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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Sep 03, 2014
Vino Fino

A Journey across the Pyrenees

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Full-flavoured French and Spanish discoveries from Steve Bennett MW

Steve treated us to his usual eclectic mix of new wine discoveries, this time from Spain and France. We can always be sure when Steve does a tasting, not only are the wines different and really good, but he will add his own personal and intriguing viewpoints. Steve always has a view he likes to share. Whether it be comparing a wine to pre-roasted chicken or being like an 'ugg boot'.   His passion is still obvious and Steve was very excited to share these new wines with us. They are discoveries well worth making and will add interest and variety to your drinking pleasure!
Steve will be returning on October 7th to show off a new range of Argentinean wines. We look forward to it.

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Full-flavoured French and Spanish discoveries from Steve Bennett MW

Steve treated us to his usual eclectic mix of new wine discoveries, this time from Spain and France. We can always be sure when Steve does a tasting, not only are the wines different and really good, but he will add his own personal and intriguing viewpoints. Steve always has a view he likes to share. Whether it be comparing a wine to pre-roasted chicken or being like an 'ugg boot'.   His passion is still obvious and Steve was very excited to share these new wines with us. They are discoveries well worth making and will add interest and variety to your drinking pleasure!
Steve will be returning on October 7th to show off a new range of Argentinean wines. We look forward to it.

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La Bascula ‘Heights of Charge’ Rueda 2012
La Bascula is the Spanish wine range produced by UK-based Spanish wine aficionado Ed Adams MW and South African winemaker Bruce Jack of Flagstone wines. The term means ‘weighing scales’, and represents the balance between indigenous Spanish varieties and modern winemaking. The philosophy is small volumes and really high quality. ‘Heights of Charge’ is named after the criss-crossing of Rueda by medieval knights as pilgrims on the Santiago de Compostela trail. Sourced from the excellent Diez Siglos de Verdejo cellar in Rueda, this wine is made with traditional grape varieties of Verdejo(70%) and Viura 30%; it has a lemony freshness and tropical fruit character with a complexity and creaminess from partial oak fermentation in a mix of American and French barrels. “Much more intriguing than the average Rueda. Well conceived. Great stuff and great value.” Jancis Robinson MW. Top 100 Wines from Spain Awards 2014. 18+/20 Raymond Chan
Well worth a try - different enough to be interesting but not scarily so!
Retail $23.99 Special $19.99
 
Chateau Sainte Marie Vielle Vignes Bordeaux Superior 2012
This extremely well-managed estate near Targon in the Entre-deux-Mers, 20km SE of Bordeaux city was purchased by the Dupuche family in 1982. Montpellier-trained youngest son Stéphane took over in 1997. This wine is sourced from 25ha of 35 year old vines grown on chalky-clay soils. Blended to 72% merlot - 28% cabernet sauvignon with 4 weeks skin to allow a gentle extraction of tannins. Aged 12 months in French oak, 20% new. This is extremely characterful and well-made Bordeaux at a very fraction of the price of an equivalent quality left-bank Bordeaux. Silver Medal Concours Agricole de Paris

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La Bascula ‘Turret Fields’ Jumilla Monastrell/Syrah 2012
Monastrell 75% Syrah 25% The name Turret Fields comes from the turret of Castle Madax which dominates the vineyard below. Sourced from Bodegas Juan Gil, the rich raisin character of Monastrell is enhanced by the peppery spice of the Syrah. Aged for 4 months in new American oak barrels to add softness and vanilla creaminess to the finish. The wine has considerable ageing potential and should last well into 2017. Big and fiesty; dense and dark.  

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Lurton ‘Mas Janeil’ (Unsulphured) Roussillon Villages 2012
Made from old vine Grenache, Carignan and Syrah fermented in small temperature controlled concrete vats. The climate at Mas Janeil makes it possible to produce wines without adding sulphites: Roussillon is a sunny region, near the Mediterranean Sea, and it is also particularly windy, which considerably reduces the risk of diseases such as powdery and downy mildew. The shicst/shale soil retains heat during the day and releases it during the night, enabling a slow, uniform ripening of the bunches. A rich, spicy, exotic red with layers of delicious dark berry fruit interlaced with exotic spiciness makes this wine a rare treat at an extraordinary price.

