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Screwcap closure. Fermented very cold using its own wild yeast. Plenty of ripe raspberry aromas with touches of toasty oak. Palate is full bodied with ripe, blackberry, blueberry & raspberry fruit flavours & a hint of sweet, toasted oak (80% French and 20% American barrels). The finish is soft and long with elegant, rounded tannins. Made from bush vines 70 - 100 years old.
Producer note: A Mano
A Mano, meaning ‘hand made’, is based in Puglia. The vineyards are old and head trained. The A Mano team have made the Primitivo grape variety one of the most talked about wines. The quality of their wines are shown by the fact that their second vintage of Primitivo won a gold medal. These really are unique handcrafted wines. Puglia, or Apulia as it is called in English, is Italy's boot heel - its southeastern most region. It is a long, narrow peninsula, mostly occupied by plains and hills, apart from some lower mountains of the Southern Apennine chain and the Gargano promontory, with high, steep cliffs. The arrival of sector professionals from other regions and nations has led to a surge in financial investment and knowledge and skill. The region also has extremely favourable soil and climate conditions, while at the same time offering very high quality potential. Certainly the quality of Puglia’s traditional red varieties are no longer in dispute.
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Brut Reserve, , Charles Heidsieck, £45.00 France, White
Triple gold-medal winner 2012: Gold IWC, Trophy DWWA, Gold IWSC
Class and sophistication are what Heidsieck embodies. Complex pastry aromas, with an opulent combination of ripe apricot, mango and greengages, dried fruits, pistachio and almond. The palate begins with a silky smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing plum pastry notes and delicate spice. A perfect balance of freshness and generosity.
Brut Vintage, 2009, Henners, £30.50 England, White
Biscuity, brioche aromas, with delicate white flower and full fruit. Flavours are fresh with nicely delicate citrus and apple with a 'lees' character adding complexity.
- Decanter Silver Medal 2012 - huge potential
- International Wine Challenge Silver Medal 2012
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Montagny 1er Cru, 2006, Domaine Stephane Aladame, £14.50 France, White
Independent Wine Retailer of the Year 2007
Member of the Top Merchants Programme
Merchant of the Year
Regional Merchant of the Year
South East England
Ian Jarman is an Associate of the Institute of Wines & Spirits