Welcome to Vinoteca’s Bar list – Autumn/Winter 2009/2010
Our wine list has seen some consolidation this winter, with a fairly comprehensive revision of
some of our wines from France, Italy & Spain. However the number of new wines this time
around is a record eighty nine, and all continue to be a selection produced by small estates,
displaying a true sense of place and character. The continued weak state of the Pound
against the Euro has meant that we have had to search even more rigorously to ensure that
we can continue to offer wines at prices which represent great value for money.
New additions include reds, whites and sparklers from Austria, Germany, Australia, New
Zealand, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and the USA as well as Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy,
the Languedoc, the Loire, Provence and the Rhône; Galicia, Castilla y Leon, Priorat, Rioja
and Yecla, Alto Adige, Friuli, Lombardy, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardinia, Tuscany, Umbria and the
Veneto. Please feel free to ask any of our staff for advice; we are very happy to help.
We hope you enjoy drinking these wines as much as we have enjoyed choosing them, and
look forward to seeing you soon.
Charlie, Brett and Elena
Organic and Biodynamic Wines
Our portfolio of organic and biodynamic wines continues to increase. They are marked on the list as
• ORGANIC, marked * - made from grapes grown without the use of pesticides or chemical
fertilizers and with a minimum of additives in the winery.
• BIODYNAMIC, marked ** - Biodynamics, which predates the organic movement, considers a
vineyard in its entirety as a living system. The soil is seen as an organism in its own right,
influenced by cosmic and lunar rhythms. Natural preparations are used instead of pesticides and
fertilizers to enhance the life of the soil and deal with disease.
Wine Shop Orders
All of our wines are available by the bottle or case – please ask for our Shop List. If you would like to
create your own mixed case we would be delighted to oblige – just let us know what type of wines you
would like to try and your budget and we’ll help you choose from our wide selection. To order or for
further assistance please e-mail email@example.com or call us on 020 7253 8786
We offer four pre-selected mixed cases throughout the year, and the seasonal case is at £69.50. The
cases offer great value and showcase wines that we feel are of particular interest at the moment.
Please see the back of this list for full details.
A 5% discount is offered on purchases of 12 bottles or more if collected from our shop.
Local wine delivery is usually free. Otherwise delivery costs are £12 for the first case of wine and £6
per case after that.
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Food and Wines by the Glass
We also have a wide selection of wines available by the glass and a delicious seasonal menu
prepared by our chefs – please see the menus on the tables or ask a member of staff. We are open
all day Monday to Saturday, 12pm to 11pm and on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. The kitchen is open
from 12pm to 2.45pm and 6.30pm to 10.00pm Monday to Friday, on Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm
and from 6pm to 10pm, and on Sundays from 12pm to 4pm.
NV Cava Brut Reserva from Torre del Gall (Penedes, Spain) £23.50
A small, high quality estate now owned by Freixenet, this superb Cava Reserva is tremendous value and has a complex,
intense palate balanced by a wonderfully fresh, yeasty & lemony finish.
NV Prosecco dei Conegliano-Valdobbiadene from Bernardi Refrontolo (Veneto, Italy) £23.50
This fine example of Prosecco has aromas of blanched almonds, white flowers and pear skin. The palate is soft and clean with
apple and quince fruit flavour. It is sealed with a crown cap, a highly effective closure.
NV Vino Spumante Rosato Brut ‘Cuvée Rosé’ from Il Follo (Veneto, Italy) £27.50
A delicious sparkling rosé made from a blend of 85% Prosecco and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, grown in the Conegliano &
Valdobbiadene regions of the Veneto. Fresh, lively, ripe and scented with soft redcurrant fruit and a very ‘more-ish’ nature.
NV Brut Cuvee from Jansz (Tasmania, Yarra Valley & South Australia) £28.75
A ‘multi-regional’ Australian sparkling wine, and a very good one at that. ‘Champagne’ in style with fresh, yeasty, appley fruit,
good depth and a clean and long finish.
2003 Classic Cuvee from Nyetimber (West Sussex, England) £47.50
England’s most famous sparkling wine – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier in top, Champagne-busting form.
NV Champagne Blanc de Noirs ‘Cuvée Speciale’ from Renard Barnier (Villevenard, France) £39.95
A blend of Champagne’s black grapes (Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier), aged for 3 years, resulting in a richer style of wine, with
great intensity, while still remaining fresh on the palate. Delicious.
NV Champagne Rosé from René Jolly (Landreville, France) £46.50
An independent Champagne house since 1737, using only their own grapes (rare in the Champagne region). This is an
intensely coloured rosé, with ripe red fruit aromas, a delicate mousse, and long impressive finish.
NV Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs from Philippe Gonet (Le Mesnil, France) £55.00
An excellent Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) from producer Gonet, made with fruit from the sites of Cotes des Blancs and
Montgueux. Lovely freshness with good richness on the palate and a delicious ‘Brioche’ character.
2002 Champagne Le Mesnil Grand Cru from Union des Proprietaires-Récoltants (Le Mesnil Sur Oger, France) £58.50
This co-operative’s principal business is to supply “Vin Clair” to all the grand marques. This is their first own label Champagne,
made from 100% Grand Cru Chardonnay, with patisserie aromas and a buttery richness, it is finely structured and well
balanced. An impressive effort form this outstanding Co-operative
1995 Champagne Brut from Krug (Reims, France) limited stock £175.00
Krug made an exceptional Champagne in 1995, with intense aromas of ginger, citrus, candied berry and bread and a finely
crafted structure with a creamy texture and a super-long finish.
1996 Champagne RD from Bollinger (Ay, France) £180.00
The R.D. ('Recently Disgorged') style was introduced for the first time by Madame Bollinger in 1961 on the 1952 Bollinger
Grande Année. The '96 has an expressive bouquet of spices, acacia & scented fruit, and a silky palate with hugely
impressive measures of complexity & freshness.
2004 Riesling from Domaine Rolly-Gassmann (Alsace)* £28.45
The Rolly-Gassmanns believe in minimum interference; the less you do the better it tastes. This is fabulous Riesling; medium
in weight but wonderful concentration; aromatic & minerally, dry at both the first & last tastes but with beautifully rich fruit.
2007 Pinot Blanc ‘Klevner’ from Domaine Léon Boesch (Alsace)** £28.00
As is usual in Alsace, although this is labelled Pinot Blanc it is actually 60% Auxerrois and 40% Pinot Blanc, grown on
sandstone soils. The wine ferments at its own pace in large wooden foudres and ages for a further 9 months before bottling.
The wine is dry with with a stunningly pure freshness, good mouthfeel from contact with the lees, and a long, zippy finish.
2007 Gewurztraminer ‘Silberberg’ from Domaine Pfister (Alsace) £32.50
Melanie Pfister is the 8th generation to run this domaine in Dahlenheime. The wine is spicy & fresh on the nose with
characteristic rose petal perfumes. Ripe and round, it is balanced & elegant with good intensity and true freshness on the finish.
2007 Vouvray Sec ‘Le Mont’ from Domaine Huet (Loire) £36.45
Nöel Pinguet’s Vouvray’s are as brilliant now as they have ever been. Described by him as a ‘classic’ vintage, this dry ’07
has apples & quince on the nose and is fresh & forward with honeycomb characters, superb acidity, ripe fruit & good length.
2007 Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie ‘Clos du Ferré’ from Michel et Stéphane David (Loire) £19.95
The vines in single vineyard ‘Clos du Ferré’ are old & well established, creating surprising complexity in this superb Muscadet.
Contact with lees further enhances the depth & texture, and the palate has great balance of pure fruit and good minerality.
2008/2009 Sauvignon Blanc Vin de Pays du Val de Loire from Vignerons Valencay (Loire) £17.25
This wine is dry yet aromatic with notes of pineapple and apricot. It shows good depth on the mid palate which makes it
highly quaffable. It has a fragrant nettley character on the palate, along with a crisp acidity on the finish.
2008 Quincy from Domaine des Ballandors (Loire) £25.10
Made by husband and wife team Jean Tatin and Chantal Wilk, this ripe & clean Loire Sauvignon is bright & light yellow in
colour, with a fresh, aromatic nose, displaying perfumes which range from gooseberry through to herbaceous characters.
2008 Sancerre from Domaine Vincent Delaporte (Loire) £32.45
Delaporte’s Sancerre is blended from 28 vineyard plots, which gives the wine finesse, aromatic complexity and superb
minerality. Aged for 3 months on it’s lees, it is one of the best Sancerres we have tasted, and has great ageing potential.
2007 Chablis from Domaine Vrignaud (Burgundy) £27.30
A wonderful example of Chablis with crisp & ripe fruit, refreshing acidity and the ‘steeliness’ that characterises great Chablis.
The perfect alternative to overripe and over-oaked Chardonnay.
2006 Bourgogne Aligoté from Jean-Philippe Fichet (Burgundy) £28.45
Made from the ‘other’ white grape of Burgundy, this delicious Aligoté is fresh and focused with a hint of sherry aroma on the
nose and citrus, nut and mineral characters bursting from the palate.
2007 St Véran ‘L’Oeuvre de Perraud’ from Domaine Perraud (Burgundy) £29.00
Our friend Tim Johnston, owner of Juveniles wine bar & restaurant in Paris, was responsible for the discovery of this wine in
the UK. Lively & fresh giving way to a round, complex & fairly full palate with flavours of lightly-grilled almonds & stone fruits.
2003 Bourgogne Blanc ‘Les Herbeux’ from Caillot (Burgundy) £32.30
This is a real find – a single vineyard Bourgogne Blanc (highly unusual) made from a parcel of vines just south of ‘La Barre’ in
Meursault. Indeed it bears many of the hallmarks of fine Meursault – a wonderful nose of rich lemon & fine oak and a complex
palate with stunning definition & structure, rich fruit and a dry, minerally, fresh finish.
2006 Rully 1er Cru ‘Chapitre’ from Domaine Belleville (Burgundy) £39.75
A superb Burgundy that impressed us greatly. This 1er Cru site is based on mineral-rich limestone soil, accentuating natural
acidity. It has a supreme balance of stunningly complex fresh fruit flavours, toast and spice, length and lip-smacking acidity.
2007 Pouilly Fuissé Vieilles Vignes from Domaine la Soufrandise (Burgundy) £35.75
A high quality Pouilly Fuissé with that all important balance between pure, fresh & punchy fruit and richness, texture and
fine-quality oak. Francoise & Nicolas Melin’s old-vine chardonnay is drinkable white Burgundy at its best.
2004 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Clos St Jean’ from Michel Niellon (Burgundy) £85.00
Michel Niellon’s production is tiny, and the quality extremely high. The 2004 ‘Clos St Jean’, from a higher location in the
village, has supreme elegance & subtlety, with amazing depth. The finish is clean & mineral-tinged with a hint of hazelnut.
2007 Roussette de Savoie ‘Cru Frangy’ from Domaine Bruno Lupin (Savoie) £25.25
From one of the best ‘crus’ in Savoie, located close to the Swiss border near Lake Geneva. Made from the Altesse grape
(aka Roussette), it has hints of pear & gingerbread and is soft, fresh & delicious.
2008 Vin de Pays du Gers Blanc from Lesc (Gascony) £13.95
Exceptional wine from the south western region of Gascony, made from Uni Blanc and Colombard. Fresh citrus flavours with a
long, rich finish this is great as an aperitif or with chicken or pork dishes.
2007 Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Sec Vieilles Vignes from Domaine Berthoumieu (Gascony) £27.75
From the Madiran appellation of Gascony, this dry Pacherenc is a blend of Gros Manseng (50%), Petit Courbu (25%) and Petit
Manseng (25%). Aromas of peach & grapefruit with a fresh, precise palate and a lovely dry finish.
