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Alamos Torrontes 2016 (1x75cl)

Torrontés has a unique expression in Argentina and has often been called the country’s signature white varietal. Alamos Torrontés 2015 captures all of the explosive aromatic character of this Argentine grape, with lively notes of citrus and peach fruit interwoven with delicate layers of jasmine blossom and fresh herbs. Light and fresh on the palate, it finishes long and lingering with fresh, balanced acidity.

£9.00

Amalaya Blanco de Corte Torrontes/Riesling 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).

Amalaya Torrontes-Riesling 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

The Amalaya wines offer incredible value for their quality and truly reflect their ‘sense of place‘. All of the Amalaya wines are fruit driven in style, with a finesse that unites them.

The Torrontes and Riesling grapes were both grown on the Finca Amalaya and Finca Las Mercedes vineyards. These are located in the Cafayate Valley in the very heart of the Calchaqui Valley, distinguished for being the highest wine region in the world. The climate here is very dry, with just 150mm of rain in an average year and a huge thermal amplitude of around 20°C. The soils here are rocky, poor and sandy so the roots of the vines are forced to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need, which in turn results in a huge concentration of flavour within the fruit. The winery is also situated in Cafayate, Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina at nearly 1,828 metres above sea level.

Amalaya translates to ‘hope for a miracle’ in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe, the Calchaquí. The winery is situated in Cafayate, Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina at nearly 1,828 metres above sea level. It is a part of the Hess Family Estates and is run with the same dedication to quality, sustainability and social responsibility as the other Hess Estates.

Intense gold in colour with tints of green. On the nose this wine is intense and complex with aromas of citrus and grapefruit typical of Torrontes. Delicate and silky on the palate with great freshness and crisp acidity on the distinctly mineral finish.

£9.64

Argento Pinot Grigio 2016 (6x 75cl)

This elegant Pinot Grigio offers delicate floral aromas and tropical fruits. Light and clean with ripe pineapple and peach flavours, notes of camomile and a bright crisp finish.
£48.22

Catena Alta Chardonnay 2014 (1x 75cl)

This wine is remarkable from start to finish, beginning with an aromatic and complex nose of pear, apricot, almond and lemon cream. Subtle hints of white flowers and warm, smoky notes follow. The palate is full and concentrated, with citrus, honey, vanilla, nutmeg and toast.
£19.31

Catena Chardonnay 2015 (6x 75cl)

The high-altitude and cool climate of the vineyards gives this wine a crisp, elegant style. Apple, melon and nutty peach fruit with a soft, creamy texture - all wrapped up in some tightly wound citrusy acidity.
£76.90

Colome Torrontes 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and an Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their 2016 World Wine Awards(see blue link below).

 

Hess Colome Torrontes 2015- 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

 

Bodega Colomé was established in 1831 by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854, his daughter Ascensión, who was married to José Benjamín Dávalos, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Colomé. Grapes from three vineyards (of four hectares each) planted in that year are still used to make wines. Located in the Upper Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina, not only is Colomé the oldest winery in Argentina, but it also claims to own the world's highest vineyard.

The high altitude of the Calchaqui Valley and greater difference between day and night temperatures, ensures a longer growing season which in turn leads to a more intense accumulation of flavour in the grapes. The large difference (25°C) between day and night also aids the retention of natural acidity within the grapes. The climate here is dry with very little rainfall, on average around 120mm per year. Soils are sandy with layers of gravel which aid drainage. The vineyards are all farmed biodynamically.

The grapes went through a double selection process, firstly in the vineyard and then again on the sorting table at the winery. Fermenation was slow, using selected yeasts at low temperatures to retain the varietal fruit character. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for three months before bottling in June 2015. It then spent a further two months ageing in bottle before release.

Intense gold in colour with green tones, this wine has a bright floral nose with the citrus aroma of grapefruit and a hint of spice. In the mouth it is fresh and well structured with a crisp finish. Elegant and fruity with tropical notes to the fore.

£10.62

Colome Torrontes 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentinian whites (see blue link below).

Colome Torrontes 2016 - October 2017 Decanter review

Bodega Colomé was established in 1831 by the Spanish Governor of Salta, Nicolás Severo de Isasmendi y Echalar. In 1854, his daughter Ascensión, who was married to José Benjamín Dávalos, brought the first French pre-phylloxera Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon vines to Colomé. Grapes from three vineyards (of four hectares each) planted in that year are still used to make wines. Located in the Upper Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina, not only is Colomé the oldest winery in Argentina, but it also claims to own the world's highest vineyard.

The high altitude of the Calchaqui Valley and greater difference between day and night temperatures, ensures a longer growing season which in turn leads to a more intense accumulation of flavour in the grapes. The large difference (25°C) between day and night also aids the retention of natural acidity within the grapes. The climate here is dry with very little rainfall, on average around 120mm per year. Soils are sandy with layers of gravel which aid drainage. The vineyards are all farmed biodynamically.

