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Brunier Vieux Telegraph Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Crau 2015

Brunier Vieux Telegraph Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc La Crau 2015 is made from 40% Clairette, 30% Grenache Blanc, 15% Bourboulenc, 15% Roussanne.

Grapes sourced from La Crau, the lieu-dit that is known for the galet roulés, or rounded stones, that cover the vineyard as far as the eye can see.

Fermentation begins in cement tank. Halfway through fermentation, the wine is transferred to oak (barriques, demi-muids, and foudres)

Aged in wood (barriques, demi-muids, and foudres); 10-15% new oak

70% of wine undergoes malolactic fermentation

 Bottled after one year



This is packed with a range of star fruit, anise, white peach, yellow apple and Cavaillon melon notes that run seamlessly together, gilded with chamomile and orange blossom details on the creamy finish. An echo of wet pebbles adds further range and intrigue. Drink now through 2019. 342 cases imported.

 95 points Wine Spectator

 Wine Spectator: 95
Pearmund Cellars Old Vine Chardonnay 2015

Warm buttery flavor, hint of pear and apple. Full-bodied and lush to the palate. Aged nine months in French oak

Mullineux Quartz Chenin Blanc 2015

This wine is lemon-straw in color, with a mineral character on the nose and hints of oatmeal, ripe citrus and spice. There are notes of white peach, oatmeal and almonds on the creamy palate which finishes with a fresh, lemon-pithiness. Best served at about 12 °C, this wine will show optimally if decanted when drunk within the first 3 years after bottling.


Mullineux Schist Syrah Roundstone 2014

Vineyard Details:
Grapes for our 2014 Schist Syrah were from a single parcel of sustainably farmed 18 years old vines planted in the stony Shale and Schist soils of our farm on the Kasteelberg. This parcel of Syrah gives the best expression of the Kasteelberg’s terroir – density and structure.

Tasting Note:
This is the most structured Syrah in our Single Terroir range. On the nose there are notes of black pepper, black fruit and spices. The palate is full-bodied with a meaty, savoury character, silky tannins giving structure and a balancing natural acidity. The finish is fresh, long and supple. Aging potential 10 – 15 years. Decanting recommended.


"The Mullineux’ familiarity with this fruit - they’ve been using since their days at Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards - shows in the confidence and balance of the wine. Floral, perfumed and complex, it combines aromas of lavender and rosemary with liquorice and blackberry flavours, stylish oak and its customary mineral core. One to age. Drink: 2016-25."

- Tim Atkin Master Wine (SA Special Report 2016), 96 pts

 96 Points
Rinaldi Brachetto d Acqui 2015

This wine is made from 100% Brachetto d'Acqui

The skin gives the wine its particular scent and flavor. 

Light ruby red color. The bouquet is musky and delicate with scents of ripe red fruit (strawberry, blackberry) and roses. Sweet and smooth flavors with lingering aromatic persistence. There is a good balance between the sweetness and the freshness, which makes this wine very pleasant.

The training system used is Guyot with a density of 2500-3000 vines per hectare. Manual harvest. Temperature controlled maceration for approximately seven days with mechanic plunging of the cap and pumping over to increase extraction of substances from the skins. This is the most important part of the vinification. Soft pressing.

Vitanza Rosso di Montalcino 2014

Red ruby color. Intense and complex bouquet. Full-bodied, rich, red and black fruit flavors.

Aged for 6 months in French oak barrels, and 6 months in the bottle.

Mullineux Granite Chenin Blanc 2015

This wine is part of our Single Terroir range, which consists of wines showing a great expression of the terroir from which they come.

Grapes for our Granite Chenin come from 2 parcels of sustainably farmed old vine, dry farmed Chenin Blanc bush vines planted in the decomposed Granite soils of the Paardeberg Mountain. The Vineyards are 38 and 42 years old respectively. These very deep decomposed Granite soils tend to produce wines with great acidity and a flinty, stony aromatic profile.

