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Discover a handful of wines from our Latest Selection, made for us by exceptional producers working across a diverse range of terroirs. From a crisp Sancerre to a rich, fruity Swartland Syrah, each bottle provides the perfect introduction to the producer behind it.

This week's sale features Italian and Spanish Favorites and will be available for selection from
2021-07-30 18:00:00 until 2021-08-01 20:00:00

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Antinori Tignanello Toscana I.G.T. - 2008

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Sangiovese (85%)
Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)
Cabernet Franc (5%)

Nose: Nicely expressed varietal aromas of black berry fruit.

Palate: Dense, vibrant with complex palate structure. Lingering with hints of coffee, chocolate and rosemary. A very complex, stylish and sophisticated wine.

Notes: Tignanello is made exclusively from the vineyard of the same name which is situated on limestone and tuffaceous soil on the Tignanello estate covering 47 South-West-facing hectares at altitudes between 350 and 400 meters.

Awards & Ratings:
Wine Spectator 92/100
Robert Parker 94/100

Unit Price: R 2300.00

Units available: 4

Tignanello Toscana I.G.T.
Antinori Cervaro Della Sala - 2009

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Chardonnay (85%)
Grechetto (15%)
Viognier (a splash)

Nose: Great personality with intense, clean, pleasing, refined and elegant opening hints of quince, banana, hawthorn and toasted wood followed by aromas of acacia, pineapple, honey, hazelnut, pear, grapefruit and coffee, all shrouded in rich minerality.

Palate: The palate closely reflects the olfactory impression: a crisp entry however well balanced by alcohol, good body and most agreeable intense flavours. The finish is very persistant with lingering flavours of quince, banana, pineapple and grapefruit.

Notes: The grapes, harvested during the night, were brought to the winery in refrigerated vehicles to insure low temperatures when de-stemmed and pressed. The different varieties were fermented separately since they ripen at different times and also require a different vinification approach; an eight to twelve hour period of skin contact with the must of Chardonnay at 50° Fahrenheit (10° centigrade) prior to the start of fermentation was utilized on the grapes. After this initial phase the must went into French (Alliers & Tronçais) oak barrels where it fermented for about two weeks. The wine remained on its lees in barrel for six months, during which time it went through malolactic fermentation. The various barrels were then blended and bottled and the wine aged for an additional ten months in the bottle in the historic cellars of the Castello della Sala before being released on the market. “Cervaro” takes its name from the noble family which owned the Castello della Sala in the 14th century: the Monaldeschi della Cervara. Antinori acquired the property in 1940. The first vintage of Cervaro della Sala was in 1985, released in 1987.

Awards & Ratings:
Wine Spectator 94/100
Wine Advocate 91/100
James Suckling 94/100

Unit Price: R 995.00

Units available: 11

Cervaro Della Sala
Antinori Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore D.O.C. - 2007

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Cabernet Sauvignon (50%)
Merlot (45%)
Syrah (5%)

Nose: Very subtle and fragrant aromas with light hints of red berries and stronger sensations of chocolate and liquorice.

Palate: Close-knit, velvety tannins on the palate with chocolate, blueberries and a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. A tangy and lingering wine, complex and stylish, thanks to excellent blending of tannins from the wine and oak.

Notes: The estate of Conti Formentini is not only a producer of fine Collio varietal wines; the property boasts a magnificent castle, museum, restaurant and inn, all in the center of the hilltop town of San Floriano. Founded in 1530, Formentini is the oldest house in Collio, which most authorities see as one of Italy's finest wine growing districts. Located between the Judrio and Isonzo rivers very near the border with Slovenia, the Collio enjoys the protection of the Pre-Alps to the north and the moderating influence of the Adriatic Sea to the south. The climate is relatively cool, and the vines are planted in southeast facing slopes for optimum sun exposure. The distinctive soils, marl and sandstone, are interspersed with layers of fossil-rich flysch.

Awards & Ratings:
Wine Spectator 92/100
Stephen Tanzer 95/100

Unit Price: R 2100.00

Units available: 2

Guado Al Tasso Bolgheri Superiore D.O.C.
Bodegas Avanthia Godello - 2011

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Godello (100%)

Nose: Wonderful aromas of candied orange, honeysuckle, minerals and candied ginger, along with an exotic note of curry powder.

