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  • New Zealand Pinot Noir

    Pinot Noir is the second-most-planted grape variety in New Zealand. The cool New Zealand climate and intense UV ray exposure (due to the hole in the ozone layer in that region) result in complex, fruit-driven wines with silky texture and tannins.

    We stock some excellent New Zealand Pinot Noir. Read further to learn more about their origins and profiles.

    Martinborough
    Martinborough is a small town in the South Wairarapa District, an hour's drive north of Wellington. Soil conditions in Wairarapa closely resemble those of Burgundy. Wines are complex and earthy with dark plummy and savoury aromas and are rich in structure.

    We recommend Te Hera's Pinot Noir if you would like to sample wines from this region.

    Central Otago
    New Zealand’s southernmost wine region has vineyards carved into hills, next to gorges and on slopes surrounded by mountain peaks. A short growing season with hot days and cool nights ensures fruit-driven wines with cherry and plum flavours.

    Our recommendations for Central Otago wines are by Remarkable and Bannock Brae.

    Marlborough
    Best known as New Zealand's biggest producer of incredible Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough produces some very good quality Pinot Noir as a result of the hillsides and cool southern valleys.

    Fresh with bright red fruit flavours, we would recommend wines by Bladen and The Crossings.

    To see which amazing New Zealand Pinot Noir wines Hard to Find Wines has available, read on!


    Te Hera

    Te Hera is one of a small number of wineries around Martinborough and produces, in our opinion, the best Pinot Noir in the area.

    Te Hera Kiritea Pinot Noir 2012

    A bottle of Te Hera Kiritea Pinot Noir 2012

    Redcurrant with a hint of strawberries and eucalyptus on the nose. Smooth with vibrant fruit on the palate, layers of dark cherry and tobacco. Fine and elegant with just enough acidity and tannins to provide balance.
    Was £16.99
    Now £11.89

    Te Hera Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

    A bottle of Te Hera Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

    A refined ruby colour, gentle warmth on the nose coupled with blackcurrants and brambles. Cherries and plums initially on the palate opening to sweeter redcurrant fruit. Drinking now but will improve over the next ten years.
    £23.99


    Remarkable Wines

    Remarkable Wines produces strikingly fragrant, fruit-driven Pinot Noir from organic vineyards located at Bannockburn and the Gibbston Valley.

    Remarkable Gibbston Pinot Noir 2007

    A bottle of Remarkable Gibbston Pinot Noir

    Damson, plum and cherry on the nose, with some herbal notes. The palate is ripe but fresh with cherry and plum fruits, meaty spicy notes and good acidity.
    £32.00

    Remarkable Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2008

    A bottle of Remarkable Bannockburn Pinot Noir

    Aroma of black currants and cherries with dark berry fruit flavours overlaid with mild oak and soft tannin. Matured for 12 months in French oak barrels.
    £21.99


    Bannock Brae

    Catherine and Crawford Brown, owners of Bannock Brae, pursue the highest quality wines and over just ten vintages have become New Zealand's most-awarded Pinot Noir producing vineyard.

    Bannock Brae Estate Goldfields Pinot Noir 2008

    A bottle of Bannock Brae Goldfields

    A rich plummy red. Flavours of plums, cherries, and berries, with a background of liquorice, mushrooms and spice. Silky, velvety tannins round this wine off nicely.
    £30.00

    Bannock Brae Estate Barrell Selection Pinot Noir 2008

    A bottle of Bannock Brae Barrel Select

    A rich plummy red, with flavours similar to that of the Goldfields: plums, cherries, berries, liquorice, mushrooms and spice. Colour and palate are slightly more intense than its brother.
    £32.00


    Bladen Wines

    Dave and Christine Macdonald, owners of Bladen Vineyard, are well-known for their friendly cellar door welcome. Their focus on handcrafting ensures consistent, excellent quality.

