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A Selection of Italian, French and Australian Wines from Procure

30 November,2018

Misha Taylor and Jonty Hamer of the Procure Liquor distribution company have an eye for good wine that will succeed in the market place. The wine inside the bottle is the decider for them, having tasting all the wines they import and distribute. They also have an eye for the interesting labels, especially with a story behind them. The ‘Poggio Anima’ Italian brand features angels, some fallen. Bernard Schurr of ‘Les Courtilles’ in the Rhone is a producer of quality organic wine. As is ‘Paxton’ of the McLaren Vale who follows organic and biodynamic regimes. Procure also distribute the Quarisa wines of Johnny Quarisa, and these have proven to be very successful in wine shows as well as on the wine shelves. Recently, Procure took on the wines from the historical and revitalised Penley Estate in Coonawarra. Here, I review wines from all of these brands. All of the red wines share a sweetness and ripeness of fruit at a level not regularly seen in the wines of this country. www.procureliquor.co.nz


Poggio Anima ‘Gabriel’ Pecorino Terre di Chieti IGT 2017

Other White from Italy – Other


Bright yellow colour with pale golden hues and some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly fresh with delicate aromas of white stonefruits and subtle notes of white florals and fresh herbs, and suggestions of nuts. This is refreshingly mouthwatering and shows good aromatic penetration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has gently rich, near unctuous flavours of white stonefruits and white florals, with hints of herbs and honeysuckle, with nutty elements. The mouthfeel is bright and refreshing with crisp acidity balancing the rich textures. The wine carries with good energy to a long, lingering aromatic finish. This is a crisp and refreshing, but rich and sweet-fruited dry Pecorino with aromatic flavours of stonefruits, florals and honeysuckle with nutty nuances. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 2+ years. 100% Pecorino fruit from Abruzzo, vines 22 y.o., indigenous yeast fermented in tank with some skin contact to 12.5% alc. the wine aged 6 months on lees. 1,800 cases made. 18.0-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $22.00

Poggio Anima ‘Uriel’ Sicilia Grillo DOC 2017

Other White from Italy – Other


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with some depth, paler edged. The nose has good depth and intensity with a concentrated core with well-packed aromas of yellow stonefruits entwined with a layer of nutty elements. This has good aromatic weight and presence. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is soft and rounded with a restrained heart showing flavours of yellow stonefruits and an array of nutty notes. The palate is soft-texture with plenty of vinosity, the soft acidity adding to the weighty mouthfeel. The wine carries smoothly to a light, nuanced finish. This is a weighty, dry Grillo with a soft and rounded mouthfeel, with restrained flavours of yellow stonefruits and nuts. Match with poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 2+ years. 100% Grillo fruit from Chirchiaro, western Sicily, vines 19 y.o., given some skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 6 months on lees. 2,000 cases made. 17.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $22.00

Poggio Anima ‘Samael’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2017

Montepulciano from Italy – Other


Full, near impenetrable, black-red colour with slight purple hues on the rim, very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full and gently deep and well-packed with aromas of ripe blackberry fruit along with boysenberries and black plums, unfolding some jam notes, and black mineral elements. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich and succulently sweet with ripe fruit flavours of blackberries, boysenberries and black plums, with enriching jam notes unfolding subtle herb, earth and mineral interest. The fruit sweetness is abundant and underlined by fine, grainy tannin structure lending supple grip and textures. The wine carries smoothly to a plush and juicy, bold-fruited finish. This is a succulently rich and ripe Montepulciano with plush, ripe blackberry, boysenberry and plum flavours with subtle mineral interest on a supple palate. Match with barbecued and grilled red meats over the next 3+ years. Hand-picked fruit, 100% Montepulciano from Chieti, vines 24 y.o., fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine spending a week on skins post ferment and aged 6 months in seasoned French oak. 7,000 cases made. 18.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $22.00

Bernard Schurr Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016

Blended Red from France – Rhone


Dark, even ruby-red colour with some black-red hues at the heart, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly presented with finely concentrated aromas of dark red berry fruit with aromatic dark raspberries, lifted red florals and nuances of nutty oak and a hint of resin. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with a finely concentrated heart of black and dark-red berry fruits with floral and dark herb elements and nutty oak. The fruit sweetness is balanced by fine-grained flowery tannin extraction lending a refined line with integrated acidity. The wine flows with good drive to a lingering, slender finish. This is an elegant, fine-grained Cotes du Rhone Villages red with dark fruits, floral lift and herb notes. Serve with roasted game meat dishes over the next 4+ years. A blend of 50% each Grenache and Syrah, the fruit hand-picked, from the village of ‘Plan de Dieu’ and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 9 months in large format 2 and 3 y.o. French oak. Certified Agriculture France organic. 17.5/20 Nov 2018 RRP $30.00

