“Wow. This is a bold, brassy Shiraz that carries a wealth of very intense aromas of ripe blackberries, dark plums, licorice and sweetly spiced earth. Still so very youthful and primary. The palate is so powerful, so mouth-filling and so, so juicy. This manages to deliver such intensity and composure. Supple, long and deep-set tannins and heroically expressive fruit. Really impressive now, but this will deliver much more over the next two decades. One of the finest releases to date.” 99 Points – Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
“This is a great vintage for this wine with a very fresh, attractive delivery in a full-bodied style. Ripe red plums, blackberries and cherries with a cedary, tobacco edge, purple olives and fruit-steeped roasting herbs. It has a very intense, crisply cut palate that has flavours of dark cherries, blackberries, chocolate and such attractive spice complexity. Runs long on the focused finish. Regal. A great Caley. A blend of 74% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Barossa Shiraz. Try from 2023.” 98 Points – Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
When it comes to Rosé production, it doesn’t come any more famous than Tavel. Instantly recognized as one of the best communes producing bombastic Rosé. Made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, it’s a full bodied Rosé with just a little more skin contact but yet light, sensual, beautifully balanced with a magnificent finish of wild rose petals and coriander strawberry. Drink now or over the next 2-3 years.
Quintessential Rosé from the Rhone valley with a lovely blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre that made with the right proportions, they offer a beautiful fresh, floral and perfumed wine that palate wise is expressive, incredibly fresh and balanced. It’s almost like freshly picked wild strawberries on a sunny day! Put it in the fridge nicely chilled and have it with wild Salmon, beautiful! It’s almost like you are in Marseilles!
Completely new to us and to you, Crozes-Hermitage from the Northern Rhone, captures the essence of what Syrah is all about, white grounded pepper that gives way later on to black peppercorns with an infusion of black olive and tapenade. Full bodied, concentrated but yet with balance, young but something that in another 4-5 years will reward you generously. What proper Syrah should be!
Deep magenta with an onyx-dark core, Bullnose ’18 has an immediate rich aroma of cinnamon, lavender, ultra-ripe raspberry and black cherry. Lush with plum and boysenberry, the palate has immense depth and is interwoven with black liquorice, spice and velvety chocolate tannins.
A deep delight, replete in detail, the 2018 has a classically beautiful Bullnose purity with power, a sumptuous dark heart, and a long, structured, elegant finish.
From a good producer such as Chateau de L’Engarran, this is what Languedoc can do. A stunning, balanced blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouverdre, with hints of dry spice, garrigue and dry herbs which is full bodied, structured and balanced. Quintessential Languedoc, once you open the bottle it takes you there! 2016 is a pretty good vintage which is starting to drink beautifully now however for those with a little patience, it will keep rewarding you for the next 4-5 years.
Wildly aromatic with notes of wild red fruits and spice. The Syrah brings some flesh and freshly ground pepper to the mix, whilst the subtle seasoning of Moristel, Garnacha Blanca and Bobal (locally known as Provechon) add gentle notes of lemon thyme and other Mediterranean herbs. A classic field blend from 5 parcels that redefines the concept of Old Vine Garnacha in Aragon.
“Of all the terrific single-vineyard Cote Roties I tasted at Guigal this year, I’m most confident that this wine will ultimately reach perfection after bottling. The 2015 Cote Rotie La Landonne is incredibly rich and concentrated, yet it remains detailed and complex, with plum and cassis flavors accented by hints of pencil shavings, espresso, black olives, roasted meat and dark chocolate. Full-bodied and solidly built, it combines that power with a velvety feel and a nearly endless finish. Wow.”
98 -100 – Wine Advocate
“Full-bodied and powerful yet elegant, the 2015 Cote Rotie La Mouline is potentially close to perfect. Espresso, grilled meat, caramelized plum and cassis pick up hints of vanilla and herbal-floral notes on the nearly limitless finish. I can’t wait to try this again next year.”
