Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc

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I’m sure you’re all well aware of the story behind New Zealand’s now iconic Greywacke wines, but in case you aren’t Greywacke is the exciting solo venture of Kevin Judd, who was formerly the chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay for 25 vintages, and was instrumental in the international recognition which New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc enjoys today. The name ‘Greywacke’ was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils there. The debut wine under the Greywacke label was the 2009 vintage with his Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc displaying the hallmarks of Kevin’s famed style: ripe fruit, fine balance, great concentration and superb varietal intensity. Grapes come from prime, low yielding vineyard sites in and around Marlborough’s Southern (Brancott and Ben Morven) Valleys, and are vinified using ‘non-interventionist’ techniques. His range also includes a Wild Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. A musky fusion of sweet...
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Chateau Tuilerie du Puy Cuvee Tradition

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Château La Tuilerie du Puy is a family owned property since 1616 and is established in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region, surrounded by the Dropt River. It was 1979 when the property set to work on becoming a serious modern outfit and one with real ambition. To equip the Château with a modern winery, all with stainless steel tanks and the most modern technology of the century. From this winery will born some strong and elegant wines. Wines with a good ageing potential which, with the years and the numerous medals obtained, contributed to build the name of the Chateau la Tuilerie du Puy Cuvee Tradition 2011 (£12). The next generation takes up the torch in 1996, with Michaël Regaud : The same passion for wine as his forefathers, the same love of travels, and still this pioneering spirit that characterizes the family. After having vinified wines in California, Michaël brings his international experience to the family estate. The...
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Chateau Unang Ventoux Rose

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May has to be one of the best months of the year for me. The weather hasn’t exactly been great but hey it can only improve and it hasn’t stopped me drinking Rosè and therefore I’ve chosen one for my weekly column. Another reason for May being one of my choice months is because a lot of the European 2014 Whites and Rosès appear. Chateau Unang Rosè 2014 (£13) from the Western Provence region of Ventoux was one I was particularly looking forward to arriving. The colour of the Rosè wines from this part of France is one of their most redeeming features so when we’d finished lugging the boxes into the shop I was like a kid a Christmas opening one of them up to inspect the colour. It didn’t disappoint, paler and clearer than ever with an incredible blue/salmon pink glow. A blend of three classic Southern Rhone varietals Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, this is by far the...
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Izadi Rioja Blanco

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The Bodegas Izadi Rioja Blanco is an incredible white wine – The End….. (perhaps a bit brief) It is also a great example of what is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated white grape varieties in the Old World—Viura. The wines that it makes can run the gambit ranging from great sparkling wines, to tank-fermented summer quaffers and some of the most complex and age-worthy white wines in the world. Known as Roussillon in France and Macabeo in other parts of Spain, Viura is by far the most widely planted white varietal in Spain and up until 1975 more White than Red in Rioja was produced. Like I mentioned last week, Izadi have been one of our favourite Rioja producers for many years and they make the finest examples but the Izadi Blanco is a fine representation in its own right showing off a brilliant combination of freshness, complexity, and length. The juice was fermented in 100% new French oak casks, where...
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Izadi Rioja Reserva

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Writing a Wine of the Week column couldn’t be easier when you have a wine like Izadi Rioja Reserva to chunter on about. Another of the old faithful that we’ve stocked forever and one that we can have the utmost confidence in recommending to anyone for just about any occasion. We spent the bank holiday weekend in St Andrews and with a need for some bottles for the evening ahead I happily put my hand up (I always enjoy poking my nose around other wine shops). A bottle of Izadi was a no-brainer and of course it stole the show ahead of the others I picked up. The Izadi winery was founded in 1987 by Gonzalo Anton as a modern breakaway from the traditional style of wine produced by other members of his family. In order to qualify for Reserva status in Rioja the wine undergoes ageing in 225 litre American oak barriques for 14 months and over two years further...
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Canicatti La Ferla Inzolia

