Chateau La Verriere, ‘Espirit Bastide’ 2010£14.75
This Côtes du Luberon is a blend of Grenache , Syrah and Carignan from the Castle of La Verrerie vineyard. Vinified variety by variety , the wine was aged 15-18 months in oak barrels.
To the eye , the color is bright with a beautiful dark cherry color . The nose reveals notes of raspberry and cassis. In the mouth the wine is silky and elegant. It expresses the flavors of wild berries, spices and chocolate.
Easy to drink , it is enjoyed on meats and light cheeses .
Ciceron Author 2008, Bodegas Ciercon£19.95
Bright and deep cherry red, fading to ruby. Great aromatic complexity and intensity. Red and black berry jam, chocolate, smoke balsamic notes arise in the glass.
The palate is rich with noble and mature tannins and they have not been shy with the oak. Berry jam, black treacle and toast flow throughout the mouth. Only 1,500 bottles of this wine are produced a year – this is something rather special.
Claymore, You’ll Never Walk Alone, 2012£14.95
All those vibrant fruits shine on the palate, which is surprisingly soft and round. Soaked plums and dark jammy flavours are balanced by savoury all-spice and bitter chocolate; the wine finishes with a warm tickle.
Eduardo Garrido, Gran Reserva, Rioja Alta, 2004£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 “Indian File” Grenache, 2014£18.95
Sue and Jonathon Trott’s Single Vineyard “Indian File” Grenache is from 80-year old dry-grown vines. The style is enriched and complexed by whole bunch fermentation.
On the nose you get raspberries, fruit pastilles, cherry and floral notes with background spice and pepper.
To the palate there is fruit sweetness and a soft savoury tannin finish. Herbs and spices linger on the palate
This is a complex, savoury style similar to a cool-climate Pinot Noir. Perhaps James Irvine was right many years ago when he called McLaren Vale Grenache the Pinot d ‘Fleurieu!
The wine has seen 9 months in French oak.
Five Geese “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.
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.
Tasting note from James Halliday 2014: “Light crimson-purple; from 80-year-old bush vines, it has a scented, floral bouquet of red flowers and fruits, the elegant medium-bodied palate precisely delineated with red berry, fine spice and silky tannin. 200 dozen made by Mike Farmilo.”
Fox Creek, ‘Postmaster’, Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre 2015£17.45
This wine was named in honour of Henry Malpas, father of James Stanley Malpas (JSM), who was the first owner of the plot of land that is now the home of Fox Creek. As well as building the beautiful Willunga House in 1849 (which still stands magnificently in St Peters Tce, Willunga) he opened a General Store and took over the Mail duties from the local police in 1852. His role as Willunga’s first Postmaster, and the punishing schedule that came with it, continued until 1873 when the new post office was built.
Bright, cherry red appearance. A nose of raspberry and cherry, hints of strawberries and cream, ginger nut biscuits with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
A luscious palate dominated by mulberry, raspberries and red cherries leading into a plum, strawberry and crème caramel mid palate. The wine has well integrated oak, balanced and elegant tannins with a silky, persistent finish. The Old Vine Grenache delivers the perfumed lift and juicy red berry fruits, with the Old Vine Shiraz adding the fleshy plum and strawberries on the mid palate. The old vine tannins give the wine an elegance and structure with the Mourvedre tying the palate together by adding tannin volume and some earthy, gritty texture. This is a classic regional blend that shows off the varieties that do well.
Gilligan, Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvedre, 2013£15.95
Gilligan is one of the smallest wineries from which Tilley’s Wines import. We have known Leigh Gilligan for many years and now Leigh’s son Sami has joined the family winery as the winemaker.
Leigh and Sami have a passion for sustainable viticultural practices and traditional winemaking techniques. Estate grown fruit, open fermentation, basket pressing and oak maturation produces a superb blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre which has earned high praise since the first release in 2002, from wine critics and consumers throughout the world.
Medium purple in colour with a vibrant bouquet of black fruits, violets, long finish with silky tannins. Excellent structure displaying fine, chalky tannins and good acidity which will complement a wide range of foods.
The blend is dominated by Shiraz (80 %) with the remainder shared equally between Grenache and Mourvedre grapes.