    Bladen Pinot Rose 2017

    Bladen Rose 2017

    Salmon-blush with a pink hue. Lifted red fresh fruit notes of strawberry and raspberry on the nose with fresh herbs adding to the complexity. Juicy watermelon and fresh summer fruits on the palate, with a hint of creaming soda.
    £13.99

    Bladen Pinot Noir 2015

    A bottle of Bladen Pinot Noir

    Deep-ruby colour. Red cherries and plum, a delicate aniseed and cinnamon note on the nose. Medium-bodied with red fruit flavours, spicy oak and savoury complexity. Gentle tannins and lingering acidity give velvet-like texture and a fine finish.
    £19.99


    The Crossings

    Located in the Awatere Valley, the vineyard has been part of the Yealands Family wine group since 2011 and is part of the New Zealand sustainable wine-growing programme.

    The Crossings Pinot Noir Awatere Valley 2013

    A bottle of The Crossings Pinot Noir 2013

    Balanced Pinot from Marlborough's Awatere Valley. Light in style with fragrant red fruit.
    £16.99

    The Crossings Pinot Noir Awatere Valley 2014

    A bottle of The Crossings Pinot Noir 2014

    A mid-weight Pinot Noir. Succulent red fruits and supple tannin structure. Ready to be enjoyed.
    £14.99


     

    Visit our website now to purchase your New Zealand Pinot Noir today!

  • Cantine San Marzano

    The small village of San Marzano is situated in the centre of the Primitivo di Manduria DOC region of Italy. In 1962, 19 winemakers joined forces and founded Cantine San Marzano.

    San Marzano has expanded in subsequent years and has become one of the most popular, well-known wineries in Puglia.

    Grape varieties used in the production of San Marzano Wines include Sauvignon, Malvasia, Negroamaro, Chardonnay, Moscato, Verdeca and the region's own Primitivo grape.

    The turning point in the history of Cantine San Marzano came in 1996 when San Marzano opened their own bottling plant. This took the winery on a new path.

    Where they had previously produced wine used only for blending with wines from other areas of Italy and Europe, San Marzano could now produce and bottle wine under their own label.

    A bottle of San Marzano Edda with a village scene in the background

    San Marzano has grown a dedicated and extensive following. Explore the high-quality wines produced by San Marzano today to see why!

    Il Pumo IGT Salento Primitivo
    2017
    £9.99

    A bottle of Il Pumo Primitivo 2017

    Deep ruby red with violet reflections. Intense and wide on the nose, with red fruit notes. A full-bodied wine, fresh and balanced.

    Anniversario 62, Primitivo di Manduria Riserva
    2014
    £24.50

    A bottle of San Marzano Anniversario 62

    Deep and complex flavours of prunes, black cherry, spice and tobacco weave through the full-bodied palate with its velvety texture and long, savoury finish.

    Cinquanta Collezione NV
    £22.50

    A bottle of San Marzano Cinquanta Collezione NV

    A rich Primitivo, ruby red with purple reflections. An intense and complex bouquet with fruity notes and spicy hints that recall vanilla and liquorice. Intense on the palate, with great structure and smoothness, long finish.

    Salento Bianco Edda 2017
    £17.99

    A bottle of San Marzano Edda

    Straw yellow colour with golden reflections. Mellow citrus fruits and delicate vanilla floral notes fill the nose. Generous in its elegance, fresh, delicate and mineral, tropical white stone fruits give a smooth backbone.

  • Just in time for International Pinotage Day!

    Half case of South African Pinotage on offer!

    The 2nd Saturday every October celebrates South Africa's own grape varietal, Pinotage. Wineries producing Pinotage in SA mark the International Pinotage Day with events, promotions and wine tastings.

    The grape produces deep red wine with cherry, tobacco, liquorice and earthy flavours. Despite its reputation, good quality Pinotage should not smell of acetone! Carefully produced and aged, it should have aromas of red and dark fruit, graphite, coffee and chocolate.


    History of Pinotage

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    The varietal was created in 1925 by South African, Abraham Izak Perold. Perold was the first Professor of Viticulture at Stellenbosch University. Attempting to combine the best qualities of Cinsault (called Hermitage in SA) and Pinot Noir, Perold's experiments resulted in a grape that was easy to grow but not necessarily easy to work with when creating great wines.

