A mixed case of Christmas Wine Alternatives.
1 x Liberator Episode 30: Come Quickly I'm Drinking the Stars MCC 2014 (Sparkling) (South Africa) £28.50: A 60:40 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both barrel fermented, and aged an amazing 66 months on the lees. Disgorged in June 2020, with a pretty low 8g dosage, this is rich, dry and full of weighty brioche flavours.
2 x Lapilli Greco di Tufo (Italy) £16.50: Stunning! Notes of stone fruits (peach and apricot), but there's a delicious complexity that comes with hints of pear, almond, sage and a twist of minerality. Cleansing acidity keeps the wine refreshing and more-ish.
2 x Flametree Chardonnay (Australia) £22.50: Lovely, perfectly judged hit of oak upfront on the nose, with creamy, honeyed fruit aromas. Mouth-filling and with lush fruits balanced by a citrus freshness and creamy oak. A textured yet fine palate adds to the interest. Terribly well balanced. Excellent.
1 x Garzon Albarino Reserve (Uruguay) £21.00: Intense peach and citrus, freshness and minerality, with just a touch of salinity. Ably supported by a remarkable acidity which frames the juicy fruit on the crisp finish. Excellent weight and length.
2 x Hanewald-Schwerdt Spatburgunder (Germany) £16.50: An inviting nose of cranberry and blueberries. A smooth and creamy mouthfeel with focussed red fruits tinged with hints of vanilla. Delicious; a super example of cool climate German Pinot Noir.
2 x Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (USA) £15.95: Grilled plum and cedar are complimented by round tannins to finish this balanced wine. 16 months in a combination of oak and stainless steel adds spice, while retaining the freshness of the fruit grown within an hours drive of San Francisco.
1 x Pulenta Estate Malbec (Argentina) £23.50: Deep and intense, with a captivating bouquet of smoke, exotic spices, floral notes, raspberry drops and black cherry. A stunning, well structured and supremely Mendoza malbec.
1 x Zuccardi Malamado Fortified Malbec (Fortified, Sweet) (Argentina) £19.50: Balanced and harmonious with dark chocolate and berry Malbec characteristics integrating beautifully with notes of dried fig and cinnamon. Try as an alternative to Port. Dangerously drinkable.....