Thursday, 13 September 2012

Autumn Newsletter

In this edition we have three superb new mixed cases on offer as well as some delicious offerings from Chile to coincide with our autumnal 'Wines of Chile' promotion.
The promotion will run for two months and consists of in-store tasting and many great offers selected from our huge award-winning range of well over 200 different Chilean wines. You can also enter a free prize draw to win one of three great prizes.
It is now common knowledge that pound for pound Chile consistently produces the best value for money wines around. So if you are looking for wines with real personality, richness, fruit intensity and balance, look no further than Chile. If you pop into the shop we will gladly help you choose the perfect wine.

Wines of Chile Case
Adobe Sauvignon Blanc, Organic - Casablanca Valley
Trophy winning (again) and now fair trade Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca. The fresh lime zest and green pepper aromas encountered on the nose are carried through to the palate, which is alive with crunchy fruit, citrus, and has a long zippy finish.

Emiliana Reserva Riesling - Casablanca Valley
Bright lime and grapefruit notes, citrus oil and just a hint of kerosene. The palate's dry minerality is complemented by its richness and a mouth-watering lime zesty finish.

Tabali Reserva Dry Muscat - Limari Valley
Perfumed nose with deep floral and fruity notes including rose and orange zest. Excellent structure, with a lively acidity which gives freshness and balance to the wine.

Novas Gran Reserva Viognier - Casablanca Valley
Rich and luscious, as aromas of toasted almonds mix with floral notes. The palate is lush, full, and persistent with good balanced acidity.

Emiliana Reserva Chardonnay - Casablanca Valley
Clean, bright, and full of character and intense fruit, this wine is rich with nice balanced acidity and a silky finish.

Montevista Reserva Malbec - Valle Central
Intense blackcurrant, vanilla and light spices on the nose with lovely red fruit on the palate, hints of pepper and mocha on the finish, a rich and enjoyable Malbec.

Adobe Carmenere - Rapel Valley
Gold medal winning wine. Cherry stones on the nose, rich black fruit, hints of spice and leafy characters. An uplifting palate of cherries and a long refreshing finish.

Cousino-Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon - Valle del Maipo
Red and blackcurrants dominate the nose, complemented by hints of cedar aromas and sweet fruit, and a long rounded finish.

Tabali Reserva Merlot - Limari Valley
Great concentration on the nose showing ripe, red fruit aromas and a sweetly black pastille allure, well balanced with savoury nuances and fabulous crunchy fruit. This full bodied red has fine tannins and a great structure.

Novas Gran Reserva Pinot Noir - Casablanca Valley
A classically Casablancan Pinot Noir, brilliant ruby red with bright cherry fruit on the nose, and strong savoury aromas. Soft, smooth tannins and good acidity combine to form a fine persistent finish.

Andes Peak Syrah - Rapel Valley
Black, meaty and appealing nose, complex aromas of ripe red fruit with hints of oak, spice and green peppers and a long rich finish.

Novas Gran Reserva Carmenere/ Cabernet - Colchagua Valley
Big, brooding and packed full of flavour. The rich intensity of the red berry fruit is complemented by opulent savoury spice. Great balance and acidity lead to a highly enjoyable wine.

£80.00 if collected from the shop, and £88.00 if delivered anywhere in the UK
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

Other recommended Chilean wines:

2011 Tabali Reserva Viognier - Limari Valley £6.99
A gorgeous nose with the scent of sweet honeysuckle, ripe pear and candied apricot fruit flavours.
2011 Adobe Chardonnay - Casablanca Valley £6.69
This is sensational value for money, rich and creamy with a touch of tasty oak.
2011 Adobe Gewurxtraminer - Rapel Valley £6.69
Textbook Gewurzt, this has a wonderful aromatic quality and is full of exotic spicy flavours - superb!
2010/11 Signos de Origen Chardonnay/Marsanne/Viognier/Roussanne - Casablanca Valley £9.99
Made by one of Chile's top wine makers Alvaro Espinoza, this is a beautiful blend with a lush softness and real elegance.
2008 Concha y Toro Amelia Chardonnay £15.99
One of Chile's top white wines and an absolute bargain given its richness and complexity.
2009 Urban Red Blend - Maule Valley £7.99
The baby brother to the wine below, this is an excellent medium-bodied glugger with plenty of fruit.
2008 O. Fournier Centauri Red Blend - Maule valley £12.99
Chilean Wine Awards 2010: Best Blend Award. A very fine intense wine full of concentrated blackcurrant fruit.
2010 Signos de Origen Syrah - Casablanca Valley £12.59
Another classic wine from the very talented Alvaro Espinoza, this is soft and velvety with cranberries, cassis, vanilla and clove.
2010 De Martino Legado Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - Maipo Valley £8.99
Fresh red and blackcurrant fruit flavours with plenty of concentration, this is very good value for money.
2010 Montevista Reserva Carmenere - Central Valley £5.99
Medium-bodied and elegant with red fruit aromas and a palate filled with sweet fruit, coffe and spices.
2011 Adobe Reserva Malbec - Rapel Valley £6.69
This is a pleasantly easy drinking Malbec that avoids being too heavy. Gently perfumed, fresh and peppery.
2007 Altair Sideral - Rapel Valley £14.59
A very classy blend of Cabernet/Carmenere and Cabernet franc, rich, elegant and ageworthy.
2008 Concha y Toro Don Melchor - Puente Alto £35.99
We are currently stocking our 20th vintage of this classic Cabernet Sauvignon in a very fine wine.
*VERY LIMITED* Magnums of 2007 Don Melchor £85.00

Every Day Drinking Case

Champs du Moulin Colombard, Pays des Cotes de Gascogne - France
Delicious fresh fragrant nose, clean, invigorating, and zesty, with crisp green fruit on the palate and lovely acidity, a moreish drink.

