Chianti Classico San Jacopo 2016 Castello Vicchiomaggio is a traditional Chianti Classico, made from Sangiovese with 5% each of Canaiolo and Colorino grapes and aged for 6 months in large oak casks. The wine is full-bodied wine with plenty of dark cherry and spice flavours, and lovely balancing acidity.
Golden yellow, a complex nose with overtones of mature peaches, apricots and honey, and a delicate background of botrytis. Marked notes of quince jam and creamy honeyed flavours are enlivened by a good level of acidity. Rich, intense and full bodied, with a long and elegant finish where fruits and botrytis express their identity in full harmony.
A delicious sweet wine, rich and grapey with full, tropical flavours combined with freshness and elegance.
Rioja Crianza Rivallana Bodegas Ondarre is an intense oak-aged Rioja with flavours of cherries, plums and vanilla. 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 10% Mazuela and Graciano grapes are aged in French and American oak barrels for a full year before bottling.
Domaine Grand Roche Chablis (half bottles) is a fresh, crisp mineral-scented Chablis made by vigneron Erick Lavallee from his 22 hectares of vineyards around the village of St-Bris-le-Vineux.
Deep garnet red with purple hues. Rich and elegant, this attractive Pinot Noir combines aromas of strawberries, black cherries, raspberries and dry plums with hints of chocolate and mocha. The palate is round and soft offering a rich texture and a lush finish.
Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Graciano is a rare single varietal Rioja made only from the Graciano grape. Rioja is generally made from the Tempranillo, but here the Graciano has given a uniquely elegant, juicy wine, with flavours of ripe blueberry, plums and subtle spice.
Domaine Gerard Millet Sancerre 2017 comes from 17 hectares of hillside Sauvignon vines, producing a wine that is the epitome of Sancerrois elegance, with a delicate mineral scented nose, and beautifully rich yet subtle flavours. Gerard Millet's family has been making wine for over 5 generations.
Adega de Pegoes Touriga Nacional is made from the Touriga Nacional grape, grown in the vineyards of Portugal's Setubal Peninsula. Aged for 12 months in American and French oak barrels, the wine has intense, complex flavours of dark berries and spice. It is firm yet velvety, with a long finish.
Bright and fruity with aromas of ripe red fruits, wild strawberries and raspberries. The red fruit flavours are echoed on the supple, round palate of this easy drinking wine.
A medium bodied wine with notes of raspberry and cherry with pepper and rose petal - a fresh summer red. The Xinomavro and Limnio grape varieties create wines with a deep purple colour, clean and complex bouquet, velvety smooth taste and balanced acidity.
This 100% Sárgamuskotály, or Muscat Blanc, has delicate aromas of elderflower, complemented by subtle hints of citrus fruit. Crisp with a vivid acidity, the fruity palate shows pears, gooseberries, a hint of pineapple and an intriguing touch of freshly cut grass. Quite delicious.
This estate grown and bottled Albariño shows typical stone fruit and citrus characters as well as tropical notes, all held together by a crisp backbone of clean, fresh acidity.
Intense aromas of wild mint, grapefruit and white currant leap out of the glass, a fresh, concentrated and well balanced Sauvignon with a persistent finish.
Kydonitsa is Greek for quince and this wine is true to its name showing ripe quince and nutty pistachio flavours. Vibrant yellow-green, nose and taste of tropical fruits, pleasant palate, excellent balance, crisp, fairly long finish.
Dogajolo Rosso IGT Toscana 2016 Carpineto - the Carpineto estate affectionately refers to Dogajolo as its "baby super-Tuscan". Made with 70% Sangiovese, and 30% Cabernet plus a secret mix of "other varieties", Dogajolo is aged in small wooden barrels to give a structured, ripe, earthy wine with hints of tanned leather.
Gaia Notios Red is made from the Agiorgitiko grape, native to Nemea. It is deep and rich, yet refined, with juicy plum flavours, mixed with spicy oak and a lovely earthiness. Think Southern Italy (notably Campania) meets the Douro in Portugal!
Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2014 is a deep, concentrated ageworthy Rioja, aged in oak for 16 months, then a further 8 months in bottle before release. Made with 75% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, and 15% Mazuela and Graciano, this Rioja Reserva has fine grained tannins and concentrated dark fruit flavours.
Malvasia Nera 'Talo' Salento San Marzano is a wonderfully rich wine from Italy's Apulia region, with fresh cherry and clove aromas and a silky, structured palate.
Gaia Notios White Peloponnisos is a fascinating, full-bodied unoaked white, from the indigenous Roditis and Moschofilero grapes. Moschofilero, harvested from the Arcadian plateaux, contributes a vibrant, floral flavour while Roditis, from the Corinthian slopes, provides a smooth lemony character.
