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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 L'Hortus Grand Cuvee Blanc

"One of the leading estates in the Pic Saint Loup region, Domaine de l'Hortus (translates to "The Garden") covers roughly 55 acres and is run by Jean Orliac, who's considered the founding father of this up-and-coming region. This is a serious white that has remarkable purity and class, while not skimping on texture or flavor. The 2013 is a gorgeous effort that tastes like a high-end California Chardonnay, a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Viognier, with the Chardonnay aged eight months on lees in barrel, and the Viognier seeing only tank. It offers up beautiful notes of pineapple, citrus blossom, honeysuckle and white flower nuances, all of which are framed nicely by serious flinty minerality that comes through more on the palate. Possessing rocking purity, full-bodied richness and a clean, classy style, enjoy bottles over the coming 2-3 years."94/100 Parker


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.




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