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Claymore, Black Magic Woman, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2015£28.50
The Black Magic Woman follows the footsteps of Claymore's ‘Nirvana Reserve Shiraz’ in that they lavish both wines with extended oak maturation in 20% new French oak. The nose shows cassis, dark plum, leathery spice and cheeky hints of fennel.
This wine defines charisma! Juicy plum and dark cherry fruits combine with licks of mint and fennel that overlay a slatey-granite earthiness. It’s a deep, dark, dangerously intense cabernet with integrated tannins and dense dark fruits wound up in savoury spice. This vintage of Black Magic Woman is alluring with a lingering persistence – a wine that defines the robust and delicate varietal nature of Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
This is only our fourth release of a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – it is only made when we have a standout vintage from the old cabernet vines in the Churinga Vineyard, located just North of Watervale. These dry grown, gnarled old gentlemen produce grapes that epitomise Clare Valley Cab at its best. Claymore have allowed this parcel some extra ripening to further concentrate flavour on the vine and then treat it with kid gloves in the winery. Two years in oak and minimal filtration produces a wine of depth, concentration and structure…a red to bewitch you!
Cellar or Drink?
Definitely a cellaring proposition – 8-10 years, however, try now to enjoy the robust delights of this wine in its youth.
Fox Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011£35.95
Blackcurrant and blackberry flavours lead into a creamy dark chocolate mid palate. The long soft structural grape tannins integrate well with the firm but elegant oak tannins to give the wine fantastic finesse and balance. A vibrant and elegant wine which will drink well from mid 2013 onwards and will reward careful cellaring till at least 2024 and beyond.
Suitable for vegans!
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Fox Creek Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010£35.95
Has won a miscellany of gold awards from Asia, London, NZ, Japan and Adelaide.
Blackcurrant, red cherry and raspberry flavours lead into a crème caramel and
waffle cone mid palate. The long soft linear grape tannins integrated with elegant
oak tannins to give the wine fantastic finesse and balance.
Not made every year but 2010 was inevitable. Drink to 2030.
Suitable for vegans!
Maxwell Liqueur Mead£14.95
Mead at its absolute best! Stunningly rich, aromatic, and intensely flavoured, this is a unique after-dinner liqueur. Starting with a base of Spiced Mead, a special herb & spice infusion is added prior to fortification. An extended barrel maturation of around three years in Maxwell’s cellars completes this limited release mead. Maxwell’s Liqueur Mead has also been twice awarded ‘best dessert mead’ at the International Mead Festival Competition in the USA.
Maxwell Honey Mead£14.95
Ideally consumed chilled (over ice), it can also be mixed with soda water, lemonade or dry ginger ale. It has been awarded ‘best pure varietal mead’ at the International Mead Festival Competition in the USA.
Maxwell Spiced Mead£14.95
Like many great things in history, spiced mead was born out of necessity. When mead found its way to England in the middle-ages by the sharp end of a Viking sword, honey was a cheaper commodity than sugar. Mead was fermented communally and was available for collection around the village. Often remaining there for weeks, spices were added as the mead began to spoil to mask any unpleasant flavours! A happy accident indeed.
In the early 1970s Ken Maxwell began selling his famous honey mead with an envelope of spice to allow mead drinkers to ‘mull’ their mead at home. These days Mark Maxwell does all the hard work for you as the now famous ‘Spiced Mead’ is made to a secret and finely honed family recipe.
With an army of loyal followers this winter elixir has warmed the hearts and bodies of a generation or more, a veritable potion of pleasure.
Traditionally served hot (not boiling) to enhance its aromas and warm the soul, it can also find uses in the kitchen as an ingredient in cakes and fruit pies. This is our answer to Tilley’s Wines. In the summer try serving it chilled with dry ginger ale, ice and mint.
Fox Creek Vixen Shiraz (sparkling red)£17.95
The majority of our customers have discovered Tilley’s Wines through their search for the Vixen! This sparkling red has a huge following in the UK and of course in its homeland Australia.
It is made in the same way as Champagne with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. This is no cheap fizzy plonk but a serious game changer when it comes to sparkling wines.
