Google
You have no items in your basket.

For Expert Advice Call: 01746 389 749

Email: sales@htfwines.co.uk

Hard To Find Wines

  • Bladen Wines: Hospitality and Handcrafted Wines

    Dave and Christine Macdonald own and run Bladen Wines, situated in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. Bladen is named after the Macdonald's children, Blair and Deni, who were toddlers when the vineyard was founded.

    In 1989, Dave and Chris left the city behind to chase their dream of establishing a vineyard and winery. The family embarked on a national tour to find the ideal winegrowing region in New Zealand and the perfect vineyard location. Dave and Chris are amongst the pioneers of the Marlborough winegrowing region where they ultimately settled, with only eight wineries in the district when Bladen started.

    Dave and Chris have developed a reputation for creating cool climate wines of exceptional quality. Only 8 hectares of vines have been planted by hand at Bladen. All other grapes used to produce their wines are sourced from tiny vineyard blocks owned by friends. Almost every grape is checked before marking it into the final wine production which adds to the real handcrafted essence of the wines.

    RECENT AWARDS

    This has been a great year for Bladen with many award successes.

    Cellar Door of the Year
    In November, Bladen was awarded the Trophy for Wine Marlborough's "Cellar Door of the Year" for 2017, jointly shared with Hunters Wines. On the same evening, Dave was awarded the Trophy for Wine Marlborough's "Cellar Door Personality of the Year" for 2017 shared, with Kimberly Matthews from Brancott Estate.

    New Zealand International Wine Competition 2017
    Gewurztraminer 2017 - Gold
    Pinot Gris 2016 - Gold
    Pinot Rose 2017 - Silver
    Riesling 2017 - Silver

    Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017
    Gewurztraminer 2017 - Gold

    Marlborough Wine Show 2017
    Gewurztraminer 2017 - Silver

    Canterbury A&P Show New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition 2017
    Pinot Gris 2016 - Gold
    Pinot Rose 2017 - Silver

    Royal Easter Show Wine Awards
    Pinot Gris 2016 - Gold

    WINES

    Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    £13.99

    A bottle of Bladen Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Light-straw with a green hue and a bright clarity. Lifted aromas of grapefruit and lemon zest, with subtle notes of stone fruit, mown grass and red capsicum. Layers of citrus and passionfruit on the palate with an underlying core of wet rock minerality. This wine has a fine texture, with a long refreshing finish.

    Bladen's Sauvignon Blanc is an accurate reflection of a true Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but remains incredible value for money.

    Pinot Gris 2016
    £15.99
    Currently out of stock

    A bottle of Pinot Gris 2016

    Light-straw in colour. A medium bodied wine with complex aromas of spiced pear, nougat, toasted almonds and quince aromas, a creamy texture and plenty of ripe fruit flavours which persist on a long, full finish.

    Pinot Noir 2015
    £19.99

    A bottle of Bladen Pinot Noir 2015

    Deep-ruby colour, on the nose lifted red cherries and plum with a delicate aniseed and cinnamon note. A medium bodied wine with prominent red fruit flavour’s, spicy oak and savoury complexity. Gentle tannins and lingering acidity give velvet like texture with a fine finish.

    Pinot Rose 2017
    £13.99

    Bladen Rose 2017

    Salmon-blush with a pink hue. Lifted red fresh fruit notes, such as strawberry and raspberry on the nose with a touch of thyme and fresh herbs adding to the complexity. Juicy watermelon and fresh summer fruits on the palate, with a hint of creaming soda. The palate is crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish.

    Gewurztraminer 2015
    £15.99

    Bladen Gerwurtzraminer 2015

    A bright straw colouration leading to a nose of rose petals and Turkish delight. A full mouth feel with a rich texture and palate of lychee and gentle citrus. A balanced sweetness and floral tones.

    Riesling 2016
    £13.99

    Bladen Riesling 2016

    Light-straw in colour with a green hue and a bright clarity. Aromatic notes of lemon, lime and apple on the nose with intriguing ginger and nutmeg spice notes. Medium bodied with layers of citrus fruit, zest and spice overtones.

