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RED 2002 6 cases D'Arenberg - The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £175 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon
2002 / 6 cases / 75cl
£175 per case of 6
IB
RED 2002 1 case D'Arenberg - The Laughing Magpie 75cl £95 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
The Laughing Magpie
2002 / 1 case / 75cl
£95 per case of 6
IB
RED 2003 1 case D'Arenberg - The Ironstone Pressings Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre Magnum £280 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
The Ironstone Pressings Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre
2003 / 1 case / Magnum
£280 per case of 6
IB
RED 2003 1 bottle Greenock Creek - Alice's Shiraz 75cl £40 per bottle Greenock Creek
Alice's Shiraz
2003 / 1 bottle / 75cl
£40 per bottle
DP
RED 2003 2 bottles Greenock Creek - Seven Acre 75cl £50 per bottle Greenock Creek
Seven Acre
2003 / 2 bottles / 75cl
£50 per bottle
DP
RED 2003 3 cases Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards - Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £150 per case of 12 Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards
Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 / 3 cases / 75cl
£150 per case of 12
IB
RED 2004 1 case Ben Glaetzer - Amon Ra 75cl £750 per case of 6 Ben Glaetzer
Amon Ra
2004 / 1 case / 75cl
£750 per case of 6
IB
RED 2013 1 case Inglenook - Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £340 per case of 6 Inglenook
Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 / 1 case / 75cl
£340 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes...exquisitely layered and nuanced, yet also captures plenty of the vintage's intensity and pure power. Inky dark fruit, licorice, dark spices, menthol and new leather are all laced together in a super attractive, mid-weight wine loaded with nuance and personality. With time in the glass, the 2013 blossoms nicely and acquires more savory, cedar, tobacco and underbrush notes. Drink 2018-35. 95 points" Antonio Galloni
WHITE 2014 1 case Domaine Serene - Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay 75cl £600 per case of 12 Domaine Serene
Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay
2014 / 1 case / 75cl
£600 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"A dense and beautiful wine that remains agile and bright. Lovely phenolic texture at the end. Full to medium body with limes and white peaches. Hints of cream. Floral and fresh. A beauty. Drink now. A blend of different vineyards. 95 points" jamessuckling.com, Nov '16
RED 2014 1 case Vasse Felix - Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £480 per case of 6 Vasse Felix
Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 / 1 case / 75cl
£480 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Relatively restrained, the aromas of pencil shavings and intense, bitter chocolate allude to the cloak of fine tannins that initially obscures the fruit. A beam of sour cherry, fresh blackcurrant and cassis soon shines through; notes of moss, peppermint, dried rose, kelp, ironstone, balsamic, cedar and anise lend voice. Dynamic tannins and sluicing acidity make for great precision, persistence and poise, leading to an elegant finish. 96 points" Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine, July 2021
RED 2015 5 cases Henschke - Mount Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz 75cl £520 per case of 6 Henschke
Mount Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz
2015 / 5 cases / 75cl
£520 per case of 6
IB
RED 2016 1 case Dominus 75cl £1,480 per case of 6 Dominus
2016 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,480 per case of 6
IB
RED 2016 4 cases Henschke - Mount Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz 75cl £520 per case of 6 Henschke
Mount Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz
2016 / 4 cases / 75cl
£520 per case of 6
IB
RED 2016 25 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £420 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 / 25 cases / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
IB
RED 2016 10 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum £495 per case of 6 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 / 10 cases / Magnum
£495 per case of 6
IB
RED 2017 2 cases Dominus 75cl £1,020 per case of 6 Dominus
2017 / 2 cases / 75cl
£1,020 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“The 2017 Dominus is one of the truly epic, grand wines of the vintage. Rich, dense and explosive, with tremendous concentration and sheer power, the 2017 Dominus captures all the personality of this site along with the natural opulence of the year. Inky dark fruit, lavender, menthol, licorice, plum, gravel and a host of dark spice notes infuse the 2017 with seemingly endless layers of nuance. Over the last two years I have tasted several hundred Napa Valley Cabernets, both from barrel and bottle. There is no question that Dominus belongs among the elite in 2017; it is simply a breathtaking wine. Certainly readers looking for a Napa Valley Cabernet to cellar should put Dominus at the top of their lists. 98+ points” vinous.com (AG)
