Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996
Moulin Touchais, AC Coteaux du Layon, 1996

Polished, deep yellow-gold. The nose is muted and withdrawn, we suspect this showed some reduction in its youth, but has since emerged. The palate is light on entry but builds well to a relatively powerful finish. There is some complexityhare, with the wine developing some calvados like flavours.

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

This wine exhibits a lovely mix of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice. These characters are balanced by soft tannins, balanced acidity and a fruit-driven finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast.
“Some leathery, clove-like notes spice up this solidly built Pinot. Hints of briar add more complexity to the cherry fruit, before some drying tannins take over on the finish. Rather than aging this to mellow the tannins, try it alongside beef or lamb instead.” J.C.  (7/1/2015)

Roaring Meg Pinot Noir 2013
This wine highlights the slightly cooler season with lovely perfumed dark red forest berries and cherry fruits along with a hint of dried herb, adding complexity. The wine has a sweet berry entry which displays these same characters in abundance. Lovely ripe textural tannins rise gracefully out of the mid-palate to finish the wine. These are balanced by the wine’s acidity and fruit, to produce a long fruit-driven finish.

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015
Mt. Difficulty – Roaring Meg Pinot Gris, Central Otago, 2015

This wine has aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of stonefruit, melon and green mango. These characters are richly replicated on the palate, with a full textured mid palate and an off-dry finish.

88 Points Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage)
“Loaded with fruit—apricot, pineapple and passion fruit—this is an attractive, medium-bodied Pinot Gris with just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy it over the next year.” J.C.  (8/1/2012)

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Mt Difficulty Wines
Established in 1992, Mt Difficulty Wines is home to some of Central Otago’s oldest and most revered vineyards. Situated along Felton Road in the famous sub-region of Bannockburn, Central Otago, this unique area of extremes is ideally suited to crafting wines that speak with a sense of place. “Our philosophy combines ethical viticulture with minimal intervention allowing the wine to express its personality and reflect its home.”

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Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014
Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014
Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Chéreau-Carré Réserve Numérotée, 2014

Pale straw yellow with green reflections. Floral and fruity, with occasional mineral notes. Light-to-medium-bodied with freshness, floral and fruity notes and crisp acidity.

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Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16
Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16
Navajas – Rioja Tinto, 2015/16

With a brilliant ruby color and a hint of purple this young fruity wine explodes with luscious  cherries and raspberries tempered by soft tannins from the small percentage of Mazuelo grapes in the blend.

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Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016
Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016
Negroamaro IGT Salento Il Medaglione 2016

Ruby red colour with garnet red reflections upon aging. Intense and delicate bouquet, characterised by hints of plum and blackberry. Warm and velvety harmonic mouthfeel.

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No Stone Unturned, 2013
No Stone Unturned, 2013
No Stone Unturned, 2013

The wine comes from the very best plots of our friend Pepe Fuster’s stone covered 26 hectare vineyard in Terra Alta in Catalonia, north-eastern Spain. The Garnacha vines are nearly 50 years old and this age gives the wine great concentration an complexity of dark, spicy, blackberry fruit which has been seasoned and enhanced by 10 months in the finest new Dargaud & Jaegle oak barrels from France.

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Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015
Parenthèse Signé JST, Coteaux de Béziers IGP, 2015

Blend of low yielding, organic Syrah & Grenache vines, with instant red and black fruit appeal. Enjoy with moderation!

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Petit Chablis AC Domaine Bachelier, 2015
Petit Chablis AC Domaine Bachelier, 2015
Petit Chablis AC Domaine Bachelier, 2015

A very fresh, bright and fruity nose yet one that has real complexity for a Petit Chablis and leads to intense and citrus-infused flavours and fine length.

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Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013
Petit Manseng, Côtes de Gascogne IGP, Domaine de Papolle 2013

Intense yellow color with gold tints. The nose is very expressive and reveals intense aromas of honey, gingerbread and wood. The palate is rich with deep and intense aromas. Exotic fruits mixed with spices and a touch of sweet liqueur. Very fresh.

£14.50 Add to cart
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Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph
Picpoul de Pinet Villa Blanche 2016 Calmel & Joseph

Tasting Note
A clean, bright appearance, with the lightest hint of green. The nose is intense, with notes of white blossom, citrus fruit (kiwi) and fresh mint. On the palate it is generous, mouth-filling and well-balanced, with a mineral finish. Elegant and easy-drinking in its youth, this wine will age well, developing notes of spice and a certain iodine/saline character. A Picpoul de Pinet that could grace a dining table or be enjoyed as an aperitif, with seafood or cheese.

 

Jancis Robinson 2016 15 / 20 : Crisp and clean, melon and papaya!

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Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016
Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016
Pinot Grigio IGT Vivolo di Sasso, 2016

It has an intense straw colour and also an ample, lasting fruity bouquet. The palate is dry, soft and well balanced, due to its full body.

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Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014
Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014
Pinot Noir Précoce, White Castle Vineyard, 2014

Vintage 2014 Pinot Noir Précoce gives a fabulous complex bouquet of dark red berries with layers of mineral nuances. Juicy lush generous and complex on the palate, with generous oak and ripe, fine tannins.

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Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013
Pinot Noir Seven Springs Vineyards, 2013

A well balanced, vibrant Pinot Noir, showing a complexity that belies the age of the vines. Garnet in colour, the wine offers aromas of raspberries and strawberries.

The palate is smooth, medium bodied, with bold fruit characters balanced well with the subtle oak influence.

