Originating in Condrieu in France’s Northern Rhone Valley, Tahbilk’s first plantings of Viognier were established in 1990. The inaugural vintage was released in 1996 to early critical acclaim with the Estate nominated by Australian Vignerons magazine as producing one of the ‘Benchmark Six’ Australian releases. Recognition has also come on the Australian Wine Show circuit with to date 4 Trophies, 22 Gold, 38 Silver and 76 Bronze medals awarded. Tahbilk Viognier releases are considered to be best appreciated as youthful and exuberant wines when their distinguishing floral and stone fruit characters are to the fore. Intense and fragrant rose petal and ginger spice lead a softly textured palate of apricot, peach and honeydew melon characters, lifted by a deliciously zesty acidity on the finish. Perfect with mild, spicy noodle dishes.
The Domaine Drouhin Oregon Cuvée Laurène Pinot Noir is named after Véronique Drouhin’s elder daughter, Laurène and is the estate's flagship wine, produced entirely from Pinot Noir grown on the family’s estate in the Dundee Hills. All of the fruit is handpicked into small totes, de-stemmed, fermented with indigenous yeasts, and then placed into barrels (French oak, never more than 20% new). Once the vintage is safely in the cellar, Véronique begins the process of selecting barrels which have an extra complexity, length and depth - barrels which will work together as Laurène.
Laurène displays a rich and lively nose, filled with aromas of pretty red fruit, baking spices, orange peel and velvety flower petals. Round on the palate with rustic tannins, flavours of red currant and deep cherry evolve after time. The long and supple finish is spicy and long. Generous in its youth, the cuvée Laurène will mature with elegance and depth.
In recent years, Laurène has been named one of the “Great Wines of America” by Paul Lukacs in his book of the same name and “perennially one of Oregon’s best wines” by Portland Monthly Magazine. Writer Matt Kramer presented Laurène in his Wine Spectator seminar, “21st Century Pinot Noir Greatness.”
The service from Andy has been second to none. Delivery of wine arrived on time and securely packaged. The wine is a gift so cannot comment on that, but very competitively priced. Overall, a marvellous service. Thank you.
A* star service as always
Tasty and great value!
Quick delivery. Excellent customer service
The process of ordering the wine and then the speed of service was all great. I will definitely be using Hic again
Fortunate to to find a top class wine merchant on my doorstep. Great wine. Looking forward to coming back for more.
Superb wine and great service as always
I have been trying to locate a particular wine and Google sent me to Hic! In the past I have had somewhat mixed results with purchases via Google searches, I can most assuredly say, it came up trumps this time. I made my purchase, which allowed me to purchase a single bottle rather than a box of 6, which other companies required. I was very happy about this, as it was for a present. This would have been all well and good by itself, as the site was very easy to navigate and purchase from via my mobile (which is not always the case, I can assure you). I then received a very clear receipt for my purchase. It was then to my horror, that I had selected the wrong wine. I contacted Hic! and Andy responded immediately (and I mean immediately, it was late at night when I sent my email regarding my mix up). Andy not only responded but sorted out the mix up straight away, the wine i wanted wasn't even an option on the site but Andy sourced it for me. This is what I call going the extra mile! When the bottle arrived, it was packed incredibly well, in a bubble jacket as well as a box. I can honestly say that I will be purchasing from Hic! again and cannot recommend them high enough!
👍 great wine great service
Awesome dessert wine
First time ordering with Hic!, problem free, quick delivery, great comms, will definitely be using this company again. Thank you.
This is drinking great now and is very good value especially at the reduced price
Had this in Gamba restaurant and decided to get some more. Good value as the cost in the restaurant was a few pence off £30 a bottle.
I've only ever previously drunk this wine at a restaurant and its GORGEOUS. I'm so happy to have found it to order. Roll on Christmas day 🙂
Chamuyo Malbec a beautifully smooth wine fruity but not heavy, easy drinking, travels well
Great wine merchant
A Christmas present so I can’t judge the wine but service and delivery excellent. Very happy.
Perfect wine, and really well packaged
Very nice, 15% alcohol means it's a bit of a big one but was not too heavy. Would happily buy again.
Excellent service from company
The wine was excellent value (and quality), the order process simple and delivered very quickly.
Lovely wine, delivery time good and packaged extremely well. Very impressed and would recommend.
I first tasted this at Wilton’s music hall in London. It’s as good as I remembered, a light fruity Pinot Noir., fab with pizza :-)
Excellent , speedy, safely and beautifully packaged so will certainly use the firm again .
First came across this lovely wine on a cruise 3wks ago and fell in love with its fresh fruity flavours and kept the stoppers as souventry wish there was a supplier nearer home this is definitely a winner
packed well and shipped promptly - well done
Getting a mystery mixed case is like Christmas day without the awful socks. It's such fun finding out what's in the box ... And knowing that you've got a great deal on the price. So glad I found Hic!
“The 2015 Terre di San Leonardo gives us a sneak peek of the fruit intensity and exuberance that is associated with this lovely vintage. This is an accessible and food-friendly blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère selected from across the San Leonardo estate. This wine offers immediate tones of black cherry, spice and blackberry. This is a very fruit-driven vintage that can be consumed within the next 5 years.”
“The flagship wine from this celebrated Trentino estate was not produced in 2012. We do have the stunning 2013 San Leonardo on the market now. This vintage is large in scale and has immediate intensity, and I am somewhat surprised by the volume and seamless bouquet that appears this early in the game. This vintage shows balanced ripeness with plummy fruit aromas that are carefully contrasted against spice, leather and fine tobacco. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Merlot, and San Leonardo is always aged in barrique for four years (of which only 25% of the barrels are new). This is a bottle to keep long (extra long) in your cellar.” -Monica Larner
‘Youthful and charming,’ began Texture’s Alan Bednarski as judges declared this a Gold, going on to describe ‘fantastic crunchy peach with well-balanced, generous French oak, and complex brioche and melted butter balancing the fresh limestone minerality and beautiful floral finish’. For The Glasshouse’s Adam Michocki it was ‘complex, with a pronounced intensity’ with notes of ‘lemon, lime, yellow grapefruit, melon and pomelo, as well some white rose petals, and a touch oak to it, too’.
"“Jammy nose with less definition than their Christins Vacqueyras. Firmer and more textural on the palate, with ample density. Has the gutsiness and fruit power to age well.”"
Jancis Robinson - 2017
"One of two releases from Vinsobres, which is located in the northern, cooler part of the Southern Rhône Valley. From higher elevation and cooler sites, the 2015 Vinsobres Les Cornuds is a 50/50 split of Grenache and Syrah. It should end up being an outstanding wine and offers lots of black fruits, pepper and garrigue in a full-bodied, seriously textured and layered style."
Wine Advocate, Jeb Dunnuck - 2016
Aromatic, tasty wine. Great with food.
"An intense black color is telling, as are aromas of blackberry, olive and charcoal. A giant palate is plush and tannic, while black fruit flavors explode alongside chocolate and toast. This is an excellent modern Cab Franc from Argentina and an example of why wineries like Norton are giving the grape its due. Drink through 2029."
Diving Into Hampton Water Rosé 2018
Offered in a recent blind tasting to 8 members of our wine society, who have been meeting monthly to taste fine wines for 32 years. Without exception they were vocal in their enjoyment of this wine, regarding it as up there with the finest Pinot Noir's ever sampled. It may still be a little young but is drinking perfectly. Excellent balance, structure and flavour, finishing with a light tannin tingle that lasts and lasts. It worked beautiful our meal featuring lamb, but my next bottle will be unaccompanied except for a few cubes of cold pink beef.
Posted on 07 August 2019