RED 2017 2 cases Henschke - Hill of Grace 75cl £1,320 per case of 3 Henschke
Hill of Grace
2017 / 2 cases / 75cl
£1,320 per case of 3
IB
RED 2017 5 cases Henschke - Mount Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz 75cl £675 per case of 6 Henschke
Mount Edelstone Eden Valley Shiraz
2017 / 5 cases / 75cl
£675 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"...The purity of the blackberry theme is sensational and while the French oak does what French oak always tries to do – add gravitas and detail – it is the 14% American oak from the Appalachian Mountains that adds style, richness, and a touch of glamour to proceedings...a thrillingly controlled wine with invigorating flavours, and it will make three decades in a good cellar. (Drink 2025 – 2050). 19+ points." MatthewJukes.com (MJ) Mar 2022------"Kaleidoscopic, this glorious vintage is terroir translucent, transporting you to the vineyard with its signature aromas of dried sage, Eucalyptus olida (aka Strawberry Gum), wild mint, wattleseed, nutmeg and tinder. Soaring and super-expressive...Graceful, willowy tannins and mineral acidity make for a long, fluid, markedly perfumed finish. Irresistible already! Drinking Window 2022 – 2042. 98 points." Decanter Magazine (SA) Mar 2022
WHITE 2017 1 case Kumeu River - Maté's Chardonnay 75cl £260 per case of 6 Kumeu River
Maté's Chardonnay
2017 / 1 case / 75cl
£260 per case of 6
IB
RED 2017 15 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £408 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 / 15 cases / 75cl
£408 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2017 1 case Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Chardonnay 75cl £695 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Chardonnay
2017 / 1 case / 75cl
£695 per case of 12
IB
RED 2018 4 cases Cheval des Andes 75cl £354 per case of 6 Cheval des Andes
2018 / 4 cases / 75cl
£354 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Lovely depth to the fruit, clear chocolate, liquorice, rosemary and black pepper spice, along with blueberry, black cherry, nuances of luscious nectarine. Lower levels of Cabernet Sauvignon than they have historically used in the blend, it still pulls its weight. They are still vinifiying at Terrazas de los Andes, but currently working on a cellar plan that will be completed for 2023. Last vintage with Lorenzo Pasquini before he headed back to Bordeaux (he is now with Yquem), with the 2019 onwards with Gérald Gabillet winemaker (previously at Château Angélus in St Emilion). 95 points" janeanson.com------"This is a plush, rich Cheval with blueberry and floral aromas and flavors. HInts of tar and fresh lavender. Full body. The depth and richness are impressive, as are the ripe yet fresh tannins. Very long and structured, yet controlled and in balance. This will be a great wine indeed. Release in September 2021. Drink after 2023. 98 points" jamessuckling.com------"The 2018 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in small lots in 3,000- to 8,000-liter tanks and matured 40% in 225-liter oak barrels, 40% in 400-liter oak barrels and the remaining 20% in 2,500-liter oak vats for 13 months. Ninety percent of the oak used was French and the rest a blend of Austrian, Slovenian and German oak, 50% of it new. 2018 has been one of the best vintages in recent times in Mendoza, and the wine shows it. It's a cooler vintage, and the wine has improved in freshness and elegance without losing any clout. It's 14.5% alcohol and has a pH of 3.73. This is young, juicy, elegant and balanced and still has some herbal and toasted notes; it's medium to full-bodied, with the creamy and luxurious texture of the modern Bordeaux, ultra fine tannins and a long, dry and precise finish. It's still undeveloped and seems to have all the components and the balance between them for a long and positive development in bottle. With wines like this, I sometimes wish I had a time machine so I could see them in 20 years from now... I think this is the finest Cheval des Andes I've ever tasted. 98 points" Luis Gutiérrez, RobertParker.com
WHITE 2018 1 case De Morgenzon - Reserve Chardonnay 75cl £125 per case of 6 De Morgenzon
Reserve Chardonnay
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£125 per case of 6
IB
WHITE 2018 1 case De Morgenzon - Reserve Chenin Blanc 75cl £125 per case of 6 De Morgenzon
Reserve Chenin Blanc
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£125 per case of 6
IB
RED 2018 1 case Dominus 75cl £1,650 per case of 6 Dominus
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,650 per case of 6
IB
RED 2018 3 cases Jim Barry - The Armagh Shiraz 75cl £990 per case of 6 Jim Barry
The Armagh Shiraz
2018 / 3 cases / 75cl
