39 dollars: CRFT little Hill Seppeltsfield Barossa Shiraz 2014
NEW ERA WINE SCORES GRAND TOTAL: 83.5 points. Beautiful barossan bang for buck.
Price per bottle: $39
Region: Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley
Grape varieties: Shiraz
Closure: Screw cap
1)Aromatic intensity, up to 5 points.
4. Good grunt.
2) Aromatic complexity, up to 5 points.
4 points. Plenty to mull over if you want to.
3)Aromatic attractiveness, up to 20 points.
18 points. Hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this.
4)Palate intensity, up to 5 points.
4 points. Punchy.
5)"Mouthscape" or "palate complexity", i.e. how much of an interesting experience in the mouth a wine delivers, up to 5 points.
3 points. Solid basics.
6)Drinkability, i.e. how much the wine's total taste characteristics leave you thirsting for more, up to 20 points.
17 points. Highly drinkable.
7)The morning-after test, i.e. how this wine looks on the second day after opening and beyond, up to 5 points.
4.5 points, still vibrant, with bells on.
8)Cellarability, up to 10 points.
7.5 points. Should go for ten years, no bother.
9)Individuality or how distinct the personality of a particular wine is, up to 10 points.
6 points. A solid individual bordering on mild eccentricity.
10) Look, packaging, label, up to 5 points.
4 points. Original and good looking with significance, i.e. the photo of the vineyard’s stone terroir is front and centre.
11) Environmental credentials, story, philosophy, history, brand weight, up to 10 points.
Carries the heavy weight kudos of the Barossa plus the long and deep wine story of makers Frewin and Candice and the focus on geological terroir. 7.5 points
12) SUBTOTAL: Add together the individual scores from points 1 to 11, above. Subtotal is scored out of 100 possible points.
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.
2 The grand total NEWS value for a given wine is the product of SUBTOTAL + the value-for-money score.
Below 70: May have outstanding features but also some drawbacks and I couldn’t recommend it in confidence.
80-89 highly recommended
90+ points: Remarkable wine. Theoretically a score over 100 is possible once the value-for-money factor is taken into account. Something around 105 would be the upper limit of perfection.