There is less than a week remaining of our Annual Wine Sale, but there are still great offers to be found in-store and online. You are bound to find some of your traditional favourites at great prices, as well as a few wines brand new to our shelves. The world of wine offers exciting and rewarding exploration and our Annual Wine Sale is a great opportunity to step outside your wine comfort zone and try something new.
With 50% Off the wonderful Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja, this is a perennial staple in my basket during the Wine Sale: it paired wonderfully with a rich chicken and chorizo pie on Saturday night. Made from 100% Tempranillo, this wine matures in expensive oak for up to 30 months and is then aged for a further 36 months in bottle to produce a complex wine with vanilla spice, liquorice and leathery notes to compliment the dark cherry and bramble fruits. A simply delicious wine from a top producer. If you like heavily oaked wines, you will love the Monte Real Gran Reserva.
|"Incredible price for a Gran Reserva Rioja, especially considering it has been aged for at least five years before being released! Crafted with 100% Tempranillo, it has some complexity, is earthy and has spice, plum and cherry notes on the palate, which is long and satisfying. Enjoy with braised lamb shanks."
Matthew Nugent, The Sun 15/09/2018
Among our white wines we have an equally impressive classic in the form of the Sophie Bertin Sancerre. Sancerre is a wine region in central France, located on the banks of the Loire river, producing some of the greatest Sauvignon Blanc in the world. The Sophie Bertin comes from the family vineyards of Eric Louis and offers a citrus crisp wine with beautiful tropical fruit notes. It finishes with a persistent saline minerality that characterises top Sancerre.
The Wine Sale offers a great opportunity to try new wines, grapes or styles with a couple of euro savings. Below we have a few of the new members to our wine shelves that have quickly found a following amongst our customers and staff.
Integro Negroamaro is a powerful and concentrated red hailing from the hot southern heel of Italy. A combination of the rich organic Negroamaro grapes and hot southern Italian climate combine to intensify the ripeness & fullness of this wine. Plenty of ripe black fruits, a touch of Mediterranean herbs and soft tannins make this the ideal pairing for roast lamb with rosemary.
From further up the Italian peninsula we have Pemo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The Abruzzo region offers some excellent value, high-quality wines and this is a superb example. Montepulciano is one of the most accessible wine grapes from Italy with its juicy red-berried fruit, soft tannins, hints of spice and moderate acidity. This wine had extended contact with the fine lees (dead yeast cells) after fermentation to add some complexity and weight of body: the perfect partner to any tomato-based Italian meat or pasta dish.
Heading even further north into the foothills of the Italian Alps, the Valpolicella region of Veneto crafts some of the greatest Italian wines of all: rich powerful Amarone and their more approachable cousins, Ripasso. These wines are made with semi-dried grapes: as water evaporates through the skin, the flavours and aromatics of the remaining grape juice is concentrated. While not as rich and heavy as an Amarone (which is made solely from raisined grapes), Ripasso wines offer a silky smooth, cherry-mocha flavour profile that hints at their more expensive cousins. The Q Valpolicella Ripasso is fermented with the grape skins from Amarone to give plenty of body and a depth of concentration, before ageing in French oak barrels to give it a further layer of complexity. An excellent value wine for any of our customers who like rich, full-bodied reds. Pair with warming stews and grilled meats.
Portugal offers some of the best value in wine right now and our Porta 6 and Ramos ranges have been a massive hit with our customers. This year we introduced another immediate Portuguese hit- S&R Douro Red. Coming from sustainable vineyards in the Douro Valley, this wine is chock full of fresh plum and jammy fruit with a savoury complexity from the sensible use of oak.
‘'The Douro is increasingly a source of excellent wines at fair prices and this Decanter magazine silver medal winner is a prime example.’'
Martin Moran, The Sunday Times, 09/09/218
Finally, we have a New World Malbec hailing from Australia that was a massive hit in the offices here when we tried it last Friday. Argentina is rightly lauded for the high quality of their Malbec, but the Katnook Estate 10 Acres Malbec proves that Australia can produce excellent quality wines from this very popular grape variety. Similar in style to that of Argentina, this Malbec has plenty of big jammy and plummy ripe fruits, grippy tannins and a long finish. Katnook recommend you try this with a Kangaroo steak, but if you squirm at the thought of eating Skippy- a rare steak or char-grilled root vegetables would match just as well.
*All prices correct at time of publication.*
Sale ends close of business 23rd September. Please enjoy alcohol sensibly. Terms and conditions apply. While stocks last.