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Dom Stéphane Aladame Crémant de Bourgogne Brut 2014 (1x75cl)

Aromas of white fruits with notes of acacia. On the palate, the Cremant is supple, attractive and dominated by peach flavours. It is fresh and crisp with good minerality and a long finish.   

£17.15

Domaine Les Tres Cantous Plageoles Mauzac Nature 2015 (6x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Sparkling Wine (alternatives) (see blue link below).

Plageoles Mauzac Nature - Sept 2017 Decanter review

Bernard Plageoles is continuing the work of his father Robert, an outspoken advocate for natural wines with a centuries old approach to winemaking. Robert researched and replanted over a dozen varieties (7 in the Mauzac family alone) indigenous to Gaillac that had all but vanished. The Plageoles are one of the oldest winemaking families in the AOC and they are thoroughly invested in retaining the traditions and quality for which this oft-overlooked AOC is now receiving well-deserved praise.

The terroir in Gaillac is made up of clay, limestone, sand and silex soils. 

This sparkling wine is made of 100% Mauzac Rose by the (unusual) gaillacoise method or methode rurale. This technique involves a single fermentation, without any additional sugar being introduced. The fermentation is stopped by a series of rackings and the wine is bottled before all of the sugar is converted into alcohol.  The residual sweetness, therefore, comes entirely from the grapes. After several months, the residual natural sugar starts to re-ferment and this produces the sparkle or bubbles. his process requires great skill to achieve and is more difficult than the methode champenoise, which can involve the addition of extra sugar to produce the bubbles. The Gaillac process produces a wine of great originality.

Fine and delicate effervescence. Attractive nose of white flower (acacia), pollen, white pear and apples Crisp attack on the palate, yet filling out to become supple and fine with floral notes. Organic and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£112.50

Edouard Brun Cuvee Speciale Brut NV (1x 75cl)

The surprising richness and depth of the Cuvee Speciale comes from the fact that it was partially fermented in old oak. The addition of the Pinot Noir gives the wine elegance and red fruit intensity, whereas the Pinot Meunier adds expressive, lively aromatics and interest to the blend.
£27.98

Ferrari Maximum Brut NV (1x 75cl)

A deep straw yellow. A gentle, yet positive and persistent bouquet, with a note of ripe fruit accompanied by hints of crusty bread, hazelnuts and variegated floral aromas. Dry, elegant and well-balanced. It displays notable personality, with the intense f
£22.50

Ferrari Maximum Rose NV (1x 75cl)

Delicately fragrant, with hints of berry fruits, yeast and a faintly balsamic undertone of considerable complexity.
£25.14

Ferrari Perle' Blanc 2010 (1x 75cl)

n intense bouquet, but of particular finesse, with scents of almond blossom, rennet apples, a faint spiciness and a hint of crusty bread. Dry, crisp and elegant, with a very persistent finish.
£27.03

Ferrari Perle Nero 2009 (1 x 75cl)

Inspired by the example of Champagne and informed by his winemaking studies in Montpellier, Giulio Ferrari’s vision for the products which bear his name was unstinting: to make the finest Metodo Classico sparkling wines in Italy. A bold pledge in 1902, but to this day, the wines of Ferrari remain true to their original creator, persisting through the arrival of the Lunelli family as owners of the business in 1952. It’s an approach that has persisted through two more generations, with Gino, Franco and Mauro entering the business in 1969, and Bruno’s grandchildren, Matteo, Camilla and Marcello, following suit in 2005. This consistent philosophy has turned Giulio’s dream into reality, with Ferrari today acknowledged as the finest sparkling wine producer in the country.

The first and only Blanc de Noirs ever produced by Cantine Ferrari, the Ferrari Perlé Nero is a vintage wine made exclusively from Pinot Nero grapes, carefully selected in the finest vineyards belonging to the Lunelli family on the slopes of the high hills of Trentino. It is the result of forty years of research on this delicate and unpredictable grape variety, both in the vineyard and in the winery.

The Perlé Nero is really surprising, because it is extraordinarily different from the Company’s other wines and is proud to be unique whilst remaining perfectly in line with Ferrari’s house style: it represents an innovation within a tradition of men and sparkling wines that are faithful to a particular style, yet constantly seek new directions. After at least 6 years’ maturation in the bottle, this is a Trentodoc whose complex sensations range from fruity to mineral, and even include toast-like notes.

The Ferrari Perlé Nero is bright yellow in colour, with golden highlights. Its aromatic profile is composed of bewitching scents of candied citrus fruits (predominantly oranges) and acacia honey, as well as sensations of caramelized sugar and peanut butter, all enriched with mineral tones that make it unique and distinctive. The palate displays aristocratic fruity, citrus-like elements that are perfectly balanced with each other, enhanced by suggestions of almond nougat. A finish of rare persistence: crisp and very, very long.

£43.20

Ferrari Perle Rose 2010 (1x 75cl)

Inspired by the example of Champagne and informed by his winemaking studies in Montpellier, Giulio Ferrari’s vision for the products which bear his name was unstinting: to make the finest Metodo Classico sparkling wines in Italy. A bold pledge in 1902, but to this day, the wines of Ferrari remain true to their original creator, persisting through the arrival of the Lunelli family as owners of the business in 1952. It’s an approach that has persisted through two more generations, with Gino, Franco and Mauro entering the business in 1969, and Bruno’s grandchildren, Matteo, Camilla and Marcello, following suit in 2005. This consistent philosophy has turned Giulio’s dream into reality, with Ferrari today acknowledged as the finest sparkling wine producer in the country.

