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.
Hacienda el Espino 1707 Chardonnay Joven 2019£8.95
With a bright and bright straw yellow color, an expressive chardonnay with aromas of tropical fruit, melon and a memory of Mediterranean spices.
The palate is broad, full and unctuous. With good acidity and good balance. A chardonnay with character and good length, perfect to accompany a variety of dishes, from white meat, assorted fish, vegetarian dishes to spicy food.
Vegan Friendly Mixed Case£50.70
The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. These are all natural, and in no way harmful. Most wines, if left long enough, will self-stabilize and self-fine. However, traditionally producers have used a variety of aids called ‘fining agents’ to help the process along. Fining agents help precipitate out these haze-inducing molecules. Essentially, the fining agent acts like a magnet – attracting the molecules around it. Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). These fining agents are known as processing aids. They are not additives to the wine, as they are precipitated out along with the haze molecules.
The case price of £50.7 includes a 10% discount off the RRP case price of £56.35. The selection is as follows:
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.
Bouchon Granito Semillon 2019£35.99
It is hand harvested in the middle of March.
Grapes are pressed in a vertical press, followed by barrel
fermentation and then the wine is aged for 12 months in
French oak barrels.
Bright yellow colour with golden highlights. An
arresting and complex nose of ripe lemon and pear fruit
flavours with well-integrated subtle oak notes, leads to an
extremely well-structured palate, revealing layer upon layer
of complex fruit and mineral notes, finishing long.
Enjoy with sushi, white meats and antipasti.
Blue Horn Torrontes, Argentina, 2018£10.50
In 1939, young Haroldo ‘Don Lolo’ Falasco started selling
wine from the front of his bike…he had ambition & a dream;
he worked hard over the next few decades with ever greater
success to the extent that today, Bodega Los Haroldos are
one of Argentina’s leading family-owned wineries.
An increasingly fine portfolio of wines is produced from
premium vineyard sites in Mendoza, where they utilise high
altitude to impart character and freshness in their wines.
Blue Horn is an unoaked range focused on primary fruit
Tasting Note: A nose of peach, apricot and honeysuckle
moves to a dry palate with passion fruit, honeyed lemon and
orchard fruits. Well balanced and rounded.
Food Match: Perfect with oven baked salmon or tajine with
lemon and herbs. Great accompaniment to Asian foods,
Dog Lovers Wine Mixed Case£45.75
Wine is our passion so we feel pretty lucky to call it work, too. So it really does make us happy when we combine our passion for pooches and premium wine with our Dog Lovers Wine Mixed Case.
We haven’t gone totally barking mad. The wines may have cute labels but in the bottles also lives seriously good wine crafted by talented family-run and owned winemakers, who also share affection for animals.
We also thought how we could support a good cause at the same time as sharing our love of dogs and wine so we will donate 10% of each sale of the Dog Lovers Mixed Case to our local dog re-homing shelter, Wellidog which relies solely on the generosity of donations.
The 3-bottle case price of £45.75 with 10% of each sale going to local dog rehoming charity Wellidog.
In the Dog Lovers Mixed Case:
Poppy the Frenchie wines are named after the family dog, Poppy. She is a beloved French Bulldog, who is bubbly, full of energy and as all dogs, loves a good pat!
Poppy grew up on the boutique family vineyard, visiting with Paggy and her Mum. She loves to seek shade in the vines, chase birds and during vintage receive many pats from the hand pickers, while she supervises the picking of the grapes.
Winemaking is (and should be) a very personal process. The choices in style and direction during the process are almost limitless, so personality plays an enormous role in the way the finished wine looks in the bottle. Winemaker Scott Heidrich was born in the year of the ‘Metal Dog’ according to Chinese astrology. The Metal Dog quickly became Rusty Mutt and the unique personality traits of Winemaker Scott Heidrich describe the wines we make.
Please note, due to Jim Jim being out of stock, a replacement will be given of:
This is a tiny production hand-crafted wine, literally only a few thousand bottles. It really is rather special. Vivid purple-crimson, it has a juicy, supple palate with red and black fruits coated by McLaren Vale chocolate, the silky texture, the structure well balanced. Very attractive wine.
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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