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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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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L’Instant K, AC Côtes de Provence, Vignoble Kennel, 2015
L’Instant K, AC Côtes de Provence, Vignoble Kennel, 2015
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.

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La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2016
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2016
La Bascula – Catalan Eagle Red, Terra Alta, 2016

Savoury, minerally flavours from old vine Garnacha and Cariñena are complemented by the smokiness and backbone of the Syrah and Cabernet. A month’s contact with French Oak staves adds a touch of vanilla and complexity.

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La Bascula – The Charge Rioja DOC, 2014
La Bascula – The Charge Rioja DOC, 2014
La Bascula – The Charge Rioja DOC, 2014

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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La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015
La Ruffe “les Cuvées Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 2015

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.

Terroir

Clay limestone and blood-red “ruffes” soil typically found in the Terrasses du Larzac.

Jancis Robinson 201617 + / 20 : A sleeping dragon

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Louis Latour – Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine, Côteaux du Verdon, 2014
Louis Latour – Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine, Côteaux du Verdon, 2014
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.

 

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Domaine de Valmoissine is located on the site of the ancient monastery and university of Valmoissine at 500 metres above sea-level. This guarantees sunshine during the summer months whilst remaining cool at night and limits the possibility of spring frosts. The vineyard’s southern exposure gives the raisins perfect maturity at the same time as the Grands Crus of Corton. The yield is small in order to ensure perfect maturity and concentration of the grapes, the factors that create the best quality wines. This results in an elegant wine with remarkable finesse.
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Lowburn Ferry – Home Block Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2013
Lowburn Ferry – Home Block Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2013
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.
Lowburn Ferry
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.

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Luis Felipe Edwards – Malbec Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2017
Luis Felipe Edwards – Malbec Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2017
Luis Felipe Edwards – Malbec Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2017

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.

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Luis Felipe Edwards – Merlot Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2015
Luis Felipe Edwards – Merlot Rio Rica, Valle Central, 2015
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.

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Luis Felipe Edwards – Pinot Noir Rio Rica, Maule, 2016
Luis Felipe Edwards – Pinot Noir Rio Rica, Maule, 2016
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.

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Madiran AC Cuvée Charles de Batz Domaine Berthoumieu 2012
Madiran AC Cuvée Charles de Batz Domaine Berthoumieu 2012
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.

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Malbec Roble Varietales, Goyenechea 2014
Malbec Roble Varietales, Goyenechea 2014
Malbec Roble Varietales, Goyenechea 2014

Intense, refined and full-bodied. Juicy plum and hedgerow fruit with a hint of smoked wood. Soft and round on the palate.A perfect match with meat dishes of all kinds especially with rich sauces.

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Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015
Merlot VdP du Périgord Domaine de Mayat, 2015

Francis Lagarde, close to Bergerac, makes truly great wines. Warm, garnet colour enhanced by soft plumy fruits. Medium to full bodied displaying smooth and round overtones and a lingering finish.

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Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
Merlot “Grain d’Automne” Pays d’Oc IGP Domaine Bergon, 2016
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.

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Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016
Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016
Merlot, Pays d’Oc IGP, Vieille Grange “Les Fines Roches”, 2016

Soft and elegant with ripe damson fruit character, subtle tannin and a long elegant finish.

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Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014
Minervois AOP Calmel & Joseph, 2014

The colour is an intense crimson with purple hints. In the mouth it is powerful but with a soft finish. Notes of ripe fruits, prunes and dried figs cover the taste buds after the first mouthful.

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Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2016
Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2016
Moncaro – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Marche, 2016

A soft yet rich palate bursting with bramble fruit flavours and lots of spicy charisma.

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Moncaro – Sangiovese IGT, Marche, 2016
Moncaro – Sangiovese IGT, Marche, 2016
Moncaro – Sangiovese IGT, Marche, 2016

This wine has a ruby-red colour with purple tints, a fruity, fragrant bouquet with hints of wild berries and a fresh, delicate taste.

Moncaro.

