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A Taste of History: Vintage Wine Gifts for Any Occasion

A Taste of History: Vintage Wine Gifts for Any Occasion

There’s something extra special about celebrating a major milestone or anniversary by opening a perfectly cellared bottle from that particular year. So whether it’s an 18th, 21st, 25th, 30th, 40th or 50th then we have all the bases covered.

These major milestones tend to sneak up on us and suddenly you find yourself madly rushing around trying to find that special gift before the big day arrives. That’s where we come in, let us take all the stress and pressure out of the situation by suggesting some perfectly cellared options for you to gift, or celebrate with in style.

So pop on your thinking cap, work out what special events are on the horizon this year, take a look through the intriguing suggestions below, place your order and then kick back and count down the days for that special day to arrive. Job done!

18th Birthday
2000 Crawford River Riesling Victoria – $79
94 points, James Halliday. Bright healthy green-gold; lime and toast aromas very appealing; fractionally dry on the mid-palate (which could have been cork related); very good length.

2000 Yarra Yarra The Yarra Yarra Cabernet Blend Yarra Valley – $119
96 points, James Halliday. Medium to full red-purple; complex and rich black fruits with excellent, cedary French oak on the bouquet lead into a palate with blackcurrant and bitter chocolate flavours in abundance; excellent depth and texture; noticeably ripe tannins and a great aftertaste. A blend of 83 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 11 per cent Merlot and six per cent Cabernet Franc, formerly called Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

21st Birthday
1997 Salon Blanc de Blancs Champagne Le Mesnil Sur Oger – $789
95 points, Wine Advocate. Salon’s 1997 Brut Blanc de Blancs is drop-dead gorgeous. There is a beautiful tension between the intense minerality of Mesnil and the warmth of the vintage. Textural depth, brilliance and expressive inner perfume are the hallmarks of this gorgeous Blanc de Blancs. Flowers, mint and crisp varietal fruit linger on the impeccable finish. This is a particularly youthful, vibrant disgorgement of the 1997 that can be enjoyed now or cellared. Disgorged First Trimester, 2010 Anticipated maturity: 2012-2027.

1997 Corino Vigneto Giachini Nebbiolo Barolo – $159
94 points, Robert Parker. The dark plum/garnet-colored 1997 Barolo Giachini offers a luxurious bouquet of black fruits, espresso, roasted herbs, and cherry liqueur. Full-bodied and lush, with layers of glycerin, multidimensional flavors, and great persistence on the palate, this is a fabulously concentrated, compelling offering to drink now and over the next 15 years.

30th Birthday
1988 Chateau Cheval Blanc Bordeaux St Emilion Grand Cru 1.5L Magnum – $1490
93 points, James Suckling. Berry, cherry and chocolate on the nose, with hints of spices. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a spicy, cedary, dark chocolate aftertaste. Very silky and caressing. Grabs your attention. Muscular for Cheval.

40th Birthday
1978 Seppelt Vintage Port – $159
During 150 years of wine making, Seppelt Wines has built a reputation of innovation and dedication to quality. The Seppelt approach is to harness the strength and characteristics of each region and create varietally and regionally expressive wines. Seppelt.

50th Birthday
1968 Penfolds Grange Shiraz South Australia – $1890
A very mature, monolithic style of Grange that has an autumnal decaying vegetation, mushroomy nose, with some hints of ashtray, currant, and caramel. The wine is medium-bodied, has some sweetness on the attack, but then narrows in the finish. Overall, it seems somewhat monolithic, with an austere finish. It is a blend of 93% Shiraz and 7% Cabernet with surprisingly low alcohol for a Grange (12.1%). Robert Parker.

2015 Faiveley Favourites, with the Burghound Tick of Approval

2015 Faiveley Favourites, with the Burghound Tick of Approval

The strength of the 2015 vintage in Burgundy is indisputable, producing reds of a rich and distinctive style coupled with wonderful structure and excellent cellaring potential. These two carefully selected 2015 Faiveley Premier Cru’s represent some of the very best of the best – both wines having earned a coveted ‘sweet spot outstanding’ label from the master of Burgundy himself, the Burghound Allen Meadows.

Meadows points out that internal changes and new equipment at Faiveley have markedly improved the quality of the wines in recent years (that’s a massive nod to a producer who already possessed an outstanding reputation): ‘The very fine quality of the Faiveley 2015s is of course partially due to the excellence of the vintage but I credit their commitment to raising the standard of their game as well.’

