47 Anno Domini Sottovoce Merlot£9.95
Red berries and vanilla and toasted wood on the nose and just a hint of green pepper. Good entry into the mouth, the feeling of pleasant diffused light tannins on the tongue and the perception of warmth and sweetness given by alcohol. Good length and persistence that leave a pleasant dry mouth that calls for another taste.
Ardèche par Nature Cuvée Red 2017£14.00
The Ardèche par Nature Cuvée red is a blend of Merlot and Syrah. This wine is a bright red garnet colour with a bluish glow. Its nose exhales aromas of red berries, liquorice with a mineral touch. It is fruity and fresh on the palate but stands apart from other wines thanks to its expressiveness. It is light with distinct tannins although soft. It will perfectly pair with a goat cheese salad, local ham and grilled meat.
Ardèche Par Nature Réserve Red 2017 Vin Biologique£14.00
A cuvee certified organic by Ecocert, is the most accomplished result of Vignerons Ardéchois code of conduct “Ardeche par nature” aimed at preserving our environment. It is the reflection to their commitment to a grape growing even more protective of human being, nature and the Ardeche terroirs.
A blend of Merlot, Syrah and, Black Grenache, this cuvee offer a nice aromatic expression of red fruits, and light notes of mint and eucalyptus. A wine that displays a balanced body with tannins and acidity. Best served at 16° paired with a vegetable curry.
Bondar Wines, ‘Violet Hour’ Shiraz, 2014£20.95
What’s in the name:
“This is the violet hour, the hour of hush and wonder, when the affectations grow again and valor is reborn, when the shadows deepen magically along the edge of the forest and we believe that, if we watch carefully, at ant moment we may see the unicorn.” – Bernard DeVoto, “The Hour”.
How about the wine:
Hand-picked fruit from 65+ year old vines planted on Andre Bondar’s Rayner Vineyard in McLaren Vale. This wine pays homage to the Bondar style with fragrance and a lightness of touch. He used a proportion of whole bunches, which helps to create that lightness, and adds dimensions of flavour and a silky mouth feel. Aged in mostly older French oak, Violet Hour should improve nicely over the next five years or so and will suit lighter meat dishes and pasta beautifully.
Cantina il Passo, “Alberi in Piano”, Aglianico del Vulture DOC, 2013£29.50
The origin of the family-run farm dates back to the end of the 19th century, which was also known as “Contrada Alberi in Piano”, with many hectares of land near Rapolla, a small village in the province of Potenza, located in Lucania at the slopes of Vulture.
The Aglianico of Vulture has very remote origins, and people thinks it has been brought by the Greeks in the south of Italy between the VII and the VI century B.C. One of the historical and literary evidences of the history of this wine variety is the one left by Quintus Horatius Flaccus, a Latin poet who was born in Venosa, who exalted the beauty of his land (Basilicata) and of its wine.
Intense ruby red with violet hues.
Ripe red fruit, note of tobacco, cocoa and vanilla.
This is a big wine and we recommend decanting. It’s received 18 months in French oak barrels and a further 6 months in the bottle. Bramble fruit with sweet spices present tannin that has soften with age.
Cantina Tombacco Aglianico del Beneventano, 2016£10.95
Scarcely known outside southern Italy , but Aglianico is one of Italy’s noble grapes which ranks alongside Barolo in quality and why it is often referred to as the Barolo of the south.
A dark, deep ruby red with clear purple tones. This structured wine is complex with enjoyable hints of cherry and red berry notes, followed by a marked vanilla and spicy note. Elegant, warm and full-bodied, this wine has a good length and persistence that leaves an enjoyable soft sensation on the palate.
Cantina Tombacco, Biferno Rosso Riserva DOC, 2013£12.50
This wine comes from the Molise region of Campobasso and is composed of two local varieties Montepulciano (80%) and Aglianico (20%).
This wine is full, strong, with an alcohol content of 14% vol. It matures for at least 36 months in stainless steel tanks and then in 500 liters of tonneau barrels. Also suitable for archiving.With the smell of sweet spices, especially vanilla and cinnamon, in the taste of dark fruit to earthy in the end.
It’s easy to see why this has become our fastest selling red since listing it on our website. And at just over a tenner, it is very easy to drink!
Cantina Tombacco, Salice Salentino DOC, Riserva Rosso, 2012£10.95
Appearance – Dark, ruby red with garnet nuances.
Nose – Ripe red fruit and spicy, woody notes.
Palate – Fill bodied with roasted and spicy aromas, which ends velvety with a round, full finish.
Chateau Charron, Cotes de Blaye, Rouge, 2013£11.95
Château Charron was rebuilt in 1731. This property is managed by Sébastien Cazaux and Valerie Germain from the start of 2011.
Located on the right bank of the Gironde, the 26-hectare castle Charron faces the Medoc.
This wine is soft and elegant by the majority Merlot blend and is friendly and approachable with or without food.
Claymore ‘Nirvana’ Reserve Shiraz, 2012£27.95
This is the icon of legendary Claymore wines portfolio. You will never view a Shiraz in the same way.
This is a wine of elegance, finely structured and delicately balanced. Big juicy fruits are balanced by savoury, spicy elements in the mouth. Lusciously rich plums, blackberries and liquorice are wrapped in gently charry oak brought into line with crisp acidity. We only have a little left of this excellent 2010 vintage which we reserve for our private customers.
Claymore ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ Wine Mixed Case£39.50
There are 3 things we believe you should never do alone : Walk, Watch football and, Drink a good bottle of wine. That’s why we think a mixed case of Claymore’s official wine of Liverpool is the best for any game day.
