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Bob Campbell MW 91 points. Wine Spectator 90 points. "Passionfruit, guava and citrus flavors are succulent and intense, with hints of white flowers on a supple and juicy frame. Shows lime zest and candied ginger notes on the finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases made, 2,000 cases imported. MaryAnn Worobiec Issue Date: Jul 31, 2021.
Wine Advocate 93 points. Winemaker Helen Masters builds complexity into the 2019 Te Wa Sauvignon Blanc by incorporating some skin contact (15%), a good bit of barrel fermentation and aging (40%), some malolactic, and indigenous ferments throughout. The impressive result offers up scents of orange marmalade, nectarines and gooseberries, while the medium-bodied palate is unusually silky for Sauvignon Blanc, gliding easily into a long, textural finish. To Masters's great credit, all of the parts come together harmoniously, with none of the individual aspects sticking out. JC Jun 2021. Cameron Douglas MS 92 points. Bright and expressive nose...
The 2015 vintage won Italian White wine of the year fro the Somelliers' Association. James Suckling 91 points. Decanter 91 points. Variety: 100% Grechetto First vintage produced: 1989 Aging: 3 months in steel and minimum 3 months aging in the bottle Aroma: intense perfumes of exotic fruit and yellow peach, floral notes of freesia and hawthorn, pleasing chalkiness on the finish Taste: full, fresh, with a long persistance Serving suggestions: great aperitif wine or consumed with seafood, veal or poultry dishes. Aging potential: 3-5 years. This underpriced stunner is well known to Italians as a wonderfully refreshing white wine to be had...
94/100 Bob Campbell MW "Bright, tangy yet pleasingly textural sauvignon blanc with nectarine, citrus-lemon, pineapple, wildflowers, spice and anise characters. A rich and quite complex wine with an impressively lengthy finish. 26 FEB 2020." Drink 2020 - 2024
Pale straw yellow color with greenish reflections, impeccable in the clarity enriched by a minute and incessant perlage very bright. The olfactory stage is composed of tones of exotic fruit, acacia, wild flowers, citrus fruits and suffused trace of minerality, flint, Mediterranean bunch. At the sip it shows a remarkable personality, which makes use of a perfect balance and an important flavour. The mineral finish is long and fresh, trademarks for the Rive region. Steely and dry. 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 , the wines...
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 it sits 2 rungs below the sebregion of Cartizze. There are many other cheaper versions available in the market but for the few dollars more that the good stuff demands in price, there really is no point in skimping.
We have been looking for a good example of this style for a long time and we think we have it nailed with this one. Too often you will find sparkling moscato expressed as overly sweet, cloying and boring. This beauty however has a great acid backbone that lifts the fruit, tames the sweetness in the middle palate and delivers a long and deliciously sweet finish with no hint of cloying. Delightful as an aperatif, served ice cold.
96 Points 'Full golden colour, brilliant. The bouquet is honeyed and rich, with some marmalade and fruit compote nuances, nutty background. In the mouth, it has intense flavour and is very frisky with elevated acidity, which undercuts the substantial sweetness. A glorious wine of great drive and energy.' Huon Hooke, The Real Review 23/09/20 WINERY NOTE: We chose the name ‘Meta’ for our botrytised, late harvested Riesling, as it embodies the remarkable change of condition the grapes undergo as they are transformed by noble rot over the final weeks of Autumn. From healthy fruit into shrivelled but concentrated, intensely sweet berries;...
95 Points - "Concentrated, flavoursome sauvignon blanc with passionfruit, guava, feijoa and grapefruit characters supported by fruity acidity that helps drive a lengthy finish. A classy wine from a top vintage and low-yielding vines." Bob Campbell MW 01/09/2021. 95 Points 'Top 60 New Release Wines' - "Captivating combination of red grapefruit, cucumber, fresh basil and fennel on the nose leads to an impressive citrus-infused palate, the chalky, saline acidity running right through to a crunchy, bone dry finish. Very impressive indeed." Gourmet Traveller WINE - Jane Skilton MW Dec/Jan 2021/22 5 Stars - "Grown at Dillons Point, in the lower...
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. Gold Medal, IWC London. Gold Medal, IWCS UK. The Kaaimansgat or Crocodile’s Lair vineyard is hidden away in the Elands Kloof Valley behind the village of Villiersdorp, just 80km from Hermanus. A beautiful spot inside a blind valley nestled amongst majestic mountains. Bouchard Finlayson has been linked directly to this vineyard for close to twenty-four years. It is located 700m above sea level, ripens a month later than other Cape Chardonnays and benefits enormously from cool autumn temperatures. The vines are not irrigated and they produce small berries of high skin to juice ratio, which adds an extra flavour...
