Maxwell, Lime Cave, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
The Maxwell Winery is located on the south facing slope of a solid limestone hill in the heart of the McLaren Vale. Next to the winery is a man-made cave, dug in 1916, tunnelled 40 metres into the hill. This is the Lime Cave.
Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine is sourced from vines planted in 1972 above the Lime Cave, on the crest of the estate vineyard. Identified as a Reynella Selection Cabernet vines, the first vines were brought into South Australia over 160 years ago. The estate vines, now into their 4th decade, continue to produce small parcels of remarkable fruit due to the minimal topsoil and solid limestone in which they grow.
Matured in French oak, the abundant mulberry, cassis and violet overtones are well integrated with spice oak. Long grained tannins provide balance and persistence. The elegant Cabernet Sauvignon is a reflection of the unique are of McLaren Vale in which it is grown.
Bouchon Granito Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2015£35.99
Granito is a micro-terroir in a granitic soil which
is more than 120 million years old. They are old vines with
deep roots. It is minerality expressed in the bottle. This blend
is from Mingre estate, Maule’s Dry coastal area, 45Km from
the Pacific Ocean and 193 meters above sea level.
Rich purple colour, dark berry fruit with
liquorice and warm spice, fresh and youthful in style but very
approachable; multi-layered and complex on the finish.
Perfect with roast turkey, lamb, pork, grilled mushrooms,
Claymore, Black Magic Woman, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2016£29.95
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.
Black Magic Woman is only made when Claymore 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.
Los Haroldos Hermandad Blend 2016£20.95
A new range of high quality wines from the new generation at ‘Familia Falasco’’, owners of ‘Bodega Los Haroldos’’.
“These wines have been crafted by the 4th generation, we’ve created wines that prioritise elegance, fruit and the expression of different terroir.”
The first ‘Familia Falasco Premium Wines’ under the ‘Hermandad’’ (Brotherhood) label reflect the individual natures of each of the new generation and, just like a family, the blends are stronger when they are brought together.
” – do we need to revise as we are doing single varietals, not just blends?”
Franco, Florencia, Fausto & Francesco Falasco
Tasting Note: Complex, ripe black fruits, sweet spices, tobacco and mocha, intermarry with fresh oral notes on the nose; the full, ripe palate leads with notes of blackberries, moving to defned cassis and plums with a sweet yet firm tannic finish.
Food Match: Roast beef, veal, venison, great with game birds like duck, partridge and pheasant, cheeses like Lincolnshire Poacher, red Leicester and Cheshire.
*This wine comes gift wrapped*
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Smalltown Vineyards The Good Luck Club Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley 2017£15.95
The latest lovechild of renowned Barossa winemaker, Rolf Binder, and UK-based wine merchant, Noel Young. Magpie Estate purchased the Smalltown block in 2016, 40 hectares of 28 year old Shiraz and Cabernet in the premium Ebenezer District of the Barossa Valley. This wine was aged in new and tertiary French oak for 24 months. The oak lends a subtle texture and structure to the fruit leaving the palate fresh so this is a bright, varietal Cab that wears its oak lightly as a structural veil rather than anything more monstrous.
Notes of shoe-leather on the nose with a palate driven by fresh cassis, vanilla, a dollop of cream and the texture of a lolly-stick sucked clean. It’s an absolute bloody marvel.
It’s lovely with steak tartare, seared tuna, roast Mediterranean veg and some crunchy, matured hard cheese.
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Alpha Box & Dice ‘Icona’ Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale 2015£24.95
The grapes are we destemmed, crushed and left for two weeks on skin, before letting the juice sit back and enjoy 24 months in barriques – one third new oak and the rest seasoned. The result is classic, approachable and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Just like the icons that came before it.
Big, bold, juicy with cassis and blueberries on the nose and molasses, chocolate and cherries on the tongue. Beyond all of that, ultimately it’s like being embraced by an enormous purple clam with blueberry chops and wobbly rubber Fgrape flavoured hands just before they throw you into a vat of fermenting blueberry pie. Willie Wonka’s Veruca Salt – eat your heart out!
Thick juicy steak or the perfect accompaniment for after dinner nostalgic narratives.
