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Michel Torino Coleccion Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Michel Torino Coleccion Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Aromas of acacia flowers followed by showy but simple notes of grapefruit, white peach and pepper on the palate. This white is all about freshness, purity and stylish elegance – mouthwatering right to the finish.

About this wine:

Few would expect to stumble upon lush vineyards of Sauvignon Blanc after traversing the dramatically craggy mountain scenery of the Calchaqui Valley. But here this grape thrives: fed by snow-melt streams fresh from the Andes, and 350 days of desert sunshine, it squeezes life and amazing flavour concentration seemingly from the bare rocks. Winemaker Alejandro Pepa believes in hand-harvesting and ultra-gentle pneumatic pressing to capture Sauvignon’s fine aromatic qualities.

Serving suggestion:

Chill and sip as a stylish aperitif, or serve with crisps and canapés, or simple shellfish dishes – oysters and prawns, crab or clams.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     Argentina | Calchaqui

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £50.94 per case of 6

Finca Manzanos Rioja Blanco 2013

Finca Manzanos Rioja Blanco 2013

Vibrant bright yellow wine with hints of gold. Its fresh apricot aromas sing out of the glass just as vividly, and the satin-smooth vanilla characters of the Viura and Chardonnay grapes – rounded and richly fulfilling – envelop the palate to a long finish.

About this wine:

From the Rioja Baja, on left bank of the River Ebro, its vineyards bordering the Spanish region of Navarra, this pure Viura stands proud, as a fine white wine amid a tide of famous reds. Winemaker Borja Ripa has added a small proportion (15%) of Chardonnay for extra richness and fullness, but this very dignified white needs no oak. The Manzanos family have been producing wine for over 120 years and is now in its 5th generation.

Serving suggestion:

Serve chilled and sip as a perfect aperitif, or partner with any seafood dish – from seabass to scallops and samphire. Or try it with a traditional Spanish Paella.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain | Rioja

  • Grape Variety

    Viura

  • Alcohol

    12% by volume

  • SRP

    £59.94 per case of 6

La Vita Piemonte Chardonnay 2013

La Vita Piemonte Chardonnay 2013

Zesty, refreshing white with aromas of ripe pears and peachy stone fruits. Rich, ripe and gently tropical on the palate, with notes of guava and pineapple, then developing the steely structure of a good Chardonnay towards the finish. Its lovely warming fruit profile and simple freshness demonstrates just how good a home Italy is for this grape.

About this wine:

The steep granite hillsides around Monferrato offer the perfect conditions for growing Chardonnay. This one is made by one of Italy’s leading winemakers, Claudio Manera, who believes in gentle pressing and meticulous care and attention in the winery, to ensure the greatest possible vivacity and freshness in his wine. He leaves it unoaked, allowing the true Chardonnay character and expression to shine forward.

Serving suggestion:

Perfect for partnering risottos or a seafood pizza, or Moroccan-spiced couscous with roast pork. Or pair it with tasty toast toppings on Italian bruschetta bread. Chill it for cheery summer sipping and serve with goat’s cheese salads or simply on its own.

  • medium-bodied

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy | Piedmont

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Alcohol

    12% by volume

  • SRP

    £59.94 per case of 6

Le Petit Noir Viognier 2013

Le Petit Noir Viognier 2013

Wonderfully satin-smooth Viognier brimming with buttery vanilla aromas, with subtle hints of violet and green apple in the background. This is a gorgeously fruity wine that balances exuberance with amazing subtlety. There's a lovely mandarin and lemon tang of acidity and a firm, mineral finish that keeps it lively and tongue-tingling.

About this wine:

Charismatic English winemaker Hugh Ryman moved to France in 1974 with his family. After finishing his oenology studies in Bordeaux, he began flying all over the world - to more than17 different countries - to make wine. Today he has settled down, and this gorgeous Southern French Viognier is the result of gently fermented grapes given a three month rest on their yeast lees. No oak was needed to supplement this wine's vivid natural fruit characters.

