Wine Of The Week # 17 // A. Scherer Gewürztraminer ’13

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The Gewürztraminer variety has high natural sugar and the wines are white and usually off-dry, with an intense, aromatic bouquet. The name Gewürztraminer literally means “Spice Traminer” or “Perfumed Traminer”, and originally hails from the Alsace region in France, though the grape is now grown in various areas of Germany as well as Australia, New Zealand and North America.

A small 7-hectare estate that is situated in the village of Husseren produce this is a lovely, delicate and subtle wine with clear notes of rose water, spice, flora akin to Turkish delight on the nose. There is a touch of residual sugar here, that brings a honey like quality to the wine, though this is more than offset by a charming acidity in the mouth. 750ml // 12.5% ABV // £13.50

Beer Of The Week # 10 // Coopers Extra Stout

image9 Coopers is the largest Australian-owned brewery, based just outside of Adelaide and famous for two reasons, thirstly due to their beers and secondly because they are also the world’s largest home brewing equipment. Founded in 1862 the brewery celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2012 and are still going strong producing pale and sparkling ales as well as their porter.

The nose is exceptional, with a distinct note of cocktail cherries contrasted against burnt toffee and fortified coffee. Silky and smooth in texture there is a notable taste of dark chocolate and a smoky bitterness derived from the roasted malt. All in all a beautifully made stout! £2.66 // 6.3% ABV // 375ml.

Beer Of The Week # 6 // 8 Degrees Barefoot Bohemian Pilsner

barefoot-bohemianWhere in proximity to each other, Australia and New Zealand have never exactly seen eye to eye. Which makes 8 Degrees a rather fascinating brewery, particularly as they are based in County Cork, Ireland. Founded in 2010 the duo that is Scott (the Kiwi) and Cam (the Aussie) have had remarkable success, with one of their beers picking up a bronze at the world beer cup. Quite the feat for a small independent brewery!

This Czech style pilsner has honey, orange citrus and a malty treacle aroma, which is almost akin to Belgian waffles and(or) caramelised fruits. Steely, ceamy but also sweet and dry to the taste it is very well rounded and refreshing. Exclusive to Carringtons, along with an IPA and a red ale, in the UK. Balanced and thirst slaking this is a lovely and distinct pilsner. £2.25 // 4.0 % ABV // 33cl.