Straw yellow dry white wine. This Grillo boasts a lively, fresh acidity, with floral hints and exotic fruit flavours.
Dandelion Vineyards, `Enchanted Garden of the Eden Valley` Riesling
Taste Notes:100% Riesling. With classic Riesling aromatics of citrus zest, lemon and hints of dragon fruit flowers, this bone-dry Eden Valley Riesling displays the variety’s intense purity. Bottled with minimal fining and filtration to emphasise the character of the vineyard planted in 1910.
Bright in the glass with tinges of green and white-gold. Classic aromas of citrus zest, candied peels, dragon fruit and hints of herbs and rye seeds. This is an attractively textural wine displaying the variety's intense purity. Bone-dry, its structure and length is underpinned by bracing acidity.
Dandelion Vineyards are proven plantings that have stood the test of time, encouraging the humble dandelion amongst the vines as they suppress winter weeds, provide mulch in summer, and proffer their Wishing Clocks in spring to blow off and make the Dandelion wish come true. The Enchanted Garden was planted in 1910 and thrives to this day, a seven acre Eden Valley Vine Garden lovingly tended by Sue and Stuart Woodman.
Whole bunches were hand picked in the second week of March then destemmed without crushing the fruit to fill the press exactly. The free-run juice and pressings were fermented separately in small tanks between 11-13°C. The wine was bottled directly with minimal fining and filtration.
Dandelion Vineyards is the venture of self-titled ‘typist’ Zar Brooks and his winemaking wife Elena, with wines made from the Barossa and Eden Valleys, Fleurieu, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. Nick Stock, one of Australia’s leading journalists, has described Dandelion as follows: “Brooks has teamed up with his winemaking wife Elena, a woman whose talents are outweighed only by her tolerance, in an exciting new venture called Dandelion Vineyards. The approach is remarkably simple and sees Elena making wine from a suite of beautiful old vineyards across that blessed curve that runs from the Barossa, up through the Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills and down into McLaren Vale.”
Cline Cellars North Coast Viognier
It’s thought the Romans took Viognier to the Rhône 1700 years ago yet incredibly, as recently as the 1980’s, there were thought to be only 32 ha planted in the entire world. Now, Viognier, with its fullbodied richness and gentle acidity is an international superstar again. Fred Cline specialises in growing Rhône cultivars and giving them a modern twist whilst maintaining their original character... and this one is a beauty!
Wonderfully fragrant with notes of pithy stone fruits, bight jasmine and honeysuckle. The palate follows through with a richness of fruit including ripe peach and apricot. The finish is given finesse by the refreshing acidity.
Pairs well with Gruyere or Camembert cheese, sushi, or tarragon chicken.
VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, SUSTAINABLE
Ulisse Pecorino IGP
The Pecorino grape is a legendary story of a variety that was literally brought back from the brink of extinction. Elegant and rigorous. It is benchmark wine that embodies power and smoothness. It is one of Abruzzo’s top white wines. This wine is always a firm favourite with our customers on pop-up bar nights.
2017 Jean-Claude Boisset Chardonnay, "Château London", Mâcon-Igé
100% Chardonnay. Ripe fruit perfumes characterise this golden wine, with a touch of oak and lovely mineral acidity on the finish. This Chardonnay has golden nuances in the glass. There is a nice complexity on the nose with aromas of ripe yellow fruits, citrus and white rose. This wine is clean and fresh on the palate with good acidity. The finish is long and lively.
This wine is from Igé, one of the Mâconnais' top villages. Château London is the specific vineyard or 'lieu-dit' of the grapes. Vine age is approximately 20 years and the yield is 7,000 vines per hectare. The vines are Guyot trained to a height of 1.3 metres, to ensure enough light exposure for photosynthesis. Soils are stony and clay, with a high proportion of chalk. The grape is a clone of Chardonnay, Chardonnay-Muscaté, which gives the typical structure, poise and freshness of Chardonnay together the aromatic expression of Muscat.
