Llaethliw Red, 2018
– Light purple and ready to be enjoyed in its youth. It has aromas of ripe plum and dark cherries with notes of blackberry, cassis and an earthy undertone that leads on to a soft and smooth tannin structure. Incredibly soft an easy to drink, this wine is light enough to be chilled down slightly, and enjoyed with a tuna steak from the BBQ during the summer, or on its own with roast chicken, game or lamb during the cooler months.
Macán Clásico, Bodegas Benjamin de Rothschild & Vega Sicilia, Rioja DOC 2014
– 2015 – The sweetness of the 2015 vintage is evident in this Macán Clásico with its ripe bramble nose but there is an intriguingly scented note to the bouquet which makes it extremely attractive. Full of crunchy, fresh red fruit, this is a refreshing, elegant and moreish Rioja. The tannins are all in evidence; they are pert yet incredibly fine suggesting that, whilst this can be enjoyed now, it has the structure of a much more serious wine.
Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva Rioja DOC 2010
– This wine is only made in “excellent” or “very good” vintages. It undergoes nearly two-and-a-half years ageing in highest quality oak barrels, followed by further ageing in bottle before release. Showing great complexity with notes of roasted coffee, spice, plum and strawberry. Powerful in the mouth with fleshy fruit and nuances of toasty, well-integrated oak leading to a long, balanced finish. Can be drunk now with grilled meats or game, or cellared successfully for the next 10 years.
Marqués de Cáceres Reserva Rioja DOC 2012
– Attractive colour with luminous highlights. Soft spice and refined oak on the nose with a depth of jammy red berry fruits. Luscious and intense on tasting with pleasant tannins that mingle with fresh and mature fruit. Finishes with delicious, long-lasting flavours.
Meerlust, Rubicon, 2006
Very deep, youthful colour, intense almost purple hue. Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedarwood and intense spiciness. Still very young but brooding, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured but packed with fresh dark fruit and rounded, linear tannins.
15 – 20 years, provided wine is stored in ideal cellar conditions.
Complements: Venison, game, pot roast and noble cheese Ideally served at 18°C – 20°C.
Moreto, Vinho de Talha, Esporao, 2015
– One of a pair of amphora fermented and aged wines, this is made from the Moreto grape commonly found in Alentejo blends but rarely found by itself. This dark-colored wine is a departure for the grape, bringing out reserves of richness. The soft tannins and almost sweet character are more typical and result in a full wine that is ready to drink.
Pet Nat, Ancre Hill Estates, NV
– Nicely crazy lightly sparkling red, with a sour cherry and red fruit jam nose, that plays out on the palate too, with a slightly herbal back-note. It reminds us of a light Lambrusco Rosso. A real sweet & sour character to it, with great freshness. The new vintage’s juice was blended with previous vintage base wine whilst still fermenting. Primary fermentation finishes in bottle producing a lightly fizzy wine of between 2 and 3 bar pressure. Ancre Hill Estates is located in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. The 12 hectares of vineyards are perfectly positioned on south facing slopes close to the border town of Monmouth and the Wye Valley. The estate utilises traditional Biodynamic and Organic Viticultural practices to produce the best possible fruits from carefully sourced and selected varieties with excellent heritage. The wines produced at Ancre Hill express the terroir of ancient mudstone and sandstone soils, giving the wines their character and natural flavours, with no external intervention or manipulation in the winemaking process.
Pinot Noir, Ancre Hill Estates, 2018
– Light but intense – fragrant strawberry and cherries merge with liquorice and sweet spice. The grapes underwent 100% whole bunch maceration for between 30 to 50 days. Fermentation was finished in oak and stainless steel for ageing on gross lees for a minimum of 10 months, with natural MLF, no filtration or fining. Ancre Hill Estates is located in the Welsh county of Monmouthshire. The 12 hectares of vineyards are perfectly positioned on south facing slopes close to the border town of Monmouth and the Wye Valley. The estate utilises traditional Biodynamic and Organic Viticultural practices to produce the best possible fruits from carefully sourced and selected varieties with excellent heritage. The wines produced at Ancre Hill express the terroir of ancient mudstone and sandstone soils, giving the wines their character and natural flavours, with no external intervention or manipulation in the winemaking process.
Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, David Bruce, 2015
– Red fruits on the nose, complemented by subtle notes of leather, coffee and cedar. A long and complex wine with ripe dark fruits, a hint of tea leaf and silky, integrated tannins.
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014/15
Intense ruby color with garnet reflections. The bouquet is distinguished and vital, with fresh, ripe fruit. The palate is clear and definite, with hints of ripe pulpy fruit, cherry, and notes of chocolate, frame with a long and pleasant finish.
90 Points Antonio Galloni (2012 vintage)
“The 2012 Barbera d’Alba is quite pretty. Bright red cherries, flowers, spices and mint all lift from the glass in a striking, perfumed Barbera long on class and personality. The flavors are precise and finely sculpted throughout.”
The grapes for the Barbera d’Alba come from the family owned vineyards in Serraluga d’Alba (Ornato and Colombaro), in Sinio, Diano d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour, together with other vineyards belonging to historical suppliers who have been selling their grapes to PIO CESARE for generations, working their vineyards according to our directions and strict quality controls. There is 15 days of skin contact in stainless steel temperature-controlled fermenters. The wine is aged for 18 months in French Allier oak, 30 percent in mid-toasted barriques that are half new and half one year old. The remaining 70 percent were aged in 20 to 50 hectoliter casks of Allier oak that are about 8 years old.
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2015
‘Dried cranberries and pomegranate are fruity yet demure on the nose. Bold flavors mimic the fruity aromas on the palate, juicy and tart. A well integrated vanilla and toasty coconut flavor perfumes the finish, with a slightly leathery kick.’ – 92pts. Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.
Aromas of blackberry and raspberry fruit with a touch of fragrant wild flowers, vanilla and spice from its ageing in French oak. The palate reflects the nose with a silky texture, a richness of flavour and good freshness.
Serve at 16-18ºC. Serve with roasted meats such as game or beef.
Crushing and total destalking of the grapes. Pre-fermentative maceration at controlled temperature of 15 ºC; Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 23ºC and maceration for 2 weeks. Before being bottled, the wine ages in new French oak barrels for 12 months.
Quinta da Alorna – Tinto Reserva, Tejo, 2016
A blend of native varietal Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe blackcurrant notes on the nose and palate with a touch of violet and hint of spice. 12 months maturation in French oak has added complexity and structure. Enjoy with roast beef. Enjoy within 2-5 years of vintage.
In The Press
‘Wild blackberry and heady violet on the nose. On the palate, it’s silky and savory. Juicy fruit, whiffs of vanilla and sandalwood, and hints of cedar and bitter nut skin on the finish. Assertive yet approachable tannins.’ – 91 Pts. Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.
Ramos Pinto – Duas Quintas Tinto, Douro, 2017
Clear and bright, intense garnet colour, with crimson reflections. Lively refreshing aroma, notes of spices, cinnamon, white pepper. The deeper bouquet has notes of wild berries, black plums and citrus. Very smooth and fresh on the palate, with silky tannins, balanced and easy to drink.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
“This densely structured, finely crafted wine is the latest vintage from one of the Douro’s iconic brands. It has great weight and, at the same time, elegant fruits and structure that offer good aging potential. It could be drunk now, but best to wait until 2016.”