WINES

Like our food, we have a passion for wine. From dedicated temperature and humidity controlled cellars, our wine list encompasses more than 700 different labels in stock to suit all tastes and budgets. 

From Chateau Margaux, Mouton Rothschild and Sassicaia to Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Brunello or Barolo, you will enjoy a great range of wines at every price point.

Our wines by the glass program offers over 50 different wines, including Champagne and sherry. We use Coravin technology to ensure these wines are delivered to you in peak condition.

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Wines By The Glass
PROSECCO
WHITE WINES
RED WINES
ROSÉ
DESSERT
CHAMPAGNE - SPARKLING
THE REDS
Shiraz
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
France - Burgundy
Malbec
Merlot
Cabernet/Merlot
Zinfandel
OTHER INTERESTING BLENDS
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Chile
France
Bordeaux Left Bank
Bordeaux Right Bank
Germany
Italy - Arbruzzo
Italy - Basilicata
Italy - Campania
Italy - Friuli-Venezia Giulia
Italy - Marche
Italy - Montepulciano
Italy - Piedmont
Italy - Puglia
Italy - Sardinia
Italy - Sicily
Italy - Tuscany
Italy - Umbria
Italy - Veneto
Lebanon
New Zealand
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
ROSÉ
THE WHITES
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Chardonnay - Burgundy
Chablis
Chenin Blanc
Pinot Gris
Riesling
Albarino
Muscat
Dessert Wine
 

Wines By The Glass

We use Coravin technology to ensure our wines are delivered to you in peak condition. The list below is a tiny offering from our extensive wine list. You can request most of our wines with cork enclosure by the glass. Wines are served at 150ml (5.07) fluid ounces.
 
PROSECCO
 
  Ruggeri Giustino B Millestimato, Prosecco Superiore Xtra Dry, Valdobbiadene DOCG 300
  Awarded the Tre Bicchieri del Gambero Rosso making the Rivetti winery the only one in the world of Prosecco to be awarded the prestigious star award  
     
  NV Drusian Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, xtra Dry. Veneto 300
  90pts Decanter  
  Silver Mindus Vini 2015  
     
WHITE WINES
 
'18 Miles from Knowhere Chardonnay, Margaret River. Australia 250
  Aged for 6 months in French Oak. The bouquet exhibits flinty scents of stone fruit and melon. The palate is crisp with nectarine notes combined with lemon curd and apricot undertones. Warm chicken salad, fish, pork.  
     
'18 Fattoria La Rivolta Falanghina del Sannio Campania, Italy 260
  92WE.  
  100% Falanghina  
  On the nose, ripe apple, honeysuckle and tropical fruit. The medium-sized bodied palate offers ripe pear, honeydew and tangerines drop candy.  White meats and roasted figs, scallops, prawns and clams.  
     
'16 Petit Caus Pedradura Mass is del Garraf. Spain 260
  Xarel-lo, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc.  
  Organic. Mineral scents of crushed rock and white fleshed fruit. Dry and vibrant with lively acidity and perfectly balanced. Aperitif, rice dishes, seafood, salads, semi-mature cheeses.  
     
'16 Viero Rioja. Spain 260
  100% Viero  
  From bush vines 42 to 80 years old. Fermented in French oak. Medium bodied, creamy with lemon, buttery vanilla notes with ripe pears and honey. Dry. Fish, lean meats, poultry, cheese.  
     
'17 Eikendal '"Janina" Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa 260
  Double Gold NWC South Africa 2018  
  4.5 Stars Platter  
  90 Tim Aitken  
  Unoaked  
  Green apple, lemon and fresh pineapple. Nuanced of honey and Orange blossom develop on the palate. A delightful fresh, flinty and lingering finish. Light and delicate dishes such as lightly cooked shellfish, steamed or grilled fish or pasta and risotto dishes.  
     
'17 Pfaff Pinot Gris, Alsace, AOC, France 260
  Gold Medal Concours des Grand Vins de France.  
  Medium to full-time bodied. Off dry. Cold cuts, pate, roast game, poultry, foie gras, smoked fish.  
     
'19 Clearwater Cove, Marlborough New Zealand. 270
  4.3 Vivino  
  Aromatic with fresh notes of passion fruit, grapefruit and fresh herbs. Crisp acidity with a zesty mineral finish.  
     
'17 Anselmo Mendes Contacto, Alvarino, Portugal 290
  90 pts Decanter, Vivino 3.8  
  Made from 100% Alvarinho grown in vineyards along the Minho river. Clean tropical and citrus fruit flavours with a stony mineral finish. Super fresh, steely and salty. Full bodied with great structure and balance. Enjoy with oysters, tuna, octopus or squid.  
     
'16 Chignin-Bergeron "Lea Terrasses", Savoie, France 295
  Roussanne  
  90CT  
  A beautifully refined, tenderly floral and succulently peachy wine. Pate, seafood, roast chicken, pork, veal and Asian cuisine.  
     
'18 Domaine Begude, Limoux, L'Etoile de Begude, Limoux, France 320
  4.0 Vivino. Organic.  
  100% barrel fermentation in 10% new French  
  oak from very low yields. Brioche, Apple and pear notes with good acidic backbone and buttery notes. Fish, white meats, comte and other hard cheeses.  
     
'18 Masseria Li Veli "Askos" Verdeca del Salento. Puglia. Italy. 320
  100% Verdeca. 91Dr Wine, 90JS, 3 Glasses Gambero Rosso.  
  Elegant and mineral. Tropical fruit, citrus, pear and fresh spices. Very well balanced with good acidity. Clams, Kalahari, pastries.  
     
'17 Jamshead Roussanne, Yarra, Victoria, Australia 340
  A terrific example of the grape with excellent balance of fleshy texture and vibrant freshness. Pate, roast chicken, pork, Asian cuisine.  
     
'14 Ziereisen Pinot Blanc Lugle. Baden, Germany 350
  Pure, fresh and intense. Lemon flavoured and juicy stone fruit bouquet. Round, fresh and elegant on the palate. Chicken, white fish, soft shell crab.  
     
'15 Mario Schiopetto Pinot Grigio Collio, Friuli-Venezia Giuliani, Italy. 350
  100% Pinot Grigio  
  92JS, 92 Doctor Wine  
  A brilliant producer, Schiopetto is the reference point for just how flavorful, perfumed and compelling dry whites from Fruiti can be. Notes of banana and passion fruit. Medium bodied, dry. Savoury on the palate with gorgeous sharp acidity and intriguing freshness. Pair with mushrooms, seared or grilled fish, chicken or foie gras.  
     
'16 Weingut Knoll, Loibner Gruner Veltliner, Wachau, Austria 360
  91pts CT 90pts WA  
  Aromatic nose offering lime, green apple and bitter lemon. White pepper spiciness, elegant and refreshing with a medium finish. Spicy food, salads, seafood.  
     
'18 Domaine Testut, Vielles Vignes, Burgundy. 360
  3.9 Vivino  
  A complex wine from 40yr old vines. A perfect balance of ripeness and minerality at a great price for the quality.  
     
'16 Stagard Kremstal Riesling, Steiner Gaisberg. Austria 420
  94pts RP, WE 94[LLF]Full bodied, big, rich and round but highly elegant, precise and fine on the palate with crystalline acidity and over fine tannins. This is a very powerful and very complex Gaisberg with a long and persistent finish. Spicy food, foie gras, avocados, smoked meats, rich cheese.  
 
RED WINES
 
'16 Little Yering Shiraz/ Viognier, Victoria, Australia. 250
  3.7 Vivino  
  A charming delicately scented wine with aromas of red fruit, floral notes and a lovely peppery spice. French oak, juicy rich berry fruit with great texture and soft dry tannins. Grilled meats, lamb pasta/ pizza.  
     
'18 Velenosi Montepulciano D'Abbruzzo. Italy. 250
  From the D'Abbruzzo hills, the vineyards are located 200 to 300 meters above sea level. Fruity, with a soft, pleasant, smooth finish. Pasta, pizza, pesto, chorizo, salami.  
     
'16 Schild Estate Merlot, Barossa Australia 260
  Gold AWC 2018  
  Gold Frankfurt International Trophy 2018  
  Bronze DWWA 2018  
  Bronxe IWC 2018  
  Aromas of blackberry and plums with savoury glimpses of licorice and spice. On the palate, dark plums and chocolate. Beef, blue cheese,roast chicken, mushrooms, lamb.  
     
'15 Familia Fernandez, El Vinculo Crianza 260
  90JS.  
  100% Tempranillo from 50yr old vines. Aged 24 months in American oak. Nose of ripe plum cherries and kitsch. Notes of cocoa, and hazelnuts, balsamic and spice with cinnamon overtones. Lasagna, pizza, grilled meats, game, lamb.  
     
'14 Casa Lapostolle "Le Rouge" Rapel Valley, Chile 260
  28% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenere, 22% Merlot, 2% Cab Franc.  
  92IS 90WS  
  Intense and deep red with violet edges. Aromas of red and black fruit, sour cherry and berries along with spicy notes. Elegant with soft tannins. Prosciutto, parmigiano, pork.  
     
'17 Domaine Bel Air Bourgeuil Jour de Soi. Loire. France 270
  Organic. 100% Cabernet Franc.  
  20yr old vines, manual harvest, indigenous yeasts. Blackberry at, blueberry and floral notes. Supple tannins. Poultry, grilled meats, cheese.  
     
'14 Quintana, di Zambujeiro Monte. Portugal 275
  Alienate Bouschet, Aragonez, Tounga Nacional, Petit Verdot.  
  The Monte 2014 is a seductive wine a beautiful bouquet of Ted fruit, violets and a touch of vanilla. It's creamy and softly textured with a backbone of solid tannins, focused with a very good fruit intensity on the Finish. Medium Bodied. BBQ, Teriyaki, grilled beef, grilled vegetables   
     
'18 Masseria Li Veli Orion, Primitivo. Puglia Italy. 275
  100% Primitivo.  
  4.0 Vivino, 93 Dr Wine.  
  Intense nose of ripe and fleshy red cherries with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Powerful, smooth and very long. Medium bodied.  
     
'15 Tasca d'Almerita Tascante, Ghiaia Nera. Etena Rosso. Sicily 280
  100% Nerello Mascalese.  
  17/20JR. 3.9 Vivino  
  Grown on the north slope of Mount Etena at an altitude of 600m, This easy drinking Mount Etena red has bright fruit on the nose and palate, followed by a bright minerality and a dry , food friendly finish. Almost Burgundian in style. Beef, pasta lamb, grilled chicken.  
     
'08 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Dehesa La Granja. Spain 280
  91pts V, 90 WA  
  100% Tempranillo  
  Aged 2yrs in American Oak. Unfiltered, this wine is deep and full bodied with soft tannins and intense extract. Pair with meats and spicy dishes. Pizza, Mexican, BBQ, Grilled meats.  
     
'18 Raul Perez Ultreia St Jacques, Bierzo, Spain 290
  Mencia.  
  93RP 93 Decanter  
  Clean and floral, mostly from old vineyards. This has bright, fresh blueberry and cranberry fruit with a rasp of tannin and a savoury, saline sign off. Medium bodied. Charcuterie, pepper steak, corned beef, BBQ, wild game.  
     
'12 Chateau Cap Leon Veyrin, Listrac-Medic France 290
  55% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot 90WE 88RP  
  Aged 12 months in oak. It is a bigger scaled, riper, more concentrated wine with loads of cassis, blackberry, spice box and earth. Medium to full-time bodied, rich and a major success. A sleeper of the vintage. Beef, game, strong flavoured cheeses.  
     
'15 Villa Trasqua Chianti Classico, Tuscany, Italy 290
  97 Luca Maroniand Top Italian Wines 2019. 92IS  
  Delicate and subtle with smells and flavours of ripe cherries, spices and pencil shavings. Fine acidity and a long finish. Red mate dishes, vegetable and cream soups, mature cheeses.  
     
'16 Prope Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, Velenosi. Marche Italy. 295
  96 IW&S 2019, Gold Sommeliers Challenge 2018.  
  Rose petals, cherries and raspberries on the nose. The palate adds baked fruits with floral and spicy characters. Elegant and complex. Game meats, lamb cheese.  
     
'15 Eikendal Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa 295
  93pts Tim Atkins 4.1 Vivino  
  Bronze DWWA 2017  
  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  
  On the nose, earthiness, a hint of seaweed with freshness and notes of chassis. The wine has strong character, displaying aspects of mineral rock pool and iodine. The tannins are tight and fresh with a linear profile. Full bodied, fruit driven and structured.  
     
'15 Cave de Tain Crozes Hermitage, Grand Classique. Northern Rhone. France 295
  Syrah. 93 Decanter, 91RP  
  The 2015 comes from the more granite- influenced, Northern end of the appellation. The quality is impressive. Black raspberries, roasted spice, graphite and leather notions all flow to a rich, chewy, layered Syrah that has ripe tannin and a rock -solid personality. Grilled beef, lamb, veal, stews, bacon, fish.  
     
'17 Domaine Begude, Pinot Noir Esprit, Limoux, France 295
  4.1 Vivino. Organic.  
  At 350m altitude, these Limoux hills are highly suitable for Pinot Noir. This is a refined and classically styled Pinot Noir with seductive cherries and raspberries. Ripe tannins and elegantly structured. Duck, casseroles, game birds.  
     
'15 il Grigio Chianti Classico Riserva. Italy 320
  100% Sangiovese.  
  94JS, 92+RP, 92WE, 91WS.  
  Aromas of cherry, plum, earth and mineral. Complex right off the bat. A palate showing tar, minerals, leather, ripe fruit and tobacco. Serious. Rich meat dishes, cured sausage, hard cheeses.  
     
'14 Susana Balbo "Signature" Malbec, Mendoza. Argentina 320
  93pts JS 91+RP  
  Malbec with 5% Petit Verdot.  
  Dark meat, roasted pork, hanger steak, filet, sirloin.  
     
'17 Richard Rottiers Brouilly, Beaujolais, France 340
  Gamay. 93JS, 91WE, 91RP,  3.9Vivino  
  From 60yr old vines. Ripe Blackberry and juicy black plum. Flavours are warm, generous and lightly structured. Beef, chicken, pork grilled fish. Charcuterie, pork, casseroles, cheese.  
     
'17 Comando G Bruja de Rozas, Madrid, Spain 340
  Grenache. 92WA.  
  From vines, 50-80 yrs old. Hand harvested, natural fermentation. Perfumed and lively with plenty of fruit with a backbone of acidity and fine tannins. Grilled and braised meats, beef cheeks, game.  
     
'15 Tenuta Olim Bauda, Nebbiolo d'Alba, DOC, San Pietro, Piedmont Italy 340
  4.0 Vivino.  
  Ample and complex. The sensations are floral, with fresh with notes of withered rose and violet, wild strawberry, raspberries and cherry jam. Finely marked smooth tannins. Rib eye, prime rib, sausages, duck.  
     
'18 Le Levi Askos Susumaniello. Puglia, Italy. 350
  Susumaniello is a little known red grape from Puglia and ranks among the world's rarest grapes. Amazing balance of dark black fruit, prunes, raisins, liquorice and dried herbs. Elegant and smooth with soft tannins and a long finish. Cold cuts, semi cured cheeses and grilled meats.  
     
'16 Bishop Shiraz. Barossa. Australia. 365
  95JH, 92RP, WS91, 4.1 Vivino.  
  Notes of charred meat, espresso, black olives and blackberries. Full bodied and supple, turning velvety on the long finish. Game meats, rare roast beef, lamb, burgers, blue cheese.  
     
'13 Echeverria Founders Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. Chile 370
  85% Cab Sauv, 10% Syrah, 5% Carmenere.  
  95 Des Cor Cha, 92JS, Silver IWS london.  
  Ruby red. Cherries, plums, strawberries and blackberries on the nose. A fulfilling and soft palate with black pepper and bitter chocolate flavours. Well balanced. Roast and grilled beef, pastas and mature cheese.  
     
'15 Domaine Anne Sophie Dubois Fleurie Alchimiste. Beaujolais, France 370
  93pts V, 91 TO.  
  It has an opulent bouquet matched by its purity and delineation, luscious blueberry and black currents. The palate is medium bodied with supple tannins, ripe and rounded fruit dominating the caressing lightly spiced finish. Delicious. Beef, chicken, quiche, pork chops, grilled fish, salads.  
     
'14 Atlan & Artisan 8 Vents. Mallorca. Spain 380
  92pts Fallstaff.  
  Merlot/ Cab-Sauv,Manto Negro, Callet blend. Lasagne, beef, lamb, chicken, pepperoni pizza.  
     
'14 Alexana, Revana Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Oregon. USA 410
  92pts WS  
  Aromas of black cherry, blackberry pie and red raspberry. Lovely texture and richness. A masculine Oregon Pinot. Salmon, chicken, pasta, stews.  
 
ROSÉ
 
'16 Cibonne Tentation, Cotes de Provence, France 290
  Blend of Grenache, Cinsault Syrah and Tibouren.  
  Vivino 4.0  
  Traditional Cotes De Provence blend with a higher than typical proportion of Tibouren, an historic and extremely rare variety that is said to have been a favourite of Julius Caesar. Delicate pink.Pungent red berries and orange pith on the nose and palate. Silky and open knit, finishes smooth and broad with appealing fruity persistence. Light pasta and rice, raw and lightly cooked shellfish, grilled fish.  
     
'18 Chateaux la tour l'Eveque, Petale de Rose, Cotes de Provence. 290
  4.2 Vivino, 90JS  
  Softly textured, smooth with caramel and spice edges. Ripe, rich strawberry flavours. Good minerality.  
     
'16 Ata Rangi Summer Rose. New Zealand. 300
  92pts BC 92pts Wine Front  
  55% Merlot from Craggy Range with the remainder Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir from Ata Rangi. Delicate and pristine red florals. Bone dry. Fantastic.  
 
DESSERT
 
'15 Chateau Jolys Cuvee de Jean, Jurancon, France. 315
  91WE.  
  This late harvest wine shows both intense acidity and intense richness. Ripe apricot and candied orange flavours. So fresh and crisp. A perfect aperitif or accompanying rich dishes such as foie gras and cheese.  
     
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CHAMPAGNE - SPARKLING
     
  NV Beni di Batasiolo, Moscato Spumante Rose, Langhe. Italy. 1,100
  Aromas of cherry and fresh fruit. Crisp with good intensity and persistence.  
     
  NV Batasiolo Moscato Spumante Dolce Rose. 1,200
     
'17 Ruggeri Giustino B, Millesimato Prosecco Superiore Xtra Dry, Valdobbiardene DOCG 1,400
  Awarded the Tre Bicchieri del Gambero Rosso making the Rivetti winery the only one in the world of Prosecco to be awarded the prestigious star award.  
     
  NV Drusian Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG, xtra Dry. Veneto 1,400
  90pts Decanter  
  Silver Mindus Vini 2015  
     
  NV Domaine Francois Piñon Vouvray Brut (chenin blanc) France 1,500
     
  NV Charles Ellner 2,100
     
  NV Pehu Simonet Face Nord Grand Cru Extra Brut 2,500
  93pts WE 60% Pinot Noir. 40%Chardonnay. From the vineyards of the north facing slope of the Montagne de Reims. Dry with an underlying richness giving the wine generosity and crisp apple with pear fruitness. An elegant texture at the finish.  
     
  NV Vilmart & Cie Brut 1er Cru Grand Reserve 2,600
     
  NV Varnier Fanniere Grand Cru Brut 2,800
  93pts RP  
  100% Chardonnay. The nose has aromas of lemons mixed with hints of ripe fruits, apricots and green apples. The finesse of Chardonnay gives an extra dimension finishing with a touch of minerality.  
     
  NV Vilmart & Cie Grand Cellier Brut 1er Cru 2,900
  93 pts JS  
     
  NV Billecart Brut Reserve 3,000
     
'13 Louis Roederer Brut Rose. 3,000
  94JS, 93WE, 93AG, 92RP  
  A smoothly textured wine, this is perfectly in balance with red berry and currant fruitless assimilated into the lightly tannic and crisp texture. Very long.  
     
  NV Larmandier Bernier Latitude Exta Brut Blanc de Blancs 3,100
     
  NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose 3,300
     
'10 Laherte Freres Les Empreintes Extra Dry 3,400
  93pts Antonio Galloni. 93 pts Tyson Stelzer. Very focused indeed. Very marked acidity and crystalline structure. Super fresh and racy.  
     
'10 Champagne Louis Roederer Rose. France 3,500
     
'10 Larmandier Bernier Terre de Vertus 1er Cru Brut Nature 3,700
     
  NV Jerome Prevost La Closerie Les Beguines 3,900
  95pts RP 95pts Antonio Galloni.  
  100% Pinot Meunier. This is an especially sculpted crystalline vintage for the Beguines. The richness, power and depth are more implied than overly stated. The wines energy and drive elevates it to the highest level of Champagne. What a gorgeous wine this is.  
     
‘06 Billecart Salmon, Cuvee Louis Blanc de Blancs. 7,300
  96 Decanter, 96RP, 96 WE  
  Entirely sourced from top grand cru terroirs of the Cote des Blancs, the 2006 Cuvee Louis offers a generous, rich and chalky bouquet of ripe yellow and white fleshed fruits and vanilla brioche as well as remarkable purity, precision and freshness. Round and endlessly juicy on the palate, this is a highly elegant, seductive and wonderfully balanced Blanc de Blancs. Disgorged in April 2018, after 11 years on the Lees. Oysters, lobster, shellfish, camembert.  
     
'07 Billecart Brut Rose, Cuvee Elisabeth. 9,000
  96RP, 96WA, 17/20JR  
  Displays a beautifully radiant , shimmering orange-salmon colour. The bouquet of this Pinot Noir/ Chardonnay blend is as intense as it is delicate, displaying red and yellow fruit
intertwined with floral, chalky and citrus notes. This is a highly elegant, charming, beautiful Champagne.
 
     
'07 Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Rose. 15,900
  97JS, 97AG, 96WE 19.5/20 La Revue du Vin de France.  
  Beautifully pale in colour. Ripe and full in the mouth. Packed with fruit and intense acidity. A toasty complexity that brings a balance to this great wine.  
     
‘02 Billecart Salmon Le Clos Saint Hilaire. 19,500
  98RP 4.6 Vivino  
  Made exclusively from old 100% Pinot Noir vines planted in 1964 on an enclosed one-hectare parcel with complete winemaking facilities on site. Entirely vinified in oak and
discouraged in May 2018, after 15 years on the lees in bottle. This Blanc de Noirs is highly fine and pure on the deep, elegant and spicy nose, with intense mirabelle and apricot flavours. This is a pure, salty, very finessed yet tensioned, complex, mineral
and refreshing Pinot with intense and well -concentrated fruit, a juicy texture and persistent structure. The finish is very long.
Comte, sea bass, lobster, pork, salmon.
 
     
'07 Salon Cuvee 'S' Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne. France 19,999
  99WE, 97JS, 97W&S, 96RP, 96V  
  This legendary Champagne, only produced in exceptional years, comes from the village of Le Mesnil in the Cote des Blancs. Made from 200% Chardonnay, it is aged for many years before release. The nose delivers fresh lemon and grapefruit peel, white, stony minerals and very, very fresh and light pastry notes. The palate is super fine, supple and crisp with attractive, dry, salty minerals on the finish that holds super long, fine and focused. Elegant citrus and light brioche to close.  
     
THE REDS
 
Shiraz
 
'15 Xanadu Exmoor Shiraz, Margaret River. Australia. 1,200
  17.5/20 RC 3.8Vivino  
  A full bodied Shiraz displaying ample depth with plenty of inky forest fruit, blackberries, restaurants and spice. Supple tannins and a fine acid backbone with a long finish.  
     
'17 Te Mata, Hawkes Bay Syrah, NZ. 1,300
  Elegant in presentation, showing primary raspberry fruit, white pepper, red florals and spice.  
     
'17 The Hedonist, McLaren Vale, Australia 1,400
  95 JH. Organic/Biodynamic  
  A delicious silky and smooth shiraz with dark fruit flavours and an intense palate.  
     
'17 Tscharke Estate, Marananga, Barossa, South Australia 1,450
  4.1Vivino. 92CT  
  Rich aromas of dark chocolate, blueberries, clove and orange zest on the nose.Dark fruits, chocolate, plum, savoury spice and chalky tannins on the palate. A complex balanced wine.  
     
'14 Schild Estate, Barossa, Australia 1,450
  Bronze DWWA 2016  
  Bronze IWC London 2016  
     
'18 Ministry of Clouds, McLaren Vale. Australia 1,480
  96JH, 93JS, 4.0 Vivino  
  12% whole bunched plus whole berries, matured for 12 months in large format used French oak. Dark plums and blackberries on the nose with hints of chocolate, liquorice and earth. An expressive palate of red cherry, plums and raspberries, peppered with spice.  
     
'16 Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz, Barossa, Australia 1,700
  93pts HH A delicious Shiraz of balance, elegance and persistence.  
     
'16 Kaesler Bogan Shiraz, Barossa, Australia 2,000
  97JH  
  Gold and Trophy, Best in Show. Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2018. From 119yr old vines.  
     
'16 Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz. Barossa, Australia. 2,300
  94 HH  
  A rich, elegant wine with aromatic blue fruits, notes of dark chocolate, warm spice and subtle nougat oak. The palate is succulent and plush with velvety tannins giving texture and length. A wine of great power and intensity.  
     
'15 Luke Lambert Syrah, Yarra Valley, Australia 2,300
  17.5/20 JR 95pts Wine Front.  
  Medium Bodied  
     
'15 Kaesler Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa, Australia 2,300
  95pts JH 93 WS 4.2 Vivino  
  Full bodied, brooding and alluring with lavender, vanilla, plums, blackberries and wild flowers. Silky tannins.  
     
'16 Betz Cote Patriarch, Yamika Valley, Washington USA. 2,700
  96-98 WA, 95+JD, 94JS  
  Offering up complex aromas of crunchy cassis, violets and pungent black pepper. On the palate, it's medium to full bodied leading with a lavish attack that gives way to a layered, vibrant mid palate with a deep core of crunchy fruit and bright balancing acids. The finish is long and beautifully defined.  
     
'12 Yarra Yering Underhill, Yarra Valley, Victoria. Australia 2,850
  97pt JH. 95pt HH. Top 100 wines of 2014.  
  Excellent crimson-purple colour. The bouquet has a fragrant blend of Red fruits, spice and French oak. Medium bodied, very long and pure palate but it is the finesse and elegance that make it special.  
     
'16 Glaetzer Amon Ra Shiraz, Barossa, Australia. 2,950
  96RP, 94HH, 19/20 MJ, 4.3Vivino  
  Langton's Classification, Outstanding  
  Dramatic, intense and powerful. Crammed with layers of fruit, complex savoury elements  and rich velvety tannins. Full bodied. A plush wine with classical chocolaty tannins and great persistence. Unfined and unfiltered.  
     
