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Vallformosa MVSA Brut NV
The 'MVSA' is made from the tradition Cava varieties Macabeo, Xarello and Parellada at the respective ratio's of 35:30:35%, the wine has seen 24 months of lees ageing and bears 9.5 g/l of residual sugar, but has the acidity to clean up the tail; it is a stylish and satisfying wine of great value. It is pale in colour with plenty of bubbles showing aromas of apples and pears, toasty bread and white flowers balancing the right amount of bubbles and acid. There is pure apple on the palate with minerals and lemon sherbet on the finish; it is a very cooling and refreshing summer drink. PWSNVSparkling WineSpain
Lacrima Baccus Brut Nature Riserva CavaThe traditional sparkling varieties are harvested and vinified separately working with chilled fruit to maintain freshness, soft pressing, and strict musts selection. Once the fermentation is finished, the final blend is decided on with second fermentation in bottle at low temperature to encourage gentle fermentation and aging until getting the optimum point of balance between freshness and creaminess.
Bright pale yellow, perfect integration of the fine bubbles with a soft and delicate texture.Fine and elegant, a fresh cava with toasted notes like coffee with touches of vanilla and honeysuckle. Fruity, rich in aromas such as peach, grapefruit and white flowers (jasmine and elder-flower). Fresh, fruity, creamy and, at the same time, light but with body due to the contact with the lees. Fine texture and very pleasant with notes of almonds and nuts
Sparkling WineSpain$28.00 As low as $25.20
Spanish Drinking Dozen - Winter 2021 Part II
The Spanish wine scene is now one of the most exciting to explore of all of Europe. The countryside is a multitude of undiscovered and re-discovered varieties as well as home to some of the most comforting and well-known wines of the world.
Weather drinking juicy and soft Tempranillo based wines from Rioja to incredible pinot-like wines of the north-west corner or from crazy old Garnaxa bush vines in Priorat there is so much to like.
In more recent years young and up-and-coming winemakers are re-vitalising ancient varieties and regions breathing new life and vigour into the industry.
They are the turning the old ideas of the past on their head and celebrating a rich and forgotten vinous history.
Every quarter we will be putting out a seasonal drinking pack which will be updated as we see great new wines, vintages rolls and the latest and greatest to hit our shores. At 15%-20% off or more, this a great way to explore Spain offering exceptional value and delicious drinking.
Don't forget to check back often to see the latest version of the Spanish Drinking Dozen$260.00 Regular Price $321.00
September Mixed Dozen 2021 - Spanish Fiesta
More product information will be added here soon! In the meantime, if you do have any questions at all about this product or others in our store, you can contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to assist - we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine!$250.00 Regular Price $308.00
Rafael Palacios Louro Godello 2019The 2019 Louro comes from a vintage that Rafa Palacios compares with 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016, the best vintages for him. The wine does have very good freshness, plus a very salty finish and the granite sensation that gives it an electric touch, complex, powerful and with a profile of a serious wine with very little bitterness; Palacios says it reminds him of the 2005 As Sortes. This has to be one of the best vintages of Louro. LUIS GUTIERREZ, Wine Advocate2019GodelloSpain497$47.00 As low as $42.30
Williams Paola Medina Palo Cortado de Anada 2002 500ml2.9 pH, 6.3 TA, 20% abv. As with the other wines, the fruit source is Pagos Añina and Carrascal. This wine is from a fruit selection of extremely fine young material which Paola hoped might develop naturally into a Palo Cortado. After 17 years' ageing the wine was finally classifed Palo Cortado in 2018, and this is its first bottling as such.
Extremely fine and silky wine, elegant and mineral. Golden mahogany to look at, complex tobacco-timber-mineral aromas, delicate and subtle in the mouth, the elusive fine-unctuous double nature of Palo Cortado in clear view. Balanced persistence in a really long finish. TSA
*Due to the very nature of this collection, this sherry is limited. Arriving in Australia August 19, 2019
2002SherrySpain410$215.00 As low as $193.50
Sierra de Tolon Tempranillo 2018Sierra de Tolono is a member of an exciting but small cadre of new Rioja producers who are driving towards fresher, more terroir focused wines that place their emphasis on the vineyards rather than on the length of time any particular wine spends in a barrel. Run and owned by the indomitable Sandra Bravo, Sierra de Tolono produces incredibly elegant wines from old plots dotted around the cold, high altitude lands around the town of Rivas de Tereso, in Rioja Alavesa.
This is her entry level wine and his deliberately made in a forward and fleshy style but still has so much character. Red and black fruits play with soft spice and earthy peppercorn lift. On the palate there's a gently dusty tannin framing that sit over a mineral core giving the fruit a cool and slinky feel.
2019Grenache, tempranilloSpain472$33.00 As low as $29.70
Campo Flores Tinto 2019The grapes sourced for the Campo Flores wines come from sun drenched, organically farmed vineyards in the centre of Spain. Each wine is handmade and reflects the personality of the land and terroir. Warning! This wine is immensely drinkable and we bet you will be hitting us up for more. It not the first time we have put it in a pack or floor stacked it in the store because it's just bloody delicious!