2007 Bordeaux Blanc Sec from Chateau des Antonins (Bordeaux) £20.50
Located in the southern part of Graves, this estate has been owned by the Roquefeuil family since the 1850s. A blend of 70%
Sauvignon & 30% Semillon, this white is fresh and textured with good aromatics, clean pear fruit & hints of gooseberry bush.
2008 Montravel Sec from Domaine de Perreau (Dordogne) £21.95
From an area close to Bergerac, this elegant and smooth white is made from 80% Sauvignon Gris and 20% Semillon. It is
restrained, clean and minerally with fresh melon and pear, good minerality and a soft texture.
2006 Condrieu from Pierre Benetiere (Rhône) limited stock £45.00
Pierre Benetiere’ Condrieu (always 100% Viognier) has a floral nose with hints of honeysuckle & beautifully elegant flavours of
apricot, pear and spice. A wine which is modern in style, silky, concentrated and perfumed, without ever being extracted.
2005 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc from Chateau de Beaucastel (Rhône) £68.50
Beaucastel’s ’05 white is a blend of 80% Roussanne and 20% white Grenache fermented 80% in tank and 20% in barrel. It
has aromas of honeysuckle, rose & hazelnuts. Four years’ ageing is just enough to ensure that the rich & textured fruit, now
gaining spice & complexity, is balanced by good acidity and freshness. A classic.
2008 VDP des Bouches du Rhône Blanc from Domain Isle St Pierre (Provence)** £20.95
From a small island close to the Camargue in Provence, this is a blend of Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc with a little Muscat à
Petit Grains. It is medium in weight with ripe & fresh fruit and a clean, dry palate with lovely lemony concentration.
2008 VDP des Bouches du Rhône Clairette from Chateau Roquefort (Provence)** £24.00
A very crisp & dry white made entirely from the Clairette grape in the area surrounding Marseille in Provence. It has a ripe yet
delicate palate and combines full & complex fruit with a dry and fresh character.
2008 Côtes de Provence Blanc ‘Valerie’ from Saint André de Figuière (Provence) £27.25
Cuvée ‘Valerie’ is made predominantly from Provence’s classic white variety Rolle (aka Vermentino), with the addition of a
little Semillon & Ugni Blanc. It has delicate floral & citrus aromas with good weight, full & pure fruit and a fresh, minerally finish.
2007 VDP d’Oc Roussanne from Domaine La Croix Gratiot (Languedoc) £16.50
Aromas of grapefruit and apple lead to a fresh but full palate with excellent balance between a zesty acidity and the
characteristic depth & richness of good Roussanne. Hints of green apple and honey are found on the long finish.
2008 VDP de l’Herault ‘Reserve de Gassac Blanc’ from Mas de Daumas Gassac (Languedoc) £21.95
A near legendary producer, Mas de Daumas Gassac produces this clean, dry & balanced white in small quantities and it is a
steal. 80% Viognier, 15% Marsanne & 5% Muscat, this resembles top Rhône whites at three times the price.
2008 Corbieres Blanc ‘Vieilles Vignes’ from Chateau St Eugene (Languedoc) £23.90
A blend of Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Macabeu. Full yet crisp & fresh, this white has aromas of peach,
melon and spice followed by a medium-bodied palate of good weight & elegant texture with stone fruit & citrus characters.
2008 Coteaux du Languedoc ‘Picpoul de Pinet’ from Domaine La Croix Gratiot (Languedoc) £16.95
One of the very few French appellations which are also the name of the grape variety, this clean, crisp, yet full and complex
white has perfumes of pear & citrus fruit and a zesty finish.
2008 Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence Rosé from Chateau de Fonscolombe (Provence) £20.95
The Saporta family have owned this Chateau for almost 200 years, and the quality and value of the wines is impressive. The
rosé is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, produced by the saignée method (using the ‘free-run’ juice). Pale pink in
colour, it has a very elegant & fruity bouquet and is fresh, delicate and silky.
2008 Pinot Noir from Domaine André Thomas (Alsace) £32.25
A beautifully fragrant and elegant Pinot Noir from winemaker Francois Thomas, with a good depth of strawberry & myrtle
fruit and a hint of oak & vegetal characters. It has superb freshness and vibrancy and the finish is long and satisfying.
2006 Saumur Champigny from Domaine Le Petit Saint-Vincent (Loire) £28.45
100% Cabernet Franc from 25 to 30 year-old vines, this Saumur Champigny has a supple, natural quality, a black cherry
nose and is packed with cranberry fruit, nicely underscored with minerality from the chalky soil.
2008 Fleurie Domaine de Gry Sablon from Dominique Morel (Beaujolais) £26.00
Dominique Morel is a relatively small producer but well known and respected in the area. This Gamay has a good
concentration of red cherry fruit with impressive aromatics and light but structured tannins. Complex and pure.
2008 Beaujolais from Domaine les Tours de Montmelas (Beaujolais) £20.95
Dating from the 14th century, this estate has been in family hands for 400 years. A lovely Gamay; deep red in colour, fresh &
fruity on the nose with perfumes of summer fruit. Fresh & youthful on the palate, with plenty of juicy red fruit and supple tannins.
2004 Bourgogne Rouge from Caillot (Burgundy) £27.50
As with the superb Bourgogne Blanc from producer Caillot, this Bourgogne Pinot Noir is incredible value. It has impressive
complexity with finely textured tannins and a long, persistent palate of red fruit, light spice & tobacco.
2005 Givry Rouge from Jaffelin (Burgundy) £29.45
This ancient Burgundy house has been revitalised by the appointment of young Burgundian winemaker Pierre Vincent. The
superb ’05 has super-pure fruit, fine grainy tannins and good acidity. Highly recommended.
2004 Pernand Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru ‘Les Fichots’ from Remi Rollin (Burgundy) £42.00
Remi Rollin holds one hectare of vines within ‘Les Fichots’, and he produces this wine with the same care as he does with his
Chorey-lès-Beaune & Savigny-lés-Beaune. Beautifully defined & pure fruit, medium weight, fine tannins and a long, fresh finish.
2006 Mercurey ‘Les Vignes de Maillonge’ from Michel Juillot (Burgundy) £40.00
A wonderful single vineyard Mercury from the Juillot estate, which has been producing wines for four generations. Deep cherry-
red in colour, the wine shows perfectly ripe fruit with wild game & spicy overtones, finely-textured tannins and lovely balance.
2004 Vosne-Romanée from Domaine René Engel (Burgundy) £58.45
The late Philippe Engel made wines of immediate charm which nonetheless hold their own for many years. This Vosne is a
beautifully-constructed example of that style. The wine is elegant & supple with silky tannins and ripe, precise fruit. The palate
carries flavours of cherry, strawberry and ‘hedgerow’ fruit, and the acidity is delicious.
2006 Savigny-lès-Beaune from Domaine Jean Féry (Burgundy)** £43.00
A forward & fruity Pinot Noir with deep raspberry fruit and hints of dark plum. It has old-vine-concentration with perfectly ripe
fruit and tannins and a powerful structure. The oak is evident but not dominant and there is a lovely elegance.
2002 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Charmes’ from Domaine Christian Clerget (Burgundy) limited stock £92.00
Some of the outstanding ‘02s from the Cote de Nuits are coming into their own, this being no exception. Coffee & black cherry
on the nose with red cherry & raspberry characters. Exquisitely ripe & sweet tannins finish off a palate of great harmony.
2002 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru from Domaine Arlaud (Burgundy) £100.00
Run by dynamic brothers Cyprien and Romain, this sought after wine has sweet red cherries on the nose, is of medium-
body and is spicy, sensual, and lush. It coats the palate with both candied and fresh red fruits with fine oak in the
background and balanced acidity. It seamlessly lingers on the finish.
2006 Château Fougère La Noble, Bordeaux (Bordeaux) £18.95
A superb value ‘generic’ Bordeaux with excellent depth, colour and texture From an excellent vintage, the fruit is deep, dark
and delicious and the finish is fresh and well structured.
2001 Château Faizeau ‘Vieilles Vignes’, Montagne Saint Emilion (Bordeaux) £41.00
From the ‘satellite’ appellation Montagne St Emilion, this ’01 is drinking perfectly now. Still deep in colour and with fresh red
fruit aromas, the palate is ripe and pure, showing spicy plum fruit and finishing with soft tannins and persistent acidity.
2001 Château Cassagne Haut-Canon ‘La Truffiere’, Canon-Fronsac (Bordeaux) £42.00
A blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, this is a very enjoyable red Bordeaux which oozes
charm and drinkability. The clean, ripe fruit is backed by hints of mint leaf and truffle, and the finish is fresh & minerally.
2006 Château Haura, Graves (Bordeaux) £35.75
From ancient property Chateau Haura, winemaker Denis Dubourdieu (of Chateau Doisy-Daene fame) has created a
quintessentially modern Graves, with fruit, wood & minerality in perfect balance. 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon.
2002 Château de Nardon, Bordeaux Superieur (Bordeaux) £23.50
A blend of 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon & 15% Cabernet Franc, with a good percentage of old-vine fruit leading to
great depth & ripeness. Structured yet ripe tannins help make this a highly drinkable Bordeaux with the benefit of bottle age.
2000 Château Cantemerle, Haut-Mèdoc (Bordeaux) £66.00
Cantemerle’s 2000 vintage has wonderful texture with lifted aromas of black fruit, liquorice, vanilla & plums. The wine is
pure, elegant and medium-bodied, with delicious fruit and well-structured tannins.
1996 Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Pessac Leognan (Bordeaux) £92.50
A beautifully elegant wine with distinct blackberry & cassis aromas. Not as big as some blockbusters from this vintage, it is
highly complex and restrained, with a truly memorable balance of developed characters and fresh core.
1995 Château Potensac, Medoc (Bordeaux) £57.50
A very fine Cru Bourgeois with remarkable youth & ripeness, a full-bodied, bramble-fruit character, ripe tannins & good acidity.
1990 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Pauillac (Bordeaux) limited stock £210.00
According to Robert Parker, the 1990 is one of the two or three finest wines made in the last 40 years at Pichon Baron. Still
inky purple in colour, the aromas are intense & complex with incense, cassis, blackberry & liquorice. The palate is hugely
concentrated, with super-ripe yet classy fruit, loads of ripe tannins and fine, cedarwood characters.
1990 Château Lagrange, St-Julien (Bordeaux) £175.00
We make no apologies for featuring yet another St-Julien on our list – this is a blockbuster. Deep, unctuous & bold with super-
ripe red & black fruit, the ’90 shows developed characters but is remarkably dark & youthful despite being fully ready-to-drink.
1990 Château Leoville-Barton, St Julien (Bordeaux) limited stock £130.00
Despite being nearly two decades old, this is incredibly youthful (but drinkable!). Soft ripe tannins, sweet cassis fruit, spice,
truffle and cedar – all put together in a fabulously long and rounded package.
1986 Château Talbot, St Julien (Bordeaux) £150.00
A truly amazing wine in this vintage, maybe the best since 1945. Classically structured, with aromas of pepper, spice, tar &
blackcurrant. The depth & length of the wine is astounding, and soft tannins round off this near-perfect package.
2006 Bergerac Rouge ‘Les Sens du Fruit’ from Le Jonc-Blanc (Dordogne) £28.00
One of the best red Bergeracs we have tasted for some time, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec has
incredible elegance and texture, with pure, fine fruit the equal of many Bordeaux at twice the price.
