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Bacalhoa Dom Martinho Tinto 2006 (1x 75cl)

Aromas of red fruit such as ripe black cherries. In the palate, full upfront fruit characters of plum and blackberry and a mouth filling wine with soft fine tannins and a lingering finish.  Serving suggestions: Cheese and meet dishes.

£8.35

Bachelder Oregon Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013 (1x 75cl)

Distinctly Oregon, yet almost Burgundian in its suppleness and finesse, this 2012 Pinot has perfumed red wild forest berries mingled with nuanced blackberry fruit, distinctive soft, ripe tannins and a silky mineral finish.
£30.94

Balnaves Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2017 edition review of New World Cabernets (see blue link below).

Balnaves Coonawarra Cab Sauv 2011 - April 2017 Decanter review 

The Balnaves' family vineyard is situated at the southern end of the famous Coonawarra 'Terra Rossa' strip. Planted in 1975, the vineyard is 48 hectares in size and has been in the family for three generations. The predominant variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Pete Bissell was the Qantas Winemaker of the Year 2005 and Balnaves was James Halliday's Winery of the Year in 2008.

Blended from Walker, Quarry and Avery vineyards, the wine spent 19 months in 100%, tight-grain French oak, in a mixture of hogsheads and barriques. The barrels were made by St Martin, Saury, Taransaud and Sylvain cooperages, before bottling in December 2011. 

Deep rich red in colour, the nose is intense with aromas of ripe cassis, liquorice, and some spicy leather notes, combined with fine smoky French oak. The palate is solid and structured with a fine tannin finish.

£22.80

Balnaves 'The Tally' Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (1 x 75cl)

Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2016 edition review of 'Langton's Classification' (Australia's finest bottles) (see blue link below).

Balnaves Tally Cab Sauv 2008 - Dec 2016 Decanter review

The Balnaves family vineyard is situated at the southern end of the famous Coonawarra 'Terra Rossa' strip. Planted in 1975, the vineyard is 48 hectares in size and has been in the family for three generations. The predominant variety planted is Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker Pete Bissell was the Qantas Winemaker of the Year 2005 and Balnaves was James Halliday's Winery of the Year in 2008.

Doug Balnaves was a shearer of Merino sheep. A shearer in Australia is paid by the number of sheep he shears. Counted every two hour period, the Tally is recorded in the Tally book. The higher the Tally, the greater the recognition among his peers for skill and hard work. As an expression of this tradition, the Balnaves family see the wine 'The Tally' as the ultimate achievement for their company.

The nose is lifted with perfumed red berries, violets and wild blackberry fruit coming from the Petit Verdot. The palate is medium bodied and restrained in style with tight dense fruit and a modulated structure showing balance and depth of fruit, flowing onto a long finish of chewy tannins. This is a compact but deeply flavoured Tally.

£59.73

Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 (1x 75cl)

Powerfully structured, this is an austere, warm, amply flavoured wine with a deep ruby to brick-red colour and a richly complex, dry, full and soft palate. A muscular, full-bodied wine with great richness.
£30.00

Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino 2012 (1x 75cl)

Powerfully structured, this is an austere, warm, amply flavoured wine with a deep ruby to brick-red colour and a richly complex, dry, full and soft palate. A muscular, full-bodied wine with great richness.

£31.41

Barbi Brunello Di Montalcino Vigna Del Fiore 2007 (1x 75cl)

The “Vigna del Fiore” is an unique vineyard and produces Barbi's flagship Brunello. Its 14 acres (5.7 hectares) are situated in an area where the vines have beencultivated since the 16th Century. It is one of the southernmost and oldest vineyards in the whole area of the Brunello di Montalcino . The particular exposition and the composition of the soil give to this Brunello special qualities, with a very elegant bouquet and an harmonic and complex taste.

The Brunello Vigna del Fiore has been produced since 1981; for its harmony and charm it can be drunk and appreciated from the earlier years in bottle, despite being a wine with an excellent capacity of ageing - Barbi state up to 50 years!

