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Darenberg Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2018 (1x75cl)

Family owned d’Arenberg is located in the breath-taking McLaren Vale in South Australia and produces an enviable range of wines. From humble beginnings, these wines quickly gained cult status amongst imbibers and judges alike – it’s a deft combination of winemaking tradition and vinous innovation. A tall order for some, but one that d’Arenberg takes in their stride as they continue to push the boundaries and get under the skin of each individual vineyard in order to get the best from the vines. This is backed up by an engaging consumer-friendly approach to the ‘deadly serious fun’ of wine.

100% Pinot Noir.

d'Arenberg's own tasting notes for this wine are excellent, so please click the blue link below to see all this wine's details.

d'Arenberg Feral Fox Pinot Noir 2018 - fiche technique

ABV = 14.0%.


De Loach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2016 (1x75cl)


The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by the Cecil and Christine De Loach. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and Biodynamic® viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.

The Pinot Noir is sourced from four vineyard sites across the Russian River: the BCD Vineyard, the Becnel Vineyard, the Heintz Vineyard and the Murray Vineyard. Each of these Russian River Valley Vineyards contributes their unique complexities to the final blend. The vines are grown on Huichica clay loam soils.

Crafted using traditional Burgundian techniques, the grapes were hand-sorted then fermented in small vats with all punch-downs done by hand. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (25% new oak) to create a complex, multi-layered Pinot Noir.

Please click the blue link below to see a full tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.

De Loach Russian River Pinot Noir 2016 - fiche technique

100% Pinot Noir.

The 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir opens with inviting aromas of raspberry, strawberry and a touch of vanilla. Silky on the palate, the wine offers flavours of strawberry, rhubarb, clove and plum. It is well balanced with moderate tannins and bright acidity.

ABV = 14.5%.


J Moreau Et Fils Esprit de Montaigu Pinot Noir Vin de France 2017 (1x75cl)

Jean-Joseph Moreau, a young cooper, settled in Chablis in 1814 and married the daughter of a local wine producer. This was the beginning of maison Moreau. Having been a pioneer in the Chablis region, in recent years, J. Moreau & Fils has become one of the main primary producers of Chablis.

J. Moreau & Fils is characterized by his experience and style of its wines which seek harmony between the expression of terroir, fruit, structure and texture of the wine can be enjoyed in their youth but have a significant aging potential.

This wine is a Pinot Noir under the IGT banner, drawn from vineyards in the South-West of France.

100% Pinot Noir.

Darker and more broody in style than Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is bursting with cherries and vanilla, balanced with soft, juicy tannins.

ABV = 12.5%.


Jaeger-Defaix, Rully Rouge 1er Cru Clos Du Chapitre 2018 (1x75cl)


In October 2002, Hélène Jaeger-Defaix took over her first vineyard in Rully 1er cru Mont-Palais white (South Burgundy) from her great-aunt Henriette Niepce. This plot is a part of a wine-farm entirely situated in Rully 1er cru white and red that Hélène was wishing to manage entirely in the future in order to carry on the viticultural tradition of the Niepce family, vinegrowers since the 16th century. Henri Niepce, the great-grandfather of Hélène, is one of the great figures of Rully. He enormously contributed in the 1930s for Rully to obtain the AOC (appellation d’origine contrôlée) and then to build its fame.

Located in/on the Côte Chalonnaise, to the south of Côte de Beaune, Rully is an appellation of 330 ha (220 ha white, 110 ha red), of which only 100 ha are classified as Premier/1er crus.

The Clos du Chapitre is a monopole vineyard (ie solely owned by this producer), located on the sub-appellation of Chapitre and entirely closed with a stone wall. This plot of more than 1 hectare is located just behind the family house.

Farming organically, the vines have an average age of at least 35 years. When the hand-picked grapes arrive, the pressing is gentle and slow to extract the best juice. The fermentation lasts between 2 and 3 weeks with daily pumping-over and punching-down of the cap. The wine is aged in oak barrels (50% are new, 50% are 1 to 5 years old) for 15 to 18 months. Moderate batonnage is applied to enhance the elegance of the wine. A very light filtration is made before bottling so a light sediment may deposit. 

