2015 Wine Offers

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The Society sources Fine Wine from a number of UK Wholesale Wine Merchants for Members. Bulk buying reduces costs significantly. Offers are open only to members of the Harrogate Medical Wine Society and the minimum order is twelve bottles which can be mixed. The cost includes VAT and delivery to the HMWS

DECEMBER 2015

Liberty Wine

Liberty Wine has a superb portfolio which includes producers such as Allegrini, Pieropan, Ata Rangi, Mt Horrocks, Grosset etc. The Society is being offered 10% off the trade price of the entire range of wines Liberty stock. Click here to visit the Liberty website which lists the producers and wines. The Society would be pleased to order any of these wines for interested members

NOVEMBER 2015

Marimar Estate Wines – 50% Off!

mmt-cellar-barrelThe following Marimar Estate wines are offered for a limited period only at 50% off usual trade prices. Click here to visit Marimar Estate website.

  1. Acero Chardonnay 2013 –  £54.86 per case of 6 (equivalent bottle price £9.15)
  2. La Masia Chardonnay 2010 – £63.18 per case of 6 (equivalent bottle price £10.53)
  3. Albarino 2013 – £58.22 per case of 6 equivalent bottle price £9.71)
  4. La Masia Pinot Noir 2009 – £71.50 per case of 6 equivalent bottle price £11.92)

Also: 

  1. Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Casablanca   £7.57 per bottle (in cases of 6)

eq_coastal_sauvignon_blanc_2014Alcohol: 13,5°
Total Acidity (g/l): 6,5
Residual Sugars (g/l): 1,2
pH: 3,09

VINEYARD
The grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc EQ Coastal 2014 are sourced from our “Valle Hermoso” vineyard, which is planted on slopes and located just 6 miles (11 km) from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard benefits from the cool maritime influence, which allows each Sauvignon Blanc clone (65% are clone 242 and 35% clone 1) to develop special characteristics. The predominant soil types are decomposed granite with presence of mica on the upper horizons. The deep subsoil is not heavy-textured and allows root penetration and balanced growing, thanks to our organic and Biodynamic management. Canopy management during the season ensures sufficient sunlight for optimal fruit health and ripening.

WINEMAKING
Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested by the end of March. Each plot and clone has been hand harvested at their optimum maturity, and the clusters were destemmed at the winery. The grapes underwent a cold soak for 6 to 8 hours before pressing under a layer of inert gas, preserving the grape’s aromatic potential. Fermentation was done in stainless steel tanks of different sizes, at low temperature. The wine was aged in contact with fine lees for 4 months. A small portion (15%) was fermented in concrete amphora fermentation vessels and neutral oak barrels, to enhance the mineral notes, texture and mouth feel of the final wine.

  1. 22442-Beaumont-des-Crayeres-GRChampagne Beaumont de Crayeres Grande Réserve Brut NV £15.55 per bottle (in cases of 6)

This offer ends on 2 December 2015

2005 LA RIOJA ALTA GRAN RESERVA 904

£23.97 per bottle in cases of 6

thumb_1458_etiquetas_large“The 2005 Gran Reserva 904 is a superb blend of Tempranillo from the villages of Briñas, Labastida and Villalba with 10% Graciano from Briones and Rodezno… The nose is very balsamic with notes of camphor, hints of mint, leather and hung game wrapped around a core of cherries in liqueur. Together it is balanced, subtle, truly elegant and classical. The palate is only medium-bodied but with great concentration of flavors that are very tasty, mineral, almost salty and framed by ultra-fine tannins and smashing balance. A great classic… At this quality level this is a bargain.”
96 points, Luis Gutierrez, eRobertParker.com

Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, La Rioja Alta, S.A. is widely recognised to be one of the finest wineries in the region and known for defining the traditional oak-aged style of Rioja. Founded on July 10 1890 by five families, the descendants are still all important shareholders to this day. Indeed Guillermo de Aranzabal, president of La Rioja Alta, S.A., is the fifth generation of his family to work in the business.
The heartlands of La Rioja Alta are in the finest sites of the Rioja Alta region, with a further four wineries located in Spain’s most renown DOs. The Haro Estate of La Rioja Alta produces three Reservas and two Gran Reservas, as well as the unique Marques de Haro wine that is the passion of the winemaker, Julio Sáenz.
There are two grounds on which La Rioja Alta, S.A. remains firmly traditional – it only uses American oak and still make their own barrels, and also releases its wines comparatively later to other producers.
The Estate’s Gran Reserva 904 marks the date when the Ardanza winery was merged with La Rioja Alta, S.A. in 1904. A producer steeped in history, three of their wines are named after members of the founding families – Alberdi, Ardanza and Arana.

OCTOBER 2015

NEW FELLS WINE OFFER

  1. Santa Digna Estelado Rose NV   £46.17 per case of 6
  2. 2014 Altano Douro White   £34.29 per case of 6
  3. 2013 Altano Quinta do Ataide Reserva   £51.45 per case of 6
  4. 2012 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon   £33.41 per bottle
  5. Graham’s Six Grapes Port   £45 per case of 6

Offer ends Monday 2 November

STEENBERG VINEYARDS “KLEIN STEENBERG” SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014

A14KSSSE06B“This light Sauvignon Blanc by Diners Club International 2014 Young Winemaker of the Year, J D Pretorius, is a fresh, crisp wine reminiscent of citrus sorbet. On the nose tropical flavours of white peach, pineapple and passion fruit appear next to fresh green herbs. It translates into a tart fruitiness on the palate. Medium bodied with a zesty acidity adding freshness and a lingering aftertaste which makes you long for the next sip.” – Armit Wines

Steenberg Vineyard

Located in South Africa’s premier wine growing region of Constantia Valley, Steenberg is the oldest farm in the region boasting a colourful history dating back to 1682. With coast-facing slopes cooled by sea breezes, mild temperatures, reliable rainfall and granite ridges the vineyards of Steenberg are ideally placed to produce cool climate South African wines.
Steenberg translates as ‘mountain of stone’, although the original name was ‘Swaaneweide’, meaning the feeding place of swans. After recent extensive soil and micro-climate analysis, the winery embarked on a complete replanting programme. Of the 62 hectares of vineyards, over 70% are planted with two white varieties: the flagship Sauvignon Blanc (45%), and Semillon. Steenberg was one of the first and is still one of only a handful of farms in the Cape to cultivate Nebbiolo.
The iconic wines of the Estate are Semillon and the extremely limited Magna Carta Sauvignon Blanc – the Bordeaux style white blend. Their philosophy that “wines are grown in the vineyard, then cared for in the winery”is evident in the excellent quality of their wines and has deservedly earned them the reputation as one of the top wine farms in the country.

£6.58 per 75 cl bottle in cases of 6. Offer ends Monday 26 October 2015.

PORT & BRANDY FOR CHRISTMAS

From the many Port and Brandy offers for Christmas, I have selected what I consider to be the best – from the point of view of quality and price. All the ports and brandies here are excellent and the prices are exceptional.

  1. Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim 2004 – (£98.64 per case of 6) Winesearcher: From £157.32 (orders: 2 cases)
  2. Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 – (£102.93 per case of 6) Winesearcher: from £172.52 (Orders: 2 cases)
  3. Graham’s Tawny Ports Special Case – Contains: 2 bottles Graham’s 10 YO Tawny + Gift Tubes, 2 bottles Graham’s 20 YO Tawny + Gift Tubes, 1 bottle Graham’s 30 YO Tawny + Gift Tube, 1 bottle Graham’s 40 YO Tawny + Gift Tube (£175.84 per case) (Orders: 2 cases)
  4. Torres Brandy Special Case – Contains: 3 bottles Torres 10 Gran Reserva, 2 bottles Torres Imperial Brandy, 1 bottle Torres Jaime 1 Brandy. (£110.19 per case)
  5. Janneau Special Case – Contains: 3 bottles Janneau Grand Armagnac VSOP + Gift Tin, 3 bottles Janneau Grand Armagnac XO + Gift Tin. (£207.87 per case)

