Fox Creek, ‘Arctic Fox’ NV£16.95
Fox Creek’s Arctic Fox is perfect for those seeking an alternative to Champagne.
A blend of three white varieties reflect all that is desirable from McLaren Vale’s climate and soils. Comprising of 55% Vermentino, 23% Verdelho, 22% Sauvignon Blanc.
The Vermentino’s crisp, structural and vibrant contribution is filled out by the Verdelho’s rich, tropical mid palate and yeasty lees stirred characteristics, while the Sauvignon Blanc twist gives the aromatics a lift and provides a herbaceous edge.
So how does it taste: A crisp and refreshing mix of lemon, lime, grapefruit and white nectarine flavours leading into a soft and fleshy mid palate of honeydew, green apple and lemon sorbet. The focused acidity combined with the voluminous mouth-feel finish the wine with crispness, persistence and length.
Suitable for vegans!
K-Naia Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc 2019£10.50
The grapes come from 98 acres of vineyards, the majority of which are 26 years old (and 5 acres of which are ungrafted 90 year old Verdejo vines) all located in La Seca. The grapes are gently pressed and the juice settled for 24 hours. This is then racked to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine is aged on fine lees post ferment, for 3 months.
A nose of grapefruit, passion fruit, mandarin oil notes and lightly herbaceous characters. The palate is rich with minerality, racy lime zest acidity and a touch of stone fruit – giving a lovely texture and intensity, and tropical notes on the finish.
Fantastic with oily or grilled fish and seafood.
Hugh Hamilton, The Intruder, Sauvignon Blanc 2019£14.50
McLaren Vale is the source of many fine wines but it isn’t as often
associated with the massively popular Sauvignon Blanc as some
other regions. The truth is this intruder has every bit as much
punch as its better-known neighbours – perhaps even a little
Vintage 2019 started for Hugh Hamilton with a visit to this vineyard. Where they
would usually sample and see how the fruit was developing over a
number of weeks, they harvested this one almost immediately after
that first visit, and the timing has proven just right.
Gooseberry, light florals, lemon zest and thyme. The wine wafts
readily from the glass with a subtle tropicality; honeydew,
rockmelon, and passionfruit. A zesty palate of white flowers,
peach blossom, and green apple. Fine textured and lingering.
Ginger and scallion fish dumplings, or ginger, shiitake, and tofu chinese dumplings.
Revenant Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2018£8.95
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are from neighbouring farms on The Schapenberg (the hill on which Waterkloof is located), along with Sauvignon grapes from Waterkloof itself. The Chenin Blanc is mainly from old bush-vines on the South facing slopes of the Helderberg, which is a Westerly extension of The Schapenberg overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Grapes are whole bunch pressed, wild ferment takes place primarily in old barrels and concrete eggs. Aged for 10 months on lees. No additions other than a small amount of sulphur.
This white has an uplifting nose of unwaxed lemons, lime pith and a touch of pink grapefruit. With a bright, essential attack the palate ultimately has a lovely balance of fruit weight and acidity.
A really versatile wine that will go with a variety of dishes. The wine can cut through creamy chicken dishes, belly of pork or fried fish and squid. Equally, one can enjoy it with the clean flavours of ceviche, sashimi or simply grilled sea bass.
El Ninot de Paper Blanco 2018£7.95
Grapes are sourced from Murviedros’s 300 hectares of vineyard, and a further 1500 that they control in the surrounding area. Produced predominantly from Viura grapes, blended with Sauvignon Blanc. The wine undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel.
Aromas or apple and ripe pear, and lightly floral notes. The palate has peach and citrus fruit, with zesty acidity giving a fresh finish.
Perfect with paella!
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Domaine du Pre Semele Sancerre 2018£18.00
Julien and Clément manage 20 hectares of vines across 60 different parcels, three quarters of which are Sauvignon Blanc and one quarter Pinot Noir. Soils are primarily the classic ‘terres blanches’ clay-chalk, a heavier soil which gives the wines a ripe fruit character, and some ‘caillottes’, a form of limestone. A very modern, well-equipped, stainless steel cellar allows them to control the temperature of the wines during fermentation and later storage in tank prior to bottling to retain the freshness of the fruit characters.