'12 Kaesler Alte Reben, Barossa, Australia 3,700
  From vines planted in 1899.  
  97pts JH 94+RP  
     
'15 Kaesler Old Bastard, Barossa, Australia 4,400
  98JH, 96RP, 95WS, 95WF, 4.3Vivino  
  Langton's Classifications, Outstanding. Hand picked from vineyards planted in 1893. Dark purple, fresh and fruit driven with blueberries, raspberries and blueberries. The palate is a
combination of forrest fruit with blackberries and mulberries. Silky, delicate tannins with good acidity. Full bodied.
 
     
Cabernet Sauvignon
 
'15 Andeluna 1300, Argentina 1,200
  89TA, 85WE.  
  Spicy notes of white pepper and clove and aromas of red peppers. An outstanding tannic balance makes it pleasant to drink.  
     
'16 Xanadu DJL, Margaret River, Australia. 1,300
  86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 4%  
  Petit Verdot.  
  A full bodied cAbernet offering ample depth of fruit with plenty of blackberries, dark chocolate and chassis. Generous fruit and ripe tannins.  
     
'15 Di Giorgio, Coonawarra, Australia. 1,300
  3.7 Vivino  
  From 56yr old vines.  
  Totally opaque black, dark red core. Ripe blackcurrant and licorice aromas with notions of choc mint over vanilla cedar. Rich, ripe blackcurrant and dark chocolate flavours on the palate. Very finely grained, velvet like tannins.  
     
'14 Taylors Estate Clare Valley, Australia 1,300
  Gold, Challenge International du Vin 2016  
  Gold, NZ International Wine Show.2015  
  Gold, Mundus Vini International Wine Awards 2015  
     
'11 Barwang, South Eastern Australia 1,300
  JH 92 pts. Bronze DWWA 2014. bronze IWC, UK 2014  
     
'15 Eikendal Vineyards, Stellenbosch, South Africa 1,400
  93pts Tim Atkins 4.1 Vivino  
  Bronze DWWA 2017  
  100% Cabernet Sauvignon  
  On the nose, earthiness, a hint of seaweed with freshness and notes of chassis. The wine has strong character, displaying aspects of mineral rock pool and iodine. The tannins are tight and fresh with a linear profile. Full bodied, fruit driven and structured.  
     
'17 The Hedonist, McLaren Vale, Australia 1,400
  92JH Organic/ Biodynamic.  
  Cassis and blackberries vie for centre stage. It's a brightly fruited wine seasoned with dry herbs, oak spices and plenty of appeal.  
     
'12 Schild Estate, Barossa, Australia 1,400
  Gold IWC London 2014  
  Gold Mundus Vino 2014  
     
'15 Xanadu Estate, Margaret River WA. Australia. 1,450
  93JS, 93WF.  
  Ripe blackberries, red currant, chocolate, tar and mint on the nose. The tannins on the palate are tightly wound and woven into more tar and savoury characters. Medium-bodied and elegant.  
     
'17 Heirloom Vineyards, Coonawarra, Australia. 1,700
  Gold Sydney International Wine Competition 2019  
  Gold and 92pts Critics Wine Challenge USA 2019  
  Silver Cathay Pacific International Wine and Spirits Competition 2019  
  Open Fermentation, basket pressed and stored in French Oak barriques for two years. Dark fruits, white mulberries, violets, mushrooms, olives and dried herbs. The palate is powerful, almost Bordeaux like. An extraordinary single vineyard cabernet from Coonawarra.  
     
'13 Echeverria, Founders Selection, Maipo Valley. Chile 1,800
  95 Descorchados. 92JS  
  A deep,  rich plum and eucalyptus scented wonder.  A fulfilling and soft palate with black pepper and bitter chocolate flavours. Aged in New French oak for 18 months.  
     
'12 Fermoy Estate, Margaret River, Australia 1,800
  92pts JH. Blue Gold, Top 100 wines Sydney IWC 2014  
     
'16 Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Regaleali. 1,900
  94RP, 92JS, 90WE. 4.2 Vivino  
  A velvety and seductive wine that glides over the palate with elegance and power. Blackberry, plum and dark prune seque to spice, tobacco and tar. Fine grained tannins.  
     
'07 Haras De Pirque, Albis, Chile. 1,950
  93pts Falstaff 92JS 4.3Vivino  
  71% Cabernet Sauvignon 29%  
  Carmenere. 18mths in oak barrels, the Albis is characterized by aromas of berries and plums complemented by notes of chocolate rounded off with velvety tannins.  
     
'14 Moss Wood, Ribbon Vale, Margaret River, WA 2,200
  96pts HH, 96 BC  
  Youthful brick red colour, the wine shows the style of the 2015 vintage and the small crop. We see smouldering red currant, black currant and mulberry with a floral violet lift sitting over cedar and tar. On the palate there is concentration and lengthdark fruits combining with firm tannins and leather and tarry notes. One of the best ever Ribbon Vales.  
     
'10 Mitolo, Serpico, McLaren Vale. Australia. 2,280
  91WS, 90WA, 90JH, 4.2 Vivino  
  Silver, Sommelier Wine Awards 2014.  
  Serpico is made using the same Amarone technique of drying grapes before fermentation. This process concentrates flavours, contributing mid palate plushness, complexity and mouth coating yet silky tannins. Complex and multi-layered.  
     
'17 Antica, Napa, USA. 2,400
  4.6 Vivino  
  On the nose, blackberry, blackcurrant, plum, leather, molasses, vanilla and liquorice. Bold, full bodied, smooth tannins and a long finish.  
     
'09 Xanadu Reserve Cabernet, Margaret River, Australia. 2,400
  95JH, 93HH  
  Blue-Gold Sydney International Wine Competition 2012.  
  Blueberries, blackcurrent pastilles and Sansuma plums combine with dark chocolate, cinnamon and rose petal to produce a complex and intense bouquet. The luxurious palate is full bodied offering blueberries, plums and cassis with hints of mocha and toasty oak. Powerful with ripe tannins.  
     
'14 Odfjell, Odfjell, Maipo Valley- San Antonio Valley. Chile 2,600
  100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Organic.  
  95 TA, 93 RP, 93JS,  4.1 Vivino.  
  From 40-80 yr old vines.  
  Bright ruby in colour with pleasing aromas of black fruits such as blueberries, plums and cherries as well as liquorice. Velvety and persistent on the palate with a lingering finish.  
     
'15 Yering Station, Reserve,Yarra Valley, Australia. 2,700
  96JH, 95HH  
  2015 was a top vintage for Yarra Cabernet.  
  Saturated purple/red colour. A wine that is concentrated and powerful with pinpoint ripeness and masses of good ripe tannins. Packed with flavour.  
     
'15 Larry Cherubino 'Cherubino', Margaret River. Australia 2,800
  97JH, 17.5/20JR, 4.3 Vivino  
  Top 100 Australian Wines 2016/17  
  Hand harvested grapes aged for 10 months in oak barrels. Cassis and cigar box aromas full the nose. The palate is full and intense with ripe tannins that give a delicate velvety mouth feel. A dark concentrated Cabernet.  
     
'16 Moss Wood, Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Australia. 3,600
  98HH, 96 BC, 95JS,   
  A honed, delicious,succulent wine with a sensual texture and serious length. Sweet berries, violets, blueberries and chassis. Medium to Full bodied. Finely textured.  
     
'18 Caymus Napa, USA 3,700
  4.5 Vivino  
  Luxurious opulence defines this wine year in and year out. Dark super ripe fruit over sleek, rich texture with additional complexity in the form of cola, Chinese five spice, mocha and molasses.  
     
'17 Cullen 'Diana Madeline' Wilyabrup Margaret River, Australia 3,700
  98JH & Top 100 Wines of 2019  
  Trophy for best cabernet and blends.  
  96WF, 96 Decanter.  
  Aged for 18 months in oak, 40% new. Palate-staining, fresh blackberry and currants with sweet burberry notes followed by suggestions of cedar, bitter chocolate, gravel and earth.  
     
'16 Cullen "Diana Madeline" Wilyabrup, Margaret River. Australia. 3,700
  98JH, 97HH, 18/20JR  
  Very deep, bright purple/red. A rich berry and violet bouquet which us fruit driven, vibrant and fresh. Wonderfully elegant and piercings intense. An outstanding wine.  
     
'08 Philip Togni, Napa. USA 3,800
  93+pts RP 92pts Vinous AG  
  The dark ruby/plum/garnet -hued 2008 exhibits a subtly herbaceous nose with hints of sweet raspberry and black currants in the background. Finishes with excellent persistence
and sweet tannins.
 
     
'13 Wolf Blass Black Label, McLaren Vale Australia 3,950
  Cab Sauv, Shiraz, Malbec.  
  96HH, 96JH, 94WF  
  This is serious stuff. Inky in the glass with aromas of new leather, black berries, cassis, salt Bush, black peppers and oyster sauce. The palate is firm, powerful, potent and deep.  
     
'09 Philip Togni, Napa, USA 4,300
  95+PTS Vinous AG 95pts Parker.  
  The 2009 is stunningly beautiful and seductive in it's red fruit, mint and tobacco. Togni's 2009 is notable for its exceptional elegance, finesse and pedigree.  
     
'16 Philip Toni, Napa. USA. 4,700
  96+V, 96RP, 94WS  
  The 2016 Philip Togni is a classic wine with great aging potential. Dark, powerful and quite savoury with tremendous persistence and class to burn. Exquisitely layered with dark cherry, plum, wild herb, cedar, tobacco and smoke. This is a jewel of a wine.  
     
'14 Philip Togni, Napa. USA 4,900
  98pts Decanter  
  97pts Vinous A.G.  
  The 2014 reveals a beautifully complex bouquet of plum, black cherry, clove, sweet tobacco and hints of mountain laurel. On the palate, the tannins are very silky and refined, framing a wine with great concentration, depth and acid line. A supremely graceful cabernet.  
     
'15 Georges de Latour BV, Private Reserve, Napa. USA 5,950
  90% Cab Sauv, 4% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec. 98JS, 97JD, 96+WA, 96V  
  Hugely complex, revealing a broad spectrum of briary blackberry, black cherry and currant notes wit nuances of violet and bittersweet chocolate. Muscular tannins support the plush, expansive palate while impeccably balanced acidity adds vibrancy.  
     
'13 Philip Togni, Napa.USA 6,500
  100pts Vinous AG. 100pts Decanter.  
  A majestic towering wine. Deep unctuous and remarkably vivid for such a big intense wine. The 2013 simply conquers all of the senses from the intellectual to the hedonistic. A host of dark red cherry, pomegranate, spice, mint and floral notes. Simply put
the 2013 is magnificent and one of the wines of the vintage.
 
     
'14 Revana Vineyard Estate, St Helena, Napa, USA 6,900
  97pts RP  
  # 93 Top 100 wines 2017  
  Gorgeously opaque blue/purple in colour, the wine offers up notes of blueberry and blackberry fruit, some licorice and graphite, followed by full-bodied, layered and opulent wine with terrific fruit intensity, great purity, and class and presence on the palate. This is sensational stuff.  
     
'14 Cardinals, Napa. USA. 11,900
  98RP  
  A stunning nose of cedar wood, cigar tobacco, graphite, creme de cassis and subtle new oak, followed by sensational levels of blackcurrent fruit moving toward blackberries. A wine of great intensity and silky tannins, it is clearly one of the great, great wines of the vintage.  
     
Pinot Noir
 
'14 Huia Vineyards, Rapaura, Marlborough. NZ. 1,600
  4.1Vivino  
  On the nose, notes of spice, violets and dark cherry. The palate is rich and full with plum and dark cherry and savoury notes. A wine of savoury complexity.  
     
'15 Tohu Rore Reserve, NZ 1,600
  18.5/20 RC. Gold Marlborough Wine Show 2018  
  A single vineyard Pinot aged for 13 months in 20% new French oak. This is a soft and layered Pinot Noir with gently expressed flavours of berry fruit and plums with spices and herbs on a fine structured palate.  
     
'17 Two Paddocks Picnic, Central Otago NZ 1,600
  Organic  
  Hand harvested, 95% de-stemmed. 10 month maturation in predominately new oak. Blackcurrant, mocha, spice and wild herb aromatics lead to an elegant and textural wine. Great poise, tension and drive.  
     
'16 Martinborough Te Tera. NZ 1,700
  Gold NZ International Wine Show 2017  
  Silver Air NZ Wine Awards 2017  
  5 Stars Raymond Chan.  
  Elegant and beautifully perfumed, the gorgeous bouquet shows dark cherry, floral, clove and black olive characters with a hint of cedar complexity. The palate delivers lovely fruit purity and concentration enhanced by silky texture. Finishes long and smooth.  
     
'14 Neudorf Tom's Block, Nelson NZ 1,800
  93 Wine Front.  
  Bright and expressive with sweet ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit. A round and subtle Pinot Noir with plum spice and subtle herb flavours on the palate.  
     
'15 Greywacke, Marlborough. NZ. 1,900
  96JS, 95BC, 93D, 91RP. 4.0 Vivino  
  While bunch fermentation with wild yeast, the 2015 is the dark fruited style of the vintage with notes of black cherries, cola and spice. Medium -bodied with silky tannins smartly wrapped around ripe plums and dark cherries. Crisp acidity with a long finish.  
     
'15 Tongue in Groove 'Cabal Vineyard', Waipara Valley, North Canterbury. NZ 1,900
  95SK, 95RC, 93BC, 93JS  
  Biodynamic, Single Vineyard.  
  Full- bodied, seductive, fragrant and engaging, the nose shows dark fruit, smoked game, cedar, black olive and truffle aromas leading to a silky smooth palate that is fleshy and velvety.  
     
'14 Alexana, Revana Vineyard, Oregon, USA. 1,950
  92pts WS  
  Aromas of black cherry, blackberry pie and red raspberry. Lovely texture and richness, well suited for those who crave the masculine side of Oregon pinot.  
     
'16 Two Paddocks, Central Otago, NZ 2,300
  95 Gourmet Traveller, 92JS, 92 WE, 4.0 Vivino  
  Organic, hand harvested. Violet and spicy blackcurrant on the nose. A suave textural palate showing lots of density, complexity and persistence.  
     
'14 Domaine Tissot, Cotes de Jura, Sours la Tour. Jura. France 2,300
  Extremely food friendly natural wine from some of the best French terroir.  
     
'12 Neudorf Moutere. Nelson. NZ. 2,380
  96 CD, 19/20 Raymond Chan 17/20 JR  
  Attractive, spiced berry and biscuit aromas with an array of sweetly fragrant red flowers and red cherries. The palate is lively, juicy and fresh and delivers an exceptionally elegant and focused array of typical pinot-noir fruit in a approachable, elegant mode.  
     
'17 Walter Hansel Pinot Noir, Estate. Russian River Valley, Sonoma, USA. 2,400
  94AG, 92RP 4.0 Vivino.  
  Pale to medium ruby-purple, offering aromas of spiced cranberry sauce, clove, dried orange peel, shaved nutmeg, strawberry preserves, blackberries and dried flowers. Medium-bodied, super expressive with soft, grainy tannins finishing long and very spicy.  
     
'16 Burn Cottage, Central Otago. NZ 2,500
  98BC, 19+/20 RC, 95MB, 4.2 Vivino  
  #1 of 98 2016 Central Otago Pinot Noir.  
  Totally seductive, ripe cherry, berry and plum flavours with added complexity from subliminal floral, spice, savoury and herb. The texture is to die for and it has impressive power with a lingering finish that won't quit.  
     
'11 Martinborough, Martinborough Terraces 2,600
  94pts Wine Front, 93pts JS, 90+RP  
     
'17 Felton Road, Bannockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand 2,700
  96WS, 95BC, 94JS  
  # 12 Top 100 wines of 2018 WS  
  Elegant, fresh and vibrant. Wonderfully perfumed with lavender, white pepper and green tea notes that accentuate the purity of the cherry and raspberry flavours. Polished tannins still some grip on the finish where white truffle and forest floor longer.  
     
'15 Twomey, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California 2,700
  Medium- Bodied, very intense aromatics on the nose showing scents of candied cherries, ripe red currant and ripe raspberries. Great depth and balance with silky tannins.  
     
'15 Walter Hansel, South Slope, Russian River Valley, USA 2,800
  94-96pts RP  
  From 100% Dijon clone 777.  
  2015 was a sensational vintage for Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley. Freakishly low yields resulted in dramatic, voluptuous wines of the highest level. This is a deep fruited
Pinot with a lovely texture, plenty of body, concentration and richness. This is a stunner from 18-year-old vines. The finish just goes on and on.
 
     
'18 William Downie Baw Baw shire, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. 2,900
  96JS, 4.5 Vivino  
  Plum, cherry, black and red currants, a hint of game and Swiss brown mushrooms. Medium to full-bodied. Creamy acidity, intensity with finesse and a juicy finish.  
     
'16 Two Paddocks, First Paddock, Central Otago NZ 2,900
  95WS, 95BC, 95GT, 94JS.  
  From 26 year old Clone 5 vines. Hand Harvested, Biodynamic. Medium bodied, velvety, textured expression of a cool climate site in a warm vintage. Matured in 30% New French oak. Bright wild flower, spice and dark red fruit leads to an ethereal mineral driven palate. Great tension, drive and persistence. Only 200 cases made.  
     
'17 Felton Road, Calvert, Central Otago. NZ. 2,900
  94JS, 94WS, 94 W&S, 94CT 4.1 Vivino  
  Impressive fresh, dark cherry, blueberry and violet aromas on the nose. The palate has a very sleek, polished and velvety texture with ample, spiced - blueberry and red cherry flavours delivering a succulent, juicy and long finish. A really stunning pinot.  
     
'16 Two Paddocks The Fusilier, Central Otago. NZ 2,950
  96JS, 96GT, 96BC, 94+WA  
  Wild spice, violet, red fruits and some brooding whole bunch aromatics. A rich textural palate that shows great poise, elegance and density.  
     
'15 Felton Road, Cornish Point, Central Otago. NZ 2,995
  97pts BC 96pts WS  
  Subtle, silken and very complex Pinot Noir with an array of dark cherry, plum, floral and  
  Oriental spice flavour. A core of sweet fruit perfectly balances fine drying tannins to give the wine a linear lingering quality. Medium- bodied. Power delivered with subtlety. Very impressive.  
     
'09 Dry River, Martinborough, NZ 3,000
  95pts BC  
     
'16 Lingua Franca, The Plow, Oregon. USA. 3,200
  94V, 94 WS.  
  Harmonious and ethereal with delicate complexity offering layered black cherry and raspberry flavours accentuated by black tea hints and whiffs of orange peel and minerals.  
     
'17 Felton Road Block 5, Central Otago. NZ. 4,900
  100BC, 98HH, 4.5Vivino  
  This is an extraordinary wine. It boasts great purity and power with layer upon layer of subtle flavours that include violets, red rose petal, dark cherry and mixed spices. It's delicate, fragrant and has enormous length.  
     
'15 Mount Mary, Yarra Valley, Victoria. Australia. 5,800
  99JH, 97WF. 4.5 Vivino. Langtons Classification, Outstanding. 100% Pinot Noir.  
  Superbly refined, elegant and intense. Typified by fragrant strawberry and cherry aromas and a supple evenly proportioned palate.  
     
'10 Felton Road, Block 5 Central Otago, NZ 9,600
  96 Points Bob Campbell MW  
  Inaugural Great Growths of NZ Award 2010  
     
France – Burgundy
     
'16 Domaine Caroline Morey, Santenay, Cote de Beaune, 1er Cru "La Comme" 2,600
  4.1 Vivino. 90CT, 89BH  
  Medium clear ruby. Crushed berries and soil, faint mint, pomegranate seeds. A relatively refined mouth feel to the medium weight flavours. Medium acidity with juicy red berry fruit.  
     
'16 Berthelemot Pommard Noizons, Cote de Beaune. 2,700
  91WE, 4.1 Vivino  
  In keeping with the style of this Domaine, the emphasis here is on fruit rather than tannins. Aromas of sweet red berries, slightly spiced. Warm and fresh on the palate with delicate tannins.  
     
'17 Domaine Berthelemot, Meursault, Les Tillets, Cote de Beaune. 3,200
  Gold DWWA. 96 Decanter. 4.2 Vivino  
  Les Tillets is a Lieu-dit in this most famous of white Burgundy wines. The wine is elegant and mineral with great textural intensity. A broad creamy palate with savoury butter and toast notes balanced by a racy and vivacious finish.  
     
'14 Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils, Nuits-St-George's, Les Hauts Pruliers 1er Cru 3,200
  93pts WS.  
  A elegant spicy style, this evokes floral and wild berry notes, with sandalwood, cardamom and cinnamon details that accent the core of cherry and rose flavours. Tightly wound this lingers with fruit and spice elements. A masculine personality.  
     
'14 Domaine Lucien Boillot & fils Les Croix Noires, Pommard 3,300
  Premier Cru, Cote de Beaune  
     
'14 Domaine Lucien Boillot & fils Les Caillerets, Volnay 3,400
  Premier Cru, Cote de Beaune.  
     
'13 Domaine Marc Roy Gevrey Chambertin Clos Prieur. Cote de Nuits 3,500
  92pts CT 91pts JR  
     
'15 Alex Gambal, Gevrey -Chambertin Premier Cru. 3,600
  The Gevrey-Chambertin appellation is home to 9 of the 24 Grand Crus of the Cote- de- Nuits. This area produces powerful, full bodied reds marked by intense, complex and extremely elegant aromas. Unfined and unfiltered.  
     
'14 Domaine Fleurot Larose Clos de la Rocquemaure, Chassagne-Montrachet, 1er Cru 3,850
  4.6 Vivino  
  Beautiful bouquet. Flowers and honey, young and fresh. As close to Grand Cru standard as you can get. Long finish.  
     
'06 Potinet Ampeau Meursault Perrieres 1er Cru 4,600
  4.6Vivino  
  Original Burgundy. Great structure, white fruits, citrus, minerality with great acidity and good length.  
     
'14 Domaine Denis Mortet, Mes Cing Terroirs, Gevrey Chambertin 4,600
  The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin Mes Cing Terroirs is a blend of all Arnaud's Gevry Chambertin holdings. Matured in 30%to 35% new oak, it has a brisk, stony red berry bouquet. Very natural. The palate is medium bodied with a crisp structure, almost chalky tannins and very fine acidity. This is an excellent Gevrey that come highly recommended.  
     
'14 Domaine Confuron-Cotetidot Gevrey- Chambertin Premier Cru 4,700
  94pts TA 92pts Antonio Galloni  
  17.5/20 La Revue du Vin de France.  
  From a single parcel of 0.5 hectares. Juicy, crunchy and spicy with marked while bunch character and hints of iodine and green malt. Finishes with good mineral drive.  
     
'15 Domaine de l'Arlot Nuits St-Georges 1er Cru "Clos des Forets St-Georges 5,500
  93-95RP, 91-94V, 91-94BH  
  A very well defined, quite sensual in style with very pure red berry fruit. The palate is medium bodied with supple tannin, tart red cherry fruit and wild strawberry. This is an outstanding contribution to the vintage, courtesy of winemaker Geraldine Godot.  
     
'15 Alex Gambal, Chambolle- Musigny 1er Cru Aux Echanges, Premier Cru. 5,990
  The small winegrowing area of Chambolle- Musigny stands between Morey-Saint-Denis to the north and Vouget to the south. This grape variety is known here for producing the most "feminine" red wines of the Cotes-de-Nuits. This small area counts 2 Grand Crus and 24 Premier Crus. This wine expresses the delicacy of Chambolles Premier Crus whilst coming close to the powerfulness of Morey wines.  
     
'14 Chateaux de la Tour, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. Cote de Nuits 6,500
  95pts Decanter, 95 CT, 92 Antonio Galloni, 18/20 Bettane & Desseauve.  
  Lovely griotte cherry and BlackBerry coupled with spice, a juicy texture and a mineral finish. Classy.  
     
'16 Arnaud Mortet Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Lavaux, Saint Jaques 6,800
  70-year-old-vines. This is a full, rich and muscular wine with a long memorable finish. A real gem that shows huge potential.  
     
'16 Albert Bichot, Domaine du Clos Frantin, Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Malconsorts. Cote de Nuits 7,500
  95JS, 94BH, 17.5/20JR. 4.4Vivino  
  Silver IWC London, 2018.  
  Beautiful crushed roses with an array of fresh raspberries and red cherries as well as light mocha and oak spices. The palate has excellent tannin maturity and depth. This elegant vintage has delivered a wine with real clarity and detail. This is exceptional.  
     
'15 Alex Gambal, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru. Cote de Nuits. 8,500
  The ever-growing area of Vougeot in the middle of Cotes De Nuits is famous world wide for its prestigious Clos Vougeot. Unfined and unfiltered, ruby colour with purple tints. Intensity and lightness on the nose. Fresh and elegant aromas of red fruit and spices. Good structure and balance on the palate with great delicacy and a great finish.  
     
'09 Maison Leroy Fixin, Cotes de Nuits 8,800
  Fixin is a Burgundy village next to Gevrey Chambertin that produces outstanding wines but is often overlooked. A muscular and massive wine with a velvety texture that seems to go on forever. Dark berry bouquet and supple tannins.  
     
'06 Pascal Lachaux Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, Cotes de Nuits 11,900
  Very impressive, this is Bonnes-Mares at its most exuberant. Bold, rich and brawny, this is a Grand Cru on an impressive scale with a lovely persistent mineral thread running through it.  
     
'15 Domaine Lignier-Michelot Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits 13,950
  96RP, 94TA, 94AG 17/20JR  
  The Clos de la Roche combines beautiful soaring aromatics with beautiful pure fruit and a savoury sense of earthiness. Beguiling aromas of black cherry, red plum, violets, exotic
spices and roasted game. Supple palate with layers of minerality on a long driving finish.
 
     
'14 Domaine Bruno Clair Bonnes Mares Grand Cru. Cote de Nuits 14,800
  96WA, 95BH,94V, 18/20B&D,  
  Big and powerful with its mouth coating broad -shouldered flavours that possess plenty of muscle before culminating in an explosive, tightly wound finish that just goes on and on. Quite simply, this is terrific.  
     
'14 Domaine Bruno Clair Chambertin-Clos de Beze, Grand Cru 14,800
  95BH, 94+V, 93WA, 4.6Vivino  
  From vineyards planted in 1912 and 1972. Aromas of pomegranate, cranberry and flowers. Fine grained and tightly bound, it's wonderfully precise and complete with an extremely long finish. Needs time.  
     
