Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier 2008. Canberra Australia. R1 895.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion: – ‘Young and buoyant, with a highly fragrant perfume of red fruit, fresh blackberry, violets, roast meat and a little tar; the palate reveals the true potential of this superb wine, with a cascading array of flavours and thrillingly silky tannin, poised acidity and a peacocks tail on the very long and precise palate.’ 97/100.
Robert Parker 96/100. Jamie Goode 96/100.
SC Pannell Shiraz Grenache 2006. McLaren Vale Australia. R1 050.
James Halliday: – ‘55% Shiraz. They use natural yeasts, cold soaks and open fermenters, and then it spent 18 months in old oak. Juicy raspberry fruits form the Grenache supported by spice and dark Shiraz fruits; hints of mocha on very attractive and long finish.’ 94/100.
Jeremy Oliver 93/100. Stephen Tanzer 92/100.
Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 2005. Margaret River, Australia. R1 995
Keith Mugford: – ‘The 2005 vintage has created a superbly structured red, with luscious dark fruit character; it’s one of their vineyards finest. At least as good as 2001 (which blew away the First Growths at Davos with Jancis Robinson).’
Jamie Goode 95/100. James Halliday 95/100. Jeremy Oliver 95/100.
Schlumberger Riesling Saering Grand Cru 2007. Alsace, France. R575
DECANTER: – ‘This is true Riesling, a wine in waiting. Needs 2 years at least before it will begin to show its potential – from a textbook Alsace vintage. Balanced and restrained, perfectly dry with both fruit and low alcohol [12.5%]. Drink from 2012 for many years.’ 19.5/20, 5 stars, trophy winner.
Jancis Robinson MW 17/20. Jamie Goode 93/100.
Lascombes 2ème Cru Classé 2005. Maugaux, Bordeaux, France. R1 695.
48% Merlot, 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
Robert Parker: – ‘Midnight oil? Dense black purple to the rim, the 2009 Lascombes has enormous concentration, with loads of graphite, blackberry, and blueberry notes as well as hints of pen ink and truffle. The wine is super-intense, full-bodied, fleshy, and rich. This is another wine that will compete with the 2005, which is certainly the best Lascombes I have ever tasted.’
Gilbert & Gaillard 97/100. James Suckling 94/100. Gault &Millau 18.5/20. DECANTER 17.3/20. Jancis Robinson MW 17/20.
Haut Bages Liberal 5ème Cru Classé 2006. Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. R895
Cabernet 80% Merlot 20%. Lies just to the North of Chateau Latour. 10,000 cases PA.
DECANTER: – ‘Dark ruby purple in colour, with aromas of currant and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a delicious finish. Tight now, but pretty and balanced. Best after 2012.’ 17/20.
Wine Spectator: – ‘Blackberry and current nose, velvety full body, very impressive.’ 92/100.
CellarTracker: – ‘…that silky linger behind the teeth and on the tongue I love above all else in great wine. A truly “memory “wine’. 94/100.
La Mission Haut Brion 2004. Pessac Leognan, Bordeaux, France. R2 995.
Cabernet Sauvignon 42%, Merlot 55%, Cabernet Franc 3%.
DECANTER: – ‘Medium intensity. Very well integrated, neat nose without massive intensity but attractive inky dryness. Super fresh acidity, not aggressive, and lovely supple tannins. There’s not the weight of the 2005 on the palate but there is a lovely balance. Really very fragrant and fresh’. 18/20.
Fine Wine Review: – ‘Finesse, gentle aromatic length, scent, very Graves in character. Mellifluous and round and fresh and lively. Dry finish and really revitalising.” 18/20.
Bettane 18/20. La Revue 17.5/20. Wine Enthusiaste 94/100.
Lagrange 3 ème Cru Classé 2008. St Julien, Bordeaux, France.
A blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot
Neal Martin: – ‘The nose is far more introvert than in previous years but well defined with blackberry, cassis, just cedar. A tightly coiled wine. The palate has it all going on: beautiful fine tannins, wonderful balance and purity.’ 95/100.
CellarTracker: – ‘Perfectly my cup of tea. Still many years from its drinking window, is probably best kept until after 2020.’ 92/100.
