Classification VII lists the very finest wines in Australia. These six wines, at this price, are the perfect introduction to the Langton's Classification. Rarity means that allocations are strictly limited.
Full Price $994~
Shareholders Price $599*
This mix contains one bottle each of:
Katnook Estate Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 2012
Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz, Barossa 2012
Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah, McLaren Vale 2008
Mount Mary Quintet Cabernet Blend, Yarra Valley 2010
Peter Lehmann Export Label Stonewell Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2009
Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River 2014
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"A flagship if ever there were a flagship wine. I assume 2011 was skipped due to the vagaries of the vintage? Maybe. Anyway, here is the much mightier, warmer 2012 season reflected through Katnook’s prism of ripe fruit and 24 months in a third new French oak.
It’s heavily oak influenced, mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla, sauna wood scents, but there’s plenty of gooey, ripe dark berry and plum fruit to go up against that. A sniff of bourbon/cola in the bouquet, that shifts aside in the dark, sweet fruited, molten feel of the palate. It’s so rich, almost like a fine mousse made from 85% dark chocolate, with flecks of rosemary and salt, though the finish is firm, chewy and shows licks of lathed woodiness. It’s a power-packed, dense, formidable red wine of concentration and heft, mostly balanced, though that oak is going to need some time to mellow, or maybe it’s how it stays…"
91+ points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, March 2017.
"Crushed and destemmed, cultured yeast, part cold soak, 5-7 days on skins, matured for 24 months in 90% French (46% new) and 10% used American oak. Hyper-intense, full-bodied cabernet varietal fruit is beyond the normal Odyssey style, but none the worse (indeed better) for that; blackcurrant and bay leaf, plus notes of tar, race along the palate, barely checking their momentum on the finish and aftertaste."
95 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, October 2016.
"Deep red with a trace of purple in the rim, the bouquet strong on oak and super ripe-fruit, fruit-cake notes, chocolate and vanilla. A full-bodied, densely-structured wine, with concentrated flavour and lots of oak contributing to the rum-and-raisin chocolate, fruitcake flavours. It smells oakier than it tastes. It's very rich and smooth and will appeal to lovers of big reds rather than Coonawarra aficionados."
94 points, Huon Hooke, The real Review, April 2017.
"The 22nd release of Meshach celebrates the great '12 Barossa Valley vintage. The colour is still deep crimson-purple, setting the pattern for the bouquet and palate to follow. A wine of the highest quality in the Olympian class of Barossa Valley Shiraz, seamless, calmly powerful and perfectly balanced. Black fruits dominate, but this is no one-dimensional power play, with hints of licorice, bitter chocolate and graphite. The tannins and oak contributions are perfectly placed and paced. Drink to 2042."
98 points, James Halliday, January 2018.
"Picked before the heat and weighing in at a reasonable 14.5% alcohol, the 2008 Astralis Syrah (tasted from magnum) is singing. Showing no bricking at the rim, scents of cracked pepper, mint, bay leaf, thyme, lavender and blueberries pour out of the glass, adding meaty notes and hints of espresso and black olive with air. Full-bodied, creamy-textured and supple on the long finish, this wine shouldn't be missed. If you've got one, open it and see for yourself."
99 points, Robert Parker, September 2018.
"Also deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Astralis is a little reduced and brooding on the nose showing aromas of dark berries, meat, licorice and dark chocolate. Big, full-bodied and rich in the mouth it has balanced acid along with medium-firm grainy tannins. It finishes long and balanced. Drink it now to 2028+."
97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, robertparker.com, February 2014.
"Spicy, briary, raspberry and blackberry aromas with a striking overtone of violets. Medium-bodied and intensely flavoured. Soft, balanced and superbly drinkable with gentle tannins and easygoing texture. Complex bouquet and flavour. A graceful wine whose elegance and harmony is at the opposite extreme from the more full-bodied Australian cabernet style. Great charm and food-friendliness. A top vintage of Quintet."
96 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, December 2012.
"Deep purple-crimson; imposes itself from the first whiff of the expressive bouquet, the first sip of the palate, yet does so with style (and guile); the aromas and flavours are complex, yet seamlessly moulded in a supple display of black and red fruits, the tannins equally supple, the French oak totally integrated and balanced."
96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 2013.
"Very deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is all about concentrated, perfectly-ripened cabernet fruit embellished with stylish oak. Cedar and berries. The wine is very intense and cast in an elegant but full-bodied style, with red berry fruit in abundance on the palate. The tannins are emphatic but fine and restrained, beautifully tailored. A lovely wine indeed - to cellar or enjoy now."
96 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, May 2018.