‘The French Connection’ Case - Discounted Price £89.50
We have selected four of our favourite southern
French wines, all of which we think offer tremendous value for money.
3 bottles – Picpoul de Pinet ‘Duc
Picpoul is one of southern France’s star whites:
crisp, dry but full of citrus fruit flavours. This one was rated equal
top in Decanter Magazine’s Picpoul tasting last summer and is made by
the famous Cave de l’Ormarine on the Lac de Thau.
3 bottles – Pasquiers Sauvignon /Vermentino
This Sauvignon Blanc has extra zip and richness
given to it by the addition of one of the main white grapes of the
Languedoc, the Vermentino. Aromatic and zingy, this is perfect summer
3 bottles – Bellefontaine Malbec
Although Argentina is now thought of as the home
of Malbec, it has been grown in France for many hundreds of years. This
delicious example from the Languedoc is unoaked and has masses of
bright, blueberry fruit flavours.
3 bottles - Pasquiers Grenache
Unoaked, this stunning red made from the Grenache
Noir has red berry fruit in abundance. Soft and so very easy to drink,
this is one of our most popular summer reds that can even be chilled and
drunk with chicken and fish dishes.
‘The Italian Job’ Case -
Discounted Price £89.50
3 bottles – Cantina di Negrar Garganega - Veneto
This is a wine I found on
a buying trip to Italy two years ago. Made from the main grape of Soave,
the Garganega, it has delicious citrus and white peach fruit flavours
and has been hugely popular.
3 bottles – Dea del Mare Catarratto / Pinot Grigio - Sicily
This Sicilian white is
made mainly from the Catarratto – Sicily’s top white grape variety –
which has a honeyed richness and is made by inspirational wine grower,
3 bottles – Fedele Organic Red - Sicily
A new wine on our list
this spring and a real find: packed with rich black cherry fruit, this
organic red is made predominantly from the increasingly popular Nero
d’Avola grape variety.
3 bottles - Miopasso Primitivo - Puglia
An old favourite from the
glorious Salento peninsular in the heel of Italy. Made by top winemaker,
Stefano Chioccioli, this wine is laden with damson fruit and you can
really taste the sunshine!
‘Ten Green Bottles’ Case -
Discounted Price £75.00
All these wines are
certified Organic and Vegan. Minimal amounts of sulphur
are used in the wine making process and there is no use of
artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides and
herbicides in the vineyard.
2 bottles of Fedele Bianco - Sicily
From Sicily, a superb
well-balanced white that has a wonderful combination of peach
and lemon fruit flavours. Made by the world-renowned winemaker,
2 bottles of Running Duck Sauvignon/Chenin - South Africa
This crisp, dry Fair Trade
white is a blend of the Cape’s top two white grape varieties.
Named after the Indian Running Ducks that they keep to eat the
bugs in the vineyard.
2 bottles of Running Duck Rosé - South Africa
A salmon-pink, dry and
refreshing rosé from the famous Stellar Organics winery which is
also Fair Trade. Delicious summer drinking.
2 bottles of of Fedele Rosso - Sicily
Made mainly from Sicily’s
Nero d’Avola grape, this delicious rich red has a wonderful
purity of damson fruit flavours, unadulterated by chemicals or
2 bottles of Running Duck Shiraz – South Africa
From the Stellar Organics
winery in the Vredendal wine region, some four hours north of
Cape Town, comes this smooth red which has pure blackberry fruit
on the palate.
Chilean Case - Discounted Price £75.00
We have been shipping for over 20 years the superb wines from this old
estate owned by the del Pedregal family since 1825 in the Loncomilla
Valley in Chile.
3 bottles –
Carta Vieja Sauvignon Blanc
This is the best value Sauvignon on our list.
Packed with delicious gooseberry fruit flavours, it comes from a top
family-owned vineyard in the Maule Valley – the perfect aperitif.
3 bottles – Carta Vieja Chardonnay
From vineyards in the Loncomilla Valley, this gold
medal winning, unoaked Chardonnay has delicious pear and peach fruit on
the palate with good balancing acidity.
3 bottles -
Carta Vieja Merlot
This incredibly popular Chilean Merlot has rich
red cherry and plum fruit on the palate. Unoaked, it has soft tannins
that create a really well-balanced wine.
