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We select our bottles carefully and naturally hope to offer really interesting drinkable wine at reasonable price points, of course if you don’t agree we will replace the bottle without question.

We also feature an additional two red wines on monthly rotation, please ask for a copy of our 'Monty Duke's Selection - Wines By The Glass' list.

Domaine de Pellehaut '14, 12% alc/vol,Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne
£15.25 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £4.35 & 250ml £5.75
Owned by the Beraut family for over 300 years Pellehaut is named after the Roman pila haut or high point with the vines growing 180 metres above the quaint village of Montreal-d-Gers. Gaston overseas the domaine, which includes cattle, wheat and sunflowers with sons Martin and Mathieu acting a vineyard manager and winemaker respectively. With some 617 acres planted the family has one of the most extensive vineyard holdings in the Cotes de Gascogne region of southwestern France. This is a remarkably balanced approachable wine showing intense fruit with lots of class and depth. Violet in colour with a cherry and blackcurrant nose delivering raspberry, liquorice and a touch of spice and subtle oak on the palate with a good length of flavour.

Grape: 90% Merlot, 10% Tannat
Style: Red: Light & refreshing
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Casseroles & stews, feathered game such as duck, pheasant & partridge

Les Hauts de Bel Air '11, 13% alc/vol, Bordeaux, France
£18.50 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £5.25 & 250ml £6.95

This excellent Bordeaux is produced by the Sichel family, who also own Chateau Angludet, on the magnificent terroir of the hillsides which dominate the right bank of the Garonne to the south of Bordeaux. Aged in vat rather than barrel and bottled early, 6 months, after harvest Les Hauts de Bel Air is rich and racy with black fruits on the nose and a soft balanced palate. It is a tremendously charming and supple wine – the sign of a perfectly ripened Merlot. It has a brilliant garnet hue, reflecting its velvety palate and silky, rounded tannins.

Grape: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet
Colour: Red: Medium
Closure: Cork
Drink: Now or Keep
Food: Casseroles and stews, and feathered game such as duck, pheasant & partridge

Merlot '14, 13% alc/vol, Domaine St Estève, IGP Pays d'OC, France
£19.75 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £5.50 & 250ml £7.25

This supple and juicy, old-vine Merlot comes from the tiny Domaine de St Estѐve in the Languedoc. Produced by the Garcia family for four generations at their majestic 19th century château, near the borders of the Minervois wine region. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented under controlled temperatures to maximise the aroma and flavour. Domaine St Estѐve's Merlot is the perfect example of a modern, internationl-styled red. Silky, round and ripe, this juicy Merlot is packed full of soft, red fruit and rich plum flavours. It is supple enough to drink alone but has enough structure to accompany food.

Grape: 100% Merlot
Style: Red: Silky, round & plum-rich
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Roast or grilled meat & game

Rioja '14, 13.5% alc/vol, Vina Valoria, Rioja, Spain £19.75 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £5.50 & 250ml £7.25
Bodegas Valoria was founded in 1860, five kilometres from Logroño. Although famous for holding back older vintages, their 'baby' wine already exhibits aromas of ripe fruit, sweet spices and coffee on the nose. On the palate it is savoury and fruity, with great harmony and polished tannins. Flavoursome & smooth Rioja, this is drinking very well now.

Grape: 100% Tempranillo
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, elegant & savoury
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Pork belly, moussaka

Cabernet Sauvignon "The Churchyard" '13, 14% alc/vol , Franschoek Cellar, W. Cape, South Africa £23.95 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £6.75 & 250ml £8.95
Franschoek cellar was originally founded in 1945 on a co-operative basis by a group of local farmers it is now run as a private concern. This wine is named after the original Huguenot churchyad in Franschoek. Deep crimson with intense blackcurrants and violets on the nose and notes of attractive savoury oak spice. The palate is smooth with good weight and balance. This is a great example of a New World Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, soft & fruity
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now - 2020
Food Match: Steak, chops, beef stroganoff, oxtail stew & lasagne

RED WINE – OLD WORLD

FRANCE

Beaujolais

Morgan 'Corcelette' '13, 13% alc/vol, Domaine Lathuiliѐre-Gavallon, Beaujolais, France, £29.95
Domaine Lathuilière-Gravallon is a small, family-run domaine now in its five generation. Cathy & Cedric aim to strike a balance between the old and the new, with wines that respect the traditions of their ancestors but have one foot firmly in the present. With as little chemical intervention as possible everything is hand-harvested from fifty year old vines which grow in the commune of Villie-Morgon which enjoys a semi-continental climate. Made to lutte-raisonnée principles this wine is 50% manufactured in oak barriques for 3 months to soften the tannins. Morgon Corcelette has a generous perfumed nose, with a core of juicy blackberry fruit and lively hints of orange peel playing around the edge of the palate. It rounds off with fine, talc-like tannins coating the mouth and a satisfying, lingering umami note.

Grape: 100% Gamay
Style: Red: Delicate & juicy
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Chicken, pork, tomato-based sauces, mild cheeses

Brouilly 'Pisse-Vieille' '14, 13% alc/vol, Domaine Lathuiliere-Gravallon, Beaujolais, France, £30.95
Cedric Lathuiliere is the fifth generation to make wine on this small family domaine. Situated in the north of the Beaujolais region, in its turn in the far south of Burgundy, Brouilly tends to produce slightly richer, more structured wines than those in the south. Cedric's vines are planted on steep south-facing slopes, which allows excellent ripening, and with an average age of 50 years old they have great concentration, their roots delving deep to draw complexity from the soil. The hand-harvested grapes are partially de-stemmed to achieve more supple tannins during traditional semi-carbonic fermentation which lasts up to 12 days, then transferred to large, old oak vats to mature for up to 6 months. Made in the lutte-raisonnee style this Brouilly shows pure ripe fruit layered over impressive structure and minerality.

Grape: 100% Gamay
Style: Red: Light to medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Paella, charcuterie

Fleurie 'Les Garans' '13, 13% alc/vol, Louis Latour, Burgundy, France, £33.75
From a vineyard north-east of Fleurie, whole bunches of grapes are fermented in open vats. The wine itself is deliciously floral on the nose and possesses great smoothness on the palate, with a wonderful balancing acidity.
A smooth, attractive and pleasing wine making the best use of ripe, soft Gamay fruit.