Supple ripe strawberry and blackcurrant fruit leaps out of the glass with swirl of earthy licorice that gently lurks. Spiced cola and black pepper poke their heads in and the little dash of syrah just adds another dimension to the wine. Some fine tannins run through the supple fruit and this is altogether more serious then either the label or the price point would allude too.
2018tempranilloSpain472$18.00 As low as $16.20
Telmo Rodriguez Lanzaga 2010The 2010 Altos de Lanzaga is sourced from four different vineyards that they feel show the character of Lanciego, their idea of a grand cru. Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano from head-pruned, 70-year-old vines worked following biodynamic principles that ferment naturally – no external yeasts are added to any of their wines – in 3,000-kilo oak vats for 20 days and aged for 18 months in 1,500-liter oak foudres and 225-liter barriques. The wine ages very slowly, in a very cold cellar, so it might take a year to carry out malolactic (the temperature in the cave is 12-14º C all year around). It’s a deep, austere, mineral-driven wine with a complex nose with subtle aromas of soil, fresh red and black fruit notes and a whiff of spices in very good balance. In the palate it is very tight, fine, long with silky tannins, somehow closed. Fruit, fermentation and wood seem to play a secondary role in the wine that speaks mainly of the place. This might not be a wine for everybody, but I think it’s super! LUIS GUTIERREZ2010tempranilloSpain472$77.00 As low as $69.30
Torres Sangre de Torro 2017 375mlFounded in 1870 by Jamie Torres, today the Bodegas Torres is considered to be one of the world’s great wine families producing wines from across Spain, Chile and California. Torres has 1700 hectares on vines in Catalonia, which provides about one quarter of the companies production.
Torres is a member of the Primum Familiae - a collective of the world's finest wine families including Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, Antinori, Pol Roger, Hugel and Tenuta San Guido.
Rich complex Mediterranean aromas with exuberant notes of spices and blackberries. Velvety tannins are noted on the palate with elegant flavours of licorice and small dark forest fruits. PWS2017GrenacheSpain371$10.30 As low as $9.27
Artomana Txakolina 2019This estate wine is a blend of varieties dominated by Hondarrabi Zuri (70%) with equal parts of Izkiriota, Izkiriota Ttippia and Hondarrabi Zuri Zerratia. The parcels are hand-picked separately and left to cold soak for 24 hours at 10 C°. This increases both volume and aromatic complexity in the final wine. The wines ferment spontaneously with vineyard yeasts and spend four months on lees in stainless steel before bottling.
So racy and lemon pithy with a nice punch of tropical fruits. There is slight shebert fizz to the clean and crispy fruit. The light sparkling edge lends energy and vibrancy to an already fresh palate. So easy to know back. PWS2016Spain$32.00 As low as $28.80
September Premium 6-pack 2021 - Fortify Yourself
More product information will be added here soon! In the meantime, if you do have any questions at all about this product or others in our store, you can contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to assist - we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine!$180.00
Artuke Finca de los Locos Rioja 2018The first of the single-vineyards is the Finca de Los Locos, from a plot planted in 1981 in a terrace of Baños de Ebro at 120 meters above the level of the river, on gravel and sandy soils rich in limestone. It's mostly Tempranillo with 20% Graciano and a 2% pinch of white Viura fermented uncrushed with indigenous yeasts and matured in 500- and 600-liter barrels and two 3,500-liter oak foudre for 12 months. This wine has evolved tremendously since they moved away from the 225-liter barrels; and the priority now is to use large vats, and the remaining wine goes to large barrels. LUIS GUTIERREZ
If you are only to buy one wine from this offer this is the one to get - this has great intensity and depth - yet retains the bright freshness of the great 2018 vintage. This is a wine that I think really needs a few year to show all that it can but be warned it is sooo good now you will be hard pressed to keep it. ALEX WILCOX
2018Grenache, tempranilloSpain472$60.00 As low as $54.00
Bodegas de Forlong Bubuja Ancestral 2018Marco de Jerez region, vinos de la Tierra de Cádiz
Alejandro (Alex) Narváez and Rocío Áspera are native Jerezanos and first-wave Marco de Jerez revolutionaries, reviving terroir and a variety of historical wine styles. It's a young project, conceived of in 2009 and producing its first bottles from the 2012 (first Tinto) and 2013 (first Blanco) harvests. It has a long gestation though: they have been a couple since they were in high school! In 2011, Rocío graduated as a Master of Warm Climate Winemaking from Cádiz University. Alejandro is half-French, and previously worked as a winemaker at Smith-Haut-Lafitte.
This is hand-picked organic Palomino grown in Pago Balbaina Alta, then given the Ancestral bubbling treatment. Not being a style supported by the DO currently, as with the other Forlong wines, it's labed Vino de Tierra de Cadiz.
