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  1. D. Byrne & Co.
    Christmas Cases 2017

    The Christmas Caseis finally here!
    Quite simply the best value for money Christmas selection around, twelve carefully chosen wines which will compliment any food you are likely to serve over the Christmas period. Any of our cases make ideal presents, which can be collected from the shop or can be delivered to any address in mainland UK in time for Christmas. The cases also make excellent corporate gifts, please call us for details. All of our staff have fought to include their favourites in this one box of fabulous wines. Twelve wines to fill your wine rack, so light the fire, put your feet up and enjoy!

    We also have our famous Connoisseur’s Case, perfect as a gift for the wine expert in your life (if you can bear to part with it), but equally perfect for drinking at home over Christmas, some of the best wines at an amazing price.

    As usual, we also managed to get Andrew to finally decide on his special case of six wines; this year with a nod to his recent travels in the wine world, more about that later (if you see him, ask about his very short lived career as an international honey smuggler!)

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    Your next newsletter, following shortly in a very different format will give you much more information about all we will be offering over Christmas. This year it has been taken over by younger members of our staff and will be an exciting and fascinating read. I’m not allowed to reveal too much about it other than to say it has been designed and put together by Philip’s daughter Kate, a recent Illustration degree graduate, with contributions by staff member and budding photographer Matt, both of whom you may have met in the shop. With the amazing Byrne family wine and spirit knowledge of Andrew, Philip and Joseph, combined with the creative skills of our younger staff we hope you will look forward with bated breath to the next major Byrne Production, our Christmas Newsletter.

    For orders or enquiries about any of the cases or wines in this newsletter, please contact us by phone at the shop on 01200 423152 or 01200 422281,thank you. These prices & offers are current for the Christmas 2017 season


    Monte Schiavo Ruviano Verdicchio Classico - Italy
    Delicate apricot and orchard fruit aromas, hints of white flower, and a refreshing lemon citrus acidity. The palate has minerality and texture with ripe stone fruit characteristics, a touch of salinity and a crisp zesty finish.
    False Bay ‘Slow’ Chenin Blanc - South Africa
    D. Byrne & Co. White Wine of the Year, first of two in the case
    The grapes here do not take just three weeks to get from vineyard to bottle. This wine is crafted the wild way, old-vine fruit fermented with wild yeast – magic like this takes at least six months. Sampled at a recent tasting in Manchester, Philip, Judith and Kate were blown away by the quality. Vegetarian & Vegan
    Joyau Gros Manseng Chardonnay - Pays the Côtes de Gascogne – France
    Fresh, racy and instantly appealing, fruit salad in a glass! Its lovely grassy, aromatic nose is balanced by ripe, tropical melon and pink grapefruit notes. The palate is a lot softer and creamier than you would expect with real depth of flavour finishing in a fresh, lemony tang. Vegetarian & Vegan
    Rude Mechanicals ‘Ephemera’ - South Wales Australia
    Made by the brilliant Keith Tulloch. The Viognier/Pinot Gris blend combines depth and freshness in this real belter. On the nose there are the honeysuckle and orange-blossom signatures of Viognier, spice and ripe pear coming from the Pinot Gris. Tight and elegant, poised and precise with hints of lemongrass and fresh ginger. This wine is bright and fine but has real depth and a fresh, long finish. And, for a wine called ‘Ephemera’ this wine is actually ironically long on the finish.
    Sileni Sauvignon Blanc - Marlbourgh - New Zealand
    The second D. Byrne & Co. White of the Year
    This Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc is rich, complex and exotic. Its tangy grapefruit aromas lead to a zingy yet, impeccably balanced finish. Reminds you what made Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc famous!
    Soldiers’ Block Malbec – Victoria - Australia
    One of our two D. Byrne & Co. Red Wines of the Year
    This fabulous value Malbec from the Victoria region of Australia is the first of our red wines of the year, and it’s a dark, aromatic Malbec for the soul. Appealingly chocolatey with an abundance of crisp, mineral fruit and notes of Morello cherry compote. Vegetarian & Vegan
    Boutinot ‘Les Coteaux’ Côtes du Rhône Villages - France
    We simply couldn’t resist putting this in the case again, it really is that good!
    This wine epitomises the D. Byrne & Co. philosophy: quality and drinkability. Due to its soft, approachable and very easy drinking nature it remains a firm favourite amongst our team and this 2014 vintage is one of the best they’ve produced yet! Brambly fruit is underpinned by subtle oaky nuances leading to lovely sweet spicy notes of warm star anise and cinnamon. Vegetarian & Vegan
    Ginestet Classique Lussac - Saint Emilion
    A very classy Claret nose leads on to a ripe, flavoursome Merlot palate, smooth, with a surprisingly long finish. This Merlot dominant blend is packed with delicate black mulberry flavours, subtle cigar box notes and firm, yet smooth tannins. Slight perfume from the 5% Cabernet Franc addition adds elegance and complexity. Vegetarian & Vegan
    Ontañón Ecologico Rioja (Organic) Rioja – SpainOrganic
    Bright cherry and raspberry aromas are balanced by sweet spice. The palate is structured with complex, ripe red fruit, clove and black pepper. Just five months spent in French and American oak is enough to give this bright 100% Rioja Baja Tempranillo a character upgrade; harmonious and elegant, this is everything modern Rioja should be.
    Showdown ‘The Man with the Ax’ Cabernet Sauvignon - USA
    Ripe blackcurrant and wild berry fruit on the nose compliment sweet vanilla oak notes, with rich cassis and black cherry on the palate leading to a soft and juicy, yet long finish. This is deep, dark and delectably smoky, the perfect wine to crack open in front of the fire on a cold winters evening. Framed by the subtle American oak. Vegetarian & Vegan
    Novas Gran Reserva Carmenère/Cabernet Sauvignon – ChileOrganic
    Another fabulous wine under this trophy winning label. Blackcurrant and strawberries give way to a light touch of black pepper, tobacco leaf and chocolate. Its medium body and smooth, lush tannins make this a very easy drinking red which stands out for its great balance and fine yet fresh finish. Vegetarian & Vegan
    The Rude Mechanicals ‘Three Monkeys’ Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro - South Australia
    What a wine to finish the case with! A sensuous blend of Barossa classics. Warm plum and raspberry fruit dominate the nose with subtle hints of rocky earth, spice and violets. Lovely and ripe, it is medium to full-bodied with juicy plum and raspberry on the palate leading to flavours of black cherry, spice and a lick of creamy oak. It’s a generous mouthful with bags of flavour.

    £89.99 if collected from the shop or £98 if delivered anywhere in mainland UK


    Feudo Maccari Grillo, Sicilia
    Fresh and lightly floral on the nose with savoury, nutty notes. The palate is complex with crisp citrus flavours, ripe stone fruit, and tropical characters on the textured mid-palate. A subtle and multi-layered wine with immediately appealing freshness and fruit leading to a taut, savoury, mineral finish.
    Les Heritieres de Saint-Genys Haut Cotes de Beune Blanc, Burgundy
    This estate has an artisanal approach in order to offer high quality Burgundy wines. Its philosophy is based on respect of land and vine linked to wine passion. All the vineyards are worked traditionally, in a reasoned way, limiting chemical products and favouring the soil work. With white peach and citrus on the nose, this is a deliciously ripe and rich Chardonnay with a lovely citrus character, tangy mineral notes and some salinity. Full flavoured and approachable this wine shows great character.
    Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
    A powerful and intense wine with an aromatic nose of white currant and fragrant tropical fruit with a hint of cut grass. Luscious ripe grapefruit and green guava flavours envelop the palate, which has a chalky texture. A refreshing and beautifully balanced Sauvignon Blanc with a long, lingering finish.
    Cline Cellars North Coast Viognier, CaliforniaVegetarian & Vegan
    An honest and expressive Viognier. Wonderfully fragrant with notes of stone fruits, jasmine and honeysuckle. The palate follows through with a richness of fruit including ripe peach and apricot. The finish is given finesse by the refreshing acidity.
    Le Riche Chardonnay, Stellenbosch Vegetarian & Vegan
    Chablis freshness with lees contact and a light wood influence. A fresh, lemony style with rich minerality, melon and citrus characters and hints of lemongrass and butterscotch. In the words of Christo Le Riche, "We make it to drink it!" This wine has all the best of the Chardonnay character whilst remaining poised, elegant, clean and fresh.
    Chateau Lanessan Haut-Medoc, BordeauxVegetarian
    Fine Haut-Médoc from a good vintage. A blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot and a touch of Petit Verdot. Drinking beautifully now, this has a classic Médoc cigar box nose, followed by a textured, plum fruit and aniseed palate. Harmonious, elegant and reasonably rich.
    Vallone ‘Vereto’ Salice Salentino Riserva, Puglia
    Vereto is a blend of rigorously selected negroamaro grapes with a touch of malvasia nera to add complexity and elegance. Generous nose of spice and dark fruits. On the palate there is an exotic profile of sweet herbs, tobacco and candied cherries with layers of dried fruits, brown spice and liquorice - complex and characterful.
    Vina Real Reserva, Rioja
    Deep ruby and cherry red with the slightest hint of a terracotta rim. There’s good intensity on the nose with ripe autumn fruits, warm spices and elegant toasted oak. The palate is rich, warming and velvety with good acidity and fine tannins. The vanilla from the oak is well integrated with the raspberry fruit of the Tempranillo producing a rich complex palate and a long finish.
    Domaine Tourelles Vielles Vignes Cinsault, Bekka ValleyVegetarian & Vegan
    This extraordinary old vine Cinsault is wonderfully unique. The nose has an exotic mix of ripe fig, bright red cherry and plum fruit with star anise spice, it’s lifted and pronounced. The palate has beautifully ripe red fruit characteristics alongside the fig and date notes. The acidity perfectly balances the generous flavours and leaves a pure, clean finish.
    Sileni ‘The Plateau’ Pinot Noir, Hawkes Bay
    A ripe, savoury Pinot Noir showing tremendous regional and varietal character. There are complex aromas of varietal dark berry fruit and florals. The palate is rich with flavours of sweet dark cherry, spice and silky tannins. This is a food-friendly style, which will pair beautifully with mushroom risotto, lamb or pasta with truffle and parmesan.
    The Songlines Grenache, Barossa Valley
    The ancient peoples of Australia navigated the vast emptiness of the continent using mind maps; instructions remembered in song and passed down through generations, a kind of pre-GPS tom-tom. This enticing wine celebrates this near-lost tradition and the Barossa’s well-trodden red earth in its deep, warbling fruit - a song of the soil. Juicy and forward with its ripe red fruits and tasty confected fruit punch. This is a bright and primary Grenache that’s fit for all occasions.
    Kloovenburg Eight Feet Red, Swartland
    In 2003 Pieter du Toit thought it would be a good idea to get his four sons involved; a good opportunity for some father-son bonding. They picked grapes, stomped it themselves in a few barrels and they made wine! His wife suggested calling it Eight Feet to remind them all of that special family time they had together. Aromas of red berries, hints of perfume, dark fruit, black olive and spice. The palate is medium to full-bodied and has a good structure with soft and silky tannins. Pairs well with grilled and roast beef, stew, mildly spicy foods and game.

