A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.
From 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. Give it some time to breathe. It will open up beautifully in the next couple of years, but it's very lovely now. "This is one of the best South African Syrah that I tasted during my tasting – bravo." 94pts - Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate - on the 2011. The 2012 is possibly even bit better.
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
Superb Pinot Noir from the Mornington Peninsula. 5 stars James Halliday.
A super-luxury Vacqueyras cuvée made by one of the region's rising stars
Max 3 bottles per customer. Thank you.
Phemonenal! Like a great vintage of Leoville-Poyferre! Let it settle and decant before serving, but keep a bottle or two in the cellar for a few years.
"It sits up there with the very best. The 2007 Restless River Cabernet Sauvignon reminded me of the great Margaret River Cabernets from Western Australia, such as Moss Wood, while the current release, 2009, is classy and stylish, with dark, up-front cherries, berries and plums." Roger Jonex, The Harrow Inn, Michelin-starred chef.
"Effortlessly beautiful Amarone from Quintarelli's former assistant winemaker" Victoria Moore.
One of the world's great Syrahs. We get agonisingly few cases of this each year, such is the global demand for this from restaurants around the world. Cote Rotie from Stephane Ogier has been hitting the high notes for several years now and is always one of the very best of the appellation. Glorious wine.
"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
One of Australia's finest Pinot Noirs. 97pts Jame 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"
One of the most beautiful most sensual wines we've ever drunk.
95pts - top Italian wine in TASTED Journal with Sassicaia. Beautiful vintage for Cupano Brunello. Cocao dusted nose, herbs, gentle deep and round with excellent structure. Fabulous for the cellar though a wine that you can drink now but will be wonderful from around 2016.