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Alpha Domus The Navigator 2010 (1x 75cl)

A complex aroma of ripe berryfruits, plums, violet, liquorice and hints of leather. Influences of sweet vanilla and toast result from oak barrel maturation. The ripe fruit, sweet oak and firm tannins create a robust, complex wine with excellent length.

£30.00

Bogle Merlot 2015 (1x75cl)

Concentrated and full-bodied, the Merlot is a study in contrasts. Subtle and silky, yet bright and intense, this deep red wine is multifaceted. Black raspberry and dark cherry greet the nose, while the brighter fruit of ripe summer plum dazzles the palate. The toast and spice of twelve months in American oak seamlessly integrate with the tannin structure of this wine, leaving a long, lingering finish.

£13.90

Ca'lunghetta Merlot 2016 (1x 75cl)

Youthful, fruity style with typical Merlot characters.

£8.08

Cesconi Moratel 2014 (1x 75cl)

The four Cesconi brothers have transformed their family estate in the village of Pressano, in the past decade. Whereas they previously sold all their fruit to the co-op at Lavis, today they are making some of Italy's most exciting white wines. All their vineyards are now farmed organically and biodynamically. Stylistically, their whites are more intense and perfumed than those from Friuli and slightly lighter, without the weight or fat that some of the top Friuli wines have. Their reds, on the other hand, have more weight than their Friulian counterparts.

The Lagrein grapes are grown on the warm, flat pastures of Pressano, where soils are deep and loose. The vines are pergola trained, with 3,500 vines per hectare. The Merlot, Cabernet, Teroldego and Syrah are grown in the Sarca valley, between the villages of Ceniga and Dro, 13km north of Lake Garda, at an altitude of 120m above sea level. Soils here are moderately chalky with 30% clay. The vines are on average 20 years old, both guyot and pergola trained, planted at an average density of 4,000 per hectare.

Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel vats between 25-30°C. The fermentation lasted eight to ten days, with two weeks maceration for the Lagrein and Teroldego and three weeks for the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was then transferred into 225 litre French oak barrels (of which 20-30% was new oak) for 12 months of ageing. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was filtered before bottling and matured for six months in bottle before release.

Youthful violet notes shine through this ruby coloured wine. The nose offers considerable aromatic complexity, with aromas of wild cherry, raspberry and blackcurrant. The palate is supple but supported by a firm tannic backbone that is typical of clay soils.

£15.55

Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 88 pWinemaking is the new rock ‘n’ roll. Or in Charles Smith’s case it is the new Danish thrash metal. Charles spent a decade in Europe managing various bands you have never heard of (unless you misspent your youth in disused warehouses near the Copenhagen ring road) before seeing the light and heading to Washington State to plant vines.

This little devil is wrapped in a velvet robe. Full with density and bursting with flavour, dark fruit, cherry, blackberry. Brimming with cedar, pipe tobacco and earth.

Truth in a name: Velvet!

This wine is a good match with roast pork as well as steak.

£14.05

Chateau L Eglise-Clinet 2007 (1x 75cl)

Chateau L’Eglise Clinet has a long history in the Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux. It dates all the way back to 1803, when Jean Rouchut purchased some of the vineyard land that later became L’Eglise Clinet. Before Denis Durantou, the current owner and wine maker took over Chateau L’Eglise Clinet, his great-grandfather managed the Pomerol winery. The elder Durantou spent all his time as a shopkeeper. Wine was not his work. He did not live at the small chateau. He preferred to spend his time on his dairy farm, located in Coutras. With the high price Bordeaux wine sells for today, it might sound strange, but back then, the family made more money from farming than they did from the winery! 

The wine of L’Eglise Clinet is concentrated, full bodied, opulent and rich. Everything is in harmony and balance. This special Bordeaux wine offers a purity of fruit, exotic spice components, freshness and sensuous textures not found in most wines. It is aged in between 50% to 80% new, French oak barrels for between 15 to 18 months. The wines are racked every 3 to 5 months.