    £152 if collected from the shop or £160 if delivered anywhere in mainland UK

    Andrew’s Six Case

    My biggest adventure so far in the wine trade took me to Chile and Argentina and this beautiful place, I christened it the ‘happy vineyard’ – everyone that worked there, even the animals seemed to smile. The ethos of this winery is strictly organic, this wine is a fantastic example of their produce.
    From the La Vinilla estate vineyard – a seriously good Rhone style blend… better than ever! Translucent golden yellow in colour, the nose features fruity aromas of apricots and white fruits with a floral side and notes of toasted almonds and butter. Robust and creamy on the palate with good acidity.
    A young lady came into the shop with some samples of her family’s produce, reminding me of how good the wines of Campania are. Looking for an example of what this region produces I selected this wine as being great value and interesting.
    A rich and textural Fiano from Raiano's finest vineyard plots. Stone fruit aromas with some savoury, flinty and herbal notes. The palate is complex with peach, nectarine, mineral, and slight leesy characters. Textural with crisp acidity and great length.
    Travelling to Florence earlier this year, an American gentleman at the back of the plane was talking to somebody about a tasting he was going to. On arriving I made further enquiries in a local wine shop and discovered that a huge Chianti tasting was taking place in the city. A few phone calls later I had secured us some tickets and this wine stood out as one of the wines of the day.
    A nose of plush red fruit and blackberries, with spicy, savoury tobacco characteristics. The textured palate opens up to show dense rich fruit, with layers of black cherry, spice and savoury notes. A lush and complex red - long and full on the finish.
    My annual holiday this summer found me in Ireland. Not knowing what to expect from the local wine shops I made sure there was a nice case in the boot of the car. Working our way through whilst enjoying all Ireland has to offer, this wine really stood out as being fantastic value for money.
    Selected from two vineyard plots in the southernmost part of the Rhône valley, Savoir-Faire d'Autrefois showcases our skill in taming the wild Mourvèdre grape. An intriguing nose of tobacco, cloves and leather is followed by a luxuriant yet sleek and supple palate. Dark cherries and chocolate are interwoven with fine French oak and supported by firm tannins.
    Last year’s young wine maker of the year and a fanatic! Santiago shows real passion for what he does and his hard work pays off with the wines he produces. This was the second part of my trip to Chile and Argentina and I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Nieto vineyards where he is the Enologist. Cadus is where Santiago makes his greatest wines at these unique vineyards high in the Uco Valley.
    High quality Malbec from this standout producer. The combination of altitude (1300m) and rocky, calcareous soils provide a platform for Malbec to excel. Intense purple in colour, the wine displays great minerality, fresh herbal notes, spice and beautifully expressive black fruits. The palate is elegant with nice fresh acidity, silky tannins and a long finish.
    My favourite alternative to a Tawny Port or sweet Madeira.
    The name refers to the East India Company, a British trading company that transported cotton, silk, spices, tea, saltpetre and other commodities from the East Indies. As a fortified wine (which lasted longer), sherry was taken along as ballast and to serve the ship’s crew on its transatlantic journey. It is made from a selection of around 80% Oloroso and 20% Pedro Ximénez butts that have aged separately. The Pedro Ximénez is up front, with its thick raisiny notes and dates. However the slightly tangy Oloroso is nicely balancing this nose. Hints of toffee and walnuts. Plum jam. Chocolate and coffee. Nice hints of tobacco as well. Very thick and right in the middle between two styles. Sweet but nowhere near as intense as PX. Notes of brown sugar and caramel come through at first, followed by prunes with a spicy background. There’s a very light salty edge and a good acidity from the Oloroso, with a very long finish with hints of Turkish coffee.

    £78 if collected from the shop or £86 if delivered anywhere in mainland UK

    For orders or enquiries about any of the cases or wines in this newsletter, please contact us by phone at the shop on 01200 423152 or 01200 422281,thank you.

  2. Now that Autumn is upon us and you are digging in the wardrobe for those cosy jumpers and arguing whether the heating should be switched on, we've changed our 'wine-wardrobe' for you. Nothing too heavy, but a gentle segue from light summer drinking to something a little more warming.
    An autumnal theme is pervading our choices in this newsletter with a recurrence of apples, blackberries, plums and wood smoke, all things seasonal.
    First of all our Autumn Case is launched, offering its usual great value for money, then we move to some great offers from Spain and finish with some great choices of spirits.
    If you would like to order anything you see here please give us a ring on 01200 423152 or 01200 422281

    Alasia Gavi,  Piemonte,  Italy
    Appealing aromas of citrus fruit and white flower with a touch of white spice. The palate has more citrus characters with hints of harvest and stone fruits. Crisp, refreshing acidity balances underlying minerality.
    K-Naia Verdejo,  Rueda,  Spain
    A nose of pink grapefruit, passion fruit, mandarin oil notes and lightly herbaceous characters. The palate is rich with minerality, racy lime zest acidity and a touch of stone fruit - giving a lovely texture and intensity, and just a touch of fennel on the finish.
    Pazo de Monterrey Godello,  Monterrei,  Spain
    A crisp, aromatic white with a lifted nose of apricot blossom, citrus fruits and a touch of honey. Very fresh acidity and mineral notes balance rich, ripe fruit characters of apple and pear on the palate. The finish has a touch of white spice and good length with a lightly bitter twist.
    Silver Myn Sauvignon Blanc,  Banghoek,  South Africa
    The nose shows wonderful aromas multi-layered greener tropical fruit such as green melon, kiwi fruit and fig. This character is true to the Banghoek terroir - lots of gooseberry zip, linear, crisp and racy. This is a mouth filling wine with firm acidity leading to a multi-layered complex palate showing distinct mineral and fig flavours on the finish.
    Tabali Pedregoso Gran Reserva Viognier,  Limari Valley,  Chile
    Rich aromas of citrus, orange peel and dried apricot, fresh pears and white peaches, plus hints of candied fruit. Delivers on the palate as well as the nose, with floral, honeyed and citrus flavours combining with chalky minerality so typical of Limari. Bright and expressive, this has a soft rounded texture and great purity.

    Pasquiers Grenache Noir,  Pays d’Oc,  France
    The black Grenache from the deep South of France is steeped in texture and character. Rich mulberry fruit, sweet spice and cinnamon on the nose with more intense berry fruit and liquorice spice on the palate, gluggable, sinewy and fleshy with some gentle acidity.
    Uggiano Chianti Colli Fiorentini Prestige,  Tuscany,  Italy
    A classic structured style of Chianti aged for 6 months in large oak casks. Cherry and spice aromas lead to a fresh and vibrant palate of black cherry and ripe plum. This is all backed by more spice, savoury notes and supple tannins to give real depth.
    Artesa Organic Tempranillo,  Rioja,  Spain
    Matured in a high proportion of new barrels each vintage. The result is a wine that has had the benefit of maturation in the best possible new oak! Vibrant plum and cherry aromas combine with woody, herbal notes. The palate is complex with juicy bramble fruit, black pepper, and lifted, savoury characters.
    Honoro Vera Merlot,  Jumilla,  Spain
    Aromas of wild cherry and bramble fruits. The palate is smooth and elegant with blackberry and blueberry characters, and a touch of spice. There are further layers of dark plum fruit, mocha and hints of vanilla. Refreshing acidity balances the well-integrated oak and supple tannins.
    Indaba Mosaic,  Western Cape,  South Africa
    This Bordeaux Blend displays alluring aromas and juicy flavours of blackcurrant, ripe brambly berry fruit and dark chocolate, with subtle spice notes. Soft, gentle tannins coat the palate, enticing you to take another sip.
    Magpie Estate The Mixed Thing,  Barossa Valley,  Australia
    Alarmingly easy to drink. This is a hugely vibrant glass of Barossa red. All the red varietals from the Nuriootpa nursery are co-fermented then judiciously blended with Barossa Grenache. Summer pudding in a glass – really refreshing fresh crushed fruit… this simply must be good for you!
    Molinillo Malbec,  Mendoza,  Argentina
    This Malbec showcases the vibrancy of this wonderful grape variety from Mendoza. Lucid notes of violet and red berries give a fragrant, lifted nose. The palate is fine, with bright bramble fruit characters and a silky finish.
    £89.99 if collected from the shop
    £98 delivered anywhere in mainland UK
    free delivery within 30 mile radius


    As the weather is changing and we're all dreaming of being somewhere sunny, we've decided to bring you a selection of the best of Spain, lots of interesting new wines, new vintages and some great deals.

    Sparkling - two extremely high quality Cava’s from a top estate. They’re all about finesse and elegance.

    2014 La Vida al Camp Cava Brut Organic, Penedes     £11.99
    Pure elegance. A delightfully fresh, fruity and elegant style of Cava with lively citrus characters and lovely balancing acidity. The Parellada gives finesse and acidity, whilst the Xarel-lo develops to give full fruity aromas and flavours.
    2014 La Vida al Camp Cava Brut Rose Organic, Penedes  £13.99
    Fresh and feminine rosé Cava - beautifully presented! The Trepat (grape) adds an attractive, pale pink to the wine. Delicate red fruit aromas lead on to a palate of citrus and white flower characters, with a touch of cassis. The fizz is fresh and persistent.

    Whites – plenty of classics and some slightly lesser known grape varietals

    2016 El Tesoro Verdejo,Castilla Leon  £5.99
    Aromas of tropical fruit with hints of citrus. The palate has some passion fruit and grapefruit characters backed by broader stone fruit notes. Well-balanced and textural palate with a fresh, bright finish.
    2016 Fuenteseca Macabeo/Sauvignon Organic,Utiel Requena  £6.59
    Lightly aromatic, with white peach and jasmine on the nose, as well as delicate herbaceous notes and citrus. The palate is textured with fresh and zesty citrus fruit acidity, mineral notes and a clean, crisp finish.
    2016 Cien Malvasia,Toro  £6.99
    Classic Malvasia aromas - lightly spicy with lychee, citrus and ripe stone fruit characters offering immediate appeal. The palate has some weight and texture balanced by racy acidity, a twist of exotic spice and baked stone fruit on the finish.
    2016 Mas Macia Xarel-lo,Catalunha  £7.59
    A delicious crisp Spanish white from this historic Catalan estate. Aromas of ripe apple and citrus fruit. The palate is nutty and textural with a touch of citrus and salinity, balanced by orchard fruits, and a hint of spice on the finish.
    2016 K-Naia,Rueda  £7.59
    Top class Verdejo from Rueda - with a dash of Sauvignon. A nose of pink grapefruit, passion fruit, mandarin oil notes and lightly herbaceous characters. The palate is rich with minerality, racy lime zest acidity and a touch of stone fruit - giving a lovely texture and intensity, and just a touch of fennel on the finish.
    2016 Juan Gil Moscatel Seco,Jumilla  £8.59
    Refreshingly dry style of Moscatel from southern Spain. Aromatic fresh peach and lychee aromas - backed by notes of jasmine and white spice. The palate is soft and textured - with stone fruit and balancing acidity.
    2016 Ontanon Tempranillo Blanco,Rioja  £9.59
    A rarity of the usually red Tempranillo grape. Intense tropical fruit aromas with hints of pineapple, white flower and citrus. The palate has texture, minerality and balance with ripe stone fruit characters, a hint of orange blossom, crisp acidity and a lengthy finish.
    2016 Mas Que 2 (Albarino, Loureiro, Treixadure),Rias Baixas  £9.59
    Pronounced floral, citrus and herb aromas. The palate has the refreshing crisp, citrus flavours of Albariño balanced by touches of green apple from the Treixadura and herbal, lightly smoky notes from Loureiro.
    2015 Capricho Val de Paxarinas Modelo, Bierzo  £11.99
    A fantastically complex Godello from the fashionable Bierzo region of north-west Spain. Perfumed, with hints of exotic fruit, apple, and citrus with a hint of white flower. The ripe, textural and complex palate has a stone fruit minerality, lifted herbal notes and crisp acidity, with white spice and a lengthy finish.
    2016 Gorka Izagirre Txakoli,Bizkaiko Txakolina  £11.99
    Possibly the only winery in the world to have a 3 Michelin-starred restaurant! Aromas of green apples, white blossom, lime, pithy grapefruit and greengage. The palate is bright and racy with citrus acidity and an underlying minerality and bright salinity. A poised and pure wine with a refreshing bitter twist on the finish.
    2015 Valenciso Blanco,Rioja  £14.29
    An exceptional, classic, fine white Rioja from old vines in Rioja Alta. 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.
    2010 La Val Albarino Sobre Lias,Rias Baixas  £20.59
    The Albarino Sobre Lias remains on its fine lees for 3 years - these lees are 'refreshed' (ie. the old lees are replaced with fresh lees from the new vintage) - a rather unique process! The result is a complex and serious Albariño which is only produced in the very best vintages. Complex aromas with citrus, pineapple, hay and dried flower. On the palate a ripe citrus character is balanced by a hint of stone fruit and minerality. The result is a white with great texture and weight, with a refreshing saline twist balancing notes of marmalade on the finish.

