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May Club Reserva mixed case tasting notes

SeaGlass Santa Barbara Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

SeaGlass Santa Barbara Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

A fresh and zesty Californian Sauvignon with invigorating aromas of grapefruit and fresh cut grass over a crisp gooseberry and exotic tangerine palate with a lively finish.

About this wine:

Named for the brightly coloured sea-weathered glass which can be found along California’s beaches, this bright Sauvignon captures the best of Santa Barbara County’s unique terroir. SeaGlass’s vineyards are nestled in the area’s rolling hills, where cool ocean air and the abundant fog allows the Sauvignon grapes to ripen slowly and evenly while developing their complex tropical flavours and crisp acidity. Once harvested, the grapes are cool fermented in tanks free from oxygen, which helps keep the fruits’ delicate varietal character and retains those mouthwatering Sauvignon fruit notes.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this vibrant white while it’s young, fresh and aromatic. It makes a lovely aperitif or a great match for shellfish, creamy pasta dishes and summer salads.

  • Zesty, aromatic white

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    USA (California)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Macabeo

  • ALCOHOL

    14%

  • SRP

    £60.00 per case of 6 / £10.00 per bottle

Zilzie Selection 23 Chardonnay, 2013

Zilzie Selection 23 Chardonnay, 2013

This charming Aussie white packs plenty of sunny peach and citrus aromas, all wrapped in toasty oak, with a creamy palate balancing ripe stonefruit, lemon and vanilla notes.

About this wine:

Zilzie Wines is a family-owned winery in the Murray Darling region of Victoria, southeast Australia. The Murray river area supplies most of Victoria’s wineries with grapes. Indeed, for many years Zilzie grew grapes for others, but in 1999 the Forbes family decided to move into making their own wines. Winemaker Hayden Donohue crafted this characterful chardonnay by harvesting the fruit at night to capture all its aromatic richness, then carefully cool-fermenting the juice before maturing the wine in a mix of old and new French oak barrels for around five months.

Serving suggestion:

Drink this wine within the next year to 18 months, nicely chilled on its own or with barbecued chicken, meaty white fish in a lemon butter sauce or hearty summer salads.

  • Rounded oaky white

  • screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    18 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia (Murray Darling)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chardonnay

  • ALCOHOL

    13.4%

  • SRP

    £66.00 per case of 6 / £11.00 per bottle

Rafale Muscat IGP Pays d’Oc, 2013

Rafale Muscat IGP Pays d’Oc, 2013

A deliciously unique dry golden Muscat with explosive lychee, apricot, wild flower and citrus aromas over a rounded palate of exotic fruit and poached apricot notes.

About this wine:

The strong and unpredictable winds in southern France’s Roussillon region are legendary. Sometimes the gusts – or rafales – are so fierce they’ve been known to knock cockerels off their perches. And yet when it comes to growing grapes, these winds work in tandem with the abundant sunshine to create healthy ripe fruit with great winemaking potential, as this extraordinary Muscat shows. Winemaker Camille Malet harvested the fruit at night to capture all its freshness and aromatic intensity, then after fermentation, kept the wine on its lees to develop extra depth and complexity.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine young at its aromatic best. Well chilled, it makes a great aperitif and matches well with vegetable dishes with feta or goats’ cheese, or fullflavoured shellfish and even rich fruity desserts.

  • Aromatic dry white

  • Synthetic cork

  • Suitable for
    vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Languedoc-Roussillon)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Muscat

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £66.00 per case of 6 / £11.00 per bottle

 

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, Trentino, Italy 2014

Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, Trentino, Italy 2014

A classic northern Italian white characteristic aromas of ripe citrus, peach, spring blossom and minerals over a fresh and zesty dry palate with mouthwatering fruit flavours.

About this wine:

wending its way from the Dolomites, the Adige river carves a magnificent valley through the Trentino region. This is where Mezzacorona’s vineyards are found, perched on small, pristine plots between mountain peaks, where the Alpine climate of bright sunny days and cool nights ripens the grapes slowly. Mezzacorona’s winemaker Luci Matricardi selected the Pinot Grigio fruit for this wine from different parcels of vines around 15 years old, all hand-picked. Once pressed, the crushed grapes were left in contact with their juice to give the wine extra structure and richness.

Serving suggestion:

Drink within 18 months to enjoy at its best, served lightly chilled to match goats’ cheese or feta salads, fresh shellfish and herby white meats, or creamy pasta and cheese dishes.

