Big Monthly Wine Tasting - 7th April

07 April 2018

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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.

 

Tasting Notes...

 

De Chanceny Tête du CuvéeBrut Excellence 2015

Vouvray, France 13% abv

£14.99

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 complexity.

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

£10.99

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

£10.99

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

£13.99

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

£9.99

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 retain freshness.

A crisp apéritif and an original choice for salads, fish and chicken.

 

Drakenskloof Pinotage 2016

Western Cape, South Africa 14% abv

£9.49

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 2015

California, USA 14% abv

£14.99

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

£12.99

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

£9.99

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.

 

Giesta 2014

Dao, Portugal 13% abv

£9.49

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.

 

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IPA

Strength: 3.7%
Copper & easy drinking

 
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Peacemaker

Strength: 4.2%
Pale & Citrus

 
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Gold

Strength: 4.4%
Gold & hoppy

 
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Winter Royal

Strength: 5.4%
Ruby & warming

 
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Lager

Strength: 4.4%
Crisp & refreshing

 
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Roasted Nuts Extra

Strength: 5.8%
Deep ruby, complex & flavoursome

 
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24 Carat

Strength:5%
Golden, hoppy & bittersweet

 
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Golden & Refreshing

 
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Deep red & malty

 
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