    Future of Pinotage

    Black grapes on a vine

    While the majority of Pinotage is produced in South Africa, the wine is experiencing a revival with winemakers around the globe taking up the challenge of creating a great Pinotage.

    The latest vineyard to experiment with this grape is Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in Horsham, so within five years, we could be seeing an English Pinotage!


    Half Case of Pinotage now only £60!

    Half case of South African Pinotage

    We have selected 6 wines we believe best exemplify the unique Pinotage grape, from wineries in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Swartland and the far Northern Cape.

    For a short time, we are offering this half case at a 19% discount.


    Rickety Bridge
    Pinotage
    2016

    A bottle of Rickety Bridge Pinotage

    Usually £11.99

    A classic Pinotage with a velvety palate, well-integrated tannins and hints of smokiness and chocolate. A total of 12 months of barrel maturation.

    Orange River Cellars
    Pinotage
    2014

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars Pinotage

    Usually £6.99

    Deep red, earthy colouring. Fresh dark berry aromas on the nose. The palate layers raspberries, blackcurrant, nutmeg and a small amount of earthiness at the end.

    La Couronne
    Pinotage
    2016

    A bottle of La Couronne Pinotage

    Usually £11.99

    A rich full-bodied wine with an earthy aroma and dark fruits. The palate is smooth and succulent with touches of spice, brambles, dark cherry and blackcurrant. A classic Pinotage from the heart of Franschhoek.

    Swartland Winery
    Founder's Pinotage
    2016

    A bottle of Swartland Wineries Pinotage

    Usually £8.99

    An earthy Pinotage from the Swartland region of South Africa. A purple red colour in the glass. Brambly notes and deep red fruit on the palate. Bright red fruit, liquorice and spice on the nose.

    Lanzerac
    Pinotage
    2014

    A bottle of Lanzerac Pinotage

    Usually £14.99

    Full-bodied with plums and ripe dark fruits. Balanced oaking and a rounded mouth feel. Complex with good levels of tannin structure allowing for excellent ageing potential over the next 10 years.

    Groot Constantia
    Pinotage
    2016

    A bottle of Groot Constantia Pinotage

    Usually £18.49

    A traditional style of Pinotage. A deep purple, red colour. A rich juicy palate with earthy farmyard qualities and full dark fruits. This wine has good ageing potential.


    Don't delay! Make sure you purchase your case today at £60!

  • South African Sweet Wine Awards

    WineMag.co.za Launches Inaugural South African Sweet Wine Report

    South African Sweet Wines have been pitted against one another and an international contender in the inaugural WineMag.co.za Sweet Wine Report. The South African Wines proved their quality and according to the Report they "can stand alongside the same from anywhere in the world" with very good results.

    The inaugural Sweet Wine Report focused on wines in the categories of Natural Sweet, Noble Late Harvest, Straw Wine, Hanepoot and Muscadel.

    Wines were tasted blind by the panel of three with scoring done according to the 100-point quality scale.

    For more on the report, visit WineMag.co.za.

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    To see which of the award-winning Sweet Wines Hard to Find Wines has available, read on!

    NOBLE LATE HARVEST

    GlenWood
    Grand Duc Noblesse NV
    £19.99

    GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV

    91 Points
    Stunning dessert wine produced from Semillon and a dash of Sauvignon Blanc, cosseted in oak for 3 years. Hedonistic yet superbly balanced with deep layers of kumquat, honey and fynbos.

    Buitenverwachting
    1769
    2015
    £17.99

    A bottle of Buitenverwachting 1769 2015

    93 Points
    Noble Late Harvest dessert wine produced by Buitenverwachting in Cape Town's Constantia Wine Route. Honey and apricot embrace a sweet sticky liquid with a lingering sugary aftertaste.


    STRAW WINE

    Orange River Cellars
    Straw Wine
    2014
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars Straw Wine

    91 Points
    The grapes for this wine were air dried for 3 weeks before crushing. Allowed to ferment in second fill 225-litre oak barrels. Amber colouration with white stone fruit and peach and just a gentle hint of spiced almonds.


    MUSCADEL

    Orange River Cellars
    Red Muscadel NV
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel

    91 Points
    Orange-red colouration, a lighter style of fortified wine. Raisins and sultanas with a light fruity sweetness and just a hint of orange peel.