Offer ends on Tuesday 20 October

“3 WINES FOR CHRISTMAS” FROM ARMIT WINES

Armit Wines have submitted an offer they call “12 Wines for Christmas” discounted by between 10.49% and 12.52%. I have selected 3 from the list, which I consider to be excellent wines and represent good value for money.

  • Champagne Pierre-Gimonnnet Cuis 1er Cru Brut NV –  £19.14 – 100% Chardonnay fron 5 different harvests aged in bottle for 18 to 30 months. HMWS will be visiting Champagne Pierre- Gimonnet for a tasting and lunch during this month’s wine tour. 6 bottles per case (17/20 – Jancis Robinson MW). Highly recommended and the price is very good. – BD (Orders 10 cases)
  • Lagar de Cervera 2014 Albariño, Galicia – £9.18 (12 per case). Excellent albarino (the very first albarino I bought years ago) at a good price – BD (Orders 2 cases)
  • La Rioja Alta 2008 Viña Alberdi Reserva, Rioja – £11.03 – 100% Tempranillo, aged for 1 year in new American oak and 4 years in old American oak barrels. 12 bottles per case (91 Parker). A very good Rioja Reserva from a great estate and at a sensible price. – BD (Orders 3 cases)

SEPTEMBER 2015

THREE IMPRESSIVE NORTH AMERICAN WINES 

At the recent Enotria tasting in Newcastle, these are three of the wines that impressed me and are certainly worth buying.

  1. *Michelle Sparkling NV, Chateau St. Michelle, Washington State (11.5%)Grapes for this Traditional Method sparkling wine come from the Columbia Valley and the blend of 63% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Gris is aged sur lie for 18 months. It is well made, dry, has fine persistent bubbles and a hint of autolysis and was a pleasure to drink. A wine to buy. (16.5) £12.43 (2 cases of 12)
  2. *2012 Columbia Syrah, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington State. (13.5%)1% Viognier. Aged for 18 months in 16% new French oak, 15% new American oak, and 69% neutral oak barrels. It is a lovely wine closer in style to Syrah from new Zealand. Well worth buying (16.5) £12.18 (1 case of 12)
  3. *2012 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon, Chateau St. Michelle, Washington State (14.5%): 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, made in the “New World” style and aged for 16 months in 51% new American and French oak barrels. It is a lovely soft, rich wine which matched the lamb beautifully. Well worth buying. (17.5) £15.55 (2 cases of 12)

SEIFRIED ESTATE WINES

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Following the tasting tutored by Hermann Seifried, the Society is able to offer members the full range of Seifried wines:

  1. Seifried Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc Lighter 2014   (£8.31)
  2. Seifried Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc 2014   (£8.31)
  3. Seifried Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013   (£9.26)
  4. Seifried Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2014   (£10.30)
  5. Seifried Estate Riesling 2014   (£9.26)
  6. Seifried Nelson Sweet Agnes Riesling 2013 (37.5cl)   (£11.36)
  7. Seifried Estate Gewurztraminer 2013   (£9.26)
  8. Seifried Aotea Nelson Gewurztraminer 2014   (£12.52)
  9. Seifried Nelson Bay Wurzer 2014   (£9.26)
  10. Seifried Estate Gruner Veltliner 2014   (£9.26)
  11. Seifried Estate Pinot Gris 2012   (£9.26)
  12. Seifried Old Coach Road Unoaked Chardonnay 2014   (£8.31)
  13. Seifried Aotea Nelson Chardonnay 2013   (£13.39)
  14. Seifried Nelson Bay Zweigelt 2013   (£10.72)
  15. Seifried Old Coach Road Pinot Noir 2013   (£9.54)
  16. Seifried Estate Pinot Noir 2013   (£10.72)
  17. Seifried Aotea Nelson Pinot Noir 2012   (£15.69)

