Wines in the Press
Because we have so many fantastic wines, many are written about in the local and national press. Find these write ups here.
Posted on October 7, 2016
Newcomers FRAM have been featured in a great piece from Evening Standard wine columnist Nuria Stylianou on how to get into South Africa's sizzling wine selection.:
"South African wines are sizzling at the moment. Key grape types continue to be Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cinsault and Pinotage (an often tricky cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault) for reds and Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc for dry still whites.
But in the past few years, their reputation has shifted from producers of full-bodied, over-ripe, boozy reds and often heavy-handed whites to versatile, refined and elegant styles, suiting a variety of foods and ranging in alcohol from 11 to 14 per cent ABV.
Over 90 per cent of the country’s wine comes from the Western Cape. Here, the Mediterranean climate, with its hot summers and winter rainfall, has ideal conditions for vine growing. The cooling influence of the Atlantic keeps the grapes from drying out in the afternoon heat, as well as the diurnal range between day and night differing from as much as 10 to 15 degrees, allowing the grapes to preserve their freshness and ideal sugar levels. Not forgetting the stunning mountain ranges offering a host of different altitudes and aspects, as well as the vast range of soil types, such as limestone, shale and granite, winemakers seem spoilt for choice when picking the right land. So why are their wines thriving now and what changes are taking place?
One such innovator, Thinus Krüger from FRAM (previously winemaker for Boschendal and Fleur du Cap before embarking on his own venture) sums it up: “Looking back at 15 years of producing wines, the biggest change for me is that for many years we tried to make great Cabs like Bordeaux or Napa, Shiraz like the Barossa Valley or the Rhône, but now we just make our own wines, true to the soil and the climate and our own preferences. Confident of our unique signature”
Posted on September 17, 2015
Ste Michelle’s Columbia Valley Riesling is a blend of 100% Riesling from throughout Washington’s Columbia Valley. The winemaker’s goal is to craft a refreshing, flavoursome, medium-dry Riesling vintage after vintage, and this is no exception. The wine offers crisp apple flavours with subtle mineral notes; an “everyday Riesling” that is an absolute pleasure to drink on its own or with a wide variety of foods.
** Award winner **
One of the most popular rieslings in North America also is one of the best. This lean, radiant and refined wine is loaded with aromas and flavors of lime, quince, green apple and tangerine, all backed by scintillating acidity.
The Seattle Times
90 points. Best Buy.
The Wine Enthusiast
Attractive and layered, with soft buttered apple and peach fruit notes. Consultant Anne Krebielh MW said: 'The residual sugar is very well judged, it's textured with great backbone. Lovely lime acidity, it finishes dry. Good value.
Sommelier Wine Awards 2015 - GOLD
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Posted on April 27, 2015
The independent on Sunday praises Crossroads:
The Independent on Sunday’s Terry Kirby selected his wine of the week for Sunday lunch, Crossroads Winemakers Selection Cabernet Franc 2012. The wine is currently on offer as part of our New Zealand Promotion, so get it while you can...
“A superlative offering from a small, carefully managed concern in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay, using grapes grown on the fabled, ancient Gimblett Gravels riverbed. Fresh, blackberry fruits, a touch of mint and some spice: satisfying and elegant. Goes well with all lighter roast meats.”
Parker Points for Prosecco....Ruggeri style:
Robert Parker has given top scores to Ruggeri for two Proseccos from the current 2013 vintage - a sure sign that high quality Proseccos are starting to be appreciated for their unique style and finesse:
“The excellent 2013 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Giustino B. Extra Dry is dedicated to Giustino Bisol, the man who founded Ruggeri in 1950. Fruit is sourced from some of the highest altitude vineyards in the appellation and consequently shows an extra degree of crispness and bright sharpness. The aromas are clean and fragrant with white flower and sweet citrus in center stage. I have experimented [with] the aging capacity of Giustino B. and have found that the wine does remain intact for three years or more. As it ages, it gains more aromas of candied orange and butterscotch.”
92 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
“The 2013 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Vecchie Viti Brut is made from the oldest vines (some more than a century old) found in the Valdobbiadene territory. This is a fantastic expression that boasts an outstandingly high level of brightness and definition. Drying mineral notes create contours for mildly fragrant layers of peach and blanched almond. The wine should hold for a few more years although it is best consumed in the immediate term.”
