Alpha Box & Dice 'Xola' Aglianico, McLaren Vale, Australia 2012

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Alpha Box & Dice 'Xola' Aglianico, McLaren Vale, Australia 2012


When my 9 year-old daughter comes back from holiday camp, she's so over-excited that she can't talk quickly enough and tries telling 3 or 4 different anecdotes at the same time. It's endearing but thoroughly confusing (why was there a canoe in the dormitory?). I don't know where she gets it from.

We've been waiting nearly six months for this wine to arrive from Australia and we're incredibly excited to say that it is finally here and it's made from Aglianico, which is mostly found in Campania today, but originally came from Greece, and the guys who make it, Alpha Box & Dice, are really cool and hilarious, but deadly serious too, and they commission artists to design a new label each year and the vineyard is farmed biodynamically and the wine tastes amazing because it spent 4 whole years in barrel and there's a canoe in the dormitory. 14% alc. Drink now-2035.

Press reviews:

The Wine Detective: "Really inky – a little high toned even – with opulent, very intense blueberry and black olive and a swathe of sumptuous, velvety tannins.  A wine to kick back over on a cold night with a slow cooked stew or tagine."

Jancis (Tamlyn Currin): "Four years in oak. Bit of VA and polished church pews and incense and a nose with all the intensity of fervent prayer. Really vibrant, pulsating energy and acidity dancing tango with strong, dramatic tannins and slashes of apricot, Victoria plum, quince and chocolate swirling like silk and colour across the floor. A wine that reverberates right through your bones. I would love to have this with eight-hour beef short ribs. Drink 2017-2025." 17 points

Jancis (Richard Hemming MW): "Black cherry fruit and chewy palate with impressive floral notes on the finish. Substantial tannic fuzz. Very savoury and serious. Drink 2017-2022." 16.5 points

Winemaker's Note: "It's complex, it's floral, it's tannic, it's perfumed, it's gutsy. It's the Yin and Yang of wines. She looks pretty, but she packs a punch. Grab a bottle before you miss your last chance to taste the intriguing mystery that makes Xola appear light and floral in the glass, but gutsy and tannic on the palate. And since it's had four years in seasoned oak – if you can bear it – try laying it down and see how the oaky characters (liquorice, leather, coffee, vanilla) develop over time."

Customer comments:

"The Xola is a lovely expression of aglianico!  Definiately drink now.  I think we are off to a good start (we will be having more of this)." - Ms. D.H.

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