Liquor Barons On the Vine Autumn issue

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Liquor Barons Wine Panel

Chaired by Rod Properjohn, the Liquor Barons wine panel has been meeting for over 20 years. As Rod explains, “Every fortnight, the Liquor Barons wine panel meets in the cellar of the Swanbourne store, to look through 30-40 wines. This is conducted totally masked, and is an exhaustive process. The wines are discussed after each bracket and all points are shared and recorded. In this way, the best wines are selected on their merits – not their labels – and are then presented to you each quarter.

It’s been a mild summer, cool enough to be enjoying red wine and we’ve been doing a little bit of that lately. After three months of arduous tasting by your panel, there is a number of great red wines in this selection for you to try, from sensual pinot noirs to decent big full-on reds and lots of others in between. The whites of course are always popular on warm days and those we’ve listed here are a balance of light crunchy wines to bigger flavourful beasts and the range of different varieties makes them all the more interesting.

These are the best wines we have tried at a price point you should find acceptable. Enjoy them!”

Rod Properjohn


Top 24 wines from the Wine Panel

The 24 wines featured in the Autumn issue are:

  • AIX Rosé 2016 from Coteaux d’Aix en Provence
  • Marq 2017 Wild and Worked Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River
  • The Lone Quince 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River
  • Longview 2017 Queenie Pinot Grigio Adelaide Hills
  • Harewood Estate 2017 Frankland River Riesling
  • O’Leary Walker 2017 Polish Hill River Riesling Clare Valley
  • The Yard 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Pemberton
  • Riverbank Rebellious 2017 Vermentino Swan Valley
  • Heydon Estate Chin Music 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Margaret River
  • Maude 2017 Central Otago Pinot Gris New Zealand
  • Warramate 2017 Yarra Valley Chardonnay Yarra Valley
  • Snake + Herring 2017 Bizarre Love Triangle Frankland River
  • ring.bolt 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Margaret River
  • Maretti 2015 Langhe Rosso Italy
  • Tomfoolery 2016 Son of a Gun Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz Barossa
  • Tamar Ridge 2015 Pinot Noir Tasmania
  • Atze’s Corner 2015 The Mob Montepulciano Barossa
  • Marschall 2016 Sons of Eden Barossa Valley Shiraz
  • Penny’s Hill 2016 The Specialized Shiraz Cabernet Merlot McLaren Vale
  • Forest Hill Vineyard 2015 Shiraz Mount Barker
  • Lone Goat Vineyard 2013 Canterbury Pinot Noir New Zealand
  • Chalk Hill 2015 Grenache Tempranillo McLaren Vale
  • Mr Riggs 2016 Piebald Adelaide Hills Syrah
  • Castelli 2016 Frankland River Cabernet Sauvignon