We like to always include the Vixen on tastings to see how many sparkling red converters we can make and we have a near 100% success rate.
By way of a tasting note it is a powerful wine rich and soft in texture. The silky palate oozes sweet mixed berry conserve, ‘rum and raisin’, white chocolate & spicy vanillin oak finished with a balanced explosion of spice, crisp acid and soft elegant tannin length.
With regards to food matching, we’d drink this and only this with our turkey on Christmas Day. We also think it’s a cracking match with Stilton cheese and Christmas pud! We also think its bubbles give good cause to opening it for any celebratory occasion!
Suitable for vegans!
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Gilligan Roussanne Marsanne 2014£14.45
This wine starts full and generous as one might expect from these varieties with a shapely flow into the mouth herded by fine, fresh acidity. Intense fruit – orange blossom and pineapple with the same minerality coming through which was detected on the nose. A very grown-up wine with remarkable length.
Maxwell, Little Demon, Verdelho, 2017
In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell (Mark Maxwell’s Great Grandfather) proposed a thought experiment, that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance, such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the science community for more than a century.
The array of citrus notes flow on to the palate, with added tropical melon characters filling the mouth with flavour. Made as an unwooded dry style, the result is both refreshing and persistent, with almost crunchy natural acidity.
Maxwell, Adelaide Hills Chardonnay, 2016£16.75
We simply refer to this wine via its origin. The Adelaide Hills wine region borders McLaren Vale and is in its own right a world-class region, being the home to many of Australia’s best white wines, including Chardonnay. These hills provide elevated and cooler sites for viticulture, producing wines with good natural acid, structure and elegance.
COLOUR AND AROMA
Brilliant straw with golden hues. Aroma is filled with vibrant nectarine, white peach and melon fruits coupled with roasted hazelnut and oak spice.
The palate displays citrus fruits, lemon curd and almond meal notes. Lees stirring has added texture and mouth feel, creating a wine with balance and complexity. The wine shows great fruit length and refined oak. This is a fine and superbly balanced Chardonnay that captures the essence of its cool-climate origin.
While this wine is made to enjoy upon release, further maturation over 3 to 7 years will enable it to develop even more complexity, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.
A portion of the juice was barrel fermented in new French oak using wild yeast and partial solids to create depth and texture. The remainder of the batch was matured in seasoned French oak for ten months prior to blending.
Hugh Hamilton, The Scallywag, 2015
As the Black Sheep of the family, Hugh Hamilton crafts a modern style chardonnay where the grapes do the talking rather than yesteryear’s manipulated ‘blousey’ wine style. The grapes are from Hugh’s vineyards from the Adelaide Hills which benefit from cool days and nights giving melon fruit flavours. There is subtle texture from a small proportion matured in aged French oak. A refreshing take on Chardonnay.
Go on to watch Hugh’s video on The Scallywag and his analogy how yesteryear’s over-oaked Chardonnay is the kind of girlfriend you won’t be introducing to your Mother!
Suitable for vegans!
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Five Geese Reserve Shiraz 2010£58.45
James Halliday 2013 edition, “The grapes come from the 50 year old vines surrounding Sue Trott’s house in Blewitt Springs. It has wonderful crimson-purple colour, a great dark berry bouquet, and a glorious palate, with layer-upon-layer of plum and dark chocolate fruit accompanied by velvety tannins, oak somewhere in the background.”
Five Geese Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009£58.45
The stunning beauty of Sue Trott’s Five Geese estate can be appreciated from this short video.
A deep, ruby red colour in the glass.
Ripe berry and mocha coffee oak aromas and a delicate whiff of mint.
Sweet red and black fruits enhanced by the gentle use of Vanillian French oak. Soft cocoa and fine velvety tannins deliver a lingering, moreish finish.
Plucked from the vine in a dry, but not excessively hot vintage, carefully tended by Mike Farmilo and his team, the wine was put through a complex barrelling with new French, and used American oak barriques for a period of 20 months. The result is a wine with excellent cellaring potential, rewarding the patient Cabernet enthusiast.
