The Acacia Tree is a common site in the Cape Wine lands, flourishing in these hot climates by digging roots deep into the earth in search of water. The Acacia tree range delivers the simple crisp whites and fruity reds which have made South Africa so popular in recent years.
This wine is both friendly and approachable with ripe plum and blackcurrant fruit flavours as well as some nice, soft, rounded tannins.
Deep garnet in the glass with an intense black cherry and vanilla bouquet. On the palate, it is full bodied, rich and creamy with smooth tannins. At 16% alcohol, it should really be a monster; in reality, it is fantastically balanced with a minerality which keeps it fresh and dangerously moreish.
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Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Spanish Atlantic Reds (see blue links below).
Adega Algueira is responsible for producing some of the most interesting and esoteric wines this side of the equator.
The estate's vineyards all lie on pure schist soils with very steep inclines, so many of the vineyards are terraced, meaning that virtually all work - including harvesting - is done by hand. Average vine age of the are 80 years.
Merenzao is the local Galician name for the grape: it is known as Trousseau in France and Bastardo in Portugal.
The grapes are (most unusually) trodden by foot in large oak vats in which fermentation is conducted with wild/natural yeasts. There is then a short post-fermentative maceration. Wines are aged in old French oak barrels for 12 months and a further 12 months in bottle.
Light, bright red. High-pitched red berry and floral scents are complemented by zesty mineral and peppery spice notes. Fresh, focused and spicy on the palate, offering fresh redcurrant and raspberry flavors and a refreshingly bitter touch of blood orange. Puts on weight with aeration and picks up a succulent herb nuance that carries through a long, mineral-laced and subtly tannic finish.
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The Alain Jaume Rasteau "Les Valats" has a deep red garnet colour. The dominant aromas are of fresh red and black fruit. On the palate, the richness of the tannins harmonise with the full yet fleshy character of the wine. The finish has a good gripand it is long with spicy notes, menthol and chocolate nuances.
This wine is made using predominantly Grenache Noir and is finished off with some Syrah and Mourvedre. This wine was fermented and and then aged for 12 - 14 in concrete vats before being bottled.
Made by the Catena family, this is a rich, cassis-laden Cabernet with ripe blackcurrant and plum fruit all over the place. A hint of minty eucalyptus and toasty oak spice add depth and complexity. Smooth tannins and freshness.
Made by the Catena family, this fantastic Malbec offers bright black cherry aromas with floral notes and a touch of spice. Tasting Note:Showing ripe dark berry fruit along with nice spicy notes. The mouth feel is full yet soft and supple, with black raspberry and currant flavours mingled with notes of sweet spice and a touch of leather. The finish is long and persistent with soft, sweet tannins.
Lovely and smooth, with juicy plum, blackberry and damson fruit served up with lashings of mocha coffee and chocolate.
Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of Premium Rioja (see blue link below).
Made from 100% Tempranillo from a superb 10-hectare vineyard on a prominent hillside, at an altitude of 600 metres, overlooking Navarrete in the Rioja Alta. The soil in this vineyard is extremely poor and rocky and yields are 30% below the average for Rioja, resulting in wines of great concentration and richness.
Harvest and selection is carried out by hand. Aged for 24 months in French oak casks.
Intense red cherry in colour. Complex, dominant flavour of red berries, well-assembled with soft notes of vanilla and new fine oak barrel. Soft tannins, full-bodied and a lingering finish.
Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentine reds (Altamira and Gualtallary) (see blue link below)...
... and awarded 95 points and Outstanding status in their October 2017 edition review of South American Extreme Viticulture (see blue link below)...
... and awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status in their October 2016 edition review of Argentina (see blue link below).
Altos Las Hormigas is based in Luján de Cuyo, the only officially recognised appellation in Mendoza and one of the region's premier vine growing areas. The estate is known as a Malbec specialist with a reputation as one of the country's top five producers of this particular variety.
The wine was matured in 3,500 litre untoasted oak foudres for 18 months, and a further 12 months in bottle. There was a coarse filtration prior to bottling, to ensure that the quality of the wine was not interfered with.
Fresh and delicate on the nose showing layers of red cherries and raspberries combined with herbal notes of wild rocket and thyme and a touch of minerality. On the palate it is elegant and supple with fine tannins providing structure. A graceful, complex, deep and structured wine with considerable length.