Spring Time Reds

red wine Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Clearwell, Forest of Dean
Spring is finally here and we’ve just added a few delicious light and fruity reds to the wine list to complement Rob’s lighter spring menu. We are Pinot Noir nuts so no surprise to see 3 new Pinots, but we have also added a delicious and classy Cabernet Franc. Pure Cabernet Franc (Domanie de Brau) 2013 hails from Languedoc-Roussillon in South West France. Cabernet Franc is most widely used in Bordeaux blends to add aroma and complexity but is rarely used as a single varietal. This wine has plenty of fruit, plus the hallmark aromatics, savoury complexity and the all-important freshness that makes it such an enjoyable, easy drinking wine.  Thanks to our new friends at Upton on Severn Wines for pointing us in the right direction with this one. Ancre Hill Estate Pinot Noir 2013. The Ancre Hill Estate, which is situated just down the road in Monmouth has a unique micro/meso climate, on average it gets a quarter of the rainfall of Cardiff and plenty of sunshine hours to ripen the grapes. Farmed bio-dynamically and made in their own state of the art winery, this award winning Welsh vineyard continues to grow from strength to strength. Allan Scott “Hounds” Pinot Noir 2012. Right up our street this one with precise fresh fruit and loads of savoury notes.  One of the first wave of independent Marlborough wineries this has remained a prestigious family business for over 30 years.  Not imported in large quantities this is a hard to find treat but inexpensive treat! Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2012.  Ata Rangi is amongst the top ranks of New Zealand red wine producers. The name translates as “new beginning” this Pinot Noir is world class and displays a structure and depth of fruit seldom encountered outside Burgundy. In 2010 Ata Rangi was honoured with the “Grand Cru of New Zealand” award. We hope you get the chance to enjoy a glass or two of these either with dinner or relaxing in our cottage garden.