47 AD Prosecco Frizzante DOC NV£11.95
With so much mass produced Prosecco out there it’s hard to know what one to choose. We continue to champion and import this modern Prosecco from 47 Anno Domini. We colloquially call this ‘Blackboard’ Prosecco.
As a Frizzante it is delicately sparkling with citrus, pear and floral aromas which flow to the palate. You will notice its closure uses the traditional ‘tappo spago’, the cork closure with string; this symbolises their connection to time-honoured methods once used with sparkling wines from Veneto.
47 Anno Domini Sottovoce Merlot£9.95
Red berries and vanilla and toasted wood on the nose and just a hint of green pepper. Good entry into the mouth, the feeling of pleasant diffused light tannins on the tongue and the perception of warmth and sweetness given by alcohol. Good length and persistence that leave a pleasant dry mouth that calls for another taste.
Bondar Wines, ‘Violet Hour’ Shiraz, 2014£20.95
What’s in the name:
“This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations grow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at ant moment we may see the unicorn.” – Bernard DeVoto, “The Hour”.
How about the wine:
Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on Andre Bondar’s Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. He used a proportion of whole bunches, which helps to create that lightness, and adds dimensions of flavour and a silky mouth feel. Aged in mostly older French oak, Violet Hour should improve nicely over the next five years or so and will suit lighter meat dishes and pasta beautifully.
Bondar Wines, Adelaide Hills, Chardonnay, 2016£20.95
Sourced from a single-vineyard at 400m above sea level in the cool Echunga area, this wine was hand-picked and pressed straight to barrel, where it underwent a natural fermentation. Matured in four barrels (one new, three older French oak) for about nine months. Very similar to the 2014 with a slightly purer fruit profile. We recommend you open it and let it breathe, sit back and watch it settle into its own skin and sing. It’s a wine that will age beautifully over the next few years.
90 dozen bottles made.
Read Mike Bennie’s review from MBM Magazine (94 points):
“Bondar are out of the blocks and racing. Great release of a lean and fine expression of Chardonnay here. It smells of wet slate, oyster shell, faint nuttiness then the pure, ripe stone fruit expression chimes in. Slinky yet crisp fringed in texture, the wine remains crisp and tight through its needle thrust line. Get involved.”
Cantina il Passo, “Alberi in Piano”, Aglianico del Vulture DOC, 2013£29.50
The origin of the family-run farm dates back to the end of the 19th century, which was also known as “Contrada Alberi in Piano”, with many hectares of land near Rapolla, a small village in the province of Potenza, located in Lucania at the slopes of Vulture.
The Aglianico of Vulture has very remote origins, and people thinks it has been brought by the Greeks in the south of Italy between the VII and the VI century B.C. One of the historical and literary evidences of the history of this wine variety is the one left by Quintus Horatius Flaccus, a Latin poet who was born in Venosa, who exalted the beauty of his land (Basilicata) and of its wine.
Intense ruby red with violet hues.
Ripe red fruit, note of tobacco, cocoa and vanilla.
This is a big wine and we recommend decanting. It’s received 18 months in French oak barrels and a further 6 months in the bottle. Bramble fruit with sweet spices present tannin that has soften with age.
Cantina Tombacco Aglianico del Beneventano, 2016£10.95
Scarcely known outside southern Italy , but Aglianico is one of Italy’s noble grapes which ranks alongside Barolo in quality and why it is often referred to as the Barolo of the south.
A dark, deep ruby red with clear purple tones. This structured wine is complex with enjoyable hints of cherry and red berry notes, followed by a marked vanilla and spicy note. Elegant, warm and full-bodied, this wine has a good length and persistence that leaves an enjoyable soft sensation on the palate.
Cantina Tombacco Pecorino IGT Terre di Chieti£10.50
Don’t be fooled, Pecorino is not just relegated to a cheese!
Brilliant, with an interesting intense and strong yellow luster. In the nose complex with smells of exotic fruits and soft notes of spices. On the palate well structured with pleasant acidity. Beautiful fruitiness with mineral notes and a delicate explosion of fruit on the palate.
Cantina Tombacco, Biferno Rosso Riserva DOC, 2013£12.50
This wine comes from the Molise region of Campobasso and is composed of two local varieties Montepulciano (80%) and Aglianico (20%).
This wine is full, strong, with an alcohol content of 14% vol. It matures for at least 36 months in stainless steel tanks and then in 500 liters of tonneau barrels. Also suitable for archiving.With the smell of sweet spices, especially vanilla and cinnamon, in the taste of dark fruit to earthy in the end.
It’s easy to see why this has become our fastest selling red since listing it on our website. And at just over a tenner, it is very easy to drink!
