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Gasper Pinot Grigio 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded a Gold Medal and 96 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

Gasper is located in Goriška Brda, which makes up the two thirds of Collio stretching into Slovenia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy. Goriška Brda has a climate ideally suited to viticulture, with its proximity to both the Adriatic Sea and the Alps providing dry, warm summers with cooling breezes during the crucial ripening period. The Gasper wine estate is a joint venture between a local cooperative and the Carman family, who have been in the wine and hospitality business for over 50 years. At the helm of the cellar is Darinko Ribolica, a respected oenologist from Goriška Brda. He uses Slovenia’s local varieties to create wines in a modern, fresh style.

The grapes for this wine are grown at altitudes ranging between 80-200 metres above sea level. The vineyards are terraced and face south-west, east and south. The climate here is sub-Mediterranean and experiences a mixture of warm sea air and the influence of cold winds from the Alps.

2017 was a great vintage with ideal weather conditions throughout. A sunny summer coupled with just the right amount of rain ensured that the grapes reached perfect ripeness levels and remained healthy. Warm days followed by cool nights allowed a slow ripening process, retaining their acidity and accumulating intense varietal flavours. The harvest began in mid-September and ended on 1st October.

Fruit was pressed in a pneumatic press and then fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place to preserve the freshness and fruit character of the grapes.

The wine is straw yellow in colour with a subtle shade of pink. The nose is reminiscent of pear, grapefruit, pineapple and cinnamon. Well balanced, this medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has a lovely richness, with a silky finish and citrus aromas.

£13.20

Gasper Pinot Grigio 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2017 vintage was Awarded a Gold Medal and 96 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

Gasper is located in Goriška Brda, which makes up the two thirds of Collio stretching into Slovenia from Friuli-Venezia Giulia in north-eastern Italy. Goriška Brda has a climate ideally suited to viticulture, with its proximity to both the Adriatic Sea and the Alps providing dry, warm summers with cooling breezes during the crucial ripening period. The Gasper wine estate is a joint venture between a local cooperative and the Carman family, who have been in the wine and hospitality business for over 50 years. At the helm of the cellar is Darinko Ribolica, a respected oenologist from Goriška Brda. He uses Slovenia’s local varieties to create wines in a modern, fresh style.

The grapes for this wine are grown at altitudes ranging between 80-200 metres above sea level. The vineyards are terraced and face south-west, east and south. The climate here is sub-Mediterranean and experiences a mixture of warm sea air and the influence of cold winds from the Alps.

2017 was a great vintage with ideal weather conditions throughout. A sunny summer coupled with just the right amount of rain ensured that the grapes reached perfect ripeness levels and remained healthy. Warm days followed by cool nights allowed a slow ripening process, retaining their acidity and accumulating intense varietal flavours. The harvest began in mid-September and ended on 1st October.

Fruit was pressed in a pneumatic press and then fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place to preserve the freshness and fruit character of the grapes.

The wine is straw yellow in colour with a subtle shade of pink. The nose is reminiscent of pear, grapefruit, pineapple and cinnamon. Well balanced, this medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has a lovely richness, with a silky finish and citrus aromas.

£13.70

Grace Winery Koshu Kayagatake 2017 (1x 75cl)

The 2016 Vintage was awarded 90 points and won a silver medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017. 

Grace Winery was established in 1923, in the Katsunuma province, the birthplace of the Japanese wine industry. Committed to the belief that great wine is made in the vineyard, they were the first to research and introduce European training and pruning methods introducing such as using long cordon training and Vertical Shoot Positioning in 1990. The wines are made in a modern way to retain the delicate characteristics of this individual and exciting grape variety.

Bud break took place in early May with flowering in mid-June. A dry growing season resulted in a healthy canopy and smaller berries than the average vintage. Cool temperatures in August, were followed by a fine September and October, enabling the grapes to reach maturity while retaining balancing acidity. The grapes were manually picked in early October. Kayagatake Koshu 2017 is wonderfully fresh.

Made from Japan's most important indigenous grape variety. The grapes for this wine are grown in distinctively volcanic soils with good drainage, providing excellent growing conditions for the Koshu grape. This vineyard has a cooler aspect, allowing the slow maturation of the grapes over a long growing season. Traditional trellis pruning has been cast aside in favour of a modern long cordon training system which helps to control yields; concentrating flavours and sugars to balance the high acidity that occurs naturally in this variety. The grapes were hand harvested at optimum maturity.

Fermentation took place in stainless steel to preserve the naturally occurring acidity and pure fruit flavours of the Koshu variety. The wine was matured in stainless steel tanks, where it spent three months on its fine lees adding richness and complexity.

100% Koshu.

Light and floral in style, the freshness and elegance of this wine is quite remarkable. Delicate flavours of Japanese pear, green apple and herbaceous notes of fennel and lemongrass are backed by a thirst-quenching acidity, delicious peppered spice nuances and a tangy finish. This is the perfect pairing for Japanese cuisine, but also pairs with Asian and Western cuisine which is inspired by fresh seafood, light meats and fresh vegetables. This wine has a linear Zen-like quality, which is all about balance.