Grape: 100% Gamay
Style: Red: Subtle & juicy
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Paella, charcuterie

Bordeaux

Les Hauts de Bel Air '11, 13% alc/vol, Bordeaux, France, £18.50
This excellent Bordeaux is produced by the Sichel family, who also own Chateau Angludet, on the magnificent terroir of the hillsides which dominate the right bank of the Garonne to the south of Bordeaux. Aged in vat rather than barrel and bottled early, 6 months, after harvest Les Hauts de Bel Air is rich and racy with black fruits on the nose and a soft balanced palate. It is a tremendously charming and supple wine – the sign of a perfectly ripened Merlot. It has a brilliant garnet hue, reflecting its velvety palate and silky, rounded tannins.

Grape: 90% Merlot, 30% Cabernet
Style: Red: Medium
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Casseroles & stews, feathered game such as duck, pheasant & partridge

Chateaux Bellevue Gazin '10, 13.5% alc/vol, Cotes de Blaye, France, £25.00
This vineyard overlooks Pressac and the Gironde Estuary producing smooth and balanced red wine. The family have a passion for wine and in particular for this vineyard. They have carried out extensive restructuring of the vineyard, modernising and extending it to recreate a once great wine.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Plain roast or grilled chicken, pan fried duck & game. It works well with most dishes!

Chateau de Seguin '12, 13% alc/vol, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, France, £25.95
From a single 95 hectare clay and limestone vineyard arguably with Gallo-Roman origins, this wine displays a deep ruby colour with purple tints. On the nose there are powerful aromas of red and black fruit with some spice, while the palate is full with mellow tannins and a long, rich finish. A complex & elegant Claret with genuine class.

Grape: 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, elegant & savoury
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Roast & pan-fried lamb, Shepherd's, liver & home-cured bacon, game

Chateau Argadens '11, 12.5% alc/vol, Bordeaux Superieur, Bordeaux, France, £26.50
Aged for 12 months in oak barrels this Bordeaux has bags of concentrated fruit and a supple balance. It is a superb Bordeaux which has been ranked in the top ten for the number of awards won among wines from this region. This powerful, concentrated wine shows dense tannins that are balanced by rich black fruits yet it contains a sense of elegance that perfectly balances all of the richness.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, smooth on the palate
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now / Keep
Food Match: Plain roast or grilled chicken, roast or pan fried duck & game


Chateau Saint Aubin '09, 13.5% alc/vol, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc, Bordeaux, France, £31.95
Jau Dignac et Lorac is in the far north of the Medoc, about as far north as it is possible to get in vineyard terms in Bordeaux. Chateau Saint-Aubin is planted on gravel and sand inlets on what would have been islands before the Medoc was drained. The sand and gravel sands make for low acidity so winemaker Charles Fernandez de Castro uses petit Verdot grapes to compensate and Carmenere grapes to add spice. This wine is traditionally fermented and macerated over 25 days and matured for 18 months, 50% in oak barrels of which 12% are new. This richly-textured wine is plum-ruby in colour with a nose of cassis and black fruit complimented by delicate spice and earthy minerals.

Grape: 49% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot, 3% Carmenere
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, elegant & savoury.
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now / Now or keep / Keep
Food Match: Roast & pan-fried lamb & wholesome beef dishes

Chateau La Bergere '07, 14% alc/vol, Montaine Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, France, £29.75
From a small family-owned parcel in Montagne (two kilometres north of Saint-Emilion, this has surprising depth and complexity for a 'minimum intervention' wine vinified in concrete and stainless steel. A solid, satisfying red exuding robust quality.

Grape: 100% Merlot
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Roast lamb, pork chops

Chateau Paveil de Luze '07, 13% alc/vol, Margaux, Bordeaux, France, £37.95
From a historic Margaux property owned by the de Luze family since 1862, where winemaking is now overseen by consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt. Classic Left Bank Claret, this is typically structured yet seductive.

Grape: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot
Style: Red; Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Braised pheasant, roast partridge

Chateau Barrail du Blanc Grand Cru, '11, 13% alc/vol, St Emilion, Bordeaux, France, £39.75
This wine is from a tiny property with just 3 hectares of land composed of gravel and sand. Historically the family sold their grapes, however in 1995 they decided to produce their own wine, investing in considerable tanks and cellars. By virtue of their terroir this can never be a massively powerful wine – but so much the better. It is approachable, charming and easy to drink with the added value of making you smile without breaking the bank. Deep ruby in colour, silky with generous, sweet flavours.

Grape: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
Style: Red: Medium-bodied & silky
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now or keep
Food Match: Roast & pan-fried lamb & wholesome beef dishes

Chateau Mayne-Graves, '13, 12.5% alc/vol, St Denis de Pile, Bordeaux, France, £25.50
This red is a great introduction to traditional from the Mayne-Graves family who have been running vineyards for over a century and planted this particular one in 2002. Despite being such a young vineyard, the family fell in love with the gravelly terroir and produced this superb Bordeaux which is aged for 12 months in a 1 year-old oak barrel.

Grape: 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Style: Red: Medium-bodied & dry
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now but with good mid-term ageing potential.
Food Match: Roast & pan-fried lamb & wholesome beef dishes

Chateau de Lamarque, '12, 13.5% alc/vol, Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France, £44.95
This is a really fine ambassador for the appellation standing head and shoulders above its peers at the public en primeur tasting. Chateau de Lamarque is situated on the Left Bank, not far from Margaux and Gironde river. The soil is composed of clay and gravel which is deep and well drained, tireless physical and financial work has been poured into the property, producing a structured viticultural system with highly detailed maps of the vineyard. This painstaking work has allowed the family a greater understanding of the diversity of soils. This
vintage is an excellent example of their hard work. Rich, opulent and sweet.

Grape: 45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
Style: Red: Full-bodied
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Keep
Food Match: Roast & pan-fried lamb & wholesome beef dishes

Corney & Barrow Pomerol '11, 14% alc/vol, Etablissements J-P Moueix, Bordeaux, France, £35.00
The much revered appellation of Pomerol is a very small region, a scant 750 hectares in total, located in northeast Bordeaux neighbouring St Emilion on the Right Bank of the Dordogne. A supple and beautifully balanced red produced by celebrated Pomerol experts Ets. J-P Moueix from a blend of second wines from the top chateaux and other select small-scale vineyard holdings mostly lying on the famous clay/gravel plateau.

