Dog Lovers Wine Mixed Case£42.20
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 £42.20 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.
Jim Jim was Hugh’s faithful Labrador/Kelpie, a highly intelligent sheepdog that had some of the native wild dog, the dingo in its genes. Every vintage Jim Jim would eat Shiraz grapes only when they were ripe for the picking, so with viticultural skills like that Hugh decided he should get his own brand. Jim Jim went to the big kennel in the sky in November 2010 but his talent is remembered in his wines.
Fox Creek Vermentino 2020£14.95
Pale straw with golden hues.
Lifted citrus of lemon and lime, hints of apple and pear combine with light floral notes of citrus blossom and potpourri.
Bright lime juice, grapefruit, lemon rind and nashi pear combine with focussed acid and a textural mouthfeel that provides a great accompaniment for many lighter dishes.
This wine is suited for early drinking and will retain fresh
fruit characters for the next year. This wine is made to be enjoyed whilst it is young.
Hugh Hamilton Goldilocks Moscato 2020£12.95
Notes From The Winery:
After a short slumber in just the right bed, our Moscato 'The Goldilocks' is back! She's washed out her pink dye and gone back to her blonde roots, but she's as pretty and mischievous as ever. Now in a bigger bottle, she's the perfect companion to any dinner, lunch, or breakfast!
Every family has a black sheep and Hugh is ours. Rebel. Reprobate. Rapscallion. Each wines he creates bears the indelible mark of his unique personality – just like Goldilocks- our limited parcel of handcrafted McLaren Vale grown Moscato.
Blonde, pretty, and a thief! Goldilocks Moscato steals attention wherever we pour her. Some might say it’s all too much, but we think this one’s just right.
Maxwell Wines Little Demon Verdelho 2019£13.50
Verdelho is a white wine grape originating from Portugal and is ideally suited to the warm, dry coastal regions of Australia.
Floral and crisp with citrus and honeysuckle characteristics, this Verdelho is ideal for drinking young with fresh seafood.
Ideally consumed alongside Portuguese favourites like squid, octopus, shellfish and fatty fish like tuna (or substitute with South Australian favourite, Kingfish).
In the vineyard, Verdelho is a moderately vigorous vine that produces bunches of small oval berries with a high skin to juice ratio. This skins of the berry can be thick and ripen early, for example typically in the first weeks of February each year, meaning it is the first of our grapes crushed each vintage.
Maxwell Wines Little Demon Envious Sparkling NV£15.50
In 1871 Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell proposed a thought experiment,
that involved a hypothetical creature acting as a gatekeeper between two
compartments to sort gas molecules according to their speed. At first glance,
such a system could potentially create energy from nothing… theoretically
impossible given the laws of physics. This hypothetical gatekeeper became
known to physicists as Maxwell’s Little Demon, and has stirred debate in the
science community for more than a century.
A simple play on words – ‘Envious’ was chosen to represent Maxwell’s Non
Vintage Sparkling wine, or ‘NVS’ for short.
Colour & Aroma
Bright pale straw colour. Aromas of fresh green apple and citrus effervesce.
Port Lincoln torched sardines, gremolata, pickled onions & barilla.
The citrus flavours illuminate the palate and provide the wine with
freshness. Delicate creamy yeast characters bring style and complexity, while a subtle melon note plays in the background. The wine has good length with a pleasantly dry finish.
Hugh Hamilton, The Scallywag, 2020£12.50
Knock, Knock. Who’s there? Chardonnay. Chardonnay who? You know me. I’m THE classic white grape variety and I’m back. Where on earth have you been for the past few years? Quite simply I never went away; I’ve just been out of the spotlight while people have been sucked in by that shallow 'other white'. But guess what? They are now sick of it. Quite understandably because it lacks depth and it’s always the same old, same old. On the other hand, I have always been about character and that means you don’t tire of me easily. So, I didn’t go away but nevertheless I’m back with renewed interest and, believe it or not, popularity. Now you can fall in love with me… all over again. Convince me you Scallywag!
Winemakers Notes : The amazing array of soils and topographies in McLaren Vale make an amazing range of styles and wines possible here. This Scallywag gains lift from the elevated deep sand of Blewitt Springs and also solidity from the cracking black Biscay soils on the road to Willunga.
Bouquet and Palate : A core of lush fruit gift-boxed in fine French oak. Melon, lemon and bay leaf. Notes of vanilla and cardamom. The wine is very Vale, the palate possessing both length and breadth. A touch of texture stops it all from getting too much as does a fine line of crunchy acidity.
