Review Round-up (Sept-Oct ’19)
What's been said about our wines this month..
We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t! That said, it is always nice when someone else comes along and recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it… Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!
Reviews from Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #244 (August ’19):
Can Sumoi Xarel-lo 2018: ” …has more intensity and more expressive aromas than the 2017, and it also has more acidity and tastiness, with the electric and clean palate that I already found in the initial vintage. The 2017 has developed more Mediterranean aromas, hints of hay and straw and a touch of esparto grass, but here there is more citrus and even a minty touch. There is no deviation or oxidation; it was bottled unfiltered and with no added sulfur. It’s lighter, with less structure, but it also has more freshness and better drinkability.” 92 points.
Can Sumoi Ancestral Sumoll 2018*: “It has an expressive nose with notes of rose petals and fennel, very good freshness and a dry finish. It’s clean, elegant and refreshing and feels very tasty, almost salty.” 91 points.
Can Sumoi Ancestral Montonega 2018*: “It’s direct and fresh, with citrus and fennel notes and very good acidity. There are flavours reminiscent of the Mediterranean herbs you find on the property, with very fine bubbles and a sharp, fresh and mineral finish.” 90 points.
*We’re still on the 2017 vintage of these last 2 wines in UK stock.
Rostro Sonrosado Organic Tempranillo Rosé 2018 – was selected by wine writer / blogger Quentin Sadler as his ‘Wine of the Week’ (4th September ’19):
“For a Spanish rosé this is pretty pale as the wine has just 8 hours skin contact… the nose has red fruit notes of raspberry, redcurrant and a touch of cream too. The palate delivers lovely flavours of redcurrant, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb and blood orange with that softening, textural cream component too. The flavour is mouth filling and while the wine is textured it is also refreshing and lively.
I hate to admit how quickly the bottle emptied… This is a very good rosé indeed as well as being enormously enjoyable“
Reviews from the Decanter magazine ‘Spain 2019’ supplement:
Naiades 2014, Bodegas Naia: “Low-yielding old vines (up to 130 years). Ripe pear, melon, Meyer lemon, creamy fennel and a touch of anise. Perfectly harmonious.” 95 pts. Christine Austin
Macià Batle Tinto Añada 2018: “From Mallorca’s second-largest winery, this is a good-value introduction to Balearic style. The local Manto Negro joins Merlot, Cabernet and Shiraz in a fragrant, floral, deep and spicy but fresh red.” David Williams
Reviews from Antonio Galloni (Vinous – August 2019):
San Felice Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ‘Il Grigio’ 2015*: “Perfumed and lifted, with a touch more aromatic nuance than the straight Il Grigio, the 2015 has much to offer... ” 92 points
*NB we’re still on 2014 stock in UK
San Felice Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Il Grigio’ 2015: ” …is racy and polished. The French oak is pushed to the edge, and yet the wine has enough richness and depth to handle it. Readers should expect a plush, deep Riserva. Sweet red cherry, tobacco, cedar and new leather meld into the pliant, racy finish.” 91 points
San Felice Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ‘Poggio Rosso’ 2015: ” …powerful and intense, with muscular tannins that give the wine its sinewy feel. Iron, smoke, crushed rocks, dried rose petal, mint and savoury herbs are all laced together in this pretty, expressive Gran Selezione.” 90 points
San Felice Chianti Classico 2017: ” … a very pretty and expressive wine in its peer group. Aromatic, layered and inviting, San Felice’s Chianti Classico has a lot to offer. Crushed flowers, mint, sage and spice notes add gorgeous top notes to a core of dark Sangiovese fruit.” 89 points
Waterkloof, Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc 2018: ” … Full of grapefruit, white flowers and gooseberries, but this Sauvignon is less about aromas and more the delightfully rich, silken texture that coats the mouth ahead of a wave of gentle acidity.” 94 points – Decanter, Gibb’s mixed case: 12 wines to buy. October 2019
Château Mercian Koshu Gris de Gris, Fuefuki District 2017 : ” … It’s a complex and thoughtful wine, with more power and pungency than you might expect but also gentle hints of almonds and apricots. Definitely a friend of sushi.” The Wine Merchant, ‘Beasts from the East’ Asian wine feature, September 2019
Magpie Estate The Songlines Grenache, Barossa Valley 2017: “…Nose characterised by crunchy red-berry aromas and a hint of smoke. Palate is fresh with intense backbone.” – Andres Ituarte, Imbibe ‘Glass Acts’, September 2019
Onannon Pinot Noir, Gippsland 2016: “….Sweet perfumed nose of roses and violets with a hidden savoury backbone on the palate and subtle oak.” 89 Points- Decanter, Australian Pinot Noir panel tasting. October 2019