James Halliday 93 points. WINERY NOTE: What started as a mishap has become our signature style. Years ago, our Pinot Gris spent some unplanned time on skins, resulting in a beautiful colour, and a richer texture. We still follow this technique (with a little more precision!) today, making our iconic blush Pinot Gris. A sure favourite, this wine suits all palates and is great with or without food.
90 points, Silver Medal, San Francisco International Wine Challenge 2020. Wine Enthusiast 89-90 points. "Creeping back up to the quality of 2016, before the tricky '17 and '18 vintages, this release of relatively small batch Sauvignon is a charming, fruity little number. Peach and pineapple are backed by slightly reductive, white spice notes. It's the play between freshness and texture on the palate that reels you in. Slightly creamy in the mouth, it slithers over the tongue before being lifted to freshness by bright acidity." Wine Spectator. "The majority of Marlborough sauvignon blancs are blends from several vineyards, but single-vineyard...
James Halliday 92 points. WINERY NOTE: Impeccable balance of oak and fruit makes this chardonnay a cracker with or without food. Fruit from cooler sites in the Yarra produce the firm acid line, holding structure on the palate. Notes of apple and melon layer the creamy texture, melting into a lingering mineral finish.
Cameron Douglas MS 92 points. Bright and expressive nose with tropical notes of pineapple and mango. The palate is filled with fresh passionfruit and has vibrancy and texture that leads to a dry finish. Individual parcels of fruit were destemmed and fermented separately at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks, using various combinations of selected yeasts. Two parcels of late harvested fruit was whole bunch pressed to barrel for wild fermentation.
The 2015 vintage won Italian White wine of the year fro the Somelliers' Association. 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 chilled during summer. It is all about minerality...
Grape variety is Glera (100%). This Bepin d' Eto Prosecco Superiore has a light straw colour. At first on the nose freshly baked bread followed by fruit such as peach, apples and pears with a refined impression of rose petals. In the mouth, the wine has a fresh and sharp but smooth acidity. Slightly sweet despite its denotation of Extra Dry - the Italians beat to their own drum.
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.
Cameron Douglas MS 2019 Blank Canvas Escaroth Chardonnay 94 Points Intense aromas of wood smoke and barrel spice then ruby grapefruit, peach and baked orchard fruits. Youthful and very inviting bouquet. On the palate - weighty, silky, warm, fleshy, spicy, smoky and dry. Fruits flavours reflect the nose with yellow fleshed stone fruits, some apple and grapefruit. Lovely wine on the palate - a Chardonnay lovers paradise. Still developing so no rush to drink till mid, even end of, 2021 and through 2025. Bob Campbell MW 2019 Blank Canvas Escaroth Chardonnay 94 Points From a north-facing slope in the Southern Valleys Taylor Pass. Concentrated...
Bob Campbell MW 95 points. Best Buy under $30, Gourmet Traveller. Top Minor Varietal White, Taste Magazine. A wine of wonderful, pure aromatics this Gruner exemplifies classic notes of mandarin and ripe peach with an underlying trace of white pepper. The oak featuring in the wine is only obvious if you are told about it – it is there to provide richness and weight to the mid-palate, which is why we chose large French oak puncheons to do the job. A model vintage in Marlborough provided warm sunny days and cool nights which enabled all-important retention of acidity and ripeness of fruit. The result is a well-structured, luscious rendition...
Bob Campbell MW 93 points. Single vineyard Awatere Valley. “From the Blind River vineyard in the Awatere Valley. A powerful riesling with lime, lemon zest and subtle mineral flavours. Low pH and assertive acidity balances around 23g/l of residual sugar and builds a lovely tension to give a medium-dry finish. An impressive wine that will develop well.” 16/7/2018 93 Points. BC.
Longan and rosewater. Perfect with spice.
TASTING NOTES – brilliant straw-yellow – full of tropical fruit aromas, especially pineapple and banana, just a hint of oak, with vanilla and butter rounding off this expressive nose – full-bodied and balanced on the palate, long lingering finish with echoes of ripe fruit.
Wine Advocate 93 points. The 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Vial reveals a luminous appearance and brilliant golden highlights. The bouquet opens quickly to reveal orchard fruit, quince and Golden Delicious apple. Beyond that lovey primary fruit, the wine also offers background tones of almond, turmeric spice and crushed limestone. Grapes are sourced from an east-facing site with loamy conglomerate soils with chalky gravel and porphyry sand. The is a lean-bodied wine, but there is enough power and natural heft to pair with shellfish or white meat. You get terrific value, and this 60,000-bottle release will hit the market in October 2020. I...
Wine Advocate 92 points. This is a terrific, albeit informal, white wine (and an excellent value too) that reflects the crystalline light and sharpness of Italy's Dolomites. The Cantina Kaltern 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco hits the nail on the head, especially if you are looking for a well-priced white wine with a pristine and undeniable territorial signature. You can almost smell the mountain freshness here, with the wildflowers and distinctive mineral notes of wet stones in an alpine stream. This wine is like a one-way ticket to Northern Italy, and with an ample production of 350,000 bottles made, you can go back and visit many times over....
