A stunning single vineyard expression that exemplifies how serious New World Pinot Noir can really be.
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.
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.
"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
From the oldest Grenache vineyard in South Africa which has only 12 rows of vines! It has floating aromas of wild strawberries, lavender and rose petals. A hint of supple leather and dried cranberries and bracken – on the nose its all about the perfume than the weight. The palate is very polished and weightless with cool mineral undertones, cloves and wild herbs. The finish is long and silky. A tip top old vine Grenache!
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.
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.
This is one for the wine geeks out there. Glorious, frankly quite mad Portuguese red from 'the most ridiculous wine region in the World'. Think vineyards not more than 300m from the Atlantic ocean, in the sand dunes, on the westernmost tip of Continental Europe. No vine should survive here, but somehow a small number of Ramisco (red) and Malvasia de Colares (white) do, and they produce some insanely brilliant wines.
Yarra Valley vintages like 2015 don’t come around very often; 2013, 2012 and 2010 were all good, but not in the class of 2015 when it comes to pinot noir. Putting to one side the all-time great vintages of 1988 and 1992, 2006 is probably next in line after 2015. The lesson? Grab the fast-disappearing ’15 pinot noirs whenever you see them.
Textured, with some sweet fruit - blueberries, blackberries and mulberries. Spiced redcurrants, with some sun dried tomatoes and sweet herbal character.
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.
"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
SWiG note: Such a joyful wine – puts a smile on your face and a song in your heart! Heady notes of smoky cocoa powder with perfumed cloves and cinnamon, slowly opening up to reveal aromas of slow-roasted meats and white pepper.
The palate is velvety with taut, finely-knit tannins. Precise, ripe plum fruit with Italian warmth and refined spiciness, with elegance and lift on the finish. Vibrancy and persistence refreshes the palate, leaving you ready for the next sip. Drinking now – 2028. 14.5% abv.
(blend of Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot (approx. 75/25) without any Sangiovese in this vintage)
Out of the single vineyard series, the Schist has the most structure to it. Red and black fruit, fynbos and lavender plus a touch of white pepper on the nose. Excellent fruit purity, fresh acidity and a nicely grippy finish. Intense but not weighty, intricate and refined, extraordinary long on the finish – truly memorable.
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.
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.
Some of this remarkable wine comes from vines planted in 1888. It is one of the greatest wines we have ever sold. MAXIMUM 2 BOTTLES PER CUSTOMER.
"Flirts with perfection" - 99 points, Robert Parker