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Battle Of Bosworth Puritan Shiraz 2016 (6x 75cl)

Battle of Bosworth is one of the most exciting producers from the McLaren Vale, owing its fame to a series of outstanding single-vineyard wines made from estate-grown fruit. Owner, Joch Bosworth, is regarded as a brilliant organic farmer as well as a top class winemaker, and the Bosworth vineyards are among the most beautiful we have ever seen. Joch plays down his impeccable green credentials, arguing that he is doing nothing new: ‘A lot of what we do in the vineyard is simply old-fashioned grape growing; essentially, our vineyards are run as they would have been 50 years ago before synthetic pesticides and fertilizers became available.’

A pretty little flower called the soursob is Joch’s partner in crime to combat weeds. So important is the soursob that it features on the Battle of Bosworth labels, too.

They have modelled the Puritan on the young Tempranillos that come out of Rioja in Spain. Puritan spends no time in oak and is bottled as soon as it has gone through malolactic fermentation, which occurs after the sugar to alcohol primary fermentation. They have shamelessly copied this model, except with ‘Puritan’ where the wine is bottled without any added preservatives, so it’s as fresh as a daisy, with nothing added. It is made from Shiraz.

The 2016 Puritan is bursting with life, as it should be, given it has barely time to turn around from being picked, fermented and then put immediately to bottle. There are soft plums on the nose and the palate is utterly delicious with black and red fruits, soft tannins and a wonderful finish. Drink alone and enjoy Puritan’s ‘joi de vivre’ or have with a juicy steak.

£86.52

Beronia Rioja Crianza 2013 (1 x 75cl)

The grapes for this wine were collected at the beginning of October. Following harvest the grapes underwent cold maceration for a few days in order to extract aromas and colour however not tannins. Alcoholic fermentation took place at low temperature of less than 26ºC with periodic pumping over. The wine was then aged in mixed oak barrels of American staves and French tops for 12 months giving both vanilla notes from the American oak and spice from the French oak. The wine was bottled in January 2016 and remained in bottle for 3 months before being released to the market.

This Beronia Crianza shows an intense cherry colour. Attractive nose with red fruits and floral aromas in perfect harmony with mineral and cocoa notes. A balanced and sweet palate with the fruit and liquorice standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee.  Persistant and well structured.

This wine is made using the following grapes: 82% Tempranillo, 14% Garnacha and 4% Mazuelo.  

£11.08

Cesconi Moratel 2012 (1x 75cl)

Whilst we make every effort to ensure our information is up-to-date where the current vintage is not available this will be replaced by the next available vintage. We will of course endeavour to contact you where this is the case before dispatch.

£15.25

Domaine Benoit Courault Tabeneaux 2015 (6x75cl)

Benoît Courault has a small 5-acre vineyard in the heart of Anjou. The grapes for this wine, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau, were hand harvested, destemmed and fermented in concrete tanks. The resulting wine has charming fresh red cherry and floral notes with good acidity and fine tannins.

£98.80

Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Classique 2016 (6x75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 87 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Beaujolais Crus (see blue link below).

Foillard Morgon Classique 2015 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

Jean Foillard and is universally recognised as one of the very best Beaujolais producers and is one of the band of 4 of Morgon with Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thevenet and Marcel Lapierre, who are all adepts of the works of Jules Chauvet on non sulphured vinification.  Jean met Jules Chauvet early in his career and became an un-official member of “La Bande a Marcel”.  Chauvet’s mantra was that winemaking should be a natural process.  He felt that great winemaking started in the vineyard with vigorous canopy management, absolutely no use of chemicals on the vines, low or no use of sulphur etc.  To Jean, this all made sense and he’s remained true to these philosophies ever since. 

The colour is on the dark side of cloudy ruby red, whilst aromas boom happily out of the glass, notably kirsch, rhubarb and sweet blackberries; there’s a more fugitive bouquet of warm earth, stones and dried spice evolving into dark chocolate and cinnamon.  It is extremely refreshing, bright sweet fruit is complemented by a smooth, silky tannic structure, somehow immediate and pleasing yet subtle and complex.

£109.80

Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon, Cote Du Py 2015 (6x75cl)

Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Beaujolais Crus (see blue link below).

Foillard Cote du Puy 2015 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

Jean Foillard and is universally recognised as one of the very best Beaujolais producers and is one of the band of 4 of Morgon with Guy Breton, Jean-Paul Thevenet and Marcel Lapierre, who are all adepts of the works of Jules Chauvet on non sulphured vinification.  Jean met Jules Chauvet early in his career and became an un-official member of “La Bande a Marcel”.  Chauvet’s mantra was that winemaking should be a natural process.  He felt that great winemaking started in the vineyard with vigorous canopy management, absolutely no use of chemicals on the vines, low or no use of sulphur etc.  To Jean, this all made sense and he’s remained true to these philosophies ever since. 

The fabled Côte du Py is a climat of the Morgon Appellation where the vineyards grow on slopes with crumbly schists soil that give Gamay a unique expression. The hill is actually an extinct volcano, with lots of different types of soils depending of the plots. If the appellation of Morgon is known for one thing, it would have to be the soil. Crumbling granite and ancient schist are trademarks of the regions soil, even sandstone makes an appearance to enhance vines with a perfumed edge.

