Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Branco, Douro, 2015

Clear & bright, it is golden in colour with traces of green. It has a sweet bouquet of white & yellow roses, peaches and apricots followed by complex hints of minerals. On the palate it’s full & rounded with notes of citrus fruits and minerals, a structured & fleshy with elegance & finesse.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast

“Soft, earthy and gentle, this is already developing and drinkable. It has fresh lemon flavors along with bright pineapple. Finished with bright acidity, it is lightly mineral and crisp at the end. Drink now.”

Duas Quintas is a white wine from the Upper Douro, more specifically from Quinta de Ervamoira (150 metres altitude) and Quinta dos Bons Ares (600 metres altitude), and is a
blend of traditional grape varieties that expresses the potential of this most extreme region. It is a structured, unctuous white wine but also fine and elegant.
2013 was an excellent year for our production of white wines on the Upper Douro. Its climatic characteristics, namely a wet winter and dry summer, as well as the perfect conditions that occurred during harvest (between August 13th and September 18th), provided very well balanced grapes with great aromatic expression

 

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Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2014

Clear and bright, intense garnet colour, with crimson reflections. Lively refreshing aroma, notes of spices, cinnamon, white pepper. The deeper bouquet has notes of wild berries, black plums and citrus. Very smooth and fresh on the palate, with silky tannins, balanced and easy to drink.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast

“This densely structured, finely crafted wine is the latest vintage from one of the Douro’s iconic brands. It has great weight and, at the same time, elegant fruits and structure that offer good aging potential. It could be drunk now, but best to wait until 2016.”

 

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Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012
Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012
Ramos Pinto – Late Bottled Vintage Port, Unfiltered, 2012

LBV Unfiltered comes from one single year and one single harvest. Whereas its richer cousin, the Vintage, is bottled in the second year, this wine is bottled in the fourth year. Smoother than the Vintage, more developed and easier to drink. It is a powerful, defiant, full-bodied and harmonious wine. It is a wine familiar with the flavours of chocolate and cheese. After the bottle is opened it remains at its best for a further 15 to 30 days, if properly stored. It is a wine that is not filtered and can therefore either be drunk immediately or be left forgotten in a cellar, developing further complexity.

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The tannins are rather drying and aggressive on first pour, even if the big fruit is also front-and-center. It is certainly a very different vision of LBV Port than a lot of people will be accustomed to, but it does begin to come around with extended aeration (and a couple of days in the fridge). Fragrant and laced with strong fruit flavors, this ultimately showed beautifully. It really needs some more time in the cellar, but it is approachable if you give it some aeration.”

Gold Medal Decanter World Wine Awards
“Gold Medal World Wine Awards 2014 – Gold Medal & Regional Trophy – Vibrant and full of rich fruit, this is still youthful in colour and shows both ripeness and pleasing restraint on the nose. Spice notes, violet, lavender and deep, dark fruit flavours have lovely freshness, and firm, ripe tannins give good grip. Nicely defined with plenty of complexity to keep it going.” June 2014

Grapes varieties: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca.
Food pairing: Cheese soufflé, Partridge with glazed shallots and artichokes, Game, Cheeses, Chocolate and red fruits desserts.

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Ramos Pinto. History.

Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit. In the early 20th century it became noted for its innovative and enterprising commercial strategies including the distinctive art nouveau advertising campaign.

Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The House tends 187 hectares (460 acres) of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.

All situated in the areas of the Cima-Corgo and the Douro Superior, the four quintas or estates that make up Ramos Pinto’s holdings are:

Quinta do Bom Retiro: in Pinhão, planted exclusively with red varieties.
Quinta da Urtiga: adjacent to Bom Retiro.
Quinta da Ervamoira: in the far upper Douro, by the Côa river near the Spanish border. Here the grapes grow in dry semi-desert conditions.
Quinta dos Bons Ares: a cooler site with some of the highest vineyards in the Douro. Both red and white varieties ripen here with great natural acidity and fresh flavours.

The award-winning 10, 20 and 30 year old Tawnies are produced at Quinta da Ervamoira and Bom Retiro respectively.

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Ramos Pinto – Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 year old Tawny (50cl)
Ramos Pinto – Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 year old Tawny (50cl)
Ramos Pinto – Quinta de Ervamoira, 10 year old Tawny (50cl)

This tawny is a blend with an average age of 10 years. Its brick-red, even golden shades transport us to the Orient of spices, piquant and exotic aromas, with all its mysteries. Its body and its richness of flavour transport us to the place where it was created – “Quinta de Ervamoira”.

