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Xanadu Exmoor Drive Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 (1x75cl)

** This wine has previously been named Exmoor Drive Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. **

See the link below for the full set of awards the Xanadu Exmoor Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 has received

Xanadu Exmoor Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016 - awards

Xanadu was established by Dr John Lagan, an Irishman, who arrived in Margaret River in 1968 and was inspired by the pioneering spirit of the region. At the time, the potential of Margaret River as one of the world’s finest wine-producing regions was only just being considered. So less than a decade on, Dr Lagan with his wife Eithne established one of the region’s earlier vineyards, planting his first vines in 1977. Lovers of literature will remember Xanadu as Samuel Coleridge’s mysterious, idyllic, exotic city; home of Kubla Khan. Dr Lagan, himself a great literature enthusiast, drew parallels between Coleridge’s visions of utopia and his newly adopted home, and thus the name Xanadu was born.

A relatively mild, warm winter resulted in an early budburst to kick-start the 2015 growing season. This was followed by some relatively wild spring weather however with wet, windy conditions affecting fruit set and resulting in low yields across most varieties in the region. Beautiful, warm weather returned in summer which saw flavour ripening accelerate quickly, bringing about Xanadu's earliest vintage on record. A lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest meant that the birds pecking at the grapes was an extreme issue, with netting proving to be absolutely vital for the 2015 season.

The fruit was crushed, destemmed and chilled before pressing. The settled, clean juice was then fermented at 15°C in stainless steel tanks using aromatic yeast strains to retain fresh varietal characteristics. The final components are then selected and assembled prior to stabilisation and bottling under screw cap closure.

This wine has a pale straw colour with a slight green tinge. The vibrant bouquet exhibits fresh passionfruit and citrus characters, with dried herbs and hints of lemon sherbet in the background. Medium bodied, the zesty palate offers freshly squeezed lemon/lime flavours combined with tropical fruits and a touch of spice. An easy drinking ‘Classic’ Margaret River wine style with wonderful purity – crunchy, fruit driven, lip-smacking dry with crisp acidity and a clean refreshing finish.

To see Xanadu's information sheet for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Xanadu Exmoor Drive Sauvignon Semillon 2016 - fiche technique

£11.80

Yalumba - FSW8B - Botrytis Viognier 2015 (1x 37.5cl)

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their May 2017 edition "Steven Spurrier's Fine Wines" column (see blue link below).

Yalumba FSW8B 2015 - May 2017 Decanter review

Yalumba has been developing its own sustainable viticulture program since the mid 1990s. This starts in the vineyard and extends to every aspect of winemaking, production, packaging and distribution. Many awards and milestones have resulted due to sustainability now being at their core. All Yalumba wines were announced vegetarian and vegan friendly as of 2011. Yalumba is the first wine company in the world to receive the Climate Protection Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency, 2007. Yalumba’s focus on sustainability is all about respecting the natural environment around them. “We’re convinced our efforts in protecting our natural resources reflect in the quality of wines we make,” says fifth-generation Proprietor Robert Hill-Smith. “Quite simply, if we’re to focus on excellence in winemaking, it absolutely requires excellence in environmental management – the two are inseparable."

This wine is 100% Viognier.

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine which has been created by the team at Yalumba, please click on the blue link below.

Yalumba "FSW8B" Botrytis Viognier - fiche technique

£16.30

Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2015 (1x75cl)

Yalumba has been developing its own sustainable viticulture program since the mid 1990s. This starts in the vineyard and extends to every aspect of winemaking, production, packaging and distribution. Many awards and milestones have resulted due to sustainability now being at their core. All Yalumba wines were announced vegetarian and vegan friendly as of 2011. Yalumba is the first wine company in the world to receive the Climate Protection Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency, 2007. Yalumba’s focus on sustainability is all about respecting the natural environment around them. “We’re convinced our efforts in protecting our natural resources reflect in the quality of wines we make,” says fifth-generation Proprietor Robert Hill-Smith. “Quite simply, if we’re to focus on excellence in winemaking, it absolutely requires excellence in environmental management – the two are inseparable."

This wine is made using a blend of Shiraz and a little Viognier.

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine which has been created by the team at Yalumba, please click on the blue link below.

