Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2015
Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2015
Simon Hackett – Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, 2015

Upbeat, bright, sun drenched fruit dominated, fills the corners of the mouth but at the same time is not heavy.

90 points Wine Enthusiast, “Best Buy” (2005 vintage)
“A top-notch offering for current consumption, this wine boasts a complex bouquet of black cherries, cinnamon, clove, coffee, vanilla, herbal notes and hints of green peppercorns—it’s a wine you can sit and sniff almost endlessly. The flavors are more straightforward—black cherry and spice—while the texture is delicate, almost soft. Drink now.” (06/07)

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.

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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, 2016
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2016
Terrasses du Larzac “les Crus” AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2016

Tasting Note
Ruby-red hue. The nose is as remarkable as ever with pronounced fruity notes of blackcurrant, elderberry and a hint of fruit cake. Slightly woody and liquorice-like aromas then start to come through. On entry to the palate, the wine is clean, with a silky elegance and good balance. The 2014 preserves the characteristic style and attractive personality of the previous vintages. There are notes of menthol and spice on the palate, while the Mourvèdre provides a strong typical character and a nice complexity to the whole. A beautiful vintage with good cellar-ageing potential.

 

Ageing

12 months in oak barrels (30 % new wood, 40 % barrels used for one vintage, 30% barrels used for two vintages).

 

Jancis Robinson 2016

17.5 – / 20 : Glossy intensity spreads across the palate …
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Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2017
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2017
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2017

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.

 

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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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Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2018
Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2018
Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2018

Very appealing fresh tropical notes of pineapple and citrus combined with mineral complexity. The palate is sweet and succulent with lively mouth feel.

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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Turret Fields DO Jumilla Monastrell & Syrah, 2014/15
Turret Fields DO Jumilla Monastrell & Syrah, 2014/15
Turret Fields DO Jumilla Monastrell & Syrah, 2014/15

The name comes from the turret of Castle Madax which dominates the vineyard of the same name.
Working with the excellent Bodegas Juan Gil, the wine was aged for 4 months in new American oak barrels. The raisin character and warmth of the Monastrell is matched by the spice of the Syrah, all enhanced and rounded off by its spell in oak.

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Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014

Very pale in the glass this Unoaked Chardonnay is bright, light and fresh. With no exposure to oak we have retained the true characteristics of the varietal. Delicate and well balanced with citrus fruit and melon flavours, there are also hints of the natural local flora.

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Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2017
Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2017
Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2017

Aromas of pine and mint coupled with ripe stone fruit and citrus. The palate is at once vibrant and textural and finishes crisp. A  remarkably sophisticated, surprisingly complex, fruit-driven white.

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Verosso Prosecco Spumante DOC Extra Dry
Verosso Prosecco Spumante DOC Extra Dry
Verosso Prosecco Spumante DOC Extra Dry

A classic Prosecco from the hills around Treviso in the Veneto region of north eastern Italy. Light straw in colour with a delicate fizz. Fresh watermelon and honeydew notes with a touch of apple on the gently off-dry palate which finishes clean. Delicious!

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Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco IGT, 2017
Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco IGT, 2017
Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco IGT, 2017
  • Villa Antinori Bianco was produced for the first time in 1931 by Niccolò Antinori and since that date the label has remained virtually unaltered, as has the production philosophy, one which aims at the achievement of a strongly Tuscan character in the wine.
  • A straw yellow with greenish highlights in color, the wine shows elegant and subtle floral aromas with notes of citrus fruit. The taste is balanced with a fine persistence on the mineral-laced finish.
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