Echeverria – Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2016
Deep black cherry. Intense fruit aromas with notes of spices and delicate toast. Excellent balance and round structure. Soft and mature tannins provide a great finesse to the palate. Spicy and toasty flavours combine with hints of vanilla and chocolate.
89 Points Wine Enthusiast (2012 vintage)
Aromas of cheesy oak, jammy berry and cassis are ripe and a touch raisiny. A wide, full-bodied palate shows scratchy tannins, while core flavors of blackberry and cassis feature mild but present oak in front of a tannic finish. Drink through 2020. M.S. (3/1/2015)
Viña Echeverria is a long established Chilean estate winery fully owned and managed by the Echeverria family. Our vineyards and winery are located on the outskirts of the town of Molina, Curicó Valley, the wine heartland of Chile. We produce fine wines with a commitment to quality and excellence attainable only in a truly family run enterprise.
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Alpataco, 2016
Deep, saturated blackish-ruby hue. Ripe licorice and plummy black fruit aromas carry an integrated, sweet-vanilla oak accent. A firm entry leads a structured, full-bodied palate with grippy, ripe tannins and god depth of fruit. A pure, balanced style with a lengthy finish.
86 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“A purple tint and aromas of black fruits, graphite, toast and minerally crispness set the bar high, but in the mouth and on the palate things are less impressive. There’s a raw, acidic bite despite oaky creaminess, while flavors of wild berry and herbs finish a bit green.” M.S. (12/31/2013)
Familia Schroeder – Malbec Saurus Select, 2013
This Malbec features an intense dark purplish red that shows maturity. On the nose it is complex – ripe red fruit aromas such as currants, plums and sour cherries melt with some spicy hints. Due to ageing in oak casks some vanilla, bitter chocolate and coffee notes are shown. The mouth-feel is pleasant and well balanced. The long, lingering finish is dominated by sweet, velvety tannins.
89 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (2010 vintage).
“The 2010 Saurus Select Malbec is a little reticent on the nose despite coaxing. The palate is medium-bodied with a terse, saline-tinged entry. It does not really build in the mouth, although there is a keen thread of acidity and pleasant smoky notes towards the controlled, reserved finish.” Drink now-2016.
Familia Schroeder – Pinot Noir Malbec, 2010
Deep red in colour with hints of violet in the rim. The combination of grape varieties gives a full nose of ripened fruit aromas. The palate is full with strong plum and cassis flavours gently backed with floral and spiced nuances. This is a delicious wine with hints of vanilla, mocha and chocolate. Superbly structred, the two grape varieties are very different on their own, but when combined they create a wine that is soft, elegant and velvety in the mouth with a long, lingering finish.
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Barrel Fermented Malbec, 2012
Deep red colour with some hint of violet. Full ripened fruit aromas with strong plum and cassis gently backed with floral and spiced nuances. Delicate hints of vanilla and chocolate, a soft and elegant wine with a long lingering finish.
88 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Dark, piercing, crusty black fruit aromas suggest burnt toast and lemon, and although there’s a lemony bite to the palate, once it airs out chunky black fruit flavors take over. Not a thriller but it’s pure and clean. Textbook mid-to-upper-level Malbec with some flair. M.S.” (8/1/2010)
Familia Schroeder – Saurus Select Pinot Noir, 2014/15
Deep red tones to the eye and the nose has plenty of floral aromas, like roses and violets combined with red fruit scents such as red currants, raspberries and strawberries. Mushrooms and mineral aromas stand out together with some vanilla and cocoa notes. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir presents ultra fine tannins and fruity nuances that wave through a finish of superior depth and dimension.
88 Points Wine Spectator
“This red shows good concentration to its dried cherry and roasted plum flavors, extending with mocha notes. Milk chocolate and sandalwood details chime in on the finish. Drink now.” – Kim Marcus, Apr 30, 2014
Commended, Decanter World Wine Awards (2013 vintage)
“A fruit forward wine with sour cherries and red berries nose and a clean finish.”
Famille Perrin – Les Sinards Rouge, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2014
Domaine Perrin is a reputable family owned and run négociant business situated in the Southern Rhone. They are owners of the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel along with other well-known estates such as Mirival in Provence.
The Family’s other Châteauneuf! Les Sinards comes from the young vines at Beaucastel and from a neighbouring vineyard that they farm.
The 2014 Châteauneuf du Pape les Sinards is a solid effort in the vintage and while it functions as a young vine/second wine cuvee for the Perrin Family, it trumps many an estate’s top cuvee. Floral, elegant and perfumed with lively notes of plums, blackberry, underbrush, pepper and licorice, it has good acidity, medium-bodied richness and outstanding length. It will drink nicely for 7-8 years. – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate.
Fattoria le Maestrelle, Toscana Rosso IGT, Santa Cristina, 2015
Ruby red with purple highlights in color, the wine shows intense and ample aromas of red fruit, chocolate, and mint. The palate is balanced, of good body with velvety tannins, and the finish and aftertaste recall the aromas first felt on the nose.
Felton Road – Pinot Noir Bannockburn, Central Otago 2014
The nose leads with cinnamon, vanilla and more red fruits than the typical dark cherry from this warmer 2013 vintage. A soft and comforting mouthfeel that is broad and expansive. Being a blend of our three Bannockburn vineyards, this contributes various layers of generous ripe fruits and creamy textural elements. The wine has a pleasant rusticity to the structure adding complexity and depth. Hints of liquorice on the long enveloping finish. Can be enjoyed now for a more youthful expression but will evolve and develop over the next 10 years.
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.
Gevrey-Chambertin “En Songe” Domaine Marchand-Grillot 2010
Well structured with a beautiful roundness and body. A very long finish.
Like the vines, the Marchand and the Grillot families are both well rooted into the Burgundian soil.
Going back six generations, we find the first of each family who started their interests in the vineyards, at Morey St Denis for the Marchands, and the Grillots at Gevrey-Chambertin. It was in 1950, thanks to a marriage, that the Domaine Marchand-Grillot was created, setting up definitively at Gevrey-Chambertin.
Today, Jacques Marchand heads the estate, bringing his knowledge borne by generations, and his extensive experience. He is followed by his son, Etienne, who is taking over the responsibilities little by little. Etienne studied at the Lycée viticole at Macon-Davayé, followed by a BTS in Wine commerce at Thecoma in Paris. Furthermore, he has enlarged his own experience with vinegrowers in Oregon. Thanks to him, the estate has been given a new enthusiasm, adding modern working techniques whilst retaining the continuity of the collective knowledge and experience.
The aim of the Marchand-Grillot family has always been to create traditional style wines, respecting the varietal Pinot Noir, and the terroir, in the vineyard and in the winery.
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.”
Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto.
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.”
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’.
Herdade do Esporão – Alandra Tinto, Alentejo, 2015
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)
Herdade do Esporão – Monte Velho Tinto, Alentejo, 2016
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.”
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.”
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 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 …