1. Sauvignon Blanc, Vignoble du Sud, France
Plenty of really refreshing citrus flavours with clean gooseberry fruit and a delightful acidity.
45. Syrah Rosé, Vignoble du Sud, France
Shows a fresh aromatic bouquet. It is light and dry with a lovely crisp fruitiness.
18. Merlot, Vignoble du Sud, France
A well structured red, with nice ripe soft fruit. Full of flavours of plums.
2. Sancerre, Domaine Bonnard, Loire, France
An elegant Sancerre with full gooseberry flavours, which has a delicious gunflint bite at the end of the palate.
3. Chablis 2008, Domaine de Chantermerle, Chablis, France
Very pretty nose allying ripeness, purity, and an underlying pebbly firm mineral undertone. As always the ripeness adds extra sap and body, and makes this a great wine to drink young.
4. Chardonnay, Cranswick Estate, South Eastern Australia
Fresh notes of white peach fruit on the nose. Flavoursome ripe tropical and stone fruits on the palate with a little creaminess. Finishes with clean crisp acidity.
5. Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, Casas del Bosque, Casablanca, Chile
Intense notes of lime and grapefruit dominate the nose leading to pure flavours of nectarine and white peach in the mouth. Bright, zesty acidity imparts excellent structure and length.
6. Riesling, Louis Guntrum, Rheinhessen, Germany
This dry Riesling has a delicate fragrance of white peaches, apricot and juicy pears. A classical Riesling in expression and elegance.
7. Sauvignon Blanc, Green Lip, Jackson Estate, Marlborough, NZ
An effortlessly simple Sauvignon Blanc, with pronounced aromas of passion fruit and nettles. A mineral undercurrent leads to a mouthful of sweet and sour stone and yellow fruits.
8. Vouvray, Cuvée Silex Sec, Vigneau-Chevreau, Loire, France
Aromas of tropical fruit, honeysuckle and other floral notes lead to a palate of honey and pear followed by the tartness of green apples. A slightly mineral aftertaste.
9. Albariño, Carqueixal, Viña Nora, Rias Biaxas, Spain
Aromas of ripe fruit, with apple and floral notes. The palate has good structure and body yet a touch of elegance and texture with a fresh acidity. Well balanced and long on the finish.
10. Gavi di Gavi, ‘Rovereto’, Michele Chiarlo, Piedmont, Italy
Michele Chiarlo’s family has been growing grapes for more than five generations. 100% cortese from a single vineyard. Shows a light, elegant nose with very clean fresh flavours of citrus fruit with a mineral backbone to the palate.
11. Meursault ‘Clos du Cromin’ 2005, Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur, France
Deep and rich on the nose. A citrus and mineral palate that’s big and round. Good acidity shows a well balanced and beautifully elegant wine.
12. Chenin Blanc, Makana, Western Cape, South Africa
Zesty and lively with flavours of fruit salad and ripe melon. Stunningly crisp aftertaste.
13. Rioja Blanco, Viña Palaciega, Rioja, Spain
100% Viura and dry yet deliciously fruity. Floral hints underlie the soft fruit on a smooth clean and fresh finish.
14. Pinot Grigio, Ca’lunghetta, IGT delle Venezie, Italy
Fresh and crisp on the palate with an apple melon twist. Everything you’d expect in a good Pinot Grigio and a lot more besides.
15. Unwooded Chardonnay, Currabridge, South Eastern Australia
With no oak contact, this wine shows very clean ripe peach and melon fruit.
16. Viognier, Domaine Paul Mas, Vin de Pays D’Oc, France
A popular grape variety from Southern France. A medium-bodied white with flavours of dried fruits and peach. The touch of sweetness makes this a fruity, easy drinking mouthful
17. Gewurztraminer, Gustave Lorentz, Alsace, France
Established for the last 250 years on the sunny S/SE facing slopes of Bergheim. The nose brims with lychee, flowers and spice, and is rich and full in the mouth. A beautiful finish.
