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Villa des Croix Viognier 2018, SO Vignerons (1x 75cl)

SO Vignerons (SV) is a small négociant structure, producing typical, high-quality Languedoc wines. The company was founded by Claude Serra (the "S") and Daniel Orsolini (the "O") in 2005.

Claude, SO Vignerons' winemaker consultant, is also a Professor at Montpellier University of Oenology, and manages the company's viticulture and winemaking.

The philosophy behind So Vignerons is to produce high-quality, modern-style Languedoc wines at very affordable prices. This has been made possible by:

- the long-term contracts signed with their growers;

- having Claude as the winemaker/consultant to all their growers; and

- using a state-of-the-art bottling line.

All SO Vignerons' wines are vinified by Claude and come from vineyards located on specially selected terroirs producing characteristic varietals from the Languedoc region. Their aim is to share their passion for their wines and region and a commitment to preserve the environment.

The Villa Des Croix property is planted with Picpoul, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Terret. SO Vignerons' wines include a number of varietal blends, but the Villa des Croix wines - of which we list three - each adhere to a monovarietal approach.

The soil in the vineyards for the Viognier is siliceous soil of Pyrenean origin. The area also benefits from an oceanic micro-climate.

The grapes are harvested at night, skin contact is allowed for 5 - 6 hours at 10°C. The grapes are pressed using pneumatic pressure. It undergoes thermo-regulated fermentation at 15/17°C after a clean racking of the must. Malolactic fermentation occurs and the wine is matured in tank on fine lees for 6 to 8 months.

The colour of the wine is a clear and pale yellow straw. The aromas evoke intense floral notes, citrus peel, vanilla, tangerine and light honey notes. The palate is fresh, pleasant and deliciously well balanced. The finish is rich and persistent. It can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif but is a perfect accompaniment to grilled fish and fusion food. If you have good levels of patience, this Viognier can be kept for up to 4 years.

£8.50

Peter Lehmann Masters `Wigan` Riesling 2013 (1x75cl)

The 2012 vintage was Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of Australian Riesling  (see blue link below) .

Peter Lehmann Masters Wigan Riesling 2012 - April 2018 Decanter review

Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, started his own winery in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. "I'll take your grapes and turn them into wine," he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. "But I'll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine." They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a huge chunk of its old vines. The 'Masters' wines are made from the parcels regarded by the winemakers as the best Semillon, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz of the vintage.

Known for producing truly world class Riesling, the soils of the Eden Valley are shallow and rocky. The fruit for this wine comes from the William Hurn - Ross' Block single vineyard.

2012 was an outstanding vintage. The weather was mild throughout the year. Cool nights allowed a gentle, slow ripening which produced white wines of great fruit definition.

The grapes were picked early and fermented cold in stainless steel for two weeks before clarification. Bottling took place immediately, then the wine was cellared at the winery for five years prior to release.

The 2012 'Wigan' Riesling is delicate in colour with a green tinge, and a soft aroma of lime cordial combined with toasty characters. The palate shows great fruit purity with a fresh, crisp, dry finish. This is one of the classic Wigan Rieslings from an exceptional vintage, one for the ages.

£19.85

Te Kairanga Riesling 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2018 edition panel tasting of "Alternative" New Zealand Whites (not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) (see blue link below)...

Te Kairanga Riesling 2016 - Sept 2018 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. John Martin laid out the first streets of Martinborough in the pattern of the Union Flag naming them after places he had visited: as a result the best streets to take to reach the Te Kairanga vineyards from the town square include Oxford, Cork, Regent and New York. 

For chief winemaker John Kavanagh there is nothing more important than endeavouring to produce wines that display the characteristics of their vineyard source.  The motto at Te Kairanga is "We strive to ensure that each wine we produce shows a clear sense of place."

Constructed in 2002, the state-of-the-art winery at Te Kairanga is the perfect spot for their estate-grown fruit to become great quality wine. With multiple small fermenters and a mechanical gravity system, the winemaking team can preserve vineyard and varietal integrity by handling the fruit in the gentlest way possible.

This Riesling is a brilliant lime gold colour with aromas of jasmine, meadow flowers, citrus and peaches. Enticing ripe Meyer lemon, floral and mineral flavours lead to a refreshing, zingy finish.

£12.65

Villa des Croix Pinot Noir 2017, SO Vignerons (1x 75cl)

SO Vignerons (SV) is a small négociant structure, producing typical, high-quality Languedoc wines. The company was founded by Claude Serra (the "S") and Daniel Orsolini (the "O") in 2005.

Claude, SO Vignerons' winemaker consultant, is also a Professor at Montpellier University of Oenology, and manages the company's viticulture and winemaking.

