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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

OCTOBER 2017

32 VINTAGES

LEEUWIN ART SERIES SHIRAZ 2013

Margaret River, Western Australia

TaSTINGNOTE:

75%machine-harvested,

25% hand-picked, destemmed and

whole bunch-fermented respectively with

cultured yeast, matured for 18 months

in French oak (53% new). Leeuwin took

time to come to terms with its Shirazs, but

is now master of its destiny. It has black

cherry and plum flavours in superabun-

dance, plus finely tuned tannins, its modest

alcohol is the key. Special Value. Drink

By: 2038. Score:

96

(James Halliday,

winecompanion.com.au

, Oct. 6, 2016)

4929 (XD) 750 mL $49.00

JIM BARRY

THE ARMAGH SHIRAZ 2012

Clare Valley, South Australia

TaSTING NOTE:

Deep garnet-purple

colored, the 2012 Shiraz The armagh

offers a gorgeous perfume of baking

spices, violets, Sichuan pepper and

fragrant earth. More earthy and savory

in the mouth than on the nose, the palate

is superbly structured and taut – built for

the long-haul – with a long, complex finish.

Still very youthfully, forget this wine for

3-5 more years and consider drinking it

over the next 20+. Drink Date: 2018-

2038. Score:

98+

(Lisa Perrotti-Brown,

MW,

robertparker.com

, aug. 30, 2016)

424077 (XD) 750 mL $435.00

CLARENDON HILLS

LIANDRA SYRAH 2010

McLaren Vale, South Australia

TaSTING NOTE:

Deep garnet-purple

in color, the 2010 Liandra Vineyard

Syrah reveals expressive aromas of

mulberries, black cherries and wild

blueberries with hints of soy, yeast extract

and baking spices plus a whiff of rose

petals. Full-bodied and showing great

poise and intensity in the mouth, it has a

wonderful core of red berry and spice

flavors framed by medium to firm levels of

rounded tannins and lifted acidity through

a long finish. approachable now, it should

drink to 2024+. Drink Date: 2013-2024.

Score:

95+

(Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW,

robertparker.com

, Feb. 27, 2013)

702332 (XD) 750 mL $97.00

WHITE WINE

LEEUWIN ART SERIES

CHARDONNAY 2013

Margaret River, Western Australia

TaSTING NOTE:

55%machine-picked

at night, 45% hand-picked, 64% cultured

yeast, 36%wild yeast, fermented in and

matured for 11 months in new French oak.

It is supremely elegant and finely balanced,

and has absorbed the new oak in a manner

worthy of a Grand Cru White Burgundy,

leaving the fragrant bouquet and finely

structured palate of startling length to

occupy centre stage. Special Value. Drink

By: 2033. Score:

98

(James Halliday,

winecompanion.com.au

, Nov. 3, 2016)

619437 (XD) 750 mL $99.00

ARGENTINA

RED WINE

ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS

RESERVE MALBEC 2014

Uco Valley, Mendoza

TaSTING NOTE:

There is quite a jump

in price for the 2014 Malbec Reserve.

Here the grapes are grown on chalky soils

with round stones in altamira, Gualtallary

and a touch of Vista Flores (that they

are not using anymore) that fermented

with indigenous yeasts and without any

acid correction. The wine was aged in

untoasted 3,500-liter oak foudres for

16 months. There is also a jump in quality,

a serious wine where the minerality and

freshness rule. This wine will please more

advanced drinkers, with its subtle minerality,

its balance and tasty, almost salty finish.

This is a sleek, fine and elegant representa-

tion of the limestone soils of the Valle de

uco. Drink Date: 2016-2020. Score:

93

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 30, 2016)

678987 (XD) 750 mL $39.00

ACHAVAL FERRER QUIMERA 2013

AC

TaSTING NOTE:

Sourced from a diversity

of places in the province of Mendoza, the

2013 Quimera is a blend of different

red grapes, a mixture that is more or less

constant across vintages, 50%Malbec,

24% Cabernet Franc, 18%Merlot, 8%

Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine matures in

brand newFrench oak barrels, but in 2013

the change is about the size of the barrels

that was the result of an internal investiga-

tion they have been conducting in the

winery. In 2011 they started experimenting

with different sizes but from the same

cooper. They bought larger and smaller

barrels and they were surprised that

smaller barrels gave more expressive fruit,

so they started using 160-liter oak barrels.

I had never heard this before, and in fact

Santiago achaval tells me this has not

worked with his wines from California, but

in achaval-Ferrer half of the barrels are

now 160-liter! The barrels work well up to

three uses, and he thinks it’s because the

juicy wines from Mendoza have a stronger

demand for aeration and the wine benefits

from a higher ratio of wood-to-wine

because of how much oxygen the wine

demands. The nose has no trace of wood,

and it’s eminently floral. The palate has

electric acidity, acid strawberries, it makes

you salivate, makes you long for the next

sip. Simply delicious. The best Quimera

I’ve tasted. The wine will not be released

until March 2016. 60,000 bottles were

produced. Bottled in September 2014.

Drink Date: 2016-2023. Score:

93

(Luis

Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, aug. 27, 2015)

24752 (XD) 750 mL $50.00