Fine Wine: – ‘Fine nose, good body and texture, classic style. Plenty of fruit, needs time.’ 16/20.
JMQ 92./100. WS 91/100.
Ghislaine Barthod 1 cru Beau Bruns 2008. Chambolle Musigny, Burgundy, France. R1 725.
‘Sweet, silky and totally expressive of the terroir. Plump and perfectly balanced. Exquisite.’
CellarTracker: – ‘This wine shows beautiful aromatics of red cherry, subtle earth, spice and floral notes. The bouquet is detailed and nuanced. The color is a medium ruby. The medium bodied palate shows balance and a medium length finish. Tannins and acidity make an appearance on the finish without dominating. This should improve with additional bottle age.’ 92/100
Antonio Galloni 91/100. Stephen Tanzer 90/100.
Mongeard 1 Cru Les Orveaux 2008. Vosne Romanee, Burgundy, France. R1325
CellarTracker: – ‘Reserved at first. High toned. Feminine. Nose of rose petals, cranberry, vanilla and sandalwood. Deliciously light in ABV. No more than 12.5. Great spine of minerality throughout. One of the best I’ve ever had. Strawberry/cranberry palate, with sassafras, a hint of vanilla cola. The finish is beautifully balanced with precise acidity and a roundness of flesh that dances at great length. This has years and years of life ahead of it.’ 94/100.
William Fevre 1 cru Vaillons 2008. Chablis, Burgundy, France. R875.
Wine Enthusiaste: – ‘Tight and mineral wine, with a great citrus character, fresh green fruits broadened by wood toast, while the acidity is as crisp as possible. It has a youthful apple skin texture, and would repay cellaring.’ 92/100.
Gault &Millau 17/20. Wine Spectator 93/100. Wine Spectator 92/100. CellarTracker 91/100.
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Les Ancignieres 2009. Chassagne Montrachet, Burgundy, France. R995
Antonio Galloni: – ‘ Pierre-Yves’s first-rate Ancégnières village is from 85 year old vines, inherited from his father’s domaine. Quintessential Chassagne nose, brimming with old-vine intensity, not a hint of clumsiness, cool and layered. A brilliant example, to be drunk from 2015-2020.’ 92+/100.
CellarTracker: – ‘Lovely. complex. First time I have thought of caramel with a white Burgundy! Immensely drinkable.’ 93/100.
Wine Spectator 91/100.
Francois Mikulski 1 cru les Perrieres 2010. Meursault, Burgundy, France. R2 175.
DECANTER top scoring 5* 2010.
Steven Spurrier: – ‘Fine, precise, lemony fresh apple and pear nose with fine oak well blended in. Beautiful fruit on the palate, naturally ripe and fine acidity back-up, with acidity and citrus elements still a bit dominant, but a very classy wine to emerge and to last well. This should become a real classic.’ 18.5/20.
Stephen Brooke: – ‘Light citric nose, with a herbal tang. Lean and precise, concentrated and forthright, with integrated oak and a linear structure. Needs time to fill out and gain more complexity, but this is very well balanced and has depth of flavour. Very good length.’ 95/100.
Gearoid Devaney: – ‘The nose is fragrant with lots of stone fruits and wet stone. Palate is elegant, the soft peachy fruit backed up with precise acidity and a lovely saline minerality. This wine has good definition and a long finish, and will get better.’ 18.5/20
Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Blanc. Champagne, France. R1095.
The blend has been refined to a carefully selected 60 crus, each of which is vinified separately. 60% is from the current vintage base, which in this case is 2007. Its equal thirds Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meniere.
Fine Wine Magazine: – ‘Overt , rich and glorious nose of coffee, toast, tropical fruit and vanilla. Very powerful and complex. Stylish, creamy mousse and a velvety texture. The intensity matches the expectations given by the nose.’ 18.5/20
Cellartracker: ‘Wow, best champagne hands down.’ 94/100
Wine Spectator: – ‘Like a Persian carpet this lovely, elegant Champagne seamlessly weaves together its elements, with fine-grained texture and vibrant acidity joining rich flavours of toast, patisserie fruit and candied lemon zest that show subtle spice notes of cardamom and ginger. Drink now through 2020.’ 93/100.