    Little Angel Sauvignon Blanc 2016
    £12.99

    Little Angel Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Zingy tropical fruit flavours with a long finish. Fresh scented gooseberry nose with hints of lemon zest. Medium bodied and not overpowering, lively acidity and fresh fruit flavours.

    Little Angel Pinot Gris 2016
    £12.99

    Little Angel Pinot Gris 2016

    Soft and silky Pinot Gris with a well balanced palate, easy drinking, showing luscious peach and apricot tones. Creamy with hints of nutmeg.

    Visit our website to order your Bladen wines today. Don't delay - we often find our stock of Bladen Wines runs out!

  • La Couronne: the Crown of Franschhoek Part 1

    Nestled against the Klein Dassenberg Mountain in this beautiful corner of South Africa lies the peaceful gem of a wine farm, La Couronne Estate. This essential stop on any wine tour of the Franschhoek winelands boasts spectacular views of vineyard-covered slopes and towering peaks.

    History

    La Couronne means “The Crown” and pays homage to a warship built by the French Navy in 1636. The Crown transported 277 French Huguenots, escaping persecution for their faith in their homeland, to the Cape area of South Africa in 1685. The slopes of the current La Couronne farm site were settled over 300 years ago by the Huguenots who brought with them their iconic French winemaking knowledge.

    Activities

    A warm welcome by the La Couronne team, led by Eldorette Carinus and winemaker Henk Swart, awaits guests from wine connoisseurs to tourists and even to families with little ones. A variety of activities is catered for, including wedding functions, picnics, lunches, wine tastings and wine pairings.

    La Couronne's wine pairings include wine and chocolate, wine and pizza and a very South African wine and braai (BBQ) pairing.

    Award-winning Wines

    La Couronne has secured a number of awards for their wines, with the most recent medals and trophies being awarded at the International Wine Challenge 2018.

    La Couronne's Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 won a Gold Medal as well as the IWC Franschhoek Chardonnay Trophy. La Couronne's Limited Release Pinotage 2015 scooped a Bronze Medal, as did their Merlot Rose 2017 and their Malbec 2015 received a Commended.

    Gold Medal and Trophy winning Chardonnay 2016 is on its way to Hard To Find Wines. In the meantime, why not order these La Couronne wines while you wait.

    Chardonnay 2014
    £14.99

    A bottle of La Couronne Chardonnay 2014

    Outstanding oak and fruit integration with a full rich creamy mouthfeel of almonds and vanilla. Light lingering aftertaste of peaches and hints of citrus. This is La Couronne’s maiden vintage of this barrel fermented Chardonnay.

    Pinotage 2016
    £11.99

    A bottle of La Couronne Pinotage 2016

    A rich full bodied wine with an earthy aroma coupled with dark fruits. The palate is smooth and succulent, with touches of spice and brambles accompanying dark cherry and blackcurrant flavours.

    Merlot Rose 2017
    £8.99

    A bottle of La Couronne Merlot Rose

    100% Merlot goes in to this quality rose from Franschhoek. A deliciously delicate rose, with bright pink colouration and a subtle strawberry nose. The palate is surprisingly refreshing and dry, with soft berry flavours.

    Malbec 2014
    £14.99

    A bottle of La Couronne Malbec 2014

    Decadent aromas of dark cocoa and Eastern spices. The palate offers ripened plums and crushed berries finishing with lingering creamy oak. The La Couronne Malbec is one of only a handful of single varietal Malbec's currently to be produced in South Africa, making this a fairly unique wine. The quality of this wine shines through, with the Malbec taking on the South African terroir superbly in the shape of a depth of flavour that many Argentinian Malbec's lack.

    Do you want to learn a bit more about La Couronne's range of wines and the passions and purposes of their winemaking? Part 2 of this post will follow next month, so keep your eye on our Facebook page or the blog for that post!

  • IWC Winners for 2018!

    The International Wine Challenge is in its 34th year. The IWC is a meticulously judged wine competition where each wine is judged blind for faithfulness to style, region and vintage. During the judging process, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three occasions by at least 10 different judges. Awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) as well as Commended and Great Value awards.

    Our South African wines put on quite a show this year. Below are the winners of Trophy, Gold and Silver awards.

