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February Club Reserva mixed case tasting notes

Aluada Quinta De Aves Chardonnay 2014

Alauda Quinta de Aves Chardonnay 2014

A golden Spanish Chardonnay with a lively fresh bouquet of tropical fruits shot through with citrussy notes. The palate is dry and refreshing, with juicy mango and pineapple flavours and a lingering hazelnut finish.

About this wine:

Based in Calatrava in the famous La Mancha region, Bodegas Quinta de Aves have 75 hectares of vines spread through a land rich in wildlife and history (an old Templar refuge can be found in one of their vineyards). Winemaker Laura Garcia Cámara selected the Chardonnay grapes for this wine from a vineyard 725 metres above sea level, where the hot sun is tempered by cold nights and gives balance to the fruit. Once fermented, the wine was left unoaked to display a unique southern Spanish take on this classic grape variety.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy lightly chilled within two years, as a delicious aperitif with salted nuts, cured cheeses and dried fruits, or with hearty meals of grilled vegetablesand pasta, savoury rice dishes, or baked herby chicken.

  • Rounded fruity white

  • Synthetic cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    two years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (La Mancha)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chardonnay

  • ALCOHOL

    12%

  • SRP

    £11 per bottle

Mineralstein Riesling 2013

Mineralstein Riesling 2013

This premium modern German Riesling offers clean and refreshing aromas of citrus and peach backed by a hint of spice. The rich off-dry palate is brisk and mouth-watering, with a good balance of fruit and acidity and a long minerally finish.

About this wine:

Created by winemakers Matthias Gaul and Gerd Stepp, this exceptional Riesling is a blend of two classic German regions: the Mosel and Pfalz. To create a wine that reflects the character of each region and marry them together successfully, the winemakers took care to select the right grapes for the job, sourcing fruit from specially chosen vineyards. The result is a wonderfully mouthwatering and refreshing wine that harmoniously balances the firm mineral and slate character of the Mosel with the peach and apricot ripeness of the Pfalz.

Serving suggestion:

Serve lightly chilled as the perfect aperitif, or try it paired with smoked fish, sushi, mildly spicy stir-fries and roast pork belly with apple sauce.

  • Mouth-watering off-dry white

  • screw cap

  • Not suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    one year

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Germany (Mosel/Pfalz)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Riesling

  • ALCOHOL

    12%

  • SRP

    £10 per bottle

Zilzie Selection 23 2014

Zilzie Selection 23 2014

This intriguing Pinot Grigio gives the classic Italian grape a unique Aussie spin, offering citrus and ripe pear aromas over a lively dry palate of juicy stone fruit and baked apple notes, finishing with a zesty, minerally crispness.

About this wine:

Zilzie’s vineyards are located in the Murray Darling region of south eastern Australia, an area of rich red loam and limestone soils where vines thrive in the typically hot Mediterranean-like climate. Winemaker Hayden Donohue sourced the Pinot Grigio grapes for this wine from vines around 15 years old, harvesting the fruit at night when it is at its coolest to retain the maximum fruit flavours. After fermentation the wine was aged on its lees for two months to intensify its complexity and fruity exuberance.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine chilled as a gorgeous summer aperitif, or pair with dishes like grilled chicken and mango salad, salt and pepper squid or even mild Thai or Asian spiced salads. Drink while young, within the next 18 months.

  • Crisp dry white

  • Screw cap

  • Not suitable for
    vegetarians or vegans

  • drink within
    18 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia (Murray Darling)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Pinot Grigio

  • ALCOHOL

    11.5%

  • SRP

    £11 per bottle

Zevenwacht 7even Bouquet 2014

Zevenwacht 7even Bouquet 2014

This aromatic dry white has a gorgeous golden colour and a perfumed bouquet of sweet yellow fruit and hints of spice. The off-dry palate is luscious with a juicy peach richness and floral depths over a long, balanced finish.

About this wine:

Zevenwacht is a family owned estate in South Africa’s beautiful Stellenbosch hills. The southwest-facing vineyards here are carefully managed in keeping with the local wildlife. Being exposed to the sea breezes, the temperature is kept cool in the summer and frosts are prevented in winter, so the fruit is always healthy and reaches ripeness with little trouble. Winemaker Jacques Viljoen blended Muscat, Viognier and Gewürztraminer grapes to make this unique wine, hand-picking and cool-fermenting the fruit to capture as much of its fragrance and character as possible.

Serving suggestion:

This seductive wine makes a wonderful aperitif, as well as a perfect match for Asian cuisines and lighter fragrant curries, Thai noodles or Moroccan dishes.

