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  1. Vina Ventisquero Pinot Noir 2019
    Vina Ventisquero Pinot Noir 2019
    Vina Ventisquera, established in 1998, are now a large consolidated company making a swathe of wines off prime Chilean vineyards. While the operation is a bit of a behemoth, their focus on quality and access to excellent source material means they can output some really fantastic wine and extremely affordable prices.

    The pinot opens up to an attractively fresh overlay of dried herbs and bright red berries with fine perfume. It takes a bit of swirling to open up but once it does it looks really pretty with nicely poised red fruits that run a sleek line down the middle of the wine. There is a nice focus and energy to the wines and does a great job. If you can decant this you will be rewarded handsomely with a perfect Autumn red. PWS
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Grahams 10yo Tawny Port 200ml
    Grahams 10yo Tawny Port 200ml
    An intensely dry, concentrated, powerful wine that tastes as if it has wines in the blend that are older than 10 years. It is powered with acidity and its firm structure. Yet it is definitely a 10-year-old in style, as the fresh fruit to finish confirms. ROGER VOSS, Wine Enthusiast

    Mid bright tawny colour. Light nose. Raisiny fruit but not that vital. A bit low key. Dry, treacley finish. Beautiful packaging... Much drier than the Taylor's version. But actually with lots of interest and more obvious wood-aged character. JANCIS ROBINSON
  3. TarraWarra Reserve Chardonnay 2012
    TarraWarra Reserve Chardonnay 2012

    Plenty of cedar and custard oak, spice, nectarine and citrus - high on Chardonnay, low on trickery.  Medium weight with a good level of intensity and a burst of ripe fruit - grapefruit and lime with some stone fruits - and a firm oak backing of spice and vanilla. Flinty bits are here along with bright clean acidity. It has energy and length. Oak needs to settle, but very good it is. GARY WALSH

    From the '83 plantings. A very pure, highly focused, minerally style with grapefruit in the lead, white peach close behind; while 100% barrel-fermented and matured in high quality French oak, that influence is subtle. JAMES HALLIDAY

    Peaches and cream, fresh toast, lemon oil, blood orange, custard apple. The palate has lovely volume and richness with a lick of crunchy acidity to keep it upright and lively. Right in the sweet spot. This is why you cellar Chardonnay. Plenty more detail and interest as it eases in to itself with some time in the glass. It's confident and sure of itself.
    I was trying to think of the right analogy here, I settled on a luxury vehicle, not a sports car, like a high end Toorak tractor, sitting on the highway, cruise control set, Paul Kelly on the radio, everything just humming along nicely. In the zone.
    You'll love this, whoever you are, you can't help but enjoy a Chardonnay of this quality in its prime drinking window. ROSCOE

  4. Pierre Menard Clos de Mailles Anjou Blanc 2017
    Pierre Menard Clos de Mailles Anjou Blanc 2017

    After studying wine in the Agronomic school of Angers, Pierre travelled the world to learn about the different processes and made wine in Canada, New Zealand and Hungary. Only in his late twenties, Pierre started to produce wine in the Layon in 2013. Since his first vintage Pierre's wines have been met with critical acclaim.

    The Clos des Mailles comes from three parcels in the vineyard; one is 25 years old, one 100 years, and the other 8 years. You won't find any botrytis character here. As Pierre works very hard to exclude this from his wines, wanting the purity of the vineyard to be at the forefront. In the same vein, it has been vinified using 80% old French oak and 20% stainless steel. This results in a beautifully mineral wine with layered complexity. Yellow plum, flint, smoky/schisty, and ripe peach all play together with great acidity and minerality. Purity, structure, a lengthy finish, and utter deliciousness, Pierre's Clos des Mailles is an experience we all deserve this year. BRIAN

    Chenin Blanc
  5. San Leonardo 2011
    San Leonardo 2011
    The 2011 San Leonardo is extroverted and intense, leading off with a mix of crushed tart cherry and
    blackberry, offset by a hint of citrus rind, as savory herbal and spice tones develop. It’s deep, dark and
    textural, neatly displaying a warm vintage characteristic, framed by saline-minerality and zesty acids adding
    verve. The expression further evolves over time, becoming more angular and structured than expected. A
    tannic heft grips the senses, yet there’s plenty of primary fruit here to balance. The 2011 needs some more
    time to unwind; yet once it does, watch out. As I’ve witnessed with warm, dry years from this house, the best
    is yet to com. ERIC GUIDO, Vinous
    Cabernet Blends
    Special Price $185.00 Regular Price $220.00
  6. Descendientes de Jose Palacios La Faraona Mencia 2011
    Descendientes de Jose Palacios La Faraona Mencia 2011
    Depp, bright purple.  Drop-dead aromas of dark berry preserves, Asian spice, potpourri and incense, with an intense mineral overtone.  Stains the palate with sappy, chewy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors enlivened by notes of allspice, star anise and nutmeg.  Silky, sweet and penetrating on the finish, which clings with outstanding tenacity and clarity.  There's an elegance and focus here that's reminiscent of the best Burgundies, but with more power and texture.  If I were a third-world despot this is what I'd be drinking every day. STEPHEN TANZER, wineaccess.com
  7. Lamarche La Grande Rue 2011
    Lamarche La Grande Rue 2011
    Here the nose is all but mute though aggressive swirling liberates a discreet touch of wood that frames the cool red berry fruit nose that is lavishly spiked with an impressive array of spice notes. There is a sophisticated mouth feel to the supple yet well-detailed middle weight flavors that exude a fine dry extract on the gorgeously complex, persistent and utterly delicious finish. This should also drink well in its youth but amply reward longer-term cellaring. BURGHOUND
    Pinot noir
  8. Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2011
    Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2011

    This is the first time Noval have declared their famous Nacional since 2003 so this is an exciting development. Very dark purple stains the inside of the glass.  Gosh, a massive bruiser of a wine. There is such concentration here that not much aroma can escape initially. Wild, peppery stuff. Then wonderfully juicy and spicy. This is like the ultimate biodynamic wine with lots of microbiology going on, in a good way.  Very clean and fresh on the finish.  Not notably sweet and with more marked acidity than some.  A big contrast to, for example, Fonseca 2011. This is all about subtle topnotes rather than broad lusciousness. So vital! JANCIS ROBINSON, 2013

    The 2011 Quinta do Noval Nacional has an entrancing bouquet that unfolds with time. It is extraordinarily concentrated with black currant pastilles, baked earth, a touch of terracotta and bay leaf that gains more dimension with time. Yet there is undeniable purity and elegance here, a seductive chorus of aromas perfectly in tune. The palate has a wondrous symmetry and focus, perfect acidity and immense purity. Everything here is so precise and at the same time, unassuming, as if this Nacional is aware of its breeding without the impulse to brag about it. It has closed down just a little since last year, but I take this as a positive sign that this legendary Nacional will delight for decades rather than years. This is the kind of elixir that leaves you speechless – surely the finest Nacional since the ethereal 1963. NEAL MARTIN, 2014

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