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Caruso & Minini - Terre di Giumara - Frappato / Nerello Mascalese IGT 2016 (1x75cl)

Caruso & Minini are a part of new revival in Sicilian wine. Smaller wineries have sprung up in the past decade with private investment and a strong interest in the potential of the native grapes from Sicily. One example is Caruso & Minini. When Mario Manini met Stefano Caruso it sparked a long-held dream to produce a wine in the historical winemaking region of Marsala in Western Sicily. The Terre di Giumara range focuses on these unique and delicious Sicilian grapes. 

This wine is a blend of Frappato and Nerello Mascalese (the makers do not specify the relative proportions, but it would surprise us if this were not ~50/50).

The wine has a aromas and flavours of jammy red fruits, summer herbs and a touch of violet. On the palate it is rich, yet refreshing.

To see an information and tasting sheet for this wine that has been prepared by the team at Caruso & Minini, please click on the blue link below.

Caruso & Minini Terre di Giumara Frappato Nerello Mascalese - fiche technique

ABV = 13.5%.

£8.90

Caruso & Minini Sachia Perricone IGT Sicilia 2015 (1x75cl)

Caruso & Minini are a part of new revival in Sicilian wine. Small wineries have sprung up in the past decade with private investment and a strong interest in the potential of the native grapes from Sicily. One example is Caruso & Minini. When Mario Manini met Stefano Caruso. it sparked a long-held dream to produce a wine in the historical winemaking region of Marsala in Western Sicily.

For decades the Perricone (or the so-called pignatello) had been the undisputed leader of the red grapes in western Sicily. A careful vinification has transformed the prickly character into a incomparable personality: a one of a kind wine. Rich with red fruits, mixed with notes of liquorice, a typical expression of the relationship between the variety and its land. Wine of great power and harmony while expressing, at the same time, a fresh and lively character.

100% Perricone.

This wine is a great match for  charcuterie and other salty antipasti, aubergine dishes, veggie pies and cheeses.

ABV = 13.5%.

£9.80

Finca Valero Tempranillo Garnacha 2018 (1x75cl)

At Bodegas San Valero, tradition and innovation go hand in hand in the production of a wide range of wines that are consistantly enjoyable.  Constant innovation, respect for tradition and oenological excellence are the three guiding priciples under which their wines are made. They produce a wide range of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines using their 70 years of tradition and knowledge in winemaking as well as utilising the most up to date production control techniques.

Made from Tempranillo and Garnacha, this easy-going red boasts dark berry fruits with a hint of pepper on the finish.

ABV = 13.0%.

£6.75

Goats Do Roam Red 2017 (1x75cl)

Charles Back, the owner of Fairview, is also the man behind Goats do Roam, which was launched in 1999. Goats do Roam is rare in that it is an amusing and original proposition allied to wines of good quality and value for money. Normally, these 'concept' wines put more money into marketing than into quality but, characteristically, Charles has done the opposite. The fruit for Goats is sourced primarily from Paarl, Malmesbury and Paardeberg. The 'legend' goes that some errant members of Fairview's long established goat herd, supplier of milk for Fairview's internationally award-winning cheeses, escaped one afternoon from their paddock into the Fairview vineyards when Charles Back's young son Jason accidentally left the paddock gate open. The little group happily roamed among the vineyards, showing rare discernment by selecting some of the ripest berries from some of the choicest vines. Their selection serves as the inspiration for the blends of these wines.

This 100% Fairtrade multi-varietal blend comes from vineyards across South Africa's Western Cape. The Shiraz is soucred from trellised vineyards in the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Swartland regions, the Grenache from Piekenierskloof, Paarl and Swartland, the Carignan and Mourvèdre primarily from dryland bushvines in the Swartland and the Petite Sirah from the decomposed granite soils of Paarl.

April and May were very hot and dry with winter arriving late in most regions but was sufficiently cold to break dormancy although rainfall was still below average. Warmer weather in August contributed to an early, even budburst, October and November were characterised by cool nights and warm days, which were perfect for flowering and berry set. The growing season and especially harvest time will be remembered for cooler nights and warmer, drier days and resulted in healthy vineyards.

