Outstanding mature Cru Classé Bordeaux offer

We always stock a wide range of mature red Bordeaux wines from excellent vintages, but for the approaching festive season we would like to highlight a few great wines currently available – all are drinking now and from our own stock.

LeovilleBarton2001 - borderLéoville-Barton, 2ème Cru Classé, St Julien 2001
£54.55 btl / £654.60 dzn ex VAT

Deep, dark, opaque ruby red colour. Aromas are of ripe red fruits vanilla cocoa butter and chocolate. Tannins are plentiful and silky, and fresh crispness lifts the cassis and redcurrant fruit on the mid palate. New oak notes predominate, but some fruit emerges from behind it to give a nice long finish.  David Allen MW

An outstanding offering… Civilized and approachable for a young Leoville-Barton, it exhibits a saturated plum/purple color along with classic Bordelais aromas of damp earth, creme de cassis, smoke, vanillin, and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied and rich, with high but well-integrated tannin, and a long, 40+ second finish, it should turn out to be a brilliant effort, and one of the stars of the Medoc. However, patience is essential. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020.   Robert Parker Jnr 92/100

LynchBages_Large - borderLynch-Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac 1995
£107.88 btl / £1294.60 dzn ex VAT

Deep, dark, ruby red colour. Very ripe cassis fruit and vivid cedar aromas on the nose. Velvety smooth tannic structure and weighty, quite warm and alcoholic, a touch more acidity would pep it up a little. The wine’s quite big fruit copes well with its plentiful oak elements.     David Allen MW

This is a beautiful wine with an evolved personality and low acidity. The wine exhibits abundant quantities of earthy, smoke and tobacco-tinged, black currant fruit, rich, concentrated, medium to full-bodied flavors, and moderate tannin in the long finish. It is successful, but nowhere near full maturity. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2020.
Robert Parker Jnr 91/100

LynchBages_Large - borderLynch-Bages, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac 1996
£119.63 btl / £1435.60 dzn ex VAT

Deep ruby red in colour, but not opaque. Aromas are meaty at first over black fruit and then cedar – very rich on the nose. Medium to medium-full bodied with superb, lively acidity that lifts the concentrated black fruit flavours. The tannic structure is tight and concentrated, the finish has good length.    David Allen MW

The 1996 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color that is just beginning to lighten at the edge, surprisingly velvety tannins and a classic Pauillac bouquet of lead pencil shavings, cedarwood, black currants, sweet cherries and spice box. This medium to full-bodied, elegant, savory, broad wine is still five years away from full maturity. It should continue to drink well for another 10-15 years.
Robert Parker Jnr 93/100

PichonLalande1995 - borderPichon-Lalande, 2ème Cru Classé, Pauillac 1995
£149.55 btl / £1794.60 dzn ex VAT

Deep, dark – almost opaque – ruby red. Intense aromas are earthy, with clean cassis perfume and cedar and tobacco notes. The wine has a lovely velvety smooth structure and good depth and intensity of fruit, that is meaty and almost tarry. Length is good acidity is perhaps a little soft. This is a big wine with plenty of potential to develop superbly.
David Allen MW

An exquisite example of Pichon-Lalande with the Merlot component giving the wine a coffee/chocolatey/cherry component to go along with the Cabernet Sauvignon’s and Cabernet Franc’s complex blackberry/cassis fruit. The wine possesses an opaque black/ruby/purple color, and sexy, flamboyant aromatics of pain grille, black fruits, and cedar. Exquisite on the palate, this full-bodied, layered, multidimensional wine should prove to be one of the vintage’s most extraordinary success stories. Anticipated maturity: 2001-2020.    Robert Parker Jnr 96/100

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Calon-Ségur, 3ème Cru Classé, St Estephe 1996

