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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 white wines on monthly rotation, please ask for a copy of our 'Monty Duke's Selection - Wines By The Glass' list.

Monty Duke's Selection

Domaine de Pellehaut '14, 11% alc/vol, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascoigne, France
£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. Red grapefruit, citrus fruits and an intriguing herbal note make for an ideal flavour combination. This highly regarded white sees no malolactic fermentation which guards its acidity. Striking aromatic intensity with a refreshing, clean palate.

Grape: 40% Ugni Blanc, 20% Gros Manseng, 20% Colombard, 15% Chardonnay, 5% Sauv. Blanc
Style: White: Medium dry
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now / Now or Keep / Keep
Food Match: Antipasti, chicken, hams & salmon

Sauvignon Blanc '15, 12% alc/vol, Cheval Imperial, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
£15.50 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £4.50 & 250ml £5.95

Produced by Vignobles Foncalieu a rapidly rising wine cooperative. The award-winning winemaker Delphine Glangetas joined as chief winemaker in 2010 with the cooperative being named Winegrower of the Year 2012. The ripeness of this Languedoc sauvignon is balanced by a tangy green acidity. Relatively full-bodied, this wine is deliciously long and fresh and well reflects the "savoir vivre" of the Languedoc.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Dry, aromatic, fruity white
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Fish & shellfish, Thai green curry, linguine with pesto

Pinot Grigio Allamanda '14, 12% alc/vol, Castel Boglione, Delle Venezie, Italy
£17.25 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £4.75 & 250ml £6.25

Founded in 2003, Adria Vini is partly owned by Araldica Vini Piemontesi, the leading co-operative in Piemonte. Through careful grape selection and vinification, under the supervision of Claudio Manera, the aim is to produce a characterful and dependable wine. Produced from selected grapes grown on hillside vineyards near the town of Pavia in the Lombardia region of northern Italy. This is a fresh, dry white with gentle floral and citrus aromas. Crisp and delicate on the palate with lightly honeyed fruit balanced by lemony acidity and a fresh, dry finish. Good body and flavours put this a cut above other Pinot's at this mark.

Grape: 100% Pinot Grigio
Style: White: Off dry, aromatic, fruity white
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Caesar salad, calamari, cold white meats

Bosstok Chenin Blanc '15, 13.5% alc/vol , Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Paarl, South Africa
£25.95 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £6.75 & 250ml £8.95
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. These Chenin Blanc grapes come from mature un-trellised Bush Vines ('Bosstok' in Afrikaans) a technique which naturally curbs production yielding grapes with more concentrated flavours. This wine walks a tightrope between pure, rich fruit and mouth-watering minerality. Nicely textured with a long, crisp finish.

Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc
Style: White: Complex, fresh & minerally
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Caesar salad, scallops, goats cheese crostini

Bonterra Organic Chardonnay '13, 13.5% alc/vol, , Mendocino County, California, USA £26.50 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £6.95 & 250ml £9.25
Bonterra, meaning "good land" was founded on a philosophy that farming organically produces the purest, most flavourful and vibrant fruit. They have been growing organic fruit since 1987 providing a rich habitat and yielding wines of unmatched flavour and distinction. Bright fruit aromas of pear, melon and peach are accompanied by a bouquet of vanilla, hazelnut and a hint of buttered popcorn. A rich, buttery Chardonnay with plenty of depth.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Rich, full-bodied
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Turbot, pumpkin ravioli

WHITE WINE – OLD WORLD

FRANCE

Alsace

Beblenheim Reisling '12, 12.5% alc/vol, Domaine Trapet, Colmar, Alsace-Lorraine, France, £38.25
Alsace's diverse history – the country has changed hands six times in 300 years – is reflected in the style of its wines. There are obvious Germanic influences but they are more powerful and drier with a unique mineral definition formed by the Graben, a deep trough through which the Rhine flows. Alsace is protected by the Vosages mountains to the west and the Black Forest to the east providing a semi-continental climate that is drier and warmer than would otherwise be the case. 2007 was a very fine year in Alsace and this is a beautifully controlled Riesling. Pale straw in colour and wonderfully aromatic with delicate floral notes of orchard fruit and crushed stone minerals. Aged for 10 to 12 months in traditional Alsatian barrels.

