Reports and reflections from the world of wine
Category: Product Reviews
Brand new beers in at the shop; A healthy display of beers now available at Symposium.
We have a couple of exciting wines to share today. Ranging from Turkey to Italy, France to New Zealand. Some great wines the are a must try this year.
First up is the Nebbiolo D’Alba from San Silvestro. Full flavoured with dry and spicy notes typical of the Nebbiolo grape. The evident varietal fruit and vanilla overtones are backed up by a full bodied structure with an elegant, lingering finish.
Secondly, we have the Vintage Chardonnay from Kayra. Tropical ripeness, youthful and complex. A cracking wine that represents Turkey’s ability to produce great quality wines. Creamy yet elegant, with noticeable oak that isn’t overpowering.
Next is the Framingham Classic Riesling from Marlborough, NZ. Complex flavours of lemon citrus, mandarin and stone fruit with a long, mineral finish. A classic New Zealand off-dry style, with rich fruit and juicy acidity.
Lastly, Domaine la Rouviole from Minervois. Flavours of black and red fruits, with final notes of liquorice and spices. Smooth with lovely purity of fruit.
New White Wines By The Glass
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The House White is currently the Case Maria Verdejo from Spain. A steely pale yellow wine, delicately fragrant with hints of green apple and fennel, smooth palate, fresh and dry, witha lingering finish. Enjoy with heavy pasta dishes, fresh fish, or shellfish. (Vegetarian/Vegan).
Pipoli is our next wine on the list. Being a most popular white we sell, it is a great all-rounder. Ticking all the boxes, being a fresh, balanced, fruit-forward wine style. Pale lemon in colour, with perfumes of tropical fruit and a touch of vegetal notes. Rich yet fresh with a lime zest character, which comes from the Greco fruit, balancing the richness. (Vegetarian/Sustainable).
The Tinpot Hut is a classic New World Sauvignon Blanc style. It is a complex and elegant wine with intense aromas of blackcurrant, crushed lemongrass and thyme, mingled with passionfruit and melon highlights. A stylish and pleasingly rich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant aromatics and a fine balance of acidity leading to a lingering finish.
Next on the list is the Limoux. A beautiful Southern France wine that’s rich golden in colour, with a floral nose marked by finesse and complexity. Concentrated and well-balanced, the use of new oak confers complex flavours of melted butter, nuts, caramel and toast. There is also a delicious lemony twist in the finish.
Lastly, for our Top White we have a wine that takes the traditional Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough and adds a unique oak edge. The complex aromas of green coffee bean and vanilla pod are complemented by notes of wild flowers, crushed herbs with just a hint of gunflint. The palate is rich and unctuous with layers of preserved lemon, ripe papaya, cocoa powder and toasted hazelnut with hints of red berry. Why not shake up the style?
New Red Wines By The Glass
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The House Red is currently the Umbrele Merlot Romania. It’s a dark violet colour that is complimented by rich aromas of dark fruits, plum and blackberry, with notes of spice and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied, but full of jammy fruit flavours- black current, even a hint of dark chocolate, with warm tannins and a fine finish.
The Platagenet Three Lions Pinot Noir is next on the list. A solid staple. This wine is deep garnet red in colour. On the nose, there are lifted aromas of red cherry, forest floor and a savoury complexity that leads into a palate bursting with bramble fruits and toasty oak. This Pinot Noir is beautifully textured with fine tannins and balanced acidity.
Next is the Malvasia Nera from Puglia, Italy. It’s a wine that can be enjoyed with or without food. It’s intense and complex with a bouquet of ripe red fruits combined with hints of spice. The body is full with delicious flavours of blackberry jam and vanilla notes that holds together by a beautifully smooth finish. Great value for money. (Vegetarian/Vegan).
New in is the Felino Malbec from Mendoza. However, it isn’t just the fruity, robust Malbec you might be expecting. Displaying deep-red, violet and blue tones. The aromas of white flowers and black fruits develop into notes of white pepper and cloves. Elegance and balance springs to mind, it delights the palate with hints of liquorice and chocolate. Expect broad yet smooth with a persistent finish.
Lastly, for our Top Red, we have The Boxer, Mollydooker. It’s called the Boxer for a reason… It’s punching at 16% ABV! The wine is vibrant, complex and jam-packed with a kaleidoscope of flavours. Chocolate, plum and liquorice just to name a few; all beautifully wrapped in bright berry fruit, smooth tannins and impeccable mouth feel. Each sip changes and draws you in for a closer look. Beautiful.