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Ferrari Maximum Rose NV (1x 75cl)

Delicately fragrant, with hints of berry fruits, yeast and a faintly balsamic undertone of considerable complexity.
£27.85

Ferrari Perle 2012 (1x 75cl)

A vintage sparkling wine from Trentodoc of indisputable quality, obtained exclusively from carefully selected Chardonnay grapes. After long maturation in the bottle, this Blanc de Blancs is a synthesis of elegance, freshness and harmonious complexity.

A strict selection of only Chardonnay grapes, picked by hand. These come from mountainside vineyards situated in the top-quality zones of Trentino.

The wine is aged for a minimum of 5 years on the yeasts, selected from their own strains.

The Ferrari Perlé Deep yellow with golden highlights. The perlage is extremely fine and persistent. A particularly elegant yet intense bouquet, with hints of almond blossom and reinette apples; slightly spicy and with a hint of bread crust. Seductive and elegant, with a very persistent velvety texture, in which one finds a light fruity note of ripe apples, pleasant hints of yeast and sweet almonds and a faintly aromatic quality that is typical of Chardonnay.

£28.85

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.

£46.20

Ferrari Perle Rose 2012 (1x75cl)

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 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.

£34.60

Fontanafredda Asti DOCG NV (1x 75cl)

The Fontanafredda estate was bought in 1858 by Vittorio Emanuele II as a gift to his mistress Rosa Vercellana, also known as "La bela Rosin". Later, it was handed down to their children, Maria Vittoria and Emanuele Alberto, Count of Mirafiori and Fontanafredda. After several changes of ownership Fontanafredda is once again in the hands of Piedmont natives. In 2017 Fontanafredda was named “European Winery of the Year” by the prestigious American magazine Wine Enthusiast.

Relying on the most advanced models for sustainable agriculture (organic, integrated and biodynamic), they have adopted the agricultural disciplinary guidelines of Vino Libero which defines the vineyard-cultivation techniques they use whilst striving to both reduce the environmental impact and safeguard human health.

This wine is 100% Moscato Bianco.

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine from the winemakers at Fontanafredda, please click the blue link below.

Fontanafredda Asti DOCG NV - fiche technique

£14.00

Gobillard Brut Baron De Marck NV (1x 75cl)

Gobillard is located in the heart of Champagne just 5km from Epernay. The village of Hautvillers dominates the vineyard with its abbey, where the infamous Dom Pérignon is reported to have created the first champagne bubbles. Passion, dynamism and competence define this family business, from the work in the vineyard to marketing, each step is carried out with respect for the traditions of Champagne.

The grapes are pressed very gently and varieties are vinified separately off the skins to produce a low alcohol dry white wine which is racked and allowed to mature in tank until the spring. The lots are then blended together, using some reserve wines from earlier fine vintages. The resulting wine is then bottled with special "flocculent" yeasts and sugars and is refermented under a crown cap. There follows a period of ageing, when the yeasts flavour the wine and give it characteristic brioche aromas. Gobillard then opens the bottles ("dégorgement"), removing the yeast in the process, adds a dosage of grape sugars, inserts the characteristic mushroom cork, and ships the wine.

Much of the trick in buying Champagne lies in finding a good one without being taken for a ride pricewise, often by the draw of the big names. This Baron de Marck has a beautiful and pure fruit character as well as a hint of brioche, giving it a soft rounded flavour. This is a Champagne which is perfect as an aperitif or with canapés and nibbles or with lighter dishes. Great Champagne, great price.

£26.10

Gobillard Brut Grande Reserve Premier Cru NV (1x 75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2018 edition review of Value Champagne (see blue link below).

Gobillard Brut Grande Reserve Premier Cru NV - December 2018 Decanter review

Gobillard is located in the heart of Champagne just 5km from Epernay. The village of Hautvillers dominates the vineyard with its abbey, where the infamous Dom Pérignon is reported to have created the first champagne bubbles. Passion, dynamism and competence define this family business, from the work in the vineyard to marketing, each step is carried out with respect for the traditions of Champagne.

This Champagne is made up of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier. Around 30% of the wine used in the final blend is reserve wine that has been reincorporated during the assemblage to obtain the best quality and consistency each year. The Grand Reserve is made using grapes from Premiers Cru vineyards, mostly from Hautvillers, but also from Cumières and Dizy.

It has a powerful yet elegant nose, is round in the mouth, ample, silky, fruity and fine. This is a Champagne displaying harmony. It spent 3 years ageing in the cellar. Its aromas are redolent of citrus blossom, followed by a delicate and precise palate showing greengages and honey. The long finish is dominated by toasty brioche notes.

£32.45

Gobillard Brut Rosé NV (1x 75cl)

Gobillard is located in the heart of Champagne just 5km from Epernay. The village of Hautvillers dominates the vineyard with its abbey, where the infamous Dom Pérignon is reported to have created the first champagne bubbles. Passion, dynamism and competence define this family business, from the work in the vineyard to marketing, each step is carried out with respect for the traditions of Champagne.

Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay make up this champagne in equal parts.  It spends two years ageing in the cellar before being released to the market.

This Champagne has a subtle nose of red fruits with good body and structure in the mouth which are followed by a long elegant finish. Its salmon colour is enhanced by a transparent bottle.

£31.90

Gobillard Brut Tradition NV (1x 75cl)

Gobillard is located in the heart of Champagne just 5km from Epernay. The village of Hautvillers dominates the vineyard with its abbey, where the infamous Dom Pérignon is reported to have created the first champagne bubbles. Passion, dynamism and competence define this family business, from the work in the vineyard to marketing, each step is carried out with respect for the traditions of Champagne.

This Champagne is a traditional blend of the three Champagne grape varieties. Around 30% of the wine used in the final blend is reserve wine that has been reincorporated during the assemblage to obtain the best quality and consistency each year. It spends a minimum of two years ageing in cellar. 

The Brut Tradition Champagne has a fine and elegant nose, but is always supple, fruity and balanced in the mouth.

£31.85

Gonzalez Byass Vilarnau Rosado NV (1x 75cl)

Vilarnau Cava is made in a state of the art winery, with sleek minimalist design. The estate lies 250 metres above sea level, enjoying a Mediterranean climate. It is shielded by the Montserrat Mountains to the north and the Littoral range to the south. The winery is located close to the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Specialising in small-scale, artisan production of exclusive, high quality cavas, the winery shares its innovative, creative and dynamic nature with Spain’s most avant-garde city.

The red Trepat and Pinot Noir grapes macerate at 8°C for 18 hours in contact with the skins so as to extract the maximum colour and aromas. In these varieties the precursors of the aroma are found primarily in the skin. By tchilling the grapes they manage to protect these precursors which will later turn into the primary aromas that are characteristic of this wine, namely floral and ripe red fruit. After maceration, the must which is already pink is crushed. This is then fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 14°C. The wine is then blended and bottled with the second fermentation taking place in bottle over a period of around 6 weeks at a constant temperature of 15°C.  This cava remains in contact with the yeast for at least 15 months. 

This cava is an intense pink colour with great aromatic complexity and it reflects the Mediterranean character of the area where it is made. With plenty of sunlight the grapes here ripen more fully, thus developing greater colour and aromartic complexity than is perhaps expected.

Trepat and Pinot Noir grapes give this delicious pink fizz a bright redcurrant colour, and vibrant ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit characters. Aged for 18 months prior to disgorgement, it is soft and juicy in character with refreshing balanced acidity – the perfect aperitif.

£12.30

Graham Beck Brut Rose NV (1x75cl)

The foundations for the success of the Graham Beck brand were laid in 1983 when the late Graham Beck purchased Madeba, a farm located outside the Western Cape town of Robertson. It was his ardent ambition to establish a world-class winery in this area that saw the erection of a state-of-the-art cellar. The cornerstones of the Beck family ethos were entrenched from the very start – contributing to the passion and dedication that continues to drive the entire team today. From grape to glass the entire process of producing a Graham Beck Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) relies on meticulous attention to detail, dedication to authenticity, precision timing and plenty of patience. At Graham Beck the team is passionate about the pursuit of the perfect bubble – a golden thread of excellence runs throughout the entire process and portfolio. 

To see the winemaker's excellent notes on this wine, please click on the blue link below.
 

