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Church Street wine on tasting 19.10.17

Friday, 20 October 2017 15:32:50 Europe/London

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Just in time for the last of the sunshine is the Tour Melas Idylle Rosé. This is a lovely, soft, dry rosé. Pale-coloured rose is Provencal in style with a elegant strawberry and peach notes and an underlying minerality which betrays it’s origins. A delicious and moreish wine which tastes of summer afternoons. 

£25.99 per bottle or 2 for £45.

from here that Trizanne Barnard finds the fruit for the delightful 2014 Bonfire Hill Extreme Vineyards Blend. She has a passion for making wines sourced from the most extreme vineyards and blending them to perfection. Trizanne seeks out grapes from wind-ravaged vineyards in Elim and the Overberg, from dryland bush vines in the warm Swartland, and from the cold, high slopes of the Piekernierskloof.

A decadent blend of Shiraz, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Barbera and Cinsault.
Come and taste for yourself how this concoction works so well as a blend.
 
£12.99 or £6 for £65

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 16.09.17

Friday, 15 September 2017 11:27:39 Europe/London

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2012 Thomas Goss, Maclaren Vale, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the original McLaren Vale pioneers, Thomas Goss (1810-1890), his wife Mary Ann (1813-1891) and their children arrived in South Australia from Devonshire in 1849. After success in the Victorian gold fields, Goss established an iconic farming property, 'Ingleburne' in McLaren Vale, which is now home to some of the region's leading vineyards.
Various vineyard parcels were vinified separately, fermented, pressed and matured in French oak for approximately 16 months prior to blending and bottling.
This wine displays the trademark Cabernet Sauvignon characters; rich and generously loaded with dark berry fruit, cassis and spicy oak on the palate, the finish is long lasting, delicious, dense and fruit-packed. This wine will compliment a wide variety of meal choices, especially red meat or pasta dishes.
 
£14.99 p/b or only £10 in a mixed case
 
2015 Harewood Estate Denmark Chardonnay

This wine has been made from Chardonnay grapes grown in the cool maritime climate of Denmark in the Great Southern wine region of Western Australia. The juice is barrel fermented in a mixture of new and second use French oak 225 litre barriques and larger 500 litre puncheons. Half of the barrels are lees stirred weekly, and allowed to undergo secondary malolactic fermentation, introducing a savoury, rich textural complexity to the finished wine. The wine matures for 11 months on oak before minimal fining and bottling.

 

A complex, perfumed nose of citrus and fresh nectarines balanced by toasty french oak and a savoury cashew barrel ferment character. A full-bodied, complex palate with stone fruits and honeydew melon leading to a creamier rounded mid palate of peach, vanilla and roasted nuts with a lingering crisp finish of grapefruit and spicy French oak.

£23.99 p/b or £20.39 in a mixed six, £19.19 in a mixed case. 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 01.09.17

Friday, 1 September 2017 17:31:00 Europe/London

R2 tasting

 

Making its glorious return to our shelves this week in time for the last of the sunshine is the Tour Melas Idylle Rosé. This is a lovely, soft, dry rosé. Pale-coloured rose is Provencal in style with a elegant strawberry and peach notes and an underlying minerality which betrays it’s origins. A delicious and moreish wine which tastes of summer afternoons. 

 

£25.99 per bottle or 2 for £45. 

 

Made from Pinot Noir grapes grown on selected terroirs, this is a richer style of French Pinot Noir. Young garnet in colour,  the nose opens up to cherry and raspberry aromas. The palate is compellingly silky with a finish that showcases crunchy fruit. This is a versitile wine that is great as an apéritif, pairs nicely with all BBQ's and rich cream cheeses such as Camembert and Brie de Meaux. 

 

£13.99 per bottle or £11.19 in a mixed case. 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 12.08.17

Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:42:46 Europe/London

Spoilt for choice this weekend, we just can’t decide what wines to open for tasting, so we’ve picked a bunch of our favourite and those first through the door will get to decide what we’re pouring!