A portion of this vintage was fermented on roussanne lees to give additional silkiness and texture to the palate.
Larrades Blanco 2013 , Bodegas Ciceron, Rioja£8.95
Rioja wine is not just confined to reds, and white Rioja is growing in popularity. A blend of 90% Viura and 10% White Garnacha (Grenache), this wine is highly aromatic with a rich nose of apples and pears, citrus and tropical fruit; a fruity wine with fresh acidity.
Larrades Crianza 2012, Bodegas Ciceron, Rioja£9.95
Larrades Crianza is the latest wine from Bodegas Ciceron we have added to our portfolio. Being a Crianza, this means the wine has spent some time in oak and in this case, 14 months in barrels of 225 litres of French oak, followed by 8 months in the bottle.
Expect cherry-red hues in the glass. The aroma is red fruits, strawberry and raspberry and a little blackberry with soft notes of vanilla, cocoa, coconut and anise.
The palate is soft, warm and creamy (does anyone remember strawberry swirls?) with roasted coffee notes. This is a round wine with body and a long finish.
Larrades Reserva Rioja 2009, Bodegas Ciceron£13.45
High-intensity cherry red in colour. You’ll find blackberries, chocolate, vanilla and roasted notes with a touch of minerality on the nose. The palate unearths some complex flavours: bitter cherry, cookie dough, dark chocolate and crème brûlée. A serious Rioja to grace any table.
Larrades Rioja Joven 2012, Bodegas Ciceron£7.95
Bright and clean purple colour. The nose is rich with cherries and strawberries. The palate is very pleasant and fresh in mouth, with fruit well-structured notes. There is great length for a wine of this superb value.
Maxwell ‘Little Demon’ Grenache Rosé£12.75
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.
Beautiful pink, salmon in colour while aromatic rose, Turkish delight and fresh strawberry gives a very attractive aroma.
The palate is light and fresh showing generous cherry, strawberry and aromatic spices. Well balanced, a drier style of rosé, highlighting the fresh fruit, crisp acidity. The grapes used in this wine are from Mark Maxwell’s 88 year Old Vine Grenache. Top, top grapes used on this wine giving complexity and interest and making it beautifully easy to drink.
Rusty Mutt, ‘Rocky Ox’ GSM, 2015£18.95
The GSM blend is an ‘Australian-ised’ version of the French Cotes du Rhone blend. This blend is all about youth, freshness, spice and complexity with very little oak influence.
The name ‘rocky ox’ comes from winemaker, Scott Heidrich’s daughter. He describes her as an “Earth Ox in the Chinese Astrological calendar, so I thought it was fitting as Grenache can show some fantastic earthiness as it develops.”
“The colour is youthful and vibrant and pretty much what you’d expect for a young wine! The aroma is so expressive showing tomato vine, smoked meats, raspberry, guava, blackberry and cloves with charcoal, olive and dense clay earth filling the glass. Once in the mouth you experience so much more. Concentrated ripe pomegranate, fleshy fruit, spice, firm acidity and a lengthy tannic grip. I love this wine, can’t you tell?!” Scott Heidrich, Winemaker.
Anthony Rose, Decanter (March 2016) comments:
“Evolving nicely, intriguing iodine, nutmeg, savoury and mulberry and plummy fruit on the palate with firm acidity. Juicy, supple texture and firm but balanced tannins on the finish. Lovely overall balance and texture, a northern or southern Rhone meets Oz blend?”
Samuel’s Gorge Grenache, 2014£24.50
Justin McNamee of historic Samuel’s Gorge cements the sense of place in all of his wines. His old gnarly bush vine grenache grapes are from sub-region Blewitt Springs and this wine is an Olympian in full glory: layer upon layer of every red fruit studded with cardamon, clove and cinnamon, reminiscent of the spice markets of British India.
Tasting note by winemaker Justin McNamee, “The flavours are strongly linked to the aromas: vibrant, bright red cherry, zesty twist of a tangelo rind and piquant quince paste shaded with dried oregano and wisps of white pepper. It embraces the rusticity of ancient earth and a signature McLaren Vale flint: subtle hints of the sea in delicate ribbons of nori, the savoury umami of white miso. Bright acids and texturally intriguing fine, chalky tannins give amazing line and length.”
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