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Hallelujah – the 2021 collections from Standish and Utopos are landed and ready to go…
When will I receive my order? We plan to dispatch on Monday 2 October for arrival on Tuesday as this provides plenty of notice.
Are you away during the week of 2 October? Contact the team and we will adjust your delivery.
Under Bond orders.
Transferring to a different UK bond: We will commence transferring your orders next week.
Storing your wines with The Vinorium: We will commence transferring your wines to your private cellar account along with updating your online reserves account. Please allow 7-10 days.
Remaining stocks are extremely low with many close to selling out. We take this opportunity to look back at each wine, share the tasting notes along with the opportunity to purchase a bottle or two.
Thank you all for your order for Our Fathers Just Like Heaven Roussanne Grenache Blanc which, and save for one bottle, sold-out on Wednesday. Great wine, great price and all for a great cause.
Our Wild Duck Creek samples arrived on Thursday, and they all look great. The bottles have changed a little – smaller and stubbier. Slightly old-school Bordeaux, with the addition of duck feet etched into the glass. I cannot wait to sample the Roussanne (one of my favoured varietals). This is the third bottling (previous vintages being 2017 & 2018). Entirely crafted from their Adairs Lane Vineyard located in the cooler Mia Mia sub-region. It’s a tiny plot - 1.5 acres of Roussanne and grafted onto Shiraz roots back in 2014.
I will settle down to the tough task of sampling the full collection early next week – we will publish all our tasting notes next Friday. Don’t forget, the pre-arrival special on the Sparkling Duck comes to an end on Monday at 9:00am. Shipment will get underway as soon as we release the remainder of the collection. We hope to ship everything by mid-October. Full shipping confirmation will be announced once we have confirmed our full order and found a space on a vessel.
Arrival prior to Christmas I hear you ask? It will be super tight however, we will do our best – no promises. We may split the delivery with urgent orders being sent directly to our HQ (we can turn the delivery around in 24-hours) whereas, LCB may take 2-3 weeks.
We have a small, 60-bottle parcel of the 2019 Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay (planted 1979) which most believe stands among the country’s great. The Tapanappa winery is relatively young, being established in 2002 between the highly regarded winemaker & viticulturalist Brian Croser, Bollinger Champagne and Jean-Michel Cazes from Château Lynch Bages. Decanter awarded 98-points which provides further assurance that you are buying something very special.
I planned to sample a bottle on Thursday and share my tasting note however, I was swayed by chilled bottles of glorious Roussanne from Barossa producers, Yelland & Papps. I have committed to stocks, if, and only to satisfy my own passion for this glorious varietal.
Wishing you all a great weekend,
2019 marked the 40th birthday of the wonderful Tiers Vineyard, a truly distinguished site. The first vineyard planted in the Adelaide Hills since the 19th century, The Tiers Vineyard is in the centre of the Piccadilly Valley at 450 metres elevation next to the Tapanappa Winery and the Croser family home.
2019 was a very high quality, warm and dry vintage, honouring the time- tested aphorism “the best quality wine is made from a cool climate vineyard in a warm year."
Bottled in February 2020. Only 225 dozen grown and made.
“The intensity is almost forbidding in its youth. An excellent wine; better in another year or two.”
“An exquisite wine from an extraordinary vintage.”
Joe Czerwinski, Robert Parker.com
Tapanappa Wines Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
98 Points - Decanter "The whiff of struck flint declares in a stern voice that this is serious. There’s richness and purity captured in a pristine vessel defining the beauty of sturdy Chardonnay expression. It’s a string section in full flight, playing long, sustained notes in the lovely weave of lemon pith and crisp green apple without any noticeable seam. It also has stubborn persistence, hanging onto rich, clean flavours. Bravo!"
Special Pre-Arrival Offer Ends Monday 25 September
Wild Duck Creek Sparkling Duck Shiraz
£39.50 per bottle
Will be £41.95 per bottle once landed
Also available under bond @ £181.50 (6x75cl)
Only 23 bottles and 8 cases remain available to order
Standish 2021 Four Bottle Pack
This four pack is the only way to purchase 2021 Lamella and Schubert Theorem by the bottle...