97-99 – Wine Advocate
“The potentially perfect 2015 Cote Rotie La Turque takes all of this vineyard’s exotic floral and herbal notes, red raspberry fruit, spice shadings and meaty complexity and compresses them into an incredibly dense, powerful and intense package. Full-bodied, rich and velvety yet ethereal at the same time, this incredibly long wine should prove to be a legend.”
98-100 – Wine Advocate
Made by Noel Robertson M.W. originally from Scotland but based in Spain for over the last 20 odd years. He basically specialises in getting very old vines, low yielding, with spectacular concentration and depth. This is basically what this is, old vine Syrah which is impeccably rich, powerful and concentrated, almost reminiscent of a Chateauneuf-du-Pape, the 2009 is drinking beautifully now, full bodied, expressive with great power and clarity and even though it is approachable now, it will also cellar for the next 5 years plus.
A perfect example of a full bodied, concentrated yet balanced Syrah. This is built to last, it needs a good few years to reach its peak but it will be amazing. Enticing aromatics of boysenberry, blueberry, violets, clove and lightly seared meat. The wine exhibits a richness of fruit yet carries an ethereal quality as the fine grained tannins dance gracefully across the palate.
Escobera is a wild plant that thrives in this dry and arid region hence its perfect conditions to ripen Monastrell and Syrah. This is a stunning 2001, one of the best vintages in Spain ever. Beautifully cellared, this is drinking superbly now, full bodied with soft velvety tannins great structure, complexity and length. You’ll almost be forgiven for thinking that you are drinking an aged Chateauneuf-du-Pape. At its price it is an absolute steal. You’ll need to be quick as there is very little left!
After more than 20 years importing this wonderful Languedoc, we’ve got to say that it gets better and better. Beautiful cherry colour packed with dark berry fruit, spicy, floral and with hints of garrigue, really what Langeudoc is. Made from a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mouverdre, it offers an array of dry spice intermingled with dry herbs with a core of minerality. Beautiful now or over the next 4-5 years plus.
“Deep garnet in colour, the 2009 The Armagh Shiraz displays a more evolved black plum and kirsch character accented by notes of pencil lead, black olives and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, muscular and a little mute, it has a very taut, firm structure that shows aging promise and a long finish. As it needs some time, drink it from 2015-2030+.” 96+ Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Selected from various vineyard sites in Waiheke Island, this Syrah displays what the variety can do in the right vineyards. Inky purple wine with density, perfume of liquorice, dark plum and pepper. Great richness from a fantastic vintage that will cellar for the next 5 years plus.
Outstanding Syrah with enormous concentration, depth and panache. We’ve compared this with one of the great Northern Rhone Syrahs from Croze Hermitage and it’s just up there! Black olive, pepper, tapenade and blueberry. Well balanced, suave and built to last. Drinking beautifully now.
Syrah in New Zealand has come a long way over the last 10 years. This is more like a Northern Rhone version, purple dark colour with hints of dry herbs, pepper and black olive. Medium body with lovely richness and concentration, well balanced and drinking superbly now and over the next 4-5 years.
Pago de Cirsus which is owned by Inaki Nunez has been, at various times, chosen as one of the best 100 wineries in the world by the prestigious magazine Decanter as well as being awarded 31 gold medals at prestigious international wine competitions.This is from Navarra and made from a blend of Tempranillo and Syrah. The Seleccion Familia, or family reserve, is normally aged for 3 years before release almost in the tradition of Rioja Gran Reservas. Powerful, intense and full bodied with great purity and precision, lots of dark berry, black truffle and pepper. Approachable now however this is one for the cellar for the next 5-10 years plus.
This could be the South African answer to Chateauneuf du Pape. With a blend of Shiraz, Cinsault, Grenache and a little Mourvedre, it will remind you of a Chateauneuf however fruitier and bolder yet exotic with lovely dry alpine herbs and mountain spice. Full bodied, complex with lovely backbone and structure. Excellent with red meats, casseroles and spicy food. Drink now or over the next 5 plus years.
