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Bogle Chardonnay 2016 (1x 75cl)

Classic Clarksburg personality shines through in the green apple and pear notes, while a bit more tropical pineapple breezes by. The rich mouthfeel created by aging on the lees abounds mid-palate, while the finish is wrapped in creamy textures and tones from the malolactic fermentation. Spicy American oak notes of butterscotch and vanilla are the perfect balance to the freshness and acidity of this multifaceted wine.

£13.55

Bogle Viognier 2016 (1x75cl)

Appetizing display of luscious aromas with fresh apricot and pear fruit tang on the palate. Balanced by the clean, floral tones of honeysuckle blooms and orange blossoms, this wine was fermented cold in stainless steel tanks to allow the varietal character to shine.

£14.80

Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc Unoaked Sauvignon 2012 (1x 75cl)

Refreshing and crisp with excellent citrus and mineral characters. Very well balanced with excellent acidity and a steely flintiness that is a hallmark of Dry Creek Vineyard Fume Blanc.

£12.36

Far Niente Chardonnay 2014 (1x 75cl)

This wine opens with delicate aromas of citrus blossom, honeydew melon, pear, flint and toasted almonds. The palate is silky with pear and citrus flavours. Refreshing acidity leads to a juicy finish, layered with toasted oak.

£56.42

Gnarly Head Authentic White 2011 (1x 75cl)

Authentic White is a blend of tasty white varietals including Riesling, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. It is lush and juicy on the palate with aromas of pear, green apple and honeysuckle and flavors of melon, nectarine and crisp lemon zest finish.

£14.99

Hess Monterey Chardonnay 2015 (1x75cl)

Tropical aromas and flavours are highlighted with traditional Central Coast notes of lemon and lime zest and a touch of apple. Nicely balanced, crisp, with a lovely mouthfeel and a smooth, lingering finish. This is the new standard for California Chardonnay, a perfect wine to enjoy on its own or with contemporary dishes.

£17.00

J Lohr Estates Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2015 (1x 75cl)

The complex and delicate aromas of lime zest, pear, white blossoms, apricot and vanilla are complemented by an almost sweet, oily, creamy yet well balanced texture.
£20.28

J Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay 2016 (1x 75cl)

A very youthful straw yellow color. The aromas are of ripe bosc pear, fuji apple, lime and honeysuckle combined with the perfumed vanilla and a toasty oak bouquet. The flavors are very clean with ripe pear, subtle floral notes and vanilla toastiness, producing layers of complexity with an excellent balance of fresh fruit acidity and palate-weight.

£15.15

Pine Ridge Dijon Clones Carneros Chardonnay 2013 (1x 75cl)

This supple, golden Chardonnay treats the nose to marvelously rich aromas of fresh lemon zest, ripe green apple and juicy pear, balanced by nuances of caramel and cinnamon. Upon entry, the palate overflows with multilayered flavours of ruby grapefruit, fresh pineapple and baked apple. Subtle hints of cinnamon sugar, ground clove and sweet vanilla round out the lengthy and clean finish.
£26.77

Seghesio Russian River Valley Arneis 2014 (1x 75cl)

Mineral and dusty nuances on the nose are enhanced with crisp and floral aromas. Complex and full-bodied, with notes of pear and dried apricot. Crisp acidity elevates fruit profile.
£21.15

The Cannonball Wine Company Cannonball Chardonnay 2014 (1x 75cl)

Sophisticated nose of lemon curd, peaches, and a hint of pie crust. On the palate, zippy stone fruit and tropical notes, pineapple and soft vanilla bean on the finish.
£15.24

Vendange Pinot Grigio 2012 (1x 75cl)

Easy-drinking, medium-bodied and aromas of melon and pear, a very popular style from the Central Valley.

£7.68

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2015 (1x75cl)

The forthcoming 2016 vintage has been awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Top 40 Californian Wines Under £40 (see blue link below). Alas, the 2016 has yet to land in the UK - it will appear here immediately it does - but, having extensively tasted the 2015, we highly recommend it.

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2016 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

The Morning Fog Chardonnay is named for the morning coastal fog pushed by Pacific wind streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay and lured inland by Livermore Valley’s unique East-West orientation. This daily phenomenon moderates the climate to produce excellent, beautifully balanced Chardonnay.

Planted on various Wente clones, each vineyard block is farmed and harvested separately which maximizes quality and adds an elegant complexity to the wine. Nearly 80% of the Chardonnay vineyards in California are planted with the Wente clone. An almost microscopic proportion - less then 2% - of Gewurztraminer is also used.

This wine is fermented in 50% neutral American oak barrels and 50% in stainless steel tanks. The oak provides hints of vanilla and enhances the mouthfeel; the steel preserves the naturally vibrant fruit flavors inherent in this Chardonnay. The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie (on its lees/fermenting yeast) for 5 months; batonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, was performed monthly. This adds a creamy note to the wine and greatly enhances the texture. From the remaining 50% stainless steel portion, half was aged on its lees for 5 months, while the other half was racked clean to preserve the fresh fruit character.

Bright, crisp flavors of pear, melon, citrus and green apple are balanced by subtle hints of toasty oak and vanilla from the barrel aging. With mouth-filling body, lingering minerality and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a long, refreshing finish.

£15.35

Willowood Chardonnay NV (1x 75cl)

This wine is made using state of the art techniques to produce a crisp dry white wine with refreshing citrus fruit characters and a typical light buttery finish.

£7.38
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