Decanter June Edition

 

The Wines that Decanter Magazine (http://www.decanter.com) have reviewed in the June Edition include: Muscadet, Australian Shiraz, Chablis and Douro Table Wines.  We are delighted to say that we can supply several of these wines and have listed them below.  If you have any futher queries, please give us a call on 01738 493535 or email us using communications@exelwines.co.uk and we will do our best to help you.

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Muscadet ‘Origine du Haut Bourg’ 2006 (1x75cl)

 

Awarded 95 points and a rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of extended lees-aged Muscadet (see blue link below).

 

Origine du Haut Bourg, Muscadet 2006  - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Think Muscadet? Think thin, bland, nondescript, green and acidic? Think again…!

 

This is – absolutely - no normal Muscadet.  The Haut Bourg has seen a quality of winemaking seldom seen in the Nantais, one more typical of the winemakers of Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune.

 

Although made from Muscadet’s usual Melon de Bourgogne, there all similarities with everyday Muscadet cease. The grapes stem from old vines – a staggering 70 years in age – but the true standout feature is the ten years (yes, ten) that it spends on its fine lees (finer yeast deposits) after fermentation (with battonage) before bottling. Hence, lest you be confused, the 2006 vintage – this only went into glass in July 2016. The body, depth and finish of the wine are substantial, it has a strong autolytic appeal and the acidity and bite are well and appealingly ‘tamed’, yet the wine retains the inherent freshness of a Muscadet. It has a rich gold colour, while the fruit flavours are more tropical (ripe pineapple) and stone (apricot) than Muscadet’s usual green apple/citrus and there is an attractive mineral tang. The lees time creates a very stable wine, and this will comfortably keep five years (and develop further flavour) before drinking.

£14.50

Berton Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

Berton Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2014 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The Reserve Shiraz is deepest dark red with a very youthful and vibrant garnet hue. The aromas are powerful and complex with a wealth of fruit ranging from ripe black cherries and blackberries with hints of eucalypt and spice. The rich and full palate displays soft flavours of plum skin, mulberry and hints of vanilla and blackberry, These abundant flavours are underpinned by fine vanillan oak and defined by exciting spicy tannins.

£12.30

Berton Winemakers Reserve The Black Shiraz 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz(see blue link below).

 

Berton Reserve The Black Shiraz 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The vibrant dark cherry fruit typifies the area that this wine is from in Padthaway, South Australia and is the backbone of this wine.Blackberry, plum and mocha are also evident, creating a palate that is rich and soft.  This wine was matured in French oak for approximately 4 - 6 months before being filtered and blended for bottling.  It is a wine that has been made to drink now but will cellar for around 5 years.

£10.15

Clos Culombu Etienne Suzzoni Vin De Corse Rouge Calvi 2015 (6x 75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Corsica (see blue link below).

 

Clos Culombu, Calvi 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

This wine is a blend of 50% Nielluciu (aka Sangiovese), 30% Sciaccarellu, 10% Syrah and 10% Grenache. This Corsican Red has beautifully scented aromas with nuances of red fruit, berries and a hint of spice. it is a rich and  full-bodied wine, but it displays a delightful yet youthful character.  The flavours include red fruit such as raspberry as well as a spicy quality mixed with cocoa or dark chocolate.  It has a soft yet full mouthfeel and is absolutely delicious!

£99.25

Dandelion Vineyards `Lioness of McLaren Vale` Shiraz 2013 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

Dandelion 'Lioness of McLaren Vale' Shiraz 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Deep purple with hints of violet on the edges, indicating youth. Impressive purity of fruit showing lush scents of summer pudding with lifted red fruit, berries and a hint of cinnamon. Black cherries, damsons, mulberries and milk chocolate undertones. Generous mouth filling blackberry, raspberry and plum flavours cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice.

£14.65

DArenberg The Footbolt Old Vine Shiraz 2013 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

D'arenberg Footbolt 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The nose is incredibly lifted and fragrant, red fruits and peppery spices feature strongly. As the wine breathes we are struck by a raft of darker and more earthy aromas such as mulberry, black plum, soot and baking spice. The palate is pleasantly bright with lively acidity and elegant fruit weight. A generous dose of mineral fruit tannin ensures the wine is structured and wonderfully long. As this wine ages it will develop more generosity and complexity through the mid palate, but the acid and tannin structure will ensure it stays lively and long.

