Origin: Australia, Victorias
Grape variety: Sangiovese, Syrah
Tasting Note: Le Sauvage Blend 2007
Julian Castagna had the good idea to plant Sangiovese on his Beechworth vineyard. It is blended with Syrah in this Le Sauvage cuvée to give a flattering and fruity nose of plum, black fruit, with spicy and floral tones. The mouth is frisky and full, with a good tannic structure and a significant length.
Based in the Yarra Valley, in the state of Victoria, Mac Forbes started his solo adventure in 2004, with the aim to find the balance between restrain and the unique environment of his vineyards. The emphasis is placed on understanding the land, carrying out all the tasks at the best possible time with respect to the season, vine and terroir.
Origin: Australia, Yarra Valley
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: Woori Pinot Noir 2008
The Woori Pinot Noir is sourced from a plot planted in 1995 on grey loam, gravely clay soil. This is one of the coolest sites that Mac Forbes works with and gives the wine a very feminine, elegant style. The nose is complex with concentrated aromas of red fruits, fresh herbs and warm spices. The palate is incredibility structured, with fine tannins and a refreshing acidity that lifts the very long finish.
Origin: Australia, Adelaide Hills
Grape variety: Nebbiolo, Barbera
Tasting Notes: Big Blind 11
Big Blind 2011 from First Drop demonstrates the perfect marriage between Piedmont’s best quality varieties - Nebbiolo and Barbera. The fruit and acidity of Barbera combines perfectly with the savoury character and structure of Nebbiolo, making for a perfectly balanced and delicious red.
Set on the red-brown soils of the western Barossa Valley, Hentley Farm founders Keith and Alison Hentschke acquired the 150 acre vineyard and mixed farming property in the 1990s. With a focus on perfecting the vineyards, the first wines weren’t released from the property until 2002. The estate was extended with the purchase of the neighbouring Clos Otto in 2004.
Origin: Australia, Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Dark chocolate, grainy tannins, fruit driven palate.
Ridgeview Estate is dedicated solely to the production of the highest quality sparkling wine from traditional Champagne varieties and methods.
Origin: England, Sussex
Grape variety: 55% Pinot Noir & 45% Pinot Meunier
Tasting Notes: Knightsbridge 2010
the nose is elegant and restrained with hints of red fruit and floral notes. The generous palate shows off the ripe pinot fruit, with lots of concentration and well balanced acidity.
Origin: France, Champagne
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: Spectre 2009
The 2009 release from Bollinger, is exclusively produced for the new James Bond film Spectre. Celebrating the long running relationship between Bollinger and the secret agent, this 2009 vintage is a strong, sophisticated and stylish release.
Beau Joie Brut is a special cuvée by Champagne Bertrand Senecourt. Based in Epernay, this release embodies the eclectic and powerful style of the house. The bottle is encased in a beautiful armour made from recycled copper and designed to keep the Champagne cool for longer. This striking presentation and the expressive style of the champagne is sure to make an enviable gift for any champagne lover.
Origin: France, Epernay
Grape Variety: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: Beau Joie, Brut NV
Fresh and lively, the wine shows pure and concentrated aromas of pear and green apples as well as more complex aromas of toast and bread. The zero-dosage adds a note of freshness and purity to the really concentrated and powerful mouth.
Maison Delamotte is the sister House to the legendary Champagne Salon, and has been a benchmark in the region since 1760. Specialising in top quality wines produced from Chardonnay, Delamotte is one of Champagne’s best kept secrets, making wines that express an unflagging respect for terroir and for the Côte des Blancs region. Delamotte’s commitment to Chardonnay is truly exceptional. The House sources all its grapes form the Grand Crus of the Côte des Blancs: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize and Cramant, making it one of the very few négociants to cultivate such a passion for the ‘blanc de blancs’ expression of Champagne.
Origin: France, Champagne Côte des Blancs
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: Blanc de Blancs 07
This seductive Blanc de Blancs 2007 vintage really showcases the elegant and pure style of the house. On the nose, fresh notes of white flowers, spearmint and green pear evolve into warmer aromas of orange blossom and jasmine. The Delamotte style is further revealed on the palate, where it appears simultaneously mature and youthful, with honeyed flavours spiked with fresh citrus. This perfect harmony and balance will assure this wine will age beautifully for at least another decade.
Winston Churchill’s favourite Champagne house was founded in 1849 by Pol Roger who from the very start favoured a dry Champagne, knowing it was the preference of the English palate. Ever since that time, the house has produced wines of exceptional quality, class and balance. Produced in honour of its most distinguished devotee, Pol Roger Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill was released the first time in 1975, made in a style the house thought would most please Churchill.
