Discovery wines March – April 2015
Your new favourite bottle is out there waiting to be discovered. With our broad range of wines from more than 20 countries and a myriad of different grape varieties, to help you explore a little we’ve launched the discover choices to encourage you to try a new variety, region or country when you buy wine and you’ll soon be discovering how much more there is to enjoy.
These are our discovery picks for March – April.
FINESSE CHARDONNAY, DE WETSHOF • 85AED • Robertson, South Africa
De Wetshof is a third generation wine estate in South Africa’s Robertson Valley, where wine has been made for over 150 years. Here Danie de Wet, proprietor and cellarmaster, is assisted by sons and co-owners Johann (viticulture and marketing) and Peter (winemaker). This is a lovely restrained style of oaked Chardonnay – strong citrus flavours and a pronounced nuttiness on the mid-palate which leads through to a clean finish.
CLIFFHANGER RIESLING, PLOB. • 48AED • Mosel, Germany
A wonderful all-round aperitif wine, perfect for sharing with friends while you fire up the BBQ. Four of the best young winemakers in the Mosel got together to create this charming, racy white, hand-crafted from the steep slopes of the region. This is a refreshing yet balanced Riesling full of zippy lemon and lime flavours. PLOB comes from the initials of the four winemakers involved: Axel Pauly, Thomas Ludwig, Sebastian Oberillig and Markus Berres.
FRIULANO, LINEA CLASSICA, LIVON • 90AED • Friuli, Italy
Over 30 different grape varieties are grown in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia including international varieties such as Chardonnay and Merlot as well as local varieties. Of these local varieties, Friulano is the most well-known and important variety producing crisp, floral wines that develop notes of nuts and fennel as it ages. The grape was widely known as Tocai Friulano but in 2006 the European Union banned names that have some similarity or association with the Hungarian wine Tokaji. Now Tocai Friulano is simply called Friulano. Perfect with fish dishes or grilled white meat.
MACON-VILLAGES, GRANGE MAGNIEN, LOUIS JADOT • 110AED • Macon, France
Classic un-oaked Chardonnay from the southern part of Burgundy. This Domaine is situated near Viré and Lugny, two of the famous villages of the Maconnais. This is a wine for the ABC crew ( Anything But Chardonnay) – who lost their appetite for this wonderful grape due to the heavily-oaked versions that came on the scene from Australia and California over a decade ago. We urge you to give Chardonnay in it’s pure form another try – it won’t disappoint.
MASIA BLANCO, CASTILLO PERELADA • 45AED • Emporda, Spain
North of Barcelona is one of the smallest wine regions of Spain – Emporda. Until 2006, it was initially known as Empordà-Costa Brava to associate the large tourist beach area with the region. The historice property of Castillo Perelada use the local white varieties Macabeu and Garnatxa Blanca to produce this young wine. Shows plenty of fresh fruit aromas with fine floral notes, very fine and balanced on the palate, expressive and silky. Great value.
MENETOU-SALON, LES BORNÉS, DOMAINE PELLÉ • 87AED • Loire, France
We’re letting you in on a well-kept wine industry secret here – Just west of Sancerre, the wine area of Menetou-Salon produces wines that are very similar in style and quality to those of Sancerre, but generally at a better price. 100% Sauvignon Blanc ‘Les Bornés’, which means ‘clay soil’ in Berrichon, the local dialect from the Berry region of France, is an aromatic and fresh wine. The nose is classic Sauvignon and the taste is full, rich and tender.
CABERNET FRANC, LINEA CLASSICA, LIVON • 90AED • Collio, Italy
Cabernet Franc is a black-skinned grape variety grown in most wine producing nations. The variety is most famously known as the third grape of Bordeaux and can be found in many of the world’s top Bordeaux Blend wines. 30% of the wine is aged in oak barrels to add a touch of toasty vanilla. Intense red ruby colour, with violet edges, it has a characteristic herbaceous note, intense, penetrating, with a long finish. Valneo and Tonino Livon are now in charge of the winery their father Dorino established in 1964 and continue to highlight the special characters of each variety and terroir in the region.
FINCA CUCÓ, CELLER EL MASROIG • 69AED • Montsant, Spain
A “cucó” is an architectural piece typical of the Priorat region. It is a stone cottage with a small entrance in the form of an “o” – hence the striking label design on this smooth red from the small region of Montsant in the province of Tarragona . A juicy blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah without any oak influence. Shows lovely Mediterranean characters of licorice, herbs and cherries. An elegant, easy drinking wine showing the great value that upcoming Spanish wineries are producing today.
ROSSO DI MONTALCINO, TENUTE SILVIO NARDI • 70AED • Tuscany, Italy
A true find for the savvy wino! The Rosso DOC is in effect a mini Brunello di Montalcino -both are situated in the heart of Tuscany, in central Italy. This DOC was created in 1984 in order to make the most of the fruit from younger vines of new plantings. The idea was to create a fresher style of wine that needed considerably less ageing time (one year with only six months in oak) than its sibling. 100% Sangiovese grape – shows ripe, wild cherry fruit aromas and flavors with leather and spice. Medium-bodied and fruit-forward with a velvety texture and ripe tannins.
CUVÉE CALIFORNIA, PANAMERA • 55AED • California, USA
The name Panamera comes from the Spanish word “Carretera Panamericana” meaning “Pan-American highway”, the infamous open road that connects Alaska to Argentina and runs straight through the United States. The notion of escapism is thus conveyed in the Panamera Californian Cuvée – a blend of Bordeaux varietals that have ripened in Californian sunshine and were aged using new French oak. Escape quietly yourself this weekend with a glass or two of Panamera.
LEFT BANK RED, CABERNET-MERLOT, FAMILLE DUCOURT • 50AED • Bordeaux, France
Left Bank Red is made using a combination of traditional and modern winemaking techniques to create a softer, more approachable style of Bordeaux red. All the grapes are from the family’s own vineyards in Entre-Deux-Mers where Jonathan Ducourt oversees the careful viticultural practices. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, some of which is aged in French Oak barrels to give the wine more complexity and the ability to age for between 5 and 8 years – although drinking superbly now.
SAMSON’S RANGE SHIRAZ-CABERNET, PLANTAGENET • 53AED • Western Australia
Plantagenet was the first winery in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia. The winery has developed an enviable reputation for producing elegant wines with complexity, finesse and balance since 1974. In 1829 the Samson brothers pioneering spirit brought them from England to Fremantle, Western Australia where they began importing fine wines from around the world. Many years later, the Samson’s saw the potential of the Western Australian wine regions and linked up with Plantagenet Estate to make wines that are still to this day amongst the region’s best.
MIRABEAU PURE • 85AED • provence, france
Stephen Cronk left the corporate world of London in August 2008 to follow his dream of making wine in France and spend more time with his young family. Fast forward 6 years and the latest wine from the Mirabeau estate is born. The beautifully presented Pure Mirabeau is a wine made from some of the highest vineyards in the Côtes de Provence. Classic Grenache blended with the more punchy Syrah for wonderful cherry and raspberry flavours and a smattering of Vermentino to provide delicacy and a hint of white pepper.
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