"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...
JH 93 Winery Notes: Our flagship wine, Sagrantino stands out as one italy’s premium varieties, originating from Umbria. We have the largest planting of Sagrantino vines in Australia. This deep ruby red wine produces a whack of upfront aged stewed fruits on the palate, slowly integrating into some dusty and chalky tannins. On the nose, ripe jammy stewed dark fruits, mulberry, black currant. The palate has these same ripe black fruits, plums with a well balanced oak integration. Both fruit and oak tannins coat the whole mouth and linger together.
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. James Suckling 92 points. 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...
For centuries now, the beautiful red grapes of the Barbera varietal have been grown in Italy, where they are prized for their unusual high acid content and low tannins, brought about by their thin skins. The Barbera grape varietal thrives in warmer climates, and has had some success overseas in the new world, where its strongly aromatic flavors of intense hedgerow fruits make it a favorite with wineries and wine drinkers looking for a grape which offers plenty of interesting characteristics. Interestingly, the differences between young and aged wines made from this varietal are quite significant, with younger bottles holding a plethora of...
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. Conegliano lies in the Valdobiaddene region of Veneto from which the very best of prosecco is sourced.. In terms of prestige in the hierarchy of prosecco this wine sits 2 rungs below the sebregion of Cartizze (see Villa Sandi for our version).There are many other cheaper...
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...
Buy 6 or more and pay 39sgd/bottle. WA 92. The 2015 Solanera used to wear the ultimate Spanglish label, which said "Viñas Viejas of Monastrell" even if it was always a blend (in this vintage, the blend includes 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha Tintorera). The revamped 2015 has a completely different label that only keeps the "viñas viejas" moniker. In this wine... they used part of full clusters and sourced the grapes from Casa Marta, a nine-hectare, head-pruned, dry-farmed plot on very stony soils in the north of Yecla at the foot of the Mount Arabí. It fermented in concrete vats and open-top barrels and matured in barrique, each...
Tarima Hill 2015 is produced in a very good vintage in which Rafael Cañizares has been able to extract the full potential of the Monastrell variety. It is a full-bodied wine, with a lot of concentration and great balance between fruit and wood. Tarima Hill is a delight for people looking for wines that are very muscular.
A wonderfully fresh and lively red that will delight. Lots of strawberry and red cherry on the nose, with a spicy palate showing hints of black pepper and olives. The blend is 80% Sangiovese/ 20% Merlot. Made under the masterful eye of winemaker Carlo Ferrini.
WA 91+. The first wine in the range is the 2016 Monastrell, which in reality contains some 8% combination of Garnacha and Syrah, cropped from a more continental, cooler and dry vintage. Like all the wines from the property, it fermented with indigenous yeasts, in this case with grapes from different plots, and matured in used oak barrels for eight to nine months. Juicy, primary, incredibly fresh and with a vertical palate, longer than wider, like a hypothetical blend of 2013 and 2015, cool but dry. This is always a great value, even more so in 2016. 160,000 bottles produced from a single blend that is bottled throughout the year. LG Dec 2017.
The Chianti Classico of Castellare di Castellina is a medium-bodied red wine, dry and balanced, aged for 7 months in barrique. Hints of cherry and violet emerge from a harmonious and rightly tannic aromatic texture, of good intensity and freshness. Great value from a blue ribbon producer.
WA 92. The 2014 Les Alcusses has always been a blend of local and French varieties aged in oak barrels; this year the blend is approximately 30% Monastrell, 20% Garnacha Tintorera, 15% each Petit Verdot and Syrah, and 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot fermented destemmed with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and aged in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels for eight months. I also noticed a strong balsamic strike here, full of aromatic herbs, thyme, rosemary and a touch of esparto grass and tree bark. The oak is very nicely integrated, with contained ripeness (they aren't replacing as many barriques, and in 2017, they bought some...
WA 92+. Only in its second vintage, the 2016 Safrà is already a reference for the winery—it's more vibrant and livelier than Parotet but produced with the same grape, Mandó, which is complemented here with 10% each Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell. It fermented in stainless steel and stone lagars with 30% full clusters and indigenous yeasts. Malolactic was in amphorae, where the wine matured for some six months. It has plenty of aromatic herbs, balsamic; in a way, it reminded me of a vermouth. At the end of the day, 2016 was a short vintage—the grapes ripened earlier, so they harvested them pretty early, keeping the freshness. The...
