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Tending the Vine Case

Tending the Vine Case

Including two bottles of six wines, three white, three red, all with a discount of 10%. Please note that vintages may move on, and forgive us if substitutions are necessary.

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Les Chardons, Sauvignon Blanc, IGP Val de Loire, 2022

The hot and dry summer of 2022 brings so much ripeness and weight to this humble Vin de Pays.  Lacking any aggressive grassiness or excessive gooseberry fruit, this is fresh, balanced and perfectly food-friendly. Drink this year.


ColourWhite

RegionLoire

GrowerAumonier

Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

Vintage2022

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeAUM322

Style

Dry, Crisp

Dry > Sweet

Loire Valley

In early February I undertook our annual visit to the wine fair in Angers, escaping the snow which engulfed much of the UK during that week.

This is the yearly opportunity for the vast majority of vignerons in the Loire valley to show off their latest offerings to the rest of the world. The early season’s weather in 2008 was not kind, with variously frost, hail and torrential...

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Sauvignon Blanc

Origins      

  • Probably in Bordeaux region
  • Parent of red grape Cabernet Sauvignon (established by DNA analysis)

Characteristics

  • Vigorous plant, so can be too leafy and overproductive
  • Aromas and flavours described as: herbaceous, grassy and nettley; Gooseberries; but can also show more tropical fruits...
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Las Colinas del Ebro, Garnatxa Blanca, Terra Alta, 2022

"100% organically farmed (and certified) white Grenache from clay/limestone vineyards at about 500 m of elevation in Catalonia, the site of some of the bloodiest battles in the Spanish Civil War, according to the label. Light lemony, herbal aroma. Richer and more pear-fruited on the palate than I expected from the aroma. Deliciously chewy texture, probably from time on the lees, and a firm flavour of pear and citrus with a little bit of spice at the very end. 16/20, 2023-2025",...

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ColourWhite

RegionCatalonia

Sub RegionTerra Alta

GrowerLas Colinas del Ebro

Grape VarietyGrenache Blanc

Vintage2022

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

DietaryVegan

CodeCDE722

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Las Colinas del Ebro

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Jancis Robinson

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Voted the world's most influential wine critic in polls in the US, France and internationally in 2018, Jancis views herself as a wine writer rather than a wine critic.

She writes daily for JancisRobinson.com and weekly for the Financial Times. She is founder-editor of The Oxford Companion...

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Victoria Moore

We get super excited when Jancis Robinson (or one of her team) write about our wine!

Victoria Moore is the author of the best-selling and award-winning book The Wine Dine Dictionary, and shares her knowledge of wine, winemakers and the wonderful world of food and drink pairings in her weekly Saturday column and Telegraph Luxury online.

Any wine you see on our website that...

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Piekenierskloof, Stonedance, Granite White, Swartland, 2022

Stonedance is Piekenierskloof’s Fairtrade brand, part sourced from other local farmers: 85% Chenin Blanc with 15% Viognier. Stone fruit and herbal aromas. Tangerine fruit flavours, juicy and bright. The Viognier brings that much more weight and interest to the Chenin base. Pleasant texture and finishes with a mineral zip. Easy all-rounder. Rare to see a Swartland blend at this price. Now-2024
Piekenierskloof is a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional...

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ColourWhite

RegionSwartland

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyChenin Blanc & Viognier

Vintage2022

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureScrewcap

CodeSTO122

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Piekenierskloof

South Africa

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a...

