Flavours of blackberry and dark cherry fruits, complemented by a hint of spicy oak make this a lovely, balanced Cabernet Sauvignon.
Down south, the fruit gets gorgeously ripe, culminating in a brilliant organically-grown wine that is rich, ripe and wonderfully drinkable.
In Spain’s Montsant region, the presiding varieties are Carignan, Grenache and Syrah. Hand harvested, then traditionally fermented and aged for only a short period in oak, this evokes bright red fruits and dried herbs with perfect balance and an innate charm.
Red in colour with violet-like tints, the Cabernet Sauvignon is softly complex in aroma. Red berry fruits with hints of oak in flavour leaving a pleasant and long aftertaste.
Rivera inhabits the world stage as a benchmark producer of Puglian wine. The attributes of this easy-drinking Italian DOC red have been duly recognised by Wine Spectator, with 89 points and a ‘Best Value’ tag, and The Wine Advocate, who awarded it 88 points.
Within Argentina the inky and intense Malbec is the unopposed monarch, with its deep hues and wash of plums and black fruit, spice, floral notes and chocolate. Opulent, savoury, aromatic.
An attractive bright pink colour. Who says ‘pale’ rules the rosé roost? The palate displays an abundance of raspberry, strawberry and red fruit characters, while a delicious hint of cream is interlaced with citrus.
Cava experts Perelada don’t restrict themselves to the production of sparkling wines. This is an easy-drinking red blend of Garnatxa Negre, Syrah and Samsó grapes, boasting a spice-edged nose and an enveloping palate of smooth silkiness. Lovely purity and vibrancy.
There is no better time of year to enjoy a glass or two of chilled rosé. Produced from hand harvested Tempranillo, cold macerated to bring out the variety’s aromas. It displays nuances of strawberry and raspberry and a hint of mineral. Easy to enjoy and wonderfully fruity, with fine fruit flavours enhanced by a fresh, lively finish.
At Errázuriz, state-of-the-art meets 1870s-era history. Vivid aromatics of roasted red pepper, green pepper and fig. With naturally low acidity and soft tannins, this is approachable and easy to drink. With no dominating oak, it’s all about the fruit.
Years in the planning, this is Tupari's first shot at a rosé, and they nailed it. Attractive aromatics, great texture and weight, with everything balanced and in check. Delicate and fragrant, with a lovely savoury twist to the finish.
This Ventoux is a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes. The vineyard is located mainly on the sediment left by the seas of the Tertiary period at the base of the limestone massif of Ventoux. A deep red robe with purple tint. The nose is enticing with hints of red ripe fruit and spices, and the mouth is elegant and round with a spicy finish. This Ventoux will pair nicely with charcuterie, Arrabiata pastas, grilled meat or cheese.
Spicy aromatics of red and black fruits showing notes of vanilla, clove, cherry and plum. A soft, dry, full-bodied palate with fleshy, fine-grained tannins and refreshing acidity.
Coonawarra’s famed terra rossa soils produce some of Australia’s finest Cabernet wines, and this range is all about combining each variety with its optimum region. A vibrant expression of sweet fruit flavours nuanced with chocolate and eucalyptus, a nice touch of oak and fine tannins.
Lots of guitar chords on the label. Wonder what happens if we play them all? Will it make a song? Quick, grab the acoustic and open the bottle, something’s bound to happen. Flourishing deft hints of red fruit and sweet vanilla flavours, the Unplugged is uncomplicated and all about the fruit, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need in your glass of wine.
The pioneering winery of Spain’s Ribera del Duero region, the Protos cellars lie beneath the majestic hilltop Castle of Peñafiel. A vibrant, fruit-driven rosé made from Tempranillo grapes, with soft summer fruit aromatics backed by floral and herbal nuances.
A lifted bouquet of strawberries, red currant, pink grapefruit and watermelon dance with delicate rose petal aromatics, to form an alluring and lively nose. The play of red fruits and florals continue onto the beautifully textured palate that finishes with a flowing crisp acidity and succulent finish.