Each variety was processed and fermented separately. The majority of grapes were destalked and lightly crushed into stainless steel tanks with a portion of the Grenache, Shiraz and Cinsault grapes remaining as whole bunches with partial carbonic maceration taking place. The must was inoculated with Rhône yeasts and pump-overs were done up to four times a day during fermentation. After alcoholic fermentation, the wines were racked to tanks and barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then matured in both tanks and barrels prior to blending, stabilization and bottling.

This wine is a blend of 58% Syrah/Shiraz, 21% Grenache/Garnacha, 15% Mourvèdre, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Carignano/Carignan.

Bright ruby in colour, this wine shows blackcurrant, plum and spice on the nose. Medium bodied with firm tannins, the youthful palate has generous berry fruit and hints of vanilla spice from the oak.

ABV = 14.0%.

£9.95

Il Faggio Montepulciano d Abruzzo 2018 (1x75cl)

Il Faggio is made by Alana McGettigan, at one of the region's best co-operatives in the northern part of the Abruzzi. The aim is to capture in the bottle the power and intensity of the grape, together with a lift and freshness which is seldom found in wine from this region. The name, Il Faggio, derives from the fabulous beech trees which proliferate in this area, especially in the Abruzzo national park.

The grapes for this wine were grown on the hills and flatter vineyards surrounding the town of San Salvo in Abruzzo.

The 2018 vintage saw relatively mild weather with optimal rainfall. As a result, the grapes are of excellent quality with good levels of sugar, tannin and colour.

Only the best quality grapes were chosen for this blend, from primarily hand-harvested fruit. At the winery the grapes were de-stemmed, crushed and pumped to stainless steel tanks where the must was innoculated with selected yeast strains and fermented for about 6 days at temperatures up to 34°C. Regular pump overs took place, more frequently during the first few days, to increase extraction which became less frequent towards the end of the fermentation process. After pressing, the wine was transferred to tank for malolactic fermentation to take place.

100% Montepulciano.

A deep ruby red in colour, with lifted notes of dark fruits, plums and cherries with a hint of mocha. This wine has soft, ripe tannins and a delicious chocolate-cherry finish.

ABV = 13.0%.

£9.15

Peter Lehmann Wildcard Shiraz Cabernet 2018 (1x75cl)

The Wildcard wines are named after Sky Masterson, the gambler hero of the musical Guys & Dolls. Peter Lehmann Wines was originally named Masterson Wines between 1977 and 1981, as it was the biggest gamble ever taken by Peter Lehmann and the growers. The wines are soft and forward and easy drinking but still bear the hallmark quality of head winemaker Nigel Westblade and his team. “We buy grapes, not bulk wine, as we can make a much better wine that way,” he says.

Peter Lehmann Wines has established a close partnership with growers across South Australia, enabling the production of a rich and vibrant wine with strong varietal definition.

After reasonable levels of rainfall during winter and spring the groundwater reserves were adequate as the growing season approached. January and February were warm and dry, and despite some heat spikes February which sped up ripening, there were no extended heatwaves. The grapes were harvested during the cool of the night, preserving freshness and quality.

The fruit was fermented on skins for five to seven days with frequent pumpovers, prior to pressing. After clarification, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tank. It was then transferred to oak for four to six months to build complexity and texture without compromising fruit intensity, and was bottled young, under screwcap, to retain freshness.

80% Syrah/Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine is vibrant red with a dark purple hue. It has rich aromas of plum, blackcurrant and raspberry on the nose. A uniquely Australian blend, the Shiraz provides layers of ripe plum and mocha that integrate seamlessly with mint and blackcurrant flavours from the Cabernet Sauvignon. The resulting wine is the perfect balance of fruity, savoury and spice characters.

ABV = 13.5%.