2003 Trousseau ‘Cuvee Grevilliere’ from Domaine Daniel Dugois (Arbois) £32.45
You may not have come across the grape variety Trousseau, but do not give this a miss. Garnet coloured with a very
expressive bouquet, this is pure & elegant with a musky nose & attractive, structured tannins. Morello cherry, spices and
blackberry flavours on the palate and a slight pine sap character. A medium-bodied red with incredible character.
2006 Madiran from Laplace (Gascony) £24.45
An excellent Madiran made from 70% Tannat & 30% Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon grown on gravel & clay soil.
Deep dark fruit, full tannins and great natural acidity in a surprisingly approachable package.
2008 Marcillac from Domaine Laurens (South West) £24.75
Made from the Fer Servadou grape in the Aveyron area of south west France, this is a highly individual wine with a purple colour
and aromas of crushed berries & wood smoke. Medium in body, a smooth yet grippy texture and ripe flavours of plum & spice.
2002 Cahors from Chateau de Paillas (Southwest) £24.25
The ’02 vintage in Cahors was superb, and this Malbec-dominated red from ancient vines planted on the river terraces of the
Lot is aromatic with aromas of morello cherry, fennel, earl grey tea & old wood. Medium-bodied & elegant with a savoury finish.
2006 Ardeche Syrah from Domaine des Vigneaux (Ardeche)* £19.75
The cool microclimate in this part of the southern Ardeche is perfect for characterful Syrah. Deep purple in colour, this is
highly aromatic with saturated blackcurrant and smokey black cherries, hints of tar & dried herbs and ripe tannins.
2001 Côte Rôtie ‘Maison Rouge ’ from Domaine Georges Vernay (Rhône) £84.00
This single vineyard red, made from 100% Syrah (no Viognier!) from a 1 hectare site planted on granite-heavy soil, is fast
becoming one of the most renowned of the area. Deep purple with sumptuous aromatics of white flowers, black raspberries,
currants & liquorice and a medium to full-bodied palate with impressive concentration, chewy tannins & dry finish.
2004 Cornas ‘Patou’ from Gilbert Dumien-Serrette (Rhône) £41.50
An unusually forward Cornas with the trademark full-bodied tannins and also deliciously ripe, fleshy cassis fruit, great
aromatics and a lingering finish with good freshness. Perfect with red meat, game and goat’s cheese.
2006 Rasteau Côtes du Rhône Villages ‘L’Andeol’ from Perrin (Rhône) £26.00
L’Andéol is a 5 hectare vineyard on the gentle south-facing slopes of Rasteau, protected from the worst excesses of the
Mistral. A great expression of Grenache (and a touch of Syrah), with peppers, figs, dark chocolate & spices and fine tannins.
2007 Vin de Pays du Gard Rouge from St Cirice (Rhône) £16.50
An excellent southern Rhône red with aromas of blueberries and blackcurrants and flavours of cocoa & spice on the finish.
2007 Costieres de Nimes from Chateau La Tour de Beraud (Rhône) £17.50
A lovely Costieres de Nimes made from Syrah and Grenache grown on Mediterranean red soils. Dark ruby colour with red fruit
and spice, leather, liquorice and herbs.
2004 Vin de Pays de Vaucluse from Domaine Santa Duc (Rhône) £20.50
A blend of 80% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 5% Syrah from the brilliant Santa Duc domaine. Excellent value for what is a
‘serious’ Rhône with complexity and structure, ripe and developed fruit and a long, dry finish.
2005 Gigondas from Domaine Raspail-Ay (Rhône) £40.45
What a stunning Gigondas. Dominique Ay has been producing first class wines from this area to the east of Orange for a
number of years. Although fairly full bodied with raspberry, cherry and ‘garrigue’ herb characters, it has admirable elegance
and restraint and particularly attractive finish.
2001 Châteauneuf du Pape from Domaine de Ferrand (Rhône)* £48.45
Philippe Bravy, labelled a visionary by some, practices organic farming techniques and strictly limits yields at his tiny 5 ½
hectare estate. The 2001 is classic Châteauneuf; Asian spices, roasted herbs, black pepper & grilled meat, with sweet &
sour cherries, rugged tannins, dark plum and great purity.
NV ‘Gueule de Loup’ de Roquefort from Chateau Roquefort (Provence)* £24.00
Labelled as vin de table as the blend of Grenache, Cabernet Franc & Merlot is no longer permitted under the appellation.
Dark, spicy, leafy fruits with juicy acidity, herbs on the palate and a delicate chocolate finish. Different, and delicious.
2007 Vin de Pays des Alpilles ‘Rouge Classique’ from Domaine de Lansac (Provence) £19.95
A superb Provencal blend of Alicante Bouschet (70%), Carignan, Cinsault & Grenache. Excellent texture, ripe yet dry palate
and juicy, almost perfumed fruit on the finish.
2007 Vin de Pays d’Oc Carignan from Domaine La Croix Gratiot (Languedoc) £15.75
A great-value old vine Carignan from the Languedoc. Intense purple in colour, with red berries and blackcurrant on the nose.
On the palate, it is youthful & appealing, with good balance between ripe fruit and supple structure.
2008 Vin de Pays d’Oc Rouge from La Vigne d’Eglise (Languedoc) £14.95
This represents incredible value for money. From the Coteaux du Languedoc area, this is a delicious, everyday drinking red
made from Grenache & Merlot. Red fruit aromas of cranberries and red cherries, followed by a clean, fresh palate with lively
acidity and hints of dried herb on the finish.
2005 Minervois ‘L’Olivier de Reze’ from Andrieu Freres (Languedoc)* £19.75
A blend of organically produced Syrah and Mourvedre with soft and savoury tannins, plenty of dark fruit, good depth and
2006 Corbieres Rouge ‘Vieilles Vignes’ from Chateau Fontareche (Languedoc) £18.95
Arnaud de Lamy cut his teeth at Chateau Conseillante but is now running his family property. This great-value old-vine
Corbieres is a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Distinctly of the region, its silex soil lends it a smoky, menthol
minerality, which is comforted by ripe fruit, a warm pepperiness and soft tannins.
2006 Vin de Pays d’Oc Carignan from Domaine des Terres Falmet (Languedoc) £24.00
Produced by Yves Falmet, originally from Champagne, who has experience of wine making in California, Australia, New
Zealand, Germany & Hungary. This red is 100% 70 year-old Carignan and has a robust, chunky texture with scented dark fruit,
mineral & earthy characters and a rich yet dry finish.
2007 Vin de Pays de l’Herault ‘Vin de Campagne’ from Domaine André Bourguet (Languedoc)* £24.45
An organic blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc & Merlot, this is surprisingly well structured and complex with textured red fruit,
good minerality and a dry, multi-layered finish.
2001 Coteaux du Languedoc ‘Hêméra’ from Domaine des Grécaux (Languedoc)* £39.50
A delicious blend of Syrah & Grenache grown in distinctive soil types on sites near the highly-regarded ‘cru’ of Montpeyroux.
Both varieties are vinified separately (Grenache in tank, Syrah in used barriques) and then aged further in tank before
bottling. The ‘01’s age shows well, with spicy, developed characters, distinct minerality and elegant, complex fruit.
2006 Cotes du Roussillon Rouge ‘Le Mas’ from Domaine des Demoiselles (Roussillon) £29.00
An impressive Grenache & Syrah-based Roussillon from very low yielding vines grown almost biodynamically (but without
the mysticism). Elegant and beautifully balanced with restrained red fruit, garrigue herb characters & fresh acidity.
2008 Rioja Blanco from Baron Ladron De Guevara (Rioja) £25.45
This family have been making wine in Rioja since the 16th century. The Rioja Blanco, focused & fresh with good minerality,
is 100% old vine Viura, and with 88/100 in the Penin Guide 2009, scores as one of the highest unoaked Riojas in the book.
2008 Yecla Blanco ‘Molino Loco’ from Bodegas Castaño (Aragon) £12.95
A superb value white made entirely from Macabeo grown on vineyards at altitude in Yecla. Bright, pale lemon in colour with
fresh aromas of peach and a hint of fennel. Good balance on the palate with perfect levels of refreshing acidity.
2007 Terra Alta Blanco from Artesano (Cataluňa) £21.95
A blend of white Grenache, Maccabeo and Pedro Ximenez from the dramatic region of Terra Alta, south of Barcelona. Fresh
aromas of peach, white flowers and honey with a long, ripe yet dry palate and a mineral finish.
2008 Rueda Verdejo Viura from Nava Real (Castilla y Leon) £18.50
A blend of Verdejo and Viura, this crisp, delicately scented dry white has long, fresh fruit flavours and a fine texture. Perfect as
an aperitif or with food.
2008 Ribeiro ‘Vina do Campo Blanco’ from Bodegas Docampo (Galicia) £25.70
This family run bodega in Ribeiro was founded in 1928, and specialise in indigenous grape varieties like Treixadura and
Torrontes, which make up the Vina do Campo. This is tank fermented and left on its lee's for three months. It has good depth
and complexity, and the few grams of residual sugar are offset by great minerality.
2007/2008 Valdeorras Godello ‘Gaba do Xil’ from Telmo Rodriguez (Galicia) £24.25
A delicious and unusual wine made from the Godello grape in the mountainous Valdeorras district of northwest Spain. It is
tangy, dry and refreshing with spicy apple and pear fruit.
2008 Rias Baixas ‘O Rosal’ from Terras Gauda (Galicia) £32.00
‘O Rosal’ is Terras Gauda’s top Albarino blend (small quantities of Loureiro & Caino Blanco added), produced in a sub-zone of
Rias Baixas. Aromas of lime & grapefruit with a fresh palate leading to peach kernel, apple & pink grapefruit.
2007 Navarra Garnacha Rosé ‘Artazuri’ from Artadi (Navarra) £19.95
Great value for this rosé Grenache from the great Artadi. A generous colour, with strawberry & red currant flavours, and good
structure and acidity which makes it very ‘food friendly’.
2008 Yecla Monastrell from Bodega Castaño (Yecla) £15.75
An impressive wine from the up-and-coming Yecla area in southeastern Spain. Made from Monastrell (Mourvedre), it has a
deep colour with a peppery nose and dark, liquorice-tinged fruit.
2006 Terra Alta Tinto from Artesano (Cataluňa) £21.95
Terra Alta is an extraordinary landscape of limestone terraces and steep slopes situated in the southernmost zone of the
Catalan vineyards. Made from Grenache, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and a mixture of Syrah, Tempranillo & Lledoner Pelut
it has a very attractive nose and delicious dark fruit, liquorice and dried herbs.
2006 Priorat, Mas La Mola (Cataluňa) £44.25
65% Garnacha and 20% Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah with aromas of cherry, blueberry, a hint of spice &
smoky minerality. Ripe, concentrated & elegant with black cherry & dark berry fruit, grippy tannins & mouth-watering acidity.
1997 Priorat Gran Clos from JM Fuentes (Cataluňa) limited stock £62.50
Gran Clos has great concentration of fruit & rich spicy flavours. The Garnacha, Cariñena & Cabernet Sauvignon vines are
old & low yielding, giving a wonderfully smooth texture, enormous complexity & enough fruit to balance the tannins & acidity.
2004 Gran Recosind Crianza Tinto from Cellers Santamaria (Cataluňa) £24.00
This tiny estate in the village of Capmany produces fascinating wines which they guard carefully until considered ready for
drinking. The ‘04 is a blend of 40% Garnacha, 40% Cab Sauvignon and 20% Cariñena, aged for 1 year in 5 year-old barriques.
2008 Navarra Tempranillo from Pleno (Navarra) £14.50
A great value Tempranillo from Navarra with bags of leathery black fruit, soft tannins & a long finish.