The grapes were harvested manually into 20 kilogram crates, then whole bunch pressed for 2.5 hours, before the juice was transferred to 450 litre oak barrels. Indigenous yeasts were used for a long fermentation without racking or lees stirring. The wine was then aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 12 months without being racked. The barrels used are toasted at low temperatures to impart a subtle, delicate flavour to the final wine.
Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.
2018 Verus Riesling
Despite lovely youthful Riesling character the wine is already showing great potential. It is developing an intense lime zest and peach varietal bouquet with hints of basil perfume which follows through to the palate showing length and elegance with a lively crisp style and beautiful balance.
Verus (Latin for “true”) is an exciting new winery founded in 2007 and owned by three friends who now produce some of the most exciting white wines coming out of Slovenia. The 12 hectare vineyards are located around Ormoz in the appellation of Styria (Stajerska) on the Jeruzalem-Ormoz hills close to the Hungarian-Croatian borders. The cool climate here is influenced by the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Pannonian Plain.
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Greywacke, Marlborough
100% Sauvignon Blanc. One of Marlborough's most celebrated Sauvignon Blanc wines, from the winemaker who put the variety on the map - Kevin Judd. Yellow- fleshed peaches, rock melon and blackcurrant alongside lemon icing, chamomile and hints of rose petal – this is a delicately perfumed and deliciously ripe-fruited interpretation of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is both subtle and textural, showing considerable ripeness and concentration, with a crisp and long, juicy finish.
Fruit was sourced from various prime vineyard sites in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys, the central Wairau Plains (specifically in Woodbourne, Renwick and Rapaura) and a spectacular river terrace site in the upper Awatere Valley. Soil types vary from the young alluvial soils of Rapaura, Renwick and the upper Awatere, which contain high proportions of New Zealand’s ubiquitous greywacke river stones, to the older and denser clay- loams of the Southern Valleys. The majority of the vineyards were trained using the divided Scott Henry canopy management system, with the balance on a vertical shoot positioning trellis.
Harvested largely by machine during cool (often cold) nights, the Sauvignon Blanc was picked into half-tonne bins, which were tipped directly into the tank press and lightly pressed. The resulting juice was cold-settled prior to fermentation, primarily using cultured yeast in stainless steel for cool, slow fermentation. A portion was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation in old oak barrels. All individual vineyard batches were left on lees and kept separate until late July, when the blend was assembled.
Greywacke was created in 2009 by Kevin Judd, chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay from its inception for 25 years and instrumental in the international recognition which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc enjoys now. The name 'Greywacke' was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard, a sedimentary rock which is widely found in Marlborough. Kevin Judd is also New Zealand's finest wine photographer and has recently published a book 'The Landscape of New Zealand Wine'.
2019 Loimer, Kamptal Grüner Veltliner
100% Grüner Veltliner. This wine is pale yellow in colour. On the nose, there are aromas of herbs with fresh green apple. On the palate, this wine is juicy and well-balanced with a touch of minerality on the finish.
Situated 200 to 400 metres above sea level, the climate of the Kamp Valley is characterised by cool nights and warm days, with a long, sunny autumn. The high summer temperatures are mitigated by the River Danube and the Waldviertel (forested area). The long growing season and the difference in temperature between night and day gives the grapes a chance to reach full ripeness and develop fine perfumes and flavours. The grapes for this wine are grown in fine, old vineyards around Langenlois and nearby areas. 80% of the vines are grown in loess soils and the remaining 20% in weathered gneiss soil.
The hand picked grapes underwent a short maceration (up to two hours) before being pressed, fined and fermented. 95% of the fruit was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 20-22°C for two to four weeks with the remaining 5% fermented in large oak barrels. The wine fermented in tanks remained on fine lees for 4 months to add depth and complexity before blending with the small percentage of wine that was barrel fermented.
Fred Loimer owns 80 hectares around Langenlois, in the sunny Kamptal region of Lower Austria. Fred makes a range of wines from the excellent value 'Lois' and 'Lenz' to the superb, single varietal Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners. Unlike many Austrian producers who go for an overly rich and sweet style, Fred gets full ripeness in the vineyard yet ferments to dryness, managing to produce wines with lovely definition, zest and balance on the palate.
