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  1. Rocky Gully Shiraz 2017
    Rocky Gully Shiraz 2017
    We are thoroughly impressed with the reds coming out of Frankland Estate at the moment. There estate Syrah is one of the best in the country and we make that call with confidence. What the Rocky Gully offers is the same commitment to quality in a fun and forward package. Sourced from estate and several other vineyards in Frankland river there is distinctive and delicious, cool-climate bent to this wine with its sweet, peppery spice and anise nose. Packed with black forest fruits and spicy finish this is the best we have seen from the Rocky Gully range we have seen so far. PWS
    2014
    shiraz
    Australia
    400
    Special Price $16.00 Regular Price $20.00
  2. Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018
    Baron Leopold Bordeaux Blanc 2018
    A new producer in the market that has just nailed it for entry level Bordeaux that actually taste like Bordeaux! Blended from vineyards across the appellation this is a superb introduction to the Bordeaux style, delivering a classic expression of the region and delicious to boot.

    Raised in tank and aged on fine lees, an abundance of savoury, grassy grapefruit, tangy and beautifully balanced.Lifted tropical fruit, lime and green apple with subtle herbaceous grassy end notes. Light, fresh and dry the palate with a touch of textural slip that carries it through the zingy close. PWS
    2014
    sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
    France
    460
    Special Price $17.60 Regular Price $22.00
  3. Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Fraser Gallop Estate Parterre Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    86/6/4/3/1% cabernet sauvignon/petit verdot/malbec/merlot/cabernet franc. Reaching heights of near perfection, '18 was a vintage responsible for wines just like this. Supple intensity, concentration of flavour without a gram of weight, the length of flavour possessed only by very healthy, perfectly ripe and balanced grapes. What a gloriously seamless wine, continuing the proud legacy of Parterre. Drink by 2041. (96) ERIN LARKIN, Wine Companion

    Sporting a slightly different label now, with the house in a fetching sort of purple. The splash of colour works well. Here we have 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc all grown on the estate at Wilyabrup.

    Blackberry and boysenberry, sage and mint, fetching floral perfume, baking spice and vanilla custard oak. It’s medium-bodied with pleasing density of fruit, plenty of fine grained graphite tannin, cool acidity, so svelte and composed, with a long pencilly finish. Needs a little more time for the oak to integrate, but the feel of it, its balance and shape, mark it out as an excellent wine. (95) GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Australia
    432
    Special Price $37.60 Regular Price $47.00
  4. Idlewild The Bird 2014
    Idlewild The Bird 2014
    In Italy, the house wine is often light, fresh, aromatic, and firmly structured so as to pair beautifully next a wide range of foods. That is the inspiration for The Bird. Black cherries, anise, fresh strawberries, freshly turned soil, and spicy floral tones highlight the aromatic profile. The mouthfeel is fresh and bright, leans towards a touch of mouth filling richness, and then quickly moves to a clean and firm food driven finish. IDLEWILD
    2014
    Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo
    USA
    362
    Special Price $44.80 Regular Price $56.00
  5. Hiedler Kogelberg Riesling 2014
    Hiedler Kogelberg Riesling 2014

    Representing a mere 800 liters of the best material from a half-hectare of vines (which most years would join Hiedler’s “Maximum” bottling), this is scented with gentian, wisteria, peach kernel and rinds of tangerine and grapefruit; the latter anticipate the piquant edge to an invigoratingly zesty but otherwise silken palate. Thankfully, there is not only abundant fresh citrus and white peach juiciness to assuage any tendency toward bitterness, but also a remarkable saline-sweet savor of fresh scallop and browned butter that milked my salivary glands in a long, luscious finish. If this gains as much in the course of 2016 as it did between my tasting from tank in June and from bottle in September, it will turn out to be a rare treasure of its vintage. DAVID SCHILDKNECHT, 2016

