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 AD Sottovoce Sauvignon Blanc£10.95
Delicate floral Sauvignon nose with gooseberry notes. Fleshy palate with fresh cut white peach, juicy nectarines and a refreshing acidity.
Ardèche par Nature Cuvée Rosé 2017£13.50
The Ardèche Par Nature Cuvée Rosé has a pale peach colour and a nose that is filled with aromas of fresh strawberries and redcurrants. On the palate we found a nice nervousness and the freshness is supported by a nice acidity. With a very refreshing finish! Ideal as an aperitif and will suit perfectly with a Carpaccio of tomatoes or fruit salads.
Ardèche par Nature Cuvée White 2017£13.75
A pale yellow dress. A nose with a beautiful aromatic complexity, notes of citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and exotic fruits (mango, pinapple) and a beautiful freshness. In the mouth the wine is “crunchy” with a lemon-like finish bringing freshness and length. It will be particularly appreciated with a grilled trout with almonds or a lemon chiken
Ardèche Par Nature Réserve Red 2017 Vin Biologique£14.00
A cuvee certified organic by Ecocert, is the most accomplished result of Vignerons Ardéchois code of conduct “Ardeche par nature” aimed at preserving our environment. It is the reflection to their commitment to a grape growing even more protective of human being, nature and the Ardeche terroirs.
A blend of Merlot, Syrah and, Black Grenache, this cuvee offer a nice aromatic expression of red fruits, and light notes of mint and eucalyptus. A wine that displays a balanced body with tannins and acidity. Best served at 16° paired with a vegetable curry.
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.”
Bungee, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018£10.95
Bungee Sauvignon Blanc is born and bred in New Zealand’s famous Marlborough region. It is estate grown and bottled in the Wairau Valley. Back in 1986 when the wine world was just discovering NZ Sauvignon, New Zealand’s wine writer Bob Campbell MW famously described the style as “a bungee jump into a gooseberry bush”. Around the same time, NZ also introduced the world to Bungee. The zippy, pure passion fruit flavours of Bungee slap you in the face and captures the life-affirming experience of this special place.
The Bungee Sauvignon Blanc has a silky rounded palate, with citrus and stone fruit characters complimenting the tropical and floral notes on the nose. The palate is wonderfully expressive, with tropical fruits notes entwined with mouth-watering citrus hints and mineral acidity.
The Estate grown grapes were picked over several perfect cold Marlborough mornings, helping capture and retain the concentrated flavour and aromatics of the grapes. After gentle pressing, the juice was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks using multiple cultured yeasts, prior to blending and bottling.
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, Salice Salentino DOC, Riserva Rosso, 2012£10.95
Appearance – Dark, intense ruby red with garnet nuances.
Nose – an intense pleasant scent, with hints of ripe red fruits, along with spicy, woody notes.
Palate – at first this has plenty of body and is velvety, warm with a round, full finish. An excellent aftertaste combines a pleasant jammy flavour with toasted and spiced nuances.
Perfect to accompany meat-based first course, ideal with roast meat including poultry and worth trying with partridge. Very interesting pairing with medium-mature cheeses.
This wine ages well, beyond 5-6 years.
Castello di Corbara, Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC£10.50
The Orvieto Classico Superior 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£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.
Chapel Down, Classic Non-Vintage Brut£22.00
Chapel Down Brut NV is a classic example of quality English sparkling wine with aromas of red apple, citrus fruits and freshly baked bread together with hints of strawberry and quince on the palate and fine persistent bubbles.
Chapel Down Brut is ideal as an aperitif or a perfect pairing to the British classic – fish and chips.
Drink within 3 years of purchase.
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£42.25
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 £42.25 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, ‘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.
Claymore, ‘God is a DJ’ Riesling 2017£13.75
The great philosopher of our time, Pink, once told the world: “If God is a DJ, life is a dancefloor, love is the rhythm, you are the music.” Sure, Faithless sang it first, but Pink also told us to “get this party started” and this Claymore wine is about to do just that.
This is a single vineyard offering. The 2017 juice is a fragrant, zesty little number. Concentrated with purity and poise, it displays those classic Riesling characteristics of lemon and lime, as well as juicy nectarines, resulting in a delicate white that’ll get any party started.