Top Picks from Vintages' July 6 release
Chartron & Trebuchet Rully "La Chaume" 2000 (Burgundy)
Iíve always been a fan of this wine, even though its price creeps
up with each vintage, it seems.
Medium straw in colour with a toasty, baked apple bouquet; broader on
the palate with a caramel flavour backed by lively acidity. Good length.
(Also comes in half bottles at $13.95).
Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 (Margaret River, Western
These guys make terrific wine across the board. This Cab is dense purple-black
in colour. The nose is all cedar, vanilla and blackcurrant. Lots of flavour
with well integrated oak, firmly structured with a full-bodied feel though
very elegant nonetheless. Cellar for 2-3 years before you even think of
D'Arenberg "Dead Arm" Shiraz 1999 (McLaren Vale, South
The top Aussie Shiraz are getting very expensive so this is something
of a bargain for a wine you'll have to keep for at least five years. Dense
purple-black colour; peppery blackberry on the nose; mouth-filling, full-bodied
and rich on the palate; a real blockbuster, tense, a crouching tiger of