HIGHLY COMMENDED USA white Raymond Vineyards Reserve Selection Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2014 (£29.49, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Toasty, sun-filled California Chardonnay.
FLAMETREE WINES EMBERS CABERNET SAUVIGNON Margaret River Western Australia 2017 A consistent high performer in Western Australia’s Margaret River for the past decade, Flametree Wines has its headquarters overlooking Geographe Bay. Winemaker Cliff Royle is the man at the helm in the cellar, sourcing grapes from partners throughout the region to craft wines at a variety of price points, with the fruit-driven Embers range built for easy, and early, drinking. “A touch of bell-pepper on the nose, classic Maggie River freshness and delicous red and black currant and berry,” the judges said of the Embers Cabernet. “An effortless Aussie red with a touch of Bordeaux-like class.”
GRANT BURGE HOLY TRINITY
GRANT BURGE MIAMBA SHIRAZ
Barossa Valley Australia 2012
Barossa Valley Australia 2016
The star producer at this year’s Top 100 competition? Well, with three wines in the final selection, Australia’s Grant Burge must be in with a shout. The first of the Burge team’s winning trio takes its name from another world-beating trio – or trinity: the classic, Southern Rhône inspired red blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. “Absolute classic Aussie red blend – bloody brilliant mate,” said the judges. “It’s well developed, but still with plenty of fruit and grippy tannins. There’s currant, raisins, dates, lavender, menthol and eucalyptus – a wine you’d be happy to recommend to your customers for a Saturday night special.”
Take two for Grant Burge Wines in this year’s Top 100 is a highlight of the Barossa producer’s Vineyard Collection of single-vineyard wines.
Bodega Bouza Albariño, Montevideo 2018 (£19.95, Laytons): Mouthfilling, ripe, balanced: a South American challenge to Galicia.
Welsh white Montgomery Bacchus/Solaris, Montgomery 2017 (£20, Daniel Lambert): Elderflower and cut grass; fresh and very drinkable.
French rosé Gérard Bertrand Hampton Water Rosé, Languedoc 2018 (£19.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Elegant, super-fresh with subtle strawberries.
It comes from the Miamba vineyard in the south of Barossa, which was purchased and then replanted by Grant Burge in 1983.
Château De l’Aumerade Rosé Cuvée Marie Christine, Côtes de Provence 2018 (£14.49, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Fresh red fruits and subtle citrus: textbook Provence.
The winemaking team – led these days by Craig Stansborough – mixes up the élevage, with some of the blend finishing its primary and secondary fermentations in barrel.
Cantine Colomba Bianca Lumari Nero d’Avola Rosè, Sicily 2018 (£10.99, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Punchy, well-made, food-friendly rosato.
“Classy dark fruit; looked for white pepper … and found it!” said the judges. “Medicinal notes, balanced and well priced at £19.99: a definite place on our Top 100 shelf.”
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Portuguese rosé Quinta Do Espinho, Camila Rosé, Douro, Portugal 2017 (£16.99, The Portuguese Fine Wine Company): Floral-fragrant and lovely acidity. Quality pink.
Spanish rosé Bodega Sierra Norte Pasión de Bobal Rosado, Utiel-Requena 2018 (£10, Boutinot): Gutsy Spanish rosé with gluggable cherry juiciness.
The Wine Merchant Top 100
The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019