Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra 2006 gets Australian release

Matt Irwin & Trent Allen, a couple of entrepreneurial Aussies have managed to secure the right to distribute Maynard’s wines into Australia.  This makes us the first country outside of the USA to have official distribution for these products.  It’s not a release of the entire range however, the first shipment will be the Chupacabra 2006, and I’d expect if this sells well then future wines will also become available.

From the press release:

sip & listen…
Sitting around the dinner table after a couple of days skiing in the Canadian Rockies, childhood mates Matt Irwin & Trent Allen cracked open a bottle of Chupacabra while listening to Tool’s Salival, and wondered why this amazing wine was not available back home. With backgrounds in the wine business & music industry, they have secured exclusive rights to import Maynard’s wines to Australia.

The wine…
The first shipment is a limited amount of Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra 2006. This will be the first time any of Maynard’s wines will be available outside of North America. It is also the only time we will see Merkin Vineyards, as Maynard and Eric have decided to limit distribution of the Merkin/Caduceus lines and focus on Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. 2012 will see the first ASV wines hit Australia, but we will have to wait and see how much sip & listen can secure for the people down under.

The Chupacabra is coming…
Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra is a shape-shifter, evolving vintage after vintage. The 2006 is a blend of traditionally French grapes that have found a home in the Californian landscape. From the Tasting Notes "Bold and mysterious, the wine shows both a light and a dark side. From black fruit, tobacco and forest aromas to flavours of kiwi, grapefruit and nettle on the lighter end, this smoky and complex red is enticing from the first sip."

Reserve a bottle…
Word is spreading quickly and Matt & Trent are receiving daily requests to reserve bottles for people.  Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra 2006 will retail in Australia for $34.99 per bottle or 3 for $100 (inc. GST, postage not included). If you are interested in buying a bottle (or 3!), email your name and order to sipandlisten@hotmail.com. If you are after a case, please email for a price. You do not have to pay until the wine is released in a few weeks time. You will receive a reservation number which puts you in a draw for an Arizona Stronghold merch pack (inc. Chupacabra Australian Release Bottle no. 353)!

You can also follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter.

Not sure how many bottles these guys are importing, so it’s probably worth getting your order in quickly!

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Tyson
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Tyson

I never felt like more of a fan boy.

ilikecheese
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That Maynard is one damn fine American. Self-made man, yes sir. Enjoy the fruits mates.

children
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children

[quote comment=””]That Maynard is one damn fine American. Self-made man, yes sir. Enjoy the fruits mates.[/quote]

I wish I could enjoy these particular fruits, but sadly I am under the age of 21.

Tyson
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ilikecheese – 26 minutes ago  » 
Enjoy the fruits mates.

That’s what Adelaide is for

ilikecheese
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heh he…’laide’

mikelisse
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$34.99?  my local wine shop sells it for $22.99.  i will answer my own question and assume this is because there is a higher shipping fee.

contraption
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That’s the local back-of-a-van-without-windows shop price.

xaized
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I’m with you on that one Hellboy, 35$ isn’t much for imported wine

If Chianti can go for around 65$(which is basically a glorified house wine) I think chupa will be well worth a penny. On that note, anyone want to split a case ? [=

petemasterpete
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xaized – 1 hour ago  » 
I’m with you on that one Hellboy, 35$ isn’t much for imported wine
If Chianti can go for around 65$(which is basically a glorified house wine) I think chupa will be well worth a penny. On that note, anyone want to split a case ? [=

i’m game to throw down a bit on that

petemasterpete
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admin – 18 minutes ago  »  xaized – 1 hour ago  »  I’m with you on that one Hellboy, 35$ isn’t much for imported wine If Chianti can go for around 65$(which is basically a glorified house wine) I think chupa will be well worth a penny. On that note, anyone want to split a case ? [= i’m game to throw down a bit on that Not sure they’re really doing cases, but it can’t do any harm to email them and see.  Personally I’m just going to buy a single bottle.  same thoughts myself, really, but if we… Read more »

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petemasterpete – 1 minute ago  »  admin – 18 minutes ago  »  xaized – 1 hour ago  »  I’m with you on that one Hellboy, 35$ isn’t much for imported wine If Chianti can go for around 65$(which is basically a glorified house wine) I think chupa will be well worth a penny. On that note, anyone want to split a case ? [= i’m game to throw down a bit on that Not sure they’re really doing cases, but it can’t do any harm to email them and see.  Personally I’m just going to buy a single bottle.  same… Read more »

petemasterpete
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2lizbet – 1 hour ago  »  petemasterpete – 1 minute ago  »  admin – 18 minutes ago  »  xaized – 1 hour ago  »  I’m with you on that one Hellboy, 35$ isn’t much for imported wine If Chianti can go for around 65$(which is basically a glorified house wine) I think chupa will be well worth a penny. On that note, anyone want to split a case ? [= i’m game to throw down a bit on that Not sure they’re really doing cases, but it can’t do any harm to email them and see.  Personally I’m just going… Read more »