    Orange River Cellars
    White Muscadel NV
    £9.99

    A bottle of Orange River Cellars White Muscadel

    90 Points
    A deep golden hue, intense ripe fruit blossom and dried figs. Light and fresh with a balanced sweetness.

  • GlenWood Vineyards' Recent Awards

    On Thursday, 4 October and Saturday, 6 October, DP Burger of GlenWood Vineyards in Franschhoek, South Africa will be hosting events with Hard To Find Wines in celebration of GlenWood's award-winning wines.

    To give some perspective on how excellent their wines are, here are some of GlenWood Vineyards' recent awards.

     


     

     

     Glenwood - Chardonnay - Vigneron's Selection - 2015

    Vigneron’s Selection Chardonnay 2016

    - Decanter World Wine Awards – Silver
    - International Wine and Spirits Competition – Silver
    - South African Wine Index – Platinum (95+)
    - Prescient Chardonnay Report – 92 points
    - Franschhoek Appellation Grand Prestige Status
    - Chardonnay du Monde – Silver
    - Vitis Vinifera – Gold
    - Winemag Chardonnay Report – 92 points

    A bottle of GlenWood Grand Duc Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Grand Duc Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    - SA Terroir Wine Awards – Best in District
    - Platter’s 4.5* (92 points)

    GlenWood Grand Duc Noblesse NV

    Grand Duc Noblesse 2014

    - Winemag Sweet Wine report – 90 points

    Would you like to learn of previous awards won by GlenWood? Take a look at one of our previous blog posts.

    For more information on our upcoming London and Shropshire GlenWood events, visit our blog here. Book your tickets - don't delay!

  • Hard To Find Wines welcomes Iona Wines!

    Iona Wines, owned by Andrew and Roxy Gunn, is situated at 420m above sea-level in the Elgin Valley in South Africa and is proud to be the coolest vineyard in South Africa.

    Planting began in 1998, with Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot the first vines planted. These were followed by Chardonnay, Semillon and Pinot Noir. Shortly after Iona's first vintage in 2001, they became one of South Africa’s top producers of Sauvignon Blanc.

    Iona’s close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the prevailing southerly winds result in their grapes ripening up to two months later than other Cape vineyards.

     

    Andrew says, "Wines are made in the vineyard, and the best wines come from cool to moderate temperature climes, with low summer rainfall and low potential soils."

    An aerial view at Iona Wines in Elgin, South Africa

    Sustainable Practices

    To ensure the wines they produce are lively, Iona uses no synthetic fertilisers, snail pellets or insecticides in their vineyards. All compost is created using biodynamic methods and preparations, including manure produced by Iona's five cows!

    Winter cover crops of legumes, oats and clovers grow between the vineyard rows. These are used to nourish and mulch the vineyards in turn.

    Chickens at Iona Wines

    Philosophy

    Owners Andrew and Rozy put all their focus and passion into Iona. Everything is done in-house as a result.

    The team at Iona strives to make wine that "expresses the soils and climate as closely as possible, making use of sustainable farming methods and to maximise the use of natural products in farming and winemaking."

    Wines

    A bottle of Iona One Man Band

    Iona Wines
    One Man Band 2011
    £24.99

    Elegant with ripe, juicy red and black fruit. Lovely white pepper and sweet, exotic spice on the nose. The entry is intense, with underlying cedar wood, followed by a long savoury, earthy finish with fine-grained tannins.
    Shiraz 57%, Merlot 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 9%, Petit Verdot 9%, Mataro 7%, Viognier 3%.

    A bottle of Iona Sauvignon Blanc

    Iona Wines
    Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    £12.99

    Beautiful purity of limes and ripe gooseberry, with tropical, floral and fine herbal notes, ruby grapefruit and white pear drop on the finish. This cool climate Sauvignon blanc is vibrant, mineral, elegant, balanced and delicate, with a long, layered and complex length.