Grape: 100% Reisling
Style: White: Rich & aromatic
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Pot-roasted partridge

Gewurztraminer '12, 14% alc/vol, Hugel et Fils, Alsace-Lorraine, France, £39.50
Produced by the Hugel family who have 12 generations of unbroken winegrowing tradition since 1639. Alsace is the driest wine region in France with a cool and long growing season giving unique dry wines with great finesse and unequalled intensity. Originally from Northern Italy Gewurztraminer is the great speciality of the region with a unique, full expression. Made exclusively from hand-harvested grapes from predominantly clay and limestone vineyards the wine is lightly filtered and bottle-aged in the Hugel cellars. Spicy and suave it can be enjoyed as an aperitif or with your meal. This wine may show a slight sediment of tartrate crystals, a sign of a natural non-treated wine.

Grape: 100% Gewurtraminer
Style: White: Intensely aromatic
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Lightly spiced dishes, white meats, veal, pork, game birds & strong cheeses

Bordeaux

Chateau Argadens '13, 12.5% alc/vol, Bordeaux, France, £27.45
Maison Sichel bought the property in 2002 and named it in memory of the noble family who founded the estate in the thirteenth century. The vineyard has worked vigorously to bring out the very best of this outstanding terroir yielding a balanced, fresh, and fruity wine. A major investment programme was launched at Château Argadens to restructure the vineyard, increase plantation density, modernise the winery and build an ageing cellar. Efforts are going on to ensure that this work is carried out with the greatest precision and care, the objective being to allow the quality of the terroir to be expressed to the full.

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

Burgundy

Macon-Solutre '13, 13% alc/vol, Le Moulin de Pont, Maison Auvigne, Maconnais, Burgundy, France, £33.50
The grapes used in this Macon grow around the rock of Solutre, a spectacular prehistoric limestone cliff with soils rich in limestone and clay – the type best suited to Chardonnay grapes – on south east facing vines aged between 5-17 years old. This wine is bottled early, in the spring following a hand harvest, helping to preserve fruit and freshness. Pal-lemon in colour with a nose showing ripe stone fruit, mixed with almond and marzipan. A high quality Maconnais with all the qualities of top Burgundian wines without the price tag.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Rich, rounded white
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Ham, gammon & pork, white flaky fish like halibut, turbot or sea bass

Macon-Lugny '14, 13% alc/vol, Les Genièvres, Louis Latour, Burgundy, France, £31.50
The village of Lugny sits among wooded hills about twelve miles north of Mâcon, where the limestone soils and sheltered climate of the 'Les Genièvres' vineyard are justly renowned. With a brilliant pale yellow colour and a beautiful nose of white fruit, this is a fresh and balanced wine, round and full in the mouth – ideal for easy drinking.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Rich, rounded white
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2017
Food Match: Crab thermidor, pasta dishes

Petit Chablis '12, 13% alc/vol, Domaine Millet, Yonne, Burgundy, France, £33.45
Chablis is situated in in the far north of Burgundy with grapes grown on sunny slopes either side of the Serein river. The lime-rich Kimmeridgian soil, full of small marine fossils, gives the wines of this Chablis their unique mineral character. The climate here is quite cool for ripening grapes and its vineyards can suffer problems with frost, so the aspect and height of the slopes together with the number of sunlight hours are key factors to quality. The Millet family work with renowned Burgundian winemaking consultant Jean-Pierre Rodolphe Lede to produce this classic Petit Chablis; stony and mineral but also lightly-honeyed and creamy from the ripened fruit.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Crisp & minerally
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: A variety of cheeses

Chablis "Les Serres" '12, 12.5% alc/vol, Domaine Oudin, Burgundy, France, £32.25
Nathalie Oudin has recently taken over from her parents Jean-Claude and Christiane. The family now possess eight hectares of vines near the tiny village of Chichée, just south of Chablis; most have a south and south-west exposure on the hilltops surrounding the village. Nathalie is not afraid to allow the wine good exposure to air during the malolactic fermentation — the wine has very precise citrus fruit, good texture and a saline quality suggestive of the limestone bedrock. A fine Chablis sure to provide a satisfying accompaniment to good fresh food.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Crisp & minerally
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2017
Food Match: Sea bass, creamy cheeses

Bourgogne Blanc Les Setilles '13, 12.5% alc/vol, Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy, France, £39.95
Olivier Leflaive started his own negociant business in Puligny Montrachet in 1984, applying his knowledge and skill to make high quality wines from appellations all over Burgundy. This wine is a blend of grapes from the vineyards of Puligny Montrachet and Mersault, mixed roughly 60% to 40%. All the grapes are chardonnay with fermentation two-thirds in French oak barrels and one-third in stainless steel tanks. This arrangement delivers complexity and roundness from the former and freshness form the latter and because the wine is fermented in oak, rather than matured, the flavours are well integrated and subtle. This Bourgogne is bright lemon in colour with citrus and apple notes, balanced with hints of creamy vanilla to give a long and lifted finish.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Colour: White: Crisp, fresh & minerally
Closure: Guala cork
Drinking: Now-2017
Food Match: Ham, gammon & pork, white flaky fish like halibut, turbot or sea bass

Montagny 1er Cru 'La Grande Roche' '12, 13% alc/vol, Louis Latour, Burgundy, France, £36.95
The appellation of Montagny lies approximately thirty kilometres south of Beaune in the rolling folds and hills of the southern Côte Chalonnaise. The vineyard of 'la Grande Roche' is on sloping ground, catching plenty of sunshine which aids the great concentration of flavours. Rich but refined tropical fruit combine with almost savoury and nutty hints, balanced with structured acidity and a lingering finish. Grand Vin de Bourgogne worth savouring

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Rich, rounded white
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Smoked duck, eggs Benedict.

Montagny 1er Cru Bonneveaux '13, 13% alc/vol, Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy, France, £49.50
The grapes used in this wine are from the Montagny vineyards in the Côte Chalonnaise. They face south-east and therefore benefit from the best exposure to the sun, this combined with the continental climate of very cold winters and hot summers enables the grapes to ripen fully while still preserving delicate flavours and freshness. Fermentation takes place 80% in French oak barrels and 20% in stainless steel tanks, as such the wine benefits from the complexity and roundness of oak and also the freshness of steel. This Montagny is bright lemon in colour with flashes of green and exhibits great minerality balanced with plenty of concentrated, creamy fruit on the palate.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Rich, rounded white
Closure: Guala cork
Drinking: Now-2018
Food Match: Smoked duck, eggs Benedict

Mersault '13, 12.5% alc/vol, Louis Latour, Burgundy, France, £65.00
Situated just south of Volnay and Pommard in the Côte de Beaune, Meursault is the largest white wine commune of the southern Côte d'Or. The perfect exposure and stony marl soil of vineyards located high on the hillside overlooking Puligny-Montrachet contribute greatly to the remarkable finesse of this wine, whose distinct and fresh nose mixes aromas of lemon and acacia honey. An excellent wine from Maison Latour combining quality and style.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Rich, rounded white
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2016
Food Match: Lobster, guinea fowl

Languedoc

Picpoul de Pinet '14, 12.5% alc/vol, Domaine de Morin-Langaran, Languedoc, France, £21.75
Picpoul is an old Languedoc grape variety and it has grown here on the banks of Lake Thau, in sight of the famous oyster-beds of Bouzigues, for generations. Produced from vines that are aired by the salty sea breeze, this wine is unmistakably Mediterranean with a pale lemon appearance and a discreet nose of white flowers and citrus aromas. The palate is gentle and refreshing with apricot kernel and lime notes, crisp acidity and a silky mouth-feel.

