KENTISH WINE "Lets be proud of the fabulous wines from this county, the garden of England, Kent " Our focus here is on the Chapel Down vineyard in Tenterden and The Barnsole Vineyard in Staple, only 2 miles from The Dog Inn. Both vineyards are achieving international recognition for their wines including awards.
2004/5 Canterbury Choice, Pilgrims Harvest (Barnsole Vineyard) £18.95 "South East of England wine award winner, this very drinkable medium dry wine is made with the Huxelrebe Grape" 2003/4 Bacchus Reserve Dry White (Chapel Down Winery) £18.95 "Slate and mineral with delicate hints of citrus and fresh pear on the nose, lime on the palate. Complex lingering fruit" 2003 Nectar (50cl) Sweet White (Chapel Down Winery) £15.95 "Made from the aromatic Siegerrebe with some spicy Ortega, this has a deep rose and redcurrant scented bouquet with sweet pear, apricot and peach on the palate." 2004 Chapel Down Rose (Chapel Down Winery) £18.95 "Delicate smoked salmon colour; English strawberries and redcurrant on the nose and on the palate. Early bottling has captured a spritzy freshness and bright, clean acidity." 2003 Pinot Noir Red (Chapel Down Winery) £26.00 "Sourced from around the South East of England, 60% of the wine is matured in oak. Raspberry, cherry and leather on the nose, echoed on the palate with hints of vanilla." 2001 Pinot Brut Reserve Sparkling (Chapel Down Winery) £32.00 A silver medal winner. A blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. Pale lemon gold colour with green highlights. The acidity is clean and citrusy. The palate has subtle hints of lemon. Superb.
AROMATIC DRY WHITE 2005 Riesling (Private Bin Villa Maria) £16.50 New Zealand A well known estate for its Sauvignon but the real gem is this Riesling. Selva d'Oro (Ricardo Falchini, San Gimignano) £15.95 Italy A blend of Chardonnay and Vernaccia that is delicious. 2004 Sauvignon de Touraine (Jean-Christophe Mandard, Mareuil-sur Cher.) £14.95 Loire Really pleasing grapey fruit; crisp and dry. 2003 Riesling (bio dynamic) (Rolly Gassmann, Alsace) £25.50 Alsace Rich and oily, not completely dry but massively impressive. 2004 Nelson Sauvignon (Neudorf Estate, Tim & Judy Finn) £23.50 New Zealand Floral gooseberry bouquet with a depth of flavour unusual in Kiwi sauvignons, very classy.
MEDIUM BODIED DRY WHITE 2004 Pinot Grigio (Provincia di Pavia, Marchesini) £15.95 Italy A very popular wine which is easy to drink. 2005 Chenin Blanc (Porter Mill Station Porterville, Malmesbury) £17.50 South Africa This Loire Valley variety is known as Steen in South Africa where it really thrives. This is a fabulous example. Delicious. Vernaccia di San Gimignano (Ricardo Falchini, San Gimignano) £17.95 Italy A re-invention of a Tuscan classic, quality wine making. 2004 Muscadet Sur Lie (Clos du Ferré, Michel David) £14.95 Nantais Melon de Bourgogne grapes macerated on the lees to extract maximum flavour. Perfect with seafood. 2004 Pouilly Fume (Seguin Père et Fils, Le Bouchot, Pouilly-sur-Loire) £22.50 Loire Classy, smoky Sauvignon Blanc from the highly desirable vineyards of Pouilly sur Loire, a stones-throw from Sancerre. 2004 Sancerre (Daniel Chotard, Crezancy-en-Sancerre) £24.50 Loire Fragrance Sauvignon Blanc from a classic area-perfect. 2005 Chardonnay/Viognier (The Ruins,Bon Cap Organic Estate) £15.95 South Africa Roelf du Preez produces ground-breaking wines on his organic estate. This is excellent value.