Doña Paula Estate Malbec is the estate's flagship wine, aged in new French oak barrels to add complexity to its delicious plum, black cherry, licorice and dried herb flavours. Grapes for this wine are sourced from two of the estate's best vineyards in Ugarteche, and at Finca Alluvia, in Gualtallary, Uco Valley.
A modern styled Cahors with concentrated blackcurrant, menthol nuances and intriguing undertones of crystallised pineapple. Supple with soft, fine tannins, the aromas of fresh black fruits persist on the palate. Full bodied, but approachable with a textured finish.
Leather and spice of traditionally made Rioja on the nose. Smooth and subtle on the palate, with strawberries and vanilla ice cream sustained through to a long finish with well integrated tannins.
Dogajolo Bianco IGT Toscana 2017 is a fresh, vibrant blend of Chardonnay, Grechetto and Sauvignon Blanc. The white version of Carpineto's red classic has clean citrus aromas, a medium body, fresh acidity and pleasant fruity flavours.
A light, but elegant oaky nose leads to a palate with the perfect fusion of acidity, a natural impression of fruit sweetness and elegant tannins. Well balanced, with a long, persistent finish.
Domaine de Monterrain Macon-Serrieres 2015 is made from the local Gamay grape, and this wine is proof of what lovely, light-bodied Burgundies that grape can produce. Light in colour and unoaked, the wine shows mineral, earthy cherries aromas, with a delicate, refreshing palate with enough acidity to pair well with rich cheese-based pasta dishes.
Kozlovic Teran 2016, from the Istria region of Croatia, is a fresh, medium-bodied red wine of real character. Matured in oak barrels for 8 months before bottling, it shows a combination of black fruits and bitter chocolate on the palate, reminiscent of the Refosco grape from Northern Italy.
Adega de Pegoes Colheita Seleccionada Red 2014 is a fine oak-aged blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Touriga Nacional and 10% local grape varieties. Spicy mocha and chocolate aromas with a lovely combination of ripe fruit and concentration on the palate. *Commended at the Decanter World Wine Awards*
Château Lestrille Bordeaux Superieur 2012 is is a fresh, aromatic unoaked claret made from 100% Merlot. It shows soft plum and cassis aromas on the nose, with a soft, juicy, yet well-structured palate. Ideal for drinking while you wait for your 2009 Médocs to come round!
'Fossili' Gavi di Gavi 2017 has aromas of citrus fruit, with floral undertones; prominent mineral sensations; long finish, with balance and good structure.
Ripa delle Mandorle from Castello Vicchiomaggio shows succulent red fruit flavours, with hints of herbs and cigar box spice. This is a subtle, juicy and eminently drinkable Super-Tuscan.
Villa Gutenberg Riesling Kabinett Johannisberger Erntebringer 2017, from Germany's Rheingau region, is the best Qualitatswein for this price that we have tasted. It is a medium-dry delicate Riesling with vibrant aromas of steely lime, flowers and a hint of peach.
Bright lemon balm fruit notes underpin the racy lime juice Sauvignon, making this an exquistely balanced wine.
Vanilla overtones, with evident varietal fruit; full-bodied, elegant, persistent.
Domaine des Cigalounes Lirac is a rich blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre and 5% Cinsault. 20% of the wine is aged in oak barrels, giving a fleshy, well-structured wine, with aromas of cocoa, garrigue herbs and damsons.
Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2015 is one of the finest New World takes on this Bordeaux variety. Cassis and plum aromas give onto a rich, chocolaty palate and a long, velvety finish. One of our favourite Cabernets at this price, from anywhere!
Andeluna Malbec 2017 is aged in French and American oak barrels for 6 months before bottling. The wine shows complex aromas of cassis, violets and dark chocolate. On the palate it is firm but silky, with great body and length.
Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva (half bottles) shows intense fruit notes of wild blackberry, blueberry, raspberry and dark cherry emerge initially on the nose, gradually yielding to more pungent impressions of sage, rosemary, vanilla, and cinnamon. The wine is aged for 2 years in wooden barriques.
Primitivo di Manduria 'Talo' San Marzano is a rich, full-bodied Italian red, from Apulia's signature red grape variety. Manduria has its own denominazione for the Primitivo grape. The wine is aged for 4 months in French oak barrels, giving it spicy cherry and plum aromas, with hints of cocoa and vanilla on the palate.
Saint Clair Marlborough Chardonnay 2014 is a creamy Chardonnay with luscious flavours of ripe stone fruit with underlying notes of cinnamon.