MOSSWOOD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2011

£32.90 per 75 cl. bottle

Winesearcher Average Price: £44.40 
Score 94/100
Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon
Indicative blend: Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc
Closure: Stelvin Screwcap
12 x Bottle
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%

Region

Margaret River is located in the far south west corner of Western Australia and is one of the most geographically isolated and pure wine regions in the world.  Being flanked on three sides by ocean, the climate is strongly maritime, benefiting from cooling sea breezes and mild summer and winter temperatures. Geographically, the region is marked by a ridge which runs vertically north to south, and it is around the creeks and valleys along this ridge where the prime vineyard sites have been identified. The first commercial vines were planted in the region in 1967.

The Producer

Planted in 1969, Moss Wood is an important, founding estate of the Margaret River wine region, located in the northern sub-region of Wilyabrup, Margaret River. Chief winemaker, viticulturist and proprietor, Keith Mugford has been making the wine and tending the vineyard at Moss Wood since 1979. In 1984 he was joined by his wife Clare. Their exacting viticulture ensures the production of grapes of excellent quality and together they have created a stable of fine wines distinguished by their consistency over each vintage and their ability to age superbly. Clare & Keith Mugford expanded their viticultural holdings in 2000 with the purchase of Ribbon Vale vineyard also located in the Wilyabrup sub region of Margaret River.Recognised early on as one of the finest wines in the continent, the Cabernet Sauvignon was included as ‘exceptional’ in the first Langton’s classification of Australian wine made in 1991 and remains one of only 4 Cabernets to hold this honour in the latest classification.The Moss Wood and Mugford names are synonymous with uncompromising quality.

Winemaking

Hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed. Fermented in small open top fermenters with selected yeasts at max 30C, with hand plunging four times per day. 15 day maceration for Cabernet, 19 days for Petit Verdot, 12 days for Cabernet Franc. After pressing, the wine went into French oak (65% new) where mlf occured. After 7 months, the varieties were blended and returned to oak for a further 5 months, before filtration and bottling.

AUGUST 2015

WILLIAM FEVRE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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William Fèvre is one of Chablis’ greatest wine domaines, developed by the eponymous William Fèvre between 1957 and his retirement in 1998 when he sold to the Champagne House Joseph Henriot. William Fèvre began with just 7 hectares and had soon increased this to 48ha, planting widely in the best of the 1ers and grands crus where the vineyards had fallen by the wayside.
Since the Henriot purchase the wines are made by the talented Didier Séguier who had previously been with the Bouchard team in Beaune. The domaine wines include 12 hectares of premier cru vineyards and no less than 16 hectares of grand crus.The whole crop of their domaine wines, straight Chablis included, is harvested by hand, the grands crus in small ‘cagettes’, with a sorting table back at the winery to ensure the quality of the raw material.
The 1er cru wines are vinified in 40-50% oak, the grands crus receiving 70-80%, but without using new wood – instead the domaine receives a plentiful supply of one year old barrels from Maison Bouchard, and the average age of wood in the cellars is 5 years old. The barrel and vat components are blended together after four to six months, for bottling before the end of the year.