The Granite Chenin tends to exhibit a fantastic natural acidity that balances out the texture and mid-palate that all Swartland white wines possess. The nose is flinty with some stone fruit and citrus aromatics. Best served at about 12 °C, this wine will show optimally if decanted when drunk within the first 3 years after bottling.

"Even better than last year’s maiden release, this comes from two sites in the Swartland and is fermented in larger, neutral oak. It’s a deliciously poised expression of Chenin with steely acidity, stony minerality and flavours of quince, apple and baking spices. Brilliant winemaking. Drink: 2016-22"
- Tim Atkin (September 2016), 94 pts

 94 Points
Clos le Vigneau Vouvray 2015

Clos le Vigneau Vouvray is made from 100% Chenin Blanc

The wine is off dry in style with honey, earth and apricot notes. Wines from the town of Vouvray have been known to age well for 40 years. This particular bottling should hold for at least 5-7 years. This Loire Valley white wine from France is perfect on a warm spring day.

Ponzac Maintenant Cahors 2014

Ponzac Maintenant Cahors 2012 is made from 100% Malbec

Unoaked, this wine is typical of Cahors from the Plateau the "Causse" as they call it here. The climate here is much more severe and continental than in the valley of the Lot where most of the Cahors are grown. The grapes for this wine are grown on soils rich in limestone. This explains the purity of the aromas and the fruit.
Dark color with violet reflection. The nose exhibits fresh notes of violet and blackberries that are typical characteristics of wines made from Malbec in the Cahors district. On the palate, the fruit is very obvious (again blackberries and dark cherries). The wine is very tensed and long. Despite the hot vintage, it is extremely fresh and lively. A great wine to sip away with some cold meat or just a nice pasta dish with tomatoes.

Cantenac Brown Brio de Cantenac Brown Margaux 2010

A new wine for the new century: BriO de Cantenac Brown was born in 2001.

Through the style of its label, but also through the quality of our work from the selection of the lots to the bottling, it aims at expressing the modernity of our Château.
The lots supposed to be the main part of BriO are pre-selected because of their evolution all through the year, which means that we focus on each different lot of the winery, from the budburst through the flowering to the ripeness control.

A meticulous attention

The lots for BriO often need more work: more leaf pruning, some green harvest, for example on the young vines, to help them to deal with the weather conditions.

Our two labels are made from vines located on a beautiful terroir where you find gravelly soils, and we want the vinification of BriO to lead to an elegant wine with lots of flavours, a compromise between strength and finesse.
So, if you like the fruits, you can start to drink it from 2 to 5 years after the harvest.

The blend between Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is different for each vintage but the Merlot percentage is usually more important than the one in the Château Cantenac Brown.

The 12 months-long ageing in 20% to 25% new oak barrels is traditional; we rack it every 3 months. Before the bottling, we do the fining with egg whites.

It is on purpose if the bottles of BriO are different from the ones of Cantenac Brown: we want BriO to become a brand on its own, and it’s true that we talk much more about “BriO” than about “BriO de Cantenac Brown”.

We want BriO to be a wine you drink before, during and after a meal; just for your pleasure.

Technical Data

Vineyard: 48 Ha

Grape varieties:

65% Cabernet Sauvignon

30% Merlot

5% Cabernet Franc

Vinification: in temperature controlled stainless steel vats

Ageing: 12 months

20% to 25% new oak barrels


This is a muscular wine, with some yummy fleshy fruit underneath the tannins. Juicy and enticing already. Lots of blueberry character. Excellent for a second wine. 91 to 92 Points James Suckling

 92 Points
Roland Champion Champagne Special Club Grand Cru 2011

Champagne with rich and structured aromas. Very pleasant and generous roundness, nice length in mouth. Golden color with buttery and fruity aromas. All the expression of a magnificent terroir for your most pleasurable moments.

