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Staff Picks for Autumn 2018

Posted on 5th September 2018 by JN Wine

Staff Picks for Autumn 2018

For each new season we pick a wine to reflect the change in temperature.  As autumn sets in it is time to start moving from chilled whites to fuller body whites and warming reds. Here are our recommendations.



St John’s Road, The Prophet Shiraz 2016, £22.50

I’ve found a wine that will get me through winter! Now the evenings are drawing in, this moreish Australian Shiraz makes you look forward to curling up next to the fire. Fresh berry, herbs and dark chocolate aromas follow a fruity, soft, round palate. Energetic but with re-assuring depth. All-round deliciousness in a glass!



Domaine Gayda Chemin de Moscou 2015, £22.39

A traditional Languedoc blend done in a New World style; this Challenge Millésime Bio 2018 Gold Medal winner from the ever-innovative Domaine Gayda showcases a deep, sleek, purple gloss and an opulent nose abound with wafts of blackcurrant jam, tobacco and violets. These are replicated with even more vigour on the palate alongside molasses, salt and crushed rock. Lavish, ripe and powerful but kept in check by a sturdy tannic structure and fresh vein of minerality. The ‘best of both worlds’!



Domaine Jean Fournier Marsannay St Urbain 2013, £22.95

I love Pinot Noir, but while it is known as the heartbreak grape, it is usually the prices that bring me the tears! That is why I am such a huge fan of this producer. Organic, low-sulphur and made with a measured approach to oak, this wine is crammed full of rose petal aromatics, a sweet/savoury palate of strawberry and cranberry with a touch of spice, this beautiful medium-bodied red is excellent now.



Herdade Do Portocarro Autocarro No27 Tinto 2016, £10.45

A dynamic and modern Portuguese red from off the beaten track or should that be bus route? Cultivated in the Alentejo, South of Lisbon.  The wine is elevated from grapes we know and love; Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon with a dash of Portuguese class in the form of Touriga Nacional.  Autocarro No 27 sees no oak ageing, resulting in an exuberant and velvety drop bursting with red berry fruit and gentle tannin while maintaining the fresh acidity of the unique and magical terroir.  At a magical price.



Cantine Pra Soave Classico 2016, £14.69

This delicious Soave combines a luscious texture with freshness and minerality.  Made from 100% Garganega, vinified in Stainless Steel, it has great concentration and an interesting long, saline finish.




La Clef du Recit Menetou Salon Blanc 2016, £19.50

Produced in the Sancerre region of the Loire Valley.  This wine express’s sauvignons great aromatic purity and a remarkable balance.  Richly textured, with ripe gooseberry aromas, bracing acidity, and flinty-smoke flavours. The aromas of passion fruit in its youth with peach and apricot showing.  A truly delicious wine.


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