  1. SAUVIGNON SAINT-BRIS 2012, WILLIAM FEVRE (£7.51The small village of Saint-Bris produces a wine highly unusual for Burgundy, as it is the only white Burgundy AOC made from Sauvignon Blanc. Saint-Bris is produced in an area of 103 hectares and is characterized by a very aromatic bouquet dominated by notes of exotic fruits and blackcurrant leaves.
  2. CHABLIS 2013/14, WILLIAM FEVRE (£10.72)

AN OFFER FROM HUGEL

  1. hugel_logo_webHugel Gentil 2013 (£7.86)
  2. Hugel Pinot Blanc 2013 (£8.22)
  3. Hugel Riesling 2013 (£10.36)
  4. Hugel Gewurtztraminer 2012 (£11.08)

Orders so far: 7 cases. Offer ends Sunday 23 August

WARWICK WINES – SPECIAL PROMOTION

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  1. First Lady Chardonnay 2013 (£7.70)
  2. First Lady cabernet sauvignon 2012 (£7.70)
  3. Professor Black Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (£7.70)

Offer ends Tuesday 18 August 2015

JULY 2015

Ken Forrester & Te Mata 

1. Te Mata Estate Syrah 2013, £12.49

2013 was a remarkable vintage, touted as the finest in 30 years. The exceptional growing season resulted in very ripe grapes with fresh acidity and fine, supple tannin structure. Estate Vineyards Syrah ’13 was harvested between 11 April and 15 May 2013 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in Hawke’s Bay’s Woodthorpe Terraces and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions.

The syrah grapes were combined with a small quantity of viognier , then destemmed and co-fermented. The resulting wine remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing. It was then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for ten months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg white finish, before being bottled in December 2013. (pH: 3.63, Total acidity as tartaric: 5.7g/l, Alcohol: 13%, Residual sugar: Dry)

It is a wonderful accompaniment to all red meats, savoury and lightly spiced dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as soft cheese. The wine will continue to evolve in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest. See what The Times said:

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2. The 2014 vintage of the excellent Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc is now available at £9.84 per 75 cl. bottle.

  • Winemaking: Hand harvested, with careful selection, including botrytis bunches (3/4%). Then barrel fermented and left on the lees (10/12 months French oak, 2nd and 3rd fill barrels), matured (on secondary lees) for a rounded complexity.
  • Closure: Screwcap
  • Residual Sugar: 3.9g/l
  • Titratable Acidity: 6.9g/l
  • Bottle: 75 cl
  • Case Size: 6
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Style: Aromatic, Dry White
  • When to drink: Drink now

Press

  • 100% Chenin Blanc. Light nose and racy and absolutely bullseye exciting tense Chenin. Finger on the pulse of international winemaking fashion here. Clean and fresh. Very Good Value 17/20 Jancis RobinsonPurple Pages 
  • Inspired by the Loire Valley (the home of Chenin Blanc), Ken Forrester has helped push its quality in the Cape. This is made from 35-year-old vines and aged for up to nine months in oak. It has great density and complexity with floral notes, grapefruit and spice on the long, creamy palate. 90/100. Mark O’Halleron & Amanda Bulgin Decanter Panel Tasting

Please note both wines are shipped in cases of six. Orders are accepted for full cases only.

TWO VENETO SUPERSTARS – ALLEGRINI & PIEROPAN

Pieropan

GPI02IT_pic_1-2Nino Pieropan believes that excellence derives from assiduous attention to detail ’from the moment you pick up the secateurs, to the time the cork goes into the bottle’. The results of this philosophy are evident in his immaculate winery, carefully tended vineyards and outstanding wines. The Pieropan family has been producing wines in Soave since the 1860s. Indeed, they were the first producer to bottle a wine with the name Soave on the label, in the early 1930s. Nino Pieropan took over from his father in 1970, and was the first to make a single vineyard wine, Calvarino, in 1971. In 1999, the Pieropan family bought a property in Cellore d’Illasi, in the Valpolicella production area and planted it with vines. Nino’s two sons, Andrea and Dario, now work with him and his wife, Teresita, in running the estate. After almost 80 years of bottling Soave Classico, Nino reluctantly abandoned the Classico appellation from 2008, believing it was time to move to a stelvin closure to protect the aromatic characters of his wine. Nino Pieropan attaches enormous importance to the quality of fruit produced in the estate’s 30-hectares of vineyards, which are situated in the heart of the Soave Classico zone, just to the east of Verona. After taking over the estate, he acquired crus such as La Rocca, Pigno, Palestrello and La Santa to add to Calvarino, which was bought by his grandfather in 1901.  The vineyards are planted primarily with Garganega and Trebbiano di Soave. Nino‘s meticulous vineyard husbandry is innovative for the region and includes spur spruning, crop thinning and the use of organic fertilizers.