To be a member of this Club, Champagne producers have to elaborate their Cuvées in their own facility, meaning the pressing, bottling, ridding, disgorging, etc., have to be done at the domaine/estate. Then, only the Recoltants-Manipulants are accepted. Everybody has to respect the Club’s rules to ensure the quality. These rules include: * Only vintages * Two tastings to control the quality: the first one after the blending, when the wine is still “Vin Clair” (juice) and another after the 3 years (or more) of ageing “sur lattes”. There are 26 members, each of whom can produce his Special Club with his own techniques: * blending or “monocru” (only one grape variety) * “blanc de blancs” or “blanc de noirs”; ageing from 3 to 10 years, brut or extra-brut. 4 year ageing minimum Strict selection of plots only made out of our old vineyards.


Waterstone Chardonnay Carneros 2014

This Chardonnay features bright, concentrated citrus, pear, green apple and nectarine fruit, with just a touch of oak to add richness to the palate. The wine lingers on the palate, and has the structure and acidity to provide for good longevity.

fter whole-cluster pressing, the Chardonnay juice was barrel-fermented in French oak barrels and aged sur lie for 8 months. During this period, the barrels were routinely stirred to increase yeast contact and add richness; 30% of the wine underwent secondary malo-lactic fermentation. One- and two-year-old French oak barrels were used. Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh fruit flavors.

Siegel Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Leyda 2016

 Siegel Crucero Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Leyda is made from 100 percent Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is the fabled grape of both Bordeaux Blanc and the Loire Valley (Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume). This varietal exhibits aromas of musk melon, pine, & grass. The finish is zesty and citrus-like, and goes very well with chicken and seafood.

Siegel Crucero Collection Chardonnay 2016

Siegel Crucero Chardonnay has an attractive yellow color with some green tones. Its intense varietal character evokes ripe citrus fruits, with floral and honeyed tones along with well integrated wood. In the mouth it is rich, round and fruity with some creamy notes.

Cote 125 Corbieres Rouge 2015

50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah.
Brambly berry, cherry and raspberry, spices, black pepper … all are present in this authentic French country wine. There are also some aromas of Garrigue (Rosemary, thyme and lavender) giving a minty, herbal notes, that are quite refreshing as well. The wine is a perfect match with a nice rosemary marinated roasted lamb.

Siegel Crucero Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2016

This Sauvignon Blanc has a pale yellow color with tones of green. It smells of intense tropical fruits, herbs, and notes of citrus. It presents a balanced palate with pleasing acidity and a soft, persistent finish.

Maipe Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

Maipe Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is 100 percent Cabernet.

A ripe, fleshy style, with blackberry and fig sauce notes laced with bittersweet Grenache. Powerful and layered, with classic Cabernet aromatics. Dark and ripe, with a nice loamy edge lurking on the finish.

70% of the resulting wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels to fully reveal the character of the Andean terroir, and the remaining 30% is aged in concrete vats.

The grapes are carefully chosen and fermented in small lots to preserve the vineyard identity.

Alcoholic fermentation for 10 days with indigenous and selected yeasts, at temperatures of 26 and 30°C, combining, remontage, pigage and delestage in order to obtain the best quality of tannins and structure.

Schwarz Barossa Rose 2015

Schwarz Barossa Rose is made from 100 percent Grenache.

Nose: A floral, lifted nose of cherry and redcurrant.
Palate: Bright and fresh with strawberry and cream notes. Savoury and spicy - finishes with a twist of herbal dryness. Delicious Summer drinking.

Grapes for this wine are coming from two different vineyards. First parcel 48 years old and second parcel is 30 years old in average.

Filtered before bottling.

Schwarz Meta Grenache 2015

Meta: An abstraction from a well-known concept. Fruit sourced from Bethany and Marananga.

Bouquet: A bright, lifted bouquet displaying red berries, rhubarb, cherry and spice. Pretty and subtle.
Palate: Raspberry, redcurrant, spice and a hint of earth and dried herbs. Medium bodied with structure, depth and length. Finishes with a savory, chalky note.

