Thank you for joining us at Alderley Park this evening.
The follwoing pages include the winemakers' tasting notes for all the wines we have featured this evening and you'll find useful link buttons which will show you where to buy each of the wines if you wish to.
At The Wine School of Cheshire we do not sell wine ourselves ensuring we remain impartial at all times, showcasing the best available wines at the best price that are perfecty suited to each individual wine tasing.
We chose a selection of wines from around the world for you to enjoy tonight.
If you have any questions, please do contact me at any time.
My very best wishes and Cin Cin!
Richard J Smith
The Wine School of Cheshire
T 01244 940747
Graham Beck 'The Rhona' Sparkling Brut
Blanc de Blancs 2010
Region: Western Cape, South Africa
Wine style: Dry sparkling
Food match: Ready to drink now it will keep for 1 year stored in a cool dry place. Chilled this versatile fizz is perfect for celebration or equally at home with white meats or flavoursome salads.
Where to buy: Marks & Spencer, £14.00
From the dancing bubbles through the enticing crème brûlée aromas with hints of fresh lime to the rich creamy brioche flavour, this is a stylish dry sparkling wine.
Renowned winemaker Pieter Ferreira crafted this Blanc de Blanc from Chardonnay grown in limestone soils, barrel fermenting a portion in oak to enhance the richness before using the ‘Méthode Cap Classique’, South Africa’s version of ‘méthode traditionnelle’ to create the sparkle.
Terre Siciliane Grillo 2015
Region: Sicily, Italy
Wine style: Dry white
Food match:This wine's wonderful depth of flavour makes it an excellent match for the bold flavours of bacon, smoked duck or rich seafood dishes such as barbecued prawns.
Where to buy: Marks & Spencer, £7.50
Full of Sicilian sunshine, this gorgeous golden wine blended by M&S Winemaker Jeneve Williams sums up the stylish Grillo grape.
Honeyed aromas of ripe pear and orange are followed by sating smooth vanilla on the palate while a dash of apple crispness brings up the finish with a flourish. The grapes for this graceful wine
were left a little longer on the vine and late-harvested for extra richness and panache.
Secano Estate Pinot Noir Rosé 2015
Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Leyda Valley, Chile
Wine style: Dry rosé
Food match:Serve this wine chilled, either on its own as a refreshing aperitif, or with seafood and mild Asian cuisine, especially hai fish dishes and Japanese sushi.
Where to buy: Marks & Spencer, £9.50
A beautifully fresh and dry rosé, aromatic with delicious fruity notes of strawberry and a hint of ripe plum.
A premium Chilean rosé made from 100% Pinot Noir grown in the Leyda Valley, close to the pacific ocean. This area has plenty of warm sunshine for riper flavours, and cool breezes that help retain crisp acidity in the finished wine.
The grapes were hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel vats to ensure an extremely fresh aromatic style was retained in the finished wine.
The winemaker was Rafael Urrejola.
ViñAlta Malbec 2015
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Wine style: Medium-bodied red
Food match: Tastes great with grilled meat, Thai food, pasta or risotto.
Where to buy: Marks & Spencer, £18.00
A juicy Malbec with plum and spicy flavours. It was made by Hervé and Diane Joyaux Fabre in Mendoza, using fruit from 15 year old vines.
The vineyards were planted at an altitude of 1200m, which brings cooler temperatures to ensure freshness. This wine was left un-oaked.
Chateau Ksara Clos St Alphonse 2013
Grape: 50% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Franc & 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Bekaa Valley, The Lebanon
Wine style: Full-bodied red
Food match: A delicious match for grilled lamb chops, Italian osso bucco, or tomato-based dishes like spaghetti bolognese or oven-roasted ratatouille.
Where to buy: Marks & Spencer, £10.00
Filled with lovely redcurrant and plum fruit, supported by spice and chocolate, with a bright, fresh acidity.
This wildly intense red comes from gnarly 19-year old vines in the majestic Bekaa Valley, home to
Lebanon’s finest wines.
Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon make up the blend, and winemaker James Palge, who honed his skills in Bordeaux, lets each grape shine. This wine is aged in French oak barrels for a year.