Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015
Brilliant pale lemon yellow. Fruit forward wine showing notes of citrus fruits, mango and passion fruit. Well balanced, elegant and intense.
86 Points Wine Spectator
“As fresh as can be, this is a bright, lively and lightly perfumed wine. It has grapefruit, apricot fruit and a touch of minerality. Drink through 2015.”
This unique, balanced, aromatic varietal expresses the true potential of this variety allied to the Estate’s complex soil geology and climatic conditions. Clear, pale straw with green hues. Vibrant grassy aroma with tropical and citric fruit notes of lime and grapefruit. The palate is fresh and elegant with mineral notes and a clean acid finish which is long and persistent.
Herdade do Esporão – Duas Castas, Alentejo, 2015
Pale lemon colour. An elegant and refreshing white wine with notes of citrus fruits and green apples. Lovely concentration and a pleasant finish.
88 Points Wine Enthusiast
“Duas Castas, two grapes, is a blend of Gouveio and Antão Vaz. Together they give a smooth, fruity wine, tangy in orange zest and bright acidity. The wine has weight and richness, with delicious hints of white peach to finish.”
Located in the heart of the Alentejo region, the Herdade do Esporão Estate was established in 1267. Having passed through various families and Counts of the region, the property has been owned by the Roquette family since 1973. Their first wine was bottled in 1985.
Itynera – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Barrique, Italy 2014
A round, juicy red with good earthy cherry and berry character and a clean, fruity finish. Enjoy with sausage and bean stew.
Klippenkop – Pinotage, Robertson, 2016
A deep purple tint on the rim with delicious flavours of ripe strawberry, banana, juicy plums and rich, red cherry. Produced in an early drinking style with well integrated wood and a soft, smooth finish.
Klippenkop is an export label of the Robertson Winery situated in the Cape Winelands.
Established in 1941, Robertson Winery is recognised today as one of South Africa’s leading cellars. The fertile Robertson Valley with its variety of meso-climates and soil conditions create a wide spectrum of terroirs, allowing the estate to produce an exciting diversity of wine styles.
The winery has a long-standing tradition of dedicated grape-growing families, some of whom are 4th generation growers. Today, no less than 35 families, cultivating some 1900 hectares of vine, take pride in contributing to the success of the winery. Working in close partnership with our viticulturist, Briaan Stipp, they are committed to identifying the vineyard sites best suited to specific cultivars and to nurturing the grapes to optimum flavour and varietal character.
The fruit was sourced from 35 specially selected grape growing families in the Robertson Valley. Vines are grown in deep cool alluvial soil that is rich in lime and receives an annual rainfall of only 280 mm per year. Fruit was harvested very early in the morning from the last week of February to the middle of March. The Chenin Blanc vines are planted on the riverbanks with a row direction from northwest to southeast to utilize the prevailing sea breeze. The sea breeze cools down the fruit, extends the ripening period and builds up concentrated flavours in the grapes. The average annual rainfall is supplemented by controlled drip irrigation from the Breede River.
Gentle pressing of the grapes followed by using a Pneumatic bag press to capture the delicate fruit component. The wine was made reductively to prevent any oxidation and to ensure that natural flavours of the grapes could be retained. Fermentation happened slowly in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 18 days at 13¢ªC.
An appealing light straw colour. Full-bodied wine with powerful varietal flavours of pineapple, granadilla, melon and green apple. Good structure with lovely balancing acidity
L’Instant K, AC Côtes de Provence, Vignoble Kennel, 2015
Fine and delicate floral notes. Cherries and blackcurrants on the palate with a hint of spice. Enjoy lightly chilled.
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Branco Terra Alta (organic), 2016
Catalan Eagle white is 70% Garnacha Blanca, 20% Viognier and 10% Roussanne. Pale straw colour with an aromatic nose of peach, pear and hints of spice. On the palate, the wine is medium to full bodied, with a refreshing acidity and elements of peach, apricot and lime zest.
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2013
Purple-red robe. A very expressive nose that opens with notes of chocolate and spice, followed by citrus fruit and white flower aromas. There are also hints of pure fruit, reminiscent of freshly-picked, crushed grapes. On the palate this is a clean and lively wine with subtle notes of small red berries and scrubland herbs. The tannins are elegant, discreet and well-integrated. The balance and originality of this wine gives it its “cuvée rare” status.
Clay limestone and blood-red “ruffes” soil typically found in the Terrasses du Larzac.
Jancis Robinson 201617 + / 20 : A sleeping dragon …
Limoux AOP “les Crus”, Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Clear yellow color with shining reflects. The nose is strong with spicy notes, flower and mint mix up to offer a rare aromatic complexity. The mouth is straight, initially crispy, then it complexifies with salty notes. Round with a perfect balance between acidity, fruit and aromas. The minerality of this wine is characteristic of the great Chardonnay cultivated in a fresh environment and raised in oak barrel.
