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El Infiernillo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018£10.95
Loosely translated to ‘little hell’, Infiernillo gets its name from the Descabazado volcano which sits in the mountain range above the Andes. Grapes are sourced from cool climate vineyard in Casablanca which borders the Layda appellation.
Coming from a single block of fruit in the Casablanca Valley, the Pinot Noir grapes benefit from alluvial soils, a long ripening season and optimum diurnal temperature variatio. Due to its proximity to the cooling influences of the Pacific Ocean it is ideal for the production of exquisite Pinot Noir. Fermention takes place in stainless steel tanks at a low fermentation temperatures is used to avoid hard extraction. There grapes are fragile so there is lots of gentle pumping over help to avoid bad tannis. The wine is aged for 3 months in french oak.
Smokey raspberry and red cherry fruit lifts effortlessly out of the glass. The palate is rich yet delicate with plenty of crunchy red berry fruits and a supple finish. This is a wine which has plenty of hand crafted charm.
Goose and duck immediately spring to mind… but also great with mushroom based dishes, BBQ meats and foie gras.
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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.
Smalltown Vineyards The Next Big Thing Chardonnay, Barossa Valley 2018£12.50
Grapes are hand harvested from an old block on the Binder family Barossa vineyards. Small batches of Chardonnay are picked and pressed through a tank press with some skin contact. 25% is fermented in French puncheons and American hogsheads for 6 months, aged on lees then blended with the 75% unoaked juice, settled and bottled. Into the main Barossa blend a small component of Eden Valley Chardonnay is blended and the whole sees a tiny bit of secondary use oak for some fine structure.
With the faintest whiff of biscuity oak this bright, tangy Barossa Chardonnay is an absolute delight. It has that classical Barossa charm, elegance, poise, tang and naggingly more-ish elusive something-or-other which makes one wonder why there isn’t more Australian Chardonnay.
Anything with chicken, pork, prawns, seafood… Brilliant as a quaffer or perfect with a lovingly cooked meal.
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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.
Rude Mechanicals Vineyard Gin NV£32.00
If Rude Mechanicals was going to bother making a gin, they knew they were going to have do it properly – from scratch and using wine from their vineyards. It’s that combination of their wine and Dr John Walters’ original scratch spirit that forms the unique base for the Rude Mechanicals gin. The intensity of the flavours and aromas in Vineyard Gin come from the second distillation, where the hand-selected botanicals are distilled into the gin rather than using more conventional compounding methods. Only the hearts of both distillations are used in order to achieve Vineyard Gin’s ludicrously smooth finish.
A botanical compôte of juniper, mandarin flesh, cardamom, peel of clementine, lemon zest & wine. This is a gin that tastes like a gin… just a really good one.
Sipped from a heavy tumbler with a single cube of ice. Alternatively, enjoy a generous measure with your favourite tonic. Serve over plenty of ice with a clutch of gently squeezed black grapes and a fresh basil leaf.
Strange Bru Ruby Cabernet, Swartland 2018£8.50
Ruby Cab is the child of industry, a blue-collar cultivar crossing from Carignan and Cab Sauv at California’s UC Davis to give a drought-resistant variety of colour for the dry Central Valleys. An immediate ping on South Africa’s co-operative radar, therefore, where for 30 years or more it has been farmed somewhat obsessively, if anonymously, for colour and structure. Well sometimes even the village idiot makes it to University and in 2018 this long-established block shone above all others and we chose to bottle a small volume on its own. Unoaked, untrammelled and unedited this is the backing singer of many a blend, but solo.
Ruby Cab’s parentage comes through in its leafy Cab Sauv nose, but the palate is driven by an earthier relative – Carignan. This is a mouthful of crushed rubies, at once dark and glittering with cassis and minerals. The finish is powerful, savoury and darkly rich.
Drink with beef carpaccio, sticky Chinese pork ribs, sweet pink lamb, chicken-heart hotpot and venison.
