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  • Verdicchio Vecchie Vigne 2001 Umani Ronchi 14% 75cl
    Vecchie Vigne Casal di Serra was created to preserve and glorify the great historical and qualitative heritage of the old vineyards on the Montecarotto farm.
    The old vines were planted in the early 70s, and their particular position and fine balance between fruit and leaf growth means that the grapes can be harvested when they have reached a slight degree of over-ripeness. The wine is aged over a long period, first in concrete tanks in contact with the native yeasts and subsequently in bottle, and that gives this cru its particular fullness and brings out the typical Verdicchio character.

    Winemakers notes
    The magnificent colour, brilliant golden yellow with lively greenish tints, and sumptuous oiliness anticipate an amble bouquet of broom, camomile, ripe apricot, pineapple and peach, with pleasant overtones of wild mint, sage and hazelnut.
    In the mouth, it is striking for its elegance: dry and fresh with an acidity which is balanced perfectly by the softness of the alcohol.
    Long, pungent finish.
    £13.75
  • Domaine Michel Girard, Sancerre 2016 37.5cl
    The wine shows pure Sauvignon style - fragrant aromas of grapefruit and citrus with a waft of mineral pungency, full and round in the mouth with further fruity grapefruit and orange flavours but also almond nuttiness, supported by elegant zingy lees and acidity.

    Producer Details
    Terroir plays an important role at this estate. Michel, Philippe and Benot Girard own 19 hectares of vines planted in the three different soil structures of Sancerre: Terres Blanches (clay and limestone), Caillottes (chalky limestone) and Silex (flint). Rather than produce a range, they favour judicious blending of the separately-vinified cuves to create a delicious Sancerre they are proud to call 'Domaine Girard'.

    In the Vineyard
    The estate of Domaine Michel Girard comprises of 12 hectares which is made up of 30 parcels of vineyards where the average age of vines is 15 years. Terroir plays an important role in this estate where three different soil structures of Sancerre exist: Terres Blanches (limestone), Caillottes (chalky limestone), Silex (flint). The result is several cuves vinified separately each reflecting the different styles.

    In the Winery
    The grapes are hand-picked and gently pressed, fermented at 18C by indigenous yeasts in stainless steel vats - all to preserve natural aromas, elegance and complexity. The final blend brings together these different elements and flavours to create a balanced whole wine.
    £7.95
  • Casal Mendes Rose 10.5% 75cl
    A pale salmon pink, refreshing and fruity rose, bursting with aromas of strawberries, raspberries, peardrops and pineapples. On the palate the wine is soft and fruity with a light spritz. A delicious summer wine with nice fresh acidity and a touch of sweetness on the finish.
    £6.99
  • Chateau Fortia Blanc 2012/13 Chateauneuf-du Pape 14% 75cl
    This white Chateauneuf du Pape, a blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Clairette, is a lovely example of the style produces in Chateauneuf du pape
    £26.50
  • Camel Valley Rose 2013 12% 75cl
    A light ros with intense strawberry aromas. This ros has been made dry and will compete with ross from around the world. Perfect for sipping al fresco, a real hammock wine! Made from 66% Pinot Noir and 33% Dornfelder.
    £13.99
  • Don David Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Michel Torino 75cl
    Made with had picked grapes from the Cafayte valley and aged in a combination of French and America oak for 12 months. The result is s wine with deep ruby colour and a complex bouquet of blackberries, chocolate, mint and toasty oak. The flavour is rich and concentrated with a long, velvety finish.
    £11.99
  • Cotes du Rhone J.Vidal Fleury 14% 75cl
    Established in 1781 in the Northern Rhone Valley, Vidal-Fleury is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Rhone Valley. Today Vidal-Fleury vinify and age wines from the Rhone's renowned appelations, focusing on the choicest terroirs, allowing ample time to age and mature the wines.

