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RED 1993 1 case Penfolds - Penfolds Grange 75cl £1,650 per case of 6 Penfolds
1993 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,650 per case of 6
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RED 1995 1 case Penfolds - Penfolds Grange 75cl £1,875 per case of 6 Penfolds
1995 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,875 per case of 6
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RED 1996 1 bottle Montecillo Vineyards - Corley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £30 per bottle Montecillo Vineyards
1996 / 1 bottle / 75cl
£30 per bottle
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RED 1997 5 cases Viader - Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £650 per case of 12 Viader
1997 / 5 cases / 75cl
£650 per case of 12
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RED 1998 1 bottle Henschke - Hill of Grace Shiraz 75cl £395 per bottle Henschke
1998 / 1 bottle / 75cl
£395 per bottle
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RED 1999 1 case D'Arenberg - The Ironstone Pressings 75cl £140 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
1999 / 1 case / 75cl
£140 per case of 6
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RED 2000 1 case D'Arenberg - The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £160 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
2000 / 1 case / 75cl
£160 per case of 6
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RED 2000 1 case D'Arenberg - The Ironstone Pressings 75cl £140 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
2000 / 1 case / 75cl
£140 per case of 6
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RED 2001 1 case D'Arenberg - The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £160 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
2001 / 1 case / 75cl
£160 per case of 6
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RED 2002 6 cases D'Arenberg - The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £175 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
2002 / 6 cases / 75cl
£175 per case of 6
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RED 2002 1 case D'Arenberg - The Dead Arm Shiraz 75cl £180 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
2002 / 1 case / 75cl
£180 per case of 6
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RED 2002 3 cases D'Arenberg - The Laughing Magpie 75cl £120 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
2002 / 3 cases / 75cl
£120 per case of 6
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RED 2002 1 bottle Sloan Proprietary Red 75cl £450 per bottle Sloan Proprietary Red
2002 / 1 bottle / 75cl
£450 per bottle
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RED 2003 1 case D'Arenberg - The Ironstone Pressings Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre Magnum £280 per case of 6 D'Arenberg
2003 / 1 case / Magnum
£280 per case of 6
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RED 2003 1 bottle Greenock Creek - Alice's Shiraz 75cl £40 per bottle Greenock Creek
2003 / 1 bottle / 75cl
£40 per bottle
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RED 2003 2 bottles Greenock Creek - Seven Acre 75cl £50 per bottle Greenock Creek
2003 / 2 bottles / 75cl
£50 per bottle
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RED 2003 3 cases Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards - Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £150 per case of 12 Kay Brothers Amery Vineyards
2003 / 3 cases / 75cl
£150 per case of 12
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RED 2003 1 bottle Turley - Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel 75cl £60 per bottle Turley
2003 / 1 bottle / 75cl
£60 per bottle
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RED 2004 2 cases Branson Coach House - Coach House Block 75cl £300 per case of 6 Branson Coach House
2004 / 2 cases / 75cl
£300 per case of 6
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RED 2004 2 cases Branson Coach House - Greenock Block 75cl £210 per case of 6 Branson Coach House
2004 / 2 cases / 75cl
£210 per case of 6
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RED 2006 1 bottle Noon Reserve Shiraz 75cl £60 per bottle Noon Reserve Shiraz
2006 / 1 bottle / 75cl
£60 per bottle
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RED 2010 1 case Langmeil - 5th Wave Grenache 75cl £120 per case of 6 Langmeil
2010 / 1 case / 75cl
£120 per case of 6
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RED 2010 1 case Penfolds - Penfolds Grange 75cl £1,950 per case of 6 Penfolds
2010 / 1 case / 75cl
£1,950 per case of 6
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RED 2011 1 case Dominus - Dominus Estate Napanook 75cl £240 per case of 6 Dominus
2011 / 1 case / 75cl
£240 per case of 6
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RED 2013 1 case Inglenook - Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £360 per case of 6 Inglenook
2013 / 1 case / 75cl
£360 per case of 6
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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
RED 2013 1 case Sena 75cl £395 per case of 6 Sena
2013 / 1 case / 75cl
£395 per case of 6
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RED 2014 1 case Vasse Felix - Cullity Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £480 per case of 6 Vasse Felix
2014 / 1 case / 75cl
£480 per case of 6
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RED 2015 4 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £420 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
2015 / 4 cases / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
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RED 2016 2 cases Dominus 75cl £1,080 per case of 6 Dominus
2016 / 2 cases / 75cl
