We have three simple sections. Everyday kitchen supper wines, brilliant to drink but outstanding value – everything under a tenner. Rather special wines, perfect for dinner parties or just to treat yourself – everything between £10 and £20. And finally wines to keep, to gift, to invest in – everything over £20.
Whatever the occasion, every single wine has been hand-picked from the best winemakers, cuvées and vintages. Cheers!
Inexpensive doesn’t have to mean unexciting. A little judicious sourcing from smaller artisan winemakers (and the occasional maverick) can yield wines of stunning value. Quaffable quality.
Grenache Noir 85%, Cinsault 10%, Syrah 5%. 13% Screwcap
Classic Salmon pink rose with very delicate aromas of rosehip syrup, wild berry blossoms and fresh cherries. This is beautifully balanced with crisp acidity , yet finishes with a lovely twist of raspberry freshness. Whilst everybody is chasing Provence rose right now prices are creeping higher. A great alternative are southern Rhône roses that are bang next door and appreciably better value. The perfect accompaniment to an alfresco summer lunch. Beware it is terribly moreish – so unless you plan a siesta go steady!
Shiraz 70%, Mourvedre 27%, Viognier 3%. 14.5% Screwcap
This is a real crowd pleaser. Everyone who buys it comes back for more. The wine is based on those from the southern Rhône, but the addition of a little Viognier comes from the great wines of Cote Rotie. The Shiraz and Viognier are cofermented, and the Mourvedre is blended in at the end. Swartland is producing stunning wines at great prices and this is a perfect example. Summer pudding, cloves, and crushed raspberries explode on the palate. The finish is rich and very fine indeed.
Terret 60%, Vermentino 40%. 12.5% Screwcap
This is legendary winemaker Michael Chapoutier’s homage to his much loved grandfather, and would have made him very proud indeed. Compare this to any supermarket offering and you will appreciate the quality immediately. Bright straw colours, with tinges of green highlights this shimmers with clarity and brightness. The nose reveals white peach, and the palate is full and fruity. The Terret grape provides acidity and verve, whilst the Vermentino delivers stone fruits and floral tones. A personal favourite.
Special wines for special occasions. Beautifully crafted cuvées from some of the world’s leading vineyards and winemakers, this is where to browse for bottles you want to truly savour with family and friends.
Brick red in colour this is the perfect Aussie Shiraz. Lifted aromas of dark cherries , red fruits, exotic spices and French oak (16 months in French oak hogsheads) enliven the senses. Texturally rewarding and possessing perfect balance and linearity, the flavours of dark cherries, hints of smoked meats and red fruits seamlessly combine with the fine boned tannins and subtle oak nuances in a long persistent finish. This wine can be cellared for at least 15 years.
Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc. 12.5% Cork
This glorious Chateau is part of the Bollinger group and they have stopped at nothing to create the highest quality cremant on the market. Grown in the ideal site of Sanur on Silex soils, these old vines are handpicked in small baskets to ensure only the best grapes are harvested. The blend contains up to 10% Reserve wines and undergoes 24 months ageing in freestone cellars on the banks of the river Loire. The palate combines minerality with fresh green apple acidity, and this is certainly a match for many champagnes at twice the price.
Grenache Noir 43%, Cinsault 33%, Syrah 5%, Mourvedre 9%, Tibouren 5%, Rolle 5%. 13% Natural Cork
This is hand on heart my favourite rose. There are more famous and commercial brands out there and they are hugely popular as branded goods, but when it comes down to quality and price the Rimauresq wins hands down. The secret is all in the blend, with each grape playing an integral part and the tiny dash of Rolle (Vermentino) delivering the coup de grace. Also available in Magnums and double Magnums!
If only we all got better just lying around. Although exquisite today, these wines will improve for years to come, adding layers of depth and complexity. Deferred gratification of the highest order.
13% Natural Cork
The Cote Rotie is the most northerly appellation of the Rhone. Here the vines are grown on treacherously steep hillsides, facing the fierce sun, leading down to the river, which helps moderate summer heat and winter frosts. The ground is made up of schist allowing the Syrah to express itself with tremendous power. Deep red in colour. Spicy nose with a touch of olive tapenade. Ample, dep and spicy on the palate. Absolute heaven. This wine can be aged for many years.
13.5% Natural Cork
I just had to stock this! The estate is located at the very tip southern point of the African continent, thereby benefitting from the cooling ocean breezes and extra rainfall. Vines are planted on stony, clay rich soil. This is any but a usual new world chardonnay, and the cleansing acidity and the pear like fruit are very much in common with the best on offer in Burgundy. Barrel fermented and aged on its lees for 9 months to ad length and complexity. Definitely one to cellar away!
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