Posts in Category: Reviews

"the finesse of a Premier Cru Chablis for half the price" Jukes on La Monacesca 

29 May 2014 Categories: Reviews

La Monacesca's Verdicchio 2012 has been featured in the Drinks Business Magazine's "Top 10 Wines in the UK Press" feature.

The magazine highlighted comments by leading wine critic Matthew Jukes, writing in the Daily Mail,  describing the wine as having "the finesse of a Premier Cru Chablis for half the price". He also enthused that the wine was "a little richer and more structured than many Verdicchios, this is a beautiful, greengage and honeysuckle-scented white with a lovely texture and oodles of class". 

See the feature here 

Further glowing reviews for Bellbird Spring ! 

13 September 2013 Categories: Reviews

Following on from the recent tasting notes we highlighted from Julia Harding, yet again Guy’s wines receive more praise. We’re sure that you will share our excitement that the following excellent reviews have come in from New Zealand wine writer and wine show judge Sam Kim of Wine Orbit ( Pruner's Reward Pinot Noir is highly rated at 4/5 and River Terrace Pinot Noir 2011 receives a top mark of 5/5!

Please contact us to secure yours without delay. River Terrace is available to ship on request.

The Pruner's Reward Pinot Noir 2011, Waipara Valley   90/100  4.5/5

It's superbly ripe and complex on the nose displaying dark cherry, game, spice and subtle savoury mushroom characters. The palate is equally engaging with succulent mouthfeel and silky texture, leading to a lingering smooth finish. The wine shows lovely fruit richness together with elegant complexity. At its best: now to 2015. 14.5%. Screw cap. Aug 2013.

Bellbird Spring River Terrace Pinot Noir 2011, Waipara Valley   93/100  5/5

From the Glasnevin gravel vineyards, this stylish pinot shows wonderful aromas of red/black cherry, plum, game and elegantly infused nutty oak characters. The palate is ripe, rounded and beautifully weighted with velvety texture leading to a sumptuous finish. Lovely balance and poise. At its best: now to 2018. 14.5%. Natural cork. Aug 2013.

Julia Harding ( praises wines from Bellbird Spring 

17 July 2013 Categories: Reviews

Julia Harding visited the Bellbird Spring estate last year (2012) and her very favourable reviews of the wines have now been released on Jancis

Bellbird Spring Block Eight Pinot Gris Waipara 2011  Score 17.5 Reviewer JH

Spicy and a touch savoury but not very expressive at the moment. Tastes drier than the numbers suggest. Stone fruit peachiness but the ripeness and spice dominate. Again it is very powerful, honeyed already. Really mouthfilling. Rich but balanced.

Bellbird Spring Dry Pinot Gris Waipara 2011  Score 17 Reviewer   JH

Ripe and spicy on the nose. Very rich and rounded and full in the mouth. So much more PG character than in most NZ PGs. Rich and dense but not heavy. Balanced acidity. Very very long. Complex already and finishes with a classic savoury (Alsace-like) spice. Great fruit density and a fine grip. Certainly one of the best PGs I have tasted in New Zealand. Bit of heat on the finish.

Bellbird Spring, Block Eight Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Waipara Score17 Reviewer JH

Very ripe fruit on the nose, very vibrant. Then really crisp and tight and intense on the palate. Tastes pretty dry though there's a fullness on the palate from all that ripe fruit and from the use of old oak. Rich and long and pretty powerful. (JH)

Bellbird Spring, Home Block White 2009 Waipara Score 17 Reviewer JH

Complex, intense and honeyed aromatic nose. Honeyed apricots. Grapey on the palate. The Gewurz has become more subdued with time in the bottle but there is still a floral and spicy component on the mid palate. Again very full and dense and rich. Some spice. (JH)

Inama Soave Classico Vigneto du Lot 2010 rated as 94 Points 

07 December 2012 Categories: Reviews

We are delighted to announce that wines from the Azienda Agricola Inama estate have been highly praised by James Suckling in his 'James Suckling Great Italian Wine Guide' feature in Hong Kong Tatler.

In particular, the Soave Classico Vigneto du Lot 2010 received a highly impressive 94 points, being described as having "Aromas of very ripe apple and tart tatine. Full and rich with layers of tropical fruit and toasted oak". He also judges the wine to be "balanced and long with creamy, dried fruit flavours". He finishes by exclaiming that the wine is "Gorgeous"! 

The drive for quality starts in the vineyard, grapes come from only the best site with low yields, and see strict selection when picking. Barrel fermentation is used to give a rich creamy texture and toasty character.

This recently released 2010 vintage is now available and ready to drink.

The Estates' Soave Classico Vigneti di Foscarino 2010 was also praised with a score of 93 points. James described the wine as reminding him of a Mersault in style,  having "Wonderful ripe pineapple and mango character on the nose and palate. Full and layered with dried tropical fruits".

Ranieri 2010 Rosso di Montalcino - 90 points. 

24 August 2012 Categories: Reviews

Well known wine critic James Suckling has praised the upcoming 2010 vintage of Rosso di Montalcino from Ranieri.

On his website,, he has bestowed the wine with a magnificant 90 point rating, alongside his tasting note as follows:

"This is really solid and super well crafted with plenty of pretty fruit and firm and focused tannins.Tension and beauty. Drink now or hold". 90 points.

We are currently on the 2009 vintage, which is drinking well now, but are looking forward to the 2010 arriving, it's sure to be in demand!