From an obscure site capable of producing some very interesting wine due to its extreme climate. 15min inland from Port Campbell, home of the 12 apostles, is Newton’s Ridge Vineyard. It is a very small site planted from cuttings in 1998 to the MV6 clone of Pinot Noir, on brown and grey fertile loam soils over limestone bedrock. 2017 was a cold one, a return to vintages of 15 years ago, and true to form this cold site with high rainfall was marginal – and was only saved from mildews and botrytis by a neat window of warm weather right at the tail of harvest. a week later and it would have been toast. The wine is very delicate, but glossy, washy and very varietal. Vineyard character is undeniable, strawberry, pippy fruit and spice spice. It was matured without racking in a mix of older French puncheons and barriques, for 9 months. Unfined and unfiltered, but unfortunately the last Pinot Noir the Story will release from this site as much of the vineyard has been pulled out to meet the changing needs of the owners. a great shame, but we know how hard it is growing grapes!
A Bordeaux inspired blend, ripe blackberry fruit, damson and warming spice with subtle flavours of pencil lead, dark chocolate, cardamom and black pepper.
The final blend is 20% of each grape variety taken from 3 different vintages, it is then aged in French oak for 12 monthsAltocedro
The Kiwi outpost of Henri Bourgois, planted on a former sheep station that has never known the use of any pesticides or chemicals.
Matured on fine lees without any malolactic fermenation this is full of complex aromas and citric flavours combining with harmonious mineral notes, gentle passion fruit and blossom characters. Has potential for some ageing
Concentrated and well-balanced, this wine offers an authentic and fleshy Sauvignon Blanc, showing an ageing with a surprising subtlety.
The delicate tropical fruit aromas (a proof of ripe Sauvignon grapes) and clean mineral and fruity palate testify to Le MD's pedigree as an exceptional wine from one of the finest slopes in the Sancerre appellation.
This outstanding Chianti Classico Riserva is how the Marquis Mazzei celebrate their notable ancestor Ser Lapo, author of the first official document mentioning “Chianti wine” (December 16th, 1398).
Castello di Fonterutoli
Complex aromas of ripe cherries, black truffles and dried flower, such as lavender and rose petals. Full-bodied, tight and solid with chewy tannins, yet it's polished and refined. Untertones of porcini mushrooms and walnut rind. Energetic and focussed.
A beautiful ruby colour. A clean nose with good intensity. Complex aromas of leather, ripe sweet fruit and herbs over a base of fine oak. Palate: Potent and juicy with structure and good tenacity. The finish shows lots of spice and is ample, complex, long and persistent.
Deep intensity and very dark colour with purple hints. The nose is very open and complex with smooth oak aromas and notes of ripe fruits. On the palate, the attack is silky and fresh. The tannins evolution is very nice giving a full bodied wine with a round feel. The fruity aromas along with some light oaky notes are very elegant and increase the beautiful aromatic length of the wine.
Since 2008, this vineyard has been cultivated according to biodynamic guidelines, with the final conversion taking place with the 2011 harvest. This Wiener Gemischter Satz consists of 9 grape varieties - Weissburgunder, Neuburger, Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner, Sylvaner, Zierfandler, Rotgipfler, Traminer and Riesling - which were picked by hand and processed together following the careful elimination of any botrytised grapes. Gentle pressing with a pneumatic winepress followed a 4-hour maceration period. Fermentation took place to about 75% in cooled steel tanks and another 25% in large old oak barrels. After maturing the wine for 10 months on the fine lees, the different tanks and barrels were put together and the wine was bottled in September 2017
The wine exudes very complex aromas of citrus fruit, yellow blossoms, pineapples and sweet herbs plus multi-layered tones of spicy and minerally fruit. The palate is lively with beautiful acidity, plenty of power and presence as well as good length.
This wine is a blend from grapes grown on the stony soils of the Gimblett Gravels. The vines in the Ngakirikiri, Twyford and Omahu Gravels vineyards are now approaching 20 years of age and cropped at low levels to produce grapes of the highest possible quality. Intensive viticultural practices such as shoot and bunch thinning and leaf plucking were employed over the course of the growing season to further maximise the vineyards' potential.
Rich aromas of black fruit and fragrant spicy oak dominate this sumptuous red wine. The palate is full-bodied with incredible concentration of supple, rich ripe fruit, smooth ripe tannins, beautifully integrated oak and great complexity.
5 hectares of sustainably-managed vines averaging 60 years' age contribute a great deal of character to this hefty wine. Green harvesting and thinning help to lower yields to 30hl/ha. The resulting crop is fermented at 30 degrees and vatted for a month before ageing in oak casks for 18 months, 60 - 70% of which is new oak.
This wine expresses the almost tender notes of Malbec as well as rich, milky fudge notes from ageing in oak. Rural, complex and complete - a delicious wine.
Colour . Deep garnet red.
Nose . Initially the nose is quite closed with a dominant of graphite, leather, and then intense aromas of pepper, black fruits and garrigue.
Palate . The attack is rich, dense. Then the wine is fleshy and redolent of southen sunshine. The finish is juicy, served by delicate tannins and a great freshness.
