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Terre di Giumara Grillo 2013

Terre di Giumara Grillo 2013

This gorgeous golden Sicilian white offers intriguing notes of lime, ripe pear and ground almond over a tingling fresh backbone of green apple and tropical fruit flavours.

About this wine:

Grillo is a historic Italian grape variety that thrives along Sicily’s south-western coast near Marsala where it’s an important component of the area’s famous sweet wine. But Grillo also makes excellent dry whites when the grapes are carefully grown and vinified, such as this example from Terre di Giumara. Winemaker Giuseppe Clementi is an expert in bringing the best out of this and the island’s other indigenous grapes, creating a wine with a wonderful balance of freshness and complexity.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this characterful white lightly chilled, either as a refreshing summer aperitif or to wash down oily fish like sardines and mackerel, or pasta with seafood and herbs.

  • dry white

  • natural cork

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     Sicily | Marsala

  • GRAPE VARIETY

     Grillo

  • ALCOHOL

    13.0% by volume

  • SRP

    £74.94 per case of 6

 

Lantana Semillon-Chardonnay 2013

Lantana Semillon-Chardonnay 2013

Fabulously fresh aromas of ripe yellow fruits, melon and peach are followed by exuberant peach and vanilla on the palate. A mouth-watering tang of tropical pineapple and a hint of hazelnut makes this wine a completely delicious mouthful.

About this wine:

A skillful blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Chardonnay from Australia’s sunny heartland – the Murray-Darling region. Here, red loam and limestone soils, hours of Aussie sunshine and the cooling waters of the Murray River ensure full ripeness and wines that are brimming with flavour. This wine is made by Anthony Murphy, whose family have been growing grapes here since 1909. Anthony believes the vibrant flavours of these grapes need no oak embellishment.

Serving suggestion:

The lovely smooth pineapple fruit of this white will partner roast pork or chicken to a treat – match the fruitiness with a rich casserole such as braised pork with apricots, ginger and thyme. Try it with richer fish dishes too such as salmon poached in white wine or a Provençal Bouillabaisse fish stew.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     Australia | Murray-Darling

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Semillon, Chardonnay

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £62.94 per case of 6

 

Charles Smith ‘The Honourable’ Riesling 2013

Charles Smith ‘The Honourable’ Riesling 2013

A dry and vibrant style of Riesling from cool-climate Washington State offering gloriously fresh lemon and lime flavours over a finely balanced and very moreish palate.

About this wine:

M&S Winemaker Belinda Kleinig sourced this punchy Riesling from North America’s most exciting new-wave winemaker, Charles Smith. Renowned for his expertise in getting the best from Washington State’s cool climate, Smith creates iconic wines with bright aromatics and bags of well-defined fruit character. The vineyards for this Riesling lie along steep, sustainably farmed cliffs above the Columbia River where the vines are tempered by cool air, pushing the acid balance of the grapes and increasing the wines’ freshness.

Serving suggestion:

Serve this mouth-watering white lightly chilled and drink while young and fruity. Try it with all manner of spicy dishes from Asian noodles to salt and pepper squid.

  • dry white

  • Screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    USA | Washington State

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Riesling

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £12.49 per bottle

 

Santa Julia Viognier 2013

Santa Julia Viognier 2013

This modern Argentinian Viognier is all about glorious tropical fruit and honeysuckle aromas and a rounded, peachy palate that finishes on a nice citrussy tang.

About this wine:

Santa Julia is one of the wineries under the Familia Zuccardi stable, an Argentinian estate who’ve made their name turning more unusual European grape varieties into successful New World wines. This seductive Viognier is no exception, a classic Rhône white wine grape given a distinctive spin by quality, if unorthodox, Mendocenean winemaking. Natalia Cáceres has endeavoured to reveal the full character of this unique grape: hand-harvesting the fruit and keeping the wine unoaked to show off all its fruity splendour.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this expressive white within a year to capture its freshness, either as an aperitif or, true to its French heritage, with lobster, scallops and spicy crab dishes.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Argentina | Mendoza

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Viognier

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £10.99 per bottle

 

Prieur Saint Esprit Chardonnay, 2013

Prieur Saint Esprit Chardonnay, 2013

This sunny white is bursting with warm lime and mango aromas over a smooth palate of ripe peach and candied citrus peel flavours with a rich and buttery finish.