Malbec
 
'17 Andeluna 1300, Mendoza, Argentina. 1,200
  88WE.  
  Beefy berry aromas give this Malbec up- front strength. Cherry, plum and berry flavours are textbook Malbec.  
     
'13 Dominio Del Plata, Benmarco, Argentina 1,200
  92Pts JS  
  Gold Trophy, Argentina Wine Awards 2016  
     
'15 Chateaux Haut Montplaisir, Tradition, Cahors. 1,400
  Organic  
  89 WE  
  This fine wine is rich in fruit with a strong mineral texture. From clay and flint soil resulting in ripe fruit with balanced acidity.  
     
'17 Susana Balbo, "Signature" Mendoza, Argentina 1,500
  94TA 4.0Vivino  
  Subtle, scented, beautifully defined blend of Malbec with 6% Cabernet Sauvignon. Mineral and fresh with understated oak and bags of blueberry and black cherry fruit.  
     
'16 El Enemigo, Mendoza, Argentina 1,700
  94PT, 93TA, 92WS, 91V, 4.4 Vivino.  
  Rich and concentrated, offering aromas of black fruit, cherry and dark berry fruit. On the palate, flavours of spice, blackberry, black cherry, pepper and a slight floral character. Full-bodied,with an elegant and lengthy finish.  
     
'15 Chateaux Haut Montplaisir, Prestige, Cahors. 1,900
  Organic  
  92WE, 4.0 Vivino  
  With vines on the third terrace above the river lot, this estate occupies one of the top sites in Cahors. Intense black fruits.  
     
'15 Catena Zapata, Adrianna vineyard, "Fortuna Terrae" 3,900
  97JS, 96 Descorchados, 95RP, 95TA, 95WS. 4.5 Vivino.  
  Aromas of black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and violet. Well crafted and pure tasting, with intense mineral infused flavours of raspberry, red current and dried cherry supported by fresh acidity.  
     
'13 Achaval Ferrier Finca Bella Vista, Mendoza, Argentina 4,500
  96TA, 95RP, 95JS. 4.5 Vivino  
  Wild berries, violets and some balsamic aromas characterise the incredibly elegant and subtle nose. The palate reveals a silky texture and superb acidity, with juicy fruit, sophisticated tannins, great balance and length.  
     
'10 Achaval Ferrer, Finca Bella Vista. Mendoza, Argentina 4,500
  95FS, 95WS, 94ST, 93RP, 4.4 Vivino  
  #10 Top 100 wines WS 2012  
  Dark and powerful yet elegant with a delicious core of crushed raspberry, blackberry and damson plum notes woven with silky tannins. The mineral finish lingers with layered flavours of wild flowers, melted liquorice and spice box.  
     
'17 Catena Zapata Argentino Vineyard. MAGNUM 7,500
  4.7 Vivino 97JS, 96TA, 95RP, 95 Descorchados.  
  A vineyard selection from old vines and aged two years in new French oak barrels. This uber-sexy, opulent 2015 offers a rock star bouquet of blueberries, blackcurrents, smoked earth, chocolate and tobacco leaf, with an almost Graves-like minerality and earthiness. Ripe, Full bodied and plush on the palate with a great finish.  
     
Merlot
 
'17 Larry Cherubino " Pedestal" Western Australia 1,200
  95JH Silver, Wine Show of WA.  
  From vineyards in the highly esteemed Wilyabrup district. Inky purple. Classic Cabernet aromas of blackcurrant. The wine is medium-bodied with primary flavours of blackcurrant and bay leaf layered with secondary cedar and chocolate. Velvety soft tannins and a long finish.  
     
'15 Taylors Estate, Clare Valley, Australia 1,300
  Double Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016  
     
'14 Casa Lapostolle cuvee Alexandre, Chile 1,500
  94pts JS  
  On the nose, intense aromas of red fruits and fresh herbs. Medium Bodied with a silky texture, round and juicy tannins. Cassis and coffee bean notes provide an elegant finish.  
     
'17 Ancora Galotta VdP, Mont Sol Rolle, Switzerland 1,800
  Gold. Berlin Wine Trophy 2019  
  Ink colours with aromas of black fruits, especially cherries and blackberries. Nice spice and cloves with a slightly woody note. Gentle and lively on the finish  
     
'14 Moss Wood, Wilyabrup, Ribbon Vale Merlot, Margaret River, Western Australia 2,200
  96pts Ray Jordan 95pts JH 94pts HH  
  A beautiful rich and inviting wine. Deep red, the bouquet is blackberry and dark olive. Medium to full bodied with good intensity. The finish is long and nicely balanced. Excellent wine.  
     
'13 Volpe Pasini "Focus" Merlot DOC. Italy. 2,300
  92JS, 92 Falstaff, 92LM, 90V.  
  Vivid full ruby. Bright and fresh on the nose. On the palate, savoury and juicy nuances of dark plum, coffee mint and cocoa. Enticing purity.  
     
Cabernet/Merlot
 
'14 Atlan & Artisan 8 Vents. Mallorca, Spain 1,600
     
Zinfandel
 
'14 Dashe Cellars, Dry Creek Valley, USA 1,950
  90pts RP  
  Varietal pepper, raspberry and black cherry fruit. Earth and spice. This is a lovely fresh, pure, medium to full bodied Zinfandel. Excellent wine with food from the grill.  
     
'16 Ridge Vineyards, Lytton Springs. USA 2,600
  95V, 94JD, 94JS. 4.2 Vivino  
  A powerful, dense wine. Black cherry, plum, lavender, new leather, cloves and liquorice. Plush and richly textured, the 23% Petite Syrah is felt in the wines darkness and overall gravitas. A gorgeous wine.  
     
'16 Ridge Vineyards, Geyserville. USA 2,600
  96JS, 95RP, 95V, 95JD, 4.3 Vivino.  
  A great vintage bursting from the glass with an exuberant bouquet of sweet cherries, blackberries and plums with subtle hints of liquorice and spice. Medium to full bodied, supple and layered with a lovely core of ripe succulent fruit and beautifully fine grained tannins.  
     
OTHER INTERESTING BLENDS
 
Argentina
 
'14 Susana Balbo Crios Torrontes Blanc 1,200
  93pts RP  
  Dry, Crisp, Aromatic  
     
'17 Claroscuro Bodega de Arte. Mendoza. 1,300
  100% Cabernet Franc.  
  Intense reddish tones. Spicy and highly complex fruit. Chocolate and sweet aromas from aging in French oak.  
     
'18 Benmarco Expresivo 1,900
  95JS, 94TA, 4.3 Vivino  
  85% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Franc.  
  This is a structured and powerful wine with lots of polished tannins and beautiful cool and intense fruit. Full to medium bodied. Finishes with great length.  
     
'18 Susana Balbo Brioso 2,000
  Bordeaux Blend  
  95D, 94TA, 93JS  
  Notes of deep spice, wild herbs and plum. Big, lush and concentrated with a core of red and black currant fruit. Layered flavours including dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar lead into a long finish.  
     
'13 El Enemigo Gran Enemigo Gualtalary 4,900
  Cabernet Franc  
  100pts RP 99pts JS  
  The first 100pt perfect Argentinian red in the publications history. Intense and powerful but at the same time, light on its feet with great inner power. There is a cirrus acidity that makes it effervescent and electric. The peppery character gives it a Chinon like twist and it reminds me of my favourite Bordeaux, Pomerols Lafleur. Full body, fine tannins and fantastic depth and length. This is definitely world class.  
     
'09 El Enemigo- Gran Enemigo, Mendoza 5,600
  Cabernet Franc-Malbec- Petit Verdot  
  96 Points Robert Parker  
     
Australia
 
'15 Bill Downie, Murray River SA 1,500
  Biodynamic Petit Vedot  
  16/20 JR  
     
'15 Heirloom Vineyards, McLaren Vale 1,800
  Touriga Nacional  
  Blue Gold- Top 100 wines Sydney 2017  
     
'16 Jauma Tikka Cosmic Cat, McLaren Vale 1,850
  80% Syrah 20% Grenache  
     
'16 Jauma Seaview, Birdseye Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, McLaren Vale 2,200
  Electric purple in the glass, it sings with powerful raciness but fills the mouth with deep black berries and briary spice with lashings of fresh cherry and plum fruit.  
     
'18 Ochota Barrels, Fugazi Vineyard Grenache. McLaren Vale 2,300
  Organic  
  95WF, 94WE, 94D, 4.1 Vivino.  
  From dry farmed 71yr bush vines. Raspberry, exotic spices, pencils, earth and roses. Just medium bodied, almost delicate with soft and pretty red fruits threaded through with firm graphite tannin that spreads wise and carried a wave of fine spices Grenache flavour long and true. A delight.  
     
'13 Grosset Gaia, Clare Valley,South Australia. 2,890
  75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot.  
  97TS, 96WF, 92+RP  
  Subtle floral aromatics with violet notes,  opulent mulberry and brambly blackcurrent flavours. The palate is velvety and silky smooth balanced by very silky tannins. Medium bodied.  
  Magnificently elegant and fragrant. One of the greatest Clare reds of the modern era.  
     
'16 Cullen, Diana Madeline, Margaret River, Australia 3,700
  98JH, 97HH, 18/20 JR  
  93%Cab Sauv, 5% Merlot 1% Malbec and Petit Verdot.  
  Deep purple/red with a lovely elegant blueberry, violet aromas. The palate is refined and beautifully flavoured. Medium to fullbodied. An outstanding wine.  
     
'15 Mount Mary, Quintet, Yarra Valley, Victoria. Australia. 5,990
  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot.  
  97HH, 97JH. 4.5 Vivino. Langtons Classification, Exceptional.  
  Vivid ruby. Potent black currant, cherry and cedary oak aromas are complicated by notes of cured tobacco, candied roses and cracked pepper. Silky and seamless on the palate. Finishes with supple tannins, a jolt of peppery spices and outstanding floral persistence.  
     
Austria
 
'18 Martin & Anna Arndorfer, Handcrafted, Gruner Veltliner, 1,500
  92 Falstaff  
  Slightly cloudy Gruner with delicious rounded fruit, fleshy palate and hints of white spice on the finish.  
     
'14 Tegernseerhof Gruner Veltliner Bergdiestal Wachau 1,700
  92pts Falstaff. 91pts RP  
     
'13 Weingut Gruber Muhlberg Gruner Veltliner reserve 1,900
  93pts WE 93pts Falstaff  
     
'14 Weingut Knoll Riesling Kabinett Pfaffenberg, Kremstal 2,000
  95pts WE 19/20 Gault Millau 93pts Vinous Antonio Galloni. Dry, flinty.  
     
'13 Weingut Rabl Gruner Veltliner Kaferberg, Kamptal 2,000
  91-93pts Falstaff  
     
'15 Bernhard Ott, Gruner Veltiner, Spiegel 1er Kamptal ( Organic ) 2,100
  95pts Falstaff 94pts¬†RP  
     
'16 Weingut Bernhard Ott Gruner Veltliner Spiegel 1er Kamptal. 2,400
  95JS, 94 Falstaff, 93WE, 92RP  
  Clear and intense, very attractive tropical fruit aromas. This is a delicious Spiegel with a long and tensioned, clear, almost dry, well structured finish.  
     
'11 Weingut Knoll Gruner Veltiner, Vinothek, Wachau 2,900
  96pts Falstaff. Dry  
     
Chile
 
'16 Garage Wine Co, Lot 81, San Juan de Pirque Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 1,600
  95 Descorchados  
  94JS,93RP, 93TA, 92AG  
  5,055 bottles produced from a blend of 11 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and one barrel of Cabernet Franc. Good herbal freshness, ripe berries, earth, iron and a touch of blood. Fine tannins with a nice touch of acidity with good balance. Very pretty core of fruit here with blueberry, floral and stone character. Full bodied.  
     
'14 Garage Wine Co, Truguilemu vineyard, Carignan field-blend. Maule Valley. 1,600
  95pts RP, 93ST  
  Carignan with smidgens of Mataro and Pais, from an old dryfarmed vineyard. Incredible freshness with notes of blood orange peel and wild herbs. The palate is elegant and shows vibrant acidity, is super balanced and incredibly tasty.  
     
'15 Garage Wine Co, Lot 70, San Juan de Pirque Vineyard, Cabernet Franc. 1,600
  93pts WA. Vivino 4.1  
  Small production from 700 meter elevation. 3060 bottles produced. Native yeast. A very refined Cabernet Franc. Intense, spicy wine with aromas and flavours of cherry , red currant and violet along with smoky mineral notes on the finish. The texture is rich and refreshing.  
     
'15 Vina Gonzalez Bastias Pais del Ramal, Maule Valley 1,600
  200yr vines, hand pressed, organic.  
  Mint, eucalyptus, earth, fruit.  
     
'15 Vina Gonzalez Bastias Pias En Tinaja, Maule Valley 1,700
  200yr vines, hand pressed, organic. Nice fresh acid, cinamon, anise, coriqnder, turmeric Indian spices, good tannins.  
     
'13 Odfjell Aliara, Central Valley 1,990
  65% Carignan, 20% Syrah 15% Malbec.  
  94TA, 94JS  
  Attractive and intense on the nose with floral notes of Jasmine and roses. The palate is sophisticated, intense and juicy, complemented by chocolate, coffee and tobacco leaves. Long finish with ripe and velvety tannins.  
     
'14 Odfjell, Odfjell, Maipo Valley- San Antonio Valley. Chile 2,600
  100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Organic.  
  95 TA, 93 RP, 93JS, 4.1 Vivino.  
  From 40-80 yr old vines. Bright ruby in colour with pleasing aromas of black fruits such as blueberries, plums and cherries as well as liquorice. Velvety and persistent on the palate with a lingering finish.  
     
'13 Vina Gonzalez Bastias Salvaje, Maule Valley 2,600
  200yr vines, hand pressed, organic.  
  Black Moscatel, Pias.  
     
'16 Montes Purple Angel, Colchagua Valley 3,200
  92% Carmenere, 8% Petit Verdot  
  98JS, 94WE. 4.5 Vivino  
  The complexity of this wine is something very special. Ripe berry aromas with notes of mochas, coffee, charcoal and oyster shells. Full bodied, tight and polished with creamy tannins. Deep and dark fruit at the finish.  
     
'12 Emiliana Ge, Colchagua Valley 3,200
  92pts RP Biodynamic. 47%Carmenere, 38%Syrah, 15% Cab-Sauce. Deep plum red with violet tones. Herbal and balsamic notes over a core of blackberries, dark plums and cherries with a pinch of mint and a soft touch of tobacco. Fine tannins and very good balance.  
     
'15 Montes Alpha M, Alpha, Chile 3,500
  80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot  
  #59 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2019  
  97JS, 95 WS  
  A powerful rich red. Robust and lusciously spiced with concentrated dark cherry, plum and boysenberry flavours supported by fresh acidity. Full bodied.  
     
France
 
'15 Domaine des Enfants Le Jouet 1,350
  Southern Rhone Red  
  Blend. Grenache, Carignan, Lladoner Pelut.  
     
'15 Chateau Dallau, Bordeaux Superiore. 1,400
  75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon  
  Gold, Lyon 2017  
  90RP 4.0 Vivino  
  Situated in the commune of Saint Denis de Bile just south -west of Lalande -de-Pomerol. The predominance of Merlot shows here with ripe plum and red cherry aromas with a touch of sousbois. The palate is generous, there is richness lent by oak, finishing with warm spice and gentle tannins.  
     
'16 Chignin-Bergeron "Lea Terrasses" Savoie 1,480
  90CT  
  Roussanne, known here as Bergeron. Savoie's first vineyards were planted by the Romans in the 2nd Century AD. The Quenard family carry on the tradition of growing grapes on near-vertical heaps of rocky rubble that is the Coteau de Tormery. This is a beautifully refined, tenderly floral and succulently peachy wine, born from pure stone.  
     
'16 Domaine Richard Rottiers Brouilly, Beaujolais 1,500
  92pts WE  
  From 60yr old vines. Hand picked, semi carbonic fermentation in cement tanks. Rich red fruit masks the gentle tannins in this opulent wine. Ripe blackberry and juicy black plum flavours are warm, generous and lightly structured. Medium to full bodied.  
     
'14 Domaine Pinon Vouvray Sec Tuffo. Loire 1,500
  Chenin Blanc
Expressive aromas of fresh stone fruit.
Mineral with great acidity.
Dry.
 
     
'17 Anne Sophie Dubois Fleurie Alchimiste, Gamay. Beaujolais 1,600
  From soils that are highlygranitic. Dark berries fruits tempered by mineral and black tea nuances. Seamless and very elegant.  
     
'18 Louis Claude Desvignes Morton, La Voute Saint- Vincent. Beaujolais 1,700
  100% Gamay  
  92V, 91WA.  
  Bursts with aromas of cherries, blackberries, rose petals and liquorice. Medium to full bodied, fleshy and succulent with fine structured tannins. A head turning rendition of this cuvee.  
     
'16 Domaine Richard Rottiers, Moulin A Vent. 1,700
  100% Gamay  
  94WE, 92V, 17/20 JR  
  Medium bodied, organic grapes. A perfumed and elegant nose from vines that are between 40-80 years old. It has structure, tannins and concentration as well as richness, powerful blackberry flavours and good acidity.  
     
'16 Domaine Fondreche Cuvee Persia, Rhone 1,700
  95pts JD, 94 RP, 17/20 JR  
  The 2016 Ventoux Cuvee Persia, always a Syrah based Cuvee, includes 10% Mourvedre this vintage. It's a blockbuster Persia, overflowing with plum and blueberry fruit. Black olives and espresso beans also make appearances. It offers incredible purity and elegance, medium to full-bodied richness and full tannins.  
     
'14 Domaine Robert Denogent Cuvee Jules Chauvet, Beaujolais 1,700
  Gamay.  
  87pts RP  
  A clean and fresh bouquet with raspberry and blackcurrent scents. Well defined and showing fine minerality. The palate is well balanced.  
     
'15 Anne Sophie  Dubois Clepsydre, Beaujolais 1,700
  93pts Vinous 90pts RP  
  The 2025 Clepsydre comes from high density planting (9,000 vines per hectare) on granite soils cropped 30 hectolitres per hectare. The fruit is 100% destemmed followed by 10 months in oak casks. The palate is well balanced with supple ripe tannins and crisp acidity.  
     
'11 Domanine du Pesquier Gigondas, Rhone 1,700
  90 Pts S Tanzer  
     
'16 Rotem and Mounir Saouma Cotes du Rhone, Inopia, Villages. 1,790
  Mainly Grenache with a small amount of Mourvedre, Counoise, Syrah and Cincault.  
  Like his Chateauneuf du Pape's, Mounir's Inepia exhibits tremendous finesse and balance. Silky, elegant with transparent and pure red fruit flavours and aromas.  
     
'12 Domaine Olga Raffault Chinon, Les Picasses 1,800
  93pts W&S  
  Manually harvested. A delicious young 100%Cabernet Franc of grace and power. Velvety and full bodied with complex and deep tannins from limestone geology. It's slightly peppery red fruit are of beautiful maturity.  
     
'15 Benedicte & Stephane Tissot Arbois Trousseau, Jura 1,800
  Trousseau (Bastardo) Grapes  
     
'13 Domaine des Enfants, I'Enfants, Perdue Cotes Catalanes 1,800
  92pts RP  
  Grenache, Carignan, Syrah. All bought up in barrel, it has terrific concentration and depth to go with ripe blackberry, raspberry, liquorice, cured meats and spice. This is a classic Roussillon that has big richness and texture. Fine tannins, the 2013 should be an outstanding wine.  
     
'18 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Selection Crozes- Hermitage Silene. Rhone 1,850
  100% Syrah  
  93V, 4.2 Vivino  
  Pungent, mineral-accented black and blue fruit on the nose along with hints of olive and liquorice.. supple and weighty on the palate offering expansive blackberry and boysenberry flavours. A penetrating finish which shows an outstanding persistence and fine grained tannins.  
     
'13 Domaine de Bellevue Gaia, Muscadet. Loire Valley 1,850
  93pts Wine Fronr. 17/20 Jancis Robinson  
  Aged in concrete eggs  
  Dry, vibrant acidity and gorgeous minerality  
     
'16 Jean- Louis Chave Crozes Hermitage, Silene. Northern Rhone. 1,870
  Syrah  
  92pts Vinous  
  Bright Violet. Expressive, mineral - tinged cherry and blackberry scents with hints of smoky bacon, licorice and succulent flowers. The vineyards of Silene are hillside vineyards. It is rare for Crozes to come from hillside granite soils which produce a wine with more balance and structure. Closes very long and sweet, showing excellent clarity.  
     
'15 Domaine Coursodon "Silice" Northern Rhone. 1,900
  93pts RP 92pts Vinous AG  
  A mix of estate parcels aged in a combination of demi-muids & barrels. Full bodied aromas & flavours of wild strawberry, black raspberry, cassis and crushed violets. A rocking texture and sweet polished tannins.  
     
'15 Chateau Mont Thabor Chateauneuf Du Pape 1,980
  91pts RP 90pts Jeff Leve  
  80% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% each Mourvedre and Cinsault.  
  Plush and velvety, the 2015 from Mont Thabor features oodles of baking spices and dark fruit. Medium-bodied, ripe, impressively textured with lots of kirsch and black raspberry,
white pepper and cedar aromas. A seductive, elegant wine.
 
     
'16 Jean-Louis Chave Saint Joseph Blanc, Northern Rhone 2,000
  Roussane.  
  92pts V  
  Made from old vine Roussane. Pale yellow gold. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes mineral laced candied fig, tangerines, white flowers, toasted mustard hints of beeswax and ginger. Penetrating, concentrated and emphatically mineral in character with juicy acidity.  
     
'18 Jean Louis Chave Selection, Saint Joseph Circa, Rhone. 2,100
  Old Vine Roussanne  
  92V, 4.0 Vivino  
  Powerful peach nectar, orange, honey and chamomile aromas show sharp definition and lift thanks to a smoky mineral flourish. Supple, silky and broad on the palate, the mineral quality repeats emphatically on the impressively long, seamless finish which leaves behind a juicy Anjou pear note.  
     
'17 Domaine Jean Louis Chave Saint-Joseph Selection, Offerus. Rhone 2,100
  100% Syrah  
  93V, 91CT, 4.0 Vinous.  
  Opaque magenta, mineral and spice- accented dark berry and cherry aromas. Concentrated blackberry and bitter cherry flavours show very good depth. Finishes emphatically spicy and quite long with supple tannins.  
     
'14 Domaine Le Clos du Caillou Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2,100
     
'18 Louis Claude Desvignes Morton, Cote du Py. Beaujolais 2,200
  100% Gamay  
  94AG, 93WA, 4.0 Vivino  
  A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe, spice tinged red dark berries, pungent flowers and smoky minerals. Supple, deeply concentrated and alluring, offering palate staining black raspberries and floral flavours. A compelling blend of power and finesse.  
     
'15 Domaine Santa Duc, Gigondas Aux Lieux Dits. Rhone 2,200
  91pts RP 91pts Antonio Galloni  
  Unfiltered.  
  Whole bunch fermentation. Has terrific provencal character in its sweet black cherries, peppery herbs, leather and garrigue aromas and flavours. Medium to full bodied. Ripe textured, it has solid mid palate depth and a great finish.  
     
'12 Bernard Baudry Chinon AOC La Croix Boissee, Loire 2,300
  93pts WA 92pts Vinous Antonio Galloni  
     
'14 Domaine Philippe Alliet 'L'Husserie' Chinon. Loire. 2,400
  100% Cabernet Franc.  
  18/20 Bettane & Desseauve 92,WS.  
  From a premier slope in Cravant- les Coteaux. The nose is full, complex and defined a pure and elegant profile with notes of red berries and light pepper. Medium bodied, refreshing and refined with firm tannins.  
     
'18 Domaine des Senechaux, Chateauneuf du Pape. Rhone.  BLANC 2,500
  93JD, 92D, 91RP, 4.0 Vivino  
  The 2018 is based largely on one third each of Clairette Blanche, Roussanne and Grenache Blanche with a splash of Bourboulenc. Terrific depth and richness in its pineapple, brioche, honey suckle and salty like mineral aromas and flavours. A medium bodied wine that had beautiful depth of fruit balanced by terrific acidity and tension.  
     
'16 Domaine Jean Royer, Chateauneuf du Pape, Prestige. 2,500
  96V, 93+JD, 16.5/20JR, 4.4Vivino  
  85% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre.  
  Concentrated, ripe, full bodied and saturated, with terrific notes of black fruits, pepper and crushed rock-like minerality. Balanced, layered and incredibly drinkable. Blockbuster stuff.  
     
'15 Domaine Coursodon "L'Olivae" Northern Rhone. 2,500
  96pts RP 93pts Vinous AG  
  Comes from 60yr - old vines & aged in 25% new French oak. Crushed rocks, blackberry, lavender & hints if truffle all emerge from this full bodied incredibly pure, elegant wine.  
     
'13 Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Cornas Brise Cailloux. Rhone 2,500
  94pts WS 93pts RP  
  Biodynamic. Medium bodied, elegant, moderate tannin.  
     
'12 Domaine Duseigneur Chateauneuf du Pape "Catarina" Rhone 2,500
  Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre.  
  90-92pts ST 90pts RP  
     
'16 Domaine des Senechaux, Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Rhone 2,600
  95JD 94RP, 93WE, 93AG,93JL, 4.2 Vivino  
  Based largely on Grenache, with smaller amounts of Syrah and Mourvedre. Rocking levels of kirsch, black raspberries and toasted spices. Full bodied, concentrated, pure and elegant with sweet tannins. Fine tannins, impeccable balance and a great finish.  
     
'15 Domaine Roche-Audrain, Chateauneuf du Pape. Rhone. 2,600
  94RP, 4.3Vivino  
  Biodynamic. This 100% old vine Grenache from Sandy soils of the Cristiano low-fat was determined, vilified in concrete and aged in demi-maids. The result is a delicious richly textured, dark fruitless wine with tinged of spice and a long velvety finish. Medium bodied. Very nice  
     
'13 Chateau Maris, Les Amandiers, Minervois La Liviniere. Languedoc-Roussillon 2,600
  94pts RP  
  The 2013 Minervois La Liviniere Amandiers is a smoking Syrah that was bought up in small barrels. It has lots of sweet purple fruits, violets, underbrush and wood smoke to go with medium to full-bodied richness, ultra firm tannin and superb purity of fruit. A scant 3,000 bottles produced.  
     
'15 Domaine Coursodon "La Sensonne" Northern Rhone. 2,600
  97pts RP 94pts Vinous AG  
  The inky black & blue coloured 2015 is a tiny 200 case production release that comes from very old vines of Mauves, Toumon & Saint Jean de Muzois. Aged in 100% new barrels, it offers sensational notes of cassis, black raspberry, toasted bread, spice and dried flowers as well as full bodied richness and fabulous mid palate depth. Firm tannins and great finish.  
     