    Tasting note
    Full, bright dark red in appearance. Aromatic, Syrah dominating, violet, blackberry, spice (cumin), toasty. On the palate pepper, black fruit, clean start. Good late punch and chewiness.
    £8.99
  • Alasia Brachetto d'Acqui Alasia 5.5% 75cl
    Vibrant ruby in colour, this shows aromas of raspberry sorbet with rose perfumed hints. Appealing off-dry palate with crunchy raspberry fruit, mouthwatering acidity and a juicy finish. Producer Details Araldica is Piemonte's largest and most progressive co-operative yet retains a small, family run company feel, thanks to the inspired guidance of winemaker/manager Claudio Manera (whose father Livio was the co-op's first winemaker in the fifties) and his wife Lella, also a winemaker and in charge of Quality Control. 80% of production is bottled (an extraordinarily high percentage for a large co-operative) at the company's headquarters in the Monferrato hills, home of the old cellars and a new winery, operating since September 2000. This is complimented by two estates, each with it's own vinification cellars, La Battistina in Gavi (where Araldica is the region's largest vineyard owner) and Il Cascinone. Claudio believes that effective management can preserve that most important concern for the customer - value for money: "Our intention has never been to follow an idle dream of making a great wine that is then impossible to find or difficult to afford. Our broader ambition has been to provide a range that is both understandable and accessible. Quite simply, wine for drinking and enjoying."
    £7.60
  • Ancora Pinot Grigio Rose 2016 12.5% 75cl
    A fresh and fruity, slightly off-dry rose with delicate aromas of red berries. Crisp and lively on the palate with strawberry and red cherry fruit and a delicate, lightly fruity finish.

    In the Vineyard
    Produced from grapes grown in northern Italy. The ripest grapes were selected from mature hillside vineyards and hand harvested in early September. The extra ripeness allows the dark-skinned Pinot Grigio grapes develop a pink tinge which is further enhanced by the addition of a small proportion of Pinot Noir grapes from the same vineyards.
    In the Winery
    The grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness and transported to Adrias cellars where they were crushed and the skins left in contact with the juice for 12 hours at low temperature before gentle pressing. After a slow, cool fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks the wine was bottled young to preserve freshness and aromas.

    Food Recommendations
    Serve chilled as an aperitif or to accompany salads, cold meats such as salami or smoked chicken or seafood dishes
    £6.80
  • Nevis Bluff Pinot Gris 2006 75cl
    This pinot gris is in the style of our previous pinot gris, and the first edition has been
    released in time to meet market demands for Christmas. It shows flavours of white peach,
    nectarine and honeysuckle amid spicy aromatics and has an oily, rich mouthfeel with a
    long, dense finish.
    £14.99
  • Altimus 2011 Michel Torino 75cl
    Altimus means "the highest" in Latin and is a tribute to the Cafayete valley, which at 1700 m above sea level is one of the highest places where vines grow . Altimus was bottled unfiltered to protect its natural qualities;maintaining a perfect balancebetween fruit and oak. A lovely combination of red berry fruits, plums, vanilla and tobacco.
    £27.99
  • Villa Wolf Pinot Gris 2015 11% 75cl
    This has full ripe Pinot Gris spiciness in the nose, with a lovely lemon lift. It is medium weight,but with a full, stony impact on the palate, where it is long and satisfyming with good acidity. No malolactic fermentation is allowed, so the wine retains a bright crisp citrus acidity.
    £10.65
  • Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2012 75cl
    The 2006 Cloudy Bay Te Koko is an intriguing and alternative style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. A tantalising infusion of jasmine flowers and sweet garden herbs with lemon and mandarin citrus steeped in ginger spice. The palate is creamy and full yet finishes with an intuitively balanced lemon citrus twist. Subtle smoky oak, and fermentation with indigenous yeast, bring an appealing savourine ss to this wine.
    The sauvignon blanc grapes for this wine were sourced from four Cloudy Bay estate vineyards and two grower vineyards, spread across the Brancott Valley, Rapaura and Renwick sub-regions.
    The soils are predominantly free draining gravels equiring irrigation. A combination of Vertical Shoot Positioned (VSP) and Scott-Henry canopy training systemswere employedwith vines planted at a density of 1,850 vines per hectare. In 2006 the vineyards yielded an average of 8.4
    Tonnes/hectare.
    £31.25
  • Domaine Rimauresq Rose 2016 13% 75cl
    Ultra pale in colour, really clean and fresh on the nose and the palate, the flavours are full of character and charm with just a hint of spice and good length. Domaine de Rimauresque Cru Classe is a highly-reputed estate, situated on the Cotes du Provence. The estate encompasses 46 hectares of prime vineyards with an average vine age of 40 years (the oldest being planted in 1930). Situated on the harsh mineral soils at the foothills of the Maures Massif, the vines are protected by the sheltering effects of the mountain from the harsh Mediterranean sun. This allows a longer ripening period and better fruit development. Replacement planting is now ensuring an increased vine density of up to 5,000 vines per hectare in an ongoing drive to improve quality. For this vintage, the blend consisted of Grenache Noir 34%, Cinsault 33%, Mourvdre 10%, Carignan 7%, Syrah 5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5%, Tibouren 3% and Rolle 3%.
    £13.50
  • Esk Valley Verdelho 2015 14.5% 75cl
    This Verdelho is a blend of two Hawkes Bay vineyard sites. The now 11 year old vines in our stony Omahu Gravels Vineyard provide the wine with a mineral infused note and flavours of orange citrus. The Joseph Soler Vineyard on more fertile silty gravels produces a richer and fuller wine style with flavours of tropical fruit. Both vineyards are intensively managed and cropped at low yields.