A new addition to Colin Carruthers’ Red Bank Estate and frankly, outstanding Syrah, one of the best around! Styled in the Cotes du Rhone, it’s peppery with black olive, excellent depth and structure. Even though it is drinking very well now, it will also cellar for another 3-4 years. Taking into account the high price of New Zealand Syrahs, this really offers excellent value for money.
Chateau de L’Engarran enjoys a tremendous reputation and history in the Coteaux du Languedoc rose is one of Chateau’s specialities. Made from Grenache and Syrah, this Rose is made from the juice that has seeped from the grapes without any artificial pressure. Beautiful wild salmon pink and onion skin colour with bright fresh aromas, hints of spice and beautiful texture. This is the kind of Rosé that you have on the veranda of a restaurant in Cannes or maybe Monaco with a salad nicoise.
Cairanne, a relatively new appellation within the Cotes du Rhone, makes wines mainly from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The 2016 a vintage which is starting to drink superbly now however with another 2 or 3 years it will only get better. Medium to full bodied with good concentration, balance and backbone. Wonderful aromas of thyme, pepper and roasted capsicum are very prominent but it is not only about fruit flavours, it also has excellent depth, length and beautiful balance. Drink now or over the next 4-5 years.
Perhaps one of the best value for money appellation in the Cotes du Rhone that encompasses what the true Rhone is all about. Relatively speaking, excellent value for money, full bodied with immense texture and complexity, robust with a great intensity but yet elegant, balanced and in other words a magnificent expression of Gigondas terroir made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Approachable now however at its best in 5+ years’ time.
Another of our latest arrivals from the outstanding producer of Bruno Thierry, a producer that has been making wine in the Rhone Valley since 1985. This is very much their straightforward Cotes du Rhone made from mainly Syrah and a little Grenache however when it comes to quality versus price, it is unbeatable, medium to full bodied with hints of black pepper, tapenade and dry herbs, its focused with vibrant acidity, very well balanced and structured. A wine that will sit very comfortably along other Syrah at $30 plus. Drink now or keep for another 2-3 years.
A new addition from this much acclaimed producer made from a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Grenache from the excellent vintage of 2018 which is full bodied and spicy with a typical expression of Languedoc in being perfumed and floral with hints of dry herbs and garrigue. On the palate it’s profound with lovely racy acidity, soft caressing tannins and a long finish. Excellent now but better over the next 3-4 years.
"Célèbre has always had its own distinctive style as a bright, high-energy red with real concentration and a rich, mouth-filling texture. As a young wine, the 2015 is showing abundant aromatics with ripe blueberry, boysenberry and red currant notes meeting more exotic notes of star-anise. Long, fine, savoury tannins across the palate and the bracken-like earthiness from the Cabernet portions builds complexity, while Syrah brings spice and fresh, balanced acidity to the finish.
We have been importing this producer for a number of years now who is both a negociants and grower producing a wide range of top Cotes du Rhone wines. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is probably one of the best known appellations from this area and also one of the most prestigious. The 2018 vintage is a relatively warm vintage that has benefitted this particular Chateauneuf that even though young now, it will start to revel in 3-4 years. On the palate it's generous, tightly structured, clean and pure with hints of tapenade, crushed black pepper corns and roasted capsicum. Drink now or cellar for another 5 years plus.
A thoroughly modern and stylish new breed of Monastrell and Syrah. From the region of Jumilla which has been producing outstanding and well priced wines for the last 10 years. Immense colour, ripe and vibrant with a perfume of fleshy fruit and spice, the wine delivers a superb balance of structure, acidity and length. Ideal with BBQ meats, cheeses etc. This is another perfect example of some of the outstanding quality red wines being produced in Spain over the last 10-15 years. Drinking now.
Our brand new arrival of the Calabria Estate Richland Shiraz 2018. It has a big rich purple colour with hints of lavender, bosom berry with a lovely purple hue. Made in the traditional style in open fermenters, the wine is intensely varietal with spicy black and white pepper, olive grove and an abundance of berry fruit. Excellent now or over the next 3-5 years.
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