‘The French Connection’ Case - Discounted Price £85.00
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 ‘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.
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.
bottles Lucha Carosa Carignan - Chile
‘This really delicious Chilean red is made with Carignan grapes from
unirrigated vineyards nestled into Curico's coastal mountains. Blended
with 15% Grenache to flesh out the Carignan and give it some juiciness,
it has a lovely purity of blackberry and mulberry fruit. It has a long,
fresh finish leaving you wanting more!
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 -
Lucha Carosa Carignan – Chile
This really delicious
Chilean red is made with Carignan grapes from unirrigated vineyards
nestled into Curico's coastal mountains, it has a lovely purity of
blackberry and mulberry fruit and refreshing acidity typical of the