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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.
£17.30

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.

£17.15

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.

£10.66

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.

£8.70

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.

£30.97

Cazes Ambre Rivesaltes 2002 (1x37.5cl)

Domaine Cazes is situated in Rivesaltes in the Roussillon. With 220 hectares of vines planted, Domaine Cazes is the largest certified organic and biodynamic estate in France. It was founded in 1895 by Michel Cazes and the wines are made by the fourth generation of winemakers, headed up by Emmanuel Cazes. The family makes a range of interesting dry wines alongside the regional specialities, Vin Doux Naturels. They took the decision to move to organic and biodynamic viticulture in 1997. Based on their view that the natural environment needs natural preparation, they plough the soils and use only natural ingredients as treatments, arranging their work according to the lunar calendar.

Situated between the French Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, the Roussillon is the sunniest area of France, giving very ripe grapes, which are perfect for the production of the Vin Doux Naturel sweet wines. These are a speciality of the Rivesaltes area. The wine was made from the native Grenache Blanc variety, from vineyards on clay and limestone soils, covered by large wide pebbles that radiate the heat back onto the vines at night-time (these are the Galets Roulés that are famous in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area to the north).

The white grapes were pressed before the fermentation started at 18°C. The wine was fortified using natural grape spirit, which caused the fermentation to stop and left a sweet wine with 16% alcohol, which is relatively light in alcohol for a fortified wine. The wine was then aged for seven years in old, large oak barrels. Over time, the wine gently oxidised, leading to a darker, amber colour (hence the name 'Ambré') as well as a richer, smooth palate and huge depth of flavour.

Deep amber in colour, with aromas strongly reminiscent of dried fruit and candied citrus fruit peel, it is delicious with desserts based on nuts, almonds or caramel.

£14.10

Cecchi Chianti half bottle 2016 (1x37.5cl)

Chianti Cecchi is characterised by a red ruby colour, which tends towards granite red when aged. On the nose it is intensely aromatic with notes of violets. On the palate it is well balanced with the classic signature of Chianti.

£5.75

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.

£11.60

Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve half bottle (1x37.5cl)

A radiant pale gold appearance with fine, persistent bubbles. Complex pastry shop aromas are followed by floral notes of lime-tree, violet and lilac, alongside blueberry and concentrated, soft dried apricots. The palate begins with a silky smooth sensation, developing into ripe fleshy apricot, melon and enticing rum pastry flavours, ending with delicate spice notes. A perfect balance of freshness and full bloom.     

£21.40

Chateau Musar Red Gaston Hochar half bottle 2009 (1x37.5cl)

Chateau Musar Red wines are a varying blend of old vine, low yielding Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, approximately one third of each.  Fermentation is in concrete, then the wine spends a year in the vat (each variety is vatted separately), then a year or so in French Never oak.  It is blended in the 3rd year, put back into vat and bottled at the end of the 3rd year and cellared for up to 6 or 7 years before release.  There is no fining, minimum filtration and sulphites are kept very low.  Chateau Musar recommends decanting the Red wines 30 minutes to 2 hours prior to serving.

£14.85

Dandelion Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz 2014 (1x37.5cl)

Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Lifted blue fruits, plum, macerated blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark cocoa. The palate is generous with mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums and lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.

£6.95

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.

£10.20

Darenberg The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis 2015 (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.

£11.20

Darenberg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2016 (1x37.5cl)

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

D'Arenberg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2016 - fiche technique

One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery. Today fourth- generation family member Chester makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery.

Minimal input viticulture is employed across d’Arenberg owned, leased and contracted vineyards to ensure grape quality and environmental responsibility. This includes minimal or no irrigation, no soil cultivation, minimal spraying and most importantly, no fertilization. All of d’Arenberg estate and their leased vineyards are NASAA Certified for both organic and biodynamic processes.

Grapes affected with Botrytis are small and wrinkly, inspiring the name of this wine, which was originally released in 1985 as The Noble Riesling. Botrytis cinerea, affectionately known as Noble Rot, weakens grape skins causing water to evaporate which results in sweet, concentrated flavours. These shrivelled berries are basket pressed before a long fermentation, resulting in a luscious wine with intense richness and viscosity.

100% Riesling for this vintage. Generous and decadent but zesty and fresh at the same time. Ripples of fresh lemon and lime, a whisper of candied ginger and a healthy dollop of honey and barley sugar. The palate is initially sweet and viscous but this opulence is countered by a tangy acidity that flashes through the core of the wine in dart like fashion. The combination of flavour and acidity linger almost eternally. In its youth this wine is crisp and provides versatility when matching to a wide range of desserts. It works particularly well with elements containing fresh tropical fruits. As it ages it will take on a deeper colour and the flavour will develop further into the dried fruit spectrum making it a sensational match to strong cheeses.

We like this because it is a surprisingly light and fruity dessert wine that goes perfectly with fruit-based puddings such as lemon meringue pie (and other citrussy puds) and is also rather good with blue cheese!

£11.20

Devaux Grande Reserve half bottle NV (1x 37.5cl)

The wine has a lovely Pinot Noir richness on the nose, with aromas of baked apples and vanilla. On the palate, it is full, rounded, and well balanced, with a lively, persistent finish.
£17.40
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