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Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Italy

"The Argiano 2012 Brunello di Montalcino does a great job of interpreting the vintage and of showcasing its special microclimate on the southern flank of the Montalcino appellation. Both these elements point to warm-climate Sangiovese. and Argiano accepts that challenge with creativity and expertise. This is a proud expression of the grape with thick texture, determination and a succulent approach. Aromas of dark cherry, moist earth, tobacco and grilled herb lift from the bouquet. Bright acidity marks the close. The wine still carries its baby fat and needs a few more years of cellar aging in order to fully express itself." 94+ Monica Larner Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Retail price £33.95 Per bottle

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Bodega Mustiguillo 'Mestizaje Blanco' 2016

Spain

A fabulous wine from Mustiguillo. This has been a favourite wine on holidays to Nerja!
From a mountain vineyard 900 metres above sea level. Organic and pretty much a natural wine. Made from the local but rare grape variety Merseguera 64%, 24% Viognier and 11% Malvasia. Grapes are hand harvested and vinified in stainless steel tanks separately.
Lovely perfumed nose. Floral with peach, lime and grapey notes.
Crisp and dry, quite full flavoured- stone fruits, a touch of spice too. Weighty and fresh with bags of character.
Jancis Robinson M.W Wine of the Week 4/8/2017
"Isn't it amazing that this wine, made substantially from a grape variety of which more than 90% has been grubbed up over the past 25 years thanks to EU subsidies, is now available not just in its homeland Spain but also in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Denmark?...
We dismiss the grape in question, Merseguera, as 'uninspiring' in Wine Grapes but I think any new edition would have to take account of the commitment of Toni Sarrión of Mustiguillo, who seems to have found the perfect spot for it, at 900 m (2,950 ft) elevation in the mountains 80 km (50 miles) inland from Valencia on the Mediterranean coast....
A blend of 65% Merseguera, 24% Viognier and 11% Malvasia, caught my eye for value.... Presumably it is the inclusion of Viognier that precludes any more precise appellation than Vino de España, but despite that French grape's strong personality, it does not dominate the blend. (Mestizaje, by the way, is Spanish for miscegenation.)

The 2016 vintage is the organically grown product of the driest summer since records began in the Valencia region but doesn't taste stressed or as though there was a lack of juice in the grapes. This unoaked wine, which apparently is always made up of at least 50% of fruit from the Finca Calvestra vineyard.. is certainly big, broad and spicy but is enlivened by quite enough acidity. Aged on the lees, it was bottled in February. I found it seriously intriguing and unusual with real tension and interest. There is much complexity and depth here – particularly for a wine that sells for less than £14".

Retail price £13.95 Per bottle

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Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva 2012

Spain

Very fresh, deep black fruit and licorice character. Rich and complex, but also very lively for its age. The refined tannins are beautifully integrated and drive the long, complex finish. Delicious now. 95 points James Suckling

This is a simply delicious, silky, beguiling Rioja that I absolutely love.
89%Tempranillo, 9% Graciano and 2% Garnacha. Aged in French oak.
It's young but so lovely now! Dense black berry fruits, roasted meats and chocolate on the nose.
Similar on the palate add in some liquorice, spice and toasty, creamy oak. It's rich, savoury, textural and long. I am sure it will improve over the next 3-5 years and drink for a decade or more, but I, as you may have guessed quite like it now!! Fabulous match to beef and lamb. Special seasonal price too!

Retail price £25.95 Per bottle

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Campogiovanni Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Italy

Outstanding 95-97 points Decanter November 2017
Another outstanding Brunello from the excellent 2012 vintage.

Retail price £36.99 Per bottle

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Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay 'White Stones' 2014

Argentina

"This is a fabulous white proving that Argentina can compete with the greatest whites of the world. Complex aromas of stones, lime, lemon, flan, meringue, and flowers. Hints of pie crust. Full body, with mineral, stone and electric acidity. Joyous. Drink now or hold. Made from organically grown grapes." 99 points James Suckling #6 in Top 100 Wines of The Year 2017

Retail price £59.99 Per bottle

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Charles Melton 'Nine Popes' 2014

Australia

International Wine Challenge
Barossa Red Blend Trophy,
South Australian Red Trophy,
Australian Red Trophy
"Classy and complex aromatics of sweet cedar and white pepper. A full-bodied but lively palate with benchmark rich cherry fruit, here beautifully balanced by juicy acidity and leading to a long finish of ripe fruit and wild herbs."

