"The nose is elegantly presented, but well-concentrated, the fruit expression a little reserved initially, unfolding vibrant dark raspberries and blackberries, lifted by subtle, fragrant spice notes and aromatic black pepper, liquorice and cedar...The fruit is melded with layers of black pepper, liquorice and Asian spices, and shows vitality. Fine-grained, flowery tannins provide strong grip and structure, and the palate flows with acid vibrancy and energy, carrying to a luscious and lingering finish of black fruits and spices. This is a full-bodied, vibrantly rich and succulent Shiraz with blackberry and raspberry fruit, and notes of...
Andrew Peace was the first to plant one of Italy's premium varieties, Sagrantino in Australia and now has the largest plantings in the country. The Australia Felix Sagrantino 2013 has a gorgeous nose of ripe red berries, black currant and cherry and hints of quality spicy oak. It is generous in the medium to full bodied palate with the lashings of fruit balances by textural acidity ending savoury. It is screaming out for a pasta or pizza or cured meats. Says Halliday; It rushes out with sweet fruit and then is pulled back by coffeed, earthen tannin. Breathe out, breathe in. Fruit is jubey and juicy; the overall shape and feel of the wine has...
VOTED BY WALL STREET JOURNAL (Sep 28, 2017) as ONE OF THE TOP 5 WINES ON THE PLANET TO HAVE WITH A PIZZA!!!!! (came in at no3). HOW GOOD IS THAT? "The bright and juicy character of this lively red Sangiovese-dominant blend from superstar Umbrian producer Arnaldo-Caprai makes it ideal for just about any type of pie, especially a classic pizza margarita." Lettie Teague, WSJ. This delicious wine consists of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 15% Merlot. It is aged for 12 months in wood (70% in Slavonian barrels; 30% in French oak barrique), and thereafter a further minimum 4 months aging in bottle. Aging potential: 6-8 years but made to be...
Approachable, rounded, plush nebbiolo from one of Monforte's very best producers. All estate grown. WINERY NOTES: Vinification: to bring out the wine’s freshness and fragrance to the full, the maceration on the skins takes place at a controlled temperature of between 25 and 29° C for around 5 days. Maturing: in small oak barrels for 9-12 months. Ageing: for several months in the bottle, at a controlled temperature of 15° C. Colour: bright ruby red. Nose: floral, intense and ample. Taste: warm, savoury and silky due to moderate tannins.
A star find for us at Vinitaly in Verona last year. We are very happy to show the latest vintage. The unique (patented) bottle design is a standout and thankfully the contents are as well. Vibrant pink colour with hints of cherries and strawberries on the nose, clean fresh fruit on the palate with crisp acid holding it all together for a dry finish. A real crowd pleaser.
~ Buy Six and Pay $30 net Each ~ Mix and Match with other Bibi wines is fine we will manually invoice you afterwards. Casamatta at the very beginning was an IGT Toscana, but Bibi was not 100% satisfied about the results. So in 2010 he decided to bet on a bizarre way of production, solera method. Everybody thought he was completely mad, because in Italy there is no appellations for Solera so the only way to produce a solera was to declassify from IGT Toscana to No Vintage. At that time Casamatta (which translates as mad house in English) was probably the only solera made in Italy. Bibi’s vision was that by mixing different vintages the wine...
Raffaella Bissoni is a remarkable woman whom we met in 2015. We had been told by the conoscenti that she has been leading a quiet revolution in Romagna to reinstate the region as an internationally reknowned producer of sangiovese. Given that Tuscany has long held the spotlight for all sangiovese wines we were both curious and skeptical. That was until we tried her wines. They are outstanding and represent excellent value. The winery now exports to 10 countries, with the USA being the largest taker. Bissoni's wine-making philosophy is quite plain and hides no secrets: in order to preserve quality they limit yield to a low figure -6 tons per...
WA 92. The 2014 Volver Single Vineyard comes from a parcel of vines planted in 1957 called Finca Los Juncares. It is 100% Tempranillo aged 15 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. It is a relatively small cuvée of 3,000 cases, but it’s a stunning wine, with notes of unsmoked cigar tobacco, licorice and blackcurrants. This opaque purple-colored wine has a full-body, showing toasty notes intermixed with blackberry and cassis. It’s a beauty – an internationally styled, modern version of Tempranillo to drink over the next 5-6 years.
