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  1. Rioja Tempranillo Old Vines, Bodegas Carlos Serres

    Carlos Serres Old Vines DOC Rioja Tempranillo is made from 50 year old vines giving this Spanish red intense flavours of dark fruit. Aged in oak Barrels with a bright purple colour and a nose full of fresh cherries, black fruit, licorice and vanilla. In the mouth it is juicy and tightly focused, with fresh acidity and a smooth lengthy finish backed up with gentle tannins.

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    £8.75
  2. Chevalier d'Antras Madiran
    Rating:
    80% of 100

    From Producteurs Plaimont, this deep and dark purple in colour wine has delicious strong fruit flavours or cherries, red berries and blackcurrant with subtle earthy tones. Produced with a minimum content of 40% Tannat grapes and complimented by the inclusion of Pinenc, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon to produce a smooth and delightful wine.

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  3. Chateau Andrea, Graves

    Graves, in Bordeaux, is reputedly the oldest vine growing region in the country and benefits not only from coarse gravel typical of the area, which stores heat from the sun in the day to keep the vines warmer at night. But also from large pine forests that protect the vineyards and the river Garonne to the east, which acts as a thermal regulator.

    Smooth and silky in the mouth with soft tannins and long finish. Délicieux!

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  4. Domaine Lafond Lirac Roc-Epine

    Domaine Lafond, an award winning producer, manually harvests and hand selects the grapes to ensure the highest quality and careful management of the vines. The grapes are vatted for an extended period to obtain soft tannins, then in order to soften the tannins, the wine is put in new barrels for 3 to 4 months.

    Roc Epine red is a powerful and robust wine, it offers a complex nose of cinnamon, cooked fruits and morello cherries. While the palate expresses vanilla and peppers which persist until the final. It is a supple and rich wine with a very good length.

    Great paired with charcuterie, red meats, game and cheeses.

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  5. St Chinian Chateau de la Baume
    With 25 years of experience and tasting acquired around the world, Francois Gilbert and Philippe Gaillard (Journalists, Tasters and Critics) have chosen to use their know-how at an exceptional winery in Languedoc, Chateau de la Baume. With small yields, they gain a wonderful freshness with raspberry flavours and notes of spices on the finish. Learn More
  6. Valpolicella Classico Ripasso, Lenotti Estate
    Rating:
    100% of 100

    The Lenotti ‘Le Crosare’ Valpolicella Ripasso is the result of the highest quality Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grape varieties, coming from the classic area of Valpolicella north of Verona. The winemaking process has a brief “ripasso” (re-passing) on the grape skins of the Amarone which gives this red extra body and flavour.

    It is a well-structured wine, intense ruby red colour with a bouquet that is fine and intense. Dry and savoury in the mouth it is full bodied and velvety. Drinking very well now although it has the potential to improve if cellared 4-5 years after harvest. Highly recommend by the Le Bon Vin team.

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  7. Mission Estate VS Pinot Noir

    Mission's Estate has chosen their very best grapes grown in the Awatere Valley for their Vineyard Selection Pinot Noir. They were selected from a portion of the vineyard that was carefully managed with fruit thinning to encourage optimal ripeness and flavour development.

    It shows good concentration of bright red cherry, forest floor and wild berry aromas, more fruit on the palate with a soft, rich mouthfeel. The wine has a fine structure and really fantastic fruit intensity, supple mouthfeel and a great finish. Drinking really well now but with potential to age well over the next 5-10 years.

    "Garnet-red colour with some depth, lighter on the rime with some bricking. The nose is soft and ethereally full with a broad array of aromatic red berry fruits along with restrained notes of savoury dried herbs, elements of earth and red floral nuances." Raymond Chan

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  8. Chateau Etang, Bois des Dame Rouge, Corbieres

    Located in the heart of the Corbières, Château Etang des Colombes grows traditional varieties of the AOC Corbières: Syrah, Grenache, Carignan and Mourvèdre. This family-owned Chateau has produced superb quality wines for 4 generations and is among the best producers in Corbières. The oldest plots of Château Etang des Colombes are sixty years old, allowing development of the Vieilles Vignes (old vines) for use in Bois des Dames. 

    Deep purple in colour with fruit aromas, vanilla and hints of pepper and clove. Melted tannins are present but which will ensure a promising development - drink now or cellar for up to 15 years.

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  9. Castello di Verrazzano, Chianti Classico DOCG

    Verrazzano's Chianti Classico, like others in the Greve area of Chianti have typically more concentrated flavours than in Castellina, Gaiole or Castelnuovo Berardegna. However, this is a classic Chianti, deep ruby red in colour with aromas of mature fruits like cherry and blackberry. Light in body with a little oak (from 18 months in barrel) with fine grained tannins and pleasant bursts of juicy wild cherry, cinnamon and a hint of star anise.

    An Organic wine that pairs well with Tuscan appetisers, red meat and game.

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    £17.50
  10. Barolo, Sacco

    Often considered one of Italy's greatest wines, Barolo is definitely one of the most famous and a must try for it's classic tar and roses aromas. This Barolo from the Rocca estate is a classic, dry and austere, autumnal Nebbiolo from this famous Piemonte region. It will delight with its intense bouquet of mature red fruit and tobacco and the ethereal "Tar and Roses" of classic mature Barolo. It is at the lighter end of the Barolo spectrum and fully mature, so expect a more gamey style well suited to roast pheasant, aged beef and other fine meat courses.

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    £22.50
  11. Berton Vineyards Bonsai Shiraz Cabernet

    Berton use the grapes grown in their original Eden Valley vineyards to use in their flagship wines of which the Bonsai Shiraz Cabernet is one. So named, as the poor soil that is the success story behind this wine restricted growth to tiny rootling’s even after five years.

    Open a bottle and you’ll find blackcurrant, plums and licorice on the nose and on the palate soft tannins and sweet toasty oak combine with ripe plum and black cherry.

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  12. Onomastica Tinto, Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Carlos Serres
    Rating:
    100% of 100

    A very limited edition, harmonious Reserva, with a deep, elegant bouquet. 

    Aromas of black fruit, vanilla and dark chocolate with hints of spices and mineral notes. Magnificent structure in the mouth; powerful, vigorous, tasty and wide. Very complex powerful finish from this famous estate in Haro. Suits food matches like roast kid and suckling pig, braised meats and aged cheeses, and a surprisingly good match for dark chocolate too.

    Graciously balanced and open, this Rioja is showing maturity in a delicate gossamer style. It will be a great charmer with its energy, velvet tannins and attenuated fruit. Hedonistic character. Drink 2017-2022 Decanter Magazine Premium Red Rioja Panel Tasting March 2017 (2011 vintage)

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