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"Incessant rain during winter and spring delayed budbreak and opened the door to fungal diseases, although many vineyards were too waterlogged for tractors. From mid July temperatures shot up and remained high during August, albeit with cooler nights. September was very sunny and dry, but the growing cycle was still two weeks late, necessitating a delayed harvest. The prognosis is for a vintage similar in quality to the already legendary 2010s." Jancis Robinson MW. Without doubt an amazing vintage, albeit in small quantities. Shipping in October 2017 apart from Vajra which is due shortly.
James Suckling has this to say about the 2012 Argiano Brunello: “Fantastically complex aromas of spices, dried flowers and plums follow through to a full body, integrated and polished tannins and a superb finish. This is a 2012 Brunello with it all. Drink in 2018.” He gave it 96 points. The grapes from each parcel of vines treated in separate batches. After destemming and a light pressing, maceration and fermentation tool place at controlled temperatures in stainless steel tanks for two to three weeks. Only the indigenous yeasts naturally present in the grapes were used. When fermentation was complete, the wine was transferred to concrete tanks, in which the malo-lactic fermentation was completed. The wine then spent twenty-four months in large Slavonian oak barrels....
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages recently published a New Zealand 'Assemblage' feature where the wines of Blank Canvas received some tremendous reviews - and considering their prices we thought it worth doing an offer on them.
Finally, the producers uttered - we have a proper vintage for our reds for the first time in what seems ages. The vignerons on Burgundy have been blighted these past few years with hail, bugs, hail, storms and so on. 2015 was without a doubt a blessing and many a winemaker could not keep the smiles off their faces at tastings of the 2014's. And then came 2016...more on that later. 2015 was a warm vintage for certain, and so white wines required plenty of attention to keep the freshness - some succeeded and plenty will have failed. Such conditions tend to lead to small berries and thicker skins for the reds so again the amount of whole bunches used during fermentation was a key element in preserving the freshness and balance in the reds. Many growers pointed to the need to pick quickly...
We have sold Louis Barruol's excellent wines since the 1998 vintage, but supply has been limited in the last 3-4 years due to switching agents. So I am delighted to do our first offer in several years, which coincides nicely with the fantastic 2015 vintage, much lauded in both the North and the South. Sadly our allocation of the 'lieux-dits' Gigondas cuvées is really small so the only way to distribute these is via a mixed case. The 2016 Cotes du Rhones both red and white look really attractive too in what is going to be a really attractive, fresher styled vintage. But for now the 2015's are the wines to focus on. Wines due late spring/early summer 2017. "Unquestionably one of the reference point estates, not only for Gigondas, but for the entire Southern Rhône, Louis Barruol’s Chateau...
We are very excited to be able to announce the latest releases of two of the most successful wines of last year (along with their regular Chenin Blanc). We were very fortunate to have Carl van der Merwe host a tasting for us last year and everyone who attended left very impressed with DeMorgenzon as a winery. We sold all we could of these two exceptional wines from the previous vintage. These wines are in high demand as they have had phenomenal success in various competitions over the last few years and have also received very high praise from both the hugely influential South African Platter's Wine Guide and Tim Atkin MW who is rapidly becoming one of the most admired journalists who cover South African wine and his annual guide is eagerly anticipated. Some technical data is attached...
Some spectacular Rieslings, Chardonnay and Semillon-Sauvignon from our latest venture from Western Australia. The Rieslings are from three different sub-regions within Western Australia...
Il Poggione are making fabulous Brunello, and what's even more amazing is that there prices are some of the lowest around. W have been selling the wines for over 10 years, and in the last few releases quality has really gone up an extra notch, that combined with some great vintages make these a terrific cellaring opportunity. We have just taken delivery of some of their outstanding Riserva from the legendary 2010 vintage, which is quite simply stunning and shows great aging potential.
John Duval, ex head winemaker at Penfolds, has firmly established himself as a producer in his own right. These two very special wines get some amazing reviews and scores from Lisa Perotti-Brown MW on The Wine Advocate.
I'm delighted to have just taken shipment of the latest releases from the wonderful Kurt Angerer. His wines improve every year as his knowledge and understanding of the vineyards increases. These latest releases have already proven very popular with a couple of notable Cambridge colleges ordering some. 2016 Kies may be the best yet, and 2015 was a fantastic vintage in Kamptal and we have good range from this vintage. Whilst prices have crept up, these are still fabulous values. We have a couple of mixed cases available which is a great way to explore these fabulous terroir driven wines. There is a Mixed 10-pack and a Mixed 6-Pack of whites only.
