Hey, I'm sure I've heard of that wine before... isn't that the same gavi as before? Yes it certainly is but with a gorgeous new label! Let's have a bit of a read about our wine of the day...

Donato Lanati, one of Italy's best young consultants, began working with La Giustiniana at the beginning of 1998. His indelible stamp of quality has become increasingly evident in recent years. The changes wrought in the winery by Lanati are now being matched with the improvements being made in the vineyard, where better grapes are giving purer, richer and better balanced wines. The entire estate covers 110 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi, of which 40 are under vine. Two single vineyard wines are produced, both of which are unoaked so the character of each vineyard shines through.


La Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi 'Lugarara' 2017 @ £15.95 - Buy it here!
A straw yellow wine with hints of green. Lightly perfumed with fresh green apples and pears on the nose. The palate is riper with ripe, golden apples, fresh almonds and honey but still has the characteristic lively twist on the finish found in good Gavi.

We've had this crowd-pleaser for a long time and think it's here to stay for the moment! Cheers!

 

Next up in our showcase of new wines we have the Field Street Shiraz from S. C. Pannell. This Aussie Shiraz will be one you won't forget in a hurry...

Stephen Pannell is one of the best and brightest of the new generation of Australian winemakers, having spent a decade working as chief red wine maker at Hardys before striking out on his own in 2004. Steve has worked all over the world, including in Italy with Aldo Vajra in Barolo and in France for Domaine Dujac and Pousse d'Or. His broad experience has helped shape his approach to winemaking and his wines are true expressions of the grapes and vineyards of McLaren Vale. In October 2015, Steve was named Winemaker of the Year by the consumer wine magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine.


S.C. Pannell Field Street Shiraz 2015 @ £18.95 - Buy it here!

On the nose there is a lovely purity of fruit - aromas of violets are coupled with the beautiful perfume of a punnet full of fresh berries. On the palate it is medium to full bodied with lovely, earthy tannins and a lifted finish.

This stonker will a fantastic addition to any meal so come a grab a couple!

Cheers!

 

Sorry about it taking so long. We finally have more of the beautiful Primitivo di Manduria! Don't be fooled by the new bottle, it's the exact same stuff inside. Endless customers have asked about this illusive wine as it's name certainly proceeds it. Truly fantastic quality for a rather low price...

In 2010 Felice Mergè, guided by his father Armando’s experience, buys and restores a building long known as the Cooperativa Comunale dei Produttori di Erchie, active since 1949. Renamed Masca del Tacco, the building is brought back to its original rural splendor but at the same time enriched with the latest equipment and innovative production techniques, aimed to produce the best wine quality without losing its traditional nature.

The warmth of the land and the sea influx of the Salentina peninsula, the hard-working hands of farmers, the weather: these factors result in extremely characterized wines by Masca del Tacco.

Masca del Tacco Primitivo di Manduria 2015 @ £13.95 - Buy it here!

This wine is red with violet highlights. Bouquet of Jam and ripe red fruit with hints of cinnamon. Full bodied, complex and generous on the palate.

Easily one of the highest rates and most sought after wines we have. Come and see what all the fuss is about! Cheers!

It's been a little while since we featured this. Gin is so popular nowadays that we might as move into only gin! Anyway, more on this...

Guillaume Drouin is a qualified oenologist and agronomist. After acquiring experience in the elds of wine-making and rum he joined the family business in 2004. Working with his father on the aging of calvados, he took part in the creation of the company's great blends while looking for new product ranges that would highlight original aromatic associations.

Guillaume is a man full of curiosity and enthusiasm. His passion for the world of avours, tasting and the art of blending soon led him towards a new creation, that of a Gin based on the apples from his orchards. Thanks to its method of production and the number of aromatic substances that compose it, this Gin is without any doubt the spirit that offers the broadest possible spectre of composition: an almost in nite eld for creativity, a challenge both rich and fascinating in the search for symbiosis between apples, juniper and aromatics of world-wide origin.



Le Gin de Chrisitian Drouin 2017 Batch @ £41.95

Le Gin de Christian Drouin the only Gin incorporating 30 apple varieties. Rose and lemon provide delicacy. Ginger, vanilla, cinnamon and almond give the Gin a smooth, spicy body while cardamom enhances its fruit and roundness in the mouth. Juniper and apple complement one another with their heavy and high notes, spicy and crisp. 

As they only produce just under 3000 bottles a year this one will disappear pretty suddenly so if you're a gin lover don't miss your chance to get one of these!

Today I thought maybe something Italian today seeing as we have the most beautiful weather, need something to match the day, you see! This should be a great fit...

Valentino Sciotti (of Vesevo, Gran Sasso and other Farnese estates) took over this small co-operative in Basilicata in Acerenza in the heart of the Aglianico del Vulture zone in 2008. Consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini works with Manuel Barbone, and together they manage to capture the character of the grapes and the zone superbly in the bottle.

The vineyards belonging to this estate are superb; low-trained and planted on the volcanic soils of the slopes of Mount Vulture at altitudes of up to 800 metres above sea level. The area is one of Italy's most remote and poorest. Isolated and uncontaminated it is, according to consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini, like stepping back in time a few centuries.

On arrival at the winery the grapes were destemmed and gently crushed then the must fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at temperatures up to 30-32°C. Frequent, gentle pumping over took place during fermentation and maceration which lasted approximately 30 days. Judicious oak influence softened the naturally high tannins after which the wine remained in tank until bottling.



Vigneti del Vulture, Aglianico del Vulture "Pipoli" 2016 @ £13.95 - Buy it here!

This wine is garnet red in colour. The nose has layered, highly complex aromas with hints of violets and cocoa. Full bodied, the wine has a sweet red fruit character with delicate oak nuances and persistent fruit notes through to the finish.

Oh it's definitely a keeper! Absolutely beautiful. Come and give it a try! Cheers!

Just had reports that we will be seeing a good bit of sun on Sunday! What better than a bottle of Prosecco to bask in the warmth with? Our Ca' di Alte Prosecco will certainly hit the spot...

Ca' di Alte was created by winemaker Alberto Marchisio. Although Piemontese himself, he has been working in the Veneto for some years. He joined Cantina Colli Vicentini as director and winemaker with the 2012 vintage and has since dramatically improved the quality of the wines. The grapes are grown primarily on the hills south of Vicenza, the Colli Berici, where the hillside sites ensure lower yields and better ripeness of the grapes. With Alberto's hand in the winery, the delicate aromas of the wines have been preserved. The Palladian window on the label acknowledges the work of the great Andrea Palladio, many of whose masterpieces are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The 16th century architect lived in Montecchio Maggiore, home of the Colli Vicentini winery, and Vicenza most of his life.

The vineyards are located in the hills and are north facing. The hillside sites experience cooler nights, allowing the aromatic compounds of the grapes to develop. The vines are trained using the Guyot system. The soil is calcareous and of volcanic origin.

 

 

This Prosecco was made using the long charmat method. The grapes were hand-picked and the stalks removed before crushing. Soft pressing separated the skins and seeds from the must before alcoholic fermentation and second fermentation in a pressure and temperature controlled autoclave. After filtration and centrifugation, the wine was refrigerated and bottled under pressure.



Ca' di Alte Prosecco Spumante Extra Dry NV @ £13.95 - Buy it here!

This Prosecco is a light straw yellow with fine bubbles. A pleasant bouquet with notes of pear and floral hints is followed by a very bright, clean and lifted, palate. The finish is very dry, with lingering freshness.

Clearly it fits the bill perfectly so come and grab a few. Then there's no need to move at all on Sunday. Cheers!