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Cortegiara Recioto Della Valpolicella 2014 (1x 50cl)

Ruby red in colour, this wine has an intense perfumes of vibrant red fruit and aromatic herbs. This wine is elegant, well-balanced and has a sweetness that is not cloying.  It has fresh acidity and finishes long.
£21.65

Darenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (1x 37.5cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

D'Arenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana 2015 - fiche technique

Another cracking dessert wine in Noble series from d' Arenberg, this time with Semillon and Sauvignon: an Antipodean take on Sauternes, if you like.

For the avoidance of doubt, the scientific name for Botrytis (= 'noble rot') is botryotinia fuckeliana, named in honour of German botanist, Karl Fuckel. Living off a vineyard he acquired in the 1850's, Fuckel dedicated his life to the scientific study of plants.

A racy nose to start, citrus blossom, fresh grass and marmalade mix with tropical fruits and ripe, sweet passion-fruit. It’s an heady mix of complexity and decadence. The palate offers a spicy, zesty entry with the texture of lemon curd, all velvety and smooth with citrusy acid keeping it all in line. Layers of flavor keep on coming; includ-ing spicy orange cake, minerals and herbs.

£10.20

Darenberg The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis 2015 (1x37.5cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

D'Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis 2015 - fiche technique

This golden-coloured dessert wine opens with fragrant orange marmalade and raisin like bouquet. Full bodied on the palate as well as pleasantly sweet and rich. The flavor profile is a raisin and orange blend with hints of apricot and hint of triple sec. The finish remains sweet and lingers nicely. It pairs particularly nicely with pecan pie.

£11.20

Darenberg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2016 (1x37.5cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

D'Arenberg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2016 - fiche technique

One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery. Today fourth- generation family member Chester makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery.

Minimal input viticulture is employed across d’Arenberg owned, leased and contracted vineyards to ensure grape quality and environmental responsibility. This includes minimal or no irrigation, no soil cultivation, minimal spraying and most importantly, no fertilization. All of d’Arenberg estate and their leased vineyards are NASAA Certified for both organic and biodynamic processes.

Grapes affected with Botrytis are small and wrinkly, inspiring the name of this wine, which was originally released in 1985 as The Noble Riesling. Botrytis cinerea, affectionately known as Noble Rot, weakens grape skins causing water to evaporate which results in sweet, concentrated flavours. These shrivelled berries are basket pressed before a long fermentation, resulting in a luscious wine with intense richness and viscosity.

100% Riesling for this vintage. Generous and decadent but zesty and fresh at the same time. Ripples of fresh lemon and lime, a whisper of candied ginger and a healthy dollop of honey and barley sugar. The palate is initially sweet and viscous but this opulence is countered by a tangy acidity that flashes through the core of the wine in dart like fashion. The combination of flavour and acidity linger almost eternally. In its youth this wine is crisp and provides versatility when matching to a wide range of desserts. It works particularly well with elements containing fresh tropical fruits. As it ages it will take on a deeper colour and the flavour will develop further into the dried fruit spectrum making it a sensational match to strong cheeses.

We like this because it is a surprisingly light and fruity dessert wine that goes perfectly with fruit-based puddings such as lemon meringue pie (and other citrussy puds) and is also rather good with blue cheese!

£11.20

Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantelleria (half bottle) 2015 (1x 37.5cl)

The 2014 vintage was 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

The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala since 1851 and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing the potential of the region's native varieties. Today, Donnafugata has three estates in Sicily. Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman' and is a reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th Century with her husband, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, when Napoleon's troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at the Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the 'Mille e Una Notte' label.

From vines planted on the island of Pantelleria (South-Western Sicily), this is a modern take on the classic Moscato Passito. The name Ben Ryé derives from the Arabic 'Son of the Wind', after the wind which sweeps round the island. Vines are planted in hollows in the ground, at altitudes of 20-400 metres above sea level on terraced, sandy slopes of volcanic origin. The low bush vines of Pantelleria have been described on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a 'creative and sustainable practice'. The vines are over 100 years old and are ungrafted.

