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I have been lucky enough to experience the best of Australian winemaking in the last 10 days, and from very different perspectives. Although different in approach the three share many things, they are all handcrafted artisanal produced wines, from great vineyards and taste really good! First we had the legendary John Duval, ex-chief winemaker for Penfolds, who revolutionised Penfolds in his long time there. He introduced several new wines such as Yattarna and the RWT Shiraz to name just two and of course really modernised the style over the years without losing any of the qualities that have made the top wines of Penfolds so sought after. In 2002 he left Penfold’s and started John Duval Wines, with the first release ‘Plexus’ in 2003 (which was still looking great as John brought some to...
I have finally managed to ship an exclusive parcel of highly rated and magnificently tasty Zinfandel - 2011 Saitone Ranch from Carlisle - an outstanding estate in California that I have been following for many years. Just the one wine so far but what a belter! "The 2011 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch, an addition to the lineup, is stunningly beautiful. Violets, dark fruit, olives, licorice, asphalt and tar come to life in an utterly vivid Zinfandel endowed with pure depth and precision. Layers of fruit continue to build in the glass, leading to a rich, creamy finish that is captivating in its beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026." 93-95 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate April 2013 £180/6.
We are delighted to have jut received these two fabulous red’s that have just had amazing reviews from Robert Parker himself in the 8/13 edition of The Wine Advocate.
We have been selling this Domaine’s excellent wines for must be 15 years, always good but over the last 5 or 6 vintages the quality has really improved, and yet the pricing has remained very, very fair. The 'regular' gets a fantastic 94pt rating and at just £22.49 a bottle is a bargain. The old vine 2010 scores a massive 98pts and still represents great value at £39 a bottle. Case prices and in bond prices are available.
We are delighted to release the highly anticipated 2010s from Angelo Gaja: the flagship Barbaresco and the iconic single vineyard wines of Costa Russi, Sorì Tildin and Sorì San Lorenzo. These extraordinary wines have qualities that truly reflect the cooler conditions of a vintage which enabled terroir to shine through. Nebbiolo benefitted from a long ripening period which preserved freshness and has created intense flavours. The wines possess the elegance of the classic 2008s and the concentration of the 2009s but with levels of finesse, definition and aromatic complexity beyond their predecessors. They also have both great ageing potential and the ability to give enjoyment in their youth. These are exceptional wines, which in our opinion rank amongst the very finest we have tasted...
The brand new release of the fantastic Sauvignon by master winemaker Kevin Judd. After a challenging 2012 vintage, 2013 is a blessed relief for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and this is a fantastic drink. Still in quite limited supply.
While 2013 may not be quite in the same league as the 2012, these are still stellar wines from a very good vintage - they will also offer earlier drinking than the 2012's. Geoffrey Grosset has been producing some of Australia's finest Rieslings for many years now. All wines are available at a special case price and also as a Mixed Case.
I am delighted to announce the launch of our latest, top and very limited red wine, 'The Malcolm' Shiraz 2009 after a gap of 3 years. We are also launching our first ever Sparkling Shiraz, 5 years in the making, 'The Tight Cluster' 2008 Sparkling Shiraz. Also on offer the latest vintage of 'The Sack' Shiraz from the fabulous 2010 vintage which has had some very good press. Two other new releases and the first since 2006 of our very limited Cabernet Sauvignon 'The Wit and Shanker' from both 2009 and 2010. Lastly a bargain Shiraz from my partner Rolf Binder, a cancelled Canadian export order has meant i have bought the 'Silvern' Greenock Shiraz 2011 at a very good price indeed. Magpie Estate was started in 1993 by myself and my partner Rolf Binder. What was initially a small scale idea...
With reports of severe thunderstorms and hailstorms at the end of July and beginning of August throughout all major wine regions of France, growers looking forward to their well-deserved ‘vacances d’été 2013,’ had to complete last minute painstaking additional work in the vineyards, following loss of crops and degradation of bunches. However, the Rhône has fared far better overall than most other French wine regions, with only the southern part of Crozes-Hermitage and areas of Saint-Joseph touched by hailstorms. Stress, related to the vagaries of the weather aside, morale is on the whole ‘au beau fixe’ (blue skies) for the Rhône Valley. The economic squeeze that has been troubling other wine regions for some time has not significantly affected the region and...
Since it's release this has been one of our best selling New Zealand Sauvignon's and the new 2013 is another top release. A great vintage with a long Indian Summer meaning the grapes were harvested in optimum condition.
Just a snapshot of 4 trophy winners but they are exceptional and some are fabulously well priced too.
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