A bit of a change from doing an Andrew’s Six Box this year. The tiny violin came out when in his own words ‘I’ve not had chance to visit enough places this year’. With that in mind we decided to come up with a ‘Shop Six Box’, a collaboration of wines selected by each staff member with their stand outs from over the last year.

Alpha Box & Dice ‘Zaptung’ Glera NV - Australia

ANDREW – Back in June we had a dinner with the head of New World wine buying for Boutinot, when deciding which fizz to start with we asked him which would work better? This one we’ve including in the case, which is, for most intents and purposes, Aussie Prosecco, or something a little more classical? His response was “**** that, the Zaptung is way more exciting.” A glass full of joyful froth, AB&D Zaptung is Glera but not quite as we know it. Amongst the superabundance of bubbles, there is a textural streak bringing all their festivity and chaotic stone fruit into line. An unassailably positive marvel, this will delight even the most fastidious punter.

2018 Wildeberg Sauvignon Blanc - Stellenbosch, South Africa

JOE - On our honeymoon back in September we had a two night stay at the very small but fantastic estate just on the outskirts of Franschhoek (more information later in the Newsletter). All three of the whites they produce are stunning, but I had to settle on just one to go in this case. Think Sancerre rather than New World. A wave of rich tropical, leafy notes on the nose sway to a broad palate of tight lime-leaf, bay and silky texture with a super-bright, naturally acid finish.

2017 Gomez Cruzado Blanco 2 Ano - Rioja, Spain

JAYNE & KATE – After a difficult day in the office, enjoying the harder part of the job at a trade tasting, we were discussing highlights of the day and wines which we really enjoyed. With over 500 wines to try it’s not as easy as it sounds. The full range of wines from Gomez Cruzado really stood out as exceptional! It seems the two of us both prefer full flavoured whites and this was the stand out from the tasting. A Burgundian style which reflects the land, rather than purely varietal expression. Ripe lemon and stone fruit aromas with toasty hints. The broad and textural palate has bright citrus characters, with fresh acidity and white spice on the long finish.

2017 Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Tinto - Douro, Portugal

LAURA – Chatting with Matt one Friday afternoon discussing what to drink over the weekend, he came up with this wine having recently enjoyed a bottle of it himself. A lazy Sunday afternoon spending time with family and enjoying a roast rib of beef this wine fit perfectly. The last of the bottle was enjoyed in front of the log fire in my pyjamas. This wine stood out as something special at a great price, one we will certainly be drinking again, deep ruby colour and intense aromas of flowers, strawberry, and raspberry fruit, a touch of black pepper and well-integrated oak. The voluminous palate has well-integrated acidity, velvety tannins, a delicate minerality and notes of red berries. The finish is elegant and long.

Tabalí ‘Micas’ Carmenere - Cachapoal, Chile

SIMON - Extremely fortunate to have visited this winery back in July, where we had a tasting and this wine stood out for quality and value. From a vineyard planted in 1947, from Cachapoal valley, a traditional area and one of the best in Chile for producing Carmenère. Very complex and elegant nose, with notes of cloves and other spices, as well as black fruit and a hint of chocolate. The mouth reveals, smooth tannins and a delicious acidity that is in perfect balance with the fruit and French oak. The finish is long, characterful, elegant and very persistent, and long.

Niepoort Ruby Dum NV - Douro, Portugal

MATT – It’s no secret that I’m a great proponent of all things Niepoort. Whilst their portfolio is encrusted with jewels, it is Ruby Dum that really sparkles when it comes to good value. ‘Balance’ is the key to any Niepoort wine, and Ruby Dum is no different. Favouring a more elegant style than English port houses, this bright and youthful ruby port still delivers everything you’d expect -rich dark fruits, silky mouthfeel, and a smooth, long lasting finish. Perfect with chocolate, soft cheeses, and fresh red fruits - this an extremely quaffable port guaranteed to suit everyone after your Christmas meal, or maybe a week before it.

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