WA 90 The ultimate judge of a winery is in the quality of its entry-level wines. The Cantina Kaltern 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Grigio is precise, tonic, easy and extremely versatile. High-toned aromas of citrus, tangerine skin, passion fruit, wild sage and crushed limestone emerge with confidence. This is a beautifully perfumed and extremely precise expression of Pinot Grigio. Winemaking is easy in stainless steel, and some 250,000 bottles were released. ML Sep 2020. Winemaking: The grapes for this wine are gently pressed off to steel tanks immediately after harvest. Fermentation occurs at controlled temperature (19° C) in small steel tanks,...
Wine Advocate 90 points. The Cantina Kaltern 2019 Alto Adige Sauvignon opens to a luminous and fresh appearance, backed by vivid aromas of citrus, passion fruit and minty apple. This is a pristine and clearly defined Sauvignon Blanc that promotes the tonic, fresh and tangy qualities of high-altitude winemaking in the Italian Dolomites. If you want a classic expression of a grape matched beautifully to its territory, look no further than this value wine. ML Sep 2020.
Wine Advocate 91+. The Cantina Tramin 2019 Alto Adige Pinot Bianco Moriz is another terrific entry-level wine from Northern Italy. You simply can't get this level of quality and freshness, especially where white wines are concerned. The signature grape of Alto Adige is Pinot Bianco, and you get pristine aromas of peach, quince and white melon here. Those fruity tones are followed by crushed stone, saffron and almond. This wine is aged in steel tank with a smaller 25% that goes into large oak casks. This helps to develop the mouthfeel of the wine. Some 60,000 bottles were released. ML Sep 2020. Moriz Pinot Bianco is sourced from vineyards...
WA 89+. The Cantina Tramin 2019 Alto Adige Chardonnay is a streamlined and informal wine that hits all the basic pleasure points. This entry-level Chardonnay is made in a simple manner, aged and fermented in stainless steel, and released early in order to capture the youthful character of the fruit. An ample 120,000 bottles were released at the beginning of the year. The wine is tonic and fresh with citrusy aromas, white rose and crunchy pear. All that pretty freshness would pair next to a plate of grilled prawns or fried calamari rings. ML Sept 2020.
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.
Winery Notes: This Pinot Bianco feels fresh and rich yet dry. It has a greenish yellow to light yellow colour and light scents of green apple. Elegant and refined, fruity notes of peach, apricot, pear, elderflower, kumquat, white flowers with fine spicy notes, jasmine, mimosa. This Pinot Bianco is highly appreciated as an aperitif. It goes well with light starters, fish or white meat.
Wine Enthusiast. “This offers delicate scents of white wild flower and honeydew melon while the tangy palate shows pear, lemon drop and a hint of cantaloupe. Fresh acidity gives it a crisp, clean finish.” James Suckling 91 points. "A very subtle pinot grigio with dried apples, nectarines and spice. Some flint and beeswax. It’s medium-bodied with a solid core of fruit and a fresh, creamy finish. Drink now." JS.
Wine Advocate 91 points. The Cantina Tramin 2019 Alto Adige Sauvignon is luminous, refreshing and bright. You get terrific value with this fragrant white wine that delivers a long and happy stream of floral and tropical aromas. Dusty mineral notes add extra focus and sharpness to the close. This is a frank and honest expression of Sauvignon Blanc (with 110,000 bottles made) that drinks nicely as an aperitivo choice or with a summer salad. ML Sep 2020.
Wine Advocate 91 points. Here's a surprise wine from Cantina Tramin that I have never previously encountered. The entry-level 2019 Alto Adige Gewürztraminer Selida (with a large production of 200,000 bottles made) draws its fruit from a sloped 20-hectare parcel with inclines that rise from 300 to 500 meters above sea level with direct exposures to the mountain sunshine and cool nighttime temperatures. These conditions shape the focus and precision that you get in this wine. There are pretty aromas of fragrant white flower, honey, acacia, orange peel and crushed chalk. ML Sep 2020. Tramin is the home of Gewürztraminer, and the village...
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 a few months. ON SALE FROM: 6-8 months from the harvest. NOTES: Colour: straw-yellow. Bouquet: fruity when young, intense, characteristic. Taste: velvety, dry but soft on the palate, harmonious.
Bob Campbell 92/100 - Barrel-fermented chardonnay using indigenous yeasts. An intriguing wine with white peach, grapefruit, ginger and a suggestion of mandarin blossom. Smooth-textured wine. Fruity acidity gives the wine energy and a lingering finish. 30 JUN 2020 Drink - 2020–2023 (92/100). Michael Cooper-Certified organic, the 2017 vintage was hand-picked, barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bright, light yellow/green, it is full-bodied, with strong, peachy, toasty, slightly buttery flavours and a crisp, dry finish. A youthful, vigorous wine, it should be at its best 2020+. Sam Kim An elegant...
