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Here it is! The famous Dinks List Christmas Drinking Dozen. Well maybe not famous yet but it will be once you get a load of all the stellar drinking in this pack.

So what is the theme? Great drinking! That’s it. We are keeping it simple. Weather you are throwing some seafood on the BBQ, having friends over for a catch-up or anything in between we have put together a great selection of whites, reds, rose, sparkling and of course a magnum of wine to really get the party started.

This year’s magnum is a double dose from one of the world’s greatest estate. The Guigal Cotes-du-Rhone is a perennial favourite here at PWS and its so much the better when it comes in a super-size me bottles. From one of the great vintages of the last decade in the Rhone, I doubt even 1500ml’s is going to last you long.

Just like seafood, BBQ’s and a bit of pav, rosé is a must for any Aussie Christmas, and we have given you one of the best around. Bondar is putting out some of the tastiest McLaren Vale wines we have seen, and this 100% Grenache rosé is a stunner. It has got to be one of the most drinkable Rosé’s we tried this year. You won’t be disappointed.

From Alsace in France, we have the Prince Estivac Blanc de Blanc. It’s another stellar drop that is so on point. Made from several noble varieties of Alsace (Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot gris) it’s a pitch perfect bubbles, crisp and dry but packed full of flavour. Whether you are popping it on Christmas day or to help ease the headache on the 26th this will hit the spot.

From Italy it’s a double header with the ever-delicious Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera and the cracking little Chianti, Buccia Nera. These seriously over-deliver for the money with plenty of juicy fruit flavour and that little bite that make Italian red the perfect BBQ fare. If you are throwing some burgers on the BBQ or grilling up some tasty lamb you can’t go wrong.

Back in stock, just in time for the Mixed Dozen, is the Racine Picpoul de Pinet. This has fast become a staff favourite and it’s not hard to see why. Its racy and fine with whistle clean fruit, a hint of peppery spice getting top marks in the slurpability scale. The perfect partner with prawns (hot or cold) and basically any seafood you can throw it. We might have a couple of pallets, but I reckon this aint going to last long.

That’s just the start! We have a cracking vintage if Aussie Riesling from Shut the gate and their Rosie’s patch Clare Valley Riesling – tried this for the first time recently and instantly fell in love, classic stuff. From Margaret River legends Voyager this is one of the best value Chardonnay’s we have seen all year.

We have Yarra Valley Pinot Noir by Nunc hailing from 4 of the Yarra’s best vineyards and made by champion, Dave Mac. There are two cracking Spanish reds; the Avaniel Ribera del Duero Tempranillo and the smart little Mesta Garnacha. These varietals rule supreme and these are great example of both. And last but not least a 100% Syrah from the southwest France and the cheeky but deliciously names Pour les Vin!

Happy holidays, stay safe and enjoy!

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  • 1. Prince Estivac Blanc de Blanc NV
    Alsace White Blend

    While there is no doubt Alsace is well known for its aromatic white varietals it is probably not as well known as the steward of great sparkling. Well, this little drop will change your mind. This doesn't try to be Champagne and it's all the better for it. The aim is to produce a clean, fun and delicious sparkling that nods to its home in Alsace but overdelivers in quality, and it has that in spades!

    This is sensational value, made from Pinot Blanc and Riesling in a traditional method. Nashi pear and green apple with hints of lime. Cumquat, apple, zesty citrus lead in the mouth to a long finish. Excellent little wine and you would be just as happy popping this for a toast as you would cracking it at a BBQ to get the party started.

  • 2. Shut The Gate Rosie's Patch Riesling 2019
    Single Vineyard Watervale

    Sourced from the Castine family vineyard located towards the south of Watervale, a block generally a little warmer and producing riper, tropical fruit characters in riesling. Free-run juice only. Shut your eyes and listen to Watervale speaking through this delightful, young riesling: citrus blossom, honeysuckle with that lime cordial intensity. The palate is slightly riper and warmer but it's brought to heel nicely with lemony Watervale acidity. JENI PORT, James Halliday

  • 3. Bondar Rose 2020
    Grenace Rose, Mclarenvale

    A blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, sourced from four sites with a range of soil types--from the white sands of Blewitt Springs to the cracking, black clays of Whites Valley. Fruit from all four blocks was hand-picked, then crushed and left to sit on skins for varying amounts of time (three, six and twelve hours).

