7. Sauvignon Blanc, Los Espinos, Chile £4.50 (175ml) £5.95 (250ml) £16.95 (bottle)
Refreshing, crisp and slightly fragrant Sauvignon. Endlessly quaffable and ideal with spicy or strong flavoured dishes
8. Pinot Grigio, Casa Defra, Italy £4.80 (175ml) £6.80 (250ml) £19.95 (Bottle)
A deliciously refreshing white with subtle citrus hints and easy drinking style. Crisp, dry and very moreish.
9. “Pic Poul de Pinet” Coteaux de Languedoc, Domaine De Montredon, France £21.00
Made from the old southern French variety Picpoul, this is becoming something of a cult wine. On the nose there are citrus notes and just a hint of saltiness. The palate is lively and fresh. A classic match for oysters and seafood.
10. Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi, Tenuta Tavignano, Italy £24.50
Subtle, restrained and sassy aptly describes this bright little Italian number. Crisp and lively on the palate with hints of citrus and apple blossom followed by touches of honey and mineral. The finish is taught, tangy and moreish.
11. Sauvignon Blanc, “Stoney Range” Sherwood, Marlborough, New Zealand £6.50 (175ml) £8.50 (250ml) £25.50 (Bottle)
A pronounced, herbaceous nose with plenty of ripe gooseberries, guava and nettles on the nose – very typically Malborough style. The palate is crisp, racy and mouth-watering with hints of grapefruit, guava and gooseberry followed by a long, enticing finish.
12. Sancerre Blanc, Domaine Crochetm France £34.50
Domaine Crochet produces classic Sancerre – dry with leafy blackcurrant and gooseberry fruit and a cool, lingering finish. Textbook Sancerre from a well respected, typical producer.
13. Chablis, Domaine Defraix, France £32.00
A top notch examle from a respected grower. Defraix Chablis displays minerally, flinty notes on the nose with touches of green apple. The palate is elegant, dry and characterised by crisp, citrus flavours overlaid with smokey notes. Long, complex finish.
14. Chardonnay, “The Googly”, One Chain Vineyards, Australia £4.80 (175ml) £6.80 (250ml) £19.95 (bottle)
Lovely ripe melon and apple characters mingle with touches of pear and honey. Bright, zingy and well balanced, it is ideal with meaty fish or on its own.
15. Albarino, Lager de Bouza, Spain £28.50
Albarino has long been likened to Riesling for its lemony, crisp style but this indigenous grape of the region Galicia has a personality very much of its own. Paired with seafood or shellfish, it is a delicate, invigorating partner.
16. Soave DOC, “Campo le Calle”, Latium, Italy £27.50
Harvested late, in the first week of October, this is more weighty, complex and structured than the regular Soave. Intense and full this has aromas and flavours of stone fruit and a long, mineral finish.
17. Chenin Blanc, Aloe Tree, South Africa £16.95
A delightfully crisp, fruit driven white with hints of green apple and pear on the nose. Bright. juicy fruit on the palate with a tangy, refreshing finish.
18. Riesling, Sherwood Estate, New Zealand £24.50
Restrained apple and pear fruit on the nose with hints of lime. Well balanced, crisp and rounded, showing good concentration of tangy lime fruit character offset by touches of honey.
19. Viognier, IGP Pays D’Oc, Mont Rocher, France £19.50
Haunting honeysuckle and apricot aromas on the nose with a rich, almost anctuous palate that is somehow still dry, tangy and refreshing.
20. Tempranillo, Centelleo, Spain £4.50 (175ml) £5.95 (250ml) £16.95 (Bottle)
Spain’s most famous grape variety, Tempranillo is full of juicy bramble and cherry fruit with hints of spice. Deliciously supple and succulent, it is great on its own or with grilled lamb cutlets, mild curries or casseroles.
21. Merlot, Los Espinos, Chile £17.95
Juicy red fruit packed with supple bramble and blackberry fruit. Soft, creamy tannins and a lip smacking finish.
22. Pinot Noir, Duette, Chile £27.50
On the nose it has abundant, ripe red fruit with floral notes. On the palate it has a soft, delicate texturw with the lively acidity that is typical of Pinot Noir.
23. Rioja, De Alto, Finca Manzanos, Spain £4.80 (175ml) £6.80 (250ml) £19.95 (bottle)
De Alto is a modern interpretation of Rioja. Full of succulent red fruit with hints of vanilla, mocha and liquorice, De Alto is a beautifully balanced and structured wine.
24. Reserva Carmenere, Nostros, Chile £4.75 (175ml) £6.70 (250ml) £18.50 (bottle)
Carmenere is originally from Bordeaux but has found a new home in Chile where it makes wines somewhere between Merlot and Cabernet but with a little more peppery spice character. Nostros Reserva has a concentrated, plummy fruit, touches of chocolate and spice and a long velvety finish.