£1,080 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes“A blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot and 8% Cabernet Franc aged in 40% new oak, the 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is deep purple-black in color and quite reticent at this youthful stage to begin, offering up subtle notions of potpourri, Indian spices, cigar box and iron ore over a core of crushed blackberries and black cherries with intermittent wafts of black and red currants, new leather and smoked meats. The palate is medium to full-bodied with a densely packed mid-palate and oodles of freshness framed by very ripe, finely grained tannins and laced with compelling earthy accents. It offers incredible vibrancy with tons of black and red fruit sparkle in the mid-palate leading to a provocative mineral element on the very long finish. If I could give more than 100 for this one, I would. To be released in May 2019. 100 points”. Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (LPB)
RED 2016 6 bottles Hobo Wine Company - Folk Machine Pinot Noir 75cl £18 per bottle Hobo Wine Company
2016 / 6 bottles / 75cl
£18 per bottle
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RED 2016 Jim Barry - The Armagh Shiraz Magnum £330 per bottle Jim Barry
2016 / / Magnum
£330 per bottle
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RED 2016 Jim Barry - The Armagh Shiraz 75cl £870 per case of 6 Jim Barry
2016 / / 75cl
£870 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"Wow. This is a bold, brassy shiraz that carries a wealth of very intense aromas of ripe blackberries, dark plums, licorice and sweetly spiced earth. Still so very youthful and primary. The palate is so powerful, so mouth-filling and so, so juicy. This manages to deliver such intensity and composure. Supple, long and deep-set tannins and heroically expressive fruit. Really impressive now, but this will deliver much more over the next two decades. One of the finest releases to date. 99 points." Nick Stock, Jamessuckling.com "This is an impressive Armagh. There's a core of juicy, bold fruit that is carried by the fresh, uplifting acidity with herbal notes and sweet spice joining to add another layer of complexity. Soft, silky tannins help give structure to this powerful, expressive wine and the intensity lingers through the long, clean finish. This will be one of the greats. Drink 2021 to 2038. 99 points." Jane Anson, Decanter Magazine
RED 2016 Jim Barry - The Armagh Shiraz Half bottle £870 per case of 12 Jim Barry
2016 / / Half bottle
£870 per case of 12
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RED 2016 12 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £420 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
2016 / 12 cases / 75cl
£420 per case of 12
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RED 2016 1 case Meerlust Rubicon 75cl £210 per case of 12 Meerlust Rubicon
2016 / 1 case / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
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RED 2017 1 case Boekenhoutskloof - The Chocolate Block Magnum £140 per case of 3 Boekenhoutskloof
2017 / 1 case / Magnum
£140 per case of 3
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RED 2017 1 case Cheval des Andes 75cl £324 per case of 6 Cheval des Andes
2017 / 1 case / 75cl
£324 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes“This is the greatest Cheval des Andes ever. The integration of fruit, tannins and acidity is fantastic. Full-bodied, tight and solid with beautiful depth and integrity. Extremely long and exciting. Complex and compelling. Available in September 2020. Better after 2024. 100 points" James Suckling
RED 2017 3 cases Dominus 75cl £1,020 per case of 6 Dominus
2017 / 3 cases / 75cl
£1,020 per case of 6
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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)
WHITE 2017 4 cases Kumeu River - Hunting Hill Chardonnay 75cl £160 per case of 6 Kumeu River
2017 / 4 cases / 75cl
£160 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"The 2017 Hunting Hill Chardonnay has a very well-defined bouquet of lemon curd, granite, yellow flowers and just a hint of vanilla pod that derives from the François Frères barrels. The precise, detailed palate is well defined with a crisp line of acidity and a harmonious, succinct finish of lemon curd, canned apricot and citrus fruit, all infused with light ginger and minerals. This is a complex, intellectual Chardonnay with a long, bright future ahead. A fabulous Hunting Hill. Tasted at the Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical in London. 94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com October 2018
WHITE 2017 3 cases Kumeu River - Matés Chardonnay 75cl £195 per case of 6 Kumeu River
2017 / 3 cases / 75cl
£195 per case of 6
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Tasting NotesLess open on the nose at first than the other wines, but slowly revealing broad peach aromas, intense but still delicate, with floral blossom notes. Maté's vineyard is planted with the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay, with its distinctive 'hen & chickens' bunches (large and small berries mixed) meaning tannins are extracted from the smaller grapes. These give the wine a powerful structure, quite in balance with the intense fruit, quite equal to Grand Cru Corton Charlemagne and indeed better than many we can think of. RKL "The 2017 Maté's Vineyard Chardonnay has a really beautiful, quixotic bouquet of apricot blossom, white peach, minerals and dandelion scents that waft temptingly from the glass. The harmonious, lightly spiced palate is very well balanced with crisp acidity and a succinct, perfectly pitched finish that offers just the right amount of sapidity. Superb. Tasted at the Kumeu River Chardonnay vertical in London. 94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com October 2018
RED 2017 5 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl £408 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
2017 / 5 cases / 75cl
