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Category Archive: Vineyard Profiles

Francois Mitjavile – Tertre Rôteboeuf 2016

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It was my 22nd year visiting Francois, resident owner and magician at Tertre Roteboeuf. As always one of the highlights of our Bordeaux trip each year, with 2016 no exception. His 2016s are simply stunning – sensuous and sensational quality. They possess great depth, roundness and the marvellous ability to drink young but stay the […]

Domaine Gayda

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There is a certain freedom to winemaking in the south of France. The warm Mediterranean climate, the long hours of sunshine, mild winters and warm summers mean that a sizeable number of both red and white grape varieties will thrive in your vineyards. Geographically, the Languedoc is enormous and there is plenty of scope for […]

Maison Ventenac

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The vineyards of Maison Ventenac lie in the foothills of the ‘Black Mountain’, north of Carcassonne. The climate here is an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Atlantic influences. Alain Maurel established his winery here in 1973, blending classic Bordeaux varieties with their Mediterranean cousins. His son-in law Olivier joined him in 2009, bringing new ideas to […]

New Additions to our Badenhorst Family

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This year has seen us celebrate some welcome new additions to our range of wines from Adi Badenhorst. Adi is one of the most refreshingly open and vibrant people you will ever meet.  He is the polar opposite of stuffy or pretentious and embodies the free spirited, convivial, work hard play hard mentality that might […]

Finding Ninot

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Good Burgundy is like nothing else but following a few small harvests, we have seen prices rise to levels that puts it out of most people’s reach. This prompted us to look beyond the big names of the Cote d’Or and we set out on a quest to find a few dynamic young growers from […]

Just Arrived: The sublime De Montille wines

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Just arrived: the sublime De Montille wines from some of Burgundy’s finest vineyards We are delighted to have secured an allocation of these sought-after and much admired Burgundies. Their hallmark is elegance and finesse and they come from some of the very best terroir on the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. Our first […]

More Awards for Kilikanoon

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New Wines From An Old Favourite

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Domaine Gayda With a free falling, skydiving figure on the label, these wines represent a total freedom from the constraints of convention and a fresh perspective, and entirely free and unhampered approach to winemaking.  They’re not making wine from bananas and ageing them in coconut shells to make something mad and out of the box. […]

A Star Producer in the Languedoc

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Château de Lascaux The Languedoc is a vast area under vine with a mind boggling number of producers and with the full range of quality levels from the very basic to the top notch.  Château de Lascaux is a well-respected domain very firmly at the quality end of the scale and has built up a […]

Introducing Jean Fournier

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Earlier this year James spent a few days in Burgundy foraging for new talent and this is one of the new growers we are really excited to start working with. “These are super wines from Marsannay; authentic Pinot Noir and top whites including a very good Aligoté unlike any other I have tasted.” James Nicholson Domaine […]

Top Winemaking at Reyneke

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Johan Reyneke is South Africa’s leading biodynamic viticulturist and currently the only certified biodynamic producer in the country.  He is also a keen surfer (which gives him extra points for bravery – there are sharks swimming in those waters!) as well as something of a martial arts expert, husband and father. His approach is a […]

Making Wine Not War

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Winemaking involves many challenges, most of which are presented by the vagaries of nature – weather, pests, diseases, wildlife. But in Lebanon, bombs and bullets have been an all too frequent threat to the winemaker’s craft. One of JN’s Lebanese wine partners is Massaya, run since the 1990s by courageous brothers, Sami and Ramzi Ghosn. […]