2007 Calatayud Garnacha from Las Rocas (Aragon) £21.00
Produced from 35-45 year old Garnacha vines grown at 750 metres above sea level in Calatayud, Aragon, this excellent red is
deep, juicy and exuberant with good structure and a touch of savoury on the palate.
2006 Alicante ‘Laderas El Seque’ from Artadi (Alicante) £21.95
Another superb wine from Artadi, this is made from 80% Monastrell (Mourvedre), 10% Cabernet & 10% Syrah and is soft & full
with blackeberry and wild strawberry fruit, and satisfyingly long finish.
2003 Tinto do Carinena Gran Reserva ‘Don Duelo’ from Bodegas San Valero (Aragon) £21.95
Brilliant value for this Tempranillo Garnacha blend from Carinena in the autonomous community of Aragon. It’s Gran Reserva
status means it was aged in old oak barrels for 24 months and a further three years in bottle. It is not a massive wine and the
oak is not overpowering – it is medium-bodied with a pleasing balance of mature flavours, red fruit and silky texture.
2007 Vino de la Tierra de Castilla ‘Torre de Barreda’ from Bodegas Juan de la Barreda (Castilla La Mancha) £20.95
An excellent Tempranillo, with ripe and clean chunky red fruit but no overripeness or residual sweetness. Perfect with roast
meats or stews, however a great allrounder and a wine of great personality.
2008 Almansa Higueruela Alicante Bouschet from Bodegas Tintoralba (Castilla La Mancha) £24.00
This Alicante Bouschet grape is know locally as Garnacha Tintorera, and it has found a true home here in the Almansa
region of La Mancha. Recently described as ‘violet-scented & inky’ by Jane Macquitty, this is dense, full of fruit & delicious.
NV RT28 from Albizu (Rioja) £15.50
The juice used for this wine would have gone into Albizu’s oak-aged Rioja but, as excess production over & above the limits
imposed by the Rioja DOC, it would have needed to be sold in bulk. Hence this wine is a Vino de Mesa - grape, vintage and
origin cannot be mentioned on the label. “R” stands for Rioja, “T” for Tempranillo, “28” for 2008. Delicious, fruity “Rioja”!
1998 Rioja ‘Seleccion’ from Bodegas Benito Urbina (Rioja) £29.45
Situated in Cuzcurrita de Rio Tirón on the north-west of Rioja, this single estate wine, made from Tempranillo and Garnacha,
has a great capacity for ageing. Very high quality fruit with naturally high levels of acidity has enabled this ’98 to develop
wonderfully, giving it a solid core of spicy red fruit and ripe, well structured tannins.
2001 Rioja Viña Bosconia Reserva from R. López de Heredia (Rioja) £35.50
This legendary vineyard produces wines with incredible complexity and ageing potential at refreshingly affordable prices.
This has evolved perfectly with a deep ruby colour with shades of orange. The nose is displaying a lot of mature fruit, being
dominated by the Tempranillo grape, and the palate is round, smooth, fresh, full of body and persistent.
2006 Bierzo Tinto from Bodegas Pittacum (Bierzo) £28.00
A stunning red from the stunning Bierzo region, just over the border from Galicia in Castilla y Leon. Made from 100% Mencia,
it shows intense aromas of blackberry, raspberry & liquorice. The palate has minerality, spices (pepper & oregano) and cocoa
as well as a good concentration of dense & fleshy fruit, sweet tannins and a highly impressive overall complexity.
2005 Ribera del Duero from Finca Villacreces (Ribera del Duero) £41.50
A classy. Modern Ribera del Duero made from Tinto Fino (the local name for Tempranillo) with the addition of 5% Cabernet
Sauvignon. Deep purple in colour with a complex nose of intense mocha, cranberry and cassis. The palate shows plenty of
ripe, dark berry fruit with an almost meaty structure.
2002 Valbuena from Vega Sicilia (Ribera del Duero) £107.50
From the legendary Vega Sicilia estate, Valbuena is released after 5 years and contains a little more Merlot than the Unico.
Mostly Tempranillo (‘Tinto Fino’), this is very complex with rich fruit, ‘meaty’ characters, superb structure and a velvety texture.
2007 Douro Branco Reserva from Filoco (Douro) £26.00
A blend of Malvasia Fina, Rabigato & Viosinho varieties, this fresh & deep white from Port country is fermented first in tank,
and then finished in new barriques. It has attractive floral aromas and is intense with impressive freshness, volume & length.
2008 Maria Gomes from Luis Pato (Beiras) £25.25
Made from the Maria Gomes grape variety by Portuguese legend Luis Pato, this is a very pure, slightly aromatic white with
surprising elegance and a long finish. Citrus fruit and green apple characters dominate the palate.
2007 Vinho Regional Minho ‘Morgado do Perigão’ from Quinta de Paços (Minho) £24.45
A very impressive white from the beautiful northern coastal area of Minho, made from Alvarinho & Loureiro. The nose is
delicately scented with good citrus notes & floral nuances. The palate is well structured, with pure fruit and pleasing minerality.
2008 Vinho Regional Ribatejano ‘Talhão 01’ from Quinta da Lagoalva (Ribatejo) £21.50
A delicious floral, delicate and clean white that is soft and fruity on the palate. Very attractive, fresh acidity helps to prolong the
finish. The grape varieties here are Fernão Pires, Arinto and Alvarinho.
2008 Dao Rosé from Quinta da Giesta (Dao) £25.45
Quinta da Giesta is based in Mortagua, in the western Dao region, and the vineyards are planted with Touriga Nacional at
500m on granite soil. One of the very first rosés in Portugal to be made from this iconic grape, using free run juice from the
basket press, and fermenting in stainless steel. Pure & textured with vibrant red fruit & a long and fresh spice-tinged palate.
2007 Douro Tinto from Animus (Douro) £20.95
A blend of Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca. A striking palate of red fruit, cedar & grilled meat is
followed by spicy ripe fruit and soft tannins.
2007 Douro Tinto ‘Drink Me’ from Niepoort (Douro) £29.25
Dirk Niepoort is arguably the most famous winemaker in Portugal, and for a good reason – his ports and table wines are
magnificent. Made for the UK market, this is the 2nd vintage of ‘Drink Me’, a wine designed to be a pleasant, easy drinking
red wine, whilst retaining complexity, mineral notes and the great depth found in classic Douro wines. It worked!
2007 Cerejeiras Colheita Seleccionada from Sanguinhal (Estremadura) £21.50
Aragonez and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are picked by hand and fermented in tank at 25-26°C for 20 days. Aged further in
tank before bottling, the wine has lively red fruit flavours, spice and a fresh & fruity finish. Good with red meat and hard cheese.
2006 Vinho Regional Alentajano ‘Syrah’ from Pontval (Alentejo) £29.25
Although not one of Portugal’s indigenous varieties, Syrah works magnificently in the Alantejo. This sterling effort shows
intense aromas of mature fruit, with hints of mint, pepper & cedar. The palate is full and spicy with fine tannins & good acidity.
2007 Vinho Regional Alentajano from Lusitano (Alentejo) £24.45
A clean, focused and perfumed nose gives way to superb texture and delicious fruit with great elegance. Made from
Aragonêz (the local name for Tempranillo), Trincadeira and Castelão.
2005 Vinho Regional Alentejano from Azamor (Alentejo) £18.75
A blend of 40% Syrah, 40% Touriga Franca and 20% Merlot from the upper Alentejano region of Portugal, near Estremoz.
Elegantly structured with soft, plummy fruit and lovely purity on the nose.
2006 Vinho Regional Terras do Sado from Domingos Damasceno de Carvalho (Terras do Sado) £28.00
Terras do Sado is close to Lisbon, and has been producing wines of quality for many years. Damasceno’s tinto is a blend of
Aragonês, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The nose is expressive and complex with black cherry, blackberry & fine
hints of oak. The palate is rich and well-structured with lingering dark fruit on the finish.
2007 Dao Tinto from Quinta do Correio (Dao) £23.75
Quinta do Correio (the “postman’s estate”) comes from the illustrious stable of Quinta dos Roques in the Dao. Made mostly
from Jaen, with just 10% barrel ageing, this offers all the succulence of the Dao, without the heaviness of the grander wines.
2003 Obidos Reserva from Quinta das Cerejeiras (Obidos) £32.25
Cerejeira’s Reserva blend of Castelãu, Touriga Nacional & Aragonas has rich aromas & focused, developed fruit. A core
of textured, rich fruit helps this to be a hugely enjoyable red which can be drunk on its own or with red meat dishes.
2008 Bianco di Sicilia from Borgo Selene (Sicily) £12.95
A bright straw coloured wine with a fruity bouquet of green apples and pears. Crisp and clean on the palate, it is fresh and
medium bodied with lovely crisp acidity.
2008 Bianco di Sicilia ‘Polena’ from Donnafugata (Sicily) £23.50
Made by the Rallo family, who have been involved in the production of wine and Marsala for over 150 years, Polena is a blend
of Viognier and the indigenous Catarratto. It has an appealing perfume of citrus and stone fruit and is fresh and well-structured,
with acacia and exotic fruit characters, offset by a crisp mineral quality.
2008 Vermentino di Sardegna ‘Crabilis’ from Pala (Sardinia) £25.00
A single vineyard wine from grapes grown on the eponymous limestone-sandy hill at 220 metres above sea level. Purely tank
fermented, it has floral aromas with hints of thyme & greengage. Fabulous depth & freshness – a benchmark Vermentino.
2008 Sannio Falanghina from Vesevo (Campania) £23.50
From the very exciting area of the Irpinian hills in Campania comes this fresh-scented and zingy white with full, round and ripe
fruit flavours and a fresh, delicious finish.
2008 Malvasia Bianca from Primo (Abruzzo) £15.50
A fresh, delicious and tremendous value white from the Gran Sasso producers in Ortona. Vibrant and aromatic with clean, dry,
fresh fruit and an attractive aniseed twist on the nose.
2007 Madregale Bianco from Cantina Tollo (Abruzzo) £13.50
From an award winning cooperative in Southern Italy, this wine is a blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Trebbiano. An
unoaked style with subtle flavours of green apples, yellow plums and almonds, with a refreshing crisp finish.
2008 Trebbiano d’Abruzzo from Gran Sasso (Abruzzo) £16.95
Floral aromas combined with pear and citrus fruit, and intense pear and grapefruit flavours. Refreshing acidity balances the
wine beautifully and it has a lovely, long, dry finish.
2007 Verdicchio di Castello di Jesi Classico from Sartarelli (Marches) £24.25
Delicately crafted, resulting in an impressive wine with vibrant aromas of lime and melon, and a lovely soft texture on the
palate, with subtle almond flavours. Refreshing on its own, but also a great accompaniment for lighter dishes, such as seafood.
2008 Toscana Bianco from Casamatta (Tuscany) £21.95
A blend of Vermentino and Moscato, this crisp Tuscan white pushes all the right buttons; fruity, clean, pure & ripe fruit and a
long zesty finish. A white begging to be drunk, either on its own or with most white meats or fish.
2006 Orvieto Classico Superiore ‘San Giovanni’ from Castello della Sala (Umbria) £25.45
This superb Orvieto is produced from 50% Grechetto, 25% Procanico and 25% Pinot Bianco, Viognier & Riesling. It is
concentrated & rounded with pronounced ripe fruit & floral characters. Perfect with grilled or baked fish such as sea bream.
2008 Grechetto dei Colli Martani ‘Grecante’ from Arnaldo-Caprai (Umbria) £32.45
‘Grecante’ was the name given many centuries ago to highly sought-after whites from the Montefalco region made from the
Grechetto grape. Arnaldo-Caprai continues this tradition with an intensely fresh & aromatic wine with a ripe, citrusy palate.