£408 per case of 12
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RED 2017 6 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Shiraz 75cl £220 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
2017 / 6 cases / 75cl
£220 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes“Open and closed fermenters with 20% whole bunches, plunged/pumped over daily, pressed to new and used barrels for a total of 18 months in oak. Deep, bright purple-crimson; after early (10 years±) hesitation about the synergy that might be gained from this marriage of wine and place all doubts were comprehensively answered. Lovely medium to full-bodied blackberry and co flavours". 95 points - James Halliday
RED 2017 3 cases Meerlust Rubicon 75cl £210 per case of 12 Meerlust Rubicon
2017 / 3 cases / 75cl
£210 per case of 12
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RED 2017 2 cases Opus 1 75cl £1,360 per case of 6 Opus 1
2017 / 2 cases / 75cl
£1,360 per case of 6
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RED 2018 5 cases Almaviva 75cl £606 per case of 6 Almaviva
2018 / 5 cases / 75cl
£606 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"My last Chile article questioned whether 2018 had been the best vintage of the last 20 years in the country, so I was very curious to taste the 2018 Almaviva. 2018 was a cooler year with more rain and a later budding and ripening of the grapes, especially in a cooler terroir close to the Andes, as is the case with Almaviva. The harvest was slow, as temperatures went down, further increasing the balance between freshness and ripeness of the grapes. The varietal breakdown is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carmenère (from Peumo), 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The grapes ripened thoroughly, as the 14.9% alcohol of the final blend shows, a little higher than previous years and with similar readings of acidity. The wine feels quite complete and nicely crafted; they use all of their resources and technology to select the perfect grapes that ferment pristinely destemmed and crushed in stainless steel tanks at 25 to 28 degrees Celsius, mostly with selected yeasts. Malolactic was part in barrique and part in tank during the alcoholic fermentation. It matured for 18 months in French oak barrels, 73% of them new and the remaining 27% second use. It's a solid, well-built and seamless Almaviva, with clout and balance. 2018 was a more homogeneous vintage, globally considered one of the best in recent times in Chile. They identify a great vintage when they see more homogeneous quality in their different wines, and winemaker Michel Friou explained that this year some wines from three- or four-year-old vines were really good. It feels like a very complete wine, from a year when the seasons were marked and when the plant followed the development with almost textbook conditions—the grapes ripened thoroughly, developing more flavors and nuances while keeping the freshness. This is still a baby, extremely young and creamy, but it is still approachable; there are no edges, but what's remarkable is the balance and stuffing and all the necessary ingredients for a great development in bottle. This is quite different from 2016; it's a vintage with power and clout, a wine that has fruit and intensity and is balanced, without the concentration and tannins of the 2017. It’s a more complete year that combines the finesse of 2016 with more thorough ripeness. The spicy and peppery character comes through with some time in the glass. 200,000 bottles produced. It was bottled during the last week of January 2020. Drink 2020-2035. 96 points" Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (LG) "This is such a beautifully nuanced red with tobacco, dried herbs, wet earth and currants. Some leather and rose petals, too. Full-bodied and chewy, yet refined with great polish. It’s rich and intense at the same time. Very focused center palate. Broad layers of tannin and fruit. A blend of 72% cabernet sauvignon, 19% carmenere, 6% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot. Better after 2024, but already a joy to taste. 98 points" James Suckling
RED 2018 2 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Chardonnay 75cl £660 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
2018 / 2 cases / 75cl
£660 per case of 12
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Tasting Notes"2018 was something of a dream vintage in Margaret River. Flowering was good and consistent, summer was warm but not excessively hot and the vines stayed healthy and clean, allowing the harvest to begin a fortnight earlier than it had done in 2017. This wine was 100% new oak barrel-fermented (Bordeaux coopers for a finer grain), bringing texture rather than oak influence to the blend. In the mouth it expresses the vintage’s natural richness, but it also feels like a coiled spring, bursting with life but with so much more to come, given time. The balance is impressive, with a real zing and drive and the layers of fruit have depth and significance. Great potential here and yet another superb vintage for this wine. Drink from 2024." Importer's note.------"THE ICON From an excellent vintage – warm, with very few hot days – this muscular yet lithe Chardonnay suffuses the senses with Leeuwin Estate's clear and penetrating signature perfume of granular pear and fleshier fresh fig. Harmonious lemony acidity makes for an ultra-long, seamless finish, through a palate of acacia, lanolin, smoke and crème patisserie. The concentrated fruit effortlessly mops up the 100% new oak. A luminous, graceful and balanced powerhouse. Drinking Window 2021 - 2038. 97 points." Sarah Ahmed, Decanter Magazine, Feb 2021
RED 2018 5 cases Leeuwin Estate - Art Series Shiraz 75cl £222 per case of 12 Leeuwin Estate
2018 / 5 cases / 75cl
£222 per case of 12
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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.
