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New Arrivals Round Up

New Arrivals Round Up

One of the best parts of our job is looking for the best and most exciting new wines to bring to you, tasting regularly to find great examples of the classics as well as the offbeat styles we love to highlight on our shelves! These are some of the new listings that we can't wait to share with you all:

Vina Dagaz Cuvee El Camino 2021 - £15.95 

Vina Dagaz is the result of the coming together of an extraordinary winemaker with a remarkable piece of land. Marco Puyo has been making wine in Chile's Colchagua Valley, and around the world, for more than 25 years. In 2006, whilst leading winemaking at Vina los Vascos (the Rothschild family's Chilean project), he discovered the Pumanque district and decided to plant his own vineyard. It was the terroir of the area that drew him in; weathered granite soil, rich in quartz and iron and a strong sea breeze from the Pacific, just 20 miles away. 10 years later the first wine was produced from the site, and in 2018 Puyo left his other job to devote his time solely to Dagaz.

Cuvee El Camino is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with 30% Carmenere, a blend that works brilliantly to bring out the best of both varieties. The green and herbal aspect that can overpower some Carmenere wines is beautifully managed, coming across as a subtle blackcurrant leaf and Assam tea aroma alongside the bountiful black and blue fruit. Full-bodied and supple, with attractively ripe tannins and superb freshness owing to its Pacific origin. I think that if this was from California or Australia a wine this good would easily command double this price tag!

Chateau de Cosse Cremant de Loire 2020 - £16.50 

I feel that Cremant's reputation as simply 'a cheaper alternative to Champagne' does it something of a disservice. Yes, it is cheaper than Champagne and made in the method. However, a good Cremant can be an excellent representation of the place it was made and deserves to be regarded for its own merit as well! And in the case of this delicious Chenin Blanc based bubbly from vineyards in the Anjou, there is so much to love that it certainly stands on its own.

Aromatically the Chenin Blanc character is unmistakeable: golden apples, acacia flowers and honeysuckle. The 20% Chardonnay blended in shows through on the palate, contributing more delicacy and finesse. 30 months of lees ageing after the secondary fermentation in bottle has contributed superb body and depth, with the fine bubbles at the spine of the structure. Unlike many lighter Cremants best suited for aperitifs, this would make a great partner to a lunch spread of pates, cheeses, bread and salad.

Domaine Chirat Saint Joseph La Cote - £27 Sustainable

We had been hunting for a really good Northern Rhone Syrah that didn't break the bank for quite a while, and the moment this wonderful single vineyard Saint Joseph crossed our lips we knew we had found what we were looking for! Perfectly balancing the black pepper, olive tapenade and wild herbs that set this variety apart with some wonderfully creamy black fruits, it just hits all the right notes.

The Chirat family have been farmers in this region for nearly a century, and have focused especially on grapes since the 1980s. Now with a focus on sustainability, they have installed solar panels to power their cellar, converted a third of their vineyards to organic methods and eliminated herbicide use entirely. La Cote is a parcel of their oldest Syrah vines to the north of Saint Joseph, close to the borders with Condrieu and Cote Rotie. Traditional to the region, they include a proportion of whole bunches in the vinification, which contributes more perfume and tannin to the wine. The resulting wine is full-bodied and dark, oozing savoury complexities alongside brambly blackberry and ripe Victoria plum. Perfect to pair with roast lamb or venison.

Odessos Urban Winery Venchan Vineyard Riesling 2022 - £23.50

An exciting new project from two brothers in the city of Varna on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria, we are thrilled to have the first vintage of these wines to be available in the UK! Georgi and Vladislav Vankov travelled the world, working with different winemakers and styles to develop their winemaking knowledge before returning to Bulgaria to make their first wine in 2020. Their beautiful labels are inspired by the Japanese craft of Kintsugi, and each give some hints to the vineyard or story behind the individual wine.

Their Riesling is inspired by their time working in Australia's Eden Valley, thus the Garden of Eden reference on the label. Stylistically they wanted to recreate the bone dry purity of Australian Riesling, but touched and influenced by the Black Sea Coast terroir. From a single vineyard, Venchan, on sandy limestone close to the coast. Hand-harvested early in the season and fermented and aged exclusively in stainless steel to maximise the precision of the style. They age the wine in bottle for a year before release to allow the flavours to develop slowly without lees contact.

Intensely stony, with powerful lime and lemon acidity on the palate. It is light to medium in body but with such superb concentration and length that it leaves a remarkable impression. Absolutely thrilling stuff that will captivate any lover of fine Riesling, or great dry whites in general.

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