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.
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 22 year old vines.
Organic. WA 91 Col d'Orcia takes care to make an elaborate and generous Rosso to serve with more sophisticated meat and pasta dishes. The 2015 Rosso di Montalcino Banditella opens to savory tones of leather and spice with loads of ripe fruit at the back. Those fruit nuances recall blackberry confit and dried fig. You also get scorched earth and barbecue smoke. This vintage really hits all the right spots. ML Mar 2018. A modern interpretation of a classic from Montalcino: a special selection from a great Sangiovese vineyard is vinified and refined with advanced methods and technologies. A wine that combines the great structure and longevity...
The name Gineprone refers to the aromatic herb Juniper and indicates how this Chianti from the Siena hills reminds the drinker of all the herbs and spices that are typical of the Mediterranean underwood. Complex and full bodied yet approachable and fruity, Gineprone is the Montalcino version of the Chianti wine that has made Tuscany famous around the world. "At first blush on the nose - there is a LOT of herbacious action, so I totally get the Gineprone reference. Its moderately coloured with moderate alcohol around 13%. The really cool thing about the wine is how it evolves in the glass over the fist 10-15 minutes. Every swirl unfurls...
Cune Crianza is a red wine from the D.O La Rioja produced by Cune, the starting winery of the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España. This wine is a blend of Tempranillo (80%), Mazuela (10%) and Grenache (10%). The grapes used for Cune Crianza originate from vines owned by the winery and also other estates found in the La Rioja Alta of high quality.
Commended: Decanter World Wine Awards 2018. Veritas 2016: Silver Darling Cellars Chocoholic Pinotage offers a vibrant display of a wide range of fruit and flavours that includes Turkish delight, chocolate, red and black cherries, vanilla, red plum and butterscotch (just to name a few….). A perfectly balanced wine whose flavours follow through on the palate with amazing structure and smooth supple tannins. This wine will tickle your taste buds and provide an amazing journey for all, to experience Darling’s unique terroir in a glass.
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...
~ Buy One 6-Pack and pay$ 29 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. 95 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "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. Chandon gives it 8 years, I'm doubling that." 94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "Excellent release. Meaty, peppery, black cherried and complex. Whole bunch influence is clear but not dangerous; it works beautifully. Superfine tannin. The flavours linger appreciably. Musky oak add slipperiness to the texture and prettiness to the aroma/flavour....
Jancis Robinson 15.5/20. "Very fresh forest-floor notes. Some grainy tannins and some suggestion of very slightly stewed fruit, but certainly not overpriced." Winemaker Notes A pretty, pale-ish purple color with a stylish, fragrant nose of flowers and fruit. There is plenty of primary fruit present, but just a little more serious than you may expect at this price point. It is noticeably more structured on the palate though. The fruit stretches out to a medium length finish.
VARIETALS Grenache - 25% ; Carignan - 25% Syrah - 25% ; Cabernet Sauvignon - 25% FLAVOR DOMAINE SAINT ESTEVE rosé possesses brilliant color. Its nose is powerful, with notes of citrus, grapefruit and passion fruit, mixed with talcum like scents. It is fresh on the palate and delivers the same fruity notes, mixed with spices and white peach. A powerful and complex wine, fulsome and fresh. The DOMAINE SAINT ESTEVE occupies about 30 hectares of land largely consisting of loamy clay and limestone soils. It is located near Rognes in the Bouches du Rhône, between the chain of Côtes and Trévaresse. Its rosé is one of the wines of Provence...
Wine Spectator 91 points. Grape variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero Ageing: one year in concrete vats Colour: brilliant ruby red Aroma: intense, fine, floral, with clear reference to violets Taste: harmonious, dry, sapid, tannins well balanced with the fruit. The "superiore" classification is earned by making the wine from grapes of older vineyards at lower yields.
