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2011 Chateau Tahbilk Marsanne

"Marsanne is a Rhone Valley variety that has been planted in Australia, in particular in Victoria's Goulburn Valley, for many years. This is a light, early drinking, fresh example, but still shows the sappy intensity and earthy texture that is typical for the variety. A great match with Mediterranean dishes and spicy foods".


2012 Clos des Pape Chateauneuf du Pape

Voted number seven in Wine Spectators Top 10 Wines of 2014 ( 18,000 wines tasted from 14 countries ) - a massive achievement and rated 97/100 by them. Tasted from multiple foudres, the 2012 Chateauneuf du Pape is stunning! Showing surprising depth and concentration in the vintage, with full-bodied richness and texture, all of the samples showed perfumed, complex aromatics, fantastic mid-palates and serious back-end structure. Less forward than the 2011, with plenty of oomph, it will most likely require short-term cellaring to come around, and have a broad drink window. 95-98/100 Parker "Tasted in three components, from three different foudres, followed by a hypothetical final blend that Avril has assembled in its own foudre. #1 (80% grenache, 10% syrah and the rest "all the other varieties): Intense red fruit and floral scents, with a bright mineral overtone. Silky and fruit-driven, offering sweet raspberry liqueur and lavender flavors and a touch of white pepper. Spicy and precise, with serious finishing power. This is carrying 15.7% alcohol. #2) (70% grenache, 20% syrah and 10% mourvedre): Deeper and darker in character than #1, offering bitter cherry and blackberry aromas and flavors and a touch of licorice. A sexy floral note dominates the finish, which is smooth, focused and long. #3 (55% grenache, 40% mourvedre and 5% counoise): Exotic black and blue fruit compote on the nose, with a smoky note gaining power with air. Rich and energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and thrust. A hypothetical final blend: Opaque ruby. Heady aromas of dark berry preserves, potpourri, anise and spicecake, with a zesty mineral topnote. Juicy, focused and penetrating, offering sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors and a strong mineral undertone. Closes spicy and long, with smooth tannins folding smoothly into the fruit."93-95 Tanzer


2013 Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne


2012 L'Oratoire St Martin Haut Coustias Blanc

A serious white this is a blend of Roussanne, Clairette, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne that was aged in demi-muid. Offering a beautifully rich, classy bouquet of buttered toast, marzipan, honeycomb and white flowers, it is medium-bodied, textured and layered on the palate, yet stays remarkably fresh and lively. Showing tinges of minerality on the finish it will drink nicely for 2-3 years."


2013 Domaine Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc

There is only one thing wrong with this superlative blend of 40% Grenache Blanc, 40% Clairette and 20% Roussanne, namely the paucity of its availability. Richly textured, with indulgent peachy, toasty notes, the wine has a distinctive brioche aniseed finish and a fertile seam of acidity in counterpoint to its innate generosity.


2013 Domaine du Bagnol Cassis Blanc

A great new wine from a new producer for us. Domaine du Bagnol is a tiny producer with vineyards situated beneath a dramatic limestone outcrop on the hill above the sun-soaked village of Cassis in Southern France, just 200 metres from the Mediterranean. This is a beautiful dry and juicy white with fresh white fruit flavours. A perfect match with seafood dishes. Marsanne (51%) is the dominant grape variety complemented by Clairette Blanc (31%) and some Ugni Blanc (18%). The vineyards to produce the white wine at Bagnol cover a bit less than 9 hectares and are planted on a gentle slope of clay and limestone soil with a north – northwest exposure. After a manual harvest, the grapes are destemmed and pressed; the fermentation continues for three weeks in cement cuves at a temperature controlled 18 degrees Celsius; the wine is vinified completely dry.




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