Rioja Tempranillo Old Vines, Bodegas Carlos Serres, 2017
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.Learn More£8.75
Chevalier d'Antras Madiran, 2014
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.Learn More
St Chinian Chateau de la Baume, 2012With 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
Valpolicella Classico Ripasso, Lenotti Estate, 2016
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.Learn More
Mission Estate VS Pinot Noir, 2016
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
Castello di Verrazzano, Chianti Classico DOCG, 2015
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.Learn More£17.50
Chateau Dalem, Fronsac, 2014
Medium bodied with plenty of very fine, grippy tannin, medium acid, flavours of dark cherry, cacao and licorice flow into a fresh, medium length finish. Good right-bank character. Oak is evident but under control and integrates nicely. Pure bottled pleasure.
Chateau Dalem is best served relatively cool (about 15 degrees) which gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.Learn More£30.00
Mission Estate Huchet Syrah, Gimblett Gravels, 2013
The Mission Estate story begins with a group of French Missionaries who sailed to New Zealand with little more than their faith and a few vines. The first record of a commercial sale dates back to 1870 when a parcel of mostly dry reds was sold. The Cellar Master at this time was Brother Cyprian Huchet, the son of a French vigneron from the Loire. Having grown up amongst the vineyards and wine cellars in France, Cyprian Huchet’s wine knowledge became extremely sophisticated and he bought this wealth of knowledge to Mission Estate.
Mission Huchet Syrah is a tribute to Cyprian Huchet and Mission’s 160 year heritage. Crafted with devotion, combining leading edge technologies and Old World techniques, Huchet is a bold wine of heart & depth with pure dark berry aromas along with some spice components. The palate is full-bodied with fine soft tannins and an array of complex aromas. These fine tannins provide an amazing texture that is velvety and mouth filling and which frame a depth of rich complex aromas which persist long on the finish. If you can resist opening this wine for 10-20 years, you will be rewarded with a wine that is even more silky and fine.
Presented in a bespoke Huchet box and wrapped in tissue paper.Learn More£75.50