    2014
    Riesling
    Austria
    413
    Special Price $60.80 Regular Price $76.00
  6. Domaine Ostertag Riesling Clos Mathis 2014
    Domaine Ostertag Riesling Clos Mathis 2014
    Straw-green. Reticent, soil-driven aromas of quince and chamomile, plus an incipient diesel fuel element. Rich, ripe and intensely flavored, featuring notes of green apricot, flowers and botanical herbs. Ripe and long on the back end, which features balsamic mementos. As usual, this large-scale wine tastes big, almost massive, and savory, in a Trocken Pfalz-like way compared to Ostertag’s other more Nahe-like wines. It’s also the easiest wine to recognize blind in Ostertag’s lineup, as it’s more shut down and folded onto itself when young, and larger-scale in its profile, than Ostertag’s other Rieslings (the vineyard is located in Ribeauvillé and therefore has a completely different geological origin than the other Riesling sites owned by Ostertag). The real name of this site is Hagel, which in German means “hail,” so it’s understandable that Ostertag wasn’t keen on using this name for his wine. IAN D'AGATA, VINOUS
    2014
    Riesling
    France
    343
    Special Price $60.80 Regular Price $76.00
  7. Pierre Bise Savennieres Roche Aux Moines 2016
    Pierre Bise Savennieres Roche Aux Moines 2016

    The Domaine of Pierre-Bise is a Loire legend. Based in Anjou, they make wines of 'shatteringly singularity', both dry and sweet chenin blanc.  We've managed to get our hands on a small parcel of one of their flagship dry whites, Roche aux Moines Savennieres.  This chenin is simply breathtaking in its purity and freshness.

    Claude Papin has been the figurehead of the estate, and in more recent years his sons Christophe and René Papin largely run the show. They're experimenting with new approaches including organic certification. Loire aficionado Chris Kissack sums it up nicely 'in recent years the style has become more honed, more pointed, with greater purity and brighter minerality, and the quality remains very high.'

    Roche aux Moines is a revered site, one of the best in Anjou. It is one of the two crus of Savennieres (the other is La Coulee de Serrant made famous by Nicolas Joly). These two crus lie on the right side of the Loire. Roche aux Moines means 'rocks of the monks' alluding to the fact the vineyard this rocky vineyard was planted by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. Its rocky outcrop on volcanic schist soils imbues a savoury salinity and fine chewy texture in the wines.


    The Chenin from Roche Aux Moines have so much charm, as this bottling attests to. The nose is warm and cozy, full of honeysuckle, dried herb, and wool. The palate is beautiful, with an elegant, silky, balance of apricot, smoke, salt and a touch of honey. So open and friendly, and an excellent introduction to Roche Aux Moines. Aged mainly in foudre. JASON WILSON, vinous.com

    2014
    Chenin Blanc
    France
    422
    Special Price $64.00 Regular Price $80.00
  8. Savaterre Shiraz 2017
    Savaterre Shiraz 2017

    I’ve not much experience with Savaterre Shiraz, but that won’t stop me from trying.

    All the liquorice and sarsaparilla, baking spices, some floral things, dark cherry. Medium-bodied, dark spices biscuits, freshly polished boots, root vegetables, smooth supple tannin, a sort of dried cranberry flavour and bite to acidity, sooty and sweet, and dry and moderately long it goes. It’s a very interesting wine. Smells great, tastes maybe a bit baked, front is good, middle is in the middle, finish not bad. Makes you think though. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2014
    shiraz
    Australia
    353
    Special Price $66.40 Regular Price $83.00
  9. Sylvain Gauthier Domaine des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2016
    Sylvain Gauthier Domaine des Pierres Seches St Joseph 2016
    Lurid ruby. Dark berries, potpourri, peppery spices and a hint of olive on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and sweet, offering intense blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors and a smoky mineral nuance that gains strength with air. Supple tannins give shape to an impressively persistent, mineral-laced finish that strongly repeats the dark berry and spice notes. JOSH RAYNOLDS
    2014
    shiraz
    France
    467
    Special Price $67.20 Regular Price $84.00
  10. Rizzi Barbaresco Pajore 2014
    Rizzi Barbaresco Pajore 2014
    Enticing new leather, dark baking spice and violet aromas emerge in this taut red. Succulent and savory, it delivers juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, flinty mineral and star anise flavors while firm, refined tannins and fresh acidity offer support. KERRIN O'KEEFE

