Author Archive | Piers Graham

In the Press.. Malbec, but not as we know it!

A firm favourite with several local Fintry clients, this Malbec – from the Victorian vineyards of Australia no less – has caught the eye of the Daily Telegraph’s wine expert Victoria Moore:  “A Malbec that’s from neither Argentina nor France? Yes; this one is smooth and fruity, like brambles with hot chocolate, and a touch of spice from French and American oak.”  rrp £7.75 – £9.50 (!)  Fintry Wines list price – £7.29 The Listening Station Malbec 2016.  Another black, aromatic Malbec under this dark, starry label. Once again inspired by the Australian night, this is darkly appealing, chocolately Malbec with an abundance of crisp, minerally fruit.  See website page here:

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A great recommendation from the Sunday Express, 1st October.

Jamie Goode, wine expert for the Express uncovered this gem whilst on his travels.. “I’m just back from exploring Argentina’s thriving wine scene where I made some great new discoveries. While the South American country is justly famous for its excellent reds made from the malbec grape, there’s a lot more going on. Here I’m looking beyond malbec to see what else this intriguing country can produce.” Zorzal Eggo Tinto de Tiza Malbec 2014, Mendoza. 13.5% alcohol ‘Here’s an interesting blend of malbec, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon grape varieties, fermented and aged in concrete eggs. It is juicy and vibrant with spice-laden blackcurrant and black-cherry fruit, and there’s also […]

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MAY DE LENCQUESAING RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Honouring a career spanning over 40 years, May de Lencquesaing, ‘Grande Dame’ of Glenelly Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s International Wine Challenge (IWC). The ceremony took place on 6th July at the Hilton Park Lane in London in front of a sell-out audience of winemakers, restaurateurs, trade and press from across the globe who gave May de Lencquesaing a standing ovation. The IWC Lifetime Achievement Award honours a person within the trade who has shown dedication and commitment, and has made a significant difference to the global wine industry. Now in its 34th year, the IWC is widely regarded as one […]

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Montresor’s Lugana ‘Campo Valentino’ – at a bargain price!

While stocks last, we have this wonderful dry white from one of Northern Italy’s finest winemakers, Giacomo Montresor. Made from the local Turbiano grape this is a ripe, floral, elegant and deliciously moreish wine that matches almost all fish and seafood dishes perfectly. Also great just sipping on its own now the G&T weather is behind us!  This is a snip at £7.49 (normally £10.95) but we only have a few cases available so don’t delay! Available from the website HERE or call us for more details. 

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One of the world’s great Viogniers!

Fresh from the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 – a stunning wine from one of Greece’s finest winemakers. Platinum Award – Best Greek White Viognier PGI Epanomi, Ktima Gerovassiliou, 2016 “An outstanding example showing tropical fruits aromatics with supreme balance. A great intensity of fruit with seductive peach and white floral notes. Elegant with a silky texture; one of the finest of its class and style.”  £17.55 per bottle. Available here.

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Something from the Black (wine) Country!

In the heart of the French Dordogne is Cahors, famous for its ‘black wine’. This is malbec country or cot as it’s known locally and although the wine of this region is often sumptuously rich and full bodied it has perhaps become more refined over recent years. Jean-Luc Burc’s estate, located near Puy-l’Eveque in the north west of the region has been an established winemaking area for centuries and has recently been elevated to Chateau status. Chateau Pineraie is 85% malbec (the legal minimum is 70%) which Jean-Luc blends with merlot to add a brambly softness to the wine. Don’t be put off by the strong rural nose of this […]

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Scrumptious stuff from the Middle East!

I recently attended a tasting of wines devoted to the less well known vine-growing parts of the world, including Japan, India, Brazil and, of all places Lebanon! Domaine des Tourelles is amongst the longest-established and most highly acclaimed wineries in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Founded in 1868 by French adventurer François-Eugène Brun the property was the first commercial cellar in the country producing wines, arak and other spirits. In 2000 the last of the Brun family died and the estate was bought by close friends the Issa family. Faouzi Issa graduated with winemaking and viticultural degrees from Bordeaux and Montpellier Universities, then trained in the Rhône and at Château Margaux before […]

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Languedoc-Roussillon; A new AOC: Picpoul de Pinet in Languedoc

On 14 February 2013, the 47 members of the INAO (the French regulatory wine board) voted to recognise Picpoul de Pinet as an AOC in its own right. The “Picpoul de Pinet” denomination was originally classified as a V.D.Q.S. in 1954, and then promoted into the AOC Coteaux du Languedoc category in 1985. The new AOC covers 2,400 ha in the Castelneau de Guers, Florensac, Méze, Montagnac, Pinet and Pomerols municipalities. Average production reaches between 60 to 55 hl per hectare according to the new technical specifications agreed by INAO. In 2012 the appellation produced more than 70,000hl, of which 40% was aimed for export markets. Stretching along the Thau basin and facing the Mediterranean’s Golfe de […]

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Wines of the Week

We’re in Australia this week, South Australia to be precise, for two superb value wines with origins over a century apart. Bob and Cherie Berton established their winery in 1996 with 75 acres of land on gently rolling hills in a sub-region of the beautiful Eden Valley, a short drive north-east of Adelaide. In 2007 Bob purchased the Yenda winery in the heart of the Riverina. This state of the art facility has the capacity to process 10,000 tonnes, and allows Berton Vineyards to produce value for money wines which sit alongside the premium, single vineyard offerings. This vibrant and fruity white from the 2011 vintage is an unusual blend […]

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