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We have had a lovely few months of sunshine & long warm evenings so far… we hope you have managed to enjoy it.

We are keeping this month’s pack simple & full of crowd pleasers. Some classics, some well known regions, some much loved grape varieties & of course one or two unique recommendations that we have been loving!

We have 6 bottles – 3 reds, 2 whites & a pink. 

All from Europe & with a big focus on organic grapes as always. 

Chateau Tire Pe Diem Merlot Bordeaux (France) – You don’t get many well made, great tasting sub £15 Bordeaux’s so we are over the moon to add this to the shelves. Lively, fruity & packed with juicy redcurrant, crushed plum & sweet herbs. This is a pretty red with an easy fruity profile & a lingering finish. Made with organically farmed Merlot grapes.

Curioso Tempranillo (Spain) – Soft & juicy, full of sweet red fruits, a flicker of brambly darkness with structure & weight. Not overwhelmed by the 6 months in oak, this is all about the bright crunchy red fruit & hints of clove spice. Tempranillo is the grape variety used to make Rioja so it is nice to try an example of it made outside of the famous region. This bottle is the very dark one on the far left, impossible to get a good photo of but still tastes great, not every label can be eye catching… the dark horses are still worth a taste!

Heinrich Rose (Austria) – Pink Blaufränkisch from Weingut Heinrich in Burgenland, Austria. This is tasty, with far more bang for your buck than you’ll find in Provence at this price point. Biodynamic fruit, wild yeast ferment & a few months spent on the lees has provided us with bright red fruited intensity & a lovely texture. Anyone looking for interesting Rose – this is it! Would be great alongside food but a chilled glass of this would be just the ticket after a long day too.

Koppitsch Ret (Austria) – A fresh ripe natural red from Alex & Maria Koppitsch in Austria. We loved this when we tasted it in France in January, it’s plush blackcurrant & cherry fruit mixes with a subtle earthy note to make a lovely summer, picnic red. The grapes (about 80% Zweigelt & 20% St Laurent) were destemmed & fermented naturally on skins for 8 days. No additives. No temperature control. Then they were pressed & the juice was pumped into stainless steel tanks (to retain freshness). This is the type of Summer red that can be served after an hour in the fridge, it has fruit & structure combining with refreshing acidity to go alongside a BBQ or meatier fish. 

Marcobarba ‘Barbabianca’ Bianco (Italy)  – Garganega is a grape variety most commonly grown in Soave & is perfect for producing crisp, fragrant whites. Blended with some local Veneto grapes, this expression is as fresh as they come! A crisp & tangy white, the balancing zesty fresh lemon juice with some red apple, pear & a hint of elderflower. It’s an ideal aperitif style, refreshing & very drinkable. This one is a limited edition so is only available to buy in the pack for the first 12 orders & once it is gone we will need to find a worthy replacement! Luckily we love Italian whites so that won’t be too difficult. 

Flora & Fauna Blanc (France) – A bone dry, fragrant blend of White Grenache (90%) & Sauvignon Blanc (10%). It is packed with a natural freshness & offers elegant aromas of stone fruits, pear skin & a touch of peach. The Sauvignon Blanc adds a grassy twang & a mineral complexity. This is one to serve ice cold in a garden somewhere.