3 bottles - Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvignon
Packed with blackberry and damson fruit flavours,
this un-wooded red made from the great grape of Bordeaux has a hint of
sweet chocolate and mocha on the finish.
The ‘Fab Four’ Case - Discounted Price £79.50
Over the last few years, four grapes have become the most popular in
this country – Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio for white and Merlot and
Malbec for red.
We couldn’t resist putting together a mixed case of our favourites!
3 bottles – Round Stone Bay Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand
A classic Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc from the famous Marlborough wine region
at the north of the South Island. Packed with typical gooseberry and
elderflower fruit, this is delicious both on its own or with seafood.
3 bottles – Matra Hills Pinot Grigio - Hungary
This is our best-selling Pinot Grigio and comes from the beautiful Matra
Hills in Hungary. It has wonderful greengage fruit and has more depth of
flavour than many examples from Northern Italy.
3 bottles - Tierra del Rey Merlot - Chile
This incredibly popular Chilean Merlot has rich red cherry and plum
fruit on the palate. Unoaked, it has soft tannins that create a really
3 bottles - Finca Vista Malbec - Argentina
This gorgeous unoaked Malbec from Argentina’s leading wine region, the
Mendoza Valley, has stunning blueberry fruit on the palate – delicious
with food or just slurped!
Red’ Case - Discounted Price £82.50
A case of four different, unoaked reds that are soft
and perfect summer drinking. All four have screw caps for ease of
3 bottles – Rioja Monte Haro – Spain
Made from the Tempranillo
grape, this is a fine Rioja from the famous Bodega Paternina in the
Rioja Alta. It has soft red berry fruit on the palate and is extremely
drinkable on its own or with food.
3 bottles – Cantina di Negrar Corvina - Italy
Corvina is the main and
best grape that goes into the blend of Valpolicella and this excellent
red from the illustrious Cantina di Negrar firm close to Lake Garda is
packed with delicious cherry fruit flavour.
3 bottles - Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvignon - Chile
From the Del Pedregal
family’s estates in the Loncomilla Valley, this rich Cabernet has fine
blackcurrant fruit on the palate. Unoaked, it has soft tannins that
create a really well-balanced wine.
bottles - Pasquiers Grenache Noir - France
This is one of our
favourite wines: a gentle Grenache from the South of France. A lighter
red in colour but packed with superb red berry fruit on the palate.
The ‘On Point Pinot Noir’ Case Discounted price £89-95
10 bottles from 5 excellent growers of the Queen of Red Wine Grapes
2 bottles Le Fou Pinot Noir - Pays d’Oc - France
Unoaked, this Pinot is picked at optimum ripeness in the sun-drenched
vineyards of the Southern Languedoc giving it a wonderful bouquet of
black cherry compote and a nicely balanced structure with silky tannins
and good acidity.
2 bottles Domaine Guy Allion Pinot Noir - Loire Valley - France
Our favourite Pinot – indeed we had it
for our daughter’s wedding in May - from a small family-owned estate
next to Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley. Aged in French oak, it has
wonderful cherry fruit and is unbelievably drinkable. We can’t recommend
it highly enough!
2 bottles Côte du Danube Pinot Noir - Bulgaria
This stunning Pinot Noir proves that
you can make great wine from this grape at under £10 per bottle. Aged in
French and Bulgarian oak for 6 months, it has a real depth of flavour
that you so rarely find in Burgundian Pinot Noir at more than twice the
2 bottles Terra Alta Pinot Noir – Central Valley - Chile
This is new on our list this autumn and we think that Chile is fast
becoming the home of top value Pinot Noir. This soft and elegant Pinot
comes from 40 – 60 year old vines that are dry farmed and cool fermented
to preserve the delicious strawberry fruit. Unoaked, this can be drunk
on its own.
2 bottles Mount Riley Pinot Noir – New Zealand
This elegant Pinot comes from a
family-owned Estate in the famous Marlborough region of New Zealand’s
South Island. It has been aged in used French oak barrels for seven
months to give the wine a greater structure and a good balance between
acidity and soft red berries mingled with coffee beans.
