The critics have spoken and we at Cracka were definitely listening. Here we've mixed six of our top picks from the top scoring wines that hit our tasting bench over the last few months. With a total of 574 points between the six of the them, this is a case that'll as Darryl Kerrigan would say, need to go "straight to the pool room".
The Critic's Choice Case contains:
1 bottle x 2013 Alkoomi Black Label Shiraz Viognier "Estate-grown, with 5% viognier co-fermented, matured in French oak (20% new) for 18 months. There's a lot of wine here for the money, the complex bouquet arresting and complex, with red and black fruits and multi-spices leading into a medium to full-bodied palate that is a three-dimensional replay of the bouquet, tannins and oak providing gravitas. Exceptional value." 96 points, James Halliday. 1 bottle x 2014 Bit of Heaven Vineyards Hilltops Cabernet Top Gold at the National Wine Show, 96 points. 1 bottle x 2012 Brookland Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "A strictly limited production version of its estate blood brother, based on fruit and ultimately barrel selection. The fruit, tannin, oak balance trips towards the beautifully detailed cassis and plum fruit, and away from tannins, giving this wine the elegance its brother lacks at this stage." 96 points, James Halliday. 1 bottle x 2015 Allegiance Artisan Barossa Shiraz "This Barossa Valley gem packs a full bodied punch while retaining the elegance you would expect from a top shelf Shiraz. It balances its enormous fruit weight with luscious, silky tannins to give exceptional length and concentration. It has a refined palate of rich and spicy fruit with hints of mocha and vanilla. The lengthy finish is entwined with pepper and spice. You could be pulling this one from out of the cellar for the next 20 years." 97 points, Ben Malouf. 1 bottle x 2009 Red Bike Barossa Shiraz Grenache Mataro (94 Points) "A ripe and hedonistic example of this classic Rhône blend, with red and black fruits in abundance." 94 points, James Halliday. 1 bottle x 2013 Mount Trio Porongurup Shiraz "Has the grace and elegance that the cool Porongurup climate seems to bestow on all the varieties grown there - and that's all those that matter (other than semillon). No more than medium-bodied, the wine has intensity and length to its flavours of black fruit, black olive, multi-spice and oak; its tannins are fine, closing the loop of a fine wine at a bargain price. 95 points, James Halliday.