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Dandelion Wonderland Of The Eden Valley Riesling 2015 (1x 75cl)

High in natural acidity and bone dry, this wine is fresh and bright with intense smells of lime skin, citrus blossom, green apple, ripe guava and cinnamon spice. On the palate, there is crisp lime sorbet, stone fruit including apricot and classic mandarin, developing into rich lemon meringue. Wonderful racy minerality.

£21.80

Darenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2016 (1x75cl)

The nose of this wine displays an enticing mix of white stonefruits and sweet pineapple with an underlying hint of ginger. The palate is luscious and flavoursome, again nectarine and peach are prominent, with a twist of candied citrus rind. These sweet flavours evolve through the palate into more savoury flavours reminiscent of raw almonds and spice. A generous, textural wine with a surprising finesse on the finish.

£11.35

Darenberg The Money Spider Roussane 2016 (1x 75cl)

The nose exhibits a whole array of characters from stone fruits and tropical notes through to nuttiness and an ever so delicate hint of Indian spice. The palate is robust! A luscious mix of pulpy fruit, green mango and papaya. These full flavours gently give way to honey blossom nuances and savoury pistachio notes which linger to a very long finish, adding refinement to the palate.

£12.31

Darenberg The Olive Grove Chardonnay 2015 (1x75cl)

Family owned d’Arenberg is located in the breathtaking McLaren Vale in South Australia, and produces an enviable range of wines. From humble beginnings, these wines quickly gained cult status amongst imbibers and judges alike – it’s a deft combination of winemaking tradition and vinous innovation. A tall order for some, but one that d’Arenberg takes in their stride as they continue to push the boundaries and get under the skin of each individual vineyard in order to get the best from the vines. This is backed up by an engaging consumer-friendly approach to the ‘deadly serious fun’ of wine.

Since European settlement in the 1840's, olive trees have thrived in McLaren Vale. They are alongside roads, in gardens and occasionally, in the middle of our Chardonnay vineyards blocking our harvester!

Small batches of grapes are gently crushed, chilled, and then basket pressed. To add complexity and mouthfeel, the wine is fermented and matured in a mixture of French and American oak for seven months.

This is a chardonnay that sits comfortably between the fat, buttery, hot chardonnays of yesteryear and the more austere, tight styles that have evolved in more recent times. This can be attributed to the fact that part of the fruit is sourced from McLaren Vale, lending sunshine, stone fruit and lusciousness to the glass, and part from the Adelaide Hills, which adds savouriness, citrus and elegance. Oak treatment is fastidious, predominantly older French, to add some spicy, brioche like notes without too much interference with the fruit. Importantly though this ageing in barrel on lees adds another dimension of texture to the wine resulting in a rich creamy mid palate. Acidity kicks in at just the right time, tightening the wine up and ensuring we are left with a lingering citrusy and slightly saline fruit character.

 

£11.35

Darenberg The Stump Jump Chardonnay 2016 (1 x 75cl)

Family owned d’Arenberg is located in the breathtaking McLaren Vale in South Australia, and produces an enviable range of wines. From humble beginnings, these wines quickly gained cult status amongst imbibers and judges alike – it’s a deft combination of winemaking tradition and vinous innovation. A tall order for some, but one that d’Arenberg takes in their stride as they continue to push the boundaries and get under the skin of each individual vineyard in order to get the best from the vines. This is backed up by an engaging consumer-friendly approach to the ‘deadly serious fun’ of wine.

It is rumoured that the inventor of the Stump Jump plough, which enabled a ploughshare to jump over tree roots, had poor eyesight and required regular tests to ensure he could still operate machinery. The design of this label is inspired by an optometrist's eyechart and serves as a makeshift sobriety test. If you can hold the bottle at arm's length and still read the front label, you can enjoy another glass!

The grapes used in this wine underwent gentle crushing, temperature controlled fermentation and basket pressing prior to bottling.

This is a fruit driven yet refreshing Chardonnay. Loads of stonefruit, pear drop, florals and tropical notes. The palate is sleak and long but with enough generosity to round out any harsh edges. A touch of spice and woodiness is added from the subtle use of old French oak, no chariness or sweet coconut character mind you. Clean and fresh and immensely slurpable.

£9.30

Darenberg The Stump Jump Riesling Marsanne Sauvignon 2016 (1x 75cl)

The nose is filled with passion fruit lemon and lime characters. With crisp citrus peach and nectarine flavours alongside honeysuckle and a hint of melon.

£9.30

Grant Burge 5th Generation Semillon Sauvignon 2014 (1x 75cl)

Bright straw in colour with a youthful green tinge. Tropical fruit flavours burst from the glass with subtle citrus and herbaecous notes in support. The palate is fresh and lively with ripe tropical fruit flavours and zesty citrus acidity.

£9.36

Grant Burge GB23 Chardonnay Viognier 2014 (1x 75cl)

Ripe stone fruit and melon characters show here. The touch of Viognier brings an extra edge with lovely peach and sweet apricot notes. This, combined with the time the wine has had on lees and some malolactic fermentation produces a rounded, generous wine with a good acid balance.