The high Valley of Aude is the highest vineyard in Languedoc. Our parcels are located at the extreme west of Languedoc. Spring comes in late and autumn is quite cool. The altitude is above 300m and average rainfall exceeds 800 mm/year. The late clay soil is a very important factor in Languedoc to favor the planting of the Chardonnay grape. Certainly the best terroir for Chardonnay in the whole region of Languedoc.
Manual harvest. Grapes are neither destemmed nor crushed. The first juice, the free run juice and the pressed juice are all vinified separately. The alcoholic fermentation is done in barrels. It is regular and last for 3 weeks. The malolactic fermentation is only done on the barrels that are found too acid. As a result, the final blending between the different wine profiles results in an exceptionnal harmony for our Chardonnay.
6 months in 500L oak barrels.
Jancis Robinson 2016 17.5 + / 20 : Structure and tension, really exciting.
Louis Latour – Mâcon-Lugny “Les Genièvres”, 2014
Pale gold in colour, with a beguiling aroma of fresh apples, lemon curd and toasted citrus fruits atop a palate of fresh and crisp green-apple acidity, buttery and peachy fruit and a long, warming finish.
90 Points James Suckling.
“This is a bright and crisp chardonnay that makes you feel France with sliced lemon, apple and mineral character. Medium-bodied, crisp and delicious. Drink me.”
Louis Latour – Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine, Côteaux du Verdon, 2014
Candied cherry fruits with a spicy perfume on the nose, a velvety textured palate brimming with ripe cherry and strawberry fruits laced with vanilla, leading to a rounded finish.
Lowburn Ferry – Home Block Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2013
‘Very perfumed nose, lifts out of the glass like a puff of talc, wild cherry ground into fine powder. Much less ethereal on the palate than the nose would suggest. Fleshy sweet-berried fruit with an earthy flavour that draws from a rounded start to a leaner tightened finish. The acidity really builds on the end. The oak muscles in a little towards the end as well, giving a savoury and slightly cedary note to bring it to a close. New World charge, Old World restraint.’ – 17/20 Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com
We are delighted to introduce this super-premium Pinot Noir to our range. Lowburn Ferry are a leading Central Otago producer and their Home Block Pinot Noir represents some of the very best this now world-renowned region is known for.
The 2013 is drinking wonderfully right now and will continue to evolve for a few years yet. Enjoy on its own, or with poultry, duck, lamb, and venison dishes.
Jean and Roger Gibson, who have lived in the Lowburn Valley for 25 years, first planted grapes at Lowburn Ferry Vineyard in 2000 and 2001. The vineyard is nestled on a sheltered north facing terrace in the Lowburn Valley beneath the Pisa Range in Central Otago. The area is perfect for premium Pinot Noir and all their wines are made entirely from their small family estate.
Lucien Lardy – Fleurie “Les Roches”, 2015
Delicate scent of ripe fruit and violets. Beaujolais’ best known “cru”.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast (2013)
“Lucien Lardy is a “natural” winemaker, avoiding sulphur. The wine is certainly fresh and intensely fruity. It has a red cherry crispness, layers of acidity and a firmer core of tannins. The aftertaste brings out a more measured, structured character. Drink now, but the wine will be better in 2015.” R.V. (11/1/2014)
“Coming from a family of four children, I was the only one to choose winemaker as my profession. My father left me a wonderful legacy that I wanted to honor and preserve. I am fortunate that as part of my daily work I am acting as keeper of a French heritage. I get up early to go into my vineyard to walk through my vines, which give me much happiness and a strong sense of freedom.
I vinify each of my plots separately in order to manage the expression of all my lands. This enables me to create complex and generous wines that display the characteristics of its terroir.
As a founder and winemaker of Terroirs Originels, I am proud to have worked along side my friends and other talented winemakers to form our alliance, where integrity and passion for winemaking and sustainable growing is fundamental.”
Luis Felipe Edwards – Malbec Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2016
A rich wine that has lots of plum and dark berry fruit aromas. The palate brings some spice along with a brambly-like texture. The finish is full with hints of black pepper and smooth chocolate.
Luis Felipe Edwards – Merlot Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2015
Full of lovely plum and dark berry fruits, with silky smooth tannins and a long finish.
Luis Felipe Edwards – Pinot Noir Rio Rica, Maule, 2016
A soft, lighter bodied wine with plenty of summer fruit on the nose and palate. This Pinot Noir has very soft tannins and a pleasant finish.
Madiran AC Cuvée Charles de Batz Domaine Berthoumieu 2012
A nose of plums, blackberries, spice and hints of vanilla and toasty oak. The palate has plenty of fresh redcurrant and plums with a silky mouth feel, food friendly tannins and hints of dark chocolate on the finish.
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Plummy dark fruit flavours combine with subtle toasty notes. A medium to full bodied wine, displaying smooth overtones and a lingering finish.