Spanish wine, cherry-red Tempranillo that shows strawberry and fruits of the forest on its smooth and velvety palate.
Best food pairing: Beef, Pasta, Veal, Poultry
Malbec’s original home is in south-west France; vines were taken from here to plant vineyards in Argentina and Chile. Velvety, fruit-driven wine with bramble fruit and violet aromas alongside some spice on the palate.
Appelation: Pays d'Oc
A full, blackcurranty flavour backed by soft, juicy tannins results in a deeply coloured, rich and mouth-filling, yet very easy-drinking, style of wine.
The Verdejo grape is an aromatic variety, this wine shows melon and green apple on the palate with floral notes on the finish.
Region: Castilla - La Mancha
This dry white wine has a pale straw colour. Attractive and delicate bouquet with some lemon, green apple and blossom. Fresh, crisp and balanced, great for every day drinking.
Lovely aperitif wine, or with some antipasti, summer salads and fritto misto. Ideally served at 10-12 °C.
The Pinot Grigio grapes used to make this wine were grown in the Pavia region, not far from Milan. Shows apple and pear with hints of white peach and elderflower.
Appelation: Pinot Grigio
Louis Tramier started this prestigious burgundy house in 1842 and it remains in the same family to this day. Extraordinary freshness in this light but concentrated, dominated Pinot Noir flavours with a breezy red fruit nose, subtle spice and a well-structured finish.
Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in vineyards influenced by the cooling effects of the Atlantic are used to make this fresh and zesty white, with citrus, blackcurrant leaf and tropical fruit notes.
Grapes are sourced from the Salento region. Traditional red wine vinification at a controlled temperature between 25° and 27° C. A dark, ruby-red wine with violet highlights. Intense and fragrant bouquet with a rich variety of sensations. Pleasant, harmonic and velvety taste. Serve at 18°-20° C, great wine for roasted meats and pasta with meat, especially ragu. Excellent with hard cheeses.
Smooth and intense. Red cherry, prune and apricot aromas with some balsamic notes from vines grown at 600m above sea level. Long, well-balanced and fruity finish.
Made from grapes grown in Puglia, the warm southern state which makes up Italy's 'heel', this expressive Fiano is full of ripe stonefruit and zippy acidity, with a generous mouthfeel and lingering finish. For fans of a light, bright summer white.
Made from 100% Cinsault and cool-fermented and bottled early to capture all the fresh summer-fruit flavours. Shows notes of raspberry and cherry on a refreshing palate.
Ripe, dense blueberry, cherry fruit aromas combined with notes of chocolate and sweet vanillin oak spice. The palate reflects the dark fruits on the nose with the structure supplied by firm tannins and a balancing acidity. The grapes come from the Langhorne Creek region and the wine receives some American and French oak contact during fermentation and just after.
Region: South Australia
Delicate and spicy, ripe black berry fruit with black pepper and a hint of spice. An example of absolute purity from a grower who uses ‘wild cultivation’ which puts respect for the environment first. A delight.
Fullness and finesse, well balanced, juicy blackberries and ripe blueberries with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove aromas and a liquorice finish.
Made in a traditional, robust style using the Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grape varieties and benefiting from ageing in large oak barrels called 'foudres'. A good example of this appellation produced by a top producer based in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Region: Rhône Valley
Appelation: Côtes du Rhone
Best Food Pairing: Fish, tuna, haddock and chicken
All grapes for this wine are hand harvested. The whole berries are pressed gently in a pneumatic press. After a first racking, the must is transferred to temperature-controlled fermentation vats. The wine is put through malo-lactic fermentation and then rests on its fine lees until bottling. Flotation is used to clarify the yeast and then the wine is bottled under vacuum. Di Lenardo is the sole company in Friuli to use only vines of “Musque” clone. 70,000 bottles of this wine are produced annually.
Very fresh and clean, with notes of pear, peach and honey. Great balance and length, this is a very well executed wine.
The organic Montepulciano grapes that produce this wine are sourced from two separate vineyards: Popoli and Capestrano. Capestrano's soaring summer temperatures and silty soils yield richness and structure. The rocky and exposed terrain of Popoli bestows fragrance and freshness.
Food Pairing: This wine can be served before a meal, but it pairs well with meatballs, tomato sauces eggplant parmigiana, and risotto ai funghi.
Harvested at optimum ripeness from our hand-tended vineyards in the heart of Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere valleys. The grapes were gently pressed and fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel to maximise fruit purity and varietal character.This Sauvignon Blanc has a charming and complex nose, full of lychee, gooseberry and a some tropical notes. The palate shows good weight and texture imparted by the time on yeast lees. The wine has excellent fruit concentration, revealing a sustained, mouth-watering finish.
Region: New Zealand
Cépages: Sauvignon Blanc
The vineyards around the village of Pourcieux enjoy their own special microclimate in the foothills between Mont Aurelien and Mont Saint-Victoire (made famous in paintings by Cézanne and Picasso). Mostly Grenache with Syrah and Cinsault and made by the ‘vin de pressurage’ method, the red grapes are gently pressed so that just enough colour and flavour is extracted before the juice is separated from the skins for fermentation. Rose-pink with wild strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant aromas, the palate offers a combination of ripe red fruits and zesty apple, with a decent amount of acidity which adds grip and texture.
