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THE CLASSICS COLLECTION

NOVEMBER 2017

21 VINTAGES

MOLLYDOOKER VELVET GLOVE 2016

McLaren Vale

This is an astonishing and critically

acclaimed Shiraz. Though the 2016 has

not yet been reviewed by the world’s

wine press, even a casual glance through

the ratings awarded to previous vintages

provides a telling record of the Velvet

Glove’s remarkable quality. Lisa

Perrotti-Brown called the 2012 (the

last vintage she has reviewed to date)

a “...big, rich and concentrated wine

with a great tannic backbone that is both

firm and fine ...” and awarded it a rating

of

97

points, suggesting a drinking

range of 2014-2025 (

robertparker.com

,

Feb. 26, 2014). Similarly, MaryAnn

Worobiec awarded the 2014 vintage a

score of

96

points, calling it “Dark, rich

and bold, with a velvety richness to the

dense tannins, providing the backbone

for thick flavors of black walnut liqueur,

blueberry syrup, sandalwood and

espresso ...” and suggesting a drinking

window extending through 2030

(

winespectator.com

, July 31, 2016).

Year in, year out, this is one of the most

impressive Shiraz in the world.

393017 (XD) 750 mL $215.00

IRONROCK KALGAN RIVER

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Great Southern

(Willoughby Park)

TASTING NOTE: Hand-picked and

sorted, destemmed, small batch ferments,

extended post-ferment maceration,

matured in French barriques (38% new).

An exceptional cabernet with multiple

layers of fruit, tannins and oak sliding

against, around and through each other

as you taste and retaste the wine. Its

greater degree of ripeness and more new

oak than its sibling make comparisons

invidious: each has its own strength, here

a luscious complexity. Drink By: 2043.

Special Value. Score:

96

(James Halliday,

winecompanion.com.au

, Oct. 6, 2016)

523175 (XD) 750 mL $54.00

ARGENTINA

RED WINE

CATENA ZAPATA NICASIA

MALBEC 2013

Uco Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Malbec

Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard is

produced with grapes from the vineyard

that names it – a vineyard planted in

1997 in the Altamira zone of Valle de

Uco. It’s mostly Malbec with some 4%

Cabernet Franc, but the two grapes

fermented together. It has less Cabernet

Franc than other years because 2013

was fresh enough that just that pinch

provided enough of the character they

are looking for. They call this “the most

Malbec of our Malbecs” and it has the

textbook aromas of violets and red

berries with perfectly integrated oak.

The palate is also elegant and fresh

and showcases the telltale round tannins

of Malbec. This is truly outstanding.

Some 8,000 bottles were filled in

December 2015. Drink Date: 2016-

2023. Score:

96

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

510941 (XD) 750 mL $100.00

CATENA ZAPATA NICOLÁS

CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MALBEC

2013

Uco Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2013 Nicolás

Catena Zapata is a blend of 72%

Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Malbec

from the La Pirámide, Adrianna and

Nicasia vineyards. It is perfectly clean

and focused, a noticeable improvement

over the 2012 vintage. The Cabernet

Sauvignon from this cool vintage seems

to have a more restrained character

that made me think of Cabernet Franc,

very classical and serious. They have

been harvesting earlier and earlier in

search of balance and freshness, and

the strategy has definitely worked. It has

great freshness and focus, and the lower

alcohol and acidity seem to make the wine

integrate the oak very nicely. This has to

be one of the finest vintages of Nicolás

Catena Zapata. Drink Date: 2016-2022.

Score:

96

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

,

Dec. 30, 2016)

510958 (XD) 750 mL $124.00

WHITE WINE

CATENA ZAPATA WHITE

BONES ADRIANNA VINEYARD

CHARDONNAY 2013

Uco Valley

TASTING NOTE: The superb, elegant and

aromatic 2013 White Bones Chardonnay

seemed to jump out of the glass with its

perfumed personality. This is a selection

of the more chalky soils of the Adrianna

vineyard in Gualtallary. It has a spicy,

nutty nose with minty freshness and

a sensation of wet stones. The oak is

perfectly integrated (in fact, none of the

Adrianna whites showed any oak) and

it has an elegant profile, a wine built

around finesse and acidity. It finished

with a chalky, mineral finish, definitively

salty. Simply stunning! Drink Date:

2016-2024. Score:

97

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016)

514844 (XD) 750 mL $120.00