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November club classic mixed case tasting notes

Casa Leona Chardonnay 2013

Belle Tour Chardonnay 2013

A sunny golden chardonnay offering baked lemon and honeysuckle aromas over an elegant, ripe peach palate with a rounded, delicately oaked texture

About this wine:

The Languedoc region of southern France combines warm, sunny conditions with a traditional winemaking heritage. M&S winemaker Belinda Kleinig worked with Bonfils winemakers to blend this wine from grapes grown in different locations within the region, including one vineyard at altitude. Having a choice of fruit allowed the winemakers to craft a deliciously rich but balanced chardonnay with bags of fruit character. The winemakers also added a touch of oak maturation to give the wine its creamy, rounded finish

Serving suggestion:

Drink lightly chilled within 12 months, either as an aperitif or with white fish in a creamy sauce, grilled scallops or chicken salads

  • Rounded dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chardonnay

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £36.00 (Case of 6)

Snapper Cove Chardonnay 2013

Granite Hill Chenin Blanc 2013

A fresh and fruity off-dry chenin bursting with tropical fruit, orange blossom and crisp green apple aromas over a juicy and refreshing palate that offers soft, citrussy notes and lingering zesty finish

About this wine:

Although a beacon of modern South African winemaking, the grapes for this wine were grown in some of the most ancient viticultural soils in the world – an area of South Africa surrounding one of the largest granite outcroppings of its kind, where the mineral-rich soils provide an excellent environment for growing grapes. Winemaker Johan Fourie ensured the ripe grapes were picked early in the morning so that they arrived at the winery cool and fresh, with all their aromatic intensity intact.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine chilled within two years, either as a blissful aperitif or to complement foods such as hearty summer salads, chicken breast dishes or sushi

  • Fruity, off-dry white

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    24 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa (Languedoc)

  • Grape Variety

    Chenin Blanc

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £59.94 (Case of 6)

Terre di Giumara Grillo 2013

Terre di Giumara Zibibbo 2013

This wonderfully fresh and zesty zibibbo (Sicily’s name for the muscat of Alexandria grape) balances intensely aromatic citrus notes with a deep passion fruit complexity, offering a finely balanced dry white from a rarely seen grape variety

About this wine:

The Terre di Giumara estate is located to the east of the famous Sicilian town of Marsala in an area of pretty rolling hills. Cooled by coastal breezes and benefitting from lying on steep slopes between 200- 400 metres up, the grapes here ripen with an excellent balance of sugars and acids – despite the fierce heat the island endures in the summer months. Winemaker Giuseppe Clementi emphasises this youthful white’s freshness and vivacity by keeping the wine unoaked.

Serving suggestion:

With its distinctive Sicilian character, this white cries out for Mediterranean fish and vegetable dishes, but it’s also rich enough to enjoy on its own. Serve well chilled.

  • Aromatic dry white

  • natural cork

  • suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Sicily (Marsala)

  • Grape Variety

    Zibibbo

  • Alcohol

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £44.94 (Case of 6)

Fat Louis ‘Greetings from France’ 2013

Garganega Pinot Grigio IGT Veneto ‘Nina’ 2013

A straw-coloured northern Italian white with lemon and floral aromas over a hint of ripe apricot. In the mouth it is crisp, dry and focused, offering plenty of mouthwatering fruit notes, tangy freshness and a well balanced finish

About this wine:

Northern Italy’s two most popular grapes meet in this elegant blend, which does a great job of balancing garganega’s rounded apple and stonefruit character with the brisk lemon and blossom freshness of pinot grigio. Winemaker Alessandro Botter vinified the grapes separately, quickly but gently pressing the bunches to extract just their must character, then fermenting the juice at low temperatures to extract all their fruit and aromatic qualities.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this versatile wine within two years, nicely chilled either as a crisp summer aperitif, or with simple dishes such as grilled plaice or fish soup, mushroom risotto or fresh prawns.