    Rose– no longer just for Spring and Summer, especially these Spanish styles of Rose which are rich and full flavoured

    2016 Artesa Rioja Rosado,Rioja  £6.99
    Well-made and down to earth. Fruity and refreshing. A dry, approachable Rioja rosé with raspberry fruit on the nose. The palate has redcurrant and strawberry characters and a bright, juicy finish.
    2015 Borsao Selección Rosado,Campo de Borja  £6.99
    Grapes for Borsao's Selección range are sourced from the higher vineyard slopes where soils have more sand and complexity. Intense aromas of bright red fruits, raspberries and strawberries. The palate has ripe red berry and cherry fruit characters, balancing acidity, and an appealing red fruit finish.
    2015 Senorio de Sarria Vinedo No.5 Rosado,Navarra  £8.99
    An unapologetically pink and full flavoured rose from Spain's classic Navarra region - the home of some of the finest Spanish roses! Bright and intense red cherry and berry characters with hints of strawberry. Ripe, mouth-filling and concentrated with some tannic grip, yet balanced by fresh acidity.
    2016 Macia Batle Rosado,Mallorca  £9.59
    Top quality Mallorcan dry rosé from one of the island's best producers. Aromas of red fruit, plum, savoury notes and a hint of spice. The palate is soft and textural with red berry fruit, creamy notes, balancing acidity and generous depth of flavour, with a touch of spice on the finish.

    Reds - a wide variety of wines covering all regions of Spain

    2016 El Tesoro Monastrell-Shiraz,Jumilla  £5.99
    A ripe, open nose of plums and blackberries, with sweet herbs and a light note of coffee. Warm and spicy on the palate with black fruit and a touch of pepper - all backed by sweet, ripe, and supple tannins.
    2015 Fuenteseca Bobal/Cabernet Organic,Utiel Requena  £6.59
    Bright, juicy fruit aromas with appealing cassis and cherry characters. The palate has a silky texture with ripe, soft, plum and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is generous and rounded with gentle tannins and an appealing finish.
    2014 Cien Tinta de Toro Roble,Toro  £6.99
    An eye-catching, chunky red from Toro's high, rugged vineyards. A nose of ripe plums and blackberries, with a twist of smoke, liquorice and spice. The well-structured palate has abundant damson and black fruit flavours; ripe and long.
    2013 Guelbenzu ‘Vierlas’,Ribera del Queiles  £7.99
    A 'roble' style of red from Ribera del Queiles - which lies between Rioja, Navarra and Aragon. The wine is named after the local village. Interesting aromas of black fruit, tar, and an unusual yet appealing black olive character! The palate is vibrant and juicy with more ripe black fruit balanced by spice, toasty oak and bright acidity.
    2013 Senorio de Sarria Crianza,Navarra  £7.99
    Complex and spicy alternative to Rioja, made up of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon. Vibrant berry fruits offset spicy red cherry, balsamic and cedar notes from 12 months in oak. Typically spicy black fruit palate with some structure and weight.
    2015 Honoro Vera Merlot,Jumilla  £7.99
    Aromas of wild cherry and bramble fruits. The palate is smooth and elegant with blackberry and blueberry characters, and a touch of spice. There are further layers of dark plum fruit, mocha and hints of vanilla. Refreshing acidity balances the well-integrated oak and supple tannins.
    2015 Ontanon Ecológico Organic,Rioja  £8.29
    Ontañón have invested in 57 ha of organic vineyard within Rioja. Bright cherry and raspberry aromas balanced by sweet spice. The palate is structured with complex, ripe red fruit, clove and black pepper characters. Poised and well-balanced with fresh acidity and a touch of mocha on the long finish.
    2014 Bodegas Murviedro Bobal Cepas Viejas,Valencia  £9.59
    Complex yet approachable old vine, low yielding Bobal from Eastern Spain. Aromas of forest fruit aromas together with notes of toffee and vanilla. The palate is complex and structured, with more blackberry and plum characters, smooth tannins, a touch of mocha and a long finish.
    2015 Macia Batle Tinto Anada,Mallorca  £9.59
    A joyful, lightly oaked blend of local Manto Negro, Callet and international varieties. Attractive aromas of juicy plum fruit, black berries and spice. Richly-fruited with chocolate, berry fruit and sour cherry acidity. Balanced with ripe, broad tannins, spice and a complex, approachable and generous finish.
    2015 Madai Origen Mencia,Bierzo  £9.99
    Lovely elegant, light alternative to Pinot Noir. Vibrant aromas of cherry and red berry with a hint of violet. The palate is complex with crunchy berry fruit, a hint of liquorice and spice, and more floral characters - all balanced by fresh acidity.
    2012 Laderas de Cabama Tempranillo,Rioja  £11.59
    Cabama is a single vineyard on the clay / limestone soils of Ollauri in Rioja Alta. Planted with Tempranillo vines around 30-35 years old. Pure, poised and dark-fruited with balsamic notes, elegance and a lightness of touch.
    2014 Mineral del Monsant, Monsant     £11.59
    This wine is the result of a special project by Tomas Cusiné - it's a fantastic Cariñena Garnacha blend from the Montsant region which encircles Priorat. Appealing aromas of raspberry and a touch of slate. The palate has fresh, vibrant berry fruits, minerality and lightly smoky, spicy notes. An intense and broad wine balanced by refreshing acidity.
    2013 Borsao Zarihs (Shiraz),Campo de Borja     £13.99
    An absolute blockbuster red. Ripe aromas of black fruits, blackcurrant pastilles and a hint of coffee and vanilla. The palate has wild blackberries, toasty oak and black pepper notes - all balanced by fresh acidity and a touch of dark chocolate.
    2014 Merum Priorati Ardiles,Priorat  £14.99
    Chunky and complex red -a must for heavy red lovers. The wine is deep and moody yet captures a brightness and elegance remarkable for such a powerful wine. Sweet mulberry fruit is surrounded by herbal notes of thyme and fennel and underpinned with a hint of vanilla. Very ripe, fine tannins allow the sweet, juicy fruit to dominate but with the seriousness of leather, tobacco and coffee notes adding complexity.
    2014 Parada de Atauta,Ribera del Duero  £14.99
    A stunner from the amazing Dominio de Atauta estate in eastern Ribera del Duero. A warm, spicy, open nose with intense black fruit, juicy black cherries, mocha and baked earth characters. The palate is fine with good structure, concentrated blackcurrant fruit, cedar and minerality with perfumed violets to the finish.
    2014 Huerta de Albala Taberner,Cadiz  £19.59
    Super-charged Vino de la Tierra from near Cadiz. A lifted and perfumed nose of black fruit and plum, plus floral, spicy and savoury notes. Complex and layered on the palate with developed, well-integrated characters of dark fruit, leather and tar. Voluptuous, with fine grained ripe tannins - the well-balanced rich fruit, acidity and oak gives a long finish.

    Autumnal Spirit Recommendations

    Glen Moray Port Cask Finish, Speyside Single Malt  £22.99
    A wonderful burst of spice hits the tongue combined with a refreshing citrus tang, As it develops a rich caramel sweetness with traces of cinnamon and red fruits come to the fore.
    Glen Moray Sherry Cask Finish, Speyside Single Malt  £22.99
    Bursting with dried fruits, cinnamon and toffee candy. Incredible layers of sweet vanilla oak, dark chocolate and oriental spice, with a satisfyingly long finish.

    Sacred Gin magic taking place
    Sacred Microdistillery Gin  £29.99
    A creamy aromatic gin with a bouquet of juniper berries, fresh cut orange, lime and lemon combined, with cardamom, angelica root and enhanced by distilled frankincense (Bosewellia Sacra) from which the name Sacred is derived. A very versatile gin best served with tonic water and either orange peel, pink grapefruit or diced strawberries.

    Sacred Pink Grapefruit Gin  £29.99
    This is a delightful gin made unique with whole pink grapefruit including peel, juice and pips, macerated with English grain spirit and cold-distilled by Ian Hart to produce an exuberant gin. Amazingly refreshing as a G&T with a slice of fresh pink grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary.

    Two Birds Salted Caramel Vodka  £27.59
    At Two Birds they  like to tinker in the distillery.... sometimes it doesn’t work, and then every so often you strike gold (or caramel!) The true definition of indulgence... Premium English Vodka is infused with a wonderfully rich caramel and finished with a hint of salt, to create a spirit of pure loveliness! Great on its own or as a long drink with soda water and slices of apple.
    Chase Sherry Cask Aged Vodka  £35.99
    This special-edition vodka from Chase has been aged in oloroso-sherry casks. This is warm, spicy and fruity with notes of blackberries and apple peel, along with a delicate smokiness. A delicious sipping Vodka well worth a try if you’re into Whisky/Brandy. We also have it open in the shop to sample.

    Kings Ginger Liqueur  50cl  £22.99

    One of our biggest selling liqueurs, especially perfect at this time of the year. It’s rich and zesty, with real heat from the ginger and not too sweet. Fantastically warming as the nights get colder. Also worth trying with tonic and a dash of Angostura Bitters as a long aperitif.

  3. Summer Newsletter 2017
    Welcome to any of you who are new to our quarterly newsletter. Hippy-like we tend to move with the seasons and will not inundate you with messages, however, if you want to hear more from us we will soon be writing a more regular blog with news from the shop written by our very knowledgeable members of staff. You will get to hear about their own tastes in wine and interests in the wine world and beyond. Our staff know so much about the world they work in that it would be such a shame if they didn’t get a chance to share it. Our blog can be read at the link below, watch this space!

    We have some fabulous wines and spirits for you in this summer newsletter. If you would like to order anything you see here please give us a ring on 01200 423152 or 422281

    D. Byrne & Co. SUMMER CASE
    The Underworld Grenache Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa
    There are few finer things than finding a cultivar that not only belongs in modern South Africa but is so PHENOMENALLY tasty – its delicately pithy otherness is hard to describe but searching for the right way to describe it is part of the pleasure.
    Domaine Les Grands Presbyteres Wild Yeast Muscadet, Loire, France
    Made using only ‘wild yeasts’ which occur naturally on the skins of the freshly picked grapes helps to produce an exquisite intensity of perfume and purity of flavour unmatched by cultured yeasts. Pleasant grapey aromas with a yeasty hint of fresh bread, the flavour is fresh and instantly zingy with mid palate fullness rounded off by a dry but fruity finish.
    Waterkloof Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch, South Africa
    This elegant wine displays aromas of stone fruit, white flowers and a hint of honey. Because of the longer alcoholic fermentation the flavours are well integrated on the palette and ends with a crisp acidy. A seriously good wine!
    Vetiver Rioja Blanco, Spain
    Stylish white rioja from Rioja Baja - bright fruit characters and a judicious touch of oak.
    An open and appealing nose with lemon and pineapple, and balancing oaky notes. There is good palate weight, with tropical fruit and lightly toasted characters. Well-balanced, with fine, fresh balancing citrus acidity.
    Vitese Zibibbo, Sicily, Italy
    This crisp, fruity Zibibbo shows lifted notes of succulent white peach combined with soft floral aromatics of orange blossom and jasmine. Bright and perfumed with a zesty citrus finish.
    Les Cerisiers Cotes du Rhone Rose, France
    A classic salmon pink rosé with delicate perfumed aromas of rosehip syrup, wild berry blossoms and cherries on the nose. Full flavoured, ripe and beautifully balanced with acidity, there’s elegant textured berry fruit on the palate with a twist of raspberry freshness to lift the finish. Deliciously balanced and moreish.
    Les Coteaux Cotes du Rhone Villages, France
    Brambly fruit underpinned by subtle oaky nuances, lovely sweet spice; warm star anise with a touch of cinnamon. This classic Côtes du Rhône Villages is enriched with specially-selected parcels from the cru vineyards of Séguret, Sablet and Cairanne.
    Vitese Nero D’Avola, Sicily, Italy
    A brilliant, deep red Nero d'Avola with rich, juicy flavours of ripe plum and black cherries interlaced with subtle violet notes. Concentrated on the palate, the deep fruit flavours are backed by soft, ripe tannins and a spicy character on the finish.
    Vega del Rayo Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada, Spain
    A characterful, classic Rioja with just a touch of oak.
    The nose has warm spice, ripe plum and cherry aromas while the palate is richly flavoured and substantial with black fruit and a smoky, spicy character from time in oak. Well-balanced, fruity and approachable.
    Adobe Reserva Pinot Noir, Colchagua Valley, Chile
    Violet-red in colour, with a nose that express aromas of berries, sweet vanilla and soft floral notes. On the palate, it is a fruity wine, with velvety texture, medium structure and an intense finish.
    Domaine Belles Granges Syrah, Collines Rhodaniennes, France
    A savoury Syrah from the Northern Rhône.
    With aromas of ripe, plump plums, this Syrah is moreish and savoury with hints of tar and an intriguing, meaty finish.
    Aliança Foral, Douro Valley, Portugal
    Powerful red from the fabled terraced vineyards of Quinta dos Quatro Ventos
    A nose of ripe plum, blackberry compote and raisin, with hints of liquorice and warm spice. On the palate there are more dark plum flavours, pepper and spice, with red apple acidity and balanced tannins providing structure.
    £89.99 if collected from the shop or £98 if delivered to any address in the UK
    Free delivery within a 30 mile radius.

    D. Byrne & Co. Barbecue Case
    Burlesque Chardonnay, California, USA
    All the way from sunny California, cheeky citrus flavours meet more rounded hints of tropical fruit in a fresh and modern interpretation of the much-maligned Chardonnay. This is dry, elegant and refreshing and equally as drinkable with or without food
    El Tesoro Verdejo, Rueda, Spain
    A great value intensely aromatic Verdejo from Rueda's finest co-operative.
    Aromas of tropical fruit with hints of citrus. The palate has some passion fruit and grapefruit characters backed by broader stone fruit notes. Well-balanced and textural on the palate with a fresh, bright finish.
    Casa de Vila Nova, Vinho Verde, Portugal
    Bright citrus aromas with hints of lime. A fresh and zesty white with more citrus characters on the palate, and appealing minerality. A super-fresh spritzy classic that is perfect with barbequed fish.
    Castanzu Vermentino, Sardinia, Italy
    Citrus-fresh, characterful Sardinian white from the local Vermentino grape. This wine has a rich and spicy nose with citrus and ripe tropical fruit, as well as hints of apple. Good palate weight, with minerality. Flavours are initially light and build to a textural honeyed feel with hints of lemon marmalade on the finish.
    Les Cépages Oubliés Gros Manseng Colombard, Pays des Côtes de Gascogne, France
    Fresh, racy and instantly appealing. Fruit salad in a glass!
    Lovely grassy aromatic nose, balanced by ripe, tropical melon and pink grapefruit, the palate is softer and creamier than you would expect with real depth of flavour finishing with a fresh, zippy lemon tang.
    Dune Gris de Gris, Sable de Camargue, France
    A delicious, pale and versatile rosé from the sandy Camargue. Delicate and mineral with subtle notes of fleshy peach. The 2016 is an absolute stunner being the very essence of fresh, crunchy red grapes.
    Aliança Bairrada Reserva, Bairrada, Portugal
    Hearty and rustic red from the Bairrada region of Portugal. Aromas of ripe berry and plum. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh raspberry and black fruits, supple tannins, and well-balanced acidity.
    False Bay Pinotage, Western Cape, South Africa
    Perfect Pinotage - youthful, vibrant and fruity, absolutely crying out for smoky barbeque fare.
    This wine has a bright nose of summer pudding and cream. The palate has a savoury earthiness redolent of its sandy provenance.
    Ancora Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy
    A medium-bodied, spicy red with aromas of plum and juicy fresh cherries. The palate is fresh and bright displaying light red fruit and redcurrant flavours, herbal notes and more red cherry fruit on the finish.
    Pedrera Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain
    A full-flavoured unoaked Monastrell - capturing the essence of Jumilla!
    Appealing aromas of dark red cherry and ripe plum. A bright, fruit-forward style with plush bramble, plum and mocha characters, wrapped up in smooth, rounded tannins.
    Les Volets Malbec, Vallee de l’Aude, France
    Vibrant ruby hues gleam out of the glass. The first notes on the nose are of crushed blueberries which then develop on to reveal an intriguing bitter-sweet character of crème de cassis with a touch of underlying Parma violets. Fine red-fruits fill the mouth; raspberries and a touch of dark chocolate truffle.
    The Long Little Dog Red, Pays d’Oc, France
    A rich and juicy red made from specially selected grapes harvested in the Languedoc. This is brimming with berry fruit flavours and a hint of spice. Medium bodied and very easy to drink.
    £79.99 if collected from the shop or £88 if delivered to any address in the UK
    Free delivery within a 30 mile radius.

    Special Offers and New Wines Perfect for Summer
    Gavi 'La Battistina', Piemonte, Italy £7.59 White Wine of the Month
    High quality, single estate Gavi. Aromatic, zesty nose with apple and lime notes. Textured and gently nutty with savoury characters - the wine is juicy, with weighty fruit and a zippy, citrusy, mouthwatering feel - creating a refreshing, yet satisfying finish.
    Vila Nova Loureiro, Vinho Verde, Portugal £7.59
    Pronounced citrus aromas lead onto a textural, mineral palate with bright lime characters and a citrus peel tang.
    Vila Nova Alvarinho, Vinho Verde, Portugal £8.59
    Bright citrus aromas with hints of lime. A fresh and zesty white with more citrus characters on the palate, and appealing minerality.
    Quinta do Pinto Vinhas do Lasso Colheita Seleccionada Branco, Lisbon, Portugal £8.99
    Peach and apricot aromas with citrus and floral notes. The palate has more stone fruit flavours - crisp acidity balancing the lightly creamy texture.
    Waterkloof Circle of Life White, Stellenbosch, South Africa £10.59
    A wine that captures the true essence of Waterkloof's viticultural amphitheatre. Appealing and serious on the nose towards the citrusy end of the spectrum with a firm, flinty thing going on as well. The palate retains that citrusy focus which is an absolute delight. This vintage assures this wine's place amongst the very best of South Africa's finest contemporary white blends.
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    Donovan Rall Winterhoek Sauvignon Blanc, WO Ceres Plateau, South Africa £10.99
    Stone-fruit and green melon with subtle oak nuances on the nose. The palate is mineral and citrus driven with struck match and nutty lees flavours. A fresh almost limey acidity contributes to the wine’s length and gives balance to the creamy texture of the barrel fermented component.
    Donovan Rall Callender Peak Chardonnay, Ceres Plateau, South Africa £19.59
    The nose shows notes of vanilla, toast and some exotic pineapple and lemon nuances. Broad, textured and leesy with hints of honeycomb and some yellow citrus. The acidity is piercing due to no malolactic fermentation in this vintage and gives great focus and backbone to a wine as textured as this.
    Monte Schiavo Sassaiolo Rosso Piceno, Marche, Italy £7.29 Red Wine of the Month
    Approachable, flavour-packed red with warm earth and herbs and a meatiness right in the middle! Ripe open nose with cherry jam, red berry fruit characters and savoury notes. The palate is warm and generous, full of rich berry fruit, a touch of spice and a bitter plum twist on the finish. Tannins are gentle and add structure to this substantial, spicy red.
    Mesoneros de Castilla Roble, Ribera Del Duero, Spain £8.59
    An authentic Ribera del Duero from a family-run estate with 400 years of winemaking history. Generous and open nose of ripe black fruits with notes of smoky oak, mocha and dark spice. A layered palate of berry fruit, tobacco and more spice has fine tannins, giving a structured and richly-flavoured finish.
    Castel del Lupo Pinot Nero 'Della Quercia', Lombardia, Italy £8.99
    Delicious organic, unoaked, Pinot Noir from a small plot of 15 year old vines on the rolling hills of Oltrepo Pavese. A bright and fresh style with open berry fruit aromas and gently floral notes. Lively acidity offsets the ripe wild plum fruit and the palate combines concentration, delicacy and structure.
    Quinta do Pinto Vinhas do Lasso Colheita Seleccionada Tinto, Lisbon, Portugal £8.99
    Pronounced aromas of bramble fruit and violet with balsamic notes. More blackberry and raspberry characters on the palate, balanced by ripe plum and a hint of dark chocolate and tobacco. A rich, ripe red with fine tannins, vibrant acidity and good length.
    Waterkloof Circle of Life Red, Stellenbosch, South Africa £10.59
    A fantastic example of the huge potential of Cape reds. A hugely compelling wine. Deeply refined single estate expression showing bounds of character, finesse, length, breadth and structure - it really does have it all! A classically styled wine with notes of cassis and cedar. The seamless, elegant palate is encased by fine tannins. It is a wine whose flavours become more complex if the wine is allowed to aerate for a while and that will also increase in complexity with age.
    Waterkloof Seriously Cool Cinsault, Stellenbosch, South Africa £10.99
    Leading the march for Cinsaults renaissance in the Cape. Sourced from 40 and 50 year old bush vines on the Heldeberg’s breezy maritime slopes. Here’s a seaside Cinsault of real character defined by the soils from which it drinks. A hardy variety that thrives on the challenges of the Southern Atlantic setting, Seriously Cool Cinsault is a fine and friendly expression of the Cape’s most under-rated variety. Bright fresh cherry fruits on the nose with a savoury, fynbos finesse. On the palate it has a cranberry freshness and texture with taut acidity and tremendous length. Seriously, it does benefit being cooled to the right temperature (10-12 degrees).

    Rose Wines for Summer Sipping

    Casal Mendes Rosé, Bairrada, Vinho Da Mesa, Portugal £5.99
    A delicious Portuguese classic - serve it cold! Refreshing and fruity rosé, bursting with aromas of strawberries and raspberries. On the palate the wine is soft and fruity with a light spritz. Nice fresh acidity and a touch of sweetness on the finish.
    Silver Myn Cabernet Franc Rosé, Banghoek, South Africa £6.59
    Delightfully pale varietal rosé. This is 100% Cabernet Franc rose from the slopes of Stellen-bosch's Simonsburg Mountain. Zorgvliet's focus is entirely Bordelaise so a Cab Franc rose is a natural fit and a delightfully different product within their South African portfolio. Pale onion skin colour with bright, crunchy red cherry fruit flavours and a full, textural finish.
    Cien Tinta de Toro Rosado, Spain £6.59
    A bright, punchy, characterful rosé. A vibrant cherry and red berry scented rosé, with bright summer pudding flavours. Fruity and floral with a fresh, balanced palate of berries and cream - balanced by juicy acidity.
    Rimo de Rimauresq Côtes de Provence Rosé, France £9.59
    Stylish Provence rosé! Rimo is more aromatic than Rimauresq's domaine wines, but still with hallmark Provence restraint and flavours of spiced red fruit and herbs.
    Chateau de Campuget, 1753 Rose Syrah Vermentino, Costières de Nîmes, France £10.99
    A classic rose petal colour, this elegant, dry rosé shows aromatic notes of grapefruit and delicate citrus hints, through to a refreshing palate of red berry fruits with a lifted finish.
    Domaine Fiumicicoli Rosé, Corse Sartène, Corsica, France £11.99
    A softer style of rosé - less tangy and easier drinking than Provence. Made from Sciacarello, a
    traditional Corsican grape variety, this rose petal pink coloured softer style rosé emanates exotic
    characters. With a clean, fresh, earthy and aromatic nose of sweet creamy fruit, these characters
    follow through to a palate which has a hint of strawberry mousse and ripe fruit flavours. It is well
    balanced with some complexity, good length and structure.

