Bondar Wines, ‘Violet Hour’ Shiraz, 2014£20.95
What's in the name:
“This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations grow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at ant moment we may see the unicorn.” – Bernard DeVoto, “The Hour”.
How about the wine:
Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on Andre Bondar's Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. He used a proportion of whole bunches, which helps to create that lightness, and adds dimensions of flavour and a silky mouth feel. Aged in mostly older French oak, Violet Hour should improve nicely over the next five years or so and will suit lighter meat dishes and pasta beautifully.
Bondar Wines, Adelaide Hills, Chardonnay, 2016£20.95
Sourced from a single-vineyard at 400m above sea level in the cool Echunga area, this wine was hand-picked and pressed straight to barrel, where it underwent a natural fermentation. Matured in four barrels (one new, three older French oak) for about nine months. Very similar to the 2014 with a slightly purer fruit profile. We recommend you open it and let it breathe, sit back and watch it settle into its own skin and sing. It's a wine that will age beautifully over the next few years.
90 dozen bottles made.
Read Mike Bennie's review from MBM Magazine (94 points):
“Bondar are out of the blocks and racing. Great release of a lean and fine expression of Chardonnay here. It smells of wet slate, oyster shell, faint nuttiness then the pure, ripe stone fruit expression chimes in. Slinky yet crisp fringed in texture, the wine remains crisp and tight through its needle thrust line. Get involved.”
Cantina il Passo, “Alberi in Piano”, Aglianico del Vulture DOC, 2013£29.50
The origin of the family-run farm dates back to the end of the 19th century, which was also known as “Contrada Alberi in Piano”, with many hectares of land near Rapolla, a small village in the province of Potenza, located in Lucania at the slopes of Vulture.
The Aglianico of Vulture has very remote origins, and people thinks it has been brought by the Greeks in the south of Italy between the VII and the VI century B.C. One of the historical and literary evidences of the history of this wine variety is the one left by Quintus Horatius Flaccus, a Latin poet who was born in Venosa, who exalted the beauty of his land (Basilicata) and of its wine.
Intense ruby red with violet hues.
Ripe red fruit, note of tobacco, cocoa and vanilla.
This is a big wine and we recommend decanting. It's received 18 months in French oak barrels and a further 6 months in the bottle. Bramble fruit with sweet spices present tannin that has soften with age.
Chapel Down, Classic Non-Vintage Brut£22.00
Chapel Down Brut NV is a classic example of quality English sparkling wine with aromas of red apple, citrus fruits and freshly baked bread together with hints of strawberry and quince on the palate and fine persistent bubbles.
Chapel Down Brut is ideal as an aperitif or a perfect pairing to the British classic – fish and chips.
Drink within 3 years of purchase.
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Claymore ‘Nirvana’ Reserve Shiraz, 2012£27.95
This is the icon of legendary Claymore wines portfolio. You will never view a Shiraz in the same way.
This is a wine of elegance, finely structured and delicately balanced. Big juicy fruits are balanced by savoury, spicy elements in the mouth. Lusciously rich plums, blackberries and liquorice are wrapped in gently charry oak brought into line with crisp acidity. We only have a little left of this excellent 2010 vintage which we reserve for our private customers.
Claymore ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ Wine Mixed Case£42.25
There are 3 things we believe you should never do alone : Walk, Watch football and, Drink a good bottle of wine. That’s why we think a mixed case of Claymore’s official wine of Liverpool is the best for any game day.
In 2015 Claymore wines signed a three-season deal and is currently the ‘Official Wine Partner of Liverpool FC in Australia’. Whether it is football or wine, passion is the key that unites the two brands.
The case price of £42.25 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
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Claymore, “Flame” Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2010£24.95
This is the first production of what is a very exclusive, limited release wine. The grapes were hand selected for the best parcel of Cabernet then indulged with maturation in French oak for 4 years. This is a generous amount of time and two years longer than Claymore’s Reserve Nirvana Shiraz.
The result is a deep, dark intense Cabernet with seamlessly integrated tannins and dense black fruits wound up in savoury oak spice.
Cellaring of this wine just adds to the reward.
Claymore, Black Magic Woman, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2015£27.50
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.
Down The Rabbit Hole Mixed Case£72.50
Down The Rabbit Hole from McLaren Vale, Australia, is a winery which aims to inspire imagination with an attitude of adventure, inviting drinkers to join in on something special. Their team is built on creativity, energy and youthful spirit. It’s almost impossible not to want to share in their beautiful lifestyle (and cute campervan named Scout). They view wine as the ability to transform a seemingly ordinary day into something pretty special. On the back of every bottle is their poem, and each hand sketched illustration on the wine label represents a different line of that poem.
The case price of £118 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
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Eduardo Garrido, Gran Reserva, Rioja Alta, 2007£24.95
Eduardo Garrido's family-run winery only makes a Gran Reserva in the finest years with the best grapes. They have not made another since 2004 and Tilley's Wines bought the last of Eduardo's cellar.