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90 Points Wine Enthusiast
“From the farthest reaches of the upper Douro, Quinta da Ervamoira has produced this sun-drenched wine, with great raisin flavors that vie with a fruity red-berry character. Both sweet from the dried fruits and dry from the intense acidity, with a light cocoa aftertaste, it is a balanced wine that can be drunk now.”  Roger Voss – October 2015

91 Points Wine Spectator
“This Tawny offers a smoky aroma, followed by lithe flavors of salted almond, macaroon and cedar. Notes of red currant and sandalwood emerge on the fresh and refined finish. Drink now.” Kim Marcus – September 30, 2015

90 Points Wine Spectator
“A plush style, offering flavors of hazelnut, dried apricot and butterscotch, showing good complexity and length. The long finish is richly spiced and smoky, with vanilla and marzipan notes. Drink now.” Kim Marcus – December 15, 2014

10 Year-old Tawny, Quinta de Ervamoira
This tawny is a blend with an average age of 10 years. We are now entering the complex world of an aged tawny.
Its brick-red, even golden shades transport us to the Orient of spices, piquant and exotic aromas, with all its mysteries.
This is where the magical path towards the 20 Years and the 30 Years begins.
Its body and its richness of flavour transport us to the place where it was created – “Quinta de Ervamoira”.
It is in this mystical, biblical landscape that this wine is extracted from the schist, from the silence, for our delight.

Grapes varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca.
Storage: Store the bottle upright in a cool, dark place
Temperature: 16º to 18ºC

Prizes:
– 93/100 – Wine & Spirits Magazine, 2011, USA
– 92/100 – Wine Spectator Magazine, 2012, Kim Markus, USA
– 3 Gold Medals – International Wine Challenge, 1995/2004/2011, UK
– Gold Medal – IMBIBE Sommelier Wine Awards, 2013, UK

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Ramos Pinto – Collector Reserva, NV
Ramos Pinto – Collector Reserva, NV
Ramos Pinto – Collector Reserva, NV

Ramos Pinto’s Collector Port has a wonderful deep colour and aroma of spiced autumn fruits. The palate has a soft, supple texture and is packed full of layer upon layer of sweet winter berries and a touch of spicy fruitcake to the finish.

88 Points Wine Spectator
“Lots of fresh crushed dark plum, chocolate and dark cherry flavors are firm and supported by fresh acidity. The finish is lively, with good grip.” – Kim Marcus – June 30, 2012

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Ramos Pinto. History.

Founded in 1880 by brothers Adriano and Antonio, this Port house has always had a pioneering spirit. In the early 20th century it became noted for its innovative and enterprising commercial strategies including the distinctive art nouveau advertising campaign.

Among Port producers, Ramos Pinto enjoys the distinction of holding the largest proportion of vineyards in relation to its production, giving them a high degree of control over viticultural methods at harvest time. The House tends 187 hectares (460 acres) of prime vineyards in the Alto Corgo and Douro Superior areas of the famed Douro region, the mountainous valleys formed by the Douro River and its tributaries.

All situated in the areas of the Cima-Corgo and the Douro Superior, the four quintas or estates that make up Ramos Pinto’s holdings are:

Quinta do Bom Retiro: in Pinhão, planted exclusively with red varieties.
Quinta da Urtiga: adjacent to Bom Retiro.
Quinta da Ervamoira: in the far upper Douro, by the Côa river near the Spanish border. Here the grapes grow in dry semi-desert conditions.
Quinta dos Bons Ares: a cooler site with some of the highest vineyards in the Douro. Both red and white varieties ripen here with great natural acidity and fresh flavours.

The award-winning 10, 20 and 30 year old Tawnies are produced at Quinta da Ervamoira and Bom Retiro respectively.