2019 Peter Lehmann Layers, Adelaide White
Taste Notes:49% Semillon , 20% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, 19% Gewürztraminer, 12% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris. The wine is pale yellow with a youthful green hue. On the nose, there are aromas of citrus, peach and white flowers with a hint of lifted spice. The finely-structured, lemon-tinged Semillon supports the soft floral aromatics of Muscat and the delicate spice of Gewürztraminer. The Pinot Gris provides texture and mouthfeel to the mid-palate and the finish is crisp and fresh.The innovative Layers blends use traditional Barossa varieties for wines that express the new face of the Barossa. Semillon provides a lemon-tinged backbone to support soft, floral Muscat aromatics and delicate Gewürztraminer spice. Pinot Gris brings texture.
Peter Lehmann Wines works with over 140 growers across the length and breadth of the Barossa Valley region, with access to over 750 individual vineyard sites. Grapes for this wine came from selected vineyards in the Barossa Valley with the Pinot Gris sourced from the Adelaide Hills.
Cold fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks prior to blending and early bottling which produced a lively, fresh yet complex white wine.
Peter Lehmann, with 33 vintages already under his belt, started his own winery in 1979, partly as a means of helping with the glut of grapes then afflicting the Barossa. "I'll take your grapes and turn them into wine," he told the desperate growers, many of them conservative farmers of Silesian descent who regarded their old vines as part of their patrimony. "But I'll only be able to pay you when I sell the wine." They gratefully accepted. Without this deal, it is widely thought that the Barossa would have lost a huge chunk of its old vines. Since its first vintage, the Peter Lehmann winery has championed Shiraz and Semillon, the two great traditional varieties of the Barossa. The Layers blends use these two varieties as a base upon which to build a wine that expresses the new face of the Barossa, using varieties that are new or innovative. These smartly packaged wines show that while Peter Lehamann is a traditional winery, it continues to be as innovative today as it was 40 years ago.
Poggiotondo Organic Vermentino
This wine has a lovely aromatic nose, showing delicate stone fruit and floral aromas. On the palate, it has gentle and refreshing acidity, with a rich texture and a savoury finish.
Gabrielskloof `Elodie` Chenin Blanc
This is Peter-Allan’s first vintage of Elodie, made from old vine (over 35 years old) dry-farmed Chenin Blanc grown in the Swartland. Fermenented using indigenous yeast in 400-500L old French oak barrels, it has complexity and depth.100% Chenin Blanc
Extremely fresh and aromatic, with tropical and citrus fruit character. It is light-bodied, with crispy fresh lemony and citric notes, fruity balance, excellent definition, fine acidity & a refreshing spritz. Just 9.5 abv too!
Villa Cialdini Lambrusco Grasparossa Castelvetro
Ruby red in colour, with plenty of bright bubbles. On the nose, it has a fresh, pronounced and very fine fruity scent. On the palate, the wine is delicate, tangy and well-balanced, with pleasant refreshing acidity, floral notes and forest fruits on the finish.
100% Lambrusco Grasparossa
A traditional dry Lambrusco, with fresh, pronounced and typical cherry aromas. On the palate the wine is delicate, tangy and well-balanced, with pleasant refreshing acidity, floral notes and forest fruits on the finish.
2018 Domaine Laroche, Chablis, "St Martin", Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay. This Chablis is pale gold in colour. It has an intense freshness typical of the area, with ripe white fruit and white blossom aromas. On the palate, its minerality gives a lingering finish and wonderfully distinct character.
Ripe, white fruit and blossom aromas are complemented by the beautiful minerality so typical of top quality Chablis.
