A Monty Python Case is a perfect way of discovering ‘off-the-beaten-track’ wines ranging from £8 – £12 a bottle
Two terrific aromatic whites from Leon & Galicia areas, a UK Wine Gold Medal English Bacchus from Chapel Down (normally retails at £13.50 a bottle).
The reds range from a stunning Mencia from Bierzo (this grape deserves becoming better known), a full-bodied Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) from a top producer Enrique Mendoza and a fantastic blend of old vine Garnacha and Syrah, Manga del Brujo made by Norrel Robertson MW
Peregrino Albarín 2016 DO Tierra de Leon
(Wines from Spain 2015 – Top 100 Award)
An aromatic, dry white wine with peach and apple aromas. Packed with full flavours of canteloupe, melon, mango and apricots with a light citrus finish; good length. One of our most popular wines.
Pazo de Mariñan 2016 DO Monterrei
A terrific blend of the classic grapes of Galicia, (Godello, Treixadura and Albariño) from the Blanco Munez brothers’ 20 hectares vineyard in NW Spain, close to the Portuguese border. A touch of apricots and citrus fruit on the nose, and a refreshing, citrus and peachy palate which is smooth, complex, long and appealing.
Chapel Down Bacchus 2015 Kent, England
(UK Wine Awards Gold Medal)
Aromas of English hedgerows, melon and elderflower. These are followed by an appealing fruity and zingy palate with gooseberry and elderflower hints. A crisp, dry, fresh English wines packed with fruit and amazing length. Bacchus is a grape that is very much at home in England and is producing some wonderful wines, like this one!
Merayo Mencia 2016 DO Bierzo
(91 points – Guia Penin)
An inviting young red from the lovely Mencia grape with aromas of cherries and blueberries with mushroom hints. Smooth cherry palate with ripe tannins. Made from hand-picked grapes on the Pedro Merayo family-run vineyards, some of the grapes in this wines come from 60 year-old vines.
Enrique Mendoza La Tremenda Monastrell 2014 DO Alicante
(92 points Wine Advocate (USA)
Aromas of black cherries and hints of mediterrenean herbs, spice and cocoa. Lovely rich cherry fruit flavours and savoury, ripe tannins. It has a lovely texture and very good length. The Monastrell grape is known as Mourvedre in France, where it plays a starring role in Chateauneuf du Pape. It has spent 6 months in American oak barrels, which gives it a gentle oak nuance. Made by the top producer in DO Alicante, family run Bodegas Enrique Mendoza.
El Escoces Volante Manga del Brujo 2014 DO Calatayud
A complex, rich spicy blackcurrant nose with hints of leather and chocolate. A superbly concentrated, elegant yet burly red. 5 months in oak barrels have given this intensely flavoured wine a perfect balance. A terrific blend of old-vne Garnacha and Syrah, in the main, It is reminiscent of (the more expensive) wines from Priorat.
Made by Norrel Robertson MW aka “El Escoces Volante” (Flying Scotsman) who makes wine all over Spain, albeit he is usually driving his not-so-new car! About 15 years ago, he identified the hills of Calatayud, (near Zaragoza) as having the perfect soils and climate for producing outstanding old-vine Garnacha, in particular.