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Iona Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin 2013

Because of its high and cool location the grapes at Iona Vineyard aren’t ripe until close on two months after most South African vineyards. However that extended ripening season adds quality. Having tasted countless Sauvignon Blanc wines over three decades I would say that all the hard work here pays dividends. The wine is seriously cool and utterly gorgeous. When I swirl a glassful, the smell I get first and last is green apples and since Iona vineyard was once an orchard, that’s perhaps fitting. - Mark Slaney

( WOW 24/7 22nd Oct 2014 )

Auzells, Costers del Segre 2013

Wine maker Tomàs Cusiné is developing quite a reputation for this lovely blend of several white grape varieties. With pure apple, pear and citrus fruit, balanced by a stony, mineral quality, it’s a versatile food wine. - Jamie Goode

( Sunday Express 19th Oct 2014 )

Jean-Marc Brocard, Chablis Vieilles Vignes 2012

To the South West of the village of Chablis lies the hamlet of Préhy. If you take the D2 from Chablis you eventually pass this church, the Church of Sainte Claire Prehy, which is surrounded by vines. It is quite a sight. Right next door lies the winery and visitor centre of Jean-Marc Brocard, whose organic vineyards smother the gentle slopes in all directions. The Church lends its name to their Chablis, although my palate favoured the extra complexity, weight and concentration in their Vieilles Vignes Chablis. - Andrew Barrow

( spittoon.biz 19th Oct 2014 )

Tabalí Reserva Especial Syrah Limarí Valley 2011

I remember visiting Limari in northern Chile in the days when it was better known for its vineyards and Pisco brandy. Now Rhône grapes have been planted instead and seem suited to this northern enclave. I am a big fan of Tabali’s wines – one of Chile’s best brands – all its wines deliver on succulent fruit and super-ripe tannins. Nothing jammy about this, just beautifully judged peppery ripe syrah. - Rose Murray Brown

( The Scotsman 18th Oct 2014 )

The Society's Chablis

Good Burgundy buy. - Jancis Robinson

( Financial Times 18th Oct 2014 )

Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Cape Point 2013

Easy to drink and kind to your soul. Delicious. - Christian Hothausen

( The Guardian 18th Oct 2014 )

Quinta Nova 250th Anniversary Douro 2011

Fragrant, wild, herby, sloe and damson-packed Douro red … gorgeous, spicy, gamey.  - Jane MacQuitty

( The Times 18th Oct 2014 )

Auzells, Costers del Segre 2013

A real hodge-podge of grapes goes into this lemony and floral white. It’s clean with a certain mineral quality and some length. - Henry Jeffreys

( The Lady 17th Oct 2014 )

Marc Hébrart Premier Cru Cuvée de Réserve Brut NV

Very fine bead and smoky Pinot-dominated. Flattering and soft. Easy to drink in quantity, I should think. Good value. 16.5/20 - Jancis Robinson

( JancisRobinson.com 17th Oct 2014 )

Grignan les Adhémar, Delas 2012

A mouth filling, exquisitely concentrated, full-bodied, rich, unfiltered blend of 50% Grenache (50%) and 50% Syrah from Grignan-les-Adhemar, the mid-Rhône AC that was formerly known as the Coteaux du Tricastin. - James Viner

( Kent & Sussex Courier 16th Oct 2014 )