James Suckling 93 points. TED is the affectionate nickname for EDWARD. This wine was formerly bottled under the Earth's End label. 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.
3 Rings is a collaboration of the famous Hickinbotham family of the Barossa Valley. Their vineyards are well known to be some of the very best in the region and have been contributors to the wines of such greats as Chris Ringland. The vineyards for 3 Rings Shiraz lie on an east-west slope with predominantly north-south rows, at an average age of 35 years. Cedary up front, with an appealing layer of smoke and spice to the bright, supple and ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Notes of tobacco and clove gain presence on the finish. WINE SPECTATOR 89 points. Notes of wild herbs bring added interest to this wine's cherry fruit. It's...
JH 94 Fruit, oak and tannin, all working in harmony. This is a wine with a sense of authority. Sweet-sour cherries, spice and dried tobacco, with clips of resiny, toasty oak. Tannin is fierce but the fruit flavour has enough momentum to swing along with it. Drink to: 2025; Price: $45.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2015; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion. 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...
Second wine of Anwilka. A great cooperation success between Bruno PRATS (Château Cos d'Estournel), Hubert DE BOUARD (Château l'Angélus) and Klein Constantia. The name "UGABA" refers to a tradition of the Xhosa people, the second language group in South Africa after the Zulu. The Xhosa leaders designated warriors who had distinguished themselves by valiant deeds of bravery as UGABA men whose mission would be to maintain peace and order. Varietal: 84% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Alcohol: 14% vol. Harvested by hand in crates, sorted before and after destemming, crushed over stainless steel fermentation vats. Light...
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...
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. 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. There are many other cheaper versions available in the market...
Awarded Gold Medal and "People's Crown" , voted by readers of Vini Buoni d'Italia. 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...
James Suckling 92 Jeb Dunnuck 91 Wine Spectator 90 Intense purple colour. Aromas of tobacco, liquorice and blackcurrants. Full-bodied with hints of toast and mature fruit. Long balanced finish.
Wine Advocate 91 points. Completely destemmed and raised entirely in concrete, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Domaine Nicolas Boiron is a serious Côtes du Rhône. The blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault is full-bodied and rich, with hints of tar and black olive layered over ripe black cherries. A bit of licorice emerges on the long, silky finish. Drink this beauty over the next 5-7 years. JC Sept 2018.
Bibenda 4 stars. TASTING NOTES – dark, ruby red – ripe blackberries, wild cherries and chocolate on the nose – a powerful beginning on the palate, with increasing tannins, prominent fruit and a long, lingering finish.
TASTING NOTES – beautiful garnet red color – multi-layered warm notes of ripe forest berries and roasted coffee beans – strong body with smooth tannins in great harmony with a vivacious acidity structure and long lasting finish.
Wine Advocate 92 points. This wine is beautifully stitched together. The 2016 Alto Adige Pinot Noir Saltner offers a careful balance of aromas with equal emphasis on berry freshness and spice with delicate herbal accents and blue flowers. These elements are weighed carefully with equal importance. The aging regime includes 12 months between barrique and tonneaux, and the resulting oak toast and spice creates nice framing for the crisp berry fruit that is the true protagonist here. ML Sept 2018.
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.
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. ORIGIN: Elgin, South Africa TASTING NOTES: Layered and textured truffle savouriness and earthy forest floor interwoven with concentrated black cherry compote harmoniously supported by mineral tannins PHILOSOPHY: The focus is on purity, vibrancy, restraint and harmonious balance by the careful selection and blending of specific clones grown on clay soils in the cool Elgin Valley. Emphasis is on maximising the savoury and earthy flavour spectrums evident in the grape profile and balancing the extraction of tannins for complexity. This is achieved by a minimalist and natural approach in the cellar and maintaining the...
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. ORIGIN: Elgin Valley, South Africa TASTING NOTES: Opulent and intense berry core with a fine, elegant and subtle fruit structure supported by well integrated oak tannins. PHILOSOPHY: The focus is on complexity, ripe but restrained fruit by carefully selecting and blending clones and sandstone soils within the cool Elgin area. Emphasis is on maximising layered flavour spectrums balanced with seamless tannin extraction. This is achieved by a minimalist and natural approach with attention to the integrity of the variety specifically cultivated on lighter, sandstone type soils.
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 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.
Organic. 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 of the Brunello with the freshness and readiness of the Rosso di Montalcino. Rich, massive, with intense, inviting fruit, elegantly supported by noble tannins and by the spices deriving from the oak creating an impact both impressive, harmonic and pleasant. Modern and innovative, though conserving a great respect for its terroir.
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...