 

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2015 Bourgogne Aligote Yves Boyer Martenot

The Aligote grapes come from the Commune of Meursault and are picked at optimum ripeness to give richness and then fermented in 5-7 year old barrels to preserve fruit and freshness for just under 6 months with no batonage. It has a fresh nose of apple, citrus and peach. The palate has creamy complexity with juicy fruits, apple and white stones fruits with a hint of apricots and wild honey. All of this followed by a long, zippy finish

 

2012 Chateau Belles Eaux, Les Coteaux, Languedoc

This is a Syrah dominated blend from the Languedoc. Dark purple colour. Youthful and spicy nose, black pepper, meaty notes, smoke and dark berries with some new oak and vanilla. Rather full palate, still youthful with spicy dark fruit, blackberry and cherry with some garrigue notes, well balanced freshness and young but ripe tannin. Still needing some time but good material for ageing

 

2016 Sauvignon Blanc Domaine Villebois

This wine is the result of an encounter between Joost Villebois, the new owner of the estate, and Thierry Merlet, a winemaker returning from the New World, driven by his passion for a grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is fine, with aromas of white fruits, citrus fruits, flowers, mint and yuzu for aeration. The palate shows the same impression of honey of flowers, white fruits and citrus in the mouth with a final note one of minerality and an appetizing flavor of zest.

 

2016 Pinot Noir Domaine Villebois

Thanks to J de VILLEBOIS’ expertise with the Pinot Noir grape in the Sancerre, the estate has been able to produce a modern, stylish and affordable and deliciously accessible Pinot Noir with a compellingly silky palate and cherry fruit. Perfect for drinking with grilled meats in the company of friends. 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 08.08.17

Friday, 4 August 2017 05:57:36 Europe/London

We've had a busy week of deliveries pouring into the warehouse, and as a result are packed to the rafters with fab new wines for the weekend, including a mega deal of four wines that are usually  £14.99 each but become a mere £10 a bottle when you mix n match a dozen. 

To tempt you even further on this crazy deal we've put a bunch of them on tasting this weekend so you can try before you buy! 

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2012 Thomas Goss, Maclaren Vale, Cabernet Sauvignon
One of the original McLaren Vale pioneers, Thomas Goss (1810-1890), his wife Mary Ann (1813-1891) and their children arrived in South Australia from Devonshire in 1849. After success in the Victorian gold fields, Goss established an iconic farming property, 'Ingleburne' in McLaren Vale, which is now home to some of the region's leading vineyards.
Various vineyard parcels were vinified separately, fermented, pressed and matured in French oak for approximately 16 months prior to blending and bottling.
This wine displays the trademark Cabernet Sauvignon characters; rich and generously loaded with dark berry fruit, cassis and spicy oak on the palate, the finish is long lasting, delicious, dense and fruit-packed. This wine will compliment a wide variety of meal choices, especially red meat or pasta dishes.
 
2016 Chateau Saint Roch, Limoux Chardonnay
Oak ageing along with other Burgundian practices such as malolactic fermentation and lees ageing add a lovely texture and savoury complexity to this fantastic wine. Appley fruit on the nose is dusted with an oak spice. The palate is soft and textured, yet vibrant and fresh. Clean notes of apple and citrus with a toasty complexity. Drinking now but will continue to evolve, fleshing out a little more with the oak spice bringing a more toasty nuance. Drink now until 2021. Enjoy with dishes with creamy sauces. 
 
2012 Chateau Belles Eaux, Les Coteaux, Languedoc
This is a Syrah dominated blend from the Languedoc. Dark purple colour. Youthful and spicy nose, black pepper, meaty notes, smoke and dark berries with some new oak and vanilla. Rather full palate, still youthful with spicy dark fruit, blackberry and cherry with some garrigue notes, well balanced freshness and young but ripe tannin. Still needing some time but good material for ageing

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 29.07.17

Friday, 28 July 2017 03:07:33 Europe/London

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2013 Ottobucce DOC, Dezzani £12.99 p/btl. or 2 for £23. 

 

Predominantly Dolcetto – 68%, there’s a splash of other Piemonte-indigenous varieties—Barbera, Freisa, Bonarda, Albarossa along with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah.  A smooth and full-bodied Italian red wine with generous layers of dark red fruit and smoke. Proof that Piemonte wines don't have to be nebbiolo to shine! 

 

Les Mains Noires, Cotes Du Roussillion. £9.99 p/btl or £7.99 in a mixed case

Made mainly with Grenache Blanc and a splash of Macabeu, this wine is lightly aromatic with green apple, citrus and floral notes with a refreshing, appetising finish. A lovely easy drinker, perfect for sharing with friends. It has a smoothness and gentle weight that makes it pair beautifully with a range of food, particularly chicken dishes. 

