Issue #129, September 2020

 

KUSUDA: One grape at a time... Hiro's Exquisite New Releases

Jancis Robinson describes the small scale of Hiroyuki Kusuda's production as 'bonsai', marvelling at how the Kusudas themselves, plus friends who fly in from Japan each vintage, perform the fastidious harvesting technique of picking individual grapes.

 

Hiroyuki Kusuda has been described by Jancis Robinson MW as applying, “Japanese perfectionism… to one of the world’s most pragmatic wine industries… the resulting wines are truly exceptional.” With incredible attention to detail, Hiro harvests, berry by berry, to ensure that only the most perfect, most pure fruit goes into each of his wines. They are always, without fail, utterly magical. 

We are delighted to present you Kusuda’s latest release: The 2017 Pinot Noir and the 2016 Syrah. Each of these wines is astonishing in its own way. ‘Purity’ is a watchword of Hiro’s exceptional Pinots but the 2017 is even more delicate, ethereal and stunning than normal. If you enjoy balletic Pinot Noir, this is not a vintage to miss out on. Finally, the intensely low yields of the 2016 Syrah have resulted in a spellbinding fragrance so similar to that of the Northern Rhône, that it would be fascinating to taste blind and compare the two together. 

 
 

** Available for delivery from January 2021 **

Kusuda Pinot Noir 2017

Joe Czerwinski "One of the most consistent producers in Martinborough, no doubt because of the intensive handwork carried out in the vineyards, Kusuda has crafted a terrific 2017 Pinot Noir. Thyme and rosemary notes accent black cherry fruit in this medium to full-bodied wine that manages to have ample depth without any weight. It's plump and silky, with red fruit—think pomegranate and raspberries—on the long finish."

£81.00 per bottle

24 bottles available

 
 

** Available for delivery from January 2021 **

Kusuda Syrah 2016

Coolish in the vineyard through the year, the intensely low yields of the 2016 Syrah have resulted in a spellbinding fragrance so similar to that of the Northern Rhône, that it would be fascinating to taste blind and compare the two together. Linear shaped wine with obvious ageing potential. 

£72.95 per bottle

12 bottles available

 

Previous Releases

 

Kusuda Riesling 2017

95 Points - Bob Campbell "Quite a concentrated riesling with lime, white flowers and oyster shell mineral character supported by taut, ripe acidity that helps drive a lengthy finish. An impeccable wine with Kusuda trademark purity and power."

Was £35.95 per bottle
Now £32.50 per bottle

25 bottles available

 
 

99 Points

Kusuda  Riesling TBA 2015 Half

99 Points - Bob Campbell "Only 840 half-bottles. Golden colour. Quite sweet without any suggestion of being at all cloying or syrupy, in fact, the wine has an incredibly pure and ethereal texture. Very complex with honeycomb, grapefruit marmalade, dried mango, apricot and exotic floral characters to name just a few of the more obvious flavours. An amazing wine with a strong Kusuda signature."

£82.95 per half bottle

10 bottles available

 
 
 
 

Leung Estate
Ma Maison Pinot Noir 3 Pack

Martinborough, New Zealand

 

Contains:

2015 Cuveé Jade Pinot Noir
2016 Pinot Noir &
2014 Pinot Noir

£105.00 per pack of 3

* Only 3 Available *

 

Ma Maison Pinot Noir Cuveé Jade 2015

18.5+/20 Points - Raymond Chan "Full dark-red colour with some black hues and depth, a little lighter on the rim with some garnet. The nose is soft and harmoniously integrated with deep aromas of ripe, dark-red berry fruit interwoven with hints of dark herbs and spices, along with some undergrowth and earthy complexing detail. The fruit remains to the fore and is the feature, showing freshness and vitality. Medium-full bodied, the palate has rich and sweet flavours of dark-red berry fruit with hints of plums. The fruit is fresh and aromatic, lifted by red floral fragrances and herbal elements. The fruit lusciousness grows and enriches the mouthfeel, and the palate possesses fine-grained tannin extraction with soft, integrated acidity. The wine is well-balanced and carries to a soft, harmonious, rich, sustained finish. This is a rich, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with dark-red berry fruit with floral notes, subtle herb detail on a plush, balanced, fine-grained palate. Match with duck and pork, lamb or beef over the next 6+ years. A barrel selection wine, named after the Leung’s daughter-in-law. A blend of 50% clone 777, and 25% each clone 5 and 10/5, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.0 alc., the wine aged 9 months in 20% new oak. 861 bottles made."

