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  1. Lacourte Godbillon Terroirs d’Ecueil Brut NV
    Lacourte Godbillon Terroirs d’Ecueil Brut NV
    The NV Premier Cru Extra Brut Mi-Pentes is a selection of parcels that are located on the mid-slopes around the village of Écueil. It's pure Pinot Noir that is mostly (70%) from the 2014 vintage, complemented by 30% from the 2013 vintage, and 20% of the cuvée was fermented in oak. The wine offers a pure and fruity yet still lean and rather reductive bouquet. On the palate, this is a very fresh, pure, mineral and tensioned Pinot Noir with good grip and lingering salinity and structure. Still very young, this should benefit from further bottle aging. Disgorged in July 2017 with three grams of dosage. Tight and fresh, it still needs some time. Tasted in April 2018. STEPHAN REINHARDT, The Wine Advocate
  2. La Gritona Reposado Tequila
    La Gritona Reposado Tequila

    Part of the wine team, Gabrielle has chosen a tequila that reminds us of the way tequila used to  be made, here's why:

    La Gritona is made by tequilero verteran Melly Cardenas and her team made up mostly of local women (all the men have crossed the border to find work) in the highlands of Jalisco. Made for LA based Punk guitarist Andy Coranado, this reflects a tequila that was made before the mass market took hold. There's no colouring or flavouring added, it's smooth with great depth and a lovely warming belly. Everything is thoughtfully done, nothing rushed that would compromise the quality. Even the charming green bottles are hand blown from recycled Mexican glass, just an hour's drive from the distillery. No need to mix this, serve it over a bucket of ice with a squeeze of fresh lime (and if you've got abit of lingering salt on your lips from your swim - even better). GABRIELLE POY, PWS

    'La Gritona' is Spanish for 'The Screamer'. It's an appropriate name seeing that one of the people behind this outstanding tequila is LA-based punk guitarist Andy Coronado. The other significant player is the renowned tequilero Melly Cárdenas, who fashions La Gritona at her small distillery in Valle de Guadalupe in the highlands of Jalisco. One of Mexico's few female master distillers, the fiercely independent Cárdenas--who has 20 years of quality Tequila production under her belt--shares Coronado's love of the exceptional and unconventional, and leads a team staffed by only local women.

    For a Reposado, La Gritona is light on colour and sweetness--Coronado and Cárdenas want none of the flavours that mask many commercial Reposados like vanilla, chocolate and dulce de leche. Instead this is packed with delicious, honest and savoury, roasted agave flavor, reminiscent of the old-style 'rested' Tequila, before the mass market took hold: "It's tequila like our grandparents drank," says Cárdenas. Working with 9- to 10-year-old, mature Blue Weber agave grown in the iron-rich red soil of the Jalisco highlands, every step of production after harvest takes place under Cárdenas' own roof. The agave is steam-cooked in a single, thick-walled earthen oven for 24 hours and then allowed to rest for another 24 hours before crushing. The collected liquid is naturally fermented (no additives are used to push things along) in open steel vats at a rate dictated by the ambient air temperature and the wild yeasts, usually lasting between six to nine days. The double distillation takes place in small steel stills. Those bespoke bottles by the way are made from recycled Mexican glass, hand-blown just an hour's drive from the distillery. Coronado uses any recycled clear glass he can find (mostly old Coke bottles) then chips in a few Dos Equis bottles for the green tint!

    The distilled blanco is then rested in reused American whiskey barrels for eight months before bottling. These low-impact second or third fill barrels are given only the lightest char which allows for the refreshing, sappy notes of the agave to shine through, resulting in a Tequila that sips and mixes perfectly in equal measure--it's crisp, clean and elegant and kills it in a Tommy's Margarita. BIBENDUM BAR

  3. Forest Hill Highbury Fields Cabernet 2021
    Forest Hill Highbury Fields Cabernet 2021
    Fruit is sourced from Forest Hill vineyard and vines in Frankland River. There is a portion of malbec in this wine. Plush and smooth, medium weight and chocolatey. A dense and dark perfume of plum and dark chocolate, faint mint and sea spray with black olive notes in the mix. The palate is molten dark chocolate with raspberry, black olive and bay leaf characters. The wine feels compact and the tannins are lithe and puckering/refreshing. Feels pretty smart and does a good job of being reserved. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

    We always feel like we over-look Forest Hill and I don't know why. The wines are excellent and they always punch well above their weight. They were one of the first to establish themselves in the cooler reaches of the Frankland River in 1965 and what they have created there is something pretty special.
    Cabernet Blends
  4. Amanoto Junmai Daiginjo 35 720ml
    Amanoto Junmai Daiginjo 35 720ml

    Established in 1917. Amanoto’s brewery is located in Akita in the snowy, northern part of Japan and they are the smallest of Akita’s 47 breweries.

    The name ‘Amanoto’ was inspired by an old poem based on a Japanese myth. ‘Amanoto’ means ‘Heavens Door’ which is symbolised by the Magatama, a stone used for a necklace in the myth, pictured on the label.

    This sake is very dry. It has a hint of yeast and a nice floral character on the nose with complexity.

    Style: Junmai

    Rice Type:

    Kojimai (For Koji) — Ginnosei

    Kakemai (For Sake) — Miyamanishiki

    Rice Grown: Akita

    Rice Polishing Ratio: 60%

    Alcohol: 16.5%

    Serve: Room Temperature or Warm


  5. The World of Fine Wine Issue 21
    The World of Fine Wine Issue 21
    ISSUE 21 - Now only $50\n\nQuality and change in Champagne: Nicolas Faith\nA New Dawn- Riesling in Australia: Huon Hooke \nBrandy de Jerez Bruce Schoenfeld \nLaying Down: Barbaresco 2004\nSavor: New World Pinot Noir\nSavor: Cava\nMatchmaker: Why Wine? Francis Percival \nVin Voyage - Israel: Anthea Gerrie \nA la Volee - Aging Gracefully: Tom Stevenson\nClassification and Wine Styles: Ophelia Deroy\nLudovico Antinori: Margaret Rand\nDomaine Tempier: James Lawther MW\nChateau Haut-Brion: Michael Schuster\nPainshill and English Wine: James Clarke\nThe Viticulturist - Virginia Lambrix: Stephen Brook \nThe Search for Calabria's True Identity: Nicolas Belfrage MW \nWas Pliny the First Wine Critic? Professor Kathleen Burk \nThe Wine Photography of Richard Humphries: James Halliday \nIs a Sip Worth a Thousand Words? Professor Barry C Smith
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