As Dry January draws to a close, we here at Mill Hill Wines applaud those who managed to stay strong and fulfil their resolution: even more so during a pandemic.
Our shop Manager Marcus has put together a list of five recommendations to ensure your first glass of 2021 is one to remember… With such a great selection, we’re sure there is something for everyone - including those who decided to give Dry January a miss completely, we salute you also!
Dr Loosen Sekt Riesling Extra Dry, 11.5%, £16.99, Vegan
A celebratory first drink. Bottle fermented like Champagne but made from the remarkable Riesling grape. This has a wunderbar palate of green apple, pear, peach, melon, nectarine & apricot complimented with lemon and fresh mineral notes. The bubbles are sprightly yet fine. A cracking alternative to Cava/Prosecco. This is the joy of Sekt.
Dr Loosen Estate Riesling 2018, 8.5%, £12.95, Vegan
Can I introduce you to possibly the greatest white grape going (can you see a theme here)? Weighing in at a sprightly 8.5% this is an off dry white that packs a punch in terms of flavour / complexity. A multitude of exotic flavours ripe pear, elderflower, white peach, green apple, lemon & lime, just a lick of honey that bursts onto your tongue and then melts leaving more lime and a clean fresh acidity. Absolutely super with Thai / Asian dishes and fab as an aperitif.
Wild & Wilder, Tabula Rasa #V18 Red (50cl.) 14.5%, £9.99, Vegan
31 days dry and not quite ready to commit to a full bottle. Your tastebuds will thank you for this little corker (actually not a cork but a crown cap). This is mainly Grenache with a dollop of Syrah and other grapes to hand. Sourced from vineyards across South Australia. Not oaked so those fruit flavours shine with awesome clarity. Juicy dark berry, black cherry fruit, gentle tannins and just whisper of spice. Very, very nice.
Quinta da Garrida Dao Reserve 2015, 13.5%, £12.99, Vegan
Another fruit forward wine produced with grapes better known for making port. Touriga Nacional & Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) give a palate of chunky black cherry, bramble fruit. A year in wood adds savoury, smoky spice. Smooth & rounded. Recommended because it is an excellent winter warmer.
La Dame de Montrose - Saint-Estèphe 2014, 13.5%, £63.95
So, if I had not had a drop for a month (a highly unlikely scenario) I might be feeling flush enough to splash out on something luxurious. This is the second wine of Chateau Montrose. It oozes class. Just coming into its own now it displays layers of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry /cherry, plum fruit + cedar, herb, black olive & subtle clove spice. A real treat. I think you deserve it!
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