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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

Botter Merlot del Veneto IGT 2016 (1x75cl)

They say that a good wine needs time to reveal its qualities, but it also needs dedication and constant commitment. Few products can embody so much expertise and thousands of years of history as those made by Botter. It has passed through the careful hands of three generations for whom wine was a passion as well as a trade. They have responded to the constantly evolving market over time, in a process of ongoing expansion.

After the grapes are harvested during the second half of September, this wine undergoes traditional red wine vinification at a controlled temperature between 25 and 27 °C.

This is an elegant, well-structured wine with typical ruby red colour. It has a clean bouquet with notes of currants and violets. The palate is balanced, delicate and persistent.

£7.85

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

Chateau Los Boldos Grande Reserve Merlot 2014 (1x75cl)

Chateau Los Boldos was founded in 1991 and is situated 100km south of Santiago in the foothills of the Cachapoal Andes. Working with a portion of old vines originally planted in 1948, their focus from an early stage has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since being purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results – significantly improved grapes – are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. Clear, bright skies during the summer and a high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity while ripening to perfection. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields.  Los Boldos makes wine exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore controlling everything from grape to bottle. The wines for the Grande Réserve range are produced with hand-harvested grapes sourced from vineyards planted in the early 2000's.

2015 saw relatively high temperatures throughout the year. This required well-judged picking dates and careful winemaking in order to maintain acidity and ensure freshness in the wines.

The Merlot grapes were macerated for 25 days in stainless steel tanks, with fermentation taking place at temperatures between 25-28°C. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, and was then aged for 10 months in French oak prior to bottling.

This wine is ruby red in colour, with youthful hues. Bright aromas of red fruits, plums and raspberries are complemented by spicy notes and toast aromas from its time in oak. On the palate, it has soft tannins and good length.

Thia wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£13.15

Chateau Los Boldos Tradition Reserve Merlot 2017 (1x75cl)

Château Los Boldos was founded in 1991 and is situated 100km south of Santiago in the foothills of the Cachapoal Andes. Working with a portion of old vines originally planted in 1948, the focus from the onset has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since it was purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. The clear, bright skies during the summer and the high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity whilst ripening to perfection. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields. Los Boldos makes wine exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore controlling everything from grape to bottle.

2017 was notable for the severely damaging fires that spread across large areas of Chile in the first part of the year. Fortunately there was no damage to the Cachapoal Andes area. A generally warm summer produced ripe fruit flavours and the grape harvest started earlier than usual.

The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks for eight days at temperatures between 25-28°C. 60% of the wine spent six months in French oak barrels before bottling to soften the tannins and add complex layers of flavour.

This Merlot is bright ruby-red in colour, with aromas of sour cherries, blackberries, blackcurrants and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the wine is balanced with velvety tannins and a soft, elegant finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£9.35

Chateau Los Boldos Vieilles Vignes Merlot 2015 (1x75cl)

Château Los Boldos was founded in 1991 and is situated 100km south of Santiago in the foothills of the Cachapoal Andes. Working with a portion of old vines originally planted in 1948, the focus from the onset has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since it was purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. The clear, bright skies during the summer and the high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity whilst ripening to perfection. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields. Los Boldos makes wine exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore controlling everything from grape to bottle.

The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand. They then undergo a prefermentative maceration, spending seven days in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. The must is then fermented over a period of 30 days at a controlled temperature of between 26 - 28°C. Malaolactic fermentation is then allowed to take place before the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

This wine is an intense ruby-red colour with violet shades. There are aromas of plums, raspberries, strawberries and cherries, with toasted, spicy and herbal notes. This wine is perfectly balanced on the palate, with soft, velvety tannins and a smooth and elegant finish. This wine has the potential to age well for up to 15 years.

£17.65

Chateau Puy Guilhem, Fronsac 2009 (1x75cl)

A powerful yet elegant red with ripe berried fruits enhanced by a subtle note of oak spice. Full bodied, with juicy fruit and an attractive savoury note on the finish.

£22.70

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Te Kahu 2015 (1x75cl)

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)

Chile is a unique, remote land, at the end of the world. Apart from being known as a paradise for producing exceptional quality wine, it’s also famous for its crystal clear skies and bright stars adorning the nights throughout the entire country. The De Gras “Star Man” reflects the magic, the sky and stars in the agricultural and winemaking cycles, giving life to wines that express the work done by the farmers who have close ties with the land. De Gras wines are easy to drink and have the distinctive MontGras seal. Their reds are round and fruity with soft tannins and well integrated oak.

Grapes were harvested and selected in the vineyards in mid-March. The clusters were destemmed and inoculated with yeast.  It then ferments at a maximum temperature between 28° - 30° C. Around 10% of this wine had oak contact for 5 months, in to preserve the fruity characters of the variety.

De Gras Merlot has a brilliant and limpid colour with some purple notes. There are characteristics of ripe plums, black berries and spices with subtle notes of vanilla and toasting. It has a medium body with a soft and surrounding texture given by ripe tannins. Has a long and lingering ending with a lot of fruity notes.

This wine can be enjoyed immediately or cellared for 6 years. It’s a good match for fatty fish like salmon or sea bass. It also goes well with pork, pastas or risottos.

£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
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