Monday, 17 March 2014

Spring Newsletter

White Wines
La Battistina Gavi Conchetta, Piemonte - Italy
A gently aromatic dry white with crisp green apple and kiwi fruit flavours typical of the Cortese grape. Fresh and elegant, this is a very versatile wine for drinking with food or as an aperitif.
M. Schiavo Coste del Molino Verdicchio, Marche - Italy
This is a lovely citrus filled dry white with pure sherbet lemon and lime fruit flavours, chalky minerality and vibrant, crisp acidity. The perfect spring aperitif or served with light fish dishes.
Les Oliviers Colombard, Pays des Cotes de Gascogne - France
A delicious, 'super-fresh' dry white with a palate full of ripe peach and melon fruit flavours. Light and easy drinking this is a perfectly modern, squeaky clean Colombard that is perfect for any occasion.
Domaine Mas Bahourat Viognier, Pays du Gard - France
This is a fine example of the rich and intoxicating Viognier grape, with a heady aroma of flowers and apricots leading to a ripe and textural palate flowing with concentrated flavours of peach, apricot and pear. A perfectly balanced, clean and full-bodied white wine.
Les Volets Chardonnay, Pays de l'Haute Vallee de l'Aude - France
This is a very fine Chardonnay with the aromas and flavours of candied tropical fruits, peaches and orange peel, giving way to toasted hazelnuts and buttered brioche. Elegant and intense with opulent flavours that fill the mouth.
Red Wines
Domaine Mas Barrau Cabernet Franc, Pays du Gard - France
Crackling with dark fruits and laced with spiky 'herbes de Provence', this is a deliciously round and silky wine that is rich, smooth and full of intense savoury flavours. Might we suggest serving this little beauty at the first barbecue of the year?
Les Cepages Oublies Mourvedre, Pays d'Oc - France
A dense and full-bodied wine with tonnes of personality, that screams of the magic of the south of France. Savoury black fruits are complimented by notes of black olive and tapenade with an array of exotic spices and some aromatic garrigue herbs, simply delicious!
Terrazze della Luna Teroldego Rotaliano, Trentino - Italy
A medium bodied wine with real vibrancy and energy, the concentrated plum and damson fruit flavours are ripe and faintly perfumed, while the finish is all freshness and flowers. This is something new and interesting to taste from one of Trentino's finest indigenous red grapes.
Il Cascinone Crocera Barbera d'Asti, Piemonte - Italy
A fantastic fruit filled Barbera, bursting with delicious black cherry flavours which are backed by some fine woody notes gained through 12 months ageing in French oak barriques. This is a very classy wine indeed.
Dowie Doole Spitting Spider Shiraz, McLaren Vale - Australia
This is a fresh and flavourful Shiraz that isn't too heavy. Unashamedly forward and fruit driven in style, with notes of plum compote and an uplifting, peppery spice. All in all a very enjoyable, soft and easy drinking wine.
Sierra Grande Pinot Noir, Valle Central - Chile
This is the quintessential Pinot, a delicate marriage of wild strawberry fruit flavours and some interesting, gentle smoky notes. A wine that is full of finesse, with an especially long and pure finish.
Herdade Sao Miguel Ciconia Tinto, Alentejo - Portugal
The Ciconia Tinto has been a consistently excellent wine for us, and the 2012 is on fantastic form. With an abundance of sweet red fruits and an alluring mix of spices, this wine is the perfect foil for any classic lamb dish, particularly Tagine.
£79.95 if collected from the shop and £88 delivered anywhere in the UK
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

2013 Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc - South Africa
In our opinion the Waterkloof Estate produces the finest Sauvignon Blanc wines in the Cape. This is a lovely wine with a concentrated fruit core offset perfectly by some piercing chalky minerality. Lean and very fine.
2012 Capricho Val de Paxarinas Godello, Bierzo - Spain
A blend of old vine Godello and 15% Dona Blanca - floral, peachy aromatics, lush ripe fruit on the palate moderated by minerality and spice through to the sumptuously textured finish.
2012 Domaine Desire Petit 'L'Essenciel' Savignin Arbois, Jura - France
With aromas of citrus oils and subtle notes from the wood it has matured in, this has minerality and a marked hazelnut character - long and elegant, with a very slight hint of liquorice on the finish.
2009 Chateau La Moutete Rouge Vieilles Vignes, Cotes de Provence - France
Dense fruits of the forest perfumes followed by herbs of the garrigue, very smooth with rich, savoury and almost wild herby flavours alongside those of ripe red fruits and spicy oak. Powerful and structured with well integrated tannins, a true taste of Provence.
2010 Tain Esprit de Granit St. Joseph, Rhone - France
A multi award winning wine. Appealing and perfumed on the nose with intense liquorice and vanilla leading to a palate that is characteristically mineral with delicious sweet dark fruit, good balance and ripe tannins. Seductive and elegant, hallmarks of the wonderful 2010 vintage.
2005 Fincas de Ganuza Reserva, Rioja - Spain
Remirez de Ganuza are a first rate Rioja producer making stunning wines from old vines in the Rioja Alavesa. This is ripe and spicy with some creamy oak and round toasty tannins.
£89.99 if collected from the shop and £98 delivered anywhere in the UK
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

Also available.......................
This is a beautiful case of twelve wines suitable for drinking at any time and for any occasion. The wines are accompanied by a sheet of tasting notes. Available for £60.99 if collected from the shop, or we can deliver anywhere in mainland UK for £69.00. Delivery is free within a 30 mile radius.

