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There was absolutely no argument about this year’s overall winner. It simply had to be Teusner’s The Independent. It’s the winery’s favourite and now it’s ours too. From Kym Teusner, one of Australia’s most iconic winemakers right now, this exceptional Shiraz Mataro drinks like twice the price. If you didn’t know in a blind tasting that it was a $20 wine, you’d be quite happy paying $40 or $50.
The Shiraz leads with loads of really beautiful, bold, opulent fruit that’s typical of the Barossa, while the Mataro sits in the background, plumping up the tannins like a Cabernet, to add definition and structural balance. The two are just working together so well and that’s why we simply couldn’t deny this wine the best of the best title for 2015.
The Ned is a Kiwi Savvy with a more mineral accent, offering wet stone and heather in a structure still indicative of Marlborough. The tropical elements still shine, gooseberries aplenty and a dainty touch of fruit sweetness in the finish.
International Best in Show Sauvignon Blanc under £ 10 Trophy at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 & now winner of the Best Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2015
Pol Roger has long been the choice of British Royalty. It was also Sir Winston Churchill’s favourite drop. And we’re excited to announce Pol Roger has topped our list too. Our tasting panel clearly saw the brilliance in this traditional Champagne.
With a rich heritage of excellence spanning five generations, Pol Roger’s uncompromising reputation for quality is evident in every stunning mouthful. So too is that persistent mousse of small bubbles – a distinguishing feature attributed to some of Champagne’s coolest and deepest cellars.
Capturing the elegance of the Chardonnay grape, the Pinot Noir structure and Pinot Meunier fruitiness, Pol Roger is sublimely well balanced. It’s a rich, textured, dry, mid-weight. So raise your glass to Pol Roger, the quintessential champagne and our 2015 champion champers.
One word kept coming up when our tasting panel discussed this year’s premium wine winner – 'iconic.' Without doubt, the crown jewel of Yalumba and now Vintage Cellars too. The Signature stretches back to 1962 and celebrates the best wine of each vintage and we believe this 2012 vintage is just spot on.
Yalumba has taken the distinctively Australian blend of Cabernet and Shiraz and set the benchmark for this classic style. We loved the vibrant Barossa aromas of dark fruit and spice and the long, concentrated palate. Perfectly balanced, it has spicy, smoky notes and fine, supple tannins. This is a wine made for longevity, which is very much The Signature style and nothing less than iconic – so feel free to cellar for a good few years to come.
30 years young, this was indisputably the best dessert wine in Australia for our panel. Alluring aromas of marmalade, quince and vanilla give way to rich, lusciously sweet fruit, that’s offset by refreshing acidity. Match with desserts and good cheese.
Vintage Cellars Tasting Panel: 96 Points
We love a great imported wine at Vintage Cellars, in fact, we believe we sell some of the best that the world has to offer. That’s why we loved tasting the wines in this category, such variety and flavour but ultimately we couldn’t go past this unbelievable value for money Chardonnay for this year’s winner.
Where else but Burgundy can you get a Chardonnay as good as this?
It’s got depth, intensity and so much flavour. It’s fresh and intense with glorious notes of zesty citrus, delicate white flowers and honey. This is an archetypal blend from the Macon Villages in the south of Burgundy that uses different terroirs to combine minerality, delicacy and fruit expression. The resulting clear Chardonnay with glints of gold meant that for us, Cave de Lugny had to be in the gold medal-winning position.
Côtes de Provence is located in the idyllic south-east of France and produces a world renowned style of Rosé that is mimicked by winemakers across the globe.
Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes are grown in some of the most spectacular, sundrenched and gently undulating French terrain. The wines are pale and savoury, with lifted red cherry, musk, ruby grapefruit and floral blossom notes. A touch of spice compliments the fruit on a seamless palate. Limited stock, don't miss out on this exceptional wine.
Drinks best with: Grilled salmon and light salads.
Our tasting panel were divided on which of the winning wines they would buy, so we decided to put together the ultimate Discovery Pack. Consisting of our overall winning red wine, winning white wine and along with a range of awarded wines, we know you will love this pack. So pick up a Discovery Pack and find out what our judges loved about them all.
The selection includes 1 bottle of each:
• Deep Woods Estate Chardonnay 2014.
• Barossa Valley Estate GSM 2012.
• Teusner The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2013.
• Catena Zapata Alamos Malbec 2014.
• Alpha Box & Dice Rebel Rebel Montepulciano 2014.
• Tar & Roses Pinot Grigio 2015.
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