Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec: Wine Man Pick

October 27, 2011
Callia Alta Syrah/Malbec

Now 2013 vintage of this Argentine blend. Our joint top selling red wine. It is a wine of great aromatic intensity. Its prevailing penetrating & vigorous notes are ripe blackberries, plums & figs, which, together with their sweet tannins & balanced acidity, render a full-bodied wine with a long finish. Sweet nectar. Never found a single detractor in 3 years.

Price: ¥88

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Callia Osaado Shiraz: Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
Callia Osaado Shiraz

Fruity, spicy and with backbone from the house of Callia. The future ‘De Bortoli of Argentina?’ : masters of low priced attractive wines. This has prunes and spicy aromas typical of Shiraz. The mouth-feel has a strong presence of fruits with medium structure, is complex and creamy.

Price: ¥80

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Callia Signos Shiraz

October 12, 2011
Callia SignosShiraz from Argentina

The aroma has ripe plum, blackberry and sweet spices. Round with sweet tannins and a long and juicy finish. Ideal to enjoy with Asian spicy dishes. I just tried it with a Mexican chilli and was a really great combination. This wine can punch above its price-tag given some canny handling…

Price: ¥78

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Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC La Reserve du Marquis: All Gone!

December 7, 2011
Château Lamargue Côstières de Nîmes AOC La Reserve du Marguis

We sell this wine only by the case of 6. You will need to order in advance so we can request an allocation. A special wine: one to watch over and keep hold of for a few more years to bring it to its full potential.

Price: ¥490

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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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De Bortoli Family Selection Shiraz Cabernet: Wine Man Pick

October 27, 2011
De Bortoli Family Selection Shiraz Cabernet

The last vintage was awarded a SILVER medal at the AWC event in Austria. Fresh flavours of dark fruits and berry finessed with some toasty vanillin oak characters. Soft rounded tannins, great length and texture.

Price: ¥95

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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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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz: Wine Man Pick

October 27, 2011
De Bortoli Sacred Hill Shiraz

Australian success story pt. 3. We were initially skeptical of a drinkable sub ¥100 Aussie Shiraz. Often they are blended with Cabernet or malbec (or other grapes) and chucked out as part of the Great Australian Wine Glut. That was in 2010. Yet, De Bortoli has consistently shown that they have an ability to reach market at this price point with something eminently drinkable. They are revolutionary: It’s even won a SILVER MEDAL.

Price: ¥95

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Lindemans BIN 50 Shiraz

November 21, 2011
Lindemans BIN 50 Shiraz

Bright crimson red colour. The nose is driven by raspberry and blackberry aromas with some spice. An approachable wine with lingering ripe mulberry fruit flavours and rounded tannins.

Price: ¥145

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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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M. Chapoutier Cotes Du Rhone Belleruche AOC: Wine Man Pick

November 22, 2011
M. Chapoutier Cotes-du-Rhone Belleruche AOC

It is a great coup for us to get access to this wine at last and a great privilege to now offer it for sale on this site. Garnet red. Red fruit aromas, mainly Morello cherries. Well-structured, with sustained tannins. Perfect with pizza, pork and lamb dishes.

Price: ¥165

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M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage la Petite Ruche Rouge: Wine Man Pick

November 16, 2011
M. Chapoutier Crozes Hermitage la Petite Ruche Rouge

Michel Chapoutier is to The Southern Rhone, what Joseph Drouhin is in Burgundy: a class act negotiant. In this wine we have a deep purple red colour. The nose has lifted aromas of red fruits, blackcurrant and raspberry. The palate is fresh and round tasting with a finish of stewed fruits all served up with finesse.

Price: ¥293

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M. Chapoutier Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers Rouge: Wine Man Pick

December 2, 2011
M. Chapoutier Crozes-Ermitage Les Varonniers Rouge

Current Vintage: 2012. France’s Northern Rhone where the mighty wines are still affordable; just and rumoured not to be so for much longer. Deep garnet. Red fruit & blackcurrant dominate, followed by aromas of violet. Generous, powerful tannins; finish of stewed fruits & vanilla; fresh & fruity. 95-97 pts: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. (Also; 1999 & 2001for a few more Yuan…).

Price: ¥983

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M. Chapoutier Gigondas Red: Wine Man Pick

November 17, 2011
M. Chapoutier Gigondas Red

Southern Rhone Monster wine with all the world class credentials of an Olympic Athlete. Ruby colour. Elegant and powerful nose, aromas of strawberry jam, and pepper. The attack is floral, tannic and spicy. Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2006, 91/100 , Wine Spectator

Price: ¥489

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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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Torres Gran Sangre de Toro Riserva: Bronze Medal 2103 & 2014

November 21, 2011
Torres Gran Sangre de Toro Red

All the exuberant aroma traditionally found in an intense, ripe red wine. A sensual background of fine spices in good balance with perfumed notes reminiscent of blackberries. Full, long finish on the palate. Food Matching: This wine goes well with…

Price: ¥241

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Tyrrell’s Old Winery Shiraz Heathcote: 15% LOWER price

November 18, 2011
Tyrrell's Old Winery Shiraz Heathcote

Tyrrell’s keeps winning advocates & awards: Australian Winery of the Year in 2009 & 2010 from Campbell Mattinson & James Halliday, 2 of Australia’s foremost wine writers. A smooth, soft and spicy red wine with aromas of dark ripe fruit and subtle vanillin oak. The palate is full, rich and firm with good length and complexity.

Price: ¥163

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Tyrrell’s Vat 9 Shiraz 2009

December 7, 2011
Tyrrell's Vat 9 Shiraz

“Clear, inviting crimson; like all the top Tyrrell’s Shiraz, open-fermented, matured for 15 months in near-new and one-year-old French 2700-l oval casks for 15 months; the X factor is the special purity of fruit flavour coming from ancient vines on red soils. Many will drink the wine (with great enjoyment) long before it reaches its peak.” James Halliday 97 points.

Price: ¥687

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