Spring is upon us, the sun is creeping out from behind the clouds and we can finally venture out into our gardens without worrying about the potential for frostbite. Earlier this week I decided to fill my wine-rack in preparation for al fresco dining and BBQ adventures. In this three part series I’m going to highlight a few cases on our site that would make the perfect Spring selections, starting this week with a couple of mixed cases.
Blow Your Socks Off Mixed Case
This case has been a customer favourite for as long as I can remember. Some of the very finest reds and some absolutely delicious whites. For fans of both, this is the case that you can’t be without to kick off your Spring. The sunshine has been out recently, and in between getting the garden in order and forcing the rust off the BBQ utensils, you’ll need a few glasses of wine to relax with.
Personally, this has two of my very favourite wines in, so it’s little wonder I rate it so highly. The Romanian Balaur Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully poised, and the fruit races through with each sip you take. No hard tannins, just deliciously ripe fruit that keeps on giving. You deserve a glass or three of this on a lazy Sunday Afternoon.
The Cliffhanger Barossa Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, relatively new to the range, it is refreshment in a bottle. Lovely citrus flavours, with a hint of spice. Make sure you have this one chilling in the fridge to crack open at lunch.
Best Cellars Mixed Case
Do you see what we did there with the name? 12 hours of brain storming and we absolutely nailed it! Well maybe not, but the bottles in here are seriously good. Especially at this time of the year when you need to take advantage of the long nights and sunny weekends.
The whites are similar to the Blow Your Socks Off Case but with one very important difference. The introduction of the Bel Olivier Sauvignon Blanc from France. The perfect wine for al fresco dining. Fresh, vibrant and designed to make the best shellfish dishes sing. Not literally, that would be weird, and a little scary.
Looking at the reds, the one that really sticks out for me is the I’Artisan Merlot Syrah 2012. All the reds are magnificent in their own way, but the I’Artisan is a wine I always find memorable when someone asks for my tips on which reds to go for. Skilfully made by one of the very top producers Eric Monin is has a perfectly balanced package of cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant flavours.