Though it might still be fashionable to do so, don’t give up on New World Merlot! This sample from Simi has it all wrapped up with aromas of sweet dark plum, sandalwood, vanilla, mocha and allspice. Rich, warm, perfectly balanced and, well, just yummy. Mind blowingly complex? Maybe not. But impossible to put down? Pretty much.
Touch of tropical fruit on the nose, with lovely aromas and flavours of bright apple; hints of citrus, creamy texture, with a fresh, lively, lingering finish and great balance. Ideal with lobster bisque.
The nose shows hints of sweet petrol already with ripe citrus, ginger-jasmine spice, key lime pie and a subtle core of minerality. It’s a riper style, showing those fruity citrus notes with some peach and petrol/mineral/smoke action going on. A complex and provocative Riesling.
This is an opaque blend of 80% Malbec, fleshed out with Cabernet Sauvignon and Ancellotta (most often seen in Emilia Romagna and prized for its inky colour) from Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley. The additional grapes give Malbec a fleshy, red-fruited character, with cherry, liquorice and tobacco housed by gritty tannins and seasoned with roasted wood and aromatic herbs. Fine spices ― cinnamon, nutmeg ― warm the warm finish. Requires decanting to fully appreciate now (or a hunk of grilled meat).
Ruby purple. Minerally, deep fruity nose, earthy, liquorice. Rich fruity taste, chewy, soft tannins. Full bodied, it remains balanced through the nice long finish. Drinks well now and over the next couple of years.
This ultra-clean premium vodka recently walked away as the winner of the 2015 Global Vodka Masters Competition in London, England. Made with water exclusively sourced from an esker, a subterranean water reserve formed by the receding of an 8,000-year-old glacier in northern Quebec, it’s distilled 5 times and freeze-filtered. The result is a vodka that’s almost ethereal. Delicate and very subtle on the nose with a hint of grain, it boasts a silky texture and just a bare trace of mineral and vanilla. Very pure stuff for the vodka purist.
Deep ruby–coloured with scents of blackberry, raspberry, peppery spice and a whiff of herb. Rich blackberry and raspberry flavours play through on the velvety palate with a splash of chocolate, nicely structured tannins and harmoniously integrated fruit, spice and subtle supporting oak. Richly satisfying and outstanding value.