B.P. Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

October 27, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Maipo Mapu Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

“Beautiful dark red. Aromas of black currant, blackberries and blueberries. The taste is fresh and elegant, with round and soft tannins that gives the wine excellent balance. The long and expressive finish rounds off a wonderful fruity and powerful wine.”

Price: ¥95

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B.P. Rothschild Mapu Red (Cab Sauv / Carmenere) : Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
B.P.Rothschild Mapu Red (Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere)

Very attractive Chilean blend with ruby red and violet tints. Rich & generous, an explosion of red fruit, blackcurrant and blackberry mingled with subtle, spicy notes. A fresh, round, fruity attack. Elegantly structured with silky tannins. Balanced, harmonious finish lingering on the richness and freshness of the fruit. Nice blend.

Price: ¥88

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Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

September 19, 2012
Bodegas Alina Emblema Cabernet Sauvignon

First sampled in 2011: an instant hit. Staggeringly good value. An every day red wine of…forest berries & spices on a rich background of leather & liquorice. Sweet healthy tannins. Vegetal nuances typical of this variety at this price point and above and yet (Still) retailing elsewhere for around ¥138. That’s us, I guess: Generous to a fault. Grab a case; watch it evolve for very little outlay.

Price: ¥85

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Callia Signos Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz: New Wine

January 18, 2015
Callia Signos Cabernet Sauvignon

NEW BLEND: Never judge a book by its cover. Awesome Argentine Fruit, warmth & silkiness, warmer than a Chilean; less herbal. A lovely of surprise… development, once opened was unexpected. Day 2 was sublime. Simply had to purchase a further 8 cases to lock in the price for a while. “Delicious”, my wife adds, “this is exactly what I like!” Job done.

Price: ¥80

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Clos De Los Siete Red: Wine Man Pick

November 16, 2011
Close De Los Siete Red

Created in Argentina by a team led by Michel Rolland; infamous consultant/winemaker featured in the documentary film, Mondovino. Dark garnet in hue; cassis and well oiled leather aromas. Firm tannins wrap the tongue in a leathery fist while flavours of wet dirt, cassis & dried black cherries fuse into a rich mulch of tastiness. South Americas most infamous wine?

Price: ¥265

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Cousino-Macul Antiquas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

December 19, 2011
Cousino-Macul Antiquas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon

Deep garmet colour. Aged in oak for 12 months and the bottle for 6 more. This wine has an intense concentrated blackcurrant fruitiness complemented by floral and vanilla essence. Silky texture. A stylish wine from Chile which is excellent value for money.

Price: ¥160

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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet: Wine Man Pick

November 29, 2011
De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz Cabernet

Australia’s De Bortoli have done it again. The wine is currently a silver and bronze medal winner at several wine competitions. They have the sweet-fruit-oak-tannic balance to perfection and not simply for a wine in this price-point. Vibrant purple, deep crimson. Lifted plum and spice. Fresh fruit, berry and toasty vanillin oak. Soft, rounded tannins with good length.

Price: ¥95

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Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
Miguel Torres Chile Hemisferio Cabernet Sauvignon

Intense ruby colour. Exquisite aroma of wild berries and spices over a rich background of leather and liquorice. The fruit tannins and vegetable notes stand out on the palate.

If I am not mistaken, there is a dollop of Carmenère in this Cabernet Sauvignon and a fine blend that makes it too. The luminosity is there and the sweet sweet spicy notes.

Price: ¥104

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Lindemans Cawarra Shiraz/Cabernet: DELETED

December 13, 2011
Lindemans Cawarra Shiraz/Cabernet

The medium bodied palate is ripe and expressive with ample blood plum and sweet cherry fruit. Soft oak derived tannin provides structure and a hint of vanilla to the finish.

Price: ¥115

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Marco Felluga-Collio Cabernet Sauvignon

December 12, 2011
Marco Felluga-Collio Cabernet

A respected house in the Northernmost part of Italy, Marco Felluga-Collio, makes artisan wines in many popular varieties. Here is the Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep red ruby in colour, tending to turn garnet red as it ages. Intense perfume recalling the sweet violet and wisteria. It has a good structure on the palate, slightly tannic, pleasant and harmonic. It is particularly suitable for ageing, even in small barrels. Suggested with red meat and game. Also available: Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Moscato Rosato & Chardonnay.

Price: ¥303

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Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

January 6, 2013
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet

A global brand wine: Aromas of fresh pudding mixture & mixed red berries with cedary, seasoned oak. The palate reflects the nose, with deeper plum and red-fruits, the chocolate like finish is Koonunga Hill through and through, finishing with fine grained tannins.

Price: ¥185

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Rochford Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick: Bin end

December 19, 2011
Rochford Cabernet Sauvignon

Rochford, Victoria, Australia. Appearance: Deep plum red in colour. Aroma: The nose is complex showing concentrated cassis fruit overlayed with spicy oak and earthy characters. Taste: The palate is rich and full-bodied with good fruit and oak integration and balanced acidity. The finish is long finish with soft sweet tannins.