WA 92. Lastly, the 2014 Tarima Hill, from Alicante, is also 100% Mourvèdre aged 20 months in French oak and from the oldest vines of the estate, planted 1935-1975. They are also relatively high elevation, at 2,000 to 2,400 feet above sea level. This wine shows wonderful, pure aromatics of blueberry, black raspberries, chalk and spring flowers. The wine has beautiful, full-bodied texture, impressive ripeness and purity and length. The minerality is present, and the wine a heck of a value. Drink over the next 4-5 years. RPJ Aug 2016.
95% Sangiovese, 5% cabernet and merlot. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of Italy's classic red wines, and has unquestionably helped Tuscany retain its privileged place on the world wine map. It comes from the vineyards which surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 25 miles (40km) southeast of Siena, southeastern Tuscany. Viticulture here dates back many centuries to Etruscan times. During the 15th Century, the local wine was a favorite among the local Sienese aristocracy, and in the 16th Century it was revered by Pope Paul III, who spoke of the wine's excellent qualities. Aged in French oak for 24 monthsI. It is characterized by...
A new label from this Piedmont specialist producer. Soft, ripe and very approachable. Excellent value. Cascina Bruni, founded in 1897, had recently added Dr Riccardo Cotarella as consultant winemaker. He is internationally acclaimed and considered to be one of Italy's finest winemakers. He also currently holds the office of President of the Italian winemakers Association. This is the second red released on his watch. UPDATE: The winery has engaged the services of winemaking consultants Michel Rolland from vintage 2016.
WA 92. Tanzer 92. Very deep purple-black in color, the 2012 Reserve Shiraz presents a nose of crushed blackberries, blueberry compote and plum preserves with nuances of menthol, cloves, mocha and licorice. Medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling blackberry preserves and spicy flavors nicely supported by medium to firm, rounded tannins, it finishes long with a refreshing lift. Drink it now to 2020+. LPB May 2014.
WA 90. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2012 Trumps Shiraz is scented of crushed blueberries and blackberries with hints of charcoal, coffee and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with black fruit flavors and is framed by medium level, rounded tannins and just enough acid to refresh on the finish with good length. Drink it now to 2018. LPB May 2014.
Chateau Chantegrive is located in the Graves region of Bordeaux. It is perhaps the most reasonably priced grand cru classe wine on the planet. Winemaking is overseen by Hubert de Bouard, proprietor of Chateau Angelus. This rose is a relatively new addition to their lineup. It represents once again their hallmark of fine winemaking at a great price. The blend is 80% merlot and 20 % cabernet franc from 20 year old vines.
James Halliday 95 points. James Suckling 94 points. “This is another cracking release under the Hilltops label. Superbly balanced with an impeccably silky and fine palate, it is a wine you must put in the cellar: it is lovely now, but will reward those who can resist for as long as possible.” James Halliday Wine Companion, October 2016.
WA 90-93. A barrel sample of the 2003 Shiraz (14% alcohol) exhibits notes of black fruits, flowers, and damp earth along with a dense, full-bodied, opulent style. This offering will not be particularly long-lived, but it possesses a pure flavor, good texture, and offers a considerable value. RPJ Oct 2004. NOTE from WEA: The magnum format has kept these wines fresher and more vibrant than the usual 750ml format and has pushed the drinking window well past that predicted above by the critics. Drinking very well now. Brilliant value for money.
WA 90 The 2011 Maestro Red is a blend of 41% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec that sees 14 months in oak. It has an opulent, glossy bouquet of small dark cherries, boysenberry and iodine that has a real juiciness to it. The palate is medium-bodied with nicely composed tannins and plenty of cedar and dark chocolate-tinged black fruit. It retains fine focus with a touch of bell pepper toward the finish emanating from the Cabernets. This is a fine Bordeaux blend that should age over the next 6-8 years. Drink now-2020. NM Oct 2013. De Morgenzon, whose vines are soothed by the strains of classical...