    A beautiful Barbaresco characterized by dried cherries but even blueberries, not to mention dried rose petals and hints of orange rind and cedar. Full body, deliciously chewy tannins, a long line of acidity and a medium to long finish. JAMES SUCKLING
    2014
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    457
    Special Price $84.00 Regular Price $105.00
  11. Guimaro Finca Capelinos Single Vineyard Mencia 2015
    Guimaro Finca Capelinos Single Vineyard Mencia 2015
    This is a southwest-facing vineyard at 350 meters altitude on schist soils, with nearly centenary vines with mixed varieties but dominated by Mencía. It fermented with 55% full clusters and very long fermentations and a very soft vinification, almost like an infusion to try to not extract too much. It certainly worked fine, and the wine showed great elegance. The palate is super balanced, with very fine tannins and great length. This is very subtle, and it grew in the glass. But it's in the palate where it shows its greatness. Great showing! It matured in used 225-liter oak barrels for 13 months. This is quite accessible, but it should develop further nuances with some more time in bottle; it kept changing in the glass, developing more balsamic notes, with a hint of mint. 1,100 bottles produced. It was bottled in February 2017. LUIS GUITIERREZ
    2014
    mencia
    Spain
    471
    Special Price $92.00 Regular Price $115.00
  12. Guimaro Finca Pombeiras Single Vineyard Mencia 2015
    Guimaro Finca Pombeiras Single Vineyard Mencia 2015

    Again, the 2015 Finca Pombeiras was also available for tasting, as it had been bottled for four months. In 2015 they harvested a little earlier, because it was a warmer and drier year. This is usually more exuberant and expressive than Capeliños, but the palate does not show the same finesse, even if it's still one of the most elegant wines of the appellation. These old vineyards are always a field blend where Mencía dominates, but there are myriad other varieties—Caíño, Sousón, Brancellao, Merenzao, Negreda, Garnacha Tintorera and Mouratón. Unfortunately, only some 800 bottles were filled in February 2017. LUIS GUTIERREZ, erobertparker.com

     

    2014
    mencia
    Spain
    471
    Special Price $92.00 Regular Price $115.00
  13. Head Wines The Contrarian Syrah Marananga 2014 1500ml
    Head Wines The Contrarian Syrah Marananga 2014 1500ml
    From Marananga and less contrarian than it used to be. Apparently men get more conservative as they age, and women become more radical, liberal.
    Boysenberry and dark cherry, that exotic Chinese five spice thing going on, pastis and some dark chocolate. Medium bodied, fluid and smooth, with a crunch to the acidity and a gentle graininess to the firm tannin. Has some salt beef flavours in there that you see in a lot of modern Barossa Shiraz, though they don’t bother me so much in this wine. Needs a year or two to soften, like a good pair of jeans. Just over the line for a 94 point finish. GARY WALSH winefront.com.au May 2015
    2014
    shiraz
    Australia
    349
    Special Price $96.00 Regular Price $120.00
  14. Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2014
    Poggio Scalette Il Carbonaione 2014
    The 2014 Il Carbonaione is one of the truly exceptional wines of this challenging season. Lithe and aromatic on the palate, with fabulous energy and overall brightness, it stands out for its superb balance. In many vintages, Il Carbonaione can be a bit bombastic. The 2014, on the other hand, is all finesse. Violet, lavender and cloves add shades of nuance to this bright, beautifully persistent Carbonaione. The 2014 won't be at its best for at least a few years, but its potential is evident. ANTONIO GALLONI, www.vinousmedia.com
    2014
    sangiovese
    Italy
    495
    Special Price $96.00 Regular Price $120.00
  15. Callejuela Manzanilla de Pago Callejuela 2014 500ml
    Callejuela Manzanilla de Pago Callejuela 2014 500ml

    As with its unfortified sister, this is from the little vineyard 'Hacienda de Doña Francisca, within Pago Callejuela. Fruit classified as a palma. Statically aged - unmoved, or mixed for 4 years under flor which received no further nutrient. It went into botas at 15% and is bottled at 16% abv.