£8.40

Grosset "Alea" Riesling 2016 (1x 75cl)

Bright, bold aromas of white flowers and kaffir lime and a generous, almost fleshy mid-palate with distinct lemongrass and lime flavours. Almost dry, the palate is succulent and long with a tight, fine structure and exuberant sweeping acidity on the clean finish.

£19.91

Henschke Julius Riesling 2015 (1x 75cl)

Today, it is fifth-generation winemaker Stephen Henschke and his viticulturist wife Prue at the helm of Henschke, passionately upholding the family name and reputation. Stephen and Prue continue to craft their white wines with a focus on purity, while their red wines have a strong focus on terroir, using traditional winemaking techniques. Stephen's thoughts on their work: “Prue and I are the current ‘keepers of the flame’. Just as earlier generations have done, we want to manage the vineyards and winery so they can be passed on to the next generation in better condition than we inherited them. Our vision would not be complete without the expectation that future generations will uphold and perpetuate our belief that such ancient and unique single-vineyard sites can produce exceptional wines that are prized for their beauty and rarity.”

Cyril Henschke developed the Henschke reputation for premium riesling wines as early as the 1950s from the vineyard areas of Eden Valley, Keyneton and Springton in the Eden Valley wine region. This region provides ideal ripening conditions for the riesling grape and has a unique track record of exceptional ageing potential for the variety. The Eden Valley riesling vineyard is planted on sandy loam over gravel and bedrock with patches of clay. The wine is named after ancestor Julius Henschke, a highly acclaimed artist and sculptor.

The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature riesling from Eden Valley, that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing (20+ years).

The Julius Riesling 2015 is pale straw in colour with lime hues. Intense, lifted aromas of lime leaf and citrus zest supported by lively jasmine floral notes, bath salts and crushed herbs. The palate is tight and focused, displaying dominating lime flavours and ripe citrus, beautiful purity, and mineral notes leading to a long, intense, crisp finish with steely acidity.

£22.90

Henschke Tilly's Vineyard Dry White 2015 (1x 75cl)

Grapefruit, nectarine and peach flavours on the nose together with a tantalising grassy note from the Sauvignon Blanc. The ensemble is a really refreshing wine with plenty of zippy freshness on the finish.
£14.01

Mount Horrocks Watervale Semillon 2016 (1x 75cl)

Mount Horrocks Wines is run by proprietor/winemaker Stephanie Toole. Stephanie restricts production to approximately 3,500 cases per annum in order to achieve her aims of quality and single vineyard expression. Stephanie describes her wines as 'essentially hand made food wines with an emphasis on structure as well as generous fruit flavours'. All grapes are 100% estate grown from three separate vineyard sites totalling nearly 10 hectares which, in 2014, were 'A grade certified' by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Her persistence with classic, no-compromise winemaking and a fully integrated organic approach to growing and making sets Mount Horrocks wines apart from the mainstream.

The Mount Horrocks Semillon is from a low yielding, single vineyard of unirrigated vines in Watervale. It has been a Certified Australian Organic (ACO) wine from 2014. Harvest is always done by hand.

Only the free run juice was used. The wine was 100% barrel fermented with lees stirring every two weeks for three months. It remained in French oak barriques for a total of nine months. 40% of the oak was new and the remainder one and two years old. It was bottled without fining.

The 2016 is light white gold in colour.The aromas are of garden herbs and apple over lightly toasty, spiced oak. Bright and tight, crisp and textured, this has layers of fruit and gentle oak. Citrus peel and green apple, baked pear and hazelnut praline even, with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. Super-stylish, flavoursome yet not heavy. This wine will cellar easily to 10 or more years.

Perfect with roast or grilled poultry.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£18.20

Red Rock Pinot Grigio 2013 (1x 75cl)

Ripe, full bodied Pinot Grigio with stone fruit characters an excellent entry level Pinot Grigio and great addition to the range.
£7.15

Shaw + Smith Lenswood Chardonnay 2015 (1x75cl)

Awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their January 2018 edition article: The Most Exciting Wines of 2017 (see blue link below).

S+S Lenswood Chardonnay 2015 - January 2018 Decanter review

The 2014 vintage was also awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Australian Chardonnay (see blue link below).

Lenswood Chardonnay 2014 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

Established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith, Shaw + Smith's aim is to make contemporary, high quality wines that stand among the best of their type in Australia. The wines are made exclusively from fruit grown in the Adelaide Hills, one of Australia's coolest and most exciting regions.

Sourced exclusively from Block 4 at Shaw + Smith's picturesque Lenswood property. The vineyard is mature (planted in 1999) and reaches 500 metres above sea level. The site has always shown potential for a single site wine and in 2014 the ambition was realised with the first release. This followed significant investments to improve the vineyard since its acquisition by Shaw + Smith in 2012.

Bunches were chilled overnight, whole-bunch pressed, then fermented in new and used French oak puncheons. This was followed by a further 10 months in barrel with gentle stirring and minimal working.

An elegant single vineyard Chardonnay, with aromas of blossom, grapefruit and white peach complemented by notes of brioche. The palate is long and flavoursome, with good mid-palate texture and bright acidity to balance the intensity of fruit.

 

£38.75
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