World Wine Agencies and our wines have the delightful problem that we just keep winning so many awards, where do we start with posting?!! So, below is a small selection of all the awards & reviews we have, for more detailed info for individual wineries don’t hesitate to give us a call and look out for up to the minute news as & when we post it!
Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
La Chamiza Polo Am Chardonnay – Comm
La Chamiza Polo Prof Malbec – Comm
La Chamiza Martin Alsina 2006 – Silver
La Chamiza Polo Prof Bonarda – Bronze
Von Buhl Ungeheurer Forst Ries Spatburguner – Comm
Von Buhl Pechstein Ries GG – Silver
International Wine Challenge 2009
La Chamiza Polo Amateur Malber 2008 – Bronze
La Chamiza Polo Professional Cabernet Sauvignon – Comm
La Chamiza Polo Professional Shiraz – Bronze
Badger Mountain Chardonnay – Bronze
Powers Merlot – Bronze
Von Buhl Pechstein Forst GG – Bronze
Von Buhl Ungerheuer Forst Ries Auslese – Bronze
Polo Amateur Chardonnay 2006 – Bronze
Polo Amateur Shiraz 2006 – Bronze
Polo Professional Shiraz 2005 – Bronze
Martin Alsina 2004 – Silver
Polo Professional Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 – Silver
Wines of Argentina Awards for La Chamiza 2009
Polo Amateur Torrontes 2007 – Bronze
Polo Professional Shiraz 2006 – Bronze
Martin Alsina 2005 – Gold
The Wine Advocate
La Chamiza Martín Alsina Malbec 2004 - 90 points
La Chamiza Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - 85 points – BEST BUY
La Chamiza Malbec 2005 - 86 points – BEST BUY
La Chamiza Shiraz 2005 - 87 points – BEST BUY
WINE SPECTATOR – Reichsrat Von Buhl
2005 Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 95 Pkt.
2003 KIRCHENSTÜCK Forst Grosses Gewächs 91 Pkt.
2006 Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Auslese 90 Pkt.
Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2007 Pfalz 17.5+
Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2007 Pfalz 17.5
Forster Pechstein Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2007 Pfalz 18
Forster Jesuitengarten Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2007 Pfalz 18
Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2007 Pfalz 19
Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2006 Pfalz 17
Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2005 Pfalz 17.5
Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2003 Pfalz 17
Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Grosses Gewächs 2002 Pfalz 16.5
Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Spätlese trocken 1996 Pfalz 17
Forster Ungeheuer Riesling Auslese 2007 Pfalz 18.5
Ruppertsberger Reiterpfad Riesling Beerenauslese 2007 Pfalz 19
Forster Pechstein Riesling Eiswein 2007 Pfalz 18
Forster Kirchenstück Riesling Auslese 1966 Pfalz 18.5
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2007 UNGEHEUER, Forst Riesling Grosses Gewächs – GOLD
2007 PECHSTEIN, Forst Riesling Grosses Gewächs – GOLD
2007 KIRCHENSTÜCK, Forst Riesling Grosses Gewächs – GOLD
2007 UNGEHEUER, Forst Riesling Beerenauslese – GOLD
2001 Reichsrat von Buhl Blanc de Noir Sekt Brut – SILVER
Recommends Powers Merlot in First Taste, Harpers March 2009
Nicky Burston shortlisted for Drinks Business Awards “Woman of the Year”
Christophe Lalande for Bloomber tasting
“That’s what I like about riesling. A bit of peach, more citrus and mineral. A bit of rose petal. I like this because it’s understated and precise. No exuberance. It’s clearly riesling and not pinot gris. Riesling is a very elegant woman. Pinot gris is charming but opulent. I’d drink that. We could sell it here for 7 or 8 pounds a glass.” 8.5/10
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Joe Fattorini is a self-confessed fan. “I was lucky enough to try these wines in Argentina before they were released and it was clear then that La Chamiza was just what Argentina needed. The Polo Amateur range especially is full of fresh, bright wines with chunky fruit in a really appealing, easy drinking style.
Inevitably the Malbec is always going to stand out in an Argentine line-up, but the Shiraz especially is a fresh, lightly peppery wine with raspberry and currant fruit that’s exactly what people are looking for, and at a great value price. The bigger, more complex Reserve wines in the Polo Professional range compete in an incredibly tough category with some very strong competitors. But they’re equally strong wines with the Shiraz and the Malbec the stand-outs again.”
