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!


A note from Rod

This collection of wines is one of the best we’ve selected. There’s no doubt that wine quality is improving and also the choice is now larger with winemakers shuffling around with different varieties and techniques to add interest in the marketplace. We enjoy our work and love recommending exciting new wines to you, our customers.

Enjoy these!
Rod Properjohn

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WHITE WINE SELECTION

Moss Wood ‘Ribbon Vale’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Margaret River, 2017

Moss Wood ‘Ribbon Vale’ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Margaret River, 2017

A hit with us at our most recent SBS/SSB tasting was Moss Wood from the Ribbon Vale vineyard in Margaret River. It was a standout. The semillon was harvested at 13.2 Baume and the savvy came off at 11.6, the grapes were hand-picked and sorted and then whole-bunch pressed and the wine completed fermentation in aged oak barrels to give texture and interest. Because of the hands-on attention it gets, it costs a little more, but it’s a doozey and worth every cent.

Light straw and brilliant in condition; the nose is redolent of lemon and marzipan, an almond character from the oak barrels. The palate is beautifully poised with fruit, oak, texture and acidity playing a symphony. Drink now and over the next four years.

$34.99 single
$31.99 each in any six

Forest Hill Vineyard Riesling, Mount Barker, 2017

Forest Hill Vineyard Riesling, Mount Barker, 2017

With brilliant clarity in the glass this is furnished with citrus blossom and lime juice both in aromatics and flavour. Add a little Granny Smith apple to the mouthfeel and you have a lovely crunch on the finish. Perfect with King George whiting encased in a crisp tempura batter. Will age well.

$22.99 single
$19.99 each in any six

Castle Rock Estate ‘Skywalk’ Riesling, Great Southern, 2017

Castle Rock Estate ‘Skywalk’ Riesling, Great Southern, 2017

A pale straw colour, this has fresh tropical fruit and musk lollies wafting from the glass. The palate is lemon fruited with a little grape sugar, which adds to the mouth balance and then acidity cleans up on the finish. A pleasure to drink now and that’s a good reason for not aging it further.  

$18.99 single
$16.99 each in any six

Park Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2017 

Amelia Park Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2017 

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.  Super with a large bowl of poached mussels scattered with toasted garlic breadcrumbs.

$21.99 single
$18.99 each in any six

Ad Hoc ‘Hen & Chicken’ Chardonnay, Pemberton, 2017

Ad Hoc ‘Hen & Chicken’ Chardonnay, Pemberton, 2017

Although not as fruit generous as Margaret River chardonnay, this Pemberton wine identifies its cooler climate by its fine mineral notes, tart acidity and very good length. Toss in a little grapefruit, stone fruit, smoky oak and mealy characters and you have a serious wine. Drink now and over the next three years.

$21.99 single
$19.99 each in any six

Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough (NZ), 2017

Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough (NZ), 2017

Traditional Marlborough style here with an additional intensity of guava and citrus fruit. There’s a little spritz to liven up proceedings and the palate has an attractive flavour profile with stony textures and great finishing acidity. There’s loads of personality in this wine. Enjoy with a bowl of fish soup and crusty white bread.

$22.99 single
$19.99 each in any six

Mandoon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2017

Mandoon Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2017  

Although Margaret River is better known for its sauvignon blanc/semillon blends than straight sauvignon blanc, the single variety does well in the cooler vintages. And 2017 was cool. This gold medal winner has more tropical fruit than herbal grassy characters and the passionfruit/pineapple notes are enhanced by a silky roundness across the palate.  It doesn’t miss its friend semillon, one little bit.

$19.99 single
$17.99 each in any six

Rosabrook Single Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Margaret River, 2015

Rosabrook Single Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Margaret River, 2015

A great vintage for Margaret River chardonnay and this wine shows loads of quality. The green-edged lemon colour dazzles, stone fruit and smoky aromatics lift out of the glass and the palate is long and complex with bundles of fruit and grainy texture to a persistent finish. Barbecued chicken with this.

