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30 July 2014

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Sommelier wine case, just £49.99

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THE OFFER

Have you ever felt that there are thousands of great wines out there, but that you’re not getting to see them? Well you’re right. Many of the most interesting wines don’t make it onto the high street, being snapped up instead by the country’s top restaurants.

sm wine case 2 - wine_case_009_1.jpgThe trouble is that this isn’t much use to you if you’re looking for a wine to drink at home, or take to a friend’s dinner party. So at Square Meal, we’ve used our contacts with some of the country’s top sommeliers to put together a great case (six bottles) of wine for you. The kind of wines that have character, food-friendliness and a bit of class. 

All of the wines in this reader offer case picked up gold or silver medals in this year’s Sommelier Wine Awards – a wine competition judged entirely by the country’s top sommeliers. They’re famously picky, so if they think these wines are worthy of a medal, they must be good!

Were it available on the high street, this case of six should retail at over £70, but we’re offering it to Square Meal readers for just £49.99... pretty exceptional for wines that come with a built-in recommendation from top restaurateurs.

TO BUY

Available as a mixed case of six (£49.99 + £7.99 P&P), or a mixed dozen (two bottles of each). So if you’re tired of what you’re drinking and want to try some wines of real character, click here to buy a case online, or call 08448 580690. (Delivery by slurp.co.uk).

THE WINES

1. Orballo Albarino 2008, Bodegas La Val, Rías Baixas, Spain (right)sm wine case 3 - wine_case_010_1.jpg
A soft, buttery nose and a fresh, zippy palate with hints of lime. ‘Mineral, savoury and crisp, A+’ said an approving Olivier Marie of Le Coq d’Argent. Perfect for white fish.

2. Cuvée L’Ancienne Mâcon-Charnay 2008, Burgundy
Crisp, clean and balanced with some smokey minerality following through to the palate. Quintessential Burgundian character and a nailed-on match with seafood.

3. Tabali Viognier 2009, Limari Valley, Chile
Rich and ripe with a fresh floral nose that shows some real complexity. Slightly off-dry with nice honeyed apricot notes, it will get better with age, too! One for a curry or rich fish or pork dishes.

sm wine case 1 - wine_case_006_1.jpg4. Cantos de Valpiedra 2006, Finca Valpiedra, Rioja (left)
Rich, earthy and moreish with rich oak, red berry and vanilla flavours and ripe tannins. Polished, elegant and well structured, this will be top notch with lamb.

5. Teroldego Rotaliano Riserva 2006, Mezzacorona, Trentino, Italy
Dark, brooding and savoury, with black fruits and hints of spice, chocolate and morello cherry. A voluptuous, textured mouthful on the palate. ‘Elegant, earthy and well balanced,’ said Noura’s Nicolas Angelina.

6. Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, McLaren Vale, Australia
Ripe black fruit and cedarwood notes lead to deep black cassis on the palate with a fresh, long finish. A rich wine with a real sense of place to it, that cries out for a big hunk o’ steak – perhaps roasted on the barbecue. (Delivery by slurp.co.uk).

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