Hugh Hamilton, ‘Jekyll & Hyde’, Shiraz Viognier 2017£25.50
If you are a wine geek, you know of ‘co-fermentation’; a process in which two varieties (in this case, red Shiraz and white Viognier) are picked on the same day and blended at the crusher. This produces a result quite different to blending ‘finished’ red and white wines. The tannin and fragrance of the small amount of Viognier are amplified by the process, and the resultant wine is more fragrant and shows greater depth and even-ness of tannin structure than we’d otherwise see. (Hugh won’t mind admitting he swiped the idea from the French).
There aren’t many times I can think of when adding a lighter
colour leads to a darker one but the Jekyll is just that kind of
paradox. By co-fermenting the varieties the Viognier skins help
the colour molecules to form more stable complexes, and thereby
create a darker colour.
NOSE AND PALATE
Fragrant orange blossom, jasmine, and violets. Pulpy dark fruits,
plums, dark cherries, and cedar. The palate rolls with toasty oak,
peach notes, more plums, and firm French oak. The resonant,
lingering palate manages to be both structured and soft textured
– like a favourite pair of jeans.
Melon Blanc Vendange Nocturne Vin de France Pierre-Henri Gadais 2019£9.95
Thanks to being almost completely surrounded by the Sèvre river, this 9 hectare estate benefits from a unique micro-climate and Pierre-Henri is able to select the best plot for each style of wine. To create a wine which best accentuates the vibrancy of Melon de Bourgogne (Melon Blanc) he chose ‘La Cantire’, a fully organic, north-facing plot with schist soil. Grapes were harvested in the cool of the night (again for maximum freshness) and cool macerated on their skins for 12 hours. Once pressed, fermentation was carried out using yeasts naturally present on the grape skins. Unlike the richer style of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie (which is bottled in the Spring after harvest), Vendange Nocturne is bottled in early December with no lees ageing and is naturally lower in alcohol (11%). Pierre-Henri’s decision to name the variety – Melon Blanc – on the label means the wine can only be classified as a Vin de France, even though it originates from one of the best sites in Muscadet Sèvre et Maine.
Already quite modern in style, the ripe 2018 vintage has allowed the fruit character to really shine whilst remaining deliciously fresh and bright with a more typical touch of salinity and spritz on the finish.
Hailing from the western Loire, this medium bodied, fresh white wine pairs well with shellfish and seafood.
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!
out of stock
Hacienda el Espino La Joven Tinto 2019£8.95
With a light and bright color, with ruby and garnet notes. A fresh aromatic potency, with sweet pepper, licorice, minerality, a fun explosion with a multitude of aromas.
In the mouth it is expressive, with a sweet and soft entrance, a posterior amplitude with spicy and fruity notes. Finishing in a round and persistent ending, inviting to drink again.
Ideal to accompany numerous dishes, but also to enjoy casually.
Hacienda el Espino 1707 Chardonnay Joven 2019£8.95
With a bright and bright straw yellow color, an expressive chardonnay with aromas of tropical fruit, melon and a memory of Mediterranean spices.
The palate is broad, full and unctuous. With good acidity and good balance. A chardonnay with character and good length, perfect to accompany a variety of dishes, from white meat, assorted fish, vegetarian dishes to spicy food.
Mino & Co Growers Touch Durif 2019£11.15
Appearance Bright crimson red with violet hues.
Aroma Primary fruits of Mulberry, dark cherry & blackberry.
Palate Complex mix of black, blue and mulberry the wine is rich and powerful, complemented by hints of coconut, vanilla & smooth fine grain tannins.
Drinking Eye fillet, slow cooked lamb or barbeque beef.
Ageing Will reward the patience of cellaring up to 7 years, also made to enjoy now.
GROWER. Isidoro Guglielmino
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.
Marengo Mauro, Langhe DOC Nebbiolo, 2017£13.95
Brief Tasting Notes
Ruby red colour with orange highlights. Delicate and characteristic on the nose. The palate is full-bodied and delicate tannins.
For at least 16 months in stainless steel and cement. Aging in bottle before release
Recommended with meat dishes and hard or strong cheeses.