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Teso la Monja ‘Romanico’ Toro 2012
The Eguren family sold Bodega Numanthia-Termes, which helped put Spain's Toro region on the world wine map, to luxury-goods giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy in 2008, shortly after their top wine ‘Termanthia’ 2004 was awarded 100 points by Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. When the Egurens founded Numanthia in 1998, there were only 7 bodegas in Toro, now there are nearly 50. The Egurens have now started again with their new Bodega – Teso la Monja. Romanico is designed to be an expressive, accessible, entry level wine without losing the identity and intense, explosive fruit character of the area. From estate vineyards in Valdefinjas and Zamora in the arid Toro DO. Even at this price point there are extremely low yields of 26Hls/Ha. 16 days maceration on skins and six month maturation in older French oak have soften the edges on this rich, dense ‘fruit-bomb’ of a wine.


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Chateau Tour de Mirambeau ‘Cuvee Passion’2010
82% Merlot 10 %Cabernet Sauvignon 8% Cabernet Franc. The Despagne family run 5 properties and have owned and grown vines on the Mirambeau site in Entre-Deux-Mers in for over 250 years. Their top wine of this estate ‘Cuvee Passion’ is sourced from vines with an average age of 28 years grown on a clay/lime hill. Extended maceration and 12 months maturation in new French oak. The 2010 is their best Cuvee passion to date and has received much international acclaim. “This has a rich expressive seam of dark fruits, and gentle cinnamon spicing. A contemporary take on Bordeaux, and the 2010 vintage is showing it off well.” Decanter. “Anything from Despagne performs way above its pedigree.” Robert parker “The winemaking family Despagne have recently been making waves despite their unglamorous location.” Jancis Robinson MW. 91/100 Wine Spectator “This must be the best ever from Tour de Mirambeau.”

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Lar de Paula Rioja Reserva 2008
From an exciting new, modern Bodega in the village of Elvillar de Álava, 600m above sea in the highest part of limestone rich Rioja Alavesa. Fernando Meruelo and Félix Revuelta have created Lar de Paula, bringing the best of traditional practices in line with modern facilities and winemaking techniques. 100% Tempranillo from 40 year old vines and aged for 18 months in French and American oak then aged in bottle for 18 months. This is a big, rich, opulent wine with intense fruit cake flavours interwoven with toasty, spicy oak and a long, lingering finish with rich, mellow tannins. 2008 was a text-book vintage in Rioja, rightly classified as ‘Very Good’ by Rioja’s official control board .Gold Medal (Concours Mondial Bruxelles) 2014. Classic Rioja style - Steve described it as "like an Ugg Boot" - Not that fashionable but really comfey.

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‘No Stone Unturned’ Old Vine Terra Alta 2012
Another from the La Bascula team. Garnacha 62% Cariñena 23% Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah 15%. The wine comes from the very best plots of Pepe Fuster’s stone covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration and complexity of dark, spicy, blackberry fruit which has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months in the finest new Dargaud & Jaegle oak barrels from France. No Stone Unturned is a big, serious wine which is ripe and juicy enough to be enjoyed now but will also last a good 8-10 years in bottle. Gold Medal Wine & Spirit Asia Wine Challenge 2014. Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Commended. Beautiful silken texture with plenty of drive and power.

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Corona de Aragon Late Harvest Moscatel NV
100% Muscat of Alexandria from the warm, rolling hills of Carinena hand-harvested late in the season then gently pressed and fermented cool to retain the delicious grapey freshness of the variety. Fermentation is arrested by the addition of grape alcohol and the result is a perfect balance between alcohol and sweetness with acidity. Abundant fruity aromas typical of the variety prevail over a fine floral perfume. Dense, long, exquisitely fresh and delicate.

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