Broadening Your Wine Horizons
Case of 6 bottles.
As we said in our Newsletter, we've designed a case to help people explore outside of their comfort zone, as far as wine choices are concerned. This case of six wines (one bottle each) is for people who are open to trying interesting, new wines but don't necessarily want to commit to a full case right away.
As with everything in our portfolio, these wines are from independent wineries where care is taken from vineyard to grape to bottle. A few feature grapes from very old vines, while others are classic wines in their own region.
If you like them, they are also available to purchase by-the-case through this Web site.
Wine #1 Txakoli Katalin Iturzaeta (Pais Vasco, Spain)
If you usually reach for a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, give aromatic Txakoli (pronounced chak-oh-lee) a try.
Made from a Basque grape called Hondarribi-Zuri (pronounced on-dar-ee-bee zoo-ree) - same grape as the French grape Courbu Blanc. Three-quarters of the vines are over 100 years old, while the rest at over 30 years old.
Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to retain the intense, fresh aromatics of the grape, and the wine is aged in stainless steel, on the lees, for 7-8 months before bottling. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation to keep the acidity fresh. 11 alc./vol..
Our Tasting Note: Straw yellow colour. Complex, tropical aromas of yellow apple, lime zest, orange peel, and grapefruit, with herbal/floral and stony/mineral notes. Medium palate, zesty acidity (slight prickle), and a dry, lingering, clean finish.
Pairing: Like with your favourite Sauv Blanc, Txakoli is lovely on its own, but will also pair with grilled seafood, oysters, Sushi, white meats, and spicier-style dishes.
Wine #2 Latido White Grenache 2020 (Navarra, Spain)
There's nothing wrong with Pinot Grigio - we have a lovely wine in our portfolio - but if you want to try something new, white Grenache from Spain won't disappoint.
Made from 100% white Grenache grapes, grown on hillside slopes in Navarra Province at an altitude of about 650 metres. Follows a traditional white wine production - the wine is fermented and aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Alc./vol.: 13.0%.
Tasting note: Bright, straw yellow colour with green tinges. Aromas and flavours of fresh citrus and pear with slight herbal notes. Medium-bodied, dry, fresh and crisp, with a good balance between the fruit and the acidity. Nice lingering finish.
Pairings: Totally gluggable, it also pairs with grilled white meats, fish and seafood, vegetarian dishes, sushi, and spicy Asian and Moroccan dishes.
Third-party Scores/Reviews: And see if your Pinot Grigio received 91pts from James Suckling.
Wine #3 Pezas da Portela 2019 (Valdeorras, Spain)
Like Chardonnay, but ready to try something new? Even the wine experts are saying "Spain's Godello is the new Burgundy".
Made from a careful selection of 100% Godello grapes, from 11 unique plots (“pezas”) near the village of Portela, with 60-90 years of age, grown on hillside slopes, in slate-rich soil, at an altitude of 450-650 metres above sea level. Slate contributes a distinctive mineral character to the wine, much like the chalky Chablis soils help create a distinctive Chardonnay.
Following short skin contact, the wine is fermented (with natural yeasts) in older French oak barrels (Allier and Vosgues). The wine is blended, then aged for 6 months in barrique (on the lees, with regular stirring) then racked into stainless steel tanks for a further 12 months prior to bottling. No malolactic fermentation, and fined with agents of mineral origin. Alc./vol. 13.5%; Dry - R.S. 2.4 gr./L.
Our tasting note: Bright yellow/gold colour; ripe aromas and flavours of warm citrus (grapefruit), apple and, pear, with mineral-tinged notes of nuts, vanilla spice, and herbs. Dry and medium-bodied, with balancing acidity and a long, rich, complex and evolving finish.
Pairing: Rich seafood (lobster), river fish, grilled white meats (chicken and pork), including those with creamy sauces, and earthy vegetarian dishes (mushrooms). Yup, just like Chardonnay.
Wine #4 Viñas del Lago 2018 (Ribera del Duero, Spain)
When we first tasted this wine, we thought Syrah. The kind that turns heads in France's Rhône Valley. Even the addition of grapes typically used for making white wine, is similar to some Rhône wines.
Sourced from the cooler Tubilla del Lago vineyards; 24 small plots planted over 100 years ago. Gobelet trained, on slopes at +900m, clay/calcareous soils - the vineyards are organic.
A blend of 88% Tinto Fino, 7% Garnacha, and 5% Albillo - the juice is kept on the skins for 8 days in cement tanks. After fermentation, using indigenous yeasts, the wine ages for 12 months in French oak barrique (90%) and American oak barrels; the final assembly in concrete tanks.
Our Tasting Note: Deep ruby/violet, with purple tinges. Aromas and flavours of red fruits - cherry, raspberry - with notes of violets, and vanilla spice. Medium-bodied, structured, balanced acidity, and a persistent finish. 14% alc./vol.
Pairing suggestions: Pair with meat dishes (grilled or roasted), richer seafood/fish like grilled tuna or salmon, grilled vegetable dishes, and mature cheeses.
Third-party scores: And the scores are definitely not shabby - 92pts from James Suckling and 93pts from Tim Atkin.
Wine #5 Valpolicella 2020 (Veneto, Italy)
Summer is the prefect time for lighter-style reds, particularly for outdoor dining. Can be chilled, and they don't always have to be Beaujolais from France.
This Valpolicella is made from a blend of three grapes – Corvina (45%), Corvinone (20%), and Rondinella (35%) – from estate vineyards just north of Verona in northern Italy. After a 15-day, cool maceration to extract colour and bright fruit flavours and aromas, the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel and lined cement tanks to retain freshness. What you want in a refreshing red.
Tasting Note: Bright ruby colour. Fresh and drinkable, this wine has deep aromas of juicy cherries and plums. Medium-bodied in the mouth, tasty and well balanced on the finish.
Menu Matches: This the perfect choice for guests who prefer fruitier style, medium-bodied wines. It is versatile and will complement medium- to fuller-bodied dishes, and particularly tomato-based pasta dishes, and risotto with aged cheeses. Great with burgers, pizza, and just sipping in the sun.
Wine #6 Rosso di Toscana 2014 (Tuscany, Italy)
Sangiovese is a great alternative to Merlot, for when the meal calls out for a mellow, smooth red. We had a few options on our list, but we chose RdT as it's such an incredible value. One of our most popular red wines.
This wine is made from the same variety of grape (Sangiovese Grosso) as the famous Brunello di Montalcino DOCG wine, plus very small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from estate vineyards.
Traditional red wine fermentation, with some time in large oak barrels (botti). The Sangiovese for this wine was taken out of the ageing track for Brunello at about 2 years after harvest, however it does exhibit some of the characteristics of extended-aged Sangiovese, at a really good price. The Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were added prior to bottling. Alc./vol. 13.5%.
Tasting Note: Ruby garnet red in colour, with a slight amber rim. Earthy aromas of dark cherries, plum, smoke, and spices. Medium-bodied, and lively on the palate. Smooth tannins and a long finish. It may need a few minutes to open up.
Menu Matches: Complements fuller-bodied foods, and works well with “earthier” ingredients such as mushrooms. A good match for steak, braised meat dishes, and game.