Smalltown Vineyards The Good Luck Club Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley 2017£15.95
The latest lovechild of renowned Barossa winemaker, Rolf Binder, and UK-based wine merchant, Noel Young. Magpie Estate purchased the Smalltown block in 2016, 40 hectares of 28 year old Shiraz and Cabernet in the premium Ebenezer District of the Barossa Valley. This wine was aged in new and tertiary French oak for 24 months. The oak lends a subtle texture and structure to the fruit leaving the palate fresh so this is a bright, varietal Cab that wears its oak lightly as a structural veil rather than anything more monstrous.
Notes of shoe-leather on the nose with a palate driven by fresh cassis, vanilla, a dollop of cream and the texture of a lolly-stick sucked clean. It’s an absolute bloody marvel.
It’s lovely with steak tartare, seared tuna, roast Mediterranean veg and some crunchy, matured hard cheese.
The Listening Station Malbec, Victoria 2018£8.95
All the Malbec fruit comes from an estate in the Swan Hill region where there are 5 hectares of Malbec (approximately 12.5 acres which produces 90 tonnes of fruit per vintage). The Malbec are on their own roots and were planted in 2000. With the age of the vines and the harsh growing conditions, the Malbec vines are less vigorous which leads to a more intense colour and flavour. The vines are trained on a two wire vertical trellis, drip irrigation and minimum fertilisation. All the vines are machine harvested at night between mid to late March and grown on red sandy loam soil with limestone clay base. Climate is Mediterranean with summer temperatures between 30 and 40°C. Total vineyard area is 1250 acres. Once the grapes have been crushed pressed and sent to the fermenter, the winery then pumps over 4 times a day. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks at 25°C for three weeks. Malolactic fermentation takes place over 4 weeks. 50% of the blend is aged in French and American oak barriques for 3 months.
Once again inspired by the Australian night, this is darkly appealing, chocolatey Malbec with an abundance of crisp, minerally fruit.
Great with rich and hearty food. Try me with a rich casserole or roasted Mediterranean vegetables.
Strange Bru Fernao Pires, Western Cape 2018£8.50
Of the last blocks of Fernao left in the Cape this is the oldest at 30-something years old. Originally grown for yield and brandy this Portuguese immigrant certainly found its feet but fell out of favour. Which is where we all come in.. Before we lose ‘em let’s use ‘em. Naturally abundant in gently aromatic, fleshy fruit 2018 in particular focussed the fruit in this Breede River Valley vineyard. All the rock-stars are sniffing around this block now which is good for its future but here is an accessibly-priced expression of the loveliness of the Found before it gets Lost. In Portugal the variety is also known as Maria Gomes, which is strangely sexy in itself. Best drunk in its youth this wine is not for later, it’s definitely Fernao.
A mineral nose of crushed granite, peach kernel and petrichor. On the palate the sandy seam underpins stonefruit skins. The wine finishes tight and bright.
Drink with coconut infused curry, fish with a mango salad, pan roasted chicken,
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The Long Little Dog Rosé Vin de France 2018£8.99
Vines flourish in the Languedoc, a region where grapes delightfully ripen during the long sunny days. The result is fruity grapes of exceptional quality that our winemakers carefully select to produce the Little Long Dog wines, something we are proud to bark about! For this rosé, the gentle pressing of the grapes is done over a two hour period, resulting in a pale pink juice which doesn’t need further maceration for colour.
Pale pink with scents of fresh strawberries, raspberries and cream, the soft round palate fills out with a surprising weight and persistence as the flavours linger on the tongue. This is an easy-drinking wine with a slightly dry, tangy finish.
Take it easy, relax and enjoy a glass chilled with some shellfish and pretend you’re in the delightful vineyards of southern France. Maybe a dog’s life isn’t so bad after all.
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The Long Little Dog Rouge Vin de France 2018£8.95
Made from specially selected grapes harvested in the Languedoc region of Southern France.
Brimming with berry fruit flavours and a hint of spice.
