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New: Mussel Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand

Monday, April 25th, 2016

NEW to Christopher Piper Wines

Winemaker’s Tasting Notemussel2

This 2015 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted tropical notes of guava and stone fruit. The palate is crisp, fruity and fresh and finishes with a lively, citrus acidity. abv 13%

From selected vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau valleys.

In 2015, our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes were the best yet. Ripening steadily in warm days and cool nights, flavours gradually intensified throughout the long summer and autumn months. Harvesting conditions proved to be ideal and even meant that we were ahead of schedule!

Twelve parcels of Sauvignon Blanc were selected for this wine from vineyards across the Wairau valley and the Awatere Valley.

The parcels were harvested and fermented separately, using selected yeast strains for Sauvignon Blanc to enhance varietal character. A long, cool fermentation took place over four weeks, with the parcels then being blended and stabilised,prior to bottling.

Available online or in our shop (Ottery St Mary, EX11 1DB)

Find it online here : £10.26 per bottle 

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Il Medaglione Primitivo 2011, Leone de Castris, Salento, Italy

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Our latest new arrival. Quite an amusing video, useful too, especially if you’ve got goats in your kitchen…


Find Il Medaglione here:

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Nuits St Georges Les Charmottes, Domaine Chicotot

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Find Nuits St Georges Les Charmottes from Domaine Chicotot here

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The CPW Team of Women Winemakers from around the World

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013


In 2012 Kathy Jordan announced the launch of the Jordan Wine Estate, Women in Wine Initiative with the creation of a programme to sponsor and mentor women in the Wine Industry, both in the UK and in South Africa.”“When I first started making wine in 1993 at Jordan, there were only a handful of women winemakers in this male-dominated industry.  But things have changed rapidly in the past 20 years.  According to recent stats from the University of Stellenbosch Enology Dept, over the past 5 years there has been an equal intake of men to women with some years even more women applicants. This is very encouraging.”

Producing a web page entirely focused on women winemakers took rather longer than expected due to the large number that was revealed by looking in more depth into the origins of the CPW range of wines. These winemakers have a huge wealth of experience and between them produce a consistent and complex number of whites and reds.  Several, at least, have been crowned Winemaker of the Year in their specific country and here are a few quotes from ‘renowned’ wine critics.

Robert Parker:

“Mas Carlot continues to produce superb wines at moderate prices to which consumers should look given the overall increase in prices.”

“What ever the Next Big Thing turns out to be, Louisa Rose will probably be the one who makes it.” Max Allen, The Weekend Australian magazine

Robert Parker “Château d’Oupia has produced the ideal bistro wine. Dark, ruby-colored, the wine is wonderfully clean and pure, with an exuberant personality, and gobs of rich, peppery, red and black fruit…”.

To mention but a few…
Women Winemakers and their wines

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“Sunshine Hours & Salivating” – Andries Burger, winemaker at Paul Cluver Wines, SA, presents his wines to the CPW Team

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

We were delighted to welcome Andries Burger, winemaker at Paul Cluver Wines, Elgin , South Africa, to our offices yesterday morning. Like most winemakers that visit, once through the door we immediately took the opportunity to put him in front of a video camera for website tasting notes and unlike many who just ‘freeze’ at the sight of a camera, Andries was a dab hand and a natural at talking. These videos will be shown in a week or so time.

The range of Paul Cluver Wines consists of :

Sauvignon Blanc : This is a deliciously fresh, very pale Sauvignon with 8% Semillon added to give mid-palate creaminess. The grapes come from 6 different vineyard sites, some at low lying sites (300-350m) and two from higher vineyards (500m). The difference in picking time can be as much as three weeks due to the much slower ripening of the grapes at higher altitude. With a reduced time of picking to processing, the resulting wine is as fresh as it possibly can be. What raises this Sauvignon over many others is the vein of minerality that runs through the wine bringing it into the style of top class Loire. This minerality defines all the Cluver wines, making the tongue ‘salivate’ and making you want another sip….and another sip..

Next the Riesling: Paul Cluver Wines are the biggest private producers of Riesling.  With only 8% residual sugar this is a deliciously dry Riesling with a lime fresh nose and a soft, mouthfilling, lean and elegant palate. Perfect with spicy food. In fact all the Cluver wines are ‘food’ wines – which makes them so approachable and good value.

Chardonnay: Andries Burger’s favourite and I can see why. Creamy butterscotch on the nose, white stone peach, citrus and a lovely toastiness on the palate coming from 30% natural fermentation (very slow fermentation) in new oak. Considering Chardonnay grapes were officially first planted in South Africa in 1982, the Cluver Chardonnay vineyards date back to 1987, producing a seriously complex, buttery, toasty, fruity wine.

Gewurztraminer: Only 12% and full of lychee lime aromas. So aromatic of rose petals and turkish delight – honestly ! Yet it has that Cluver streak of mineral through the wine keeping it fresh rather than cloying and lively rather than flabby. Wonderful with asian spices.

Pinot Noir: Unusually a very light coloured Pinot but with so much flavour it’s hard to guess from just looking at the wine. This is a classic Pinot with deep red summer strawberry fruits and iron like minerality.

Seven Flags Pinot Noir: Their ‘top’ Pinot Noir. The name coming from the 7 flags on the family crest. This is made from selective barrels and is only made when there have been enough ‘sunshine hours’ to give the depth and fruitiness for this ‘cru’. The grapes are picked from their oldest Pinot vineyard, a block of just 4ha so the wine is very limited in quantity. Paul Cluver says this is the ultimate expression of Pinot noir from the estate’s terroir. “A barrel and vineyard selection, which brings together in one wine, everything that the family believes about wine-making “. For the Pinotphiles !

Last but not least, the Noble Late Harvest Riesling: Packed with apricot, spice and honey characteristics on the nose. The mouth feel is full and impressively rich but with superb balance, the result of elegant Riesling acidity. The aftertaste seems to linger forever. This wine will gain complexity after 2 to 5 years in the bottle. The perfect way to end a meal, or enjoy with flavourful cheeses.

All these wines are extremely good value and you can find them HERE


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