£990 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“This has attractive dark peaches, red cherries, blood oranges and really exotic fruit aromas with such an expressive nose that is swathed in fragrant spices. The palate has strongly defined dark plums and blackberries and mouthwateringly intense dark cherries. Super succulent and deeply flavored with silky, gently sinewy, young-tannin muscle. A great Armagh for sure. Try from 2028 and drink over the following two decades. 99 points." James Suckling------“A meaty, savoury, spiced nose, something so welcoming about it, warm and friendly with a touch of perfume, dark chocolate, cinnamon and pink peppercorn to the blackcurrant, damsons and plums. Rich, ample and generous, yet delivered with such supple and velvety-soft tannins. This has an elegance to it, a cool sophistication in terms of the profile - neat and tidy, quite linear right now, brimming with energy, not yet fully expansive or loose, but quietly controlled and calm. It's confident though with invigorating acidity and I love the focus, detail and the purity of fruit. Sweet red fruits - strawberries, raspberries and red cherries with a slight balsamic, pomegranate edge that is so delicious. Juicy, crunchy, succulent and ripe but with an effortless edge to it. Supremely drinkable and likeable - what a gorgeous wine! A quality vintage and excellent winemaking skill on show. Ageing 18 months in French oak. 100 points." Decanter
RED 2018 1 case Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £450 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£450 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec. After individual berry sorting and cold soaking, fermentation took place in closed static fermenters at temperatures between 26 °C–30 °C with extraction by pumping over each individual parcel three times daily. After malolactic fermentation entirely in barrels and nine months of barrel maturation, separate parcels were blended for further maturation in French bordelaise-coopered barriques with seasonal rackings. The wine spent a total of 22 months in oak. Truly elegant in every way. One sip of this wine and I can feel its beauty. It has a pure-fruited translucency and the whisper of pine needles, a mint-cold freshness, tannins reaching long, tenacious, slender from top to bottom, embedded through the fruit. A wine with a sweet heart, taut purpose, exquisitely formed clarity. 17.5 points." Jancisrobinson.com (TC), Apr 2022
RED 2018 30 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Shiraz 75cl £222 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Shiraz
2018 / 30 cases / 75cl
£222 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Since Tim arrived at the winery a lot more attention to detail has been focused on the red wines and the quality of juice now being produced is outstanding. Tim is a huge fan of this varietal and a firm believer of its great potential in the Margaret River. The cooler nights, inspired by the maritime influence, bring a lift and a fragrance to the wine, which remind one of northern Rhône examples of this variety. Around 20% whole bunch is used, further adding lift and energy. The oak is a mix of new, I year and 2-year old barriques. This is a very stylish, refined wine of both depth and precision. Astonishing value. Drink from 2024." Importer's note.
RED 2019 5 cases Greywacke Pinot Noir 75cl £260 per case of 12 Greywacke Pinot Noir
2019 / 5 cases / 75cl
£260 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"Lots of strawberry, plum and cherry aromas with hints of flowers and spices. Medium to full body with firm tannins and a long, energetic finish. A little tight now, but will open nicely in two or three years....93 points." Jamessuckling.com (JS), Nov 2021------"This generous, vibrant red was grown on hillsides in the Southern Valleys and matured in French oak barriques (30% new). Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling and youthful, with concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours, finely integrated oak, savoury notes adding complexity, and supple tannins. 98 points." Michael Cooper, Wine Estate Magazine
WHITE 2019 5 cases Klein Constantia - Vin de Constance 50cl £270 per case of 6 Klein Constantia
Vin de Constance
2019 / 5 cases / 50cl
£270 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The 2019 Vin de Constance is matured for 18 months in 500-liter Hungarian and French oak barrels, 50% new, followed by another 18 months in oak foudres. The growing season saw more sunlight hours than previous vintages (2,998 compared to 2,588 in 2018 for example). It has an understated nose, almost Sauternes-like even if it does not contain an ounce of botrytis. Subtle nutty aromas percolate through the wild honey and quince scents, wax resin and lanolin. The palate is medium-bodied and very pure. Disarmingly fine acidity, it is slightly Germanic towards the finish, with a hint of lemongrass lingering on the aftertaste. This is a superb Vin de Constance under the tenure of Matt Day that is a step closer to what you might confusingly call a non-sweet dessert wine. 97 Points." Neal Martin, Vinous------"Bright, medium to deep gold hue, showing focused and pure aromas of honeysuckle, fresh vanilla, lemon tart, dried mango, ginger and a hint of saffron. Certainly quite sweet, but not unctuous, with the natural, effortless acidity managing to balance the lushness. Intense, yet scented and naturally expressive. Persistent finish. You crave for a second glass if you drink it now, but you can also hold it for a decade in your cellar. 97 Points." James Suckling