    This is a full bodied and dry style wine, rich but with a fresh acidity. Aromas and flavours of peach, musk and orange citrus predominate with a grapefruit like acidity providing length.

    Grapes: Verdelho
    £12.65
  • Chateau de Jacques Clos de Loyse 2014 Louis Jadot 13% 75cl
    A splendid Chardonnay from the Clos de Loyse vineyard on the Chteau Jacques estate. This barrel fermented and barrel aged wine has a rich toasty and creamy nose while the palate is smooth and balanced with great poise. Louis Jadot purchased the Chteau des Jacques estate in Moulin Vent at the end of 1996. The estate is well known as one of the most prestigious in Beaujolais and is made up of 5 different "clos" totalling 20.4 ha, which are now all vinified seperately. The property includes 9 ha of Chardonnay vines that make this very individual wine.
    Enjoy with:
    Grilled and Roasted White Meats
    Fish/Shelfish
    Mature Strong Cheese
    Try with roast pork and lots of crispy crackling
    £16.65
  • Pasquiers Grenache Noir 2014 Vin de Pays D'Oc 13.5% 75cl
    The black Grenache from the deep South of France is steeped in texture, sinewy flavour and structure - talk about length, the flavours just go on and on! Rich black fruit, vanilla, liquorice, sweet spice and cinnamon. The palate has more intense berry fruit and spice, with gentle acidity and tannins
    £6.85
  • Macon Village Chardonnay 2015 Cave de Lugny 13% 75cl
    Fresh and fruity with a smooth nutty texture. Lovely clean zesty finish with some mineral complexity. This Macon has won lots of major awards for previous vintages and this one is also excelllent.
    £10.49
  • Torres Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay 2015 75cl
    Chardonnay and Parellada are harmoniously blended after careful fermentation of a percentage in Limousin oak barrels, thus retaining the character of each variety. The result is a magnificent, intense wine.

    Wine and Food
    A wonderful accompaniment to fromage frais, salt and freshwater fish, seafood (particularly good with seafood paella), even chicken and turkey.

    Tasting Notes
    Thanks to the presence of the Chardonnay, the wine is intensely aromatic and full-bodied, with a profusion of flowery notes over a fruity background (very ripe peaches) and a hint of fennel. On the palate the wine has a long aftertaste and is silky with an elegant fullness. A touch of vanilla in the finish is indicative of the wines short ageing in French oak.

    Awards
    Gold Medal Challenge International du Vin (France) 2006 (2004 Vintage)
    £10.75
  • Quinta dos Quatro Ventos 2008 14.5% 75cl
    One of Caves Alianca top flight wines from winemaker Francisco Atunes under the guidance of Michel Rolland. Made from Tinta Roriz,Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, the impressive yet elegant wine has focussed plum and black fruit backed by firm tannins and classy but balanced oak.

    Producer Details
    One of Portugal's largest and most progressive producers with 600 hectares spread across estates in five regions from Douro in the north to Alentejo in the south. Winemaker Francisco Antunes oversees what must be one of the most diverse ranges in Europe, from the 3rd largest Portuguese rose brand (Casal Mendes) to some of the country's most impressive premium reds (with help from Michel Rolland and Pascal Chatonnet) from estates in Douro, Dao, Bairrada and Alentejo. Arguably, Francisco's greatest achievements lie between these extremes, a range of mid-priced wines from native varieties, full of character, quite distinctly Portuguese, but at the same time approachable and with fresh, modern fruit.


