It may seem a little early in the year to be looking back, but by this time of the year, all of the wine buying is done and practically all of the new wines are already on the shelves.
Led by our wine buyer Lynne Coyle MW, the three of us on the wine team have tasted in excess of 3,000 wines this year.
To say that the selection process is stringent would be an understatement, from this number, just over 100 hundred wines have made the grade.
Needless to say we are very happy with all the wines chosen, but there are far too many to detail here so I have highlighted just a few of my favourites below, if you would like to see a more comprehensive list, Click Here
To start my selection I am going a wine from central Spain, produced by Más Buscados, meaning Most Wanted, the name, was inspired by three growers, all called Paco, whose grapes were "most wanted" for their quality and concentration. These high-quality Tempranillo & Petit Verdot grapes have yielded a wine which is succulent, juicy and bursting with ripe blackberry and spice character.
My next two choices come from the Italy’s Veneto region:
San Osvaldo Pinot Grigio is produced from vineyards in the historic Lison-Pramaggiore area just west of Venice, this is a delicious and richly-concentrated take on Pinot Grigio, ripe pear and golden apple flavours are kept in perfect balance with the crisp cool finish.
Romeo & Juliet Passimento Rosso is the Pasqua family’s tribute to Romeo and Juliet and the 3000 messages of love which are left every day on Juliet’s wall in Verona, this rich, spicy & velvety red is made following the local ‘Passimento’ method whereby the grapes are dried prior to fermentation.
We have to travel a little further for my last choice:
From Australia, Kangarilla Road Street Cred Shiraz was made using grapes sourced from several vineyards throughout McLaren Vale's sub-regions, and was aged French and American oak, yielding a wonderfully savoury wine with juicy blackcurrant and black cherry fruit with hints of spice on the lively lingering finish.