May 2017 Selection

A warm welcome to Spring!

May 2017 Selection

Buena Pinta 2015 (2 bottles)
Petit Carlania 2015 (2 bottles)
García Semova 2014 (2 bottles)

Normal retail price: £67.98
Club Discount Price: £57.77
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About this selection...

Spring is a time of change, and a changeable season. Everything seems to be undergoing a transformation: in nature and for us too, the way we feel... and naturally our tastes. Winter's harshness seems to be behind us now and we've lost the appetite for robust reds; but we're not quite ready yet for refreshing white wines, since spring months are renowned for their frequent rainy days and chilly evenings. However, reds aged for a short while prove a perfect choice, since they combine the juiciness of reds with the freshness of white wines.

In this selection we're offering you the opportunity to try out three red wines which, despite their reasonable price, provide us with a level of intensity and naturalness that are very hard to match. They all heed tradition in order to look proudly to the future, and they're made from indigenous grapes under organic and biodynamic principles. There's no place at all in their vineyards for chemicals and inside the wineries the intention is to intervene in proceedings only when absolutely necessary. The purity of their meticulously cared-for grapes is conveyed to every single bottle without further ado, respecting and showcasing Nature's own excellence.

The Buena Pinta 2015 will introduce you to the La Mancha variety Moravia Agria, with its unusual freshness and amazing aromatics. Its grapes, trodden as in times past and fermented with wild yeasts, produce the essential must which, after vinification in used oak barrels, turns into a wine you'll find hard to forget. The Petit Carlania 2015, a red from the Catalan Conca de Barberà DO, exhibits all the Trepat grape's potential, in clean-cut and translucent fruit, proving that in expert hands a wine's true nature is shown great respect by not adding sulphites. To finish, the García Semova 2014 gives you the chance to drink a wine recalling bygone days, when reds such as this would include a small proportion of white grapes in their mix, seeking extra freshness and elegance.

A warm welcome to Spring and to all those wines which show the purity of their grapes as they open up on our palate, just as flowers do, naturally and revealing all their essence.

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Buena Pinta 2015 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce Manchuela, Spain Moravia Agria, Grenache

Bottle: £10.72 club members / £12.63 non-members


Buena Pinta is a special red wine, made primarily using the Moravia Agria variety, a grape native to Castile La Mancha. Featuring among its merits is a fantastic acidity that counteracts the Garnacha's lusciousness wonderfully well and sets the Buena Pinta apart from the wine profile most commonly encountered in the Manchuela DO.

The estate's calcareous-clay soils produce magnificent grapes which, nurtured under the strict principles guiding organic and biodynamic viticulture, are set to become prime material of exceptional quality. After harvesting by hand, the must is obtained by treading, without the grapes being destalked, and ferments by means of indigenous yeasts in open wooden vats. It subsequently matures for 7 months in 600-litre used barrels made of French oak which fully respect the wine's essence. It's then bottled without any filtering or clarifying.

On pouring it into the glass, one can discern its bright ruby colour of low to medium density. Its nose is perfumed and complex, with the aromas of ashes, cherries and black plum skin combining with subtle hints of cocoa and fallen leaves. On the palate, it's very fresh and slightly bitter, full and lively. The lactic touches gently work in with the agreeably rustic tannins which endow the wine with a distinctive character. Despite seeming to appear fragile, the Buena Pinta is a pedigree red, brimming with character, floral, balsamic and spicy, which no keen enthusiast should miss out on and, if possible, enjoy after allowing it a good aeration.

Smoked meats / tartare / feathered game

  • Alcohol content: 12,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 15ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2020.

Buena Pinta 2015
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Petit Carlania 2015 (2 bottles)

Young red. Carlania Celler Conca de Barberà, Spain Trepat

Bottle: £6.61 club members / £7.76 non-members


Celler Carlania is the family-run winery owned by Jordi and Sonia, a young couple devoted to wine and to the Conca de Barberà, who have provided us with one of the greatest delights in the whole of this denomination of origin: Petit Carlania, made from the native variety Trepat, with vines aged more than 50 years old and grown according to organic and biodynamic principles at an altitude exceeding 400 metres.

Petit Carlania began to be produced with small quantities of sulphites which have gradually been withdrawn. Nowadays, the wine contains no added sulphites but preserves its essence intact. In addition to the merits of top quality fruit, resulting from a huge amount of effort in the vineyard, there's also the transparency found in good natural wines. Produced without the introduction of yeasts and bottled with no filtration nor clarification, this is a wine which we might well compare with those from the French Beaujolais; the similarities between the Gamay and Trepat grapes undergoing carbonic maceration and the fruit-forward and succulence of both varieties justifies making the comparison.

Inside each bottle of Petit Carlania you'll just find the pure essence of the Trepat. Its nose is fresh, with aromas of pomegranate and cherries, red flower petals and pepper, typical of the varietal . On the palate, it's fruit-forward and has a fresh, dry finish, and an elegant, sweet-tasting touch that's decidedly moreish.

Ham on toasted bread / duck with red fruits

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Pomegranate / medium density / clean / bright
    • Bouquet
      Fresh / fruit aromas / blueberries / floral aromas / spicy notes
    • Palate
      Spicy notes / fruity / dry finish / fresh
  • Alcohol content: 12,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2018.

Petit Carlania 2015
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García Semova 2014 (2 bottles)

Young red Crianza. Viticultor Goyo García Viadero Arlanza, Spain Tempranillo, Albillo

Bottle: £11.56 club members / £13.60 non-members


Goyo García Viadero, son of the owners of Bodegas Valduero, one of the most well-established wineries in the Ribera del Duero, decided a few years ago to embark upon his own venture, in pursuit of the most authentic wines the land could offer. His first natural wines were released in 2003 and right from the start they've included a proportion of white grapes in the mix, as was done in the old days, thus giving prime importance to the vineyard, and less to the varietal.

The García Semova is based on this tradition, as it's made using a high percentage of Tempranillo, enlivened by some clusters of Albillo. Produced outside the Ribera del Duero DO, specifically in the neighbouring and more recently created Arlanza DO, its grapes come from three different estates planted with bush vines at around 900 metres above sea level and, naturally enough, grown strictly under organic principles. The wine ferments solely through native yeasts and ages for 3 months in French oak barrels, without sulphites being added at any point during the process.

The García Semova tinges the glass with abundant tears. It releases elegant aromas of red plum skin, smoke and fine toasting. On the palate, its mouthfeel is enveloping, supported by the sensation of the right amount of alcohol for a red wine exemplifying high-quality craftsmanship. A good backbone of ripe tannins, a fine minerality and vibrant acidity make it a wine capable of making an incredible impression. It's long and thrilling, and certainly a very individual red.

Suckling lamb / roast pigeon

  • Alcohol content: 13,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2020.

Garcías-Semova 2014
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