Wine of the Week: A Shocking Shiraz!!!
If you think you know what a shiraz should taste like then try this! We've got it in for December and have even reduced it from £14.75.
This Shiraz is sourced from the finest available vineyard sites across the premium Northern Barossa Valley. Aged in a variety of French and American oak barrels different ages and sizes, such a good vintage that the new oak percentage is a little higher than normal, around 30%. Typical deep colour, dense sweet black berry fruits on the nose, has a lovely savoury almost meaty character with hints of black pepper, meat and oak.
Black cherry and plum with a meaty savouriness, the long aging in oak means it's really well integrated and allows the fruit to shine. Long and rich with good acidity, and toasty oak on the finish.
Size: 75cl ABV: 14.5% 2017
Ready Made Selections A range of mixed 6 and 12 bottle offers we imagine you'll like.
Thinking inside the giftbox:
XO Cognac, Maxim Trijol 70cl £122
1982 Vintage Tawny Port Krohn Colheita £61
1999 Vintage Tawny Port Krohn Colheita £24.00 (was 28.25)
2015 Vintage Franciacorta Ferghettina, Lombardy £27.85 (was 35.50)
£64.42 - 6 bottles 10% off, down from £71.58
Sancerre, Domaine, Michel Girard, France
Savatiano, 'Naturally', Papagiannakos, Greece
Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, Domaine du Pré Baron, France
Sauvignon Vermentino, Pasquiers, Languedoc, France
Tempranillo Blanco, Ontanón, Spain
Verdejo, Diez Siglos, Spain
There are lots of refreshing guzzlers out there but here we've got six of the best. Some more traditional than others, some blends and one an accidental discovery (see the Blanco Tempranillo) but all delicious.
£69 - 1 bottle of each from Bodegas Borsao's fantastic lineup
Bodegas Borsao, Campo de Borja, Spain
Bodegas Borsao, a coop at the top of its game and justly famous for very quaffable and charming wine has been slowly developing its range to include some of the most charismatic single varietals and complex blends.
£41.47 - 10% off, 6 bottle case
Andes Peaks Merlot, Emiliana, Chile
Peculiar Mr Pat Merlot, South East Australia
Les Oliviers Merlot Mourvedre, Languedoc, France
Sanvigilio Merlot, Cavit, Venezie, Italy
Adobe Reserva Merlot, Rapel Valley, Chile
Cape Heights Merlot, Western Cape, South Africa
Merlot is a versatile and adaptable variety, bless it's heart. It'll grow in most climates without making too much of a fuss and as such can display a variety of characters. These are all fine examples of the fruit along with the climate and terroir in question. A must for any merlot fan!
£106.70 - 4 bottles, 10% off
Not that we've jumped on the gin band-wagon or anything but we're delighted with these examples from the makers of our favourite English fizz, Henners in East Sussex..
£51 - 6 bottles 4 countries
Verne Malbec, Nieto, Mendoza, Argentina
Bellefontaine Malbec, Languedoc,
The Bird Malbec, Showdown, California
Alberca Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
Stone's Throw Malbec, Victoria, Australia
Les Volets Malbec, Aude, France
Might have said "macho" too, but that would be silly. Mind you, it is a grape that likes to deliver plenty of in yer face fruit and flavour. Happily, this lot also offer up interest and style aplenty, while also honouring their country of origin. They are all good examples and together provide a Malbec fan some exciting anti-lockdown foreign travel.
£125 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Rosé Cotes de Provence, Chateau Gairoird, France
Rioja Ecologica, Bodegas Ontanon, Spain
Merlot, "O" Range, Emiliana, Chile
Verdejo, Menade, Rueda, Spain
These are some of the best tasting organic wines we have discovered, each of them a fine example of its kind whether certified organic or not.
£118 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Durello, Brut Spumante, Veneto,
Cava, Brut, Mas Macia, Spain
Martinotti, Prosecco Brut, Veneto
Lunetta, Sparkling Pink, Trentino
Guzzling sparklers from Italy and Spain that always do the job and persuade us there is cause for celebration. These are each stylish wines, worthy aperitifs as well as food friends and good to party..
£47.50 - 6 bottle case, all Sauvignon Blanc
Cape Heights, Western Cape, South Africa
Reserva Organic, Adobe, Chile
Tierra Alta, Valle Central, Chile
Bottega Vinai, Trentino, Italy
Bellefontaine, Vin de France, France
Domaine du Pré Baron, Loire, France
Known for its strong characteristics and flavours of citrus and stone fruit Sauvignon Blanc is actually very adaptable, allowing climate, environment and vinification to influence the complexity and character of this great fruit. Here we have six of our best.
£60.40- 6 bottles, 1 of each, down from £67.11
Bodegas Ontañón, Rioja Oriental, Spain
From one of the most highly regarded wineries in Rioja, a selection of wines that will delight with every sip.
£47.20 - down from £52.44
10% off, 6 bottle case
Adobe, Organic, Emiliana Chile
Emiliana is an award winning leading producer in Chile, priding themselves on selecting from the finest vineyards throughout the country. This new range shows what 'Organic' can really mean when it comes to purity and quality.
£98 - 6 bottles
1 x Champagne Gremillet Brut Sélection
2 x Chablis Vieilles Vignes, Domaine de la Motte 2016
2 x Claret Château Carcanieux, Cru Bourgeois Médoc 2015
1 x Vintage Tawny Port, Krohn Colheita 2007
"Drinks before dinner, drinks with dinner, after dinner drinks...." This should have you covered, though I'd anticipate post-prandial torpor. All excellent wines worthy of a special lunch and equal to the myriad flavours they will have to partner.
