A complex nose showing notes of black cherry, plum, violets, coffee and raisins. The palate is smooth and rounded, with a richly-textured mid-palate and a medley of spice, dried fruit characters and supple tannins. The wine remains elegant, being so beautifully integrated and sweetly rich, but with a long and complex, dry finish.
This wine is medium to deep brick red in colour and opens with perfumed fruits, showing pretty blue exotic ?orals, pomegranate and cranberry, with milk chocolate and liquorice depth. The palate is medium weighted, with a fresh tight acidity carrying through. Very stylish, very approachable and very drinkable. Decant and enjoy with a char-grilled rump or eggplant steak with all the extras.
Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay is a wine that bears the elegant imprint of its vineyard home – 68 acres that roll across the pastoral hill country of Los Carneros, a place where Napa Valley meets the northernmost rim of San Francisco Bay. The vineyard is named to honor the Red-shouldered Hawks and other birds of prey that play a vital role in our sustainable farming practices (in this case keeping gopher and other rodent populations naturally under control).
Alluring, energetic aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, kiwi, apricot, citrus zest, pineapple, and toasted almond – a dazzling, juicy bowl of exotic fruit held together with flinty structure, pleasing minerality, and refreshing acidity.
Intense ruby colour with garnet reflections, pronounced complex nose with hints of black cherry, spicy scents of violet and tobacco, as well as, tar and mineral notes. Full-bodied, elegant, smooth, velvety and intense on the palate, with balanced tannins and aromatic intensity. Excellent cellaring potential, with bottle age adding to the wine’s complexity.
Bright and gold in appearance with aromas of citrus marmalade and frangipani abundant on the nose. The palate is full bodied and complex. A good sugar to fruit ratio combined with a great acidity ensures the wine is in balance. The wine concludes with a long, spicy and grippy finish.
`Here there is no reductive funk as the exceptionally pretty nose offers up notes of dark cherry, plum, spice, rose petal and a deft application of wood. There is fine richness to the appealingly concentrated medium weight flavors that also display a touch of youthful austerity on the lingering finish where a hint of bitter cherry appears. This should repay 6 to 8 years of cellaring.` - 89/100 | Burghound
Intense, pristine and concentrated. Aromas of citrus blossom, white peach, brioche, gun smoke and marzipan create wonderful depth. Flavours continue on the palate including lime zest, jasmine and honeydew melon. Wonderfully intense, the fruit blends seamlessly with subtle smoky oak and yeasty complexity to create a textural and vibrant mouthfeel. The juicy acidity balances the profound intensity of the fruit providing great carry and length.
Dark and concentrated in colour, this wine greets you on the nose with aromas of ripe red fruits, plums and pencil shavings which follow through onto the palate with chewy black cherries, sweet spices and tannins on the mid palate. The wine ends with a lingering umami finish.
Brut Selected Reserve is made of two thirds Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and one third Chardonnay. The blend is then aged for a year in oak casks. The colour is a deep yellow that hasn’t sacrificed a bit of brilliance.The aroma is subtle, slightly closed even, giving an impression of reserve. Then wheaty notes arise. On the palate the truth of the flavour comes through with powerful aromas of fruit jellies, candied fruits, especially orange, and a blend of spices, cinnamon with just a hint of anise. The texture is structured, tight and firm, adding to the serious character of the wine. Underlying mineral notes are mentionable from beginning to finish, the personality running through it. This highlights the complexity and strength of this champagne.
A beautiful deep, ruby hue with lots of almost confected cherry, blackcurrant and cranberries on the nose with a hint of liquorice. The palate has an explosion of brambly and hedgerow fruits with blueberries and cherries - this is a mid-weight vintage from Chateau Musar with excellent acidity and fine tannins.
Barolo Lecinquevigne is the result of an assembly of 5 ("cinque") vineyards located in the areas most dedicated to the farming of Nebbiolo grapes for Barolo production: Barolo, Grinzane Cavour, and Monforte.
Its distinguishing features are a hue of ruby red with orange-tinted reflections, and an intense aroma of rose, leather, and tobacco in sequence, with hints of violet and tar emerging.
It`s taste is ample and enveloping, with a feeling of softness and a long, persistent savor prevailing in the mouth.
