Having been huge fans of the Kendall-Jackson range for a while we thought we would add another to the mix. It just so happens to be something that we don't have much of: 100% merlot.

In 1974, San Francisco land-use attorney Jess Jackson and his wife Jane Kendall Wadlow Jackson converted an 80-acre pear and walnut orchard in Lakeport, California to a vineyard and sold wine grapes to local wineries. In 1982, a downturn in the grape market led them to produce their own wine instead of selling the grapes, and the Kendall-Jackson brand was established. That label now continues under the umbrella company, Jackson Family Wines, that Jackson later created.

In the 1980s, Kendall-Jackson rejected the California wine industry's trend toward vineyard-specific wine labeling. It ignored the concept of terroir in favor of blending wines from different regions to achieve desired wine characteristics. They reversed that direction in the mid-2000s, along with a push to upgrade their quality.

Kendall-Jackson Estate 'Vintners Reserve' Merlot 2013 @ £20.95 - Buy it here!
There's tremendous value in this well-made wine. It's savory in its mix of dried herb and plum notes, with smooth, softened tannins and judicious use of oak that lends richness to the palate. It'll appeal broadly.

KJ Estates always do it right. Cheers!

Good morning to you all. The sun is making an appearance again after a spot of rain yesterday so why not celebrate with a bottle of this? It's new and worth more than a quick look.

The seven hectare Mas La Mola estate has been in the Ferrando family for 150 years. Today, the viticulture, winemaking and blending are carried out by Jordi Masdeu (a young Spaniard who spent time working in the wine trade in London) and Alessandro Marchesan. The duo’s approach to making wine is artisanal, with a diminutive winery tucked away in the streets of Poboleda, in the north of Priorat.

The vineyards are planted in two different areas in the Poboleda district. The 40 year old Macabeo vines are planted on low yielding gravel soils next to a river (which provides vital irrigation to the root system during the hot summers), while the parcels of old Garnatxa Blanca, Garnatxa and Pedro Ximénez vines are planted on the steep Llicorella slate slopes between 300 and 800 metres above sea level. The unique llicorella slate is said to impart a pronounced mineral character to the wines.

Mas la Mola 'Vi D'Altura' Priorat 2016 @ £29.95 - Buy it here!
Deep ruby in colour with a youthful purple hue, this wine has intense and layered aromas of black cherries, blueberries, spicy oak notes and a smoky minerality. This Priorat is full bodied and powerful, with ripe tannins, mouth-watering acidity and a long, fruit-driven finish.

Not only is it absolutely mouthwatering, it's also carbon neutral, grown sustainably and vegan! Count me in. Cheers!

The Aussies are back in town with this beautifully designed #grenache. The Tithing is a new one for us and it's exactly what the doctor ordered.

Willunga 100’s focus is very much on premium Grenache, which has been driven by winemaker Mike Farmilo (who has almost 40 years of experience working in McLaren Vale) and consultant Tim James. Mike and Tim spend a lot of time working with the growers to ensure the quality of fruit is up to their exacting standards.

‘The Tithing’ is made only in the best years and is aged in French oak hogsheads, which are larger than barriques, so as to avoid oak masking the delicate aromatics of Grenache. The 2013 vintage is from a single vineyard in Seaview where terra rossa soils mix with sand to give great structure to the wine. The 2013 is outstanding: complex and intense with ripe black fruit and savoury overtones. The 2016 is from low yielding 60-year-old vines in the DiFabio vineyard in Blewitt Springs. It is rich and concentrated with superb length and freshness. Two other Grenaches complete Willunga 100’s genuflection before the altar of this superb variety: the Willunga 100 Grenache is a perfumed and spicy expression of the variety, with great freshness; while the Grenache Rosé is pale, dry and deliciously supple.

Willunga 100 'The Tithing' Grenache 2016 @ £19.95 - Buy it here!
A concentrated, rich, complex wine. Intense red fruit with powerful savoury overtones shows just how good 'old vine' Grenache from McLaren Vale can be. Ripe, persistent tannins give the wonderfully balanced fruit great length and intensity

If you're a bit of an old world snob or just haven't found a new world grenache that's to your taste then this might be the one to change your mind. Cheers!

Do you know about #Rueda? Well you should. We're going to be talking about them a lot over the next few weeks so you can become more comfortable with it.
It's very much worth your time.

Not a new one for you today but a beauty for sure. Greywacke are not only an amazing company but they produce some of the best Sauvignon Blanc I have ever come across. You'll see why in a moment!

Greywacke was created in 2009 by Kevin Judd, chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay from its inception for 25 years and instrumental in the international recognition which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc enjoys now. The name 'Greywacke' was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils of the vineyard, a sedimentary rock which is widely found in Marlborough. Kevin Judd is also New Zealand's finest wine photographer and has recently published a book 'The Landscape of New Zealand Wine'.

Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 @ £16.95 - Buy it here!
A delicious fusion of ripe summer fruits and delicate floral perfume, citrus blossom and elderflower entwined with nectarines and white peaches, mandarin and cantaloupe with a twist of lemon. Intensely flavoured, succulent and crisp with a delicate herbal infusion.

Sounds wonderful doesn't it? It really is worth every penny. Cheers!

Good morning! We are back in the shop again and ready to fulfil all of your wine needs. If you're after a pinot noir, for example, we have this. Let me preface this by saying that there are very few wines which match up to this.

Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870. With his great vision for the future and his innovative, pioneering spirit, he planted the first French grape varieties in the Aconcagua Valley. His initiative and creativity were handed down to future generations and, in just over a century, his descendants consolidated the winery and positioned their wines among the world’s most noteworthy. Here, we invite you to get to know some of the main landmarks that have shaped the history of this family vineyard, currently one of the best examples of successful winemaking in Chile.

This year, Viña Errázuriz is proud to celebrate its 148th anniversary, carrying on the tradition in the same innovative and visionary spirit that has been its inspiration since the winery was founded in 1870.

Errazuriz Wild Ferment Pinot Noir 2017 @ £14.95 - Buy it here!
Aromas of cherries, roses and a light touch of mushrooms, all framed by soft smoky tones. The palate is round showing lifted and fresh red fruit. Lovely spicy notes are complemented by hints of oak.

You can't go wrong with a bottle of this. Warming but easy going. Cheers!