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Although its fame rests on high quality red wines, Tuscany still manages to surprise with effective whites. Marrying Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Vermentino, this cuvée, produced by Rocca delle Macìe, displays scents of honeydew melon, lemon, white flowers and green apple.
Trained in Austria before interning at Angélus (Bordeaux) and Graillot (Crozes-Hermitage), Adi Badenhorst launched his own business in 2008. After the success of his “Sécateur” and “Curator” selections, give in to “Papegaai”. Though usually made entirely of Cinsault, this vintage benefits from added Tinta Barroca. Smoked, spicy and very fruity, this red doesn’t lack consistence. The palate is generous and has a nice and fleshy tannic structure.
Their proximity to the Tanaro River, which acts as a temperature regulator, allows the Barbaresco vines to ripen earlier and give the wines a profile that some describe as “lighter” than barolo. Part of Fontanafredda’s Silver range, this red is savoured like a fruits and flowers sorbet. Velvety and very fresh, it will allow for great pairings.
An Austrian family estate with the wind in its sails, everything is done according to the precepts of organics and biodynamics. Easy-drinking wine par excellence, this Grüner Veltliner isn’t a cerebral wine, but rather convivial. With vivacity and a relaxed approach, it is reminiscent of green apple, peach, white pepper and lime.
The 350-hectare estate (115 of which are dedicated to vines) is under Atlantic and Mediterranean influences favourable to perfect harvest maturation and uses solely grapes from these lands to produce its cuvées. The estate recently acquired a breathtaking new cellaring room to take it to the next level. Fermented in barrels and aged on lees, this fresh, round Chardonnay is marked by accents of marzipan, hazelnut, ripe apple and butter.
When you combine the elegance of Pinot Noir with the depth of Malbec, then raise them for 18 months in French oak casks and add the expertise of a family that achieved international recognition despite an inhospitable land, you get a complex, smooth and racy red with nuances of tobacco, dark chocolate, cherry and oak.
Intriguing blend of Montepulciano, Barbera, Shiraz, Touriga Nacional and Nebbiolo, Full Fat comes from a trio of vineyards around Barossa. Its passage in large oak barrels leaves plenty of room to the fruit with a spicy finish. Put it in the fridge for about half an hour before service. You will get a nice supple and refreshing wine, perfect for the BBQ.
Since its creation in 1883 by Don Melchor de Santiago Concha y Toro, the business has become one of the biggest of the wine world. It owns the second largest amount of hectares planted in the world and is the largest exporter in Latin America. With an aging of 6 months, 6 weeks and 6 days evoking the number of the beast, Diablo is aptly named! A full-bodied and woody red that will appeal to the modern wine lover.
The fruit of a very small 8-hectare wine business owned by Carlos Macias and Xavier Canals, this cuvée retains chocolate and vanilla notes that give it character. The fruit is ripe, reminiscent of plum, crème de cassis and fig. Very good value under the $20 mark.
Generosity and aromatic intensity define this Californian Pinot Noir. Ample, juicy and very ripe, it fits perfectly under the Aromatic and supple taste tag. Its spicy character and its well-rounded tannins will highlight Middle Eastern dishes.
Migrating north from the mountains of Michoacán, the monarch (monarcha) has somehow shown the way to the Palencias, a family of Mexican origin raised surrounded by vineyards in North Prosser, WA. The butterfly proudly adorns the label of this Merlot aged for 14 months in French cask. It opens on roasted flavours with red fruits and oak.
Facing the Barbaresco area on the left bank of the Tanaro River, the Roero region is mainly associated with white wines. In the shadow of the prestigious Barolo and Barbaresco appellations, its Nebbiolo-based wines are gradually gaining a well-deserved recognition. What a beautiful calling card that this silky red with lingering flavours of morello cherry, licorice, nutmeg, cigar box and dried flowers.
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Located in Greve, from which some of the most renowned wines of the Chianti appellation are sourced, it’s under the guidance of the great Franco Bernabei that this beautiful red wine is made. In a traditional style, it offers an aromatic elegance on the bay leaf, tobacco, and cherry, all mixed with a well-placed woody.
Still too little known, the Dão region has been proving for twenty years that it knows how to do great things. Emphasizing its traditional varieties, it manages to come up with affordable little wonders such as this cuvée made with equal parts of Touriga Nacional and Aragonez. With great amplitude, it displays accents of black fruits, violet, pink pepper and licorice.
Easily recognizable thanks to its pretty, well-rounded bottle (actually a replica of 18th century Champagne bottles), Château de la Grille is a proud example of the best of Chinon. The uniqueness of Cabernet Franc is underlined beautifully in this cuvée. The vegetal notes mingle with those fruity and spicy in a full, silky and fresh palate.
Bottled at the start of spring bloom, this biodynamically farmed wine is as flavourful as it is fresh and lively. Honeyed, lemony, it also evokes peach and cilantro. The palate is very fresh, almost greasy, and long. Superb Pinot Blanc made by one of the best estates in Alsace.
Lots from different properties, selected throughout Bordeaux by Stéphane Derenoncourt, are then assembled by Olivier Bernard of the famous Domaine de Chevalier. According to its creators, this is what a good Bordeaux red should be, a wine with presence and style. This is a lovely success, elegant, with notes of cassis, cedar, licorice and leather.
For many in the Beaujolais region, the Pacalet name has reached a rockstar status! This fruity, floral and mineral cuvée, crafted just for us by cousins Christophe Pacalet and Mathieu Lapierre is worth a taste!
With one of the most beautiful heritages of the Chablis terroir, Billaud-Simon has been established in this region since 1815. Part of Burgundy’s Faiveley Estate since 2014, this property offers precise, finely crafted and balanced wines. This white displays great tension on the palate, with flavours of lemon, lime, and honeydew melon, followed by a chalky finish.