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Allegrini Giovanni  Recioto Classico 2012 (1x50cl)

The nose is immediately bursting with fruit, followed by fresh floral notes and pepper. After prolonged ageing, the wine proffers more evolved nuances of fruit preserved in alcohol and aromatic herbs. The bursting sweetness is kept in check by acidity and tannins, creating an approachable wine of great finesse. This wine, with its unique concentration, is named after the founder of the winery, Giovanni Allegrini, who elected this as his preferred wine.

£30.90

Anselmi I Capitelli Igt half bottle 2015 (1x 35.5cl)

Stunningly rich and complex, packed with apricot, honey and pear flavours with tobacco and cedar notes, it is smooth, subtle and velvety.
£20.10

Barbi Vin Santo Doc half bottle 2011 (1x37.5cl)

The colour varies from golden to intense amber. The perfume is intensely aromatic with hints of raisins and nuts; on the palate it is round and very persistent.

£19.20

Barroubio Muscat De Saint Jean De Minervois 2016 (1 x 75cl)

Domaine de Barroubio is located on a high plateau in the department of Hérault in the commune of Saint Jean de Minervois, a viticultural area famed for the Muscat grape. The vineyards, which lie at an altitude of 250m above sea level, face south for maximum sun exposure. Owner and winemaker Raymond Miquel has built a reputation for the fine quality of his Muscats.

This fortified sweet wine - vin doux naturel - is shimmering golden in the glass with an intense, complex nose of grapes, pear, rose petals and citrus. On the palate it is sweet, rich, powerful with a balancing zesty acidity on the long finish.

This intensely aromatic sweet wine should be served very cold and will pair well with strongly flavoured foods from pate to chocolate cake.

£17.95

Bertani Recioto Valpolicella Doc 2014 (1x 50cl)

Classical notes of plum, cherry and raspberries, accompanied by spices, vanilla, hay and cocoa. In the month it is intense and full bodied.

£20.90

Bertani Recioto Valpolicella Doc 2015 (1x50cl)

Classical notes of plum, cherry and raspberries, accompanied by spices, vanilla, hay and cocoa. In the month it is intense and full bodied.

£22.75

Berton Reserve Botrytis Semillon 2015 (1x37.5cl)

The Griffith area is internationally renowned for producing some of the best Botrytis affected wines, with its luscious, honeyed flavours of peach and apricot, which are well balanced by natural acidity.

£11.20

Bianchi Late Harvest Semillon 2013 (1x37.5cl)

A rich golden colour with inviting perfumes of honey, citrus rind and stone fruits. Full-bodied, with appealing juicy stone fruits alongside gentle vanilla complexity and lively citrus acidity. Perfectly balanced with a lingering finish.

£8.85

Cantine Leonardo Da Vinci Vin Santo Doc 2010 (1x50cl)

The Da Vinci label is the premium range of wines from Cantine Leonardo whose 150 members have vineyards located on the hilly areas around Vinci, Cerreto Guidi and the surrounding communes close to Empoli, half way between Florence and Pisa in the Arno valley. The low altitude of the vineyards and the Pliocenic origin of the soil that is rich in fossils enhance the robust character of the wine, while the proximity of the sea ensures good perfume and balance.

Only Trebbiano is used to make this wine. The grapes were hand picked into small trays abefore the bunches of grapes were dried on straw mats in well-ventilated drying rooms, until the February following the vintage. The dried grapes were pressed and vinified in the traditional manner. The resulting must was racked into small oak barrels (caratelli), where it remained for four years, fermenting slowly, because of the high sugar levels. The caratelli are kept in the Vin Santo loft which is subject to extremes of temperature during winter and summer.

Amber in colour, with a darker core, this wine is perfumed and intense, with aromas of almonds and dried figs. The palate is rich and luscious with a velvety, almond finish.

£21.70

Capezzana Vin Santo Di Carmignano half bottle 2009 (1x 37.5cl)

The Capezzana estate, 24 kilometres north west of Florence, is owned by the Contini Bonacossi family. The younger generation is now firmly in charge of the estate's 100 hectares of vineyard, with daughter Benedetta Contini Bonacossi as winemaker. The wines and the olive oil have an elegance which marks this estate out from the crowd.

The grapes for the Vin Santo are grown on various vineyards on the 104 hectare estate. These vineyards face east, are around 150-200 metres above sea level and have schistous-clay soils. They are currently being converted to organic production.

