Gold-medal Champions Youll save £39 when you award yourself with these Gold-medal Champions - just £7.50 a bottle! When wines are entered into competition, theyre tasted blind against hundreds of their peers. To win Gold requires something extra- special. Your champion reds comprise mature Spanish Gran Reserva, a deep, spicy treat from the Minervois, Bruce Jacks Dragon Tree and Super-Tuscan Saracosa. Your whites are Sauvignon Blanc at its best in two classic regions: pure and unblended in Marlborough, and with a little splash of Sémillon in Bordeaux. Outstanding stuff, order now.
Shingle Peak Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011(x2) Pure Sauvignon from one of the first vineyards established in New Zealands famed Marlborough region Established in 1983, Shingle Peak takes its name from the distinctive mountain ranges that border the stony alluvial soils of the Wairau River, where some of Marlboroughs finest wineries - including Cloudy Bay - are based. Senior winemaker Nikolai St George is well qualified, having studied at Australias prestigious Charles Sturt University and worked in Australia, America, France and Chile. A specialist in Sauvignon, he pinpoints the estates best parcels of vines early in the year and earmarks them for his Reserve wines and monitors them closely. This is a classically styled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with crisp apple and citrus fruit aromas. Delicious on its own, its also a great match for spicy dishes and all sorts of seafood.
Château Moulin de Pillardot 2009 (x2) Top vintage white Bordeaux - the sister white to one of our best value clarets The original 18th century windmill, Moulin de Pillardot, no longer operates, but lends its name to the best plots among Château Bourdicottes 77 hectares of vines. These vineyards benefit from a south facing aspect, so receive maximum hours of sunshine, and the vines are on average 50 years old, which means they produce fewer but more concentrated grapes. Head winemaker Jean-François Corps is well known in the region and is consultant to several properties in Saint Estèphe and Margaux.Typically, Jean-François uses a combination of Sauvignon Blanc, for its zesty aromatics and crisp gooseberry flavours, with a portion of Sémillon to add more honeyed, tropical notes, with a touch of oak for complexity. Enjoy with rich fish pie or salmon.
Saracosa 2009 (x2)Irresistibly opulent and elegant, Gold-medal-winning Tuscanstar to match many at twice the priceSaracosa is inspired by the so-called Super Tuscans firstdeveloped by Antinori in the 1970s. These wines kick-started therenaissance of Tuscan wines and became some of the mostexclusive and expensive in the world. Its from the Barbanerafamily estate near Montalcino. Half the vineyards are in theVino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, and the remainder justbeyond. Quality was particularly high in 2009. Consider alsothe age of the vines, some of which were planted in 1938, andyou can understand why Saracosa is so concentrated.Dense darkcherry and chocolaty tones make this a serious wine to enjoywith classic Tuscan dishes such as pasta with a pork ragu, orbistecca alla fiorentina.
Flagstone Dragon Tree 2008 (x2) An invigorating Cape red full of rich fruit and oak from the equally indomitable Bruce Jack Everything about Flagstone and its somewhat eccentric owner Bruce Jack is like a breath of fresh air. This wine will arouse your taste buds and give you a thirst to discover more of the range. Like his wines, Bruce is very much one of a kind, with a degree in English literature from St Andrews, Scotland, and in winemaking from Australias Roseworthy College.Dragon Tree is a powerful blend of Cabernet, Shiraz and Pinotage that perfectly fulfils Bruces aim to provide "juicy, fruity wines that feel soft but have intriguing flavour and offer unbeatable value for money". Aged for 15 months in oak barrels, its quite a mouthful and best enjoyed with strongly flavoured foods like char grilled meats, steak and kidney pie or a game casserole.
Palacio del Conde Gran Reserva 2005 (x2) Smooth, complex, elegant Gran Reserva from Valencia, brimming with spicy strawberry and creamy oak Where else can you buy mellow barrel aged reds of this quality at such an everyday price? Not only is todays Spanish wine scene "among the most vibrant, dynamic and creative in the world" (Tim Atkin MW), it surely offers the best value.Valencia is known as Madrid by the sea (where the Madrileños flock at the weekend for relaxation). Inland there are orange groves and extensive paddy fields - its where paella is said to have been invented - and of course, vineyards. Winemaker Maria Angeles Camara combines Monastrell with Tempranillo for dark, juicy fruit flavour. Extensive barrel ageing provides a soft edge of vanilla. This fragrant, medium bodied red is in its element with duck or lamb, strong cheese, or tapas such as jamón Serrano.
Château Portal Cuvée Jérôme 2010 (x2) Fabulous, top cuvée Minervois proudly sporting two Gold Medals Château Portal is one of the leading estates in the Minervois with a history dating back to the 11th century. The property was home to French nobility throughout the Middle Ages and to this day retains a restored 8th century chapel. Jérôme Portals 80 hectares of vines grow right next to the regions top cru, La Livinière.Cuvée Jérôme is crafted mainly from rich and spicy Syrah supported by raspberry rich Grenache and spicy Carignan, the incredibly intense flavours of which are due to rare 100 year old vines. The wine is aged for a year in French oak barrels, lightly toasted over a naked flame to impart mocha character and extra complexity.Serve this splendid southern French red with traditional cassoulet or roast shoulder of lamb.
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