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  1. Escondido Equilibrio Mei e Meio Red Blend 2015
    Escondido Equilibrio Mei e Meio Red Blend 2015
    Escondido Wines is the project of Michael Wren who was a winemaker for one of Portugal's top producers, Esporao, before opening Wren Estate, based in Heathcote. Whilst running their Douro winery, Quinta dos Murcas, Wren sourced grapes from a brilliant vineyard, in the cooler Dao region to the south of the Douro. The Dao is marked by higher altitudes and heavy granite soils and for Wren this region is the true home of Portugal's best known red variety - Touriga Nacional. The Dao produces pretty, structured Touriga Nacional that is bright and blue fruited with fresh acidity with clear mineral notes.

    The Escondido Meio e Meio comes from 2015 which was a very cool vintage, so this wine was very tightly wound when first botted but has opened up beautifully and is drinking wonderfully at present. Meio e Meio translates as half/half, referring to the composition of the wine. 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Jaen (Mencia in Spain) which brings some balancing red fruit and tannin to the blend.
    2015
    mencia, Touriga
    South Africa
    489
  2. Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2015
    Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2015

    This has won a swag of gold medals at recent wine shoes. It’s incredible value for money. Evocative and ebullient in its youth it will also age beautifully.

    ‘…A heady mix of dark chocolate, violets and ripe black berries with lovely brandy spirit giving complexity.  A rich powerful core of blueberries, blackcurrants, allspice and violets with some lovely bitter chocolate tannins to counter the sweetness on the palate. The tannins are fine and chalky. This has a sensational life ahead.’ GABRIELLE POY, PWS

    NV
    Tinto, Touriga
    Australia
  3. Nick Spencer Gundagai Light Dry Red Blend 2021
    Nick Spencer Gundagai Light Dry Red Blend 2021

    No, this is not just another "Light Dry Red" playing to the recent fads but a serious nod to the 'Burgundies' of the 50's 60's and 70's which Nick Spencer is paying homage to. These were classic light-bodied Shiraz and Shiraz/ Pinot blends that emerged from the Hunter and are highly sort after now. They are back in fashion and tasting this it's not hard to understand why.

    The style can be a little hit or miss and getting that combo of pinot and shiraz just right is critical, which Nick has done a brilliant job of here. A touch of sour cherry, cranberry and strawberries that plays off broodier black currant and blackberry fruit swirling around in the background. It's served on a palate that is crunchy and vibrant with lovely fine structure and soft melting tannins. Great poise between the fruit and other elements and while this is wonderfully easy to enjoy there is a plenty going on here that belies the seriousness of the wine.

    While its ready to go now and easy to love if you put a couple of bottles away for just a couple of years or so I think you would be a very happy camper!

    2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon, shiraz, tempranillo, Touriga
    Australia
    494
  4. Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    The DeWitt Vineyard is sustainably farmed, made up of granite and quartz soils. A blend of Portuguese grape varieties, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, Trincadeira are planted in a single block. The block was picked and co-fermented at the same time. Aged only in neutral oak for 12 months then bottled. The blend is loaded with black, blue fruit, earthy and spicy undertones, unmatched suppleness with lots of intrigue. PWS
    2012
    Tinto, Touriga
    USA
    362
  5. Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2004 500ml
    Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2004 500ml
    'Whoa - Christmas in a glass. Arresting nose of  raspberry, plum, chocolate and graphite. Some complexing tertiary notes of leather and spice temper the pure, clean and sleek fruits.  A very composed and detailed rendition of a VP - nothing stewy or overly ripe.  It's a lovely, balanced and warming Aussie VP with 16 years under its belt, and still plenty of life ahead. JEFF SALT, PWS
    2004
    Tinto, Touriga
    Australia
  6. Quinta do Noval Tawny Port 10yo
    Quinta do Noval Tawny Port 10yo
    I've been tasting a lot of port recently and on several occasions this particular wine has really stood out as being much more vigorous and satisfying than its peers.  It has that slight touch of rancio that comes from many years in wood but mainly it is a thoroughly delicious blend of fruit and nuts (no chocolate).  JANCIS ROBINSON, MW

    A fresh, vibrant style, showing cherry and redcurrant pâte de fruit notes, with blood orange and rooibos tea flavors. Light cinnamon and mineral nuances add to the streamlined finish. JAMES MOLESWORTH, winespectator.com
    NV
    Tinto, Touriga
    Portugal
    450
    Special Price $91.00 Regular Price $110.00
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