The ‘Six of the Best’ Case - Discounted Price £79.50
1 bottle – Chablis 1er Cru ‘Vaillons’ 2015 – France
We ship this stunning wine from the immaculate cellars of the ‘Caves La
Chablisienne’ – the region’s leading cooperative. ‘Vaillons’ is a
vineyard just south-west of the village of Chablis and one of the most
famous of the 1er crus. Made from 25 year old vines, this unoaked white
burgundy is kept on its lees for a year to develop a really complex and
elegant balance of citrus fruit and fine acidity.
1 bottle – Fairhall Downs Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – New Zealand
This is our absolute favourite Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. From one of the few
family-owned single vineyards, it comes from the Brancott Valley in
Marlborough and is made from the free run juice of the Sauvignon Blanc
with partial barrel fermentation to add depth of flavour. 94/100 Bob
Campbell MW ‘Concentrated Sauvignon with grapefruit, guava, passionfruit,
pineapple, toast and a hint of brioche flavours’.
1 bottle – Jordan Wines Chenin Blanc 2015 – South Africa
I have never been to a more beautiful winery in the world than Jordan,
set as it is at the western end of the Stellenbosch Kloof. Inspirational
husband and wife winemaking team, Gary and Kathy Jordan, who have both
done tastings for us at the warehouse and have been making word class
wines since 1983. Their Chenin Blanc has fabulous richness after being
barrel-fermented then aged on its lees for 8 months.
1 bottle – Bodega Navajas Reserva 2013 - Spain
This wine comes from a family-owned estate in the village of Navarette
just outside Haro in the Rioja Alta. Aged in American oak casks for 20
months, prior to a further 2 years bottle ageing, this is benchmark
Rioja. A blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo (Carignan), this wine
has deep damson fruit on the bouquet, a lovely soft vanilla finish, and
opens up beguilingly in the glass as the second bottle beckons!
1 bottle – Chianti Classico Riserva 2016 - Italy
Made from 100% Sangiovese by Stefano Chioccioli – one of the few
winemakers in the world to have received a 100pt Robert Parker score –
this concentrated Tuscan red with fine black cherry fruit has been aged
in Slavonian oak for 12 months prior to bottling. Perfect with cheese
and game as well as pasta, of course!
1 bottle – Las Acequias Malbec 2015 - Argentina
The Correas family have been making wine in Argentina since 1860, and
this excellent red has lots of blueberry fruit, followed by smooth
tannins, hints of vanilla from the oak and lots of rich, complex and
spiced fruit with a very long finish. Made from grapes grown in the Don
Angelino Estate in the High Madrano in Mendoza from 85 year old vines
which give a low but intense yield.
Loire Unto Themselves’ Case - Discounted Price £79.50
Domaine Guy Allion is located in the village of Thessee-La-Romaine,
close to the famous Château of Chenonceaux that straddles the river Cher
just before its confluence with the Loire. Cédric is the 4th generation
of the Allion family to make wine at the domaine and he does so
according to the organic ‘Terra Vitis’ programme. We think that his
wines are some of the most delicious that we have ever tasted with an
astonishing purity of fruit and real complexity.
2 bottles –
Guy Allion Sauvignon Blanc de Touraine
superb Sauvignon Blanc that has typical gooseberry and elderflower fruit
but with the balancing acidity that shows why the central Loire valley
is the source of the greatest Sauvignons in the world. The 2019 is
elegant, with fine acidity to balance the herbaceous fruit. This is
Cédric’s best-selling wine and deservedly so – we absolutely love it!
1 bottle –
Chenonceaux Blanc 2017
is a more complex Sauvignon grown on the best slopes close to the river
where the limestone ‘perruches’ soil gives the wine extra depth and
allows it to age longer after having been kept on its fine lees for a
year prior to bottling and thus developing an almost tropical fruit
2 bottles –
Les Parcs Pinot Noir 2018
This has to be our best value Pinot Noir in terms of the sumptuous
raspberry and cherry fruit flavours that explode in the mouth. Made from
45 year old vines and aged in oak for 9 months, it has a wonderful
finesse and length that no red Burgundy I have ever tasted in this price
range has achieved.
2 bottles –
Les Quatres Pierres Cabernet Franc 2018
Made from 50 year old vines, Cédric’s Cabernet Franc is a delight with
deliciously perfumed, raspberry and blackcurrant flavours in the mouth.
