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  • 2019 Long River Shiraz, Dowie DooleRed Wine

    2019 Long River Shiraz, Dowie Doole

    £995

    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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  • 2018 Chianti, MediceoRed Wine

    2018 Chianti, Mediceo

    £1095

    Fruit for the Chianti Mediceo is sourced by Alberto Antonini from the wider Chianti area, with a large portion of the blend coming from the hills around Florence.

    The wine is deep ruby in colour. On the nose, it has bright cherry fruit aromas combined with hints of chocolate and balsamic vinegar. On the palate, the fruit is supported by fine-grain tannins. The finish is savoury with a hint of minerality.

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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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  • 2016 Roc Rouge, Aubai MemaRed Wine

    2016 Roc Rouge, Aubai Mema

    £1150

    This ink-black Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackcurrant, cassis and dark chocolate on the nose. These are joined by deep rich bramble fruits on the palate. Thick tannins and a smooth mouthfeel make this an excellent match with rustic stews and roast meats.

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  • 2014 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine Roche AudranRed Wine

    2014 Côtes du Rhône, Domaine Roche Audran

    £1250

    The highly motivated and energetic Vincent Rochette is only in his mid-30s but has already made a name for himself for his superbly sculpted Visans and Cotes du Rhones. He owns land in both the communes of Visan and Buisson and this diversity of terroirs largely explains the extraordinary complexity in his wines.

    Stunning is a word that can easily be over-used but it is hard to think of another word for the quality. His organic, biodynamic wines have an additional depth to them and exhibit a purity of fruit and ripeness which manifests itself in the wines’ silky texture as much as its flavours.

    This is a wonderful Cotes du Rhone made from a 60-year-old vineyard on the slopes of Rasteau and Cairanne.  The vineyard is surrounded by natural vegetation that contributes to the aromatic complexity of the wines: Aleppo pine, white oak, viburnum, boxwood, rosemary, dogwood, thyme.   It is intensely fleshy, generous and full-bodied red wine packed with mulberry spice and damson fruit.   Smooth and soft tannins with excellent length and freshness.

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  • 2018 Albion, Domaine Aubai MemaWhite Wine

    2018 Albion, Domaine Aubai Mema

    £1450

    Albion is a seductive blend of chardonnay and viognier hand-picked from vines that are over 25 years old.  The heady nose scented with pear, white peach, linden and acacia. Seductive roundness on the palate which combines fat and aromatic freshness. Aroma adds suppleness and lovely drinkability. An indulgent wine for sharing.”

    he origin of the name Aubais is the word ‘alba’ meaning ‘white’ which refers to the white rocks that rose out of the sea bed 15 million years ago, upon which the village of Aubai and its fortress were built.

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  • 2012 Côtes du Rhône Visan, Domaine Roche AudranRed Wine

    2012 Côtes du Rhône Visan, Domaine Roche Audran

    £1475

    The highly motivated and energetic Vincent Rochette is only in his mid-30s but has already made a name for himself for his superbly sculpted Visans and Cotes du Rhones. He owns land in both the communes of Visan and Buisson and this diversity of terroirs largely explains the extraordinary complexity in his wines.  Stunning is a word that can easily be over-used but it is hard to think of another word for the quality. His organic, biodynamic wines have an additional depth to them and exhibit a purity of fruit and ripeness which manifests itself in the wines’ silky texture as much as its flavours.

    This 2012 Côtes du Rhône Visan is made from grapes from a vineyard that originally belonged to Vincent’s grandmother.   The soil dates from the 4th ice age, 80,000 years ago… It is very arid and is composed of more than 60% stones. On this clay-limestone sandy terroir, Domaine Roche Audran planted Grenache on the soils with red-brown colouration and Syrah on the dark brown soils.    In the glass, the wine has aromas of red berries and blackberries with hints of violet.  The palate is full, silky and fresh with blackcurrant and white pepper.  The concludes with a long and refreshing finish of delicious black fruits.