James Suckling 90 points. Lemon, melon rind and jack fruit on the nose. Medium-bodied, fruity and fleshy. Crisp finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now. Sauvignon Blanc from the Maremma region of Tuscany. Certified organic. Brancaia Il Bianco is a fresh and floral white characterised by a straw yellow color. The nose opens with a pleasant fruity bouquet that is transmitted to the fresh and delicate palate, with a pleasantly balanced acidity. Fruity character with plenty of dried-apples, mangoes and pineapple . Medium body and bright acidity. Fresh finish. Perfect to accompany fish and shellfish dishes, it is ideal in combination...
Wine Advocate 91 points. This is a pleasantly fragrant white that offers steady aromatic and floral intensity, but it doesn't go too far. The Cantina Kaltern 2020 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Campaner shows white flowers, tropical fruit, night-blooming jasmine, acacia honey and crushed stone. This wine embraces all those characteristic varietal aromas with whole-hearted intensity. It's the perfect fit for a grilled mahi-mahi on a balmy evening. ML Sep 2021.
Luca Maroni 94-99 The Alto Adige Chardonnay Saleit of the Kaltern-Caldaro winery is born in vineyards located in the municipality of Caldaro, in the province of Bolzano. "The Cantina Kaltern 2020 Alto Adige Chardonnay Saleit offers underlined primary fruit intensity with orchard fruit, nectarine, lemon zest and a touch of warm custard cream that gives more depth and complexity to the bouquet. The mid-weight approach on offer here gives the wine extra dimension and enables it to wrap smoothly over the palate. This release of about 40,000 bottles would be terrific with a baked, breaded cod." WA 93 It is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes,...
Wine Advocate 91 points. The Cantina Kaltern 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio Soll shows straightforward aromas of summer straw and cut grass, with fresh primary notes of white peach and minty apple. This easy-drinking Pinot Grigio delivers terrific linearity and sharpness with a direct and immediate personality. It also shows a nicely executed finish with good freshness and plenty of subtle mineral and crushed stone. ML Sept 2021.
Wine Advocate 92 points. This is a very nice and very balanced wine with a silky texture and a streamlined mouthfeel. The Cantina Kaltern 2020 Alto Adige Sauvignon Stern is redolent of grapefruit, white flower and sweet sage. The wine does not show those overtly green notes of kiwi or tomato leaf that you sometimes get with this grape. Instead, the aromas focus on pale yellow and white fruits, with hints of crushed stone, making it a nice choice for cherrystones on the half shell. This is a strictly fruit-driven expression of this semi-aromatic variety in a release of 60,000 bottles.ML Sep 2021.
Wine Advocate 93 points. In this edition of 50,000 bottles, the 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Vial presents a classic expression of this excellent winemaking region in the far north of Italy. The wine represents an ideal match of grape variety and territory with a clear and exacting bouquet, followed by good dimension and firmness. The rather neutral personality of the aromas, with white peach, honey and pear, makes this wine ideal to serve with a delicate fish or crabmeat. Pretty notes of crushed white rock help to extend the mouthfeel, add momentum and conjure up visions of the Dolomite cliffs. ML Sep 2020.
James Suckling 91 points. ORIGIN For a long time, no distinction was made between the grape varieties Pinot Bianco and Chardonnay, as the differences are difficult for the eye to detect. Chardonnay has been cultivated in Alto Adige for about 150 years and is now one of the leading white wine varieties. TASTING NOTES – brilliant yellow – fruit-dominated aromas of banana and ripe pears - minerally
The Müller Thurgau variety, also known as Rivaner or Riesling X Sylvaner, is a cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royal. It was developed in 1882 by Professor Müller from the Swiss canton of Thurgau. TASTING NOTES – bright yellow-green – aromas of peach, nutmeg and elderberry – juicy, round and balanced, aromatic on the finish.
Wine Advocate 92 points. This is a simple and fresh expression with an accessible and easy personality for a cheesy chicken enchilada verde. The 2020 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco is tangy and spicy with white peach, crushed stone and even a distant dusting of white pepper. You get an extra dose of energy and electricity as the wine hits the palate, thanks to all that high-altitude mountain freshness. You shouldn't have much trouble finding one of these 350,000 terrific (and well-priced) bottles. ML Sep 2021.