It is the main red grape of the Loire Valley and while frequently found
in blends – in Bordeaux, for instance, it is the Prince to Cabernet’s
King and Merlot’s Queen – it can be magnificent on its own. Here, it has
been aged in large oak vats for 9 months to develop complexity and
vanilla smoothness. If you haven’t tried a single grape Cab Franc
before, then you are in for a treat!
1 bottle –
Chenonceaux Rouge 2016
This wine is made from an unoaked blend of 50% Malbec (or Cot as it is
called in the Loire) and 50% Cabernet Franc. Again it is only grown on
the best south-west facing slopes and it has restricted yields producing
a wonderfully rich and complex red with serious length of smooth
blueberry fruit on the palate and a gentle hint of spice on the finish.
Ages’ Case - Discounted Price £75.00
Situated in the village of
Navarette just outside Haro in the Rioja Alta, the Navajas family have
been making benchmark Rioja since 1918. The family own 30 hectares of
their own vineyards but also buy grapes in from neighbouring vineyards
but with strict control over the way the vines are grown and harvested –
their attention to detail in all stages of the winemaking process sets
them apart from most other growers. Red Rioja is all about oak-aging and
the wines below take you on a delicious voyage through the evolving
2 bottles – Navajas Blanco 2019
We have just shipped, for
the first time, this delicious dry white made from 100% Viura grapes
grown in 25-year-old vineyards close to the bodega. Unoaked, it has
elegant citrus fruit flavours and refreshing crisp acidity on the
palate. Bring on the seafood…..
2 bottles – Navajas Tinto Joven
A blend of 95%
Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo (Carignan) grapes, this is essentially an
unoaked Rioja but Antonio blends a proportion of the oak aged wine in
with it to give it a more classical Rioja style. Packed with red berry
fruit, it is a wine that punches above its weight.
2 bottles – Navajas Crianza
A similar blend to the
above but from older vines where the grapes are hand-picked. After
fermentation the wine is fined then poured into French and American 225
litre oak barrels where it is kept for a minimum of 12 months (the
legal minimum for a crianza wine) before being bottled and then kept a
further year in the bodega cellar before being released onto the market.
I always think that this is the benchmark Rioja with its delicious
morello cherry fruit and smooth vanilla oak finish – delicious!
2 bottles – Navajas Reserva
Again a similar blend of grapes, but this time from the oldest,
lowest-yielding vineyards. The wine is aged for 24 months in French and
American oak barrels before spending a similar length in bottle at the
bodega. The longer it spends in oak, the softer and more complex the
wine becomes with hints of spice and dried plum fruit on the finish:
this is a very fine example indeed.
Day Case £79-50 (£87.95 in gift box)
3 bottles : False Bay ‘Slow’ Chenin Blanc - South Africa
This is simply the most
appealing white wine that we have discovered this year with creamy stone
fruit flavours and gentle acidity. Fermented with natural wild yeast. It
comes from old bush vines and is aged for six months on its lees after
fermentation to give it the delicious smooth flavours.
3 bottles : Carta Vieja Sauvignon Blanc - Chile
Just arrived from Chile is
our first shipment of the 2021 vintage from our old friends, the Del
Pedregal family in the Loncomilla Valley. As Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc is
getting scarcer and more expensive by the day, this elegant Chilean
Sauvignon Blanc with a delicious elderflower fruit offers stunning value
3 bottles : False Bay ‘Bush Vine’ Pinotage - South Africa
A classic example of South
Africa’s signature grape made from low-yielding old bush vines in
Stellenbosch. Wild yeast fermentation and organically farmed, means this
lightly oaked red wine has delectable damson and plum fruit.
3 bottles : Tierra Alta Merlot - Chile
A really versatile
‘mellow’ Merlot from Chile. Unoaked with masses of juicy blackcurrant
fruit flavour, this is perfect on its own or with food. Made from grapes
harvested at two different altitudes so as to get the soft fruit from
the lower vineyards as well as a refreshing balancing acidity from the
Well-Red Case' - Price £99.50
3 bottles of 4 deep, rich, powerful red wines from
around the world
bottles De Bortoli ‘Deen Vat’ Shiraz - Australia
A huge, full-bodied red from Australia’s greatest red grape, the Shiraz.
