October Newsletter: Autumnal Vibes
The nights are turning chilly and the skies are turning drizzly, but it’s not all driek and dismal! The leaves are also turning [red], and after 6 looong months stuck indoors, the warmth of cozying up in our own homes is finally becoming really appealing! Our staff picks for this month are inspired by Autumn – we’ve chosen reds as intense as the Autumn leaves, full-bodied and rich whites, and tipples that are perfect for sipping round open fires.
The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that there’s been a few changes to the website: we’re slowly making our way through it and adding descriptions and pictures for all our products. We’re not quite finished, but some pages are ready – so if none of this month’s staff picks inspire you, take a gander at what else we have to offer!
Emiliana Novas Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon £12.50
Emiliana are an outstanding producer, who have been leading the way for organic winemaking in Chile.The grapes grow under the unique climate of Colchagua Valley: coastal breezes ensure the grapes develop punchy acidity and a lovely salinity, while the hot dry summer encourages proper ripening and development of fruit flavour. The wine is full of black cherry flavour, with intense fruity notes of blackcurrant and strawberries that give way to oaky flavours of black pepper, tobacco leaf and chocolate. A real easy drinker, and it goes great with steak and pepper sauce.
Manzanos Rioja Blanco £11.50
On the border between Rioja and Navarra, Victor Manzanos is a 4th generation winemaker championing modern Rioja Baja styles. The grapes (Viura and Chardonnay) are grown on clay-limestone soil, which imparts a delicate minerality to the wine. The grapes are hand picked, then fermented in steel before being matured on the lees in oak barrels for 4 months. A soft and luscious white, with sweet notes of chamomile, peach, citrus and tropical fruits, all balanced with notes of cream and spice from the oak.
Domaine Saumaize Pouilly-Fuissé £28
A gorgeous and rich Burgundian white – full bodied and beautifully balanced. 100% Chardonnay, the grapes are grown on the limestone and clay soils of Solutré and Vergisson. Fermented in barriques, this wine then spent 12 months in a mixture of new and older French oak. Creamy and buttery with a lovely touch of oak that adds a slightly nutty character to this beautiful wine. Rich but restrained, there is a real elegance and a sense of quality that shines right through to the end. If you’re a fan of oaky whites, then this is the perfect wine for you – pair with fish, poultry and salads.
Alpha Box & Dice ‘Xola’ Aglianico £27
This single vineyard wine from McLaren Vale in South Australia is a complex tipple, but it rewards with plenty of unique, puchy flavours. A surprising nose of beetroot juice poured over graphite shavings sets you up for quite a journey! The palate shares the same dense minerality and graphite texture as the nose with a quiet but growing presence of forest floor and frozen berries. On opening, this fruit thaws to release fresh summer pudding and cream served in a pencil case. Bonkers!
Track Sonoma £4.20
The unofficial beer of Manchester: the mighty Sonoma. Made under the archways near Piccadilly, Sonoma is a juicy, bright, Pale Ale. Hopped extensively with Centennial, Citra and Mosaic hops at flame out & dry hop, it’s full of citrus fruit aroma and flavours: a taste of Manchester sunshine, even when the summer is long over! And at 3.8%, it’s a treat that can be enjoyed on a school night 😉
Põhjala Öö XO £8.50
A bit of an indulgent treat, this beer is from Estonian brewery, Põhjala (pronounced pee – /r/ee – la, with one of those guttural phlegmy noises in the middle). It’s a special version of their Öö Imperial Baltic Porter, which has been aged for four months in Cognac barrels. At 11.5%, it’s a little dangerous, but oh so worth it. A silky smooth texture of dark malts, with sweet flavours of jammy red fruits, cognac, liquorice, and honey. Hints of molasses mix with those of rich dark chocolate, espresso, and muscovado sugar, all balanced with elegant tannins and a hint of spice.
Bobbys Schiedam Dry Gin £47
For those thinking that it might be getting a wee bit too chilly for gin: I present this gorgeous Dutch gin, full of exotic and warming spices. This spirit is inspired by the maker’s Indonesian grandfather, Bobby, who upon arriving in the Netherlands, would infuse his jenever (Dutch gin) with Indonesian botanicals. This spicy and fragrant spirit is a unique blend of traditional botanicals – juniper, rosehip, and fennel – with Indonesian flavours – lemongrass, clove, coriander, cubeb pepper, and cinnamon. It’s a fresh burst of citrus and herbs, with a warming, spicy hum of pepper and cinnamon. Perfect with tonic and a twist of orange peel.
Lafage Maury Grenache £16
This is a deliciously sweet red wine from husband and wife team Jean-Marc and Eliane Lefage. Jean-Marc’s family have been growing grapes in Roussillon, France, for six generations, and the pair set up their estate in 1996. The grapes for this wine (100% Grenache) are from old vines in the Agly Valley: with its black shale and layered schist soil in the shadow of ruined Cathar castles, it is one of Europe’s most exciting terroirs, and it produces grapes with pronounced minerality and flavour concentration.This wine is full-bodied and rich, with intense flavours and aromas of dried red fruits, chocolate and coffee. Pair with chocolate desserts.
Enjoy your Autumnal weather, enjoy kicking through leaf piles, and enjoy your Autumnal tipples!
Lots of love,
Tiny’s crew x