About two weeks ago, I received a leaflet from the Gourmet Traveller magazine for Laithwaite’s Winepeople wine promotion. From my impression this is not my first time to see this, probably the reason I neglected the previous leaflet was that they highlighted an ordering hotline, which I normally not prefer to order wines by phone…
This time my first glance was a pretty good deal, an order costs about A$140 with a saving of over A$100. In addition there’s free gift of 3 bottles of Heirloom Barossa Shiraz and a wine guide. Thus, I took a closer look and found out Winepeople does have a website and allow online order. OK, why not having a try with this bargain !
After 9 calendar days, the wines are delivered. Although I didn’t choose to receive the shipment without signature, this is the first time I got the case left in my front door in the late afternoon.
Originally I thought the wines are shipped from SA, however, from the shipment label, the sender address is listed as at NSW.
With total 15 bottles in one box, the carton sheet seems to be a bit weak. Also, a heavy warning is shown on the case.
There’s no shipment note or invoice attached to the box which I always got it from all other online wine purchases.
The first thing I got after open box is the wine guide. In fact, it is a very brief wine guide. I think it is more the introduction of the Laithwaite’s Wine People’s history. And there’s a discount coupon of A$20 for the next dozen purchase. I reckon it will be free for all purchase anyway, especially for new customers. Don’t expect so much for this wine guide.
All the wines are in good shape, at least all the wine labels are good, nothing major damaged. Only two bottles are having just a little bit scratch and dent in the screw caps.
However, an interesting thing is that some wines are not for local market. Two wines are UK version, i.e. they are supposed to export to UK market. And one of the wines (the free gift Heirloom) even doesn’t list with the standard drink information, which is mandatory for Australia market I believe.
That’s the first time I saw the wine sold in Australia without proper mandatory information. The only possibility may be that wine is treated as a free gift, not sold. Otherwise, it may be some mistake for the company or whatever… Anyway, I still believe that all wines delivered in Australia (no matter paid or free), it should be listed with the mandatory information.
In the past I also see some of the winery they have some promotion saying they have some oversea’s order cancelled, so the wines are discounted to sale. I am not sure what label information they are printed for that lot, but I would think they will stick on another label to supplement the information to fulfill the requirement if necessary, just like some imported wines do. On the other hand, in that case, at least they are telling the customer upfront you are buying something not intended for local market originally (suppose the content are the same).
These are the wines:
2x Littore Family Winery Bellarine Bay PVMS (Petit Verdot Merlot Shiraz) 2013
2x Byron & Harold Estate Circle of Life Four Seasons Cabernet Merlot 2012
2x Deep River McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013 (From the label it indicates the wine is produced for Winepeople.)
2x Byrne Vineyards Larra Pinta Clare Valley Shiraz 2013
2x Patronus The Antler Barossa Grenache 2012 (From the label it indicates the wine is produced for Winepeople.)
2x Peter Lehmann the Pastor’s Son Barossa Shiraz 2013 (From the label it shows the wine is for UK Market, however the standard drink is still listed.)
All the wines are for short-mid terms cellaring only (drinking within 5 years), except the Heirloom Shiraz could be aged till 2030. So, I put these three bottles straight to the Vintec. And all the rest just put in the rack in the living room.
Also, I open up a bottle of Byrne Vineyards Larra Pinta Clare Valley Shiraz 2013 for dinner last night. “Larra Pinta” means creek with running water. It was wonderful. Very fruity style and dense with berries and chocolate. Can’t imagine it is from Clare Valley not Barossa. With this price tag, it is totally over my expectation !