Origin: France, Champagne
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill 2002
Mid-golden yellow colour and a continuous stream of delicate bubbles. An elegant and powerful nose displays aromas of dried apples, toasted brioche, fresh quince and peach, with underlying notes of cinnamon and lime leaf. Weighty and complex in the mouth, this wine is characteristic both of the terroir and vintage. Finishing long, with a fine backbone of acidity, the 2002 is one of the most exceptional releases of this wine in recent times.
Origin: France, Champagne
Grape variety: 45% Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: Brut Rosé
Ruinart rosé embodies the gourmand expression of the Ruinart taste: intense, fruity, aromatic. The nose is subtle, fine, and fresh, with aromas of freshly picked cherry and red berries. Followed by beautiful floral notes (rose, hawthorn) and spice notes (tonka, nutmeg). On the palate, the wine reveals its silky, delicate fleshy charm.
Origin: France, Rhône
Grape variety: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Muscardin, Vaccarese, Counoise and Picpoul
Tasting Notes: Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006
This great name in the appellation, Château de Beaucastel produces a powerful and structured Châteauneuf-du-Pape, marked by the strong presence of Mourvèdre. The power of the nose reveals beautiful mature grapes with very nuanced aromas of fruit, venison or garrigue. The mouth has the magnitude of the wines of the appellation adding a powerful structure marked by beautiful spicy tannins. Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2006 ages gracefully.
Château Font du Broc offers wines of prestige and character.
Origin: France, Provence
Grape variety: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault
Tasting Notes: Maestro 2014
Maestro rosé of Château La Font du Broc is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. This wine is characterised by its peach pink colour and yellow-fleshed fruit nose. The mouth of this gourmet rosé is delicious and in the finale, notes of red berries appear.
Origin: France, Bordeaux
Grape variety: 80 to 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 to 20% Merlot, 0 to 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Tasting Notes: Pauillac 2006
The 2006 Château Lafite-Rothchild has a very dark colour and opens onto a discreet nose. Very quickly we find freshness and notes of forest fruits. In the mouth, this Pauillac reveals power with a precise and frank attack, giving place to well built tannins. The finale is delicious, elegant and well-balanced. Without a doubt this 2006 vintage will delight lovers of this mythical château.
Château Le Sartre draws on a long wine making history dating back to the 19th century.Revived in the late seventies by the Perrin family,the 90 acres estate has been managed since 2005 by a team consisting of Marie-José & René Leriche and winemaker David Château.
Origin: France, Bordeaux (Pessac-Léognan)
Grape variety: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
Tasting Notes: Château Le Sartre 2012
This 2012 vintage is a real gem. Powdery and vibrating texture of roses and iris, a fresh nose with invigorating red fruits and in the mouth a surprising fresh attack of small berries.
Château Palmer is one of the top estates of the Margaux appellation and produces one of Bordeaux’s greatest wines. The estate was named after the British officer, Major General Palmer, who settled in Bordeaux in 1814. Although a traditionally made wine, the assemblage of grapes at Palmer is unique in that a very high percentage of Merlot is used to make the wine and is no doubt the reason for Palmer’s richness, suppleness and generous, fleshy character. The style of Palmer’s wine is characterised by a sensational fragrance and bouquet.
Origin: France, Margaux
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Tasting Notes: Château Palmer 1990
Dark plum/garnet colour with a sweet and generous bouquet of baked fruit, spice box, candied citrus fruits and sweet liquorice mingle with chocolate, plum and black cherries; lush, velvety-textured with constant freshness and exotic aromas.
Roc de Cambes is based in the Côtes de Bourg region of Bordeaux and is widely regarded as the finest producer in the appellation. It was bought in 1988 by François Mitjavile, owner of Château Le Tetre-Rôteboeuf in St-Emilion, and has since gone from strength to strength with the quality of wines being produced.
Origin: France, Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg
Grape variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Côtes De Bourg 2010
Elegantly scented and pronounced on the nose, this fine wine displays aromas of blackcurrant, plums, olive, cedar, coffee and dark chocolate. Silky and round in the mouth with a subtle ripeness, flavours of cassis, vanilla, mocha and savoury spice feature on a palate extending to a persistent complex finish.
Château Signac, in the Côtes du Rhône Villages, goes back to the 17th century and is set on an old fortified farm near the flat-topped mountain Dent de Signac. This eye-catching rocky outcrop overlooks the estate's 38ha and is one of these unique sites which slowly reveal their mysteries in time. On this rocky land, a mixture of clay and sand, grow the grape varieties which make up the elegant and generous wines.
