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  • 2019 Long River Shiraz, Dowie DooleRed Wine

    2019 Long River Shiraz, Dowie Doole

    £1050

    The Long River Shiraz is made by Dowie Doole Chief Winemaker Chris Thomas and is sourced from selected vineyards grown alongside Australia’s longest river, the River Murray in South Australia. Pure 100% Shiraz this red wine exhibits aromas of plum, clove and pepper alongside notes of vanilla and mocha from the use of oak. The fruit from the nose flows onto the palate bursting with luscious flavours of plum and vanilla giving the wine a long lingering finish.

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  • 2019 `Hécula` Organic Monastrell, Bodega CastanoRed Wine

    2019 `Hécula` Organic Monastrell, Bodega Castano

    £1095

    A Monastrell from 50 year-old-vines, Hecula is a deep, alluring purple in the glass, boasting aromas of blueberry, wild raspberry, and liquorice with hints of violet and allspice. On the palate, it is full-bodied, with an inviting richness. Notes of toasted cedar and nutmeg are neatly integrated with red berry fruit. Silky mouthfeel and soft, ripe tannins are balanced by the wine’s juicy acidity.

    This wine is from Las Gruesas and Pozuelo vineyards which are situated at an altitude 750 metres above sea level. This area has a very different microclimate from the rest of the region which is clearly continental. It has minimum temperatures of -10°C in winter and up to 42°C in summer. The area is prone to infrequent but heavy spells of rain. The average age of the vines is 50 years old and the density is 1,600 vines per hectare. Soils are a mix of sandstone and limestone.

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  • 2019 Casimir Rosé, Domaine Aubai MemaRose Wine

    2019 Casimir Rosé, Domaine Aubai Mema

    £1150

    Made from Grenache grapes from 50-year-old vines this is simply a stunning mouthwatering rosé.  Pale in colour with a delicious textural mouthfeel.

    Forbes Magazine: “A lot more than a swimming pool rosé thanks to its restrained muscularity topped off with a beguiling infusion of strawberries.”

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  • 2018 L’ Insoumis, Domaine Aubai MemaRed Wine

    2018 L’ Insoumis, Domaine Aubai Mema

    £1500

    This natural wine is an exceptionally pure expression of Syrah.  Grapes are handpicked from 25-year-old Syrah vines and fermented at low temperatures, using indigenous yeasts only.  No chemical additives were added so as well as being organic, biodynamic the wine is natural. It was bottled rapidly in the year of harvest with no added sulfites and no oak ageing.    What strikes you about this wine is its purity, silky mouthfeel and its intense long finish.   The flavours and aromas are all classic Syrah – plums, black fruit, leather.

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  • 2018 The Love Grass Shiraz, d’Arenberg Wine Republic Heros Red Wine

    2018 The Love Grass Shiraz, d’Arenberg

    £1595

    The Love Grass 2020 is a Shiraz straight from the d’Arenberg playbook. As a young wine when first opened, it may appear closed, dark and brooding. Tar, earth and black liquorice. Air and time both help to massage out the abundant sweet fruits, blackberry and plum with an undertone of fennel and spice. In a similar way, the palate starts quite muscular and tight but over time relaxes into a more generous juicy wine. As the juicy fruit evolves the initially rustic tannins start to settle into it like sinking into a plush armchair. The strong earth characters are a nod to the organic and biodynamic principles adopted in the vineyard. The character of the fruit is gently supported, rather than dominated, by savoury old oak barrels. All in all, this is a structural wine that over-delivers at the price point and will certainly benefit from decanting whilst rewarding those with the patience to cellar it well for 5 to 10 years

    Lovegrass is a weed that grows in the vineyards and its sticky flowers affectionately attach themselves to vineyard workers’ socks. This Shiraz will linger with you in the same way that the flowers do!

