Nick Stock for James Suckling 93 points. TED is the affectionate nickname for EDWARD. This wine was formerly bottled under the Earth's End label. A perennial crowd pleasing pinot made under the skilful watch of Duncan Forsyth at Mount Edward estates in Central Otago. The emphasis here is always on forward fruit expression with a lighter touch of oak used to add structure.
Wine Spectator 89 points. Despite it's considerable size, this silky wine is fresh and vibrant. Black currants and cherries lead the way, tinged with herbal notes suggestive of mint and lavender. JOE CZERWINSKI. 3 Rings is a collaboration of the famous Hickinbotham family of the Barossa Valley. Their vineyards are well known to be some of the very best in the region and have been contributors to the wines of such greats as Chris Ringland. Colour: Deep black with a squid ink hue. Bouquet: Aroma of subtle and sophisticated spice, cassis, crushed tobacco leaf, bay leaf, cedar and vanilla. Palate: Fine and generous mouth feel, with predominate...
3 Rings is a collaboration of the famous Hickinbotham family of the Barossa Valley. Their vineyards are well known to be some of the very best in the region and have been contributors to the wines of such greats as Chris Ringland. The vineyards for 3 Rings Shiraz lie on an east-west slope with predominantly north-south rows, at an average age of 35 years. Cedary up front, with an appealing layer of smoke and spice to the bright, supple and ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Notes of tobacco and clove gain presence on the finish. WINE SPECTATOR 89 points. Notes of wild herbs bring added interest to this wine's cherry fruit. It's...
James Suckling 92 points. Laya is a blend of 2 grape varieties, Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrall. The grapes come from the wineries own vineyards that lie at an altitude of 700-1000 metres above sea level, with limestone soils. The climate of the local area has a low level of rainfall. The vinification process begins with the maceration of the grape before fermentation. The two grape varieties ferment seperately in stainless steel tanks for 15days at a controlled temperature of 25ºC. Following this, Laya then undergoes a short ageing process of 4 months in French Oak barrels.
JH 94 Fruit, oak and tannin, all working in harmony. This is a wine with a sense of authority. Sweet-sour cherries, spice and dried tobacco, with clips of resiny, toasty oak. Tannin is fierce but the fruit flavour has enough momentum to swing along with it. Drink to: 2025; Price: $45.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2015; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion. Winery Notes: Our flagship wine, Sagrantino stands out as one italy’s premium varieties, originating from Umbria. We have the largest planting of Sagrantino vines in Australia. This deep ruby red wine produces a whack of upfront aged...
Second wine of Anwilka. A great cooperation success between Bruno PRATS (Château Cos d'Estournel), Hubert DE BOUARD (Château l'Angélus) and Klein Constantia. The name "UGABA" refers to a tradition of the Xhosa people, the second language group in South Africa after the Zulu. The Xhosa leaders designated warriors who had distinguished themselves by valiant deeds of bravery as UGABA men whose mission would be to maintain peace and order. Varietal: 84% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Alcohol: 14% vol. Harvested by hand in crates, sorted before and after destemming, crushed over stainless steel fermentation vats. Light...
THE 2015 VINTAGE VOTED BY WALL STREET JOURNAL (Sep 28, 2017) as ONE OF THE TOP 5 WINES ON THE PLANET TO HAVE WITH A PIZZA!!!!! (came in at no3). HOW GOOD IS THAT? "The bright and juicy character of this lively red Sangiovese-dominant blend from superstar Umbrian producer Arnaldo-Caprai makes it ideal for just about any type of pie, especially a classic pizza margarita." Lettie Teague, WSJ. James Suckling 91 points. Variety: 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, 15% Merlot First vintage produced: 1975 Aging: 12 months in French oak barrique and minimum 4 months aging in the bottle Aroma: small red woodland fruits, dark flowers, and light...
For centuries now, the beautiful red grapes of the Barbera varietal have been grown in Italy, where they are prized for their unusual high acid content and low tannins, brought about by their thin skins. The Barbera grape varietal thrives in warmer climates, and has had some success overseas in the new world, where its strongly aromatic flavors of intense hedgerow fruits make it a favorite with wineries and wine drinkers looking for a grape which offers plenty of interesting characteristics. Interestingly, the differences between young and aged wines made from this varietal are quite significant, with younger bottles holding a plethora of...
