Thursday, 24 May 2012

June Newsletter

Gold Medal Winners at the Sommelier Wine Awards
The Sommelier Wine Awards are close to our heart because they are a real Independent Wine merchants Wine award, it is a competition with a difference since wines designed exclusively for the supermarkets are not permitted to enter. The tasters are sommeliers themselves and during judging they are looking for wines with balance, personality, versatility, food-friendliness and value for money.

2008 Riesling Vieilles Vignes Turckheim - France  £8.69
From over 30 year old vines, rich and concentrated whilst remaining dry and racy.

2011 Tabali Reserva Viognier (Organic) - Chile £6.99
Rich aromas of citrus and apricots combine to make a wine of great purity.

2011 Gavi La Battistina - Italy £7.39
High quality, single estate Gavi - fresh yet weighty and complex. Excellent value.

2011 Adobe Sauvignon Blanc (Organic) - Chile £6.69
A dazzling Sauvignon Blanc made from organically grown grapes, with hints of peaches and lime and a full, rich palate.

2010 Pazo De Monterrey - Spain £8.9
An aromatic and sophisticated Godello from the intriguing Monterrei region.

2010 The Rude Mechanicals Ephemera - Australia £8.99
Pinot Gris and Viognier - the palate is voluptuous with tropical fruit flavours.

2010 Pedrera Monastrell - Spain £5.89
Medium-bodied, fresh, ripe, juicy and very easy to drink.

2008 Domaine Bresquieres, Ventoux - France £6.09
Rich and fine, subtle and enticing, juicy Grenache.

2010 58 Guineas Claret - France £6.69
A delightful and excellent expression of true claret.

2010 Adobe Carmenere (Organic) - Chile £6.69
Ripe fruit balanced by rich toasted notes. A long lingering palate with great persistence.

2009 Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages - France £6.99
A classic Rhone red - intense yet elegant and delectable - D. Byrne & Co. STAR BUY.

2009 Chianti Classico San Felice - Italy £9.89
Very attractive cedar and spice on the nose, with lifted perfume notes.

2007 Taberner, Huerta de Albala - Spain £16.99
The rave reviews and awards should leave you in no doubt - a stunning wine that will not leave you disappointed.

Everyday Case

2010/11  Floria Pays des Cotes de Gascogne - France
Pale lime in colour, very zingy, fresh and citrusy. A fresh, just off-dry, ultra fruity white Gascogne, beautifully balanced, with hints of lemons. A perfect drink on a warm day!

2011  GPG Garganega Pinot Grigio - Italy
Lightly aromatic with ripe citrus and baked apple characters, light, crisp and easy to drink.

2011  El Tesoro Verdejo - Spain
Aromas of stone fruit, lightly honeyed. The palate has texture with tropical fruit characters, a stunning value white.

2011  Cape Heights Sauvignon Blanc - Chile
The sun ripened grapes of this Sauvignon Colombard from the Western cape displays fresh ripe tropical fruit flavours with a twist of citrus. Zippy, racy and quaffable.

2010/11  Emiliana Chardonnay - Chile
On the nose there are aromas that recall tropical fruits such as pineapple and peaches, pure and vibrant, a real crowd pleaser.

2011  Ca di Ponti Rosato - Italy
A very approachable rosé with an attractive dark berry and blackcurrant fruit characters. A touch of spice balanced by fresh acidity and clean juicy fruit.

2010  Ancora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Italy
A medium-bodied, warm and spicy red with aromas of damson and dried fruits. The palate displays light redcurrant flavours, lightly smokey notes and red cherry fruit on the finish.

2011  Andes Peak Merlot - Chile
Vibrant crimson in colour, this wine is packed with blackberry and plummy fruit flavours. The nose has the peppery, herbal edge so typical of Chilean Merlot.

2011  Paarl Heights Shiraz - South Africa
A ripe and juicy Shiraz, packed with dark fruit flavours and black pepper notes on the palate, very easy to drink.

