We've seen a trend of drinkers looking for low alcohol wines. New World wines tend to be more alcoholic because of the warmer temperatures but Claymore have picked their Viognier grapes early (hence the name on the label First Crush) which means not all the natural grape sugar has fermented into alcohol retaining some natural sweetness. The result: a naturally low alcohol wine through natural wine-making processes.
Even though we would like to tell you this is low calorie wine the name actually refers to the song Skinny Love by Birdy.
Appearance White straw
Nose An early harvest wine that shows pretty floral notes of Jasmin and white peach.
Palate Minimal intervention with this wine ensures that the mouthfeel of this wine is soft, balanced, integrated and appealing. Stone fruit and honeydew melon on the finish are complemented by natural acid and retained natural sugars. An extremely pretty, delicate and approachable wine. Hints of apricot flesh on the finish indicate the variety used for this wine.
The vineyard of Domaine de Grange Neuve is close to the town of Pomport near Bergerac in the heart of Périgord. The vineyards are on the slopes of the valley of the Dordogne at an altitude of between 50 and 180 metres. Belonging to the Pichon and Castaing family – the winery has grown from a small farm with just 4 hectares of vines in 1898 to a vineyard of 70 hectares today.
A fabulous dessert wine, sweet and luscious with a great backbone of fine acidity for a clean finish. The nose is fresh with classic botrytis marmalade and ripe nectarine and melon, flavours on the palate are richer, honey and toffee finishing with a twist of bitter orange zest. Served best as an aperitif but it is also good with paté or blue cheeses such as Roquefort.
Ideally consumed chilled (over ice), it can also be mixed with soda water, lemonade or dry ginger ale. It has been awarded ‘best pure varietal mead’ at the International Mead Festival Competition in the USA.
Mead at its absolute best! Stunningly rich, aromatic, and intensely flavoured, this is a unique after-dinner liqueur. Starting with a base of Spiced Mead, a special herb & spice infusion is added prior to fortification. An extended barrel maturation of around three years in Maxwell’s cellars completes this limited release mead. Maxwell’s Liqueur Mead has also been twice awarded ‘best dessert mead’ at the International Mead Festival Competition in the USA.
This Mead is made by fermenting pure Australian honey using a method as old as history; In ancient times mead was ‘nectar’ to the Greek Gods and to the Vikings it was the honeymoon drink, believed to have virtues of an aphrodisiac. The Sparkling Mead displays hints of cinnamon and clove, together with stone fruits, citrus and the delicate flavour of ginger.
Super for a festive sparkle or just as good in the summer served over crushed ice and garnished with fresh mint.
Traditionally served hot (not boiling) to enhance its aromas and warm the soul, it can also find uses in the kitchen as an ingredient in cakes and fruit pies. Try serving it chilled with dry ginger ale, ice and mint.