Thu 27 Feb 2014

Blind Spot: Great-Value Expressions of Australian Regionality


We’ve been absolutely delighted with members’ response to the Blind Spot wines so far, and heartened to see several critics praise them too. ‘Blind Spot’ is an exclusive range of Australian wines that aims to provide genuine expressions of authentic Australian regional styles at affordable prices.

Blind SpotJancis Robinson called them ‘outstanding value by any measure’, and we’ve just seen a review of the new range (published yesterday) by Sarah Ahmed, aka thewinedetective which may be of interest to members. (Please note: the Rutherglen Muscat mentioned in this piece will be available very soon).

‘Hats off to Mac Forbes, chief sourcer, or is that sorcerer?’ – Sarah Ahmed
Mac Forbes, one of Australia’s most talented winemakers, acts as our man on the ground for the Blind Spot range, utilising both his impeccable contacts and regional knowledge to source cuvées from throughout Australia.

Blind Spot in Mac Forbes’ own words
You can find out a little more about the range in this interview with Mac:

Pierre Mansour
Society Buyer for Australia


  1. Jonathan White says:

    I was given half a dozen blind spot wines a couple of years ago. Nice wines, but the notes on the back didn’t advise on the taste. As the idea of the range is to demonstrate that e.g. this Australian Shiraz is different to a generic Australian Shiraz, tasting notes would be very useful – especially when trying to match wine with food. I’d only had Mataro once before, and this was quite different. Hopefully the latest range will come with more info about what they are rather than what they’re not, and help us to do them justice.

    • Pierre Mansour says:

      Thanks for your comment, which is a very fair point. The reason for this is simply to ensure the best price for members: it is considerably cheaper for us to have standardised back labels across the range, meaning that the saving can be passed on in the bottle price. Our webnotes have some extra information on how the wines taste, but we will certainly look at ways of providing more. Thanks again for raising.

  2. Tim Curtis says:

    Quite coincidentally in the second week of February I happened to spend an afternoon visiting three wineries in the Yarra Valley (whilst visiting my son who lives in Melbourne), Yering Station, Oakridge and one whose name I forget (it has an art gallery attached). I tasted several chardonnays at all three with cellar door prices between AU$25 and AU$75 and there was a common thread running through all of them in that they much more nearly resembled a white Burgundy than any other Australian chardonnays that I have ever tasted. And I found the same with the Blind Spot Chardonnay – I think it is Sarah Ahmed who remarked that if you like Macon then you will like this Yarra Valley Chardonnay. And the Blind Spot is only £8.50! I will certainly be buying more of this. Well sourced Mac Forbes (obviously we will never know which winery the Blind Spot came from) – and keep enjoying the great food and wine list at the Healesville Hotel near where it seems you are based!

  3. Richard Barrett says:

    Fantastic value wines considering all the unseen extras including shipping from the other side of the world. Only one comment: what happened to the extraordinarily good Sangiovese that appeared all too briefly and then was gone? The Blind Spot Sangiovese played the Italians at their own game and, in my opinion, trounced many of the more celebrated second division sides.

    • Pierre Mansour says:

      Many thanks for your comment – very pleased to hear you enjoyed the wines. We had an option to buy the follow-on vintage of the Sangiovese but sadly it did not meet the standard set by the previous. You may like to try the new Gundagai shiraz, which comes from the same region and has a similarly ‘Italian’ feel on account of its freshness and grip, despite being a different grape variety.

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