Music Lovers Mixed Case by Claymore Wines£79.42
The case price of £79.42 includes a 5% discount of the RRP case price of £83.6. Price include sale prices. The selection is as follows:
Situated in the beautiful Clare Valley in South Australia, Claymore Wines is now in its third decade. Claymore’s founder and owner, Anura Nitchingham has three great loves in his life – wine, music and football – and he celebrates all of them through the winery.
Many of Claymore’s wines are named after some of the world’s legendary rock songs, albums and artists. The sensory connection for Anura was genuine. To him, the labels are those that resonate beyond their time, across generations and have become something of modern classics; he holds similar aspirations for his wines. To silence any critics who may see the rock icons as a gimmick, Claymore Wines has grown into a serious boutique wine business.
There’s plenty of research that suggests music makes wine taste better so we suggest cranking up the volume and exploring the Music Lovers Mixed Case.
Fox Creek Wine Mixed Case£99.50
Fox Creek brings a little bit of the past into the future. It’s a fine balance of old and new. The nineteenth century stone cottage, home to their Cellar Door is just 400 metres away from the state-of-the-art winery complex.
Their wines are not mass-produced. It is more about a discovery of a wine that they honestly care about—deeply and unswerving. Every one of their countless decisions is dedicated to a single-minded result and you can taste the passion in every bottle, every variety, from every vintage.
The 6-bottle case price of £100 includes a 5% discount off the RRP Case price £105.75. Price includes sale prices.
The selection is as follows:
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Hugh Hamilton Wines Mixed Case£89.50
As with all families one is a black sheep and Hugh Hamilton is it. You can expect therefore to enjoy the difference. The black sheep is the master of a most reprobate flock, with characters such as ‘The Rascal’ Shiraz, ‘The Scallywag’ Unwooded Chardonnay and ‘The Villain’ Cabernet Sauvignon – this is no ordinary line up.
The wines are not ordinary either. There is a fascinating range of very individualistic wines that have great character. They have such character and depth of flavour they can become a topic of dinner party conversation on their own.
The case price of £89.50 includes a 5% discount from the RRP Case price £94.25. Price includes sale price.
The selection is as follows:
Suitable for vegans!
Claymore Wines Mixed Case£80.80
Many of Claymore’s wines are named after some of the world’s legendary rock songs, albums and artists. To them, the labels are those that resonate beyond their time, across generations and have become something of modern classics; they holds similar aspirations for their wines. To silence any critics who may see the rock icons as a gimmick, Claymore Wines has grown into a serious boutique wine business.
The case price of £80.70 includes a 5% discount off the RRP case price of £85.05. Price includes sale prices.
The selection is as follows:
Le Argille Cabernet di Cabernet 2014£32.50
Cement dipped bottle, wax cap and leather label: we had never seen a bottle like it until we found this truly remarkable Le Argille Cabernet Di Cabernet. Originating from Treviso, Italy, in vineyards surrounded by the river Sile, this strong, serious and unique wine is aged in concrete barrels for two years. This method allows the the winemakers to produce an immaculate wine free from oak interference, so that the flavour comes entirely from the grapes themselves. Its uniqueness is fully preserved along with its warm, refined, and mature taste.
Appearance and Nose
If you can lift the bottle (it really is heavy!), on the pour you’ll release an intense ruby red liquid with garnet highlights. Stick your nose in and you are greeted by a warm, complex, enveloping aroma, with perfume of mature berries especially blueberry, blackberry and wild strawberries. Then a second wave hits you with hints of plum, black cherries and vanilla. But wait.. it still hasn’t finished, now we’re getting light nuances of tobacco, dark chocolate and green pepper.
It is everything it promises with a warm, elegant, mature, complex and important mouthfeel that reveals soft berries, glorious spicing and just gorgeous supple tannins. The long ageing in cement has preserved all the exquisite particular flavours of the grapes that crescendos to a spectacular mouth warming long finish that demands you take another sip.
Well the good news is it is incredibly versatile and food friendly. It’s excellent with strong meats like game and venison and will pair up wonderfully with meaty stews and hard cheeses.
This wine comes gift boxed.