    Grapes: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa
    £14.99
  • Quinta do Coa Tinto 2008 (Organic) 13.5% 75cl
    The heat and sub-Saharan nature of the Coa Valley and Douro Superior in general would easily lead one to expect the reds from Quinta do Coa to be huge fruit bombs, but this is rarely the case. Very finely grained fruit and wood tannins provide the structure for a lovely purity of fruit character mulberries and cherries, and good length.

    This collection of dramatic vineyards (115 Hectares) and olive groves (300 Hectares), established by Celso Madeira over the past 50 years, take us to a part of the Douro region that has been until recently the preserve of a few but committed and gritty farmers.

    This is extreme climate and terrain with expansive scenery.Where there is Schist and some rainfall (450mm) things grow though and the Madeira family does it all according to organic principles. Celso has passed the baton to his two sons, Rui (Winemaking) and Filipe (Marketing), who at their state-of- the- art winery, are making some pure fruited, expressive and cultured wines to charm us with.

    From their first estate Quinta do Ca comes a Tinto full of ripe black fruits, and warm spice, topped only by the concentrated and compact Reserva Tinto.
    £14.99
  • Pra Staforte Soave 2007 13.5% 75cl
    A fine and poised wine with nutty, leesy characters on the nose and citrus notes. The palate is structured and refreshing with citrus zing balanced by some weight and a focused finish.

    This 20 hectare estate in the commune of Monteforte D'Alpone in the very heart of the Soave Classico district is run by brothers Sergio and Graziano Pra. A long-standing, working tradition of the vineyards, handed down through the generations has made Sergio an expert in vine growing systems. Winemaker Graziano does a fantastic job of producing authentic, top class Soave.

    Universally regarded as one of a handful of world-class producers in Soave who have revitalised the region, Pra's 5 wines, all based on Garganega, cover a wide spectrum of styles and flavours. The most celebrated is the opulent Monte Grande, awarded 'Tre Bicchieri' 5 years in a row. Arguably the latest release, the intense, incisive, unoaked 'Staforte' takes the range to new heights but for us the most impressive achievement is the delicious 'basic' Soave.
    £18.99
  • Santa Rosa Viognier 2011 13% 75cl
    A great example of Viognier lovely and clean without being blousy. Full structure, tropical fruit combined with amture fruity aromas; peaches, apple and pear and damson fruit.
    £8.25
  • Les Beaux Cailloux Chardonnay 2008 Craggy Range 14.5% 75cl
    Les beaux cailloux translated from French means 'the beautiful gravels'.
    It is these soils of our Gimblett Gravels Vineyard that seem to impart a finely textured mineral quality into the finished wine, unique to Chardonnay made from this region.

    Always traditionally made from a single Chardonnay block planted with a variety of clones,
    "Les Beaux Cailloux" represents the ultimate expression of our winemaking art.
    Finely flavoured, complex, tautly structured.


    Deep mellow gold in colour, with flecks of green. Fresh peach and citrus aromas dominate the nose, with an echo
    of buttered toast. The palate is a generous, silky medley of peach and grapefruit flavours, framed by the sensitive use of oak and clean cool acidity, leaving an invigorating, powerful finish.
    £38.99
  • Domaine Berthoumieu 2012 Charles de Batz 14.5% 75cl
    Almost black in colour, the nose is red berries and spice, complemented by nutty and oaky qualities imparted by the barrique barrel fermentation on the palate notes of liquorice are detectable.

    Producer Details
    Domaine Berthomieu is a small domaine (26 hectares) in the village of Viella, in the north of the Madiran appellation. The domaine has been in the family since 1850 and Didier Barr is the 6th generation to own and run the domaine. Didier is a real enthusiast, passionate about his wines and respectful of the traditional character of the wine. The wines offer tremendous character and style, some of the best in the appellation. The domaine has two different plots - one on a pebbly, clay plateau to the west of the village facing south towards the Pyrenees, and the other a gravelly slope facing south east to the east of the village. Many of the vines on the estate are between 40 and 100 years old. These older vines yield fewer grapes, but their long roots will extract more mineral character and trace elements.