    Two parcels of Grenache were fermented cooler, while a smaller parcel of the Estate Grenache and Cinsault were fermented warmer in old oak, providing a 'funky' blending fraction that brings food-friendly grip and texture. A pale, fleshy and deliciously red fruited rosé from a producer that can do no wrong. Perfect balance and some lovely complexity make this an exceptional buy.

    This is one of our favourite Rose's the last couple of years and Bondar seem to just produce hit after hit. This is so dangerously drinkable - you have been warned!

  • 4. Nunc Pinot Noir 2019
    Yarra Valley

    Dave Mac formerly of Oyster bay and now Ar Fion heads up this awesome little collaboration that morphs from year to year. Working with growers from four Yarra Valley vineyards, stretching across the region's myriad of microclimates and soils this a classic looking Yarra Pinot.

    Yarra Station, Willowlake, Beenak and Primavera Vineyards, Yarra Valley

    The fruit from the Yarra Station and Willowlake vineyards was fermented as whole bunches for approximately 14 days. After a few light stomps they were pressed together to stay on light lees in old barrels. The remaining fruit (from Beenak and Primavera) was completely de-stemmed and fermented for approx 22 days with a light pump over every day. They were then pressed to a mix of old and two-year-old French barriques.

    After two months, malolactic fermentation was complete and the wines were racked together as a blend then returned to barrel for a further few months to help vineyard characters to integrate with each other and make a complete wine. At the end of August the wine was racked lightly again to tank, prior to a light sulphur addition in preparation for bottling.
    No fining or filtration.

    The result is a savoury, amaro- and tea leaf-inflected Pinot, with lifted notes of red cherry, raspberry and rose leading to a palate that is juicy and bright, medium-bodied, and with a deliciously smoky-spicy close.

  • 5. Avaniel Tinto Ribera del Duero 2018
    100% Tempranillo

    Bodegas Monteabellón is located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero with 52 hectares of vineyards (mainly Tempranillo) around the township of Nava de Roa. Isaac Fernandez, nephew of the legendary Vega Sicilia ex- winemaker, Marino Garcia, is the inspiration behind this relatively new venture.

    The production at the winery is a thoroughly modern affair that draws on nearly 140 hectares of vineyards. The plots are spread over the Ribera, Rioja and Rueda with the mainstay wines those from their excellent Ribera holdings.

    Avaniel made from grapes from one or the freshest, young plots called "Los Miles". It is also one of the youngest vineyard with vines within 6 and 10 years. Violet and damson with wild forest fruits and plum pudding, spice cake character. There is an intriguing mountain herbs and salt blushed fruit thing going on too. The palate is mid-weight verging on full of plump, cool blue fruits and black raspberry cool-aid. The palate leads into a salty, dry finish. The tannins are fine grained and feel off in the distance providing gentle structure to the easy drinking fruit.

  • 6. Buccia Nera Chianti 2018
    Traditional Blend

    Buccianera winery is located on the hills beyond the city of Arezzo, in the heart of Tuscany. The winery counts about 60 hectares of vineyards and olive yards extended from 200 mt to 500 mt on the sea level. The name "BUCCIANERA" means "BLACK SKIN" and comes from the Mancini family's nickname. The grandfathers were called 'Buccianera' for the dark colour of their skin - they were so tanned from working in the vineyards under the sun every day.

    The owners Anastasia, Alessia and Roberta manage Buccianera with great passion for nature and respect for the land. The vineyards are organic from 2002.