A classic Sancerre with ripe gooseberry fruit and zesty acidity. The style is full and round yet fresh and well-balanced.
Claymore, YNWA, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017£12.50
You‘ll Never Walk Alone is perhaps the most famous song in football, and is heard before kick-off at every Liverpool match at Anfield and has been adopted as the Football Club’s anthem.
Claymore Wines is the official partner of Liverpool Football Club in Australia and have created their YNWA series of wines inspired by Liverpool Football Club (Claymore owner Anura Nitchingham is a passionate Liverpool football supporter after he studied medicine in Liverpool in his student days).
A deliciously crisp, dry wine made from pristine fruit grown in the cooler Adelaide Hills wine region. A sauvignon blanc full of kiwi fruit, guava and light herbaceous aromas and flavors.
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Bungee, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018
Bungee Sauvignon Blanc is born and bred in New Zealand's famous Marlborough region. It is estate grown and bottled in the Wairau Valley. Back in 1986 when the wine world was just discovering NZ Sauvignon, New Zealand's wine writer Bob Campbell MW famously described the style as “a bungee jump into a gooseberry bush”. Around the same time, NZ also introduced the world to Bungee. The zippy, pure passion fruit flavours of Bungee slap you in the face and captures the life-affirming experience of this special place.
The Bungee Sauvignon Blanc has a silky rounded palate, with citrus and stone fruit characters complimenting the tropical and floral notes on the nose. The palate is wonderfully expressive, with tropical fruits notes entwined with mouth-watering citrus hints and mineral acidity.
The Estate grown grapes were picked over several perfect cold Marlborough mornings, helping capture and retain the concentrated flavour and aromatics of the grapes. After gentle pressing, the juice was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks using multiple cultured yeasts, prior to blending and bottling.
Claymore ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ Wine Mixed Case£45.50
There are 3 things we believe you should never do alone : Walk, Watch football and, Drink a good bottle of wine. That’s why we think a mixed case of Claymore’s official wine of Liverpool is the best for any game day.
In 2015 Claymore wines signed a three-season deal and is currently the ‘Official Wine Partner of Liverpool FC in Australia’. Whether it is football or wine, passion is the key that unites the two brands.
The case price of £45.50 includes a 5% discount. The selection is as follows:
Hugh Hamilton ‘Stunt Double’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc 2016£17.95
Elusive and fiercely independent Black Sheep wines from Hugh Hamilton will not be pinned down. The Dark Arts is a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together, but work! They refuse to be part of the status quo; they are wine as art. Made off the grid in an unconventional style that is all about varietals in quirky combos.
There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing the unexpected triumph over the norm – no less spectacular than watching a man in a jumpsuit leap 19 cars on a Harley and stick the landing. What could easily be seen as no more than a publicity stunt is actually a true and death-defying leap into the unknown. It’s not as crazy as you may think, or maybe it is. Either way, it works.
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Hugh Hamilton, ‘Agent Provocateur’ Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier 2017£19.50
Hugh Hamilton is the 5th generation of a large wine dynasty and is regarded as the black sheep of the family.
His daughter and 6th generation of the family, Mary, continues the legacy making Hugh Hamilton Australia's oldest wine family.
Hugh is the master of a most reprobate flock and his Agent Provocateur is a member of his Dark Arts range – a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together but work!
Agent Provocateur is an established style of wine which was first produced in 2014. It looks scary on paper but Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier work together; truly every component in this blend performs a specific task.
Clear, red violet
Cola and Turkish Delight jockey with star anise, raspberry and rose oil in a bouquet that leaps from the glass provided by the Grenache and Gewurztraminer.
The Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier complete a textural profile that lends weight without sweetness. The supple texture of the white varieties form a perfect counterpoint to the grippier tannins of the reds.
This wine can even be chilled a little. We like it best with Peking Duck and pancakes or some pulled pork burgers.