Claymore, ‘Skinny Love’ Viognier, 2018£10.95
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.
An early harvest wine that shows pretty floral notes of Jasmin and white peach.
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.
Suitable for vegans!
Domaine Bousquet Cameleon Malbec Dulce Dessert 2017£14.50
A dessert wine made of red grapes!
Aged for 12 months and at least 8 months bottle ageing.
French and American second use oak.
It is an opaque violet wine, almost black colour with big intensity
and bright notes. In the nose it has intense rich aromas with
blackberry fruit, blackcurrant, chocolate and coffee notes. In the
mouth it shows ripe plums, notes of marmalade and chocolate,
moderate sweetness, follow through to a full-bodied palate, with
silky tannins and a long finish. Very concentrated aromas with
finesse and texture thanks to the good balance of natural sugar
This lovely stuff will go with an array of desserts from chocolate, Christmas pudding and even a cheese board.
Suitable for vegans!
Domaine de Grangeneuve Monbazillac 2011£10.50
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.
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Los Vientos Alcyone Tannat Dessert Wine£21.95
This dessert wine is made from 100% tannat and combines two dessert wine production methods. As with Ports and Marsala the fermentation of the wine is stopped with the addition of Brandy. This means that not all the grapes sugars have been converted to alcohol and the wine retains a natural sweetness. The Alcyone also follows the Barolo Chinato method by flavouring the wine with herbs and spices. The resulting drink has a radiant purple hue and honey like texture. Flavours of Madagascan vanilla bean and a hit of cherries and spice with a long velvety finish.
Maxwell Honey Mead£14.95
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.
Maxwell Liqueur Mead£14.95
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.
Maxwell Sparkling Mead (500ml)£6.75
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.
Maxwell Spiced Mead£14.95
Like many great things in history, spiced mead was born out of necessity. When mead found its way to England in the middle-ages by the sharp end of a Viking sword, honey was a cheaper commodity than sugar. Mead was fermented communally and was available for collection around the village. Often remaining there for weeks, spices were added as the mead began to spoil to mask any unpleasant flavours! A happy accident indeed.
In the early 1970s Ken Maxwell began selling his famous honey mead with an envelope of spice to allow mead drinkers to ‘mull’ their mead at home. These days Mark Maxwell does all the hard work for you as the now famous ‘Spiced Mead’ is made to a secret and finely honed family recipe.
With an army of loyal followers this winter elixir has warmed the hearts and bodies of a generation or more, a veritable potion of pleasure.
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. This is our answer to Tilley’s Wines. In the summer try serving it chilled with dry ginger ale, ice and mint.
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