Waterkloof Cape Coral Mourvedre Rosé 2020 BiodynamicRegular price £13.95
If you ask someone what is their favourite wine, most would mention a red or a white..very few would give a rosé. But, (for me) South Africa has taken the 'common' rosé and turned it into an art form.
Such a delicate and perfumed rosé. Take a bit of sophisticated Provence rosé, give it a little hint of international dynamic, a little bit of relaxed "take me as i am" S'African personality and the result is this deliciously drinkable rosé from Stellenbosch.
ABV: at the delicious level.....13%
Sendiana Lebanon Grand Vin 2014Regular price £18.95
A vibrant red wine with aromas of dark cherry, rich red forest fruits and floral notes of lavender and violet. The palate has hints of white truffle, hazelnut, and warm spices with glimpses of anise and clove, rounded off with herbaceous undertones. The finish is gripping, velvety and lingering.
Region: Mount Lebanon and Bekaa Valley
Grapes: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache & Mourvèdre
Produced at the historic Monastery of St Jean, whose building dates back to 1696. 75% of the grapes are from the Monastery’s own vineyards in Khenshara & Ajaltoun at 1000m altitude on the Maritime side of Mount Lebanon. The remaining 25% is Cabernet Sauvignon from the Bekaa Valley.
Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol Rosé OrganicRegular price £21.95
A serious Rose with a strong personality.
Beautiful pale salmon colour with an appealing lemon & herb nose followed by flavours of warm southern herbs & rich, rounded fruit. Very much a food wine with a powerful character & a delicious dry finish.
Grapes: 65% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 15% Cinsault
Domaine Lafran Veyrolles is an estate with a superb terroir and is widely recognised as one of the top three producers in the appellation. Jean-Marie Castell runs this small, traditional estate with just 10 ha of vines on the famous red clay soil of Bandol. The estate nestles in and is protected by the hills of the Cadière d'Azur and benefits from a maritime climate. The estate works organically and the yields are kept extremely low. Domaine Lafran Veyrolles reds have made it one of the star performers of the appellation … but don’t overlook the rosé wines as they deserve attention too!
Clos Bagatelle ‘A l’Origine’ Saint-Chinian Rouge 2018Regular price £11.95
In the glass, the wine has a bright ruby colour with a fresh, herby, garrigue nose. A touch of liquorice is followed by full-flavoured and intense, typically southern flavours. Equal measures of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache and a dash of Mouvèdre provide youth, excellent balance and generous and gentle structure.
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, St Chinian
Grapes: 10% Mourvedre SYRAH 30%, CARIGNAN 30%, GRENACHE NOIR 30%
Wolf Trap Red 2018Regular price £9.95
The wine is dark and dense on appearance. The brooding nose is intense and shows an abundance of dark fruits. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry, baking spices and heady whiffs of violets create complexity. Dark berry fruit, liquorice, notes of sweet tobacco and allspice follow through onto a vibrant mid-palate with bright, svelte tannins and a silky texture. The wine shows exceptional balance with fresh, integrated acidity. Dark plums, black olives and hints of tar and cigar box linger on an earthy finish.
Country: South Africa
Grapes: Syrah 91%; Mourvèdre 8%; Viognier 1%
Small Town Vineyards Clovella Grenache and Mourvedre 2018Regular price £16.95
In the early 1990s, Magpie identified this special site - a single vineyard of Grenache and Mourvèdre. After an olympic blending exercise one night with the wine from here, they name the vineyard 'Clovella'. This wine is a heady embrace of dark spice; it's no coincidence that there’s a distinct clove note in this wine. Bright, fresh, textural in spite of 22 months ageing in older French oak. Soft, moreish and foody.
Grapes: Grenache and Mourvedre
Slow cooked lamb shanks
The label design inspiration is all about the meeting of mouths, that energy before lips meet, whether meeting a glass of wine or each other. Two varieties blending into one....
Waterkloof Circumstance Mourvèdre 2017Regular price £16.95
An elegant rendition of this normally unruly varietal. Features raspberry, dark fruit and herbal notes whilst an almost meaty, wild aroma can be detected on the nose. Typical vigour expected from this varietal, with a high concentration of fine tannin and a surprising lightness of touch helped by the lower alcohol.
Country : South Africa
Living soils and a natural approach to winemaking means that each of the single-varietal wines in the Circumstance range is truly defined by the circumstances influencing the chosen varietal and vineyard blocks, including: soil, aspect, altitude and vintage. The Mourvedre is from a single, windswept, south-facing (less sun exposure) block 250-300m above and a mere 2 miles from The Atlantic. These factors combine to produce low yields, balanced grapes and wines with a true sense of place. Production was a miserly 4 tons per hectare. Mourvedre is one of the few varietals with enough wind-resistance to plant as bush-vine on Waterkloof. Grapes are hand-harvested and brought to the cellar by horses for hand-sorting. Bunches are sorted and whole-bunch fermentation happens spontaneously with wild yeast in large, open-top wooden fermenters. Manual punch-downs or foot-pressing take place 1-2 times per day and the wine is left on skins for 30 days before going through malolactic fermentation in old 600 litre barrels then ageing for 16 months in the same vessels. No fining, just a light filtration. No additons other than sulphur. Vegan friendly, biodynamic wine. 6 barrels made.
Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2017Regular price £36.95
A rich and opulent wine with ripe blackcurrant aromas layered with notes of the herbs and flowers. Full bodied but with a soft texture on the palate; this wine retains the estate's characteristic elegance whilst embracing a modern style of winemaking. Ripe fruits combine with notes of cocoa and cherry and a hint of liquorice on the finish. Excellent example!
Region: Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley
Grapes: Grenache 50%, Syrah 25%, Mourvèdre 15%, Cinsault 10%
Domaine Chante Cigale, Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2017Regular price £32.00
This is a traditional Châteauneuf-du-Pape serious and brooding and benefits from a little time to breath and open up. The palate is complex with herby, tapenade flavours and ripe textured tannins balancing the significant 15% alcohol which is expertly managed and integrated.
Grapes: Grenache 65%, Syrah 20%, Mourvedre 10%
Babylonstoren Mourvedre Rosé 2020Regular price £15.95
This dry rose from South Africa is bursting with cool raspberry flavours alongside strawberry and even a hint of thyme. Provence style but packed with more flavour and a summer tang.
Country: South Africa
Region: Paarl, Western Cape
Food Pairing: Plaice and buttered new potatoes