WHITE 2018 3 cases Lismore Estate - Reserve Chardonnay 75cl £175 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
2018 / 3 cases / 75cl
£175 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"The 2018 Estate Reserve Chardonnay is aged for 11 months in 500-liter barrels, 30% new oak. It has a little more amplitude on the nose compared to the 2017 Chardonnay, and its aromas of citrus fruit, wet limestone and orange zest unfold gently. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity that cuts through the intense orange zest, apricot and white peach fruit. This is taut and wonderfully focused with just the right amount of salinity on the finish. Outstanding. 2022-2040. 94 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Nov 2019
WHITE 2018 10 cases Lismore Estate - Reserve Syrah 75cl £210 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
2018 / 10 cases / 75cl
£210 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"The 2018 Estate Reserve Syrah contains 50% whole-bunch fruit and is aged in 500- and 700-liter barrels, 30% new. It has an extremely pure, slightly floral bouquet of bright blueberry and black currant fruit infused with scents of crushed iris petals and violets, almost Burgundian in style. The palate is extremely well balanced with perfectly pitched acidity and filigreed tannins. There is an unerring sense of weightlessness about this Syrah, which is one of the most precise Lismore reds I have encountered over several years of tasting. Absolutely stunning. 2022-2048. 97 points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Nov 2019
WHITE 2018 1 case Lismore Estate - Reserve Viognier 75cl £160 per case of 6 Lismore Estate
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£160 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes"The 2018 Estate Reserve Viognier, vinified in the same manner as the 2017, has a tighter and more linear bouquet compared to the previous vintage, although given another 24 months it will find its voice. The medium-bodied palate is clean and precise, displaying fine acidity and an almost clinical sense of delineation on the persistent finish. Great potential here - one to watch. 2023-2040. 93+ points." Neal Martin, Vinous.com, Nov 2019
RED 2018 5 cases Sena 75cl £495 per case of 6 Sena
2018 / 5 cases / 75cl
£495 per case of 6
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Tasting Notes“Average growing season temperatures at Seña were significantly lower in 2018 than in 2017 and that, coupled with a subtle Pacific Ocean influence, has delivered a fresher style. For all that, it remains the most exotic and “Mediterranean” of the top Errázuriz reds, with more colour than its partners and top notes of rosemary and lavender. The palate is still quite firm, with sinewy tannins, toasty, cigar-box oak and good depth and structure. 96 points” Tim Atkin MW "The 2018 Seña shows the fresher side of the Ocoa zone of the Aconcagua Valley through a Bordeaux blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Malbec, 15% Carmenere, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot; there are small differences, but nothing substantial. As I've seen in other wines from the very complete 2018 vintage, the grapes ripened thoroughly and achieved more flavors and nuances, and the wines are slightly higher in alcohol (14% this year versus 13.3% in 2017, but in reality it's 13.8% ). But the wine seems to have more of everything. The grapes fermented in a combination of stainless steel and concrete vats and matured in new barriques and Stockinger foudres for 22 months, a similar formula as the one used for Viñedo Chadwick. This is a very elegant vintage of Seña, a year with a slow ripening so that the grapes achieved very good ripeness and full development of aromas and flavors, making the wine nuanced and complex, with depth but also freshness and finesse—floral and expressive. The tannins are very fine, polished and elegant, and the wine is long and complex, mixing the best from 2015 and 2016, coming through as a very complete year. It's still a little young and should develop nicely in bottle; it's approachable now, but if you can hold it a little bit more, it should be even better. This has to be the finest vintage of Seña to date. Comparing it with the Chadwick from the same year, there is more freshness and a little more complexity and clout coming form the cooler zone and the palette of varieties used that give more options to achieve more nuance. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in February and March 2020. 98 points" Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (LG) “This is a very thoughtful Seña that shows unique aromas of warm earth, mushrooms and conifer, turning to dark berries and black olives. The palate is more glamorous with ultra-fine tannins that envelop your palate. Shows power and vibrancy at the end. Toned muscles. It’s a very intellectual wine that harkens back to the 2015. Blend of 55% cabernet sauvignon, 18% malbec, 15% carmenere, 7% cabernet franc and 5% Merlot. 100 points" James Suckling
WHITE 2019 3 cases Kumeu River - Coddington Chardonnay 75cl £115 per case of 6 Kumeu River
2019 / 3 cases / 75cl
£115 per case of 6
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Tasting NotesPerfumed fruit aromas, very seductive on the nose. A wonderful breadth to the palate makes the fresh acidity all the more surprising, making the wine dance (not a cliché we use lightly) on the palate throughout its long finish. A profound step up from the Estate Chardonnay in concentration, but not in price. RKL "From the Coddingtons' vineyard. Hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed, indigenous-yeast fermentation, 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic conversion. 11 months' maturation in barrel. Quite broad on the nose and more obviously fruity (rather than savoury) than the Estate Chardonnay 2019, though it will obviously take on more subtlety with time. Pretty impressive finish to the palate, on which mandarin and passion-fruit flavours reverberate. 14%. Drink 2020 – 2027. 16.5++." Jancis Robinson, Sep 2020
WHITE 2019 3 cases Kumeu River - Estate Chardonnay 75cl £150 per case of 12 Kumeu River
2019 / 3 cases / 75cl
£150 per case of 12
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Tasting NotesA subtle whiff of new oak on the nose, bringing light toast and hazelnut aromas which are slowly overtaken by a very broad range of fruits, from citrus-lime, via some green apple, all the way through to soft stone and tropical fruits with a crystalline character. Layered and complex. Malo aromas adding some subtle, buttery richness and there is an impressive glycerine texture and weight on the palate. RKL "The 2019 vintage was exceptional and has produced the finest Estate Chardonnay that any of us can remember. The Kumeu vineyards that contribute to this wine gave us some magnificent fruit and we had a wide array of options in putting the Estate Chardonnay blend together. The level of citrus fruit complexity, and the layering of aromas and flavours that this wine shows are stunning. This is a quality Chardonnay wine of style and pedigree that is delicious now but has the capability of aging as well as if not better than any of its predecessors." - Michael Brajkovich MW "A selection of the best grapes from 'six different vineyards in the Kumeu region' (so presumably not all belonging to the Brajkovich family). Hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed, indigenous-yeast fermentation, 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic conversion and 11-month maturation in barrel. Pale greenish straw. Some super-delicate oak on the nose (or do I just mean a hint of savoury Côte d'Or perfume?!). So pure on the nose yet with great grip on the palate and already accessible in a grapefruit sort of way. With this intensity of fruit, it will clearly evolve into something even more convincing but you could certainly enjoy it now. It has both weight and a crystalline quality. VGV 14%. 2020-2025. 16.5 pts". Jancis Robinson, Sep 2020
WHITE 2019 3 cases Kumeu River - Hunting Hill Chardonnay 75cl £160 per case of 6 Kumeu River
2019 / 3 cases / 75cl
£160 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 5 cases Kumeu River - Matés Chardonnay 75cl £165 per case of 6 Kumeu River
2019 / 5 cases / 75cl
£165 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Tightly coiled, this focused and athletic Chardonnay needs to be put away in a cool, dark cellar in the medium term to allow it to unwind. A little shy on the nose, presenting melon, beeswax and subtle oak-derived nutty characters, it has an excellent core of concentration. There is a fine, silken texture on the focused and layered midpalate. Produced from the Mendoza clone, which is prone to hens and chicks. Invigorating acidity provides momentum on the lengthy finish. 96 points." Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous.com, Nov 2020
WHITE 2019 10 cases Kumeu River - The Stables Chardonnay 75cl £150 per case of 6 Kumeu River
2019 / 10 cases / 75cl
£150 per case of 6
IB
Tasting NotesRipe peach, some flint and moderate toasty new oak aromas on the nose. The palate is big and broad, resolutely New Zealand in style, mainly due to the particular level of ripeness and balancing acidity. Some of the richness is from barrel fermentation and malo character but lime citrus fruit keeps it fresh and energetic. The fruit intensity falls away on the finish at this stage of maturity but this will round out with 2-3 years in bottle and the minerality on the finish is already pretty profound and long. RKL

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