Corte Giona Amarone 2012
Amarone della Valpolicella (its proper name) is one of Italy's most illustrious wines. It is unique in that it is made from semi-dried grapes and, while most passito wines are sweet, Amarone is generally dry (i.e. not sweet).
Trambusti Brunello di Montalcino 2009
Siena-based Brunello di Montalcino, Italy's first DOCG (1980, alongside Barolo), is one of Italy's (and the world's) most prestigious wines. Meaning 'little dark one', Brunello is the local name for Sangiovese Grosso, the large-berried form of Sangiovese that grows in the area.
Château Maucoil 'Privilege' Châteauneuf du Pape 2013
Although fully 13 varieties are permitted for use in (red) Châteauneuf, in practice most producers lean heavily on Grenache, with support from Syrah and Mourvèdre. Châteauneuf is certainly the world's most prestigious Grenache-based wine.
Château Maucoil Châteauneuf du Pape 2014 MAGNUM (1.5l)
Château Maucoil Châteauneuf du Pape MAGNUM / As well as being impressive looking, magnums (equivalent to 1,500ml, or two normal bottles) are actually better for the wine itself, as the ratio of air in the headspace (the bit between the base of the cork and the surface of the wine) to wine is lower than that found in regular 75cl bottles; the result is that the liquid is less exposed to the ravages of oxygen, and so matures more slowly, evenly and elegantly.
Better Half Pinot Noir 2018
Better Half Pinot Noir, Marlborough - Youthful, fruit-driven Pinot with soft tannins and sweet strawberry and macerated cherry flavours underpinned by earthy mushroom, prune and sloe berry characters. Bold, perfumed and juicy.