Thierry Merlin-Cherrier – Sancerre, 2016
Thierry Merlin-Cherrier owns 13 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc in the village of Bue, one of the principle hamlets surrounding the old walled town of Sancerre. These soils have a high chalk content and as a result this Sancerre is distinguished by its perfume of citrus and minerals. It has finesse and precision combining typical firm structure with an aromatic, blackcurrant character and an extra richness of gooseberry and lees on a long, zesty finish.
Tindall Vineyard – Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2015
Very appealing fresh tropical notes of pineapple and citrus combined with mineral complexity. The palate is sweet and succulent with lively mouth feel.
Tindall Vineyard is a family owned single vineyard, in the heart of the Marlborough, New Zealand wine region. The name honours Henry Tindall, grandfather of the brothers Clyde and Nigel Sowman who now run the estate.
Tindall Vineyard is renowned for it’s premium Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir grapes, and produces a selection of classical Marlborough wines utilising the talents of the acclaimed winemaker, Dr. John Forrest. The wines are produced from fully certified organically grown grapes
Unoaked Chardonnay Seven Springs Vineyards, 2014
Very pale in the glass this Unoaked Chardonnay is bright, light and fresh. With no exposure to oak we have retained the true characteristics of the varietal. Delicate and well balanced with citrus fruit and melon flavours, there are also hints of the natural local flora.
Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino, Argiolas, 2016
Aromas of pine and mint coupled with ripe stone fruit and citrus. The palate is at once vibrant and textural and finishes crisp. A remarkably sophisticated, surprisingly complex, fruit-driven white.
Vignoble Drouard – Les Templeries, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson 2012
***98 Points ‘Exceptional’ – Decanter Magazine, June 2017***
‘This 74-hectare domaine is run by four brothers – Denis, Jean-Paul, Laurent and Pascal. The 2012 Clisson came from a 1ha parcel of 67-year-old vines planted on sand above granite. The 2012 was the first vintage of this cuvée with extended lees ageing; subsequently it has been made in 2013, 2014 and 2015. This vintage was fermented and aged in underground vats for 48 months with lees stirring twice a year – in spring and October before the start of winter.’ – Decanter Magazine, June 2017.
‘A softly textured style with an exquisite harmony between rich, ripe fruit and precise, fresh acidity, allowing for its long finish. This is a great advertisement for its genre.’ – Jim Budd, Decanter Magazine, June 2017.
‘A subtle yet serious mineral nose augmented by notes of oyster shell. Weighty in the mouth with a pronounced thrust of minerality yet it maintains a very relaxed, bright and elegant poise throughout. Impressive and imposing.’ – Chris Kissack, Decanter Magazine, June 2017.
‘A well-defined, concentrated nose welcomes a palate with an alluring harmony between the creamy lees, citrus intensity and the stony influence of the vineyard’s granite soils. This has a real sense of place and is a joy to drink too.’ – Ben Llewelyn, Decanter Magazine, June 2017.
Villa Antinori Toscana Bianco IGT, 2016
- Villa Antinori Bianco was produced for the first time in 1931 by Niccolò Antinori and since that date the label has remained virtually unaltered, as has the production philosophy, one which aims at the achievement of a strongly Tuscan character in the wine.
- A straw yellow with greenish highlights in color, the wine shows elegant and subtle floral aromas with notes of citrus fruit. The taste is balanced with a fine persistence on the mineral-laced finish.
Weingut R & A Pfaffl – The Dot ‘Austrian Pepper’ Gruner Veltliner, Weinviertel, Austria 2016
Tangy and round on the palate with hints of herbs, yellow citrus fruits and pepper. Superb with summer salads and white fish dishes. Enjoy within 4-5 years from vintage date.
In 2016 Weingut Pfaffl was awarded the title European Winery of the Year by WINE ENTHUSIAST magazine. This is the first time the magazine has awarded the title to an Austrian wine producer. Roman was also voted Winemaker of the Year in 1996 by the Austrian wine press. Together with his wife and his 3 children Roman Pfaffl cultivates 80 hectares of vineyards in the southern part of the wine-region Weinviertal close to Vienna.