Grape: 100% Picpoul
Style: White: Easy-drinking, elegant and fresh
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now-2017
Food Match: The perfect aperitif, or great with grilled fish or Mediterranean vegetables

Loire

Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine '14, 12% alc/vol, Chateau La Noe, Loire, France, £19.25
From mature vines on an unusual terroir of granitic sand, this is very pale with delicate aromas of wet stones and citrus. Slow fermentation and ageing on the lees makes for a delicious creamy texture that beautifully complements the freshness and tension delivered by crisp acidity. Subtle, refreshing and with a long finish this is a pleasing Muscadet with great balance.

Grape: 100% Melon de Bourgogne
Style: White: Lively, mineral white
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Moules marinières, crabcakes

Sauvignon de Touraine '13, 12% alc/vol, La Noblette, Loire, France, £22.50
While Touraine is a favoured terroir for Sauvignon Blanc and may, in fact, be where the variety originated, the region is a patchwork of sandy, gravel and flinty clay soils. Gooseberry and blackcurrant leaf are the most obvious notes here, set against a refreshing citrus bite. Clean & crisp, a fine modern French wine that is superb on its own or with a range of foods.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Lively, mineral white
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Vegetable risotto, salade Niçoise, seafood

Mont de Joie Sauvignon Blanc '14, 12.5% alc/vol, Domaine Henri Bourgeois, Loire, France, £23.95
This delicious Sauvignon Blanc is made by Henri Bourgeois, Sancerre's star producer, from vineyards very close to Sancerre. This zesty wine offers much of the class of Bourgeois Sancerre's without the price tag! The vines grow on chalky-clay over Kimmeridge soils helping to give fresh acidity and bright flavours. A short period of cold maceration maximises fruit aromas before long and slow fermentation takes place in stainless steel at low temperature (16-18c) to preserve the delicate, complex aromas and flavours. Bright pale and gold colour the palate is fresh and lively with a rich, incisive mineral acidity and impressive length.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Colour: White: Medium, zesty & fruity
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Stir-fried pork & sweet & sour dishes, white flaky fish like halibut, turbot or sea bass

Sancerre '14, 12.5% alc/vol, Regis Jouan, Loire, France, £29.75
Domaine Regis Jouan is a small estate with vines planted on clay and limestone soils, yielding nice round fruit that's full of character. Medium-bodied and dry it starts with a lovely colour followed by an intense nose and palate of currants, citrus fruit, flint and a touch of herb. A wonderful structure with a creamy finish.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Medium-bodied & dry
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Goat's cheese, quiche Lorraine, Oysters

Pouilly-Fume '12, 12.5% alc/vol, Domaine des Berthiers, Loire, France, £32.25
Jean-Claude Dagueneau is the largest of producers in the Dagueneau winemaking family making great wines in small quantities. The Pouilly Fume name is compased of two parts; 'Pouilly' is short for Pouilly-sur-loire, the village where the wines come from, and 'Fume' is short for Blanc Fume, the local nickname for Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is refined with a lively medium-bodied citrus palate, some flinty minerality, and a dry, elegant finish.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Medium-bodied & dry
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now-2017
Food Match: Salmon en croute, potted shrimps, crisp salads

Rhone

Cotes du Rhone '14, alc/vol 13.5%, Etienne Guigal, Chateau D'Ampuis, Southern Rhone, France, £29.75
Founded in 1946 Guigal is one of the foremost producers in the Rhone and today, Philippe Guigal, oenologist, is the third generation to continue the family endeavour to produce some of the Rhone Valley's greatest wines. Produced from Southern Rhone grapes purchased under long term contracts – Guigal pay the highest price for the fruit, as much as three times the standard price, to ensure the highest quality. This dry white wine is creamy in the mouth, rounded and textured with a brisk acidity. With aromas of peach and apricot it has a medium finish.

