Final case of this is in the shop! Don't miss your last chance to get your hands on a couple of bottles of this truly amazing chardonnay. Let's find out a bit more...

When La Crema was founded in 1979, the Russian River Valley had yet to establish itself as one of California’s most important regions for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The first few vintages at La Crema were devoted to learning the intricacies of cold-climate viticulture and winemaking along with the task of procuring first-class vineyards for fruit.

In 1993 Jess Jackson bought La Crema and, with the help of winemaker Dan Goldfield, elevated the quality of the wines and enhanced the winery’s reputation as a top producer in California for Burgundian varieties. Over the intervening years, La Crema expanded its collection of vineyards to include some of the most esteemed sites in not just the Russian River Valley but also Sonoma Coast, Green Valley, Fort Ross-Seaview, Mendocino, Carneros and Monterey.

With the 2012 vintage, the winery ventured outside of California to acquire Pinot Noir from Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley. The unifying factors with all of these sites are their cool, windy climates and marine-based soils. The winery has also explored other varieties and is known for producing one of the finest Pinot Gris in the state.

 

La Crema’s vineyards are all harvested by hand. The winemaking techniques are primarily traditional to ensure that the wines are true to both the variety and the terroir. The Chardonnays are whole-cluster pressed and fermented and aged in French oak on the lees with bi-monthly battonage to add texture and complexity. The Pinot Noirs are cold soaked for five to eight days before fermentation in small, open-top fermenters and aging in a combination of new and used French oak barrels. As with the Chardonnay, La Crema’s Pinot Noirs are pure, accurate and reflective of their origin.

La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014 @ £21.95 - Buy it here!
This wine opens with layered aromas of vanilla, yellow plum, fresh peach blossom and ripe citrus. On the palate are flavors of locally grown Gravenstein apple framed by hints of sweet spice and shortbread. The end result is a broad, juicy, and beautifully balanced mouthfeel.

Only 12 bottles of this are available and it was wildly popular in the first place. Get down here and soon!

And we're back from quite a nice and relaxed weekend. On Friday we had one of our amazing wine tasting evenings and this time we focused ourselves on Australia. The brilliant people down-under are known to produce some amazing wines. These two, for example, are some of the absolute best on offer...

Robert Oatley Vineyards is the reincarnation of the Oatley family winemaking dynasty. Wine is 'in the blood' of the late founder Bob Oatley and his eldest son Sandy, leader of the family business founded upon a four decade passion for grape growing, wine making and marketing - the combination of which has seen the Oatley family rise to the top of the Australian winemaking scene. With interests spanning the world of competitive sailing, tourism, hospitality and of course, wine - the family produces wines both of immediate appeal and cellar-ability, with satisfying flavours over an elegant frame, under a variety of stylish labels including Robert Oatley, Wild Oats, Pocketwatch, Four in Hand, Montrose and Craigmoor.

Over forty years of nurturing grapevines and making wine has taught the Oatley family many lessons. Site selection is paramount, that 'sense of place', as where you choose to grow your grapes is vital to both style and quality. The Oatley approach is to overlay this philosophy with an outstanding team of grape growers and wine makers, using the best possible equipment, to allow them every chance of producing a winner. The task is clear: to craft wines that have varietal clarity, focus and which reflect their provenance - in a very modern fashion. Wines of character and integrity.

Director of Winemaking, acclaimed vigneron Larry Cherubino, achieves this via a myriad of vineyards across the length and breadth of Australia's wine regions. His winemaking team is lead from the Oatley's winery at Mudgee, with further on-location experts and facilities in Margaret River, McLaren Vale and Yarra Valley. Vineyards are tended as organically as possible and wines are made with minimal intervention, reflecting a dedication to sustainable grape growing and wine production practices.

Robert Oatley "Finisterre" Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula 2012 @ £21.95 - Buy it here!
An excellent Pinot Noir from the sought-after Mornington Peninsula, near Melbourne. The grapes are hand pricked and sorted and matured for 9 months in French Oak. Crisp, ripe, rich red fruits with complex spicy and gamey notes and a silky body. 

Robert Oatley "Finisterre" Chardonnay, Margaret River 2015 @ £21.95 - Buy it here!
Reminiscent of a white Burgundy, this wine displays aromas of nectarine and lemon peel. The palate is rich and complex with citrus and melon fruit, minerality and finely integrated oak characters. 

Both of these are only available in small quantities so don't even think about waiting around!

Cheers!

As it's such a lovely day today we thought a nice offer for you would go down a treat. How does 15% off when you buy 2 or more bottles of the Seifried Estate Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 sound? Wanna know a bit more first? Oh go on then!