~ Buy Six and Pay $39 net ~ James Halliday 95 points Wine Companion (Outstanding and Special Value) Excellent Margaret River Bordeaux blend . BLEND 93.9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3.6% Cabernet Franc, 2.1% Petit Verdot, 0.3% Merlot, 0.1% Shiraz COLOUR Brilliant deep red with purple hues. AROMATICS Intense complex array of cassis, mulberries, blueberries and dark plums intermingled with tobacco, bay leaf and choc-mint aromas. PALATE The full bodied palate is packed full of rich dark forest fruits, blueberries, chocolate, briar notes and elegantly integrated oak. A beautifully structured wine with powerful, yet refined, tannins that combine with a...
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.
Raymond Chan 18/20, Sam Kim 93 points. Winery Notes: This year is the first time we release a Syrah Rosé. The 2017 Syrah Rosé is made from grapes off Gimblett (42%), Bridge Pa Triangle (40%) and Te Awanga Vineyards (18%). 97% Syrah and 3% of Tempranillo. The grapes were gently whole-bunch pressed and fermentation was in stainless steel tank at as cool as 16c.
Buy 6 or more and pay $39 per bottle. The Garnacha Tintorera comes from 25-year-old vines on limestone and clay soils at 800 meters altitude, and the Moravia Agria (which represents 30% of the volume) comes from 40-year-old vines on limestone, sand and clay soils at 710 meters altitude. The Garnacha is kept unoaked, but the Moravia is put in neutral barriques for eight months. Richly perfumed, full bodied, brash and long. A real treat.
3 Glasses Gambero Rosso. Cerasuolo di Vittoria is today the only DOCG of Sicily. A wine of remarkable personality obtained from the red vinification of the Frappato(40%) and Nero d'Avola grapes (60%). Very intense and persistent bouquet that reminds one of ripe pomegranate. Cherry-red in color, warm and full-bodied in the mouth. Endorsed by Vittoria Gianbattista Valli.
James Suckling 92 points. Part of the lineup of the Great Designers Collection. Endorsed by designer house Missoni. Sicilian Cabernet acquires characteristics of absolute uniqueness. It is totally different to the cabernet of Tuscany or the Veneto region. The abundant sunshine and unique ancient volcanic soils produce cabernet that is without vegetal notes, which are somewhat typical but non-ideal in the variety. it has great structurel and is suitable for aging but a steady array of dark fruit, dried cherry and exotic spice aromas make it too easy to consume whilst young.
3 Glasses Gambero Rosso. The vine that best expresses the oenological character of Sicily. This wine, made scrupulously of the best grape selections, expresses in absolute purity the extraordinary elegance and ability to evolve over time. The intense ruby red color typical of the vine stands out. The nose is distinguished by delicate and persistent notes of red berry fruits such as blackcurrants, blueberries and cherries. Full, velvety and persistent, it aims at an elegant harmony as a whole. Endorsed by designer house Versace.
Wine Spectator 91 points. A last minute disagreement with Valentino has resulted in the merlot being released without the designers name. Merlot loves sunshine and Sicilian merlot delivers the love. It is lush, plush, chewy and delectable. Think Sofia Loren rather than Kate Moss. Lots of cherry, plums and exotic spice.
Ruby red with violet reflections. Fruity and floral bouquet, full-bodied in the taste, very velvety and soft.
100% Nebbiolo. When young, it features a fragrance which is wonderfully spontaneous and full of surprise: in its bouquet, colour, and generous, velvety body this Langhe Nebbiolo brings out all the typical qualities of the magnificent vineyards it is made from. Later in life its colour becomes garnet-red with strong orange shades, and its nose deepens, with traces of withered flowers, such as roses and, above-all, geraniums. Its warm, soft, well-bodied flavour is velvety and well-balanced, lingering in the mouth Red fruit, bright, spicy, perfumed, some new leather in the mix. Medium bodied, light rasp of tannin, fresh fruit, autumnal notes,...
Dark crimson with plum hues. Aromas of liquorice, blackberries and dark chocolate. The medium bodied palate has a generous mouth-feel with fine dusty tannins. Flavours of dark fruits and mocha. Forest Hill Vineyard is not only the oldest cool climate Vineyard in Western Australia, but also planted on one of the Mt Barker regions first farms. Settled in the 1840’s, Highbury Fields is a site of historical agricultural significance in the Great Southern, which over the past century has been farmed for apples, dairy, grains, lamb and wool.Purchased over 15 years ago, the Highbury Fields property is today producing exceptional fruit with the...