£67.07 btl / £804.82 dzn ex VAT

Medium intensity of dark ruby red pigmentation. Vividly dusty aromas with stalky notes and cedar overlaying black fruits. The fruit is tight and well defined, there is tobacco and cedar the fruit is medium bodied and quite lean black fruit with plenty of fine gripping tannins backed by good acidity, The finish is long but quite drying.        David Allen MW

An exceptional wine. Dark ruby-colored, with a complex nose of dried herbs, Asian spices, and black cherry jam intermixed with cassis, it possesses outstanding purity, and considerable tannin in the finish. This classic, medium to full-bodied, traditionally made wine improves dramatically with airing, suggesting it will have a very long life. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2028.    Robert Parker Jnr 92/100

This is just a small selection from our Fine Wine range – download our latest Fine Wine list

If you have specific questions on fine wine, or would like to discuss your fine wine order please contact our Fine Wine Manager David Allen MW.

email: finewines@coevintners.com  telephone: 020 8418 2823

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Introducing The Big 6 Reds

As the nights draw in and with the crispness in the air

As the nights draw in and festive merchandise is creeping into the shops, summer feels like a distant memory. But here at Coe Vintners Fine Wine, we’ve got just the answer to help you into full swing of the seasons ahead.

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Bring out the Big 6 – A fantastic selection of bold and busty reds, packed with a punch and a palate of deliciously rich flavours. These wines were made for winter, for hearty stews and nights by the fire.

St Joseph ‘Granilites’ Rouge 2010, Chapoutier
EX VAT £296.60/£24.72    INC VAT £355.92/£29.66

 ‘St_Joseph_Granilites_ChapoutierThe 2010 St.-Joseph Les Granilites exhibits lots of pepper, raspberry, cherry and wet rock notes along with a perfumed, luscious mouthfeel. Medium-bodied and seductive, it is best drunk over the next 4-5 years.’
Robert Parker 90/100 Wine Advocate #204 Dec 2012

Chapoutier has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley for many years, decades, making real wines of terroir from their own vineyards and from carefully selected quality minded growers who share their organic/biodynamic approach. The parcels of vines used for les Granilites are located on the best granite soils of the region. The combination of this steep terroir, higher altitude and wind exposure (including the Mistral) creates ideal conditions for slow fruit maturation which gives “Granilites” a fresh and firm mineral style.

Barbaresco 2008, Giacosa Fratelli
EX VAT  £211.49/£17.62    INC VAT £253.79/£21.14

barbarescoIf you like your wines full bodied, intense and velvety, is the perfect wine for a nippy autumn evening.  Made from Piedmont’s famous Nebbiolo grape, it’s full of mellow ripe cherry fruit, wild flowers, and less you think this is a bit of a pussycat, there’s a darker side to it with some meaty notes together with hints of warm leather and tar.

With a history dating back to the late 19th Century, the Giacosa family uses a combination of technology and innovation alongside traditional techniques on their 50 hectare estate. They  produce a range of wines from extremely modern interpretations to the more fundamental traditional styles.

Black Dog Shiraz 2010, Willow Bridge Estate
EX VAT  £383.29/£31.94    INC VAT £459.95/£38.33

Black Dog Mood hi resClassic Aussie Shiraz – rich, soft and expansive. Bags of sweet plum fruit with hints of mocha and vanilla from the mixture of new and old barrels used.  It’s a pretty chunky red but carries that weight easily and certainly will age – but only if you can keep your hands off it!

Created in 1996, the 180 hectare hillside Willow Bridge Estate is situated in the beautiful Ferguson Valley in Western Australia. This diverse region has a unique climate during the growing season; extremely sunny and dry but tempered by the cooling ocean breezes. At Willow Bridge the vines are planted at higher altitude which allows the grapes to ripen perfectly while retaining aromas and mouth-watering freshness.

 Awards: 94-96 Points – 5 Star Winery – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013

Solanes Cims de Porrera 2007, Priorat
EX VAT  £211.03/£17.59    INC VAT £253.24/£21.11

Solanes 2007 Cims de Porrera, Prioratand bold, this silky highly sought after Spanish red is packed with unctuous flavours of deep black fruits, earthy liquorice and a touch of spice.  Serve with a rich winter stew or Sunday roast.

