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THE CRAFT'D FESTIVE WINE GUIDE 2021 - Three bottle cases

As Christmas is fast approaching the topic of wine often comes up. We’ve made this handy guide to highlight some of our ideal products to enjoy and to gift.

Here at Craft’d, we don’t believe in only pricing by case. If you want to only purchase one bottle then our prices are set for the individual bottles. However if you do fancy a curated case of superb wines that work beautifully together and will be enjoyed by all then you've come to the right place!

Best Of The Best 2021

Following on from last year’s success we have once again collected three show-stopping bottles of exceptional wine perfect for enjoying over the Christmas period.

We begin with the ‘Pierre Bertrand Champagne Premier Cru NV’ A sensational Champagne rated 98/100 by a Decanter tasting panel. This is an easy drinking medium bodied Champagne from Cumieres, In the Marne Valley. A deep copper/gold colour which is peachy and lush, explosively juicy but balanced by fresh lemony notes. Bottle aged for 6-8 years which is much longer than most NV champagnes on the market lends itself to a complexity and character unmatched by any product in this price range.

The next bottle we must talk about is the ‘Fenix Dombeya - 2017’, all the way from Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch,
South Africa. Smooth and refined with bold flavours of rich fresh fruits and rose to a more serious tobacco, dark plum and blackcurrant leaf that lingers favourably in the aftertaste. A perfect red wine which pairs beautifully with Lamb, Beef and Red Meats as well as going beautifully with your after-dinner cheeses. Haskell wines are notoriously rare in the UK, and we believe we are possibly the only UK retailer to be selling this sensational wine this Christmas!

To complete this epic trio of sensational wines perfect for your Christmas we have the indomitable ‘Edizione Cinque Autoctoni 20 – 2018’ from Fantini. Now in its 20th year of production this excellent Italian red is going from strength to strength. Rated 99/100 by Luca Maroni for a third year in a row is quite the achievement. A deep ruby red wine with blackberry and cherry and an herbaceous minerality which is alluring as you sip, elements of cinnamon and cocoa help to round out the distinctive flavour. Velvety tannins are complemented by the savoury sweetness of the French oak all wine leaves a long smooth fruity finish with elegant mouth feel.

Red White and gold - The alternative Best Of The Best

We have put together an alternative Best of the Best collection this year for those who would love a bottle of exceptional white wine in the selection.

We have chosen a brilliant Italian white in this year’s selection. The ‘Falanghina Beneventano – 2020’ from Vesevo. We could’ve played safe with a delicious sauvignon blanc from Esk Valley or a superb French oaked chardonnay from Dom. Gayda, but this wine is too special to miss. With flavours of aromatic jasmine & ripemelon lushness, mint/basil coolness, and a tufa mineral hint. This wine has won IWSC, IWC and Decanter bronze awards in previous years. Truly different to most of what we will be drinking this Christmas and refreshing and challenging in an enjoyable way.

Next in the collection is the ‘Pierre Bertrand Champagne Premier Cru NV’A sensational Champagne rated 98/100 by a Decanter tasting panel. This is an easy drinking medium bodied Champagne from Cumieres, In the Marne Valley. A deep copper/gold colour which is peachy and lush, explosively juicy but balanced by fresh lemony notes. Bottle aged for 6-8 years which is much longer than most NV champagnes on the market lends itself to a complexity and character unmatched by any product in this price range.

To complete this epic trio of sensational wines perfect for your Christmas we have the indomitable‘Edizione Cinque Autoctoni 20 – 2018’from Fantini. Now in its 20th year of production this excellent Italian red is going from strength to strength. Rated 99/100 by Luca Maroni for a third year in a row is quite the achievement. A deep ruby red wine with blackberry and cherry and an herbaceous minerality which is alluring as you sip, elements of cinnamon and cocoa help to round out the distinctive flavour. Velvety tannins are complemented by the savoury sweetness of the French oak all wine leaves a long smooth fruity finish with elegant mouth feel.

Sparkling Favourites

Firstly, a tried and tested favourite in the ‘Pierre Bertrand Champagne Premier Cru NV’ A sensational Champagne rated 98/100 by a Decanter tasting panel. This is an easy drinking medium bodied Champagne from Cumieres, In the Marne Valley. A deep copper/gold colour which is peachy and lush, explosively juicy but balanced by fresh lemony notes. Bottle aged for 6-8 years which is much longer than most NV champagnes on the market lends itself to a complexity and character unmatched by any product in this price range.

Prosecco has seen a meteoric rise in the last few years and both bottles here are perfect easy drinking bottles. Perfect for entertaining the “Incanto Spumante DOC NV” is a delicious easy drinking prosecco perfect for enjoying whilst socialising this Christmas ‘Incanto’ is a delicious sparkling wine with crisp acidity and plenty of fruit and character. Flavours and aromas of green apple, pear and a hint of peach make this fizz soft, easy drinking with a pleasant finish. Incanto is the Italian word for enchantment, and we feel this enchanting bottle will be well enjoyed over the festive period.

If you should enjoy a rose prosecco then look no further than the ‘Barocco Millesimato DOC – 2020’ this light rose
coloured fizz is sure to be enjoyed by all with its Delicate and complex bouquet with fruity notes of peach, green apple and lemon. Floral notes of acacia and rose. Fresh and light on the palate, with balanced acidity and body. Rounded and full-bodied structure.

Easy Drinking Reds

‘Running Duck Shiraz – 2019’ Organic and Fairtrade this delicious Shiraz from South Africa is sure to slide down all too easily. Organic and Fairtrade. This wine has a rich dark colour with a smoky and vanilla nose. Dark fruit on the palate gives the wine an all-round juiciness. Oaky tannins impart a spicy finish with good structure. Did you know that Shiraz and Syrah are actually the same grape variety? Syrah is generally from France and Shiraz from New World wine regions.

‘Otello Malbec – 2020’ The previous vintage (2019) was one of Christmas 2020s dark horses which quickly became a Craft’d Favourite. This fruity, brambly and supple wine, which is a distinctly Argentinian Malbec will impress with generous lashing of plum, blackberry and hints of vanilla spice. Delicious to enjoy with a meal or on its own.

The final bottle in our set is a true easy drinking champion which pairs beautifully with a range of foods, The ‘Le Versant Pinot Noir – 2019’ is a wine with a Delicate colour with garnet tones. On the nose, aromas of cherry, wild strawberries and fresh blackcurrant. Elegant and smooth palate with fruity, smoky and minty hints. Great when enjoyed with cooked meats, anything which is smoked, charcuterie and cheeses.

Easy Drinking Whites

We begin with the ‘Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 2020’ in what was a very difficult year for sauvignon blanc with reported harvests down 80%, New Zealand Sauvignon has proven quite difficult to find, and this bottle will be even harder to keep given its deliciousness. A mix of ripe tropical flavours Passion fruit and pea shoots mingle easily on the nose of this medium-bodied wine. This is a dry sauvignon with subtle herbaceousness. Perfectly matched with Seafood dishes.

Pinot Grigio is many white wine drinkers go-to, and this bottle will be enjoyed by all. The ’COLLINE TEATINE IGT PINOT GRIGIO, ITALY 2020’ is A beautifully, light, vibrant white to be appreciated for its zesty, citrus, and green apple character and refreshing quality.

To complete our easy drinking trio, we have the ‘Leaping Hound Chenin Blanc/Viognier – 2020’ White peach and hints of jasmine on the nose. On the palate it has tight, white, fleshy stone fruit and fresh apricot flavours that balances the sandy texture. Bright acidity and minerality helps to deliver a delicious flavoursome and characteristic wine.