Fifth Leg Shiraz Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Fifth Leg is the quirky off-shoot of renowned Margaret River winery, Devil’s Lair. Full of fun and larger than life, Fifth Leg has developed a reputation as somewhat of a ‘refined larrikin’ – serious about wine and the good things in life, but not at the expense of simple, easy-going fun and a good laugh. Grape Variety Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Maturation This wine spent nine months in French oak. Colour Vibrant purple with garnet hues. Nose Lifted ripe mulberries and spice with subtle berry fruit perfume and hints of vanilla. Palate A rich and luscious fruit filled palate of mixed...
Made by the team at Rockburn Estate in Central Otago. Lightly oaked style bursting with fruit from the first sip. Winery Notes: Our Devil’s Staircase wines are inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Sourced from several Central Otago vineyards, the Devil’s Staircase Pinot Noir takes the willing down into the realm of decadence and Bacchanalian delights. Here, everything is pleasure spiced up with a bit of naughty. The unrelenting Central Otago environment tortures the vines whose twisted limbs produce a wine worthy of absolution; strong and sensual with lashings of dark fruit,...
~ Buy One 6-Pack and pay$ 29 per bottle ~ ~ Buy Five 6-Packs and pay $25 per bottle ~ "The nose offers up cherry, raspberry, violets and Christmas cake spices. Plum and dark cherry influences on the mid-palate with a medium bodied construct. Not sure I have had a finish this happy and long for $29 - ever... RR4WEA
~ Buy One 6-Pack and pay 29sgd per bottle. ~ Buy Five 6-Packs and pay $25 per bottle ~ JH 94. “Takes a split second to announce its class; black cherry leads red cherry, spice leads pepper, French oak leads tannins, all happy to contribute to this perfectly balanced, cool grown shiraz.” James Halliday 94/100 "Here’s a wine that makes a real case for decanting – from an impressive start, this got better and better in the decanter. Vibrant and layered, its flavours of cherries and plums, spice and pepper speak of the cool climate the grapes were grown in. There’s concentration, too, plus a fine layer of tannins and a long finish. I...
Organic. We selected this fine rose from a lineup of 40 different labels from Provence. It ticks all the boxes for us....lifted aromatics, good acidity, full flavoured with a long, refreshing dry finish. Hard to beat.
~ Buy Six and Pay $39 net ~ James Halliday 95 points Wine Companion (Outstanding and Special Value) Excellent Margaret River Bordeaux blend . BLEND Cabernet Sauv 87.2%, Merlot 6.6%, Petit Verdot 4.1%, Cabernet Franc 0.2% Shiraz 0.2% COLOUR Garnet red with hints of purple in the rim. AROMATICS Lifted aromas of cherries and new leather with notes of spice, herbs and black olives. PALATE Smooth and well balanced with layered red and black berry fruit, nougat and floral characters enveloped by soft and silky tannins, carrying the wine to a lingering sweetly fruity finish. OAK MATURATION 40% new French, 5% new Hungarian, 55% mixed older oak. 11...
A perennial crowd pleasing pinot made under the skilful watch of Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward estates in Central Otago. The emphasis here is always on forward fruit expression with a lighter touch of oak used to add structure.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 93 points. Raymond Chan 18/20. Best Value NZ Red Winestate Magazine. A Hawke's Bay blend of Merlot 69%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12%, Syrah 8%, Cabernet Franc 6% and Malbec 5%. All hand harvested and barrel fermented for 12 months. Ripe Blackberry and plum characters with a plush texture and full finish. Cellar up to 8 years.
Notes from Wine Advocate (2013 vintage 91 points). 2014 not yet reviewed. It's a blend of different plots and the varietal break up is approximately 95% Tempranillo, 3% Garnacha and 2% Viura (white). Since 2012, they have changed the style going for something more elegant, eliminating bleeding, with softer pumping over and maturing in barrels (mostly American oak) for some 14 months. It has a nose of ripe fruit and spices, quite balanced and elegant, and a similar, soft and silky palate, very drinkable.
Buy Six and Pay $36 net Suckling 92 points. Very ripe, bright, black fruits and tar aromas pour from the glass. Big and juicy, but the tannins are stronger than the sweet stuff. Long, clean finish and a lot of potential. ~ WA 90 ~ Finca Villacreces estate is located in Quintanilla de Onesimo on the 'Golden Mile', in the heart of Ribera del Duero DO. Its direct neighbour is Vega Sicilia. Their "Pruno" wine has been a massive global sensation, with the last 4 vintages being rated 93 and 94 points by Robert parker Jnr. Winery Notes: GRAPE VARIETIES: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. AGING: 12 months in 3-year-old French barrels (Darnajou...
