Alta Cima Carmenere 2019
The Carménère 4.090 from the 2016 harvest has a deep ruby-red colour with dark violet shades. To the nose it is exuberant, combining black and red fruits that compliment the black pepper, sweet green pepper and slightly toasted notes. It presents a rich structure, very well accompanied by its fruity and spicy flavour, creating an intense persistence within the mouth.
Annonce de Belair Monange St Emilion Grand Cru 2017
“It’s hard to believe that this is a second wine and it would certainly stand up confidently against many grand vins, even in this excellent quality vintage. More serious than the 2015, it has more depth to its dark fruits with swirls of liquorice and smoke adding interest to the finish. I would give it a few years before opening – although it tasted great when this same bottle was tried again after 48 hours – and it has real potential for ageing. The definition of an insider wine and definitely worth getting hold of. 30% new oak. Drink 2021 – 2027” Jane Anson, Decanter.com
Antoine Sanzay Cuvee du Domaine Rouge 2018
Sanzay’s “Cuvée Domaine” sourced from 35-year-old vines and both vinified and aged in concrete vats. In the glass it’s a deep ruby with magenta highlights at the rim, with aromas of black cherry, cranberry, black raspberry, damp violets, tobacco, and a hint of black pepper. The palate is fresh and full of acid-driven energy. One can mistake this for cru Beaujolais, as the overall effect is similar, but the hints of sage and mint intermingling with the lush, juicy fruit are a key indicator of Cabernet Franc. This is another one of those wines that would disappear first if plopped down on a table of sommeliers.
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Antoine Sanzay La Haye Dampierre 2018
100% Cabernet Franc. Appellation Saumur-Champigny Rouge. From Antoine’s vineyard in Varrains, a 1.1 hectare parcel planted in 1975 on mostly sand on limestone bedrock. Organically farmed, hand harvested, sorted, destemmed then fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks before being pressed into a combination of concrete eggs and aged French oak barriques for 9 months. Unfiltered, unfined, SO2 added at bottling (31mg/L). Intense red fruit, leather, violets, crushed herbs, firm tannins, good acidity.
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Arianna Occhipinti IL Frappato 2018
Fresh and elegant red wine. The nose presents notes reminiscent of violets, cherries and certain citrus fruit. On the palate it is a light wine, full of fruit. It is persistent and with an acidity that brings freshness.
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Badiola Tempranillo de Laderas Rioja 2018
Badiola is a winery based in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. Badiola offers a new perspective on Rioja wines. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria, mainly surrounding the villages of Villabuena, Leza, Samaniego, Laguardia, Navaridas and Baños del Ebro, each terroir producing wines with distinctive character. The vines are extremely old; many were planted in the 1920s. 1930s and 1940s and they deliver concentrated juices with a clear identity. The philosophy of winemaking is to obtain very pure, fresh and well-textured wines that reflect their origin.
Bink Wines Meisje Alicante Bouschet 2020
Very inky dark ruby red in colour with a palate of dried cranberries and crushed plums. Bright and juicy this medium bodied wine will have you salivating. This acidic, low alcohol wine would be perfect alongside a juicy cut venison.
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Bodega Stagnari Bella Donna Marselan 2017
Violet blue in the glass with aromas of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, plums and pepper. In the mouth it presents a real fruit explosion, because this Marselan is a wine of great volume, spectacular, dense and extremely juicy with a slight sweetness. Very typical of the variety with beautiful tannins.
Bodegas Godelia Mencia 2016
Perfect expression of Mencía from Bierzo. This vintage is characterised by a great fruit concentration. We can find a lot of nuances, red fruit, violets and mineral notes, which are assembled with the nuances provided by the oak ageing. The palate is fresh, meaty and elegant with a great finish.
Brookfields Gold Label 2018
The 2018 Brookfields Gold Label is a rich and dynamic wine which showcases dense layers of flavours to aid in this Cabernet’s complexity. The supple aromas of warm, slightly baked fruits, cedar and chocolate all burst from the glass in a sultry parade of flavours leaving you with a long lingering finish.