    LA COURONNE

    Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016
    IWC Franschhoek Chardonnay Trophy and Gold Medal

    A bottle of La Couronne Chardonnay 2016

    Congratulations to Eldorette, Henk and the team at La Couronne in Franschhoek on winning the IWC Franschhoek Chardonnay Trophy and Gold Medal for their Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016. This is a lovely, complex, medium weight chardonnay with scented vanilla spice, some honey and pear. A tangy, saline acidity and a long, refreshing finish.

    In addition to this Gold Medal and Trophy, La Couronne also won Bronze Medals for their Limited Release Pinotage 2015 and their Merlot Rose 2017 and a Commended for their Malbec 2015.

    ASARA

    The Bell Tower 2013
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of Asara Bell Tower 2013

    Sleek, intense and packed with sweet black plum and bitter chocolate, with an edge of balsamic. A sweet intensity and structure.

    Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of Asara Vineyard Collection Chenin Blanc 2016

    Fresh tight lean style with vanilla oak characteristics on the finish. Warm, Waxy, ripe style, juicy melon and ripe apple fruit and some lingering honeysuckle.

    GLENWOOD VINEYARDS

    Vigneron's Selection Chardonnay 2016
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of GlenWood Vigneron's Selection Chardonnay 2016

    Bold and powerful citrus burst, mouth-fillingly rich and creamy vanilla with beautifully integrated oak. Butterscotch and glycerine, creamy balance with great length and lift.

    Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc Grand Duc 2016
    IWC Silver Medal

    GW Sem Saus Grand Duc 2016

    Baked apple and cinnamon, buttered popcorn with savoury notes. Long and complex.

    GROOT CONSTANTIA

    Shiraz 2015
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of GC Shiraz 2015

    The 2015 Shiraz shows textbook black pepper spice and violets on the nose with hints of Cape fynbos and black currant.  The intense fruit flavours follow on the palate with firm tannin and a fresh acidity that promises great ageing potential.

    Pinotage 2016
    IWC Silver Medal

    A bottle of Groot Constantia Pinotage 2016

    A bold, generous, rich, plummy fruit with notes of dark chocolate and mocha. A traditional style of Pinotage, of earthy farmyard qualities interlaced with full dark fruits.

    While we do have the Groot Constantia wines in stock, you will need to wait a bit longer for some of these other award winners. We expect the arrival of the Glenwood Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2016 over the course of the next month. The Asara wines and the La Couronne Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 will be arriving at Hard To Find Wines over the next few months.

  • Food and Wine Pairing: Spring Selection

    A wonderful wine choice for the spring season is Haute Cabriere Pierre Jourdan Tranquille. Here is a beautiful, well-designed spring starter created by Haute Cabriere's chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller that pairs well with this wine.

    "Beetroot and goat’s cheese is a classic combination. We added a playful element with the kataifi pastry making it perfect to use for home entertaining," says Nic van Wyk.

    Kataifi wrapped goats’ cheese with baby beets and honey vinaigrette paired with Haute Cabrière Pierre Jourdan Tranquille

    A bottle of Haute Cabriere Pierre Jourdan Tranquille with cherry blossoms

    Ingredients
    Serves 4

    2x 100g plain goats’ cheese
    250 g kataifi pastry
    12 baby red beetroot
    2 candy beetroot
    100 g baby salad leaves
    50 ml honey (and a little extra)
    50 ml white balsamic vinegar
    100 ml good olive oil
    Salt and pepper
    Oil for frying

    Method
    For the goats’ cheese, cut the logs each into 4. Wrap the quarters in kataifi pastry by winding a 1cm diameter bunch around the goat’s cheese, ensuring all the cheese is covered. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

    To make the vinaigrette, warm the honey then add the balsamic vinegar and take off the heat, add the olive oil a little at a time while whisking, once emulsified, season with salt and pepper.

    For the beetroot, boil the red beetroot in salted water until soft.  While warm remove the skin and cut in quarters, work fast so the beetroot stays warm when adding the vinaigrette. Dress with the vinaigrette and leave to stand for at least 30 minutes.

    Fry the wrapped goats’ cheese balls until golden brown, add a small squeeze of honey on each one and leave on kitchen paper to drain any excess oil. Work quickly to slice the candy beetroot as thin as possible on a mandolin or slicer, leave some aside to garnish, add to the baby leaves and add some vinaigrette, toss. To plate, place the salad down, put the goats’ cheese on top, and place the red beetroot around, along with some of sliced candy beetroot.

  • Meet Oria Palmer: an Interview

    Hard To Find Wines recently began stocking Twenty Twelve Wines, by Es Fangar in Mallorca. We put a few questions to Oria Palmer of Es Fangar about wine, Mallorca and some insider secrets for visitors from the UK.

    Question: What do you do at Es Fangar?

    I am responsible for the International Sales. I often present the wines at events to both professional and private clients to share the passion we have for the island and its indigenous grapes.

    Question: How did you get into the industry?

    I’m from Stellenbosch, South Africa, so wine is in my blood! I started doing cellar door sales as a part time job while at university. I quickly became fascinated by the complexity of each grape variety. The patient winemaker took me under his wing and opened my eyes to the magic in the vines and the cellar. It has stayed my passion ever since!

    Question: Tell us about a highlight since starting at Es Fangar.

    Jumping into the turquoise Mediterranean while still sticky from grape juice after a long hot day during the harvest!

    Question: What is special about the way Es Fangar creates wines?

    Organic Excellence! Wine is made in the vineyards, and we give ours the utmost respect, nurturing the ecosystem at every level. On Mallorca we have the gift of indigenous grape varieties and it is important to us to use these to show the real character of the island. And of course, all of this is done to the highest level of quality.

    Question: What sets Twenty Twelve wines apart from other wines?

    Twenty Twelve embodies the Mediterranean spirit! They are fun and fresh, but at the same time offer us intensity and complexity.

    Question: Which is your favourite Twenty Twelve wine? Tell us why?

    Twenty Twelve PINK is my favourite as it is just perfect for every occasion. It is a super apero with my girlfriends, as well as the perfect accompaniment to tapas, sushi, Mexican and fusion foods of all variations! I never go to a BBQ without a bottle, or 2!

    Question: What about wine are you most passionate?

    My passion for wine stems from pure wonder: in wine we combine the powers of nature and man's creativity to produce something that is both a work of art and a living changing being. This is alchemy!

    Question: What do you do on your day off?

    I am a huge fan of a lavish picnic! It combines my love for nature, adventure and fantastic food and wine! On Mallorca it’s either off to a hidden cove, a sea side cliff or into the Tramuntana mountains for a hike, followed by a well-deserved bottle of Twenty Twelve!

    Question: What off-the-beaten-track secret can you divulge about Mallorca for Hard To Find Wines visitors?

    Come in spring! Avoid the crowds, see the island in fresh green. Make an appointment to come and visit us at Es Fangar Vins and you will be given a tour of our magnificent property with vines, horses and a nature reserve. Enjoy a tasting at an old stone cottage in the middle of the vines to really see and feel our unique terroir. This is the heart of Mallorca.

  • Spring wines for all occasions

    With the return of spring bulbs and cherry blossoms and longer days, comes a shift in what we like to drink. Spring is a tough time of year for wine choices. Some days it’s warm and whites and roses are the wine of choice and other days it’s like winter is holding on and you really want a glass of red.

    Here is a selection of wines that will get you through this slightly awkward spring season!

    SPARKLING

    Galanti
    Prosecco Extra Dry NV
    £13.99

    A bottle of Galanti Prosecco

    A fine, persistent, soft fizz surrounds a fruit spectrum of apple, pear with a hint of peach. This extra dry Prosecco from Galanti in Veneto, offers a quality sparkling wine at great value for money. Produced using the traditional grape variety in the region, Glera, this is a great wine for spring parties.

    WHITE BLENDS

    GlenWood
    Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2016
    £10.99

    A bottle of GlenWood Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015

    This Bordeaux style blend of Sauvignon Blanc with its higher acidity and prominent passion fruit and Semillon with its weight and structure produces a refreshing white for warmer spring days. Pairing well with a BBQ or lighter dishes like grilled fish or goats cheese, this blend of 50% Sauvignon Blanc and 50% Semillon works equally well on its own.

    GlenWood produces two other Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends: GlenWood Vigneron’s Selection Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and GlenWood Grand Duc Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.

