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Altos Las Hormigas, 'Gualtallary' Valle de Uco Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina

Decanter, August 2018, Steven Spurrier, “The Spurrier Selection”

94 points

Italian Alberto Antonini and Chilean soil specialist Pedro Parra get the very best from this limestone vineyard at 1,300m. Dense, ripe, garrigue nose and spicy yet supple flavours combining power and finesse.

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Chambers Rosewood, Rutherglen Muscat NV, Victoria, Australia

Decanter, August 2018, Tina Gellie, “Weekday wines”

93 points

Everyone should try Rutherglen Muscat, an iconic Aussie style. This great-value option is a dessert in itself. Burnt sugar, earthy dried fruit and exotic Turkish Delight on an unctuous palate that's not cloying thanks to balancing acidity.

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By Farr, 'Farrside' Geelong Pinot Noir 2015, Victoria, Australia

Joe Czerwinski, “Australia: Recent Releases from Victoria & Tasmania”

94 Points

It is by turns dark and brooding and bright and fresh. It almost seems to depend which sip one takes. Is it black cherries or raspberries? Earthy and meaty or red-fruited and pure? That's the level of well-integrated complexity boasted by this exceptional wine. It's medium-bodied and solidly built, with firm but ripe tannins that softly frame the fruit, dressed up with hints of French oak.

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Bachelder, Niagara Chardonnay 2016, Ontario, Canada

Richard Hemming MW, “The red and white of Canada”, JancisRobinson.com, 17 July 2018

17 points

Lifted, enticing orange-peel aromas, fresh mint and a faint mealy note too. Intriguingly edgy – almost a bit like a low-sulphur style, although there’s nothing unfresh here. Loads of cereal and dried hay on the finish – lovely to taste such esoterica within Chardonnay.

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A Mano, Imprint Susumaniello 2015, Bari, Puglia, Italy

Rose Murray Brown MW, “Wines of Puglia”, The Scotsman, 14 July 2018

Star Buy

From 80 year old vines of rare Susumaniello grape (which means ‘little donkey’) rediscovered by dynamic A Mano duo, Californian Mark Shannon and Italian Elvezia Sbalchiero.  Distinct blueberry aroma, with hints of rhubarb, herbs and white pepper with underlying cassis.  Not as high in alcohol as other Puglian reds.

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Fontodi, Chianti Classico 2015, Tuscany, Italy

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, “Fontodi 2015 Chianti Classico”, 13 July 2018

17 points

I loved this 2015, which seems to speak so eloquently of the region and the charms of the Sangiovese grape. Its purity that is so magnificent, plus its balance of ripe but extremely fresh fruit and that tanginess that characterises a fine Chianti Classico. With particularly fine tannins, it lasts and lasts.

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Clonakilla Canberra District Shiraz/Viognier 2016, A.C.T., Australia

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, “5 cool-climate Australian reds”, 13 July 2018

96 points

The detailed layering in this wine is superb, as is the measured expression of exuberant fruit. Aromas of baking spices, pepper and bright red berry and cherry fruits make for enticing youthful appeal. The palate has an incredibly silky and elegant appeal. Bright red cherry and plum fruits.

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S.C.Pannell, Fleurieu Tempranillo/Touriga 2016, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia

Simon Woods, “Waltzing Touriga: Mediterranean grapes making it big down under”, Imbibe.com, 12 July 2018

Sets the juicy, plummy, berry and cocoa notes of Tempranillo alongside the darker, deeper, herbier character of Touriga Nacional to impressive effect, and finishes with a subtle, almost Rhône-like savoury spiciness.

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Bruno Rocca, Barbaresco `Rabajà` 2014, Piemonte, Italy

Monica Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, 29 June 2018

95 points

This is a delightful cool-vintage Nebbiolo that promises a long aging future ahead. This is tightly bound and firm at its centre. It shows fragrant tones of wild rose, cassis, crushed mineral and balsam herb at the edges. These delicate nuances should develop and take on more power as the wine moves though time. This vintage ends with a vein of fresh acidity that adds to the focused and tight youthfulness of the wine today.

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