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Spanish Summer Spectacular - Albariño

The rugged north-west of Spain produces top quality white wines from the grape called Albariño. This grape type can produce variety of style ranging from light and zesty to honeyed and rich. Here are our two favourite wineries in the area.

Pazo De Senorans Albarino 2015

Pazo De Senorans Albarino 2015

Bottle Price: £15.99 / €22.95 Offer Price: £13.59 / €19.50 

Winemaker Angela Martin uses minimal intervention to create this elegant white. If you like a zesty, lemony finish this is the wine for you. Perfect with summer seafood.

Castro Martin Albarino 2014

Castro Martin Albarino 2014

Bottle Price: £12.95 / €18.50 Offer Price: £11.00 / €15.70 

Sweet citrus fruits are well balanced here with a slick of the briny sea (yes really!). This winery knows how to produce a serious glass of wine. 

Both of these wines will be open for tasting in JN Wine on Saturday the 25th of June from 12 -5pm. 

 


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Father's Day Gift Ideas

Forget socks or a tacky tie for this year's Father's Day gift and pick something your dad will actually want. And more importantly LOVE.

The Chocolate Block 2014 MGM

Bottle Price: £39.95 / €55.99 Case Bottle Price:  £35.96 / €50.39

The Chocolate Block is a perpetual favourite with staff and customers alike here at JN.  All year round people flock to this wine; charm, style and complexity abound are its hallmarks. Why not treat your dad to a magnum bottle he can call his own this father’s day. 

Domaine Saint-Denis Macon-Lugny 2013

Domaine Saint-Denis Macon-Lugny 2013

Bottle Price: £15.50 / €21.50 Case Bottle Price £13.95 / €19.35

A beautifully delicate chardonnay produced by Hubert Laferrere in the town of Lugny in the Cote Macconais region of Burgundy. Hubert hands picks the vines to ensure only the best fruit which show the region’s best characteristics get pressed. The flavours of citrus, pear and peach, makes this a fresh rounded wine with a slight minerality. It is wine that’s perfect to enjoy on its own. Something to share with your Dad in the summer sunshine!

Telegramme 2012 Vignobles Brunier

Telegramme 2012 Vignobles Brunier

Bottle Price: £25.99 / €35.99 Case Bottle Price £23.39 / €32.39

For the more traditional amongst, nothing beats a bottle of Châteauneuf du Pâpe.  The 2012 Télégramme from Vignobles Brunier has a beautiful hedgerow fruit filled nose, generous body and the elegance not usually experienced in a young CDP.  What sets this wine apart, is its graceful structure, seamless tannin and substantial finish.  A treat to behold. Balanced and satisfying. The perfect accompaniment to that wonderful Father's day roast you are cooking...  

Whatever your Father's wine of choice, we are more than happy to help you pick the perfect bottle! Call us on 02844830091 or email shop@jnwine.com.

 


Soalheiro Awarded 94 Points!

The team at JN Wine have been avid fans of Quinta de Soalheiro since they first arrived on our shores in 2013, so it was no surprise when Mark Squires of eparker.com awarded the new 2015 vintage of Soalheiro Alvarinho 94 points. The Soalheiro Allo 2015 did not go unnoticed with Julia Harding of jancisrobinson.com having wonderful words to share.

Soalheiro Allo 2015

Bottle Price: £9.95 / €14.95 Offer Bottle Price: £8.70 / €13.08

"Lovely fresh fragrance that perfectly reflects the two varieties - peachy citrus, pear, lightly floral, as well as a herbal note. But it is not simply fruity - there is also a stony dryness - - that is picked up on the palate with a hint of almonds on the finish. Deliciously dry finish even with this moderate level of alcohol. The quality of the 2015 vintage shines through. 16.5 Points."

Julia Harding, JR Purple Pages, Feb 2016

Soalheiro Alvarinho 2015

Quinta Soalheiro Alvarinho 2012 Pk 6

Bottle Price: £12.99 / €18.99 Offer Bottle Price: £11.37 / €16.62

"The 2015 Alvarinho is unoaked and comes in at 12.5% alcohol. As fans of this classic bottling know, it is very dry, most definitely not fizzy and typically a great value. It is glorious, expressive and fresh in this vintage. In the long, proud history of this fine estate, this seems to be as good or better as any standard, unoaked Alvarinho they have produced. It is also one of the best unoaked young Alvarinhos I've had. We'll see what the future brings--it won't be an unqualified success for Soalheiro if it does not hold well for a decade or much more--but I don't think there will be any problem here in that regard. It has fine supporting acidity, a bit of what I call these days "Soalheiro green," and wonderful fruit. Did I mention how delicious the fruit was, nicely supported by those laser bursts of acidity? It seems very elegant in other respects, even a touch delicate on opening, but that's deceptive. Its graceful demeanor made it easy to drink at first, but some hours later it was actually more powerful and more concentrated, plus perfectly transparent. It had opened and blossomed. As it sat in the mouth, the fine tension on the finish gripped the palate and enlivened the wine. Simply put, it is intense, tightly-wound, brilliantly structured and very concentrated. Since this is a Vinho Verde, the price point makes it a rather stunning value, too. I had the pleasure of tasting this not too long after it was bottled, but don't let that be a concern. This should hold well. Back up the truck. Grab them before they sit and bake on retailer shelves and delivery trucks over the summer. Store them properly. This will be fine for the foreseeable future. Sourced from vines averaging 25 years in age, there were 90,000 bottles produced.

One of the greatest producers in the region, Soalheiro consistently makes high quality wines that are just like great whites--there is no fizz here. They are dry, pointed, focused and age-worthy. Since they toil in Vinho Verde, they are also typically great values. The 2015 vintage, in particular, seems exceptional. The wines will last, too. There is no reason not to load up. 

Admittedly, my drinking windows have not always been consistent (as discussed more in the article accompanying these notes). Simply put, if well stored and acquired promptly, there is no reason most of them cannot last at least a decade. They may go double that, too. Still, if you drink them up early, you won't be disappointed."

94 Points Mark Squires April 2016


100 Awesome Wines 2016

The Association of Wine Educators UK has included two of our wines in their 100 AWESOME Wines 2016.

Monfil Garnacha 2014

Monfil Garnacha 2014 Pk6

Bottle Price: £7.85 / €12.50 Case Bottle Price: £7.07 / €11.25)

"At under £10 a bottle, this juicy red punches well above its weight. Lots of ripe red berries and a hint of dried herbs, all draped round supple tannins. The perfect wine for summer barbecues (although it’s pretty good with wintry stews, too)" Natasha Hughes MW

AA Badenhorst Secateurs Rosé 2015

Secateurs Rose 2015 Pk6

Bottle Price: £9.99 / €14.95 Case Bottle Price: £8.99 / €13.46

"A beautiful salmon colour rosé from the masterful maverick winemaker Adi Badenhorst. A blend of Cinsault and Shiraz, with a touch of both Carignan and Grenache from 50+ year old vines, which are grown specifically for making rosé. A lick of tannin lends structure, the acidity is fresh and zingy with yellow and pink citrus, also a basketful of summer red berries. A hint of mint, orange rind and star anise give complexity and the wine is tangy and textural." Angela Reddin