July 2012 Selection

Perfect for cooling down summer

July 2012 Selection

Avanthia Rosé 2011 (2 bottles)
Ziries 2009 (2 bottles)
Sant Gall Negre 2008 (2 bottles)

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Avanthia Rosé 2011 (2 bottles)

Barrel aged rosé. Bodegas Avanthia Valdeorras, Spain Mencia

Bottle: £9.69 club members / £10.87 non-members


This rosé is like a young maiden whose purity and sweetness will seduce you. She comes from a good family, as we commonly say, she is educated and has a promising future; or, to translate into wine language: it is made by experienced producers from top quality Mencía grapes, grown on steep slopes in the vicinity of O Barco de Valdeorras, and cared for by expert hands. The result, judge for yourselves: simply adorable.

Avanthia Rosé is tastefully dressed: a lovely redcurrant colour, lively and bright. On the nose, it is natural and genuine. Best not served very cold, you will notice how it releases all its aromas in the glass after a bit of time and air: fresh aromas, with citrus notes, really fresh fruit and touches of shelled almonds and subtle nuances of fresh new wood (Please note! We're not talking of barrels, or vanilla, but a smell you get when you come across a carpenter at work: that smell of wood shavings, a subtle but interesting background).

Now taste it: it's like biting into fresh grapes, the nearest thing to grape juice, without any decoration, a smooth texture, lively and fresh, which caresses the palate whilst also displaying intensity, sinew and volume; this is a wine that gains in density and vigour with every minute spent in the glass, without straying from that line of finesse and delicacy. It is sweetish but shows very good acidity; a rosé that is most inviting to drink and totally moreish too. It has some viscosity, an oily feel, sweet-tasting, like taking a mouthful of fresh strawberry, a wine which despite being light and delicate is chewable too. Quite simply, delightful.

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 9ºC and 12ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2013.

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Ziries 2009 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodegas Lobecasope Castilla, Spain Grenache

Bottle: £10.14 club members / £10.56 non-members


If you are looking for a wine that goes nicely with conversation, reflection, and accompanying a summer-time supper... then choose Ziries. It is different, original, a fresh red wine, complex, smooth... It will surprise you at the start, but by the end you'll smile and say to yourself: I'm convinced. If you can enjoy it over a meal in the company of friends, all the better; you'll discover it’s quite a talking point; very promising.

Ziries is a fabulous wine. Its label and its Burgundy bottle - and all the more so on reading that it is made from Garnacha grapes – point to a delicate wine, without great concentration. In addition, it is made using grapes from Garnacha vineyards aged between 40 and 55 years old, grown organically on sandy soils; we expect it to be a well-made wine. It certainly is.

You only have to pour it into the glass, its rosy-pink colour, not overly dense, confirms its fineness. Its aromas are refined and very fresh, cherry juice, with pine forest notes, spices... (If you are familiar with wines from the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area in the Rhône, it will remind you of them). It is an honest, pleasant wine and does not need decanting. It boasts medium aromatic intensity, yet its perfume is incredibly elegant; with some aeration and time spent in the glass, it develops into warmer Garnacha aromas, the Garnachas of Montsant, becoming more Mediterranean again. Ask your tasting companions which wines it reminds them of; the conversation will become even more interesting, you'll see... The nose is sweet, warm and smooth, on which balsamic and fresh notes can be detected too.

It is not as complex on the palate as it is on the nose, but it does show a similar evolution, of freshness to maturity and more volume. It is spicy, like the Rhône wines, mineral and with the juiciness of that intense fruit (cherries); its tannins are velvety and its structure, perfectly balanced. Quite persistent too. This is definitely a wine for opening, chatting over and enjoying. NOTE: This wine has not been filtered or clarified, for which reason natural sediment may occur.

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2014.

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Sant Gall Negre 2008 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodega Biniagual Binissalem-Mallorca, Spain Mantonegro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah

Bottle: £10.14 club members / £11.50 non-members


Sant Gall Negre is a well-made wine that comes to us from Binissalem-Mallorca, product of the Biniagual winery, and which we consider a very good bet for the summer due to its easy-drinking style, its openness as soon as the cork comes out the bottle... for being a wine to open and enjoy. It's a red wine without great concentration, with a very captivating nose, notably complex, perfect for enjoying without much ado – for the pure pleasure of a glass of good wine.

In the glass, it is not particularly dense, a dark cherry colour with bright crimson hues on the rim, and tears due to the glycerol. As soon as our noses get a whiff of its aromas, we are seduced: a Bordeaux nose (could it be due to that 40% Cabernet Sauvignon?), aromas of Indian ink, coffee, leather notes, spices... a sweetish nose with a very subtle caramel background and balsamic hints. It is perfectly enjoyable without the need for decanting. On the palate it is quite powerful, intense and fruit-forward, with flavours of black fruit (blackcurrants) and fruit in liqueur, smoky touches and traces of coffee, with an easy and very pleasant mid-palate, and an outstanding finish: appearing on the aftertaste are notes of undergrowth, smooth vanilla, dry tobacco, and the persistence it has for a wine of this type is truly remarkable! Another glass anyone?

  • Alcohol content: 14,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 17ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2014.

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