Ripe red fruit and spiced cherry aromas. A harmonious, medium palate structure with spicy red fruits and bright finish. Perfect with meats, pasta and soft cheeses.
A Cabernet, Syrah blend made by bleeding the juice from the grapes. A lovely pale colour, it’s very reminiscent of Provence. A 3gm touch of residual sugar adds a lovely weight to the palate.
With its savoury, earthy nose, this is a succulent, supple expression of the indigenous Negroamaro grape, boasting spicy red fruits and ripe tannins. Popular amongst those in the know, every shipment sells out.
The happy recipient of superbly ripened Hawkes Bay fruit and the skilled attentions of winemaker Kate Radburnd. Cherries, berries, plums, vanilla and spice, all lovingly assembled.
Perfumed with aromas of ripe wild strawberry and spiced coffee. A softly textured, well-structured Rosé. The palate is full of bright cherry flavours layered with sun ripened strawberries. Underpinning the structure is a focused line of balanced acidity leaving lingering fruit flavours on the finish.
The palate is full of vibrant dark fruit flavours, spicy oak and a savoury influence. Fine tannins combine with the concentrated fruit flavours and a delicate acidity for a lingering finish
Vivid blueberry, red plum and peppery Indian-spice aromas on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied in style with a juicy and supple texture, finishing with rich, silky tannins and generous length.
This full-bodied Merlot bursts with aromas and flavours of luscious blackberry and plum, with liquorice, violet, spice and mocha notes emerging in subtle layers. The twelve months graceful ageing in quality oak barrels has bestowed a silky smooth palate, to complete this fine wine. Immensely enjoyable now, it will also reward judicious cellaring.
The Villages Pinot Noir shows aromatics of strawberry, plum, spice and smoky oak, while the palate is medium-weighted and textural, with spice-edged dark fruit characters and fine gentle tannins.
A step up from the Tinto, with the hand harvested fruit fermented in parcels and the best selected. Carignan dominant, a savoury style of wine perfect with a rich Catalan white bean and chorizo stew.
Densely coloured, with aromas of violets, spice, and red fruits. Showing moorish tannins, gentle acidity, olive spice and wild herbs on the palate with a gentle finish.
Gentle oak tannins and tasty fruit flavours result in a smooth mouth-filling wine with good length and a softly, warming spicy finish. A perfect accompaniment to red meat, game dishes and mushroom based sauces.
This is a red dessert wine from Spain. Intense nose, mature red fruit, blackberry, blueberries and fine hints spices from the oak. On the palate it is ample, complex with spices, pepper, clove a jammy sweetness and richeess, well structured and balanced with great length in the mouth.
18.5/20 | Raymomd Chan - "Bright, very pale candy-floss pink with slight peach hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with softly concentrated aromas of strawberries, with delicate notes of redcurrants and stonefruits, along with lifted red florals and mouthwatering minerals. This has delicacy with an attractive array of fragrant detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has aromatic flavours of strawberries and cream with hints of redcurrants and fragrant red florals, along with subtle thirst-quenching mineral elements. The fruit is rich and the palate has sweetness, but is balanced by crisp, lively acidity. The wine flows along a very fine-textured line, leading to a very long, nuanced finish with fragrant florals. This is a beautifully fine and aromatic dry rosé with flavours of strawberries and cream and mouthwatering minerals on a very fine-textured, refreshing palate. Match with dim sum and Asian fare over the next 2 years."
Aromas of blackberry and cranberry are tinged with liquorice and oak. Spice and supple tannins add the finishing touches to a lingering, ripely flavoured palate.
One of the Rhône’s finest producers, Guigal produce this outstanding red blend to a consistently high level, its superbly ripe fruit swathed in firmly elegant tannins enhanced by good acidity, balance and power.
Fruit from the southern valleys of Marlborough.Bright red cherries, a velvet mid-palate, texture and intrigue with the tannins and a long, lively finish.
A blend of 50% Cinsault and 50% Grenache, this is quintessential Provence rosé at it’s best.