First Drop, Mother’s Ruin, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015£16.50
Cassis and plum fruit flavours with hints of eucalypt and florals.
Black fruits with a round mid palate, an elegant core of tannins and a textured finish.
Beef, lamb, game, mushrooms and hard cheese.
The fruit is crushed/destemed and fermented at temperatures ranging from 20- 25°C for 10 days on skins. The ferment is managed by a variety of techniques, including ‘aerative pump overs’ and ‘drain and returns’ which assist in extracting colour, flavour and tannin from the grapes. At the end of fermentation, it is drained/pressed, and transferred to 10% new French oak hogsheads, and the balance to 3 and 4 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo MLF (malolactic fermentation). Post MLF, sulphur dioxide is added, and the wines mature sur lie (on the lees) for 18 months.
Suitable for vegans!
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Hugh Hamilton, ‘The Villain’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2016£17.95
With the luxury of drawing weighty, textured Cabernet from the cracking black soil of Hugh Hamilton’s Cellar block and blending this with the high tone perfume of the Black Sheep block, Hugh is able to produce a wine of both presence and elegance.
A compelling perfume of roses, cherry wood, and incense.
Char, roses and Darjeeling tea. A fine texture as of emery.
Suitable for vegans!
Hugh Hamilton, ‘Three Card Monte’ Shiraz, Cabernet, Montepulciano 2016£18.95
In a Three Card Monte, as hard as the mark tries to choose a
winning card from three, the dealer always wins. Hugh Hamilton have turned
this on its head by using only winning cards, so that the real trick
is not which but how well all three go together. A neat trick where
everyone is a winner.
Australia has always excelled in creating red blends – merging
classic European varieties in un-thought of ways to create
unthinkably good new combinations. Cabernet and Shiraz are one
such classic collision; Bordeaux meets the Rhone. It’s only
Australian to add a slab of Italian Abruzzo too.
Nose and Palate
A meaty/spicy mix of Christmas cake and charcuterie. A collision
of violets, cranberries, baking spices, and mulberry. A clean acid
line keeps everything together; complex, crunchy, and deliciously
alive in the glass
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Hugh Hamilton ‘Stunt Double’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc 2016£17.95
Elusive and fiercely independent Black Sheep wines from Hugh Hamilton will not be pinned down. The Dark Arts is a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together, but work! They refuse to be part of the status quo; they are wine as art. Made off the grid in an unconventional style that is all about varietals in quirky combos.
There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing the unexpected triumph over the norm – no less spectacular than watching a man in a jumpsuit leap 19 cars on a Harley and stick the landing. What could easily be seen as no more than a publicity stunt is actually a true and death-defying leap into the unknown. It’s not as crazy as you may think, or maybe it is. Either way, it works.
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Five Geese, “Jen’s Block” Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012£45.00
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.
Down The Rabbit Hole, Sangiovese Cabernet 2015£15.95
In this bottle awaits a wonderful experience. Sangiovese brings lifted dark cherries, spice and powdery tannins, while the Cabernet adds succulent berry notes and provides a smooth finish. Matured in seasoned French oak, they come together in perfect harmony to create a rich and savoury wine that’s about to blow your mind.
Winemaker’s notes, Walter Clappis:
This Sangiovese Cabernet is a blend of two parcels from two small vineyards in the Willunga foothills area of McLaren Vale. Fermented in open top fermenters, the Cabernet was kept on skins for 10 days, while the Sangiovese remained on skins for 30 days. This allows the tannins to integrate and soften, while still providing length and structure.
The parcels were kept separate until final blending prior to bottling.
Suitable for vegans!
San Michele di Poggio L’Apparita, IGT Maremma, 2008£24.95
Founded in 1978 Poggio L'Apparita has 20 hectares of the Tuscan Maremma amd has dedicated 1.5 hectares to vines. A total of 5000 bottles produced.
The “San Michele” 2008 is made from Sangiovese, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Intense ruby red
The nose has aromas of red fruit and cinnamon spice.
The palate is warm, harmonious and persistent. It has the makings of Supertuscan. Pairs well with red meat and game.
Harvested by hand. The wine has seen 18 months in oak barriques from France and Slavonia, with a further 18 months bottle ageing.