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Terrazas de los Andes - Cheval des Andes Vistalba
"Cheval des Andes is owned by the legendary Saint-Emilion producer, Chateau Cheval Blanc. The wine is sourced from their 50 hectare estate vineyard planted on its own roots in 1929. The first vintage was 1999 and over time the wine has evolved into having a majority of Malbec in the blend. New oak is used for the Cabernet component and one-year-old barrels for the Malbec. Altogether the wine spends 18 months in cask." Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate Dec 2008. Availability: Subject to our normal shipping cycle. 2005 Cheval des Andes - Cheval Blanc/Terrazas de los Andes Â£195 /Cs (6Bts) Guide price including Duty & VAT Â£39.18 /Bt 94pts Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate Dec 2008. "...60% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Purple-colored, it exhibits a complex bouquet of wood smoke, scorched earth, violets, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it is remarkably elegant with a velvety texture, superb depth, savory flavors, ripe tannin, and 5-7 years of aging potential. Its drinking window will begin in 2014 and last through 2030 at the least."
Hamilton Russell - Chardonnay Walker Bay
With ratings above 90pts from Wine Spectator and enthusiastic tasting notes from the likes of Jancis Robinson and John Platter - of the authoritative South African Wine Guide - the wines clearly represent excellent value for money - ?110 per case of 6 bts for the Chardonnay and ?144 per case of 6 bts for the Pinot Noir. "One of the great mysteries of the world of wine is why South African wine is not more celebrated. The best examples offer wine lovers some of the finest value in the world today yet they remain a secret ..." Jancis Robinson's www.jancisrobinson.com
Rotllan Torra - Tirant
Both Amadis and big brother Tirant are terrific value for money and have performed extremely well since the breakthrough 2001 vintage (96-98pts) resulting in a dedicated, cult following. 2005 is a sensational vintage - better even than 2003, which scored 94pts for the Amadis and 96pts for the Tirant - the wines are saturated with beautifully balanced black liqueur fruit flavours and are surely destined for rave reviews in the near future.
Clos des Papes - Chateauneuf du Pape
Wine maker, Paul Avril, compares it to 1990 but says it has better acidity. Tanzer rates 94-97