Grape variety: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now / Now or Keep / Keep
Food Match: Steak and roast beef, venison, pheasant & partridge

Chateau Lagrange Pomerol '09, 13.5% alc/vol, Etablissements J-P Moueix, Bordeaux, France, £65.75
From a small property located on the famous plateau of Pomerol next to the church this 12 acre vineyard was bought by celebrated Pomerol experts Ets. J-P Moueix in 1953. Its 20 year-old vines grow on a heavy clay soil on which the predominant Merlot grape shows its full character. As with all Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix properties meticulous work is carried out in the vineyard and in the cellars throughout the year. Chateau Lagrange belongs to the round, supple and flattering wines typical of Pomerol.

Grape variety: 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now / Now or Keep / Keep
Food Match: Steak and roast beef, venison, pheasant & partridge

Chateau Saint Christophe '08, 13.5% alc/vol, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France, £31.25
The vines of Chateau Saint-Christophe, a 22 acre family-owned vinery, live well on the plateau of Saint-Emilion. Rooted on average for half a century in a rich clay-limestone terroir they soak up just enough rain to flower abundantly in the southwestern sun. Surrounded by the prestigious 'Classified' chateaux of Larouque, Fombrauge, Troplong-Mondot and Barde-Haut it is ideally situated to produce wonderful wine. Twelve months in oak adds an addition layer of richness and spice to this complex and refined grand cru made in the classic vin de garde fashion. Displaying a neat balance between fruit and wood flavours. A rich, full-bodied wine with a nose of black plum and liquorice, while the palate offers an appealing texture with glossy richness right through to the finish.

Grape: 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Style: Red: Full-bodied & complex
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Roast & pan-fried lamb & wholesome beef dishes

Burgundy

Bourgogne Pinot Noir, '11, 12.5% alc/vol, Jean-Luc Joillot, Bourgogne, Burgundy, France, £29.75
Jean-Luc Joillot took the reins at the family domaine in 1981, ten years after the death of his father. Working on 14 hectares of vineyards around Beaune (with no less than sixty different parcels in Pommard alone), Jean-Luc's objective is healthy grapes through lutte raisonnée, green harvest and hand-picking. After similarly attentive winemaking (long fermentation, extraction through pigeage and the restrained use of oak), the Joillot wines consistently display an admirable clarity and depth of flavour. A good Pinot Noir - light and drinking well now.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Light-bodied, elegant
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Game birds and poultry, mushroom dishes

Beaune Clos du Dessus des Marconnets '08, 13% alc/vol, Pierre Labet, Burgundy, France £53.75
Francois Labet is currentrly at the helm of this family domaine which has been producing high quality wines in Burgundy for many years. He works all his vineyards organically, focussing on producing healthy, quality grapes whilst assuring the long-term sustainability of the terroir. This Pinot Noir is produced in the northern part of Beaune on south facing limestone and clay soils. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermentation involves no destemming with cold maceration in open vats for a week, maturation after pressing in 50% new oak barrels. The wine is bottled after one racking with no filtration. A blend of black and red fruit on the nose, laced with violet and hints of liquorice and fennel.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Plain roast or grilled chicken, roast or pan fried duck and game

Loire

Chinon '12, 12.5% alc/vol, Marc Bredif, Loire, France, £33.25
Marc Bredif is undoubtedly one of the best producers in the Loire and so whilst this is not the cheapest Chinon you can find it is certainly one of the best. Classic nose and chewy fruit, no oak-aging.

Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc
Style: Red: Light to medium-bodied
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now / Keep
Food Match: Grilled bass, roast goose, rabbit, ham & soft cheeses

Samur Champigny '13, 12.5% alc/vol , Lieu-Dit 'Les Villaises', Cave de Saumur, Loire, France, £27.25
The AOC appellation of Samur Champigny permits only Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and the invreasingly rare Pineau d'Aunis grapes, though the former is the star variety. Grapes used in the production of this tiny Lieu-Dit (named vineyard) are grown on the site of an ancient, third century BC Roman villa called 'Salmonciacus'. The 'Les Villaises' vineyard has a small outcrop of chalky soil, ideal for producing smooth, silky and easy to drink Cabernet Franc. Short maceration and fermentation in temperature regulated stainless steel tanks maintains freshness and elegance. This is followed by malolactic fermentation in large oak barrels to soften acids and thereby enhance texture. Deep, ruby-red in colour with aromas of crisp, blackcurrant and raspberry with fruit compote and delicate balsamic flavours.

Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc
Style: Red: Elegant, silky &smooth
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: All chicken dishes

Rhone

Lirac, '13, 14.5% alc/vol, Domaine St Nicolas, Lirac, France, £24.75
Opposite Châteauneuf-du-Pape on the Rhône, Lirac benefits from similar weather and basic geology. Domaine St Nicolas offers characteristics of dark fruit and violets, with a full, spicy palate typical of the region.

Grape: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Style: Red: Intense & spicy
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Duck breast, venison sausages

Cotes du Rhone '13, 13.5% alc/vol, Vignobles Gonnet, Rhone Valley, France, £26.25
There have been vines since Roman times at this magnificent family domaine which was developed by the current owner's father Etienne Gonnet in 1950. Jean and Michel Gonnetfurther enhanced their winemaking method to develop full-bodied, concentrated wines – a tradition which is continued by their sons Guillaume and Bertrand. The vineyards are situated on the right bank of the Rhone at Domazan in the Gard, an exceptional terroir which resembles Chateauneuf-du-Pape with similar exposition and soils – sandy/calcareous with large round stones or 'pudding stones' which are ideal for drainage but which reflect the heat of the sun and allow the grapes to ripen to their maximum potential. The wine is matured for 12 months in oak barrels to add complexity and flavour producing a beautiful garnet red colour with violet, chocolate and dried herb notes on the nose and spicy liquorice and dark fruit on the palate. Rustic, yet elegant on the finish, this wine is exceptionally well made.

