Archives: October, 2014

Autumn Mixed Case

To celebrate the season of crunchy leaves, blackberry and apple crumble and roast dinners, we have created a special mixed case to accompany the gradual onset of hibernation. Reds to match the rich, earthy flavours of the season, and whites to awaken the palate.

Available at Scarlet Wines for £48 – a neat saving of over 15%.

Some info on the wines:

Jiminez Landi Bajondillo (normally £10.95)

DO Mentrida, Spain

Grapes varieties – Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

Grown in four separate parcels and hand-harvested, this is fermented in stainless steel. Cold pre-fermentation maceration occurs for 2 to 5 days, soft extraction and maceration follows for 15-20 days. Lees-aged for 5 months in new French oak barrels. Total production 20,000 bottles. Organic (non-certified.)

Tasting Notes – Fresh and vibrant with ripe red fruits and good minerality. Good with chargrilled meats.

Boukenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red (normally £8.45)

Swartland, South Africa

Grape varieties – Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier (2%)

Grapes from selected vineyards in the Swartland were used for this blend. Low yields, small berries, intense colour and spicy flavours contribute to a harmonious blend. Fermented in stainless steel and aged in French oak prior to blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes – Assorted black- fruit, violets and a hint of oak leads to a smooth savoury palate with a peppery finish. Soft tannins with lingering flavours makes for easy drinking.

Massamier La Mignard Les Oliviers (normally £9.95)

Languedoc Rousillon, France

Grape varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah

This wine is traditionally vinified by a very good Minervois La Livinière producer.

Tasting Notes – An unforced wine with good fruit and character. A good all-rounder.

Domaine St Hilaire Vermentino (normally £9.45)

Pays d’Oc, France

Grape varieties – Vermentino

Harvested at night for freshness, the grapes experience gentle pressing and cold settling, without malolactic fermentation.

Tasting Notes – Drunk young, a light fresh easy drinking wine with a delicate bouquet of lime, apricots and a touch of white pepper. Develops into a medium bodied wine with super acidity that provides a crispness and real length to the palate. Best enjoyed as an aperitif or with seafood and shellfish. Our equivalent to Pic Poul.

Passo del Tempio Cataratto (normally £8.45)

Erice, Sicily

Grape Varieties – Cataratto

The vineyards are located in the hills outside Trapani, Western Sicily in the Erice region, close to the town of Fulgatore. Most of the vineyards are on a gentle slope, with tilled terra rossa soil, at an altitude ranging between 200-400 metres. The vines are trained in the guyot system. Fermentation takes place at cool temperatures to preserve the aromatics and fruit characteristics of the grapes.

Tasting Notes – Pale lemon in colour, this Catarratto is crisp and characterful. It has delicious citrus notes and vibrant acidity making it a great, easy drinking Sicilian white.

Naire Verdejo (normally £8.95)

Toro, Spain

Grape Varieties – Verdejo

Tradition and modernity merge at this winery, combining an 11th century estate with an ambitious new project, ultra-modern winemaking facilities and the production of modern, clean fruit-driven wines from indigenous varieties. Monte la Reina is situated in Toro, overlooking the fertile plains of the river Duero, where the crisp, winter months and hours of plentiful sunshine, along with the quality of the terroir, produce wines with clear aromas, good body, flavour and intensity.

Tasting Notes – A lovely lively Verdejo with lovely fresh pear and almond aromas, followed by a nice citrus tang on the palate and a clean dry finish. It pairs well with anything you might match to Sauvignon Blanc including all manner of fish and seafood.

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Enjoy!

 

New wines for our Savoie Feast!

We were very excited this week to receive a delivery of new wines ahead of our first Scarlet Wines Feast Night. On Friday 24th October we will be taking a trip to the Savoie region of France, to enjoy delicious Alpine food and wines to match.

Savoie wines are made from native grape varieties rarely seen outside the region – for example Mondeuse and Rousette. Reds tend to be juicy and fresh, with a peppery overtone. Whites are harvested late and have good acidity alongside deep flavours and complex textures – they can age really well.

The regional wines work perfectly with the rich and hearty food of the mountains.

With wines like this, it’s sure to be a fun night! Click here to find out more.

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Launching ‘Scarlet Wines Feast Nights’

This autumn and winter, the team at Scarlet Wines will be serving up a series of Feast Nights, combining regional flavours from around the world with wines chosen to match.

At £15 a head, each Feast Night will involve a hearty regional dish packed full of flavour, and a glass of wine to match, with optional extras available to purchase.

The setting at Scarlet Wines really comes alive at this time of year. There’s something indulgent about hunkering down here next to the woodburner with a delicious glass of wine on a dark night.

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The first ‘Scarlet Feast Night’ on 24th October will appeal to anyone dreaming of mountains and fresh powder at this time of year, as we take guests on a gastronomic journey to the mountainous Savoie region of France. This is the land of rich alpine flavours, and we will be pairing whites and reds from Savoie itself to go with the food on this occasion.

Savoie whites are textured and rich, whilst the reds are surprisingly fresh with a whiff of mountain air. Both of course work superbly with regional dishes such as creamy Tartiflette, as one has grown up with other. To find out more about our selection of Savoie Wines, click here.

Bookings are now being taken for the Savoie Feast Night. Spaces are limited and expected to fill up fast. Further evenings are planned – watch this space!