Christmas Crackers Case
Hold on to your hats! This year we have pulled out all the stops and put together a special case of splendid goodies tailored to the Christmas and Boxing Day festivities. We thought it was time for a treat, choosing twelve bottles we know you will love, if you can’t do it at Christmas when can you?
Christmas Day Fizz
Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve NV, Champagne, France £39.50 2 bottles
What better fizz to toast Christmas Day? Whether at breakfast or with your smoked salmon canapés, our fab terrace fizz is just the ticket. A dreamy champagne from the renowned family run Champagne house. Elegant and fresh with a tantalising fine mousse and lovely lingering finish.
Turkey and Trimmings
Pra Monte Grande Soave 2013, Veneto, Italy £20 2 bottles
A fine wine of many layers, fruits both stone and citrus, nutty, creamy and even savoury characters intertwine. Italy’s answer to a white Burgundy has bags of flavour and structure to complement the taste sensation of your Christmas dinner as well as a certain rich finesse.
Seven Springs Pinot Noir 2012, Western Cape, South Africa £15 2 bottles
For those of you who prefer a drop of red with your Christmas meal we’ve picked this smooth fruit forward Pinot Noir from our friends in the Hemel en Aarde Valley in Western Cape, SA. A lovely medium weight, rounded red with flavours ranging from ripe red summer berries to more mature woodland characters, a good match for a goose too!
For your Christmas Pud
Campbell’s Ruthernglen Muscat, Ruthernglen, Australia £13.50 1 bottle
It had to be! This divine combination is a must, the fresh raisin aromas and the rich and luscious fruit palate of this fortified wine mirror and enhance this festive pudding. If you’re skipping the pud, for some crazy reason, don’t miss out on the Muscat… it goes fantastically sipped alongside a good coffee too.
Krohn LBV 2009, Douro, Portugal £15 1 bottle
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a glass or two of Port, a drink that many of us foolishly save for this one occasion! This deep ruby Late Bottled Vintage Port is beautifully plummy with sweet spice and firm smooth tannins. It can take on a mature hard cheese or a tangy Stilton and if you can fit in a piece of Christmas cake a little taster of this may help wash it down.
Now for Boxing Day…
Gutierrez Colosia Fino, Jerez, Spain £7.50 1 bottle
Before you tuck in to nutty nibbles make sure you have this crisp dry style sherry, with flavours of nuts and dried fruits, nicely chilled and at the ready. You may not be a sherry drinker but give this a whirl, it delivers a welcome freshness and partners perfectly with those naughty but nice salty nuts.
The Boxing Day Buffet
Château des Jacques, Moulin à Vent 2011 £16.50 2 bottles
For the delicious leftovers, cold meats and festive snacks we have chosen this medium bodied Beaujolais Cru. An exceptionally robust Gamay with juicy red fruit, depth of flavour and a firmly textured palate. It certainly has enough going on to keep up with the Boxing Day spread.
A Fireside Quaffer
Château Civrac 2006, Côtes de Bourg, France £18 1 bottle
The children are tucked up in bed and the fire is blazing, now’s the time to crack open this BinTwo favourite, the flagship Claret of Cornishman and winemaker Mark Hellyar . In anticipation you may have popped it into a decanter a little while before settling down by the fire and wisely so, this balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec opens up nicely with a bit of air. The result is a big fruity, lightly spiced wine with fine tannins, you may decide it’s time for cheese or to hold on to it for the next roast beef meal but by which point you will probably need another bottle!
This special case contains £236 worth of wine and comes nicely gift wrapped..
We’re offering the case at just £215 (already cracking value)…
and to wine club members it’s just £190! Sheer madness… Merry Christmas!
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
Bin Delivered Club Case Notes November 2015
Like a Sunflower PX & Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Elqui Valley, Chile 2 bottles £9.50
Globetrotting Sauvignon Blanc meets Andalusian varietal Pedro Ximenez, the latter best known for producing luscious sherries. In its country of origin the PX grapes generally don’t reach the acidity required for table wine however the Chileans have risen to the challenge. Growing PX in the Elqui Valley where clear blue skies reign and air currents from nearby mountains cool the nights, adds an intriguing twist to the grape, a freshness verging on salty which blended with the aromatics of the Sauvignon has resulted in an intriguing and enjoyable white. At first encounter a delicate aroma, then the unmistakeable elderflower and green flavours, a succulent body and texture and lastly a pinch of salt.
