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Vina Leyda Sauvignon Blanc Garuma Vineyard 2018 (1x 75cl)

Few wineries encapsulate the development of coolclimate winemaking in Chile as well as pioneering Viña Leyda. The first producer to explore this coastal area, a rising star of New World winemaking, it took its name from the local railway station and later lent it to the entire DO of Leyda Valley. If Casablanca Valley represents Chile’s first tentative steps into cool-climate production, Leyda is a series of determined, confident strides: just 14km from the Pacific, the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah planted here express a crispness, minerality and fine-boned structure not found elsewhere in Chile’s viticultural paradise. Viña Leyda now has more than 200 hectares under vine, but the approach remains one of micromanagement, with detailed mapping of each vineyard and individual lot, and constant experimentation with clonal selection and viticultural techniques.

The fruits of those labours are reflected not just in their impeccable Reserva range, but in the exciting series of single vineyard and single plot wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay and a trio of top-quality Pinot Noirs.

This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

This Sauvignon Blanc has a delicate and deep nose. Ripe citrus aromas (such as grapefrui)t combine with fresh green lime and hints of green chilli peppers on the nose. On the palate, this wine is fully concentrated and fresh, with mineral tones at the front, a rich mid-palate and a well-balanced grapefruit character on the finish.

£13.60

Vinnaioli Jermann Dreams Igt 2015 (1x75cl)

The bouquet is intense, ample and elegant with a hint of honey and wild flowers. Dry and smooth on the palate with good balance and an exceptionally long finish.

£48.90

Vinnaioli Jermann Pinot Grigio Igt 2017 (1x 75cl)

The soil where the vines for this Pinot Grigio are planted is predominantly marlstone and sandstone. The aspect is southwest and northeast. Yields are kept low in order to increase concentration and are harvested at the optimum ripeness / acidity balance.

Only small volumes are ever made and this enables Jermann to control the quality of each individual parcel by tending it meticulously throughout the year. Through very careful vinification of the individual parcels Jermann is able to ensure that the maximum amount of elegance and transparency is given space to show itself in the finished wine.

An intense straw yellow colour with a faint tinge of old rose. Beautifully pure, elegant, floral Pinot Grigio. The bouquet is full and fruity. A touch of almonds and vanilla, a hint of fruit and spice on the palate, a smooth and dry full-bodied white which is particularly harmonious and accessible.

£20.85

Vinnaioli Jermann Vinnae Igt 2017 (1x75cl)

Only small volumes of this wine are made and this enables Jermann to control the quality of each individual parcel of vines by tending them meticulously throughout the year. Yields are kept low in order to increase concentration and are harvested at the optimum ripeness/acidity balance.

Through very carefull vinification of the individual parcels Jermann is able to ensure that the maximum amount of elegance and transparency is given space to show itself in the finished wine. The wine is partly matured for 6 months in 750-litre barrels made from Slavonian oak.

An amazing blend of Ribolla Gialla, native to Friuli, Malvasia and Riesling, the wine has a perfumed scent of oranges and flowers and is slightly reminiscent of fine Viognier and Gewurztraminer. Wonderful un-oaked fruit expression.

£21.25

Vinnaioli Jermann Vintage Tunina Igt 2016 (1x 75cl)

Silvio Jermann’s wines have often been described as the finest white wines in Italy. 2006 saw the unveiling of their new winery which has been beautifully designed to sit in a ‘bowl’ amongst their vineyards. It is the talk of the region and very much indicative of Silvio Jermann’s forward-thinking approach to winemaking. Silvio uses unique blending methods prior to vinification to produce highly-prized wines with floral aromas and a piercing varietal character along with an elegance which will only become finer with age.

The name, Tunina, refers to the old owner of the land on which the original vineyard is located and it is dedicated to Casanova’s poorest lover, who was a governess in Venice and who was also known by the diminutive “Tunina” (Antonia).

For this particular grape blend, a selection is made of the best grapes which are gathered late, around two weeks after the normal harvest, on a surface of around 16 hectares of vineyard cultivated on Ronco del Fortino.

This is a genuine field blend. It has a brilliant straw-yellow colour with golden highlights. Its aroma is intense, full, with enormous elegance and persistence, and with hints of honey and wild flowers. Its taste is dry, velvety, and very well-orchestrated, with an exceptional persistence due to its particularly full body.

