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Bodega Piedra Negra Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Alta Colección’, Argentina 2014

Bodega Piedra Negra Cabernet Sauvignon Alta Colección, Argentina 2014

A juicy Cabernet with an intense ruby colour and heady aromas of fresh berries and mint. The smooth, balanced palate blends fruity depths with menthol and liquorice nuances.

About this wine:

This red comes from the southern Mendoza region of Argentina, a pristine area in the foothills of the Andes mountains where climate and geology dovetail to provide a haven for vines to grow. The grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards located on a high plateau, where the sun’s UV rays are stronger, ripening the grapes thoroughly, while the cold nights help develop great acidity structure. Winemakers Francois Lurton and Thibault Lepotre combined their considerable expertise to craft a Cabernet with balance and charm, adding a touch of oak to soften and luxuriate the texture.

Serving suggestion:

Fruit forward and uncomplicated, this easy-going red is seriously versatile – as good on its own as it is with grilled lamb or pork chops, vegetable bakes or some good charcuterie.

  • Balanced, fruity red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Argentina (Mendoza)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £72 (or £12 per bottle)

Regaleali Rosso Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2013

Regaleali Rosso Nero d’Avola, Sicily 2013

This velvety red is a powerhouse of sunny Sicilian intensity, all sumptuous cherry, mulberry and blueberry layers backed by savoury notes of sage and a hint of vanilla.

About this wine:

Tenuta Regaleali is a family-owned Sicilian wine estate nestled in the beautiful Sclafani Bagni hills between Palermo and Caltanissetta. Here, the famous heat of the island is less intense, and at 900m, the vineyards enjoy cooler air, letting the grapes ripen more slowly. Sicily’s beloved Nero d’Avola is the star attraction, and the Tasca d’Almerita family’s Regaleali Rosso wine has been produced here for 57 years. Winemaker Laura Orsi blended in a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon for extra character, then matured half of the wine in Slavonian oak to soften and develop it ready for drinking.

Serving suggestion:

A classic example of Old World wine-making, this complex red is great with food, from roasted and grilled red meats to rich, slow-cooked pasta sauces with aubergine.

  • Fruity, complex red

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Sicily)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Nero d’Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon

  • ALCOHOL

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £72 (or £12 per bottle)

Beaujolais Villages

Beaujolais Villages

A delightfully fruity old-vine Gamay with a bouquet of wild strawberries and redcurrants. In the mouth it is flamboyantly fruity, with a bright, thirst-quenching freshness.

About this wine:

The Beaujolais area in the far south of France’s Burgundy region is home to distinct Cru appellations, as well as the Beaujolais and the more premium Beaujolais Villages wines. This example is from one of the higher-quality villages, Charentay, just south of Mount Brouilly. Winemaker Robin Sébastien selected prime Gamay grapes from 45-year-old vines, which have dug their roots deep down into the area’s sandy granite soils over the years. The hand-harvested grapes were fermented using a combination of methods, resulting in a wine with that distinctive Beaujolais balance between supple fruit intensity and fresh, food-friendly tanginess.

Serving suggestion:

Serve at cool room temperature, with seared duck breast, tuna steak, cheese and herb omelettes or a fresh tomato and Parmesan tart. Drink now or keep for up to three years.

  • Fresh and fruity red

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Beaujolais)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Gamay

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £72 (or £12 per bottle)

 

Domaine Colombe d’Or, France 2013

Domaine Colombe d’Or, France 2013

A fleshy southern French red with warm blackberry and summer cherry aromas over black pepper and cinnamon notes. The palate is smooth and supple, with firm tannins.

About this wine:

The Costières de Nîmes appellation lies in the western Rhône delta in France’s Gard department. Wine styles here represent a transition between the classic blends of the southern Rhône and the more varied styles of the sunny Languedoc. The area around Nîmes has been cultivated with vines for over two thousand years, making it one of the oldest vineyards in Europe. Many believe it is the gravelly soils here that give the wines their character. This wine is a classic blend of Syrah and Grenache, two varieties that are inextricably linked to the vinous history of this part of France.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this easy-going French red with all manner of foods, from slow cooked beef and lamb casseroles to meaty pasta dishes, soft cheeses and roast vegetables.