A vintage Rosé obtained from a blend of 80% Pinot Nero (vinified as a rosé) and 20% Chardonnay, grown in vineyards owned by the Lunelli family on the high hillside slopes of Trentino. After a lengthy maturation in the bottle, it is characterized by a delicate old rose colour, an intense bouquet with dominant notes of berry fruits, and an elegant, velvety flavour.

The Ferrari Perlé Rosé 2010 has a brilliant hue with tones that vary between salmon pink and old gold acts as a prelude to an intense, inviting and complex nose in which one finds notes of redcurrants, face powder, caramel and candied orange peel. The entry on the palate is well-balanced, characterised by excellent length and refined personality. The wine’s flavour is full-bodied and mouth-filling. On the finish it offers marked sensations of freshly-baked bread, accompanied by an attractive tanginess and a persistent, aromatically fruity note.

 

£32.40

FONTANAFREDDA Asti DOCG NV (1x 75cl)

An aromatic, sparkling wine with notes of musk, sage and honey on the nose and a taste of just picked grapes.
£13.26

Graham Beck Bliss Demi Sec (6x75cl)

Delightfully light yeasty aromas are complemented by hints of butterscotch, honey and praline. This luscious bubbly will stimulate your sweeter senses.

£84.67

Graham Beck Brut Rose NV (1x75cl)

Pale silver-pink. Aromas of raspberries cherries and a few secondary whiffs of minerality. A lively mousse but fine in the mouth with subtle red berry flavours enlivened by bright acids. Brisk on the palate showing hints of oyster shell and fresh lavender.

£10.65

House of Arras, Grand Vintage Brut, Tasmania 2007 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition feature on Tasmania (see blue link below).

Arras Grand Vintage 2007 - November 2017 Decanter review

Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards Rhone Section  (see blue link below).

Arras Grand Vintage 2007- 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards

Ed Carr, the man behind Arras, has been making sparkling wines in Australia since 1986 and for the Hardy's group since 1994. He was one of the first winemakers to see the potential Tasmanian fruit had for producing world class sparkling wine and has been producing Arras solely with Tasmanian fruit since the 1998 vintage. Much to the horror of the accountants, however, he has insisted on ageing the wines on lees for over six years prior to release, something that increases both their cost and complexity.

For more than a decade, the House of Arras team has been identifying and developing the ideal vineyard sites for world class sparkling wine, which led them to call the ancient soils and cold climate of Tasmania home. Its climate is significantly cooler than the mainland, with long summer daylight and maritime influences, which are ideal conditions for long, slow and consistent fruit development. The House of Arras sources fruit from many outstanding vineyards in southern Tasmania and the south-east coast. Each location bestows its own nuances of character on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit.

Fruit for this wine was hand-picked from cold climate Tasmanian vineyards prior to gentle whole bunch pressing, from which only free run juice was collected. Primary fermentation was undertaken on light lees, followed by 100% malolactic fermentation. Once clarified, the wines were judiciously blended to style, bottled as tirage and matured in cool, dark storage for a minimum of eight years before disgorgement.

The appearance is crystal clear with an ultrafine and persistent bead, medium straw with a bright yellow gold lustre. The bouquet expresses enticing aromas of grapefruit, jasmine flowers, sea brine and lychee. The palate has great elegance and poise with complex nuances of exotic spice, truffle, meringue and naural yogurt.

£32.93

Jansz Premium Cuvee NV (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition review of Festive Buys (see blue link below).

Jansz Premium Cuvee NV - January 2018 Decanter review

Lifted aromas of honeysuckle and citrus fruits from the Chardonnay, with nougat and roasted nuts derived from the tirage age, while the Pinot Noir contributes delicate strawberry. The palate is well-balanced with delicate fruit flavours, creaminess and a fresh, dry finish.

£18.55

Jansz Premium Rose NV (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Australia's "Other" Whites... (see blue link below).

Jansz Premium Rose NV - November 2017 Decanter review

... and 92 points in their Novemver 2017 feature on Tasmania!

Jansz Premium Rose NV - November 2017 Decanter review (Tasmania)  

The name Jansz pays homage to Tasmania’s namesake, the Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman who first sighted the island in 1642. In fact, when it was established in 1975, the Jansz vineyard was originally named after Tasman’s ship, the Heemskerk. In 1986, esteemed Champagne house - Louis Roederer partnered with the owners of Heemskerk Wines to produce Tasmania’s first premium vintage sparkling wine. They saw the similarities between the climate here and the famous wine region of their homeland. In 1997, the Hill-Smith family purchased the vineyard and began the journey that has seen Jansz Tasmania become one of the most highly regarded sparkling wine houses in Australia.

Specially selected and crafted individual batches form the basis of this Rosé. The fruit used in this wine is selected from cool climate vineyards across Tasmania dedicated to growing sparkling wine fruit.

The Jansz Tasmania Premium Rosé is based upon Jansz wines from several vintages. As with their Premium Cuvée, batches are kept separate during winemaking to maximize blending options and final wine complexity. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle and is aged on yeast lees until the perfect balance of strawberries and cream is reached, which usually takes up to three years.

Look for a vibrant, delicate pink hue with a fine persistent bead, a subtle nose of Turkish Delight and rose petal florals, and a mouth full of mousse creaminess and strawberries with a refreshing finish.

 

£19.10
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