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Chenin Blanc

Origins

  • Anjou in the Loire, where documented in the 9thC
  • Also known as Pineau in the Loire, Steen in South Africa

Characteristics   

  • Naturally productive and high yielding
  • Huge range of styles:  bone dry (e.g. Savennières); off-dry (e.g. old fashioned South African "Steen"); medium dry (e.g....
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Carinae, Malbec, Odile, Mendoza, 2021

Under a new, somewhat revolutionary label. From 90 year old vines at Cruz de Piedra, Maipú, Lovely fat and texture - fine tannins just buttressing a forward and generous cup of raspberries and cherries. Easy-drinking but with substance too. Now-2026


ColourRed

RegionMendoza

GrowerCarinae

Grape VarietyMalbec

Vintage2021

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeCAE121

Style

Medium-bodied

Light > Full

Carinae

Mendoza, Argentina

Frenchman Philippe Subra, with his wife Brigitte, came to Argentina as the national boss of EDF, the French energy giant - but loved the country so much he cleverly bought some long-established vineyards and settled there, on the south side of Mendoza. He has built a small cellar - boutique indeed, whilst wholly lacking the pretension that word implies!

What...

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Malbec

Malbec is a red grape whose home is in south-west France, and specifically in the appellation of Cahors.

There (known as Cot) it makes a strongly flavoured wine which is, all too often, tannic and rustic and needs several years ageing to show its best.

Like Carmenère in Chile, it is much more successful in Argentina than in its homeland. Introduced in the mid 19th...

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Chateau Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2021

Deeply hued and concentrated blend of local grape Tannat with Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc; a great value, old fashioned, country wine in its honest combination of vibrant black fruit, bright acid and light tannin. Dry, savoury, terrific with any meat dish, very more-ish and deservedly a best seller. Now-2026


ColourRed

RegionMadiran

GrowerDenis Capmartin

Grape VarietyTannat, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2021

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAJ121

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Francis a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A cross of it with Sauvignon Blanc resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Many of the red wines of the Loire are primarily Cabernet Franc.

Origins  ...

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Fiorano, I Paoli Sangiovese, Marche IGT, 2023

This is fast becoming one of our best-loved reds: light and fresh, but with plenty of ripe red fruit concentration too.  Really exemplifies Sangiovese's enticing cherry flavours. Pure, long finish. Now-2027
We started working with Paolo Beretta and Paola Massi, (he formerly a dentist and she a research pharmacologist) introducing their wines to this country in 2015, with immediate success. Their wines exemplify perfectly the virtues of small-scale - they tend just 5 hectares of...

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ColourRed

RegionMarche

GrowerFiorano

Grape VarietySangiovese

Vintage2023

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

DietaryVegan

CodeFIO123

Style

Light to mid Bodied

Light > Full

Fiorano

Cossignano, Marche, Italy

We started working with Paolo Beretta (formerly a dentist) and Paola Massi (a research pharmacologist) in 2015, with immediate success.

Their wines exemplify perfectly the virtues of small-scale - they tend just 10 hectares of vines - organic cultivation. All exhibit an entrancing purity of fruit, and all are bottled with minimal sulphur...

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Sangiovese

Sangiovese  

Sangiovese is Chianti. fresh, perfumed fruit with a fine spice of acidity and clean refined palate - can age well.

Origins   

  • Originally known in its wild form by the Etruscans in the area around what is now Florence as Sanguis Jovis, or ‘Blood of...
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Tending the Vine Case

Including two bottles of six wines, three white, three red, all with a discount of 10%. Please note that vintages may move on, and forgive us if substitutions are necessary.

Great choice of good-value wines in the January sales. The website is really easy to use to make up an order. Delivery, as is often the case, was within 24 hours and, as usual, was well-packed.

J Windle

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I've bought a couple of cases recently, and many more in years gone by, and have really enjoyed their selection. They have a good range of interesting wines from some classic and some more…

Nicholas S

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Judging by the wines I have had, someone is doing a very good job in selecting the wines to put before the public, and at a very fair price. Delivery from online purchases as also been quick and…

Brian K

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Great company with good service and good prices. Highly recommended.

Albert H

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One of my favourite independents. Been enjoying these special wines for more than 10 years. Always interesting choices, and always great value in the sales!

David M

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This was yet another quick and painless transaction, as I have come to expect from SV&S.

Richard T

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