The 2016 vintage was awarded 89 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Rueda Verdejos (see blue link below). We appreciate it is subjective, but we judge the 2015 to be of equal quality and drinkability, and the 2016 will be coming (y)our way soon!
The special personality of Beronia Rueda Verdejo comes from the perfect unión of the Verdejo variety and the ‘cascajoso’ stony soil of the region. The vineyard, well ventilated, rich in calcium, magnesium and with excellent drainage, give this Beronia Rueda a unique character.
This a wine (unusually) produced from two different harvests in the same vineyard. An early harvest with fermentation at high temperatures in order to achieve an explosion of aromas and notes of ripe stone fruits. Then a second later harvest fermentated at lower temperatures looking for maturity and more concentration and complexity on the palate. The resulting wine is a blend of the two distinct winemaking techniques to achieve an aromatic wine which is fresh, flavoursome and, at the same time, complex.
Beronia Rueda 2015 shows a bright pale yellow colour with a hint of green. An intense nose with vibrant and persistant herbal, grassy aromas, typical of Verdejo. On the palate it is full, fruity and dry with a long finish. This 2015 vintage shows and extremely textured mouth due to the quality of the skins giving fine lees. The wine has a balanced acidity and an attractive bitterness that is characteristic of this variety.
This wine should always be served chilled. Ideal with salads or fish, also with white or lean meat dishes.
Enticing aromas of citrus and melon invite you to explore further. On the palate, bright acidity is touched with a delicate oak influence, with flavours of lime and lemon mingled with tart apple. This medium bodied wine spreads slowly across your palate towards a brilliant finish of creamy vanilla.
Tokaj is a region bordered by the rivers Bodrog and Tisza in the north-eastern corner of Hungary, 120 miles from Budapest. It consists of 28 villages spread over the Tokaj hills at approximately 220m above sea level. Founded in 1869, the Dobogó estate is in the centre of Tokaj and today belongs to Izabella Zwack, the youngest member of the Zwack family (the producers of Hungary's famous liqueur, Unicum).
Grapes were grown in the 35-year-old vineyards of Betsek and Szent Tamás in Mád. Both vineyards are planted with three of the permitted Tokaj grape varieties - 60% Furmint, 30% Harslevelú and 10% Muscat Lunel, although for this wine, only Furmint was used. Yields were restricted using short spur pruning which ensured that the vines did not yield more than one kilogram of fruit per vine. Soils in this area are volcanic.
The grapes were harvested by hand. Fermentation took place using natural yeasts in three and four-year-old Hungarian oak barrels of 300-500 litre capactiy. After undergoing battonage, or stirring of the lees, for a period of six months it was aged for one year before bottling.
This, according to winemaker Attila Domokos is one of the most lean and mineral Furmints in the history of Dobogó dry whites. It captures Mád, Tokaj and the philosophy of Dobogó excellently all in one. It is pale golden in colour and sparkles in the glass. The minerality of Tokaj appears undeniably on the nose, embroidered with fresh citrus and hints of orange peel. Rich and characterful on the palate.
Pure Roussane that manages to be both rich, creamy with golden honey notes and racey and mineraly at the same time. A real treat. The vineyard is organic and the wine is made with no added sulphur.
In December of 1978 Philippe Laurent and Michèle Aubéry-Laurent bought a barn and 12 hectares of old vines in Montbrison. Their first harvest took place in 1979 with their first cuvee being the Ceps Centenaires. As time has passed they have extended their vineyards as well as buying new plots of land and they now have 25 hectares of land under vine. The vineyard is now certified as organic.
This wine was hand picked and has undergone both an alcoholic and malolactic fermentation before spending 6 months in oak.
Light in colour with green reflexes. The fruity, elegant nose is rich and medium-bodied, with aromas of ripe fruits. The palate is elegant, very well-balanced, and full of yellow fruit character before a long finish.
A lifted fresh and approachable, fruity Saumur which offers the freshness of its chalky soil with the white flowers and honeyed characteristics of its grape varietal.
There’s no getting away from it: Sauvignon Blanc has been every bit as much the rage in 2016, courtesy of our ever-productive and aromatic Kiwi friends. For those addicted to that undiluted Marlborough hit, we say, by all means, stick with what you love and we can help you with that. But for those NZSB fans curious to venture out a little, for Francophiles and for those who already know they like their Sauvi Blanc restrained just a little, the classics of the Loire – Sancerre, Menetou-Salon and Pouilly-Fumé – cannot be recommended highly enough. This is among the best of the bunch. It has loads of fresh, herbaceous fruit with a hint of liquorice on the nose. In the mouth, there are the usual delicious Sauvignon Blanc characteristics with citrus and gooseberry flavours, all very elegantly balanced here. As a great Franco-Scottish winter fusion, try it with Cullen Skink!
Bright, clean and more aromatic than usual, the Shakré entices you with its rich fruit and subtle oak nuances before enveloping the palate with spotless Chardonnay fruit and citrus notes, with a crisp clean acid dry finish that lingers on, and on...and on.
This wine offers beautiful flower and honey aromas on the nose and a refreshing zesty acidity on the palate