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What type of person are you?

I came across this quote recently. What are your thoughts?

People essentially divide into those who insist on letting red wine ‘breathe’ and those who are fun to be with.

Rolling Estate Wines Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2007

Award Winner Dallas International Wine Competition
Award Winner Mindus Vini Der Grosse Internationale Weinpreis
Award Winner Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Award Winner Riverina Wine Show

This award winning Sauvignon Blanc Semillon was produced by one of Australia’s finest winemakers Philip Shaw. Philip is one of the world’s leading winemakers. He is the only one to twice win the coveted Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine and Spirit Competition. He has also been voted Qantas/Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine’s – Australian Winemaker of the Year. Throw in winemaker of the BEST NEW WORLD WHITE in 2006 and 2007 by World Decanter Magazine and you know this bloke knows his stuff. To be able to pick up a Philip Shaw produced wine from UNDER $10 is unheard of so ENSURE YOU GRAB YOUR CASE BEFORE IT SELLS OUT.

“I think great wines should have silk, a softness, a texture.”
Philip Shaw

Named after the beautiful rolling hills of the Central Ranges, Australia, the Rolling Estate vineyard starts at 1,800 feet above sea level. The continual cool temperatures and intense high-land sunlight, gives the fruit rich color and bright flavours. From this unique cool-climate vineyard we craft intensely flavored, vibrant wines of exceptional quality.

Ripe tropical fruit flavors lead onto a palate of excellent balance. Fine citrus acidity underlies the bright passionfruit notes and finishes refreshingly finish.

Phillip Shaw & Debbie Lauritz

RRP $18/bottle. Paid $10/bottle from Get Wines Direct

The Colonial Estate Exile Shiraz 2009

We are down to the last stocks of the THE MOST AMAZING DEAL WE HAVE EVER OFFERED in the spectacular The Colonial Estate Exile Barossa Shiraz 2009. There will be another release later in the year but if you haven’t purchased this exquisite red wine you’re missing out on something truly spectacular. Find out what all the fuss is about.

Last year the super-premium Barossa Colonial Estate went into receivership and we purchased their entire inventory including all their bottled stock and all their wine that they had been sleeping in brand new French oak barrels. We literally sold out overnight of the super-premium Colonial Exile Barossa Shiraz 2008 which was retailing for $220 a bottle (yes that’s correct $220 for one single bottle). In buying the entire inventory we purchased it at an unbelievable price from the appointed receivers and sold it for $29.99 a bottle A MASSIVE SAVING OF $2280 A DOZEN.

Well my friends we have just bottled up the 2009 vintage and according to some of the Barossa’s finest winemakers and Vignerons this is the best vintage yet.

After a few Coopers beers at Barossa’s Greenock Pub we knocked over a few bottles of Colonial Estate Barossa Exile Shiraz ’09 (actually five bottles) with a group of some of the Barossa’s finest winemakers and Vignerons including a vigneron who has grown Penfolds Grange and several winemakers that have a plethora of trophies, medals and awards behind them. We obviously can’t name our mates because they have their own wines and labels that they need to protect and sell but this is what they had to say about our exceptional wine.

“Epic, an instant classic. The best 2009 vintage wine I have tasted and something I will be putting a few boxes in the cellar and giving the wine more time as I can’t wait to see what happens over the next few years”

“The 2009 vintage is exactly what you would expect, monstrous flavours of dark berries, chocolate and vanilla with huge tannins which almost roll through the wine. There is so much going on but at the same time the wine seems to be perfectly balanced, this is a serious wine for serious wine drinkers and will continue to develop in the bottle for over 2 decades”

“Melted chocolate in a glass, such a smooth wine with lashings of blackberry, cherries, black olive and an intense yet perfectly balanced tannin structure which runs through the wine with lovely acid. In comparison with the 2008 model I feel that this wine is much smoother and the flavours are more intense, although a great wine I am a bigger fan of the 2009.”

