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Adnams Wine Club Tasting notes - March 2016

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Adnams WIne ClubJoin The Adnams Wine Club and discover a wide range of wines from all over the world, perfect for the season and delivered straight to your door. Our wine club is completely flexible – you select if you want a case of red wine, white wine or a mix of the two for each quarterly case. You then decide how much you want to spend with three tiers of pricing; £89, £135 and £180. You can also change it every quarter if you wish. Sign up to our wine club here. Every three months our Senior Wine buyer, Alastair Marshall, selects 12 bottles of wine, often from small vineyards or exciting new wine region. Each case comes complete with full tasting notes with food-matching suggestions. There’s also room to add your own notes too. And it’s not just great wines you’ll be treated to – you’ll also receive 10% off any other purchases made online, in our Adnams Stores or via mail order when you call 01502 727222. This offer also includes 10% off stays at our Adnams Hotels!* If you’re already a subscriber, here is the introduction for the March Adnams Wine Club cases by Alastair. Underneath you can download his tasting notes for the red and white wines included in the three different price brackets available. "Greetings,

The wines of Iberia continue to feature strongly in our selections, and we see the return of old friend, Otto Bestué. I remember my first visit to the bodega a few years ago and discovering for the first time the wild, mountainous foothills of the Pyrenees known as Somontano. Two things stand out from that visit: the wonderful wines of Bodega Otto Bestué, where the every male member of the family seemed to be called Lorenzo making life nice and easy - and parking the hire car half way up a mountain to take in the view of the vineyards on the valley floor, only to be closely overflown by a bird of such vast proportions that it seemed to dwarf the hire car. A Lammergeier I believe.  

Other strong contenders for more regular showings in your mixed cases are the wines of South Africa. We have been through the phase of historic, dull, bulk production by a state monopoly, to the introduction of international competition (post apartheid), rising standards of winemaking, a growing and more discerning domestic market, and now a wealth of small and medium sized wine farms run by informed and passionate winemakers exploiting previously ignored vineyard sites, better suited to quality production. This means that the instance of notable SA wines landing on our Southwold tasting counter has risen dramatically, and this inevitably shows in our selection process. Quality will out and these two regions of the wine world have a great deal to offer us right now.

You will notice that you will have the first one or two wines of the 2015 vintage in your case. This has been an almost universally good vintage all over Europe, as well as in further climes, which means that we have much to look forward to in the coming year."

Alastair Marshall

      Download the £89 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.7MB) Download the £135 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.7MB) Download the £180 Tasting Notes (PDF, 1.7MB)