Amber with terracotta tints. Fine and complex nose of dried fruits, walnuts, dried currants, honey with a hint of spice. Powerful and rich, with aromas of bitter oranges and wild apricots. An astonishing wine with an exceptional length and a praline aromas finish.
Lovely lifted aromas of violets and sweet blackberry jam on the nose are followed by an intense and complex palate of ripe blackberry and cherry fruit with vanilla and coffee notes. Fine velvety tannins marry to create a soft and structured palate that has a long, flavoursome finish.
Carpineto Chianti Classico Riserva 2013 was aged in French and Slovenian oak for more than a year, to give complex aromas of cherry and vanilla spice. Made from 80% Sangiovese, with 20% Canaiolo and other red grape varieties.
Domaine Rene Monnier Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2016 is a full-bodied, ripe berry-scented Pinot Noir from this Meursault estate. The wine is aged in barriques (40% new) for up to 16 months, to add softness and complexity.
Classic Barossa blend of grenache, mataró and shiraz, aged in seasoned oak barrels, delicious drinking today but is a wine that will continue to improve over the medium term. Detailed aromas of dark blackberries and plums, Asian spices, veal jus, pepper, earth and mocha oak.
Lifted floral aromatics are accompanied by notes of pear and lime. This Assyrtiko shows great flavour concentration, with a flinty streak of minerality running through its core. Lively and crisp with an endless finish.
Primitivo di Manduria Riserva '62 Anniversario' 2014 San Marzano (used to be labelled 'Old Vines Pazzia') is a single varietal Primitivo, from a small vineyard parcel in the heart of the superior Manduria DOC. Hand picked grapes are fermented slowly, then aged in French and American oak barriques for 12 months.
Red and black fruits are seasoned with pepper and spice, the light to medium-bodied palate vibrantly fresh, the tannins fine.
Deep in colour, this velvety rich wine has aromas of black cherry jam, soft ripe fruits and a hint of spice. Full bodied and powerful, yet balanced, it is rich in fine tannins, with a pleasantly long lasting finish.
Gaia Thalassitis Assyrtiko Santorini White 2017 is like a ripe Chablis: full, lemony and mineral, with fine acidity and a lingering finish. Made with the ancient native Assyrtiko grape, this wine is from extremely old vines. The wine is unoaked to retain its crispness and purity of flavour.
Domaine Courbis Saint Joseph Rouge 2015 is one of the finest Saint-Josephs in existence. It is a deep, intense wine is a wonderful expression of the perfumed, spicy Syrah grape when grown in the best vineyard sites. Its velvety palate bursts with ripe plum and bramble flavours.
Stoan Alto Adige 2016 Cantina Tramin is an idiosyncratic oak fermented and aged blend of 65% Chardonnay, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Pinot Bianco and 5% Gewurztraminer. The result is a wine that shows rich golden apple, quince and lime aromas, with a medium body and fresh, complex flavours.
Guy & Yvan Dufouleur Hautes Cotes de Nuits Blanc 2015 is a great value white burgundy from a top Nuits Saint Georges producer. The wine shows lovely fruit purity and richness, with nervy acidity and wonderful length. Delicious!
Château Cruzeau Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2014 comes from one of Saint-Emilion's smallest and most exciting Grand Cru estates. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is aged in oak barrels for 6 months to add subtle vanilla notes to its aromas of red fruits, spice and cassis.
The bouquet is floral and fruit driven with citrus and stone fruit aromas. The palate has rich stone fruit flavours, good texture and a persistent long finish.
Domaine Saint Damien Gigondas 2015 is a delicious oak-aged blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre, made at this family estate in the small hamlet of La Baumette just outside the town of Gigondas. The flavours are of ripe, concentrated plum and cinnamon spice; the wine has a fantastic, rich mid-palate which expands onto an exceptional finish.
Schloss Johannisberger Gelblack Riesling Qba 'Yellow Seal' is a delicate, off-dry Riesling with citrus, mineral and subtly tropical flavours. A delicious partner for pork, duck or exotic dishes.
Pierre Naigeon Hautes Cotes de Nuits La Riotte 2016 is a fresh, red fruit-scented red burgundy from vineyards in the wild hills above Burgundy's Cote d'Or. From a Gevrey-Chambertin-based wine making family, Pierre makes this wine is a lighter, earlier drinking style, which is nevertheless aged in oak for 14 months before bottling, to add richness and...
Nadine Ferrand makes this pure, unoaked Pouilly-Fuissé from a 3 hectare parcel of 50 year-old vines. Fresh, ripe lemon and honeysuckle flavours make this a delicate, complex blend.
Perez Cruz Chaski Petit Verdot 2014 is made from the fascinating Bordeaux Petit Verdot varietal, aged in new French oak barrels for 14 months before bottling. It shows complex red fruits, herbs and black pepper aromas, with a well-structured yet soft, earthy palate.