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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.
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.
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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.
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.
Dunleavy Sparkling Red Wine – Brut Nature 2017£28.50
Based in Bristol and using grapes from their Somerset vineyard Dunleavy produce international award-winning wines from rich loamy soils. They farm in harmony with the nature that surrounds them. Their Sparkling Red Wine – Brut Nature 2017 is the first in an innovative series of sparkling reds they plan to produce using different red varieties.
Flavours of crushed berries, blackberry and rhubarb.
This is a low intervention wine so may contain a few small, harmless and natural crystals.
Wineries tip from the bottle: Caution- contents red & fizzy! Chill for max 1 hour before drinking. Drink, enjoy and tell your friends about us!
Suitable for vegans!
Mino & Co Growers Touch Shiraz 2017£10.95
The bouquet shows peppery black fruit, spice and port like lift. The palate is deep, dense dark berry, currant and prune – very concentrated and almost viscous with full-bodied power throughout, dense tannins and sweet coconut oak on the finish.
Adega de Penalva Indigena Blend Red 2015£9.50
This blend of Portuguese (and Spanish) grape varieties by an enterprising co-operative is priced for midweek drinking and made to show off Portugal’s wine assets.
The three grapes are best known for Port wines, but in the Dao region (just to the south of the Port-producing Douro) they make juicy, easy drinking reds with all the red fruit flavour but none of the fiddly decanting.
Alpha Box & Dice ‘Siren’ Nero D’Avola£23.95
In Sicily, the grape Nero d’Avola has a storng affinity with the sea, relishing in the sun drenched maritime climate of the region… Hang on… McLaren Vale…? Sea…? Vines…?
Looks like deep violet.
Smells like lavender, cherries, raspberries and a whiff of flint/graphite.
Tastes like beeswax, dark cherries, chocolate, bright and fresh acid, delicate structure and a hint of salinity.
Cellar for up to 10 years.
Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin): “Lavender scented, parma violets, chalky. Victoria plums framed in lovely dry, spicy tannins. Strong caraway notes. It’s a framework that owns the wine, spice over fruit, giving wiry strength and savour through the length of the palate. Bit of a rebel, heel-kicking spirit here, but basically, it’s delicious. Drink 2018-2022” 17 points
Suitable for vegans!
Alpha Box & Dice ‘Dead Winemaker’s Society’ Dolcetto£16.95
“The Dead Winemakers Society is our homage to those visionary individuals that carved their path in the wine industry before us. They were the crazy ones, the wild-eyed wine poets that had a deep respect for both the land they farmed and the process of guiding the fruit to bottle in the most thoughtful and composed manner possible. There have been many who have inspired us through their wines and philosophy – we have listened, learned and adapted the practises of their legacy to form our own.”
Hand picked off two vineyards in Kuitpo, Adelaide Hills: Christmas Hill and Yacca Paddock. Light red clay soils builds pretty, light aromatics and gentle tannin stucture. Grapes are de-stemmed and then undergo whole berry wild fermentation on skins until dry. The wine is matured for 18 months on lees in old Burgundy barriques.
With a sweetly decomposing autumnal underbrush nose, the wine leads into a palate of ripe bitter cherries with a gently leafy tannic spine. Another deliciously more-ish Italianette varietal from AB&D best served at (drumroll…) tomb temperature.
Best served with italian foods. All of them. And duck.
Suitable for vegans!
Sparkling Red Wine Mixed Case£63.00
The case price of £63 includes a 5% discount of the RRP case price of £66.45. The selection is as follows:
47 Anno Domini ‘Sottovoce’ Pinot Nero IGT 2015£10.95The wine made from the Pinot Nero (also the same as Pinot Noir) grape is very versatile. It is full, light acidity, nicely balanced and ultimately gives a fresh mouthfeel. The aromas are characterised by red fruit and the wood’s ripening gives the wine refined notes of tobacco, coffee, cocoa and vanilla.The Pinot Nero goes perfectly with game and roasted duck or with dishes based on meat sauces. This wine is also delicious to combine with seasoned cheeses.
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Los Vientos Alcyone Tannat Dessert Wine£21.95
This dessert wine is made from 100% tannat and combines two dessert wine production methods. As with Ports and Marsala the fermentation of the wine is stopped with the addition of Brandy. This means that not all the grapes sugars have been converted to alcohol and the wine retains a natural sweetness. The Alcyone also follows the Barolo Chinato method by flavouring the wine with herbs and spices. The resulting drink has a radiant purple hue and honey like texture. Flavours of Madagascan vanilla bean and a hit of cherries and spice with a long velvety finish.
Bondar, Rayner Vineyard Grenache 2016£26.75
Sourced from Bondar’s tiny 0.7ha block of 48-year old Grenache vines, planted in sand on the Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. The lowest-yielding vines were hand-picked, and natural fermentation took place – some in a ceramic egg on skins for 120 days, some with whole bunches and some with whole berries. All done to add layers of complexity to the wine, and to build structure around the beautifully aromatic and pure Grenache fruit.
The 2016 weaves together precisely these delicious characters, a core of textured, concentrated fruit and a spine of powdery tannins that energize the palate from start to finish.
This wine brings together Grenache (80%), Shiraz (15%) and Mataro (5%). Picked by hand, gently handled in the winery and aged in old French oak.
The wine is bright and lifted with the aromatics of raspberries with fresh herbal notes. Complexity comes through with spice and gaminess from the Mataro, the Shiraz bringing structure and plush fruit to the palate.
This is savoury, with fine tannins and still manages to leave an imprint.
Suitable for vegans!