James Suckling/ Nick Stock 91 points. Organic, soft, supple and Central Otago delicious– everything you want in a Pinot Noir. Awesome value and just the ticket when needing something new and special. Grapes from our Estate vineyards, destemmed, wild yeasts, French oak, no fining nor filtration. Artwork by Callum Robertson James Suckling / Nick Stock – 91 points -if you need any further affirmation, What does Nick say ? ”This is a very plush, fleshy and pillowy pinot that has terrific fruit emphasis and a very velvety and slippery, delicious finish. From organically grown grapes’ #TOP12
Wine Spectator 92 points. "Smooth and creamy ... The tannins are plump and polished, and the finish lingers effortlessly." WINERY NOTE: Ten Sisters Pinot Noir is fruit-driven, with cherry, plum, and dark berry flavors. Exquisitely structured and balanced, it has smooth and light tannins. The fruit is picked, sorted, and plunged by hand, and the wine is given 10 months in French oak barrels of one to four years of age. Our pinot noir is made in a food-friendly Old World–style. It is superb on its own or with beef, lamb, duck, and savory dishes. The Ten Sisters and their brother are fourth-generation New Zealanders and their ancestors were...
Our Top Selling Shiraz Under $40 90 Points - Natalie McLean. “Great value on this big (15% abv) and robust Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. Deep ruby in the glass, with oodles of dark raspberry and blackberry aromas, spicy and rich with crushed raspberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, black pepper spice, anise and cedar spice flavours layered and lush on the palate. Pair with barbequed ribs. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese.” Winemaker Notes Rich, dense and intense with a mulberry to ink like hue. A subtle and sophisticated nose, leads to a powerful palate of ripe black...
Trophy Best Dry Red Blend - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2019. The red wine for everyone. A perfect blend of cabernet sauvignon (65%), shiraz (25%) and merlot (10%) makes this red wine balanced and smooth, deliciously easy to drink and impossible not to like. Pair with spaghetti and meatballs, baked pasta dishes such as lasagne and similar veggie bakes, bean dishes with smoked ham or chorizo, pepperoni pizza.
Decanter Magazine Gold Medal. Very dark, intense cherry in colour, clean and clear. Of great aromatic complexity, it offers appealing aromas that blend the fruit-bearing bottom of the varietal Tempranillo backed by oaky vanilla and an appetizing whiff of toffee. On the palate, it is long, with an extraordinary finish and a perfect balance between the tannin of the casks and a notable fruit-bearing load. 100% Tempranillo from 40 year old vines. 12 months maturation in French and American oak.
James Suckling 92 points. The grapes of this red wine come from the high lands of the region of Penedès and from the selection of extremely old and organically-grown vines of Grenache, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine can be tasted currently, but it will surely evolve positively for the next 5 years.
Wine Advocate 90+ points. The fruit-driven and easy-to-drink 2019 Laya was produced with Garnacha Tintorera, or Alicante Bouschet, grapes blended with 30% Monastrell from an unusually wet year with torrential rains during the harvest. It fermented in stainless steel vats with neutral yeasts, with malolactic in barrel, where the wine matured for four months. It's very dark, almost opaque, expressive and open. This comes from younger vines yet is structured and seamless, quite complete. It feels like a very good vintage for Garnacha Tintorera in the zone. The palate is round, somehow creamy, and the tannins are ripe and juicy. 360,000 bottles...
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...
THE 2015 VINTAGE 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. Decanter 91 points. Grape Variety: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino & 15% Merlot COLOUR Rich ruby red, brilliant NOSE Sensationally intense, with notes of ripe red fruit and delicate hints of vanilla PALATE Full bodied, rich, dry with a long finish
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. #TAVOLO
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 first 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...
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points A blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Grenache, it reveals a saturated purple color as well as full-bodied notes of blue fruits, cedarwood, spiced cherries, and peppery herbs. It’s deep, rich, and textured, yet also balanced and beautifully pure. JD. Solanera is a red wine made by Bodega Castaño in the DO Yecla.It's a blend of Monastrell (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Garnacha Tintorera (15%). The grapes come from vineyards with 44-year-old Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera vines and 19-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines. These vineyards are planted at an altitude of 750 metres, in chalky...
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. Rated 91 by James Suckling A rather traditional reserva with berry, vanilla and cedar aromas and flavors. Medium body with refined tannins and a delicious finish. Drink or hold.
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.
