Each month we will be releasing a case of wine which we think represents some of the best and most exciting wines in our current range. These will be a mix of reds and whites, and occasionally some Rosé and Fizz if the occasion arises. These wines are handpicked by our knowledgeable staff who, as with all our wines, have tried and tested them to assure that we are only offering the best. In this month’s case we have wines from South Africa, Portugal, France, California, Spain and Hungary.
Below is some information about each of the wines in March’s selection. You can buy the set here.
Freemark Abbey Chardonnay 2012 – Napa Valley, California
This is proper old school Californian Chardonnay from one of America’s best known quality producers. In 1976 a blind tasting, which came to be known as ‘The Judgment of Paris’, took place where 6 reds and 6 whites from California went head to head with its French counterparts and judged by some of France’s most respected oenophiles. In a shock outcome, California beat the French in both categories. Freemark Abbey Chardonnay was one of the whites that convincingly beat some of France’s most respected wines. We love this wine for its ripe, tropical flavour wrapped in creamy oak. It will pair perfectly with chicken dishes with rich, creamy sauces or wild game.
Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Branco 2014 – Bairrada, Portugal
Vinhas Velhas, meaning Old Vines, have been known for a long time to produce better fruit in which to make wine. As the vine ages it begins to bear less fruit which in turn produces smaller, more concentrated berries. When in the hands of a skilled wine maker like Luis Pato, this fruit can be turned into some of the most rewarding wines around. This Portuguese white packs a punch with crisp, peachy flavours without a splinter of oak in sight. Try it with fresh, lively chicken salads or even some spicy oriental cuisine.
Sauska Cuvée 113 2012 – Tokaji, Hungary
When you see the word Tokaji on a label you can be forgiven for thinking that the wine is going to sweet. Indeed the famous Aszú wines of Tokaji can be some of the greatest dessert wines in the world but they also make seriously good dry wine too. This is made from local indigenous grapes Tokaj Hárslevelű and Furmint along with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Yellow Muscat. A delicate wine with some nutty and honeyed tones this is a brilliant wine to enjoy with baked fish dishes or just on its own.
La Fleur Chadenne Fronsac 2012 – Bordeaux, France
Now we are not saying that Bordeaux is overpriced, heaven forbid, but it is very difficult to find full flavoured, rewarding wines from the region at reasonable prices. The trick is to look off the beaten track to find the bargains. Fronsac, in the east of Bordeaux offers wines with great structure and body yet don’t command such high prices as the better known names. This powerful red is full of blackberry and blackcurrant flavours and spice. It’s great paired with grilled red meats or spicy Moroccan tagine.
Raats Family Wines Red Jasper 2011 – Stellenbosch, SouthAfrica
South African wines have come on leaps and bounds over the last decade or so, thanks to a better understanding of the land, its properties, and ultimately site selection for grape varieties. The Raats family have become masters of this, specialising in the white Chenin Blanc and the red Cabernet Franc. This Cabernet Franc dominated blend is named after both the local red gemstones to be found in the area – the Red Jasper – and the wine maker’s father, Jasper. This beautiful perfumed wine is perfect with roast lamb and roasted root vegetables.
Allemany & Corio Pas Curtei 2012 – Penedes, Spain.
There is more to Spain than Rioja! This Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan from Catalonia is made wife and husband team of Irene Alemany and Laurent Corrio, who between them have travelled the world, working at some great wineries in Bordeaux, Burgundy and California. This is a serious wine with bags of flavour and structure. It needs food and of course this pairs perfectly with the best sirloin steak.