A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.
Oh wow. Cassis and cedar box with a touch of marmalade - this is the sort of bold and expressive nose that etches great Cabernet Sauvignon into the mind and soul. The palate is deep, rich, and fruitful, with ripeness balanced beautifully with poised, gentle tannins.
The 2015 is an absolute peach of a wine - with more Grenache than ever and all Swartland fruit, it's probably the best Chocolate Block yet. A cult wine - grab it before its all gone!
A wine discovered after Robin and Richard took a precipitous journey through Condrieu. Risking life and limb, they happily survived the journey and came back to Swig HQ, victoriously wielding this gem aloft.
Il Crutin is made with 100% Nebbiolo sourced from vines of the Castelletto and Gramolere vineyards in Monforte d’Alba. Because the winery has no ‘minor’ vineyards to use for an entry-level, approachable nebbiolo, the family decided to declassify parts of the Castelletto and Gremolere vineyard to make il Crutin. Il Crutin (‘small cellar’ in Piedmontese dialect) is an old house located on the Gremolere hill: hand-carved in the rock in the 1800’s, purchased by Giovanni Manzone in 2000.
Dark plums, coffee beans and aniseed. Cranberries with a bit of leather and a long dry finish, with a berry tinted finish.
Quite broody on the nose – blueberry compote, cocoa powder and spearmint. Crème de Myrtille. Deep. It’s a palate you want to dive into. Luscious. The integration of the fruit and the tannins is such that you can almost get lost. Blueberries and brambles with a bit of wood spice and savoury tones that so plush; so buoyed by the pristine polish of the tannins. This is a wine that gives a level of luxury that suggests a bottle two or three times the price. 15% alc. Drink now-2025
Samantha O'Keefe is back, with a second vintage of this stunning Syrah, from her remote estate in Greyton. This is groundbreaking, pioneering Syrah. It's like France discovering a new area in the Rhône for making Hermitage. The 2014 was incredible and this is better still. Samantha O'Keefe thinks it’s the best wine she has ever made.
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.
A blood orange, intensely aromatic nose with thyme dusted plums, nutmeg, charcuterie meats and juicy fruit. It's just awesome.
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.
The Keermont Syrah 2013 has a lighter intensity cherry red colour. On the nose it exudes primary characters of fresh cut herbs, lavender and blueberries as well as more savoury vanilla notes. The wine is soft and elegant on entry with flavours of red apple, spicy fruit and a hint of stemminess. Dusty tannins and a fresh acidity hold the tension of the wine into a long, dry succulent finish. Drink 2016-2024.
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.
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.
"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
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.
Decanter Magazine - “Kutch 2013 McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is the BEST Pinot Noir from the United States and awards the TOP regional trophy!”
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.
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!
Bulgarian Sparkling Wine?! Just trust us on this one! The Edoardo Miroglio Cellar has quite the reputation for their still wines, and the same can be said for their fizzes. This sees just the same treatment as champagne, and the results are absolutely stellar.
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
It must be good for you, Vinsanto was originally marketed by monks in the renaissance era! This is from the wonderful Fattoria Lavacchio - a 100% organic estate that grows olives, grapes and almonds. A deep amber colour with gorgeous developed notes of dried figs, raisins and well balanced sweetness.