Brookfields Hillside Syrah 2020
The ‘Hillside’ Syrah is an expression of where it is grown. An intense dark red colour and fragrant – showcasing Damson plums, blackcurrants, black-pepper, leather, French oak and ripe supple tannins engage across your palate. This ‘Hillside’ Syrah is elegantly balanced and is seamlessly majestic – cellaring will reward those with patience.
Casa Santos Lima Confidencial 2019
Red field blend! Rich ruby in colour with a wide range of complex aromas of ripe red fruits and vanilla. Boasting a balanced combination of oak and ripe red fruits, this wine is rich and full of juicy spiced fruits. Black currant and a hint of toastiness are fully integrated with some acidity to leave your mouth velvety smooth.
Celler Comunica Vi del Mas 2019
Vi del Mas is a youthful, fresh, soft, straightforward wine with the tell-tale stamp of their wines. With a touch of Mediterranean herbs, soft-textured, bundles of fruit, soft tannins and lovely fresh finish. This blend is sure to have you warming yourself up from the inside out.
Chateau Marsyas B-Qa 2017
Ripe red and black cherries with peppery spice pair perfectly with beef shish, charred spring onion, tomatoes and sumac – the fruit-forward elements of the wine balancing the charcoal from the beef. So satisfying to drink, it also tastes delicious with dark chocolate.
Chateau Moulinet Lasserre Pomerol 2017
The Vineyard lies on the western side of Pomerol, in a place named ‘Moulinet’, on sandy and gravelly soils. This wines has 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec. After a manual picking, vinification takes place in temperature controlled concrete tanks, ageing in partly new oak barrels, for about 18 months. Beautiful deep red ruby color. Aromas of fresh red fruits are dominant and bring elegance and complexity to finely structured palate.
Colossal Reserva 2016
Made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Tinta Roria and Alicant Bouschet, this is vivid purple black in the glass with vibrant magenta edges. The bouquet is awash with dark plums, prunes, tar and polished oak and it is immediately seamless in the spicy, savoury, oaky, medium to full-bodied palate filled with succulent dark berry fruit and accents of baking spices and pepper. Terrifically tasty with lovely balance of fruit and savouriness and tannins more noticeable on the long dry finish.
De la Terre Reserve Tannat 2018
The nose has a totally unique fruit profile of blackberry/blueberry notes and an underlying earthiness with hints of fountain-pen ink and a seam of French oak. At present, the wine displays a youthful vibrancy – our experience is that with bottle age, the primary fruit gives way to earthiness and increased complexity.
Domaine des Roches Neuves Les Mémoires 2018
Minimal intervention and natural, parcel-by-parcel vinification result in vintage after vintage of wines that are always different, never the same. Today, Thierry Germain is one of the best representatives of his generation, and has contributed to restoring the reputation of the Saumur appellation. He produces a sublime range, of a very high quality, among the finest wines of the appellation. The cuvée Les Mémoires is a new cuvée produced since the 2012 vintage. It comes from very old vines (over a century old) and asserts itself as a superb Saumur, classy and complex. Its nose exhales aromas of violet, red and black fruit, as well as notes of cocoa and licorice. On the palate it is fresh yet slightly acidic with fine tannins and a nice length. This wine with huge potential, benefits from ageing for several years in the cellar.
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Domaine du Seuil Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge 2017
This wine is fruity with soft integrated tannins giving a long fine aftertaste. Emphasis is upon ripe fruit at harvest time and consequently the bouquet is strong and full of character with a deep, intense colour that takes on a brick-red tinge with age.
Dune Wine Tirari 2019
Bright red fruited lift, white pepper, sweet herbs lift then blue and black fruits, amaro bitter herbs, chinotto like lift. Palate is fine and bright, punchy acid and lovely feathery tannin, lively and fresh with an array of sour red fruits, blue fruits and some amaro bitter notes.
Element Merlot / Cabernet 2019
Medium-full bodied, fresh and vibrant. Supported by moderate, fine-grained tannin extraction and fresh acidity. The palate flows with good energy and linearity, leading to an elegant finish of blackcurrants, plums and herbs. This is a finely presented Cabernet and Merlot blend with plum, blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, freshness and elegant extraction.