By Farr Tout Pres Pinot Noir 2016
‘With every year that passes, the Tout Près vineyard’s subtleness and delicate fruit structure are becoming increasingly pronounced in the wine. The bouquet fills the glass with spicy fruit, mineral elements and a hint of integrated French oak, with the darkness and essence of the Moorabool Valley true expressions of site. Integrated and intriguingly complex on the nose. Really want to dive in. Where the RP's pure fruit leads the way,
Tout Près is a true bouquet - rose petals, nutty oak, sweet spices, bunchy notes and red and darker berries. Like the nose, the palate looks so settled so young. Tannins are so elegant, too - silky and somehow dissolving yet present, framing the palate and giving lovely mouthfeel as those flavour impressions ripple through. Thrilling wine - intense, intricately layered and long, and so together. Beautifully composed in every sense.’ Nick Farr
By Farr RP Pinot Noir 2016
Named after Robin Farr (my mum) Fruit from the Côte Vineyard a close-planted parcel on an exposed slope, with hillsides facing north, northeast and east. This wine is pretty and so very perfumed. The Côte sites simply produce amazing smoothness and calmness that stretches the length of the palate, as with the GC.
The nose gives a pure and precise impression - red summer berries and rhubarb dusted with woody spice and with earth beneath. Immediate sense of intense, pure red fruit on entry, with texture of fine-grained tannin and fruit pulp. It's vibrant and has power yet there's a real calm evenness about the way it travel - shapely, direct and long - through the palate. Spice and salty tones come through on the zesty finish, and those fruit tannins lend it excellent poise.’ Nick Farr
By Farr GC Chardonnay
‘Named after Gary Charles (my dad). The most exciting white from the 2016 vintage is without doubt the new GC Chardonnay by Farr. With all the knowledge that l have been able to extract from my father (not always easily) we created a high-density planting of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on an exposed côte. These hillsides facing east, north east and north will be the backbone of the Farr destiny for decades to come. This is our tribute to what ‘Gazza’ has achieved and provoked over 40 years not only in our region but for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of Australia.
The nose is pronounced - a strong, integrated aroma. Seductive but not flashy; evoking complex savoury/fruit interplay. Essentially, the smell of top-class Chardonnay. Ripe nectarine, lemon and grapefruit, with a suggestion of vanilla and pastry, perhaps hazelnut. The texture has a limey cling from the outset; intense and it really wants to take off - and does. Crackles with acidity. As with previous years, it streaks through with tremendous resonance and length through the finish. Remarkable how it leaves such a impression of intensity and detail while travelling at such scintillating velocity.’ Nick Farr
Le Puy Emilien 2015
The fruit of a plot of vines planted with 85% Merlot, 7% cabernet franc, 6% cabernet sauvignon, 1% malbec and 1% carménère,, Emilien is matured in oak barrels and casks for 24 months.
The robe is garnet red, with hints of ruby in the younger wines and a touch of orange in the older vintages, with a diaphanous onion-skin finesse to the oldest bottles. The nose is fruity, with ripe red fruit aromas dominated by blackcurrant and redcurrant, accented with roasted almond notes and occasional hints of mushrooms and undergrowth. The palate is well-rounded, full-bodied and precise, with velvety tannins paving the way for a finish is long and enjoyably complex. A wine of great finesse, with smooth tannins in its youth but also the potential to age and grow for several decades, revealing the full depth and character of this prestigious terroir.
A wine blessed with superb longevity, which will serve as a perfect partner for traditional rustic dishes and delicate, complex cuisine alike. A small miracle of elegance and refinement.
Le Puy Barthelemy 2012
The fruit of a plot of vines known as ‘Les Rocs’, planted with 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Barthélemy undergoes a long vinification process with no added substances. The wines are matured in oak barrels for 24 months, with our technical interventions optimised with reference to the lunar calendar and with no added sulphur dioxide or other chemical products. They are then bottled without filtration.
