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At Untapped we always have lots going on and we are keen to share our news and reviews, and producer stories. 

Our events are always big news so see what is coming up too.

Increasingly we are bringing news to life through imagery and video to give you a true flavour of Untapped Fine Wines and our shared passion for food and incredible wines. Also, check our what's happening through our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Posts are ordered by date (most recent first).

 

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'Recaredo, the quality leader in Cava.' - erobertparker.com 
30 June 2015
 
Luis Gutierrez of Wine Advocate has written excellent articles on 30 June 2015, and uses some beautiful images. He recognises:
  • Recaredo as the top sparkling wine producer closely followed by Gramona (who join our portfolio JULY)!

Check out the highlights here.

Get in touch for more information on these producers and their wines.

 
 
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'The leading name in Costers del Segre remains Castell d'Encus, the unbeatable leader' - erobertparker.com
30 June 2015
 
Luis Gutierrez of Wine Advocate has written excellent articles on 30 June 2015, and uses some beautiful images. He recognises:
  • Castell D'Encus is named as top producer in DO Costers del Segre
  • Celler Credo for production of top still Xarel.lo.

Check out the highlights here.

Get in touch for more information on these producers and their wines.

 
 
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Mi Terruño, Argentina - James Suckling Five Top Argentine Bonardas & up to 93 Pts on other wines
18 June 2015
James Suckling's recent tastings and reviews of Mi Terruño and others has seen some excellent results for the wines.

 

For more information on Mi Terruño and their wines visit our website or get in touch!
 
 

 

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Tim Atkin MW - Achaval Ferrer - 'Best range of wines I've ever had from you'
25 May 2015
 
Achaval Ferrer are always well rated by Tim Atkin MW when exploring Argentina and the recent tasting scores are no different including:
 
Finca Altamira 2012 - 98 Pts
Finca Bella Vista 2012 - 96 Pts
Quimera 2012 - 94 Pts
Malbec Mendoza 2014 - 93 Pts
 
Tim says: 'Best range of wines I've ever had from you'.
 
 
 
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Decanter - 22 Top Mendoza Malbecs
25 May 2015
 
Achaval Ferrer feature proudly with 94 Pts in Patricio Tapia's Top Mendoza Malbec.
 
Next to the Tunuyán River, and with vines planted almost 100 years ago, this is another brilliant version of Finca Altamira. Less fresh than previous vintages (especially 2011), it keeps the same length of flavour, plus a soft and round texture and enchanting mineral tones.

 
 
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Decanter - Top 10 Pagos de Espana Wines to Try
15 May 2015
 
Very proud to exclusively sell the wines of 3 of the 10 producers featured in Decanter's Top 10 Pagos de Espana Wines. Grandes Pagos de España (GPE) is an association of Spanish wine producers dedicated to upholding and promoting very high quality single estate wine and all that is entailed in its production.
 
Gramona, Enoteca, Finca la Plana Brut Nature, Cava 2000 18pts/20 (93/100pts) - NEW TO OUR PORTFOLIO VERY SOON
Mas Doix, Doix, Priorat 2010 18.25pts/20 (94/100pts)
Aalto, PS, Ribera del Duero 2010 18pts/20 (93/100pts)
 
 
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Top 100 Winery of the Year - Vivanco
15 May 2015
 
Some great ratings for producer Vivanco from Spain's Rioja Alta. Highlights including Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery of the Year, Top 13 Wines of the World for the Crianza, 'Great Gold Tempranillo' for the Reserva at Tempranillo del Mundo Awards and a selection of 90+ points. Wines available on our website.
 
 
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Meet Raül Bobet - extraordinary wines from DO Costers del Segre, Spain
13 May 2015
 
'These are some of the most exciting new wines throughout Spain.' according to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Castell d'Encus Raül Bobet, winemaker and adventurer, is joining us in Australia in June. Raül is a well respected figure on the Spanish wine scene having headed up Torres wines as winemaker, technical director and CEO for many years. He joins us in Australia to discuss his personal wine projects and commitment to sustainability. Raül will visit VIC, NSW and QLD. Get in touch if you want to meet the man himself! 
 
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Max Allen Loves Malbec!
11 May 2015
 
Max Allen explains his relationship with Malbec in this article in The Australian. All Untapped Malbecs reviewed by Max are available on our website including Achaval Ferrer:

'After tasting the super-vivid, juicy red fruit of Achaval Ferrer’s 2013 Mendoza ($60), the stunning black intensity and concentration of its 2009 Quimera ($110, a blend of malbec, merlot, cabernet and petit verdot), and the extraordinary complexity and majestic density and length of the 2009 Finca Bella Vista ($290), I think I may now love malbec more than ever now.'
 