'13 Domaine Senechaux Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2,600
  Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc  
  Full bodied, ripe layered, voluptuously textured.  
  92pts RP  
     
'15 Domaine Charvin, Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone 2,650
  95pts Jeff Leve. 93-95pts Vinous, Antonio Galloni  
  93pts RP  
  Showing a good depth of colour with loads of juicy, fleshy black cherries, thyme, cracked pepper and herbs. The wine balances perfectly being full bodied and elegant, with a soft, silky, spicy kitsch packed finish. Perfumed and floral with stone fruit and cherries, this is really a fine effort.  
     
'16 Domaine Charvin, Chateauneuf du Pape 2,700
  97JD, 96JS, 94RP  
  The 2016 ranks with the finest vintages ever produced from this estate. Deep purple with a sensational bouquet of blackberries, currants, ground pepper, crushed violets and Asian spices. The palate has full-bodied richness, a layered, multi-dimension texture, incredible elegance, sweet tannins and a great, great finish.  
     
'10 E. Guigal Gigondas. Southern Rhone 2,800
  91pts RP 91pts WS  
  65%-Grenache 25% Mourvedre 10% Syrah. From a great vintage that spent 24 months in older foudres. The 2010 Gigondas is a classic effort that offers quality spice, underbrush, loamy soul and mulled dark fruits. Medium bodied, rich supple profile on the palate. Beautifully done.  
     
'13 Domaine Jean Royer, Chateauneuf du Pape, La Sable de la Crau. Southern Rhone 2,950
  94pts Vinous. Mineral tinged raspberry and floral pastille aromas show outstanding clarity. Spicy, penertrating and energetic on the palate offering juicy red berry, cherry liqueur and lavender flavours. A persistent finish which is firmed by fine grained tannins. Ultra-pure, elegant, sweetly fruited, the 2013 is a stunner in the vintage.  
     
'16 Coursodon, St Joseph, La Sensonne, Northern Rhone. 3,000
  Syrah.  
  96JD, 94RP, 94V, 17+JR 4.2 Vivino  
  Bright purple, smoke accentuated black and blue fruits, cold, violet and liquorice on the highly perfumed nose. Appealing sweet, mineral accented cassis and boysenberry flavours show superb depth. This beauty hits the palate with full body richness, terrific intensity and a great finish.  
     
'09 Cave de Tain Hermitage Rouge Grand Classique. Rhone 3,100
  17.5JR, 92WS, 91V, 4.1 Vivino  
  Gold Concourse des Grand Vins de France  
  Silver IWS 2013. Silver Outstanding IW&S 2012  
  Expressive nose of cocoa, fresh black fruits, liquorice and vanilla. Silky palate, elegant, powerfully structured with fine tannins.  
     
'11 M. Chapoutier Bila Haut V.I.T Latour cotes du Roussillon 3,100
  96pts RP 17.5/20 JR  
  Grenache/Syrah from the schist soils around the town of Latour de France, it offers a mineral drenched, slightly gamey profile with ample blackcurrant, licorice, wild herbs and spiced meat aromas. Full-bodied, layered and rich with ultra fine tannins and a gorgeous mouthfeel. This gets close to the pinnacle of Syrah and will stand toe to toe with the greatest Syrah from the Northern Rhone and California. Unfortunately they're only produced in miniscule quantities.  
     
'16 Coursodon, St Joseph, Paradis St Pierre, Northern Rhone. 3,200
  Syrah.  
  6JD, 95RP, 94JD, 93D, 93V, 17+JR,4.3 Vivino.  
  From the incredible terrior high up on the granite slopes just outside of Marves. Deep purple with a stunning array of cassis, blackberries, toasted spice, dried herbs and bouquet garni. Full-time bodied, a seamless elegant texture with a long finish.  
     
'15 Domaine Stephane Ogier, Condrieu, Les Viellies Vignes de Jaques Vernay. Rhone 3,300
  97pts RP.  
  Full bodied richness, vibrant acidity & purity and a sensational finish.  
     
'12 Matthieu Barret Domaine du Coulet Cornas Billes Noires. Rhone 3,500
  96pts RP  
  Biodynamic. Full bodied richness, stunning purity & integrated acidity.  
     
'13 Rotem & Mounir clos Saouma Chateauneuf du Pape rouge " Omnia" 3,700
  93-95pts AG  
     
'17 Domaine Jean Louis Chave, Saint-Joseph Rouge. Rhone 3,800
  100% Syrah  
  94AG, 94JS, 93JD, 93RP, 4.3 Vinous  
  An expansive bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, candied flowers and smoky bacon along with suggestions of olive and pipe tobacco. Medium to full bodied, spice-accented blackberry and cherry liqueur flavours. Elegant and plush with a velvety finish framed by round well knit tannins.  
     
'15 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vielles Vignes. 3,800
  95RP, 94V, 17+JR  
  Organic  
  Brilliant purple with a highly perfumed nose displaying mineral - tinged black and blue fruit and potpourri. The palate offers boysenberry, candied liquorice and violet flavours with juicy acidity.  
     
'16 Domaine Alain Voge Cornas Les Vielles Vignes. 3,800
  Organic  
  97D, 95RP, 94V, 17.5JR 93-95JD  
  Lavender and raspberry on the nose with excellent aromatic freshness and definition. A very classic full bodied expression of Cornas. It's dense and ripe, defined by serrated tannins, keen acidity and a mouth coating character.  
     
'16 Rotem and Mounir, Saouma Ominia, Chateauneuf du Pape. 3,950
  97WS, 94-96V. 4.0 Vivino  
  A complex, expansive bouquet of ripe red and blue fruits, cola and Moroccan spices. The palate offers raspberry, boysenberry and spice cake flavours. A spine of smoky minerality adds lift and structure and energizes the extremely long finish.  
     
'16 Rene Rostaing, Cote Rotie, La Landonne. Rhone 4,600
  97Decanter, 97RP, 96JD, 96V  
  A paragon of excellence, it's medium to full bodied and silky from start to finish. Powerful, ripe black fruits, smoked meats, peppery herbs, tobacco and beef blood. Beautifully concentrated, layered and structured.  
     
'16 Rotem and Mounir Saouma, Magis, Chateauneuf du pape BLANC 4,700
  Grenache blanc.  
  95-97 Decanter. 95-97JD. 4.3 Vivino  
  White peach fruits, honeysuckle, toasted brioche with crushed rock like minerality. Medium to full bodied, concentrated yet exceedingly elegant with beautiful tension and purity.  
     
'16 M. Chapoutier, Les Greffieux, Ermitage, Rhone 6,500
  Syrah  
  JD98, 97 RP, 97WE, 96 WS. 4.4 Vivino  
  From the deeper soils at the bottom of the Le Meal lieu-dit, this is a rich, powerful, elegant expression of this historic terroir. Violets, blackcurrants, blackberries, smoked earth, chocolate and spice. Full bodied sensationally concentrated and opulent on the palate.  
     
'98 Paul Avril Clos Dr Papes Chateauneuf du Pape 6,700
  98 Decanter, 96WS, 18/20 JR  
  Very plum in colour, aromas of spices, sweet earth and a touch of black cherry amongst the strawberry and plum fruits. It's silky on the full-bodied palate, with sweet fruit and some gentle balsamic notes.  
     
'15 Rotem & Mounir Saouma, Arioso, Chateauneuf du Pape 6,980
  98WS, 97JD, 93-96V, 4.4 Vivino  
  Lifted aromas of red and black cherry, raspberry liqueur, wild strawberries, anise, lavender, wild flowers, dried orange peel and a hint of cured meat. Full-bodied with extremely fine grained and sweet tannins. This is a blockbuster.  
     
'12 Domaine Stephane Ogier, Cote Rotie, La Belle Helene. Rhone 11,900
  98pts RP  
  Masculine, full bodied, powerful, sensationally concentrated & balanced.  
     
'15 Stephane Ogier "Lancement" Cote Rotie. 13,600
  100JD, 99JL, 97V  
  Flowers, rocks,liquorice and Xmas spice explode in your face along with all that ripe, dense, dark red fruit. On the palate, the wine is powerful, gracefully elegant and strong. The tannins are refined, ripe, soft and polished.  
  The finish sticks with you for at least 60 seconds! Only 4 barrels produced.   
     
Bordeaux Left Bank
 
'10 Chateau Fontesteau, Cru Bourgeois, AOC Haut-Medoc 1,500
  90pts WE  
  Gold, Mindus Vindi, 2012  
     
'09 Chateau Haut Bergey, Pessac-Leognan 2,400
  94RP, 93JS  
  Just over 50% Cab Sauv, the balance Merlot. One of the best over- achieving, value priced wines in Pessac-Leognan. Full bodied and pure with sweet tannins.  
     
'10 Chateau de Fieuzal, Pessac-Leognan. 2,900
  45% Cab-Sauv, 40% Merlot, 10%Cab Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.  
  97G&G, 17/20JR, 93WE  
  2 Stars Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2014  
  A sleek, ripe driven wine with raspberry, black currant and plastics- soaked plum notes at the core, lined with toast, panache and tobacco hints. Restrained, stylish and delicious.  
     
'10 Chateau Tronquoy- Lalande, Saint- Estephe 3,000
  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot.  
  93WE, 93 Jean - Marc Quarin. 92JL, RP 90-93  
  1 Star Le Guide Hachette des Vines 2014.  
  A rich chocolaty wine with the structure right up front. A dense purple colour as well as a big sweet bouquet of violets, black currant, earth and subtle oak. Admirable concentration, sweet integrated tannin and an opulent mouth feel. A gorgeous wine, one of the finest from Tronquoy- Lalande.  
     
'10 Chateau Cantemerle AOC, Haut- Medoc 3,500
  95pts Wine Front 94+pts RP  
  This is the finest Cantemerle I have encountered in my professional career of tasting young vintages. With it's 2010 this classified growth may well have made a modern day version of their legendary 1949. Stunningly deep ruby/purple. Beautiful perfumed raspberry and blueberry notes. Medium bodied with impressive purity. Broad, rich and intense on the palate. A quintessentially elegant Bordeaux.  
     
'10  Chateau D'Armailhac Grand Cru Pauillac. 3,800
  60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.  
  94WF, 17/20JR, 93RP, 93JS, 93WS,93TA  
  2 Stars Le Guide Hachette des Vines 2014.  
  A fabulous opulent bouquet with black cherries, boysenberry, almonds and hints of cooked meats. Medium-bodied with bold tannin and beautifully concentrated black fruits.  
     
'09 Chateau D'Armailhac Grand Cru Pauillac. 3,900
  60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.  
  93AG, 93WE, 93WF, 93JS, 93Falstaff.  
  2 Stars Le Guide Hachette des Vines 2013.  
  Plenty of ripe cassis and chocolate with a hint of smoke on the nose lead you into a ripe and velvety Pauillac. Dense but soft tannins that merge seamlessly into the black fruits.  
     
'09 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc AOC Grand Cru Pessac-Leognan 4,600
  98pts WS 98pts JS 97pts G&G  
  95 pts RP  
  Very ripe exotic fruit aromas abound on the nose whilst sweet mango and ripe grapefruit mingle on the palate. Grand Cru Burgundy style, there is serious power to this wine. It's a
blockbuster with a huge finish.
 
     
'10 Chateau Saint-Pierre, Saint Julien. 4,800
  97DC, 97JD, 97RP, 96JMQ.  
  2 Stars Le Guide Hachette des Vins 2014  
  Bronze, Decanter World Wine Awards 2013  
  A blend of 78% Cab Sauv and 22% Merlot has resulted in a wine of great power, stature, gravitas and density. Purple black with a brilliant nose of creme de cassis, espresso roast, black berries, truffles and liquorice. Full bodied, extremely powerful with abundant sweet tannin.  
     
'15 Chateaux Brane Cantenac Grand Cru Margaux 4,900
  97JL, 96WE, 96AG, 95D, 4.2 Vivino  
  70% Cab Sauv, 26% Merlot, the balance Cab Franc and Carmenere. Powerful, structured, and explosive. This is very high quality, showing great complexity and length. The dark stone fruit, smoke, tobacco, spice and leather flavours pack a huge punch but it's the wines balance that place it among the elite wines on the Left Bank in 2015  
     
'09 Chateaux Branaire- Ducru. Saint Julien. 5,000
  96RP, 96JD, 95JS, 95WE.  
  70% Cab Sauv 22% Merlot, balance Cab Franc and Petit Verdot.  
  A killer nose of creme de cassis, black raspberries, pencil shavings and crushed flowers. A full bodied, incredibly layered, broad and expansive 2009 that has everything you could want from a top flight Bordeaux.  
     
'15 Chateau d'Issan, Margaux. 5,500
  65% Cab Sauv, 35%Merlot.  
  96JS,95JD, 95V, 95JL, 95WE.  
  Truffles, fresh flowers and Cuban cigar aromas in tandem with plums and cherries. Medium to full bodied, elegant in character with layers of sweet fruits and silky tannins.  
     
'09 Chateaux Gruaud- Larose. Saint Julien. 5,800
  97JS, 95RP, 95V, 95TA  
  68% Cab Sauv, 32% Merlot  
  Aromas of sliced mushrooms, berries and wet earth that follows through to a full body with super silky tannins and a chewy finish. The 2009 appears to be the finest Gruaud- Larose since their 1990.  
     
'16 Chateau Brane - Cantenac, Margaux 6,200
  70% Cab Sauv, 27%Merlot, 2% Cab-Franc, 1% Carmenere, 98RP  
  Divine pure blackberry and blueberry bouquet. Medium bodied palate with fine tannin, silky smooth texture and a superb bead of acidity. If you have a penchant for traditional claret, it really doesn't come better than this.  
     
'09 Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan 6,400
  97JS, 95WE, 95RP, 17.5JR  
  64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot. Aromas of blackberries and lemon rind. Full bodied with soft and velvety tannins with a bright fruity finish. Refund and
beautiful.pure fruit, layered, so classy and complex. Brilliant.
 
     
'15 Chateau Leoville Barton, St-Julien, Grand Cru. 6,500
  97 WE, 96 JS, 95 RP, 18/20 JR  
  Deep crimson, very fresh and zesty. Now this is a mineral wine. Elegant, medium- bodied, really rather glorious actually.  
     
'16 Chateau Smith- Haut- Lafitte, Blanc, Pessac-Leognan 6,600
  99JD, 97JS, 96RP, 95AG  
  A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris and 5% Semillon. Matured in 50% new oak. Deep -layered and powerful, yet also vibrant, it has sensational notes of crushed
citrus, liquid rock, white flowers, line pith and moneyed grapefruit. It shows the classic, balanced side of the vintage offering thrilling depth and concentration and is a tourde force in white Bordeaux. Gorgeous grace and complexity.
 
     
'16 Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Saint- Julien. 6,800
  62% Cab-Sauv, 26% Merlot, balance Petit Verdot and Cab- Franc  
  98DC, 98JD,97RP, 97V, 97JS, 97WS  
  Brilliantly concentrated, full bodied, opulent beast of a wine offering a heavenly bouquet of creme de cassis, black currents, smoked earth, tobacco leaf and crushed rock. Perfectly balanced with masses of polished tannins, no hard edges and a fabulous finish.  
     
'15 Chateau Pape Clement, Pessac-Leognan. 7,000
  53% Merlot 46% Cabernet Sauvignon  
  99JS, 97JD, 96RP, 95JL, 95WE  
  Showing amazing depth of fruit with fabulous polish and length. Full-bodied, electric acidity, very integrated with refined tannins.  
     
'15 Chateaux Smith -Haute Lafitte Rouge. Pessac-Leognan. 7,500
  99JS, 97RP, 96AG, 96JD, 96WE, 96WE  
  63% Cab Sauv, 33% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot matured in 65% new oak barrels. On the nose, star anise, fenugreek and Sichuan pepper over a core of cherries, wild blueberries, plums, violets and wafts of truffles. Medium to full bodied, beautifully balanced, very finely grained tannins finishing with epic length.  
     
'16 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte rouge Pessac-Leognan 7,500
  98RP, 98JS, 98AG, 98WE, 98WS, 98D  
  18/20 JR  
  65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.  
  Sensuous scents of warm black cherries, blackberry pie, star anise, cigar box, truffles and crushed rocks. Medium to full-time bodied, rich and seductive. Extremely expressive and beguiling.  
     
'16 Chateau Beychevelle, Saint Julien 7,750
  47% Cab Sauv, 47% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cab- Franc.  
  96V, 96JD, 95WA  
  Stunning bouquet of vibrant blackberry and wild strawberry fruit laced with crushed stone and rose petals. Medium - bodied with supple tannins. An electrifying 2016.  
     
'15 Chateau Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan. 7,800
  63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 2% each Petit Verdit and Cabernet Franc.  
  99JS, 97RP, 97JL, 96WS, 96WE  
  2 Stars Le Guide Hachette des Vins.  
  A wonderful wine of great impact and rich, grippy tannins. Offering a huge nose of chocolatey dark fruits, roasted herbs, graphite and flowers. A big, rich, opulent beauty.  
     
'16 Chateau Calon-Segur. Saint- Estephe. 8,100
  98JS, 97JD, 97V, 96RP, 96DC  
  60% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that spent a full 20 months in all new French oak. A monumental wine in the making. Superb aromas of crushed berries, violets and sandalwood. Perfectly integrated acidity, thrilling depth and purity of fruit with a great, great finish.  
     
'15 Chateau Pichon- Longueville Baron Grand Cru, Pauillac 8,900
  98pts WE, 98 JD, 97 RP, 97 V  
  The 2015 Chateau Pichon Baron is a sensational bottle of wine made from 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot that spent 18 months in 80% new French oak. This full-bodied, concentrated 2015 has sweet tannins, a great texture and a big, big finish. Pauillac all the way with both opulence and finesse. Endowed with spectacular balance and class, this is quite simply a brilliant showing.  
     
'15 Chateau Dueru- Beaucaillou, Saint Julien 10,700
  95%Cab-Sauv, 5% Merlot  
  98AG, 97Dec, 97WA, 97JS, 97WE  
  The 2015 Dueru- Beaucaillou is phenomenally great. Inky, powerful and explosive. Creme de Cassis, blackberry jam, smoke and leather with muscular tannins.  
     
'16 Chateau Pichon Comtesse de Lalande. Pauillac 11,600
  100AG, 100JD, 100JL, 98+RP, 98JS, 4.5Vivino  
  75% Cab-Sauv, 21% Merlot, 4% Cab-Franc.  
  The 2016 is a vivid, dramatically sweeping wine. Beams of tannin give the wine a soaring intensity. Blackberry jam, graphite, spice, menthol, liquorice, pencil shavings and spice are all finely sketched in a bold savoury Pauillac. A perfect legendary wine in the making.  
     
'14 Chateau Pontet Canet, Pauillac MAGNUM 11,800
  98JS, 96JD, 95+AG.17/20JR  
  Classic Cabernet Sauvignon nose of cassis. Lovely purity and depth with a silky texture that caresses the palate. Medium bodied. An extremely fine wine, almost in a class of its own.  
     
'15 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases Grand Vin, St- Julien. 11,800
  85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot  
  99JD, 99WE, 98+RP, 98V, 98JS  
  An arresting bouquet of very intense blackberry, blueberry and oyster shells. Medium to full- bodied palate with svelte tannin, a fine line of acidity and a mineral driven finish.  
     
'10 Chateaux Pichon-Longueville Baron, Grand Cru, Pauillac. 11,900
  99+JD, 98 Falstaff, 97WA, 97DC, 97JS  
  79% Cab Sauv, 21% Merlot.  
  Borderline perfection in a bottle. Extraordinary aromas of creme de cassis, liquorice, graphite and spring flowers. Full bodied richness, a huge mid palate and showing the unctuous grandeur and precision that makes this vintage so remarkable.  
     
'10 Chateaux Pichon Longueville " Comtesse de Lalande". Pauillac 12,000
  100D, 98V, 97TA, 96WE, 95RP. 4.5 Vivino  
  66% Cab-Sauv, 24% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot.  
  Silky sweet black fruits, Black olives and truffle notes on the nose. The texture is liquid silk and builds through the palate. Full bodied with velvety tannins and a juicy finish.  
     
'16 Chateau Cos d'Estournel, Grand Cru, Saint Estephe. 12,900
  76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 1% Petit.  
  100RP, 100JS, 100V, 100GL, 99JD  
  #1 Best French wine of the Year JS.  
  Deep, almost opaque in colour with fathomless deep black fruit tinged with blueberry and violet. The palate is medium- bodied with ultra fine tannins and unerring minerality.  This is a monumental Cos d'Estournel.  
     
'05 Chateaux Cos d'Estournel, Grand Cru, Saint-Estephe. 13,200
  99JS, 98JP, 97AG, 97DC, 97WE  
  78% Cab Sauv, 19% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc.  
  The purity of fruit in this is fascinating with plums, currants, and other dark fruits. So much cassis. Full bodied, concentrated and wonderfully complex in the mouth. Grainy tannins and finishing with epic persistence.  
     
'16 Chateau Leoville-Las Cases, Grand Cru, St-Julien. 15,990
  100WA, 100JD, 100DC, 19/20JR  
  75%Cabernet Sauvignon,14% Merlot, 11%Cabernet Franc.  
  A unique Las Cases that harkens back to some of the great classics such as 1985 or 1986. With its solid backbone of tannins and a walnut, licorice and blackcurrant character. Full and powerful. Put simply the 2016 Las Cases is a total stunner.  
     
'09 Chateaux Palmer, Margaux. 18,900
  99JD, 99JL, 98RP, 98WE, 98JS, 97DC  
  52% Merlot, 41% Cab Sauv, 7% Petit Verdot.  
  This has such class and power. Aromas of blueberries and blackberries with hints of violets. It's perfectly balanced, has a ripe hedonistic core of fruit with polished tannins and a fabulous finish. Full- bodied.  
     
'14 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, Grand Cru. 23,000
  99 JS, 97V, 97 JD, 18.5/20 JR  
  Relatively deep garnet. Very intense nose. Quite dramatic and very Mouton with spiciness and ripe fruit plus acid and tannin. Exotic and pure Mouton, this is utterly seductive. A wine without a hair out of place.  
     
'16 Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac. MAGNUM. 63,850
  100RP, 100JS, 100V, 100JD  
  The 2016 Ch. Mouton Rothschild is a truly profound, magical blockbuster wine in every sense. A bouquet of thick black fruits licorice and black truffle. It hits the palate with a mammoth amount of fruit with a thrilling sense of minerality. Powerful, profound wine.  
     
'15 Chateaux Margaux, Margaux. 65,000
  87% Cab Sauv, 8% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.  
  100WE,100JS,100D, 100JD, 99RP  
  Full bodied, the gold etched black bottle holds a classically- styled Margaux. Black currant, creme de cassis, toasted spice and cedar wood. Incredibly elegant with ultra- silky tannins. More than perfection. The greatest Margaux ever made. JS.  
     
Bordeaux Right Bank
 
'15 Chateau Tenein, Bordeaux Superiore. 1,500
  Biodynamic.  
  Le Guide Hachette des Vins 1 star. 3.9 Vivino.  
  55% Merlot, 25% Cab Sauv, 20% Cab Franc.  
  Rich and complex with spiced notes. Nose with hints of blackcurrent, raspberries and prune. Elegant backbone with roundness and a lingering finish.  
     
'18 Domaine Les Carmels, Les Carprices. Cotes de Bordeaux. 1,590
  100% Merlot.  
  Deep red colour, cherry, plum, flowers on the nose, black cherry, leather, cedar soft spices on the palate.  
     
'15 Chateau Carignan Prima Premieres, Cotes de Bordeaux. 1,600
  100% Merlot.  
  93Falstaff, 93JS, 93-94GV 4.1Vivino  
  Black currants, chocolate and violets flow through to a full bodied, well rounded wine with silky tannins. Beautiful Merlot from old vines.  
     
'16 Chateaux Clarisse Puisseguin. Saint Emilion. 1,690
  93JS, 91WS, 90JL, 4.1 Vivino  
  Lacrosse is bold and punchy, dense and very layered with beautiful richness of fruit, round tannins and a full. Body. Long finish.  
     
'09 Chateau La Rouselle, Fronsac. 2,200
  91JL, 91CT, 17/20 La Revue du Vin de France. 4.0 Vivino.  
  65% Merlot, 35% Cab Franc.  
  Deeply coloured wine offers liquorice, coffee bean, black cherry, liqueur and mineral scents. Rich in texture, concentrated with round tannins, the wine ends with a long sweet intense wave of blackberry, jam, fennel and espresso bean.  
     
'15 Chateau Teyssier, Grand Cru Saint Emilion 2,300
  70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc  
  Gold. Sommelier Wine Awatds UK 2019  
  Gold. LA International Wine Awards 2018  
  93 Falstaff, 92V, 92JS, 91WS.  
  A sweet cherry and blueberry scented bouquet that is lifted nicely by the new oak. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet red and Black fruit on entry. There is a Bastille like purity here.  
     
'09 Chateau La Vieille Cure, Fronsac. 2,300
  Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv.  
  93TO, 93RP, 92JL, 91-93WE, 90WS.  
  A charming, dense ruby red offering lots of ripe merlot fruit intermingled with hints of charcoal, black currants and ripe cherries. Full bodied, pure and nicely textured and layered.  
     
'14 Chateau Faugeres, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. 2,300
  85% Merlot, 10% Cab Franc 5% Cab Sauv  
  95AG, 94JS, 92RP  
  Incredible aromas off Blackberries, blueberries, red plum and juniper berry. Medium bodied with fine tannins.  
     
'15 Chateau Faugeres, Saint-Emillon Grand Cru. 2,400
  95JS, 95WE, 95RP, 94JL, 4.3 Vivino  
  80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Smooth and opulent. A nose of baked plums, warm cherries, black berries and figs. The palate has a super plush feel with intense flavours of blueberries and dark plums. Full-bodied with firm velvety tannins.  
     
'15 Chateau Laroque Grand Cru, St-Emilion. 2,700
  95JS, 94WE, 93AG 4.0 Vivino  
  #85 top 100 Bordeaux 2015 JS.  
  Attractive bouquet with dark black cherries, cassis and violets,with attractive expressive merlot. The palate is medium bodied with fine-grain tannin, well judged acidity with black fruit, a touch of truffle and a pleasant saline finish.  
     
