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. Grapes are all from Estate vineyards, destemmed, wild yeasts, French oak, no fining nor filtration. Artwork by Callum Robertson James Suckling / Nick Stock – 93 points -iWhat does Nick say ? ”This is a very plush, fleshy and pillowy pinot that has terrific fruit...
James Suckling 92 points. Blueberry and blackberry aromas and flavors. Hints of black tea. Full body. Layered and very rich. Juicy and succulent. Some mahogany at the end. Drink now Laya is a blend of 2 grape varieties, Garnacha Tintorera and Monastrall. The grapes come from the winery's 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....
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...
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...
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points A blend of 65% Monastrell, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Grenache, it reveals a saturated purple color as well as full-bodied notes of blue fruits, cedarwood, spiced cherries, and peppery herbs. It’s deep, rich, and textured, yet also balanced and beautifully pure. JD. 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...
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.
James Suckling 92 points. "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...
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.
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.
Tim Atkin MW 93 points. Broad, seductive compote of concentrated black cherries, mulberries and cranberries supported by mineral oak tannins. Powerful yet silky texture is seamlessly complex throughout.
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 90 points. 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. #real
Darling Cellars Old Blocks Pinotage 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 tanins. A balanced wine with elegance and a lengthy aftertaste. 2019 Veritas Awards: Gold Gold Wine Awards - Gold
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
Gold Medal, NZ International Wine Show, 2019. Sam Kim - Wine Orbite - 93/100 Made by the team at Rockburn Estate in Central Otago. Lightly oaked style bursting with fruit from the first sip. Winery Notes: Our Devil’s Staircase wines are inspired by the winding road leading from Queenstown to Kingston along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Sourced from several Central Otago vineyards, the Devil’s Staircase Pinot Noir takes the willing down into the realm of decadence and Bacchanalian delights. Here, everything is pleasure spiced up with a bit of naughty. The unrelenting Central Otago environment tortures the vines whose twisted limbs produce...
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...
Wine Spectator 91 points. 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.
James Halliday Wine Companion 94 points. No matter how one judges this: from a complexity to price ratio, or sheerly from the perspective of the wine's intrinsic qualities, this is very good. Full throttle, to be sure, yet far from exaggerated, with abundant regional DNA: dried fruitcake spice, blue fruit references, lilac, iodine and smoky barbecued meats. The finish is remarkably fresh, licked with some sarsaparilla, clove and creamy vanilla oak.
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.
James Suckling 93 points. Tempranillo 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%. Ribera del Deuro. Pruno 2017 is an intense and balanced red wine. This vintage once again displays its excellent value for money. Expressive on the nose, with ripe red fruit and elegant spicy notes. On the palate it is fluid and full of personality, with a lingering finish.
James Halliday 96 points. Dark red with crimson hues. Aromas of Blackcurrant, liquorice, and chocolate. The medium bodied palate is concentrated with fine dusty tannins. Flavours of red fruits and blueberry leading to a long complex finish.
James Halliday 95 points. "Destemmed whole berry, open-fermented, cold soak, matured in French oak (less than 15% new) for 10 months. The problem often encountered with malbec is the lack of structure and texture, but this wine has its cake and eats it with flavour and complexity alongside plummy fruit. Gold medal Melbourne Wine Awards '18." Wine Companion WINERY NOTE: Intense crimson purple. Aroma displays of violets, cherry and mulberry with subtle spice. The palate carries similar plush berry flavours with silky tannin and balanced natural acidity.
5 Star Winery Rating, James Halliday. Dark crimson with plum hues. Aromas of liquorice, blackberries and dark chocolate. The medium bodied palate has a generous mouth-feel with fine dusty tannins. Flavours of dark fruits and mocha. Forest Hill Vineyard is not only the oldest cool climate Vineyard in Western Australia, but also planted on one of the Mt Barker regions first farms. Settled in the 1840’s, Highbury Fields is a site of historical agricultural significance in the Great Southern, which over the past century has been farmed for apples, dairy, grains, lamb and wool.Purchased over 15 years ago, the Highbury Fields property is today...
Gold Medal and 95 points, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2019. 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 forest cake, red currants and blueberries bound from...
Ray Jordan 94 points. Huon Hooke 94 points. Campbell Mattinson 94 points. Wine Spectator 94 points. “Elegant and distinctive, offering fresh raspberry, sage and white pepper notes that are precise, supple and juicy, with a thread of fresh loam and forest floor, supported by polished tannins. A touch of matcha green tea lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2033.” Wine Spectator. 94 points. If you're looking for a quality pinot noir to drink right now then look no further. This is all about fragrance, juiciness, fruit and flow, a myriad of spice-riddled flavours running wild and free through the palate. It puts a smile on your face;...
93 Points - Sam Kim (Wine Orbit), Wine Advocate 92 points. The wine combines fabulous fruit purity with seductive complexity, displaying fragrant aromas of dark cherry, plum, smoked game, dark mushroom and black olive on the nose, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that is silky and flowing. The wine offers refinement and poise, while delivering loads of delectable flavours with a powerful finish. At its best: now to 2022. SK. ''There's an almost rose-like dusty floral note on the nose of Greystone's 2016 Omihi Pinot Noir. On the palate, multitonal cherry fruit takes charge, delivering a pristine beam of flavor focused by crisp acids...
James Halliday 94 points. "A blend of 60% cabernet and 40% malbec, estate-grown. Dark red with bright hues, vibrant black fruit, hints of bay leaf and nicely judged oak support. But it's the flow across the palate that is key. Expansive, soft of tannin but without losing line or length. David Bicknell Published 01 August 2019" The Rock of Solitude is a special place in the Ironcloud vineyard, a single flat rock facing west, overlooking Geographe Bay in Western Australia. In the quiet of the early morning and evening this is the perfect place to seek seclusion and regain energy from the earth. A blend of estate grown Cabernet and Malbec...
Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre 50/25/25%. Sam Kim 95 points. ‘This is splendidly fruited and perfumed on the nose showing Black Doris plum, ripe cherry, floral, dark spice and hazelnut characters, leading to a succulent palate that is mouthfilling and velvety. Up front and fabulous with layers of delicious flavours.’ SK. WINERY NOTES: Vibrant aromas of cherry and sweet spice. A balanced, medium bodied elegant wine with flavours of strawberry and dark cherry supported by sweet spice and silky tannins with a lingering finish. The 2018 Purple Patch is a traditional Rhone style blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre. The fruit for this wine was...
WINERY NOTES: This is our gateway Pinot Noir produced from fruit grown at selected vineyards in the local Wairarapa region. The wine is matured in two to five year old french oak barrels for 12 months. Scents of dark chocolate and almond lead to dark red brambly characters and earthy spice notes. Bright, inviting and elegant in style with a good mouth-feel and evident but silky tannins, this wine is easily enjoyed now, and will continue to reward and mature with bottle age.
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