Yalumba Y Series Shiraz Viognier 2015 - fiche technique

£11.85

Yealands Estate Black Label Gruner Veltliner 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2018 edition panel tasting of "Alternative" New Zealand Whites (not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) (see blue link below)...

Yealands Estate Black Label Gruner Veltliner 2017 - Sept 2018 Decanter review

When Peter Yealands shared his vision to become the world’s most sustainable wine producer, he already knew that the only way to craft truly beautiful, award-winning wines was in partnership with nature, and that compromising his deeply-rooted sustainability values was simply not an option. Today his philosophy holds true and forms the basis of Yealands' approach to winemaking. Peter’s trademark “can do” attitude is the stuff of legend. Happiest working the land at the controls of a bulldozer or digger, Peter has a track record of making pioneering, innovative plans come to fruition.

Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours. Our parcel of Grüner Veltliner is located on a sheltered north facing slope, on our Seaview vineyard. The soil is predominantly windblown loess.

The fruit was whole bunch pressed into tank to cold settle for 72 hours after which the clear juice was racked carefully, warmed and inoculated with selected yeast. A portion was transferred into 2nd and 3rd year French oak barriques and a 1000 litre French oak oval, to undergo fermentation naturally. Another small portion was fermented in a small concrete egg shaped vessel. All portions remained on lees for three months with twice weekly stirring to build the texture of the wine. The wine was blended, stabilised then filtered prior to bottling.

This Grüner Veltliner shows lifted notes of white pepper, citrus blossom and honey. The palate is rich and multi-layered with complementary savoury notes of pepper and spice, which integrates well with fine mineral acidity. Extremely versatile especially with Asian cuisine, seafood, chicken & pork. This wine is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.

£14.10

Yealands Estate Black Label PGR 2018 (1x75cl)

Awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2018 edition panel tasting of "Alternative" New Zealand Whites (not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) (see blue link below)...

Yealands Estate Black Label PGR 2017 - Sept 2018 Decanter review

When Peter Yealands shared his vision to become the world’s most sustainable wine producer, he already knew that the only way to craft truly beautiful, award-winning wines was in partnership with nature, and that compromising his deeply-rooted sustainability values was simply not an option. Today his philosophy holds true and forms the basis of Yealands' approach to winemaking. Peter’s trademark “can do” attitude is the stuff of legend. Happiest working the land at the controls of a bulldozer or digger, Peter has a track record of making pioneering, innovative plans come to fruition.

Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours.  The cool site regularly commences harvest up to one week later than other sub regions of Marlborough. All three aromatic varieties sit on sheltered, north facing slopes. The soil is predominantly wind blown loess. 

Three aromatic parcels; Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, were selected and harvested together. The fruit was crushed, de-stemmed then gently pressed, with the free run juice going to a stainless tank and the pressings portion going to a 1000L French oak oval and a selection of old French oak barriques. The free run juice in the stainless steel tank was settled for 72hrs and then the clear juice was then racked off to another stainless tank for a long cool fermentation to enhance the pure fruit flavours. The pressings portion in oak went through a natural fermentation and the french oak oval and barrels were stirred twice weekly post fermentation to develop structure and texture. Upon achieving a finely balanced blend, the wine was stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.

Brimming with concentrated notes of lychee and pear, underlying flavours of lime and mandarin and a touch of spice and ginger. The palate shows good fruit concentration, and a wonderful balance between texture, fruit weight and acidity, with a bright citrus finish.  Beautifully matched with all Asian cuisine, seafood, chicken and pork dishes.  This wine is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.

£13.90

Yealands Estate Black Label Pinot Gris 2017 (1x75cl)

"Thinking differently is what we do at Yealands. Crafting award-winning wines in harmony with nature has seen us lead the world in sustainable winegrowing. But most importantly, it means great tasting wines which don’t cost the earth."

The Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours. This Pinot Gris is made from two blocks from the Seaview Vineyard. One being, block L6M which is relatively flat and coastal and this site gives a pure mineral quality that is the structural backbone to the palate of the Single Vineyard Pinot Gris. The other parcel, block E6 that makes the Single Vineyard grade is located on a sheltered north facing slope, within the Seaview Vineyard. This pocket gives luscious ripe pear and quince aromas that makes this wine so alluring.