Grape: 35% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 30% Cinsault
Style: Red: Light-on-its-feet yet complex
Closure: Synthetic cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Canapes & antipasti

Cotes Du Rhone Villages 'Les Genets' '13, 14% alc/vol, Laudun-Chusclan, Rhone, France, £19.95
The commune of Chusclan is on the west bank of the Rhône, north-west of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and spice lead into a structured wine, smooth and delicate but with plenty of depth. A fine Cotes Du Rhone Villages, Gold Medal Winner 2010 Foire D'Avignon Concours des Vins.

Grape: 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre
Style: Red: Intense & spicy
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Toulouse sausages, liver & home-cured bacon

Chateauneuf-du-Pape '10, 14% alc/vol, Domaine L'Or de Line, Rhone, France, £35.75
Using eleven different varieties from parcels scattered across Châteauneuf, Gérard Jacumin is a keen supporter of organic viticulture. This has a smoky, almost meaty nose and a delicious mouthful of ripe blackberry tannin. An excellentexample of this well-known appellation.

Grape: Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah
Style: Red: Intense & spicy
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Beef Wellington, haggis

Regional

Domaine de Pellehaut '14, 12% alc/vol, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascogne
£15.25 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £4.35 & 250ml £5.75

Owned by the Beraut family for over 300 years Pellehaut is named after the Roman pila haut or high point with the vines growing 180 metres above the quaint village of Montreal-d-Gers. Gaston overseas the domaine, which includes cattle, wheat and sunflowers with sons Martin and Mathieu acting a vineyard manager and winemaker respectively. With some 617 acres planted the family has one of the most extensive vineyard holdings in the Cotes de Gascogne region of southwestern France. This is a remarkably balanced approachable wine showing intense fruit with lots of class and depth. Violet in colour with a cherry and blackcurrant nose delivering raspberry, liquorice and a touch of spice and subtle oak on the palate with a good length of flavour.

Grape: 90% Merlot, 10% Tannat
Style: Red: Light & refreshing
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Casseroles & stews, feathered game such as duck, pheasant & partridge

Domaine de Sainte Marie '13, 13% alc/vol, Pays d'Oc, Languedoc, France, £22.25
The Domaine Sainte Marie covers 40 hectares. It has a rich nose marked by aromas of very ripe fruit and a soft scent of vanilla. On the mouth, the wine is rich and meaty. A feeling of softness dominates with spice and oak in tandem. Rich and deep in colour with black tints.

Grape: 100% Merlot
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Beef Bourguignon & venison casserole

Merlot '14, 13% alc/vol, Domaine St Estѐve, IGP Pays d'OC, France, £19.75
This supple and juicy old-vine Merlot comes from the tiny Domaine de St Estѐve in the Languedoc. Produced by the Garcia family for four generations at their majestic 19th century château, near the borders of the Minervois wine region. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented under controlled temperatures to maximise the aroma and flavour. Domaine St Estѐve's Merlot is the perfect example of a modern, internationl-styled red; silky, round and ripe, this juicy Merlot is packed full of soft, red fruit and rich plum flavours. It is supple enough to drink alone but has enough structure to accompany food.

Grape: 100% Merlot
Style: Red: Silky, round & plum-rich
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Roast or grilled meat & game

Chateau Maurel '13, 12.5% alc/vol, AC Cabardes, Languedoc-Roussilon, France, £23.45
Alain Maurel's vineyard is located in the north west of the Languedoc-Roussilon region in the foothills of the 'Black Mountain' near Carcassone and not far from the border with Bordeaux. This partly explains the cultivation of both Bordeaux grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot) alongside the more Mediterranean varieties of Grenache and Syrah. Alain hand selects his grapes with the bunches de-stemmed before fermentation to prevent harsh tannins. A long maceration period ensures a high level of colour and flavour with 6 months bottle ageing to increase structure and complexity. This red has a Bordeaux feel; a firm ripe structure underpins supple, plump red and black fruit with a subtle spicy finish.

Grape: 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Grenache, 20% Syrah
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Casseroles & stews, feathered game such as duck, pheasant & partridge

Pic St Loup '10, 14.5% alc/vol, Domaine Les Grandes Costes, Coteaux du Languedoc, France, £41.95
This 11.5 hectare Mediterranean estate has been in family ownership since 1868. Artisan vigneron Jean Christophe Granier follows the methods of ultra-sustainable agriculture producing low yields which respect the soil – around 33hl per hectare. This `Vins de terroirs` is aged for 24 months in French oak casks, it is natural, harmonious and distinguished with an outstanding bouquet, good tannins and a subtle finish.

Grape: 80% Syrah, 15% Grenache, 5% Cinsault
Style: Red
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Duck, fillet steak, roast lamb & beef, hard mature cheeses

GERMANY

Spatburgunder GM Pinot Noir Trocken '08, 13.5% alc/vol, Georg & Fusser, Pfalz, Germany, £42.50
If Germany's finest white wines are produced from Reisling grapes then its red wine counterpart comes from the Spatburguner or Pinot Noir grape. Well suited to cool climates it has a longer mash and maturing periods to combine flavour and acidity with relatively low tannins and pigments. Trocken designates dry in the German classification as opposed to halbtrocken, off-dry. The young Fusser brothers Martin and Georg work in their grandmothers garage in Niederkirchen and have a mere five barrels in the cellar. This wine is carefully made in tiny quantities and matured for eighteen months in oak barriques and exhibits the German style of charming, light wine with sweet fruitiness.

Grape: 100% Pinot noir
Style: Red: Fruity
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Ham, roast beef, hearty terrines & pies

ITALY

Il Barroccio '13, 13% alc/vol, IGT Rosso, Terre Siciliane '12, Italy, £19.75
This wine is made from Nero d'Avola, an indigenous grape deeply rooted in the island of Sicily. The vineyards are located around the hilly provinces of Trapani and Agrigento in the south west region. Mild winters and very hot summers enhance fruit ripeness and concentration contributing to its distinctive dark colour. The summers are tempered by sea breezes which help preserve aromatic freshness and primary fruit flavours resulting in a more elegant and balanced wine. The soil contains clay and chalk providing good drainage and encouraging and enabling the vines to go deeper to find water and nutrients, making them stronger and able to yield better fruit. This wine has flavours of plum and ripe, dark cherries, spicy and juicy yet with smooth tannins.

