White Wine £/bottle
Beronia Rueda, Verdejo 2014, Rueda, Spain 2 bottles £9.50
Beronia, Gonzalez Byass’ renowned wine producers in Rioja, have spread their wings west to Castile and Léon making their first wine outside DO Rioja and what a treat it is too! Made from 100% Verdejo grapes which have been harvested in 2 stages, this white is a sensation on the palate, fresh, flavourful and unctuous. The early harvest grapes give the pronounced floral and grassy aromatics along with fleshy white stone fruit on the palate whilst the later harvest brings complexity and balance to the wine. Simply delicious! Drink alongside a wedge of manchego cheese.
Price with club discount: £8.55
The Next Big Thing Chardonnay 2014, Barossa Valley, S Australia 2 bottles £10.50
1993 saw the start of the Magpie Estate partnership between Australian winemaker Rolf Binder and UK Wine Merchant Noel Young with Rhone blends traditionally their focus. The quirky Magpie being their lucky charm along with skilled grape sourcing and winemaking has resulted in Magpie Estate making fun wines reflecting Barossa Valleys’ rich resources and also successfully branching out to single varietal wines. ‘The Next Big Thing’ is a smart, vibrant and tasty Chardonnay. 25% of the juice has been fermented for 6 months in French and American oak and the other 75% has had no oak influence, giving a very drinkable, full, textured yet crisp white.
Price with club discount: £9.45
Rosalind Pinotage Rosé 2013, Painted Wolf, Paarl, South Africa 2 bottles £11.00
For those of you who didn’t make the Painted Wolf tasting, we thought we would bring you one of the favourites from the event. A dry, savoury pinotage rosé, yet again a foodie pink. Once crushed the grapes are left on their skins for several hours before cool fermentation, lending to a bright, fruity and mineral rosé.
Price with club discount: £9.90
Le Vieux Quartier Pinot Noir 2013, Burgundy, France 2 bottles £13.50
A wine which, along with its white counterpart, I enjoy immensely. This is a great value pinot noir blended from grapes from select growers in Côte de Beaune and Côte Châlonnaise from vines up to 80 years old. It has all the red fruit character of a traditional Pinot Noir with red currant and cherry aromas and on the palate the fruits intermingle with savoury flavours. A fine and gently hugging burgundy to enjoy with pork chops cooked on the barbecue.
Price with club discount: £12.15
Cabaret Frank No 2 ‘The Aviary’ 2012, Lodi, California 2 bottles £8.00
A highly quaffable mid-weight red made from 85% Old Vine Cabernet Franc blended with a smattering of, partner-in-crime, Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the warm climates of Central California. Without the use of oak the Cabaret Frank has retained the grapes true varietal characters. It is bursting with black fruits on the nose and palate with a delightful leafiness and sweetness. Served with a herb-laden dish this is just the ticket.
Price with club discount: £7.20
Elderton Golden Semillon 2013, Barossa Valley, Australia 1 bottle £13.50
When we first tasted this delicious medium-bodied sweet, it had the wow-factor! Grapes from both relatively young and old vines are left to dry on the plant for 3 weeks. The resulting flavours of this dessert wine are multi-layered, a harmonious combination of raisined pears and apricots with juicy ripe fruit. I admit I had to take the bottle home!
Price with club discount: £12.15
Vilarnau Cava Brut Reserva, Catalonia, Spain 1 bottle £11.50
Cava is a fizz that is all too often overlooked. Clean, crisp and elegant, this is an unquestionable aperitif. Vilarnau pride themselves on producing Cava which has all the fresh fruitiness to which we are accustomed with subtle undertones and smoothness thanks to the 15 month ageing process.
Price with club discount: £10.35
Cost of wines before discount: £130 – BinDelivered price: £110 (£120 delivered nationally)
A few photos of our Bollinger tasting event featuring the rather lovely Karl Rueter – our Bollinger Amabassor who travelled all the way from France to visit little old us!
Lobster fresh off a local dayboat (they were still in the sea that morning!) served to the traditional Maine recipe in a soft brioche roll matched with Bollinger Special Cuvée, Bollinger Grande Année, Bollinger Special Cuvée Rosé and (last one I promise) Bollinger Grande Année Rosé…all for ten of your English pounds. Bargain of the year I reckon!
Our Bollinger supplier has kindly extended our promotional offer meaning that we can pass on 10% discount to the general populace and 20% to those enlightened souls who’ve joined the wine club.
Bollinger Special Cuvée Rosé £57.00 reduced to £51.30 £45.60 to wine club members
Grande Année 2005 £83.00 reduced to £74.30 £66.00 to wine club members
Grande Année Rosé £103 reduced to £92.70 £82.40 to wine club members
Listening to the silky tones of Karl talking about bubbles bursting lightly on the tongue… Priceless apparently!
Special offers valid for all orders placed by 29th May so don’t hang about! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
After two highly successful tasting events with two different South African wine makers in the same week I think it’s fair to say we all found something we loved.
Our first tasting saw the welcome return of Seven Springs wines to the BinTwo shelves – every bit as good as we remembered them being! The highlight was the incredibly interesting (and difficult to define) 2012 Sauvignon Blanc. So intriguing and appealing that Kate chose it as her staff pick for this month. Add a supple and luscious unoaked 2011 Chardonnay into the mix together with a bold, rich 2010 Syrah and a balanced, vibrant 2012 Pinot Noir and you’ll get a sense for what a very fine tasting it was. Basically if you weren’t there you missed a cracking night…sorry!
To soften the blow we’re offering 10% discount on our remaining promotional stock of Seven Springs wines or a whopping 20% to our lucky wine club members. Offer valid while current stocks last so don’t dawdle!
Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – £14.00 reduced to £12.60 (wine club £11.20)
Pinot Noir 2012 – £15.00 reduced to £13.50 (wine club £12.00)
Chardonnay 2011 – £14.00 reduced to £12.60 (wine club £11.20)
Syrah 2010 – £17.50 reduced to £15.75. (wine club £14.00)
The very next night it was the turn of Painted Wolf Wines (we really are too good to you lot). It’s a lovely concept – a collaborative effort on the part of some high end, mostly organic wine makers to produce a range of high quality wines at the mid price point. A proportion of all sales goes to conservation efforts in South Africa including the preservation of the African Wild Dog (known as the Painted Wolf).
Club case regulars will have had a preview of the excellent Den Pinotage in last month’s case (which proved hugely popular at the tasting event) and this month’s case we’ve included their rather delightful Rosé offering “Rosalind” (very fresh, dry and with light, mouth-watering soft fruit flavours). Soon to be added to our shelves (having received a warm response on the night) is a rather sophisticated yet well priced Chenin Blanc (a rare beast indeed). Cracking stuff. But the highlight for me was the walloping great big Shiraz/Viognier blend “Pictus II“. A real belter, immediately quaffable, fruit packed barnstormer for all you “Big Red” lovers. Worth every penny of it’s £23.00 price tag!
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!