25. Pinotage Ruby Cabernet, McGregor Estate, South Africa £19.50
A ripe, fruit laden red with hints of blueberry and plums. Rounded, soft and warming on the palate with a juciy, bright finish.
26. Cabernet Sauvignon, “Puglist”, One Chain Vineyards, Australia £21.00
The 2008 Cabernet from the Limestone Coast displays all the rugged and powerful characteristics of the best Australian Cabernet, yet it is also elegant and balanced. The wine is deep and generous with blackcurrants, plums and wood spice on the palate. The finish is long, silky and smooth.
27. Chianti DOCG, Borgo Cipressi, Italy £22.50
A superbly balanced medium bodied red with juicy red fruit character and hints of dried cherries and chocolate. The palate is structured but never heavy, supremely savoury and very moreish.
28. Shiraz, “The Opportunist”, Limestone Coast, Australia £5.50 (175ml) £7.50 (250ml) £21.00 (bottle)
This Shiraz would normally sell for twice the price but opportunity came our way and this is the result. A deep, inviting crimson black with an intense cassis, plum and bramble nose. Rich, voluptuous and silky on the palate with creamy black fruits and a little savoury smokiness from oak.
29. “Q” Malbec, Zuccardi, Argentina £36.00
The variety that Argentina has almost claimed as its own. Dark, rich and intense with deep leathery fruit cake like fruit, balanced oak and great length.
30. Chateau Ferrand, St. Emilion Grand Cru, France £68.00
Reaching its plateau of maturity, showing ripe, plummy fruits with hints of cassis and cedar. Well integrated tannin provides structure to a wine of great elegance and complexity.
31. Cabernet Sauvignon, Crossbarn, Paul Hobbs, Napa Valley, California £75.00
Paul Hobbs is one of the most influential winemakers anywhere in the world and his own label provides text book Cabernet. Structured, with ripe cassis, black olive and mocha. Supple, yet dense and delicious.
32. Shiraz, “Gnarly Dudes”, Two Hands, Barossa Valley £45.00
Inspired by the old gnarled Shiraz vines and by a phrase in the film “The Big Lebowski”, Gnarly Dudes is a declassification of Two Hand’s famed Bella’s Garden Shiraz. Immensely concentrate with an almost opaque core of ripe, intense black fruits, it has a silky smooth texture followed by savoury, creamy fruit and hints of charred meats and coffee. The finish is well structured but opulent, enveloping and very very long.
6. Rosado Tempranillo, Centelleo, Spain £4.50 (175ml) £5.95 (250ml) £16.95 (bottle)
Succulent, juicy and fruit filled, this wine simply screams of lazy summer days, the first rays of sun on your back and the smack of salt on your lips from a grilled, freshly caught sardine…
1. Perrier Jouet Grande Brut, N/V £6.55 (125ml) £34.95(bottle)
A fresh fizz with light appley fruit and citrus notes that linger on the elegant finish. Superbly balanced.
2. Louis Roederer Cristal 2002 £195.00
The ultimate cuvee prestige Champagne. Creamy and smooth with complex,lingering flavours.
3. Perrier Jouet Rosé, N/V £75.00
Elegant and crisp with soft, strawberry like fruit and a long creamy finish.
4. Perrier Jouet, Le Belle Epoque 1999 £95.00
Perrier Jouet’s top offering, made great by a high proportion of Cramant Grand Cru Chardonnay. It is lively and fresh, with vanilla and slightly honeyed aromatics that change on the palate to citrus with a hint of tropical fruit at the close. Long and lingering, and with the added benefit of being one of the most beautiful bottles in the world.
5. Prosecco “Oro” Casa Defra, Italy £5.50 (125ml) £18.95 (bottle)
A delightfully frothy sparkler with aromatic apple and pear flavours on the nose followed by a crisp palate of succulent fruits. Gently foamy, just off dry and possessing an enticing, bright finish.
Pink Moscato 2009, Innocent Bystander, Yarra Valley, Australia £11.50 (1/2 bottle)
An exotic, gently frothing mix of watermelon, rose petals and summer fruits. Spritzy, scented with a cleansing pink grapefruit finish. Frighteningly easy to drink and versatile, perfect to start, with dessert or on its own.
Ringbark Reisling 2008, Plantagnet, Great Southern, Australia £5.95 (100ml) £21.95 (1/2 bottle)
Quite floral with background notes of slate and lemon rind. A fine yet supple plate, with lovely natural acidity and long lingering citrus flavours.