A delicious 100% Macabeo from Carinena
A delightful wine - Rolle (aka Vermentino) with Riesling and Pinot Gris, from the Gardon foothills in Cevennes. A little bit spicy and textured, but with lovely freshness thanks to the cool nights and exposure the vineyards have. A little bit exotic and a lot of bang for your buck!
Hungary's sweet Tokaji may be what put it on the map, but their dry whites are well worth a look in as well. A fiendish Furmint blend with tangy fruit and a rich, mellow palate.
Our association with Thelema goes back to 1995. They were the first of the original new wave in Stellenbosch to plant and produce beautiful fresh pure wines. We've always loved what they do and have shipped from them many times. Some years ago they had the foresight to plant in Elgin, as well, which is now emerging as a world-class region for Chardonnay. This is amazing Chardonnay for the price.
A Bordeaux Grand Vin Blanc Sec, made from Semillon in the Sauternes area.
We absolutely adore this wine, which is a good substitute for white burgundy when you want something a bit different an frankly more intriguing for the price. Fabulous concentrated fruit; apples, quince, excellent texture and length. Yum. Oh yes, 2014 was a cracking vintage for Loire Chenin Blanc.
Made by Aussie Erin Pooley this is Hunter Valley Semillon from California that made the Swig team swoon with delight! Lots of green pear, geranium and mandarin on the nose with citrus and an amazingly unctuous body on the palate. Scrummy!
Extraordinary scents of coconut, mango, pineapple, melon, and toasted hazelnuts. This is gorgeous wine with lots of texture.
Winemaker Taras Ochota explains the name, saying it is taken from 'the back of my 1960s bass amp I used in my misspent youth playing in punk bands.
It was such a simple less-is-more image which represents going back to basics, no fancy stuff, just old-school winemaking from an insane Basket Range vineyard.
Antonio Galloni: “In my mind, Ramey is one of the top wineries in the United States.”
This 2013 is beautifully structured and taut, with textured fruit and enervating acidity. The potential for aging is tremendous, with much to give over the next 8-10 years. 14.5% abv.
A very traditional Cotes du Rhone in style, with a clear lean towards that lovely, deep Grenache character. Grenache 50%, Syrah 40%, Mourvedre 10%.
Lovely bright nose with hints of cranberry and mint. On the palate, a gorgeous soft Grenache texture, fresh and juicy with an attractive fruit-forward style. Delicious and approachable.
Lovely, rustic, classically-styled with dusty cherries and violets.
A palate that reads like a fancy cocktail: blueberry, blackberry, red cherry, cranberry are layered with juniper, dried rosemary & lavender, thyme and rosehip. This delicious fruit salad is grounded by white pepper, sour cherry, dried cherry and dried fig. So elevated, light and elegant, bright and perfumed and crisp and floral on the palate.
Softly candied nose, purple flowers, sweet cured meats, garrigue and heather.
The ageing potential of Touriga Nacional is comparable to infamous Napa Cabernet Sauvignon or opulent Barossa Shiraz – the profound depth of flavour, bold tannins and palate coating richness that softens beautifully with age. It takes oak well, often developing in to aromas of toasted marshallow, baking spice – vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
What a colour - that's a real glass stainer! Intense all the way to the rim, purple black with a hint of magenta. Incredible concentration on palate to match that extraordinary colour - turkish spices, a touch of juniper, bacon fat, rose petals and goji berries. Smooth and rounded, with a rich, deep, fruit rippling palate.
A delightful example of Bourgogne Rouge, full of tart hedgerow fruits laced with baking spice and botanical notes.
"Yantra is a Cabernet / Merlot blend. It is sensational with buoyant cherry notes and a long, soothing, mineral-spiked finish." - Matthew Jukes.com/Money Week
A Yantra is a mandala — a map, chart or geometric pattern which represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically — a microcosm of the universe from a human perspective.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot that sees stainless steel and some old oak. Surprisingly mature and expressive nose - dried currants, stewing berries with soft leather and wild herbs. Plush palate. Juicy blackcurrants with blackberries and juniper berries, dried cranberries and some tobacco. Vivacious and ready to drink now.
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.
An oak aged Merlot from the fabulous Keermont estate, from some of the older vines on the upper mid slopes. Crimson in colour, with a rich entry and a well balanced, structured palate.
The second vintage of this outstanding Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah blend. Fresh and juicy!
Noi 4 translates as "the four of us" - the four members of the Ratti family. There's a bit of an amazing story behind this one - following on from a kidnap in Milan during the crazy days of the 80's, the family chose to protect their idendity by having "Noi 4" on their door buzzer, rather than their surname.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot that spends 12 months in French oak.
Exuberant nose - flame raisins and ripe sweet fruit. Oh so pure and bright, but seasoned with a herb touch - cloves, black cherry, dried sage and freshly roasted coffee. The core is sweet, luscious and well defined.
A beautiful, perfumed and dainty Chateauneuf, with poise that utterly belies it's 15% abv. Such a refreshing style in the sea of mediocrity that is Chateauneuf du Pape.
Textured, with some sweet fruit - blueberries, blackberries and mulberries. Spiced redcurrants, with some sun dried tomatoes and sweet herbal character.
Named after the famous Roman military general who defeated Hannibal in the second Punic War. 100% Cabernet Franc, from one vineyard at 400 metres. This extraodinary wine is only made in the best vintages - just 4000 bottles made of the 2010.
The wine spends 24 months in French Barriques, before another 12 months in bottle before release.
Complex spice and floral notes, dusty cherries and plums with some savoury character and green bell pepper. Grippy tannins encompassing a velvety core.
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