Finca La Emperatriz – Reserva, Rioja DOC, Spain 2012
Finca La Emperatriz – Reserva, Rioja DOC, Spain 2012
Finca La Emperatriz – Reserva, Rioja DOC, Spain 2012

A ruby red wine, very brilliant, with medium to high colour intensity and slightly tinted legs. Very intense on the nose, with initially complex, mineral aromas originating from the soil. This is followed by notes reminiscent of cigar boxes and sweet dairy products, with a hint of black fruits and orange peel; very elegant. Very intense in the mouth; a spirited wine with good acidity and medium strength on the palate. A friendly, enveloping sensation in the mouth, with a fruity and mildly spiced finish. Enjoy with Stews and casseroles.

Bodegas la Emperatriz
Bodegas la Emperatriz is great find. A picturesque estate in the heart of Rioja Alta which has been winning awards since the Paris Universal Exposition of 1878, when it was owned by the last empress of France, Eugenia de Montijo. Now owned by the Hernaiz family since 1996, the estate boasts 67 years old vine Garnacha and Viura, and produces Rioja’s only single estate Crianza. Their wines have proved a huge hit with wine critics across the globe and are widely listed in Madrid’s Michelin starred restaurants.

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Floc de Gascogne AOC Blanc, Marquis de Papolle
Floc de Gascogne AOC Blanc, Marquis de Papolle
Floc de Gascogne AOC Blanc, Marquis de Papolle

Nose of red fruits, mature, pronounced color.
Smooth mouth revealing in a fine Armagnac.

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Fonseca – Vintage Port, 2007
Fonseca – Vintage Port, 2007
Fonseca – Vintage Port, 2007

94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“The 2007 Fonseca Vintage Port is opaque purple-colored with a high-class perfume of lavender, Asian spices, pencil lead, incense, and an amalgam of black fruits. On the palate it is voluminous with layered, succulent fruit, outstanding density, and excellent integration of tannin, acidity, and alcohol. The long finish and the wine’s impeccable balance suggest a lengthy evolution and a drinking window extending out to 2045.” (2/2010)

96 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“A limpid purple garnet core. The nose is quintessential Fonseca, like a riotous party reaching its crescendo in the glass. Macerated black cherries, eau-de-vie, damson, fig and a touch of Seville orange. Then what is fascinating is that the uproar dies down with aeration, becomes more focused…as if the host has asked everyone to quieten down. The palate is powerful and spicy on the entry, sweet ripe black berried fruits, a touch of spice, fig and apricot, lovely cohesion and weight building towards a deeply joyous finish that lacquers the mouth in port-like reverie. Perhaps more approachable than the 2000 or the 2003 at this stage, this is a marvellous Fonseca.” Neal Martin May 2009 – Score 96

94 Points Wine Spectator
“A subtle yet powerful young Vintage Port, with freshly sliced plum, citrus and mulberry on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a solid core of powerful tannins and a long, balanced finish. So tight and reserved. Muscularly structured. Best after 2017.” (5/2010)

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Fonseca
Fonseca has belonged to the first rank of Vintage Port producers since the mid-nineteenth century. Fonseca Vintage Ports are noted for their luscious fruitiness which develops great opulence and complexity with age. Wines born of inspired winemaking and a thorough understanding of viticulture and terroir, they appeal, perhaps more than any other house’s Vintage Ports, to the enthusiast and connoisseur.Vintage Ports represent the finest produce of a single exceptional year. Unlike Ports which age in wood, Vintage Ports will continue to age and improve in bottle for decades, their character bearing the imprint of both vineyard and wine maker.A constant thread that runs through the history of Fonseca is the family’s close involvement with the making of the firm’s Vintage Ports. Throughout the 20th century, the making of Fonseca Vintage Ports was overseen by only four family members, Frank, Dorothy, Bruce and David Guimaraens and this has helped to make Fonseca one of the most stylistically consistent of Vintage Port producers.The firm’s Vintage Ports are drawn from its own quintas or estates: Cruzeiro and Santo António in the Pinhão Valley, which have contributed to the firm’s Vintage Port blend for 100 years, as well the Távora Valley property of Panascal. Fonseca is unique among Port houses in making three different types of Vintage Port.