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Raventós i Blanc – de Nit Brut Rosé, 2012
Raventós i Blanc – de Nit Brut Rosé, 2012
Raventós i Blanc – de Nit Brut Rosé, 2012

A pale, subdued and elegant pink attracts you and pulls you in with its sensuality. The first aroma is clean, pure and almost crystalline; little by little citrus aromas subtly emerge with memories of fresh white fruit and a touch of cassis. The nose also gives rise to a certain creaminess, lending to its complexity. The clean, direct sensation of the nose changes radically in the mouth where it combines a smooth, voluminous and fruity texture with a pleasant freshness and fine bubbles. Driven by a very good balance, this long lingering cava stretches to a finish pleasantly reminiscent of fresh fruit.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

“When Raventós i Blanc, a scion from Codorníu, left the boat in 2012, alarms really went off. They are not only one of the quality leaders in the category, they are also direct descendants of the creator of the first sparkling wine in Spain and the first president of the Cava appellation. They did not seek refuge in the Penedès appellation, but instead they want to promote the creation of a new, smaller appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia.”

93 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2009 vintage).
“The outstanding 2009 De Nit (rose) has an almost hypnotic, perfect pale hue that is worth the price alone! A blend of classic Cava varieties with 5% Monastrell, it is sourced from 30- to 40-year-old vines from the estate. The nose is very subtle and very pretty with traces of rosewater and Morello cherries, all beautifully defined and drawing you in. The palate is crisp and tense on the entry: a minimalist rose cave that is based on freshness and poise rather than delivering fruit intensity. It is a delicate, very pretty, harmonious Cava rose that is sensual and alluring. Who needs Champagne when Cava can be as good as this? Drink now-2015+.”

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Raventós i Blanc – L’Hereu Brut, 2012
Raventós i Blanc – L’Hereu Brut, 2012
Raventós i Blanc – L’Hereu Brut, 2012

The search for clarity and purity has produced this sparkling wine with a gentle citric aroma highlighted by hints of white fruits, with all the olfactory elements in perfect balance. The palate is built on both freshness and concentration: a wine that combines firmness and smoothness with creamy bubbles. A long and very clean finish.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

“When Raventós i Blanc, a scion from Codorníu, left the boat in 2012, alarms really went off. They are not only one of the quality leaders in the category, they are also direct descendants of the creator of the first sparkling wine in Spain and the first president of the Cava appellation. They did not seek refuge in the Penedès appellation, but instead they want to promote the creation of a new, smaller appellation, Conca del Riu Anoia.”

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Regent, White Castle Vineyard, 2013
Regent, White Castle Vineyard, 2013
Regent, White Castle Vineyard, 2013

Harvest 2013 of White Castle Vineyard Regent grape variety delivered wonderful dark berry aromas and flavours, producing a medium bodied, deep coloured quality red wine. The rich dark cherry aromas and flavours are complemented by the subtle use of French Oak barrels. The result is an elegant and complex wine with a long smooth finish.

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Rocca di Castagnoli – Fattoria di Scannano, Chianti DOCG, 2014
Rocca di Castagnoli – Fattoria di Scannano, Chianti DOCG, 2014
Rocca di Castagnoli – Fattoria di Scannano, Chianti DOCG, 2014

An excellent, fragrant wine with autumnal notes of the forest floor. Harmonious and clean on the palate, dry with good body, great varietal character and length. Clear colour tending towards brilliant ruby with bright highlights.

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Rosé “Excelsium” AC Cotes de Provence Vignoble Kennel, 2015
Rosé “Excelsium” AC Cotes de Provence Vignoble Kennel, 2015
Rosé “Excelsium” AC Cotes de Provence Vignoble Kennel, 2015

A lively, refreshing dry rose wine with good minerality, a mouthwatering aroma of citrus fruit, balanced acidity and elegant structure. Very fresh and clear.

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Rosé, White Castle Vineyard, 2013
Rosé, White Castle Vineyard, 2013
Rosé, White Castle Vineyard, 2013

A light, elegant and refreshing Rose made from a selected blend of Rondo, Pinot Noir and Siegerrebe grape varieties. Strawberry and summer fruit aromas leaving a mouth-watering finish.

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Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Saint Chinian AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Purple-red robe with ruby hints. The nose opens with light menthol and truffle notes which develop into deeper richer aromas of black olive paste, prunes and figs. The palate is redolent of wild herbs, spice and dried figs. The tannins are elegant and well-integrated. This is a balanced, poised wine that ends on a pleasing mineral note.