2011 Ca di Ponti Nero d'Avola - Italy
A deeply coloured, medium-bodied, spicy red with aromas of ripe plum and black cherry, an easy drinker with real personality.

2010 Chat-en-Oeuf Pays d'Oc - France
After you have had a giggle at the label and play on words, this wine has a nose of fresh mouth-watering red berries which leads to a truly mouth-filling wine packed with ripe juicy fruit flavours. There are cherries and strawberries and finishes with a subtle hint of spice.

2011  Vin de Pays Bouquet de Nos Vignes - France
This is a delicious uncomplicated, medium-bodied, soft, fruity and very drinkable red.

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

Barbecue Case

2010  Domaine des Cretes Marsanne Roussanne, Pays d'Oc - France
Fresh aromas, subtly cultured but quiet. The palate is contrastingly lush from the start, rich and smooth, building in power and mouth-feel to a big everlasting finish.

2011  Cher et Tendre Vouvray Sec - France
A treasure chest of flavours and aromas, Vouvray sec is an unusual and precious, off-dry style of wine, smooth with rich ripe fruit balanced by good acidity.

2011  Gavi Conchetta La Battistina - Italy
Classic and elegant. A gently aromatic dry white with green apple, lime and herbaceous characters. Lightly herbal and savoury notes combine with the fruit for a great finish.

2011  Adobe Gewurztraminer - Chile
A beautifully floral award-winning Gewurztraminer. The nose shows high jasmine tea notes and white roses with a touch of lychee and has a lingering spicy and exotic finish.

2009  Vetiver Rioja Blanco Ontanon - Spain
Stylish with subtle floral hints, followed by a voluptuous mouth-feel of tropical fruit, ripe peppers and balanced by great natural acidity.

2011  Percheron Grenache Rosé - South Africa
Packed with bright, juicy wild strawberry fruit and full of poise. this is a delightfully refreshing rosé with depth and complexity.

2011  Domaine Mas Bahourat Cabernet Sauvignon, Pays du Gard - France
Its heady scents and rich smooth flavours hit the spot. Typical characteristics of freshly cut green peppers and blackcurrant fruit on the nose are backed up on the palate with rich, soft bramble fruit flavours.

2009  1489 Chianti Riserva Baroncini - Italy
Deep ruby in colour with aromas of violets, wild cherries and subtle spice notes, a hint of vanilla and cinnamon, coupled with a long lingering finish.

2009 Zarabanda Rioja - Spain
A delicious modern Rioja with a deep colour and ripe plum and cherry fruit aromas. Richly flavoured and substantial with a dominant smoky, spicy finish - a real crowd pleaser!

2010  Alabastro Alentejo Quinta da Terrugem - Portugal
A warm, ripe, generously flavoured wine packed with fruity aromas reminiscent of ripe plums and blueberries. The palate is rich and spicy with plenty of black fruit.

2011  False Bay Pinotage - South Africa
Perfect Pinotage - bright, vibrant and juicy and deep garnet in colour. On the nose there are hints of dark fruits, chocolate and eucalyptus leads to a heady mix of fruit, rich chocolate and plums supported by soft tannins.

2010  Montevista Merlot - Chile
Soft and juicy with plum, cherry and bramble fruit aromas. The ripe fruit palate has excellent balance, weight and a delicate dusting of spice.

£71.95 if collected from the shop
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius
£80.00 delivered anywhere in mainland UK

A selection of wine perfect for summer drinking

The pretty village of Turckheim is situated just slightly north west of Colmar in the Alsace region of France. Cave Turckheim is firmly established as one of the best co-operatives in the world, always paying the utmost respect for the wine, combining rigour, know-how and patience to produce exceptional wine at great prices.