James Suckling 92 points. Bozeto de Exopto is a D.O. Rioja red wine by Bodegas Exopto. This wine is a coupage of Garnacha (50%), Tempranillo (30%), and Graciano (20%) varieties. The grapes come from vines that are 50 years old on average. The harvest takes place manually in 12 kg boxes. The grapes ferment in concrete tanks at a low temperature. The wine macerates for 15 days and ages for six months in concrete and oak tanks. The goal is to marry freshness and the fruit aromas of the young wine with the wood nuances. This is achieved in a simply delicious manner.
Wine Advocate 92 points. The pure Syrah 2016 Malpaso comes from vines in Méntrida, not really part of the Gredos Mountains, and not Garnacha either... I don't know why, but they always have a very expressive Syrah that reminds me of wines from the Rhône, I don't know if it's the place, the strain planted, the way they make it or a combination of everything. It's balsamic and smoky with a herbal twist, open and expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins and good balance. It shows a little more freshness than the 2015 and is consistent with the character of the year. LG Dec 2018.
TASTING NOTES – intense red – aromas of forest berries and wild cherries, spicey backbone and fresh vegetal notes on the nose – juicy and full-bodied, with a powerfully elegant structure.
Wine Advocate 90+. The Cantina Kaltern 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Nero (with 90,000 bottles made) is a beautiful wine that puts aromatic purity and fresh elegance before anything else. The wine rises bright from the glass with a bouquet driven by mountain flowers, wild violets, honey, candied orange peel, sweet almond and lots of tangy forest fruit. It offers a big dose of Pinot Nero purity over a lean and silky mouthfeel. This is a terrific value buy. ML Sep 2020.
The grapes come from vineyards planted in calcareous clay and gravel soils at an altitude between 250 and 550 meters. Full-bodied wine with a deep red color. The nose gives off aromas of red fruit and spice. Our Cabernet is full and structured, with hints of blackcurrant and green peppercorn. #TAVOLO
WA 91. The 2016 Sant'Antimo Rosso Capanna is a 70-30 blend of Merlot and Sangiovese. Some 4,602 bottles were made. This is a round, soft and soothing wine that plays its ace Merlot card with an expert hand. You get the velvety softness of the French grape and the bright acidity and sharp focus of Tuscany's Sangiovese grape. And the wine is available at an attractively low price. What's not to love here? ML Mar 2019. #TAVOLO
DO NAVARRA 2019, Best Red Crianza. DO NAVARRA 2018, Best Red Crianza. Description: This is the original Navarra Blend of Tempranillo with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged as a crianza for 12 months in oak barriques. Bright ruby color, it is well balanced with an elegant palate. Intense aromas of species, leather, eucalyptus and ripen fruit. Grape: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Tempranillo y 20% Merlot Vineyard: Monjardin Valley, 31 years old Terroir: Calcareous Altitude: 475 m. Aging: 12 months in barrique Alcohol: 14%
Wine Spectator 90 points. Description: From our vineyard “La Cantera”, 75 years old, we keep growing excellent Garnacha grapes, delicate and with high concentration. Aged during 6 months in barriques, maintains its uniqueness while gives some structure and aromas of cacao. Ruby in color, it has flavors of ripe red berries, well balanced and smooth palate. Grape: 100% Garnacha Vineyard: La Cantera, 75 years old Terroir: Stones Altitude: 500 m. Aging: 6 months in barrique Alcohol: 13,5%
Descriptión: Selectión of Tempranillo from our highest vineyards in the foothills of Monjardin Mountain. Aged for 12 months in oak. Color ruby. Very balsamic with notes of chocolate. It is a powerfull wine, rounded on the palate with fresh finish. Grape: 100% Tempranillo Vineyard: Los Altos de Monjardin, 31 years Terroir: Clay Altitude: 675 m. Aging: 12 months in oak Alcohol: 14%
Description: Tempranillo slowly fermented with a brief skin maceration and aged for 4 months in oak barriques, makes our Monjardin Clasico. It is bright, well-knit and elegant, with a distinct display of terroir. It has lively flavors and firm structure; it is very expressive with aromas of red fruit. Grape: 100% Tempranillo Vineyard: Las Cañas, 25 years old Terroir: Calcareous Altitude: 450 m. Aging: 4 months in barrique Alcohol: 13,5%
Tim Atkin MW 91 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. Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir on Sandstone...
