Smalltown Vineyards The Next Big Thing Chardonnay, Barossa Valley 2018£12.50
Grapes are hand harvested from an old block on the Binder family Barossa vineyards. Small batches of Chardonnay are picked and pressed through a tank press with some skin contact. 25% is fermented in French puncheons and American hogsheads for 6 months, aged on lees then blended with the 75% unoaked juice, settled and bottled. Into the main Barossa blend a small component of Eden Valley Chardonnay is blended and the whole sees a tiny bit of secondary use oak for some fine structure.
With the faintest whiff of biscuity oak this bright, tangy Barossa Chardonnay is an absolute delight. It has that classical Barossa charm, elegance, poise, tang and naggingly more-ish elusive something-or-other which makes one wonder why there isn’t more Australian Chardonnay.
Anything with chicken, pork, prawns, seafood… Brilliant as a quaffer or perfect with a lovingly cooked meal.
Strange Bru Fernao Pires, Western Cape 2018£8.50
Of the last blocks of Fernao left in the Cape this is the oldest at 30-something years old. Originally grown for yield and brandy this Portuguese immigrant certainly found its feet but fell out of favour. Which is where we all come in.. Before we lose ‘em let’s use ‘em. Naturally abundant in gently aromatic, fleshy fruit 2018 in particular focussed the fruit in this Breede River Valley vineyard. All the rock-stars are sniffing around this block now which is good for its future but here is an accessibly-priced expression of the loveliness of the Found before it gets Lost. In Portugal the variety is also known as Maria Gomes, which is strangely sexy in itself. Best drunk in its youth this wine is not for later, it’s definitely Fernao.
A mineral nose of crushed granite, peach kernel and petrichor. On the palate the sandy seam underpins stonefruit skins. The wine finishes tight and bright.
Drink with coconut infused curry, fish with a mango salad, pan roasted chicken,
Mino & Co Growers Touch Chardonnay 2017£10.95
Fresh fruits on the nose depict hints of nectarine, peach and orange blossom with rich vanilla oak and a touch of spice. The palate is generous, expressing flavours of stone fruit and citrus nuance, balanced acidity and French Oak, holding true to it’s varietal characteristics.
Adega de Penalva Indigena Blend White 2018£9.50
Penalva make the sort of house wines you wish every restaurant had on their lists. They are at once lively and refreshing, but also elegant and with a distinct sense of place (in this case Portgual’s Dão region).
This wine is like a bouquet of flowers. Beautifully aromatic, the floral notes become more precise in the mouth, and complete with muscat accents. Perfect as an aperitif, and it would be superb with Asian dishes.
Suitable for vegans!
Melon Blanc Vendange Nocturne Vin de France Pierre-Henri Gadais 2019£9.95
Thanks to being almost completely surrounded by the Sèvre river, this 9 hectare estate benefits from a unique micro-climate and Pierre-Henri is able to select the best plot for each style of wine. To create a wine which best accentuates the vibrancy of Melon de Bourgogne (Melon Blanc) he chose ‘La Cantire’, a fully organic, north-facing plot with schist soil. Grapes were harvested in the cool of the night (again for maximum freshness) and cool macerated on their skins for 12 hours. Once pressed, fermentation was carried out using yeasts naturally present on the grape skins. Unlike the richer style of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie (which is bottled in the Spring after harvest), Vendange Nocturne is bottled in early December with no lees ageing and is naturally lower in alcohol (11%). Pierre-Henri’s decision to name the variety – Melon Blanc – on the label means the wine can only be classified as a Vin de France, even though it originates from one of the best sites in Muscadet Sèvre et Maine.
Already quite modern in style, the ripe 2018 vintage has allowed the fruit character to really shine whilst remaining deliciously fresh and bright with a more typical touch of salinity and spritz on the finish.
Hailing from the western Loire, this medium bodied, fresh white wine pairs well with shellfish and seafood.
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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Riposte by Tim Knappstein, Stilleto, Pinot Gris 2013
The acclaimed Riposte is the label of highly awarded vigneron Tim Knappstein. All his wines have fencing-inspired monikers, including this powerful Pinot Gris, named after the Stiletto, a stabbing weapon favoured by 17th and 18th century assassins!
In the glass it is medium straw. Floral lift on the nose. The palate Opens with an attractive ripe core of fruit flavours with layers of pear and custard apple. Powerful, juicy and soft
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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.
Music Lovers Mixed Case by Claymore Wines£78.20
The case price of £78.20 includes a 5% discount of the RRP case price of £82.35. Price include sale prices. The selection is as follows:
Situated in the beautiful Clare Valley in South Australia, Claymore Wines is now in its third decade. Claymore’s founder and owner, Anura Nitchingham has three great loves in his life – wine, music and football – and he celebrates all of them through the winery.