Our Gran Reserva wine is characterised by its cherry colors with hints of terracotta and a clean, bright medium body. The nose offers intense aromas with hints of balsam and ripe fruit. The wine enters the mouth smoothly and cleanly, and finishes freshly and elegantly, with well developed tannins.
This wine is aged for 24 months in American and French oak, decanted periodically in the cellar, and given an additional 36 months to refine in the bottle before it was released.
Five Geese “Jon’s Block” Reserve Shiraz 2012£34.95
Sue Trott and her son Jonathon Trott (and hence the name of this beauty) are both behind this complex Shiraz. In short, expect a long and intense palate with lovely spice and pepper, elegant oak and fine tannins
Attractive dark and dense crimson.
Very lifted and perfumed, spicy, almost nutty fruit/ oak complexity. A touch of that peaty character which is so typical of the old vines in Block 9.
Soft, rich, flavoursome palate with lovely spice and pepper complexity lingering. Not sweet, more savoury and elegant in style. A great follow on from the 2010 Reserve Shiraz. This is an impressive example of old vine Blewitt Springs Shiraz.
24 months in first and second year French oak hogsheads.
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”.
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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, “Jen’s Block” Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012£34.95
Australia's leading lady Sue Trott is one of the country's leading viticulturists and her wines are testament to her talent and established vineyards.
Attractive dark red
Distinctive McLaren Vale Cabernet. Sauvignon aroma with ripe mulberries and cassis with a touch of cedar and coffee oak adding complexity.
From the very good 2012 vintage. Full-flavoured, full-bodied, rich fruit flavours in the middle and those distinctive Cabernet tannins providing a long and definitive finish.
16 months in predominately French and American oak hogsheads.
Five Geese, Sue’s Paddock Reserve Grenache, 2012£34.95
This wine is named on the bottle from “Sue's Paddock” and this is because it is from her very much cherished 80 plus year Grenache gnarly vines. Sue Trott has only produced 200 cases of her limited Grenache Reserve.
By way of tasting notes there's ripe strawberry and raspberry flavours with the warmth of the dry grown Grenache showing long and fine tannins with a
lingering finish. There is a savoury dry character that is not aggressive
in any way with hints of spice.
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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.
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.
Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 2013£43.95
We didn’t think the 2012 could have been bettered but then comes along the current vintage 2013.
This has been Fox Creek’s most celebrated wine, first made in 1994. The Reserve has an extraordinary range of flavours with blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice and dark chocolate. The wine has a rich sweet fruit mid palate and the finish is long. While approachable when young, it is best cellared and drinks best to 2028.
Intense, deep burgundy.
Red cherry and plum fruit flavours layered with cinnamon and nutmeg, dark chocolate and liquorice with hints of rhubarb and buttered toast.
The full flavoured palate with plums, black cherries, rhubarb and strawberries, with liquorice and milk chocolate filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, and is characterised by rich dark chocolate, roast nut, vibrant acidity and firm structural grape tannins. These tannins give the wine excellent length and will become richer and soften as the wine ages, and will reward those who can cellar this release. We also recommend decanting this wine up to two hours before savouring.
Sourced from premium selected McLaren Vale vineyards blocks with a range of soil types contributing structural and flavour complexity. Soils include Bay of Biscay, grey loam, and red gravels. Harvest took place when the individual vineyard fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids all reached maturity. 2013 was a warm and compact vintage with mild nights and to warm days during the ripening period. This meant the fruit flavours were rich and intense and the tannins were big and firm. The Shiraz harvest began mid February and finished in mid March, with most of the components for this wine came in late February and early March. Fermentation on skins was for 8 – 10 days, with all wine completing fermentation in barrel for added texture and to advance the integration of oak and grape tannins. During maturation the wine from each vineyard batch was targeted with appropriate oak styles to maximise its potential and produce the most complex and complete wine bases possible prior to blending. Our oak barrels are sourced from coopers in France, USA and Australia and are seasoned for 3 years. Maturation was for 21 months in both new and one year old oak barrels. Barrel by barrel selection took place during all stages of fermentation and barrel maturation to ensure only the best Shiraz barrels were selected for the final blend. Final blend proportions were determined purely by quality, balance and style.
Excellent Classification, Langtons Classification of Wine VI
Best of Show Australia Red; ProWein, Mundus Vini Spring, Germany 2015
Double Gold Medal, China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015
Great Gold Medal, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, Spain 2015
Great Gold Medal, Mundus Vini Spring, Germany 2015
Gold Medal, Mundus Vini Summer 2015
Gold Medal, AWC Vienna 2015
Gold Medal, Les Citadelles Du Vin France 2015
Gold Medal, Selections Mondiales des Vins, Canada 2015
Gold Medal, Berlin Wine Trophy, Germany 2015
Gold Medal, DWM Asia Wine Trophy 2015
Gold Medal, DWM Portugal Wine Trophy 2015
Gold Medal, Berlin Wine Trophy 2016
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge – Tranche 1 2016
Silver Medal, Syrah du Monde, France 2015
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge : Tranche 2, England 2015
Silver Medal, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium 2015
96 points 'Outstanding' : James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition
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