$36.99 single
$33.99 each in any six

Irvine Spring Hill, Pinot Gris, Eden Valley, 2017

Irvine Spring Hill, Pinot Gris, Eden Valley, 2017

You just don’t know what wine you’re getting when you buy an Aussie pinot gris or grigio, whatever the label says. A few weeks ago at a tasting of pinot gris, we particularly enjoyed one wine from the Eden Valley in SA. It’s light, crisp and has delicacy, which is rare in this variety. It’s definitely not pinot gris in style, but a lot closer to pinot grigio. For us, it’s simply a very good light Aussie wine and, apart from the misleading label, won’t disappoint.

You’ll notice the palest of pink hues, which is acceptable for this variety and gentle poached pear and light floral aromatics. The palate is elegant, long and dry with delicate white peach and pear and light minerality, which enhances the structure. Glorious drinking right now. Serve with baked salmon.

$21.99 single
$18.99 each in any six

Greywacke ‘Wild’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough (NZ), 2015

Greywacke ‘Wild’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough (NZ), 2015

Mid straw with a green tinge, this has a light cheesy and smoky lift along with stone fruit and lemongrass. The palate is dry, creamy and nutty, of medium body and extends to a crispy citrus finish. Great flavour, complexity and balance now and will be even better in a couple of years.

$37.99 single
$34.99 each in any six

Santa Cristina Rosato, Toscana (It), 2016

Santa Cristina Rosato, Toscana (It), 2016

A rosé from Tuscany - a rarity at our panel and this is a ripper.  It’s a light blushing colour and has a little spritz or fizz, which indicates freshness. You’ll notice floral and red berry aromatics and the palate is light, long and strikingly attractive with just a touch of grape sugar. Screw capped! Quaff soon.

$18.99 single
$16.99 each in any six

S.C. Pannell ‘Arido’ Grenache Rosé, McLaren Vale, 2017

S.C. Pannell ‘Arido’ Grenache Rosé, McLaren Vale, 2017

Pink wine from grenache grapes was once ubiquitous in Oz and although less common nowadays, it’s far better in quality. When Steve Pannell gets his hands on grenache the stars align and this has a bundle of flavour with blood orange and melon, it’s sweet and sour with a little grape sugar and tart acidity. Loads of fun, try it chilled with a Cantonese stir-fry.

$23.99 single
$21.99 each in any six



RED WINE SELECTION

Wallace Shiraz Grenache, Barossa Valley, 2016

Wallace Shiraz Grenache, Barossa Valley, 2016 

Ben Glaetzer is from a winemaking family that is entrenched in the Barossa and been making traditional big oaky alcoholic reds for decades. Ben, a new generation Glaetzer, is attacking red wines in a modern way. He’s after juiciness, vibrancy and softness and achieves this by sourcing old-vine fruit with its inherent deeply entrenched flavour.  We love his classical Barossa red blend under the Wallace label.

Black/red in colour, this has Christmas cake plummy fruit and nutmeg/cinnamon spice aromatics. Old vines play a leading role as the palate is plump with dark squishy fruit, liquorice, along with sandy tannins and integrated soft oak.  Enjoy it now with a winter-warming beef braise. Enormous value!

$21.99 single
$18.99 each in any six

Wild Earth Pinot Noir, Central Otago (NZ), 2014

Wild Earth Pinot Noir, Central Otago (NZ), 2014

A region that produces ripe pinot fruit characters up front and weight in the middle palate. Along with dark cherry and raspberry fruit, there are herbs and spice here and some leather and earthiness, complexities gained by bottle aging. We enjoy this now and would drink it soon with a rabbit casserole or terrine.

$38.99 single
$34.99 each in any six

Apostrophe ‘Possessive Reds’, Great Southern, 2017

Apostrophe ‘Possessive Reds’, Great Southern, 2017

You may spend time digesting the label, but no time in drinking the wine – it slips down so easily. By Larry Cherubino and a blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre, it’s simply delicious. There’s raspberry, cranberry and floral notes with the finest of tannins, all packaged in a medium body with a dry cleansing finish. We ravished it with some spicy Hunan food, but you’ll enjoy it with just about anything.

$17.99 single
$15.99 each in any six

Soumah Select Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2017

Soumah Select Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2017

Brilliant garnet in colour, this has bright cherry and plummy fruit and a hint of smokiness. It’s a rounded silky gem with a sweaty varietal character, vanilla bean and good depth and balance. Drink soon, there’s no reason to age it. Magic with duck or quail.