Red Wine of the Month
2011 Crocera Barbera d'Asti Superiore Il Cascinone £6.99
Deeply coloured, with an intense nose of ripe damsons and black cherry. Hints of smokiness and brown spices, the wine is full flavoured and generous with intense black fruit, balanced by fresh acidity, and finishing with a savoury tang.

White Wine of the Month

2012 Gavi 'Conchetta' la Battistina £6.99
Classic and elegant Gavi. Green apple, lime and the herbaceous characters typical of the local Cortese grape and lightly herbal savoury notes, combine with the fruit to give a wonderfully textured creamy palate.

Italian Selection
White Wines
Nosiola Mastri Vernacoli £5.99 D. BYRNE WHITE WINE OF THE YEAR
Amazing value here for such complexity. A medley of flavours with apple and stone fruit mixed with some lovely fennel spice. Nutty and ripe with a dash of lime and grapefruit on the dry, savoury finish.
2012 Castanzu Vermentino di Sardegna £5.99
"I was amazed by the quality to price ratio of this wine on a trip to Italy" said Philip. Rich and spicy with citrus and ripe tropical fruit on the palate, a textural honeyed feel with hints of lemon marmalade on the finish.
2012/13 Bottega Vinai Trentino Gewurztraminer £8.99
Intense rose petal and lychee aromas so typical of the grape, with hints of ginger, citrus peel and honeysuckle on the palate. Ripe and opulent with plenty of citrus fruit and floral characters leading to a long, spicy finish.
Terrazza Della Luna Pinot Grigio £6.99
This is proper Pinot Grigio with a purity of fruit that shines through. Zesty, citrus and textural.
Fontanino Riesling £6.99
A light and delicate dry Riesling with floral notes and hints of apple and fresh lime.

Red Wines
2010 San Felice Chianti Classico SPECIAL OFFER £8.99
Very attractive cedar and spice on the nose, with lifted perfumed notes, flavours of coffee and dark chocolate, and a lovely complexity on the finish.
2009/10 Araldica Barbaresco 'Corsini' SPECIAL OFFER £8.99
Vibrant aromas of black cherries, perfumed violets, warm spices and game. On the palate the wine has great structure and shows complex rich fruit and fine balanced acidity. Great with steak!
2009/10 Araldica Barolo 'Flori' SPECIAL OFFER £11.99
A beautifully structured introduction to Barolo. Lovely concentrated black fruit, with delicate floral and violet notes plus hints of vanilla and spice.
2010 Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno Monte Schiavo £6.69
The palate is warm and generous and packed full of rich berry fruit with a touch of exotic spice.
2008/9 Azienda Monaci Copertino Rosso £7.29
There are hints of sandalwood and tobacco on the nose. A ripe and generous wine on the palate, with developed herbal and cherry notes. The finish is long with a touch of spice.
2009 Salice Salentino, Giardinelli Vineyard £7.69
Warm generous and ripe, with hints of exotic spice and nicely balanced black fruit. A wonderful balance of sweet ripeness and bitterness so typical of Negro Amoro, held together by fresh acidity.
2011 Bottega Vinai Trentino Pinot Nero £8.99
Blackcurrant and cherry dominate the palate on this rich spicy wine. Soft and gentle with light tannins, and a wonderfully rich concentrated flavour. An outstanding Pinot for the price.
2011/12 Capitel della Crosara Valpolicella Classico Ripasso SPECIAL OFFER £9.99
Plump plush and generous, intense aromas of fresh cherry and ripe plum, with spicy vanilla notes, big and savoury, great with the weekend roast.
2012 Imprint Primitivo Appassito £10.59
A wonderfully rich and sweetly fruited red fermented from partially dried grapes. Rich blackberry fruit, Mediterranean herbs and a hint of vanilla.
2011 A Mano primitivo £7.59
This is forward and fruity without being too heavy, all raspberries and ripe tannins.
2012 Zabu Nero D'Avola £7.99
Fresh and un-oaked, this is a supple plummy wine made in the modern style.

Must tell you about this......
2010 Mr Smith Shiraz, McLaren Vale - Australia £9.99
Rich and ripe, this is the classic Australian Shiraz. Pure blackberry and plum flavours with chocolate undertones. A gorgeous mouth filling wine, and great value for money.

Just read about this in the Wine Advocate......
2011 Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay £11.99
"Medium to full-bodied, with surprising intensity, this is sensational white Burgundy. This fabulous buy is a rare find from the super-premium world of Burgundy."

 Joseph's whisky recommendations

"Last year I was kindly invited to visit Glencadam Distillery, the only one remaining in the Kingdom of Angus and was established in 1825. The trip consisted of a tour followed by a tasting at the distillery and in the evening a meal at a local Golf Course with whiskies to accompany each course. All in all it was a great experience and I can highly recommend their whiskies."
Glencadam 10 Year Old £29.99
Aromatic and fresh. beautifully balanced with tart fruits, freshly cut hay and vanilla sweetness. Long and gentle finish.
Glencadam 12 Year old Port Wood Finish £34.99
Sweet and rich, with a wonderful mix of juicy malt, floral notes and some spice. Good length, with cinnamon, clementines and barley.
Glencadam 14 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish £42.59
Rich, fruity palate with notes of clean malt and buttery toffee. Gingernut biscuits and walnut loaf. Good length with sweet spices and fruit.
Glencadam 21 Year Old £60.59
Spicy and tingling on the tongue, with oak-led spices, vanilla, cinnamon and allspice. Creamy pineapple and hints of coconut alongside toasted barley. Long finish with some oaky dryness and tropical fruit.
Each expression is bottled at 46% vol. to retain the whisky's unique and natural characteristics and subtlety of taste, and, by not chill-filtering their whisky, it ensures that the aromatic components in the whisky are preserved to enhance presence and flavour.

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