Harriet’s first fabulous BinTwo favourite and what better choice for the festive season…
Been fighting the crowds with arms full of bags, wrestling with tinsel and getting tangled up in Sellotape? You deserve a treat!
How about an elegant, refined Bordeaux from a well-regarded Chateau? It is Christmas after all!
Chateau Deyrem Valentin Margaux 2010
Located just north of Margaux on the left-bank of Bordeaux, Chateau Deyrem is a small, family owned estate. Owned by the family since the 1920’s, Jean Sorge along with his daughters are dedicated to preserving the traditional ways of farming the land and making the wine the way their ancestors taught them.
This medium-full bodied Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blend is vinified in traditional cement vats before being aged for up to 15 months in 30% new French oak barrels. The result is a soft, smooth wine with a fine balance of acidity and tannins, giving great aging potential.
Fruity and rich with blackcurrant, ripe black cherry and earthy notes, this wine would be just perfect with a roast rib of beef or hard cheeses.
A wine that would certainly give many other prestigious wines from the region a run for their money at £30.50 a bottle or £27.45 to wine club members.
Pete has certainly fallen for this beautiful new arrival and understandably so! Just a taste and you’ll be coveting this delicious red too. With Christmas on the horizon what better time to treat yourself, I think it may even help with the Christmas preparations!
The Missing Virgin 2012
By The Post House Cellars
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Well it’s November and it certainly feels like winter with these constant low pressures bringing rain and strong winds! But fear not; We have a very exciting new South African beast of a wine that will make you feel warm and cosy!
Situated in Stellenbosch, 7km from the False Bay coast; Nick Gebers of Post House Cellars has produced this fantastic blend of 70% Pinotage and 30% Petit Verdot.
The Missing Virgin (named after a stamp) is a rich, full bodied wine with supple, soft, well integrated tannins and a long finish.
There are hints of cinnamon, blue berries, fruit cake and wild heath on the nose. A real winter warmer to be enjoyed by the fire or with a hearty venison dish!
Worth every penny of its usual price of £19.00 a bottle and that’s £17.10 to wine club members. Click Buy now
A fantastic Autumn pick…
Magpie Estate The Mixed Thing 2013, Barossa Valley, Australia
I Dont want to say it out loud because if I do it means its true, Autumn is upon us, the nights are drawing in, and the temperature is cooling. So with this in mind I’ve chosen a gorgeous, comforting red, a new offering from Magpie Estate. ‘ The Mixed Thing’ is a very interesting varietal blend including Cinsault, Cab Franc and Sangiovese as well as a few others, seriously mixed up, but it works so well!
It is an easy drinking but relatively full bodied red. Bright and young and bursting with rich and sweet fruits, finishing with a little spice that lingers on the palate. This wine can also take a slight chilling for those not quite ready to give up on the summer drinks. It is a perfect accompaniment to an AutAumn BBQ, or..it is simply divine with a cheeky pudding, (yes I did say pudding!!!)
Oh and did I say it’s just £10 a bottle? And of course a little less to our Wine Club members.
Domaine de la Rocaillère Beaujolais Vielles Vignes 2014
The August folie calls for something light, juicy and easy-drinking and this Beaujolais is just the ticket. Vincent Fontaine’s 70 year old Gamay vines produce fruit with bags of concentrated flavour and character. Dispel any thoughts of thin, tart reds this Beaujolais is neither! Youthful, refreshing and luscious it certainly is.
A wine which is simple yet delicious, it’s bursting with ripe strawberries and aromas reminiscent of fruits of the forest, you will even detect a bunch of violets amongst all of those berries. Fontaine and his team have achieved a quaffable Gamay which combines fine tannin and suppleness through skilfully blending grapes from vines grown in both sandy and clay-lime soils found at the Southern end of Beaujolais AOC. This red is indeed the perfect picnic partner, chill lightly before heading off to find your favourite coastal spot!
At just £10.50 a bottle, £9.45 with our wine club discount, be prepared to get there quick before the thirsty BinTwo staff start shopping.
Great to have Jen back with us after her African excursion and what a great pick for July!
Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2014, Washington State, USA
Calling all Riesling lovers this summer! Let binTwo introduce you to this classy lady and add a little American sass to your beach BBQ. I could wax lyrical for pages about the versatility of Riesling with traditional examples of course from Alsace and Germany but this more modern contender from Washington State, USA evokes all the floral vibrancy you would expect but brings a more punchy upfront approach with superior depth and persistent fruit including apricot, kumquat and nectarine neatly rounded off with notes of lime leaves.
Kung Fu Girl Riesling is designed to be drunk in her youth; the inspirational team behind the label are super passionate about their slice of vineyard set high above the Columbia River and the opportunities ahead. When it comes to spice and all things nice, Kung Fu Girl Riesling pairs perfectly with aromatic dishes, think spicy sticky chicken on the BBQ or fragrant Thai curries, the gentle acidity and cool fruit characters smartly cut through the heat and delivers a wonderfully unctuous mouthfeel … the most delicious summer elixir set to impress.
A must-try, if you haven’t already, at £14.50 a bottle or £13.05 to Wine Club members.
“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.
Seven Springs Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Tough to choose after tasting such an impressive array of wines at last weeks’ South African Wine Tastings, yet the Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc was without a doubt one of the stars of the show.
Shying away from the more overtly tropical fruit flavours that we often encounter on the palate, this Sauvignon Blanc is more akin to a Sancerre in style with a fantastic leafiness and minerality whilst its aromas remain fruity with white stone fruit and pineapple.
This is a beautifully made wine which has retained the grape variety’s aromatics thanks to careful handling from harvesting through to cold fermentation. And having spent 3 months on its lees it has developed a delightful texture and softness. Impressive work from winemaker Rhiana van der Merwe, isn’t it time for a staff trip Mike?… (Ed – nice try Kate!)
An elegant and moreish wine to be sipped in the sunshine or enjoyed with a seafood platter and a snip this month – usually £14.00 reduced to £12.60 or an insanely generous £11.34 for wine club members!