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Planeta Alastro Bianco 2017 (1x 75cl)

As sampled at Exel Wines' November 2018 tasting. See here for the report of that evening.

See blue link below for the excellent, 2017 fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers at Planeta.

Planeta Alastro 2017 - fiche technique

£13.10

Urlar Select Parcels Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

** CURRENTLY UK-EXCLUSIVE TO EXEL AND OFFERED FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE **

** THIS IS A PRE-ORDER ITEM. ORDERS WILL REACH CUSTOMERS IN LATE MAY OR FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. WE DO HAVE A VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OF SPARE STOCK INCOMING THEN THAT CAN BE ORDERED BELOW. FOR STOCK BEYOND THIS (ie you arrive to find the "Buy" button disabled), PLEASE CONTACT US TO DISCUSS A POSSIBLE ORDER. **

"Very attractive bouquet of both variety and sense of place – a mix of sweet citrus fruits and peaches with some barrel spice and lees layers. Dry, high acidity, layers of flavours and textures, spice and ripe fruit. Long detailed finish, complex, balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2026".

95 points - Cameron Douglas, MW

 

"Bright straw-yellow colour with some depth, a little lighter on the rim.  This has an elegant and slender nose with finely concentrated and softly presented aromas of green stonefruits, gooseberries, fresh herbs and subtle nutty nuances.  The aromatics build in intensity with aeration to show depth and presence, unfolding mineral notes.  Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has restrained flavours of green stonefruits and gooseberries, fresh herbs, hints of lanolin and nutty notes.  The palate is stylish in presentation with fine textures and balanced, lacy acidity.  The wine carries to an elegant, lingering, nuanced finish.  This is a stylish oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit, gooseberry, herb and nutty flavours on a finely nuanced palate. Match with herb-marinated seafood and poultry dishes over the next 3 years.  Select vineyard parcels, given some skin contact and full barrel-fermented in seasoned French oak to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months on less with some batonnage and partial MLF.  The wine is a barrel selection.  Certified BioGro organic".  

18.0/20 - Raymond Chan

 

"Full of personality, this is a weighty (14% abv), complex style of Sauvignon Blanc. Barrel-fermented and oak-aged for 10 month, it has concentrated, ripe, tropical fruit flavours, impressive complexity and a well-rounded, lasting finish".

 Michael Cooper (New Zealand's Listener magazine, March 2018)

Proudly family-owned, Urlar Estate produces outstanding single vineyard wines using organic and biodynamic principles. Urlar is a Gaelic word that means “the Earth”. Their desire is to bring an abundance of life back to our ancient soils so that the drinker can discover the purity of flavour inherent in the land. Their journey from the highlands of Scotland to the stony soils and cool climate of Gladstone, Wairarapa has cemented a love for all things pure and true.

See this blog on Urlar, especially regarding their organic credentials.

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

Urlar Select Parcels Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - fiche technique

£18.00

Wieninger Wiener Riesling 2017 (1x75cl)

Fritz Wieninger is considered a pioneer of the “New Vienna” wine movement, combining a sense of modernity and progress with the traditions of the region and of his family, who have been making wine for over 100 years. “I try to use the numerous facets of my grape material,” Fritz says. “To be able to show the differences in site and vintage and to get the character of the vineyard into the bottle – this is my greatest challenge.”

This wine is a blend of Riesling grown in both Bisamberg and Nussberg. 25% of the grapes are sourced from Bisamberg, where the soil is sandy loess, and the remaining 75% is grown on the limestone chalky soils of Nussberg. Blending fruit from these contrasting sites adds depth and complexity to the final wine.

2016 was a difficult vintage. April experienced extreme frosts and hail storms, which resulted in a large percentage of crop loss. The following summer was wet, which caused high disease incidence. Luckily, weather in early autumn was far more favourable resulting in good quality fruit with balanced acidity and powerful aromatics.

Once at the winery, a period of maceration took place for five hours and the grapes were gently pressed. Temperature controlled, cool fermentation occurred using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and purity. The wine aged on fine lees for approximately three months in order to add roundness to the wine. No oak was used in the winemaking process and bottling took place in January.

