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Sydney sticker shock - no affordable fine Oz Shiraz?

by Mike_F » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:14 am

At a conference in Sydney, and in my innocence was planning to pick up a few bottles of fine Australian Shiraz to take home, as it is practically nonexistent on my home turf. I used to buy such wines pre 9/11 in the BBR shop at Heathrow, alas that fine establishment is long gone and I avoid Heathrow like the plague anyhow. But but but I am convinced that I used to get wines such as those listed below in the $30 price range in those bygone days, whereas the prices I am seeing in Sydney now are e.g.:

Elderton Command Shiraz 2012 - Aus $ 108
Penfolds St Henri Shiraz 2014 - Aus $ 100
D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2013 - Aus $ 70

Can somebody enlighten me? What happened to pricing of fine Oz Shiraz? Any recommendations for solutions?

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Re: Sydney sticker shock - no affordable fine Oz Shiraz?

by David M. Bueker » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:20 am

Yow!

The St. Henri is $60 (USD) near me, up from $45 several years ago.

The Elderton generally runs $75 USD these days.

Throw in the exchange rate...though the St. Henri still seems high by 25%.
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Re: Sydney sticker shock - no affordable fine Oz Shiraz?

by Jenise » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:59 am

The last Elderton Command I bought cost somewhere in the mid 30's. You're not wrong, we've seen the same kind of inflation here. As a consequence there is almost no Australian wine in my area but for the mass market goop--oh, and Mollydooker.
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Re: Sydney sticker shock - no affordable fine Oz Shiraz?

by David M. Bueker » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:26 am

And Mollydooker is just a different kind of goop.
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Re: Sydney sticker shock - no affordable fine Oz Shiraz?

by Jenise » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:43 am

David M. Bueker wrote:And Mollydooker is just a different kind of goop.


Indeed it is. But in my area people actually seek out the brand, whereas the other Aussies they just buy because they're full frontal and cheap.
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Re: Sydney sticker shock - no affordable fine Oz Shiraz?

by Mike_F » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:10 pm

David, Jenise - thanks for sharing. Maybe one should buy these wines as a speculative investment, but drinking one's investments makes it difficult to recoup...

Any Australians still on this forum who can recommend still affordable alternatives?
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Re: Sydney sticker shock - no affordable fine Oz Shiraz?

by Jenise » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:49 pm

Let's see if we can scare up David Lole. I sure wish this software allowed tagging, like Facebook!
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Re: Sydney sticker shock - no affordable fine Oz Shiraz?

by Mike_F » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:19 am

Leaving Sydney shortly, first time in a while that I passed through a wine producing country of note and am not carrying any wine home with me. The few wines I tasted at different outlets in Sydney were by and large drinkable yet forgettable, nothing tasted had enough character to warrant the hassle of checking a bag on my three flights home. I hope that somebody somewhere in Australia is still producing Shiraz with character at an affordable price, but I could not find any. C'est la vie...
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