    Mont Rochelle
    Little Rock Blanc 2015
    £11.99

    A bottle of Mont Rochelle Little Rock Blanc 2015

    Blended using four different grapes: Semillon, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, The Little Rock Blanc is a very fresh, clean wine, ideal for spring. Pale straw green in colour with a delicate peach and citrus profile, the wine is elegant with balanced texture and acidity. A great wine for everyday enjoyment!

    ALBARIÑO

    Qunita do Ermizio
    Vinha do Bouca 2016
    £12.99

    A bottle of Quinta Vinha da Bouca

    A different and very mineral single varietal Alvarinho. A delicate bouquet combined with a soft and fresh palate developing fruit and mineral hints. Good structure and mouth-filling with a long a clean finish. This is a wine with a refreshingly and harmonious aftertaste. This wine pairs well with fish or light meat dishes.

    ROSE

    Haute Cabriere
    Pierre Jourdan Tranquille NV
    £8.99

    A bottle of Pierre Jourdan Tranquille wine

    The fragrant bouquet introduces a wine with a fine fruit and dry finish. The colour is a slight blush of pink, to be expected, as it relates to the Pinot Noir component of the blend. Tranquille displays an extended after taste, giving the imbiber the opportunity to contemplate and enjoy the wine whilst the flavours linger on the palate.

    Bladen
    Pinot Rose 2017
    £13.99

    Bladen Rose 2016

    Salmon-blush with a pink hue. Lifted red fresh fruit notes, such as strawberry and raspberry on the nose with a touch of thyme and fresh herbs adding to the complexity. Juicy watermelon and fresh summer fruits on the palate, with a hint of creaming soda. The palate is crisp and refreshing, with a dry finish.

    REDS

    Haute Cabriere
    Unwooded Pinot Noir 2016
    £11.99

    A bottle of Haute Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir

    A light fruity red, with a vibrant colour and fresh strawberry nose, perfect for spring. Totally unwooded allowing the fresh soft red fruits to emerge, an ideal summer red which can be served slightly chilled.

    Visit our website to make your selection today from our wide range.

  • Twenty Twelve Wines - a Mallorcan experience

    Hard To Find Wines welcomes Twenty Twelve Wines by Es Fangar, the oldest estate on Mallorca, to our selection this week.

    The Eisenmann family bought Es Fangar in 2000. They have been reconstructing and replanting the land since. Currently, the reclaimed land stands at 1,000 ha, making Es Fangar the Balearics’ largest ecological finca, or estate.

    The vineyards at Es Fangar constitute 56 ha, planted with Mallorcan varieties
    Prensal, Giró Blanc, Callet, Manto Negro and Gargollassa and international varieties Chardonnay, Viognier, Muscat, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Another 400 ha of the estate are left as natural grassland which suits a wide variety of flora and fauna, including tortoises, rabbits, wild goats and a multitude of birds.

    Biodiversity and sustainability

    Es Fangar has full organic certification and makes use of an unusual biological agent to help with the vineyards: bees. Beehives are scattered throughout the estate, 22 colonies in total! The bees are partial to the grape juice and any punctured grapes that would otherwise mould, are hollowed out by the six colonies that live near the vineyards.

    The Es Fangar bees are treated with great care by apiculturists who support the hives in a number of ways. Honey remains in the hives as food for the bees and to ensure their immune systems remain strong. Water is provided by drinking troughs. Even homeopathic treatments are provided!

    Innovations in winemaking

    Quality is a big factor in Es Fangar's winemaking processes. There are a number of different ways that Es Fangar has approached making improvements to their winemaking processes to ensure their organic grapes and, in turn, their wines are of the best possible quality.

    To prevent loss of quality during the harvest, Es Fangar has tailor-made a solution. An electrified monorail system has been created to transport the handpicked grapes into the tanks in the condition they were picked.

    Es Fangar uses organic, plant and clay-based methods of fining. This makes the process more difficult for the winemaker, but produces a better quality wine that tastes better. This also makes Twenty Twelve wines perfect for vegans!

    All these and other steps such as timing viticultural events to the lunar calendar, ensure very carefully produced quality wines. Purchase your bottles today through the Hard To Find Wines website, by clicking on the links below.