Appelation: Côtes de Provence
This beautiful 12th-century property lies in the heart of the appellation. The seven hectares of vines with an average age of 45 years are on granite soils that suit the Gamay grape well. Classically vibrant summer-fruit bouquet with a typically light ripe, juicy palate.
The 20 year-old vines for this deliciously elegant Pinotage are grown on the southeastern slopes of Paardeberg mountain in 9.3ha, halfway between the towns of Malmesbury and Paarl in Western Cape Province, South Africa. The area provides advantageous differences in day and night temperatures with Mediterranean-like warm days and cool nights of 12-16˚C brought about by the south west winds sweeping across from the ocean. The grapes are handpicked in mid-February and undergo natural and spontaneous fermentation. They are macerated by hand, left in contact with the skins for 3 days and then basket pressed. This Pinotage is aged for 12 months in old french oak barriques.
A bright red ruby colour, this is a wine diplaying expressive, fresh and ripe red fruit aromas and flavours with a hint of sweet herbs. It is both youthful and refreshing and yet elegant with a lovely long finish. Ideal with barbequed or roast Lamb, and roasted vegetables. Quiche also pairs well with this Pinotage.
Whilst most of the wine made under the Coteaux Bourguignons appellation is red, whites are also permitted: this is a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Aligoté grapes harvested from both the Burgundy and Beaujolais regions. The Aligoté brings an aromatic freshness complementing Chardonnay’s richer apple and citrus character.
Other: Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
From the outlying parts of the Chablis region comes this dry, steely white wine, similar in style to its more famous big brother only a little lighter. J. Moreau et Fils, already with an excellent international reputation for producing great wines, the Chablis house established in 1814 continues to develop its capabilities. Recently it has created a new position of Viniculturist to more closely link the activities in the vineyards and winery.
The small appellation of Menetou-Salon, just under 500 hectares, is adjacent to Sancerre to the south-west; like its better-known neighbour, it too is planted with Sauvignon Blanc. Here, the vines are planted on Kimmeridgian limestone soils, very similar to those of Chablis, and similar minerally notes can be detected in the wines. Cool-fermented and unoaked, the wine shows fresh citrus fruit, such as grapefruit, green fruit and herbaceous nuances.
Region: Loire Valley
Appelation: Menetou Salon
The Montagny 1er Cru La Grande Roche 2015 reveals delicious floral aromas of honeysuckle. Full in the mouth with notes of almond, apricot and pepper, the finish is fresh with a hint of mint.
Appelation: Montagny 1er Cru
Food Pairing: Lobster & Shellfish
The vineyard of Pied Redal, with its pebble and sandy soils, is cultivated without any weed-killers or pesticides and certified organic. The blend is mainly Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Shows dark fruit flavours, such as black cherry and blackcurrant, spiced with liquorice and aromatic herbs; the palate is full-bodied with fine-grained tannins which give it a smooth finish.
Region: Rhône Valley
Bone-dry white Burgundy from Chablis’ most famous house. Classic Chablis flintiness with no oak ageing. A regular Gold Medal winner at prestigious competitions, confirming the consistently high quality of this wine. Elegant, restrained and dry.
Baron de Brane is the second wine of Château Brane-Cantenac, a second growth château owned by Henri Lurton and one of the oldest and largest properties in Margaux. The blend is made up of about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the grapes coming from developing vineyards, some on gravel beds 12 metres deep. Aged for a year in French oak this supremely elegant wine has plenty of complex fruit on the palate and silky tannins on the finish.
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve has flavours of red and black fruit and spices; as it ages it also becomes suggestive of mushrooms and leather. It is a very virile wine, typical of its terroir, strongly influenced by the Mistral and the sun. A wine that will bring the traditional robustness and warmheartedness of Provence to your table.
Wine region: Rhône
Appelation: Châteauneuf du Pape
Best Food Pairing: Lamb and beef
Robert Parker eRating: 93
Character: Well balanced with a superb balance of red fruits and tannins. <br>
Sauzet is one of the top names in Burgundy, famous for producing some of the finest Grands Crus in Puligny-Montrachet. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2006 but switched to biodynamic a few years ago. A textbook Puligny Montrachet sourced from seven parcels of vines, vinified separately prior to ageing in barrel 15% of which are new oak. The nose shows white blossom and lemon the palate shows an understated richness, precise and well executed with excellent length. Drink 2017 through 2025.
Robert Parker eRating: 94
Chateau La Lagune would have been name after its particular location on a strip of land between la Gironde river and the ocean. La Lagune is the first property you pass driving out of Bordeaux on the Route de Vins. It is in fact only 15 kilometres from Bordeaux city. There are 72 hectares of vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Petit Verdot (10%). The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and the wine is then aged in oak barriques (70-80% new) for 15-18 months.
Grapes: 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% petit verdot
Appelation: Haut Médoc
Robert Parker eRating: 90