Fermentation is the same for vinosity and for adding bubbles: the wine is bottled before the alcoholic fermentation has converted all of the sugar. This starts in tank and finishes in bottle. 8 months' later is a hand disgorgement and the bottles are refilled with the same wine. 12% abv. THe SPANISH ACQUISITION
2018PalominoSpain472$110.00 As low as $99.00
Daterra Portela do Vento Tinto 2017The fruit for this wine comes from two sub-zones in Ribeira Sacra, Amandi and Val do Bibei. Both sites contain plenty of granite and sands and are farmed organically. The vines range from 20 to 60 years in age and the wine is made up of 90% Mencia and 10% Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) that's 20% whole bunch. It's fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel and then aged in large, mature French oak for 9 months. It's racy and vibrant with plenty of red fruit but like all of Laura's wines it has striking freshness and plenty of mineral notes. It's plums, raspberries, cherries and blood orange fruits along with salted black licorice, a mix of floral elements and a touch of wild herbs. ANONYMOUS2017menciaSpain471$41.00 As low as $36.90
Valdespino Deliciosa Manzanilla 375ml
Although the official name of this winery created in 1852 in Sanlucar de Barrameda is Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin, it’s better known by the name of the only wine they make, Manzanilla La Guita. Moreover, the company has changed hands a number of times and since 2007 belongs to Grupo Estevez who also own Valdespino and Marques del Real Tesoro, but the names remain. La Guita, and its characteristic bottle with a piece of string attached (guita has two different meanings, it’s slang for cash, but it also means string, which in fact is the root for the word guitar) is a very strong brand locally and it’s been in existence since 1908.
La Guita is a truly wine from Sanlucar: not only is the wine aged for an average of four years under flor in an impressive 15,000-barrel solera spread over two different cellars in Sanlucar, but the grapes are also from Sanlucar, mainly from the Miraflores vineyard.
LUIS GUTIERREZ, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (August 2013)
Unique aromas of dried apples, lemon blossom, almonds and cream. Hints of seaweed. Full-bodied, yet focused and tight with lively acidity and a beautifully composed finish of fruit and flavor. Always a winner here. Screw cap. JAMESSUCKLING.COM
This round white has texture and grip, with rich and focused flavors of apple, almond, green olive and brine. Offers plenty of fruit, but remains grounded thanks to the briny character. Expressive and balanced. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. THOMAS MATHEWS, The Wine SpectatorNVSherrySpain410$12.00 As low as $10.80
Descendientes de Jose Palacios Corullon Mencia 2018Due to arrive September 2020
The village wine 2018 Corullón has, for the first time, the new category Vino de Villa (village wine!). It comes from around 90 plots of their own vineyards. In the cooler and more Atlantic 2018, they had more rain than the previous two vintages and a lower average temperature, and they think it was excellent for their wines ("a modern version of 2001," Ricardo Pérez Palacios told me). There are around 8% white grapes here, and the wine fermented in oak vats with punching down, and the élevage was in a combination of barriques, bocoyes and foudres, oak containers of different sizes, and was short of 11 months. This is the modern version of 2001 and 2012, and in 2018, it has the part of Moncerbal (almost 40%) that was not in the 2017 (because of hail, the Moncerbal bottling was not produced in 2017), so it goes back to the classical style.
There is terrific balance here, great purity, with the essence of slate; here, we move from the fruit of the Pétalos to the herbs. But there is complexity and nuance, violets, rockrose, sap, resin, fern, cinnamon and citrus, all very subtle and harmonious. The flavors have similar purity, and if these wines never have high acidity, there is great freshness, soft citrus, all very subtle and velvety. This is sooo easy to drink it could be dangerous... They produced 23,034 bottles and other formats, half-bottles, magnums, double magnums and jeroboams. It was bottled in January 2020. 96 LUIS GUTIERREZ2018menciaSpain355$145.00 As low as $130.50
Artuke La Condenada Rioja 2018Their most special wine could be the 2018 La Condenada. It's from a single vineyard in the village of Baños de Ebro at 530 meters in altitude on sandy and sandstone soils. The 80% Tempranillo and 20% other varieties (Graciano, Garnacha and the white Palomino Fino) of uncrushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 600-liter oak barrels for 12 months. This is always more floral and aromatic, possibly because of the finer, sandy soils. It's super elegant, subtle, aromatic and really attractive. It opens up very slowly in the glass, unfurling new aromatic layers with great poise and harmony. It's juicy and very precise, clean, defined like a laser cut, with symmetry and harmony. This has to be the finest vintage they have produced, and I think it's the best wine they have ever done. LUIS GUTIERREZ2018Grenache, tempranilloSpain472$140.00 As low as $126.00
Valdemoreda Tempranillo 2018The Valdemoreda wines are produced by the team at leading family Rioja producer Bodegas Valdemar. They are fresh and modern in style, yet with an undeniable Spanish character, and demonstrate the exceptional value to be found in Spain. This pure Tempranillo red wine spends five months in oak and delivers complex, ripe fruit aromas well integrated with subtle spicy hints of vanilla and caramel. The palate is rounded, well balanced and with a full, long aftertaste. WINEMERCHANTS2018tempranilloSpain472$14.00 As low as $12.60
Gutierrez Colosia Fino del Puerto NV 375ml
The NV Fino has a delicate nose that suggests a limited time under flor with roasted almonds, flowers and balsamic herbs. The palate is much more powerful, medium-bodied, intense, and dry, with a bitter end. Drink 2013-2014. LUIS GUTIERREZ
The wine is lovely – pretty well a mid-point between Manzanilla and Jerez Finos in style. Coastal, but less overtly briny than La Goya. Delicately earthy with constrained power, like a baby Jerez wine. TSANVSherrySpain461
M. Ant De La Riva 'La Riva' Palomino de Pasto pagos Marcharnudos 2017
M. Antonio de la Riva (by Willy Peréz and Ramiro Ibañez)
Manuel Antonio de la Riva founded his Jerez bodega in 1858. Located on the famous Arcos Street in Jerez, La Riva enjoyed great success with wines sourced from Manuel's vineyards in Pago Marcharnudo. More than a century later (after Manuel's death), it was bought by Domecq, who added La Riva to some of their best wines. With the decline and devaluation of Jerez after the 1960s, Domecq slowly began eliminating brands and La Riva ceased to exist; the brand names were sold to Beam International.