98-99 Points – Stuart McCloskey “In this case, the bouquet continues to be elusive and smoulders rather than leaps out. Compote-like, blue and black fruits, violet, overlayed with fresh pencil shavings, iodine, sea kelp, espresso, cooling steel, graphite, minerals, bergamot and peppermint oil. An intoxicating, heady fusion. The palate is incredibly dense (almost off the scale) – virtually chewable. Solid tannins frame the pure, ripe fruits. The palate feel is the archetypal ‘iron fist in a velvet glove.’ Sensual, powerful, tightly coiled and statuesque. With lots of aeration the wine’s rhythm unfolds to its own, wonderful tune. The flavour profile is extraordinarily pure – the core of fruit is off the scale. This is the perfect example of a wine that fans out and deepens to more notes of pastille fruits, blueberry compote and florals. An unremitting finish finally brings this great wine to a close. This will take at least a decade to develop and this is the reason my score errs on the modest side. Don’t let this put you off as this will ultimately be another magnificent ’21. Today, it’s reserved and it shows…
98 Points - Erin Larkin “The 2021 Lamella Shiraz is made with fruit from the Angas family vineyard, Hutton Vale Farm, Eden Valley. The vineyard was planted with cuttings from the Mt Edelstone (Henschke) vineyard and represents the final pick of the season each year. Made with 100% whole bunches in the ferment, the wine opens with characteristic jasmine tea, bergamot, raspberry, graphite and star anise on the nose. The whole-bunch component, far from overtaking the fruit, is seamlessly integrated from the first instance this year. The wine is a cohesive whole and shows an elegance and presence that is beguiling, to say the least. If anything, the 2021 Lamella is full of aching potential; its future is writ upon the balance of fruit and skin/stalk tannin, freshness and density. For lovers of this cuvée, I cannot recall seeing it so balanced and poised on release. The 2018 (a vintage I reference constantly for its high quality and fruit presence) may challenge this statement, however the cool vintage that birthed the Lamella this year has produced a wine of definition and untold potential. Super.”
2021 Schubert Theorem
99-100 Points – Stuart McCloskey “Another monumental offering and perhaps the most seductive on the nose. Blackcurrant pastille, blueberry compote, crème de mûre, cassis, black liquorice, brined, black olives, exotic, sweet spice, anise, espresso, hot earth, smoke, warmed oyster shell, nori and graphite. Quite an extensive list however, this tips the iceberg as I could easily spend a day with the bouquet alone. Unbelievably dark and brooding on the palate. Powerful, muscular and alive with sun-drenched blue and black fruits whilst being tempered by cooling steel, warm earth and sweet Asian spice. This exudes quality and magnificence – it really does. Not one facet of the palate escapes the sumptuousness which radiates in silken waves. The fine-grained tannins provide shape and structure as does the crisp acidity. There’s an obvious nod towards minerality. The exoticism is particularly alluring as is the effortless nature. A magnificent wine – truly so…”
99 Points - Erin Larkin “The 2021 The Schubert Theorem Shiraz was made with fruit from the Roennenfeldt Road vineyard, in Marananga, with 70% whole bunches in the ferment. The northeastern corner of this vineyard is matured in concrete egg to preserve the blue-fruited core that defines the style of this wine; it is the only cuvée that features an alternate maturation vessel. I knew (before and) when I tasted the 2019 and 2020 vintages what I was going to get, by and large. When I was in the Barossa in June 2021, I was already thinking about what the Schubert would look like from this year, as the perceived fit of season and style had the potential to dovetail in a most titillating fashion—a "stars aligning" kind of thing. A cool season overlays a warm site capable of producing dark, dense, sometimes brooding, always pure Shiraz. The combination of concrete egg (and, in this case, a slightly shorter maturation in this vessel) and cooler year has produced a wine of scintillating precision and fruit sweetness. It glows with its own black light. It shimmers and oscillates between fruit luminescence and plush tannic texture, and in doing so, it barely contains its own energy and abundance. The distinction between this profusion of fruit and the old "fruit bombs" of yore is the precision of acid and pliable fruit tannin that defines the middle palate and the ability of the fruit (courtesy of the winemaking) to shine through the vessels in which it matured. The tannin that shapes the wine is plentiful, make no mistake, yet it is ductile and fine and threads through every aspect of the palate. A thrilling Schubert this year, it's like a strike of lightning on a dark night. This wine appeals most fervently to my penchant for freshness, energy and resonant bass line."
