Deep ruby-red colour with garnet reflections. On the nose, it has a charming and structured bouquet recalling red fruit, blackberry, plum and liquorice with hints of vanilla, cream and leather. On the palate, it is medium-bodied, dry and deep flavour with a fruity accent underlined by a slight sapidity. Great depth and a long and persistent aftertaste.
A Glug team favourite. This is a fab example of a good quality wine for an excellent price. The aromas are of ripe red fruits with a good balance of oak which is the result of 4 months in oak barrels. A great everyday juicy, fruity glugable red!
Intense dark purple in colour with a violet rim. The nose is expressive with ripe blackcurrant fruit, plums, spice and lifted floral aromas. On the palate it is medium-bodied with flavours of cassis, vanilla and dark chocolate. The tannins are soft and silky, the acidity fresh and the flavour profile focused and linear.
Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the dedication to quality winemaking continues under the guidance of 8th generation, Hannes Myburgh. Cellar Master, Chris Williams, who has worked on the estate since 1995 has been in charge of winemaking since 2004. The name Meerlust means “pleasure of the sea”, as the property is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch), with the cooling influence of the coast, allowing the grapes ripen slowly.
Sangiovese di Toscana, Caparzo
Bright ruby colour with hints of violet. Intense, fruity, bouquet, with ripe blackberries, wild strawberries and spice. The palate has a warm brambly feel, full of soft ripe fruit and a peristant spice to the finish. Easy drinking.
Sangiovese sourced from the three different estates of Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini. The vineyards are found in Montalcino, Castelnuovo Berardenga and Magliano. To ensure optimum fruit quality, the grapes are harvested at different times and vinified separately. Vinified in stainless steel to retain fruit and freshness. The final blend is made just before bottling and the wine is aged for 1-3 months in bottle before being released.
Great with panzanella, sausages with white beans, spaghetti with tomatoes and basil.
Sondraia, Poggio Al Tesoro
Sondraia has quickly become a classic in the Bolgheri area. Perfectly ripe grapes and painstaking work in the cellar yield a wine with intense notes of fresh fruit and herbs which follow through on the palate, where the wine opens up with great class and silky smoothness. Made from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot & 10% Cabernet Franc.
- Silver - Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
- Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
- Gold - International Wine Challenge 2016
- Trophy - International Wine Challenge 2016
Shiraz, Jester Mitolo
Deep, dark red. Pure and unobstructed by new oak, the nose is lifted with dark fruit flavours of blackberry, mint chocolate and anise. Dustings of white pepper spice, vanilla, and black olive tapenade provide an intriguing savoury counterpoint to the more primary fruit characters. The palate is concentrated with a luscious rolling texture and packed with fresh blackberry, dark chocolate and liquorice flavours. The wine is juicy and plush with silky tannins that linger, providing a drying, savoury finish.
The vineyards for the Jester Shiraz are located at the southern end of McLaren Vale, close to the seaside town of Aldinga. The combination of cool sea breezes and gully winds provide ideal conditions for growing fruit of intensity and balance. The vines sit in heavy clay, which gives the wine powerful fruit flavours.
The 2013 Rubicon classic expression of this iconic Cape wine. Very deep, youthful colour, and intense almost purple hue.
Very classic Rubicon nose with violets, ripe plum, cedar wood and intense spiciness. A typical liquorice note and stony minerality also evident on the nose. Still youthful and intense, promising further maturation potential. The palate is full bodied, structured by beautifully sleek, ripe tannins which restrain the vibrant dark fruit typical of this vintage, giving the wine an opulent texture which is kept focused by the linear acidity. The wine lingers on the palate with creamy fruit mouthfiilling tannins.
Meerlust Estate has been the pride of the Myburgh family since 1756. Today, the dedication to quality winemaking continues under the guidance of 8th generation, Hannes Myburgh. Cellar Master, Chris Williams has worked on the estate since 1995 and has been in charge of winemaking since 2004. The name Meerlust means “pleasure of the sea”, as the property is situated 5km from False Bay (and 15km south of Stellenbosch), where the cooling influence of the coast allows the grapes ripen slowly.
Gran Passione Veneto Rosso
TS183Vibrant purple colour, rich luscious nose full of sweet ripe dark cherry, plum, vanilla and christmas spice. Rich and velvety, with lots of juicy fruit. Very easy drinking. Great wine for roasted and grilled meats. Ideal with game dishes. Excellent with mature hard cheeses.The grapes come from selected vineyards harvested at the beginning of October, to allow the grapes to have increased maturation. Before picking, the vines' cordons are cut, but the grapes are left on the vines, and for up to 15 days the grapes begin to dry naturally on the vine (Appassimento on vine).The grapes are then carefully hand harvested before being pressed. After fermentation the wine is aged in oak for 3-4 months.
Travaglini Gattinara Selezione
You can serve this wine during the whole meal with strong flavoured first courses like fresh egg-made pasta with sauce, red meat, game and cheese.
