Piqueras Castillo de Almansa Seleccion 2013
Dark ruby red with an intense and complex nose of spicy wild plums, prunes and roasted peppers. Vibrant and elegant on the palate with good structure, balanced acidity and firm polished tannins. It is full bodied with a lingering, silky finish. Enjoy this wine with hearty dishes for the coming 5-10 years.
Chevalier de L’Engarran Rouge 2015
This is absolutely new from the range of wines by Chateau de L’Engarran. A beautiful blend that describes and typifies Languedoc perfectly. Garrigue, spice and floral notes with hints of leather, dark cherry and hints of tapenade with a bright purple hue. This immediately take you back to the South of France, medium to full bodied, served at around 16-18 degrees with a beautiful ratatouille and you may as well be there yourself!
Chateau Musar Jeune 2016
The Jeune 2016 is a blend of old vines Cinsault (45%), Syrah (45%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%) from organically certified vineyards, harvested from late August onwards. The wines fermented in concrete vats, they were not fined or filtered and the sedimentation occurred naturally. The Musar Jeune Red 2016 is fresh, vibrant, fruity and soft with plenty of ripe red and dark fruit and a hint of sweet spice. The tannins are gentle and the finish smooth. It’s perfect for immediate drinking but also has years of ageing potential.
Chateau de Nalys Saint Pierres de Nalys Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2016
“The "second wine" of Nalys, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape Saintes Pierres is a blend of 69% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 5% Cinsault, 4% Muscardin, and 1% each Counoise and Mourvèdre. It was put together by the Guigal team, although the vinification’s took place prior to the acquisition. It's an attractive, full-bodied wine that delivers ripe cherries, a hint of stone fruit and very supple tannins. It's a bit too easy to think it will be a long-term cellar candidate, but it is a ripe, juicy mouthful of fruit to drink over the next 6-7 years.”
92 pts – Wine Advocate
El Mondongo 2015
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.
Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne 2015
“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
Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline 2015
“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
Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque 2015
“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
Dos Dedos Syrah Viognier 2009
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.
Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2016
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 Crianza 2001
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!
Waiheke Road Syrah 2013
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.
Awaroa Melba Peach Syrah 2013
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. Cellar for 5-6 years plus.
Awaroa Syrah 2013
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 Seleccion Familia 2005
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.
Secateurs Shiraz Cinsault 2011
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.
James Syrah 2008
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.
Pago de Cirsus Single Vineyard 2009
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From one of the top producers in Navarra, Inaki Nunez has forged a worldwide reputation for his outstanding quality and value for money wines. His approach of blending noble Spanish grape varieties and French, produce unique and very personal wines. This is his Single Vineyard which is a blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and Syrah from the fantastic vintage of 2009. Full bodied with earth tobacco and leather overtones, beautiful texture and complexity. Starting to drink very well now but will also cellar for another 4-5 years. At $21.95 per case, exceptional value!
Bruno Thierry Cotes du Rhone 2016
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.
Terres de L'Engarran Rouge 2017
A new addition from this much acclaimed producer made from a blend of Syrah, Merlot and Grenache which is full bodied with 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.
Ata Rangi Celebre 2015
"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.
Bruno Thierry Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2015
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 2015 vintage is a classic for this appellation and is showing very well now with a brick red purple colour on appearance, and a perfume of black olive, dry herb and black pepper. 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 3-5 years.
Escobera Jumilla 2002
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.
Alan McCorkindale Syrah 2013
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Made exclusively from Syrah grown in Hawkes Bay and 2013 being a great vintage, this is just as close to the Northern Rhone as you can get in New Zealand. Peppery with hints of leather, black olive and tapenade with a medium to full body, succulent texture and perfect balance. A little young now however at its best in another 4-5 years.
Richland Shiraz 2017
Our brand new arrival of the Calabria Estate Richland Shiraz 2017. 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.