Tournee du Sud Grenache Sauvignon 2015 is a stunning wine - the structure and richness of the Grenache is balanced by the minerality of the Sauvignon. Grenache Blanc is an unusual grape not often found outside the Languedoc, creating a melange of fragility and power, a wonderfully complex glass of wine.
Tournee du Sud Viognier 2017 is without question the best value Viognier we have tasted at this price. It is crisp and fresh, with fresh peach, apple and white pepper flavours, and impressive length.
Made in a modern, unoaked style, the wine is full of vibrant summer fruit. Well balanced, soft and approachable.
Berton Vineyards Foundstone Unoaked Chardonnay 2017 is a pure, fresh example of this, one of Australia's signature grape varieties. The wine shows aromas of ripe lemon, lime and honeydew melon, with rich citrus and melon flavours.
Primitivo 'Il Pumo' Salento 2017 San Marzano (used to be labelled 'Luccarelli Terre di Sava'), is a spicy, unoaked wine, from Apulia's signature red grape. The Primitivo grape is in fact identical to California's spicy Zinfandel, but in its native land of Apulia, it makes intense red wines, full of plum, prune and fresh herb aromas, with a ripe, velvety...
Rioja Crianza Rivallana 2014 Bodegas Ondarre is an intense oak-aged Rioja with flavours of cherries, plums and vanilla. 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 10% Mazuela and Graciano grapes are aged in French and American oak barrels for a full year before bottling.
The appealing pale blush colour of this wine is obtained from the skins of the Pinot Grigio grapes which are pink in colour. A fresh and fruity wine with a delicate flavour and an off-dry finish.
The Black Shiraz, from South Australia's Berton Vineyards, is as muscular and full-blooded as its 'metal label' suggests. Dark in colour and full of liquorice and spicy blackberry flavours, this wine proves that big, concentrated Aussie wines don't need to cost big money. See also the Winemakers Reserve Black Shiraz.
Bishops Leap Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is made at the award winning Saint Clair winery. Sauvignon Blanc grapes are picked from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, giving a wine with aromas of gooseberries, herbs and passion fruit.
Andeluna '1300' Torrontes 2017 is made from premium grapes grown at an altitude of 1300 metres, in the foothills of the Andes. Torrontes (a relative of the Muscat grape) has become Argentina's speciality white grape. This example is one of the most complex wines you can buy at the price: wonderfully aromatic and grapey, with a mixture of crisp mineral and...
Elysium Black Muscat 2016, from winemaker Andre Quady, is made from the rare dark-skinned Black Muscat variety. It has a rose-like aroma, which led Quady to name the wine Elysium, Greek for heaven. Sweet and velvety on the palate, Elysium is a a hedonistic wine lover's dream.
'Fossili' Gavi di Gavi 2017 has aromas of citrus fruit, with floral undertones; prominent mineral sensations; long finish, with balance and good structure.
Tropical notes of passionfruit, guava and blackcurrant combine with nettle and subtle chalky mineral notes. A rich full palate of tropical flavours including passionfruit guava and blackcurrant, leads to a long, mineral finish.
Lifted aromas of passionfruit, melon and blackcurrant combine with herbaceous characters. A rich palate of passionfruit and tropical notes is complemented by layers of blackcurrant and green nettle, through to a long mineral finish.
Gerard Bertrand Saint Chinian 2015 is a concentrated, oak aged blend of Syrah and Mourvedre, made from hand picked grapes. On the nose the wine gives a rich bouquet of forest fruits and garrigue, thyme, sage and rosemary. The palate is soft and round with soft tannins neatly framing the fruit. The finish is long and mineral fresh.
Kozlovic Teran 2016, from the Istria region of Croatia, is a fresh, medium-bodied red wine of real character. Matured in oak barrels for 8 months before bottling, it shows a combination of black fruits and bitter chocolate on the palate, reminiscent of the Refosco grape from Northern Italy.
Carpenè Malvolti Prosecco di Conegliano Extra Dry is the epitome of how fine Prosecco Spumante should be: fresh, dry, lively and deliciously grape-scented. Perfect as an aperitif or on special occasions.
A floral and fruity bouquet with elegant aromas of ripe pear, crisp apple and citrus, layered with subtle herbaceous notes. Smooth on the palate with crisp, refreshing aromatics and an elegant finish.
Domaine Gerovassiliou Viognier Epanomi 2017 is one of the best Viogniers made outside the Northern Rhone. Barrel fermented in new French oak and aged on its lees, this is a fresh, concentrated, aromatic wine, bursting with complex flavours of peach, orange, lemon jasmine, herbs and pepper. An extremely versatile food partner.
Complex aromas of green coffee bean and vanilla pod are complemented by notes of wild flowers, crushed herbs and just a hint of gunflint. The palate is rich and unctuous with layers of preserved lemon, ripe papaya, cocoa powder and toasted hazelnut with hints of red berry.