Australian, Chilean and French red
GRANT BURGE FILSELL SHIRAZ Barossa Valley Australia 2015 The last of the trio from the Accolade Winesowned Grant Burge in this year’s Top 100 selection is a wine much loved by fans of the Barossa. Sourced from the eponymous 99-yearold vineyard which also supplies some of the fruit for Grant Burge’s legendary top wine, Meshach, the Filsell Shiraz is matured in a mix of French and American oak for 20 months.
HENSCHKE MT EDELSTONE SHIRAZ Eden Valley Australia 2013 Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz has been ranked among Australia’s greatest red wines ever since its first vintage in 1952. The secrets of its success are twofold. First and foremost, the eponymous Eden Valley vineyard, planted in 1912, with its dry-grown, centenarian vines on their own rootstocks, provides fabulous (biodynamic) fruit.
ESPINOS Y CARDOS SANTA MACARENA PINOT NOIR
VIÑA ECHEVERRIA CARMENÈRE RESERVA
CHÂTEAU DE BELLEVERNE LE CRU DES AMOUREUX
San Antonio Valley, Chile 2017
Curico Valley Chile 2016
St-Amour, Beaujolais France 2018
As the Top 100 judges said as they weighed up a run of wines made from the variety, good quality, affordable Pinot Noir is something of a holy grail for most wine merchants – a quest that all too often proves elusive.
In the UK, we have a tendency to think of Chilean wine as a thoroughly modern phenomenon, but Viña Echeverria gives the lie to that idea.
But those same judges were convinced that this Chilean take on Pinot has what it takes to fill that hoped-for slot on the shelf.
The winery was founded in 1930, with an agricultural heritage that goes back even further, to the 1700s. But the Echeverria family has moved with the times: recently awarded Sustainable Winery status, the family’s modern winery produces a range of more than 20 wines that are marked by consistent quality.
It’s almost 30 years now since Samantha Bailey set up Boutinot’s French operation with an office in Burgundy. Bailey is now part of a team of 20 devoted to sourcing fruit and making blends for Boutinot’s French range, with Bailey herself responsible for the final cut on this Top 100-winning Beaujolais from the SaintAmour cru.
“With super concentration and depth of flavour, this is classic and classy Barossa Shiraz from the top drawer,” said the judges.
Second, the Henschke family’s winemaking nous, which lets the quality of that fruit shine through.
“We love the ripe plummy fruit and mix of pepper spice and overall lushness, but there’s more to it even than that. A wine that will make an evening special all by itself.”
“This is a wine that could stand up to 20 years or more in the cellar, which – after some debate – we feel justifies the price,” the judges said. “It’s tight and coiled now, but there’s so much power and depth.”
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“Fruity, with bright acidity, this is a charming red with real Pinot character,” the judges said. “OK, so it’s not massively complex, but it’s superb value.” The wine comes from a single vineyard just 5km from the Pacific Ocean in one of Chile’s emerging cool-climate regions, San Antonio.
“Touch of red berry fruit, a hint of spice, balanced acidity and lovely fine tannins,” the judges said. “Awesome value.”
“Highly superior Beaujolais with savoury ripe fruit and delightful tannins,” the judges said. “A soft and velvety texture and superb varietal character, with secondary characteristics emerging. Would suit Burgundy- as well as Beaujolais-lovers.”
The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019