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Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014
Pio Cesare – Barbera d’Alba, 2014

Intense ruby color with garnet reflections. The bouquet is distinguished and vital, with fresh, ripe fruit. The palate is clear and definite, with hints of ripe pulpy fruit, cherry, and notes of chocolate, frame with a long and pleasant finish.

90 Points Antonio Galloni (2012 vintage)

“The 2012 Barbera d’Alba is quite pretty. Bright red cherries, flowers, spices and mint all lift from the glass in a striking, perfumed Barbera long on class and personality. The flavors are precise and finely sculpted throughout.”

The grapes for the Barbera d’Alba come from the family owned vineyards in Serraluga d’Alba (Ornato and Colombaro), in Sinio, Diano d’Alba and Grinzane Cavour, together with other vineyards belonging to historical suppliers who have been selling their grapes to PIO CESARE for generations, working their vineyards according to our directions and strict quality controls. There is 15 days of skin contact in stainless steel temperature-controlled fermenters. The wine is aged for 18 months in French Allier oak, 30 percent in mid-toasted barriques that are half new and half one year old. The remaining 70 percent were aged in 20 to 50 hectoliter casks of Allier oak that are about 8 years old.

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Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010
Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010
Pio Cesare, Barolo, 2010

A classic Barolo from one of the greatest ever vintages in Piemonte. Excellent structure and harmony, mild tannins and balanced fruit. It is immediately approachable, but it has a very long ageing potential.

95 Points The Wine Advocate

“The 2010 Barolo is a great fall back wine for those who want to know the flavor profile of a classic,well-made Barolo. This is a textbook wine, especially in the exceptional 2010 vintage. Black fruit and prune is folded together with delicate tones of cigar ash, crushed mineral, licorice, white truffle and dried raspberry. The tannins are firm, but polished and the wine leaves a lasting imprint of dark fruit and cola on the elegant finish. Drink: 2016-2028.”

93 Points Antonio Galloni.

“Pio Cesare’s 2010 Barolo is terrific. Dark red cherries, plums, lavender, smoke and savory herbs open up in the glass, followed by hints of orange peel and white pepper that add both lift and a hugely appealing element of exoticism. The firm, incisive tannins are going to need a few years to settle down. There is a lot to like in this classic, old-school leaning Barolo. The 2010 was made from less well-exposed parcels in Ornato, along with parcels in Collareto and Briccolina, both of which are in the same general area of Serralunga, plus dollops of fruit from La Morra and Grinzane Cavour, virtually all of it estate fruit.”

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Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2014
Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2014
Pouilly-Fuissé AOC, Louis Jadot, 2014

Emerald gold tones which reflect a wine of finesse and distinction; the tasting is harmonious, fresh, full of flavours with hazelnuts, toasted almonds, grapefruit and lemon aromas.

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Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo
Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo
Quinta da Alorna – Abafado 5 years, Tejo

100% native varietal Fernão Pires is fortified to create a delicious sweet wine perfect for desserts such as custard tart or blue cheeses. Flavours of dried fruits are delivered from a smooth, textured palate with a lingering finish. Delightfully balanced and fresh. Great Value.

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Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portugal 2016

Citrus notes combine with riper tropical fruit. The Arinto provides a freshness that complements the toasty complexity and richness of the Chardonnay.

Serve chilled at 12ºC. Recommended with fish, particularly cod fish and buttery cheeses

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Quinta da Alorna – Branco, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco, Tejo, 2016
Quinta da Alorna – Branco, Tejo, 2016

Native varieties Arinto and Fernão Pires combine to create a lively and thoroughly enjoyable vin de soif. Riper tropical notes are framed by clean citrus flavours to create a refreshing yet well-balanced wine. Enjoy as an aperitif or with sea food. To be enjoyed in its youth.

 

 

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Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Branco, Tejo, Portugal 2013

Tasting Note
Aromas and flavours of ripe yellow fruit, especially peach and loquat, with floral touches and a hint of vanilla from the French oak casks. A rich white wine with body and balancing acidity.

 

Gastronomy
Baked fish, Mediterranean traditional dishes, White meats with aromatic herbs.

 

Vinification
The grapes were manually harvested and placed separately in 18-kg boxes. They were then pressed in long and short cycles in the mornings. After the musts were clarified, the fermentation in new and 2nd-use French oak casks followed. The wine aged on fine lees for 8 months using the batonnage method. After the final cuvée was prepared, the wine was stabilised and filtered before being bottled.

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Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2012
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2012
Quinta da Alorna – Marquesa de Alorna, Grande Reserva Tinto, Tejo, Portugal 2012

Awards
‘Dried cranberries and pomegranate are fruity yet demure on the nose. Bold flavors mimic the fruity aromas on the palate, juicy and tart. A well integrated vanilla and toasty coconut flavor perfumes the finish, with a slightly leathery kick.’ – 92pts. Excellent, Highly Recommended, Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017.

 
Tasting Note
Aromas of blackberry and raspberry fruit with a touch of fragrant wild flowers, vanilla and spice from its ageing in French oak. The palate reflects the nose with a silky texture, a richness of flavour and good freshness.
Gastronomy
Serve at 16-18ºC. Serve with roasted meats such as game or beef.

Vinification
Crushing and total destalking of the grapes. Pre-fermentative maceration at controlled temperature of 15 ºC; Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at 23ºC and maceration for 2 weeks. Before being bottled, the wine ages in new French oak barrels for 12 months.

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