Coming from 2 different vineyards. Average age of the vines is 90 years old for the first parcel and 70 years old for the second parcel. Hand-picked, wild yeast, 72% whole bunch.
Minimal use of Oak, the majority is aged in tank in order to avoid oxydation.

Schwarz Thiele Road Grenache 2014

Thiele Road is a dusty track that crosses Bethany Creek at the foot of the Barossa Ranges. It is home to Jason Schwarz's family's 70 year old, deep rooted Grenache vines that produce wines with complex flavours and plenty of character.

Bouquet: The nose is floral and expressive with raspberry and pepper.
Palate: Red fruits, spice and earth with beautiful balance and structure. Medium weighted with fine acidity. A wine built on complexity and packed with interest.

lanted in 1941. The gnarled, old vines continue to produce fantastic fruit and the quality out of the 2014 vintage was evident. The vines are handpicked, 10% whole bunch and the remainder de-stemmed and into an open fermenter. Before too long the wild yeast population on the grapes kicks off fermentation and that continues with daily gentle pump overs and hand plunging until fermentation is complete and the flavour profile is just right. The wine is then basket pressed and matured in seasoned French oak for 18 months before bottling. Not filtered or fined.


"Jason Schwarz’s great uncle planted the grenache vines at his family’s vineyard just southeast of Vine Vale in 1946. Schwarz, who started his career in wine marketing, later returned to Barossa to learn how to make wine. He convinced his father to sell him some fruit in 2002, and has been making wine from the family’s vineyard ever since. This 2014 is a happy wine, from its crisp red fruit to its racy tannins. Its beauty may be simple, but there’s nothing bluntly fruity or tannic about it. Just the taste of delicious grenache, a little earthy, a little rich and hard to resist."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (February 2016), 93 pts

Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2012

Prepared with Tempranillo grapes (100%), this wine has a very bright, intense maraschino cherry colour that fades to a Cardinal red rim.

It has a very marked aroma with a good balance of fruit and wood, where tones of vanilla intermingle with well-ripened fruit, black berries and wild fruits. There are also noticeable hints of leather and liquorice, resulting from the mingling of the French oak and the aromas inherent in this variety of grape. 

In the mouth, the wine has a smooth texture but fills the palate with balanced flavours, including fine tannins, which help extend the life of the wine. The finish and aftertaste are both long and elegant.


Pago de los Capellanes, Pedrosa de Duero. 

Variety composition: 

100% Tempranillo.

Type of soil: 

Clayey and chalky. 


12 months in barrel and remainder on rack.

Type of oak: 

100% French oak, medium toast.


Uncork and decant one hour before serving at a temperature of 16-18 ºC.

Selected harvest with yields limited to 5000 kg per hectare. The harvest begins in early October, starting with the most mature parcels. Once the grapes are brought into the winery, the tanks are seeded with indigenous yeast (start culture) and the alcoholic fermentation begins. During the barrelling period, which lasts 30 days, the wine is crushed and pumped over daily, all the while controlling the density, temperature and evolution of the yeast. At the end of this fermentation, the tanks are emptied and the wine taken for malolactic fermentation.

The malolactic fermentation begins without the addition of bacteria. The temperature is held steady at 20ºC for period of 22 days, during which we monitor the levels of malic and lactic acids. When the malic acid content is less than 0.1 grams per litre, the wine is decanted to separate the lees and is transferred directly to the barrels without undergoing any type of filtration, clarification or cold treatment.

The wine is aged for twelve months in new and semi-new French oak barrels (no more than three years old). At the end of this period, it is taken to the tank for homogenisation, where it undergoes light filtration through cartridges (open pore) and is then bottled.



Plum, licorice, espresso and mineral flavors mingle in this harmonious red. Broad, with good structure, yet remains graceful. Floral and citrus notes accent the finish. Drink now through 2022. 37,000 cases made.-Wine Spectator 92 Points

 Wine Spectator: 92