46. Shiraz Rosé Reserva, Caliterra, Colchagua, Chile
An exciting dry rosé with aromas of ripe summer berries and a vibrant colour. The palate is dry with creamy ripe fruit and crisp, refreshing acidity in perfect balance.
47. Rosé, Vidal, East Coast, New Zealand
A fresh and appealing wine with a fragrant bouquet of rose petals and a hint of strawberry. Delicately flavoured and balanced this is a dry style.
19. Pinot Noir, Esprit de Montaigu, Moreau, France
Darker and more broody in style to Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is bursting with cherries and vanilla balanced with soft, juicy tannins.
20. Pinot Noir, Devil’s Corner, Tasmania, Australia
Mouthfilling fruit with ripe plum and cherry flavours and hints of spice. A lighter bodied style but there is no shortage of flavour backed up with fine, silky tannins and a long supple finish.
21. Brouilly 2009, Chateau de Tours, Beaujolais, France
Delicious spicy raspberry scent leads into a full and fresh flavour that is almost like eating a bowl of fresh, juicy berries. There is a lemony tartness to give it balance. Clean and consistent in a long finish.
22. Beaune 2007, Pascal Maillard, Burgundy, France
Fragrant flowers and fruit with fine, sophisticated hints of leather and an underlying spiciness. Hints of currants, cranberries and cherry on the fruit-driven palate.
23. Pinotage, Klippenkop, Coastal Region, South Africa
Dark plumy and spicy notes on the nose. Fills the mouth with soft tannins and ripe, dark, sweet fruit rounded off with spice. A long, lingering and juicy aftertaste.
24. Touriga / Syrah / Aragonez, Ciconia, Alentejo, Portugal
‘Ciconia’ is Latin for the white stork found in the forests and woods of Alentejo. Combining complex berry aromas with spicy raspberry and some toasted notes as a result of a short period in oak. The result being a rounded, smooth, rich and balanced style.
25. Carmenère Reserva, Casas del Bosque, Rapel, Chile
Intense aromas of ripe red fruits and spice. Medium-bodied and flavourful on the palate, with good fusion between fruit and oak. Well-balanced and lush, soft tannins with a long finish.
26. Merlot Reserva, Torreon de Paredes, Rengo, Chile
Top quality Merlot with superb varietal character and excellent concentration. Plush black fruits with savoury intensity. Good structure and superb balance.
27. Rioja, Tempranillo Elaboracion Especial, Beronia, Rioja, Spain
This “mocha-choca-Rioja” is 100% Tempranillo that is barrel-fermented to create a smooth, almost chocolatey mouthful with a hint of coffee. Truly something unique.
28. Drink Me, Niepoort, Douro, Portugal
Medium-bodied red wine from quirky port producer Dirk Niepoort. His wines are as noteworthy as his ports. Displays notes of blueberry on a deliciously soft and long palate.
29. Rioja Reserva, Viña Palaciega, Rioja, Spain
Literally translated as “wines of the palace,” Viña Palaciega wines are handcrafted in the traditional Rioja style. Rich aromas of herbs, leather and spice. Full bodied in the mouth, well balanced with a long elegant finish.
30. Côtes du Rhône, Roger Sabon, Rhone, France
This offers lovely cherry and peppery notes with some spice and earth in a medium-bodied style.
31. Grenache, Old Vines, Simon Hackett, McLaren Vale, Australia
Juicy, balanced cherry fruit with a dash of pepper and spice. It’s full-bodied, really rich with minerals and fruit flavours of cherries and blackcurrants.
32. Cabernet Merlot, ‘The Cracker’, Hope Estate, Western Australia
80% Cab and 20% Merlot gives dense colour and flavours that are not overdone.
Elegantly big, showing the best of the cooler West Australian climate as the merlot nicely rounds out the cabernet characters, with a touch of sweeter fruit on the mid-palate. Truly a Cracker!
33. Médoc 2005, Chateau Noaillac, Bordeaux, France
The 2005 has a nose consisting mostly of mineral redcurrant and savoury hung meat, with cassis and blackcurrants in the mouth preceding a long, round finish – maybe with a hint of rosemary or sage. Its acidity is just enough to balance the fleshy fruit.
34. Chianti Classico, ‘San Jacopo’, Castello Vicchiomaggio, Tuscany, Italy
John Matta is four-time Italian wine producer of the year , so his wines are of undeniable quality. This Chianti is a ripe, fruity wine with balancing acidity. Sweet black-cherry flavours, with a soft touch of tannins, giving a juicy, but dry wine. Lovely, easy wine, full of fruit, with just a hint of spice.
35. Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, Fabiano, Veneto, Italy
Made in a ‘Ripasso’ style, this undergoes a second fermentation over the pressed and dried grape skins of the Recioto and Amarone. Intense and elegant on the nose with ripe cherry and black raspberry and hints of spices from the barrel ageing. Full bodied in the mouth and a long finish with a well balanced acidity, soft tannins and a perception of fleshy fruits.
36. Rioja Gran Reserva, Cerro Anon, Rioja, Spain
Bodegas Olarra’s winery, in Logroño in Rioja Alta, is known as “the Cathedral of La Rioja”. Ripe red berry aromas mingle with smoke and spice nuances and savoury notes of leather and tobacco appear. The palate is full and round, yet elegant. It lingers on after swallowing the wine, with a soft, smooth sensation of elegance.
37. St Emilion Grand Cru 2005, Chateau Boutisse, Bordeaux, France
Purchased in 1996, Chateau Boutisse is the Milhade flagship estate. A warm, intense bouquet of mocha and sweet spices. The palate shows full body with fine yet firm tannins, explosive black cherry fruit, all encased in the subtle vanillin flavours of new oak.
38. Shiraz, Cranswick Estate, South Eastern Australia
Plumy aromas and a dash of sweet, earthy, raspberry fruit and smooth oak on the nose. The palate is layered with complex black berry flavours and spices with lingering oak sweetness.
39. Malbec, La Forge Estate, Domaine Paul Mas, France
Powerful and complex with a quintessence of floral, plums, mocha and blackcurrant aromas with toasted notes. A well balanced, smooth palate with a round, rich finish.
40. Cabernet Sauvignon, Don David Reserve, Cafayate, Argentina
Michel Torino’s vineyards in Salta, Cafayate, are among the highest in the world; 1,700m above sea level, basking in splendid isolation surrounded by desert and breathtaking mountain scenery. Deep ruby in colour with a complex bouquet of blackberries, chocolate, mint and toasty oak. The flavour is rich and concentrated with a long, velvety finish.
41. Classic Red, Massaya, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
The blend is 60% Cinsault, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Syrah gives a full, smooth and fruity blend that is both approachable and robust. Pleasurably long with dark fruit and a hint of spice and vanillin on the palate.
42. John X Merriman, Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Rustenberg’s red wines are rated as some of the best South Africa has to offer. A Bordeaux blend that typifies Rustenberg terroir. The Merriman has often been praised for its wonderful blackcurrant fruit, spicy peppery kick and generous dose of creamy oak on a multi-layered palate with an elegant tannin structure.
43. Old Vine Shiraz, ‘Filsell’, Grant Burge, Barossa Valley, Australia
Filsell – one of Grant’s and Barossa’s greatest vineyards – has Shiraz vines that are nearly a century old, and this shows in this intense, rich and full flavoured wine. This is big, mouth filling and powerful with rich, fleshy blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, touches of creaminess and subtle vanilla oak.
44. Zinfandel, ‘Geyserville’ 2005, Ridge Vineyards, Santa Cruz, USA
Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site zinfandel in every year since 1966. In the intervening period they have developed themselves a cult following. Penetrating aromas of cherry and plum with black tea, pepper, clove, tar and mint notes. Fresh bramble fruit balances with polished ripe tannins and the complexity of the palate. Truly opulent!
Sparkling Wines & Champagne
48. Pinot Grigio Spumante Blush, Veneto, Italy
Made sparkling using the Charmat method (3 months in refrigerated tanks). The appealing pale blush colour of this wine is obtained from a brief skin contact. Light and refreshing.