Bellefontaine Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d'Oc - France
Classic Sauvignon Blanc nose with herbaceous notes and an underlying ripeness, balanced by clean zingy citrus.

Ancora Bianco Garganega delle Venezie - Italy
Pale straw yellow colour, lightly aromatic with ripe citrus and baked apple characters, a soft easy to drink white.

Domaine des Cretes Marssanne Roussanne - France
Fresh, vibrant and youthful, with hints of lemon and mango and some complexity from the barrel-fermented proportion, the full-rounded palate leads to a rich and savoury wine, a real crowd pleaser.

Tesoro de los Andes Torontes Chardonnay - Argentina
This great value wine has some real weight and character, fresh and dry with ripe guava and citrus, and a succulent tropical fruit finish.

Mas de Vigneron Rouge, Pays du Vaucluse - France
First impressions are of a classic Rhone red, friendly and warming, with the hallmark spice of Grenache and Syrah. Soft, fruity, and easy to drink.

Ancora Rosso, Sangiovese di Puglia - Italy
A warm richly flavoured red, with aromas of plums, dried fruit and spices, a good concentration of ripe cherry is combined with a satisfyingly long finish.

Sierra Grande Cabernet Sauvignon - Chile
A light juicy red with nice crushed red fruit aromas, very easy drinking with gentle tannins and a touch of spice.

Percheron Old Vine Cinsault - South Africa
Highly praised by wine critics, from gnarly vines up to 65 years old, this wine is gently compelling with aromas of the earth and stony minerality. The palate includes red fruits, cherries, a hint of spice, and creamy refreshing acidity.

Borsao Garnacha, Bodegas Borsao - Spain
It would be hard to find, at the price, a more highly praised and award winning wine than this. Juicy bramble fruit and fresh redcurrants dominate this very approachable wine.

Pasquiers Shiraz, Pays d'Oc - France
The nicely rounded palate is dominated by ripe blackcurrant, with just a twist of spice.

Montevista Carmenere - Chile
A powerful fruit bomb with a smokey, spicy kick. Aromas of ripe, dark fruits and mocha, with a hint of crushed black pepper come together in a balanced finish. A cracking Carmenere.

£58.99 if collected from the shop and £67.00 delivered anywhere in the UK
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

Autumn Case

False Bay Wild Yeast Chenin Blanc - South Africa
Fresh citrus fruit and herbaceous notes, including fennel and aniseed which dominate the nose, followed by a creamy lemon character. The palate is reminiscent of the nose with great textural complexity.

Les Volets Chardonnay, IGP Haute Vallee de l'Aude - France
Fresh and flavoursome. The nose is hugely aromatic with candied fruit, apricots and orange peel are the first notes that give way to toasted hazelnuts and buttery brioche. A wine with great elegance.

Domaine Les Grands Presbyteres Wild Yeast Muscadet, Sevre & Maine Sur Lie - France
Stunning aromas of elderflower and a hint of fresh bread, the flavour is instantly zingy with mid-palate fullness rounded off by a dry but fruity finish.

Fuenteseca Macabeo Sauvignon Blanc - Spain
Lightly aromatic, with white peach and jasmine notes on the nose, as well as delicate herbaceous notes and citrus. The palate is textured with fresh and zesty citrus fruit acidity, mineral notes and a clean, crisp finish.

Coste del Molino Verdicchio Classico - Italy
Pale straw colour with greenish gold highlights. Intense and persistent aromas of honey and almond blossom followed by more developed ripe fruit characters. Rich and full flavoured with concentrated citrus fruit.

Vina Borgia Garnacha - Spain
Bright, fresh and youthful; an immediately appealing style of Garnacha. Pure vibrant red fruits on the nose with a hint of pepper and cherry pie. The palate has juicy cherry and plummy fruit with a silky finish.

Crocera Barbera d'Asti Superiore - Italy
A wine with style. Intense ripe damsons on the nose, smoke and spices with a sweet silky palate including notes of cherry and a tang of savoury. A generous wine with great structure.

San Felice Contrada - Italy
A light juicy red with nice crushed red fruit aromas, gentle tannins and a touch of spice. This very easy drinking wine is sourced from San Felice's renowned Chianti Classico vineyards.

Pedrera Monastrell - Spain
Soft and approachable with ripe berry fruit aromas, a rich and plummy palate with supple tannins and a long juicy finish. Hints of spice and strawberries dripped in chocolate on the finish.

Domaine de Mas Barrau Cabernet Franc - France
A wine of real character. There is a wild ripeness of sweet scented fruit twinned with woodland perfume, an incredibly long and very rich palate, scrumptiously juicy fleshy flavours that are intertwined with the savoury crunchy rooty character of the Cabernet Franc.

Vista TR - Portugal
Juicy fruit on the palate which is dominated by ripe blackcurrant, rounded off softly by gentle tannins.

Ca'di Ponti Shiraz -Italy
A balanced red with a spicy kick. Aromas of ripe fruit, vanilla, and mocha, soft and rounded with a hint of crushed black pepper and a smooth finish - a good food wine!

£71.99 if collected from the shop, and £80.00 if delivered anywhere in the UK
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius