Decanter June/July

 

If you would like to see all of our wines which have been recently recommended in Decanter (not just in the most recent month(s)), together with their reviews, please click here.

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

  • Grower Champagne
  • Piedmont Nebbiolo
  • Rueda Verdejo
  • red wines to chill
  • South American wines affected by climate change
  • lees-aged Muscadet
  • value Australian Shiraz
  • Chablis
  • Douro table wines.

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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Adegas Guimaro, Joven, Ribeira Sacra 2015 (6 x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Weekday Wines (under £25)  (see blue link below).

 

Adegas Guimaro Rebeira Sacra 2015 - July 2017 Decanter review

 

A 'Joven-style' red exhibiting freshness and purity. Berry-bright and fresh with suggestion of cherry blossom, it has gentle fruit jelly glycerol up front, yielding to finely-grained crunchy tannins, with good length and gentle closing acidity. 

£78.44

Beronia Verdejo, Rueda 2015 (1x 75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Rueda Verdejos (see blue link below)We appreciate it is subjective, but we judge the 2015 to be of equal quality and drinkability, and the 2016 will be coming (y)our way soon!

 

Beronia Verdejo 2016 - July 2017 Decanter review

 

The special personality of Beronia Rueda Verdejo comes from the perfect unión of the Verdejo variety and the ‘cascajoso’ stony soil of the region. The vineyard, well ventilated, rich in calcium, magnesium and with excellent drainage, give this Beronia Rueda a unique character.

 

A wine produced from two different harvests in the same vineyard. An early harvest with fermentation at high temperatures in order to achieve an explosion of aromas and notes of ripe stone fruits. Then a second later harvest fermentated at lower temperatures looking for maturity and more concentration and complexity on the palate. The resulting wine is a blend of the two distinct winemaking techniques to achieve an aromatic wine which is fresh, flavoursome and, at the same time, complex.

 

Beronia Rueda 2015 shows a bright pale yellow colour with a hint of green. An intense nose with vibrant and persistant herbal, grassy aromas, typical of Verdejo. On the palate it is full, fruity and dry with a long finish.  This 2015 vintage shows and extremely textured mouth due to the quality of the skins giving fine lees. The wine has a balanced acidity and an attractive bitterness that is characteristic of this variety.  

 

This wine should always be served chilled. Ideal with salads or fish, also with white or lean meat dishes.

£10.41

Champagne Pierre Bertrand Brut Premier Cru NV (1x75cl)

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).

Champagne Pierre Bertrand Brut Premier Cru NV - July 2017 Decanter review

Decanter review - individual reviewers' comments

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.

£21.50

Collavini, Pucino Refosco 2015 (12 x 75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Summer reds (to chill)  (see blue link below).

 

Collavini Pucino Refosco 2015 - July 2017 Decanter review

 

The Collio region, a strip of hills bordering Slovenia, is reputed to have one of Europe's most privileged micro-climates for white wines while the red wines are also noted for their appeal. Collio wines are rather more intense than those from Friuli and have impressive richness and length. Founded by Eugenio Collavini in 1896, this family owned house is now run by Manlio Collavini together with his three sons. Located in Udine, they were among the first to vinify Ribolla Gialla-an ancient local variety- and to implement new winemaking technologies. Collavini prides itself on its clean, modern style wines, while still retaining the traditions and grape varieties native to this area. Collavini's "Broy" is a multiple Tre Bicchieri winner and is recognised as one of Italy's top white wines. As keen dog lovers, the Collavini pets are close to the heart of the family and their very first Dachshund 'Ribolla' is portrayed on the label. 

 

A red wine from Friuli's native grape, Refosco. Fresh and balanced, with aromas of raspberries, subtle hints of liquorice and a herbaceous note on the finish.

 

£151.44

Marques De Riscal Limousin Reserva 2015 (1x 75cl)

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

Marques de Riscal Rueda 2015 - July 2017 Decanter review 

Light gold colour. Complex and elegant nose with hints of vanilla, honeysuckle and wild fennel. Dense, mouth filling palate, with hints of nuts as well as of toasted wood and an underlying reminiscence of fine lees.

£11.44

Nicolas Maillart, Platine, Brut, NV (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne  (see blue link below).

 

Nicolas Maillart Platine Brut - July 2017 Decanter review

 

Golden in colour with intense aromas of fruit and toasty hazelnuts. Wonderfully fresh and fruity with great finesse.  This Champagne is a perfect match for any white fish or seafood.

£29.09

Planeta Cerasuolo Di Vittoria 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Summer reds (to chill)  (see blue link below).

 

Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2015 - July 2017 Decanter review

 

Light ruby colour with a pink and purple hue. Intense fruity bouquet with notes of strawberries, cherries, dry fig and raisins. Palate offers nice tannins followed by a pleasant acidity and round full mouthfeel.

£12.03

Radford Dale, Thirst Cinsault, Stellenbosch, 2016 (6 x 75cl)

Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Summer reds (to chill)  (see blue link below).

 

Radford Dale Thirst Cinsault 2015 - July 2017 Decanter review

 

Radford Dale was founded in 1998, by drinking buddies and youthful idealists Ben Radford and Alex Dale. When Barossa-born Ben went back to his homeland some years later, Alex stayed on and decided to develop Radford Dale into one of the very best wine names in the country. And he did. The Cinsault vines were planted in 1989 and are grown on sandy soils lining the banks of the Moddergat River. They are bush vines and keep fruit within the canopy away from direct sunlight. There is no irrigation in this vineyard so it produces a small crop but one with great concentration which is harvested early during ripening to retain maximum freshness.

 

From bush vines by the Moddergat River, this naturally fermented Cinsault has cranberry, crunchy/dark cherry character and grippier tannins. 

£71.42

Ramon Bilbao, Verdejo, 2016 (6 x 75cl)

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

 

Ramon Bilbao Verdejo Rueda 2016 - July 2017 Decanter review

 

Straw yellow colour with emerald hues, bright and clean. On the nose this 100% Verdejo is intense and aromatic with a tropical character and citrus notes such as lime and peach.  Ideal as an aperitif or with starters like smoked salmon. Also it is a great companion for any kind of vegetable dishes such as artichokes and asparagus.

£57.84

Vino Di Anna Palmento 2015 (6x75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Summer Reds (to chill) (see blue link below).

 

Vino di Anna Palmento 2015 - July 2017 Decanter review

 

Anna Martens and Eric Narioo started making wine together on Mount Etna, Sicily in 2008.They created “Vino di Anna” in 2010.  They now own several hectares of old vine Nerello Mascalese, which they farm organically.  They purchased an old winery and Palmento in 2010 which they have restored.  Recently they have extended the winery to bury a series of Georgian qvevri for vinification and maturation.  

 

The grapes are manually harvested and half of them are destemmed.  The grapes are crushed in the most traditional way being trodden by foot.  The grape skins are left in contact with the must for 4 days which gives the wine its colour and also much of its flavour.  It is then fermented in a mixture of stainless steel tanks, used oak casks and also Georgian qvevris.  Only indigenous yeast is used during fermentation. The wine is then matured on its lees for 12 months and undergoes no filtration or fining before bottling.  As a result you could find sediment in this wine.  

 

The Vino Di Anna Palmento 2015 is fresh and fruity on the nose. The palate is a blend of redcurrants and cherries with savoury undertones. Dry with good acidity and juicy, soft tannins.  It pairs well with a variety of different dishes including seafood, cheese or baked pasta dishes.

£100.15

Pagos del Rey Pulpo Albariño Rías Baixas 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of 'Weekday Wines' (under £25) (see blue link below). We appreciate it is subjective, but we judge the current 2016 vintage (2015 has sold out!) to be of equal quality and drinkability!

Pagos del Rey, Pulpo Albarino, Rias Baixas,2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

Made from Albariño grapes grown in the Salnés Valley region of Rías Baixas, located close to the town of Cambados. Here, on undulating hills, the vineyards are planted on rocky and alluvial soils; they benefit from cooling influence of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Unoaked, the wine is a bright, pale lemon colour with hints of apple green. Aromas of white flowers, hints of peach and apricot lead to a fresh, fruity palate; it has a lovely intensity and an almost saline minerality.

 

£11.95

Berton Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian 'value' Shiraz (see blue link below). 

Berton Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2014 - June 2017 Decanter review

The Reserve Shiraz is deepest dark red with a very youthful and vibrant garnet hue. The aromas are powerful and complex with a wealth of fruit ranging from ripe black cherries and blackberries with hints of eucalypt and spice. The rich and full palate displays soft flavours of plum skin, mulberry and hints of vanilla and blackberry, These abundant flavours are underpinned by fine vanilla from the oak and defined by exciting spicy tannins.

£12.30

Berton Winemakers Reserve The Black Shiraz 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz  (see blue link below).

Berton Reserve The Black Shiraz 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

The vibrant dark cherry fruit typifies the area that this wine is from in Padthaway, South Australia and is the backbone of this wine. Blackberry, plum and mocha are also evident, creating a palate that is rich and soft.  This wine was matured in French oak for approximately 4 to 6 months before being filtered and blended for bottling.  It is a wine that has been made to drink now but will cellar for around 5 years.

£10.15

Clos Culombu Etienne Suzzoni Vin De Corse Rouge Calvi 2015 (6x 75cl)

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

Clos Culombu, Calvi 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

This wine is a blend of 50% Niellucio (a local variant of Sangiovese), 30% Sciaccarellu, 10% Syrah and 10% Grenache. This Corsican red has beautifully scented aromas with nuances of red fruit, berries and a hint of spice. it is a rich and full-bodied wine, but it displays a delightful yet youthful character.  The flavours include red fruit such as raspberry as well as a spicy quality mixed with cocoa or dark chocolate.  It has a soft yet full mouthfeel and is absolutely delicious!

£99.25

Dandelion Vineyards `Lioness of McLaren Vale` Shiraz 2013 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

Dandelion 'Lioness of McLaren Vale' Shiraz 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Deep purple with hints of violet on the edges, indicating youth. Impressive purity of fruit showing lush scents of summer pudding with lifted red fruit, berries and a hint of cinnamon. Black cherries, damsons, mulberries and milk chocolate undertones. Generous mouth filling blackberry, raspberry and plum flavours cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice.

£14.65

Darenberg The Footbolt Old Vine Shiraz 2014 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

D'arenberg Footbolt 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The nose is incredibly lifted and fragrant, red fruits and peppery spices feature strongly. As the wine breathes we are struck by a raft of darker and more earthy aromas such as mulberry, black plum, soot and baking spice. The palate is pleasantly bright with lively acidity and elegant fruit weight. A generous dose of mineral fruit tannin ensures the wine is structured and wonderfully long. As this wine ages it will develop more generosity and complexity through the mid palate, but the acid and tannin structure will ensure it stays lively and long.

£12.64

Darenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier 2010 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

D'Arenberg Laughing Magpie 2010 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The wine has an enticing mix of primary fruit characters entwined with the first hints of moreish secondary nuances. There is an enormous concentration of blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose and palate, a whiff of flowers, ginger and stone fruit that we can attribute to the Viognier and depth is built through more savoury notes of fennel, fresh leather and cedar.

£15.81

Domaine Jean-Claude Lapalu Brouilly Vieilles Vignes 2015 (6x 75cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of "Everyday Wines" (under £25) (see blue link below).

 

Jean-Claude Lapalu, Brouilly 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

These grapes used to be sold to the local cooperative until 1996, when Jean-Claude Lapalu started his own winery. Lapalu’s 12 hectares of old vines in Brouilly are farmed biodynamically, with natural winemaking methods followed in the winery. Very fragrant and expressive, it displays aromas of violet and juicy red berry. Fresh and very much alive on the palate, it has depth and plenty of dark berry and spice character.

£118.20

Heartland Shiraz 2013 (1x75cl)

 

Awarded 86 points and a Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz(see blue link below).

 

Heartland Shiraz 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Vibrant purple hues with a deep ruby red core. The nose has masses of black fruits, redcurrants and spice which support hints of espresso and dried spice notes. On the palate, the wine is soft yet maintains expressions of cassis, anise and earthiness. Savoury, rich and yet balanced and restrained.

£12.07

Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of 'Everyday Wines' (under £25) (see blue link below).

 

Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The richly layered bouquet shows notes of honeysuckle, cardamon, pithy lemons and grapefruit skin, along with freshly cut white pears. Like fresh rain on beach rocks. The palate is as crisp and fresh as biting into a fresh green apple. Tight but with a melting acidity that lingers like fresh lemonade. A really lively wine with a solid flick of crisp citrus on the finish.

£13.69

Innocent Bystander Syrah 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 85 points and Commended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz.

 

On the nose, there is a complex mix of spice, campari, orange zest and juniper berries, along with ripe cherry, red summer berries and dark chocolate. The palate shows firm, bright tannins with a brooding texture. Wild blackberries and raspberries with a savoury long finish.

£18.00

Mitolo Jester Shiraz 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 85 points and Commended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian value Shiraz.

 

Opaque dark crimson colour with deep black crimson hue. The nose gives blackberry, liquorice and dark plum aromas, while on the palate the wine displays abundant flavours of liquorice, blackberry and dark fruits. There is exceptional balance, refinement and generousity of flavour.

£14.50

Outer Limits by Montes Cinsault 2015 (1x 75cl)

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

 

Montes Outer Limits Old Roots Cinsault 2015 - April 2017 Decanter review

 

Bright and intense ruby red in colour with a distinct purple edge. The nose has aromas of fresh berries, forest fruits, sweet and sour cherries and blackberries that intermingle with wild blueberries. The well-balanced palate is fresh and light with tannins that subtly support the fruit expression for even greater complexity. 

£14.86

Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013 (1x75cl)

Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below).

 

Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley Shiraz 2013 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

The monumental 2013 vintage in the Barossa has produced a deeply coloured, brooding Shiraz showing chocolate and dark plum notes. The palate shows great richness and finishes with firm tannins. 

£15.58

Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Shiraz Viognier 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of Australian Value Shiraz (see blue link below). 

 

Willunga 100 Shiraz Viognier 2015 - June 2017 Decanter review

 

Deep red/purple in colour, the wine is a heady mix of dark berry fruit, with earthy nuances and lifted florals from the addition of Viognier. Excellent structure, it has great depth and richness of plums and blackberries with supportive, balanced oak and a lingering finish. 

£11.70
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