Big Monthly Wine Tasting - 7th April
07 April 2018
Looking for something new? Want to expand your wine knowledge?
Then our big monthly wine tasting is perfect for you... On the
first Saturday of the month we select 8 to 10 wines from our range
for you to discover.
It's a casual tasting, no pressure and not guided so you can try
whilst browsing the shop. If you needed to know more, our
knowledgeable wine staff will be on hand to offer advice.
Samples will be available from 10am to 5pm each Saturday.
De Chanceny Tête du CuvéeBrut
Vouvray, France 13% abv
Not only does Vouvray make superb still wines, from sweet to
bone dry, it also makes gorgeous fizz too. De Chanceny is made by
the traditional method, the same as Champagne, with the secondary
fermentation carried out in bottle. This lends a real delicacy and
finesse to the fizz, while long lees ageing adds the toasty brioche
Chill well and serve at your next celebration, or simply when
you want a glass of fizz!
Spier Vintage Selection Riesling 2017
Western Cape, South Africa 13.5% abv
Best known in Germany, the Riesling grape has slipped across to
the New World, most notably to Oz and New Zealand. Now we've found
a truly refreshing Riesling in South Africa. Fruitier than
its Old World equivalent, this 2017 makes a terrific glass solo or
with spicy Asian cuisine. The sort of wine that's hard to put down
and great for a party!
Granger Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Western Cape, South Africa 13% abv
This terrific Sauvignon Blanc is grown on the slopes of the
Western Cape overlooking Granger Bay towards Cape Town. Thys Louw
is the sixth generation of his family to make wine in the area, at
Diemersdal. Style-wise the wine sits midway between the Loire
and New Zealand with lovely ripeness and elegance and lots of green
citrusy aromas. It's a most refreshing apéritif and goes well with
a variety of dishes. Thys recommends you enjoy a glass with sea
bass or barbecued swordfish skewers.
Shingle Peak Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough, New Zealand 13% abv
Shingle Peak Reserve is a special selection of Sauvignon from
Matua Valley Wines. This ground breaking estate was started in 1973
by brothers Ross and Bill Spence, in an old tin shed in the heart
of Marlborough's Golden Mile. It was their Sauvignon Blanc that
inspired Marlborough's Sauvignon revolution in subsequent decades.
Shingle Peak 2015 is really intense, full of lemon, green bell
pepper and grassy notes with ripe passion fruit and pineapple
flavours to balance. Enjoy with fish and chips, spicy Thai dishes
or salade niçoise.
Prestige les Terriades 2015
Anjou, France 11.5% abv
Prestige Les Terriades is a delicious, intensely lemony white
with creamy depth and a good bite of freshness. It's pure Chenin
Blanc from one of the Loire's great regions, Anjou, and a
winemaker, who is a bit of a wizard with this great grape. Made
with perfectly ripe fruit, without oak, it was bottled quickly to
A crisp apéritif and an original choice for salads, fish and
Drakenskloof Pinotage 2016
Western Cape, South Africa 14% abv
This big, rich, spicy red is as close as you could hope to come
to the essence of South African wine. Winemaker Frans Smit used
old-vine fruit for extra intensity and aged the wine in a
combination of American and French oak, softening the tannins and
adding notes of spice to the ripe berry flavours. Smooth enough to
be enjoyed on its own, but even better with rich food such as
chorizo and butter bean casserole or spicy ribs.
Pedroncelli Special Selection Zinfandel
California, USA 14% abv
Zinfandel is to California what Malbec is to Argentina's
Mendoza, Merlot to Bordeaux's Saint Emilion and Shiraz to
Australia's Barossa Valley. It's the hero grape and makes hefty,
rich reds. It has Spiced black cherry and cranberry aromas and
hints of vanilla scented oak. With flavours of black fruit and
cracked pepper, it's a perfect match for beef.
Nicosia Classic Etna Rosso 2013
Etna, Sicily 13% abv
Volcanic eruptions, unpredictable weather, very rocky soils and
ridiculously steep slopes - who in their right mind would plant
vineyards here? Some of the world's top winemakers, in fact. So
impressed are they with the quality of the fruit, it seems to be
worth the risk. Using the top
native red grapes of Etna, Nerello Mascalese and Cappuccio, this is
an elegant aromatic red. Recommended with roast meats and rich
tomato sauced pasta.
Castillo Armado Reserva 2009
Valdepeñas, Spain 13% abv
This great value Spanish Reserva is from Valdepeñas, a region
renowned for top notch wines since the 13th century. Made from
gloriously intense, old vine fruit, patiently matured in American
oak, this 2009 is silky with rich, complex, berry flavour. Matured
for three years in oak, this red is a real treat with roast pork,
wild boar sausages or cured meats.
Dao, Portugal 13% abv
Portugal cultivates a myriad of exciting red grapes with
challenging names, but rest assured, in expert hands they give
eye-opening flavours and character capable of thrilling any but the
most staid of wine lovers. This wine is a blend of estate grown
Touriga Nacional, chosen for its ripe floral character, and Tinta
Roriz (aka Tempranillo) and Jaen, for their fruit and spice.
Smooth, easy drinking on its own and just right for rich winter
casseroles and summer grills.