Palate: Bright, focused and concentrated, showing impressive clarity to its chalk-accented orange zest, vanilla and quince flavours. A note of toasty lees builds with air and adds depth to the long, incisive, mineral-dominated finish.

Notes: This is a new project between the Bodegas Godeval and Jorge Ordóñez. High above this sleepy valley which has witnessed millennia of civilization from ancient Celtic outpost to a 13th century monastery to the present day, lies Bodegas Avanthia's slate covered vineyards. These old vines are grafted from the gnarled 300 year old Godello vine planted by monks but now resides in the courtyard of the present winery. The grapes for this wine come from two very old vineyards,70 and 85 years old. Only the best grapes are 100% barrel fermented in large 500-600L puncheons (2nd & 3rd use) of French oak barrels.

Awards & Ratings:
Stephen Tanzer 91/100
Robert Parker 90/100

Unit Price: R 450.00

Units available: 36

Godello
Bodegas Briego Reserva - 2004

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Tempranillo (100%)

Nose: The aromas reveal both balance and a great oak intensity, showing black forest fruits in compote with balsamic hints as well as coffee, spices, leather and distinguished earthy minerals. Strong noble wood aromas blended with red and black fruits. Spices, vanilla, cumin, tobacco and menthol give the complexity typical of Bodegas Briego wines.

Palate: Strong and meaty on the palate with ripe and balanced tannins. In the mouth it is velvety. When it opens, mixed flavours of fruits, vanilla and cinnamon burst on the palate.

Notes: The Reserva has spent 8 months in French oak and another 8 months in American oak, before ageing for 32 months in bottle.

Unit Price: R 495.00

Units available: 36

Reserva
Bodegas Elias Mora Crianza - 2010

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Tinta de Toro (100%)

Nose: The bouquet is tightly wound with blackberry, raspberry leaf and a hint of dried honey lending it a little more opulence. Pungent aromas of cherry-vanilla, blackberry and musky herbs, with a beautiful potpourri nuance building with exposure to air.

Palate: The palate is finely well-balanced and expressive, with smooth tannins and plenty of mineral-rich fruit laced with black pepper and cedar. This is one of the best wines from Elias Moras, full of vigor and "joie de vivre", followed by a long, persistent finish. Juicy, concentrated and expansive, offering smokey cherry, mocha and licorice flavours and a hint of woodsmoke. Dusty tannins give shape to the clinging, smokey, very long finish.

Notes: 2010 was a classic vintage with hot days and cold nights during the summer. Winter rains set healthy water reserves for the vines. The 2010 Elias Mora Crianza comes from parcels of 40-year-old vines from around the winery in San Roman. It is aged for 12 months in second fill American barrels and French oak. Grapes saw a 3 day cold-soak, followed by alcoholic (12 days) and ML (21 days) in small stainless steel tanks. After the malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in 50% second-fill American and 50% French oak barrels. Clarification with egg whites was done before bottling.

Awards & Ratings:
Robert Parker 91/100
Stephen Tanzer 92/100
Guía Peñín 91/100

Unit Price: R 395.00

Units available: 24

Crianza
Bodegas Elias Mora 2V Premium (1500ml) - 2009

Unit Volume: 1500ml

Cultivars:
Tinta de Toro (100%)

Nose: The nose is clean and fresh with a lot of vanilla-tinged new oak on the nose. Hugely aromatic bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, incense, vanilla and floral oils.

Palate: The palate is full-bodied and crammed full of juicy ripe black fruit infused with minerals and spices. The oak is better assimilated in the mouth than on the nose, and it dovetails into a luscious, quite precocious finish. The good thing is that the wine, which is intentionally made in a modern style, maintains good freshness, although it does not need so much new oak. Fleshy, palate-staining boysenberry and cherry-vanilla flavours are enlivened by smokey mineral and rose pastille nuances and a hint of star anise. Closes with superb clarity and thrust, leaving sweet dark fruit notes behind.