Retail price £38.99 Per bottle

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Coriole Nero 2016

Australia

"Coriole has long championed Italian grape varieties with nero d'Avola turning into one of its stars. Why? It's suited to the region's warm, dry climes. This is a beauty with a core of juicy red fruits, especially raspberry, with a whisper of Mediterranean dried herbs, supple tannins, a lighter frame and a neat acid line keeping it so damn lively. Three trophies including Wine of Show at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show '16. 96pts" James Halliday 2017 Australian Wine Companion

Retail price £14.99 Per bottle

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DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2016

South Africa

Platter's 2018 South African Wine Guide 5*
"Complex aromas (nuts, citrus, marzipan, stonefruit, floral) introduce expressive but unshowy 2016, with perfectly proportioned acid freshness & oak reduced to 20% new. Combines outgoing vivacity with elegance. Long, long finish. Should achieve even greater things over a decade." 95 pts

Platter's 2018 South African Wine Guide 5*
"Complex aromas (nuts, citrus, marzipan, stonefruit, floral) introduce expressive but unshowy 2016, with perfectly proportioned acid freshness & oak reduced to 20% new. Combines outgoing vivacity with elegance. Long, long finish. Should achieve even greater things over a decade." 95 pts

Retail price £27.49 Per bottle

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Domaine Gerovassiliou Viognier 2016

Greece

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 Platinum Trophy 'Best Greek White'
An outstanding example showing tropical fruits aromatics with supreme balance. A great intensity of fruit with seductive peach and white floral notes. Elegant with a silky texture; one of the finest of its class and style." 95 points

Retail price £18.49 Per bottle

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Domaine Lafran-Veyrolles Bandol 'Cuvée Spéciale' Rouge 2011

France

"Subtle aromas of meat and red fruit at first, leading to fresh and lively notes of cream and vanilla. This has delicacy, complexity and it is really quite thrilling. Still super youthful." 96 points Decanter Magazine

Retail price £27.99 Per bottle

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Envinate Lousas Parcela Camino Novo Ribeira Sacra 2015

Spain

"A more brooding, dark cherry and stony, graphite-like edge with a wealth of spice and hints of dried pepper. The palate has a succulent dark plum and cherry core that is juicy, and energetic. A delicious mid-weight red. Drink now." 96 pts James Suckling July 2017

Retail price £29.50 Per bottle

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Eulogio Pomares Parcelarios Carralcoba Albariño Albariño 2015

Spain

A really limited production from the Zarate winemaker. It's quite something. 36 bottles left at time of writing.
" This beautifully packaged wine was fermented and aged in chestnut foudres of 1200 litres, and it’s quite thrilling. The grapes come from seventy year old vines in Castrelo-Cambados. This is brilliantly complex with some apple, lemon and pear notes on the nose, and a really taut, lemony palate with lovely texture as well as well integrated, bracing acidity, and a crystalline quality to the fruit. It flirts with oxidative characters, but manages them beautifully, and it’s just so long and mineral in the mouth. A profound example of Albariño. Stunning."96/100 Jamie Goode August 2017
"A single parcel white that rocks it with amazing depth of fruit and vibrant acidity. Incredible power and intensity. Medium to full body, layered fruit and a persistent finish. " 94 pts James Suckling

Retail price £32.49 Per bottle

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F X Pichler 'Dürnsteiner Kellerberg' Riesling Smaragd 2016

Austria

"An amazingly concentrated dry Riesling that somehow manages to be extraordinarily light-footed. There's a super-wide spectrum of aromas from parsley through lemon grass, with ripe white peach, mandarin orange and white chocolate in between. The breath-taking balance is more important than all of this, extending right through the incredibly long, lingering finish. 100 points #7 in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of The Year 2017

Retail price £78.99 Per bottle

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Giant Steps 'Primavera' Pinot Noir 2016

Australia

This fabulous Pinot Noir has had some amazing press culminating in several Trophies including Best Wine of Show at last weeks prestigious Yarra Valley Wine Show. Plus many high scores from the worlds leading wine critics. I tried this wine last week and its really elegant and classy, really quite Burgundian in style, with just a hint of new world sweetness. Cool climate Australian Pinot at its best, yet enough fruit, and gentle spice with integrated delicate oak to make you sit up and take notice. Drink 2018-2030
- Best Pinot Noir, 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show
- Best Single Vineyard Red Wine, 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show
- Best Red Wine, 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show
- Champion Wine of Show, 2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show
- 97 points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review -
- 96 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion
- 94 points - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com

Retail price £32.99 Per bottle

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Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2012

Italy

"Il Poggione is a Brunello superstar and a vintage like this reveals every reason why that affirmation is true. From the second the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino pours into the glass, you know you are in for something special. The wine is darkly saturated and rich in appearance. Absent are those slightly amber or browning hues you often get with Sangiovese in a hot vintage. Nor does the wine show flat or tired characteristics. Instead, the quality of fruit is vibrant and rich. This is a healthy, generous and exuberant Brunello with dark density and succulent fruit flavours that are followed by integrated spice and tobacco. The balance is impressive and one thing you get here is fresh acidity. This is not to be underestimated, because the acidity quota in the 2012 vintage across the appellation is not as high or evident as usual. This is one of the year's best Brunellos." 95+ Monica Larner Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Retail price £35.95 Per bottle

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Jansz Premium Vintage Cuvée 2011

Matthew Jukes Top 100 Australian Wines 2017
IWC Trophy Winner 2017 -Australian Sparkling Trophy
"Superbly inviting nose with subtle toasted notes of brioche and fine citrus fruits. Great linea acidity and depth harmonious complexity with flavours of buttered toast, acacia and an elegant finish."

