A delicious wine with plum, blackcurrant, boysenberry and sweet pipe tobacco, as well as rounded tannins. The blend includes grapes sourced from Jumilla, and the very old low yield monastrell variety. This wine will stump cabernet aficionados.
Eschewing reserve barrel bottling, WA’s pinot specialist has separately vinified this wine as a big, bold, complex statement – yet it’s every bit as polished with lovely characters of fruit, spices and wood.
Vibrant with fresh cherry and strawberry; has nuances of herbs and flowers. Pleasing savoury flavours and chewy tannins balanced by sweet fruit and acids. Good body and length makes this an excellent pinot.
A classic syrah, grenache, mourvedre blend with a little cinsault and carignan to round it off. It has all the quintessential flavours – strawberry and raspberry, some dark fruit with spices, and hints of ham and liquorice. Delicious.
[BEST BUY] REMHOOGTE RESERVE, SIR THOMAS CULLINAN 2011
This biodynamic-inspired producer is a rising star. It uses fruit from old syrah vines growing on schist soils and produces a complex wine with pepper, red fruit and black fruit. Bottled without sulphur.
A McLaren Vale shiraz that is stylish with good fruit, mocha and spice. It has indispensable pepper overtones, a light body, dry tannins and acid components, yet manages to remain juicy with a long finish. Best shiraz in the line-up.
Enticing, with wet stone and rose giving way to ripe red fruit. Satin-like tannins and succulent finish of raspberry. This co-fermentation of shiraz, mouvedre and viognier is the creation of maverick winemaker Bernard Podlashuk.
Working with fruit from a 6ha single plot vineyard, Catherine-Leymarie-Thoilliez employs small concrete vats to produce an elegant wine redolent of mushroom, pepper, plum and dried flowers. Long finish.
COUVENT DES JACOBINS, SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU 2009
Spicy and plummy with fruitcake and red berry, this pomerol is at first dominated by oak. Further aeration reveals that it is made for the longer term, with a good mid palate persistence, structured tannins and a long finish.
The unique DOCG Sicilian wine combines the juicy fruit of nero d’avola with the floral qualities of frappato. The strawberry, pomegranate, herbs, vanilla and flowers make for a delicious wine consisting of organic fruit.
Nerello mascalese is grown on volcanIc slopes, surrounded by oak and chestnut forests. The biodiversity coaxes out florals and fruit in this wine that is structurally lean yet persistent, with spice overtones.
After leaving Vega Sicilia, Mariano Garcia and his sons created Mauro. This refined wine delivers with floral overtones, bounteous fruit of blackberry, plum and currants; has juicy tannins and long finish.
A top petit verdot, this wine is complex and lush. It has ripe red and black fruit, candied fruit, spices and balsam notes, with big granular tannins, and a long warm mildly sweet finish. Impressive now and will improve with bottle maturation.
The artful blend of organic grapes from medium and old vines of eight estates results in a wine with redcurrant, cherry, spice, baked herbs and meaty notes. Medium-bodied, dry and long, with an affable tobacco aftertaste.
Red cherry, strawberry, smoke, currants and herbs come together in this wine with substantial tannins, brisk acidity and lean finish. Enjoy with grilled meats and pizzas. The Santa Margherita wine group produces wines from Veneto to Sicily.