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Country: United States.
Area: Sonoma Coast, California.
Grape: Pinot Noir.
Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is deep garnet color with ruby highlights. This Pinot Noir has expressive aromas of dark berry fruit, black tea, and dried cranberry with earthy nuances of oregano, spice and sweet tobacco. Delivering flavors of ripe plum, fig, orange and licorice this wine is bold; yet, graceful on the palate with supple tannins and a lingering coastal minerality on the finish.
The fruit is sourced from 5 different vineyards, mostly in Ebenezer and Greenock with some from the Western Ridge of the Barossa.
It’s a really typical Magpie red with lovely varietal fruit, black and red cherry, plum, spice and oak on the nose. It’s rich and opulent with ripe black cherry fruits to the fore, plum and cassis too. It has a savoury core, spice and liquorice and vanillan oak. Tannins are ripe but present and this big mouthful will drink well over the next 5-8 years.
Intensity is the name of the game, this delicious Shiraz from Australia’s Barossa valley bursts with black fruits, full bodied and rich there’s a lashing of black pepper, cinnamon and star anise. Intense meat dishes are the name of the game. Short-rib, Ox Cheeks or Smoked Brisket, big flavours for a big wine.
Made by using a carefully selected blend of new and older ‘reserve’ wine from their 1er cru Vineyards. With a great rip citrus backbone and a core of toasty, biscuit, honeyed stone fruits and soft baked apple. The mousse is lovely and soft, delicate bubbles and good length on the finish. The wine was vinified in oak barrels. The Edouard Brun range offer such great value.
Fruity and perfumed nose showing blackberries, white pepper and spice. Bright palate with fresh acidity, crunchy redcurrant and raspberry fruit, and layers of spice, liquorice and herbs.
The nose classically expresses the vineyard... it's like having a fresh lime in your hand that you crush gently over minerals... literally lime on the rocks!! The palate is bright, zingy, singing with natural acidity and really textural. It reflects the vineyard with its fine sandy texture with really bright, white textural fruit. Just a cracking Eden Valley Riesling. Dry, textural, limey - everything you want from an Aussie Riesling. It finishes lean, fresh, linear, crisp, textural
A lesser-known, yet great alternative to Prosecco - the sparkling wine of choice in Verona bars! Citrus and gently floral aromas lead to a very fresh and zippy palate with crisp green apple and lightly honeyed characters. A refreshing and approachable style of fizz - yet with texture and depth underlying the bright fruit.
A blindingly good wine for the price made from one of our favourite grapes, roussanne, that you find in Northern and Southern Rhone blends, but in this case from South Africa. It is a masterful little wine that wont overtake proceedings but will add a lovely bit of character to a lunch or an evening - a scent here and there of stone fruits and mountain herbs as you lift the glass to your nose - with just the right amount of fruit and character for foods like fish, chicken, or fresh pasta with vegetables or riccota.
It will be lovely with light starters like burrata and olives. It sits firmly in, if not at the very summit of, the unbeatable-value midweek bottle category. If you are in one of those households where someone likes Sauvignon but someone has gone off it, and you can't agree on what to drink then try this.
100% Pinot Noir
The beautiful rose gold colour of our Blanc de Noirs comes from the gentle whole bunch pressing of Pinot Noir grapes (hence, “white of blacks”). Coupled with extended on-lees ageing this has created a rich, complex and full sparkling wine with mature autolytic character and hints of red fruit notes.
The 2017 vintage has produced a delightfully fresh, well-balanced and smooth Bacchus. Calmer yet more complex on the nose than many vintages, our 2017 wine leads with herbal, tomato leaf and basil notes complimented by delightful tropical tones of papaya, mango and pineapple…with elderflower taking a less pronounced but vital supporting role. We delight in the way our Bacchus exposes so many new faces to us every year. As always, the palate is super-clean, refreshing and balanced….always leaving you wanting another sip!
The Vertente BEE is a wine which aims to put bees and their role as pollinators on a pedestal – they are, after all, facing the threat of extinction in many parts of the world. At Niepoort we recognise that bees form an important part of our ecosystem, and we would like to participate actively in the efforts to keep this species alive.
The Vertente BEE was created in collaboration with British street artist Louis Masai, who is involved in several projects concerned with the conservation of various species of endangered animals. He is also in charge of the “Art of Beeing” project, which explores the beauty, uniqueness and importance of bees through several works of art.
The label depicts a swarm of wild bees in the shape of a heart, and encourages you to plant flowers with every bottle of Vertente BEE in order to support the important role of pollinating bees.
To each bottle we have attached a selection of seeds (phacelia, clover, corn and dill), which can be planted in the garden or in a pot.
The Vertente BEE was produced sustainably and in accordance with Niepoort’s winemaking philosophy.
The 2015 vintage presented us with very favourable weather conditions: plenty of sunshine and warmth but without too much moisture, ideal for even growth. One of this year’s peculiarities was the vines’ ability to remain hydrated during the ripening stage. At the end of August and beginning September the basal leaves were still moist and green, the berries well-hydrated and the grape skins thick and firm. The well-balanced musts, the smooth tannins and the deep colour were already pointing to an exceptional vintage for the Douro.
Harvest began in the month of August and continued until the end of September. After a meticulous bunch selection in the vineyards, the grapes were sorted a second time in the cellar. The Vertente 2015 was fermented in conical stainless steel tanks before being left to mature for 22 months in French barriques where the wine also completed its malolactic fermentation.
A beautiful, deep ruby colour matches the wine’s expressive aromatics characterised by minerality as well as dark chocolate and fruits of the forest notes. The wood is well-integrated, providing some hints of smokiness and spice. Tightly structured, profound, with a good backbone, this wine is elegant and fine on the palate, with well-integrated tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish. A vintage such as 2015 shows a fantastic balance between fruit and acidity as well as between body and smooth tannins. This is a great year for the Vertente, which will age superbly in the cellar.
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The Perraud family produce their oustanding Muscadet wines in a fully organic and bio-dynamic fashion. Careful growing and vinification, with 6 months on lees give a wine that is fresh and intenseley floral, with a delicious mouthfeel. Top class.
Very delicate, this local hero comes from just over the hill at Albourne Estate. Bright acidity and a floral palate of elderflower and citrus peel make this a wonderful match for raw seafood, think sushi or a ceviche.