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Wine tasting, Thursday 2nd March: “The Aussies are back in town”: Showcasing Top producers wines from Tasmania, McLaren vale and The Great Southern

Just before Christmas I imported some delights from Tasmania, McLaren Vale and The Great Southern in Western Australia. Stefano Lubiana makes some of the most sublime wines down under, let alone Tasmania, “The Apple Isle”. His Primavera wines are a pure delight and that night we will kick off with the Chardonnay 2014 and follow it with the Pinot Noir 2014. To follow we will then taste two Shiraz’s one from ” 3 drops” in Mount Barker, way down south of Perth not far from Cape Leeuwin where the Southern ocean meets the Indian: followed by a Brick Kiln Shiraz from McLaren Vale south of Adelaide in South Australia where I picked grapes for a $ a bucket in March 2000! We these last two wines we shall have some theatre and  use the Ifawine air system to emphasise the importance of air before drinking bigger heavier reds.

7.0opm to 9.00pm: £30 for four 75ml measures plus snacks. Please book by emailing simon@whirlywine.co.uk. A minimum of 10 people and maximum of 20 for the event will apply. Payment must be taken before the event.

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‘Hallo-wine and Bonfire night Tasting’, Thursday 3rd November 2016

Hallo-Wine” and Bonfire night tasting!!! A tasting of wines that have that Smokey Autumn feel as well as a little Horror movie feel!

Thursday 3rd November

‘Amity” Gewürtztraminer 2008, “ Sunnyside Vineyard”, Willamette, Oregon

Willespie “ Margaret River” White, 2011, Western Australia

Mehofer “ Organic” Zweigelt-Cabernet 2013, Wagram, Austria

Kabminye “ Irma Adeline” 2003, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Riberach, “Anti-These” 2006, Riberach, Roussillon

7-9pm, 22 Ritherdon road, London, SW17 8QD

Please book in advance: simon@whirlywine.co.uk  0208 672 2572

£20 per head for five 75 ml tasting glasses plus snacks.

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“Whirly Wine Tasting”, Thursday 30th June 2016…

“Mr Whirly” is presently in Gascogne on a “Whirlwind” wine tour of South West France looking for exciting wines from the smaller producer that really do “punch above their weight” at a sensible price. With the outcome of “Brexit” ( sorry to bring politics into this post!) and the fall in value of the £ this is clearly a priority over the next month and possibly years, who knows? I am in the middle of writing up my notes on this trip and this shall be posted on this website by end of play today, Wednesday 29th June.

Anyway onto happier things, tasting wines this week!! Below are the wines we shall be tasting, please double click on the link below and it will come alive!. Please do let me know if you can make it wont’t you since last week was the best attended so far with 12 people attending so we might need to stagger the bookings this week.

Thank you!

 

Mr Whirly

 

30th june tasting

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Whirly wine Aperitif bar and wholesale wine prices…..

The Aperitif bar has been open for a week now and although the weather has been against us in the first week with a great deal of running outside to rescue menus from the rain and hail, its been a positive start with an excited reaction from customers and locals, so thanks so much for that.

The Menu for this week is below! This week we introduced some Iberico Salami de Bellota and Locally baked Foccacia from the Elephant bakery in Streatham served with the wonderful olive oil from Velenosi in Marche that I import together with their very individual wines like the LaCrima.

I have changed the wine list this week and added the very unusual Willespie Margaret river White 2011 ( blended with their four main white varietals, Verdelho, Semillon, Sauvignon and Riesling), the Ribas Blanc 2012 from the oldest winery on Mallorca, over 300 years old now as well as the Perusini Ribolla Gialla 2014 from the glorious white wine region of Friuli in North East Italy that borders Slovenia and Austria. Stunning wine, so very fresh and clean with a citrus finish mixed with a little wax from the lemon skin! I look forward to welcoming you soon to the Aperitif bar and if you are interested in buying wines by the case the ex vat wholesale price list is now updated on this website. I can offer free delivery to you if you are a local SW postcode! Lastly the “Wine of the month” page will start again in May with some new wines from Gascogny that I am importing this week! Stunning Strawberry rose that will soon be served in the Aperitif bar very soon at around £1.95 for a 75 ml tasting glass, so not in anyway expensive! Enjoy Whirling!

Whirly Wine Aperitif Bar

Prosecco – Lemoss NV. Ca di Rajo, Treviso

Casal Garcia NV, Aveleda, Vinho Verde

Château Molhière, Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Côte de Duras

Willespie, “Margaret River White”, 2011, Western Australia

Ribas Blanc, Prensal Blanc-Viognier, 2012, Mallorca

Graziano, Chenin Blanc 2011, Mendocino

Perusini, Ribolla Gialla 2014, Friuli

Stefano Lubiana, Riesling 2010, Tasmania

Château Molhière, Cabernet Franc 2013, Côte du Duras

LaCrima di Morro 2014, Veleuosi, Marche

Shiraz-Viognier 2003, Cobaw Ridge, Macedon Ranges

Merlot 2010, Château Les Graves de Viaud, Côte de Bourg

Cold food..

