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Songbird Summer Offer Wines Part 1

Ok you lucky people, here is the selection of wines on promotion this summer. They will remain discounted until the end of August or until stocks last and there are some real bargains here at all price points so there’s something for everybody.


2020 Mastri Vernacoli Pinot Bianco/Chardonnay, Cavit, Trentino
RRP £9.25 Offer Price £7.95

The Pinot Bianco grapes are sourced from older vineyards on the higher slopes of the Adige and Laghi valleys, and the hills of Roverè della Luna. Average yields are 80-90 hl/ha. The wine undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation and maturation in stainless steel which all makes for delicate aromas of citrus fruit and white flowers. The palate is crisp and textural with a good concentration of citrus and stone fruit characters.  There is satisfying length and lively acidity on the finish with a rich minerality and depth. Such a quaffable wine this and you’ll be hard pressed to find something equally delicious sub £8.

2021 Campo Fiorito Chardonnay, Il Cascinone, Piemonte
RRP £10.25 Offer Price £8.95

A real old favourite of mine and a wine that continues to deliver vintage after vintage. The 5-hectare Campo Fiorito vineyard is a cooler site and perfect for the slower maturation needed to produce fresh whites. Grapes are typically harvested between the end of August and the beginning of September. Around 15% of the wine was fermented and aged in French oak barriques for added richness and complexity. A delicate nose of ripe stone fruit and a hint of honey. The palate is fresh and well balanced with ripe peach characters and a touch of minerality. Very much in the style of a Macon, this stands head and shoulders above anything you’ll find from Burgundy at a similar price (not that you can these days).

2020 Valenciso Rioja Blanco, Rioja Alta, Spain
RRP £18.75 Offer Price £16.50

What a glorious drop of white. Texture, poise, minerality, elegance and structure – a beautifully crafted wine. Grapes are sourced from 80-year-old vines on clay and stone soil in the North of the Rioja Alta area – these vineyards are of outstanding quality. Complex aromas combining floral characters with preserved lemon and gently smoky notes. The palate is intense and broad with nuts, stone fruit, minerality and balancing citrus acidity on the finish. Will continue to develop in the bottle and certainly benefits from decanting. Serve with roast chicken or pork, or fish in a delicately flavoured sauce.


2021 Pedregoso Pinot Noir Rosé, Vina Tabalí, Chile
RRP £10.75 Offer Price £9.50

This top-notch cool climate rosé is Chile’s answer to Sancerre rosé. The cépage is 100% Pinot Noir and the grapes are grown in the limestone soils of the Lamari valley. The coastal influences mean the temperature in these vineyards never rises above 24°C so this long, cool growing season results in the wine having superb balance and the limestone soil gives an extra minerality to the wine too. These two factors are what make the wine the closest thing you’ll get to a Sancerre Rosé from Chile.


2020 Rioja Tempranillo, Bodegas Artesa, Rioja, Spain
RRP £9.00 Offer Price £7.95

A modern and vibrant style of Rioja made from 100% Tempranillo grapes cultivated on the hillside vineyards of Rioja Baja (now called Rioja Oriental) which are around 600 metres above sea level and have clay stone soil. The grapes are crushed and chilled for several hours before fermentation is started, which is temperature controlled and lasts for 15 days.

A juicy and unoaked wine, black fruit aromas and hints of sweet spice are forefront when it comes to the nose, with appealing flavours of ripe plum, raspberry, and liquorice on the palate. The finish is elegant and well-balanced with rounded tannins.

2019 Barbera d’Asti ‘Ceppi Storici’, Araldica, Piemonte, Italy
RRP £9.25 Offer Price £7.95

You don’t find many better wines than this at under £8. A delicious and savoury Barbera that’s sourced from over 40-year-old vines. It shows concentrated fruit balanced by pepper and spice. Araldica have produced this wine for more than half a century – the first vintage being in 1954. Aged for at least a year in both large oak casks and smaller barriques, this classic Barbera d’Asti shows layer upon layer of rich, generous brambly fruits. Warm, spicy aromas of blueberries and plums, with subtle, smoky notes. The palate combines generous ripe fruit with lively acidity, with juicy cherry and more plum fruit, and meaty, spicy notes beneath. Soft oak tannins offer an extra dimension to the texture. A refreshing smack of fruity acidity on the finish gives plenty of definition to the ripe fruit. Great with simple dishes such as pizza and pasta, or drink with lamb shank. The 2019 is the best vintage for years so worth stocking up whilst at this price.

2020 Exploration Syrah ‘Sans Sulphates’, Cave de Tain, IGP Collines Rhodaniennes, France
RRP £11.50 Offer Price £10.25

Now I used to think all-natural wine tasted of vinegar – I was wrong – badly made natural wine tastes of vinegar. This effort from Syrah experts Cave de Tain, whose vineyard and winemaking practices easily lend themselves to making low sulphites wine just goes to show that you can make an excellent wine without adding sulphur. This has the intense dark berry fruit of the balanced 2020 vintage with smooth tannins, but still the edge and freshness of proper northern Rhône Syrah. Good as an aperitif, with grilled meats or duck terrine, it really is an excellent red for a summer’s evening.


Well, that should keep you going for a bit. If you’d like to order any of the wines featured here, you can order online or email orders@songbirdwine.co.uk. I’ll be uploading part 2 of Summer Offer wines in the next couple of weeks. But for now, enjoy the rest of this wonderful month and those long, warm balmy evenings.

All the best,


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