Wine Advocate 91 points. Zippy, tight and tonic, the Cantina Kaltern 2020 Alto Adige Sauvignon is very true to the grape. The wine offers slightly green overtones of lime, tomato leaf and fresh kiwi that enhance a fresh and lifted bouquet. The wine is simple and streamlined, but those pointed varietal aromas really do pop from the glass with extra intensity in this balanced and satisfying vintage of 140,000 bottles. It's a good friend to a Caprese salad with extra mozzarella. ML Sep 2021. James Suckling 92 points.
James Suckling 91 points. Plenty of crisp pear and ripe-apple fruit that’s lifted by notes of green beans and lime, this is a juicy, crisp and expressive pinot bianco with immediate appeal, but also some depth and an interesting grapefruit- pith note in the bold, zesty finish. Drink now. Moriz Pinot Bianco is sourced from vineyards planted between 250 and 550 meters on calcareous clay and gravel soils. The name of this wine comes from the patron of a small village above Tramin, Sella, Saint Mauritius. aging 2-5 years winemaking The grapes for this wine were harvested in small bins and then gently pressed off to steel tanks where the must...
Tramin is the home of Gewürztraminer, and the village claims the best vineyards dedicated to the variety planted around the village the west bank of the Adige valley. Gewürztraminer has a distinctive reddish-yellow color with green hues when fully mature. The wine becomes rich and silky in texture, minerally and structured. It is an elegant wine with intense aromas and flavors of Muscat, rose, exotic spice and lychee fruit. Gewürztraminer has become one of the most popular wines produced in Alto Adige. vineyards A selection of vineyards with southwest exposure on some of the steepest terraces in the region at altitudes from 300-500...
The grapes are harvested by hand in small bins and gently pressed immediately following harvest. Primary fermentation occurs in steel tanks, followed by partial malolactic fermentation. Maturation also takes place in small steel tanks. Colour: Greenish yellow. Nose: This Chardonnay has delicate fruity aromas and a dry finish. It tastes fresh and lively with hints of pineapple, pear, citrus, vanilla and butter. Apart from being an excellent aperitif, this wine works magnificently with warm appetizers and starters as well as with flavourful fish and seafood dishes. Meat lovers will also appreciate this Chardonnay, it is a perfect accompaniment...
From vines 250m-500m above sea level. Fresh aromatics wine at its best. White wine with a greenish-yellow to pale yellow colour Müller Thurgau is an engaging white wine with delicate herbal notes and spice. It tastes fresh and aromatic. This wine goes well with appetisers, grilled fish and white meats. It is also a refreshing aperitif.
The vineyards are located in the Südtirol, in the Alto Adige DOC. Alto Adige is a dynamic wine growing region in Northern Italy that combines a brisk Alpine climate, mountain viticulture and complex geology, with the brilliance of Mediterranean sunshine. The grapes come from vineyards planted in calcareous clay and gravel soils at an altitude of between 250 and 550 metres above sea level, with a yield of 75 hectolitres per hectare. Made by winemaker Will Stűrz, who has been previously nominated "Italian winemaker of the Year" by the prestigious Gambero Rosso and who makes some of the best white wines in Italy. The grapes for this wine were...
The grapes come from vineyards planted in calcareous clay and gravelly soils at an altitude between 250 and 400 meters. Colour: pale yellow. Nose: This Pinot Grigio shows expressive nose of flowers and fruit of pear and peach. Palate: Its flavour is delicate, full, rich in extract and fresh. Hence, this wine pairs well with dishes based on mushrooms, fish and seafood; recommended as an aperitif. Aging up to 5 years.
The grapes come from vineyards planted at 350 – 550 m above sea level in calcareous clay and gravelly soils. WINERY NOTES: Colour: greenish-yellow colour Taste: It is a fine white wine, slightly aromatic intensely floral with a bouquet of elderflower and nettle, and spicy notes of paprika and green gooseberries. Its freshness and intense flavour can be surprising. Enjoyable as an aperitif and delicious with tasty appetisers. This Sauvignon also pairs well with asparagus, fish, seafood and poultry.
James Suckling 91 points. The toasted-baguette aroma leaps out of the glass at you, but there’s also plenty of Amalfi-lemon fruit and a touch of herbal freshness. At once rather juicy and creamy on the medium-bodied palate, some healthy tannins emerging at the generous and slightly smoky finish. Just coming into its best. Drink or hold. The name Glarea stems from Rhaeto-Romance language and means a pile of gravel, a clear reference to the composition of the soil in the vineyards. WINERY NOTE: Colour: Glarea is straw yellow with greenish hues. Aroma and Taste: Ripe banana, apricot and pineapple dominate in the nose. This Chardonnay tastes...
