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.
Down The Rabbit Hole Tempranillo, 2015£16.95
Juicy black cherries with liquorice and spice followed by earthy cocoa notes are held together with silky tannins which provided a lengthy finish. This wine keeps you coming back for more
The fruit for Down The Rabbit Hole Tempranillo is grown in South Willunga, McLaren Vale. Warm Summer days are cooled by evening sea breezes from St Vincent’s Gulf, which lies a close proximity to the West. The soil is rich loam over clay with patches of underlying limestone, giving the wine a rich and fullness of pallet. The Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale is well suited to growing this Spanish variety.
WINEMAKING NOTES, WALTER CLAPPIS
The 2016 Vintage was warm and dry throughout Summer producing intense colour and flavour. After spending 8 days on skins, the wine was pressed into seasoned oak to mature for 12 months.
Dark cherry red with plum hues
Vibrant cherries and blueberries, plus liquorice & spice
Dark cherries and licorice follow through onto the palate, while smooth cocoa tannins provide a lengthy finish
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.
Hugh Hamilton, “The Scoundrel”, 2013£17.95
Hugh’s Tempranillo is intensely varietal. An aromatic grape, it shows cherry, rhubarb, and raspberry liquorice. Add to that a herbal edge and complexity from barrel age, and it’s an intriguing package. Let it have a bit of air in a glass, and watch it bloom
Under most conditions, Tempranillo is a medium-bodied wine, but with a distinctly savoury heart. This is no exception. It is textured, with fine tannins (derived from the skins of the grape, not the barrels), yet has an evenness on the mid-palate, arising from the natural flesh of the variety. Gentle hints of mint and dried herbs accompany the generosity which is hallmark of our region.
Larrades Crianza 2012, Bodegas Ciceron, Rioja£10.95
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£8.95
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.
Samuel’s Gorge, Tempranillo 2015£28.50
From a special little vineyard block perched atop of Samuel’s Gorge Seaview Estate; a merry dance of cherry, feminine floral’s and a charming tannin line.
Winemaker Justin has a merry dance with Tempranillo through each vintage, what he calls a Jekyll and Hyde. The vineyard is set amongst the clutches of a rocky, windswept ridge exposed to the Gulf and it’s fair to say that this Iberian hero is an interpretation of its landscape.
Winemaker, Justin McNamee’s tasting note:
“Aromas of jamon Serrano, lavender, dried sage, sun worn dusty limestone walls infiltrate the senses. Be prepared for an extended journey in the cellar with this one; it’s a stayer and may take a while to settle into its stride.”
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