  1. Calvarino Soave Classico 2012/13   £17.16
  2. La Rocca soave Classico 2013   £22.90

Allegrini

GAL01IT_pic_1All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from their 90 hectares of vineyard in the communes of Sant’ Ambrogio and Fumane. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability. Each wine has winemaker Franco Allegrini’s distinct stamp of quality, but every one has its own distinctive character. They are among the elite of the world’s best producers of red wines. The family has been growing grapes in Valpolicella for several generations, and the estate in its current form was founded by Giovanni Allegrini. When he died in 1983, it passed to his three children, who ran it together until Walter’s death in July 2003. Franco now looks after the vineyards and is the winemaker, while Marilisa is director of marketing. From the 2007 vintage, Franco sacrificed the Classico status of the Valpolicella and bottled the wine under Stelvin in order to eliminate as much as possible the problems of cork taint and random oxidation. Their south-east facing vineyards are located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region ranging from 150-250 metres above sea level for the Valpolicella to as high as 310 metres at the top of Podere La Grola where the chalky, white La Poja vineyard stretches across 2.65 hectares. Soils are very varied but mostly chalky, of volcanic origin, especially in La Poja where the soil is 78% chalk.  The older vineyards are trained using the pergola Trentina system, planted with about 3,000 vines per hectare, whereas the newer ones use the single Guyot system with 5,000 plants per hectare. The vines are 28 years old on average.

  1. Palazzo della Torre IGT 2011   £16.36
  2. La Grola IGT 2011   £18.41
  3. Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2010   £48.18

WINES OF KEN FORRESTER, STELLENBOSCH

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“Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa’s most famous wine region Stellenbosch, our vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years our range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades over the last 21 years and are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.”

  • Petit Rose 2014 (£7.81)
  • Petit Pinotage 2014 (£7.81)So impressed with this: inexpensive and deliciously drinkable. Single vineyard, 120 tons, Vin7 yeast. Fruity, generous and ripe with nice clean, ripe, sweet black fruits. Stylish and quite elegant. 88/100″ – Jamie Goode
  • The Renegade Shiraz-Grenache 2011 (£9.84) “A relatively inexpensive Rhone blend, this is actually really good. Shows fresh raspberry and cherry fruit with some spiciness. Grippy and a bit pepper, with a core of sweet black fruit. Very nicely judged. 90/100” – Jamie Goode
  • The Gypsy 2011 (£21.61) “This blends Grenache from the Cederberg with Syrah and Mourvedre from Stellenbosch. It’s juicy, dense and tarry with spicy black fruits and some taut red fruit character. It’s spicy and tannic with real depth to the fruit. 92/100” – Jamie Goode
  • The FMC 2012 (£21.61) 100% Chenin Blanc. “Native yeast ferment and 12 month’s ageing in barrel; five different pickings. Lovely grape, peach and apricot nose. Lively and spicy with some marmalade and pear notes as well as some sweetness. It’s a rich, ageworthy style of Chenin, and a bit of a modern classic. 93/100″ – Jamie Goode

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MANZANILLA BARBADILLO SOLEAR

£4.72 per 37.5cl bottle

  • Ranked third among the wines from this region with respect to number of prizes won: the International Wine Challenge awarded images-18Gold and in another year Gold.
  • Several important critics have rated this Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda wine highly.
  • This is the fourth most sought-after wine from the region (in terms of user searches).

