Follas Novas + Visionaire

2015 Follas Novas Albariño Paco & Lola Rias Baixas Spain

International Wine Challenge Gold Medal Winner 2016

Follas Novas or new leaf is exactly how I look at this wine 

New style, new vintage.  This Albariño is made from grapes varying from 20 to 40 years old that are pergola trained in the traditional style.  This allows the sun and air to circulate the vine and keep it healthy in this extremely humid climate.  A wine of place that is oozing citrus and apple fruits and zest that enlivens your palate and suggests you pour another glass of the same.

£16.99 or 2 for £30

 

Holden Manz Visionaire 2012 

There is a new wine on the block (move over Chocolate Block)! 
 
The Visionaire wine has it all...bear with me....a blend of Cab Sav, Merlot, Shiraz, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Always a bit sceptical about blends using 5-6 different grapes, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The saying about the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is never truer than in this case/bottle! Aromatic nose of spiced berries, violets and dark chocolate. Palate is rich cassis, berries, cherries, aromatic spices with lovely soft tannins and bright acidity which lifts the wine on the finish. Superb quality for the money!
 
Holden Manz wine farm will leave you breathless when you set your eyes on this astounding setting, with the awe-inspiring mountains overshadowing the farm in the Franschhoek valley below. The family estate is perfect for nurturing and growing fine vines, with the focus being on minimizing the use of chemicals in order to conserve the environment.
 
£15.99/btl mix6 £13.59 mix12 £12.79.
 

Mark