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Wine of the Week • 12 January 2021

Chateau Haut-Brion 1998 The 49.8 hectares are planted to 46% Merlot, 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Haut-Brion also makes a small amount of white wine (550 to 650 cases annually against 8,500 to 10,200 cases of the red), and the 2.9 ha of vineyard are …

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Wine of the Week • 21 December 2020

Best’s Great Western Bin No 1 Shiraz 2011 Garnet, ruby, and a tinge of tawny on the rim. Blackcurrant, eucalypt and mint. Complete with a whiff of sandalwood. Evolved, elegant fruit delivered by soft tannins with a gentle grip on the finish. Freshness, finesse and harmony. Medium-bodied.  The winner of …

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Wine of the Week • 17 December 2020

Yattarna 2018 Time truly flies. This is the 24th vintage of what is otherwise known as the “White Grange”. For the simple reason it is the most highly priced, and prized, white wine of Penfolds. Yattarna was launched in 1998 with the 1995 vintage. I am embarrassed to say I don’t …

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Wine of the Week • 23 November 2020

Olivier Krug, great, great, great grandson of Joseph Krug who founded the famed Champagne House in 1843 Edition 168 is composed of 198 wines from 11 different years. The youngest is 2012, while the oldest dates back to 1996 Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée Edition 168 The last time I saw Olivier …

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Wine of the Week • 20 November 2020

LOCKDOWN PORT Most bars around the world are closed or forced to observe shorter hours amid greater social distancing. As such, leading Port house Graham’s wants to shake and mix things up. Blend N°5 is the first White Port blended specifically for mixing. Pale green, the aromatics include orange blossom, …

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Wines of the Week • 2 November 2020

Graham’s Fine White Port Bright gentle gold. Aromatics of yellow peach, melon, light raisins, honey and a whiff of spirit (if you get your nose too close to the glass). Medium sweet with a creamy/glycerol texture. Savour cool or cold depending on your preference (the wine – inevitably – becomes …

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Wine of the Week • 30 Oct 2020

Family-owned and family managed, Carol Duval-Leroy is photographed with her sons (from left) Louis, Julian and Charles Champagne Duval-Leroy Douceur de Champagne Dry Reserve* Bright mid-gold. Persistent palate of brioche, nuttiness, pineapples, hint of raisins and honey notes. The dosage of 24 g/l gives this unique Champagne a pinch of …

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