Ma Maison Pinot Noir 2016

17+/20 - Raymond Chan "Garnet-red colour with a dark heart, lighter on the rim with a touch of bricking. The nose is soft and plush with open and accessible aromas of red berry and plum fruit entwined an amalgamated layering of herbs and spices. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with a sweet core of dark-red berry fruit along with liquorice and spice nuances, unveiling subtle herbal elements. The fruit is up-front and softly mouthfilling, and is supported by supple tannin extraction and structure. The acidity is fresh and balanced and adds to the energy. The flavours form an elegant core and lead to a long, lingering finish of spices and herbs. This is an up-front, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with red berry, liquorice, spice and herb flavours on a supple palate. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 4 years. Clones 667, 777, 5, 115, 114, 10/5, Abel and 113, fermented with a small amount of whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 10% new oak."

Ma Maison Pinot Noir 2014

17.5+/20 Points - Raymond Chan "Even ruby-red colour with garnet hues on the rim. The bouquet is elegantly proportioned and finely presented with aromas of savoury red berry fruits along with lifted notes of red florals, herbs and earth, unfolding spice and cedary oak nuances. The aromatics are complex and harmoniously interwoven. Medium-full bodied, the palate features a finely concentrated core and line with rich, succulent, savoury red fruits harmoniously melded with subtle notes of herbs, earth, spice and cedar. The mouthfeel is smooth-flowing with fine-grained underlying tannins and integrated acidity lending gentle energy and drive, The wine has sweetness and richness which carries to a long, lingering, harmonious, savoury finish. This is an elegant, harmonious, savoury layered Pinot Noir with a complex amalgam of red fruits, herbs, earth, spices and cedar on a smooth, fine-grained palate. Match with coq au vin and casseroles over the next 4+ years. Clones 777, 113, 114, 115, Abel, 10/5 and small amounts of 667 and Mariafeld, fully destemmed and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in predominantly seasoned oak, with a low proportion of new, bottled unfined and unfiltered. 800 dozen made."

 
 

TOP RED SELECTION

 

Deep Woods Estate

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

"Sourced entirely from the original estate vines planted in '87, matured for 18 months in new and used French oak. A wine of immediate power, coupled with the balance to guide it through the decades ahead. The flavours are grounded on blackcurrant and bay leaf, the tannins ripe. 14.5% alc."

WINEMAKER
Julian Langworthy

Cabernet is one of the world's greatest grapes and, here in Margaret River, I feel we make one of the greatest expressions of this amazing varietal. This wine smells of violets, bitter cocoa and hope, while the palate is effortlessly complex and has the most amazing length tempered by pure emotion.

Was £48.55 per bottle
NOW £43.50 per bottle

 
 

Purple Hands Wines

After Five Wine Co.
Montepulciano 2018

"Destemmed, lightly crushed, wild yeast open ferment, 10 days on skins, basket-pressed, mlf, maturation in new French hogshead and older French oak for 5 months, racked and then another 12 months maturation, no fining, no filtration. Vegan friendly. A striking young Italian variety finding a home in the Barossa Valley, and what's not to like? It strikes a dramatic dense purple pose in the glass, the scent is pure La Dolce Vita with exotic spice, black cherry and enduring anise. It flows beautofully across the tongue, smooth, intense but with lively tannins. 14% alc."

WINEMAKER
Craig Stansborough

The quality of this wine is determined in the vineyard, with vine balance super critical. The 2018 vintage was exceptional, and this wine reflects this with a combination of primary fruit, concentration and plentiful ripe tannin.

Was £22.95 per bottle
NOW £20.75 per bottle

 
 
 
 

Over 100 wines in our portfolio are on the verge of selling out. These include some fabulous and popular Wines of the Week from different corners of the globe. Once these wines are gone, they’re gone.

 
 
 

The 99 Point  
House of Arras Late Disgorged 2004

Tasmania

 

99 Points - James Halliday "Well done for putting this price on it. What 15yo Australian table wine at the peak of its powers could offer as much complexity and perfection as this? The balance is perfect."

98 Points - Decanter (Susie Barrie MW) "Following 12 years on lees, this blend of two-thirds Chardonnay with Pinot Noir is a truly magnificent wine. Incredibly fresh for its age, it is intensely savoury, with notes of truffle, cream and lemon curd. Long, with the capacity to age for several years, this is a special occasion wine with a price-tag to match."

Was £84.50 per bottle
NOW £68.50 per bottle

* 11 Bottles available *

 
 
 

  Best Sauvignon Blanc - 2020 Wine Companion Awards

Margaret River, Australia

 

Flowstone Queen of the Earth Sauvignon Blanc 2017

James Halliday "A selection of the highest quality fruit, fermented in two barriques. Upon completion, the wine remained on lees for a further 15 months with a bit of batonnage to imbue textural complexity. More reticent aromatically than the standard cuvee, the future lies tucked in between the baby fat of piercing fruit intensity and the sheer tenacity of flavour. This deserves a place among the country's few seriously fine examples - it will unravel beautifully with patience."