    In the Vineyard
    The 26ha vinyard benefits from mild winters and very dry sunny autumns. Soils are a combination of clay-calcareous and clay-siliceous with vines averaging 50 years of age. Yields are restricted to 45 hectoliters per ha. The red wine harvest takes place around the 20th September, and the grapes are hand harvested
    £16.50
  • Barolo Bussia Dardi le Rose 2011 Poderi Colla 13.5% 75cl
    Founded in 1993 by Tino and Federica Colla, brother and daughter of the legendry Beppe Colla. Beppe was not only the passion behind the Prunotto name but a leading public figure in the development of the Alba DOCs in the 60s. The wines come from three outstanding sites in Alba and cover nearly the entire spectrum of Albese styles. The Colla family truly make wine in the vineyard, with a non-interventionist approach to wine making, enabling each wine a unique expression of site and vintage. Cascine Drago, the site of the winery and museum, has twelve hectares under vine, from which the densely planted Dolcetto and Nebbiolo form the incredibly complex and structured Bricco del Drago. Tenuta Roncaglie, one of the bset historical Barbaresco crus, produces a classic and elegant Nebbiolo, and fine Barbera. Tenuta Dardi Le Rose from the Bussia hillside of Barolo's Monforte dAlba district, is Nebbiolo at its best, rich and complex with fascinating perfumes and textures.

    Typical Nebbiolo burnt sunset colour. Meaty yet floral nose - almost like a piece of beef wrapped in rose petals. Generous late summer fruit flavours with good tannic structure and a level of acidity which means that, whilst drinking now, this wine will ageand improve for many years.

    2004 Vintage: "Mid depth in colour, showing some evolution. Lots of spices and herbs on the nose. Rich attack, full with lots of concentration and well-balanced." 95/100. IWC Octavian Vaults Library Collection, Judges Comments, tasted in 2009
    £31.99
  • Terra Barossa Pinot Gris 75cl
    Sourced from fruit grown high up in the Eden Valley, away from the heat of the Barossa Valley floor, this Pinot Gris displays crisp, lemon and honeysuckle fruit. Well balanced with great texture coupled with hints of floral, toasty citrus character.
    £8.99
  • Cuvee Gabriel Merlot 2013 Organic 12% 75cl
    Lovely Organic unoaked red that's full of soft, juicy fruits. Moderate alcohol too.

    Maceration is closely controlled to ensure the wine is both supple and fruity. Excellent fruit extraction means that this Merlot is full of gently spiced black fruits. Tannins are well rounded, leaving a soft, easy-drinking wine.
    £8.75
  • Bouchard Finlayson Hannibal 2014 75cl
    This wine has concentrated dark fruit nose with an austere, gentle palate weight. Tannins are velvety and offer a slow-pronounced aromatic finish!

    Independents Note
    :It appears to be dominated by red fruits with lots of mulberry, raspberry and red cherry but behind all of this there are sweeter black. There is a lovely complex mix of black and red flavours on the palate the sweet fruit mix backed by a herbal twist on the finish. Derek Smedley MW 92 pts

    In this instance the blend consists of 34% Sangiovese, 20% Pinot noir, 31% Shiraz, 13% Nebbiolo, 2% Mourvedre and 5% Barbera. The excitement of Hannibal is about the different grape varieties and their resulting taste colours.

    Concentrated, dark and fruity with whiffs of oak and wood on the nose. Velvety tannins offering a sumptuous slow-pronounced finish, indicates plenty of promise for those who are prepared to wait.
    £23.99
  • Bottega Vinai Lagrein Dunkel 2011 13% 75cl
    Rich and robust with smoky wood and fire side aromas which mingle with red berries and spiced vanilla on the nose. The palate is dry and finely structured with a very typically Italian sweet and sour twist leading to brambles on the finish.



    Producer Details
    Cavit is a modern and forward-thinking co-operative group in the mountainous Trentino region of northeast Italy whose 11 cellars are responsible for a massive 65% of the region's wine production. The endless permutations offered from their members' 7,000 hectares of vineyard, combined with an intriguing palette of indigenous and international grape varieties, enable Cavit to offer a broad range which excels at every level. The scale of production, combined with ultra-modern winemaking facilities, understandably makes Cavit one of Italy's most reliable sources of well-made, competitively priced wines, in particular Pinot Grigio. However, with wines such as Arele Vino Santo, Graal Metodo Classico (awarded 'Tre Bicchieri' for the 7th time and voted Gambero Rosso's Sparkling Wine of the Year in 2010) and the outstanding Maso Cervara Teroldego, chief winemaker Anselmo Martini is producing wines which rival the best of the Trentino region.
    In the Vineyard

    Produced from fruit grown in the Valle del Sarca, on loose stony-limestone soils caressed by the warm wind coming from Lake Garda. The Lagrein grape is indigenous to Italy. It prefers warm, sheltered areas and produces wine of noteworthy concentration and complexity.



