Future Cult Wines?

by Guy Strang
(Sydney Australia)

I have been selling wines in Sydney for almost 10 years now and have come across all sorts. In the 10 years I have made many good mates in the industry.

Cult wines I have come across and think will become cult wines just through there sheer lack of volume or that there made only when they have a exceptional vintage. Wines like One Black Dog Neagles Rock, Kurts Luna Block only 500 bottles made each vintage and that depends on quality of grape, Brini Limited I think they made 2000 cases last vintage these are also only in 6 packs, also Andrew Braithwaite's Hattrick which as far as i know never sees the shores of Australia as Parker has rated it 95+ in his wine guild,and it all goes off shore,Longveiws Block 11 which is one big chocolate Cab/Sav which again is only made in the very best Vintages.

These wines are very good value when you concider the price of Grange and Hill of Grace now, you can buy 9 bottles of Brini Limited for the price of one Grange, I also think that the Brini scored higher in Hallidays wine companion, although I don't have that info at hand at the momment.

Maybe we can also put into this catogry Fortifieds as being into the Cult Wines.

Grant Burge's 20yr old port which was the first port outside of Portugal to win there highest awards. And who could forget some of the Rutherglen fortifieds.

With each year there are new wineries and wines coming out so i am sure that in years to come there will be a lot more cult wines to come, we can just keep tasting and hope to find more of these beauties in future years to come.

Guy Strang
Midway Cellars

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Feb 27, 2009
Some good pointers
by: Darby

Thanks for the comments and suggestions Guy.

There certainly are quite few Cult Wines waiting in the wings. If we could find them ahead of the market we could become rich!

The wines that are lining up to achieve cult wines all share one characteristic. They are made by winemakers with passion, experience and persistence.

You are right about fortifieds deserving their place in the discussion. One problem is that the market also has the collectible 'ports' named after racehorses and cricketers muddying the picture. The other question about top Aussie fortifieds is are they really cult wines when the content of the bottle is really as good as the price suggests?

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