Big Monthly Wine Tasting - 3rd March

03 March 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.

 

Here are the 11 wines we'll be opening...

 

Waitui Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Marlborough, New Zealand 13% abv
£9.99

With a ravishing range of flavours, the style this year is marked by lovely fruit ripeness balanced by leafy freshness. In this wine you'll notice a lifted floral aroma with bright stone fruit flavours, a hint of guava and a bright mineral quality. It's made by one of the founding fathers - 30 plus years ago - of the Marlborough wine fraternity. Chill the wine down and enjoy as a glass on its own or with salmon or a spicy stir-fry.

 

Aluado Chardonnay 2015
Estremadura, Portugal 12.5% abv
£9.99

Using grapes from vineyards close to the coast, Aluado has lovely ripe peach fruit flavours balanced by a zing of stony crispness. Just what you want as a glass on its own or when serving with seafood, salmon or chicken dishes.

 

Baron de Barbon Blanco 2016
Rioja, Spain 12.5% abv
£9.99

Citrus scented Barón de Barbón carries the flag for cutting edge, contemporary white Riojas. It dazzles with its racy fresh, palate tingling, lime zipped flavours and it's great value too.       A terrific partner for traditional tapas and seafood paella.

 

La Voûte 2016
Vin de France 13.5% abv
£13.49

A rich but zesty Burgundy style wine at an affordable price. A year's ageing in oak has lent a broad, creamy texture to the peach and lemon fruit flavours.

Serve in large bowled glasses to let it open out, with chicken, or fish with a lemony sauce.

 

Sendero des Santos Albariño 2011
Rias Baixas, Spain 12.5% abv
£12.99

Albariño is one of Spain's trendiest whites with elegance, freshness and exotic richness. The best can age too, as this superb white, with seven years under its belt, amply demonstrates. A rich, full flavoured white with mineral freshness.

 

Hacienda da Lluna Moscatel Rosado
Valencia, Spain 5% abv
£4.99

You can just imagine how the heat of the Spanish summer might drive a winemaker to create this ultimate thirst quencher. Hacienda de Lluna Moscatel Rosado is crisp, fresh and gentle with bags of fruit flavours, a touch of sweetness and a crisp finish.

 

Poggio Vipere Toscana Rosso 2015
Tuscany, Italy 13.5% abv
£9.99

Buy 6, get one free!

Castello di Meleto is a 13th century Tuscan estate in Chianti Classico that's broken a few local rules to bring you this fruit filled red. It's Sangiovese blended with Merlot and from a vintage with record ripeness - glorious plum and cherry flavour. Tasty with rich, tomato pasta dishes or lamb.

 

Finca Libertad Merlot 2015
Castilla, Spain 14% abv
£8.99

Buy 6 get one free!

Combine plummy Merlot with flavour enhancing Spanish sunshine and the skills of a great young Rioja winemaker and it's no wonder Finca Libertad is so delicious. This dark, full bodied Merlot tastes even better if decanted an hour or two prior to serving - using a jug does the trick. With smooth cherry and spice flavours, it's the perfect Spanish red to enjoy with chicken dishes, spicy meatballs, sausages or jamón serrano.

 

La Porteña Shiraz Malbec 2017
Mendoza, Argentina 12.5% abv
£9.99

Buy 6 get one free!!

Best known from Australia, Shiraz also performs magnificently in Argentina. Just taste La Porteña a lovely, rich blend of flagship grape Malbec with spicy Shiraz. Tasty solo and versatile with food from vegetarian bakes to sausages and a fine barbecue choice too.

 

Stellenrust Heritage Collection Shiraz 2014
Stellenbosch, South Africa 14% abv
£10.99

Here's a 'must try' wine for Shiraz lovers. Heritage Collection Shiraz is the Stellenrust estate's rich, flavour packed interpretation of this Rhône Valley favourite. Using special yeast imported from the Rhône Valley for fermentation and aged in oak barrels for a year to gain just enough smoothness and complexity, this dense red is a cracker with roast lamb or steak pie.

 

Las Barracas Gran Reserva 2009
Catalunya, Spain 13.5% abv
£9.49

A venerably old Gran Reserva with toasty spice and silky fruit - and it's not from Rioja. It's from a top cellar in Pla de Bages near Barcelona, which combines centuries of tradition with the latest winemaking technology.  This luxurious red was made by talented winemaker Juan Soler, who added a small portion of crunchy Cabernet to the Tempranillo grapes for extra richness and depth. Two years ageing in a mix of French and American oak has mellowed the wine beautifully. Enjoy with roast lamb or a Spanish style casserole.

 

 

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IPA

Strength: 3.7%
Copper & easy drinking

 
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  • 18 Pint Polycasks
  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
  • 36 Pint Polypins
  • 72 Pint Firkins
 
 

Peacemaker

Strength: 4.2%
Pale & Citrus

 
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  • 18 Pint Polycasks
  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
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Gold

Strength: 4.4%
Gold & hoppy

 
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  • 18 Pint Polycasks
  • 22 Pint Mini Barrel
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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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Blonde

Strength:4.3%
Golden & Refreshing

 
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Red

Strength: 4.5%
Deep red & malty

 
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