from Florina, Northern Greece (£14.50) – we tried this new-in white earlier in the week. Lovely fresh citrus and stone fruits with a refreshing acidity and a salinity that reminds you of being near the sea. It has notes of the good Albarinos we have in the shop, but subtly different. Definitely worth a try, serve nicely chilled as an aperitif or with cold dishes or seafood.Rose:
Following a very positive engagement with our friends of the Bamford variety and wanting to ‘stay local’, we have elected to stock Chateau Leoube
(£18.95), the Bamford-produced Provence rose. Many of you will be familiar with the wine, having bought it at Daylesford. For those not wanting to make the trek you can now pick up a bottle or two in your local Sheldon
Garagista Malbec (£19.95) comes from Bordeaux, specifically the right bank in the small appellation of Artigues de Lussac, located just northeast of Pomerol & St Emillion. Made by the Trocard family, this wine comes from a small plot of Malbec which is rarely found in Bordeaux these days, despite the variety having originated from this part of France. This is classic, well made Malbec in a traditional wine, without the overt Malbec style sometimes found in lesser New World wines made from the same grape variety.
2019 Giacomo Fenoccio Langhe Nebbiolo (£19.95) – another great Langhe Nebbiolo to add to our growing collection. Without the price tag of a full Barolo (we have Fenocchio’s Barolo Bussia at £45), this wine has great fruit matched with balanced tannin and alcohol. A super wine.
Taaibosch ‘The Crescendo’ (£29.95) is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from Stellenbosch. The vineyard area on the estate is farmed following rigorous organic principles. This wine is new to UK and we have our first allocation of just 12 bottles. We tried it a couple of weeks ago and thought it punches well above its price point.
Inama Bradisismo (£30), from Veneto this is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Carmenere (30%) is a great alternative to a super-Tuscan at a fraction of the price. When we tried this is was a no-brainer, although we haven’t got much of it so fill your boots while you can.
And a whole pile of restocks:
2010 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino (£52, Italy)
2010 Chateau Capbern Gasqueton (£46, France, Claret)
2001 La Rioja Alta ‘890’ Gran Reserva (£135, Spain, Rioja)
2004 La Rioja Alta ‘904’ 2004 Gran Reserva (£64, Spain, Rioja)
2010 Tardieu Laurent Cote Rotie (£58, France, N Rhone)
2010 Chateau La Tour Saint Bonnet (£25, France, Claret)
And finally a couple of lovely new ins from recognised producers:
2005 Sociando Mallet (£80, France, Claret, 12 bottles only)
2004 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia (£56, Spain, Rioja, 6 bottles only, for those who want to try an older vintage)
Finally, finally a bit of summer fun:
Mollydooker ‘Miss Molly’ Sparkling Shiraz (£24.95) – a true BBQ wine from Australia. Following the rule of “if two people ask for it we get it in” we have got just a handful of bottles of this powerful, fun, summer barbecue wine. Sparkling Shiraz never got so good. Did it ever get good? Give it a try, you might be surprised. We have had the wines of Mollydooker for some time now (The Boxer, Blue Eyed Boy) and I have every expectation that this will be equally as good. Serve well chilled!
That lot should keep you going.