"Unquestionably the Pomerol of the vintage, the dense purple-coloured 2007 l’Eglise-Clinet offers an astonishing display of rich, liquorice and caramel-infused kirsch, black raspberry, and cassis fruit. Rich, full-bodied, and pure, with low acidity and ripe tannin, it is already offering delicious drinking, and should continue to do so for 15-20 years. Kudos to proprietor Denis Durantou." 94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

When this wine was tasted in 2017 The Wine Cellar Insider described it as follows:

"Medium bodied, with an earthy, truffle and cherry core of fruits, the wine is fully mature at this stage. Soft and round in texture, the truffles and cherries carry through in the finish." 93 points - Tasted Jul 2, 2017

£88.53

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu 2013 (1x 75cl)

A good depth of colour precedes pleasing ripe summer fruit aromas. Black plum and spice are also apparent on the nose. There is a sweet plum entry in the mouth, which develops into concentrated fruit with subtle savoury notes and a touch of leather. Tannins satisfy the palate and fruit lingers on the finish. Drinking well now, and will age gracefully.

£18.40

Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2014 (1x 75cl)

A good depth of colour precedes pleasing ripe summer fruit aromas. Black plum and spice are also apparent on the nose. There is a sweet plum entry in the mouth, which develops into concentrated fruit with subtle savoury notes and a touch of leather. Tannins satisfy the palate and fruit lingers on the finish. Drinking well now, and will age gracefully.

£51.25

De Gras Merlot 2017 (1x75cl)

Rich and intensely red in the glass with a generously aromatic, ripe nose loaded with blackberry and plum fruit. An attractive balance of fleshy fruit and oak on the palate with notes of mint, rounded velvety tannins that soften its firm structure and dry finish.

£7.90

De Gras Merlot Reserva 2017 (1x 75cl)

Brothers Hernán and Eduardo Gras, along with partner Cristián Hartwig gave life to the Mont Gras winery in 1993, combining state of the art technology with the talent and passion of a very special group of people. With the inspiration of Hernán, who had a long winemaking trajectory in Canada, along with the entrepreneurial vision of his brother Eduardo and Cristián's pragmatic businesses view, they made a perfect combination that has converted MontGras into one of the major wine groups of Chile, with presence in the main wine regions of the country – Colchagua, Maipo and Leyda-, along with a high participation in international markets.

The grapes from  are selected and hand-harvested between the last week of March and the first week of April.

The bunches of grapes were destemmed and then cold soaked for 24 hours at between 15°C and 18°C. Selected yeast was then inoculated ready for fermentation at a maximum temperature of 28°C–30°C.  70% of the wine had oak contact for 5 months.

This is a clean, ruby-red coloured wine with aromas of ripe fruit such as plums and blackberries. It is of medium body with an enveloping texture that achieves excellent balance with the fruit flavours and the notes from the ageing, such as vanilla and tobacco. This is a great representative of the variety that is well worth trying. This wine can be enjoyed immediately or cellared for 6 years. 

£9.19

De Waal Young Vines Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

This is a velvety soft wine with flavours of creamy blackberries. Extremely easy to drink and a good partner to the Young Vines Sauvignon Blanc.

£8.50

Denis Lafon Chateau Du Grand Barrail Cuvee Prestige 2010 (1x 75cl)

Colour: A limpid red ruby colour.Nose: The wine has a deeply intense nose of black and red berries.Palate: On the palate it is melting and fleshy with rich tannins and aromatic notes of blackberry and raspberry with harmonious woody notes.

£12.70

Donjon La Galiniere Merlot 2015 (1x75cl)

A deep velvety red with flavours of blackberry and blackcurrant and just a hint of spice. It is bold, juicy and and well-structured with soft seductive tannins.

£9.60

Donjon La Galiniere Merlot 2016 (1x75cl)

A deep velvety red with flavours of blackberry and blackcurrant and just a hint of spice. It is bold, juicy and and well-structured with soft seductive tannins.

£9.60
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