Wines on Tasting in Church Street 23.07.16

2012 PEGASUS BAY PINOT NOIR, WAIPARA VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND

£29.99 per bottle - £150 for 6 (£25pb) - £240 for 12 (£20pb)

This weekend I couldn't resist showing off the stunning Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir. It's fuller than most Kiwi Pinots and is one of my very favourite NZ reds. The 2012 vintage had a cool summer and long, warm autumn meaning the grapes hung longer on the vines to produce ripe blackberry, raspberry and black cherry flavours with balanced acidity, lush tannins and a hint of spice. This wine can be drunk now to appreciate it's freshness and vibrancy, or left to age resulting in classic Burgundian savoury notes. This really is a sensational deal so grab it while you can!

2014 PAZO BARRANTES ALBARIÑO, RÍAS BAIXAS, SPAIN

£19.99 per bottle - £16.99 as part of a mixed 6 - £15.99 in a mixed 12 

We've raved in the past about the greatness of the wines of Marques De Murrieta so thought it was about time to show off one of their lesser known wines - Pazo Barrantes Albarino from their offshoot in Galicia. This grape has gained a bit of a cult following by those in the know. Like many noble varieties it is heavily influenced by the soils and climate and this great example has serious personality. It has an intense nose of white flowers and stone fruits which is followed on the palate by candied fruit flavour and a whisper of pear - all balanced by refreshing minerality and a hint of salinity. Fresh and lively - a perfect summer white.

 Hamish