"Mesmerising it is. In fact, I know of no other Aussie producer who conjures such thought-provoking aromas.”
Standish The Standish Shiraz 2021
98-99 Points – Stuart McCloskey “Dare I say it – even more aloof than Lamella. Nonetheless, mesmerising it is. In fact, I know of no other Aussie producer who conjures such thought-provoking aromas. I hate to use the term ‘intellectual’ however, it’s the correct word used in the correct context. Pinning aromatics down to deep aromas of Indian ink, graphite, cold steel, black liquorice and scorched spices. All aromas are wrapped in a salty brine casing – wonderfully marine. The palate treads the same, high-altitude path (you’ve got to work at it). The sweet entry is welcome relief before you are met with the solid structure – very muscular and super-dense. The palate interplays between deep, dark, blue and black pastille fruits – a little concentrated raspberry along with its tell-tale savoury style which is a prominent feature this year. The wine continues to flow harmoniously with crème de mûre, mulberry, violet, lavender, Indian ink. Similarly, to the 2020, there’s a noticeable briny, minéralité tone to all the fruit. Lots of succulence too along with a rich lacquer-feel. This will deliver decades of pleasure. For now, set-aside for at least 8-10 years.”
96 Points - Erin Larkin "The 2021 The Standish Shiraz was made with fruit from the Laycock family vineyard, Greenock, with 30% whole bunches in the ferment. The Standish Shiraz was the first cuvée launched by Dan Standish in 1999, and the wine is routinely typified by its muscular tannin shape and earthy, savory fruit. The most attractive part of this wine is the splay of exotic market spice (namely sumac, black pepper, star anise and fresh cardamom) that sails in on the coattails of the red/purple fruit. It has all the exoticism and romance of a hike through the mountains of Morocco, yet it, perhaps more than any other wine in the collection, speaks of the Barossa in a clear enunciated voice. So, where does it fit in 2021? The 2021 The Standish Shiraz is finer, prettier and lighter than I have ever seen it at this stage of its life. It has all the spice and Barossan identity that is expected; however, it misses the dense baritone of fruit that is present in earlier iterations. Whether you think that is a positive or not is up to you—I am fond of this wine throughout all its incarnations. Vintage variation is responsible for the spark of curiosity and joy that I experience every year during this release, and the real triumph in 2021 is the ability of the vineyard (this vineyard) to shine through the season that shaped it."
"A testament to the greatness of Australian winemaking.”
Standish The Relic Shiraz Viognier 2021
99-100 Points – Stuart McCloskey “I find the bouquet astonishing. Let’s be honest, they all are however, the ’21 Relic has been dialled up a notch. Florals aplenty along with metal shavings, nori, fennel seed, preserved mulberry jam, blueberry compote, cassis, dark chocolate, new leather, violet, sweet anise and pencil shavings. The flavours keep building – this wine doesn’t stop giving. Expansive, layered, incredibly deep, seamless and immensely concentrated. Mediterranean herbs influence and positively. The tannins provide structure and infuse with the super-concentrated fruit. The sweet spice is a dreamlike addition. Simplistically, imagine a bowl of confit fruit – blueberry, mulberry, plum and blackberry infused with star anise, cinnamon stick, clove, lavender, fresh vanilla, zest from blood orange and a soupçon of soy. Add quality, fine-grained tannins and fantastically crisp acidity and you’re left with a testament to the greatness of Australian winemaking.”