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 15.07.17

Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:48:40 Europe/London

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2015 Domaine Alexandre, Petit Chablis £17.99/Btl

The property is in the small village of La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne just north of Chablis itself. It is Olivier Alexandre and his father Guy who run it. The 13 hectares of vineyards are located around the village and in three other communes: Beines, Lignorelles and Villy. The wines are crisp, dry and without any oak. Shy on the nose with fresh lemon character, a good acidity and typical steeliness on the finish.
 
2014 Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Les Six Boutinot £16.99/Btl

6 varieties, some familiar, others less so, combine beautifully to make one superb Cairanne! In an appellation often dominated by just two varieties, ‘Les Six’ is a new style of Cairanne which, due to the ancient varieties of Carignan Noir (10%), Cinsault (10%) and Counoise (10%) included in the assemblage, is also a Cairanne whose heart holds dear the traditions of yesteryear. Les Six is all about elegance and the expression of six different grape varieties; soft red fruits gently seasoned with a touch of oak.

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 08.07.17

Friday, 7 July 2017 12:19:20 Europe/London

This weekend, in the spirit of all things quaffable and summery we're showing off two fabulous new Bramble Lane wines from Rosabrook in Australia. These wines come in under £12, ideal for you to stock up on and share with friends in the sunshine. 

 

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2015 Bramble Lane Shiraz £11.99 per bottle, or £9.59 in a mixed case. 

A bright, vibrant purple red wine with a medium intensity. This is a lifted spicy Shiraz, fruity with a nice touch of oak. It has aromas of spicy plum, which is backed up with flavours of white pepper and blueberries, supple tannins and a hit of dark chocolate on the finish. 

2016 Bramble Lane Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, £11.99 per bottle, or £9.59 in a mixed case. 

This is the classic blend from Margaret River -it is pale green in colour, with classic aromas of succulent Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. It has delicate floral aromas and a hint of fresh herbs, The palate is flinty and dry, with an explosive first impact of passionfruit, lime and lemon zest, followed by a creamy middle palate with a fine and lengthy finish.

Harvested in early morning, crushed grapes were juice-extracted to a bright condition and cold fermented in stainless steel, then early bottled to retain varietal character.

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 01.07.17

Friday, 30 June 2017 15:33:14 Europe/London

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2015 Giano Dolcetto Merlot Dezzani - £12.99.

Dezzani made this wine as symbol of tradition and innovation, past and future marrying two different grapes, that are complementary. Dolcetto with its own personality and powerful tannins gives a lively red colour tending to violet, scents of red fruits typical of Piedmont Region, while Merlot goes together with the flavours of the first in its simpler being, which makes it suitable for everyone. Velvety and smooth to the tongue, it is a pleasant glass to drink on its own, as aperitif, or paired with first courses, barbecue and cheeses.

 

2016 Provence Rose Chateau La Mascaronne - £16.99

A classic Cinsault and Grenache blend, beautiful pale colour yet with intense nose of peach and lemon with large depth of flavour and remarkably long finish. This smooth, ripe wine comes from organic grapes grown in clay and stone soil that adds a mineral edge. Spice balances with citrus and red-plum fruits to give a lively wine with a perfumed aftertaste.

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan

Wines on Tasting in Church Street 17.06.17

Thursday, 15 June 2017 14:39:27 Europe/London

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2015 Bourgogne Blanc Domaine Fournillon : £13.99 p/b or 2 for £25. 

Domaine Fournillon is a family affair and one of our favourite producers in the region when you consider their price and quality. Their vineyards cover 16 hectares across Burgundy but with a real focus on Chablis and unaoked Chardonnay. This wine is perfect a weekend of sunshine. Clear and clean in colour with youthful green hints.  Subtle aromas on the nose, with hints of melon, grapes and minerals.  Light and fresh on the palate with no discernible oaking, flavours of stone fruits, apple peel and melon come through.  Stylish with a crisp, clean acidity on the finish.

2016 Rosebud Gabriëlskloof Bot River : £12.99 or £10.39 in a mixed case. 

Gabrielskloof are situated in the Walker Bay in South Africa and due to the proximity to the coast their vineyards benefit from the cooling Atlantic influence lending a lovely combination of aromatics and refreshing acidity to their rosé. 55% Syrah and 45% Viognier this is a wine full of white melon, papaya and rose aroma and flavours and can be drunk on its own as well as enjoyed with a good BBQ!

 

 

Posted in Wines on Tasting By Jez Greenspan
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