New May 2021
It’s an exciting time here at Corks of Bristol as we have many new products arriving each week. Here are just a few of the latest additions to our shelves:
Lyrarakis Mandilari Rosé 2020
With summer drawing ever closer, it’s time to introduce some of our new seasonal rosés! Let us begin with a fantastic wine from Lyrarakis; a producer from the sunny island of Crete. One exciting thing about Greek winemaking in general, is their deep affection for indigenous varieties, which is apparent given that this wine is made with Mandilari. Lyrarakis grows Mandilari grapes on highly-elevated vineyards to retain high acidity, making the final product a bone-dry rosé packed with raspberries, cherries and floral edge with a hint of flinty minerality. Need a plan for the weekend? Sun, terrace, a good book and a glass of Mandilari rosé!
Joao Pato Duckman Bical 2019
Being the daughter of a legend in the wine industry and the younger sister of an established winemaker might be intimidating for an aspiring young female, new to the business. But ambitious Mariana Pato, the person behind the name Joao Pato, AKA Duckman, found her own path in wine which allowed her to build a fantastic reputation in her own right. Her wines are focused on minimal intervention viticulture, skin contact and spontaneous fermentation with no fining nor filtration. This particular offering is made mostly with the Bical variety with a little addition of Fernao Pires and entices with a cloudy appearance and aromas of lilac, apple peel, and gooseberry. A lovely balance has been achieved between its broad, waxy texture and a brisk acidity on the palate. All in all, a great orange wine!
Niepoort Trudy NV
Here is a new port from the incredible Dirk Niepoort! This time he tempts us with a great-value port made in his ‘Nat-Cool’ style – which you may already be familiar with – whereby wines are produced with a focus on natural farming and minimal intervention viticulture. Trudy is a ruby port made by blending three different vintages resulting in the average age of 3-years-old. The wine shows sweet black cherries, dark plums, pure fruit quality and fine freshness with a round finish. The alternative accompaniment to your Summer BBQ, perhaps?!
Left Handed Giant
We always love to introduce new brews from Left Handed Giant’s Brewery and as some of their freshly-brewed cans arrived just recently, let us say a word or two about them!
LHG Directional Dance:
A fantastic Double IPA made with Simcoe Cryo, Citra Cryo, Sabro Cryo and Ekuanot hops. This beer has a broad, fruity core with herbal undertones of green pepper and eucalyptus. Luxuriously rich and full-bodied.
LHG High Deeds:
New Zealand’s darling hop Riwaka conquered the hearts of brewers worldwide thanks to its high oil content and the ability to produce unique, strong and sweet lemon-flavoured beers. High Deeds is a powerful IPA made with Riwaka and has a fresh, juicy citrus core with layers of mango and pineapple with a zesty and dry lemon finish.
There is a small and unique ecosystem in the Western Cape of South Africa called Fynbos; where an abundance of plant varieties exceeds even the richest spots in the Amazon rainforest. In the heart of this region you’ll find Still Bay, a small town where Lorna Scott, former town mayor came up with the idea to show the world the wealth of Fynbos by making spirits using local and unique botanicals like King Protea (the country’s national flower).
The core gin from the Inverroche Distillery is made with a mix of flowers which grow indigenously on Fynbos and is driven by notes of freshly-cut grapefruit and a complex floral aroma; supported with a juniper backbone. This is a medium-bodied gin with a good length. Try with Fevertree Mediterranean tonic!
Here, the botanicals derive from mountainous parts of Cape Fynbos. The gin has a fragrant and elegant nose centred around notes of citrus and orchard fruits with a pinch of root spices. You will love its juicy structure and subtly spicy finish.