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A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.

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La Valona 4 Meses, Finca La Valona, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla 2009

This is a bit of a "how did they do that?!" wine. As in, how on earth do they manage to get that much intensity of flavour into a bottle for that little money?

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Red - 13.5%
Spain - Tierra de castilla
Grape: Tempranillo


Soli Pinot Noir, Miroglio,Thracian Valley 2014

Jam packed full of Christmassy cranberry, ripe red cherries and wild strawberries laced with liquorice, cinnamon and black pepper spice. This is a bright, juicy Pinot Noir with intriguing depth and just a hint of those classic mushroom and earthy notes that will develop over time. Drink now – 2020.

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Red - 12.5%
Bulgaria - Thracian valley
Grape: Pinot noir


A A Badenhorst Secateurs Red 2014

Perfumed, peppery, with some spice, smoke and ripe red fruit.

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Red - 13.5%
South africa - Swartland
Grape: Cinsault,grenache,shiraz


Mas Brunet Cuvee du Mazet, Domaine de Brunet 2014

A beautifully perfumed, juicy southern French Syrah and Grenache (and Cinsault and Mourvedre!) blend which combines lightness of touch and fruit intensity. A favourite of ours. It comes from the Terrasses du Larzac, just to the north of Monpellier, one of the most exciting regions for wine in Southern France.

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Red - 13%
France - Languedoc-roussillon
Grape: Cinsault,grenache,mourvedre,syrah



Corbieres, Chateau de Durfort 2014

Dark fruit mixed with heady incense and baking spices. Smoky undertones take this wine to a more seriously higher plane than the price would suggest. We like this as it delivers more than other Corbieres at this price, but besides that it's lovely. The 2014 seems particularly sophisticated, with exciting notes that are verging on ethereal and it's almost a little like a Barolo in style.

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Red - 13.5%
France - Languedoc



Cotes du Rhone 'Les Clapas', Domaine Saint Amant 2013

Saint-Amant ‘Les Clapas’ comes from the highest vineyards in the whole of the Rhone, at 500 metres. Exceptionally perfumed, with a hint of violet, fresh berry fruits with amazing garrigues herbs

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Red - 13.5%
France - Rhone
Grape: Grenache,syrah




Buro Vendimia Seleccionada, Bodegas Pascual, Ribera del Duero 2012

A fabulous Ribera del Duero and a favourite of team SWiG. Intense cherry red, with bright fruit and hints of spice, tobacco and toffee. Grippy tannins, but smooth and velvety on the palate. Outstanding value from the region.

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Red - 14%
Spain - Ribera del duero
Grape: Tempranillo


low stock 24 units
Ruche Bric d' Bianc, Ferraris, Piedmont 2015

A palate that reads like a fancy cocktail: blueberry, blackberry, red cherry, cranberry are layered with juniper, dried rosemary & lavender, thyme and rosehip. This delicious fruit salad is grounded by white pepper, sour cherry, dried cherry and dried fig. So elevated, light and elegant, bright and perfumed and crisp and floral on the palate.

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Red - 14%
Italy - Piedmont
Grape: Ruche



Viano Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Contra Costa County 2012

*The perfect Christmas Cabernet to adorn your dinner table and wow your guests - all for a cheekily reasonable £14.95! Shh, no one will suspect a thing...* Astonishingly good value Cabernet Sauvignon from California's less fashionable side.

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Red - 13%
Usa - Contra costa
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon


Chianti Rufina 'Cedro' Lavacchio 2014

From the beautiful Lavacchio estate that champions organic farming and the organic lifestyle! The nose is earthy at first, but then reveals sweet and sour black cherries surrounded by fresh flower petals, wild herbs and a touch of mint. You could be walking along the Tuscan hills in a late autumn breeze, surveying the beautiful landscape. Those pretty floral notes are just beginning to really express themselves.

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Red - 13.5% - Organic
Italy - Tuscany
Grape: Sangiovese


Brouilly, Domaine Pierre-Andre Dumas 2014

Softly candied nose, purple flowers, sweet cured meats, garrigue and heather.

