Friday, July 5th, 2013

Recommending a wine from the 2011 vintage is a little like suggesting that your significant other might prefer to share a 'dutch oven' with you over a back rub.

It seems that every man and his dog, including a stack of wine writers, have concluded that the wines of 2011 will be on average rubbish. Certainly in S.A. and Vic it was generally an extremely challenging vintage. SA had its 3rd wettest summer and Victoria the wettest since record keeping began. Disease pressure was enormous and plenty of vineyards suffered significant losses in quantity and quality of fruit.'s buyer and sales manager, Matt Wallace says "There are some unimpressive wines from 2011 but there are some rippers too. We were in Paxton's vineyards on the Friday before the big weekend deluge that gave botrytis the biggest leg up since the can-can was embraced by the French working class. Vintage had been cool and wet yet the fruit we were looking at was almost pristine and tasted stunning. What we tasted was clearly physiologically ripe (at a lower baume than normal) quite intense and absolutely delicious. Had they left the fruit for another week it might have been a different story."

Mr Wallace reviews his best local picks:

  • Paxton's Quandong Shiraz is an absolute belter. It is the best one they have produced to date. We love it, sweet fruit, spicy complexity and black and blue fruits. It's a bit bigger than medium bodied but moves beautifully.
  • Barossa Cabernet typically offers more in cooler years and we love Kalleske's 2011 Merchant Cabernet as a perfect example of this.
  • Claymore's Bittersweet Symphony Cabernet with some assistance from Malbec is delightful.
  • Leconfield Cabernet is leafier and greener than the 2010 and with more astringent tannins, but very tasty nonetheless.
  • Hamilton Lot 148 Merlot is a stunner, trophy and gold winner to boot, unequivocally better than the 2010.
  • Leconfield Cabernet is leafier and greener than the 2010 and with more astringent tannins, but very tasty nonetheless.
  • Heirloom Barossa Shiraz is well crafted, offering intense black and blue fruits, quality oak and a lengthy finish. Give it a spin in the decanter and enjoy with rare fillet steak.


The 2011 six pack

1 x Kalleske Merchant Cabernet
1 x Paxton Quandong Shiraz
1 x Claymore Bittersweet Symphony Cabernet Malbec
1 x Leconfield Cabernet Sauvignon
1 x Hamilton Lot 148 Merlot
1 x Heirloom Barossa Shiraz
RRP $167 - Special Price $111

The 2011 Six Pack

There are other 2011 wines that fit the bill too and are as good, if not better, than their 2010 counterparts. These are not the only good wines from 2011 – really there are far too many to mention.


This 2011 Six Pack is available online or take a leisurely drive out to any one of these cellar doors and taste the six pack first:

Heirloom Barossa (@ the Salopian Inn McLaren Vale)
McMurtrie Rd McLaren Vale, SA

Hamilton Cellar Door
439 Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA

Leconfield Cellar Door
4km north of Penola on the Riddoch Highway

Paxton Cellar Door
Wheaton Road, McLaren Vale

Claymore Cellar Door
Main North Rd Leasingham, SA

Kalleske Cellar Door
6 Murray Street, Greenock, SA 

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Matt Wallace
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