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It’s Monday evening and I wasn’t planning on having a glass of wine but there’s a bottle in the fridge I’ve been wanting to try again and it’s only 12% so what the hec. I was kind of expecting and hoping for something light, delicate, crisp and refreshing and that’s exactly what it delivers as I savour my first sip. It’s not long until my second sip as I salivate at even the mere thought. I love it when a wine ticks all the boxes so confidently and I know this will be on my mental list of top Lockett recommendations for the week ahead. Canicatti La Ferla Inzolia £7.50 (normally £10). Sicily has everything, the ideal climate, ideal land and stunning grapes with Inzolia being one of the most recognized white varietals along with Caterratto and Grillo. When a winemaker of talent such as the Canicatti winery puts all this together then excellent wine will follow. A firm, lovely...
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Chamonix Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2007

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It’s about time I wrote about something fizzy so this week it all about one of our absolute favourites and a real hidden gem. Chamonix Cap Classique Brut Blanc de Blancs 2007 (£19). Chamonix is a fairly substantial piece of estate in the Franschhoek Valley, very close to Stellenbosch and they’ve always had a reputation for producing top quality Chardonnay because of its high northerly limestone soils. This Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) is made in very small quantities, solely from their own grapes, and the estate is gradually moving over to organic viticulture. The first fermentation took place in a large, 2500 litre oak barrel, followed by a second fermentation in bottle. After 7 days on fine lees, and 11 months in oak for the base wines, it spent another 3 to 5 years on fine lees before hand disgorgement. The resultant wine is richer in style for the oak fermentation and maturation, bringing out that round side of...
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Cave Saint-Verny, Puy de Dome Pinot Noir

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Finally some weather to get excited about but I’m not getting too carried away with talk of Rosè in the garden etc because you know what will happen. Instead I’m going to go as close to Rosè as possible and a wine that would be equally enjoyable to quaff away in the garden should we get a good warm sunny few days. Cave Saint Verny Pinot Noir (£11) from the Auvergne region of the Loire Valley. Often referred to as the belly of France or it’s green lung, the Auvergne sits in the very heart of France but ultimately remote. The largest volcanic area in Europe and largely mountainous; the vines straddle the 45th Parallel, sharing the same Latitude as those of the Northern Rhone and Bordeaux, although at between 350 and 570 metres altitude, the cooler climate is more suited to Pinot Noir. Fresh and aromatic with sappy green notes, hints of herbs and ripe cherry fruit on the nose....
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Bicchi Borghesi Chianti

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Frequenters to our little wine shop will know how mad we are for Italian wine, we can barely fit any more onto the shelves yet we keep discovering little gems that simply have to be brought in. In this case we needed to replace a particular wine that is being discontinued by a supplier so a simple one in one out case. Chianti is undoubtedly one of the great names of Italian wines. There are 8 zones of Chianti, of which Chianti Colli Senesi is one and it covers the vineyards around the medieval town of Siena. Tenuta Bichi Borghesi is a large estate of over 400ha but with only 20ha under vine, which provides all the grapes for their production. The family has owned and run the estate for over 400 years, and it is with the new generation that the estate has been renewed and re-invigorated. A full flavoured wine with distinctly earthy tones. Quite rich on the...
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Canicatti La Ferla Nero d’Avola

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If you’re planning a visit to the shop any time soon then you might notice something a little strange going on. As cycling enthusiasts you may think that we’re branching out into becoming a bike shop. With a shiny new bike hanging from the ceiling you can be forgiven for thinking such a thing. Instead, we thought it would be fun to run a competition using one of our favourite little wines. Canicatti La Ferla Nero d’Avola was a fairly recent discovery and in just a few months it’s proved incredibly popular so we decided to ship a silly amount over from Sicily in order to make the competition work out. By doing this we’re able to knock 25% off the price of the wine (£10 down to £7.50) and with every purchase of this wine (also the white and Rosé) you will enter a draw to win this Giant Defy 0 2015 Road Bike worth £1000. The wine itself...
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