Tag Archives: Crossroads

  • The Team's Tasting Selections

    It's that time of the week again when the team at Great Western Wine make a selection of delectable fine wines from around the world for you to taste for free.

    Come on by the Bath shop to sample these beauties from our New Zealand promotion >


    Yealands Estate, Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Region: Marlborough

    was £15.95 | now £14.50

    Sample price: FREE

     

    Carrick Chardonnay Central Otago 2015

    Region: Central Otago

    was £16.95 | now £14.95

    Sample price: FREE

    Yealands Estate, Winemaker's Reserve 'Gibbston Valley' Pinot Noir 2014

    Region: Central Otago

    was £18.50 | now £16.00

    Sample price: FREE

     

    Man O' War Gravestone Sauvignon Semillon 2013

    Region: Waiheke Island

    was £19.50 | now £17.50

    Sample price: FREE

    Peregrine Wines, Pinot Gris 2015

    Region: Central Otago

    was £19.50 | now £17.50

    Sample price: FREE

     

    Winemakers Collection Syrah, Crossroads Winery 2014

    Region: Hawke's Bay

    was £19.95 | now £17.95

    Sample price: FREE

    Carrick, Estate Pinot Noir, Central Otago 2013

    Region: Central Otago

    was £27.50 | now £24.50

    Sample price: FREE

     

    Man O' War Dreadnought Syrah 2013

    Region: Waiheke Island

    was £31.50 | now £27.50

    Sample price: FREE

  • Wines In The Press

    Wines In The Press

    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

  • New Zealand - Off the Beaten Track

    We have a new addition to the New Zealand wine list at GWW – and a very welcome one it is too. Crossroads are producers based in the ‘up-and-coming’ region of Hawke’s Bay, one of those areas that has been making great quality reds and whites for decades, but has been hidden in the imposing shadows of Marlborough, and the world’s love affair with Sauvignon Blanc.

    That relationship doesn’t look like it’s about to break up anytime soon - but all that attention has started to benefit one of the unsung heroes of New Zealand - Hawke’s Bay.

    Crossroads’ winemaker Miles Dineen (above) was interviewed in The Drinks Business magazine a few weeks ago, explaining how consumers and investors are starting to stray from Marlborough’s beaten track to discover the treasures of this diverse wine region.

    “We’re kind of like where Marlborough was 15 years ago before Sauvignon Blanc took off,” says Miles, but renewed investment from some of the larger producers has meant that consumer awareness has started to grow, and Miles admits that “it’s a pretty exciting time for Hawke’s Bay.”

    The concentration on Marlborough, and its now classic style of Sauvignon Blanc, has meant that most suitable vineyard space has already been planted in that region. In contrast, Hawke’s Bay is still being discovered, with plantings of grapes suitable to this particular environment the major focus.

    A new style of Sauvignon

    Although Sauvignon Blanc is planted here, it produces a slightly different style of wine to the austere, herbal and gooseberry wines of Marlborough. Here the Sauvignon is “a little more tropical without the herbal thing. It’s not as overtly punchy as Marlborough”, says Miles.

    The development of the area is complementary to, rather than an expansion of the success of Marlborough. Quite rightly, investors like Yealands are not seeking a carbon copy of their existing portfolio, but rather giving wine lovers an even more colourful palette to choose from. At the heart of this expansion is the appreciation of Hawkes Bay’s distinctive landscape, soils and climate.

    Syrah - "the X-factor"

    “On the coast it’s cool, then in the middle of the plains where Gimblett Gravels are you have Cabernet, Syrah and great Bordeaux blends, then you head up the valleys to cooler, aromatic white territory,” explains Miles.

    It’s this diversity of style that has got consumers and winemakers excited. New Zealand has so far concentrated on aromatic varieties like Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc or lighter bodied reds like Pinot Noir. Now the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes over the last few decades in Hawke’s Bay can be fully realised.

     

    In terms of grapes varieties, the choice is simple and classic – much like the already established benchmark wines of Marlborough (Sauvignon Blanc) and Central Otago (Pinot Noir).

    Chardonnay's back!

    According to Miles, “most winemakers’ main white is Chardonnay, then they have Bordeaux blends and Syrah. For red wine it’s probably going to be Merlot-based blends, but Syrah is coming through too – it’s the darling of Hawke’s Bay that’s got the most press. Merlot is much bigger in volume terms, but perhaps Syrah has the X-factor.”

    These are grapes that most wine lovers are already familiar with - a head start when introducing a new region. But what makes them stand apart is the freshness and sheer vibrancy we’ve come to expect, and appreciate, from New Zealand wines.

    Check out our selection of Crossroads wines right here

    By Chris Penwarden

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