TYPE: DOC BLEND: 100% Pinot Grigio VINIFICATION: Pressing whole grapes, fermentation in steel at a low temperature (12-16 °C) for about 1 month. AGEING: In oak casks of 5-10 hl for 3 months. NOTES: Colour: straw-yellow. Bouquet: fruity when young, intense, characteristic. Taste: velvety, dry but soft on the palate, harmonious.
Gold Medal Mundus Vini, 2022. DO Navarra, Trophy and Gold, Best White of Navarra Region. Description: From our vineyard “El Cerezo”, we make this Chardonnay unoake. Grapes are harvested in the cold night to maximise freshness and high fruit concentration. It exhibits a perfume of citrus, apple, and white peach. Its palate is crisp, it is a vibrant Chardonnay with lively acidity, good concentration, rich and long. Grape: 100% Chardonnay Vineyard: El Cerezo, 35 years old Terroir: Clay Altitude: 600 m. Aging: No oak Alcohol: 13%
Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge, Paris 2020. Description: From our vineyard “Azqueta”, our Chardonnay is slowly fermented in new French barriques and aged for 6 months with its lees doing batonnage. Golden color with aromas of vanilla and citrics. It has a good structure, well balanced on the palate, very elegant and fresh. Grape: 100% Chardonnay Vineyard: Azqueta, 35 years old Terroir: Clay Altitude: 600 m. Aging: 6 months new french barrique Alcohol: 13,5%
IWC Gold, 2022. Gold Medal, Mundus Vini 2019. Only few Chardonnays in Spain can be aged for a long time as reserva and stay fresh, balanced and elegant. Thanks to our location at Monjardín Valley, we are able to make this style of wine. La Rellanada Vineyard Located just infront of the winery, planted in 1988 it has always grown very high quality grapes. At an altitude of 650 m, we harvest in October, when grapes are golden colour. Yield is low which brings high concentration, fantastic acidity and rich texture. Winemaking and Aging Harvested at night with cold temperature, we do skin maceration for 12 hours before pressing. Fermentation is...
Wine Advocate 93 points. The pale lemon colored 2016 Clos Haut-Peyraguey reveals a veritable cornucopia of tropical notes—guava, mango and pineapple—with nuances of spiced pears, jasmine, fallen leaves and allspice plus a touch of acacia honey. The palate is elegantly styled with all those intense scents marrying beautifully into a perfumed restraint, finishing with a lively citrus lift. LPB Mar 2019.
The new denomination “Sant'Antimo” is allowed only to wines obtained from grapes produced in the Montalcino area, a further enrichment to the already existing preciousness that is its own. Ghiaie Bianche is a Chardonnay fermented in barrique from grapes produced in the Col d'Orcia area, which gives the consumer the opportunity to appreciate the charm of Montalcino in the best variety of aromatic white grapes. In this wine we find all the depth and immensity of the Mediterranean summer.
James Suckling 91 points. "White peach, lemon, apple and sliced pear on the nose. Medium bodied with a juicy , fruity and fresh palate. Bright finish. From organically grown grapes. Drink now."
Darling Cellars Arum Fields Chenin Blanc has an explosive tropical nose of ripe peaches, pears and most definitely guava. This wine is well balanced with great structure and a good mid palate with guava flavours following through on the taste and a well-rounded finish. A great value wine that will compliment seafood, salads and light dishes.
A classic example of fine Stellenbosch Chardonnay, this wine shows stone fruit aromas of nectarine and peach with subtle citrus hints and creamy oak. The palate has bright acidity and limey freshness, but delivers rich texture and a chalky, mineral length. Winemaker: Adam Mason Varietal blend: 100% Chardonnay Appellation: Stellenbosch.
Top Ten Chenin, Winemag. Tim Atkin 91 points. The bright nose displays fine Chenin attributes of floral and citrus aromas. The crisp, refreshing palate has succulence and weight providing a finish with texture and good length.
Gold & Regional Trophy International Wine Challenge 2020. 93 points Tim Atkin MW South Africa Report 2020. 92 Points Decanter World Wine Awards 2019. The nose shows notes of concentrated orange and yellow stone fruits, with a hint of spice, citrus and blossoms. The palate is full-bodied, textured and nuanced with a lingering after taste. Winemaker Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend 38% Roussanne 26% Chenin Blanc 22% Grenache Blanc 8% Viognier 6% Marsanne Appellation Stellenbosch
James Halliday 93 points, Ray Jordan 93 points. Select parcels of Chardonnay from across the Margaret River region were sourced for this delightfully complex yet eminently drinkable wine. The wine displays an intense grapefruit and citrus flavour with white stone fruit an underlying mineral freshness. Fermentation was carried out using 'wild' yeast and left on lees for six monhts in new and seasonaed French oak. COLOUR Pale straw with flashes of green. AROMA Bright notes of peach and nectarine balanced by layers of flint and struck match. PALATE A wine with tremendous depth of ripe stone fruit flavours and vibrant natural acidity. A hint of...
