Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Summer Newsletter - The wines of Chile & Argentina

In this latest edition of our newsletter we are featuring a strong selection of recommended wines from Argentina and Chile.
After enjoying many years of popularity in the UK, the wines from both Argentina and Chile go from strength to strength, with a breed of young wine making talent working very hard to bring us fresher and more balanced wines.
Though styles may be changing for the better, the wines have never lost any of their trademark fabulous fruit, and still offer the same outstanding value for money for which they became famous.
Along with the usual great recommendations, in this issue we are also offering a special mixed case of Chilean and Argentine wines, some new wines of the month, and a couple of seriously sharply priced Grandes Marques Champagnes.

A Taste of Argentina and Chile - a case of specially chosen wines
Torino Don David Torrontes - Cafayate - Argentina
The special micro-climate in the Cafayate valley is ideally suited to the Torrontes grape variety, where it develops concentrated aromas and flavours, which build from start to finish. An intriguing aroma of rose water and delicate fruit flavours of grapefruit and honey make this a rich and elegant wine.
El Viejo del Valle Sauvignon Gris - Casablanca Valley - Chile
This lovely wine shows real intensity and perfume on the nose, the fruit notes are lifted and tropical. There is an abundance of melon and gooseberry fruit on show throughout the palate, and the finish is long and elegant. This is a deliciously soft and full flavoured white.
Adobe Chardonnay - Casablanca Valley - Chile
This is a fresh and nutty Chardonnay made from organically produced grapes. Citric fruit aromas such as grapefruit and lime lead to a soft and flavour-packed palate with plenty of ripe tropical fruit notes and a silky, honeyed finish.
Tabali Reserva Viognier - Limari Valley - Chile
This Viognier presents rich aromas of citrus and dried apricot, with fresh pears and hints of candied fruit. The palate delivers similar fruit notes with a combination of elegant citrus fruits and a fine, chalky minerality so typical of Limari. Bright and fruity with plenty of texture and great purity.
Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc/Carmenere - Maule Valley - Chile
The herbal character is very evident on the nose, which displays a nice citrus background that recalls a blooming lemon tree. the wine has a very pleasant and refreshing acidity which is well integrated to the fruit components, making it feel fresh and vibrant.
Kaiken Reserve Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina
Vibrant crimson purple in colour with an excellent intensity of blackberries, plums and spice. The palate is rich and perfectly balanced with very smooth tannins and a ripe, fruity finish. No oak is used in the wine making, which helps to retain primary fruit flavours and aromas.
Torino Don David Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Cafayate - Argentina
dark and intense on the nose with notes of spicy, red pepper and paprika. Powerful and intense in the mouth with blackberry and morello cherry fruit flavours mixed with some fine smoky and tobacco notes from the oak.
Tesoro de los Andes Bonarda/Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina
Unashamedly fruit driven and easy to drink, this is a perfect little fruit bomb with very broad appeal. Fine raspberry fruit flavours fill the palate, and are backed by some underlying floral notes which leave a feeling of real freshness on the finish.
Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc/Carmenere - Maule Valley - Chile
This delicious medium-bodied blend is supple and juicy fruited, with ripe plum and damson balanced by the soft touch of oak. The perfect interpretation of a modern new world red, showing soft, friendly tannins and a persistent finish.
Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot - Maipo Valley - Chile
Red fruit aromas elegantly combine with black pepper notes. On the palate this very classy Cab Sauv/Merlot is bursting with warm plum fruit flavours and just a hint of vanilla and chocolate. All in all this is a very well-structured wine with velvety smooth tannins.
Adobe Syrah - Rapel Valley - Chile
Black, meaty and appealing on the nose with complex aromas of ripe, red fruits and notes from the wood. Soft and well-rounded in the mouth with succulent black cherry fruit flavours and some fresh, smoky spice. A harmonious and mouth-filling wine.
Lauca Pinot Noir - Maule Valley - Chile
This is an elegant and aromatic Pinot Noir dominated by soft, red fruit flavours and light spices. Fresh and silky smooth in the mouth, with wild strawberry fruit flavours and plenty of perfume. Light and easy drinking.
£90 if collected from the shop
£98 delivered anywhere in the UK
Free delivery within a 30 mile radius. 

Two cases of twelve carefully selected wines.
The Everyday Case is £62.99 if collected from the shop & £70.99 delivered in UK
The Spring Case is £79.99 If collected from the shop & £88.00 delivered in UK
Both can be delivered free of charge if within a 30 mile radius, please ring for details.


From two countries most noted for the production of fine red wines, a list of fantastically fresh and cool fruited whites that are perfect for summer drinking.