49. Prosecco di Conegliano Extra Dry, Conte Collalto, Veneto, Italy
Collalto Prosecco is a supremely stylish wine that is very fresh and alive. The fruity bouquet is reminiscent of citrus, peach and apple. Fine and persistent sparkle with a lively, fresh and elegant taste.
50. J.P Robert Brut Champagne, Voigny, France
80% Pinot Noir with the balance Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, this full-flavoured, rich champagne with complex aromas and nutty, biscuity flavour sees 3 years ageing before disgorgement.
51. Collet Rosé Champagne, France
A blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hints of Strawberries and Raspberries on the nose with a full creamy palate. Aged a minimum
of 5 years before shipping.
52. Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2004/06, West Sussex, England
A new era for English wine began in 1988 when Nyetimber planted their first vineyards. The Classic Cuvée is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier; it is produced by the traditional method and is aged in bottle or at least three years prior to release. The aroma of peaches and apricots mingles with ginger and vanilla notes. The palate is fruity with a delicate mousse, Notes of roasted almonds and baked peach are also present.
53. Taittinger Brut Réserve Champagne, Reims, France
A sophisticated Champagne, whose quality rests upon the House’s skill to select the regions finest grapes. A cuvée of 40% Chardonnay, making it dry, light and elegant with a fine mousse. Fresh citrus fruit and subtle, weightier notes of peach and brioche.
54. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Réserve Champagne, Reims, France
There are plenty of lovers of the famous Yellow Label who refuse point blank to drink anything else. A great non vintage with great body and roundness. Lingering fruity flavours of apple and pear on the palate create a fresh, harmonious and lively Champagne.
55. Nyetimber Rosé 2007, West Sussex, England
As good as it gets from England, voted on a par with Krug Rosé Champagne in a recent Decanter Magazine blind tasting. Made from a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, a portion of the Pinot is fermented with the skins to give colour. Only produced in years when the environment is at its optimum. The first vintage is the 2007.
56. Pol Roger Brut Vintage 2000 Champagne, Epernay, France
Made in only limited quantities the Vintage 2000 has been aged in the extensive Pol Roger cellars for 9 years. A very striking Pinot Noir nose. Huge ripeness and complexity with great weight and richness. Sports a serious backbone with fine length and a smoky spiced concentration.
Wines by the Glass
Sauvignon Blanc, Vignoble du Sud, France
175 ml £4.25, 250ml £5.75
Pinot Grigio, Trentino, Italy
175ml £5.25, 250ml £6.95
Chardonnay, Cranswick Estate, South Eastern Australia
175ml £5.50, 250ml £7.25
Viognier, Domaine Paul Mas, Vin de Pays D’Oc, France
175ml £5.50, 250ml £7.25
Sauvignon Blanc, Green Lip, Jackson Estate, Marlborough, NZ
175ml £6.50, 250ml £8.50
Sancerre, Domaine Merlin-Cherrier, Loire, France
175ml £7.00, 250ml £9.00
Syrah Rosé, Vignoble du Sud, France
175ml £4.25, 250ml £5.75
Shiraz Rosé, Reserva, Caliterra, Colchagua, Chile
175ml £4.95, 250ml £6.75
Merlot, Vignoble du Sud, France
175ml £4.25, 250ml £5.75
Pinotage, Klippenkop, Coastal Region, South Africa
175ml £4.95 , 250ml £6.25
Shiraz, Cranswick Estate, South Eastern Australia
175ml £5.50, 250ml £7.25
Malbec, La Forge Estate, Domaine Paul Mas, France
175ml £5.50, 250ml £7.25
Pinot Noir, Esprit de Montaigu, Moreau, France
175ml £6.00, 250ml £8.00
Rioja, Tempranillo Elaboracion Especial, Beronia, Spain
175ml £6.25, 250ml £8.25
SPARKLING WINE & CHAMPAGNE
Pinot Grigio Spumante Blush, Veneto, Italy
Prosecco di Conegliano Extra Dry, Conte Collalto, Veneto, Italy
J.P Robert Brut Champagne, Voigny, France
Collett Rosé Champagne, France