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Aussie Wines available at K&L Wine Merchants

Posted by Stephen Harvey, Mar 7, 2011.

Hi All

I saw that K&L had 117 Aussie Wines in stock

I went through the list and selected the ones I know and like

I have rated each wine with X/X rating

The first X is a mark out of 5 for my opinion on how much I like the wine and the second X is my opinion on value sort of an overall price quality. 

3=Nice wine enjoy drinking & if value = 5 then really great everyday wine

4=Very good wine

5=Excellent wine

I have not rated in a serious /20 or /100 but just more of a guide to my view of the wine

If it has * then it is a wine I drink regularly at least 1 bottle a month [not on my own!!!]

Anyway here is the list - well I would give you the list but Snooth or Explorer keeps giving me a Script warning - HELP, I have the list in Word if that works


Reply by GregT, Mar 7, 2011.

Not sure what the problem is but if you're trying to move formatting, as far as I know you can't move directly from Word to a forum such as this. The bulletin boards have their own protocols - I don't know what they use here but usually forum language is a kind of subset of HTML and the coding in Word doesn't map. So you can't move the file from Word and keep all the formatting. Maybe you can find out what kind of tags they support here and put those on your doc. You can usually copy as a text file tho.

OR USE Open Office like I did with this post.  Seems to work pretty well - I've coped from Writer to many boards and it seems to be OK.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 7, 2011.

I think I had too many links in copying from K&L site


Anyway I will type out without links later

Reply by dmcker, Mar 7, 2011.

You could safe as RTF and see if that works, though I also don't know the details of the text editor Snooth is using. Simplest, just cut and paste and see how the formatting comes out. Best to keep that to a minimum.

Also, I was hoping to keep all the wines from Oz in one place (thus my last thread), to ease future retrieval... ;-)

K&L seems to take a rather eclectic approach, I assume based on importer supply. I rather prefer Benchmark et al. who scoop up supplies from collectors, though of course I've used both types of source.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 7, 2011.

Ok no links lets see how we go


I hope there is something worth trying in this lot for everyone - even an Aussie Layer Cake for Lefty!!!!


Don't hesitate to ask any questions


2006 Penfolds Limited Release "Koonunga Hill Seventy-Six" Shiraz-Cabernet - SA

Price: $9.99  - 3/5

2008 d'Arenberg "Stump Jump" Shiraz McLaren Vale

Price: $8.99  WS 90 - 3/4

2006 Hewitson "Mad Hatter" Shiraz McLaren Vale

Price: $19.99 RP 92 ST 91– 3/4

2003 Bowen Estate Shiraz Coonawarra

 Price: $14.99 ST 91-3.5/5*

2008 Yalumba "The Scribbler" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz Barossa Valley

Price: $13.99 WS 90- 3.5/5*

2006 Yalumba "Menzies The Cigar" Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra

Price: $19.99 WE 91 ST 90 – 3/4

2009 d'Arenberg "Hermit Crab" Viognier-Marsanne McLaren Vale

Price: $12.99  WS 90 – 3/4

Coopers Pale Ale, Australia 12oz 4.5%

The preferred beer of many Uni[College] students

Price: $1.99

Coopers Sparkling Ale, Australia 12oz 5.8%

Serious Ale – Good Winter Drink

Price: $1.99

2006 Jacob's Creek Steingarten Riesling Barossa Valley

Price: $14.99  - 4.5/5*

Wine Club

Club Price: $10.99 – ST 91 WS 90
2009 Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley

Price: $13.99 WS 91 ST 90- 3.5/5*

2006 d'Arenberg "The Dead Arm" Shiraz McLaren Vale 

Price: $42.99 RP 95 ST 93 WS 91 - 4.5/4*

2007 John Duval "Plexus" Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvèdre Barossa Valley

Price: $29.99 ST 92 - 3.5/5

2005 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra

Price: $14.99 ST89 - 4/5*

2008 Gemtree "Citrine" Chardonnay McLaren Vale

Price: $9.99 – 3/3

2005 Yarra Yering Dry Red #1 Yarra Valley

Price: $49.99 RP 93 ST 92 - 4.5/3

2006 Leeuwin "Art Series" Chardonnay Margaret River

Price: $69.99 RP 94 - 4.5#/3 # - some batches suffered from stuck ferment in 2006

