Hi wine friends,
I hope you are enjoying the summer. There are a few new exciting arrivals in the Vintages Room this week.
Leeuwin Estate 2018 Art Series Chardonnay:
Definitely one of my favourite producers of Chardonnay in Australia. The Margaret River is such an amazing winegrowing region.
Immaculate, powerful, intense nose with purity and clarity of primary fruit characterised by pear, white peach, lime curd and custard apple. There are infinite layers of brioche, grilled hazelnuts, cinnamon quill, shaved nutmeg, black cardamom and almond meal. A thread of graphite in the background adds elegant complexity.
"Let's put it this way. This is the closest I have come to awarding a wine 100 points...Stellar wine from a stellar vintage. The remarkable this is that this is a wine 100 percent barrel fermented in new French oak barriques with regular lees stirring for 11 months - and it certainly doesn't taste excessive, or even slightly oak. It has such high-fidelity purity with complex seductive aromatics of vanilla bean and light oatmeal with a cutting minerality and spicy lift. But the palate, oh the palate. This is where things start to explode. Power, poise and persistence with a dry savouriness balancing the intense ripe fruit. It is such a long finish with an ever so slightly, charry finish completing a remarkable wine". 99-plus/100 Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 27 February 2021
$115.98 per bottle plus tax.
Champagne Varnier Fannier Grand Cru St. Denis:
Incredible Blanc de Blancs made in tiny quantities. The history of this estate dates back to 1860 when the Fanniere family began growing grapes and selling them to Champagne negociant houses. It was only in 1950 that the family started producing champagne under their own name.
$89.99 per bottle plus tax.
Rippon Mature Vine Riesling 2019: 95 Points JS
A warm & productive summer put plenty of flesh on this wine. The fruit is issued from Rippon’s mature vines, whose root hairs have invaded the schist rock below. Lurking towards the end of the first mouthful is substantial phenolic power and it soon starts to take charge of the wine… and give it its sense of place.
Rippon's 2019 Mature Vine Riesling strikes a winning balance between fresh green apple, tangy citrus and spring-like florals. It's medium-bodied (12% alcohol) and almost dry, with great concentration and length.
$49.98 per bottle plus tax.
Rippon Mature Vine Pinot Noir 2017: 99 Points JS
The farm voice of a distinct parcel of land: Rippon. On the western board of Roy’s Bay, Lake Wanaka, Rippon’s north-facing escarpment forms the meeting point of terminal moraines and coarse gravels, all based in schist, on which some of the region’s earliest vines were planted. Rippon is a Wine issued from all of the fully developed Pinot Noir vines growing in this land.
This offers aromas of violets, blueberries, red and dark cherries, fragrant, freshly cracked black pepper and wet dark stones. Complex, but still tightly wound and reserved. The palate is very concentrated, dense and elegantly poised with such powerful tannin, carrying concentrated blueberry and dark-cherry flavors long. Really taut, fully ripe and mouth wateringly intense pinot noir. Dark cherry-pit freshness to close. From bio dynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but better in five years.
$76.98 per bottle plus tax.
Little Engine Gold Label Pinot Noir 2018:
A deep purple colour, luxuriant with dark cherry, strawberry, and rhubarb aromas, layered with notes of chocolate and subtle vanilla. The palate is pleasing on entry with inviting dark fruit, cassis, cocoa, and hints of cola, along with savoury notes inviting us to take another sip. Tannins are round and rich. Good acid balance with a generous finish. The winemaking team recommend patience and a favourable cellaring environment to encourage the development of alluring tertiary characteristics. This wine will age beautifully through 2025.
95 Points - Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards 2021. The highest scoring Canadian Pinot Noir!
$69.98 per bottle plus tax.