Here at Exel Wines we are proud to be a team of dedicated and passionate individuals who love what we do. We want our customers to enjoy the world of wines and spirits as much as we do. We source products from every far flung corner of the globe to ensure that we offer an extensive range encompassing everything from the perennial favourites to the slightly more unusual. You are welcome to browse our range in peaceful contemplation but should you wish to talk to us or if there is a particular wine you’ve been struggling to find elsewhere, please feel free to get in touch. You can call us on 01738 493535 or email us atand we will do our very best to help you.
Exel Wines is an independent company based in Perth, Scotland where we have a shop as well as our main warehouse and offices. The shop at 47 South St is a small but perfectly formed Aladdin’s Cave of fine wine, rare whisky, all manner of spirits and liqueurs as well as some carefully selected Scottish beers and ciders. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly – they relish the opportunity to spend time chatting to like-minded people and are always happy to help.
Awarded 98 points and ultra-rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne (see blue links below).
This is quite some Champagne and remarkable for the price. The varietal mix is equal thirds of the classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Grapes are grown only on vineyards of Premier Cru villages (you'd easily clear £30 a bottle for this privilege normally) on the Coteaux de Cumières and Hautvillers in the Marne Valley, yielding great intensity and concentration.
One expects exhilarating acidity and and citrus zing in almost any Champagne - this does these in spades - but what makes it really stand out are both the ripeness of fruit flavours and the delicate florality of the nose. Pierre Bertrand see that fruitiness as “damson and pear” while we at Exel thought more “peach and nectarine”; either way, this is one seriously fruity mouthful. Florally, the makers go with “hawthorn flower” and we are not botanically inclined to disagree. At 7g/l of dosage/residual sugar, this is a drier Brut, but the fruit ripeness adds an exciting extra sensation of sweetness. Finally, Pierre Bertrand are rightly proud of their mousse onctueuse – smooth mousse – and we concur: it makes for a truly delicious Champagne experience.
Awarded 96 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2017 edition review of New World Cabernet Sauvignons (see blue link below) in which it emerged as the runaway Number One.
Sourced from vineyards in the prized Terra Rossa region of Coonawarra: here the warm days are moderated by offshore breezes and the rich red loam over well-draining limestone soils are the foundations for Coonawarra's justified reputation for producing premium-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
This Coonawarra beauty (97% Cab Sauv) has an intense, ripe berry bouquet with hints of chocolate and liquorice. The palate is brimming with crushed blackcurrant fruit flavours enhanced by subtle eucalyptus and mint notes characteristic of this region and is beautifully complemented by elegant French oak notes.
Awarded 98 points and ultra-rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).
A complex and elegant wine with intense aromas of blackcurrant, crushed lemongrass and thyme, which mingle with passionfruit and melon highlights. On the palate, underlying ripe fruit and mineral notes from grapes grown in the Blind River sub-region of Malborough combine well with the more tropical notes of passionfruit and melon from the Wairau Valley vineyards.
The ripeness and tropicality - subtle and never overpowering - are the hallmarks of this excellent 2016 vintage. This is a stylish and pleasingly rich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant aromatics and a fine balance of acidity leading to a lingering finish
Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Chilean Carmenère (see blue links below).
William Fèvre Chile modestly term this as being from their mid-level La Mision range and their entry-level Carmenère, but this is to seriously understate its quality.
William Fèvre Chile (WFC) is a venture that resulted from an investigation by the eponymous Monsieur Fèvre into vine-growing land in Chile, that became a collaboration with one Victor Pino Torche, a vineyard owner high in Chile's Maipo Valley, above Santiago, at San Juan de Pirque. From there, sumptuous Chardonnays began to emerge, with New World, high-altitude flavours, but made in a Burgundian fashion, involving, in particular, meticulous and subtle use of oak in both fermentation and ageing.
From there, WFC have gone on to collaborate in and/or own further vineyards in the many Chilean winegrowing valleys, including in some of the heartlands of the Carmenère grape, Chile's Merlot-like speciality grape: here (again) at Pirque in the Maipo Valley. The Burgundian approach to winemaking remains prevalent in all of WFC's wines, including this Carmenère.
For this, the Reserva Especial, specific plots of prime vines were harvested, the grapes from which underwent exacting scrutiny before inclusion for fermentation. The Reserve Especial comprises 92% Carmenère and 8% Cabernet Franc, the latter lending the wine a bright fruitiness and acidity. After main and malolactic fermentations, 80% of the resulting wine was aged in pre-used French oak barrels/barriques for eight months (these being on their second or their third use). This encourages a healthy - but not over-powerful - complement of oak structure whilst heavily preserving "heaps of honest fruit" (Fèvre's own term!), both in the lightly-oaked portion and (especially) in the 20% portion aged in stainless steel. The wine was then aged in the bottle for at least another six months before release.
Behind its deep cherry color, the Carmenère La Misión Reserva Especial 2015 reveals intense aromas of black pepper and red pepper, with notes of smoke and toffee. It is juicy and fresh in the mouth, with firm but silky tannins. It has the great spiciness of Carmenère but also surprising softness and length for a Carmenère at both this price-point and stage in its age development.
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