The photography of assistant restaurant manager Ian Tesh returns. This time – a selection of our new wines for the summer.
From left to right:
Cuatro Pasos Mencia DO Bierzo, 2010, Spain: Made from 80 year old vines from the hillside of Bierzo in Northeastern Spain, this wine sees only two months of oak and possesses many layers of flavor and complexity
Aglianico del Vulture ‘Pipoli’ 2010, Italy: The key with these Southern Italian wines is that on top of all the usual suppects; Violet, pepper, some liquorice, dark cherry, they also have a herb like aftertaste and a gorgeous glossy feel. Very interesting wine
Vina Chocalan Cabernet France Reserva 2011, Chile: Superb full nose and ripe dark crushed fruit with a hint of coffee. The tannins don’t overpower like with many Cabernet Francs.
Pol Roger Brut Reserve Champagne: Sir Winston Churchill described Pol Roger’s residence as the ‘world’s most drinkable address.’ This is the perfect aperitif champagne; clean, floral, elegant with a delicious biscuit flavour.
Fairview Darling Chenin Blanc, 2013, South Africa: A dry winter and a hot summer has produced a 2013 chenin blanc with less mineral character, but more opulent fruit and tropical flavours, and a rich textured mouthfeel
Firesteed Oregan Pinot Gris, 2011, USA: The Firesteed 2011 Pinot Gris is a generously aromatic combination of Northwest coastal breezes and definitive orange-blossom, rose water and ripe peaches. Accents of the perfect perfume of gardenias and sweet spices make this a glorious example of fine Oregon Pinot Gris. Richly textured and flavorful, the wine delivers weight on the palate that is nicely balanced by citrus notes and fresh acidity