Some of us will need quite a few festive bottles. This mix covers you for aperitifs, guzzling, guests (careful comma placement), roast fowl partnerships and helping digest the dessert. Your tonsils will thank you for them; each selection is a worthy example.
2 x Lunetta Prosecco Brut Spumante, Cavit, Venezie, Italy
2 x Cotes de Gascogne, Maison de Vigneron, France
2 x Grenache Syrah, Maison de Vigneron ,Vaucluse, Rhone, France
2 x Gavi, La Battistina, Piemonte, Italy
2 x Rioja Ecologica, Bodegas Ontanon, Spain (organic)
1 x Moscato Passito, Araldica, Piemonte (half bottle dessert wine)
1 x LBV Port, Krohn 2013, Portugal
£45 - 6 bottles, usual price £51
Long heralded for its quality, style and value for money, the False Bay range deserves our making much of. This box offers a notable and winning survey of Cape quality.
£49.50 - 6 bottles, just the one wine, 10% off single bottle price
One of the most popular Wines of the Week, so maybe a good thought to offer it up like this? If you need any reminding, it is fine stuff - pure, well ripened and carefully blended Cabernet grapes aged for six months in American oak, resulting in a very persuasive ad for Californian reds, not a monster (only 13.5%) but rich and flavour-layered.
£96 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Rosado, Bodegas Borsao
Verdejo Diez Siglos, Rueda
Garnacha Seleccion, Bodegas Borsao
Monastrell Albacea, Jumilla
Lesser known and strange-sounding names often means lower prices and higher value, as is the case here: each of these wines delivers and impresses.
£140 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Sauvignon Blanc, Camillona
Gavi, La Battistina
Barbera d'Asti, Ceppi Storici
Barolo, Flori, Araldica
The Piemonte region of North West Italy is home to some of the world's finest wine producers, famous for many types of bold robust reds as well as unctuous elegant whites. Without pushing the purse too far, we hope, here is a selection that should give an idea what the fuss is about.
£45.08 - 10% off 6 bottle case
Gamay, Uva non Grata, France
Sangiovese, Ancora, Italy
Cinsault, Selon Létang, France
Merlot, Domaine Mas Bahourat, France
Syrah (Shiraz), 'Old School', False Bay, South Africa
Tempranillo, Rioja, Vega del Rayo, Spain
Making the most of the fruit and delicately extracting beautiful flavours can be a delicate balance. Whether it's cherry, berry or currants these single varietals have juicy fruit in spades.
£39 - 6 bottles, 2 of each
Pasquiers, Languedoc, France, 2019
The Languedoc region in southern France is a major wine producer that stretches from Provence to the Pyrenees mountains and the Spanish border. It's a beautiful and eclectic region and these extremely good value quaffs are fine examples of its produce.
£120 - 6 bottles, 2 of each
Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Chante Cigale 2017, Rhone, France
Grand Cru St Emilion, Clos de la Cure 2015, Bordeaux, France
Rioja Reserva, Bodegas Ontanon 2010, Rioja, Spain
Some wines have a perennial following and deserve it too. We are very fond of these three. Vintage after vintage, they have inspired and delighted. Each tastes very much as it should, but with elegant restraint - no power-packing, no showing off, just class. See the individual items for details.
£65 - 6 bottle case, all red, all taste
Grenache Syrah, 'Cabriola', Bodegas Borsao, Spain
Cabernet Franc, Domaine Mas Barrau, Gard, France
Shiraz, The Black Craft, Smalltown Vineyards, Australia
Malbec, Les Volets, Limoux, France
Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo), Pinna Fidelis, Roble, Ribero del Duero, Spain
Gamay, Brouilly, Le Cru de Volcan, Beaujolais, France
Why not some unctuous reds to sit by the fire with? All very different, certainly, but all big, bold and fine examples. With three French, two Spanish and an Australian why not impress some friends?
£53.70 - 10% off for 3 white & 3 Pink
From Cavit, based in Trentino, the mountainous North-East of Italy, and one of Europe's foremost cooperatives over many years, here are two far from cynical, good quality fizzes, delicate, vibrant, fresh and worthy of celebration.
£40 - 6 bottles, 3 of each
Merlot, Mucho Mas
Sauvignon Blanc, Mucho Mas
The name means "much more" and I hope you'll agree that while good to guzzle, both these offerings have bags of mouthfilling character, much more than their price.
£79 - 12 bottles, 3 each of these four:
Cotes de Gascogne, Sentier dans les Vignes, France
Grenache Syrah, Sentier dans les Vignes, France
Sauvignon Blanc, Camino de la Cabana, Chile
Merlot, Camino de la Cabana, Chile
One of the hardest things in the wine world is to make wines suitable for everyday drinking that not only impress and demand compliments but do so day after day. The above are excellent examples of their genre.
£46 - 3 red 2 rosé 1 white:
Shiraz, Seriti, Cape, South Africa
Merlot, Peculiar Mr.Pat, Australia
Garnacha, Borsao, Spain
Rosé La Grande Plage, Languedoc
Rosé de Grenache, Languedoc
Verdejo, Diez Siglos, Rueda, Spain
Just because BBQ flavours tend to be strong doesn't mean the wine should lack character, and these certainly don't.. Robust enough to manage the charred solids and yet add to the gustatory experience through developed and succulent flavours, these bottles should be welcomed at any ritual burning.
Saving SA Wine
£47.50 - 6 bottles, 2 of each
Plenty of smashing wine being made in South Africa, but drastic Covid impacts on export and production are causing serious damage to the industry. Best we support it by buying some, and here are a trio of charmers we'd recommend. 6 bottle case, 2 bottles each of the 3.
Sauvignon Blanc, Cape Heights
Cinsault Mourvedre Rosé, False Bay