    Es Fangar
    Twenty Twelve Pink 2016
    £14.99

    A bottle of Twenty Twelve Pink 2016

    This unconventional rosé, blended from Callet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Manto Negro, is crisp, dry and bursting with berries and spice. A clean and bright strawberry red colour. On the nose, fresh, red fruits through to red flowers with a mineral background on the finish. Once left to breathe, steeped fruits and spices emerge. The palate is fresh and fruity with good acidity, medium-bodied with red fruit notes, juicy, with a medium to long finish.

    Es Fangar
    Twenty Twelve White 2016
    £14.99

    A bottle of Twenty Twelve White 2016

    A floral explosion dominates this aromatic, dry aperitif, blended from Muscat, Viognier and Prensal. An attractive, pale yellow wine that is clean, bright and clear. On the nose, stone fruits, white flowers, honey and balsamic notes.  The spicy background of pink pepper and ginger notes contribute to the abundant array of aromatics. A fresh palate with very good acidity and ripe fruit followed by a sweet, long and generous aftertaste.

    Es Fangar
    Twenty Twelve Black 2016
    £14.99

    A bottle of Twenty Twelve Black 2016

    Berries dominate in this blend of Callet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Gorgollasa and Manto Negro. An impressive cherry red colour with violet tones in this bright, medium depth wine. On the nose, are fruits with violets, black pepper, cloves, and Mediterranean forest aromatics, including thyme and rosemary. The palate is fresh and light, fruity and velvety smooth with ripe tannins and round with a lingering finish.

  • Welcome to Quinta do Ermízio!

    This week, Hard To Find Wines welcomes Quinta do Ermízio, a tiny vineyard producing just 3 handmade whites in the Vinho Verde region of Portugal (40,000 bottles per year in total). Quinta do Ermízio has been passionately producing Alvarinho, Loureiro and Trajadura wines for generations.

    Concept

    Quinta do Ermízio believes that wine profile and character begins in the vineyard. The wine-making technology used in the winery enhances what already exists in the grapes and amplifies the house style. A minimalist wine-making philosophy is used along with no use of oak or low temperature fermentation. The objective is to magnify the expression of the terroir, the character of soil, climate and grape variety on the wine. This allows the style to be maintained while still allowing the differences between each vintage to show through.

    Harvest

    A photo of the harvest at Quinta

    Grapes are hand-picked and transported to the winery in small containers and immediately processed. Grapes from different varieties and vineyard plots are processed individually to either be bottled on their own, to enhance expression of a certain terroir, or they are blended to produce wines according to Quinta style and character.

    Bottle ageing

    Quinta do Ermízio produces wines that age well, in contrast to the usual perception of Vinho Verde wines. Their wines are often better the following year and last for many years in bottle.

    Purchase your bottles today through the Hard To Find Wines website, by clicking on the links below.

    Quinta do Ermízio
    Campo do Porral 2016
    £7.99

    A bottle of Quinta Campo do Porral

    A classic Vinho Verde, a blend of Loureiro and Trajadura, fresh and easy to drink, but expressing the terroir and the character of the grape varieties. An elegant nose, soft and long palate, and clean and fresh finish. Easy drinking with roundness and pleasant mouth feel. To be drunk when young but due to its acidity and structure it can age for a few years. Serve at 8 ºC. Best with a snack or light fish courses. Also very good as an aperitif.

    Quinta do Ermízio
    Vinha do Cuco 2016
    £10.99

    A bottle of Quinta Vinha du Coco

    A blend of 70% Alvarinho and 30% Loureiro, this is a charming wine due to its elegant and distinct nose.  The palate is round and intense, lovely fruit and fresh acidity, with a clean and mineral finish. The combination of a discrete nose with mouth feeling makes this wine very pleasant to drink. Only 10,000 bottles were produced. Serve at 10 ºC directly from the bottle. Best when accompanying an entrée or fish courses.

    Quinta do Ermízio
    Vinha da Bouca 2016
    £12.99

    A bottle of Quinta Vinha da Bouca

    A different and very mineral Alvarinho. Delicate bouquet combined with soft and fresh palate developing fruit and mineral hints. Good structure and mouth-filling with a long a clean finish. This is a wine with a refreshingly and harmonious aftertaste that requires some time to be fully understood. Only 10,000 bottles produced. Serve at 10 ºC directly from the bottle. Best when accompanying fish or light meat.

