All wines over $25 per bottle will be vintage specific. In the case the listed vintage is out of stock, we will inform you via email for approval to go ahead.
World Wine – A lovely drink, at an excellent price. Attractively packaged too. Vibrant and lively but with some guts, some grind. Violets, black and red berries, cola, jubey blackcurrant. Love the firmness through the finish. The suggestion of vanillin. The perfumed aromatics. The fresh-but-controlled feel. You’d go this, for sure.
World Wine – “Unusually for a new wave producer, Tom Payaubert still favours the traditional style of pan-regional blending: 50% Garnacha from Monte Agudo in the Rioja Baja and 40% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from Ábalos in the Rioja Alta. Aged in old foudres, it’s a subtle, raspberry and redcurrant-perfumed red with appealing texture.” 91 points, Tim Atkin MW
World Wine – The Cillar de Silos Crianza is produced with the fruit from different old-vine plots (40 to 50 years of age) on sand and lime soils, feels quite classical, with aromas of ripe black fruit, spicy oak and an herbal side that adds freshness. The palate is remarkably fresh for the vintage, with polished, fine tannins and enough acidity. A very good crianza.
James Halliday – A selection of the four best barrels from the many available from this great vintage. The ‘numbers' (alcohol/residual sugar/pH/titratable acidity) are identical to the standard '17. All you need to know is that the flavour set is oh so close, and what is different is a subtle shift upwards in the weight of this wine.
The Wine Front – Necessity is the mother of invention. In 1993 Tim Adams was desperately short of shiraz and cabernet so his neighbour, Fergus Mahon, sold him some grenache to keep him ticking over. Hence The Fergus blend was born, and has been made ever since. This release includes tempranillo and malbec, all of which is dry-grown. Its usual reliable self. There was a time when I wasn’t a great fan of The Fergus but we’ve moved on from there in recent years. It’s well-balanced, fleshy, not too light and not too heavy. It’s red berried with star anise, cola and gum leaf highlights. It’s a well tailored red, perfect for casual drinking.
The Wine Front – Elefante Tempranillo Shiraz routinely offers excellent value. That said, this 2018 release is one out of the box. They’ve nailed this release. It’s jubey and berried and has a good bit of chew to the finish. It’s a generous style with a good sense of shape. There’s a nod to savouriness but no more than that: it’s all berried goodness, and beautifully well crafted at that.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – This is a category they had not produced since 2005 and only bottled in exceptional vintages (1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2005). In their mountain vineyards (500 to 800 meters altitude), the 2009 season saw a cold and long winter with enough snow that provided enough water for a warm summer. It's a blend of the traditional Rioja grapes, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and the whites Viura and Malvasía. As in the past, all red wines contained a more or less small amount of white grapes and despite being considered modern when their first released their wines, today they are as classical as it gets.