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Decanter, August 2018, Steven Spurrier, “The Spurrier Selection”
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.
Decanter, August 2018, Tina Gellie, “Weekday wines”
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.
Joe Czerwinski, “Australia: Recent Releases from Victoria & Tasmania”
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.
Richard Hemming MW, “The red and white of Canada”, JancisRobinson.com, 17 July 2018
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.
Rose Murray Brown MW, “Wines of Puglia”, The Scotsman, 14 July 2018
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.
Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, “Fontodi 2015 Chianti Classico”, 13 July 2018
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.
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, “5 cool-climate Australian reds”, 13 July 2018
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.
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.
Monica Larner, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, 29 June 2018
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.