Related to Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc is one of the most underrated grape variety. Very approachable with a soft acidity. Fresh, yellow fruit characters dominate the palate, hints of green apple, lovely floral finish.
Gewürztraminer Tradition,Domaine Albert Mann, 2011, Biodynamic
Family owned estate that won French producer of the year award. This wine displays some richness whilst being well balanced by fresh acidity. Lychee and apricot characters are followed by a long mineral and spicy finish.
Chablis, Domaine Fèvre, 2011
From a small producer based in the Fourchaumeterroir this is a text book Chablis. Crisp, full and mineral.
Saint Véran (unoaked Chardonnay) Domaine de la Croix Senaillet, Macônnais (Organic) 2011
Very fresh and zippy but at the same time opulent and mouth filling. Delicious Acacia honey and baked apple characters
Chassagne is synonymous with power in the Côte de Beaune, but the careful ageing in oak barrels is bringing balance to this wonderfulChardonnay from one of the most iconic villages in Burgundy
Vacceos Rosado, Rueda, Spain 2012
Modern, easy drinking fruit driven Tempranillo rose from Northern Spain. Bursting with red fruit characters, soft creamy acidity
Tavel Rosé, Prieuré de Montezargues, Southern Rhône, 2011
Louis XIV was among the first to sing the praises of Tavel’s delicious and memorable rosés. The rosé of Prieure de Montezargues has lovely aromas of ripe, red berries with notes of the ubiquitous spicy garrigue.
Seven Day Road Shiraz, Pemberton, Western Australia, 2010
With a small proportion of Malbec and Merlot, the Shiraz is rich, intense, spicy and jammy and yet approachable.
Made with very little intervention or filtering, this delicious Merlot is ripe, round, opulent with well structured tannins.
Meinert “Printers Ink” Pinotage, Devon Valley, 2008
This is a fantastic Pinotage without the typical tarry, smokey aromas that you find in cheaper styles. Full bodied but juicy.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cannonberg, Western Cape, 2012
Medium to full bodied. Eucalyptus notes, sweet red berries and hints of mocha develop in the mouth before a long and ripe finish.
The Gypsy, Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch, 2009
A big, generous and structured wine made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah. The careful ageing in French oak adds layers of complexity to this wine packed with bramble, white pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg flavours.
Little Beauty Pinot Noir, Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, 2011
Juicy black cherry jam flavours are dominant with layers of light spices, this typical Pinot from New Zealand is delicate and elegant, medium bodied with soft tannins.
Black Edition Pinot Noir, Little Beauty, Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, 2011
The careful ageing in French oak brings complexity to this juicy but elegant Pinot Noir. Ripe dark cherry, coffee and thyme notes dominate the palate, long finish
MalbecTomero, Mendoza, 2011
Originally from Bordeaux, Malbec has now become Argentina’s grape variety. Grown in the up and coming sub-region of Mendoza, this has a dark, brooding colour, with rich raspberry, red currant and sweet plum flavours, leading to a clean, toasty finish.
Cassis and blackcurrant characters with dusty tannins and a big but balanced finish.
Montes Alpha Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, 2009/2010
The wine has a very elegant and evident Carmenèretypicity, showing lovely black pepper aromas with hints of red berries, chocolate, a bit of vanilla and black plums. Smooth, with rounded and soft tannins. Long finish.
Old Vine Zinfandel, Bogle, Clarksburg, 2010
Hints of spiced chocolate integrate well with fruit that is surprisingly luscious and silky on the palate, partnered with black pepper backbone that gives structure and weight.
Unfiltered Merlot, Newton Vineyards, 2007 Organic
Deep ruby in colour, the aromas of dried lavender, green olive and savoury characters expose a hint of red fruit. Intense flavours of fresh red currants, black plum and cedar are supported by fine-grained tannins.
Mesoneros de Castilla, Bodegas Isamel Arroyo, Ribeira del Duero, 2010
Made with the same grape variety as Rioja, this wine is more masculine and displays real savoury flavours and dusty tannins
Hacienda Valvares, Single Vineyard Rioja Crianza, 2010
Super charged Crianza that aged in new French oak for 18 months, robust and full bodied but elegant with juicy blackberry fruit characters, hints of spice and well structured tannins.
Rioja Gran Reserva, Bodegas Altanza, 2004/2005
Having matured for 2 years in French oak, this classic Rioja is mature and displays complex layers of tobacco, toast, olives, and blackberries.
Satisfying, oozing of red cherry, chocolate, amaretto and oregano characters. Soft tannins and a slightly meaty finish.
Barbera d’Alba, Marchesi di Barolo Piemonte, 2011
From one of the most important growers in the world famous commune of Barolo; this Barbera has a lovely nose of warm cherries, spice and herbs. An ideal match for red meats.
Chianti Classico, Fattoria di Rodano, Tuscany, 2007
A fabulous blend of Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo, this Chianti has dusty tannins but the complex palate is a blend of sweet and savoury flavour with a wonderful herby finish.
AmaronedellaValpolicellaClassicoAcinatico, Stefano Accordini, Verona 2009 Big, complex, bursting with raison and candied fruit characters, layers of cherry jam, chocolate and spices.
Ramos Pinto, DuasQuintas, Douro, 2010
Made in the same region and with the same grape varieties as Port, this wine is intense and rich but the tannins are round.
Bernhard Huber Pinot Noir, Malterdinger, Baden, 2011
Voted best German Pinot Noir producer two years in a row by Gault et Millaut, Bernard Huber produces wonderful wines that have gained him a huge reputation in the wine world. Very, very little is imported in the UK. This Pinot is very reminiscent of ChambolleMusigny in style but slightly lighter
Velvet, Gerhard Pittnauer, Burgenland, Austria, NV, Organic
Unusual but very interesting wine from the South East of Austria. A blend of local Blaufränkish and Zweigelt with a touch of Merlot. Soft spicy, with some maturity (2009 vintage) its an easy but characterful red with juicy crushed red berry characters and a touch of nice sappy acidity.