'10 Chateau Croix de Gay,Pomerol 3,700
  94pts Gilbert& Gaillard.  
  94pts Falstaff Magazin  
     
'10 Chateau La Confession, Saint- Emilion 4,600
  93pts Huon Hooke  
  93pts Jeff Leve  
     
'08 Domaine De L'Aurage, Cites de Castillon 5,200
  MAGNUM  
  90JL  
  Lots of cassis, kitsch, fennel and coffee notes. The sophomore vintage for this juicy, ripe up front wine that ends with a soft round, red plum finish.  
     
'12 Chateau Le Dome Grand Cru, St-Emilion. 6,200
  80% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Merlot.  
  95RP, 95WE, 94+AG  
  Dense ruby, purple colour. Plenty of raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with spring flower notes. Medium bodied with stunning elegance, purity and minerality.  
     
'15 Chateaux Clinet, Pomerol 6,500
  99JS, 99JL, 98+JD, 98D, 97RP. 4.2 Vivino  
  90% Merlot, 9% Cab Sauv, 1% Cab Franc.  
  An immaculate wine with pristine blackberries and dark plums as well as fresh earthy nuances and dark crushed violets. The palate reveals a sensuous medium- bodied style offset beautifully by very firm and silky tannins. An impressively powerful wine that still exudes Pomerol's suave seductive charm.  
     
'15 Chateau Belair- Monange, Saint-Emilion. Grand Cru 6,990
  100JS, 98+RP, 98JL, 98AG, 97WE 4.3 Vivino.  
  88% Merlot 12% Cabernet Franc.  
  Wonderful aromas of blue fruits, minerals, lavender and licorice. Full bodied and ultra refined tannins with an integration and refinement that make the wine seamless and beautiful. Crushed black plums, blackberry preserves and cassis with fragrant touches of star anise. This is a remarkably riveting wine that should not be missed.  
     
'10 Chateaux Larcis Ducasse Saint- Emilion. 7,400
  79% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc.  
  98+RP, 97JL, 97JS, 95AG, 4.3 Vivino.  
  #92 Top 100 Wines WS.  
  The 2010 Larcis Ducasse is simply stunning. Concentration and depth, liquorice root and dark bitter chocolate, this is really amazing with dark fruit character of crushed blueberries and minerals. Full-bodied with super integrated tannins and a superb finish that lasts for minutes. A fabulous wine.  
     
'12 Chateau L'Evangile, Pomerol. 7,600
  93% Merlot 7% Cabernet Franc  
  96NM, 95JS, 94RP.17.5/20 JR  
  The 2012 is an outstanding effort displaying copious quantities of black raspberry and Blackberry fruit intermixed with hints of camphor, black truffles and subtle new oak. Opulent, round and generously endowed with impressive purity. Consistently one of the finest wines of Pomerol.  
     
'15 Chateaux Hosanna, Pomerol. 7,800
  82% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc.  
  99JD, 98JS, 97RP, 96JL, 96WS.  
  One of those rare wines to pair incredible opulence with off the charts elegance and purity. Loaded with blackcurrants, black raspberries, toasty oak, truffles, graphite and spice box. It hits the palate with full-time bodied richness, an ethereal seamless lecture, perfect balance and a huge finish. Unquestionably one of the superstars of the vintage.  
     
'09 Chateau Certan de May, Pomerol 7,800
  95pts Gilbert & Gaillard  
  95pts Galloni  
  95pts WE  
  95pts ST  
  Very dark hue. Racy nose with ripe fruit underscored by tons of graphite. On the palate, incredible fullness, ripe velvety tannins impart impressive length. A superlative wine in a great vintage. The most powerful, finest overall wine made by this estate since their 1982.  
     
'09 Chateaux Canon Grand Cru. Saint-Emilion 8,900
  99JD, 97+WA, 95V, 95JS, 95,WE. 4.3 Vivino  
  From a Grand Cru terroir located in the upper limestone-driven plateau outside the village of Saint-Emilion. Blackberries, black raspberries, baked plums, truffle and dried flowers on the nose. Full- bodied richness, firm yet velvety texture and seamless freshness supporting the generous fruit. Long finish.  
     
'15 Chateau Figeac,Saint Emilion, Grand Cru. 9,800
  100JD, 100D, 99JL, 98WE, 97RP, 97WS  
  43% Cab Sauv, 29% Merlot, 28% Cab Franc  
  A huge nose of creme de cassis, raspberries, smoked earth, cigar box and graphite. This is one of those rare gems that carries huge intensity and richness. Full-bodied, opulent and incredibly concentrated.  
     
'11 Vieux Chateau Certain. Pomerol 11,000
  96pts James Suckling  
  96 points WE  
  96 points Tim Atkin  
     
'16 Chateau Le Dome, Grand Cru, Saint Emilion. 12,600
  80% Cabernet Franc 20% Merlot  
  100WE, 100JD, 99WA, 97AG.  
  From a great year for Cabernet Franc. Aged in 80% new French Oak, the 2016 Le Dome is simply magnificent. Silky, lifted and nuanced in the glass, it possesses superb aromatic freshness and textural finesse. Full bodied.  
     
'10 Chateau Figeac, St Emilion, Grand Cru 12,950
  98pts Gilbert &Gaillard  
  97pts TA  
  96pts WS  
  20/20 La Revue du vin de France.  
  30% Merlot 35% Cab Sauv 35% Cab Franc  
  Dense garnet. Extremely rich nose with elegant toasted oak framed by ripe fruit. Mouth coating generous palate with a fine grained texture, lace like tannins, huge fruit presence and velvety oak. Empyreumatic finish. A consummate wine.  
     
'15 Chateau L'Evangile, Pomeral 14,700
  100JS, 100JL, 99JD, 97+RP, 97D.  
  84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc  
  In the running for the most opulent, sensationally textured, massive wine in the 2015 vintage. Stunning aromas of blackberries, black olives, Brown sugar and dried flowers. Tar. Full bodied, dense and layered. Superfine tannins. Goes on and on. Truly great wine.  
     
'10 Chateau Pavie, St Emilion, Grand Cru. 19,400
  100 RP, 98 Falstaff, 19.5/20 B&D  
  Blackish crimson. Juicy, clean and fresh. Lots of mineral character. Great balance and potential. Dry appetising finish, masses of ripe tannin and a long finish. Proper!  
     
'15 Chateau Angelus Grand Cru, St-Emilion. 19,500
  99JS, 99JL, 98Decanter, 97RP  
  This shows the purity of Angelus. Full bodied, very fine and intense, yet exquisitely delicate with wonderful freshness. Super silky tannins and an epically long perfumed finish. This Angelus is a real head turner.  
     
'16 Chateau Angelus, Grand Cru Classe A, Saint Emilion 19,700
  100WE, 99JS, 99JL 98+WA, 98AG  
  The 2016 is a total stunner. Soaring aromatics and layers of bright vibrant fruit. The tannins are almost impossibly refined. Pomegranate, blood orange, raspberry jam, wild flowers and mocha are some of the many notes that race through the 2016. All the elements fall into place in an exquisite Saint Emilion that is clearly one of the wines of the year.  
     
Germany
 
'14 Koehler- Ruprecht Riesling K.S. Spatlese Trocken, Pfalz 1,900
  93pts V. Antonio Galloni 91+RP  
     
Italy - Arbruzzo    
     
'10 Masciarelli Marina Cvetic Merlot Colli IGT 1,800
  94pts JS  
     
Italy - Basilicata
'09 Elena Fucci Titolo, Aglianico del Vulture 2,900
  Opulent with velvety tannins. Aglianico grapes.  
  95pts RP 95pts Daniele Cernilli. Doctor Wine  
     
Italy - Campania
 
'12 Feudi di San Gregorio Patrimo Rosso IGT 3,300
  96pts WE.  
  Merlot  
     
Italy - Friuli-Venezia Giulia
     
'15 Venica Petris Malvasia 1,500
  Malvasia Grape. Very complex bouquet of fruit & flowers with sage & orange peel. Good flavour ersistence & balanced acidity. Suggestions: Asparagus and shell fish.  
     
'13 Volpe Pasini, Focus Merlot DOC. 2,100
  4.2 Vivino. 92JS, 92 Falstaff 92 LM, 90V  
  2 glasses Gambero Rosso  
  Vivid full ruby. Bright and fresh on the nose and on the palate, savory and juicy nuances of dark plum, coffee, mint and cocoa. Finishes crisp and vibrantly fruity.  
     
'16 Mario Schiopetto Friulano M Collio DOC. 3,700
  95% Friulano, 5% Riesling.  
  98JS, 98 Dr Wine.  
  Extremely Smokey on the nose with flint and gunpowder. Dried apple, lemon and pear character. Full bodied, dense and powerful, yet lively and dancing on the palate. One of Italy's top whites from vines planted in 1954.  
     
Italy - Marche
 
'15 Velenosi 'Roggio del Filare' Rosso Piceno, Superiore. 1,700
  70%Montepulciano, 30% Sangiovese.  
  97 Luca Maroni. 3 Glasses Gambero Rosso.  
  # 6 top 100 wines Italy.  
  Medium to full bodied. Aromas of wild berries, blackberries and cherries. A wine of great structure and expression. Complex, well balanced with a lingering finish.  
     
Italy - Montepulciano
 
'18 Velenosi Montepulciano D'Abbruzzo 1,300
  From the D'Abruzzo hills, the vineyards are located 200 to 300 meters above sea level. Nose of strawberries and raspberries. Fruity with a soft, pleasant, smooth finish.  
     
'16 Cantina Zaccagnini, Montepulciano, D'Abruzzo. Italy 1,300
  3.8 Vivino  
  Dark red berry fruit and plum notes on the nose give way to a lush and rich mouthfeel with great structure and a long smooth finish. Pair with pasta, pizza, burgers and roasted meats.  
     
'17 Poggio Anima Samael Montepulciano, d'Abruzzo 1,300
  92WF, 3.8 Vivino  
  This 100% Montepulciano wine comes from an organically farmed single vineyard in Chieti in southern Italy. Ricardo and ripe black cherries, cacao, all framed by light fine tannins. Punches well above its weight.  
     
'16 Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC 1,360
  Rich and ripe cherry fruit along with attractive spicy smoky notes. Fleshy and full with surprising depth and length.  
  Roasted meats, pasta, pizza.  
     
'15 Masciarelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo DOC Marina Cvetic 1,790
  92WE, 90WS, 4.2Vivino  
  This wine provides a blend of Montepulciano grapes in purity from 8 Municipalities. Vilified in traditional blunt, the Marina Cvetic expresses the fundamental characteristics of the grape varieties with fruity and floral notes in perfect balance, followed by a long finish with notes of cocoa beans.  
     
'14 Masciarelli Terre Aquilane Merlot IGT "Marina Cvetic " d'Abruzzo 1,990
  100% Merlot.  
  91Luca Maroni, 90VP, 90JS, 90JD  
  12 months in oak barrels, at least 24 months in bottle. Ripe red fruits and flowers, full bodied with a vanilla finish. Lamb, grilled meats, mature cheese.  
     
'12 Masciarelli Villa Gemma, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva 2,800
  93WE. #93 WE Top 100 Wines. 4.2  
  Vivino.  
  Deep ruby red, ripe red fruits, dried fruit, spices cocoa, black pepper, liquorice. Roast lamb, red meats, strong cheese, chocolate.  
     
Italy - Piedmont
     
'12 La Spinetta Brico Quaglia Moscato d' Asti DOP 1,200
     
'16 Ceretto Monsordo, Rosso. Langhe 1,400
  16/20JR. 3 Glasses Vini di Veronelli  
  Dark berry fruits and black plums on the nose, complemented by undertones of sweet spices and vanilla. Full bodied with finely-grained tannins.  
     
'16 Ceretto Monsordo Langhe DOC Rosso. 1,400
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah  
  16/20 JR 3 Stars Veronelli.  
  Deep ruby red. Aromas of dark berry fruits and black plums with undertones of sweet spices and vanilla. The palate is enhanced by finely grained tannins to make a rich full bodied wine.  
     
'16 Paolo Scavino Langhe Bianco, Sorisso, DOC. 1,600
  90pts RP  
  A bright refreshing white blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40%Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Viognier. It reveals some of the creamy structure of Chardonnay and much of the aromatic potency you would associate with Sauvignon Blanc. The Viognier is the most interesting part of the blend. It gives the wine a lustre or sheen that is silky and unctuous on the finish.  
     
'12 Proprieta Sperino Uvaggio Coste della Sesia Rosso 2,100
  Vinous. " Bold, powerful, intense".  
     
'09 Batasiolo Barolo Riserva. 2,500
  4.0 Vivino. Commended IWC London 2013.  
  Earthy characteristics of forest floor and cured meat backed by savoury tones of star anise and liquorice.  
     
'06 Beni di Batasiolo, Vigneto,Cerequio Barolo. 2,700
  93WS, 92WS, 4.3 Vivino. Bronze IWC  
  Beautifully intense and elegant, this opens with fine aromas of spice, dried fruit, cola, tar and ground liquorice. It delivers a long silky sensation in the mouth.  
     
'08 Beni di Batasiolo Vigneto, Boscareto. Barolo 2,700
  95GR, 4.3Vivino.  
  A Barolo of great character that stands out for its beautiful olfactory breadth. The mouth is pleasantly austere and of great tannic density while maintaining a beautiful sweetness of fruit and great delicacy of the vintage.  
     
'11 Produttori Del Barbaresco Ovello Riserva DOCG. 2,700
  100% Nebbiolo  
  95pts Antonio Gallaoni 94pts Wine & Spirits.  
  From one of the coolest zones in Barbaresco, it is superb. Precision and energy really stand out. Pine, mint,chalk, bright red berries, blood orange and white pepper are some of the signatures in a brilliant, finely-cut Barbaresco that captures the best of both vintage and the site.  
     
'11 Producttori Del Barbaresco Montestefano Riserva DOCG. 2,700
  100% Nebbiolo  
  94pts Antonio Galloni 94pts WE  
  Inward, powerful and explosive. A firm spine of tannin gives the wine much of it's signature power. Dark red cherry, smoke, pomegranate and scorched earth blossom on the dramatic finish. A wine of real density and gravitas, the Montestefano stands out for it's pure unbridled energy and overall intensity.  
     
'05 Matteo Correggia Roche d'Ampsej, Roero Riserva DOCG 2,900
  Nebbiolo  
  91pts WA  
     
'13 Poderi Aldo Conterno"IL Favot" Langhe Nebbiolo DOC 3,000
  91pts WS  
  Cherry, licorice,leather & earth flavours. Elegant, balanced.  
     
'16 Giacomo Bologna Braida Bricco Uccellone, d'Asti DOCG 3,200
  94CT, 93JS, 4.3Vivino  
  Notes of red berries, mint and vanilla. The bouquet is rich and aromatic with a remarkable intensity and multifaceted concentration. The wine is full bodied with a persistent long finish.  
     
'09 Marchesi di Gresy, Barbaresco, Martinenga 3,300
  92WE, 91RP, 91AG, 17+JR 4.3 Vivino  
  Savoury and classy nose. Shy on the palate with a gentle mouthful and succulent cherry and spice. Great balance with wonderful, tactile tannin, dried fruit and cherry notes on a long finish.  
     
'15 Giacomo Bologna Braida Ai Suma, Barbera d'Asti DOCG. 3,500
  92JS. 4.4 Vivino  
  The Ai Sums is only produced in the best vintages and is produced from very late harvested grapes. Cherry, mixed berries, vanilla, liquorice and cocoa. Good acidity and persistent.  
     
'12 Brovia Barolo Brea Vigna Ca'Mia 3,700
  A feminine, gracious Barolo endowed with striking translucence and pure class. Stunningly beautiful. Dry, full bodied.  
  Antonio Galloni 94+ points.  
     
'15 Elio Grasso Ginestra Casa Mate Barolo. 3,900
  97RP, 96AG, 96JS. 4.2 Vivino  
  A dense full bodied single vineyard Barolo. Complex aromas of figs, ripe strawberries and fresh mushrooms. Firm and tight tannins and a long linear finish.  
     
'15 Elio Grasso Gavarini Chiniera. 3,900
  98JS, 97AG, 96RP  
  Extremely perfumed, showing lots of rose, lavender and dark berry character. Full bodied with intense density and chewiness that gives the wine great structure. A super expressive Barolo.  
     
'09 La Spinetta Vursu Vigneto Gallina, Barbaresco DOCG 4,000
  94pts WA 94 pts Vinous Antonio Galloni  
     
'09 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG 4,200
  95pts WE. 95pts Falstaff Magazin  
     
'13 Pio Cesare 'Ornato' Barolo,DOCG 4,500
  96pts Decanter 95pts RP. 95pts WE 95pts 95pts JS.  
  The 2013 offers a great sense of freshness & brightness. Ripe tannins are tightly integrated yet the finish is round and supple. Full to medium bodied, aromas of wild berry, Black truffle and cola. Magnificent harmony and purity.  
     
'10 Tenuta Cisa Asinari, Marchesi di Gresy, Camp Gros, Martinenga Barbaresco 4,900
  97WA, 95AG, 17+JR 4.4 Vivino  
  Only produced in exceptional  vintages, the Martinenga vineyard is considered by many to be the best single vineyard in Barbaresco. Ethereal, herbal cherry on the nose. Succulent cherry on the palate with a hint of cassis. Elegant and muscular on the finish.  
     
'15 Vietti Barolo Brunate DOCG. 5,200
  95JS, 95RP, 94WS. 4.1 Vivino  
  This is an explosive and absolutely exuberant expression of Nebbiolo from a vineyard site in La Morra. Dark flavours of plump berries layered on notes of anise, liquorice and tobacco. A very linear mineral tone on the back.  
     
'13 La Spinetta Barolo Campe Vursu. 5,300
  97JS, 96RV, 95RP, 94AG, 94WS. 4.4 Vivino  
  This is an impactful and exceptional wine from a classic vintage. The fruit has had time to integrate and the aromas appear wrinkle -free today with the wild berry that segues directly to spice, tar and ash. These are beautiful results.  
     
'08 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo DOCG 5,400
  98pts Vinous Antonio Galloni 96pts RP  
     
'15 Parusso Barolo DOCG MAGNUM. 5,800
  95AG, 95JS, 93RP  
  Ruby red, almost garnet. On the nose, a wide range of notes of spices and fruit with licorice and mint. Plump and sumptuous, very concentrated in the mouth with firm tannins and a long stylish finish.  
     
'09 Damilano Cannubi, 1752, Barolo Riserva DOCG. 8,900
  98JS, 97WS, 95+RP, 4.4 Vivino  
  Lots of ripe berry character from the 2009 vintage with chocolate, cedar and tobacco. Full Bodied, round and soft tannins. A big juicy style. Decadent.  
     
'15 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra. MAGNUM. 8,900
  97JS, 96RP, 95WS, 4.3Vivino.  
  Sweet plum, blackberry, black cherry, liquorice, tar and underbrush aromas and flavours are accented by vanilla and toasty oak. Complex fresh and long. This is simply a complete Barolo with gorgeous texture, so fine and detailed.  
     
'89 Gaja Barbaresco DOCG 16,800
  96pts RP  
     
Italy - Puglia
     
'18 Masseria Li Velo, "Askos" Verdeca, Salento. 1,500
  100% Verdeca.  
  4.0 Vivino, 91Dr Wine, 91JS, 3Glasses Gambero Rosso. Elegant and mineral. A rare grape offering up tropical fruit, citrus, pear and fresh spices on the nose. Very well balanced with good acidity.  
     
'18 Le Levi Askos Susumaniello. 1,650
  4.1 Vivino  
  Susumaniello is a little known red grape from Puglia and ranks among the world's rarest grapes. Amazing balance of dark black fruit, prunes, raisins, liquorice and dried herbs. Elegant and smooth with soft tannins and a long finish.  
     
Italy - Sardinia
     
'15 Agricola Punica Montessu - Isola dei Nuraghi IGT. 1,600
  Carignano-Cabernet- Syrah.  
  92pts WE 90V  
  A stylish fresh red with spiced black raspberry and blackcurrant fruit. Accents of green olive, dried thyme and sweet smoke. Medium - to full- bodied. Long supple tannins and a crisp pristine finish.  
     
'12 Tenure Dettori Chimbanta 1,900
  Monica Grapes  
  Artisanal Wine.  
  90pts WS  
  Dark ruby red, hints of turtle, scrub, passito flowers and ripe red fruit. Airy, expressive, elegant with a finish of great persistence. Unfined and unfiltered. Natural fermentation, no sulfur. Certified bio- dynamic.  
     
'12 Agricola Punica Barrua- Isola dei Nuraghi IGT 2,100
  94pts JS 92pts V.Antonio Gallani  
  Carigano, Cab Sauv, Merlot  
  Full bodied, silky tannins.  
     
'12 Tenure Dettori- Dettori 2,200
  Cannonau Grapes  
  Artisanal Wine.  
  Produced from 100yr old vines and aged for 24 months in cement tanks. Dettori refuses the use of wood and this gives us wines that are perhaps not easy to understand but are
overwhelmingly complex and elegant. Unfined and unfiltered, natural fermentation, hand harvested, no shoulder dioxide and certified bio-dynamic.
 
     
Italy - Sicily
     
'15 Tasca d'Almerita Tascante, Ghiaia Nera. Etena Rosso. Sicily 1,400
  100% Nerello Mascalese.  
  17/20JR. 3.9 Vivino  
  Grown on the north slope of Mount Etena at an altitude of 600m, This easy drinking Mount Etena red has bright fruit on the nose and palate, followed by a bright minerality and a dry , food friendly finish. Almost Burgundian in style. Beef, pasta lamb, grilled chicken.  
     
'15 Feudo Maccari Saia. 1,700
  94pts JS , 91 RP, 4.1 Vivino  
  Beautiful aromas of tile, spice, Mediterranean herbs and oyster shell. Full-bodied, firm and silky tannins. Lovely length and texture.  
     
'12 I Vigneri di Salvo Foti, Etna Rosso DOC, Sicily 1,800
     
'13 Argiolas Isola Dei Nuraghi Turriga 3,800
  96pts JS 94pts TO  
  #47 Top 100 Italian Wines 2017  
  The symbolic wine of Sardinia. Plum like ripeness, this celebrated blend is composed of 85% Cannonau ( Grenache ) 5% Carignano, 5% Bobal, 5% Malvasia Nera. Aged in oak for up to 2 years, the black fruit nuances are smooth, velvety and soft. Medium to full - bodied. The mouthfeel is broad and encompassing.  
     
Italy - Tuscany
     
'13 Villa Trasqua, Chianti Classico, Riserva, "Fanatico" 1,500
  93JS  
  Lovely red fruit and fresh herbs on the nose as well as tobacco, cedar and orange rind. Medium to full bodied, chewy tannins and good acidity.  
     
'15 Montepeloso A Quo. IGT. 1,500
  94JS, 90CT, 4.1 Vivino  
  Montepulciano, Cab Sav, Sangiovese, Marselan, Alicante Bouschet.  
  A rich and layered red with chocolate, spice and hints of grilled meat. Full bodied with depth and wonderful length.  
     
'11 Castello D'Albola Chianti Classico DOCG 1,560
  WS90 pts. Gold Mundus Vini 2015. Gold San Francisco IWC  
     
'15 Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino 1,600
  94 pts Decanter 17/20 Jancis Robinson.  
  Concentrated ruby with orange tinged. Deep and brooding nose with hints of black tea leaves. Focused, pure cherry and raspberry fruit with bags of powdery tannins and perfectly balanced. Elegant and long.  
     
'14 Montepeloso A Quo Rossi IGT 1,600
  92pts JS 91pts TO  
  Cabernet- Montepulciano_ Sangiovese.  
  Unfiltered. Plenty of ripe fruit for a cool vintage with fresh mint & thyme undertones to the citrus and berry character. Medium bodied, firm and silky tannins. Focused and pretty.  
     
'07 Monteti IGT 1,600
  Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv  
  92 Points Parker  
     
'15 Rocca di Frassinello Omello. 1,800
  92WS, 90RP  
  Sangiovese, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah.  
  Graphite, iron, wild rosemary, sage and plum aromas pick up a boysenberry flavour as this finishes with spice elements. Well structured, smooth and a long finish.  
     
'16 Poderi Sapaio 'Valpolo' Bolgheri DOC 1,850
  70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 15% Merlot  
  94JS, 92WA, 92WS  
  Bright blueberries, blackcurrent, citrus, crushed stones, violets, dried sage, ash and cedar. Full- bodied, firm polished tannins punctuated by vibrant acidity.  
     
'15 Isole E Olena Chianti Classico 1,850
  92pts Wine Advocate. 90 Decanter.  
  This is a smooth and silky Sangiovese that glides clean over the palate with strength and intensity. Bright cherry, blueberry and herbal accents with wild sage and rosemary character the finish.  
     
'13 Buondonno Chianti Classico Riserva 1,900
  A lovely Chianti Classico. Great warm climate nose, animal tones, herbs, hay, violets, dark fruits. Medium palate, acidity and tannins. A well balanced elegant wine.  
     
'14 Le Ragnaie Rosso di Monitalcino 1,990
  91AG, 90WA.  
  2014 was a difficult vintage. Ricardo made the decision to declassify 100% of his Brunello fruit and 75% of his Rossi di Montalcino Grapes were used from Le Ragnaie, VV, Loreto
and Petroso vineyards. The resulting wine is elegant and feminine. Notes of pomegranate, rose petals, tree bark and cranberries. Light bodied with soft but persistent tannins. Beautifully balanced with a long finish. Lovely.
 
     
'12 Trinoro Le Cupole Rosso Toscana IGT 2,100
  55% Cab Franc, 27% Merlot, 17% Cab Sauv 1% Petit Verdot.  
  93 WE, 92 AG, 92 Falstaff  
  A beautifully hedonistic nose displaying Morello cherries, roasted herbs and exotic spice notes. Tremendously complex, balanced with an impressive structure and a warm lingering finish.  
     
'12 Podere Salicutti Dopoteatro Rosso IGT 2,100
  90% Cabernet Sauvignon. 10% Canaiolo  
  91pts WS  
  A constant classic among Francesco Leanzas wines. A wine of amazing finesse but the power is not to be missed.  
     
'17 Conti Costanti, Rosso di Montalcino. DOCG 2,200
  93AG.  
  Super ripe red cherry, kirsch, rose petal, sweet spice, cedar and pipe tobacco.  
     
'15 Conti Costanti Rosso di Montalcino, DOCG. 2,200
  91pts V, 90pts WE. 4.0 Vivino  
  100% Sangiovese.  
  Aged in tonneaux of French oak for one year. Rich, round, full bodied with gobs of red berry fruit, well integrated oak and firm tannins.  
     
