Fox Creek, ‘Arctic Fox’ NV£17.50
Fox Creek’s Arctic Fox is perfect for those seeking an alternative to Champagne.
A blend of three white varieties reflect all that is desirable from McLaren Vale’s climate and soils. Comprising of 55% Vermentino, 23% Verdelho, 22% Sauvignon Blanc.
The Vermentino’s crisp, structural and vibrant contribution is filled out by the Verdelho’s rich, tropical mid palate and yeasty lees stirred characteristics, while the Sauvignon Blanc twist gives the aromatics a lift and provides a herbaceous edge.
So how does it taste: A crisp and refreshing mix of lemon, lime, grapefruit and white nectarine flavours leading into a soft and fleshy mid palate of honeydew, green apple and lemon sorbet. The focused acidity combined with the voluminous mouth-feel finish the wine with crispness, persistence and length.
Suitable for vegans!
Snapper Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2020£10.95
It’s fabulously fruited and intensely aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, feijoa, kaffir lime and floral characters. The palate delivers excellent vibrancy and punchy flavours, well supported by juicy acidity, making it highly enjoyable.
“Fruit was sourced from our newly acquired 8ha block in Marlborough’s
stunning Waihopai Valley – we call it Snapper Rock’s ‘ika vineyard’, ika
meaning ‘fish’ in Māori.
After a challenging start, the 2020 vintage was saved by an amazing
Indian summer with perfect late conditions. A curve ball was thrown at
the 11th hour, with NZ going into Level 4 lockdown just as harvest
began. Resisting the temptation to pick early due to the pressures
lockdown, we held off, allowing the fruit to hang and create the perfect
balance of ripeness and acidity. Harvest started at 3am on the 15th of
April 2020, picking at cool temperatures early in the morning to retain
optimal freshness and acidity in the fruit.
The grapes were then pressed at Spring Creek vintners and fermented
in stainless steel tanks under the watchful eye of Digger Hennessey –
with our winemaker Cory Hall advising remotely from Auckland.”
Ginestet Classique Sauternes (50cl) 2016£14.85
Grapes are sourced from vineyards within the Graves district of Bordeaux. Botrytis (noble rot) is allowed to affect the grapes, concentrating their sweetness and flavour. The grapes are hand-picked late in the vintage and, on average, it takes 3 passes through the vineyard to ensure that the maximum quantity of grapes have been beneficially affected by botrytis. The grapes are treated very carefully during pressing so as not to damage them and to maintain their delicate characteristics.
A classic botrytis nose; rich in honey and sweet floral tones with hints of citrus marmalade. The palate is rich and smooth with similar sweet floral and honeyed apricot flavours but with a faintly citrus note in the finish which makes it very moreish.
The ultimate dessert wine – serve chilled with a host of fruit or cream based desserts. Try also with blue cheeses such as Roquefort or Stilton. Or serve it as the French also do, as an apéritif, or with pâté-based canapes. SO much to choose from!
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K-Naia Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc 2019£10.50
The grapes come from 98 acres of vineyards, the majority of which are 26 years old (and 5 acres of which are ungrafted 90 year old Verdejo vines) all located in La Seca. The grapes are gently pressed and the juice settled for 24 hours. This is then racked to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The wine is aged on fine lees post ferment, for 3 months.
A nose of grapefruit, passion fruit, mandarin oil notes and lightly herbaceous characters. The palate is rich with minerality, racy lime zest acidity and a touch of stone fruit – giving a lovely texture and intensity, and tropical notes on the finish.
Fantastic with oily or grilled fish and seafood.
Hugh Hamilton, The Intruder, Sauvignon Blanc 2019£14.50
McLaren Vale is the source of many fine wines but it isn’t as often
associated with the massively popular Sauvignon Blanc as some
other regions. The truth is this intruder has every bit as much
punch as its better-known neighbours – perhaps even a little
Vintage 2019 started for Hugh Hamilton with a visit to this vineyard. Where they would usually sample and see how the fruit was developing over a
number of weeks, they harvested this one almost immediately after
that first visit, and the timing has proven just right.
Gooseberry, light florals, lemon zest and thyme. The wine wafts
readily from the glass with a subtle tropicality; honeydew,
rockmelon, and passionfruit. A zesty palate of white flowers,
peach blossom, and green apple. Fine textured and lingering.
Ginger and scallion fish dumplings, or ginger, shiitake, and tofu chinese dumplings.
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Revenant Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch 2018£8.95
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are from neighbouring farms on The Schapenberg (the hill on which Waterkloof is located), along with Sauvignon grapes from Waterkloof itself. The Chenin Blanc is mainly from old bush-vines on the South facing slopes of the Helderberg, which is a Westerly extension of The Schapenberg overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Grapes are whole bunch pressed, wild ferment takes place primarily in old barrels and concrete eggs. Aged for 10 months on lees. No additions other than a small amount of sulphur.
This white has an uplifting nose of unwaxed lemons, lime pith and a touch of pink grapefruit. With a bright, essential attack the palate ultimately has a lovely balance of fruit weight and acidity.
