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Chateau Mauvesin Barton 2015

Capsicum/blueberry/mulberry fruit with a note of tobacco. The ripeness of the fruit is delivered by smooth tannins and rounded freshness. Expertly balanced red from Moulis, a Bordeaux Left Bank commune not far from Saint-Julien. In fact, Chateau Mauvesin Barton is the property of the same Barton Family who own Chateau …

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Catena Paraje Altamira Malbec 2016

Nicolas Catena Zapata is justly credited with being at the forefront of Argentinian wine, ressurrecting the fortunes of malbec. He gave a new lease of life to a south-west France variety now more associated with South America than its original home country. Paraje Altamira is comprised of high altitude vineyards …

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Tukipo River Estate Fat Duck Pinot Noir 2012

This is a family-owned winery situated in Hawkes Bay in the North Island of New Zealand. The wine is named for the wild ducks who make a home for themselves around the irrigation dam on the vineyard. Raspberry fruit with a delicate spice aspect. There is a grip of tannins on the …

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Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion 1990

In 1983, the Dillon family acquired Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion from the heirs of the Woltner family (who had bought the estate in 1919). The new owners are, literally, from across the road as they were already owners of Chateau Haut-Brion, the only wine outside the Médoc out of 61 …

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Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 1991

Anything that is complex – by definition – is more difficult to understand and explain. Complexity is to be celebrated. And cherished. We should shout at the top of our voices when something is special. For that, after all, is what complexity is about. Being special. Of France’s greatest wines, …

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Thompson Estate Four Chambers Shiraz 2016

Peter Thompson is a heart specialist. The cardiologist is also a consultant and works in hospitals and teaches at universities. He also owns – together with lawyer wife Jane – Thompson estate in Margaret River. Their wine consultant is the highly regarded Bob Cartwright (a former chief winemaker – with 24 …

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