Saint Martin refers to the patron saint of Chablis, whose relics were kept in the domaine's ancient monastery for many years. Domaine Laroche owns 63 hectares of Chablis vineyard on the famous Kimmeridgian soil that gives the wines such precision. Each plot, of which there are 30 in total, has a different exposure, soil depth and vine age which contributes complexity to the wine and means that every parcel ripens at a different time. Gregory Viennois refers to Chardonnay's 'two-day window' of maturity - if the parcels aren't harvested in this time the precious Chablis aromas are lost.
The grapes were pressed and settled at low temperatures for 12 hours in wide tanks, to help the settling process and minimise the need for sulphur dioxide. Fermentation lasted 21 days at 17°C, followed by full malolactic fermentation. After filtration with Bentonite, the majority of the wine was aged for eight months on fine lees in stainless steel tanks with a small amount (8%) in large oak casks (foudres). Filtration was light to preserve the natural body of the wine.
Domaine Laroche epitomises Chablis, with impeccable quality and a remarkable 100 hectares of vineyards, including 30 hectares of Premier Cru and six hectares of Grand Cru sites. Founded in 1850, there is still a dynamism which permeates everything they do. Michel Laroche merged with another family-owned producer, Jeanjean, in 2009 and he remains involved in the business, along with his wife Gwénaël. As part of their aim to retain purity and minerality in the finished wine, Laroche was the first Burgundian producer to move to screwcaps in 2002.
Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley Eden Valley Riesling
A fresh, lively Riesling with a delicate green tinge and hints of freshly picked limes. The palate shows great fruit purity with a refreshingly crisp, dry finish and it is a wine that can be drunk now or aged with confidence for a few years where it will develop the complexity expected of a top flight Eden Valley Riesling.
2018 Picpoul, Baron de Badassière
100% Picpoul. A youthful Picpoul with fresh, crisp apple and a touch of citrus on the nose. No oak and early bottling helps retain freshness and delicate aromatics. This wine is pale lemon in colour with a youthful rim. On the nose, it has aromas of citrus fruit, grapefruit, lemon and lime, and floral notes. On the palate, it has attractive weight, with a good balance of zesty acidity and minerality, as well as a touch of saltiness on the finish.
The grapes for this wine come from selected vineyards around the Etang de Thau, planted on clay and limestone soils.
The grapes arrived in the winery in the early morning and were macerated on the skins for a few hours, then pressed by pneumatic press. The must was cold settled for 48 hours and then fermented at a controlled temperature of 15 °C for 16 days. No oak was used and the wine was bottled early to retain freshness and delicate aromatics.
Baron de Badassière is from the Picpoul de Pinet region of the Languedoc, near the coast of the south of France. The name of the wine refers to the Badassière vineyard which lies near the small town of Pomérols. In the 18th century, the vineyard belonged to Baron Charles Emmanuel, a colourful character who was rumoured to be the illegitimate son of King Louis XV. The wines are made exclusively for Liberty Wines by New Zealand winemaker Graeme Paul, with consultant Matt Thomson, at the Cave de Pomérols cooperative where the Vignes de L'Eglise range is also produced.
Innocent Bystander Yarra Valley Chardonnay
This Chardonnay has fresh pear and lemon notes that combine with delicate white flowers. Lovely soft aromas of poached apple and marzipan evolve in the glass. Crisp, fresh and dry on the palate, the wine is tightly sprung then unwinds to reveal a citrus pith texture, wrapped around a fresh stone-fruit core.
ALPHA ZETA `P` Pinot Grigio
This wine has aromas of ripe peach and pear with hints of flint. On the palate, it is rich and well-balanced. It is refreshing and crisp on the finish, with attractive Pinot Grigio characters.
100% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
Bellavista ‘Alma’ Gran Cuvee Brut Half
It has a lively and persistent mousse with fine perlage. It is an attractive pale yellow in colour, with green reflections. Perfumes of white flowers and stone fruits, with subtle hints of vanilla, which follow through on to the palate. Fine, elegant yet rounded and beautifully balanced.
77% Chardonnay , 22% Pinot Noir, 1% Pinot Blanc/Pinot Bianco
Like all other Bellavista wines, this is elegantly crafted. Made from more than 100 parcels of grapes, all picked and vinified separately then blended together in the perfect “Cuvée”.