Tim Atkin 92 points. First Ever 100% Cab Franc release " It displays a deep, rich colour with a purple-edged tinge. The nose entices with its garrague character of dried thyme, oregano and Cape Fynbos. (Wild Herb indigenous to the Cape). The palate is dominated by aromas of dark cherries, blueberries and graphite which lends great dimension. The tannins are silky and the finish is long and smooth." - Winery Notes
WA 89-91. The red wines include the outstanding 2004 Merlot Prestige, which was bottled after spending 24 months in 100% new French oak. There is plenty of bad Merlot in the marketplace, but consumers should remember that when it’s great, it’s very great (i.e., Bordeaux’s Petrus). Haan’s 2004 exhibits a dense purple color along with a sumptuous perfume of plums, coffee, mocha, chocolate, and berries. Full-bodied with well-integrated oak and plenty of length, it will drink well for a decade. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 90. The 2004 Shiraz Prestige borders on being too oaky, but there is so much richness, density, and headiness that the oak should become better integrated with another 1-3 years of bottle age. It is interesting how this estate’s Shiraz cuvees have too much oak, whereas the other wines balance the oak component beautifully. RPJ Oct 2006.
Southern Right is re-defining Pinotage with this intense classically styled, clay-grown wine, packed with complex berry fruit, beautiful tannins and subtle wood spice. Full ripeness and the longer hang-time afforded by cooler sites, combined with the complex, more classic fruit aromas and structure resulting from clay-rich soil, make this wine a highly individual expression of South Africa's unique grape variety.
WA 89, WS 89, JH 89. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Pillar Box Red offers warm cassis and blackberry notes intermingled with more delicate hints of violets, dried mint and roses. Rich and well balanced, this full-bodied wine is nicely textured with medium levels of velvety tannins, a solid acid backbone and a long finish. Drink it now to 2019+. LPB Mar 2013. "Indicative blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Ownership: Henry's Drive Tasting note: Solid purple-red colour; reflects the good vintage with its array of red and black fruits, oak and tannins merely the postmen. Compelling value for now or later casual drinking....
Winery Notes: This new vintage release is already tasting beautifully. Very approachable, our Pinot Noir is made for those who like their Pinot long, savoury and lean with abundance of fruit.
Wine Front 95 points. Trophy, Best Shiraz at Yarra Valley Wine Show 2016. 100% hand picked fruit. This wine is principally from the Sexton and Tarraford Vineyards. With a contribution from Lone Star Creek Vineyard on the Upper Yarra basalt soils. Whole bunches were used on batches at varying percentages based on fruit structure and source. The overall blend incorporates 40% whole bunches to bring out perfumes. Oak: 100% matured in French oak, barriques and puncheons. The separate batches of wine completed natural malolactic fermentation. Time in oak: 12 months (French oak).
Established as a collaboration with the Hahn family in 1997, today Barossa winemaker Rolf Binder continues to produce the wines under the same label, with the JJ Hahn range now available in many countries. These are classic Barossa reds that represent exceptional drinkability and value. A full-bodied, full-flavoured classic is the promise behind the very deep brick red colour. Notes of tea leaf, cedar, sweet berries, spice, chocolate and cigar box aromas fill the glass. Ripe black forest fruits and spice are balanced by rounded tannins and seamless structure. The palate reflects the nose with flavours of cedar, stewed fruit and cigar box....
Silver Medal NZIWS. This is an up-front, sweet cherry fruited Pinot Noir, dark red berry and cherry fruit aromas. Medium-full bodied, with a soft juicy palate unfolding layers of violet and dark red floral. Fresh acidity with a lively mouth fell. Fine, grainy tannins support the fruit and lead to a satisfying finish.