Grape: 65% Viognier, 15% Roussane, 10% Marsanne, 8 % Clairette, 2% Bourboulenc
Style: White: Dry
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Bouillabaisse, snapper, roast & smoked chicken, paella

Crozes-Hermitage '14, Etienne Guigal, Chateau D'Ampuis, Northern Rhone, France, £42.45
Crozes- Hermitage is an appellation of the Northern Rhone valley covering a relatively large area on the eastern bank of the Rhone river, to the North and South of Tain L'Hermitage town. The fertile soil encourages the vines to focus on developing their wood and leaves rather than their roots and grapes resulting in bright fruity aromas with relatively low structure and complexity. This initial simplicity is enhanced by 12 months ageing, partially in oak barrels. Golden yellow with aromas of white flowers such as hawthorn blossom and acacia with delicate oak. Fine and elegant on the palate with a full-bodied, round and rich finish.

Grape: 95% Marsanne, 5% Roussanne
Style: White: Full-bodied, round and rich
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Flavoursome fish – octopus, sole & tuna, white meats – roast chicken, pheasant & pork

Regional

Domaine de Pellehaut '14, 11% alc/vol, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascoigne, France
£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. Red grapefruit, citrus fruits and an intriguing herbal note make for an ideal flavour combination. This highly regarded white sees no malolactic fermentation which guards its acidity. Striking aromatic intensity with a refreshing, clean palate.

Grape: 40% Ugni Blanc, 20% Gros Manseng, 20% Colombard, 15% Chardonnay, 5% Sauv. Blanc
Style: White: Medium dry
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now / Now or Keep / Keep
Food Match: Antipasti, chicken, hams & salmon

Sauvignon Blanc '15, 12% alc/vol, Cheval Imperial, Vin de Pays d'Oc, France
£15.50 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £4.50 & 250ml £5.95

Produced by Vignobles Foncalieu a rapidly rising wine cooperative. The award-winning winemaker Delphine Glangetas joined as chief winemaker in 2010 with the cooperative being named Winegrower of the Year 2012. The ripeness of this Languedoc sauvignon is balanced by a tangy green acidity. Relatively full-bodied, this wine is deliciously long and fresh and well reflects the "savoir vivre" of the Languedoc.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Dry, aromatic, fruity white
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Fish & shellfish, Thai green curry, linguine with pesto

Les Escasses '13, 11.5% alc/vol, Prodcteurs Plaimont, Vin de Pays du Gers, Gascony, France, £20.75
A great example of the bright, citrussy white wine styles now emerging from the Gascony region, this fresh, lively blend based on local grape varieties also represents excellent value. Andre Dubusc has brought together like-minded winegrowers whose Plaimont vineyards benefit from long warm summers, tempered by cool breezes from the Pyrenees, which encourage the grapes to ripen slowly and gently – the true key to quality. The vineyards also have a westerly exposure, sheltering them from sunburn and preserving the pristine acidity and delicate fruit of the grapes. Lees ageing for a short period gives body and character, enriching palate texture as well as increasing longevity. Pale lemon in colour, fresh-cut grass on the nose with hints of green apple.

Grape: 80% Colombard, 10% Ugni Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Dry
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Pesto linguine

GERMANY

No1 Reisling Trocken Spatlese '11, 13% alc/vol, Martin & Georg Fusser, Pfalz, Germany, £39.60
Acknowledged king of German vineyards the country's finest white wines are produced from the Reisling grape, a highly perfumed aromatic variety refreshingly high in fruity, natural acidity. The young Fusser brothers Martin and Georg work in their grandmothers garage in Niederkirchen and have a mere five barrels in the cellar. Again this wine is carefully made in tiny quantities – a classic Pfalz Reisling, richer and fruitier than those of the Mosel which expresses the terroir and benefits from time in the bottle. The Trocken and Spaltese designations meaning dry in style and late harvested grapes respectively – which can give some sweetness. This wine exhibits stewed pears and chamomile on the nose with a soft and fruity palate.