98 Points - Erin Larkin “The 2021 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier is made with fruit from the Hongell family vineyard, Krondorf. It was made with 1% Viognier co-fermented, with 25% whole bunches in the ferment this year, up from 15% to 20% in 2020. The Relic is one of Australia’s greatest Shiraz Viognier wines, and it’s a sure thing each year for quality and execution of style. In 2020, it was my preferred wine of the collection for its savory, meaty/bacon fat/bloody character. All elements were in balance, and it managed a savory and floral drive within the same glass. Super cool. This year, I love the wine for all the opposite reasons. The 2021 is creamy, plush and almost sybaritic in its outlay of fruit and tannin. At 15.5% alcohol, it's the highest alcohol wine in the 2021 release, yet it doesn’t show that via warmth or harshness in the wine. The whole-bunch component is up slightly this year from last, and honestly, it feels completely invisible in the wine. This is undoubtedly the biggest, most plush wine in the collection, but true to form for Standish, it is balanced and fresh, with a long future in front of it.”
"Highly impressive. Unquestionably, this is the best Utopos Cabernet Sauvignon (to me, anyway). Simply, a sensation.”
Utopos Cabernet Sauvignon 2021
Stuart McCloskey "Hello beautiful – this bouquet ticks all my boxes (‘Wow’ shrieked the team). It’s akin to a dark hole of nori, graphite / lead pencil, cold steel, violet, cassis, blueberry compote, sundried tomatoes, sweet Mediterranean herbs, peppermint, and piped tobacco. Overall, it's a sublime arrangement of fruit cloaked in a cooling mist of sea spray. Incredibly exciting and I have run out of superlatives. Save to say – this is thrilling and one wine which I will happily sniff all day long. The palate runs to the same, cooling tune, albeit succulent and moreish. The tannins melt into the ripe, creamy fruits – they’re almost invisible. There’s the lightest touch from the oak. Power juxtaposed with finesse - neatly done too… Highly impressive. Unquestionably, this is the best Utopos Cabernet Sauvignon (to me, anyway). Simply, a sensation. Drink now (we decanted for 4-hours) and will age for 10-15 years. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware."
"Like a great song, the flavours gradually build – the senses tingle with excitement. The finish is epically long…”
Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet is deeply concentrated and really needs longer than the four-or-so hours I allowed. Black pepper, blue and black fruit compote, espresso, lots of minerality, black olive, violet pastille, smoked meat (albeit nascent), vanilla, fruitcake, clove, liquorice, and a long list of spices – too many to list. All sweet and tinged with a little wood smoke. Unmistakable blood orange as the glass approaches empty. The palate is full-bodied, muscular and sits on broad shoulders. The flavours spread-out and flood the senses with a wonderful sense of voluminosity. The amalgamation of fruit and violet pastille, warming earth, a thrust of dried spice along with minéralité are balanced with ripe tannins – freshness provides a light, cooling touch. Like a great song, the flavours gradually build – the senses tingle with excitement. The finish is epically long… Another fabulous release that will be at its best in 8-10-years, but has the foundations and quality to age for decades. When you choose to open a bottle is entirely down to your preferential style. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
"Shows the ‘serious’ side to this great, Aussie blend. Brilliantly detailed along with a sense of ineffable completeness.”
Utopos Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Blend 2021
Stuart McCloskey "The ’21 is a 70% Cabernet Sauvignon / 30% Shiraz blend and selected from the best blocks on the Utopos Vineyard. Purity is the hallmark for the 2021 vintage. The bouquet unfurls to flowing ribbons of sweet, exotic spice, blackcurrant, cassis, damson, mulberry, black raspberry, violet, cinnamon, liquorice and salt. The palate feel is beautiful and medium-bodied. Powerful yet juxtaposed with masterful restraint. Tense, the fruit is edged with wonderful freshness, the acidity is faultless and the tannins gently roll across the palate. Again, the flavours (black fruits tinged with graphite) straddle the lines of purity. Less drama and all the better for it as this shows the ‘serious’ side to this great, Aussie blend. Brilliantly detailed along with a sense of ineffable completeness. Civilised, nuanced, sculptured, tender and perfectly enjoyable today. I love the long, salty finish… Decanted for 4-hours and served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drink now to 2035 (a few years in the bottle is recommended).”