    Sparkling Wines
    Fresita, Chile £7.99
    The unique combination of the best sparkling wine with carefully selected strawberries, created through the Charmat method to deliver a natural, balanced and elegant taste that isn’t overly sweet.
    Le Dolci Colline Rosé Spumante Brut, Italy £7.99
    Declassified Prosecco with 5% Brachetto juice added to give a delicate pink fizz with light berry fruit flavours. Strawberry and raspberry aromas and soft berry characters on the palate. Fresh acidity balanced by zesty, cherry notes makes this an easy and appealing fizz.
    Aliança Tinto Bruto Sparkling Red, Bairrada, Portugal £8.99
    Intriguing sparkling Portuguese red from the Bairrada region. Black fruit, cherry and light mocha aromas lead on to a palate with a fresh and persistent mousse. Red berry flavours, a hint of clove, and balancing acidity, all lead to a dry finish.
    Filigree Blanc des Blancs, Banghoek, South Africa £12.59
    A tiny production of Cap Classique - traditionally produced fizz from the Cape. A blend of the excellent 2013 and ‘14 vintages, this is 100% Chardonnay grown on the slopes of the Simons-berg. Entirely aged in third fill French oak demi-muids, then aged in the bottle for a year prior to release. It has a nose of proving sour dough with a fine bead on the palate that releases notes of fresh almonds, warm sand and apricot kernel.
    Domaine J.Laurens, Blanquette de Limoux 'Le Moulin', Languedoc, France £10.99
    Exceptionally good wine from the (arguably) original home of fizz. This bone-dry blanquette has a tight and finely textured mousse. It shows great typicity with apple blossoms and honey on the nose with a bright, crisp and delicately nutty palate.
    Domaine J.Laurens, Crémant de Limoux 'La Rose No.7', Languedoc, France £13.59
    Don't let the baby pink fool you - this is a seriously good rosé! This beautifully balanced wine shows delicate soft stone fruit aromas, nuances of caramel and cream with a nice biscuity finish.

    Gins of the Month
    We now have more than 350 gins in store, check out our website HERE for details of all we stock, but in the meantime here are our gins of the month.

    Pickering’s, Edinburgh £28.99
    Based on an old Bombay recipe, handwritten on a fragment of paper dated 17 July 1947. Kept as a family secret for over 66 years, it only resurfaced in 2013 when distilling began. Launched in 2014 having fine-tuned the recipe, perfecting its balance of botanicals and tweaking it to the contemporary palate. The result is a spectacularly smooth, refreshing and flavoursome gin.
    Fresh, light and bold flavours of citrus and juniper give way to intense warming spice of cardamom, coriander seed and clove. A background sweetness from anise and fennel leads to a crisp, dry and exceptionally smooth finish.
    Serve over ice, with tonic and a slice of pink grapefruit.
    Pickering’s Original 1947, Edinburgh £28.99
    This edition is made precisely to the original recipe, as it was written down at Mount Mary, Bombay, in 1947. Here the botanical mix includes cinnamon, which adds a decidedly warming and spicy kick to the spirit.
    Spicier, sweeter and more intense, it’s a decadent trip back to the last days of the Raj. Cardamom, coriander, clove and cinnamon spice lead to a crisp, refreshing and long finish.
    Serve over ice, with tonic and a slice of orange.

    Malt of the Month
    Tomintoul Tlàth £27.29
    Tlàth is Gaelic meaning –gentle, mellow. This description mirrors the term “the gentle dram” which is used on all editions of Tomintoul. Tlàth is the result of a very careful selection of individual casks. The hand-chosen collection consists of whiskies of various ages matured in first-class American oak bourbon barrels. It serves as an entry point to the core range representing great value for money.
    Quintessentially Speyside. Golden Straw in colour.  Light, with some sweet toffee and vanilla and hints of mint leaf and citrus peel. On the palate it is light and creamy. Lively white pepper and some oak-driven spiciness dance on the tongue with background layers of nutmeg and toasted vanilla. Spicy with notes of shortbread and fresh mint.

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    The new Spring Case
    Our ever popular Everyday Case
    Wines of the month
    New Tuscan Estate wines
    Special offers on Chilean reds
    Some new wines and old favourites
    Sunday Times Magazine recommendations
    Malt whisky of the month and offers
    Gin of the month
    Burgundy En Primeurs

    D. Byrne & Co. Spring Case
    Sileni Cellar Selection Pinot Gris, Hawkes Bay
    A lovely balance between fleshy fruit, aromatics & delicate spice. Aromas of yellow peach & nectarine with some musky floral & cinnamon spice notes. The palate is rich & rounded with juicy nectarine characters providing a feel of real fleshiness.   
    Bodegas Borsao Seleccion Blanco, Campo de Borja
    100% indigenous, characterful, Macabeo from this respected Campo de Borja producer.
    This wine shows stone fruit and limey citrus aromas. The palate mirrors the nose with more nectarine and apple characters, ripe citrus and a creamy mouthfeel - backed by subtle and well integrated oak.
    The Long Little Dog Blanc, Pays d’Oc
    Understated with fresh lemon and floral notes, it has a fantastic palate weight with more citrus as well as apricot and a savoury, saline character very much true to its place. The finish is youthful and fresh with good acidity.
    Chateau L’Ermitage Tradition Blanc, Costieres de Nimes
    Aromas of orange blossom & a stony, flinty quality. The Viognier & Grenache Blanc add a natural richness of peach & ripe nectarine flavours which are balanced by the fresh grapefruit & citrus characters from the Roussanne. A classic white from the Rhone.
    Adobe Reserva Organic Gewurztraminer, Rapel Valley
    The nose has jasmine tea notes with white pepper held together by a fine sandy structure. On the palate there are bright floral and mineral nuances with a lingeringly spicy, ginger character. Full and just off-dry, this wine may be different but it is absolutely delicious with spicy Asian foods.

    Kaiken Reserve Malbec, Mendoza
    This is a lovely, modern and fruit driven Malbec.
    Deep purple in colour. Ripe fruit aromas of strawberries and cherries are nicely complemented with spicy notes and menthol aromas. On the palate, this wine displays extraordinary balance, freshness and soft tannins.
    Magpie Estate Wishbone Shiraz Grenache, Barossa Valley
    Warm plum and raspberry fruit on the nose with hints of rocky earth, spice and violets. Lovely and ripe, medium to full bodied with juicy plum and raspberry on the palate. It’s a generous juicy mouthful with bags of fruit and spice.
    Zorgvliet Silver Myn Argentum, Banghoek
    This blend from the Bordelaise specialists of Banghoek Valley is brim full of dark, crunchy Cabernet-family fruit with dark curranty corners. The palate finishes long, textural with a touch of hoisin sauce. A fine and nicely structured wine.
    Chateau L’Ermitage Tradition Rouge, Costieres de Nimes
    A beefy wine that is dark and distinctive with lots of red ripe fruit, sweet and savoury characters and roasted coffee flavours. Warm, southern, spicy fruit that is warming and appealing yet still rustic.
    Savoir-Fraire d’Autrefois Mourvedre, Pays d’Oc
    An intriguing nose of tobacco, cloves and leather is followed by a luxuriant yet sleek and supple palate. Dark cherries and chocolate are interwoven with fine French oak and supported by firm tannins.
    Conviviale Primitivo, Salento
    A warm, richly flavoured red with aromas of plums, dried fruits & sweet spices. On the palate it is generous with impressive concentration of ripe plum & black cherry fruit & hints of dried figs -all balanced by a silky smooth mouthfeel & fresh acidity.
    Fuenteseca Organic Bobal Cabernet, Utiel-Requena
    Bright, juicy fruit aromas with appealing cassis and cherry characters. The palate has a silky texture with ripe, soft, plum and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is generous and rounded with gentle tannins and an appealing finish.
    £89.99 If collected from the shop and £98 if delivered anywhere in mainland UK.
    Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

    Everyday Case
    Murviedro Fauno Viura/Sauvignon Blanc, Valencia
    Medal-winning and fantastically fruity Viura Sauvignon Blanc blend from sunny Valencia.
    Fresh peach and citrus aromas follow onto the bright and fresh palate. Here ripe stone fruit and gooseberry notes combine with mineral characters to add texture.
    Sanvigilio Pinot Grigio, Pavia
    Shows delicate, yet lifted, floral and fruity aromas on the nose. Crisp and fresh on the palate with a ripe lemon character, the wine has a good mouthfeel and clean finish. Very light and easy drinking.
    Il Meridione Grillo, Sicilia
    A honeyed, floral and spicy nose with hints of ginger and stone fruit. Ripe, sun-dried citrus characters on the palate with savoury notes and a creamy texture. Fresh balancing acidity on the lightly nutty finish.
    Soldiers Block Chardonnay, Victoria
    Pure elegance from the Southern Ocean. An elegant and easy drinking wine. This vibrant Chardonnay exhibits lifted fruit character, bright tangerine fleshiness, textural mouth-feel, a bright palate and a long and foodie finish.
    Bellefontaine Sauvignon Blanc, Pays d’Oc
    Classic Sauvignon Blanc nose with herbaceous notes, yet with underlying ripeness. Pretty elderflower aromas balanced with zesty grapefruit notes. Concentrated fruit and good acidity make this a very satisfying drop!
    Murviedro Fauno GSM, Valencia
    Appealing, award-winning, juicy Grenache Syrah Monastrell blend from Valencia
    Bright nose with plums and blackberries. The palate is characterful with riper black fruit, supple tannins and fresh, juicy acidity. Finishing with a hint of pepper and spice.
    Vega Piedra Tinto, Rioja
    Great value classic House Rioja from Bodegas Carlos Serres in Haro.
    Approachable, appealing and juicy in style with lifted red berry fruit and hints of spice. The palate is bright with bramble and cherry fruit and gently rounded tannins. Nicely-balanced with a long finish.
    Conviviale Montepulciano, Abruzzo
    An intense wine with cherry, ripe plum fruit aromas and warm, earthy spice. The palate is densely packed with Morello cherry, cassis and bramble fruit flavours. Tannins are ripe, giving structure to a substantial wine with a fresh sappy finish.
    Les Oliviers Grenache, Pays d’Oc
    Supple yet with underlying structure, it is quite lifted and vibrant on the nose moving on to a full and intense palate. A fresh and exciting wine that is lively and exuberant. Packed full of ripe, crunchy red berry fruit backed up with a hint of liquorice and touch of spice. Lovely.
    Meerestein Shiraz/Mourvedre, Swartland
    A perfumed nose with a delicious bright raspberry and crushed blackcurrant character and an almost savoury finish.
    Tierra Alta Pinot Noir, Central Valley
    Quite simply the best value Pinot Noir we have come across.
    A delicate and elegant wine (as all good Pinot should be) showing ripe fruit flavours of plums and wild strawberries, balanced with subtle smoky notes and a deliciously lingering finish.
    Soldiers Block Malbec, Victoria
    Classically textured, violet in hue with an exotically perfumed nose. A great wine to serve with rich and flavoursome foods.
    £65.99 if collected from the shop or £74 if delivered to any address in the UK
    Free delivery within a 30 mile radius

    Wines of the month

    2015 Wishbone Shiraz Grenache Barossa Valley Australia   £7.99
    Warm plum and raspberry fruit on the nose with hints of rocky earth, spice and violets. Lovely and ripe, medium to full with more juicy plum and raspberry on the palate, black cherry and a lick of creamy oak. 

    2016 Sileni Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand     £7.99
    Reminds you of what made Marlborough Sauvignon famous, showing ripe tropical and gooseberry fruit flavours with a zingy finish and impeccable balance. Crisp yet full flavoured with a long finish.