“Exile comes from only the finest vineyards in the Barossa’s west, in my opinion the western Barossa is where the great grapes are grown. Colonial Estate had the great advantage of using grapes from the premium sub regions here and more importantly from some of the Barossa’s oldest vines up to 140 years old which wineries all over would die for. I have no issue saying that the grapes used in Exile would make the icon grading system for grapes and the way the grapes are treated both on the vine and after picking is something to marvel at. Exile is my new favourite wine, anywhere and anytime

“Wow, flavours almost explode out of the glass. Let the wine breathe and just enjoy the aromas which fill the glass and rush you. First taste and I was flattened by the levels of this wine, it has such range from the initial rush of flavours through the mid palate then it finishes so big and stays with you for at least a minute or two. Just about as close as you get to perfection in a glass”

Don’t just believe me and some of Australia’s finest winemakers palates, previous vintages of Exile have had massive reviews and accolades around the globe with the world’s most influential wine critic Robert Parker Jr awarding past vintages with 94, 95 and 96 points (Outpointing numerous vintages of Penfolds Grange) whilst Australia’s most renowned wine writer James Halliday awarding a previous vintage with a whopping 95 points putting up there with the Best Of The Best in Australia.

As this wine has not hit the wine press as yet here a few past reviews and ratings..

96 Points Robert Parker
95 Points Robert Parker
94 Points Robert Parker
95 Points James Halliday
93 Points Robert Parker
95 Points Stephen Tanzer

it is a wine of extraordinary intensity as well as aromatic purity.”, “Black/purple-coloured with sensational purity,” “A riveting example of old vine Barossa fruit.”
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate

“A strikingly complex and seductive wine.”
Stephen Tanzer

“Epic! The colour is impenetrable, the oak unbelievable and the concentration undeniable… If you like them monstrous, then this may be for you.” & “a very complex shiraz, with black fruits, chocolate, vanilla and notably soft tannins woven in a velvety shroud.”
James Halliday


Please note as this wine has just been bottled it will need to be rested or if you can’t wait that long open a few hours before drinking and decant for it to open up and show its perfection.

Purchased from Get Wines Direct for $30/bottle

Block 51 Limited Release, Basket Pressed, Greenock Barossa Shiraz 2010

The Block 51 “Basket Pressed” Limited Release Greenock Barossa Shiraz 2010 was sourced  from superb fruit from the ultra-premium Greenock sub-region in the Barossa Valley.

Only the finest of winemaking skills were adhered to including open fermenters, basket pressing and skillfully aged in the finest of oak. It exhibits an intense deep purple colour and offers rich aromas of plums, blueberries, fruit cake with hits of lavender, black olive and subtle wood spices. It is a full-bodied, rich and fleshy style, with dark chocolate, liquorice and black berry flavours, and soft and supple tannins that support the blue fruit flavours. It is young and fresh and can be enjoyed early or could handle midterm cellaring. It is one of those really unforgettable wines delivering a dark rich purple plethora of flavours.

The 2010 Shiraz was sourced from our two vineyards in the North West of the Barossa, overlooking the Greenock Creek. The fruit was picked over a four week period, which ensured blending options for a more complex finished wine.

The individual parcels were fermented in stainless steel open fermenters, macerated on skins for seven to ten days before basket pressing straight to seasoned French Oak barrels.

The wines were allowed to spontaneously undergo malolactic fermentation and were kept in individual barrels until final blending.

The 2010 Shiraz exhibits an intense deep purple colour and offers rich aromas of plums, blueberries, fruit cake with hints of lavender, black olive and subtle wood spices. It is a full-bodied, rich and fleshy style, with dark chocolate, liquorice and blackberry flavours, and soft and supple tannins that support the blue fruit flavours. It is young and fresh and can be enjoyed early or could handle mid-term cellaring.

RRP $30.00, Paid $15.00 through Get Wines Direct.

The Colonial Estate Exile Shiraz 2008

James Hallidays Wine Companion:
“Epic! The colour is impenetrable, the oak unbelievable and the concentration undeniable… If you like them monstrous, then this may be for you.”

The vineyard that they decided to plant was just off the main road of Nuriootpa. The vines have been dry grown since then and the grapes have gone into the great and good of Australia including Grange. Like Château Haut-Brion the town has grown up around it and it is now an oasis of a vineyard with houses surrounding it.

