7 July 2016 


On arrival 

1.    Donnhoff, Roxheimer Hollenpfad, Riesling Trocken, Germany, 2011, 13%,  The Vineyard, £23.50  

This is the first vintage of Dönnhoff from the “Höllenpfad” vineyard (“path to hell” in German), an extremely steep vineyard, located in a small side valley of the Nahe River. A delicate dry Nahe Riesling with a brilliant pale lemon color and a pure and aromatic nose showing scents of peach, lemon zest, dried apricot, spices and tropical fruit such as papaya and passion fruit. Excellent concentration and structure on the palate, with abundant youthful citrus fruit, a vivacious acidity and a perfect mineral backbone. Beautiful lingering finish. A pleasure to drink now, but has also a good mid-term cellaring potential (up to 2019).  


*             2.   Golden Valley, Grasevina, Croatia, 2013, 12.5%, M&S, £9.00 

Grasevina  is the most widely planted white grape variety in Croatia for its vivid intensity and freshnessThis generous white from the wine-growing hills of Kutjevo in Croatia’s northern Pozega Valley, has luscious aromas of ripe peach and tropical fruits with zesty acidity. Winemaker Vlado Krauthaker needs no oak to embellish its lovely, intense flavours.  


3. Halfpenny Green Tom Hill, Huxelrebe Schonburger, England, 12%, Waitrose, £9.99  


International Wine Challenge 2016 Silver Medal Winner


Exotic aromas with lime, fresh apple and mineral hints. First taste showcases honeyed tones that balance well with its lively acidity. Floral, blossom flavours linger with a lasting citrus finish to complete this bold but rounded dry white wine.


4. White with food: Nekora Rueda Verdejo, Spain, 2012, 13.5%, M&S, £9.00 

Gently aromatic white with intricate notes of fresh grass, nettle, passion fruit, tangerine oil and citrus. Rounded and complex on the palate, with flavours delicately mirroring the nose and adding in savoury hints of bitter marmalade on the finish.

Rueda is the only region of Castilla, Spain, with a history of making white wines. Verdejo is the traditional grape in these parts and it digs deep roots into the gravel and clay soils of the ancient Duero riverbed.  




*  5. Red with food: Anfora Trio, Turkey, 2014,  14%, M&S, £8.50  

Luscious intense blackcurrant aromas give way to leather, bramble and bitter cherry on the palate.  This powerful complex red uses majestic Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon as a dramatic supporting act for local Kalecik Karasi grapes,Turkey’s premium red variety,  renowned for its rich colour and red fruit and cocoa flavours. From vineyards high on the limestone-rich Guney Plateau, this red revels in its own complexity and sees no oak.


6.  Teroldego Rotaliano, Italy, 2015, 12.5%, M&S, £8.00  

A fresh, ripe and intensely fruity red with flavours of wild berries, mocha and herbs. This food-friendly red is from the secluded Rotaliano plateau in the Adige valley, home to Teroldego, one of Italy’s ancient grape varieties. To give the wine extra complexity, it was aged briefly in oak barrels. Enjoy within two years.


7.   Bat’s Blood, Romania, 2013, 13.5%, The Vineyard, £8.99  

Direct from Transylvania, Dracula's Romanian homeland, this wonderfully fruity slightly dry, velvety smooth 13.5% Merlot red wine with a hint of cherry on the palate gives a new meaning to the expression "Get this down your neck".  

Please note.... absolutely no bats were harmed in the making of this glorious wine! 


8.   Carignan Old Vines Red, France, 2012, 14%, M&S, £10.00,  

A gorgeously complex, full bodied red bursting with ripe summer berry aromas and flavours of dark bramble fruits, fennel and liquorice.

Selected by M&S winemaker Belinda Kleinig from old-vine Carignan grapes grown high in the valley of Agly near Perpignan, this powerful wine was made by Nicolas Batlle, a talented young, up-and-coming winemaker. The wine’s rich intriguing complexities are a testament to the local terroir and the history of it rugged old vines.



With Pudding/Cheese 


9. Barbeito Rainwater Reserva Madeira, Portugal, 18%, The Vineyard £15.50 (500ml) 


Produced from 80% Tinta Negra Mole and 20% Verdelho then aged in French oak for 5 years