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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.

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
Signano Vernaccia di San Gimignano DOCG 2015

Because of Vernaccia di San Gimignano’s ancient tradition and unquestionable quality, it was the first white wine to be awarded D.O.C. recognition in 1966. Since 1993 the Vernaccia S. Gimignano has entered into the category of D.O.C.G. Recognition, that means Denomination of Origin Controlled and Guarantee.

Appellation: Tuscany

Composition: 100% VernacciaTasting Notes: Intense straw yellow color with golden highlights. Fruity and flowery aromas with essence of apple and almond. Dry, warm, quite soft with lemon flavors accented by a nutty texture that revels itself in the finish.

Pairing: This wine is a perfect companion to appetizer, poultry, seafood and cheese.

Soil: Clay - limestone - silicon

Vinification: Stainless Steel Fermented

Chateau Hourbanon Medoc 2009

Appellation: Medoc

Composition: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

Aging: Aged 1 year on French oak

Tasting Notes: Straight attack in the mouth with supple, silky and harmonious tannins.

Very mature, Almost jammy fruits aromas with a touch of spicy notes.

Avg Age of Vines: 38 years

J Fritsch Alsace Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling  2014

Composition: This semi-sweet white wine is made from 100% Riesling.

The soil is granitic and has southern exposure.

Tasting Notes: This wine has a pale yellow color with intense notes of citrus fruit dominated by lime and balanced by an incredible freshness. After a light aeration, the minerality takes over. On the palate, there is more citrus fruit flavor and minerality. With bottle age, the wine will acquire a typical mineral nose reminiscent of gunflint.

Pairing: This Riesling will be perfect with fish, or with the traditional “Choucroute” (sauerkraut and sausages).

Corredera Amontillado NV

Wine produced from grapes coming from the best vineyards from Sierra de Montilla and Moriles Alto (top quality area)

Aged in American Oak for 8 years

Color: Amber color with some topaz reflections. 
An intense and elegant expression from the oxidative ageing process, with some dry fruits characters. The aromas are reminiscent of  its ancestor - Fino. Velvety, warm, round and well-structured on the palate with almond flavors. A well-balanced wine.

Wonderful as an aperitif and to accompany soups and consommés. Extremely good where its distinctive taste adds unique character to a wide range of dishes. Try also with marinated meats and selfish as aperitif.

Yasa Tinto Old Vine Garnacha Calatayud 2015

Yasa Tinto Old Vine Calatayud Garnacha is 100 percent 100% old vines Garnacha

Yasa is a term used in southern Rioja and northern Aragon (Calatayud) which means a dry stream bed.
This is a very elegant and complex wine offering blackberry, smoky and peppery aromas. Rich and smooth on the palate with fruity flavors and a long finish.

Merriman Cummins Road Pinot Noir 2013

An aroma of Five Spice and strawberry jam, plums, wild cherry and a hint of white pepper on the front to mid-palate. A creamy texture and dusty rose petal round out the wine at the finish.

Our second label, The Cummins Road, is made from the fruit from the middle to the bottom of the vineyard ridge. Handpicked and sorted, the clusters are allowed to cold soak for 15 days before fermenting, in order to extract color and increase palate weight. The wine is racked off after fermentation into second and third year French oak barrels, which allows the wine to slowly gain a fuller, rounder palate.

Cummins Road is made up entirely of our Block Three Dijon Clone 777 that brings us an unctuous - yet approachable - wine. Block Three is situated right below the Pommard and Wadensvil plantings which always make up the Merriman Estate blend.

Traditionally, this block is the first harvest pick of the vintage. It always delivers a wonderful freshness that highlights the bright, red plum, cherry fruit characteristics of the 777 clone with lively acids that make this one of the funnest Pinot Noir buys to make the scene in quite a while!

DeLille Chaleur Estate Blanc 2014

DeLille Chaleur Estate Blanc is made from 65% Sauvignon Blanc & 35% Semillon

This vintage showcases an expressive bouquet of smoky herbs, grasses, elegant white flowers and honey butter, citrus oil with nuances of creamy vanilla brioche, golden apples and toast. In the mouth there are generous proportions of star fruit, guava, meyer lemon, apples, lime leaves and cream. Reinforcing the trademark of Chaleur Estate Blanc, the wine has mouthwatering acidity, beautiful structure and balance carrying through to a lengthy finish.



(13.2% alcohol; 90% barrel-fermented; full malolactic fermentation): Bright, light yellow. Alluring aromas of stone fruits, pineapple, honey, smoked meat and lees, with complicating notes of pine needles and forest floor. Fat, layered and sweet, boasting terrific fruit concentration and a hint of dried fig from the Semillon. Less than two grams per liter residual sugar. A wonderfully rich, fine-grained white wine with sexy leesy complexity.

-- Stephen Tanzer 93 Points

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 93
DeLille Doyenne Aix 2013

DeLille Doyenne Aix is made from 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon

Demonstrating distinctive yet congruous notes of both Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, this vintage creates a wine of wall-to-wall seamless fruit. The generous Syrah nose of rich, juicy raspberries, black pepper and smoky, sanguine (i.e. red) meat combine nicely with the currants, cassis and Herbs de Provence of the Cabernet Sauvignon. There is immediacy to this wine that registers off the charts on the pleasure scale. Enjoy now and over the next five years.


