Decanter Jul/Aug

 

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The wines that Decanter Magazine (http://www.decanter.com) has reviewed in the July and August editions include:

  • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
  • White Southern Rhone
  • English Sparkling Wines
  • Greek Assyrtiko
  • Gastronomic Roses
  • Celebrities and their wines
  • Grower Champagne
  • Rueda Verdejo
  • red wines to chill

We are delighted to say that we can supply a good many of the better-scoring wines and have listed them below.  If you have any futher queries, please give us a call on 01738 493535 or email us using communications@exelwines.co.uk and we will do our best to help you.

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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

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

The Torrontes and Riesling grapes were grown on the Finca San Isidoro 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.

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

Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 1995 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 96 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).

Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires 1995 - August 2017 Decanter review

An exceptional cuvee, this `blanc de blancs` is a brilliant exercise in style. Beautifully straightforward, full and distinctive, it displays all the noble characteristics of mature Chardonnay and its incredible potential for ageing. The pale gold colour is accompanied by pale green hues, with a generous brilliant sparkle. The bouquet is perfectly balanced with a richness and distinct pastry aromas expressing full buttery notes and intense cinnamon and vanilla spiciness. In the mouth, the mature freshness stands out. Initial silky notes of candied apricots and quince lead to dried fruits, hazelnuts and almonds.

£112.40

Chateau Maris Rose de Nymphe 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of their Top 30 Rosés (see blue link below)

Maris Rose de Nymphe 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

The "Cuisse de Nymphe" is a type of rose which is of a very pale pink, almost mauve colour. It was brought to France at the end of 16th century from Crimea. It name was “Rosier blanc royal”. This Rosé which is named in honour of the rose is a Grenache noir.  

The aromas are fresh with mineral notes balancing the overtly fuity character of maraschino cherries, apricots, eucalyptus, raspberry and brambles. This rosé tastes very fresh with nice minerality and a touch of weight that balances its strawberry and orange zests notes. The roundness is driven by a smacking acidity. Flavours of tart fruit on the finish. This is a dry, berried wine that pairs beautifully with a plate of prosciutto and ripe summer tomatoes.

This Rosé, is a “vin de presse”, and is fermented in concrete tanks. The process respects the principles of Biodynamics, with minimal intervention.  It aged for 6 months in concrete tanks before bottling.

Rose de Nymphe 2016 is a biodynamic wine.

£13.61

Domaine Mourgues du Gres Terre d'Argence 2015 (6 x 75cl)

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

Domaine Mourgues du Gres 2015 - August 2017 Decanter review

This wine is bright with green and gold tones.  There are aromas and flavours of intense peaches and apricots as well as hints of honeysuckle and lemon verbena. It has a long finish which has mineral nuances.  This wine does benefit from being decanted or allowed to breath and goes perfectly with white meat in sauce, fish and cheese.  This wine will drink well for at least 5 years.

£86.88

Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito Di Pantelleria 2014 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 97 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Best Sweet Southern Italy) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).

Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito 2014 - August 2017 Decanter review

Made from Zibibbo grapes, grown on vines trained using the traditional “alberello pantesco” bush-training system, awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.

Brilliant amber, Ben Ryé 2014 surprises with it freshness and complexity. The bouquet is intense and fragrant: typical aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combined with balsamic scents of Mediterranean scrub and sweet notes of honey and fresh figs. The palate is well defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by a fresh vein of acidity and lively sapidity. It finishes with a lingering persistence. A captivating Passito di Pantelleria, one of the most appreciated Italian sweet wines in the world.

It matches with caramelized duck, paté and blue cheeses. It goes well with pastries and gourmet chocolate like gianduja. Extraordinary alone.

£53.86

Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria half bottle 2014 (1x 37.5cl Half)

Awarded 97 points and a Platinum Best In Category (Best Sweet Southern Italy) at the Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).

Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito 2014 - August 2017 Decanter review

Made from Zibibbo grapes, grown on vines trained using the traditional “alberello pantesco” bush-training system, awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.

Brilliant amber, Ben Ryé 2014 surprises with it freshness and complexity. The bouquet is intense and fragrant: typical aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combined with balsamic scents of Mediterranean scrub and sweet notes of honey and fresh figs. The palate is well defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by a fresh vein of acidity and lively sapidity. It finishes with a lingering persistence. A captivating Passito di Pantelleria, one of the most appreciated Italian sweet wines in the world.

It matches with caramelized duck, paté and blue cheeses. It goes well with pastries and gourmet chocolate like gianduja. Extraordinary alone.

£29.05

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2013 (1x 50cl)

Awarded 96 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).

Vin de Constance 2013 - August 2017 Decanter review

Golden hued, deep amber in appearance. First nose is of freshly dried pineapples with hints of vanilla and roasted almonds. Heady woodspice scents intermingle with fresh mandarin, lemongrass and mango. The seamless palate is elegantly structured, with ripe tropical flavours of mango. and pineapple. Raisined Muscat flavours provide concentrated acidity and a piercing lift to the seemingly endless finish. Will mature for at least a further 20 years.

£42.48

Ktima Gerovassiliou Viognier Epanomi 2016 (6 x 75cl)

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

Ktima Gerovassiliou Viognier 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

Ktima Gerovassiliou is the brainchild of Evangelos Gerovassiliou. He initiated the revival of the family vineyard by planting the nearly extinct Malagousia in 1981. This state of the art winery is now surrounded by 70 hectares of meticulously well cared vineyards on the slopes of Epanomi. Ktima Gerovassiliou guarantees consistent, high quality wines of international acclaim every year.

The floral variety of Viognier was initially planted in the estate in 1993, under the supervision of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The low-yielding vines are grown in mostly sandy soils, rich in marine fossils.The vineyards are cultivated in compliance with ecologically sustainable management practices. The vinification started with skin contact followed by barrel fermentation in new French oak. The wine was matured on its fine lees to enhance the rich creaminess and mouthfeel.

This is a Viognier with expressive aromas of exotic fruits combined with hints of jasmine, green tea. Perfumed and elegant. A great choice to serve chilled with fresh crab or lobster; salads featuring asparagus and shrimps or Asian cuisine.

£90.36

Perez Cruz Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (6 x 75cl)

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).

Perez Cruz Reserva Cab Sauv 2015 - August 2017 Decanter review

Perez Cruz is a family owned boutique winery located in the Alto Maipo. Their estate covers 250 hectres of vines planted in one of the most sought after areas for growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon. This red wine specialist also produces small parcels of Syrah, Cot (Malbec), Carmenère and Petit Verdot. From the first vintage in 2002, President Andres Perez Cruz has seen the estate's speciality red wine amass an impressive array of awards and gold medals. Their eco-friendly winery was built by award winning architect Jose Cruz Ovalle, to fulfil the technical objective of fine wine production. Its wooden roof and natural light allow thermal isolation and free air flow circulation, making it one of the most unique wineries in the world.

The Liguai Estate is located in the Maipo Andes sub-region and is nestled against the mountain foothills at between 1450 and 1700 feet elevation. Trained on Double Guyot systems with drip irrigation, the vines yield 3.12 tonnes per acre. The rocky soils are of both alluvial and colluvial origins. The cooling influences of the mountain air, along with the Pacific Ocean breezes ensure a long ripening season. Harvested by hand, the grapes are picked once they have reached the perfect ripeness of tannins and flavours.

The grapes were carefully selected. Each block was fermented individually so it could reveal its unique characteristics of every corner of the vineyard. The grapes were gently crushed and macerated at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The skins were pumped over the must during fermentation extracting colour, flavours and fine tannins providing structure in the final wine. The wine was then macerated for a period of 24 days. Ageing took place in American and French oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months.

Intense blackcurrant and eucalyptus scents on the nose are echoed on the palate, combined with rich jammy fruits, velvety smooth tannins and a long, intense finish. Serving Suggestion A perfect match for roast beef or sausage casserole.

£67.86

Sugrue Pierre The Trouble with Dreams Cuvée Brut 2013 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 97 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of English Sparkliing (see blue link below).

Sugrue Pierre Trouble With Dreams 2013 - August 2017 Decanter review

Sugrue Pierre is the personal project of celebrated English sparkling winemaker, Dermot Sugrue. Sugrue has been the winemaker behind many of England's best sparkling wines over the last 10 years. Previously the winemaker at Nyetimber, he left in 2006 to establish the Wiston Estate Winery. The same year he also planted a one-hectare vineyard in Storrington Priory which has been in full production since 2009, producing the highly-acclaimed and multi-award-winning sparkling wine, ‘The Trouble with Dreams’. In 2017, this, the truly exceptional and very limited ‘The Trouble with Dreams’ 2013, took the top spot in the Independent English Wine Awards.

This is a classic blend of barrel-fermented Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, boasting great purity and elegance, with lemon and apple aromas leading to a palate of delicate stone fruit and refreshingly crisp acidity. This is long, complex and absolutely delicious. Served chilled, this is a stunning apéritif. It also accompanies seafood magnificently. The structure and finesse of this wine give it the versatility to match with a variety of dishes.

WE HAVE A LIMITED ALLOCATION OF THIS SOUGHT-AFTER WINE: WHEN THE STOCKS SHOWN BELOW RUN OUT, IT IS UNLIKELY THAT MORE CAN BE SOURCED, SO YOU MAY WISH TO BUY ACCORDINGLY.

£33.40

Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2015 (1 x 75cl)

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

Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2015 - August 2017 Decanter review

Te Kairanga is one of the oldest and best-positioned vineyards in Martinborough. Its vineyards are located on free draining land once owned by the founding father of Martinborough, John Martin, in the late 1800s.

The grapes for ‘Runholder’, a tribute to the original settlers, are grown on low-cropping vines; selective hand-picking, small batch fermentation and sensitive oak handling contribute to producing this rich, concentrated Pinot Noir. Traditional fermentation in small vats is employed with hand-plunging and gentle pressing off to release the flavour locked in the skins; movement of juice and wine around the winery is by gravity and the wine spends 15 months in French oak barrels, a quarter new. Initial aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and spice are backed by a velvety textured palate with subtle oak notes.

£18.11

Auntsfield Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x75cl)

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).

Auntsfield Single Vineyard SB 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

A true cracker of a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that simply bursts with both quality and flavour. 

Marlborough is famous for its two main river valleys, the Wairau and the Awatere, from where many of its great names hail. The Auntsfield plots lie directly between the two, in what is are known as the Southern Valleys. This is a sub-region where the climate is cooler and drier. With its mix of high-mineral Greywacke rock and old, low-fertility Loess clay soils, the Southern Valleys is regarded for its riper styles of wine with more structure, texture and minerality. The Auntsfield vineyard covers 65 hectares and is planted in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. 

This, the Single Vineyard SB, lies some way above Auntsfield's entry level and is made only from grapes grown on the main Estate. The style is aimed towards texture, complexity and length, balancing the typical Marlborough fruit spectrum and aromatics with richness and mouth feel: this is fully realised in the 2016. Unusually for an NZSB, although the majority of the wine was cool-fermented in stainless steel (standard), this was balanced by a portion of the fruit being subject to traditional winemaking practices: handpicked, whole-bunch-pressed and fermented in seasoned oak barrels, which very materially adds texture, body and length to the wine. 

On the nose, it has powerful aromas of fresh passionfruit, ripe citrus and lime, with lesser notes of dried herbs, lemongrass, jalapeno and blackcurrant. It's no exaggeration to say that we at Exel reckon this is one of the most deliciously aromatic NZSBs we have yet encountered.

On the palate, the Auntsfield is truly powerful and yet retains its elegance: it displays intense ripe fruit flavours of passionfruit and white peach, again with citrus notes of lime and mandarin. Minerality is a term all-too-often banded about in these tasting notes, yet there is a decided wet-stone twang here. Overally, the palate has intense concentration and generous weight, balanced by an underlying minerality and tight structure. All of which is to say: "glorious".

WE ARE ALAS NOW OUT OF STOCK AND AWAITING SUPPLIES FROM NEW ZEALAND, EXPECTED THIRD WEEK OF AUGUST. WE ARE TAKING ADVANCE ORDERS: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE SOME BOTTLES, PLEASE CALL ON 01738 493535 OR EMAIL US AT orders@exelwines.co.uk. NO PAYMENT REQUIRED AT THIS STAGE, ONLY WHEN STOCKS ARRIVE.

