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November Club Reserva mixed case tasting notes

Wakefield Riesling 2014

Wakefield Riesling 2014

A vibrant dry riesling with fresh lemon and kaffir lime aromas over blossom and floral nuances. On the palate it is zesty and mouthwatering, with bright citrus blossom notes over a deliciously clean and soft finish

About this wine:

One of the Australia’s oldest wine producing areas, the Clare Valley is known as the country’s finest region for riesling wines. In this cool, dry valley, riesling grapes ripen slowly with excellent balance. Experienced winemaker Adam Eggins sourced fruit grown on mature trellised vines that enjoy good exposure to the sun. The grapes were pressed as whole bunches to ensure their freshness was delicately extracted, and the wine was vinified at cool temperatures to maximise the grape’s aromatic intensity.

Serving suggestion:

Ready to drink now, this riesling is best enjoyed chilled as an aperitif or to complement seafood (particularly oysters) or fragrant Thai dishes. In the right conditions, the wine will keep for up to 10 years.

  • Aromatic dry white

  • screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    10 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia (Clare Valley)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Riesling

  • ALCOHOL

    12%

  • SRP

    £77.94 (case of 6)

Zevenwacht 7even Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Zevenwacht 7even Sauvignon Blanc 2013

A bright, zingy and eminently sippable dry sauvignon with intense aromas of fresh lime, lemon sorbet and cut-grass followed on the palate by mouthwatering lemon zest and spiced apple notes

About this wine:

Zevenwacht translates as ‘seven expectations’. One of those, according to winemaker Jacques Viljoen, is to ensure the natural flora and fauna of the Stellenbosch hills is preserved for future generations , so 15% of this estate is listed as a protected conservation area. Jacques has high expectations of his sauvignon too: he blends it with a small proportion of chenin blanc to flesh out the wine and add extra complexity, balancing the zesty fruitiness of the richer appley depths. The grapes are kept particularly fresh by the coastal breezes, which sweep in from False Bay.

Serving suggestion:

Combining old world charm with new world vigour, this white is great with soufflés, salads and chicken sandwiches, or chill and sip with fresh prawns, goat’s cheese tartlets or pour and savour on its own as an aperitif.

  • Zesty dry white

  • screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa (Stellenbosch)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £59.94 (case of 6)

Terre di Giumara Zibibbo 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 to offer a well balanced dry wine from a rarely seen grape variety.

About this wine:

The Terre di Giumara estate is located in an area of pretty rolling hills to the east of the famous Sicilian town of Marsala. Cooled by coastal breezes and benefitting from their location on steep slopes at between 200 and 400 metres, 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)

Anjou Blanc Elysis 2013

Anjou Blanc Elysis 2013

A pretty pale gold in the glass with telltale greenish tints of youth, this delicious dry white offers a wonderful bouquet of exotic fruits – mango, papaya and pomello – over a gloriously fresh and crisp palate.

About this wine:

Established in 1951, Les Caves de la Loire cooperative is based in Brissac-Quincé just south of the Loire Valley town of Angers. Today, its 160 or so growers are mostly in Anjou, with harvesting and vinification of the grapes overseen by the formidable Frédéric Moreau. He works closely with each grower and offers technical advice throughout the year. Focused on quality and terroir, Frédéric insists upon ’lutte raisonnée’ in the vineyards. This agricultural system, often referred to as a ‘more than organic’, eschews chemical use in favour of natural techniques and respect for the land.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this mouthwatering chenin nicely chilled within the next two years, either as an aperitif or to complement shellfish, white fish in creamy sauces or poached/baked chicken.