Average Price £ 7 (GBP) – Winesearcher

QUINTA DO CRASTO DOURO SUPERIOR 2013

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Vinho-121This was one of the top white wines tasted during the recent Douro Wine Tour and is available to the Society at trade prices.

The Viosinho and  Verdelho grapes for this wine come from 114 ha of 18 year old vines of Quinta da Cabreira in the upper Douro. The grapes are destemmed, pressed and the must transferred to stainless steel tanks where it remained for 48 hours at 8ºC. The alcoholic fermentation is in stainless steel tanks and the wine is then transferred to French oak barrels where fermentation continues for 45 days at 14ºC. The wine is aged for 6 months in french oak barrels.

£12.91 per bottle (Sold out on 7 July 2015)

JUNE 2015

Two From The Douro Tour

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  1. Altano Douro White 2014 (£7.56)
  2. Dows Fine White Port (£9.49) – Makes a great cocktail with ice, mint, lemon and tonic

MAY 2015

Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies 2011

tcl_gft2I drank my last bottle of Three Cape Ladies the other day. It was from the 2008 vintage and was magnificent with a pleasing black fruit aromas, sweet fruit and well integrated tannins. It was nicely poised and long and I think this wine is best drunk at age 6 – 7. (BD: 89/100)

The current vintage from Fells is the 2011. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinotage and Syrah aged in oak for 32 months. 40% of the barrels were new. The cost to the HMWS is £12.30 per 75 cl bottle inclusive of VAT and delivery. It will be a worthy addition to members’ cellars and an order will be placed on Monday 1 June.

(Wine searcher list it at £13.95. Delivery charges apply.)

 Other Warwick Estate wines:

  1. Professor Black sauvignon Blanc 2014 (£9.50)
  2. First Lady Chardonnay 2013 (£8.94)
  3. White Lady Chardonnay 2011 (£12.27)
  4. Old Bush Vines Pinotage 2012 (£10.59)
  5. First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon (£8.94)
  6. Blue Lady Cabernet Sauvignon (£16.53)
  7. Trilogy 2010 (£16.53)
  8. Cabernet Frank 2011(£16.53)

Offer ends on Wednesday 3 June 2015

Prat Symington Douro Reds

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1. Prat Symington Post Scriptum 2011/12 (BD score: 89/100)

  • Made mostly from Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca
  • (£14.43 per 75 cl bottle) Wine Searcher: From £17.80

2. Prat Symington Chryseia 2012

  • Made from 65% Touriga Nacional and 35% Touriga Franca. (£39 per 75 cl bottle) Wine Searcher: From £58.71

APRIL 2015

Seresin Tasting Cases

Each case contains one bottle of each of the following wines:

  1. Seresin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (40% oaked) (£19.08)
  2. Seresin Viognier 2011 (£19.08)
  3. Seresin Dry Riesling 2009 – (£11.55)
  4. Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2011 – (£15.05)
  5. Seresin Raupo Creek Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (£19.34)
  6. Seresin Home Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (£25.08)

The total cost is £109.18 but the case is offered to members at £99. Four cases are available.

Biodynamic Wines Of Seresin

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  1. Seresin Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (£11.95)
  2. Seresin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (40% oaked) (£19.08)
  3. Seresin Viognier 2011 (£19.08)
  4. Seresin Dry Riesling 2009 – (£11.55)
  5. Seresin Chiaroscuro 2011 – Riesling, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris (£20.53)
  6. Momo Pinot Noir 2012 (£10.89)
  7. Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2011 – (£15.05)
  8. Seresin Raupo Creek Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (£19.34)
  9. Seresin Home Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 (£25.08)

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Hugel & Torres Chile

The local Fells rep visited me with new offers of which I have selected two which I think are worthy of consideration

1. Hugel limited edition 2009 mixed anniversary case (£194 per case of 6)hugel_logo_web

Contains:

