Always nice to introduce something English to you all! This one has been available from us for a little while now but it's time that everyone knew about this gem!

Piers Greenwood is a bit of a visionary, he planted his vineyard in Purleigh, Essex in 1969, which makes it one of the oldest in the UK. The vineyard benefits from a very special microclimate and Purleigh is one of the warmest and sunniest spots in the country. Today New Hall Vineyard has 40 hectares under vine and one of the largest plantings of Bacchus in the UK. Winemaker Piers has won the prestigious UK

Winemaker of the Year Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and his highly acclaimed and award-winning wines showcase English Wine at its best.

New Hall Bacchus Reserve 2018 @ £11.95 - Buy it here!
From the oldest plantation of Bacchus in England, this wine displays intense aromas of elderflower, apple and conference pear. Off dry on the palate, tropical fruit flavours of melon and pineapple prevail leading to an elegant, crisp finish.

Not a bad price for something with such elegance and beauty to it. Come and give it a go. Cheers!

New new new! Valpolicella Ripasso has always been such a popular style for us. In case you didn't know, they dump the skins used in the production of Amarone into the wine for a brief period to impart a reflection of what Amarone is all about upon itself. Let's find out more about this one.

Beginning with its founding, as far back as 1898, Cantina di Soave has followed a growth plan that has made it one of the leading and most prestigious wine producers on the Italian and international wine stage. Year after year, it has painstakingly assembled a priceless mosaic of production sites and vineyards that today embrace five valleys in the eastern Verona area and span three famous DOC denominations, Soave, Valpolicella, and Durello.

Thanks to its avant-garde system of quality selection, Cantina di Soave is able to differentiate winemaking levels and categories in order to answer the requirements of an increasingly demanding and complex marketplace, offering a broad portfolio of wines that range from those meant for everyday enjoyment to ambitious wines styled for the most discriminating restaurants, wine shops, and enotecas in Italy and abroad. Cantina di Soave currently exports about half of its production, to more than 50 countries.

Rocca Sveva Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore 2014 @ £22.95 - Buy it here!

Intense ruby red colour with highlights tending to orange as wine ages. A bouquet with intense aroma of cherry, blackberry and nuances of vanilla. On the palate lengthy progression, underscoring the elegance of the aromas, with well-balanced, velvety tannins.

It's an absolute dream and you're welcome to try it before you buy it. Cheers!

 

I'm not sure we've ever had a Greek wine before but we certainly should have as they are quite fantastic at producing a good bottle. Let's find out about this one.

One of the pioneers of the modern Greek wine revolution Gaia Estate was established in 1994 by Greek winemakers Leon Karatsalos and Yiannis Paraskevopoulos. Operating two different wineries they make cutting edge wines in both Nemea and Santorini. Gaia's main aim is to present the potential of the indigenous Greek grape varieties to wine enthusiasts worldwide.

This wine is made from the island's indigenous variety Assyrtiko (pronounced Ah-SEERtee-koe) which is renowned for combining full flavoured maturity whilst retaining considerably high acidity. The grapes are produced exclusively from vineyards in the Episkopi, Akrotiri and Pyrgos regions, at elevations of between 50 to 250 metres above sea-level. The vines are between 70 to 80 years old and produce a particularly low yield of between 18 to 25 hectolitres per hectare. The vines are cultivated in volcanic soils which are porous with a high mineral content.

Gaia Wines Thalassitis Santorini Assyrtiko 2018 @ £25.95 - Buy it here!
Thalassitis is a bone-dry wine with strong character: full-bodied, well-structured with crisp acidity, distinctive minerality and delicate honeysuckle aromas.

It's different but comforting and most definitely refreshing so come and give it a go. Cheers!

A simple photo for a simple wine but simplicity does not make it boring or mundane! This stuff is perfect to just sit back with a glass of. Let's find out more, shall we?

When esteemed businessman and attorney Kobus Basson banded together with his brother-in-law in 1996 to purchase the century-old Stellenbosch wine farm now known as Kleine Zalze, he viewed the move mainly as a potentially profitable side business venture.

A change of heart and direction, though, soon had the co-owner committing himself fully to nurturing the land’s potential for top-quality produce. Determined to master the trade and to build his knowledge of the industry, he set off across international waters to study the market and to learn from the many regions and estates well-known for making word-class wine.

But what Kobus returned with was far more than mere know-how in viticulture and vinification; having noted the move overseas to multi-faceted lifestyle estates – those that offer accommodation and fine dining alongside their vino – back on the home front, his new approach to the running of the family-owned farm was coloured by one key realisation: in an increasingly competitive environment, it’s not enough to just produce wines; rather, what’s needed is an all-round offering

Kleine Zalze Chenin Blanc Vineyard Selection 2018 @ £15.95 - Buy it here!
Initial aromas of lime and citrus zest are beautifully intertwined with a virtual ‘fruit salad’ of tropical fruits. These flavours follow on the palate, and combined with the rich texture and elegant minerality, ensures a very long finish.

If you're a chenin lover then you're going to be blow away! Cheers!

Just to warn you all that due to our annual company dinner we will be closed a little early today. Instead of the usual 8pm we will be closing at 7pm to give us time to get ourselves ready!

We are otherwise open as normal so dont miss out on some gorgeous bottles and a little taster before you buy it too. Cheers!

 

Time to introduce another new one! This ones a little on the expensive side but its honestly worth every penny and more. Let's find out all about it.

Raymond Vineyards, founded in 1970, is one of the Napa Valley’s pioneering estates. The Raymond family arrived in Napa in 1933 and have become deeply connected to the valley’s winemaking origins. In 1970, they established a 36 hectare estate in Rutherford, which now comprises 121 hectares in Rutherford, St. Helena and Jameson Canyon. Raymond’s Rutherford and St. Helena estate vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic; and 100% of the winery’s power comes from renewable solar energy. 

Five generations of the Raymond family have created a Napa icon, with an enduring reputation for elegant wines with a beautiful balance of finesse, opulence and complexity.

R Collection by Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 @ £19.95 - Buy it here!
This Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of dark red fruits and blackberry pie accented with a touch of clove. Opulent on the palate with rich flavours of rhubarb, plum and blackcurrant which intermingle seamlessly with the smooth tannins and create a long, delicious finish

Just wow in every way. So much finesse and power, you'll be asking for more every time. Cheers!