96 Point Gold Medal Sub $20 Bargain Red - 2017 Majella The Musician

96 Point Gold Medal Sub $20 Bargain Red - 2017 Majella The Musician 

96 Point Gold Medal Sub $20 Bargain Red - 2017 Majella The Musician

Majella 'The Musician' Cabernet Shiraz is undoubtedly one of Australia's most-loved red wines with a huge following of fans. The long-awaited newly released 2017 vintage of The Musician is another sensational example of this classic Aussie blend.

Over the past couple of years this has been a dominant performer on the local wine show circuit; collecting gold medals at the last two Royal Melbourne Wine Shows. It was also awarded a remarkable 96 points by the expert judging panel at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

We're delighted to welcome this superb drinking red wine from Majella, which at $17.90 a bottle could well be one of the bargain red buys of the year.

Also included in this edition of Corker is the super limited 2020 Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Riesling (96 Points - Gary Walsh), a last-chance offer on the hugely popular 2017 Yangarra McLaren Vale Shiraz, and a top-class Henschke red for under $30. 


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2017 Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz - $17.90

96 Points | Gold Medal - 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Trophy - Best Shiraz / Cabernet Blend - 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Gold Medal - 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Trophy: Best Wine $25 and Under - 2019 Great Australian Red 

95 Points - James Halliday

The highly anticipated newly released 2017 Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz is another super impressive offering that has been a dominant performer on the Australian Wine Show circuit over the past couple of years, including a Gold Medal (96 Points) at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show.

Bursting with plenty of typical blackcurrant, raspberry, herb notes. Mouth-wateringly juicy and impressively approachable, this is another impressive release that will deliver plenty of drinking pleasure in the short to medium term. 

"95 Points. A 70/30% blend fermented in stainless steel and oak barrels, then largely matured in stainless steel. It is a freakish wine that has been selling for around $17-18 since it was first released in '04 and has won 7 trophies and 79 medals to date. Its duty is to be fresh, fruit-driven and medium-bodied, the tannins incidental. And so it is. $18.00 Date when tasted: 30 Jan 2019 14% alc. Drink By: 2027 Screwcap"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.


2020 Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Riesling - $21.90

96 Points - Gary Walsh | RRP $28

Torzi Matthews is a food and winemaking partnership between Domenic Torzi and Tracy Matthews. While Torzi Matthews are well-known for their high quality Shiraz, they've shown themselves equally capable of producing some high quality Eden Valley Riesling.

The just released 2020 Torzi Matthew Frost Dodger Riesling offers loads of zesty, citrus and white stone fruits aromatic, while the palate sears with vibrancy, texture and weight, finishing crisp, dry and long. A top flight example of Eden Valley Riesling with a long future ahead of it - although it's pretty irresistible now.

"96 Points. I gather Dom Torzi thinks this 2020 is one of his best releases to date. I guess he’d know. Firstly, wonderful texture and feel in the mouth with plenty of chalk and stony stuff. Flavours are green apple, lime and lemon verbena, fennel and ginger. It’s intense and crunchy, but has weight and powdery grip to go with all the sizzling acidity. It’s very long, and firm, to close. Most definitely a bit of the old mouth-watering going on here. Tasted: Jun20 12.5% alc. $28 Screwcap Drink: 2021 - 2035" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.


2017 Yangarra McLaren Vale Shiraz - $27.90

Last Stocks | 97 Points - James Halliday

"an utterly mesmerising and compelling shiraz" - Toni Paterson

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. One of our biggest selling Shiraz of the year to date, we're now on to our very last stocks of this wine. 

"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.

"95 Points. This is an utterly mesmerising and compelling shiraz. Divine, concentrated dark fruit with very gentle spice. Classically-structured and not overdone in any way. Lively acidity and plentiful integrated tannin. An absolute steal at this price. Fabulous"- Toni Paterson, The Real Review.


2017 Ferngrove Black Label Chardonnay - $13.90

RRP $20 | Bargain Chardonnay

Chardonnay thrives in the isolated and cool-climate of Western Australia's Frankland River region. This is where Ferngrove call home and regularly deliver impressive offerings under their Black Label range.

This 2017 Ferngrove Black Label Chardonnay receives plenty of care and attention from its winemakers; wild fermentation in new and old French oak with lees stirring has delivered some impressive texture and complexity, which are in fine balance with the vibrant white peach, grapefruit and citrus flavours.

A vibrant, approachable Chardonnay that is ready to be enjoyed now, this offers brilliant value at this discounted price. 

