Our Best Picks, January 2018
Featuring our selections from the New World (Australia, New Zealand, the United States and South America) and Europe that are rated 90 points and above.
EVAN & TATE REDBROOK SHIRAZ 2012
Tasting Notes: Deep purple/black with a bright red rim. Lifted fruit aromas of fresh mulberry and maraschino cherry intertwined with aromas of green peppercorn and floral notes. Whole bunches and stalk inclusion during fermentation has added lovely peppery and savoury aromatics and textural complexity. Redbrook Shiraz is a style rare to Margaret River. Medium-bodied with the palate showing remarkable drive and length of flavour with layers of texture and the capacity for longevity in the cellar. This is a wine that will continue to develop and evolve in the bottle over time. Vibrancy and the purity of fruit is at the forefront of the style.
MONTES ALPHA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014
Tasting Notes: Pale straw yellow with green hues. Bright citrus and white nectarine with a gunflint and biscuity oak. A focused and linear palate which is richly textured with flinty acidity. Creamy grilled cashew nut is matched with depth of citrus fruit flavour and drive, completed by a long seamless finish.
MCWILLIAM'S 660 TUMBARUMBA CHARDONNAY 2016
Tasting Notes: Deep, intense ruby red color with a striking violet tone. The nose shows its habitual elegance and exhibits potent aromas of ripe red and black fruits such as plums, figs, and blackberries. Soft notes of black pepper and charcuterie intermingle with interesting aromas of tobacco and butterscotch from the French oak, which lend complexity and heighten the seductive aromatic profile of this classic Chilean wine. The robust palate is very well balanced with nicely rounded tannins. Its excellent structure and volume lead to a remarkable and pleasing finish that is very consistent with the nose.
GREYWACKE PINOT NOIR 2014
Tasting Notes: A sweet-scented compote of poached Black Doris plums, raspberries and black cherries with a spoonful of homemade strawberry conserve stirred in for good measure. A highly fragrant style of Marlborough Pinot with cinnamon and clove spiciness – a dense structure, generous palate weight and a long, lively finish.
Featuring our fine selections from France, Italy and Spain that are rated 90 points and above.
CLARENDELLE ST-EMILION ROUGE 2014
Tasting Notes: The wine has a brilliant, intense red colour. The nose is redolent of black fruit (Burlat cherry, plum) and beautiful floral aromas. These fruity flavours carry over to the palate, which also features peppery and spicy notes. The wine has an elegant, fine-grained tannic structure. The aftertaste is fresh, long, and fruity. The wine is altogether wellbalanced and elegant.
TASCA D'ALMERITA ROSSO DEL CONTE 2012
Tasting Notes: In the nose is is a seductive cocktail of almonds, spices, balsamic notes and leather. On the palate, it is full-bodied, warm, half-grippy, half-velvety, not overly-fruity and it shows great structure and harmony.
ZENATO RIPASSA VALPOLICELLA DOC SUPERIORE 2013
Tasting Notes: In the nose, nice tannins and some vanilla. On the palate delicate tannins, round, full-bodied, flavour of some chocolate and vanilla, few of spices and plum.
USSEGLIO CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE BLANC 2016
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc is a blend of 70% Clairette, 25% Grenache Blanc and 5% Bourboulenc. One-fifth is barrel-fermented and aged in new oak, while the rest is done in stainless steel. The result is an attractive balance of honey, orange sherbet, vanilla and briny freshness on the finish.