Maxwell, Eocene Ancient Earth, Shiraz 2011£32.95
The Maxwell winery is located on a solid limestone hill in the heart of McLaren Vale. The limestone was created during the Eocene Epoch, 56-34 million years ago creating the foundation for the low yield/high quality fruit born on our vines.
This is a very limited release Shiraz which begins with a heady mix of aromas including maraschino cherries, aniseed and a rich compote of ripe dark berries. The complex, detailed and multi-faceted palate continues with dark cherries and forest fruits, while introducing layers of dark chocolate and light, savoury earth.
Interwoven by long fine tannins and a backbone of well-integrated cedary oak;
the wine finishes with an abundance of fruit length and intensity – this could easily age up to 15 years.
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).
Maxwell, Little Demon, Verdelho, 2017£12.95
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.
Minini “Tank 55” Grillo Sicilia Doc 2016£8.95
Produced in the highest hills of Marsala this bright yellow with delicate shades of green Minini Grillo has a taste that is refreshing, delicate with a lasting mineral acidity. A bouquet of citrus and herbal, with delicate hints of acacia. Best always served well chilled ideally with fish, white meats and Asian food.
Minini “Tank 76” Nero D’Avola Sicilia Doc 2016£10.95
Produced in the highest hills of Marsala, this Nero d’Avola has the colour of deep garnet red with a dark core. With the bouquet of rich forest fruits, elegant and sophisticated with fruity tones. A full bodied taste with smooth tannins, velvety and intense.
Minini Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC 2016£9.95
Produced in the high hills of Abruzzo, located on the Eastern side of central Italy. This pleasantly dry, sapid, and slightly tannic Montepulciano has the colour of ruby red with orange reflections with age. With a nose that is vinous and intense with hints of spices.
A super value red and great choice with roasts meats and hard cheeses.
Minini Prosecco Spumante DOC Extra Dry£12.95
Produced in an area that is known for Prosecco in the province of Vicenza and Padova. This Minini Prosecco is 100% Glera and is pale yellow with green glints, accompanied with lasting fizziness. A bouquet that is Fruity with aromas of apple, pear and white flowers and a taste that is fresh, slightly citrus, with a distinct acidity and a harmonious and slightly aromatic aftertaste. Best served always well chilled 7 – 8 C and is delicious as an aperitif and ideal with fish dishes, white meats, and fresh cheeses.
Minini, Pinot Grigio DOC Delle Venezie, 2017£9.95
Produced in the hills that extend east from Lake Garda and surround Verona. This bright pale yellow Pinot Grigio is fresh and dry with a well-balanced acidity. With a bouquet that is elegantly fruity with soft hints of pear. Always best served when it is well chilled and delicious as an aperitif or with fish dishes, white meat, and cheese.
Molinetto, Gavi DOCG, 2017£12.50
Molinetto is a sustainable producer boasting organic practices. Their wines are organic but just not officially certified (the winemaker, Diego would rather be in the vineyard tending to his grapes and working the land than doing endless paperwork!).
Bright straw-yellow colour with light greenish nuances.
Apple and pear on the nose.
Round and creamy with an apple tang.
Decanter World Wine Awards – Bronze 2017
An excellent example of Moscato for those curious to try this sparkling example. Bright yellow colour with delicate green hues and lively mousse. The impact is elegant on the nose with mellow notes of grapes, melon and peaches. On the palate the bubbles are fine and persistent and no need to worry about the sweetness – it is wonderfully balanced and sweet without being icky by the refreshing acidity and lively zing. Very tasty and only 7.5% because not all the sugar is converted to alcohol so a natural lower alcohol alternative. We enjoy this one with cake!
O’Leary Walker “Claire” Reserve Shiraz, 2010£56.95
We discovered this powerful Clare Valley shiraz from a customer recommendation asking if we could import some for him. We obliged even though this was a rather punchy in price Shiraz. However, we are now thanking our customer for introducing us to this concentrated, complex bottle of blackberry spice and keep buying more and more. Totally deserving of the price and will last for years to come. Will cellar well until 2040.
O’Leary Walker Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2013£16.75
The estate grown Chardonnay comes from the O’Leary family property at Oakbank, in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. The bouquet features delicate white peach, nectarine and grapefruit characters which flow seamlessly onto the palate.
Various techniques including barrel fermentation, lees stirring and partial malo-lactic fermentation adds texture and complexity to this alluring cool climate wine.
O’Leary Walker, Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, 2013£16.50
An approachable Pinot Noir from a fine Estate. On the palate you'll find bucket loads of dark cherries and it's a decent weight in the mouth for a youthful wine. This wine is incredibly easy drinking and can be enjoyed on its own.
O’Leary Walker, Polish Hill Riesling, 2014
If you’re a Riesling drinker you will love this release from the famed Polish Hill River sub-region of the Clare Valley.
It’s pure lime and slate and it’s both up-front and reserved at once. It’s intense through the finish yet it feels watery and refreshing and cool minerality through the centre. It’s beautiful drinking but will cellar, too.
Piantaferro Chianti DOCG, Tuscany Italy 2016£10.95A pure ruby-garnet colour where the taste of wine is rounded, lush, clean, with a good balance, notes of chocolate and anise, with soft sweet tannins. The aroma of wine reveals sweet notes of ripe black fruit, raisins, cherries and red liquorice. This wine should be served with grilled red meats, cheeses and dishes from beans.
Piantaferro Grillo, 2016£9.95
Grillo is one of the most promising native Sicilian grapes, which is still grown with the ancient small-tree method at a density of 6000 vines per hectare. The grapes are harvested by hand and softly pressed. The wine is pleasurably structured and one does not even notice its strength and alcohol content thanks to a splendid balance for a full-bodied wine.
This brilliant golden yellow Grillo is pleasant to taste with as the fresh taste of the wine shows a harmonious combination of acidity, mild alcohol content and persistent fruitiness. Calm short finish fascinates with its purity. Intense notes of ripe exotic and citrus fruits in the aroma of wine are accompanied by charming hints of spices and Mediterranean herbs. We recommend to drink with poultry, white meat, sea fish, seafood, soft cheeses, as well as with fruit.
Piantaferro Intrigo Negroamaro IGT£9.95
Intense deep ruby red in colour (almost black which is not surprising since its name, negroamaro, is 'the black bitter one).
The nose is mature black berry fruits and spices in particular coffee and cinnamon.
The palate is full bodied and rounded with an earthy richness with abundant plum, prune and dark chocolate backed with slight tannin to give texture.
Piantaferro Nero d’Avola IGT, 2017£9.95
The wine is full on the palate, soft, warm and harmonious. The velvety tannins are barely noticeable and disappear quickly, followed by some spice, balsamic notes and pleasant liquorice that creep on through providing a long welcome finish.