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***** drink now
St-Germain ‘Delice de Sureau’ Liqueur Artisanale
France $49.95 (180695) 20.0% alcohol
If your desire is to inspire and captivate, then this elderflower liqueur was crafted for you! First up, the bottle’s in an Art Deco style. Then there’s the process required to transform these ephemeral spring flowers into this exotic liqueur. Open, pour, and the aromas fairly leap from the glass—stone fruit, honeyed melon, expressive white floral notes and a hint of anise. It’s decadent, richly textured with aromas replaying on the palate augmented with a whiff of tinned apricots. All that rich flavour and texture is lovingly balanced with fine acidity. The warm finish is luscious and long lasting. Perfection on its own, but destined for martinis. (Susan Desjardins)

**** drink or cellar
Pirramimma Petit Verdot 2008
McLaren Vale, South Australia $26.95 (986752) 14.0% alcohol
Lifted aromas of dried, crushed currant, dark cherry and cedar waft from this mid-weight, gutsy red. Ripe mulberry, red currant and juicy Bing cherry on the palate, the vibrant, dry aftertaste layers on a perceptible tannin underpinning and tangy acidity coupled with flavours of char and espresso roast. Aerate/decant for a couple of hours and serve with lamb tagine or hearty stew. (Vic Harradine)

**** drink or cellar
Château Pipeau 2009
AOC St-Émilion Grand Cru $34.95 (302018) 13.5% alcohol
This is opaque in the glass with smoky, tarry, pipe tobacco aromas heralding rich, luscious flavours of cassis, black berry and sweet, ripe mulberry interweaving with racy red currant. It’s mid-full bodied with fleshy mouth feel and a balanced lengthy finish underpinned by perceptible, unresolved tannin. Aerate/decant three, full hours and serve with grilled, rare strip loin or wait and pour 2014-2024.