We have put toegther a selection of our very favourite wines. The question is which do you open first?
Lalande de Pomerol, Moulin de Lavaud Organic. France
Powerful and velvety are the keynotes of this new claret., in which Merlot (85%) dominates the blend.
Aged in newish oak for 12 months, this is a elegant and spicy wine, with its generous fruit flavours (raspberry, blackberry and black cherry) wrapped in mild but savoury tannins. The producer suggests pairing with a variety of roast meats, but, if you prefer, a good mushroom risotto, roasted vegetables or ratatouille work very well too.
Giesen, Organic Sauvignon Blanc. New Zealand
Delicously up-front kiwi Sauvignon from a respected producer with exciting aromas and bags of flavour. To add extra depth of aroma and flavour, they leave the fermented wine more time on the yeast lees. A great example of what a Marlborough Sauvignon should be.
Goru, 38 Barrels. Spain
Delicate black fruits with smokey notes. Structured and subtle with beautiful soft tannins bringing elegance to it's fruit driven intensity. A blend of Monastrell and Cabernet, the wine spends 10 months in French and American oak and for a relatively new winery this is an outstanding wine!
Oxney, Organic Estate Sparkling. England
The quality of English sparkling wine has seen spectacular development over the last couple of decades and the best examples rival many of their more famous counterparts across the channel in Champagne. Oxney Estate is up there with the best we’ve tasted. Made using the traditional method, with traditional grapes (with a little Seyval Blanc included), and very much ‘Brut’ in style you’d be easily fooled into thinking this had more famous origins than East Sussex. A classic green apple character is highlighted by yeast and toast notes as well as aspects of fresh pear, yet it’s impeccably smooth with a very sophisticated finish. Most drink this on its own – and delicious it is – but we like it with fish and chips or a cheese platter!
Goulley, Organic Petit Chablis. France
Unoaked Chardonnay with vibrant acidity, a distinctly accessible Chablis with a lengthy finish. This Petit Chablis has a lightish golden hue with good balance and the typical bone-dry, minerally flavour of the region.
Caligiore, Organic Barrel Selection Blend. Argentina
A wonderful blend of Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet and Bonarda. As the name suggests this is a blend of only the best barrels produced at the winery of the four varietals. Red and dark berried fruit with aspects of cedar, tobacco and a smokiness that is balanced beautifully with a touch of spice throughout. Outstanding wine