Marengo Mauro, Barolo DOCG, 2015£28.95
Brief Tasting Note
Intense and brilliant garnet-red color, with ruby highlights that over the
years tend to orange. Complex in aroma, the nose is intense and the palate
is pleasantly dry, full and harmonious.
Aged 36-48 months mostly in Slavonian oak and 6 months in the bottle before release.
A complex wine but delicate, able to develop in aroma for 10-15 years.
Recommended with red meat, mature cheeses.
Marengo Mauro, Dolcetto d’Alba DOC, 2017£11.95
Brief Tasting Notes
Ruby red color with purple highlights. Intense, fruity and characteristic on
the nose. The palate is dry and harmonious, pleasant with a hint of almonds.
Marengo Mauro, Barbera d’Alba DOC, 2016£14.95
Brief Tasting Note
Deep ruby red colour with purple highlights. Intense, fruity and characteristic on the nose. The palate is dry, fruity, and balanced.
18 months in stainless steel followed by a few months in bottle before release.
Barbera is naturally high in acidity and complements tomato based foods found in Italian dishes. Equally this will go well with a good ol’ British banger from the barbecue with a slug of ketchup!
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,
Blue Horn Torrontes, Argentina, 2018£10.50
In 1939, young Haroldo ‘Don Lolo’ Falasco started selling
wine from the front of his bike…he had ambition & a dream;
he worked hard over the next few decades with ever greater
success to the extent that today, Bodega Los Haroldos are
one of Argentina’s leading family-owned wineries.
An increasingly fine portfolio of wines is produced from
premium vineyard sites in Mendoza, where they utilise high
altitude to impart character and freshness in their wines.
Blue Horn is an unoaked range focused on primary fruit
Tasting Note: A nose of peach, apricot and honeysuckle
moves to a dry palate with passion fruit, honeyed lemon and
orchard fruits. Well balanced and rounded.
Food Match: Perfect with oven baked salmon or tajine with
lemon and herbs. Great accompaniment to Asian foods,
Dog Lovers Wine Mixed Case£45.75
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 £45.75 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.
Please note, due to Jim Jim being out of stock, a replacement will be given of:
This is a tiny production hand-crafted wine, literally only a few thousand bottles. It really is rather special. Vivid purple-crimson, it has a juicy, supple palate with red and black fruits coated by McLaren Vale chocolate, the silky texture, the structure well balanced. Very attractive wine.
Hugh Hamilton, The Moocher, Mourvèdre 2018£19.50
Lazing around on the vine it’s always the last to harvest; no
variety mooches more than Hugh Hamilton’s Mataro. Luckily this loafer is no
slouch in flavour and so always worth the wait.
The rows of the Church vineyard are hemmed in by a creek at one
end and an enormous old gum at the other. In years like 2018 this
can mean one end is dipping its toes in the water while the other is
getting fairly thirsty. I think the range of flavours we see rolling
about this wine is, at least in part, due to this variation along each
row. Rich fruit but still crisp and with tremendous structure.
Cherry wood, char and plum jam, a lick of toffee apple too, giving
a bouquet of salivating freshness. Opulent, it luxuriates on the palate,
seeming in no particular hurry to be anywhere else. The creamy
wave of plush fresh fruit foams out into a pleasantly drying leather
and tobacco finish.
Pan fried maple and apple pork chops, or a roast beetroot and butternut pumpkin salad with tahini.
Hugh Hamilton, The Intruder, Sauvignon Blanc 2019£14.50
McLaren Vale is the source of many fine wines but it isn’t as often
associated with the massively popular Sauvignon Blanc as some
other regions. The truth is this intruder has every bit as much
punch as its better-known neighbours – perhaps even a little
Vintage 2019 started for Hugh Hamilton with a visit to this vineyard. Where they
would usually sample and see how the fruit was developing over a
number of weeks, they harvested this one almost immediately after
that first visit, and the timing has proven just right.
Gooseberry, light florals, lemon zest and thyme. The wine wafts
readily from the glass with a subtle tropicality; honeydew,
rockmelon, and passionfruit. A zesty palate of white flowers,
peach blossom, and green apple. Fine textured and lingering.
Ginger and scallion fish dumplings, or ginger, shiitake, and tofu chinese dumplings.