The philosophy behind So Vignerons is to produce high-quality, modern-style Languedoc wines at very affordable prices. This has been made possible by:

- the long-term contracts signed with their growers;

- having Claude as the winemaker/consultant to all their growers; and

- using a state-of-the-art bottling line.

All SO Vignerons' wines are vinified by Claude and come from vineyards located on specially selected terroirs producing characteristic varietals from the Languedoc region. Their aim is to share their passion for their wines and region and a commitment to preserve the environment.

The Villa Des Croix property is planted with Picpoul, Viognier, Pinot Noir and Terret. SO Vignerons' wines include a number of varietal blends, but the Villa des Croix wines - of which we list three - each adhere to a monovarietal approach.

Villa des Croix Pinot Noir 2017 SO Vignerons - fiche technique

£8.50

Burn Cottage Riesling/Gruner Veltliner 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2018 edition panel tasting of "Alternative" New Zealand Whites (not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) (see blue link below)...

Burn Cottage Riesling/Gruner Veltliner 2015 - Sept 2018 Decanter review

... and comments from two of the reviewers...

Burn Cottage Riesling/Gruner Veltliner 2015 - Sept 2018 Decanter review - individual comments

Burn Cottage refers to the name of a road on which the 24 hectare property sits in Central Otago. The estate was once a sheep paddock until its purchase by Marquis Sauvage in 2002. Marquis brought on board Ted Lemon of Littorai as their winemaker and in 2003, they started planting Pinot Noir. Six years later, they released their first wine.

The Riesling and Grüner Veltliner vines account for just over one hectare of total plantings at Burn Cottage, the only part of the vineyard which is not planted with Pinot Noir. At the time of planting back in 2007, the aspect of this particular plot did not suit Pinot Noir, so they decided to plant these two aromatic white varieties instead. The first crop was harvested in 2014. As with the Pinot Noir, the vines have been cultivated biodynamically from day one, Ted Lemon’s one stipulation for his involvement.

Less rain during winter and a very windy October meant vine growth started off slowly. Some frost fighting was required, however, no damage was sustained. The weather warmed considerably to above average temperatures throughout spring enabling healthy vine growth and a favourably short flowering. Central Otago had fantastic summer weather and very warm nights at times, so the season quickly caught up to normal timing and maturity progressed well. Cooler periods in February did not change the overall flow of the season and harvest took place at the usual time during March and April 2015.

The Riesling and Grüner Veltliner were harvested separately at different times and were subsequently crushed, pressed and fermented separately. The Riesling was crushed by foot to soak the berries in juice. The Grüner Veltliner underwent the same methods of production but spent only 48 hours in contact with the skins. Static settling took place overnight and the wines were racked off the gross lees. The wines were fermented in stainless steel vats and rested in old oak barriques for 11 months.

The Grüner Veltliner component in the blend offers attractive aromas of beeswax and white pepper coupled with a zesty lime flower, chamomile and lemon curd from the Riesling. The wine is rich on the palate but is well-balanced with bright acidity. The finish has a lovely energy and lingers on the palate.

£43.55

Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2017 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of Australian Riesling  (see blue link below) .

Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2017 - April 2018 Decanter review

Jeffrey Grosset established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. Jeff is best known for his Rieslings which have shown a consistency of style and quality, making this one of Australia’s greatest wineries. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.

The eight hectare Polish Hill vineyard (ACO certified organic) is planted at 460 metres altitude and just five kilometres from Springvale. The low fertility soils of this hard rock site are composed of silt and shallow shales over a thin crust of clay and gravel. The vines have to work harder than those at Springvale and so produce small, thick skinned berries with bunches weighing just 100 grams.

The 2018 vintage was very dry, with less than average rainfall. The dry conditions meant that the vines struggled to ripen resulting in smaller berries and yields. With every vintage, it becomes clear that the vines have a unique resilience to changing seasonal conditions. The grapes harvested were in pristine condition resulting in fresh, vibrant and well-balanced wines.

The organic grapes were hand harvested between 5th - 9th March and delivered promptly to the winery in small parcels, where they were crushed and destemmed. The fruit was then gently pressed and settled in tank for five days at 0°C. Only the free run juice was used. A small proportion was whole-bunch pressed. Six separate ferments took place according to clone and vine age before blending and bottling.

The 2018 has aromas of lavender, herbs, lime and a hint of chalk. Framed by a pure natural acidity, the concentrated palate is pure lime juice and lemon pith with a characteristic shaley minerality. Tight, fine and steely with a long, bone dry finish.

To see an informative information sheet, tasting note and reviews for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Grosset Polish Hill Clare Valley Riesling 2018 - fiche technique

£30.55
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