2008 d'Arenberg "Footbolt" Shiraz McLaren Vale

Price: $13.99  WS 89 - 3/5

2009 Innocent Bystander Pinot Noir

Price: $14.99 – 3/3

2009 Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley

Price: $14.99 ST 89 - 3/3

Layer Cake has highjacked Australia – One for Lefty [james]

2009 Layer Cake Shiraz South Australia

This unctuous, red fruited wine practically oozes deliciousness and value, too. Not yet rated, here's what Parker said of the 2008, which got 90 points: "This was not an easy vintage in Australia, but you would never know it from this wine. As one expects from any South Australian Shiraz, it has oodles of fruit, a big, thick, juicy mouthfeel, velvety tannins, and lots of crème de cassis, blackberry, peppery, and tar-like notes in a deep, full-bodied, lush style that should drink nicely for 3-4 years as well. Keep in mind that what Jayson Woodbridge is do

Price: $12.99  - 0/0

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 7, 2011.

I have another group but will post later

Reply by spikedc, Mar 8, 2011.

Thanks Stephen,

Not ordering from K&L but I'll add them to my list and hopefully find a few locally.


Reply by hhotdog, Mar 8, 2011.

great work SH.  i find more and more that you and many others here are very unselfish and generous in all the info you pass on to everyone who spends time here at snooth.  i can't help but give a little high-five when i see you all go out of your way to help us all in our quests.  everyone here has at one time or another givin me a leg up on my knoweledge(no matter how limited it may be...)about wine. all grerat stuff just gets me more interested and wanting to try  more styles and varieties.

Reply by jamessulis, Mar 9, 2011.

Stephen, I have tasted the 09 Layer Cake Shiraz and strongly echo the words spoken about it.  Their Malbec also lights the coals for me too.  Both for under $14 they are truly worth the small sums for the taste they deliver.

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 10, 2011.


I have yet to see it in Australia, who is Layer Cake anyway?

Reply by Chris Carpita, Mar 10, 2011.

@Stephen - you mentioned a warning/error when you tried to post the list.  What happened exactly?

Reply by jamessulis, Mar 10, 2011.


This link will explain who, what and where of the Layer Cake world. 

Best Regards,

Lefty - The Great Pacific Northwest

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Mar 10, 2011.

Chris the message was from Exploerer

A Script on this page is causing Internet Explorer to run slowly.  If it continues to run your computer may become unresponsive.

Reply by hhotdog, Mar 12, 2011.

Sh wanted to know if you heard of Penley Estates 2008 Coonawarra cab. sauv.?

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 13, 2011.

Had a Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz - 2006 last night.  Was my first Australian wine in years...worked very well for a Tuesday night.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Apr 14, 2011.


JC Reserve is a very competent wine for its price point, 2006 was a good year and I think a lot of the shiraz came from Langhorne Creek region.

Hopefully you get to try some more Aussie wines soon.

if you need any reco's give me a yell

Reply by JonDerry, Apr 14, 2011.

Thanks SH, I have to definitely outperforms 95+% of CA cabernet for it's price.  One of my first favorite wines as a teen was a Penfold's Shiraz, Koonunga Hill.  Will have to grab one somewhere. 

On vintages, was looking at my Hugh Johnson pocket book the other day and according to him 05 - 08 are all pretty good vintages for Australia, would you agree with that?

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Apr 18, 2011.


Sorry missed your post, have not had enough CA Cabernet to comment.

Koonunga Hill is still pretty good at the price, the SHiraz Cabernet blend is a very good cheap quaffing wine.

On Aussie Vintages

05 Causes a lot of debate, but in balance I would suggest it is a 6-7/10 but with a lot of top wines produced

06 was very good 7-8.5/10 except in WA 5-6/10

07 was tough and frost and bushfires had their impact, not a good vintage 4-6 /10 with some exceptions WA excellent and 7.5+/10 with a lot of stunning wines

08 was a tale of March 6, if the grapes were picked before the heat wave then 7.5+/10 during and after the heatwave 4/10 WA was very good 7+/10

Generalisations are dangerous and need to be more regionally specific except 2011 which is an all round disaster of George W Bush preportions

Reply by dmcker, Apr 18, 2011.

Yeah, I've always laughed at vintage charts that rate a whole continent like Oz under a single number. Same as the British raters back in the day who put all of California under a single number, or a few dolts who even to this day have all of France or Italy or Germany under one rating.

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