Laithwaite’s KMWC November Case
Together with Abi Hirshfeld, Laithwaite’s wine buyer (and fellow knackered mother!), I’ve selected a case of 12 gorgeous wines from their range.
Normally priced at £144.88, the case is priced at just £69.99, a SAVING OF £74.89.
That’s less than £6 a bottle – amazing value!
What’s in my case?
Fili Prosecco Doc NV
Helen says: Gorgeously light and fresh, this is an orchard fruit-scented delight. Adds instant sparkle, especially if you’re in your trackies with an open bag of Kettle Chips on your lap.
Abi says: Made by award-winning father and son team, Filiberto and Paolo Sacchetto, this is their top Prosecco. It is perfect for any occasion and it comes in a beautiful bottle too.
Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho 2015
Helen says: Portugal is on a roll with its wines at the moment; so many good things to be found here. I absolutely love this deliciously modern take on Vinho Verde, full of bright pear fruits.
Abi says: Anselmo is a very good friend of Hilario, our Portuguese buyer, and is “One of the greatest Portuguese winemakers” according to Robert Parker. Hilario persuaded him to do us a crazy deal on this zesty, fresh, vibrant Vinho Verde.
Il Pino Pinot Grigio Rosato 2015
Helen says: There’s happy-to-drink-it Pinot Grigio and then there’s oh-my-god-this-is-really-good Pinot Grigio. This is one of those: think crisp, green apples in a glass.
Abi says: This comes from the high altitude Adige Valley which is just inland from Venice. The plentiful sunshine and cooling mountain breezes give ripe aromas and lovely citrus fruit intensity.
Marcelin Cuvée 1907 2015
Helen says: A bright, sunshine-y wine from the Languedoc with ripe peach and apricot aromas and layers of lemony flavours. Loves roast chicken almost as much as I do.
Abi says: I love Chardonnay and this gold medal winner was made by a dear friend of mine, Hervé Sabardeil. He knows the Languedoc-Roussillon (South of France) incredibly well allowing him to find the best possible parcels of grapes.
Cleanskin Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014
Helen says: This might have minimal labelling but the flavours have maximum impact. From one of the best spots in Oz for Sauvignon, this one’s super fresh and lime-filled.
Abi says: Our buyer, Dan, lives locally and has his ear to the ground. This was a one-off parcel from a TOP winery. I can’t tell you who it was as they normally sell their wine for more than double the price, but believe me, this is crazy value!
Carravacas Rosado 2015
Helen says: We mostly drink our Rioja in red form but this is what happens when you make pink wine out of Tempranillo grapes. Stuffed with strawberry fruit, it’s outrageously moreish.
Abi says: This is made by three brothers at Bodegas Primicia in the stunning medieval town of Laguardia, in the heart of Rioja. Only 15% of Rioja is made into Rosado and the style is rarely seen in the UK.
Maison D. Piron Beaujolais-Villages 2015
Helen says: Made from the Gamay grape this is supple as a yoga bunny. Gloriously juicy with fresh black cherry fruit flavours, it’s sleeker than your average Beaujolais.
Abi says: Beaujolais from 2015 is AMAZING! According to Dominique Piron, a charming man who makes knockout wines, it is the best vintage since 1947. In fact, Dominique has just been voted as President of Inter Beaujolais, the local winegrowers association. Even his competitors rate him.
El Valin Mencía 2015
Helen says: Brilliantly under the radar, this region (Bierzo) and grape (Mencia) make amazing wines together. This one’s typically big on flavour (think bramble fruits) but still fantastically fresh.
Abi says: Bierzo is super trendy in Spain but barely known in the UK. Tipped to be the next big thing in Spanish wine. As Suzy Atkins said in The Telegraph “Discover Mencia: the Spanish red wine you need to drink”.
Lobo e Falcão 2015
Helen says: The bottle had me at the label, tbh. But what’s inside is uh-mazing. Smooth, juicy and utterly moreish, this is exactly why we should be so excited about Portuguese wines at the moment.
Abi says: Lobo e Falcão means Wolf and Falcon and is named after the 17th century estate’s owner, Jose Lobo de Vasconcelos, and its falcons that once belonged to the King. This is the ultimate big red.
Cinco Manos Pinot Noir 2014
Helen says: From one of my favourite regions in Chile – Colchagua – comes this perfectly pitched Pinot. Expect lots of red fruits, like raspberries and cherries, with velvet soft tannins.
Abi says: It is impossible not to love this plush, generous Pinot Noir, made for us at the family-owned Casa Silva winery. After some time ageing in French oak barrels, it gains a silky texture to complement the juicy berry fruit.
Limited Release Californian Zinfandel 2013
Helen says: This comes from really, really good stock but like the cleanskin Sauvignon, the producer isn’t revealed. Incredibly concentrated and rich with spicy blueberry flavours. Dreamy.
Abi says: 2013 was an excellent vintage in California and this wine comes from a well-respected estate. Again, we can’t tell you who made it, but I guarantee you’ll enjoy this barrel-aged Zinfandel.
Kilikanoon Baroota Shiraz 2014
Helen says: A bear hug in a glass, this is full-on with smooth cassis fruits and a whiff of leather about it, like a lovely old library. I suggest you take this wine to the sofa and stay there.
Abi says: This blockbuster is made by Kevin Mitchell at Kilikanoon. His top Shiraz sells for around $250 a bottle and rates a huge 98 points from Robert Parker. Baroota is rich, smooth and powerful and is a real customer favourite.