Mixed Wine Selection (12 bottles)
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Chateau Bois-Brincon, Cremant de Loire Brut Nature - This crémant is a blend of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Upon arrival, grapes are pressed slowly and gently in a pneumatic press. The first fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Second fermentation occurs in bottle and is kickstarted with grape must, after which the wine is finished with no added dosage. This is a raw and vinous crémant with elegant bubbles and good aging potential. Zippy, juicy, bright and fresh!
Dominio de Tharsys Cava Brut Nature - Made in the Champagne method in a typically dry style (0.8g/l residual sugar), this Cava from near Valencia is clean, crisp and refreshing. Citrus and floral aromas on the nose and a lovely creamy finish. A perfect accompaniment to tapas.
Ciello, Baglio Catarratto - Delicious Catarratto from beautiful Sicily. Certified organic grapes and winery, minimal intervention throughout. Limited fining agents are used, if any, and only a basic filter is applied to the wine before bottling. As a result some bottles show a small amount of very fine lees sediment in the bottom of the bottle, but with this comes the benefit of greater flavour, texture and mouthfeel to the wine, rather than being stripped bare as you will find with more commercially made white wines.
Pierre-Marie & Marie Luneau, Muscadet Serve et Maine sue lie 'Garance' (Loire, France) - This organic Muscadet is made by Pierre Luneau at Domaine du Verger situated in the Western Loire and is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. Dry, crisp and mineral as it should be there is a richness and generosity here. Down the road of a taut and steely Chablis, but without the price tag.
Chateau Mourgues du Gres, Les Galets Blanc - Predominantly Grenache Blanc with a little Vermentino and Roussanne, this graceful white wine combines fruitiness and freshness. Notes of citrus fruits are mingled with the aromas of white flowers and a touch of minerality.
Cotes du Rhone Les Olivieres, Vignerons d'Estezargues - Ripe red/dark fruit aromas and that characteristic garrigue and pepper notes. Lovely softness in the mouth with velvety tannins and confit fruits building across the palate, hints of tobacco and leather and a nice spine of acidity from the Syrah as well as some spicy blackcurrant fruit.
Weingut Judith Beck, Ink - Juicy, fresh, biodynamic, Austrian red wine. Ink is a very lively, fresh biodynamic wine from Burgenland in Austria. The Judith Beck winery is based near lake (i can never pronounce it) Neusiedlersee. This is the warmest region of Austria for wine production. They can get some quite big red wines here and many producers beef them up further with new, toasted oak and go for richness and power. Judith Beck Ink is not like that at all! It is a biodynamic beauty with a blast of dark fruits, spices and fresh, springy juiciness that leaps from the glass on the nose and hits the palate like a mouthful of summer berries. There are no oaky flavours in Ink although some time in large barrels is spent in the maturation.
Bodegas Pittacum, Bierzo Tinto - Intense cherry-red colour with a striking purplish rim, very clean and brilliant. It is marked by a complex bouquet, with a wide range of aromas including red fruits (blackberry, raspberry), liquorice and mineral tones, pleasant woody hints, spices – pepper and oregano – and an agreeable backdrop redolent of smoked cocoa. Warm in the mouth, with a significant concentration of fruit, pleasant balsamic resonances, dense and fleshy with sweet tannins. It is a tasty wine to be savoured with a persistent finish.
Masseria Borgo dei Trulli, Primitivo - This rich Italian red is a bit like walking into your most-loved cafe. Not a greasey spoon, nor a super trendy one - nothing wrong with them but that FAVOURITE place! Aromas of exotic spices, vanilla, coconut and dried fruits. (They serve a healthy breakfast here!). Followed by rich blackcurrant, chocolate cake and exotic spice flavours. With, of course, fresh coffee on the finish!
Gran Cerdo Tempranillo - In the Gran Cerdo Tempranillo Gonzalo Grijalba has prodcued a wine that shows, in the nose and flavours, an intoxicating combination of red and dark berries, faint lavender (or violets) and a slightly earthy edge. The herbacious flavours gives the wine a slight green finish with a little spice, while the tannin and acidity cry out for some red meat.
Niepoort, Tawny DEE Port / Half Bottle - To produce a Port Wine with a fine and balanced flavour, Niepoort Tawny ages in oak casks for 3.5 years. Freshness, lightness and balance are the key elements of this wine. A Port easy to drink on any occasion. It contains no sediment and does not neet to be decanted. Tawny has a shiny bright colour and soft and sweet tannins. Great with chocolate desserts, cheese like Cheddar, Gouda and Brie, and red meat dishes.