Fox Creek Wine Mixed Case£95.50
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 unswervingly. 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 £95.50 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
Fox Creek, ‘Short Row’ Shiraz, 2016£18.95
First produced in 1999, Short Row Shiraz acknowledges the traditional McLaren Vale Shiraz style that has brought the region the recognition and standing amongst the great wine regions of the world. A style based on a powerful fruit driven front and mid palate, with rich ripe tannins requiring significant new oak influence to be brought back into a semblance of balance.
This big and rich Shiraz has been tamed slightly over the years to enhance its drinkability and poise in the glass but it still packs a punch on the palate. The original incarnation was from the short row vineyard, which is characterised by a magnificent big ball of fruit on the mid palate. We also select parcels from two other vineyards that exhibit similar flavour and tannin profiles.
Plums, black cherry, raspberry, clove, dark chocolate. Intertwined with nutmeg, cinnamon, and roasted vanilla bean.
Fruit driven front palate of plum, strawberry, black cherry, mid palate of strawberry and cream with hints of dark chocolate. The youthful grape tannins provide a firm texture and length that will soften and integrate with age.
Drink now but this will reward with careful cellaring until 2020.
GOLD Medal Mundus Vini 2018
GOLD Medal CWWSC 2018
GOLD Medal Berlin Wine Trophy 2018
GOLD Medal “Sakura” Japan’s Woman’s Wine Awards 2018
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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Hugh Hamilton ‘The Mongrel’ Sangiovese Blend 2016£16.95
A decade ago, fresh young reds were rare, and rarely taken seriously. These days they are more common, and critics pay much more attention! Hugh Hamilton are not after attention per se; their aim is to take the best of Sangiovese – always the core of ‘The Mongrel’ – and build on it, in a perfumed, savoury, unchallenging style: fresh, bright and lively!
85% Sangiovese 13.5% Grenache 1.5% Sauvignon Blanc – Sangiovese is a grape that has a lot going for it. Think savoury, meaning it’s great with food; it has a cherry flavour which is a contrast to most other grapes we grow and it holds very good tannin structure. Its natural acidity means it always has an interesting and lively palate. However, if you really want to make this wine ‘sing’ it needs a little touching up with something else and in this vintage, that is a splash of Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc.
With a nose that is a fruity-earthy mix of tar, raspberry, and maple syrup and a palate of supple textured, muscular palate of length and mid-weight. The intense perfume ‘blooms’ across the palate. Crunchy. Shiny polished leather.
The Mongrel is best matched with a simple pasta e polpette (meat-balls) dish with grated parmesan and fresh parsley. In fact any rich, tomato-based dish will be a perfect match!
Hugh Hamilton ‘The Scoundrel’ Tempranillo 2016£16.95
This Hugh Hamilton Tempranillo has savoury leather & cherry characteristics of the Spanish Tempranillo blended to add the mid-palate weight, balance & fruit of the other varieties.
With a medium body this wine is perfect with a paella, or any Spanish foods.
Hugh Hamilton Mixed Case£175.00
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 £175 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
Hugh Hamilton, ‘Agent Provocateur’ Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier 2017£19.50
Hugh Hamilton is the 5th generation of a large wine dynasty and is regarded as the black sheep of the family.
His daughter and 6th generation of the family, Mary, continues the legacy making Hugh Hamilton Australia's oldest wine family.
Hugh is the master of a most reprobate flock and his Agent Provocateur is a member of his Dark Arts range – a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together but work!
Agent Provocateur is an established style of wine which was first produced in 2014. It looks scary on paper but Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier work together; truly every component in this blend performs a specific task.
Clear, red violet
Cola and Turkish Delight jockey with star anise, raspberry and rose oil in a bouquet that leaps from the glass provided by the Grenache and Gewurztraminer.
The Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier complete a textural profile that lends weight without sweetness. The supple texture of the white varieties form a perfect counterpoint to the grippier tannins of the reds.
This wine can even be chilled a little. We like it best with Peking Duck and pancakes or some pulled pork burgers.
Hugh Hamilton, ‘Ancient Earth’ Shiraz 2013£37.50
McLaren Vale has some of the most variable, ancient and
weathered soils on the planet. 19 different soil types have been
identified in one of the most detailed soil studies carried out in
any wine region. It is for this reason behind the name ‘Ancient
Earth’. It is a single-vineyard Shiraz from the beautiful sweep of
vines immediately to the south of our Cellar Door; aptly named ‘Cellar Vineyard’. So what’s special about the earth? The earth is
known locally as ‘Biscay soil’. It is also referred to as ‘selfmulching
black cracking clay’ and these soils have unique
properties. Slow to wet, they can tightly hold a large volumes of
water. Unfortunately the soil is not so generous in giving the vines
access to this moisture so in heatwave conditions the vines can
stress quite quickly. On the other hand, correctly managed, the
resulting wine can be quite magnificent. Shiraz thrives here and
can produce fruit with great fragrance and power, but a structure
which guarantees ageing potential.