It is ideal as a pairing with starters that contain truffles as well as with a great variety of fish dishes, especially oven-baked fish and fish in sauce. It can easily be drunk with white meats. A particularly good match for this wine would be a pillow of fresh salmon stuffed with parmesan and artichoke.

£38.95

Vintae Heredad de Tejada White Rioja, Bodega Classica 2018 (1x75cl)

Heredad de Tejada is a collection of wines made in the heart of Rioja Alta. Its winemaking process combines tradition and innovation, using modern facilities to create wines while following a natural process. For example, this wine is made in large vats, imitating the traditional winemaking method in "lagos abiertos", where whole grapes are deposited in open vats and the carbonic maceration takes place.

The harvest takes place during the entire month of october. Picking of the fruit is conducted in 15 kg. boxes, which are quickly transported to the winery; the clusters that do not meet optimum conditions are disregarded.

The wine is aged for 2 months in French oak barrels.

This is a straw yellow colour wine. Ripe fruit, dates and banana notes stand out on the nose in combination with the nuances of a Crianza, making it an interesting and complex wine. On the palate, it is fresh and fleshy, leaving a long, balanced and pleasant aftertaste.

£11.10

Weingut Knipser Mandelpfad Riesling Grosses Gewachs 2015 (1x 75cl)

Complex nose with the delicacy of white flowers, and the ripeness of passion fruit and pineapple. Powerful palate for a German Riesling with 13.5% alcohol, layers of texture and a beautiful filigree structure to the acidity, leading into a very long finish. The foods that complement this wine are fish, white meats and poultry. Would go exceptionally well with goose.

£32.55

Weingut Tesch Riesling Krone 2016 (1x75cl)

Established in 1723 Weingut Tesch is one of Germany’s most exciting producers, creating deliciously dry Riesling from five top sites in the Nahe. Turning his back on tradition Martin Tesch creates great wines for a new generation of wine lovers. Martin Tesch has abandoned conventional German wine labelling and colour codes each bottling of his dry Rieslings, which often undergo malolactic fermentation, to distinguish the different soil types that inspired them.

The Krone vineyard in the town of Laubenheim lies directly next to the Löhrer Berg. The steep southeast slope of the Krone is characterized by a mix of light and coarse soils from decalcified loess and weathered sandstone that gives its Rieslings a highly complex character. Dramatic temperature extremes due to the exposure to the westerly winds, most pronounced at night, give the wine a somewhat edgy disposition with a pronounced citrus aroma.

£16.90

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Top 40 Californian Wines Under £40 (see blue link below).

Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2016 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

The Morning Fog Chardonnay is named for the morning coastal fog pushed by Pacific wind streams into the bowl of the San Francisco Bay and lured inland by Livermore Valley’s unique EastWest orientation. This daily phenomenon moderates the climate to produce excellent, beautifully balanced Chardonnay.

Planted on various Wente clones, each vineyard block is farmed and harvested separately which maximizes quality and adds an elegant complexity to the wine. Nearly 80% of the Chardonnay vineyards in California are planted with the Wente clone. An almost microscopic proportion - less then 2% - of Gewurztraminer is also used.

This wine is fermented in 50% neutral American oak barrels and 50% in stainless steel tanks. The oak provides hints of vanilla and enhances the mouthfeel; the steel preserves the naturally vibrant fruit flavors inherent in this Chardonnay. The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie (on its lees/fermenting yeast) for 5 months; batonnage, the art of stirring the barrels, was performed monthly. This adds a creamy note to the wine and greatly enhances the texture. From the remaining 50% stainless steel portion, half was aged on its lees for 5 months, while the other half was racked clean to preserve the fresh fruit character.

Bright, crisp flavors of pear, melon, citrus and green apple are balanced by subtle hints of toasty oak and vanilla from the barrel aging. With mouth-filling body, lingering minerality and balanced acidity, this wine delivers a long, refreshing finish.

£15.75

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

Wieninger, Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC Nussberg 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded a Platinum Medal, 97 points and Best In Show status at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

For other 2018 DWWA winners, click here.

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.”

The grapes for the Wiener Gemischter Satz - Nussberg 2017 were grown in the Ulm vineyard, which lies on a very steep southern slope on the eastern part of the Nussberg next to the Danube river. The vineyards are certified Organic and Biodynamic since 2011. The soil is calcareous shell limestone with small amounts of clay underneath. This area of the Nussberg region is understood to be a remnant of a coral reef from the Tertiary period.

