June 10th marked the much anticipated release of Bruwer Raats' MR de Compostella 2014 from South Africa.
The MR de Compostella has garnered nothing but top awards since it's first vintage in 2004. Most recently, the 2013 vintage was awarded 5 stars in the 2016 John Platter, scored 94 points by Neal Martin of the Wine Advocate, and 95 points by Tim Atkin. It was one of the Top 5 SA luxury red wines and rated in the TOP 2 performing investment wines in the Livex SA. The previous four vintages all scored over 94 points from the Wine Advocate.
Bruwer’s comments on the vintage: “The 2014 growing season was earmarked by unusually cooler growing conditions and a smaller crop than usual. Due to the longer ripening period, the wine shows beautiful red and black current fruit with a complex, but extremely elegant structure. The MR de Compostella 2014 reminds me a lot of the 2007 vintage with great freshness, purity packed in a very elegant manner. The wine has great maturation potential.”
This wine is highly allocated, so if you have an interest in carrying it in your restaurant or retail shop, be sure to reach out to our team at Marram Wines to let them know. We will try our very best to get our hands on some of this incredible vintage for you!!
Congratulations to our friends at Koloa Rum in Hawaii!
Competing against rums from 22 countries, as well as 6 states and territories, Koloa Rum was recently awarded an impressive 5 Gold Medals at the 2016 Miami Rum Renaissance Festival, held in April. Koloa Rum’s newest product, Kauai Coffee Rum, was singled out for the highest award offered, a “Best in Class” Gold Medal for flavored rums.
The Festival awards are judged by a distinguished panel of RumXP judges who are sequestered for three days of blind tastings. The Renaissance Rum Festival judges granted the following awards to Koloa Rum:
- Koloa Rum’s Kauai White Rum - Gold Medal in the Premium White Rum category
- Koloa Kauai Gold Rum - Gold Medal in the Gold Rum category
- Koloa Kauai Spice Rum - Gold Medal in the Spiced Rum category.
- Koloa Kauai Dark - Gold Medal in the Black Rum category
- Koloa Kauai Coffee Rum - "Best in Class" Gold Medal in the Flavored Rum category
Koloa Rum also won awards in the festival’s 2016 Consumer Rum Jury Awards; winning Gold Medals for both Kauai Coffee and Kauai Coconut Rums, and a Silver Medal for Kauai Dark Rum.
Earlier this year, Koloa Rum’s Kauai Coffee Rum won a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world.
If you'd like to read more about Koloa Rum and their impressive list of awards this year, please visit www.koloarum.com.
Whitehall Lane Winery and the Leonardini Family of Napa Valley are pleased to introduce Jason Moulton as their new winemaker.
Mr. Moulton is excited by the prospect of working with the Leonardini Family's 150 acres of vineyards and taking the wines to new heights. "I started my winemaking career in Rutherford and now I am excited to be back in Rutherford," Moulton said. "I've learned a great deal working with some fantastic people over the last decade and really look forward to bringing the best out of Whitehall Lane's vineyards."
Mr. Moulton has moved through the ranks from cellar worker to cellar master, assistant winemaker to winemaker, most notably at Long Meadow Ranch Winery in St. Helena, Cliff Lede Vineyards in Yountville and most recently at Brassfield Estate Winery in the High Valley AVA of Lake County.
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For additional information, please visit www.whitehalllane.com.
In March, 2016, Miner Family Winery announced the release of "Emily’s Cuvee," an eponymous offering made in remembrance and in honour of Emily Miner, co-founder of Miner Family Winery, who lost her battle with lung cancer in 2011. The blend is described by the Miner family website as being "as expressive and elegant as our muse". The red blend is "decadent and rich", "layered with aromas of black fruit and hints of mocha, espresso and toasted oak."
As a tribute to Emily Miner, ten percent of sales of Emily’s Cuvee to The V Foundation for Cancer Research. To read more, please click here or visit the Miner Family Winery website.
Kaua`i’s award-winning Kōloa Rum Company has just announced the debut of its new Kaua`i Coffee Rum, the result of a licensing agreement between the Kaua`i distiller and Kaua`i Coffee Company. Kaua`i Coffee Rum blends locally grown and dark-roasted Kauai Coffee® with Kōloa White Rum and pure Hawaiian cane sugar. It has a rich flavor with bold notes of coffee and cocoa.
The new offering expands Kōloa Rum’s portfolio of rum and rum-related products and includes a striking new bottle and label design. It was released in time for the 2015 Holiday Season in Hawaii and will soon be available for purchase in other markets.
“Kaua`i Coffee Rum is a true Kaua`i-made product that exemplifies the remarkable diversity of agriculture on Kaua`i and the potential for innovation in creating exceptional value-added products,” said Kōloa Rum Company President and CEO Bob Gunter.
“Kaua`i Coffee Company, which operates the largest coffee plantation in the Islands, is at the leading edge of coffee production technology. They produce outstanding coffee grown on the sunny slopes of southern Kaua`i, where we also grow much of our sugar cane. Our collaboration in developing Kaua`i Coffee Rum demonstrates the ongoing engagement within our local diversified agricultural industry. We are proud to have this association with them,” Gunter said.
2013 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Receives 96 Points from Wine Advocate's Robert Parker.
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Oakville is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot aged in 80% new French oak. A beautiful, saturated purple color offers up blackberry, crème de cassis, licorice, charcoal and camphor. Full-bodied, yet still youthful and tight, it is bursting with terrific purity, texture and length. This big, classic Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon will hit its prime in 10-15 years, and last 30 or more years, based on how older vintages from this sector have aged. It’s a beauty."
You can read more about the other outstanding reviews Mr. Parker gave to Plumpjack wines on their blog. These included:
- 2013 PlumpJack Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 100 points
- 2013 PlumpJack Syrah – 91 points
- 2013 PlumpJack Merlot – 90 points
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