    Tuscan Estate Wines
     Azienda Uggiano was established in the early 1970s, eventually settling at San Vincenzo a Torri near the river Pesa - a beautiful site in the Tuscan countryside amongst monastries and villas - in 1976.These new additions to our list represent real value for money:

    Montalcino           £21.99
    Fantastic quality entry level Brunello. Forest fruits, violets, plum and sweet spice characters with toasty oak.
    2012 Uggiano Chianti Riserva ‘Fagiano’        £10.59
    The estates flagship barrique aged Riserva. Displaying black cherry, vanilla, berry and plum. Supple and long.
    2013 Uggiano Chianti Classico Riserva          £8.99
    Great value, classic Chianti Riserva. Plum and wild cherry fruit with supple tannins.
    2015 Uggiano Chianti Colli Fiorentini            £6.99
    Bitter cherry, vibrant spice and ripe black fruits.
    2015 Uggiano Prestige Chianti                        £6.59
    Bargain price Chianti with perfumed crunchy red cherry fruit.

    Special offers on Caliterra Chilean Reds
    2014 Caliterra Tributo ‘Single Vineyard’ Malbec, Colchagua Valley          £8.99
    The Malbec grape, synonymous with Argentina, also flourishes on the western slopes of the Andes. Intense fruit, subtle oak and smooth tannins make this a fabulous winter warmer.
    2016 Caliterra DSTNTO, Colchagua Valley             £8.99
    Just as the name suggests, this wine is distinct and unique. One of the first wines in Chile to be made by carbonic maceration, it is deep in colour, intensely aromatic and fruity.
    2014 Caliterra Edicion Limitada ‘A’, Colchagua Valley     £11.99
    A harmonious pairing of the two signature grapes of South America; the spicy and savoury Carmenere expertly blended with the rich and fruity Malbec.

    Some new wines and a few old favourites

    2015 Burlesque Chardonnay, California, USA      £6.59
    Bright and aromatic with clean citrus notes, layered with riper, tropical fruits. A pure, fruit driven expression. Mango and pineapple combine with green apple and lemon which is not masked by ugly oak.
    2016 Adobe Reserva Gewurztraminer, Valle del Rapel, Chile     £6.99
    Jasmine and tea notes with white pepper on the nose. Bright floral and mineral nuances with a lingeringly spicy, ginger and exotic finish. Hugely, broadly, appealing and accessible Gewurz.
    2015 Monte Schiavo Coste del Molino Verdicchio Classico, Marche, Italy    £7.59
    Stunning. 100% Verdicchio from the dynamic Monte Schiavo's 'Coste del Molino' vineyards. A stylish and concentrated Verdicchio with fresh intense aromas of grapefruit and lime, as well as honeyed stonefruit. The palate is fresh and fruity; very approachable, with apple, pear and ripe stone fruit. A mouthfilling minerality adds to the complexity and palate weight.
    2015 Torre Terza Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy    £7.99
    Tenute Toscane's Torre Terza estate produces limited quantity, but good quality wines - this Vernaccia is no exception. A dry, savoury white with apple and citrus aromas and a gently nutty, almond character. It has full, broad flavours typical of Vernaccia on the mid palate, leading to a dry, slightly spicy finish.
    2015 La Val Orballo Albariño, Rias Baixas, Spain     £8.99
    Aromas of stone fruit, honey, and floral notes mingling with wild herbs, sweeter mandarin skin and apple. Generous and textural on the palate with hints of ripe gala melon, salinity, and fresh citrus.
    2016 Amuata Absoluto Torrontes, Salta, Argentina          £8.99
    Forget those awful soapy Torrontes you’ve tasted in the past. Alsatian in style, with lovely Eastern nuances of rose-petal, lemongrass and ginger. Rich and aromatic, fresh and beautifully structured.
    2014 Ca N'Estruc Idoia Blanc, Catalunya, Spain     £12.99
    Intriguing Spanish white blend from vineyards just a stone's throw from Barcelona. Complex and layered with aromas of tropical fruit and brioche . The palate is opulent with savoury, nutty characters balanced by apricot and a touch of vanilla. Weighty with mineral complexity and bright citrus acidity on the finish.
    2013 Savoir-Faire d’Autrefois Mourvedre, Pays d’Oc, France    £7.99
    Mourvedre currently enjoying a rebirth, possibly due to the quality and reasonably priced Monastrells coming from southern Spain. This example from southern France is intriguing, appealing and subtle. Nose of cloves and leather, followed by a complex mix of dark cherries chocolate and subtle French oak.
    2015 Kaiken Malbec Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina         £7.99
    Another great value red made by the Montes family from over the Andes in Chile. The wine displays hints of strawberry, spice and mint on the nose, with a lovely soft round texture and fruit character so typical of this variety in Argentina.
    2015 Kaiken Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Mendoza, Argentina       £7.99
    Cracking value red that displays real varietal character. Typical blackcurrant fruit and spice, with subtle hints of tobacco leaf, leading to a complex and spicy finish.
    2014 Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz Australia,    £10.99
    Beautiful example of what well-made Barossa Shiraz has to offer, and a favourite of ours for quite some time. A deep red with hints of purple and a nose of blueberries, spice and dark chocolate. Palate delivers blackberry and plum fruit with spice and hints of chocolate. Deliciously long.
    2015 Dandelion Vineyards Menagerie of the Barossa Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro, Australia     £12.99
    Chateauneuf style blend from the Barossa with Grenache making up 80% of the mix. Red fruits and spice on the nose, while the palate offers a rich texture of red fruits, soft tannins and subtle oak.
    2013 Borsao Zarihs Syrah, Campo de Borja, Spain     £13.99
    A powerful high altitude Syrah from Spain. Ripe aromas of black fruits, blackcurrant pastilles and a hint of coffee and vanilla. The palate has wild blackberries, toasty oak and black pepper notes - all balanced by fresh acidity and a touch of dark chocolate.
    2012 Bodegas Hispano+SuizasBassus 'Finca Casilla Herrera', Utiel Requena, Spain      £19.99
    A deep, dark and brooding blend from eastern Spain. Ripe red fruit aromas with toasty vanilla and balsamic notes. The palate is full and rich with more red berry and dense black fruit flavours. Poised and well structured with balancing acidity, light smoky notes and a long finish.
    2009 Il Faggeto Pietranera Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, Tuscany, Italy      £20.69
    A powerful, rich and elegant Tuscan wine. Intense and ripe nose with opulent plum and cherry fruit. The palate is powerful and richly-flavoured, with ripe black fruit flavours backed by pepper and spice. This evolves to spicy oak and liquorice - all followed by a firm, dry finish with ample ripe tannins.

    Sunday Times Magazine recommendations

    Les Six Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages £11.89
    In an appellation often dominated by just two varieties, ‘Les Six’ is a new style of
    Cairanne which, due to the ancient varieties of Carignan Noir (10%), Cinsault (10%)
    and Counoise (10%) included in the assemblage, is also a Cairanne whose heart
    holds dear the traditions of yesteryear. Les Six is all about elegance and the
    expression of six different grape varieties; soft red fruits gently seasoned with a touch
    of oak. This wine has a natural affinity with herby lamb dishes but would be superb with most grilled meats and roasted vegetable dishes.

    ‘Chateau L’Ermitage Cuvee Sainte-Cecile Rouge’ £11.69
    This is a warm, herbal-scented southern French wine. Here the cautious, less-is-more approach to oak reveals itself in a wine which is immediately soft and developed, yet without overt oaky tones.
    Château l'Ermitage was founded in the XIth Century by the hermits of Sainte Cécile d'Estagel Abbay. It is situated on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostella. The estate's total surface covers 80 hectares of sunny south facing vineyards, which benefit from the airy Mediterranean climate. The domain's owners for the past 30 years have been Michel and Jérôme Castillon. The work they accomplish allows the grape to breathe out and the use of oak barrels for ageing is restricted as much as possible.

    ‘Domaine La Haute Marone Sablet Cotes du Rhone Villages’ £8.99
    A hugely approachable wine, brimming with fruit compôte and olive tapenade flavours, this is a powerful wine with savoury complexity. The oak ageing has produced a smooth, supple finish.
    Food recommendations for this would include juicy pink lamb, grilled red meat or succulent duck…..and of course, a fantastic cheese board.

    2015 Burgundy En Primeurs
    We will shortly be offering the brilliant 2015 Burgundy En Primeur. If this is of interest to you, please reply to this email with BURGUNDY EN PRIMEUR in the subject line and we will forward you a list in due course.

    Malt of the Month
    Glenfarclas 10 Year Old - Speyside £29.99
    Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Long, smooth and spicy finish.

    Highly Recommended
    The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve - Speyside £27.99
    Fruity, then sweet, with toffee, a touch of anise, then into milk chocolate flakes, banoffee pie and apple turnovers. The finish has creamy toffee to the fore, now a little oak and sweet barley sugar warmth too. Milk chocolate raisins linger.

    Aberlour 12 Year Old – Speyside £29.99
    Heavily sherried character and fruity aromas balanced with a rich chocolate, toffee cinnamon and ginger spiciness. Warming and lingering finish. Sweet and very slightly spicy.

    Highland Park 12 Year Old – Orkney £27.99
    A uniquely smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavour and gentle smoky finish.Starts off with syrup sweetness, quickly moving on to sour and creamy wood, with more tropical chews, pineapple and smoked orange rind. Smoky wood on the finish, with malt syrup, green pine cones and woody spice.

    Gin Of The Month
    Becketts - Kingston-upon-Thames £29.99
    A small batch London dry gin distilled and bottled in London using the finest ingredients, most notably handpicked English juniper berries from Box Hill in Surrey and mint from the riverside at Kingston-upon-Thames. The result is a warm, aromatic and bittersweet character with the signature cool finish, an exquisite taste and wonderfully smooth.

    Sherry Recommendation
    Fernando de Castilla Classic Oloroso £11.29
    Bring some Spanish warmth to the cold winter’s evenings with this classic, rich, Oloroso sherry.
    A beautiful mahogany colour. Aromatic and dry with flavours of nuts and orange, with a very long aftertaste.

    For orders or enquiries about any of the cases or wines in this newsletter, please contact us by phone at the shop on 01200 423152 or 01200 422281, thank you.
  5. Christmas Newsletter 2016

    In this issue:
    Specially selected wines for Christmas
    Spirit recommendations galore: whiskies, gins, brandies and many others
    A selection of Port offers

    Autumn is finally segueing into winter at D. Byrne & Co. and we have had our tasting glasses out to choose the wines for our Christmas cases.
    We sent you our fabulous Christmas cases in our previous newsletter, but just in case you missed it the link is hereCHRISTMAS CASES

    Christmas Opening Times
    We are open seven days a week in the run up to Christmas
    8.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday
    Open late until 8.00pm on Thursday and Friday
    8.00am to 6.00pm on Saturday
    10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday

    Gift Vouchers
    We have gift vouchers which can be made out to any amount you choose and can be posted on your behalf to anywhere in the UK.
    For orders or enquiries about any of the cases or wines in this newsletter, please contact us by phone at the shop on 01200 423152 or 01200 422281,
    thank you.