    The wine is 80% Sangiovese with a blend of approx. 20% other traditional varieties. Winemaking is all in steel tank with about 3 months of oak ageing just to give the wine a little kiss of oak. The result is a pure and floral Chianti with a lovely mineral note meshed with red berry fruits. The mid-weight palate carries with a crush of dark fruit and red cherry with fine, grainy tannins and a minerally fresh lick of acidity at the finish that leaves your mouth ready for the next sip. Delicious Chianti with a modern framework that doesn't stray into the oaky and heavy trap. Well done.

  • 7. Racine Picpoul de Pinet 2019
    100% Picpoul de Pinet

    Picpoul from the coastal reaches of the Mediterranean has become in recent years the 'go to wine' in France for Oysters, shell fish and indeed all fish and with good reason as besides having that dry bite and the acidity that goes with it, it also has good body and underlying fruit flavours. I love it - and particularly as it is made by my good fried Francois Chamboissier who is both a talented winemaker and a great gourmet living in a stunning small village in southern France. What a life! The wine is a treat. Racy freshness, ripe citrus fruit, and seafood-friendly purity. The palate has a lovely texture, with many layers of flavour and a notable length to the finish.

    "The 2019 Racine Picpoul de Pinet is spot on. Crisp, clean and lively, it makes the perfect springtime aperitif and, blessed with a screwcap, can be opened in a trice whenever thirst strikes. JONATHAN RAY, The Spectator Magazine

  • 8. Voyager Estate Girt By Sea Chardonnay 2019
    Margaret River Chardonnay

    Voyager Estate's superb value GBS Chardonnay is sourced entirely from Estate-grown vineyards, with the idea to craft a more fruit-driven, early drinking companion to the Estate Chardonnay. The blend in 2019 was drawn from seven separate blocks, predominantly planted to Gin Gin clonal material.

    Fermentation in both stainless steel and French oak barrels. The wines were then matured for seven months in French oak puncheons with monthly stirring to add further complexity and texture.

    It is ridiculous value quite frankly, that stacks up against many examples on the market at twice the price. Expect all kinds of just-ripe orchard fruits and superbly pitched pithy freshness. But above all, expect to be amazed by what's in the glass for the price.

  • 9. Pour le Vin Faim de Loup Syrah 2019
    100% Syrah

    Pour Le Vin is an energetic range of wines made from grapes sourced in the Languedoc and Gascony, providing the perfect balance between ripeness and freshness. They are made to showcase the best of French winemaking, and with a selection of five different grape varieties there is a wine for every occasion.

    Based in the southwestern Languedoc, in the Aude region, the 40 year old vines thrive on silty/sandy soil. These vines are cordon trained and harvesting takes place in late September. The Syrah grapes are de-stemmed and macerated in tank before being bottled. Faim de Loup means "Hungry like a wolf", and this is a wine for hearty foods and cosy nights in front of the fire.

    Enticing aromas of juicy cherry, plum and blackberry. The palate is soft, succulent and spicy with mouthfuls of lush, ripe berry fruit flavours with a touch of coffee and spice and a note of violets on the finish.

  • 10. Marchesi Alfieri La Tota Barbera d'Asti 2017
    100% Barbera

    Located in the hills between Asti and Alba, Marchesi Alfieri is one of the most impressive estates in Piedmont, boasting its own castle atop the highest point in the village of San Martino Alfieri and commanding views over the surrounding countryside which includes the estate’s 24 hectares of vines. The main game here is Barbera d’Asti and under the stewardship of winemaker, Mario Olivero, the estate has made a reputation for modern-styled wines that still preserve the varietal character and regional typicity.

    What a gorgeous sheen of purple this thing has when you pour it. Aromatically the first whiff is all about these dark plum and wild black cherry characters but a vigorous swirl and the aniseed, fennel frond, baking spice and burnt orange peel notes start to appear and they waft through those bigger, bolder aspects. It hits the palate with a burst of cool but reasonably large scaled and mouth-filling fruit that is layered with interest and detail but also delivers on the deep, sumptuously fruited promise the nose hinted at. Barbera really hits its peak in years like 2017 and this is another polished and flawlessly delivered example from one of the masters of the style.