The wine stems from from vines of 30 to 70 years in age. Absolutely no use of chemicals is made on the vines and there is no use of sulphur (save for a tiny amount at bottling). After fermentation, wine is racked into old oak foudres and casks, where it stays on its fine lees before a final blend and bottling (6-9 months).

Clear, medium ruby core with light cherry rim.  Wonderfully fresh, pure aromas of cherry and blackberry, ripe strawberry and rose blossom with light spice after tones.  Moderately intense and youthful flavours on the palate mimick the nose with particular emphasis on candied berry notes but with a distinct minerally, earthy backbone and soft, silky tannins. 

£148.50

Jean-Luc Colombo Crozes Hermitage La Tuilere 2010 (1x 75cl)

Typical aromas of Syrah from the Northern Rhône dominate; red fruits & blackcurrant characters balanced with rich spicy notes. The wine is well structured with good grip from the tannins. With discreet oak characters it is smooth and balanced and can be enjoyed straight away for its fruit or could be aged for 3 or 4 years depending on personal preference.
£12.96

Massolino Barolo `Parussi` 2012 (1 x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2016 edition review of the Barolo 2012 vintage  (see blue link below).

 

Massolino Barolo Parussi 2012 - Dec 2016 Decanter review

 

This 23 hectare estate has has been in the Massolini family since 1896.  Since 1994 the style of the wines has undergone a subtle transformation. Winemaker Franco Massolino has done a wonderful job of marrying change with a respect for tradition, something that sets him apart from most of the younger producers in Barolo today. This is in part dictated by the nature of the vineyards that the Massolino family owns in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba - the source of some of the greatest, most structured, robust and long-lived Barolo wines.

  

Fruit for this Barolo was sourced from the 1.3 hectare Parussi vineyard in Castiglione Falletto, situated at an altitude of 300 metres above sea level. Purchased in 2007, this is Massolino's first vineyard outside of Serralunga d'Alba. The excellent south-easterly/south-westerly exposure of the vineyard, situated on the crest of the hill, guarantees the production of excellent quality grapes.  The average age of the vines is 40 years old.  

 

The wine was matured in large oak casks for 30 months followed by a year in bottle before release.  It is rich and deep garnet in colour. Balsamic aromas on the nose, with hints of earth and red fruits. A vigorous, powerful and deep wine, with young tannins.

 

£54.99

Meerlust Estate Red 2013 (1 x 75cl)

The wine has an intense opaque deep ruby colour very slight gradation to the rim. Bright and vivacious in the glass very youthful. The nose is expressive with lifted dark fruit cassis plum chocolate and black cherry. There is a pronounced minerality on the nose with graphite cedar smoke and cigar box bouquet. On the palate the Red is open textured with a rich juiciness and savoury quality already. The perfectly formed ripe round tannins are densely packed and tightly woven but remain lithe and almost powdery giving the wine a generous opulence even at this early phase of its development. Venison game pot roast and noble cheese.

£10.98

Torbreck Run Rig 2003 (1x75cl)

Once decanted the appearance is a deep ruby colour. Aromas of vanilla, plums, dried prunes, blackcurrant, pungent spices, vanilla, blueberries, and some floral notes fill the nostrils. The palate is rich and lush, with flavours of ripe black cherries, blackcurrants, liquorice, vanilla, sweet and pungent spices. An excellent accompaniments to French poetry; we recommend Baudelaire or possibly Verhaeren.
£156.00

Tornatore Etna Rosso 2014 (6 x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2016 edition review of Etna Rosso (see blue link below).

Tornatore Etna Rosso 2014 - Dec 2016 Decanter review 

Volcano! One of the largest producers in the region, Tornatore owns 46 hectares of vineyards on the north side of Mount Etna, 1,000m above sea level.

 

Ruby red with faint purple, typical of this variety which is not very rich in colour. Clear hints of red berries, morello cherry and black cherry on the nose. The taste is characterized by balanced tannins and a surprising fullness, flavour and persistence.

£79.21

Domaine Catherine & Dominique Derain Mercurey Rouge, La Plante Chassey 2013 (1x 75cl)

Dominique and Catherine Derain definitely adopt a minimalist approach. They farm biodynamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulphur in their winemaking approach. All the fruit is hand-picked and they destem 90% of their red grapes before fermentation, which occurs in wooden vats. After fermentation the wine is aged in old oak casks for 12-18 months. The couple never use SO2 during the winemaking process, adding only a small amount at bottling for stabilization.

Their thrilling Mercurey from old biodynamically-tended vines (100 years old) reaches an altogether different level. It is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Beurrot (related to the Pinot Gris).

There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranate. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavender on the nose. Striking elegance, complexity and length.

£36.24

Domaine Catherine & Dominique Derain Mercurey Rouge, La Plante Chassey 2015 (6 x 75cl)

Dominique and Catherine Derain definitely adopt a minimalist approach. They farm biodynamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulphur in their winemaking approach. All the fruit is hand-picked and they destem 90% of their red grapes before fermentation, which occurs in wooden vats. After fermentation the wine is aged in old oak casks for 12-18 months. The couple never use SO2 during the winemaking process, adding only a small amount at bottling for stabilization.

Their thrilling Mercurey from old biodynamically-tended vines (100 years old) reaches an altogether different level. It is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Pinot Beurrot (related to the Pinot Gris).

There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranate. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavender on the nose. Striking elegance, complexity and length.

£233.94
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