Retail price £25.99 Per bottle

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Kaiken 'Mai' Malbec 2013

Argentina

"This is a powerful and rich red with great depth and character. Love the texture. Full-bodied, chewy and layered. Muscular. Structured. This is 125-year-old vineyard! Exceptional. Fresh and energetic. Better in 2019." 97 pts James Suckling August 2017

Retail price £41.99 Per bottle

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Montes 'Purple Angel' Colchagua 2014

Chile

"This has a perfect nose of blackberry, tar, black pepper, thyme, cloves and rose petal. Full body and firm and very silky and polished tannins. The finish goes on for minutes. Best ever. Great class. 92% carmenere and 8% petit verdot. Drink in 2019 but so gorgeous now. " 98 points James Suckling August 2017

Retail price £38.99 Per bottle

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Poggio Al Tesoro 'Sondraia' 2013

Italy

Decanter World Wine Awards Platinum Best Tuscan Trophy
" Plenty of capsicum and pepper notes on the nose, tomato leaf and ripe plums. Delicious sweet core of ripe red and black cherry fruit on the palate with very complex savoury notes. Great juicy fruits and long complex finish." 96 points

Retail price £37.99 Per bottle

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Rimauresq Cotes de Provence 'Cru Classé' Rosé 2016

France

Decanter World Wine Awards Platinum Trophy Winner - Best in Show 2017
Best Value Rosé
"Lovely strawberry shortcake and hint of petal aromas; generous palate with depth of flavours - spice to frame the delicate fruit, and a fine cushion of lees to carry to an elegant finish." 98 points

Retail price £13.99 Per bottle

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Santenay 'Les Charmes' Domaine Olivier 2015

France

Decanter Value Burgundy Tasting - Top Rated Wine 96 points!
It really is an exceptional wine. I tried it recently and found it to be delicious already, lovely sweet fruit with a roasted meat savoury character. Sure to age well too, but very approachable and great with food.

Decanter average score: 96/100pts Individual judges' scores: Jason Haynes 96 Andy Howard MW 96 Jasper Morris MW 96

It is now 10 years since Antoine and Rachel Olivier made the move from
Santenay-le-Haut to Vincent Girardin's old premises down the road in Santenay-le-Bas. This has afforded them more space in the cellar and more freedom over when to bottle. The estate has been certified organic since 2011. Les Charmes comes from the southern part of the commune, just below the premier cru Clos Rousseau, rich in marl and clay. Some whole clusters are always added to the fermentation vat.

Jason Haynes Mix of fruits, fairly savoury and clean, nice length, stylish and very well balanced.

Andy Howard MW Savoury, leafy notes on nose and palate. Some slightly sour red cherry and strawberry on the palate, crisp acidity,
good purity, some extra tannin structure. Depth and concentration.

Jasper Morris MW Medium-deep colour, with whole-bunch
fermentation notes making for a complex if as yet inaccessible nose. It all starts to come together in the glass, offering density, vivacity, purity and length. Then it grows and grows into a glorious yet perfectly balanced wine with delicacy, pure fruit and amazing persistence.

Drink 2019-2023 Alcohol 13%

Retail price £32.50 Per bottle

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Swartland Winery 'Winemakers Collection' Granite Rock Blend Red 2014

South Africa

A well priced and delicious blend. Like the white from Perdeberg in Swartland. 70% Mourvedre, 20% Carignan and 10% Grenache.
It's a characterful, bright, juicy red, no burnt characters here. Quite Cotes du Rhone like in style and really very appealing. Would work well with anything from Pizza to Pasta to red meat dishes.