The 2015 vintage experienced cooler temperatures and more precipitation than in previous years. Overall, between 1st October 2014 and 30th September 2015, rainfall reached 763mm compared to the 656mm average of the last 10 years. In July, maximum temperatures were higher than average for the period which aided the ripening process of the grapes. Considerable temperature fluctuations between day and night encouraged the development of perfumes in the grapes.

Once the grapes reached the winery, they underwent further selection on a vibrating table before soft pressing. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The dried grapes – added to the fresh must in several batches – were destemmed and selected by hand. Ageing took place in stainless steel tanks for seven months and at least 12 months in bottle before release.

Brilliant amber in colour, Ben Ryé is wonderfully fresh and complex. The bouquet is intense and fragrant - aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combine with notes of Mediterranean thyme and rosemary. The palate is well-defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by fresh acidity and great minerality. The finish is long and persistent - a captivating Passito di Pantelleria.

£29.05

Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito Di Pantelleria 2015 (1x 75cl)

The 2014 vintage was 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

The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala since 1851 and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing the potential of the region's native varieties. Today, Donnafugata has three estates in Sicily: a modern winery and 270 hectares at Contessa Entellina in the hills east of Marsala; 18 hectares in Vittoria to the south eastern point of the Island; and 68 hectares on the island of Pantelleria. Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman' and is a reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th Century with her husband, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, when Napoleon's troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at the Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the 'Mille e Una Notte' label.

From vines planted on the island of Pantelleria (South-Western Sicily), this is a modern take on the classic Moscato Passito. The name Ben Ryé derives from the Arabic 'Son of the Wind', after the wind which sweeps round the island. Vines are planted in hollows in the ground, at altitudes of 20-400 metres above sea level on terraced, sandy slopes of volcanic origin. The low bush vines of Pantelleria have been described on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a 'creative and sustainable practice'. The vines are over 100 years old and are ungrafted.

The 2015 vintage experienced cooler temperatures and more precipitation than in previous years. Overall, between 1st October 2014 and 30th September 2015, rainfall reached 763mm compared to the 656mm average of the last 10 years. In July, maximum temperatures were higher than average for the period which aided the ripening process of the grapes. Considerable temperature fluctuations between day and night encouraged the development of perfumes in the grapes.

Once the grapes reached the winery, they underwent further selection on a vibrating table before soft pressing. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The dried grapes – added to the fresh must in several batches – were destemmed and selected by hand. Ageing took place in stainless steel tanks for seven months and at least 12 months in bottle before release.

Brilliant amber in colour, Ben Ryé is wonderfully fresh and complex. The bouquet is intense and fragrant - aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combine with notes of Mediterranean thyme and rosemary. The palate is well-defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by fresh acidity and great minerality. The finish is long and persistent - a captivating Passito di Pantelleria.

£53.85

Dreissigacker Bechtheimer `Stein` Riesling Auslese 2008 (1x 50cl)

Pale straw in colour, this wine has a fruity, rich and concentrated, yet very elegant nose with perfumes of ripe exotic fruit. A very elegant sweet wine, it is well balanced by acidity, aromas of ripe apricot and peach and very long finish.
£20.30

Dulong Sauternes Reserve 2015 (1x50cl)

Rich, golden yellow colour with a powerful and racy bouquet of beeswax and honey. Rich, well-balanced and persistent in the mouth with fig and apricot flavours.

£12.75

Fontanafredda Moscato Dasti Moncucco Docg 2016 (1x 50cl)

Attractive bright golden yellow in the glass, with an intensely aromatic nose of white petals, ripe peaches and lightly spiced pears. Medium bodied with a delicious honeyed richness of concentrated grapey fruit flavours, delicately balanced with cleansing acidity and a youthful, lively pettiance that lifts the palate and keeps the wine refreshing and dangerously easy to drink!

