A delightful wine - with gentle aromatics and the lovely peachiness of Rolle (aka Vermentino) with Riesling, Pinot Gris, from the Cevennes. 13% alc.
Forget every preconception you ever had about Pinot Grigio and get stuck into this beauty! Where your typical PG is thin, this has some fruit weight; where PG has simple lemon and green apple character, this delivers that PLUS lemon zest, grapefruit, ripe pear and apple blossom. Essentially, this is the holy grail - a great value, characterful, fun PG expressing the prosaic grape to its full and surprising potential.
Gone are the days of thin, inspid Italian whites. This is super vibrant, brimming with sun ripened orchard fruits. Dried mango, peach and green apple jump out of the glass, and the perfectly balanced acidity entices you back for another sip. And another.....
Bright light lemon zest and pith with wet stone, a touch of cheese rind and chalk dust on the nose. A fresh, cool summer’s morning. The palate is crisp; bracing; Sancerre-like in its energy.
Electric citrus running over stones with a hint of creaminess to it. This is that sort of jolting, vibrant white that thrills on the palate – light, brilliant bottled sunshine. Invigorating. Classic in style - this wine embodies the focused minerality of the Kimmeridgian soil. 13% Drink now – 2017
Classy Tuscan white made from Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon.
The Il Famoso grape is (ironically) rather rare. There are only around 12 hectares of the vine were known about in Emilia-Romagna, and another four in the Marches, planted by Bruscia. Stylistically the wine has similarities to Greco di Tufo and Viognier, although not as floral.
100% Chenin Blanc from Spain??? Sure, why not? Looks a little like and kind of smells like Irn Bru.
Extraordinary scents of coconut, mango, pineapple, melon, and toasted hazelnuts. This is gorgeous wine with lots of texture.
Fabulous single vineyad Gruner from one of Austria's most exciting young producers.
Quite the most extraordanarily beautiful Italian white wine. The finish goes on for days. Majestic, elegant and unique. The grapes are transported from the steep terraced slopes on cables to get to the winery. This is amazing wine.
Fresh, pure Grenache/Garnacha from high altitude vineyards in the beautiful region of Navarra. Surprisingly deep in colour for Spanish Garnacha; the Navarra style can often be targeted at creating a lighter wine, perhaps due to the abundance of big, powerful reds from the rest of Spain. Think Spain’s answer to Pinot Noir (not that it should be seen as a replacement for wonderful Pinot Noir in any way!). This wine is full of squashy black cherry and blueberry character, with a dusting of dark cocoa powder; also a hint of violets. Rich and opulent, yet somehow still bright and fresh, it has a lovely firm tannic grip, making it a great partner to darker meats, such as roast pork and crackling or beef wellington. 14%. Drink now – 2019.
A blend of 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 34% Grenache and 6% Tempranillo, from an obscure corner of Navarra.
A very traditional Cotes du Rhone in style, with a clear lean towards that lovely, deep Grenache character. Grenache 50%, Syrah 40%, Mourvedre 10%.
Lovely bright nose with hints of cranberry and mint. On the palate, a gorgeous soft Grenache texture, fresh and juicy with an attractive fruit-forward style. Delicious and approachable.
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.
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.
"Yantra is a Cabernet / Merlot blend. It is sensational with buoyant cherry notes and a long, soothing, mineral-spiked finish." - Matthew Jukes.com/Money Week
A Yantra is a mandala — a map, chart or geometric pattern which represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically — a microcosm of the universe from a human perspective.
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot that sees stainless steel and some old oak. Surprisingly mature and expressive nose - dried currants, stewing berries with soft leather and wild herbs. Plush palate. Juicy blackcurrants with blackberries and juniper berries, dried cranberries and some tobacco. Vivacious and ready to drink now.
60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet sauvignon and 20% Sangiovese. Super smooth, blackcurrant, oak, rich and complex - plush yet elegant. Beautiful with lamb, beef, pasta with mushrooms.
Noi 4 translates as "the four of us" - the four members of the Ratti family. There's a bit of an amazing story behind this one - following on from a kidnap in Milan during the crazy days of the 80's, the family chose to protect their idendity by having "Noi 4" on their door buzzer, rather than their surname.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot that spends 12 months in French oak.
Exuberant nose - flame raisins and ripe sweet fruit. Oh so pure and bright, but seasoned with a herb touch - cloves, black cherry, dried sage and freshly roasted coffee. The core is sweet, luscious and well defined.
A beautiful, perfumed and dainty Chateauneuf, with poise that utterly belies it's 15% abv. Such a refreshing style in the sea of mediocrity that is Chateauneuf du Pape.
Textured, with some sweet fruit - blueberries, blackberries and mulberries. Spiced redcurrants, with some sun dried tomatoes and sweet herbal character.
Named after the famous Roman military general who defeated Hannibal in the second Punic War. 100% Cabernet Franc, from one vineyard at 400 metres. This extraodinary wine is only made in the best vintages - just 4000 bottles made of the 2010.
The wine spends 24 months in French Barriques, before another 12 months in bottle before release.
Complex spice and floral notes, dusty cherries and plums with some savoury character and green bell pepper. Grippy tannins encompassing a velvety core.
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.
A dry semi-sparkling Italian rosé that will turn that frown upside down
"Prosecco of the Year" - Matthew Jukes, Weekend Mail
The classic Venetian aperitif which will make your patio feel like the Piazza San Marco
It must be good for you, Vinsanto was originally marketed by monks in the renaissance era! This is from the wonderful Fattoria Lavacchio - a 100% organic estate that grows olives, grapes and almonds. A deep amber colour with gorgeous developed notes of dried figs, raisins and well balanced sweetness.