  • Aromatic off-dry white

  • Screw cap

  • Not suitable for
    vegetarians or vegans

  • drink within
    18 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa (Stellenbosch)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Muscat, Viognier and Gewürztraminer

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £12 per bottle

Assyrtiko 2013

Assyrtiko 2013

Pale yellowy-green in colour with a seductive bouquet of mango and fresh pineapple. The dry palate is finely structured with zesty acidity and a long mouth-watering finish offering pink grapefruit and lemon sorbet notes.

About this wine:

winemaker Dimitris Gouravas is on a mission to show the world the extraordinary potential of Greece’s grape varieties. A trained agriculturalist with a Masters degree in Oenology from the Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology, Dimitris is highly passionate about crafting modern wines from Crete’s indigenous grapes. He sourced the Assyrtiko fruit for this wine from mature vineyards at 450 metres. Blessed with cool summer winds from the nearby mountains, the grapes ripen with excellent character and acidic balance, which Dimitris reveals through carefully controlled fermentation and keeping the wine unoaked.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy well chilled as a delicate aperitif or as the perfect foil for barbecued sardines and mackerel, fresh seafood or poached chicken.

  • Fruity dry white

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    two years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Alto Mincio)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Greece (Heraklion-Crete)

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £11.50 per bottle

Gamma Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Gamma Sauvignon Blanc 2014

This organic Sauvignon Blanc offers zingy lime zest and crunchy green pepper aromas over a mouth-watering palate positively alive with zippy fresh fruit and mineral complexities with a long, lingering finish.

About this wine:

Chile’s Emiliana winery is one of the world’s leading producers of organic and biodynamic wines. In converting their vineyards they have replaced all synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers with natural products of biological origin. Grape leaves, stalks and stems, plus other plant matter and animal manure, are used to fertilise the vineyard topsoil, while weeds are controlled by letting animals roam through the vine rows. The Casablanca Valley is strongly influenced by the cooling breezes that sweep in from the Pacific Ocean and temper the vines as they ripen and give them greater aromatic and flavour balance.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine chilled as a refreshing aperitif or partner for a wide variety of foods, from sushi and fresh seafood to goat's cheese salads, asparagus or smoked ham. Drink while young and vibrant, within a year of purchase.

  • Zesty dry white

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    one year

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Casablanca Valley)

  • Grape Variety

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • Alcohol

    12%

  • SRP

    £10.50 per bottle

Graham Beck. The Game Reserve Pinotage 20131

Graham Beck The Game Reserve Pinotage 20131

This superbly structured Pinotage offers complex aromas of sour cherries, strawberries and plums with spice undertones. The balanced medium-bodied palate reveals ripe fruit and savoury notes over a soft oaky finish.

About this wine:

Pinotage is South Africa’s very own grape variety, a cross of Pinot Noir with Cinsault (originally known as ‘Hermitage’) created in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perold, the first professor of viticulture at Stellenbosch University. This vibrant red expresses the grape in its most classic profile: a deep and enticing wine with complex savoury depths and masses of red fruit exuberance. Sourcing fruit from vineyards in Paarl and Stellenbosch, winemaker Erika Obermeyer matured a portion of the wine in seasoned oak.

Serving suggestion:

An excellent food wine, this bottle would be great with slow cooked meat casseroles such as juniper-scented venison stew or even a spicy lamb rogan josh, chargrilled steaks or herby Mediterranean roasted vegetables.

  • Complex full red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • drink within
    18 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa (Coastal Origin)

  • Grape Variety

    Pinotage

  • Alcohol

    14%

  • SRP

    £11 per bottle

Château Ramel Minervois 2013

Château Ramel Minervois 2013

A bright, carmine-red blend offering poached berry, liquorice and bonfire smoke aromas. The sumptuous medium-bodied palate reveals blackberry and plum notes with pine forest nuances and elegant tannins.

About this wine:

Château Ramel was established in 1592 in the heart of Minervois, a beautiful region just east of the medieval fortress city of Carcassonne that forms a vast, sun-trapped amphitheatre between the Midi canal and slopes of the Montagne Noir. With 80 hectares of vines spread through 200 plots in some of the best sites in the region, Château Ramel’s winemaker Marie-Suzanne Mazard was able to select the finest grapes for this wine, choosing hand-picked fruit at the peak of ripeness to ensure the characteristic Minervois depth and balance.

Serving suggestion:

This harmonious red is best enjoyed with food, particularly slow-cooked shoulder of lamb studded with garlic and rosemary, steak in mushroom sauce or roast duck.