£13.20

Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

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).

Tinpot Hut SB 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

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.

 

£11.20

Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).

Ata Rangi SB 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

Refined aromas and flavours of passionfruit and lemon grass align with hints of gooseberry and grapefruit. The palate is textured with a dry finish. This Sauvignon Blanc reflects the deep gravel of the vineyards and is a textural, complex wine. 

£15.55

Blank Canvas Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).

Blank Canvas SB 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

A classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but one which offers complexity of texture and a mineral drive reminiscent of river stones and sea spray. Blackcurrant, guava and passionfruit aromas emerge alongside subtle hints of lemongrass. On the palate, it is focused and vibrant while remaining elegantly balanced and distinctly salty.

£16.15

Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (6x75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).

Framingham SB 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

A classic Marlborough style with a mineral edge. Delivers punchy varietal characters of passion fruit, grapefruit and redcurrant. Texture is enhanced by some barrel ferment and our signature mineral finish is retained. Enjoy with oysters, seafood or vegetarian dishes.

£77.95

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).

Spy Valley SB 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

Characters of gooseberry and asparagus with ripe melon really delicately balanced and at the same time deliciously quaffable.

£12.05

Urlar Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).

Urlar SB 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

This delivers zesty gooseberry, capsicum and lime flavours with a hint of passionfruit. While it remains a distinctively New Zealand sauvignon blanc the palate is full with great weight and length.

£11.40

Yealands Estate Single Block Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).

Yealands Reserve SB 2015 - August 2017 Decanter review

Aromas of dried thyme and blackcurrant, spice and cream dominate the nose. The palate is concentrated with savoury notes, wet stone, nettle and mineral acidity that all come together in perfect harmony. The mid-palate is textured and rich, yet elegant.

£15.56

Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Southern Rhone Whites (see blue link below)

Chante Cigale CdP 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

Hauntingly fragrant, reminiscent of almond and peach blossom. The palate is a wonderfully smooth, silky textured balance of dried apricot fruit and fresh, apply acidity.

£24.06

Château La Verrerie Luberon Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Southern Rhone Whites (see blue link below)

Chateau la Verrerie 2015 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

Lovely aromas of pear and white flowers. Freshness combined with good structure, weight and roundness on the palate make this a great food wine. 

£15.21

Châteauneuf du Pape La Solitude Blanc 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Southern Rhone Whites (see blue link below)

Domaine de la Solitude CdP 2015 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

An elegant wine of great complexity, with citrus aromas enveloped in layers of minerality and herbal nuances. On the palate, this wine is full-flavoured with a creamy texture, powerful and long.

£27.20

Domaine De La Janasse Chateauneuf Du Pape Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Southern Rhone Whites (see blue link below)

Domaine Janasse CdP 2015 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

Ripe, expressive nose of dried tropical fruits and citrus. The palate is medium bodied, silky and full of apricot and pineapple fruit with a crisp, dry finish.

£34.55

Domaine De La Janasse Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Southern Rhone Whites (see blue link below)

Domaine Janasse CdR 2015 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

Bone dry with real power. Aromas of peach and apricot, excellent concentration on the palate with vibrant acidity, a full mouthfeel and refreshing acidity on the finish.

£14.13

Gaia Thalassitis Assyrtiko 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Greek Assyrtiko (see blue link below)

Gaia Thalassitis 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

This wine is made from Santorini's indigenous variety Assyrtiko, which is renowned for combining full-flavoured maturity whilst retaining high acidity. The grapes are produced exclusively from vineyards in the Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos regions, where the vines are almost 80 years old and have a particularly low yield that never exceeds 25 hectolitres per hectare. The vines are cultivated in volcanic soils which are porous with a high mineral content.

Explosive minerality with fresh lemon zest on the nose, crisp acidity on the palate and underlying floral notes. Refreshing with a lingering finish and a slight hints of saltiness. An excellent partner to seafood, fish, shellfish or even lamb with lemon.

£18.40
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