About this wine:

Based in the heart of Minervois, producer Jean d’Alibert has collaborated with famous Bordeaux vigneron Hugh Ryman on this wine. To create a white with a difference, the winemakers have sourced grapes from two different areas – beautifully ripe Chardonnay grapes from warm Mediterranean vineyards and a small amount of Viognier from cooler vineyards in the hills near Carcassonne. They then fermented the Chardonnay in French oak barrels before blending, to soften the ripe fruit and add a warm toasty richness.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine over the next two-to-three years, lightly chilled as an aperitif or served alongside roast chicken, dressed crab or barbecued pork.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     France | Languedoc

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chardonnay (85%), & Viognier

  • ALCOHOL

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £66.00 per case of 6

 

Ventoux Les Traverses Blanc 2013

Ventoux Les Traverses Blanc 2013

An elegant, lightly complex white with lemon, pear and sweet melon characters filling the nose and palate. A tingling, mineral finish keeps things dry and tangy while the ripe fruit generates gorgeous – but gently restrained – sweetness.

About this wine:

From the warm, windy hillisides of the Southern Rhône, where these two classic varieties – Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc – survive the buffeting Mistral winds and scorching hot summers with ease. Grenache Blanc provides 80% of the blend and is renowned for its luscious fruitiness, while Bourboulenc gives this wine its refreshing citrus notes.

Serving suggestion:

Serve chilled as an aperitif or with simple seafood dishes of fresh oysters and mussels. Try it with party snacks or perhaps a plate of grilled asparagus with butter.

  • dry white

  • natural cork

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Rhône

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache Blanc, Bourboulence

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £56.94 per case of 6

Lantana Shiraz-Cabernet 2012

Lantana Shiraz-Cabernet 2012

Fabulously rich but fleeting aromas of chocolate, molasses, coffee and deep red fruit make an enticing welcome to a warm, rich palate brimming with sweet fig, cinnamon and toffee. This vibrant red has a core of red apple and chunky cranberry fruit, but its real appeal is its multi-layered complexity that keeps you guessing all the way to the finish.

About this wine:

Winemaker Anthony Murphy matches 60% Shiraz with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon in this chunky red. The grapes are grown on rich red loam and limestone soils and nourished by the waters of the Murray River – the oldest of the vines were planted as long ago as 1952, and generate a wonderful old-vine intensity of flavour. Ageing takes place in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.

Serving suggestion:

Great for partnering casseroles of beef and venison or garlic roast lamb with all the Sunday trimmings. Alternatively, serve with a platter of fine hard cheeses such as Montgomery Cheddar, Beaufort Gruyère or mature Spanish Manchego.

  • full-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia | Murray-Darling

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Alcohol

    14% by volume

  • SRP

    £65.94 per case of 6

Aliwen Pinot Noir 2013

Aliwen Pinot Noir 2013

Ripe fruit flavours fill the palate with gentle aromas of spice and a hint of violet following through on the nose. These classic Pinot Noir characters are complemented by sweet, nutty tannins and a delightfully long, elegant finish.

About this wine:

Made by young winemaker Carlos Concha who has been at Undurraga seven years now. He recently took charge of Aliwen with a view to seeking out new terroirs and a new vibrance for the wine. Carlos likes his wines to taste “a bit more off piste and young”. As a passionate snowboarder and lover of nature and wilderness, he aims to match his wines to the wilder side of his own personality. The grapes for this Pinot Noir are from coastal Leyda (60%) and from Chile’s famous Maipo Valley (40%).

Serving suggestion:

A truly versatile Pinot Noir that is as tasty an accompaniment to Sunday roast lamb as it is to everyday chicken and mushroom pie. Or serve with hearty lasagne, game casseroles or top quality butcher’s sausages.

  • full-bodied red

  • Screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile | Leyda / Maipo Valley

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £68.94 per case of 6

Finca Agostino Inicio Malbec 2013

Finca Agostino Inicio Malbec 2013

Deep violet coloured wine with fruity blackberry and plum aromas combined with delicious secondary aromas of vanilla and toast. Gorgeous soft, silky tannins surround equally sumptuous dark plum flavours and lead to a long, lingering finish.

