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Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvee Brut 2011 (1x75cl)

Deep straw yellow in colour, a fine mousse and rich texture. Complex aromas of hawthorn, wormwood and bay leaves, this wine is fresh and bone dry on the palate. Distinguished notes of fruit and incense, this wine is smooth and refined, with a long, persistent finish.

£34.05

Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvée Satèn Brut 2011 (1x 75cl)

The mousse is persistent and creamy; the perlage is extremely fine. It has a straw yellow colour with faint golden highlights and reveals an intense, attractive and complex bouquet, remeniscent of peach blossom, honey and hazelnuts. A very feminine, gentle and graceful wine. It is soft and delicate, and elegantly refined.

£36.90

Bellavista Franciacorta Rose Brut Vintage 2013 (1x 75cl)

This estate makes some of Italy's finest sparkling wines from its 200 hectares of vineyard situated in the western part of the Franciacorta zone in a natural amphitheatre. The glacial soil is full of stones, and provides the ideal environment for the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes used in the production of their Franciacorta. Bellavista meaning 'beautiful view' in Italian was founded by Vittorio Moretti in the early 1970s, with the first vintage produced in 1979. In 1981, he met a young winemaker, Mattia Vezzola and this partnership transformed Bellavista into Italy's leading producer of quality sparkling wine.

Bellavista has chosen 190 hectares of vines in 10 communes within the Franciacorta DOCG. The vineyards have some of the best exposure, character and expressive potential in the area. This has given rise to 107 small crus that express the intrinsic personality of the land and the subtle nuances of its character and personality.

The 2013 wines are well-balanced with notable structure and richness, with higher levels of tartaric acid and a lower pH than usual.

The Franciacorta Rosé Brut is a special cuvée of limited production, a blend of at least 30 of the best parcels from the Bellavista vineyards, some of which are fermented and matured in small oak barrels. The wine is made partially from red grapes in submerged cap maceration, where the must is in contact with the Pinot Noir skins until fermentation, giving the wine a delicate colour.

Delicate pink with persistent bubbles. The nose opens with intense white peach that mellows into wild strawberries, golden apple, rosehip and a hint of toast. On the palate, the wine is dry with well balanced, fresh acidity. An elegant background of blackcurrant and sweet almond flavours linger on the finish.

£38.15

Bellavista Franciacorta Vittorio Moretti Extra Brut 2008 (1x 75cl)

Clear and bright with green and gold reflections. Abundant perlage of small bubbles, with a creamy, persistent texture. The bouquet is intense yet elegant with perfumes reminiscent of ripe white fruit, peaches, honey and citrus flowers. A wine of great finesse and richness, one of the very best of it`s type.
£82.76

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve (1x 3L)

A radiant pale gold appearance with fine, persistent bubbles. Complex pastry shop aromas are followed by floral notes of lime-tree, violet and lilac, alongside blueberry and concentrated, soft dried apricots. The palate begins with a silky smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing rum pastry flavours, ending with delicate spice notes. A perfect balance of freshness and full bloom.   

£220.30

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 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

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

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

Mumm Brut Rose NV (1x 75cl)

Strawberry pink in hue with a luscious nose of red fruits, caramel and vanilla. The palate is medium bodied and distinctly fruity with a crisp, juicy finish.
£34.96
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