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After a brilliant sunny autumn, the cold weather has arrived and that means red wines. White wines will still be quaffed, but when the fire is a warm glow and gutsy rib-sticking dishes make their way from oven to table, it’s time to cuddle up to a red wine. We have some cracking types for you in this publication, both red and white. Tuck in and enjoy.

Cheers, Rod Properjohn.


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 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.




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Ulithorne Epoch 2018 McLaren Vale, Rosé

Rosy-cheeked in the glass and with floral and berry fruit aromatics, this is lovely and long with strawberry and cherry influences and an excellent crisp savoury finish. Has flavour and balance and suits luncheon fare - seafood, light meats and salads. Splendidly presented and comes with a contemporary glass seal.

$21.99 in any six pack
$23.99 each

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Aix 2018 Vin de Provence Saint Aix (Fr) $29.99 ea.jpg

Aix 2018 Vin de Provence Saint Aix (Fr)

The handsome minimalist presentation of this rosé wine hits the right buttons, the salmon pink colour is radiant and the palate is flavoursome, dry and with lots of character. Drink soon. We feature the standard 750ml bottle here, although it’s available in a range of bottle sizes for your convenience.

$27.99 in any six pack
$29.99 each

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Manoro 2017 Primitivo Puglia IGP (It)

From the heel of Italy, where primitivo (aka zinfandel) is a popular varietal wine. This typifies the style with a rich savoury full body, ripe fruit, earthiness, spice and grippy tannins. Unlike Italian reds generally, it is more akin to the bold reds of the Barossa and McLaren Vale in Australia. Choose food accordingly.

$19.99 in any six pack
$21.99 each

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Chateau Bois Pertuis 2014 Bordeaux (Fr)

Red brick in colour, this blend has a bouquet of smoky meat stock and herbal characters. There are earthy black fruits across the light/medium palate with distinctive firm mouthdrying tannins on the finish. A typical old-world red, it’s savoury and cries out for a rare beef accompaniment. It’s made for food.

$19.99 in any six pack
$21.99 each


WHITE

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Zonte’s Footstep 2018 Shades of Gris
Adelaide Hills

Straw colour with a green tint, this has a delicate citrus blossom aroma, the palate is appealing with melon and pear fruit, good length and a citrus flourish on the finish that is particularly attractive. The Adelaide Hills is fast becoming the signature region for pinot grigio/gris in Australia. Clever label.

$17.99 in any six pack
$19.99 each

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Vasse Felix 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Margaret River

Lemongrass identifies the varieties in this and then there are the bread and cheese complexities of lees, the faint tannins of skin contact, the spice of oak and the minerality and acidity of a cool vintage. It’s a light, dry, textural and balanced Margaret River blend that is enjoyable right now. 

$19.99 in any six pack
$21.99 each

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Heidenreich 2018 Watervale Riesling Clare Valley 

This riesling from Liz Heidenreich highlights the characteristics of the variety and region with heady floral aromatics, lime juice, honey, apple and zesty citrus. Liz spent 14 years as winemaker at the historic Jesuit Sevenhills winery in the Clare Valley before beginning her eponymous label with this wine. We wish her loads of success.

$20.99 in any six pack
$22.99 each

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Chalmers 2018 Vermentino
Heathcote 

Vermentino is a promising emerging variety in Oz; it has its home in Sardinia, Italy. The grapes in this wine have been wild fermented in whole bunches and deliver a lemony and yellow pear fruit character, a crispness, dry chalky textures and fine finishing acidity. Try with a plate of fat green buttery Italian olives..

$24.99 in any six pack
$26.99 each

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Cherubino 2018 Laissez Faire Fiano
Frankland River

We ravished the Cherubino 2016 Fiano which was delightfully lively and slightly sweet. This is a different beast altogether, it’s a bigger wine and quite dry with stone fruit, spice, a mineral spine and a lemony finishing acidity. Guess Larry C is dabbling with this new variety, to establish a style he enjoys..

$24.99 in any six pack
$27.99 each

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Parish Vineyard 2017 Single Estate Riesling
Coal River Valley

Tasmanian riesling is giving its mainland competitors a hurryup lately, the variety obviously loves the cold climate. Light straw and green with gentle grapefruit aromatics, the wine is rounded with a dry textural influence, wonderful length and a superb crisp finish. Ideal with oysters or scallops and there’s no shortage of these in Tassie.

$26.99 in any six pack
$29.99 each

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Greywacke 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (NZ) $29.99 ea.jpg

Greywacke 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough (NZ)

Fresh and attractive, this savvy is not the normal green and grassy Marlborough style but a riper wine. It’s tropical in character and has a citrusy, sweet-fruited middle palate with floral notes. A drink-soon wine, it is one that suits a thick fillet of pan-fried reef fish.

$26.99 in any six pack
$29.99 each

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Onannon 2018 Chardonnay
Mornington

A modern chardy with a mid-straw colour, light stone fruit aromatics and a medium-weighted palate of peach and nectarine that stretches to a very lively acid finish. This is not one for the traditional chardonnay drinker; it’s a drink-soon, fruit-driven quaffing style that suits chicken breast, crumbed and baked.

