Last weekend saw us showing off our wines at the Manchester leg of the three wine men tour. Oz Clark, Olly Smith and Tim Atkin are on hand all weekend to pose for the odd photo, but more importantly give advice and tasting tips on all of the wines on show.
From our corner of the tasting room, we had brought along a varied selection of wines, starting with magnums of Pierre Jourdan Brut from the Haute Cabriere Estate in Franschhoek, with imbibers enjoying the fine tingly bubbles and also the chance to win a bottle in our prize draw.
The selection of whites included a particularly fruity Riesling from wine maker Mark Davidson at Tamburlaine, our all time bestseller Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir and the beautifully grassy Bladen Sauvignon Blanc from Dave and Christine Macdonald in Marlborough. To finish off the whites, a new wine in our portfolio from just North of Sancerre, Domaine de Villargeau, 100% Sauvignon Blanc and with all the beautifully subtle characteristics of nettles and freshly mown lawn.
For the red drinkers we started with an easy drinking Trapiche Malbec fom Argentina, followed up by a rich smoky number from Glenwood in their Shiraz 2007 which has aged superbly. Porters Pinot Noir represented New Zealand, a more old world style Pinot from Martinborough showcasing there is more than just Central Otago for NZ Pinots. Then with the added interest of using our Vinturi Wine Aerator was the Casa Emma Chianti Classico 2011 which although drinking nicely without, was transformed when the flavours and aromas were opened up by the aerator.
And for those with a sweet tooth, De Leuwen Jagt Red Muscadel rich in raisin and current flavours and a De Krans Tawny to end on with its huge array of international awards behind it.
For those who missed the show, a selection of the wines we tasted can be found here , or if you are in London on the 7th or 8th of December there are still tickets available via the three wine men website for the final event of the year which we will also be attending!