The bouquet is fragrant with spicy fruit, and shows notes of
raspberry. You will find a hint of toast from French oak barriques.
On the palate, the wine is rich & spicy with chocolatey depth.
Once again, there is toast and spice from oak; lingering blackberry
fruit with pleasantly gritty tannins.
Hugh Hamilton, ‘The Oddball’ Saperavi 2015£46.00
Hugh Hamilton is the 5th generation of a large wine dynasty and is regarded as the black sheep of the family.
His daughter and 6th generation of the family, Mary, continues the legacy making Hugh Hamilton Australia’s oldest wine family.
The genesis of Saperavi came about from Hugh's connection with Georgian winemaker Lado Uzunashvili. He waxed lyrical about his country's great red grape and despite its absolute rarity in Australia at the time, Hugh decided to give it a go! 13 vintages later, Hugh Hamilton continues to lead the Australian charge with this exotic Georgian grape.
Brilliant blacks and purples
Rose oil and black tar and floral blossom
Punchy cherry fruit, thyme, tobacco and cedar. Chewy tannins keep fruit generously in check. Lingering notes of fenugreek seeds and maple syrup.
Sapervai is a very food friendly grape due to its natural high acidity. Traditional Georgian food has a plethora of flavours and spices and Saperavi can keep up. Personally we like The Oddball with a good charred steak or slow cooked lamb shoulder.
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Hugh Hamilton, ‘The Ratbag’ Merlot, 2014£17.95
Hugh Hamilton is the 5th generation of a large wine dynasty and is regarded as the black sheep of the family. His daughter and 6th generation of the family, Mary, continues the legacy, making Hugh Hamilton winery Australia’s oldest wine family.
McLaren Vale is red wine heaven, with an ideal climate for bigger-bodied reds, but, with careful site selection, the region can grow pretty much anything. Merlot can be more difficult than some, with erratic yield and ripening habits; its unpredictability is sufficient reason for calling it ‘The Ratbag’. It certainly has a
character all its own.
The Ratbag is always a reminder to Hugh that Merlot is so much more than just a soft red wine. Each year the fruit that grows in their Church Vineyard tenaciously produces the most varietal Merlot I have ever tasted – not only soft, but full of character and class.
Nose and Palate
Garden and forest jostle – strawberries, spearmint, and pink lady apples, give way to fresh turned soil, woody herbs, forest floor, and wild roses. Further layers of molasses, leather, char, and vanilla pod add dimension and depth.
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.
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, Black Blood II, Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014£36.00
The ‘Black Blood’ trio are a fascinating journey into single site Shiraz from Hugh Hamilton's distinct vineyards. Defined by the unique taste of the places where they grow in McLaren Vale, we keep everything else as consistent as possible so you can taste the terroir. Currently we have only been lucky enough to present you Black Blood II as they sell out so quickly in Australia but we are working on Hugh to reserve us some stock!
Heady red berries; Warm baking spices; Hints of mocha; Notes of black pepper.
Velvety and long. The brightness of the fruit is as fresh as the crunch of the grapes at harvest. Chocolatey and mouthfillingly rich.
Black Blood II' is a wine that undulates with a myriad of flavours. It has a firm core of tannin, but it's the flesh on the bones that draws the attention. Generous without being over the top. This is a very ‘giving’ wine and will continue to do so for the next decade.
Hugh Hamilton, Floozie, Sangiovese Rosé 2016£13.95
We like our rosé fresh and lively – which is why it's based on Sangiovese … famed for its crisp acidity and bright aromas and flavours. Floozie will not doubt make for a happier human race – or at least a few select members who partake of this wine!
Il N.5 di Poggio L’Apparita, DOC Maremma Toscano Rosso, 2014£14.45
Micro-production of this vintage of just 1100 bottles.
International Wine Challenge's tasting note:
“Juicy fruit, lots of herbal edges. Nicely rustic with fine tannins.”
Il N.6 di Poggio L’Apparita, DOC Maremma Toscana Rosso, 2014£14.45
COLOUR & NOSE
Ruby red with violet reflections. Delicate bouquet of berries and delicate sweetness.
Very ripe fruits, pleasant roasted aromas and finely integrated tannins make this wine long lasting. A truly elegant wine with a strong personality.
The grapes of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are hand-picked and selected from the end of August until the beginning of October. It is matured in Slavonic oak barrels for at least 12 months. Of the year 2014 only 1708 bottles were produced.
La Scolca Gavi di Gavi DOCG Black Label GIGI 2017£35.00
La Scolca Black Label Gavi (also known as “Gigi”) is regarded as the ultimate Gavi – excepting La Scolca's exclusive extremely limited D'Antan which is Black Label Gavi aged in tanks on the lees for a straight ten years! That is extremely limited and expensive of course but this black label is more affordable and easier to get stock of.
La Scolca Black Label Gavi is highly sought after. Although pale in colour, this is deceptive as it's a big, rich wine packed with flavour and a real weight on the palate. It has a very very long finish.
Le Argille Cabernet di Cabernet 2014£32.00
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.
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