Vintage / 2014

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Champagne Vilmart et Cie “Grand Cellier D’Or” 2014

R995.00 inc. VAT
"The 2014 Brut Grand Cellier d'Or is one of the best vintages of this wine I can remember tasting. Bright, explosive and full of energy, the 2014 captures a striking balance of depth and vibrancy. All the elements meld together in a beautifully sculpted Champagne loaded with character. The 2014 is even more impressive today than it was when I tasted it earlier in the year" - Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com

Domaine de Montille Vosne-Romanée “Les Malconsorts” Premier Cru 2014 Magnum

R7,065.00 inc. VAT
"A discreet application of oak sets off the openly floral and spicy red currant, plum, sandalwood and Asian tea scents. There is impressive mid-palate density to the muscular and notably powerful medium weight plus flavors that seem to be constructed on a firm base of minerality, all wrapped in strikingly persistent finish that is austere but well-balanced thanks to the abundant level of sappy dry extract. Like the Clos du Roi, this is explicitly built-to-age and don't waste your precious bottles by drinking them too young." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Domaine Lafarge-Vial Fleurie “Bel-Air” 2014

R470.01 inc. VAT
"A slightly more elegant nose features a similar array of aromas except here the floral components are a bit more evident. This sense of refinement is enhanced by the restrained and almost delicate flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the balanced, slightly firmer and beautifully long finish that isn't quite as complex, at least not yet in any event." - Allen Meadows, Burghound

Keermont Estate Reserve 2014

R340.00 inc. VAT
"The 2014 Estate Reserve is a blend of 37% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot and 2% Syrah. It has an intense bouquet of black cherries, boysenberry, pressed iris petals and a touch of iodine, all very focused and seeming to just close up a little with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins framing crisp blackberry and bilberry fruit laced with licorice and sea salt. It feels very composed on the finish, yet I suspect that it might close up for a couple of years. Have a cellar handy." - Neal Martin, Antonio Galloni's Vinous

La Rioja Alta Viña Arana Gran Reserva 2014

R595.00 inc. VAT
Finally, there was the 2014 Viña Arana Rioja Gran Reserva, which comprises 94% Tempranillo from Las Cuevas, El Palo and Las Monjas and 6% Graciano from Montecillo. This was aged in American oak for three years and bottled in June 2018. Exhibiting just a modicum of browning on the rim, it offers crushed strawberry, field mushroom, clove and singed leather on the nose, hints of vine tomato and balsamic following with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, lithe tannins that lend this Gran Reserva its smooth veneer. Moderate in depth, it is classic in style and no bodybuilder. It remains rather understated toward the finish, offering soy-infused red fruit, sour cherries, orange peel, porcini and dried herbs. - Neal Martin, Vinous

Marguet Père et Fils Les Crayères Champagne Grand Cru 2014

R1,210.01 inc. VAT
"The 2014 Ambonnay Grand Cru Les Crayères is entirely Pinot Noir this year, yet its incisive, mineral-driven profile doesn't seem altered by the absence of Chardonnay from the blend. Mingling scents of citrus oil and lemon confit with hints of buttered apples, marzipan and honeycomb, the wine is full-bodied, racy and tensile, built around a bright spine of acidity and concluding with a long, mineral finish."- William Kelley, Wine Advocate

Oremus Tokaji “Vendimia Tardía” (500ml) 2014

R260.00 inc. VAT
"Late Harvest is a harmonious, fresh, silky wine. It is versatile when drunk, providing a new array of possibilities in each sip." - Producer Note

Trapet Alsace Riesling “Schlossberg” Grand Cru 2014

R860.00 inc. VAT
"A vineyard of great renown, the Schlossberg is mentioned from 15th century in documents concerning ground rents. From 1928 the winegrowers of Kaysersberg and Kientzheim engaged themselves by a written convention to reduce the natural productivity of the vine on this site, usage which has since been unanimously respected by all and confirmed by the Grand Cru decrees of 1975 and 1992. Schlossberg wines are characterised by their very fine, richly floral bouquet. Delicate and distinguished, they do not attain their plenitude until after several years in bottle." - Producer Note

Valenciso Rioja Red 2014

R395.00 inc. VAT
Cooler vintages like 2014 are ideally suited to the Valenciso style, which always has one eye on longevity and bottle age. This refined Tempranillo comes from vineyards in Briones, Haro, Ollauri, Rodezno and Villalba and has an appealing combination of structure, depth and minerality with fine 20% new oak integration and layers of bramble, raspberry and black cherry fruit.

Valenciso Rioja Red 2014 MAGNUM

R795.01 inc. VAT
Cooler vintages like 2014 are ideally suited to the Valenciso style, which always has one eye on longevity and bottle age. This refined Tempranillo comes from vineyards in Briones, Haro, Ollauri, Rodezno and Villalba and has an appealing combination of structure, depth and minerality with fine 20% new oak integration and layers of bramble, raspberry and black cherry fruit.

Vega-Sicilia “Valbuena 5” Cosecha 2014 Magnum

R4,460.01 inc. VAT
“This wine was re-tasted prior to this report with similar descriptors to my previous tasting for a report I published earlier this year and the score was the same. Cropped from an unusually cold and rainy vintage in which they will not bottle Único, the 2013 Valbuena is always released in its fifth year. It’s mostly Tempranillo with 5% Merlot that was put through a three- to four-day cold soak in the oak vats, where it fermented with indigenous yeasts and was pumped over. It matured in new and used 225-liter French and American oak barriques and also in 20,000-liter oak vats, where the larger vessels respect the fruit, especially in a more fragile vintage-like 2013. It’s a very elegant and fresh Valbuena with a developed nose, quite classical with a fine texture, elegant tannins and a supple, long finish where the oak is still quite obvious. I liked it very much and consider it a triumph over the challenges of the year. ” – Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Vega-Sicilia Pintia Cosecha 2014 Magnum

R1,805.01 inc. VAT
"The 2014 Pintia matured in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels for approximately one and a half years. It is a slightly riper year than 2013, and the wine is more powerful but at the same time I found it extremely aromatic, expressive and open, quite typical from Toro. It is a more elegant style, with less rusticity, and the tannins are fine-grained, present and quite abundant but also quite round. It has a great mouthfeel, with the wild berry, aromatic herbs and spicy flavors lingering in your mouth. This is a great vintage for Pintia. With time in the glass, it still shows some smoky undertones that make it feel quite young. 177,477 bottles and some larger formats produced. It was bottled in April 2016" - Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Vega-Sicilia Valbuena 5 Cosecha 2014

R1,995.00 inc. VAT
"This wine was re-tasted prior to this report with similar descriptors to my previous tasting for a report I published earlier this year and the score was the same. Cropped from an unusually cold and rainy vintage in which they will not bottle Único, the 2013 Valbuena is always released in its fifth year. It's mostly Tempranillo with 5% Merlot that was put through a three- to four-day cold soak in the oak vats, where it fermented with indigenous yeasts and was pumped over. It matured in new and used 225-liter French and American oak barriques and also in 20,000-liter oak vats, where the larger vessels respect the fruit, especially in a more fragile vintage-like 2013. It's a very elegant and fresh Valbuena with a developed nose, quite classical with a fine texture, elegant tannins and a supple, long finish where the oak is still quite obvious. I liked it very much and consider it a triumph over the challenges of the year. " - Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate