Buy The Wines: At-Home Masterclass #2
Do you want to learn more about single grape varietals planted over three locations across the world in varying climates with different pairs of hands tending to the vines?
Our second at-home masterclass is an educational way to still enjoy tasting from the comfort of your own home. Learn more about how Chardonnay and Bordeaux Blends can have immensely different flavour profiles and styles from a range of our producers from across the globe.
Taking part is simple, purchase the six wines (at a discounted price of only £115) for the masterclass, wait for the wines to arrive direct to your door and start the masterclass video HERE to taste-along with Nicolas Clerc MS with accompanying tasting notes. Happy tasting!
2018 Chardonnay Banghoek Reserve, Delaire Graff, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The first wine in the line-up is an elegant, complex wine stemming from grapes of the Delaire Graff Estate’s mountain vineyards. The altitude of the sites and the particular soil composition of Stellenbosch produces grapes full of flavour, balance and finesse. While French oak was used in the fermentation and ageing of this wine, no malolactic fermentation was carried out to retain freshness.
An elegant, balanced expression of Chardonnay that brims with aromas of peaches, honeycomb, vanilla and brioche and lingers with a long, mineral finish.
2015 Province Chardonnay, Astrolabe, Marlborough, New Zealand
Our second Chardonnay is another New World release but from a totally different climate. Crafted from Chardonnay grapes sourced from the Astrolabe Farm Vineyard in the lower Wairau Valley and Wrekin Vineyard in the Southern Valleys of Marlborough, this cuvée is about precise aromatics and elegant texture.
The relatively cool climate of Marlborough filters through bright notes of melon, citrus fruit, lime and minerality. The winemaking process, with ageing in French oak, lees-stirring and malolactic fermentation adds a creamier element to the wine that translates into elegant notes of crème brûlée, nuts and dried stone fruits.
2013 Bourgogne Blanc, Maison, Maison de Montille, Burgundy, France
The Bourgogne Blanc from the revered Maison de Montille seems an apt beginning to the discovery of the nuances of this grape variety. Chardonnay is the flagship white grape of the region and one that is interpreted in many different ways, from steely Chablis to voluptuous Meursault.
This cuvée is a textbook white Burgundy, with juicy notes of yellow apples, pears and ripe lemon and bergamot all accompanied by sweeter aromas of vanilla, toast and yogurt. The wine has a beautiful dense texture to it but is kept in perfect balance by lively freshness and a touch of minerality.
2017 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, Ornellaia, Tuscany, Italy
From one of the names that made history of Italian wine, this entry-level, every day interpretation of a Bordeaux blend is truly a wine that surprises every time we taste it!
Another Merlot-dominated blend, Le Volte dell’Ornellaia is a juicy, structured, sunny wine that marries the classic flavour profile of Bordeaux with a unique Mediterranean exuberance. Cherries, figs, plums are framed by notes of wildflowers, rosemary and thyme, culminating in a luscious, moreish finish that will accompany effortlessly all classic Italian dishes!
2014 Ruhanui Organic, Stonecroft, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
New Zealand is probably not the first country that springs to mind when thinking about Bordeaux blend, but Stonecroft has been crafting a Merlot/ Cabernet Sauvignon blend that can rival its counterparts in the Old World.
Sourced from the family Roy’s Hill vineyard in Hawke’s Bay, Ruhanui bursts with lovely summer fruit, plum, rhubarb and blackcurrant notes. The time spent in barrel gives the wine subtle notes of leather, cedar and forest floor. Structured and precise, Ruhanui is an elegant interpretation of these grape varieties that is very approachable now.
2013 G'Acte 5, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, France
Sourced from one of the least known appellations of Bordeaux, Fronsac, G’Acte 5 is a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Under the watchful eye of the Guinaudeau family of Château Lafleur, this intriguing blend is a classic, elegant Bordeaux blend.
Brimming with juicy red fruit, figs and plums as well as sweet spices, tobacco and a menthol, wild herbs hedge, it is a wine that entices with the perfect balance of fruit and more complex, hearty flavours. A lovely, seductive palate keeps in equilibrium, power, finesse, structure and aromatics.