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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.


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.


Ca'lunghetta Merlot 2015 (1x 75cl)

Youthful, fruity style with typical Merlot characters.


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.


Charles Smith Velvet Devil Merlot 2015 (1x 75cl)

Winemaking 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 earthTruth in a name: Velvet!

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


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


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.


De Gras Merlot Reserva 2016 (1x 75cl)

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.


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.


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.


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.


Humberto Canale Estate Merlot 2015 (1x75cl)

This wine is an intense ruby colour. On the nose, it has aromas of ripe raspberry, cherry, cassis, blackcurrant and redcurrant. On the palate, it is very intense but mellow, velvety, fruity and intense. Good body and structure, with hints of tobacco, chocolate and vanilla. It offers a long and layered finish.


J Lohr Estates Los Osos Merlot 2015 (1x75cl)

Dark crimson with a vibrant hue. Aromas of black cherry and blackberry fruit with a signature, light chestnut oak note to complement the flavors of currant and cranberry. Medium-bodied with firm and structured tannins, with a finish that is bright and activates the palate.


Livio Felluga Vertigo 2015 (1x 75cl)

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.

The blending of varietals in Vertigo serves two purposes. Merlot, which has been traditionally used in Friulan viticulture, forms a link between Friuli and the rest of the world. Cabernet Sauvignon adds balance and complexity to the wine, giving Vertigo structure and aging potential.

The vines are Guyot-trained on marl and sandstone soils. The vineyards are managed with an ecologically sustainable approach to viticulture.

After manual harvesting the bunches were de-stemmed and crushed before fermentation and maceration on the skins in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The juice was pumped over the cap frequently for about three weeks, in order to extract colour and aroma compounds from the skins. The wine was then racked. Maturation in stainless steel and small barrels of French oak lasted 12 months. The bottled wine was aged in temperature-controlled binning cellars for nearly four months.

The Livio Felluga Vertigo 2015 is an intense violet red which is almost impenetrable to the naked eye. The aromas are intense and fruity, with notes of fresh plum, raspberry and blackberry. These blend seamlessly with spicy hints of black pepper, tobacco leaves and coffee powder. The palate is thrilling, captivating and vibrant; fruity notes and aromatic hints envelop your palate with silky softness.

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