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  • 2018 Château des Antonins Bordeaux SupérieurRed Wine

    2018 Château des Antonins Bordeaux Supérieur

    £1295

    The 2016 vintage saw almost perfect conditions in Bordeaux, with hot summer days and cool nights, allowing the fruit to ripen evenly while maintaining acidity.  In the glass this wine has a deep ruby-red colour, leading to an inviting bouquet of red plum, black cherry and blackcurrant, with hints of spice. The palate is concentrated and supple, with smooth tannins and layers of bright red fruit.

    Château des Antonins is located on the left bank of the Garonne, south of Graves. The red varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are planted on clay gravel soils, producing wines with powerful and pure fruit concentration.  All of the vineyards are managed sustainably and with the use of cover crops to avoid erosion and aerate the soils.

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  • 2017 Barco Reale di Carmignano, CapezzanaRed Wine

    2017 Barco Reale di Carmignano, Capezzana

    £1725

    The Capezzana estate, 24 kilometres north-west of Florence, is owned by the Contini Bonacossi family. The younger generation is now firmly in charge of the estate’s 80 hectares of vineyard, with daughter Benedetta Contini Bonacossi as winemaker and Francesco Bernabei as consultant winemaker. The wines and the olive oil have an elegance which marks this estate out from the crowd.

    This wine is deep purple in colour with ruby red highlights. On the nose, cherry and plum aromas are complemented by a touch of oak. Rounded and ripe on the palate, it shows lovely balanced fruit and tannin structure. There is a hint of spiced berries on the long, elegant finish.

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  • 2017 Unánime, La MascotaRed Wine

    2017 Unánime, La Mascota

    £1750

    Unánime is the top, icon blend of the winery with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This rich, concentrated wine comes from San Carlos in the Uco Valley and spends a year and a half in French oak barrels before being bottled.

    Made from 50-year-old vines it has black cherry fruit on the nose, with cocoa powder, currant leaf and malt extract. Lovely texture on the palate: ripe, unashamedly New World fruit married to crisp acidity and defined but gentle tannin. Rich and rounded, yet with beautiful freshness and a sense of minerality.   Take your time to sip it, because it gets even better: progressively more silky, with notes of liquorice and violets.

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  • Offer 2018 Cabernet Franc ‘TH’, UndurragaRed Wine

    2018 Cabernet Franc ‘TH’, Undurraga

    £1775 13% saving

    Head winemaker Rafael Urrejola has spent a great deal of time understanding the diversity of Chile’s vineyard sites; the result is the emblematic ‘Terroir Hunter’ range.

    In the glass this Cabernet Franc has an intense ruby red colour and great clarity, it expresses fresh aromas of black fruits such as blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrant mixed with floral tones such as violets. On the palate it is fresh, intense and elegant, firm tannins, with a fruity and unctuous medium palate. The finish is long and persistent.

    The Cabernet Franc grapes were sourced from a selected vineyard planted exclusively for this range in Catemito, in the Valle de Maipo. The daily temperatures during the summer are lower in this area than in the rest of the Valle de Maipo, decreasing substantially in March and April, providing the ideal conditions for the tannins to ripen completely and to ensure that the fresh aromas and flavours are preserved. Catemito is located on an alluvial terrace which was formed in the Holocene period, approximately 10,000 years ago.

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  • 2017 Faithful Hound, MulderboschRed Wine

    2017 Faithful Hound, Mulderbosch

    £1995

    Mulderbosch Vineyards is one of South Africa’s foremost wine producers. They use a restrained approach in the cellar to produce distinctive and characterful wines that represent the Stellenbosch terroir as well as limiting the use of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides when managing their vineyards.

    Mulderbosch Faithful Hound celebrates the virtues of Bordeaux’s great tradition of blending.  It is made from five grape varieties; Cabernet Sauvignon & Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

    The months of October, November and December 2016 were windier than normal, as was January 2017. This had a significant cooling effect on the ripening fruit.  In addition, the wind kept disease pressure low. The lack of cloud cover during the evenings made for cooler nighttime temperatures and the associated retention of acid in grapes. Light rainfalls in December and January alleviated plant water stress and allowed the vines to function normally in an otherwise stressful environment on the back end of the drought.

    All these conditions conspired to provide healthy grapes with firm structure and good acidity. For the first time, the Faithful Hound blend has Merlot as the lead variety, just a few percent more than Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The nose is full of brooding, earthy aromas. Brambles, cocoa, forest floor. It clearly shows the Merlot contribution in the muted aromas compared to a more Cabernet dominant blend.

    Finely textured tannins and savoury flavours such as cured ham and dried porcini mark the palate. 2017 is a wine of nuance rather than outright power. There’s plenty of depth of flavour, and the palate unfolds evenly, revealing a well balanced, moreish blend. Given the quality of the vintage and the provenance of the fruit, this is definitely a vintage that will reward further cellaring.

