919 Wines Touriga Nacional 2012
Aromatic with notes of plum, spice, cedar amd cinnamon. The palate is rich, intense and full, with integrated smokey oak, floral, herbal and spice flavours and a long fruit finish. We like to think of Touriga as a hot climate answer to Pinot Noir as it complements similar foods, such as duck, red meats with rich sauces and Mediterranean herb-infused dishes.
Adalia 'Laute' Valpolicella 2014
A classic good Valpolicella. A good combination of red fruits and spices as scent. Balanced taste, smooth and strong. 30% Corvina, 40%Corvina
Grossa, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
Adalia Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014
Dry red wine with intense ruby colour. Smelling it you can clearly feel red fruits, marasca above all, and a good spicy note at the end. Elegant and with balanced tannins.
Excellent with every type of grilled and braised meat and with medium or long aged cheeses (Monte Veronese, Grana Padano).
30% Corvina, 40% Corvina Grossa, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
About 1 week; the wine remains in the fermentation barrels until the end of February to be then ripassato (passed over) the Amarone skins fo 7/10 days
Agly Brothers Cotes du Roussillon 2012
Agly Brothers is nurtured biodynamically and made with simplicity from vines grown in the Southern French town of Latour de France, located in the Corbières zone in the hills above the Roussillon plains. Literally translated as ‘The Tower of France’, this small village borders the ancient kingdoms of Catalonia and France. Mature vineyards lay abandoned in this area of steep, arid slopes due to the high cost of farming, thus it is the quest of the Laughton and Chapoutier families to rediscover and fully express these exceptional, low-yielding sites. The vineyards are located on the slopes in the upper reaches of the Agly valley.
A rich wine with sweet black fruit, olive, leather and hints of mint that flows to a structured, rich and beautifully textured profile on the palate. A bold wine that will appretiate a decant for a couple of hours.
Champagne Agrapart 'Terroirs' Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru Brut NV
Those who have followed this artisans fortunes over the years will have noticed the rise in purity and structure of Pascal's wines. This wine makes it obvious. To quote Rob, "It blows away the vast majority of the so called prestige cuvées." Unlike most prestige cuvées, Terroirs is produced from only great sites and is 100% grand cru. The fruit comes from four villages in the Côte des Blancs: Avize, Cramant, Oger, and Oiry. The vines average 40 years old, and Agrapart uses 50% reserve wine and 50% barrel for this cuvée. The wine spends up to 48 months on lees and dosage is limited to 5g/l. Disgorgement is carried out by hand and to order, roughly 2 months before collection. These standards (like the viticulture) are far higher than any prestige cuvées of the grand marques, to give Rob's quote some context, and it makes this wine an undeniable bargain. The current Terroirs is the most exhilarating version of this wine that we have shipped. Emblematic of the lacy depth and purity that Pascal Agrapart channels into all his wines, it is a wonderfully textured, pulpy and vibrant study of Côtes des Blancs greatness. It is also unbelievably delicious.
Agrarian 'The Cultivator' Shiraz 2014
Juicy and vibrant, this Shiraz delivers beautiful berry flavours supported by oak influences of spiced vanilla. Medium bodied, this wine works well with pasta and light meat dishes.
Agrarian 'Frisky Farmer' Chardonnay 2016
This zesty Chardonnay offers beautiful ripe nectarine flavours, slight citrus notes and is balanced with faint spicy cedar influences from a gentle touch of oak treatment. Vibrant and pristine.
Akarua Sparkling Rose NV
The Akarua Brut NV Rosé is a wine of ‘character’ blended from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It has a vibrant pink/ red hue and its aroma shows hints of strawberry as well as complex nutty and yeasty notes. The palate has a strong Pinot Noir influence, a lovely creamy mid palate and it carries to a long, savoury, brut finish.
Alain Voge 'Terres Boisees' Saint-Peray 2011
Saint Péray “Terres Boisées” is made from Marsanne and comes from the lieu-dit “Hongrie” a 1 hectare parcel set at the foothills with a terroir made of granite, clay and limestone elements. The vines are an average age of 35 years old. The wine is barrel fermented and aged for 12 months on lees using 30% of new oak barrels. It is usually lightly toasted in style when young, with hints of white peach and white flowers with notes of tropical fruits. The palate is medium-bodied and shows subtle minerality with a clean and fresh finish. At 5 years of age this wine is now finally at the peak of its powers.
Alice & Olivier de Moor 'Plantation 1902' Aligote 2012
The de Moor Aligoté is a beautiful drink and the Plantation 1902 is a stunning drink! This wine is made from very old vines - vines that are unusual because they pre-date the ravages of phylloxera. The vineyard is near the village of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux and covers just half a hectare. The records show that the vineyard was planted in 1902 - hence the name. This is a rare wine showing great elegance and length. The Australian allocation is very small so you will need to get in early for this one.
All Mad Here Vermentino 2014
An awesome Vermentino from Western Australia. Textual yet fruity with notes of peach and quince alongside lemon citrus notes. Fresh with bright, minerally acid and a crisp finish. Very food friendly but also great on its own. One of our best value wines.
All Mad Here Sauvignon Blanc 2014
The All Mad Here range is the Oak Barrel's own hidden label selection. They are always the best value wines we have, coming from very well regarded producers. This is a light, freshy and fruity style of Sauvignon with lots of lemon and peach notes alongside wild flowers and a touch of passionfruit. Elegant and moreish, this wine is very easy to enjoy.