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Poderi Aldo Conterno ‘Granbussia’ Barolo Riserva 2010

"The Barolo Reserve Granbussia is produced by blending grapes from the oldest vines, from the Romirasco, Cicala, and Colonnello, before fermentation starts, in the following percentages respectively: 70% - 15% - 15%. The Granbussia remains in the cellar for at least 9 years before commercialization. It is produced exclusively in the best years and in limited quantities." Winemaker's notes

Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia ‘Cicala’ 2015

"The 2015 Barolo Bussia Cicala is like a little steam train that keeps pushing forward. The wine shows the forward momentum and power of the vintage, imparting ripe and rich primary intensity along the way. This steady and elegant expression of Nebbiolo reveals dried blackberry, tar, licorice, smoke and white truffle. The wine's approach is broad and textured as it rolls over the palate. Some 6,000 bottles were produced." - Monica Larner, Wine Advocate

Poderi Aldo Conterno ‘Conca Tre Pile’ Barbera d’Alba 2016

R595.00 inc. VAT
"Elegant is not a word applicable to most Barberas, but this one is exactly that: a graceful expression of dark plums, blueberries and mandarin oranges. Medium body, fine, silky tannins and bright plums on the finish. "James Suckling

Poderi Aldo Conterno ‘Bussiador’ Langhe Chardonnay 2016

R1,110.00 inc. VAT
"The “Bussiador” is a wine with a good structure and good body, and so it can stand a long ageing." - Winemaker's notes

Tenuta San Guido Toscana IGT “Le Difese” 2019

Tenuta San Guido Toscana IGT “Le Difese” 2019 - "Very attractive cherry and dark berry aromas follow through to a medium body with medium round tannins, fresh acidity and a clean, fruity finish. the second wine of Sassicaia. So delicious now, but can age" - James Suckling

Tenuta San Guido Toscana IGT “Guidalberto” 2019

Tenuta San Guido IGT Toscana "Guidalberto" 2019 - "Plum, currant and fresh-herb aromas follow through to a medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long, linear finish. It's clear and already delicious, but another years or two will improve it." - James Suckling

Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri 2018

"The 2018 Sassicaia is fabulous. Bright and beautifully poised, the 2018 opens with brilliant aromatics that make a strong first impression. Delicate and light on its feet, the 2018 is a regal wine that is going to need a number of years to come into its own. Sassicaia is the most finessed of Bolgheri’s top wines. That is very much the case in 2018 as well. I loved it. A cold winter led to a late spring and delayed start to the year. May and June saw some heat, but only moderate temperatures. Only July was truly warm, with minimal diurnal shifts. Cool winds arrived again in August, and temperatures dropped quickly, especially at night. Mid-August saw some rain. Harvest started on September 7 with the Franc and wrapped up on the 29th with the last of Cabernet Sauvignon. The year favored the estate’s oldest vineyards, those on hillside sites. The 2018 spent 19 months in oak, two-thirds new, a bit more new oak than the norm. The blend is 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Franc, a bit less Franc than is often the case, as Franc suffered more under the conditions of the season." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Ronco del Gnemiz Rosso “Dott. Palazzolo” 2018

R895.00 inc. VAT
Crushed stone minerality meets floral undergrowth, dried blackberries and a hint of animal musk to create a beguiling display on the 2018 Dott. Palazzolo Rosso. This is silky and savory, with a sapidity that makes you think more of food than wine, as tart wild berries and spices give way to mounting tannins and herbal tones. Inner violets, black currants and hints of sour citrus all resonate through the finale, along with a tug of structural heft that just begs for another year or two of cellaring. Very nice. The Dott. Palazzolo Rosso is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, all from estate vineyards.

Ronco del Gnemiz Sauvignon “Lozeta” 2019

R675.00 inc. VAT
Crushed stone, candied lemon peels, green apple and dusty dried flowers all rise up effortlessly from the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Lozeta. It’s silky-smooth, almost oily in feel, yet there’s an energy and precision within that excites the senses as saline-minerals add tension over a dense core of ripe stone fruits. The cheeks pucker with youthful tension as tart citrus and inner florals linger long. The 2019 Lozeta could use a year or two of cellaring to reveal all of its charms.

Ronco del Gnemiz Friulano “Buri Bellaria” 2019

R795.00 inc. VAT
The 2019 Friulano Buri Bellaria isn’t quite ready to reveal all of its charms, opening with an alluring yet understated bouquet of ripe pears, apples, hints of mulling spice and dusty florals. It’s an opulent and soothing expression, coasting across a medium-bodied frame with ripe orchard fruits and a hint of custard that comes forward toward the close. There’s a density here that masks a more structured expression beneath, with residual acids which maintain an energetic feel. You can certainly enjoy the 2019 now, but the best is yet to come. Give the 2019 a year or two of cellaring, and watch it shine. The Buri Bellaria hails a vineyard which is managed by the Palazzolo family in Buttrio, and it shows a fruitier and more exotic expression than the estate bottling.

