Autumn Essential Stock Up
Why not stock yourself up with a lovely range of 12 wines to brighten your November? That's at least 12 evenings taken care of!
5 whites, 2 rosés, 5 reds.
Chateau de la Mirande, Picpoul de Pinet, France, 2019
Picpoul means lip stinger in local dialect. A lipsmacking, lemony, almost briny white wine. More concentration that your usual Picpoul, this ones brings the fullness AND the crispness that is the hallmark of good Picpoul. A perfect aperitif wine.
Colette Gros, Chablis, France, 2018
A textbook example of the world's most famous unoaked chardonnay style - steely minerality, lemon, apple. Organic.
Pouilly-Fuisse, Christophe Cordier, Burgundy 2016
A smooth, and creamy Chardonnay with rich oaky, buttery notes balanced with fresh, elegant notes of almond and white fruits.
Radford Dale Vinum Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2017
From prime vineyards on the ocean-facing slopes of the magnificent Helderberg Mountain (pictured). Grapes are picked and sorted by hand, and then a small proportion is aged in French oak barrels. The wine is kept on the lees for 6 months with regular battonage both in tank and barrel. The result is lively fruit, a steely minerality and amazing concentration on the palate. Serve this wine not too chilled to experience its full aromatic potential.
Judith Beck Weissburgunder, Austria 2019
Weissburgunder AKA Pinot Blanc. Lemons, honeysuckle and pears. A touch of hazelnutty richness and a generous dollop of creaminess, thanks to 6 months oak ageing on the lees, while retaining lots of freshness. 12.5% abv
Rosé Sicilia, Planeta, Sicily, 2019
Sicilian summer in a glass; the winemaker (with traditional Italian melodrama) says its colour is inspired by a 'pink Sicilian sunset'. This pretty coppery-pink wine is fresh, light and fruity with notes of pomegranate and strawberry, with a refreshing, dry finish. 12.5% abv. Grapes: 50% Nero d’Avola 50% Syrah. Vegan.
Chateau Gassier, Espirit de Gassier, Côtes de Provence Rosé, 2019
An award-winning (and might I say very insta-worthy), classic Provençal rosê, from an organic, family-owned estate of Provencal quasi-royalty, Gassier. Made in the traditional dry Provence style though direct pressing of Grenache grapes. Floral notes, with white peach and a delicately juicy finish. Grape: Grenache
Judith Beck INK 2019 (Biodynamic, minimal sulfites)
A blend of Zweigelt and St Laurent in keeping with Judith's love of showcasing Austria's native grape creds. Bright and lively, with excellent freshness providing a counterpoint to the mouthexplosion of dark, inky fruit. The wine equivalent of getting your fingers stained greedily picking juicy, tart, black and red berries off the bush. 12.5% abv.
Domaine Culombu, Tribbiera Rouge, Corsica, France 2018
30% Grenache, 30% Nielluccio, 10% Sciaccarello, 20% Syrah, 10% Cinsault, a
veritable rainbow of local grapely treasures. The wine is unoaked, creating a deep ruby red wine of deceptive lightness and freshness, that bursts full of fresh berries, with a herbal, spicy finish.
“La Escuela” Malbec, Tunuyan, Uco Valley, Argentina, 2016
Classic, premium Malbec with a focus on terroir expression. A clear impression of minerality layers into the hallmark dark fruits: plums, black cherries. Dark chocolate. Herbal notes. Enough acidity to stand up to the fattiest of lamb or beef dishes.
Clos St Michelle, "Mathilde", Cote du Rhone, 2016
A juicy, full-bodied "Chateauneuf-du-Pape' style Cotes du Rhone from 4th generation winemakers, Franck and Olivier Mousset. This small estate of 15 hectares is located in the village of Sorgues, on the road to Chateauneuf du Pape, (where 3 hectares of their 16 hectares of vines are planted - the rest is classified as Côtes-du-Rhone). A rich and intense wine, dark ruby in colour with juicy notes of ripe blackcurrant, moreish liquorice and warming spices. On the palate, a hint of black olive enveloped in dark, ripe fruit.
Grapes: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah from 15-40 year old vines. Vegan, organic.
Rosso di Montepulciano, Poliziano, Tuscany, Italy, 2018
A fantastic value expression of hand-harvested Tuscan Sangiovese. Antonio Galloni calls Poliziano "one of Montepulciano’s reference point producers". Damsons, red cherry and earthy flavours mingle with a touch of fine tannin and bright acidity giving that very Italian mouthfeel. The Montepulciano clone of the grape Sangiovese is known as Prugnolo Gentile. Here it is blended with 20% Merlot for softness and voluptousness in the mouth, making this wine a kind of baby Super-Tuscan (where classic rustic Italian varietals are blended with French varieties). Vegan.