Laithwaite’s KMWC End of Term Case
With the end of term upon us, it’s time to get organised and stock up the fridge/wine rack so that you’re covered for any eventuality. Together with Abi Hirshfeld, Laithwaite’s wine buyer (and fellow knackered mother) I’ve selected a case of 12 brilliant wines from their range. Call it holiday planning…
Normally priced At £120, the case is just £79.99, A SAVING OF £40!
Average bottle price is just over £6.50, so it’s REALLY good value for money.
What’s in my case?
Alessandro Gallici Prosecco NV
Helen says: Just as good Prosecco should be, this is light on its feet and full of bright, lemony flavours. Looks gorgeous, too (always a bonus). Needs nothing but company.
Abi says: We have been working with the incredibly talented Alessandro for 15 years. He is softly spoken but hugely passionate and knows just where to source the very best grapes.
Collezione di Paolo 2014
Helen says: A beautifully made Tuscan white, this is a blend of Trebbiano and Malvasia grapes along with a dash of Chardonnay. Think apples, almonds and big ripe lemons in a glass. Loves food, too.
Abi says: White wine from Tuscany is very rare. As well as making stunning Chianti, Paolo Masi is very proud of this crisp, fresh and gluggable handmade white from his estate.
Vignobles Canet Picpoul de Pinet 2015
Helen says: Packed with super-charged citrus fruits, this is like a breath of fresh air. Sea air, really – the vineyards lie not far from the Med. Crisp as a clean white shirt, this makes a great pre-dinner drink.
Abi says: Picpoul de Pinet is a tiny appellation that represents less than 0.2% of France’s vineyards yet it is world famous. Try this great example from my old friend, Floris, and you’ll understand why.
The Gooseberry Bush 2015
Helen says: If you love New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, I think you’ll love this too. A blend of Sauvignon and Colombard, it’s got that gooseberry zing but with a touch of tropical fruits, too. A go-to fridge door white.
Abi says: I have always loved (and drunk) this wine from the Bon Courage wine estate in South Africa. The 2015 vintage was a stunner and widely considered to be the best in the last 40 years!
Pago Centro Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Helen says: The cooler parts of Chile, like the San Antonia Valley where this comes from, are perfect places for aromatic grape varieties like Sauvignon Blanc. This one’s properly elegant, with delicate lime and passion fruit flavours.
Abi says: The Buying Team have blind tasted this wine twice recently and both times we unanimously thought that it was from New Zealand. It is made by New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, Matt Thomson, which explains why.
Domaine de Pontfract Rose 2015
Helen says: Pretty as the colour is, this goes beyond the pale. Sprinkled with juicy redcurrant fruits, it’s deliciously moreish. The producer’s next-door neighbour is Miraval, Brad & Angelina’s vineyard. Take this outside.
Abi says: made by Monsieur Paul who has only got 74 vintages under his belt (he started when he was 12 and most of the men were at war)! This is classic Provence rose… pretty, delicate and delightful.
Cuvee du Vatican Reserve de l’Abbe 2014
Helen says: Beautifully balanced, with gorgeous bramble fruits and a generous touch of spice. Soft and supple too, this is the kind of wine that sofas and Netflix were made for.
Abi says: Made exclusively for Laithwaites by Jean-Marc Diffonty, a legend in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, whose top wines sell for £30+ and regularly win gold medals and points galore.
Grande Reserve de Gassac Rouge 2014
Helen says: The top wine from this estate in Southern France is one of my very favourite wines of all time – and they make this one exclusively for Laithwaites. Love it; all herby black fruits with heaps of character. Just add a Sunday roast.
Abi says: Daumas-Gassac is one of (if not the) best producers in the South of France. Hugh Johnson famously called it “The one and only Premier Grand Cru estate of the Languedoc”. Working with the Guibert family is a great pleasure and we are lucky to have this exciting project with them.
Helen says: A ridiculously juicy, great value red from Portugal’s Dao region, crammed full of just-squashed plum and black cherry fruit flavours. A great match for meat done on the barbecue.
Abi says: We all love Portuguese wines as they are fruity, smooth and full of character yet are great value for money because people haven’t heard of them. It is made from local grapes, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) and Jaen and is then aged in barrel.
Picco Attila 2014
Helen says: A gloriously fruity mix of Refosco and Merlot grapes from vineyards not far from Venice. Choc-full of cassis, plum and fig flavours, try it with tomato sauce-drenched pasta.
Abi says: Named after a legendary hill built by Attila the Hun’s soldiers, this is another wine from superstar, Alessandro Gallici. He has taken local, spicy grape, Refosco and blended it with plummy Merlot and then aged it in large oak “botti” (!) for 5 months. Delicious and rich.
Schroeder Estate Malbec 2015
Helen says: There can’t be many of us who haven’t fallen for Argentinian Malbec’s charms but this one’s from Patagonia, right down south. Intense, concentrated and utterly downright delicious, save it for steak night.
Abi says: In Patagonia, in some of the southernmost vineyards on earth, the icy-cold Antarctic winds make the vines produce uniquely tight clusters of tiny, thick-skinned grapes which give the wine tons of colour and flavour. This is why Schroeder Estate win so much critical acclaim.
Mr Riggs The Truant Shiraz 2013
Helen says: Like Rhett & Scarlett, the Shiraz grape and Australia’s McLaren Vale region are meant to be together. Big and bold with chocolatey blackcurrant fruit flavours, it’s seriously impressive. Dinner party material.
Abi says: Made by Ben Riggs this wine has won a mountain of awards from 93 points by James Halliday, Australia’s no 1 critic, to a top gold medal from the USA. It somehow manages to be big and rich yet with great elegance and finesse too.