In 2015 Claymore wines signed a three-season deal and is currently the ‘Official Wine Partner of Liverpool FC in Australia’. Whether it is football or wine, passion is the key that unites the two brands.
The case price of £39.50 includes a 10% discount. The selection is as follows:
Claymore, ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016£14.95
Appearance – Bright ruby red
Nose- A distinctive varietal aroma of dark boysenberry and violets hits you at first but a little patience will reveal deeper characters of earthy forest floor leaves, cooked beetroot and hints of dried herbs.
Palate – Elegance and restraint are keys to this wine. A big mouthful of blackcurrant fruits is backed up by careful oak integration that delivers structure and depth. Savoury tannins are harmonious with the ever-present lashings of wild berries, liquorice and hints of leather and cedar.
General – Cabernet in the Clare Valley is distinct and powerful. It is one of the stronger varieties suited to the growing conditions and terroir of the region. The use of Merlot has a generous and appealing impact on the sometimes edgy and potent characters of Cabernet. They work hand in hand to give balance and richness to the drinker. Distinctly Cabernet with violets, leafy notes and red fruits, this wine is approachable and generous.
Serve With – Claymore’s winemaker Marnie Roberts suggests pancetta wrapped lamb cutlets with olive tapenade served with grilled field mushrooms in sage butter.
Claymore, ‘Blackbird’ Sangiovese 2016£16.75
The ‘Blackbird’ is all about artisan, small batch winemaking. Hand plunged in one tonne open vats with minimal intervention and basket pressed to oak. This ensures that all of the primary fruit flavour from the vineyard is captured and drives what you taste in the mouth is a wonderfully full flavoured and balanced medium weight bright ruby red wine showing elegant, velvety tannins in the mouth with hints of dry and dusty earth. There is a deceptive succulence to this wine, with a mouth coating structure and lingering persistence on the palate; notes almost of strawberry cream element to the fruit profile and licks of fresh Italian leather.
The aromatics are lifted and appealing; fresh cranberries with green olives and lots of those pretty Sangiovese light berry fruits best served with roast pork with fresh fennel salad.
A little bird also told me (excuse the pun!) but the story behind the name Blackbird comes from the song Carissa Major (Claymore’s General Manager) used to sing to her babies to get them to sleep.
Claymore, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, 2014£16.95
Made with selected parcels of estate grown fruit from Claymore’s Watervale and Penwortham vineyards, the 2014 Dark Side of the Moon Shiraz proves again the exceptional quality of their low yielding non-irrigated vines.
Maturation on oak barrels complements juicy dark berry fruit in this full flavoured wine – rich and generous with a soft, lingering finish. You are invited to explore the ‘dark side’ – now or after 6+ years in the cellar.
Claymore, “Flame” Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2010£24.95
This is the first production of what is a very exclusive, limited release wine. The grapes were hand selected for the best parcel of Cabernet then indulged with maturation in French oak for 4 years. This is a generous amount of time and two years longer than Claymore’s Reserve Nirvana Shiraz.
The result is a deep, dark intense Cabernet with seamlessly integrated tannins and dense black fruits wound up in savoury oak spice.
Cellaring of this wine just adds to the reward.
Claymore, Black Magic Woman, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2015£27.50
The Black Magic Woman follows the footsteps of Claymore’s ‘Nirvana Reserve Shiraz’ in that they lavish both wines with extended oak maturation in 20% new French oak. The nose shows cassis, dark plum, leathery spice and cheeky hints of fennel.
This wine defines charisma! Juicy plum and dark cherry fruits combine with licks of mint and fennel that overlay a slatey-granite earthiness. It’s a deep, dark, dangerously intense cabernet with integrated tannins and dense dark fruits wound up in savoury spice. This vintage of Black Magic Woman is alluring with a lingering persistence – a wine that defines the robust and delicate varietal nature of Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
This is only our fourth release of a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – it is only made when we have a standout vintage from the old cabernet vines in the Churinga Vineyard, located just North of Watervale. These dry grown, gnarled old gentlemen produce grapes that epitomise Clare Valley Cab at its best. Claymore have allowed this parcel some extra ripening to further concentrate flavour on the vine and then treat it with kid gloves in the winery. Two years in oak and minimal filtration produces a wine of depth, concentration and structure…a red to bewitch you!
Cellar or Drink?
Definitely a cellaring proposition – 8-10 years, however, try now to enjoy the robust delights of this wine in its youth.
Claymore, London Calling, Cabernet Malbec 2017£15.95
This is Claymore’s first release of their Cabernet Malbec blend under the London Calling label. Some may remember its predecessor, when it was 100% Merlot, well make way for this bolder beauty.
It hits the mark with plump dark fruits, violets, leafy notes and liquorice.
We just love this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. The Cabernet brings structure with big tannins and classic varietal aspects of blackcurrant, cassis, liquorice and herbal notes. While the Malbec provides juicy plump plum and a mid-palate richness that entwines and harnesses the structure given by Cabernet.
Claymore, YNWA “The Boot Room” Shiraz, 2015£18.50
You‘ll Never Walk Alone is perhaps the most famous song in football, and is heard before kick-off at every Liverpool match at Anfield and has been adopted as the Football Club’s anthem.
Claymore Wines is the official partner of Liverpool Football Club in Australia and have created their YNWA series of wines.
“The Boot Room” Shiraz is made with selected parcels of estate grown fruit from Claymore’s Watervale and Penwortham vineyards. The 2015 demonstrates the exceptional quality of Claymore’s low yielding, non-irrigated vines (irrigated vines tend to create dilute flavours).
18 month maturation in oak barrels complements juicy dark berry fruit in this full flavoured wine – rich and generous with soft, lingering finish.