$34.99 in any six pack
$37.99 each 

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Sybille Kuntz 2017 Mosel-Riesling
Qualitätswein (Deu) 

This German riesling from the almost precipitous Mosel Valley is mid-straw with an attractive green edge. Although described as trocken (dry) by the winemaker this has fruit sweetness - citrus marmalade characters. The wine is balanced and it drinks beautifully right now..

$39.99 in any six pack
$44.99 each

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Picardy 2017 Chardonnay
Pemberton 

Mid-straw with a green edge in appearance, this has glorious grapefruit and apple with underlying spicy oak adding to the structure. Although made in the traditional style, winemakers Pannell have waved a modern wand over the wine and imparted subtlety, as well as balance and length. You’ve gotta love this. Cork seal.

$39.99 in any six pack
$44.99 each


RED

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Hamelin Bay 2017 Rampant Red
Margaret River

A blend of Margaret River shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, malbec and merlot, this has blackberry and mulberry fruit, a smidge of spice and damp earth. Love the balance and drinkability and this will be our go-to wine this winter. A gold/trophy winner at the Melbourne Show for the best red blend, an impressive result at the price.

$16.99 in any six pack
$17.99 each

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Ricca Terra 2018 Nero D’Avola
Riverland

An emerging wine grape variety in Australia, the Sicilian red, nero d’avola (nair-oh dav-ola) relishes a hot and dry climate. From the very warm Riverland SA, this small batch nero is typical with a ruby/mauve colour and mulberry, plum and spice bundled up in a soft juicy package. The busy, difficultto-read label needs work. 

$22.99 in any six pack
$24.99 each

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Willow Bridge 2017 Solana Tempranillo Geographe

From the enormously attractive Ferguson Valley, southeast of Bunbury, this youthful red highlights the quality of the tempranillo grape that grows so well in the region. It makes a spicy middleweight red wine with chalky, not aggressive tannins and a savoury palate with good length and a tart acid finish.

$22.99 in any six pack
$24.99 each

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Tomfoolery 2017 Son of a Gun Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz Barossa Valley

The steely spine and blackberry/herbal stamp of cabernet combine well here with the full plum and blueberry flavours of shiraz in traditional Barossa fashion. It’s a round and generous wine with balanced tannins and oak but is not concentrated like some reds from the region.

$22.99 in any six pack
$24.99 each

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McHenry Hohnen 2017 Amigos Shiraz Grenache Mataro Margaret River

A youthful bright mauve red, this has an injection of pepper and spice along with juicy blood orange fruit. Two weeks on skins and nine months in French oak add firm tannins and structure to the palate. Enjoy now or a couple of years in the bottle won’t do it any harm at all.

$22.99 in any six pack
$24.99 each

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Forest Hill 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Great Southern

A long dry ripening period with cool nights and warm days in 2014 was ideal for cabernet sauvignon grapes in the Mount Barker region. This wine is a classic leafy blackcurrant cabernet with a brambly middleweight palate, a dollop of dark chocolate, furry tannins, integrated oak and clean acidity to finish. Wonderful drink.

$24.99 in any six pack
$26.99 each

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Ring Bolt 2014 21 Barriques Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River

Stocks of cabernet sauvignon from this brilliant regional vintage must be nearly exhausted, especially at this price. Yalumba, from the Barossa, infiltrated Margs to make this one, a silky wine of blackcurrant, mulberry, forest floor, fine tannins and integrated oak. Beautifully supple, it is ready to go right now and will drink well for the next six years. 

$29.99 in any six pack
$32.99 each

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Forester 2016 Home Block Shiraz Margaret River

A shiraz that is full and concentrated with ripe dark fruits of plum and blueberry. A spicy vanilla and smoky oak heads up the earthy milk chocolate palate flavours and crunchy tannins add to the structure. This will marry well with a gelatinous slow-cooked beef braise along with creamy mash potato.

$29.99 in any six pack
$32.99 each

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Roaring Meg 2017 Pinot Noir
Central Otago (NZ)

By Mt Difficulty Wines, this is vivid ruby in colour, has redcurrant aromas and a whiff of earthy feral intrigue. The palate is generous in flavour, velvety in texture and firm and tart in finishing. A quality pinot to drink now or in the short term, especially with duck, quail or turkey.

$34.99 in any six pack
$37.99 each

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Isole e Olena 2015 Chianti Classico (It)

Sangiovese is the main grape of Chianti Classico, a large subregion of Chianti, which stretches between Florence and Siena. This is a red brick colour with morello cherry, beef stock, old leather and dried herbs. It has structural strength with fine tannins and acidity and will cellar for a few more years. Excellent with salami, prosciutto or grilled/roasted meats.

$39.99 in any six pack
$44.99 each



You'll find on the vine wines at these stores

Liquor Barons Swanbourne
103 Claremont Crescent
P: 08 9384 2111

Liquor Barons Carlisle
88 Bishopgate Street
P: 08 9361 1335

Liquor Barons Claremont
12 Ashton Avenue
P: 08 9384 6458

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

Please Note: On the Vine Winter Edition runs from 3 June to 31 August 2019.
While stocks last. Pictures for Illustration purposes only.
Prices may vary in country areas. Some products available only at selected stores.