A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.
We've managed this year to get one whole barrel! Only ten are made. Somtimes we get none, such is the demand for this delicious and great value Piemontese wine. A barrel equates to 25 cases. Pozzo, meaning water well, is an excellently sited special cru in La Morra planted with 60 year old vines. It ages deliciously. When young you would be best decanting. You can expect stewed plums, espresso, roses, pine; it's plush and smooth with lots of fruit. You can age it for ten years or more and it's as it best between 4 and 10 years.
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
"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
Petrichor has an amazing aroma of black olives, herbs, graphite with a touch of game. It’s a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, a typical Chateauneuf du Pape blend.
It’s got lovely flavours and complexity; a bit of soul going on. This is a real boutique effort, made by a big collector of wine who found this small cool climate high altitude vineyard and got one of his favourite winemakers and a top viticulture guy to make the wine.
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.
Truly gorgeous Pomerol from a producer next to Trotanoy, Vieux Chateau Certan and La Fleur Petrus who has stepped up their quality and is now making wines of very high quality but it's still available at a very fair price. Gorgeous ripe aromas, cassis, plums and chocolate and smart wine-soaked oak, open knit, generous and classy but not too much; full and smooth and mouth-filling on the palate. This is divine wine that is very much to be enjoyed and drunk now. Of course, you can cellar it too, for 5 to 10 more years, but there is so much to enjoy now and in the next few years. Made from 77.5% Merlot / 22.5% Cabernet franc. 14.3% alc.
It has a super mouth-filling mousse – although I'd describe it more as a foam than a mousse.
The ancestral 'Col fondo' method does cost more to produce, as you'd expect, but at this price, I would back-up the truck.
WARNING - open with great care. Safety first, safety second! Please open with a tea towel secured over the crown cap.....good things come to those who wait!
Made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
From a perfect site for sparkling wines in the South Downs, protected by Ditchling Beacon directly to the South, the vineyard gets lots of warmth for ripening, and a good flow of air keeping the rot and frost away. In short, this could emerge in time as one of the very best sites in the South Downs for sparkling wine. Plus it's made by one of the Masters of English sparkling wine, Dermot Sugrue.
‘Great discovery…exquisite…warm brioche…lovely richness’
"A sip is a proper sliver of luxury" - Victoria Moore (The Telegraph)
95 points, 5 Stars ***** - Decanter's only 'Outstanding Champagne' in January issue 2014. OUTSTANDING “Deutz (2006) heads the pack for its gentle, fresh, aromatic character.”
"A very fine elegant expression of 2006… The balance of ripeness and sustaining acidity is spot-on.” - Michael Edwards