  • Complex dry white

  • synthetic cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    2 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Loire Valley)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chenin Blanc

  • ALCOHOL

    12%

  • SRP

    £56.94 (Case of 6)

La Prendina Estate Pinot Grigio 2013

La Prendina Estate Pinot Grigio 2013

A wonderfully elegant dry pinot grigio displaying subtle yet concentrated aromas of succulent fresh limes, pears and wild herbs. The palate is zesty and whistle-clean, finishing on an intriguing minerally note

About this wine:

This delicate but complex white was produced with grapes from a single estate near Lake Garda in the beautiful Lombardy region of northeast Italy. M&S winemaker Jeneve Williams and local expert Luciano Piona worked together to express the full character of the pinot grigio grapes and the local terroir, exploiting the mild and temperate climate to achieve ripe grapes with excellent balance between sweetness, acidity and mineral depths. To emphasise the grape’s concentration, the winemakers left the wine unoaked, resulting in a crisp dry white with a lovely lingering finish.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this refined white lightly chilled, either as a mouthwatering aperitif or to complement white fish dishes, seafood in cream sauces or herby pasta dishes.

  • Elegant dry white

  • natural cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Alto Mincio)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Pinot Grigio

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £59.94 (Case of 6)

Godello Monterrei 2012

Godello Monterrei 2012

A delightful Galician dry white with citrus, fresh ginger and honeysuckle aromas. The elegantly floral palate shows green apple and mineral notes, combining to create a harmonious, easy-going and eminently food-friendly wine

About this wine:

Spain’s little-known godello grape is fast making a name for itself among the international stable of crisp and characterful dry whites. And it is those from the cool, Atlantic-influenced vineyards of Galicia that are making the most impression. This mouthwateringly example was produced by the outstanding team at Pazos del Rey in Val de Monterrei towards the east of the region. The winemakers have created this apple-fresh, honeysuckle-scented white solely from godello grapes, using a thoroughly modern approach to create an unoaked white that bursts with freshness.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this lovely wine lightly chilled with all kinds of fresh shellfish and seafood, as well as with dishes like chicken and mango salad.

  • Fragrant dry white

  • synthetic cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (Galicia)

  • Grape Variety

    Godello

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £59.94 (Case of 6)

Norico Rosso delle Dolomiti IGT 2011

Norico Rosso delle Dolomiti IGT 2011

This intensely vibrant red packs a wonderful bouquet of wild blackberry and cherry aromas over a spiced and tangy palate that offers soft tannins and a dry, food-friendly finish

About this wine:

An unusual blend of cabernet sauvignon, teroldego, merlot and lagrein varieties, this wine hails from the Trentino region in northeast Italy’s Dolomite mountains. Grapes ripen well here, soaking up the bright Alpine sunshine and warm valley air to achieve an excellent balance of sugars and acids. Experienced local winemaker Anselmo Martini harvested and vinified each grape variety separately, maturing the wines separately in oak barriques before finely blending them together into the finished cuvée.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this juicy red within two years, as an excellent partner to Italian classics like lasagne, pasta ragù or herb-marinated grilled meats, even good pizza.

  • Vibrant fruity red

  • natural cork

  • Not suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    2 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Trentino)

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Teroldego, Merlot, Lagrein

  • Alcohol

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £59.94 (Case of 6)

Prieur Saint Esprit GSM, IGP Pays d’Oc 2013

Prieur Saint Esprit GSM, IGP Pays d’Oc 2013

A lively medium-bodied languedoc red offering perfumed blackberry and mineral earth aromas over a seductive palate of ripe plum, dark cherry and ground black pepper notes

About this wine:

Although originally from the southern Rhône valley, the French red wine blend of grenache, syrah and mourvedre is today such a classic combination that the term GSM is widely used for these wines from the sun-drenched vineyards of France’s Languedoc-Rousillon region. This particular example was made by flying winemaker Hugh Ryman and producer Cellier Jean d’Aibert, who used mostly grenache and syrah grapes from differing vineyard terroirs, adding in a touch of mourvedre for its earthy depth. Thirty percentof the wine was aged in French and American oak to soften its fruity complexity.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine at room temperature within three years, either on its own or to complement full-flavoured dishes like grilled marinated lamb, cassoulet or lentils and bacon hot pot.