Grape: 80% Nero d'Avola, 20% Syrah
Style: Red: Opulent & spicy
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Roast meats & game

Salice Salentino Riserva '11, 13.5% alc/vol, Casa Carlo Botter, Puglia, Italy, £24.75
A Puglian classic, blazing ruby in colour this wine is an International Italian Red Wine Trophy Winner. Well structured with aromas of ripe red berry fruits and chocolate on the nose, a hint of vanilla and toast on the tongue with good length and body.

Grape: 100% Nergroamaro
Colour: Red: Full-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now / Now or Keep / Keep
Food Match: Plain roast or grilled chicken, roast or pan fried duck & game

Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 'Roccastella' '14, 13% alc/vol, Villa Bizzari, Abruzzo, Italy, £20.75
Juicy and succulent Montepulciano grapes from the north of Abruzzo near the DOC of Controguerra in the hilly area of the Province of Teramo, where a microclimate between the cool mountain peaks of the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea provides a favourable location for growing vines. The vineyards are located in varying areas around the winery on largely clay soils. The Pieralisi family, already renowned for their Marche wines, has invested in new technology using stainless steel vats with long maceration on skins. Ruby red in colour Roccastella has an intense aroma of ripe red fruit with savoury soft flavours and tannins on the palate.

Grape variety: 100% Montepulciano
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Plain roast or grilled chicken, roast or pan fried duck & game

Cabaletta '14, 13% alc/vol, Rosso delle Venezie, Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy, £21.45
The grapes for this innovative red come from vineyards around the town of San Pietro in Cariano. The IGT designation of Rosso delle Venezie rather than the local DOC is required not only by the inclusion of 10% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend of Corvina and Rondinella but the use of the appassimento method. In this around a third of the grapes are dried in well aerated lofts at a constant humidity and temperature. Over the course of 80 days the grapes lose about 35% of their original weight due to dehydration. This has the effect of concentrating the flavours without losing the necessary balancing acidity. The appassimento grapes are vinified separately to the normally picked ones and then blended in the approximate proportions 30% 'appassito' wine and 70% regular wine. In the final stage around 40% of this blend is aged 12 months in American and French oak barriques. This laborious and time consuming process is similar to that of Amarone and the result is a remarkable wine. Supple, soft and richly fruity, this has savoury aromas of red cherry, ripe redcurrant, plum and a touch of sweet vanilla musk. Soft, sweet-edged cherry and bramble fruit flavours, mocha, hints of vanilla and a lingering gently spicy finish with aromatic lift. Full-bodied and rich with refreshing acidity this is a very impressive wine at a quite remarkable price.

Grape: 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 70% Corvina & 20% Rondinella
Style: Red: Full-bodied, supple & soft
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Roast & pan-fried lamb & wholesome beef dishes

Chianti '12, 12.5% alc/vol, Fattorie Gianozzi Villa Marcialla, Colli Fiorentini, Tuscany, Italy, £24.75
Chianti Colli Fiorentini is the subzone of Chianti that immediately borders the city of Florence. Fattorie Gianozzi is just south of the city in the district of Barberino Val d'Elsa. This DOCG is noted for well-rounded, fruity, easy-going wines that are less full bodied than the better known Chianti Classico wines. The terroir in this area has limestone-rich soils with a Mediterranean climate. After fermentation it is macerated in stainless steel barrels for 3 to 8 months then aged in big oak barrels for 26 months then in the bottle for a further 6 months. Pale and high-toned with smells of tomato vines and acidity, a deeply authentic Italian wine with a good soft finish.

Grape: 90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Ideal with all Italian dishes

Barolo 'Flori' '11, 14% alc/vol, Araldica, Revello, Piedmont, Italy, £30.95
From vineyards in La Morra, Barolo and Grinzane, this wine is aged for 3 years in Slavonian oak casks. All the requisite characteristics of Barolo are here - tobacco, leather and violet aromas, the silky texture of ripe fruit and a lengthy finish. A mature, rounded, brooding & full bodied wine with luscious rich fruits.

Grape: 100% Nebbiolo
Style: Red: Full-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Perfect for a Sunday lunch, roasted duck or try pan-fried

Malintoppo '07, 14.5% alc/vol, Simonelli-Santi, Orcia, Tuscany, Italy, £34.45
The Orcia vineyard areas sit in the south east of Tuscany and this DOC was created in 2000. Italy's love affair with the Sangiovese grape continues and this wine has the characteristic ruby red and garnet colour. Aged in 16 hl oak barrels this is excellent meditation wine, ask for the bottle to be uncorked on ordering.

Grape: 100% Sangiovese
Style: Red: Full-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Red meats, game, grilled meats & aged cheese

SPAIN

Rioja Joven '12, 13.5% alc/vol, Atlos de Baroja, Rioja, Spain, £22.25
This youthful style Rioja is made in the classic mould, but with bags of modern appeal. Produced in the Rioja Alavesa, in the north of the Rioja region on the river Ebro, at the border with the Cantabrian Mountain Range. The Lar de Paula winery is the new 'boutique' venture of Fernando Meruelo, owner of the fantastic Bodegas Heredad de Baroja, both in the village of Elvillar de Alava. This wine is exactly as a Rioja 'joven', meaning younger, should be: juicy, youthful and fruit driven. With black cherry, clove and liquorice notes and a fresh, balanced palate of sweet spice and juicy cassis. A beautiful and well-made wine.

Grape: 100% Tempranillo
Style: Red: Bright & youthful
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Pork belly, roast lamb, grilled chicken

Rioja '14, 13.5% alc/vol, Vina Valoria, Rioja, Spain, £19.75
Bodegas Valoria was founded in 1860, five kilometres from Logroño. Although famous for holding back older vintages, their 'baby' wine already exhibits aromas of ripe fruit, sweet spices and coffee on the nose. On the palate it is savoury and fruity, with great harmony and polished tannins. Flavoursome & smooth Rioja, this is drinking very well now.

