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Castello Nipozzano, Mormoreto, Toscana 2013 (1x 75cl)

Tradition, innate elegance and the essence of the Renaissance: Tuscany exudes an aura of timelessness that has inspired generations of the Frescobaldi family and is now an integral part of their vineyards. The Nipozzano Estate is located in one of the traditional areas of Chianti: Chianti Rufina, which is the smallest and most elevated Chianti sub-appellation. The 11th century castle is located in the heart of the prestigious Chianti Rufina, which holds the family cellar including wines dating back to 1864. The uniqueness of the Nipozzano terroir continues to produce wines with a wide range of aromas and extraordinary longevity.

The grapes were hand harvested and then softly pressed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at less than 30°C and lasted for 12 days. Maceration lasted for 28 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in barriques immediately following alcoholic fermentation. The wine was aged for 24 months in barrique and six months in bottle.

Ruby, red with violet highlights. Aromas of blueberry and blackberry are followed by black cherry and balsamic notes. On the palate the tannins are textured and dense. It is rich and velvety with a very long finish maked by eucalyptus and balsamic notes. A terrific partner to slow-cooked meat dishes, marinades and stews.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£66.10

Castello Pomino, Pomino, Bianco 2017 (1x 75cl)

Intensely floral with frangipani and jasmine aromas combining with the fruity notes of apricot and quince. Generous and lively on the palate with exotic flavours of tropical fruit and fresh cardamom, this wine has a balanced structure and a persistent finish.

£14.75

Catena Alta Chardonnay 2016 (1x 75cl)

During the 1990’s, Bodega Catena Zapata set new standards for Argentine wine. In an effort to produce a super-premium wine, the winemaking team of Catena began in-depth investigation into the yields from specially selected, high altitude vineyards, identifying the individual lots that produce the best fruit. 

These vines undergo a careful thinning process, leaving only a select few clusters, resulting in remarkably complex, aromatic and flavorful fruit. Through the application of natural techniques, these grapes are transformed into Catena Alta. The Catena Alta Chardonnay is produced from two of the Catena family vineyards - Adrianna, at almost 5,000 feet elevation and Domingo, at 3,700 feet elevation. The Adrianna vineyard's pebble covered soil and cool climate are ideal for growing Chardonnay. The fruit from Adrianna has a purity of flavors and a minerality that is particular to this vineyard and cannot be found anywhere else in Mendoza. Meanwhile, the sandy loam soils of the Domingo vineyard contribute white stone fruit and good acid balance.

Whole clusters are pressed and then 100% fermented in 500-litre French oak barrels with natural yeasts at low temperatures and with aggressive battonage. Aged for 14 months in French oak. 30% does not undergo malolactic fermentation. First-, second- and third- use barrels used.

The Catena Alta Chardonnay presents an intenese greenish-yellow color. The nose offers ripe white fruit aromas such as pears and peaches that are interwoven with delicate citrus and floral notes, such as jasmine. The palate shows rich and concentrated ripe pear, apple and apricot flavors with a light note of minerality. The wine finishes long and complex with crisp, mineral acidity.

£19.85

Catena Appellation (Tupungato) Chardonnay 2017 (1x75cl)

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Catena Appellation Chardonnay 2017 - fiche technique

This wine has the unique expression of cool and high altitude vineyard sites.  Tupungato vineyards lend citrus notes with a crisp finish and a rich unctuous mouthfeel.  The wine has a beautiful pear and citrus flavors with crisp fresh minerality.  The wine is a delicate greenish color with light yellow notes.  The aroma is of fresh white peaches and pineapples and jasmine and magnolia.  The mouthfeel is tangible and rich yet clean and fresh on the finish. 

£13.40

Catena Chardonnay 2017 (1x 75cl)

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Catena Chardonnay 2017 - fiche technique

The Catena Chardonnay combines the unique expressions of three high altitude vineyard sites. The wine shows an intense greenish color with yellow notes. The extraordinary combination of these vineyards offer honey and tropical fruit flavors while lending notes of citrus, pears, peaches, and white flowers with a strong minerality and a delicated note of vanilla. The mouthfeel is clean, with a fresh, clean acidity.