'13 Felsina Beradenga, Rancia, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2,300
  96+pts Vinous, 95 RP, 94 D  
  A dark, moody and sophisticated wine. Wonderfully bright and lifted from start to finish. Dark red cherry, plum, rose petal, herb and liquorice are some of the signatures  
     
'15 Cartello Bossi Girolamo. 2,300
  96JS, 4.1 Vivino  
  Merlot from 42yr old vines. Dark ruby red with a superb nose of Woodstock, violets with opulent ripe blackcurrant, black cherries and plums. On the palate, flavours and nuances of caramel clove, bell pepper and balsamic. Full bodied.  
     
'10 Uccelliera Rapace IGT. 2,400
  93pts JS 91pts RP  
  Very ripe and earthy with dried fruits and spices. Full bodied, soft and silky tannins and a focused, fresh finish. Stylish and flavorful.  
     
'16 Montepeloso Eneo 2,500
  97V, 94JS, 4.3 Vivino  
  70% Sangiovese, 20% Montepulciano, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  
  The 2016 Eno is a dark sumptuous beauty. Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice, menthol and liquorice infuse the 2016 with striking depth as well as tons of textural resonance. This is such a gorgeous alluring wine.  
     
'13 Castello di Ama, 'San Lorenzo' Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione. DOCG 2,500
  95JS, 95WE, 95WS, 93RP 4.2 Vivino  
  #31 Top 100 Wines WS.  
  80% Sangiovese, 13% Merlot, 7% Malvasia Nera. This is an elegant and profound wine. Sweet tobacco, smoke, leather and menthol wrap around a core of dark stone fruit. Pliant and savory with a lingering finish.  
     
'16 Tenute Del Cabreo. Carrie il Borgo. 2,500
  93V, 93 Doctor Wine, 91RP 3 Glasses Gamberi Rossi. 4.1 Vivino  
  This is a 70/30 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense aromas of wild cherry and black current offset by notes of leather, herbs and vanilla. On the palate it is velvety and complex, with ripe tannins repeated on the elegant finish. Full bodied.  
     
'15 Brancaia ilatraia Toscana Rosso IGT. 2,500
  96JS, 95RP, 93V, 4.2Vivino.  
  A drop dead gorgeous blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot and 29% Cabernet Franc. An exuberant and intense red wine that hits the palate with lavish richness. Depth and a real sense of gravitas.  
     
'10 Castello de Ama San Lorenzo Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2,500
  95pts WE 95pts WS 93pts  
  Antonio Galloni 80% Sangiovese 13% Merlot 7% Malvasia Nera Combines power and elegance with a racy feel. Notes of wild cherry, strawberry and rose.The finish is long. Well defined from start to finish.  
     
'14 Podere Forte Petruccino Orcia 2,600
  Merlot- Sangiovese  
  Complex, elegant.  
     
'18 Salvioni Rosso di Montalcino. 2,600
  93AG, 4.3 Vivino  
  Youthfully vibrant, opens with enticing aromas of wild berry, fragrant blue flower and whiff of leather and soil. A bright tangy palate, notes of star anise and thyme accent crushed strawberry alongside lively acidity and lythe tannins.  
     
'15 Rocca di Montegross " Geremia" 2,600
  96 Falstaff, 96V, 94W&S, 94CT 4.2Vivino  
  Cab Sauv-Merlot.  
  Outrageously beautiful in 2015. Racy and pliant with soft curves. "Geremia" captures all of the radiant beauty of the vintage. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint, mocha and sweet spice. Big, powerful and serious. A must if you love world-class super Tuscans.  
     
'16 Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso San Lorenzo 2,700
  #9 Top 100 Wines WS  
  95RP, 95WS, 95WE, 95 FS, 94V, 4.3 Vivino.  
  The 2016 Etna Rosso San Lorenzo is one of the three Grande Terroir Ellittico wines. This is a beautifully shaped expression of 98% Nerello Mascalese and 2% Nerello Cappuccio from ancient vines. The wine has the delicate nature of a Pinot Noir. Dusty mineral notes and tannins make for a dry finish. Full bodied and tangy with walnuts, cedar and dark berry tones.  
     
'17 Tenuta San Guido, Guidalberto. 2,700
  94JS, 93WE, 92+RP, 92V  
  60% Cab-Sauv, 40%Merlot  
  Subtle aromas of cedar, cassis, tobacco and raspberries. The very balanced and elegant palate delivers dried black cherry, red current, blood orange and licorice. Fine grained tannins.  
     
'15 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino. 2,800
  95RP, 95JS, 94RV 4.2 Vivino  
  The 2015 Argiano shows dusty black cherry complemented by sweet spices and herbs with hints of dried orange and leather. The palate is right and compressed with beautiful ripe fruit. The finish is long and structured.  
     
'16 Montevertine Montevertine 2,800
  90% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo, 5% Colorino  
  96AG, 96RP, 2 Glasses GR. 4.1 Vivino  
  The 2016 Montevertine opens to a rich and beautifully saturated colour. Blue flower definition with violets and lavender segue to dark fruit, spice and white pepper.  
     
'15 Castello di Bolgheri. 2,900
  96D, 95RP, 94WS  
  85%Cab Sauv, 15% Cab Franc  
  This super Tuscan delivers cornerstones of dark fruit, exotic spice and tobacco. A deep satisfying texture.  
     
'15 Riecine di Riecine. 2,900
  100% Sangiovese.  
  94 Veronelli 93 Dr Wine 93 Falstaff  
  2 Glasses GR  
  This 100% Sangiovese comes from the original vineyard planted over 40yrs ago at an altitude of 1,600 feet. This could easily be mistaken for Burgundy because of the unusually pronounced elegance and bright red fruit notes. Earthy, elegant, savoury, spicy. Medium bodied.  
     
'16 Isole E Olena Collezzione Private Syrah 2,950
  98AG, 97RP, 4.3Vivino  
  The 2016 Syrah Collezione Privata offers a unique interpretation of the grape that delivers much of the heft, power, smokiness and textural richness of the French grape but it also shows purely Italian fare of grilled herb, blue flower, moist earth and cigar. Bold cherry fruit fills the core of this wine that is rich, velvety and long with dazzling finesse.  
     
'13 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. 3,200
  100% Sangiovese.  
  94RP, 94JS, 93WS.  
  The 2013 is a fine, elegant wine that wraps smoothly around the palate. The wine is redolent of dark fruit, spice, balsamic herb, licorice and pressed flowers. Loads of varietal character.  
     
'14 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT 3,250
  97pt Antonio Galloni. 95pts RP  
  100% Sangiovese aged in oak barrels. The 2014 Cepparello is truly beautiful and absolutely transends the expectation of the vintage. This beautiful Sangiovese is full and generous on all levels. It offers upfront presentation with opulent fruit, deep layering and fine elegance. Generous flavours of dark cherry, black current, red rose & cured tabacco.  
     
'15 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. 3,400
  100JS, 95WS, 4.4 Vivino  
  Aged 2 years in French oak. A concentrated red with intense flavours of black cherry, plum, violet, stony mineral and wild herbs. Vivacious and elegant fruit on the palate with generous tannins and a hauntingly long finish.  
     
'17 Fattoria Le Pupille 'Saffredi' Maremma, Tuscany. 3,400
  Bordeaux Blend. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot.  
  97RP,  96-97JS, 95CT  
  A fresh and beautiful red made with ripe fruit and dark concentration. Full-bodied with round and polished tannins and an intense finish.  
     
'15 Azienda L'Aietta Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. 3,500
  98WE, 96WF, 4.2 Vivino.  
  Pressed rose, New leather, dark-skinned berry and truffle aromas with a balsamic whiff of camphor. Delicious and supremely elegant and vibrant. The palate delivers juicy Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry, liquorice and baking spice framed in taut refined tannins.  
     
'15 Tua Rita Giusto di Notri, Toscana IGT 3,500
  96-97pts JS 96pts WA  
  Mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Dense and structured with beautifully polished tannins. Lots of power here and oak driven tones of sweet expresso, chocolate and spice that surround a succulent core of dark fruit and candied cherry. Contemporary, complex and gorgeous from top to toe.  
     
'17 Tenure Biserno Il PInot di Biserno DOCG. 3,600
  93WS, 93JS, 91Falstaff, 90WE, 4.4 Vivino.  
  A wine with elegance, character and finesse, aged mostly in new and second hand barriques. The structured palate offers ripe black plum, liquorice and espresso along fine grained tannins. Full bodied.  
     
'16 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT. 3,700
  Sangiovese  
  97+Antonio Galloni  
  Black cherry, plum, lavender, spice and new leather. 20 mths in French Oak with a bit less than 30% new oak and a few months in cask prior to bottling. The 2016 is shaping up to be another magnificent wine. This is a super impressive showing.  
     
'11 Podere Salicutti, Brunello di Montalcino, Piaggione. DOCG 3,700
  100% Sangiovese  
  96pts Vinous AG, 95 Decanter,  
  17/20 JR, 4.5 Vivino  
  The 2011 is a thrilling harbinger allying impressive power with beautiful elegance. Expressive and energetic, it bursts with perfumed thyme blossom, pepper, aromatic herbs and red plum. The plush ripe fruit core is held together by supple smooth tannins. A wine of weightless elegance.  
     
'16 Argentiera DOC Bolgheri Superiore. 3,750
  97RP, 96JS, 95 Decanter.  
  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.  
  A dark and penetrating Tuscan red that is beautifully elevated with extremely elegant aromas. Full bodied, yet extremely polished and tight on the palate. The tannins are ever so fine. Extremely long and beautiful.  
     
'15 Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi 3,800
  Half Sangiovese and Merlot.  
  98JS 95WS 4.4 Vivino.  
  This has depth and complexity. Beautiful aromas of violets, berries and currants. Full bodied, it exudes refined tannins as this stays fresh through the long, saturated finish. Fruit, spice and tobacco elements longer.  
     
'15 Fulgini Brunello di Montalcino DOCG. 3,800
  100JS, 99RV, 98WE, 96V, 4.4 Vivino  
  The purity of fruit on the nose is perfection with cherries, crushed raspberries, mineral, pumice and citrus fruit. Full bodied and powerful, it's juicy and enveloping, doling out black cherry, raspberry compote, liquorice and baking spice alongside velvety tannins.  
     
'06 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino, Riserva. 3,800
  95JS, WS95, RP95  
  Complex aromas of dried mushrooms, flowers and dark fruits follow through to a full body with fine tannins and a chocolate, dried meat and dark fruit aftertaste. A rich sumptuous wine. Full-bodied.  
     
'16 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso. 3,950
  100% Cabernet Franc.  
  98AG, 97WA, 97WE. 4.5 Vivino  
  The 2016 Paleo Rosso is a total stunner. Explosive and intensely floral with tremendous aromatic intensity, it exudes class from the very first taste. Grilled herbs, crushed rose, peach, espresso and raspberry jam are some of the many notes that flesh out.  
     
'13 Castello di Bossi Corbara IGT. MAGNUM. 4,300
  93 V 4.0 Vivino.  
  Dark cherry, kitsch, leather, smoke and tobacco flesh out this pliant, beautifully textured wine.  
     
'16 Mazzei Fonterutoli Siepi. 4,400
  98JS, 96RP, 95V  
  A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot in equal parts, the 2016 Siepi has a beautiful nose of blueberries, freshly picked blackberries, citrus, herbs and licorice amidst a background of coffee beans, cedar and vanilla. Full bodied and elegant design n this classic vintage. A masterpiece.  
     
'16 Tenuta Folonari Il Borgo. MAGNUM. 4,500
  96LG, 95D, 93V, 93Dr Wine, 3 glasses, 4.1Vivino.  
  This is a 70/30 blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Dense aromas of wild cherry and black currant offset by notes of leather, herbs and vanilla. On the palate it is velvety and complex with ripe tannins repeated on the elegant finish. Full-Bodied.  
     
'16 Marchesi Antinori Tenuta Gaudo al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore 4,600
  98RP, 98JS, 98V, 96WE, 96D, 4.5 Vivino  
  60% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc. Stunning with ripe and silky tannins that are resolved and fine grained. Full bodied, polished and ever so refined.  
     
'10 Montepeloso Gabbro. IGT. 4,850
  95V, 92JS, 4.4Vivino  
  100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  
  A wine with lots of dark berry character such as blueberries and blackberries. Full- bodied, silky tannins and a chewy finish.  
     
'11 Montepeloso Gabbro. IGT. 4,850
  96JS, 95RP, 4.4Vivino  
  100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  
  A decadent, rich and inviting wine from start to finish. The wine is endowed with a brilliant sense of energy and vitality. Dark fruit and spice are merged seamlessly.  The wine is smooth, supple and impeccable.  
     
'15 Fattoria Le Pupille Saffredi, Maremma 4,900
  60%Cab Sauv, 30% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot  
  99JS, 97AG, 96RP, 4.3 Vivino  
  # 9 Top 100 Wines 2017  
  The 2015 Saffredi is a total head turner. Bold and explosive, it captures all the magic that Le Pupille is capable of. Creme de Cassis, lavender, mint, liquorice and truffle are some of the notes that give the 2015 it's decidedly exotic, racy personality.  
     
'07 Altesino, Montosoli, Brunello di Montalcino. 4,900
  98JS, 94RP, 93V  
  The 2007 shows fabulous depth and richness from start to finish. Tobacco, cedar, licorice, new leather and spices add complexity to the fruit in this beautifully textured, expressive Montosoli. Velvety tannins and terrific lingering perfume on the finish. Full- bodied.  
     
'13 Salvioni Brunello Di Montalcino 4,900
  97pts WE 96 Antonio Galloni.  
  Luminous full red. The lively, perfumed nose combines red cherry, blueberry, minerals and flirty aromas. Rich and densely packed, showing captivating peppery lift to the very ripe red and blue fruit flavours. Knockout Brunello from one of the quality leaders of Montalcino (and Italy for that matter)  
     
'16 Petrolo Galatrona, Merlot. 4,900
  98RP, 98JS, 96W&S, 95 WS  
  Pure Merlot from a 25 Acre plot planted in the 1990s. Powerful, dense and layered, the 2016 brings together serious fruit intensity. Full bodied yet tight and linear. Wonderful drive and depth.  
     
'15 Salvioni Brunello di Montalcino. 4,900
  WE98, V96, 95D, 4.5 Vivino  
  Earthy aromas of truffles, underbrush, rose and new leather on the nose. Full bodied, the savoury palate delivers crushed black cherry, raspberry, liquorice and tobacco set against tightly knit, refined tannins and fresh acidity.  
     
'13 Renieri Brunello di Montalcino. DOCG. MAGNUM. 4,950
  98JS, 93WS, 92 RP. 4.3Vivino  
  Dark colour intensity with bold aromas of black cherry and plum and undertones of peaches and orange peel. Full bodied, layered and rich. Incredibly long and flavorful.  
     
'16 Montevertine "Le Pergole Torte" 4,950
  97AG, 96-98 WA 4.5 Vivino  
  Sangiovese  
  Sourced from the estates oldest vines between 30 and 50 years old. Deep, powerful and resonant with great textural richness and perfume. The 2015 is critically ripe and flamboyant, not to mention utterly captivating.  
     
'16 Fontodi Flaccianello Della Pavie 4,990
  100AG, 100RP  
  The 2016 Flaccianello is off the charts. Fresh, vibrant and explosive, with tremendous intensity. Magnificent richness with sumptuous fruit purity and simply unreal balance. Creamy, silky tannins. In a word, stunning.  
     
'15 Bibi Graetz Testamatta Rosso IGT. 5,200
  99pts JS. 4.3 Vivino  
  #45 top 100 wines 2017.  
  A stunning wine. This is the best Testamatta ever made. Fascinating aromas of red fruits, tea, bark and wet soil as well as fresh leather. Full-bodied, silky tannins and a juicy finish.  
     
'15 Costello di Bolgheri. MAGNUM. 5,500
  96WS, 93JS, 93RP, 4.4 Vivino  
  85% Cab Sauv, 15% Cabernet Franc.  
  A serious red that has big, black fruit, fine oak, substantial moderately dry tannins and polish that you expect from a modern high end Bolgheri. Long finish.  
     
'12 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG 5,600
  96 JS, 95RP, 95WS, 4.5 Vivino  
  The 2012 Riserva is a dark and brooding Sangiovese that flaunts it's depth, sophistication and balanced weight. The fruit is thick and powerful and the wines textural richness is polished and beautiful.  
     
'13 Tenuta Marchesi Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT 5,600
  Sangiovese 85% Cab-Sauv 10% Cab-Franc 5%  
  96pts WA 96pts Wine Front  
     
'11 Castello di Ama, Vigneto La Casuccia, Chianti Classico Grand Selezione. 5,900
  80% Sangiovese 20% Merlot.  
  97JS, 96AG, 95 Falstaff.  
  Deep, very luminous ruby red. Multi layered, full-time volumed nose of fruit ranging through wild cherry, tobacco leaf, black liquorice and mint. Superb richness and elegance in the mouth, excelling in depth and balance. Sweet silky tannins.  
     
'12 Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore 6,500
  Cab-Sauv, Merlot,Cab-Franc, Petit Verdot.  
  97pts JS 95pts Falstaff, 94pts RP  
     
'09 Le Macchiole Messorio Toscana IGT Merlot 6,900
  TWA-BIWA 2012 50 Best Italian Wines.  
  97pts WE 97pts JS 95 Falstaff  
     
'12 Pain Dell Orino Brunello di Montalcino, Bassolino Di Sopra DOCG. 7,300
  100% Sangiovese  
  97WA, 95+AG, 4.6 Vivino  
  This wine exudes elegant power and linear finesse. Wild cherry, rose hip, dried ginger, rosemary and spice, with savory tones of moist earth and exotic tea. Full bodied.  
     
'13 Le Macchiole Messorio IGT 8,200
  98pts RP 97pts W&S  
  100% Merlot from low yields of around 800grams per plant. The 2013 Messorio is truly a divine creation that puts Merlot on a well- deserved pedestal. Dark fruit, blackberry, spice, leather, tar and tobacco. Finely integrated tannins and plush textural richness. The finish is succulent and beautifully layered. This is a stunning wine.  
     
'15 Argentiera DOC Bolgheri Superiore. MAGNUM 8,700
  50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.  
  99JS, 97 Falstaff, 96 Guida Oro 4.4 Vivino.  
  Gold. Sommelier Wine Awards.  
  Delightful nose of creme de cassis and mixed spice. Full bodied, super polished tannins, a long finish and electric acidity.  
     
'11 Podere il Carnasciale il Caberlot IGT Toscana 8,950
  Magnum.  
  100% Caberlot. Cabernet Franc/ Merlot.  
  96pts Antonio Galloni 17.5 JR  
  94pts JS 4.5 Vivino.  
  Produced only in numbered magnums, the 2011 Caberlot is an extraordinary wine. Softly textured and luscious wine with dark layers of fruit intensity, spice and chocolate. This wine really constitutes its own category of red wine among the Super Tuscans thanks to the originality of its aromas and texture, firm tannins and lush density. These are some of the most unique wines in Italy. Boasting nuances of Graves, Pomeral and IL Carnasciale's unique terroir, it ranks among the planet's most singular wines.  
     
'12 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Madonna del Piano. 9,000
  Sangiovese.  
  98JS  
  Earthy aromas of thyme, truffle, scorched earth and dark berry on the nose. The palate offers ripe black plum, pipe tobacco, licorice and nutmeg set against firm tannins.  
     
'10 Pian dell'Orino Bassolino di Sopra, Brunello di Montalcino 9,000
  100pts RP  
     
'16 Tenuta di Biserno Biserno. IGT. 9,200
  98+RP, 97D, 97 Falstaff, 96WE, 4.3 Vivino.  
  The 2016 Biserno is a softly textured wine with enormous richness, plushness and softness. A bouquet with thick layers of dark fruit, sweet spice, chocolate, tar and camphor ash. A full bodied blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Enormous precision, Grace and sharpness with power, opulence. Irresistible.  
     
'07 Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, Madonna del Piano. 9,500
  Sangiovese  
  98WE, 98JS, 96V  
  #29 of Top 100 wines 2013 WE.  
  Here's an unforgettable wine that absolutely makes the case for 2007 being one of the best vintages of late in Montalcino. A super finesse wine. The style is rich and Dewey textured.  
     
'15 Tenuta San Guido. Sassicaia 9,500
  98pts JS. 98 Decanter, 98 WE,  
  97 RP  
  Ripe, creamy black & red fruit with cider and spice notes on the nose. The palate is one of controlled power underpinned by gorgeous sweetness and flowing elegance. Silky tannins and a long finish.  
     
'16 Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiors 9,950
  51% Cabernet Sauv, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.  
  Aged 20 months in 70% new French Oak. Saturated purple colour. Serious intensity of cassis, black cherry, graphite and spring flower aromas. Full- bodied multi dimensional on the palate. It has thrilling purity of fruit, ample tannins and a great, great finish  
     
'10 Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiors 9,999
  97pts RP 97pts Vinous 97pts WE  
  The 2010 is a truly outstanding wine. What stands out is the absolutely seamless integration of the many moving parts. The wine magically transitions from cherry, spice, chocolate and espresso in one melodic and continuous loop. It exudes balance and elegance and is profoundly expressive.  
     
'15 Ornellaia "IL Carisma" Bolgheri Superiore. 10,900
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot.  
  98JS, 98V, 97WS. 4.5 Vivino  
  A dream wine with magnificent balance. Bright raspberry jam, mint, white flowers and pomegranate are some of the many notes that punctuate the finish in a memorable Ornellaia that will go down among the great vintages.  
     
'15 Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana IGT Merlot 11,500
  100pts JS 97pts WA  
  #1 Top 100 Italian wines 2017  
  This is an extraordinary merlot with such purity and focus. Flowers such as violets and hints of orange peel. Full bodied yet incredibly energetic and structured. The finish goes on for minutes. The 2015 Redigaffi is a blockbuster. The best yet.  
     
'15 Masseto. 34,500
  Merlot  
  100RP, 99JS, 99AG.  
  The 2015 Masseto is simply extraordinary. Soft, silky and seamless, it possesses remarkable balance and harmony. Sweet red cherry, pomegranate, mint and wild flowers are all beautifully lifted in this exquisitely perfumed, gracious Masseto.  
     
Italy - Umbria
     
'13 La Carraia Tizzonero Rosso IGT 1,300
  91pts JS  
  Monteplulciano- Sangiovese.  
  Silk, refined with firm but polished tannins  
     
'11 Tenuta Bellafonte Collenottolo DOCG 1,850
  100% Sagrantino  
  92pts WE, 91Luca Gardini, 90 Decanter 4.1 Vivino  
  Silver DWWA 2017  
  Silver IWC London 2017  
  Only indigenous yeast used for fermentation lasting 20 days. Matured in large Slovonian oak barrels for 10 months. Spontaneous clarification without filtration. Impenetrable ruby red colour. Opens with ripe black-and-white skinned berry, leather and truffle aromas. Firm concentrated palate offers chassis, Blackberry jam, licorice and black pepper notes alongside noble tannins.  
     
Italy - Veneto    
     
'13 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 1,490
  70% Corvina Veronese 25% Rondinella 5% Sangiovese.  
  92pts JS 90 pts TO  
  Gold Mindus Vini 2016  
  This is one of the wines that has made Allegrini famous throughout the world. Superb, dense cherry rich red.aromas of coffee and espresso with black fruit and smoke on the palate. Robust, medium to full-time bodied wine. The Corvina and Sangiovese grapes are dried to become raisined and concentrated creating a smooth velvety character.  
     
'14 Cantina Pra Morandina Valpolicella 1,800
  Corvina,Corvinone,Rondinella.  
  Un-oaked, fragrant,licorice and cherry characters.  
  92pts JS. Bronze DWWA 2015  
     
'16 Allegrini La Grola IGT. 2,000
  95D, 93JS, 92WE, 4.0 Vivino  
  A blend of 90% Corvina Veronese and 10% Oseleta, this offers aromas of black skinned berries, tobacco and roasted coffee bean. The full-bodied, balanced palate delivers ripe plum, liquorice and black pepper alongside fine grained tannins.  
     
'13 Volpe Pasini "Focus" Merlot DOC. Italy. 2,300
  92JS, 92 Falstaff, 92LM, 90V.  
  Vivid full ruby. Bright and fresh on the nose. On the palate, savoury and juicy nuances of dark plum, coffee mint and cocoa. Enticing purity.  
     
'16 Allegrine, La Grola IGT. 2,350
  Covina Veronese 90% Oseleta 10%  
  95 Decanter, 93JS, 92WE. 4.0 Vivino  
  Medium to full bodied. A balanced palate delivers ripe plum, liquorice, and black pepper alongside fine-grained tannins.  
     
'13 La Salette, Amarone della Valpolicella, Classico 2,850
  91pts WE  
  Cassis, blue flowers, baking spice, grilled herb and new leather lead the nose. The palate offers dried black cherry, mature plum, chewing tobacco and nutmeg along side fine grained tannins.Fresh and elegant.  
     
'13 Pieropan, Amarone della Valpolicella, DOCG 2,850
  93pts JS  
  Finely tuned by 3 years in oak barrels and 1 years bottle age, the wine shows an unbelievable bouquet of cherries and black berries.  
     
'09 De Stefani Stefen 1624. Veneto 2,900
  95pts Luca Maronite  
     
'06 Dal Forno Valpolicella Superiore 3,800
  Valpolicella Blend  
  92pts WE 91pts RP  
     
Lebanon
     
'14 Chateau Musar Jeune, Bekaa Valley 1,500
  Certified Organic.  
  Cinsault, Syrah, Cab-Sauv Sauv  
  Silver, Texsom International Wine Show 2017.  
  Deep crimson, black fruit on the nose with licorice, mint and black olives. Fresh acidity, soft tannins and a long after taste of Morello cherries and clove.  
     
'09 Chateaux Musar, Bekaa Valley 2,800
  91WS, 90J.Cho Lee. 4.2 Vivino  
  The Chateauneuf Musar of 2009 is a blend of approximately one third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan. Violets and ripe red berry from the Cinsault. Spice, liquorice and backbone from Carignan, blackcurrant, blackberry and silky elegance from the Cabernet Sauvignon.  
     
'04 Chateau Musar, Bekaa Valley 2,800
  91pts RP 90pts WS  
  Lebanese wine was famously good 30 centuries ago which helps to explain why Musar commands such enthusiasm around the world today.  
  Equal parts Cab-Sauv, Carignan and Cinsault. The palate is broad and indulgent with hints of bitter chocolate. Exceptionally graceful.  
     
'10 Chateau Musar, WHITE. Bekka Valley 3,100
  Obaideh 60% Merwah 40%  
  A blend of Obaideh and Merwah, two ancient Lebanese grape varieties dating back thousands of years. Reputedly, the ancestors of Chardonnay and Semillion. Bright lemon in colour with pears, pine resin and lemongrass on the nose. Tropical fruit flavours on the palate with zingy lemon acidity on the finish. The cellars at Ghazir hold bottles dating back as far as 1954.  
     
