Dry Jan? Let’s call it ‘Slow Jan’...
We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year from both of us here at Morgan Edwards, we trust you all made the best of the festive season and made sizeable inroads into the cellar!
As we head into a winter lockdown and the prospect of warming up by a roaring fire in the local vanishes we’ve been thinking about the ideal wines to enjoy on a cold winter’s night (unless you are one of those brave people undertaking ‘Dry January’, in which case we wish you the best of luck!).
Anyway, let's focus on the positives. Lockdown gives us an opportunity to try new and interesting wines without the excess “corkage” fees that apply in restaurants. To that end, we’ve selected a few wines that you can explore and (sort of) in keeping with the spirit of ‘Dry Jan’, wines that will improve and develop over a few days from opening. Let’s call it ‘Slow Jan’! We’ve also selected some Vegan wines for those attempting ‘Veganuary’.
An amazing, Chablis-esque effort from Ashton Winery, imported by our friends at Black Dog Wine Agency, David & Katie. This is a full-bodied wine with orange peel and soft tropical fruit characters. The buttery palate and creamy tones complement the bouquet, enriching the typical Chardonnay characters. Pour a glass and pop it back in the fridge and this will improve over 48 hours.
Morgan's favourite white from our own, exclusively imported, French wines. This blend of Chardonnay and Viognier is rich, tropical and decadent. It’s packed with stone-fruit flavours and a subtle hint of vanilla from judicious use of oak ageing (only 40% of the wine is aged in new oak).
One for the Vegans and those on “Veganuary”! The 'Pipoli' white is made from a blend of Greco and Fiano. It has a wonderful aromatic intensity with great depth on the palate, illustrating just how good these native white varieties are. The 'Pipoli' Aglianico del Vulture has good colour, with spicy fruit on the nose and lovely elegance and balance.
What more can we say about this wine? Certainly one of our finest discoveries during 2020, this is one of the best value wines we’ve ever come across. Aged for 6 months in oak it offers bold red fruit aromas to the nose along with scents of vanilla, coconut, liquorice and oak. The palate is fresh, vibrant, savoury and elegant leaving a pleasantly long finish. A great introduction to the Tempranillo wines of Rioja.
Hailed by none other than ‘The Queen of Wine’ Jancis Robinson a “sustainable hero” in the Financial Times and on her website earlier this year Château Maris is the first European winery to achieve Certified B Corporation® status, joining a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Lively, fruity, a little salty and juicy, this wine has taken the best from the south of France, a rich fruitiness combined with the taste and good acidity provided by the terroir. Delicious aromas of ripe red fruit. The mouthfeel is supple and generous. Pairs well with pizza, pasta and everyday dishes.
Querciabella Chianti Classico has been the centrepiece of Querciabella’s winemaking operations since the winery’s debut. Consistently ranking at the highest levels of critical acclaim it’s a real delight for wine and food enthusiasts all over the world.
A beautiful balancing act of crisp, inviting acidity, pure varietal fruit flavour and character, Querciabella Chianti Classico represents the pinnacle of high-altitude, perfectly exposed Sangiovese fruit and wines of this quality will only improve time. Enjoy slowly.
If you would like further advice on your wine purchase, we are always here to chat. We love to help select the perfect wine for you.
Above all stay safe and we hope to see you soon,
Morgan & Edward