Wine Shop: September staff picks

— 5 September 2012
The staff at our four stores are bursting with plenty of wonderful wine knowledge. We asked some of our Wine Shop experts to share their favourite wines of the moment and what best to enjoy it with.

Michael from Oxford Street

This wine has an aroma of sweet and lively fruits. It boasts great cherry and redcurrant character, elegant presence, freshness and style. Great character and fine potential.

Carl from Manchester Trafford
QUINTA DO MOURO Vinha do Mouro

Portugese wines are often overlooked and under-rated, which is a shame as quality is often extremely high. The second wine of legendary Alentejo producer Quinta do Mouro, this cracking value red is a blend of Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils around Estremoz (where this wine is made) are quite schistous, which lends the wine a wonderfully fresh minerality, allied to a dark, rich red and black fruit spiciness. Perfect with a rich hearty lamb casserole or an autumnal beef stew.
Kazumi from London
GRACE Grace Koshu Kayagatake

Marcin from London
GREENSTONE Heathcote shiraz 2009

This winery, Chuo Budoshu, was established in Katsunuma in 1923 - the birthplace of the wine industry in Japan. Koshu grape itself has been cultivated for more than a thousand years there. This wine has layers of citrus fruits flavours and delicate white flowers with a bit of spiciness from white pepper. The racy acidity and subtle sweetness are harmonised beautifully, followed by the lingering smooth ''umami'' finish. Perfect with white fish, shellfish, sashimi, sushi and tempura.   In Heathcote a more European style is being produced. The cool climate and ancient Cumbrian soils make it an ideal spot for this variety. Greenstone Shiraz has depth and power but also restraint and perfume.
Damien from London
SELVAPIANA Chianti Rufina 2010

Paul from London
GUSBOURNE Rose sparkling wine

Although Rufina is the smallest of the Chianti zones, it is also one of the most special. With a cool breeze blowing down the Sieve Valley, it gives the best wines a finesse that few in Chianti Classico can match.   This is a great alternative to Champagne. Well balanced acidity and toastiness is all you want from great quality sparkling wine. Not to mention that the vineyard is located just 70 miles outside of London so if you will enjoy it you can come down and have a closer look at one of the leading winemakers in Britain.


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