Chianti Classico San Jacopo 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tropical notes of passionfruit, guava and blackcurrant combine with nettle and subtle chalky mineral notes. A rich full palate of tropical flavours including passionfruit guava and blackcurrant, leads to a long, mineral finish.
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!
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.
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.
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, 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 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*
'Fossili' Gavi di Gavi 2018 has aromas of citrus fruit, with floral undertones; prominent mineral sensations; long finish, with balance and good structure.
Château Lestrille Bordeaux Superieur 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.
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, 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.
Vanilla overtones, with evident varietal fruit; full-bodied, elegant, persistent.
Ad Hoc Hen and Chicken Pemberton Chardonnay from Larry Cherubino, from Western Australia, is a rich, buttery wine, aged in French oak barrels. The wine shows aromas of citrus and melon, with a soft yet intense palate, bursting with flavours of lemon butter and gentle spice, with a long, fresh finish.
Refined and pure with aromatic citrus fruits, herbaceous notes complemented by a distinctive minerality. Intense and crisp, with juicy fruit leading to a refreshing finish.
Ad Hoc Middle of Everywhere Frankland River Shiraz, from Western Australia, is aged for 8 months in 30% new and 2-year old French oak barrels. Aromas of blueberries, gentle spice and white pepper. On the palate, soft berry fruit and nuances of aromatic spices of cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium bodied, with a persistent finish.
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 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!
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.
Andeluna Malbec 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.
Kozlovic Malvazija, from the Istria region of Croatia, is a deliciously fresh white, with enough body to allow exciting food partnerships. It shows ripe citrus aromas mixed with dried grass and white pepper, combined with wonderfully intense flavours and a firm backbone of acidity.
Bodegas Ondarre Rioja Reserva 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.
A fine, fresh bouquet with lemon, citrus and mineral tones on the palate through to a balanced and elegant finish. Floral notes of ripe pears and crystalline fruits ﬁnishing with a zing of green apple.
A fantastic blend with a pale-yellow colour and golden-green hues. The nose is intense with citrus, lime and pear. On the palate the wine evolves to show a mineral character. It is lively with good length, showing remarkable balance.
Based on the typical white Rhone variety of Roussanne this is a creamy, full flavoured wine with spicy, mineral notes and a fresh finish.
A superb example of Monastrell, with its powerful and intense nose of ripe black fruits supported by subtle hints of spice from a deft use of oak. The vibrant fruit is rounded out with a savoury note and it shows great purity on the finish.
Michele Chiarlo's "coolest" Gavi! From the easterly exposed vineyard, Gavi Palás is lively and fresh and thanks to a balanced acidity, and is surprisingy smooth. The flower notes and the roundness in taste make it an excellent aperitif wine - straw yellow with bright greenish reflections, floral and fruity, with notes of exotic fruits and white peach.
Native to the Basque Country in northern Spain, Hondarrabi Zuri is used to make Txakoli. Small, dense berries make a wine that's pale, high in acid offset by its slight petillance, and noted for its citrus, herbaceous and floral characters.
Grapefruit zest and citrus floral aromas are carried through to a decidedly lively, mineral palate complemented by pear, Granny Smith apple and citrus fruits. Delicious with white fish baked in a lemon butter sauce.
Barossa Shiraz Reserve is deep red in colour with a very youthful, vibrant hue. The aromas are powerful and complex with a wealth of fruit including ripe black cherries and blackberries with hints of eucalyptus and spice. The rich, full bodied palate is brimming with mulberry, blackberry and vanilla notes, which are underpinned by a fine tannin structure.
Domaine Jean Goulley Chablis (in half bottles) is a pure, unoaked white Burgundy from one of Chablis' best organic producers. The wine shows classic Chablis flavours of ripe citrus and minerals; clean, refreshing, understated and complex!
Petritis from Kyperoundas Estate - widely regarded as the best in Cyprus - is a subtly oaked white blend, made from the indigenous Xynisteri grape variety. Its delicate, exotic flavours are beautifully fresh and balanced, making this an excellent partner for seafood or creamy pasta dishes.
Château Ksara Blanc de Blancs is made from 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon and 20% Chardonnay. This delicious white wine is a lightly oaked, crisp and floral French-inspired blend.
A smooth, but dense wine with powerful black plum and berry fruits which are tinged with a herbacous complexity. Concentrated and spicy, with great structure and a long, firm finish.
Tuatara Bay Pinot Noir is dominated by juicy red fruits - ripe red plums, raspberry and red cherry flavours are balanced with a good acidity and a subtle toasty finish.
Elegant and fine aromas of ripe tropical fruits, with an intriguing hint of bitter almonds and a lovely spicy finish.
The nose and palate are intense and persistent with notes of delicate white flowers and stoned fruits. The palate is fresh and well balanced with a long, clean finish.
Litoral Leyda Valley Pinot Noir Ventolera is a refined Chilean take on Burgundy's signature red grape variety. Grapes are grown only a few miles from the Pacific oceans, in the temperate Leyda Valley vineyards, giving the wine subtle cherry and spice aromas. 8 months in French oak give the wine broad, spicy flavours and a long, satisfying finish.
Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc shows a delicious combination of mineral, herbaceous and exotic aromas. Its flavours are reminiscent of fruit salad, herbs and minerals.
Gaia Agiorgitiko by Gaia Nemea is a spicy, ripe, oak aged wine, made from the fascinating indigenous Agiorgitiko grape variety. A well-structured wine, bursting with plum and damson fruit, this wine benefits from a few years' bottle age.
Saint Clair Origin Riesling is a light bodied easy drinking wine showing distinct Riesling characters of ripe lime and grapefruit. The wine has a distinct minerality and good fruit weight, which follows through with well balanced acidity and a round, smooth pleasing finish.