£13.00

Cave De Hunawihr Gewürztraminer Reserve 2017 (1x75cl)

This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar. Their wines are vinified using only their members' grapes, with a focus on expressing the rich diversity of Alsatian soils. Winemaker Nicolas Garde started at the winery in 2004 and his influence continues to be seen in the way the wines improve with each vintage.

Sheltered from oceanic influence by the Vosges Mountains, the Alsace wine region has a semi-continental climate which stays sunny and dry throughout the growing season, and this lengthens the ripening period for the grapes. The slopes surrounding Hunawihr, a picturesque village of half-timbered houses and a 14th century church, are some of the most celebrated in Alsace for grape-growing. Cave de Hunawihr’s fruit is sourced from 25-year-old vines grown in vineyards running along the south and south-east facing hillside slopes around the village, at an altitude of 250-320 metres. The vineyards cover an area of 36 hectares, located on a geological fault line across Ribeauvillé which gives soils composed of clayey limestone marl and chalky gravels.

Yields were low in 2017 due to the frost, but the quality of the grapes was very good. The harvest started earlier than normal, at the beginning of September.

This Gewürztraminer was made from a blend of micro-parcels from the Hunawihr vineyards, picked at optimum ripeness. The temperature-controlled fermentation took place between 16-18°C for three weeks, followed by four months in stainless-steel tanks to settle before careful filtration. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.

This wine has a nice pale, straw yellow colour with an elegant silver tint. The nose is very complex with very delicate aromas of lychee, mango and particularly rose. Full-bodied, this off-dry wine has a refreshing acidity with roses lingering on the long finish.

£14.45

Cave De Hunawihr Pinot Blanc Klevner Reserve 2016 (1x75cl)

This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar. Their wines are vinified using only their members' grapes, with a focus on expressing the rich diversity of Alsatian soils. Winemaker Nicolas Garde started at the winery in 2004 and his influence continues to be seen in the way the wines improve with each vintage.

Sheltered from oceanic influence by the Vosges Mountains, the Alsace wine region has a semi-continental climate which stays sunny and dry throughout the growing season, and this lengthens the ripening period for the grapes. The slopes surrounding Hunawihr, a picturesque village of half-timbered houses and a 14th century church, are some of the most celebrated in Alsace for grape-growing. Cave de Hunawihr’s fruit is sourced from 25 year-old vines grown in vineyards running along the south and south-east facing hillside slopes around the village, at an altitude of 250-320 metres. The vineyards cover an area of 36 hectares, located on a geological fault line across Ribeauvillé which gives soils composed of clayey limestone marl and chalky gravels.

In 2016, nature took its time to reveal good quantities of bright, ripe fruits. Budburst began in May, and flowering started in early June. The vines continued to mature until the end of August. Harvest started on 7th October. The wines of this vintage are fresh and light, with plenty of vivacity.

This Pinot Blanc is a blend of micro-parcels from the Hunawihr vineyards. The temperature controlled fermentation took place between 16-18°C for three weeks, followed by four months in stainless steel tanks to settle before careful filtration. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place.

Pale, almost luminous yellow, with an elegant silver tint. Very fresh and striking on the nose, with citrus aromas and a floral hint. Rich and silky, this is a full-bodied wine with good balance and fresh acidity. A lovely bouquet of lemon and pear continues on the long finish.

£12.20

Cave De Hunawihr Pinot Gris Reserve 2017 (1x 75cl)

This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar. Their wines are vinified using only their members' grapes, with a focus on expressing the rich diversity of Alsatian soils. Winemaker Nicolas Garde started at the winery in 2004 and his influence continues to be seen in the way the wines improve with each vintage.

Sheltered from oceanic influence by the Vosges Mountains, the Alsace wine region has a semi-continental climate which stays sunny and dry throughout the growing season, and this lengthens the ripening period for the grapes. The slopes surrounding Hunawihr, a picturesque village of half-timbered houses and a 14th century church, are some of the most celebrated in Alsace for grape-growing. Cave de Hunawihr’s fruit is sourced from 25 year-old vines grown in vineyards running along the south and south-east facing hillside slopes around the village, at an altitude of 250-320 metres. The vineyards cover an area of 36 hectares, located on a geological fault line across Ribeauvillé which gives soils composed of clayey limestone marl and chalky gravels.