Aged in American oak for 12 months, it has rich aromas of blackberry and
damson fruit combined with a beguiling vanilla spice on the finish. From
grapes grown in the De Bortoli family vineyards in the famous Heathcote
region of Victoria.
bottles Le Cadet du Château la Claymore - Bordeaux – France
A superb, château-bottled claret from the Lussac region of Saint-Émilion.
From the fabulous 2015 vintage, this rich, oak aged red is made from
Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grapes and is really complex with fine
blackberry fruit on the palate. Sensational claret from a famous
winemaker, Francois Linard.
3 bottles Vina Carta Vieja Merlot - Chile
‘This really delicious smooth but rich Chilean red is made from unoaked
Merlot grown in the Del Pedregal family’s cool climate vineyards in the
Loncomilla valley. It has a lovely purity of red berry and plum fruit
with a soft and silky finish.
bottles Barbera d’Asti ‘Ceppi Storici’ – Italy
A massive wine made from 40-year-old noble Barbera vines, it comes from
vineyards in the Monferrato hills in the south-west of Piemonte. The
grapes are hand-harvested from low-yielding vines planted on a
limestone-clay soil, before being aged in a mixture of small French oak
barriques and large Piemonte oak vats for 12 months prior to bottling.
Swing Low Case' - Price £79.95
bottles of low alcohol wine
Bellefontaine Sauvignon Blanc - France 12% vol
Classic, well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc from southern France with
herbaceous aromas and crisp gooseberry fruit. Made from grapes harvested
both in Gascony to give the wine a delicate acidity and from cooler
sites in the Languedoc to add weight and structure.
Matra Hill Pinot Grigio - Hungary 12% vol
Our best-selling Pinot Grigio comes from the beautiful Matra Hills in
Hungary. Delicate but full of delicious greengage and apple fruit
flavours, this is a supremely versatile wine that is unbelievable easy
2 bottles -
Abadia Airén/Sauvignon – Spain 11% vol
A delicious Spanish white made from a blend of Airén and Sauvignon Blanc
from Catalonia. Packed with zippy citrus fruit flavours, this was one of
our best-selling wines last year.
Dea del Mare Montepulciano d’Abruzzo - Italy 12.5% vol
This smooth, medium-bodied red with classic black cherry fruit flavours
is grown on the rugged slopes of the Abruzzo hills in central Italy and
is made by the highly respected winemaker, Stefano Chioccioli.
2 bottles -
Abadia Tempranillo – Spain 12% vol
Gentle red made from the great grape of Rioja packed with delicious
smooth plum fruit flavours. Unoaked, it comes from a family-owned
vineyard just north of Tarragona.
Cantina di Negrar Corvina – Italy 12.5% vol
From the famous vineyards of Valpolicella between Lake Garda and Verona
comes this delectable smooth red made from the main grape of the region:
the Corvina. Full of delicate red berry fruit, this is almost too
drinkable for its own good! Gold Medal – Guilbert & Gaillard 2019.
'The Grape Expectations Case' - Price £85-00
10 bottles to broaden your wine palate!
1 bt -
Picpoul de Pinet ‘Duc de l’Ormarine' - France
One of the great whites
from the south of France. Picpoul has wonderful zippy acidity and is
delicious with fish and seafood. Rated top Picpoul in Decanter Magazine
last year, it is a firm favourite.
1 bt -
Vila Nova Loureiro - Portugal
A new wine on the list
last year and a cracker! A Vinho Verde from north-west Portugal this
Loureiro has excellent citrus fruit and is crisp, dry and elegant. Grown
on the aristocratic Lencanstre family estate just north of Oporto.
1 bt – Ca
di Ponti Cataratto - Sicily
This Cataratto comes from
high altitude vineyards in the Marsala region on the west coast of
Sicily and has delightful ripe peach and honeysuckle flavours, but with
1 bt –
Don Cristobal Verdelho – Argentina
Verdelho is one of the
great grapes of Madeira but here is grown in the Mendoza region of by
one of our favourite winemakers, Edouardo Lapania of Don Cristobal
Estate and it has stunning greengage fruit on the palate.
1 bt -
Abadia Airén – Spain
A delicious Spanish white
made from 85% Airén from Catalonia. Packed with zippy citrus fruit
flavours, this was one of our best-selling wines last year. Lower in
alcohol at 11% and delightfully refreshing.
