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  • “Signature” Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Signature” Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    SAW9

    Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692.

     

    Today they have embraced many modern approaches and aim to minimise the impact of their activities on the environment. They are a Champion member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, organically certified and Fair Trade accredited.


    Wherever possible, Spier look for ways to support local industry and communities. They support local communities through the Treepreneur Project which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods.


    Grapes for the Signature Sauvignon Blanc are hand harvested from selected vineyard blocks and taken to the cellar where they are de-stemmed, slightly crushed and given a short skin contact before being pressed. Fermentation is temperature controlled in stainless steel vats followed by ageing on the fine lees for another three months to give extra body and elegance. This wine is not oaked.


    Pale straw in colour with a greenish hue. Intense aromas of gooseberries, passion fruit, green and yellow peppers and hints of tropical fruit on the nose. Medium bodied good balance between fruit and acidity on the palate.

    £9.54

  • “Signature” Pinotage 2016, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14% vol, 75cl

    “Signature” Pinotage 2016, Spier, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, 14% vol, 75cl

    SAR8

    Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692.

     

    Today they have embraced many modern approaches and aim to minimise the impact of their activities on the environment. They are a Champion member of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative, organically certified and Fair Trade accredited.


    Wherever possible, Spier look for ways to support local industry and communities. They support local communities through the Treepreneur Project which encourages people in impoverished communities to grow trees in exchange for essential goods.

     

    Grapes for the Signature Pinotage were gently crushed, de-stemmed and cooled. After two days of cold soaking the juice was fermented until dry in stainless steel tanks. Three pump-overs were conducted daily. After fermentation, 20% of the wine was matured in French oak barrels for 8-10 months and the remainder matured in stainless steel tanks with French oak staves.

     

    Clear bright purple red in appearance, the nose has typical red fruits – raspberries and cranberries.The palate is full of ripe fruit with good balancing acidity, round, with soft tannins, and a long, slightly sweet finish.

    £9.72

  • “Lois” Grüner Veltliner 2016, Fred Loimer, Kamptal, 12% vol, 75cl

    “Lois” Grüner Veltliner 2016, Fred Loimer, Kamptal, 12% vol, 75cl

    AUST02

    Fred Loimer owns 60 hectares around Langenlois, in the sunny Kamptal region of Lower Austria. Unlike many Austrian producers who go for an overly rich and sweet style, Fred gets full ripeness in the vineyard yet ferments to dryness, managing to produce wines with lovely definition, zest and balance on the palate.

     

    Situated 200-400 metres above sea level, the climate of the Kamp Valley is characterised by cool nights and warm days, with a long, sunny autumn. The high summer temperatures are mitigated by the River Danube. Its long growing season and the difference in temperature between night and day, gives the grapes a chance to reach full ripeness and develop fine perfumes and flavours.

     

    After controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks, LOIS was matured on its fine lees before being bottled in order to retain freshness and primary aromas.

     

    Pale lemon with a green hue, the nose has intense aromas of pear and green apple, followed by subtle tropical notes. On the palate, fruit flavours are balanced with lovely acidity. Light bodied, the wine is persistent, with a touch of spice on the fresh, crisp finish.

    £14.64

  • Vouvray Sec “Cuvée Silex” 2016, Vigneau-Chevreau, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Vouvray Sec “Cuvée Silex” 2016, Vigneau-Chevreau, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    LV17

    The Vigneau brothers, Christophe and Stéphane, have 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on prime Vouvray vineyards spread over a variety of sites.

     

    The delicious, minerally Vouvray Sec “Cuvée Silex” is from flint (silex) and clay soils. Silex is considered the finest soil type for the Chenin Blanc in this part of the Loire Valley.

     

    Pale straw in appearance, the nose has a lovely blend of herby notes, green apple freshness and just a touch of honey. The palate is dry with apple flavours, brilliant zesty structure and a very long finish.

     

    The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began the process of converting to organic production in the early 1990’s and in 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received certification from Ecocert. The current generation have taken the next step by adopting a biodynamic approach which pays close attention to the natural rhythms of the earth and lunar cycles.

     

    Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau is one of the only two estates in Vouvray to be biodynamic and they own 25% of the appellation’s organic vineyards – 30 ha.

     

    £15.24

  • Tavel 2015 “La Crosse”, Prieuré de Montézargues, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Tavel 2015 “La Crosse”, Prieuré de Montézargues, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    RS13

    Prieuré de Montézargues dates back to 1199 and is situated in the south-east of Tavel. The areas sandy soils ensure naturally low yields, rich fruit and fine tannins. The estate is under the same ownership as the excellent Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Nerthe and has been certified organic since the 2012 vintage.

     

    Although a mix of 7 varieties the blend is essentially 55% Grenache, 30% Cinsault & 15% Clairette.

     

    The wine is allowed to age for 5 months on its lees in concrete vats which adds depth and complexity.

     

    A lovely salmon pink colour, the nose is fresh and fragrant with hints of strawberries, raspberries and a touch of spice. The palate is dry, full and lively with elegant fruit, fine tannins and fresh acidity providing an excellent balance.