93 Points “Pirathon is an ancient word for pinnacle. This shiraz from the north-western Barossa is a dark, inky purple in the glass with black plum and toasty vanilla oak along with fruit cake notes and clove spice. Excellent fruit flavours are full-bodied, rich and intense. Good support from unobtrusive oak and chalky tannins add to the structure and the finish is long. This is a robust, distinguished wine with excellent balance and drinkable now and well into the future. Outstanding value”. Brett Smith, Wine Jury, April 2015 Winery Notes: Pirathon is an ancient word for pinnacle and we believe Shiraz is the pinnacle grape of the...
Winery Note: Fruit was harvested from the 17th -21st of February, immediately crushed, destemmed and hand plunged utilising open top fermentation. Following 9-15 days on skins, traditional basket pressing in our 1928 basket press was employed. The wine then matured in a combination of American, French and Eastern European oak barrels for 14 months. Colour: Deep ruby. Nose: Complex combination of dark fruits, chacuterie and Chinese five spice with a hint of smoky cedar in the background. Palate: Multi layered flavours of raspberry, plum, roast beetroot and black olive supported by fine grained lingering tannins. Intriguing, balanced and...
A Clare Valley crowdpleaser. Rich and opulent style. Matured for 16 months in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. Opaque black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Aromas of blackcurrant and mulberries infused with black olives are followed by cedary tobacco characters and spicy dried herbs. Medium bodied the palate possesses good richness with blackcurrant and liquorice flavours overlaid by black olives and cedary tobacco infusions followed by some dried herbs on the spicy finish. There’s some grip to the fine grained tannins. Good depth with a long spicy blackcurrant, subtle liquorice, black olive, cedary tobacco characters and dried...
James Halliday 93 points. Winemaker's Notes Smoky char notes and sweet berry compote feature brightly on the nose. Hints of black pepper, feral olives and a nice savory twist. Fleshy and textural on the palate with hints of cola, blackberries and sweet plums dominating the flavor profile. Fine tannins and subtle French oak char rounding out the long expressive finish. Vinous / Antonio Galloni 90 points- "Deep ruby. Fresh, perfumed scents of ripe dark berries, violet and cola, with a peppery nuance adding vivacity. Smooth and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, offering sweet blackberry and cherry flavors and a building touch of...
WA 91. The 2012 Dignus is a blend of 50% Tempranillo , 25% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines planted in 1970 that was aged 12 months in 3-year-old French oak. It exhibits lovely blackcurrant and black cherry fruit intermixed with licorice, Provençal herbs, loamy soil and hints of spice box and background oak. Medium to full-bodied with fresh acids, it is a zesty, opulent, delicious, complex red wine to consume over the next 3-4 years. RPJ Nov 2014.
James Halliday 95 points. Winemakers Comments A dark magenta purple colour with a bright ruby hue. Cherry and blackberry fruits with a hint of dark choc mint on the nose. The palate is complex, with rich plum, blackberries and cassis flavours, well balanced tannins and fine oak with a long finish. Grape Variety 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Region Coonawarra Cellaring: 10 - 15 years
James Halliday 96 points. Winemakers Comments A deep damson red colour with a bright garnet hue. Ripe red fruits and vanillin aromas. A supple palate exuding cherry and raspberries with touches of clove, cinnamon and black pepper. Long and evenly balanced with fine silky tannins.
Winemaker's Comments: A deep ruby red colour with a bright damson hue. A fresh and vibrant bouquet and palate both send the same message of delicious dark red berry fruits, dark chocolate with hints of vanillin, spice and pepper. The fine textured tannins provide both context and structure, leading to a long and evenly balanced finish. Grape Variety 100% Shiraz Region Coonawarra Cellaring: 5 - 10 years
JH 91. The colour is vibrant deep ruby red with a garnet hue. The wine itself is seductive, smooth and fruit driven with dark, perfumed berry fruits with hints of mint and Eucalyptus, supported by subtle soft tannins that give excellent balance.
~ Buy Six and Pay $36 net each ~ "An alluring shiraz that tiptoes an elegant aromatic line of lilac, violet, iodine and sapid blueberry notes, laced with star anise and clove. The palate, too, does not disappoint. Fine-grained, slinky tannins and saline acidity serve as a confluence to the free-flowing fruit and expanding, more savoury, tones of smoked meats, black olive and liquorice root. Northern Rhone? A wine of a deft hand and fresh fruit picked at the optimal window of opportunity. Bravo!" 96pts James Halliday Wine Comapanion 2017
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