Vegan Friendly Mixed Case£50.70
The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. These are all natural, and in no way harmful. Most wines, if left long enough, will self-stabilize and self-fine. However, traditionally producers have used a variety of aids called ‘fining agents’ to help the process along. Fining agents help precipitate out these haze-inducing molecules. Essentially, the fining agent acts like a magnet – attracting the molecules around it. Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). These fining agents are known as processing aids. They are not additives to the wine, as they are precipitated out along with the haze molecules.
The case price of £50.7 includes a 10% discount off the RRP case price of £56.35. The selection is as follows:
Marengo Mauro, Langhe DOC Nebbiolo, 2017£13.95
Brief Tasting Notes
Ruby red colour with orange highlights. Delicate and characteristic on the nose. The palate is full-bodied and delicate tannins.
For at least 16 months in stainless steel and cement. Aging in bottle before release
Recommended with meat dishes and hard or strong cheeses.
Marengo Mauro, Barolo DOCG, 2015£28.95
Brief Tasting Note
Intense and brilliant garnet-red color, with ruby highlights that over the
years tend to orange. Complex in aroma, the nose is intense and the palate
is pleasantly dry, full and harmonious.
Aged 36-48 months mostly in Slavonian oak and 6 months in the bottle before release.
A complex wine but delicate, able to develop in aroma for 10-15 years.
Recommended with red meat, mature cheeses.
Marengo Mauro, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC, 2017£11.95
Brief Tasting Notes
Ruby red color with purple highlights. Intense, fruity and characteristic on
the nose. The palate is dry and harmonious, pleasant with a hint of almonds.
Marengo Mauro, Barbera d’Alba DOC, 2016£14.95
Brief Tasting Note
Deep ruby red colour with purple highlights. Intense, fruity and characteristic on the nose. The palate is dry, fruity, and balanced.
18 months in stainless steel followed by a few months in bottle before release.
Barbera is naturally high in acidity and complements tomato based foods found in Italian dishes. Equally this will go well with a good ol’ British banger from the barbecue with a slug of ketchup!
47 Anno Domini ‘Sottovoce’ Pinot Nero IGT 2016£10.95The wine made from the Pinot Nero (also the same as Pinot Noir) grape is very versatile. It is full, light acidity, nicely balanced and ultimately gives a fresh mouthfeel. The aromas are characterised by red fruit and the wood’s ripening gives the wine refined notes of tobacco, coffee, cocoa and vanilla.The Pinot Nero goes perfectly with game and roasted duck or with dishes based on meat sauces. This wine is also delicious to combine with seasoned cheeses.
Cantina Tombacco, Primitivo Rosato I.G.T. Puglia 2019£10.75
A surprising wine that blends the scents of the earth and the freshness of the sea, a blend of fragrances that reveals the liveliness of the land from which it comes.
Pleasant and delicate, with aromas of blackberries and aromatic herbs. The taste is delicate and balanced. It is persistent on the palate, with a fresh acidity.
This wine is ideal with grilled fish-based dishes and fish soup with
tomato. It is excellent with pizza.
Montresor Rosé Royal Pinot Noir Spumante NV£12.95
Harvest takes place early September from vineyards in the Veneto. Initial soft pressing, is followed by fermentation with selected yeasts. The wine undergoes secondary fermentaion in small closed tanks (Charmat method) and is kept on the lees for 4 months.
A delicate pale pink colour. Subtle and persitent bubbles. Rich toasty aromas of bread, mingle with flower blossom, ripe apples and cherries. Elegant and balanced palate, finishes with good length.
Excellent aperitif. Also enjoy with appetizers, and light chicken and fish dishes.
Fazzoletto Barbera Passito 2017£9.95
The name and neckerchief print around the bottle represent the ‘Fazzoletto Rosso’ worn by Italian resistance fighters during World War 2, symbolising freedom and rebellion. Packaged with three distinct labels featuring: Michaelangelo’s Statue of David, the Statue of Abundance (Trevi Fountain) and the Statue of Augustus of Prima Porta – all wearing the red neckerchief. *Each case we buy includes a random selection of all 3 labels*
This wine is a rediscovery of the old tradition of using partially-dried grapes to add richness and concentration. The Barbera grapes were grown on southwest-facing slopes in the Monferrato hills, at 250-400m altitude. Soils here are clay and limestone. Following the traditional passito technique – a portion of ripe Barbera grapes (around 20%), left on the vine for nearly a month after the main harvest to sun dry, were blended with fresh Barbera grapes before fermentation. This sweetens, enriches and softens the resulting acidity.
A fleshy and juicy red with aromas of sweet ripe plums and cherries. The palate shows ripe fruit-forward characters of cherry and wild plum and the ripe rounded finish is balanced by fresh bramble acidity.
A good match for roast poultry or game, or rich stews and pasta dishes.
47 Anno Domini, Diamond Rosato Spumante£13.50
Intriguing pink tones with delicate salmon nuances, fine and
prolonged perlage in the glass. To the nose it presents elegant floral notes followed by sensations of small red fruits. Excellent initial impact, pleasant sensation thanks to the presence of carbon dioxide well amalgamated with the acidity and sugars present, well balanced for the duration in the mouth.