  • Complex medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    3 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Languedoc)

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £65.94 (Case of 6)

Aliwen Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2013

Aliwen Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah 2013

This powerful Chilean red offers an intense bouquet of ripe red and black fruits over floral and spice notes. On the palate it is rich and voluptuous, balancing bold fruit, good acidity and sweet tannins with a long finish

About this wine:

The Rapel Valley in central Chile is a haven for vine growing. Its two main sub valleys, Colchagua and Cachapoal, are both crossed by rivers that bring vital, mineral-rich water down from the Andes and leave the vines plenty of well-draining stony soils to thrive in. This award-winning blend was made by Carlos Concha at the Undurraga winery. He selected the varietal grapes from vineyards in each valley, vinifying and then ageing the wines separately in French and American oak barrels before finally blending 60% cabernet sauvignon with 40% syrah to achieve a wonderful harmony and balance.

Serving suggestion:

Opulent and versatile, this wine makes a great match for rich beef or game dishes, wild boar ragù or mature cheese, or enjoy it on its own. Serve at cool room temperature now or over the next three years.

  • Rich, full-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • Not suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    3 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Rapel Valley)

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

  • Alcohol

    14%

  • SRP

    £65.94 (Case of 6)

Santa Gloria Reserve Syrah 2013

Santa Gloria Reserve Syrah 2013

Bright purplish-red in the glass, this vibrant syrah boasts intense aromas of red berries, fresh violets, ripe figs and baking spice, over a nicely balanced palate with sumptuous fruit and toasted spice notes

About this wine:

Santa Gloria have been producing wines in the heart of Chile’s Maipo Valley since 1954, when local politician Máximo Valdés founded the estate on a small plot of land not far from the capital city. Today, the much expanded winery possesses a talented team of winemakers, including Mauricio Garrido, who crafted this excellent syrah. Mauricio used traditional winemaking techniques to get the best from the fruit, finishing 50% of the wine in French and American oak to harmonious and integrate its fruity spiciness.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine at room temperature within the next three years, either on its own or with a selection of barbecued red meats or fine mature cheeses.

  • Full-bodied spicy red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    3 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Maipo Valley)

  • Grape Variety

    Syrah

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £59.94 (Case of 6)

Friuli Merlot 2012

Friuli Merlot 2012

A deliciously fruity merlot boasting ripe cherry, sun-baked herb and toasty oak aromas over a fresh and structured palate with an easy-going and balanced finish

About this wine:

Northeast Italy’s Fruili Venezi Giulia region is ideally suited to the cultivation of vines. Protected from the icy north winds by low mountain slopes and warmed by breezes rising from the Adriatic, the stony terrain here provides a perfect environment for producing ripe, balanced grapes. This merlot was crafted by M&S winemaker Jeneve Williams and local vigneron Arrigo Bidoli. They worked hard to retain the fruit’s aromatic freshness, rounding the wine’s tangy cherry notes off by partially ageing it in French and American oak barrels, which softened and harmonised the overall character.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this opulent and supple red by itself or with meaty wild boar or venison casseroles, or with classic Italian spaghetti bolognese or lasagne.

  • Elegant dry white

  • natural cork

  • Suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Fruili Grave)

  • Grape Variety

    Merlot

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £65.94 (Case of 6)

Rioja Romeral Crianza 2010

Rioja Romeral Crianza 2010

A mellow, medium-bodied rioja with fragrant plum, cassis and wild strawberry aromas over vanilla and baking spice note. On the palate it is wonderfully smooth and rounded with soft tannins and a hint of spice

About this wine:

Grown in the beautifully scenic hills surrounding Rioja in northern Spain, this seductive wine was made purely from hand-picked tempranillo grapes by experienced winemaker Elena Adell. After the fruit was crushed and fermented, the wine was matured for 12 months in American oak barrels to soften and integrate its flavour and develop that unmistakable rioja character that only the tempranillo grape can give. The term crianza is used to describe rioja wines that have been matured for at least one year in oak and have spent a further two years ageing in bottle.

Serving suggestion:

This moreish, eminently food-friendly red is a highly versatile wine that would match anything from grilled lamb cutlets to a rich bean casserole. It’s also delicious on its own.

  • Fragrant, medium-bodied red

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (Rioja)

  • Grape Variety

    Tempranillo

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £65.94 (Case of 6)

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