The majority of the components for this intriguing blend were sourced from the renowned Swartland area in the Western Cape. Smaller yields, due to the ongoing drought, produced wine with exceptional flavour and texture.
The palate shows an array of stone fruit with flavours of nectarine, pear, cling peach and tangerine creating complexity.
2018 Borgo Selene, Catarratto/Inzolia
60% Catarratto , 40% Inzolia. Grapes for this unusual white blend were grown on the hilly area in Western Sicily, producing a wine that is crisp and lively on the palate with a fresh, dry finish. This wine is light, lemon-yellow in colour with a fresh, vivacious nose, perfumes of citrus and tropical fruit and a hint of Mediterranean flowers. It is crisp and lively on the palate with a fresh, dry finish.
This is wine is made from selected grapes grown in the hilly areas in the province of Trapani in Western Sicily.
The grapes were fermented in stainless-steel vats for 12 days at a temperature of 16-18°C. The wine then spent two months on its lees before being bottled.
Made and blended by Alberto Antonini at the Curatolo family winery, the Borgo Selene wines represent superb value for money. The name derives from the Greek goddess of the Moon, Selene, illustrating the influence the Greeks (who also brought the vine to Sicily) have had on the Mediterranean's largest island.
Three Lions Great Southern Sauvignon Blanc
This wine is pale lemon in colour with aromas of tropical and stone fruits, lemon blossom and subtle herbaceous notes. On the palate are flavours of white nectarine, ripe lemon peel and a slate-like minerality. The small portion of French oak adds texture and complexity to this Sauvignon Blanc which is balanced by the crisp acidity.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
AA Badenhorst Papegaai White Blend 2019
The 2019 blend propels Adi’s parrots to new heights... a mouth watering blend of Semillon and Palomino to get those juices flowing. Perfect nectar for those long, warm evenings we're all expecting!
2018 Luigi Baudana, `Dragon` Langhe Bianco
41% Chardonnay , 30% Nascetta, 25% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Riesling. The wine has perfumes of stone, flowers and summery grass with a slightly savoury note on the palate. The touches of Riesling and Nascetta add an extra hint of elegance, giving it a long refreshing finish. Dragon is a symbol of courage for Vajra, who experimented here with local and international white varietals in this fresh and perfumed white wine. It is a very unusual blend for the Barolo area: Chardonnay and Sauvignon with Nascetta and Riesling.
The Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are located on the north-east shoulder of Cerretta Piani at mid-slope. A fold of this slope makes the plot cooler and more suitable for white grapes. Below the thin topsoil lies one of the oldest conglomerates of all Piemonte: 14-million-year-old Helvetian soil. The Nascetta is grown in the Comune of Novello, the birthplace of the variety, at the top of the Ravera hill. Vajra has always believed in sustainable farming and keeps the turf natural and green in the vineyard. Traditional pruning is practised as well as using the Guyot mixed system of trellising. Every phase of winemaking, starting in the vineyard, is carried out by hand. No irrigation is used, while green harvest is decided according to the vintage.
The grapes were hand harvested. Soft crushing was followed by up to 12 days of fermentation at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks. The wine remained in stainless-steel tanks until bottling the following spring.
This small estate has just over four hectares of vineyard, all in the commune of Serralunga d'Alba. Their tiny cellar is situated in the village of Baudana, while their vineyards are primarily in the 'crus' of Baudana and the highly regarded Cerretta. After 30 years running the winery, and without heirs to take over the business, Luigi and Fiorina Baudana took the difficult decision to sell. As part of his research, Luigi visited the Vajra winery incognito one day, and was so impressed with the way they dealt with people and communicated their philosophy that he rang Aldo soon afterwards to ask if he would be interested in buying the estate. A deal was soon done, and the Vajra family have run this estate alongside Luigi and Fiorina ever since. The first vintage was 2009 and from then onwards we can see the true expression of the new Luigi Baudana.
This unoaked Chardonnay has aromas of lifted peach and ripe apple with notes of white flowers and honeysuckle.
