Club gains

Halliday - - Mail -

As the wine­mas­ter of the Whyalla Vin­tage Wine Club (50 years young), I rely heav­ily on Hal­l­i­day Wine Com­pan­ion to se­lect wines for our club cel­lar. I study each edi­tion with gusto, and am rea­son­ably fa­mil­iar with the type of com­ments and de­scrip­tions James and the team uses. With the 2019 edi­tion, my cu­rios­ity was piqued with the 2016 Yan­garra McLaren Vale Shi­raz (and in the back of my mind, I re­call James award­ing Peter Fraser Wine­maker of the Year 2016). Never be­fore, though, have I read that James was “tempted to sneak­ily swal­low half a mouth­ful” and say it was “bloody gor­geous”. I promptly pur­chased a dozen for our club and an­other dozen for our­selves. Af­ter dou­ble de­cant­ing the wine, my wife and I tried it last night with our beef stroganoff. WOW! The fruit and spice flavours, colour, bou­quet – ev­ery­thing about this wine was fab­u­lous. My wife said, “Quick! Go on­line and buy an­other dozen straight away!” Once again, thank you to the Wine Com­pan­ion team for guid­ing me in the right di­rec­tion.

Roger Thomp­son, Whyalla, SA

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