New Zealand. Ripe and intense plum fruit with subtle cinnamon spice lift defines the nose. The concentration of the primary fruit aromatics builds with airing, giving further dimension. Licorice and lavender florals elegantly unfold into a gentle gamey bouquet. Generous and succulent with a silky and supple tannin texture, and juicy acidity giving impressive length and persistence. Brightness and approachability are the driving force of this wine, however a hint of complexity we have come to expect from this vineyard adds a layer of real and intriguing character to the fruit depth.
Akitu A1 Pinot Noir, Bannockburn, Central Otago
New Zealand. Spiced cherry primary fruit and dusty dried herb aromas build gently on the nose, giving way to dark plum fruit characters with a background of brown spices and leafy complexity. Considerable depth and dimension is revealed that belies the intensity of bouquet. Brooding aromatics driven by a precise fruit focus. The dark juicy plum drives a generous entry to the palate and that spiced cherry adds great focus and length of flavour. Cinnamon and subtle anise characters are woven into the tactile structure of the wine. The tannin backbone compliments juicy acidity giving a velvety yet lively texture and a mouth-watering finish. Tension with restraint.
Tenuta San Guido
Guidalberto Tenuta San Guido 2015
From these legendary winemakers who broke the rules in Tuscany, Guidalberto has great energy and length with an aroma of dark fruits and spices with nuances of violets, roses and a hint of tobacco. Smooth textures and deep plum fruits combine with a crunchy redcurrant character and a hint of dark chocolate to create a wonderfully balanced wine with excellent definition. Plenty enough going on to improve for another decade in bottle.
Silvano Barolo Bussia Vigna Dei Fantini
Proper Barolo, from a single vineyard in the commune of Bussia - one of the most highly rated of all. Firm, aromatic nose, showing red berries, delicate herbaceous and spicy nuances, hint of black berries, dried floral notes and mushrooms. Clear, bright, tart and juicy fruit with light roasted nutty notes and tobacco. One to enjoy now or will happily cellar for 10 years plus.
Lismore Reserve Syrah
500 litre wooden casks to ferment
Steep rocky stoney slopes : tick
South facing slopes to maximise sunny exposure : tick
Rich, dark, peppery Syrah with abundant sweet yet spicey currant and damson flavours : tick
Cornas : no
Garrigue : no
Fyenbos : tick
Samanatha O'Keefe : has created something really special here!
Massal Selection Pinot noir cuttings from the Côte de Nuits planted in marl/limestone/clay soils, this is just the 2nd vintage of this “GG,” and it’s a beauty; wonderfully polished, rich and sophisticated wine; serious dark energy and density and a lovely spice-box charachter. Though not well-known outside of Germany (yet) the Dautel family are amongst the most highly regarded winemakers in the region. Organic practice, though not certified, this is a living, beathing, deliciously aromatic and enjoyable Pinot noir. Somehow evokes the sesnes like being around a campfire in autumn. Go enjoy!
Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz, Clare Valley 2012
An opulent nose displays elevated notes of ripe plums, dark chocolate, exotic spices and charred-oak influences. A fine and focused palate emerges, where flavours of fresh berries, cherry plums and dark chocolate feature predominantly, beautifully enhanced by classy use of French oak barrels. With time in the glass, a thick stream of licorice, blackberry, cloves and sappy, cedar-oak develops, and an unexpected treat appears in the form of truffle and leather notes. At all points this wine feels fresh, fine, and distinctive. A wine easily consumed whilst young but with clear rewards to those you choose to cellar for longer.
Groot Constantia, Gouverneurs Reserve Blend, Constantia 2015
A South African heritage. Broad and muscular with ripe, rich flavours of blackcurrant and undergrowth,with hints of chocolate and green bell pepper all enveloped in an elegant style. An iconic Bordeaux blend from this historic producer. One to put away for a while to let fully mature.
Delas Domaines des Grandes Chemins, Crozes Hermitage ORGANIC
A very fine Syrah from this esteemed appelation in the Northern Rhone. Ripe black fruits, biltong, black olive tapenade and pepper on a weighty bouquet. Sensuous palate, with silken tannins and great length, unfolding with further black fruit and black pepper notes. Close to Hermitage quality and a relative steal for that alone. Would comfortably age for 10-15 years but drinking superbly now.
The Chocolate Block
Cult wine of South Africa! Comprised of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Cinsault and even a little Viognier, the fruit is sourced from all over the Cape area with each vineyard selected for the best quality fruit. You are enticed into the glass with a complex bouquet of blackcurrants, raspberries and mocha… On the palate, the wine explodes with black fruits, exotic spices, violets and vanilla. Full bodied most certainly! But the weight and supple tannins are well integrated, making this a very drinkable, extremely crowd-pleasing wine.
