97 Point Rated Shiraz From Bondar, Sidewood & Yangarra | 2018 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay

Featured in this edition of Corker is a trio of superb 97 Point Halliday-rated Shiraz that come with our highest recommendation.

Both the 2018 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz and 2017 Yangarra McLaren Vale Shiraz have attracted plenty of recent interest after their inclusion in Halliday's Top 100 Wines Of 2019. Stunning examples of the lofty heights McLaren Vale Shiraz is capable of achieving, they offer brilliant value drinking at under $30. 

Also featured in this edition of Corker is last stocks of the hugely popular 2017 Sidewood Adelaide Hills Shiraz (97 Points - Halliday), the bargain 2017 Xanadu DJL Cabernet Sauvignon (Wine Of Show - 2019 WA Wine Show), along with the highly anticipated 2018 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay


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2018 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz - $27.90

97 Points - James Halliday

Established in 2012, Bondar Wines is the vision of husband and wife team Andre Bondar and Selina Kelly. Bondar Wine's home is the iconic Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale where the oldest vines date back to the early 1950's. With a passionate approach and focus on the region's hero varietals of Shiraz and Grenache, Bondar Wines has made a big impression on the Australian wine scene in a relatively short period of time.

This 2018 Bondar Violet Hour Shiraz is crafted from hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old fruit planted on the Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. Beautifully fragrant on the nose, the palate is silky and soft, while still delivering intensely flavoured dark red fruit flavours. A beautiful rendition of McLaren Vale Shiraz that is a relative bargain at this price.

"97 Points. The fabulous deep violet colour wasn't the inspiration for the name of the wine, but the glove fits. It is medium to full-bodied, overflowing with flavour, yet has a studied elegance. Oak and tannins provide the texture and structure, but not to the point of distraction, the focus of intention on the flavour at its heart. $28.00 Date when tasted 18 Sep 2019 14.1% alc. Drink By: 2038 Screwcap"- James Halliday, Top 100 Wines Of 2019.


2017 Yangarra McLaren Vale Shiraz - $28.90

97 Points - James Halliday

Yangarra Estate is a biodynamic wine producer based in South Australia's McLaren Vale region. The Yangarra philosophy centres around producing wines solely from its single-vineyard estate and the property is devoted to the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone.

This 2017 Yangarra McLaren Vale Shiraz is a brilliant McLaren Vale Shiraz with beautiful approachability while still retaining plenty of depth and fruit concentration. Medium to full-bodied, it offers an impressive core of blueberries, dark fruits, dark chocolate and subtle spice. Ready to be enjoyed now this is likely to only improve with a few years in the cellar.

"97 Points. 75% destemmed, every berry optically scrutinised by a very expensive piece of equipment. Wild yeast-open fermented, plunged, 14 months in French oak (20% new). The pure singularity of this certified biodynamic wine relentlessly captures the senses with its dark spiced fruits."- James Halliday, Top 100 Wines Of 2019.


2017 Sidewood Adelaide Hills Shiraz - $22.90

97 Points - James Halliday

This 2017 Sidewood Shiraz is a stunning example of the popular Adelaide Hills Shiraz; delivering a beautifully aromatic and approachable wine with impressive depth of flavour. The palate is packed with juicy blackberry, dark cherry and pomegranate flavours, with soft silky tannins and savoury notes providing some complexity and underlining the skilled winemaking here. A hugely popular wine over the past few months, only very limited stocks remain. 

"97 Points. Five clones, mainly Selectiv'-harvested, a small portion hand-picked and vineyard-sorted for the small amount of whole bunches, numerous batch variations, matured in French oak (25% new) for 13 months. Seriously satisfying, every aspect explored and finessed, ripe black fruits the core.  Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2045. $25"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.


2017 Xanadu DJL Cabernet Sauvignon - $19.90

Best Wine Of Show - 2019 WA Wine Show

Best Red Wine Of Show - 2019 WA Wine Show

This 2017 Xanadu DJL Cabernet Sauvignon was a standout performer at the recent 2019 WA Wine Show where it was awarded 'Wine Of Show' from a field of 855 wines - an incredible achievement given its RRP of $25. 

This delivers an impressive, medium-bodied rendition of Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon with plenty of blackberry, dark chocolate and cassis flavours. A beautifully balanced wine with plenty of poise and class, this again offers exceptional value drinking.

"93 Points. Predominantly cabernet sauvignon, 14% of the blend comprised of malbec and petit verdot, 14 months in French barriques. A melange of red and black fruit on the bouquet and palate, with each variety seemingly contributing, layers of mulberry leaf, spicy oak and chocolate also in the equation. Structured to cellar well but certainly enjoyable as it is. $24. 14.5% alc. Drink by: 2027"- Steve Creber, winecompanion.com.au.


2018 Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay - $46.90

Gold Medal (97 Points) - 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Best Young White Wine - 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Shaw and Smith have been on the forefront of the ongoing refinement and evolution of Australian Chardonnay; their M3 Chardonnay is considered among Australia's greatest examples. Made with the aim of elegance, restraint and the capacity to age, this offers a complexity and intensity rarely found.

The newly released 2018 Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay is another brilliant offering that's already attracting plenty of praise. This received a Gold Medal (97 Points) at the 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Show, while also collecting the 'Francois De Castella Trophy' for Best Young White Wine.

"96 Points. Shaw + Smith M3 Chardonnay is a wine of note. It’s a wine with a view, as in we all have one of it. It’s come a long way over the years. I like my flint and funk but when I first opened this it was alarming. It was a matchbox factory. Some chardonnays need a decant and a wait. Give this time and it shows both power and poise, its grapefruit, custard apple and stone fruit flavours woven expertly with cedar, oatmeal, almond milk and matches. It has a quartz-like aspect, a bristle to its brilliance. It’s narrow but it’s not lean; there’s more than enough power to its fruit. It should drink quite sensationally, from appropriate glassware, in another 2-4 years. 13% alc. $49 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2027" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.


2019 Hahndorf Hill White Mischief Gruner Veltliner - $19.90

Trophy Best Single Varietal White | 96 Points - 2019 RMWS

Hahndorf Hill are pioneers of Gruner Veltliner in Australia and a driving force behind the rising popularity of this native Austrian variety locally. This new release was a star performer at the 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Show where it was awarded a Gold Medal (96 Points) and took out a major trophy for 'Best Single Varietal White'.

A wine that is attracting plenty of interest on the back of its show success, this offers typically lifted aromatics with both the nose and palate brimming with complex and vibrant citrus, spice, ruby grapefruit, stone fruit and exotic tropicals. These long and intense flavours are all held together and balanced by a juicy acidity and subtle textural undertones.

A top class example of Australian Gruner Veltliner, this is a white wine with plenty of personality and excellent food appeal; we'd suggest seafood, spiced Asian and pork dishes.