Dog Lovers Wine Mixed Case£42.20
Wine is our passion so we feel pretty lucky to call it work, too. So it really does make us happy when we combine our passion for pooches and premium wine with our Dog Lovers Wine Mixed Case.
We haven’t gone totally barking mad. The wines may have cute labels but in the bottles also lives seriously good wine crafted by talented family-run and owned winemakers, who also share affection for animals.
We also thought how we could support a good cause at the same time as sharing our love of dogs and wine so we will donate 10% of each sale of the Dog Lovers Mixed Case to our local dog re-homing shelter, Wellidog which relies solely on the generosity of donations.
The 3-bottle case price of £42.20 with 10% of each sale going to local dog rehoming charity Wellidog.
In the Dog Lovers Mixed Case:
Poppy the Frenchie wines are named after the family dog, Poppy. She is a beloved French Bulldog, who is bubbly, full of energy and as all dogs, loves a good pat!
Poppy grew up on the boutique family vineyard, visiting with Paggy and her Mum. She loves to seek shade in the vines, chase birds and during vintage receive many pats from the hand pickers, while she supervises the picking of the grapes.
Winemaking is (and should be) a very personal process. The choices in style and direction during the process are almost limitless, so personality plays an enormous role in the way the finished wine looks in the bottle. Winemaker Scott Heidrich was born in the year of the ‘Metal Dog’ according to Chinese astrology. The Metal Dog quickly became Rusty Mutt and the unique personality traits of Winemaker Scott Heidrich describe the wines we make.
Jim Jim was Hugh’s faithful Labrador/Kelpie, a highly intelligent sheepdog that had some of the native wild dog, the dingo in its genes. Every vintage Jim Jim would eat Shiraz grapes only when they were ripe for the picking, so with viticultural skills like that Hugh decided he should get his own brand. Jim Jim went to the big kennel in the sky in November 2010 but his talent is remembered in his wines.
Hugh Hamilton, ‘Black Ops’, Shiraz Saperavi, 2018£18.95
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.
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Cherry wood and forest floor waft out of the glass, then give way
to cherry fruit and woody spice.
The palate has the pleasing tartness of a morello cherry, and the pure allure of a fresh baked cherry pie. The richness of the palate gives a luxurious depth and
a finish that lasts long after you have emptied the glass.
Maxwell ‘Minotaur’ Reserve Shiraz 2016£53.95
A feature of the Maxwell estate is the conifer maze adjacent to the old Ellen Street in front of the Winery. Many visitors to the estate take time to stroll down its paths. A labyrinth is a special circular maze that in ancient Greek mythology secured the fearsome might of the half man / half bull Minotaur for King Minos of Crete. We have created the Minotaur label to convey the power and intensity contained within this, our Reserve Shiraz.
COLOUR AND AROMA
Deep purple / red in colour. Aromas of aniseed, blood plum and vanilla bean, dried herbs and cherries.
Classic Shiraz flavours of cherry, liquorice and plum fill a generous palate with more subtle notes of cinnamon, vanilla and raspberry make a complex yet elegant wine with a soft velvety tannin structure to provide a long finish.
Though the balance and integration of flavours upon its release are excellent, the Minotaur Reserve Shiraz is made for medium to long term cellaring. Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 12 to 15 years of age, and beyond.
Maxwell Wines Little Demon GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre) 2018£13.95
The grape quality for the 2018 harvest was formed by having a good wet season in 2017, but a dry season ensuing, which prevents excessive vigour or disease problems. Summer was unusually dry, there was as little as 10mm of rain from 1st of January to mid-April. Favourable summer ripening weather with daytime temperatures in the high twenties, with cool nights, led to fruit in great condition at picking. The good condition of fruit going into the winery allowed winemakers the freedom to give unrushed care for the fermentation period. Crop yields were 15-20% down on Vintage 2017 compared to average.
Colour & Aroma
The colour is deep red with bright crimson hues. Deep red berry aromas with stewed plum and herbal notes.
Abundant with rich plum, gamey tone and white pepper spice, supported by soft tannin and lively acidity.
Confit duck leg with pickled baby beetroot
This wine is made to enjoy upon release, however it is expected that it will continue to mature to 5 years of age.
Maxwell Wines Silver Hammer Shiraz 2018£14.75
The grape quality for the 2018 harvest was formed by having a good wet season in 2017, but a dry season ensuing, which prevents excessive vigour or disease problems. Summer was unusually dry, there was as little as 10mm of rain from 1st of January to mid-April. Favourable summer ripening weather with daytime temperatures in the high twenties, with cool nights, led to fruit in great condition at picking. The good condition of fruit going into the winery allowed winemakers the freedom to give unrushed care for the fermentation period.