Price: ¥236

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Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

December 19, 2011
Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Ruby-red wine from the Argentine: with good aromatic intensity, touches of pepper & roasted red pepper; some paprika or dry pepper, followed by a sweetness given by red & black fruits. The vanilla aroma blends with fully integrated wooden notes from ageing in French oak barrels. A lovely balance is a key feature of this year’s vintage (the 2012). Fabulous Salentein.

Price: ¥211

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San Medin Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Man Pick

November 29, 2011
Miguel Torres Chile San Medin Red

A lovely Chilean Cabernet with that ‘close to ¥100’ attraction. Intense deep dark ruby in colour. An exquisitely attractive aroma of wild berries & spices over a rich background of leather and liquorice. The sweet fruit, tannins & vegetable notes stand out on the palate and the almond finish has just a touch of bitterness that balances the sweetness of the fruit.

Price: ¥105

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Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve: Fair Trade: Wine Man Pick

November 10, 2011
Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon *Fair Trade

A darkly pigmented wine. Intense, full and very fruity aroma. The palate is majestically structured – velvety, meaty and with elegant body. Its smooth, fine tannins, outlined by new oak, ensure a long evolution in the bottle.

Price: ¥138

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Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé Reserve: Fair Trade: Wine Man Pick

December 19, 2011
Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Rose *Fair Trade

A UK site wrote: Fragrant and floral, with a temptingly fruity sensuality. On the palate the wine is voluptuous, with a silky texture and the sort of fresh, fruity body (blackcurrant, cranberry, redcurrant) that only Chilean Pacific Cabernet Sauvignon rosés can offer. Praise indeed.

Price: ¥138

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Sella&Mosca Marchese Di Villamarina DOC: Wine Man Pick: Our Best Wine? Now a BIN END

November 22, 2011
Sella&Mosca Marchese Di Villamarina D.O.C.

Arguably the best wine we sell. Amazing Italian value for the depth of flavour & quality. Multi award winning &multi vintages available. Intense & mellow with remarkable red fruit tannins. This mature wine shows classic fragrances of Cabernet Sauvignon over warm notes of hay, balanced by Tronçais oak. Roast & stewed red meat & game. Read on for astounding plaudits…

Price: ¥900

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Sella&Mosca Tanca Farra DOC: Wine Man Pick

November 3, 2011
Sella&Mosca Tanca Farra D.O.C.

This is an Italian wine to savour. The nose has full mature fruits to the fore with herbaceous & tarry notes. It is a full bodied, dry wine, with harmonious balance & an elegant structure of soft tannins. Pour into a really big glass & savour the nose before sipping. Every mouthful says, don’t swallow me yet; there’s more! Awarded a score of 91/100 by Robert Parker…Sella & Mosca (the winery) won the reputable Gambero Rosso Award in 2013 for ‘Italy’s Best Winery’.

Price: ¥215

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Silver Heights Family Reserve: Wine Man Pick: ‘Best Chinese Red Wine Award’ August 2012

August 16, 2012
Silver Heights Family Reserve

Top Chinese wine. Winner at the 3rd Annual Wine Challenge (at the Shanghai Hilton). Right up there with a quality-laden, middle-tier Chateaux. Limited production 6000 btls. Dark in colour. Intense array of black fruit and herbaceous aromas. Lovely fruit concentration with well integrated tannins, good weight and texture on the palate. A balanced wine with all its elements in place and well integrated…

Price: ¥308

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Silver Heights The Summit: New Wine: Wine Man Pick: Bronze 2012

February 27, 2015
Silver Heights The Summit

Silver Heights Winery is located high in the mountains of Ningxia, China. This is limited edition Bordeaux blend is regarded as among the top 3 wines from China. Hints of cedar, eucalyptus with dark fruit complexity. Focused and structured with layers of black fruits and persistent tannins: bottle aging for 12 months in 100% new French oak. Limited production of 3000 bottles.

Price: ¥468

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Torres Gran Coronas Red : BIN END

November 21, 2011
Torres Gran Coronas Red

Aged Spanish red. Deep ruby colour. A well balanced, highly elegant aroma. The silky smooth, superbly evolved palate is generous and complex (notes of very ripe red fruits on a toasted backdrop of oak). Perfect with starters (cold meats, vegetable rice dishes and paella), as well as with the finest meat and game recipes, without forgetting cheeses.

Price: ¥266

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Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon

April 19, 2012
Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautiful, very dark ruby red colour with a soft mahogany rim. Exquisite aroma, traditional with this estate, reminiscent of bilberry and cherry jam, enhanced by toasted notes acquired through ageing in oak. The palate reveals an extraordinary dimension, with soft, juicy tannins that hold promise for the wine’s future evolution.

Price: ¥761

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Torres Priorat Salmos (Red) Bronze ’14: New Wine

March 1, 2015
Torres Salmos Red Bronze Medal 2014

Dark red with purplish hints. Intense mineral aroma with a presence of crystallized black fruits, notes of cocoa, dark-roasted brown sugar and a fresh flowery hint of violet and thyme. Very smooth in the mouth with sweet tannins that melt slowly to culminate in an elegant and persistent aftertaste. Food Matching: Dishes of game and red meats, grilled lamb chop with braised lamb leg.

Price: ¥435

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