    In the Winery
    'Dunkel' is traditionally vinified as red wine at 28-29 degrees C with long maceration on the skins in small stainless steel tanks. It is then moved to barriques for 12-14 months and subsequently matured in small oak barrels for a further 6 months.

    Grapes: Lagrien
    £10.25
  • Tabali Viognier Reserve 2015 13.5% 75cl
    Situated in one of the northernmost vineyard regions in Chile, approaching the edge of the Atacama Desert, Tabal commands a unique location in the heart of the Limar Valley. The local Camanchaca fog blankets the Limar area each morning, and afternoon coastal breezes bring cool air which moderates the ripening of the grapes. The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality.

    This Viognier presents rich aromas of citrus and dried apricot, with hints of candied fruit. On the palate floral, honeyed and citrus flavours combine with a soft rounded texture and great purity.

    This beautifully aromatic and delicate wine is a good match to delicate and rich seafood such as langoustine but will equally stand up to aromatic Thai and Pan Asian cuisine. Try seabass in ginger.
    Grapes: Viognier
    £9.75
  • Majella Sparkling Shiraz 14.5% 75cl
    Like Hen's Teeth as far as availability goes but like nectar of the gods for fans of this peculiarly Australian wine style. Majella's fabulous Shiraz is bottle fermented like Champagne and then a little vintage port is added to give a well balanced sweet/savoury sparkling wine - ideal with food, before or after a meal..or anytime!
    £26.15
  • Domaine de Mourchon Grande Reserve Cotes du Rhone 75cl
    A garnet red colour with fresh red fruit aromas on a spicy background. The palate is generous with supple fruit.
    Enjoy with charcuterie, grilled meat, pasta with sauce or creamy cheeses.
    Serve it slightly cooled during summer.
    £16.99
  • Still Bay Chardonnay 13.5% 75cl
    Still bay chardonnay offers lovley ripe tropical fruit flavours in this easy drinking style wine from the Western Cape of South Africa.
    £5.25
  • Torres Natureo Blanco 2014 De-Alcoholised Wine 0.5% 75cl
    For those who wish to enjoy natures pleasures with all its flavour but the minimum of alcohol.

    Tasting Notes
    Pale yellow, very clear. Rich and fresh floral aromas of green apples, peaches and citrics. Fresh and lively on the palate

    Moscatel
    £6.99
  • Tabali Late Harvest Muscat 2012 12.5% 37.5cl
    A delicate gold, yellow colour with a pink hint from the Pink Muscat grapes. The wine has an intense aroma of fresh papaya, honey and floral hints. Whilst sweet and luscious it is perfectly balanced by citrus acidity on the long finish. Very drinkable.

    Producer Details
    Situated in one of the northernmost vineyard regions in Chile, approaching the edge of the Atacama Desert, Tabal commands a unique location in the heart of the Limar Valley. The local Camanchaca fog blankets the Limar area each morning, and afternoon coastal breezes bring cool air which moderates the ripening of the grapes. The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality. The dynamic young team lead by Felipe Muller (winemaker) and Hector Rojas (viticulturalist) have already scooped a cabinet full of the wine worlds most prestigious trophies. Tabali Chardonnay is widely regarded as one of Chiles finest but we would also single out their Shiraz (IWC Gold and 2 Decanter trophys in 2007) as one of the emerging stars from this new region, with its fine structure and peppery black olive fruit profile. Tabal has the honour of stewardship of the Limar Valleys most significant archaeological sites, the mystical Valle del Encanto (Enchanted Valley) which borders their vineyards. A sacred site of the ancient Molle and Diaguita culture, the many rock drawings and carved Tacita stones depict an ancient way of life. The Tabal mask logo has been taken from one of these rock carvings, which can only be seen at certain times of day when the suns alignment makes them magically appear.
    In the Vineyard
    Grapes are picked by hand into 20 kg cases to avoid damaging the grapes. Harvest begins when the grapes reach 16 brix, which usually occurs towards the end on March. The grapes were placed over drying sheets, which were are 20cm from the ground to avoid contamination and to favour the circulation of air. The grapes are gathered once they then reach 38 brix.

