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Cult Wines of Australia

Cult wines are those which have a selling price which includes more than the intrinsic drinking value of the wine

Some wines to look for

Penfolds Grange. Formerly known as Grange Hermitage this wine dates back to the 1950s. A limited number of bottles are made, along with a few magnums. It is probably the most traded wine in Australia with collectors trying to build full sets.

Penfolds runs clinics where collectors can get their bottles opened, checked, topped up, resealed and certified. The wine is available at auction or from specialised stores.

This online Penfolds Grange store uses eBay as a sales platform. Potential buyers can check the feedback given by previous purchases. You can't get a better assurance of a fair deal than seeing what satisfied or unsatisfied customers are saying.

Henschke's Hill of Grace.

This wine is 100% Shiraz grown in an Eden Valley vineyard of the same name. The vineyard is named after a nearby Lutheran Church. The old vines are from pre-phylloxera stocks bought to the Eden Valley in the 1860s. As you would expect the wines are rich, complex, elegant and powerful.

A P Birk's Wendouree. Wine from this low yielding vineyard is virtually unobtainable outside the mailing list. While the winery is no longer in the Birks Family the new owners proudly retains the equipment, buildings and vines to produce heritage in a bottle.

Torbreck Run Rig. This is a seriously good Barossa Shiraz, made with love by Dave Powell from old vines

Irvine Grand Merlot. Since it's mention in a film the variety has scored considerable derision. But James Irvine from the Eden Valley just shrugs his shoulders and keeps making this wonderful wine. He drives a Mercedes with the number plate "MERLOT" paid for no doubt by the sales of the product that has defied the critics and sceptics.

Wild Duck Creek. Duck muck is the cult wine from this Heathcote winery. It is either Shiraz or Shiraz Cabernet. Only small quantities are made in exceptional years. You can by lesser wines from the vineyard for a couple of hundred dollars per bottle, if you can find them.


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