Cims de Porrera, was established in 1996. ‘Cims’ is Catalan for ‘summits’ which reflects how the vines and winery sit at the summit of the Porrera village. The wine is a blend of old vine 45% Carignan, 30% Garnacha, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah/Merlot.

Priorat was elevated to Denominació d’Origen Qualificada status in 2009 – the only other region with this rank is Rioja. In this tiny wine appellation there are only 60 or so bodegas but each bursts with personality, drawing on the region’s ancient and respected wine making history to produce intense and minerally reds of the highest quality.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Jordan Winery,  Alexander Valley 
EX VAT £415.57/£34.63     INC VAT  £498.68/£41.56

Jordan_2009This cracker is an archetypal juicy Californian Cabernet but unlike so many it has a lovely European elegance too – firm, dry and sophisticated Cabernet Sauvignon with cassis, blackberry fruit, with cedary notes hints of vanilla and sweet spices from the oak ageing.

Tom and Sally Jordan were originally from Colorado, but founded Jordan winery in Sonoma County California way back 1976 with the vision of producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.  In 2005 their son John took over the business with the aim of elevating the quality of the wines even higher. John together with long serving winemaker Rob Davies aim to craft wines.that will stand out as refreshingly unique in a California line up, drawing inspiration from classic European food-friendly wines such as Cru Classé Bordeaux and Montrachet in Burgundy.

Awards: Restaurant Magazine ‘The Best Wine’ 2013, 2012, 2011
Nominated for American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine ‘Wine Star Awards 2014’

Malbec ‘Alfa Crux’ Bodega y Vinedos O Fournier 2008
EX VAT £342.42/£28.54     INC VAT £410.90/£34.25

alfacruxIf you like dark spicy Argentinian malbec or the smooth oaky intensity of classic Spanish reds this wine will hit the spot:  Rich and intense with succulent dark fruit and spicy flavours. A powerful, concentrated and complex wine with fabulous oak flavours and a lot of class. Heaven with lamb or beef.

Established in 2000 by the Fournier family who also have an estate in Ribera del Duero in Spain. ‘Alfa Crux’ is created from the best barrels of malbec produced each year. The vines are planted at high altitude (1200m) in La Consulta, a sub-region of the southern Uco Valley, Mendoza in Argentina. The vines are bush grown rather than trellised to shade the grapes from the direct sun. In this hot climate the grapes ripen fully, with a deep colour, while the altitude and much cooler nights mean that flavours and aromas are still fresh.

Awards: 93 points – The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker), 90 points Wine Spectator.

Can’t decide? Why not try them all!
Special mixed case offer just 312.00 for a mixed case of 12
a saving of over £6 – The perfect gift for yourself or others this Christmas!

Prices include delivery to most UK mainland addresses. Offered subject to availability.
Errors and Omissions excluded

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The new Champion of English Sparkling wine

Launch offer – Digby Brut Reserve 2009
World Champion English Sparkling Wine Trophy CSWWC 2014

If I had a pound for every time somebody has mentioned the idea that English sparkling wines can rival the wines of Champagne I’d be drinking Dom Perignon regularly!

Digby Fine English logoUnfortunately my tasting experience is that very few of them regularly reach this level and some don’t even aim for it. There certainly are world class English Sparkling wines and the potential is undeniable – the guys from Digby are realising this potential in bucket loads and I will genuinely be drinking this wine in preference to lesser Grande Marque Champagnes. Continue reading

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The other side of 2013 – Sauternes & Barsac

The campaign to sell 2013 Bordeaux wines en-primeur was the most disastrous for 20 years, and possibly longer, but one group with more to be upset about than most are the producers of Sauternes. The damp conditions that blighted red wine production instead proved perfect for producers of Sauternes and Barsac production. The onset of botrytis at the start of October saw healthy grapes develop botrytis quickly – a set of circumstances that ensure the wines retain superb acidity, clean flavours and some nice minerality without overly high alcohol.