1 bt -
Las Acequias Bonarda - Argentina
This is Argentina’s second
most grown grape after Malbec. This Bonarda has just been awarded 93
points in James Suckling: ‘lovely notes of citrus, blueberries, cinnamon
and raspberry cheesecake. The palate shows real depth with vibrant
acidity, structured tannins and a long finish.’
1 bt –
Terranoble Carmenère Reserva – Chile
For 150 years Carmenère
was sold as Merlot in Chile but it has now become to Chile what Malbec
is to Argentina. This stunning Reserva has lovely plum fruit and smooth
vanilla spice from oak ageing.
1 bt -
Cantina di Negrar Corvina – Italy
From the famous vineyards
of Valpolicella between Lake Garda and Verona comes this delectable
smooth red made from the main grape of the region: the Corvina. Full of
delicate red berry fruit, this is almost too drinkable for its own good!
Gold Medal – Guilbert & Gaillard 2019.
1 bt -
De Bortoli ‘Deen Vat’ Durif – Australia
The Durif – also known as
the Petit Sirah in California – is made here by the famous De Bortoli
family and the Deen Vat Durif is a wonderful, blockbuster rich red with
fabulous dark damson fruit.
1 bt - Ca’ di Ponti Nero d’Avola – Sicily
The Nero d’Avola is the most important red grape from Sicily and this
medal winning wine comes from vines grown in the south of the island –
its traditional homeland. Stylistically it is not dissimilar to an
Australian Shiraz with rich damson fruit and smooth, silky tannins.
Drinks beautifully on its own or as an accompaniment to meaty pasta
'The Golden Oldies Case' - Discounted Price £97-50
12 bottles from 6 inspirational wine
bt Domaine du Gouyat - Bergerac Sec - France 1st shipped
1990 - 31 years
The first wine I ever
shipped direct from France was Serge Dubard’s Domaine du Gouyat – would
I ever be able to sell 30 dozen? Well, the Dubard family wines have been
a constant delight on our list for the last 30 years and this delicious
Sauvignon shows the elegance that this grape can achieve with great
River Retreat Pinot Grigio - Australia 1st shipped 2002 -
Although we have only been
shipping from the Murphy family’s Trentham Estate for a mere 19 years,
they have been a stalwart on our list. This particular wine though is
new to us this year and shows how Pinot Grigio is a grape that benefits
from lots of Aussie sunshine.
Bodegas Navajas Tinto - Spain 1st shipped 1992 - 29 years
vineyard in the village of Navarrete in the Rioja Alta, where Antonio
Navajas makes benchmark wines and even his entry point Tinto – a blend
of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Mazuelo - has a level of oak aging which
gives it the typical damson and vanilla spice flavours.
Château Nardou ‘Cuvée Bois de Meyney’ – France 1st shipped 1997 -
Also from the Dubard
family, but this time Serge’s brother Laurent, who gave up life as a
Parisian Doctor to pursue the dream of becoming a vigneron in Bordeaux.
His delicious Côte des Francs Merlot based claret comes from just
outside Saint-Émilion region. He also has delightful gites if you want a
trip to France.
Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvignon – Chile 1st shipped 1995 - 26 years
I don’t know where we
would have been over the years without the wonderfully reliable wines of
the del Pedregal’s family’s Carta Vieja winery in the Maule valley.
Winegrowers since 1825, this classic Cabernet Sauvignon has delicious
black fruit flavours and is unoaked.
bt Jordan Estate Chameleon red – South Africa 1st shipped 1996 –
Gary and Kathy Jordan
have been great supporters of Whitebridge Wines over the years and they
are privileged to own to most beautiful wine estate that I have ever
been to. This blend of Cabernet and Merlot has wonderful rich red berry
fruit and a percentage of each bottle sold goes towards preservation of
the Cape Dwarf Chameleon.
Vox Pop Case ' - Discounted Price £85.00
The 12 bottles that you enjoyed most
3 bt Matra Hills Pinot Grigio - Hungary
This was our best-selling white wine
over the last year. Hungary is the original home of Pinot Grigio and
this delicious wine from the beautiful Matra Hills in the north-east of
the country has astonishing fruit and flavour for the price and offers
far better value than many alternatives from Italy.
