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Wines of the Month: September 2020

” This month is a time of change for all of us. The season’s are changing and so are we, as human beings. One thing I have learn’t from the last six months is the importance of eating and drinking well. Shopping for good food and wine locally. In the last few weeks there has been a lovely fishmonger open up on Moyser road and it’s such a joy to walk down there and purchase something some freshly caught fish or prawns or urchin from someone as passionate as you about their product. Check them out below & support them if you can.

https://www.lifeof.fish/

I have discovered so many new recipes from old cookbooks tucked away on the shelf and matched that perfect wine! So, let’s this September match the perfect wine with two styles of cooking. Let’s look at two completely different styles of Gruner Veltliner from Austria, their main white varietal and a grape they ” hang their hat on” in this up and coming wine country.

The wines we are going to look at are from two small vineyards, “Mehofer” in Wagram about an hour north west of Vienna, and their newly arrived 2019 Gruner Veltliner Klassik. Mehofer are ” Organic” & have been so for over 20 years. They make beautiful wines that are a joy to drink.

The other wine is from “ Beyer“, another small winery in Austria, made by Josef Beyer in Roselfdorf, Lower Austria ( south of Vienna). This wine could not be more different. The grape was picked later, In November rather than now, when the Mehofer grapes are being collected. This difference in harvest time means the grapes have more sugar within themselves. This equates to more sugar in the wine and also slightly more alcohol. But don’t let ‘ Mr Whirly” put you off, I know how we in England run a mile when we hear the word sweet with wine. Open up to this!

These two wines could not be more different. But with the delight of food and the different cultures of food we now absorb, I would love you all to enjoy these wines with something outstanding!

So for September, if you buy a bottle each of these wines I shall give you a massive 30% discount on the bottle price! £33. 95 slashed to £28.30. I will also send you the perfect pairing menu for each wine so you can enjoy cooking and matching the wine. One of the most important and enjoyable experiences in life is to find that perfect match! Delivered free to your door in local SW postcodes!

Here is the link below for the two wines to buy in this September deal!

Stay safe

Mr Whirly

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Wine’s of the Month, July 2020 ( two Organic gems from Mehofer in Austria!)

Mehofer, ” Organic” Rosé, ” La vie en Rose”, 2019 and Gruner Veltliner 2019: Just arrived July 2020!

Winemakers tasting notes:

We can at least wish for it: La vie en Rosé
Fresh, wild strawberries, ripe raspberries and hints of papaya unite with lime and green apple. A very pleasant creaminess in the finish. Juicy and refreshing at the same time. Certainly, one wants to have more!”

Variety: 100% Zweigelt

750ml

10.5% alc vol

£13.95 ( pre-order online now, wine arrives 15th July 2020)

Wine tastings notes for the Gruner Veltliner to follow. This wine can also be pre- ordered now online, the link is below)

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Wine of the Month: June 2020

Moscato D’Asti, ” Azienda Agricola Terrabianca”, DOCG, 2016

Mr Whirly says:

“Summer wines are wonderful. Are they not? It’s early June and the middle of summer, the longest day will soon be on us. I am going to take on another British fashion with wine and champion the slightly sweet, or even half dry, ” demi sec” wine now, since in this country, as soon as we say sweet we complete 3 doughnuts in our vehicle and head in the opposite direction. Why? Because rather like the colour of our rose we are averse to thinking anything slightly sweet is nice and enjoyable to drink. Moscato D’Asti is the most delightful and classy of wines, it really puts most Procecco in this country ( in the supermarkets at £7-£14 a bottle) in its place, since its so delicate and full of passion. This wine, from Asti in Northern Italy has so much class and on a joyful, happy June evening, sipping with some some close family and friends, in the garden, before you sit down for dinner it could not be more perfect. This wine is DOCG, a very specific and guaranteed area for the grapes, its like an elderflower frizzante, with summer flowers such roses and Jasmin too and its only 5% alc vol so perfect for a hot summers day or for my Mother in law to sip at over 80 years old too.”

Give it whirl, click on the link below to buy.

Give it a whirl, don’t let ” demi sec” or sweet put you off!

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Wine of the Month: May 2020: Chateau Molhiere, “Rose” ” Terroir des Duc’s” 2019, Cotes de Duras.

The Molhiere rose 2019 is super light in colour, very neutral and dry. On the palate its got real body, succulent mouthfeel and good length. So its a food friendly style and very hard to put down. Delightful stuff.Michael Rudko, Furzedown

It”s got to be pink has it not? We are all, it seems obsessed by the pink stuff, as we enter Summer and the tinge and palest of pinks too it has to be ( Why are we so obsessed but this in the UK? I am about to cover this in my blog page, please have a read soon.) This is indeed pale! Very pale. It’s almost onion skin in colour even. Made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot grapes, its very versatile and will take food as well as being a great summer aperitif style wine. It’s fuller than a Provence rose but ultra slick and dry.

