25 dollars: Basket Range "Between Two Sheds" 2011 and 2012 blend, Adelaide Hills
“Between two Sheds” and is the most logical - and successful - blend of two vintages that I have ever tasted.
In the Adelaide Hills 2011 was a very cool year that gave wines that were generally low in alcohol and colour, but high in acidity and with a ripe fruit character that was so high-pitched that, if it was given a voice, could probably shatter glass. In total contrast, 2012 gave wines that were dark, rich and at times heavy.
Putting the two together is pretty much the most logical thing you could possibly do. The wine is an absolute ripper as a result.
78 points is a very good rating using my New Era Wine Score system (NEWS for short). See below for the breakdown of points. The value-for-money score that this wine achieved is the highest vaue-for-money rating that any wine has ever achieved using my NEWS system.
Wine name and vintage: Basket Range “Between 2 Sheds” 2011 and 2012 blend
NEWS grand total: 78
Producer: basket Range
Region: Adelaide Hills
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot
Price per bottle: $25
1 Aromatic intensity, 0 to 5 points. Feeble, 1, unforthcoming, 2, present, 3, lively, 4, jumps out the glass, 5. Four.
2 Aromatic complexity, 0 to 5 points. Simpleton, 1, straight forward, 2, interesting, 3, complex, 4, complex with dramatic definition, 5. Four point five.
3 Aromatic attractiveness, 0 to 20 points. Vile to malodorous, 0 to 5, questionable to present but not attractive, 5 to 10, faintly attractive to lovely, 11 to 15, makes you smile through to "wow, phwoar!", 16 to 20. Seventeen.
4 Palate intensity, 0 to 5 points. Dead, 1, dull, 2, alive, 3, punchy, 4, gripping, 5. Three point five
5 "Mouthscape" or "palate complexity", i.e. how much of an interesting experience in the mouth a wine delivers, 0 to 5 points. Undifferentiated, 1, simply defined, 2, classically structured, 3, structured with dynamism, 4, vividly characterful, 5. Three.
6 Drinkability, i.e. how much the wine's total taste characteristics leave you thirsting for more, 0 to 20 points. Repellent to unpleasant, 0 to 5, questionable to untempting, 5 to 10, vaguely inviting to pleasantly thirst-quenching, 11 to 15, satisfying through to deeply gratifying, 16 to 20. Sixteen.
7 The morning-after test, i.e. how this wine looks on the second day after opening and beyond, 0 to 5 points. Dead, 1, dull, 2, lively, 3, still vibrant, 4, vibrant and with added interest compared to previous day, 5. Three
8 Cellarability, 0 to 5 points. Must be drunk asap, 1, Could hold for one year, 2, would repay 3 to 5 years, 3 points, 6 to 15 years, 4 points, 16+ years, 5 points. Three.
9 Individuality or how distinct the personality of a particular wine is, 0 to 10 points. Totally characterless, 1, very dull, 2, weak generic, 3, stronger generic, 4, strong but still not unique beyond very broad personality, 5, mildly eccentric, 6, unusual, 7, highly distinct, 8, distinct and original, 9, utterly unique, 10. Seven point five.
10 Look, packaging, label, 0 to 10 points. Ugly to unattractive, 0 to 3, questionable to nice, 4 to 6, eye catching and attractive through to profound and beautiful, 7 to 10. Five.
11 Environmental credentials, story, philosophy, history, brand weight, 0 to 10 points. Industrially manufactured through to commercial cliché, 1 to 3, basic story through to clearly expressed concept, 4 to 6, stimulating idea through to prestigious profundity, 7 to 10. Five.
SUBTOTAL: Add together the individual scores from points 1 to 11, above. Subtotal is scored out of 100 possible points. Seventy one point five
1 Value-for-money, take SUBTOTAL and divide by price to give X, then multiply X by 2. 2X is the value for money score. Six point five
2 The grand total NEWS value for a given wine is the product of SUBTOTAL + the value-for-money score. Seventy eight.
76-80 highly recommended
80-85 you beauty!
Over 85: ripping through the stratosphere, bound for the stars!