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Club Reserva white wine tasting notes

Bergerie de Courel White 2013

Bradgate Chenin Blanc 2013

An easy-drinking fruity white with rich tropical flavours and a hint of pear from the Chenin Blanc grape, while green fig and red pepper freshness comes through from the Sauvignon in the blend. The Sauvignon also gives this wine its crisp, elegant finish.

About this wine:

Gary and Kathy Jordan have built Bradgate up from a small family-run 6,000 case winery to a major 50,000 case company. They proudly wave the banner of South African Chenin Blanc too. Not for nothing is this the best-loved white grape in the Cape, and it reveals such wonderful depth of fruit here. The Jordan team ensure that the vivid New World flavours really shine, but are always tempered by classic complexity and structure. This Chenin is unoaked and is blended with a little Sauvignon for added elegance.

Serving suggestion:

A perfect partner for mushroom risotto, fillet of sole with lemon caper sauce, or richly flavoured pasta dishes such as creamy chicken tortellini or spinach and ricotta cannelloni.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     South Africa | Western Cape

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £65.94 per case of 6

Zevenwacht 7even Sauvignon Blanc 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 skilful 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 flavours. 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

  • suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     Australia | Murray-Darling

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Semillon, Chardonnay

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £62.94 per case of 6

Luc Poullain Touraine Sauvignon 2013

Tokomaru Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Fresh, vibrant aromas of grapefruit, kiwi and green nettles make a zingy welcome to this glass. The palate has concentrated tropical and grapefruit notes, which combine with lively acidity to give a crisp, mouth-watering finish.

About this wine:

2013 saw a rush of vibrant flavours in Marlborough, as all the vineyards and sub-regions seemed to ripen simultaneously, so grapes of every nuance and aroma simply flooded into the wineries. From Easter Monday onwards it was all hands on deck, and the winemakers were spoiled for choice! Sauvignon grapes for this wine were selected from the Awatere, Ure and Wairu valley sub-regions of Marlborough.

Serving suggestion:

A classic match for seafood, especially with a touch of Asian spice – such as Thai fishcakes or spiced shrimp with coriander and chilli. Or try it with chicken pad Thai, or Chinese honey-glazed duck with sticky rice.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    New Zealand | Marlborough

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • ALCOHOL

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £68.94 per case of 6

La Finca Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2010

Cave de Gortona Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Richly expressive Sauvignon Blanc with strikingly exotic notes of lychee, orange and pomegranate. This grape’s classic citrus and mineral twist is there on the palate, but enveloped by biscuit and brioche warmth, and notes of fresh oranges.

About this wine:

Steeped in French and Roman history, this prime Loire Valley vineyard site was planted with vines way back in 1860 by grandfather of the current cellar master Eric Louis. Eric likes to compare his role as winemaker with that of being a father, and he nurtures his vines with equal tenderness: ‘One observes the vines, looks after them, cajoles them…’, he says. This Sauvignon comes from 20-year old vines that contribute to its lovely rich intensity.

Serving suggestion:

Great for matching with risotto or elegant tagliatelle pasta dishes – with Parma ham, asparagus or mushroom cream sauce. Or pair it with filo-wrapped salmon, or puff pastry chicken pies.

  • dry

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Loire Valley

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £65.94 per case of 6

La Finca Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere

Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine, Gadais Père et Fils 2013

Classic stone-and-mineral Muscadet with a slight spritz and wonderful freshness. Tropical aromas of pineapple and vanilla lead to exuberant flavours of orange-peel, star anise, cloves and soft and juicy pineapple.

About this wine:

The very best Muscadets are always aged ‘sur lie’ – the lie/lees being the yeast deposits that fall to the bottom of the tank during fermentation. Keeping the wine on these gives it extra richness and definition and elevates it to the distinguished ‘Sur Lie’ appellation. This Muscadet has been aged on its lees right up to its bottling date in March 2014, that contributes to its delicious tropical notes.

Serving suggestion:

Serve it with seafood, but also try it out with goat’s cheese, pesto and fresh pasta, smoked haddock, or smokey grilled sardines.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     France | Loire Valley

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Melon de Bourgogne

  • ALCOHOL

    12.0% by volume

  • SRP

    £59.94 per case of 6

Casas del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Ventoux Les Traverses Blanc 2013

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 retrained – sweetness.

About this wine:

From the warm, windy hillsides 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 contributes this wine’s refreshing citrus notes.

Serving suggestion:

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

  • dry white

  • natural cork

  • suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Rhône

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache Blanc, Bourboulence

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £56.94 per case of 6

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