Approachable, rounded, plush nebbiolo from one of Monforte's very best producers. All estate grown. WINERY NOTES: Vinification: to bring out the wine’s freshness and fragrance to the full, the maceration on the skins takes place at a controlled temperature of between 25 and 29° C for around 5 days. Maturing: in small oak barrels for 9-12 months. Ageing: for several months in the bottle, at a controlled temperature of 15° C. Colour: bright ruby red. Nose: floral, intense and ample. Taste: warm, savoury and silky due to moderate tannins.
A star find for us at Vinitaly in Verona last year. We are very happy to show the latest vintage. The unique (patented) bottle design is a standout and thankfully the contents are as well. Vibrant pink colour with hints of cherries and strawberries on the nose, clean fresh fruit on the palate with crisp acid holding it all together for a dry finish. A real crowd pleaser. Conegliano lies in the Valdobiaddene region of Veneto from which the very best of prosecco is sourced.. In terms of prestige in the hierarchy of prosecco this wine sits 2 rungs below the sebregion of Cartizze. There are many other cheaper versions available in the market...
Awarded Gold Medal and "People's Crown" , voted by readers of Vini Buoni d'Italia. Raffaella Bissoni is a remarkable woman whom we first met in 2015. We had been told by the conoscenti that she has been leading a quiet revolution in Romagna to reinstate the region as an internationally reknowned producer of sangiovese. Given that Tuscany has long held the spotlight for all sangiovese wines we were both curious and skeptical. That was until we tried her wines. They are outstanding and represent excellent value. The winery now exports to 10 countries, with the USA being the largest taker. Bissoni's wine-making philosophy is quite plain and...
Solanera is a red wine made by Bodega Castaño in the DO Yecla.It's a blend of Monastrell (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) and Garnacha Tintorera (15%). The grapes come from vineyards with 44-year-old Monastrell and Garnacha Tintorera vines and 19-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines. These vineyards are planted at an altitude of 750 metres, in chalky soil rich in pebbles, with some sandy and clayey parts. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 26-28ºC. Solanera ages for 10 months in 80% French and 20% American oak.
Decanter 92 points. This wine is a single-variety of Monastrell from old vineyards that are between 40 and 75 years old located in Sierra de la Sima. The altitude of the vineyards provides a particular microclimate, continental with Mediterranean influences, that causes temperature variations between day and night. This results in a good balance between the optimal ripening and the acidity that gives the wine a touch of freshness. Full bodied and muscular. The grapes are harvested manually and refined for 14 months in French oak barrels.
Wine Advocate 91 points. Completely destemmed and raised entirely in concrete, the 2016 Cotes du Rhone Domaine Nicolas Boiron is a serious Côtes du Rhône. The blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 5% Cinsault is full-bodied and rich, with hints of tar and black olive layered over ripe black cherries. A bit of licorice emerges on the long, silky finish. Drink this beauty over the next 5-7 years. JC Sept 2018.
Mid to light cherry red. Seductive cherry aroma but also some spice and a more savoury edge – classic unoaked Sangiovese. Initial impression is straightforward fruit but there’s a real purity here, giving finesse and persistence. Elegant and finely textured. Drink 2018-2026. 100% Sangiovese. Aged in stainless steel (66%) and in concrete tanks (33%) for 12 months. JancisRobinson.com Julia Harding MW Winery Notes: Brancaia Chianti Classico shows our passion for this territory and the real character of the Sangiovese grape. This wine matures for 12 months in stainless steel tanks. It has seducing notes of ripe fruit, a lovely acidity and it...
Wine Advocate 90 points. The 2016 Tre is 80% Sangiovese with 10% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of those three grapes makes for a well-priced entry-level Tuscan red that would pair nicely with pasta or spicy sausage pizza. This is a soft and simple mid-weight wine with a bright bouquet that is colored with vibrant tones of dark fruit, spice and grilled herb. The quality of the fruit in this classic vintage is what pushes this value wine up to an exciting 90-point threshold. Bottle production is 500,000 units strong. ML Sep 2019.