James Halliday 95 points. "This is Barossa Valley at its effortless best, with deep black fruit aromas on the bouquet, the spice/earth/mocha/leather spotlights to the abundant black fruits of the medium-bodied palate telling you to enjoy some bottles over the next 10 years, but keep some for the magic that will unfold another 10 years on." JH 201
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...
Rosso di Montalcino is now a classic wine, made with pure Sangiovese grapes, released one year after the harvest so as to retain all the freshness and fruitiness of a young wine and at the same time the intensity that only the Montalcino terroir is capable of delivering. Colour: Deep ruby red with violet hues. Bouquet: Ample and complex with notes of cherry and sour cherry followed by a woody and spicy fragrance. Flavour: Elegant and soft with pleasant ripe tannins. The aftertaste is fruity, long and persistent.
James Suckling 90 points. WINERY NOTE: In Renaissance Florence, Spezieri where the blenders of spices. This wine is named after this ancient art of blending as it is composed of Sangiovese laced with another traditional Tuscan grape by the name of Ciliegiolo as well as small amounts of most of the other grape varieties grown on the Col d’Orcia estate. Spezieri is a young, fruity easy to drink wine for the everyday dinner table. Because of its composition it is a very versatile wine in terms of food pairing and also a red wine we recommend to try chilled in summer.
WINERY NOTES: COLOUR Medium dark red colour with purple tints NOSE Spicy berry fruit aromas and hints of cedar and oak influence on the nose. PALATE The palate is refined and smooth, showing flavours of ripe blackberry and red currant characters. Fine, ripe tannins round out the wine, with lingering dried herb and savoury nuances on the finish. WINEMAKING Cabernet from one of our oldest blocks in the Carbunup River Vineyard, in conjunction with a rich batch of Merlot from our Cellar Door Vineyard (Yallingup) were destemmed to separate static tanks and inoculated immediately with a Bordeaux yeast strain. Each tank was pumped over twice daily...
Janes Halliday 94 points. The Credaro Kinship Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 showcases seductive aromas of blue fruits, dark chocolate with rich lifted violets. A rich and lifted palate showing flavours of blue fruits, blackberry and blackcurrant, with good length of flavour, concentration and ripe succulent tannins. Freshness and vibrancy on the palates adds to the fruit weight and sweet acidity. Hints of florals and violets with rich berry compote sweetness on the finish.
Gold Medal Royal Hobart Wine Show Show 2020 COLOUR Deep purple/red in colour NOSE Intense brooding, dark berry fruits and floral characters with hints of spice and leaf. Forest floor earthy complexities; give a savoury tone underlying the pristine fruit. PALATE A rich and concentrated palate, with dark cherry and plum fruit characters intermingling with savoury, earthy notes. The fruit flavour persists long through the finish, with elegant fine tannins and hints of violets and herbs.
100% tempranillo from 30 year old vines in the Ribera del Duero region at an altitude of some 800 meters, on clay-calcareous soils. The preparation is traditional in stainless steel tanks with a cold pre-maceration. When the fermentation is complete, it is aged for 5 months in 2 year old used French oak barrels. Rich and intense. Always great value.
James Suckling 93 points. A Rioja with plum, blackberry, black truffle and hints of chocolate. Some walnut, too. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink or hold. Wine Advocate 91 points. The popular red 2017 Viña Real Crianza is a gastronomical blend produced with grapes from Rioja Alavesa: 90% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano fermented in stainless steel and matured in oak barrels for 13 to 14 months, during which time it was racked every five to six months. The first thing that is going to catch your attention is the new label, which takes things from the past but put in a...
Accolades 2019 Veritas Awards: Gold Gold Wine Awards - Gold Tasting Notes This wine is very expressive and complex on the nose with flavours of red berries, black cherries, vanilla, butterscotch, red plums, coffee and nuances of strawberries. On the palate the flavours follow through with good structure and silky tannins. A really balanced wine with elegance and a lengthy aftertaste.
Tim Atkin MW 93 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: 39% Cabernet Sauvignon 38% Merlot 13% Cabernet Franc 10% Malbec.
James Halliday 95 points. Bright purple-red, lifted, ripe black and red fruit, a hint of leaf plus assertive cedary-spice from French barriques. The acidity is just right and working with the fine-grained tannins to produce a long savoury finish. Ticking all the boxes. Quality young Margaret River cabernet with a long future. 95 Points. winemaker's note "This is one of the best wines that Deep Woods Estate makes and the one that I cellar for special occasions - and also drink it on a Tuesday with pizza." Julian Langworthy, Chief Winemaker WINERY NOTES: colour Deep crimson with purple hues. aroma Brimming with aromas of dark fruits, chocolate...
