We have had a cracker year of great wines arrive on-shore in 2018 and is the feature of this month’s Family Jewels Mixed Dozen. To those unfamiliar with the concept, at the Prince Wine Store we have a number of our own products that we import directly. Relationships with these small producers are forged during buying trips made throughout the year by Michael and Alex, and they are always memorable wines offering spectacular value. This month’s mixed dozen features a cross-section of great value buys, some perennial favourites and a few new additions which we know you will love.
The French: Lets start with the ridiculous value Les Vignerons red and white blend from a co-op with a difference; Yann Chave Les Rouve from Crozes Hermitage is off his best parcels and oldest vine and forms this spicy and earthy 100% Syrah. From Burgundy and crafted by Nicolas Potel is the Roche de Bellene Blanc (Chardonnay) and to finish, the absolutely smashable Tuffo Vouvray with all it crunchy, juicy goodness.
The Italians: From the north-east we start with an aromatic white blend from Castello di Buttrio and from the northwest its counterpart is a crispy and fresh Vermentino from relatively new-comer to our portfolio Diego and Damino Barale. Still in the north we have cherry infused and earthy flecked Barberra from Rizzi a traditional Barbaresco producer putting out excellent wines at all levels. Aa we move south the famous house of Duemani features its 100% Cabernet Franc from the warm hills of the Tuscan coast, while further down and another new producer for us we have the Pusole Cannonau (Grenache) a classic expression of this indigenous variety.
The Spaniards: The lucky last two wines feature a fleshy and bright Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero along with a rising star of the Spanish wine scene Mencia from producer Adras.