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!
El Capo Organic Sauvignon Blanc, 2018£9.99
Notes from the Winery – “The landscape generally consists of rolling hills that rise toward the east and the Coastal Mountains. The poor, shallow soils are alluvial in origin with sandy loam textures, good permeability, and relatively low yields with respect to other Chilean wine regions. Cool climate conditions allow the fruit to ripen more slowly, resulting in grapes with a tremendous concentration of aromas and flavours in white varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and others. The grapes that went into this wine were hand picked during the first week of March, when the fruit had reached the desired level of ripeness. The fruit came from the Casablanca estate, where the vertically positioned vines produce an average yield of 11 tons per hectare. Fermentation took place with selected yeasts in our Maipo Valley winery. Temperatures were carefully managed to remain cool, with pumpovers and delicate lees stirring to reach the desired results. The wine was fined with bentonite and cold-stabilized before bottling to prevent tartaric precipitations in the bottle.”
The complex nose presents citrusy and grapefruit and lime notes with a subtle touch of white pepper and delicate herbs. The smooth palate bursts with freshness balanced by good volume and persistence.
This wine’s fresh acidity partners perfectly with sellfish dishes and chowders, as well as delicate white fish or mild cheeses.
El Capo Organic Chardonnay 2018£9.99
Inspired by the vineyard ecosystems and the animals that roam freely amongst them. Each label depicts a different “chief”animal, representative of the organic practices followed.Notes from the Winery – “Casablanca Valley can be identified by its closeness to the Pacific Ocean, influenced by the coastal breeze, which moderates temperatures. The land is basically formed by hills that increase in height as it goes east towards the Coastal Mountain Range. It has an alluvial origin, with sandy textures of high permeability, poor and shallow, which causes the valley to have low yields, compared to others. The temperatures are colder and templates, causing a slower ripening in the fruit and, in consequence, great character in flavour and aroma, for white varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes come from vineyards that are approximately 12 years old in the Casablanca estate, trellised in simple vertical shoot position, with an average yield of 12 tons/ha. They were hand-picked into bins during the first week of March when they had reached the ideal state of ripeness. The grapes were transported to our Nancagua winery for vinification in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures with selected yeasts, pumpovers, and delicate lees stirring to reach the desired final result. Prior to bottling the wine was fined with adjusted doses of bentonite and cold stabilized to prevent tartaric precipitations in the bottle.”
A clear, bright pale yellow in colour, with refreshing citrus aromas of grapefruit and lime that intermingle with subtle tropical fruit aromas, especially pineapple, and a touch of herbs. On the palate, it is a balanced, fresh and fruity wine, with velvety texture and a persistent, enjoyable finish.
Ideal for serving with fish and shellfish, cooked with creamy sauces or butter. Also it is perfect accompanying pasta with seafood sauces and as aperitif, served with different cheese and dried fruits.
El Capo Nativo Pinot Noir, Bio Bio Organic , 2018£9.95
Inspired by the vineyard ecosystems and the animals that roam freely amongst them. Each label depicts a different “chief”animal, representative of the organic practices followed.
The Bio Bio has a moderate humid Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights prolonging the growing season. Average rainfall is among highest of all Chilean wine valleys The Bio Bio’s higher rainfall, strong winds and broader extremes make for more challenging conditions than those of Chile’s more northerly regions. Vine growing here requires more patience, skill and nerve than in other valleys. The Pinot grows on a red clay soil here. The pressing is at low temperature to extract colour and aromas but no harsh tannins. The fermentation is relatively cool with gentle pumpovers. After fermentation is finished, 10% of the blend is aged for 6 months in French oak to give more complexity to the wine.
Light ruby red in colour with aromas of fresh strawberries accompanied by subtle notes of spices and a touch of minerality. The medium bodied palate is elegant, delicate and fresh with juicy sour cherry flavours balanced with ripe tannins and a long finish.
Ideal with fish and shellfish cooked with creamy sauces or butter. Also it pairs well with white meats such as chicken or turkey and as aperitif served with ham, such as Serrano or Prosciutto. It is an excellent accompaniment to sushi.
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Peculiar Mr Pat, Merlot, 2019£8.75
The story of a most particular wombat…Orphaned, beaten up by his wild wombat mates, taken in by Ballarat Wildlife Park, wheelbarrowed around (for weight reasons), adored the world over.
The Merlot grapes that make this wine were grown in the glorious Australian sunshine. Merlot thrives along the banks of Australia’s largest river, the Murray, near the bustling inland town of Mildura, in the middle of Australia’s food bowl. A Mediterranean climate, with plenty of sunshine, vines carefully tended to and enrich the ancient, sandy soils with recycled organic matter from other crops that also thrive locally, to make the most of every precious drop of water. Speckled light reaches through lush green vine canopies to ensure the berries ripen steadily throughout late summer in time for harvest in Autumn.
Bright, plush, deeply tasty Merlot from Riverland vineyards, this is abundant in freshly picked red fruit with a soft tannic profile and a long, moreish finish.
This wine can be enjoyed with a wide range of meat dishes, and minimal winemaking intervention means that this wine can also be enjoyed, guilt-free by Pescatarians, Vegetarians and 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.
Mal.bek Malbec Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc 2019£10.95
Grapes were sourced from growers who already provide us with Malbec for red wines. The harvest was carefully timed to allow the grapes to ripen fully while still maintaining the fresh, zippy profile necessary for a rosé wine. Gentle handling in the winery and vinification in stainless steel gave us a delicate colour and fresh, fruity flavours.
Pretty, pink and medium bodied. A balance of delicate aromas, juicy raspberry and succulent strawberry flavours.
Perfect for sharing and sipping…with or without steak!
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.
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.