Exile is 100% sourced from the Lange Vineyard, now a part of The Colonial Estate. The single-vineyard wine is made up of old vine Shiraz with some Mourvedre and Muscadelle. The age of some of these vines date back to the 1800’s.

The wine is made in the French fashion: low cropping aided by green harvesting, handpicking into trays, and double-triage on arrival at the winery. The wooden vats, shipped from Cognac in France, appear incongruous in their setting. The wine is picked ripe and, after vinification, poured into pure new French oak.

The Colonial Estate’s approach to making wines in Australia has been French. Handpicking, sorting tables where they sort individual grapes, wooden vats etc: This is what separates The Colonial Estate from most Australian wineries. No expense has been spared with only the finest of winemaking practices being utilised. Brand new French Oak, French bottles, labels etc and flying over Château Teyssier’s winemaker for each vintage to produce wines of outstanding stature set them apart from all others.

Exile manifests itself as a rush of substance, power, flavour, and length, but with an underpinning definition and elegance.

This truly magnificent wine has a retail price of $US220 a bottle putting it up there with the Best Of The Best in Australian Shiraz, but I was able to get it for an amazing price of just $29.99 a bottle (limit of 1 dozen).

You ask why is it so cheap? Well Get Wines Direct bought the entire inventory of the Colonial Estate Winery from the receivers and in doing so have it at a drastically reduced price.

Never before have Get Wines Direct offered such an irresistible parcel of wines of impeccable quality and finesse with ratings and reviews to back it up including wines that have outpointed Penfolds Grange ($550). THIS IS A SIMPLY WORLD CLASS WINE.

Ben 10 Live

For our Holiday Trip we took Thomas and Lachlan to Ben 10 Live at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Thanks to Katie & Greg for babysitting Jack & Julia while we were at the concert, and for letting us squash into their apartment. 🙂

As we walked into the Entertainment Centre, a photo stand was set up, and the boys were able to get a photo.

I’ll ask the boys to leave a comment to tell you what they thought of the show.

Ben10 Theme Song.

What’d You Say?

Does this sound familiar in your home? Click to see the whole comic.


Ben 10 Live – Power of the Omnitrix

Something BIG is coming to Australia! The Australian premiere of Cartoon Network’s BEN 10 LIVE: Power of the Omnitrix is set to tour major arenas around the nation in September and October 2010 in time for school holidays. Everyone’s favourite boy-hero, Ben Tennyson and his alien heroes will come to life on stage in BEN 10 LIVE a show filled with cool stunts, incredible action and awesome special effects.

With an impressive cast of 26 actors and professional stunt performers BEN 10 LIVE features Ben, his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max over two adventure filled acts based on the hit TV series Ben 10 and Ben 10: Alien Force.

Also appearing in the live show is sometime friend sometime foe Kevin Levin and Ben’s dial-up alien superheroes Heartblast, Four Arms and Wildmutt, alongside love-to-hate favourites Vilgax, Highbreed Commander, The Forever Knights and DNAliens. Plus – making their Australian debut live on stage – are two brand new alien heroes created specifically for BEN 10 LIVE  the super strong Rocks and multi-tentacled Squidstrictor.

Ben 10 fans in Australia will love this 95 minute adrenaline-pumping extravaganza of electrifying stunts, action flying sequences and cool BMX and skateboard tricks. All of this in an arena full of incredible costumes brought to life against a huge digital backdrop, with jaw-dropping effects and lighting.

Ben 10, one of Cartoon Network’s hottest properties, is watched in over 2.9 million homes in Australia and New Zealand. Ben 10 and Ben 10 Alien Force are both shown daily on Cartoon Network.

A Site Update

I have updated the WordPress engine to 2.7 today, whilst nursing the twins. Part of this upgrade also required upgrading my theme, Fresh, to 2.0.  I still need to fix up the sidebar, but everything else has been set up to display the way I like it.

EDIT (20/3/2009): Finally got the sidebar finished – things have been pretty busy around here with the twins. Also set up an Archives page using Samantha Halfon’s A WordPress Index Page Template. Thanks Samantha!!

Chickity China, the Chinese Chicken

I came across this parody of the Barenaked Ladies song, One Week over at College Humour. It brought a smile to my face.

Check it out….