The wines made in Sauternes and Barsac in 2013 were generally clean, fresh and balanced wines that will age superbly yet have been priced to mitigate a disastrous en-primeur campaign shaped by the disappointing performance of the region’s red wines. For this reason we thought we should highlight one of the finest Barsacs of the vintage, Château Doisy Daëne. Continue reading

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Glen Eldon Dry Bore Shiraz – Barossa’s best kept secret?

When choosing wines to accompany a summer barbeque you need to select wines with sufficient power and richness to stand up to big meat and smoke flavours in an outdoor environment, on these scores you can’t go far wrong with a classic Barossa Shiraz. Huge all engulfing black fruit is the regional style here with earthy, leather and spice complexity, supported by big but smooth tannins, buckets of warmth and richness and a long cedar and red fruit finish – these are muscular uncompromising wines.

Glen Eldon Dry Bore ShirazIn terms of Barossa winemaking pedigree, Glen Eldon’s Richard Sheedy’s is as good as it gets. Before setting up Glen Eldon in 1997, Richard worked at St Hallets and was then winemaker and general manager at Elderton. Much of the approach used in building the reputation of these two classic Barossa producers shine forth from Glen Eldon’s wines. Superb quality fruit from warm sites in the valley floor (Tanunda) is intelligently combined with batches from cooler sites in the Barossa Ranges (Springton, Mt McKenzie and Mt Pleasant) giving both richness and balance.

Winemaking takes place in traditional open fermenters with heading down boards and the wines age for up to 2 years in a combination of French and American oak. The quality of these wines is unquestionably high, their style is typically Barossa with big dense fruit, perfumed oak, plenty of warming richness.

These are excellent wines, but are not well known beyond their region of origin, so to tempt you to give them a go we thought we’d give you a little encouragement – so for August and September we are offering Glen Eldon’s 2002 and 2003 Shirazes at HALF PRICE! These wines are both fully mature and will make perfect partners for the juicy steaks that slide from your grill! Continue reading

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En Primeur 2013 – the story so far…

LATEST RELEASES – 14th April 2014

Two recent releases from of Bordeaux are both top second growth wines. The two wines are from different ends of the Medoc but also take diametrically different approaches to pricing. St Estephe’s Cos d’Estournel is undoubtedly one of the most impressive wines made on the Medoc in 2013. Rauzan-Segla from Margaux, however, is arguably one of the best buys of the campaign so far at just £370 per dozen in bond. 

The Cos d’Estournel 2013 is a well-made wine – ripe, focused, balanced, well-structured and long, but its price at just over £70 a bottle in-bond ex VAT is quite full and the estate’s 2007 can be found easily on the market significantly cheaper. Rauzan-Segla on the other hand is by far the cheapest vintage of this wine available, demonstrating a 10% cut on top of the massive price slash they delivered for the price of their 2012. This estate has also produced a very sound wine, yet has understood where prices need to be to make people want to buy them! 

Quantities are limited so please let us know your requirements as soon as possible.
Cos d’Estournel, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Saint-Estèphe            £850 IB case x 12 bottles

Cos d'EstournelI like the focus on the nose. It is not powerful but it is intense and very well defined with blackberry and cassis notes unfolding in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, a crisp level of acidity and overall, a somewhat relaxed feel, a nonchalant Cos d’Estournel that has accepted the growing season for what it is. It is actually cut from a similar cloth to the Montrose this year, although I find a little more persistency coming through towards the finish. This is a decent Cos d’Estournel that will need 4 to 6 years in bottle.    Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com 91-93/100

Rauzan-Segla, 2eme Grand Cru Classé, Margaux            £370 IB case x 12 bottles

