wine. Good value.

$19.99 in any six pack
$22.99 each

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Ricca Terra 2017
The Marathon Man

Although this Riverland wine is named The Marathon Man, we doubt it will go a marathon distance; this will drink best in its youth. It’s made from cabernet sauvignon and a couple of its Bordeaux red mates and presents with full savoury fruits, ample tannins and soft acidity. Ideal with summer barbecues.

$21.99 in any six pack
$23.99 each

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S.C.Pannell 2017
McLaren Vale Garnacha Basso

A bright mid red colour, this is garnacha (grenache) close to its best. The pomegranate and red-berried fruit is squishy and juicy, the tannins are fine and gentle, there’s a smidge of spice for interest and the succulence of the wine says ‘another please.’ No need to age this, it’s glorious now.

$25.99 in any six pack
$28.99 each

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Paringa Estate 2017
Peninsula Pinot Noir

From Mornington, this bright cherry coloured wine has red berry aromatics and a waft of spice. The palate is beautifully balanced, with generous strawberry and cherry fruit flavours, integrated oak and super fine tannins leading to a cleansing acid finish. Well-priced youngster.

$25.99 in any six pack
$28.99 each

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Leeuwin Estate 2014 Prelude Vineyards
Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon

Bright red in colour this is a classic Margs cabernet with blackcurrant and garden mint aromas mingled with sweet damp earth. It is polished wine with fine-grained tannins, black olive and dark berry fruit playing a harmonious mediumweighted tune. The length of palate is commendable.

$27.99 in any six pack
$29.99 each

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Majella 2015
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep ruby, this has lifted peppermint along with spicy oak. Tannins are forthright, yet not firm and blackberry fruits enhance the mouthfeel along with integrated oak and these characters stretch to a long finish. Although the oak is there, it is not as dominant as it’s been in earlier vintages of this wine.

$29.99 in any six pack
$31.99 each

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Tim Smith Wines 2016
Barossa Shiraz

From the Eden Valley and Barossa floor this wine shows a deep red/black colour and regional blueberry and plummy fruit. There’s some vanillin oak to sweeten up the palate and ripe tannins help to balance. A full and rich fruity wine with milk chocolate, dried fruit and all the other Christmas cake goodies.

$29.99 in any six pack
$32.99 each



You'll find on the vine wines at these stores

Liquor Barons Carlisle
88 Bishopgate Street
P: 08 9361 1335

Liquor Barons Claremont
12 Ashton Avenue
P: 08 9384 6458

Liquor Barons Duncraig
8 Burragah Way
P: 08 9243 6681

Liquor Barons Denmark
22 South Coast Highway
P: 08 9848 1546

Liquor Barons Herdsman
Shop 5, 1 Flynn Street
P: 08 9387 4222

Liquor Barons Marmion
Shop 16, 19 Sheppard Way
P: 08 9447 6744

Liquor Barons Mosman Park
2A Stuart Street
P: 08 9384 2804

Liquor Barons Mt Hawthorn
27 Green Street
P: 08 9444 2097

Liquor Barons Ocean Reef
Shop 5, Ocean Reef Shopping
Centre, Marina Boulevard
P: 08 9307 6487

Liquor Barons Swanbourne
103 Claremont Crescent
P: 08 9384 2111

Liquor Barons Wembley Downs
Shop 1, 11 Bournemouth Crescent
P: 08 9245 2484

Please Note: On the Vine Sparkling Edition runs from 1 December 2018 to 28 February 2019.
While stocks last. Pictures for Illustration purposes only.
Prices may vary in country areas. Some products available only at selected stores.