Decant, specialising in the wines of Europe, many of which we import exclusively, as well as a carefully selected range of Australasian wines, offers both the experienced and novice wine lover a chance to broaden their palate. With our help, we are confident this discovery need not be one fraught with disappointment and unpleasant experiences.
The secret to this is the combination of our experience (a combined total of over 50 years in the trade), knowledge and passion that enables us to provide you with the very best wines from around the world.
From everyday enjoyment through to the rare and revered, we offer the best value and best quality for your money.
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The weekly quiz – a teaser on all things alcohol related. The questions (and answers), of which there will be only one a week, have been set by one of the great masters of comic prose and best loved British writers of the twentieth century. I cannot elaborate more as I trust no one as far as Google goes, and it is for this very reason that there actually is no prize other than the self satisfaction you will find in knowing or discovering the answer.
By the way, no correspondence will be entered into.
Answers will follow the week after...
This week's question:
Australian wines have had a great and deserved success over here in recent years, but are individually known only to a small circle as yet. So have a go at the date of the first wine-harvest there. As a special concession you may look up the date of the first settlement, or alternatively allow yourself ten years' leeway.
(this gives some idea of the age of the quiz-master! -ed.)
Last week's QUESTION & ANSWER:
Q. What did Johan Siegert, a German army surgeon who served in the Napoleonic wars and later with Simon Bolivar the Liberator in South America invent?
A. Angostura Bitters. Siegert worked in the hospital at the river-port of Angostura (which is Spanish for “narrows”), not long afterwards renamed Ciudad Bolivar. His bitters were intended as atonic and digestive remedy.
Weekly Specials : 27 February 2014
Hello from Decant,
STAFF WANTED : The cafe is in need of a part-time staff member (week-days). The job description goes down as 'general dog's body' – till work, food service, table clearing and lots of dishes among other things.
Give Juliet a ring on 343 1945.
What's with this? … reading this mornings Press, is it not a bit weird that people who choose to live in the middle of town complain about the noise (and smell) that is naturally part of living in the middle of town?
and this week …..
Please find attached an offer for the 2011 red Burgundies of Domaines Fourrier and Bachelet
Some rarities, gems and collectables that have been tucked away or we've managed to get another shot at – this is your chance.
Quantities on all of them are mighty small.......
Burn Cottage central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Ridiculously small amounts leaked out into the retail trade mean this wine has been basically unprocurable except in the best restaurants. Now's your chance to try this much talked about biodynamic Pinot, - well worth a crack Nigel.
Felton Road Pinot Noirs
tiny amounts available of:
2012 Calvert Pinot Noir @ $70.
2012 Block 3 Pinot Noir @ $93.
not too much needs to be said – still the most sought after Central Pinot.
Tua Rita 'Redigaffi' Toscana 2005
100% Merlot, the closest rival Ornellaia's Masseto has .
Wine Spectator: “Beautiful aromas of blackberry, dried currant and Indian spices follow through to a full body, with fine tannins and a long, caressing finish. Wonderful texture. Focused, refined aftertaste of blackberry, brown sugar and spices.” Score: 95.
Wine Advocate “The 2005 Redigaffi (Merlot) is the most finessed, elegant Redigaffi I can recall. This is a Redigaffi that emphasizes clarity and precision over sheer power. Suggestions of new leather, spices, plums, currants, minerals, blueberry jam and toasted oak emerge from this medium-bodied effort. The tannins are beautifully balanced and the wine offers terrific overall harmony.” Anticipated maturity: 2010-2022.
“ In the difficult 2005 vintage Tua Rita proves why it deserves a spot among the finest estates in Italy. This is truly a stellar showing from proprietor Stefano Frascolla and consulting oenologist Stefano Chioccioli made all the more notable considering the less than ideal conditions the 2005 vintage presented. “
Guigal La La's
Guigal Cote Rotie 'La Landonne' 2004 @ $490.
Dom Perignon Oenothèque 1990
One of the great champagnes of the 20th century is 1990 Dom Pérignon Oenothèque.
Richard Geoffroy, the chef de cave and genius behind the wines of Dom Pérignon, says of all the bottles buried in their historic cellar, he chooses to pour the 1990 Oenothèque from magnum whenever a "VVIP" pays a visit.