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San Simone – Sauvignon, Prestige Line, Friuli Grave, 2014
San Simone – Sauvignon, Prestige Line, Friuli Grave, 2014
San Simone – Sauvignon, Prestige Line, Friuli Grave, 2014

Light straw yellow colour with slight greenish hints. Broad, varietal, aromatic on the nose, with citric notes of grapefruit, yellow pepper, tomato leaf, sage and balsamic aromas. On the palate it is rich, fragrant and aromatic, with natural acidity and a persistent and pleasant slight bitter aftertaste.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast (2010 vintage)
“Easy, fresh and simple, this crisp Pinot Grigio is informal and approachable with aromas of citrus, stone fruit and pear. Pair it with shrimp cocktail or spicy Thai dishes.” M.L.  (3/1/2012)

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Family and values
The story of San Simone is linked to the territory. At Rondover, between Prata and Porcia, in the most western part of Doc Friuli Grave and central part of DOC Prosecco, the company San Simone is the result of winemaking tradition and culture of our family, which is engaged in the business of wine grower for four generations. We chose the name San Simone for our wines and wine cellar in the memory of our origins. The very first and historic headquarter was in fact situated in via San Simone, Prata, opposite the fourteenth century church devoted to San Simone, where our great-grandfather decided to began his activity which is now been converted into a family residence.

Many changes have taken place over time. But one thing which has not changed is our value system. Values: responsibility towards the reality in which we work, passion for work and transparency in our working system. These are the values which are timeless.

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Santa Cristina (Zenato) – Rigoletto, Passito Bianco del Veneto, 2011 (37.5cl)
Santa Cristina (Zenato) – Rigoletto, Passito Bianco del Veneto, 2011 (37.5cl)
Santa Cristina (Zenato) – Rigoletto, Passito Bianco del Veneto, 2011 (37.5cl)

The wine has a golden-yellow colour with light amber reflections. Intense and seductive on the nose with elegant floral notes and hints of bees wax. The taste displays an excellent balance between the pronounced alcoholic sweetness and the deep, well-structured fruit flavours. Excellent, persistence and aromatic length.

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Zenato. The Soul of Lugana and the Heart of Valpolicella.

The heart and soul of Zenato lies in the ancient morainic lands of Lugana and Valpolicella, with their mild climate and unrivalled charm, that overlook the Veneto shore of Lake Garda.

The vineyards cover 75 hectares in the Zenato estate of S. Cristina in San Benedetto di Lugana, ideal for the Trebbiano di Lugana, and in the Costalunga estate in Valpolicella, the homeland of the famous Amarone Zenato, where the renowned vines Corvina, Rondinella and Oseleta are cultivated.

It all began in 1960 when Sergio Zenato, filled with energy and ambition and driven by his deep bond with the territory, tried out new techniques of wine making and invested in native vines in order to obtain wine of the highest quality.

Today, his wife Carla, together with their children Alberto and Nadia, continues to pursue Sergio’s great enterprise with the same enthusiasm, tenacity and infinite dedication, making the excellence of Zenato’s wines known in more than 60 countries of the world.

In this way, the soul of Lugana and the heart of Valpolicella continue to expand their borders.

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Sauvignon Blanc Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Sauvignon Blanc Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Sauvignon Blanc Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013

Pale in the glass this Sauvignon Blanc has delightful aromas of pineapple and white peach. There is an explosion of flavours on the palate that reflect the aromas on the nose and reveal a wine with true elegance and balance.

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Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, Cape Mentelle, 2014
Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, Cape Mentelle, 2014
Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon, Cape Mentelle, 2014

Cape Mentelle takes a minimal approach towards this classic Margaret River blend. The aim is to preserve as much fruit intensity and regional character as possible, whilst providing a full flavoured distinctive white wine. The style accentuates the fresh fruit characters of both varieties with the added complexity and palate weight offered by a small portion of barrel fermentation. Pale straw with green hues. On the nose – Varietal Sauvignon notes revolving around cassis buds, juniper berries and cracked black pepper. The nose then opens to complex fruit ranging from zesty white grapefruit to hints of lychees, lifted by ethereal oral notes of jasmine and passionflower. The attack is juicy clean, slightly saline, on notes of passion fruit and citrus. The fresh pithy acidity and mineral character, reminiscent of fine absinthe, fresh ginger and gentian bitters give the wine a lot of vinosity and masculine personality, well balanced by the honey notes and creamy texture of the Semillon and showing exceptional length.

