I’m back with another Wine Wednesday and this week I’m giving you twice as much fabulous wine content as last time. Yeah that’s right, I’m taking you through a white AND a rosé (I spoil you, I know) from a UK based wine distributor which I’m so excited to share with you. If you missed the first post in Wine Wednesday don’t worry, you can go back and check that out here. I chatted you through an organic, biodynamic and completely VEGAN red wine which you definitely need to try if you’re a fan of a good red.
FINE WINES DIRECT UK
Based in Cardiff, Wales, Fine Wines Direct UK is an independent, specialist importer of wine from all around the world. They sell to a mix of restaurants and wine merchants as well as to general consumers (like you and me) all over the UK.
They pride themselves on their variety of wines that suit all price points. Whether you’re looking for a white wine to have in stock in your fridge on the regular, or a special occasion bottle of red. They have something to suit all budgets.
Something that I think is particularly interesting about Fine Wines Direct UK is that a large variety of the wines on their website are exclusive to them. This means that you can get a unique service from them that you aren’t able to get on other UK wine websites. They’ve also got a section on their website which is dedicated specifically to finding the perfect gift for someone. With their mix of 1 bottle, 2 bottle, champagne and mixed wine gift options, it’s so simple to pick out a great gift for a loved one.
WINE WEDNESDAY: THE ROSÉ
Kicking off this weeks Wine Wednesday is a lovely rosé from Provence, France.
ABOUT CHATEAU PEYRASSOL 2018 ROSÉ
Dating way back to the 13th century, Commanderie de Peyrassol is a domaine (or territory) based in Provence, France. Although the domaine has 8 centuries of history, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the owners decided to bottle and market the wine of the domaine for sale. I tried the Peyrassol Cuveé des Commandeurs Cotes de Provence (2018) from their ‘Chateau’ range. The range was created 20 years ago and is produced from a selection of plots from the oldest vines in their domaine.
If you want to know a bit more about Commanderie de Peyrassol, their full history is on their website here.
WINE WEDNESDAY: THE TASTING
So first impressions of this rosé were that it’s a really dry one. Which I absolutely love. As much as I like a sweet rosé as well every now and then, I often find them to be a bit sickly. On the other hand I do also find a dry rosé to be too acidic sometimes.
I tried this along with my mum who described it as a ‘creamy’ rosé which I completely get. I think I’d describe it more as a ‘smooth’ rosé. Although I guess both creamy and smooth are near enough the same thing! As for the smell we were getting a fruity, peach scent. We both agreed that this was a really full bodied wine which is something that I haven’t come across very often with rosés. And I have to say I absolutely loved it.
I’m an all round big fan of rosé in general so I was really excited about trying this one. And it certainly didn’t disappoint.
WINE WEDNESDAY: THE WHITE
As well as a stunning rosé, Fine Wines Direct UK also sent me a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from Allan Scott Family Winemakers.
ABOUT ALLAN SCOTT FAMILY WINEMAKERS
Established in Marlborough, New Zealand, in 1990, Allan Scott Family Winemakers were one of the first independent wineries in their area. With Allan himself having nearly 40 years experience in the wine business, it’s hardly surprising to see that they’ve made quite the name for themselves as winemakers. It’s a real family run winery with Allan and his wife Cathy at the head of the business, with their three children bringing their talents to the team as well.
WINE WEDNESDAY: THE TASTING
So, what were my thoughts on their wine? Let me start by saying that a Sauvignon Blanc isn’t normally my jam when it comes to white wine. I usually find them to be a bit too acidic for my liking. However, despite being a dry wine (which I loved), the Allan Scott 2019 Sauvignon Blanc wasn’t overly acidic at all. There was of course an initial acidity which you get with all dry wine but that lasted for only a moment before the full flavour came through. And my god was the flavour delicious.
Described as ‘fresh, zesty, juicy and full’ this definitely translated into my thoughts on it. As for the fruity flavours you should be getting passionfruit and tropical fruit. I was getting the tropical flavours for sure! They suggest pairing it with seafood or creamy dishes so go and whip yourself up a plate of prawns or a carbonara for the full experience.
What’re your thoughts on the wine that I featured this time? Are you more of a white or rosé lover? Or maybe a red is more your thing. Let me know in the comments.
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