“ Organic” Locally baked Foccacia with Velenosi Olive oil

Iberico Salami de Bellota ( 60 gms)

Arbquina Olives (75 gms) Frutos Secos ( 100 gms)

Salted Catalan Almonds (75 gms)

( Mr Whirly and Benn from Queensland, Australia on the opening day last week!)

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Whirly Wine tasting – 25th Feb

The first Whirly Wine tasting on 25th February went down a storm with my wholesale clients! These included ‘Hakkasan Restaurants‘, ‘The Palmerston‘ in Dulwich, Balham’s ‘Lambert’s‘ and ‘The Exhibit‘, ‘The Hood‘ Restaurant on Streatham High Road and ‘The Begging Bowl‘ in Peckham.

The outstanding wines of the day were the Willespie Margaret River Red 2010 and White 2011 and Jean Michel Sorbe’s Quincy 2014. But to be honest, all 20 wines shown on the day were showing extremely well.

Don’t worry if you missed out, Whirly Wine’s is constantly sourcing exciting, individual wines from small producers from all over the world consequently we will be hosting another trade tasting at the end of the summer.

Mr Whirly

Here is the list of the wines tasted:

Bernard Remy NV, Allemant: “ Carte Blanche”, NV Brut: £18.30

“ Lemoss” Vino Frizzante Bianco, Non Filtrato, Ca di Rajo, Treviso: £7.50

“Domaine de Prevote”, Amboise. Sauvignon Tourraine, “ Les Tonnes Barils” 2014: £8.95

Jean Michel Sorbe, Quincy, Cher sur Loire 2014: £15.00

Luc Percher, Cour- Cheverny, Loire, VSIG Blanc,  Organic and Bio ,“ Racines” 2010: £13.25

Villa de Puppi, Friuli, IGT Venezia Giulia, Sauvignon Blanc 2014: £11.90

Luc Percher, Cour- Cheverny, Loire sur Cher,  Organic and Bio, VSIG Blanc 2012: £11.90

Veyovis, 100% Verdejo, Rueda, 2014: £9.45

Perusini, Friuli Colli Orientali, Friuli, Pinot Grigio 2014: £13.50

Perusini, Friuli Colli Orientali,  Friuli, Ribolla Gialla 2014: £13.60

Lillypilly, NSW, Australia, “Tramillon’ 2014: £10.30

Villa de Puppi, Friuli, IGT Venezia Giulia, Taj Blanc ( 100% Fruilano) 2014: £11.95

Graziano, Montevolpe, Redwood valley, Mendocino, USA,  Tocai Friulano 2013: £13.45

Willespie. Margaret River,  Western Australia, Margaret river white 2011: £11.90

Graziano, Redwood valley, Mendocino, USA, Chenin Blanc 2011: £13.40

Luc Percher, Cour- Cheverny, Cher sur Loire, “ Mosaique” 2011: £13.25

Zivo, Eola Amity Hills, Willamette valley, Oregon, USA, “ Whole cluster Project ” 2009: £32.90

Perusini, Friuli Colli Orientali,Friuli,  Refosco 2013: £13.95

Cobaw Ridge, Macedon ranges, Victoria, Australia, Shiraz- Viognier 2003: £25.00

Meloso, de calvo Arroyd, Tempranillo 2014, Ribera de Duero: £9.20

Graziano, Montevolpe, Redwood Valley, Mendocino, USA, Sangiovese 2010: £13.75

Willespie, Margaret river, Western Australia, Margaret River red 2010: £11.90

Velenosi, Marche, Italy, “Rosso Piceno Superiore” 2010: £24.75

Passing Clouds, Bendigo, Victoria, Graeme’s blend 2010: £15.95

Willespie, Margaret River, WA, Cabernet 2001: £45.80

Spring Mountain, Napa, USA, Organic Napa Cabernet 2009: £65.00

Graziano, Montevolpe, Mendocino, USA, Late Harvest Tocai Fruilano 2011: £16.45

Lillypilly, Leeton, NSW, Fiumara 7: £16.25

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Whirly Wines shop now open! Thursday Night tastings, Christmas hampers, Craft beer and new wines just in from Margaret River and Riverina in Australia

 

 

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The fantastic new Whirly Wine shop is now open at 22 Ritherdon Road, London, SW17 8QD.

Every Thursday I shall be hosting a tasting of new wines or wines suitable for the festive season.

This Thursday 3rd December I plan to taste two lovely wines that would be perfect for your Christmas party: carefully made wines from Corbiere in South west France from Fontareche in Domaines de Lamy. Both wines are priced at £7.99 yet offer some really lovely drinking for this price. The white is delicate and so easy to drink, made from 70% Colambard and 30% Vermentino. The red is made from in a similar vain, soft sweet tannins and so, so easy to drink. Made from 35% Mourvedre, 35% Syrah, 15% Grenache and 15% Carignan. Black fruit and Gamay undertones.