WHITE 2019 1 case Kumeu River - Estate Chardonnay Magnum £135 per case of 3 Kumeu River
Estate Chardonnay
2019 / 1 case / Magnum
£135 per case of 3
DP
WHITE 2019 1 case Kumeu River - Hunting Hill Chardonnay 75cl £220 per case of 6 Kumeu River
Hunting Hill Chardonnay
2019 / 1 case / 75cl
£220 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"This wine manages to walk the tightrope of richness and finesse, and it does it with swagger. It's no surprise that this powerful, highly concentrated Chardonnay was fermented in new oak barrels after a hiatus in 2018 – it certainly has the stuffing to take it. Hunting Hill is Kumeu's most reductive Chardonnay but its influence remains subtle, bringing the merest flint note and added tension to the nectarine and lemon peel flavors. Poised and well judged. 95 points." Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com
WHITE 2019 2 cases Kumeu River - Maté's Chardonnay 75cl £295 per case of 6 Kumeu River
Maté's Chardonnay
2019 / 2 cases / 75cl
£295 per case of 6
IB
WHITE 2019 3 cases Kumeu River - The Stables' Chardonnay 75cl £150 per case of 6 Kumeu River
The Stables' Chardonnay
2019 / 3 cases / 75cl
£150 per case of 6
IB
WHITE 2019 4 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Chardonnay 75cl £750 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Chardonnay
2019 / 4 cases / 75cl
£750 per case of 12
IB
Tasting Notes"2019 was an excellent vintage in the Margaret River region. When making the blend for this wine, Leeuwin’s Senior Winemaker Tim Lovett picks the wines that are late bloomers in terms of flavour development, so giving the Art Series Chardonnay its longevity. The wines from blocks 20 and 22 consistently form the Art Series. Depending on the growing season, wine from some additional blocks may also make the grade. Cool destemmed fruit held on skins was combined with components of whole-bunch-pressed parcels. The juice was settled for 12–36 hours, racked and inoculated with yeast. 100% of the juice was barrel fermented in new French oak barriques and the lees were stirred regularly. After 11 months in barrels, the various components were blended, fined, cold stabilised and bottled. Masses of green-citrus-pressed acidity and tense smoke funk. Broom flowers, green melon. A rectangular wine. Feels as if it’s been hewn from stone, and only at the end is a tease of the honey and oat cream that will develop as it ages. I wouldn't go near this now, and I would probably decant, but it is difficult to assess such a complex wine from such a tiny sample. It needs time to open. 2024-2030. 17++ points." Jancisrobinson.com (TC), Apr 2022------"Preservation of pristine fruit characters through vinification and maturation remains at the heart of winemaking. This of course starts in the vineyard where observations, reaction and mitigation of environmental patterns are key to vineyard management practices. The vineyard blocks have a north facing aspects and the rows run in an east-west direction. The morphology of the Gingin clone sees the berries ripen differently. The smaller berries usually possess slightly higher sugars and acidity. Vintage takes place in mid-February to early March and the grapes (about 2-3 kilos per vine) are hand-harvested when they have reached a point of ‘energy, bone and pop!’ This translates to intense pure fruit aromas, richness of flavour, fine al dente textures and fresh indelible acidity. These are the hallmark qualities of Gingin clone chardonnay. I have often wondered at the clone’s provenance and passing resemblance to Meursault. Pale colour. Intense lemon curd, grapefruit, peach, tropical fruit aromas with underlying roasted cashew/ hazel nut notes. Lovely grapefruit, lemon curd, tropical fruits, fine persistent chalky textures, attractive mid plate volume and fresh long indelible acidity. Finishes al dente, with savoury oak note. Still elemental but wonderfully balanced with the fruit density and torque to last the distance. Now – 2036. 98+ points. Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, Mar 2022
RED 2019 7 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Shiraz 75cl £270 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Shiraz
2019 / 7 cases / 75cl
£270 per case of 12
IB
RED 2020 Almaviva 75cl £720 per case of 6 Almaviva
2020 / / 75cl