Before the end of La Riva, young winemaker Luis Pérez (who later founded Bodegas Luis Pérez) had started working as a winemaker in several of the Domecq subsidiaries: Blázquez, Florido, Hermanos y Sancho and … La Riva! Luis learned the vineyards, practices and wines of the La Riva brands just before they were deleted. With the historical knowledge of Luis to guide them, next generation winemakers Willy Pérez (son of Luis) and Ramiro Ibáñez decided to recuperate the brand and its historical wines before they became entirely forgotten. Willy and Ramiro bought back the rights to the La Riva brands in 2017, and have since negotiated access to some of the famous plots from which they were sourced (and which had since become anonymous fruit sources for un-aspirational Sherries), in Balbaina Alta, and particularly Macharnudo.
M.ANTONIO de la RIVA Macharnudo Palomino de Flor con asoleado
La Riva Macharnudo Blanco recuperates a great wine based in the 'el Majuelo' vineyard (specifically in the tiny sub-vineyard parcela, el notario) within Pago Macharnudo; a historical wine of el Marco de Jerez which disappeared under Domecq in the 1980s. 'El Notario' faces north (just under el Castillo de Majuelo, a castle crowning the pago) at 115m altitude, 18km in from the Atlantic, in a mixed poniente-levante setting. The soils are Tosca cerrada and barajuelas with a high level of diatomaceous fossils promoting great freshness. The fruit (Palomino 84) is hand-picked, with individual bunches selected in repeated passes over 2 months, which gain a degree or so of alcohol from an 8 hour soleo. It's then whole bunch pressed (only half the juice is taken). An ambient spontaneous fermentation in 600l bota precedes 20 months ageing under a film of flor. 1,500 bottles were filled in May 2019 at 14% abv, 5.5 ta, and neither filtered nor fined. It faithfully reflects the origin and style of the structured white wine elaborated under this brand in the past. THE SPANISH ACQUISTION2017PalominoSpain410$155.00 As low as $139.50
October Premium 6-pack 2021 - Spring Whites
More product information will be added here soon! In the meantime, if you do have any questions at all about this product or others in our store, you can contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to assist - we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine!$275.00 Regular Price $346.00
July Premium 6-pack 2021 - Gaga for GrenacheHow good is grenache!? Here in Australia, there has been a renaissance of sorts and we have been producing some of the best examples now that we have in decades. Access to some the worlds oldest planting has certainly been an advantage but a move towards fresher and brighter styles has been a welcome change.
Outside of that it wouldn't be hard to argue that France is the varietals spiritual home with the southern Rhone taking the lead. However, Spain is hot on its heals with its own grenache revival going on. Wines being produced from crazy old bush vines and sandy soils has got us pretty excited of late so watch this space.
And lets not forget grenache isn't only red with this months pack featuring a cheeky grenache gris, a treat, a pleasant surprise and something a little different of couse.
We have a cheeky one to start with a white grenache gris blend. The wines of Mas Amile are probably more associated with their excellent vin doux natural sweet wines based around there incredible holdings of grenache. Outside of that they make to Rousillon blends based around grenache and grenache gris. This is wonderfully textured with its citrus and grapefruit pithiness balanced by juicy white fruit and a gentle lemon peel lift. It has lovely weight and texture making it a perfect white for winter.
From Mont Redon we have one of the best releases of his Gigondas yet. From 2016 Pierre Fabre has taken sole direction for the estate and is doing everything to make this one of the greatest domaines in the south. If this is an example of where it heading we are happily along for the ride.
Spain is representing with this cracking little 100% garnacha from the Nekeas Valley and 60 year old bush vines. The extreme climate of the region gives this bags of personality without sacrificing any of forward and plush fruits you want from garnacha. Great stuff!
At home we have three cracking 100% grenache all with something a little fun or a little different. The first is the Koerner Canonnau (Sardinian for grenache) and is a modern take and a pleasant surprise. They call this canonnau due to its more savoury edge and slight bite. The Koerner brothers are putting out amazing wines and this is one of the winners in the range.
The Riley Harrison represents the new wave of young Aussie's turning out lithe and elegant grenache. Made in a pure and forward style this the cooler side of Barossa grenache both in style and in form. Hip with a great label but bags of flavour that hasn't been souped up with oak or over-extracted.
And to finish the Yangarra represents the best of the old school but with an understanding of modern tastes. This comes off old vine material and you can see it in the concentration and richness. The concentrated grapes from old vines throw a little more structure in to the mix but the depth of fruit handles it with ease. A touch of oak slinks around in the background and helps frame the concentrated fruit.
