Our Best Picks, November 2017

GOLD PACKAGE

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.

 

JS94
Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2015

Tasting Notes: The 2015 vintage of our Montes Alpha Pinot Noir presents an impressive bright and vibrant ruby-red color. The aromas are highly complex and elegant with a predominance of fresh blue and red berries as well as blackcurrant, licorice, and violets over a backdrop that recalls the forest after a spring rain. Its time in the barrel lends subtle tobacco and vanilla notes plus a clear echo of caramel in perfect harmony with the fruit. The palate is balanced and smooth with medium volume and sensational length, which further accentuates its fruity and floral aromas.

WA90
MITOLO 7th Son Grenache Shiraz 2014

Tasting Notes: Bramble herbs with hints of cracked black pepper underpinned with earthy, dark fruit characters of Satsuma plum, black cherry and liquorice. Grenache plays a leading role, a dark cherry lift with a seductive, almost slippery mid palate. Shiraz provides some weight to the juicy mouth feel as well as dark fruits and earthy olive tapenade characters. Finally, Sagrantino, despite its low proportion, adds beautiful dry earth, cigar box-like savoury lift with those signature tannins giving a drying, snappy finish.

JH95
Vickery Eden Valley Riesling 2016

Tasting Notes: Gleaming straw-green, classic young Eden Valley riesling, its citrus aromas and flavours on the midpoint between lime and lemon, the acidity flowing calmly on in the wake of the fruit, purity the watchword.

WA91
St John's Road Block 3 Old Vine 1935 Plantings Shiraz 2014

Tasting Notes: Very expressive blackberry and crushed plum notes, with pencil lead, tar and dusty earth. It is medium-full in body, fresh and has chewy tannins supporting a good fruit core through the long, peppery finish.

PLATINUM PACKAGE

Featuring our fine selections from France, Italy and Spain that are rated 90 points and above.

 

JS95
TALENTI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2012

Tasting Notes: Ruby red and intense colour with orange shimmers. A wide bouquet slightly spicy. His taste is full, soft, velvety and intense. The tannins are elegant and sweet.

JS91
Chateau Le CROCK 2014

Tasting Notes: Owned by the Cuvelier family of Léoville Poyferré in Saint-Julien and with Michel Rolland as consultant, this is a fine estate with an equally fine chateau. It is dense and richly endowed with black fruits and spice. At the same time, it has style and a way with its fruit and acidity that give it a lift.

JS91
MUGA RIOJA BLANCO 2015

Tasting Notes: Greenish, straw yellow colour, bright and clear. On the nose the acid fruits, mainly citrus and green apple, “sweetened” by pastry aromas from the fine lees and spices from the Nevers oak. On the palate, the attack is at the same time mineral and silky, underpinned by stimulating malic acid nuances. In retro-olfaction some of the citrus aromas are maintained, along with the appearance of pineapple and finishing with soft nuances of heathy scrub land and vanilla.

WA90
SANTA DUC GIGONDAS LES HAUTES GARRIGUES 2012

Tasting Notes: This Gigondas is made from old vines in a high altitude, single vineyard site. Quite full and savoury, it has intense black fruits on the palate that display plenty of juiciness, despite the fine tannic structure. Beautifully sculpted, the long finish reveals blueberry hints, with more to come with some additional bottle age.