£720 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“2020 was exceptionally dry, with 75% less rain than usual in the period between May and September, which resulted in an earlier harvest to produce a 2020 Almaviva with 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carmenère (from Peumo), 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, so with no Merlot this time. The process was as careful as possible, without using any bombs, doing manual and optical sorting of the grapes, pressing in small vertical presses and aging of 20 months in French oak barrels, 73% of them new and the rest second use. The wine reached good ripeness with 14.9% alcohol. It still shows the effect of the élevage a bit, with abundant notes of sweet spices, a creamy touch and some smoke. I tasted it next to the 2019, and the wines have a very similar aromatic palette with a clear note of baked peppers. What was amazing in 2020 was that they harvested the Carmenere almost five weeks earlier than they normally would, and the result is not a green wine at all. As in all dry years, the wines show a little more tannic, a little in the style of the 2017—but the 2020 has more tension than the 2017, and the 2017 was more powerful and with a bigger tannic structure. The 2019 had more volume than the 2018, and the 2020 is closer to the 2019 than the 2018. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled during the second half of February 2022. 96 points.” Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate------“Fresh and deep nose, full of blueberries, minty cassis, mussels, cigars, dark spice and roasted sesame oak, which will need a year or two to fully integrate. A medium-to full-bodied Almaviva with supple, silky tannins and a wealth of black and blue fruit that provides a lot of charm now. Voluptuous and flattering on the palate, hallmarked by its tension and taut texture. Very long. This is the 25th anniversary bottling. 68% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 6% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Drinkable now, but better from 2024. 98 points.” James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
RED 2020 Almaviva - Epu' 75cl £198 per case of 6 Almaviva
Epu'
2020 / / 75cl
£198 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"The current release of their second wine is the 2020 Epu. It's selected from the same terroir and vineyard in Puente Alto, one of the most reputed places for Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile, but from the younger vines (five- to 20-year-old vines) and harvested a little earlier to preserve acidity and fruit. In the warm and dry 2020 vintage, the wine was produced with a blend of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Carmenere, 5% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, usually higher in Cabernet and lower in Carmenere than Almaviva. It has red ripe berries, the textbook blackberries and cassis and some creamy oak. It's ripe at 14.8% alcohol and has mellow acidity, good freshness and balance, with a pH of 3.71 and 4.8 grams of acidity (tartaric). It matured for 12 months in French barriques, 10% new and 90% second use. The wine has a bright nose with a clean note of baked "morrón" peppers intermixed with red berry compote. It has a velvety plate with the luxurious texture of the modern Bordeaux, with abundant, slightly dusty tannins. It's approachable and round but should reward some time in bottle. This is a pretty serious Epu. 94 Points." Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate------"Lots of finely roasted sweet spice and roasted sesame to the blackberries, cassis and iron, together with hints of blue fruit and cured meat. A medium-to full-bodied palate, filled with rather generous sweet berries. Fleshy, supple and savory with quite fine-grained tannins and a long finish. First year with 10% new wood. 81% cabernet sauvignon, 12% carmenere, 5% merlot and 2% cabernet franc. Already delicious, but can hold, too. 94 Points." James Suckling
WHITE 2020 20 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Riesling 75cl £160 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Riesling
2020 / 20 cases / 75cl
£160 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2020 2 cases Lismore Estate - Age of Grace' Viognier 75cl £105 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
Age of Grace' Viognier
2020 / 2 cases / 75cl
£105 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe grapes were picked and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 550ltrs per ton. The juice was settled for 48 hours and was racked into older, neutral 225 litre Burgundian barrels, and a 600 litre egg shaped tank for fermentation and maturation lasting 10 months. The “egg” component is 10% of the production. Viognier is an aromatic and generous varietal; it benefits from barrel maturation and lees contact with a fuller mouth feel and increased texture. This combined with the firm acid backbone and intense fruit will allow this wine to integrate beautifully and gain further complexity over the next 3-5 years.