RAUZAN_SEGLA_250The grand vin has a fine bouquet, not complex but clean and fresh with redcurrant and raspberry fruit, nicely integrated oak. It needs a little more delineation although it does appear to gain clarity with encouragement. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins, perhaps a little more rustic than usual but with good weight. Fine red fruit, linear and masculine, this deserves two or three years in bottle after release.
Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com 89-91/100

Price per case of 12 bottles in bond, offered subject to availability.
These wines will be shipped in Spring 2015

Summary of wine prices released so far

Pontet Canet, Lynch- Bages, Pichon Baron, Cos d’Estournel, Rauzan-Segla,Smith Haut Lafitte, Gazin, Petit Village, Prieuré Lichine, Chasse Spleen, Angludet…

With the wines above released already, Bordeaux 2013 primeurs are clearly well underway, but without much of the usual hype from the merchants. The wines released so far are doubtless good wines, as is confirmed by their reasonable Wine Spectator scores, but perhaps for this reason there seems to have been a reluctance to slash release prices to the extent the market had hoped for. Pichon-Baron has shown the biggest price drop so far, opening almost 17% below their 2012 price. I am sure these are very sound wines and, we will happily secure them for you if you wish to buy, but if you want a dramatic price reduction you might be better off reading on to the bottom of the email.

Notable releases so far

Lynch-Bages – £560 per case

Finally the Bordelais have given us something from the 2013 vintage we can get excited about, the Caze family offering Lynch-Bages at a price where we can offer it to you for less than £600 a case, this is at least 10% cheaper than any other vintages of Lynch-Bages currently on the market. This revered 5th growth from Pauillac – often regarded as one of the Super Seconds – has made a classic, cassis-styled Pauillac with good fruit, fine structure and great elegance.

LynchBages_250A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine has a deep colour, and a lovely balance between rich dark fruit aromas, cedar notes and fresh acidity. The palate displays plentiful rich cassis and is of medium to full body, the flavours last well on a clean finish.             Wine Spectator 92-95/100

We are offering this over-achiever at a very good price - just £560 in bond

If you have any particular requirements please do drop us an email and we can look out for them for you!

Wine Spectator score Price per dozen
Ch Pontet Canet, 5eme Cru Classe Pauillac 89-92 £660.00
Ch Pichon Longueville Baron, 2eme Cru Classe Pauillac 88-91 £606.00
Ch Lynch-Bages, 5eme Grand Cru Classé, Pauillac 92-95 £560.00
Ch Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Cru Classe Pessac-Leognan 89-92 £435.00
Ch Gazin, Pomerol £430.00
Ch Petit Village, Pomerol 86-89 £419.00
Ch Prieure Lichine, 4eme Cru Classe Margaux £240.00
Ch Gloria, St Julien 87-90 £229.00
Ch Chasse Spleen, Moulis en Medoc 86-89 £189.00
Ch d’Angludet, Margaux £159.00
Ch Beaumont, Haut Medoc £90.00

 

Price is per case of 12 bottles in bond, offered subject to availability.

For those considering a first step into Bordeaux en primeur, we have prepared a brief guide here. If you need any guidance I am happy to explain any part of the process, please call me or email

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Aussie Wines to Seek Out and Enjoy!

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The Caravan of Dreams, early days at Tatiarra (image copyright Tatiarra)

Australian wines have come a long way since the Monty Python team ridiculed them as wines “to be laid down and avoided!” For the last 25 years much of Australia’s wine industry has become best known for routinely making technically-correct, mass-market, branded wines meeting popular price points – however there has also been a growing movement of smaller, high-quality producers crafting fine wines that reflect their Australian heritage and their origins in the country’s traditional quality growing areas. Renowned regions like the Barossa, Mclaren Vale, the Clarendon Hills, Langhorne Creek, Padthaway and Heathcote are home to numerous producers lovingly tending low yielding old vines and using traditional techniques to produce concentrated Shirazes and Cabernets with a stylistic generosity rarely found elsewhere.

