Terra Sancta Pinot Noir 2017£26.95
The Terra Sancta Estate on Felton Road lies at the heart of the most prestigious vineyards in Central Otago. The estate is unique – soils threaded with glacial schist, the oldest vines in Bannockburn and purple wild thyme growing freely throughout. Created using organic principals and a gentle approach to best express our special place.
The wine’s fragrance is that of the estate itself – lavender and thyme. With vibrant flavours of dark cherries, Doris plums and fresh blackberries, the texture is velvet, the finish complex. Cellar for up to 12 years.
Maxwell, Lime Cave, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008
The Maxwell Winery is located on the south facing slope of a solid limestone hill in the heart of the McLaren Vale. Next to the winery is a man-made cave, dug in 1916, tunnelled 40 metres into the hill. This is the Lime Cave.
Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine is sourced from vines planted in 1972 above the Lime Cave, on the crest of the estate vineyard. Identified as a Reynella Selection Cabernet vines, the first vines were brought into South Australia over 160 years ago. The estate vines, now into their 4th decade, continue to produce small parcels of remarkable fruit due to the minimal topsoil and solid limestone in which they grow.
Matured in French oak, the abundant mulberry, cassis and violet overtones are well integrated with spice oak. Long grained tannins provide balance and persistence. The elegant Cabernet Sauvignon is a reflection of the unique are of McLaren Vale in which it is grown.
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.
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:
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 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,
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.
Claymore ‘Nirvana’ Reserve Shiraz, 2017£29.95
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.
Claymore, Black Magic Woman, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2016£29.95
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.
Black Magic Woman is only made when Claymore 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.
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!
47 Anno Domini ‘Sottovoce’ Pinot Nero IGT 2016£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.
Chateau de la Roulerie, Anjou Rouge, les Merances, 2013£21.45
Chateau de la Roulerie Anjou Rouge “Les Merances” 2013 was harvested by hand, vinified in whole bunches and aged for 3 to 4 months in wooden vats, with an additional 6 months in bottle before release. This Loire red offers lovely fruit, floral and mineral notes with pleasing tannins.
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*