Wine Reviews: Part Two

Wines for the festive season were the subject of many reviews throughout November and December.

In the Sunday Express S Magazine, Jamie Goode focused on Christmas gifts and recommended our Fonseca Guimaraens Port 1996 Funnel Pack in Individual Wooden Box. He described the port as being “pleasantly mellow, complex and ripe for drinking straight away”.

In David Williams’ column “40 Wines for Christmas” in The Observer, he picked out our Pazo Senorans Albarino Anada 2005, which he described it as “sea-spray fresh” and as having “a peachy flavour and some Riesling-like tones”.

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A number of our wines were featured by Paula Gracey in The Belfast Sunday Telegraph.  She described our Bullant Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2010 as having “lots of ripe black fruits, spice and hints of chocolate” and “great to sip by the fire”.

Sam Wylie Harris, whose articles feature in a number of regional papers, recommended our Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis 1er Cru Vaulignot 2011 “as a good match for smoked salmon, canapes and starters”. She described it as being “fresh and beautifully balanced” and added “There’s a honeyed note and rich mouthfeel with undertones of seashells and a harmonious clean finish”.

A number of our sparkling wines were the topic of conversation. Rose Murray Brown’s article “Ten Sparklers to Bring in the Bells” in The Scotsman featured our Le Dolci Colline Prosecco NV and said that it “beat off stiff competition from more expensive bottles in the line up”.  Rose added that it is “A fizz to please all.”

Jane Clare, writing for the Birmingham Mail and The Liverpool Post about wines for New Year, picked out our Ombra Prosecco (coming back soon).  “Nectarines and tangerines play alongside ripe pears on the nose, and deliver consistent bubble” she said.

Meanwhile, Sam Wylie Harris included our Tempus III Cava Brut NV. She described it as “Fresh and fragrant with a hint of brioche on the nose and a creamy texture with a lemony richness, it’s a really good all-rounder that can be sipped casually before lunch, or paired with party plates of canapes, smoked salmon blinis and savoury snacks”.

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In a subsequent article about dessert wines for Christmas dinner, Sam featured our Chateau Barbier Sauternes 2005 describing it as a perfect match for trifle. “It is pure nectar with potent notes of honey, orange blossom and exotic candied fruits, and the sweetness and richness are balanced by a good acidity on the silky finish.”

Staying with the dessert wine theme, our Tabali Late Harvest Muscat 2011 was one of Rose Murray Brown’s “Top Six Sweeties” in The Scotsman.  “Another incredible sweet bargain. Made from pink muscat, it has floral, musky notes with gentle sweetness” she said.

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