Domaine de la Rocaillère Beaujolais Vielles Vignes 2014, France 2 Bottles £10.50
A luscious Gamay for summertime drinking. On first encounter, bursting with ripe raspberries on the nose and a supple red fruit palate, then moving on to a crisp fresh finish. Light and dry as you would expect from a Beaujolais but with the old vine crop delivering plenty of fruit. This is a highly suppable red, a wine that could be lightly chilled if drinking on a hot day but certainly not compulsory.
Price with club discount: £9.45
Casale Falchini, Chianti Colli Senesi 2011, Italy 2 Bottles £12.50
The Falchini family have been following in the footsteps of their Florentine winemaking ancestors since 1964, producing quality and characterful wines. This Chianti is no exception, it’s a tasty example of a Colli Senesi, juicy with balanced cherry and fine sweet spice flavours. The recipe: 85% Sangiovese and a touch of Canaiolo, a little oak influence and a lot of love, producing a warm, dry and fresh Chianti. No wonder it was Hannibal’s favourite!
Price with club discount: £11.25
Tim Adams Foxlee Riesling 2012, Clare Valley, Australia 2 Bottles £11.50
From the highest and coolest wine region in Australia, this is a wine that reflects it’s ‘terroir’, it is bright with purity of flavour and elegance. Cool fermentation and cold settling has retained the aromatics of the fruit, the nose and palate brim with mouthwatering citrus especially grapefruit and lime. A dry and zingy Riesling with a little steeliness which would pair nicely with a lightly spiced prawn and noodle stir fry.
Price with club discount: £10.35
Réserve Personelle Mâcon Villages 2013, Burgundy, France 2 Bottles £11.00
One you may well recognise as it has been among BinTwo’s repertoire for a little while. Not only is this a great value Burgundian Chardonnay but it has all of the character and finesse that we would hope for. It shows good depth of flavour, appley with a touch of butter and hazelnut (some malolactic fermentation no doubt) and gentle acidity. A popular choice for those of you who prefer the un-oaked style of Chardonnay, one bottle won’t be enough!
Price with club discount: £9.90
Torre de Menagem 2013, Vinho Verde, Portugal 2 Bottles £10.50
We are definatley in June when I am popping a bottle of Vinho Verde on ice to crack open later as an aperitif. I particularly love this wine for its zest, minerality and lively light spritz. Torre de Menagem blends the local varieties of Alvarinho and Trajadura, the familiar citrus and apple vinho verde characters are backed up with a fuller ripe peachiness and floral notes, a nice example of probably the most popular of Portuguese dry whites.
Price with club discount: £9.45
Caparrone Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2014, Italy 2 Bottles £9.00
A recent flavoursome find made from 100% Montepulciano grapes grown in the hills of the Abruzzo region in East – Central Italy. An attractive cherry-red (‘Cerasuolo’ in Italian) rosé, thanks to contact with the highly pigmented grape skins. Winemaker Pasetti carefully selects the best grapes from his estate located in the region’s top vineyard area to make this rosé. A dry and enjoyable blend of vibrant red fruits, dried cherry and savoury aromas and flavours, a rosé that can withstand a good barbecue.
Price with club discount: £8.10
Cost of wines before discount: £130 – BinDelivered price: £110 (£120 delivered nationally)
Mark Hellyar, Cornishman and maker of fine Bordeaux, offers a bit of insight into the trials, tribulations and joys of the winemaking process. Living the dream? You decide…
I’m a winemaker. At least, that’s a third of it: another third is the actual growing bit. Can’t make wine without having grown the grapes in the first place. At least not if you are a pukka winemaker.
If the fruit does not form correctly (in France – Millerendage) it means a reduced harvest and a mixture of grape quality. If all is well then it’s about now that we can start to get an idea of what sort of crop we could potential be harvesting come October (our only crop of the year). That said it is only just the beginning of our worries: pest, disease and natural disaster are still to be overcome before we can begin to relax so whilst you would come here on a warm sunny June day like today (it’s 26* ) and see a beautifully green and verdant vineyard with delicate lime green leaves and tiny embryonic bunches of grapes. What I see is the raw materials for the 2015 vintage that despite highly attentive cosseting seem hell bent on self destruction or to present themselves as a delicious treat for any number of lurking predators. Oh and did I mention the hail? No, well with the heat comes the risk of hail: and this hail can wipe out your crop inside half an hour if you are unlucky.
Sort of makes you wonder why we do it doesn’t it? Well for all the risks, hard work and jeopardy. It’s the final end product that makes it worthwhile and we still consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to be part of this world.
Oh and the final third? Well that’s the selling bit and for this we depend upon the likes of the lovely people at BinTwo in Padstow who tell our story and introduce people to our wines.
And a fabulous range of wines they are too Mark! We’re proud to stock them and are really loving the Civrac 2008 which we’ve recently added to the terrace menu. Read more about Bordeaux in Kate’s blog on her Father’s Day specials…
In the latest instalment of our stormy romance with South African wines, winemaker Louis Boutinot from Waterkloof Wines will be on hand with a stunning range of tasters for 20 lucky wine club members on 22nd June, 6pm right here at BinTwo. Another free tasting I hear you say…Yep!
Waterkloof Estate is an independent, family-owned organic and biodynamic farm overlooking False Bay on The Western Cape of South Africa. Acquired in 2004 after a ten year search by winemaking Anglo-Frenchman Paul Boutinot, the estate has quickly gone from strength-to-strength earning numerous awards and listings in some of the world’s top restaurants including Noma, Gidleigh Park, The Fat Duck, The Ledbury and Azurmendi.
Paul’s son Louis (who is involved with all areas of the business from vineyard to dinner table) will be showcasing some of their wines from Waterkloof – many of which are produced in tiny quantities- and sharing the fascinating Boutinot family story, as well as the amazing goings-on at Waterkloof, where horses are preferred to tractors, the farming is 100% self-sufficient and chemical free and leopards roam the farm at night!
We’re already huge fans of his Circumstance Sauvignon Blanc – will the 2014 vintage carry the same delectable savoury notes that we’ve enjoyed so much in the past?
Some fabulous Chenin Blancs have made it onto the BinTwo shelves in recent months…will Louis’s Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc 2014 make the grade…we’re quietly confident. BinTwo regulars will remember that we featured his Seriously Cool Cinsault as a slightly chilled red on our terrace menu last year – it’s making a comeback on the 22nd if you need a reminder of how refreshing it is!
Throw in a rather dainty Cape Coral Rosé, a tub-thumping Cabernet Sauvignon and a couple of other lovely bits and bobs…you get the idea. It’s going to be a belting tasting.
Booking essential so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your places. Louis will be here from 6pm for an informal chat and will start showing off his fab range of wines from 7pm.
Inside the shop will be reserved for the tasting event but normal terrace service will continue on our funky new outdoor seating.
“With summer finally here my staff pick is the Naia 2013 Verdejo from Rueda. Unlike the 2012 this vintage has pronounced flavours of kiwi, grapefruit and lime with a long-lasting, dry, mineral finish.
Lovers of French Sauvignon Blanc must try this wine!”
So short and to the point but the 2013 gets Pete’s vote and the rest of the BinTwo gang agree – it’s a definite shop favourite.
A snip already at £12.50 but cracking value at just £11.25 to wine club members.
So it’s that time of year again when we are thinking about what will bring a smile to our Dad’s face on Fathers Day which doesn’t involve power tools or gadgets. For those of you scratching your head I think I have found the answer, no other than the father of wines a bold and luscious Bordeaux could ease the worries of fatherhood.
Tricky to choose after many a successful tasting but the St Emillion Grand Cru 2011 from Clos de la Cure located on the right bank of the Gironde is my pick for our long-suffering fathers. A new and most welcome arrival to our shelves, this red has all of the rich richness of black fruit and chocolate on the palate from the predominant Merlot grapes combined with the fragrance and finesse of the Cabernet Franc fruit. After spending a maximum of 15 months in both old and new French barrels, the wine is smooth, with delicate tannins and bags of aroma and flavour, a great pairing for a nice piece of beef or some good cheese. This tasty red will soften the furrowed brow of any frazzled father and will be worth all of the £20.70 (special Father’s Day price).
We will be offering 10% off all Bordeaux wines up until Father’s Day Sunday 21st June, for our Wine Club members that will be 10% on top of the usual discount, so don’t forget to pop in for a special bottle!
Thanks to Vigiers for this photo transporting us to St Emillion.