Cave Turckheim

2010 Cave Tradition Pinot Blanc £6.99
Fantastic quality Pinot Blanc, dry yet fleshy, rounded and full of body.

2010 Cave Tradition Pinot Gris £7.99
Lovely, ripe and aromatic, quite full and rich, with a smooth dryish finish.

2010 Cave Tradition Gewurztraminer £8.99
Fragrant rose petal and grapefruit aromas with a hint of sweet spice.

2010 Pinot Blanc Reserve £7.39
Pale golden in colour with perfumed aromatics of peaches and citrus and a touch of spice.

2009 Riesling Reserve £8.59
An elegant wine with a crisp finish and good length - Riesling at its best!

2010 Pinot Gris Reserve £8.59
Aromatic but beautifully restrained - the perfect all rounder.

2010 Gewurztraminer Reserve £9.59
Full and perfumed, spicy and rich, a fantastic wine with great complexity.

2008 Sables et Galets Pinot Gris, Terroirs d'Alsace  £9.99
Instantly tasty, the palate opens up dramatically with big, rich, round, honeyed fruit.

2009 Sables et Galets Gewurztraminer, Terroirs d'Alsace £10.59
Just a perfect expression of Alsace Gewurztraminer - clean and perfectly poised.

2008 Grand Cru Brand Pinot Gris £14.99
A richly concentrated elegant wine oozing quality and style.

2007 Grand Cru Brand Riesling £14.99
Classy and typical of a fine Riesling - the flavours broaden and get richer in the mouth.

2010 Grand Cru Brand Gewurztraminer £15.59
Deliciously exotic, lychee and apricot aromas with a hint of sweet spice.

2007 Vendage Tardive Gewurztraminer 50cl £16.39
Packed full of juicy fruit flavours that go on and on, this leads to an intense sweet honeyed finish.

N.V. Mayerling Brut Cremant d'Alsace £10.69
Winning Gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards - this superbly crafted wine will satisfy time and time again.

N.V. Mayerling Brut Rosé d'Alsace £11.19
Pale salmon in colour, it's a lovely light and persistent bubbly with a fine mousse.

Beaujolais and Cru Beaujolais
not too heavy, perfect for a warm summers night

2011 Les Pivoines, Beaujolais Villages £6.99
Exuberant fruity red wine with juicy crushed strawberries and cherry characters.

2010 Morgon Cotes de Py, Le Cru aux Roches Pourries £6.99
Fruit and spice, with intense flavours make it a stunning beauty.

2010 Domaine Champs du Chene, Julienas £7.99
This wine oozes with full, juicy fruit flavours that linger on the palate.

2010 Domaine les Roches Bleues, les Cru de Volcan, Brouilly £8.69
Bursting with flavours to tantalize the taste buds, an explosion of sweet brambly raspberry fruit.

2010 Domaine Les Riches Bleues, Cotes de Brouilly, Reserve de Vieilles Vignes £8.99
Gold medal winner in the 2012 Sommelier Wine Awards, intense and pure, with great complexity.

2010 Fleurie, La Madone, La Reine de L'Arenite £8.69
Floral, elegant and aromatic. Red berry fruit flavours are typically vivacious and are backed by a touch of spice.

2010 Domaine de la Porte du Paradis, St. Amour, Les Cru des Amoureux £8.99
Ripe fruit gives way to hidden depths of character, smooth rich and satisfying. A polished gem!

no better time than to enjoy a great glass of rosé......

2010/11 Les Cerisiers, Cotes du Rhone Rosé £6.99
A strawberries and cream rosé that works perfectly as an easy drinking aperitif.

2010/11 Domaine de la Vieille Tour Rosé, Cotes de Provence £7.99
Clean, well balanced with some depth, really lovely and proves why Provence rosé is just so drinkable.

2011 Chateau La Moutete Grande Reserve Rosé, Cotes de Provence £9.39
Impeccably true to style, superior Provence rosé. the finish is superb, a deft touch with considerable depth.

2010/11 Rimauresq cru Classe Rosé, Provence £10.39
Ultra pale in colour, clean and fresh on the nose and the palate. this is pure finesse!

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