His tasting notes go like this....
“At 16 years young, this bottle is just beginning to reveal intense aromas of "toast, hazelnuts, chocolate, roasted coffee and woody spice." On the palate, the wine unleashes a "bracing freshness" infused with "candied citrus peel." It is at once "rich but not opulent, precise and persistent" with an amazing length. While this wine is just entering its sweet spot, it will only enrich itself in the decades to come.”
Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 2007
Firmly entrenched as a cult wine icon of the Barossa Valley, Rocky O'Callaghan's masterpiece Shiraz evokes thoughts of all things brilliant about Australian wine, and in particular, Australian Shiraz. Painstaking bunch and parcel selection takes place to produce a small quantity of Barossa liquid gold. The 2007 Basket Press is a typical Rockford with a subtlety not seen in most super-premium Barossa wines. Rich briary characters are still at the fore, softening by the day. Classic. This sells in Australia for $130.
Penfolds Grange 2008 1.5Litre @ $1990.
100/100 from the Wine Advocate – big score, big bottle!
to help save Juliet from herself:
Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru La Forest 2011 @ $75.
Dauvissat Chablis Grand Cru 'Les Clos' 2011 @ $125.
Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru 'Montee de Tonnerre' 2010 @ $85.
What Guigal single vineyards are to Cote Rotie, so Chapoutier's Selection Parcellaires are to Hermitage.
The Chapoutier Sélections Parcellaires are some of the most celebrated and rare wines in the entire Rhône Valley, their precisely delineated provenance providing the ultimate celebration of the concept of terroir, most importantly the terroir of the Hill of Hermitage. These single vineyard Hermitage wines are identified by the ancient name of ‘Ermitage’.
Chapoutier Ermitage 'Le Greffieux' 2009 @ $300.
The inky/black/purple-colored 2009 Ermitage Les Greffieux (473 cases) offers a stunning perfume of crushed rocks, lead pencil shavings, spring flowers, licorice, blackberries and blueberries. Impressively endowed as well as tannic and backward, with good acidity, this 2009 needs a decade of cellaring and should evolve effortlessly for 35-50+ years.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #198 Dec 2011)
Chapoutier Ermitage 'L'Ermite' 2009 @ $625.
3 ha, 100% Syrah. The plot is situated at the top of the Hermitage Hill, around the chapel. The elevated position of the vineyard, over 200 m, allows long ripening at the end of the growing season. The soil of loess provides excellent drainage for rainwater. Vines are over 80 years old and are planted on granitic poor soils. L’Ermite traditionally produces the most elegant and aromatic Ermitage.
This almost looks like port in the glass. Much more open on the nose than Le Méal and arguably more recognisably Syrah. Like super-de-luxe Syrah, such opulence but no sweetness. It finishes dry with masses of ripe tannin but there is great seductive perfume on the nose. Wonderful texture. Surely this will drink well for a long time? Great balance already. It is so user-friendly it almost seems tarty at first but there is no surplus sweetness nor obvious alcohol – and certainly no trace of oak. The vineyard expression is the thing!
(Jancis Robinson MW )
Chapoutier Ermitage 'Le Pavillon' 2009 @ $830.
100% Syrah. This wine comes from ‘lieu-dit’ Les Bessards. The plot has a specific geology: it is composed of a fine layer of sediment lying on granitic subsoil. The 65-year-old vines are located at an altitude of approximately 130 m on the Hermitage hill, above the ruins of a stone house giving its name to the wine. Yields of 20 hl/ha. Glowing dark crimson. Burnt tarry whiffs on the nose. Complex vine stumps on a bonfire. Then an unctuous palate entry. Very clever. You really do have to take your hat off to Michel Chapoutier and team for producing these gems, each one so different from the last and chock full of character. Wonderfully graceful polished tannins and great length. They make all but a handful of 2009 red bordeaux look a little predictable. Great depth and velvety texture. Smoke but not mirrors. It’s all real! You could actually drink this with pleasure already but it would be a massive waste of all that unrealised potential.
(Jancis Robinson MW)
you probably need a rest (and new mortgage) now