The grapes went through a double selection process, firstly in the vineyard and then again on the sorting table at the winery. Fermenation was slow, using selected yeasts at low temperatures to retain the varietal fruit character. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks for three months before bottling in June 2016. It then spent a further two months ageing in bottle before release.

Intense gold in colour with green tones, this wine has a bright floral nose with the citrus aroma of grapefruit and a hint of spice. In the mouth it is fresh and well structured with a crisp finish. Elegant and fruity with tropical notes to the fore.

£10.75

Costa & Pampa Chardonnay,Trapiche 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentinian whites (see blue link below).

Trapiche Costa & Pampa Chardonnay 2016 - October 2017 Decanter review

The history of Trapiche begins in 1883, in a small vineyard called El Trapiche, in the district of Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, where the grapes for the first fine wines were grown. With more than 130 years of experience, Trapiche has earned its place as a pioneering winery in the introduction of French vines, the production of varietal wines, the import of French oak barrels and the use of stainless steel tanks. True to its origins, today Trapiche is in a continuous quest for the latest best practices. Led by Daniel Pi, Director of Winemaking, Trapiche's winemaking team permanently strives to improve winemaking practices by exchanging experience and knowledge with winemakers from other wine producing countries such as France, the US, Australia and New Zealand

The grapes are hand harvested in the early hours of the morning, when the sea breeze still rests on the berries. The fruit is carefully selected from the vines that produce highly-concentrated grapes. The juice undergoes cold skin maceration for 24 hours followed by pneumatic pressing. Ageing takes place in French oak barrels for 7 months, achieving a more complex aromatic profile. The wine is clarified, stabilised, filtered and bottled.

An elegant wine, lemon in colour with slight greenish tones. It has notes of green apples, pear, citrus fruits and hints of nuts & broiche. Delicate on the palate with marked minerality and a long, delicious finish.

£13.20

Dona Paula Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentinian whites (see blue link below).

Dona Paula Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - October 2017 Decanter review

Doña Paula is a leading, modern winery at the forefront of exploring and investing in new, high quality wine regions in Argentina. First established in 1997, they own all of their vineyards covering 700 hectares. These vineyard sites are located in the best subregions within Mendoza including Ugarteche, Altamira, Gualtallary and Tupungato. They practice sustainable methods in the vineyards, maximising the true expression of terroir. Their continuous innovation in terms of vineyard management ensures top quality wines from one year to the next. Vineyard The grapes are sourced from two vineyards: Alluvia Vineyard, which is located in Gualtallary, Tupungato, Uco Valley, at 1,350 metres above sea level; and the Los Cerezos Vineyard which is located in the Cordon del Plata mountains, Tupungato, Uco Valley, at 1,000 metres above sea level.

The climate typically presents warm days and cool nights with an average temperature variation of 14°C. It is this diurnal temperature variation, which extends the ripening period, balances the crisp acidity while producing complex flavours in the grapes. The average annual rainfall is low at 280 mm. At Doña Paula, the vineyards have always been managed using sustainable agriculture practices. The combination of loamy, sandy, rocky and well drained soils with an exhaustive selection of the best French clones, result in this premium example of Sauvignon Blanc.

The grapes were hand-picked during the first week of March. Destemming and pressing were gently carried out, followed by a pellicular maceration during which the skins imbue the must with their varietal characteristics. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures of between 12°C to 15°C in order to preserve the primary aromas.

Intense aromas of wild mint, grapefruit and white currant leap out of the glass, a fresh, concentrated and well balanced Sauvignon with a persistent finish. Serving Suggestion Serve chilled as an apéritif, or the perfect match for chicken with light creamy sauces, salads, scallops and oysters.

£11.35

Goyenechea Chardonnay 2015 (1x 75cl)

As this is an unoaked Chardonnay, the fruit really shines through. A fresh bouquet against a backdrop of creamy aromas and a scent of mango.
£7.98

Goyenechea Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

As this is an unoaked Chardonnay, the fruit really shines through. A fresh bouquet against a backdrop of creamy aromas and a scent of mango.

£8.10

Humberto Canale Intimo Blanco 2015 (1x75cl)

Attractive straw colour with green flecks. On the nose, it has a vibrant citrus nose followed by hints of grass and a touch of tropical fruit. On the palate it has a refreshing taste again with citrus fruit and a hint of ripe stone/tropical fruit.

£9.45

Kaiken Terroir Series Salta Torrontes 2016 (1x75cl)

This Torrontés has a brilliant lemon-green colour with golden tones. The instensely aromatic nose is full of fresh peaches and orange peel, accompanied by the floral notes that are very characteristic of this variety. The fruity notes reappear on the fresh palate with balanced acidity.

£10.15

Melodias Pinot Grigio, Trapiche 2017 (1x75cl)

Elegant with notes of citrus fruits, flavours of peach, apricot and orange peel followed by a slight sprinkle of spice.

£7.20
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