"Very good indeed – grown-up, characterful, and wonderfully stylish / smart (in an understated way). Exceptional.”
Utopos Mataro Shiraz Grenache 2021
Stuart McCloskey “A blend of 55% Mataro, 32% Shiraz and 13% Grenache. The bouquet opens to cracked pepper, blackberry, oodles of ripe, dark fruits (plum, mulberry etcetera), a smidgeon of liquorice, a dusting of paprika, cooling graphite, iodine, black olive, dried herbs, saline and sweet spice – fresh coffee with more aeration.. The palate is medium-bodied, the fruit is ripe and succulent (mineral infused) and wonderfully glossy. There’s a strong case to say this already displays perfect balance - The acidity and tannins are spot-on. Ground coffee, violet, a touch of tartness from redcurrant – The palate feel is both juicy and vigorous. Blood orange fans out on the uber, long finish. Very good indeed – grown-up, characterful, and wonderfully stylish / smart (in an understated way). Exceptional. In terms of drinkability – I entirely agree with Kym’s suggestions. It’s ready now (we decanted for 4-hours) and will age for a decade. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
"Texturally, this is very ‘Utopos’ – silken, fleshy, succulent with the fruit flowing in ribbons of silk.”
Stuart McCloskey “I was a tad concerned this would not be ready to bottle, yet it’s pitched beautifully and reinforces how great the 2021 Aussie vintage is shaping up. The perfume unfolds beautifully with black raspberry, thyme, spice, sandalwood and orange peel. Give it a few years and the bouquet will be an absolute ripper. Texturally, this is very ‘Utopos’ – silken, fleshy, succulent with the fruit flowing in ribbons of silk. The flavours are long, and the suede-like tannins provide shape. Medium-bodied with lots of brightness – raspberry, black cherry and Campari. An outstanding expression of Grenache although, a few years in the bottle will provide greater interest and complexity. For now, this is downright delicious and a serious bottling (far from those wimpish Grenache bottlings). Decant for 2-3 hours. Drinking now to 2030. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
Unrivaled value from Bordeaux
Super-special clearance price @ £55.00 IB per case of six.
17 Points - Matthew Jukes “Denis thinks that this vintage is even finer than his impressive 2016. There is serious density of flavour here and the tannins are rich and fondant with invigorating energy and power. The fruit is black and luxurious and the finish is long. This is a wine with real attitude and it will be one of the longer-lived examples on the Right Bank. It ought to offer superb value for money, too.”
The fabulous Côtes de Castillon vineyard of famous Pomerol winemaker Denis Durantou of L'Eglise Clinet which consistently offers great value. In this instance, unrivalled value as this special, stock clearance discount provides 30% off UK wine merchants prices…
Buy @ £55.00 IB per case of six (UK prices @ £80.00)
Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Rouge 2016
Another bargain @ £180.00 IB per case (Most UK merchants @ £220 / £225)
96 Points - James Suckling "I love the deep and complex nose, in which the cassis and mint of cabernet sauvignon are beautifully married to the more generous blackberry of ripe merlot and the vanilla and toasty notes from the oak are marvelously integrated. On the palate it creeps up on you slowly; the first impression is ripe yet delicate, then the fine-grained tannins charge through and light up the sky. Very long finish. Drink or hold."
95 Points - Neal Martin "The 2016 Malartic-Lagravière has a wonderful bouquet of perfumed, mainly red fruit laced with potpourri, black olive tapenade and light brine-like aromas - a bouquet full of personality. The fresh, harmonious palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity and just the right amount of salinity toward the loam-tinged finish. Bon vin from the Bonnies."
Provenance: Purchased by The Vinorium during their respective En-Primeur campaigns. Stored at LCB’s temperature-controlled facility (Eton Park) since shipping from Bordeaux.
Buy @ £180.00 IB per case of six
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