Tim Atkin 93 points. Double Gold , Veritas 2022. Platter 4.5 stars. Decanter Gold Medal, 2022. WINERY NOTE: From the dramatic slopes of Delaire Graff Estate, this Chardonnay is as multifaceted as the setting of its vineyards. Meticulous vineyard management, combined with exceptional terroir, yields fruit of superb quality. Handpicked, whole bunch pressed. Maturation took place in 225 litre 40% new French barrels for 10 months. No batonage or malolactic fermentation took place, in order to retain freshness. Elegant with layered nuances of vanilla, peaches and honeycomb. A hint of minerality adds to lingering finish.
Winemag Top 10. Platter 93 points. Rich in tropical flavours, the Coastal Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc has its origin in distinctive vineyards within the Coastal region. Whilst they lie within proximity to the cool Atlantic Ocean, each has its own unique terroir contributing to a complex and deliciously rich character. Wooded Semillion (8%) adds to a well-balanced and multifaceted structure.
Top 10, WineMag Chardonnay Challenge, 92 points. Platter 4 stars. "Total production: 17 600 bottles Abv: 13.5% Fermentation begun in tank and finished in older oak barrels. Left in barrel for two months before being transferred to tank for six months of further maturation. Top notes of blossom and herbs before citrus, apple and a hint of vanilla on the nose. The palate is clean-cut with good fruit concentration, bright acidity and a pithy finish. Has a lovely energy about it." WINERY NOTE: Vibrant and pure, this Chardonnay is a classic expression of Stellenbosch’s mountainous terroir. The handcrafted skill of our Winemaker is evident in a...
WineMag Top 10 Chenin Blanc , 95 points. WINERY NOTE: Procured from old Swartland dry land bushvines, this Chenin Blanc is characterized by a complex and intense concentration of flavours due to its low yielding vines. Layered expressions of citrus and tropical fruit surrender to subtle notes of honey and almonds. Matured for 10 months – 60% in 400 litre French oak and 40% in 2500 litre Foudre barrels – this wine is balanced and superbly structured.
Bob Campbell MW 95 points. Intense, precise sauvignon blanc with grapefruit, citrus, subtle passionfruit and a suggestion of struck flint character. A powerful wine that's long and linear, with strong varietal definition that's made more interesting with a hint of reductive character. BC. Located in Marlborough, New Zealand's premium wine growing region, Dog Point Vineyards produce wines that respect the natural integrity of the land from which they are made and, reflect the experience and passion of the people that make them. This quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is right on point with its tropical fruitiness – think guava,...
From the estate's 50 year old vines. A perfect balance of ripeness and minerality at an unbeatable price for the quality. A complex wine with excellent mineral structure permits it to maintain its typical dry mineral and white fruit aromas for a number of years. Pale gold color, shiny and luminous. A captivating Chablis, through a fruity vine peach, citrus fruit and tender brioche. We have worked closely with Cyril Testut for many years now. Quiet, considered and deeply passionate about his 13ha domaine, he is the proprietor of one of the real jewels of the Chablis region that sites in the top echelons of the Chablis hierarchy. His Chablis...
James Halliday Wine Companion 93 points. Pure fruit here both on the nose and palate; it brings to mind those little posh pâtes de fruits ... crystalline pockets of concentrated flavour. Tangelo, peach, rhubarb and exotic spices. A lot to hang on to. Erin Larkin Published 13 August 2021. COLOUR Brilliant lemon straw. chardonnay 2020 AROMATICS Handpicked estate grapes, whole cluster pressed and wild fermented displaying complex layers of lemon meringue, Oro Blanco grapefruit, crisp stone fruit, honeysuckle and white blossom. PALATE The palate is creamy and textured, balanced by bright mineral acid and quality French oak driving a long and...
The term Broadway is referred to by our winemakers as the popular Caves Rd stretch along which our Chardonnay vineyards for this wine are dotted. These strategic vineyard locations capture the array of northern, southern and central flavours and characters of the varietal to make a style that truly captures the essence of Chardonnay from Margaret River. The fruit was selectively hand picked and the cold fruit loaded directly into the press for whole bunch pressing. This gentle handling is critical to produce our unique style of Chardonnay. The wine underwent wild fermentation in French oak barrels and remained on yeast lees for 14 months...
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