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Wednesday Round-up - the 2018 edition
Sue Courtney's tasting notes from the First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday $15 tastings

August 2018
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Sue Courtney's Fine Wine Wednesday tasting notes were recorded for First Glass Wines and Spirits in Takapuna for publication on their website. These notes are archival and may have been deleted from their site by now.
Some of the prices may be 'specials', but were correct at the date noted for the tasting. Check out www.firstglass.co.nz for current availability and pricing. New Zealand readers can purchase the wines online from there.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 29 Aug 2018
A Bit of Beresford and Others
Wines were tasted blind.

Vigna Nova Prosecco DOC Brut NV - Treviso, Italy
White gold in the glass with a lemon cream biscuit scent and a crisp, fresh, lightly foamy taste with steely acidity underpinning hints of vanilla and creaming soda, and a fine dry finish with a soft and pleasing lingering taste of dehydrated apple. 11% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $16.99.

TED by Mount Edward Otago Pinot Gris 2017
Straw gold in hue with a delicate fragrance and a touch of salinity to the lightly zingy and fairly crisp taste with satisfying, food-friendly palate weight and tropical guava-like notes complementing out the sucking-on-a-peach-stone finish and just a hint of herbaceousness. Elegant and not a run of the mill style.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $21.99.

Vidal Hawkes Bay Soler Chardonnay 2017
Light yellow gold. Evocatively fragrant with delicate hints of peach, apricot kernel and almond blossom. Full-bodied in the palate with restrained spicy oak, an almost oily richness to the flow, underlying gunflint and lingering nuances of lemon and gauva. Exhibiting elegant Burgundian restraint rather than flamboyant fruit at this youthful stage of its life yet hints of stonefruit flesh out nicely as the flavours linger.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $31.99.

Paritua Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014
Light yellow gold with a bouquet reminiscent of salted caramel popcorn before it has popped, and full and fat in the spicy oak palate with sizzled butter, butterscotch and more salted popcorn suggestions with fruit playing a supporting role. There’s a mellow savoury impression as the wine lingers softly yet persistently with a touch of pineapple lifting the rounded and more-ish finish.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $38.99.

Wooing Tree 'Blondie' Central Otago 2017
There’s the merest wash of baby pink to the glassy hue of this Blanc de Noir made from pinot noir. Cherry and subtle nuances of musk float on the scent and strawberry and pepper fill the taste with a lightly viscous mouthfeel and lingering touches of salinity that make you want to have another sip. Dry to off dry in style with a succulence to the cherry-filled finish.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $24.99.

Casa Santos Lima Colossal Reserva 2016 – Portugal
Made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Tinta Roria and Alicant Bouschet, this is vivid purple black in the glass with vibrant magenta edges.The bouquet is awash with dark plums, prunes, tar and polished oak and it is immediately seamless in the spicy, savoury, oaky, medium to full-bodied palate filled with succulent dark berry fruit and accents of baking spices and pepper. Terrifically tasty with lovely balance of fruit and savouriness and tannins more noticeable on the long dry finish.
14% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $27.99.

Tenuta Ulisse Amaranta di Ulisse Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2015 – Italy
Inky black red with crimson edges. Dark, dense, smoky and tarry with a wafting fragrance of plum jam cooking in the kitchen. A massive wine to the taste with bright berry fruit, powerful tannins, tar, spice, leather and fruit cake. It’s a rich, meaty, dry-styled red with touches of liquorice on the velvety and almost creamy finish. Very very tasty with loads of flavour.
14% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $34.99.

Beresford Barrel Select McLaren Vale GSM 2016 – South Australia
Deep dark cherry red, more translucent than opaque. Attractive rosehip and milk chocolate bouquet. Seemingly medium-bodied in the fruit driven palate with early season plums, glace cherries, blueberries and cake spices, a touch of toffee apple and creaminess to the mouthfeel as the flavours linger. An approachable blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mouverdre with fine tannins, vanillin oak playing a supporting role and a pretty finish.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $21.99.

Beresford McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016 – South Australia
Bright purple red with crimson edges. The fragrant bouquet is reminiscent of berry pie with a suggestion of chocolate box and tar. Immediately spicy and peppery in the silky palate with succulent purple plum, cherry and mulberry fruit, dry savoury oak, strawberry chocolate in the background and a long bright creamy finish with lingering juicy oomph.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $21.99.