3 bt Mirror Lake
Sauvignon Blanc - New Zealand
Our Mirror Lake Sauvignon Blanc with
its typical gooseberry fruit and elderflower aroma is hugely popular and
comes from the prestigious Marlborough wine region at the north tip of
the South Island of New Zealand.
3 bt Finca Vista
Malbec – Argentina
This has been hugely popular since we
first shipped it some 18 months ago. Packed with rich blueberry and
cherry fruit flavours, it comes from 40 year old vines grown at high
altitude to add balancing acidity. Lightly aged in oak to give a hint of
vanilla spice on the finish.
3 bt Dry River Shiraz – Australia
The top red wine sold over the past
year is this deliciously soft Shiraz from South-Eastern Australia with
typical damson and cherry fruit flavours. Unoaked, it typifies the
versatile and easy-drinking style that Australia has become justly
‘French Connection 2’ Case discounted price £85-00
10 bottles from around France
2 bt Réserve Saint Marc Grenache Blanc - Languedoc
Made in the south of France by the famous Vignobles Foncalieu, this dry
but fruity Pays d’Oc white has delicious vibrant peach fruit flavours on
the nose with pear and stone fruit on the palate.
2 bt Macon Blanc ‘les Préludes’ - Burgundy
From the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy, this fine, unoaked
Chardonnay is made by the 2021 Revue de Vin de France winery of the
year, Cave de Prissé and has typical citrus and stone-fruit flavours.
2 bt Domaine du Gouyat Merlot - Bergerac
One of our favourite French reds from the Dubard family in the Dordogne.
Unoaked and packed with rich black fruit flavours, this deservedly won a
Gold Medal at the Concours de Bordeaux.
2 bt Côtes du Rhône ‘La Chapelle Marin’ – Rhône Valley
Made from old vine, hand-picked Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre grapes
owned by Patrice Armand in the southern Rhône, this excellent unoaked
red has attractive juicy bramble and cherry fruit.
2 bt Bellefontaine Malbec – Rhône Valley
fresh take on Malbec from the reaches of the Pyrenees in the Languedoc
rather than the Andes of Argentina. Brimming with bright blueberry fruit
this Malbec offers exceptional value for money and is a classic summer
"Christmas Day Case" £79-95 (£86.50 in a gift box)
1 bottle Champagne Nominé-Renard Brut
We have shipped this
excellent, small-grower champagne Simon Nominé for over 25 years. I can
honestly say that there is no better champagne that I have tasted for
delivering fabulous quality at a really affordable price. Soft and
elegant, the champagne has good bottle age which enhances the biscuity
flavour of a classic Brut Reserve.
Wildsong ‘organic’ Sauvignon Blanc Hawke’s Bay-New Zealand
New on our list this year
comes the astonishing wines of international award-winning winemaker,
Rod McDonald. The wines come from the Te Awanga Estate in Hawke’s Bay on
the North Island and at a Zoom Tasting with Rob, we were blown away by
the intense grapefruit, nectarine and melon flavours on the palate and
fine balancing acidity on the finish. Harvested in the early morning
from high elevation vineyards, the organic grapes are gently pressed
before fermentation and then aged on the lees for some months to gain
bottles Don Cristobal ‘barrel selection’ Malbec - Argentina
From our favourite
Argentinian wine grower, Eduardo Lapania’s Don Cristobal winery in
Mendoza comes this wonderfully rich and intense Malbec with great
blueberry and plum fruit. Nine months ageing in French oak adds a
delicious vanilla and mocha spice to the finish. Hand-harvested from
vines grown in the Finca La Santa Maria vineyard at 935 metres altitude,
giving the wine an extra level of complexity.
bottle Krohn Ruby Port - Portugal
Also new on our list this
year is Krohn Port. Founded in 1865 by two Norwegians, the small house
of Krohn has built up an enviable reputation for fruit-driven ports. We
think this classic Ruby has a delightful bouquet of pure black cherry
fruit. Made from the traditional grape varieties – Touriga Nacional,
Tinta Barroca and Touriga Francesa, it is delicious served as a digestif
with cheese after a meal, but why not try if as they do on the continent
as a warming aperitif?
‘Happy Ever After’ Case discounted price £82-50
10 bottles from our daughter’s wedding!
