As the dust clears over the ruins of March, and we take stock of the effects of the budget and failure of Spring to spring, it comes to our attention that we have added a sizable number of new and interesting/weird wines to the range, so here is a brief rundown of the new arrivals:
Firstly Starting with Spain & Australia:
|Quinta Milu Ribera del Duero-
|From the area where Chris starts his charity cycle ride (www.justgiving.com/Chris-Connolly2) , a ‘Roble’ style wine, with 6 months of oak ageing in French and American oak, this is entirely Tempranillo showing fleshy fruit underpinned by some chewy tannins.
|From the little known Méntrida region, lying to the South-West of Madrid. Organically-made Sotorrondero is a legend in the making. On the nose, sweet fruit with an underlying scorched earth quality. In the mouth the minerality and freshness of this wine is apparent. Simply Superb
|Vina Zorzal, Graciano-
|“Superlative value for money - this wine punches well above its weight. Graciano is one of the blending grapes found in Rioja, and here it delivers power, tang and vibrancy that'll go a treat with a tasty roast. – (Olly Smith The Mail on Sunday 17th Mar 2013)”
|Bolo, Rafarl Palacios
|“I have a new enthusiasm – beautifully balanced fine whites from the local Godello grape grown inland of Rias Baixas. The distinguishing feature of Rafael Palacios Valdeorras is not just the vineyards so painstakingly acquired, but the maniacal gleam in his eye which translates into almost obsessive winemaking detail. His basic Bolo wines, named after a local village, may be made in stainless steel using selected yeast, which can be found for less than £15 a bottle, is fermented in special 3,000-litre foudres made with Norman oak. The sheer class of the 2011 vintage was clear. I urge you to buy some. There is no hurry to drink it.”
Jancis Robinson - Waiting for Godello - Financial Times 22nd February 2013
|Suertes del Marques 7 Fuentes
|Hailing from Tenerife of all places, this is made from the indigenous Listan Negro (90%) and 10% Tintilla (Grenache, Mouvèdre or Graciano, annoyingly all use tintilla as a synonym ) and aged for 12 months. Red fruits and a smoky minerality on the nose, followed by dark ripe fruits and leathery minerality on the palate.
|Kalleske Clarry’s GSM
|Until very recently, the Kalleske family have been selling their grapes to Penfolds to go in their Grange. In 2002, after 7 generations, Troy Kalleske, following time spent working at (to name but a few) Penfolds, Veritas, Seppelts, decided it was time to go it alone and established the Kalleske Winery, accumulating awards and recognition the same way Chris accumulates punctures. Quite simply, this is superb, picking up the Best International Biodynamic Wine at last year’s IWC. A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro with old vine Grenache from the 1940s and 1960s. To preserve the superb fresh fruit flavours of the wine, it was only aged in very old oak hogsheads and only for a limited time of one year. Clarry’s is soft and fruit-driven with flavours of raspberry, perfume, clove and spice. It is mouth-watering with a muscular structure and great length.
|Thorn-Clarke, Mount Crawford Riesling
|Very much a family operation, the winery is owned by David & Cheryl Clarke, the and the vineyard is managed by Cheryl’s brother, David Thorn. The Thorns have been cultivating vines for over 6 generations, and intend to be there for at least another 6, following sustainable practices. Eden Valley lies next to the Barossa Valley, and is famed for its cooler climate, arguably producing some the finest Rieslings in the New World. The wine is very pale straw with a green tinge. The nose has lifted floral, lime and Granny Smith apples with nectarine and musk also evident. The palate is medium bodied with rich delicious apples and a distinctive Eden Valley minerality. This flavour combines magnificently with the zingy freshness provided by the good acid balance to give this wine great line and length.
|When James Halliday states in the press that you're the best winery in Coonawarra and a combined team of Bob Campbell M.W, Michael Fridjon M.W and James Halliday rate your top wine the best in all of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, you know you’re on to a good thing. Majella started by selling their grapes to Hardys, as a sideproject to sheep farming, though the deal fell through just when the vines started producing good quality grapes in the 1970s, (well, Hardys were in danger of producing something that resembled wine..). After a period selling to Wynns Estate, the first Majella wines were released in the early 90s, and the estate, with it’s now 50 year old vines, has gone from strength to strength. Dark red in colour with purple hues, the wine is redolent of cinnamon spice with overlays of cedary mocha oak. The palate shows great length, full of plums, cherries, blackberries and vanilla – creamy and sweet!
Yup, we’re going all Teutonic for the month of April with tastings (both in-store and virtual), a smashing and stupidly discounted “anything but Riesling” mixed case of Germanic joy and a whopping 10% discount off all German wines throughout the month.
10 % discount you say……?
Yup, this is the simple bit – 10% discount on all German wines throughout April – no minimum quantity.