I have also put together my Christmas Hamper that includes some lovely Venison Charcuteries and Chorizo, Spiced Cranberry sauce, Black Gold Ale Mustard  from the Cairngorms and Seville Orange Marmalade; mixed in with this some amazing Oloroso Sherry from Don Gonzalo, some Glengoyne Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, Visciole NV ( Cherry and LaCrima  grape pudding wine perfect with Chocolate) as well as some delightful LeMoss Prosecco from Ca di Rajo in Treviso. Oh! I forgot theirs an amazing Dundee cake in there too!  Price: £110.00 ( above is a photo of the hamper and tree!)

Also just in some lovely Harveys beers from Lewes in Sussex. 500ml btls priced at £3.25. Also if you would like a polypin for Christmas I can order them for you. 32 Pints at £2.75 a pint ( £88.00). Great fun if you are having a Christmas party!

New wines have just arrived this week from Willespie in Margaret river: this is the home of Cabernet in Australia, they ” hang their hat ” on this grape and I have a Margaret river red that introduces this  Premium red wine region at £14.20. Its 2010 and its made from Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz. I also have some lovely Margaret river white made from the four White grapes this family vineyard grows: Verdelho, Semillon, Sauvignon and Riesling. Another delight to drink and again priced at £14.20.

Lillypiilly ( great name!) make lovely pudding wines ( stickies as the Aussies call them) and this is what they are famous for. They are based in Leeton on the Sturt highway that loops across NSW and South Australia from Adelaide to Sydney. I have new Shiraz 2012 prices at £12.20,  a caramel wine yet with some lovely juicy notes  and not at all overpowering,; some delightful Sauvignon Blanc 2014 priced at £12.20 and at last Tramillon is back! This demi sec wine is a real wonder wine and I have done so well with it over the years. Its a blend of Gewurtztraminer and Semillon and is pretty good with Thai curries as well as Foie gras. The new Noble Harvest 2012, a botrytised wine made from four tropical grapes is also here in this parcel of wines and priced at £18.95. I also have older vintages of this wine and its a wonder with a steamed ginger pudding or something tropical if you plan to have a desert like this over Christmas then please come in and have a chat about it. Lastly, the Fiumara 7 is here, a blend of the best cuvees of fortified wines that date back to 1982 when the winery opened and grapes included are Shiraz, Cabernet and Chambourcin to name but three. A fab wine with Christmas pudding and very special indeed. £19.50

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night when we can talk wines, beer, food and hampers and maybe even Christmas since its not too early to talk about this now.

Thanks for reading this!

 

Mr Whirly

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“Organic Blanc de Noir” 2009

Mr Whirly says:

“ This wine is made from the pure and sensitive Pinot Noir grape and left on the skins for a very short time so as to create this very pale salmon grey-pink wine. A delight this summer.  A very pale rose style with just a hint of onion skin colour. The aroma’s are subtle cherry with some spiciness while the palate has a fine delicacy and subtle flavours. It’s a drier style of rose, more in the European mould.”

Winemaker tasting notes:

“ On a cold March morning, Pinot Noir grapes were picked and pressed as a white wine. This wine is delicate, tantalising and clearly a rose. Fine pink blush with cream and strawberry bouquet, subtle strawberry on the palate with slight acidity.”

Price: Sold out

Alcohol: 12.0%

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“Organic” Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Mr Whirly says:

“ More like a Sancerre Chavignol or Pouilly Fume than a Sauvignon from “down under” I think? Is this good? Yes, I believe it is fantastic to have something more classical in its makeup, more steely and dry yet with some down under freshness and creativity”

Winemakers tasting notes:

“Clean and beautifully pure impression strikes from the first sniff into the glass. There are some nice lemon scents with a pleasant mix of tropical fruits and gooseberry. The palate is light bodied but with excellent flavours sustained with a vibrant fresh acidity.”

Ray Jordan, Western Australia wine writer:

“ In 2006 Mountford wines was the first winery in the Pemberton region to gain organic  certification status with WASAA, the internationally recognised accreditation body. The vineyard is now well established and this is starting to be reflected in the intensity and complexity of the fruit. The grapes are handled in traditional and innovative ways with the emphasis on simplicity and care.”

Price: Sold out

Alcohol: 12.0%

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Semillon-Sauvignon 2009

Mr Whirly says:

“ With the addition of 45% Sauvignon, more than normal in this famous WA blend, the wine is given an added boost and freshness that make it far more approachable and adaptable to different styles of food.  Fresh cut grass with hints of green Capsicum.”

This is my first Western Australian blended white wine and I have chosen the classic white wine blend that has made this region famous.

Winemaker’s tasting notes:

“ Margaret river has rightly become known as the prominent region for this blend. The two varieties combined offer a layered, fresh and balanced wine that is a pleasure to partake in. Harvested on the 10th March 2009. Old, dry grown vines produce lovely aroma’s of passion fruit, a hint of citrus and some underlying savoury nuances of green beans and fresh mown hay.”

Alc vol: 13.5%