2 bt Cava Castillo Perelada Rosado - Spain
Simply stunning rosé fizz that was served at the King of Spain’s
wedding after being selected from over 180 different Cavas in a blind
tasting. Dry but with superb strawberry fruit, this delectable pink is
one of our favourite party drinks and hopelessly moreish!
2 bt Pasquiers Rosé - France
Made in the south of France by Paul Boutinot, this dry but fruity Pays
d’Oc rosé has delicious vibrant red berry flavours on the nose with a
deliciously clean and zingy finish. Easily outperforms many a Provence
rosé at five times the price!
bt Hidden Bay Sauvignon Blanc - New
A classic Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand’s
South Island. Packed with the grape’s quintessential gooseberry and
elderflower fruit, it is just so, so drinkable.
bt Domaine Guy Allion Pinot Noir - France
Simply our favourite summer red. From a small grower in the Loire
Valley close to the famous Château Chenonceaux, this wine has fantastic
soft cherry fruit but a beguiling zip of acidity. Too moreish by half!
bt Belle & Co Sparkling no alcohol – Germany
I have always scorned no alcohol wine but…. this is great! It also means
that those at a wedding who are driving / pregnant etc. don’t get fobbed
off with a glass of OJ. We have it in pink or white so just choose the
opposite colour to the alcoholic option and you can then even give it to
the children. It went down particularly well for our lunch on Sunday
when there were some seriously jaded palates….
The ‘Red-Hot Chile’ Case discounted price £85-00
8 fabulous wines from this stunning Chilean winery
1 bt Terranoble Sauvignon Blanc Reserva - Casablanca Valley
Supremely elegant Sauvignon from the
cool climate of the Casablanca Valley. This rivals many a top quality
Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé with its sophisticated clean minerality and
well-balanced citrus fruit.
1 bt Terranoble Chardonnay Reserva - Casablanca Valley
This has all the classic refinement
of a top white Burgundy. Hand harvested, the grapes are gently pressed
to keep the acidity. After fermentation 50% of the wine is aged in used
French oak for 6 months which gives it greater complexity with only a
delicate hint of oak on the palate.
1 bt Terranoble Chardonnay ‘Las Dichas’ Gran Reserva - Casablanca
Tim Aitkin MW 91 pts – Chile Report
2021 ‘A lightly wooded Chardonnay with appealing zip and drive, some
cream and flavours of pear and lemon zest.’.
1 bt Terranoble Carmenère Reserva - Colchagua Valley
This is simply delicious – my
favourite wine of 2021. A wonderfully complex and well-structured red
with mouth-wateringly smooth damson and blueberry fruit as well as a
hint of vanilla spice from gentle oak ageing..
bt Terranoble Merlot Reserva - Colchagua Valley
Part-fermented in French oak, this
rich and smooth black fruit driven red has intriguing vanilla and gentle
spice on the palate. It is grown in the Los Cactus vineyard at the
western end of the Colchagua where cool nights allow the wine to develop
1 bt Terranoble Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Especial - Colchagua
This delightful Cabernet Sauvignon
comes from a single vineyard, Los Lingues, which is located in this more
eastern stretch of the Colchagua Valley. Red berries, plums, cassis,
smoke, and chocolate dominate the nose. An intense and exquisite wine
with dark ruby colour of remarkable depth. Its great tannins and good
acidity hold its firm structure together.
1 bt Terranoble Carignan Gran Reserva – Maule Valley
‘The hand-harvested grapes are
vinified gently and divided between concrete eggs and untoasted foudres,
giving the wine the finesse that so frequently eludes Carignan. With
floral, redcurrant, tart cherry, cranberry and spicy balsam notes
wafting over sleek tannins and rock-fresh acidity, it's the sort of red
that goes with a wide range of foods.’ Joanna Simon – Wine of the Week
1 bt Terranoble Carmenère Gran Reserva – Maule Valley
This wine comes from their flagship
grape: the Carmenère. Winner of award after award, the latest accolades
for this vintage include: 90 pts in The Wine Spectator and 92 pts in Tim
Aitkin MW’s annual Chile report where he writes: 'Marcelo García has a
magic touch with Carmenère, seemingly wherever it's grown in Chile. This
comes from San Clemente in the Maule Valley and is the most immediate
and approachable of his wines. Deftly wooded in barrels and foudres,
it's a subtle, scented, well-balanced red with sweet black fruits and a
capsicum top note.'