At Coe Vintners we have managed to secure a large parcel of mature (mostly from the 2002-2006 vintages) Australian classic reds. We are now offering them at prices we are confident are very sharp.

Below you will find a list of the wines available, I would draw your attention to the right hand column detailing the points out of 100 given to the wines by leading American wine critic Robert Parker. Identifying stand-out wines from this glittering line up is nigh on impossible so a brief background to the regions and the wineries follows in its place!

Barossa

Located 60 km northeast of Adelaide, the Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest fine wine regions. The region’s high sunshine hours and dry climate make it ideal for the production of rich, ripe, full-bodied reds form varieties such as Shiraz and Grenache.

Glen Eldon is a family owned and operated winery established by Mary and Richard Sheedy in 1997. Previously Richard had been Winemaker at Elderton having worked at St Hallett before that. Glen Eldon is a premium winery specialising in regional wines typical of the Barossa region.

Kaesler The Kaesler family settled in the Barossa Valley in the 1840’s, planting vines in Nuriootpa in 1893. In the last half of the twentieth century the Kaesler vineyards were divided between the family and sold off, however its current owners have gradually reassembled the property. Today Kaesler remains privately owned and produces wines from their own ancient, dry grown-vineyards, including several acres of Shiraz from those original plantings.

Rolf Binder Formerly the Veritas Winery it was renamed in 2005 to honour Rolf Binder, its former owner and the winemaker for half a century. Rolf’s son and daughter now make the wines but are determined to maintain its boutique nature and “hands-on” approach to winemaking.

Torbreck LogoTorbreck is arguably the doyen of Barossa Shiraz producers. This stellar winery owes its rise to stardom to the skill of founder Dave Powell who demonstrated an almost magical ability to source fruit from ancient vineyards and then to restrain its power, crafting it into elegant, concentrated wines with tremendous ageing potential. The Runrig, the Factor and the Descendant on the attached list are all starting to drink now, but have good long futures ahead of them. Please note the large format bottles available.

Viking Wines is a tiny (approximately 2000 cases a year) boutique winery making classic Barossa Valley Reds. Swedish owner Thord Soderstrom and his wife Charmaine start with superb dry-farmed, old-vine fruit and apply traditional winemaking practices to produce brilliant-value examples of typical Barossa Reds.

Click here to see the Barossa wines available - will take time to load as there are many!

Clarendon

Ten kilometres northeast of McLaren Vale and 250 metres higher above sea level, Clarendon enjoys longer, milder and slightly more consistent ripening conditions. Growers here pick 2 to 3 weeks after those in the McLaren Vale and, producing wines with slightly more elegance and structure.

 Clarendon Hills is the archetypal Australian boutique winery. Founded in 1990 by self-taught winemaker Roman Bratasiuk. Roman employs ancient, low yielding vines to produce high class, single vineyard wines to convey both place and varietal expression. Clarendon and its surrounding districts provide him with both varied soils and locations, and plentiful marvellous old vineyards.

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 McLaren Vale

The McLaren Vale wine region, in the north-west of the Fleurieu Peninsula, is approximately 35 kilometres south of Adelaide. Here high sunshine hours allow rich, full-bodied styles of wine to be made, but cooling sea breezes allow the wines to retain good structure and elegance.

Fox Creek Wines logoFox Creek grew from a small vineyard planted by a group of doctors and their families. Current owners Jim and Helen Watts bought the 32 hectare property in 1984, ignoring advice not to plant in the property’s black clay soils, they applied modern viticultural techniques and were soon producing high quality fruit and award winning wines.

Kay Brothers The oldest family-owned winery in McLaren Vale, Kay Brothers are still producing traditional red wines in the same location where in 1891 by Fred and Herbert Kay first planted 12 acres of Shiraz vines.

