April 2016 – Real Wine Month at Bradley’s


April is “Real Wine Month” at Bradley’s.

Real wine is wine that has been made organically or biodynamically and with minimal intervention in the winery…

…no chemicals, no secret ingredients, just pure fermented grape juice, lovingly crafted into something beautiful…

sounds good, doesn’t it?!!

We’ll have a range of around 30 “real wines” on offer for the month of April so you’re bound to find one you like!

Why not try some today?

Here are some of our favourites…

Domaine De Ménard, Cuvée Marine 2015 €12.95

domaine_de_menard_2011_cuvee_marineThe work in the vineyard is carried out with the greatest respect for the environment; harvest takes place at night in order to keep maximum freshness, the de-stemmed grapes are then let soaking at cold temperature for few hours to facilitate the exchange between skins and juices (macération pélliculaire). The grapes are then gently pressed, avoiding any contact with oxygen;
The resulting juice is left to settle for a night, and once the clear juice has been cleared of its must deposits (debourbage), it is sent in temperature-controlled tanks for a slow fermentation.

Cuvée Marine (a blend of 60% Colombard with 20% each of Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng) is the direct result of all this care and efforts. The wine shows great purity of fruit with a racy mineral, sea-infused edge. Very aromatic, with scents of white flowers, pear drop and honey suckle; the palate is crisp and gives an instant impression of freshness. Very clean, with exuberant flavours of aniseed, exotic fruit, pear and menthol hints, it ends with fresh, gripping minerality.


Colle Stefano, Verdicchio Di Matelica 2015 €16.95


‘Italy’s best-buy of all time? Unbelievable quality for the price. Mineral zestiness, almond flowers, green apple and chlorophyll notes you won’t forget. You can tell owner Fabio Marchionni studied white wine in Germany.’ Decanter, Italy supplement 2013 – 93 pts/100

‘Tre Bicchieri’ Winner 2008 and 2009.
Slow Food Vino Slow: 2010, 2011 and 2012.

“This extraordinary white wine scours every taste bud on the tongue with electrifying acidity. How refreshing to taste a wine unmellowed by malo. Fabio’s Verdicchio is a pale yellow wine with greenish tones and a delicate scent of country herbs and apple; its taste, whose structure is not intrusive, has a fresh lime trace which makes this wine particularly fragrant, and the kind of pervasive acidity previously mentioned will allow your tongue to pass through the eye of the needle and enter the kingdom of oysters with an appetite for destruction.” Douglas Wregg

” Readers looking for a tasty Verdicchio that won’t break the bank should consider this Verdicchio di Matelica from Colle Stefano. This bright, high-toned white reveals well-defined aromatics and plenty of crisp, zesty fruit. The wine is best enjoyed while it remains fresh and vibrant” Wine Advocate


Cantina Tollo, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2014 €14.95IMG_4072-web-500x500
From the award-winning Cantina Tollo, one of the best co-operative wineries in the Abruzzo region.

Hand harvested and neither fined nor filtered this wine is bursting with primary red fruit and gamey notes. Ruby red in colour with violet tinges. The fragrance recalls small red fruit, with hints of liquorice and violet. The flavour is full and well-structured, with mild, well-integrated tannins. It pairs perfectly with flavourful first courses, roast meats, sausages and semi-aged cheeses.


Domaine de la Villes Rouge, Crozes-Hermitage ‘Inspiration’ 2014 €19.95

ville-rouge2The Crozes-Hermitage ‘Inspiration’ is made from the estate’s youngest vines (10-15 years old) grown on the ‘plateau de Chassis’, a terrace made up of thick layers of pebbles from different glacial periods, interspersed with red clay. The juice gets a four-day pre-fermentation soak, with 80% then aged for 12 months in stainless steel, the remainder in oak barrels. A creamy, juicy nose of plum and spice and just a suggestion of the typical Crozes ‘bacon fat’ character. Light-bodied, fresh acidity, savoury, with soft tannins. Sleekly textured, elegant and just delicious – an approachable style to be drunk young and on the fruit. Very good value for the appellation.


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