Beresford McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – South Australia
Blackish red in the glass with dark red edges. Nut chocolate, vanilla and cedar fill the bouquet and there’s bright berry fruit balancing out the meaty rustic depth of the palate with oak spice and cabernet’s classic brambly acidity. The tannins have a firm teeth-coating exterior with a plump bouncy centre and a touch of cigar box lingers on the even-toned finish with a subtle nuance of mint.
14.6% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $21.99.

Galway Pipe Grand Tawny Aged 12 Years – South Australia
This fortified wine is a transparent amber hue with golden edges. The bouquet radiates raisins and brandy-soaked muscatels and the taste is heady, viscous and mouthcoating with candied orange peel and raisin flavours with the fruity succulence beautifully balanced by a pleasing nutty, rancio, mellow oak savouriness. Sweet yet not sweet with touches of orange toffee. Delicious.
17.8% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $41.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 22 Aug 2018
Glorious Chardonnay
Wines were tasted blind.

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017
A golden hued toasty wine with fresh aromas of apricot and tasty flavours of nutty oak, stonefruit and spice with a smooth seamless flow, a savoury mealy richness and a bright fresh zing to the finish.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $18.99.

Morton Estate Black Label Gisborne Chardonnay 2016
Light gold hued with a fragrant tropical fruit scent including an enticing waft of toasted passionfruit. Silky smooth to the taste with a lightly oily flow, creamed Macadamia nuts, subtle tropical fruit and a touch of grapefruit at the end. Restrained yet classy. Will be good to see it develop a bit more. 5 stars and No 2 in Cuisine Top 10.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass: $16.99.

The Prospect Ormond Chardonnay 2016
Light yellow gold with subtlety to the toasty, mealy, biscuity oak scent and lusciousness to the tropical fruit salad flavours harmoniously tempered by savoury oak and mealy winemaking complexities with a fabulous seamless flow and a fresh fruity zing. A wine by Steve Voysey that punches above its price point. One to watch.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
A modern and magnificently impressive reductive style that’s golden in the glass with a distinctive wild yeast, mealy, savoury oak aroma tinged with gunsmoke and full of flavour in the palate with lashings of grapefruit, juicy peach, accents of lime and layers of butterscotch with a finishing flourish of oak spice. Harmonious, seamless, mouthfilling and long.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Brancott Letter Series O Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
Restrained in its youth, it’s light gold in colour with gunflint and grapefruit on the nose and all of those wild yeast, gunsmoke, biscuity flavours in the palate with touches of nougat and accents of citrus on the long and lightly creamy finish that shows its potential as the flavours open up and linger so beautifully.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Domain Rewa Central Otago Chardonnay 2015
Straw gold in colour with tropical fruit filling the bouquet and shimmying through the soft tingly palate that has a flinty undercurrent and persistence to the earthy finish with a lingering flinty / mild citron taste. A restrained Burgundian-influenced style to match to oysters and seafood, or continue to confidently cellar for a while.
13.75% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $35.99.

Gibbston Valley China Terrace Central Otago Chardonnay 2016
Light lemon gold with honey dew melon, a waft of gunflint and mealy malo notes on the lightly fragrant bouquet and melon again together with restrained spicy oak in the silky palate that starts to reveal its power and depth as the flavours linger. Similar to the previous wine in food and cellaring choices.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $34.99.

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
Light gold in hue, with tropical fruit brimming on the fresh bright bouquet and delectable mealy flavours with spicy oak, honey dew melon, butterscotch and caramel with a long juicy finish and a fine silky flow. Showing beautifully on the night, it’s complex and multi-layered and deceptive to its power. Champion Chardonnay NZIWS 2017.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $29.99.

Vavasour Anna's Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
Radiating peach and hazelnut on the nose and spicy oak in the mouthfilling creamy palate that's crammed with ripe juicy stonefruit and sizzled butter, this is a classy wine with an alluring depth of flavour and a lasting smooth impression.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $36.99.

Elephant Hill Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2016
Light golden in hue with a flinty / earthy bouquet at first becoming more floral /soapy with time, but immediately flavour-packed in the creamy, nutty, savoury palate with spiced peach underpinned by tight acidity and framed by savoury oak with an apricot and vanilla sweetness to the lasting and impressionable finish.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $48.99.

Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay 2016 – California, USA
Lemon gold in the glass with a glossy sheen. Sweet smelling chewy banana lollies embellish the soft oaky bouquet and it’s full-bodied, smooth, ripe and sweet-fruited in the harmonious palate with well-honed vanillin oak providing the savoury foil to bring it all into balance. What everyone loves to finish off a great night of Chardonnay.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $25.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 15 Aug 2018
Wine with Chocolate
Wines were tasted blind.

Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
Light gold with an attractive fragrant aroma of poached pear and a soft citrussy zing to the off dry flavours that are full of delicious honey poached pear.
Choc match: Whittaker’s Nelson Pear and Manuka Honey in Milk Chocolate. Enhances the freshness of the wine but the sweet milky creamy chocolate is the overall lingering taste.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $14.99.

Main Divide North Canterbury Gewurztraminer 2016
Crisp, dry and oily smelling and strong and spicy to the taste with tingles of ginger and candied lime with abundant musk flavours in a full-bodied, off dry style.
Choc match: Cadbury Dairy Milk Turkish Delight. A sweet sugary chocolate that needs the wine to balance it out, which it does with a peppery vibe and the musky taste of Turkish Delight lingers.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

Archangel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
Rich ruby red in the glass with an alluring earthy savoury scent infused with leather and spice yet surprisingly fruity to the taste with still fresh acidity, lightly firm tannins, spiced tamarillo and bittersweet berries.
Choc match: Whittaker’s West Coast Buttermilk Caramelised White Chocolate. The chocolate is quite sweet and cloying on its own but makes the wine seem silky smooth and rich with a lingering creamy caramel taste. A winning match.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $35.99.

Zolla Primitivo Di Manduria 2016 – Salento, Italy
A vibrant black red. The bouquet is rich and ripe with wisps of cocoa powder and black cherries and the taste is sweet, ripe, gutsy and full-bodied with prunes and cherries, an earthy savoury undercurrent and smooth tannins that make it seem almost seamless in its flow.
Choc match: Cadbury Dairy Milk - Milk Chocolate. This old favourite seems dry on its own compared to the voluptuous of the wine but balances the wine’s sweetness beautifully and introduces a fresh acid zing.
14% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $28.99.

McManis Family Vineyards Petite Sirah 2016 – California, USA
Vibrant purple red with crimson edges. The leathery bouquet hints of a savoury wine but there's a juicy plum and mulberry sweetness to the taste with earth, straps of leather and a sprinkle of pepper on a bed of fine tannins.
Choc match: Cadbury Old Gold Roasted Almond Dark Chocolate. Makes the wine seem full, smooth and seamless. Good match.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $18.99.

Chocoholic Pinotage 2016 – Darling, South Africa
Dark ruby red with garnet edges. Aromas of cherry jam and spice and quite peppery in the savoury palate with lightly firm tannins and a smoky touch to the finish.
Choc match: Cadbury Dairy Milk Black Forest. The chocolate is milky and sweet but the sweetness is toned down by the wine and the glace cherry in the chocolate is the lingering taste. Good match.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $15.99.

Mister Riggs The Truant McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015 – South Australia
Deep dark red. Ripe and fruity smelling with touches of vanillin oak, chocolate and cherry then spicy and peppery to the taste with velvety tannins, plums and cherries, irresistibly smooth in its flow.
Choc match: Cadbury Dairy Milk packed with Crunchie. This is a milky chocolate and not overly sweet, but makes the wine seem a little more earthy and savoury and drier than it seemed on its own.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $18.99.

Chocolate Box Dark Chocolate Barossa Shiraz 2016 – South Australia
Inky black red. Deep intense scent of cedar and leather with hints of red berries. Beautiful fine tannin structure, fresh acidity, purity of plum and raspberry fruit, a tingle of pepper and a silky chocolate-like smoothness to the finish.
Choc match: Cadbury Dark Milk with Roasted and Caramelised Hazelnuts. The nut flavours are strong and the match brings out a bitterness in the wine.
15% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $20.99.

Grant Burge Barossa Ink Shiraz 2016 – South Australia
Inky black red with vibrant crimson edges. The chocolate and plum bouquet is cloaked with vanilla and the taste is ripe and voluptuous with fine velvet tannins, juicy plum, prune and bottled cherry fruit, a sprinkle of pepper and a well-balanced nutty oak note to the creamy finish.
Choc match: Whittaker’s Black Doris Plum and Roasted Almonds in Dark Chocolate. This is a silky smooth chocolate, not overly sweet, not overpoweringly nutty, nice on its own and an excellent match to this wine.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

St Hugo Coonawara Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – South Australia
Deep dark red hinting of a little age. There's mint wafting through the bouquet and heaps more in the taste. A firmly structured wine, quite dry with savoury oak and plum and cassis fruit that is starting to fade as bottle developed earthy leathery characters take over yet the cabernet fruit sweetness still signs off the finish.
Choc match: Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate with Peppermint. While the mint is complimentary, the chocolate brings out a bitterness in the wine.
14.1% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $33.99.

