Dark yellow with gold, aged apricot in the robe. The nose is broad and deep – present quince, pineapple, barley sugar, vanilla. Has a good salty, clear palate, which runs with purpose. After a nutted start, it develops a brioche bread side, a toasted, buttered nature, along with banana flambé in the taste. Good, rich wine with well judged botrytis.
96 Points - Neal Martin
This has a superb nose with redcurrant, cranberry, limestone, a hint of cedar and graphite all very finely tuned. Intense rather than powerful. The palate is medium-bodied with a chalky entry, good acidity and tension, a firm masculine structure typical of Montrose with a terse grippy finish, sous-bois lingering beautifully in the mouth. Superb.
The 2013 Estate Chardonnay offers notes of fresh peaches, pears and spiced apples with an undercurrent of baker's yeast. Light to medium-bodied, it is clean and fresh and yet with good primary fruit intensity, which should develop gracefully over the next 5-7 years.
Tasted blind at the Sauternes 2011 horizontal tasting. The Château Doisy-Védrines 2011 has a very fragrant, almost floral bouquet with pure honey, quince and yellow flower scents that soar from the glass and embrace you like your favourite aunt. The palate is medium-bodied with a viscous texture and superb acidity that really set this Sauternes alight: real tension and a sense of energy here. It just “flows” toward a vibrant, honeyed finish that has only just begun to “motor." This surpasses its showing from barrel and constitutes a magnificent effort from Olivier Castèja and his team.
Stylish Sauternes from an outstanding vintage. At perfect maturity and awaiting the company of Stilton or Roquefort.
93 Points - James Suckling
Very attractive clotted cream and lime curd on the nose, gently spicy and really pristine. The palate has a very smooth spicy citrus thread, with saffron, lime curd and lemon; bright and pure, balanced, powerful, terrific sticky wine.
A beautifully light and slightly frizzante wine - perfect for summer sipping. This Pink Muscat from Stella Bella is full of gorgeous red berry flavours with a hint of vanilla and a fresh and delicate finish.
International Wine Challenge: Gold Winner 2014
Inniskillin Icewine is recognised as one of the world's finest speciality wines and this Riesling is the perfect accompaniment to fruity desserts and rich cheeses. This Riesling Icewine shows the elegance of tropical aromas and flavours of lemon and lime. The good acidity of Riesling allows for a refreshing mouth feel with many layers of flavours that unfold.