Church Street wine On Tasting

 

2015 Verdicchio Il Castello 

Often overlooked due to the popularity of pinot grigio, verdicchio is arguably one of Italy's best white grape varieties, and this stunning example comes from Le Marche, the grapes home. This is a is a crisp, dry, and delicate Italian white offering plenty of refreshing complexity and savoury goodness, the perfect antidote to all those rich and overpowering reds we've all over-indulged with during the festive season. It's the perfect wine to freshen the palate and kick-start 2017. Fresh, dry, and savoury on the palate, with plenty of citrus fruit and herbal notes balanced by a juicy and refreshing acidity on the finish. 

£11.99 per bottle or only £9.59 in a mixed 12. 

 

2013 Magpie Estate "The Soundrel" Shiraz/Grenache 

This blend of 75% Shiraz & 25% Grenache from the Magpie Estate in the Barossa Valley, Australia is the result of  a partnership between Barossa Valley winemaker Rolf Binder and UK wine merchant Noel Young.  They are dedicated to the production and growth of Rhone varietals in the Barossa Valley and are creating fantastic wines as a result.  Two years of bottle ageing has allowed this Shiraz Grenache blend to soften up to perfect drinkability, one might even say quaffability, ideal for easy drinking in January. The nose has plenty of bright, sweet red fruits and hints of vanilla and spice.  The palate is medium-bodied with very soft tannins, flavours of jammy red fruit up front backed by classic varietal spice notes and a little hint of oak. Just what you need as the cold winter nights draw in. Light the fire (turn up the heating!), open a bottle and settle in. 

£11.99 per bottle or only £9.59 in a mixed 12.