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2021 Sine Qua Non, Distenta III Syrah, California 6x75cl

JD97-99RP98-100WI98-100
Blend: 81.7% Syrah, 11.3% Grenache, 3.3% Mourvedre, 2.1% Petite Sirah, 0.7% Gelber Muskatelle, 0.9% Petit Manseng Vintage production: n/a The brand-new Sine Qua Non Distenta III Syrah and Grenache... 2021s from winemaking legend Manfred Krankl have just been released to great fanfare. Last year's Distenta II 2020s were lauded by the critics - the Syrah scored 97-99 JD / 99 WA / 97-99 TWI, and the Grenache scored 97-100 JD / 97 WA / 98-100 TWI - and with the early impressions pointing to an amazing vintage in 2021 the numbers are going to be BIG when published later in the year. Do NOT miss the chance to secure an allocation now, as by the time the reviews are out it'll be too late! 2021 is a fantastic vintage for the Central Coast. Manfred has this to say: “My favorite growing conditions are mild weather, by California standards, with consistent sunshine, but not too much extreme heat. That is what we received in 2021. We have had only one single day where temperatures reached 100° and only at one of our four vineyard sites. As a result, we received fruit and wines that are reminiscent of 2019. Perhaps with slightly more richness, but there is a distinct resemblance. Lots of elegance, lots of character, lots of alertness and a good amount of playful spiciness with many layers and nuances. Nothing boring or predictable.” Sine Qua Non is famed for the unique names and artwork given to the wines in each vintage. However, in 2019 Manfred chose a new ongoing name for his Estate blends: Distenta, meaning 'unlabelled' in Latin. The 2019s were 'Distenta I', the 2020s were Distenta II, the new 2021s are 'Distenta III', and so on for future releases. He couldn't resist making a new artwork for each label though! Manfred Krankl: "Great, great color. Quite dark – no surprise I guess, but still a warm feeling to stare at it. A lot of work…for a long time…to get to appreciate it in a glass. Color is clearly not the most important aspect to the wine – to ANY wine – but it is some indicator of something good. In the nose there are tones of coffee grounds, rhubarb, red plums, toffee, boysenberry, mashed up strawberry skins (a little over the top…I know), cigar-box and even some chalk and dusty cookie crumbs. The mouth, the palate, is super soft, but not flabby, but rather still structured and very fanned out. Sort of like 2019 (if memory serves correctly), but with a touch more sexy flesh. There are plenty of tannins, but they are broad and satiny!!! We also got some mild Asian spices. The wine gets more and more lush the longer it sits in the glass. More palate enveloping too. Yahoo!!!"
£1,500 / Case£250 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,823.04 / Case, £303.84 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Sine Qua Non, Distenta III Grenache, California 6x75cl

JD97-99WI97-99
Blend: 79.0% Grenache, 8.4% Syrah, 7.4% Mourvedre, 3.2% Petite Sirah, 0.4% Gelber Muskateller, 1.6% Petit Manseng Vintage production: n/a The brand-new Sine Qua Non Distenta III Syrah and Grenache... 2021s from winemaking legend Manfred Krankl have just been released to great fanfare. Last year's Distenta II 2020s were lauded by the critics - the Syrah scored 97-99 JD / 99 WA / 97-99 TWI, and the Grenache scored 97-100 JD / 97 WA / 98-100 TWI - and with the early impressions pointing to an amazing vintage in 2021 the numbers are going to be BIG when published later in the year. Do NOT miss the chance to secure an allocation now, as by the time the reviews are out it'll be too late! 2021 is a fantastic vintage for the Central Coast. Manfred has this to say: “My favorite growing conditions are mild weather, by California standards, with consistent sunshine, but not too much extreme heat. That is what we received in 2021. We have had only one single day where temperatures reached 100° and only at one of our four vineyard sites. As a result, we received fruit and wines that are reminiscent of 2019. Perhaps with slightly more richness, but there is a distinct resemblance. Lots of elegance, lots of character, lots of alertness and a good amount of playful spiciness with many layers and nuances. Nothing boring or predictable.” Sine Qua Non is famed for the unique names and artwork given to the wines in each vintage. However, in 2019 Manfred chose a new ongoing name for his Estate blends: Distenta, meaning 'unlabelled' in Latin. The 2019s were 'Distenta I', the 2020s were Distenta II, the new 2021s are 'Distenta III', and so on for future releases. He couldn't resist making a new artwork for each label though! Manfred Krankl: "Truly gorgeous dark burgundy color. A very pretty tone, one that is brilliant and shining. The nose is rich and super vibrant with notes of fresh currants, cranberries, pomegranate juice, freshly picked blackberries, cherries and rose. Also, some dried herbs and light black pepper kernels. The mouth is extremely smooth, yet there is a playful tension, but with a giving and enveloping palate. It is dense, but simultaneously tender on its feet. The tannins are silky and the wine finishes long, long, long and seemingly sweet (not literally) with a pie crust characteristic. The more air the wine gets, the more it opens up with more layers and a very pretty saline ocean air quality and some restrained citrus blossom too. It goes to the edge and then past it. An absolutely gorgeous wine. Just beautiful."
£1,500 / Case£250 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,824.62 / Case, £304.10 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Andremily, White Cuvée, California 1x75cl