Poggio al Tesoro Mediterra
A fragrant and intensely fruity red wine. Aromas of blackberries, plums and cherries are interwoven with more incisive peppery notes. The result of a winning blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Mediterra succeeds in the difficult task of expressing the rich complexity of Bolgheri with an easy-drinking, exceedingly pleasurable style.
Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre
Ruby red in colour, Palazzo Della Torre has enticing aromas of cherry with rich dark chocolate notes. Velvety in texture, it is well-balanced and offers ripe, juicy dark fruit, with silky tannins and refreshing acidity.
Pipoli, Aglianico Del Vulture
Garnet red in colour. The nose has layered, highly complex aromas with hints of underbrush, violets and cocoa. Full-bodied, the wine has a sweet red fruit character with delicate oak nuances and persistent fruit notes through to the finish.
Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Basilicata in Acerenza in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone in 2008. Consultant winemaker, Alberto Antonini now works with talented young winemaker, Dennis Verdicchia, and together they managed to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle.
A Mano Susumaniello
Deep, inky purple-black in the glass. Intense aromas of blackberry and chocolate are supported by blueberry perfumes, violets, blossom, crème de cassis and Mediterranean herbs. The wine is full bodied, with powerful yet fine tannins and great texture. A fantastic freshness carries through the seamless finish.
Deep red in colour with a dark purple core, the 2016 Vigneto Canosini is a wine bursting with blueberry fruit and spice on the nose. There is a touch of sour cherry on the palate, boosted by powerful blackberry and dark plums and a chunky, fruit-packed finish.
Chateauneuf du Pape Chante Cigale
Deep and intense. A classic Châteauneuf du Pape enhancing the soft and rich character of the Grenache on the specific terroir of Châteauneuf du Pape. A body smooth and strong, spicies and black fruits.
Pinot Noir, Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley
Aromas of cherries, Campari, raspberries, fennel seeds with hints of bergamot tea and orange zest. Lively on the palate with fresh, ripe raspberries with a beetroot earthiness. A wine of purity, silken texture and slippery tannins. Approachable now, but beguiling layers hint to an intriguing future.
The winery changed hands in May 2016, with one family comapny, Brown Brothers, taking it off the hands of another, its founder, Phil Sexton. So associated is Innocent Bystander with the Yarra Valley that the new owners have made the intelligent decision to build a new winery in Healesville, just across the parking lot from Giant Steps. And they are quickly signing contracts with all the grape growers that Phil has used for Innocent Bystander so that the style of the wines remains unchanged. That style - wines that are regional and varietal, reflecting the soil, climate and topography of the cool climate in the Yarra Valley – has been the base upon which the reputation of Innocent Bystander has been built.
The Dead Arm Shiraz
Powerful flavours with great finesse, earthy and savoury, slowly giving way to sweeter and spicier fruit. A classic, quintessential Australian Shiraz.
FROM THE WINEMAKER
The 2011 Dead Arm is all about style, poise and savouriness. The gods may have thrown us challenging conditions and admittedly, there is a slight shift in style when compared to the more classic years of The Dead Arm, but the quality of this wine speaks for itself and an avid Dead Arm drinker will identify all the hallmarks of this iconic Shiraz. The nose gives a fair insight into what to expect. Sweet fruits are initially subdued, the wine appears all about cedar, peat, fresh turned soil, ironstone, fennel and cured meats. If decanted, (highly recommended), slowly the layers of savoury aromas unfurl, releasing an entirely new array of sweeter fruit characters which gently develop, eventually taking pride of place, front and centre. A raft of black and purple fruits, blackberry, satsuma plum, blackcurrant, liquorice and sweet beetroot. The palate follows suit. Initially earthy and savoury, slowly giving way to sweeter and spicier fruits. The mouthfeel is very sleek and focused. Despite this it feels dense and compact, only fleshing out with time. It’s amazing how much complexity is built into such a relatively elegant (in Dead Arm terms) package. Tannins are prominent and drive the wine to a long finish but never feel hard or extracted. All in all, an ethereal wine, that will reward the connoisseur with patience!
Dead Arm is a vine disease caused by the fungus Eutypa Lata that randomly affects vineyards all over the world. Often vines affected are severely pruned or replanted. One half, or an ‘arm’ of the vine slowly becomes reduced to dead wood. That side may be lifeless and brittle, but the grapes on the other side, while low yielding, display amazing intensity.
Double Gold Medal 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards, Best Value Gold Medal 2014 Mundus Vini International Wine Show Summer Tasting
Boutinot - Cotes Du Rhone Villages
Grenache Noir and Syrah make a bold and interesting blend typical to Southern Rhone. Full bodied, fruit forward and very well priced for the quality. Even though Grenache Noir is one of the worlds most widely planted grapes, there's definitely a unique spine to this beautiful red!
Pairs well with red meats, tomato-based pasta dishes and oven roasted vegetables.