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There's a little bit of something in here for everyone. If anything captures your imagination call in at the shop to see us, or give us a ring on 01200 423152 and we can arrange delivery for you.


Christmas Case

Whites

Sileni Pinot Gris - Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

The Cellar Selection Pinot Gris has classic aromatic peach flavours along with beautifully balanced acidity and a long finish. A very fresh and citrusy Pinot Gris with that lovely Hawke’s Bay mineral character.

Reserve Personelle Macon-Villages - Burgundy, France

Typically Burgundian Chardonnay that is upfront and full with a hint of buttery shortbread and hazelnut on the mid palate, this wine shows elegance, finesse and style. Pure green apple fruit is framed in appealing acidity.

Cave de Turkheim Pinot Blanc ‘Terres de Granit’ - Alsace, France

Pinot Blanc is under appreciated! This versatile beauty has the perfect balance of citrus and nectar. With honey and nectarine on the nose, the palate shows bright lemon and stonefruit flavours, pure concentrated minerality with rich palate weight. Vegetarian

The Cloud Factory Sauvignon Blanc - Marlborough, New Zealand

Perfumed with nettle, ripe tropical fruits which are also evident on the palate along with limey flavours and a rich minerality - classic Marlborough Sauvignon. The wine is sappy fresh, clean and delicious.

Adobe Reserva Gewürztraminer (Organic) - Rapel Valley, Chile

The nose offers floral aromas of jasmine, lychee, and honey notes. The floral notes reappear on the palate, along with apricot, and mandarin orange. Medium bodied with good concentration and a refreshing ripe fruit finish. A Thai fighting delight! Vegetarian, Vegan

Reds

Nieto Senetiner ‘Verne’ Malbec - Mendoza, Argentina

D. Byrne & Co Red Wine of the Year. A deep dense blockbuster from 40+ year old vines. Blackberry plum fruit and sweet spice. The palate is silky and warming with more black fruit and cherries. The wine is vibrant with an alluring blend of fruit along with clove, pepper and cinnamon spice finished off with well-structured integrated tannins. A great wine with a fresh finish. Vegetarian, Vegan

Château De Belleverne, Beaujolais Villages - Beaujolais, France

Château Belleverne’s vines grow on siliceous clay on gentle slopes. This wine has a very fresh and delicate style. Appealing aromas of crushed strawberries and autumn leaves are followed by herby, savoury layers. Vegetarian, Vegan

Chateau Pinet la Roquette ‘Cuvée les Arpèges’ - Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux, France

Bright red fruit flavours, plenty of body and surprising elegance. The best wines from Blaye have a touch more elegance than their beefier neighbours in the Côtes de Bourg and this cuvée from Château Pinet la Roquette is no exception. Lovely fresh, blackcurrant leaf on the nose. Deliciously concentrated forest fruits (reminiscent of classic claret) on the palate with pronounced tannins on the finish.

Guelbenzu ‘Vierlas’ - Ribera del Quiles, Spain

The village of Vierlas lies between Rioja, Navarra and Aragon and in this instance provides a great environment for Syrah vines. 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.

Il Cascione ‘Crocera’ Barbera d’Asti Superiore - Piemonte, Italy

Classic barrique-aged Barbera from 6 hectares of vines on the Il Cascinone estate. Aromas of intense ripe damson and black cherry with a hint of spice. Ripe and generous on the palate, robust and full-flavoured with intense plum and sour cherry fruit, balanced by tangy, juicy acidity. Vegetarian, Vegan

Silver Myn ‘Argentum’ - Banghoek, South Africa

This blend from the Bordelaise specialists of Banghoek Valley is brimming full of dark, crunchy Cabernet-family fruit with dark curranty corners. The palate finishes long, textural with a touch of hoisin sauce. Vegetarian

Tabali Pedregoso Gran Reserve Carmenere - Valle del Cacha, Chile

Deep dark red in colour with an elegant complex nose, plenty of spice, black fruit and violets... think black forest gateau! With smooth tannins on the palate there is perfect integration between oak and fruit, followed by a long and elegant finish. Vegetarian, Vegan 

£89.99 if collected from the shop, £99.99 if delivered to any address in the UK. Free delivery within a 30 mile radius.