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.
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.
95 Points Halliday Wine Companion, April 2017 "Serial winner, vintage by vintage, of show awards, this winning gold at the Yarra Valley Wine Show in '16, matured in french oak. It has very good hue and depth, it gets you attention from the first whiff, the first sip. The black fruits have special texture and structure, demanding you take the next mouthful before finishing the first, the tannins also add to both flavour (spicy) and texture (fine, persistent)." Trophy Best Shiraz and Shiraz Dominant Blend 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show Gold Medal 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Award 2017...
WINERY NOTES: This is our gateway Pinot Noir produced from fruit grown at selected vineyards in the local Wairarapa region. The wine is matured in two to five year old french oak barrels for 12 months. Scents of dark chocolate and almond lead to dark red brambly characters and earthy spice notes. Bright, inviting and elegant in style with a good mouth-feel and evident but silky tannins, this wine is easily enjoyed now, and will continue to reward and mature with bottle age.
Kaapzicht’s second Pinot Noir vintage with more concentration, colour and character than the premiere vintage. A medium bodied, dry red wine with lovely sweet and sour cherries accompanied by elegant tannins.
The variety which made Kaapzicht famous. Pinotage made this way capitalises on the variety’s plush, juicy body, cloaking an abundance of vanilla cream and fine-grained oak tannins. A quite Bordelais-styled interpretation of the variety. Excellent!
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...
~ Buy Six and Pay $39 net ~ WA 92. The red they say was born to go with tapas and sold in local restaurants is the 2009 Viña Cubillo Tinto Crianza. 2009 was a warm and ripe year, and this blend of Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (or the masculine Garnacho they like to use) plus 5% each Graciano and Mazuelo from limestone soils with quite a lot of clay, feels juicy and soft. It fermented with natural yeasts in large oak vats and matured in used barriques for three years. This is a bottling that has grown and improved a lot since 2004-2005. It shows very good balance between fruit and more developed aromas, with hints of leather and cherries,...
Wines expected to fly direct from winery cellar and arrive in our cellars around October 10. James Halliday 96 points. "This hits the bullseye, a great example of the synergy between place and variety. Its colour is good, as it the bouquet, and that arrow arrives the moment the wine enters the mouth. It has waves of luscious, juicy red and black fruits that fill every corner of the palate, tannins and oak doing the job expected of them. Drink to: 2024." JH. What more can we say about the Majella Cabernet? Universally regarded as one of Coonawarra's greatest wines, it continues to win trophies and medals throughout Australia and the world....
"Bright hue; a very elegant, almost-but-not-quite shy and retiring, wine with bright red and black cherry fruit and attendant spices (and pepper) coming through on the exactly balanced palate, oak and tannins observing their duties on the finish and aftertaste." 95 points. James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 The Majella Shiraz first appeared in 1991 and has since acquired a reputation as one of Coonawarra's finest Shiraz's. A deep ruby red colour with a bright crimson hue. A spicy cinnamon bouquet, a delicious palate of dark red berry fruits, dark chocolate with hints of vanillin. The fine textured tannins lead to a long and evenly balanced...
Damson plum aromas, bright crimson hue and a maraschino cherry core form a vibrant bond, punctuated by a dried herb saveur. The wine is gentle and long, ebbing and flowing across a savoury, medium-bodied palate that gives and gives, without drying an inch. The oak regime here seems more respectful of the fruit than in the past. Kudos. Drink by 2030. 93 points Ned Goodwin – James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion
Once again an exceptional wine at the price: vibrant, unmistakably Coonawarra to smell and taste, bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, mulberry and herbs, and fine, elegant and juicy in the mouth. The wine is quite low in oak, with just a smidge of vanillin showing faintly on the mid palate, but otherwise the brambly, blackcurrant flavours demand all the attention. Fine silky tannins integrate with the fruit and minimal oak treatment to produce an approachable well rounded wine with an extended length. Quite a complex wine! Drink now, but it should age beautifully for 3 - 5 years Majella "High pitched red and black currant aromas are...
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