£12.64

Darenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

D'Arenberg Laughing Magpie 2010 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The wine has an enticing mix of primary fruit characters entwined with the first hints of moreish secondary nuances. There is an enormous concentration of blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose and palate, a whiff of flowers, ginger and stone fruit that we can attribute to the Viognier and depth is built through more savoury notes of fennel, fresh leather and cedar.

£15.81

Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2015 (6x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of "Everyday Wines" (under £25) (see blue link below).

 

Jean-Claude Lapalu, Brouilly 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

These grapes used to be sold to the local cooperative until 1996, when Jean-Claude Lapalu started his own winery. Lapalu’s 12 hectares of old vines in Brouilly are farmed biodynamically, with natural winemaking methods followed in the winery. Very fragrant and expressive, it displays aromas of violet and juicy red berry. Fresh and very much alive on the palate, it has depth and plenty of dark berry and spice character.

£110.34

Heartland Shiraz 2013 (1x75cl)

 

Awarded 86 points and a Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz(see blue link below).

 

 

Heartland Shiraz 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

 

Vibrant purple hues with a deep ruby red core. The nose has masses of black fruits, redcurrants and spice which support hints of espresso and dried spice notes. On the palate, the wine is soft yet maintains expressions of cassis, anise and earthiness. Savoury, rich and yet balanced and restrained.

£12.07

Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of 'Everyday Wines' (under £25) (see blue link below).

 

Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The richly layered bouquet shows notes of honeysuckle, cardamon, pithy lemons and grapefruit skin, along with freshly cut white pears. Like fresh rain on beach rocks. The palate is as crisp and fresh as biting into a fresh green apple. Tight but with a melting acidity that lingers like fresh lemonade. A really lively wine with a solid flick of crisp citrus on the finish.

£13.69

Innocent Bystander Syrah 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 85 points and Commended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz.

 

On the nose, there is a complex mix of spice, campari, orange zest and juniper berries, along with ripe cherry, red summer berries and dark chocolate. The palate shows firm, bright tannins with a brooding texture. Wild blackberries and raspberries with a savoury long finish.

£18.00

Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 85 points and Commended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz.

 

Opaque dark crimson colour with deep black crimson hue. The nose gives blackberry, liquorice and dark plum aromas, while on the palate the wine displays abundant flavours of liquorice, blackberry and dark fruits. There is exceptional balance, refinement and generousity of flavour.

£16.80

Outer Limits by Montes Cinsault 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2017 edition review of Chile (see blue link below).

 

Montes Outer Limits Old Roots Cinsault 2015 - April 2017 Decanter review

 

Bright and intense ruby red in colour with a distinct purple edge. The nose has aromas of fresh berries, forest fruits, sweet and sour cherries and blackberries that intermingle with wild blueberries. The well-balanced palate is fresh and light with tannins that subtly support the fruit expression for even greater complexity. 

£14.86

Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013 (1x75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley Shiraz 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The monumental 2013 vintage in the Barossa has produced a deeply coloured, brooding Shiraz showing chocolate and dark plum notes. The palate shows great richness and finishes with firm tannins. 

£15.58

Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Shiraz Viognier 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below). 

 

Willunga 100 Shiraz Viognier 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Deep red/purple in colour, the wine is a heady mix of dark berry fruit, with earthy nuances and lifted florals from the addition of Viognier. Excellent structure, it has great depth and richness of plums and blackberries with supportive, balanced oak and a lingering finish. 

£11.70

Yalumba 'Patchwork' Shiraz 2014 (1x75cl)

 

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

Yalumba Patchwork 2014 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

This wine shows all the hallmarks of Barossa Shiraz in a balanced and restrained package. The fruit aromatics are all about red plum, cherries and savoury herbs. This is a medium to full depth wine with balanced fruit concentration. The palate is full of savouriness, texture, black olives and has an evenness flowing from start to finish. This is about being soft and supple yet also rich and textural; an even line of tannins completes the wine. Cellar for 5 to 7 years. Pair with barbecued pork spare ribs with a dark sticky glaze.

 

£15.90

Yalumba 'Y Series' Shiraz 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 85 points and Commended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz.