Yields were low in 2017 due to the frost, but the quality of the grapes was very good. The harvest started earlier than normal, at the beginning of September.

Grapes were taken from selected small plots from the Hunawihr vineyards. Temperature-controlled fermentation took place between 16-18°C for three weeks, followed by four months in stainless-steel tanks to settle before being filtered carefully. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place to preserve the purity of the fruit.

This wine is pale yellow in colour with a silver tint. The nose is fresh and intense with floral and pear aromas. On the palate, elegant flavours of pear and apricot are matched with a subtle smokiness. Sugar and acidity are beautifully balanced on the long finish of this food-friendly wine.

£14.55

Cave De Hunawihr Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker 2017 (1x75cl)

This small co-operative, founded in 1954, has 110 members and 200 hectares of vineyard in the Haut-Rhin, nine kilometres from Colmar. Their wines are vinified using only their members' grapes, with a focus on expressing the rich diversity of Alsatian soils. Winemaker Nicolas Garde started at the winery in 2004 and his influence continues to be seen in the way the wines improve with each vintage.

The 5.6 hectare Rosacker vineyard is north of Hunawihr, a small village between Ribeauvillé and Riquewihr. This is also where the famous parcel of Clos St Hune is located. It lies 260-330 metres above sea level, facing east/south-east, with heavy, clay soils rich in calcium and magnesium, with limestone pebbles. The vines are on average 35 years old.

Yields were low in 2017 due to the frost, but the quality of the grapes was very good. The harvest started earlier than normal, at the beginning of September.

All of the grapes were harvested by hand. There was a gentle cold settling of the must for 48 hours before fermentation at control temperatures of 16-18°C for three weeks, with selected yeasts. The wine aged for four months in stainless steel tanks on the lees with regular stirring and then some further time resting in tank before being filtered and bottled.

This wine is light yellow in colour with an elegant silver tint. On the nose, there are delicate nuances of lime and grapefruit. It is complex and fresh on the palate, with aromatic hints of citrus fruits with beautifully acidity and a zesty finish.

£17.55

Cave de l Aurore Macon-Villages 2016 (1x75cl)

Cave de l''Aurore have been producing good quality, consistent Mâcon-Villages since 1926, sourced from vineyard sites that were established by the clergy between the years 875 and 910. The vineyards are situated around the village of Lugny and benefit from a predominantly southern exposure. The wine is vinified and aged in stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh, delicate flavours of the grapes.

Pale gold in colour with a subtle nose of tropical fruit and refined oak. The palate is well balanced with ripe fruit and fresh well balanced acidity. The finish is long and concentrated with hints of apples and a touch of creaminess.

This wine is a great match with grilled sea bass, mango, grapefruit and avocado salad, potato, spinach and red bell pepper salad with warm bacon vinaigrette or steamed fish fillets with scallion-ginger oil.

£12.95

Ceres Composition Riesling 2014 (1x 75cl)

The Ceres wine brand is the result of a collaboration of brothers Matt and James Dicey. Their grapes are always grown to a high standard. This means a lot of hand care and attention and low yields to ensure concentrated and intensely flavoured grapes. Yields are restricted to a maximum of 6t/ha and all grapes are hand harvested.

To find out more about this excellent wine please click the blue link below.

Ceres Composition Riesling 2014 - fiche technique

£17.75

Cesconi Olivar 2016 (1x75cl)

The four Cesconi brothers have transformed their family estate in the village of Pressano, in the past decade. Whereas they previously sold all their fruit to the co-op at Lavis, today they are making some of Italy's most exciting white wines. All their vineyards are now farmed organically and biodynamically. Stylistically, their whites are more intense and perfumed than those from Friuli and slightly lighter, without the weight or fat that some of the top Friuli wines have. Their reds, on the other hand, have more weight than their Friulian counterparts.

