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  • 2019 ‘Essensia’ Orange Muscat, Quady – 375mlDessert Wine, Port & Dessert Wine

    2019 ‘Essensia’ Orange Muscat, Quady – 375ml

    £1450

    Vibrantly coloured, Essencia delivers luscious sweet oranges and apricots on the palate with bittersweet orange marmalade notes which balance well with the fresh citrussy finish.

    In 1980 Andrew Quady discovered a parcel of underused Orange Muscat grapes in Reedley, California, which led him to make a wine that celebrated the intense aromas and spicy fruit flavours of the grapes. In Italy, the variety is known as Moscato Fior d’Arancio: Orange Blossom Muscat.

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  • 2021 ‘Essensia’ Orange Muscat, Quady – 375mlDessert Wine, Port & Dessert Wine

    2021 ‘Essensia’ Orange Muscat, Quady – 375ml

    £1450

    Vibrantly coloured, Essencia delivers luscious sweet oranges and apricots on the palate with bittersweet orange marmalade notes which balance well with the fresh citrussy finish.

    In 1980 Andrew Quady discovered a parcel of underused Orange Muscat grapes in Reedley, California, which led him to make a wine that celebrated the intense aromas and spicy fruit flavours of the grapes. In Italy, the variety is known as Moscato Fior d’Arancio: Orange Blossom Muscat.

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  • 2022 ‘Elysium’ Black Muscat, Quady – 375mlDessert Wine, Port & Dessert Wine

    2022 ‘Elysium’ Black Muscat, Quady – 375ml

    £1500

    Elysium is a brilliant crimson-purple colour with aromas of ripe berries, rose petals, strawberries and lychees. The vibrant acidity balances beautifully with the sweetness of this wine, making it very refreshing.    This wine is amazing with Chocolate desserts and cheese.   This really is one of those wow wines and always elicits the same response – wow!

    This wine also has a great birth story – In 1983 a nearby grower brought Andrew Quady some Black Muscat grapes that were previously destined for sacramental wine at a local church. When the church ceased operations, the grower was left with truckloads of perfectly ripe grapes. Upon hearing that newcomer Quady had some success with Orange Muscat, he knocked on Quady’s door and the rest as they say, is history.

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  • 2019 ‘Maggio’ Chardonnay, Oak Ridge WineryWhite Wine

    2019 ‘Maggio’ Chardonnay, Oak Ridge Winery

    £1695

    This vibrant Chardonnay delivers fruity aromas of peach, mango, pineapple and melon. Beautifully balanced on the palate, with refreshing citrus flavours through to a long finish.

    The estate covers 500 acres of vineyards throughout the Lodi American Viticultural Area, which are situated between the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Francisco Bay. The Chardonnay grapes are grown in the Delta region, west of Lodi, which has a slightly cooler climate than central Lodi, both day and night. This gentle Mediterranean climate of warm days and coastal evening breezes is ideal for the cultivation of worldclass grapes. The mature vines are gnarled and sculpted by time, yielding small amounts of intensely flavoured fruit to create wines that are the ultimate expression of their terroir.

     

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  • 2020 ‘Maggio’ Old Vine Zinfandel, Oak Ridge WineryRed Wine

    2020 ‘Maggio’ Old Vine Zinfandel, Oak Ridge Winery

    £1695

    This traditional Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is deep and rich, showing ripe black fruit flavours with subtle jam and chocolate overtones, typical of these family grown vineyards. Gentle on the palate with a subtle, smoky finish.

    The grapes come from 500 acres of estate vineyards throughout the Lodi American Viticultural Area, which are situated between the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Francisco Bay. The area’s Mediterranean climate of warm days with coastal evening breezes is ideal for the cultivation of world-class wine grapes. The vines, some of which are over 100 years old, are gnarled and sculpted by time, yielding small amounts of intensely flavoured fruit to create wines that are the ultimate expression of their terroir.

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  • 2017 ‘Maggio’ Old Vines Petite Sirah, Oak Ridge WineryRed Wine

    2017 ‘Maggio’ Old Vines Petite Sirah, Oak Ridge Winery

    £1695

    This richly coloured wine offers opulent notes of dark berried fruit and blueberry, with nuances of black pepper, fine cocoa and vanilla. Showing lovely balance, the ripe fruit is enveloped in elegant tannins through to a lingering finish.

    The winemaking philosophy at Oak Ridge honours the importance of finding balance between the land and the makers, beginning first with growing quality grapes. Maggio has become part of the Lodi Rules initiative, which guides sustainable farming practices. Created by farmers it was initially launched as a grassroots educational integrated pest management programme in 1992. Recognising the importance of the ecosystem and biodiversity in the vineyard, it includes pest management initiatives, such as introducing natural predators, which minimises the risks to birds, bees, water and people. Water is carefully managed to ensure efficiency and waste is limited. The soils are treated with organic matter and are cultivated to maximise water penetration to sustain the vine’s roots. As a result the grapes are concentrated with flavour, which translates into fruit-forward, expressive wines.

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  • 2018 Central Coast Unoaked Chardonnay, Lockwood VineyardWhite Wine

    2018 Central Coast Unoaked Chardonnay, Lockwood Vineyard

    £1895

    This Chardonnay shows delightful aromas of delicate white flowers, fresh green apple and notes of caramel. Clean flavours of apricot and pear are balanced by hint of key lime and lively mineral notes, with a creamy texture and supple mouthfeel, the crisp acidity leads to a long finish.