'98 Chateau Musar, Bekka Valley. 3,990
  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault.  
  18.5/20JR, 93TC, 91Falstaff, 90RP  
  Musar is a special and utterly singular wine.  
  The 1998 emphasizes the untamed beauty of Musar. There is a strong acid backbone that carries an incredibly expressive complexity. It's remarkably nuanced, delivering spice, floral notes, herbs, game and earth. Elegance, power, silky texture and a long finish.  
     
New Zealand
     
'14 Millton Vineyard, Crazy by Nature "Cosmo Red" Gisborne 1,200
  92pts Wine Front  
  Malbec, Syrah, Voigner, Merlot. Organic  
  Unfined and unfiltered.  
     
'16 Craggy Range, Te Kahu, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. 1,300
  Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec.  
  97Decanter. Platinum Medal and Best in Show DWWA 2019.  
  94WF, 4.2 Vivino  
  Dark, black red. The merlot sings out in its soft seductive black cherry and black- plum fruits. The palate has plump fleshy fruit, backed by impressively flavoured tannins amid smooth plums and mulberries.  
     
'16 Te Mata Coleraine, Hawkes Bay. NZ 3,200
  51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 2%Cabernet Franc.  
  97WF, 96BC, 4.2 Vivino  
  A head spinning array of violet, red and black fruits,gentle spiced biscuit, oak, green olive and lead pencil. It's mediumbodied, succulent, yet firm with toothsome tannin.  
     
'15 Te Mata Coleraine, Hawkes Bay 3,200
  54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.  
  98pts RC, 98 SK, 96 BC  
  Fragrant as always, hinting at violets, tobacco and cassis, it's also a broad shouldered vintage with substantial power and tannin. The oak is beautifully integrated into the wine already, appearing as classy Pauillac like pencil shavings on the lengthy finish. Very stylish wine with a big future.  
     
'12 Schubert Con Brio, Martinborough 3,500
  17.5/20 Raymond Chan.  
  Shiraz/ Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented to 14% alc, the wine is aged 4yrs in new French oak barriques. Medium to full bodied, the bouquet is full, broad and etheral with layers of red current and berry fruit. Acidity and oak lead to a very long and sustained finish.  
     
Portugal
     
'15 Niepoort Dialogo Tinto. Douro 1,200
     
'14 Anselmo Mendes Muros Antigos Escolha, Vinho Verde 1,400
  Blanc  
     
'18 Louis Seabra Granito Cru Alvarinho, Vinho Verde. BLANC 1,700
  93JG, 93MB, 92RP, 4.2 Vivino.  
  Fleshy, fully figured white. Light white chocolate character in a mix of gooseberry and tangy citrus. Aged in older large format Stockinger foudre, this wine has a wonderful minerality with an almost creamy fruit core, finishing with pleasing acidity. A thought provoking yet delicious wine  
     
'12 Quinta do Crasto  Superior Red 1,800
  RP90 pts Bronze, DWWA 2014  
     
'12 Terra do Zambujeiro, Borba 2,100
  Aragonez,Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Cab Sauv, Touriga.  
  Full bodied, soft fine tannins  
     
'12 Quinta da Fronteira Douro Grande Reserve. 2,200
  Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz & Touriga Franca grapes.  
  92pts WE 91pts RP  
  Deep purple colour with lush aromas of black fruit black peppr, mocha and some herbal hints. The palate is dense full-bodied and reveals a fine balance between acidity and firm tannins  
     
'17 Niepoort Redoma Tinto, Douro. 2,300
  96WA, 4.2 Vivino  
  Tinta Amarela, Tounga France, Rufete, Tinto Roriz, Tinto Cao. Old vines 70+ years. Complex and profound. From acidity with a very long persistent finish.  
     
'11 Quinta do Crasto "old vines" Reserva Douro 2,900
  RP94pts WE94pts  
  Silver DWWA.  
     
South Africa
     
'14 Sardie Family, Treinspoor, Swartland 1,700
  Tinta Barroca.  
  96pts RP, 92WE, Vivino 4.0  
  Lucid red color, it has a captivating bouquet with raspberry, cranberry leaf and tobacco aromas. The palate has firm tannins and the acidity is beautifully judged with killer salinity and minerality on the finish.  
     
'16 Kanonkop Estate Pinotage, Stellenbosch. 1,895
  94TA, 4.2 Vivino  
  From vineyards that vary in age from 20 to 50 years. A very pretty nose with top notes of flowers and fanboys before red and black fruit, vanilla and spice. The palate shows pure fruit, bright acidity and fine tannins- layers of flavour and lovely balance.  
     
'16 Eikendal Estate, Charisma. Stellenbosch. MAGNUM. 2,950
  59% Shiraz, 26% Petit Verdot, 15% Sangiovese.  
  Double Gold NWC South Africa 2018.  
  4.5 Stars Platter 2018  
  Deep blood plum in colour. Generous aromas of red and black berries and plums with an undertow of oak and spices. Gentle tannins with a thread of fresh acidity. Dry. Medium bodied.  
     
'16 Eikendal Estate, Classique, Stellenbosch. MAGNUM. 3,200
  46% Cab Sauv, 36% Merlot, 11% Cab Franc, 7% Petit Verdot.  
  Double Platinum and top 100 South African Wines 2019.  
  95 TA. 4.5 Stars. Platter.  
  Subtly rich and powerful with full perfume flavours of blue and black fruits and earthiness. Tightly woven, long and linear structure with fresh tannins.  
     
Spain
     
'14 Oliviere Rivière Rayos Uva, Rioja 1,300
  93 pts JS  
     
'16 Txomin Etxanix, Txacoli De Getaria. 1,350
  Hobdarribi Zuri grapes  
  90pts Decanter.  
  Txacoli is a regional specialty that sits in the same freshness and crispness as Muscadet and Vino Verde. Aromas of citrus and dough on the nose, while the palate has a really appealing appley acidity. Lemon, steel and a hint of creamy lees complete the wine. A light and crisp style with surprising complexity. Great with seafood.  
     
'16 Teso La Monja, Romanico Toro. 1,400
  93JS, 92RP, 91GP  
  Nose of blackberry and cassis to go with graphite, scorched earth and liquorice aromas. Ripe, full-bodied and concentrated, this 100% Tinto de Toro offers terrific depth and purity. Great with powerful food.  
     
'08 Alejandro Fernandez Dehesa La Granja 1,400
  92pts Guia Reposol, 91pts ST. 91pts Vinous  
  Tempranillo  
     
'14 Barahonda Barrica, Yecla 1,400
  90 PTS Vinous  
  Organic, estate bottled by the oldest winery in the Yelca DO region. This wine combines the powerful Monastrell grape with the spicy, soft tannins of Syrah. Dry farmed and hand harvested from 60yr old vines.  
     
'17 Alemany I Coro Cargol Treu Vi. Penedes 1,450
  4.0 Vivino  
  Carle-lo grapes. Lovely aromas of white flowers, citrus, hints of smoke and elegant mineral undertones. On the palate, notes of pears, smoke, dry flowers and vanilla. Long salty finish.  
     
'15 CVNE Monopole, Rioja Classico Blanco 1,500
  92RP  
  This traditional white is Viura with a dollop of Manzanilla sherry from Sanlucar that adds hints of nuts and spices. Subtle and with some sharpness and chalky sensations on the palate. Very tasty and long.  
     
'15 Casa Castillo El Molar, Murcia. 1,500
  Garnacha, 100% full clusters. The wine is rich and aromatic with aromas of dry flowers and aromatic herbs. Ultra fine tannins.  
  92-93pts RP, 93 pts Guia Pennin  
     
'15 Vi de Vila Porrera, Priorat 1,560
  91GP, 4.0 Vivino  
  Carignan, Grenache blend, aged for 12 months in French oak and for 3-4 years in bottle. Loads of red fruit over a mineral background, ripe tannins and fresh acidity give way to a long, spicy finish.  
     
'14 Vide Vila de Porrera Priorat. 1,560
  70% Carinena 30% Garnaxta.  
  92V  
  Aged for 12mths in French oak barrels plus 3-4 years in bottle. Incredible structure, minerality and length from 100yr old vines.  
     
'16 Alemany i Corrio Principia Mathematica, Penedes 1,600
  White.  
  93pts RP 91pts Guia Peninsula  
  Produced from a 2.8 hectare plot planted with Xarel-lo grapes. 50yr old vines, organic and hand harvested. Crisp white fruit and apricot on the nose with a light nutty element and a Meursault-esque butteriness. Dry, soft, full bodied with fresh acidity.  
     
'13 El Hombre Bala 1,600
  Garnacha Tinta  
  93pts RP  
  Mixed berries, pepper, soft tannins  
  Fresh and persistent  
     
'14 Atlan & Artisan 8 Vents, Majorca 1,600
  Merlot, Cab Sauv, Manto Negro, Callet.  
  92pts Falstaff Magazin  
     
'17 Eulogio Pomares, Xabre, Galicia. 1,650
  93RP  
  Mencia, Souson, Mouraton and Garnacha.
From 15-80yr old vines. Juicy, fresh and extremely lingering wine. Medium-bodied, fine tannins and integrated acidity. Tender and subtle rather than rustic and explosive. Delicious.
 
     
'16 Gorka Izagirre, Txakoli de Bizhara. 1,670
  91GP, 90 Decanter.  
  Gold, Sommeliers Wine Awards UK 2017. Aged on Lees with no oak influence. Mouthwatering, zesty, beautifully taut, super dry, super fresh and very long.  
     
'13 Atlan & Artisan, Epistem No 3, Yecla 1,700
  Monastrell & Garnacha Tintorera  
  92 pts RP  
     
'14 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos 1,800
  100% Garnacha.  
  92pts Galloni, 91pts WS, 90pts RP  
  #39 top 100 wines of 2016.WS  
  The outstanding 2014 Tres Picos comes from some of the oldest Grenache vineyards on the slopes of the Moncayo Mountains. Aged in neutral French oak with plenty of Southern Rhone like black cherry liqueur, garrigue, pepper, licorice and spice. Medium -bodied, lusty, heady.  
     
'15 Zarate Albarino El Palomar, Galicia, Rias Baixas 1,800
  95pts Guia Penin.  
  Single vineyard. Complex & lively. From ungrafted 100yr old vines grown on granite 100% Malolactic fermentation  
     
'12 Bodegas Roda Sela, Rioja DOCa 1,800
  90pts RP.  
  Medium bodied, dry, elegant and balanced, polished tannins.  
     
'17 Eulogio Pomares, Carralcoba, Caino Tinto, Galicia, Rias Baixas. 1,800
  4.0 Vivino  
  Single vineyard, 70yr plus vines. 30% whole cluster fermented in large chestnut Foudre casks with a further 8 months on the finest Lee's.  The resulting wine is bright and juicy with complex flavours of rhubarb and fresh earth.  
     
'14 CVNE Imperial Reserva, Rioja DOCa 1,870
  95JS, 95TA, 93WE 92RP 4.2 Vivino.  
  85% Tempranillo with 5% each of Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha.
Intoxicating aromas of cigar box, ash, incense, faint smoke and spices. American oak, refined spices and a touch of red berry fruit. Balanced and soft on the palate, with a persistent dry finish.
 
     
'18 Fedellos do Couto Bastarda, Ribeira Sacra 1,900
  95WA.  
  Bastarda ( Trousseau) grapes fermented with full clusters and matured in a combination of used French oak barrels and concrete vats for 7 months. Ethereal notes of rose water, wild herbs and small berries. Aromatic, perfumed, elegant and subtle with fine grained red cherries and plums. It's a layered, multidimensional fine wine with real poise. A stunning expression of the grape. Dry.  
     
'14 Bodegas Carmelo Rodero Crianza, Ribera del Duero. 1,900
  92pts RP 91pts Pennin  
  Gold Mundus Vini, 2016  
  10% Cabernet Sauvignon to complement the Tempranillo. Matured for 15 months in second use French oak barrels. Quite floral, with a thin patina of sweet spices, fresh and elegant. The palate reveals a silky and velvety texture with juicy fruit and very fine tannins. Good freshness and balance. Superb.  
     
'10 Niepoort Ladredo Tinto, Ribeira Sacra 1,900
  93pts RP 17.5/20 El Mundo Vino  
  Mencia & Grenache  
  Lifted incense spice courses through supple mineral strewn red fruited palate. Medium bodied, fine tannins. Good concentration with definition.  
     
'08 Valenciso Reserva, Rioja 1,900
  Tempranillo  
  Decanter 96pts and Decanter Wine of the Year  
  96pts Tim Atkin  
  93pts RP  
     
'11 Valenciso Rioja Reserva 1,900
  100% Tempranillo.  
  95TA, 93DC, 92WA, 92JS. 4.1Vivino  
  This tiny Domaine makes one, single red, a Rioja Reserva from old vine Tempranillo from mature low yielding vineyards and aged exclusively in French Oak. Much sought after in top restaurants such as El Bulli and across the world. Black fruit, liquorice, ink and leather in a quite powerful and ripe vintage. Medium-sized bodied, abundant fine grained tannins and a long dry finish.  
     
'11 Finca La Emperatiz Parcela No 1 Rioja DOCa 1,900
  93pts WS. Gold. Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2014 & 2015  
  Tempranillo  
     
'15 San Vincente, Rioja. 1,900
  96JD, 94RP, 94V, 92TA.  
  A highly perfumed bouquet evokes oak- spiced dark cherries, vanilla and pot pourri. Plush and seamless on the palate with spice cake flavours that deepen on the back half. Impressively long.  
     
'14 Oliver Riviere ' El Cadastro' Arlanza (Organic) 1,950
  Garnacha-Tempranillo  
  93pts RP  
     
'14 Vinyes Domenech Furvus Montsant. Catalunya. 2,100
  Grenache.  
  GP93 Vivino 4.1  
  Silver DWWA 2016  
  From one of the oldest vineyards in Capcanes at an altitude of 450-500m with very old vine Grenache. Highlights balsamic aromas, fennel, rosemary, thyme, as well as blueberries and currant. Fine fresh acidity. Tannins are polished and elegant.  
     
'13 CVNE Vinedos del Cortino, Reserva Rioja. DOCA. 2,100
  92pts JS  
  Silver IWS London 2017.  
  The 2013 Reserva is 85%Tempranillo, 15% Grenache and the balance made of Graciano and Mazuelo. Shows really pretty fruit with chocolate, meat and plum character. Medium to full bodied, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish.  
     
'13 Niepoort & Raul Perez, Bierzo, Calderera 2,250
  93pts RP. #13 James Suckling top 100 Spanish wines 2016. Mencia grapes. Medium bodied, spicy, delicate & velvety.  
     
'16 Olivier Riviere Ganko Rioja  DOCa 2,300
  95RP, 95WF, 93AG, 93TA.  
  50/50 blend Mazuelot/Garnacha matured in 3,000 litre oak foudre. High acidity and is quite tannic with great complexity.  
     
'15 Oliviere Riviere Ganko, 2,300
  50% Granacha- Mazuelo  
  95pts JS, 94+ RP, 93 WE  
  Organic, from 60 year-old vines.  
  Hand harvested, whole cluster. The nose of the 2015 Ganko is spectacular. The palate follows a similar path of seriousness and minerality with a stoney dry sensation. This is simply phenomenal.  
     
'16 Paul Perez Ultreia elegant Rapolao, Bierzo 2,400
  Mencia, Grenache, Tintorera Bastardo, Dona Blanca.  
  96Decanter, 95+RP, 17JR, 4.5 Vivino  
  Hand harvested, fermented in 65-litre vats with whole stalks. Unfined and unfiltered. Aromatics of black liquorice, grated cocoa, mountain herbs and mandarin peel. The palate stands out for its elegance.  
  Medium bodied. Small production.  
     
'12 Dominio de Pingus, PSI 2,450
  92 pts RP  
     
'11 Clos d'Argon, Tinto, Catalunya 2,500
  93pts JS, 93 Guia Pen in 18/20 Vinum 4.2 Vivino  
  Bronze DWWA 2015  
  Cherry red colour with deep crimson rim, dark intensity. Lots of red and black fruit on the nose. Hints of compote, clove and pepper. Touches of intense minerality, chocolate and coffee. Very long finish. A powerful and concentrated wine.  
     
'14 Casa Castillo Pie Franco, Murcia. 2,600
  Monastrell, matured 18mths in well seasoned oak barrels. A subtle and elegant Monastrell. The palate is extremely elegant, silky and delicate with very good freshness and acidity.  
  94pts RP, 94 Pts Guia Pennin  
     
'16 Aalto Ribera del Duero. 2,650
  Tempranillo.  
  93-95 RP 4.3 Vivino  
  A concentrated wine, generously soaked, round, lush with a great combination of power and elegance. One of the finest Aalto's in recent times.  
     
'06 Vina Tondonia Red, Reserva, Roija. 2,650
  95RP, 94JS, WS 92.  
  70% Tempranillo, 20%, Garnacho, 5% Graciano, 5% .Mazuelo
Notes of liquorice and dried cherries with a very elegant tannin structure. Medium to full- bodied. The finish is long dry and polished.
 
     
'05 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia, Blanco Reserva. Rioja. 2,700
  Malvasia Riojana, Vicera grapes.  
  95 RP, 94 GP, 4.2 Vivino.  
  The 2005 Vina Tondonia Blanco Reserva is a fine and elegant wine inspired by the vineyards of Graves in Bordeaux. From limestone-rich soils, it has aromas of hay, straw, honey, chamomile and dried flowers. A round and powerful palate with pungent flowers.  
     
'16 Bodegas Ausas, Interpretacion, Ribera del Duero. 2,900
  Tempranillo  
  95WA, 95TA  
  From over 40 year old head pruned vines on sand, clay and limestone at 900m altitude. A chalky backbone of fine grained tannins coated by fruit and berries and perfectly integrated oak. There is good freshness and a rare combination of power and superb balance.  
     
'16 Ausas Bodega y Vinedo Interpretacion, Ribero del Deuro. 2,950
  95 RP 95 Decantalo  
  Tempranillo  
  From 40yr old head pruned vines on sand, clay and limestone soils at 900m in altitude.  
  The wine shows the character of Rivera, a chalky backbone of fine grained tannins coated by fruit and berries with perfectly integrated oak. A rare combination of elegance, power and superb balance.  
     
'16 Bodegas El Nido 'Clio', Jumilla 2,950
  70% old vine Monastrell 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.  
  4.5 Vivino 92RP  
  Aged in French and American oak. Opaque purple with an expressive nose of underbrush, briar and blueberry. A plush opulent wine with great density of fruit and savoury flavours. A powerful decadent wine.  
     
'14 CVNE Cantino Vina Del Oliva Rioja, Alavesa. DOCA 3,200
  96pts Tim Aitken. 94pts Guia Penn. 92pts RP  
  Tempranillo. Full bodied, complex and elegant with well- integrated oak and fine grained tannins. Rich, ripe black fruit and a long finish.  
     
'10 Vina Ardanza Reserva. Rioja. 3,200
  96JS, 95RP, 95TA, 94WS  
  Silver IW&S, 2019. Bronze IWC 2019  
  2010 was an exceptional vintage. The wine is expressive, aromatic and very elegant. A wine of great complexity.  
     
'15 Vinedos de Paganos El Puntido Rioja. DOCs. 3,200
  96GP 94TA, 93RP, 4.3 Vivino.  
  Ripe and the elevage in new barrique for 18 months makes it smoky, spicy and toasty with a creamy/ luxurious twist. It has weight and freshness with excellent tannins and a set serious finish.  
     
'14 Bodegas Muga Torre Muga, Rioja. 3,250
  96JD, 96JS, 94RP, 4.2 Vivino  
  Tempranillo  
  Very perfumed. Deep purple with aromas of ripe, dark fruit, spicy notes of black pepper, graphite and thick undergrowth. Smooth soft tannins on the palate. Elegant with balanced acidity.  
     
'16 Dominio del Aquila Albillo Vinas Viejas BLANCO. Ribera del Duero 3,300
  97RP, 4.2 Vivino  
  Albillo grapes.  
  The 2016 took almost 2 years to complete fermentation because it is fermented in oak barrels in a very cold cellar. Made from 100-year-old pre-phylloxera vines, its seductive on the nose with citrus notes, hints of smoke, ripe white fruit, yellow plum and touched of flint and toast. The palate had incredible freshness and tension with a silky eternal finish. Hand bottled unfined and unfiltered. A true vin de garde.  
     
'16 Bodegas Muga Torre Muga, Rioja DOCa 3,400
  98JS, 97TA, 96RP, 95WS, 4.4 Vivino  
  The purity of fruit in this wine is very, very intriguing with blackberries, graphite and charcoal. Full bodied, it radiates intense fruit with perfectly polished tannins. Very long and beautiful.  
     
'17 Nin-Ortiz Nit de Nin Mas d'en Cacador Priorat. 3,600
  98+RP, 96JD, 4.3 Vivino.  
  Produced with grapes from 78 to 113- year -old -vines. A blend of Garnacha Negra, Garnacha Peluda and Carinena with 5% white grapes. Tasty, pungent and long with power and elegance. Like a classical Chateauneuf, with fine tannins and subtle minerality.  
     
'10 Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 3,700
  98JS, 97TA, 95RP, 4.3 Vivino  
  Silver. IWC London  
  Silver IW&S London.  
  Mostly Tempranillo with 10% Graciano. Fresh blueberries and brambleberries take centre stage. The palate is polished but shows plenty of energy and tension. The tannins are very fine and elegant. This is among the most elegant of Riojas when the acid is wonderfully pronounced. Long and powerful, this has to be one of the greatest wines of the vintage. A legend in the making.  
     
'16 Clos Mogador, Priorat 3,950
  99GP, 98RP, 4.5 Vivino  
  40% Granacha, 20% Cab Sauv, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan.  
  The wine shows an opaque-black-purple colour and an intense bouquet of ripe fruit, wild herbs, spices and smoke. The palate is massive and well balanced with velvety tannins and lively acidity. Flavours of crystallized fruit, pepper, chocolate, coffee and a panoply of spices and herbs. One of the world's ultimate red wines.  
     
'13 Atlan & Artisan No 2, Yecla, Spain 4,400
  Syrah, Garnacha, Tintorera.  
  94pts JS 93pts RP  
  25yr old single vineyard. 700m altitude, non-irrigated, hand bottled without filtration. Mostly Syrah and a whopping 15.5% alcohol. Very perfumed on the nose with floral notes, aromatic herbs,spices and smoky notes. The palate is full bodied and the flavours are immense with decadent tannins. A hedonistic bomb.  
     
'14 Atlan & Artisan Epistem No 5, Yecla, Spain 4,400
  93pts RP 4.5 Vivino  
  Single vineyard Monastrell from ungrafted vines at 800m altitude. Full bodied and powerful but quite fruit driven. Lush and satisfying in a hedonistic way. 800 bottles produced.  
     
'12 Clos Mogador, Priorat. DOCa. 4,990
  Cabernet, Grenache, Syrah.  
  98RP, 97GP, 95GR, 95 WE and #69, Top 100 wines 2017  
  The 2012 Clos Mogador is nothing short of spectacular. The nose has notes of herbs, wet slate and graphite. The super -elegant palate offers great acidity & freshness with incredibly layered and delineated flair.  
     
'16 Vinedos de Paganos, La Nieta Rioja DOCs. 5,200
  98RP, 97GP, 95AG,4.6 Vivino.  
  The single vineyard La Nieta is a tiny production release (400) cases bought up in French Oak. Offering rocking notes of smoked black fruits, dark chocolate, graphite and crushed violets. It's rich, full-bodied and concentrated. A layered and mineral driven Rioja.  
     
'05 Vega-Sicilia Unico, Ribera del Duero 16,800
  Tempranillo with 6% Cab Sauv.  
  99GR, 97V, 96RP 18/20 JR  
  Sweet and leathery on the nose. There's a firm grip even though the tannins are resolved. Deep and firm and incredibly long. Powerful but at the same time elegant with fine grained tannins.  
     
ROSÉ
     
'18 Casa Lapostolle "Le Rose" Rapel Valley, Chile. 999
  60% Cinsault, 17% Grenache, 12% Syrah, 11% Mourvedre.  
  92JS, 90RP, 90TA  
  Fresh, elegant and delicate nose of red fruit aromas such ad strawberry and sweet cucumber. Refreshing with a long lasting finish.  
     
'14 Clos Cibonne , Cotes de Provence, Tentations 1,400
  Top 100 wines James Suckling  
     
'17 Whispering Angel Rose, Cotes de Provence. France 1,450
  4.1Vivino, 92U.S., 91Decanter.  
  Strawberry and cream character with loads of minerality in the form of slate and chalk.  Medium bodied, a blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolls, Syrah and Tibouren that's supremely drinkable.  
     
'16 Clos Cibonne, Cotes de Provence, La Vignettes 1,860
  93W&S, 93 Vinous, 93JG  
  90% Tibouren, 10% Grenache.  
  Very fine and delicate with tangerine, spices and fine hernias well as a faint hint of cream alongside the delicateredcherryand cranberry fruit. There's abit of grip and fine acidity. Such delicacy and purity.  
     
     
THE WHITES
 
Sauvignon Blanc
 
'18 Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume 'Silice' 1,300
  The 2018 Silice is a powerful Pouilly Fume with great minerality. Dry and strong it develops smoky and mineral aromas with gunflint notes.  
     
'13 Domaine Adele Rouze, Quincy, Loire Valley. France 1,300
  Quincy is characterized by it's freshness and notes of ripe citrus, grapefruit, white flowers and freshly cut herbs. On the palate, this medium-sized bodied wine shows flavours of grapefruit and lime with a touch of citrus pith and a crisp mineralled finish.  
     
'16 Clearwater Cove, Marlborough. NZ 1,300
  Gold. NZ Aromatic Wine Competition. 2016  
  Silver. NZ International Wine Show. 2016  
  Grapes from the Awatere and Wairau valleys combine to create a wine brimming with varietal character, balance and elegance. Passionfruit and grapefruit on the nose. Sweet fruit characters on the palate with fresh acidity.  
     
'17 Tohu Single vineyard, Marlborough NZ 1,400
  Gold. NZ New World Wine Awards 2017  
  Gold. Mindus Vini 2017.  
  This single vineyard wine is a unique expression of Tohu's high altitudes in the upper reaches of Marlborough's Awatere Valley. Displaying aromas of fresh citrus, currant leaf and herbal notes on the nose. A vibrant palate displays green apple, pink grapefruit, sweet limes and capsicum. A touch of zesty minerality leading to a pure and dry finish  
     
'16 Wairau River, Marlborough, NZ 1,400
  95pts DWWA 2017  
  Bronze Air NZ Wine Awards 2016  
  An elegant wine with intense tropical and stone fruit aromatics. Fine mouth watering acidity on the finish.  
     
