A bargain Savvy, an aged Red at a beautiful price, a multi award winning Pinot Gris under $20 and a 94 point Robert Parker Spaniard. What a delightful week!
Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc by Vavasour
This Sauvignon Blanc is all about expressive fruit flavours. It possesses a light straw colour and tropical aromas of guava, melon and citrus. The palate exhibits the same fine flavours followed by a crisp,dry, flinty finish.
Clifford Bay are focused on preserving both varietal character and regional accuracy in all of their wines. Their winemaking regime has evolved to emphasise the inherent freshness, balance and structure of their fruit. After harvest, the grapes are gently pressed, fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to ensure freshness, bright aromatics, lush textures and balance. It's a superb gold medal wine at just $10 a bottle. Grab a case at this better than Blackmarket price!
Hanwood Estate by McWilliams - 2012 Vintage
"Great bang for buck here. Exciting aromas of liquorice, cedar and mixed berries. Palate a delicious mix of dark berries with a hint of mint. Tannins provoking salivation are a lovely compliment. A great young and cheap cab sav ready to drink now." - a real customer review from online wine tool Vivino, an app that's well worth having on your smart phone...and obviously written a year or so ago since we'd no longer call 2012 young, rather a nice age! This beauty is just $11.99 and comes with multiple gold medal endorsements.
SOHO White Label Pinot Gris
This wine is a bright & refreshing style of NZ Pinot Gris. Pretty fragrances of lemon zest, pears & quince. Stylish with very good fruit purity & varietal character. The palate is full of ripe citrus with a clean, spicy finish. The younger sibling of the SOHO Jagger Pinot Gris it's a suave little number that will give your palate a hedonistic thrill. A silken seduction of baked apricot, apple spice & luscious pear create an ethereal smooth texture. A right price at 16.99, elsewhere up to $2 more.
2012 Bodegas Castaño "Solanera Viñas Viejas" Yecla
94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Robert Parker is one of the wine world's best known and most respected wine writers. His comments:-
"Even more remarkable is the 2012 Solanera Vinas Viejas, a blend of 70% Mourvedre, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Grenache aged 10 months in a combination of French and American oak....this amazing red wine displays notes of lead pencil shavings, acacia flowers, black raspberries, blueberries and black currants. This full-bodied, intense 2012 tastes like it should cost three to five times as much. Full-bodied, stunningly pure and textured, it should last for 4-5 years, possibly longer....(it has) been reviewed favorably in the past, but the 2012 seems to ratchet up the quality to even more impressive levels."
This is an utterly splendid Red to put in your cellar for this Winter season at a warmingly great price of 24.99 - the less aged slightly lower rated 2013 vintage is elsewhere at $10 more.