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Red
France - Beaujolais
Grape: Gamay


Spatburgunder Weiler Schlipf, Weingut Claus Schneider, Baden 2014

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Red
Germany - Baden
Grape: Pinot noir


Capolemole Rosso, Marco Carpineti 2013

Fabulously Italian, this is sheer joy. It’s also terrific value. A bit like Barolo but easier on the palate. It’s one of Southern Italy’s best Italian reds: heather, violets and cherries drift with cranberries and a touch of plum; the palate is serious and contemplative with darker, more plummy fruit, with branches and leaves of wild herbs stitched beautifully throughout. Good with pasta, pizza and meats.

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Red - 13.5% - Organic
Italy - Lazio
Grape: Cesanese,nero buono,montepulciano


Macanita Tinto, Douro 2014

The ageing potential of Touriga Nacional is comparable to infamous Napa Cabernet Sauvignon or opulent Barossa Shiraz – the profound depth of flavour, bold tannins and palate coating richness that softens beautifully with age. It takes oak well, often developing in to aromas of toasted marshallow, baking spice – vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. What a colour - that's a real glass stainer! Intense all the way to the rim, purple black with a hint of magenta. Incredible concentration on palate to match that extraordinary colour - turkish spices, a touch of juniper, bacon fat, rose petals and goji berries. Smooth and rounded, with a rich, deep, fruit rippling palate.

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Red - 15%
Portugal - Douro
Grape: Touriga nacional,sousao


Barbera d'Asti 'La Bricca' Rinaldi, Piedmont 2009

While Barolo may be the king of Piedmont, its little brother, Barbera, cavorts around the region like a playboy prince, constantly reinventing itself and turning up in a variety of unexpected disguises. It’s a fiendishly difficult grape to pin down and we have tasted it in all it forms, from the very dark and brooding, to the light and ethereal. This one clearly looks up to its big brother, displaying similar flavour characteristics of warm plum skins, loose tea, leather, kirsch, tomato leaves and cherry wood. Where Barolo has muscle and power, this capers more nimbly, with its naturally high acidity carrying those delicious autumnal flavours within a lighter and more forgiving frame. 14% alc. Drink now-2020

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Red - 15%
Italy - Piedmont
Grape: Barbera


Chateau Louvie Cuvee Veyry Grand Cru St Emilion 2008

An insider tip from a top Pomerol estate that comes from their winemaker's own vineyard in St Emilion This is fine mature Grand Cru St Emilion. Winemaker, Christian Veyry, was trained by Olivier Berrouet (winemaker for many years of Pétrus and Dominus) – maker of the best Merlots in the world. Christian has gone on to work with Michel Rolland and now consults for some of of the best Chateaux in Bordeaux. Posseses the flavour and silkiness of fine St Emilion or Pomerol, with hints of game, graphite, a touch of cedar and lovely pure fruit. It's a very well poised wine; fine boned and precise, not big, and very well proportioned. You could say it is classically proportioned Bordeaux - put very pure - which is what you get from a top winemaker. The flavours developed over several days, suggesting that this is a wine that can not only be drunk now but one which will also age for about another 8 years. It represents outstanding value.

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Red - 13.5%
France - Bordeaux
Grape: Cabernet franc,merlot




Blank Bottle The Misfit, Swartland 2015

Comes in at a cool 12% - 100% Carignan from low yielding ancient bushvines. A beautifully perfumed wine that gives a whole different dimension to the grape, with such a lightness of touch. Lavender, english saddle leather, wild strawberries and a sprig of thyme. The 2014 was snapped up by one big buyer in days, and the '15 looks even better.

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Red - 12%
South africa - Swartland
Grape: Carignan




Bourgogne Roncevie, Domaine Arlaud 2013

A delightful example of Bourgogne Rouge, full of tart hedgerow fruits laced with baking spice and botanical notes.