About this wine:

In Argentina’s dry, semi-desert Barrancas region, on the stony soils of an old river bed, lie the Malbec vineyards of Finca Agostino. This family wine estate was built up by four siblings: Vincenzo, Rosalia, Sebastian and Miguel Agostino, who knew and loved the vineyards and wanted to leave a lasting heritage there. Their ambitions are realised in today’s Malbecs, which are regular award-winners. This wine gains its wonderful smoothness from careful barrel-ageing in French and American oak.

Serving suggestion:

Great with barbecues – its softness really complements the smokey charred flavours of steak, chicken or lamb cooked outdoors. Equally good to serve with a plate of chocolate and dried fruits, or with mature hard cheeses.

  • full-bodied red

  • Synthetic
    cork

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Argentina | Mendoza

  • Grape Variety

    Malbec

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £71.94 per case of 6

Le Prince Clos d’Yvigne 2009

Le Prince Clos d’Yvigne 2009

Powerful aromas of leather, plum, cherry and pepper really conjure the mood of a Bergerac barrel cellar. Gorgeous supple fruit in the mouth, with wonderful depth, elegant pepperiness and velvety richness that lasts into a long, lingering finish makes this fragrant red both intense and irresistibly complex.

About this wine:

A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this fine red was crafted by English winemaker Patricia Atkinson who moved to France in 1990. At that time she knew nothing about winemaking, but with a lot of hard work in her Bergerac vineyard, she quickly learnt the art of making high quality, clean, rich wines. Today they are the darlings of the wine critics.

Serving suggestion:

Serve with rich, flavoursome casseroles of lamb, beef or game. The complexity of this red will easily partner slow-cooked Indian dish like lamb raan, a top quality beef bourguignon or a platter of mature cheeses.

  • full-bodied red

  • natural
    cork

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Bergerac

  • Grape Variety

    Merlot, Cabernet Franc

  • Alcohol

    14% by volume

  • SRP

    £74.94 per case of 6

Votum Pinot Nero-Syrah 2011

Votum Pinot Nero-Syrah 2011

Syrah shows itself first – all sweetness and blackberries – then Pinot Noir’s raspberry and cherry tanginess brings a welcome lift. Rich berry aromas, fresh raspberry characters, and a fabulous flourish of chocolate, coffee and sweet spice at the finish make this a richly gorgeous red.

About this wine:

Marcello Padovan has selected Pinot Nero (or Pinot Noir) and Syrah from two separate regions of Sicily. The Pinot, harvested from the slopes of Mount Etna, makes up 60% of the blend, while the Syrah (at 40%) comes from coastal vineyards. They seem an odd couple, but Marcello knows that too much Syrah can easily overpower the ‘more nervous’ Pinot, and here he takes care to balance the pair to perfection. Votum is a Latin term that means 'a solemn vow made to the Gods' and Marcello’s vow is that this wine is worth trying.

Serving suggestion:

The complexity of this wine makes it a perfect pair for chunky patés, game casseroles, mature cheeses and rich stroganoff dishes. To get the best from it, serve with a classic Italian dish of slow-cooked osso buco.

  • full-bodied red

  • natural
    cork

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy | Sicily

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir, Syrah

  • Alcohol

    14% by volume

  • SRP

    £71.94 per case of 6

Fortant de France Syrah Terroir de Collines 2012

Fortant de France Syrah Terroir de Collines 2012

A deep red-purple wine with deliciously complex aromas of violet, black pepper and liquorice. The lively blackberry and spice fruit that comes through on the palate is full of warmth and richness. This is classic Syrah, full-bodied, generous, and long-lasting on the finish.

About this wine:

This 100% Syrah comes from the unique Terroir de Collines area of the French Languedoc. Hot days, cool nights and the super-drying Mistral and Tramontane winds that regularly sweep the region create real depth of flavour in these dark grapes. Winemaker Laurent Sauvage harnesses their flavours to perfection by selecting from old (up to 40 year old) vines, and ageing this wine on its lees in small French oak barrels.

Serving suggestion:

The seriously sweet fruit and gentle softness of this red means it can even handle spicy food. Try it with Tandoori chicken or a Moroccan lamb tagine. Fennel-crusted belly pork or a classic dish of lamb and rosemary will make a more conventional match.

  • full-bodied red

  • natural
    cork

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Languedoc

  • Grape Variety

    Syrah

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £68.94 per case of 6

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