    In the Winery
    When the grapes reach the cellar, they are pressed in whole bunches, obtaining a faster settling of the must. The settling occurs at low temperatures for 12 hours and the must is then moved into stainless steel vat. Selected yeasts are added to kick off fermentation, maintaining temperature to below 16 degrees C. Given the level of sugar in the must, the fermentation is stopped by the addition of suplhur once it reaches the desired alcoholic level (13,8 - 14 Gl).

    Press Quotes
    "This sweet marvel is a real find. Tabali is one of the new stars of Chile from a brand new region far to the north of Santiago in what is practically desert but usefully cooled, like so many vineyards on the Pacific coast, by the ocean." Wine of the week, August 28th 2007, Jancis Robinson.

    91 Parker Points 2012
    £6.20
  • Lunetta Prosecco Spumante 11.5% 75cl
    Lunetta (a Little Moon in Italian) celebrates life as small pleasures. The grapes are handpicked and vinified at Cavits state-of-the-art sparkling wine facility in the northern Italian region of Trentino, at the largest facility in Italy dedicated exclusively to producing world-class sparkling wines.

    Enticing aromas of apple and peach give way to a palate that is refreshing, and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.

    Lunetta Prosecco is delightful as an aperitif or enjoyed with antipasti, hors d' oeuvres, sushi, shellfish and seafood.
    £10.30
  • Macia Batle Crianza 2013 14% 75cl
    Wine produced from a rigorous selection of Manto Negro, Callet, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz grapes from the best vineyards of the Binissalem-Mallorca D.O. Controlled fermentation and subsequent maturing in barrels of French and American oak as well bottle fermentation until the wine has matured for 24 months. Its colour is an intense cherry red with reflections of violet. Harmonious mix between fruity aromas, forest berries, blackberries and complex hints remain from its maturation in the barrel, balsamic aromas, spices, smoky flavours. Strong in the mouth, balanced, tasty, wide and persistent.
    £14.99
  • Albet I Noya Xarel.Lo 2008 13% 75cl
    An absolute favourite which is full to bursting with animated citrus fruit

    Xarel.lo is indigenous to Spain and we are real fans of it at Vintage Roots HQ. Here it's unoaked with a fine seam of crisp acidity and come the sunshine, this is one of the most enlivening dry white wines we know. Very good indeed.
    £8.99
  • GPG Garganega Pinot Grigio Vinazzi 2016 12% 75cl
    Pale straw yellow colour. Lightly aromatic with ripe citrus and baked apple characters. A fresh, crisp and easy to drink dry white with soft, lightly honeyed fruit.
    £6.45
  • Camel Valley Bacchus Dry 2015 12.5% 75cl
    Times 21 April 2009, Best Value English Still Wine': Young, aromatic, fresh and zesty, England's answer to Sancerre. A bright accompaniment to seafood, full of zip and fruit. They like it in The House Of Commons.'

    Bacchus is a modern Sylvaner/Riesling cross that produces wine with a distinctive fruity bouquet and a grapey flavour. Perfect with seafood. Recommended by Jancis Robinson and served at Le Gavroche.
    £14.99
  • Tres Picos Garnacha 2013 75cl
    Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha, is the most daring creation of the new phase of the winery. It is the result of new technologies that have been applied but without disregarding the wise tradition of wine making in the region. It has a dark ruby colour with shades of purple. At the nose there is a rich aroma of ripe berries with hints of floral tones typical of the Garnacha, a unique variety. In the mouth, it is a full bodied rich wine with a taste of blackberries, strawberries and hints of leather, vanilla and plums. It is perfectly combined with a sweet and pleasant tannin that leads to a long, balanced and smooth finish.
    £14.30
  • Borsao Rosado Garnacha 2015 13.5% 75cl
    Delicate pink colour, with aromas of strawberry jam. The style is dry yet commercial with some mid-palate sweetness.

    The entry level Borsao varietals, as you might expect from a well-equipped cellar of this size, are outstanding examples of easy-to-drink inexpensive wines. Increasingly though, Borsao are becoming better known for their premium wines, in particular the iconic, multi award winning Tres Picos.
    £6.35
  • Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2012 75cl
    Cloudy Bay first made pinot in 1989 and the winemaking team has been obsessed with the variety ever since. This year the second crop was harvested from the 'Barracks Vineyard', an elevated site in the Omaka Valley dedicated almost entirely to pinot. In the winery, the purpose-built pinot cellar allows the winemakers to handle as many as 40 unique parcels of wine from 25 different sites with the utmost precision and care. These are carefully blended to create a true expression of the variety, the vintage, and 'our place'.

