It is attractively fruited and fragrant on the nose showing blackcurrant, spiced cherry, dried herb and toasted almond characters. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted, displaying youthful fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, elegantly structured by fine, chalky tannins, finishing long and delicately dry. At its best: now to 2020.
Score – 90. (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, May 2018)
Domaine de l'Idylle Cruet Vieille Vigne 2017
From 50 year old vines, this fruity wine is both crisp and clean and also full of warmer flavors. Citrus, pear and apricot notes all mingle in this delicious, concentrated wine. Drink now.
Score – 89. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast,)
Bergerie du Capucin Larmanela 2015
95% Syrah, 5% Grenache. Oaky, meaty and peppery nose with obvious Syrah character. Moving into maturity with leathery notes over the strong black fruit and hints of meatiness. Highly concentrated, but lovely and fresh, with fresh and polished tannins.
95 Points Decanter World Wine Awards
Ka Tahi Rangatira Reserve Syrah
Wonderfully perfumed and inviting, the bouquet shows black/blueberry, violet, cedar and vanilla characters, together with nuances of clove and black pepper. The palate offers excellent fruit purity and concentration, without being heavy, and delivers velvety texture and fine, polished tannins. This is beautifully styled and refined with plenty of delectable flavours. A single vineyard wine from the Gimblett Gravels district. At its best: now to 2025. Score –
94. (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, Dec. 2017)
Laurent Perrachon Roche Bleue Juliénas 2016
With vineyards in the family since 1877, this producer offers a good range of wines, of which this is an excellent example. It is fruity, firm and seriously structured with juicy black fruit and acidity allied to a solid tannic base. Drink this ageworthy wine from 2019.
Full colour. The dagger has only just been drawn as at September ’17, but will underwrite the development of a wine that has much to offer. It has considerable depth and complexity to its plum and dark cherry fruit. A foresty/earthy subtext adds another dimension. Drink By: 2025. Score – 94. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Nov. 1, 2017)
94 Points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
Stefano Farina Barbera d'Alba 2017
Then the Barbera d’Alba 2017, which shows great vividness and freshness with tannic grip all anchored by ripe and impressive fruit.
Here is a great dry white with just 12.5 per cent alcohol, which is rare in the age of climate change. Fine apricots, sleek yet concentrated with a very elegant balance of charm and depth. Really long, filigree finish. Drink or hold.
Score – 95 Points ,James Suckling, Jan. 22, 2019)
Columba Bianca Vitese Grillo 2017
This fantastic summer sipper has gorgeous floral tones on the nose, with orange blossom standing out. The palate is fresh and mouth-watering with grapefruit citrus, herb and a touch of lifted mint that is very enticing. This is a vegan-friendly wine. (Vintages panel, July 2018)
Score – 90. (Luca Maroni, lucamaroni.com, Aug. 3, 2018)
Flavs Amarone della Valpolicella 2015
This is gorgeous, with rich, involved aromas of dark fruit and mocha. The palate is round and full with an easy-to-enjoy opulence. Smooth and long with great replays and silky, polished tannins. Pair this beauty with grilled ribs with a sticky sauce, or braised beef. (Vintages panel, June 2019)