Colour & Aroma
Rich purple and red in colour. The bouquet is abundant with plum, blackberry and red cherries, coupled with hints of mocha and vanilla.
The Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz delivers all the hallmarks that make the combination of this variety and the McLaren Vale region so famous. The palate has an abundance of generous flavours, a rich mouthful with plum, vanilla and complex savoury spices. The mouth filling flavours are well balanced, full bodied with a soft finish.
Beef short rib.
This wine is made to enjoy upon release, however it is expected that it will continue to mature to 5-7 years
Maxwell Wines Ellen Street Shiraz 2018£25.50
What was originally known for over 100 years as Ellen Street runs along the
southern boundary of the Maxwell vineyards. Situated between this road and
the winery is a small vineyard of craggy, gnarled Shiraz vines planted in 1953.
Every year these vines bear some of the most concentrated fruit on the estate.
The grape quality for the 2018 harvest was formed by having a good wet season
in 2017, but a dry season ensuing, which prevents excessive vigour or disease
problems. Summer was unusually dry, there was as little as 10mm of rain
from 1st of January to mid-April. Favourable summer ripening weather with daytime temperatures in the high twenties, with cool nights, led to fruit in great condition at picking. The good condition of fruit going into the winery allowed winemakers the freedom to give unrushed care for the fermentation period.
Classic Shiraz flavours of cherry, liquorice and red plum fill a generous body with more subtle notes of cinnamon, vanilla and raspberry. These come together to form a complex core with an elegant, soft & velvety tannin structure completed by a deliciously lengthy finish.
Colour & Aroma
Deep purple / red in colour. Aromas of aniseed, blood plum and vanilla bean, dried herbs and cherries.
Duck, carrot, vanilla.
This wine is made to enjoy upon release, having already been aged for a couple of years but will reliably cellar for 10+ years.
Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz 2015£43.95
Intense, deep garnet
Red cherry, raspberry and blood plum fruit aromas layered with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, fennel seed with hints of cedar and smoky toast
The full flavoured palate with plum, cherries, mulberry and raspberries, also has black cherries and dark chocolate filling out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and elegance, characterised by rich dark tannins framing the back of the palate and ending with firm, textural tannins. These tannins give the wine excellent structure and length, and will become richer and softer as the wine ages rewarding those who can cellar this release.
Drinking best at least up to 2032 and possibly a lot longer. This wine opens up and expresses the rich aromas and flavours if decanted for up to 2 hours prior to consumption. Our Shiraz is an exquisite accompaniment for full flavoured food but is sufficiently complex and satisfying to be savoured on its own.
Fox Creek Short Row Shiraz 2017£20.00
Fresh aromas of plums, black cherry, spit-roasted meats, supported by
clove and dark chocolate intertwined with cinnamon, nutmeg and roasted chestnut.
Rich and vibrant fruit driven front palate are jam-packed with plums, mulberries and black cherries. The mid palate is full of strawberries and cream with hints of dark chocolate. Fruit richness and luscious midpalate is the hallmark of this wine style, with sympathetic and balanced oak completing the traditional Shiraz flavour and structural profile. The youthful grape tannins provide a firm tannin texture and length that will soften and integrate with age.
Looking for an older vintage? Try the 2016 here.
FOX CREEK, ‘POSTMASTER’, GRENACHE, SHIRAZ, MOURVEDRE 2017£18.50
Bright cherry red
A lifted nose dominated by red cherries, raspberry, and strawberry with hints of dried flowers, cinnamon and clove.
A balanced, smooth palate bursting with bright fruits such as red cherry, raspberry, and strawberry combine with plum, cassis all supported by elegant silky tannins that lead to a long, persistent, and focussed finish. The Old Vine Grenache parcel delivers perfumed lift and juicy red berry fruits, with the Old Vine Shiraz parcel adding blackcurrant and strawberries on the mid palate. The old vine tannins provide the wine elegance and structure with the Mourvèdre tying the palate together with tannin volume and earthy texture. This is a classic McLaren Vale blend that shows off the varieties that do well. Fantastic with an array of foods.
While crafted for immediate appeal, this wine will mature well with at least 5-10 years cellaring in controlled conditions.
Looking for an older vintage? Try the 2015 here.
