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Although it is still early days, initial assessments are very positive for the 2014 Vintage, one of our longest ever, continuing all the way through to May! Frost was persistent threat in the coastal vineyards of Lolol and Paredones, but caused no severe disruption, although yields were slightly lower in these estates. Despite this, the resulting fruit has been outstanding. Both the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are showing great freshness, acidity and consistently high quality – this is very exciting. Sugar levels were good and the full character of the vineyards will come through to express
Through the ripening season, the weather was consistently dry with bright sunny days and clear cool nights. This produced healthy grapes, with excellent fruit concentration packed with typicité. Our
Andean Estate in Los Lingues, (the site of the Carmenère genome project) has produced another great vintage. The Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot varieties have found the perfect home here and year after year this estate produces fruit of a high quality and concentration. The 2014 harvest was equally so, showing unrivalled freshness and silky, well-rounded tannins.
Mark had is work cut out today with the arrival of 46 new wines as previously un-stocked. Not only did he had to create 46 new stock cards on the computer system but also find space on the shop floor display. Thank goodness for air-conditioning. Lisa is trying not to guillotine her fingers trimming the shelf tickets down to size.
New arrivals include:
Cote Rotie 2007, Maison Boucchon
Pouilly Fuisse 2011, Ropiteau
Stormhoek The Siren 2011
Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
Chianti DOCG 2012, Poggio Delle Sassaie
…. and many, many more … call instore and see the full range. Upsetting Mark by spoiling his display is fine or call 01246 453399 for a full list and other offers on mixed Summer case deals
Our new range of personalised wine labels just for Father’s Day are guaranteed to put a smile on your dads face. 4 new designs to chose from:
Great fun and a novel way to let dad know you are thinking about him on Father’s Day.
Should you need reminding (shame on you) Father’s Day in the UK falls on Sunday 15th June 2014
A bottle of Courboussac VSOP Brandy (France) complete with your own personalised message label. A smooth, warm and mellow Brandy with a big, old-school nose of stewed fruits and complex aromas.
Select from 4 brilliant label designs, add your name and select what sort of gift box (if any) you want and we do the rest.
Only £21.00 inc VAT … a bargain price to keep dad happy.
The Le Clivie Extra Dry sparkling Prosecco from Italy is now back i stock ready for the Spring and Summer days ahead.
Prosecco has made a stunning comeback after a few years out in the wilderness. It lost its crown for being the go to alternative for Champagne to Spanish Cava for several years. But we have seen a swing in fortunes over the past 12 months with more and more people asking for Prosecco by name compared to Cava.
We put this down to the slightly lighter and more approachable style. As with Italian Pinot Grigio, Prosecco makes a perfect lunchtime treat when shared with a group of friends or makes the perfect base when mixed with Framboise or Cassis as toast or reception drink.
Le Clivie Prosecco is old-school with a traditional heavy glass bottle, cork closure and wire cage to keep in all the exuberant bubbles just waiting to get out and join the party.
April 17th – Afternoon Tea & Cocktails
Full afternoon tea served with cocktails. The event starts are 2.30pm with a traditional “Savoy style” afternoon tea being served along with a demonstration of 3 cocktails and tasting.
£15.00 per person. 2.30-5.30pm
The latest trade newsletter from Casa Silva….
Last month we were delighted to announce news of our Lake Ranco estate. The first vintages have been released from what is officially Chile’s most Southernly vineyard. Initially the estate started out as a research project, but over the years the grapes have ripened to produce wines with great acidity and fruit flavour with relatively low alcohol…meaning the chance to release the wines was an opportunity too good to pass up!
We first planted Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at the site in 2006 and conducted experimental harvests in 2010 and 2011. The results showed us that the vines were maturing much slower than our other vineyards, making the physiological process a lot longer…Some seven years on from its beginnings, we have now launched our first vintages! Lake Ranco Sauvignon Blanc 2013 & Lake Ranco Pinot Noir 2013 are now available from our winery, they are exclusive to the Chile at present, but watch this space for details of the vineyards developments!
…. lets hope they find their way over to the UK sooner rather than later.
View the current range of wines from Casa Silva
Meet the Coghlans Wedding Team at get to see the fabulous wedding facilities at Stancliffe Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire on Sunday 23rd March 2014.
