GRENACHE BLANC – “The Underworld” (SA)
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In 2006, Charles Smith started his eponymous range of wines, with the aim to create high quality, varietal specific wines true to the place of origin, at a price point everyone can enjoy. These Washington State wines are full of flavour, balanced and approachable, and have consistently garnered 90+ scores by leading industry critics. Growing up just outside of Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Charles began craving worldly travel at a young age, thanks to his Welsh mother and French father. Charles later moved to Denmark and while in Scandinavia, he spent the next nine years managing rock bands and concert tours throughout Europe, including the famed Danish duo, The Ravonettes. Wining and dining while on the road became a catalyst for his passion of wine, which ultimately triggered the career he has today. A self-taught winemaker, Charles is a true artisan and pioneer in the wine world. In 2009 Food & Wine magazine awarded Charles Winemaker of the Year, and in 2010 Seattle Magazine recognised him as their Winemaker of the Year. “Some people don’t think that food and wine pairing is that important, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Just like when you find the perfect pair of jeans, there is no other pair that will do. It can be good, but when it’s just right, you’ll never settle for less,” says Charles. ** VEGAN WINE **£18.00
PRODUCTION Produced from selected Tempranillo grapes sourced in Rioja Alta. Fermentation at 24 to 26ºC with 8 to 10 days maceration on the skins. No oak ageing. Bottled early. TASTING NOTE A modern, vibrant, unoaked tempranillo. Pure, vibrant, juicy red fruits, fresh cherries and plums, with hints of black pepper and spice. Soft and easy to drink with approachable ripe fruit yet well-structured, with super light tannins. ** VEAN WINE **£10.00
Tasting Note: Plush, easy-drinking red from central Italy, a fragrance of blueberries with a warm underlay of spice followed by a mouthful of damson jam and plum cake. Food Matching: Enjoy with wood oven pizzas. Try it with a Capricciosa, or a Calzone for a twist on a classic. Vineyard: Grown in Molise, Central Italy - of which only 2% is graded as DOC - grapes are subject to excellent exposure, calcaerous soils and a maritime climate. Vines are 15 to 25 years old. Vinification: Traditional vinification with 10-12 days of maceration at a controlled temperature of 25°-26°C. The wine is aged for 18 months in large oak barrels, and then for 18 months in stainless steel tanks. ** VEGAN WINE **£14.00
Premium Pink, Wine, Rose
Tasting Note: Flowers and citrus blossom on the nose, racy grapefruit and refreshing minerality in the mouth. Food Matching: This dry Rosé is one of those rare wines that work well with vegetable dishes and spicy ethnic foods. Enjoy it with roast chicken, salmon, seared tuna, summer salads and any sushi from vegetables to strong fish, crab cakes, shrimp cocktails and ceviche. Vinification: Angels & Cowboys Rosé was made using the traditional Provençal method. To preserve nature’s generosity along with old-world tradition, the grapes were harvested at 21° brix. This retained the youthfulness of the fruit, creating a wine style both vibrant and complex. The grapes were lightly crushed and left to macerate on their skin. Once the juice achieved its perfect pale pink hue and began to show fragrant phenols from the skin-contact, the juice was pressed off the must then closely monitored while it underwent a long cool fermentation. Upon completion of fermentation, the Rosé aged on its yeast lees for a little over 2 months, creating great depth and mouthfeel.£12.00