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  • 2015 The Galvo Garage Cabernet Blend, d’Arenberg Wine Republic Heros Red Wine

    2015 The Galvo Garage Cabernet Blend, d’Arenberg

    £1995

    Made during an exceptionally balanced year. A lifted and perfumed nose displaying complex notes of violets, blackcurrant and ripe berries. The colour is quite rich, almost dark, suggesting a fuller-bodied flavour profile.  The palate is elegant, yet sings with ripe fruits, and is extremely juicy with deep richness and structure. This mix of pure fruit combines with fine oak tannins that lead to a lovely fragrant dark chocolate, minerally dry finish.

    ‘Garage wines’ is a term used to describe wines that are produced in the back sheds of French winemakers, who make small batch wines of the highest quality. Our galvanized, corrugated ‘garage’ was built in 1927 and still houses the traditional equipment used in the handcrafting of this wine.

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  • 2017 Cabernet Franc ‘TH’, UndurragaRed Wine

    2017 Cabernet Franc ‘TH’, Undurraga

    £2050

    Head winemaker Rafael Urrejola has spent a great deal of time understanding the diversity of Chile’s vineyard sites; the result is the emblematic ‘Terroir Hunter’ range.

    Intense black fruit aromas are complemented by hints of cedar, spice and floral touches of violets as well as characteristic graphite and herbal notes. Firm tannins surround a fresh, textured palate with harmonious balance.

    The Cabernet Franc grapes were sourced from a selected vineyard planted exclusively for this range in Catemito, in the Valle de Maipo. The daily temperatures during the summer are lower in this area than in the rest of the Valle de Maipo, decreasing substantially in March and April, providing the ideal conditions for the tannins to ripen completely and to ensure that the fresh aromas and flavours are preserved. Catemito is located on an alluvial terrace which was formed in the Holocene period, approximately 10,000 years ago.

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  • 2018 Chateau de Carles, FronsacRed Wine

    2018 Chateau de Carles, Fronsac

    £2250

    Château de Carles is a deep and flamboyant Fronsac wine.  Silky on the palate and enveloped in tannins as delicate as they are melted, this wine draws the contours of a resolutely modern Fronsac. It is built around a deep, clean and generous fruit.
    With a price-pleasure ratio at the top of Bordeaux, it is ready to drink immediately but it can also stay in the cellar for a generation.

    A perfect wine for lean cuts of grilled beef and lamb chops.

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  • 2019 ‘Altitude 1350’, Doña PaulaRed Wine

    2019 ‘Altitude 1350’, Doña Paula

    £2295

    This complex blend of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Casavecchia is made grapes picked at an altitude of 1,350 metres above sea level hence the name ‘Altitude 1350’.  It is one of a trio of Dona Paula wines focusing on the altitude of unique and exceptional vineyards.  The other 2 being ‘Altitude 969’ and ‘Altitude 1100’.  All three are exceptional and available from us.

    In the glass Altitude 1350 is a complex, beautifully balanced red wine with spicy and floral notes from the Cabernet Franc and vibrant red fruit notes from the Malbec. Elegant and well-structured with polished tannins which give a long, persistent finish.

    The addition of Casavecchia, an extremely rare red grape variety from Campania in Italy, is particularly unique and interesting as Casavecchia has high levels of anthocyanins which impart its wines with deep colours and strong, supple tannins.

    The grapes for Doña Paula 1350 come from 2 blocks (No10 and No7) of the Alluvia vineyard located in Gualtallary at 1,350 meters above sea level.

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  • 2015 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Château CantemerleRed Wine

    2015 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Château Cantemerle

    £2700

    A traditional and deeply coloured Bordeaux, with a delicate, elegant bouquet of blackcurrant and tobacco through to a smooth, silky palate with a touch of raspberry on the finish.  This second wine of Château Cantemerle comes mainly from the Château’s young vines and is produced in the same way as its elder brother. Les Allées de Cantemerle has the same great personality as the Grand Vin, but is ready to drink earlier.

    Situated in the Haut-Médoc, the Château de Cantermerle vineyard covers 91 hectares of vines. The soils are silica-gravel, which are a result of a thousand-year-old erosion of the Pyrenees by the River Garonne and form one of the fundamental elements of this quality vineyard. The soils are poor in nutrients, so the vines ‘struggle’, resulting in grapes with a high concentration of flavour. In addition, the small pebbles in the soil provide a filter and contribute to the grape’s maturity by reflecting the sun’s rays during the day and retaining the heat during the cooler nights. The vines have an average age of 30 years.

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  • 2019 Coracle, Harry HartmanRed Wine

    2019 Coracle, Harry Hartman

    £3500

    Harry Hartmans’ flagship wine, Coracle is a classic Bordeaux style blend and we are delighted to be among the first to list these fabulous wines in the UK.  Made in tiny quantities these wines are going to be highly sought after very quickly!

    Made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from selected Stellenbosch vineyards.

    This is a powerhouse of a wine, the 4 grape varieties are united in an intriguing and authoritative wine that casts a net of attractive aromas to reel you in. Its hedonistic charm of plum, mulberry, cassis, and blackberry is underpinned with masculine notes of English leather, cedar, tobacco, truffle, and cured meat.   The palate is delicious and mouth-filling.