2007 Cervaro della Sala from Castello della Sala (Umbria) £66.00
Produced by Antinori, this celebrated premium white made predominantly from Chardonnay is one of the best of its kind in
Italy. Elegant & fresh with sweet tropical fruit & vanilla supported by fine tannins and a lovely hint of underlying minerality.
2008 ‘G’ Garganega from Alpha Zeta (Veneto) £14.75
Garganega is one of the varieties permitted within the Soave Classico DO and is particularly interesting. From innovative
producer Alpha Zeta, this is aromatic & rich with fresh fruit & great flavour.
2007 Soave Classico ‘Calvarino’ from Pieropan (Veneto) £32.45
Calvarino is a single vineyard, owned by the Pieropan family, and is a classic expression of Soave Classico. 80% Garganega &
20% Trebbiano di Soave and unoaked, the wine has a pure, almond character with minerally, honeyed flavours on the palate.
2008 Lugana from Ca dei Frati (Veneto) £27.45
The Dal Cero family’s 50 hectares of vines are situated close to lake Garda. This wine is made entirely from Lugana and is
enticingly aromatic with rich fruit, good acidity and a long, long finish.
2008 Pinot Grigio ‘Ramato’ from Specogna (Friuli) £32.45
Made in the traditional Friuli way of allowing the juice to come into contact with the rose-coloured grape-skins, this slightly
copper coloured Pinot Grigio is one of the finest in Italy.
2008 Gavi di Gavi from Produttori del Gavi (Piemonte) £28.00
Made from Cortese, a variety which can produce some of the most interesting white wines in Italy. The excellent ’08 from
Produttori del Gavi has almond & white flower aromatics, clean & textured apple fruit with a bite and a soft, hazelnutty finish.
2008 Roero Arneis ‘San Michele’ from Deltetto (Piemonte) £28.25
Made from Arneis grown in the hilly area of Roero, which is sandier than nearby Langhe and therefore produces wines with
greater aromatics. Vanilla, apple & almond aromas and a fresh, pure & elegant palate. The finish is floral and zingy.
2008 Colli Piacentini Malvasia ‘Tasto di Seta’ from Castello di Luzzano (Lombardy) £25.00
A superb dry Malvasia. ‘Tasto di Seta’ means touch of silk - it has an intensely aromatic, floral nose with acacia and mint, and
a balanced, soft and fragrant palate with excellent length. A really classy wine.
2007 Sylvaner from Abbazia Di Novacella (Alto Adige) £32.75
One of the oldest vineyards in the world, established in 1142 by Augustinian Monks. Sylvaner is a semi-aromatic grape variety
native to Germany. This is focused with subtle aromas & pure white fruit complimented by fresh acidity & intense minerality.
2008 Müller Thurgau Alto Adige from Cantina Andriano (Alto Adige) £26.00
This is our first listing of a wine made entirely from Müller Thurgau (a hybrid, created over 100 years ago by crossing
Riesling & Sylvaner) and it is a very worthy addition. After fermentation, the wine is kept on its lees in tank for 6 months
before bottling, resulting in greater texture & depth to back up the delicious fresh peach fruit and attractive aromatics.
2007 Kerner Alto Adige ‘Praepositus’ from Abbazia di Novacella (alto Adige) £41.00
Situated at the base of the Dolomites, bordering Austria’s Tirol, Abbazia di Novacella’s whites are superb. 100% Kerner,
‘Praepositus’ is pure & fresh with a refined, almost oily texture, mandarin & white peach fruit & a very long, mineral finish.
2008 Rosato from Alpha Zeta (Veneto) £13.95
An excellent, fresh rosé that is made from Corvina, the quality grape of Valpolicella. It is richly coloured with fragrant cherry fruit
and makes a great aperitif.
2008 Rosso di Sicilia from Borgo Selene (Sicily) £13.95
A well balanced medium to full-bodied red made from the Sicilian varieties Nero d’Avola and Nerello Mascalese. Soft, round
2008 Rosso di Sicilia ‘Sherazade’ from Donnafugata (Sicily) £24.00
Donnafugata’s wines are brilliant. ‘Sherazade’ is a blend of Nero d’Avola and Syrah (close in style) and is full-bodied but still
fresh on the palate with blackberry flavours & a touch of chocolate, and soft, ripe tannins & good balance through to the finish.
2005 Mandrolisai Rosso Superiore from Cantina del Mandrolisai (Sardinia) £32.45
A traditional blend of Muristellu and Cannonau grapes from the Mandrolisai ‘high sunny hills’ area of Sardinia. The wine is
aged for around 30 months before release and is deep, spicy and complex with warm ripe fruit and savoury tannins.
2006 Cirò Rosso Gaglioppo from Santa Venere (Calabria)* £27.45
Made entirely from the Calabrian grape Gaglioppo, grown organically, this full, deep & soft red has bags of luscious red fruit.
2007 Primitivo di Puglia from A Mano (Puglia) £18.75
This is Mark Shannon’s 9th vintage of his highly regarded Primitivo. The grapes are sourced from 70 to 100 year-old vines, all
of which are ‘bush’ vines and non-irrigated. Tremendous depth of dark cherry red colour with perfumes of dark, ripe fruit giving
way to a rich, chocolatey palate and powerful structure.
2008 Salento Rosso ‘Passamente’ from Li Veli (Puglia) £25.00
Showcasing the potential of indigenous varieties in Puglia and made from old Negroamaro vines, this sumptuous red has
aromas of sweet ripe cherry and is well-balanced with a velvety texture. It is fresh & fragrant, with, lively, exuberant acidity.
2007 Beneventano Aglianico from Vesevo (Campania) £23.50
A lesser-known grape, yet arguably one of Italy’s greatest. Great colour, ripe and supple tannins and pure, dark and intense
fruit. Vesevo is a dynamic producer, and the wines are of the highest quality.
2007 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo ‘Frentano’ from Cantina Sociale Frentana (Abruzzo) £16.95
A great example of this rustic style; tank-fermented and dark and full-bodied with plenty of prunes, plums and dark cherries.
The finish is dry and peppery.
2006 Montefalco Rosso from Arnaldo-Caprai (Umbria) £35.75
Produced by the masterful Arnaldo-Capria from Sangovese & Sagrantino grapes, and a dab of Merlot. It is wonderfully
intense, with aromas of ripe red fruit & delicate hints of vanilla .Full bodied & rich, with tight tannins and a dry, long finish.
2008 Rosso di Toscana IGT from Poggiotondo (Tuscany) £18.95
Poggiotondo is Alberto Antonini’s family estate, and his Tuscan IGT is a blend of 40% Sangiovese, 40% Merlot and 40% Syrah.
It is pleasingly rustic with good Sangiovese structure & acidity balanced with spicy dark fruit & a soft, plummy character.
2007 Barco Reale di Carmignano from Tenuta di Capezzana (Tuscany) £24.45
70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Canaiolo Nero. It is matured for 10 months in Allier oak barrels and 3
months in bottle before release. Blackcurrant & cherry fruit with ripe tannins. Delicious.
2007 Maremma Rosso ‘Principio’ from Antonio Camillo (Tuscany)* £24.00
A fresh and fruity wine made from the Ciliegiolo grape from 40 year-old vines. Grown principally in Tuscany and Umbria, this is
a warm and generous grape variety, and the wine has juicy cherry, raspberry and blueberry fruit with hints of caraway and
dried thyme. It has a touch of minerality, good tannin structure and is lovely served cool.
2006 Cortona Syrah from Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro (Tuscany) £28.25
This is the younger sibling of the famous Il Bosco Syrah, regarded by many as the finest in Italy. It is excellent, and not haughty
as you might expect. A deep colour, sweet spice & pepper on the nose, packed with bright, crunchy fruit & savoury tannins.
2006 Chianti Classico from Monte Bernardi (Tuscany)** £35.45
Produced in Panzano, one of Chianti Classico’s prime sites, this awesome biodynamically and organically produced red, made
from 95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo, has clean, precise and intense aromas of ripe black cherry, blueberry, rose & vanilla.
An elegant & rich palate, medium to full-bodied, quite soft, fresh & harmonious with a persistent finish.
1997 Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Cortevecchia’ from Fattoria le Corti (Tuscany) £55.50
From the outstanding 1997 vintage, this Classico Reserva has been stored at Fattoria le Corti and shipped recently direct to
the UK. It is therefore in perfect condition, and is a stunning example of fine Chianti with spicy, well textured red cherry fruit,
textbook acidity from start to finish, a long and elegant palate and a stunning, subtly perfumed finish.
2007 Rosso di Montalcino from Cantina di Montalcino (Tuscany) £27.25
Clear, bright ruby red in colour with attractive, slightly spiced perfumes of cherries & black fruit. It is well balanced on the palate,
with ripe tannins providing support but not overwhelming the rounded, juicy fruit character. Soft and slightly spicy on the finish.
2004 Brunello di Montalcino ‘Palazzo Comunale’ from Cantina di Montalcino (Tuscany) £55.00
A superb Brunello in this vintage with perfumes of plums & blackberries and a savoury, lightly spiced note. The palate is full-
bodied, with flavours of blackberries & autumnal soft fruit offset by rounded tannins and solid structure.
2002 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido (Tuscany) £125.00
A very solid vintage in this area of Tuscany, this is good to drink now and will continue to improve.
2004 Sassicaia from Tenuta San Guido (Tuscany) £125.00
A well structured vintage and as such one which will develop over a longer period.
1999 Solengo IGT from Argiano (Tuscany) limited stock £105.00
The classic ‘Supertuscan’ blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah, the ’99 Solengo is modern in style with intense cassis
& blackberry flavours complemented by soft notes of toasty oak. Supremely balanced & full bodied with smooth tannins.
2007 Bolgheri Rosso ‘Il Bruciato’ from Guado al Tasso (Tuscany) £39.50
Despite being young, this is drinking beautifully now. Famous Bolgheri producer Duado al Tasso’s ‘Il Bruciato’ follows the
regions extraordinary success with Cabernet-based wines, and is full bodied, fruity & fragrant with plum, mint & ripe tannins.
2008 Colli Piacentini Gutturnio ‘Vena Rossa’ from Castello di Luzzano (Lombardy) £25.00
‘Vena Rossa’ is one of our favourites. A blend of Barbera and Bonarda from this hugely impressive producer with an intensely
lively, fruity aroma and a full, savoury, dry palate. Barbera power coupled with the perfume and softness of Bonarda.
2008 Oltrepo Pavese Pinot Nero ‘Umore Nero’ from Castello di Luzzano (Lombardy) £25.00
No apologies for adding a 3rd wine from Castello di Luzzano. ‘Umore Nero’ is bright ruby in colour and has aromas of rose petal
& wild strawberry. It sees no wood nor undergoes ageing and is a refreshingly different yet genuinely delicious take on Pinot.
2005 Colli Tortonesi Rosso from Vigna del Barbote (Piemonte)* £28.45
Vigna del Barbote was one of the first Italian vineyards to be certified organic.100% Barbera planted on white clay soils, giving this
wine minerality and finesse, perfectly in balance with the ripe, fleshy blueberry flavours. All balanced by good supporting tannins.
2008 Dolcetto d’Alba from Aldo Vajra (Piemonte) £28.75
Aldo Vajra’s vineyards are ideally positioned at around 400 metres above sea level in Vergne in the commune of Barolo. His
Dolcetto is beautifully smooth & elegant, medium bodied & florally aromatic.