Hugh Hamilton Black Blood I Cellar Vineyard Shiraz 2018£33.95
Cellar Block – the home of the Black Sheep. We watch the change in seasons play out across it from our Cellar Door; summer heat through to winter squalls. But, below the ground, the black, cracking clay remains the same; steadily producing intense, structure driven, textural wines year in year out. Cellar Block is often the slowest to shine; the secrets of the black clay only told in time. The trade for this longevity in bottle is a more defined texture in its youth that needs age to become supple.
BOUQUET AND PALATE
Rhubarb, leather and cranberry. Violets, blackstrap liquorice, blood and iodine. Lighter notes of broth and golden syrup. Dense and textural, with spectacular tenacity. Taut and fine. The assertive grip creating a wine that is big but not course.
The hint is in the name – Cellar – this wine will reward the time. Think 6-10 years.
A choice cut of aged beef, cooked simply, but well – charred to taste
JAMES HALLIDAY TASTING NOTE
“From the Cellar Vineyard in McMurtrie Road and is the richest, desest of the three Black Blood wines, yet it doesn’t get bogged down in winemaking artefact. Layers of black cherries, plums and licorice infused with iodine and nori. Hull-bodied for sure, but the palate is bright and juicy with gently grip to the tannins. Neatly played.” – Jane Faulkner
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Hugh Hamilton ‘Hugh’s Mixed Up’ Shiraz Cordial 0%£10.50
Made from grapes, looks like wine, bottled like wine, but it’s not wine. Did Hugh get mixed up?! It’s not fermented so has zero alcohol but has all the health-giving benefits of wine.
Notes from the Winery: 'Hugh's Mixed Up' is our non-alcoholic Shiraz Cordial – perfect with soda water, an orange slice and a little sprig of rosemary for a weekend mocktail!
Hugh Hamilton, Jim Jim Shiraz, 2018£12.95
Jim Jim [The Down-Underdog]
What's on the label:
“Jim Jim was Hugh's faithful Labrador/Kelpie, a highly intelligent sheepdog that had some of the native wild dog, the dingo in its genes.
Every vintage Jim Jim would eat Shiraz grapes only when they were ripe for the picking, so with viticultural skills like that Hugh decided he should get his own brand. Jim Jim went to the big kennel in the sky in November 2010 but his talent is remembered in his wines.
Now a little about the wine:
Plummy, vibrant, red
Bouquet and Palate
As loaded with character as Jim-Jim himself and just as eager to please. Toasty red-fruit lift. Plums, strawberry shortcake, violets, and light baked spices. A soft and rich palate. Bright with crunchy fruit and lip smacking blue fruited vibrancy
Cellar or Drink?
This wine will reward with ageing up to 2022 but if you want to experience the spirit of Australia in a bottle, take Jim Jim home today. Arf Arf!
2018 Vintage was just about perfect – great weather from start to
finish, no rush to pick and therefore plenty of time to get it right;
personally I think we did.
Jim-Jim certainly wouldn’t turn his nose up at a steak or a gourmet pizza and neither should you.
Hugh Hamilton ‘The Rascal’ Shiraz 2017£19.95
“Shiraz and McLaren Vale”. A famous pairing. Are there others? The Royal Family and Corgis? Gin and Tonic? Bogart and Bacall? But why the connection? Pedigree and history: the variety has shown its suitability for so long to the region’s maritime but warm climate, and old yet well-preserved soils, that it’s hard to imagine one without the other. Shiraz in McLaren Vale grows well, always ripens, and with correct vineyard management, produces wines of great depth, flavour and structure.
Hugh secured three of the very best vineyards in the Vale and dedicated himself, and those he trusted, to develop and work with these very particular parcels of land. The Rascal is a celebration of the three distinct styles that are achieved on these sites when the vines are tended carefully and the wine made with absolute respect for time and place.
BOUQUET AND PALATE
Red fruits and black rise from the bowl of the glass, violets and vanilla too. Elements from each estate vineyard are clear; Cellar structure, Church generosity, and the elegant perfume of the Black Sheep Block. The interplay produced is focused, balanced, and intense. The wine undulating with tar, blackberry, rose, and dark chocolate. Underneath lies low notes of marzipan and cinnamon. Full bodied and moderately textured; all violets, velvet and leather.
You’ll need your barbecue nice and hot. Char Siu BBQ Pork, Balsamic-Soy Mushrooms.
Still fresh, the best is yet to flesh out, 3-10 years.
A solid block of black and purple
Suitable for vegans!