Bob Campbell Ripe pinot gris with punchy tree fruit, pear, mango, honeysuckle and root ginger flavours. A smooth-textured wine, with a backbone of refreshing acidity that helps drive a lengthy finish. Dry but certainly not austere 30 JUN 2020 Drink - 2020–2023. WINERY NOTES: We believe that the elements of a good Pinot Gris are a perceived weight and texture on the palate. Made from 100% Estate Grown, BioGro certified organic, Central Otago Pinot Gris. The fruit was crushed, then pressed and fermented using wild yeast to foster complexity. It was fermented in a combination of old French oak barrels (36%) and stainless tank. The barrels...
WINERY NOTES: Our Riesling parcel is planted entirely on its own roots and benefits from this direct connection with the earth. As is our philosophy at Carrick the juice was converted to wine with the use of wild yeast, in order to express the essence of our place. After 7 months of maturation in tank, the Bannockburn Riesling was carefully bottled and labelled. Origin: Carrick Vineyards, Bannockburn, Central Otago Hand-picked in: March 2018 Bottled: October 2018 Cases: 260 x 6 bottle cases This Riesling shows classic Central Otago characteristics of racy acidity balanced by a hint of natural sugar. The wine tastes of grapefruit and...
Gold Medal Mundus Vini. 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, 32 years old Terroir: Clay Altitude: 600 m. Aging: No oak Alcohol: 13%
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 done in french...
Bob Campbell MW 92 points. Taut, linear, low-key chardonnay with gentle grapefruit, spice, ginger, toast and subtle oak flavours. An appealing, seamless wine with a silken texture and a little alcohol evident adding heat to the finish."
Something very special is happening at this gloriously picturesque winery, especially with regard to its pinot gris. The 2016 vintage was proclaimed by Winestate magazine as the best in NZ. The 2017 was declared the country's best and awarded 95 points by Bob Campbell MW. The 2018 ended up not being rated due to Covid buggering everything and everyone. The 2019 has just been released and as yet is unrated. We think it is a beauty and will continue the legacy. wine description: An inviting bouquet of fresh figs and pears with hints of spice and nutty aromas. The palate has rich broad fruit held together by a seam of zest that delivers a dry...
The new name "Sant'Antimo" is allowed only to wines made from grapes produced in the Montalcino area, a further enrichment to the already existing prestige of this wine. Ghiaie Bianche is a Chardonnay fermented in barrique from the grapes produced in the territory of Col d'Orcia, 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. Colour: Straw yellow with greenish hues. Bouquet: Ample, complex and pleasantly fruited with the typical floral notes of pears and white peach. Flavour: Fresh and zesty wine with pleasant acidity. Fruity and persistent aftertaste.
James Halliday 95 points. COLOUR Pale straw colour with green tints. NOSE A fragrant bouquet of white flowers, nectarine and pear with underlying cashew and citrus notes. PALATE The palate is medium-full bodied with stone fruit and fresh citrus flavours and creamy biscuit characters from lees influence. The wine has an elegant, refined structure and finishes with fine mineral acidity.
Gold Medal Veritas 2019. Double Gold Medal Vitis Vinifera 2019. 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.
Darling Cellars Sauvignon Blanc opens up to aromas of green fig and tropical fruit such as watermelon, passion fruit and pineapple. These flavours follow through on the palate and are supported by a vibrant acidity that keeps the palate fresh.
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. 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: 25% Roussanne 24% Chenin Blanc 23% Grenache Blanc 14% Chardonnay 14% Viognier
Platter Guide 4 stars. 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 93 points. Includes 3% pinot gris. It's a fluid, lively chardonnay with pear, stone fruit and grapefruit characters driving convincingly through the palate. There's lots of fruit upfront but then there's plenty of sizzle through the finish, too. Chardonnay 101 in a good way. JH. COLOUR: Bright lemon straw. chardonnay 2019 AROMATICS Handpicked estate grown fruit, whole cluster pressed and naturally fermented displaying complex layers of lime tart, pink grapefruit, white nectarine, honeycomb and jasmine floral notes. PALATE The palate is creamy and rich, balanced by crisp mineral acidity and quality French oak driving a long and...
A crisp Chardonnay with green apple and citrus characters. The majority of grapes are from our coastal Te Awanga vineyard. It has mineral and subtle oak aromas. AWARDS AND ACCOLADES 94 points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 5 stars, 94 points - Cameron Douglas MS
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 93 points. This Pinot Gris has aromas of pear and sweet white peach with a little hint of honeysuckle. It is fragrant and full-bodied, with great intensity of fruit and threaded with fresh acidity and la ingering finish.
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