James Halliday extract, ““the impact of the distinctly cooler Blewitt Springs area is immediately obvious, with fine spicy notes running through the black cherry and chocolate fruit”.
Maxwell, Lime Cave, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
COLOUR AND NOSE
The colour is deep red brick. Aromas of concentrated Cabernet; blackcurrant,
olive, plum with a hint of vanilla.
Concentrated intensity of fruit, raspberry, beetroot, blackcurrant, mulberry and
complexing herbs and delicate oak, cinnamon, aniseed, tobacco and cedar. The structure is varietal with fine and persistent tannins, silky smooth mouth feel
and fruit intensity giving the length to this great wine.
Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at around 6 to 8 years of age. Previous vintages of this wine have performed exceptionally well in the winery’s cellars beyond 10 years.
24 months in French oak hogsheads (30% new).
Five Geese Shiraz 2007£15.95
A delicious medium-bodied wine which shows fully ripe (though not jammy or dead) fruit can be achieved in McLaren Vale; the red fruit flavours fill the mouth, vanillin oak entirely in tune with the fruit.
Due to the age of this wine, there may be sediment in the bottle. Sediment is a naturally occurring product in wine, during both fermentation and aging, and is completely harmless to you. You can read more about why some wines have sediment here.
Five Geese “Gander’s Blend” Old Vine Grenache Shiraz 2012£16.45
The 2012 Five Geese Grenache Shiraz is their signature wine and only released when the season has been kind. And as the name states, these wines are seriously old at over 80 years now.
A very attractive deep crimson red, with a slight purple hue. This wine exhibits the distinct Grenache perfume. There are concentrated rose petals, plum and black currant and there are hints of chocolate and liquorice. The nose is both complex & interesting & there are signs of barrel maturation without any obvious oak.
There are ripe red berry flavours with the warmth of the dry grown Grenache showing as plum and liquorice with cumin & pepper spices. The palate is long and lingering and the Shiraz integrates seamlessly with the Grenache The tannins are soft and there is a good mouth feel.
Fox Creek, JSM, 2012£14.95
JSM is named after decorated army Captain, James Stanley Malpas who was born in Willunga in 1873. His family lived in what is now Fox Creeks Cellar Door cottage. James, the youngest son of Henry and Mary Malpas made his mark early. In 1891 at the age of 18, he carved his initials in the stone lintel above the front door. James studied at Roseworthy Agricultural College where he graduated as a Gold Medalist. In 1915 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and was posted to Gallipoli where he was promoted to Captain.
James was awarded the Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry in action’ after displaying great resourcefulness and dash in getting his company out of an almost impossible position in the trenches in Gallipoli.
A fruit driven mid palate is laden with red cherry, plums and raspberries. The wine has a long, crisp and refreshing finish due to the Cabernets firm and youthful grape tannin framed with elegant and spicy oak. A great drinking wine of complexity and substance.
Suitable for vegans!
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Hugh Hamilton, ‘Jekyll & Hyde’, Shiraz Viognier 2016£25.50
If you are a wine geek, you know of ‘co-fermentation’; a process in which two varieties (in this case, red Shiraz and white Viognier) are picked on the same day and blended at the crusher. This produces a result quite different to blending ‘finished’ red and white wines. The tannin and fragrance of the small amount of Viognier are amplified by the process, and the resultant wine is more fragrant and shows greater depth and even-ness of tannin structure than we’d otherwise see. (Hugh won’t mind admitting he swiped the idea from the French).
There aren’t many times I can think of when adding a lighter
colour leads to a darker one but the Jekyll is just that kind of
paradox. By co-fermenting the varieties the Viognier skins help
the colour molecules to form more stable complexes, and thereby
create a darker colour.
NOSE AND PALATE
Fragrant orange blossom, jasmine, and violets. Pulpy dark fruits,
plums, dark cherries, and cedar. The palate rolls with toasty oak,
peach notes, more plums, and firm French oak. The resonant,
lingering palate manages to be both structured and soft textured
– like a favourite pair of jeans.