  • Crisp, zesty white

  • Screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    or vegans

  • drink within
    18 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Pinot Grigio

  • ALCOHOL

    13%

  • SRP

    £63.00 per case of 6 / £10.50 per bottle

Zevenwacht 7even Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

Zevenwacht 7even Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

A charming dry white with bright lime, gooseberry and passion fruit aromas over a crisp, juicy palate that offers gooseberry and papaya flavours over a lingering, citrussy finish.

About this wine:

The Zevenwacht estate lies in South Africa’s famous Stellenbosch hills – one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world. The estate’s name translates as ‘seven expectations’, one of which is to ensure the natural flora and fauna of the local hills is nurtured for future generations. Upholding this tradition, the estate sources their grapes from protected vineyards overlooking False Bay, where they are carefully managed in keeping with the local wildlife and wild flowers. Facing southwest, the vineyards are exposed to sea breezes, ensuring healthy, well balanced grapes with perfect ripeness.

Serving suggestion:

This crisp and exotic dry white makes an excellent aperitif or match for avocado salads, goats’ cheese tarts, fresh shellfish and lemony chicken dishes. Enjoy within 18 months.

  • Crisp, fruity white

  • Screw cap

  • Not suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    18 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa (Stellenbosch)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £72.00 per case of 6 / £12.00 per bottle

 

Terres Fumées Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

Terres Fumées Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

This crisp dry white explodes with ripe peach, citrus and white flower aromas, over an elegant, refreshing palate of spring blossom, summer fruits and tangy lime notes.

About this wine:

The area of Gascony in South West France is home to the Armagnac region, where fine brandies are produced. But still wines are also made here, from many of the same grapes. One of these, Gros Manseng, is the star of this wine, giving it its deep yellow hue, captivating structure and characteristic aromas. For balance, winemaker François Lurton – a fifth generation winemaker of Bordeaux’s famous Lurton family – balanced the wine with ripe Sauvignon Blanc, creating a perfect balance and a mouthwateringly summery wine.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine while young and fresh, lightly chilled as an aperitif, or to accompany dishes like creamy chicken korma, crab with homemade mayonnaise or roasted sea bass.

  • Crisp aromatic white

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Gascony)

  • Grape Variety

    Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc

  • Alcohol

    12%

  • SRP

    £72.00 per case of 6 / £12.00 per bottle

Zilzie Selection 23 Shiraz, Murray Darling, 2014

Zilzie Selection 23 Shiraz, Murray Darling, 2014

A fragrant Aussie Shiraz with sweet dark fruit aromas over hints of warm vanilla. The palate is lusciously smooth, with morello cherry, cassis and toasted oak notes lingering on the finish.

About this wine:

Zilzie is a family-owned winery in the Murray Darling region of Victoria, southeastern Australia. This fertile area along the Murray river supplies most of Victoria’s wineries with grapes. Indeed, for many years Zilzie grew grapes for others, but in 1999 the Forbes family decided to move into making their own wines. Winemaker Hayden Donohue crafted this rich Shiraz by co-fermenting the fruit with a small proportion of Viognier, a white grape that adds a wonderful perfume to the wine. After fermentation, Hayden matured the wine in both French and American oak barrels for extra complexity.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine while young – preferably within two years of purchase – by itself or with roast chicken, good quality pasta dishes and pizza, or with cheese.

  • Deep, fragrant red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    2 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia (Murray Darling)

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz, Viognier

  • Alcohol

    13.4%

  • SRP

    £66.00 per case of 6 / £11.00 per bottle

Fontousal Mencía, Bierzo, Castilla y León, 2014

Fontousal Mencía, Bierzo, Castilla y León, 2014

This fruity Spanish red offers bright aromas of autumn fruits, balsamic vinegar and sun-baked earth, over a smooth palate rich with ripe fruit notes and a fresh, floral finish.

About this wine:

The Mencía grape is the principal variety of the Bierzo region in northwest Spain, an area of rolling hills and river valleys in Castilla y León. The alluvial slate soils here are particularly well suited to growing the grape. Winemaker Pablo Franco hand-picked the fruit from vines in the village of Cacabelos that are farmed in a traditional, environmentally sustainable way. The grapes were cool fermented for around five days before fermentation, and Pablo kept the wine free of oak to emphasise its fruity character.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this easy-going fruity red as a refreshing party wine, or to wash down charcuterie, simple tapas dishes, cured cheese, paella or a rustic chicken and chorizo stew.

  • fruit-forward red

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (Bierzo)

  • Grape Variety

    Mencía

  • Alcohol

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £57.00 per case of 6 / £9.50 per bottle

Zevenwacht 7even Syrah, 2014

Zevenwacht 7even Syrah, 2014

A complex Syrah with cassis, cracked pepper and jasmine flower aromas over a voluptuous palate offering sweet black fruits, violet notes and an oaky opulence on the finish.