Louis Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Celebration 2012
Vinted only in the best years, Jadot’s 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Celebration is aromatically expressive, with lovely bright, floral notes that play off a core of red berry and stone fruits. The gracious, almost feminine, bouquet is alluring and belies the structure that awaits.. Tiny yields and high skin-to-juice ratios give this wine with suprising tannic clout that temporarily obscures the fruit until it unfoldds gracefully in the glass, whereupon the aromatic complexity comes through. It will be interesting to see if the 2012 softens over time, or if it gains volume - it certainly has the structure to age beautifully, either way. One to lay down and enjoy over many a year to come.
Clos Du Val
Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Napa Valley
Legendary wine from a legendary estate, this is the stuff of legends! Clos du Val have been making wine in Napa longer than most, and Napa Valley Cabernet needs no introduction - its bold, plush, rich and ripely fruited, and just hugs you like a bear. When Bordeaux become a little blasé, you go to Napa for some blue-sky thinking. You can almost taste those long, sunny California days when you drink a wine like this. And who doesn't want that?!
Travaglini Tre Vigne
Gattinara Travaglini Tre Vigne
With its funky, wonky bottle, this is instantly eye-catching, but this wine is no novelty! Made from the Nebbiolo grape - of greater fame in Barolo - but making no less of a wine here. And easier to approach in early years. Aromas of eucalyptus, exotic spice, underbrush and aromatic herb lead the nose. The tightly knit palate offers cranberry, dried cherry, star anise and clove set against taut, close-grained tannins. Winner of the GamberoRosso Italian wine award for the region. An off-piste but truly rewarding wine from Piedmont. Bolognese anyone?
Ben Glaetzer 'Bishop' Barossa Shiraz
Sourced from the renowned northern Barossa vineyards of Ebenezer, this epic wine, from epic winemaker, Ben Glaetzer, is a real gem for these cooler months. Choc-full of jammy ripe blackcurrant, dark plum and blueberry, with lavender undertones and mocha-laced tannins. Thick and blanket-like, with a weighty finish that just goes on and on, this will be most enjoyed in a comfy armchair.
Chateau Coutelin Merville St Estephe, Bordeaux
This 25ha estate has been owned by the Estager family since 1902. After hand-harvesting and traditional fermentation, the blend is assembled: 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, then aged for 18 months in oak barrels (20% new). A superb parcel of affordable, classified St Estèphe from the mighty 2010 vintage. Merlot dominated and drinking now, this will also age gracefully over the next decade.
91 Points Stephen Spurrier, Decanter magazine.
Domaine Michel Juillot Mercurey Rouge
A fresh, ripe, and pungent earthy nose of mostly red berry fruit aromas. The palate gives way to energetic, delicious and very round middle-weight flavours that manage to retain a fine sense of balance on the moderately rustic finish, albeit charming. The tannins are phenolically mature and while this is accessible young, it should also reward a few years in the cellar if you prefer your reds with a bit of tertiary development.
Chateau Bonalgue Pomerol
This great Pomerol estate has received a lot of attention from renowned wine critics in recent years. Made with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the wine is aged for 18 months in oak of which 50% is new. A very generous wine with intense and pure blackberry fruits and hints of tobacco. Velvety on the palate with silky tannins and good length. Classic and classy Pomerol.
Guerrieri Rizzardi Amarone 3 Cru 2014
Voted Best Amarone Classico at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
“Generous and magnificent. A truly excellent Amarone from a top producer.”
Guerrieri Rizzardi is an historic Italian estate, established in 1914 but with vineyard holdings dating back to the 15th & 17th centuries, inherited from the Counts Guerrieri and Rizzardi respectively. To this day the estates are family-owned and run, currently by the brothers Giuseppe and Agostino Rizzardi, who have been operatively running the company since the late 1990s.
They have presided over a quality-based evolution from an already strong base and this focus has been rewarded by multiple awards every year since 2001, culminating in the acclaimed prize in 2014 of Gambero Rosso “Red Wine of The Year” for their flagship Amarone Calcarole. Innovations continue and the focus on the unique terroir of the single vineyard Crus has certainly paid dividends. This ‘3 Cru’ blend shows this work to perfection.
“Decadently rich and opulent, this is stunning Amarone with incredible weight and presence. Deeply aromatic, with ripe, dark berried fruit alongside sweet spice. The palate is rich and velvety, plump with an abundance of plum and raisin and sweet cherry compote, all supported by finely integrated oak. Sublimely structured yet maintaining freshness leading to a spectacularly long finish. Simply outstanding!”
We recommend you decant one hour before serving.
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