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 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.
Matthew Jukes, Vineyard Magazine, Feb 2020. "This is a remarkable wine. Served blind I cannot believe that anyone would think it came from Dorset and I would venture that most tasters would head straight to Chablis for their answer. This only underlines what a special site Bride Valley is and how prescient Steven and Bella Spurrier were when they planted vines on their property. This is a stunning chardonnay with more precision and poise than you could possibly expect." Silver Medal at the illustrious WineGB Awards 2020, judged by Oz Clarke, Susie Barrie MW, and Rebecca Palmer MW. WINERY Note: Fine bright yellow with green tints, nose...
Vini di Veronelli 91 points. TASTING NOTES – light, golden yellow – intense nose, rose blossoms, lychee, cloves, cinnamon, a hint of sage, complex and multi-faceted – dense volume on the palate, very clean and direct, tropical fruit on the lingering finish
Luca Maroni 94 points. Vinous 92 points. TASTING NOTES – light, straw-yellow – elderberry, cassis and exotic fruit on the nose, with subtle gooseberry overtones – fruit also present on the palate, sweet – sour, good length with a fruit-dominated finish.
Wine Advocate 93+. The Cantina Kaltern 2019 Alto Adige Chardonnay offers a fresh and light expression of the grape in which the purity of the naked fruit is given highest priority. Citrus aromas are underlined here with white almond, minty apple, wild rose and delicate orchard fruit. The wine presents a distinct mineral side with crushed oyster shell and sea salt. If you love crisp, transparent Chardonnay with lifted intensity and purity, this is your wine. Production is 40,000 bottles. ML Sep 2020.
Not rated in 2019. The 2018 vintage was awarded 91 points by Wine Advocate. TASTING NOTES – bright, golden yellow – intense aromas of rose blossoms, lychee, and pineapple – full-bodied and creamy at first impression, unfolds its wide spectrum of fruit nuances on the palate, with a long, lingering, aromatic finish.
Matched with Jamaican Chicken & Lime Crema at Burnt Ends Dinner #burntends 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 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...
James Suckling 93 points. "A pretty, dry gewurz with dried pears, rose soap and spice, such as dried cloves. Medium to full body. Creamy and dusty texture. Fantastic wine. Drink now." JS 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...
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.
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...
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.
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 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 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.
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. 4 Stars Platter. 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 90 points. :Smooth & luxurious 2019 has more fruit than previous - ebullient & appealing lime, lemon & nectarine; less rich than Terraced Block but more thrilling than Summercourt, with signature seam of mineral acidity, savoury spice from 40% new oak." Wine tasted by Cathy van Zyl. 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...
Platter 4.5 Stars. Tim Atkin MW 93 points. "Typical of the freshness and acidity that distinguishes the best whites in 2020, this cuvée of Sauvignon Blanc and 8% lightly wooded Semillon comes from Durbanville, Darling and Stellenbosch is the best release yet from Morné Vrey. Floral, vanilla spice notes lead you into a palate with zip and zing and herbal lemongrass intensity. 2020-23." WINERY NOTE: 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...
Platter Guidw 4 stars. WINERY NOTE: A classic maritime Sauvignon Blanc blended from the region’s diverse sites, this wine reveals the complexity of the varietal and unlocks its array of flavours showcased through various micro-climates. Discover a multi-layered, mouth feel, crisp vibrancy with flavours of Cape gooseberry and zesty fruit with a mineral finish, each layer the fingerprint of its origin.
Top 10, WineMag Chardonnay Challenge "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 regime of precise and...
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.
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...
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.
colour Brilliant pale straw with a fresh light green tint. aroma Ripe aromas of tinned pear, lychee, ripe gala apple with a touch of paw paw and mango tropical fruits. Time on fresh yeast lees and a touch of barrel fermentation has added subtle aromas of fresh yeast and white bread. palate A long, richly flavoured palate with tinned pear, lychee and ripe gala apple coming through on the palate. These flavours continue through to a long, dry, refreshing finish. When chilled, the palate really comes into its own and provides a unique wine experience.
