What's been said about our wines...
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 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!
Domaine des Tourelles Vieilles Vignes White 2020: Made from 100-year-old Merweh and 50-year-old Obeidi vines spread across the Mount Lebanon and Bekaa Valley regions, this is an incredible value-for-money wine combining two indigenous varieties at the heart of Lebanese winemaking. Rumoured not to have been pruned or treated for the past two decades, the vines result in extremely low yields and fantastically concentrated flavours, with notes of dried figs and fresh almonds. A real find.” Harpers Magazine (August 2021)
Domaine des Tourelles Vieilles Vignes White 2020: “Not just old vines, but ancient varieties too. Merweh, which makes up half of the blend, is a hardy grape that likes the wild living on Lebanon’s mountains but ripens unevenly. Obeidi, grown at altitude on pergolas, sounds marginally less problematic. Together they make an exotic, herbaceous wine with lots of appley notes.” The Wine Merchant Magazine (September 2021)
Tabalí Barranco Viognier, 2018: “I wouldn’t normally recommend a Viognier with a few years of bottle age – it’s a grape best consumed in its blossomy, intensely perfumed youth – but this unoaked example comes from a very special site in the Chilean Andes, located at 1,600 metres, and has improved over the last 12 months. There are still plenty of creamy ginger spice and apricot flavours on offer, but they’re balanced by stony freshness and minerality. Delicious.” Wine of the Week 20/08/2021 TimAtkin.com
Adelsheim Breaking Ground Chardonnay, 2018: “This has a complex and composed feel with a well fitted array of peach and citrus, praline and honeysuckle. Smooth-honed palate that holds a long, fresh and linear shape. Gently stony notes to close. Fruit and oak so melted together.” 93 Points, James Suckling (August 2021)
Adobe Cabernet Sauvignon 2019: “Delicate nose, red and black fruits, dry mint leaves and a green touch.” Silver Medal at The Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2021
Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: “Intense and concentrated aromas of ripe black currants. Also concentrated on the palate, it offers an intense and powerful taste of cassis, touches of mint, and fine tannins.” Silver Medal at The Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2021
Teliani Valley Unfiltered Saperavi 2019: “Deep crimson. A touch of smoky reduction and an attractive stone-dust impression. Dry, dark-fruited, savoury and elegant. Lovely wine. Not terribly long but fresh and elegantly built.” 16.5 Points, JancisRobinson.com (September 2021)
Coterie by Wildeberg Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2020: “Part of a delightful line up of whites from JD Rossouw, this is built on Semillon from a 1980 vineyard in Franschhoek with support from 20% Sauvignon Blanc, both of them barrel fermented. Savoury and sappy, with pale colour, a dusting of vanilla spice and notes of wet stones and citrus.” 93 Points Tim Atkin South Africa Special Report 2021
Cavit Brusafer Pinot Nero 2017: “Something autumnal and earthy, but also something fiery, plays on the nose of this transparent, evolving Pinot Nero. There are hints of bitter walnut skin and red, tart berry, too, making this aromatic and alluring. The palate shows similar signs of evolution: this is still bright and fresh but the tannins are already resolved and earthier notes begin to stir. The body is concentrated but beautifully translucent, exquisite acidity pervades everything and showcases the red-fruited but complex charm of Pinot Noir. There is slight heat on the finish but you do want to take another sip.” 93 pts, Anne Krebiehl MW, Falstaff (8th August 2021)
Henners Gardner Street Classic, 2020: “A Bacchus-driven white blend with grass, minerals, fresh star fruit and apple on the nose and the palate. Partial fermentation in 6-year-old oak barrels helped to soften the sharp mineral acidity, leaving juicy green apple and minty herbs on the palate. The 15% barrel-fermented Chardonnay in the blend gave the wine a touch of weight and honeydew melon roundness. ‘Gardner Street’ is the historic name of Henners’ home village of Herstmonceux.” 89 Points, Decanter Magazine (15th September 2021)
Château L’Ermite d’Auzan Rouge 2020: “Very fresh, with an unadulterated beam of cassis and plum purée flavours sailing through, framed on the finish by notes of violet and chalky minerality. Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Drink now through 2022.” 90 pts, Wine Spectator (15th October ’21)