Time for another review of our wines hitting the headlines in recent weeks….
Summer drinks seem to have been the topic of conversation for many of the wine journalists. Jane Clare started off in the Birmingham Mail with summer wines from Spain, and included a review of our Virtual Winery project and the resulting wine Finca Manzanos Doncella Roja 2012. “Winemakers Finca Manzanos followed the votes in the Virtual Winery and Doncella Roja – The Red Maiden- is the result. The Rioja style wine is a blend of Tempranillo (70%) and Garnacha and has plum, vanilla and spice notes on the nose with more of the same to taste.”
Two of our sparkling were picked out in Simply Woman Magazine in their article “Bring in the Sunshine with Summer Sipping from Simply Woman”. About our Araldica Brachetto d’Acqui Il Cascinone 2011 they said: “A lightly sparkling red grape from the Brachetto grape……Great for a Lazy afternoon” while of our Araldica Moscato d’Asti 2011 they commented “The sweetness in this sparkling wine is balanced with a crisp acidity. We found a long finished with apricots and honey overtones in the mix”.
Cook Vegetarian Magazine also focused on sparkling wines and chose our La Battistina Gavi Spumante Brut NV as one of their “3 of the best fizzes”, describing it as “an aromatic and lively wine”.
Sticking with the summer theme, Sarah Jane Evans, in the August Edition of BBC Good Food Magazine, focused on wines for picnics, parties and barbeques and picked out our Langtons No.1 Lakeland Gin as her gin of choice. “My latest discovery among gins is the new homegrown Langtons, the first gin from the Lake District. It’s an elegant choice, and smooth enough to be sipped on its own”.
Barbeques were also the topic of conversation for The Birds with Bottle ladies. They picked out our Le Sanglier Sauvage 2011 as a great food wine, saying that “it is a really attractive wine that demonstrates ripeness, freshness and juicy fruit.”
Elsewhere, in the York Press, Mike Tipping chose our Sherwood Stratum Waipara Pinot Noir 2011 as a substitute for missing out on Glastonbury! “It’s a really well balanced wine, with a velvety texture and flavours of cherry and wild strawberry. There are notes of violet, too, with a hint of perfume, spices and vanilla. Match it with anything from a barbeque burger to roast duck” he says.
And last but not least, Richard Marsden picked out three of our wines in his recommended wines of the month column in the Sheffield Profile Magazine. First up was our Les Arbousiers Coteaux du Languedoc Cinsault Grenache Rose 2011 which he describes as “A summery rosé wine, which would go well with a picnic”. Richard also thought our Famille Perrin Luberon Blanc 2011 was a good choice for a picnic but suggests it would “go well as an accompaniment to fish dishes and curries”. Lastly of our Belmonte Pinot Noir 2009 he says “Strawberries, raspberries and spices combine on the palate for a smooth wine which has a long finish”.