With stocks extremely limited, it is first in best dressed although, as always, we do our best to share the love. This is a rare opportunity to partake in a parcel of exceptional value Premier Cru’s from an established producer in a legendary vintage.

**To order any of the below wines, simply email or call us on 07 3852 1891**


92-95 pts, Burghound – Allen Meadows
Deeply pitched aromas of newly turned earth and animale notes characterize the brooding but notably ripe spiced plum and red berry fruit nose. The rich, full-bodied and tautly muscled flavors exhibit buckets of sappy dry extract that all but disguises the firm tannic spine on the immensely long and explosive finish. Cazetiers doesn’t get a whole lot better than this. Drink to 2032+

94 pts, James Suckling
This is very stretched and compressed in texture with polished tannins that pull the pretty fruit character through the wine with blueberry, cedar and light tobacco undertones. Long and pretty. Drink in 2020.

92-95 pts, Vinous – Stephen Tanzer
Bright red-ruby. Ripe, wonderfully complex scents of redcurrant, plum, dark cherry, animal fur, minerals and sexy oak, plus suggestions of darker berries. Round, silky and sweet, with its full ripeness leavened by saline, soil-driven minerality. A crunchy raspberry element is nicely shaped on the finish by suave tannins. The longest of these 2015s to this point in my tasting, this wine boasts grand cru volume. Its impression of rising length reminded me a bit of the superb Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées.


92-94 pts, Burghound – Allen Meadows
This is more aromatically elegant with its spicy aromas of plum, rose petal, herbal tea, red cherry and earth. The tautly muscular, dense and mineral-driven flavors possess excellent size, weight and power while delivering strikingly good length on the beautifully balanced if very firm finish. Again, patience, and plenty of it, will be necessary. Drink to 2032+. 

92-95 pts, Vinous – Stephen Tanzer
Bright ruby-red. A step up in complexity and depth on the nose from the foregoing Nuits-Saint-Georges samples, offering sexy soil tones to the aromas of raspberry, minerals, smoke and dried flowers. Rich, pliant, soil-inflected wine with terrific breadth, depth and herbal lift. This fleshy yet brisk wine finishes with noble tannins and superb lingering fruit.

Savoie White Tasting

Savoie White Tasting

Join us as we explore something a little different this Friday at Wineaway.. a newly landed white from the little known region of Savoie in Northern France. The region itself produces 70% whites, but this particular grape variety is known for it’s ability to develop into a complex and fascinating wine after only a few years in bottle.

Where: Wineaway
When: Friday 2nd February
Time: 4pm – 5:30pm
Cost: Free!

**POSTPONED** Gone With The Wine

**POSTPONED** Gone With The Wine

Join us on a journey through 22 films, as we explore the ongoing love affair between cinema and wine. Both mediums have the marvelous ability to educate and elude, enrapture and engage us, so what a perfect way to spend an evening delighting in both.

Filmmaker David Roe will lead the way as we pair some of cinemas finest wine moments with a selection of drops from our cellars.

Where: Wineaway
When: Two evening screenings available – Thursday 15th February and Friday 16th February 2018.
Time: tbc
Cost: $89pp

Christmas Trading Hours

Christmas Trading Hours


18th – 22nd Dec (Mon-Fri): 11:00AM – 5:30PM
23rd Dec (Sat): 9:00AM – 1:00PM
24th Dec – 8th Jan: CLOSED
(OPEN 27th December and 3rd January 10AM – 2PM, by appointment only, please contact [email protected])
9th Jan (Tue): 11:00AM – 5:30PM (Regular Trading Hours Resume)


Anyone requiring interstate (capital cities, ex WA/NT) and/or local delivery should be in contact with us no later than 10AM Monday, 18th December.
Please note that requests for pre-Christmas pickups must be submitted before 4PM Thursday, 21st December.
Please note that incoming wines for storage at Wineaway must be delivered by 2PM Friday, 22nd December.


Please delay any wines that you may be looking to courier to us if they are not guaranteed to arrive to us by Thursday, 21st December.
Christmas courier delays could result in your wines being left in a hot courier warehouse whilst we are closed, and subsequently being spoilt.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year,
The Wineaway Team.

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