This is only the third time that La Brunate, Hidden Bench’s flagship red wine, has been made, as it is only produced in top vintages. That being said, this vintage is the best rendition to date as it was harvested at an insanely low yield of 1.5 tonnes/acre. This blend of 33% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Malbec saw a high percentile of new oak, creating a bouquet of plum, mint, graphite, smoke, blueberry, black cherry, dark cocoa, earth and anise. It is still remarkably youthful, and will require at least another 2 years of bottle aging and then should be consumed by 2022. If you are looking to give a top-end red this holiday season, this wine should be at the top of your list.
Pale gold colour with mild citrus and light malty aromas carrying through on the palate, with refreshingly light creamy malt and moderate bitter hoppiness.
52% Chardonnay, 31% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Viognier, 3% Sémillon, 3% Muscat. Pale straw colour and aromatic, peachy nose; full on the palate with a soft mouthfeel. Nicely balanced melon and peach flavours with good length.
An attractive Pinot in Burgundian style. Ruby colour, offering a high-toned nose of cherries with earthy, floral notes; medium-bodied, dry, well-balanced cherry and raspberry flavours with lively acidity.
Rich, powerful and complex with aromas of dried fig, cherry, raisin and mocha; elegant and refined with penetrating flavours, a full body with rich, velvety tannins and a very long, fresh mineral finish. Fantastic now, but will age very well.
This is a blend of Valencia oranges and Citra hops and apples. The nose shows a rich and sharp mix of marmalade, spiced apple, hops and ginger. On the palate, the tasty apple and orange rind/marmalade notes intermingle with spruce needle in a crisp, hoppy style carried on a gentle bead. Completely cerebral and delicious!
The southwest of France delivers a lot of great value wines and this little beauty from Rigal certainly over-delivers in that category. Shows ripe plum, cassis, toast and oak on the nose. It’s soft and savoury on the palate with roasted coffee bean, dark fruits and liquorice notes. Serve with roasted meats or mature cheeses.