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Gold-medal Champions Selection £89.99
You'll save £35 when you award yourself with these Gold-medal Champions - just £7.50 a bottle!
When wines are entered into competition, they're tasted blind against hundreds of their peers. To win Gold requires something extra-special. Your champion reds comprise mature Spanish Gran Reserva, a deep, spicy treat from the Minervois, Bruce Jack's Dragon Tree and Super-Tuscan Saracosa. The whites have been so popular we've had to find you another Gold-medal Sauvignon from France. So you'll now enjoy Hervé Sabardiel's La Belle Saison alongside the amazing Shingle Peak Sauvignon from Marlborough - but you'll have to hurry, before we run out of anything else!
Saracosa 2009 £83.99 (12 bottles), £41.94 (6 bottles)
Irresistibly opulent and elegant, Gold-medal-winning Tuscan star to match many at twice the price
Saracosa is inspired by the so-called 'Super Tuscans' first developed by Antinori in the 1970s. These wines kick-started the renaissance of Tuscan wines and became some of the most exclusive and expensive in the world. It's from the Barbanera family estate near Montalcino. Half the vineyards are in the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG, and the remainder just beyond. Quality was particularly high in 2009. Consider also the age of the vines, some of which were planted in 1938, and you can understand why Saracosa is so concentrated.Dense dark cherry and chocolaty tones make this a serious wine to enjoy with classic Tuscan dishes such as pasta with a pork ragu, or bistecca alla fiorentina.
Shingle Peak Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011 £119.88 (12 bottles), £59.94 (6 bottles)
Pure Sauvignon from one of the first vineyards established in New Zealand's famed Marlborough region
Established in 1983, Shingle Peak takes its name from the distinctive mountain ranges that border the stony alluvial soils of the Wairau River, where some of Marlborough's finest wineries - including Cloudy Bay - are based. Senior winemaker Nikolai St George is well qualified, having studied at Australia's prestigious Charles Sturt University and worked in Australia, America, France and Chile. A specialist in Sauvignon, he pinpoints the estate's best parcels of vines early in the year and earmarks them for his Reserve wines and monitors them closely.This is a classically styled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with crisp apple and citrus fruit aromas. Delicious on its own, it's also a great match for spicy dishes and all sorts of seafood.
Domaine Mersiol Riesling Cuvée Granite 2008 £143.88 (12 bottles), £71.94 (6 bottles)
Rich, dry Alsace Riesling from a 200-year-old family estate. A little-known French classic
Founded in the 18th century, Domaine Mersiol is on the outskirts of the pretty medieval village of Dambach-la-Ville (think winding alleys, colombage houses and colourful geraniums). Extending to just 12.5 hectares, it produces only a small quantity of wines on a myriad of complex terroir. Grapes are grown organically and will soon be certified biodynamic. Of utmost importance is respect for the soil and the environment. The entire vineyard is considered one living organism and its health determines the health of the grapes and therefore purity of flavour in the wine.With elegant notes of citrus and grapefruit, the classic, minerally Riesling should be enjoyed with fish and white meats, especially pork served with Alsace choucroute.
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