'18 Stefano Blanco Animale Celeste. Marche Italy 1,500
  97/99 Luca Maroni 4.0Vivino  
  100% Sauvignon Blanc from seedlings from NZ's Cloudy Bay. A fruity wine with subtle notes of ripe peach, green pepper, sage and geranium. Fresh and intense.  
     
'17 Soho "Stella" Marlborough. NZ 1,500
  Blue Gold & Top 100 Sydney International Wine Challenge 2018  
  Gold. NZ International Wine Show 2017  
  94pts Wine Orbit  
  A pungent nose of white currant, wet stone, wildflower and a hint of lychee. Mouth watering acidity, packed full of zesty citrus notes and green figs with a lovely mineral, saline finish.  
     
'16 Russian Jack, Marlborough NZ 1,500
  Platinum and 95pts Decanter.  
  Lively and appealing with striking purity and exceptional length. Dry  
     
'14 Withers Hill Marlborough NZ 1,500
  Double Gold, San Francisco International wine comp 2015  
  Silver The Spiegelau International wine comp 2015  
     
'16 Claude Riffault Sancerre "Les Boucauds" Loire, France. 1,600
  From 10 to 50- year old vines on marls & clays over Kimmeridgian limestone in Sury-en-Vaux. Full bodied & elegant, the wine has a round almost creamy sur-lie texture with very well integrated acidity. The 2015 has power and a serious phenolic and mineral grip.  
     
'15 Venica & Venica Ronco del Cero, Collio, Italy. 1,800
  A complex and layered sauvignon. More peach and tropical fruits- not herbaceous or green. Mineral flavours, lively & zippy acidity Long finish with great concentration and complexity.  
     
'15 Alexander Brain La Lavee, Pouilly Fume, Loire, France 2,200
  90CT  
  From calcareous soils on clay-silky-sandy earth.  A rich Pouilly Fume with notes of honey and quince. Balanced and intense.  
     
'15 Alexander Brain Pouilly Fume, Pierre Precieuse. Loire, France 2,300
  4.0 Vivino  
  A wonderfully rich and full bodied Pouilly Fume. A rich mouthful of stone and tropical fruits. Lots of fresh mineralogy and a long finish.  
     
Chardonnay
     
'17 Eikendal, Janina, Stellenbosch. South Africa 1,300
  Unwooded.  
  Double Gold. NWC. SA.2018.  
  90TA. 4.5 Stars. Platter. 2019  
  Flavours of green apple, lemon and fresh pineapple. Nuances of honey and  orange blossoms develop on the palate leading to a delightful, fresh, flinty and lingering finish.  
     
'17 Eikendal '"Janina" Chardonnay, Stellenbosch, South Africa. 1,300
  Double Gold NWC South Africa 2018  
  4.5 Stars Platter  
  90 Tim Aitken  
  Unpacked  
  Green apple, lemon and fresh pineapple. Nuanced of honey and Orange blossom develop on the palate. A delightful fresh, flinty and lingering finish. Light and delicate dishes such as lightly cooked shellfish, steamed or grilled fish or pasta and risotto dishes.  
     
'16 Miles from Knowhere, Best Blocks, Margaret River, Australia. 1,300
  94pts JH  
  Layered aromatics of grapefruit, citrus and stone fruit accompanied by nougat, creme brulee, oatmeal and toasted almonds. Excellent fruit weight with a balanced rich mouth feel.  
     
'18 Domaine Begude, Limoux, L'Etoile de Begude 1,500
  4.0 Vivino. Organic  
  100% barrel fermentation in 10% new French oak from very low yields. Brioche, apple and pear notes with good acidic backbone and buttery notes.  
     
'15 Xanadu Estate, Margaret River. Australia. 1,600
  96JH, 95HH, 95TS  
  Trophy, Best White Wine of Show WA 2016  
  Gold. Sydney Royal Wine Show 2016  
  Gold. Margaret River Wine Show. 2016  
  Peach character with hints of pencil shavings and citrus bring added complexity, while the medium bodied palate is smooth and silky.  
  There's a Burgundian restraint and texture about this wine. Oaked.  
     
'17 El Enemigo, Mendoza. Argentina 1,700
  98JS, 95TA, 4.2 Vivino.  
  A tight and beautiful white with a dense palate of beautiful ripe lemons and Apple's. Layered and refined. Full bodied, complex yeast and hints of oak and flor. Great length. 80% flor-growth in barrel.  
     
'16 Kumeu River Village.Kumeu. NZ. 1,700
  91pts BC. 16.5/20 JR  
  Whole bunch pressed. 100% malo-lactic fermentation, displaying stonefruit, citrus & nutty nuances. Elegantly styled palate infused with deep fruit flavours. Slick textural mouthfeel with a crisp mineral-edged finish. Very little oak influence.  
     
'14 Cantina Terlano-Kellerei Kreuth Chardonnay. Trentino- Alto Adige, Italy 1,700
  A style similar to Grand Cru Chablis. Full bodied. Bright acidity, long flavourful finish.  
  94pts JS 94pts Vinous Antonio Galloni.  
     
'17 Neudorf, Rosies Block, Nelson NZ 1,750
  94WF, 19/20JC, 91 Decanter.  
  The nose is soft and elegantly packed with aromas of yellow storefronts with completing mealy notes. Medium-sized full bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated rich and succulent flavours of stone fruit, citrus and tropical fruits layered with creamy and nutty oak. A complex and detailed chardonnay with lacy acidity and a long crisp finish.  
     
'16 Kumeu River Estate, NZ 1,850
  91pts WA. 18.5/20 Raymond Chan  
  This shows good volume with elegance, unfolding citrus fruit and spicy oak. Medium -full bodied, the wine has drive and carries a full, strong lingering finish of citrus and nuts.  
     
'16 Miles From Nowhere, Best Blocks, Margaret River, Australia 2,100
  87 Points WE  
     
'17 Lingua Franca, Avni, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA. 2,200
  4.2 Vivino  
  The aroma is complex with layers of lemongrass, honeycomb, citrus and spice. On the palate, the wine is silky, round and supple with a long mouthwatering finish.  
     
'16 Xanadu Stevens Road, Margaret River, Australia. 2,300
  97JH, 96HH, Trophy, Best Single Vineyard White, Margaret River Wine Show 2016.  
  Whole bunch pressed, wild fermentation in French barriques (25% new) White peach, pear and hints of oyster shell and beeswax on the nose. Medium bodied palate offering white fleshed stone fruits and tangy, lemony,/ grapefruit flavours. Fruit intensity and bright acidity provides a crisp lingering fruit finish.  
     
'15 Xanadu, Stevens Road, Margaret River. Australia. 2,300
  97JS, 97RJ, 96JH.  
  Trophy. Best single vineyard white Margaret River Wine Show.  
  Double Gold. Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017  
  Gold.  Margaret River Wine Show 2017  
  The lively palate is medium bodied and tightly coiled displaying white fleshed stone fruits, pear and pithy grapefruit nastiness.  
  Oaked.  
     
'16 Ochota Barrels Slint Vineyard, Adelaide Hills, Australia 2,300
  Soft, nutty, bright apple and citrus acidity. Flinty texture  
  94pts Wine Front  
     
'17 Walter Hansel, Cahill Lane, Russian River Valley. USA. 2,400
  93V, 91RP  
  From Wente clone vines, it features white peach, pear and rocky notes with a toasty and citrus character. The palate is light to medium-bodied and lightly creamy in texture. A long saline finish.  
     
'16 Benedicte & Stephane Tissot Arbois "Les Graviers" Jura. France 2,400
  Old vine chardonnay from clay and limestone. On the palate, smoky with leesy minerality. 15% new oak. Biodynamic.  
     
'16 Stephane Tissot, Arbois, Les Graviers, Jura. France 2,450
  Biodynamic.  
  97DC, 93RP, Vivino 4.2.  
  Synonymous with low-intervention, terroir driven Jura wines. Heaviest is a varietal chardonnay from Arbois showing notes of tart pear, lemon and mineral - driven, white flower undertones. Abundant mineral notes and tight acidity.  
     
'16 Lingua Franca, Bunker Hill, Willamette Valley, Oregon. USA. 2,600
  94WS. #34 Top 100 wines 2018.  
  Mineral, smoke, herbs on the nose. It has a distinctly lifted flavour and intensity. A lasting finish of citrus, herbs and white flowers concluding with a flinty mouthwatering minerality.  
     
'16 Kumeu River "Coddington ", NZ 2,600
  93pts WA 18.5/20 Raymond Chan.  
  Good breadth and depth of ripe yellow storefronts, peaches and citrus. This is an expression of elegance with underlying richness. Medium-Full bodied, elegantly rich and plush with nutty, spicy oak richness.  
     
'17 Moss Wood, Wilyabrup, Margaret River, Australia. 2,650
  99JH, 95WF, Top 100 wines Australia.  
  Peaches and nectarines combined with typical Moss Wood complexities of Orange marmalade, honey caramel and roast almonds. Orange and caramel on the palate underpinned with crisp acidity.  
     
'18 Kumeu River " Hunting Hill" NZ 2,700
  96CD, 93RP, 93WS, 93JS, 4.1Vivino  
  Matured in 100% old oak barrels. Fantastic bouquet, captivating with great depth and complexity. Flavours of peach and ripe, fleshy apricot, Meyer lemon zest, cashew, oak spices and rose-skinned apple.  
     
'17 Felton Road Block 6 Chardonnay, NZ. 2,700
  Biodynamic  
  97BC, 4.1 Vivino  
  From all Mendoza clones, 23 year old vines. 16 months in seasoned French oak allows peach, orange blossom, toasted but and brioche characters to take centre stage. A restrained and complex wine supported by delicious, fine almost salty acidity.  
     
'13 Felton Road Central Otago NZ 2,700
  97pts BC 95pts JS. Lightly oaked  
     
'18 Kumeu River "Mates Vineyard" NZ 2,950
  97CD, 93RP,  92WS, 4.1 Vivino  
  Mendoza clone in French oak. Super rich and very concentrated. Full with deep, ripe peach and mango aromas and grilled grapefruit notes. The palate is very rich and ripe, offering a super fleshy feel with long, rich and layered stone fruit flavours.  
     
'13 Ridge Vineyards, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz USA 3,200
  95pts RP. 95pts Vinous  
  Barrel fermented. Rich layered and creamy. The 2013 exudes depth. An exceptional, racy chardonnay, impeccably balanced  
     
'17 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay, Nelson. NZ 3,300
  97BC, 96CD, 4.4Vivino  
  Complex and enticing bouquet with aromas of Californian peach and vanilla spiced wood. Sweet grapefruit, Lees and gun- flint, a gentle toasty layer and minerality. Dry, full-bodied, complex with very appealing flavours and textures.  
     
'13 Pyramid Valley Vineyard,Lion's Tooth, Waikar, Canterbury, NZ 3,700
  96pts BC. 95pts Wine Front. Intensely flavoured, impressive complexity, highly individual wine with incredibly lengthy finish. Unfined and unfiltered. 175 cases produced.  
     
'17 Berthelemot Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru, La Garenne, Cote de Beaune. 3,950
  93D, 4.4 Vivino  
  Delicate with gentle floral notes on the nose with white flowers and almonds. Clean and very pure fruit on the palate. Steely acidity, smooth and fresh.  
     
'15 Mount Mary, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia 4,900
  97JH. 4.4 Vivino. Langtons Classification, Excellent.  
  Worked flint and mealy richness with well defined fig and peach delivered in equal measure. The palate has impressive concentration of stone fruits, oak included spice and a lithe line of acidity. A spectacular release.  
     
Chardonnay - Burgundy
     
'15 Bernard Defaix Chablis, Burgundy. 375ml. 1,080
  Certified Organic. 30year-old vines. The wine is fermented wild and aged on fine lees for 10 months. This is superb, a ripe poised and vibrantly fresh Chablis with juicy nectarine, mixed citrus fruit and a stony pithy freshness running the lenght of the palate. A terrific, super seductive Chablis.  
     
'17 Domaine de la Cadette Bourgogne Vezelay, La Chatelaine. 1,600
  3.9 Vivino. Organic.  
  Juicy and chalky Chardonnay from the satellite region between Chablis and Cote d'Or.  
     
'17 Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc Chardonnay. Burgundy, France 1,600
  91JS  
  Organic  
  Bottled with zero oak, this is rich and full with a terrific mineral finish. A lot of white fruit on the nose, the palate is fairly sleek and very pristine with oyster-shell character and a lively and elegant finish. This wine exceeds its category.  
     
'17 Domaine Montanet- Thoden -Vezelay, le Galerne 1,600
  4.0 Vivino, 90CT  
  A blend of many parcels from across the Vezelay appellation. The result is a fine balanced Chardonnay, expressing the right amount of fruit, crisp acidity and limestone minerality that reminds you precisely where the wine is from.  
     
'14 Domaine Robert Denogent Pouilly Fuisse La Croix VV, Burgundy. France 1,900
  92 Pts BH  
     
'13 Thomas Morey St. Aubin 1er Cru AOC Les Castets, Burgundy, France 1,950
     
'16 Verget, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, Sous le Puit, Cote de Beaune. 3,000
  100% Chardonnay.  
  89RP,  4.5 Vivino  
  Aromas of white flowers, ripe citrus fruit and blanched almonds. On the palate, medium to full bodied, and elegant with a stony open knit profile.  
     
'14 Domaine Francois Carillon Puligny Montrachet 3,100
  91pts Tim Atkin 90pts Vinous Antonio Galloni  
     
'17 Domaine D'Ardhuy Meursault, Les Pellans, Cote de Beaune 3,100
  4.2 Vivino  
  A full creamy wine with almonds and dried fruit on the nose and palate. Ripe and rich with beautiful integration of the wood. The calcareous soil ensures a good balance and fine acids.  
     
'17 Bernard Defaix, Grand Cru Bougros. 3,100
  95 Decanter 93 BH  
  From the higher part of Bougros, next to Preuses, so is typically tangy and fresh. Struck match and patisserie notes with a rich, leesy core. Big-bodied flavours with a moderately dry and saline-inflected finish.  
     
'12 Chauve Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru "Les Chenevottes" 3,200
     
'11 Potinet Ampeau Puligny Montrachet Champs Gain, Premier Cru. Vote de Beaune 3,990
  4.1 Vivino  
  Original Burgundy, made with deft hand and intense layered fruit.  
     
'16 Pierre-Yves Colin- Morey Merusalt 1er Cru "Charmes" 5,560
  90-93 V, 90-93 BH, 90-92RP. 4.1 Vivino.  
  Only a single one-year-old 500-Liter barrel of this juice. Tight primary flavours of peach and white peach.Rich and pliant on entry, powerful and energetic in the middle.  
     
'16 Lucien le Moine La Romanee, Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru, Core de Beaune. 6,600
  95V  
  Bright yellow. Aromas of spices, coconut, and creme brulee au Citron. At once creamy and zesty on the palate, delivering a subtle earthy complexity lifted by line blossom. Finishes very dry and classic. Utterly captivating with shocking freshness and floral lift.  
     
'15 Domaine Jean Francois Coche Dury Meursault. Cote de Beaune. 16,500
  The Coche style emphasizes crystalline focus, energy and tension. Flattering aromas of blossoms coupled with precision and great intensity on the palate. Certainly a mythical wine with a cult status unmatched by the rest.  
     
Chablis
     
'17 Bernard Defaix Burgundy. 1,700
  100% Chardonnay.  
  93 Decanter 16.5 JR  
  It has come - hither flavours of pear and citrus with a creamy mid-sized palate texture and supporting acidity. Stony, smoky.  
     
'18 Domaine Testut, Vielles Vignes, Burgundy. 1,700
  3.9 Vivino  
  A complex wine from 40yr old vines. A perfect balance of ripeness and minerality at a great price for the quality.  
     
'17 Domaine Moreau Nordet. 1,790
  100% Chardonnay  
  This is lovely. Lightly oaked. Fresh yet really inviting with its breadth and succulence of fruit. Easy and slick and very good.  
     
'17 Barton & Guestier, Burgundy. 1,800
  3.9 Vivino  
  Aromatic nose mixing seductive pear and apricot aromas with delicate mineral notes. Fresh and lively on the palate with a nice long mineral finish.  
     
'15 Jean-Paul et Benoit Droin. 1,800
  94pts Jamie Goode Wine Anorak.  
  Very fine, linear & pure. Wild fermentation, aged on fine lees without battonage. This has great precision and concentration with a real linear mineral core and a slight saltiness. Shows amazing purity and focus.  
     
'15 Domaine Goisot Coteaux a'Auxerre Gueules De Loup 1,800
  92pts RP 92V 4.1 Vivino  
  Hand harvested 40yr old vines.  
  Elegant bouquet with scents of marmalade, orange rind, mirabelle and Jasmine that is quite complex and detailed. The palate is well balanced with a keen line of acidity and a light touch of lemongrass on the finish. This is a spanking glorious wine from Saint- Bris finest.  
     
'15 Domaine Pattes Loup, Burgundy. 2,100
  91pts RP, 90 BH, 4.0 Vivino  
  It's pale yellow colour is the gateway to an elegant sensory experience with aromas of white flowers and chalk. On the palate the attack is full of citrus fruit flavours. Complex and rich, perfectly expressing the distinct characteristics of the renowned terrior.  
     
'16 Domaine Testut 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre. 2,200
  93 BH, 17/20 JR  
  Hand harvested from 58yr old vines.  
  Powerful and complex the Montee de Tonnerre is often quoted as the best 1er Cru in Chablis. Elegant, crisp and delicate.  
     
'17 Patrick Piuze 1er Cru Butteaux. 2,600
  94 RP, 94 Decanter  
  Notes of lemon oil and iodine. A deep medium to full-bodied wine with an elegant glossy attack, a firm core and a pure, chalky, mineral finish.  
     
'15 Domaine Pattes 1er Cru Beauregard, Burgundy. 2,800
  94pts RP, 92 BH, 92 IWC.  
  The 2015 Chablis 1er Cru Beauregard is stunning and a text book example of a cool slow maturing site excelling in a warmer vintage. The wine unfurl in the glass with aromas of green apple, citrus blossom and oystershell. Full bodied, tangy palate with an incredible marriage of texture and acidity. The finish is long, stony and beautifully delineated.  
     
'14 Patrick Piuze Grand Cru Bougros 2,900
  95pts TA 94pts WS  
     
'17 Domaine Berthelemot Meursault Les Tillets, Cote de Beaune 3,300
  96 and Gold, DWWA 2019.  
  Les Tillets is a lieu-dit in this most famous of white Burgundy villages. The wine is elegant and mineral with great textural intensity and a broad creamy palate.  
     
'15 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis, 1er Cru Butteaux. 3,300
  96RP, 95JG, 4.0 Vivino  
  Dense and textured with hints of pith and quince as well as bright citrus fruit. This is real precision and focus with beautiful acidity and lovely density.  
     
'17 Patrick Piuze, Grand Cru, Blanchots. 3,300
  94 JG, 93 RP  
  The 2017 Blanchots is quite exotic with notes of orange blossom, peaches and honey comb. Full bodied, rich and textural with lovely salinity and succulent acids.  
     
'15 Domaine Testut Grenouille Grand Cru 3,300
  91pts BH, 91 Vinous  
  Dry. From a small plot of only 0.31ha planted with 50 year-old Massale selection.
This is a bold and powerful wine with a backbone of minerality that ensures perfect balance.
 
     
'15 Alex Gambal, Puligny Montrachet, Cote de Beaune. 3,500
  The wine growing area of Puligny Montrachet is renowned especially for its white wines, highly esteemed all over the world. Very expressive, full complex aromas on the nose. Lively on the first taste, enhancing superb freshness and citrus flavours. A delicious finish with a taste of salinity.  
     
'14 La Chablisienne Chateau Grenouilles, Grand Cru 4,200
  95WE, 92RP, 4.2 Vivino  
  Gold. IWSC London 2018  
  This is, an excellent Chablis with long aging potential. The intensity and purity of the fruit is a delight. Showing strong wood aging flavours, it also boasts a tight mineral acidity and crispness.  
     
'15 Alex Gambal, Puligny Montrachet, Les Enseigneres, Cote de Beaune. 4,200
  Situated just below the Grand Cru Bienvenues- Batard- Montrachet. Very expressive with complex aromas of white flowers and citrus. Hints of lemon and grapefruit on the palate. Pure style with great length.  
     
'17 Patrick Piuze, Grand Cru Les Preuses. 4,800
  96 RP, 95 BH  
  The Aristocrat! From 35yr old vines grown in limestone and clay soil. Notes of citrus oil, mandarin, dried white flowers and oyster shell. Full-bodied, deep and complete, superb concentration, tangy acids and a long saline finish.  
     
Chenin Blanc
     
'15 Domaine Heut Le Mont Moelleux, Loire-Vouvray 2,800
  96pts RP  
  100% Chenin Blanc. The apricot/golden coloured Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux shows a very intense, elegant and also subtle bouquet of ripe fruit intermixed with flirty aromas. Dense, piquant, concentrated on the palate. A great tension filled Chenin with grip, persistence and great finesse, with mouthwatering salinity.  
     
Pinot Gris
     
'14 Kellerei Bozen Trentino Alto Adige,Italy 1,300
     
'15 Tohu, Awatere, Single Vineyard, Marlborough, NZ 1,300
  Off dry, elegant  
  Trophy. Sydney IWC 2015  
  Silver. NZ International Wine Show. 2015  
     
'15 Wairau River, Marlborough, NZ 1,400
  Gold, Air NZ Wine Awards 2016  
  Silver DWWA & IWC London 2016  
  Assertive lime character, smooth mineral finish  
     
Riesling
     
'15 Neudorf Dry Moutere. Nelson. NZ 1,600
  95pts BC  
  Delicate with lime zest. Chalky & Mineral. Dry but not austere.  
     
'14 Lang & Luber deluxe Rhiengau, Germany 1,600
  Medium dry  
     
'16 Felton Road Bannockburn, Central Otago. NZ 1,700
  96pts BC. A serious Riesling with a perfect balance of crisp natural acidity. Low alcohol (9.5%) bright sweetness (63g/L) residual sweetness. Scintillating flavours of lemon meringue, fern, lime juice and fragrant honey. A clean and lively finish.  
     
'15 Grosset, "Alea" Eden Valley, Australia 1,700
  94pts TS 94 pts Wine Front  
  Slight sweetness, just there, not overt.  
     
'14 Domaine Albert Mann, Alsace, France 1,900
  90pts Antonio Galloni. 90pts JS  
  17/20 JR  
  40yr old vines.  
  A mildly funky nose that goes with the purest of winemaking practices. (No added yeast or Enzimes) Bone dry, stunning.  
     
'15 Koehler- Ruprecht Kallstadter, Saumagen, Spatlese Trocken, Pfalz. Germany 2,200
  90pts CT  
  Aromas of apples, sweet spice, ginger, nectarine and vanilla. Full bodied Riesling, dry with nice acidity and minerality.  
     
'15 Domaine Testut 1ers Cru Montee de Tonnerre 2,200
  Prized for its finesse and elegance. Hand harvested 55 yr- Massale Chardonnay clones on calcareous clay. Mineral and perfectly balanced.  
     
'15 Grosset, Polish Hill, Clare Valley Australia 2,250
  97pts JH 97pts Tyson Stelzer  
  17.5/20 Jancis Robinson  
  Langston Classification: Exceptional.  
  Seriously intense nose.  
  Crystalline with a great spread of refined fruit. Not a hint of sweetness. Delicacy, grace and understated character define an exceptionally pure and pristine Polish Hill.  
     
'15 Markus Molitor, Sonnenuhr  Riesling Spatlese (Golden Capsule) 2,300
  96RP 18/20JR  
  Opens with a clear, crazy deep, intense and complex bouquet of tropical flavours. On the palate, this is a rich, complex, highly finessed piquant and refreshing Spatlese with concentrated fruit and a tight persistent structure.  
     
'14 Felton Road, Bannockburn,Central Otago NZ 2,300
  95pts BC. Dry  
     
'13 Marc Kreydenweiss, Wiebelsberg Grand Cru, Alsace, France. 2,400
  95RP, 4.1 Vivino. Dry  
  The 2013 Grand Cru Wiebelsberg opens with a clear, fresh and pure stony nose that shows leather aromas along with herbal and crushed stone flavours. On the palate it is a clear, fresh and crystalline riesling with mouthwatering salinity.  
     
'16 Van Volxem Goldberg , Grosse Lage, Mosel, Germany. 2,500
  94RP, 18/20JR. Dry  
  Intense and perfectly ripe stone fruit bouquet along with very fine slate aromas. Crystalline, fresh and pretty dry but nevertheless, lush and aromatic on the palate. This is a tight yet elegant and remarkably fine Goldberg with vital acidity and purity.  
     
'18 Egon Muller Scharzhofberger, Mosel Germany. Mosel, Germany.  2,950
  Semi-Dry  
  92JS, 17.5JR  
  Effusive aromas of white fruits and blossoms draw you into this very elegant and polished SAAR Riesling. The racy acidity beautifully balances with a touch of sweetness. Super straight steely finish.  
     
'17 Van Volxem  GottesfuB, Alte Reben, Grosse Lage. 3,300
  Dry.  
  95RP, 18.5JR  
  Ripe bright fruit on the nose. The palate is lush and intense. The finish is dry, long with a delicate raciness.  
     
'17 Van Volxem Scharzhofberger P, Grosse Lage, Mosel, Germany. 3,600
  95+RP, 18+JR. Dry  
  The 2017 displays a luminous citrus yellow colour and opens with an enormous concentration of perfectly ripe fruit intertwined with salty notes. Highly finessed and sophisticated palate. This is a highly elegant Riesling with a very nice grip. A great Scharzhofberger.  
     
'15 Donnhoff, Dellchen Grosses Gewachs. Nahe. Germany. 4,300
  97RP, 97JS, 19JR Dry  
  The new Miss World of white wines is Cornelius Donnhoffs Dellchen. A ravishing nose of wild roses and white peach leaves no possibility of doubt. Total purity. The finish is super filigree and super long.  
     
Albarino
     
'16 Zarate Albarino, El Palomar, Rias Baixas, Spain. 1,800
  95pts GP, 17/20 JR 4.3 Vivino  
  El Palomar is a 0.36ha plot where centenary wines settle on one of the oldest estates documented in Rias Baixas. Hand harvested, long and soft pressing in order to get low yields. Really refreshing with depth and intensity. It has mineral expression and lots of delicious citrus notes, intense and right in the palate. Very expressive and lively.  
     
Muscat </