The Gourmet Case
A truly gourmet selection of six wines for the food and wine lovers out there! A mix of classic and more quirky styles, all drinking well now and superb with food.
Juanjo Tellaetxe, Tantaka Tsakoli, Spain : A wine from the Basque country in Spain, Juanjo Tellaetxe Tantaka is a white wine aged on lees (5 months) made with the Hondarribi Zuri variety in the D.O. Arabako-txakolina (Basque Country). Juanjo Tellaetxe is a young winemaker, committed to using native varieties, cultivated in an environmentally-respectful way and with minimum intervention in the winery. Brilliant with sweet and sour prawns or asian food.
Chablis, Domaine Tremblay, France: Classic, un-oaked style, from 10 to 30 year-old vines grown on Kimmeridgean soils; very mineral, with trademark green and red apple and oyster-shell aromas. The palate is whistle-fresh with lime, apple and more minerals showing. The overall impression is of a perfectly balanced, fleshy and ripe wine. A classic pairing to oysters or other shellfish.
Ultreia, Godello, Raul Perez, Bierzo, Spain: This delicious Godello comes from a handful of vineyard sites in Bierzo and is produced at the hands of one of our favourite Spanish winemakers. Marked by flavours of stone and tropical fruit, there is enough acidity to balance out the wine’s rather rich body. Brilliant with chicken or pork or creamy risotto.
Saroto, Vinho Verde, Tinto, Portugal: This unusual red is made from a small, old, field-blend parcel comprised of old-fashioned red and white Douro varieties. Lots of forest fruit aromas, and on the palate, you’ll find lots of berries with a kick of natural sourness. Juicy and balanced, and though quite grippy, is a light and fresh style. Try with cheese & charcuterie or pizza.
El Maciano Garnacha, Sierra Gredos, Spain: El Marciano comes from 70 year-old Garnacha vines grown on decomposed granite soils at 1,150 m. elevation in the upcoming region of Gredos mountain range. De-stemmed, fermented with wild yeasts and raised in steel vats, El Marciano is an otherworldly ethereal wine with powerful acidity, buckets of red fruit, and mineral notes; a great wine to pair with roast pork.
Les Trois Terroirs, Cotes du Rhône, France: Made from organically grown grapes, this is one of our own – a joint venture between Simon Tyrrell, Charles Derain and Gerard Maguire – the 2019 wine is a blend of 3 different vineyard sites and has some Cinsault added to the Grenache, which gives structure and elegance to the ripe, black fruits and a fresh finish.