The robe is a deep, enticing purple, while the nose boasts a rich array of aromas which seem to evoke a basket of perfectly ripe grapes. The palate is luxurious and complex, balancing great depth of flavour with a silky lightness of touch. The finish is seductive with a hint of mystery, inviting you to plunge further into this entrancing enigma.
Barthélémy is an ideal partner for all grilled meats, game, mushrooms and refined, delicate ingredients, complementing without overwhelming complex flavours.
Above all, Barthélemy is an emotional experience.
Casanova Neri Tenuta Nuova 2011
Tenuta Nuova is a pioneering and visionary vineyard project emboding the belief and passion of Casanova di Neri. Tenuta Nuova means new property; Tenuta Nuova is a place where nobody planted Sangiovese before; Tenuta Nuova is the will of Casanova di Neri to produce a powerful yet drinkable Brunello with a high ageing potential. The project began with the study of varied local microclimates and their optimal exposures. Through a cautious and passionate research Casanova di Neri has used the most sophisticated scientific investigations to determine the clones, rootstocks, cultivation practices, plant density per hectare and every possible particular to obtain excellent Sangiovese grapes.
Domaine Capuano 1er Cru Santenay Les Gravieres Rouge 2016
A very beautiful deep purple colour, with deep violet hues. A charming nose, without restraint but precise. Very aromatic, it announces from the first whiff beautiful notes of peony and violet. The fruit is bright and pure.
First impression - wow! The tannins are very firm but delicate; they give depth to the whole. The mid-palate is rich and greedy. It is so harmonious and powerful in its aromas. The flavours of red and black fruits bloom and are particularly long. A fresh and slightly peppery finish.
Domaine Capuano 1er Cru Chassange-Montrachet Morgeot 2016
Beautiful golden colour with strong intensity and green reflections. On the nose, aromas of white flowers, hazelnut, and powerful mineral notes (flint), followed by a toasted bouquet due to the barrel.
The character of this wine spontaneously elicits fresh butter. An ample and long palate, at the same time lively and concentrated, dynamic and suave. Overall quite balanced and built to last.
Domaine Capuano Chassange-Montrachet Cuvee Prestige Blanc 2016
Beautiful golden colour with superb intensity, embellished with shining and brilliant highlights. On the nose it is very ample and straightforward, fine and complex, with aromatic notes of cooked bread intermingling with white peach and (very light) scents of honey.
Vigorous mouthfeel, still a little severe but alert and firm, and with a nice aromatic potential. This wine needs a little time to settle, relax, and develop all of its finesse.
Domaine Capuano 1er Cru Pommard La Chaniere Rouge 2016
Beautiful ruby colour of good intensity, with mauve reflections on the edges of the disc.
The nose develops a fine, ample, and complex aromatic palette of small red and black fruits (cherries, raspberries, blackcurrants, candied fruits), intertwined with light woody (oak) and floral (gillyflower) notes.
A full-bodied palate, with massive, tight, ripe tannins that give an elegant, rich feeling, well wrapped in a delicious blackcurrant aromatic boost.
Catherine and Claude Volnay 2016
From a high slope facing Monthelie this is always a superbly high toned wine with a beautiful, very sensual aroma. Gorgeous cherry stone and crushed strawberry with a floral lift and deep mineral depth. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and very soil-driven in personality, with a sappy core of stunning fruit, ripe, seamless tannins and great focus and grip on the very long, very elegant and vibrant finish.
- Notes from Andrew Guard
Chateau Tanunda 100 Year Old Vine Shiraz 2015
From some of the oldest ungrafted Shiraz vines in the world, all of at least 100 years of age.
The wine delivers classical regional characters of dense, spicy blueberry fruit and savoury pan jus. Next come hints of liquorice, plum, and all-spice all delicately interwoven.
A fine grained tannin structure and depth of flavour all show that this wine is made to last the distance in the cellar. A long balanced finish with persistence.
The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on their skins in open fermenters with daily hand-plunging and pumping over of the cap to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing followed 22 months' maturation in our cellars in a combination of French and American oak (20% New).
In keeping with the non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine.