A lovely bunch of wines to celebrate the season and its fare. Juicy, warming reds, food-friendly whites and of course, a fun fizz to kick-start a get-together, like we need an excuse!
Château Los Boldos Tradition Réserve Carmènere 2016 £13
Cachapoal Valley, Chile
New to our shelves and just in time for the cooler Autumn evenings, a truly comforting Carmènere! Rounded and soft in texture with ripe dark fruit character a hint of spice and chocolate. Though intense in colour, a deep red, and full of flavour it’s not an overpowering wine. Fruits and tannins balance to a ‘T’…
Located in the foothills of the Andes the temperature in the vineyard is moderated by the cooler nightime air and the nearby river, as a result the fruit ripens to perfection whilst retaining fresh acidity. In the winery the wine spends 6 months ageing in French oak and a small amount in American new oak and then blended, softening the tannins and adding complexity.This tasty red calls for a hearty stew.
Classic Style Organic Zweigelt 2017 £12.50
Vibrant, fruity and organic! A great introduction to Austrian wine if you haven’t got round to exploring wines from this part of the world. The fragrance is blackberries followed by bright red fruits on the palate, all mingling with the white pepper and spice characteristic of the Zweigelt grape variety. Producer, Sepp Moser, is committed to the Organic and Biodynamic cause so every care has been taken in the vineyard to grow organically and diligently hand-harvest. Classic Zweigelt has seen no oak and delivers pure juicy fruit. It is a lovely mid-weight red perfect partner for tomato based dishes, pasta, pizza or light meats.
Peter Bayly III 2012 £14
Calitzdorp, South Africa
A wine borne from a spark of curiosity blending 3 Portuguese grape varieties to make a South African red table wine. And what a result! Peter bayly III delivers concentrated fruit, it has warm and welcoming plum and fruit cake characters reminiscnet of Port yet balanced by structure and elegance. Peter Bayly is living his dream in a secluded valley growing grapes to make mostly Port-style wines and the occassional red such as this, a very satisfying drop which he recommends with meats, hearty and Mediterranean dishes.
Wirra Wirra ‘Scrubby Rise’ Unwooded Chardonnay 2017 £11
McLaren Vale, Australia
Scrubby Rise Unwooded Chardonnay is all about pure fruit. Bursting with fresh citrus, sweet stone fruits and ripe melon, this white has bags of flavour whilst refreshing and crisp. The winemaking focuses on retaining all the flavour and freshness of the ripe fruit: night harvest, cool fermentation and not a hint of oak.
In case your wondering about the quirky name and label…‘Scrubby Rise’ was the name given many moons ago to the vineyard in front of the century-old cellars, a flat and barren landscape with beautifully rich soils. Wirra Wirra went on to build a viewing platform overlooking their sea of vines to be nicknamed ‘The Jetty’ hence the boat!
This wine is to be enjoyed with good food and company, roast chicken with all the trimmings would be just the ticket.
Jean-Luc Colombo ‘Les Abeilles’ 2015, £12
Côtes du Rhône, France
A soft-textured, fleshy white with a deliciously fresh finish. ‘Les Abeilles’ is vibrant and aromatic, peaches and white blossom come to mind. The palate has structure and a moreish full texture making it a great accompaniment for roasted and grilled white meats or a gooey Camembert. Jean-Luc pays homage to the crucial role of bees in his vineyard by naming this wine after these beautiful and clever insects.
Il Selvatico Cuvée Frizzante £9.50
Last and certainly not least, a Frizzante for all seasons! A lightly sparkling and dry style wine perfect for pre-dinner drinks or a lunchtime treat. Golden, light, fresh and fun with delicate floral notes, ripe pear and yellow stone fruits on the palate and a refreshing finish. A cracking value Prosecco alternative from Vinicola Tombacco.