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Shiraz Witt’s End Special Release, 2014
Shiraz Witt’s End Special Release, 2014
Shiraz Witt’s End Special Release, 2014

Deep red in colour, this wine is packed with aromas of spices, blackberries, vanilla and liquorice. Dry and soft to taste with full and pleasing length.

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Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2011
Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2011
Simon Hackett – Cabernet Sauvignon “Hills View”, McLaren Vale, 2011

Plum and cherry flavours and long, soft dusty tannins combine to make a warm, rich yet balanced elegant wine

Varieties:100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Viticulture: Machine Harvested in the cool of the early morning

Vinification: De-stemmed,roller crushed, cold soaked for 24 hours.The juice is inoculated with selected yeast for fermentation to begin. Fermentation in small open tanks for 5/6 days on skins.Juice run off with the skins being airbag pressed. The wine is transfered to Tank with oak inserts to finish fermentation,racked of gross lees back onto oak for 10 months maturation, filtered and bottled.

Simon Hackett was born and raised in the Barossa Valley where his family have been connected with the wine trade for many generations. – four generations of the Hackett family followed agricultural pursuits in South Australia. Simon worked at Saltram’s, in the Barossa, before moving to McLaren Vale in 1973 where he cut his teeth working at Southern Vales Cooperative Winery (now Tatachilla) eventually becoming senior wine maker. Simon’s privately owned winery is situated at the entrance to McLaren Vale in Budgen road and it is here where he hand crafts his wines in small open top fermenters and gently nurtures them in a combination of French and Oak barriques. Much of his fruit is sourced from dry grown vineyards with ancient, gnarled vines. Yields are very small and his entire annual production rarely exceeds 10,000 cases. Today Hackett sources grapes from the McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 10 months in 2nd fill American oak barrels.

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Syrah Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Syrah Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Syrah Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013

Deep, rich red in the glass, this Syrah reflects the bright fruit flavours of mulberry and blueberry. Perfumes of smoky spices, pepper and woodland undertones, give way to a well structured palate, sumptuous and full flavoured with a smooth, decadent and lingering dark chocolate finish.

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Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

Rich and intense bouquet of blackberries and blackcurrant. The structure is well balanced with luscious dense tannins. Notes of liquorice, peppermint and spices. There is a good mineral end on the back palate.

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The Charge Rioja DOC, 2013
The Charge Rioja DOC, 2013
The Charge Rioja DOC, 2013

The Charge red is made from grapes from all over the Rioja region – 75% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha. Aromas of berries and warm spices which leads to a palate with beautifully complex dark and spicy fruit and refreshing acidity, balanced by fine vanilla flavours from oak maturation, as well as hints of coffee.

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Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2015
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2015
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2015

Thierry Merlin-Cherrier owns 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc in the village of Bue, one of the principle hamlets surrounding the old walled town of Sancerre. These soils have a high chalk content and as a result this Sancerre is distinguished by its perfume of citrus and minerals. It has finesse and precision combining typical firm structure with an aromatic , blackcurrant character and an extra richness of gooseberry and lees on a long, zesty finish.

They bottle two white cuvées, a generic blend and, since 1999, a separate bottling from Le Chêne Marchand.

Le Chêne Marchand is a single gentle south facing site situated between Bué and Crézancy and is recognised as one of the potential ‘Grand Cru’ vineyards of the appellation – should the Berrichon ever take this route. The wines are aged on their lees in a single concrete tank for between 15 and 18 months, and the request to bottle a quantity in magnum signifies our belief in the wines ability to age and mature further.

The estate applies the principles of substainable winegrowing.

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Tindall Vineyard – Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2013
Tindall Vineyard – Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2013
Tindall Vineyard – Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2013

Wonderful fragrance of ripe red cherries and berries with a touch of spice, this has benefitted from a little bottle age. Good concentration of fruit and texture with some gamey spicy oak influence. Mouth-filling wine with sweet fruit and a lingering flavour. Sealed with a screw cap to retain the vibrant fruit characters.

Tindall Vineyard.

Tindall Vineyard is a family owned single vineyard, in the heart of the Marlborough, New Zealand wine region. The name honours Henry Tindall, grandfather of the brothers Clyde and Nigel Sowman who now run the estate.

Tindall Vineyard is renowned for it’s premium Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grapes, and produces a selection of classical Marlborough wines utilising the talents of the acclaimed winemaker, Dr. John Forrest. The wines are produced from fully certified organically grown grapes

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