Welcome to Kelly Martin Speaks Christmas review and giveaways, and it’s my pleasure to introduce the amazing Vintage Roots once again.
Vintage Roots – The Organic Wine People – were kind enough to offer a case of wine, with a great selection for the Festive and Winter period this year for review, and for one lucky winner again. At Christmas we all love a good glass of wine, but more so something that meets our needs for serving with certain dishes, and to warm our insides up on cold winter nights.
This fab selection of wine called ‘In The Press Six Pack‘ contains 6 lovely bottles as diverse as the next, and all equally tasty.
This case of wine is called ‘In The Press’ because of its great reviews from the media and I was keen to put the media reviews to my testing tastebuds.
So without further ado, let’s get tasting!
If ever there was a wine made to meet the ever-evolving demands of the British wine drinker, this is it. It’s an oak-free zone and the blend of four grapes (Colombard, Ugni-Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Gros-Manseng) make a refreshing, dry white wine that isn’t too heavy on the alcohol either.
Starting off the taste-testing with an easy drinking smooth white, a lovely combination of four blends of grapes, and a great all rounder for the party season.
Like all of Vintage Roots wines, I find I never experience any adverse effects from drinking the wine; the rosacea on my cheeks never flares up; so for that reason it gets a good thumbs up from me.
This is a French wine from South West France, and at 11.5% alcohol is enough to relax and enjoy an evening with friends and lovely dinner by candle light without overdoing it.
Grape: Ugni Blanc and alcohol content 11.5%
- Suitable for vegans.
- Beautiful citrus notes with lemon zest feel.
- A fresh light and easy to drink white that will go brilliantly with with seafood/white meat or as an aperitif or simply for taking to parties.
- The emphasis for me was that this wine is very smooth with a powerful lemon taste.
- Colour is a pale golden yellow.
- This is a good refreshing drink for the winter but also would be perfect in the summer season too.
- A wine for any time of year and any occasion.
Harvested in the cool of the night the grapes are slowly fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel, helping to maintain vivid flavours and balancing crisp acidity.
Silver Medal – New Zealand International Wine Competition 2013 (2013 vintage)
This is such a mellow drinking wine from New Zealand. We enjoyed it so much we kept making ‘Mmmm’ noises as we drank. A beautiful golden colour in the glass and a great all rounder. Overall the mouthfeel (the tech speak when tasting) was fantabulous.. yes there is no such word but this wine deserve a made-up word (grin!). This was one bottle; if we had a wine cellar, it would be stocked to the ceiling with this wine.
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc and alcohol content 13.5%
- Suitable for vegetarians.
- Soft and smooth on the palate.
- Hints of vanilla and we also tasted hints of melon.
- A yummy lingering aftertaste.
- Will go well with white meat and white fish and easily drinkable on its own.
- Bio-dynamic wine.
- Suitable for vegans.
- From the Loire Valley, France.
- Crisp and dry.
- Light soft brut wine.
- A hint of gooseberries in the flavour.
- A good quality alternative to champagne if you are on a budget at a wedding or special event, will be perfect for New Year’s Eve.
- Goes well with white fish and white meat, and is a great appetiser before the meal or at a social event to get the party relaxed and flowing.
- Suitable for vegetarians.
- Full bodied red.
- Instant scent of blackberries and the taste is infused in gentle blackberry with a hint of black pepper.
- An easy smooth medium bodied red.
- Goes well with rich spicy foods and dark meat and game and yet retains a sweetness.
Grape: Grenache, Syrah / Shiraz. Alcohol content 14.5%
- Deep dark cherry bouquet with a hint of spices.
- Very easy to drink, soft and light even though the nose is spicey and robust.
- Fruity and peppery.
- Full bodied aroma with a rich yet smooth and long-lasting flavour.
- Scent of a rioja without the headiness of it.
- Spicy, peppery nose.
- Ruby red colour.
- Dry to begin with, but the pallette adjusts and it’s quite a light red.
- An easy drinking wine that would go well with tomato based dishes like lasagne, spaghetti bolognaise, pizza and anything with a rich sauce, or lamb with a spicy marinade.
*NOT PART OF THE PRIZE*
Okay this was not technically part of the review but a lovely bonus from Vintage Roots, and I had a very upset partner once this bottle was finished.
I have never had Limoncello before so was not sure what to expect. I had read up on it online and discovered it was a drink often drunk in Italy as an apertif, or after a meal, to refresh the digestion. I was not expecting such deliciousness.
My friends told me to put it in the freezer first, but my partner (in his apparent knowledge thought that was wrong to do – personally I think it was because he was so keen to drink it; he did not want to wait – grin!).
So instead we had it ice-cold from the refrigerator and I added ice-cubs to my glass. On first drink the lemon really packs a punch, BUT this becomes such a yummy punch as you get used to the flavour.
A heavenly liqueur. Too small a bottle, as I said my partner wanted more LOL
Okay so what was my verdict?
- This literally packs a lovely punch.
- A refreshing digestif after a large meal
- By the end of my glass it turned out to be a lovely warming liqueur.
- It has a bold lemon flavour yet is balanced by sweetness
- This is a lighter version of limoncello.
- Gets even better as you drink it.
- Natural lemon scent is intoxicatingly wonderful.
If you like what you see here check out last years review of intoxicatingly yummy organic wines here.
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