 

Deep crimson in colour, this wine shows intense youthful aromas of ripe dark berries, mulberry jam, Indian spice, and dark chocolate. Rich and ripe, the Y Series Shiraz is a glorious mouthful of South Australia with layers of ripe blackberries and black forest cake surrounded by soft, juicy, fully ripe tannins and a moreish finish. Drinks perfectly with a roasted shoulder of lamb seasoned with garlic, rosemary, oregano, sea salt and black pepper; or stuffed peppers, well-seasoned with lots of middle eastern spices.

£11.40

Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaudevey 2014 (1x150cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Chablis (see blue link below).

 

Domaine Laroche, Les Vaudevey Premier Cru 2014 - June2017 Decanter review

 

Bright yellow in colour with gold tints. Lively grapefruit aromas on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with crisp acidity and fresh citrus flavours. The finish is long, combining notes of lemon zest and apple with vanilla, as well as stony, mineral complexity.

 

** Supplies of the 2014 are very limited, not just with us but with/at the UK main importer. We can also supply the same 2014 wine as a standard bottle, see relevant product page. The 2015 is also fully available as both standard bottle and magnum, and is excellent. **

£47.80

Domaine Laroche Chablis 1er Cru Les Vaudevey 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Chablis (see blue link below).

 

Domaine Laroche, Les Vaudevey Premier Cru 2014 - June2017 Decanter review

 

Bright yellow in colour with gold tints. Lively grapefruit aromas on the nose. The palate is medium bodied with crisp acidity and fresh citrus flavours. The finish is long, combining notes of lemon zest and apple with vanilla, as well as stony, mineral complexity.

 

** Supplies of the 2014 are very limited, not just with us but with/at the UK main importer. We can also supply the same 2014 wine as a magnum, see relevant product page. The 2015 is also fully available as both standard bottle and magnum, and is excellent. **

£26.70

San Salvatore Pian di Stio Fiano, Paestum Campania 2015 (6x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of 'Weekday Wines' (under £25) (see blue link below).

 

San Salvatore, Pian di Stio Fiano, Paestum, Campania, Italy 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Hand-harvested, organically-grown Fiano grapes from the smaller Stio Cilento vineyard are employed in this exuberant wine. Here at an altitude of 550 metres above sea level, the grapes hang on the vine ripening slowly in the relatively cooler conditions, compared to the coastal vineyards, concentrating flavours in the grapes. The key vinicultural process is the cooling of the grapes prior to a cool fermentation, which maintains the aromatics in the finished wine. Shows powerful floral notes, jasmine, boxwood and broom, on the nose, backed with ripe citrus both juice and peel; minerally and refreshing on the palate.

£92.76

Casa Ferreirinha Planalto Douro Branco 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 87 points and a Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Duoro Table Wines (see blue link below). 

 

Casa Ferreirinha, Planalto Branco 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

This excellent - and wonderful value - white blend (of new fewer than 7 different varietals!) comes from relatively high-altitude vineyards above the river Douro. The grapes were harvested by hand in the highlands and plateaus of the region and were selected for their balance between phenolic maturity and excellent freshness. 

 

Bright lemon in colour. On the nose, intense floral aromas stand out, as well as citrus fruits, tropical fruits, white stone fruits and light asparagus aromas. It has lively acidity which is well integrated on the palate. The finish is elegant and harmonious.

£8.30

Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro Branco 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Duoro Table Wines (see blue link below).

 

Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro Branco 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

This premium Douro white blend, based around the Viosinho grape, was sourced from Ferreirinha's Quinta do Sairrão estate located at a high altitude in the Cima Corgo region.

 

Vinha Grande Douro Branco 2015 has a golden colour with citric nuances. It has an intense aroma, with white and tropical fruit standing out, as well as floral notes, light minerality and well-integrated discrete wood which gives it good complexity. It has good volume and lively acidity on the palate, giving it notable freshness, with hints of white fruit and light asparagus. Its finish is long, elegant and balanced.

£12.00

Pagos del Rey Pulpo Albarino Rias Baixas 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of 'Weekday Wines' (under £25) (see blue link below).

 

Pagos del Rey, Pulpo Albarino, Rias Baixas,2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Made from Albariño grapes grown in the Salnés Valley region of Rías Baixas, located close to the town of Cambados. Here, on undulating hills, the vineyards are planted on rocky and alluvial soils; they benefit from cooling influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Unoaked, the wine is a bright, pale lemon colour with hints of apple green. Aromas of white flowers, hints of peach and apricot lead to a fresh, fruity palate; it has a lovely intensity and an almost saline minerality.

£11.95
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