 Graham Beck Brut Rose NV - fiche technique

£15.70

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2014 (1x75cl)

For a full description of this wine, we would direct you to the data sheet/fiche technique from Gusbourne themselves (click blue link below)

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2014 - fiche technique

Bright gold in colour, this blend highlights red fruit aromas of cherry and strawberry, which then develop into attractive fresh pastry notes with a touch of cinnamon and spice. With a bright streak of citrus fruit, the palate is clean and fresh whilst giving tones of soft stone fruit and a long, refreshing finish. It is the flexible partner for contemporary and classic English food pairings; from seared scallops and smoked eels to fish & chips (seriously: try it!)

£35.20

House of Arras, Grand Vintage Brut, Tasmania 2008 (1x 75cl)

The 2007 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2019 edition article: The Most Exciting Wines of 2018 (see blue link below)....

House of Arras, Grand Vintage Brut, Tasmania 2007 - January 2019 Decanter review

... and 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

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.

£36.05

Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato 2018 (1x75cl)

This winery changed hands in May 2016, with one family company, Brown Brothers, taking it off the hands of another, its founder, Phil Sexton. So associated is Innocent Bystander with the Yarra Valley that the new owners made the intelligent decision to build a new winery in Healesville, just across the parking lot from Giant Steps. They quickly signed contracts with all the grape growers that Phil used for Innocent Bystander, so that the style of the wines remains unchanged. This regional and varietal style, reflecting the soil, climate and topography of the cool climate in the Yarra Valley is the base upon which the reputation of Innocent Bystander has been built.

The fruit for the Moscato was sourced from a number of vineyard sites across the Swan Hill region of North West Victoria. Soils here are predominantly calcareous sandy loam. The wine is a blend of three different types of the Muscat grape: Muscat of Alexandria, Black Muscat and Red Frontignac (one of the many clones of Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains).

The 2018 season started off relatively dry with below average rainfall coming into budburst. October was quite cool, and the vines grew quite slowly. From November, there was a distinct change in the weather with an increase in heat and subsequent rapid growth. Great weather with warm and sunny days led to a fast and uniform flowering from mid-November. High fruit set and larger berries led to very high bunch weights.

Harvested in the cool of the night, the fruit was chilled and crushed with six hours skin contact to extract a vibrant hint of pink from the Black Muscat grapes. The juice then underwent a cool fermentation in pressurised stainless steel vats to retain the freshness and to trap the natural effervescence. Fermentation was stopped at 5.5% alcohol by chilling the wine before it was then bottled under pressure.

Vivid pink in colour, this highly aromatic wine has notes of blackcurrant, Turkish delight, mandarin peel and a hint of candy floss. The palate is rich and fruity with balanced residual sugar, a cleansing natural acidity and a spritzy finish.

£9.55

Kaiken Método Tradicional Brut NV (1x 75cl)

Kaikenes are wild geese, native to Patagonia, that fly across the Andes between Chile and Argentina. Montes, the Chilean winery, crossed the Andes in the same way to set up in Mendoza. Their vineyards are situated in the heart of Mendoza and further to the south in Valle de Uco, where many of the premium producers are now sourcing their fruit. The focus is primarily on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon, a variety that has been somewhat forgotten as Malbec has surfed one wave of success after another in the past decade. Kaiken's own vineyards supply 70% of their production requirements and 30% is from vineyards that they control.

The Pinot Noir (70% of the assemblage here) and Chardonnay (30%) grapes are sourced from a vineyard situated at 1400 metres above sea level in the Gualtallary sub-region of the renowned Uco Valley. This is one of the highest zones in Mendoza and is famed for producing fresh yet balanced fruit, perfect for sparkling wine production.

The grapes were hand-picked into 10 kilogram boxes and only the healthiest grapes were hand-selected. The grapes were whole-bunch pressed and the juice was then cold settled for 48 hours. Fermentation took place at a temperature of 10ºC to produce a high quality base wine. For the second fermentation, the wine was bottle-fermented for 30 days and left on the lees for a full two years to enhance its structure and complexity before disgorgement.

This wine is very bright in appearance, with a subtle golden hue and small, elegant bubbles in the glass. The nose offers aromas of green apple and pear alongside buttery notes, toast and a hint of almond. Refreshing with remarkable balance and vibrant acidity, it has a persistent finish. <Residual sugar is 9g/litre, so at the sweeter end of Brut>.

At this price, this represents fantastic value among traditional method sparkling wines.

£14.45
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