Yellow honey gold in colour with winey and full aromas. On the palate it gives white stone fruits bolstered by a fine acidity and a balance between creamy and bold. Altogether fresh, with a full-bodied consistency that holds together.
As the fine bubbles rise to the top of this pale gold wine, aromas of wild strawberries and raspberries emerge, and are reminiscent of British summer fruits. On the palate this delicate fruit is accompanied by complex flavours of toasted almonds, pastry and praline. The wine balances elegance and richness in perfect harmony, with a refreshing acidity and a textured, decadent finish.
Blend: 100% Sémillon
Location: Maule Valley
Altitude: 187 M.A.S.L.
Tasting Note: Bright yellow colour with golden highlights. Ripe lemon and pear fruit flavours with well integrated subtle oak notes, extremely well structured and complex
Vinification: Granito is a micro-terroir in a granitic soil which is more than 120 million years old. They are old vines with deep roots. It is minerality expressed in the bottle. This Semillon is from Block 1 Butuco’s vineyard, Maule’s Dry coastal area, 30km from the Pacific Ocean and 183 meters above sea level. It is product of old vines planted in the 1940’s, which did not receive irrigation. It is hand harvested in the middle of March. Grapes are pressed in a vertical press, followed by barrel fermentation and then the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels
Food Match: Enjoy with sushi, white meats and antipasti
Blend: Special (Secret) Blend (the blend is printed on the cork, so is only revealed when the wine is opened)
Location: Curico´, Maule & Colchagua Valley
Tasting Note: Complex blackcurrant, blackberry, plum, bitter chocolate, vanilla, liquorice and spice. Fresh and approachable but with big ripe tannins
Vinification: Each year the best 7 barrels are selected from a total of 3200 barrels and a blend is constructed from these components. It is limited to a production of 2300 bottles and reflects the qualities of the particular vintage
Food Match: Grilled or roast beef, beef stew (particularly ox cheek), strong hard cheeses like mature cheddar
COLOUR Ruby with a brick tint.
NOSE A complex savoury nose embedded with dried twigs, mushroom, soy, kelp, cowhide, peanut husk and cacao. The savoury fragrance gives way to fruit cake notes, with orange peel, red gum flower and concentrated blackcurrant combining to form an alluring bouquet.
PALATE A plump entrance and fruity core lead to building fine, ripe tannins. A line of fresh red-berry tang, reminiscent of dried cranberry and blackcurrant flavours, is followed by notes of dry sweet biscuit, chocolate, iron and spicy oak.
The 2016 vintage was relatively calm, warm and dry conditions started in early October and continued through to mid May, well after the early harvest was complete. There were periods of rain during this time, but these were infrequent and countered by the otherwise warm dry conditions. The mild spring produced an above average crop which ripened fully through the warm summer and autumn.
This Pinot Noir is a blend of parcels from our own vineyard at Pipers River, Coal River Valley and our growers at Swansea and Ouse. Each of these sites is unique with distinctive individual terroirs, building complexity into the final wine blend.
Each of the different parcels of fruit from across the vineyard sites were picked on their merit. Fermentation started after 2-3 days with plunging of the cap to extract colour and tannin from the skins. The wine was pressed at completion of fermentation and settled before being placed into French oak barriques, where malolactic fermentation took place, prior to filtration and bottling.
Evidence of a warmer vintage is immediately apparent; with the generous red berry fruit aromas, hints of fresh cut plums and fine oak spice. The entry
onto the palate of soft red fruits with ripe tannin structure support the sense of a warm vintage. Savoury notes of dried meats and provencal herbs add to the complexity after opening, and will become more integrated with bottle age. The 2016 will reward cool cellaring for 3 – 5 years.
The wine has a beautiful rich scarlet colour with an alluring nose of black and red fruits, cherries, coffee, leather and cloves. A good natural intensity with well integrated tannins and good acidity – this is a rich, warm, concentrated vintage of Chateau Musar showing an abundance of fruit, energy and considerable finesse. Mature and balanced with a long finish.
Old Vines is composed of a variety of old sites from California that are either too small to be made into a vineyard designate wine or are “new” to the Turley family (and way of farming). Vines are anywhere from 41 to 129 years old, and a true representation of California old vine Zinfandel, hailing from vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lodi, Contra Costa, Amador and Paso Robles.