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
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...
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. #22
Cherry colour with a touch of brick-red glints. Pure with a strong presence of Tempranillo aromas, liquorice and red fruits in perfect balance with a touch of oak, vanilla and cinnamon. Medium bodied with fresh acidity and soft, integrated tannins. Excellent, lingering aftertaste with balsamic notes. 100% Tempranillo from 40 year old vines. 18 months maturation in French and American oak. #22
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. #22
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...
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...
James Suckling 92 points. Brancaia TRE is a blend of 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The basis for this wine, are the grapes from the three estates: Brancaia (Castellina), Poppi (Radda) and Brancaia in Maremma. The wine ages 12 months in French tonneaux. A truly polished, classy red. Offering complex aromas of leather and blackberries, tea and raspberries. Full-bodied and extremely well integrated tannins. A very memorable long and caressing finish.
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.
Made from 100% Lagrein grapes, this is a truly unique rose from the Alto Adige region. 2.5% residual sugar so off-dry. Very versatile in the range of foods it will wok with. Serve as cold as you can.
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
Colour: ruby red with garnet hues. Aroma: Its seductive bouquet is reminiscent of small red fruits such as raspberries, but also plums, cherries and other juicy fruit rich in pulp. Taste: Velvety and soft flavor. Slightly floral nuances are accompanied by a fine tannic structure and a pleasant freshness on the palate.
Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge, Paris 2019. Gold Medal, Mundus Vini 2019. Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Tempranillo 15% from 35 year old vines. Aging is done in oak barriques for around 36 months, giving a fine structure and complex aromas. Later, the wine is aged in bottle for 5 years giving a unique bouquet. Needs time to open in the glass, complex aromas of liquorice, leather and spices, high intensity. On the palate is well balanced, powerful and delicate, extraordinary quality and fresh afterpalate.
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% #22
Wine Enthusiast 94 points ...."possibly the best Merlot in Spain." Trophy, DO NAVARRA, Best Red. Gold 2018, Mondial of Bruxelles. Premium old vine fruit, matured in 100% new French oak. An absolutely delicious wine at a price which defies credulity. This one is a gem. Description: Our vineyard “Deyo” is named after the old Castle of Monjardin, it grows extraordinary Merlot. Aged for 14 months in new French Barriques. It has a deep ruby color and intense aroma of fruits. It is rounded, well structured with flavors of liquorices and cocoa. Grape: 100% Merlot Vineyard: Deyo, 31 years old Terroir: Clay Altitude: 575 m. Aging: 14 months in...
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% #22
Gold Medal 2019, Bacchus Wine awards. Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge, Paris 2019. Description: Red Wine made form our estate family vineyards in the Ribera Alta de Navarra. Aged for 6 months in oak barriques. It is a great wine, very balanced on the palate with elegant bouquet. Grape: Tempranillo and Garnacha. Vineyard: Ribera Alta, 26 years Terroir: Calcareous Altitude: 500 m. Aging: 6 months oak barriques Alcohol: 13,5% #22
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% #22
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% #22
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. (Elgin Valley, South Africa) TASTING NOTES: Classic, restrained elegance with a mouth filling fruit core and is seamlessly poised with pronounced aromatics of fresh black plums, mulberries, violets and pencil shaving minerality. Tannins are supple and well structured with fresh acidity to support an opulent mid palate for texture and balance. PHILOSOPHY: The approach is classic restraint based on the Bordeaux’s right bank blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc and is styled around the bright fruit paradigm where both varieties are grown in a cool, maritime climate prevailing in the Elgin Valley. Upfront red and black...
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. Broad, seductive compote of concentrated black cherries, mulberries and cranberries supported by mineral oak tannins. Powerful yet silky texture is seamlessly complex throughout. Catherine Marshall Pinot Noir on Clay Soils, formerly known as the Reserve, comes from heavier clay soils; the resultant berries carry a deeper, more brooding character displaying layered, textured truffle savouriness and earthy forest floor interwoven with concentrated black cherry compote harmoniously supported by mineral tannin. Ageing potential: Although the wine is approachable at its primary stage with fresh cherry and red berry...
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...
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.
"Supple, concentrated and lithe, this bounds with cassis, mulberry, raspberry and aniseed. Plenty of very soft tannins frame the fruit and chorale it through to the finish. Lovely." Wine Companion 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...
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 95 points. 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. #22
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...
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.
Gold and 95 points, IWC 2020. Concentrated, velvety and richly flavoured due to 20% appassimento style in the cuvee. Darling Cellars Chocoholic Pinotage offers a vibrant display of a wide range of fruit and flavours that includes Turkish delight, chocolate, red and black cherries, vanilla, red plum and butterscotch (just to name a few….). A perfectly balanced wine whose flavours follow through on the palate with amazing structure and smooth supple tannins. This wine will tickle your taste buds and provide an amazing journey for all, to experience Darling’s unique terroir in a glass.
Double Gold Medal winner at "Rose Rocks" show in SA. The Garden Vineyards Rosé has a delicate rose gold appearance and exhibits a complex nose of summer flowers, exotic spice, and citrus rind. The palate has vibrancy, succulence, and a core of complex flavours. Its fresh natural acidity and crunchy texture provide the wine with a refreshingly long finish. Winemaker Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend 47 % Grenache Noir 28% Mataro 13% Syrah 10% Grenache blanc 2% Viognier. Alcohol content 13.00 % TA 4.9 g/L pH 3.42 RS 1.6 g/L Certifications Wine and Agriculture Ethical Trade Association (WIETA), Integrated Production of Wines (IPW) Certified....
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. 4 stars Platter. 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. 4 stars Platter. 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. Varietal blend: 39% Cabernet Sauvignon 38% Merlot 13% Cabernet Franc 10% Malbec.
James Suckling 90 points. Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s Chianti Superiore is made practically with only Sangiovese; the presence of just a few complementary clusters is in respect of the tradition that sees Chianti as a blend of more varieties. Its dominant element is its elegance, typical of Sangiovese with the particular aroma of violet that characterizes this denomination among all the others. 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....
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...
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.
Wine Advocate 91 points. I was quite impressed by the harmony of the 2017 Finca San Martín, which shows remarkable integration of all its components, good ripeness without any excess and integrated oak (it matured in 60% new American and 40% second use French barriques for 16 months with three rackings) with fine tannins and a clean and precise finish. Great quality for the price. LG Oct 2020. Finca San Martín is a red wine from the Rioja region. It is produced by the Torre de Oña winery and it made using only Tempranillo grapes, the trademark grape of the region. The grapes used to make this wine come from vineyards situated around the...
WA 91+ The entry-level here is the 2018 Pruno, which follows the line of the 2016. It's mostly Tempranillo with 9% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented for three weeks and matured in French barrels for 11 months. It's clean and quite fruit-driven, approachable and juicy, with integrated oak. Very pleasant, with very good freshness. LG Dec 2019. Finca Villacreces has as its neighbour none less than Vega Sicilia. The total area of 60 hectares of vineyard was in the past half used by Peter Sisseck in his assembly of the Flor de Pingus. This Pruno is therefore an incredible wine for its price. #22
94 points, Royal Melbourne Wine Show. 94 points, James Halliday. Dark crimson with purple hues. Aromas of blackberries, florals, dark chocolate and bay leaf. The palate is plush and medium bodied with blackcurrant, savoury and spicy flavors. Fine and long tannin structure. #TOP12
James Halliday 93 points. "A 70/22/8% blend, the grenache and mataro hand-picked, the shiraz by Selectiv'-harvester. The result is whole berries, open-fermented, 7 days on skins, transferred to French oak for completion of fermentation and maturation. Great colour, bright, full and clear. The texture of the wine is likewise bright. Good now, seriously good 2-5 years hence." Drink by 2027. JH. At Gemtree they farm their estate vineyards organically and biodynamically. This philosophy rewards them with fruit full of flavour and purity; these are the gems from which they craft their fine wines. This medium bodied GSM blend is seamless, a bright...
Gemtree out of mclaren vale produces organic and biodynamic wines because to them healthy soils lead to a healthy ecosystem and that rewards both us and you. The dragon’s blood cabernet sauvignon has delicate aromas + flavours of strawberry black cherry and peppercorn with a pinch of tobacco.
A vibrant organic Shiraz from superb producers in the McLaren Vale. Gemtree have quality organic vineyards and serious commitment to non-intervention methods, making wines of real depth and authenticity for the price. This Shiraz enjoys nice freshness, with oodles of dark berries and spice in a bright, smooth, harmonious palate.
WINERY NOTE: Certified organic and biodynamic Low preservative Vegan friendly Grenache and Tempranillo When the grapes taste this good in the vineyard, we take a very simple approach to winemaking. The grapes are hand-picked, cooled and lightly pressed using the free-run juice only. Luna de Fresa is everything we love about Rosé; dry, fresh and mouth-watering! Drink Now: Strawberry characters continue on to the palate, along with cherry and the delicate flavour of lychee. The wine is soft, textural and easy drinking
Gold Medal and 95 points, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2019. James Halliday 95 points. Gold Medal, Mundus Vini. Winery Notes: "Unfined, unfiltered, uncompromising and unquestionably our brand ‘hero’, this wine delivers the goods year in, year out. Uncut refers to the uncut gem in its raw form, nothing added from vineyard to bottle. It’s a true expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz from our quality vineyards grown bio-dynamically. Beautifully balanced, integrated and seductive. This wine will give you drinking pleasure over the next decade." Tasting Notes Colour: Dark black impenetrable core with deep red to purple hues. Nose: Aromas of black...
"50% grenache, 30% mataro and 20% shiraz from 25-76yo vines, wild yeast-open fermented with 10% whole bunches, 14 days on skins, daily plunging and pumpovers, 500 dozen made. Beautifully and harmoniously structured and textured, clarity and purity its watchwords." James Halliday 96/100, Aug 2020 This is the second style of wine to be produced under the ‘HEAD RED’ range and like the ‘HEAD RED’ Shiraz is essentially a barrel de-classification. Always picked on the cusp of ripeness with some whole-bunches retained for the fermentation which is more of an infusion than an extraction. The fruit here is sourced from 5 different Grenache...
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