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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.

  • Wines In The Press | Morgenster

    View our selection of Morgenster wines here 

    Press | Morgenster

  • In The Press | Jamie Oliver's Drinks Tube

    "The X Factor Essential" | The Money Spider, D’Arenberg, 2012

    The grape geeks among you may be surprised at the suggestion of an autumnal white from the roussanne grape, but stick with me; in a glass of this roussanne you will find everything you’d want, and more.

    Roussanne is a grape normally harnessed to marsanne and viognier in the Rhone Valley. However, this fantastic South Australia producer has taken an incredibly unappreciated grape and allowed it to be the star all on its own. With its perfumed scent of fresh pear, apricot and honeysuckle, it soothes your weary limbs like entertainment television does on a Saturday night. On the palate, concentrated summer fruits combine with a dollop of Greek yoghurt freshness, all underlined with a moreish, nutty backbone.

    Aromatic, intense and weighty, yet elegant – everything you could desire! Picture Mel B’s assertion, Cheryl Cole’s seductive beauty, Simon Cowell’s gravitas and Louis Walsh’s…. well Louis Walsh’s light freshness. No food needed, just a sofa, a fire and some trashy TV.

    Review by Amelia Singer - Wine enthusiast & consultant

  • In The Press | Top 3 Australian Cabernet Sauvignons

     

    The Telegraph | 3 Best Australian Cabernet SauvignonsThe Telegraph | Hamish Anderson

    Wine tasting notes: 3 of the best Australian Cabernet Sauvignons

    Wine expert Hamish Anderson gives the Heartland Cab Sauv a great review in his latest article including it in his top 3 choices from down under.

    2012 Heartland Cabernet Sauvignon, Langhorne Creek/Limestone Coast, £13.50

    "This is a richer style, without being overblown. The fruit is dark and ripe, balanced by freshening bursts of peppermint and spice. This tastes significantly grander than its price tag, and will develop over the next five years."

    Read it here: Telegraph wine review

  • Decanter World Wine Awards - Out Now

    This has been our most successful year at the Decanter World Wine Awards. Here are a list of our Trophy, Gold and Silver winners. It's a long one and most you can buy online. Remember there's 10% off per case with free delivery on 12 bottles or more.

    To sample Award Winning wines, we've created a fantastic mixed case; click here to view

     

    TROPHY

    Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2012
    Regional Trophy: Australian Red Rhône Varietals over £15
    http://www.decanter.com/dwwa/wine/16526/Glaetzer-Bishop+Shiraz-2012

    Polished and pure, this modern wine expertly combines the fruit of Shiraz with the spice of Syrah. Sweet blackberries and oak with a herbal edge, meat, pepper, perfume and violets are all underpinned by spice and integrated tannins. For such a big wine, it displays genuine elegance and subtlety.

    Domaine Brusset Les Hauts de Montmirail 2012 - Please call 01225 322810 for details
    Regional Trophy: Red Rhône over £15
    http://www.decanter.com/dwwa/wine/3082/Domaine+Brusset-Les+Hauts+de+Montmirail-2012

    Rich, dark wild berry aromas with red berry and liquorice hints. The palate is fresh with a lovely volume of layered fruit and smooth, firm tannins, leading to a spiced, peppery finish. Long and delicious – and definitely a winner.
    Falernia Pinot Noir Reserva - Please call 01225 322810 for details
    International Trophy: Pinot Noir under £15
    http://www.decanter.com/dwwa/wine/4620/Falernia-Pinot+Noir+Reserva-2013

    A gorgeous summer berry nose with hints of raspberry confit and wild herbs. The palate is juicy and refreshing, oozing crushed bramble fruits – classic and expressive. With an engaging personality, great concentration and an appealing roundness, this is a fabulous wine for the price.”
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  • IWC 2014 Awards are out

    The International Wine Challenge 2014 results have been released this week and here at GWW we're celebrating because we actually have more than last year. Below is a selection of wines that have taken home the Gold and Silver medals.