$24.99 single
$22.99 each in any six

Chateau L’Eglise, Bordeaux (Fr), 2016

Château L'Eglise, Bordeaux (Fr), 2016

We haven’t included a Bordeaux red in this publication for some time, but here’s one that ticks a couple of boxes - its drinks well and importantly, you don’t have to sell your car to buy a bottle. Good depth of colour, it oozes dark cherry, blackcurrant and mulberry fruit, has a sizeable dollop of vanillin oak, gritty cabernet tannins and overall balance. Santé!

$21.99 single
$19.99 each in any six

S.C. Pannell Tempranillo Touriga, McLaren Vale, 2016

S.C. Pannell Tempranillo Touriga, McLaren Vale, 2016

A black red colour is a hint of what’s to come. Although light in aroma, cherry fruit and kitchen spices are redolent; it’s the palate that makes a statement. The tannins are explosive and rattle the teeth, the fruit sits underneath waiting for an entry and the structure is solid. This is for those who are resilient and love a tough red. Will drink well for at least a decade, probably more.

$26.99 single
$24.99 each in any six

Timineri Nero D’Avola, Sicily (It), 2015

Timineri Nero d’Avola, Sicily (It), 2015

From the Gibellina Hills (alt. 200m) in the west of the island. This is a dark red colour with a vanillin oak lift and has lots of fruit across the palate extending to a lively spicy finish. It’s fuller than most Italian reds. Serve with Sicilian meat loaf and tomato gravy. Well priced!

$25.99 single
$23.99 each in any six

Marq Malbec, Margaret River, 2016

Marq Malbec, Margaret River, 2016

Violet and dark red, which is typical of the variety and the aromatics are of plum, mulberry and ripe pomegranate. The palate is generous, in fact rich with red fruits and soft furry tannins. The oak is integrated and adds some muscle and balance to an otherwise cuddly wine. Drinks very well now, especially with wood-fired barbecued beef, Argentinean style.

$25.99 single
$22.99 each in any six

Kalleske ‘Moppa’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2016

Kalleske ‘Moppa’ Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2016  

Distinctive in its square shoulder bottle, here’s a Barossa red that is modern in its approach. There’s a squeeze of viognier to add a floral note and petit verdot for colour and tannins. Both blueberry and spice of shiraz combine with these attributes to give flavour to the creamy medium-weighted palate that finishes firm and dry.

$28.99 single
$25.99 each in any six

Teusner ‘The Dog Strangler’ Mataro, Barossa Valley, 2016

Teusner ‘The Dog Strangler’ Mataro, Barossa Valley, 2016

This is a mataro or mourvedre or monastrell or .….. there’s a large bunch of synonyms for the variety. It’s grown worldwide and is normally tough and very tannic, it’s the steel girder in red blends, it gives them strength. This wine is fruit-driven however, with less skin contact and gentler tannins and has a rich juicy-fruited mouthfeel with an injection of mocha, chocolate and spice. If you like full reds, try this.

$29.99 single
$27.99 each in any six

Woodlands ‘Clementine’ Margaret River, 2016

Woodlands ‘Clementine’ Margaret River, 2016  

A Bordeaux blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and petit verdot provides the fruit and floral characters in this, oak delivers vanilla and nutty almond complexity and thick skins serve up dense colour and chalky tannins. It has all the ingredients; it needs a little more time to integrate. Serve with slow roasted lamb shoulder.

$39.99 single
$36.99 each in any six

Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Frankland River, Great Southern, 2016

Frankland Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Frankland River, Great Southern, 2016

Along with Coonawarra in the south east of SA, Frankland River in the Great Southern arguably makes the best cool climate cabernet sauvignon in the country. We love its blackcurrant fruit flavours and grippy tannins and it has the profile of an Olympic high jumper – lean, long and sinewy. This is typical Frankland cabernet; it drinks well now and yet has some time ahead of it.

$26.99 single
$24.99 each in any six



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 Nedlands
Shop 27, Broadway Fair 88 Broadway
P: 08 9386 6093

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 Winter Edition runs from 1 June 2018 to 31 August 2018.
While stocks last. Pictures for Illustration purposes only.
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