The wine is fragrant, fresh and shows complexity. The palate is elegant, light and tasty with a vibrant acidic structure. The subtle spice and citrus freshness make this wine an ideal companion for classic Austrian cuisine.

£15.60

Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes Hermitage Rouge Les Jalets 2016 (1x 75cl)

Since the early 19th Century, Paul Jaboulet Ainé has been synonymous with quality wine in the Rhône Valley. Jaboulet’s Hermitages - white and red - and most of their upper wines - are the stuff of legend. The famous Rhone winery was bought by the Frey family in 2006. The Freys, owners of Chateau la Lagune in Bordeaux, saw the potential of the vineyards. They brought renewed energy to this corner of France and to one of its greatest names.

The name Les Jalets comes from the soil nature of the vineyards, located in the plain of Les Chassis, stemming from the word jalets,  is the Old French word for the pebbles left by alpine glaciers, as famously found at Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Average vine age is around 25 years. 

100% Syrah. Grapes were destemmed, crushed and subject to a thermo-regulated alcoholic fermentation then vattied over 3 weeks. Ageing/elevage  was in old French oak vats for 12 months.

Bright ruby red in colour with a violet hue. Round and concentrated. This fruit-driven red Crozes Hermitage is a classic. It shows the real typicity of the area (red berries, liquorice, spices, peppers). On the nose, it is intense but approachable, with perfumes of red berries and a touch of spice. On the palate, it is smooth and rich, with more liquorice on the finish.

£20.40

Urlar Select Parcels Pinot Noir 2016 (1x75cl)

** CURRENTLY UK-EXCLUSIVE TO EXEL AND OFFERED FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE **

** THIS IS A PRE-ORDER ITEM. ORDERS WILL REACH CUSTOMERS IN LATE MAY OR FIRST WEEK OF JUNE. WE DO HAVE A VERY LIMITED AMOUNT OF SPARE STOCK INCOMING THEN THAT CAN BE ORDERED BELOW. FOR STOCK BEYOND THIS (ie you arrive to find the "Buy" button disabled), PLEASE CONTACT US TO DISCUSS A POSSIBLE ORDER. **

"Youthful, fruity, concentrated and complex with aromas and flavours of tart and sweet cherry, ripe cranberry, tart and sweet raspberry, fine oak tannins, plenty of acidity and a youthful, lengthy finish. A lovely example with a vibrato and energy linked to vineyard, ripe fruit and excellent winemaking. Best from 2020 through 2030+".

95 points - Cameron Douglas, MW

 

"Even ruby-red colour with some depth and slight purple hues, a little lighter edged. The nose is elegantly concentrated with aromas of dark red cherry and raspberry fruit with a fine core showing subtle dark herbs and dark-red florals, with spicy oak suggestions. This has fragrance and delicacy. Medium-bodied, the palate has rich and vibrant fruit flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit. This is sweet and luscious, unveiling hints of herbs and lifted spicy oak, with red florals. The fruit is underlined by fine-grained tannin structure with balanced acidity. The wine has plenty of energy and a finely concentrated heart and line that carries to an elegant fragrant, sustained finish. This is an elegantly rich and luscious dark cherry and berry-fruited Pinot Noir with subtle herb, spicy and fragrant lifted florals on a fine-textured, balanced palate. Match with pork, lamb and beef dishes over the next 6-8 years. Selected vineyard parcels, hand-picked and indigenous yeast fermented with 25% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 11 months in 70% new French oak barriques. Certified BioGro organic".

18.5+/20 - Raymond Chan

Proudly family-owned, Urlar Estate produces outstanding single vineyard wines using organic and biodynamic principles. Urlar is a Gaelic word that means “the Earth”. Their desire is to bring an abundance of life back to our ancient soils so that the drinker can discover the purity of flavour inherent in the land. Their journey from the highlands of Scotland to the stony soils and cool climate of Gladstone, Wairarapa has cemented a love for all things pure and true.

See this blog on Urlar, especially regarding their organic credentials.

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

Urlar Select Parcels Pinot Noir 2016 - fiche technique

£27.75
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