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6 Argentine Winemakers Elevate Their Iconic Red Wine
11 May 2015
 
Bodega Tukma and Bodega Lagarde feature in this article by Zester Daily - read about them and order their wines on our website.
 
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Re-birth, Re-match, Re-think: Wines of Argentina
11 May 2015
 
Delighted to see our portfolio represented so well in this article. Outstanding producers mentioned such as: Mendel, O.Fournier, Renacer & El Porvenir. Available exclusively in Australia through us.
 
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Mas Doix Reaching New Heights in Priorat
9 May 2015
 
Decanter has featured Mas Doix 2010 in their article of the top 10 Grades Pagos de Espana to try!
 
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Quintay Wines Grand Slam Victory at Hong Kong International Awards
8 May 2015
 
Huge congratulations to Quintay Wines, for a Grand Slam victory at the Hong Kong International Wine Challenge. 8 awards including 'Best of the Show' for Quintay Q Pinot Noir 2012 (in PN category) and a GOLD medal for Quintay Q Syrah 2012. Traditionally the Pinot Noir 'Best in Show' is awarded to a wine from Australia or New Zealand so this is extra special for Chile! Buy Quintay wines from us exclusively.
 
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Quintay Wines Top jamessuckling.com reviews
6 May 2015
 
More praise for Quintay Wines, Casablanca Valley, Chile from jamessuckling.com
 
  • 95 Pts Q Pinot Noir 2012
  • 92 Pts Q Syrah 2012
  • 90 Pts Clava Chardonnay 2013
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Quintay Wines Descorchados 2015 Top Scores
6 May 2015
 
Quintay Wines recent wine scores include 93 pts by Patricio Tapia in Guia Descorchados 2015 Wine Competition.
 
  • 93 Pts Q Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • 91 Pts Q Syrah 2013
  • 90 Pts Q Chardonnay 2013
  • 90 Pts Q Pinot Noir 2013
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Top Alternative Argentina Wine Regions
30 April 2015
 
Wine Enthusiast shares alternative Argentinian wine regions and features El Porvenir and Bodega Tukma from Salta exclusively available from Untapped Fine Wines.
 
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Decanter Travel Guide - Uco Valley, Argentina
28 April 2015
 
decanter.com travel guide features Bodega O'Fournier in beautiful Mendoza, Argentina.

Anthony Rose MW explains: 'Uco is the source of many of Argentina’s greatest red wines, with an array of interpretations of the Malbec grape their number one attraction. Almost as far south as you can go inside the valley before taking the road to San Rafael, the Spanish-owned Bodega O Fournier an astonishing piece of architecture in El Cepillo, with a roof akin to a helicopter landing pad or professor’s mortar board. It’s worth a visit not just for the wines but the restaurant with its backdrop of vineyards and snowy peaks.'
 
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Decanter Travel Guide - Casablanca & Valparaiso, Chile
28 April 2015
 
Peter Richards MW's Decanter travel guide to Casablanca & Valparaíso, Chile featuring Viña Quintay & Loma Larga wines. 
 
 
Watch a Year in Beautiful Leyda Valley, Chile @ Amayna
24 April 2015
 
Watch a year in beautiful Leyda Valley, Chile on video.
Amayna produce sensational, cool climate Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah Wines of Chile and now also a great value range in Boya Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir under screwcap. Order Amayna and Boya exclusively in Australia from Untapped Fine Wines.
 
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Gourmet Traveller WINE on Celler Credo Xarel.lo Wines
22 April 2015
 
On the still xarel-lo wines from Spain's Ton Mata, Celler Credo, Gourmet Traveller WINE's James Kilmartin says 'The five still wines range from bright, fresh and zippy whites fermented and matured in stainless steel with citrus, fennel and green apple characteristics to more complex, textural wines incorporating aniseed, green almond and ripe stone-fruit elements due to the varying degrees of skin contact and oak exposure.' 
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Gourmet Traveller WINE on Recaredo Premium Cava
22 April 2015
 
Quality Cava by Gourmet Traveller WINE Apr/ May 2015 - 'It is with sparkling wine that Ton Mata excels. This is most clear with the extraordinary 2002 Turo D'En Mota Cava - delicate complex aromas of brioche, citrus and subtle white florals are followed by a deep, powerful palate and a long, focused dry-bone finish. 2004 Brut de Brut Nature Gran Reserva is also enticing. It is bright, fresh and harmonious with white nectarine, green apple, brioche and a chalky, acidic pucker. Those more attned to a broader, rounder style of sparkling would lean towards the sweeter brioche, honeysuckle and spice notes of 2003 Reserva Particular Brut Nature Gran Reserva Cava.' 
 