Bibenda 4 stars. TASTING NOTES – dark, ruby red – ripe blackberries, wild cherries and chocolate on the nose – a powerful beginning on the palate, with increasing tannins, prominent fruit and a long, lingering finish.
TASTING NOTES – beautiful garnet red color – multi-layered warm notes of ripe forest berries and roasted coffee beans – strong body with smooth tannins in great harmony with a vivacious acidity structure and long lasting finish.
BLEND: 100% Sangiovese. VINIFICATION: Alcoholic fermentation with maceration of the skins (18-20 days) at a controlled temperature and spontaneous malolactic fermentation, both in truncated cone-shaped Slavonian oak casks. AGEING: In Slavonian oak casks of 20 to 32 hl for 6-10 months; followed by ageing in bottles for at least 3-4 months. NOTES: Colour: deep ruby red. Bouquet: fresh, with red fruit and vanilla shades. Taste: good structure, slightly tannic, persistent. Food pairings: pasta with meat ragout, roasted white and red meats, mushrooms, cold meats and cheeses.
WA 91. The 2016 Sant'Antimo Rosso Capanna is a 70-30 blend of Merlot and Sangiovese. Some 4,602 bottles were made. This is a round, soft and soothing wine that plays its ace Merlot card with an expert hand. You get the velvety softness of the French grape and the bright acidity and sharp focus of Tuscany's Sangiovese grape. And the wine is available at an attractively low price. What's not to love here? ML Mar 2019.
WA 91+. The first wine in the range is the 2016 Monastrell, which in reality contains some 8% combination of Garnacha and Syrah, cropped from a more continental, cooler and dry vintage. Like all the wines from the property, it fermented with indigenous yeasts, in this case with grapes from different plots, and matured in used oak barrels for eight to nine months. Juicy, primary, incredibly fresh and with a vertical palate, longer than wider, like a hypothetical blend of 2013 and 2015, cool but dry. This is always a great value, even more so in 2016. 160,000 bottles produced from a single blend that is bottled throughout the year. LG Dec 2017.
The Chianti Classico of Castellare di Castellina is a medium-bodied red wine, dry and balanced, aged for 7 months in barrique. Hints of cherry and violet emerge from a harmonious and rightly tannic aromatic texture, of good intensity and freshness. Great value from a blue ribbon producer.
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. ORIGIN: Elgin, South Africa TASTING NOTES: Layered and textured truffle savouriness and earthy forest floor interwoven with concentrated black cherry compote harmoniously supported by mineral tannins PHILOSOPHY: The focus is on purity, vibrancy, restraint and harmonious balance by the careful selection and blending of specific clones grown on clay soils in the cool Elgin Valley. Emphasis is on maximising the savoury and earthy flavour spectrums evident in the grape profile and balancing the extraction of tannins for complexity. This is achieved by a minimalist and natural approach in the cellar and maintaining the...
Tim Atkin MW 93 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.
WA 92. The 2014 Les Alcusses has always been a blend of local and French varieties aged in oak barrels; this year the blend is approximately 30% Monastrell, 20% Garnacha Tintorera, 15% each Petit Verdot and Syrah, and 10% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot fermented destemmed with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel and aged in 225- and 500-liter oak barrels for eight months. I also noticed a strong balsamic strike here, full of aromatic herbs, thyme, rosemary and a touch of esparto grass and tree bark. The oak is very nicely integrated, with contained ripeness (they aren't replacing as many barriques, and in 2017, they bought some...
WA 92+. Only in its second vintage, the 2016 Safrà is already a reference for the winery—it's more vibrant and livelier than Parotet but produced with the same grape, Mandó, which is complemented here with 10% each Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrell. It fermented in stainless steel and stone lagars with 30% full clusters and indigenous yeasts. Malolactic was in amphorae, where the wine matured for some six months. It has plenty of aromatic herbs, balsamic; in a way, it reminded me of a vermouth. At the end of the day, 2016 was a short vintage—the grapes ripened earlier, so they harvested them pretty early, keeping the freshness. The...
Wine Advocate 92 points. Very deep purple-black in color, the 2012 Reserve Shiraz presents a nose of crushed blackberries, blueberry compote and plum preserves with nuances of menthol, cloves, mocha and licorice. Medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling blackberry preserves and spicy flavors nicely supported by medium to firm, rounded tannins, it finishes long with a refreshing lift. Drink it now to 2020+. Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. April, 2014.