    A bottle of Iona Chardonnay

    Iona Wines
    Chardonnay 2017
    £19.99

    Stylish and Burgundian with lime and lemon undertones.
    Bright citrus, oyster shell minerality, and a hint of almonds and biscuit brioche on the finish.
    Beautiful floral notes and bright fresh acidity persist.

    A bottle of Iona Pinot Noir

    Iona Wines
    Pinot Noir 2014
    £21.99

    Succulent black cherry aroma, bright but delicate and hints of forest floor, with underlying floral and spicy notes. On the palate, the wine is powerful, with silk-textured length.

    A bottle of Iona Solace Syrah

    Iona Wines
    Solace 2015
    £21.99

    Red berry fruit, spiced with white pepper and floral notes. Supple, intense palate with fine matched by fruit depth.

  • Meet DP Burger of GlenWood: an Interview

    On 4 and 6 October 2018, Hard To Find Wines will welcome DP Burger, Cellar Master of GlenWood Vineyards in Franschhoek, South Africa, to the UK to host two events. One will be hosted in London and the other at High Grosvenor in Shropshire.

    Keep an eye on our social media or sign up for our newsletters to learn more about how to book for these events when details are released.

    In advance of these highly anticipated events, we put a few questions to DP to learn more about him and his history at GlenWood.

    Question: How did you get into the industry?

    My entire time growing up, I was always getting my hands dirty in the soil. I was born and raised on a farm in Franschhoek and as a 4thgeneration French Huguenot, agriculture has always been in my blood. I completed my school career at Boland Agricultural High School in Paarl, where my son, Divan, has just been enrolled. After that, I completed a Diploma in Viticulture at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch. THIS IS WHAT I WAS BORN TO DO.

    Question: Tell us about a highlight you particularly enjoyed at GlenWood?

    Harvesting time is always so fulfilling!!!!!!! This is when everything, all hard work of 11 months, comes together and I can get the feeling of how the wines will turn out. Exciting to say the least.

    Question: How does the unique setting of GlenWood affect the wines you create?

    GlenWood’s terroir brings something extremely unique to the viti- and viniculture processes. We have 6 different soil types on the farm and a microclimate truly unique to this special valley. This all contributes to wines with their own strong characters and is one of the reasons I have been with GlenWood for 27 years. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any vintner and at present it is all MINE.

    Question: What is special about the way GlenWood creates wines?

    My approach has always been “let the terroir do the work and only guide it through its paces”. I believe in minimal interference and true characteristically vinified wines. As an example, Chardonnay should taste like a Chardonnay you have never tasted before!

    Question: What sets GlenWood wines apart from other wines?

    Again, without hesitation, I will point to our unique terroir which is nowhere to be found, not even 7 kilometres away in the main Franschhoek Valley. I always describe these wines in a single sentence, “you can taste the GlenWood soil in each and every one of them”. Never will I be arrogant to say it is the best in the world, but without hesitation, I will point out that GlenWood Wines are special and unique to only this special little unknown valley near Franschhoek.

    Question: Which is your favourite GlenWood wine? Tell us why.

    An extremely unfair question as I like them all! On a serious note, I get this question a lot and answer as follow, “it all depends on my mood, what am I eating, outside temperature and, most importantly, what do I feel like enjoying”.

    Question: Tell us about a challenging moment in the story of GlenWood and how it was overcome.

    My biggest curveball was on 15 February 2018 when we were struck by a massive hail storm. 80% of our premium Chardonnay, Semillon and Merlot were destroyed, leaving me with the scrapes to vinify. This was truly an ultimate low for me as all the hard work was literarily lying on the ground. We pulled together believing that God had a plan and WOW! The wines we managed to make from these grapes are UNBELIEVABLE, to say the least. Best you get the orders in as there are not many bottles made from the 2018 vintage!

    Question: What about wine are you most passionate?

    Most definitely the entire industry. Wine builds bridges and I have been so privileged to see the world with a bottle of GlenWood in my hands. I have made friends all over the globe and every time we get together there WILL BE WINE INVOLVED! Where do you get such a great job?

    Question: What do you do on your day off?

