This delicious blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec is softly concentrated with deep and dense aromas of plush red fruits, blackcurrants,cocoa, spice and cedar aromas. Each variety contributes to an exquisitely varied array of aroma and great depth of flavours. The palate is medium-full bodied with layer of rich and succulent fruit and charry oak flavour. The long finish and fine tannins make this an ideal accompaniment for your beef dishes, richly flavoured foods and cheeses.
Time in bottle will yield further depth of flavour and a wonderful melding of fruit, oak, texture and moreish spice.
“Single Barrel is a blend of six grape varieties: cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, rubin and mavrud. Curiously they make around 16 barrels of this wine each year. Dense, purple-hued wine that looks much younger than its age of six years. Rich, ripe and flavoursome red with a dense. almost chewy texture suggesting old vine material. Dark berry, wood smoke, old leather, tar and spice characters. An intriguing wine that’s clearly got plenty of life ahead of it.” 95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
“A blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and merlot. Intense, bold red with Christmas cake-like dried fruit and nut flavours together with wood smoke, leather, cigar box. A formidable red with a powerful tannic backbone. Should age well. Slightly rustic. Drink: 2018 to 2025.” 95/100 – Bob Campbell MW
This wine is a great example of the Vista Flores terroir. It has aromas of black pepper, plums and tobacco. On the mouth, it presents an elegant profile with a robust finish. There are notes of blackcurrant and spice with a long-lasting, full-bodied flavour.
“An iconic brand meets a terrific vintage. The result is a “must have” wine for collectors and investors. This is elegance on a grand scale and one of the best vintages I’ve tasted. Still youthful and quite closed (it was bottled on the day I tasted it) but with plushness and power.” -- Bob Campbell MW, Business Desk, February 2021
Chateau Loudenne Medoc is a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
A wine of exquisite fragrance with blueberries, black plums, and cherries accompanied by subtle earth, oak, licorice, black pepper, clove, dry herbs and pencil notes.
On the palate it’s plush, full bodied yet smooth with medium acidity, fine grained elegant tannins and long finish.
This is a superb red Bordeaux from a great vintage.
Approachable now, will be magnificent in 3 to 5 years time.
Le Volte dell’Ornellaia combines a Mediterranean expression of generosity with structure and complexity, reflecting the philosophy of Ornellaia. It represents the first step into the Ornellaia family, and is an ideal wine for everyday enjoyment. Le Volte dell’Ornellaia 2018 perfectly reflects the characteristics of the vintage, revealing great elegance and balance. Its nose is wonderfully complex, very fruity with delicate floral and spicy notes. The tannic and smooth texture is striking on the palate, ending in a crisp and lively finish.
"A stunning wine, the 2017 Ornellaia offers a captivating interplay of richness and energy. Picking early was the key. Young vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc were harvested in August for the first time ever. In the glass, the 2017 offers up an enticing mélange of mocha, cedar, tobacco and licorice, with soft curves that add to its sensuality and allure. The 2017 is sumptuous and racy, as Ornellaias from warmer years tend to be, but it is not at all heavy or overdone. In a word: superb! Drink 2025-2042." Score: 97 - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com
Awatea, even though being the so called second wine after the Coleraine, is still a wonderful Bordeaux blend that is able to age beautifully for up to 10 years. It always shows ripe blackberry and blackcurrant aromatics with elements of vanilla creme and sandalwood. On the palate there’s a banquet of plum, raspberry, dried herbs and lingering dark cherry, set out across cedar and cocoa powder tannins. Classical in structure, with fine balance and length.
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