6 Great Australian Cellaring Options

Its been a huge start to the year on the website with lots of useful content to help you look your best in 2014, but we thought it was time to address our slightly neglected wine category. This year we will be offering you handy wine tips, all in an effort to help you uncover the very best finds from around Australia and the world. What’s more, we will be offering our advice on starting your own cellar from scratch.

To kick things off I thought I’d compile a list of 6 great Australian cellaring options wines that drink well now but could really shine further down the track. I consulted our resident wine specialist Mike and got him to pick out a handful of bottles that have impressed him lately then added a bunch from an outsider’s (the industry) point of few.

Remember gents, as a very wise man once told me, “when it comes to wine, there’s the ones you like and there’s the ones you don’t like”. No one can tell you otherwise. Here’s a bunch of crackers we like.

2009 Tyrrell’s Vat 47 Chardonnay (~$54): Arguably the Hunter’s most famous grape and vineyard, we couldn’t go past including the recent vintage of Vat 47 (and the Vat 1 for that matter – certainly worth a look). These wines look fabulous and will age brilliantly. Classic Hunter style combining the perfect amount of oak with a fresh and balanced finish. These wines are notorious for coming out of the cellar superb anywhere between 5 to 15 years – which is why they are so exciting.

Vat 47 Chardonnay

2012 Bendooley Pinot Gris (~$24): By habit I don’t buy a lot of Pinot Gris but this bottle has certainly made me reconsider it! I took this bottle to a Japanese restaurant the other night for a casual dinner with a few friends and it pleasantly surprised everyone. A seriously delicious wine with notes of aromatic fruits and a refreshing citric finish, which I think would improve considerably in the next 1-3 years. Definitely worth a look if you’re like me and don’t drink a lot of Pinot Gris.


2011 William Downie Yarra Valley Pinot Noir (~$59): Downie built a solid reputation for his Pinot Noir during his time at De Bortoli, starting in 2003 with his small production (roughly 150 cases per vintage) self-named label. This Yarra Pinot is unfined, unfiltered and unreal. Should improve after settling for the next 2-3 years but could be enjoyed even further down the track.

William Downie Pinot 2011

2011 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier (~$99): Once upon a time my housemate’s dad told us Clonakilla was going to be one of the most desirable wine producers in country. Well it turns out that time is now and whilst it doesn’t come cheap their Shiraz Viognier is undoubtedly one of the finest Rhone blends in the country. A wine with spectacular line and length that will shock even the most hard-core wine wanker you know. Will last a decade minimum and will be worth a boom by then!

Clonakilla Shiraz Viogner

2010 Sepplet Chalambar Shiraz (~$18): I was first introduced to this wine at my housemate’s 21st and I’ve been in love ever since – without a doubt one of my favourite Shirazs in the country. We just picked up a case on special at Kemeny’s for $18 a bottle – unbeatable value for a wine of this quality. If you find the McLaren Vale style a little ‘in your face’ this is the perfect Shiraz for you. Looking forward to seeing how it tastes in 10-15 years!

Chalambar shiraz

2010 Greenock Creek ‘Apricot Block’ Shiraz (~$38): Greenock Creek are a small producer from the Barossa Valley who are making their wine in true ‘old days’ style. Huge fruit and big tannins from this deep black purple drop. One of Mike’s standouts that he recommends decanting for a few hours to trim the edges. An epic Shiraz that will drink well up until 2020.

Greenock CreekFeature Image from Vinographic who have a great wrap of the 2002 Apricot Block!


James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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