Close your eyes and you could be drinking Cote de Beaune. One of the best things to come out Bulgaria since Stantcho Stanev, Colonel Gadaffi's chief camel herder (look it up, Wikipedia wouldn't lie!)
Simply awesome quality for the price! Now mature, evolved Pinot Noir aromas and flavours. Good thickness of fruit. Quite something.
This Pinot Noir is nothing less than first-rate and brilliant value. It shares all the charm and beautiful oak integration of a really good red Burgundy with its classic soft red fruits and morello cherry character interlaced with smoky spice and forest floor notes. It has perfume, class and elegance, a wine with so much more to it than meets the eye and which will reward you amply...if you make the effort to get to know it.
This wine manages to ooze with rich, hedonistic luxury at the same time as delivering racy, citrus acidity. Warm, savoury aromas. Ground black pepper, blood orange and crystallised rose petal. Horse sweat on leather hints at some lingering (but not unattractive) reductive character - present but softened. Vibrant, juicy red cherry and cranberry core. High-toned, fine-tuned. Crunchy sweet blueberry overlays broody notes of black cherry, liquorice, freshly ground coffee and cloves. That sublime earthy mushroom quality of Pinot Noir comes through after some time in the glass. Manages to be classic yet entirely New World all at once - forges its own, unique identity.
It isn't often that you get wines that are such a labour of love for such an affordable price. The grapes are handpicked and each parcel is dealt with seperately ensuring that you get the best possible flavour. The wines have a delicious, concentrated fruit character with oodles of cherry and a moorish spice with a hint of the spicy oak that it is matured in.
A delightful example of Bourgogne Rouge, full of tart hedgerow fruits laced with baking spice and botanical notes.
Dark cherries with a bit of kola nut, saddle leather and a touch of mint. There’s a nice mix of bright and broody there. Warmth without heat. Lovely perfume. The palate is filling, cramming itself into every corner of the mouth, demanding to be tasted to its fullest. Those dark cherries blend in with brilliant savoury notes that range from cured meat to wild mushrooms and a hint of forest floor. Brilliant stuff. 13.5% Drink now – 2020.
Alan Meadows - Burghound.com - the Ultimate Burgundy reference. "Once aerated, the restrained nose displays notes of maraschino cherry and discreet spice nuances. The very supple and relatively forward flavours possess an attractive mouth feel before terminating in a dusty, delicious and nicely balanced finish. This is clearly meant to be enjoyed young yet there is enough supporting structure to suggest it should benefit from 1 to 2 years bottle age. Like the straight Pinot, this offers very solid quality for the price."
"Skin-n-Bones gets its name from uncommonly long sking contact and a bone-dry finish". Brand new Pinot Noir from our favourite Adelaide Hills producer!
Single site Pinot Noir from carefully selected cool climate areas in South Africa.
Low intervention Pinot Noir - inspired by Burgundy and the Minervois, made in Tasmania. Made by former Young Winemaker of the Year and Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy winner, Nick Glaetzer.
Beautiful single site Pinot Noir from the understated genius that is Johan Meyer.
Beguiling, moreish, tangy Pinoit Noir from an outstanding new producer. Richard doesn't want you to buy this because he wants all of it.
Glorious Pinot Noir from a cool climate pocket of South Africa. Made by the bearded wonder, Hannes Storm, previously red winemaker at Hamilton Russell.
A stunning single vineyard expression that exemplifies how serious New World Pinot Noir can really be.
Winemaker and owner Nick Glaetzer left his native Barossa for Tasmania to pursue a portfolio of 'cool climate' wines. His big goal was to make New World Pinot Noir in an homage to the Burgundian style, while still remaining very much a Tasmanian product.
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.
Another stunning wine from the seemingly unstoppable Tom Carson, rightfully sweeping up awards such as the Best Pinot Noir Trophy at the Royal Queensland Wine Show 2015. It has lots of zippy, tangy, juicy raspberry flavours backed up by a savoury meaty undertone. Drinking well now but leave it a little longer if you want a bit more of those leafy, mushroomy characters famous from Pinot Noir.
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!”
Profound village Burgundy - worthy of long-term cellaring or serious decanting.
Quite possibly the best English sparkling ever made.
We would happily drink this instead of any rose Champagne you placed in front of us, including Krug (but possibly excluding Dom Perignon Rose 1982). Divine. Wiston is the most exquisitely beautiful soft fine sparkling Rose.
A hugely exciting Champagne discovery. "As soon as I had finished my sample, I went on-line and bought some of this amazing value in Champagne, in part just to re-taste and make sure it was really this good." - David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate, 94 points