What's been said about our wines...
We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t!
That said, it is always nice when someone else recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it…
Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!
Giornata Barbera, 2018: Elegant inviting nose of blackberry, dark cherry, and hints of liquorice. Velvety texture packed with juicy dark fruits and berries as well as a hint of spiciness. Elegant finish. 91 Points. (Decanter Panel Tasting: Californian Reds Under £30 Jan 2021)
Henners Brut, NV: “Perhaps the finest vineyard microclimate in the country” is how Boutinot describes its Henners estate over the East Sussex coast. It’s a gentle slope facing the shore on which William the Conqueror landed in 1066, and this time England takes the battle to the French with a refined, elegant and super-confident sparkler that a Champenois grower would be proud of. The Wine Merchant Magazine (Jan 2021)
Barolo Bussia, Dardi Le Rose (Poderi Colla) 2016: A historic Piemontese winemaking family, the Colla clan owns four estates in the Langhe. The great Beppe Colla acquired the Dardi le Rose property in Bussia in the early 1960s, recognising it as a superior Barolo site. Here, over 6ha of Nebbiolo are planted on the steep slope rich in calcareous marls.
The 2016 is restrained, taut and slightly austere at the moment but exceptionally enduring and not lacking in grace. With a sinewy palate and firm, chalky tannins, there is ample fragrance and flavour to back this up. Raspberry, strawberry, cinnamon and cedar lead to a tangy pomegranate and sour cherry finish. Traditionally crafted and clean, with heaps of soul and intrigue. 95 points, Michaela Morris, Decanter (2nd February 2021) *Also selected by Decanter as one of their ‘Best Value Barolo 2016 under £50‘
Tenuta Serranova Susumaniello 2018: Top notes of creamy strawberry combine with herbal, bitter olive notes. The soft, round, medium-to-full-bodied texture, together with strawberry purée and contrasting bitter herb flavours, make for a distinctive and characterful flavour profile. Tannins are round and soft and the acidity is fresh and lively. Something about the flavours makes me think of Italy’s deep south and hot, summer nights. It makes me want to try more wines from this variety. 90 points, Susan Hulme MW, Decanter (31st January 2021)
Bodegas Ontañón Rioja Crianza 2015: Aromas of bramble fruit with spice and lightly floral notes. On the palate, plum and blackberry flavours are given focus by lively acidity, courtesy of the Graciano, then minerality and notes of spice and forest floor. The combination of French and American oak lends complexity. 91 points, Simon Field MW – and included in Julie Sheppard’s article ’10 Great Rioja Crianza Wines to try’ (25th January 2021)
Domaine de la Combe Muscadet Sèvre & Maine Sur Lie 2019: In conversion to organic certification. 30-year-old vines on schist, gneiss and orthogneiss. Vinified without sulphites and spontaneous fermentation. Eight months on lees.
This has zing and trapeze-artist, high-wired energy. It tastes of beachcombing in winter, when the sea is grey and crashing surf on rocks and sand – it tastes of seaweed and bleached shells, salty wind and sheltered rock pools and the sweetness of mussels. It tastes of the iron of the sky. And then, in case you’re thinking this is a severe wine, it tastes of the exquisite sweetness of a ripe white peach eaten in season at just that perfect moment when the juice drips down your fingers and chin. There is an arrow shaft of purity in this wine. 16.5 points – Very Good Value, Tamlyn Currin, JancisRobinson.com (1st February 2021)
Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2018: A lightly jammy garnacha, offering plenty of fruit with some chocolate. It’s full-bodied with some firmness. Nicely layered with a lightly smoky undertone. 90 points, JamesSuckling.com (8th February 2021).
Borsao Cabriola 2016: A juicy, rather jammy red with cherry, dried strawberry, some raisin and ash. It’s full and flavourful. 91 points, JamesSuckling.com (8th February 2021).
Borsao Bole Garnacha 2017*: A fresh, finely textured red with berry, black cherry and some stone and chocolate. Medium-bodied and clean. Fun is a good word. 90 points, JamesSuckling.com (8th February 2021). *UK stock is currently 2016
Borsao Selección Garnacha Tinto 2019: Aromas of fruit, spice and walnut with some wet earth. Full-bodied, round and juicy with a nice finish. 91 points, JamesSuckling.com (8th February 2021)
Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2020: Very fresh and attractive sauvignon with big passion fruit and green mango, as well as peach and lime curd. The palate offers a succulent, juicy and tangy impression with a big hit of lime and passion fruit. Smooth texture and good acidity cut. 91 points, JamesSuckling.com (8th February 2021)
Montresor Soave Classico 2019: Aromas of honeydew melon and sweet herbs, almost like freshly cut grass, following through to a medium body, turning more lemony with the acidity. Fresh, citrusy finish with a hint of fresh almond. Very typical Soave here, from garganega grapes. 90 points, JamesSuckling.com (3rd February 2021)
Montresor Urban Park Appassimento 2018: Slightly raisiny fruit, together with hints of green tobacco, combining to give a fresh, plummy drive to the medium-full palate with fruit-coated tannins. Pulls up a little short, but very nice along the way. 90 points, JamesSuckling.com (3rd February 2021)
Clos du Val Carneros Estate Chardonnay 2018: Attractive aromas of white peach, vanilla cream, caramelised apple and brioche. Some smoke and flint. It’s full-bodied and creamy with crisp acidity. Solid palate. Solid structure. 93 points, JamesSuckling.com (27th January 2021)
Clos du Val Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017: Aromas of black cherry, nutmeg, liquorice and walnut. It’s full-bodied with firm, fine-grained tannins. Tight layers of dark fruit and dried spice. Give this another year. Try from 2021. 92 points, JamesSuckling.com (27th January 2021)
Clos du Val Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: Lots of dried blackcurrant, dark chocolate and walnut on the nose. It’s medium-to full-bodied with firm, fine tannins. Flavourful finish. Try from 2022. 92 points, JamesSuckling.com (27th January 2021)