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  • 2018 L’ Insoumise, Domaine Aubai MemaRed Wine

    2018 L’ Insoumise, Domaine Aubai Mema

    £1500

    L’insoumise’ means ‘the rebel’ or ‘the indomitable one’. You see, if grape varieties were people, a Cabernet Sauvignon would be your favourite son-in-law, a Chardonnay might be the obliging shop assistant in Tiffany, while a Merlot would be that nice guy you meet at parties, a good mixer but you never remember his name. Carignan would be Carmen. Treat her right and there is no guarantee that she will return the favour. The most capricious of all the grape varieties, Carignan yields can vary by 50% from year to year. She drives you to distraction but she is well worth the wait!

    Thankfully this one is excellent and rewards those fans of carignan greatly – a deep violet colour in the glass with an expansive kirsch-driven nose. In the mouth, there’s an explosion of flavours of red fruit and garrigue plants, with surprising length.

     

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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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  • 2016 `Lenz` Kamptal Riesling, LoimerWhite Wine

    2016 `Lenz` Kamptal Riesling, Loimer

    £1695

    Fred Loimers wines are among the very best examples of Gruner Veltliner and Riesling in Austria, biodynamic since in 2006, all Fred’s wines are also vegan and vegetarian.

    This 2016 ‘Lenz’ Riesling is full of white peaches and fine fruits on the nose. The first sip underscores these aromas. Light-bodied and crisp with lovely tension on the palate, this Riesling has mouth-watering acidity and clean fruit flavours. Perfect as an aperitif.

     

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  • 2014 Corralillo Syrah Organic, Matetic VineyardsRed Wine

    2014 Corralillo Syrah Organic, Matetic Vineyards

    £1695

    Matetic are based in the Rosario Valley, situated between the coastal valleys of Casablanca and San Antonio. Our vineyards were planted in 1999, on the hillsides of this privileged area, making us among the pioneers of cool-climate Syrah production in Chile.

    This wine is named Corralillo after the name of a very old wine cellar that used to be in El Rosario Valley, where wines of the ancient “País” grape were once made.

    In the glass the wine is a vivid red with a deep pink-purple tint. Rising from the glass are generous and intense varietal aromas, with hints of red fruits, violets and pepper while chocolate notes from the oak combine with the spiciness to create balance. Finely structured, intense and complex; balanced, with long tannins and a lingering finish.

    The grapes are harvested from vineyard plots that have two common characteristics: both are located on slopes with different sun exposure, where the predominant soils are of granitic origin with quartzite rocks and clay, low fertility and excellent drainage. They are also managed according to organic and biodynamic principles. The main type of Syrah clone is 174; it produces aromatic, balanced wines with a long-lasting taste. Adding a small amount of clone 470, the wine gains concentration and long silky tannins. Canopy and water management allows a healthy balance between grapes production and growth. The low yields result in fruit with a higher concentration of colour, aroma and flavour.

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  • 2016 Beaujolais En Besset, Domaine de FaRed Wine

    2016 Beaujolais En Besset, Domaine de Fa

    £1695

    When Brothers Maxime and Antoine Graillot purchase an Estate in Beaujolais, it is worth taking note of. The Estate has parcels in Côte de Besset, Saint Amour and fruit from Fleurie.

    Domaine de Fa bases this particular cuvée on a roughly equal blend of vines that sit within both the ‘Beaujolais-Villages’ and ‘Beaujolais’ AOCs and certain vintages may also contain some declassified Saint-Amour fruit. At its edge of the Juliénas border, the Côte de Besset reaches 450 metres so even in warm years you get lovely, mouth-watering freshness and perfume.

    En Besset ferments in concrete and spends time in foudre. It has red fruits, sappy, tart palate and some spice: Everything you expect from Beaujolais. It also packs some earth, gritty tannins and a streak of savouriness. As a result, this is a Rhone Valley lovers Beaujolais and it is glorious. Drink En Besset now, drink in 10 years. It’ll be a charmer for the long-term. Olives and fetta are all that you need to enjoy this wine.

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