Made by the team at Rockburn. Winery Note: 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, sinfully succulent and devilishly good. The flavours are practically immoral, full of...
Colour: Ruby red Bouquet: Fine, rich, showing the grape fragrances together with more evolved elements such as ripe red berries and violets typical in a Chianti. Tasting notes: Harmonious thanks to the excellent balance between tannins and fruit. In the mouth, it is full, round, warm, with good persistence. #TAVOLO
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 .
Vinous Media (Antonio Galloni) 93 points. This is Brunello’s younger and smiley brother, obtained from the same Sangiovese grapes and the same Montalcino area but destined to be consumed sooner. Montalcino, the land where Sangiovese expresses itself best in the whole world and where wines that can last centuries are born, can also produce a great young red wine. Outstanding quality at this price. An ideal food wine as the freshness and brightness of the acidity cuts through any cheese or fatty foods. Perfect partner for a pizza. #TAVOLO
Ray Jordan (The West Australian) 95 points. "Clearly one of the best cabernets yet released by Driftwood. Generous, sweet fruit characters perfectly augmented by sinewy tannins and fine-grained oak. Bay leaf and powerful blackcurrant aromas. The palate is firmly structured with great balance and poise. Focused to a very long finish." RJ 30 May 2020. James Halliday 95 points and Gold Medal, Cabernet Challenge 2020. BLEND 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc COLOUR Vibrant, deep ruby red with purple hues. AROMATICS Vivacious blackcurrant, blueberry, vanilla and dark chocolate are surrounded by mint leaf, sage and violet...
BLEND 88% Shiraz, 9% Tempranillo, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1%Malbec, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon COLOUR Deep vivid violet red. AROMATICS Pepper and cardamom spice with red berry fruits combine with black cherry and coconut dark chocolate on the nose. PALATE A dense mouth filling palate displays black forest fruits and liquorice framed by vanilla oak. Elegant tannins work with the lively acidity contributing to a great balance and length. OAK MATURATION 28% new French and American oak barrels AGEING POTENTIAL Drink over the next 5 – 10 years. WINEMAKING The shiraz batches came in clean and vibrant between the 4th of April and the 9th of April with...
BLEND 86% Malbec, 8% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc COLOUR Deep violet red. AROMATICS Plum pudding, black cherry, cocoa, coffee and vanilla pod aromatics engulf the senses. PALATE Flavours of concentrated blackberry sorbet and maraschino cherry are prominent on the palate. Supple tannins and bright acidity support the vibrant fruit flavours and lingering oak spice. OAK MATURATION 25% new French oak barrels and 20% new French oak staves in tank. AGEING POTENTIAL Drink over next 5-10 years.
James Suckling 91 points. Rich, full and fruity modern Rioja. Too easy. Edulis Crianza is a red wine from the Rioja developed by the Altanza winery. This winery, founded in 1998, is located in the town of Fuenmayor (Rioja Alta). Edulis Crianza is made from 100% Tempranillo. The grapes come from vineyards planted at an altitude of between 380 and 500m on clay-calcareous soils and ferrous clay. For maintenance and cultivation of vineyards, non-chemical herbicides or pesticides are used. Edulis Crianza development is carried out using a conventional winemaking. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled...
Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019. Top 100 Wines, James Halliday 2018. James Halliday, wine companion 2020,93 points and top 100. A wine that has often out-performed its price in wine shows and has done it again here, its pristine, fresh varietal fruit has had the exact amount of barrel fermentation to add to its texture without taking any of the shine off the fruit. One taste will lead to another, and another... Ray Jordan, the West Australian, 93 points and top 100 reds, July 2018. Honest wine delivering the goods at this price. Sweet black currant and plummy fruit. Smooth and seamless. All ripe berry, a dollop of oak and some dusty...
Trophy, Best Other Varietal, Wine Show of WA 2020. Trophy, Best Other Varietal, Margaret River Wine Show 2020. Colour Dark red, glazed cherry Aroma Perfumed aromas of citrus and violets with an earthy-graphite nose. Palate This rarely seen straight varietal has perfumed aromas, fine silky tannins and impeccable balance. Cellaring Drink within five to ten years from vintage.
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