91 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
By Chris Penwarden
Posted on April 20, 2015
Camel Valley Cornwall Rosé Brut 2012
Ridgeview Grosvenor Cuvée Merret Blanc de Blancs 2011
This week Olly Smith suggested to readers that they should “Celebrate St George's Day with a glass of English fizz.” The Mail on Sunday's wine man recommended two GWW fizzes - Camel Valley Cornwall Rosé Brut 2012 and Ridgeview Grosvenor Cuvée Merret Blanc de Blancs 2011.
As Olly says, “my personal collection of English sparkling wine stretches back beyond the year 2000 and I’ve been a believer for many years that we can produce bottles to rival the world’s best fizz.”
Make English bubbly your go-to fizz this St George's Day - it's a great celebratory wine to toast the occasion on its own, but is also a brilliant accompaniment to that other British classic, fish and chips.
The Telegraph’s Nick Trend reported back on the joys of a wine-tasting holiday to Alsace in his article Alsace wine tour: In search of the world's greatest white wine.
He said he was, “full of anticipation because, about 20 years ago, I tasted a wine which, because it was so unexpectedly delicious, has lodged in my memory ever since.” The wine in question was Trimbach’s Cuvée Frédéric Emile which he described as “steely dry” with “an almost ethereal freshness.”
Wine Enthusiast magazine has just given this trusty Tuscan a score of 90 points – no surprise for the folks at GWW HQ who have been shouting about it for some time now. Montepulciano is situated in the Tuscan hills on soils with a higher percentage of sand than the limestone-dominant areas of Chianti Classico or Brunello. In the hands of superior producers like Poliziano, the sandy soils and warmer climate here can create ethereal, deeply aromatic wines like this one. It’s rich and well structured, with an intense perfume of juicy, ripe, dark fruits.
By Chris Penwarden
Posted on April 13, 2015
Last week The Telegraph’s Hamish Anderson picked 3 of his favourite New Zealand whites, including GWW’s 2014 Gruner Veltliner, Yealands, Marlborough:
“Grüner is much in vogue, but nine times out of 10 you are better off sticking with the original from Austria. This is a rare exception, from one of Marlborough’s most dynamic producers. It is exotic with peach and mango before a typical burst of grüner spice in the form of pepper and lemongrass.”
For the Scotsman, Rose Murray Brown selected eight great Pinot Noirs from Germany – a country usually associated with white wines:
“Tricky as this varietal may be to grow and nurture into great wine, pinot noir (or “spatburgunder” as it is known in Germany) is the grape they all want to grow, from southern Baden up to northern Ahr region.”
She recommended a GWW wine from Weingut Knipser, a winery showing “good potential”. Of the Weingut Knipser, Kalkmergel Spatburgunder 2012, Rheinpalz, Germany*, she wrote:
“In a different league...this has much more depth and focus – it would compare well to Kiwi Otago pinots coming in at the same price.”
* 2011 currently available
Finally, Tom Cannavan picked his favourite wines of the month for consumer website Wine Pages, including Fontanafredda, Moscato d'Asti Moncucco 2013:
“This is a excellent example of a style of dessert wine I love: the very lightly sparkling, hugely aromatic Muscat from Piedmont in the northwest of Italy. With only 5.5% alcohol (which is typical for these wines) it is feather-light yet intense. There's the merest frothy frizzante on the tongue, but all those floral and herbal scents translate into flavour, that persists through to the shimmering, balanced finish. An absolute delight to sip, but matches with everything from the darkest chocolate puddings to fresh fruit desserts. 89/100.”
By Chris Penwarden
Posted on April 6, 2015
This month’s Decanter magazine has mentions of three GWW wines - an iconic red, a refreshing premium Cava and a classic Aussie white.
May is Decanter's 'Spanish issue' so it should come as no surprise that Iberian classics like Rioja and Cava featured heavily. However, their main new world focus this month was a tasting of 82 Aussie Rieslings, selected for drinking now or laying down.
In the article Create The Perfect Spanish cellar, Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW compiled a list of wines he’d include in his dream £800 cellar, choosing GWW’s Marqués de Riscal Barón de Chirel Rioja 2006 as one of his top 12 wines to store for the long term. The wine was also a prominent feature on the front cover of the magazine.
“The first ‘new-style’ Rioja 30 years ago. A refined and delicate wine that improves over time. Paco Hurtado de Amézaga’s flagship.” Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW, Decanter May 2015.
Also in this edition, Sarah Jane Evans MW chose Torelló Reserva Brut Special Edition NV as one of her top 18 Premium Cavas to try, writing:
“Tense, powerful, pure and bright. The green herb and lime aromas carry though to the mineral palate. A lovely drink.” 90 points. Sarah Jane Evans MW, Decanter May 2015.