    As a proud dad, my son Divan just received his Western Province colours for Deep Sea Angling and is now a proud Western Province Angler with me! We spend hours on the ocean fishing on our boat Double D. I am also an Arabian horse fanatic and obtained my Western Province colours earlier this year as an endurance rider. This follows some time after my wife Mariska and daughter Kristie who managed this achievement two years ago already. Life is all about balance and I enjoy my off, away from wine, time.

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

    Franschhoek is a fantastic must-visit destination in South Africa! While in this beautiful valley please take the drive down the short gravel road to GlenWood where I promise you an unforgettable food & wine experience! I will be delighted to host you.

    Question: Tell us an unusual or memorable wine tale.

    I started with Alastair Wood on GlenWood in 1991 developing the farm from scratch. Every vine, every pole have some of my sweat on it, which makes the first ever bottle of Chardonnay produced in 2000 a very special bottle of wine. I still have this bottle in my collection and vouched to open it the day I retire from this fantastic farm.

    Question: What’s next for GlenWood?

    We always strive to deliver a personal flavour somewhere along the line. The upcoming season will be something for the books with the NEW Food & Wine Experience offer to be released soon. Good food with excellent wine…………………………..what can beat that?

  • New Domaines Vinsmoselle Wines In Stock!

    Hard To Find Wines is delighted to announce the arrival of new wines from Domaines Vinsmoselle in Luxembourg!

    Domaines Vinsmoselle is a co-operative of wineries founded in 1921, situated in the Moselle Valley in Luxembourg.

    Although less well known than other European winemaking regions, Luxembourg produces high-quality, Alsatian-style wines. Primarily white grape varietals are grown, such as Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Auxerrois. However, Pinot Noir is also grown to produce supple, fruity red wines and some sparkling wine blends.

    The rising star amongst Luxembourg wines is Cremant de Luxembourg, a sparkling wine produced using traditional methods. Only grapes grown in Luxembourg are allowed to bear this designation.


    Save 10% on your order of any of our Domaines Vinsmoselle wines!

    Place your order by Sunday, 2 September and received a 10% discount.


    Poll Fabaire Cuvee Schengen Brut
    £14.41
    Was £15.99

    A bottle of Domaines Vinsmoselle Poll Fabaire Brut

    The label "Cremant de Luxembourg" was introduced in 1991. The appellation "Cremant" refers to bottle-fermented sparkling wines made from grapes grown in certain French wine-producing areas that are not in the Champagne region. The grapes for the Poll Fabraire Brut come from the Schengen region and have gone through the traditional double fermentation process to produce a wonderful sparkling wine with lively bubbles and a crisp dry finish.

    Edmond de la Fontaine Pinot Noir 2016
    £16.21

    Was £17.99

    A bottle of Domaines Vinsmoselle Chateau Edmond de la Fontaine Pinot Noir

    A brilliant ruby red in the glass. Its nose is spicy with notes of sour cherry and wild berries, coupled with hints of chocolate and vanilla. On the palate, this wine is full, warm and fruity. Its balanced structure and well wrapped-up tannins give it its distinctive personality.

    Elbling Rose 2017
    £9.00

    Was £9.99

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    A fresh and lively, beautifully light rose with only 10.5% alcohol. Cherry and strawberry aromas, hints of grenadine in the nose characterize this salmon-coloured rose. Cherry aromas remain present on the palate. An easy-drinking rose that goes well with every occasion.

    Pinot Gris Premier Cru 2017
    £12.60
    Was £13.99

    A bottle of Domaines Vinsmoselle Pinot Gris Premier Cru

    A typical Pinot Gris, full-bodied, concentrated and aromatic with aromas of smoke, spice, honey, and leather. A full-bodied, complex palate.

    Rivaner 2017
    £9.00
    Was £9.99

    A bottle of Domaines Vinsmoselle Rivaner

    A delicate palate of green apple and ripened melon. Refreshing and light, this white wine is perfect when paired with salads and fish dishes.


    Save 10% on your order of any of our Domaines Vinsmoselle wines!

    Place your order by Sunday, 2 September and received a 10% discount.

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  • Alvarinho - a Truly Celebrated Wine!