$232.00 Regular Price $278.00
Friends & Family Drinking Dozen - Winter 2021 Part III$260.00
Luis Perez Caberrubia Fino NV Saca II, Palomino FinoIt's a blend, without solera, of 4 vintages of statically-aged Carrascal Fino … selection material which does not make it into La Barajuela (below). It's based on 45 year old bush vines, yielding just 5 tonnes/ha, from hard, laminated barajuelas. The highly selected fruit is picked in early September and has about 6 hours of soleo. Only 35% of the free run juice is taken. Without racking, it's set to age in oak casks, undergoing natural fermentation well into December. In February, the young wine is pressed off lees and classified. The Finos are placed in almost topped bota, thus limiting the growth of flor, instead emphasising the input of Corregidor's soil aromas. Each cask is monitored and drained-or-filled to precisely regulated the desired influence of yeast in the wine style TSA
There is a new NV Fino Caberrubia, the Fino that shows the style of the winery, and they plan to make different blends of different vintages that won't be blended and aged in barrel together: all vintages are kept separate and then blended for bottling. This first bottling, which shows no bottling date or any information, is a blend of two casks from 2016, one from 2015, two from 2014 and one from 2013, and all the wines are kept in barrel with lees. It finishes with esparto and nutty flavors. (93) LUIS GUTIÉRREZ, The Wine Advocate
NVPalominoSpain410$81.00 As low as $72.90
August Mixed Dozen 2021 - Going for Gold
With the eye of the world turned to Tokyo for the Olympic Games we are looking forward to watching old rivalries of sport battle it out in the arena. While the traditional powerhouses tend dominate the top spots, Australia always holds its own performing admirably. And so it is in the world of wine. With Italy, Spain and France vying to reign supreme, Australia has burst on to the scene over the last 25 years with its no-nonsense, easy going wines challenging the market and taking on the powers that be.
So, with that in mind not only is this months dozen a great pack of awesome drinking wine, you get to decide who did it best! That's right. This pack has 6 wines from Australia and 6 from France, Spain and Italy. We have picked classic varietals from each country and matched them with their Australian counterparts.
Australia's wine industry has been built on classic French varietals and we have taken those and made them our own putting our own stamp on them while always striving to push the boundaries of style and quality. We have also eagerly and happily adopted a number of varietals from Spain and Italy and made them our own. The likes of tempranillo and sangiovese have thrived in their adopted home and with a changing climate they have slotted beautifully and easily in to the Aussie wine vernacular. Other varietals like Nero d'Avola are growing in popularity while the likes of gamay see planting increase every year.
So whatever or wherever you like to drink from, this is going to be a little bit of research we think you will be happy to do.
To start we are going to look at Chardonnay and what a treat this will be. It's a head-to-head between Burgundy and Victoria with a brand new wine from Nicola Potel versus one of our favourite chardonnay's by Matt Harrop (Curly Flat). Both are generous and soft with lovely crunch and pure fruits offering incredible value.
Gamay is growing in popularity here in Australis with plenty new plantings gong into the ground. We have two crackers with the Aviron Villages sourced from some of Beaujolais most famous towns versus one of favourite Aussie version from Rising in the Yarra Valley. The rising is pure and fresh while the Avrion offers up a little more savoury cut. These are both made by young-guns in their respective homes so will be a worthy challenge!
Back to the classic varietal blend of grenache, shiraz and mouvedre and two recent releases in the market. The Pierre Amadieu makes fantastic wine from both the Rhones north and south with his Roulepierre offering up some of the easiest drinking you will find around. Dandelion vineyards out of the Barossa seems to do no wrong these days. Their latest release is soft, plush and forward with plenty of spice and juicy kick.
No doubt Tempranillo is here to stay. The Jericho team are producing some of the coolest and most delicious wine out of the Mclaren Vale and Adelaide Hills. They are modern and pure wines, wonderfully made. From Spain we have a real treat with a project headed up by Scott Wasley sourcing fruit from Bodegas la Eralta, based in the south-eastern village of Agoncillo. This is a special wine with Scott at the head. It represents the best of the old and the new from Spain and is delicious to boot!
Another varietal we have adopted happily and made our own. This can run the gambit from easy and light to serious and rich both here in Aus as well as its home in Italy. For this months pack we have to fresh, bright and crunchy versions that are the perfect pizza/pasta wines. Mel Chester at Sutton Grange has nailed this latest version and we are not surprised, the lady is terrific winemaker. The Fontaleoni hits all the right notes too and is airy and bright Chianti from the higher hills of Tuscany.
Nero seems to be a variety that we have latched onto and you can see why. It always offer lovely dark polished fruit, sweet spice and a subtle earthiness that is quintessentially Italian. The Ricca Terra is a great example of the varietal that brings all the fruit to the fore without being overly simple or juby while the Vinuva comes along with a little extra earthy richness and sunkissed fruit from it's warm home in southern Italy.$255.00 Regular Price $325.00
Artuke Pies Negros Tempranillo Rioja 2018
Artuke only use grapes from their vineyards in and around the small town of Baños de Ebro, tucked under the Sierra Cantabria on the northern edges of Rioja.
Produced with grapes from vineyards in the village of Ábalos close to the Sierra Cantabria, the 2017 Pies Negros is mostly Tempranillo with some 12% Graciano. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in 500-liter oak barrels for one year, except for almost 25% of the volume, which was kept in concrete. LUIS GUTIERREZ
The Artuke aim is simple: to make vibrant wines expressive of the village, uncluttered by oak, extraction or other artifice. The brothers farm organically and their elevated, cool climate vineyards produce wonderfully bright versions of Rioja. This 2018 version of the Pies Negro the best yet - great purity and a delightful freshness - there is plenty of ripe delicious Tempranillo but it is held in a vibrant tannic frame and will be a great food wine for the next 2-5 years. ALEX WILCOX2018Grenache, tempranilloSpain472$36.00 As low as $32.40
Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Mencia 2017Telmo Rodriguez and his partner Pablo Eguzkiza are wine-cultural historians. They contend that when you drink (and by extension, plant and grow grapes, make and mature wines), you choose and make a place; establishing its ecology, its landscape, its political economy and its lived history. You interpret, transform, confirm a certain way of things. Their intention is to interpret and confirm Valdeorras on a human, rather than industrial scale. The wines are delicate, pure, hand-made. “This
is the anti-winemaking”, they proclaim. PWS
It was hard to beat the superb 2016, but the 2017 Gaba do Xil Mencía was also perfumed and open, expressive, with a little more ripeness, with good volume and a little more density. This fermented and matured in stainless steel and was bottled without ever touching any oak to keep the fruit profile. But it's more than fruit; it has the austere texture of the granite soils with an expressive finish. 2017 was a short vintage because of problems with frost and they produced 22,700 bottles of it. LUIS GUITERREZ, eRobertParker2016menciaSpain497$36.00 As low as $32.40
Fedellos do Couto Peixes Peixe da Estrada 2016
Sourced from organically farmed vines, the 2016 Peixe da Estrada is a village red blend from old vines (60+ years old) on granite soils in Viana do Bolo planted with multiple red varieties—Mencía, Bastardo, Garnacha Tintorera, Negreda, Grao Negro, Caíño, Aramón, Godello, Dona Branca, Colgadeira, Treixadura, Palomino, Caíño Blanco and Moscatel de Grão Miúdo, etc. It fermented with full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured in used 500-liter oak barrels and a 3,200-liter oak vat for one year. It has tons of cassis and small berry aromas and is very expressive and balsamic, with brightness and light, in a way that reminds me of some wines from Cachapoal in Chile. The palate has fine tannins and a certain elegance, round but also long. Like all the wines in the project, it's sold without any appellation of origin, and they just replicated the wines from yesteryear, mixing red and white grapes, something that appellations don't usually allow. 9,000 bottles were filled in February 2018. LUIS GUTIERREZ2016menciaSpain471$45.00 As low as $40.50
Valdespino PX Yellow 750mlWith six centuries of sherry production under their belts, Valdespino lay claim to being one of the oldest sherry bodegas in the region. The heart of Valdespino is their vineyards. One of the few bodegas to release single-vineyard wines, their Macharnudo holding is one of the grand crus of Jerez at the highest altitude and located on the famous, and sought-after bright white Albariza chalk soils.
From their savory and fresh Manzanilla Deliciosa and Fino Inocente, to their unctuous and intense Solera 1842 and Pedro Ximenez wines, the quality is world class and the bodega still ferment a proportion of their wines in wood, adding layers of complexity to the finish product. One of the few estates that age in solera far in excess of the DO regulations for all their styles of sherry.
This is outstanding value PX with rasins, Christmas spice, grilled walnut in a lovely rich yet fresh frame. Don't get us wrong, it's sweet and delicious but still comes of with some nice bright citrus peel and orange fruit. Yum!NVSherrySpain410
Anduma Dolcetto 2018An ex-PWS employee turned wine importer labels and ships this juicy red from a family owned operation in the hills of Roero outside Asti. The fruit is cultivated on sandy clay soil at an altitude of 300m without the use of herbicides or chemical fertilisers. Stainless steel fermentation and short ageing is employed to keep this fruit forward and fresh. Cherry and tart plum aromas are mirrored on the palate in a juicy density that is accompanied by a useful brush of tannin. Super food friendly, Dolcetto is often the ultimate lunch wine! This is delicious stuff! PWS2018DolcettoSpain472
Dominio del Aguila Picaro Tinto Fino 2018Jorge Monzon's brazen approach landed him a job at one of the world's best wineries, Domaine Romanee Conti. He simply knocked on the door at the famed Vosne Romanee estate and stayed for 10 years. His last few years saw him working alongside the winery's cellar master, Bernard Noblet learning all aspects of making these prestigious wines. He began to understand that everything counts, even if it seems insignificant, that shortcuts should be avoided. He learned the beauty of wine.
While working for 'the man' Jorge bought as many plots of old vine tinto fino (tempranillo) around his hometown village of La Aguilera in the province of Burgos - one of the best zones in Ribera del Duero. Many were destined for grubbing up or replanting with trellised vines. To date, Jorge has 66 hectares spread across 250 plots!
'…it has the depth, concentration and nuance of the best wines from many wineries. It's produced in a more jovial style, but the wine comes from old vines that always have a field blend with small percentages of whatever grapes that are all fermented together, and these vines always produce a serious and deep wine. In 2018, it matured in French oak barrels for 11 months. This is very young and tender, expressive and aromatic, very much in line with the 2016. It has lots of energy and power, more than you might think, and it's serious. It's drinkable now, but it should get even better with some time in bottle. LUIS GUTIERREZ, wineadvocate.com
2018tempranilloSpain492Special Price $51.00 Regular Price $60.00
December Mixed Dozen 2021 - Christmas DrinkingIt hard to believe it's that time of year again! It really is crazy how time flies ! It seems to roll around faster each year and this year seemed to from zero to hero in about 5 mins. That's why you can sit back and relax knowing that your wine selection for Christmas is done and dusted with another fantastic selection of wine to cover all your bases.
