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New wines

Its March 2019, Brexit is almost over ( please let it be over soon) and its time people started to drink some nice wine again! The drab, grey days of January and February are over, so is that phenomenon of Dry January (and now February or so it seems in SW17) so let’s celebrate the end of over 2 years of chaos and start to drink some fine wines again shall we! Remember ‘ Drink less and Drink better.”

So in order to lure you back into the whirly wine shop let me inform you about a few new wines imported from Whirly wines in the last few months.

Bonfanti, Valpollichella, Piedmont

From this wonderful little vineyard some really special wines. Amarone! Wow, what does this name conjure up in your mind! Big juicy, sometimes too big wines made from sun-dried grapes? Right? Bonfanti make presitgous wines of great quality and finesse. We have prestigous ” Valpolichella Amarone Gran Lombarda 2015″ DOCG, which needs 24 hours decanting time but its worth the wait. Also their ” Ripasso” Superiore 2016 and lastly their, ” Veneto Rosso Venitica Rosso Verona IGT, which is made from the same grapes as the Amarone ( Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella) but withouu the drying time. This wine is big but silky smooth and represents great value at £17.95 a bottle.

Manzone, Monforte D’Alba, Piedmont ( TBC)

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Wine of the Month, March 2019: Velenosi, Pecorino “DOCG”, 2017 ” Villa Angelina”

The wine of the month for March is the lovely new Pecorino from Velenosi in Marche. Imported just before Christmas it emphasises the joy of tasting and enjoying new verietals and not just drinking the commercial grapes like Chardonnay and Chardonnay and to enjoy drinking unusual grapes.

This grape is one of those fashionable grapes that is enjoying a spotlight in the wine world. This wine from Velenosi represents the peak of their production for the wine, hand picked and carefully selected grapes from their best vines.

The wine combines savoury notes, some herbaceous with some peachy stone fruit too, its an odd but beautiful combination. This wine is so worth Whirling in a big beautiful Riedel glass.

Price: £24.00

Alc vol: 13.5%

Order online by clicking on the link online shop at the top of the page!

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Christmas Cases now available to buy! Online and in the shop

Whirly wine festive cases 2018!

Mr Whirly’s Christmas cases, chosen to match classic Christmas fare for you this Christmas. Including new wines imported this November from Manzone in Piedmont, Bonfanti in Lombardy

All three Christmas mixed  cases  can be purchased online, simply go onto my website, click onto the online shop link at the top of the menu and scroll down to the bottom to find the 3 Christmas offerings.

Mr Whirly’s Christmas “ Budget” Half dozen case)

Prosecco, Giol, NV “ Organic” : a Frizzante Prosecco. Its important to have something sparkling on Christmas day and this wine fits the bill. Well made and classy, light and creamy.

Lillypilly Sauvignon Blanc 2015: Old aged SB from Leeton, NSW, Australia. Savoury notes beginning to show through yet still a wine with verve and energy.

Villa Aganoor, Pinot Grigio 2016, Verona, Italy: Really exciting PG! Yes I mean it, pear and apple and good acidity and depth

Azienda Marzuco, Vermentino 2016, Castelvetrano, Sicily: The grape is from Sardinia

but this is made in Sicily. Linear clean white wine with some mediterranean salt on the palate with ripe melon. Great with shellfish, fish or even Turkey.

Velenosi, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, 2017, Ascoli Piceno, Marche: New wine just arrived from Marche November 2018.

Malaville, Charmille, Vin de pay de L’Herault, 2015: fabulous new wine just in from the Languedoc. Seriously one of my favourite wines imported in the last 10 years. Soft tannins and very elegant, great combination of Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet.

Price: £68 .00

Mr Whirly’s Christmas “ Half dozen”

Moscato D’Asti 2016, DOCG, light delicate sparkling wine from Piedmont ( alba). its sightly sweet but in the most delicious way and very much worth trying out. Only 5% alc vol too, so perfect for an indulgent morning on Christmas day as you start to prepare the lunch! Elderflower on the nose and palate. Pure joy.

