|Classic Rhone & European Varietals New World
|1001. 2012 Entity Barossa Shiraz, JOHN DUVAL - BAROSSA VALLEY AUSTRALIA
Dense ruby purple in colour with blackberry and blueberry fruit with subtle savoury French oak. A fine example of full on Oz Shiraz
|1002. 2004 McNichol Shiraz, MITCHELL - CLARE VALLEY AUSTRALIA
Wonderfully fragrant nose with dark fruits, dark chocolate and spice, and an almost smoky finish.
|1004. 2009 Sangiovese, GREENSTONE VINEYARD, HEATHCOTE, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
Spiced cherry nose typical of Sangiovese, and a lovely depth of fruit on the palate
|1005. 2008 Le Cigare Volant - BONNY DOON VINEYARD, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
The composition of this cracker is based on traditional use of Southern French grapes, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre & Cinsault. Decant – as should breathe before drinking.
|1019. 2005 Alexander Laing Old Vine Grenache, Colonial Estate BAROSSA VALLEY AUSTRALIA
Really elegant and classy from 100% Grenache old bush vines- has a sumptuous, silky quality. Alluring, well textured and long.
|1014 2011 Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, TRINITY HILL - NEW ZEALAND
Sweet berry fruit with notes of black pepper on the nose, while on the palate there is a dense core of blackberry fruit with fine-grained, ripe tannins in support.
|1020. 2011 Syrah, CLAYVIN VINEYARD, - MARLBOROUGH NEW ZEALAND
This is a triumph of top class winemaking from George Fromm, this syrah is unique and unlike anything else currently emerging from Marlborough. A vivid, inky purple in colour, the intensity of the bouquet enlivens the senses
|1011. 2001 Heyson Shiraz – VERITAS WINERY BAROSSA VALLEY,
A layered complexity of vibrant dark fruit and savoury French oak. Impressive texture of mouth coating tannins that provides the framework for the richness and intensity of fruit.
|Rhone Varietals Old World
|1009. 2012 Lirac, Chapelle de Maillac, ROGER SABON
Bursting red and black fruit, complex undercurrent of spice, tobacco, earth, pepper which will develop and come more prominent in the glass. Harmonious & elegant.
|1007 2012 Crozes Hermitage, ALAIN GRAILLOT
Mature Syrah rootstock on the Les Chassis plateau. Intense black fruit bouquet, plump palate of dark, hedgerow berries & ripe damson tastes. Good palate-cleansing acidity and fine-grained elegant tannins. Drinking well now, this much-celebrated wine will mature happily for a decade or more in good vintages such as this. Please decant.
|1010. 2010 Rasteau, DOMAINE LA SOUMADE
Rhone ranger favourite! A deep, rich colour, intense aromas and flavours of blackcurrants, raspberries and black cherries – truly glorious glass of Rhone!
|1006. 2009 L’Ame Soeur Vin de Pays Seyssuel, DOMAINE OGIER
Do not be a wine snob and think vin de pays at £43! This superb wine sits on a superb plot, to the north of Vienne, but designated vin de pays; despite this the quality would shame a very large number of Côte-Rôties; Syrah & Viognier classic northern Rhone blend – brilliant!
|1021. 2009 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, DOMAINE PIERRE USSEGLIO
Dusty tannins, soft berry fruit, roasted herbs and plenty of kirsch, lavender and liquorice as well. It is a classic Provencal!
|1016 2008 Côte-Rôtie RENE ROSTAING
I have long been a great admirer of the Rostaing’s wines – seriously elegant, handcrafted wines produced by a master craftsman
|1017. 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, PIGNAN
A unique wine – extraordinarily elegant with fantastic complexity
|1008 2012 St Joseph, DOMAINE JEAN-LOUIS CHAVE
Famous for their fastidious and skilful blending - this is pure Syrah grown on steeply terraced slopes in Saint-Joseph's historic heartland. Exhibits terrific blackberry, ground pepper, and its medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated and has an open, sexy appeal!