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Our top wines for #TryJanuary

18 January 2016

Our top wines for #TryJanuary

For those looking to start the year with something new rather than abstention, we have put together a selection of our favourite wines from recent months. In support of the trade initiative, #TryJanuary, these are all wines that offer something a little different or are just too delicious to miss…  

David Gleave MW
La Croix de Saint Jean Minervois ‘Lo Mainatge’ 2011, Langeudoc, France
This wine has lovely colour, a clean, ripe and spicy plum fruit on the nose that gives way to rich and ripe yet fresh and scented fruit that is supple, balanced and long.  The Grenache fruit shines through on the nose, making the perfume wonderfully alluring.  A great example of a southern French red we very much enjoyed over Christmas.  

Jennifer Docherty MW, Wine Buyer
David Reynaud Crozes Hermitage ‘Beaumont’ 2013, Rhône, France
I served this wine blind to a couple of sommeliers and MS students and they loved it! One put it in Cornas because of its quality.  It has a lovely perfume characteristic of Northern Rhône Syrah with black pepper spice and lifted blackberry fruit. David’s wines are getting better and better and I am looking forward to trying the 2014 when it arrives.   

The Other Wine Company Grenache 2015, McLaren Vale, Australia
I had this wine during Christmas and it was perfect while I was doing my annual Christmas baking. It is an elegant expression of Grenache with bright acidity and blueberry fruit. It was too easy to drink and offers incredible value.  

Tori Eeles, Head of Brand Management
Villa Bucci Verdicchio Classico Superiore 2014, Marche, Italy
This was my favourite from Christmas. It just has such a lovely texture, beautiful weight and balance – lots of white flower perfume, and waxy, ripe-honeyed notes, peach, apricot and a clean, mineral finish. It’s a genuine ‘best in class’ Verdicchio, miles ahead of its peers, and great value to boot. I also found it won over people with very different tastes at Christmas, so a crowd pleaser too, without being bland or generic.  

Lizzie Walker, Brand Manager
Cullen ‘Amber’ 2014, Margaret River, Australia
2014 was a wonderful vintage for Semillon, so Cullen decided to launch their unique Amber, a white wine made like a red wine!  The grapes were left on skins and partially fermented before being pressed. This has given it a wonderful golden hue and beautifully complex aromas of honeyed citrus, cumquat and apricot. The palate is textured and concentrated, deep and rich yet retains a lovely freshness.  It finishes with a delicate salty touch with figs, dried fruits and cream.

Nicholas Moschi, Wine Buyer (Italy)
Poggiotondo Chianti Riserva ‘Vigna delle Conchiglie’ 2011, Tuscany, Italy
One of the great undiscovered Tuscan estates and this is their top single vineyard wine. The key lies in the ‘conchiglie’, or shells, which enrich the soil of the eponymous vineyard. A beautifully ripe and complex wine, delicious now but with years of potential evolution ahead.