The brilliant pink hue greets you first and is backed up with soft notes of strawberries, quince and peaches. On the palate that classic Central Otago Rosé delicate structure is met with a touch of acidity for a refreshing finish.
Old Mencía vines produce an intense floral nose that casts a lush veil over the savoury characters lying beneath. Earthy notes and vibrant acidity give way to round, luscious fruit.
A delicate, yet richly complex bouquet of watermelon and rosewater with raspberries and cream; delivered within a palate that is neatly polished and dangerously slippery. Juicy acid edges plus the retention of some natural Pinot skin tannin has resulted in a sustained, refreshingly dry finish.
New to our stores, this is a blend that includes locally grown Cinsault, the grape behind many Provence wines. There is a nice mid-palate weight to it, with time on lees and some skilful winemaking. Comes in magnums.
The Alpha wines are impeccably made and, at the price, Montes’ best-kept secret; intensely floral, elegant and polished, this will reward you generously with careful cellaring for 5-10 years.
A blend of Grenache, Cabernet and Syrah with the southern Spanish sun. 30% was matured in oak, the balance in stainless steel. The result is a fresh, fruit forward wine with gorgeous texture and length.
An intriguing blend of red and white grapes from Black Estate’s three certified organic hillside vineyards. Strawberry, rhubarb and cinnamon notes, a bright, juicy palate of lingering flavours, a touch of liquorice.
Aromatic notes of spice and pepper. The ripe fruit flavours, oak and tannins are beautifully integrated and enhanced by a silky, savoury texture.
Floral, slightly savoury and attractively gamey, the sweet fruit entry on the palate filtered through savoury characters and notes of chocolate.
Fresh, fragrant aromatics of cherry notes with a dash of strawberries and cream. The palate is off-dry and textural, displaying raspberry and strawberry characters with a hint of watermelon.
A boutique, eco-friendly winery that’s a little slice of Italy in the middle of Argentina, the vines irrigated with water from melted Andean snows. The wine is on the richer side, with a lovely touch of green pepper to the juicy red fruits, rich texture and lingering finish.
Grava's Rose is produced predominantly from a single Pinot Noir clone, picked early to ensure lively acidity to back up the fruit forward characters which represent a great Rose. The wine is given minimal skin contact in the press - resulting in a subtle salmon-coloured wine.
Burgundians Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot thrive in France’s South, responding avidly to the differing climate there. Old Grenache, Syrah and Carignan vines create a vibrant refreshing, fruit-driven table wine.
Straddling four kilometres of the Mediterranean coastline, Léoube is certified organic and follows biodynamic principles, producing superbly subtle and elegant rosé expressions that demand your attention.
Coonawarra locals refer to their uniquely-shaped st rip of terra rossa soils as ‘The Cigar,’ which is where The Menzies vineyard belonging to Yalumba is located. Following primary fermentation, the wine matured for sixteen months in a combinat ion of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels. It is an intensely coloured Cabernet with a bouquet of cassis, mocha and spicy oak. The medium-weighted palate shows berry and black cherry flavours supported by oak nuances and silky tannins. Vegan Friendly, Gluten Free
The Fifth Bridge wines are named for the fifth bridge between Bannockburn and Cromwell, at the heart of Central Otago's grape growing region. An elegant nose of berries, florals and spice floats atop the ripe, rounded palate. Long and flavoursome, silky and polished.
The Marchesi di Grésy estate has been in the di Gresy family since 1797. The Barbera grape is the second most-planted variety in Italy, behind Sangiovese. Vibrant cherry fruit dances forth with an elegant palate in tow. superb right now, but will happily cellar for 7-8 years.
Undeniably Australian, with its vibrant brick-red hues and fragrant aromatics of black cherries, cassis and vi-olets. Elegant and balanced, fleshy dark fruit flavours are supported by subtle oak, supple tannins and an attractive savoury aftertaste.
A modern winery sited in abbey buildings dating back to the 1600s, Domaine de Bellene is the vehicle of Burgundian maestro Nicolas Potel. His haunting, earthy opulent Pinot Noir wines are superb, with the Maison Dieu the starting point in his impressive portfolio.