  • 11. Mesta Garnacha 2018
    Organic Spanish Garnacha

    Fontana Bodegas & Viñedos is a leading producer of Estate wines, owning over 600 hectares, and managing a further 400 hectares of sustainably farmed, high-altitude vineyards in Castile, Central Spain.

    Jesús Cantarero, the current owner, has now brought together a highly experienced, eclectic, multi-national team of wine professionals, including Sam Harrop MW, who produce authentic, contemporary wines of great purity and freshness. The wines offered range from expressive, organically grown varietals to terroir-driven, single- vineyard selections with real depth and complexity.

    The nose is so pure and enticing with sweet, spicy red fruits leaping out of the glass. Hard not to want to just dive straight in and I imagine you would be at the bottom of a bottle pretty quickly. Sweet red fruits ring through the mouth as this fires on all four cylinders. Its light-on-its-feet and super vibrant with a lick of wild herb and a touch of liquorice on the close. Almost too easy to drink.

  • 12. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015 1500ml
    A Magnum of CDR!

    The 2015 Cotes du Rhone marks a terrific return to form for this cuvée. It’s intense and peppery, with concentrated black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied palate and a long finish. JOE CZERWINSHI robertparker.com

    The 2015 Côtes du Rhône checks in as a final blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and the rest Mourvèdre. It offers a juicy, Syrah-driven bouquet of ripe blackberry fruits, smoked meats, pepper, and hints of underbrush as well as a rich, medium to full-bodied, polished style on the palate. It has ripe tannin, plenty of mid-palate depth... it’s a beautiful Côtes du Rhône that will deliver the goods. JEB DUNNUCK

    Very flashy, glossy Syrah on the nose. Bit of treacle but great richness too. Great gloss and balance. Racy. Energetic. This doesn’t taste very like southern Rhône! They specialise in buying lots which others don’t want. They seek slow-maturing well-structured Syrahs. This will be a huge hit! JANCIS ROBINSON

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  • 1. Prince Estivac Blanc de Blanc NV
    Alsace White Blend

    While there is no doubt Alsace is well known for its aromatic white varietals it is probably not as well known as the steward of great sparkling. Well, this little drop will change your mind. This doesn't try to be Champagne and it's all the better for it. The aim is to produce a clean, fun and delicious sparkling that nods to its home in Alsace but overdelivers in quality, and it has that in spades!

    This is sensational value, made from Pinot Blanc and Riesling in a traditional method. Nashi pear and green apple with hints of lime. Cumquat, apple, zesty citrus lead in the mouth to a long finish. Excellent little wine and you would be just as happy popping this for a toast as you would cracking it at a BBQ to get the party started.

  • 2. Shut The Gate Rosie's Patch Riesling 2019
    Single Vineyard Watervale

    Sourced from the Castine family vineyard located towards the south of Watervale, a block generally a little warmer and producing riper, tropical fruit characters in riesling. Free-run juice only. Shut your eyes and listen to Watervale speaking through this delightful, young riesling: citrus blossom, honeysuckle with that lime cordial intensity. The palate is slightly riper and warmer but it's brought to heel nicely with lemony Watervale acidity. JENI PORT, James Halliday

  • 3. Bondar Rose 2020
    Grenache Rose, Mclaren Vale

    A blend of 95% Grenache and 5% Cinsault, sourced from four sites with a range of soil types--from the white sands of Blewitt Springs to the cracking, black clays of Whites Valley. Fruit from all four blocks was hand-picked, then crushed and left to sit on skins for varying amounts of time (three, six and twelve hours).

