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 WHITE WINE SELECTION

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Castillo del Moro Airen Sauvignon

This blend of native Airen and Sauvignon Blanc from Spain's Castillo del Moro retains freshness with only free run juice allowed to cold settle before fermentation using specially selected yeast strains in stainless steel.

The result is a modern, fresh wine of excellent balance with grassy aromas alongside hints of grapefruit. The palate is dry and tangy with bright citrus, vibrant apple zesty length. Grapefruit shows on the clean finish. Try with seafood, light salads, goats cheese or feta. 

A blend of three indigenous grape varieties to the Republic of North Macedonia alongside classic Chardonnay. Smederevka is the leading grape variety for white wines in the region; Rekatsiteli is an ancient variety which produces crisp wines with floral notes; and Temjanika is thought to be a variety of Muscat with intense perfume. The Tikveš vineyards are sustainably cultivated, with 80% of the vines planted on the slopes of hillside plots with east or south easterly orientation. 

The result is a spicy and refreshing wine with an appealing floral aroma and complementing apricot and pineapple flavours. An off-dry sensation of ripe stone fruits, melon, mango and tropical fruit flavours is underpinned by a fresh citrus note. Hints of minerality and delicate floral notes enhance the refreshing palate and long lasting finish.

This French white wine from the Pays D'Oc region is produced by outstanding Languedoc-based winemakers Xavier Roger. The Marsanne and Viognier grapes work in harmony, with the Marsanne providing zip and freshness along with honeysuckle and citrus aromas, whilst the Viognier adds body alongside rich apricot and peach flavours. Shimmery gold in colour, it brings infatuating aromas and buttery notes, with a pleasing mouthfeel, full body and long finish. Pair with white fish, light pasta dishes, pates, roast chicken or turkey. 

Deep in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough, Gravel & Loam are named after the exceptional terroir of their vineyards. This Sauvignon Blanc represents their commitment to deliver quality with value for money. Each block is treated individually to retain individual characters of each site for good blending. Gentle pressing and cool fermentation in stainless steel with different yeasts adds complexity.

The result is a wine with bright, lively gooseberry aromas alongside notes of fresh herbs and grassy tones. Vibrant passion fruit, citrus and peach characters on the palate with top notes of melon and kiwi. Soft apple and white pear flavours provide balance with the zesty acidity before fantastic length on the finish. Try with freshly cooked seafood or light salads.

A classic example of Austrian Gruner Veltliner from Weinwurms winery using grapes that are hand harvested into small boxes to keep the skins intact until they undergo gentle pressing before fermentation in stainless steel. The result is a clear, bright and fruity wine with hints of green apple, banana, lime and herbaceous notes on the vivacious and crispy palate. Great as an apertiff and pairs well with poultry dishes such as grilled chicken or with a crisp salad.

Anton Weinwurm first planted a vineyard in the 1950s and since 2001, the 25 hectare estate has been run by Georg Weinwurm, a third generation winemaker. Located in the North-Eastern part of the Weinviertal, about 60 km from Vienna, the vineyards lie on soils of loess and clay with deep layers of gravel.

The Courtesan from Wild & Wilder is so-named due to it being the epitome of good breeding, with wonderful posture and a delicacy of frame and fragrance. Small yields of Riesling grapes were sourced from one vineyard in the southern end of Clare Valley and only the best, purest free-run juice was retained from gentle pressing. 2-3 months on lees for added complexity. 

The result is a crisp, tangy dry wine with the typical Australian Clare Riesling characters of citrus, blossom and mineral hints.  Deliciously juicy on the palate with wonderful floral citrus fruit and mouthwatering freshness. Try with white fish, barbecue chicken or East Asian dishes with ginger and lemongrass. 

 

 RED WINE SELECTION

Spain's Castillo del Moro blend Tempranillo and Syrah grapes for this highly quaffable red. The majority of the grapes are machine harvested at night in order to maintain freshness, before crushing to large refrigerated tanks. No oak ageing to retain pure flavours and roundness on the palate.