Paxton ‘MV’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Very dark, black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is rich and softly concentrated and packed with ripe aromas of dark raspberry and blackberry fruit with notes of black plums revealing boysenberry fruit. The aromatics are up-front and unfold some jam elements adding to the sweetness and ripeness. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and lusciously ripe flavours of blackberries, dark raspberries, boysenberries and black plums. The fruit sweetness is mouthfilling and is supported by soft, supple tannin extraction with integrated acidity. Raspberry jam nuances emerge and the palate shows some alcoholic power, carrying through to a rich and juicy finish with fine tannin grip. This is a sweetly rich and luscious Shiraz with ripe blackberry, dark raspberry, boysenberry and plum jam fruit with supple tannins and some underlying alcoholic power. Match with barbecued and grilled red meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. 100% McLaren Vale Shiraz, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in new and seasoned American and French oak barriques. Certified NASAA biodynamic and organic. 17.5+/20 Nov 2018 RRP $30.00

Quarisa ‘Q’ South Eastern Australia Malbec 2017

Malbec from Australia - Other


Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued purple-ruby colour, a little lighter on the rim, very youthful in appearance. The nose is full and voluminous with accessible and up-front, bold aromas of ripe black berried fruits with black plums, along with an amalgam of herb detail and a subtle array of spices, unfolding a little eucalyptus. The aromatics grow in depth and intensity with aeration. Fullish bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and plush, juicy flavours of ripe blackberry and black plum fruit with boysenberries, spices and suggestions of herbs. The fruit is mouthfilling with a deep and rounded heart, which is supported by fine, grainy tannin structure and extraction, and integrated acidity. Some alcoholic power underlines the fruit, and the wine carries to a fulsome, long finish. This is a plush and juicy, powerful Malbec with ripe flavours of blackberries, plums and boysenberries with spice notes and fine-grained tannin structure. Match with barbecued, grilled and roasted red meats over the next 4-5 years. A blend of 86% Malbec and 14% Durif, fruit 50% from Heathcote, 36% Clare Valley and the 14% Durif from N.S.W., fermented to 14.7% alc., with 20% of the wine aged 8 months in 2 y.o. American oak hogsheads, the remaining 80% aged in tank with French oak staves. 18.5-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $20.00

Quarisa ‘The Great Bonza’ ‘Reserve’ South Eastern Australia Shiraz/Cabernet 2017

Blended Red from Australia - Other


Full, dark, black-hued ruby-red with slight garnet hints on the edge. The nose is a little restrained in expression with aromas of dark-red and black-berried fruit with dark raspberries harmoniously interwoven with subtle blackcurrant nuances. This has a stylish intensity that grows in the glass revealing cassis hand herb elements. Full-bodied, the palate is sweetly rich and plush with flavours of dark raspberries and blackcurrant fruit along with cassis and herb detail. The fruit forms a finely concentrated core which is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure with fresh, lacy acidity which enlivens the mouthfeel. The flavours carry with good linearity and drive to a lingering finish. A little shy on the nose initially, this shows good depth and intensity of blackcurrant and dark raspberry fruit unfolding cassis and herb notes on a fine, grained textured palate with a fresh mouthfeel. Match with herb-marinated beef and lamb dishes over the next 5+ years. A blend of 60% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Durif from South Eastern Australia, fermented to 14.54% alc., the wine aged 6 months in oak and tank with staves. 18.0-/20 Nov 2018 RRP $20.00

Penley Estate ‘Phoenix’ Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – South Australia


Full, even, black-hued ruby-red colour, near impenetrable at the heart, a little lighter on the rim, youthful in appearance. The nose is fine in proportion with well-concentrated and intense aromas of ripe blackcurrant fruit with cassis liqueur harmoniously melded with mint and dark herbs. The nose has an attractive clarity of expression. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich blackcurrant fruit with cassis and dark herbs, the fruit showing lusciousness. The mouthfeel features fine, firm tannin extraction and structure and fresh, lacy acidity enlivening the palate. The wine carries to a firm and textures, sustained finish. This is a rich and lusciously fruited Cabernet Sauvignon with blackcurrant, cassis and herb flavours on a fine, but firm textured palate with a refreshing mouthfeel. Match with roasted beef and lamb dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak 5% new, followed by a further 6 months in tank. 18.0/20 Nov 2018 RRP $26.00

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