Villa Maria Reserve Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2016
Sunshine gold. Candied orange fills the bouquet and the sticky, delicious, nectar-like taste is crammed with luscious liquid honey and candied tropical fruit with a vibrant and beautifully balanced citrussy zing.
Choc match: Whittaker’s Fijian Ginger and Kerikeri Mandarin in Dark Chocolate. This is a excellent chocolate on its own and goes beautifully with the wine, foiling the sweetness a little. The chocolate is subtle in the match, the ginger and mandarin flavours are complimentary and the wine’s flavours are the lasting memory. Excellent combo.
10% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $28.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 8 Aug 2018
New In Store
Wines were tasted blind.

Goldwater Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Lustrous straw gold. Aromas of peach oil and cape gooseberry with more peach together with tropical fruit in the fresh lively palate that's overflowing with juicy citrus acidity and a quenching tangy finish where a delightful touch of Thai basil emerges. Trophy Winner Air NZ Wine Awards 2017.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

Tiki Single Vineyard Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017
Light yellow gold. Aromas of spicy oak, nuts and peach and boldly flavoured in the silky palate with bright sweet citrus underpinning the savoury oak with touches of gunflint, butterscotch and spice, becoming quite creamy and peachy as the flavours linger.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $18.99.

Ra Nui Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
Moderate gold in hue. Soft nutty aromas fill the bouquet with a suggestion of honeydew melon that recurs in the rounded, mellow, seamless flowing palate with lingering nutty oak, touches of nashi pear and mandarin brightening the finish. Nicely developed and ready to go.
13.8% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
Straw gold in hue with a bright fruity aroma and refreshing flavours full of gooseberry, lime, tropical guava and Packham pears poached in wine framed by soft acidity with a tickle of ginger and slivers of sweetness.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $12.99.

Bond Block Wines Ormond Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2017
Light gold in hue. Fragrant scents of old fashioned roses and candied violets and a light spritzy, spicy upfront feel to the texture like tingles of white pepper and ginger yet mouthcoating and long in an off dry style with rose oil and orange water and touches of Turkish delight.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $14.99.

Mount Riley The Bonnie Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2018
Like a spinel gemstone in hue, this blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris is fragrant and fruity with a bright spritzy texture and just off dry flavours reminiscent of early season plums and cherries with lingering flavours of tarragon and watermelon. Juicy and refreshing and verging on irresistible even on a cold winters night.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $12.99.

Summerhouse Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
This is an intense ruby / magenta with a deep aroma of earth and herbs and chocolate-coated black cherries. Showing its youth as it is quite firm in the initially earthy savoury palate with classical herbaceous tones, then a bittersweet berry sweetness ripples through with hints of rosehips and smoky bacon.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Bright translucent ruby with pinky edges. The shy bouquet is floral yet meaty and it’s silky in its flow across the palate with a juicy sweetness to the bright cherry and strawberry fruit that’s underpinned by a beautifully balanced savouriness, a salivating salinity, and a long rounded mouthcoating finish with increasing complexity and touches of anise. Tasty and totally on song at the tasting.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $42.99.

Pesquera Crianza Ribera del Duero Tempranillo 2014
This is a shiny blackish red in the glass. The slightly charry, cedary bouquet has intensity and depth of fruit with wafts of barnyard and leather and it’s dark and dusty in the savoury meaty palate where succulent and opulent prune-like fruit ripples through with touches of peppery spices and slightly chalky tannins that impart a very dry finish yet all the while refreshing underlying acidity. True to the region but does need food.
14.5% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $33.99.

Aramis White Label McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015
Dark blackish red with chocolate and spiced berry aromatics and succulent plum and raspberry flavours with an underlying earthy, leathery savouriness, moderately firm tannins, peppery spices, touches of cacao and a dry yet fruity finish.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Sandalford Reserve Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Bright red black with crimson edges, the bouquet of this big oaky wine is laced with vanilla and mint that's a little more discreet in the dark, brooding, firmly structured, chewy palate that has lashings of leather, tar and smoke with touches of chocolate and a berry fruit brightness to the lifted and lingering finish.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $24.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 1 Aug 2018
d'Arenberg Wines from the McLaren Vale with Jack Walton
Wines were tasted blind.