Ronco del Gnemiz Sauvignon “Sol” 2019

R795.00 inc. VAT
"The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Sol is a bit more extroverted and fruit-focused than the Péri, but that’s not to say that it lacks at all in character and verve. Dried apricot, peach and vanilla bean gain further depths with a spritz of lime and hints of wild herbs. It’s soft, almost oily in texture, offset by notes of tart green apple, ginger and savory spice, creating an expression of contrasts. Hints of kiwi, sour melon and saline-mineral tones linger impressively long while residual acids slowly fizzle out. The Sol is sourced from a lower-elevation parcel in the estate vineyards, planted in rocky, calcareous soils." - Eric Guido, Vinous

Ronco del Gnemiz Chardonnay “Sol” 2019

R795.00 inc. VAT
There are masses of dusty dried flowers, crushed apple, and stone lifting up from the 2019 Chardonnay Sol. This holds your attention firm, with a sizzling display of zesty acids, salty minerals, and sour orchard fruits. What the 2019 lacks in body, it makes up for with its high energy and cheek-puckering tension, which leaves the palate feeling completely refreshed and just begging for another sip, as pretty inner florals linger long. The Sol is produced from sixty-five-year-old vines within the estate vineyards.

Ronco del Gnemiz Friulano ‘San Zuan’ 2019

R575.00 inc. VAT
"A bouquet showing young mango, nectarine and dusty yellow florals creates an elegant introduction to the 2019 Friulano San Zuan. This gains in richness and savory depths with time in the glass. It’s silky, weighty yet poised, with sour citrus opening the experience, giving way to white orchard fruits, as masses of stony minerality collect toward the close. That said, there’s a sensation of opulence here, even as the San Zuan tapers off with mouthwatering salty tension. The 2019 could use another year to fully come together; but once it does, it should be absolutely irresistible." - Eric Guido, Vinous

Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo “Gavarini” 2019

R375.00 inc. VAT
"The 2019 Langhe Nebbiolo Gavarini offers Grasso fans something delicious and affordable to drink on an every-day basis. Sweet pipe tobacco, cedar, spice and dried cherry open nicely in the glass. This deceptively mid-weight Langhe Nebbiolo packs plenty of punch, especially in its tannins. Even so, I would prefer to drink it on the young side in order to capture the brilliance and energy that are present at the moment." - Antonio Galloni. Vinous

Elio Grasso Dolcetto d’Alba “dei Grassi” 2019

R295.00 inc. VAT
"The 2019 Dolcetto d'Alba dei Grassi is classy, elegant and super-polished. Sweet floral, spice and floral-infused aromatics lead into a core of dark blue fruits in a mid-weight, stylish Dolcetto that is all charm. This is beautifully done." Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Elio Grasso Barbera d’Alba “Vigna Martina” 2017

R499.00 inc. VAT
"What you notice first on the Elio Grasso 2017 Barbera d'Alba Vigna Martina is a medley of crushed mineral, plum and some charred meat on the grill. The hot vintage works well with the Barbera grape, lowering the acidity and adding extra flavors of hazelnut, crushed flowers and dark fruit. Overall, this pretty wine is fresh and vibrant." - Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Luciano Sandrone Barbera d’Alba 2017

R460.00 inc. VAT
"The 2017 Barbera d'Alba is a child of a hot vintage, and there's no missing its correspondingly sweet and dark fruit flavors. This vintage actually makes for an especially vibrant expression of Barbera, with solid notes of prune and spice. The fruit comes from parcels between Monforte d'Alba and Novello, from higher elevations where there is more wind and coolness. There is a pretty sweetness here and a nice balance and freshness considering the heat. You might pair this one with a beef-and-beet borscht topped with sour cream and dill." - Monica Larner, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Paolo Scavino “Rocche dell’Annunziata” Barolo Riserva 2013

The 2013 Barolo Riserva Rocche dell'Annunziata is powerful and dense in the glass. Readers will have to be patient, as the 2013 is going to need a few years to soften. When I think of Rocche dell'Annunziata, I think of Barolos built on perfume and elegance. I don't see much of that here, at least in the early going. This is an especially extracted style. Hints of red plum, mocha, wild flowers and spice add nuance over time, but the 2013 is not ready yet to show all of its cards.

Scavino Barolo 2016 375ml

R420.00 inc. VAT
The 2016 Barolo is supple, forward and easy to like. Sweet macerated cherry, mint, cinnamon and orange peel are nicely pushed forward in this racy, beautifully open-knit Barolo from the Scavino family. Drink it over the next handful of years. The 2016 is just lovely, and a real pleasure to drink.

Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2016

The 2016 Barolo Bric del Fiasc is a powerful, muscular wine. Youthfully austere and tannic, the 2016 is going to need a number of years to come around, but it is magnificent, even in the early going. Layers of building tannins enshroud a core of dark Nebbiolo fruit, with hints of dried herbs, iron, leather and sweet tobacco that develop with a bit of coaxing. As always, Bric del Fiasc has a feral intensity to it. The 2016 is an especially fine edition and also a terrific example of the style of this Castiglione Falletto site.

Paolo Scavino Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 2016

The 2016 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is very pretty in 2016. Medium in body and supple, the Bricco Ambrogio captures all of the personality of the year in a mid-weight style that makes it easy to drink and enjoy young. The balance of fruit, acid and structure is just superb here. Pretty floral and spice overtones add nuance. Bricco Ambrogio is always the most accessible of the Scavino cru Barolos. The 2016 is the finest wine from this site yet.

Scavino Barolo 2016 MAGNUM

R1,650.00 inc. VAT
The 2016 Barolo is supple, forward and easy to like. Sweet macerated cherry, mint, cinnamon and orange peel are nicely pushed forward in this racy, beautifully open-knit Barolo from the Scavino family. Drink it over the next handful of years. The 2016 is just lovely, and a real pleasure to drink.