December Box Wine Information
Find the new Christmas classics here
It’s cold, it’s grey, and that winter sun holiday is looking unlikely. So let’s follow the sunshine via the wines we sip this month. Inspired by a quote from Galileo Galilei: “Wine is sunlight, held together by water,” Mummy Wine Club is venturing south this December where summer is in full swing. These are some of my favourite regions and producers in the Southern Hemisphere that are quietly (and some not so quietly) leading a revolution in wine style and quality. They are fun and vibrant, but also thought-provoking and pioneering. There’s no better time to encounter them than over the holiday season when we can hopefully slow down and enjoy wonderful wine and food as a celebration.
Now normally Christmas is synonymous with luxury treats, special dishes, and above all, traditions… wine is free flowing, and quite often it’s the good stuff! But often we assume this is a time for the serious classics…structured Bordeaux, rich Rioja, crisp Chablis, and luscious Sauternes. But did you know that there is a twist on every classic available from the Southern Hemisphere?
Read on about the wines and please join the virtual Wine Tasting on Thursday 17th with special guest, winemaker Kevin Judd of Greywacke.
I hope subscribers are as impressed with these wines as I have been. If you’re keen to repurchase any of them come visit the Bottle Shop.
A Los Viñateros Bravos, Pipeño Blanco
Itata Valley, Chile
The delicate underbrush aromas of Itatas wild grass, red fruits and a little bit of cassis are aromas and flavours that characterise this wine. A fresh wine, delicate, marked by fine grain tannins that give a very unique structure and create a long lingering ending with a distinctive mineral character due to the volcanic soils where the old vines thrive.
Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2016
Central Otago, New Zealand
Biodynamically grown Pinot Noir creates a myriad of mulberry, wild thyme and enticing savoury undertones which are interwoven with layers of ripe summer berries. This wine has aromas of cherry, rosehip and spices with enticing savoury undertones of truffle and autumnal earth. On the palate, good concentration and supple tannins lead to a long, lingering finish.
Intellego, Kedungu 2018
Swartland, South Africa
A vibrant and juicy red to rival Rhône!
Inspired by an epic surfing trip while having loads of fun, still with a “babbelas”, this wine was born as a combination of different characters from the Swartland terroir and its diverse micro climate.
Syrah, the backbone of this blend, contributes to the structure and freshness of the wine. Cinsaut adds a lovely mid palate and vibrance with loads of red fruits. The Mourvedre provides tannin structure and depth as well as darker fruit.
Gentle Folk, Cloud Riesling 2019
Adelaide Hills, Australia
Wonderfully vibrant and aromatic with hallmark hints of petrol and mineral, laced with honeyed fruit and flowers. Amazing texture and long finish. Layers of super ripe citrus, apple, and floral notes. Crisp and dry, but full malo gives this wine a beautiful roundness.
Metic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Elegant, beautiful, Cabernet. Infinitely approachable! Blackcurrant and dark cherry with a hint of smokey sage are on the nose - smooth, deep, with sumptuous red and black fruit flavours, and a light spice on the finish.
Greywacke Botrytis Pinot Gris 2015
Marlborough, New Zealand
A patisserie-like mélange conjuring notions of dark orange marmalade, tarte tatin and honey crème brûlée infused with hints of lapsang souchong. A decadent and voluptuous interpretation of pinot gris that is richly flavoured with poached quince and dried fruits – a luscious sweet wine with elegant structure and a clean lingering finish.
Tolpuddle Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 Coal River Valley
*From the Carte blanche Subscription Box*
On the nose, this wine is intensely aromatic with lemon peel, white blossom, wet stone and a captivating struck match note. Notes of mandarin, white peach and biscuit are complemented by mouthwatering fresh acidity. There is intensity but also plenty of texture and verve, as well as a long finish.