Grape: 100% Tempranillo
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, elegant & savoury
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Pork belly, moussaka

Psi 2010 '10, 13.5% alc/vol, Bodegas y Vinedos Alnardo, Ribeira del Duero, Spain, £57.25
Danish born, Bordeaux-trained Peter Sisseck arrived in Spain's then relatively unknown Ribeiradel Duero in 1990, later producing the iconic Pingus wine which soared to worldwide acclaim. Benefitting from the same conditions including high altitude, warm sunny days and cool nights afforded by the Mediterranean climate this is an accomplished wine from another great vintage. Matured in tanks and French oak barrels and racked every 2 to 3 months this is an inviting, shimmering wine, purple plum in colour with a firm, bright rim. The nose offers an explosion of ripe, aromatic, black fruit, plum and cherry compote complemented by mineral notes with a long finish.

Grape: 100% Tempranillo
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Lamb dishes, pork & roast meats

Rioja Reserva '08, 13.5% alc/vol, Coto de Imaz, Rioja, Spain, £29.75
Succulent and rounded, long ageing in American oak together with extended maceration provide this wine with a powerful tannic structure

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now / Now or Keep / Keep
Food Match: Plain roast or grilled chicken, roast or pan fried duck & game

Rioja Reserva '05, 13.5% alc/vol, Coto de Imaz, Rioja, Spain, £120 – Double Magnum/Jeroboam (3ltr)
Succulent and rounded, long ageing in American oak together with extended maceration provide this wine with a powerful tannic structure.

Rioja Reserva '05, 13.5% alc/vol, Coto de Imaz, Rioja, Spain, £200 – Jeroboam/Rehoboam (5ltr)
If neither the ordinary bottle size nor double magnum are sufficient try a larger one - good for sharing at a party!

Belzos Rioja Crianza '12, 13% alc/vol, Bodegas Zugober, Rioja, Spain, £27.25
This vibrant Crianza (the ageing process which requires a minimum of 2 years ageing, with at least 6 months of this in oak barrels) is made by a small family winery in the heart of the classic and highly reputed Rioja Alavesa region between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabrica mountains in northern Spain. It showcases the balance between fruit and oak, tradition and innovation. Grown on a mix of chalky clay, held to promote finesse, and ferrous iron clay, which adds richness and depth, this wine spends 14 months in oak barrels with a further minimum 6 months bottle ageing. Garnet red in colour with rich plum, dark cherry fruit and warm spices, long lasting on the palate.

Grape: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano & Mazuelo
Style: Red: Full–bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now o Keep
Food Match: Roast lamb, lamb shanks & other braised lamb dishes

Museum Real Reserva '09, 14% alc/vol, Cigales, Ribera del Pisuerga, Spain, £48.50
Made with 100% Tinta Del Pias grapes harvested by hand in the old vineyards around Cigales this wine may show natural deposits asit does not undergo any stabilisation. With a lingering finish and decent complexity, this wine is refreshing, expressive and well-bodied.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now / Now or Keep / Keep
Food Match: Roast lamb, lamb shanks & other braised lamb dishes

Museum Real Reserva '05, 14% alc/vol, Cigales, Ribera del Pisuerga, Spain, £285 – Jeroboam/Rehoboam (5ltr)
If neither the ordinary bottle size nor double magnum is sufficient, then when not try a larger one? Guests will be delighted by this!

Belzos Rioja Reserva '07, 13.5% alc/vol, Bodegas Zugober, Rioja, Spain, £29.25
An elegant Reserva (the aeging process which requires a minimum of 3 years ageing, with at least 12 months of that time in barricas, oak barrels) is made by a small family winery in the heart of the classic and highly reputed Rioja Alavesa region between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabrica mountains in northern Spain. Grown on a mix of chalky clay, held to promote finesse, and ferrous iron clay, which adds richness and depth, this wine spends 18 months in American and French oak barrels with a further minimum 18 months bottle ageing. Bursting with ripe, dark fruit and notes of leather and tobacco. Firm round tannins and a long finish.

Grape: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano, Mazuelo & Garrnacha
Style: Red: Full–bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Roast lamb, lamb shanks & other braised lamb dishes

Rioja Gran Reserva '04, 13.5% alc/vol, Coto de Imaz, Rioja, Spain, £38.25
A Gold International Wine Challenge Winner this Gran Reserva is only produced in exceptional years. It is an elegant dry wine with some savoury dark red and dried fruit flavours. It has a persistent structure and acidity.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Colour: Red: Medium-bodied & dry
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now or Keep until 2018.
Food Match: Plain roast or grilled chicken, roast or pan fried duck & game

OTHER

Duas Quintas, '12, 13.5% alc/vol, Ramos Pinto, Douro, Portugal, £25.95
Grown from a blend of thoroughly obscure but traditional port varieties by a port producer founded in 1880, this is a surprisingly savoury wine with bright fruit, fine balance and ripeness. A rich flavoursome wine produced from the traditional grapes of the Douro – Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca.

Grape: 45% Touriga Naçional, 25% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Souzão, 3% Tinto Cão, 2% Tinta Amarela
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, elegant & savoury
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Fillet steak, hard cheeses

Chateau Musar '09, 14% alc/vol, Gaston Hochar, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, £39.50
Lebanese wine might seem obscure, but viticultural roots here date back more than 6000 years. Château Musar is a uniquely different wine from in the Bekaa Valley, produced by master winemaker Serge Hochar. Flanked by snow-covered mountains, and nestled at 1,000m (3,000 ft) the Bekaa valley is blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year with an average temperature of 25 degrees. Concentrated plum and blackberry fruit, hints of fig, prune, distinct liquorice and spice. Firm but fine tannins, good acidity and body, vibrant and fresh with streaks of cedar and cinnamon and a long finish. The grapes are hand-harvested by local Bedouins between August and October.

Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Carignan
Style: Red: Unfiltered & unfined – consider decanting
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: French-style roast lamb, North African cuisine, tangine

RED WINE – NEW WORLD

ARGENTINA

Chamuyo Malbec Reserva '15, 14% alc/vol, Mendoza, Argentina, £20.50
Mendoza Vineyards is a new winery based in the foothills of the Andes using mature vines growing on clay and loam soils which are at least 20 years old. Fermentation in stainless steel gives fruit purity, with carefully selected French oak staves used to add spice, body and texture enhanced by lees contact. Benchmark blackberry fruit intensity from mature, un-grafted vines and handpicked fruit which promote quality and concentration – un-fined to hold all their original flavour and weight. This Malbec is bright cherry red with silky, smooth chocolaty layers.

