There are small number of wines that are in such limited supply, they are only available at our Deli in Llanrwst. Please call Deiniol to discuss on 01492 640215.
VINA ERRAZURIZ, SENA 2015, ACONAGUA VALLEY
A collaborative venture between legendary Californian winemaker Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick of Chilean winery Errázuriz, with the ambition to create a Chilean icon Bordeaux blend wine.
They quickly realised the enormous potential of Chile's climate and pristine landscape to produce some of the highest quality wines in the world. It took four years of searching the Aconcagua Valley to find the perfect location to plant the vineyards of Seña: Ocoa, a cooler site in the mid-section of the valley 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean with a Mediterranean climate and protected by woodland and ravines, sustainable, organic viticulture was the aim from the beginning. A blend of historic Bordeaux varieties (Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere and Petit Verdot) with the proportion of each dependent on the vintage. The 2015 is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 12% Malbec with the others making up the rest, hand-harvested in the cool early morning before undergoing a double selection in the winery and aged for 22 months in barrels after fermentation.
100 out of 100 - James Suckling (2017)
Smooth, rich and elegant with intense and complex aromas of red and black fruits such and notes of cedar, tobacco and black olives. The palate is full and smooth with great structure, complexity and depth with very fine tannins, balanced acidity and a very long, soft finish.
TEMPOS VEGA SICILIA ALION [2017 and 2018 vintages]
Alión is Vega Sicilia’s sister estate in Ribera del Duero. The two bodegas are just six miles apart, but Alión’s vineyards are to be found in several of the DO’s best locations. On these diverse soils, however, is planted a single variety: Tempranillo. This is handled gently in the winery, giving a naturally concentrated wine that is fruit-forward and accessible in youth – a great introduction to the Vega Sicilia interpretation of Ribera del Duero.
The soils are generally deep, with good drainage and are coarsely textured with an abundance of quartz gravel demonstrating their alluvial origins. Fermentation was carried out using wild yeast at controlled temperatures in wooden vats. The wine was then aged in 72% new French oak barrels, 18% used French oak barrels and 10% concrete tank for 12-14 months, followed by a minimum of 15 months in bottle before release.
Prominent black and red fruit flavours give way to a savoury, earthy note with just a hint of toasty oak. The tannins are youthful but still juicy and well-rounded and the fine acidity brings the freshness and elegance we expect from this estate.
"An Alión with tension, which will undoubtedly evolve very well.” – jancisrobinson.com, July 2020
"It’s a classical Alión, with some developed aromas, juicy and round but not heavy, with just a tad of earthy rusticity.” – 94 points, The Wine Advocate, Dec 2020
"The truth is that the wine comes through as subtle, elegant and balanced, with very integrated oak and a nice texture.It's one of the finest vintages for Alión. 95+ pts" - The Wine Advocate, December 2021.