Wines and the Loch Melfort Hotel ‘philosophy’
Calum and Rachel’s wine list is a selection chosen to enhance your dining experience. The carefully selected wine list has been put together in conjunction with Inverarity Vaults, Scotland’s leading independent Wine Merchant.
Our aim is to provide interesting wines that remain well priced, looking ideally for family owned producers whose wines reflect the traditions of their district rather than the requirements of large retailers. The selection is designed to cover the flavours and staples of our menu and includes some established classics as well as some quirky newcomers.
This year we have introduced 12 new wines spanning both the Old World and the New World.
Riesling from Nelson
We have a fashionable Riesling from Nelson in New Zealand made by the Seifried family. Originally from Austria, the family enjoy making wines from their native grape varieties: dry, crisp and rather zesty this one is wonderful with simple shellfish.
Picpoul de Pinet from Coteaux de Languedoc
Also in the whites we have another fishy favourite in the form of Picpoul de Pinet from Coteaux de Languedoc. Fruity with citrus notes, this is what the Southern French drink when their Parisian friends would normally drink Muscadet. A great crowd pleaser as it is not too high in acidity. Great with fish and white meats or even risotto.
Another white from the Languedoc has made it onto the list this year. Les Gres Viognier IGP Pays D’Oc is excellent value for money. Just off-dry with ripe peach and apricot aromas, this will handle any Oriental influence on a dish or any creamy sauces.
Female winemakers are making quite an impact on the wine scene so we are featuring a new Malbec from Susana Balbo and a Fitou from Leicestershire lass, Katie Jones. Susana Balbo is one of South America’s leading winemakers and her Ben Marco Malbec is stunning. Rich, yet smooth and full of fruit, this is of course fabulous with steak or any grilled red meat whilst Katie’s Domaine Jones Fitou is the Fitou to beat all Fitou! Spicy, herby with that rustic edge of La Garrique. Made in tiny quantities this blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah is delicious with meat casseroles, slow cooked cuts of red meat or with cheeses.
The classic French reds have been boosted too. We have a new Burgundian Pinot, Chorey les Beaune from Nicolas Potel’s new venture, Roche de Bellene. Refined and elegant in every way, this is wonderful when savoured with game birds but allow it to breathe a little. A less formal wine, Chateau Picoron from Cotes de Castillon (right bank) has been a great find. Classic claret in many ways yet approachable in its youth.
Rioja Reserva from Bodegas Campillo
A fine Rioja Reserva from Bodegas Campillo has been added. Based in the Rioja Alta, Bodegas Campillo is the boutique end of the Faustino Rioja group. Fine tannins, a long velvety finish and a touch of vanilla characterise this reliable red. It is a dream with lamb but also with classically cooked beef.
New World Wines
We have changed a couple of producers in our New World wines opting for a bigger, smokier Pinotage from South Africa and we have brought in the outstanding Russian River Pinot Noir from Rodney Strong. A most satisfying blend of elegance and concentration, it is rather heady but the quality of fruit, the toastiness from French oak barrels and the balance of the tannins make this wine slip down quite easily.