New Zealandâ€™s Cult Bordeaux-style red
â€śtomorrows Screaming Eagleâ€ť
96/100 Bob Campbell MW
Only 700 six-packs made
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40 six-packs exclusively for Cellar Journal readers.
Hi From Matt
Iâ€™m delighted to offer you the exclusive opportunity to secure the rare and outstanding Puriri Hills Reserve 2006.
This is one of the most impressive Bordeaux-style reds Iâ€™ve ever tasted from this country, it tastes more like top St Emilion Grand Cru Classe than any other New Zealand red Iâ€™ve tried.Â At six years old, itâ€™s just beginning to reveal its considerable charms.Â I enjoyed a bottle with roast beef over the weekend and it was one of the most satisfying New Zealand red wine experiences Iâ€™ve ever enjoyed.Â
Hand-Selected Cult Californian Cabernets
â€śTake a look at just about any major â€śblindâ€ť tasting held between California wines and those of France, especially Bordeaux and Burgundy. In nearly every instance, whether the panel of judges is European or American, or an international consortium, the California wines win the tastings. As a Francophile, the results of these tastings prove nothing other than that California is producing many world-class wines.â€ť
Robert Parker, December 2009
â€śIf you set your expectations high when buying any of these wines then theyâ€™re not only likely to be met but well exceeded. They offer peerless value for money and deliver an experience that represents all that is good about Margaret River and the Bordeaux in concert. I was personally moved and impressed by my tasting of these wines.â€ť
Hi From Matt
I am delighted to offer you my selection of the finest Californian Bordeaux-style redsÂ I tasted on my visit there in February.Â
While New Zealand cellars are replete with the finest wines of France, Italy, Spain, Australia and here, very little of California’s best red wines have been imported to this country.Â Yet top Californian Cabernet Sauvignon is easily of the calibre of the best of those countries.Â Â It offers a wonderful balance between the generosity of Australia with the structure of France.Â They are incredibly pleasurable, luxurious wines, with layers of dark fruits, clove, cinnamon, dark chocolate and liquorice flavours.Â They truly express where they come from.
Hi from Matt,
You may have noticed that you have not received a Cellar Journal for a couple of weeks.Â After careful reflection, rather than a regular weekly Cellar Journal, Iâ€™m now only issuing them when I have very special wines that I simply must offer you.
This week Iâ€™ve gotten my hands on four of Australiaâ€™s greatest wines; all are included in Australiaâ€™s Langtonâ€™s Classification of Australian Wine, the definitive list of Australiaâ€™s most collectable wines.Â Theyâ€™re only available in limited quantities to the first to reply, I expect that theyâ€™ll sell out quickly over the next few days.
Pioneered by the adventuring spirit of their Italian born founder in 1917, Santa Emaâ€™s home is in the beautiful Maipo Valley, Chile. The vineyards are 500-550 meters above sea level; the alluvial, stony soils, hot days and cool nights combine to make concentrated, full-bodied red wines. Today, Santa Emaâ€™s resources of 100+ year old vines which are all hand-picked, produce some of the finest value wines in the world.
It was truly a privilege to have a private tasting with Steve Smith, Master of Wine at Craggy Range, reviewing the first verticals of the Le Sol Syrah and Sophia. Two of the Hawkes Bay’s finest reds, it was certainly the highlight of our 2010 tasting calendar to date. (more…)