Manzone, Rossese Bianco, 2016, Monforte D’Alba, Barolo, Piedmont: Rare grape, sadly most of it ripped up over the last 30 years due to the rise in price and fortune of the Nebbiolo grape. 12 Months on oak. Serious white that rates highly on Mr whirls radar in terms of top end white wines that can hold the oak and deliver a wine that is improved by this process.

“ Organic’ Gruner Veltliner, 2017, Mehofer, Wagram. Top wine just imported in November 2018. Gruner is Green. Not a green wine but close, young and vibrant, the perfect Christmas morning wine whilst preparing the lunch. 11.0 % alc vol. Apples and pears with a hint of spice. A pure Organic delight.

Stefano Lubiana, Merlot 2008, Granton, Tasmania: Aged, 10 years now, and for 7 of these in Mr Whirly’s cellar. Good provenance. Decant and enjoy on Christmas day with your beef, if that’s what you are having. Rich ripe plums, tobacco and a hint of field mushroom and forest floor.

Dolcetto D’Alba, 2016, Manzone, Monforte D’Alba, ( Barolo), Piedmont, Italy: Dolcetto takes a back step to Nebbiolo, rather like the Rossese Bianco, its also been closed to extinction due to fashion. It will have its time again though, so lets Hail this wine and grape and enjoy. Soft notes, well expressed and elegant. Will work well with goose, duck on the day.

Venetica, Bonfanti, 2016, Lombardy, Italy: New in, 1st December 2018. One of the best northern italian wines I have tasted, a deliciously soft blend of red grapes like Rondinello and Corvione, the same grapes as used in Amarone. Great wine with beef if thats what you are eating over Christmas. Big and juicy yet pure and velvety.

Price: £119.00

Mr Whirly’s Christmas “Dozen”

“Nutty 2014”, English Sparkling, Nutbourne Vineyards, West Sussex: top Sparkling from vineyard next door to Nyetimber: smaller and less commercial than them and not as pricey. Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Classic Champagne grapes. Dry, crisp ad clean. Small bubbles, A delight on christmas day morning!

“ Organic’ Gruner Veltliner, 2017, Mehofer, Wagram. Top wine just imported in November 2018. Gruner is Green. Not a green wine but close, young and vibrant, the perfect Christmas morning wine whilst preparing the lunch. 11.0 % alc vol. Apples and pears with a hint of spice. A pure Organic delight.

Manzone, Rossese Bianco, 2016, Monforte D’Alba, Barolo, Piedmont: Rare grape, sadly most of it ripped up over the last 30 years due to the rise in price and fortune of the Nebbiolo grape. 12 Months on oak. Serious white that rates highly on Mr whirls radar in terms of top end white wines that can hold the oak and deliver a wine that is improved by this process.

Mehofer,  “ Organic” Roter Veltliner 2017, Mehofer,Wagram, Austria: Roter means red, Gruner is green. Richer and creamier than the gruner, lovely with a soft goats cheese or white cheese like Camembert, Brie etc.

Stefano Lubiana, Riesling 2011, Granton, Tasmania: limey fresh with hints of Petrol on the nose too. A Classic Riesling from down under, old and exciting and yet bursting with energy. Dry of course.

Graziano Chenin Blanc 2011, Mendocino, California: top end Chenin, not from the

Loure, its home but from cool climate Mendocino in Northern California. Vanilla and cream

bounce out of the glass. This wine is drinking beautifully for a 7 year old wine from California

and shows that wines of this age can be made to last and develop in the bottle over this sort of

Ripasso, Bonfanti, 2012: oh yes now we are talking. Second cousin to Amarone but in now way overshadowed. “ Ripasso” means ) “ passed through again”. This wine goes through a second fermentation using the dried skins from the Amarone winemaking. Big yet slick and fun! Beef and Yorkshire. Decant all day!