Blank Bottle, Moment of Silence
Stunning, all rounder there is nothing you can fault in this wine. Restrained, elegant & delicious with style and swagger. Aromas of candied lemon, cooked apple and mango with a core of minerality. Soft and voluptuous, it has a lovely ripeness and a fleshy, creamy mouthfeel, which leads to a perfect tangy freshness giving some zip to its otherwise mellow feel.
Shaw + Smith, `M3` Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
The 'M3' opens with aromas of white flowers, grapefruit, and white peach. Notes of brioche and toast add complexity to the elegant fruit. The palate is long and flavoursome, with great texture and bright acidity. Savoury, toasty nuances from the oak are beautifully integrated and linger on the finish.
Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith MW, Shaw + Smith's aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand among the best of their type in Australia. The wines are made exclusively from fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia's coolest and most exciting regions. Shaw + Smith specialise in grape varieties suited to cooler climates, such as Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and also make outstanding wines from Shiraz and Pinot Noir.
GOLD Sommelier Wine Awards 2018
Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian
2019 Les Caves de la Loire, `Wally` Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc is zesty with lively acidity, hints of passion fruit and gooseberry with great balance and a clean finish. There is a touch of richness on the palate without giving any sweetness.
The grapes were sourced from the Anjou area in the Loire Valley, just south of the city of Angers. The vineyards are planted on two different types of soil: carboniferous rock and schist in the north and the visibly whiter, limestone-rich soils of the southern and western sides of the appellation.
The grapes were harvested in the early hours of the morning to retain freshness. They were stored at 16°C for 5-10 days before a cool fermentation (at 14°C) took place in stainless-steel tanks. Post fermentation, the wine remained on its lees for three months, with occasional lees stirring to add depth and complexity.
Les Caves de la Loire is a co-op located in Brissac-Quincé, south of Angers. It was established in 1951 and has 160 growers and 1,600 hectares of vineyards, the majority of them located in Anjou. Its winemaking facilities are overseen by technical director, Agnès Bardet, who has been working with the growers and their vineyards for many years. The harvest is coordinated by Frederic Moreau, who liaises with each grower and offers technical advice all year long. Les Caves de la Loire is certified AgriConfiance et Démarche Vignerons En Développement Durable. AgriConfiance ensures traceability from grape to bottle and adheres to AFNOR's (Association French Normalization Organization Regulation) sustainable pratices.
2018 Cantine Belisario Verdicchio di Matelica, "Terre di Valbona"
100% Verdicchio. This lovely aromatic white is surprisingly full-bodied, with great balance between its crisp green apple character and the richer honey and lemon flavours. This wine is pale lemon in colour with a lovely aromatic and clean bouquet of acacia with a touch of honey. Surprisingly full-bodied, it shows great balance between its crisp green apple character and the richer honey and lemon flavours. The finish is dry and vibrant.
The co-operative has 300 hectares of vineyards, 24 of which are organically cultivated. The Terre di Valbona is a blend of grapes selected from some of the best vineyards included in the co-op. The vineyards are situated on a south-facing hillside 350-450 metres above sea level.
The grapes were destemmed, softly pressed and clarified, then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 16ºC for a period of 20 days. After fermentation the wine was aged in large 300 hectolitre stainless steel vats for two months before bottling in January. The Terre di Valbona is unoaked to maximise freshness.
The Cantine Belisario co-operative was founded in 1971. Today, it is the biggest producer of Verdicchio in the Matelica DOC, a smaller zone than Castello di Jesi. The climate here is more continental than in Castelli di Jesi and the combination of warm days and cool nights gives a longer growing season, and lovely aromatic qualities to the wines.
Pieropan Soave Classico
Duffour Père et Fils Côtes de Gascogne
This wine is bright pale yellow in colour, with youthful highlights. It is very aromatic with white peach and tropical fruit notes. On the palate, it is crisp with bright citrus flavours, good weight and a lasting, clean aromatic finish.
