Heady pear, melon and green notes float above a base of toast in this simple Viognier from Languedoc. Stainless steel has kept the fruit clipped and clean until a warm (nearly 14%) and gingery finish.
It’s not every vintage that nature allows for a Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine, but when it happens, it creates magic. A decadent nose of pure strawberry extract, crushed currants and rhubarb. It’s thick and lush on the palate with strawberry pie and rhubarb flavours that are persistent and mouth-filling. There is enough acidity to provide vibrancy through the finish.
Reminiscent of a top Puligny! The green apple, mineral and citrus on the nose meets up with smoky minerals, spice, vanilla and toast on the palate. Elegant and poised; there is sound acidity and great length.
A blend of mainly Syrah (78%) with Grenache (15%) and Carignan (7%) from a boutique producer, only four hectacres, grown on south facing slopes in the foothills of Siran in Minervois. Grenache and Syrah with old vines Carignan were hand harvested and cold fermented in stainless steel , 15 months in French oak. Vibrant, inviting notes of red and black fruit with a plush and spicy palate wrapped in approachable and well-integrated tannins, before a lengthy velvet close.
This demi-sec (mid sweet) Cava is a blend of 55% Macabeo, 40% Parellada and 5% Chardonnay from a small 20 hectare estate just outside Sant Sadurni d'Anoia. The highest point of the region, this is just off the Mediterranean Sea, with views of the Montserrat mountains to the north. This aged one year in the bottle, and carries 35 g/l RS through the brisk finish. Sweet pear, apple sauce fill the generously sweet form, with a red apple peel and pink grapefruit pithiness to counter. If you're looking for a sweet fizz to pair to angel food cake or pear clafouti, look no further. Well made for the style.
Good varietal Cabernet Sauvignon nose showing blackcurrant, green herbal scents, spicy clove and a pinch of cinnamon. Ripe blackberry flavour leads off on the palate, with secondary blackcurrant supported by moderate tannins, well-balanced acidity and a splash of dark chocolate. A polished medium weight Cab, drinking well now.