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Fox Creek, ‘Arctic Fox’ NV£16.95
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!
Vegan Friendly Mixed Case£50.70
The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. These are all natural, and in no way harmful. Most wines, if left long enough, will self-stabilize and self-fine. However, traditionally producers have used a variety of aids called ‘fining agents’ to help the process along. Fining agents help precipitate out these haze-inducing molecules. Essentially, the fining agent acts like a magnet – attracting the molecules around it. Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). These fining agents are known as processing aids. They are not additives to the wine, as they are precipitated out along with the haze molecules.
The case price of £50.7 includes a 10% discount off the RRP case price of £56.35. The selection is as follows:
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.
Bouchon Granito Semillon 2019£35.99
It is hand harvested in the middle of March.
Grapes are pressed in a vertical press, followed by barrel
fermentation and then the wine is aged for 12 months in
French oak barrels.
Bright yellow colour with golden highlights. An
arresting and complex nose of ripe lemon and pear fruit
flavours with well-integrated subtle oak notes, leads to an
extremely well-structured palate, revealing layer upon layer
of complex fruit and mineral notes, finishing long.
Enjoy with sushi, white meats and antipasti.
Bouchon Granito Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2015£35.99
Granito is a micro-terroir in a granitic soil which
is more than 120 million years old. They are old vines with
deep roots. It is minerality expressed in the bottle. This blend
is from Mingre estate, Maule’s Dry coastal area, 45Km from
the Pacific Ocean and 193 meters above sea level.
Rich purple colour, dark berry fruit with
liquorice and warm spice, fresh and youthful in style but very
approachable; multi-layered and complex on the finish.
Perfect with roast turkey, lamb, pork, grilled mushrooms,
Poppy the Frenchie Grenache Rose 2019£14.50
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.
The wines are all handpicked, with the vines also being hand pruned. Each barrel for the Grenache is chosen carefully with thought and consideration to taste. While with the Rosé, Paggy stood watching the grapes during skin contact, for the perfect blush colouring she desired. The Poppy the Frenchie Wines are also 100% vegan!
It was Paggy’s first time making a Rosé in 2017 and the wine made the Hot 100 Wines of SA!
Paggy is the winemaker of these small batch wines and also the daughter of the vineyard owner, Julie. Paggy and Julie love dry style French Rosé, so much so that Paggy requested to use the Grenache grapes on the vineyard to make a Rosé. Julie said she could however, their beloved Poppy had to be on the label, and so begun Poppy the Frenchie wines.
Hugh Hamilton, ‘The Ratbag’ Merlot, 2018£17.95
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 winery Australia’s oldest wine family.
McLaren Vale is red wine heaven, with an ideal climate for bigger-bodied reds, but, with careful site selection, the region can grow pretty much anything. Merlot can be more difficult than some, with erratic yield and ripening habits; its unpredictability is sufficient reason for calling it ‘The Ratbag’. It certainly has a
character all its own.
The Ratbag is always a reminder to Hugh that Merlot is so much more than just a soft red wine. Each year the fruit that grows in their Church Vineyard tenaciously produces the most varietal Merlot I have ever tasted – not only soft, but full of character and class.
Suitable for vegans!
Old Git Gin NV£24.95
The Old Git returns! And this time he claims to know a thing or two about gin. Yes, he’ll drone on about how the nation’s favourite spirit ‘isn’t made like it used to be’, in fact for this Old Git nothing ever is… Well, this time he’s wrong, because here’s a gin that actually is! Old Git Gin is a gin made just as it should be. Traditionally double distilled in two-hundred litre copper alembic stills, with a handful of heady botanicals, for a racy gin packed with charm, that will delight even the stiffest of gin bores.
No corners were cut when it comes to the gin inside the bottle. Distilled by one of the the UK’s finest Master Distillers, using only the highest quality ingredients and diligent distillation methods. A small batch gin, made from scratch using English sugarbeet. Double distilled with its botanicals in 200l copper alembics for extra flavour and a exceptionally smooth finish.
