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Our Picks

Adam and Liam have made some personal choices of wines that are among their own particular favourites from the shop...

White wines

Adam 

Poderi Parpinello Vermentino di Sardegna Ala Blanca 2019  £14.95 (Sardinia, Italy)

(really delicious Vermentino with a great balance between elegance and richness, it has body, fruit, food friendly acidity and a sea breeze freshness, with a long finish)

Centopassi Grillo Rocce di Pietra Longa 2018  £16.50  (Sicily, Italy)

(fantastic vibrant, elegant Sicilian white with an intense burst of zesty tangy lemon fruit on the palate, with some lovely softness and texture coming through on the clean finish, and a streak of stony minerality running all the way through)

Al Cantara Luci Luci Etna Bianco 2018 £29.95 (Sicily, Italy)

(Gorgeous, glorious Etna white. Elegant, with lots of complexity, rich and fruity, yet fresh, dry and mineral, body and creamy texture, long persistent finish)

Liam

Palliser Estate Riesling 2017 £13.95 (Martinborough, New Zealand)

(Vibrant zingy slightly off dry Riesling with great intensity and savoury minerality to go with the lime tinged fruit) 

Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 £12.95  (Marlborough, New Zealand)

(Classic pungent Marlborough flavours but lots going on here, with both citrus and tropical fruit, some herbaceous notes and a persistent finish)

Moreau Naudet Chablis Vielles Vignes Les Pargues 2017  £24.95  (Burgundy, France)

(Fabulous Chablis with more fruit than most, lots of concentration and rich leesy texture, yet still crisp and dry. The finish goes on and on) 

Rose

Adam and Liam  

San Marzano Tramari Primitivo rose 2019 £11.95 (Puglia, Italy)

(Both of us singled this one out. Bold and fruity rose from the Salento, with a great balance of red berry fruit and fresh acidity, finishes dry and fresh)

Red wines

Adam

Vina Echeverria Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2017 £12.50 (Casablanca Valley, Chile)  

(Proper Pinot from the New World and at an affordable price is hard to come by, but this wine delivers on fragrance, elegance, lightness of touch, fruit, freshness and savoury character)

Monteraponi Chianti Classico 2016 £23.50 (Tuscany, Italy)

(Fantastic vibrant example of Tuscan Sangiovese, with juicy black cherry, and tart raspberry fruit, anise spice, ripe tannins, savoury notes of tobacco and a lift of mouthwatering freshness and acidity)  

Al-Cantara Etna Rosso Lu Veru Piaciri 2016 £20.50  (Sicily, Italy)

(I could have picked any of our red Etnas, but this one is just so charming in its purity of Nerello Mascalese fruit, with just a hint of the volcanic smoky Etna minerality and a subtle whisper of tannic grip. It is beautifully balanced and long) 

Craven Firs Vineyard Syrah 2017 (Stellenbosch, South Africa)  £23.95

(All elegance, finesse, poise and balance, this is the antithesis of a big heavy New World Shiraz. This single vineyard Syrah is a gorgeous wine with dark berry fruit, silky tannins, fresh acidity and black olive savouriness all in balance. Great food wine, so drinkable.) 

Marcarini Barolo del Commune di La Morra 2015 £32.95 (Piemonte, Italy)

(Beautiful Barolo, approachable relatively young. Super elegant with ripe tannins not too dominant, and beautiful red fruit and rose petal aroma with a touch of spicy savoury earthiness)

Liam

Vina Echeverria Reserva Carmenere 2019 £9.95 (Curico Valley, Chile)

(delicious great value example of the signature Chilean red, fruity and earthy)

Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2015 £13.95 (Spain)

(soft ,rich and mellow Rioja with lots of savoury notes and vanilla oak to compliment the mostly Tempranillo fruit) 

Centopassi Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra 2016 £19.95 (Sicily, Italy) 

(powerful yet elegant and complex blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nocera from 950m altitude in NW Sicily. Only 2200 bottles produced. Will continue to develop with age)

Denis Carre Savigny les Beaune Vielles Vignes 2017 £32.95 (Burgundy, France)

(both of us were bowled over by the elegant loveliness and intensity of this glorious red Burgundy which is still at a less than silly price)

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Contrada Santo Spirito £35.95 (Sicily, Italy)

(yet another Sicilian wine, and another from the exciting Etna region. This is a fabulous powerful, complex, single vineyard expression of Etna, fruity, smoky, spicy rich and yet balanced and elegant)


Sparkling

Adam

Oxney Estate Organic Brut £29.95 (Sussex, England) 

(great quality English sparkler, sophisticated, dry, floral, fruity, lovely fine mousse, perfectly balanced) 

Liam

Meinklang Prosa Frizzante £15.50 (Burgenland, Austria)

(fun, and delicious lightly sparkling pet nat rose from Austria. Perfect summer fizz)

 

 

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