House & Garden
WINE OF THE WEEK: Swartland Winemaker's Collection Granite Rock Blend 2014, Swartland, South Africa. August 17, 2017
Joanna Simon
"It can't be that there's more granite than there used to be in the world, so either more growers and winemakers are going in search of it or granite has become fashionable. Doubtless both, but chicken or egg? No matter. Either way, it's increasingly being used in wine names (see Wine of the Week a fortnight ago). In Swartland, one of the most dynamic and exciting of South African wine regions, the granite-rich soils are ideal for Rhône grape varieties and the Swartland Winery has come up with a Mourvèdre/Carignan/Grenache blend that's the Cape answer to a good Côtes du Rhône. And I mean a really good one – a mouthful of juicy, peppery, spiced-cherry and raspberry fruit with a rounded, chocolate-smooth texture and savoury stony-mineral freshness. If you're firing up the barbecue, look no further. As well as being a good partner for red meat, pork and duck, it goes well with vegetable dishes such as caponata and baked and roast vegetable dishes."

Retail price £9.29 Per bottle

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Taittinger 'Comtes de Champagne' Blanc de Blancs Brut 2006

France

Blanc de Blancs Vintage Champagne Trophy, Vintage Champagne Trophy, Champagne Trophy International Wine Challenge 2017
"Beautifully expressive and seductive, with deep blossomy aromas and notes of croissant and brioche. This aged style has exquisite balance between mature complexity and enlivening freshness." Special Price for Winter/Christmas

Retail price £120.00 Per bottle

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Taittinger 'Prelude' Grand Crus Brut NV Was £52.95 0

France

The Wine Merchant Top 100 and Best Sparkling Trophy.
Award winning blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay all from Grand
Cru vineyards and spending nearly 6 year on less before being disgorged. On a very special Xmas/Autumn offer. It's a lovely rich, quite toasty style with lots of citrus and stone fruit too, a creamy mousse, long and fresh and very good indeed. A genuinely fantastic offer.
Just £199 for 6 bottles!

Retail price £36.95 Per bottle

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The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2015

South Africa

Platters South African Wine Guide 2018 5* and White Wine of The Year
"Since 2009 from Voor Paardeberg fruit, a SA benchmark. Delicate 2015 our White Wine of the Year. Subtle lemon cream, green pineapple aromas & a soupçon of spice. Seamless, bright & pure, with a rounded mouthfeel thanks to judicious oaking (7 months, older French)." 99 points

Retail price £14.99 Per bottle

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Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2016

New Zealand

Stop Press just reviewed in Decanter New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Voted #1 'Outstanding' 98 points!
"Tinpot Hut’s wines are made from owner and winemaker Fiona Turner’s own vineyards in Blind River and combined with grapes from other carefully selected sites in Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay.
This is a flinty, dry and textural wine. A concentrated and poised amalgamation of complexity and style, effortlessly pure and well composed with nice phenolics and crisp acidity. (Melanie Brown)
A broad Sauvignon Blanc with cut grass and subdued passion fruit flavours. This is quite a lively, energetic wine with a lengthy finish. (Bob Campbell MW)
Classic herbal, grassy and fruity bouquet with flavours of fresh lemon and grapefruit, then red apple and some tropical fruit; vibrant acidity, refreshing, balanced and well made with decent length. (Cameron Douglas MS)"

An Indian Summer in Marlborough ensured the 2016's are really successful.
This is made from grapes grown on Tinpot's own vineyards in the Blind River region and from the Dillon's Point vineyard in the lower Wairau Valley.
Grapefruit and elderflower with citrus, hints of lemongrass and herbs too on an aromatic nose.
Really crisp and fresh with blackcurrant and ripe citrus to the fore. Limey with grapefruit and hints of passion fruit too. Crisp acidity makes it clean and refreshing. Good intensity and a lovely purity to the wine.
It's another excellent Tinpot Hut Sauvignon and will not disappoint it's legion of fans.

Retail price £13.95 Per bottle

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Torres Reserva du Pueblo Pais 2014

Chile

"A supple, juicy Pinot Noir-like red with soft, sweet cherry and strawberry fruit spiked with ginger and orange zest. It’s made from the red País grape, which only a few years ago no self-respecting wine producer would have mentioned. Even the name (País: country) is, let’s say, understated. País isn’t exactly sought after today, but in Chile, where it’s still one of the most widespread varieties (grown for low-grade rosé), it’s being re-evaluated and nurtured by a handful of producers, not least the redoubtable Miguel Torres. And it deserves it – not least because of the current trend for lighter, fresher, more digestible reds. You can drink it on its own, especially served cool, but it’s good with food, including bresaola, roast, spiced root vegetables and Mediterranean veg, duck, pork, salmon and tuna. Not quite a rags to riches story yet, but certainly a rehabilitation one." Joanna Simon Wine of The Week 21/09/2017

Retail price £9.75 Per bottle

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Zarate 'Balado' Albarino 2015

Spain

"A more opulent nose, complex fermentation-derived characters as well as almost-flinty, crushed-rock notes, white flowers and white peach. The palate has punchy, energetic fruit, really assertive, pure and sleek. Very long. Drink now.96 pts James Suckling July 2017

Retail price £30.95 Per bottle

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