Stefano Lubiana, Merlot 2008, Granton, Tasmania: Aged, 10 years now, and for 7 of these in Mr Whirly’s cellar. Good provenance. Decant and enjoy on Christmas day with your beef, if that’s what you are having. Rich ripe plums, tobacco and a hint of field mushroom and forest floor.

Dolcetto D’Alba,  “ Le Ciliegie” Manzone, 2016, Monforte D’Alba: Dolcetto has taken a back seat to Nebbiolo which is a shame since this grape really should have more of a presence in Piedmont. Softer than Nebbiolo but with these guys at Manzone you get great quality. Soft, plums and berries, light and delicate.

Lillypilly Noble Blend 2006: Lillypilly Noble Blend 2006: Noble rot, blend of Semillon, Gewurtz, pineapple with orange blossom. Perfect  Aussie sticky with a steamed ginger pudding or something similar.  From Leeton NSW, near Griffith, the best “ Botrytis” region of Oz.

Velenosi, Visciole, NV, Marche, Italy: Old traditional way of making pudding wines in

Marche, italy. They pick cherries in late Spring and make a syrup from the grapes then add

grape juice from La Crima and Rosso Piceno grapes in September. Great freshness and acidity,

you can really taste the red cherries. Perfect with Black forest Gateau ( the wine matches perfectly

with chocolate)

 

Book Online or call me on 07821 968111

Email: simon@whirlywine.co.uk

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Wine of the week, ” Organic Domaine de Malavielle, Charmille”, Languedoc: 22-29th November, Sale price on the 23rd November only, Black friday

Sale price, Black Friday Friday 23rd November £12.50

New wine, just imported this week from Saint Saturnin in the Northern part of the Languedoc near Cevennes. It’s a blend of mainly Merlot ( oaked in old French barrels) with a little Portan ( 30 %) 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah. Soft berry fruits, blackberry, sloes and elderberry with some cherries too and even a hint of summer flowers. A pure delight. fab wines for £13.95, sale price on Black Friday £12.50

750ml 13.5% alc vol

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“Black friday Sale!” New Organic and Bio Dynamic wines from Velenosi and Marche on sale tomorrow only!

I don’t normally get involved with ” SALES” its not my thing! But as this is possibly the last time I an do this then why not!

This fabulous wine below is just one example of one of the new wines that will be substantially discounted tomorrow, Black Friday 23rd November!

Sale price, Black Friday Friday 23rd November £12.50

New wine, just imported this week from Saint Saturnin in the Northern part of the Languedoc near Cevnnes. it’s a blend of mainly Merlot ( oaked in old French barrels) with a little Portan ( 30 %) 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah. Soft berry fruits, blackberry, sloes and elderberry with some cherries too and even a hint of summer flowers. A pure delight. fab wines for £13.95, sale price on Black Friday £12.50

750ml 13.5% alc vol

 

 

 

 

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New ” Organic and Bio Dynamic” wines arrive from Velenosi in Marche and Mehofer in Austria on the 5th November!

New wines!

The following wines have just arrived into the UK, 8th November 2018…..

These wines can all be bought online, so click on the link ” buy online” at the top of the site you can then put together a mixed case of these wonderful wines from there.

Mehofer, Wagram, Austria (Organic vineyard for over 30 years)

Gruner Veltliner 2017: £15.95

Roter Veltliner 2017: £18.25

Riesling 2017: £18.25

Zweigelt and Cabernet 2015: £19.50

Velenosi, Marche

Pecorino. DOCG 2017 : £21.00

Rosso Piceno DOC 2017: £15.50

Rosso Piceno DOC “ Bio and Organic” 2017: £18.95

Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2017; £14.50

La Crima de Morro D’Alba 2017: £16.95

Roggio Filare DOC 2013: £45.00

Visciole 2017: £22.50

Azienda Agricola Terrebianca

Moscato D’Asti 2016 DOCG: £16.50

Domaine de Melavielle, St Saturnin, Coteaux de Languedoc

“Charmille” “Organic and Bio Dynamic” 2016, (Syrah, Cab franc, Merlot and Portan blend): £12.85