Click here to see the McLaren Vale wines available

Langhorne Creek

The historic Langhorne Creek lies a couple of hours drive south of Adelaide. The region produces elegant Cabernets and well-structured Shiraz with a characteristic earthy undertone. The region has its own approach to irrigation, with the locals annually encouraging the river Bremer to flood the vineyards. Its fruit lies at the heart of many classic Australian blends.

Killibinbin is a brand owned by Guy and Liz Adams who produce the wine from fruit grown on their Metala Vineyard. The highly renowned Metala Vineyard was first planted in 1891. Today there are 750 acres of vines, some of which are up to 120 years old.

Click here to see the Langhorne Creek wines available


Padthaway

Padthaway lies in the heart of the Limestone Coast Region in the South East of South Australia. The valley has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers with cool nights that assist flavour ripening. Winters are reasonably cold and normally fairly wet. Vineyards were first established here in 1963 and many of the major Australian wine companies source much of their fruit from the region.

Henry's Drive Wines logoHenry’s Drive the Longbottom family planted vines here in 1992. Proprietor Kim Longbottom, a New Zealander from Marlborough, established the winery with husband Mark, making their first wine in 1998. Tragically Mark died ten years later and today Kim continues building the business in line with the principles they shared – that the wines should reflect Padthaway’s regionality and the individual character of each vineyard.  Click here to see the Henry’s Drive wines currently available


Heathcote

Heathcote’s ancient, deep, red, friable Cambrian soils are for producing Shiraz. These excellent soils combine with a climate that is lightly cooled by altitude allowing fruit to attain an attractive balance even with relatively high alcohol levels.

tatiarra Caravan of  Dream labelTatiarra is a specialist, niche producer making wines solely from Shiraz, in the premium Heathcote region in Central Victoria. Winemaker Ben Riggs has made these wines with the intention of them having the ability to age for up to 20 years!

Click here to see the Tatiarra wines currently available

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2011 Vintage Port – A Brilliant Opportunity

One last bite at the Cherry - In a year when the 2012 Claret en primeur campaign failed to engage wine lovers, people did manage to get excited about the 2011 Ports that were released on sale, for delivery at the end of this year. With prices that are generally within the reach of mere mortals and quality that puts many of these wines on a par with the ambrosia of the Gods, these are well worth stocking up on. Our offer of these wines comes decidedly late but they are so good we couldn’t do anything other than give you one last chance to buy at these en primeur prices*. Continue reading

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The Zind Humbrecht Files – Vintage reports 1996 to 2012

Critics all over the world have praised the quality of the wines from this domaine – Robert Parker has rated the Humbrecht wines as “Outstanding” and in the opinion of Clive Coates MW, one of the most influential British wine writers, is that Zind-Humbrecht is “One of the greatest domaines in Alsace”.

Each year Olivier Humbrecht produces a detailed vintage report with tasting notes of each of the wines. These are very informative, with individual notes on the character of the wine,  useful descriptions of the vineyard, how the wines developed in the cellar, suggested drinking window, technical analysis and more. Continue reading

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A Vintage Year – 2011 Burmester Port en primeur

Most Port producers have declared that they will release a 2011 Vintage, the first to be universally declared since 2007. The quality is excellent, showing great fruit purity, yet built for the long term as the fine quality tannins are silky and well integrated – indeed some have already compared 2011 to the highly acclaimed 1963 vintage.

Producers have expressed delight in the unique combination of freshness, power and complexity of the 2011 vintage:

“The wines are full, with deep colour and marked by irreproachable freshness and complexity. These are powerful wines that are seductive while young, but mostly present a remarkable evolution potential—they will make history.”
Pedro Sá, Burmester master blender

Burmester is one of the oldest shippers of ports to the United Kingdom with a history dating back to 1750. Despite its long heritage and reputation for quality, Burmester is considered by many as one of the greatest undiscovered producers of Port.

In 2011 Burmester Vintage Port shows amazing purity, elegance and finesse, it has been released at a fraction of the price of other equally well established Port houses and therefore offers exceptional value for money. Continue reading

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