Everyone celebrates differently and we have made sure that there is something to cover every occasions. There is sparkling to celebrate some much-needed time off, pinot for all your picky wine mates, rose for some hot days to come as well as a magnum of Cote du Rhone to crack when everybody is sitting around the BBQ on Christmas day. We even have Prince Wine Store exclusive sticky that is the perfect match with the winning trifle.
There is so much good drinking in this pack you may want to buy two!
$255.00 Regular Price $322.00
August Premium 6-Pack 2021 - Olympic Glory SixerFor this months premium 6 pack we have put together an Olympic themed pack of wines from the world of wine. This is a showcase of some of the best wines and most famous styles coming out of Europe, USA, Australia and of course, our host country Japan!
This is a fantastic insight into the lay of the land in the world of wine and of course Sake. With Tokyo hosting we were excited to be including a fantastic sake for your drinking pleasure. Sip this along with some wines from some of the most famous wine producing countries in the world while watching Asutralia battle it out for the gold!$295.00 Regular Price $385.00
October Premium 6-pack 2021 - Spring Reds$250.00 Regular Price $307.00
Friends & Family Drinking Dozen - Winter 2021 Part II$260.00 Regular Price $341.00
Legado del Moncayo Garnacha 2019
Isaac Fernandez works in a number of regions and with several varieties, but his standout wines come from the old Garnacha bush-vines grown in the highest, rockiest, iron-laden soils of DO Campo de Borja. Isaac is nephew of Mariano Garcia, famous as head winemaker at Vega Sicilia in the late 20th century. Mariano is patron of the Mauro wine group which he founded after leaving Vega. Isaac commenced his career with Mariano, working 20 years at Mauro before stretching his wings as a consultant from 2005 (in conjunction with a US importer, Aurelio Cabestrero). Multiple partnerships and consultancies have come (and gone).2019GrenacheSpain364
Alvaro Palacios Gratallops 2018The "vi de vila" or village wine 2018 Gratallops was produced with a blend of 74% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena and 1% white varieties that were crushed and destemmed and then fermented in oak vats with indigenous yeasts. The wine matured in oak containers of different sizes, bocoyes and oval foudres, for 15 months. This is the most approachable and open of the 2018s, aromatic and with the characterful profile of wet slate, nuts, Mediterranean herbs and acid berries. It has a lively palate with great acidity but especially with complete but sustained freshness. It has fine tannins and is nicely textured. (94) LUIS GUTIERREZ2015Grenache, RedSpain459$140.00 As low as $126.00
Serra da Estrela Albarino 2020Adegas Valmiñor was first stablished in 1997 and have embraced the tradition of the lands with a touch of modernity. They have access to an amazing array of native Riais Baixas grapes across numerous and varied soils that bring an added complexity to their wines that many lack.
This is made in 100% stainless steel preserving all that wonderful coastal vibe and energy in the wine. A touch of apricot, peach and ripe exotic fruits complemented by lime and citrus notes that run a thread from top to tail. Its fresh and lively with some wonderful zip that complements the punchy fruits. Mid-weight with lots of energy and a mineral drive that completes the package. Perfect summer fair!
2019AlbarinoSpain469$31.00 As low as $27.90
Blai Ferre Just Desnivel 2015Super mineral, smoky, liquorous red berry. It’s briary and sweetly earthy, with a
metal tang in a balsamic finish. A wine of incredible line, never strict nor strong, built
on acidity. SCOTT WASLEY2015GrenacheSpain459$125.00 As low as $112.50
Merinas Airen Viura 2020A blend of Airén, Viura and Verdejo grapes from organic dry-farmed vineyards. This is under the Mesta umbrella of which we have featured numerous wines over the years. They represent incredible value given the quality material that goes into their wines. Here, the vines are over 30 years average age and managed as an integrated ecosystem where no pesticides are used, organic manure is the only fertiliser applied and weed control is done by light, superficial tilling.
There is a lovely soft mix of peach, apple and summer tree fruits sprinkled with a gentle white pepper element. Round, juicy and refreshing with punchy flavours that burst onto the palate. Unoaked and unadulterated and all the better for it. It finishes crisp and clean.