Interesting persistence and final sensation.
Excellent as an aperitif, perfect accompaniment to crudité,
marinated fish and shellfish, it also goes well with raw ham.
Suitable for vegans!
Cantina Tombacco, Origine I.G.T. Terre Siciliane£20.95
What is Orange Wine?
We are all used to a choice between red, white and rosé, but there’s a fourth colour increasingly being talked about in the world of wine – orange. This doesn’t mean wines made from citrus fruit, but white wines that are much deeper in colour than usual, ranging from pale amber to deep orange.
With Mediterranean and balsamic notes of mint, rosemary and wild herbs, the honey flavour emitted from the dried zibibbo grapes is mixed with oxidative notes resulting from the maturation in the amphora. Hints of dried apricot, tamarind, vanilla, muscovado sugar and aged tobacco.
This wine that lends itself to gastronomic experiments: try it with goat’s milk cheese or pecorino cheese; with Asian food; or as a dessert wine paired with apple tart or marzipan based desserts – our favourite Bakewell tart.
The bottle needs to be open one hour before drinking.
47 Anno Domini, Diamond Prosecco D.O.C. Spumante Extra Dry (organic)£13.50
This Prosecco is made from carefully selected organic Glera grapes and thanks to the use of vegetable proteins is also suitable for Vegans
The Prosecco offers fine persistent bubbles with a classic Prosecco DOC aromatic nose. The wine is very soft on the palate, offering refreshing acidity with lots fruity flavours such as apple, apricot and some banana.
Suitable for vegans!
Molinetto, Re·lys Gavi DOCG, 2017£16.50
The name Re.lys recalls a rebirth of a family tradition that has never been interrupted and is now nourished with a new energy; the lily is symbol of virtue, incorruptibility and exclusivity.
Appearance and Nose
Colour of bright straw-yellow with light greenish nuances, a bouquet that is distinctive, delicate, fruity, floral.
A third of the wine has been aged in French Oak barrels for 6 months. The wood imparts the wine with a delicate light sweet note and balances out the naturally acidic cortese characteristics. The result is still a dry wine but with a generous body. Although this would still be a perfect match for seafood, it could take stronger flavours of truffle, fish soup and rich risottos.
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Castello di Corbara, Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC£10.50
The Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC is made from grapes planted in 1970 with mainly Grechetto. Small quantities of Sauvignon Blanc have been added just before bottling.
A colour of very luminous yellow straw. A nose of white fresh fruits with a clear scent of peach and apricot in a floral background. Fresh and fruity taste with a well balanced acidy and a harmonious finish.
Best served with pasta “carbonara”, tempuras, vegetable quiche, fresh cheeses, rabbit and turkey.
Castello di Corbara, Orzalume, Grechetto Sauvignon Umbria IGT£15.95
A colour of yellow straw with golden highlights. With a nose that is intense and deep with mature yellow pulp fruits notes, vanilla scent, spices and a smoky touch.
A taste that is harmonious, fresh, with a pleasant progression along the palate and a long fruity finish.
Best served with asian cuisine, Indian curry based on white meat and fish. Rich sauces pasta, semi mature cheeses.
Piantaferro Chianti DOCG, Tuscany Italy 2016£10.95A pure ruby-garnet colour where the taste of wine is rounded, lush, clean, with a good balance, notes of chocolate and anise, with soft sweet tannins. The aroma of wine reveals sweet notes of ripe black fruit, raisins, cherries and red liquorice. This wine should be served with grilled red meats, cheeses and dishes from beans.
Le Argille Cabernet di Cabernet 2014£32.50
Cement dipped bottle, wax cap and leather label: we had never seen a bottle like it until we found this truly remarkable Le Argille Cabernet Di Cabernet. Originating from Treviso, Italy, in vineyards surrounded by the river Sile, this strong, serious and unique wine is aged in concrete barrels for two years. This method allows the the winemakers to produce an immaculate wine free from oak interference, so that the flavour comes entirely from the grapes themselves. Its uniqueness is fully preserved along with its warm, refined, and mature taste.
Appearance and Nose
If you can lift the bottle (it really is heavy!), on the pour you’ll release an intense ruby red liquid with garnet highlights. Stick your nose in and you are greeted by a warm, complex, enveloping aroma, with perfume of mature berries especially blueberry, blackberry and wild strawberries. Then a second wave hits you with hints of plum, black cherries and vanilla. But wait.. it still hasn’t finished, now we’re getting light nuances of tobacco, dark chocolate and green pepper.
It is everything it promises with a warm, elegant, mature, complex and important mouthfeel that reveals soft berries, glorious spicing and just gorgeous supple tannins. The long ageing in cement has preserved all the exquisite particular flavours of the grapes that crescendos to a spectacular mouth warming long finish that demands you take another sip.
Well the good news is it is incredibly versatile and food friendly. It’s excellent with strong meats like game and venison and will pair up wonderfully with meaty stews and hard cheeses.
This wine comes gift boxed.