The two blocks were harvested over two days in mid-April. The fruit was crushed, destemmed then pressed gently prior to cold settling for 72 hours. A portion (10%) was racked directly to older French barriques to undergo fermentation. The balance was racked to a small stainless steel tank and fermented separately using a selected yeast. A long cool fermentation followed. The parcels were then kept on lees for a period of two months, with some stirring to help gain texture and structure. The wine was then blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.

Brimming with concentrated notes of poached pears and melon, as well as underlying flavours of quince and a touch of ginger. The palate is full-bodied and luscious, showing wonderful balance between texture, fruit weight and mineral acidity, with a long dry finish.  Enjoy with poultry and mushroom dishes such as creamy pasta with porcini, or heavier seafood dishes.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diets.

£13.55

Yealands Estate Single Block L5 Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (1x75cl)

The L5 block is known for its intense mineral and herbal character. Pure, lifted flavours of wild thyme and citrus characterise the nose. The palate is rich and textured, defined by firm mineral flavours that give the wine exceptional length.

£15.15

Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (1x 75cl)

The 2017 vintage was awarded a Gold Medal and 95 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details) but has alas now sold out at the UK importer. We offer the excellent 2018.

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

Yealands' Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours. This wine is a blend of two different blocks on the property – one warmer, sheltered inland block and a coastal block. The wine brings together in harmony the diverse spectrums of the blocks; the warmer site contributing the expressive aromatics and the cooler site giving the mineral backbone and length.

The two parcels of land in vineyard were  harvested individually over two days. The fruit was de-stemmed then pressed gently prior to cold settling for 72 hours. The clear juice was then racked off and each parcel was fermented separately using two different yeasts. A long cool fermentation followed to capture and enhance the pure aromatics. The wine was blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.

Marlborough experienced a mild-to-cool spring period, which ensured that the vines naturally produced lighter than average yields. These mild temperatures then extended into the summer months, coupled with an unseasonal period of rain, which ultimately alleviated the drought conditions we had experienced over the past two years. Carrying lighter than usual crops along with the cooler weather meant vintage started only a week later than previous years.

This wine shows flavours of passionfruit and blackcurrant leaf with underlying notes of wet stone and thyme. The palate displays good weight and texture, with a focused mineral acidity which delivers fantastic length to the wine.

£12.40

Zabu `Il Passo` Nerello Mascalese 2017 (1 x 75cl)

This is a young estate in southwestern Sicily, whose vineyards caught the eye and winemaking talents of Valentino Sciotti. Valentino (of Gran Sasso and Vesevo) saw they had great vineyards and a good winery but were missing the necessary expertise to make wines the market required. Valentino and his team of young winemakers have taken the raw materials and transformed them into wines that people want to drink.

The vineyards for Vigneti Zabù were planted in 2005 on the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia in southwestern Sicily. The uncontaminated area of Sambuca di Sicilia is a rich land with ancient vineyards. Lake Arancio, with its crystal-clear water, creates a perfect microclimate for viticulture.

The 2017 vintage was characterised by relatively low rainfall, which was mainly concentrated in the autumn and winter months. Higher than average temperatures in July and August caused the grapes to ripen 1-2 weeks earlier than usual. Despite the high temperatures, the good diurnal temperature range ensured healthy grapes with good aromatic and phenolic ripeness.

Harvest for the 2017 vintage began in the first week of September and finish at the beginning of October, which ensured the grapes were ripened fully. The grapes were pressed before a long maceration on the skins. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 20-22°C. The wine was then aged for up to seven months in French oak barriques before bottling.

This wine is bright ruby red in colour. On the nose, there are intense aromas of red fruits combined with hints of coffee, spice and cocoa thanks to the oak ageing. On the palate, it is vibrant, well-balanced with soft tannins and a long, silky finish.

£13.40

Zorah Karasì Areni Noir 2016 (1x75cl)

Zorik Gharibian, an Armenian based in Italy, worked with Attilio Scienza to find precisely the right location for this exciting project. After three years of research and detailed analysis of every aspect of the region, he finally bought the land in Vayotz Dzor. This is historically known as the most prestigious wine region in Armenia. The intention was to create a wine of the highest international quality. Winemaker Alberto Antonini and viticulturalist Stefano Bartolomei brought a great deal of passion and planning to the project, as well as a profound understanding of how to make it a success.