Grape: 100% Malbec
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Casseroles, stews, lamb shanks & other braised lamb dishes

Malbec Reserva '13, 14% alc/vol, Nieto Senetiner, Mendoza, Argentina, £24.95
Sourced from estate vineyards in the Alto Agrelo region of Luján de Cuyo, at an altitude around 3,500 feet above sea level. An intense wine with well-defined flavors and deep red colour, it offers aromas of small red fruits and plum on the nose joined by hints of vanilla. In the mouth, it is smooth with flavours of cherry, spice and dark fruit that all come linger on a nicely balanced finish. Aged in French oak for 10 years this is a deep-coloured full-bodied red.

Grape: 100% Malbec
Style: Red: Full-bodied, intense & spicy
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Roast gammon, venison casserole

Estacion 1883 Cabernet Franc '12, Bodegas Trapiche, Mendoza, Argentina, £30.75
Estacion 1883 (Train Station 1883) is the proof of Mendoza`s viticulture and winemaking rise. Trapiche, founded in 1883, was built next to the railway line so that the wine barrels could easily be loaded into the wagons for transportation. This Cabernet Franc displays aromas of black fruits and red bell pepper with spicy notes. Good balance, soft tannins with a long lasting finish.

Grape: 100% Cabernet Franc
Style: Red: Light to medium-bodied
Closure: Natural
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Cold meats & pate, game, veal, grilled chicken & pork

AUSTRALIA

Heywood Shiraz '14, 13% alc/vol, Warburn Estate, South Eastern Australia, £20.50
This family owned company has been producing wine since 1968 in Riverina, New South Wales, and own over 1200 hectares of vineyards. Care for the environment is extremely important to the Sergei family, using biological techniques to control pests and with minimal fertiliser use. The Shiraz vines are fifteen years old and grown on clay loam soil which is ideal for storing water and nutrients. Fermented is split 40% in oak and 60% in stainless steel to give a mixture of complexity and freshness. Deep purple in colour, the nose shows spicy dark fruit and white pepper. The palate is concentrated and rich with notes of blackcurrant conserve and smoky, stewed plums.

Grape: 100% Shiraz
Style: Red: Spicy & fruity
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Grilled beef, lamb chops, pork stew

Bin 19 Cabernet Merlot '14, 13.5% alc/vol, Cranswick Smith, South Eastern Australia, £22.50
This producer sets itself apart from other Austraian wines with a bright freshness and elegance that runs through each one. The Warburn Estate, owned by the Sergi family, has been producing wine since 1968 in Riverina, New South Wales, with over 1200 hectares of vineyards. The two grapes are picked and fermented separately to allow the individual flavours of each varietal to develop. The Cabernet is fermented at a warm temperature to extract flavour and colour whilst the Merlot is cold soaked to allow maximum flavour to be drawn from the skins. They are then fermented in stainless steel tanks where the juice is pumped over the skins every two hours for further depth of flavour and colour. Deep purple ruby in colour, this wine has a very attractive nose showing ripe blackcurrant, blueberry and liquorice. The palate is big and fresh with juicy black fruits and subtle hints of eucalyptus.

Grape: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
Style: Red: Juicy, spicy & ripe
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Venison, shepherd's pie, BBQ ribs

Daringa Cabernet Sauvignon, '09, 12.5% alc/vol, Peter Dennis, McLaren Vale, Australia, £24.45
Peter Dennis has been making wine at the Nindethana vineyard established by his father for almost forty years. Situated at McLaren Flat at the foot of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the soil and climate are ideal for making powerful yet harmonious wines. An intense berry nose with aromas of blackcurrant and spicy oak undertones followed by a long, complex and rich finish.

Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Red: Intense & spicy
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Cassoulet, lamb shanks

Hand Made Shiraz '10, 14.5% alc/vol, McGuigan, Langhorne Creek, South Australia, £56.25
The McGuigan family have been making great Australian wine for four generations, from the very first vines planted in the late 1800`s they now offer wine from some of the finest wine regions in Australia. Hand Made is a limited release of individually hand-crafted wine sourced from the outstanding soils and climate of the impressive Langhorne Creek. Soft chocolate and cherry flavours with a long, generous velvety tannin finish.

Grape: 100% Shiraz
Style: Red: Full-bodied, classical structure
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now-2025
Food Match: Grilled lamb & beef, braised oxtail stew, chili Colorado

CHILE

Pinot Noir Reserva '13, 14.5% alc/vol, Vina Mar, Casablanca Valley, Chile, £27.75
The Casablanca Valley is today seen as the emblematic location of Chilean viti-viniculture benefiting as it does from a near perfect climate. Emerging between hills and mountains less preceding the Andes range and less than 400 metres above sea level it is only 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The climate is relatively cool with misty mornings and hot sunny days with refreshing afternoons and cool nights providing the ideal temperature range and conditions for slow ripening, allowing the grapes to develop intense flavours and aromas. After fermentation the wine is matured in French oak barrels for 8 months helping to deliver weight, complexity and spice. Purple pink in colour with spicy plum and cherry on the nose this wine is finely structured and elegant.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Full-bodied
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Roast duck & lamb dishes

Santa Digna Merlot Reserva '13, 14% alc/vol, Miguel Torres, Vallee Central, Chile, £24.75
The Santa Digna Cross symbolised fortune and protection for those who left Spain for remote countries and has been adopted by the Torres family for their first property in Chile. The image is a fusion preserving the purest part of this identity with the simplicity of the Andean Cross of Latin America. This Merlot has great aromatic intensity with notes of plum and dark berries mixed with spicy hints of vanilla and liquorice.

Grape: 100% Merlot
Style: Red: Soft
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Roast, grilled meats & game

El Campesino' Cabernet Carmenѐre '13, 13% alc/vol, EOV, Colchagua Valley, Chile, £18.75
'El Campesino', meaning 'the farmer' in Spanish, was chosen to reflect the natural way in which the ancient land, in Chile's Colchagua Valley, has been worked by its people since before the Spanish Conquistadors colonised Chile in the 16th Century. These lands have been under the full control of the Errazuriz Ovalle family for over 100 years. This Cabernet-Carmenѐre blend is classic Chile in a bottle: soft, velvety and lightly spiced with smoky notes of dark fruit and a subtle, characteristic herbal touch. A great all-rounder – soft and easy drinking but structured enough for food.