£9.20

Fontodi Vin Santo del Chianti Classico half bottle 2005 (1x 37.5cl)

The 2003 Vin Santo is deep gold in colour with an elegant and complex nose, including aromas of dried fruits, apricots, dates and almonds.  On the palate it is sweet, rounded and silky with a long, refreshing finish.
£31.30

Franz Haas Moscato Rosa `Schweizer` half bottle 2012 (1x 37.5cl)

Deep cherry pink in colour, the Moscato Rosa is intensely perfumed, with aromas of spice and rose petals, a touch of turkish delights and some orange peel.  On the palate it is sweet but not cloying, with a fresh, orange zest balancing the soft red berry fruit character.  Long and fragrant to the finish, Moscato Rosa has excellent ageing capacity.
£19.99

Franz Haas Moscato Rosa `Schweizer` half bottle 2016 (1x 37.5cl)

The Haas family has been growing grapes in Montagna in the province of Bolzano in the Alto Adige for generations. However, it is only with Franz, the current proprietor, that they have begun to produce and bottle quality wines. Franz studied at Geisenheim before working as a broker of Italian wines into the German market. After several years, he took over the running of the family business. Franz Haas goes to tremendous lengths to grow good grapes and then strives to preserve the flavours of the fruit during winemaking. As a result, the wines that he produces are infused with great character and show a rare purity and balance on the palate.

The Moscato Rosa vines, a native aromatic variety of the Alto Adige, grow at altitudes of 250-300 metres in a well-ventilated area in the municipality of Egna. The wind is essential to prevent the stagnation of humidity which would cause the development of mould such as Botrytis. For this very delicate variety, the development of Botrytis must be prevented because its presence would cause a reduction of the aromatic components. The vineyards selected for Moscato Rosa are south and south-west facing and are made up of a mixture of porphyry, sand, clay and chalk.

The Moscato Rosa was vinified as a red wine, with a short maceration on the skins to extract more colour. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and was stopped by reducing the temperature. After fermentation, the wine remained in tank until it was ready for bottling and then spent a further six months in bottle before release.

Moscato Rosa is a bright ruby red wine with fragrances of a lively freshness and an intense aromatic bouquet with notes of rose, cloves, cinnamon and orange peel. On the palate the wine fascinates with complexity and elegant structure and a fascinating interplay between acidity, sweetness and tannin.

Moscato Rosa is a very special wine which is ideal for extravagant pairings and to drink on its own. It matches perfectly with dry chocolate cakes, with the typical Austrian Linzer Torte and with chocolate-desserts.

£24.15

Gallio Torcolato Breganze Ale 2013 (1x 50cl)

Gallio is a family owned and run winery, located in Breganze, in the province of Vicenza near Bassano del Grappa. It was founded by Bruno Gallio, the owner and winemaker out of his passion for Torcolato. Bruno's grandfather and father also produced wine but on an even smaller scale, for family own consumption only. In the past, it was relatively common for wines to be made from grapes dried on the vine, by cutting off from the flow of sap by twisting their stems - the word 'torcolato' meaning twisted. This name has been given to modern white Recioto from Breganze, made from semi-dried Vespaiolo grapes, although the vines are no longer twisted.

The vineyards are situated in the foothills of the dolomites. Soils are volcanic-tuffaceous, providing excellent water balance, which is reflected in the wine. The total production is around 4,000 bottles per year.

The grapes were harvested by hand and put to dry partly laid on racks, partly hanging from the beams depending on the type of cluster. The natural drying process lasted two to three months, until the sugar concentration reached the desired level. The painstaking care in the selection of the clusters took a long time, but resulted in exceptional quality. After destemming, which is particularly delicate due to the long drying phase, grapes underwent a slow and gentle pressing to give the wine its characteristic softness. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks using only naturally occuring enzymes contained in the must. The wine was then clarified by cooling down in a fridge, so there was no need for mechanical filtration. The wine was bottled after ageing for a year in stainless steel tanks.

Bright amber gold in colour. This wine has perfumes of honey combined with tropical fruit, apricot, peach and citrus. On the palate it is full-bodied, elegant, delicate and clean. The high phenolic ripeness accentuates the fruit on the nose and palate. There is excellent balance between acidity and sugars, and a long fresh finish.

£22.35
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