Fonseca Vintage Ports are released only when a year produces outstanding wines with long term ageing potential. These classic Vintage Ports are a blend of wines from Cruzeiro, Santo António and Panascal. Cruzeiro contributes concentrated black fruit flavours and firm tannic ‘grip’. Panascal adds an opulent luscious fruitiness and a dense velvety texture. Finally, Santo António brings complexity and vibrancy with its fine scented character and fresh acidity.

Although they can be enjoyed when young, Fonseca Vintage Ports will continue to improve in bottle for many decades. They have the stamina and aromatic potential to last for over a hundred years. Attracting the highest scores and auction prices, they are favoured not only by fine wine enthusiasts but also by collectors and investors.

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Fresita
Fresita
Fresita

The wine is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Moscatel. Small, freshly-picked, intensely flavored Patagonian strawberries (from the foot of the Andes) are added to the wine. The result is a fruity, fresh and delicious all natural sparkling wine.The color and appearance is deep, luscious, and salmon pink with strawberry pulp floating in the wine.

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Goyenechea – “Varietales” Merlot Rosé, 2017
Goyenechea – “Varietales” Merlot Rosé, 2017
Goyenechea – “Varietales” Merlot Rosé, 2017

Gorgeous crushed strawberry fruit flavours, fresh, lively and hugely drinkable, made from 100%  Merlot grapes. (Pronounced “guy in a chair”)!

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Gros Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2014
Gros Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2014
Gros Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2014

Delightful pale yellow color with golden highlights. Scents of honey and hazelnuts with a discreet touch of wood. Round and smooth on the mouth. Fresh and slightly acidic, with aromas of honey and acacia as well as white peaches and nectarines.

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Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2015
Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2015
Guiseppe Campagnola – Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore, Veneto 2015

Deep ruby red colour. Elegant, complex aromas of ripe fruit. In the mouth, soft, rich flavours typical of the best Valpolicella, lengthening into a pleasantly bitterish finish.

89 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“Mouthfuls of black cherry, raspberry, nutmeg and cinnamon abound in this wine. It boasts a beautiful structure coupled with elegant freshness. Drink now through the next few years.” K.O.  (11/1/2013)

87 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The 2011 Valpolicella Ripasso Classico Superiore shows a delicate and almost ethereal side to Ripasso that is otherwise very difficult to find in this category of hearty Italian red wine. Leather, tobacco, spicy oak and molasses frame lighter nuances of forest berry and cassis. The mouthfeel is crisp and lean.”

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Region
Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto.

Grapes
Corvina Veronese and Corvinone Veronese 80%, Rondinella 20%. Bunches are hand picked.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.
“The Giuseppe Campagnola brand has existed since 1907 and has seen five generations at the helm of its winemaking operations. Today, the estate buys fruit from more than 50 growers who collectively farm 80 hectares in the area, 30 of which are located in Valpolicella. The Campagnola brand refers to various wines made in the Verona area and the Caterina Zardini brand is specifically for wines made in Valpolicella.”

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Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015
Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015
Gwin Gwyn, White Castle Vineyard, 2015

A dry delicate white wine made from a selected blend of Phoenix & Siegerrebe grape varieties. Floral aromas of elderflower and ripe citrus fruits on the palate.

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H. Hernaiz – Salagόn, Rioja Tempranillo, 2014
H. Hernaiz – Salagόn, Rioja Tempranillo, 2014
H. Hernaiz – Salagόn, Rioja Tempranillo, 2014

Unoaked for a vibrant, fresh expression of Rioja. Youthful bramble fruits with hints of liquorice and violet sweets. Easy to drink with a refreshing acidity.

 

Made from the Tempranillo grape grown on soils dominated by limestone, known in Rioja as ‘Salagon’.

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Haut-Montravel AC Cuvée Eloi (50cl), 2011
Haut-Montravel AC Cuvée Eloi (50cl), 2011
Haut-Montravel AC Cuvée Eloi (50cl), 2011

This is Hanaé younger brother Eloi. Produced in a similar style but somewhat lighter with 115grams of residual sugar rather than 170. Still absolutely delicious and will marry fruit tarts to perfection.

£14.50 Add to cart
Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Branco, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Branco, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Branco, Alentejo, 2016

It is floral, fragrant and delicate, with lime and citrus aromas enhancing a fresh and fruity palate.

