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Friends of Sala Bai is a Not-For-Profit organisation founded by Hospitality professionals in Australia dedicated to raising funds to support Sala Bai: A vocational hotel school in Siam Reap, Cambodia.

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2018 Friends of Sala Baï Raffle Ticket: The Champion and the Challenger


2018 Friends of Sala Baï Raffle Ticket: The Champion and the Challenger


2018 Friends of Sala Baï Raffle: The Champion & the Challenger

The Champion & the Challenger is our name for an exceptional sextet of wines from two of Australia’s most iconic producers: Penfolds and Henschke. This set features a trio of wines from Penfolds: Penfolds Grange Bin 95 – Vintage 2001, as well as Penfolds Bin 707 – Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 and Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley - Shiraz 2011. The second trio, from Henschke, features a Henschke Mount Edelstone 2012 Eden Valley, a Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2012 Barossa, and the pièce de résistance: a Henschke Hill of Grace 2010 Eden Valley, a vintage that Huon Hooke has described asundoubtedly one of the greatest ever to appear under this hallowed label.”

This set has been kindly donated to Friends of Sala Baï by Max Player to raise money for Sala Baï, a hotel school in Siem Reap that educates and cares for up to 150 young Cambodians every year, providing them with a year's free tuition, board, allowance and employment at graduation.

Please support Friends of Sala Baï by buying a raffle ticket (Ticket Price: $100) for a chance to win this remarkable set, worth more than $2500. Only 100 tickets will be sold and all proceeds go will go to Sala Baï.

Note that all wines have come from Max's cellar - so don't forget the Max Factor!

To participate, please purchase a ticket online below, or contact Claudette Palomares: or 02 9427 0277. If you make an online purchase, Claudette will send you an email to confirm. Ticket sales will close 20th November 2018.

The raffle will be drawn at the Friends of Sala Baï Annual Party and Wine Auction, 23rd November 2018. If you are unable to attend our annual party this year, participating in the raffle is a great way to show your support.

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Notes about the wines 

Henschke Hill of Grace 2010 Eden Valley
"An extraordinary wine, undoubtedly one of the greatest ever to appear under this hallowed label. Deep, dark red-purple hue and a powerful bouquet. The palate is explosively intense with seemingly endless length. I've rated it the best, the only one to receive 99 points." (Huon Hooke)

Henschke Mount Edelstone 2012 Eden Valley
First produced in 1952, the 2012 vintage marks the 60th release of this iconic wine. Planted in 1912 the Mount Edelstone vineyard now boasts vines more than 100 years old. Maturation took place in a combination of 87% French and 13% American (32% new, 68% seasoned) hogsheads for a period of 18 months.

Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2012 Barossa
One of Australia's true great wine treasures, Henschke produce a range of wines that are the envy of most. Keyneton Estate is often the first premium wine from this most famous of producers that people try. As such, the attention to detail and meticulous craftsmanship of this wine is a testament to the vision and passion of Stephen and Prue Henschke.

Penfolds Grange Bin 95 – Vintage 2001
Penfolds Grange is the pre-eminent Australian red wine of the highest quality. The vision and dedication of Max Schubert is the sole reason this wine is so deeply entrenchedinto the psyche of the Australian wine scene as well as being highly sought after the world around. Deep purple. Very elemental blackberry/raspberry/menthol aromas and sweet malt/savoury oak. A strikingly rich concentrated wine with deep-set musky blackberry dark chocolate fruit flavours, underlying savoury oak and ripe smooth tannins. Finishes long and sweet. An immaculately balanced wine.

Penfolds Bin 707 – Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon is said by many to be the richest and most robust of all the great Penfolds iconic red wines. It is the ultimate expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. First named by an ex-Qantas marketer, Bin 707 has sleek dark berry and dark chocolate characters that dominate with plenty of natural fruit sweetness. The tannins are present, but not overwhelming. The 2006 comes from what can be considered almost perfect. Excellent vine health coupled with a warm January and warm, but temperate harvest period has resulted in a 707 that will live on for decades.

Penfolds RWT Barossa Valley - Shiraz 2011
First vintaged in 1997 after several years of ‘Red Winemaking Trials'', RWT is somewhat of a new-comer, however this impressive Shiraz is now a fully fledged member of the Luxury release each year for Penfolds. RWT is opulent and fleshy, a pointer to the single origin of this trademark wine, the Barossa Valley. The fruit for RWT is selected for its aromatic qualities and fine texture; characters which are on show in the 2011 vintage. Fragrant flavours of blackberries and ripe cherry combine with dark chocolate and vanilla to provide another exceptional RWT.