A case of wine to celebrate the lovely long weekends of May. Dangerously gluggable reds, juicy foodie whites, a summery South African rosé fit for salmon and sushi and with May being host to ‘International Moscato Day’ we have included a cheeky little sweet to mark the occasion. Everything you need for a perfect long weekend!
Naia 2015, Bodegas Naia £12
Juicy, peachy and oh-so soft. Naia is a classic Verdejo bursting with passion and stone fruit aromas, fleshy ripe peach and nectarine on the palate. Add a silky mouthfeel and a long-lasting, refreshing finish and you have an easy drinking delicious white. Careful it won’t hang around!
A wine from one of Rueda’s star producers, Bodegas Naia make wines which stand out from the crowd in quality, value and funky design and Naia is no exception. Naia’s grapes are from vines over 25 years old some are even as old as 90! The wine’s beautifully rounded texture is all down to the several months of ageing on the lees and a touch of ageing in new oak.
Shellfish, shellfish and more shellfish.
The Next Big Thing Chardonnay 2015 £10.50
Barossa Valley, South Australia
An elegant, vibrant and very tasty white, showcasing the potential of reasonably priced Australian Chardonnay, perhaps ‘The Next Big Thing’! Full and textured with a hint of toasty oak and a deliciously crisp finish, a white to accompany many a meal.
Magpie Estate, a partnership between renowned Aussie winemaker and British wine merchant, began with a passion for Rhone blends and they have gone on to make fabulous single varietal wines. Meticulous grape sourcing, passion and skill are combined to produce fun wines. In making ‘The Next Big Thing’ 25% of the juice is fermented for 6 months in French and American oak and then blended with the unoaked juice, giving the perfect combo of fresh fruit, texture, structure and a little biscuity oak.
Incredibly food friendly, enjoy with a juicy chicken, seafood or pork.
Palazzina Moscato Passito 2013 £8
With May being host to International Moscato Day on the 9th we simply had to have this perfect springtime sweet in the mix. Luscious and juicy but by no means cloying Palazzina Moscato balances citrus zest, ripe stone fruit, marmalade and honey characters to perfection.
A delicious example of ‘passito’ winemaking. The extremely ripe Muscat fruit is laid out to dry on racks for 6 weeks concentrating the sugars and fruit flavours prior to careful bunch pressing, fermentation and ageing.
Palazzina’s inviting lightness makes it a winner for fruit tarts and desserts, any excuse to make a tarte tatin!
Tanagra Cabernet Franc Blanc de Noir Rosé 2015 £12.50
Western Cape, South Africa
A pretty pale salmon-pink, crisp rosé. Laden with strawberries and raspberries, coupled with savoury notes, a hint of spice and pepper and a deliciously moreish finish. Close your eyes and you could easily mistake Tanagra for a rosé from Southern France despite being made from Cabernet Franc.
Tanagra prides itself on using traditional methods in winery and vineyard from hand-picking and selection, whole-bunch pressing and natural fermentation with naturally occurring yeasts. Minimal interference from start to finish, there may be a touch of sediment as a result.
Perfect partner for Salmon, smoked or otherwise. Think sushi!
‘Le Carillon De Vendôme’ Montagne Blanche 2014, Coteaux Du Vendômois £11
Coteaux Du Venômois, Loire, France
A dangerously quaffable Loire valley red with bags of compelling character and a fab label to boot. The blend delivers layers of flavour, soft ripe cherry and raspberry fruits, white pepper, characteristic of the Pineau D’Aunis, a leafiness from the Cabernet Franc and a touch of spice. Supple, medium-bodied and deliciously dry (in a good way!). It’s no surprise that it’s Mike’s ‘Wines We Love’!
‘Le Carillon De Vendôme’ is made from grapes from 20 different growers who together form the ‘Cave Cooperative du Vendômois’, growers and winemakers who have mastered the local grape variety, Pineau D’Aunis, as well as viticulture in what is France’s most northerly wine producing region and all the challenges that it brings.
Tabalí Pedregoso Gran Reserva Merlot 2014 £11.50
Limari Valley, Chile
This is a rich and concentrated Merlot with oodles of character and depth. Soft and juicy with dark plummy fruit and mocha notes. Robust yet elegant with fine tannins and a long, warming finish. A wine that will make you smile!
The unique location and climate in the Limari Valley, where morning fog and afternoon coastal breezes are the norm, slows the ripening process and results in distinct fruit flavour and aroma. The 12 months in French oak then adds complexity and roundness to the aromatics and minerality.
Barbecued Lamb steaks, don’t hold back on the pepper this Merlot can handle it!