2007 Langhe Nebbiolo from Produttori del Barbaresco (Piemonte) £33.25
An excellent Nebbiolo, designed to be drunk earlier than Barbaresco, from world-renowned producer Produttori del Barbaresco.
Vibrant and textured with floral & spicy aromas, it is loaded with textured black fruit spices.
2001 Barolo Classico Riserva from Borgogno (Piemonte) £70.00
From the superb 2001 vintage, Borgogno’s Barolo is drinking well now, although can be cellared for years. It has stunning
ripeness & balance with full, smooth tannins and very attractive purity & freshness.
1998 Spanna Colline Novaresi from Antonio Vallana e Figlio (Piemonte) £33.00
The Vallana family have owned and run this estate since the early 19th century. Their ‘Spanna’ is made from Nebbiolo
grapes with the addition of a little Vespolina & Bonarda, sourced from two sites on the same hill. It ages magnificently, and
this ’98 displays delightfully lifted violet aromas and a medium-bodied, highly complex palate of spice, liquorice & dark plum.
1978 Barolo Classico Riserva from Borgogno (Piemonte) £165.00
Bartolomeo Borgogno founded his winery in 1761; this lays claim to be the oldest estate in Barolo. The ’78 gives generous
aromas of spices, dried flowers and leather and even a hint of beeswax. A velvety mouth feel with great length.
2003 Nebbiolo d’Alba from Gioso (Piemonte) limited stock £23.50
For those who like their Nebbiolo a little fuller, darker and fleshier, this warm-vintage 2003 Nebbiolo d’Alba is soft and
broadly-textured with rose-tinged black fruit aromas and a wash of plum, blackberry, liquorice and soft tannin on the palate.
NV Vino da Tavola Rosso from Paolo Scavino (Piemonte) £29.45
The great Paulo Scavino says it better than we can: “Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto & Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the
younger vines, that can also be harvested in the great crus, a fresh, fragrant, easy composition. A simple red, with a
Piedmontese character that talks about the soil and the estate where it was born”. This example is from the 2008 vintage.
2008 Merlot Corvina from Ponte Pietra (Veneto) £12.95
The Merlot lends the wine a soft, blackberry voluptuousness, whereas the ripe Corvina adds the characteristic cherry
blossom perfume & ripe cherry pie fruit character to the palate and finish. Clean, fresh & well-balanced through to the finish.
2008 Valpolicella Classico from Le Salette (Veneto) £24.25
A lovely Valpolicella Classico: intense aromas of dried fruit and spices with a soft & balanced palate and long finish. It is
soft & floral, pretty & delicate with red fruit, sweet herbs, liquorice and black pepper.
2001 Amarone della Valpolicella ‘Mote Zovo’ from Zanoni (Veneto) limited stock £43.50
Superb value for a quality Amarone with age. This is drinking perfectly now with attractive oak, chocolate, cherry, spice
and leather. The structure is spot-on, the pure & ripe fruit is red cherry, and the acidity is surprisingly fresh.
2006 Teroldego Rotaliano from Endrizzi (Trentino) £28.45
Teroldego is the name of grape variety and it is produced uniquely on the Rotaliano plain, a recess in the Adige valley tucked
between the mountains. This wine is distinguished by a ruby-like colour, pleasantly fruity aromas and a harmonious bouquet
with traces of blackberries and raspberries. It is soft and full-bodied with a long finish.
2008 Refosco del Friuli from Ponte del Diavolo (Friuli) £18.75
An easy drinking, fruity version of Friuli’s most interesting red grape. Medium to full-bodied with blackberry & cherry fruit
and a hint of the savoury, ‘meaty’ characters that distinguish the grape. Delicious with grilled red meat.
2008 Lambrusco Rosso Seco ‘Terre Verdiane’ from Cantine Ceci (Emilia Romagna) £23.50
Give this real Lambrusco a go! Dry, slightly sparkling, deep in colour and packed with aromatic cherry & strawberry characters.
2008/2009 Santorini Dry White from Hatzidakis (Santorini) £27.45
Made from Assyrtiko (Greece’s noble white indigenous grape) grown on Santorini’s volcanic soil from vines in excess of 100
years (phylloxera could never survive here). Ripe, spicy & aromatic nose with richness on the palate balanced by racy acidity.
2005 Sillogi Organic Red from Moraitis (Paros)* £22.50
Produced by 4th generation winemakers on the beautiful island of Paros. The wine is an organic blend of Cabernet & the
indigenous Aidani grape, aged in old oak for 18 months. It is medium to full bodied with fresh, chunky red fruit and great acidity.
2007 Somló Furmint from Tornai (Somlo) £25.45
Somló is the smallest but one of the most famous wine regions in Hungary. The clay rich, ancient soil contributes to the
perfume, structure & fresh minerality of this excellent dry Furmint, a grape famously known for making sweet Tokaji.
2007 Irsai Oliver from Hilltop Winery (Ászár-Neszmély) £16.50
Irsai Oliver is a relatively new hybrid and is a relation of Muscat. The Hilltop winery’s vines overlook the Danube, an area
involved in wine production for 2000 years. Deliciously fresh and aromatic with a soft fruitiness and light flavours of spice.
1997 Muzealis Chardonnay from Hilltop Winery (Ászár-Neszmély) £23.50
An unusual but excellent unoaked Chardonnay from this estate’s ‘museum’ range, only used for wines from exceptional
vintages with the ability to age over 10 years or more. Spending the last 5 years ‘resting’ in bottle, this is in perfect condition
and has a rich fruitiness on the palate accompanied by flavours of honey & truffles and a dry finish.
2005 Sopron Kékfrankos from Franz Weninger (Sopron, Northern Transdanubia) £26.00
Also known as Blaufränkisch or Lemberger, this grape has good colour, firm tannins and a ‘masculine’ character, and it can
make wines of real distinction. This is highly drinkable with good grip, ripe chunky blueberry fruit and ample balancing acidity.
2007 ‘Wien 1’ from Roman Pfaffl (Weinviertel) £26.00
‘Wein 1’ is a blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gruner Veltliner from Roman ‘Herr Veltliner’ Pfaffl, a pioneer of quality wines in
Austria. It is very dry and tangy with fresh lime and mineral tinges. Great with seafood.
2008 Wiener Gemischter Satz from Weingut Wieninger (Vienna) £24.45
Produced from mixed vineyards with many varieties planted, harvested and vinified together. A dry wine with zesty aromas
of perfume, white peach, citrus zest and a touch of spice. It's dry, clean & fresh with ripe citrus fruit peach & limey acidity.
2008 Kamptal Gruner Veltliner ‘Kies’ from Kurt Angerer (Kamptal) £24.45
Although many producers in the Kamptal found the ’08 vintage tricky, Kurt Angerer believes this is his best ‘Kies’ yet. Clean &
aromatic, it is fresh & tangy with stone fruits, honey, ripe citrus, spice & a hint of white pepper. A great match with many foods.
2006 Zweigelt ‘Illmitz’ from Weingut Kracher (Burgenland) £26.00
2006 was an excellent vintage in Austria for reds. Aged in 50% new oak, Kracher’s single vineyard Zweigelt has flavours of
ripe cherry and plum with chocolate, creamy oak & spice. Great to drink now, but it will age well for another 5 years.
2004 Pinot Noir from Nittnaus (Burgenland) £24.45
Superb value for this delicate, finely structured Austrian Pinot with cherry scents, a touch of cranberry and hints of fresh
walnut. There are good savoury Pinot characters in the background and the palate is m edium-bodied and fresh.
2004 Rheingau Riesling ‘Erstes Gewachs’ from Schloss Vollrads (Rheingau) £40.00
‘Erstes Gewachs’ is the Rheingau’s equivalent of ‘Premier Cru’ – to achieve this status vineyards must be rigorously evaluated
and strict criteria covering vinification & yield per hectare are implemented. The ’04 has clean aromas of minerals & layers of
fruit, and is dry with elegant flavours of peach, pear, apple & flint followed by great minerality and almost endless length.
2007 Sylvaner Trocken from Villa Wolf (Pfalz) £19.50
Ernst Loosen took over this historic site in 1996, and the quality of the wines increased dramatically as a result. This excellent
dry Sylvaner has flavours of citrus, sherbet, ripe pears and an ‘edge’ of orange peel.
2007 Weisser Burgunder Kabinett Trocken from Bercher (Baden) £29.45
A ripe and powerful Pinot Blanc with great intensity and weight. Huge complexity, balanced by lively acidity and honeyed,
mineral touches. One of our favourites.
2007 QBA ‘St Veit’ Trocken from Hans Wircher (Franken) £27.25
This estate has been owned by the Wircher family since 1630, and is currently run by Dr Heinrich Wircher. ‘St Weit’ is a blend
of Silvaner, Scheurebe & Riesling and has a complex, layered nose with hints of citrussy apple and blackcurrant. It is round
and complex on the palate, building nicely to a dry & fresh finish.
2007 Spaetburgunder ‘Q Sonnett’ from Heger (Baden) £32.75
Germany produces some very high quality Pinot Noir, and this fruit-driven example from the Baden region is no exception. The
vineyard was founded in 1935 by Dr Max Heger, grandfather of the current proprietor, and the area has an almost
Mediterranean climate. Cherry & strawberry fruit with savoury hints, low tannins & good acidity.
2008 ‘Surrey Gold’ from Denbies (Surrey) £18.75
A highly drinkable, rich and fresh white from Denbies in Surrey. Made from Muller Thurgau, Bacchus and Ortega, it is
deliciously fragrant, rich in fruit and floral aromas with subtle hints of spice.
2007 Riesling ‘Grand Premier Cru’ from Domaine Mathis Bastian (Moselle) £32.45
From the Moselle area of Luxembourg, almost literally over the river from Germany, where the wines are often described as a
mix between German and Alsace in style. This supreme Riesling is medium bodied with steely acidity and lively citrus fruit
flavours. It is aromatic, beautifully textured and highly complex.
2008 Colombard, Sauvignon, Riesling from One Chain Vineyards (South Australia) £13.50
A blend of grapes from Australia’s premium regions, good quality and incredibly good value, it is herbaceous and
vibrant on the nose, with fresh grapefruit, guava and mango on the palate.
2007/2008 The White Mullet from Pikes (Clare Valley, South Australia) £21.95
A blend of 80% Riesling, 8% Viognier, 6% Chenin Blanc, and 6% Sauvignon Blanc, giving the wine delicious tropical,
citrus fruit aromas and flavours, along with minerality, and crisp acidity, very refreshing!
2009 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc from Shaw & Smith (Adelaide Hills, South Australia) £25.45
A benchmark Australian Sauvignon Blanc made with fruit from several vineyard in the cool Adelaide Hills. Restrained
aromas of cut grass, blackcurrant leaf & gooseberry and the palate is fresh & lively with beautifully pure varietal character.
2008 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay ‘M3 Vineyard’ from Shaw & Smith (Adelaide Hills, South Australia) £36.00
One of Australia’s finest premium Chardonnays, made by the impeccable Shaw & Smith winery. Barrel fermented in new
and one year old French barriques during which time the lees were regularly stirred and malolactic fermentation took place.
Perfumes of ripe peaches and a rich palate with a spicy character and clean, mineral fruit.
2008 Eden Valley Riesling from Pewsey Vale (Eden Valley, South Australia) £25.25
Eden Valley is well suited to Riesling and has produced it for over half a century. The unmistakable oily lime aromas are
followed by citrus and melon flavours with hints of mineral and crisp acidity.
