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2016 Watershed Senses Chardonnay

Headlining this edition of Corker is a last chance opportunity to purchase one of our most popular white wines of the past twelve months. 

The 2016 Watershed 'Senses' Chardonnay is the first Chardonnay release under their 'Senses' range, which the team at Watershed have absolutely nailed. With a glowing 96 point Halliday review and a RRP of $30, this a must have for every Chardonnay lover at the discounted price of $18.90 a bottle. 

Also featured in this edition are last stocks of the bargain 2016 Shottesbrooke Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, a benchmark Aussie Rosé from Luke Lambert and a stunning new vintage of Oakridge's Willowlake Vineyard Chardonnay.  


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2016 Watershed Senses Chardonnay - $18.90

96 Points - James Halliday | RRP $30

Watershed Wines of Margaret River continues to build its reputation as a premium wine producer. The 2016 Watershed 'Senses' Chardonnay is the first Chardonnay release under the 'Senses' range, which has proved incredibly popular over the past few months. 

A single vineyard Chardonnay made from selected grapes from Watershed's estate vineyard, these are barrel fermented in new and seasoned French oak barriques to deliver an intensely flavoured and complex wine. Plenty of lifted citrus, stone fruit and subtle nutty aromas lead into a well-weighted palate that is creamy, textured and offers lingering crisp finish.

With a RRP of $30, last stocks of this high quality Margaret River Chardonnay are likely to go quickly at this ripping price. 

"96 Points. Small batch-fermented in French oak (18.5% new) on lees for 7 months with light battonage. The combination of high quality cool grown grapes and sensitive winemaking has produced this lovely chardonnay, the first release of a chardonnay in the Senses range. Delicacy teams with intensity (an oxymoron if ever there was one), grapefruit, white peach and nectarine the drivers, not the oak. Drink by: 2029 Price: $30.00 Alcohol: 13%"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018.

2016 Shottesbrooke Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - $13.90

95 Points - James Halliday | Last Stocks

South Australia's Langhorne Creek region has claims to being one of the best value wine regions anywhere in Australia. The overall quality of their red wines in particular is excellent, with plenty of outstanding wines on offer for well under $20 a bottle. 

This 2016 Shottesbrooke Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example of the quality and value for money found in Langhorne Creek. Fragrant and approachable, this medium-bodied Cabernet is brimming with plenty of varietal blackcurrant, subtle mint and dark cherry flavours, with a touch of quality oak and a silky mouthfeel rounding it off perfectly. A wine of extraordinary value for money, only very limited stocks remain.  

"95 Points. While not particularly deep, the hue is youthful, and the fragrant eucalypt nuances that accompany the fresh cassis of the palate are regional (and shared with Coonawarra). The finely spun tannins are a feature of a medium-bodied cabernet made to be drunk whenever the idea pleases you. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2030" Drink By: 2030. Closure: Screwcap"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.

2017 Luke Lambert Crudo Rosé - $22.90

"Outstanding" | 95 Points - Gary Walsh

Luke Lambert is widely recognised as one of Australia's most talented young winemakers. A passionate winemaker with a strong European influence, Lambert is a strong advocate of natural processes in winemaking. His Crudo Rosé is always a benchmark example of Aussie Rose and the 2017 vintage will be welcomed by the many fans of this wine. 

Complex, textural and lip- smackingly delicious, this is pretty much everything you could hope for a bottle of rosé to deliver. A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Nebbiolo; whole bunch pressed, the cloudy juice sent to tank for wild ferment and wild malo before storage in 5,000-litre French oak foudre. Bottled as usual without filtration, this is an outstanding dry Rosé that Luke Lambert believes is the best he's produced yet. 

"95 Points. Funny thing to say, but when I first tasted this, it reminded me of a blood orange, with a little carrot (earthy) and fresh ginger in the blend: a healthy feel to it, as it were. It’s juicy and fresh, but has restraint, and a fine chalky texture. The acid line is clean and driving, and the finish is particularly long and well-defined, tannin licking playfully. There’s a little campari/ orange rind twist in the aftertaste, which is gustatory and encouraging. Outstanding. Tasted: Aug18 Alcohol: 12.5% Price: $25 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2024"- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.

2017 Oakridge Willowlake Vineyard Chardonnay - $28.90

"Drastically good wine" | 96 Points - Campbell Mattinson

Oakridge has long been considered one of the stars of the Yarra Valley and amongst the finest cool climate winemakers in Australia. Their 'Vineyard Series' explores the unique 'terroir' of individual vineyard sites throughout the Yarra Valley, paired with the skilled winemaking of David Bicknell and the team at Oakridge.

The 2017 Oakridge Willowlake Chardonnay follows in the footsteps of the hugely popular 2016 vintage of this wine. Crafted from grapes grown on one of the oldest vineyards in the Yarra Valley; this is bursting with cool-climate flavours yet has a restraint and balance only found in the finest Australian Chardonnay.  

"96 Points. It’s now referred to as the Vineyard Series rather than as the Local Vineyard Series. Whatever you call it, this is a beauty. It’s impressiveness is immediately apparent. Strong fruit, tight lines, complex messages that stay with you. Grapefruit and flint, oatmeal and fennel. It soars. Drastically good wine. Tasted: Sep18. Alcohol: 13.3% Price: $38 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2025+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

2017 Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz - $28.90

"It's a ripper" - Campbell Mattinson

Located approximately 30 minutes north of Canberra in the small rural town of Murrumbateman, Clonakilla is one of the great success stories of Australian wine and home to some of the most impressive red wines made anywhere in the country. Their Hilltops Shiraz regularly delivers exceptional value drinking and the just released 2017 vintage is again in outstanding form. 

"94 Points. I’ve liked a great many of the previous releases of this wine but this is my favourite of the lot. It’s a ripper. Balanced, well fruited, spice-laden, perfumed, floral and then sweetly exotic. It smells and tastes beautiful, and is so finely etched with tannin; it has everything exactly where you’d like it to be. I’d send a case of this straight into the pool room but I’d like my stash kept a lot closer to me than that and, besides, I don’t have a pool room anyway. Buy. Tasted: Jul18 Alcohol: 14% Price: $35 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2018 - 2025+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front. 

"93/100. Excellent dark crimson-purple; a savoury infused wine with wafts of prosciutto, smoked sausages, iodine, cherries and pips plus toastiness from the oak. Medium-bodied, slightly sinewy tannins. This needs more time to settle and will reward those who do so. Price when Tasted: $35.00 Date when Tasted: 01 Jan 2018 Alcohol: 14 % Drink By: 2030 Closure: Screwcap"- Jane Faulkner, winecompanion.com.au.

2016 Turkey Flat Shiraz - $49.90

98 Points - James Halliday

Turkey Flat Shiraz comfortably sits among the top bracket of Barossa Valley Shiraz and still sells for a fraction of the price of many other highly regarded examples. The Schultz family have owned the Turkey Flat vineyard since 1870 and are proud custodians of some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world (planted in 1847).

The 2016 Turkey Flat Shiraz is another generous, intensely flavoured and impeccably structured Barossa Shiraz that is already attracting plenty of attention on the back of a massive 98 point review from James Halliday. 

"98 Points. The price of this classic estate-grown wine has been increased, but not by much, leaving this as underpriced as it is a beautifully crafted wine with a history of its own. It has power and presence, and above all, a purity of taste and structure. The black fruits have waves and cross-currents of flavour and texture, the finish long and balanced. Screwcap. 14.2% alc. To 2015. $50"- James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2019.