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

In late 2018 I went to South Africa visiting Mr Boutinot, whose beautiful vineyard is all Organic. This lovely wine stood out for me. This year I will be researching and tasting more wines from Organic vineyards, as I feel this is the way to go.
Lime, grapefruit and peach notes, complemented 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.

Turckheim Cave Tradition Pinot Blanc STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA Vegetarian and Vegan

When I think back to visiting Alsace in the Spring time I think of wild colourful flowers every- where. Freshness and purity are reflected in the wines produced.
Fantastic quality Pinot Blanc, dry yet fleshy, rounded and full of body. This wine has a perfumed nose with hints of lemon. The palate is well balanced and delicate with more ripe lemon and citrus notes.

Pegões Touriga Nacional PENÍNSULA DE SETÚBAL, PORTUGAL

I’m just back from Lisbon- where I enjoyed many of the region’s wines. This particular winery received the 2018 Portuguese Winery of The Year.
A bold wine with flavours of black cherry with herbs and vanilla. Smooth and flavoursome on the palate with a spicy and warm finish.

Cabaret Frank No.2 ‘The Aviary’ Old Vine Cabernet Franc LODI, CALIFORNIA, USA Vegetarian and Vegan

Of all the wines I had over Christmas, this wine stood out by a mile as being such great value and fantastically characterful.

A smooth, medium bodied and easy drinking wine that strikes a lovely balance with its blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit characters coupled with classic varietal leafy tones. Made predominantly from Old Vine Cabernet Franc (85%), the balance being a harmonious splash of sibling Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mesoneros de Castilla Roble RIBERA DEL DUERO, SPAIN Vegetarian and Vegan

A few years ago I found myself at this Bodega, celebrating a special birthday. We were all treated to slow cooked lamb from the village bakery ovens, I can still smell and taste it now. One of the best meals I have ever eaten.

A 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.

2013 Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port DOURO VALLEY, PORTUGAL

Port and Easter eggs, couldn’t be better!!

Graham’s 2013 LBV is very deep purple in colour with an intense garnet edge. The wine offers enticing aromas of red and black fruits with some lovely mint and eucalyptus notes. It is generous on the palate, with Graham’s typical opulence, revealing delicious blackberry fruit underscored by ripe, polished tannins, which give the wine great freshness and vitality. The finish reveals Graham’s signature complexity and elegance in equal measure.

£66 if collected from the shop, £76 if delivered to any address in the UK. Free delivery within a 30 mile radius.