Daniel Seguinot Chablis CHABLIS, FRANCE
Vegetarian and Vegan

A taut, crisp and linear Chablis, the fresh, flinty nose then leads to vibrant, fleshy fruit; very much the Séguinot style with a core of excellent quality Chardonnay and tight, mineral backbone.

Isabel Estate Sauvignon Blanc MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND

Lush aromas of blackcurrant leaf, kaffir lime leaf, elderflower and boxwood explode from the glass. The palate is rich, offering fresh green mango, passion fruit & guava. Persistent finish coupled with the classic Isabel wet-stone minerality, makes this wine extremely refreshing.

Waterkloof, ‘Circle of Life’ White STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA
Vegetarian and Vegan

Lime, grapefruit and peach notes, complimented by tropical aromas. Intense flavours, with great balance. A tight mineral core and creamy middle palate allows for great complexity and a persistent finish. This vintage assures this wine’s place amongst the very best of South Africa’s finest contemporary white blends.

Château de Campuget, ‘1753’ Viognier LANGUEDOC- ROUSSILLON, FRANCE
Vegetarian and Vegan

This is an elegant Viognier with hints of orange marmalade, apricot and ripe tropical fruits. It’s precise, crisp and balanced on the palate, with a roundness of generously structured fruit and a long, elegant finish.

San Marzano ‘Edda Lei Bianco’ APULIA, ITALY
Vegetarian and Vegan

A distinctive blend delivering aromas of sun-ripened peach and mellow floral aromatics, which are interwoven with delicate hints of vanilla. Fresh and beautifully balanced, the rounded palate is elegantly styled and has a touch of minerality on the finish.

Nielson by Byron Pinot Noir SANTA BARBARA, USA

Delightfully lifted, pure and perfectly poised Pinot Noir... this is juicy seductive stuff. It’s approachable with a floral and mineral character typical of Santa Barbara. Classically varietal with wild strawberry fruit, subtle gamey-ness and cracked black pepper. Ten months in French oak softens out this wine beautifully.

Château Bouscassé ‘Tour de Bouscassé’ MADIRAN, FRANCE

Alain Brumont is a legend of Madiran, a little-known appellation in the south-west of France whose early wine-making history was associated with communion wine. A blend of 60–70% Tannat with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet France making up the balance. Full bodied, the palate has abundant richness and a chewy mouth-feel featuring flavours of black cherries and liquorice followed by leather, scorched earth and spice. It finishes dry with firm robust tannins. Think fuller bodied Claret.

Dona Paula ‘Blue Edition’ Velvet Blend MENDOZA, ARGENTINA
Vegetarian and Vegan

An intense, complex and vibrant array of fresh fruit aromas are displayed in this stunning Argentinian blend. Wild berry notes come from the Malbec, cherry flavours from the Pinot Noir and the Bonarda imparts juicy layers of blackberry and redcurrant. A voluminous palate with silky tannins leads to a long and pleasant finish.

San Felice ‘Il Grigio’ Chianti Classico Riserva TUSCANY, ITALY

An exemplary Chianti Riserva from esteemed producer San Felice. It’s elegant yet generous with layers of meaty, balsamic notes plus berry fruit and spice. Aromas 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.

Bodegas Ondarre Reserva RIOJA, SPAIN
Vegetarian and Vegan

The latest vintage of this very popular wine is, in our opinion, the best they’ve made yet. Leather, vanilla and spice of traditionally made Rioja enveloped in a smooth and textured palate. Balanced, with ripe, wild strawberries and integrated tannins through to a long, lingering finish.

Magpie Estate ‘Knock Knock’ Shiraz BAROSSA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA

Blockbuster Barossa Shiraz with great depth and character. Typical deep colour, dense sweet black berry fruits on the nose, has a lovely savoury almost meaty character with hints of black pepper and oak. Bright, juicy and fresh on the palate - black cherry and plum with a meaty savouriness, the long aging in oak means it's really well integrated and allows the fruit to shine. Long and rich with good acidity, and toastiness on the finish.