    GOLD WINNERS

    Unanime, La Mascota Estate 2009
    Argentina
    "Young brooding style, currently oaky, but also a wealth of berry and blackcurrant fruit, with a savoury tinge. Give it time to come out of its exuberant youth."

    Camel Valley, Cornwall Rose Brut 2012
    England
    "Really individual English style in the best possible way. Characteristic aromas of hedgerows and apple orchards, leading to a focussed, well balanced palate and a pure, refreshing finish. Mouth-watering."

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  • Peter Richards MW - Top Ten Chilean Wines

    Leyda Syrah Reserva, Leyda Valley 2011

    £9.95

    A great write up from Peter Richards MW for my wine of the week.

    "What I love most about this wine is the way it combines amazing freshness with complexity. Notes of roasted meat, dark fruit, black pepper lead into a dense yet refreshing flavour profile that is savoury, elegantly textured and wonderfully persistent. My high mark also rewards this wine’s exceptional consistency and value for money."

    5/5 Peter Richards MW

    Top Ten Chilean Wines

  • More good write ups from this weekends press

    The Observer - David Williams
    Heartland Stickleback Red, South Australia, 2009
    Sumptuous but not overbearing red-fruited blend

     

    The Guardian - Fiona Beckett
    Yealands Estate PGR 2013 
    Zippy freshness; exotic character

     

    Mail on Sunday - Olly Smith
    Peller Ice Wine Cuvee Sparkling NV, Canada
    Fruity, frothy, golden and glorious

  • The Observer - Fine-wine makers going mainstream

    Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône, France 2012 (£11.50, Great Western WineAnother producer with a talent for making great wines at different prices is the never-less-than-superb Domaine de la Janasse. The brother and sister act of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon make some of my favourite Châteauneuf du Pape and have a knack for gorgeous wines for mere financial mortals. You could try the red blend and white (viognier), Vin de Pays de la Principauté d'Orange. But my pick is their red Côtes du Rhône, with its meat, herbs and sweet spice.

    To see the full article click here

  • Decanter Panel Tasting - Fino Manzanilla

    OUTSTANDING

    5 Stars - 95 points

    Fino, Bella Luna, Jerez, Sanchez Romate NV

    Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: Wonderfully restrained and classic, with a nutty, long finish.

    Sarah Jane Evans MW: Savoury, earthy, bready aromas. Brisk, bright, pungent wine which develops into a full body. A classic Fino with the refined balance of yeast, dryness, spiciness. Very long

  • Fino – Sherry is hip again

    10 years ago, no one would have believed this blog title. Sherry fashionable?  Until a few years ago, the word Sherry was associated with fusty old grannies, bringing out a bottle of something dark, dusty and sweet from their drinks cupboard, pouring a tiny measure, and then putting the bottle back for another year.

    Today, Sherry, especially Fino, is the darling of hip bartenders, Tapas bars and wine lovers at the cutting edge of wine fashion. Sales of Fino are rocketing, with double digit growth, whilst overall wine sales are showing far slower growth. So how has this pariah of the drinks world risen like a phoenix from the ubiquitous ashes? And why have we fallen in love with Sherry all over again?

    The Sherry revival has, without any shadow of a doubt, been led by Fino, the pale-coloured, bone dry wine that is seen in every bar and every restaurant and on every table in Andalusia, and throughout Spain. Fino is fresh; Fino is crisp and refreshing; Fino is about as fine a food wine as can be found.

    If you’re reading this and haven’t fallen in love with Fino yet, give it a go.  Great Western Wine have the fabulous Bella Luna Fino, by Bodegas Sanchez, which recently got a rave review in Decanter magazine, with a big ‘outstanding’ thumbs up. It’s from a Sherry producer that’s been around since 1781, but this is bang up to date, in a screw-capped half bottle, with its stylish, monochrome label. Pale, tangy, crisp, and mouth-wateringly dry, it has an almost salty, refreshing edge, with bold, lively nutty flavours – it certainly doesn’t compromise on flavours and is deliciously fresh.

    By Angela Mount

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