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Malbec Mayhem - The World Celebrates Malbec World Day 2015
17 April 2015
 
What an awesome Malbec World Day 2015. It truly was Malbec Mayhem in Melbourne where we showcased 24 Malbecs at the MWD Gauchito Gil event. There were lots of incredible events across Australia too. We have the best range of Malbecs in Australia - a point not missed by Max Allen when he tasted our range: 
Max Allen explains his relationship with Malbec in this article in The Australian
'After tasting the super-vivid, juicy red fruit of Achaval Ferrer’s 2013 Mendoza ($60), the stunning black intensity and concentration of its 2009 Quimera ($110, a blend of malbec, merlot, cabernet and petit verdot), and the extraordinary complexity and majestic density and length of the 2009 Finca Bella Vista ($290), I think I may now love malbec more than ever now.' Max Allen, The Australian
 
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Wine Spectator on Ribera del Duero, Spain
30 March 2015
 
Ribera del Duero is one of Spain's traditional wine regions... with innovative winemakers. Learn about the region and its wine styles with Jose Manuel Ortega from O. Fournier winery by watching the video.
 
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Amayna 92 Pts Wines & Spirits Magazine
26 March 2015
 
92 pts for Amayna Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2010 from Wines & Spirits. This wine is consistently one of the top 10 rated wines from Leyda Valley, Chile. The erobertparker 90 pts rated 2008 is available now.

Where premium Chile is at!
 
 
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An Exceptional Argentine Red - Mendel Wines
24 March 2015
 
An Exceptional Argentine Red - Read this excellent review as Julia Harding (jancisrobinson.com) tastes with Roberto de la Mota and rates Mendel Wines Unus 2009 17.5pts. This is a superb ‪Malbec‬ ‪Cabernet Sauvignon blend (with 5% ‪Petit Verdot in the 2009 blend)
 
 
 
 
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Amayna - Vivino #1 Wine App Top 10 Stylish Wines
18 March 2015
 
Amayna, one of our premium Chilean producers, from Leyda Valley, awarded in Vivino #1 wineapp top 10 stylish.
 
 
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Amayna - Fresh Whites & Revolutionary Reds from Chile
13 March 2015
 
Great scores for Amayna and Boya wines from Jancis Robinson. Superb Chilean wines, showing the class of Leyda Valley in production of Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Top wines.
  • 17 Pts Amayna Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc
  • 16.5+ Pts Amayna Syrah
  • 16.5 Pts Amayna Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • 16.5 Pts Amayna Boya Pinot Noir 2013
  • 16 Pts Boya Sauvignon Blanc 2014
 
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Video - Ton Mata on Cavas Recaredo & Celler Credo Wines
10 March 2015
 
Delighted to share an interview with Ton Mata of Recaredo and Celler Credo wines. Ton's wines delighted the trade across Australia during his recent visit. Hear first hand about Recaredo Cavas and Ton's new still wine range, Celler Credo. Conducted in English, Ton communicates his passion for wine to us all. Watch this video on youtube and post your comments.
 
Thank you to Corte, Port Melbourne for hosting the video shoot.
 
 
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jamessuckling.com Tasting Report: Mendel, Argentina
25 June 2014
 
 
 
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Gourmet Traveller WINE: Mike Bennie & Max
29 Oct 2013
 
Articles from Mike Bennie and Max Allen.
 
 
 
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Drinks Trade Magazine Review
26 Oct 2011

 

A selection of our wines was very well received and reviews appeared in the October/November 2011 issue of Drinks Trade Magazine and Drinks Trade Online. O. Fournier's Alfa Crux Blend, and Lagarde's Altas Cumbres Malbec and Lagarde Viognier were featured in the review.Six of Caelum's wines were also reviewed from the Classic and Reserva ranges, including Classic Cabernet Sauvignon, Classic Malbec, Classic Chardonnay, Reserva Cabernet, Reserva Malbec, and Reserva Chardonnay. All of these wines and more can be found on our Caelum page

For more information, check out the reviews below and visit Drinks Trade Online! 

 
 
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Argentina Untapped
16 Sept 2011
 
Our first wineries from Argentina are Untapped and introduced to our portfolio!