Welcome to Exel Wines

Here at Exel Wines we are proud to be a team of dedicated and passionate individuals who love what we do.  We want our customers to enjoy the world of wines and spirits as much as we do.  We source products from every far flung corner of the globe to ensure that we offer an extensive range encompassing everything from the perennial favourites to the slightly more unusual. You are welcome to browse our range in peaceful contemplation but should you wish to talk to us or if there is a particular wine you’ve been struggling to find elsewhere, please feel free to get in touch.  You can call us on 01738 493535 or email us at orders@exelwines.co.uk and we will do our very best to help you.

Exel Wines is an independent company based in Perth, Scotland where we have a shop as well as our main warehouse and offices.  The shop at 47 South St is a small but perfectly formed Aladdin’s Cave of fine wine, rare whisky, all manner of spirits and liqueurs as well as some carefully selected Scottish beers and ciders.  The staff are knowledgeable and friendly – they relish the opportunity to spend time chatting to like-minded people and are always happy to help.

Bestsellers

Champagne Pierre Bertrand Brut Premier Cru NV (1x75cl)

Awarded 98 points and ultra-rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne (see blue links below).

 

Champagne Pierre Bertrand Brut Premier Cru NV - July 2017 Decanter review

 

Decanter review - individual reviewers' comments

 

This is quite some Champagne and remarkable for the price. The varietal mix is equal thirds of the classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Grapes are grown only on vineyards of Premier Cru villages (you'd easily clear £30 a bottle for this privilege normally) on the Coteaux de Cumières and Hautvillers in the Marne Valley, yielding great intensity and concentration.

 

One expects exhilarating acidity and and citrus zing in almost any Champagne - this does these in spades - but what makes it really stand out are both the ripeness of fruit flavours and the delicate florality of the nose. Pierre Bertrand see that fruitiness as “damson and pear” while we at Exel thought more “peach and nectarine”; either way, this is one seriously fruity mouthful. Florally, the makers go with “hawthorn flower” and we are not botanically inclined to disagree. At 7g/l of dosage/residual sugar, this is a drier Brut, but the fruit ripeness adds an exciting extra sensation of sweetness. Finally, Pierre Bertrand are rightly proud of their mousse onctueuse – smooth mousse – and we concur: it makes for a truly delicious Champagne experience.

£21.50

Berton Reserve Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1x75cl)

Awarded 96 points and a rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2017 edition review of New World Cabernet Sauvignons (see blue link below).

 

Berton Reserve 2014 - April 2017 Decanter review

 

Sourced from vineyards in the prized Terra Rossa region of Coonawarra: here the warm days are moderated by offshore breezes and the rich red loam over well-draining limestone soils are the foundations for Coonawarra's justified reputation for producing premium-quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

 

This Coonawarra beauty has an intense, ripe berry bouquet with hints of chocolate and liquorice. The palate is brimming with crushed blackcurrant fruit flavours enhanced by subtle eucalyptus and mint notes characteristic of this region and is beautifully complemented by elegant French oak notes.

 

£13.20

Ca'Vittoria Appassimento Gold Release 2015 (1x 75cl)

Fans of the steeped Valpolicella wines – Amarone, Recioto and Ripasso – will love this, especially as it does what an Amarone does at barely half the price. Merlot (25%) makes up the body of the wine while Puglian specialities Primitivo (15%) and Negroamaro (60%) lend it their fruity depth of flavour. But it is less the varietals and more the winemaking process that makes this special: instead of the traditional Veneto passito method used with the Valpolicellas - in which the grapes are picked and then allowed to dry to concentrate flavours and sugars - the Puglian appassimento method sees the grapes left in-situ on the vines to dry for a fortnight, ahead of picking and winemaking. The effect is the same: a wine which has deep colour and a rich luscious nose and palate full of sweet ripe diark cherries, plums, vanilla, and raisins. Result: seriously fruity and wonderfully easy drinking. It’s a great wine for roasted and grilled meats and game dishes.

£10.90

Kay Brothers Amery Estate Cabernet 2003 Bottle (1x 75cl)

An elegant, medium-bodied, rich, fruit-driven wine with a garnet hue and aromas of cassis, blackberries, black olives and coffee. The palate displays flavours of bIackberry, cedar, mocha chocolate, liquorice and mint combined with fine, integrated oak and grape tannins and a long persistent finish. This red develops beautifully in the glass and is an excellent food wine, which will complement rather than dominate food. This is a great - and great value - example of an aged Aussie Cab Sauv, where pure fruit fullness develops to a complexity of (all of) fruit, winemaking and ageing flavours.

£8.00