Wonderfully long and concentrated wine off Jackson’s oldest vines. Rich cherry and plum characters are spiked with earthy savoury notes.
Intense purple. Intensely aromatic with notes of ripe red and black fruits such as blueberries and cassis. The barrel aging adds a spicy intense and very complex. Mouth with very good body, firm ripe tannins. Long finish.
Silky & seamless with vibrant fruit, enticing layers, and a serious structure showing a good deal of finesse. Drinking very nicely as a young wine, it will continue to develop for another 10-12 years.
New instore, this is a tiny production that, due to its small run, does not come in magnums. Using the very best fruit and aged on lees in 500 litre barrels, the result is sensational. Another step up for New Zealand rosé.
From an architecturally stunning Argentinian winery boasting premium terroir, this is wonderfully pure and balanced. Violet notes, vibrant fruit, a chalky nature to the tannins and a very open structure consistent with Zuccardi’s extensive use of concrete tanks.
Aromatic notes of liquorice and aniseed, with red and black fruits at the core overlaid with vibrant floral tones. On the palate there are fine-grained, velvet tannins with a firm structure, delivering a wine that is both gentle and complex.
Acknowledged as one of Italy’s finest winemakers, Dino Illuminati and his family own 60+ hectares of Abruzzo’s finest terrain. The Zanna is a single-vineyard riserva wine with a clutch of awards. A bold, full-flavoured style with a gamey quality to the bright fruit characters, a hint of spice, grainy tannins and a seamless finish.
Established in 2009 by Michael Darby, this is about small production and exciting talent. A balanced and elegant wine off the limestone-rich Omihi Vineyard, it’s an exceptional evocation of the Waipara region.
Fragrant and concentrated, with dark fruit, spice and earth notes dominating the lithe palate. The wine’s hallmark is its freshness, from zero oak use. Best drunk in its youth.
Small, hands-on production off Big Sky’s Te Muna vineyard and its beautiful old vines. Dark cherries, charming tannins, fresh acidity and lovely balance. Herbal and savoury in style rather than fruit-driven.
Blended from longstanding Stonier vineyards, the 2016 is a seductive wine, displaying supple, savoury tannins and an abundance of dark plum and cherry characters with earthy raspberry notes.
A magnificent property where Garnacha and Carignan love the slate-infused mineral soils. Its 300-year-old building was once home to the monastic order that first introduced viticulture to the area. A blend of Garnacha, Samsó and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in French oak, the Cruor is one of Casa Gran’s classics.
A fragant array of plum and red berryfruit notes with dried herb and subtle earthy nuances accompanies a generous, layered palate of red fruits, ripe cherry, plum and spice. Finishes soft and long. Cellar this for a few years, if you can, to realise its potential.
Its colour is Shining light burgundy with Blackcurrant and charred oak aromas. The front and mid palate gives flavours of blackcurrant, whole savoury tannins linger in the back. A well-structured wine which will continue to improve with age.
Dark ruby red in colour, this Pinot Noir gives off potpourri of aromas - ripe dark fruit, cherry and plum are layered over subtle oaky notes. The palate is rich with intense fruit flavours seamlessly balanced with soft, velvety tannins. It will continue to evolve over the next five years.
GOLD | Sydney International Wine Competition 2017
Fragrances of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and toast wrap the fruit, with ripe berry flavours unfolding on the palate. Supple tannins provide a fine finish. Refined, elegant and powerful.
A vibrant bouquet of red fruits, cinnamon and spice, with earthy notes of rosehip and herbs. The palate is generously fruity, with its silky tannins displaying a nice grip. Classic Waipara Valley.
Nerello Mascalese fruit off 100-year-old vines, showing a perfumed nose of dried fruits and thyme and a vibrant palate, the acidity bright and lively. Complex characters, amazing intensity and length.
Small plot, single vineyard wine from de Bortoli, released only in the best seasons. Bright, lifted aromatics of violets, cherries and warm spice accompany the plump, generous flavours, supple tannins and balanced, juicy acidity.