Great value too at £12.95

750 ml 12.5 % alc vol

TO ORDER CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

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April 2020, “Wine of the Month”: Stefano Lubiana, “Organic and Bio Dynamic” Chardonnay 2013, Primavera, Granton, Tasmania

Nice…very nice…..I thought it was about time I put up something exciting and different on the Whirly wine of the month page. Aussie Chardonnay, ok is not that different. But when its 2013 and from Tasmania, down near Hobart on the Granton river and its made by one of the best winemakers down under, it is different…..

Mr Whirly says:

“I have been luck enough to be working with Stefano Lubiana for over 10 years. This is sadly the last of the wines I have from this great winemaker so if you like Chardonnay that has the same cudos and feel of Burgundy but is clearly of its own identity, then you should try this. I only have a handful of bottles left.”

Winemakers notes

Stefano Lubiana:

Review, Patrick Eckel: 2013 Stefano Lubiana Primavera ChardonnayOctober 20, 2015 Wine Rating  90

Stefano Lubiana is a producer with a focus on biodynamics, and has been crafting some excellent wines from Tasmania for a number of years now, with the Primavera range the entry level for the winery.

The nose is restrained and gives a mineral expression of white peach with a touch of oak.

The palate is lean in terms of fruit, with an enjoyable mouthfeel created through the competition of racy acidity and grapefruit pith. There is enough stone fruit, oak spice and cashew like complexity that suggest this will get even better with time.

Price: £29.95

For local postcodes, SW16, 17, 12 and 19 and most SW postcodes…..” FREE DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR”

TO ORDER CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO GO TO THE WHIRLY WINE ONLINE SHOP!

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“FREE WINE DELIVERY” TO SW16, SW17, SW12, SW19, SW2 and to be honest most SW postcodes….

Whirly wines is very much “Open”, Offering free Delivery to SW16, SW17 and SW12 Postcodes” delivering wine, “Organic and Bio”, “Vegan and very good too”, from the smaller producer, guaranteeing quality and value, during the Corona Virus crisis. Free local deliveries to your door in local postcodes.

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Wine of the Month: August 2019

” Follow the White Rabbit”, Macabeo, 2018, Bodegas San Gregorio, Aragon, Spain…..

An array of wonder wines from Spain have just arrived in the last few weeks and we are going to kick off with this lovely wine from Aragon in the heart of the north of Spain. Macabeo is the main grape of Northern Spain and Southern France, where the countries meet at the Pyrenee’s. Its a weighty feel, but in a positive way, with some aromatic blossom and ripe melon on the palate.

Enjoy now in the Whirly wines shop, 22 Ritherdon road, Tooting, SW17 8QD

£10.95 a bottle

14.5 % alc vol

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Wine of the Month: July….

Chateau Molhiere, Terroir de Ducs, Rose 2018, Cote de Duras, Dordogne

Wine of the month for July has to be the Rose from Chateau Molhiere, 2018 and just arrived in time for the summer.

I have been lucky enough to work with The Blancheton Brothers at Chateau Molhiere in Duras, 25 miles south of Bergerac in the Dordogne for 15 years. I have been drinking their wines since the 1980’s when my parents bought a ramshackle of a cottage down in this beautiful part of SW France. These brothers make exquisite wines at great prices, tiny production, ultra care and attention. Their rose has been a great success over the last three years here in the Whirly wine shop and it arrived into the UK this last week with their zingy Sauvignon Blanc, tight and citrusy with its own Cote de Duras indentity and their Cab Franc, Sauvignon and Merlot red. Order some rose now if you can, since when its gone it won’t be back! Made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot varietals its pale pink in colour and dry with some lovely summer fruits on the palate and ample weight to take food as well. 

£12.95 per bottle, 750ml

Order online and get a bottle free if you order a case of 12….

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Wine of the Month: June

” Organic” Moscato D’Asti, DOCG, Asti, Piedmont

The wine of the month for June 2019 is something a little bit different. What do you think of when you think of Muscat? Sweet wine from the Rhone potentially? And for some reason the Brits don’t like sweet wines do we? Well this Frizzante ( very small bubbles) wine from Asti does have a hint of sweetness on the palate but we must embrace this and enjoy it and in this world of cheap Prosecco in Supermarkets with nothing to say for itself, we must try something that had everything to say about itself! Its the most perfect summer sparkling, full of elderflower and Spring apple blossom on the nose and with a light, delicate mousse and fizz. Its also only 5% alc vol so its great if you want to drink something light at lunch or if you want a wine with less alcohol too. Well worth ‘a whirl’ at Whirly wines, 22 Ritherdon road, London SW17 8QD and also being served outside on the Patio this summer!

£16.95 a bottle. Buy online on the Whirly wine shop page….

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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!