  • Fruity, fleshy red

  • Synthetic cork

  • Suitable for vegetarians

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Rhône Valley)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Syrah, Grenache

  • ALCOHOL

    14%

  • SRP

    £66 (or £11 a bottle)

El Guardián Rioja Reserva, Spain 2010

El Guardián Rioja Reserva, Spain 2010

This lovely Reserva is a classic Rioja through-and-through, from its brick-red colour, to its ripe autumn fruits bouquet, with hints of mocha and sweet vanilla, and its smooth, rounded palate.

About this wine:

The central region of Rioja, known as Rioja Alta, is characterised by its rust-coloured ferruginous clay soils. Combined with the continental climate and the south-facing slopes, this is the perfect environment for local varieties Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha to grow. The wine is named after the Bee-Eater bird which can often be seen in the vineyards, eating insects that would otherwise be pests to the vines. Bee-Eaters are greatly appreciated by the local vineyards workers – who call the bird ‘El Guardián’, as they limit the need for pesticides and so produce more natural wines.

Serving suggestion:

A classic Rioja Reserva like this is great with meaty dishes, particularly roast leg of lamb or rare breed pork, well-hung game meats and full-flavoured aged cheeses.

  • Complex aged red

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for vegetarians or vegans

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (Rioja)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha

  • ALCOHOL

    13.2%

  • SRP

    £72 (or £12 per bottle)

 

Frankland River Shiraz, Australia 2013

Frankland River Shiraz, Australia 2013

A wonderfully opulent Shiraz from Australia’s Frankland River area, rich with blueberry, plum and spice notes over a luxuriously long and complex palate with excellent depth.

About this wine:

The Frankland River region is one of Western Australia’s best-kept secrets, building its reputation on producing exceptional quality cool-climate wines. The area is one of the five sub-regions of the Great Southern in Western Australia; the most northerly, inland area, where the climate is Mediterranean but with a strong coastal influence that keeps temperatures down. This complex Shiraz was made by winemaker Kim Horton, who sourced high-quality grapes to maximise the purity of ripe fruit characters in the wine, and gave it an approachable softness by ageing it in French oak barrels.

Serving suggestion:

Try this flavoursome Shiraz with roasted red meats or a plate of fine continental cheeses. Serve at room temperature and drink now or lay it to rest in the cellar.

  • Rich, full-bodied red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for vegetarians

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia (Western Australia)

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Alcohol

    14.5%

  • SRP

    £60 (or £10 a bottle)

Lacustre Chardonnay, France 2014

Lacustre Chardonnay, France 2014

Lacustre but not lacklustre, this sophisticated Chardonnay offers floral and stone fruit qualities over an elegant palate-balancing mineral notes with a pleasantly buttery finish.

About this wine:

This delicious Chardonnay comes from Limoux, a town on the Aude river in France’s sunny Languedoc region. According to wine historians, Limoux is most famous for being the birthplace of sparkling wine. For this dry white however, winemaker Gilles Tremeges took a more traditional approach, sourcing hand-picked Chardonnay grapes from hillside vineyards that are farmed using sustainable viticultural techniques. The grapes were pressed in whole bunches and aged for several months on their lees to develop the wine’s character. No oak maturation was used.

Serving suggestion:

An excellent aperitif, this wine also makes a great partner for fish dishes, from salad Niçoise to grilled sole, prawn cocktail or buttery lobster. Serve chilled, but not too cold.

  • Elegant dry white

  • Screw cap

  • Not suitable for vegans

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Languedoc)

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Alcohol

    14%

  • SRP

    £69 (or £11.50 a bottle)

Bodega Piedra Negra Torrontés ‘Alta Coleccion’, Argentina 2015

Bodega Piedra Negra Torrontés ‘Alta Coleccion’, Argentina 2015

Pale yellow with a silvery glint, this Torrontés has a captivating bouquet of fresh white flowers and ripe Mediterranean fruit. The palate is balanced and fresh, with a lovely floral finish.

About this wine:

This refreshing white comes from the southern Mendoza region in Argentina, a pristine area in the foothills of the Andes mountains where climate and geology dovetail to make a haven for the cultivation of vines. The grapes for this wine were sourced from vineyards located on a high plateau, where the sun’s UV rays are stronger and ripen the grapes more thoroughly, while the cold nights help develop good acidity structure. Winemakers Francois Lurton and Thibault Lepotre combined their considerable expertise to craft a delicately balanced, blissfully aromatic Torrontés.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine lightly chilled as a delicious aperitif or an excellent match for Asian dishes like pad Thai, green curry, lemongrass prawns and herby salads.

  • Aromatic dry white

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (VeArgentina (Mendoza)neto)

  • Grape Variety

    Torrontés

  • Alcohol

    12.5%

  • SRP

    £60.00 per case of 6 (£10 a bottle)

Terre Scaligere Soave Classico Superiore, Italy 2013

Terre Scaligere Soave Classico Superiore, Italy 2013

A classic Soave with honeyed peach and herbal aromas, plus that characteristic ‘blanched almond’ note. The complex palate balances a beeswax richness with zingy citrus flavours.

About this wine:

The Cantina di Monteforte co-op has 1,200 hectares of vineyards across Soave, including some in the best vineyard spots within the Classico zone. Sixt per cent of their vines lie on south-facing hills, where the grapes enjoy the best exposure, with cooling breezes from the Dolomites helping the grapes develop their aromatic qualities. Winemaker Gaetano Scaligeri’s knowledge of the Soave terroir is unparalleled. Sourcing grapes from a single vineyard on the Montegrande slope, Gaetano used a special press to gently crush the fruit and ferment the must in small barrels for around a year to develop the wine’s complexity.

Serving suggestion:

Served lightly chilled, a good Soave like this is one of the most food-friendly wines, perfect with all kinds of fish, simple vegetable dishes, light risottos and chicken in creamy sauces.

  • Fruity, complex white

  • Natural cork

  • Not suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Veneto)

  • Grape Variety

    Garganega

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £66 (£11 per bottle)

Lorimer Semillon Sauvignon, Australia 2014

Lorimer Semillon Sauvignon, Australia 2014

A full and zesty dry white with tropical fruit, sunny citrus and fresh-cut grass aromas. The palate offers mouthwatering lime and passionfruit flavours across its lengthy finish.

About this wine:

Australia’s Riverina region has been producing exceptional varietal wines in recent years. 2014 saw a very hot growing season in this inland area, and winemaker John Coghlan had to work hard to pick the grapes for this wine as quickly as possible once optimum ripeness was achieved. John wanted to capture both the Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes, finding the perfect balance between fruit richness and fresh balance. He favours a hand-off approach in winery, believing the less intervention in the process of crushing and fermenting the grapes the better the finished wine will be.

Serving suggestion:

Full-flavoured and highly versatile, this wine makes an excellent chilled aperitif, or the perfect partner to fresh seafood, particularly oysters, as well as herby grilled chicken.

  • Full, aromatic white

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia (Riverina)

  • Grape Variety

    Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc

  • Alcohol

    12%

  • SRP

    £69.00 per case of 6 (£11.50 per bottle)

Aliwen Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2014

Aliwen Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2014

A pale, green-hued sauvignon with intense grapefruit, passionfruit and lime aromas. The palate is crisp and zesty, with a refreshing acidity that balances the full-on fruitiness.

About this wine:

This complex Sauvignon Blanc blends grapes from two distinct vineyard areas of Chile. The grapes sourced from cool, coastal Leyda provide plenty of freshness and bright citrus notes, with some of that classic asparagus and gooseberry quality. On the other hand, grapes from the much warmer Curicó area provide texture and the wine’s luscious mid-palate richness. All the grapes were hand-harvested, and winemaker Carlos Concha carefully fermented the fruit at cool temperatures to extract its full character.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this highly versatile sauvignon lightly chilled as an early evening aperitif, or pair it with all manner of fish dishes, from juicy prawns to grilled lemon sole.

  • Bold, zesty white

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Leyda & Curicó)

  • Grape Variety

    Sauvignon Blanc

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £72 (or £12 per bottle)

Seifried Estate Pinot Grigio, New Zealand 2013

Seifried Estate Pinot Grigio, New Zealand 2013

A bright and fragrant Kiwi take on the classic Italian grape variety, offering quince, lychee and pear aromas over a deliciously crisp palate with a softer white peach backnote.

About this wine:

The region of Nelson is at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, a tiny area by international standards, but one blessed with many natural attributes. With over 2,500 hours of sunshine each year, it is the sunniest place in New Zealand. The grapes for this wine were grown in vineyards planted in stony soils, lying in a plateau surrounded by mountains, which protects from cold weather and allows rich fruit flavours to develop. Brother and sister winemakers Chris and Heidi Seifried fermented the grapes ata cool temperature to give this wine freshness, fruity depth and a crisp elegance.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine chilled as a fabulous match for fragrant fish dishes, flavoured with coriander or a hint of spice, or with cold roast chicken.

  • Fragrant dry white

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    New Zealand (Nelson)

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Grigio

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £60 (or £10 per bottle)

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