The brothers now have 21 hectares of vineyards in and around the village of Pressano situated 300 metres above sea level. The vineyards are located on the west-facing Pressano hill and have red soils originating from sandstone of the Triassic period. Most of their vineyards are now trained to guyot at a planting density of 7,000 vines per hectare, as opposed to the traditional pergola style used in much of Trentino. In general, guyot gives lower yields and riper, more flavoursome fruit that in turn results in wines of greater power and balance. The vines are on average 25 years old.

Each variety was picked and fermented separately in large oak casks and French oak barriques. The wine was aged in the same casks for ten months. After the final blend was assembled during the spring following the harvest, the wine was bottle-aged for a further six months.

A light gold wine that shows layered aromas of ripe stone fruit such as apricot and peach with notes of white flowers. A fresh, citrus character in the mouth is rounded out by the vanilla notes from the oak ageing and complemented by a touch of minerality. The long finish is floral and fragrant.

£22.15

Chalkers Crossing Semillon 2010 (1x 75cl)

Pale yellow with green tints, lemon rinds, herbs and honey aromas. Citrus and apricot flavours followed by vanilla flavours from barrel maturation. Creamy and lingering palate.

£14.00

Chante Cigale Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

The 2016 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of Southern Rhone Whites (see blue link below)

Chante Cigale CdP 2016 - Aug 2017 Decanter review

Domaine Chante Cigale is situated on the left bank of the Rhône, between Orange and Sorgues, on a variety of soils which contain a high proportion of ‘galets.’ These are the large stones of Châteauneuf-du-Pape which heat up during the day and release their heat at night, allowing the grapes to achieve maximum ripeness. The white is fresh and attractive and an interesting alternative to the ubiquitous Chardonnay. Since taking over the running of the estate from his father over ten years ago, Alexandre Favier has transformed the quality of the wines, which now rank amongst the very best of the appellation.

The grapes for this wine are harvested manually and go through a selective sorting process to ensure that only the best quality grapes are used in the winemaking process.  The wine is fermented in both stainless steel (70%) and wood (30%).  It then spends 6 months on its fine lees before being bottled.

This wine is fragrant, with aromas that are reminiscent of almond and peach blossom. The palate is wonderfully smooth with a silky textured balance of dried apricot fruit and fresh, apply acidity.

This wine is a particularly good match for fish and also works well with smoked ham dishes.  It also compliments slightly spicy dishes as well as traditional Mediterranean cuisine.

£26.00

Chardonnay Lafoa DOC, Colterenzio 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awards:

VINI D’ITALIA “GAMBERO ROSSO” - October 2018 - Tre Bicchieri

ROBERT PARKER - August 2018 - 94/100

JAMES SUCKLING - November 2018 - 95/100

Colterenzio is one of the most recent wineries in Alto Adige with over 300 families working behind the scenes. These families work year-round, and each autumn they deliver their precious, hand-harvested grapes to the winery. The philosophy of their winemakers is as follows: "The perfect piece of land is chosen for each variety, each and every vine is tended year-round and every single grape is carefully harvested by hand. It sounds like a lot of work – and it is. So why do we do it? That’s an easy question to answer: Only from the very best, healthy vineyard can we make good wines in the cellar. There’s no room for compromise. And that’s exactly what we stand for: uncompromising quality and authentic taste."

The grapes for this Chardonnay grow on old vines with very small yields. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 400 to 550 m ASL on dry morainic soils with a sand and gravel composition; the microclimate is cool, with striking contrasts between day and night time temperatures. 

The grapes are pressed without being destemmed. Fermentation then takes place in a combination of new and used oak barriques, where partially malolactic fermentation also takes place. The wine rests on its fine lees for 10 months, and regular battonage is carried out. It then undergoes a further 6 months of bottle-ageing before being released.

This Chardonnay has a pale intense straw yellow colour tinged with green nuances. It is a full but well integrated wine, with nuances of honeydew melon, creamy fruit salad and nutty aromas. There is ample acidity with a delicate undertone of oak on the palate and a long, luscious finish. Its cellaring potential is between 6-10 years. This full-bodied wine is perfect on its own, but an incredible complement to rich fish dishes such as poached skate with mint cream sauce, Dover sole, Cicatelli pasta with fresh crab, stirfried scallops with ginger as well as being the perfect partner to chicken and pork.

£29.50
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