Claymore, YNWA “The Boot Room” Shiraz, 2017£18.95
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.
“The Boot Room” Shiraz is made with selected parcels of estate grown fruit from Claymore’s Watervale and Penwortham vineyards. The 2015 demonstrates the exceptional quality of Claymore’s low yielding, non-irrigated vines (irrigated vines tend to create dilute flavours).
18 month maturation in oak barrels complements juicy dark berry fruit in this full flavoured wine – rich and generous with soft, lingering finish.
Hugh Hamilton, The Bloodline Set£175.00
Hugh and Mary bring you their own unique trio of wines, a Grenache, a Shiraz and a Pedro Ximenez in honour of their forebear, Richard Hamilton.
Richard, a respectable tailor living on the high streets of Dover with his wife and 8 children, engaged in a second business under the cover of darkness – smuggling casks of Bordeaux wine across the English Channel. When Richard decided a change of scenery was needed he packed up his family and headed for the newly colonised South Australia. It was here that he started growing Grenache, Shiraz and Pedro Ximenez grapes for ‘the health of the family’. So started South Australia’s first wine dynasty that continues to this day.
Now, 180 years on, Richard’s legacy and secret are materialised in this beautifully crafted tailor’s crate – a trio of noteworthy wines smuggled beneath a limited edition cashmere throw both included in the order. Be one of the first to own a piece of genuine Australian Wine History.
HAMILTON 1837 GRENACHE 2016
There is an amazing duality that is fresh, perfumed and alive but there is also such amazing depth and length to the palate.
In part, the perfume is the result of the 30% whole bunch fruit included in the ferment but there is a very defined varietal lift that insists the whole bunch character is far from the whole story. The tremendous fruit character is carefully held in check by the assertive palate structure.
HAMILTON 1837 SHIRAZ 2016
A necessary component was to add depth to the palate and to complement the high tone aromatics. The answer lay in the middle of the Church Block in the 21 rows of Shiraz that usually make Black Blood II. The generosity of the palate grounded the flightiness of the other two Shiraz, easing them into a satisfying whole.
HAMILTON 1837 PEDRO XIMENEZ NV
Voluptuous, intense and sustained, the Pedro is a masterpiece made possible only by time and patience; so long in fact that the wine has long ago outlived the vineyard that made it. If given the chance it will outlive all of us as well.
Over many years the original base has been over-blended multiple times, with lengthy periods of rest between better known as the Solera system, building phenomenal depth of flavour and viscosity. The cumulative effect of many years of slow evaporation has concentrated and enhanced the character. A fitting respect for its rarity is achieved at the end of the bottle as you try to extract every last drop, knowing that there isn’t any more where this came from.
This product includes a crafted tailor’s crate and a limited edition cashmere throw!
Bondar Wines, ‘Violet Hour’ Shiraz, 2015£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.
Suitable for vegans!
Smalltown Vineyards ‘Three Monkeys’ GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mataro), Barossa Valley 2017£12.95
The grapes are grown from various vineyards in the Barossa with an emphasis on the Western Ridge region. Several different parcels are used: bright and juicy wild yeast Grenache (partly whole bunch) along with parts aged in old and new oak. Bottled after 11 months in oak, it’s deliberately made to be enjoyed young; lots of black cherry fruit, spice and crunchy tannins.
A sensuous blend of Barossa classic. Warm plum and raspberry fruit on the nose with hints of rocky earth, spice and violets. Lovely and ripe, medium to full bodied with juicy plum and raspberry on the palate also, with black cherry, spice and a lick of creamy oak. It’s a generous juicy mouthful with bags of fruit and spice, a hint of tea, good acidity too, keeping it vibrant. It’s texture and minerality make it a crunchy accompaniment to the most epicurean barbie.
Great with roast beef or lamb, as well as grilled meats and BBQs.
Hugh Hamilton Wines Mixed Case£93.00
As with all families one is a Black Sheep and Hugh is it. Hugh Hamilton wines are far from ordinary. Hugh has a clear vision about the way he sees wines and he produces accordingly. Hugh’s legacy continues as Mary is now the CEO of the family winery and brings insight, energy and enormous talent to this exciting winery. The black sheep is the master of a most reprobate flock – this is no ordinary line up.
The wines are not ordinary either. There is a fascinating range of very individualistic wines that have great character. They have such character and depth of flavour they can become a topic of dinner party conversation on their own.
The case price of £93 includes a 5% discount from the RRP Case price £97.90. Price includes sale price.
The selection is as follows:
Suitable for vegans!