Christmas Wines selected by the Wine Centre, Great Horkesley
Emiliana Signos de Origen `La Vinilla`, Casablanca Valley, Chile 2016, £16.99
A delicious white wine from Chile for your Christmas Day turkey is this organic white wine from Emiliana. It is translucent golden yellow in colour with aromas of apricots, peach blossom, toasted almonds, walnuts and butter. Robust and creamy on the palate, the wine has a luxurious feel, perfect for a celebration. The blend is a complex mix of Chardonnay (76%), Viognier (9%), Marsanne (8%) and Roussanne (7%).
Boutinot ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux’, Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages, France 2016, £16.99
High up the ‘slopes of schiste’ in the rugged mountainous terroir of Séguret lies a single vineyard so predominantly planted with Grenache Noir (intermingled only here and there with some Syrah) that the resulting wine - Les Coteaux Schisteux - comes close to being one of the purest expressions of Grenache Noir in the southern Rhône valley. The nose is explosive, plush and as opulent as ever, layered with suggestions of exotic spices (cinnamon, turmeric…), cracked black pepper and of course streaked with vanilla. The palate is instantly appealing, polished and smooth on entry but steeped in depth and texture as the flavours swirl around, lengthen and delight. The lasting impression is satisfying - a big and opulent red with subtle oak quality, great structure, length and finish. Grenache Noir (80%), Syrah (20%).
Hollick “The Nectar”, Coonawarra, Australia 2011, £16.99 (half bottle)
Nectar of the Gods
It`s not truly Christmas without a sweet wine on the table, is it? But how many of us bring it out with the cheeses? This is quite simply a great cheese wine, its sweet fruit contrasting magnificently with the salt in the cheese. “The Nectar” is a delicious golden wine made from 100% botrytised Riesling grapes grown in Australia`s cool-climate Coonawarra. It has sweet concentration but also fresh acidity to balance. Amid flowers of honeysuckle and hedgerow, prevailing fruit aromas include apricot, peach, orange and lemon. The palate is unctuous with a long, memorable marmalade-like finish. One for the pudding, as well, if you`ve room enough!