    Recommended Wines For Christmas 

    Champagne Lallier Brut NV (gift boxed) £19.99 
    An absolute steal, this is a wonderfully elegant, precise Champagne from all Grand Cru vineyards in Ay. 
    2015 Domaine de Vedilhan Serica Viognier £7.99 
    Our new White Wine of the Year. Elaborately textured and full-flavoured with rich stone fruits and lightly tannic herbs. 
    2014 Tabali Reserva Especial Chardonnay £8.59 
    Such great value. Award winning 1er Cru Burgundy style at half the price – delicious! 
    2015 Sileni The Straights Sauvignon Blanc £10.99 
    A Marlborough classic, this over delivers on both flavour and finesse. Absolutely delicious with fish dishes. 
    2015 Feudo Maccari Grillo £8.99 
    A fresh, lightly floral dry white with savoury, nutty notes. 
    2014/15 Domaine de la Motte Chablis £10.59 
    Classic Chablis with real texture and flavour enhanced by around 10% barrel aged wine in the blend, yet still steely fresh on the finish. 
    2014 Domaine Feuillat-Juillot Montagny 1er Cru £15.99 
    A fine and elegant white Burgundy, and great value for money. 
    2011 Turkheim Grand Cru Brand Gewurztraminer £12.99 
    An amazing price for Grand Cru Alsace. Classic yet delicate fragrance of rose-petals, lychee and warm spice with rich, powerful complex fruit yet a fine structure and balance.  
    2012 Naiadas £14.99 
    A hedonistic barrel aged Verdejo with spice, fennel and creamy notes. From pre-phylloxera bush vines, this is one of Spain’s most celebrated white wines. 
    2015 La Bascula Catalan Eagle Red £7.99 
    Our new Red Wine Of The Year, and it’s an absolute cracker. Without doubt this is the finest £7.99 red wine in the UK, taste it and see for yourself.  
    2014 Montresor Valpolicella Ripasso ‘Capitel della Crosara’ £9.99 
    A generous fruity Ripasso with fresh Morello cherry and ripe plum fruit flavours backed by soft and spicy vanilla notes. A great price for our most popular Valpolicella. 
    2013 Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cairanne £9.99 
    Fill your boots here, less than £10 for one of the southern Rhone’s finest Crus.  
    2013 Chateau Mayne Vieil Fronsac £9.99 
    This rich and plummy Fronsac is the perfect wine for those looking for a generous and accessible claret for Christmas. 
    2013 Cline Cellars Nancy’s Vines Zinfandel £10.99 
    Wonderful, fat strawberry fruit flavours with coffee and chocolate characters. This is unashamedly fruit forward and powerful, perfect with turkey and all the trimmings. 
    2010 Contino Reserva Rioja £14.99  
    A Rioja legend from a legendary vintage, really fine wine and a saving of £7 a bottle. 
    2013 Montresor Amarone Satinata £18.99 
    Hints of coffee and chocolate on the nose with ripe crushed berry, bitter cherry and sweet plummy fruit on the palate. Rich and warming yet fresh and well-balanced, lovely. 
    2013 San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo Riserva £19.99 
    The follow up vintage of our biggest selling wine of Christmas 2015. A huge, flamboyant wine that continues to impress.  
    2007 Chateau Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc £28.99 
    A great price for what is consistently the finest of all the Haut Medocs. The 2007 is perfectly mature and drinking beautifully, this is very fine.

    Spirit recommendations

    Whisky Offers
    Some fantastic prices on our whiskies for this Christmas.

    Campbeltown Single Malt
    GLEN SCOTIA Double Cask             Campbeltown £28.59
    Opens with fudge and a little dusting of powdered sugar. Powerful, oily and a touch herbaceous with some German brandy character. Sherried notes come through more on the finish.
    Highland Single Malts
    OLD PULTENEY 12 Year Old Highland£23.99
    Dry, medium-bodied and smooth, redolent of honey and cream, faintly salty with a slight spicy note and a sweet long-lasting finish.
    GLENCADAM Origin 1825 Highland£24.99
    Flavours of banana, pineapple, pear and boiled sweets merge with a delicious mix of soft spice from Sherry casks. Floral, creamy finish with subtle sweetness.
    GLENGOYNE 10 Year Old Highland£24.99
    Smooth, fruity and incredibly moreish. Fresh green apples, toffee and a hint of nuttiness. This is the taste of distilling slower than anyone else in Scotland, of barley they dry by air and hand-selected sherry casks.
    THE ARDMORE Legacy Lightly Peated Highland£25.99
    Light, silky peat-smoke and creamy vanilla, balanced with sweet honey and spice.
    GLENMORANGIE 10 Year Old Highland£27.99
    Firstly vanilla is detected on the tongue, before it ripples along the palate bringing a burst of flowery fruitiness. Clean and sweet aftertaste with hints of orange and peach.
    TULLIBARDINE Sovereign Highland£28.99
    A lovely balanced whisky exhibiting barley, pear drops and creamy chocolate notes which develop on the palate with a lingering finish.
    GLENDRONACH 12 Year Old Highland£33.99
    Rich, creamy, silky-smooth. Warm, rich oak and sherry sweetness, full mouth feel, raisins, soft fruits and a touch of spice. Long, full and firm finish with slight nuttiness.
    Island Single Malts
    ARRAN Original Arran £25.99
    On the nose complex and pungent, slightly salty and buttery, savoury and lightly peated. Soft entry and very easy on the taste with flavours of the nose above. 
    HIGHLAND PARK 12 Year old Orkney £27.99
    A uniquely smooth, balanced single malt, with a rich full flavour and gentle smokey finish. Beginning with syrup sweetness, it quickly moves on to sour and creamy wood, with more tropical chews, pineapple and smoked orange rind. Smoky wood on the finish, with malt syrup, green pine cones and woody spice.
    SCAPA Skiren Orkney £29.99
    Aromas of runny honey and fresh cream. Hints of apple and a touch of anise.  Continued honey warmth and richness. Sparks of juicy pear and lemon peel. Touches of oak develop further on, bringing some balancing spice.
    Islay Single Malts
    THE ILEACH Islay £22.99
    Fantastic value, you’ll struggle to find an Islay malt at this price! Strong yet gentle, warm yet mellow, but with a maturity beyond its years. Robustly peaty, with that unmistakeable breath of the seashore.
    BUNNAHABHAIN 12 Year Old Islay £29.99
    Syrupy in texture with vanilla and a light smokiness, more woody than peaty. Water brings out more sweet creamy vanilla and some perfume from the wood, as well as some sticky glacé cherry. Finish is dry with woody spice.
    LAPHROAIG 10 Year Old Islay £33.99
    Really smoky and iodine rich. This has to be one of Scotland's most characterful drams. Laphroaig are known for their medicinal malts, and the classic 10 year old is no exception.
    KILCHOMAN Machir Bay Islay £34.99
    The distillers use whisky which has been matured in ex-bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts, resulting in a well-balanced flavour profile, with highlights of vanilla biscuits, light fruit and wafts of warm peat smoke. A top expression from Islay's farm distillery.
    ARDBEG 10 Year Old Islay £36.99
    Crackling peat, black pepper and sizzling cinnamon-spiced toffee. A wave of brine infused with buttermilk and currants. Smoke wells up bringing tasted marshmallows while espresso and tarry smoke develop.
    Lowland Single Malt
    AUCHENTOSHAN American Oak Lowland£24.99
    Bounty bars, citrus peels and peaches. A little bit buttery, with golden barley and oak spice developing on the mid palate. Lasting notes of grapefruit and toffee pennies. 
    Speyside Single Malts
    SPEYBURN Bradan Orach Speyside£17.49
    Outstanding price for Single Malt Whisky. On the nose it reveals green apples, honey, lemon and floral vanilla spices. It’s a wonderfully balanced, full-bodied whisky, with a long lasting finish.
    TOMINTOUL Tlath Speyside£24.99
    Light and creamy. Lively white pepper and some oak-driven spiciness dance on the tongue with background layers of nutmeg and toasted vanilla. Spicy with notes of shortbread and fresh mint.
    AN CNOC 12 Year Old Speyside£25.99
    Soft, very aromatic nose with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground. Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. A malt for every occasion.
    GLENFARCLAS 10 Year Old Speyside£26.99
    Delicately light, with a mouth-watering combination of maltiness, smokiness and sherry sweetness. Hints of dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. Long, smooth and spicy finish.
    TAMDHU 10 Year Old Speyside£26.99
    Bursting with fruit and spice – gently yielding to toffee and the richness of sherry oak. Fruit and vanilla linger on the finish, becoming pleasantly drying with the merest wisp of peat smoke.
    THE GLENLIVET Founder’s Reserve Speyside£27.99
    Fruity, then sweet, with toffee, a touch of anise, then into milk chocolate flakes, banoffee pie and apple turnovers. Finish has creamy toffee to the fore now, a little oak and sweet barley sugar warmth too. Milk chocolate raisins linger.
    BENROMACH 10 Year Old Speyside£27.99
    Delicious Forest Fruits and creamy malt. A wisp of smoke and lingering luscious Sherry notes. Mouthwateringly bittersweet. Ginger, dry sherry, almost hoppy after a while.
    ABERLOUR 12 Year Old Speyside£29.99
    Heavily sherried character and fruity aromas balanced with a rich chocolate, toffee cinnamon and ginger spiciness. Warming and lingering finish. Sweet and very slightly spicy.
    OLD BALLANTRUAN The ‘Peated Malt’ Speyside£29.99
    Heathery smoke balanced with subtle floral aromas. Gentle ‘peat-reek’ flavours with hints of citrus tones and malty nuttiness. Lingering smoke and peat with a touch of malted barley sweetness. Bottled at 50%.
    BALVENIE 12 Year Old Doublewood Speyside£31.59
    Aromas of sweet fruit and Oloroso sherry notes, layered with honey and vanilla. Smooth and mellow with beautifully combined flavours ~ nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a delicately proportioned layer of sherry.
    GLENFARCLAS 15 Year Old Speyside£39.99
    Rich golden amber colour. Very complex, sherried nose with light butterscotch aromas and a hint of dried fruit. The palate is very full bodied with super balance of sherried sweetness, malty tones and subtle peat flavours. Long lasting finish, glorious sherry flavours, fairly sweet with gentle smokiness. This is a great whisky drinker’s whisky
    Blended Malts
    BLAIRMHOR 8 Year Old Blended Malt£16.99
    Well worth a try! On the nose it is full-bodied, sweet and spicy revealing floral and fragrant overtones complemented with honey and vanilla. Sweet and toffee-like with a beautiful smooth, long-lasting finish.
    MONKEY SHOULDER Blended Malt£22.99
    A superb blended malt whisky from William Grant, made with single malts from three famous Speyside distilleries. The result is a smooth, creamy, supple and very malty Scotch.
    Rest of the World Whiskies
    TULLAMORE DEW Blended Irish Blend£16.99
    The legendary triple distilled Irish Whiskey. Early fresh fruit leads to a definite light spice followed by some toasted wood which evolves into a delicious vanilla sweetness.
    BLACK BUSH Deluxe Irish Blend£21.59
    A great blend from Bushmills, made up mostly of malt whiskey aged for 11 years in sherry casks before blending. Very soft and fruity on the palate with barley and biscuits on the finish.  
    TEELING Single Malt Irish Single Malt £37.59
    Made from 100% Malted Barley from a range of different ages including Malt whiskey distilled in 1991. Vibrant with notes of melon, figs, toffee and lemon on the nose. A balanced mix of dry fruits, citrus, vanilla, spice and cloves. Long finish with sweetness in harmony with dry tannins from the wood.
    NIKKA Blended Japanese Blend £27.99
    Nikka Blended Whisky offers an expression in the typical Japanese style. Extremely smooth and balanced, it has established itself as the most accessible of the Nikka blends. Rich mouthfeel, with pleasing candied orange peel, floral notes and just a hint of sweet spice. Well balanced and very drinkable.
    PAUL JOHN Edited Indian Single Malt£29.99
    For anyone who enjoys Islay whisky this is really worth a try. Peated Indian single malt whisky from John Distilleries that has great maturity for quite a young whisky. Toasted cereal, big barley and honey notes, Hob Nobs! Slightly vegetal peatiness, lemon and seaweed. Some beach bonfire but the peat isn't overpowering.
    MACKMYRA Bruks Swedish Single Malt£37.99
    Possibly the most surprising whisky I’ve tried this year. Fresh, delicate fruit aromas with vanilla pods. Pine nuts, pine needles, raspberry bushes and mixed peels. Subtle notes of Ryvita and Sesame Snaps. Subtle citrus fruit on the palate with light pear drops and crispy green apples. Delicate spiciness coming with a fine toffee and aniseed, ginger and sweet almond. A fine-light smoke is embedded in a whiff of spicy-peppery-feel: there but not there. Finishing with spicy oak and apple pie whilst remaining light and nimble. 