2007 Verdelho from Chapel Hill (McLaren Vale, South Australia) £24.45
Made by Michael Fragos, one of Australia’s rising stars, this classic Verdelho is made from grapes grown at the base of the
Mt Lofty Ranges, cooler than most areas in McLaren Vale. Distinctive aromatics of lime, lemongrass & herbs lead to a
refreshing, medium-bodied palate with a dry, crisp structure and a soft, smooth finish.
2007 Semillon Sauvignon ‘The Beak’ from Magpie Estate (Barossa Valley, South Australia) £17.60
Produced by winemaker Rolf Binder & famous wine merchant Noel Young, this is a superb Barossa Semillon Sauvignon and
great value. Just the Semillon sees a tiny bit of oak – aromas of tangy lime, honey, pear drop & a hint of grassiness are
followed by a fresh, dry palate bursting with lime and white peach. There’s a delightful touch of honey on the finish.
2008 Pinot Gris from Innocent Bystander (Yarra Valley, Victoria) £22.95
An excellent Pinot Gris from this producer established in 2004, with a welcome lightness of touch. Aromas of fresh apples &
pear, jasmine & ginger. A crunchy texture with racy acidity & flavours of lime zest, Granny Smith apple and ‘slatey’ minerality.
2002 Marsanne from Chateau Tahbilk (Victoria) £25.00
An iconic Marsanne and one which ages superbly. The ’02 is delicious now, and will age even further. Butterscotch hints with
fresh green pea pod, citrus, quince & pear fruit characters. This will give many white Rhones a run for their money.
2008 Canberra District Viognier from Clonakilla (Canberra District, ACT) £46.00
Clonakilla produce tiny amounts of this Viognier - one of the best in Australia. Spicy, honeysuckle aromas with pear & citrus
notes backed by a touch of oak. It shows classic silky Viognier texture while retaining a tight structure & refreshing acidity.
2007 Shiraz Cabernet from One Chain Vineyards (South Australia) £14.75
A delicious unoaked Shiraz Cabernet from vineyards close to Adelaide, with full, ripe & spicy fruit, good texture and a
pleasingly dry, fresh finish.
2005/2006 Terra Barossa Nebbiolo from Thorne Clarke ( Barossa Valley, South Australia) £22.95
Italy’s Nebbiolo grape is more famous for making Barolo than taking up home in the Barossa but this delightful, cherry scented
red is proof that the grape can travel! Pale garnet in colour with savoury, dried fruit and sweet oak lead on to a firm, crisp finish.
2007 Barossa Chook from Maverick (Barossa Valley, South Australia)** £20.95
This biodynamically produced Shiraz-dominated Barossa blend is fantastic value. Full of plums, berries and spice, supported
by supple, mature tannins and a hint of vanilla. The emphasis here is on fresh fruit characters, with minimal oak influence.
2006 Mourvedre ‘The Black Sock’ from Magpie Estate (Barossa Valley, South Australia) £27.50
Around 8% Shiraz is added to Rolf Binder and Noel Yong’s excellent ‘The Black Sock’, a wine otherwise made entirely from
the majestic Mourvedre or, as some Australians know it, Mataro grape. Black fruits, meat, liquorice & dried herbs characters
as well as nicely lifted red fruit flavours. The oak is creamy, the acidity fresh and the finish is long and rich.
2006 Plexus from John Duval (Barossa Valley, South Australia) £35.25
46% Shiraz, 32% Grenache and 22% Mourvedre from ex-Penfolds Grange winemaker John Duval. Aged in mostly older oak
for 15 months it is elegant & well-knit with a structure made to last and full yet dry fruit.
1999 ‘Creek Block’ Shiraz from Greenock Creek (Barossa Valley, South Australia) limited stock £85.00
Only 200 cases of this cult Barossa Shiraz were made, and the vines in the Creek Block vineyard are 70 years old. It is
aged in new and old French oak and has first-growth Bordeaux aromas of cassis, saddle leather, vanilla and cedar. It is
hugely concentrated, though has had the chance to soften and develop, and the spice and pepper characteristics are
carried along by impressive acidity and fine tannins.
2001 Gaia from Grosset (Clare Valley, South Australia) £44.45
Majestic winemaking from Geoffrey Grosset. ‘Gaia’ is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5%
Merlot. Elegant with beautiful, clean fruit and fine tannins.
1999 Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from Katnook Estate (Coonawarra, South Australia) £58.50
Despite its age, this Cabernet’s colour screams youth – blackberry, cassis & cedar aromas lead to plenty of tight black fruit,
a core of blackcurrant, leather, liquorice and spice. There’s a hint of eucalyptus, and a long, sweet-tannin finish.
2007 Dolcetto Lagrein from Heartland (Langhorne Creek, South Australia) £24.45
A blend of 70% Dolcetto and 30% Lagrein (northern Italian varieties) grown in Langhorne. Dark garnet in colour with aromas of
violets, bilberry, cinnamon and vanilla. It has a velvety texture, assertive acidity and flavours of woodland berries and cherries.
2005 ‘Windy Peak’ Sangiovese from De Bortoli (Kind Valley, Victoria) £21.95
A New World take on the Italian grape Sangiovese, with intense black cherry aromas, the palate is full bodied with vibrant
fruit characters and strong earthy flavours. A soft velvety texture finishes with good balance and length.
2008 Pinot Noir ‘Deen Vat 10’ from De Bortoli (Victoria) £19.50
A wonderful expression of New World Pinot Noir, at a very good price point, with enticing ripe fruit and savoury spice on the
nose, juicy strawberry and cherry on the palate, a light bodied wine, with pleasingly silky tannins.
2005 Pinot Noir from Shadowfax (Geelong, Victoria) £34.50
Produced using fruit from Geelong and other premium regions in Victoria, this has wonderful varietal characteristics and the
right balance of savoury, tobacco characters & scented cherry & strawberry fruit. Well textured tannins and fresh acidity.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot from Vasse Felix (Margaret River, Western Australia) £27.45
A first class Cabernet blend from Margaret River in Western Australia, recognised as one of the finest terroirs for Cabernet
Sauvignon in the country. Elegant and finely structured, the palate is pure and complex with cassis, spice and a dry finish.
2008 ‘Hilltops’ Shiraz from Clonakilla (Hilltops Region, New South Wales) £29.00
Brilliant value for Tim Kirk’s superb Shiraz, which uses fruit from the cool Hilltops region, close to the border of Canberra
District. Intense yet restrained, full of spicy black fruit, a good bite of tannin and cherry-like acidity.
2007 Central Otago Riesling from Rippon Estate (Central Otago) £34.00
Produced from the lake Wanaka area of Central Otago by this pioneering estate, this is a Germanic style of Riesling with good
power, lime and honey characters and mineral acidity on the finish. There is just enough residual sugar to give a rich feel to the
wine, and a balance of freshness helps to give a dry finish.
2009 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Greywacke (Marlborough) £27.45
An exciting new premium Marlborough Sauvignon from winemaker Kevin Judd, formerly chief winemaker for over 20 years
at Cloudy Bay, and present from its inception in 1986. Needless to say the grapes are grown in impeccably situated
vineyards, and the wine is distinguished by its dryness, aromatics, elegance and restraint.
2007 ‘Gatecrasher’ Sauvignon Blanc from Easthope (Hawkes Bay) £48.00
A highly individual Sauvignon Blanc from Rod Easthope, senior winemaker at Craggy Range. This resembles high quality white
Bordeaux rather than NZ Sauvignon – the wine undergoes full malo-lactic fermentation in old barriques. Gooseberry & flint on
the nose with almond, citrus and sage on the palate. Loads of minerality, good weight on the palate and a crisp, lingering finish.
2006 Ormond Gewurztraminer from Vinoptima (Gisborne) £45.50
A superb vintage of this excellent off-dry Gewurztraminer, made by Nick Nobilo, the maestro of New Zealand aromatic whites.
Golden in colour with luscious aromas of lychee, melon fruits and scented honey, it has tremendous intensity and complexity,
and is comparable to top ‘Cru’ Alsace Gewurztraminers.
2008 ‘The Little Rascal’ Arneis from Coopers Creek (Gisborne) £28.45
Search Gisborne on Google and you will see a lot of ‘first wine region in the world to see the day’s sun’. Coopers Creek was
established in 1980, and have become experts at growing the tricky grape variety Arneis. This is an expressive wine with pear,
white peach & almond flavours, good concentration, and great freshness.
2008 Waipara Pinot Noir from Mount Brown (Waipara) £25.00
Waipara is north of Christchurch and often likened to Burgundy in terms of soil & climate. This outstanding Pinot has
generous plum & light tobacco and hints of oak. The palate is warm & generous with blackberry & complex tannins.
2007 Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir from Wild Earth (Central Otago) £36.00
A rising star in Central Otago, the world’s southernmost winemaking region, Wild Earth now produces a Pinot Noir to rival those
from the most famous producers of the region. With prime vineyards located in Felton Road & Lowburn, the wine is clean and
scented with brambly, plumy fruit, supple tannins and a rich yet elegant character.
2006 ‘The Centrefold’ Pinot Noir from Easthope (Wairarapa) £48.00
From the Wairarapa province next to Martinborough, this premium ‘Burgundian’ style Pinot Noir has multi-layered aromas of
vanilla & cherries layered with light spices. The palate shows intense wild strawberries & cherry with hints of truffle & savoury
2007 Hawkes Bay Syrah from Tinpot Hut (Hawkes Bay) £28.00
From a single vineyard in Hawkes Bay, this Syrah has plenty of pepper and spice and a nicely restrained, pure ripe palate of
red fruit with good structure and a slightly rustic edge.
2008 Torrontes Chenin Blanc from Villa Vieja (Mendoza, Argentina) £16.50
An unusual but successful blend of Torrontes and Chenin Blanc. The Torrontes provides plenty of aromatic appeal, distinct
floral notes of rose petal, fresh Muscat grapes and Turkish delight; the Chenin gives weight & steely balance with its firm acidity.
2008/2009 Viognier from Santa Rosa (Mendoza, Argentina) £16.50
Tremendous Viognier from this forward-thinking winery in the heart of Mendoza. Well-defined peach fruit with good ripeness
and weight whilst finishing dry, long and refreshing.
2008/2009 Sangiovese Bonarda ‘Vida Organica’ from Zuccardi (Mendoza Argentina)* £16.95
Another delicious wine from Zuccardi, made from the Bonarda grape, originally from Piemonte in Italy, and Sangiovese. Full,
ripe and spicy red fruit with good structure and balancing acidity.
2008 Malbec Classico from Bodega Renacer (Mendoza, Argentina) £19.25
A very quality-orientated estate with vineyards in the premium Mendoza regions of La Consulta and Agrelo. The vines are 50
years old, and the wine has shows a combination of perfume, elegance, good depth and brambley fruit.
2007 Passo Doble from Masi Tupungato (Tupungato, Argentina) £25.25
From famous Italian producer Masi, a blend of Corvina & Malbec, which is re-fermented with partially dried grapes, using the
‘ripasso’ system. Great depth of flavour and intensity, long flavours of bitter cherry and blackberry.
2006 Petit Verdot ‘Remolinos Vineyard’ from Finca Decero (Mendoza, Argentina) £29.45
Incredible value for a wine of this quality (awarded 93 points from Wine Advocate), this single vineyard wine features
jasmine, plum & berry aromas, spicy complexity and a refined, balanced palate seldom seen in pure Petit Verdots.
2008 Malbec ‘A Lisa’ from Bodega Noemia (Patagonia, Argentina) £44.00
A tiny production of 30,000 bottles of this ‘ultra’ premium Patagonian red, made from 85% Malbec and 15% Merlot. It is a
refined wine with delicate aroma of smoky red fruit, fine tannins and stunningly pure and racy fruit, both deep & elegant.
