In our Sale: five of the best
Author: Sophie Thorpe
2016 Mullineux, Kloof Street Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa: This old-vine Chenin Blanc comes from one of South Africa’s leading new wave producers, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. From their Kloof Street range, it’s designed for earlier drinking than its other more age-worthy styles – but offers incredible complexity for its price. (£10.46, down from £14.95)
2016 Rosso di Toscana, Sangiovese, Scopetone, Tuscany, Italy: Scopetone is better known for its superb Brunello di Montalcino, but the estate also makes this top-class “entry-level” Sangiovese. The fruit is picked early to make a wine full of vim – vibrant red-berry fruit and amazing subtlety for its Rosso di Toscana status. (£10.15, down from £14.50)
2006 Champagne Gosset, Grand Millésime, Brut: Vintage Champagne, in a Sale: need we really say much more? Gosset isn’t the best-known Champagne House – partly because most of their wines go directly to top-end restaurants around the world thanks to their food-friendly style. This – from the 2006 vintage – is drinking beautifully now, but has much more time ahead of it too (an excellent excuse to stock up). (£52.00, down from £65.00)
2015 Frankland Estate, Olmo’s Reward, Frankland River, Australia: Frankland Estate was the first winery to set up in Frankland River – leading the way in a corner of Western Australia that is now known for its elegant cool-climate wines. While they work with a lot of Riesling and Shiraz, this is their flagship cuvée – an incredible Cabernet blend (more Franc than Sauvignon) from old vines in its Isolation Ridge Vineyard. (£34.65, down from £44.00)
2014 Ramey, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California: David Ramey may have made his name with his benchmark Chardonnays, but he’s now also working with Pinot Noir – and the wines are, unsurprisingly, just as good. This, the first vintage of his Russian River Valley Pinot, is layered with bright red fruit, and a plushness thanks to some new oak. It’s also a rare chance to pick up Californian wine with a little bottle age. (£39.96, down from £49.95)
Please note that stocks of Sale wines are, by their very nature, limited; so these wines may not be available for long.