    The grapes are cultivated across the Central Coast, one of the most diverse and climatically cool grape growing regions in California. The soils are made up of crushed fossilised seashells similar to chalk and limestone, which produces elegantly styled wines.

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  • 2019 Pinot Noir, Old StageRed Wine

    2019 Pinot Noir, Old Stage

    £1950

    A balanced and graceful Pinot Noir with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb and a touch of sage. Beautifully integrated oak supports the pure fruit through to a silky finish.

    The fruit comes from two distinct Pinot Noir vineyards: Danny’s Vineyard and Grava, two of the most northerly plantings in Monterey County. The vineyards nestle up to the Gabilan Mountain Range on the eastern side of the Salinas Valley; approximately 10 miles directly across from the Santa Lucia Highlands. The marine influence of the nearby Monterey Bay and the morning fog which clears for the afternoon sun, results in a cool mesoclimate and a long hang-time for the fruit. The grapes reflect the cool climate character, with complex aromatics and flavours and natural balancing acidity.

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  • The Whole Shebang Cuvée XIV, Bedrock Wine CoRed Wine

    The Whole Shebang Cuvée XIV, Bedrock Wine Co

    £2100

    This is the 14th cuvee of this Californian version of a high-class Cotes du Rhone made by Morgan Twain-Peterson MW.   Bedrock has been making stunning small-production wines from some of California’s oldest vineyards since 2007, so some seriously old vine fruit ends up in this blend.   Shebang! is a blend of Zinfandel, Carignan, Alicante Bouchet, Syrah and Barbera fermented with native yeasts and aged in primarily neutral barrels (15% in new French oak).  Each grape variety is vinified separately and added to a multi-vintage Solera. Each year he tops it up with new wines after drawing off the wine to be bottled.

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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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  • 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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  • 2019 Old Stage Chardonnay, Gabilan WineryWhite Wine

    2019 Old Stage Chardonnay, Gabilan Winery

    £2195

    A richly textured Chardonnay, with bright notes of citrus, pear and tangerine and a touch of oak spice through to a long, elegant finish with mineral nuances.

    The fruit comes from the estate ‘Grava’ vineyard, which is one of the most northerly plantings in Monterey County. It nestles up to the Gabilan Mountain Range on the eastern side of the Salinas Valley; approximately 10 miles directly across from the Santa Lucia Highlands. The marine influence of the nearby Monterey Bay and the morning fog which clears for the afternoon sun, results in a cool mesoclimate and a long hang-time for the fruit. The grapes reflect the cool climate character, with complex aromatics and flavours and natural balancing acidity. The vineyard is cultivated sustainably and are certified by the California Sustainable Wine Growing Alliance.

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  • 2018 Wonderwall Syrah, Field RecordingsRed Wine

    2018 Wonderwall Syrah, Field Recordings

    £2350

    Wonderwall wines are made with grapes grown in extreme, coastal locations and this stunning, approachable Syrah from winemaker Andrew Jones of Field Recordings is for all those lovers of the Rhone Valley classics, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas or Saint-Joseph.

    In the glass, the wine has the prettiest deep purple you will ever see, almost worthy of its own Farrow and Ball colour! Victoria plums, coffee bean, grilled meats, and some thyme and tapenade to add to the lovely plush, rounded palate. The finish is lifted and lingering and blueberry dominant.  It’s a lovely, supple expression of the grape.

    As a vine nursery fieldman, Andrew Jones has spent many hours exploring vineyards, planning, planting, and chatting with farmers all over the Central Coast. He began spotting more and more interesting and overlooked vineyards – often rocky, wilder sites located closer to the Pacific, farmed mindfully by clients who have become friends over many years.  This Syrah is sourced from three such vineyards, Zabala in Arroyo Seco AVA, Hinterland in Paso Robles AVA, and Stolo in the tiny coastal community of Cambria.

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  • 2020 Wonderwall Chardonnay, Field RecordingsWhite Wine

    2020 Wonderwall Chardonnay, Field Recordings

    £2350

    I secretly think we all miss those big luscious, oaky Californian Chardonnays, the ones before they all got expensive and over-the-top.

    The Wonderwall 2020 vintage makes a strong first impression with a nose full of pears and clementines. The palate is full of summery notes of ripe stone fruit, citrus and pie crust.  As with all the Wonderwall Chardonnays from previous vintages, it has that irresistible mouthwatering feeling that invites the next sip.  Drink now and to 2026.

    As a vine nursery fieldman, Andrew Jones has spent many hours exploring vineyards, planning, planting, and chatting with farmers all over the Central Coast. He began spotting more and more interesting and overlooked vineyards – often rocky, wilder sites located closer to the Pacific, farmed mindfully by clients who have become friends over many years.  This Chardonnay is sourced from Edna Valley.

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  • 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gnarly HeadRed Wine

    2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Gnarly Head

    £2350

    This Cabernet Sauvignon is a bold wine grown from some of the oldest vines in California. Gnarly Head’s untamed vines produce full-flavoured grapes, dense with aromas of black cherry, juicy blackberry, peppercorn and charred oak. This dense and jammy wine boasts a bold tannin structure and a generous finish for those who like unique, big wines with a little eclectic edge.

    This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from grapes grown in the Lodi region of California and aged in American oak barrels, lending to its rich and complex aromas of spice and smoke.

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