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Valdivieso Brut NV (1x75cl)

Viña Valdivieso dates back to 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso founded Champagne Valdivieso, the first company in Chile and South America to make sparkling wine. More than a hundred years later in the late 1980s, the company expanded in a new direction when it began commercial production of still wines - as Viña Valdivieso – at their Curicó Valley winery in Lontué. Valdivieso wines have since had a very successful career, triumphing in major world markets and achieving the highest honours in international competitions. These achievements are not an objective in themselves, but rather the result of the search for superior quality wines that are both distinctive and attractive.

This is an excellent, great-value Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend (much beloved of Champagne and traditional method, New World sparkling wines), but made using the more affordable tank/Charmat/Martinotti method, which preserves pure frut character. Unusually for tank method sparklings, this wine also features some brioche/pasty notes from the use of stirring/battonage/paddles during the second fermentation.

Please click the blue link below to see an excellent information sheet from Valdivieso themselves.

Valdivieso Brut NV - fiche technique

Pale yellow color with green hues and elegant effervescence. Fresh and fruity aromas outlined by green apple, toasted almonds and floral notes. Opens nicely with intense fruit flavors. Round and balanced in the mouth with a fresh and lively acidity.


Eroica Riesling, Chateau Ste Michelle 2016 (1x75cl)

Eroica is a labour of love for two of the world's great Riesling producers, Germany's Dr Loosen and Washington State's Chateau Ste. Michelle. Named after Beethoven's Third Symphony, Eroica reflects not only its variety and site, but also its heritage: bold and forward from its Washington roots, elegant and refined from German inspiration. This Riesling offers sweet lime and tangerine aromas with subtle mineral notes, and a mouth-watering acidity that is beautifully balanced by the generously fruity Washington grapes.

Click this link for a (characterful) video tasting note with the winemakers...

... and this one for the data sheet/fiche technique on the wine.


Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Long Gully Chenin Blanc 2016 (Single Vineyard) (1x75cl)

"The lovely 2016 vintage (5*) is rich, vibrant and finely poised. Bright, light lemon/green, it is full-bodied (14 per cent alcohol), with fresh, intense fruit flavours, hints of spices and honey, abundant sweetness (51 grams/litre of residual sugar), mouth-watering acidity and a lasting finish. Full of youthful drive, it's already delicious; drink now or cellar." 5 Stars - Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2018

Established in 1992, the Dicey family owns some of the oldest vineyards in the Bannockburn region of Central Otago on the famous Felton Road and have acquired land over the last ten years to build up to over 40 hectares, including six single vineyard sites. Their portfolio vineyards spans Central Otago from Gibbston to Lowburn Valley and on to Bendigo home still under Mount Difficulty at Bannockburn.

Central Otago provides New Zealand’s only continental climate, combined with unique soils ideally suited for growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The Bannockburn area, in particular, is one of the few sites outside of Burgundy that lends itself to the growing of the pernickety Pinot Noir grape; Mt Difficulty craft wines in the Burgundian style whilst stamping the uniqueness of the terroir to produce structured and serious wines. Not content with growing superb Pinot Noir, they are also known for their aromatic whites and grape varieties such as their grower series Lowburn Chardonnay and Estate Chenin Blanc.

Winemaker-in-chief Matt Dicey has a lifelong association with the wine industry and is a fourth-generation vigneron. After achieving a Masters Degree in Oenology and Viticulture, Matt spent four years gaining experience overseas.

As with all New Zealand wines, Mt Difficulty adhere to strict sustainability practices and constantly strive towards organic production.

Mount Difficulty is the name on the leading wines. The ‘second label’ is named Roaring Meg; these wines are produced in a more fruit-driven, early-drinking style and have become a mainstay of the Mt Difficulty stable since their introduction in 2003.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at Mt Difficulty.

Mt Difficulty Long Gully Chenin Blanc 2016 - fiche technique

This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc.

This single vineyard Chenin Blanc is grown in the Long Gully vineyard in Bannockburn. The grapes were left on the vine to ripen for as long as possible which has led to a lovely, intense nose of tropical fruits such as mango and passionfruit. The tropical flavours follow through on the palate with concentrated flavours of mango and ripe peach. The natural high acidity of the Chenin has resulted in a wine that starts sweet but develops into a lovely and clean lime tinged finish.


Tenet Wines The Pundit Syrah 2016 (1x75cl)

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Head Winemaker Bob Bertheau and his Washington team, along with Rhône valley collaborators, winemaker Michel Gassier and enology consultant Philippe Cambie, have combined their experience to produce two wines: Tenet GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) and The Pundit Syrah. Philippe and Michel provide expertise and use local techniques honed through centuries of experience with Rhône grapes in their birthplace, while the Chateau Ste. Michelle team provides expert knowledge of Washington fruit and the best in modern winemaking techniques. The combination of the two approaches produces wines that are balanced and vibrant and have a true sense of place. The goal is to break the old paradigms and have people look at Syrah and other Rhône varieties in a new light, leaving old prejudices behind. They share the strong belief (or “tenet”) that Syrah and its Rhône brethren can thrive in the Columbia Valley.

This wine is a blend of 90% Syrah, 4% Grenache, 4% Mourvèdre and 2% Viognier (which is co-fermented with the Syrah).

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note that has been produced by the team at Tenet Wines, please click on the blue link below.

Tenet Wines The Pundit Syrah 2016 - fiche technique


Fox Run Vineyards Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes 2015 (1x75cl)

For more than a century Fox Run was a dairy farm. The first grapes were planted in 1984, and in 1990 the Civil War-era dairy barn was converted to a winemaking facility by Larry and Adele Wildrick, the founders of Fox Run Vineyards. In 1994 Scott Osborn and his business partner Andy Hale purchased the winery from the Wildricks. With fifty acres of east facing vineyards on glacial soils, the winery produces a remarkable range of limited-production, estate wines.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Fox Run Vineyards Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes 2015 - fiche technique

Plush citrus, along with lemongrass and lime zest are found in this fragrant wine.  The palate is perfectly balanced, with a zesty finish. The crispness makes this Riesling incredibly versatile. Lovers of flavor-packed, complex wines will find this wine highly cellar-worthy.

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