Decanter Award Winners

Decanter DWWA Highlights - Value Category 95pts+
Platinum Award Winner from Beaujolais 97pts!
Gold Award Winner from Portugal! 95pts!

So 2022 is upon us along with clearing up post Christmas debris and even going cold turkey for January. Fear not, we start on an uplifting quote wine is sunlight held together by water according to Galileo Galilei - an Italian scientist recognised for formulating the basic law of falling bodies!  How appropriate!

By now, the February edition of Decanter will have landed in your mail box or on your doorstep and highlights a couple of top award winners from the Value category that we now have back in stock.

As mentioned in our September 2021 mailchimp the 2019 Terrier Tradition Brouilly took 97 points and a Platinum in the 2021 DWWA competition. Literally and figuratively, Château de la Terrière’s Tradition Brouilly 2019 is a winner: “Beautifully lifted, floral nose with hints of blackberry and cream, then on to a generous palate laced with pretty black cherry, classy plum and supple smooth tannins.” At a price of £13.80, and in DWWA's Value category as a result, we sold our original stock very quickly but have managed to get our hands on a limited number of bottles.

Our second wine, a DWWA 2021 95pt Gold award winner from Dao, Portugal is Amorim's Taboadella Villae RedA blend of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Pinheira, Jaen and Alfrocheiro. 

Made from four distinctive grape varieties that the winery describe as the `perfect marriage; Tinta Roriz gives the wine its structure, Jaen gives a freshness and balance, Alfrochiero has a mineral quality and Tinta Pinheira gives an aroma of forest floor.

"Bergamot and florals aromas. A fleshy, juicy palate with apple and blackberry pie flavors and cinnamon spice, attractive texture and fine tannins". (DWWA 21)

Also covered, in February's Decanter supplemental Italy Guide 2022 is a panel tasting of Sangiovese, including 91pt scorer Chiara Condello Predappio 2019.  The 2016 and 2017 vintages were a serious hit with Exel customers and the 2019 vintage is proving to be no different.  Food and Drink writer, Asa Johansson, comments: intense aromas of red cherry, orange zest and white pepper are followed by a palate with grippy tannins, fleshy and succulent fruit and refreshing acidity

Only 12000 bottles have been bottled and we have, as of this moment, just 66 bottles left from our small allocation.

Eric Guido, from Vinous writes:

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Yealands Estate, Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir Awatere Valley 2017 (1x75cl)

***DWWA 2021 Gold Winner*** only available here at Exel Wines

£20.25 £18.22
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