  1. 1x75cl Riesling Jubilee 2009
  2. 1x75cl Pinot Gris Jubilee 2009
  3. 1x75cl Gewurztraminer Jubilee 2009
  4. 1x75cl Riesling Vendange Tardive 2009
  5. 1x75cl Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive 2009
  6. 1x75cl Gewurztraminer Verdange Tardive 2009

Only 2 cases of Hugel offered

2. Torres Chile, Santa Digna Estelado Rose  (sparkling) £47.14 per case of 6

MARCH 2015

TORRES – SIX OF THE BEST (23 March)

1. Gran Vina Sol 2012 –  £38.56 (Equivalent bottle price is £6.43)
2. Gran Coronas 2010 – £47.14 (Equivalent bottle price is £7.86)
3. Gran Sangre de Toro 2009/10 – £42.85 ((Equivalent bottle price is £7.15)
4. Fransola 2012/13- £72.88 (Equivalent bottle price is £12.15)
5. Milmanda Chardonnay 2010/11 – £107.20 (Equivalent bottle price is £17.87)
6. Mas la Plana 2009/10 – £132.94 (Equivalent bottle price is £22.16)
Offer ends on 1 April

MT. HORROCKS WINES – Clare Valley, South Australia (22 March)

0151AsmlMount Horrocks Wines restricts production to approximately 3,500 cases per annum to achieve the highest quality single vineyard wines. All three estate-owned Clare Valley vineyards, totalling ten hectares, are ‘A grade certified’ by Australian Certified Organic (ACO).

Stephanie carefully crafts “essentially hand-made food wines with emphasis on structure as well as generous fruit flavours”. Only estate grown grapes are used and these are hand-picked and gently handled under conditions that ensure the varietal and site-specific flavours in the resultant wine, as well as its organic status, are retained. As no finings have been found necessary the wines are all suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Only the finest French oak barriques are used for those wines spending time in barrel.

The following offer arrived from Mt. Horrocks UK agents:

  1. Mt Horrocks Riesling Watervale Riesling 2013 – £14.99/btl
  2. Mt Horrocks Watervale Semillon 2012 – £14.99/btl
  3. Mt Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz 2012 – £19.49/btl
  4. Mt Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – £18.49/btl
  5. Mt Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2014 (Half Bottle) – 15.99/half btl

Prices quoted are including Vat & delivery to HMWS and represent a 10% discount off their list price. All of the wines come in cases of 12 bottles. Minimum order is one unmixed case.

Offer ends on Friday 27 March

THREE FINE REDS (9 March 2015)

1. Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2011   £47.94 per case of 6 (Equivalent bottle price £7.99) (7 cases bought)

2. Trapiche Gran Medalla Malbec 2011  £95.94 per case of 6 (Equivalent bottle price £15.99) (2 cases bought)

http://www./trapiche.com.ar

3. Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2010   £137.94 per case of 6 (Equivalent bottle price £22.99) (2 cases bought)

http://www.tedeschiwines.com

WINES OF JANE HUNTER, MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND

  1. 2013 Hunter’s Riesling, Marlborough                                          12 x Bottles                                 £114.69
  2. 2014 Hunter’s Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough                          12 x Bottles                                 £114.69
  3. 2013 Hunter’s Chardonnay, Marlborough                                  12 x Bottles                                 £145.73
  4. 2012 Hunter’s Gewürztraminer, Marlborough                          12 x Bottles                                 £139.63
  5. 2012 Hunter’s Kaho Roa Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough       12 x Bottles                                 £145.73
  6. 2012 Hunter’s Pinot Noir, Marlborough                                     12 x Bottles                                 £134.87

The wholesale agent requires a minimum order of 25 cases. Price includes VAT and delivery to the HMWS. The Society aims to place an order in the second week of March 2015 for delivery in the third week of that month.

For technical data on the wines visit:

http://wp.me/PZGnF-GY

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