A really versatile wine that will go with a variety of dishes. The wine can cut through creamy chicken dishes, belly of pork or fried fish and squid. Equally, one can enjoy it with the clean flavours of ceviche, sashimi or simply grilled sea bass.
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El Ninot de Paper Blanco 2018£7.95
Grapes are sourced from Murviedros’s 300 hectares of vineyard, and a further 1500 that they control in the surrounding area. Produced predominantly from Viura grapes, blended with Sauvignon Blanc. The wine undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel.
Aromas or apple and ripe pear, and lightly floral notes. The palate has peach and citrus fruit, with zesty acidity giving a fresh finish.
Perfect with paella!
Domaine du Pre Semele Sancerre 2018£19.00
Julien and Clément manage 20 hectares of vines across 60 different parcels, three quarters of which are Sauvignon Blanc and one quarter Pinot Noir. Soils are primarily the classic ‘terres blanches’ clay-chalk, a heavier soil which gives the wines a ripe fruit character, and some ‘caillottes’, a form of limestone. A very modern, well-equipped, stainless steel cellar allows them to control the temperature of the wines during fermentation and later storage in tank prior to bottling to retain the freshness of the fruit characters.
A classic Sancerre with ripe gooseberry fruit and zesty acidity. The style is full and round yet fresh and well-balanced.
Claymore, YNWA, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018£12.50
You‘ll Never Walk Alone is perhaps the most famous song in football, and is heard before kick-off at every Liverpool match at Anfield and has been adopted as the Football Club’s anthem.
In 2015, Claymore Wines was appointed the Official Liverpool Football Club Tour 2015 Match Sponsor for Adelaide. Later that year Claymore signed a three-season deal to be the ‘Official Wine Partner of Liverpool FC in Australia’. While this partnership is no longer current but Claymore Wines passion for the club still runs strong. (Claymore owner Anura Nitchingham is a passionate Liverpool football supporter after he studied medicine in Liverpool in his student days).
A deliciously crisp, dry wine made from pristine fruit grown in the cooler Adelaide Hills wine region. A sauvignon blanc full of kiwi fruit, guava and light herbaceous aromas and flavors.
Claymore ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ Wine Mixed Case£43.22
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 was appointed the Official Liverpool Football Club Tour 2015 Match Sponsor for Adelaide. Later that year Claymore signed a three-season deal to be the ‘Official Wine Partner of Liverpool FC in Australia’. While this partnership is no longer current but Claymore Wines passion for the club still runs strong.
Whether it is football or wine, passion is the key that unites the two brands.
The case price of £43.22 includes a 5% discount. The selection is as follows:
x 1 YNWA “The Boot Room” Shiraz, 2017 RRP £18.95*OUT OF STOCK, NEW STOCK ARRIVING JANUARY*
Hugh Hamilton ‘Stunt Double’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc 2017£17.95
Elusive and fiercely independent Black Sheep wines from Hugh Hamilton will not be pinned down. The Dark Arts is a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together, but work! They refuse to be part of the status quo; they are wine as art. Made off the grid in an unconventional style that is all about varietals in quirky combos.
There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing the unexpected triumph over the norm – no less spectacular than watching a man in a jumpsuit leap 19 cars on a Harley and stick the landing. What could easily be seen as no more than a publicity stunt is actually a true and death-defying leap into the unknown. It’s not as crazy as you may think, or maybe it is. Either way, it works.
“We took a great Cabernet and started to blend in increasing percentages of a very special Sauvignon Blanc and stopped when we liked it best. This is as basic as blending gets. All it required was a willingness to challenge expectations. Highly perfumed Cabernet from the Black Sheep Vineyard has been back blended with textured, wild, barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc to the benefit of both.”
BOUQUET AND PALATE
A heady mix of blackcurrant and Brut 33. Massively perfumed with woodsy spice and forest floor, there is also an exotic sweaty floral lift that lends a compelling depth and complexity. A textural conundrum – firm without overt grip – assertive yet soft.
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Hugh Hamilton, ‘Agent Provocateur’ Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier 2017£19.50
Hugh Hamilton is the 5th generation of a large wine dynasty and is regarded as the black sheep of the family.
His daughter and 6th generation of the family, Mary, continues the legacy making Hugh Hamilton Australia’s oldest wine family.
Hugh is the master of a most reprobate flock and his Agent Provocateur is a member of his Dark Arts range – a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together but work!
Agent Provocateur is an established style of wine which was first produced in 2014. It looks scary on paper but Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier work together; truly every component in this blend performs a specific task.
Clear, red violet
Cola and Turkish Delight jockey with star anise, raspberry and rose oil in a bouquet that leaps from the glass provided by the Grenache and Gewurztraminer.
The Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier complete a textural profile that lends weight without sweetness. The supple texture of the white varieties form a perfect counterpoint to the grippier tannins of the reds.
This wine can even be chilled a little. We like it best with Peking Duck and pancakes or some pulled pork burgers.