WHITE 2020 3 cases Lismore Estate - Chardonnay 75cl £120 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
Chardonnay
2020 / 3 cases / 75cl
£120 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesThe grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 600ltrs per ton. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and was racked into 225, 300 and 500 litre older Burgundian barrels for fermentation and 11 months of maturation. 5% new French oak was used in this vintage. Balance is the key to this wine. The oaking represents a viewpoint that the fruit/acid/pH must drive a wine's flavour and not the over-emphasis on highly extracted buttery notes derived from new barrels and 100% Malolactic conversion. Barrel aging gives this wine its luxurious texture. Having only undergone partial Malo (20%), the wine retains its original fruitiness and fresh acidity. These elements combined allow for years of storage and maturation.
RED 2020 2 cases Lismore Estate - Pinot Noir 75cl £160 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
Pinot Noir
2020 / 2 cases / 75cl
£160 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes70% of the grapes came from Stanford in Walker Bay and 30% from Kaaimansgat in Elandskloof, both in the cool climate region Cape South Coast. The vines are all Burgundian, clone 115. The Stanford vineyard is close to the southernmost tip of Africa and is in one of South Africa’s coolest wine producing regions. The maritime vineyard enjoys a long ripening season, because of the strong cooling winds that are prevalent in the summer. This microclimate is ideal for creating a long hang time, concentrating the flavours in the berries, while retaining natural acidity levels. Kaaimansgat is situated 700m above sea level and its continental climate allows for perfect winter dormancy, and ripens even later than the coastal vineyards. The vines here are planted on decomposed granite soil high in clay content. The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness. 30% whole bunch fermented in large 5000 litre vats with gentle pump-overs twice a day. The process allowed for a long extraction period which lends to the fruit expression and structure of this wine. The free run wine was drained off and the fermented grapes were then pressed in a traditional wooden basket press. The wine was racked into 225, 300 and 500 litre barrels where malolactic fermentation took place and the wine was aged for 10 months with 25% new French oak.
RED 2020 5 cases Lismore Estate - Syrah 75cl £160 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
Syrah
2020 / 5 cases / 75cl
£160 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesA very restrained nose of cassis and hedgerow fruits with classic white pepper, violet and herbs, this is remarkably reminiscent of Cornas or top St-Josephs, cool and classical in style. It should be drinking well on landing and for the medium term, over the next decade. RKL
RED 2020 Sena 75cl £515 per case of 6 Sena
2020 / / 75cl
£515 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“Complex, with savory, spicy character, showing tobacco, salted plums, olives, black cherries, cassis and a hint of white pepper on the nose, followed by a refined, savory, balsamic accent. A full-bodied Seña with juicy fruit chiseling into the tight, extremely fine-grained tannins. Long, bright and still elegant from this warm vintage. 53% cabernet sauvignon, 25% malbec, 15% carmenere and 7% petit verdot. A wine with lots of harmony now, but better to drink from 2025.” 98 points, James Suckling, Apr '22 ------“The 2020 Seña is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 15% Carmenere and 7% Petit Verdot (a little higher in search of acidity) from grapes harvested early, the second week of March, and fermented mostly in stainless steel and 10% in concrete eggs. It has a moderate 13.5% alcohol and good freshness. It's subtle and layered, not only fruit but with more spice; it has polished tannins and very integrated oak after 22 months in barrique, 78% new, and with 10% of the volume in large Stockinger barrels. The warmer years seem to be nicely managed, so that it's not reflected in the ripeness but is more a matter of texture and quality of the tannins; in the warmer years, like 2017 or this 2019, the wines have a little more grip, but these are definitely finer than those from the 2017 vintage. This wine has intensity and complexity, with no mintiness or herbal notes; it's spicy and juicy, with energy and depth. It has structure, color, stuffing and acidity to develop nicely in bottle. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2022.” 97 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate Aug ‘22
WHITE 2021 4 cases Kumeu River - Coddington Chardonnay 75cl £210 per case of 6 Kumeu River
Coddington Chardonnay
2021 / 4 cases / 75cl