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Red - 12.5%
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir


Langhe Nebbiolo "Il Crutin" Manzone, Monforte d'Alba 2013

Il Crutin is made with 100% Nebbiolo sourced from vines of the Castelletto and Gramolere vineyards in Monforte d’Alba. Because the winery has no ‘minor’ vineyards to use for an entry-level, approachable nebbiolo, the family decided to declassify parts of the Castelletto and Gremolere vineyard to make il Crutin. Il Crutin (‘small cellar’ in Piedmontese dialect) is an old house located on the Gremolere hill: hand-carved in the rock in the 1800’s, purchased by Giovanni Manzone in 2000. Dark plums, coffee beans and aniseed. Cranberries with a bit of leather and a long dry finish, with a berry tinted finish.

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Red - 13.5%
Italy
Grape: Nebbiolo




Ar Guentota Malbec, Belasco de Baquedano, Mendoza 2011

Quite broody on the nose – blueberry compote, cocoa powder and spearmint. Crème de Myrtille. Deep. It’s a palate you want to dive into. Luscious. The integration of the fruit and the tannins is such that you can almost get lost. Blueberries and brambles with a bit of wood spice and savoury tones that so plush; so buoyed by the pristine polish of the tannins. This is a wine that gives a level of luxury that suggests a bottle two or three times the price. 15% alc. Drink now-2025

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Red - 15%
Argentina - Mendoza
Grape: Malbec




Birichino Besson Vineyard Grenache, Santa Cruz, Monterey 2013

Beautiful old vine Grenache - bright cherry fruit with a pleasing crunch

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Red
Usa - California
Grape: Grenache


low stock 8 units
Avance Pinot Noir 2014, Glaetzer-Dixon Family Winemakers, Tasmania

Low intervention Pinot Noir - inspired by Burgundy and the Minervois, made in Tasmania. Made by former Young Winemaker of the Year and Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy winner, Nick Glaetzer.

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Red - 13.5%
Australia - Tasmania
Grape: Pinot noir


Domaine Naturaliste 'Rebus' Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Oh wow. Cassis and cedar box with a touch of marmalade - this is the sort of bold and expressive nose that etches great Cabernet Sauvignon into the mind and soul. The palate is deep, rich, and fruitful, with ripeness balanced beautifully with poised, gentle tannins.

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Red - 13.5%
Australia - Margaret river
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,merlot


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Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block 2015

The 2015 is an absolute peach of a wine - with more Grenache than ever and all Swartland fruit, it's probably the best Chocolate Block yet. A cult wine - grab it before its all gone!

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Red - 14.5%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,cinsault,grenache,syrah,viognier




St Joseph 'Les Chenes', Domaine Blanc Christophe 2014

A wine discovered after Robin and Richard took a precipitous journey through Condrieu. Risking life and limb, they happily survived the journey and came back to Swig HQ, victoriously wielding this gem aloft.

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Red - 13%
France - Rhone




Lismore Estate Syrah 2015

Samantha O'Keefe is back, with a second vintage of this stunning Syrah, from her remote estate in Greyton. This is groundbreaking, pioneering Syrah. It's like France discovering a new area in the Rhône for making Hermitage. The 2014 was incredible and this is better still. Samantha O'Keefe thinks it’s the best wine she has ever made.

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Red
South africa - Greyton
Grape: Syrah




Barbera d'Alba 'Vigna Pozzo' Renato Corino 2014

We've managed this year to get one whole barrel! Only ten are made. Somtimes we get none, such is the demand for this delicious and great value Piemontese wine. A barrel equates to 25 cases. Pozzo, meaning water well, is an excellently sited special cru in La Morra planted with 60 year old vines. It ages deliciously. When young you would be best decanting. You can expect stewed plums, espresso, roses, pine; it's plush and smooth with lots of fruit. You can age it for ten years or more and it's as it best between 4 and 10 years.

