This pack is about variety, not varietals. If you like red wine, and you like a little adventure, you’ll love it. There are goodies from Northern Italy, Southern France and even a Mendoza Malbec. If this isn’t a collection of incredible international interlopers, I don’t know what is. Say that six times quickly. Actually, just buy the wine.
You get a bottle of each of the following bombastic Black Market bottles:
BLACK MARKET Shiraz Blend 2016
Rhône Valley, FR
95pts Jeb Dunnuck | 93pts Wine Advocate | 92 pts Matt Walls
This wine is a beautiful, fairly rich style of old vine (50+ years) shiraz grenache, getting into full-bodied territory. From one of Robert Parker’s favourite producers in the southern Rhône, too. The little subregion is Ventoux, which is just a stone’s throw from the much more expensive Châteauneuf-du-Pape. So here you’re getting incredible quality of fruit, for much, much, much more affordable prices.
BLACK MARKET Shiraz Blend 2016
95pts International Wine Challenge | Gold Medal International Wine Challenge | Gold Medal 2017 Selection of “70 millions tasters” | Gold Medal 2018 Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards | Saint-Chinian-Roquebrun Trophy International Wine Challenge | Top Level Award at 2018 National Vinalies wine contest | Top Level Award at 2017 National Vinalies wine contest
Laying down the gauntlet to the other shiraz pretenders in the Languedoc, this wine is all about balance, bramble and berries. So bury yourself in its charms. Just make sure you remember the cheeses. In case you’ve forgotten, it is very nice with them. International Wine Challenge describes the wine as “Blueberry and bramble nose, silky texture to the concentrated layers of blue fruit with smoky complexity. Very stylish and vivid.”
BLACK MARKET Malbec 2015
97pts Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 | 95pts International Wine Challenge | Gold Medal International Wine Challenge | Platinum award, Best in Show, Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 | Trophy Best International Malbec, International Wine Challenge
Aged in 100% new French oak, this is not for the faint-hearted - not quite a tooth-tinting tannin titan but not meek, either. Tannins are full and drying, sure, but also soft and smooth, tamed by a dark-fruited core of berries, cocoa and balancing acidity. This is overlaid with pretty florals and herbaceousness that only seem to add to its overall density and power. Savoury through and through but rounded out by distinctively punchy high altitude Mendoza fruit. Approachable, but much to think about, too. Over a fat steak, of course.
BLACK MARKET Nebbiolo Blend 2015
96pts Luca Maroni | Gold Medal Luca Maroni
With the perfect amount of time waiting, watching, willing you not to drink it - it’s finally time. Barbera is a bit like most Aussie pinot. Don’t age it as long as you think you should, just because ‘old wine is better’. This has the juicy, powerful impact of blackberry, plum, cherry, vanilla and spice, and a few years under its belt to mellow everything about and meld it all together into its most wholesome expression. Powerful, elegant, and waiting for you.
BLACK MARKET Touriga Blend 2016
97pts Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 | Platinum - Best in Show: Value Best in Show Decanter World Wine Awards 2018
Every wondered what Portugal does other than Port? How about we start with Decanter’s 2018 Best in Show red, then... yes, this will do nicely. This is a blend of the four classic Port grapes, and it’s as dense as it is approachable. Dark and deep but fresh and friendly. Loads of plum, black and red berry, molasses and just enough spice. The finish is long enough to show its class and deceptively silky enough to make it dangerously sessionable. Who needs oak when the fruit is this good?
BLACK MARKET Valpolicella Classico 2017
At the Tasting Bench:
“You get lovely savoury notes,” John kicks off. He had us at ‘get’. Maybe even ‘you’. “Obviously, with the Italian wines you get tannin structure and acidity that you don’t often see in Australia, and more dried herbs and dried fruits rather than those sweet-fruited Aussie reds.”
“Every time I smell something different, it’s amazing,” chimes in Nicci. “You could totally chill it down,” Zahn reckons. I agree with both of them. Smell it, chill it, drink it, revisit, open the next bottle, do it again. It’s very smashable. I reckon it’s got blueberry, damson plums, black cherry, and it’s almost pinot-esque in its aromas with a little more grip.