£8.90

Quinta Da Plansel Plansel Selecta Red 2018 (1x75cl)

Dorina Lindemann, one of the most well-known female oenologists in Portugal, has developed her wines of distinctive character at her 65-hectare Quinta da Plansel wine estate. While Portuguese wines are much known for their blending, Quinta da Plansel focuses primarily on monovarietal wines. Doing so allows the true potential of the grape to be revealed, as is the case with the Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Barroca, often used individually to produce their top wines.

Here, in Montemor-o-Novo, in the Evora sub-region of the Alentejo, a unique microclimate provides excellent conditions for pithy terroir wines. Soils are residual granite and metamorphic sedimentary. Plenty of sun, low rainfall, and the large differences between maximum and minimum temperatures ('diurnal range') combine to produce the climatic conditions required for fine, aromatic grapes which are harvested only when mature. Competent work in the vineyard and the cellar, and a love of precise attention to detail result in some very special wines indeed. 

This wine is 50% Touriga Nacional, 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo) and 10% Trincadeira.

Strict reduction of grape yield at 35 hectoliters per hectare and at 5°C natural sedimentation. Maceration in rotofermenters and open stainless steel vats at 25°C. Maturation for 3 months in stainless steel tanks.

This wine presents itself intensively purple red, is powerfully structured and aromas of dark fruits, seasonings and orange blossom. On the palate is it complex, and fruity with a slightly herb note.

ABV = 14.5%.

£9.95

Red Rock Shiraz 2017 (1x75cl)

At Red Rock they believe that there are as many hidden depths to Uluru as the amount hard work done unobtrusively by the vines in their effort to produce good quality grapes. These include spreading their roots underground in order to find water and nutrients in the soil. We often overlook the effort that the vines go through to produce a wine that is enjoyable and everyhting that you would hope for. 

This is a modern take on Australian wine, concentrating on elegance and freshness. Red Rock shows new wave Australian winemaking at its best. This medium bodied Shiraz has lucious aromas of dark red fruit with just a hint of spice. This is a wine that is equally happy when matched with food or as a drink to enjoy with friends.

ABV = 14.0%.

£8.25

Red Rock Shiraz 2018 (1x75cl)

At Red Rock they believe that there are as many hidden depths to Uluru as the amount hard work done unobtrusively by the vines in their effort to produce good quality grapes. These include spreading their roots underground in order to find water and nutrients in the soil. We often overlook the effort that the vines go through to produce a wine that is enjoyable and everyhting that you would hope for. 

This is a modern take on Australian wine, concentrating on elegance and freshness. Red Rock shows new wave Australian winemaking at its best. This medium bodied Shiraz has lucious aromas of dark red fruit with just a hint of spice. This is a wine that is equally happy when matched with food or as a drink to enjoy with friends.

ABV = 13.5%.

£8.25

Tor Del Colle Rosso Molise DOC Riserva 2013 (1x 75cl)

They say that a good wine needs time to reveal its qualities, but it also needs dedication and constant commitment. Few products can embody so much expertise and thousands of years of history as those made by Botter. It has passed through the careful hands of three generations for whom wine was a passion as well as a trade. They have responded to the constantly evolving market over time, in a process of ongoing expansion. The Tor Del Colle brand is part of the Botter stable.

To see a comprehensive tasting note for this wine, please click the blue link below.

Tor Del Colle Molise Rosso Riserva - fiche technique

£9.20

Valdemoro Carmenere 2018 (1x75cl)

Please take a look at the winemakers notes for this wine by clicking the blue link below.

Valdemoro Carmenere 2017 - fiche technique

£7.70

Villa Dei Fiori Primitivo 2017 (1x75cl)

The wines of Villa dei Fiori are created to express a specifically Italian style.

Using native Italian varieties, the winemakers work diligently to create a wine that expresses everything people love about the true Italian character - Purity of fruit, earthy, rustic tones and fantastic acidity, making them the perfect partner for food.

100% Primitivo.

Typical of Primitivo, this wine has a rich, deep colour with enticing aromas of ripe red berry fruit, liquorice and a hint of tar. It is full bodied with a gorgeous fruity finish, warm spices and powerful but perfectly balanced tannins.

ABV = 13.0%.

£8.15
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