Notes: This wine is produced from the oldest vines of the Senda del Lobo vineyard, aged 80 years and older. Yields average 12hl/ha. The grapes saw a 4 day pre-fermentation maceration at low temperature followed by a moderately warm fermentation with pigeage twice a day for 16 days. Malolactic took place in new French oak barrel for better integration of oak and more complexity. Aged for 17 months in 100% Taransaud and Daganeaux barrels. 2009 was a very dry and typically hot summer. Traditionally trained vineyards resisted the drought conditions best and a little rain in September helped the grapes to finish ripening. It is the only wine from Elias Mora in which the malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel, and it is then transferred into another set of new oak barrels for 17 months (so it is essentially 200% new oak.)

Awards & Ratings:
Stephen Tanzer 94/100
Wine Advocate 90/100
Guía Peñín 93/100

Unit Price: R 2995.00

Units available: 5

2V Premium (1500ml)
Bodegas Elias Mora Viñas Elías Mora (1500ml) - 2012

Unit Volume: 1500ml

Cultivars:
Tinta de Toro (100%)

Nose: The aromatic expression is shown with intense notes of black fruit, licorice and well-integrated wood.

Palate: The palate of the Viñas Elías Mora 2012 Toro is large, meaty and concentrated with a perfect balance between acidity and fine tannins. The end leaves an elegant aftertaste, with remarkable persistence.

Notes: The harvest is done by hand and the grapes are de-stemmed before being transported to stainless steel vats. The maceration is done in the cold for several days and the fermentation at about 26 °C, aided by a cold shirt regulating the temperature. Bleeding wine is racked to oak barrels where it age for six months in American oak barrels, while the remaining skin will be pressed in a traditional vertical press.

Awards & Ratings:
Stephen Tanzer 91/100
Wine Spectator 90/100
Wine & Spirits Magazine 93/100

Unit Price: R 550.00

Units available: 18

Viñas Elías Mora (1500ml)
Bodegas Ordóñez Nisia - 2012

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Verdejo (100%)

Nose: A highly perfumed bouquet evokes pear, melon, anise, pungent flowers and candied ginger, with a stony nuance adding vivacity.

Palate: Sappy and focused, offering taut orchard fruit and citrus zest flavours and notes of honeydew and herbs. Finishes with firm grip and very good clarity, leaving anise and floral notes behind.

Notes: “Nisia” from Bodegas Ordoñez is made from 100% old-vine Verdejo grapes. Nestled at the base of the foothills that surround the storied city of Segovia, lie the vineyards of Nisia. Weathered river stone rocks and sandy soils provide a harsh environment for the gnarled vines of Verdejo which were planted more than half-a-century ago. Such vines produce a wine of great complexity and depth of fruit. All the wine is aged 'sur lie' - part fermented in stainless steel and part in large format French oak barrels.

Awards & Ratings:
Robert Parker 91/100

Unit Price: R 295.00

Units available: 7

Nisia
Bodegas Vega Sicilia Alion - 2011

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Tempranilo (100%)

Nose: Full and elegant on the nose, with a wide range of aromas, such as vanilla, ripe fruits, compote and syrups.

Palate: The palate is opulent and elegant with harmonious tannins providing a subtle backbone to the wine; great aromatic persistence in the mouth.

Notes: Bodegas Alión was formed in 1986 as a winery which would be run independently to its big brother, the great Vega Sicilia. This 85-hectare wine estate was founded by the Álvarez family (Pablo Alvarez, the owner, who also owns the Toro Estate Bodegas Pintia) to provide a modern expression of Ribera del Duero wine. 35 hectares of the estate is located around the winery, with a further 50 hectares dedicated to Alión within the historic Vega Sicilia vineyards. Unlike Vega Sicilia, where we find a merging of the traditional and modern winemaking techniques, Alión is made using state-of-the-art equipment. Forward and uncompromising, these are wines with impressive frames and show an alternative side of Tempranilo. The big news here is that the 2010 Alion will not be released because there was a problem with the fining leaving suspended sediment that was floating in the wine, which made it cloudy. That means more than 300,000 bottles of wine will be destroyed, a hard decision to make, but as they are committed to offer only the very best quality to their customers, they decided to release 2011 earlier than normal and skip 2010 altogether. That’s a brave decision, which implies a substantial cost to the winery to preserve the quality of the wines.

Awards & Ratings:
Wine Advocate 94/100

Unit Price: R 1450.00

Units available: 5

Alion
Cantina di Negrar Valpolicella Classico D.O.C - 2014

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Corvina
Rondinella
Molinara

Nose: Juicy red berries and red fruit aromas explode from the glass accompanied by summer berries, exotic spices and a hint of earth.