Vinous 90 points - (fermented and aged in new American oak barrels of 18 months): Brilliant ruby. Highly perfumed scents of ripe blackberry and cassis, vanilla, floral pastilles, licorice and woodsmoke. Deep, seamless and sweet, offering juicy black and blue fruit flavors accented by black pepper and candied flowers. Broad, appealing, sweet and lively, with supple tannins lending focus and grip to the clinging finish. (Mar 2016). WINERY NOTES: It was once the tradition of a small group of Barossa pioneers to retreat to the cool stone depths of an old vineyard cottage. Here they would while away many hours playing cards and drinking wine away...
Organic. A modern interpretation of a classic from Montalcino: a special selection from a great Sangiovese vineyard is vinified and refined with advanced methods and technologies. A wine that combines the great structure and longevity of the Brunello with the freshness and readiness of the Rosso di Montalcino. Rich, massive, with intense, inviting fruit, elegantly supported by noble tannins and by the spices deriving from the oak creating an impact both impressive, harmonic and pleasant. Modern and innovative, though conserving a great respect for its terroir.
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...
WA 90 The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino offers simple lines with good fruit intensity. The bouquet is redolent of wild cherry, red currant and mild spice or aniseed. Made according to simple winemaking techniques, this wine relies fully on the quality of the excellent fruit in 2016 to produce these lovely but easy-drinking results. ML Feb 2019.
James Suckling 92 points. Cune Crianza is a red wine from the D.O La Rioja produced by Cune, the starting winery of the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España. This wine is a blend of Tempranillo (80%), Mazuela (10%) and Grenache (10%). The grapes used for Cune Crianza originate from vines owned by the winery and also other estates found in the La Rioja Alta of high quality.
IWSC Silver. Veritas 2016: Silver 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.
Tim Atkin MW 94 points. This wine has notes of red and black berry fruit, white pepper and spice. The palate is finely structured, showing an array of ripe fruit and floral undertones, with a lingering aftertaste. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 44% Grenache Noir – 29% Mourvédre – 21% Syrah – 6% Petite Sirah
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. This wine has notes of cassis with rich, red fruit, dried herbs, perfume and plums on the nose. The palate is soft and silky with integrated flavours of cigar box and black fruit. Winemaker: Carl van der Merwe Varietal blend: 42% Cabernet Sauvignon – 29% Merlot – 15% Malbec – 10% Petit Verdot – 4% Cabernet Franc
Fifth Leg Shiraz Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Fifth Leg is the quirky off-shoot of renowned Margaret River winery, Devil’s Lair. Full of fun and larger than life, Fifth Leg has developed a reputation as somewhat of a ‘refined larrikin’ – serious about wine and the good things in life, but not at the expense of simple, easy-going fun and a good laugh. Grape Variety Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Maturation This wine spent nine months in French oak. Colour Vibrant purple with garnet hues. Nose Lifted ripe mulberries and spice with subtle berry fruit perfume and hints of vanilla. Palate A rich and luscious fruit filled palate of mixed...
~ Buy One 6-Pack and pay$ 29 per bottle ~ "The nose offers up cherry, raspberry, violets and Christmas cake spices. Plum and dark cherry influences on the mid-palate with a medium bodied construct. Not sure I have had a finish this happy and long for $29 - ever... RR4WEA
~ Buy One 6-Pack and pay 29sgd per bottle. 95 Points - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion "Takes a split second to announce its class; black cherry leads red cherry, spice leads pepper, French oak leads tannins, all happy to contribute to this perfectly balanced, cool grown shiraz. Chandon gives it 8 years, I'm doubling that." 94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "Excellent release. Meaty, peppery, black cherried and complex. Whole bunch influence is clear but not dangerous; it works beautifully. Superfine tannin. The flavours linger appreciably. Musky oak add slipperiness to the texture and prettiness to the aroma/flavour....
Jancis Robinson Wine Reviews 15.5 points: 40% aged in oak but not new. Bottled in October. Average age of vines 50 years, all located in Santenay. Lightish crimson. Lifted sour-cherry fruit and a hint of citrus on the palate alongside the red fruit. Very fine tannins, lightish but harmonious. (JH) Drink 2020-2023.