FULL BODIED DRY WHITE 2004 Picpoul de Pinet (Coteaux du Languedoc Domaine Félines–Jourdan, Mèze) £14.95 Languedoc Once a lowly wine encountered on holiday, now this is a wine that needs to be tasted. Great intensity of fruit, not quite as dry as you might expect. 2004 Corbieres blanc (Domaine du Grand Crès, Ferrals-les-Corbières) £21.50 France This is a big, honeyed, supple dry white wine. Luxurious. 2003 Chablis Premier Cru (Les Vaillons, Jean-Paul Droin) £29.00 Burgundy Such was the ripeness of the 2003 vintage that the wines of Chablis can seem more like those of Montrachet. Enjoy 2003 Puligny Montrachet (Jean-Marc Boillot, Pommard) £45.00 Burgundy Supremely elegant, flinty Chardonnay from a master winemaker who owns some of the best vineyards in this area. 2000 Chardonnay (Joseph Swan Vineyards, Sonoma County) £45.00 United States Very stylish Chardonnay from a boutique winery
ROSE WINE 2004 Chinon Rose (Gerard and David Chaveu, Domaine de Beausejour) £19.50 France Dry but fruity, fleshy and utterly delicious. The perfect aperitif.
LIGHT RED 2005 Beaujolais Villages (Isabelle & Bruno Perraud, Domaine des la Molière) £15.75 Beaujolais Finely crafted wine from the Gamay grape 2004 Umore Nero (Pinot Noir) Oltrepò Pavese £15.95 Italy No oak, no fining or filtration, this is a pure expression of Pinot Noir that is bursting with flavour. 2003 Grenache/Syrah (Vin de Pays d'Oc Domaine Félines–Jourdan, Mèze) £14.95 France Rhone grape varieties in the capable hands of the superb Felines-Jourdan estate. 2003 Chinon Rouge (Chauveau, Domaine de Beauséjour, Panzoult) £16.50 Loire Cabernet Franc is the grape behind this lovely dry red from the Loire. A perfect lunchtime wine. 2003 Pinot Noir Tom Rochioli (Tom Rochioli, Healdsburg, California) £38.95 United States Top class Californian Pinot. If you've seen the film "Sideways" then this is what it's all about.
MEDIUM BODIED RED 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon (Porter Mill Station Porterville, Malmesbury) £17.50 South Africa A very cedary, classic almost French expression of this grape. Let it develop in the glass. 2003 Chianti Classico Podere il Chiostrino (Virio e ivo Parigi, Val di Pesa) £18.95 Italy This wine cries out to be drunk with its straight forward fruit and Tuscan charm. 2004 Morgon Côte du Py Jean-Marc Burgaud (Côte du Py Jean-Marc Burgaud) £19.50 Beaujolais The inky, supple, spicy Gamay fruit of this cru Beaujolais is irresistible. 2001 Château Jupille Carillon (St Emilion, Bordeaux) £24.50 Bordeaux A classic Merlot based Claret from the right bank. Lovely. 2001 Barbaresco (de for ville, Barbaresco) £38.50 Italy Wow! 2001 is such a great vintage and this wine so beautifully crafted. Stunning. 2000 Berengario, Friuli delle Venezie, Zonin (Friuli delle Venezie , Zonin) £29.50 Italy This wine has burst onto the world wine scene, beating wines 5 times its value in blind tastings. It is a Cabernet and Merlot blend.
FULL BODIED RED 2004 Crozes-Hermitage (Philippe Desmeure, Domaine des Remizières. £18.95 Rhone Firmly structured Syrah 2001 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (vieilles vignes Domaine La Millière) £34.50 Rhone Highly rated by wine guru Robert Parker, this wine is stunning but not overpowering. 1998 Barolo Brunate (Marcarini, La Morra, Piedmont) £54.50 Italy Barolo needs a little bit of bottle age to come to its best. 1998 was excellent in Piedmont. 1996 Mas Castel (Cabernet Sauvignon, Raimat, Lerida.) £24.50 Spain Mature, soft, richly flavoured Cabernet with a sweet, lingering fruit finish. 2003 Mas La Plana (Torres Gran Coronas Black Label) £38.00 Spain This became famous in the early 1980's when it beat Chateau Latour at a major Paris tasting. The wine went off form in the early 90's but is now absolutely back on top form. 1999 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet /Shiraz (Penfolds South Australia) £32.50 Australia The upper end wines of the Penfolds range are really good.
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