Palate: On the palate it is seductive and smooth, with medium body and good balance leading to a velvety finish.

Notes: Cantina Valpolicella di Negrar was founded in 1933. The ancient Villa Novare in Santa Maria di Negrar was the only estate with sufficient cellars and wine making equipment, so it became the first site of the Cantina. Produced east of Lake Garda in the western Veneto region of Verona, North-East of Italy. Negrar's vineyards, sited at the heart of the 'Classico' or traditional producing area, are planted with Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties.

Unit Price: R 350.00

Units available: 6

Valpolicella Classico D.O.C
Carmelo Rodero TSM - 2006

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Tempranillo (75%)
Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)
Merlot (15%)

Nose: Intense and complex nose with black fruit aromas and mineral nuances together with toasted and balsamic notes coming through.

Palate: Powerful and unctuous with a good backbone. Fruity, elegant and well-balanced with fine tannins, as well as a lactic and balsamic finish. Incredibly complex and elegant with a surprising backbone.

Notes: Made from Tempranillo, Sauvignon and Merlot and aged for 15 months in French and American oak barrels.

Awards & Ratings:
Wine & Spirits Magazine 93/100
Stephen Tanzer 92/100
Guia Repsol 95 /100

Unit Price: R 1100.00

Units available: 18

TSM
Carmelo Rodero Viñas de Valtarreña - 2004

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Tempranillo (75%)
Cabernet Sauvignon (15%)
Merlot (10%)

Nose: The most potent bouquet pulls out all the sense in a spell, with cherry compote, blueberry, violet, Cuban tobacco, candle wax, Bourbon vanilla, fresh yeast bread, wet leather, truffles and porcini mushrooms.

Palate: On the palate, with sensational concentration, density and extract, but is associated with a singular finesse, freshness and minerality.

Notes: Aged for 30 months in 225-liter Bordeaux-style French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels, which are on average one and a half years old.

Awards & Ratings:
Stephen Tanzer 92/100
Mondus Vini 2009 - Gold

Unit Price: R 795.00

Units available: 36

Viñas de Valtarreña
Carmelo Rodero Limited Edition Reserva - 2010

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Tempranillo (90%)
Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)

Nose: Particularly subtle nose with ripe fruit aromas harmoniously combined with toasty and spicy notes (vanilla and cinnamon) including roasty nuances and hints of coffee.

Palate: Surprisingly fleshy with a perfectly balanced acidity and a lingering finish. Round with ripe, subtle and elegant tannins together with an extremely pleasant mouthfeel. Great wine very well balanced, somehow surprising and suggestive.

Notes: The Carmelo Rodero Reserva 2010 is a red wine made from 90% Tempranillo (or Tinta del País, as they like to call it in Ribera del Duero) grapes and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, from vineyards that are more than 35 years old. These vines have been controlled to produce within 3,000 to 3,500 kg/ha. This wine has had malolactic fermentation in oak barrels (60% of it) and stainless steel tanks (40% of the wine) and spends 21 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels and within 12 and 17 months in bottle.

Awards & Ratings:
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014 - Gold
Guía Peñín 93/100
Robert Parker 92/100

Unit Price: R 795.00

Units available: 4

Limited Edition Reserva
Castello di Argiano Sesti Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G. - 2007

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Sangiovese (100%)

Nose: The 2007 vintage is alive and kicking in this Brunello di Montalcino with its open-knit nose of sweet cherries, red licorice and brown sugar.

Palate: Ample and silky, this wine beautifully balances the vintage sweet, decadent fruit with the estate’s notably elegant style. Simply delicious.

Notes: Vines are sustainably farmed, the equivalent of lutte raisonnée in France. South-facing vineyards at 350m altitude. Spurred Cordon training. Vinification in stainless steel. The 2007 spent 39 months in cask. Unfiltered and unfined. One year of bottle aging before release.

Awards & Ratings:
Stephen Tanzer 93/100
Jancis Robinson 15/20
Wine Advocate 93/100

Unit Price: R 1250.00

Units available: 7

Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.
Castello di Argiano Sesti Rosso di Montalcino D.O.C. - 2011

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Sangiovese (100%)

Nose: Tightly packed with red fruit character.

