Chilean wine scene favourite Montes is already responsible for Montes Alpha M and Montes Folly. Montes preferred to take his time and develop the Carmenére variety until he was satisfied that it could be a top contender; the very best Montes could possibly produce. It was worth the wait. This new beauty is a blend of 92% Carmenére and 8% Petit Verdot, with 18 months in new French and American oak barrels
Available from Majestic and Cambridge Wine Merchants for RRP £28
Harveys VORS Pedro Ximénez
With dried fruit notes and soft spicy flavours, this lusciously-sweet sherry can be enjoyed on its own or alongside favourite seasonal desserts including Christmas pudding and mince pies.
Available from Waitrose stores nationwide, priced £21.49
A gift for ale lovers…Badger Ales has launched its new Countryside Sett which includes 12 of its well known ales and ciders making it an ideal gift for any beer lover who wants to expand their repertoire. Packaged in an attractive presentation box with extensive tasting notes, this is a perfect chance to discover the Badger range and find a favourite.
For an indulgent Christmas quaff - after all, Christmas comes but once a year - try Kentish vineyard Chapel Down’s first 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine. On the nose, drinkers will pick up scents of lemon, apple pie and toasted brioche, making it a fine accompaniment to indulgent Christmas treats such as oysters and caviar. A well-structured palate with tight acidity and a long mineral finish also make this world class English wine a fantastic aperitif.