Before the fermentation the grapes were subjected to a cold pre-fermentative maceration which consists in cooling the grapes at a temperature of 16° C in an environment protected by CO². This process increases the extraction of polyphenols and aroma compounds. The regular alcoholic fermentation followed and lasted 16/17 days at a controlled temperature of 27°- 28°C. After the racking and the malolactic fermentation the wine aged in small-to-medium-sized Slavonian oak barrels (225l – 15hl) for the first months. Later, it completed the aging in larger Slavonian oak barrels (30 hl), for a total period of two years and then is bottled at least 4 months before the release.

A very intense ruby red wine with the classic Brunello bouquet of ripe cherry, notes of amber, vanilla and clove. Gorgeous aroma of crushed currants and berries. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a long, persistent, expressive, fruity finish. This is a very special wine, rich, with an ample range of fruity aromas, and very elegant.

** THIS WINE IS AVAILABLE TO/FOR SPECIAL ORDER ONLY.

WE WILL NEXT PLACE ORDERS IN FEBRUARY, WITH ARRIVAL IN MARCH.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO A WAITING LIST FOR THAT ORDER, PLEASE CONTACT US ON orders@exelwines.co.uk  or 01738 493535 **

£70.90

Barbi Morellino Di Scansano 2015 (1x75cl)

It's on our Christmas list because ... This is a powerful yet velvety-smooth Tuscan cracker - from a fabled Brunello producer - that lends itself to seasonal fare. The Merlot smoothes tames the power of the Sangiovese and affords you SuperTuscan flavours at a fraction of usual SuperTuscan prices!

Fattoria dei Barbi extends over 300 hectares (around 750 acres) at Montalcino and Scansano. Stefano Cinelli Colombini, heir of the ancient Sienese line that has been present in Montalcino since 1352, runs this family property.

This red wine comes from the southern part of Tuscany and it is made mostly with Sangiovese - which locally is called “Morellino” - and 15% Merlot. The vineyards are located on a hill at 250 metres on the sea level not far from the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a very particular microclimate: long, sunny and bright days, cooler nights freshened by the sea breeze. All these factors contribute to a well structured and balanced wine with soft tannins and a very lively acidity. Even if the making of Morellino goes back centuries, its approach is very modern and vibrant.

Has a brilliant and intense ruby red appearance and an ample, persistent bouquet with plum and red berry tones. The palate is full and generous, with velvety tannins and a long finish.

Morellino is ideal for well-seasoned meat dishes, roasts, the grilled wild boar meat typical of Mediterranean cooking, cured pork, and especially flavourful cheeses. This wine breaks the rules in its own way, since it is an excellent companion for fish soups and in general any type of fish cooked with spices and tomato sauce.

£14.10

Baron De Badassiere Carignan Côtes de Thau 2015 (1x75cl)

Bright red in colour with deep purple hints. The nose is aromatic and lifted, with cassis, plum and herbs giving way to spice and a touch of game. The palate is medium to full with attractive berry fruit intensity, fresh acidity and firm but smooth tannins.

£7.85

Baron De Badassiere Syrah 2015 (1x75cl)6

Deep red in colour, with complex aromas leading to a richly structured palate, supple tannins and persistent length. Well-balanced with a freshness that lifts the finish.

£7.90

Baron Philippe de Rothschild & Concha y Toro Almaviva 2011 (1x 75cl)

The new 2014 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of South American 'Icon Wines' whites (see blue link below). We cannot obtain the 2014 yet but offer the 2011.

Baron PdR CyT Almaviva 2014 - October 2017 Decanter review

41 hectares of the Puente Alto vineyard were set aside in the 90's to produce top quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes for a joint venture with Baronne Philippine de Rothschild, aiming to create Chile's best red wine. With 3 years of maturity, it is beginning to reveal its pedigree with elegant, complex flavours and an aristocratic length & firm tannins. As Almaviva put it:

Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, Almaviva is the result of a felicitous encounter between two cultures. Chile offers its soil, its climate and its vineyards, while France contributes its winemaking savoir-faire and traditions. The result is an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. Its launch was a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines, both in Chile itself and in the international market.

The 2011 vintage was dry, with only 176 mm of rainfall - around half of normal - between May and September 2010 in Puente Alto. The vintage was characterized by a late vegetative and fruit development, with all stages from budbreak to harvest occurring 10 to15 days later than usual. With lower-than-normal temperatures in March and April, the harvest finally occurred 10 days later than in average years. It started on April 5 with Merlot, and ended on May 25 with the last Carménère. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were picked between April 20 and May 20. The yields were lower than normal, especially for the Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère. The Cabernet Sauvignon berries were particularly small. Together, these peculiar conditions favored great quality of fruit, elegant and pure, with a notable density of ripe, round tannins.