    Cropped at very low levels from prime Marlborough vineyard sites, Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir is rich in regional fruit character. Typically it has an intensely varietal palate that reveals layers of dark red fruits, savoury dried herbs, charry oak and silky tannins.

    Intensely fragrant with alluring aromas of dark plums and lifted hints of blueberry, layered over spicy sandalwood and smoky bacon. The palate is succulent and flavoursome with dark fruits and toasty oak gently supported by plush
    £28.99
  • Gevrey Chambertin 2012 Clos de la Justice Vallet 13% 75cl
    Vallet Frres Gevrey-Chambertin This winery represents everything that we are proud to be associated with; attention to detail, delicate selection of the best grapes and above all a passion for making superb wines. The Vallet family own holdings in Gevrey-Chambertin - the entire single vineyard of Clos de la Justice - Beaune Epenottes (Premier Cru) and Charmes-Chambertin (Grand Cru). They also source the best grapes from growers in other areas, with whom they have worked closely for many years. The Burgundies they produce are complex, fine and taste of the old-fashioned, 'real' Pinot Noir that their provenance would suggest. Their enthusiasm and passion for producing quality wines is inspiring. Louis Vallet, father of present managing director explains: "the most important element of greatness is 'origine'; is the wine complete? Is it harmonious? Is it fully itself? Does it have finesse?" 3 Michelin star chef Gordon Ramsay is a big fan and has sourced 5 Vallet wines for his restaurants wine list. The Vallet family (also known as Bouree Pere et Fils) is a grower and negotiant who owns holdings in Gevrey-Chambertin - the entire single vineyard of Clos de la Justice - Beaune Epenottes ('Premier Cru') and Charmes-Chambertin ('Grand Cru'). They also source the best grapes from growers in other areas, with whom they have worked closely for many years. Their Burgundies are complex, fine and taste of old-fashioned, 'real' Chardonnay and develop charmingly in bottle. As Louis Vallet, father of present managing director and winemakers Bernard and Jean-Christophe, explains: "flashy flavours and aromas are not what great wine is about. I can put some fruit juice in water and you'll have an exciting bouquet. No, the most important element of greatness is 'origine'; is the wine complete? Is it harmonious? Is it fully itself? Does it have finesse? I tell this to my colleagues in Bourgogne and, sad to say, many don't know what I mean"
    £39.99
  • Santa Rosa Chenin Chardonnay 2010 13% 75cl
    Brilliant yellow colour with green hues its a lovely dry wine with floral and citrus notes. Crispy, with good harmony in the palate and a refreshing finish. Delicious with chicken, seafood and salads.
    £6.99
  • Quartet Anderson Valley Brut Roederer 12% 75cl
    Jean-Claude Rouzaud, then president of Champagne Louis Roederer and fifth generation descendant of the founder, selected the 580-acre Anderson Valley vineyard and winery site in 1981. Rouzaud, who has since handed down the family tradition and position to son Frdric Rouzaud, believed that estate-owned vineyards were essential to ensure top quality wine, and had searched California for ideal growing conditions throughout the course of several years. There are four distinct vineyards on the estate - hence the name Quartet - from which all the grapes are sourced. The estate covers 500 acres in total. The Anderson Valley is 125 miles north of San Francisco and just a few miles inland from the rugged Mendocino coast thus giving it a similar cool climate to Champagne. The grapes used are the same as used in Champagne - Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

    Grapes
    60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir

    Wine Making
    Roederer's winemaking style is based on two elements: complete ownership of its vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuve. All the grapes for the wines are grown on the Estate. Oak-aged wines from the Estate's reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuve in the traditional Roederer style. Only the cuve (first pressing of 120 gallons/tonne) is used; no premiere or deuxieme taille. The fermentation takes place in high-grade stainless steel tanks at 65 degrees Fahrenheit. No minimal malolactic fermentation is used in order to ensure that the wines age well and retain the fresh, somewhat austere style that is one of the characteristics of Roederer wines.

    Tasting Notes
    Crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavours. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavour.

    Food Matching
    Matches well with egg dishes (think brunch), sushi, spicy Asian food, fish and white meats with creamy sauces
    £23.99
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