Many of Claymore’s wines are named after some of the world’s legendary rock songs, albums and artists. The sensory connection for Anura was genuine. To him, the labels are those that resonate beyond their time, across generations and have become something of modern classics; he holds similar aspirations for his wines. To silence any critics who may see the rock icons as a gimmick, Claymore Wines has grown into a serious boutique wine business.
There’s plenty of research that suggests music makes wine taste better so we suggest cranking up the volume and exploring the Music Lovers Mixed Case.
Molinetto, Re·lys Gavi DOCG, 2017£16.50
The name Re.lys recalls a rebirth of a family tradition that has never been interrupted and is now nourished with a new energy; the lily is symbol of virtue, incorruptibility and exclusivity.
Appearance and Nose
Colour of bright straw-yellow with light greenish nuances, a bouquet that is distinctive, delicate, fruity, floral.
A third of the wine has been aged in French Oak barrels for 6 months. The wood imparts the wine with a delicate light sweet note and balances out the naturally acidic cortese characteristics. The result is still a dry wine but with a generous body. Although this would still be a perfect match for seafood, it could take stronger flavours of truffle, fish soup and rich risottos.
Down the Rabbit Hole, ‘Joy & Bliss’ Chardonnay, 2018£14.95
This wine is Down the Rabbit Hole’s Joy & Bliss. There’s a drop of happiness in every sip. A creamy mouthful with hints of passion fruit and honeydew, followed by a crisp finish with long lasting flavour.
As with all the labels, this pencil sketched illustration represents a line of Down the Rabbit Hole’s signature poem – and this one is “Another world of Joy & Bliss”
Domenic and Elise Palumbo are incredibly happy to bring to the UK this Chardonnay. In their words, “it’s our idea of perfect. Crisp and vibrant, with just enough oak to give it that silky finish. We are confident this will be a crowd pleaser, and will be exactly what you’re after when the light turns golden at the end of the day.”
At Tilley’s we were very excited to add to Down the Rabbit Hole’s growing family. We love all chardonnay and don’t discriminate but see a place for this light easy-going style. It gets us into the Festival spirit and makes us want to our own Scout VW Campervan for our own road-trip adventures!
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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Castello di Corbara, Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC£10.50
The Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC is made from grapes planted in 1970 with mainly Grechetto. Small quantities of Sauvignon Blanc have been added just before bottling.
A colour of very luminous yellow straw. A nose of white fresh fruits with a clear scent of peach and apricot in a floral background. Fresh and fruity taste with a well balanced acidy and a harmonious finish.
Best served with pasta “carbonara”, tempuras, vegetable quiche, fresh cheeses, rabbit and turkey.
Castello di Corbara, Orzalume, Grechetto Sauvignon Umbria IGT£15.95
A colour of yellow straw with golden highlights. With a nose that is intense and deep with mature yellow pulp fruits notes, vanilla scent, spices and a smoky touch.
A taste that is harmonious, fresh, with a pleasant progression along the palate and a long fruity finish.
Best served with asian cuisine, Indian curry based on white meat and fish. Rich sauces pasta, semi mature cheeses.
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£43.20
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 £43.50 includes a 5% discount. The selection is as follows:
x 1 YNWA “The Boot Room” Shiraz, 2015 RRP £18.95OUT OF STOCK (STOCK EXPECTED AUGUST)
Rusty Mutt Mixed Case£35.60
On our quest for new and exciting wines we discovered this rather eye-catching label Rusty Mutt, a micro-winery in McLaren Vale, Australia, which produces 500 cases a vintage. Close friends and family persuaded Rusty Mutt’s winemaker Scott to make his own small batch of Shiraz in 2006. He skipped the ‘07, ‘08 and ‘09 vintages and returned to the fray in 2010; we are lucky to have our hands on some of his award-winning batch.
The case price of £35.60 includes a 5% discount. Price includes sale price.
The selection is as follows:
Suitable for vegans!
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Hugh Hamilton Wines Mixed Case£89.50
As with all families one is a black sheep and Hugh Hamilton is it. You can expect therefore to enjoy the difference. The black sheep is the master of a most reprobate flock, with characters such as ‘The Rascal’ Shiraz, ‘The Scallywag’ Unwooded Chardonnay and ‘The Villain’ Cabernet Sauvignon – this is no ordinary line up.
The wines are not ordinary either. There is a fascinating range of very individualistic wines that have great character. They have such character and depth of flavour they can become a topic of dinner party conversation on their own.
The case price of £89.50 includes a 5% discount from the RRP Case price £94.25. Price includes sale price.
The selection is as follows:
Suitable for vegans!
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