£16.60

Kanaan Ningxia Riesling 2017 (1x 75cl)

Considered one of the top wineries in China, Kanaan is located at the foot of the Helan Mountains in Ningxia, which is about 1,000 km west of Beijing. Kanaan means ‘the land of milk and honey’, signifying the hope for Ningxia to be one of China’s leading regions for the production of fine wine. The winery was established in 2011 by Fang Wang, daughter of Wang Feng Yu, a pioneer of viticulture in Ningxia. Fang is nicknamed ‘Crazy Fang’ for her boldness to start a winery with no prior experience, and for embarking on the near impossible mission of growing Riesling in Ningxia.

Ningxia is known for having harsh winters that require individual vines to be buried manually in November before being dug up the following April.Temperatures can fall to -20°C and the annual rainfall is 200mm.

Kanaan has 16.8 hectares of vineyard, of which 1.3 hecatres are planted with Riesling. Due to the sandy soils, vines are planted on their own roots as there is no need for protection against phylloxera. The vines are trained in the upturned ‘L’ training system, where the cordon is kept close to the ground to facilitate vine burial. All vineyard work is done by hand as this training system is not suitable for mechanisation.

Winemaker Fang spent 12 years abroad, some of which were in Germany, where she acquired her love for Riesling. All of the grapes were hand picked. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. To ensure maximum freshness, the wine was bottled approximately three months following fermentation.

This is a dry style Riesling with a surprisingly full body. The nose boasts aromas of juicy lemon flavors, grapefruit, green apple, lime blossom and white flowers. The flavours are consistent and concentrated on the palate, well-balanced with bright and zesty acidity and that classic, characteristic Riesling hint of petrol.

£21.45

Kayra Narince 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their June 2019 feature, Weekday Wines (see blue link below).

Kayra Narince 2016 - June 2019 Decanter review

Kayra produces premium wines from the Anatolia region -considered to be the birthplace of wine- and is at the cutting edge of winemaking. The wines are made from unique local varieties as well as international ones. These ancient indigenous varieties are being vinified using modern techniques and are producing awardwinning results. The vines are planted in the best sites; and the vineyards and wineries have been significantly invested in. The Elaziğ winery, located in Eastern Anatolia, was established in 1942 and is dedicated entirely to the production of red wines. The Şarköy Winery in Thrace was built in 1996 and embraces a cellar for 1,200 barrels, reserved for the ageing of special cuvées. Under the guidance of consultant winemaker Daniel O'Donnell, it is Kayra's aim to reveal the true potential of Turkey and to bring their rich history and generous spirit to lovers of fine wine.

The Narince variety - pronounced "Na-rin-ja"- is an ancient, indigenous variety to Turkey and is grown in the Tokat region. The soils in the vineyard are gravelly, stony and alluvial with a high lime content, which help to impart a good level of refreshing acidity to the final wine. The climate in Tokat is mild and moderate due to its location between the Mid Black Sea and Central Antolia.

Fermented in 100% stainless steel vats in order to preserve the naturally occurring acidity of the Narince variety, along with the delicate aromas of this stunning variety. The maturation also took place in stainless steel retaining the purity of the fruit aromas.

Narince 100%.

Cool evenings give a mineral focus to a fresh, fruity wine with aromas of Asian pear, quince, chamomile and grapefruit. Pairs beautifully with spicy cuisine and fresh seafood. Also try with creamy pasta dishes, grilled chicken, Caesar salad and shellfish.

£12.85

Koshu Hishiyama Private Reserve, Grace Winery, Yamanashi 2016 (1x75cl)

Grace Winery was established in 1923, in the Katsunuma province, the birthplace of the Japanese wine industry. Committed to the belief that great wine is made in the vineyard, they were the first to research and introduce European training and pruning methods introducing such as using long cordon training and Vertical Shoot Positioning in 1990. The wines are made in a modern way to retain the delicate characteristics of this individual and exciting grape variety.

Made from Japan's most important indigenous grape variety: Koshu. The grapes for the Hishiyama Private Reserve are grown in a vineyard with a complex granitic soil structure, imparting wonderful mineral characteristics to the final wine. The warm climate promotes healthy grapes with a good phenolic maturity at harvest time. A modern long cordon training system is being used as an alternative to the traditional trellising methods. Significant advances have been made in limiting yields and focussing on canopy management. These endeavours have concentrated flavours and sugars, balancing the high acidity that occurs naturally in this variety.

The fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks to preserve the naturally occurring acidity of the Koshu grape while maintaining the integrity of its pure fruit aromas. The maturation took place in stainless steel tanks, where this wine spent six months on its fine lees, adding a rich complexity to the final wine.

100% Koshu

Ethereal and elegant, similar to the Kayagatake but like the bigger brother – more depth on the nose, this has melon but also peach, minerality in there in spades from the complex granite soils found in the Hishiyama district. Again the remarkable freshness and elegance of the Koshu is present but with a linear, crisp, length with gorgeous mouth watering acidity and wonderful minerals and peaches on the finish - this leans towards a classy Albariño or Cru Chablis. This is the perfect pairing for Japanese cuisine, but also with Asian and Western cuisine which is inspired by fresh seafood, light meats and fresh vegetables. This wine has a linear Zen-like quality, which is all about balance.

£19.90
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