Serving suggestion:

Deliciously ripe white all set for matching full-flavoured Coronation chicken, poached salmon and new potatoes, or a plate of mellow hard cheeses like Cheddar or Gruyère. A tangy finish makes it perfect with meaty fish like halibut or monkfish. Or try adding a little heat and serve with seared chilli tuna.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Minervois

  • Grape Variety

    Viognier

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £59.94 per case of 6

Quincho Chardonnay 2013

Quincho Chardonnay 2013

Vivid butter yellow wine with tints of green. This is generous yet easy-drinking white wine with a creamy texture and exuberant tropical fruit characters that fill the palate. A fine-tuned thread of minerality keeps the flavours lively and poised – elegant all the way through to a long lingering finish.

About this wine:

With the Andes Mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atacama Desert to the north and ancient glaciers to the south, there are many mighty influences on the wines of Chile’s wine heartland. At the centre of it all is the Maule Valley. Here, plenty of sunlight, dry, hot weather and fresh sea breezes make perfect Chardonnay territory. Winemaker Héctor Saldivia knows just when to harvest and crush the fruit to bring out its flavours at their finest. This Chardonnay is unoaked.

Serving suggestion:

Buttery, rich Chardonnay that’s great for serving with chicken or roast pork – belly pork with cumin seed, or pork chops with thyme and apples. Or pair it with rich fish dishes in lemon, cream or butter sauces, or fresh seafood: crab, fresh prawns or lobster.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile | Maule Valley

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £59.94 per case of 6

Paradiso Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Paradiso Sauvignon Blanc 2013

A vibrantly fruity and fresh Chilean Sauvignon Blanc bursting with grapefruit and gooseberry flavours.

About this wine:

The grapes for this wine come from the Valle Central region of Chile which benefits from a warm Mediterranean climate tempered by the cooling winds from the Andes mountains, producing a fresher, vibrant character that epitomises Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Winemaker, Christian Rojas, has left this wine unoaked to retain this freshness.

Serving suggestion:

Serve this wine lightly chilled. It's ideal for drinking on its own, or try pairing it with barbequed tuna steaks or fresh grilled salmon with asparagus. It also matches creamy pasta dishes.

  • medium-bodied

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile | Central Valley

  • Grape Variety

    Barbera

  • Alcohol

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £47.94 per case of 6

La Vita Barbera d'Asti 2013

La Vita Barbera d'Asti 2013

Deep dark red wine with intense aromas of blackberry and prune, and powerful dark fruit on the palate too – satin-smooth and richly concentrated, with a streak of vigorous apple acidity keeping all the wonderful bramble flavours lifted and lively to the finish.

About this wine:

Winemaker Claudio Manera is known as the godfather of Barbera. This juicy easy-drinking grape has been beloved in Northern Italy for generations, but Claudio has devoted recent years to bringing it to a world-wide audience. Now, it not only works as an everyday wine, but as a graceful accompaniment to the finest dinner table. This bold red comes from the southwest facing Monferrato hillsides in the province of Asti.

Serving suggestion:

The purity of blackcurrant fruit in this red makes it a great match for meaty casseroles with a hint of sweetness – like Argentinean-style beef with raisins, or a lamb and apricot tagine. Or try it with roast pheasant, or a meaty pasta dish with plenty of parmesan.

  • medium-bodied

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy | Piedmont

  • Grape Variety

    Barbera

  • Alcohol

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £53.94 per case of 6

Michel Torino Coleccion Pinot Noir 2013

Michel Torino Coleccion Pinot Noir 2013

Rich, perfumed red with apple and strawberry scents and an enticing toffee-sweetness. Glides across the palate with plum and strawberry smoothness followed by layers of truffle, chocolate, walnut, gentle star anise and a hint of earth. Utterly modern, yet beguilingly complex.

About this wine:

‘There are not too many wineries in the Calchaqui Valley,’ admits winemaker Alejandro Pepa. And it is true, this is very much a newly discovered ‘boutique’ area among Argentinean wine regions. Its very cold mornings and nights, combined with baking hot sunshine during the day and very little rainfall, lead to fabulous ripeness and deep flavour concentration in the grapes. Perfect conditions for Pinot Noir!

Serving suggestion:

Great for pairing with mushroom-based dishes: tartlets, risottos, stroganoffs or chicken and mushroom pies. Or try it with poached salmon, cold meats, or lamb cutlets. Perfect with rustic Burgundian-style dishes – snails in garlic butter included!