Grape: 100% Reisling
Style: White: Medium to dry
Closure: Screwcap
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Spicy foods, charred snapper, coq au Reisling

Riesling Kabinett Trocken '11, 13% alc/vol, Weingut Fred, Pfalz, Germany, £23.85
Kimich is an old established firm with a winery in the middle of the picturesque town of Diedesheim in the Pfalz wine region. The Kabinett and Trocken designations meaning wine of reserve quality and dry finish respectively. This Reisling has honey and peach flavours with fresh green apple acidity as you would expect from a dry Trocken style.

Grape: 100% Reisling
Style: White: Dry
Closure: Natural Cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Avacado salad, cod, herring & monkfish

ITALY

Pinot Grigio Allamanda '14, 12% alc/vol, Castel Boglione, Delle Venezie, Italy
£17.25 per bottle, by the glass 175ml £4.75 & 250ml £6.25

Founded in 2003, Adria Vini is partly owned by Araldica Vini Piemontesi, the leading co-operative in Piemonte. Through careful grape selection and vinification, under the supervision of Claudio Manera, the aim is to produce a characterful and dependable wine. Produced from selected grapes grown on hillside vineyards near the town of Pavia in the Lombardia region of northern Italy. This is a fresh, dry white with gentle floral and citrus aromas. Crisp and delicate on the palate with lightly honeyed fruit balanced by lemony acidity and a fresh, dry finish. Good body and flavours put this a cut above other Pinot's at this mark.

Grape: 100% Pinot Grigio
Style: White: Off dry, aromatic, fruity white
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Caesar salad, calamari, cold white meats

Gavi 'La Luciana' '15, 11.5% alc/vol, Araldica, Piedmont, Italy, £21.25
From Cortese grapes grown in southeastern Piedmont and popular in the nearby port of Genoa - fresh, crisp and lightly aromatic, this offers steely acidity and underlying mineral characters with a touch of fennel and spice. A clean, dry and elegant wine.

Grape: 100% Cortese
Style: White: Lively, mineral
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Antipasti, fresh sardines

Pinot Grigio 'Bollini' '14, 13.5% alc/vol, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy, £25.25
Grown on hillside vineyards parallel to the Adige river at up to 1400 feet above sea level, where the alluvial and rocky soils are gravelly and rich in minerals. This is far more complex than 'traditional' Pinot Grigios – a pale straw yellow in colour, delicate on the nose with scents of acacia flowers, minerals and pear, while fresh natural acidity supports the wine's aromatic richness and elegant palate. A really good Pinot Grigio with flinty and mineral notes just right for the discerning palate

Grape: 100% Pinot Grigio
Style: White: Rich & rounded
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Classic homeade chicken Kiev, tartiflette

Pinot Grigio La Tunella '13, 13% alc/vol, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Italy, £28.75
In the far-eastern Frulli hills in the northeast of Italy near the Slovenian and Austrian borders the Zorzettig family grow their vines on calcareous marl and sandstone soils. Largely hand-harvested grapes are fermented in stainless steel and left on their lees until bottling. An intense, fresh bouquet of acacia blossom and ripe tropical fruit, this is an elegant, full-bodied and peachy wine with rare length.

Grape: 100% Pinot Grigio
Style: White: Medium-bodied
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Antipasti, prosciutto ham, white meats & fish

SPAIN

Vina Garedo '14, 13% alc/vol, Grupo Yllera, Rueda, Spain, £21.75
The Yllera family have been making wine for six generations and are now one of the leading Spanish Bodegas in both the domestic and export markets. Rueda is a town on the northern bank of the river Duero, south of Valladolid in the Castilla y Leon region of northern Spain. The area has loosely structured and chalky soil with a continental climate enjoying hot, dry days and cool nights. The resultant diurnal temperature swings concentrate flavours and preserve vital acidities, natural conditions which are enhanced by night harvesting of the grapes which further preserves aromatic intensity as does the policy of only using the first press juice. This is a mouth-watereing white bursting with refreshing character.