Grape: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenѐre
Style: Red: Spiced & fruity
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Spicy food - beef, lamb or chicken

Carmen Reserva '05, 13.5% alc/vol, Carmenere/Cab Sav, Maipo Valley, Chile, £65 - Magnum 1.5ltr
Viña Carmen was founded in 1850 by Christian Lanz, who named the winery after his beloved wife Carmen. Almost one hundred and fifty years later the 'lost' variety of Carmenere was identified in Viña Carmen's Maipo vineyards, where it's now blended with cabernet sauvignon for a lavish, upholstered richness.

Grape: Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Red: Medium to full-bodied, intense & spicy red
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Chili-con-carne, steak & kidney pudding

NEW ZEALAND

Awatere Pass Pinot Noir '11, 13.5% alc/vol, Marlborough, New Zealand, £31.75
The picturesque Awartree Pass sits between the Wairu and Awartree winegrowing valleys. The Vavasour house has carefully selected fruit sourced from these valleys to showcase the best flavour and characteristics Marlborough Pinot Noir has to offer. In the glass you`ll find a bright and smooth wine with soft cherry and berry flavours. Enjoy it as an apertif or pair it with a wide range of delicious foods.

Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Medium-bodied
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Roast lamb, smoked salmon & venison

Two Paddocks Pinot Noir '11, 13.5% alc/vol, Neill Family, Central Otago, New Zealand, £78.75
Two Paddocks Pinot Noir is estate grown on the Neill family`s (as in Sam Neill, the actor) small vineyard blocks in Gibbiston and Earnscleugh, Central Otago. Soils and vines are nurtured using sustainable principles with a course towards natural farming practices. In the winery the empathetic and experienced winemaking technique ensures the grapes are crafted into an expression of their Central Otago origins.

Grape: Pinot Noir
Style: Red: Medium to full-bodied
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Canapes, lamb, beef & game

SOUTH AFRICA

Pinotage '15, 13.5% alc/vol, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Paarl, South Africa, £23.95
The Rheboksklook Wine Estate lies on the outskirts of Paarl at the foot of the Paarl Mountain in the Western Cape. The 20 hectares of vineyard face north and west giving the best exposition to the sun enabling the grapes to ripen easily. Close proximity to the ocean gives this area its own microclimate with higher rainfall than other areas resulting in lush green vineyards. The soil is decomposed granite rich with nutrients and minerals that help produce high quality fruit. Elegant and fresh with a rich undertone this wine exhibits good varietal characteristics with hints of smoke, dark ripe fruit with subtle tar and ash notes.

Grape: 100% Pinotage
Style: Red: Complex, fresh & minerally
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now - 2018
Food Match: Pigeon breast salad, light game dishes & roast lamb

Cabernet Sauvignon "The Churchyard" '13, 14% alc/vol , Franschoek Cellar, Western Cape, South Africa, £23.95
Franschoek cellar was originally founded in 1945 on a co-operative basis by a group of local farmers it is now run as a private concern. This wine is named after the original Huguenot churchyad in Franschoek. Deep crimson with intense blackcurrants and violets on the nose and notes of attractive savoury oak spice. The palate is smooth with good weight and balance. This is a great example of a New World Cabernet Sauvignon.

Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, soft & fruity
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now - 2020
Food Match: Steak, chops, beef stroganoff, oxtail stew & lasagne

Meerlust, '11, 14% alc/vol, Meerlust Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa, £27.45
The Myburgh family purchased the Meerlust house and estate in 1756 and have been making wine there ever since. Five kilometres from False Bay, the estate's proximity to the ocean plays a huge part in its wine production: the ocean breezes and evening mists keep vineyard temperatures regulated during the hot, dry summers. Drought-resistant clay and granite soils provide further natural assistance, but during drier spells the vines dig deeper into the soils, resulting in grapes with higher individual character.

Grape: 52% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Style: Red: Intense & spicy
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Lamb stew, chicken Basque

Cabernet Sauvignon '10, 14.5% alc/vol, Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch, South Africa, £32.95
Today, this family-owned winery, situated outside Stellenbosch, in the heart of the Cape winelands, continues the tradition of outstanding quality at a vineyard which has been producing wine since 1695. Classic blackcurrant aromas with a smooth rich palate, bags of cassis fruit integrated with cinnamon oak and ripe tannins. Winner of a Critic`s Choice and Gold Medal at the 2013 Sommelier Awards.

Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Style: Red: Medium to full-bodied, complex
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Thai shredded duck salad, pasta carbonara & casseroled game

USA

Burlesque old Vine Zinfandel '14, 14% alc/vol, Boutinot, Lodi, California, USA, £21.95
The grapes are selected from old vine Zinfandel vineyards in the Lodi region of central California and vinified in stainless steel tanks with a little oak ageing. This wine is packed with damson fruit flavours and a twist of black pepper. On the palate the wine is round and fleshy Wonderfully balanced with a persistent finish.

Grape: 100% Zinfandel
Style: Red: Full-bodied, complex
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Pizza, homemade burgers, hearty vegetable soups & spicy sausage casserole

Carmel Road Pinot Noir '13, 14% alc/vol, Monterey County, California, USA, £37.95
Carmel Road is a boutique winery in the heart of Monterey County with a number of vineyards located in the Salinas Valley. Each have different expositions, altitudes and soil types with grapes drawn from between 3 to 5 vineyards for each wine which significantly contributes to complexity. Located in a bay on the coast of California Monterey County benefits from cooling breezes and evening fog that rolls in from the Pacific Ocean providing ideal growing conditions for the cool climate varietals the area is so well known for. The juice is part fermented in French and American oak barrels with a small percentage in stainless steel. This mix brings complexity and freshness to the finished wine and ensures oak flavours are well integrated and not overpowering. After fermentation, which takes around 3 months, the wine is racked to new barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity. Once this is complete, the wine goes back to the original barrels where it matures for a further 5 months. This Pinot Noir shows classic leafy notes combined with dark cherries and white pepper, the palate is concentrated but with a lovely, silky texture. A perfect balance of fruit, freshness and weight.

Grape: 99% Pinot Noir, 1% Chardonnay
Style: Red: Medium-bodied, concentrated & silky
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2020
Food Match: Roast meats & game

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