If you would like to taste some of these wines please call simon on 07821 968111 or email me at simon@whirlywine.co.uk and lets arrange a tasting soon…

 

 

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Moscato D’Asti,2016 “Azienda Agricola Terrebianca”, DOCG

The wine of the month is changing! We have some many exciting wines to tell you about that we are going to have a wine of the week for the next 8 weeks! So the first wine to concentrate on is this delightful soft and elegant Moscato D’Asti from Asti in Piedmont, Northern Italy. Its so delicate, its almost like an elderflower sparkling wine with a little alcohol: it smells of elderflower and fresh apple, its only 5% alc vol and its simply beautiful. Its a little sweeter than most sparkling wines but don’t let that put you off since its very classy. Its simply divine!

Pop into the whirly wine shop or order online, click on the Buy online link at the top of the menu and order from there.

Price: £16.50

Alc vol; 5% 750ml

 

 

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Autumn and Festive season wine tastings: Organic wines from the Wagram in Austria and Piedmont and Marche in Italy

Why not plan you own personalised wine tasting this Autumn and into the Festive season and utilise the expertise and individuality of your local wine shop and importer?

Organise your own wine tasting event at your local wine shop that imports all their own wines from the smaller producer.

Easy to organise:  Book online, get a group of 8-16 together for your party or event for this Autumn and Christmas. Fun and informative tastings ( not too serious don’t worry!)

What’s tasting good?

  • Autumnal wines, soft Austiran and Marche reds
  • Kick off with a lovely Nutty Sparkling from Nutbourne ( next door to Nyetimber) and then a couple of Whites from Nutbourne ( Bacchus and Chardonnay). Finish with a soft alluring ” Organic Zweigelt” from Austria and a big Syrah from Mount Barker, W. Australia. In December the focus will be on festive wines for Christmas.
  • 4-5 wines per tasting, 75ml measure and snacks for only £25.00

 

How to book?

email simon@whirlywine.co.uk then book online on the website

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July 2018: Rose, Chateau Molhiere 2017, Cote de Duras.

Its rose time lets face it! The heatwave and the football have taken over the UK.

So enjoy a glass of Molhiere Rose from Cote de Duras, made by the Blancheton brothers. Its simply ticks all the boxes. First of all its from a very small vineyard, massively important to the quality of the wine, therefore the wine is made with lots of  love and attention. Its pale pink in colour, its not sweet but dry ( clearly vital), it is a little fruity but not too so, raspberry and strawberry but not yet ripe and you know what its not expensive  at £10.95. So pop into the whirly wine shop soon, fill up your bottle from the barrel for only  £8.70 too!

 

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Whirly wine ” Online shop” launched! New ” Organic Pinot Noir from “Ricardelle de Lautrec” just arrived; Rose and sauvignon Blanc from Chateau Molhiere from ” The Barrel” from 5th June 2018

You might have already noticed but we have just launched  the Whirly wine “ Online shop” in the last week, The aim is to have twenty wines on there that I can get to you quickly and easily ( therefore have good stock of the wines here in the shop). At the moment there is a small selection of good wines on there including the ” Organic Pinot Noir” from Ricardelle de Lautrec in the Languedoc, 2015, full of Raspberry and Strawberry summer fruits, light and subtle and great chilled too. £ 15.50 per bottle ( picture below). Also next week I will add the Rose from Chateau Molhiere that has just arrived into the UK, by the bottle as well as from the barrel, so as of the 5th June you can pop in and fill up your bottle with french country rose from Cote de Duras for only £8.70 a bottle as well as their Sauvignon Blanc 2017 too. So Whirly wines can offer you 5 wines from the barrel next week!

Please do check out the online shop and if you would like to order something let me know? Delivery is free to local postcodes and will be priced at £4.95 for other postcodes with free delivery for orders over £100.