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admin – 3 minutes ago  » 

sweet, in that case, I’ll just never expect anything to arrive… or possibly find some broken glass in my post box sometime next summer

only if you’re lucky, glass is worth good recycling money

psst… recycling glass is a sham… wait, I didn’t say that…

Look, Kookaburra, *smoke screen*

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admin – 16 hours ago  » 

$34.99?  my local wine shop sells it for $22.99.  i will answer my own question and assume this is because there is a higher shipping fee.

Your local wine shop is in Australia?

no no, it is on Long Island [New York], which is why I assume the difference in price has to do with shipping costs. i paid even less when i went to the wine signing in New Jersey. i bought two bottles of the Chupa and one Arizona Stronghold ‘Tazo,’ and i paid $60-$70.

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no no, it is on Long Island [New York], which is why I assume the difference in price has to do with shipping costs. i paid even less when i went to the wine signing in New Jersey. i bought two bottles of the Chupa and one Arizona Stronghold ‘Tazo,’ and i paid $60-$70.
[/quote] Can you advise if the Chupa is any good? Online reviews are mixed. My interest has dropped somewhat by the realization that its a blend of californian grapes. I would like to try some from the Arizona stronghold!

UsefulIdiot8665
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Ive reserved three. Cannot wait to get onto this stuff…

I was legitimately going to go over to the U.S to try some.

Tyson
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Spero – 37 minutes ago  » 
Ive reserved three. Cannot wait to get onto this stuff…

I’ll probably just drink mine.

UsefulIdiot8665
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Tyson – 57 minutes ago  » 

Spero – 37 minutes ago  » 
Ive reserved three. Cannot wait to get onto this stuff…

I’ll probably just drink mine.

Troll.

ilikecheese
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wtf

mikelisse
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disog – 1 day ago  »    no no, it is on Long Island [New York], which is why I assume the difference in price has to do with shipping costs. i paid even less when i went to the wine signing in New Jersey. i bought two bottles of the Chupa and one Arizona Stronghold ‘Tazo,’ and i paid $60-$70. Can you advise if the Chupa is any good? Online reviews are mixed. My interest has dropped somewhat by the realization that its a blend of californian grapes. I would like to try some from the Arizona stronghold! mmm, well, four… Read more »

spiral2spiral
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Ahh, that explains it all.

I have a mate who left for New York a few weeks a weeks ago, as I do I badgered him into agreeing to pick me up a bottle or two, and I jumped online to find the name of the wine store I stocked up on ASV last time I was there so I could give him their details – And saw the ASV site mention Australia and SipandListen. Got excited, but couldn’t find any other reference to it until now.

No more tasking people to bring me back bottles covertly!

ilikecheese
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Loving, loving Caduceus

badkittygothgirl
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Enjoy!

Tyson
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Tyson

Aww fuck it all, it’s linked to my work email and I’m off to the 9th.

Tyson
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Tyson

I still need my reservation number though, I’m sure they’ll wait.

sip and listen
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Tyson, email info@sipandlisten.com.au from your personal email and tell me what work email you used to make the reservation. I will update your reservation with your personal email and send you your original reservation number plus all of the details of where and when to buy the wine. Your reservation number and email must match on your order and we won’t be able to wait until you get back from vacation. We expect to sell out very quickly. Hope that helps.

Hotdog
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Just paid for my 3. Postage of $10 Aust wide is pretty good, i was expecting around $18-22. Cant wait to try it, thanks Sip & Listen.

Naattik
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sip and listen – 5 hours ago  » 
Tyson, email info@sipandlisten.com.au from your personal email and tell me what work email you used to make the reservation. I will update your reservation with your personal email and send you your original reservation number plus all of the details of where and when to buy the wine. Your reservation number and email must match on your order and we won’t be able to wait until you get back from vacation. We expect to sell out very quickly. Hope that helps.

Now THAT is fucking customer service. Well done.

Tyson
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sip and listen – 10 hours ago  » 
Tyson, email info@sipandlisten.com.au from your personal email and tell me what work email you used to make the reservation. I will update your reservation with your personal email and send you your original reservation number plus all of the details of where and when to buy the wine. Your reservation number and email must match on your order and we won’t be able to wait until you get back from vacation. We expect to sell out very quickly. Hope that helps.

Wow, thank you kind sir.