A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.
Like serious Northern Rhone, but something wonderfully Southern. It’s really fine but also sumptuous, yet savoury with a dark brooding character with finely grained tannins and it has this wonderful glowing blackcurrant freshness giving it lift. Stunning! We find that it really opens up, so decanting is recommended.
Poised and ephemeral with lovely juicy notes, this is a stormer, and possibly a one-off, from the Swartland legend that is Adi Badenhorst. 5 stars from the 2016 Platter's Guide.
3 bottles max per customer
A label emblazoned with a red bearded man wrestling a crocodile. Why? Who knows. After some years working with non conformist Adi Badenhorst, we've learnt not to question the genius.
From one single vineyard that was falsely identified as Cinsault for years comes this extraordinary and exciting wine. Whether deliberately incorrectly classified or not, we are now able to take advantage of the significantly rarer and exciting Barbarossa grape. Bright and dark fruit all at once, with crunchy, gripping tannins and fantastic pure juiciness. It grows on you in the glass and as you get through the bottle. Excellent depth in the palate.
Due to only 800 bottles being made, we are limited to 6 bottles per customer.
Beaten saddle leather and with wild strawberries on the nose – though it’s constantly evolving. Lovely dark and red fruits on the palate with desiccated strawberry, bright black cherries lathered with bacon fat and more saddle leather. Beautiful, integrated tannins matched with bright acidity lift it with ease. A textural delight. There’s a hidden power here, much like you find with Grand Cru. Burgundy. It has the appearance of lightness and ephemera but beneath that is a taut structure and vivid energy that will keep this wine evolving for a decade or more. Drink now - 2025
Sensational aromas of redcurrant, blackcurrant, herbs and wood that lovely aroma of maturing high quality Sangiovese. This is really beautiful Tuscan wine. Sommeliers love this. Only 300 cases made.
Beguiling, moreish, tangy Pinoit Noir from an outstanding new producer. Richard doesn't want you to buy this because he wants all of it.
A super interesting and impressive Pinot Noir from Adelaide Hills. Only 3 barrels made - "A highly aromatic bouquet of red and black cherries, wood spice and smoke sets the scene for an impressive palate adding plum to the mix; the finish is long, even and silky/supple. 80 dozen made. 94 points" - James Halliday
Stunning Bordeaux blend. One of the Cape's best. "Pure class" - Neal Martin, tweet, April 2016. The 2012 is fabulous. It's so fine, with gentle sweetness, yet good grip. It develops classy cedary, tobacco aromas over an hour or two of being open.
"This is a game changing portfolio of wines. Superstardom awaits this modest, young man of wine." - Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek, 21 November 2014
Decant it to get the best from it, allowing the flavours to develop. It will be a great wine to have laid down. This wine exudes complex aromas of ripe cherry, wild berries, a touch of cedar and tobacco, and dusty 'fynbos. The palate has an array of ripe berries, cherry sherbet, crushed herbs and spices. Elegant but firm tannin affords the wine a long dry succulent finish. Drink 2014-2030.
"Favourite match from last night's feast at The Ledbury was pigeon and Savage Red Blend. Some inspired wines with the tasting menu" Paola Tich
The latest release of this glorious Syrah-led blend from the genius Duncan Savage
Stunning top quality Rhone Syrah from Stephane Ogier, who is one of the great producers. "Elegant and finesse-driven, with hints of crushed flowers, olive, underbrush and copious red and black fruits, this medium to full-bodied beauty has fine tannin, a seamless texture and ample length on the finish." Parker
"This is one of the best artisan Sonoma Coast Pinots readers will find for the money...Super pure and pretty" 93 points" - Antonio Galloni
"South African Syrah doesn't get much better than this. " 95 pts, Neal MartinFrom the wilds of Tulbagh, North of Wellington and East of Swartland. The couple, Paul and Rebecca, who make this wine are just delightful as well as being really brilliant viticulturalist/winemakers.
Very fine pure nose and palate. One of the finest Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs to date. Very much in the cool climate style, showing finesse and elegance, but plenty of lovely, fine Pinot character.
"Assured winemaking builds on the clarion clear varietal expression of the fruit, red berries doing much of the heavy lifting; the fragrant, scented bouquet, with a wreath of spice, leads into a supple, perfectly balanced and proportioned palate, the silky superfine tannins providing a 10-year future." 96 Points - James Halliday
This is one for the wine geeks out there. Glorious, frankly quite mad Portuguese red from 'the most ridiculous wine region in the World'. Think vineyards not more than 300m from the Atlantic ocean, in the sand dunes, on the westernmost tip of Continental Europe. No vine should survive here, but somehow a small number of Ramisco (red) and Malvasia de Colares (white) do, and they produce some insanely brilliant wines.
"Impeccable Barolo from Renato Corino." - Renato Corino. We second that. It's quite superb. Delicious now with super flavours and complexity. “I loved this wine so much the other night with some pasta and tomato sauce with basil. It was so very very good to drink. So rarely do you get Barolo that has such charm, with warmth, and depth, and delicious flavours when young, yet retains that integrity that a Barolo purist would like to see, that will see it through the next decade or two. Both write-ups from Galloni and Larner get the essence of this wine - “beguiling but plenty of tension..impeccable Barolo”… “expressive and broad with an open and genuine quality that distinguishes it from its peers” - Robin Davis, Founder, SWIG
Rumour has it that this is the best vintage of Amon Ra to date. The Wine Advocate: “Very deep purple-black in colour, the 2012 Amon Ra reveals intense notes of blackcurrant cordial, blackberry compote and liquorice with nuances of cloves, allspice, chocolate box and salami as well as a whiff of espresso. The 100% Shiraz palate offers a beast of a wine that is densely packed with black fruit and baking spice flavours and is supported with firm, grainy tannins and crisp acid through to a finish with excellent persistence. Drink it 2015 to 2025+.” 97+ points
Truly wonderful Syrah from "the rockstar of Barossa", Fraser McKinley. Some of the vines were planted in 1912. Deep, amazing and powerful but with purity and finesse. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.
Out os the single vineyard series, the Schist has the most structure to it. Red and black fruit, fynbos and lavender plus a touch of white pepper on the nose. Excellent fruit purity, fresh acidity and a nicely grippy finish. Intense but not weighty, intricate and refined, extraordinary long on the finish – truly memorable.
Very soft yet astounding concentration and focus. Second vintage and what a step up. Incredibly special, packed with berries, vanilla cream and high toned lush fruit sprinkled with pink pepper corns. Softer and more approachable than the Schist/Granite yet mineral notes take to long and evolving, velvety finish. Imogen Taylor, SWiG:
'Outstanding' - Decanter; 97 points - James Halliday; 'Oustanding clarity and definition' - Jancis Robinson
"Smoky, opulent, fragrant and perfumed with outstanding clarity and definition, yet allowing the fruit to remain dainty and ethereal. Smart winemaking!" 17.5 points - Jancis Robinson
One of Australia's finest Pinot Noirs. 97pts James Halliday - "Super-fragrant, floral bouquet exotic spices, almost into forest floor, perfect balance..Yet is is the length that is the key to this wine. Drink to 2025"
Some of this remarkable wine comes from vines planted in 1888. It is one of the greatest wines we have ever sold. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.