£210 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesUsually Coddington is the richest and ripest of the single vineyard wines (setting aside the Maté's) and this is true in 2021, but its a much finer, more crystalline expression of the apricot and pear-fruit aromas and flavours. The quality is apparent in the layered and textured palate, which will no doubt gain more richness with time in bottle. RKL
WHITE 2021 5 cases Kumeu River - Estate Chardonnay 75cl £175 per case of 12 Kumeu River
Estate Chardonnay
2021 / 5 cases / 75cl
£175 per case of 12
IB
WHITE 2021 2 cases Kumeu River - Hunting Hill Chardonnay 75cl £175 per case of 6 Kumeu River
Hunting Hill Chardonnay
2021 / 2 cases / 75cl
£175 per case of 6
IB
WHITE 2021 15 cases Kumeu River - Ray's Road Chardonnay 75cl £175 per case of 12 Kumeu River
Ray's Road Chardonnay
2021 / 15 cases / 75cl
£175 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesThe preceding two vintages of Ray's Road were excellent, but clearly needed time to develop and flesh out the rather austere structure. 2021 is a very different beast, the quality is both immediate and accessible in the glass, with green fruits and and limes on the nose and palate. A ringer for Chablis! This is now the great bargain of Kumeu's range. RKL
WHITE 2021 20 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Riesling 75cl £210 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
Art Series Riesling
2021 / 20 cases / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
IB
Tasting NotesTasted from a mini sample bottle. 2021 was a milder Margaret River vintage. The Riesling harvest took place at night from 22 February, and lasted a week. 40-year-old Riesling vines planted on cool, south-facing slopes 68 m. Rocky lime green, acidity hard, parallel lines. Flinty and unforgiving. Like licking a sea-cliff face. 16.5 points." Jancisrobinson.com (TC), Apr 2022
WHITE 2021 2 cases Lismore Estate - Age of Grace' Viognier 75cl £105 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
Age of Grace' Viognier
2021 / 2 cases / 75cl
£105 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“The 2021 Viognier The Age of Grace comes from Sutherland and bot River, whole bunch pressed with 11 months on the lees using 15% concrete eggs. With pretty white peach and Mirabelle scents on the nose, this takes time to blossom but it never fully lets go. The palace is medium-bodied with a generous dried apricot, mango and spice-box entry, nothing blowsy here with a very focused, almost understated finish. Excellent. 2023-2036. 93+ points." Neal Martin, Vinous------"Sam O'Keefe gets the grapes for this stylish, commercially significant Viognier from Elgin and Bot River, rather than her home base in Greyton. Fermented in 5% new barrels and concrete eggs, it's a suitably graceful, subtle Viognier, with aniseed, pear and apricot skin flavours and tangy supporting acidity. 2022-2027. 92 points." Tim Atkin MW
WHITE 2021 2 cases Lismore Estate - Chenin Blanc 75cl £115 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
Chenin Blanc
2021 / 2 cases / 75cl
£115 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“Sam O'Keefe was given the fruit from this Stanford vineyard in 2020 after the fire at Lismore but liked it so much that she's made it a permanent feature of her range. Fermented in 20% new oak, it's perfumed and stony, with jasmine aromas, some struck match reduction and a tangy, low alcohol finish. 2022-2027. 94 points." Tim Atkin MW------“The 2021 Chenin Blanc comes from fruit that Samanth O’Keefe brought in after the wildfire. It is whole bunch pressed, oxidatively handled and sees 15% new oak. Yellow plum, egg whites and a touch of candle wax unfurls on the nose, very well defined. The palate is well defined with a fine bead of acidity, an elegant “cool” Chenin with a sleep and focused finish. Wonderful. 2022-2036. 92 points." Neal Martin, Vinous
WHITE 2021 3 cases Lismore Estate - Reserve Viognier 75cl £195 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
Reserve Viognier
2021 / 3 cases / 75cl
£195 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes“The 2021 Viognier Estate Reserve comes from vines on grey white shale (new plantings from 2016 were destroyed in the wildfire), so there is just 18-hectares that “soldiered on”. It has a backward nose with lime flower and light waxy scents. This feels very contained, then discrete menthol aromas surface. The palate is rounded in texture with dried apricot and touches of yellow plum; the 2021 is packed full of flavour with a slightly spiced, lemongrass-tinged finish. Superb. 2023-2042. 94 points." Neal Martin (Vinous)------“Made with fruit from vines that mercifully survived the fire of December 2019, this is a wine that will put a smile on the face of anyone who loves the Lismore style. Comfortably the best Viognier in South Africa, it has jasmine and honeysuckle aromas and a palate of quince, pear and tangerine. Subtle, ethereal stuff that ought to frighten a few producers in Condrieu. 2023-2028. 96 points." Tim Atkin MW

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