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Oxford Wine Company Products in the Press

See below for a list of Oxford Wine Company products that have been mentioned in the trade and consumer press this month, complete with links to the product page!

Stratus Riesling Icewine

Balanced and pure with sweet citrus, pear and apple fruit. Lovely acidity with a slight honeyed edge and some grapey characters. Not as intense as some icewines, but very pure and quite elegant. 92/100

Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak, August 2018

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Nyetimber Classic Cuvée

Splash out on this gorgeous, creamy, yet tangy, buttered lemon brioche bubbly. It's the best yet.

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, July 2018

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Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut

My favourite pink English fizz — it's a glorious, wild strawberry and raspberry-scented gem.

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, July 2018

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Seedlip Garden 108

Try a splash of this striking, fresh, grassy, mint and peapod-laced, non-alcoholic spirit with tonic or soda water. Hello, summer.

Jane MacQuitty, The Times, July 2018

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Chateau Rouquette Sur Mer, La Clape, Cuvée Arpege

From a long-established estate in La Clape, a blend based on Bourboulenc with Roussanne. Light in colour, a fragrantly fresh herbal nose and good salty acidity on the palate, with a refreshing finish. Contrasts nicely with this producer's more serious oak-aged Cuvée Henry Lapierre.

Rosemary George MW, Decanter, July 2018

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Domaine Clavel Claire de Lune Saint Gervais Cotes du Rhone Villages

I loved this pretty sage, black pepper and lavender-perfumed Clair de Lune blend of mostly grenache with a dollop of syrah and dash each of carignan and cinsault.

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Jane MacQuitty, The Times, July 2018



Domaine Lafond Cotes du Rhone

A top-dog côtes du rhône from a good southern Rhône estate gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Made predominantly from grenache, with an improving, spicy dollop of syrah, this organic red is all earthy, velvety, deeply seductive bramble fruit.

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Oliver Zeter Sauvignon Blanc Fumé

A revelation. One of Germany's finest, steely, sauvignon blancs, an oak-aged, wild yeast-fermented, pink grapefruit and lemon grass-spiked sensation.

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Jane MacQuitty, The Times, July 2018



Chateau Rives-Blanques, Cuvée Occitania Mauzac 2016

Firstly to France, and while we all appreciate the virtues of the big names of Chablis, Sancerre and the like, the south is sometimes the source of more individual and interesting wines, such as the first wine I've encountered that recognises the new name of the region that now includes Languedoc-Roussillon: the Chateau Rives-Blanques Cuvee Occitania Mauzac 2016 made in the Limoux area from 100 per cent mauzac, otherwise only found in the excellent local sparkling. This is fragrant, with light, tantalising flavours of apricots and peaches and well suited to simple grilled prime fish like sole or John Dory; there is a subtle touch of oak to give complexity.

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Terry Kirby, The Independent, June 2018


Fernando di Castilla Antique Amontillado

Critics' Choice Trophy - The Sommelier Wine Awards 2018

'There was no shortage of praise from our judges for this amontillado. James Fryer of Woodhead 17 enjoyed 'some raisin in the nose, coffee and toasted almond on the palate, earthy character with green flecks and touches of lemon balm, and super-salty, too', while Andre Luis Martins of Cavalry & Guards Club described 'smoked tea aromas with complex lees and caramel, and sour peach, too'. 'Punchy, tarry and powerful,' concluded team leader Sarah Jane Evans MW.

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Sommelier Wine Awards, 2018


Ai Galera Mistico, Tejo, 2016

A blend of local varieties verdelho and fernão pires from the Tejo region south of Lisbon, this is just the kind of thing for a picnic or party, a breezy, light tropical-fruit salad of a dry white with an easy-drinking softness of texture and perky acidity.

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David Williams, The Guardian, June 2018


FEW Bourbon

Hailing from Evanston, Illinois, FEW Bourbon is packed full of toffee, clove, vanilla and warming spice goodness and presented in a striking bottle adorned with a label showing off some local heritage - namely a scene from the Chicago World's Fair of 1892.

This spirit, distilled using timeless liquor-making techniques, utilises a three-grain recipe that infuses generations of Southern tradition with the spiciness of northern rye and a touch of malt for smoothness.

FEW is handcrafted through a small-batch process in charred oak barrels to age its bourbon whiskey. The result is a vibrant bourbon filled to the brim with character.

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Tomé Morrisy-Swan, The Telegraph, June 2018


Gusbourne Estate Pinot Noir

This Pinot from Gusbourne in Kent is developed and bold with a red berry and raspberry nose, red fruit right through the palate and a kick of black pepper on the finish. There's a hint of something vegetal too and an elegant mouthfeel which leaves you wanting more.

A serious English wine which should prove doubters wrong about the UK's ability to produce quality red wines.

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Chris Wilson, The Buyer, June 2018


Adelsheim Chardonnay, Williamette Valley, Oregon

Tense, deep and well balanced, with lingering, savory, saline flavors.

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Eric Asimov, The New York Times, June 2018


Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay

Named after the mist that rolls into the California vineyard early in the morning, this is a product of a winery that can boast of being the godfather of the Californian wine industry. German immigrant C H Wente brought in a chardonnay clone from Burgundy in 1912 that is the source material for 80 per cent of American chardonnay plantings today. Still family run, this their latest chardonnay offering, delivers big time with vibrant green apple and tropical fruit flavours allied to a smidgeon of toasty oak.

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John Clarke, The Independent, June 2018


Nyetimber Rosé 

Nyetimber's West Chillington estate may be in Sussex, but it could easily be mistaken for a quaint French vineyard with its sunny, south-facing vines and grand manor house. In 25 years of pioneering English wine, their non-vintage sparkling rosé is the most recent. A tempting shade of pink, it offers distinctive redcurrant and cherry notes with intriguing hints of anise. The overall tutti- frutti flavour is vibrant, but still well-balanced.

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Olivia Williams, The Spectator, June 2018


Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne 2006

(2018) A warm, ripe vintage with fruit at full-throttle. Exotically toned, without suffering too much from the autolytic fatness that is prevalent in some releases from this vintage. Absolutely no hint of greenness, a charming, sunshine wine that is drinking well already. Quite serious for an '09, and while the score is partly based on potential, even now it a solid 93/100. Drink 2019-2034.

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Tom Cannavan, Wine Pages, June 2018