Go on to watch Hugh's video on The Scallywag and his analogy how yesteryear's over-oaked Chardonnay is the kind of girlfriend you won't be introducing to your Mother!
Suitable for vegans!
Claymore, Joshua Tree, Riesling 2020£12.50
The good folks at Claymore wines are known for their top value, regionally expressive wines that deliver at all price points. The Joshua Tree Riesling is a delicious early drinking style of Riesling from the Clare Valley. It’s ripe and ready, zingy, fresh and full of flavour. This is terrific value for what Winsor Dobbin called “One of the best rieslings from South Australia’s Clare Valley”
Colour – Palest gold with light green tinges.
Bouquet – This year brought us traditional citrus fruits to the max – lime juice and lemon zest with subtle notes of floral blossom.
Palate – Zesty, racy and all too appealing – this release carries its fruit weight with ease, balanced by fine acidity and attractive minerality. This is not a shy retiring Rizza though – she is there in all her glory within days of bottling making you stand up and take notice; as any true Queen demands.
General – When it comes to Riesling, we aim to let the fruit and the season tell the story. 2020 has an amazing Riesling story to tell – once again an incredibly low yielding year which Claymore’s non irrigated vines withstood through careful viticultural practise and considered timing of harvest.
We closely control the timing of Claymore’s Riesling harvests to capture bright natural acidity and optimal fruit balance off the vine, capturing the purity of this style and preserving it through the vinifcation process.
Made from a blend of parcels drawn from Claymore’s three Riesling sites, this wine is crafted using only free run juice and cool fermentation. It once again delivers a classic Watervale Rizza – accessible and quite forward fruit profile, balanced by racy acid on the finish.
Serve With – “I do love fresh shucked oysters with brand new ‘baby’ Riesling but understand it’s not everyone’s passion; so instead consider Chinese style steamed scallops with ginger, lime and soy. I don’t think you will be disappointed!” – From The Winery
Suitable for vegans!
Terre d’Ardeche Eglantier Viognier 2017
“Terre d’Ardèche is the result of our passionate and focused farming: parcel selections, low yields, careful identification of the soils contribute to a quintessential expression of our Ardèche terriors”
This 100% Viognier Cuvée offers subtle wild rose aromas. It is pale yellow-gold in colour. Pronounced nose of white-flowers and ample in mouth with notes of apricot, peach, pastry. Partially aged in oak barrels, this wine displays an enjoyable structure and a fresh menthol finish.
The Rambler White, Western Cape NV£7.75
Predominantly Chenin Blanc along with components of Viognier, Grenache Blanc and a little Semillon. All grapes are picked by hand, softly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The result is a lively wine with juicy mouthfeel that you can enjoy every day!
Notes of jasmine and lemon flowers, bright and citrusy overtones on the nose. The palate is a bright and textural with tangy fruits and lovely blossom notes.
Its freshness, flavours and fabulous aromas match anything from a sensational summer salad to a fist of freshly shucked oysters.
Smalltown Vineyards The Next Big Thing Chardonnay, Barossa Valley 2018£12.50
Grapes are hand harvested from an old block on the Binder family Barossa vineyards. Small batches of Chardonnay are picked and pressed through a tank press with some skin contact. 25% is fermented in French puncheons and American hogsheads for 6 months, aged on lees then blended with the 75% unoaked juice, settled and bottled. Into the main Barossa blend a small component of Eden Valley Chardonnay is blended and the whole sees a tiny bit of secondary use oak for some fine structure.
With the faintest whiff of biscuity oak this bright, tangy Barossa Chardonnay is an absolute delight. It has that classical Barossa charm, elegance, poise, tang and naggingly more-ish elusive something-or-other which makes one wonder why there isn’t more Australian Chardonnay.
Anything with chicken, pork, prawns, seafood… Brilliant as a quaffer or perfect with a lovingly cooked meal.
Le Magnolie Pinot Grigio£9.95
Pinot Grigio can sometimes have a bad reputation for being a flavourless choice. We searched everywhere for a perfect example of this classic wine and Le Magnolie’s vineyards at high altitude makes for its dry, crisp taste with a finely balanced acidity and heaps of flavour.