JD97-99RP97
Blend: 40% Chardonnay, 26% Roussanne, 19% Marsanne, 15% Viognier Vintage production: 300 cases The remarkable Andremily White Cuvée 2021 practically defines the 'Central Coast Blend' of... Chardonnay, Roussanne, and Viognier. This style was honed to perfection at Sine Qua Non, and has been revolutionised by a new generation of winemakers, led by Jim. The fruit comes from the Slide Hill Estate Vineyard, the nearby Jespersen Vineyard which sits just 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and acclaimed Stolpman Vineyard in hills of Ballard Canyon. Rich, intense, and beautifully expressive, the 97-99 point gem "Should be snatched up by readers." (JD).
£95 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £117.20 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Andremily, White Cuvée, California 6x75cl

JD97-99RP97
Blend: 40% Chardonnay, 26% Roussanne, 19% Marsanne, 15% Viognier Vintage production: 300 cases The remarkable Andremily White Cuvée 2021 practically defines the 'Central Coast Blend' of... Chardonnay, Roussanne, and Viognier. This style was honed to perfection at Sine Qua Non, and has been revolutionised by a new generation of winemakers, led by Jim. The fruit comes from the Slide Hill Estate Vineyard, the nearby Jespersen Vineyard which sits just 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and acclaimed Stolpman Vineyard in hills of Ballard Canyon. Rich, intense, and beautifully expressive, the 97-99 point gem "Should be snatched up by readers." (JD).
£576 / Case£96 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £710.42 / Case, £118.40 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Andremily, White Cuvée, California 12x75cl

JD97-99RP97
Blend: 40% Chardonnay, 26% Roussanne, 19% Marsanne, 15% Viognier Vintage production: 300 cases The remarkable Andremily White Cuvée 2021 practically defines the 'Central Coast Blend' of... Chardonnay, Roussanne, and Viognier. This style was honed to perfection at Sine Qua Non, and has been revolutionised by a new generation of winemakers, led by Jim. The fruit comes from the Slide Hill Estate Vineyard, the nearby Jespersen Vineyard which sits just 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and acclaimed Stolpman Vineyard in hills of Ballard Canyon. Rich, intense, and beautifully expressive, the 97-99 point gem "Should be snatched up by readers." (JD).
£1,140 / Case£95 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £1,406.45 / Case, £117.20 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2020 Sine Qua Non, Distenta Syrah, California 1x75cl

JD97-99RP99
Blend: 82.9% Syrah, 7.5% Grenache, 3.9% Mourvedre, 3.4% Petite Sirah and 2.3% white (1.5% Muskat and 0.8% Petit Manseng) Vintage Production: 1,999 cases and 600 magnums
£290 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £352.07 / BottleAvailability: Immediate ⋅ ETA to UK address: 2-4 days