  • Crisp dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    24 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Veneto)

  • Grape Variety

    Garganega, Pinot Grigio

  • Alcohol

    12%

  • SRP

    £50.94 (Case of 6)

Lautarul Feteasca Regala 2013

Louis Alexandre Grenache Vermentino 2013

A deliciously fresh and balanced dry white from the Languedoc. Fruity, aromatic and nicely rounded, this is the epitome of an easy-drinking anytime wine

About this wine:

The Pays d’Oc appellation suffix refers to France’s Languedoc region that spreads around the Gulf of Lion right down to the Spanish Pyrenean border. It’s here that winemaker Eric Monnin has built his career in wine, starting in a technical ‘white coat’ role, which has given him a unique perspective on modern winery techniques. This intriguing blend pits classic rhône varieties grenache blanc and marsanne against Italy’s vermentino, creating a wine with richness, complexity and deliciously harmonious fruity charms. Eric has left the wine unoaked to maximise its fruity character.

Serving suggestion:

Serve lightly chilled as a mouthwatering aperitif, or partner with a whole host of white meats and fish dishes – from baked chicken with apricots to skate wings in caper and butter sauce.

  • Rounded dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Languedoc)

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache, Vermentinox, Marsanne

  • Alcohol

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £47.94 (Case of 6)

Terres d’Artagnan, Côtes de Gascogne IGP 2013

Lautarul Riesling 2013

Bursting with floral aromas and fresh lime notes, this characterful modern riesling follows on the palate with a crisp citrussy tang, balanced by a rounded touch of residual sugar to lift the finish

About this wine:

The town of Recas in western Romania, close to the Hungarian and Serbian borders, has a long tradition of winemaking that dates back to at least 1447. The Cramale Recas winery was founded here in 1999. Today, the company’s winemaking is headed up by Australian Hartley Smithers and Spaniard Nora Iriate, who’ve both worked at different wineries around the world. For this thoroughly modern riesling, they blended northern and central Europe’s two dominant varieties of this classic grape, harvesting the fruit at night to capture all its aromatic freshness and zesty citrus characteristics.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine well chilled, either as a mouthwatering aperitif or to complement spicy Asian dishes, particularly Thai green curry with prawns.

  • Aromatic off-dry white

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    24 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Romania (Banat)

  • Grape Variety

    Rhine Riesling, Italian Riesling

  • Alcohol

    12%

  • SRP

    £47.94 (Case of 6)

Rincon del Sol Malbec 2013

Camino de los Andes Malbec 2013

A deep ruby-red malbec with plum, blackberry and spice aromas over a lively, medium-bodied palate offering silky tannins, lingering cherry notes and a hint of sun-baked earth

About this wine:

The Maule Valley lies at the southern end of Chile’s Central Valley and is one of the country’s coolest wine producing areas. The Maule river flows through the valley from east to west, providing the region’s different alluvial soil types, which included granite, red clay, loam and gravel. On the slopes where the vineyards grow, the soils are free-draining and more fertile than on the valley floor. This wine was made by Renato Guerro at the family-owned CWC winery, who have 665 hectares of vines in the heart of the valley

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this versatile red over the next year, served at room temperature or lightly chilled alongside pink lamb chops, seared duck breasts or fillet steak.

  • Fruity medium-bodied

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Maule Valley)

  • Grape Variety

    Malbec

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £50.94 (Case of 6)

Casa Leona Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Burra Brook Merlot 2012

A deliciously lively and refreshing Australian red bursting with squishy ripe fruit and fresh grassy notes over a soft and easy-going palate showing a hint of warm oak

About this wine:

This is just the sort of ripe and fruity red that has made merlot such a popular grape variety and Australia such a beacon of easy-going, anytime wines. Affable, versatile and very, very drinkable, this wine was made by Paul Milton, who had his pick of perfectly ripe grapes from across South East Australia’s sun-drenched vineyards. The fine tannin structure combined with the balance of fruit and delicate oak to make this a most enjoyable everyday wine.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this red within the next six months, either on its own as a party wine, alongside Italian meat-and-tomato dishes, or even roast turkey.