Zorah has 15 hectares of vineyards, surrounded by mountains at 1,400 metres above sea level and only steps away from a 6,100 year old winery. The vineyards are situated in the small rural village of Rind in the heart of Vayotz Dzor, Armenia's quintessential grape growing region for quality wines. Long dry summers, with good sunlight and high daytime temperatures contrast with cool nights, encouraging a lengthy growing season. The soils are rocky and rich in limestone, helping maintain moisture for the vines during the intense summer heat. The indigenous vines are grown on ungrafted rootstock as the area is unaffected by Phylloxera.

The grapes were harvested by hand into small 15 kilo crates. After destemming, the grapes were gently crushed. Fermentation and maceration on the skins took place in concrete tanks with no epoxy lining. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. The wine was aged partially in concrete tanks, partially in large untoasted wooden casks in order to soften tannins, but mainly in traditional Armenian amphorae (karas) of varying sizes which were sealed with wax and buried partially below ground to maintain a constant temperature. The wine was very lightly filtered before bottling, and spent a further six months ageing in bottle before release.

Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has complex aromas of red fruits, lightly spiced with an elegant toasted note. The palate reflects the exotic nose with hints of soft red fruits, dried mountain herbs and wild earth. Generous and soft with balanced, full-bodied structure and mature tannins before a long, evolved mineral finish.

£25.25

Zorzal Eggo Blanc de Cal Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentinian whites (see blue link below).

Zorzal Eggo Blanc De Cal SB 2015 - October 2017 Decanter review

The awaited 2016 vintage (not yet available in the UK) won a Platinum Award for Best Argentinian White Single varietal - with a score of 95 points - in the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards (www.decanter.com) (see blue link below).

Zorzal Eggo Blanc De Cal SB 2016 - 2017 DWWA review

Zorzal is an Argentinian boutique winery which has been dedicated to the production of high quality wines since 2008 and is located at the highest point of the Uco Valley. Hailed as one of the most exclusive and well-regarded areas for viticulture in Argentina, the terroir is revealed in the Zorzal wines through a respectful, non invasive winemaking process that puts austerity before exuberance and fruit before wood. The wines have rapidly gained international recognition. Founded by the Michelini brothers, who are outstanding in their passionate leadership in the vineyards and winery, this winemaking duo have become renowned as the trendsetters of the Argentinian winemaking scene.

The grapes are grown in high altitude, drip irrigated vineyards in Gualtallary, located in one of Argentina's most outstanding vine-growing valleys: the Uco Valley. Gualtallary is situated at 1,350 metres above sea level in the highest vine growing zone, at the foot of Tupungato volcano. This zone is characterised by its combination of altitude, alluvial soils, sunny days, low rainfall and wide temperature ranges. The diurnal temperatures here oscillate between 35°C and 17°C, creating long, slow ripening periods, concentrating the flavours in the fruit.

The grapes were gently pressed and combined in the cement eggs. Nature took its course and the alcoholic fermentation started naturally between 18 to 21°C. Once fermentation was complete, a partial malolactic fermentation took place. The wine was then left in the same cement eggs for five months, without separating it from the lees, which generated volume on the palate. It was bottled directly from the cement egg without any intervention to stabilise or filter the wine. The cement egg significantly helps with the structuring and stabilisation of the wine, through the natural movements that are created by this shape.

A characterful Sauvignon Blanc showcasing a strong struck-flint mineral intensity, combined with grassy and herbaceous notes. The wonderful volume and texture on the palate is balanced by a refreshing acidity through to the bright, flinty and persistent finish.

£17.05

Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage of this wine was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition panel tasting of South American Cabernet Franc  (see blue link below).

Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2016 - Oct 2018 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 95 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Argentine reds (Altamira and Gualtallary) (see blue link below)

Zorzal Eggo Franco Cabernet Franc 2015 - October 2017 Decanter review

Zorzal is an Argentinian boutique winery which has been dedicated to the production of high quality wines since 2008 and is located at the highest point of the Uco Valley. Hailed as one of the most exclusive and well-regarded areas for viticulture in Argentina, the terroir is revealed in the Zorzal wines through a respectful, non invasive winemaking process that puts austerity before exuberance and fruit before wood. The wines have rapidly gained international recognition. Founded by the Michelini brothers, who are outstanding in their passionate leadership in the vineyards and winery, this highly regarded winemaking duo have become renowned as the trendsetters of the Argentinian winemaking scene.

For the second year in a row, the 2017 vintage produced very low yields, but this resulted in excellent fruit concentration in the berries. It was a vintage of balance; there is a beautiful harmony between the acidity and sugar levels and the powerful aromatics.

The vines are grown in high altitude, drip irrigated vineyards in Gualtallary, in the Uco Valley. Gualtallary is situated at 1,350 metres above sea-level in the highest vinegrowing zone in the Province of Mendoza, at the foot of Tupungato volcano. This zone is characterised by its combination of altitude, alluvial soils, sunny days, low rainfall and wide temperature ranges. The diurnal temperatures here oscillate between 35°C and 17°C, creating long, slow ripening periods, concentrating the flavours in the fruit. The combination of cool climate and very specific white chalky soil, gives the wine great structure and a delicious acidity.

The grapes were placed in cement egg shaped fermenters to allow fermentation to take place. The native yeasts were left to start working naturally. The egg shape of the fermenter facilitates vinification without the need for numerous pump-overs to extract components such as anthocyanin and polyphenols. Due to its ovoid shape, everything inside is constant movement, allowing gentler and more homogeneous extractions. Once the fermentation was complete, maceration with the skins took place over 40 days and the wine was then removed from the tank before being returned to the same egg shaped vessel for 12 months further ageing.

This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc.

A fine example of Cabernet Franc, this wine shows varietal purity with its aromatic expression of white pepper, green pepper and earthy notes highlighted by mineral overtones. The juicy fruit on the palate is direct and leads to a long satisfying finish. Serve with grilled steak with a wild mushroom sauce or tangy cheese.

£17.05

Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza Gualtallary, Tupungato Malbec 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded a Gold Medal and 95 points at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

Zorzal is an Argentinian boutique winery which has been dedicated to the production of high quality wines since 2008 and is located at the highest point of the Uco Valley. Hailed as one of the most exclusive and well-regarded areas for viticulture in Argentina, the terroir is revealed in the Zorzal wines through a respectful, non invasive winemaking process that puts austerity before exuberance and fruit before wood. The wines have rapidly gained international recognition. Founded by the Michelini brothers, who are outstanding in their passionate leadership in the vineyards and winery, this winemaking duo have become renowned as the trendsetters of the Argentinian winemaking scene.

Gualtallary is located in one of Argentina's most outstanding vine growing valleys: the Uco Valley and is situated at 1,350 metres above sea level. This is one of the highest vine growing zones in the Province of Mendoza, sitting at the foot of the Tupungato volcano - one of the highest peaks in the Andes. The zone is characterised by its combination of altitude, alluvial soils, sunny days, low rainfall and wide temperature ranges. The diurnal temperatures here oscillate between 35°C and 20°C, creating long, slow ripening periods, concentrating the flavours in the fruit. This combination of cool climate and very specific white chalky soil, gives the wine great structure and a delicious acidity.

The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations took place in egg-shaped containers made of cement. Their shape helps to keep the liquid to move constantly, so the temperature is more consistent and the lees remain constantly in suspension. The resulting wine achieves a greater character and volume on the palate. Following the fermentation, the wine was aged for 12 months in the same container, with a view to conserving its pure, authentic character, without interference from any other influence such oak from another terroir.

A deep, intense and complex example of a Gualtallary Malbec, with the typical aromas of chalk, flint, and mineral tones. Structured and voluminous on the palate with a silky texture, this is poised and direct, with a refreshing quality. This is a gastronomic wine which pairs beautifully with red meats, pasta and rabbit.

We like this because it is perfect for lovers of full-bodied wines that are not unduly oaked. Argentine Malbec remains super-popular, but this one has gone down even better with our customers. Zorzal are one of South America's most innovative winemakers and their wines are hugely respected and award-winning.

£17.05
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