Check out below our fabulous new selection of 8 wines for you to buy ‘By The Glass’ including a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir called Le Grappin, two new superb wines from France brought back by Matt from a recent holiday (he even helped to stick the labels on the bottles!). Also well worth a sample is the 2005 Wente Nth Degree Merlot from California’s oldest family owned winery, the bottle retails at £37.95, and there are very few places you get the opportunity to buy a single glass of such fine quality wine! Find out more about our ‘By The Glass’ service on this link… http://thewhalleywineshop.wordpress.com/by-the-glass/
J. Lohr Arroyo Seco. Chardonnay 2010, USA
Very much a Burgundian style of Chardonnay from the USA. Lots of baked apple and pear on the nose with a hint of citrus and a little nutty too. The oak is quite prominent on the palate with flavours of stewed spiced apple, buttered toast and creamy hazlenuts. Good now but can keep for a few more years in bottle. Great with roast chicken.
90p Sample, £4.50 Glass, £20.95 a Bottle.
Skillogalee. Gewurtztraminer 2011, South Australia
A fresh burst of rose petals and passionfruit on the nose, with a little hint of Turkish delight. On the palate there is a warm richness that envelops the mouth, with flavours of lychees and passionfruit, with a little warming spice in the background. A long lingering finish, this wine would be great with asian spicy food.
60p Sample, £3.00 Glass, £14.75 a Bottle
Vietti Roero. Arneis 2010, Italy
Lots of minerality on the nose at first but this gives way to peaches and lychees. A good burst of acidity on the palate is followed by stone fruits, nectarine and limes. Theres a subtle hint of saline too. A really good strong finish, come on Summer catch up.
80p Sample, £4.00 Glass, £18.95
Le Grappin Savigny Les Beaune. Chardonnay 2011, France
The nose is fresh and light, nice strong apple notes to start, with citrus and honey also present. After a little time in the glass theres hints of nuttiness too. There is a racy mineral flavour as soon as it’s in the mouth, almost wet pebbles. The fruit flavours are a mix of green apple skin and grapefruit, but not too tart. Theres notes of cinnamon and vanilla, and a little hazelnut too. Quite a long finish, but fresh and light.
£1.10 Sample, £5.50 Glass, £26.95 a Bottle
Le Grappin Savigny Les Beaune. Pinot Noir 2011, France
There’s lots of red soft fruit on the nose, with strong aromas of redcurrants and cranberries. There’s a small amount of “barrel” spices too with a hint of creaminess. On the palate there is more raspberry than the fruits present in the aromas. Good acidity with a little savoury hit too. The finish is nice and clean, very youthful, but still a nicely balanced drink.
£1.10 Sample, £5.50 Glass, £26.95 per bottle
Wente “The Nth Degree”. Merlot 2005, California
A really big wine, the aromas are packed with lots of blueberries, pepper and violets. On the palate there are fruit and savoury elements with blueberries, anise, vanilla and cedar. There’s a very long, intense silky finish.
£1.50 Sample, £7.50 Glass, £37.95 a Bottle.
Pirathon. Shiraz 2011, Barossa Valley, Australia.
A wine with a great history of picking up awards already, this is the newest vintage of their Barossa Shiraz. Big and purple in the glass the aromas are jumping out, lots of bramble fruit, spice, vanilla and chocolate. In the mouth theres a stewed fruit funfair going on with plums, blackberries and cherries. A long warming finish gives a little pepper at the end.
£1.10 Sample, £5.50 Glass, £25.95 a Bottle.
Domaine Pique-Basse. Rasteau 2011, France
Lots of black fruits on the nose with a little clove and cinnamon, quite warming. On the palate there’s plenty of spice and stewed black fruit showing from the Grenache grape, which is the constituent in the blend. Quite a bit of tannin, giving a long finish.
60p Sample, £3.00 Glass, £14.95 a Bottle.