2008 Carmenère Seleccion from Viña Chocalan (Maipo Valley, Chile) £19.75
Carmenere is an ancient Bordelais variety. The wine has perfumes of ripe, dark fruit and a hint of pencil lead. It has ripe
tannins and an attractive strawberry & pepper character, with touches of leather. Good length and dark fruit notes on the finish.
2008 Central Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Siete Soles (Central Valley, Chile) £15.75
A small proportion of this wine was aged for several months in oak. Aromas of blackcurrant and plums are balanced with
graphite & toasted coffee flavours. The soft, concentrated palate displays red fruit characters and a long aftertaste.
2006 Tannat Las Violetas from Bodegas Bouza (Canelones, Uruguay) £25.50
Tannat is a grape grown historically in South West France in the Madiran AOC, and is now one of the most prominent grapes in
Uruguay, producing medium to full-bodied wines with full, ripe tannins and ripe fruit, complemented by green pepper & spice.
2008 Goats Do Roam White from Fairview (Paarl/Malmesbury/Paardeberg) £15.75
Yes, a questionable ‘appellation’, but the quality of the wine is superb. A blend of Clairette, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Viognier &
Grenache Blanc, it is fresh, dry, focused and the fruit is pure & complex.
2008 Sauvignon Blanc from Quoin Rock (Cape Agulhas)* £22.50
Cooler growing conditions in Cape Agulhas with unique oceanic influences, lower potential soils & sufficient natural rainfall
make this region well suited to the production of fine Sauvignon Blanc. Intense passion fruit & lime zest on the nose with hints
of grapefruit & nettles. The palate is full with a lingering aftertaste, fine minerality and refreshing acidity
2009 Buiten Blanc from Buitenverwachting (Costantia) £18.75
A zippy, fresh yet full-bodied blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Flavours of ripe gooseberry, green peppers, green
melon and hints of tropical fruit dominate the palate, and the finish is fruity and dry.
2008 Sequillo White from Eben Sadie (Swartland) £33.25
A blend of 60% Chenin Blanc, 20% Grenache Blanc, 10%Viognier and 10% Roussanne, grown on granite soils. This wine is
hugely impressive with a great complexity of flavours. It is both restrained and deep, with the texture evolving in the mouth and
long, pure and clean fruit mingling with minerality and dry, savoury flavours.
2008 Pinotage ‘The Ruins’ from Bon Cap Organic Wines (Eilandia)* £17.50
A very well balanced wine and extremely good value. Ripe and chunky blueberry and blackberry fruit with savoury and spicy
characteristics, good acidity and ripe, chewy tannins.
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Raats (Stellenbosch) £20.95
This family owned and run vineyard in Stellenbosch produces first class, highly awarded Cabernet & Chenin Blanc wines, at
realistic prices. This is 85% cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Malbec and has cassis, fine oak and an impressive, fresh elegance.
2007 The Raptor Post from Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards (Tulbagh, Western Cape)* £24.25
A blend of 59% Syrah, 32% Cabernet and 9% Mourvèdre, estate grown on the slopes of the Tulbagh Valley in the Western
Cape. Aromas of pure fruit and spice mix with an earthy minerality. The palate is restrained & elegant, with greater weight
coming from the Cabernet. Only old oak barrels are used, which help the wine express a real sense of terroir.
2001 The Cape Blend from Quoin Rock (Simonsberg, Stellenbosch) limited stock £26.45
Amazing value for a wine of this age and quality. A blend of Shiraz, Pinotage & Merlot with complex, sweet fruit aromas and
lovely texture. It retains a freshness on the palate with a good depth of rich, ripe fruit.
2005 Sequillo from Eben Sadie (Swartland) £33.25
A blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache from this highly respected small producer. The Syrah delivers ripe & spicy fruit,
minerality and structure with elegance; the Mourvedre gives mid-palate tannin structure and ripe dark fruit with aromatics; the
small element of Grenache rounds out the structure and provides hints of sweet raspberry.
2006 Sonoma County Merlot ‘L de Lyeth’ from Lyeth (Sonoma) £22.50
It is fantastic to see a great value North American Merlot of this quality. It has an attractive minty aroma and soft, rounded plum
fruit on the palate, well supported by grainy tannins.
2007 Old Vine Zinfandel from Scotto Family Wines (Lodi, Central Valley) £21.95
The Scotto’s wine making history started in the mid 1800s with Salvatore Scotto in Italy. Great-great grandson Anthony and his
sister Natalie now run this quality orientated Central Valley vineyard. With an emphasis on bright fruit flavours & minimal oak,
the wine has dense characters of black cherries, plums & raisins and a hint of vanilla.
2007 Petite Sirah from Bogle (Clarksburg) £26.00
Bogle is a small family vineyard in Clarksburg, near the Sacramento river. Petite Sirah is sometimes known as Durif, and this
example has boysenberry, black pepper & herbs on the nose, with deep, concentrated flavours of ripe fruit & berries. The
voluptuous finish has a touch of toasty oak, luscious fruit and firm tannins.
2004 Le Cigare Volant from Bonny Doon (Santa Cruz/Central Coast)** £36.45
“Named in honor of the cigar-shaped alien craft banned by decree of the village council of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in 1954,
“the Flying Cigar” pays homage not only to the wines of the celebrated appellation, but to all forays into the world of the
magical and unknown”. These words from the great Randall Grahm, who’s iconic Le Cigare Volant is a superb blend of
38% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 12% Mourvèdre, 8% Carignane and 7% Cinsault. Big yet textured and restrained. Drink it.
2007 Wilamette Valley Pinot Noir from Wilamette Valley Vineyards (Oregon)* £42.00
The cool climate area of the Wilamette Valley in Oregon produces very ‘Burgundian’ styles of Pinot Noir. This ’07 is delicate
& graceful, light in colour & medium bodied. Aromas of raspberry & cherry with cocoa, vanilla & white pepper characters.
2006 Geyserville from Ridge (Santa Cruz) £45.50
Ridge’s reputation is second to none. Geyserville is 74% Zinfandel, 18% Carignan and 8% Petite Sirah. Structured tannins &
tight, dark berry fruit with oak in the background adding to structure. Enjoyable now, it will age well over the next 5 to 10 years.
2005 Cadillac from Château Fayau (Bordeaux, France) £26.00
From the little-known Cadillac appellation, this wine has deep apricot and marmalade as well as fresh citrus flavours, long and
perfectly balanced. Particularly good with fruity desserts. Also superb with foie gras.
1998 Cerons from Château de Cerons (Bordeaux, France) £34.45
Like Sauternes, Cerons is a commune in the Gironde, Bordeaux, and its sweet wines are made in much the same way. The
wines develop tremendously with age, and this example is delicate and spicy with lemon, marmalade, honey & sweet spice.
2007 Pacherenc du Vic Bilh Moelleux ‘Reve d’Automne’ from Château Laffitte-Teston (Gascony, France) £32.25
Wonderfully rich yet freshly balanced sweet white made entirely from Petit Manseng grapes. It shows rich lemon, peach and
dried fruit characters with a perfect balance bewteen acidity, sweetness and alcohol.
2006 Maury ‘Cuvée Aurelie’ from La Préceptoire de Centernach (Roussillon, France) 50cl £28.25
This is a sweet, red wine fortified to 17% alcohol. Made from Grenache, it has great texture and complexity, and the sweet red
fruit is countered perfectly by well structured, fine tannins and good acidity, Try with chocolate.
1998 Moscatel de Setúbal from Bacalhôa (Portugal) £34.00
A classic Portuguese style of sweet Muscat, with intense & complex aromas of honey, dried fruits & orange. The all
important balance of acidity is there, making it a delicious sweet wine with rich desserts or cakes with a dried fruit element.
2008 Verduzzo from Specogna (Friuli, Italy) £29.45
This is a sweet wine produced from the rare grape Verduzzo Friulano. Fruit is stored for 10 days before being crushed, cooled,
macerated for 60 hours and fermented in tank. 8 months of ageing follows, half in wood, half in bottle. It has an intense, fruity
aroma and is medium-sweet, slightly tannic, robust and full bodied with a fresh kick. Drink with cheese or pastries.
2002 Vin Santo del Chianti from Riccardo Falchini (Tuscany, Italy) 37.5cl £28.00
Vin Santo is made by hand harvesting grapes, in this case Trebbiano, Malvasia & Vernaccia, and drying them in a
‘Vinsantaia’ for 4 to 5 months. The must is then transferred to small barrels where it is left to ferment & age for a number of
years before bottling. The wine has a remarkable intensity & length with dried fruit, vanilla, honey, spices & wonderful acidity.
2008 Vin Doux from Samos (Samos, Greece) 37.5cl £11.95
Made from Muscat Petit Grain (the only grape variety allowed on the island), this has a floral nose and citrusy aromas and
flavours. It is delicious, and accompanies desserts perfectly as well as chicken liver parfait or foie gras.
2009 Pink Moscato from Innocent Bystander (Victoria, Australia) 37.5cl £12.75
A homage to Italy’s great Moscato d’Astis & Brachetto d’Aquis, this sweet, slightly sparkling pink is made from a blend of Gordo
Muscat & Black Muscat. It is around 5.5% alcohol and perfect with light desserts or as a ‘palate-cleanser’ at the end of a meal.
2006 Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon from De Bortoli (Riverina, New South Wales) 37.5cl £16.50
A late harvest wine with pronounced aromas and flavours of apricot, citrus peel and honey, combined with subtle vanilla oak,
complemented by crisp acidity balancing the sweetness of the wine.
2008 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling (Clare Valley, South Australia) 37.5cl £34.00
This wine has cult status in Australia. Made from late-picked Riesling, the fruit is allowed to shrivel naturally on the vine and
intensify in sugars and complexity. The balance of deep sweet fruit and acidity is perfect.
Manzanilla from La Guita (Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain) £26.00
Made from 100% Palomino Fino and aged for more than 3 years in American oak botas, this is dry, fresh, nutty and makes a
Amontillado del Puerto from Gutierrez Colosia (Jerez, Spain) £38.75
Bone dry and vigorous with delicious nutty aromas. Very concentrated, full and stylish.
Pedro Ximenez El Candado from Valdespino (Jerez, Spain) £36.00
Sweet and dark with piles of dried fruit and rich nuts. It is intense and long and balanced by acidity.
Marsala Riserva Superiore from Curatolo (Marsala, Sicily) £25.45
This makes a surprisingly delicious aperitif, cold from the fridge. Dry, intense, rounded & nutty.
Ruby Port from Quinta de la Rosa (Douro, Portugal) £26.00
Dark and full with intensely ripe fruit that retains some of its fresh flavours. A great ‘all-rounder’.
Tawny Port from Casa Santa Eufemia (Douro, Portugal) £29.45
With the fruit sourced from vineyards of more than 25 years old, this complex Tawny has layer upon layer of dried fruit and nut
flavours and a pleasing fresh-fruit dimension also.
2002 Late Bottled Vintage Port from Quinta do Crasto (Douro, Portugal) 37.5cl £17.50
Yum. This is outstanding, and an awful lot of wine for the money. Drinking perfectly now, it is full and textured with a lovely
fresh element to the dark ripe fruit and just the right level of sweetness.
1997 Vintage Port, Dow (Douro, Portugal) £63.50
From a great yet relatively early-drinking vintage, Dow’s ’97 Vintage Port is already well evolved and is pleasingly medium
to full in body compared with the huge structure of many others. Dark ruby in colour, it has wonderful liquorice, chocolate &
coffee aromas and heaps of brooding, hedgerow fruit with sweet, ripe tannins. Drink now or keep until 2025.