     

    £16.44

  • Vouvray Pétillant Brut N.V., Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau, 13% vol, 75cl

    Vouvray Pétillant Brut N.V., Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau, 13% vol, 75cl

    SW05

    The Vigneau brothers, Christophe and Stéphane, have 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on prime Vouvray vineyards spread over a variety of sites.

     

    The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began the process of converting to organic production in the early 1990’s and in 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received certification from Ecocert. The current generation have taken the next step by adopting a biodynamic approach which pays close attention to the natural rhythms of the earth and lunar cycles.

     

    Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau is one of the only two estates in Vouvray to be biodynamic and they own 25% of the appellation’s organic vineyards – 30 ha.

     

    The Vouvray Pétillant Brut is 100% Chenin Blanc from low-yielding, 25 year old vines. The grapes are hand picked, crushed in pneumatic presses and fermented in steel. A natural second fermentation then takes place in the bottle to give the wine its fizz. The significance of the term pétillant is that the pressure of CO2 in the wine is lower (3.5 bar) giving a very elegant style. The wine is aged in bottle for 18 months before disgorgement.

     

    Pale gold in appearance, the wine has very fine bubbles. The nose is clean and fresh with apple, pear and citrus fruit aromas. The palate is dry and refreshing with ripe fruit and fine balancing acidity.

     

     

     

     

    £16.44

  • Vouvray Sec “Clos de Rougemont” (single vineyard) 2016 Vigneau-Chevreau, 13% vol, 75cl

    Vouvray Sec “Clos de Rougemont” (single vineyard) 2016 Vigneau-Chevreau, 13% vol, 75cl

    LV18

    The Vigneau brothers, Christophe and Stéphane, have 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc grown on prime Vouvray vineyards spread over a variety of sites.

     

    They also control the “Clos de Rougemont” vineyard that is part of the historic Abbey of Marmoutier. At its height, the Abbey was one of the grandest churches in Europe  and played host to Popes and Kings. However the Abbey and its vineyard fell into disrepair following the French Revolution and the scourge of phylloxera in the 19th century. In the early 1990s, Vigneau-Chevreau was awarded the rights to the vineyard for a 50 year period in return for restoring it to its original condition.

     

    The vineyard was replanted with carefully selected vines from their best vineyards and today the results are there for all to see.

     

    “Clos de Rougemont” has great  depth of flavour, and a delicious long dry finish. It is planted on pure limestone soil and vinified in barrel with a tiny proportion of new oak. A really great Vouvray!

     

    The late Jean-Michel Vigneau began the process of converting to organic production in the early 1990’s and in 1999 Vigneau-Chevreau received certification from Ecocert. The current generation have taken the next step by adopting a biodynamic approach which pays close attention to the natural rhythms of the earth and lunar cycles.

     

    Domaine Vigneau-Chevreau is one of the only two estates in Vouvray to be biodynamic and they own 25% of the appellation’s organic vineyards – 30 ha.

    £16.68

  • “Formiga de Galena” 2014, Clos Galena, Domini de la Cartoixa, Priorat, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    “Formiga de Galena” 2014, Clos Galena, Domini de la Cartoixa, Priorat, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    SPR02

    The Clos Galena winery is the life work of the Pérez and Dalmaus families – their objective being to create fine and unique wines.

     

    The estate’s 11 hectares of organic vineyards are on land that once belonged to the Carthusian monks from the Scala Dei Monastery who, in the Middle Ages, introduced vine growing and wine-making to the region of Priorat..

     

    Formiga” is a blend of Grenache noir (60%), Carignan (20%) and Syrah (20%). Each variety is hand picked, carefully selected and vinified separately before blending and ageing for 9 months in a mixture of French and American oak.

     

    Bright cherry red in appearance, the nose is fresh and juicy with complex aromas of red and black fruits and hints of marmalade. The palate is full and powerful, fresh and fleshy with a long, soft finish with gentle, fresh tannins.

     

     

     

    £17.34

  • Pic Saint Loup, “Le Pic” 2014, “Les Cuvée Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 14% vol, 75cl

    Pic Saint Loup, “Le Pic” 2014, “Les Cuvée Rares”, Calmel & Joseph, 14% vol, 75cl

    FR10

    Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a négociant house specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known, yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs.

     

    30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre ,10% Cinsault, 10% Carignan from 40 year-old, low yielding vines farmed according to biodynamic principles.

    The grapes are harvested by hand at optimum ripeness, then transported to the winery. After destemming, 30% of the fruit is crushed, with the remainder used for semi carbonic maceration; grapes are vinified separately by variety and parcel. Fermentation takes place with natural yeasts, with pumping over at the onset of alcoholic fermentation, followed by punching down through to the end of the time in tank (22 days in concrete tanks, at 25°C). Malolactic fermentation took place while the wine was maturing in barrel.

     

    Ageing was for 20 months in 2000-litre wooden casks, with some wine put into smaller barrels for a year. The wine was bottled without filtration.

     

    A highly expressive wine. Notes of spice, eucalpytus, mint and liquorice on the nose, followed by more complex, secondary aromas including juniper. Excellent freshness and balance, with fine tannins, small berry fruit and spice.

    £20.04