WINE COMPENDIUM

WINE

DOPFF AU MOULIN, CREMANT D’ALSACE

The Dopff family have been winegrowers since 1574 and still manage the 70 hectare estate near the charming medieval town of Riquewihr. A dry and elegant Cremant showing hints of quince and white flowers, fine bubbles with good length and weight. Grape varieties are 50% Auxerrois and 50% Pinot Blanc. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle using the traditional Champagne method and the wine is ages for 18 months in the bottle on its lees. (Vegetarian Theme – February 2018)

WALNUT BLOCK COLLECTABLES SAUVIGNON BLANC, MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND.

Located in Marlborough’s premium Rapaura sub region. A vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with lovely melded aromatic notes of stone fruits over a herbaceous background. The smooth, textured palate is concentrated with exotic fruits and citrus flavours. Well integrated natural acidity leaves a pure and lengthy finish. (Vegetarian Theme – February 2018)

MEINKLANG GRUNER VELTLINER, AUSTRIA

The inspiring Mitchlits family own and run this model biodynamic 2000 hectare estate in the Burgenland region of Austria. Angela looks after the winemaking, her husband Werner is operations manager  and Werner’s younger brother is responsible for the herd of Angus steers that roam across the estate, provide natural fertiliser to the 55 hectares of vineyards and are represented in the bottle label.

In the cellar only indigenous yeasts are used, there is no fining or filtration and sulphur levels are kept very low. Movement of wine is by gravity. Fermentation is conducted in stainless steel, large used oak or concrete eggs.

The Gruner Veltiner shows lively citrus notes with fresh green apples and white pepper on the finish. Fresh with a stony minerality. (Vegetarian Theme – February 2018)

FEDELE NERO D’AVOLA, SICILY

Sicily’s number one grape variety Nero d’Avola is indigenous to the island. This shows a wonderful structure, yet has soft tannins and is very approachable. Packed with red berry fruit flavours and works well with red meat and tomato based pasta. (Vegetarian Theme – February 2018)

RESERVE DE FLEUR, RHONE, FRANCE

Located 20 km west of Avignon in the Rhone valley. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Carignan which are mainly sustainably farmed. Each grape is vinified separately before blending and aged in stainless steel. No oak is used in order to preserve the freshness and the lovely mouthfeel that gives rich dark fruit and black pepper notes. (Vegetarian Theme – February 2018)