Mixed case # 3
We are proud to offer a mixed-case of 6 bottles, hand-picked by James Doidge MW:
1. La Motte Franschhoek Chardonnay 2018 (Franschhoek, South Africa); 2. Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2016 (Finger Lakes, New York); 3. Arlewood Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Margaret River, W. Australia); 4. Consolation 'Dis Moi Oui!' Grenache 2018 (IGP Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon, France); 5. Luzon Monastrell 2019 (Jumilla, Spain); 6. Leopard's Leap 'Grand Vin' 2018 (Bordeaux blend from Western Cape, South Africa). (10% saving over normal retail prices).
1. La Motte Franschhoek Chardonnay 2018 (Franschhoek, South Africa)
A crisp and clean style of Chardonnay, with vibrant freshness and minerality rather than voluptuous oak.
Pale lemon colour, lime and tropical fruit aromas with the merest touch of flint and struck match. On the palate it's light-bodied and citrussy with a pleasing, slightly pithy texture and finishing with crisp, refreshing acidity. Ideal on its own, excellent with Asian type food too, or where you want that crisp acid to cut through a creamy sauce. Normally £21.95.
2. Red Newt Cellars Dry Riesling 2016 (Finger Lakes, New York)
A dry style of Riesling, with beautiful texture on the palate, ripe orchard fruits, and just a touch of kerosene that has developed with age.
Red Newt's flagship Riesling, intended for everyday drinking but sufficient in its complexity to reward cellaring. From a single-block at high-elevation on Seneca Lake in New York's Finger Lakes region, it spends three days on its skins for a touch of extraction and texture. Beautiful notes of pink grapefruit and mandarin orange with vibrant acidity. (Normally £27.00).
3. Arlewood Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (Margaret River, W. Australia)
A classic Margaret River blend of 56% Semillon, 44% Sauvignon Blanc, both with a touch of barrel fermentation and 2 months on the lees.
Aromas of crushed lemongrass, fresh citrus and snow pea, with an underlying sense of oak. Intense citrus flavours on the palate, with a deftly intertwined lacing of herbaceous crunch adding complexity. A zesty, refreshing acid backbone that is beautifully balanced with seasoned French oak. Normally £24.65.
4. Consolation 'Dis Moi Oui!' Grenache 2018 (IGP Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon, France)
Lush and hedonistic, with aromas of garrigue, strawberry and black pepper.
This wine is made by our friend and British ex-pat Andy Cook in the beautifully sunny vineyards surrounding Collioure, France. Andy's wines are always full of character and joie de vivre, and his Dis Moi Oui Grenache has wonderful rich and primary character, while effortlessly balancing structure and tannin. (Normally £27.00)
5. Luzon Monastrell 2019 (Jumilla, Alicante, Spain)
Warm Spanish sunshine ensures a vibrant fruit character in this delicious 100% Monastrell wine from Alicante, packed with boysenberry and crème de cassis.
Stainless steel fermentation here preserves a hedonistic-level of red and black fruits on the palate. It's rich and robust, while easily balancing large structure with juicy fruit character. (Normally £12.00).
6. Leopard's Leap 'Grand Vin' 2018 (Western Cape, South Africa)
43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 13% Malbec, 11% Petite Verdot, the fruit is mainly sourced from Stellenbosch and Darling.
This stunning 'Grand Vin' from Leopard's Leap is kept for 22 months in 100% new French oak: a testament to it's quality, which is not often seen at this price point. It is a Bordeaux blend with numerous layers, and aromas of blackcurrant and mulberry. It has ripe and supple tannins, with a firm and elegant structure. Normally £17.95.