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This wine has real character – all the juicy elements of Tempranillo. Cherry-red, purplish, brilliant colour with notes of fresh fruit, strawberries, raspberries, cherries and violets with clean mineral tones from the granite, this little natural wine is phenomenal value.
An organic and biodyanmic Bourdeaux blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, producing rich red fruit aromas and blackcurrant and dark cherry on the palate.
Smooth and well balanced, pairs well with red meat in sauce dishes, poultry, game and hard cheeses.
The winery sits 1100 metres above sea level, inland of Valencia. Organic methods are used to manage the vines and the grapes are vinified as naturally as possible with native yeasts and little other intervention. This Bobal shows distinctive power, vibrant fruit, freshness with soft and ripe tannin. It is spicy and juicy with a well rounded palate with a fascinating crunchy-fruit freshness. The Altolandon vineyards are farmed organically, sustainably and biodynamically.
The nose is complex with powerful aromas of blackberry and blueberry with, rose, rosemary, violets and floral notes as well as a hint of spice. The palate is nicely concentrated and with fine tannis. The flavours of blueberry, plum and blackberry are big, with hints of bittersweet cocoa and a subtle stimulating flavour of mint and violet, dark cherry, blackberry, red plum, earth, espresso, tobacco, dark chocolate, black pepper, black tea, violet. Very complex.
Owner Pablo Calatayud is committed to nurturing and championing the indigenous varieties of the region, most notably the Mando and Verdil grapes, both of which have been on the edge of extinction.
A rich and fruity style of wine with big red berry flavours, subtle spice, mouth watering acidity, smooth tannins and a long lasting finish. There are lots of dragonflies around the vineyard, hence the label!
A blend of grapes, mainly based on Rufete from Salamanca and Garnacha from Gredos, all small, high altitude, mountainous vineyards (up to 1000m!). Even including some white. As always with Daniel, this is a ‘hand-made’ wine, with no fining or filtration. Simply made in concrete vats and a portion in seasoned, oak.
The resultant wine is fleshy and juicy, with good tannic grip and texture. The flavours are pure and honest, with a real sense of wild, mountainous viticulture. Great freshness through a long finish.
“Follow your Dreams” is a quote made famous by the street artist, Banksy, who says “All art is stolen” so they stole his quote. A fresh palate with cherry and raspberry flavours. Balanced yet grippy.
Craig Hawkins is a young winemaker based in the Swartland, South Africa, where he rents about 11ha of vineyard, farmed organically and biodynamically. Having travelled extensively throughout Europe, and then worked as wine maker for Lammershoek, he now makes makes a huge variety of different wines under his own Testalonga label.
A fun and fruity 100% Gamay from a 9 hectare plot of 60 year old vines, no added sulphur, and left to rest for two months in bottle prior to release. A bright crimson and purple colour. Packed full of cherry, cassis and raspberry fruit, with a delicate earthy touch to finish. Juicy and light as a feather on the palate, this is a beautiful wine that could also be served chilled on a sunny day.
Le Clos Rouge Cuvée Parcellaire hails from a plot of old Gamay with some Pinot Noir planted on calcareous soil with basaltic debris. This red has a touch more body than their other wines, but is still marked by mountain freshness, and its purity is down to excellent work in the vines and sympathetic low-intervention winemaking. A delightful natural wine, aged in amphora. Flavours of juicy red berries and pepper.
The Monte Bernardi Fiasco! Vino Rosso is a great-value, soft, and highly drinkable red wine that comes in one-liter bottles. This non-vintage wine is a blend of organic red grapes sourced from several regions across Italy, including Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Malvasia Nera, and Colorino from Tuscany, Montepulciano from Le Marche, and Frappato, Nerello Mascalese, and Nero d’Avola from Sicily.
With its versatile character, this wine is perfect for impromptu gatherings, a mid-week tipple, or pairing with BBQs. It offers an affectionate and amusing nod to the straw-covered flasks that became popular table lamps.
Château de Lisse was one of the largest vineyards in Saint Étienne de Lisse in the early twentieth century. It is one of the oldest vineyards in Saint Émilion, which explains why the average age of the vines is 45 years. From 1940 to 2015 it belonged to the Minvielle family, who over the years made it prosper and modernised the winemaking business by building a vatting cellar. In 2015, the château was acquired by the Teycheney family, who already owned Château La Loubière and, being passionately interested in farming and wine, decided to farm using biodynamic methods.
Its bouquet is perfectly pure and expressive, displaying notes of red berries, cassis and blackberry, and is followed by an ample, smooth and remarkably balanced palate. The finish is refined, the back-of palate discretely toasty and smoky. It is the ideal accompaniment for grilled meat, lamb chops or blue cheese over an informal meal.
A project created in 2001 by Gerard Gauby and friends, Mark Walford and Roy Richards. Gerard Gauby was convinced that the old vines at Fenouilledes located on the heights at the foot of the Pyrenees benefited from a cooler climate and had the potential to produce wines of really high quality. At 650 metres above sea level these vines are some of the highest in France. The wines are renowned for their purity, vitality and indeed character.
Located in the highest part of the Cigliano area, Cigliano di Sopra is a historic estate dating back to 1300. The estate is family-run with the utmost respect for nature and for their historic buildings. All the wines are produced with grapes from their own vineyards and are hand-harvested.
Violets, lavender and fresh red fruit. Wonderfully crunchy and pure, but by no means simple. You can really feel the ageing potential thanks to this depth flavour of sour cherry. The tannins and acidity are firm, and It respects the idea of Chianti Classico, but really, we’re almost in Riserva territory here given the attention to detail here, but they only produce one label. As winemaker Matteo shared “the idea we had when we started making Chianti Classico is simple. We want a wine that’s ready to drink. It should be on the table after a year and a half, but at the same time, this 2021 will definitely show its best in 5 or 6 years.”
Founded in 1974, Avignonesi is the leading winery in the Montepulciano area of Tuscany. The Desiderio is the perfect balance of sweet fruity aromas with blackcurrant, eucalyptus and cherries on the palate. Desiderio is the name of a Chianina bull, pictured on the label, which lived on the Avignonesi’s Capezzine farm over one hundred years ago and has become a legend. At his time, Desiderio was the largest bull in Tuscany and because of his amazing stamina, this majestic animal helped refine and define the Chianina cattle breed endemic to Tuscany