This is a collection of wines that perhaps don't get the attention they deserve, this is because they are from a lesser known region or use a grape that not many people know. Team Butler is on a mission to get these great producers into the spotlight. The discounted case includes three whites and three reds.
1. Cantina Valle Isarco Kerner 2019
Cantina Valle Isarco Kerner 2019 is a new addition to our portfolio, it is something which has gone unnoticed until now, but we welcome it to the shelves. Cantina Valle Isarco is a cooperative in Alto Adige, which is quickly becoming one of our favourite Italian wine regions. They began in 1961, but had two disastrous winery events which forced them to completely rebuild in 1975, which makes them one of the youngest cooperatives in the area, they quickly created a positive following. They now have 125 members in the area, and access to many parcels of old vines.
The vineyards are between 300m - 900m, on mineral rich soils and get plenty of sun. 95% of the production is on whites wines, of which this is one. They try to make wines which express varietal character, poise and depth.
The Kerner grape is a cross between a red variety Schiava and Riesling. It has a fresh inviting nose, with peach, rich fruit, but it isn't fat or cloying, it is precise and clean. It feels a bit like a light Viognier, but I think more interesting, this is a great drinker.
2. Horst Escherndorfer Muller Thurgau Trocken 2019
Made from 100% Muller Thurgau, from 40 year old vines, this is a rich and dry style of German table wine. Floral and full of apple flavours, and easy going wine that's easy to pair with lighter food too. Franken is a region that's not known for having a massive export market and most of the wines are drunk by the Germans. This region is also known for its odd bottle shape, there are many rumours as to why it's this shape, for example some say its too stop the bottles rolling down the hills as the vineyard hands are doing their work. I like the idea of needing a bottle of wine while harvesting.
3. Oak Farm Vineyards Fiano 2019
Fiano is a grape variety usually found in Campania, Southern Italy. Here the grapes are grown in Clarksburg, CA, Located right along the Sacramento river, the cool evenings, warm days and rich soils provide a spectacular environment for this Italian white to grow.
The small, relatively thick skinned grapes are hand-picked in the morning. The whole clusters are pressed then quickly transported to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank and after a long fermentation, the wine is transferred to neutral oak barrels for a short aging period on light lees with no stirring.
A complex wine with fresh apricot nose, which comes through on the palate. Luscious fruit with good acidity, fleshy apricot fruit, big flavour. Lovely concentration and grip.
4. Andrian Lagrein Rubeno 2019
Garnet red with violet hues, the Rubeno displays delicious berry aromas on the nose with nuances of violets and dried and fresh flowers. The palate enjoys a silky, medium body with gentle tannins and persistant finish.
Fermented in stainless steel and matured for 6 months in large format oak barrels. Unusual for red wine, it does not undergo malolactic fermentation.
Aromas are vibrant and fresh with violet, crunchy forest fruits, cherry, liquorice root, and menthol. On the palate, the wine exhibits a fresh acidity, lending balance to the wine's tannins and body, and preserving the vibrant fruit profile on the finish. The flavours are dominated by dark cherry, ripe, slightly jammy forest fruits. Tannins are slightly grippy, but supple, and they're helped along by the acid backbone.
This is a good summery red that can be chilled down and drunk out in the sun with a good barbeque meal. It also offers a great introduction to this interesting, lesser-known Italian grape variety.
5. Tschuppen Spätburgunder, Weingut Ziereisen 2015
Hanspeter Zieriesen has built up a well deserved reputation for high quality Pinot Noir and Gutedel. Based in south western Germany in the Baden region, the vines run along side the Rhine river and the Swiss-French border. Originally Hanspeter used new barrels on all the reds, now the wines see less oak with more emphasis on the fruit.
This Pinot spends 2 years in large oak barrels and then bottled without filtration. It's a moody Pinot Noir, it's velvety with a touch of smoke and earthiness, subtle red cherry and pomegranate.
6. Sov'Ran Cabernet Noir 2018
A small project based out in Worthing, the quantities are small but the quality is high. This is a hybrid grape called Cabernet Noir, the wine makers vision was to create a Loire style of Cabernet. Here at Butlers we think he was successful, it's full of plum and red cherry, this is all supported by soft tannins and a spicy finish, perfect for lighter meats like pork or roasted veg.
Case discounted from £115.82 to £105