11 December 2016
2013 Masde la Rime Millesime Blanc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
The 2013 vintage is simply delicious and really shows off why biodynamic production methods are worth taking seriously.
Fermented in barrique, the wine is then removed after 4 months, ensuring no over-dominance of wood. Long, and wonderfully seductive with rich, pure fruit and a lovely touch of minerality, this has the weight of a serious white burgundy but the Rousanne gives it a unique touch of quince, white flowers, light spice tones and the finish is sublime.
£16.99/btl Mix6 £14.44 Mix12 £13.59
2012 Visionaire Holden Manz, Franschhoek SA
There is a new wine on the block (move over Chocolate Block)!
The Visionaire wine has it all...bear with me....a blend of Cab Sav, Merlot, Shiraz, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Always a bit sceptical about blends using 5-6 different grapes, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The saying about the whole is greater than the sum of its parts is never truer than in this case/bottle! Aromatic nose of spiced berries, violets and dark chocolate. Palate is rich cassis, berries, cherries, aromatic spices with lovely soft tannins and bright acidity which lifts the wine on the finish. Superb quality for the money!
Holden Manz wine farm will leave you breathless when you set your eyes on this astounding setting, with the awe-inspiring mountains overshadowing the farm in the Franschhoek valley below. The family estate is perfect for nurturing and growing fine vines, with the focus being on minimizing the use of chemicals in order to conserve the environment.
£15.99/btl mix6 £13.59 mix12 £12.79.
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