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  • 2019 Chiroubles, Dominique MorelRed Wine

    2019 Chiroubles, Dominique Morel

    £1675

    Clear ruby in the glass, this wine displays aromas of cherry and cassis. The palate is elegant and rounded, with notes of wild strawberry and cherry that marry perfectly with delicate tannins.

    Dominique has 18 hectares of vineyards across Beaujolais, which are planted on relatively low vigour granite soils. His Chiroubles vineyard is his highest altitude site. All work in the vineyard, including harvesting, is done by han

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  • 2018 La Touge, AOP Minervois la Liviniere, Château MarisRed Wine

    2018 La Touge, AOP Minervois la Liviniere, Château Maris

    £1695

    Perhaps the world’s greenest wine project, Château Maris is located within the of AOP Minervois La Livinière in the heart of the Languedoc, where the Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees mountains come together.  Winemaker Robert Eden is strongly committed to sustainable agriculture and follows organic and biodynamic principles.

    The winding road leading to the plots of Syrah vines located on the terraces at the foot of La Livinière gave its name to this expressive wine.   In the glass La Rouge opens with aromas rich black fruits, smoke and cocoa. Inky purple in the glass the palate displays full-bodied richness, beautifully integrated acidity, juicy ripe tannins and no hard edges.

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  • 2015 La Douzieme, Domaine Aubai MemaRed Wine

    2015 La Douzieme, Domaine Aubai Mema

    £1750

    The refined nose is driven by plum, cherry and peach with a spicy touch of garrigue (think herbes de Provence). Chewy, powerful palate with aromatic depth placing rich, suave Mediterranean flavours to the fore.

    The name is best explained by winemaker Mark Haynes: When I first started making this wine, the percentage of viognier was a twelfth of the total, about 8%, and with ‘twelfth’ being ‘douzième’ in French, the wine pretty much found its own name. (Somewhat more obliquely, from Côte Rotie we get ‘la côte’ one of whose meanings is ‘rib’ and being a feminine word, led me to Eve, who it is said was created from Adam’s twelfth rib.

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  • 2017 Chardonnay, Casa Lo AltoWhite Wine

    2017 Chardonnay, Casa Lo Alto

    £1995

    Valencian winemaker Víctor Marqués has crafted a fabulous wine using organic, biodynamic and sustainable principles.  It opens in the glass with intense aromas of tropical fruit with notes of vanilla and roasted flavours.  Full-bodied on the palate, soft and silky texture, well-integrated acidity. Intense notes of pineapple and vanilla with a very long finish. This Chardonnay has a great character and an impressive length.

    After whole bunch pressing the wine ages on its lees for five months in French oak which adds subtle vanilla and toasty notes to the intense tropical pineapple flavours and aromas.

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  • 2017 Manzan, Casa Lo AltoRed Wine

    2017 Manzan, Casa Lo Alto

    £1995

    Casa Lo Alto Manzán is made from Bobal, a grape that is increasingly attracting the attention of wine consumers. Most people have never heard of Bobal, and yet it is the second most planted red grape variety in Spain, second only to Tempranillo!  Traditionally used in bulk wine production it is no finding it feet as a standalone wine and as the muse of exceptional winemakers such as Casa Lo Alto’s Valencian winemaker Víctor Marqués.  Using organic, biodynamic and sustainable principles he has crafted this stunning Bobal from three vineyards planted between 1940 and 1965.

    Casa Lo Alto Manzán 2017 is a fluid red wine with light herbaceous aromas and Incisive red fruit. On the palate, it is fresh and fruity, with medium acidity and mouthwatering dry tannins.  This really is such a pure and joyful wine and deserves your attention!

    Interesting facts: The vines are planted bush-style in order to save water and protect them from over-exposure to the sun. In the soil, which is calcareous clayey and poor in organic matter, the use of chemical products is avoided and biodynamic preparations are used.   In the winery, the grapes are destemmed but not pressed. Once they arrive, they undergo spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts. After pressing the juice is then decanted into barrels to rest on its lees for approximately 10 months.

