A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.
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
?I first came across the wines of Corino in the mid 90s. They were made by Renato's father. They were a game-changing set of wines - more accessible, delicious and pure than most others. Now in the hands of the lovely Renato Corino, whose mentor was none other than the legend, their neighbour Elio Altare, the wines continue on an upward path.
Now using large foudres to mature the wine I pick up hints of mahogany and a more savoury character that in previous vintages.
"Plenty of near-term appeal. Sweet red cherry, mint, crushed flowers, cinnamon and wild flowers are laced into the perfumed, silky finish" – Antonio Galloni
"Renato Corino is one of the leading exponents of the modern school in Barolo." Antonio Galloni
From the oldest Grenache vineyard in South Africa which has only 12 rows of vines! It has floating aromas of wild strawberries, lavender and rose petals. A hint of supple leather and dried cranberries and bracken – on the nose its all about the perfume than the weight. The palate is very polished and weightless with cool mineral undertones, cloves and wild herbs. The finish is long and silky. A tip top old vine Grenache!
"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
Here at Swig we absolutely adore being a bit silly and having some fun but occassionaly even we acknowledge that being grown up is necessary and this is one grown up, elegant and sophisticated wine! It has delicate floral top notes which are in perfect harmony with the spicy rich fruity character of Shiraz. An excuse to put on your favourite classical composer and indulge as only the most refined do.
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
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.