Cantina Tombacco, Salice Salentino DOC, Riserva Rosso, 2012£10.95
Appearance – Dark, ruby red with garnet nuances.
Nose – Ripe red fruit and spicy, woody notes.
Palate – Fill bodied with roasted and spicy aromas, which ends velvety with a round, full finish.
Chateau Charron, Cotes de Blaye, Rouge, 2013£11.95
Château Charron was rebuilt in 1731. This property is managed by Sébastien Cazaux and Valerie Germain from the start of 2011.
Located on the right bank of the Gironde, the 26-hectare castle Charron faces the Medoc.
This wine is soft and elegant by the majority Merlot blend and is friendly and approachable with or without food.
Château de la Roulerie, Le P’tit Chenin, Anjou Blanc, Loire, France 2016£12.95
Chateau de la Roulerie estate is one of the jewels of the Loire.
A pleasure at any time, with its solid structure, fine balance and ripe apple fruit decorated by a hint of pear and a drip of honey.
Claymore ‘Nirvana’ Reserve Shiraz, 2012£27.95
This is the icon of legendary Claymore wines portfolio. You will never view a Shiraz in the same way.
This is a wine of elegance, finely structured and delicately balanced. Big juicy fruits are balanced by savoury, spicy elements in the mouth. Lusciously rich plums, blackberries and liquorice are wrapped in gently charry oak brought into line with crisp acidity. We only have a little left of this excellent 2010 vintage which we reserve for our private customers.
Claymore ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ Wine Mixed Case£39.50
There are 3 things we believe you should never do alone : Walk, Watch football and, Drink a good bottle of wine. That’s why we think a mixed case of Claymore’s official wine of Liverpool is the best for any game day.
In 2015 Claymore wines signed a three-season deal and is currently the ‘Official Wine Partner of Liverpool FC in Australia’. Whether it is football or wine, passion is the key that unites the two brands.
The case price of £39.50 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
Claymore Mixed Case£150.00
Many of Claymore's wines are named after some of the world's legendary rock songs, albums and artists. To them, the labels are those that resonate beyond their time, across generations and have become something of modern classics; they holds similar aspirations for their wines. To silence any critics who may see the rock icons as a gimmick, Claymore Wines has grown into a serious boutique wine business.
The case price of £150 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
Claymore Whole Lotta Love Rosé 2016£12.50
Rose petals and apple blossom sit alongside morello cherry and strawberry fruits on the nose. The aromatics indicate a level of sweetness so the off-dry nature of the wine is a welcome counterpoint. There is nothing cloying or sugary about this wine.
Claymore, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016£14.95
Appearance – Bright ruby red
Nose- A distinctive varietal aroma of dark boysenberry and violets hits you at first but a little patience will reveal deeper characters of earthy forest floor leaves, cooked beetroot and hints of dried herbs.
Palate – Elegance and restraint are keys to this wine. A big mouthful of blackcurrant fruits is backed up by careful oak integration that delivers structure and depth. Savoury tannins are harmonious with the ever-present lashings of wild berries, liquorice and hints of leather and cedar.
General – Cabernet in the Clare Valley is distinct and powerful. It is one of the stronger varieties suited to the growing conditions and terroir of the region. The use of Merlot has a generous and appealing impact on the sometimes edgy and potent characters of Cabernet. They work hand in hand to give balance and richness to the drinker. Distinctly Cabernet with violets, leafy notes and red fruits, this wine is approachable and generous.
Serve With – Claymore’s winemaker Marnie Roberts suggests pancetta wrapped lamb cutlets with olive tapenade served with grilled field mushrooms in sage butter.
Claymore, ‘Blackbird’ Sangiovese 2016£16.75
The ‘Blackbird’ is all about artisan, small batch winemaking. Hand plunged in one tonne open vats with minimal intervention and basket pressed to oak. This ensures that all of the primary fruit flavour from the vineyard is captured and drives what you taste in the mouth is a wonderfully full flavoured and balanced medium weight bright ruby red wine showing elegant, velvety tannins in the mouth with hints of dry and dusty earth. There is a deceptive succulence to this wine, with a mouth coating structure and lingering persistence on the palate; notes almost of strawberry cream element to the fruit profile and licks of fresh Italian leather.
The aromatics are lifted and appealing; fresh cranberries with green olives and lots of those pretty Sangiovese light berry fruits best served with roast pork with fresh fennel salad.
A little bird also told me (excuse the pun!) but the story behind the name Blackbird comes from the song Carissa Major (Claymore’s General Manager) used to sing to her babies to get them to sleep.