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Graham`s 1994 Vintage Port, 25 years in the making

Hosts: Anthony & Janet Borges – Chef: Dominic Carter

Cantina di Soliera Lambrusco di Sorbara Rosso Frizzante, Emilia Romagna, Italy. Usual RSP £11.99. Promo price: £9.99

A bright, pale-cherry colour, this Italian beauty has a fresh, bright and floral nose of strawberry, redcurrant and violet. On the palate it has appealing sour cherry and bramble fruit characters, balanced by juicy acidity and a light bead of effervescence. The Lambrusco di Sorbara grapes are sourced from sandy-clay vineyards north of Modena.  ABV 11%.

100% Lambrusco di Sorbara grapes.

Domaine du Pré Semelé Sancerre, Loire, France 2018, £21.99

A classic well-balanced Sancerre with ripe gooseberry fruit and zesty acidity. Soils are primarily the classic ‘Terres Blanches’ (clay-chalk) and `Caillottes` (limestones), giving the wines a ripe fruit character. A classic with mussels and goat`s cheese, this evening with Salmon en Papillote

Signos de Origen La Vinilla Estate, Casablanca Valley, Chile 2016, £16.99

An award-winning organic white wine produced in Chile`s beautiful Casablanca Valley. The wine is a blend of 72% Chardonnay, 12% Viognier, 10% Marsanne and 6% Roussanne grapes. Characterised by its subtly rich and creamy savoury quality, the wine has complex notes of white peach, apricot, butter, almond and walnut.

Kovács Nimród Battonage Chardonnay, Eger, Hungary 2015  £23.99

Eger in Hungary is located on a similar latitude as Burgundy and this can be compared to a first-class burgundy at near half the price. “Battonage” refers to the Burgundy tradition of stirring the lees, which adds to the wine a yeasty complexity. Using a combination of French and Hungarian oak, this is a buttery, toasty wine produced from 100% Chardonnay. Its oak characters are complemented by lemon, pear and pineapple fruit.

Prà Morandina Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy 2018, £19.99

A fine, fragrant Valpolicella, light and airy with poise and grace. Red fruits, of raspberries and cherries, mingle with herbs, sage, anis & thyme, with a hint of oak. A sappy and delicate, yet intensely flavoured, low yield wine. The palate has a bitter plum twist and taut balancing acidity. Grapes: 40% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella.

Boutinot, Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages ‘Les Coteaux Schisteux’ 2015 £16.99

High up the ‘slopes of schiste’ in the rugged mountainous terroir of Séguret lies a single vineyard so predominantly planted with Grenache Noir (intermingled only here and there with some Syrah) that the resulting wine – Les Coteaux Schisteux – comes close to being one of the purest expressions of cracked black pepper Grenache Noir in the southern Rhône valley. After 22 months in French oak the wine offers a further layer, of mature notes mingled with vanilla and oak spices, on a broad, savoury palate. 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah.

 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain 2017, £18.99

An award-winning red with great purity of expression. This is 100% Grenache, or Garnacha, from 60-year vines grown in Campo de Borja at an altitude of 600-700 metres. Yields are small and concentrated. The wine is a compote of luscious strawberries, blackberries, cherries and raspberries, amid Provençal herbs and violets, with vanilla, leather and even caramel from aging in French oak. This is recommended to accompany red meats, but the wine`s fruit quality also makes it an ideal cheese wine. Robert Parker 91 points.

 Prà Morandina Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso, Veneto, Italy 2016  £29.99

The superiore is higher in alcohol and weight than the earlier Prà Morandina and it`s a Ripasso wine to boot, having used a proportion of dried grapes to concentrate the flavours, a term called “appassimento” meaning drying. The wine, suitable to partner roasted red meats, is sufficiently concentrated to go with the cheeses. The wine is velvety with lifted aromas of red berry, fig & plum. Spices and Alpine herbs mix with bramble, orange peel and bitter cherry. 18 months in oak delivers a classy red, probably the best of its kind.

Graham’s, Port, Douro Valley, Portugal, 1994 Not for sale

Reminiscent of the 1970 in structure and profile, made up of a high proportion of grapes from the flagship vineyard Quinta dos Malvedos which gives the port its classic elegance, floral and black fruit hallmarks. 1994 was the last monumentally outstanding vintage of the twentieth century, producing classic wines with longevity, elegance and style. Aromas of blackcurrants, mulberry and eucalyptus are to the fore.

Castelvetro Chiarli “Pignoletto” Spumante Extra Dry, Modena, Emilia Romagna, £17.99

Pignoletto derives from “pigna” (pine cone), on account of the vine`s small, tight grape clusters. It`s also the name of the local wine and a nearby village. Confusingly, locals call the grape Alionzina and DNA indicates the grape is related to the Umbrian grape Grechetto, but `Marketing` likes Pignoletto and it`s here to stay, potentially being the new Prosecco. The sparkling wine is aromatic and refreshing with notes of green apples, lemon and limes.

Discounted prices for orders received this evening in red.


Salmon en Papillote Garlic and Lemon Butter

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Crisp Pastry Disc and Toasted Pine Nuts

Rolled Lamb Breast in a Rich Red Wine, Pearl Onion and Thyme Sauce with Grilled Baby Courgettes & Baby Aubergines

Cheese Platter

Raspberry & Strawberry Eton Mess Cheesecake

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