This Spring we are showcasing many of the new additions to our range. We have new wines from the Cotes du Roussillon, Germany, Mallorca and sparkling from Sussex! Running over 5 weeks, we will be tasting these wines each and every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. See below for our full Spring tasting schedule.
Drop in any time, our weekend tastings are completely free and completely enjoyable!
CAN XANET, Mallorca, Spain
Open to taste Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of March.
Winemaker José Gonzalez’s dream was to make his own wines in Mallorca: less Mediterranean in character, more elegant and easier to drink. For many years he has had to combine this with running a hotel – but the dream has been realised with his compact, personal vineyard – 2 ha at the foot of the Tramuntana mountain range and a small winery in Pollensa.
DOMAINE PADIÉ, Roussillon, France
Open to taste Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of March.
Born in Burgundy, Jean-Philippe Padié moved back to his grandparent’s home in the Southwest in 2001. There he started this 15ha biodynamic domaine producing 30,000 bottles based in the middle of the rosemary and thyme garrigues of Calce in Roussillon. 7 varieties are planted within 30 parcels of vines, he works with complete respect for the soil, his biodynamic principals releasing life to the vines. His ability to bring the life of the vineyards into the glass is what attracted us to this domaine. In the winery he works with no additives or sulphur, the use of large format oak and clay funnel the vivacity of the soils. These wines move away from tradition for this region. The freshness and precision carried by insane minerality are something very special.
ALBOURNE ESTATE, Surrey, England
Open to taste Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of March.
Wines open to taste : Estate Selection 2018. Multi Vintage Sparkling.
Switching from a career in Marketing, Alison Nightingale undertook a degree in Viticulture & Oenology before establishing the 30 acre Albourne Estate vineyard and winery in 2010. Very much hands on, Alison lives on the vineyard with her family, managing every aspect of production from vine to wine. At the forefront of the rapid growth in popularity of English wine, this boutique vineyard produces top quality single estate still and sparkling wines and has established a strong and growing reputation.
CLOS DEL REY, Cotes du Roussillon, France
Open to taste Friday 28th, Saturday 29th of February, and Sunday 1st of March.
Winemaker Julien Montagne was born in Maury shortly before the 1981 harvest to a family of winegrowers who have lived there for generations. After a degree in Oenology from Montpelier University, experience in vineyards in Bordeaux, Languedoc, Australia and the Rhône Valley, Julien re- turned to the family estate in Maury. He continues to develop the vineyards which are situated on amazing, complex soils of shale, limestone, marls and granite.
MATERNE & SCHMITT, Mosel, Germany
Open to taste Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of March.
There’s no history of generations of a family harvesting from the 40 different sites from these steep slopes on 4.5ha, rather two pas- sionate and driven graduates of oenology looking to restore the forgotten vines of the Mosel Terassen to their former glory. Rebecca and Janina have been working as a team since 2014 striving to resurrect vines bound to a fate of neglect thanks to the difficulties associated with farming these extreme slopes and maintaining the walls that bind the levels. Plucky, ambitious girls and their equally enthusiastic husbands working the vineyards unwanted by the next generation. One of their vineyards took two years to come to production thanks to a prickly fight with the jungle of brambles that had filled any space between the vines. The wines are ferment- ed to dryness with low sulphur used in order to maintain vineyard expression. It is the pair’s complete investment in this area, their understanding of the soils and their expertise in the winery that brought us to their door and this exciting range of wines.