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Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Tinto, Alentejo, 2017
Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Tinto, Alentejo, 2017
Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Tinto, Alentejo, 2017

Youthful, ruby colour. Fresh berry, fruity aromas. Fresh, bright, packed with red fruits and some soft tannin.

84 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“This wine is a blend created using grapes sourced from vineyard sites, giving it a ripe, full-bodied character. It is smooth, almost New-World in style, but with an edge of tannins and acidity. Drink this wine now.” — R.V.  (12/1/2012)

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Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Branco, Alentejo, 2017
Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Branco, Alentejo, 2017
Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Branco, Alentejo, 2017

Crystal clear, pale straw colour. Fresh white stone fruits with citric notes. Firm, intense and well balanced palate, persistent aromatic fruit with a long finish.

86 Points Wine Enthusiast (2013 vintage)
“Soft and round, this is a wine that has the warmth of the Alentejo coupled with a tangy, fresh slice of lemon. Blending Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Perrum, it’s a wine to drink now, or just age for a few months.”

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Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Tinto, Alentejo, 2017
Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Tinto, Alentejo, 2017
Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Tinto, Alentejo, 2017

Clear deep ruby colour. Berry fruit aromas with some complex subtle toasty notes. Elegant palate with good depth of fruit and a fine tannic structure.

85 Points Wine Enthusiast (2012 vintage)
“A solid, dry, gently tannic wine that has a full and fruity character. Acidity and a dry core provide structure, while black berry and dark cherry fruits offer ripe contrast. It’s a wine to drink now and until 2019.”

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Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2016
Herdade do Esporão – Quatro Castas, Alentejo, 2016

Deep colour and intense. Aroma scented with berries, ensnared in subtle spicy notes.Solid and dense palate with creamy texture, highlighting the ripe fruit wrapped in fine tannins give it structure and a long and elegant finish.

90 Points Wine Enthusiast.

“Still young and showing fresh fruitiness, this wine needs time to calm down and broaden out. Made of four classic varieties in the Esporão vineyard, it’s dense, stalky and still full of tannins. Give this wine until 2016.”

 

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Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015
Herdade do Esporão – Verdelho “V”, Alentejo, 2015
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.

 

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Itynera – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Barrique, Italy 2014
Itynera – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Barrique, Italy 2014
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.

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Klippenkop – Pinotage, Robertson, 2016
Klippenkop – Pinotage, Robertson, 2016
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

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Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015
Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015
Koshu Kayagatake, Grace, 2015

Bright, transparent lemon yellow with a tinge of green. Impression of cool climate green apples and herbs  on the nose, with a yeasty and dried leaf nuances wrapping at the back. Refreshing acidity balanced by a hint  of sweetness.

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Krug Grande Cuvée NV
Krug Grande Cuvée NV
Krug Grande Cuvée NV

A gleaming gold colour, an extravagantly expansive bouquet, an almost creamy texture. Then, an explosion of flavours, at once mellow and mature, crisp and clean. Notes of toast, soft spices, dried fruit and candied fruits.

£150.00 Add to cart
KWV – Cruxland Gin
KWV – Cruxland Gin
KWV – Cruxland Gin

A clear, fragrant liquid that is lightly tinted by the signature botanicals, Cruxland Gin boasts notes of fresh juniper and lemon, further enhanced by coriander and spices with an earthy character from Kalahari truffles.

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KWV Cape Tawny Classic Collection
KWV Cape Tawny Classic Collection
KWV Cape Tawny Classic Collection
  • About the area

    South Africa’s vineyards are mostly situated in the Western Cape near the coast. This is the southernmost region of the African continent, and has a Mediterranean type climate and diverse soils perfectly suited to quality grape production.

  • Winemaking

    Specially selected grapes were harvested, destemmed and inoculated with yeast. The wine was allowed to ferment until the desired sugar level was reached and then fortied with natural wine spirits to stop the fermentation. The resulting wine was then matured in French oak barrels.

  • Tasting Notes

    Extended wood maturation resulted in a beautiful amber colour with orange zest, dried fruit, caramel and nuttiness on the nose. This full flavoured wine explodes with fruit, marzipan and toffee on the palate, with a well balanced sweet finish.

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