2008 Finca La Chamiza Polo Amateur Malbec 86
This has a fresh nose of blackberry and raspberry jam with moderate definition. The palate is a little “chunky” but full of charm with black berry, cassis and a touch of pepper with good weight on the finish. An easy, approachable Malbec. Drink now-2010. Tasted September 2008.
2008 Finca La Chamiza Polo Amateur Shiraz 87
A fresh blackberry-scented nose with just a hint of black olives, developing more tarry notes in the glass. The palate is fleshy and supple with black cherries, raspberry and a touch of black plum. Not a complex Shiraz, but clean, fresh and vibrant on the finish. Drink now-2010. Tasted September 2008.
2007 Finca La Chamiza Polo Professional Bonarda 87
Matured in wood for six months, this has a dense, almost sullen mulberry, leathery nose whilst the palate cannot shake off its broody nature. Nice tangy finish, but it is the kind of wine you want to tell to cheer up! Drink now-2010. Tasted September 2008.
2007 Finca La Chamiza Polo Professional Cabernet Sauvignon 84
This is a little muffled on the nose, whilst the palate needs more definition and freshness. There is good weight towards the tangy finish, but it is not in the same class as the Malbec. Drink now-2010. Tasted September 2008.
2007 Finca La Chamiza Polo Professional Malbec 89
Although this is a little muted on the nose, the palate is much better with some lovely bright blackberry and black cherry fruits, a touch of smoke and cooked meats, vibrant and tangy on the finish. A joyful little Malbec. Drink now-2012. Tasted September 2008.
2008 Finca La Chamiza Coiron Shiraz/Malbec 87
The nose is just a little obvious at the moment, rather muffled with blackberry and cranberry fruit, although the palate is showing good purity and focus, if lacking the pedigree of the Martin Alsina. Fine. Drink 2009-2014. Tasted September 2008.
2006 Finca La Chamiza Martin Alsina 90
This is Finca La Chamiza’s top cuvee, a Malbec matured in wood for 12 months. It has a dense blackberry, black plum and damson-scented nose with just a touch of dried orange peel in the background. Full-bodied on the palate with saturate black fruits, touch of cassis and blueberry with a svelte, mouth-coating, tannic finish. Very fine. Drink 2010-2015. Tasted September 2008
Neal Martin reviews Von Buhl
The Pechstein Forst Riesling Eiswein 2007 is a stunning wine. “We had a very cold night on the 20th December,” explained Christoph, “which encouraged people to go out into the vineyard and pick the frozen berries, but we decided to wait another night. But the weather changed and in the evening the forecast was for warmer weather. As the temperature increased we began to give up hope. So I went out for a run early the following morning and I could see all the others picking. But then at 8 o’clock the fog pushed away the warmth and temperature fell to -8 or -9 degrees and so we ended up picking at 9.30am after breakfast with 299 degrees residual sugar but less acidity than the Beerenauslese.”
For me, the essence of a great Eiswein is its purity and in 2007 the growing season favoured those with tweezers, picking out the frozen berries. It is irresistible nectar, but not exactly the kind of wine stacked up high at your local supermarket in their latest BOGOF promotion. You can feel that 10.1gms/L acidity cut through those layers of unctuous fruit and the end result is little short of heavenly.
Review by Julia Harding MW for Jancis Robinson.com
Reichsrat Von Buhl’s first-ever tasting in London focused on their dry Grosses Gewächs wines because although 85% of Von Buhl’s production is dry, they sell very little dry wine in the UK, where they are better known for their sweet wines. The line-up included a flight of 2007s followed by a small vertical tasting of the Forster Kirchenstück (pictured) that showed the critical influence of each vintage’s conditions and the superb quality of the 2007. To keep the dentists in business, we finished with a handful of excellent sweet 2007s.
HSBC Start up Stars Finalist 2007
Jewel Winery listed as one of the top 10 Value for Money wineries in USA
Paradise Point Cabernet Sauvignon wins Gold and Best Value Red at Imbibe Sommelier wine awards.