A sumptuous Chardonnay from Langhe with some soft toast, honeydew melon and a fine, textured palate.
Extraordinary scents of coconut, mango, pineapple, melon, and toasted hazelnuts. This is gorgeous wine with lots of texture.
The aroma makes you think of top white Burgundy; it’s incredibly good with mineral purity and a wonderful top note; a brightness you get from a certain breed of white winemaker who are followers of ‘line’ in their wine – a core – around which other elements sit. It is very Burgundian, and yet there is an intriguing exotic aroma; char-grilled pineapple, roasted peaches and fresh lemon lead with a chorus of vanilla, spice and melting butter. The palate continues this tune with bright acidity, but tasty like a cox’s apple balancing the clotted cream and beurre noisette from the very well-judged oak. Citrus and fresh pineapple leave a harmonious and clean, very long finish. It’s a wine you can chew a bit, with an excellent acidity on the finish that carries the fruit flavour all the way to the long finish that makes you want to sip it over and over. This is really, really good. Grapes 58% Arinto, 24% Verdelho, 18% Antão Vaz. Only 300 cases produced
Another delicious vintage from one of Adi's most reverred wines.
Fabulous single vineyad Gruner from one of Austria's most exciting young producers.
Fantastic vintage of Adi Badenhorst's Family White
"There is no doubt that Duncan Savage is one of the best white wine winemakers in South Africa." Greg Sherwood, MW
SWiG note: The nose has an attractive smokey flint character, with just a hint of tomato leaf and fresh apricot. The palate is precise and pure, finding the right balance of weight and richness. There's bright, zippy minerality which gives the fruit energy and texture. The finish is fragrant and lingering - think of lying in a meadow of freshly cut hay on a summer's afternoon. This is a masterclass in finesse and lightness of touch. Drink over the next 5-8 years.
A complex wine with elegant structure, depth and finesse. Ripe aromas of pineapple, lemon and peach blend with a herbaceous flavour and a wonderful minerality. A great wine with a long, catchy finals and handsome body.
I don't think we can really shout loudly enough about how much we love this wine. One of the most exciting Australian Chardonnays we have ever tasted.
This is stunning Chardonnay. " Acts a lot like a wine from Ramonet (the great Burgundy producer)" 93pts, Stephen Tanzer. Minuscule quantities.
The Uberblanc Rieslings from Tasmania-based winemaker Nick Glaetzer are named after the 'uber' vintage that he spent in Germany, learning how to get the best from this great variety under the instruction of the best teachers there are. The Goldpunkt cuvee is a selection of grapes from a couple of parcels, and the style is inspired by the Grosses Gewachs of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
SWiG note: This wine bursts out of the glass inviting you to try it. So expressive - aromas of ripe apricot and evening jasmine are followed by smokey green tea, honeysuckle and flint that really get the tastebuds going. On the palate, the purity is extraordinary. The energy and tension is invigorating, but not to the exclusion of the overall harmony and drinking pleasure. It's pristine and mineral, but not in the one dimensional way you sometimes find. Here's a wine with plenty of texture and flesh on its bones, beautifully honed. 13% abv Drinking now - 2025
The 2015, a blend of 86% Chenin Blanc and 14% Semillon, is lively on the nose, yet reticent at the same time. Very youthful and needs some time to evolve, although it is offering a brief glimpse of the promised quince, honeyed stone fruits and citrus palate.. This is one for the cellar and for those wanting to discover the South African white wine landscape.
The devil (or at least the incredible flavour) really is in the detail with this wine. Hand picking, minimal intervention, natural fermentation in oak barrels and naturation on the lees keep the grapefruit and floral citrus nose while giving the wine a bit more to shout about on the beautifully rounded palate. With 96 points from James Halliday this is a go to wine for purity, minerality and most importantly quality!
These are stunners - If you love white Burgundy you must try these
They have the character and structure of some of the hottest producers in Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. These are no 'poor man's Montrachet', which is the tag sometimes given to the overachieving producers of the less famous regions (appelations such as Rully, Santenay and Montagny); these are the real deal.
These are stunners - if you love white Burgundy you must try the wines from Thibert.
Antonio Galloni: ‘It is quite conceivable that within a few years the Sandhi Chardonnays and Pinots could become reference point, benchmark wines for Santa Barbara, and California, for that matter’
Quite the most extraordanarily beautiful Italian white wine. The finish goes on for days. Majestic, elegant and unique. The grapes are transported from the steep terraced slopes on cables to get to the winery. This is amazing wine.
Crunchy green apple, salted caramel and a whiff of smoke. Almonds and blossom and a saline core. Delicate, but incredibly nuanced and fresh.
Incredibly special old vine Chenin Blanc from the wonder that is Alex Starey. "This is very fine." Neal Martin.
Everything you could want from a Meursault. Incredibly enjoyable now, but has the potential for another 7-10 years of ageing.
Textbook nose of buttery vanillins, wet stone after rain, stoned fruits and dried grapefruit. There is exhilarating tension on the palate - traverses the tightrope between roundness and vibrant energy with elegance and poise. Textured, almost fleshy, with grip and pristine salinity on the finish. Opens up to become full and mellow - a touch more restrained. Exciting without overblown showiness.
Chris and Andre’s Mullineux’s almost meteoric rise to the top of the South Africa tree has been both a pleasure to witness and judging by the quality of wine in the glass…fully justified.
Lovely delicate citrus and pear fruit with some toasty hints. Very fresh, open texture with a delicate, fine personality. This shows real finesse: it’s delicate with good acidity, and it’s brighter than the schist. 93/100" - Jamie Goode, wineanorak.com
The 2014 Quartz Chenin Blanc has a more focused bouquet compared to the 2014 Granite Chenin Blanc: pressed white flowers mixed with orange blossom, lime and chalk. The palate is fresh on the entry, a different texture to the Granite - stonier, chalkier in texture with freshly shaved ginger and walnut developing towards the finish. It might take a longer time to reach its peak compared to the 2014 Granite, but it is certainly an exceptionally fine Chenin Blanc. 93/100. Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
Grapes carefully selected from 2 vineyards on deep, decomposed granite soils.
Fantastic natural acidity that balances out the texture and mid-palate that all Swartland white wines possess. The nose is flinty with some stone fruit and citrus aromatics. At its finest when decanted.
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.
We had the good fortune to try a bottle of this last week. It is absolutely gorgeous. Sometimes with white Burgundy at this price you wonder if it's worth it. Drinking this is like falling into a bed of the finest goose down pillows. You feel enveloped in luxury.
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.
"Mendoza clone grapes are hand-picked, pressed directly into French puncheons for a wild ferment and maturation (without mlf) for 10 months. It is an exquisitely balanced wine, grapefruit and almond kernel to the fore, the finish of great length. 97 points" - James Halliday
One hectare of vines planted at the foot of Bothmaskop Mountain in Stellenbosch’s Jonkershoek. And the year they were mostly planted? 1920. Yup, thats nearly a 100 year old vineyard.....
'exotic and concentrated'
At only 7.1 grams of residual sugar, this is one of the driest FMCs yet, although it does have a little bit of honeyed botrytis. Typically exotic and concentrated, it’s something of a signature style that readily stands out in blind tastings, showing flavours of pineapple and guava underpinned by refreshing acidity. Complex stuff. Drink: 2016-21 Tim Atkin SA Report 2016
'Less defined than the Pucelles – big and rich and blossomy. Long and one of the most powerful 2007s I have seen. Creamy and honeyed – very Corton Charlemagne. Much more extract and nerve than most.' 18/20 Jancis Robinson