Origin: France, Rhône
Grape variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre
Tasting Notes: Château Signac Villages, Chusclan Cuvée Tradition 2009
Blended from three Rhône varieties - Syrah, Carignan and Grenache - this ruby red wine has an intensely fruity nose with hints of liquorice. Elegant, delicate and supple, the palate offers flavours of gooseberry and morello cherry, with hints of liquorice.
Morey-St-Denis lies between Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin, and stylistically combines the fragrance of the former with the structure of the latter. Michel Magnien specialises in the wines from this village, and this cuvée is a very typical example of the appellation.
Origin: France, Burgundy
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: Magnien 2007
Savoury red fruit, firm tannic and a lifted floral perfume. With nearly ten years of ageing in the bottle, there is a complex flavour coming through on the nose and palate.
Pascal Jolivet is one of the most dynamic and forward thinking producers in the Loire Valley specialising in the wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. In 2005 Pascal purchased an additional 12 hectares in the Touraine area to provide grapes for his ‘Attitude’ range of wines, which provide excellent value.
Origin: France, Loire
Grape variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Notes: Attitude 2012
This Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is beautifully fresh with delicate citrus fruit flavours and green apple and kiwi aromas.
Origin: France, Languedoc
Grape variety: Syrah
Tasting Notes: Syrah Léone 2005
With its deep red colour, Domaine Peyres Roses’ Syrah Leone offers a great aromatic intricacy including notes of spices, balsamic, cocoa, leather, and truffle. A complex wine capable of being stored to enjoy in several years! The 2005 Syrah Leone has become a quality icon in Languedoc. Would complement a rabbit stew excellently.
Coming from a long tradition of winemakers, Vincent inherited a few small plots of vineyards in Chablis enabling him to make his own wines. After studying in Beaune and experiencing vintages in New Zealand, The Jura and Puligny Montrachet, he has gained a wealth of knowledge which genuinely shows in the wines.
Origin: France, Burgundy
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay
Tasting Notes: Chablis 2011
Citrus and white fruits predominate with a hint of minerality on the finish. The superb balance and complexity comes from the old vines and careful winemaking.
The vineyards of Sugarille existed during the formation of the Domain Pieve Santa Testituta in 1547, although the Sangiovese vines are only 11 years old. After three weeks of fermentation in vats it is then aged in oak barrels for 24 months.
Origin: Italy, Tuscany, Brunello di Montalcino
Grape variety: Sangiovese Grosso
Tasting Notes: Sugarille 2006
The colour is very dark and intense. Complex aromas combine ripe fruit (plum and wild cherry) and violet, with notes of clove and tobacco. On the palate, the structure is elegant, with well integrated tannins.
Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia is the expression of a carefully crafted blend. The cuvée brings together the best terroirs of Tuscany and combines the Mediterranean expression of opulence and generosity with structure and complexity. The softness of Merlot, the firm structure and depth of Cabernet Sauvignon supported by the vivacious personality of Sangiovese, create a unique blend which reflects the integrity and style which inspire the philosophy of the Ornellaia Estate.
Origin: Italy, Tuscany
Grape variety: 50% Merlot, 30% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Le Volte 2011
Le Volte dell’ Ornellaia 2011 faithfully reflects the distinctive characteristics of its vintage. The wine is rich and full-bodied, with all of its components in perfect balance. Intense in both colour and bouquet, it releases profound notes of dark berry fruit, sweet violets, and spice. The palate offers a broad vein of finely-woven, glossy tannins, creating a velvety mouthfeel. Impressions of fruit and spice lace the progression, which proceeds leisurely to an energy-laden finish enlivened by a tangy acidity. Will pair well with grilled meats, olives and porcini mushrooms.
The vineyards of Marufuji are ideally located on the slopes of a valley providing perfect exposure and drainage conditions. It is produced using the ‘Sur Lie’ method.
Origin: Japan, Katsunuma
Grape variety: Koshu
Tasting Notes: Rubaiyat Koshu Sur Lie 2011
Subtle and understated on the nose, Rubaiyat Koshu 2011 displays fresh aromas of citrus peel, pear and melon; the palate is delicate and fresh, balance and great refinement. Rubaiyat Koshu offers a wonderful introduction to the fashionable grape.
Legendary wine, Vega Sicilia owes its unique character to a wine-making of rare requirement and the art of ageing that reaches here unparalleled perfection.
Origin: Spain, Ribera del Duero
Grape variety: 80% Tinto Fino, Cabernet Sauvignon and little Merlot
Tasting Notes: Unico 2007
The long months of ageing in barrels, tanks and bottle have slowly patinated the colour and the nose of this assemblage dominated by Tinto Fino: enchanting aromas, sweet and melted between black stewed fruit, sweet spices, truffles and menthol. The power and sweetness of the fruit fills the palate with exquisite delight, supported by tannins and a discreet freshness.
