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Your case & tasting notes - December 2022

Realizado 2020

by David and Jonas Tofterup

Tasting notes:

Ever since I began travelling the world making wines in the late 90s, my younger brother Jonas (who at that time was still in school), dreamt of joining me on my adventures. We would talk about making our own wine together, which, back then, was only a pipe dream. In 2019 after several years of travelling and working for different wineries, we knew that the time had come to make it a reality.

Country

Spain

Region

Murcia

Grape

Monastrell Blend

Market Price

£20.99

Angel Price

£16.99

Bel Achillee Montagne Saint Emilion 2020

by Olivier Cazenave

Tasting notes:

I've made this cuvée exclusively for Fine Wine Club members, inspired by a very special cuvée of mine that I've been making for many years. "Achillée" is a blend of 70% Cabernet Franc, which is always one of my favourite grapes to work with, and 30% Merlot. All of which come from a very premium clay and limestone rich terroir at the centre of the Montagne Saint-Émilion appellation.

Country

France

Region

Bordeaux

Grape

Merlot Blend

Market Price

£19.99

Angel Price

£16.99

Small and Small Theodore Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021

by Bill & Claudia Small

Tasting notes:

The first Sauvignon vines were planted in Marlborough back in the 1980s, and the region has become a hot-spot for lovers of the grape ever since. The vineyards sit on sandy flats between high mountain ranges and the South Pacific ocean, where grapes ripen under the perfect dry, mild autumn conditions. It's far too crisp for many of the world's most popular grape varieties to thrive here, but Sauvignon does particularly well.

Country

New Zealand

Region

Marlborough

Grape

Sauvignon blanc

Market Price

£20.99

Angel Price

£12.99

DRG Daryl Groom Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

by Daryl Groom

Tasting notes:

This DRG Cabernet comes from the Alexander Valley, one of the most well respected and premium appellations in Sonoma County, California. It's one of 18 in total and is particularly well known for the exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon it produces.

Country

USA

Region

California

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon

Market Price

£29.99

Angel Price

£18.99

Artelan Rioja Reserva Edicion Limitada 2018

by Tao Platon

Tasting notes:

The international success of 'Rioja' has been a mixed blessing for small, artisan wine producers. On the one hand, Rioja is well known and trusted by wine lovers all around the world. On the other, most ignore the diversity and true quality that the region can produce. While always reliable and good value, much Rioja these days is rather uninspiring and doesn't convey much sense of place in the glass. With Artelan, I want to change that and offer a different, more contemporary take on the region.

Country

Spain

Region

Rioja

Grape

Tempranillo

Market Price

£24.99

Angel Price

£15.99

Richard's Elgin Pivotal Chardonnay Reserve 2021

by Richard Kershaw

Tasting notes:

Those who know me and my wines will also know that chardonnay holds a special place in my heart as it reflects a sense of where it was grown like no other grape. During winter, I spend a lot of time scouring the Cape South Coast vineyards for the best stuff - Hemel-en-Aarde, Lower Duivenhoks, Elandskloof Elim and, of course, Elgin.

Country

South Africa

Region

Western Cape

Grape

Chardonnay

Market Price

£34.99

Angel Price

£20.99