Price with wine club discount: £8.55
Domaine Les Grandes Presbyteres Muscadet Sevre et Marne sur Lie 2014, France 2 bottles £9
Mussels, oysters, clams…this crisp white wine will do nicely. Les Grandes Presbyteres Muscadet (aka Melon de Bourgogne) grapes are grown neighbouring the Atlantic Coast at the mouth of the Loire Estuary, by an act of nature the wine boasts the fresh, zesty and flinty characters making for a natural accompaniment to to the local shellfish. Moreover, the Domaine strives to retain purity of fruit flavours whist combining with texture and complexity from lees ageing. A refreshing and satisfying white which won’t break the bank.
Price with wine club discount: £8.10
Circle of Life 2012, Stellenbosch, South Africa 1 bottle £14.50
The hands-down favourite at our Waterkloof wine tasting back in the Summer and not surprisingly, this fine blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Semillon is both contemporary and sophisticated. Layers of citrus, tropical fruit and light creamy vanilla seamlessly interweave with a precise mineral wrapper. The long fermentation, lees ageing, careful oak influence and blending have created an interesting and balanced wine, a reflection of the variety and character of Waterkloof viticulture. This could be a Christmas Lunch contender!
Price with wine club discount: £13.05
Sepp Moser Zweigelt 2014, Neusiedlersee, Austria 2 bottles £9.50
Sepp Moser, as you may recall from an earlier club case, has a long wine producing history and is devoted to organic and biodynamic viticulture. The Zweigelt is no exception with every care taken to grow the local grape variety, Zweigelt, organically and to hand harvest. A delightful drop, vibrant red currants and berries, sweet spice and herbs, there is even a hint of white pepper reminiscent of its fellow Austrian white Gruner Veltliner. An enjoyable, lighter style red for the not so wintery winter months.
Price with wine club discount: £8.55
Agostino Inicio Malbec 2014, Mendoza, Argentina 2 bottles £12.50
Finca Agostino is by no means a small scale producer in Argentina, it uses state of the art equipment and the estate has developed rapidly since 2003 when the 4 Agostino brothers returned to Mendoza to live their dream. This Malbec is simple yet appealing, the grapes are grown in a privileged area of Maipu on the former Mendoza river bed, contributing to the wines minerality and almost refreshing character. There is some oak delivering a welcoming toastiness and soft vanilla but nothing over-powering. A winter barbie if you’re brave.
Price with wine club discount: £11.25
Côtes du Rhône Villages ‘Les Coteaux’ 2012, France 2 bottles £10.00
An impressive, great value winter warmer. A blend of the best Grenache and Syrah fruit from 17 of the ‘named’ Côtes de Rhône Villages, la crème de la crème! (And not the usual procedure for making a ‘villages’ wine.) To top it off winemaker, Eric Monnin, enriches the blend with wine from the more prestigious and Classified Rhône Villages e.g. Cairanne, Sablet. I suggest popping a hearty casserole in the oven to enjoy with the velvety ripe black fruits and spice of this tasty red.
Price with wine club discount: £9
Gutierrez Colosia Pedro Ximénez, Jerez, Spain 1 bottle 37.5cl £14.50
I couldn’t deny you the better known style of Pedro Ximenez! This dark and lusciously sweet sherry is such a treat, dried raisins and dates mingle with walnut and coffee flavours, worlds apart from the still white. And how? A perfect combination of over-ripe, sun-dried PX grapes, partial fermentation (as far as the high sugar content allows) and oxidative ageing. Colosia PX is certainly one to enjoy over the festive period period partnered with a rich chocolate dessert, yule log perhaps, or just poured generously over vanilla ice cream.
Price with wine club discount: £13.05
Cost of wines before discount: £130
Bin Delivered price: £110 (£120 delivered nationally)