The 2017 vintage began with a cold winter, however, very warm conditions in the months up to mid March resulted in early bud break. Conditions were cooler than average through April and early May, but fortunately the vines didn’t suffer too much from the frosty nights, and the warm and dry summer months that followed kept the grapes healthy. This was the third hottest summer since records began, prompting harvesting to commence earlier than usual at the beginning of September, in order to preserve acidity and freshness in the grapes.

This wine is a field blend of nine organically and biodynamically grown varieties including Neuburger, Welschriesling and Grüner Veltliner. The grapes were hand picked, processed together and macerated for four hours prior to being gently pressed. Fermentation took place in a mix of 75% stainless-steel tanks and 25% large old oak barrels, before being matured on the fine lees for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.

The wine has complex aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple, yellow blossom and sweet herbs. Lively acidity is evident on the elegant palate which has a touch of minerality alongside subtle notes of spice.

£27.70

Xanadu (Estate) Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2019 edition article: Decanter buyer's guide: Australian Chardonnay (see blue link below).

Xanadu Chardonnay 2017 - April 2019 Decanter review

See the link below for the full set of awards the Xanadu Estate Chardonnay 2016 has received

Xanadu (Estate) Chardonnay 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.

100% Chardonnay.

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

Xanadu (Estate) Chardonnay 2016 - fiche technique

£18.40

Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay 2017 (1x75cl)

** This wine has previously been named Exmoor Drive Chardonnay. **

See the link below for the full set of awards the Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay 2017 has received

Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay 2017 - 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.

The 2017 growing season began with late budburst after a relatively cold, wet winter. The mild spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set, in fact some yields needed to be addressed with crop thinning. Fine, mild conditions prevailed during summer, which ended up being one of the coolest growing seasons in recent years. Harvest commenced late, at the end of February. March was relatively wet with a significant rain event after most of the white fruit had been picked. Fortunately, the April that followed was glorious (the driest April since 1982 infact) with fine weather and no heat extremes experienced at all.

All the grapes were pressed without crushing, retaining relatively high solids in the juice after settling overnight. 65% of the blend was fermented in seasoned French oak barriques (only 5% new oak in final blend), the remaining 35% of the blend was fermented in tank using an aromatic yeast strain. Wild fermentation was encouraged on barrel fermented components, in order to introduce complexity and personality into the wine. All of the individual barrel fermented batches which make up the blend were lees stirred throughout a nine-month oak maturation period, without any malolactic fermentation; gaining texture throughout the year. The final blend was put together in November 2017.

The Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay is pale straw in colour. The bouquet of this fresh, fruit-driven Chardonnay displays honeydew melon, pear, and citrus characters with underlying hints of loquats and hay. Oak is merely a bystander, yet its subtle influence adds another layer to the fruit aromas. The palate is medium bodied offering gala apples and stone fruits with a delicate creamy texture derived from lees stirring. A bright refreshing wine; crisp and dry, with a lingering fruit finish. In conclusion, this is a fresh, fruit-driven style of Chardonnay, with oak simply playing a supporting role in the background. The wine is best consumed in its youth however certainly suitable for medium-term cellaring.

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

Xanadu Exmoor Chardonnay 2017 - fiche technique

£11.85

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

Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2012 (1x 75cl)

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The 2015 vintage was awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2017 edition review of Margaret River (Australia) (see blue link below). Alas, the 2015 has all gone in the UK, but we offer the excellent 2012.

Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2015 - Dec 2017 Decanter review

See the link below for the full set of awards (both 2012 and 2015) it has received

Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2012 - awards

Exacting craftsmanship on display in an exceptional season, Xanadu has secured its position within Australia's top Chardonnay set with breathtaking white floral fragrance, exactingly honed precision, intensity, endurance and poise. Oak hovers subliminally under the fruit, propelling taut grapefruit, lemon and white peach fruit with tension and generosity, graceful elegance and confidence. The finish is very long, seamless and quite magnificent.

To see Xanadu's information sheet (rewritten in 2018 after a re-tasting) for this wine, please click on the blue link below.

Xanadu Reserve Chardonnay 2012 - fiche technique

£52.15
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