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The Winery Lane Guide to Building

Your Perfect Mix Pack

While some wine lovers buy a couple of bottles here and there, the most devoted will get a case or two every month. And with the Winery Lane marketplace growing, so too are the options you have to choose from.

As the options grow, choosing can become a little overwhelming. What’s worse, you might overlook a wine that is perfect for you. So, we put together this guide to help every wine lover build their own perfect case.

Whether you’re after top-shelf wines for your cellar or a dozen quaffers for you and your friends to enjoy over the month, you’re going to need to make sure each wine you choose gives you exactly what you want.

*Quaffers: “to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.

- www.dictionary.com

With the exception of the Robert Stein Rum Cask Tawny (375ml) every bottle of wine at Winery Lane is 750ml of pure decadence. This means, that 6 pack you’re buying is four and a half litres and that dozen, well you can do the math.

We all know a dozen bottles doesn't last long when you invite a few friends over, especially when you aren't using standard 150ml pours.

(Have you seen the size of a Plumm Shiraz glass? You can fit half a bottle in there, so we’ve heard)

Because of our partnerships with wineries from across the country and the various wine regions dotted across it, we’re blessed with a range with greater scope and levels of quality than most. From Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc to Fiano, Montepulciano and Nebbiolo it’s all here at Winery Lane.

Red, White, Sparkling, Rosé? You're going to need all of the above for a party.

There are three questions you need to consider when creating your ultimate case. What do you like? What do you need? And how adventurous are you?

  • “I’ve got a barbeque at my house where everyone from work will be there. I just need a bunch of red and a bunch of white"
  • "I need a case that has essentially one of everything. I always have people over and they all have different tastes”
  • "My friends and I are starting a wine tasting club, I need to bring something interesting"
  • “I have a date and they are the one, I’m sure of it, I need to bring my A-game”
  • “I have a collection and I want wines that are more than just a drink”

One final and defining question. How much do you want to spend?

We've put together five levels of wine cases for each level of wine lover. All are calculated as a dozen bottles in each.

*Don’t forget, the added benefit of 20% off applies when you buy twelve or more of anything across the site.

 

The "Begining Of Your Journey" case: $150 -$200

This one is simple. You need six reds, four whites and two bottles of sparkling to round out that barbeque with mates.

We'd recommend having a look at the Amelia Park 2016 Trellis Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon, Castelli Estate 2016 The Sum Shiraz and Castelli Estate NV Checkmate Traditionelle Methode Sparkling.

Everyone has a wine they'd love. No wine is too good for you.

The “I Like To Play It Safe But Let’s Try Something New” case: $200 – $350

This is a mix of wines with well-known Australian varietals you and your friends know and love. What makes these wines interesting is each has a unique quality to it that sets it above most bottles you’d find at the bottle shop. A wine like the Evoi Wines 2015 Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon had the Sémillon portion rested in oak barrels to instil a level of complexity and texture not often found in the style.

Other interesting and nuanced wines include the Eden Road 2016 The Long Road Pinot Gris, an Australian favourite with a twist. Instead of the usually pale gold colour, many have come to expect, the winemakers at Eden Road leave this wine on skins for a period to instil a softer texture to the wine and give it a striking pink hue. Another wine from Eden Road we think you should consider is the 2015 The Long Road Syrah. It's a Shiraz crafted in the style of the French Syrah. Softer, subtler in weight and a focus on the bouquet of flavours.

Other additions include Evoi Wines 2015 Margaret River Chardonnay, Amelia Park 2013 Trellis Cabernet Merlot and the Delatite 2017 High Ground Pinot Noir.

 

 

The “I Want To Find The Wines That I Can’t Find At Bottle Shops”: $350 – $400

This is where you raise the bar. This selection centres around wines of distinction. Whether they are the receiver of high praise from the countries leading wine critics or a limited edition wine in high demand, these are the wines you open for those friends who share your love of wine.

Wines like the Greenstone Vineyards 2012 Methode Traditionelle Sparkling received Best Sparkling wine at the Victorian wine show in 2017.

McHenry Hohnen 2015 Calgardup Brook Vineyard Chardonnay took the honours for Best Chardonnay in Margaret River at the 2016 James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge and scored an incredible 96 points.

Other great wines to consider for this kind of mixed pack include the Hart & Hunter 2015 Black Series Chenin Blanc, Delatite 2015 Estate Malbec Merlot Dungeon Gully, Hungerford Hill 2017 Preservative Free Hunter Valley Shiraz & Robert Stein 2017 Dry Riesling.

There's a wine which suits every occasion.

The “I Know I’ll Be Happy So Challenge Me” case: $400 - $550

This is the pack for you to start discovering what winemakers are making AND drinking.

From the savoury wine crafters in Geelong’s Moorabool Valley, Lethbridge Wines 2014 Nebbiolo is a complex combination of subtle traits that make for a thought-provoking red.

Mchenry Hohnen 2013 Hazel’s Vineyard BDX Reserve, from the Margaret River, is a homage to Bordeaux that only comes around when there’s been a perfect vintage. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pertit Verdot and Malbec. It’s a wonder of a wine.

We'd also suggest discovering other exciting wines such as the Hungerford Hill 2017 Classic Tumbarumba Pinot Meunier, Hart & Hunter 2017 Dr. B’s Fiano, Castelli Estate 2016 Il Liris Chardonnay & Eden Road 2014 Tumbarumba Pinot Noir.

 

The “Créme De La Crème”: $800+

Here's a dozen, must have wines from Australia's top shelf. These wines include limited releases, reserve collections and the best of wines from the ultimate vintages.

To get the full story of these juggernauts, click on any of the links below to find out all about the wines and the brilliant stories behind them.

Great reds from Australia's oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley, and surrounding sub-regions Hart & Hunter 2014 The Hill Shiraz, Hungerford Hill Epic McLaren Vale ShirazHungerford Hill 2015 Heavy Metal Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Stein 2014 The Kinnear,

Victoria's coldest wine region, the Macedon Ranges: Hanging Rock 2015 Heathcote Shiraz,

The legendary terroir of Heathcote: Greenstone Vineyards 2010 Copper Block Heathcote Shiraz,

Savoury wines from Geelong's best-kept secret, the maritime climate of the Moorabool Valley: Lethbridge Wines 2012 Hugo George Sangiovese Merlot, Lethbridge Wines 2011 Allegra Chardonnay, Lethbridge Wines 2012 Mietta Pinot Noir,

And of course the Margaret River, one of Australia's winemaking gems: McHenry Hohnen 2013 Rolling Stone Bordeaux Blend, Stella Bella Wines 2013 Serie Luminosa Chardonnay & Stella Bella Wines 2014 Serie Luminosa Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Whatever your taste, knowledge or budget there’s something here for everyone.