  • medium-bodied

  • synthetic cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Argentina | Calchaqui

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £56.94 per case of 6

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

A luscious red wine, full of fresh raspberry and crushed black pepper aromas. Raspberries again on the palate, satin-smooth at first, then leading to a crisp, mulberry, bramble and pepper finish.

About this wine:

English winemaker Hugh Ryman moved to France with his family in 1974. His intent to make wine took him far and wide: after finishing his studies at Bordeaux university, he worked in Australia for a year, then travelled all over the world, making wine in over 17 different countries. For this red, he has sourced wonderfully intense Grenache fruit from gnarly 40 year old bush-vines in the Minervois.

Serving suggestion:

Great with Italian tricolore salads, pepperoni pizza or a plate of cold meats and charcuterie. It has the ripeness of fruit to pair well with pork chops, apple and sage, too. Or try this fruity red over ice, chilled, and sip it as an aperitif.

  • medium-bodied

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Minervois

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £59.94 per case of 6

Finca Manzanos Selectión de Víctor Rioja 2011

Finca Manzanos Selectión de Víctor Rioja 2011

This ripe and succulent young rioja is packed with perfumed black cherry and raisin aromas.

About this wine:

It is beautifully balanced with soft tannins, fresh acidity and a hint of vanilla from subtle oak aging. Selección de Victor is a blend of 70% Tempranillo and 30% Garnacha made from specially selected grapes grown exclusively on the family estate. Winemakers Víctor Fernández de Manzanos and Borja Ripa Nieva have succeeded in making a modern young Rioja with a wonderful sense of place

Serving suggestion:

This versatile red is a great match for all kinds of tapas, as well as grilled lamb cutlets, or pan-fried squid and chorizo

  • medium-bodied

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain | Rioja

  • Grape Variety

    70% Tempranillo 30% Garnacha

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £56.94 per case of 6

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

Drift Point Shiraz 2012

Rich red wine filled with cranberry and fresh plum aromas. Bitter cherry, black, raisin fruit and earthy soft tannins come through on the palate along with an enticing hint of wild herbs. This fabulous Shiraz has all the creamy smoothness of a ripe New World wine, but an edge of Northern Rhône sophistication too – harking back to its Syrah cousins in France.

About this wine:

The new Shiraz wines emerging from South Africa are showing such depth and concentration that they can hardly be ignored. This majestic wine, made by Marinda Kruger van Eck, comes from Tulbagh – a bowl of vineyards surrounded by towering mountain ranges rising to over 1,500m: the Obiqua Mountains to the west, Winterhoek Mountain to the north and the Witsenberg range to the east.

Serving suggestion:

Tangy, dark wine that’s great for casseroles and barbecued burgers, and has a savoury herby note that’s great with rosemary lamb-chops or new season rack of lamb. Try it with sticky spare ribs and mature English cheeses too!

  • medium-bodied

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa | Western Cape

  • Grape Variety

    100% Shiraz

  • Alcohol

    14.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £53.94 per case of 6

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

River Retreat Shiraz 2013

Deep purple-red wine with tempting aromas of dark berries and chocolate. The balance of dark cherry fruit alongside subtle notes of oak, soft tannins and silky smooth texture on the palate is sublime, and makes for an utterly delicious mouthful.

About this wine:

This Shiraz is harvested in mid- to late-January, just when these Aussie grapes are at optimum ripeness. This is earlier than most Australian wine regions due to the baking summer heat of the inland Murray-Darling region. The grapes are wonderfully natural and intensely flavoured as this hot, dry region needs little disease control or chemical use, and irrigation is only sparingly used as water is very precious here. A little French and American oak is used to round out the flavours of this deep and delicious red.

Serving suggestion:

Sip and savour on its own, or serve with grilled red meats – steak, lamb chops, venison loin or freshly-made beef-burgers. Or pair it with pizza – especially the hearty pepperoni and mushroom-based styles.

  • full-bodied

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia | Murray

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz

  • Alcohol

    14% by volume

  • SRP

    £59.94 per case of 6

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