Our Autumn Quaffable Case is now available in-store. It’s a mixed case of 6 whites and 6 reds for £74.99, which works out at just £6.25 per bottle. These are easy drinking wines which offer excellent quality and real value for money. Here’s what’s included.
Sensale Grillo – Sicily, Italy, 2015, 12%.
Grillo could well be the Italian grape to overshadow Pinot Grigio in the future and many PG fans are starting to discover it. It essentially delivers a little bit more of everything. More fruit with peach and slight tropical notes intertwining with lemon, a touch more body and weight in the mouth, more acidity with a nice balanced freshness and generally just much more for your money. Great with creamy pasta sauces.
Le Havre de Paix Vin Blanc– Vin de Pays du Languedoc, France, 2016, 11%
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and other regional varieties this wine has been carefully blended to allow the bright, crisp fresh fruit to shine through but with a little bit more substance and quality than most at this level. Nice and bright with a delicious undercurrent of pretty green fruit and white flower. Fresh, vibrant and just great with lightly spiced salmon.
Vina Esmerelda – Penedes, Spain, 2015, 11.5%
Made by the famous Spanish Torres wine family this is a blend of Moscatel and Gewurztraminer grapes grown higher up in the mountainous area of Penedes to achieve freshness and pure bright aromatics. This has been one of our ‘Go To’ dry wines for some time and although from a relatively big producer it is consistently high quality and exceptionally enjoyable. With a lovely fragrant note of orange blossom, jasmine and rose petal the palate has nuanced sweetness with grape and quince notes. Balanced and fresh this is the perfect partner to Thai green curry.
Diamond Bay Chenin Blanc – Western Cape, South Africa, 2016, 12.5%
A reliable example of Chenin Blanc from South Africa, perfectly showing how this humble grape can make excellent value wines of good quality. Very typical characteristics of soft apple and ripe honeydew melon show through. The palate has a soft weighty texture and would be classed more as a ‘medium’ wine though the finish stays dry. A little touch of honey with just the faintest note of vanilla and smoke show through. Good with roast Chicken.
Pascual Bellier Cheverny Blanc – Loire Valley, France, 2015, 12.5%
A high quality producer from a lesser known region of the Loire Valley. This fascinating wine is a blend of 80% Sauvignon and 20% Chardonnay a rather unusual mix but one that works wonders when in the hands of a talented producer. With hints of gooseberry and green nettle cut through with a fresh lime note the palate has a softer more subtle texture than expected, a lingering weight and fruit finished with dark flint and mineral notes. A real star of the case. Ideal with mature Goats cheese.
Les Vignerons Vermentino/Colombard – Vin de France, 2016, 11.5%.
A delicious little French white blend using two slightly less fashionable grape varieties. The Vermentino brings a nice peach note with little hints of oral blossom and the Colombard adds a lively touch of citrus. A nice low alcohol makes this a great little ‘Quaffable’ white to have tucked in the fridge for a cheeky midweek glass! Fresh and vibrant it makes a great partner to a nice healthy salad.
Nero is Sicily’s standout red grape and this slick example delivers everything you expect at a great price. Lashings of dark berry fruit intertwine with the delicate sour fruit note that forms part of Italian reds. Think damson and dark cherry with a rich mouth filling palate, vibrant acidity and robust tannins. This red takes no prisoners but with a big plate of beef and tomato ragu pasta it will be spot on.
Journee de Mistral Ventoux Grenache – Rhone Valley, France, 2013, 14%
A little extra time in bottle has bought this wine to full maturity and with it a more complex, savoury almost earthy nose with olive and forest floor mingling with dark fruit. The palate is soft and very gentle for a Rhone Grenache with a mellow dark fruit character and slick polished tannins. Soft and mature this will be excellent with a rustic slow cooked bean stew.
Le Havre de Paix Vin Rouge – Vin de Pays du Languedoc, France, 2015, 12.5%
A light, bright and bouncy little French Vin de Pays! The nose is clean, vibrant, and full of soft summer berry fruits and the palate is awash with raspberry and juicy blackberry. A little waft of spice and a touch of tannin in the finish beef it up just enough to stop it being too thin and lightweight. A great party red wine.
Yalumba ‘The Y Series’ Shiraz/Viognier – South Australia, 2014, 14%
167 years old and now in the 5th Generation Yalumba remains one of Australia’s ‘First Families’ of wine. The Y series is the easy drinking range however this Shiraz/Viognier blend has always been standout. An old French trick of adding a little Viognier (a white grape) lifts the aromas and adds a delicacy and finesse to the big robust warm climate Shiraz. Lots of big dark fruit character, plenty of spice and a little lifted violet note in the finish. Great with Roast Lamb.
La Riada Garnacha/Tempranillo – Campo de Borja, Spain, 2015, 13%
One of the wines we have stocked since we first opened and consistently one of our bestselling and most loved ‘House Wines’. A lovely fruit driven blend with nice jammy cooked berry character from the Garnacha (Grenache in France) and soft, summery, strawberry fruit from the Tempranillo. Light to mid weight with soft tannins, light balanced acidity and a pleasant mouthful of easy approachable fruit. Great to enjoy on its own or would even work with a curry.
Wildwood Merlot – California, USA, 2015, 13.5%
A classic example of a very ‘quaffable’ Merlot and what this case is all about! Merlot has the ability to be very reliable and consistently give good juicy fruit, a nice mid weight style, enough soft tannins without becoming drying or grippy, balanced alcohol and an all-round fruity, very drinkable crowd-pleasing style. This example is no different! Juicy and very drinkable this will be ideal to drink on its own or with casual food like pizza or fajitas.