Tasting like a rich, ripe red from Provence, the 2013 Doyenne Aix (60/40 Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up a fabulous bouquet of ripe black currants, melted licorice, roasted herbs and pepper in a full-bodied, concentrated, even unctuous, style on the palate. Despite all of the fruit and texture, this beauty has solid underlying structure and will drink well for another 10-15 years.

This was another massive lineup of wines from the team at Delille, and as I think the scores show, I'm not complaining. The 2013s show the more elegant, streamlined style of the vintage nicely, while the 2014s offer a more unctuous, hedonistic style. These are both terrific vintages and ideally readers will have both in their cellar. The news here is the consolidation of the Doyenne releases under the Delille Cellars label. In the past, the estate kept their Rhone variety blends separate and released them under the Doyenne label, with no mention of Delille. Going forward, all of the wines will be released under the Delille label, with the Rhone inspired releases including Doyenne as part of the wine name. I think this is a good move and simplifies the labels. In addition, I'm working on a retrospective here to show the overall aging curve for a few of the cuvees. This will be published as a standalone article later this year. - 93 Point Wine Advocate 

 Wine Advocate: 93
Lismore Chardonnay 2014

Lismore Chardonnay made from 100 percent Chardonnay.

Intense citrus and soft fruit layered with honey and vanilla carried by a distinct minerality and crisp acidity with a lingering citrus finish.

Fermented and aged in 225-300 liter older French barrels with regular batonnage. 10 % Malolactic Fermentation. Residual Sugar: 2.41

Delightful with warm curries which lift the aromatics or a traditional pairing of smoked salmon highlighting the fresh acidity.


"It’s tempting to see something of a California style in this wine because of the origins of its winemaker, Sam O’Keefe. It’s a rich, honeyed, peachy style with impressive concentration, savoury oak and enough acidity to keep the wine fresh and focused on the palate. Drink: 2016-19"

- Tim Atkin (September 2016), 92 pts


 92 Points
Lismore Viognier 2015

This a Greyton WO.

Balance is the key to this wine. Viognier is an aromatic and generous varietal, it benefits from barrel maturation and lees contact with a fuller mouth feel and increased texture. This combined with the firm acid backbone and intense fruit will allow this wine to integrate beautifully and gain further complexity over the next 3-5 years.

Rich, lush and decadent. Viognier is a gorgeous variety. Honeysuckle, peaches and dried apricot with a lingering citrus finish. A clean fresh acidity supports the extravagance of the nose and the palate.

Viognier, a traditional Rhone variety is perfectly suited to Lismore’s cool-climate terrior. The vineyard block is on decomposed shale and one of the healthiest and well balanced on the farm. The entire team looks forward to the Viognier harvest and the beautiful amber tinged berries.

The grapes were picked at optimal ripeness and whole bunch pressed, slowly extracting the juice at a rate of 500ltrs per ton. The juice was settled for 48 hours and was racked into burgundian barriques (1st fill) for fermentation and maturation. The wine was left on the lees with regular “batonnage” for 11 months.

 Lighter styles are often paired with curries and the like. This Viognier is different. We recommend medium bodied meals that are intense and complex. For example:

- Sesame encrusted tuna marinated in a blend of orange, lemon and lime juice spiced with sesame oil and balsamic vinegar – seared on a wood fired grill and served with griddled vegetables, or
- Free range duck breast smoked with Darjeeling tea and coriander leaves. Set on a cinnamon poached pear glazed with a gooseberry jus.
In both of these dishes, the fruit and floral aspects of the wine are complimented by the exotic and aromatic elements in the dish which are also highlighted by the spiciness from the oak fermentation; the fresh acidity freshens the palate, and yet the Lismore Viognier has the body to hold up against the weight of the duck or the tuna. It is also gorgeous with a well laid cheese platter.



Indwe Pinotage Coastal Region 2015

Pinotage is a true South African grape variety, Our signature grape smilar to the Blue Crane being our national bird. Indwe Pinotage grapes are meticulously sourced from our grape producers along the Coastal region of the Western Cape ensuring complexity, depth and purity of fruit. The wine is layered with sweet cherry notes, and subtle hints of mocha and vanilla flavors.

Eikeboom Bush Vine Chenin Blanc 2016

This is an intense, lively, fruity and beautifully balanced dry Chenin Blanc. With a great minerality and flavors of pears, sherbet. As the wine was aged for a long time on the lees, it gaves the wine a great mouthfeel and the resulting fruity aromas are very pure and clean. The finish is quite long with a refreshing lime and mineral length.

Chenin Blanc planted more than 20 years ago (in 1990). The pruning technique used is 100% bush vines,(Gobelet)

It can be enjoyed as an aperitif, but richly textured enough to be an excellent foil for spicy chicken stews, baked garlic mushrooms and similar comfort food.