VARIETALS Grenache - 25% ; Carignan - 25% Syrah - 25% ; Cabernet Sauvignon - 25% FLAVOR DOMAINE SAINT ESTEVE rosé possesses brilliant color. Its nose is powerful, with notes of citrus, grapefruit and passion fruit, mixed with talcum like scents. It is fresh on the palate and delivers the same fruity notes, mixed with spices and white peach. A powerful and complex wine, fulsome and fresh. The DOMAINE SAINT ESTEVE occupies about 30 hectares of land largely consisting of loamy clay and limestone soils. It is located near Rognes in the Bouches du Rhône, between the chain of Côtes and Trévaresse. Its rosé is one of the wines of Provence...
Grape variety: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Canaiolo Nero Ageing: one year in concrete vats Colour: brilliant ruby red Aroma: intense, fine, floral, with clear reference to violets Taste: harmonious, dry, sapid, tannins well balanced with the fruit. The "superiore" classification is earned by making the wine from grapes of older vineyards at lower yields.
60% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot. James Suckling 92 points. Bright, deep ruby red. The aroma is intense, rich in red fruits and earthy tones. This is a medium-bodied wine, with good Sangiovese acidity and a soft and round Merlot texture: good balance between fruit and soft tannins, with good structure, making this a wonderfully complex and elegant wine, with a persistent finish .
100% Sangiovese from an outstanding vintage. One year maturation in neutral oak barrels. Full, plush, intense . Wine Spectator 90 points. WA 89+ Here's a terrific Tuscan red to pair with your favorite pasta dish or with wood oven pizza with long threads of melted mozzarella. The 2016 Rosso di Montalcino is an ideal food wine thanks to the brightness of the acidity that will cut straight through cheese or fatty ingredients to keep your palate refreshed. Easy berry tones add life and sparkle to the mouthfeel. The wine is direct and fresh. Some 35,000 bottles were made. ML Feb 2019.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 93 points. Raymond Chan 18/20. Best Value NZ Red Winestate Magazine. A Hawke's Bay blend of Merlot 69%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12%, Syrah 8%, Cabernet Franc 6% and Malbec 5%. All hand harvested and barrel fermented for 12 months. Ripe Blackberry and plum characters with a plush texture and full finish. Cellar up to 8 years.
Huon Hooke 95 points. "This is astounding value from a boutique producer. The label is fairly new but the owners are fifth-generation Barossa grape growers. Plummy fruit-driven aromas, coupled with subtle spices and smoky oak, the palate deep, rich and full-bodied, with drive and power. (Screwcap)" Ranked #1 of 37 2016 Shiraz from Barossa Valley Good Buy Rating: Outstanding WINERY NOTE: The grapes for the epsilon Shiraz are estate grown, made and matured on the 20 acre site which is situated on the western side of the Barossa Valley in the famed sub region of Greenock. Three pickings are done throughout the vintage period over a time period...
3 Glasses Gambero Rosso. Cerasuolo di Vittoria is today the only DOCG of Sicily. A wine of remarkable personality obtained from the red vinification of the Frappato(40%) and Nero d'Avola grapes (60%). Very intense and persistent bouquet that reminds one of ripe pomegranate. Cherry-red in color, warm and full-bodied in the mouth. Endorsed by Vittoria Gianbattista Valli.
Wine Spectator 91 points. A last minute disagreement with Valentino has resulted in the merlot being released without the designers name. Merlot loves sunshine and Sicilian merlot delivers the love. It is lush, plush, chewy and delectable. Think Sofia Loren rather than Kate Moss. Lots of cherry, plums and exotic spice.
3 Glasses Gambero Rosso. The vine that best expresses the oenological character of Sicily. This wine, made scrupulously of the best grape selections, expresses in absolute purity the extraordinary elegance and ability to evolve over time. The intense ruby red color typical of the vine stands out. The nose is distinguished by delicate and persistent notes of red berry fruits such as blackcurrants, blueberries and cherries. Full, velvety and persistent, it aims at an elegant harmony as a whole. Endorsed by designer house Versace.
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