A very inviting South African Pinotage and a good example of this much questioned grape variety, the `bastard son of Pinot Noir`.... Very fragrant with a a light touch of purple and black fruits on the nose with a hint of pleasant cough syrup thrown in. With it`s spicy notes and grip it`s a perfect match for that mid week Chilli con Carne!
This Aglianico is organic and widely reputed to be one of the best grape varieties to come out of Southern Italy. This lovely wine displays notes of cherry, herbs and tar. 20% of the wine has been aged in oak barriques which helps to add an extra layer of complexity.
This wine is a project formed between two very good English cricketers (Ian Botham & Bob Willis) and one very good Australian winemaker (Geoff Merrill). The wine is full bodied showing notes of blackberry, leather and anise. It ends with a lovely dry finish.
This wine is a project formed between two very good English cricketers (Ian Botham & Bob Willis) and one very good Australian winemaker (Geoff Merrill). The wine shows notes ripe, red fruits, hints of black olives along with menthol. Finishes with a lovely soft mouthfeel.
William Downie has made 100% Petite Verdot wine, which is certified biodynamic and vegan. The resulting wine has a deep colour, dark berry fruit aromas on the nose that are ripe and intense with ink and violets. Ripe, fleshy fruit on the palate is nicely supported by rustic tannins. Unusual and delicious.
This Crozes Hermitage from the Chapoutier stable offers amazing value. It has a deep red colour with youthful purple flecks. Aromas of red fruits, raspberries and blackcurrants, jump out of the glass. There is a savoury note in the background with a hint of tar and anise. Rich and elegant with a long finish.
Bordeaux Superieur - A superb property located on the edge of the famous Margaux appellation planted with 65% Merlot 15% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Petit Verdot. Aged in oak and carefully blended, this delicious claret is consistently good, with ripe supple fruit and soft tannins.
Very deep ruby in colour with a youthful purple rim and lively, perfumed nose. Cherries, ripe blackberries and a touch of spice on the nose give way to a supple, dark plummy structure with a spicy, black pepper character on the finish.
Deep, black-red in colour, with perfumes of dark cherry, aniseed and blackcurrant on the nose, giving way to good structure on the palate, ripe, silky tannins and a broad, spiced, savoury fruit character. it is spicy and rich to the finish.
One of Sicily`s most quality conscious producers with vineyards planted on the volcanic soils of Northern Sicily and on the island of Salina. The red wine is a varietal `Nero d`Avola`, a native Sicilian grape, which has become very fashionable for its rich character and bold structure.
Beautiful, elegant Northern Rhone with aromas of violets, pepper, forest fruits and grilled bacon. Quality red that doesn`t knock you over the head. Seduces rather than overpowers. Predominantly Syrah with a tiny amount ( 4%) of fragrant Viognier added for aromatic lift which is traditional practice for the appellation.
Beautiful dark red dress. The nose is powerful with intense notes of juniper, black olives and pepper. In the mouth, it is an explosion of red fruit, with floral and spicy notes, but with a very nice balance combining great freshness, a beautiful complexity, a soft texture and a nice acidity. A wine that has a lot of character.
Four generations of the Roche family have worked the vineyards at Château Croze de Pys, cultivating the local variety `Cot` (Malbec). A modern approach to a very traditional wine ensures a supple, balanced wine with red berry fruit and a touch of oak spice rather than the black tannic wines of yesteryear.
The Bona Fide Pinot Noir is darker and more intense than any other Crystallum Pinot. There are notes of smoked meat, Indian spice and fresh cranberry which are followed by an intense fruit filled mid-palate. The wine has a lovely length and freshness. Enjoy now or this wine would age well over the next 10 years.
Savoury and elegant, with aromas of wet earth, clove and savoury notes complemented by vanilla and violet notes. The palate is dense and finely textured. The 2012 vintage will be seen as one of the best the Cape has ever produced!
An intriguing nose of rose petals and summer pudding of lifted red fruits, berries and a little lime marmalade from the co-fermentation with the aromatic Eden Valley Riesling. Wild cherries, blueberries, and mulberries and an impressive stucture balanced by spicy, supple oak and soft velvety tannins.
Lifted blue fruits, blood plum, ripe blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Generous mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice.
Located at the south west of the appelation, the ‘Lieu Dit‘ lies on exceptional sandy soils which give the Grenache its fine tannins, airy flavours and wonderful acidity which balances its power so well. Deep ruby in colour with a subtle nose of ripe black fruit, soft liquorice, plum and stone fruits. In the mouth, it is racy and elegant.
The Domaine de Breseyme Cotes du Rhone is from Brezeme, one of the smallest vineyard regions in the Southern Rhone. Made from 100% Syrah, this wine displays ripe blue fruit, leathery notes and black pepper spice.
The clean, fresh and distinctly aromatic style comes from meticulous winemaking with stainless steel and temperature control. This single vineyard Sancerre rosé has the added complexity of mineral flavours on the mid weight, creamy textured palate.
The Barge family spans seven generations, since 1860 as grape growers in Côte Rôtie. The first bottled wine appeared in 1929. The Syrah and Viognier grapes which make up the `Côte Brune` come from Ampuis, the village at the heart of the Côte Brune appellation.
The superb Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas is made by Laurent Brechet from his 26 hectare estate close to the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains. As at Vaudieu, the wine has freshness yet richness. Laurent has identified three different terroirs which add to the potential for different ripeness levels and fruit characters.