Novy Shiraz 2010, Napa Valley, USA
The complex aromas of dried herb, berry, leather, meat and smoke are pure, direct and pleasingly supple, easing nicely on the finish. This maintains an easy-drinking allure while remaining adequately complex. The tannins show good grip.
Chateau Latour Martillac 2007, Pessac Leognan-Bordeaux, France
Ripe and full, with the charcoal black fruit of very ripe plums, and dark chocolate. A hedonistic wine, with a good backbone. Complex, interesting and reflective of its terroir.
Bodega Roda Reserve 2007, Rioja, Spain
The 2007 Roda Reserva is a blend of 89% Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha and 3% Graciano with half the crop aged in new oak for 16 months. It has a ripe, dark berry, espresso and cassis bouquet that unfolds nicely in the glass and demonstrates complexity and harmony. The palate is medium-bodied with taut tannins. It displays fine acidity with clean fruit flavors of wild strawberry, raspberry, tart red cherries and a touch of citrus peel.
Querciabella Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany, Italy
Sour cherries and cardamom, raisins and noble lavender, mouth compact but multifaceted in many streams and red fruits.
St. Urbans-Hof Riesling 2013, Mosel, Germany
Brilliant fruit and Mosel-slate mineral flavors, lively acidity, and ripe floral aromas. Delicious on its own, or a perfect accompaniment to light or spicy dishes.
Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011, Marlborough, New Zealand
Te Koko 2011 offers aromas of lemon citrus, bees wax and passion fruit flower. The palate is generous with layers of green mango, white pepper and flint; it’s richly textured but shaped by fresh acidity. Subtle tropical fruit and taught minerality linger on the plush finish. Te Koko is incredibly food friendly, complementing a range of cuisine. We particularly enjoy it with savoury dishes highlighted by fresh herbs or aromatic spice.
Christian Moreau Chablis 2013, Burgundy, France
The 2013 Chablis has an engaging mineral-laced nose. The palate is vibrant with crisp citrus fruit, very fine acidity and a sense of symmetry on the finish that should see it age with style.
The aromas reveal floral, fresh lemon with hints of toasted bread and white fruit such as pear. The palate is light and creamy, clean, lemon and crisp. It has fine beads and a persistent mousse with a dry finish in classic brut style.
A semi-dry, refreshingly light wine bursting with pineapple and stone fruit. Food pairing makes for a delightful aperitif and ideal with food that has a hint of sugar and spice.
This medium to full bodied, fruity wine is marked by supple tannins and a good finish. While excellent on its own, it also pairs very well with creamy pastas or Indian gravy dishes and hard cheese.