Grape: 80% Verdejo, 15% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Viura
Style: White: Light-bodied
Closure: Synthetic cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Light fish & seafood dishes

WHITE WINE – NEW WORLD

AUSTRALIA

Reserve Chardonnay '13, 13% alc/vol, Riddle Creek, New South Wales, Australia, £17.75
This lively fruit-driven wine has been enhanced by lees stirring, giving a great texture and balance to the mid-palate. Subtle oak-ageing gives added structure without being overpowering. A pale straw colour with lemon, citrus and green apples on the nose this thoroughly appealing modern wine has long fresh acidity.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Rich & rounded
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Spaghetti carbonara, frittata

CHILE

Casa Felipe Sauvignon Blanc '13, 12% alc/vol, Luis Felipe Edwards, Valle Central, Chile, £19.25
Luis Felipe is one of Chile's leading winemakers based in the Valle Central, approximately 350km south of Santiago between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. This area experiences a Mediterranean style climate with warm days and cool nights – a diurnal temperature variation which allows grapes to fully ripen whilst still preserving the natural acidity. There are a variety of soils albeit predominantly alluvial and loamy with gravel subsoil which are favourable for optimum wine growing. The grapes are handpicked and de-stemmed, pressed then cool fermented in stainless steel tanks for 3 weeks and maturated for 2 months on the lees to impart complexity and texture. Bright pale yellow this light-bodied wine is zesty and vibrant with citurs fruit aromas, particularly grapefruit and lemon.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Light-bodied
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Seafoods, salads & pasta

Puertas Antiguas Viognier '13, 13.5% alc/vol , Luis Felipe Edwards, Valle Central, Chile, £19.25
Luis Felipe Edward is one of Chile's leading family-owned wineries. This fruity, fresh Viognier is blended from handpicked grapes at their optimum ripeness. The Mediterranean-type climtate with warm days and cool nights and its diurnal temperature variation allows the grapes to fully ripen whilst preserving the natural acidity. Cool fermentation (15-17 degrees) in stainless steel tanks lasts approximately three weeks and preserves subtle aromatic and freshness. Maturation: 2 months on the lees to impart complexity and texture on the palate. Made from a special selection of grapes from the producer's best sites in the Valle Central, this wine bursts with flavours of stone fruit over notes of jasmine and hazelnuts, culminating in a fresh, long finish.

Grape: 100% Viognier
Style: White: Soft & fresh
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now-2017
Food Match: Light fish & chicken dishes, Asian inspired cuisine

NEW ZEALAND

Ana Sauvignon Blanc '15, 13.5% alc/vol, Wairau Plains, Marloborough, New Zealand, £28.75
Grown by the Eradus family on their estate in the unique microclimate of the Awatere Valley on alluvial, free-draining stony soil. Machine harvested to preserve freshness and aromatics the juice is cold settled to maximise natural flavours and left to rest for 3days. This wine is filtered but not fined. Pale lemon in colour with a fresh clean palate showing minerality and expression of flavours.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Fresh, fruity & minerally
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Seafood & pastas

Eradus Single Vineyard Pinot Gris '13, 14% alc/vol, Awatere Valley, Marloborough, New Zealand, £28.75
Another Eradus family wine showcasing their viticultural philosophy of 'balance', in particular during pruning and cropping where vines are treated individually, helping to ensure each one produces the very best fruit possible. The Pinot Gris is 50% hand and 50% machine harvested from mid-March to mid-April and quickly transferred to the winery preserving freshness and aromatics. The result is a fresh, fruity wine with mouth-watering minerality and expression of flavours.

Grape: 100% Pinot Gris
Style: White: Smooth, zesty & fresh
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Flaky white fish & chicken

Sauvignon Blanc "The Infamous Goose" '14, 13% alc/vol, Wild Rock, Marlborough, NZ, £29.50
Wild Rock is a collaboration between Steve Smith MW and Craggy Range Winery, producing regionally diverse wines from New Zealand's top winegrowing appellations. Grown in the bed of the Wairau valley and named after a local grower, this offers lifted aromas of redcurrant, passion fruit and spearmint combined for an intense bouquet; the palate has prominent fresh acidity, balanced by an intense core of lime and apple fruit. A really classy Sauvignon from the renowned Marlborough area. Fresh, zingy, cool, light and dry!