Established in 1989, Alban Vineyards represents California's first winery and vineyard dedicated exclusively to the varietals of the Rhône. Pioneered by John Alban, at a time when anything that was neither Cabernet nor Chardonnay was barely grown in California, Alban was a groundbreaking project and has gone on to be regarded as one of the U.S.A’s best and most influential producers. Although responsible for producing exceptional examples of Grenache and Viognier, it is the Syrah releases from Alban which, justifiably, receive the most attention. Alban Patrina Syrah is the producers limited, highly sought after entry level wine that was first brought to the market in 2008.
Origin: U.S.A., California, Edna Valley
Grape variety: Shiraz
Tasting Notes: Patrina Syrah 2010
Complexity and a wonderful balance. Aromas of white pepper, blackberry, scorched earth and smoked meat. Silky, integrated and vibrant on the palate this wine displays a seamless earthy notes, brooding dark fruit and complementary oak notes.
When the Brandlin family settled in the 1870s on the slopes of Napa’s Mount Veeder region, they were truly grape grower pioneers in the area. The property now stretches over 170 acres, 38 of which are planted with grapes. With just a fraction of the estate devoted to vineyards, natural biodiversity is supported through acres of native oak trees and sustainable viticulture practices. The vineyards are located at high altitude on steep slopes of schist and gravelly loam. Although above the “fog line”, Brandlin’s estate is one of the cooler mountain sites in Napa. This, alongside extended sun exposure and perfect soil composition, allow the grapes to ripen slowly, leading to wines of intense concentration and complexity.
Origin: Napa Valley
Grape variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes: Henrys Keep 12
Henry’s Keep is the top cuvée, named after Henry Brandlin. The wine pays homage to Henry’s practice of keeping the best fruit to make his family wine. The 2012 vintage is a beautiful example of Cabernet Sauvignon that displays concentrated notes of blackberry, cherry, blackcurrant, violets and sweet warm spices. The oak is particularly well integrated and helped mellow the tannic structure. Although already perfectly enjoyable, this wine will no doubt gain in complexity over the years.
Founded in 1978, Kistler Vineyards is a small, family owned and operated winery in the Russian River Valley specialising in the production of Burgundian-styled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wines have acquired something of a cult status around the world and due to massive demand are available only in small quantities.
Origin: U.S.A. Sonoma, Russian River Valley
Grape variety: Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: Sonoma Pinot Noir 2014
This is Kistler's entry level benchmark Pinot Noir and represents a blend from the fruit of several Sonoma Coast vineyards. Aged in new French oak for around 14 months, this impressively rich and full bodied Sonoma Pinot Noir 2014 is an unmistakably Californian example of this variety, scented with powerful notes of strawberry, red cherry, raspberry, clove, vanilla and woodland. Rich, dense, concentrated and structured in the mouth, flavours of sweet red fruit, oak and spice are suggested on the mid-palate, whilst the finish is layered and persistent. A highly limited and collectable release, this should cellar for at least the next six years.
The Ojai Vineyard is owned by Helen and Adam Tolmach who have, since 1983, made distinctive Californian wines from European winemaking practices. The Tolmachs source their grapes from the finest terroirs and coolest areas in Northern Santa Barbara with the aim of producing wines that are true to their region. In the winery they watch the development of the wine carefully, but prefer to intervene as little as possible, enabling the wines produced to show off the distinctive character of the vineyard site. Ojai Vineyard Syrah is made from fully destemmed grapes, picked from the John Sebastiano Vineyard.
Origin: USA, Santa Barbara
Grape variety: Syrah
Tasting notes: Sarah 2012
The wine shows an expressive bouquet with alluring varietal aromas of dark red cherry, damson, savoury herbs, pepper, licorice and tobacco. Delightfully silky on the palate with an attractive depth of flavour, savoury notes of coffee, herbs and black olive are set against sweet, juicy, dark fruit notes. Weighty yet fresh on the finish, this world-class Syrah would pair delightfully with a range red meat dishes.
Origin: U.S.A., Santa Cruz Mountains
Grape variety: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 2% Cabernet France
Tasting Note: Monte Bello 2000
Cuvée Monte Bello summarises the genius of its creator, Paul Draper, who hauled this cuvée to the summit of the world production. Issued from a mountain vineyard, this Bordeaux-inspired assemblage offers the fullness of Californian grapes with a degree of absolute finesse. The complexity of the nose evokes the greatest Cabernet with wooded subtleness. Fresh mouth, with extremely fine tannins, delivers a silky, deep fruit of infinite length.