Juniper led and refreshingly dry. Full of citrus notes, and summer berry richness, with a smooth cardamom finish.
Best served over ice as one part Old Git Gin to three parts good tonic. Garnish with a wedge of fresh orange or pink grapefruit.
Henners Brut 2014£28.50
Henners Brut is produced solely from grapes grown on Henners outstanding estate, in Herstmonceux East Sussex. They found the unique combination of warm well drained soils, southerly aspect slope coupled with low altitude. The result is perhaps the finest vineyard microclimate in the country. Henners take a non-interventionist approach in the winery, made possible by the quality of the fruit. Vine clones and varieties are fermented separately to allow a broad palette of wines for final blending. Approximately 85% of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation. A proportion (10%) is fermented in aged oak barrels to add subtle character and layers to the wine.
Sourdough aromas combine with crunchy green apple fruit to provide a wonderfully welcoming nose. The palate is fine with a lively and persistent mousse. Green apple and pear fruit characters mix with a toasted brioche leesy flavour helping to provide a complex and moreish palate. Balanced acidity and a long finish make this a very classy sparkling wine.
Perfect aperitif or celebration wine.
Montresor Rosé Royal Pinot Noir Spumante NV£12.95
Harvest takes place early September from vineyards in the Veneto. Initial soft pressing, is followed by fermentation with selected yeasts. The wine undergoes secondary fermentaion in small closed tanks (Charmat method) and is kept on the lees for 4 months.
A delicate pale pink colour. Subtle and persitent bubbles. Rich toasty aromas of bread, mingle with flower blossom, ripe apples and cherries. Elegant and balanced palate, finishes with good length.
Excellent aperitif. Also enjoy with appetizers, and light chicken and fish dishes.
Los Haroldos Hermandad Blend 2016£20.95
A new range of high quality wines from the new generation at ‘Familia Falasco’’, owners of ‘Bodega Los Haroldos’’.
“These wines have been crafted by the 4th generation, we’ve created wines that prioritise elegance, fruit and the expression of different terroir.”
The first ‘Familia Falasco Premium Wines’ under the ‘Hermandad’’ (Brotherhood) label reflect the individual natures of each of the new generation and, just like a family, the blends are stronger when they are brought together.
” – do we need to revise as we are doing single varietals, not just blends?”
Franco, Florencia, Fausto & Francesco Falasco
Tasting Note: Complex, ripe black fruits, sweet spices, tobacco and mocha, intermarry with fresh oral notes on the nose; the full, ripe palate leads with notes of blackberries, moving to defned cassis and plums with a sweet yet firm tannic finish.
Food Match: Roast beef, veal, venison, great with game birds like duck, partridge and pheasant, cheeses like Lincolnshire Poacher, red Leicester and Cheshire.
*This wine comes gift wrapped*
Rimauresq ‘R’ Cru Classé Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2019£22.95
Nine noble grape varieties are found at Rimauresq: Syrah, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan for the reds, Rolle (Vermentino) and Ugni Blanc for the whites and Cinsault, Mourvedre and Tibouren for the rosés. Only the best fruit from the vineyards is kept to craft the wines and selected old vine fruit is used for the “R” rosé. This dedicated approach, combined with a modern gravity fed winery, allows Pierre Duffort and his team to focus on producing the very best Provence has to offer. In addition to Grenache Noir, Cinsault and Mourvedre, Rolle (4%) and Ugni Blanc (2%) provide perfumed complexity to the blend. The wine is stored in its lees with regular batonnage over the winter after the harvest. The result is a gorgeously aromatic and light wine with good acidity that can be cellared for up to three years.
Delicate coral pink in colour yet with real concentration and weight due to the 70 year old vines used to produce the 'R' wines. This is one of the best and most classic of Provence rosés, vinous and weighty yet still very fine with opulent Grenache fruit and a touch of spice.
Very much a food rosé, serve with Lobster and other seafood, garlicky Provençale inspired dishes, grilled salmon, linguine primavera.
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.
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.
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.
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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.