Following part 1 of our Xmas 2009 Wine list (The Reds) we now move on to The Whites, The Fizz and The Stickies.
Amayna Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented 2006
A surprise, the most expensive Sauvignon Blanc I bought wasn’t from New Zealand, it’s Chilean. This wine is a Barrel Fermented SB which means it will be slightly more complex than a young SB. I imagine this is like a Cloudy Bay Te Koko. Notes on this “92 point” wine can be found here. Price: <£20 from Hailsham Cellars.
Highfield Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Well, it just had to be here didn’t it? We skipped the 2008 SB (long story) and are waiting for the 2009 to come into stock. This is our all time favourite SB and in our eyes it beats Cloudy Bay when young. We don’t need an excuse to drink this wine, it’s excellent and I urge you to try it if you like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Tasting notes here. Price: ~£12 from Barrels & Bottles.
Yalumba The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier 2006
Viognier is a complex wine when done well and apparently the 2006 harvest was excellent. This is a real unknown for me and I’m pretty excited to try it. This wine should be at it’s best around now, I’m just not sure what to serve it with. It’ll be complex and not weedy so it can take some fairly hefty food with it but I don’t want to overpower it. Maybe this may be a good white accompaniment to our New Years Eve 7 Hour Slow Roasted Shoulder of Pork (bone in)? Notes on the wine here with tasting notes here. Price: <£20 from Hailsham Cellars.
Trimbach Gewürztraminer 2004
I love a good Gewürztraminer! It was one of the first wines I really got into. A good Gewürztraminer will have that lovely lychee, fruity taste which starts sweet and ends dry(-ish). Perfect aperitif wine or served with Asian foods. Not sure when we’ll have this but we definitely will be opening it over the festive break, nice and chilled. I’m actually excited whilst I write this down… Some wine notes here. Price: <£12 at Hailsham Cellars.
Massaya Silver Selection White 2005
When you mention Lebanon and Wine I think Château Musar. Their red has been one of my all time favourite wines for ages. We opened some 1991 recently for ITs Food Jnr’s 18th and even with my poor quality cellaring (i.e. a cupboard in a leaky conservatory) it tasted great. But, we’re in “The Whites” section aren’t we? Well we have tasted a Château Musar White before and declared it “…a white Red wine” it was so heavy. But I digress, this isn’t about them, this is about the Massaya Silver Selection White 2005. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, there aren’t many details about this white so this is a pure “trust my brother” wine (which, of course, I do!). Price ~£12 at Hailsham Cellars.
Moët et Chandon Nectar Imperial
Over the past few years I have given up on Champagne and moved onto Prosecco. I find Prosecco easier to drink (smaller bubbles!) and when done well can beat many a Champagne hands down. It’s also cheaper with a good bottle costing less than £10. But, I’ve got to admit, I like Moët et Chandon Nectar Imperial. It’s fruitier and slightly (only just) sweeter than most dry Champagne which I find makes it far more enjoyable to drink. This will be our tipple as we open our presents on Christmas day. The Moët website is one of those terrible Flash sites where you can’t link to a specific page but it’s fairly easy to find a nice video of tasting notes for the Nectar Imperial from their Chef De Cave. Price <£30 at Sainsbury’s.
p.s. In case anyone needs to know 😉 the only other Champagne I like is Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut!
Cloudy Bay Pelorus Vintage 2005
A New Zealand champagne? The other exception to the “I only like Prosecco for fizz” rule. Cloudy Bay Pelorus is a really nice example of a “sparkling wine” from the New World. This will be our “Happy New Year!” fizz; the time you want something quite bubbly and tasty to awaken those taste buds as you welcome in the New Year. Notes on the wine can be found here with tasting notes here. Price: <£17 at Majestic.
De Bortoli Show Reserve Muscat
We first discovered this “fortified wine” about 3-4 years ago at the BBC Good Food Live Show. De Bortoli had a stand there and Mrs ITs Food (who is a BIG fan of Stickies – sweeter “dessert” wines) thought she’d give this a go. “Liquid Christmas in a glass!” is how she declared it. It really is unique, a delicious after dinner drink and especially good for those who don’t like Port. Tasting notes are here. Price: <£10 at Majestic.
In fact there is another wine to put here but as it’s a surprise for Mrs ITs Food a blog post about it would give the game away somewhat! 🙂
And for afters…
All that remains is for us to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and festive season. We may blog a little over the break, especially if any of the food and drink is very good (or very bad)! If we don’t though, have a great time and we’ll see you in 2010.