67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. Barrel-aged for 17 months in new French oak.

The wine is a deep, intense ruby red. The nose, complex and subtle, reveals delicate and clean aromas of ripe cassis, fig and blackberries, accompanied by vanilla, cacao and toffee notes. The wine fills the mouth with smooth, well-refined and silky tannins, leaving an overall impression of balance, finesse, persistence and freshness. This is a pure, elegant and layered wine, harmoniously balanced by a great acidity. 

£108.65

Benoit Courault La Coulee 2015 (1x75cl)

Benoit Courault is a young and established vigneron in Faye d’Anjou, a little village south of Angers along the Layon river. Not a son of a winemaker, early on, Ben decided to study wine. He went to Beaune. From 2003 until 2006, he worked with the famous vigneron Eric Pfifferling from Domaine L’Anglore in Tavel.

Back in his native Loire, he found 5ha of vineyards and started his estate in 2006. Benoit’s aim is to propose authentic wines of excellent quality produced with a constant concern for the natural balance of life cycles, a statement that you will find on his label “Vignes cultives dans le respect du vivant”. Ben’s practices are simple and traditional, organic farming, use of the horse, natural vinification, very little use of sulfites, no fining and no filtration. 

£18.80

Beronia Rioja Reserva 2012 (1x 75cl)

The 2011 vintage was classified as excellent by the Rioja Regulatory Council.

The wine is produced following a selection of the best grapes from the oldest vineyards. The grapes undergo prefermentative maceration followed by a slow and controlled fermentation with periodic pumping over to extract colour and aromas.  Following this the wine is aged in mixed oak barrels of American Staves and French tops for 20 months to allow a paused and harmonic evolution.  The American oak gives a sweet character of vanilla and coconut while the French oak gives spice, making for the perfect balance.  This Reserva was bottled in November 2013 and was aged in bottle for 18 months before being released to the market. 

Beronia Reserva 2011 shows an intense cherry red colour.  On the nose, attractive aromas of candied fruits and plum conserve are in perfect harmony with sweet chocolate. On the palate this wine proves itself as being of great character with elegant tannins which give the wine both structure and body. It has a long finish.

This wine is perfect to serve with red meats, game and roasts.  It is recommended that you drink this wine before 2024.

£14.30

Beronia Graciano Rioja 2012 (1x 75cl)

Graciano is relatively scarce in the Rioja region, normally only used in blends with Tempranillo as it is ideal for ageing due to its high levels of acidity. It is an interesting variety which gives a unique aroma that is much more intense than other varieties in Rioja. During alcoholic fermentation great colour extraction takes place. The wine is then aged in new French oak barrels for six months. This wine was bottled in September 2014 and was released to the market after 6 months of sitting in bottle.

Beronia Graciano 2012 shows an intense black cherry colour.  On the nose it has intense aromas of petals and red fruits.  Touches of green pepper blended with dried fruits almonds and walnuts.  On the palate it is fresh and lively with balanced acidity. There are chocolate notes as well as hints of cranberry and cocoa.  This is an elegant, fresh and well structured wine with sweet tannins and a velvety texture.

£15.65

Beronia Rioja Crianza 2013 (1 x 75cl)

The grapes for this wine were collected at the beginning of October. Following harvest the grapes underwent cold maceration for a few days in order to extract aromas and colour however not tannins. Alcoholic fermentation took place at low temperature of less than 26ºC with periodic pumping over. The wine was then aged in mixed oak barrels of American staves and French tops for 12 months giving both vanilla notes from the American oak and spice from the French oak. The wine was bottled in January 2016 and remained in bottle for 3 months before being released to the market.

This Beronia Crianza shows an intense cherry colour. Attractive nose with red fruits and floral aromas in perfect harmony with mineral and cocoa notes. A balanced and sweet palate with the fruit and liquorice standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee.  Persistant and well structured.

This wine is made using the following grapes: 82% Tempranillo, 14% Garnacha and 4% Mazuelo.  

£11.08
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