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2010 Crystallum "Paradisum" Rhone Blend, Paardeberg
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Forget Châteauneuf-du-Pape this wine is the most exciting Rhone blend I have had in a while and its from South Africa! Sourced from old dry famred bushvines the wine has a wonderfully exuberant nose of violets, spice, leather and ripe blackberry. On the palate the wine is super fine and silky. Ripe tannins and vibrant acidity keep it lively on the palate. Med-full bodied, not heavy, but concentrated and rich. I loved this with Duck Confit the other night but I think it would go with most roasted meats or casserole dishes.
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Botanica Chenin Blanc Western Cape
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Remarkable wine from remarkable vineyards. The source for this wine are some of the most rugged and remote vineyards in South Africa. 50+ yr old gnarled, dry farmed vines produce tiny yields of this intensely flavored juice. Winemaker Giny Povall simply lends a very gentle guiding hand crafting it into a wonderfully pure and transparent wine. Firm stone fruits and barley grains form the main flavor profile, the acidity freshens on the back end like squeeze of Kafir lime like zestiness. A crushed granite mineral element adds complexity to an immensely drinkable wine!
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2010 Botanica Pinot Noir Elgin South Africa
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Wow! This is serious Pinot at a modest everyday price. A vibrant high toned nose, lovely pure rich red fruits, some warm toasted spice and dry earth. Great juicy fruit weight but nothing overly heavy. There is nothing but true Pinot character here. This is very, very hard to beat at this price from anywhere in the world and has been a true stand out at recent K&L staff tastings.
Top Value!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Alheit Vineyards "Cartology" Chenin Blanc Western Cape
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Super interesting wine. A young couple dedicated to white wine pushing the boundaries of minimal intervention wine making. Their philosophy is proudly 99% vineyard, 1% winemaking! This is sourced from very old Chenin Blanc and Semillon vines in the remote Western Cape and Franschhoek Valley. The wine is a pure reflection of the incredible old dry farmed vineyards from which the fruit is sourced. Tightly focused, mineral infused stone fruit nectar with added weight and texture from the Semillon component. Complex and intriguing wine that unfolds layer upon layer. A very limited production of only 20 barrels.
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart RP 92 BC 0

2013 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Riesling "M" Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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It sounds strange but this wine works in the way that the perfect sweet and sour pairings do. It has a beautiful focused sweetness and a fantastic tangy acidity to match. An incredible floral exotic nose, fresh citrus fruit, slatey mineral tones and just magnificent driving acidity. I love my Rieslings with a touch of sweetness and this weighing in at 30g/l RS and 9.5% alc is just delicious!
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Riesling "D" Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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TWR is known across NZ for their amazing aromatic wines. This is their "D" bottling meaning "Dry". The wines is so fresh and zesty. Fresh lime, citrus blossom, tangerine. The acidity is racy but not austere. They work very hard to work with the lees contact to give the wine a lovely texture and elegance on the palate. This for me is lovely dry Riesling without being too lean and harsh.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Pinot Noir Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Wildly aromatic with an alluring combination of pure crushed dark fruit, Asian spice and a wonderfully true Pinot Noir gamey, earthy undercurrent. A lovely polished wine showing the incredible dedication to purity and precision that Jason and Anna employ. A 300 case production of their finest hand selected fruit. An exceptional value in the world of classy Pinot Noir. Without our Direct Import relationship this is $50 wine for sure.
Drink from 2014 to 2024
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2012 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Chardonnay Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Great chard from TWR. Lovely balance of richness and restraint. Very exotic aromatics of ripe stone fruits and some floral nuances. The wine was a tiny production in 2012 totaling just 100cs! The flavor concentration from the old Mendoza clone vines really shows and is perfectly framed by the spicy oak and savory lees components. A very complete Chardonnay.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A spectacularly exotic Syrah from Te Mata. This wine has endless silky dark fruit, Asian spice and a touch of bitter-sweet chocolate. There is just a hint of old school earthy quality here to stop the ripe qualities taking over. A real classic wine that truly deserves it's reputation as one of the most iconic bottles in NZ.
Drink from 2014 to 2025
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 97 JS 90

2010 Denbies Estate "Cubitt Reserve" Surrey, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A rich, creamy texture and lots of toasty richness. A round, soft mouth feel and fine bubbles with but with lots of underlying minerality and fresh acidity. This bottling shows why Denbies Estate is one of the big players in English sparkling wine. They have a great south facing chalky site that allows them to bring big, powerful Pinot Noir based wines to the table like few others in England can achieve. This is a crowd pleaser.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A savory wine with intense lees character from the extended ageing on the yeast. Toasty, nutty flavors dominate but the wine also has a bright core of crunchy pear and zesty citrus acidity. A wine showing a lovely element of development and elegance from its time in bottle. This is very hard to pick from great Champagne and has beaten many such Champagnes in blind tastings internationally (Bollinger for one on the BBC’s “12 Drinks of Christmas”) I can definitely see why!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Wiston Estate "South Downs Brut Rosé" West Sussex, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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Another standout wine from Wiston Estate. This magnificent rose is all about purity and elegance. A fresh nose of rose petals and spice with hints of Strawberry carries through on to the wonderfully soft, fine textured palate with Alpine Strawberries and fresh cream on brioche. A perfect expression of Rose for me. Lovely focus and precision with a softness and elegance that is very hard to achieve. Top notch stuff. 8g/l dosage. If it matters to you, (and sometimes with “Champagne” it does) these guys also got the packaging right, a very stylish and eye catching bottle, enough to land them on the Forbes' list for coolest wine labels of 2013!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Wiston Estate "South Downs Cuvée Brut" West Sussex, England
Review Date: 2-2-2014
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A standout in English Sparkling. These guys are very serious about making world-class sparkling wines. An incredible wine with powerful, chalky minerality and very focused, linear intensity. A low 4g/l dosage and high acidity means this is more in the Extra Brut camp for those that like very crisp dry Champagnes. The wine has rich flavor concentration that zips across the palate. I think this is quite reminiscent of Krug with its barrel-fermented qualities showing through adding another layer of textural quality and toasty flavors. A unique expression of English sparkling from perhaps the most focused producer that we came across. If it matters to you, (and sometimes with “Champagne” it does) these guys also got the packaging right, a very stylish and eye catching bottle, enough to land them on the Forbes list for coolest wine labels of 2013!
Drink from 2014 to 2020
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Syrah Marlborough
Review Date: 12-10-2013
Unbelievably good Syrah. Marlborough is definitely a very marginal place to grow Syrah. Most people wouldn't bother with it as it's way to late ripening for a place as cool as this. However, when you just happen to have some amazing old vines in the heart of Renwick and you are passionate about making interesting wines that speak of terroir, purity and elegance then you might just go the extra mile to make a wine like this!
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Te Whare Ra (TWR) Syrah Marlborough New Zealand
Review Date: 12-10-2013
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Unbelievably good Syrah. Marlborough is definitely a very marginal place to grow Syrah. Most people wouldn't bother with it as it's way to late ripening for a place as cool as this. However, when you just happen to have some amazing old vines in the heart of Renwick and you are passionate about making interesting wines that speak of terroir, purity and elegance then you might just go the extra mile to make a wine like this!
Drink from 2013 to 2020
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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