Origin: Australia, Victoria
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.
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 Note: 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, Bordeaux
Grape variety: 80 to 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 to 20% Merlot, 0 to 5% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Tasting Note: 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 Note: 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.
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 Note: 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.
Origin: France, Champagne
Grape variety: 45% Chardonnay & Pinot Noir
Tasting Note: 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, Languedoc
Grape variety: Syrah
Tasting Note: 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.
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 Note: Attitude 2012
This Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is beautifully fresh with delicate citrus fruit flavours and green apple and kiwi aromas.
Château Font du Broc offers wines of prestige and character.
Origin: France, Provence
Grape variety: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault
Tasting Note: 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, Rhône
Grape variety: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Syrah, Muscardin, Vaccarese, Counoise and Picpoul
Tasting Note: 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 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 Note: 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.
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 Note: 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 Note: 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 Note: 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 Note: 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.
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.