Twelve boutique wines (sparkling, white, red and rosé) from passionate people doing extraordinary things in the name of taste
Contains two bottles each of:
NV Prosecco Spumante Brut, La Cavea, Veneto, Italy (11.5%)
This Prosecco is much less sweet than most, being Brut in style (“Extra Dry” which you see on most Prosecco labels is actually a sweeter style!) It takes courage to make a drier fizz as there is much less space to hide, the grapes have to be pristine for a balanced and fulsome wine and any deficiency is much more noticeable when not masked by sugar. “La Cavea” refers to the beautiful Roman architecture of Vicenza in northeastern Italy from where this Prosecco hails. Healthy grapes are no problem here where all the fruit is sourced from hillside vineyards.
This wine is made by the estate named “Best Spanish Winery of the Year 2016” (International Wine & Spirits Competition). Not only that, it is a wine at the forefront of Rioja’s white winemaking renaissance as it is made exclusively from Rioja’s highest vineyard (at 875 m above sea level) specially planted to make world class white wines. This is a fresh style of Chardonnay with ripe citrus and apricot flavours and certainly no over-oaking. In fact, the barrels were not even toasted (as is usually the case) to ensure maximum subtlety.
2016 Beaujolais-Villages, Dominique Morel, Beaujolais, France (12.5%)
Served at two Michelin-starred venues, this is what Beaujolais is all about. Deeply juicy and beautifully scented with cherry, the grapes for this wine have to be pain-stakingly hand harvested from old vines which look more like squat bushes than vines in a vineyard. Old vines and serious winemaking (a million miles away from Beaujolais Nouveau) make this a summer dining classic.
2017 Luberon Rosé, Château La Verrerie, Southern Rhône, France (13%)
The organic Château La Verrerie estate is in the Luberonwinemaking region which is not much seen in the UK, wedged as it is between the Rhone (famous for its big burly reds) and the extraordinarily fashionable Provence. The result is a very well-made Provencal-style rosé at an attractive price. Flavours of pink grapefruit and blood orange dominate in this elegant wine.
2017 'Nannette's English Rose', Hush Heath Estate, Southern England (11%)
Proof that England is not confined to making world-class sparkling wines, this rosé is served at one of London’s most established Michelin-starred restaurants. Made from the three Champagne grape varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunierand all grown on Hush Heath’s magnificent Tudor estate, it is a beautiful pale pink and wonderfully refreshing – it zips with fresh Summer strawberry and English pear perfume.
2017 McLaren Vale Grenache Rosé, Willunga 100, South Australia, Australia (14%)
It is hard to think of many other rosés which are made from grapes quite as precious as this. Produced from the very old Grenache vineyards of Australia’s hot McLaren Vale, small, concentrated grapes are hand-picked from vines averaging 60 years-old. Very careful and gentle treatment in the winery by the renowned Mike Farmilo delivers a wonderful complexity of flavour (perfect for pairing with summer dishes) whilst maintaining an appetising, pale colour.