Try it with a hearty meat dish, cheeses or simply lap it up all on its lonesome!
El Ninot de Paper Tinto (Garnacha, Shiraz, Monastrell), Valencia 2018£8.25
Grapes are sourced from Murviedros’s 300 hectares of vineyard, and a further 1500 that they control in the surrounding area. The blend is an equal split of all 3 grape varieties, with the Monastrell component aged for 4 months in oak.
Aromas of of ripe black fruits with a hint of spice. The palate is bright and juicy – blackberries and plums are balanced by soft tannins, juicy acidity, and a touch of pepper.
Great with all manner of grilled meats and pasta dishes.
Alpha Box & Dice ‘Icona’ Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale 2015£24.95
The grapes are we destemmed, crushed and left for two weeks on skin, before letting the juice sit back and enjoy 24 months in barriques – one third new oak and the rest seasoned. The result is classic, approachable and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Just like the icons that came before it.
Big, bold, juicy with cassis and blueberries on the nose and molasses, chocolate and cherries on the tongue. Beyond all of that, ultimately it’s like being embraced by an enormous purple clam with blueberry chops and wobbly rubber Fgrape flavoured hands just before they throw you into a vat of fermenting blueberry pie. Willie Wonka’s Veruca Salt – eat your heart out!
Thick juicy steak or the perfect accompaniment for after dinner nostalgic narratives.
Beatnik White Zinfandel Rosé 2018£7.50
Californian blush, perfect for those zoom parties. Original sketch inspired by the beatnik movement, founded in 50s California, where else?
Beatniks were free-spirited, bohemian, individualistic.
Drink this Californian rosé and taste the light and lush strawberry flavours that finish with a ripe medium finish.
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The Long Little Dog Blanc 2018£8.95
Ripe apple nose streaked with fresh, zingy citrus characters. Pleasing fullness and weight on the palate, rounded off with a zesty note in the finish.
Try with a bowl of shellfish, and pretend you’re sitting by the sea in the South of France – unless you actually are by the sea in the South of France – in which case, enjoy you lucky thing!
La Ruchette Dorée, Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2018£10.95
Grapes are sourced from pebbly vineyards dedicated to rosé production, where wild lavender, rosemary and olives, the typical garrigue plants of the southern Rhône, are abundant. Specific plots are selected to deliver the right balance and flavour profile. Made using traditional methods, including gentle pressing and a short period of maceration in tank to extract juice and colour. This wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and is bottled under screwcap to maintain the fresh flavours and aromas.
A vibrant, luscious, fruity and full flavoured rosé with redcurrant and wildflower and strawberry fruit characters.
The perfect accompaniment to light lunches, grilled fish, vegetable antipasti or as a delicious summer apéritif in the garden.
Rostro Sonrosado Organic Tempranillo Rosé 2018£5.95
Tempranillo grapes are kept on the skins for 8 hours in order to achieve a delicate ‘rosy’ colour; cold fermentation temperatures ensure that the vibrant berry characters and fresh acidity are preserved.
Vibrant berry fruit on the nose, with abundant redcurrant and raspberry characters, and a bright twist of rhubarb acidity. Deliciously approachable and gently textured.
Best served with paella, tortilla, jamon, padron peppers and all things tapas.
Alpha Box & Dice ‘Tarot’ Grenache, Mclaren Vale 2017£10.75
Grapes are picked from the Reedy Creek Vineyard in Whites Valley, a 100% McLaren Vale region with red clay soil that gives the wine a pretty perfume and delicate tannins. Through 10% whole bunch fermentation and two weeks on skins, with six months maturation in 100% stainless steel with weekly lees stirring, the energy and nerve of the wine is retained and a sense of varietal chiaroscuro is apparent. The contrast between light and dark, detailed and enchanting.
Very pure, bright and primary Grenache in an oh so contemporary Australian way. This also shares deep milk chocolate and raspberry fruit but remains imminently smashable in spite of its ABV. Chill slightly, seek out the largest glass in the house and quaff indefinitely.