I am really excited to be offering these stunning Pinot Noir's made by Byron Dooley. As some of you may know we are founder members of a group of Independent Wine Merchants called the Vindependents, (now 30+ strong). I was on the buying panel for California and Oregon. We tasted through an ocean of really tedious samples, and like a belisha beacon we tasted the Luminous Hills and Seven of Hearts Pinot Noirs and all of us smiled immediately. These are superb wines, friendly wines, textural and complex yet with immediacy. I had seen the ratings of these wines on Antonio Galloni's website Vinous, he is ex Robert Parker and I find him and his reviewer's to be pretty reliable- often rating the smaller wineries and less showy styles. So I had requested samples were sent over. Thankfully they...
I'm delighted to highlight these 5 new cracking releases - 2012 Call Bag Mourvedre-Grenache and 2015 The Sack and Black Craft Shiraz, and now 2016 Mixed Thing. Excellent vintages and still providing fantastic value for money considering the exchange rates.
We sold a huge amount of this wineries Pinot Bianco Penon 2014 that was top rated in Decanter. A few months ago the winery presented a range of wines and we loved nearly all of them. Rather than taking a huge amount on I have picked my 3 favourites, including the follow on 2015 Penon. 2015 was a great vintage and these wines are packed with flavour yet have a freshness and precision that makes them perfect Spring/Summer drinking, and they are very food versatile too. Well worth a try these wines, they are exceptional and the mixed 6 is the perfect way!
I'm delighted to announce the launch of my new Wine Club. This is something I have been thinking about for a while now as I speak to many people when doing tastings further afield about how they subscribe to one of the more well-known wine clubs and are left somewhat nonplussed by the contents.......
Established in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet (1807 - 1864), the Jaboulet family has been making wine in the Rhône Valley for nearly two centuries. In January 2006, Paul Jaboulet Aîné was bought by the Frey family and is now undergoing a quality renaissance. It did not take long for Caroline Frey to whip this somewhat rudderless (following the death of Gerard Jaboulet in the late 1990s) estate into shape. As Robert Parker said "One needs no further evidence of the extraordinary turn around in the quality of the Jaboulet wines than what proprietress Caroline Frey has accomplished in 2009 as well as 2010. Some years on and this is no longer a work in progress, the wines being firmly re-established in the upper echelons of Northern Rhone quality production. We are delighted to be able to...
Platter's South African Wine Guide 2017 This is South Africa's most respected wine guide and the results announced on October 31st were eagerly anticipated by the wineries and consumers. We have a number of 5* wines and a couple of the Wines of The Year. These are all great wines and are just further evidence of the massive resurgence of high quality South African wine. These along with our selection from Tim Atkin MW's 2016 South Africa report are some simply superb wines that are garnering a huge amount of interest from our customers. Many of these wines are due in shortly, they are available by the bottle - mix your own and get 5% off £250, 10% off £500 or by the discounted 6 pack. Many of these wines have 'cult' status and are highly sought after, so don't delay!
After a number of solid 7/10 vintages, it's a delight to be able to offer and discuss a fabulous year - "grandiose et exceptionnel" as the producers have described it. From what we have tasted, it's hard to disagree. All wines are offered under bond. More to be added.
The 2010 was magnificent and very well received - but very much a wine for the long haul. This 2011 is very approachable by comparison, & scores an impressive 95/100 from Antonio Galloni MW who notes that this beauty can even be drunk this year.
Tim Atkin MW (Decanter Magazine): "An alluring meaty, aromatic, reductive nose - complex stuff. It is dense, smoky and mineral, as well as long and savoury with tangy acidity. This has lovely focus and a fine, tapering finish. Very classy!" 96 points John Hoskins MW (Decanter Magazine): "Struck match complexity comes through to the fore; it is modern and very expressive. A truly fine Chardonnay. Spice and tightly wound richness combines with excellent freshness underpinning the whole. This is where South Africa rules the roost - exceptional, unbeatable value in the mid-price tier. " 96 points Greg Sherwood MW (Decanter Magazine): "It is hard to deny the complex nose of struck match reduction on this wine, which mingles with green pears and dusty granitic minerality. Lean and...
"My featured wine though is the star. In spite of the number of Pinot Noirs made in New Zealand, very few Kiwis can make stunning Pinot Noir at fifteen quid. I know this because I have tasted every single version sold in the UK. This one is the best. " Matthew Jukes Money Week 3/2/17
We are delighted to now be stocking what are perhaps the finest wine glasses on the market today. We are stocking just 4 glasses and 2 decanters (they don't make a massive range anyway) and over the past few months have been receiving glowing praise from some of our finest journalists: “What I love is that Zalto glasses are the thinnest and most delicate glasses I have come across, yet seem springy and almost elastic in the hand ” Jancis Robinson, FT “these are, truly, the best I’ve ever used.” Andrew Jefford, Decanter “I rate the Austrian company Zalto particularly highly. Its glasses are delicate and elegant to hold, and beautifully designed for enjoying wine.” Olly Smith, Daily Mail. What makes Zalto unique? First, it’s the design: wide bases, straight sides, ultra-thin...
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