Very poised and balanced, yet at the same time bursting with expressive fruit. The nose is full of green apple, nashi pear and spring blossom. The palate is focussed, tight and delivers all the fruit promised on the nose. A lovely textural component leads on to a long finish.
A great introduction to Jamsheed wines – this supple, fragrant wine is textbook Syrah. smoky, spicy with cassis, cherry compote and licorice pastille – so gluggable!
Immediate nose of beetroot juice poured over graphite shavings sets you up for quite a journey. The palate shares the same dense minerality and graphite texture as the nose with a quiet but growing presence of forest floor and frozen berries. On opening, this fruit thaws to release fresh summer pudding and cream served in a pencil case. Bonkers!
Tim Atkin's Argentinian White wine of the year, beautifully elegant, slightly understated White Bordeaux style. Texturally rich yet with really fine minerality, this is seriously classyAltocedro
A single vineyard Pinot Noir from the cool Elgin region near Grabouw. Elegant and light in style, with an abundance of ripe red berries, juicy strawberries and subtle spices on the nose which follow through on the palate where it marries perfectly with a savoury meatiness.
4* – John Platter Wine Guide 2018, 91/100 Tim Atkin MW 2017
The appellation is located on the left bank of the Rhone, between Orange and Avignon, in Chateauneuf du Pape at the highest point of the appellation, on the Fargueirol plateau.
The terroir is characterised by large rolled pebbles that store the generous sun of Provence during the day and restore it at night. The height of the pebbles is about 2 metres, underneath there is a clay bench where the roots of the vine draw their water needs – a truly exceptional terroir.
70% Grenache. 20% Syrah. 5% Mouvedre, 5% Cinsault.
Deep purple in colour with a violet rim. Nose – a perfectly clean nose with an explosion of aromas of black fruit, exotic spices, roasted coffee and hints of cocoa. One can also distinguish some liquorice and violet flavour that combines perfectly well. On the palate this wine is very generous. The tannins are there, silky and ample, ready for the palate but also promising a great future.
The wine shows concentrated marzipan and citrus notes, with underlying hazelnut and lime notes, which adds to layered complexity. The wine is seamless, with flavoursome and long finish.
Unevolved and intense with light purple rim. Pronounced cassis and cigar box nose with lifted floral perfume and violets. Full and unctuous on the palate with intense black fruit characters, well integrated oak and a long glyceric finish.
The Cigar; a name coined by Coonawarra Vignerons to describe the unique cigar-shaped strip of rich red terra rossa soil. Home to some of Australia’s most famous vineyards, the secret of Coonawarra lies in the intimate bond between the terra rossa soil, limestone layers, pure artisan water and a long cool ripening season. Fortunate to be part of this iconic place, Yalumba salutes the region’s pioneers and those privileged to inherit its future.
Deep red to crimson in colour. A perfumed wine, displaying spice notes, lavender and violets, with fruit aromatics of warm strawberries, blackberries, and the quintessential note of sea-spray that the region is known for. Peppery, fresh and alive with youthful tannins, the moderate to long palate has intense red-purple cassis fruit. A delicious wine with all the hallmarks of Coonawarra Cabernet.
The Mendocino County Zinfandel begins with concentrated aromas of baking spices including; cinnamon and cloves. Those spices give way to aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants, and dried sage. The texture is round, and the fruit expression is focused and lush. Subtle and integrated tannins accentuate the richness of the wine, while pleasant acidity keeps it fresh on the finish.
A stylish white with exotic apricot aromas, a full-flavoured, weighty palate with flavours of baked apples and white peaches and a rich, powerful finish. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years.
Blaufränkisch is also a major theme for us. For the simple reason that here, it has the best conditions to embody the terroir into fluid form. Our village is located in the Eastern end of the Pannonia Plane, and Blaufränkisch country. The bouquet brings smoky notes and tobbaco, followed by sour cherries and blackberries notes. In the palate it is perceived as elegant, linear and it stands out for the fine profound flavors.Nachbill Winery
Despite only having a fews years as a winery under their belt, Bibo Runge are an outfit that's going somewhere, and in a hurry. 2016 saw Stuart Pigott award them ‘Discovery of the Year’, after only a year or two in operation
Hargardun is a single vineyard wine, its name coming from the old spelling of the local town, Hallgarten. After gentle pressing in a basket press the juice was cooled and put into 1200l barrels where it took 6-8 months for the spontaneous fermentation to complete. The result is powerful and multi-faceted, a Riesling of real power and depth.
"Great concentration and there should be plenty of complexity in years to come." 17 points Richard Hemming MW for www.jancisrobinson.comBibo Runge
The deep ruby robe matches the bouquet of red and black berries. More-ish on the palate, very elegant, moves to flavours of burlat cherry.
PERFECT FOOD PAIRING . This fleshy, yet refreshing, fruity wine is a perfect match for red fruit or chocolate desserts. It is a seductive, pure Grenache varietal that also pairs well with sweet and sour dishes.
Old vine (40-60 years) Pinot Noir from the hand of Nicolas Potel. Selected from tiny parcels within the Cotes de Nuits, with only 238 cases made, this is fantastic value Burgundy. Very fresh and direct with a wonderful purity to the fruit.