"Night-harvested, crushed, pressed, part cultured, part wild yeast fermentation in new and used French oak, 10 months maturation. Expensive stuff at this price, particularly if all fermentation and maturation in oak (rather than planks/chips, etc). The fruit flavours are light on, suggesting generous yields; grapefruit, apple and a hint of oak spice. Should develop more character with a year or two in bottle. 89/100. Date when tasted: 26 Oct 2018. 13% alc. Drink By: 2023"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au. 


2018 Babich Marlborough Pinot Noir - $18.90

Bargain New Zealand Pinot Noir | RRP $27

Babich Wines in one of the pioneering Pinot Noir makers from New Zealand, producing some high quality examples since the early 1980's. This 2018 Babich Classic Marlborough Pinot Noir is sensational drinking example, produced from grapes grown in several vineyards throughout the world-famous Marlborough region.

This is a lovely approachable and aromatic style of Pinot Noir, with plenty of red cherry, raspberry and plum flavours sitting on a soft and savoury palate. A Pinot Noir with some subtle earthy and dried herb undertones, this offers beautiful drinking now and over the next couple of years. With an RRP of $27, we're thrilled to offer this at this limited-time discounted price.


2018 Harewood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon - $17.90

Super Value SBS From Harewood Estate

There's no shortage of the signature Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon dry white blend wines currently being produced in Western Australia, however this offering from Harewood Estate continues to really standout. Made by former Howard Park winemaker, James Kellie; this is a typically aromatic and vibrant blend from WA's Great Southern region. 

The use of only 'free-run' juice helps deliver a seamless purity on the palate, with impressive mouth-watering citrus fruits balanced by tropical passionfruit and pineapple notes. The palate finishes dry and long with a subtle creaminess - making this a standout, high quality dry white that offers excellent value-for-money drinking at this discounted price. 

"A subtle SSB that creeps up on you; it’s pastel drawing, not an oil painting. All the usual elements are here, the whiff of gooseberries, the cut grass, the citrus notes and the tropical fruit; what stands out is the seamless integration of these. Great style. 93 points. Buy."- Kim Brebach, BWU$20.

"Free-run juice, stainless steel-fermented at a low temperature. The bouquet and palate open up with a barrage of passionfruit, allowing citrus, cut grass and snow pea. 92/100 $21.00 Date when tasted 03 Jan 2019 13% alc. Drink By: 2021 Screwcap"- James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au


2018 Henschke Henry's Seven Shiraz Grenache - $29.90

"Such good value here" - Nick Stock | RRP $37

The Henschke family have been making wine since Johann Henschke planted his first vineyard in South Australia’s Eden Valley in the early 1860's. Today, fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and viticulturist wife Prue are recognised around the world for their exceptional quality wines, innovation and sustainability practices in their vineyards.

A blend of Barossa Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Viognier, the 2018 Henschke 'Henry's Seven' is again in cracking form offering lifted aromas of plum, red currant and black berry fruits. The round supple palate is filled with juicy blue and red fruits, spiced plum, liquorice and beautifully textured svelte tannins. A high quality wine from one of Australia's finest red wine makers, this will offer plenty of drinking joy over the next decade.

"Such good value here, this offers so much young complexity with charcuterie and swirling spices dressing ripe plums and blackberries, thanks to the 67% shiraz, co-fermented with 6% viognier. The 17% grenache and 10% mataro add treble and bass to a substantially fleshy mid-section that is packed with ripe-blackberry flavors. Forget the numbers, it’s all about drinkability. 92 Points."- Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, April 29, 2020. 


2016 Craiglee Sunbury Shiraz - $54.90

"Epic Shiraz | 95+ Points" - Mike Bennie

Craiglee is one of the finest examples of cool-climate Shiraz produced in Australia and a wine that always draws plenty of attention. The newly released 2016 Craiglee Sunbury Shiraz is the 40th vintage of Craiglee Shiraz, while also marking the 153rd anniversary of this legendary vineyard's founding in 1863.

A brilliant addition to any cellar, the 2016 Craiglee Sunbury Shiraz is aromatic and impeccably structured; the intensity of flavour, balance and lively bright fruit ensures this is a wine with a long life ahead of it.

"95+ Points. Epic shiraz showcasing the Australiana of the variety at its peak. Dark fruits, lavish spice, herbal-brambly notes, faintest whiffs of Aussie bush in eucalyptus and pepperberry and sweet earth, maybe some game meat (kangaroo?!) in the mix. A good, chunky weave of tannin through dark, brooding sluice of liquid berry and more spice, more herbal notes, more pepper, drawls out through a grippy, crushed rock and puckering finish. Gnarled and legit, wild in a way but has poise. Fantastic, again. Tasted: JUN20 14% alc. $60 Screwcap Drink: 2022 - 2035+"- Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.