Seductively Sancerre

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Paul Vattan SancerreSancerre. It just rolls of the tongue, it sounds so much more interesting than Sauvignon Blanc, it evokes images of elegance and sophistication. It just sounds well – like it should be the name of the sultry seductive feminine anti-hero who hired our 1940s  film noir Private Eye to protect her from her mobster ex boyfriend. But I digress.

We recently received delivery of the very excellent Paul Vattan Sancerre. Paul Vattan began making wine in 1986. The vineyard is located in the small village Maimbray in Sancerre, which is known for its steep hills and dense clay / limestone soil, which gives great body, mineral notes, roundness and length to the wine. Vattan produces two types of white Sancerre, his “Pente the Maimbray” is taken from a 6-acre parcel of vines around 20 years from clay-limestone soil and his “Grande Cuvée” which comes from a small one hectare parcel . The vines are over 40 years and are planted in limestone.

The ‘Pente de Maimbray’ 2011 is light golden appearance. On the nose, this wine is reminiscent of lemon and split Acacia wood and chalky mineral notes. On the palate, it is firm, quite full, and lasting on the finish with a hint of lime. A Sancerre like it should be! Currently on promotion in our ‘Wall of Sauvignon’ at €19.95 (Normally €23.95)


Chill your wine ASAP

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With the heat wave continuing we are waiting on the signs of the apocalypse,  but the question we are getting asked most often is how can I cool me wine faster?


Fast:The freezer is a good starting point but it’s not the fastest way.  Too much air and other things in there so the bottle isn’t completely covered in cold goodness!

Faster: Add a gel sleeve to the wine bottle in the freezer. Getting something cold touching the bottle transfers the cold to the wine faster.

Fastest: Get a bucket and fill it about half full of ice. Then add the coldest water you can get from the tap fill the bucket to about 3/4 full. Now you have something approximating the ice floes of the Arctic–in fact, add salt to the water to decrease the range of the water to below 32 degrees. Submerge the bottle in the bucket. Stir or swirl for fastest results, beware this leads to a different kind of red hands.

Based on Dr.Vino blog:

Really From Austria

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weingarten2(First up sorry for the delay but the weather made it hard to sit down and type this up!!!) Last Thursday night we held our second last in shop tasting of the Summer, and it was the wonderful wines of Austria that we tasted. The wines from Weingut Muller in Krems have really been a revelation since we started importing them nearly two years ago. On the night we tasted 10 different wines including three Gruner Veltliners and two rieslings.

Müller ‘Göttweiger’ Riesling  2011                                                              €14.95

Fresh and fruit nose of citrus and apricot. Light spritz on the plate with crisp citrus fruit.

Müller ‘Kremser Kogl’ Grüner Veltliner  2012                                  €13.95

Pear, apple and spice nose gives way to fresh minerally pear and apple palate.

Tassilo ‘Alte Point’ Grüner Veltliner  2011                                           €16.95

Classic Wachau nose delicate flowers, apples, citrus and spice. Juicy crisp and textured palate. Fresh Finish.

 Müller ‘Neubergen’ Riesling  2012                                                             €18.95 

One of the nights real hits. Aromatic apricot, lime and yellow apple nose. Very fresh spritz on the palate and lots of apple, pear, peach and citrus fruits.

 Müller ‘Bergkristall’ Grüner Veltliner  2012                                      €17.95

Opens up in the nose with a wide range of different fruit aromas including grapefruit but also tones of garden herbs and excellent minerals. The palate is spoiled by a beautiful distinction and finesse, delicate nuances of apples and pears in the finish.

 Müller ‘Eichbühel’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012                                          €19.95

The other superstar of the night; bursting with delicate tropical fruit notes, passion fruit, lime and citrus. Crisp mineral driven fruit on the palate. A real interesting alternative to both New Zealand and Sancerre. 

 Tassilo ‘Süssenberg’ Weiss Burgunder 2011                                       €17.95

Delicate nut aromas in the nose, elegant and powerful on the palate; an excellent wine with a great balance and length. A full-bodied food wine.

Müller ‘Mugeln Reserve’ Chardonnay 2011                                         €19.95

Ripe stone fruit on the nose and on the palate. Complex and powerful, already very harmonious, lingering finish. Again great food wine with excellent cellaring potential.

 Müller Zweigelt Selection 2010                                                                  €12.95

Ruby red colours in the glass, beautiful scents of cherries and fine spices develop in the nose, nice berry notes on the palate, fruity, trendy and smooth.

 Müller ‘Reserve’ Zweigelt 2010                                                                   €17.95 

Beautiful scents of red berries, cherries and fine spices on the nose, along with nice barrique tones. Powerful and substantial on the palate with nice juicy red fruit and silky smooth tannins.

The Peaks of Austria

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This Thursday evening we are hosting our penultimate in store wine tasting for the summer, and we are devoting it to one of our favourite wine-producing nations – Austria. Small is beautiful – that is what best describes Austrian wine, when put into international perspective. There are no run of the mill wines, but rather a rare speciality. Austrian wine is one of the most interesting phenomena happening in the world right now. The wines are found on every good wine list, are appreciated by wine experts and highly acclaimed by journalists. It is not uncommon to talk of an Austrian wine wonder. We will tasting everything from GruV ( Gruner Veltiner) to Zweigelt on the night.

Most of the wines we will taste will come from Weingut Muller who are based in the Kremstal DAC which is known for its excellent Gruner Veltliner and Rieslings, produced in the shadow of Stift Göttweig monastery. We will also have a pair of wines from the more well-known Wachau region which lies directly to the east of Kremstal.