    This suave Cabernet Sauvignon-driven blend is undoubtedly intended to set sail for a long-lived journey and beckons those in search of a focussed and multi-faceted wine. Adorning this solid backbone, Merlot contributes with lively red fruit and a cool note of fennel that resurfaces as the wine develops in the glass. Trailed by hints of graphite and capsicum, Cabernet Franc takes a bow, adding even more defined fruit and finesse. Noticeable florals, rosemary, and intensity stem from Stellenbosch Petit Verdot to complete this flavour journey.

    In essence, the name refers to a small traditional boat that symbolises the joint effort of a group of friends who adore Bordeaux-style blends.

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  • 2019 MOSI Harry HartmanRed Wine

    2019 MOSI Harry Hartman

    £3500

    Harry Hartman wines are new to these shores and we are delighted to be among the first to list these fabulous wines in the UK.  Made in tiny quantities these wines are going to be highly sought after very quickly!

    This 2019 Classic Blend is a collaboration between Harry Hartman and Tongai Joseph Dhafana, a refugee who turned winemaker, an award-winning Sommelier, a wine judge, a philanthropist and the proud owner of the internationally recognised Mosi Wines and Spirits.

    In the glass, the wine unleashes a refreshing fragrance born from sun-baked-slate, ripe berry fruit, and a peppery perfume of lavender.   The wine is packed with dark fruit like blackberry, mulberry, and plum, with a cool, herbaceous gloss. Hints of rum and raisin positively points to full ripeness, joined by a notable yet balanced alcohol adding to the full, rounded texture of the wine. Clever use of oak adds structure while honouring the fruit, affirmed with a mellow and gentle pull of berry compote. Garigue aromas persist on the palate, edged with fresh acidity and supple tannin for a mouth-watering finish.   A coolness lingers on the palate with a gentler aftertaste of dark, sea salt chocolate.   A very serious wine that will reward over many years.  Decant for an hour before drinking.  Drink now to 2035

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  • 2017 Bayley Ranch Cabernet Franc, Ian BrandRed Wine

    2017 Bayley Ranch Cabernet Franc, Ian Brand

    £3850

    Reminiscent of old-world winemaking Bayly Ranch is an ethereal expression of Cabernet Franc.   Winemaker Ian Brand has uncovered a treasure of a vineyard near a small town called Paicines in the Monterey area of California.  With a population of 40 it according to Ian is famous for a general store where the tacos are mostly disappointing and for being a hideout for the famous outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez!   In years to come, I’m sure that its vineyards will become the towns calling card.    The Bayley Ranch Vineyard benefits from coastal fog off the Monterey Bay via the Pajaro River gap, and the fact that days are warm and the nights cold.  This dramatic temperature change has the effect of riping the grapes inside and out producing excellent berries of intense flavour.   Indeed this wine reminds you of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley but overlaid with the bright fruit befitting California sunshine.

    In the glass, it is perfumed with notes of bright berries and mild spice followed by red fruit, light acidity and savoury umami notes.   There’s a regal feeling to this wine that is hard to express in words – just try it!!   A delicious wine style that will work well with a wide variety of foods, from tacos to fillet steak.  Drink now if you can’t resist but will age well through to 2035.

    Jamie Goode: “This is amazing. It’s floral and fresh with fine strawberry and cherry fruit on the nose with nice hints of green and some dried earth. The palate is fine and tapered with lush, sweet, smooth texture to the strawberry and red cherry fruit. This has lovely depth, some fruit sweetness, and refined green notes. There’s just a hint of that chalky Cabernet Franc character under the sweet, subtly herb-tinged fruit, but the main theme is silky, smooth cashmere-texture refined red fruits. Quite beautiful.” 95 points

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  • 2015 Unánime, La Mascota – MagnumRed Wine

    2015 Unánime, La Mascota – Magnum

    £3950

    Unánime is the top, icon blend of the winery with predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This rich, concentrated wine comes from San Carlos in the Uco Valley and spends a year and a half in French oak barrels before being bottled.

    Made from 50-year-old vines it has black cherry fruit on the nose, with cocoa powder, currant leaf and malt extract. Lovely texture on the palate: ripe, unashamedly New World fruit married to crisp acidity and defined but gentle tannin. Rich and rounded, yet with beautiful freshness and a sense of minerality.   Take your time to sip it, because it gets even better: progressively more silky, with notes of liquorice and violets.

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  • 2013 Alpha M Cabernet Sauvignon, MontesRed Wine

    2013 Alpha M Cabernet Sauvignon, Montes

    £3995

    Montes was first established in 1988 and has quickly become the forerunner of quality and ultra-premium Chilean wines. The Montes Alpha ‘M’ has often been described as ‘first-growth’ quality and having recently tasted this 2013 it is clear to see why.  The wine is only released in superior vintages and of very small and limited quantities.

    This wine is very deep, intense, ruby-red in colour. The nose is perfumed and complex with aromas of ripe red and black fruits over subtle notes of crème de cassis, tobacco, and leather. Spice aromas of red and black pepper mingle with cinnamon and dark chocolate notes. The palate is smooth but structured, with silky tannins.

    This is a wine that will age beautifully.

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