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Alternative Rose Case

Alternative Rose Case

Splendid alternatives to Provence: including three bottles of each of Clos Floridene, Le Tende Chiaretto, La Madeleine Julì, and des Dieux Rosé with a discount of just over 12.5%

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Clos Floridene, Le Rosé de Floridene, Bordeaux, 2023

Clos Floridène, in Pujols sur Ciron in the Graves region, was established on just two hectares in 1982 by Denis and Florence Dubourdieu, and named after a conflation of  the founders’ first names. Over the last decades the estate has grown to 40 hectares, with a winery constructed in 2016-18. It's now run by their son, Jean-Jacques. 
The family first made a rosé in the 2004 vintage. Unlike some Bordeaux rosés which are made by the saignée method almost as a by-product of...

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ColourRosé

RegionBordeaux

GrowerClos Floridene

Grape VarietyMerlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2023

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFLO523

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Cabernet Sauvignon

The most prestigious red grape?

Origins

  • Bordeaux region, as a natural cross of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc (established 1997 by DNA analysis)
  • Was known as Vidure or Petit-Vidure
  • Spread throughout left bank of Bordeaux, supplanting white grapes

Characteristics   

  • Fairly easy to grow: hardy, buds...
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Le Tende, Chiaretto di Bardolino, Classico, 2023

“A celebration of strawberries with a little kiss of orange-soaked sweetness and maraschino cherries. Lots of sassy acidity and lots of white pepper on the finish. GV. 16/20”, Tamlyn Currin, jancisrobinson.com, 28th May 2024
A charming Chiaretto (the name simply means “pale” in Italian) based on 80% Corvina, certified organic. Very pale – it’s just the press juice, given no time on the skins at all. Pretty, lifted scent of wild strawberries; and a subtle mouthful of...

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ColourRosé

RegionPiedmont

Sub RegionVeneto

GrowerLe Tende

Grape VarietyCorvina Veronese, Rondinella & Sangiovese

Vintage2023

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

MethodOrganic

CodeLET523

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

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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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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La Madeleine, Juli, Pinot Nero Rosato, 2023

A surprise: who would have thought one would find an elegant Pinot Noir rosé in southern Umbria, near Narni?  It’s named after Giulia, the eldest daughter of the D’Alema family, who runs the seven hectares of vines with her mother. This is beautifully ripe and rounded, silky, with juicy red cherry and redcurrant flavours. So prettily scented, a delicious treat. Now-2025


ColourRosé

RegionUmbria

Grape VarietyPinot Noir

Vintage2023

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeMAD523

Style

Light-Bodied

Dry > Sweet

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir  

Origins       

  • Ancient vine, perhaps 2,000 years old

Distant origins in France - first documented mention in France in 1375

Characteristics   

  • Finicky grape: notoriously difficult to grow (which is partly why it is hugely intriguing to New World...
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Domaine des Dieux, Rose, 2023

The team at Des Dieux, with vineyards high in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, are aspiring to make a rosé comparable to grand Provence examples - but at a much lower price!  It's a Provençale blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Grenache given a bit of barrel ageing. Pale pink but with wonderful pronounced aromas of flat peach and red berry. The palate is creamy and with good weight. Flavours of tangerine, orange blossom and nectarine abound. This is delicious on its own but is great with food:...

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ColourRosé

RegionWalker Bay

GrowerDomaine des Dieux

Grape VarietySyrah , Mouvedre & Grenache

Vintage2023

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD523

Style

Dry

Dry > Sweet

Domaine des Dieux

Hemel-en-Aarde, South Africa

The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, which translates as Heaven on Earth, rises prettily from just west of Hermanus.

When we first visited in 2003 the wineries, notably Hamilton Russell and Bouchard Finlayson, were all in the lower part of the valley, but more recently plantings at the top of the valley - higher, drier, with warmer...

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Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache / Garnacha 

Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.

As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).

Its flavour usually encompasses the...

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Alternative Rose Case

Splendid alternatives to Provence: including three bottles of each of Clos Floridene, Le Tende Chiaretto, La Madeleine Julì, and des Dieux Rosé with a discount of just over 12.5%

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.

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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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