Signos de Origen ‘Los Morros’ Cabernet Sauvignon [Organic] MAIPO VALLEY, CHILE
Vegetarian and Vegan

Genuine non-interventionist wine making from Emiliana, this matches up to all levels of the natural wine criteria. A lovely example of cabernet sauvignon with a beautiful purity. Ruby red in colour with a bright nose that offers aromas of ripe blackcurrant and liquorice along with cedar wood notes. The palate recalls black currants and red cherry fruit with star anise spice, ripe tannins and a full juicy finish.

£152 if collected from the shop, £162 if delivered to any address in the UK. Free delivery within a 30 mile radius.

2017 Azienda Agricola La Battistina Gavi PIEMONTE, ITALY

My annual holiday found us at Il Cascinone in the middle of Piemonte. This vineyard (still with the same owners) we had great difficulty finding but we were well rewarded with the quality of the wines there. The quantity of fruit the vines produced was astonishing. We were lucky enough to see the big golden bunches of grapes hanging there in the sunshine just waiting for the harvest. Aromatic, zesty nose with apple and lime notes. The wine is juicy, and gently nutty with attractive mineral characters, textured weighty fruit and a zippy, citrusy, mouth-watering feel, creating a refreshing, yet satisfying finish. Robust and creamy on the palate with good acidity.

2017 Waterkloof Seriously Cool Chenin Blanc, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

This year's big adventure was to South Africa. The following day I went paragliding, we went to Paul Boutinot’s vineyard in Stellenbosch. This totally organic vineyard produces seriously good wine! After tasting the full portfolio, we were treated to a fabulous twelve course lunch in his award winning restaurant. 2017 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 palate and ends with a crisp acidity.

 2013 Bodega Classica Hacienda Lopez de Haro Reserva RIOJA, SPAIN

Our first break of the year found us for a short stay in Valencia. Whilst enjoying lunch on the first day we came across this wine. A great start to the holiday! Bright violet in colour. Primary aromas of ripe fruit, complex and spicy notes with a hint of vanilla. The palate is balanced, round and unctuous with sweet, ripe tannins and a long after-taste. Soft, expressive and elegant, well balanced with some character.

2016 Azienda Agricola Il Cascinone Rive Barbera d’Asti Superiore, PIEMONTE, ITALY

While in Piemonte we lent a hand, only in a small way, doing a lot of blending and we made a Barbera Superiore. Fingers crossed after the wine is finished it will be our future Red Wine of the Year. A deep garnet hued Barbera with vibrant aromas of black cherries and prunes with chocolate and toasty oak undertones and hints of dried fennel. An abundance of vibrant redcurrants, black cherries and a touch of spice show through on the palate, which has a rich, voluptuous texture balancing taught acidity and fine oak tannins.

2015 Zorgvliet Petit Verdot, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

During my trip to South Africa we spent the afternoon with Bernard Le Roux, a young and very talented wine maker, in the cellars at Zorgvliet. His great passion is Bordeaux style wines vinified separately from six site-specific single vineyards and then blended. Occasionally a wine stands out which is then left as a single varietal. This is well proven as this wine became one of the top 100 wines in South Africa. An unusual single varietal defined by its cool mountain provenance. Elegant and well-balanced it has a wonderfully spiced fruit nose with dark plum and prune fruit on the palate and a full but fine tannic structure.

2004 Krohn Colheita, DOURO, PORTUGAL

Perfect for a cosy night by the fire or for after your Christmas meal. A classic Krohn Colheita, smooth, complex and deliciously nutty! Some well-timed August rains softened the skins nicely allowing good colour extraction – the result is an appealing Colheita with rich and spicy fruit cake aromas. On the palate there are ripe plum and fig characters with dried fruit and brown spice, giving a full and balanced Port with great length.

£72 if collected from the shop, £82 if delivered to any address in the UK. Free delivery within a 30 mile radius.