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The Cramele Recas Estate, owned by Englishman, Philip Cox and his Romanian wife Elvira, have put in a huge amount of work into transforming their slice of grape growing history into a contemporary winemaking haven.
This Merlot is a dark violet colour, well complimented by rich aromas of dark fruits, plum and blackberry, with notes of spice and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied, but full of jammy fruit flavours and even a hint of dark chocolate. Warm tannins and a fine finish.
Born from the co-op, Cantina Sociale di Ortona, Caldora is based in the province of Chieti in Italy’s Abruzzo region. This is a historic cooperative with over 1500 hectares of cultivated land and around 700 farmers. Striving to reduce their yield per hectare, Caldora was created as the cooperative’s ‘Progetto Qualità’ (Quality Project).
This is a fruity red with cherries, prunes and vanilla on the nose. Medium-bodied, very well balanced and soft, ready to drink.
Steeped in a history dating back to 1692, the Lanzerac Wine Estate is situated at the foot of the majestic Jonkershoek Valley of Stellenbosch. This Merlot is a well balanced wine with flavours of ripe red berries, chocolate and undertones of mint on the nose. Rich and velvety soft.
An organic and biodyanmic Bourdeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, producing rich red fruit aromas and blackcurrant and dark cherry on the palate.
Smooth and well balanced, pairs well with red meat in sauce dishes, poultry, game and hard cheeses.
The Egri Korona Borház (Crown Wine House of Eger) is a family winery which can be found in the middle of the Eger wine region, right next to the thermal hot spring of Egerszalók and it’s unbelievable white cliffs. This area is renowned for its thermal baths and its resulting soil rich in minerals of volcanic origin.
Harmonia is a blend of the dominant blue grapes of the area, true to the tradition of the region making wines with many varietals. This wine is JUICY with good body. Fruit and sour-cherry aroma of Menoire & Blauburger perfectly entwined with the spiciness of Kekfrankos and fiery character of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Holden Manz Wine Estate, known as Franschhoek’s hidden gem, is located in the southernmost corner of the stunningly beautiful Franschhoek Valley.
75kW of solar panels provide electricity and a 40,000 litre roof water collection system supplements the underground water supply.
This is their entry-level wine and represents such great value for money. Raspberries, cherries, mulberry flavours, with soft and silky tannins and a lingering finish. Pair with slow cooked lamb stew or your favourite pizza/pasta dish.
Winemaker Thierry Haberer has been making wines around the world for over a decade. He has spent time working in Bordeaux and Napa Valley in the USA before settling at the Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek Valley, one of South Africa’s premiere winemaking regions. The estate boasts 22 hectares of exclusively red grape varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah.
This multi award winning wine is a blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Malbec. This is a big, bold spicy beast of a wine that has more than a whiff of top end Bordeaux and Hermitage about it. Ripe black fruit , liquorice and leather on the nose and palate; the fruit dominates but well balanced acidity and tannin are very much in the mix. A peppery spicy finish is particularly satisfying.
Make no bones about it, this is a wine that demands – not asks – demands to be paired with the reddest of red meats.
Aged for 15 months in stave oak barrels, three-quarters of which is renewed each year, this wine is full of finesse and elegance, it stands out for its attractive, delicate bouquet and its rich aromas of ripe fruit and toasted almonds. The vineyard grows on a clay-limestone terroir and covers some 6 hectares planted with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lidio Carraro is a family-owned Brazilian winery founded by descendants of Italian immigrants devoted to the viticulture tradition for over 5 generations. The Dadivas range is about internationally known grapes grown on Brazillian soil.
Intense aromas of fresh ripe fruits including strawberry, black fruits and hints of spice and chocolate. The wine is unoaked resulting in soft fruity flavours with plenty of balance, complexity and freshness. Pair this with pasta, chicken or red meats.
The Adanti farm is one of the historic cellars of the Montefalco area in Umbria. They were one of the first to produce Sagrantino wine. The area is also well-known for the lighter-styled wine called Montefalco Rosso, which is a blend with Barbera, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry and violet followed by plum, blueberry, vanilla, pink pepper, tobacco, chocolate, cinnamon and mint! Tannic but balanced by the alcohol, full body, intense flavours, very pleasant.
From the Sopron wine region. Harvested by hand and carefully destemmed. Fermented for 14 days on the skin. Aged in Hungarian oak barrels for 8 months.
Ripe fruits on the nose and palate. Blackberry, cherry and cooked red plums. Subtle smokey character with a hint of cloves. Soft, delicious, lively acidity
Château Grandis became a family run estate in 1857 and was later modernised in 1985. The vineyards are made up of a modest 10 hectares which enables the family to maintain the strictest high standards both in the vineyard and the cellar.
