The Seasonal 'New 6' Case

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'The New 6' is a collection of wines representing 'the new world'. Each wine a standard-bearer for its country, its style and its origin.

As ever, you can rest assured that special care and consideration has been given to food-pairing suitability, whilst offering a range of wines selected for their depth and diversity, but above-all, their quality and integrity.

- Casa Boher Extra Brut, NV, Rosell Boher, Mendoza, Argentina -

Decades of tradition and expertise lie at the heart of Cavas Rosell Boher wines. Produced in the Traditional Method, a second fermentation in bottle is followed by a minimum of 18 months' lees ageing. This Extra Brut is pale salmon-pink in colour with persistent, fine bubbles leading to a lingering foam. A lively, fresh and complex nose of Pinot-influenced wild raspberries, citrus fruits, peach, apple and cocount, combine with aromas of shortbread. The Palate is full-bodied with a refreshing acidity, remarkable energy and a long finish, exhibiting flavours of tropical (grapefruit and pineapple) fruits and delicate bread notes. Perfect for pre-dinner nibbles...

- Chenin Blanc 'The Lark', 2017, Olifantsberg, Western Cape, South Africa -

"Authentic wines with a true sense of place, through sustainable farming and winemaking practices" are the aims of the Olifantsberg winery. Managing natural resources through conservation adds to the singularity and expression of its wines and rarely is it better demonstrated than with this 100% Chenin - so-named for the Red Capped Lark found on the Olifantsberg farm.

Grapes were whole-bunch pressed to ensure elegant extraction, followed by fermentation in a combination of 500 litre French and Hungarian (Slovanian) barrels and 2000 litre French oak foudres. Ten months' lees ageing has contributed to the richness and texture. 'The Lark' presents a clean-cut freshness with good balance: stone fruit, honeyed citrus, and pineapple notes sit alongside a fleshy, textured palate. The finish is long yet elegant and refined - pairing perfectly with Asian-spiced dishes.

- Chardonnay 'Atamisque', 2015, Bodegas Atamisque, Mendoza, Argentina

This 'flagship' Chardonnay is crafted in a style akin to Burgundy's finest, displaying generosity and charm. Undoubtedly classic, aromas of ripe stone fruits mingle with banana, honey and vanilla pod, influenced by the well-integrated new French oak. The finish is very long and sophisticated, rewarding an indulgent yet perfectly balanced palate. Truly luxurious!

- Pinot Noir, 2019, Rockburn, Central Otago, New Zealand -

Taking its name from the rugged, rock-strewn landscape of Central Otago, sharing a climate similar to Burgundy, Rockburn is producing Pinot Noir of stunning quality. After cool maceration and relatively short fermentation, the wine was barrel-aged for 10 months in French oak, of which 35% was new, 18% first, and 47% second use. A deeply fruited palate of vibrant red and black cherries layered with notes of rich mocha, follow an expressive nose. Supple, silky tannins lead to a long finish that showcases classic Rockburn elegance, integrity and balance.

- Zinfandel 'Heritage Vines', 2017, Dry Creek Vineyard, Sonoma, USA

Founder David Stare is a Loire Valley aficionado. His Dry Creek Vineyard has succeeded brilliantly with plantings of Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc, but has also built a reputation for terroir-driven old vine Zinfandel. 'Wine Enthusiast' suggested "when Dry Creek gets it right, few wineries anywhere can beat their Zins...". This example is abundantly fresh, showing aromas of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries, with warm sweet spices. The body is medium, demonstrating a leaner character, but still with a resplendent, smooth mouthfeel and a finish that demands another sip. Pairs perfectly with slow-cooked Beef Short Rib.

- Torrontes 'Late Harvest', 2016, Susana Balbo, Uco Valley, Argentina -

For the production of this desert wine, Torrontes grapes - for which Susana Balbo is rightly crowned 'The Queen of...' - are left on the vines after harvest, to raisin. A gentle press and long fermentation follow, before partial - 20% - maturation in new French oak. Whilst retaining all of the exotic charm expected of Torrontes, this rare and exciting desert wine takes on a whole new spectrum of complex flavours and aromas; sugared rose petals, candied citrus fruits and mandarin preserve, to name just a few. A thouroughly intriguing and delightful, naturally sweet wine, bottled in 50cl, and possibly the new best friend of the cheese board...


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