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Aromatic & fruity
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Asparagus, Thai fishcakes

SOUTH AFRICA

Sauvignon Blanc 'Statue de Femme' '14, 13.5% alc/vol, Franschhoeck, South Africa, £20.50
Made in a reductive style (excluding exposure to oxygen at all stages to diminish any loss of grape aromas and flavours) with gentle, prolonged cold fermentation in stainless steel to ensure fruit expression. Tangy tropical and citrus aromas with a graceful core of ripe fig, grapefruit and pineapple, balanced by a lively acidity and a frisky finish; a hint of Semillon adds breadth to the mid-palate.

Grape: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Style: White: Aromatic & fruity
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Ceviche, tuna steaks & sushi

Viognier '11, 14.5% alc/vol, Lourensford, Stellenbosch, South Africa, £29.25
The Lourensford Estate is nestled in the fertile bowl of the Helderberg Mountains around 140m above sea level and 8km from the cool breezes of False Bay with vines stretching over a diverse topography. The sun ripened golden yellow grapes were harvested at the peak of their ripenes, 75% fermented in wood of which 315 was nes and split of 54% Hungarian and 46% French oak. This Viognier is a wonderfully exotic and full-bodied wine with a lifted aroma of Cape gooseberry and fresh apricot. The lusciously fruity palate is well balanced with acidity, spicy oak and a long, rich finish.

Grape: 100% Viognier
Style: White: Off dry
Closure: Natural cork
Drinking: Now or Keep
Food Match: Mild to medium curries, breyani & pickled fish

Old Vines Chenin Blanc '12, 13.5% alc/vol , Stellenbosch, South Africa, £26.75
The quality of this Chenin Blanc can be partly attributed to the remarkable old vineyards in the premium wine growing area of Stellenbosch. High in the foothills of the Cape Fold mountain range, they produce only very low yields, guaranteeing the intensity of fruit flavour. The grapes are from two specific vineyard plots. The first is within 5km of False Bay high on a South-Easterly facing slope where they benefit from cooling sea breezes during the warm summers and the best exposure to the sun, the vines are around 38 years old; the second vineyard is slightly lower down but closer to the sea where the vines are 19 years old. This wine is pale gold in colour, the nose is rich and complex with warm peachy notes, white flowers, almond and marzipan. The palate is highly textured with layers of ripe pear, cream and wet stone. There is a pure acidity to lift on the finish.

Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc
Style: White: Complex, fresh & minerally
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Fish and chips, chowder, scallops

Bosstok Chenin Blanc '15, 13.5% alc/vol , Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Paarl, South Africa, £26.95
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. These Chenin Blanc grapes come from mature un-trellised Bush Vines ('Bosstok' in Afrikaans) a technique which naturally curbs production yielding grapes with more concentrated flavours. This wine walks a tightrope between pure, rich fruit and mouth-watering minerality. Nicely textured with a long, crisp finish.

Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc
Style: White: Complex, fresh & minerally
Closure: Cork
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Caesar salad, scallops, goats cheese crostini

USA

Bonterra Organic Chardonnay '13, 13.5% alc/vol, , Mendocino County, California, USA, £26.50
Bonterra, meaning "good land" was founded on a philosophy that farming organically produces the purest, most flavourful and vibrant fruit. They have been growing organic fruit since 1987 providing a rich habitat and yielding wines of unmatched flavour and distinction. Bright fruit aromas of pear, melon and peach are accompanied by a bouquet of vanilla, hazelnut and a hint of buttered popcorn. A rich, buttery Chardonnay with plenty of depth.

Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Style: White: Rich, full-bodied
Closure: Screw cap
Drinking: Now
Food Match: Turbot, pumpkin ravioli

 

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