This extraordinary north-facing vineyard, planted in 1985 on deep red basalt soils, delivers a brilliant, highly aromatic Pinot Noir. Good drinking now, it will develop even more depth and complexity over 4-5 years.
Bright red fruits, nuance of stems, black cherry and spice. Brooding, plump, lovely gentle tannins, great length.
J-P Moueix are the largest wine merchants on the Right Bank and exclusive distributors of over 20 important châteaux. They are owners of a number of prestigious crus. The Jean-Pierre Moueix range is a tip of the hat to founder Jean-Pierre Moueix’s original vision for authentic, terroir-driven wines channelling the nuances of fruit and terroir. The Pomerol is a 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc blend. Aromatic notes of berries, spice and smoke accompany a refined, precise palate with Pomerol’s characteristic elegant, silky tannins.
This dynamic organic estate is on the Côte d’Azur. Léoube delivers an excellent, elegant, spice-edged rosé, refined and commanding your attention.
87/100 | Robert Parker: "The 2011 Chorey-les-Beaune Village has a simple but clean, fresh bouquet with light cranberry and raspberry scents that offer good intensity for a Village Cru. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy brambly red berries on the entry. The tannins are a little tough at the moment but it should soften over the next year and offer a decent Chorey-les-Beaune for early to mid-term drinking. Drink 2014-2018." - NM
16.5/20 Jancis Robinson "Healthy crimson. Sweet, gentle-textured, well-melded Languedoc blend with burgundian polish. Not a bad price at all. Much more sophisticated than the average Minervois. Very satisfying persistence."
16/20 | Jancis Robinson: Bright crimson. Bright and cheery fruit. A very successful AOC for by-the-glass serving. Definitely Cote d'Or. Just a slight but attractive bitterness on the end.
An intense ruby red colour with rich violet hues; violet hints. Perfumes are winey at first, sometimes resemble the must during fermentation; once rested it will show intense and persistent floral notes, rose, freshly picked fruit, currants and sour black cherry. The mouth feel acidity is just slightly pronounced that dissolves in the sweet fruitiness. The finish is long and enlightens a mature and pulpy fruit.
Apperance: Deep ruby colour Bouquet: rich aromas of small fruits (blackcurrant, blueberry, blackberry, peony) Palate: Confer a delicacy and smooth complexity reminiscent of Volnay
Harvested from low-cropping, old vines in the Gimblett Gravels vineyards of Cornerstone and Ngakirikiri. Deeply coloured with aromatics hinting at black fruits, dried herbs, cocoa and cedar. The flavours typical of Gimblett Gravel Merlot blends tend towards fruitcake, cherry, chocolate and oak spice. The palate as a young wine is firm and tannic, needing time to truly show its best; however, the potential is evident. Dry and long finishing, this is truly fine wine.
Akarua are known for their superb Pinot Noir wines. They also make good use of their beloved Pinot fruit to produce a very fine rosé. A fragrant bouquet of crushed cherries and pomegranate, a gentle waft of vanilla and spice. The palate delivers soft summer fruit flavours and a bright finish enhanced by a hint of sweetness.
A hand-crafted labour of love inspired by the PINK SHEEP in the family. Off-dry in style with aromas of raspberry, rhubarb florals & a touch of pastille confectionery. Juicy acidity & flamboyant flavours integrate harmoniously, the Pink Floyd of liquid where support is our companion & PINK SHEEP can fly!
Rich, complex, full-bodied and seamless, this fastidiously crafted Hawkes Bay Merlot exudes seamless layers of ripe blackberries and cassis intermingled with notes of chocolate, spice and oak. Gold at the Easter Show and Pure Gold at the Air New Zealands says it all.
Haven’t struck a nose like this for a while, as Vinnie Jones once said. Showing cherries soaked in brandy, with some savoury characters slipping through, this is a great mouthful that reaches all four corners of your lantern jaw. Ooh-la, Urlar.
Domaine Jessiaume established their négociant business, Maison Jessiaume, in 2008, and have forged a formidable reputation as a small négociant éleveur of unparalleled quality.