Palate: Beautifully textured on the palate, with lovely plump, ripe tannins and great length. A brilliant Rosso.

Notes: Giuseppe-Maria and Sarah Sesti own this sublime 102 hectare estate, Castello di Argiano, in the hills south of Montalcino, overlooking the Orcia valley. The Castello is a 12th century hilltop fortification occupying a site first settled by Etruscans, then by Romans and then by Cistercian monks sent from the nearby abbey of San Antimo. Sesti began planting vines in the early 1990's, and over the last 15 years has established a strong reputation for the outstanding quality of his wines. Everything here is run strictly according to the influence of lunar phases, reflecting Giugi’s other great area of expertise – astronomy. Aged for 16 months in medium sized oak barrels.

Awards & Ratings:
Stephen Tanzer 91/100
Jancis Robinson 15.5/20

Unit Price: R 695.00

Units available: 6

Rosso di Montalcino D.O.C.
Emilio Lustau Pedro Ximénez San Emilio Solera Reserva - Nv

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Pedro Ximénez (100%)

Nose: Redolent of ripe fruit on the nose with dried figs and roasted coffee beans.

Palate: Very sweet, velvety and soft in the mouth, with an extremely long aftertaste.

Notes: Made by Pedro Ximénez grapes, which are dried under the hot Spanish sun. Fermentation is stopped, in order to keep the natural sugar of the grapes. Afterwards this wine is fortified and then aged in the 'solera and criaderas' system.

Awards & Ratings:
Wine Enthusiast 93/100
Jancis Robinson 16.5/20
IWC Awards 2014 -Silver

Unit Price: R 495.00

Units available: 2

Pedro Ximénez San Emilio Solera Reserva
Emilio Lustau Rare Amontillado Escuadrilla Solera Reserva - Nv

Unit Volume: 750ml

Cultivars:
Palomino Fino (100%)

Nose: Nuts, apricots and almond extract on the nose.

Palate: Almonds, apricots, salt, citrus peel, citrus-like acidity on the palate.

Notes: 100% Palomino Fino aged in American oak casks in the traditional Solera system in Lustau's bodegas in Jerez de la Frontera for over 15 years.

Awards & Ratings:
Wine Enthusiast 90/100
Wine Spectator 90/100
Wine Advocate 94/100

Unit Price: R 495.00

Units available: 2

Rare Amontillado Escuadrilla Solera Reserva
Emilio Lustau VORS Amontillado 30 Years Old - Nv

Unit Volume: 500ml

Cultivars:
Palomino Fino

Nose: The aromas are reminiscent of butterscotch, noble wood, old leather and wax polish.

Palate: Savoury, almost saline, typical of the concentration found in the Amontillados of such long ageing.

Notes: Emilio Lustau, one of Spain's greatest Sherry bodegas, is named after Don Emilio Lustau Ortega, son-in-law of founder Don José Ruiz-Berdejo y Veyan. This Oloroso is the result of a selection of the best cask out of 10 which are aged in a Solera founded in the 1920s. The Council of the Denomination of Origin has endorsed this wine with the category VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry), more than 30 years of ageing.

Unit Price: R 1250.00

Units available: 2

VORS Amontillado 30 Years Old
Fattoria di Fèlsina Vin Santo del Chianti (375ml) - 2001

Unit Volume: 375ml

Cultivars:
Trebbiano
Malvasia

Nose: Knockout nose presents a smorgasbord of ripe peach, dried apricot, vanilla, marzipan, white chocolate and dried herb aromas.

Palate: Surprisingly light and linear given the opulent aromas, with noteworthy precision to the ripe peach, citrus, herb and white chocolate flavours. Finishes very smooth and long but with an obvious alcoholic warmth.

Notes: The Estate is located in the most S0uth-Eastern part of the Chianti Classico zone, a stone's throw from Siena. Following harvest the grapes are air-dried on bamboo mats for 3 - 4 months. After this the wine spends another 12 months in bottle.

Awards & Ratings:
Wine Spectator 95/100
Stephen Tanzer 91/100
Jancis Robinson 15.5/20

Unit Price: R 750.00

Units available: 6

Vin Santo del Chianti (375ml)

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