Ruby red with violet tints in appearance, the nose is fresh and elegant with characteristic aromas of cherry and red fruits. Light, harmonic and round on the palate with soft tannins. subtle spice and good length. Try with chorizo, spaghetti, roast dinners or Manchego and smoked cheeses.

Pacifico Sur select their best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the Colchagua Valley for this Reserva wine. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel before 50% of the hand harvested grapes are provided with a gentle touch of French oak ageing for 6-8 months, with the final blend attaining excellent balance. Further rest in stainless steel for 3-6 months prior to bottling.

The resulting wine shows elegant aromas of cherries, ripe black fruits and vanilla notes. Concentrated and full-bodied in style, the palate is bursting with dried fruit, blackberry, rich plum tones and a touch of tobacco and dark chocolate. Try with grilled red meats and vegetables, portabello mushrooms, charcuterie boards or aged cheddar cheese.

Tikves Winery in the Macedonian region of the same name have been narratinvg the Republic of North Macedonia’s winemaking story since 1885. This wine uses sustainably cultivated indigenous variety Vranec (flasghip grape known as 'Black 'Maiden' for its deep colour and full, powerful wines) and international variety Merlot (bringing a touch of soft balance). Grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks before the wine is pressed off its skins, cold stabilised, filtered and bottled with minimal sulphur.

Cuvee Methodius is a youthful, fresh wine of deep purple colour with vibrant aromas of blueberries, blackberries, subtle chocolate and cocoa. The full palate is harmoniously balanced, with ripe, smooth tannins and juicy plum and blackberry flavours. Try with red meats, rich stews, barbecue cuisine or hard cheeses.

The French Basques who settled in Uruguay in the 19th century brought their local grape variety, Tannat. Plantings in Uruguay now far exceed those in France. By nature dark and tannic, Tannat appears to ripen better in Uruguay, giving wines of a softer, riper style.

Gimenez Mendex in southern Uruguay use hand picked grapes which are then aged in American and French oak for 10 months to produce an exceptional example of this grape. Classic cedar, raspberry and plum aromas fall on a textured palate that is round and balanced with jammy fruit, smooth tannins and generous body. Potential to further age for 9 years. Try with red meats, stews and casseroles, aubergine or olives, or mature cheeses.

Casalforte Valpolicella Superiore

A great example of the Italian classic red, Valpolicella, blending Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes from the appellation of the same name in the Veneto region. Casalforte use careful selection of grapes with lots of skin contact during fermentation before part-ageing in wood casks for 12 months, and part-ageing in stainless steel. 

The final blend shows intense scents of blueberry, cherry jam and liquorice, complemented by pleasant balsamic notes of eucalyptus. The elegantly textured palate brings soft, velvety tannins and a fine finish. Try with antipasti, red meats, tomato pastas or pizzas, or mature cheeses. 

Casalforte (previously Castelforte) is Cantine Riondo Winery’s premium line representing the finest interpretation of the winemaking tradition of Veneto terroirs. Wines are elegant and full-bodied that pair perfectly with the most complex and sophisticated dishes of Italian and international cuisine.

 

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This Shiraz from Langhorne Creek in South Australia uses grapes picked on the way up to ripeness to help create a freshness. They come from three separate blocks of the same vineyard, where the soil mix of sandy loam and darker red soils bring moderate fertility, low to moderate yields and long ripening periods. Treatment in 100% French and American oak for 8 months increases texture and varietal expression.

An energetic, vibrant nose of herbal cassis, ripe cherry, blackcurrants, freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate and spice flows on to a palate with lovely balance; intense yet not over-powering. Peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper add on to the long finish. Try with beef stews, steak, or a crispy Thai beef salad.

Wild & Wilder work hand in hand with their merry band of growers, crafting wines of supreme quality. Their wine is all about the good times, delicious food and creating great memories.