A wine for enthusiasts of classic Haut-Medoc. Charming, well-balanced and elegant with red fruits and a long silky finish.
The Benedictine Archabbey of Pannonhalma has been making wines on the Sacred Mount of Pannonhalma since 996AD when Roman settlers first introduced viticulture/viniculture. The Abbey and it’s stunning natural environment is a World Heritage Unesco site. In 2000 in partnership with MKB Bank the winery was rebuilt with state of the art technology within the mountain. Think Harry Potter meets James Bond. Hemina red is an elegant Bordeaux style blend. 8 months in used Hungarian oak barrels.
‘Hemina’ is the monks self determined daily allowance, as pictured whilst playing poker! Silky tannins from the merlot, while the cabernet franc ensures the structure. Fruity, black berries both on the nose and palate. Delicate, rich, round and elegant. Great with grilled dishes, red meats, game, anything delicious with a bit of body.
From one of the best Stellenbosch properties to have emerged in the past 20 years, comes this stunning Merlot, with just a drop of Cabernet Sauvignon. Dusty strawberry nose with notes of cigar box and cinnamon, elegant, clean palate of orange ring and dried herbs. Good natural acidity helps maintain a fresh elegance and long, juicy finish.
An impressively elegant Margaux with impeccable provenance (declassified from one of the top Margaux Chateaux) showing textural richness and intensity, along with dark fruits and silky tannins. Drinking really well now.
Margaux wines are the most floral in all of Bordeaux, often compared to violets. The wines of Margaux are easy to pair with a wide array of different foods – especially lamb & game.
Located just outside the quiet village of Valiano di Montepulciano, with Cortona on one side and Montepulciano on the other, Avignonesi is comprised of 9 vineyard plots, a villa, a chapel and the historic wine cellars. This is fruit forward, easy drinking and accessible. A fantastic option for an everyday bottle. Black cherry pie, black berries, thyme, red pepper grains and exotic spices.
This wine offers all the richness and elegance typical of this prestigious appellation.
Grown in the very best terroirs and vinified with the same meticulous care as the Grands crus, it shows pepper and liquorice on the nose, and pure well-structured cassis, blackberries and vanilla on the palate
Drink from 2020 onwards for several years.
Eshcol was the original name of the Trefethen Estate in Napa Valley, first planted in the 1800’s. The wines made there helped establish Napa’s early reputation for quality wines. A Bordeaux-style blend with bold fruit aromas, leading to bright blackberry and cherry on the palate. A balanced wine, great for any occasion from a barbeque to pizza night.
The Cazes family has been rooted in the Medoc for generations. Most importantly, as the family has grown so has the focus on their quality wine production.
Produced from the younger fruit of Château Les Ormes de Pez. The blend is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Again, the young fruit delivers a forward, silky style for immediate pleasure, but the classic Saint Estèphe structure is also clearly on show.
Intense nose of mixed berries and vanilla with hints of chocolate. A robust, well-balanced wine, powerful tannins that amplify its elegance of black fruit, ripe plum and cassis flavours. Can drink now with grilled meats, aged cheeses or dark chocolate and a cigar or will age for a long time.
Founded in 1974, Avignonesi is the leading winery in the Montepulciano area of Tuscany. The Desiderio is the perfect balance of sweet fruity aromas with blackcurrant, eucalyptus and cherries on the palate. Desiderio is the name of a Chianina bull, pictured on the label, which lived on the Avignonesi’s Capezzine farm over one hundred years ago and has become a legend. At his time, Desiderio was the largest bull in Tuscany and because of his amazing stamina, this majestic animal helped refine and define the Chianina cattle breed endemic to Tuscany
Taking its name from that of the original vineyard. A complex, harmonious blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Crunchy red fruity aromas of red plum and cherry lead to a long-lasting finish with a hint of minerality.
The pioneering Gaja family has been growing vines and making wine for five generations, a tradition they started in 1859 in Piedmont. Each generation nurtures the dreams and vision of the previous one, building and innovating for the next. Above all, they are inspired by respect for nature and believe attention to detail is paramount.
The Hoopes Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of fruit from a rich variety of sites which represent the complex tapestry of Napa terroir. Sublime balance, intense aromas and luscious textures that bring the diverse valley into harmony in a glass.
Flavours of strawberry jam, oak, creamy milk chocolate. Enjoy with a cheese plate.
A rich and opulent Super Tuscan from Argiano, a historic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot that’s full of molten black fruits and vanilla.
Drink now for up-front flavour and intensity or wait and drink from 2023 for a more subtle and mellow experience.