From small beginnings in 1973, when Hermann Seifried and his New Zealand wife Agnes first planted grapes in the Moutere Valley near Nelson, this is a family business with a focus and passion for beautifully crafted wines.

2016 marks 40 years since the family's first grape harvest, and with all three Seifried children now fully involved in the business, over 250 hectares of sustainably accredited Estate owned vineyards, and exports to over 20 countries around the globe, there is indeed reason to celebrate.

Seifried is a family business sharing their wines with the world and is home to the fabulous 'Sweet Agnes' Riesling - NZ's most awarded dessert wine.



Seifried Estate Nelson Pinot Noir 2014 @ £14.95 - Buy it here!
"Fruity, fresh, varietal and very inviting bouquet of fresh dark cherry and light red fruits, some plum; baking spices of cinnamon and vanilla. Dry, fruity and flavourful with light red fruits of plum and cherry,light toast oak layer, medium+ acidity and fine tannins. Balanced and well made." 90 Points - Cameron Douglas MS, November 2015

So whenever you get at least two bottles of this stunning pinot noir we'll give you 15% off. That's something anyone can enjoy! Cheers!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Whether you have someone to spend it with or not, you can always count on us to have something to help out the occasion: Gin.

The story of Broken Heart gin is about remembering a friend. Two German friends, Joerg and Bernd, were living in Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. Both of them were philosophers and Master Distillers, and set out to make a superb gin together. Sadly, Bernd unexpectedly fell ill and tragically passed away. To commemorate his friend and to mark a new beginning, Joerg released Broken Heart gin. Broken Heart is London Dry gin distilled in a small pot still with wheat and molasses base spirit. 



Broken Heart Central Otago Dry Gin @ £35.95 - Buy it here!
Eleven botanicals are added, including juniper, coriander seed, lemon peel, lavender, cardamom, cassia, cinnamon and angelica. The New Zealand alpine water gives this gin a captivating purity, and it is well balanced at 40% ABV. The aim was to make a perfumed and crisp gin to drink at dusk, cherishing those ‘moments in between’. We're huge gin fans and this one really does take the gold for best in show. A truly wonderful example of what gin can be.

Not sure about the rest of you, but I've been freezing to death over the last few days. London can be utterly horrific with its weather. Something big and red will warm me up again you say? What to drink...

In 1995 David Powell crushed three tonnes of grapes and fermented them into wine in a shed on his 12-hectare Marananga property (which continues to be home to the winery). The winery was named "Torbreck" after the forest in Scotland where Powell had worked as a lumberjack following his University studies. The first wine made under the Torbreck label was the 1995 RunRig, with the wine released in 1997.[4] A favorable review of the 1996 RunRig in the June, 1999 issue of The Wine Advocate created intense consumer interest in the international wine collector community, resulting in this and subsequent releases being highly allocated.



Torbreck Barossa Valley "GSM" 2013 @ £15.95 - Buy it here!
Garnet robe with flicks of pruple, a gorgeous high-toned aroma of five spice, créme de cassis, black cherries with a background of roasted earth, leather and herbs. A perfect match with hearty meats and stews, game and hard cheeses.

This is going to be my saviour I think. Come and grab a couple before I put the whole lot down.

It would seem that the British public love a Riesling! After our post on the fantastic Thomas Goss we had unprecedented amounts of queries and orders! So let's continue the trend with this...

The Hugel company was founded in Riquewihr in 1639 by Hans Ulrich Hugel, who was a Swiss national who left his home country during the Thirty Years' War. It has remained in the hands of the Hugel family since then.

In the second half of the 20th century, Jean Hugel played a leading role in Hugel & Fils. Together, he and Hugel & Fils pioneered the reintroduction of late harvest wines in Alsace. The 1984 wine regulations setting down the requirements for Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles wines is usually referred to as "Hugel's Law". Wines in this style were also produced by Hugel before these designations had been invented, and some earlier versions were marketed using designations from the German wine classification, such as Beerenauslese.

Hugel & Fils Estate Riesling 2012 @ £23.95 - Buy it here!
Youthful, bright, graceful colour with springlike silvery pale green hints. Lively, fresh, open, nicely aromatic bouquet of fruit : white peach, lemongrass, grapefruit, ginger and flowers : almond blossom, primrose and fresh moss, with a touch of muscatel. On the palate this is a lively and refreshing Riesling, finely tuned, with a well balanced, slightly supple, soft aftertaste. Agreeably expressive fruit character, crisp and clean.

Doesn't it sound just wonderful? A couple of bottles of this are available and are most definitely worth a look! Cheers!