About this wine:

the Zevenwacht estate lies in South Africa’s famous Stellenbosch hills. The estate’s name translates as ‘seven expectations’, one of which is to ensure the natural flora and fauna of the hills is nurtured for future generations. Today, the family-owned winery upholds this tradition, sourcing the grapes for this wine from protected vineyards overlooking False Bay that are carefully managed in keeping with the local wildlife and wild flowers. Winemaker Jacques Viljoen added a touch of Grenache to flesh out this Syrah, then matured the wine in French oak barrels to soften and harmonise its character.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this red within the next three years, with robust meats such as rosemary and garlic-studded lamb, venison casserole, duck breasts and any chargrilled meats.

  • Rich, full-bodied red

  • Screw cap

  • Not suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    3 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa (Stellenbosch)

  • Grape Variety

    Syrah, Grenache

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £72.00 per case of 6 / £12.00 per bottle

Forever Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, California, 2013

Forever Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel, California, 2013

A punchy red with black cherry and wild bramble aromas over hints of toasty oak. The rounded palate offers plenty of jammy fruit, with black pepper and sweet woody notes on the finish.

About this wine:

Based in Manteca in California’s Central Valley, Forever Vineyards focus on expressing the famed Californian terroir though their wines. For this red, head winemaker Tim Wong used grapes from the winery’s oldest Zinfandel vines, which produce much less fruit than younger plants. But while the grapes are smaller and scarcer, they are highly concentrated. The fruit was hand-picked and lightly pressed as soon as it reached the winery, then after fermantation Tim aged the wine in a mixture of French and American oak barrels to soften and develop its complex depths.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this fruity red on its own or with rich foods like barbecued ribs, spicy Italian sausages, rich and spicy meat stews or mature cheeses. The wine will keep for five years or more.

  • Bold, warming red

  • Synthetic cork

  • Not suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    5 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    USA (California)

  • Grape Variety

    Zinfandel

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £72.00 per case of 6 / £12.00 per bottle

The Islander’ Kangaroo Island Sangiovese, Australia 2012

The Islander’ Kangaroo Island Sangiovese, Australia 2012

This deliciously fresh Sangiovese offers bags of sour cherry, coffee beans and plum aromas, over a medium-bodied palate with a silky texture and lingering cigar box notes.

About this wine:

Grown on the rolling hills of Kangaroo Island off the coast of southern Australia, this Sangiovese was discovered by M&S Winemaker Belinda Kleinig, herself an Aussie with a love of this beautiful island. Renowned Bordeaux winemaker Jacques Lurton long held a dream of establishing his own vineyard in Australia. Jacques was struck by the Island’s pristine beauty and wonderfully cool, maritime-influence climate, which makes it a veritable viticultural paradise. Renowned for his soft touch in the cellar, Jacques makes wines of great elegance and subtlety, and this Sangiovese is a fine example.

Serving suggestion:

This easy-drinking red is perfect with your favourite pasta dishes, or even gourmet pizzas. Serve at room temperature and enjoy it young while its fruit flavours are to the fore.

  • Punchy, vibrant red

  • Screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegans

  • drink within
    3 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia (Kangaroo Island)

  • Grape Variety

    Sangiovese

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £72.00 per case of 6 / £12.00 per bottle

Côtes du Roussillon Villages Saveurs Oubliées, 2013

Côtes du Roussillon Villages Saveurs Oubliées, 2013

A fruity southern French red with autumn berry, sweet cassis and spice aromas, over a full-bodied palate showing gorgeous intensity of flavours that linger long on the finish.

About this wine:

This gorgeous red is from the Agly Valley in France’s Roussillon region, a beautiful area inland of the Mediterranean coast overlooked by the Pyrenees mountains. This is vine-growing nirvana, where vines stretch far and wide into the foothills and valleys, thriving on the many different terroirs and enjoying the 300 days of sunshine per year. Saveurs Oubliées is a classic example of the area’s famed Côtes du Roussillon reds: a voluptuous blend of old-vine Carignan, Syrah and Grenache grapes which winemaker Camille Malet has left unoaked to reveal all the character and richness of the fruit.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine now or cellar for up to three years. It works well on its own, but is even better with the some good quality charcuterie, cassoulet or slow-cooked lamb or beef dishes.

  • fruity, full-bodied red

  • Synthetic cork

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    3 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Roussillon)

  • Grape Variety

    Carignan, Syrah & Grenache

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £72.00 per case of 6 / £12.00 per bottle

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