Well well well. What do we have here? It would appear to be the infamous Monkey 47 Dry gin! Yes that's right we are now a stockist of this fantastic spirit. Want to know a little more? Let's have a look...

The story of Monkey 47 begins in the 1940s. In July 1945, to be precise! Wing Commander Montgomery “Monty” Collins of the Royal Air Force was posted to the British sector of divided Berlin. Having arrived in Berlin after the end of the war and taken up his post in the administration of the British sector, Commander Collins was profoundly affected by the extent of the destruction of the capital and so resolved to support the reconstruction of Germany in his free time. Henceforth he became devoted to the rebuilding of the Berlin Zoo, through which he came to sponsor an egret monkey by the name of Max.

Montgomery Collins left the Royal Air Force in 1951. Driven by his desire to learn the art of watch making, Collins moved to the Northern Black Forest region. Unfortunately he showed little talent in the field of horology, so instead opened a country guesthouse, naming it “The Wild Monkey” in honour of Max.

The Black Forest area has always been known for distilling fruit liqueurs. Collins combined this history with his interest in gin and what he created – Schwarzwald Dry Gin – became the trademark spirit for the guesthouse until the 1970s. Almost four decades later, in 2006, this story was rediscovered by Alexander Stein, who just so happened to descend from a family of distillers…

Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin @ £38.95 - Buy it here!
The nose instantly offers up woody, vegetable smells under pin fresh grassy citrus notes and botanical sweetness, like a pine forest after the rain. On the palate it is predictably complex, this is a robust and powerful gin with plenty of spice, fruit and herb flavours. It's very well structured, and difficult to unpick but a citrus fresh start segues into pine and wood notes for a drying and heavy finish. A unique gin, that is crying out to be made into a Martini. It'll need an equally robust vermouth though. 

We waited so long for this to be available to us so come and get it! This stuff is truly exceptional.

Another new one for you! We really treat you don't we! This one is from Roussillon and is Biodynamic so expect something amazing!

Domaine Cazes is situated in Rivesaltes in the Roussillon. With 220 hectares of vines planted, Domaine Cazes is the largest certified organic and biodynamic estate in France. It was founded in 1895 by Michel Cazes and the wines are made by the fourth generation of winemakers, headed up by Emmanuel Cazes. The family makes a range of interesting dry wines alongside the regional specialities, Vin Doux Naturels. They took the decision to move to organic and biodynamic viticulture in 1997. Based on their view that the natural environment needs natural preparation, they plough the soils and use only natural ingredients as treatments, arranging their work according to the lunar calendar.

Domaine Cazes 'Le Canon du Maréchal' 2016 @ £11.95 - Buy it here!

Deep ruby red in colour with aromas of ripe red and black berry fruit. The palate combines juicy redcurrants, raspberries and cherries with a hint of spice. An easy drinking wine, the velvety tannins are in perfect balance and the finish is rounded and long. 

A fantastic price for something so bloody amazing. This staff favourite will be going at a scary rate (well, for our wallets anyway) so come and get some before it all disappears!

It's that time of the week where we talk about one of our brand new wines. This time we have one of the most amazing producers in Australia...

One of the original McLaren Vale pioneers, Thomas Goss (1810-1890), his wife Mary Ann (1813-1891) and their children arrived in South Australia from Devonshire in 1849. After success in the Victorian gold fields he established an iconic farming property, Ingleburne, now home to some of the McLaren Vale region's leading vineyards.

In 2010, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth, it was decided to release a range of affordable McLaren Vale red wines and Adelaide Hills white wines under the Thomas Goss label. These wines are a tribute to the persistence of Thomas Goss and his family's long contribution to our beloved region.

Thomas Goss Adelaide Hills Riesling 2013 @ £12.95 - Buy it here!
Light yellow. Spicy pear and green apple scents show very good clarity and a zesty mineral topnote. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors with a touch of honeysuckle. Closes dry and long, with excellent clarity and building spiciness

-Josh Raynolds 90/100 Points

We have a good bit of this but I doubt it will last long! Come and grab a couple! Cheers!

This one is an absolute gem. Brand new into the shop and something that we think everyone should have a go with...

This is one of the most exciting wineries to come out of Sardinia in two decades. It is the brainchild of Gavino Sanna, a Sardinian who has lived in Milan for the past 50 years, where he built up one of Italy's most successful advertising agencies. On a whim, he decided to sell the agency and seek new challenges. One of these challenges was the creation of a winery in Sulcis in southwestern Sardinia. As might be expected from someone with Sanna's background, the labels are striking. He has also ensured that the contents are equally striking. Stefano Cova, a young winemaker from Trentino, took over with the 2008 vintage, improving on an already high level of quality.

The grapes are grown in the Sulcis area on the south-western tip of Sardinia. The climate here is Mediterranean with low rainfall, frequent north-westerly winds, high temperatures in spring and summer, a mild autumn and winter which vary from dry and cold through to relatively mild. Soils are medium textured, naturally sandy and chalky-clay, with a rocky, schistous character. Moderate nutrient levels and good levels of minerals add a distinctive character to the resulting wines. The vines are trained using the espalier method and spur-cordon pruned with yields around 45 hectolitres per hectare.

Cantina Mesa Giunco Vermentino di Sardegna 2016 @ £11.95 - Buy it here!
Straw yellow with hints of gold and green. The complex bouquet releases subtle notes of lime blossom, yellow peach and apricot, and zesty grapefruit. The palate is crisp and delicious, perfectly echoing the aromatics on the nose, with tangy fruit and a long-lasting, mineral finish

Come and grab a couple before they go. There's only a few available but if it's what the people want then it's what the people shall get and we will get more in for you all! Cheers!

This one is totally brand new. Brand new to the shop and also from a brand new appellation...

La Voûte comes from a relatively new appellation called Touraine Chenonceaux, which was created in 2011 after 20 years in the making. Chenonceaux is known for the majestic Château de Chenonceau, which features on the La Voûte label. The wines are from selected parcels of vines located in Touraine. The Sauvignon Blanc may not be sold until 1st May following the vintage, spending around seven months on its lees to add weight, texture and complexity.

La Voûte is situated in Touraine Chenonceaux, on the bank of the Cher Valley, 50 kilometres east of Tours near the famous Château de Chenonceau. The soil is clay and silex (a mixture of flint and sand) and the pruning method is simple Guyot.

La Voûte Touraine Chenonceaux 2015 @ £13.95 - Buy it here!

Pale lemon in colour with green reflections. An intense and elegant nose combining grapefruit, tropical fruits and blackcurrant bud. The palate is fleshy and fresh, with clean minerality persisting on the finish.

A great one for the weekend, so swing by and grab a couple! Cheers!

It took us a little while but it's finally here. A brand new pure viognier. This one from the USA's own Jackson family...

For 30 years, the Jackson family has sustainably farmed and passionately tended our remarkable Santa Maria estate. Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson’s daughters, Katie Jackson and Julia Jackson, grew up among these vines. Drawn to the grit and beauty of winemaking, Katie and Julia continue the family business. Together with Barbara Banke’s keen knowledge of the industry and incredible business sense, Katie’s passion for sustainability and the land, and Julia’s creative backbone and dedication to empowering communities, the women of Cambria shape who we are today.

Cambria Estate, Tepusquet Vineyard Viognier 2015 @ £17.95 - Buy it here!
Bright citrus flavors and aromas (lemon-lime, grapefruit, orange) are the dominant characters in the wine. A balanced acidity enhances the fruit flavors and provides a fresh, crisp finish.

Having been one of the most requested wines I don't think this will be hanging around for a particularly long time. Don't miss your chance to see how the Americans do it!