  • Fruity medium-bodied

  • Screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australian (South East Australia)

  • Grape Variety

    Merlot

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £47.94 (Case of 6)

River Retreat Shiraz 2013

Tierra y Hombre Pinot Noir 2013

A delightfully mouthwatering and perfumed pinot noir bursting with ripe summer berry, violet and wood smoke notes over a subtly rounded and lingering finish

About this wine:

The Casablanca Valley, lying 75km northwest of Santiago, was Chile’s first cool climate region and quickly became a haven for producing top quality sauvignon, chardonnay and pinot noir wines. This lovely pinot was made by the highly experienced winemaker Roberto Carranca, who has managed to draw out lots of vibrant primary fruit character from the grapes while keeping the wine balanced by fine acidity. Roberto aged a portion of the wine in French oak to give it a subtle creamy softness over the lingering finish.

Serving suggestion:

Soft yet refreshing, this wine makes a perfect match for grilled tuna or lightly spiced Asian dishes such as a Thai red curry with duck or beef.

  • Light fruity red

  • Screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £50.94 (Case of 6)

Fat Louis ‘Road to Nowhere’ 2013

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC ‘Coli’ 2013

A straw-coloured northern Italian white with lemon and floral aromas over a hint of ripe apricot. In the mouth it is crisp, dry and focused, offering plenty of mouthwatering fruit notes, tangy freshness and a well balanced finish

About this wine:

The Coli wine cellar originated near Florence in 1926, started by brothers Piero and Gino Coli to represent the best wines of the Tuscany region and beyond. This montepulciano was produced using grapes sourced from the Chieti, Aquila, Pescara and Teramo provinces dotted around the wild hills of the Abruzzo region. According to DOC laws, it is only in this area, between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic coast, that Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines can be made. This is one of the real classic wines of Italy, a humble, unoaked and mouthwatering food wine that just couldn’t be produced anywhere else

Serving suggestion:

A classic violet-hued montepulciano offering bright red cherry and floral notes over hints of tobacco and mocha. The palate is nicely balanced with a dry, peppery finish.

  • Medium-bodied red

  • Natural cork

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    24 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Abruzzo)

  • Grape Variety

    Montepulciano

  • Alcohol

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £50.94 (Case of 6)

Lautarul Pinot Noir 2013

Mon Roc Carignan Merlot, Vin de France 2013

This juicy blend delivers plenty of sunny southern French charm, offering sweet red fruit aromas, ground pepper and cinnamon notes over a smooth, spicy palate that ends on fine tannins

About this wine:

While the New World’s easy-to-understand varietal wines have familiarised people with different grape varieties and helped them identify those they like, for many it’s still the harmony and balance of blends that hold the key to wine’s allure. This example pairs the bramble fruit complexity of old vine carignan grapes with the more plummy opulence of merlot, creating a wine overflowing with generous autumnal fruitiness. The winemakers haven’t used any oak maturation in this blend, further emphasising its elegant fruity character

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine at cool room temperature as an accompaniment to peppery minute steaks, cottage pie or a homemade duck liver pâté.

  • Medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Languedoc-Roussillon)

  • Grape Variety

    Carignan, Merlot

  • Alcohol

    12%

  • SRP

    £50.94 (Case of 6)

Campo Castillo Garnacha 2013

Lautarul Fetească Neagră 2013

A well-balanced, purple-hued red wine offering crunchy blackcurrant and prune aromas over an intensely fruity and succulent palate. A delicate, food-friendly wine with a smooth finish

About this wine:

The town of Recas in western Romania, close to the Hungarian and Serbian borders, has a long tradition of winemaking that dates back to at least 1447. The Cramale Recas winery was founded here in 1999. Today, the company’s winemaking is headed up by Australian Hartley Smithers and Spaniard Nora Iriate, who’ve both worked at different wineries around the world. They crafted this wine from the indigenous fetească neagră variety, which is also known as the black maiden grape and is famed for its distinctively smooth, fruit-forward wines.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine at room temperature or even lightly chilled within three years, either on its own or with spicy pasta dishes or meatloaf.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • drink within
    3 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Romania (Banat)

  • Grape Variety

    Fetească Neagră

  • Alcohol

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £47.94 (Case of 6)