As promised, here’s the second part of the post, which includes another selection of wines that have featured in the press recently.
Several journalists picked out our Les Terrasses de l’Argentier Gros Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2012 as their wine of choice. In The Independent, Anthony Rose, described the wine as “a bracingly refreshing and aromatic white Gascon blend”, Richard Marsden in the Sheffield Profile Magazine said “the wine has exotic fruits, spice and apricots, and a sweet, fruity aroma” and recommended serving it “chilled with a picnic or on its own”, while Andy Cronshaw in the Manchester Evening News included the wine in his article “Finding a fine match for asparagus”, saying that “it has a tropical fruit nose and a juicy intense palate with zippy acidity”.
Our Sherwood Stratum Waipara Pinot Noir 2011 was the subject on Press Association’s Sam Wylie Harris’ lips. In her article about wines for Game Birds, she described the wine as having “light, plummy, black forest fruits which pack a punch at 13.5%, but still manage to slide down like a dream”. Sharon Walters of the Shropshire Star also raved about the wine in her article “Your Guide to the Best Wines”. “Bright and soft, with red fruit tones on the nose that leads to some richer strawberry and plum on the palate”” she said.
Staying with the Shropshire Star, Sharon also recommended our Coorong Sounds Reserve Shiraz Durif 2012 as a great wine for a bbq. “Look no further than this black fruit laden Shiraz with a splash of spicy Durif. It is quite literally the perfect barbeque red.”
Andrew Campbell, in the Birmingham Mail, asked if we are becoming a nation of website wine buyers and reviewed several of our wines. He started with our Araldica d’Aria Moscato Secco 2012 saying that “The nose is temptingly aromatic and floral with aromas of honeysuckle and lemon. The taste is dry with flavours of grapefruit, peach and honey”. Of The Big Mo’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011 he said “Coming in at £12.99, aromas include oaky vanilla, spice and chocolate with red and dark fruit also making a show. Plum and clove flavours are prominent in this powerful warm spicy brew”. While of our Gypsy Lee Rose White Zinfandel 2012 he said “Many people love rose yet they rarely excite me. However Virgin’s Gypsy Lee Rose White Zinfandel 2012, from California, is different and I found myself driving headlong into a second glass. It’s got a classic note of red fruits with flavours of strawberry and green apple.”
And it wasn’t just Andrew who raved about the Gypsy Lee Rosé. Sam Wylie Harris of the Press Association described it as “Light and appealing with a generous punnet of berry fruits, the off dry flavours dance delicately on the palate”, while Richard Marsden included it in his article about Summer in the Sheffield Profile Magazine saying “A tasty wine with aromas of strawberries and vanilla which linger on the palate.” He continued “Low alcohol at 10.5% means those watching their weight can enjoy a glass minus the guilt factor.”
Finally, back at the beginning of the Summer, Jacqui Morley featured our Fincas del Sur Malbec 2011 in the Blackpool Gazette saying that the wine “Swept me off my feet with deep purple forest floor fruits, damsons, tweak of toffee, softly tannic”. She also reviewed our Perez Cruz Cot Reserva Limited Edition 2010. This is what she had to say about it. “This weighs in at 14% alcohol but not at the cost of the smooth multi layered chewy charm of this inky red. You can almost smell the woodsmoke.”