    Two parcels of Grenache were fermented cooler, while a smaller parcel of the Estate Grenache and Cinsault were fermented warmer in old oak, providing a 'funky' blending fraction that brings food-friendly grip and texture. A pale, fleshy and deliciously red fruited rosé from a producer that can do no wrong. Perfect balance and some lovely complexity make this an exceptional buy.

    This is one of our favourite Rose's the last couple of years and Bondar seem to just produce hit after hit. This is so dangerously drinkable - you have been warned! PWS

  • 4. Nunc Pinot Noir 2019
    Yarra Valley

    Dave Mac formerly of Oyster bay and now Ar Fion heads up this awesome little collaboration that morphs from year to year. Working with growers from four Yarra Valley vineyards, stretching across the region's myriad of microclimates and soils this a classic looking Yarra Pinot.

    Yarra Station, Willowlake, Beenak and Primavera Vineyards, Yarra Valley

    The fruit from the Yarra Station and Willowlake vineyards was fermented as whole bunches for approximately 14 days. After a few light stomps they were pressed together to stay on light lees in old barrels. The remaining fruit (from Beenak and Primavera) was completely de-stemmed and fermented for approx 22 days with a light pump over every day. They were then pressed to a mix of old and two-year-old French barriques.

    After two months, malolactic fermentation was complete and the wines were racked together as a blend then returned to barrel for a further few months to help vineyard characters to integrate with each other and make a complete wine. At the end of August the wine was racked lightly again to tank, prior to a light sulphur addition in preparation for bottling.
    No fining or filtration.

    The result is a savoury, amaro- and tea leaf-inflected Pinot, with lifted notes of red cherry, raspberry and rose leading to a palate that is juicy and bright, medium-bodied, and with a deliciously smoky-spicy close.

  • 5. Avaniel Tinto Ribera del Duero 2018
    100% Tempranillo

    Bodegas Monteabellón is located in the heart of the Ribera del Duero with 52 hectares of vineyards (mainly Tempranillo) around the township of Nava de Roa. Isaac Fernandez, nephew of the legendary Vega Sicilia ex- winemaker, Marino Garcia, is the inspiration behind this relatively new venture.

    The production at the winery is a thoroughly modern affair that draws on nearly 140 hectares of vineyards. The plots are spread over the Ribera, Rioja and Rueda with the mainstay wines those from their excellent Ribera holdings.

    Avaniel made from grapes from one or the freshest, young plots called "Los Miles". It is also one of the youngest vineyard with vines within 6 and 10 years. Violet and damson with wild forest fruits and plum pudding, spice cake character. There is an intriguing mountain herbs and salt blushed fruit thing going on too. The palate is mid-weight verging on full of plump, cool blue fruits and black raspberry cool-aid. The palate leads into a salty, dry finish. The tannins are fine grained and feel off in the distance providing gentle structure to the easy drinking fruit.

  • 6. Buccia Nera Chianti 2018
    Traditional Blend

    Buccianera winery is located on the hills beyond the city of Arezzo, in the heart of Tuscany. The winery counts about 60 hectares of vineyards and olive yards extended from 200 mt to 500 mt on the sea level. The name "BUCCIANERA" means "BLACK SKIN" and comes from the Mancini family's nickname. The grandfathers were called 'Buccianera' for the dark colour of their skin - they were so tanned from working in the vineyards under the sun every day.

    The owners Anastasia, Alessia and Roberta manage Buccianera with great passion for nature and respect for the land. The vineyards are organic from 2002.

    The wine is 80% Sangiovese with a blend of approx. 20% other traditional varieties. Winemaking is all in steel tank with about 3 months of oak ageing just to give the wine a little kiss of oak. The result is a pure and floral Chianti with a lovely mineral note meshed with red berry fruits. The mid-weight palate carries with a crush of dark fruit and red cherry with fine, grainy tannins and a minerally fresh lick of acidity at the finish that leaves your mouth ready for the next sip. Delicious Chianti with a modern framework that doesn't stray into the oaky and heavy trap. Well done.

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6 Cracking bottles for $154 $125 inc GST