IWSC Silver. 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.
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. This wine has notes of red and black berry fruit, white pepper and spice. The palate is finely structured, showing an array of ripe fruit and floral undertones, with a lingering aftertaste. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 44% Grenache Noir – 29% Mourvédre – 21% Syrah – 6% Petite Sirah
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. This wine has notes of cassis with rich, red fruit, dried herbs, perfume and plums on the nose. The palate is soft and silky with integrated flavours of cigar box and black fruit. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon – 29% Merlot – 15% Malbec – 10% Petit Verdot – 4% Cabernet Franc
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 ~ "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.
Jancis Robinson Wine Reviews 15.5 points: 40% aged in oak but not new. Bottled in October. Average age of vines 50 years, all located in Santenay. Lightish crimson. Lifted sour-cherry fruit and a hint of citrus on the palate alongside the red fruit. Very fine tannins, lightish but harmonious. (JH) Drink 2020-2023.
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...
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.
60% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot. James Suckling 92 points. Bright, deep ruby red. The aroma is intense, rich in red fruits and earthy tones. This is a medium-bodied wine, with good Sangiovese acidity and a soft and round Merlot texture: good balance between fruit and soft tannins, with good structure, making this a wonderfully complex and elegant wine, with a persistent finish .
100% Sangiovese from an outstanding vintage. One year maturation in neutral oak barrels. Full, plush, intense . Wine Spectator 90 points. WA 89+ Here's a terrific Tuscan red to pair with your favorite pasta dish or with wood oven pizza with long threads of melted mozzarella. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is an ideal food wine thanks to the brightness of the acidity that will cut straight through cheese or fatty ingredients to keep your palate refreshed. Easy berry tones add life and sparkle to the mouthfeel. The wine is direct and fresh. Some 35,000 bottles were made. ML Feb 2019.
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.
Huon Hooke 95 points. "This is astounding value from a boutique producer. The label is fairly new but the owners are fifth-generation Barossa grape growers. Plummy fruit-driven aromas, coupled with subtle spices and smoky oak, the palate deep, rich and full-bodied, with drive and power. (Screwcap)" Ranked #1 of 37 2016 Shiraz from Barossa Valley Good Buy Rating: Outstanding WINERY NOTE: The grapes for the epsilon Shiraz are estate grown, made and matured on the 20 acre site which is situated on the western side of the Barossa Valley in the famed sub region of Greenock. Three pickings are done throughout the vintage period over a time period...
Gold Medal, Royal Hobart Wine Show 2017. Gold Medal, Royal Hobart Wine Show 2018. James Halliday 93 92 Points, Ray Jordan WA Wine Guide. “A neatly rounded and presented Margaret River Cabernet that brings all that powerful blackcurrant and graphite-infused chocolate to the table. It’s a richly flavoured wine with precise use of oak and excellent tannin management to pull it all together. The opening floral and violet notes will get you straight away.” RJ
3 Glasses Gambero Rosso., Vinous 92 points, Wine Enthusiast 93 points. 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.
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.
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.
5 Star Winery Rating, James Halliday. 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...
Ray Jordan 94 points. Huon Hooke 94 points. Campbell Mattinson 94 points. If you're looking for a quality pinot noir to drink right now then look no further. This is all about fragrance, juiciness, fruit and flow, a myriad of spice-riddled flavours running wild and free through the palate. It puts a smile on your face; it's joyous. It has tang, smoke, spice and autumn leaf notes thrown through a core of red and black cherry. It's not heavy or profound but it delivers. 94 Points – Campbell Mattinson. Yarra Valley based vigneron, Phil Sexton lives with his family in the middle of their 80 acre vineyard established on the high north face of...
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.
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...
"A quintessentially Australian blend of 85% shiraz and 15% cabernet sauvignon, this is all violet, black cherry, cassis and root beer sass. Gently extracted to maximise the wine's energy, this is a fun parry of bright fruits, set against a thrust of acidity and dusty tannins. 91 Points. Date when Tasted: 02 Jan 2017 Alcohol: 13.5% Drink: 2020 Closure: Screwcap" - Ned Goodwin, winecompanion.com.au. 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...
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. Winemaker Danie Steytler.
WINERY NOTES: Our Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon has been crafted through careful fruit selection, traditional winemaking techniques, sixteen months maturation in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads and bottling unfiltered to fully enhance the wines character and appeal. A cooler than expected vintage caught many by surprise, the lower evening temperatures punctuated by a number of lighter rainfall events that slowed down the ripening process and allowed the harvest to run well into April. Clare always looks its best in the cooler seasons and these conditions have been very favourable in creating wines of great definition, character...
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