£28.95 per bottle

* 2 Bottles available *

 
 

Wild Duck Creek
Ducks & Drakes Cabernet 2017

Victoria, Australia

Luscious and textural, delivers all the classic Cabernet Sauvignon characters in a very “Heathcote” style. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from two distinct vineyards each year. Full bodied, luscious and driven, just as Heathcote Cabernet should be. The grapes are fully de-stemmed, then fermented in open fermenters, gently hand plunged and pumped over to soften tannins, then basket pressed into French and American oak hogsheads and puncheons, 40% of which are new. A wine that can be carefully cellared for up to 15 years."

£23.95 per bottle
* 7 Bottles available *

Tua Rita
Giusto Di Notri 2015

Tuscany, Italy

96-97 Points - James Suckling

"This is dense and structured with beautifully polished tannins and plenty of currant and blackberry character. Full body and chewy tannins yet refined and juicy. Lots of Mediterranean herbs with the dark fruit. Blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon with merlot and cabernet franc. Pretty barrel sample. This is coming along very nicely. Can't wait to taste in bottle. Made from organic grapes."

Was £49.95 per bottle
NOW £44.50 per bottle

* 7 Bottles available *

 
 

Varner Neely Holly's Cuvee Chardonnay 2014

Santa Cruz, California, USA

Antonio Galloni 

"The 2014 Chardonnay Holly's Cuvée is a blend of the three Chardonnays made under the Varner label. Candied lemon peel, orange, mint and honeyed notes give the Holly's its rich, luscious personality. Drink this open-knit, generous Chardonnay over the next handful of years. The 2014 is a blend of 75% Bee Block, 20% Amphitheater Block and 5% Block."

Was £42.95 per bottle
NOW £37.25 per bottle

* 13 Bottles available *

DuMol Estate
Pinot Noir 2015

Sonoma, USA

96 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown (RobertParker.com) 

"Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard is beautifully scented of red roses, oolong tea, dusty soil and cinnamon stick with touches of cranberries, rhubarb and fungi. It displays incredible structure on the medium-bodied palate with very firm, very ripe tannins and an electric backbone of freshness supporting the densely packed perfumed red fruits, finishing with great length and depth."

Was £83.50 per bottle
NOW £74.50 per bottle

* 2 Bottles available *

 
 

Eva Fricke Lorcher Krone Riesling QbA Trocken 2015

Rheingau, Germany

Stephen Reinhardt (RobertParker.com) "The 2015 Rheingau Riesling Trocken Lorcher Krone has a very pure and chalky/smoky bouquet with lemon fruit. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, concentrated, round, piquant and well-structured Riesling with a silky texture, but great finesse. The finish is very pure, compact and very salty. This is great dry Riesling from Lorch."

Was £40.50 per bottle
NOW £34.00 per bottle

* 9 Bottles available *

Leasingham Classic Clare Riesling 2008

Clare Valley, Australia

96 Points - James Halliday 

"Gleaming straw-green; in the year of its birth the wine received 94 points (Sept), and, as anticipated, has developed superbly. Even now, its laser-like citrus fruit and echoes of honey has years to go, building yet greater complexity along the way."

Was £19.50 per bottle
NOW £16.50 per bottle

* 4 Bottles available *

 
 

Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin 2016

Rhône, France

99 Points - Jeb Dunnuck "Bottled end of February/early in March, the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin is incredible stuff, and while I suspect it’s the best vintage to date, it’s going to be great comparing it to bottles of the 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2015 over the coming 15+ years. This beauty offers a thrilling blend of kirsch, blackberries, smoked earth, graphite, and licorice on the nose. It's full-bodied, deep, pure, ultra-fine, and powerful on the palate and flirts with perfection. It’s a tour de force in Grenache that readers need to snatch up!"

Was £64.00 per bottle
NOW £56.25 per bottle

* 14 Bottles available *

Chanin Wines Los Alamos Chardonnay 2017 Magnum

Santa Barbara, California, USA

Antonio Galloni 

"The 2017 Chardonnay Los Alamos Vineyard is a very pretty wine. In 2017, Los Alamos Chardonnay has a bit more textural weight than it usually has, which is not a bad thing at all for this wine, which tends to be decidely airy. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and orchard fruit flavors all flesh out in a very pretty, lively Chardonnay loaded with class."

£79.00 per magnum (1.5L)

* 10 Magnums available *

 
 
 

The Last of our Zalto Glassware

 

Our Mystery Wines
are Selling Fast

Browse our Shiraz, Cabernet and MSG offers below

 

All 480 bottles of our Mystery Shiraz SOLD OUT within 36 hours.

We have been inundated by customer requests to release the second tranche and we are happy to oblige.

 
 

All 240 bottles of our Mystery Cabernet Sauvignon SOLD OUT within 3 hours.

We have been inundated by customer requests to release the second tranche and we are happy to oblige.