Pinot Noir 100%.

Beautiful bright ruby-red colour. Aromas of raspberry, red currant and blackberry. Pretty and refined on the nose. On the palate there is an abundance of red fruit and a touch of spice. The tannin structure is silky creating an elegant Pinot Noir that is supple and fresh.

A lovely match for any beef stews or even with a fleshy fish such as turbot.

ABV = 13.0%. 


Josef Chromy Pinot Noir 2017 (1x75cl)

Josef Chromy has been instrumental to the Tasmanian food and wine industry, having owned and developed some of Tasmania’s leading wineries including Rochecombe (now Bay of Fires), Jansz, Heemskerk and Tamar Ridge. Joe acknowledges Tasmania as the regional hero in this development: "I came here with nothing but hope and ambition over 50 years ago. Tasmanians welcomed me and, with their help, I have been rewarded for the challenges and risks I have taken in the wine industry”.

At 76, when most people would be thinking about easing up, Joe launched Josef Chromy Wines in December 2007. In just a few years, Josef Chromy Wines has made an impressive impact on the Australian wine industry.

100% Pinot Noir.

Please click on the blue link below to see the winemaker's notes on this wine.

Joseph Chromy Pinot Noir 2017 - fiche technique

ABV = 13.5%.


Millton La Cote Pinot Noir 2016 (1x75cl)

James Millton is a living legend in the New Zealand wine scene. A pioneer of organic and biodynamic winemaking, he has ploughed his own furrow for three decades, quietly convinced that his sustainable approach to viticulture and winemaking was the only way to progress.

The Millton winery's own tasting notes for this wine are excellent, so please click the blue link below to see all this wine's details.

Millton La Cote Pinot Noir 2016 - fiche technique

100% Pinot Noir.

ABV = 13.0%.


Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2018 (1x75cl)

"Medium-deep red-purple colour, youthful and fresh, as it is also on the nose. Bright Campari, bitter-herb aromas, with dominant red and black-cherry aromas. The wine is medium bodied and bright on the tongue, with remarkable depth of flavour for the money and plenty of soft, fine tannin. There is a lovely core of sweet fruit, too." 91 Points, Huon Hooke, 26 September 2018

Established in 1992, the Dicey family owns some of the oldest vineyards in the Bannockburn region of Central Otago on the famous Felton Road and have acquired land over the last ten years to build up to over 40 hectares, including six single vineyard sites. Their portfolio vineyards spans Central Otago from Gibbston to Lowburn Valley and on to Bendigo home still under Mount Difficulty at Bannockburn.

Central Otago provides New Zealand’s only continental climate, combined with unique soils ideally suited for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The Bannockburn area, in particular, is one of the few sites outside of Burgundy that lends itself to the growing of the pernickety Pinot Noir grape; Mt Difficulty craft wines in the Burgundian style whilst stamping the uniqueness of the terroir to produce structured and serious wines. Not content with growing superb Pinot Noir, they are also known for their aromatic whites and grape varieties such as their grower series Lowburn Chardonnay and Estate Chenin Blanc.

Winemaker-in-chief Matt Dicey has a lifelong association with the wine industry and is a fourth-generation vigneron. After achieving a Masters Degree in Oenology and Viticulture, Matt spent four years gaining experience overseas.

As with all New Zealand wines, Mt Difficulty adhere to strict sustainability practices and constantly strive towards organic production.

Mount Difficulty is the name on the leading wines. The ‘second label’ is named Roaring Meg; these wines are produced in a more fruit-driven, early-drinking style and have become a mainstay of the Mt Difficulty stable since their introduction in 2003.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at Mt Difficulty (this is the 2017 sheet; 2018's is impending!).

Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2017 - fiche technique

This wine is 100% Pinot Noir.

The Roaring Meg is a classic example of Central Otago Pinot Noir. It exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. The wine has a sweet berry palate which displays these same characters in abundance. Tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine; these are balanced by the wine’s natural acidity and fruit, to produce a long and fruit-driven finish.

ABV = 14.0%.


Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rouge 2016 (1x75cl)

Pascal Jolivet was founded in 1987 and is one of the most dynamic domaines in France’s Loire Valley. Based in Sancerre, the domaine now owns 70 hectares of vineyards spread across the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. The domaine supplements the estate holdings with additional fruit sourced from long-term contract growers some of the prime sites of the region including ‘Les Caillottes’, ‘Le Chêne Marchand’ and ‘Le Clos du Roy’. Pascal shares his philosophy with winemaker, Valentina Buoso: to work in harmony with nature to produce wines with purity of fruit, a linear character and minerality, allowing a natural expression of the vineyard to give the wines a sense of place.

Jolivet own 42 hectares of vineyard in Sancerre at an altitude of between 200-400m, close to the villages of Bué, Verdigny and Ste Gemme, 3.5 of which are planted with Pinot Noir. Located close to the Loire River and surrounded by forest creates a relatively mild micro climate for the vineyards. The soils are a mix of chalk and clay. The vines are trained using the vertical shoot positioning system.

After 10 days of cold maceration the juice is fermented for 15 days at 22°C in stainless steel using only naturally occurring yeasts. After fermentation, the wine spends a further year maturing on its lees, giving a subtle, rich complexity to the wine before bottling. All parcels are vinified separately and are blended just before bottling.

100% Pinot Noir.

Jewel coloured with delicate aromas of red fruit. Elegant and subtle spicy flavours are the main characteristics of this pinot noir leading to a clean, pure finish. Pair with duck salads, pork, charcuterie and cheese.

ABV = 12.5%. 


The Crossings Pinot Noir 2018 (1x 75cl)

Anchored in an elegant structure the tannins sit alongside a mid-palate boasting a supple and very intense core of fruit. Aromatically the nose shows delicate red berry fruits while taking in violet and forest floor nuances before finishing with an infusion of darker cherry notes. High toned fruit forms a gateway into a revealing palate and very persistent finish. The palate is rich and unusually mouth filling for an Awatere wine while retaining the taut structure and minerality that typifies the sub region’s fruit.

ABV = 13.0%.


Urlar Organic Pinot Noir 2018 (1x75cl)

Proudly family-owned, Urlar Estate produces outstanding single vineyard wines using organic and biodynamic principles. Urlar is a Gaelic word that means “the Earth”. Their desire is to bring an abundance of life back to our ancient soils so that the drinker can discover the purity of flavour inherent in the land. Their journey from the highlands of Scotland to the stony soils and cool climate of Gladstone, Wairarapa has cemented a love for all things pure and true.

See this blog on Urlar, especially regarding their organic credentials.

For the Pinot Noir, the grapes were handpicked according to flavour and skin ripeness. Each clone was fermented separately in a mixture of traditional oak cuves and stainless steel vats after undergoing a period of cold soak to enhance colour extraction. Our winemaking style encourages texture, complexity and balance. Once these elements are in unison the wine is pressed off and matured in 20% new French oak barriques. The wine is gently fined but not filtered.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Urlar Pinot Noir 2018 - fiche technique

The 2018 vintage delivers an elegant wine of dark red berry fruits, dried herbs and spicy savoury notes. There are complex layers of spice, earthy cedar and forest floor. Elegantly concentrated with fine tannins and a silky texture and a lingering intensity of dark chocolate. Beautifully suited to a rack of lamb or game dishes such as venison or duck.

ABV = 13.0%.


Weingut Knipser Kalkmergel Spatburgunder 2014 (1x75cl)

The name 'Kalkmergel' refers to the soil type on which the vines are grown: a limestone-marl blend, reminiscent of the finest Pinot Noir soils of Burgundy. Hand-picked from 5-30 year old vines.

The juice is macerated with the skins for 3 days at 2°C before fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 10 days at a temperature of 22°C. The wine is matured for 17 months in 50% 2-year-old French oak barriques and 50% 3-year-old French barriques.

100% Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir).

German Pinot Noir, strawberry and elegant, with a beautiful leafy complexity and a Burgundy-style touch of earth on the palate.

Pairs well with light red meat dishes and game. Guinea fowl would be perfect. Wild mushrooms would also work beautifully.

ABV = 13.5%. 

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