THE

GRAPEVINE

Wines and Tastings

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White

1. Inzolia, Feudo dei Venti, 2010, Sicily - £6.95

The vineyards are situated in western Sicily which enjoys mild winters, wet springs and sunny summers and autumns. The big difference in night and day temperatures here allows the grapes to ripen well and still maintain good acidity levels. Rich nose

and aromas of apricot. A light yet fruity wine with a clean finish.

 

2. Foot of Africa Chenin Blanc 2010, Kleine Kalze, Stellenbosch,  South Africa - £6.95

The grapes are picked early in the morning and cooled before pressing. This well balanced Chenin Blanc has tropical fruit and herbaceous aromas. It will mature well after bottling.

 

3. Domaine St Peyre, Sauvignon Blanc 2010 - £7.50

A light Sauvignon from the Languedoc. Pear and apricot on the nose, roundness of fruit and a clean, dry finish.

 

4.     Sauvignon Blanc, Bouchon, 2011, Chile - £7.95

Pear drops on the nose, a good balance of fruit and acidity, a good Sauvignon from the Maule valley in Chile.

 

5.     Chardonnay, Bouchon, Chile 2011 - £7.95

This wine may change your mind about Chardonnay. Light and fruity with pear and floral aromas and a crisp finish.

 

6.     Tourraine Sauvignon Blanc, Alain Marcadet, 2011, Loire, France - £8.90

Fruity dry wine, lime and floral tones with a crisp, clean and refreshing taste.

 

7.      Sauvignon Blanc Golden Age, Vinex Preslav, Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria- £9.95

The vineyards are situated in the north of Bulgaria close to the Romanian border. This wine is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes which are picked at three stages of ripeness. The resulting blend is a wine with a straw yellow colour with aromas of melon, grapefruit and peach, a  fresh round taste and a long soft finish.

 

7.    Dom Diogo, Vinho Verde Branco Arinto, Quinto de Raza, 2011, Portugal - £10.00

 Lemon/green wine from Northern Portugal, made from the Arinto grape. Light, fresh, spritzy with flavours of gooseberries and herbs.

 

8. Vin de Pays Marsanne, Jean Gaillard 2010, Rhone - £10.60 

A Burgundy style white from the Rhone region. Slightly floral on the nose with pear aromas. Good fruit and a lingering finish  

 

9.    Gibele Zibibbo Secco, Duca di Castelmonte, 2010, Sicily - £13.60

This wine is produced by one of the leading wine producers in Sicily, founded in 1880, in the Pantelleria region on a small island off Sicily. Made from 100% Zibibbo grapes (Muscat family) it has strong honeysuckle and apricot aromas. The anticipated sweetness is replaced by a light, fresh, fruity taste and clean finish.

 

10.     San Michele Appiano, Gewurztraminer Eppan, 2010 Alto Adige - £16.80

Pale gold in colour, lovely floral and honey nose. This light Gewurztraminer from Italy has lots of fruit, spice and a dry finish.

 

11.     Rubaiyat Chardonnay 2007, Vinex Preslav, Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria - £22.78

A chardonnay from the north of Bulgaria which after very gentle pressing is matured in new French oak casks for 8 months. A lovely golden yellow colour with aromas of pear, lime and vanilla, an abundance of fruit and roundness on the taste. Dare I say somewhat akin to a white Burgundy.

 

12.     Sancerre Blanc ‘Les Romains 2009, Domaine Vacheron, Loire, France -£26.92

The minerality in the aroma of this wine is due to the flint based terroir where the vines grow. Made entirely from the Sauvignon Blanc grape, the wine is fermented in wooden tanks, temperature controlled, for one month on the lees before undergoing a further 18 months maturation. Lemon, pineapple and peach aromas with peach and vanilla on the taste. This wine will keep well for 8 – 10 years.