  • Soft fruity red

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    five years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Languedoc)

  • Grape Variety

    Carignan (80%), Syrah (10%),

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £11.50 per bottle

Noctua Quinta de Aves Shiraz Tierra de Castilla 2012

Noctua Quinta de Aves Shiraz Tierra de Castilla 2012

Bright cherry red-to-purple in colour, with a bouquet of summery red fruits and hints of warm baking spices. In the mouth it is soft and silky, with a delicately fresh medium-bodied palate and long, lingering fruitiness.

About this wine:

based in Calatrava in the famous La Mancha region, Bodegas Quinta de Aves have 75 hectares of vines, including seven of mature, trellised Syrah. The vines are spread through a land rich in wildlife and history (an old Templar refuge can be found in one of their vineyards) that is drenched with sunshine through much of the year. Head winemaker Laura Garcia Cámara harvested the grapes for this wine at night to ensure their ripeness was balanced by good acidity, Once fermented.

Serving suggestion:

This highly versatile wine can be enjoyed by itself or with food. Pair it with Spanish cured meats and spicy chorizo, as well as pâtés, meaty pasta dishes and semi-soft cheeses.

  • Soft fruity red

  • Synthetic cork

  • Not suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    two years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (La Mancha)

  • Grape Variety

    Syrah

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £10.50 per bottle

Miopasso Primitivo Puglia 2013

Miopasso Primitivo Puglia 2013

A brooding southern Italian red with aromas of mulberries and blackberries over more savoury, spicy notes. The full-bodied palate is voluptuously rich, with plum and black cherry notes balanced by fresh acidity and grippy tannins.

About this wine:

The Miopasso range of wines is produced by The Wine People, an Italian company that takes a modern approach to classic Italian wines. TWP’s wine production is the responsibility of Stefano Chioccioli, the respected winemaker of Casa Girelli fame. For this wine he selected high-quality fruit from vineyards in Puglia’s Salento peninsula, ensuring the grapes were hand-harvested when cool to retain all their freshness. To emphasise the quality of the grapes, Stefano opted to leave the wine unoaked after fermentation, helping to bring out the sun-baked fruit’s intensity.

Serving suggestion:

Powerful but versatile, this sumptuous red would drink well on its own, or with flavoursome dishes like aubergine parmigiana, spicy sausage pasta, roast venison or a fiery chilli con carne.

  • Powerful fruity red

  • Screw cap

  • Not suitable for vegetarians or vegans

  • drink within
    two years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Puglia)

  • Grape Variety

    Primitivo

  • Alcohol

    14.5%

  • SRP

    £12 per bottle

Château Logis de Sipian 2011

Château Le Logis de Sipian 2011

This modern ruby-red claret offers a seductive bouquet of fresh and poached cherries and sweet red fruit. The medium-bodied palate reveals lovely supple red cherry fruit and a clean, deliciously refreshing unoaked character.

About this wine:

The Médoc region of Bordeaux’s revered ‘left bank’ is home to a wide variety of soil types, from sand and gravel to clay and pebbles. The key to successful winemaking here is in understanding the different character these soils give to the grapes, and marrying them together. Château Le Logis de Sipian’s head winemaker Laurent Vache is an expert of Médoc soils, and has blended Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes from different vineyards on the estate’s property to create this florid wine, which he’s left unoaked to reveal the character of the fruit..

Serving suggestion:

This balanced wine is best enjoyed with food, from slow-cooked shin of beef casserole to roast shoulder of lamb. It would also work well with full-flavoured hams or mature cheeses.

  • Balanced fruity red

  • Cork

  • Not suitable for vegetarians or vegans

  • drink within
    three years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Bordeaux)

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet Franc (30%)

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £12 per bottle

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2013

Wirra Wirra Scrubby Rise 2013

A brilliant crimson-red Shiraz blend with plum, raspberry and rhubarb aromas over liquorice and eucalyptus notes. The full-bodied palate offers plum and rhubarb notes, mingling with soft cedar wood undertones and fresh acidity.

About this wine:

The Wirra Wirra vineyards are situated on undulating land in the McLaren Vale overlooking the Gulf of St Vincent. It was here that the Wirra Wirra tribe once built a viewing platform to take in the majestic views where today the winery has its Scrubby Rise vineyard. Winemakers Paul Smith and Paul Carpenter selected Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot grapes for this wine, vinifying the grapes separately and maturing the wines in seasoned French and American oak barrels before blending to craft a wine with bags of personality and depth.

Serving suggestion:

A truly versatile red, great by itself or as a match for roast beef, good quality pizzas, smoky pulled pork, venison sausages or roasted vegetables with smoked paprika.

  • Complex full red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    three years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia (McLaren Vale)

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz (54%), Cabernet Sauvignon (37%), Petit Verdot (9%)

  • Alcohol

    14.5%

  • SRP

    £12 per bottle

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