Rusty Mutt ‘Conejo Joven’ Tempranillo 2017£16.50
‘Conejo Joven’ (pronounce ‘j’ like ‘h’) is Spanish for ‘Young Rabbit’. A long time coming, this wine complete’s the immediate family of wines! Named after winemaker Scott’s son Tobias, who is a Golden Rabbit in Chinese Astrology.
Rabbits are lucky, don’t take unnecessary risks, are polite, peaceful and funny. They are also meticulous and clean . In many ways, these characters reflect this wine. Clean, familiar and friendly – definitely a no risk wine to open with many foods. It has a bright, exciting edge to it. Give it a go, we are sure it will be your new favourite!
The colour is youthful and bright with moderate depth. The aroma shows some pepper and spice, ripe dark cherry, savoury meats and raspberry. The palate is so approachable! Lovely, round and forward. Tempranillo is a naturally low acid grape which tends to accentuate the ripe fruit characters on the palate. The tannins are mild and in balance, finishing on a warm cherry note.
Samuel’s Gorge, Kaleidoscope Horizons , 2016£49.95
The 2016 Kaleidoscope Horizons is the more boisterous of the Samuel’s Gorge reserve blends. The wine is structurally supported by a tessellation of Tempranillo tannins, allowing Grenache to sing, Graciano to provide aromatics and acidity.
This beguiling blend will lead you down a path of smouldering cherry wood, marshy bogs, cured pancetta and cacao nibs. The wine grants the avid and willing taster a spice matrix accompanied by dark lifted aromatics of poached satsuma plum and polished mulga wood. Like clouds rumbling over the ocean, the elements of this wine gather and are then refracted like an ever-changing kaleidoscope, finishing with poise and structure.
The wine transcends one to Ho Chin Minh city night market; an intoxicating atmosphere, that like the wine, is wildly enticing. Crispy peking duck pancake with a dash of hoisin sauce.
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!
Down The Rabbit Hole Wines 6 Bottle Mixed Case£88.00
Down The Rabbit Hole from McLaren Vale, Australia, is a winery which aims to inspire imagination with an attitude of adventure, inviting drinkers to join in on something special. Their team is built on creativity, energy and youthful spirit. It’s almost impossible not to want to share in their beautiful lifestyle (and cute campervan named Scout). They view wine as the ability to transform a seemingly ordinary day into something pretty special. On the back of every bottle is their poem, and each hand sketched illustration on the wine label represents a different line of that poem.
The case price of £88 includes a 5% discount off the RRP case price £92.70. The selection is as follows:
Hugh Hamilton ‘The Scoundrel’ Tempranillo 2016£17.95
This Hugh Hamilton Tempranillo has savoury leather & cherry characteristics of the Spanish Tempranillo blended to add the mid-palate weight, balance & fruit of the other varieties.
With a medium body this wine is perfect with a paella, or any Spanish foods.
Suitable for vegans!
Samuel’s Gorge, Tempranillo 2016£27.95
From a special little vineyard block perched atop of Samuel’s Gorge Seaview Estate; a merry dance of cherry, feminine floral’s and a charming tannin line.
Winemaker Justin has a merry dance with Tempranillo through each vintage, what he calls a Jekyll and Hyde. The vineyard is set amongst the clutches of a rocky, windswept ridge exposed to the Gulf and it’s fair to say that this Iberian hero is an interpretation of its landscape.
Winemaker, Justin McNamee’s tasting note:
“Aromas of jamon Serrano, lavender, dried sage, sun worn dusty limestone walls infiltrate the senses. Be prepared for an extended journey in the cellar with this one; it’s a stayer and may take a while to settle into its stride.”