Not to be outdone, our new world selection also got a mention in a panel tasting of Australian dry Rieslings with Skillogalee Riesling 2014* receiving a Highly Recommended rating and a score of 90 points.
“A riper style with more weight. Exotic mandarin palate with hints of lemon myrtle. No frills, and yet a lovely pure and seamless balance to the wine. This is a muscular, powerful Riesling.” Decanter May 2015.
*2013 currently available – 2014 coming soon
Posted on March 30, 2015
Italian wine buyer Sergio De Luca attended the prestigious OperaWine, Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers in Italy last week, returning with news that an amazing nine Great Western Wine producers made the grade. The tasting was organised by Wine Spectator; the wines hand-picked by the magazine to highlight the diversity of producers in Italy. See below for a selection of tasting notes from Wine Spectator’s event programme:
“Rich and medium weight, with cherry, berry, leather and spice notes converging on the long, juicy finish. Balanced in a sleek, compact manner, ending with fresh touches of mineral. Best from 2016 through 2032.”
Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, OperaWine, Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers 2015
Nino Negri 5 Stelle Sfursat 2010 92 points
“A graceful red, with polished tannins and delicately knit layers of ripe black cherry and damson plum fruit, cured tobacco and accents of ground anise and mocha. Light grip graces the aromatic finish. Drink now through 2029.”
Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, OperaWine, Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers 2015
“Soft and attractive, with notes of dried blueberry and toasty oak. Very floral. Full and velvety- textured, with a delicious finidh. An excellent red.”
James Suckling, Wine Spectator, OperaWine, Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers 2015
*Very limited stocks – 2007 not available online - please phone for details. 2010 available by the above link - and drinking very well...
“A lovely, creamy white, with vibrant acidity and a steak of smoky mineral driving the flavors of melon, Marcona almond, Meyer lemon, white peach and orchard blossom. Shows good definition and complexity, yet remains lithe and mouthwatering overall. Drink now through 2025.”
Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, OperaWine, Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers 2015.
“There’s real zip to this light-bodied, minerally white, with tangy flavous of nectarine, fresh quince, ginger and verbena, underscored by subtle stone and smoke notes. Drink now through 2018.”
Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator, OperaWine, Finest Italian Wines: 100 Great Producers 2015
Posted on March 23, 2015
The March issue of Italia! magazine included two Great Western Wine reds from southern Italy’s Puglia region. Their “Discovery of the month” was Papale Oro Primitivo di Manduria, Varvaglione 2012:
“When choosing our selection of wines from Puglia for this issue, we attempted to pick wines that wouldn’t be too hard on the wallet. Most are around the £10 mark. But if you can afford to spend more then wines from the region can be absolutely stunning, such as this one from GWW. Loaded with dark, crunchy fruit, spiced to perfection, this is a monster of a wine – you could spend three times as much in Chianti or Piedmont. Delightful!”
Their second recommendation was a classically styled red from Candido, Salice Salentino Riserva, Francesco Candido 2010, full of red cherry and spice:
“Harking from the southern tip of Puglia, this is a delightful, easy-drinking red that possesses ripe berry fruit aromas and a distinctive, seductive smokiness. It screams dried fruit to the taste, and remains powerful and robust throughout the chocolatey finish. Very much a food wine, it is made using Francesco Candido’s renowned Negroamaro grape vines and shows just what can be achieved with this Puglian favourite without having to empty the coffers!”
Decanter’s Top 10 buys from the slopes of Etna included Great Western Wine’s Planeta, Eruzione 1614, Carricante, Castiglione di Sicilia 2013, awarding it 92 points:
“The addition of a small amount of Riesling seems to lift the aromatics in this superbly focused, pin-sharp Carricante from a large but quality-focused producer. The fruit is generous, the finish long and mineral.” Simon Woolf, Decanter.com, 2015
American website Drink Me has now extended its reach to the UK, with a monthly round up of what us Brits should be drinking right now. Their article Top 5 White Wines in the United Kingdom featured our very own Planeta, Cometa 2013
“This is Fiano of the absolute highest quality that is interesting enough to drink all day! Most Fiano hails from Campania but Planeta of Sicily make this example, which is revered across all of Italy and further afield. It exudes ripeness with nectarines/tangerines and red grapes all laced together perfectly with a generous streak of minerality. There’s a bit of honeysuckle filling out the flavours and bringing some weight to the party. Strikes a good balance by combining a dry style with natural sweet flavours from the early-season (August) ripe pickings.” Drink Me http://www.drinkmemag.com/
By Chris Penwarden