Aromas of red fruit and vanilla, medium- to full-bodied palate of ripe blackberry and cassis with tobacco hints, firm tannins and some heat in the close.
Shows deep gold/straw colour from bottle development, with softly scented green apple and floral notes on the nose. Pure green apple and mineral flavours backed by bright acidity accurately reflect the simple elegance of cool Burgundian terroir.
57% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc. Deep purple colour; cedary, plum and blueberry with tobacco notes and oak spice; medium-bodied, dry almost savoury flavour of red fruits; well balanced, firmly structured with soft, cocoa powder-like tannins.
Complex bouquet offers beguiling raspberry, cherry, cinnamon spice and a light whiff of vanilla. Refined flavours of cherry and raspberry come in a velvety smooth package with good overall structure. Superbly integrated fruit, spice, creamy chocolate and fine oak round out the finish. Drinking well now but can develop further.
Bucelas, northeast of Lisbon, is one of the most famous dry whites regions of Portugal. It was here that Arinto was first cultivated by the Romans 2000 years ago, and where the grape still shines today, with the coastal limestone and marl soils ideally suited to this local citrus and herbal-driven white. Quinta da Murta's biodynamic vineyards are located around 250 m in the chalky hills. After a spell of skin contact and gentle pressing, this light-bodied white was tank-fermented on full lees for up to 6 months, resulting in crisp, saline-brisk lemon, pine nuts and hay woven amidst finely creamy lees. Subtly textural, humming with acidity, with ample saline notes on the lingering finish (a beauty 12.5%). Tastes of the sea; pairs with oysters, gooseneck barnacles or any fresh shellfish. Drinking beautifully now, and with capacity to age. Fantastic value.
No question this modestly priced Super Tuscan IGT isn’t quite what the blockbuster 2007 vintage was, but it’s still a super wine at a fantastic price. It’s a modern blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with an earthy nose of currants, cherries and small blackberries, mocha spice, leather and dried herbs. It is less concentrated than the 2007 but better balanced for short-term drinking. In all, an earthy, spicy red that shows red fruits, dark plums and minerals delivered on a racy spine of acidity.
This is the best wine I have tasted from Magnotta’s G Marquis portolio. 50% Merlot, 25% each Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Dense ruby-purple in colour with a bouquet of cedar and blackcurrants; medium-bodied; savoury, herbal, black olive and currant flavours with a floral grace note.