    Gin Recommendations
    Just a small and highly recommended selection from our range of over 300 gins.
    CAORUNN Small Batch Scotland £23.99
    A unique infusion of 5 Celtic and 6 traditional botanicals, the most unusual being Blush Apple. Clean, crisp, sweet and aromatic, with a long lasting, refreshing and slightly drying finish.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and a slice of red apple.
    PUERTO DE INDIAS Strawberry Seville £24.99
    Rapidly becoming a very popular style of gin. It's definitely the strawberries that make this gin so special. But they're not just any strawberries. Puerto de Indias uses strawberries from the region of Huelva in Andalusia, which are supposed to be the best of their kind in Europe.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water/pink lemonade and diced strawberries.
    TWO BIRDS London Dry Leicestershire £26.99
    The countryside spirit. A classic London Dry gin full of juniper flavour and distilled with 4 other botanicals (orris root, coriander, citrus and one unknown). Smooth and delicate, with a slight mineral quality.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and a slice of cucumber.
    TANN’S Premium Barcelona £27.99
    Distinguished by a predominant juniper taste, macerations of rose petals and coriander and a carefully selected grain alcohol. A later triple infusion of juniper berries, coriander, cucumber, rose petals, cardamom, mandarin peel, orange blossom, lemon peel, liquorice and raspberry contribute to its subtleties in mouth and nose.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and diced strawberries.
    BATCH Premium Burnley £29.99
    Lancashire’s finest handcrafted, micro-distillery gin. An adventurous blend of distinctive botanicals enhanced by frankincense and myrrh which make it sublimely rich, yet subtly spicy.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and either crushed raspberries and slice of lime or orange peel (brings out more spiciness).
    FOUR PILLARS Rare Dry Gin Yarra Valley £29.99
    A perfect, classic gin that would fascinate and delight even the most hardened gin fanatic. Whole oranges are used, which is unusual, but it supports the spicier botanicals like cardamom. Cinnamon and star anise add rich fruitcake tones. Tasmanian pepperberry leaf provides warmth rather than heat, and lemon myrtle is a beautiful alternative to lemon peel. A spicy gin but with great citrus. 
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and slice of pink grapefruit.
    SACRED London Dry London £29.99
    A creamy aromatic gin with a bouquet of juniper berries, fresh cut orange, lime & lemon combined with cardamom, angelica and enhanced by distilled frankincense (Boswellia Sacra) from which the name Sacred is derived.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water with slice of pink grapefruit and sprig of rosemary or perfect for a Martini.
    WARNER EDWARDS Harrington Dry Northamptonshire£29.99
    Lovingly distilled in their copper still ‘Curiosity’. They take grain spirit, pure spring water from their own farm, homegrown elderflower, plus ten other botanicals and transform them into a fantastically smooth and intensely aromatic gin.
    Serving suggestion: Three different ones all with tonic and 1. Lemon makes it very refreshing 2. Lime still refreshing but bringing forward subtle spice 3. Orange Peel makes it much more savoury and more spiciness comes through.
    POETIC LICENSE Northern Dry Sunderland £31.59
    Expect a big punch of juniper that is finely balanced with green cardamom for a warm and spicy flavour. With undertones of lemon and eucalyptus, the inclusion of Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel while adding a note of perfume. As for the other botanicals, that’s a secret for now.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and slice of pink grapefruit.
    POETIC LICENSE Old Tom Sunderland £31.59
    This classic originating from the mid-1800s delivers a sweeter and more peppery taste in comparison with the Dry Gin. From the botanicals alone they nurture its sweet taste, while oak casks continue to add flavour and colour. The inclusion of rose petals infuses a distinct character to the sweetness as well as a slight rose gold tinge.
    Serving suggestion: Ginger Ale and a slice of red apple and some cinnamon.
    WARNER EDWARDS Victoria’s Rhubarb Northamptonshire£31.99
    Queen Victoria grew the very same rhubarb that infuses their Harrington Dry gin in her garden at Buckingham Palace. It is now grown on a crown estate, in the Victorian kitchen garden style. The end result is a sweet and tangy rhubarb explosion.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water or Ginger Ale.
    WHITTAKER’S Clearly Sloe Harrogate £31.99
    Whittaker’s classic gin recipe (juniper, bilberry, bog myrtle, hawthorn and thyme) is laced with liquorice root and finest sloe berries, then allowed to gently macerate, creating a clearly rare artisan gin.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and sloe berries.
    WHITTAKER’S Pink Peculiar Harrogate £31.99
    Handcrafted with great skill and care in the heart of Yorkshire. An award winning contemporary gin with signature botanicals of pink peppercorns, pink hibiscus and cardamom with a hint of lemon citrus.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and pink peppercorns or a pink hibiscus flower.
    CHASE Williams Elegant Herefordshire £32.99
    Elegant 48 is made from scratch rare varieties of apples from their 200 year old bioganic cider orchards. The botanicals include juniper, elderflower, Bramley apple and angelica, plus secret wild botanicals from their meadow. Elegant and crisp with juniper and green fruits upfront. 
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water and slice of apple or neat over ice.
    NORDES Atlantic Galicia £32.99
    Inspired by the eponymous fresh northerly Atlantic wind. Made using pomace from Albarino grapes, the botanicals include juniper, ginger hibiscus and liquorice, resulting in a unique, full flavoured and intriguing gin.
    Serving suggestion: Grapes and a sage leaf.
    SACRED Christmas Pudding London £33.99
    Ian Hart, the founder of Sacred Microdistillery, created this limited edition gin after he was left with too much Christmas pudding, he steeped it in English grain spirit with juniper berries for three months then distilled it. The result is rich and satisfying gin that makes an elegant alternative to Christmas pudding after a large festive dinner.
    Serving suggestion: Neat straight from the freezer.
    POLLINATION Wales £34.99
    Made with 29 botanicals including 19 which are locally foraged, which include chamomile, lemon balm, rowan berry and bramble. Others are obtained from the foothills of Mount Snowdon and around the Welsh county of Gwynedd. A creamy and herbaceous gin.
    Serving suggestion: Tonic water with torn mint leaves and a twist of lemon peel.
    DEATHS DOOR U.S.A. £37.99
    Death's Door Gin is made with a base spirit of wheat from Washington Island and malted barley from Wisconsin, as well as a small selection of botanicals (juniper, coriander and fennel). Big but balanced notes of all three botanicals appear clear as day, carried on a clean, creamy spirit.
    Serving suggestion: Soft enough to drink neat, perfect for Martini's or with tonic water and a slice of fennel and apple.

    OTHERS – Just a few of the fantastic offers we have on hundreds of different spirits and liqueurs this year. We have many many more, if there is anything else you need, however obscure, we probably have it, just ask!

    Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum £16.99
    Blended with the finest rums from the Caribbean and their unmatched recipe of natural spices. 
    O.V.D. Old Vatted Demerara Rum £16.99
    Matured in Guyana its mellow, rich, spicy, full-bodied taste is the choice of the discerning dark rum drinker. 
    KRAKEN Black Spiced Rum £19.99
    Imported Rum from the Caribbean blended with natural flavour. Kraken Rum is strong, rich, black and smooth.
    DOORLY’S XO Oloroso Cask, Golden Rum £24.99
    One of my all-time favourite Rum’s. A rich yet subtle rum surprisingly mellow. Demerara sugar, treacle, liquorice and aniseed on the palate. Fantastically smooth on it’s own but not too pricey if your mixing it also.  
    DIPLOMATICO Reserva Exclusiva Rum £32.99
    An exquisite sipping rum that is made almost entirely from sugar cane honey. Very chocolatey initially, like a chocolate sauce on dessert. Rich and full, bursting with the sweet toffee, fudge and tropical fruit flavours from the nose. The texture is very generous, rounded by the oak. Real mouth-watering depth of flavour here.
    Belvedere Polish Vodka £29.99
    The original and true expression of luxury vodka, created from 600 years of Polish vodka-making tradition. Full and round with a medium bodied weight and rich, velvety texture.
    Torres 10 Gran Reserva, Spanish Brandy £13.99
    Great price! Extremely rich, quite sweet and very smooth 
    MAXIME TRIJOL V.S. Classic Cognac £22.99
    Produced from young cognacs, the Maxime Trijol V.S. is rich in intense, fruity, floral aromas. The fruity aromatic balance makes this V.S. the ideal cocktail and long drink ingredient, but smooth enough to drink on its own.
    MAXIME TRIJOL V.S.O.P. Grande Champagne £36.99
    The VSOP Grande Champagne is blended from a large proportion of cognacs aged between 10 and 20 years. Distilled from grapes from the Grande Champagne region, this cognac offers rich aromas of rancio, with candied peels, stone fruits and aniseed. Delicious. 
    JANNEAU V.S.O.P. Armagnac £25.99
    Symbolic of the Janneau house style, the VSOP is a perfect blend of carefully selected eaux-de-vie, some matured for up to 20 years in new oak casks in our ancient cellars. Lively, tangy entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body with white chocolate and caramel notes. Finishes with a lingering honeyed golden raisin, toasted and spice.
    BARON DE SIGOGNAC 10ans Armagnac £29.99
    The 10 year old Baron de Sigognac delivers an exceptional and rare taste. This is a beautifully crafted Bas-Armagnac. Very round and full; earthy with notes of dried fruit and toffee yet showing floral, woody and spicy notes. Long well balanced finish with hints of almonds and vanilla.
    EVAN WILLIAMS Flavoured Bourbon’s, Liqueurs £18.99
    Available in either Cherry/ Cinnamon/ Honey. All very rich and reasonably sweet but still with that Bourbon aftertaste. Perfect Winter Warmers.
    BEPI TOSOLINI Saliza, Amaretto £18.99
    The best Amaretto we’ve tried. A traditional Italian amaretto made with crushed almonds. Light, delicious and rounded on the palate with a fresh almond sweetness, but not too sugary.
    KINGS Ginger Liqueur (50cl) £22.99
    Our most popular liqueur for this time of year. A liqueur specifically formulated by Berry Bros. in 1903 for King Edward VII. Rich and zesty, the liqueur was created to stimulate and revivify His Majesty during morning rides in his new horseless carriage. Very warming and great as an after dinner digestive.

    Port offers

    1998 Guimaraens – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box plus decanting funnel £22.99  

    Six Grapes Reserve Port –  £8.99 
    2011 Late Bottled Vintage – £9.99 
    2007 Crusted Port – In a gift carton £13.99 
    2004 Quinta dos Malvedos – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box £19.99 
    10 Year Old Tawny – In a gift tube £12.99 
    20 Year Old Tawny – In a gift tube £26.99 
    30 Year Old Tawny – In a gift tube £49.99 
    40 Year Old Tawny – In a gift tube £74.99 
    5cl Miniature Gift Pack – Containing five styles £9.99 
    20cl Gift Pack – Containing five styles £29.99 

    Lagrima White Port £9.99 
    Rio Torto Reserva £9.99 
    2011 Late Bottled Vintage £10.99 
    2005 Quinta Retiro Novo – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box £15.99 
    2003 Vintage – In a wooden box £29.99 
    2001 Colheita £14.99 
    1998 Colheita £16.99 
    1995 Colheita- In a wooden box £19.99 
    1982 Colheita – In a wooden box £38.99 
    1976 Colheita – In a wooden box £59.99 

    Smith Woodhouse 
    1998 Madalena – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box £16.99 

    10 Year Old Tawny – in a wooden box £17.99  

    2003 Bottle Matured Late Bottled Vintage – In a wooden box £14.99 
    1998 Quinta da Cavadinha – Single Quinta Vintage in a wooden box £20.99 

    The Byrne Christmas Beer Keg
    As usual we have the D. Byrne & Co. Christmas beer Keg of gorgeous beer prepared specially for us by Bowland Brewery, at just £18.99
    We also have a huge selection of bottled beers both local and international and beer gift packs which make excellent presents.


    May we take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support throughout 2016 and wish you all a very Merry and Peaceful Christmas.