d'Arenberg The Money Spider Roussanne 2017
Light citrine in hue with delicate tropical fruit aromas and an intriguing touch of spearmint infusing the warm oily taste with a hint of apricot and yellow guava and a peppery papaya seed heat. Mouthfilling and textural but also bright, flinty, dry and tangy. Oysters would be a terrific match. 12.9% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

d'Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2016
There's a citrine brightness to the hue and a sense of honeyed apricot both to the aroma and the taste together with peach and a tingle of ginger juice that’s nicely honed by refreshing acidity and an underlying savouriness. Mouthcoating and textural with a subtle smoky nuance to the long warm, lingering finish. 13.3% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $15.99.

d'Arenberg The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red
A blend of Chambourcin, Shiraz and Graciano grapes, this is an intensely vivid purple crimson in the glass with a lacy foam when poured. It radiates boysenberry and mulberry scents and the full-bodied, juicy taste is crammed with plums, prunes, chocolate coated raisins, cinnamon and leather finishing with a flourish of freshly crushed mint.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $31.99.

d'Arenberg The Custodian Grenache 2014
Deep burgundy hued with touches of ruby in the core and garnet edges. Cedary aromatics with hints of mint, plums and cherries. Tight knit and tannic driven at first in the finely textured savoury palate that’s lifted with mint – like after milk chocolate-coated dinner mints – and red berries and finishes with a juicy sweetness that counteracts the initial dryness and leaves a smile. A Grenache that can be cellared for years. 14.4% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

d'Arenberg The High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Inky black red with crimson edges. Profoundly savoury and leathery on the nose at first then fragrant blackcurrant scents waft through. A classic dry red with upfront dry, slightly mouth-puckery, chalky tannins and intense cassis / blackcurrant / black Doris plum fruit with lingering savoury oak and subtle nuances of cacao, tobacco, mint and leather. The fruit overwhelms the tannins and the incredibly long finish is vibrant and lively.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $ 17.99.

d'Arenberg The Galvo Garage 2013
This blend of Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Merlot is inky in the glass with a minty infusion to the bright berry and cedar scent and it tastes deliciously juicy from the outset with supple tannins and sappy minty cedary notes framing the succulent plum, mulberry and black cherry fruit with a firm earthy leathery savouriness underpinning it all. Totally on song with lingering berry and mint chocolate notes.
14.4% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $24.99.

d'Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz 2015
Purple red. Berry pie, spiced tobacco and chocolate-coated red liquorice scents. Mouthfilling, lifted and minty with sappy oak and upfront red berry fruits underpinned by chewy, crushed velvet tannins that seem more fine and silky on the long, ripe, juicy finish with touches of vanilla and cake spices, and lingering menthol tobacco.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

d'Arenberg The Love Grass Shiraz 2015
Inky crimson black. Intense aromas of dark smoky cedar, mint, blackberry and woody herbs. A profoundly savoury wine with earth, graphite and coal – a wine that evokes a warm winter fire toasting marshmallows over the embers – the sensual brooding savouriness lifted by juicy black plums, mulberries and cherries with a smattering of pepper and black liquorice while refreshing underlying acidity balances out the jammy sweetness on the deliciously long mouthfilling finish. Value for money buy of the night. 14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

d'Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2013
Inky black red. Aromatic and perfumed with wafts of apricot, milk chocolate, mulberry and mint. At first it seems velvety smooth then the tannins kick in mid-palate and it’s smooth flowing on the finish again. There’s a lovely depth of succulent fruit and vinous sweetness to the creamy finish with an underlying woody, stalky, sappy character and lingering floral / rose petal notes. ‘Soft yet seriously structured,’ said Jack.
14.6% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $24.99.

d'Arenberg The Wild Pixie Shiraz 2014
Inky black red. Black forest chocolate, earth, leather and vanilla fill the bouquet. A dark, brooding, firmly structured wine with enchanting earthy, savoury, mushroomy notes – magic mushrooms – meaty mushrooms – and very intense berry fruit together with vanilla, spice, pepper and a bright flourish of mint chocolate making the finish very moreish. 14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $31.99.

d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2015
Inky purple / black red – fine in appearance. Dark sappy oak on the nose and while at first it seems super fine in the palate this is a deceptive veneer as the tannins are firm and teeth-coating. Wonderful intensity of lightly jammy cherry, mulberry, raspberry, plum and blackberry fruit with nutty oak, toasted hazelnut chocolate, lifted mint and sensuous vanilla tones on a bed of sweet earth, herbs and pepper, and a dark mint chocolate finish. A monumental wine that really should be cellared at this stage of its life.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $46.99.

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