    Deep gold, a gentle tisane of old pressed flowers, honeysuckle toffee in branch water and a glint of steely mineral. Meyer lemon, pistachio, salted dough, apple pip, yellow petals. Restrained and elegant it's super dry, with great chalky grip, and has soft and round suppleness giving relief in mid-mouth. Overall, it feels delicate with great character. The vertical wall of fresh chalk depth persists from entry all the way through to after perfume - wine like the proverbial ghost that walked through a wall. TSA

    2014
    Sherry
    Spain
    410
    Special Price $96.00 Regular Price $120.00
  16. Callejuela Macharnudo Manzanilla 2014 500ml
    Callejuela Macharnudo Manzanilla 2014 500ml

    The fruit is from 'la Choza' vineyard inside Pago Macharnudo, and classified as a palma.

    Deep gold with just a fringe of bronze. Salt caramel nose is brilliant with spicy dried Seville orange rind, and a great depth of real perfume, seductive rather than heady, really beautiful. Deeper and earthier again, pecans and rye toast, barley and lots of spicy cake-bakey goodness. Sweet and sour and really dynamic in the mouth, it's round and lifted, with barley water edged by chalk-starch and the whole thing open, vibrant and welcoming. TSA

    2014
    Sherry
    Spain
    410
    Special Price $96.00 Regular Price $120.00
  17. Dirupi Valtellina Superiore Riserva 2014
    Dirupi Valtellina Superiore Riserva 2014
    Tre Bicchierie Winner 2018 - Gambero Rosso
    Grumello sub-zone - Single Vineyard Dossi Salati 530-570 metres above sea level
    This wine is simply remarkable. Intense aromatic profile of red fruits rose petals and subtle spice waft from the glass co-mingling with some oak-derived vanillin that make a heady preface to what follows on the palate. And what follows is all good. A silky, medium-to-full weight frames flavours of strawberry and mulberry laced with delicate spice. It's elegant and exceptionally pure but the underlying intensity keeps coming. Structural elements are not overt but they're there and carry the wine across the palate journey to a riveting finish. PWS
    2014
    Nebbiolo
    Italy
    498
    Special Price $120.00 Regular Price $150.00
  18. Passopisciaro Contrada Porcaria 2014
    Passopisciaro Contrada Porcaria 2014
    Good bright ruby-red. Very pure, super-ripe aromas of dark cherry, smoked beef, mocha and menthol. Rich, ripe and sweet on the palate, offering chewy dark fruit, red cherry jam and blood orange nectar flavors. Finishes big and meaty, delivering serious but fine-grained tannins and very good length. This decidedly opulent, plush wine has a super-ripe, air-dried quality to it and will be a big favorite of those who like Amarone and similarly styled wines. Mainly Nerello Mascalese. IAN D'AGATA, Vinous Media
    2014
    Nerello Mascalese
    Italy
    482
    Special Price $124.00 Regular Price $155.00
  19. Ayala Blanc de Blanc 2014
    Ayala Blanc de Blanc 2014
    Disgorged in June 2020, Ayala's newly released 2014 Brut Blanc de Blancs wafts from the glass with lovely aromas of crisp orchard fruit, honeyed pear, English walnuts and freshly baked bread. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and incisive, its ample core of fruit is underpinned by brisk acids and complemented by a pillowy mousse. After the chiseled 2013, this is a precise but somewhat more generous, enveloping wine. Even if that makes it quite approachable today, it will really come into its own when it picks up more complexity and texture with another year or two on cork. WILLIAM KELLEY, Robert Parker 2021

    2014
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $130.50 Regular Price $145.00
  20. Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2019
    Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay 2019

