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Amalaya Blanco de Corte Torrontes/Riesling 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 95 points and a Platinum Best In Show at the Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com): see their August 2017 DWWA supplement (see blue link below).

Amalaya Torrontes-Riesling 2016 - August 2017 Decanter review

The Amalaya wines offer incredible value for their quality and truly reflect their ‘sense of place‘. All of the Amalaya wines are fruit driven in style, with a finesse that unites them.

The Torrontes and Riesling grapes were both grown on the Finca Amalaya and Finca Las Mercedes vineyards. These are located in the Cafayate Valley in the very heart of the Calchaqui Valley, distinguished for being the highest wine region in the world. The climate here is very dry, with just 150mm of rain in an average year and a huge thermal amplitude of around 20°C. The soils here are rocky, poor and sandy so the roots of the vines are forced to dig deep to find the vital nutrients and water they need, which in turn results in a huge concentration of flavour within the fruit. The winery is also situated in Cafayate, Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina at nearly 1,828 metres above sea level.

Amalaya translates to ‘hope for a miracle’ in the indigenous language of the now extinct tribe, the Calchaquí. The winery is situated in Cafayate, Calchaquí Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina at nearly 1,828 metres above sea level. It is a part of the Hess Family Estates and is run with the same dedication to quality, sustainability and social responsibility as the other Hess Estates.

Intense gold in colour with tints of green. On the nose this wine is intense and complex with aromas of citrus and grapefruit typical of Torrontes. Delicate and silky on the palate with great freshness and crisp acidity on the distinctly mineral finish.

£9.64

Antinori - Castello Della Sala Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay 2016 (1x 75cl)

The baby brother of the iconic Cervaro della Sala is an exceptional wine in its own right, with a richly structured palate and aromas of apples, vanilla and toast.

£17.15

Belisario Verdicchio Di Matelica Riserva Cambrugiano 2013 (1x 75cl)

A pale gold wine, with a complex bouquet of vanilla, honey and fresh floral notes. The palate is full and rounded palate with stone fruit flavours with light touches of spiced honey and vanilla on the long finish. An elegantly structured wine with great poise and balance.  

£17.04

Best's Great Western Riesling 2012 (1x 75cl)

A flavoursome front palate displaying great varietal intensity, floral and zesty, with great aromatics. Minerality, balance and texture are working together harmoniously to produce a wine with great tension.

£15.42

Bigi Orvieto Classico Amabile 2016 (1x75cl)

Refreshing and ripe, with peach and apricot flavours and hints of almonds.

£8.35

Bodegas Pirineos Gewurztraminer 2010 (1x 75cl)

A slightly oily mouthfeel with classic notes of lychee, rose petal and cooked stone fruit.

£10.62

Bodegas Protos Rueda Verdejo 2016 (1x 75cl)

It's on our Christmas List because.... it's from Protos, one of the very finest producers in Spain, they of the great Riberas del Duero, and this Verdejo from Rueda is a great demonstration of their art for just over a tenner. Verdejo is an unsung gem - Sauvignon Blanc fans should take the plunge if they haven't already. The Ramon Bilbao and Beronia Verdejos, also from Rueda (see below) run it close.

The guiding philosophy of Protos is "Quality above all". For this reason, the whole process leading to the production of their wine undergoes an in-depth analysis. The vineyards are controlled exhaustively by both technicians and experts throughout the growth cycle, yielding a production of the highest quality. This also gives them in-depth information about all the grapes to be used before they reach the winery.

Harvesting for this wine is done at night, is 100% manual and the production was gathered in 20-kilo boxes; the grapes are then spread over sorting tables. This allows them to guarantee that only completely healthy, whole grapes reach the fermentation tanks. After fermentation this wine spends a further 3 months resting on its fine lees.

This wine has a greenish straw colour and is bright and clean. The Protos Verdejo is powerful yet fruity with green apple, citrus and tropical fruit aromas as well as white blossoms, fragant herbs and fennel hints. The flavours are very fresh, with good acidity,  fruity, well balanced flavours. It is a complex wine, with a long finish. 

This wine is the perfect match for fish and seafood dishes as well as vegetable soups and souffles.

£10.60

Bodegas Terras Gauda Albarino Abadia De San Campio 2014 (1x 75cl)

Intense and clean fruit aromas in this vintage, topped by citrics and white fruits such as banana and sweet pear, accompanied by light aniseed tones. Aromas enhanced by the cold maceration. This 2014 vintage shines by its strength and intensity on the palate. This crisp white wine maintains a balance of acidity and fruit density. Broad and citrus after nose with a long finish.