Moncaro observes a single overarching philosophy for its three wine-production sites: the belief that the highest work standards and uncompromised environmental stewardship will lead to the production of high-quality wines. Twenty years’ experience in organic farming has enabled us to bring all of our vineyards under the philosophy of supervised-control viniculture and environmentally friendly practices, with rigorous attention to achieving perfect growth and crop balance in the vines. The highest work standards in the cellar and the most advanced technologies have as their objective the creation of conditions that, at all times, yield very fine wines, which are expression of their local terroir and which preserve the varietal characteristics of the grapes.
IN THE VINEYARD

research in vine growing and cultivation methods which safeguard the environment

Vineyard management practices 

Classification of the vineyards, according to their soil profiles and microclimate (elevation, aspect, weather), to determine suitability to certain grape varieties and crop yield per hectare is fundamental to quality. All vineyard cultivation practices are carefully followed by the technicians that, togetehr with the over decades experience of our members, plan the management of the vine rows. Integrated pest management and sustainable viticulture are practiced for disease control. Careful winter and summer pruning ensures balanced vine growth. Excessive fruit production is managed by cluster thinning. Multiple-pass harvesting is practiced in order to gather each cluster its optimal ripeness. Decades-long familiarity with our vineyards and with their various grape varieties, as well as constant monitoring of seasonal weather conditions, allow us to plan our vinification methods and schedules before harvesting. All the grapes harvested are graded and coded according to category, sugar level, condition and yield per hectare.

Sustainable agriculture, low environmental impact & organic farming 

Moncaro has begun converting to organic agriculture since 1980. Today more than 60 hectares (ca. 150 acres) are farmed and certified in accordance with IFOAM norms and EU 834/2007 and 889/2008 organic farming regulations. Furthermore, we have derived valuable experience from over 300 hectares (ca. 740 acres) farmed in accordance with EU regulation 2078 on low-environmental-impact farming, a philosophy aimed at minimising chemical usage. These vineyards are an important testing ground for sustainable viticulture practices adopted by Moncaro, which are now applied to all vineyards. Such an approach is aimed at preventing, rather than simply combating, pest attacks by utilising weather monitoring stations and by maintaining vine health so that the plant is stronger and more resistant. The results, as well as the increasing quality witnessed by all the awards received by our wines, include the return of useful insects and even wild animals to our vineyards. The sight of various species of birds, wild boars, hares and deer, even in the more intensely cultivated vineyards, is becoming more and more common.

IN THE CELLAR

cutting edge technology and methods united with a passion for wine

Moncaro oenologist Giuliano D’Ignazi directs a young and dynamic technical staff, who also benefits from the valuable assistance and collaboration of world-famous consultant Riccardo Cotarella.  Thanks to technical joint efforts in the past (with Chile and Australia), Moncaro is open to the best of both wine world, the Old and the New. Among the various practices utilised there are: perfect temperature control, extensive use of gentle pressing with membrane presses, fermentation with varietal and specific yeasts and subsequent sur-lie maturation, low-temperature maceration, reductive fermentation, micro-oxygenation, drying of grapes.

Maturation of the wine is carried out in steel tanks or in oak barrels from three to eighteen months, with the Riservas up to twenty-four months. Bottling is done at the Montecarotto cellar. A state-of-the-art, automated bottling line ensures preservation of all the wine’s sensory characteristics, guaranteeing at the same time sterile conditions and wine stability. The wines are then stored in a climate-controlled warehouse that reproduces the temperatures and humidity of a natural cave. The bottles are protected from light and temperature fluctuations, ensuring ideal bottle-ageing conditions until they are ready for release.

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Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010
Monthélie AOC, Louis Jadot, 2010

Maison Louis Jadot Monthélie is a very fruity wine developing red fruits and cherries aromas. It is a well structured wine with good tannins. It is quite a powerful yet still very delicate wine. It will be a perfect partner for red meats (roasted, grilled or in sauce) as well as cheeses.

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Some leathery, clove-like notes spice up this solidly built Pinot. Hints of briar add more complexity to the cherry fruit, before some drying tannins take over on the finish. Rather than aging this to mellow the tannins, try it alongside beef or lamb instead.” J.C.  (7/1/2015)

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2013
This wine highlights the slightly cooler season with lovely perfumed dark red forest berries and cherry fruits along with a hint of dried herb, adding complexity. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish.

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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