    57/32/11% Tasmania/Tumbarumba/Adelaide Hills fruit. Matured 8 months in 55% new French oak barriques. The tension, endurance and sheer molecular detail of Yattarna propels it to the pinnacle of Australia's pointy chardonnay pyramid, and 2019 follows confidently in the hallowed footsteps of the sublime 2018. This is a vintage that demands a great deal of time to unfurl. Tight, compact, focused and immensely determined, it leads out in its virile youth with the finest struck flint and gunpowder. A pinpoint singularity of white-fruit precision focuses a laser line of pure white acidity that projects from its core through a finish of astounding line, length and promise. Powder-fine, crystalline minerality surges long and strong. Another epic Yattarna. Vintage on vintage, has Yattarna now ascended to become Penfolds' greatest wine of all? (98) TYSON STELZER, www.winecompanion.com.au

    Mineral, slinky, powerful saline...this is pretty fricken phenom. All the grilled peach, curry leaf, brine, coriander roort, ginger, poached pear, red apple skin and a feast of crushed, toasted, shaved nuts. This is an astounding release, and compared to its forebearer, this shows restraint and form...its a little more austere, a little more structured, and a little less immediately welcoming, but I like it for that. Yew. ERIN LARKIN

    2014
    chardonnay
    Australia
    340
    Special Price $156.00 Regular Price $195.00
  21. Larmandier Bernier Terre de Vertus 1er Cru Non Dose 2014
    Larmandier Bernier Terre de Vertus 1er Cru Non Dose 2014

    One of our key wine team members in Sydney, Alex Dobson has chosen this for his staff pick for 2021, here's why:

    The pure mineral expressions of Chardonnay from Larmandier Bernier were the first that drew me to grower Champagne and if you love incredibly fine, pure and precise Champagnes that aren't plumped up with dosage, then this is going to be right up your alley. The 2014 Terre de Vertus  is drawn from the two 1er Cru vineyards of Les Barillers and Les Faucherets in Vertus which are particularly renowned for their chalky, mineral character and this Champagne delivers those in spades leaning savoury and mouth-wateringly saline on the finish. Give this a little time to open and shake out it’s feathers and then pair it up with oysters and fried fish for a pairing that will make this Champagne sing. Grab a few more bottles for the cellar though as this one will really grow into itself with a few more years under it’s belt. ALEX DOBSON, PWS

     

    2014
    Champagne
    France
    376
    Special Price $166.50 Regular Price $185.00
  22. Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Cramant Grand Cru 2014
    Pierre Gimonnet Special Club Cramant Grand Cru 2014
    The 2014 Brut Spécial Club is a blend of fruit taken mostly from Cramant, with Chouilly and Cuis in supporting roles. The breadth and power of Cramant comes through loud and clear. Readers will find a potent, at times austere, Champagne that needs a bit of time in the cellar to soften. The Special Club does not offer the immediacy of the Chouilly or Cramant Special Clubs, but it has plenty of its own allure. Dried pear, spice, crushed flowers and chamomile are some of the aromas and flavors that linger on the imposing finish. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: December 13, 2019. ANTONIO GALLONI, Vinous 2020
    2014
    chardonnay
    France
    376
    Special Price $211.50 Regular Price $235.00
  23. Pichon Lalande 2014
    Pichon Lalande 2014

    The 2014 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande has an expressive bouquet with lively blackberry, cedar, flint and graphite aromas that are not powerful, yet display admirable precision. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, the Merlot content lending this Pauillac its trademark fleshiness and roundness, yet there is clearly structure here (not always a trait of this Pauillac growth). It will develop more complexity and personality with bottle age, but at the moment you can sit back and just admire the cohesion and superb length. Winemaker Nicolas Glumineau has overseen a quite wonderful Pichon-Lalande, one with inbuilt longevity. NEAL MARTIN 2017

    One of the highlights in a dark horse vintage for Bordeaux, the 2014 Pichon Lalande is absolutely exquisite. Aromatic and silky on the palate, with bright, finely sculpted fruit and mid-weight structure, the 2014 is a picture-perfect example of the best 2014 has to offer. I have always adored the 2014 Pichon Lalande. This tasting only serves to reinforce that feeling. Ideal conditions in September extended the harvest and yielded perfumed, silky wines. ANTONIO GALLONI

     

    2014
    Cabernet Blends
    France
    356
    Special Price $316.00 Regular Price $395.00
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