2020MacabeoSpain447$13.15 As low as $11.84
Casa Castillo Las Gravas Garnacha Syrah Monastrell 2013
The 2013 Las Gravas, a blend that has been changing through the years and that in 2013 was 70% Monastrell with 15% each Garnacha and Syrah, had an extended élevage and was only bottled in July 2015, so it's been released later than the other wines from that vintage. This traditional red from north-facing vineyards on sandy soils covered with big boulders fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in barrel for some 19 months. If last time I thought the 2012 could have been the best Las Gravas ever, this time I have the same feeling with this 2013 from a cooler vintage which allowed for a slower ripening of the grapes and better acidity and freshness in the wine. The wine might be slightly marked by the élevage and still has some spicy aromas nicely interwoven with notes of bright red cherries, raspberries and flowers, with the signature thyme and rosemary. The palate feels terribly balanced, with some dusty tannins and a supple finish, not as refined as the Pie Franco, slightly rustic, but elegantly rustic. Of course it can be drunk now, especially with food, but I'd wait to pull the cork, as this should be a fantastic bottle of Las Gravas in a few years. LUIS GUTIERREZ, erobertparker.com2015Grenache, Mourvedre, shirazSpain411$78.00 As low as $70.20
La Maldición Vinos de Madrid Tinto de Valdilecha 2019Marc Isart is one of the most thoughtful, knowledgeable and humble growers. Isart is best known for his work at the outstanding Bernabeleva in the Gredos hills above Madrid, and his lo-fi, organic approach carries over to this tiny solo project: La Maldición. His small parcel of vines is located in the Arganda del Rey area (also within the Viños de Madrid DO).
Now labelled Tinto de Valdilecha (the wine was previously called Tinto Para Beber 'a red to drink'), it's a blend of 75% mature-vine Tempranillo (from Valdilecha at 780 metres) with the local white grape Malvar (from Belmonte at a similar altitude) making up the balance. The vines are all biodynamically reared and the grapes hand-harvested. Both varieties are co-fermented with natural yeasts, then the wine spends 20-25 days on skins and is aged in cement and stainless steel tanks.
The La Maldición--'the curse'--refers to the daily grind that this region's historical workers faced getting to (and making a living off) the remote, high-altitude, rocky vineyards east of Madrid. There is nothing jinxed about this wine however, which offers bags of the classic cherry/cola fruit of Tempranillo, as well as inky complexity, powdery tannins and refreshing acidity. A delicious, high-grown, yet generous country red and an absolute bargain as always. PWS
Real Agrado Rioja Tinto 2019
Real Agrado was started by agricultural engineer Juan Manuel Domínguez in 1974. Since 2006, Julian Ayuga has run the show. As a former consultant, winemaker, and member of the DOC Rioja Appellation tasting committee, Julian is highly regarded, and he has mentored many young and uprising wine folk in Rioja today. At 72 years of age, he proudly claims that nobody alive has opened more bottles of Rioja than him!
The wine comes from vineyards in the two south-eastern pueblos of Aldeanuevo and Alfaro. These lands have a distinct Mediterranean influence, and nestle in the foothills of scenic Monte Yerga. The wines are labelled Viñedos en Propiedad: 100 hectares of family-owned vineyards is divided into four vineyard areas.
80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillo from La Lobera and Canterabuey, planted in 1992 and 1975 respectively, fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. The Garnacha is destemmed and the Tempranillo is fermented using carbonic maceration. Unoaked.
14% abv. Total acidity 5.6. Cork closure.
We love these Garnacha base Rioja's. This is wild and free on the nose with glittering red fruit with rugged mountain herbs that fleck the nose. Again with a ganrly edge to this that criss-crosses with sprightly red fruits and more broody blackberry and small dark fruits. Mid-weight in style with a pleasent, fine grained tannins that cut the fruit lightly on the finish. PWS2019tempranilloSpain472$28.00 As low as $25.20
Dominio Do Bibei Lacima 2015The 2015 Dominio Do Bibei blew my mind. It's is a blend of 80% Brancellao and 20% Mouratón from different vineyards, and it has a super elegant, aromatic and ethereal profile within the power and earthy character of the wines from the zone. This fermented and aged in barrels and had an extra élevage in 1,500-liter oak foudre, but the oak is perfectly and neatly folded into the wine, which is nuanced perfumed and really captivating. The palate also reveals great harmony and balance, good freshness and very fine tannins, and the way all of the elements seem to complement each other suggests that this is going to continue evolving slowly in bottle. A great Ribeira Sacra expressing the character through the traditional varieties of yesteryear. 2,021 bottles were filled in July 2017. LUIS GUTIERREZ2015Spain471$150.00 As low as $135.00
Equipo Navazos I Think Manzanilla Saca de February de 2020 375mlIt's hard to believe that Equipo Navazos will celebrate their 15th anniversary next year and already produce around 40,000 bottles of wine, mainly sherry, per year. They are responsible for putting sherry back in the spotlight.
I tasted the numbered bottlings, the rare and more complex wines from 82 through to 93 and the regular bottlings and collaborations with other producers. You might notice some numbers are missing, because they also release small batches of spirits aged in sherry casks (like the extraordinary La Bota de Gin 81), but I haven't yet started tasting and rating spirits. LUIS GUTIRREZ, eRObertParker.com
They bottle this once a year, every year and it offers ridiculous quality for the money. This is the latest bottling too so is extremely fresh and vibrant. Sea spray and green apple, with crushed shells. Wonderfully textured yet beautifully fresh and full of life. PWS
2020PalominoSpain410$35.00 As low as $31.50
Descendientes de Jose Palacios Las Lamas Mencia 2014A beautiful nose of violets, cranberries and hints of licorice. Full and powerful with polished and pretty tannins and a long finish. Excellent structure and depth. Made from a single vineyard of old mencia. One of the top wines of the estate. JAMES SUCKLING2014menciaSpain355$280.00 As low as $252.00