  • Calling all cricket fans!

    Get on the front foot with this prize draw exclusive to the UK!

    Did you know that First XI Wines are now available for delivery in the UK through Hard To Find Wines?

    The Belter, The Partnership and The Centurion Wines, created by South African cricketers Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, are available for delivery to your door.

    To celebrate, we have this fantastic prize up for grabs:

    • a cricket bat signed by South African cricketers Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers
    • a case of First XI Wines created by Faf and AB and the team at Infinity Wines.

    Enter our prize draw to stand a chance to win this super cricket prize!

    Click here to enter online or to enter through Facebook.

    Prize draw open to UK residents 18+ only. No purchase necessary. Prize draw closes Sunday, 15 April 2018. See full Terms and Conditions when you enter.

  • First XI Wines: Wines to Bowl You Over

    We took a trip recently to Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek, South Africa to meet Anya Grobler, the woman behind Infinity Wines. Anya introduced us to the First XI Wines and filled us in on the journey the team has taken in creating their wines.

    The story began in 2013. Four friends and legendary cricketing heroes, Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers, Mike Hussey and Stephen Fleming enjoyed a meal together where they discussed a shared vision: to make a wine of excellent quality and craftsmanship.

    Faf introduced the cricketers to Infinity Wines which led to the creation of First XI Wines. All the First XI Wines are made at Rickety Bridge by winemaker Wynand Grobler. The first wine released as a result of this collaboration was the First XI The Belter 2014.

     

    Infinity Wines
    The First XI The Belter 2015
    £14.99

    A bottle of Infinity First XI Wine The Belter 2015

    Hard To Find Wines currently stocks The Belter 2015, a Rhone-style blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Cinsault, Tannat and Viognier. Silky soft on the palate with succulent tannins and notes of white pepper, red fruit, chocolate and cherry tobacco on the nose, the wine was matured in small French oak barrels for 15 months. All grapes used to make this wine were hand-picked. The Belter is a very accessible, good quality wine with good aging ability. Only 6,000 bottles were produced.

    Enjoy The Belter with ostrich or beef carpaccio, duck, venison and rump steak with pepper sauce.

    Infinity Wines
    The First XI The Partnership 2015
    £19.99

    A bottle of Infinity First XI The Partnership 2015

    The First XI The Partnership is the flagship of the First XI Wines. It is an intriguing, multi-dimensional, Bordeaux-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. It shows great concentration and length with pureness and focus on the palate. A red fruit driven wine with silky but present tannins shape, the wine spends 20 months in oak barrels. Only 4,000 bottles were produced.

    The Partnership pairs well with a slow roasted leg of lamb.

    Infinity Wines
    The First XI The Centurion 2015
    £35.00

    A bottle of Infinity First XI Wines The Centurion 2015

    The First XI The Centurion is a single varietal Cinsault, irresistible and well-balanced with bright, ruby-red hues. This wine is produced from old, unirrigated bushvines planted in 1954, selected for unique, prominent terroir flavours.  Only 10% of the wine was aged in older French oak barrels with the rest being stored in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine presents aromas of cherry, red berry, white pepper and some spicy notes on the nose and savoury, spice and fruit flavours complimented by freshness and subtle oaking on the palate.

    An ideal pairing for The Centurion is roasted springbok or venison loin.

    Competition time!

    A photo of a cricket bat signed by South African cricketers Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers alongside a promotional wine container for First XI Wines

    In celebration of the arrival of First XI Wines in the UK, through Hard To Find Wines, for two weeks only, we have this fantastic prize up for grabs:

    1. a cricket bat signed by South African cricketers Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers
    2. a case of First XI Wines created by Faf and AB and the team at Infinity Wines.

    Enter our prize draw to stand a chance to win this super prize! Click here to enter online: https://gleam.io/cCqTI/hard-to-find-wines-first-xi-wines-competition or to enter through Facebook: https://gleam.io/fb/cCqTI.

    Prize draw open to UK residents only. You must be over 18 to enter. No purchase necessary. Prize draw closes Sunday, 15 April 2018. See full Terms and Conditions when you enter.

Items 1 to 10 of 102 total

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. ...
  7. 11