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  • 2015 Lunatico, Domaine Aubai MemaRed Wine

    2015 Lunatico, Domaine Aubai Mema

    £2100

    We love old vine Grenache and this beauty is no exception!  Intense ruby colour in the glass with a focused, expressive nose with upfront red fruit and a subtle spice note. Full, ample, warm palate opening up to the fruit. The peppery nose dimension recurs on the finish. Lovely length that draws you into that second sip…

    The Grenache for Lunatico comes from a small north-facing vineyard over half a century old. The grapes are hand-picked then sorted, though not destemmed, and vinified very gently over a 25 day period using only natural yeasts. The 24 months spent in 600-litre barrels gives Lunatico an ageing perspective of 10-15 years.   

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  • 2018 Cahors ‘K-lys’, Clos TroteligotteRed Wine

    2018 Cahors ‘K-lys’, Clos Troteligotte

    £2100

    A powerful Cahors showing intense dark fruits, plums and blackberries layered with nuances of leather, which follow through to a richly textured palate. Complex and structured, elderberry and blackberry are enveloped by hints of vanilla and focussed mineral notes. Beautifully balanced with a long persistent finish.

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  • 2017 Zero Manipulation ‘Tollini Vineyard’, Peterson WineryRed Wine

    2017 Zero Manipulation ‘Tollini Vineyard’, Peterson Winery

    £2150

    This blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah (73%,22% and 5%) has inviting aromas of wild red fruits, hints of spice and a rustic minerality which leads to luscious layers of raspberry, strawberry, floral notes and pomegranate, surrounded by a subtle structure and a touch of liquorice on the finish.  Zero Manipulation is the winemaking philosophy that is employed on all Peterson wines, using the gentlest winemaking techniques possible to maximise flavours, aromas and the original essence of the grapes from the given vineyard and vintage.

    The Tollini Vineyard is located in Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley and has been in the Tollini family for three generations; now in the hands of Alvin Tollini. The Zero Manipulation Blend is made up of predominantly Carignan, where the vines are traditionally head trained and dry farmed. The blocks were originally planted by Alvin Tollini’s father and grandfather and old-vine, low yielding Carignan remains from the original plantings and produces concentrated, flavoursome fruit. Alvin’s father added to the acreage after he returned from WWII. The Syrah and Grenache were planted by Alvin using the same time-honoured techniques and sustainable approach and they add layers of depth, complexity and balance to the blend. The vines are planted on southwest facing benches in the Redwood Valley and are cultivated with a meticulously sustainable approach.

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  • 2016 Zweigelt, HeinrichRed Wine

    2016 Zweigelt, Heinrich

    £2195

     If you’re a lover of Beaujolais or Valpolicella then this Austrian Red made from 100% Zweigelt could be the one for you.   In the UK we drink very little Austrian red wines and the Wine Republic team are guilty of that as well BUT we we do we are always pleasantly surprised by how good they can be, and this Zweigelt from Heinrich is one of those wines.

    The vines of 2016 bequeathed grapes with extraordinary finesse.  In the glass you will find a dance of cherry aromas from morello to wild.  On the palate the tannins are fine but catchy. Despite all finesse and cool elegance, one attribute remains at the heart of this Zweigelt: pure juiciness. To allow this mouth- watering juiciness to flow unhindered, serve best at 15-16° C.

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  • 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘R Collection’, Raymond VineyardsRed Wine

    2020 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘R Collection’, Raymond Vineyards

    £2195

    This Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of dark red fruits and blackberry pie accented with a touch of clove. Opulent on the palate with rich flavours of blackcurrant and plum which intermingle seamlessly with the soft, round tannins to create a long, delicious finish.

    The R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the finest vineyards throughout California, with each area adding a unique layer into the overall taste profile. The vines are planted in gravel soils overlaid with alluvial layers, which provides the vines with good drainage.

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