Brian Sullivan of Adnams suggests six wines to set the mood

With the days getting longer and warmer Brian Sullivan of Adnams suggests six wines to set the mood.

Here comes summer

With the days getting longer and warmer Brian Sullivan of Adnams suggests six wines to set the mood.

It’s starting to get exciting up in this part of the world and rightly so, Easter is here and marks the time of the year when we start gearing up for the busy season. With the number of visitors who come to this beautiful part of the country (and to our stores!) I can’t think of a better way to welcome them than by pouring a glass of something tasty and memorable. Hence, this is what this month’s column celebrates: enjoyable and exciting wines to anticipate the “not too distant” sunny and warmer months ahead!

I know that you will enjoy our new mid-entry “brace of wines” from the cool growing area of Bio Bio in Chile; a crisp, citrus-driven Sauvignon Blanc and its big brother, a Pinot Noir are only a couple of the many other offerings you will find in this voyage of discovery. So, read on and see you soon!

Brian Sullivan is Adnams’ cellar and kitchen manager in Norfolk. He can be contacted at the following stores: The Old School House, Park Road, Holkham, NR23 1AB, 01328 711714, 23a Lees Yard, Off Bull Street, Holt, NR25 6HS, 01263 715558,

Red wines

2008 Tierra Antica, Bio Bio, Chile

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Where is it from? The cool southern climes of the Bio Bio Valley. Grapes? Pinot Noir.Who made it? Constanza Schwaderer.Why is it special? This is as close as you will get to drinking a young ripe strawberry – driven Burgundy but with a bit more power at a fraction of the cost!What does it taste like? Strawberries, raspberries and dusty tannins linger wonderfully in the palate.Food match? Lamb cutlets and rosemary, grilled tuna or swordfish steaks. How much? �7.99

2006 C J Pask, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Where is it from? Hawkes Bay, North Island.Grapes? 100pc Syrah.Who made it? The multi-award winning Kate Radburnd.Why is it special? This expressive red’s fruit is cold soaked for a short period of time before fermentation. Once racked off, the wine sleeps for a minimum of 12 months in new French oak barrels giving it a soft roundedness. What does it taste like? Spicy, black pepper with a slight savouriness. Good tannins but with a smooth mouthfeel. Food match? Chorizo sausages, liver and pancetta with Black Pudding Mash or a good old bit of Rib eye steak with garlic butter will also do the trick! How much? �11.99

2005 John Forrest Cornerstone, Gimblett Gravels, New Zealand

Where is it from? The Gimblett Gravels area in the Hawkes Bay region.Grapes? Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec.Who made it? John and Brigid Forrest!Why is it special? Aubergine to almost blue in appearance with heaps of mocha, mint, herbs and black fruit aromas, the palate is completely awash with flavours of ripe blackberries, cream, chocolate yet totally fresh. Definitely drinking well now but will continue to develop over the next 10 years.Food match? Grilled steaks, venison, rich stews and mature cheeses.How much? �17.50

White wines

2009 Tierra Antica, Bio Bio, Chile

Where is it from? The cool southern climes of the Bio Bio Valley.Grapes? Sauvignon Blanc.Who made it? Constanza Schwaderer.Why is it special? With heaps of citrus, capsicum and gooseberries, one could easily mistake this for a “top hole” savvy from New Zealand! Fresh, light yet zippy and all with an incredible tropical finish. Food match? Grilled fish, goats cheese ravioli, moules marini�res or, just on its own!How much? �7.99

2008 Alan McCorkindal, Waipara Valley, New Zealand

Where is it from? Waipara Valley, New Zealand.Grapes? Pinot GrisWho made it? The original ‘Flying Kiwi’ winemaker himself, Alan McCorkindal.Why is it special? This cool climate region on the South Island lends itself to light aromatic grape varietals such as this. This is “Old World meets the New World” in a glass. What does it taste like? Aromas of lychees, white stone fruit, honeysuckle and white pepper follow to soft pepper richness that ends dry and fresh.Food match? Thai-based dishes, cream chicken casserole or soft cheeses. How much? �9.99

2008, Berton Farms ‘’Bagtown Gold’ Raisined Semillon, Australia

Where is it from? Riverina, New South Wales, Australia.Grapes? Semillon.Who made it? James Ceccato.Why is it special? With its aromas of fresh apricot and apple, in the mouth is an explosion of apples, apricots and pear. Food match? Blue cheese, fresh fruit or try it with sticky toffee pudding!How much? �6.99

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