Chateau de la Roulerie, Anjou Rouge, les Merances, 2013£21.45
Chateau de la Roulerie Anjou Rouge “Les Merances” 2013 was harvested by hand, vinified in whole bunches and aged for 3 to 4 months in wooden vats, with an additional 6 months in bottle before release. This Loire red offers lovely fruit, floral and mineral notes with pleasing tannins.
Fox Creek Wine Mixed Case£99.50
Fox Creek brings a little bit of the past into the future. It’s a fine balance of old and new. The nineteenth century stone cottage, home to their Cellar Door is just 400 metres away from the state-of-the-art winery complex.
Their wines are not mass-produced. It is more about a discovery of a wine that they honestly care about—deeply and unswerving. Every one of their countless decisions is dedicated to a single-minded result and you can taste the passion in every bottle, every variety, from every vintage.
The 6-bottle case price of £100 includes a 5% discount off the RRP Case price £105.75. Price includes sale prices.
The selection is as follows:
Le Argille Cabernet di Cabernet 2014£32.50
Cement dipped bottle, wax cap and leather label: we had never seen a bottle like it until we found this truly remarkable Le Argille Cabernet Di Cabernet. Originating from Treviso, Italy, in vineyards surrounded by the river Sile, this strong, serious and unique wine is aged in concrete barrels for two years. This method allows the the winemakers to produce an immaculate wine free from oak interference, so that the flavour comes entirely from the grapes themselves. Its uniqueness is fully preserved along with its warm, refined, and mature taste.
Appearance and Nose
If you can lift the bottle (it really is heavy!), on the pour you’ll release an intense ruby red liquid with garnet highlights. Stick your nose in and you are greeted by a warm, complex, enveloping aroma, with perfume of mature berries especially blueberry, blackberry and wild strawberries. Then a second wave hits you with hints of plum, black cherries and vanilla. But wait.. it still hasn’t finished, now we’re getting light nuances of tobacco, dark chocolate and green pepper.
It is everything it promises with a warm, elegant, mature, complex and important mouthfeel that reveals soft berries, glorious spicing and just gorgeous supple tannins. The long ageing in cement has preserved all the exquisite particular flavours of the grapes that crescendos to a spectacular mouth warming long finish that demands you take another sip.
Well the good news is it is incredibly versatile and food friendly. It’s excellent with strong meats like game and venison and will pair up wonderfully with meaty stews and hard cheeses.
This wine comes gift boxed.
Fox Creek, Jim’s Script, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, 2013£17.95
Jim Watts, an eminent professor of surgery, purchased the bare land that is now Fox Creek vineyards with his wife Helen in 1984. A lover of wine, Jim and his four children planted a selection of grape varieties and made their first wine under the Fox Creek label ten years later.
Three decades following Jim and Helen’s vision to plant grapes certainly stopped the critics who mooted the land was not suitable. It is deserving that Jim has a wine named after him. The Jim’s Script is a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is full of black fruit flavours and long elegant tannins. This wine has a vibrant and rich palate with seamless integration between the varietal flavours and tannins, finishing with crunchy acidity and an earthy texture.
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek Vixen Shiraz (sparkling red)£17.95
The majority of our customers have discovered Tilley’s Wines through their search for the Vixen! This sparkling red has a huge following in the UK and of course in its homeland Australia.
It is made in the same way as Champagne with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. This is no cheap fizzy plonk but a serious game changer when it comes to sparkling wines.
We like to always include the Vixen on tastings to see how many sparkling red converters we can make and we have a near 100% success rate.
By way of a tasting note it is a powerful wine rich and soft in texture. The silky palate oozes sweet mixed berry conserve, ‘rum and raisin’, white chocolate & spicy vanillin oak finished with a balanced explosion of spice, crisp acid and soft elegant tannin length.
With regards to food matching, we’d drink this and only this with our turkey on Christmas Day. We also think it’s a cracking match with Stilton cheese and Christmas pud! We also think its bubbles give good cause to opening it for any celebratory occasion!
Suitable for vegans!
Fox Creek, JSM, 2012£14.95
JSM is named after decorated army Captain, James Stanley Malpas who was born in Willunga in 1873. His family lived in what is now Fox Creeks Cellar Door cottage. James, the youngest son of Henry and Mary Malpas made his mark early. In 1891 at the age of 18, he carved his initials in the stone lintel above the front door. James studied at Roseworthy Agricultural College where he graduated as a Gold Medalist. In 1915 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and was posted to Gallipoli where he was promoted to Captain.
James was awarded the Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry in action’ after displaying great resourcefulness and dash in getting his company out of an almost impossible position in the trenches in Gallipoli.
A fruit driven mid palate is laden with red cherry, plums and raspberries. The wine has a long, crisp and refreshing finish due to the Cabernets firm and youthful grape tannin framed with elegant and spicy oak. A great drinking wine of complexity and substance.
Suitable for vegans!