Deep ruby red in colour with perfumes of red rose petals and dried cherries giving way to a dark, black cherry and spice character on the palate with rounded tannins and a characteristic bitter twist. Sweet and luscious but not cloying, it has dried fruit and cinnamon perfumes on the finish.
The nose is immediately bursting with fruit, followed by fresh floral notes and pepper. After prolonged ageing, the wine proffers more evolved nuances of fruit preserved in alcohol and aromatic herbs. The bursting sweetness is kept in check by acidity and tannins, creating an approachable wine of great finesse. This wine, with its unique concentration, is named after the founder of the winery, Giovanni Allegrini, who elected this as his preferred wine.
Cherry red with violet hues in the glass. Persistant creamy foam. Very aromatic fragrance of black grapes, strawberry, cinnamon, and rose petals. Balanced structure with fresh acidity, sweet, fruity body and very low, soft tannins.
Domaine de Barroubio is located on a high plateau in the department of Hérault in the commune of Saint Jean de Minervois, a viticultural area famed for the Muscat grape. The vineyards, which lie at an altitude of 250m above sea level, face south for maximum sun exposure. Owner and winemaker Raymond Miquel has built a reputation for the fine quality of his Muscats.
This fortified sweet wine - vin doux naturel - is shimmering golden in the glass with an intense, complex nose of grapes, pear, rose petals and citrus. On the palate it is sweet, rich, powerful with a balancing zesty acidity on the long finish.
This intensely aromatic sweet wine should be served very cold and will pair strongly flavoured foods from foie gras to chocolate cake.
Classical notes of plum, cherry and raspberries, accompanied by spices, vanilla, hay and cocoa. In the month it is intense and full bodied.
The Griffith area is internationally renowned for producing some of the best Botrytis affected wines, with its luscious, honeyed flavours of peach and apricot, which are well balanced by natural acidity.
A rich golden colour with inviting perfumes of honey, citrus rind and stone fruits. Full-bodied, with appealing juicy stone fruits alongside gentle vanilla complexity and lively citrus acidity. Perfectly balanced with a lingering finish.
Bright golden yellow with amber and topaz reflections, the nose offers concentrated aromas of apricots, elder blossom and toasted hazelnuts. Full bodied, smooth and velvety with ripe primary fruit flavours of acacia honey, citron peel and sage with a roun
Amber in colour, with a darker core, this wine is perfumed and intense, with aromas of almonds and dried figs. The palate is rich and luscious with a velvety, almond finish.
The Capezzana estate, 24 kilometres north west of Florence, is owned by the Contini Bonacossi family. The younger generation is now firmly in charge of the estate's 100 hectares of vineyard, with daughter Benedetta Contini Bonacossi as winemaker. The wines and the olive oil have an elegance which marks this estate out from the crowd.
The grapes for the Vin Santo are grown on various vineyards on the 104 hectare estate. These vineyards face east, are around 150-200 metres above sea level and have schistous-clay soils. They are currently being converted to organic production.
The 2009 growing season was excellent. A mild spring was followed by a hot and sunny summer, allowing the grapes to reach optimum maturity.
The grapes were dried on cane mats in a well ventilated loft until January 2010. The must was then fermented slowly in small oak and chestnut casks for at least four years. After ageing for five years in small chestnut and cherry casks, the wine remained in bottle for at least three months before release.
Intense golden yellow in colour with concentrated perfumes on the nose; notes of candied fruit, sweet almonds and fruit cake. Rich and intensely sweet on the palate, it has dried apricot and fig flavours which are balanced by a lovely touch of freshness. Very long and spicy on the finish.
Awarded 95 points and a rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards Loire Section (see blue link below).
Deep amber in colour, with aromas strongly reminiscent of dried fruit and candied citrus fruit peel. On the palate it is rich and unctuous though with a lovely balance which prevents it from cloying, dark and nutty with great intensity and a mineral character on the finish.
Complex orange peel, raisin and rose petal aromas give way to a warming, luscious palate with a rich texture and a hint of wood spice. This incredibly concentrated wine finishes slightly lean.