80% Colombard , 10% Gros Manseng, 5% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Ugni Blanc
A quality driven approach in this family run vineyard leads to a classic, great quality wine. The traditional grape varieties of Colombard, Gros Manseng and Ugni Blanc are expertly blended to give vibrant citrus and exotic fruit with an aromatic finish.
Sophie Baron, Grand Réserve Brut
The Meunier dominant blend gives richness and red berry fruit to this crisp and lively Champagne.
Charly-sur-Marne lies a mere 50 kilometres east of Paris along the Vallée de la Marne subregion. The Baron family owns 38 hectares of sustainably managed vineyards that are largely planted with Meunier, the dominant grape in the region.
The Grand Réserve is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel and undergoes malolactic fermentation to give it roundness. It is aged on its lees for three years and has a balanced dosage of 10g/l residual sugar.
Sophie Baron Champagne comes from a family run property in Charly-sur-Marne. The Champagne is named after Sophie, the daughter of the founders Gabriel and Dolorès. She joined the property in 1982 and works alongside her winemaker brother, Ignace.
Belisario Vigneti B Verdicchio di Matelica Organic
A complex example of Verdicchio di Matelica. On the nose, it shows interesting aromas of golden apple, pink grapefruit and wax. On the palate, it is soft and round, with a persistent finish.
This verdicchio is produced in limited quantities from organically grown grapes, avoiding the addition of sulphites where possible. The result is a complex and unique example of Verdicchio di Matelica with wax and grapefruit aromas.
Piper-Heidsieck, Cuvée Brut
The signature cuvée of the Piper-Heidsieck House is a round and vibrant non-vintage Cuvée Brut recalling the rich variety of its blend of 100 crus from across the patchwork of Champagne vineyards.
This wine is pale golden in colour. On the nose, there are intense notes of almonds and fresh hazelnuts, with flavours of fresh pear and apple with a delicate hint of citrus. It is lively and light with added depth from the Pinot Noir, creating beautiful balance.
- Feature(s): Vegan, Vegetarian
JCB by Jean-Charles Boisset, `JCB No. 21` Crémant de Bourgogne Brut
No. 21 is an unusual blend of grapes, which create a sparkling wine with a lovely fresh and fruity nose with almond and white flower aromas. 40% Pinot Noir , 35% Chardonnay, 20% Gamay, 5% Aligoté
Pale and vibrant in colour, the JCB No. 21 Crémant boasts aromas of citrus fruits, almonds and white flowers on the nose. The palate has refreshing and lifted acidity, coupled with a lovely, rich texture from the lees ageing.
Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi `Lugarara` half
This estate covers 110 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi, 40 hectares of which are under vine. Here the grapes give pure, rich and balanced wines. Two single vineyard wines are produced, both of which are unoaked so the character of each vineyard shines through in the glass. The 'Lugarara' is always the more open and forward of the two wines. The wine's aromas of stone fruit and lime peel are immediately beguiling, making this one of our most widely sold wines. The 'Montessora', more mineral driven, has greater intensity and needs longer to show off its best. It will age easily for up to a decade or more.
Lugarara is produced from a single vineyard with soils of grey marl and a sandy topsoil. The palate is balanced with fresh acidity and good structure. Citrus and almond perfumes follow through to the long finish.
Sauvignon "A Peu Pres"
A stunning little gem from David Maudry, whose family have a long old history of wine production in Tracy-Sur-Loire. This Sauvignon Blanc comes from young vines directly next to their Pouilly-Fumé vineyard. Whilst this vineyard remains unclassified, the soils and aspect are the same, indeed the wine tastes almost identical (at a fraction of the price)... lots of that struck-flint note we all love in Pouilly-Fumé, and then a nice elegance and gentle tang.
Seeing Pouilly-Fumé (and Sancerre) getting rather out of reach price-wise this was an exciting find.
The name, ‘À Peu Près’, means ‘as good as’ (as good as Pouilly Fumé) and we were delighted to have this wine on our list.
Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio Halves (cork)
Pinot Grigio favours cooler climates and finds its ideal habitat on the hillsides. Livio Felluga's vinification technique gives the wine finesse and elegance while preserving the faint coppery highlights that are Pinot Grigio's hallmark.
Livio Felluga emigrated from Istria and established his property in Brazzano in the 1950s. Convinced of the winemaking potential inherent in Collio and the Colli Orientali of Friuli, he bucked the trend of the times and started buying vineyards. Their landmark Terre Alte was first produced in 1981 and they have continued to make innovative and consistently high quality wines since. Winemaker Andrea Felluga has embraced stelvin in a characteristically forward-looking way. After experimenting with the closure for five years, he felt confident in using the stelvin closure to retain freshness and perfume in his wines.
100% Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
37.5cl half bottle.
Contero Moscato d`Asti di Strevi Half STELVIN
Formerly owned by the Lombardini family (proprietors of La Giustiniana in Gavi), Contero is now owned by the Marenco family, who are Moscato and Brachetto specialists in Strevi. This 11 hectare estate remains one of the best producers of invigoratingly delicious Moscato d'Asti and Brachetto d'Acqui. The ripest and best Moscato grapes are used for Moscato d'Asti rather than Asti.
37.5cl half bottle.
Capezzana Vin Santo Riserva half
This Vin Santo has an intense golden yellow colour and displays concentrated perfumes on the nose of dried fruit, candied apricot and orange peel, as well as floral nuances of yellow flowers. Rich and intensely sweet on the palate, it has dried apricot and fig flavours which are balanced by a lovely touch of freshness. The finish is very long and spicy.
90% Trebbiano , 10% San Colombano
37.5cl half bottle.
Donnafugata Ben Rye Halves
Brilliant amber in colour, Ben Ryé is wonderfully fresh and complex. The bouquet is intense and rich with aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combine with notes of Mediterranean thyme and rosemary. The palate is well-defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by fresh acidity and great minerality.
Ben Ryé is the luscious “passito” sweet wine from the little island of Pantelleria where old Zibibbo vines are grown using the traditional “alberello pantesco” bush-training system. Dried grapes give the intense honey, apricots and almond finish.100% Zibibbo.37.5cl half bottle.
Vigneti del Vulture, `Pipoli` Greco/Fiano
Pale lemon in colour, with perfumes of tropical fruit and a touch of vegetal notes. Rich yet fresh with a lime zest character, which comes from the Greco fruit, balancing the richness. We love this wine with pasta & pesto.
Luma Grillo, Cantine Cellaro
Excellent to serve with light dishes or fish dishes, light risotto, cous cous and fish soup. Great with smoked fish and crab. Excellent aperitif.
La Battistina Gavi
From Araldica's magnificent Gavi estate, La Battistina. This is a high quality, complex white widely regarded as a benchmark for this DOCG.
Aromatic, zesty nose with notes of apple, lime and white flower. The wine has juicy apple and lemon characters, and is textural with attractive minerality. The finish is balanced, with a zesty mouthwatering quality.
VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, SUSTAINABLE
Cantina Terlano is well known in Italian wine drinking circles for producing Italy’s longest lived white wines. Many memorable wines from the 1950s and 1960s, which rank amongst the greatest white wines of the world, were made here.
Brilliant pale yellow colour with green nuances. On the nose green apple and white peach combine with fine nuances of lemon balm and mint to create the typical aroma of the classic Terlano. On the palate the peach is very strong, too, lending the Terlano its lively but at the same time very mellow character. The multifaceted, well structured flavor derives from an interplay of freshness and minerality and also has a wonderfully persistent finish.
A traditional regional choice with Terlano wine soup, raw white asparagus salad, typical dishes like pizza and pasta with tomato sauce or foccaccia with rosemary or penne all'arrabbiata; parmesan and fresh pecorino; also with South Tyrolean dishes like bacon dumplings or sausage with sauerkraut, and with turkey breast with root vegetables or a fine veal roast.
Grape VarietyPinot Blanc: 60%
Sauvignon Blanc: 10%
*Vintage may vary