The 2009 growing season was excellent. A mild spring was followed by a hot and sunny summer, allowing the grapes to reach optimum maturity. 

The grapes were dried on cane mats in a well ventilated loft until January 2010. The must was then fermented slowly in small oak and chestnut casks for at least four years. After ageing for five years in small chestnut and cherry casks, the wine remained in bottle for at least three months before release.

Intense golden yellow in colour with concentrated perfumes on the nose; notes of candied fruit, sweet almonds and fruit cake. Rich and intensely sweet on the palate, it has dried apricot and fig flavours which are balanced by a lovely touch of freshness. Very long and spicy on the finish.

£31.50

Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat Non Vintage (1x 37.5cl)

Complex orange peel, raisin and rose petal aromas give way to a warming, luscious palate with a rich texture and a hint of wood spice. This incredibly concentrated wine finishes slightly lean.

£12.10

Chateau Lamothe-Guignard 2Eme Cru Classe 2007 Bottle (1x 75cl)

A touch of smokiness here, rather mineral, although with a little touch of rubber too. Broad and clean style, very fresh and a touch delicate. Nice citrussy, lemony flavour. Fleshy and sweet on the palate, fresh and lively, with a little vigour.

£24.65

Corte Giara Recioto Della Valpolicella 2014 (1x 50cl)

Corte Giara is the negociant label of Allegrini. The wines are made by Allegrini from fruit brought in from outside their own vineyards. They have a similar stamp of quality that sets them apart from most of the Veronese wines produced at this level.

The vineyards are situated in the hilly areas of the Valpolicella DOC, at an altitude of 240 metres above sea level. The vineyards face south-east and are based on chalky and clay soils.The vines are trained according to the traditional arbour training system with a density of 3,000 vines per hectare. They are on average 27 years old and are pruned with 18-20 buds per vine.

Vintage 2014 was challenging for winegrowers. Vegetative development started about two weeks early due to the mild, wet winter – which ensured good water reserves for the vines – and a rather mild spring. The summer, which actually never arrived, featured continuous rain and temperatures well below average. The unfavourable climate meant that very careful work needed to be carried out in the vineyards, with numerous plant protection measures, leaf thinning and severe bunch selection. Fortunately, September ushered in the sunny days that were needed to complete the ripening of the grapes. They exhibited good sugar concentrations and high levels of acidity. This year, the traditional wines of the Verona area are lighter in colour, with great freshness.

The selected bunches were harvested by hand and the grapes were left to dry for four months in a humidity-controlled drying centre, where they lost about 50% of their original weight. De-stalking and then soft crushing of the grapes took place in late January/early February. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at 8-22°C for 22-24 days with daily periodic pump-overs. The wine was aged for five months in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, 15 months in oak (half in large Slavonian oak barrels, half in second use barriques) and a further six months in bottle.

Ruby red in colour. The intense nose is bursting with red fruits and aromatic herbs. On the palate, the wine is succulent and beautifully balanced. Its sweetness is never cloying due to an elegant, crisp acidity that makes for easy drinking and a long, satisfying finish.

£22.00

Darenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (1x 37.5cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

D'Arenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana 2015 - fiche technique

Another cracking dessert wine in Noble series from d' Arenberg, this time with Semillon and Sauvignon: an Antipodean take on Sauternes, if you like.

For the avoidance of doubt, the scientific name for Botrytis (= 'noble rot') is botryotinia fuckeliana, named in honour of German botanist, Karl Fuckel. Living off a vineyard he acquired in the 1850's, Fuckel dedicated his life to the scientific study of plants.

A racy nose to start, citrus blossom, fresh grass and marmalade mix with tropical fruits and ripe, sweet passion-fruit. It’s an heady mix of complexity and decadence. The palate offers a spicy, zesty entry with the texture of lemon curd, all velvety and smooth with citrusy acid keeping it all in line. Layers of flavor keep on coming; includ-ing spicy orange cake, minerals and herbs.

£10.40

Darenberg The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis 2017 (1x37.5cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

D'Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis 2015 - fiche technique

This golden-coloured dessert wine opens with fragrant orange marmalade and raisin like bouquet. Full bodied on the palate as well as pleasantly sweet and rich. The flavor profile is a raisin and orange blend with hints of apricot and hint of triple sec. The finish remains sweet and lingers nicely. It pairs particularly nicely with pecan pie.

£11.55
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