2013 Torino Don David Torrontes - Cafayate - Argentina £7.59
2013 Riccitelli 'The Apple Doesn't fall Far From The Tree' Torrontes - Mendoza
- Argentina £8.59
2013 Amauta Absoluto Torrontes - Cafayate - Argentina £8.59
2009 Bressia Monteagrelo Chardonnay - Mendoza - Argentina £13.59
2013 Adobe Chardonnay Organic - Casablanca - Chile £6.79
2013 Adobe Gewurztraminer Organic - Casablanca - Chile £6.79
2013 El Viejo del Valle Sauvignon Gris - Casablanca - Chile £7.59
2013 Oveja Negra Winemakers Selection Sauvignon Blanc/ Carmenere - Maule - Chile £7.59
2012 Oveja Negra Winemakers Selection Chardonnay/Viognier - Maule - Chile £7.59
2013 Novas Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Organic - Casablanca - Chile £8.59
2012 Tabali Dry Muscat - Limari - Chile £7.59
2012 Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay - Limari - Chile £9.59
2011 Signos de Origen Chardonnay/Marsanne/Viognier/Roussanne - Casablanca
- Chile £10.59


Malbec, Malbec and more Malbec please...........
paying homage to one of the finest red grapes on the planet

Fresh, juicy fruited styles:
2012/13 El Camino Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £5.99
2013 Dona Paula, Paula Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £5.99
2013 M. Torino Collecion Malbec - Cafayate - Argentina £6.99
2013 M. Torino Cuma Malbec organic - Cafayate - Argentina £7.49
2012 Pablo y Walter Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £7.99
2013 Renacer Punto Final Malbec - Mendosa - Argentina £8.59
All of the above offer sensational value for money, they are soft and approachable, delivering plenty of uncomplicated fruit flavours and all of them avoid being too heavy.

Floral, spicy and elegant
2010/11 Nieto Don Nicanor Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £9.99
2011 Matias Riccitelli 'The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree' Malbec - Mendoza
- Argentina £11.59
2011 Matias Riccitelli Vineyard Selection Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £16.99
2010/11 Bressia Monteagrelo Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £13.59
2012 Achaval Ferrer Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £13.99
2006 Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £62.99

Powerful, soft, fruit driven:
2011 Kaiken Reserve Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £7.99
2012 Urban Uco Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £8.99
2011 Colome Estate Malbec - Calchaqui - Argentina £13.99
2010 Bianchi Particular Malbec - San Rafael - Argentina £13.99
2008 O'Fournier Alfa Crux Malbec - Mendoza - Argentina £23.99

Recommended red blends:
Skilfully blended and perfectly balanced interpretations of the vineyard

2011 Kaiken Cab/Malbec/P.Verdot - Mendoza - Argentina £8.59
2011 Kaiken Malbec/Bon/P. Verdot - Mendoza - Argentina £8.59
2011 Septimo Gran Reserva - Mendoza - Argentina £13.59
2011 Bodegas Ranacer Enamore - Mendoza £16.99
2008 Walter Bressia Profundo - Mendoza - Argentina £20.59
2010 Pulenta Gran Corte - Mendoza - Argentina £20.99
2012 Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc/Carmenere - Maule Valley - Chile £7.59
2011 Oveja Negra Cabernet/Syrah - Maule Valley - Chile £7.59
201 Novas Gran Reserva Shiraz/Mourvedre - Maule Valley - Chile £7.59
2009 Altair Sideral - Cachapoal - Chile £14.59
2010 Emiliana Coyam - Colchagua - Chile £15.99
2005 Casa Silva Altura - Colchagua - Chile £34.99
2008/9 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founders Reserve - Aconcagua - Chile £42.59
2009 Eduardo Chadwick Sena - Aconcagua - Chile £72.99

Other red grapes:
Some classics we all know and a few surprises

2012 Torino Don David Reserve Cabernet - Cafayate - Argentina £7.59
2013 Amauta Absoluto Tannat - Cafayate - Argentina £8.59
2010/11 Bressia Monteagrelo Cabernet Franc - Mendoza - Argentina £13.59
2012 Nieto Bonarda - Mendoza - Argentina £7.59
2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere - Colchagua - Chile £8.59
2012 Perez Cruz Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Maipo - Chile £8.99
2010 Lauca Reserva Carignan - Maule - Chile £8.59
2010 Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carignan - Maule - Chile £10.99

Wines of the Month

2012 Domaine Talmard Macon Uchizy - Burgundy - France £8.59
Highly Recommended DECANTER MAGAZINE panel tasting
- 2012 Macon cru whites. June 2014 issue.

2012 The Black Craft Shiraz - Barossa - Australia £9.99
Back in stock at last.....A hugely popular blockbuster of a Shiraz filled with sweet, velvety black fruits.

N.V. Le Dolci Colline Rose Spumante Brut - Italy £6.99
At only 11.5% vol this is the ideal warm weather session wine. Very pale pink, soft and filled with fresh, red fruits.

Special Offer Champagnes
Two sensational prices for what we consider to be the two finest N.V. Grandes Marques
N.V. Louis Roederer Brut Premier - Champagne £28.69
N.V. Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut - Champagne £31.99

Whisky recommendations

Clynelish 14 yo - Coastal Highland £29.99
This is a light, yet firm-bodied, maritime single malt. Fresh and creamily smooth on the palate, it has a smoky, sea-spicy character and a very pleasing texture.

Knockando 12 yo - Speyside £28.99
A delicate, sweet single malt. Very smooth yet complex, with layers of fruity, flowery and nutty notes.

For more information about any of these wines and spirits, or to order these or any other products, please give us a ring on 01200 423152