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Monthly Archives: April 2013

  • Hard To Find Wines sponsors Cape Town Opera Recital

    Cape Town Opera

    We are proud to be part of a special Opera Recital to be held in London on Monday 13th May, put on by the Cape Town Opera society. Those lucky enough to attend will be treated to a wonderful evening of Opera, along with wines provided by Hard to Find Wines.

    Guests will be able to enjoy two of our favourite wines from Franschhoek in South Africa, Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2012 and Glenwood Shiraz 2007. From any sales on the evening, 10% will be donated to the Cape Town Opera to help them continue the excellent work they do providing opportunities for young disadvantaged performers in South Africa.

    Tickets are extremely limited, but we have been lucky enough to obtain a couple of pairs, so please contact us if you would be interested in attending the event on 01746 389749.

  • Malbec World Day 17th April 2013

    Malbec Day

    To celebarate Malbec World Day this year we are offering a 5% discount on all of our Malbecs, along with a special offer mixed Malbec case for £68.62, a 10% reduction to get you in the Malbec mood!

    Although now often associated with Argentina, the Malbec grape varietal has its roots in France as one of the 5 permitted in the production of Bordeaux wines to add complexity and additional tannins. It's characteristics are generally deep ruby colouration, a rich nose and plummy notes on the palate. Rarely delicate, it is a grape for those who enjoy full bodied fruity reds!

    Although a difficult grape to grow, partly due to its thinner skin, it is now being taken up in other regions such as New Zealand and South Africa where it is still often used as a grape for blending usually with Merlot. At Hard to Find Wines we have great examples of this from our boutique vineyards of Moana Park and Bladen. From South Africa we have one of the very few single varietal Malbecs being produced at Vrede en Lust with their Mocholate Malbec, producing stunning flavours of rich plum with hints of chocolate and coffee.

  • New vintage of Villa Mangiacane Riserva hits Decanter top spot!

    Decanter Award

    The May addition of wine magazine Decanter sees their latest panel tasting for the 2009 vintages of Chianti Classico Riservas. The judges made up of Michael Palij MW, Emily O'Hare and Richard Baudins were all impressed by the drinkability and balance of the 89 wines tasted.

    Out of these 89 wines, 17 were Highly Recommended but only one was rated as Outstanding with a score of 95/100 - our very own Villa Mangiacane Chianti Classico Riserva 2009.

    Now enjoying their 10th anniversary the current team at Villa Mangiacane have worked hard to maintain exacting standards from their wines, and are delighted to receive this prestigious accolade from Decanter. We currently hold back vintages from Villa Mangiacane including 2003 and 2004 of their Riserva and their flagship Aleah wine.

    To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Villa Mangiacane in Tuscany they are also releasing a small quantity of special limited edition Chianti Classico which will be available through Hard to Find Wines, with those lucky enough to find a special cork winning a luxury weekend in the fabulous Villa Mangiacane Villa!

    The Decanter Riserva 2009 tasting notes:

    Richard Baudains, Subtle, complex nose, with dried flowers and white
    pepper. Great structure and complexity on the palate, concentrated but
    agile. Punchy and long. Great prospects. Lovely wine.

    Emily O’Hare, Smells like copper pennies, like hands after coins. Warm,
    sweet mouthfeel. The fruit is ripe and soft – super curvy wine; acidity is
    present but not pronounced. A saline quality, almost salty. Enjoyable now.

    Michael Palij MW, Traditional nose with dusty wood, red fruit and a
    balsamic character. Lots of spice, leather, and black fruit underneath. Fine
    tannins from oak, impressive length. Restrained, high-altitude fruit and
    delicate oak lending structure and complexity.

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