Jamie Goode 94/100.
Wine Enthusiast 93 points; #1 NV Champagne Fine Champagne Magazine.
Gold Medal Mondial de Bruxelles; Decanter & IWC NV Trophy.
Sommelier Wine Awards. 93/100
Sommelier Wine Awards 2014 – Gold
FL Chamboureau Roche-aux-Moines Chenin 2007. Loire, France. R925.
Polished, clean, fine to classic Chenin Blanc.
IWC: – ‘Richly aromatic and complex. Hazelnut nougatine, white peach and spices with an appealing mineral edge and flinty notes. A taut apple character, showing texture and elegance. Waxy, intense and balanced. ‘ Gold Medal Winner.
Paul Avril Clos du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape 2006. South Rhone, France. R1 595.
65/20 Grenache/Mourvedre with a little Muscardin, Vaccarese and Syrah.
CellarTracker: – ‘The best C du P I have ever drunk. Thick, dense, yet light on its feet, the wine is packed with delicious, sweet, spicy red berries, kirsch, wet earth and floral scents with just a hint of sweet jam. Silky, plush and mouth filling, you can drink now, or age it. This is a beauty!’ 97/100.
RP 98, ST 95; WS 95, CT 94, JR 18.5
Pierre Usseglio Mon Aieul Chateuneuf du Pape 2006. South Rhone, France. R1 395.
This is a blend of 95% old vine Grenache intermixed with 5% Syrah.
Robert Parker: – ‘A star of the vintage is the 2006 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Mon Aieul. I’m thrilled to see how utterly profound it is. Essentially very old vine Grenache from three different terroirs (the sands of Les Serres, the clay of Guignasse, and the limestone of La Crau), aged 80% in cement tanks and 20% in old barrels, it boasts a dense plum/purple color followed by a glorious bouquet of black cherries, blackberries, truffles, lavender, liquorice, and spring flowers. The color is one of the darkest of the vintage, and the wine is extremely full-bodied and rich with intense levels of extract and tannin, but the latter is gorgeously sweet and well-integrated. Still young and primary, this 2006 will benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age, and drink well for 15-20.’ 96/100.
Wine Spectator 94/100. Stephen Tanzer 93/100. Jancis Robinson MW 17.5/20.
Lieser Auslese Lange Goldkapsel 2006. Mosel, Germany. R595.
IWS: – ‘Concentrated and balanced, with dollops of quince and peaches. Minerally and sound acids, a pure, long mouthful. To 2030.’ 96/100.
Stephen Tanzer 95/100. Wine Spectator 93/100. Jancis Robinson 18/20.
Bruno Giacosa Falleto Barolo 2008. Piedmont, Italy. R3 375.
96 WS; JS 95; ST 93
Vajre Bricco Viole Barolo 2004. Piedmont, Italy. R1 425
Jancis Robinson MW: – ‘Very pretty nose of cherry fruit and spice and with lifted freshness. Bright red fruit, clean, orange peel notes. Very elegant palate with high acidity and massive, fine tannin.’ 17.5/20.
Angelo Gaja Sito Moresco 2011. Piedmont, Italy. R945
Bright fresh lovely berries and cherries. Intensity grows and grows. Black fruits, beautiful weight and texture. Long, polished and very fine. 17.5/20.
Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2009. Otago, South Island, NZ. R495.
Robert Parker: – ‘Warm cherry, mulberry and spice aromas with some dark chocolate…Medium bodied with fine tannins, it has a refreshing acid backbone supporting the concentrated fruit, finishing long.’ 90/100.
Decanter Silver Award
Hacienda Monasteria Crianzia Ribera del Duero 2006. Castilla Y Leon, Spain. R1 050.
Tinto Fino 80%, Cabernet 10% and Merlot 10%.
Made by Peter Sisseck of Dominio Pingus fame. The nose offers floral notes of lilies and violets, mineral, black cherry and blackberry, which jump from the glass. Plush savoury and well-balanced notes with dollops of spicy black fruit and a long finish follow this. Robert Parker 93/100.
Cellartracker 93/100. Stephen Tanzer 92/100. IWC Gold.