£13.74

Botter Pinot Grigio 2016 (1x 75cl)

 Pale straw in colour - a dry, soft, well-balanced wine.

£7.55

Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of cool-climate Australian Chardonnay (Victoria and Tasmania) (see blue links below).

Brokenwood Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 - December 2017 Decanter review

Decanter review - individual reviewer comments

It's on our Christmas List because... it topped the Decanter cool-climate Australia Chardonnay review against some great opposition. It has great depth and complexity already: drink it now or drink it later... this is among the best New World Chardonnays money can buy. The Tolpudddle Chardonnay 2014 - we have just a few bottles available - is also pretty incredible.
Established in 1970, Brokenwood Wines has evolved from a weekend venture for self-professed hobby winemakers into one of Australia’s most reputable wine labels. It was founded by a trio of Sydney-based solicitors, Tony Albert, John Beeston and James Halliday, who paid a then record price of $970 per acre for a 10-acre block in the foothills of the Brokenback Ranges. The original block was destined to be a cricket ground for the local community but was instead planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. The first vintage was picked in 1973 and while none of the original partners claimed to know anything about viticulture, the wine received praise, and attracted a loyal following from the first vintage.
 
In 1975, a new winery was built to accommodate the growing production. Growth was steady until the boom of 1978, when six new partners joined, allowing the purchase of the nextdoor (and now famous) Graveyard Vineyard. Originally destined to be a cemetery for the Parish of Pokolbin, it was never used as such and instead planted with Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon. The Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz is Brokenwood’s flagship wine, which is still sourced exclusively from that one vineyard. 
 
In the same year, Brokenwood sourced fruit from outside the Hunter Valley for the first time - Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra - which was blended with Hunter fruit to make a premium red, creating the style that has been synonymous with Brokenwood for the last 20 years. In 1982, the company extended its range to include white wines, notably the jewel of the Hunter Valley, Semillon. Brokenwood was then capable of producing high quality white wine, which, since 1983, has been a significant part of its total production. Brokenwood’s single vineyard philosophy has grown to capture the essence of its premium sites throughout Australia.
 
Consistently listed as a 5-star winery, Brokenwood is home to the aforementioned Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, the highly-acclaimed ILR Reserve Semillon, and the popular Cricket Pitch Range.
 
An almost-perfect combination of soils, aspect, vine clones and vine age on the Indigo property makes for a stunning Chardonnay with minimum winemaking input, allowing the Beechworth region and and Indigo terroir to express themselves fully. A very cold and wet winter of 2015 meant a late budburst, but set the vines up for a great spring. A warm summer did mean irrigation was necessary and picking was very condensed. The last grapes off were nearly a month ahead of previous years, but this worked out favourably as there was a heat wave in early March. Overall, 2016 was a quite excellent vintage.
 
Whole bunch pressing, wild ferment in new French oak have come together in spectacular fashion. The wine was fermented in 30% new French oak. with the 70% balance being older oak, from a variety of cooperages.
 
At Indigo, careful winemaking and being very hands-off has resulted in a perfect green tinted yellow colour. Whole bunch pressed and a wild ferment has meant excellent complexity on nose and palate. Nutty elements with distinctive Beechworth ‘oat meal’ Chardonnay lift. A vintage with low ‘struck match’ but long grapefruit flavours and tropical acidity. Perfect Chardonnay which is drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.
£35.00

Ca Dei Frati Lugana I Frati 2014 (1x 75cl)

Light yellow in colour with a concentrated but fresh perfume of white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons.  On the palate it has excellent depth and balance, Igino`s trademark richness and a lovely crisp, lively finish.

£15.20

Ca Dei Frati Lugana I Frati 2016 (1x75cl)

Light yellow in colour with a concentrated but fresh perfume of white flowers, peaches and ripe lemons.  On the palate it has excellent depth and balance, Igino`s trademark richness and a lovely crisp, lively finish.

£15.35

Cantina Sociale Gallura Vermentino Di Gallura Superiore Canayli 2015 (1x75cl)

This Vermentino di Gallura’s aroma is delicately fruity and floral with good persistence on the palate where the delicacy of the fruit comes to the fore. It is a fantastic accompaniment to seafood. This wine was highly praised in a Financial Times article by Jancis Robinson in September 2016.

£14.40

Carrick Chardonnay 2015 (1x 75cl)

Tropical fruits along with the cool climate attributes of Central Otago combine to make a truly amazing Chardonnay that could rival anything else in the world. It is a flinty elegant wine with good structure and balance. Barrel fermented in French oak.

£16.68
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