Gold Medal, Margaret River Wine Show 2020. "This kicks some goals. It's ripped with tropical fruit, but then it's flinty to finish. Both generous and well honed. There's a subtle creaminess to the texture and a fresh-faced burst to the finish." Campbell Mattinson - 93 Points for Australian Wine Companion. 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...
Straw yellow with splendid greenish reflections. Nice minerality gradually evolving to hints of freshly cut grass, grapefruit, lavender, white melon, pear and almond with hints of sage. Ample and complex, long lasting finish. Cortese is a white grape variety that is most famous for its role in the crisp, lime-scented wines of Gavi. The variety is known for its bracingly high acidity and its ability to retain freshness, even when grown in hot environments. Apple, peach and honeydew flavors are commonly associated with Cortese wine, with lime, almond and light herbal or grassy aromas. The variety has been grown in the southeastern part of...
Forest Hill Vineyard has a unique place in the history of Western Australia’s wine industry, being the first cool climate vineyard planted in the state. A two hectare vineyard was planted in 1965. More than 50 years on Forest Hill is family owned and run. Bright straw in colour with aromas of pears, nougat and flint. The palate has flavours of fresh citrus and figs with zesty finish. The lees stirring has built texture and weight across the palate. Mostly hand-picked, chilled further before some parcels are hand sorted, whole-bunch pressed (Block 8 and Bernard clones) and others crushed before pressing into French oak barriques, hogsheads...
Certified organic and biodynamic, low preservativea, Vegan friendly Sah-vah-YAHN: a delightful and zesty white wine, fresh and fragrant of white flowers and lemongrass. Ripe tropical fruit aromas of guava and kiwifruit with citrus freshness. Wonderful natural acid crispness and lemon and lime flavours. This dry white is textural, moreish and delicious.
Wine Spectator 93 points This offers a vibrant, mouthwatering mix of lime peel, peach and pineapple flavors on a sleek and juicy frame, with hints of spearmint, matcha green tea and fresh ginger that linger on the long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2022. —M.W. Wine Front 92 points. "Juicy, bright citrus and stone fruit characters, licks of salty nuts and faint honeyed toast. Rolls around the palate with a sense of high refreshment and pristine, youthful, tight-skinned green grapines – you know, pluck a berry off the bunch straight out of the fridge and chomp. That kind of deal. Such a delight to drink, super easy to drink, a...
An unusual mix of 65% Trebbiano and 35% Malvasia. All hand picked grapes then fermented with natural ambient yeasts in clay amphoras to retain as much freshness as possible. Aromas of sage and bergamoth intertwine, leading to a crisp, refreshing finish. Very different and very good.
WINERY NOTES: Chardonnay is one of our two main squeezes out here, and this drop in particular will have you singing Yarra Valley praises. Drop the retro stereotype because cool climate Chardonnay is our jam and you should absolutely get on board. Region: Yarra Valley Alc/Vol: 13% Smells like: Fresh pear, lemon, poached apple, florals and marzipan Tastes like: Crisp, fresh and dry with a stonefruit core and citrusy pithy texture Goes with: Paella del Mar, BBQ chicken with fresh coriander salsa verde, wash rind cheeses. Catching up on Netflix on a Sunday afternoon
James Halliday Wine Companion 2021 95 points. "Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (52% new), matured for 9 months. A very interesting wine, the flavour and texture of the fruit tightly coupled, aided by acidity, the aftertaste with a European feel." The Rock of Solitude is a special place in the Ironcloud vineyard, a single flat rock facing west, overlooking Geographe Bay in Western Australia. A Chardonnay bringing together four classic Burgundian clones. A generous palate featuring flavours of stone fruit and pear. Time on lees has resulted in a velvety texture which is well balanced by the fresh acidity.
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