    It's International Alvarinho Day on 2 August! And because Alvarinho is such a popular wine, each year the wine festival Fiesta del Albariño, takes place in Cambados, Spain! This year, the festival will run from 1 to 5 August.

    If you are unfamiliar with Alvarinho (also called Albariño), it is a light-bodied dry white wine grown mostly in Spain and Portugal. Best known for high acidity, citrus flavours and a touch of saltiness, it is often compared to Viognier and Gerwurztraminer,  with its botanical aromas and stone fruits, Pinot Gris and Chenin Blanc.

    Where Alvarinho Grows

    Alvarinho is traditionally grown in Portugal and Spain. Spanish Alvarinho wines are usually labeled Rias Baixas and in Portugal, Alvarinho is often blended into Vinho Verde wines. Alvarinho is spreading internationally and can now be found growing in California, Argentina, New Zealand and as far away as Brazil and Uruguay.

    Hard To Find Wines stocks Alvarinho from Quinta Do Ermizio in Portugal. For available wines, read on!

    Alvarinho Tasting Notes

    Served cold, Alvarinho has aromas of citrus (lemon, lime and grapefruit), pear, honeysuckle, nectarine and beeswax, held together with subtle minerality. The taste offers acidity, saltiness and a subtle bitterness.

    As the temperature increases in the glass, the flavours evolve to apricot, apple and pear notes.

    Many Alvarinho wines can age for up to 7 years but it is usually best enjoyed within 2 years  the vintage to maintain the acidity and fruity aromas.

    How to Serve Alvarinho Wines

    While Alvarinho is wonderful enjoyed as an aperitif, its high acidity and slight bitterness make it an ideal food pairing wine.

    Serve Alvarinho with seafood, white meats and light-coloured sauces. Alvarinho works particularly well with dishes enhanced with citrus flavours or aromatic herbs. Vietnamese, Thai and California-style Sushi pair well, as do ceviche, seafood pasta and shrimp.

    Quinta Do Ermizio
    Vinha Do Bouca 2016
    £12.99

    A bottle of Quinta Vinha da Bouca

    Gold Medal Albarinhos Al Monde

    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. Only 10,000 bottles produced.

    Quinta Do Ermizio
    Vinha Do Cuco 2016
    £10.99

    A bottle of Quinta Vinha du Coco

    A blend of Alvarinho (70%) and Loureiro (30%), this charming wine has an 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 produced.

  • New Arrival: Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

    Haute Cabriere's 2017 vintage of their very popular Chardonnay Pinot Noir has just arrived at Hard To Find Wines!

    "The 2017 vintage yielded grapes of outstanding quality, resulting in a beautiful balance of fruit and acidity." says Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim.


     

    Cellar Master's Reflections

    The two noble Burgundian cultivars of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir form the cornerstone of Haute Cabrière’s wine culture.

    Haute Cabrière, situated on the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, was the first winery in South Africa to produce a still wine from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - a blend traditionally used exclusively for Méthode Cap Classique and Champagne. Chardonnay contributes elegance, and Pinot Noir intensity and richness.

    This blend consists of predominantly unwooded Chardonnay, rounded off with Pinot Noir. Combined in perfect proportions, resulting in a white blend with an abundance of fruit on the nose and a slight creaminess on the palate.


     

    Haute Cabriere
    Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017
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    A bottle of Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017

    John Platter - 4 stars

    This enticing blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir shows elegant fruit and acidity, creating the perfect balance. You will find an abundance of zesty fruit - most notably white peach, pineapple, lime, followed by subtle red berry fruit - with a delectable full mouthfeel.

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    "This latest 2017 vintage has achieved one of its highest ratings in recent years and is a favourite at Hard to Find Wines HQ!

    An iconic wine from the Franschhoek valley, this unique blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir was pioneered by the estate in the early 90's. This vintage shows an incredible freshness yet maintains its signature balance of white stone fruit, peaches and lychee ending on a beautiful berry finish.

    A most versatile wine which can be enjoyed as much on its own as with food pairings."

    - Mark Davies, Hard to Find Wines


     

    Recommended pairings

    Seafood and chicken dishes as well as Mediterranean flavours.

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    Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2017 with food

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