Domaine Jessiaume established their negociant business Maison Jessiaume in 2008 and a formidable reputation as a small negociant eleveur of unparalleled quality has been formed to complement the existing Domaine holdings.
A nose of dried flowers, red currant, blueberry, plum and Savigny earth. Refined, rich and velvety mouth feel with delicious middle weight flavours that display just enough minerality to add lift to the textured and mildly austere finish.
89/100 | Burghound: "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."
This is an intense but well-balanced wine. Black cherries and sweet spices fill the palate, followed by a medium-long finish with accents of vanilla.
Offering blackcurrant, capsicum and mint aromas on a palate of dark and red berry fruits with background savoury hints and there are sturdy, yet elegant, tannins evident.
Nautilus are one of our finest producers, and these new additions to their uniformly excellent range are particularly special. A couple of superbly executed single vineyard Pinots that have come into being because the vines have attained sufficient age to evoke a singular expression from their respective terroirs. The Clay Hills and Awatere River Pinots will only appear in optimum years. Certified-sustainable (SWNZ), Vegan friendly, gluten free.
Nautilus are one of our finest producers, and these new additions to their uniformly excellent range are particularly special. A couple of superbly executed single vineyard Pinots that have come into being because the vines have attained sufficient age to evoke a singular expression from their respective terroirs. These will only appear in optimum years. Certified-sustainable (SWNZ), Vegan friendly, gluten free.
The first winery to plant Pinot Noir grapes in Martinborough, and home to its oldest vines, with much of the winemaking process based on Burgundian techniques. Fragrant aromatics, subtle earthy notes and a spicy, savoury palate. Richly flavoured, supple, deliciously complex.
16.5/20 | Jancis Robinson - Julia Harding MW "Deep crimson. Dark and spicy and full of rich promise. Oaky and dark with both oak char and black fruit. Layered and balanced in this big-wine appellation but the freshness is there to balance. Needs time."
92 | Vinous - Antonio Galloni "The 2014 Bourgneuf is a very pretty wine. Blood orange, rose petal, sweet tobacco, herbs and spices give it much of its exotic personality. Gracious and medium in body, the 2014 will drink well with minimal cellaring. This is an especially delicate, perfumed style of Pomerol, but there is good underlying depth. Tasted two times."
88-91/100 | Burghound: "A very pretty and highly expressive nose features elegant and pure red pinot fruit that is liberally laced with mineral notes that leads to lacy and equally pure lightly stone-inflected flavors that possess good balance and punch on the moderately firm finish. A classic Chambolle of refinement and purity."
88/100 | Decanter: "The Peuillets reveals a bouquet of juicy strawberry and wild berries, mingling with notes of liquorice and rich soil. On the palate the wine is ample, with more fruit enrobing its firm chassis of tannin. Drinking Window 2023 - 2040"
92/100 | erobertparker.com / Wine Advocate: "The 2014 Aalto is produced with Tempranillo from different zones of Ribera del Duero aged in oak barrels, some 70% of them new, for 16 months, a little bit less than in previous years when the wine was aged for some 18 months. They now use some grapes from new vineyards they started planting in the year 2000. The nose has plenty of black fruit, with something earthy, including hints of graphite and lead pencil. It has a classical, somehow Bordelaise, profile with sweet spices and cedar wood; it's ripe without excess. The palate is full-bodied and powerful, with good balance, in an XL style, as the wine hits the scales at 15% alcohol. The tannins are very polished, with some grainy texture and good freshness. This is ready now and should also be able to age nicely in bottle, set to be a commercial success, with the typical Aalto profile. 260,000 bottles produced." - Luis Gutiérrez
Nicolas Potel views this wine as being for people who like tannin in their Pinot Noir. The red fruit displays an added creamy dimension and faint savoury notes. Full and round with ripe flavours, it’s from the exceptional 2010 vintage, with nine years of aging. A rare treat.
The vineyard for this was planted in 1963. This is not a wine for the faint-hearted; the palate is massively powerful. A dense Beaune packed with fragrant fruit, it balances its power with a round, voluptuous character.
Powerful, with a high quantity of great quality tannins, sweetness and velvety. Mineral notes, especially graphite, excellent acidity and very long aftertaste. Fresh, showing the terroir character.
A very special one off, the final wine made by Mike & Claudia as owners. This vintage they decided the quality was not there to produce their Home Vineyard Pinot Noirs so they made a Rosé. 100% Pinot Noir from equal parts Earth Smoke and Angel Flower blocks. Half the crop was soaked with skins for 12 hours then basket pressed. The other half was directly foot stomped into the basket press. It was then allowed to ferment with the natural yeasts in two separate stainless steel tanks, 70% malolactic fermentation and bottled in a 1500ml with very low sulphur. The amazing label is painted by Claudia and titled ‘Astral meets Terrestrial’, referencing the influence of the Angel Flower and Earth Smoke blocks.
87/100 | Robert Parker: "It has a light bouquet of red cherry and cranberry with hints of undergrowth developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy tannins, chunky red fruit (cranberry and cassis) with a pleasant fresh, slightly salty finish. Fine."
A village wine that Anne has lavished an enormous amount of care and attention, each of the parcels are vinified separately and brought together to produce a delicious Village level Pommard. The fruit in this is forward, fragrant and quite magical.
87-89/100 | Burghound: "There is a really lovely freshness to the slightly more complex aromas that reflect an array of red berry fruit elements where additional breadth is present in the form of earth and spiced herbal tea. Like several wines in the range there is a lovely texture to the middle weight flavors that possess both vibrancy and detail, all wrapped in a mildly austere but well-balanced finale the delivers good if not special depth and persistence." - Allen Meadows
16/20 | Jancis Robinson: "Bright deep crimson. Meaty nose and lots of bright fruit. Very fresh, frank fruit. Dry end but not drying. Masses of punch and life. And a bit of carbon dioxide!"
"Seductive and inviting, pungent aromas of dried rose petals, blueberries, prunes, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and dried leaves spill from the glass. The palate presents a beautiful medley of complex flavours and has an earthy undertone joined by notes of mushroom, violets and integrated caramel-edged oak. Deliciously drinkable now but with potential." Decanter
16.5/20 | Jancis Robinson: Healthy crimson. Rich and charming. Just a little tough on the end. Light bodied but very charming.
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this is a relatively dry red. Fruit and florals on the nose with a touch of spice. Those characters follow through to the palate. A refreshing acidity with a medium finish.
Note. Bottled this year under Bellene, rather than Domaine de Bellene or the Negociant - Maison Roche de Bellene. Due to smaller quantities of wines from the 2016 vintage.
92/100 | Robert Parker: "The 2007 Classic Caranyana, sourced from pure Carinena vines between 60 and 105 years old and aged for 18 months in new French oak, is only produced in selected years. The nose is very well-defined with crisp red fruits, raspberry, blood orange, minerals and just a hint of vanilla emanating from the oak. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, notes of crisp blackberry, briary and a touch of black truffle that leads to a grippy, harmonious finish that deserves a decade to see what it can do. Excellent. Drink 2017-2027." - Neal Martin
Bubbly little baby this, gurgling away with blackberry and cherry characters and spice and pepper moments into the bargain. Generous, fat and phat it'll keep you happy till 2020. Comfortably. Certified organic and biodynamic by NASAA, Basket Press, Foot tread, Member First Families of Wine (Aus.), Vegan friendly, McLaren Vale Sustainable Winemaking Program, Recycling 100% of wastewater on site, Signatory to the Australian Packaging Covenant, Gluten Free
An expression of refined, elegant Pinot fruitiness quickly deepens and firms to reveal the classic manifestation of the iron heart beneath the velvet exterior. This field blend synergistically created a deliciously pure expression of terroir with a depth and complexity far beyond the mere sum of its parts.
The nose is stalky, savoury and almost devoid of fruit, instead giving mushroom and undergrowth. The palate has a lightness and fluidity to it with dark cherry supported by crunchy acidity and generous stem spice.