Stancliffe Hall is one of the regions foremost wedding venues offering you the wedding of your dreams. This historic, private residence set in landscaped grounds offers the perfect backdrop for your perfect wedding.
Wither Hills lies at the heart of Marlborough’s wine growing region. The winery is named after the imposing Wither Hills ranges, which form a dramatic backdrop to our vineyards which enjoy long sunlight hours, cool nights and are nourished by the waters of the Wairau River.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest winemaking region, with around 110 wineries and over 12,000 hectares planted in grapes. The region produces about 79% of the nation’s wine output.
The Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc presents a juicy core of layered fruit entwined with a salty textural acidity and vibrant citrus pith. A moreish dry chalky finish.
Vibrant lime pith, brambly tomato leaf, nettle, clementine citrus and crunchy fresh fennel with underlying notes of gooseberry and tropical guava. The palate presents a juicy core of layered fruit entwined with a salty textural acidity, vibrant citrus pith with a moreish dry chalky finish which deliver another remarkable Wither Hills ‘Wairau Valley’ Sauvignon Blanc.
Our vineyards in the Wairau Valley were harvested at optimum flavour ripeness. The fruit from these vineyards was kept separate throughout the wine making process to ensure integrity of the vineyard and to provide the greatest possible number of blending combinations. The fruit was gently pressed, cold settled, racked and cool fermented with selected yeast strains to enhance the unique aromatics and flavours. After fermentation the wines remained on light yeast lees to enhance palate feel and structure. The wines were then racked, blended, filtered, and bottled to retain & capture the remarkable freshness of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
75cl bottles, screw cap closure. 13% VOL
VINE TYPES: WHAT IS A CLONE?
Throughout centuries of cultivation, winegrowers have paid close attention to their vines, watching for beneficial changes as the plants adapted to their site and growing conditions. They selected those with exceptional attributes and propagated them by cuttings from the original vine into the vine types we call “clones”: genetically identical vines that are prized for specific characteristics. Bud break, berry colour, disease resistance, soil or climate suitability, cluster size, yield, flavours, aromas and how the grapes ripen are just some of the many traits that can be managed through careful clonal selection and cultivation.
REIGN OF TERROIR
Clones perform at their best when they are put to work in the type of soil and climate from where they originated. Chardonnay favours cool conditions, and Monterey’s coastal climate—with afternoon breezes, evening fog and a long growing season—is perfect for growing excellent Chardonnay grapes. Clone 4 does especially well in Block 46 of our San Bernabe Vineyard, which is in one of the coolest growing regions in California.
CLAIM TO FAME
Clone 4, known as the Martini clone, was cultivated by Napa Valley winemaker Louis Martini in the cool climate vineyards of Carneros. Its distinctively tropical fruit profile features pineapple and mango aromas and flavours with a creamy mouthfeel.
TREAT IT RIGHT
Winemaker James Ewart says one of the best ways to preserve Clone 4’s balance of acidity and luscious tropical fruit is to get it to the winery quickly, the advantage of Block 46. “This is a single vineyard wine, and the winery is right here,” he explains. “I can pick on the riper side, knowing I’ll be able to bring it in to the winery quickly while it’s still cool.” Once the grapes arrive, they are gently pressed and Ewart transfers the juice into stainless steel or oak barrels, depending on each lot’s acidity level. After fermentation, half of the lots undergo malolactic fermentation with bi-monthly stirring of the yeast lees for added body and complexity.
446 Chardonnay exhibits appealing aromas of golden delicious apple, ripe apricot, pineapple and melon. Medium-bodied with a creamy mid-palate, this delightful wine offers flavours of peach and hints of toasty vanilla spice. Enjoy it on its own, or with soft cheeses, roast fowl and baked yams.
4th December Christmas Party Wine Tasting.
The return of our ever popular end of year party when we eat lots of good food, drink plenty of fine..
beetroot smoked salmon with celeriac remoulade @tbochesterfield @coghlanscookery http://t.co/ZksmAdWcsz
Mind the fingers! #cfda14 @DesChes @coghlanscookery http://t.co/0tpjRSKqxu
The Derbyshire Chef of the Year 2014 competition is under way with the 3 finalists having to prepare whatever they want from the following ingredients: