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MEGYER TOKAJI ASZÚ 5 PUTTONYOS 2014£35.00 – £105.00500ml Bottles
The aszú berries used to make this gorgeous Tokaji are harvested from the end of October through to the end of November. The must is then fermented and aged in 220L Szerednyei oak barrels from the Zemplén hills, for 3 years, before bottling and released to market. This vintage was a hard year in Tokaj, but through the expert winemaking techniques and careful grape selection they achieved this outstanding sweet wine.
On the nose: An intense bouqet of dried apricots, honey and meadow flowers.
On the palate: The delicate aromas are fully integrated with the notes of the oxidative ageing method in the form of sweet caramel notes
Recommended combination with food: Perfect partner to lemon cake, dark chocolate citrus or orange desserts, dark chocolate caramel cake but it is also a noble companion to savoury biscuits, quiche Lorraine and roast meats with fruits and Peking duck.
Serve at 11 – 14°C
GRAPE VARIETY – 70% Furmint, 30% Zéta
PRODUCTION AREA – Tokaji, Hungary
ALCOHOL – 10%
ROSATO ALGHERO D.O.C.£11.50 – £69.00750ml Bottles
This all-new Rosato is a successful blend of indigenous grapes and Sangiovese, resulting in this charming and fragrant rosé, perfect for any occasion. The aromatic character of the varietals used, imparted by the soils of Alghero, combined with simple but rigorous winemaking techniques, make for a versatile wine, easy to pair.
On the nose: Scents of rose petals and raspberries, intertwined with citrus fruit and marine aromas.
On the palate: Crunchy, fresh, delicate yet vinous, beautifully fleshy mouthfeel and a delicious finish..
Recommended combination with food: Perfect with Manchego, Parmesan, white fish,
Serve at 10 – 12°C
GRAPE VARIETY – Sangiovese blend with local varieties
PRODUCTION AREA – Alghero, Sardinia
ALCOHOL – 12.0%
Szeremley, Kéknyelű£22.99 – £137.00750ml Bottles
Grown exclusively on the volcanic slopes of Mount Badacsony, the Kéknyelű (Blue Stem) is unique. This female-flowering grape gives naturally low yields and a creamy wine with discreet power, concentration and finesse, great length of flavour and exceptional ageing potential. Kéknyelű, meaning ’blue stalk’ and named after the slightly blue tint of its petiole, was once the darling of Badacsony, the small wine region on the northern shores of Lake Balaton.
On the nose: A explosion of citrus, apricot and peaches
On the palate: Medium body, with a distinct woody flavour and oily feel, with notes of honey to finish.
Recommended combination with food: The perfect match for noble white fish like perch, pike, sole. lobster and even goat cheese.
Serve at 12 – 14°C
GRAPE VARIETY – Kéknyelű
PRODUCTION AREA – Badacsony, Hungary
ALCOHOL – 13.5%
Tűske Rozé£18.50 – £111.00750ml Bottles
A light and vivacious rosé from a high-altitude, windy plateau-like vineyard in the Szekszard region of southern Hungary. A blend of the local grape kekfrankos, along with merlot and pinot noir, it’s made using the “saignee” method. This involves “bleeding” the wine off from the skins after a very short period of contact, giving the soft rosé colour.
On the nose: An explosive scent of citrus fruits and fresh crushed strawberries, cherries and blood orange.
On the palate: Light bodied and elegant, with great balance of quenching acidity to the full flavour of fresh red fruits.
Recommended combination with food: Perfect with chicken nicoise salad, salmon, charcuterie board, feta, spinach, or mint and quinoa tartlettes.
Serve at 10 – 12°C
GRAPE VARIETY – Kékfrankos, merlot, pinot noir
PRODUCTION AREA – Szekszárd,Hungary
ALCOHOL – 12.5%
‘Bornemissza’ Kékfrankos Grand Selection£19.99 – £119.94
Bornemissza Gergely was an officer in the Hungarian army famed for his inventive use of explosives. This wine is part of the Historic Grand Selection Collection, commemorating the Siege of Eger 1552. It was here that the legend of the “Bulls’ Blood” originated. This wine is not made every year, only in perfect vintages. The last vintage prior to this 2016 was 2011 which won a Sommelier Wine Award medal in 2017. A full bodied kekfrankos from the North East of the country with depth and rich smooth tannins.
On the nose: A combination of deep dark fruits, with warm engaging aromas of cocoa and licorice
On the palate: A full body with black peppery touch of spice, figs, blackcurrant and raisins.
Recommended combination with food: Ideal with stewed hare, lentil soup with smoked ham hock, roast beef
Serve at 18°C
GRAPE VARIETY – Kekfrankos
PRODUCTION AREA – Eger, Hungary
ALCOHOL – 13.5%