Snapper Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2020£10.95
It’s fabulously fruited and intensely aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, feijoa, kaffir lime and floral characters. The palate delivers excellent vibrancy and punchy flavours, well supported by juicy acidity, making it highly enjoyable.
“Fruit was sourced from our newly acquired 8ha block in Marlborough’s
stunning Waihopai Valley – we call it Snapper Rock’s ‘ika vineyard’, ika
meaning ‘fish’ in Māori.
After a challenging start, the 2020 vintage was saved by an amazing
Indian summer with perfect late conditions. A curve ball was thrown at
the 11th hour, with NZ going into Level 4 lockdown just as harvest
began. Resisting the temptation to pick early due to the pressures
lockdown, we held off, allowing the fruit to hang and create the perfect
balance of ripeness and acidity. Harvest started at 3am on the 15th of
April 2020, picking at cool temperatures early in the morning to retain
optimal freshness and acidity in the fruit.
The grapes were then pressed at Spring Creek vintners and fermented
in stainless steel tanks under the watchful eye of Digger Hennessey –
with our winemaker Cory Hall advising remotely from Auckland.”
Domaine des Perserons Saint Véran 2015£17.50
The picturesque Mâconnais countryside of rolling vineyards in southern Burgundy is peppered with Romanesque churches, many dating back to the medieval times, each with their own weathervane (‘girouettes’ in French) atop their spier and bell-towers.
The vineyards of Domaine des Perserons lie on some of the best southeast facing slopes of their small appellation of Saint Véran within the Mâconnais hills, looking out towards the landmark outcrops of Vergisson and Solutré.
Chardonnay vines of over 40 years old produce a wine rich in flavour with dashing citrus fruit streaked with minerality. The finish is elegant with underlying complexity and finesse.
Small Celebration Mixed Case£32.68
Even though we shouldn’t have favourites, its no coincidence that these three wines appear at our celebrations, no matter how big or small, time and time again. We’ve even included a 5% discount!
What ever the occasion these wines have all risen to the challenge, the ‘only drinks champagne’ friend is taken with the organic Diamond Cut Prosecco (and even asked to take the bottle home, breaking out the fairy lights?), the ‘wannabe sommelier who thinks Pinot Grigio is flavourless’ will be converted to this high altitude Le Magnolie classic, the ‘hopeless romantic’ will be asking “where art thou get this bottle of Romeo & Juliet?”
Hugh Hamilton Wines Mixed Case£93.00
As with all families one is a Black Sheep and Hugh is it. Hugh Hamilton wines are far from ordinary. Hugh has a clear vision about the way he sees wines and he produces accordingly. Hugh’s legacy continues as Mary is now the CEO of the family winery and brings insight, energy and enormous talent to this exciting winery. The black sheep is the master of a most reprobate flock – this is no ordinary line up.
The wines are not ordinary either. There is a fascinating range of very individualistic wines that have great character. They have such character and depth of flavour they can become a topic of dinner party conversation on their own.
The case price of £93 includes a 5% discount from the RRP Case price £97.90. Price includes sale price.
The selection is as follows:
Suitable for vegans!
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Naia Verdejo 2019£12.95
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 wine undergoes four months lees ageing and daily battonage. 70% of the wine is aged in stainless steel, and 30% in French oak barrels of varying sizes (10,000, 600 and 500 litre).
Ripe stone fruit aromas with lightly savoury, herbal notes. The palate has flavours of ripe citrus, fresh nectarine and peach. Textural with a subtle bitter twist on the bright and long finish.
Great with a shellfish salad of crisp greens, olives and tomatoes.
Claymore, ‘Skinny Love’ Viognier, 2018
We’ve seen a trend of drinkers looking for low alcohol wines. New World wines tend to be more alcoholic because of the warmer temperatures but Claymore have picked their Viognier grapes early (hence the name on the label First Crush) which means not all the natural grape sugar has fermented into alcohol retaining some natural sweetness. The result: a naturally low alcohol wine through natural wine-making processes.
Even though we would like to tell you this is low calorie wine the name actually refers to the song Skinny Love by Bon Iver.
An early harvest wine that shows pretty floral notes of Jasmin and white peach.
Minimal intervention with this wine ensures that the mouthfeel of this wine is soft, balanced, integrated and appealing. Stone fruit and honeydew melon on the finish are complemented by natural acid and retained natural sugars. An extremely pretty, delicate and approachable wine. Hints of apricot flesh on the finish indicate the variety used for this wine.
Suitable for vegans!
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