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Red
Italy - Piedmont
Grape: Barbera




Keermont Estate Red 2012

Stunning Bordeaux blend. One of the Cape's best. "Pure class" - Neal Martin, tweet, April 2016. The 2012 is fabulous. It's so fine, with gentle sweetness, yet good grip. It develops classy cedary, tobacco aromas over an hour or two of being open. "This is a game changing portfolio of wines. Superstardom awaits this modest, young man of wine." - Matthew Jukes, MoneyWeek, 21 November 2014 Decant it to get the best from it, allowing the flavours to develop. It will be a great wine to have laid down. This wine exudes complex aromas of ripe cherry, wild berries, a touch of cedar and tobacco, and dusty 'fynbos. The palate has an array of ripe berries, cherry sherbet, crushed herbs and spices. Elegant but firm tannin affords the wine a long dry succulent finish. Drink 2014-2030.

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Red - 14.5%
South africa - Stellenbosch
Grape: Cabernet sauvignon,merlot,syrah



Savage Red Blend 2013

"Favourite match from last night's feast at The Ledbury was pigeon and Savage Red Blend. Some inspired wines with the tasting menu" Paola Tich

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Red - 13%
South africa - Western cape
Grape: Cinsault,grenache,syrah,touriga nacional



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Barolo Renato Corino, La Morra 2012

"Plenty of near-term appeal. Sweet red cherry, mint, crushed flowers, cinnamon and wild flowers are laced into the perfumed, silky finish" – Antonio Galloni "Renato Corino is one of the leading exponents of the modern school in Barolo." Antonio Galloni

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Red - 14.5%
Italy - Piemonte


Petrichor Estate 'Les Trois' Syrah, Sonoma Coast 2011

Petrichor has an amazing aroma of black olives, herbs, graphite with a touch of game. It’s a blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, a typical Chateauneuf du Pape blend. It’s got lovely flavours and complexity; a bit of soul going on. This is a real boutique effort, made by a big collector of wine who found this small cool climate high altitude vineyard and got one of his favourite winemakers and a top viticulture guy to make the wine.

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Red - 13%
Usa - Sonoma county
Grape: Grenache,syrah




Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Syrah 2014

Here at Swig we absolutely adore being a bit silly and having some fun but occassionaly even we acknowledge that being grown up is necessary and this is one grown up, elegant and sophisticated wine! It has delicate floral top notes which are in perfect harmony with the spicy rich fruity character of Shiraz. An excuse to put on your favourite classical composer and indulge as only the most refined do.

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Red
Australia - Mornington
Grape: Syrah


Clos du Clocher, Pomerol 2011

Truly gorgeous Pomerol from a producer next to Trotanoy, Vieux Chateau Certan and La Fleur Petrus who has stepped up their quality and is now making wines of very high quality but it's still available at a very fair price. Gorgeous ripe aromas, cassis, plums and chocolate and smart wine-soaked oak, open knit, generous and classy but not too much; full and smooth and mouth-filling on the palate. This is divine wine that is very much to be enjoyed and drunk now. Of course, you can cellar it too, for 5 to 10 more years, but there is so much to enjoy now and in the next few years. Made from 77.5% Merlot / 22.5% Cabernet franc. 14.3% alc.

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Red - 14%
France - Bordeaux
Grape: Cabernet franc,merlot




Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Taupenot-Merme 2011

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Red
France - Burgundy
Grape: Pinot noir


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Amarone Monte Santoccio Nicola Ferrari 2011

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Red - 16% - Organic
Italy - Veneto
Grape: Corvina,rondinella,molinara,corvinone




Brunello di Montalcino Cupano 2009

One of the most beautiful most sensual wines we've ever drunk. 95pts - top Italian wine in TASTED Journal with Sassicaia. Beautiful vintage for Cupano Brunello. Cocao dusted nose, herbs, gentle deep and round with excellent structure. Fabulous for the cellar though a wine that you can drink now but will be wonderful from around 2016.

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Red - 15% - Organic
Italy - Montalcino
Grape: Sangiovese






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